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5521  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 03, 2010, 08:07:13 PM

Quote from: jersoc on February 03, 2010, 08:03:01 PM

For starters they can try to hide the paragon/renegade choices better. Maybe some players will get pissed, but I think it takes a lot away when you know what your choice is going to do before you even make it.

If nothing else, I agree with this. It's nice that you always have an exit from a conversation on the middle right, and that other choices at the right-hand side also usually end a discussion, but there's no need to hammer over our heads what choices will lead to what outcomes... well, except that some of the summaries of what the choices mean are too vague to really know what they will result in you saying.
5522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 03, 2010, 08:00:47 PM
Just finished the game. Took me 43 hours according to the save game.

Endgame spoilers:
Spoiler for Hiden:
The suicide mission was absolutely awesome from start to end. I was continually on the edge, knowing that anyone, including Shepard himself, could die at any moment if I made a wrong decision. Turns out I made only the right ones. The choices almost felt too obvious at the time, but reading some other comments here and at OO, it looks like that's not a sentiment I share with many others.

For the first specialist mission (the door) I picked Legion. His affinity with technology would be vital there. I had Jacob lead the secondary team, as I wanted Miranda on my side. I figured Jacob had enough formal training at commanding squads and would be up to the pressure. He performed admirably, and so did Legion.

For the second part, I had Samara do the biotic barrier. I considered choosing Jack, but went with someone who was more predictable, reliable, and with more experience. She handled herself perfectly. Miranda led the other team, and as a seasoned leader had no problems with it.

Finally, I sent Jacob back with the crew when I found them. He had proven his worth during the first part of the mission, and since he had no real specialist skills I would need, he was expendable. He got everyone back safely.

The final boss was easy with the high-powered sniper rifle you can upgrade to during one of the missions. He only managed to send one wave of enemies at me before he was dead, and he never even damaged my shields.

I see from other people's comments that they tended to choose people like Grunt or Garrus for leading the squads. Keep in mind that you aren't looking for the toughest and meanest of your people. You're looking for someone who can lead. Grunt is obviously not a leadership candidate, at least not for non-Krogans. You can't expect him to keep your squad alive. Garrus is a good soldier, but too used to working alone. He can't be relied on to keep control over a squad under pressure.

I gave the Illusive Man the finger and blew up the base at the end. I also destroyed the Geth heretics earlier, so I have essentially rid the galaxy of two large, potential enemies. I suspect the Geth will become a valuable ally in the third game and I am likely to suffer a bit for my choices there since their numbers will be far smaller than they would be with the heretics under control. However, I couldn't take the chance that the "pure" Geth would be influenced by the programming in the heretics. The Geth are too dangerous for them to be potentially hostile again. Legion respected and supported my choice anyway, and since he speaks for every other Geth that's good enough for me.

By the time I did the final mission, every squad member was loyal. I don't know the effects of non-loyal members, but I suspected Miranda and Jack would try to kill each other, as well as Legion and Tali. Didn't want to see that happen, and even with my loyal team I made sure to keep them away from each other's squads at all times.
5523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 03, 2010, 02:50:22 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 03, 2010, 02:46:24 PM

Gotta say I'm very disappointed with the soundtrack.  While it is generally quite good, it is lacking the character that the first ME soundtrack had.  Kind of bizarre considering it's the same composer too.  Not sure if Bioware told him to go in a slightly different, more conventional direction.

I also don't care for how it's used in the game.  I didn't pick up on exactly what was bothering me until someone on Neogaf pointed it out, but a lot of the time in ME2 there isn't any background music while ME1 had nearly wall to wall music.  I loved the music that ME1 played while exploring the Normandy, Citadel, etc but ME2 doesn't do that very often.  I've actually taken to playing the ME1 soundtrack while it in similar situations in ME2 and find it helps a bit. 

I mostly agree with you here, though I have to point out that the soundtrack really picks up near the end and gets absolutely epic.
5524  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Axe Cop on: February 02, 2010, 10:20:17 AM
A friend brought my attention to a fantastic new webcomic written by a 5-year old kid and illustrated by his brother. It's absolutely hilarious and had me in stitches. I love this kind of humor, particularly since I saw the Full Life Consequences video on Youtube.

Axe Cop
5525  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need help upgrading Windows 7 on: February 02, 2010, 07:45:39 AM
Alternatively you could be a little more clever: Reinstall the RC, but don't supply the activation code. You get at least 30 days to use the OS that way, though I think that can be extended. Be sure you follow the instructions available online for how to install the RC as the version you're going to upgrade to (ie. don't install the basic RC, which is Ultimate. If you do, you need to buy Ultimate in order to upgrade directly). When you buy the full version in a month or so, you can upgrade the already installed RC-version as long as it's the same type (ie Home Premium RC upgrades to Home Premium normal version). There are instructions easily available online for this too.

The point is, you can install Windows 7 now without worrying about paying for it until a little later. It's a little convoluted compared to a basic install of the full version, but at least it lets you avoid Vista. *shiver*
5526  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 02, 2010, 07:38:45 AM
Can you even visit Sol in the game? I got the impression we won't go there until ME3.
5527  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First Mass Effect 2 teaser video on: February 02, 2010, 07:37:45 AM

Quote from: jersoc on February 02, 2010, 07:29:13 AM

and have AA

We do? I haven't seen that option.
5528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First Mass Effect 2 teaser video on: February 02, 2010, 07:28:13 AM
It's allowed if you're a renegade.

Which I'm not...
5529  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First Mass Effect 2 teaser video on: February 02, 2010, 07:24:26 AM
Nah, it's just that everyone, regardless of platform, is posting in the console thread since it's way more populated. I'm playing the PC version but posting over there, for example.
5530  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need help upgrading Windows 7 on: February 02, 2010, 05:34:18 AM
I'd recommend not reinstalling the RC at this point. It's just a few short months away from the time when it'll start nagging you by rebooting every 2 hours. Get the full version or the upgrade. That way you'll save yourself from another reinstall in 3 months.
5531  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 02, 2010, 05:07:39 AM

Quote from: Roguetad on February 01, 2010, 10:33:28 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 01, 2010, 10:22:01 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 01, 2010, 10:07:34 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on February 01, 2010, 09:57:26 PM

You can actually take your time for 90-95% of the game...no rush.  That's what I did.  Your staff will let you know when it's time to get down to business icon_smile
Just in case you are still concerned, here's a minor spoiler that may help put your mind at ease:
Spoiler for Hiden:
The time you take in the end has no impact on the achievement you mentioned.

Ah, nice!

Just to put my mind further at ease though, please answer this additional question about the urgency at the end:

Spoiler for Hiden:
At one point when I had nearly recruited all my people, I was told to go look for a friend/foe identification system. I got a choice between recruiting more crew or going there right away. It seemed like an important choice, and I'm now wondering if this is what you're referring to. It happened quite a while ago in my game as I've been working a lot on loyalty missions since.

I'm at the exact same place, and was wondering the same thing.  I had planned on doing as many side quests as possible now, but maybe that's not the best idea...

Regarding that exact spot in the storyline:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Don't do the mission for the IFF until you've done all of the other things you wanted to do.  I recommend finishing up recruiting, and taking your time doing the loyalty missions first.  I think the crew mentions this is a good time to do that too.  There's a ton of content still there in the loyalty missions, and those do have an impact on the ending.  As soon as you get the IFF though...it's game on!  I hope that helps put you at ease without being too spoilery.  In other words, take your time right now icon_smile 

I forgot to mention that you will be beat over the head with clues from your staff about moving forward after the IFF mission.  You will have time for one more obvious loyalty mission.  I recommend doing that last loyalty mission and then complying fully with the advice given to you by your crew.

Excellent, thanks! smile

That's pretty much exactly what I suspected was going to happen until you got me worried there slywink. This means I should be able to deal with the rest of the galaxy before I go do that particular mission.
5532  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dollhouse Season 2 on: February 02, 2010, 05:05:43 AM
No channel would accept a TV series proposal based on just a concept. I'm sure Joss Whedon had to give them 4-5 seasons worth of story (roughly outlined, if nothing else) before they would let him do anything at all.
5533  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 01, 2010, 10:07:34 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on February 01, 2010, 09:57:26 PM

You can actually take your time for 90-95% of the game...no rush.  That's what I did.  Your staff will let you know when it's time to get down to business icon_smile
Just in case you are still concerned, here's a minor spoiler that may help put your mind at ease:
Spoiler for Hiden:
The time you take in the end has no impact on the achievement you mentioned.

Ah, nice!

Just to put my mind further at ease though, please answer this additional question about the urgency at the end:

Spoiler for Hiden:
At one point when I had nearly recruited all my people, I was told to go look for a friend/foe identification system. I got a choice between recruiting more crew or going there right away. It seemed like an important choice, and I'm now wondering if this is what you're referring to. It happened quite a while ago in my game as I've been working a lot on loyalty missions since.
5534  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 01, 2010, 09:46:10 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on February 01, 2010, 09:39:52 PM

Quote from: MaxSteele on February 01, 2010, 09:20:44 PM

I had a friend of mine just finished the game.  He said he put about 30 hours into it, and that the ending just kind of 'popped out' at him.

He said he scanned "lots" of planets but only found 4 anomalies.  He said it didn't really have the scope or feel of exploration compared to the first one.

Anyone else finding this?

I found the narrative in ME2 much tighter, with less aimless wandering about the universe.  I think your friend and I are saying the same thing, but from different perspectives. The player is faced with an immanent threat that has to be dealt with now...there's not a lot of room for tooling around exploring the galaxy.  In fact, the ending can be different if the player goofs off too much near the very end.  I like that.  There is still plenty of freedom, just not as many inconsequential worlds with random mako missions.    

Uh, without spoiling anything, are you saying that I'm actually messing up my chances in the final mission by trying to do every mission and anomaly in the game before finishing? I've been thorough in the hopes of (Achievement spoiler)
Spoiler for Hiden:
keeping all my crew alive in the suicide mission (note that I haven't gotten that far yet, so I don't know anything more than that)
5535  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Self Publishing and eBooks? The future of Print? on: February 01, 2010, 09:39:38 PM

Quote from: rittchard on February 01, 2010, 09:36:56 PM

And finally just to mix it up a bit, over lunch I was actually thinking about whether anyone would want to help develop an "Indie Reader" app for the iPhone/iPad.  The main app would be a Reader + Store, similar to Kindle, except we would allow any Joe Blow to upload their text, keywords, summary etc. and set their own price.  The app would have all the bells and whistles, top 10 lists, user reviews, user favorites, our own personal favorites, searches by genre and topic, etc. - basically a complete venue for wannabe/"independent" authors to show off their work.  All we would do is maintain the software, database and collect money lol.  But I forgot about all the legal crap with copyrights and such, so I kind of thought it wasn't worth mentioning, unless someone has an idea to get around all that.  I suppose we could just have a disclaimer but that doesn't seem very satisfying.

Amazon is already implementing this. IIRC, their new system allows any author to upload his books to the Kindle Store and set his own price. I think Amazon takes 30% of the profit, while the author keeps the rest.
5536  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 01, 2010, 09:33:40 PM

Quote from: MaxSteele on February 01, 2010, 09:20:44 PM

Anyone else finding this?

Nope. There's plenty of anomalies around. Some of them lead you into other missions, and those mission may lead you into yet another (as far as I can tell). It seems every sector has 1-2 anomalies, with additional missions coming in on top of that. Also keep in mind that certain sectors are only available once you buy navigation charts for them.
5537  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season on: February 01, 2010, 08:42:18 PM

Quote from: rittchard on February 01, 2010, 07:36:08 PM

One more day, I can't wait!!!!

The most recent commercial I saw on Desperate Housewives last night seemed to reveal quite a bit (or not).
BUt it seemed counter to what we saw in that 4-minute teaser thing.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I couldn't tell what was going on, but clearly in the commercial Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Hurley and Jin at least were all still on the island.  Sawyer points his gun at Locke a couple times and threatens him.  Locke asks Sawyer if he wants to know the answer to what/where the island is.  Which seems to imply the "reset button" did NOT work, though the teaser video implies it did.  It looks more like the explosion just bounces our main cast into yet another different time period, or is it another different timeline?


Spoiler for Hiden:
As I hinted at in my post earlier in this thread, I think time will become "unhinged" for the main characters, leaving them in multiple timelines at the same time. The creators of the show have said that the flashbacks/flashforwards and the way these have been altered all throughout the show have been there to prepare us for something that is going to be very important in this season. Since this is in the same category as the flashbacks but is something we haven't seen before, detached time is my main theory.

They've also said that the start of the season will be very confusing, btw. Tongue
5538  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/1) on: February 01, 2010, 08:40:15 AM
Nuthin'.
5539  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Could it be? A Dance with Dragons is completed? on: January 30, 2010, 01:08:07 PM
George R R Martin posted a somewhat cryptic post on his Not a Blog page yesterday. It might just look like A Dance with Dragons has been completed.

I'm getting excited! smile
5540  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season on: January 29, 2010, 09:16:30 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on January 29, 2010, 09:04:37 PM

First five minutes up now.

SPOILERS BELOW:
Spoiler for Hiden:
What ever they did works.  Not sure I like that.

Spoiler for Hiden:
There was only like 15 seconds of new material in that preview, but ok... Tongue I actually suspected it was fake until the very end.

It's been well known for a while that whatever they did worked, but it's the ramifications of that we still don't know. I suspect the Losties will feel detached from reality, perhaps even exist at several points in time at once. Looking forward to finding out next week. smile
5541  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 29, 2010, 07:59:05 PM
I'm Commander Shepard and this is my favorite store in the Citadel!
5542  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 29, 2010, 02:45:39 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on January 29, 2010, 02:43:19 PM

Can someone spoil the location for the fast scanning upgrade? Wherever it is, that's where I want to go first.

I think you start out with it. At least it was there the first time I looked at the list of available upgrades.
5543  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heavy Rain - gameplay video on: January 29, 2010, 01:40:54 PM
No, the episodes are all prequels from what I understand. The first one is what I believe is an extended version of the first scene they ever showed to the public, a scene that was never intended to be part of the main story. All the new scenes in Heavy Rain Chronicles will delve deeper into the histories and personalities of the main characters.
5544  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 29, 2010, 09:48:54 AM

Quote from: Razgon on January 29, 2010, 09:44:51 AM

Anyways - loving the game...its just so much me! Only thing I'm missing is teammember bantering...there's really ...nothing. This leads to lack of personality in my teammembers, something that DA could have shown them how to include in spades.

I noticed this as well. It makes the decision on which team members to bring along on a mission trivial, as they end up being pretty much nothing but a set of mobile combat abilities. They will once in a rare while interject a conversation, but not often enough for it to really matter.
5545  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 29, 2010, 09:41:49 AM
I'm the kind of player who will quicksave after almost every corner. Mass Effect 2 accommodates this nicely by not slowing down or stopping at all while it saves.
5546  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 29, 2010, 08:37:46 AM
That's why you quicksave! As always with PC games that have a quicksave available, if you have to revert to an ages old save it's your own fault. Tongue
5547  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I need you guys to settle an argument on: January 29, 2010, 07:56:29 AM
It's on the Internet, so it must be true!
5548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 28, 2010, 06:58:05 AM
Yay, the game is finally unlocked on Steam here in Europe. I got up an hour earlier so that I could try the game before work. Played long enough to see that the DLC armor doesn't let you remove the helmets, which makes it all worthless. Almost feels like I wasted the money on the digital deluxe edition now. Oh well...

Can't wait to play more after work. smile
5549  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 27, 2010, 07:12:05 PM
The day this gadget beats Kindle for ebooks will be a sad day. I'm not looking forward to cries of "haha, if you guys had waited you could have bought an iPad instead of that stupid Kindle!", particularly since anyone who thinks like that has no idea what the Kindle is and what it can do. That this thing is at all marketed partly as an ebook reader is absurd to me. Might as well call phones or laptops the same thing.
5550  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: January 27, 2010, 02:11:50 PM
They have released a bunch of screenshots now.

http://www.grimdawn.com/media.php
5551  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 27, 2010, 01:48:51 PM
Damn you all! The game still isn't out here until tomorrow. I can't wait!
5552  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Any reason to upgrade to Windows 7? on: January 27, 2010, 07:13:36 AM

Quote from: Zero on January 26, 2010, 06:19:24 PM

I'm running Vista Ultimate....its been stable.  I was lucky in that the machine I have it on actually supports it pretty well.  I've had very minimal crashes (maybe 2 in the past 8 months).  Games seem work fine on it, and it supports/does everything pretty well.  In my experience, machines that didn't have the memory, CPU or graphics card didn't do well with it - Went through a laptop and another desktop that couldn't handle it well.  Games seem to work OK, and haven't run into any major problems.

So is there any reason I would want to upgrade at this point?

Are you using a 64-bit version of Vista? If not, you might want to consider updating to Windows 7 for that alone, at least if you have more than 2 GB RAM. I have 12 GB RAM in my current computer, something that would have been completely pointless in a 32-bit system. smile
5553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS being sued over points on: January 26, 2010, 09:58:26 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on January 26, 2010, 09:27:38 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on January 26, 2010, 09:19:09 PM

Quote from: Chaz on January 26, 2010, 08:51:56 PM

It would be nice if they did what Sony does and allow you to basically pay only what you need to when buying something.  Of course, Sony messes it up too by having a $5 minimum, so you can still wind up with extra money on your account.  Better than nothing though.

it'd be great if sony let you pay what the item costs. A movie rental is 3.99. Minimum buy in is 5.00. I hope they get sued next.

Nah.  They'll just raise movie rentals to $5.00

This. As Harkonis points out, there are transaction fees involved. Sony would end up losing money by not having a minimum transaction fee. The choice they have is to either:

1) Lose money on transactions below a certain amount.
2) Have a minimum purchase amount (letting you keep the leftover money in your account) set at a level that ensures Sony doesn't lose money.
3) Set the minimum price for anything on PSN to $5.

Of those three options, I'm sure we can all agree that number 2 is ideal under these circumstances.
5554  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown on: January 25, 2010, 10:47:17 PM

Quote from: baelthazar on January 25, 2010, 08:52:22 PM

Temple of Elemental Evil literally could format your hard-drive if you uninstalled it - and that was its most notably feature.

No no NO! That was Pool of Radiance 2, a totally crappy D&D game where most of it was done without access to the rules (3rd edition D&D was still being created while development was going on). Where PoR2 had no redeeming features, Temple of Elemental Evil was actually a very well done game for D&D fans, albeit a buggy one, and still gives me the itch to go back to it for another round of Iron Man. I wish we'd get more turn based D&D goodness, but I have my doubts.

My theory: GOG has acquired the entire back catalog of D&D and AD&D titles, Temple of Elemental Evil being one of them. That's assuming they didn't want to spoil the entire surprise with their first Twitter clue.
5555  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/25) on: January 25, 2010, 06:17:10 AM
Mass Effect 2 for PC already bought, just waiting for it to unlock on Steam in 2.5 days.

Why is Braid listed for the PC this week? That game was released on the PC months ago.
5556  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: January 25, 2010, 06:13:27 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on January 25, 2010, 06:07:54 AM

Crap, 29 0f 30 Codex pages found and I can't find the last damn one to move the story forward.  mad

It's on your map. If it's not, then you haven't explored all the cities thoroughly.
5557  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: January 24, 2010, 08:04:28 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 24, 2010, 07:22:05 PM

1 day and 10ish hours!

3 days and 4 hours here. It feels so pointless having a digital download unlock at different days according to your region. Still, I've got plenty of other things to do to keep me busy while waiting.
5558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This is the Only Level on: January 24, 2010, 04:58:01 PM
8 minutes 25 seconds. Clever game.
5559  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spartacus: Blood and Sand [new TV series] on: January 23, 2010, 11:11:41 PM
I'm not impressed with the first episode. The show has promise, but only if they stop all of the fucking slow-mo and blood sprays (and stop magically manifesting tears in people's faces in less than a second). I don't think I exaggerate when I say that roughly 1/4 of the episode was in slow motion. That effect can be cool, but only when it's used sparingly and as an exception, not a rule.

On the other hand, it's refreshing to see a show with full frontal and swearing that isn't on HBO.
5560  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Someone needs to tell my boss he's doing it wrong on: January 23, 2010, 11:07:43 PM
Speaking of hand-dryers that use hot air, I read that they are way, WAY worse than paper towels when it comes to fighting germs. The hot air only moves the germs around on your hands, while the towel will actually wipe most of them off. It's the same with washing your hands without soap, even with hot water.
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