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5921  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heavy Rain Impressions [Everything Spoiler Tagged] on: February 25, 2010, 11:13:46 AM
I think I've gotten pretty far in the game now. It's longer than I thought and the end still isn't within sight, though the clues are starting to come together into a coherent whole.

Heavy Rain completely sucked me in last night and I literally wasn't able to put it away until I had to go to bed. I was lucky enough to start late at work this morning, so I got up early and played for a few hours before leaving. Now I just want to go home and play more! smile

There's a level of tension in HR that no other game I've played has ever come even close to. Almost every scene has real consequences for the story and the main characters, and I've been in plenty of life-or-death situations for most of them. Things are going reasonably well so far (or so I think), but the choices I make are never easy, neither in the process of deciding on a choice or trying to actually accomplish them. I've almost squealed from terror in some scenes when I was sure I was about to get a character killed, but I've so far managed to get through everything unscathed (figuratively speaking). Managing to pull off flawless execution of something unexpected (such as winning every action in a fistfight) is extremely satisfying, and failing something is extremely painful because I sympathize with these characters.

It's also a completely unique experience for me to fail something and not immediately load a previous save. Making choices and sticking with them no matter the outcome is strangely satisfying and affects me on a level that no game has touched so far.

Too bad we probably won't see a game like this again for years.

Spoiler for a chapter which I think is called "The Doctor". If that doesn't ring a bell, DON'T CLICK!
Spoiler for Hiden:
Madison sure manages to get into the most dreadful of situations. I got knocked out by the doctor (after wisely ignoring the drink but unwisely not leaving after I got the evidence I needed). The scene where he talks about what's about to happen to you and you struggle to get free is TENSE! When all I was left with was to scream, I kept hitting that button over and over in a panicky state. It was awesome! smile
5922  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fileplanets Valentine Nudity on: February 25, 2010, 07:26:49 AM
I lose interest in any game or its contents if it was clearly made while the developer was masturbating.

Also, why would anyone want every female character in games to look like supermodels? Except Daehawk, that is. The modders did this with Dragon Age too under the pretense of "making the characters more realistic". My ass!
5923  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] Heavy Rain - PS3 on: February 24, 2010, 10:55:11 PM
Almost all the trophies are secret in this game, with a few minor exceptions. If I recall correctly, those exceptions are "Finish the game" (bronze), "Have all 4 main characters survive" (silver) and "See all possible endings" (gold).
5924  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: the Steam is a changing on: February 24, 2010, 10:40:42 PM
I'm having a problem where none of the text in the drop-down menus is rendered. I can't see what I'm clicking.
5925  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heavy Rain Impressions [Everything Spoiler Tagged] on: February 24, 2010, 09:23:35 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 24, 2010, 07:54:58 PM

I'm interested to see what you guys think when you get to the first scene with the reporter.  I was pretty blown away.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I got more and more panicky as the scene progressed. Every time it seemed like I was about to get a clean break I managed to mess something up, sometimes even in rapid succession. I finally got into the bathroom and felt a sense of dread as I knew that I couldn't escape. I was still pretty shocked when a guy snuck up behind me and cut my throat. They did a good job of making this sequence pretty damn hard in order to not only make it feel like you're in way over your head and failing, but also just to build tension and hammer in the fact that it's not the game that is making you fail, it's all you.
5926  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 24, 2010, 12:56:40 PM
He's looking awfully smug.
5927  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 24, 2010, 07:45:16 AM
Interrupts always appear regardless of your paragon/renegade scores too. It's only the conversation options that are unavailable if your score is too low.

I also managed to achieve both loyalty and rescue in that mission thanks to my high Paragon score and making the right choices in the end.
5928  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: /me winces as he pushes the button on a new 160 gig intel ssd. on: February 24, 2010, 07:35:57 AM
So does TRIM mean that deleted files on the disk are unrecoverable?
5929  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO Volume III: Allies of the King book 1: Oath of the Rangers on: February 23, 2010, 07:43:16 PM

Quote from: Jaddison on February 23, 2010, 06:38:09 PM

I am hoping for mounted combat in Rohan...now that would be fun if done right

I've been hoping for a while that the legendary item system was just a test drive of the system they will implement for mounts when Rohan hits. Imagine having a horse that can gain levels and skills and that you can equip with various types of barding.
5930  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system: on: February 23, 2010, 07:41:22 PM
Whenever someone does something absurdly bad, there'll always be someone around to defend them, no matter how morally reprehensible the situation. It's human nature. Tongue
5931  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's cold! on: February 23, 2010, 02:13:32 PM
Well, it's cold here, but that also means there's no new snow as well. Once you get past a certain temperature, the skies clear and snow stops falling. The result is that all the roads and sidewalks are covered with steel ice that makes people slip and fall.
5932  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It's cold! on: February 23, 2010, 09:53:01 AM
The cold just won't let go this year. Today was the coldest measured day in Trondheim in 52 years at -24.3 degrees C (0.7 degrees above the coldest recorded temperature here ever). Combined with temporarily increased costs for electrical power these last few days (by a factor of about 10!), these should be a couple of expensive months.
5933  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: /me winces as he pushes the button on a new 160 gig intel ssd. on: February 23, 2010, 06:13:53 AM

Quote from: Vidiot on February 23, 2010, 04:48:00 AM

Probably too late for you, but another great trick for a desktop box depending on the price of the week at newegg.  Buy 2x 80GB drives instead of a 160GB drive.  Most desktop systems will have plenty of SATA ports (personally I recommend using the ICH ports for this on an Intel system).  Then put the drives in RAID-0.  You will get nearly 2x the speed and the same density... 

... and twice the risk of fatal data loss. Never going that route again.
5934  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system: on: February 23, 2010, 05:42:24 AM

Quote from: Geezer on February 23, 2010, 04:25:07 AM

UBI is not the problem - blame the pirates for making publishers resort to this bullshit.  I guess that's my fundamental issue here - assholes *steal* shit that doesn't belong to them and the publisher is blamed for having to keep putting bigger locks on their doors.  WTF?

Are you really so naive as to think this is true? This doesn't stop pirates. In fact, the pirates won't even notice this protection because it'll be stripped away by crackers by the time they get their hands on it. Ubisoft has taken a giant step towards making pirated games more user-friendly than original ones.

I don't use a single piece of pirated software. I have about 25 original PS3-games (not counting PSN-titles), 8 PSP games, a dozen DS games, around 50+ PC games (not counting digital purchases) and vast amounts of music software. All of it is original.

I can tell you right now that if I see a Ubisoft game I like that is protected by this DRM, I will pirate it. I won't even feel bad about doing so.
5935  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] ace attorney investigations impressions on: February 23, 2010, 05:30:32 AM

Quote from: Louis Cypher on February 23, 2010, 03:28:47 AM

I got a DS just to play the Phoenix Wright series so I'm pretty excited about picking this up.

Make sure you play them in order! There's lots of subtle and not-so-subtle references to earlier cases.
5936  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: /me winces as he pushes the button on a new 160 gig intel ssd. on: February 22, 2010, 08:22:34 AM
Man, that's a bit much for such a limited amount of storage. I'm very tempted by the newest types of SSD disks (particularly since I stream enormous amounts of data when composing music, which is the reason I have 12GB RAM), but they're just way too expensive for now. They're probably going to drop quickly in price over the next year as consumers become more aware of them though.
5937  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/22) on: February 22, 2010, 07:12:34 AM
Heavy Rain, woo! It's one of the most important reasons I bought a PS3 over a year ago. smile
5938  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 22, 2010, 05:25:15 AM

Quote from: rickfc on February 22, 2010, 03:10:19 AM

Just out of curiosity, did you guys have the game installed on your HDD?

Why would that make a difference?

Btw, add me to the people who had that mission bug out on me. I played it on PC.
5939  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Charge devices through WiFi on: February 20, 2010, 10:58:35 PM
There's been done tons of research on the dangers of wi-fi waves on humans, particularly since there's quite a few people claiming to be allergic to them. I believe every single one of those research reports has concluded that the use of wi-fi today is way, way below any dangerous levels, and will remain there due to rules and regulations set up to protect us from such a situation. Tests with so-called allergics have also, in most cases, concluded that when tested in controlled circumstances they were completely unable to determine if there were wi-fi signals or not in the vicinity.

Sadly, I can't locate the sources of these claims as it's been a while since I read them, and they were in Norwegian anyway.
5940  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 5 DLC missions on: February 20, 2010, 10:01:42 PM

Quote from: Turtle on February 20, 2010, 08:45:45 PM

So, does this have actual undead zombies in it instead of the plagas?

There's only one enemy type in this mission, and they're neither zombie nor plagas as far as I can tell.
5941  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 5 DLC missions on: February 20, 2010, 07:35:28 PM

Quote from: Ridah on February 20, 2010, 06:20:35 PM

I'm about to play it probably Sunday or Monday night. You don't need to have completed the main game to play this, right?

Nope, that shouldn't be necessary. The mission doesn't contain any spoilers for the main game either (except that it introduces you to something the game waits with until the halfway point).

I finished it earlier today. It's a really nice change of pace from the main game.
5942  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 5 DLC missions on: February 20, 2010, 10:25:25 AM
So, I picked up Lost in Nightmares yesterday and played it for a while (haven't finished it yet). It's actually really really good. They went away from the action in RE5 and made it more like RE1, both in looks and in mood.

The mission takes place in the Spencer mansion. You're there to apprehend the guy and encounter Wesker (as we saw in a couple of cutscenes in the main game). The mansion itself is very similar to the RE1 mansion, to the point that you may round a corner expecting a certain enemy there. Speaking of enemies, there's very little combat. Enemies are rare, but very dangerous and scary. Opposition mostly comes in the form of "puzzles" and exploration.

Anyone else play it?
5943  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] Heavy Rain - PS3 on: February 20, 2010, 12:01:44 AM

Quote from: Razgon on February 19, 2010, 11:58:12 PM

this is pointless..

you are right, the game is awesome...congratulations! you won!

Sigh, we are obviously talking about completely different things here. I'm not saying the game is awesome (well, almost). I'm saying that you're dismissing it completely based on information you DID NOT GET in the demo, and refuse to listen when the information you're missing is given to you.
5944  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] Heavy Rain - PS3 on: February 19, 2010, 11:45:36 PM

Quote from: Razgon on February 19, 2010, 11:40:27 PM

actually, I did say the exact same thing in my original post, you just decided to ignore it since it suited your purpose here. You'r sounding like you want me to be wrong no matter what I say´, and I dont get it.

Did you like the voiceacting? Did you feel you have any impact on the story? Did you feel it was you in there? If you did, then the game did what its supposed to do for you, but it certainly didnt do so for.

No, you didn't say the exact same thing. You made it sound as if there wasn't any impact from your actions even in that single scene. Of course you can't tell if it has an impact further into the game, but you already knew that before trying the demo, so why pretend that you're surprised and disappointed? You've yourself seen that the scene can end up in very different ways, even if the guy always appears in the end anyway. There are many choices you made that may or may not reappear later. From the reviews I've read, they will reappear. Yet you seem to choose to ignore this for some reason I honestly can't understand.

I liked the voice acting in the demo, btw.

5945  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] Heavy Rain - PS3 on: February 19, 2010, 11:20:52 PM

Quote from: Razgon on February 19, 2010, 11:08:07 PM

So, the demo is a poor representation of the game? How do you know? You played the full game?  If you have, can you comment of the fact that all you do is press the buttons shown you on the screen to press? No choice whatsoever...

in dialogue, there is little if any clue as to what will happen if you select one option..I can only select what the game wants me to select, driving me /forcing me down the same path..or so it seems.

What the heck are you talking about? I'm losing you here.

Do you feel like you have choice in the classic adventure games where you have only one default action whenever you click on something? Take the new Telltale games for example. You click somewhere to move there. You click on an object to interact with it. The only variation comes when you use inventory items on something. You don't even get to choose a path, as no matter what choices you make, you always end up with the same result. Yet these games are brilliant and never criticized for the things you just mentioned.

In Heavy Rain you move around in the scenes freely and interact with whatever you want. Sometimes you have a time limit, which is probably the case in the hotel scene (not that I checked). You can easily pass by possible actions (did you investigate the fridge?) and never even know. Your choices in dialogue can have a large effect on what's going to happen (my first attempts in the demo were to try and sympathize with the woman, which backfired. She sent me away without answering my questions. My second attempt was more pushy, and she gave in). Some actions have immediate effects (if you place money on the table you can use your payment as an argument during the conversation, which might influence its outcome). You only get to ask a few questions before the conversation is cut short, but you always have a choice between several dialogue options, some of which open new ones. Did you ask the right ones? Did you get the info you needed? Did you act when the customer arrived later? In what way (polite or aggressive)? Did you win or lose the fight against him? Did you leave your card at the scene?

You're sounding like you made up your mind about the demo's possibilities without actually trying to look for them.
5946  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] Heavy Rain - PS3 on: February 19, 2010, 11:05:14 PM

Quote from: Razgon on February 19, 2010, 10:56:41 PM

But appearently according to Tilt I'm wrong because other people say so?? If that isnt the emperors new clothes, I dont know what is...

No, you're not wrong because other people say so. You're wrong because ALL the other people say so. Tongue
5947  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] Heavy Rain - PS3 on: February 19, 2010, 10:32:54 PM

Quote from: Razgon on February 19, 2010, 10:17:14 PM

huh? no -. I saw Avatar after the reviewers raved about it, and I was right - emperors new clothes... I've tried the demo here which is supposedly representative of the game, and found it lacking, so..why should I trust what reviewers who say this game is good?

Because they are pretty much unanimously saying it rocks, and you haven't played the full game. Those are two excellent reasons to me.
5948  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] Heavy Rain - PS3 on: February 19, 2010, 10:14:59 PM

Quote from: Razgon on February 19, 2010, 10:04:48 PM

I dont understand where you get that, Turtle...

I tried the demo as well, and..well, it was boring, frankly..all I had to do was press the buttons shown on the screen, and then it showed me a movie, with some poorly written dialogue.

I like what its trying to do, but to me, its just not as interesting as Indigo and nowhere near as interesting as Omikron, which was brillaint, and a totally different kind of game.

I guess we'll see...but I have a feeling this is the Avatar of video games...lots of flashy stuff with little or no substance

You really don't trust reviewers, do you?
5949  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games You Finished in 2010 on: February 19, 2010, 10:13:43 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on February 19, 2010, 10:06:06 PM

You know what to do! icon_cool

Yes, post in the existing thread. slywink
5950  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Actors You Wish Had Made It Bigger on: February 19, 2010, 08:21:48 PM
Ed Harris. He makes any movie better just by being in it.
5951  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Super Street Fighter IV to be revealed tomorrow? on: February 19, 2010, 06:10:22 PM

Quote from: KePoW on February 19, 2010, 03:26:12 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 19, 2010, 08:10:59 AM

Okay then, that makes me hate her less. smile Now I can limit my hate to Sakura.

Sakura is a girl too  slywink

I know that, of course. My hate for her is because of her stereotypical Japanese schoolgirl style. Watching the second Street Fighter anime made her even more annoying.
5952  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Has anyone joined Ubisoft's "Uplay" yet? on: February 19, 2010, 06:09:17 PM
I think they're just trying to ease us gently into the system before unleashing more microtransactions and encouraging us to actually purchase stuff there with real money.
5953  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Windows 7 Indexing - files come and go on: February 19, 2010, 09:14:03 AM
That's because Search prioritizes programs over the control panel.
5954  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Super Street Fighter IV to be revealed tomorrow? on: February 19, 2010, 08:10:59 AM
Okay then, that makes me hate her less. smile Now I can limit my hate to Sakura.
5955  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason) on: February 19, 2010, 07:19:56 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on February 19, 2010, 06:21:21 AM

A co-worker told me Bauer used himself as a conductor to electrocute a bad guy. He mentioned how stupid and insane that was. I correct him by pointing out that Jack Bauer is a conductor of pure awesome, at which point my co-worker conceded the argument.

I don't see how that is stupid. Granted, it's been a while since I took physics classes, but from what I remember (and we tried this as a live experiment too), only the end of a chain of people holding hands will notice much of the electrical current running through them.
5956  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Windows 7 Indexing - files come and go on: February 19, 2010, 06:10:38 AM
Is it actually stored in an indexed location? I don't think your entire HD is being indexed by default, but you get the option to index non-default locations when you attempt to search them manually. Your libraries are auto-indexed.
5957  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Super Street Fighter IV to be revealed tomorrow? on: February 19, 2010, 06:02:53 AM
I could have sworn I read that he/she is a young boy, and I didn't notice he/she was wearing anything underneath the white outfit in the videos I saw... Strange.
5958  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Super Street Fighter IV to be revealed tomorrow? on: February 19, 2010, 05:34:06 AM

Quote from: KePoW on February 18, 2010, 10:28:47 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 18, 2010, 03:15:11 PM

While I appreciate new fighters for the game, the 12-year old karate boy is going to annoy me in much the same way as Sakura. They're way too typical of poor anime and its clichés.

Makoto?  That's a girl...

No, I'm not talking about the "ninja". The other one.
5959  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 18, 2010, 08:41:43 PM
You start with an SMG unless you're a Soldier. In the latter case you can't get an SMG at all, I think.
5960  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: February 18, 2010, 08:34:48 PM

Quote from: Vidiot on February 18, 2010, 08:25:16 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 18, 2010, 03:34:11 PM

I just thought of something: If Ilana is correct and Nemesis can no longer change its form, he can't be Christian Shephard (he appeared in Dharmaville to tell Sun that Jin was in the 70s). This completely shatters my theory that Christian is a manifestation of Nemesis. He seems to work for him though. Perhaps Nemesis has the ability to resurrect dead people as well as recruit them to his cause? He's not an illusion either, as he has been observed while interacting with the environment (though he was unable or unwilling to help Locke get to the wheel after he broke his leg).


This took place before Jacob died.  Something to do with that might have stopped him from taking other forms.

Certainly a possibility. I was merely going by what Ilana said. I think she's right anyway. Locke/Nemesis is able to interact with his environment, but I can't recall ever seeing his earlier manifestations being able to do so.
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