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241  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] twist/shock endings on: February 04, 2011, 05:26:50 AM
To this day the one that still gets me is Night of the Living Dead.

I'm tossing Angel Heart, Jacob's Ladder, The Others, The Spanish Prisoner and Primal Fear into the mix
242  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds 2 Impressions on: January 27, 2011, 08:18:57 PM
this one is pretty fun! The difficulty is all over the place, as it seems pretty easy to stumble into situations you can't handle. The gameplay sort of reminds me of Drakan, for those of you who remember that title. You really have to adjust how you fight different mobs, as evidenced by my quick demise the first time I rushed into battle against a spear wielding enemy and was forced to re-evaluate. Ants? Lure them toward a rock you can hop onto and let loose with fire and bow. Rhino? Hit and run. Necris? Fire and bludgeon. I really dig the variety.

Initially I hated the way you ready your weapons, but it's starting to get a little more fluid for me. Not sure why they didn't key it to the right trigger to ready and down dpad to sheath. Or even to the bumpers. Weird.
243  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Splinter Cell Convction 360 on: January 24, 2011, 03:01:36 PM
I have a copy sitting around, what do you have to trade? Here is a list of stuff I'm interested in, all 360: Enslaved, The Saboteur, Transformers WFC, Mini Ninjas, Wet, Banjo Nuts and Bolts, Simpsons, AvP, Conan

244  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Holiday Loot: Are you expecting a good, average, or bad Christmas? on: December 27, 2010, 01:37:04 PM
My wife had a brand new bike waiting under the tree for me. I went for a quick ride Xmas morning, but was cold and windy as all hell yesterday so it probably won't hit the street again for a couple more days.

She grabbed me an Xbox HD too, a 250 gig one.
245  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best of John Wayne on: December 24, 2010, 09:19:55 PM
just fyi - Amazon has the collection on dvd for 5 bucks

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001RHGRPW/?t=slicinc-20&tag=slicinc-20
246  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Majin and The Forsaken Kingdom on: December 18, 2010, 01:23:24 PM
I seem to remember focusing on his feet and when he picks his foot up you have the Majin focus his wind power. The General will collapse and expose his back to you
247  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most underrated games of 2010 on: December 04, 2010, 02:36:16 PM
so far Majin is making my list
248  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thanksgiving menus, traditions, and recipes... on: November 25, 2010, 06:01:03 PM
Every Thanksgiving the wife and I listen to Alice's Restaurant. Then we gorge ourselves on two dinners at two different places.
249  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What happens in New Vegas.... The FO:NV impressions thread on: October 21, 2010, 08:13:44 AM
Man, this thing is a giant swing and a miss. Seriously, don't they have any staff on QC over there, most of the game is broken in a million small ways. Stuff like this is why I really don't understand how Obsidian has a decent rep with gamers. The only passable game I've ever played from them was NWN2. Everything else has been mid-range crap.

I know they are former Black Isle folks, but Fallout 2 was pretty buggy back in the day as well. I remember some sort of game stopping glitch that forced me to reload a previous save from like 3 hours earlier, one of many. I send a scathing email to Feargus over that one and, to his credit, he did email me back.

I really need to learn to back the hell away from anything these folks touch until I hear otherwise.
250  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kraken black rum on: September 01, 2010, 03:57:36 PM
haha, I reserve that phrase for when I break the seal
251  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kraken black rum on: August 28, 2010, 05:36:57 AM
is REALLY good!

I'm officially making the switch from Goslings. Pairs well with the cigars I picked up from La Herenica de Cuba.

Man-time is glorious
252  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GPS watches on: August 25, 2010, 01:27:26 AM
so I broke down and bought the 310xt along with a bike mount and cadence sensor. I got it from REI due to them having the greatest return policy ever, so I can always exchange it if it doesn't fit her needs. It's still a couple of weeks away from Bday, but i'll report back once we've opened it and fiddled around a bit
253  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: GPS watches on: August 22, 2010, 01:19:21 PM
Thanks for the replies all!

Could you use the 405 for biking, or is strickly a running watch? The main reason I was staying away from that model was the touch ring. The 305/310 seemed easier to use and switch over to a bike, which is something she is doing more and more.

I do like that the 405 seems smaller and a little more rugged. My wife has some sort of anti-electronic mojo, so ease of use and sturdy design are just as important as functionality
254  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / GPS watches on: August 21, 2010, 04:28:06 AM
Anyone have any experience with these things for working out? The wife likes to run and ride her bike and i'm looking to pick one up for her birthday.

Looking at the Forerunner 305 or 310xt. The 310 seems a little nicer, but I've heard it's way more fragile.
255  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fall Beers 2010 on: August 21, 2010, 04:17:41 AM
Scotch ale is my go-to for fall/winter, although I'm enjoying a Belhaven as we speak. It doesn't get cool until xmas here in Florida so it's all IPA's and Hefe's until then
256  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Worst Movie of All time candidate on: August 09, 2010, 11:16:32 PM
The Blair Witch Project was horrible too. Two hours of someone screaming "Where's the map!!??"
257  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Worst Movie of All time candidate on: August 09, 2010, 03:56:20 PM
was Gerry the one where they got lost in the desert? That was pretty bad

+1 for Master of Disguise - the wife and I left the theatre 20 minutes in and popped into MiB2

I'm going with Battlefield Earth. Baby Genuises might be worse than that one, but I've never seen it.

I'd also like to nominate Corky Romano and Son of the Mask please.
258  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: is The Crystal Skull watchable?..Indy 4 on: August 06, 2010, 04:00:33 PM
I wanted to stab Shia Ledouche more than usual

I think the worst part was how forgettable the whole film was for me. It gave me the same feeling that Phantom Menace did.
259  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Kindle2 For Sale on: July 30, 2010, 06:47:04 PM
I'm interested, lemme just talk to the missus and see what our money is looking like right now. I'll get back with you ASAP
260  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Kindle2 For Sale on: July 12, 2010, 02:32:36 AM
this still available?
261  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Recommend some console exclusives on the 360? on: May 29, 2010, 03:57:53 PM
snag a cheap copy of Kameo. It was a launch title and really alot of fun.

The Condemned games are rad too
262  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "End of Eternity" coming to US as "Resonance of Fate" on: March 21, 2010, 03:04:43 AM

That tone is pretty much throughout the game, although that sequence was way more randy than most. I truly don't get japanese stuff at all


Quote from: Gratch on March 20, 2010, 01:15:02 PM

Quote from: jersoc on March 20, 2010, 11:04:56 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVibNKrp8sQ

the scene in english. holy shit that's hilarious.  icon_lol icon_lol @ raisens.

Ah yes, the scene that is almost singlehandedly keeping me from buying this game.  For those of you that are playing, is this the sort of tone throughout the game, or is this scene just a one-off "WTF?" moment?

It's strange, I've played JRPG's and watched anime for years now (I'm fairly used to Japanese quirkiness), so I'm not sure why I've had such a negative reaction to this scene.  For some reason it just bugs the shit out of me and drops my interest level for this game down to nil.
263  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resonance of Fate on: March 20, 2010, 09:34:41 PM
Ha! I searched and couldn't find a recent thread...i must be blind or something slywink
264  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resonance of Fate on: March 19, 2010, 08:45:43 PM
Anyone else playing this one?

I'm not sure why I put this in my gamefly queue, as I usually loathe JRPG's. That being said, i'm having a pretty swell time. At 8 hours in I'm just now starting to grasp the underlying strategy of combat and feel reasonably comfortable posting some impressions.

I haven't the slightest idea what the story is about. It's set on a machine world built in levels (perhaps in the sky?).  The scenery is all spinning gears and cogs and metal bulkheads, pretty steampunk looking. The game kind of tosses you in without any explanations and you start in your base in the city. Once I walked outside my front door some old guy gave me vague directions to the Arena and so that was my first destination.

The combat is turn based, but sort of realtime within your turn. The combat tutorials were pretty weak and so much of combat (for me) is trial and error, but it gives you enough that you don't get your ass handed to ya right away. Anyone ever see Equilibrium with Christian Bale? That's what the combat reminds me of, these sort of running gun-kata's. Initially you start positioning yourself and firing on your opponents, who can in turn interrupt your turn by moving and attacking you. At the bottom of the screen are these jewels called "Bezels" and those sort of represent your health (each Bezel is worth 1k hp) and your potential for a gun-kata, which is the true nuts and bolts of the fighting. Now, you can choose to run across the map which gives you much better bonuses to firing and while running you cannot be hit by an enemy. In addition if you run across the path of your teammates you will build "resonance" which you can use to have all of your characters run and fire upon an enemy. With 3 resonance you can sort of make a triangle and, if you are positioned properly, have all of your characters run around your opponent firing in turn. That being said, once resonance is built having any character do anything EXCEPT run across your other characters path will cause you to lose your resonance, so positioning is super important. You also want to use your running katas when you are able to soften and take out an opponent, due to a Bezel being used each time you do, replenishing upon the death of an enemy. There are other things such as Smackdowns (jumping and firing upon an enemy form above) and juggling an enemy in the air with bonus shots, but so far those have been more accidental than purposeful when I do score them. Another thing to bring up is that there is a bit of grinding before you tackle bosses. I have had my arse handed to me and succeeded only after grinding for an hour or so. The bosses aren't super hard, but you need to match level with them a bit before you take them up.

This all brings us to the world map, which is made of hexes and must be explored. By defeating enemies you can loot hex pieces to unlock more of the map and sometime find treasures. Some of the hexes are colored and require a hex key of that same color to unlock. Thus far I haven't run into too much trouble exploring, but I can see wanting to use my colored hexes sparingly, as I've only received a couple of colors and shapes thus far.

The graphics are solid and the city is beautiful and reminds me alot of the towns in Baten Kaitos, which was the last JRPG I liked. The sound is good and the voice acting is superb (i'm really enjoying some of the banter I've overheard in combat, although I can see it getting tiresome if they don't change it up some).

There truly is much, much more, but as I said I'm just now starting to "get" what the game is about. Take this all with a grain of salt because I normally dislike this genre, but for some reason this one clicked and I'm having a great time with it, despite not having a clue as to what is going on or what i'm doing half the time.

265  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This generation's "Must Play" games. on: March 03, 2010, 11:35:50 PM
Mass Effect

GR2

GTA4 - what a great experience, with the exception of having to answer Brucey's calls
266  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spring Beers 2010 on: February 23, 2010, 03:57:12 PM
another month and Ommegeddon should be out, my favorite seasonal beer. It's the kind of brew you love or hate, made with Brettanomyces which imparts a sour tone with a crisp citrus flavor. Keep it in the pantry for a few months and it gets wicked funky.

I've been all about Hoppin' Frog lately, curious to see what they some up with.
267  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Mass Effect 2 (360) FT on: February 06, 2010, 08:21:05 PM
this one is gone!
268  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 06, 2010, 02:47:31 PM
Jersoc's post mirrors my own opinions perfectly. I was kinda pissed that they just removed the Mako entirely, as opposed to fixing it. It felt less like I was exploring the galaxy and more like I was a dock worker sorting bins of product or something with the whole scanning bit.

Anyone else get crazy eye from the insanely small text? Granted I'm on an SDTV via composite, but it was still wicked small(much as Dead Rising was). I got a couple of serious headaches after playing for a decent stretch.

All that nothwithstanding, it was a solid experience. Nobody does cinematic games quite like Bioware.

269  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Mass Effect 2 (360) FT on: February 05, 2010, 07:46:43 PM
maybe, lemme check into it and see if it's something I'll dig. I think a buddy of mine played that one.
270  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Mass Effect 2 (360) FT on: February 05, 2010, 05:47:04 PM
Would like to swap for Bayonetta or AC2 for the 360
271  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: First year of no Christmas on: December 16, 2009, 06:45:03 AM
Are you friendless or something? We spend our holidays with many of our friends, so much so that we have traditions in place and know in advance who is making/bringing what.

Plus, it's not too late to put up a tree. Start a tradition of buying each other an ornament every year maybe, do some stocking stuffers, make an awesome xmas lasagna, buy some weird winter beer, so walk around looking at lights, send out some cards, volunteer at a nursing home.

You post makes me sad

272  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Borderlands Friends List (360/PS3) on: November 28, 2009, 02:52:15 PM
we are just past that point...i'll you a shout next time we get together (usually 10ish est)
273  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Borderlands Friends List (360/PS3) on: November 08, 2009, 08:13:29 AM
WorkingMike on the 360

my buddies and I are almost through playthrough 1, always looking for a 4th
274  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Awesomely Bad Movies on: October 25, 2009, 07:12:52 AM
I think unicorns are kick ass
275  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Awesomely Bad Movies on: October 22, 2009, 12:25:19 AM
I give you Superfuzz

which is only slightly less awesome than Cyborg

and that brings us to this gem, finally available on dvd - Hardware

Mechs anyone?

Prepare to die Earth scum!



276  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Favorite Podcasts on: September 24, 2009, 01:07:56 PM
CBC Radio 3 and The Moth are always topping my list
277  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Most annoying song ever" game on: September 09, 2009, 02:53:25 PM
Barbie Girl

My Humps is awesome when Alanis does it
278  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for a new fantasy novel/series on: August 30, 2009, 01:20:02 PM
he turned in the first draft back in May, so I'm guessing it'll be next spring at the earliest
279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I have this backlog of games... on: August 22, 2009, 12:40:23 PM
my buddy and I have been playing quite a bit of SR2 co-op on the 360, so that one would get my vote. I got some achievement for playing alot, maybe 50 hours or so.

anyway, if you want to play that one you can look me up, my gamertag is WorkingMike. My other votes go to Kingdom Hearts and Munch's Oddysee
280  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need a mystery book recommendation on: August 07, 2009, 06:53:51 PM
I really enjoyed all of Donald Westlake's novels over the years, particularly the Parker novels he wrote under Richard Stark. They start back around 61 or so, but there were a few newer entries as well.

Lawrence Block is good, I dig the Keller books he wrote the last few years.

I just read KOP and ExKOP by Hammond. Technically Sci-Fi, but can hold it's own among the hardboiled crowd.

The Kurtz novels by Dan Simmons were really good.

I give two enthusiastic thumbs up to both the Repairman Jack books and Lansdale's stuff.

Charlie Huston. You may not dig the vampire novels he wrote (which are excellent), but his other novels would fit the bill.
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