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1361  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Deus Ex GOTY Edition - revisiting an old favorite on: July 14, 2012, 11:43:48 PM
This has also gotten me motivated to look for more of these "golden oldies" games on Steam of the same genre as Deus Ex. Anyone have recommendations? I'm looking for the same open world gameplay as Deus Ex, and if it's in the Steam Summer Sale, even better  icon_biggrin
1362  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Deus Ex GOTY Edition - revisiting an old favorite on: July 14, 2012, 10:54:45 PM
Now available on Steam for 75% off, a paltry two and a half bucks (UPDATE: that must have been a one day flash sale. It's now just 40% off, still just six bucks). I got the game when it came out in 2000 and played it all the way through, something I don't always do. When I got my new computer in 2003 I installed it (sometime that year) but for some reason it seemed to have issues with the video card I was using and I never got past the first subway mission.

Now it's 2012 and I have a new computer, more for office work than gaming since it has a pretty basic video card, but hey, I saw Deus Ex GOTY Edition for sale on Steam and decided to grab it for yucks. That was yesterday morning and I've probably put in about eight hours so far icon_wink. Turns out I completely missed one of the campaign branches of the Hell's Kitchen area (Smuggler's Lair) when I played a long time ago, and also came across some other interesting stuff I either didn't remember or completely passed by back then.

I saw that there is a big graphics mod for the game (New Vision) but frankly for me the unmodded game looks pretty decent, even at 1920x1200 and I don't really mind the blockiness of the backgrounds. And happily no Big Boss battles. So raise a bottle of Fourty and toast one of the great action role-playing games!
1363  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft Flight on: July 09, 2012, 03:13:35 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 08, 2012, 10:46:12 PM

I played it for awhile when it came out, and even the base part was fairly fun with just the mouse and keyboard.  I plan on going back eventually, especially if I ever get around to getting a serious flight control set up.

It works nicely with a 360 controller attached to the PC.

I haven't gotten Alaska yet; frankly I'm a bit turned off by MS's succession of non-cockpit planes. I recently installed MS Flight Simulator X on my new computer. Even though it has a bare bones video card MSX runs great. Sure, the graphics are a bit ugly, but it comes with a lot of aircraft and the whole simulated world. And marvelous in-cockpit views with zillions of switches and gauges to play with. If the new Flight sim adds some more interesting planes I might get back into it, but right now I'm not really interested.
1364  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: June 27, 2012, 12:48:12 AM
The July Car Pack has been announced. Your secret car dreams have come true! In only seven days you will be able to drive (in Forza 4 of course) an AMC Gremlin! Oh, and the usual super car entries, another RUF, and three other old cars, including the Hudson Hornet.
1365  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: June 22, 2012, 09:05:53 PM
Tried again after an hour but still no new Viper. Ah, these clever people Roll Eyes. It's not listed under "Dodge", it's listed under the manufacturer "Viper". Sheesh, could have told folks.

I did get gifted another car from Turn 10, a 1998 TVR Cerbera Speed 12. Hark should like the paint job...

1366  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: June 22, 2012, 08:28:29 PM
The 2013 SRT Viper GTS Bonus Pack is now available and it's free. There's a new Autovista entry (no Jeremy, but the regular announcer goes into a lot of detail) and one car for in-game purchase, the 2013 Viper GTS (PI S638 icon_eek). There appears to be a problem right now in that the car isn't available yet for in-game purchase, but I assume that will be cleared up soon.

I'm up to about level 135 in the game which must have triggered something as I was just gifted the unicorn Ferrari 2003 Challenge Stradale. Cool.

This past weekend I watched the entire TV coverage of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Lots of fun actually.

1367  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crusader Kings II: An After Action Report on: June 14, 2012, 02:55:56 AM
Thank goodness someone else is playing this besides me! I picked it up on the 75% sale on Amazon a couple of weeks back and have been periodically leading my people of Leon in northern Spain (or what will become Spain, eventually). I've been battling the Moors on and off, but they have consolidated their power base and I'm a mite cautious about kicking over that anthill again. Meantime I've gone through four generations of rulers; the last one died years after being hit on the head in battle and turning into an idiot. The first two became idiots without any assistance biggrin. My current ruler decided to get on a different horse and by the age of 22 has sired five children. Father's Day won't be a festive occasion in a few years!
1368  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Forza Horizon on: June 07, 2012, 03:53:19 PM
From Inside Sim Racing, a twenty-four minute video presentation by Dan Greenawalt of Turn 10 and Ralph Fulton of Playground Games discussing how the idea of Horizon came about and more about the game. Warning, embedded commercials slywink
1369  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Forza Horizon on: June 07, 2012, 03:13:39 AM
More info on this game from E3, from the Forza people.

From Jalopnik, a more irreverent look at what's coming. Not thrilled with all the emphasis on music, plus an annoying DJ. Isn't the sound of a freaking V10 good enough? Sheesh.

I'm also worried about this:

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Jalopnik: Are you still using the Forza 4 physics engine? Has anything changed?

AH: It is based on the same physics engine, yes. We did tweak things to allow for more "stylish" driving, though.

"Stylish"? Are we going to get style points? What is this, freaking figure skating?

And this Q&A killed another of my secret hopes:
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Jalopnik: Can you import your cars from Forza 4?

AH: Not really— they're different cars. Some special ones, yes, we'll have Horizon versions of them, but not all of them.

And finally, this:
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Jalopnik: So, in this big open world, how is everything structured?

AH: The basic premise is you're attending a festival, and your goal is to become King of the festival by gathering fans. You do that by winning races, risky driving, stunts, special challenges and events.

*Sigh*

1370  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3/Wii U] Assassin's Creed 3 on: June 07, 2012, 03:00:12 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 07, 2012, 02:19:33 AM

probably been posted in one of the E3 threads, but this 7 minute gameplay video freakin' rocked.

Holy crap eek. I never did finish AC2 or get Brotherhood, but this looks to be a day one for me. The terrain detail, the snow and the fort, are very impressive.
1371  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: June 06, 2012, 10:24:11 PM
The 1963 Beetle; souped up to 93 hp, a nice F200 car. Roof rack will cost you extra:




The 1958 MG MCA Twin-cam, PI is E275. Note the spare slick on the boot lid:




Finally, the 1940 Ford 'Coupe, a D350 racer, once you remove the pesky bumpers:



All available in the club GTF garage.
1372  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: June 05, 2012, 07:55:15 PM
Just got the new pack. Once nice thing is that five of the ten cars are F class, three at the very bottom. For me that means I can upgrade and they still are fun to throw around with no assists. The Ford 1940 Coupe is slow... three gears just isn't a lot. Will have to fix that.
1373  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Forza Horizon on: June 03, 2012, 01:08:21 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on June 03, 2012, 12:43:32 AM

First Screens

-Open World Environment based on Colorado,USA(incase you didn't know where that was)
-The game will feature 65 different types of terrain(i wasn't even aware there were 65 different types of terrain)
-Forza 4 physics optimized for Off Road

Of course there are 65 different types of terrain in Colorado: rocks, small rocks, sharp rocks, small sharp rocks, dirt, dirt with rocks, dirt with small rocks....

"Forza 4 physics optimized for Off Road". Have you seen the ground clearance of my Lamborghini? I doubt I can even get over the small rocks, not to mention the rocks, sharp rocks, light brown rocks, dark brown rocks...  icon_biggrin

Anyway, having gone to college in Colorado I know how pretty it can be.
1374  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: June 02, 2012, 04:24:48 PM
Another month, another car pack! The Meguiar’s Car Pack. A more interesting pack than usual; 1940 Ford De Luxe Coupe, 1958 MG MGA Twin-Cam, 1963 Volkswagen Beetle, and several more rather unusual choices... oh, and the 2011 Chevrolet #4 Corvette Racing ZR1. Arrives next Tuesday.

1375  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crusader Kings II out on: June 01, 2012, 04:40:39 AM
If anyone is still interested in this game, it's on sale on Amazon for $9.99, USA residents only.
1376  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization 5: !#@#!@ Impressions Incoming! God & Kings! on: May 24, 2012, 06:05:17 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 24, 2012, 05:47:01 PM

just a heads up for those who have looked but haven't bought yet-  it's on sale this weekend on Steam AND it's free to play until Sunday afternoon.

Thanks for the heads up on this! I've been considering getting the game now that I have my new computer and 75% off is very nice. And I see that the regular Civ 5 is $7.49 and Sid Meier's Civilization® V: Game of the Year edition is only $12.49. Nice.

Oops, must have a lot of people doing this. Steam isn't responding to my request for the free download  icon_frown

UPDATE: Finally got it to start by terminating Steam and restarting it.
1377  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: May 23, 2012, 01:26:10 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on May 23, 2012, 12:16:15 PM

Strategy Informer also had a preview that seemed to be hands-on:
http://www.strategyinformer.com/pc/xcomenemyunknown/847/preview.html
They had a screenshot of what appears to be some sort of jetpack/jumppack-using soldier moving across the screen:

This video from Kotaku with about three minutes of gameplay is encouraging. He's demonstrating how you can use an Xbox360 controller while playing the PC version. Looks pretty good.
1378  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: May 22, 2012, 03:25:07 AM
The Porsche Pack comes out tomorrow.

Here's a video showing all the cars (towards the end of the video).

Using the data from their web page I've assembled the following chronological list:
   
1956 550A Spyder
1970 Porsche 914/6
1973 Porsche Carrera RS
1982 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3
1987 Porsche 959
1987 Porsche #17 Racing Porsche AG 962c
1989 Porsche 944 Turbo
1995 Porsche 911 GT2 
1998 Porsche #26 AG GT 1-98
2003 Porsche Carrera GT
2004 Porsche 911 GT3 (996)
2005 Porsche #66 AXA Racing 911 GT3 Cup (996)
2005 Porsche #31 Petersen White Lightning 911 GT3-RSR (996)
2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS (997)
2007 Porsche #80 Flying Lizard 911 GT3-RSR
2007 Porsche 911 GT3
2007 Porsche 911 Turbo (997)
2008 Porsche #16 Dyson Racing RS Spyder Evo
2008 Porsche #2 Gruppe Orange Racing 911 GT3 Cup
2008 Porsche #7 Penske Racing RS Spyder Evo
2010 Porsche Panamera Turbo
2010 Porsche Boxster S
2010 Porsche 911 Sport Classic
2011 Porsche No. 17 Team Falken 911 GT3-RSR*
2011 #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports 911 GT3-RSR (997)*
2011 911 #23 Alex Job Racing 911 GT3 Cup*
2011 Porsche #54 Black Swan Racing 911 GT3 Cup*
2012 Porsche 911 GT2 RS*
2012 Porsche Cayenne Turbo*
2012 Porsche Cayman R*

* = new to Forza, not in the previous edition.
1379  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: May 19, 2012, 03:13:46 AM
This is the official word posted on the FM website regarding purchasing VIP membership:

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Forza 4 VIP Membership
May 18, 2012by Brian Ekberg

Forza Motorsport 4 players, now’s your chance to gain membership to an exclusive club of fellow passionate Forza fans. Starting today, Forza 4 players can purchase VIP Program membership via Xbox LIVE, opening up an entirely new level of access and content to the world’s greatest racing game. Available for 1,200 points on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace, VIP membership provides players with a host of content and access benefits. The full list of benefits:

- Five (5) Limited Collector’s Edition cars: 2011 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, 2011 Ferrari 458 Challenge, 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera, 2010 Noble M600, 2011 RUF Rt 12 R
- VIP members will save 400 MS points off the purchase price of the Forza Motorsport 4 Porsche Expansion Pack, available on May 22 (NOTE: VIP members should purchase the Porsche Expansion Pack via the Forza Motorsport 4 in-game Marketplace to receive the discounted purchase price)
- Exclusive in-game gifts from the Forza Motorsport community team (such as custom-liveried cars, in-game credits, etc.)
- VIP Rivals Mode Events: VIP members have access to exclusive monthly Rivals Mode events in Forza Motorsport 4
- Expanded Storefront: VIP members receive an extra page per category where they can feature additional photographs, tuning setups, vinyl groups, designs, replays, etc.
- Expanded MyForza Gallery Space: VIP’s can store an additional two videos and/or Big Shot images in their MyForza Gallery
- VIP icon affixed to their Gamertag in Forza Motorsport 4

1380  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: May 19, 2012, 12:42:46 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 19, 2012, 12:14:19 AM

I thought Forza already had a VIP designation for those that bought the special edition?

It does. This new offer allows those who didn't buy the original Limited Collectors Edition to also have VIP status.
1381  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: May 18, 2012, 11:13:30 PM
For those still interested!

The "Forza Motorsport 4 VIP Membership" is now available for 1200 M$P. From the download page:

Quote
Forza Motorsport 4 VIP members will receive five (5) Limited Collector’s Edition cars: 2011 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, 2011 Ferrari 458 Challenge, 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera, 2010 Noble M600, and the 2011 RUF Rt 12 R. Members also receive special gift cars from Turn 10, access to exclusive events, in-game VIP designation, and expanded storefront and media slots. VIP members receive discounts on the Porsche Expansion Pack as well as on eligible new FM4 add-on packs.

That "as well as on eligible new FM4 add-on packs" is interesting, but it would have been more helpful if they ballparked how many more add-on packs might be coming.

And regarding the Porsche Pack, this is Turn 10's Porsche Pack Facebook page where they have been revealing two cars a day for the past week or so, the last reveals will be on Monday and the pack is available on Tuesday.
1382  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Forza Horizon on: May 18, 2012, 12:34:38 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 17, 2012, 11:57:58 PM

what is that a little further up the road from those two cars(next to the front end of the red car)?,I am probably wrong but it looks a little like the back end of a Car Carrier...dunno what those red things are though

Sweet... If it's a GTAIV car carrier we ought to be able to use it as a jump ramp icon_biggrin
1383  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Forza Horizon on: May 17, 2012, 11:33:08 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on May 17, 2012, 11:21:46 PM

The car on the left appears to be travelling in the same direction, at least to my eyes.

Damn, I think you are right icon_frown. Wishful thinking I guess.
1384  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Borderlands 2 on: May 17, 2012, 06:35:39 PM
The loot chest would be awesome, but only if it had trays that folded out when you opened it. Oh, and if it had guns in it slywink
1385  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Forza Horizon on: May 17, 2012, 06:33:05 PM
I think the most significant info to be drawn from the screenshot is this:



On-coming traffic  icon_biggrin
1386  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Max Payne 3? on: May 16, 2012, 02:12:14 AM

Quote from: Harpua3 on May 16, 2012, 02:10:10 AM

I am about to check this out. Once the wife goes to sleep..

Be sure to keep the volume down. I speak from experience  Roll Eyes
1387  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Max Payne 3? on: May 15, 2012, 04:13:49 PM

Quote from: kronovan on May 15, 2012, 03:54:18 PM

I'm curious to hear from anyone playing the SP campaign how it compares with the 1st 2 games. I loved the comic book approach to telling the story in those games and I'm wondering if that's back and if so, is it done as well?

I'm interested in this as well. I would only be getting the game for the SP campaign and I'd like to know if it's worth it.
1388  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jagged Alliance 2: Reloaded now Jagged Alliance: Back in Action on: May 08, 2012, 04:02:24 AM
For those who still care about this game, the new 1.13 patch is out, adding line of sight (fog of war) and a bunch of other things. This YouTube video walks you through the changes. It's about twelve minutes long and quite detailed. I might actually get this game now icon_biggrin
1389  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Port Royale 3 now available on Steam on: May 05, 2012, 04:22:42 AM
Downloading now...

Gaming Trend has also posted a couple of the tutorials from the game. Doesn't look tool different from the first two versions, but I liked those and so I thought I'd give it a chance.
1390  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Just saw the Beach Boys in concert at St Augustine FL on: May 04, 2012, 09:54:38 PM

Quote from: Default on May 04, 2012, 09:43:15 PM

I saw them in 2005 and was impressed at how they played 45 minutes straight, one song right into another.

Happier days!

At St Augustine the first session was 70 minutes straight, then a twenty minute break, then about one more hour. All of the five stayed on stage during both sessions which was pretty impressive. Bruce Johnston and Mike Love never seemed to run out of energy, they were just as animated at the end of the night as they were at the start. The show did start an hour earlier than their other listed concerts because the St Augustine Amphitheater is near a residential area and the concerts have to be over by 10:30pm.
1391  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Just saw the Beach Boys in concert at St Augustine FL on: May 03, 2012, 09:31:51 PM

Quote from: Doopri on May 03, 2012, 09:09:41 PM

while i cant say im a huge beach boys fan, i do LOVE st augustine!  hope you had fun

We only went there for the concert this time, but we've been there many a time before in the past. My wife grew up in Jacksonville and her family went to St Augustine regularly to visit the beach there, so she's an old hand at getting around. The St Augustine Amphitheater is where they used to do (do they still do it?) the annual Cross & Sword show about the founding of St Augustine. It's been fancied up a bit as a concert venue, but the parking is still terrible unless you did like we did and arrive two hours early with a picnic dinner icon_biggrin.

Below is about the only decent still I was able to get with my little iTouch:

1392  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Just saw the Beach Boys in concert at St Augustine FL on: May 03, 2012, 06:46:31 AM
Don't know how many Beach Boys fans are out there, but I'll just pass this along since I'm still hyped up after the concert and also my ears are still ringing.

My wife is a huge BB fan from when she was growing up. She actually first me them in 1964 when she won a dance contest in Jacksonville and got to go backstage and be introduced. She's always wanted to go see them again, but they broke up and life otherwise intervened.

This past weekend we saw a story on "CBS Sunday Morning" about the remaining Beach Boys teaming up and going on a 50th Anniversary tour. She turned to me and said she didn't care if we had to drive to another state, but she wanted to go sometime this year to see them. I had already been on Ticketmaster.com (anticipating her request) so when she said she wanted to go I asked her if Wednesday was OK. She got excited and asked how far we would have to go. "Oh, about a two hour drive" I said. She was more excited, but then thought about it and said "But can we get tickets?". I waited a couple of seconds purely for dramatic effect, then asked if the third row was OK icon_biggrin

The concert was at the St Augustine Amphitheater, which is outdoors but with a canopy cover. We were seated in the pit, orchestra right, third row. We actually moved back one row so we could be on the end so we had a bit more room. The seats are in a semi-circle in front of the stage so I was about three steps from the stage itself. However, that meant I was also three steps from a massive amplifier bank, which explains why five hours later my ears are still ringing.

Bruce Johnston was closest to us and would step forward from his keyboard and clown around a bit with the audience. Al Jardine and Mike Love were center stage, but I still could have hit them with a wadded up piece of paper if I gave it a good heave. David Marks was a bit farther over and Brian Wilson was over on the far end, which was too bad except that towards the end of the concert he came out from behind his piano and grabbed a guitar and came center stage so we got to see him a little better. Sadly, Brian's voice is pretty shot. The others didn't sound too bad, but since we were so close to the amps it all got a bit washed out. Still, it was great.

The event banned all cameras and recording devices, but cell phones were allowed in. My wife was worried that if I used my little iTouch (I don't have a cell phone with a camera) we'd get thrown out, so I had to wait to shoot some video till later on. Also I had to shoot from my seat and the iTouch camera is pretty lousy with zero zoom and serious contrast issues. Still, you can get a feel from the videos. I'm sitting in the first one, but I was able to shoot standing in the second one. They are just short clips:

Video #1 - "Little Deuce Coupe"

Video #2 - "Surfing USA"

The concert was a lot of fun and for any Beach Boys fans out there, it's worth the trouble to go see them in person on what might be their last tour together.
1393  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DiRT Showdown Demo now available for Gold XBL subscribers on: May 02, 2012, 02:17:51 AM

Quote from: EddieA on May 02, 2012, 02:13:20 AM

It's also available on PSN.

Thanks for the heads up, I updated the thread title.
1394  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DiRT Showdown Demo now available for PSN and Gold XBL subscribers on: May 02, 2012, 02:01:49 AM
here for XBL
1395  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: May 01, 2012, 09:32:21 PM
The Ford Transit Van. Pretty:



Crash on the Alps track.

You Tube Video

No longer pretty:

1396  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: May 01, 2012, 07:57:39 PM
The Apocalypse is near... Smart Cars on the Karussell.

1397  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (04/30) on: May 01, 2012, 04:11:11 AM
Maybe Sniper Elite V2 for the 360. I just played the demo and liked it, but I'll have to wait to see the early reviews and opinions.

By the way, the Kalypo Port Royale 3 website shows a Sept 4, 2012 US release date for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. However, it will be available on Steam on May 4th and the official Kalypso moderator on their forum says that while this is the German PC retail release, the Steam version will have an English language option. So you will be able to play the game on Steam starting in four days if you wish.
1398  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: April 29, 2012, 05:06:51 PM
We talked about flipping your own car... but sometimes the AI flips on their own:

1399  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: April 29, 2012, 04:23:08 AM
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429. Of course it's tweaked a little bit. B500 PI, 425hp and a top speed geared to 159mph, which is just fast enough on the 'Ring to get you into a lot of trouble nod



On the brakes, hard, at the end of the Mulsanne straight at Le Mans:

1400  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: April 28, 2012, 09:49:49 PM
Here you go, the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz. A600 performance, 759hp, 3944lbs and a great open top convertible view of the 'Ring as you blow down the main straight at 180mph. Mind the corners!

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