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1321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/17) on: September 17, 2012, 12:54:45 PM
Borderlands 2,  F1 2012, both for the 360.

1322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FTL: Faster Than Light on: September 16, 2012, 02:05:53 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 16, 2012, 02:01:44 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on September 15, 2012, 01:30:46 PM

I laid in bed last night thinking of alternative strategies to deal with intruders

Have you already tried venting their oxygen the same way you might fight a fire?  Fun stuff.

I'll have to try that.

I just had an unhappy first experience with my teleporter. I sent a guy over to the enemy ship but before I tried to get him back they offered to surrender and I accepted, then I couldn't figure out how to get him back before he died of lack of oxygen icon_frown. Is there some trick to bringing someone back on board, other than selecting the person, clicking the return button and selecting a compartment on your own ship? It's that last step that didn't seem to work for me. Any ideas?
1323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FTL: Faster Than Light on: September 15, 2012, 01:30:46 PM
I laid in bed last night thinking of alternative strategies to deal with intruders and whether to spend my money on this system or that. It's one of those type games.

This morning I played some more. One good tip, don't spend your scrap until you check the Jump Map. I missed out on a chance to buy a couple of crewmen because I was in too much of a hurry and didn't wait to check the next store.

I've flown and lost four Kestrels in a row, but I've got an Engi right now, which seems to be a slightly better ship. I'm doing decently, but I've reached that point where I'm reluctant to jump to a new system because it might just be the one that kills me paranoid
1324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FTL: Faster Than Light on: September 15, 2012, 03:13:26 AM
I got this through Steam and have been playing it for an hour. It really is addicting nod.

UPDATE: I've played it for a couple more hours and am still enjoying it. I saw over on the Steam Game Chat a lot of whining about it being boring or a rip off. I got a little irritated so I posted the following:
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I wondering if some folks aren't understanding the concept of a $10 game. It's not going to be a massively deep game with tons of unique maps and situations. Certainly there's going to be some repetition, but it's unlikely that you'll come across the same scenario with exactly the same ship/crew/weapon loadout as before. It's like playing Monopoly, the rules, board and situations repeat, but it's the combination of many factors that make each game different.

Sid Meier once said (I paraphrase) that a good game gives players interesting decisions. FTL gives me those decisions in what I spend my scrap (IE money) for each time I can. I also get decision points when in a battle I have to decide where to allocate my power and where I move my people. Sure, we can all imagine how the game could be fleshed out with many more options and situations, but it would be more expensive and require a lot more development and money and backing and the publishers would look at it and say "It's not the next Call of Duty, why should we put money into this?". Be thankful that there are these little guys who put out cool little games.

Maybe I went a little overboard, but sheesh, for less than the price of going to the movies you get some great entertainment. I'm happy that I got it. nod
1325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FTL: Faster Than Light on: September 15, 2012, 12:07:19 AM
Review from True PC Gaming (never heard of them, btw).

I won't copy the whole review, but here's something:

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Conclusion – Is It Worth The Money?

Yes, it is. Sometimes that’s all that needs to be said.

OK, so maybe a bit more:

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FTL is a game that does not look real; its programmer pixel art won’t be the thing that draws you in. But it feels real; it feels like what you’d imagine controlling a vessel struggling to survive in deep space to be like. It asks you to make hard decisions at every turn, to take risks in hopes of greater rewards.
1326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FTL: Faster Than Light on: September 14, 2012, 11:48:24 PM

Quote from: Crawley on September 14, 2012, 11:44:20 PM

I sent my big marine bitch

Water dog?
1327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FTL: Faster Than Light on: September 14, 2012, 11:04:53 PM
Woop woop woop!  The game has been released on Steam! The game has been released on Steam!
 

It's also available from their website and from GOG.
 
1328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 - Borderlands Demade Time Killer! on: September 13, 2012, 11:43:40 PM
Here's something else to fill the time till Tuesday... BORDERLANDS 2 RAP
1329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360, PS3, PC] F1 2012 on: September 13, 2012, 08:39:08 PM

Quote from: Greggy_D on September 13, 2012, 08:12:26 PM

Anyone want to go in on the 2-pack PC version of this?  Steam has it for $74.99 for 2 copies vs. $44.99 for a single copy.

Sorry, my rig won't run it worth a darn, so I'm getting the 360 version.

I did break down and play the demo, which shows off two new features. One is the Young Drivers Test, a series of tutorial films and lessons to try. Only day one of the two days is in the demo, the second day apparently consists of dry and wet running.

The other is the Season Challenge. This feature bridges the gap between running single races and the full twenty race Career season. It has in the demo just one race at Monza, with single lap qualifying and then a shortened race. Supposed there are ten races in the Season Challenge. An interesting twist is that before the start of the challenge you pick a rival driver and each race you try to do better than him. The uber players can go against Vettel or Hamilton; me, I'm just trying to beat Karthikeyan nod
1330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 - Borderlands Demade Time Killer! on: September 13, 2012, 03:39:59 AM
I've been playing BL1 with my sniper on a second play-through. I stacked up all my Skag Valley missions and went in there and just cleaned the place out icon_biggrin. I sure am going to miss my Bloodwing crybaby
1331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MechWarrior Tactics - (FTP) Turn Based Strategy Mech Game on: September 12, 2012, 04:17:09 AM
Hmm, maybe this might be interesting. Makes me think of my old Titans of Steel which I still play now and again.
1332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 - Borderlands Demade Time Killer! on: September 12, 2012, 04:11:36 AM

Quote from: naednek on September 12, 2012, 04:09:32 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on September 11, 2012, 10:32:45 PM

not really leaked when it was being played during Sunday's NFL games...

Really? Wonder what all the non-gamers made of it.
1333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 - Borderlands Demade Time Killer! on: September 11, 2012, 10:32:45 PM
Borderlands 2 Live-Action Ad Leaked.
1334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 - Borderlands Demade Time Killer! on: September 11, 2012, 09:22:52 PM
Just got my copy of the October Gameinformer in the mail. They reviewed BL2 and give it a 9.75. Seven more days to go nod
1335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 - Borderlands Demade Time Killer! on: September 10, 2012, 07:42:46 PM
BL2 online Skilltree Builder direct link.

I noticed under Axton that in the Survival branch of the skills in the first level there is a skill called Preparation. If you spent points there, a full charged Shield will regenerate Health. Is this new to BL2? I don't remember having this option in BL1, but maybe I missed it. In BL1 I was always switching between health generating shields and one with more capacity.
1336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360, PS3, PC] F1 2012 on: September 10, 2012, 07:29:52 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on September 10, 2012, 07:13:09 PM

I will certainly give the demo a try i have not played a F1 game since the PS3 only version(which i didn't like),but still hold fond memories of the N64 version

I had got the two previous editions of Codemaster's F1 game and was very pleased. As a forty year fan of F1 (OMG! it's 42 actually) I'm deeply into the technical side of the series and Codemasters really does a great job on this. Last year's game had KERS and DRS that were so well implemented that as a player I could actually sense the difference not only in performance, but in the environment of the car. Tire selection is well modeled, weather is awesome (Monaco in the rain!) and the range of assists allows the game to be adaptable to players of all skill levels. My only complaint, really more of a "I wish this was in the game", is that they only include the tracks from the current year in the game. I'd even pay for DLC if I could add tracks like Turkey that were in the past two editions but aren't in 2012.
1337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360, PS3, PC] F1 2012 on: September 10, 2012, 07:10:20 PM
The demo for the 360 version is out now, the PC demo is scheduled for tomorrow the 11th and the PS3 demo for the day after, the 12th. I'm not bothering with the demo since I have it pre-ordered. I post this info because I'm not sure which system the one other person on the forum has who is interested in this game  icon_wink
1338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 - Borderlands Demade Time Killer! on: September 09, 2012, 04:07:34 PM

Quote from: Misguided on September 09, 2012, 04:01:22 PM

Another example: Axton has a skill that boosts damage using guns without elemental effects (hello, Jakobs).

This is an area I never did get a grip on in the first game, when to switch to corrosive, shock, fire, explosive or plain weapons. I checked the wiki, looked at the forums, but in the end I always felt I was just guessing. I might end up getting the strategy guide for BL2 to see if this would help.
1339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: September 08, 2012, 01:20:46 AM
Thankfully my year old computer will run this fine.

I have promised myself I will NOT watch any more of the preview videos. I'm getting concerned that I'm going to burn out on this game with still a month to go.

Now I just have to get everyone to pre-order on Steam so the Civ V reward is unlocked. Let's get to it people!
1340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 - Borderlands Demade Time Killer! on: September 08, 2012, 12:04:38 AM
If you needed anything else to occupy your time till release, now Gearbox has posted this: Borderlands 2 Skill Tree Builder is now live!.
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http://www.borderlands2.com/us/#characters
You can now plan out your characters!
Follow the link above then click on each character and then "Skill Tree" to open up each builder.

Fun!

1341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 - Borderlands Demade Time Killer! on: September 07, 2012, 08:54:45 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 07, 2012, 08:53:01 PM

dammit, must stay strong.....

Give in, Pandora awaits... and it's shipping in less than two weeks. You'll need something to do till October anyway icon_lol
1342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Forza Horizon on: September 07, 2012, 01:47:09 AM
Very long article on some more obscure aspects of Forza Horizon. Barns, rubber banding, that sort of thing  icon_biggrin
1343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: September 06, 2012, 11:49:27 PM
The game is now available for pre-purchase on Steam. Three levels of rewards are being offered if enough people preorder, including a free copy of Civ V. Since I don't have that game yet, this interests me.
1344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: September 05, 2012, 03:54:46 AM
According to Amazon, the Digital Download version includes this:

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Pre-order Bonus Offer
Pre-order XCOM: Enemy Unknown and get the Elite Soldier Pack. The Elite Soldier Pack includes a Classic X-COM Soldier, Soldier Deco Packs, and complete color customization options. This offer will be extended to all pre-orders. Amazon reserves the right to change or terminate this promotion at any time.

Is this what you meant? Or is there some other DD promotion I don't know about?
1345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/Wii U/Ps3] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on: September 04, 2012, 10:45:05 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 04, 2012, 08:34:13 PM


Had to happen some time. Thankfully I'm happy with my Windows 7.
1346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: September 04, 2012, 10:43:33 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on September 04, 2012, 04:31:17 PM

Supposedly Greg also read out the PC specs during a different livestream. This post is unofficial, but claims to be the specs he read:
http://forums.2kgames.com/showthread.php?131556-PC-Specs-as-mentioned-on-the-live-stream
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Minimum Spec

2Ghz Dual Core CPU
2GB RAM
20GB Hard drive space
256MB Graphics Card
Nvidia 8600 GT or greater or Radeon 2600XT or greater.

Recommended

Intel 2.4 GHz or AMD 2.7GHz
4GB RAM
20 GB Hard Drive Space
512MB Graphics Card
Nvidia 9000 Series or higher Radeon HD 3000 series or higher.
And Amazon's product listing is now including a "PC Download" option that's $44.99 vs. $59.96 for the boxed PC, and the two console versions.

Wow, this is quite reasonable. I think I just decided to switch to the PC version.
1347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: September 03, 2012, 03:51:58 PM
So long as the console version has the same content as the PC version, I'll adapt to the interface. Now, can't we release it just a little early? nod
1348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: September 01, 2012, 04:06:51 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on September 01, 2012, 01:29:23 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on August 31, 2012, 06:53:36 PM

I was going to get this for the X360 because my PC video card is pretty modest, but I'm wondering that since it's TBS it might be possible to run decently. Really hope there's a PC demo before the release date.
Here's the XCOM System requirements:
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MINIMUM PC REQUIREMENTS
Minimum CPU Type: 386SX
Minimum RAM Required: 4 MB
Graphics Type: VGA
Graphics Resolution: 640x480
Color Depth: 256 Colors
You're good to go!... What? OH. That's the OLD XCOM.... wait a sec...  retard icon_lol

Damn, you fooled me there for a second slywink. I saw the "386SX" and started thinking what was the Intel equivalent of that. Yup, I had searched for the specs and came up dry as well. Demo please!

Oh, btw, just to clarify, William Powell was not "the thin man" in "The Thin Man" movie. The thin man was a professor who had disappeared. Powell's character Nick Charles was asked to look for him. You would think people would be more up to speed on 78 year old movies (sheesh I feel old sometimes).
1349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: August 31, 2012, 11:17:49 PM

Quote from: TiLT on August 31, 2012, 10:27:34 PM

From the multiplayer matches I've seen so far, success seems to depend a lot on who discovers who. If you can get in the first shot, you've got a huge advantage. Most attacks are very, very deadly, and only the toughest of soldiers or aliens can withstand more than one hit.

I can see a lot of draws where both sides sit still and wait for the other guy to move forwards and the timer runs out. Most excellent for campers like me! ninja
1350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 - Borderlands Demade Time Killer! on: August 31, 2012, 07:23:00 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 31, 2012, 07:18:55 PM

Bah no Roland,guess my character will have to be that Axton guy  icon_frown

I'm probably going for Axton as well on the first play through, since it's the "bazillions of guns" that a draw for me.
1351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 - Borderlands Demade Time Killer! on: August 31, 2012, 07:15:42 PM
In case someone hasn't seen the front page of Gaming Trend today, they are carrying the newest video from the Gearbox folks, "Sir Hammerlock’s Guide to Borderlands 2", an almost seven minute introduction to the new Pandora and a lot about the new enemies, weapons, relics and a whole bunch more. Frankly I'm almost tempted to pick up the limited edition strategy guide just to keep all of it straight. Really looking forward to this game.
1352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: August 31, 2012, 06:53:36 PM
I was going to get this for the X360 because my PC video card is pretty modest, but I'm wondering that since it's TBS it might be possible to run decently. Really hope there's a PC demo before the release date.
1353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: August 31, 2012, 05:18:51 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on August 31, 2012, 05:12:20 PM

Hey, in case GT sent anyone to PAX Prime, this might be of interest.  Fabulous

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Fans at PAX Can Dress as The Thin Man to Skip the Demo Line
http://www.gametrailers.com/side-mission/27787/xcom-enemy-unknown-fans-at-pax-can-dress-as-the-thin-man-to-skip-the-demo-line

OK.... I guess I don't see the tie-in to the character "Clyde Wynant " from the 1934 movie "The Thin Man" but maybe this isn't the reference they mean?
1354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 - Borderlands Demade Time Killer! on: August 30, 2012, 04:11:09 AM
This just in from Kotaku... 'Season Pass’ Gets You All of Borderlands 2’s DLC. Probably not a surprise. Who's going to pony up $30 USD ahead of time to lock in all the DLC? And how much will is cost otherwise?
1355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: August 29, 2012, 06:43:49 PM
The August Car Pack left me unimpressed so I didn't even bother to post about it...

The September Pennzoil Car Pack has been announced and it's actually interesting especially if you are burned out on new releases and race cars and yearn for older sports cars. The pack does include two Viper race cars and oddly they are the only entries which have screenies in the announcement. There are eleven cars in the pack, but two of them are the same Viper race cars, just with different liveries.

And the cars are:
2013 Viper #91 SRT Motorsport GTS-R
2013 Viper #93 SRT Motorsport GTS-R
1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato
1958 Austin-Healey Sprite MIKI
1953 Chevrolet Corvette
1965 MG MGB GT
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR
1967 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
1983 GMC Vandura G-1500
2011 Citroen DS4

Here's a link to an FM forum post with pics of all the other cars.

And in case anyone is interested, here is a link to an FM forum post with all the DLC cars listed by pack.

1356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Lunar Flight on: August 27, 2012, 11:31:35 PM
For those who might be interested in this game/flight sim, it's on sale at Steam for the next sixteen hours or so. It's insanely hard and I remarkably suck at it (almost as much as martial arts in Sleeping Dogs) but for $2.50 you shouldn't pass it up if you are the least bit interested.
1357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: August 27, 2012, 11:26:39 PM

Quote from: ydejin on August 27, 2012, 10:31:31 PM

1 hour+ of play with Jake Solomon and Casey O'Toole (lead programmer).  Skip forward to about 3:55, as almost the first 4 minutes are all title screen (originally this was a livestream).

Oh, wow icon_eek. Very cool. And very turn based strategy, also very cool.

Somebody is going to wait to license this engine for a WW2 or modern combat TBS, unless they are all nuts.

1358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sleeping Dogs Review is up! on: August 26, 2012, 04:08:56 AM

Quote from: Harpua3 on August 26, 2012, 04:04:43 AM

I don't remember what mission was called club bam bam... The two story nightclub?

Yup, that's the one. I tried it again but still I'm just failing to get through, and that's making it even more frustrating. So I drove GTA style all over Hong Kong and showed them there's no better kung fu attack than a car bumper at the kneecaps.
1359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sleeping Dogs Review is up! on: August 25, 2012, 06:30:18 PM
I myself am stuck at the Club Bam Bam mission. I can't get past it icon_frown. And there are no unlocked police missions left to attempt, so I'll play around with the game some more but then it's back to the store for a trade-in tear.

On a happier note, I did lay my hands on a sub-machine gun and for a while I was raising hell and grabbing lock boxes like nobody's business nod... till I ran out of ammo crybaby
1360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sleeping Dogs Review is up! on: August 25, 2012, 04:30:44 PM
I just got back from vacation and have been playing a bit again, collecting all the health shrines before I jump back into the missions. This is leading me all around the city and I have to give kudos to the developers, it's absolutely fascinating. The visuals are great, the layout, the buildings, the objects, all of it. And even the ambient sounds. Get out of the car and just walk. You hear birds, people talking, random radio stations, all sorts of stuff. Marvelous. Shame I so suck at martial arts  icon_frown
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