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5561  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 10, 2009, 04:17:13 PM
I was level 18 with maxed out Fireball by the time I finished chapter 2. That spell got really powerful when I leveled it from level 9 to 10. Where I previously had to wait several seconds for the spell to recharge, it now recharges in about a second, letting me kill most creatures before they get close to me. Even creatures that I in the middle of chapter 2 thought would be really hard even when fully leveled are now pretty easy, such as ogres.

In fact, the entire game has been pretty easy since about the middle of chapter 2.
5562  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 10, 2009, 08:47:41 AM
Spoiler for what? What do we have to know in advance before we click that spoiler tag? Come on, throw us a hint at least!
5563  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Grats to Mr. Obama on the Nobel prize! on: October 09, 2009, 11:07:02 AM
In my opinion, Obamas removal of the rocket shield in eastern Europe has done more for world peace than anything else in a long while. That alone should count for a lot.
5564  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 08, 2009, 09:22:02 PM
Well, Fire gains an improvement at level 5 (increased blast radius and more splash damage), so I assume Ice gains a similarly thematic upgrade at the same level. I suspect there's an additional upgrade at level 10, but I'm only at 6 so far.
5565  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 08, 2009, 03:14:31 PM

Quote from: Jag on October 08, 2009, 02:56:44 PM

Quote from: TiLT on October 08, 2009, 02:39:30 PM

How to beat Aric without becoming frustrated:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Don't go around leveling up or improving your fighting skills beyond rank 2. It's not necessary. Let him beat you once, then go talk to Caspar. He'll tell you of an alternate way to deal with him, using a bit of trickery and alcohol. Following his instructions will make the fight against Aric just as easy as the previous fight you won, or perhaps even easier.

Spoiler for Hiden:
He already beat me once (took ma money!) and now he back in the Arena waiting. Caspar has no options though.


Spoiler for Hiden:
You should get him out of the arena. Let him beat you again.
5566  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 08, 2009, 02:39:30 PM
How to beat Aric without becoming frustrated:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Don't go around leveling up or improving your fighting skills beyond rank 2. It's not necessary. Let him beat you once, then go talk to Caspar. He'll tell you of an alternate way to deal with him, using a bit of trickery and alcohol. Following his instructions will make the fight against Aric just as easy as the previous fight you won, or perhaps even easier.
5567  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age Countdown on: October 08, 2009, 09:30:21 AM
It seems I was mistaken in my assumption of what this DLC was. Turns out you HAVE to pay for this one even if you own the game, which changes things considerably. They could at least have held it back for a few weeks to not make it look like such a cash stunt.
5568  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age Countdown on: October 08, 2009, 09:11:04 AM
Hacks and cracks mean very little when it comes to the 360 and PS3, particularly the latter. Piracy is rare enough that it doesn't cause any huge problems on those platforms.
5569  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age Countdown on: October 08, 2009, 07:25:33 AM
DLC included in game packages is nothing new. My purchase of Prince of Persia from Play.com included the DLC expansion for free, for example. It was in the form of a code I could input into the PSN store that unlocked the DLC for my account. After that, the code would be invalid for anyone else attempting to use it.

The only situation in which you'd be able to access the DLC when purchasing used would be if the original owner hadn't unlocked the DLC for himself.
5570  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age Countdown on: October 08, 2009, 06:59:58 AM
The point is to make it way more appealing to purchase new rather than a used copy without making the game worthless without it. I think it's a brilliant move that could do wonders to help the game industry become more profitable. The only caveat is that not downloading the DLC shouldn't gimp the game experience. It's a nice incentive for people to support the industry.

5571  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 07, 2009, 02:30:19 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 07, 2009, 02:14:08 PM

oh, and I found the alchemist in the Monastery.  that indeed was a cool little puzzle to find him, and knowing there is an open spell makes me sad I spent 10 points on pick locks 1 & 2.

I dunno. I'm a mage and have still trained lockpicking to the second rank because I haven't found even a single Open Lock scroll, and least of all the rune. I have no idea where to find it, but I suspect it might not appear until later chapters (I'm in chapter 2).
5572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 07, 2009, 08:16:32 AM
You're not really supposed to fight that guy like that, but if you managed to win, more power to you. I couldn't take him out even on Easy and instead followed the alternate route to get through it.
5573  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need for the Speed Shift on: October 07, 2009, 06:38:58 AM
I've got the game but have too much on my plate to play it much at the moment. I'll get back to it later, but I don't know when. Need to finish all the other great games coming out first, such as Risen, Uncharted 2, Brütal Legend, Dragon Age, etc... Life sure sucks.  crybaby  Tongue
5574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 07, 2009, 06:35:04 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 07, 2009, 06:16:39 AM

OK, I'm officially starting to find combat with humans boring.  block block block, be blocked be blocked be blocked, rinse, repeat, occasionally hit

What, is your skill at level 1 or something? What you're describing is combat between two unskilled combatants. Once you get past level 1 in a combat skill you can do parries, counter attacks, side attacks (at certain ranks) and other fancy stuff that makes things more involved.
5575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 HDMI - Help on: October 07, 2009, 04:36:17 AM

Quote from: Darren8r on October 07, 2009, 04:31:40 AM

I want to get HDMI cables for my PS3, which would be the best for the best price?
What do they even do? Send more info, faster?

Some people will try to tell you that higher quality cables produce a higher quality signal. These people are clinically insane and should not be listened to. Buy the cheapest cable you can find, it makes absolutely no difference to the signal.
5576  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Use Hotmail? you may want to think about changing your password... on: October 06, 2009, 04:59:25 PM
Hooray once again for the media either not understanding or just choosing to disregard actual facts. This was followed up with "Gmail accounts also had their passwords stolen", implying that both Hotmail and Gmail have massive security holes where there are none.

This is merely a case of user stupidity. It has nothing to do with Hotmail or Gmail except that the phishers pretended to be those services. Unless you are stupid, your password is safe.
5577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 06, 2009, 03:12:57 PM

Quote from: Destructor on October 06, 2009, 02:47:31 PM

1) Where can I get Alchemy 3? I'm assuming the guy in the Monastery can do it based on posts here, but I haven't found him yet (just his lab late at night filled with +3 Wisdom books).

Spoiler for Hiden:
I think the alchemist in the monastery can train you all the way to 3. You've nearly found him. The area you're in is the correct one, but it's all a big puzzle that you need to solve. Spend some time there and look closely at your surroundings. You're bound to find him sooner or later.
5578  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 06, 2009, 02:37:55 PM
There is an alchemist in the Monastery, but he's well hidden. Trying to find him is a very cool quest in itself. smile

Enemies don't respawn, but new, more powerful enemies are added at certain points, particularly between chapters.
5579  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 06, 2009, 02:04:44 PM
Sounds like I'll be spending my 5 leftover points on Alchemy 3 then. smile

The negative side to going bananas with your alchemy skill like you've done is that you won't be able to go past the maximum training limit. The idea is to let trainers take you to the max and then use potions to increase your level past that, but when you've used the potions in advance you won't be able to do that. Still, that's only an issue if you were expecting to hit the limit in the first place.
5580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 06, 2009, 07:45:32 AM

Quote from: Destructor on October 05, 2009, 10:56:24 PM

Personally, I'm going the way of the Mages as well, but I'll be keeping the sword/shield out. Not being able to shield block is extremely dangerous against certain animals (anything that attacks 'low', like wolves and such), as you can't block them.

That's what I do too. I find I don't get penalized for using sword and board instead of a staff, especially since I'm using an enchanted sword that gives me +1 to the Sword skill, leaving it at the same level as Staff. I've got much better weapons lying around (including a 50 or so damage staff), but I don't want to use my precious Learning Points to increase my Strength enough to use them. I'm considering improving my Alchemy to level 3 and creating some permanent strength potions since I'll never hit the cap in that stat anyway.
5581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 05, 2009, 07:42:25 PM
I think this might be a game I could actually replay. I feel like I've skipped a large amount of content by going with the mages instead of the bandit camp. Not only would that give me a different view of the story, but I'd also use different skills from the ones I use right now. Focusing on melee must be a pretty different experience from trying to fireball monsters to death before they get close to you.
5582  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 05, 2009, 05:45:13 PM

Quote from: Aganazer on October 05, 2009, 05:30:42 PM

Damn, and I beat that bastard twice! He is really hard. Oh well... It was a very good learning experience. At least it got me ready for all those War Crickets.  paranoid

What, you mean the ones that go down in 3 fireballs? Tongue
5583  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 05, 2009, 05:21:37 PM

Quote from: baelthazar on October 05, 2009, 03:49:35 PM

I like the game, but combat can really tick you off. Be ready to hit the "load" button tons of times. Right now I'm trying to beat a particularly nasty guy, for the second time, and it is hard as nails!

If you find yourself up against a really frustrating fight, you've done something wrong. Either you're in a location you're not supposed to be in yet (gain a few more levels first) or you're not supposed to deal with the situation that way. I got frustrated because of the latter during a section in the early part of the Monastery (for mages. Dunno if it's the same for warriors) where I had to fight a specific guy that could take 30-40 hits to go down while he took me out in 1 or 2. Turns out there's a much better way to deal with that situation if you ask around a little.
5584  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 05, 2009, 04:31:32 AM
I had that bug too. More alarmingly, it returned for the main quest in chapter 2, forcing me through the roof when I tried to enter a very important doorway. I don't understand why this hasn't been mentioned anywhere else that I can find on the Internet. I was starting to fear that I wouldn't be able to proceed until I transformed into a Nautilus, which let me pass through.

Having said that, I haven't actually found many bugs in this game. It's been the two doorways as well as a monster that got stuck in terrain and some bizarre movements when falling down from somewhere. Minor stuff, except the doorway thing.
5585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: October 05, 2009, 04:25:29 AM
All your companions are your current level at any given time, regardless of whether you bring them along or not.
5586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen:Could it be a surprise hit? on: October 02, 2009, 04:24:48 PM
Yeah, it's a carbon copy of Gothic 2. However, the reviewer from Realgamer seems to think Risen copies Fable, Monster Hunter and The Elder Scrolls. It's as if he's trying to be an internet troll on purpose.
5587  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen:Could it be a surprise hit? on: October 02, 2009, 08:20:42 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 02, 2009, 07:24:24 AM


Keep in mind that these two reviews seem to be written by people with no real relation to the Gothic series. Particularly the Realgamer review suffers from that. The 360 port also seems to be very shoddy, as the PC version doesn't suffer from most of the negatives presented in these reviews.

This segment from the Realgamer review is extremely damning for the reviewer:
Quote
The thing that annoys me most about Risen is the brazen way it steals ideas from so many better sources and pretends that they are in some way original. After half an hour an experienced RPG-er will likely be suffering from severe gamer deja-vu: chests are hidden and opened exactly as they are in Fable, the item collection and filing is practically the same as in Monster Hunter, dialogue and character interactions are a very poor copy of the system used by Bethesda, the setting has been done a hundred times before and the whole thing ends up feeling like a collection of leftovers. With the performance issues, there is practically nothing to keep you playing beyond an urge to find out how much worse things can get.

Oh my, that man is going to get flamed to death today.
5588  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Day One - post apoc survival show from LOSt guy on: October 02, 2009, 04:38:39 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 29, 2009, 01:20:35 AM

after seeing so many series I like get canned in their first season I think I'll wait for this to get a second season (if it gets picked up beyonf the pilot) and then rent it on DVD.

And you wonder why series get canceled...
5589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: October 02, 2009, 04:31:57 AM

Quote from: ANZAC on October 02, 2009, 03:56:01 AM

How is character creation?

Male. female, customization?

There is no character creation in Gothic/Risen. All character customization is done through training by using XP.
5590  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen:Could it be a surprise hit? on: October 01, 2009, 09:57:44 PM
According to the reviews I've read, Risen is a very polished and bug-free product. Yes, they've found some minor glitches, but nothing near the scale of what we're used to from the Gothics.
5591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Street Fighter to be revealed tomorrow? on: October 01, 2009, 04:43:15 AM
Moves are easier to pull off in SF4 than they were in SF2. Even the least talented players I've seen try this game had no problems with regular moves after 15-30 minutes of basic practice.
5592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need for the Speed Shift on: September 30, 2009, 03:34:39 PM
I love Grid, which was actually my first real car game ever. Need for Speed: Shift is my second such game if you don't count games like Mafia, GTA and Burnout Paradise. I use a Logitech Momo Steering Wheel.

I used the overhead view in Grid and use the cockpit view in NFS:Shift. The experience is very different, but fun in both games.
5593  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ever wonder what might hold up a Planescape re-release? on: September 30, 2009, 03:32:38 PM
I find it very unlikely that the unannounced D&D game would be Dark Sun. The problem there is that games have a development cycle of 2-3 years, while RPG books rarely have more than 1 year. Developing a game based on rules that aren't yet written can only lead to disaster. Just look at Pool of Radiance 2, where the developers didn't have access to the rules until the end of the development cycle. Dark Sun also isn't an as universally appealing setting as Forgotten Realms.
5594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need for the Speed Shift on: September 30, 2009, 02:05:25 PM
The impression I've gotten is that people who play with the overhead view hate the game, while those who play with cockpit view love it. I fall into the latter category.
5595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Street Fighter to be revealed tomorrow? on: September 30, 2009, 01:58:47 PM
No arcade release is a good thing for most of us. The reason SF4 hasn't received any balance patches is because it would mean the game would be too different between the arcade and console versions, rendering skills learned in one useless in the other. Without an arcade version we're actually more likely to get good balance.

The EX bars build up with every attack you take and receive, as well as a few other things. When full you can pull off a Super move, and you can also use parts of the bar to pull off stronger EX-variations of regular special moves. It's not very complicated.
5596  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic BETA SIGNUP on: September 30, 2009, 10:31:38 AM
Me too. That entire signup site is an atrocity. It's buggy and seems to require admin privileges. I guess my beta signup isn't meant to be.
5597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen from Pirhana Bytes on: September 29, 2009, 05:11:28 PM
The game will be available for digital download from http://www.risen-shop.com almost a whole day before Steam, and for a cheaper price too. It seems to be limited to customers from certain European countries, but I was able to purchase the download as a UK customer even though I'm in Norway (which isn't in the EU, and isn't one of the countries listed at the site).
5598  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Street Fighter to be revealed tomorrow? on: September 29, 2009, 02:39:36 PM
It's still at least half a year until we get Super Street Fighter IV, so it's not like buying SFIV now would be a waste of money.
5599  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Street Fighter to be revealed tomorrow? on: September 29, 2009, 04:28:43 AM
It's Super Street Fighter IV, a full new release. 8 new characters, a rebalancing of the old ones, and a lower asking price than the original.

http://tgs.gamespot.com/story/6230625/super-street-fighter-iv-impressions-first-look?tag=topslot;thumb;1
5600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ever wonder what might hold up a Planescape re-release? on: September 28, 2009, 05:59:16 PM
"A new Planescape" doesn't necessarily mean a sequel. The Nameless One isn't the only thing going in in Planescape, you know. smile

From what I've heard, a 4th Edition D&D CRPG is either getting announced or is coming out in 2010. We can hope it's Planescape, but I seriously doubt it.
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