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6001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] Heavy Rain - PS3 on: February 11, 2010, 04:29:07 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on February 11, 2010, 04:25:46 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 11, 2010, 03:55:57 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on February 11, 2010, 03:29:40 PM

TilT likes to watch... eek

By Bladerunner game, do you mean the PC game from a long time ago? That game was ridiculous.  I remember the cutscene where you were hacking a power box and if you botched it, it pulled back and showed the electricity ark and take you out.

Fond memories of that game...dont' remember much about it otherwise...

I don't remember a power box or electricity arcs. The game I'm referring to is this one. It's one of the greatest adventure games ever, and if you enjoy either Fahrenheit or Heavy Rain, you owe it to yourself to try it out. I think I played through it about 10 times, and every time was different, sometimes in dramatic ways.

That's the one I remember...hmm. Now I'm wondering if I ever finished it.

And how would one go back and play it now?

I have no idea. It hasn't been re-released anywhere as far as I know. I've still got the original discs for when I feel like replaying the game.
6002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] Heavy Rain - PS3 on: February 11, 2010, 03:55:57 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on February 11, 2010, 03:29:40 PM

TilT likes to watch... eek

By Bladerunner game, do you mean the PC game from a long time ago? That game was ridiculous.  I remember the cutscene where you were hacking a power box and if you botched it, it pulled back and showed the electricity ark and take you out.

Fond memories of that game...dont' remember much about it otherwise...

I don't remember a power box or electricity arcs. The game I'm referring to is this one. It's one of the greatest adventure games ever, and if you enjoy either Fahrenheit or Heavy Rain, you owe it to yourself to try it out. I think I played through it about 10 times, and every time was different, sometimes in dramatic ways.
6003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] Heavy Rain - PS3 on: February 11, 2010, 03:25:04 PM
I'm really looking forward to this game! smile

I'll probably play through the game once, and then invite a friend over to watch him play through it. I did a similar thing with the Blade Runner game (except for Fahrenheit, Blade Runner is the only other game with gameplay similar to Heavy Rain) where I played through it then had two friends play through the entire thing in one sitting while I just watched and marveled at how different their game turned out to be from mine.
6004  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: February 11, 2010, 02:57:08 PM
I don't think any of the factions are the "good guys", and I don't think many others here believe so either. The Others clearly seem to consider the Island and Jacob to be more important than anything else in the world, including their own lives. Nemesis seems to be nothing but selfish.
6005  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: February 11, 2010, 02:11:05 PM

Quote from: Malificent on February 11, 2010, 01:57:04 PM

One summary I read pointed out that the Others have always had to ask the main set of players (Jack, Kate, Sayid, Sawyer, etc) to do what needed to be done - they can't just make them do it (Ben making Jack WANT to perform the surgery, for example). It seems this pattern continues. They can't make Sayid take the pill or just kill him. They have to make Jack WANT to do it. Very interesting.

I think this is because Jacob is a big believer in free will. He keeps bringing people to the Island in the hope that they'll themselves be able to stop the circle of violence that goes on there, while Nemesis only believes in destiny.
6006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 10, 2010, 10:19:10 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on February 10, 2010, 10:16:05 PM

one of the best in game moments of hilarity ever.....   
Spoiler for Hiden:
I went to the Local Cluster which is our solar system.  I decided to send a probe to each planet just for the hell of it.  When I probed Uranus, I got the voice message from the computer, in Trica Helfers voice of " Really? Commander?"  absolutely made me LOL

Yeah, Razgon mentioned that a couple of posts ago. Nifty little easter egg.
6007  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] Heavy Rain - PS3 on: February 10, 2010, 09:55:45 PM
The reviews are appearing already? Wow... Going to read it now, but the score sure is encouraging. smile

Edit: Checking GameRankings I see that the game has received loads of reviews already, almost all of them extremely positive. This lifts a load off my shoulders, letting me go back to looking forward to this game with no reservations. Considering that this game was one of the main reasons I bought a PS3 nearly 1.5 years ago, you could say it's sort of important to me.
6008  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: February 10, 2010, 09:19:51 PM
I was about to type a long post about how Ethan's presence seems to throw a wrench into my whole theory about the new reality, but then I realized it doesn't. He got evacuated from the Island, along with all the other kids, just before the hydrogen bomb went off. With the Island gone, he never did whatever it was he did to become an Other, and instead became a respected and friendly doctor with no hidden agenda whatsoever. Whether or not his presence in LA at this time and place is random is yet to be revealed though.

Now we have two people in the new reality who have started to notice that something is off. Jack noticed it already on the plane. Kate didn't notice anything until Aaron's name was mentioned, something that tugged deep inside her. Claire also has memories of the time on the Island (her spontaneous naming of the kid) but doesn't realize that anything is off yet.

Sayid has "the sickness" that Rousseau was talking about in season 1, and that we saw for ourselves in her camp in season 5. It seems that both Jacob and Nemesis can spread their own variation of this sickness. This "disease", or whatever it is, makes the subject absolutely, 100% loyal to Jacob or Nemesis. Jacob has used it with a few of his followers, most notably Richard Alpert and Ben, and probably also people like Ethan, Goodwin and Dogen. It's what turns them into an Other. It also seems to give them increased regenerative abilities as well as other strengths (witness Ethan's speed, stamina and strength in season 1, for example). Nemesis seemingly hadn't "infected" anyone that we've heard of since Rousseau's expedition, at least until he came across Claire and lured her in through visions of her father.

Thinking a bit more about it, I think this is what the pool in the temple really does. Nemesis must have controlled the temple somehow when Rousseau arrived at the Island, so that when the expedition went into the temple and found the pool it infected them and made them loyal to him. Since then (and before then), the temple has been controlled by the Others, making the water clear and turning those who are held below its surface into more Others. The water turned dark again at the moment when Jacob died, and Nemesis again controls the pool. This is why Sayid didn't turn into an Other as was expected, but instead will become loyal to Nemesis.
6009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 10, 2010, 07:01:34 PM
You can find weapons and research material on some of the anomaly missions.
6010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 10, 2010, 05:54:15 PM
I like portioning out XP at the end of a quest. This is what usually happens in pen & paper RPGs too (the GM hands out XP at the end of a session), and it keeps the action flowing without needless interruptions. It also means that it doesn't matter how you deal with a problem as long as you deal with it. Do you fight your enemies or run past them? Both are challenging options and end up giving the same amount of XP, which means you aren't punished for solving problems in creative ways (not that ME2 opens up for much creativity, but it's a step in the right direction at least).
6011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 10, 2010, 02:16:14 PM
There's more to the planet scanning than I first expected, according to the official game guide. It seems the valuable minerals aren't found randomly across the planets, but in logical places that depend on the planet type. A few examples:

Garden Planet: Scan the continents.
Brown Dwarf: Scan the planet bands.
Post-Garden: Scan near the equator.
Rock: Scan the impact craters.

... and so on. The planet's description will also give you a clue as to what you can find there. Another interesting note: If you're looking for Element Zero, you can skip any planet that isn't Garden or Post-Garden. Element Zero can be found only on those two types, supposedly, and in far larger quantities on the Post-Garden worlds.

In general, you can focus your scans along the equator, along the horizontal bands, or at otherwise important-looking hotspots (storms, for example).
6012  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock 2 - Sea of Dreams on: February 10, 2010, 07:22:06 AM
What about the Big Sisters? From what I've seen, they look completely out of place in the setting, seeming like they were lifted out of some anime movie instead of a 50's underwater dystopia.
6013  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: February 09, 2010, 10:24:14 PM
The last class should be a space marine! (I'm almost serious too) smile
6014  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Christopher Nolan &...... Superman? on: February 09, 2010, 10:02:53 PM
After all these years I still struggle to see why people find Superman so fascinating. He's got what it takes to tell one or two good stories (ie. Superman 1 and 2), but after that it all comes down to the same ol' MacGuffin (Kryptonite). It's hard to have interesting stories when the hero is invincible, super-strong, can fly, can burn things with his eyes, and so on. Any attempt to actually challenge him feels contrived.
6015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space 2 on: February 09, 2010, 05:35:53 PM

Quote from: Turtle on February 09, 2010, 05:21:06 PM

I always thought of Dead Space as action horror, so not a change to me.

It is a change. Even the developers say so. If you think Dead Space 1 is action, you'll probably feel that the sequel is hyperactive.
6016  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Problem installing a 6 year old PC game? on: February 09, 2010, 11:59:31 AM
There can be incompatibilities between drives and CDs/DVDs. Not only that, but your CDs grow old over time and end up becoming unreadable. Shouldn't have happened this early, but you never know.
6017  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need help upgrading Windows 7 on: February 09, 2010, 06:31:04 AM
You have a few options, though none are ideal. You really should do a clean install to ensure that Windows works optimally, but there's nothing stopping you from following these instructions in order to do an upgrade.
6018  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: e-reader wish list and present features on: February 09, 2010, 05:26:02 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 09, 2010, 01:23:15 AM

Quote from: TiLT on February 08, 2010, 10:13:56 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 08, 2010, 09:47:21 PM

Buy a Kindle and an iPad. Read the text on the former with full color maps displayed on the latter. Get a custom leather cover so they're on opposite flaps of a book-like binding.

And enjoy having to buy the books twice for that luxury.  icon_wink

I can have my Kindle-purchased book display on my Kindle and on my iPhone at the same time, so nyah. smile

Well, I guess as long as Amazon gets free reigns to release a Kindle for iPad application. Considering how much that would compete against Apple's own books (Amazon is cheaper), I wonder if Apple will even accept such an app.
6019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 09, 2010, 05:19:40 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 08, 2010, 11:00:54 PM

I haven't been a big fan of the shotgun in either ME. I always think of them as a close quarters weapon but none of the levels outside the mini bases in ME1 seem right for them. 

I used a shotgun (as a soldier) for my second playthrough of ME1, and I could just waltz through pretty much any enemy in the game. I one-shotted most of them by the end, except the mini-boss types. Even at a distance it was incredibly powerful, though inaccurate.
6020  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: e-reader wish list and present features on: February 08, 2010, 10:13:56 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 08, 2010, 09:47:21 PM

Buy a Kindle and an iPad. Read the text on the former with full color maps displayed on the latter. Get a custom leather cover so they're on opposite flaps of a book-like binding.

And enjoy having to buy the books twice for that luxury.  icon_wink
6021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock 2 - Sea of Dreams on: February 08, 2010, 10:10:30 PM
I was a huge fan of Bioshock and played through it twice, yet I can't seem to muster even the slightest interest in the sequel. I've been a bit unsure of why. The most important factor was probably that the reigns to the game and its story were given to someone who was not the original creator. That's usually a recipe for disaster. But watching the GameTrailers review, I suddenly realized exactly what's bugging me about it: As the reviewer says, it's got a "straight to DVD"-feel to it.

Despite giving the game a good score, their review made me even less interested in the game. I'm the kind of person who buys almost every big release within my genres, so this is unusual.
6022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 08, 2010, 08:47:58 PM

Quote from: The Grue on February 08, 2010, 08:28:16 PM

Yeah, but te description talks about her being wise.  I didn't want to go with the obvious couple of choices and thought she would be a good fit.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Wisdom has nothing to do with leadership. A suicide mission where the galaxy hangs in the balance shouldn't be a situation in which you take chances with your people. You go for the obvious choices, the ones who you are sure can get the job done. You only take chances if you have no other choice. That's an order! Tongue
6023  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: e-reader wish list and present features on: February 08, 2010, 07:06:39 PM
You only need to look at the Kindle's screensavers to see that it can do images with great quality. It's just a formatting problem in most books that cause the maps to look like crap.
6024  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: e-reader wish list and present features on: February 08, 2010, 05:17:23 PM
I dunno about the Nook, but I think the Kindle lets you bookmark pages that you can then jump back to at a moment's notice (and you don't have to bookmark the page you were on. There's a shortcut that takes you to the furthest page you've read). Not that maps look very good on the basic Kindle though.
6025  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 08, 2010, 05:07:18 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 08, 2010, 04:25:19 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 08, 2010, 04:05:29 PM

One thing I clearly don't like is the story setup though- basically there is no story IMO.  To use an analogy it feels more like a short anthology than a novel (and I far prefer the latter).  

that's a good way to put it.  this outing just doesn't have any sections that feel epic like the first game.  granted I'm not done yet but I have the squad all gathered except for one and I have yet to encounter anything as large as Feros, Virimire or Noveria.

I've been going across the galaxy looking for anomalies and I have to say some of them are odd.  one had me flip 3 switches while toggling a 4th to cycle between them.  that's it.  maybe there was a puzzle and I just got it on the first try but it felt like filler, and not even good filler.  another had me activating a mech and then replacing it's power cell by finding one lying on the ground every so often.  other than shooting a couple of varren that was it.  I kept expecting some twist but it never came.

Don't worry. Bioware has become very good at giving real and proper attention to the endings in their games, unlike most other companies. The final mission in ME2 is really epic (although not in length) and satisfying. The game ends on an awesome note.
6026  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 08, 2010, 02:53:41 PM
Btw, I think Mass Effect 2's greatest cinematic achievement is the fact that it uses the Wilhelm Scream, and within the first few minutes of the game as well!  icon_biggrin (the first game uses the scream in the opening mission too, for the record)
6027  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/7) on: February 08, 2010, 11:24:43 AM
Nothing, I think. I loved Bioshock, but for some reason Bioshock 2 doesn't appeal to me at all. It's perhaps because the previews make it seem so ridiculous compared to the original, with things like "Big Sisters" that feel totally out of place. Oh well...
6028  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 08, 2010, 09:06:17 AM

Quote from: The Grue on February 08, 2010, 08:44:37 AM

Beat it tonight and lost one stinking crew member.  I guess there is a perfect choice on who you choose for the options to do things or something because in my opinion, the character I chose for a particular task should have lived (
Spoiler for Hiden:
I chose Legion to hack, when I guess I was supposed to take Tali, but either should have been a wise choice
).

At any rate, I loved the game and I think the Mass Effect series now tops the Baldur's Gate series as my favorite RPG of all time.  Will be interesting to see how all my choices play out in the third.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I used Legion as well and didn't lose a single team member. Was he loyal at the time? This is important.
6029  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers) on: February 08, 2010, 05:19:30 AM
So I guess it's official then? At the point where a new episode airs, this thread is dangerous territory unless you've seen it.
6030  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: February 07, 2010, 10:59:57 PM

Quote from: JayDee on February 07, 2010, 06:09:39 PM

They lost me right at the end when...

Spoiler for Hiden:
Pope-dude started waving around a magic wand. Everything up to that point was based in reality (except for the science-fictiony Animus). Once magic started getting involved I kind of tuned out.

Spoiler for Hiden:
It's not magic. It's incredibly high-tech alien technology.
6031  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas Announced on: February 07, 2010, 03:15:44 PM
Yeah, but my point is that if they're going for a hardcore realism mode, why abandon the realism so completely when it comes to weapons damage? I'm sure some people think a guy flying 20 meters backwards when hit with a shotgun is realistic, but for those of us who know better it's annoying.
6032  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season on: February 07, 2010, 08:55:16 AM

Quote from: Moliere on February 07, 2010, 08:22:21 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 07, 2010, 03:14:23 AM

Quote from: TiLT on February 06, 2010, 11:17:50 PM

Do we really need to keep using spoilers now? The episodes are several days old already.

well,come about Tuesday i avoid this thread until i have seen the latest episode,which runs on Friday,then i come on here and read what everyone has been saying

so its up to you guys if you still want to keep using the spoilers,i for one am fine without them,if they are getting annoyimg...but maybe change the title of the thread so that people know there are spoilers inside.

I don't see why we should ever need Spoiler tags in this thread. If you haven't seen that week's episode then don't come into the thread.

Yeah, I think we should do this. It's the same policy as Lostpedia. If you've not caught the latest episode yet, you just shouldn't visit until you do.
6033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas Announced on: February 07, 2010, 08:48:20 AM
Quote
There is an optional hardcore mode, the character needs to drink water, ammo has weight, healing isn't instant etc.

This is great!

Quote
Weapons also now have knock-back upon death, with shotguns sending people flying.

This is not. Come on! Shotguns don't send people flying!
6034  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season on: February 06, 2010, 11:17:50 PM
Do we really need to keep using spoilers now? The episodes are several days old already.

Quote from: rittchard on February 06, 2010, 09:47:58 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
The Jack/Rose thing is interesting, I thought I imagined the reversal but I guess not.  Maybe the AltJack is now not so much the "hero" or confident take charge guy we are used to.  Possibly in this reality he never saved his wife, or never got over his fears in surgery?

Spoiler for Hiden:
Jack seemed plenty confident to me. His line about "nothing is irreversible" shows that pretty clearly. From what we saw in these two episodes, there doesn't appear to be anything different about Jack.
6035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 06, 2010, 03:15:51 PM

Quote from: rickfc on February 06, 2010, 03:01:02 PM

Question about a post-game mission:

Spoiler for Hiden:
How do I find the Normandy wreckage mission?  Legion made mention of it when going on about how the Geth were looking for Shepard for those two years that he was dead.  I can't get him to talk anymore now.   icon_confused

It's not a post-game mission. It's a DLC mission that should be included with all versions of the game. You'll have its location in your journal if you have it installed.
6036  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 05, 2010, 11:43:12 PM

Quote from: ScubaV on February 05, 2010, 10:07:47 PM

*really tiny picture*

You tease! I guess you like having a joke of your own and flaunting it in front of the rest of us to remind us that we can't have any. slywink
6037  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season on: February 05, 2010, 09:31:00 PM

Quote from: Rich on February 05, 2010, 08:06:21 PM

Going back to the Maggie Grace question about why she wasn't on the episode, I've heard that a few of the actors that have been killed off (Libby) were asked to come back but refused.  The creators said that some actors hold a grudge when their characters are killed off and just won't agree to come back for a guest shot here and there, I haven't heard if this was the case with Shannon or not. 

Maggie Grace had a scheduling conflict and didn't have time to appear, so they wrote her out of the season opener. I don't think she'll be back, but we'll see.

The only person who I've heard refused to reappear was the actress who played Rousseau, for reasons unknown. The guy who played Eko originally requested to be written out of the show, also for reasons unknown, which is why Eko was so suddenly killed (though that ended up being a really important scene and the first time we were shown that the smoke monster was able to take on human shapes).
6038  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 05, 2010, 02:58:31 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on February 05, 2010, 02:13:50 PM

I don't see what's up with the pic.

It's a puzzle where the idea is to figure out what's wrong with it. I think the term "You'll shit bricks" is one of the most retarded things I've ever heard though.
6039  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The end of an Era on: February 05, 2010, 01:07:03 PM

Quote from: Chaz on February 05, 2010, 12:59:28 PM

Quote from: ravenvii on February 05, 2010, 10:30:05 AM

An excuse to get the iPad, perhaps?

slywink

+1!  Apple products never break!

Funny, considering how I have 3 friends with iPhones (the only ones I know with that phone in fact) who all managed to break its screen.
6040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 05, 2010, 09:35:55 AM
Heh, I did exactly the same thing.
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