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5641  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: September 14, 2009, 08:40:18 PM
About Poison Ivy:

Spoiler for Hiden:
I had a really hard time with her until I realized I could fire my batarangs at her without aiming. If I tried to aim, I would be hit by the fireballs. If I just fired without aiming, I could dodge them with ease. The fight got MUCH easier once I realized this.
5642  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: September 14, 2009, 04:31:20 AM

Quote from: crumsteel on September 13, 2009, 11:31:59 PM

Beat the game today. What a great ride, not have I been that in to a game since bioshock. I only got 65% but I am happy with that. I don't feel a need to try and solve all the riddles or do the challenges - the game and story it self was great.

The riddles are part of the story, and in a very satisfying way. You'll see what I mean if you get them all. smile
5643  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: inFamous or KillZone 2 on: September 14, 2009, 04:30:15 AM
I thought Prototype was WAY better than Infamous (which annoyed me from start to end), so my vote goes to KZ2.
5644  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Org Behavior on: September 10, 2009, 04:17:59 PM
Thank You For Smoking.
5645  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Org Behavior on: September 10, 2009, 02:39:25 PM
The Firm?
5646  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Live Action TV Series begins casting on: September 09, 2009, 06:42:32 AM
You should all read the Wikipedia page for the series.

There aren't going to be any jedi or sith (though they'll be mentioned), and the tone of the show will be mature. Battlestar Galactica and Firefly have been cited as influences.
5647  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves revealed! on: September 09, 2009, 06:36:13 AM

Quote from: Turtle on September 09, 2009, 01:24:44 AM

They just did a poor job of training the player to deal with this situation.  It became trial and error along with timing.

They should have had recorded dialog of Nate talking to himself, telling himself to "wait for it... wait for it... move!" etc... Which would have help clue the player into what was going on.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I disagree strongly. The shooting of the boxes had happened all the way throughout the final level, so you should have been prepared for him to destroy your cover. From experience you would also know he'd need to reload, giving you time to get closer. The final QTE was just the Brutal Combo that you *should* have been using numerous times throughout the game, and it IS the most natural thing to do when you run up next to him, so most people might have just hit those keys anyway. I think I completed that sequence on the second attempt, using the first attempt to realize I'd get shot if I stood up too early.
5648  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Case of Swine Flu confirmed at PAX on: September 08, 2009, 08:13:58 PM
Man, the hysteria regarding swine flu is absurd. It's actually less dangerous than the regular flu, yet nobody would post a thread about someone at PAX having that, would they?
5649  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves revealed! on: September 08, 2009, 08:11:50 PM
Yeah, the boss fight is actually about getting to the boss in the first place. Once you're next to him, he's toast. It suits the game perfectly, as a prolonged boss battle would feel out of place.
5650  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves revealed! on: September 08, 2009, 05:27:24 AM
Tastes differ, I guess. I loved the way they did the ending. Without spoiling anything, all you have to do is a button combination you should have done many times throughout the game during regular fights, and that's that. The game doesn't cheapen the experience with this either, as there's plenty of normal fighting against the boss and his minions before the QTE.
5651  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: September 07, 2009, 12:03:45 PM

Quote from: Punisher on September 07, 2009, 11:43:58 AM

we already have random encounters.

No we don't. There are no random encounters in Arkham Asylum.
5652  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Freespace series on: September 07, 2009, 04:27:15 AM
You might want to run the mod that lets you play Freespace 1 as a mod to Freespace 2 instead. Lets you get the advantages of the improved engine.
5653  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: September 04, 2009, 06:37:20 PM
It's a bit disappointing in that this means we probably won't see Rohan for another year, while what we get instead is only slightly larger than one of the patches we were used to last year, but this time we have to pay for it. It doesn't help that the developers have repeatedly hinted that Dol Guldur and Southern Mirkwood would be a free update.

Turbine built up a lot of goodwill with how they handled the first year after LOTRO's launch. I hope this isn't a sign of their new direction.
5654  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: September 04, 2009, 12:53:49 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 04, 2009, 12:16:56 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 04, 2009, 05:27:31 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 04, 2009, 04:59:46 AM

Quote from: warning on September 04, 2009, 04:47:34 AM

Man.  Does it seem like the guy who does Spike's voice from Cowboy Bebop does the voice for every third character you meet?

speaking of voices, looking at the IMDB cast list there are parts listed that I don't remember being in the game, like:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Richard Moll as Two Face/Harvey Dent and Efrem Zimbalist Jr as Alfred Pennyworth.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I mentioned Harvey Dent's voice casting earlier in this thread. I expect that the first DLC for the game will have us fighting Harvey in Gotham City while Alfred provides support over the comlink. They've probably already finished the voices along with the rest of the main game.

They were both the voices for the same characters in the animated series.  There may have been some cutting/pasting going on with the IMDB listing.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I doubt it. Particularly since Batman leaves to fight Harvey Dent in the end, clearly leading into an expansion or DLC adventure.
5655  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: September 04, 2009, 05:27:31 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 04, 2009, 04:59:46 AM

Quote from: warning on September 04, 2009, 04:47:34 AM

Man.  Does it seem like the guy who does Spike's voice from Cowboy Bebop does the voice for every third character you meet?

speaking of voices, looking at the IMDB cast list there are parts listed that I don't remember being in the game, like:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Richard Moll as Two Face/Harvey Dent and Efrem Zimbalist Jr as Alfred Pennyworth.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I mentioned Harvey Dent's voice casting earlier in this thread. I expect that the first DLC for the game will have us fighting Harvey in Gotham City while Alfred provides support over the comlink. They've probably already finished the voices along with the rest of the main game.
5656  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 7 Beta on: September 02, 2009, 07:50:18 PM
October 22nd, from what I can see.
5657  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: September 02, 2009, 06:21:30 PM
It's not an actual item, just an extra costume part under the Back header. Go to the costume designer to see it. It's got its own section in the upper right of the menus.

This all assumes you've actually registered your preorder key first though.
5658  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starting casting on: September 02, 2009, 04:35:45 AM
Huh, that was unexpected. I hope she's prepared to be naked on screen... a lot.
5659  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: September 01, 2009, 05:18:52 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on September 01, 2009, 05:15:30 PM

That would be Wally Wingert, accomplished voice actor going back to The Secret of Monkey Island in 1990.

That's extra impressive considering Monkey Island had no voice actors.

Psst, read the IMDB list more closely next time. slywink
5660  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Freespace series on: September 01, 2009, 04:08:30 PM
Considering I played through them with a mouse and keyboard combination, I'd say they're definitely playable that way. I'd still recommend getting a force-feedback joystick though, if nothing else just to feel the afterburner and the kickback from your missiles.
5661  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: September 01, 2009, 12:19:13 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on September 01, 2009, 11:15:21 AM

did you hear the Riddler tape with the Riddle about the baby!!! icon_eek

- That's horrible! How can you even joke about something like that?
- Easy. It's not my baby.

Best tape in the whole game. The actor who does the Riddler obviously goes for the Jim Carrey style of voice, but it works very well.
5662  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War III teaser video on: September 01, 2009, 11:02:38 AM
I never played either game, so this is a certain buy for me. A friend of mine has been insisting that I try the GoW series for a while, so this is my chance.
5663  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Lost] Does it make sense? on: September 01, 2009, 04:45:59 AM
"The Constant" is also the worst episode in that it made fans who don't understand what's happening in the series explain every mystery with "this happened because that person is that different person's constant!". You can barely find a theory discussion at Lostpedia that doesn't involve a sentence like that.
5664  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War III teaser video on: August 31, 2009, 07:50:42 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 31, 2009, 07:34:43 PM

I wish I hadn't played these on my BC PS3 now, in a way.  Although I doubt I would have finished them in time for #3.

HAH! There's your punishment for having bought one of those fancy PS3s when they were new and hot. Those of us who were smart or cheap enough to wait get the last laugh, muahahaha!

*wanders off to cry in a corner*  crybaby
5665  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Lost] Does it make sense? on: August 31, 2009, 01:27:01 PM
Season 6 is the final one, but it doesn't air until February next year. Season 5 is as far as we have come by now, but by that season the show went into complete answer-mode instead of presenting new questions all the time. Only a few core mysteries remain now.
5666  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: August 31, 2009, 01:24:13 PM
You might as well speak Greek to me when talking about a 360-controller. I'm on the PS3.
5667  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Lost] Does it make sense? on: August 31, 2009, 01:10:45 PM
How far into the show are you? Around the middle of season 3 the first hints should start to drop about what's actually going on, and they'll get stronger towards the end of season 4, while season 5 spells it out in big, bold letters.

It's not a dream. It's not Hell. It's not Purgatory. Dismiss the spiritual and keep an open mind. Your questions will get answered. smile

5668  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: August 31, 2009, 01:05:30 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on August 31, 2009, 12:42:21 PM

Right now my moves list is still very limited, but still...Tips for keeping a combo going?

Try jumping instead of parrying?

Don't worry too much about combos while playing the story mode. You'll have plenty of opportunities for massive combos once you start dealing with the challenge mode.
5669  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need evidence that PC gaming isn't dead on: August 31, 2009, 08:16:45 AM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on August 31, 2009, 07:55:48 AM

And when powerful consoles don't break down every few months.

Well, the PS3 is pretty stable, so I'd trust it more than a PC when it comes to reliability.

I've almost completely stopped using my PC for games other than MMORPGs after I got my PS3. There are many reasons for this, but I find the most compelling one is that I don't want to play a game on the PC when I can play it on my PS3 and earn trophies. Yes, I'm a trophy whore.
5670  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Dark Sun is coming back! on: August 30, 2009, 08:55:27 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on August 30, 2009, 08:17:32 PM

I'm excited. I just hope it's earlier in 2k10 than later.

Well... PHB3 needs to be released first (Dark Sun relies heavily on material from it, considering it uses psionics), so it can't be any earlier than that at least. My money is on late 2010.
5671  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: August 29, 2009, 07:51:13 PM
Having finished the game, I now know what the next piece of DLC will be for this game. Only read this if you've finished the game:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Batman vs Harvey Dent in Arkham. If you check the IMDB page for the game, you'll see a voice actor for harvey Dent/Two-Face even though he doesn't appear in the game (as far as I know). This seems to indicate that they've already recorded the dialogue for the DLC.
5672  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: August 25, 2009, 08:18:13 PM
Well well, I just bought myself a new PC so advanced that it's probably smarter than me. I guess that means I'll be subscribing to Champions Online so that it can have something to struggle with. smile
5673  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 25, 2009, 07:12:22 PM

Quote from: Arclight on August 25, 2009, 06:18:35 PM

But when you go into PvP...

"When"? I'd say "If". Most of us probably don't want to bother with PvP at all, except perhaps as a mild distraction. You can look at LOTRO for a good example of how this kind of PvP focus develops in a community. That game has almost two separate communities of players: The PvEers who spend pretty much all their time PvEing, and the PvPers who spend pretty much all their time PvPing. There's only rarely any mingling between the two groups, and when that happens it's only temporary.

Also, that game has classes that are clearly better in PvP than others, but the devs wisely decided not to change the classes based on PvP feedback. Does that mean those "weaker" classes don't show up in PvP matches? Nope, not from what I hear.
5674  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Mysteries of the Universe: The Dharma Initiative on: August 25, 2009, 04:52:33 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 24, 2009, 11:54:49 PM

wouldn't it be hilarious if they didn't solve anything in the final season?

Well, they've already said that it won't solve everything at least. So no, we don't get to know exactly what the numbers are for example.
5675  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/24) on: August 24, 2009, 06:44:47 AM
Batman: Arkham Asylum. And perhaps Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box. Not quite sure yet.
5676  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 23, 2009, 09:54:51 PM
Gah, if they deliberately overdo the nerfs in order to gauge the reaction, that's a development style that's going to piss me off FAR more than them just making a mistake.
5677  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 23, 2009, 09:39:34 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 23, 2009, 09:02:48 PM

I kinda like the xp change so far.  It took things from being way too easy to being a bit challenging since the point that you get to missions you're a little lower level than previously.  Before, nothing was even close to a challenge but now I'm having to step back and think or I die.

It's not about challenge. It's about there not being enough content to level with. To put it into perspective, someone pointed out that to level exclusively by grinding mobs (which you'd be forced to do at this rate of XP gain at some point) you'd need to kill about 1000 henchmen around level 10 to gain one level. At level 26 (which was the level used as an example) you'd need 10000 henchmen. Does that sound fun or challenging?

The devs have already said that they've probably turned the xp rate down too low and will be taking it slightly up again. Even so, it sounds like this means you'll have to do every quest available at every level in order to avoid a grind (if even that is enough). They simply don't have the quest content to go with this design idea.

This is the ideal kind of MMORPG for "quick" advancement. You're encouraged to have plenty of alts, and are probably going to want to. The way it's looking now, those of us who are casual players (ie. the majority) will be turned off. I know I'm reconsidering my purchase (also because of the horrible performance in Windows 7, but I digress). Hardcore players (who are less than 5% of an average MMORPG's playerbase last I heard a developer mention anything about that) will never be happy anyway with a game like this.
5678  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo 3 playable at Blizzcon on: August 23, 2009, 11:21:53 AM
Am I the only one who felt that the "boss" during the monk trailer didn't feel Diablo-like at all, but looked like something out of WoW? In my eyes, that's not a good thing, particularly since I feel the two game series have always had very different styles.
5679  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: August 21, 2009, 05:12:49 PM

Quote from: Jag on August 21, 2009, 03:02:04 PM

As much as I don't want to compare WoW to LOTRO, WoW was smart when they changed the leveling group quests to solo quests in recognition of the fact that those early areas are just not very populated anymore.

LOTRO is doing that too. It's already happened with Book 1, and I believe the next patch will do the same thing to Books 2 and 3.
5680  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online Open Beta impressions (starting Aug. 17) on: August 20, 2009, 12:25:52 PM
Check the Technical Issues forum. There are many threads about it, including two where CO reps have responded and asked for game logs from those suffering from the problem.
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