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1361  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 14, 2011, 01:40:51 AM

Quote from: Roman on November 14, 2011, 01:21:09 AM

beat the campaign today. Forgettable at only 3-4 hours (on the high side)

I wonder how many fewer copies they would sell if they didn't provide a campaign at all. One of my favorite alltime PC games was Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising which except for a few tutorials was only online MP.
1362  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 13, 2011, 09:19:37 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 13, 2011, 08:14:39 PM

Watch and learn slywink

http://www.youtube.com/user/XboxAhoy

this is the guy doing the videos in the Elite section as well.

I searched his channel and didn't see any hits on Hardhat. Anyway, I don't have his mad skillz so I have to rely on being sneaky. It's been working for me, my K:D is 1.29, which is, for me, amazing on non-Hardcore TDM. It would be higher if I could snap shoot as well as he does.

UPDATE: I do love my XM-25 though nod. And I've finally figured out a better distance to set up the Claymore so they are working better for me now.

1363  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim on: November 12, 2011, 11:00:24 PM

Quote from: siege on November 12, 2011, 10:10:59 PM

I couldn't get into Fallout 3 or Oblivion. I've put over 20 hours into Skyrim thus far and ready to declare GOTY. Just an amazing game through and through. It's definitely not as polished as Id like but hopefully a few patches will resolve some of my issues.

I played both games but didn't finish them. I think I just kind of burned out. But so far from what I'm hearing about Skyrim it sounds like something I might be playing for a long time. I just hope they have a fix for the 360 problem out before next Friday, because that's the soonest I would be getting it.
1364  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 12, 2011, 09:11:34 PM
I hate Hardhat. It's too small. And everyone votes for it. Sheesh.
1365  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 12, 2011, 06:29:14 AM

Quote from: ATB on November 12, 2011, 06:16:19 AM

Meh.

Meh?
1366  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 12, 2011, 05:16:25 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 12, 2011, 05:04:09 AM

Pretty sure that works with assault too.  I think I was running just care package and hardline for awhile for nonstop crates.

Yes but with the Support Killstreak if you die it doesn't reset, you keep your count. That's why I like it, since it's the only way I'm going to get into double digits.
1367  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 12, 2011, 04:39:25 AM
Found another great little feature of the Support Killstreak. I don't have to specify three rewards, so I can get back to the first reward faster. Right now I specify UAV at 4 and counter-UAV at five, so I get rewards at kills 4, 5, 9, 10, etc. Cool nod
1368  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 11, 2011, 07:32:17 PM
I'm starting to find the love for the XM-25. Great for clearing baddies out of the tunnel on Hardhat. Also good on Mission to suppress snipers.
1369  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 11, 2011, 04:28:35 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 11, 2011, 04:18:24 PM

Fwiw i get plenty of kills from claymores and betties.  Occasionally it is just an assist, but usually a kill

Hmm, maybe I'm setting them too close to the door or right angle of the stairway? I guess I could experiment some more. Is there a sweet spot for placement?
1370  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 11, 2011, 04:01:41 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 11, 2011, 02:06:55 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on November 11, 2011, 06:55:04 AM

I finally leveled up enough to unlock Claymores. Sadly, they are inadequate on non-Hardcore TDM. I've had enemies set them off without much effect. So I switched back to frags.

How were you placing them?

Doorways, right angle turns on stairways, around corners, same as in BLOPS. I think they are cause some injury, but not killing, which makes them of limited value. Also, in BLOPS the announcer would say something about your item being destroyed, so you knew the Claymore went off. In MW3 that doesn't seem to be happening, so that's not helping me either. I guess I might switch back to Hardcore mode and see what effect it has there.
1371  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saints Row the Third on: November 11, 2011, 03:56:56 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on November 11, 2011, 01:46:07 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on November 11, 2011, 08:12:39 AM

Crap, add another game to my wishlist.

Ditto to that. In fact... well, since I'm going away next Monday for a few days, I think I might pass up on Skyrim and just pick up SR3 on the way home. Maybe. Or I'll get Skyrim today... and I just reached level 53 in MW3... I can't decide!!!!! icon_biggrin
1372  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim on: November 11, 2011, 03:51:09 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on November 11, 2011, 12:40:11 PM

I'm seeing the same thing as this guy. (Look at 12 seconds vs 2:55)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhHLuDL3DEA

Installed definitely is a difference in textures, and it is surprisingly worse installed. Very noticeable to me. I also borrowed my friend's PS3 version, and it obviously has the upper hand. I'm slightly disappointed because I hate the PS3 controller.

I guess I can live with slightly worse textures, since I play at my desk on my 24 inch monitor and the 360 is about three feet from my head. Running the DVD drive all the time would be too much noise. Would be nice if there was a fix for this.

1373  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 11, 2011, 06:55:04 AM
I finally leveled up enough to unlock Claymores. Sadly, they are inadequate on non-Hardcore TDM. I've had enemies set them off without much effect. So I switched back to frags.

I leveled my M4A1 to level 31, played a match with the gold camo (is it still camo if it's gold?) and then switched to the SCAR for a new challenge.

Just like in the previous CoD games, I find that only assault rifles really work for me with my play style. That's unfortunate for all the effort the designers put in adding all the other classes. I hope the rest of you get some use out of them.
1374  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 10, 2011, 11:17:32 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 10, 2011, 10:23:54 PM

Level 31 on a weapon gets you the gold camo fwiw.

Well that's something. I'm at 30 and half way to 31, might as well get there. Anything past 31? Except, maybe, glory? icon_biggrin
1375  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 10, 2011, 08:39:48 PM
My M4A1 is at level 30. I get 10,000 XP when I get it up to level 31 but I don't see any other challenges other than with attachments. I've already achieved Mastery with it. I tried going with another rifle but I don't really want to lose the advantages I've unlocked with this one.

Other observations:
- I tried Hardcore TDM for a while last night. Even up to Monday night I was enjoying it on BLOPS, but for some reason on MW3, maybe the maps, it seems to dissolve into camping and snipers every match. On the other hand regular TDM in MW3 is working very well for me.
- I tried using Heat Beat sensor in MW3, but unlike MW2, where I was attached to it all the time in HC-TDM, it's too much of a distraction. In regular TDM in MW3 I fine I need to keep looking around since most maps seem to have lots of little hide spots. I can't have my eyes locked to the HB screen.
- I'm at about level 42, playing with folks mostly a few levels behind, and when a UAV goes up I usually see five or six red dots, so it seems most folks aren't using Assassin/Assassin Pro. Me, I'm running both Assassin Pro and Blind Eye Pro nod
- The Bouncing Betty seems rather anemic in MW3 non-Hardcore. I found I prefer my old frag grenade, at least until I unlock my happy Claymore.
- I like the idea of the Support Killstreak. I rarely stay alive to unlock all three Assault rewards anyway, so this works out a lot better.
1376  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 10, 2011, 08:09:33 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on November 10, 2011, 04:10:14 PM

I'll might join in all the MW3 action after x-mas. Since I'll have more time and just one more month away from retirement.

Welcome to the retirement club! We have coffee and danish every Tuesday morning, but no one gets up early enough to show up nod
1377  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim on: November 10, 2011, 02:41:32 PM
Sheesh, I was afraid of just how good it was going to be. I was going to wait to get it, but I guess I can squeeze it in. I just picked up Modern Warfare 3 and am loving that. It's the Abu Dhabi GP this weekend and we're leaving Monday for a trip for our anniversary. I'm not going to be getting much sleep this weekend nod
1378  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 10, 2011, 05:57:05 AM
I finally was able to log onto the Elite 360 app and look around.  It doesn't say Founder but something did say it might be 48 hours before that status was shown. Anyway, at least access to the Elite content seems to be working.
1379  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 10, 2011, 04:47:59 AM
So how exactly does the Trophy System tactical item work?
1380  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 10, 2011, 03:11:37 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 09, 2011, 11:11:24 PM

Quote from: Roman on November 09, 2011, 09:58:33 PM

my copy is going back! I did not pay for MW3 only to play building models from previous games!!
http://www.gamepro.com/article/news/224774/is-modern-warfare-3-reusing-buildings-from-previous-call-of-duty-games/

why is this even news?  companies reuse art assets pretty much every time.

What, no one noticed the Marley & Griffin Moving truck? It's a classic!
1381  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 09, 2011, 08:28:57 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 09, 2011, 07:53:09 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on November 09, 2011, 05:55:55 PM

I have my Blindeye and Assassin. Now if I could just hit somebody I'd be dangerous...

Quote from: jztemple2 on November 09, 2011, 06:53:13 PM

I just went 20-6 on non-Hardcore TDM. Sheesh.

Wah.   icon_wink


Actually I now have Blindeye Pro and Assassin Pro. But they really aren't all that much of a help that you might think.
1382  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 09, 2011, 06:53:13 PM
I just went 20-6 on non-Hardcore TDM. Sheesh.
1383  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 09, 2011, 05:55:55 PM
I have my Blindeye and Assassin. Now if I could just hit somebody I'd be dangerous...
1384  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 09, 2011, 03:56:17 PM
I played quite a bit last night and enjoyed it immensely. I guess I'm just lucky but I seem to not run into the vocal twits that some of you have had to endure. If nothing else, it's been rather quiet on voice chat.

I kept a list and counted sixteen unique maps on which I played. Compared to previous editions, my observation is that the maps are very alike. Of course the terrain and details do vary, but there are no big sniper maps that like huge field in World at War or tiny one building gunfests like "Vacant". Hell, there isn't even a "Nuketown" eek. And it seems most of the maps have a lot of vertical obstacles to prevent knocking down UAVs easily. However, I'm not complaining, I'm finding the maps big enough so you can do some stalking without being so big you can't find anyone.

I've decided for now to stick to one gun and unlock all the features for it to see what I do and don't like. My old favorite add-on, the Heart Beat sensor, is back (from MW2?) but I'm not finding it as useful in non-Hardcore as it used to be for me. Or maybe it's because we seem to have UAVs up all the time and the HB sensor is redundant.

I forgot to post earlier in this thread when we were talking about people using Ghost and Ghost Pro in BLOPS. Playing Hardcore I used the latter all the time, but I was constantly surprised at how many people didn't use Ghost in Hardcore. I think if I had to guess that maybe on average one or two of the six opponents would be running it.
1385  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 09, 2011, 06:20:35 AM
I was jumping between different weapons in load-outs, but it got kind of frustrating so I'm just sticking with one default assault rifle for now and playing with the other options like perks and kill streaks.
1386  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 09, 2011, 03:49:49 AM
I'm sticking with one weapon for now just to get the feel of it.

I'm loving the game, the maps, the speed... I may not bother to go to hardcore nod. I also like the support versus assault killstreaks, since I like to be helping the whole team.
1387  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 08, 2011, 11:06:52 PM
I entered my Elite code on the dashboard, now what am I supposed to do? I tried logging in through their console Elite app, but it just keeps hanging at the "logging in..." step. Do I just wait till later when the servers aren't being so hammered? Or is there some web page to go to instead?
1388  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 08, 2011, 10:32:12 PM
Got mine, playing MP now. "Strongly recommend playing campaign first", huh? No way slywink slywink
1389  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 08, 2011, 03:04:34 AM
If we had twenty minute long rounds, swapping loadouts would be really even more valuable.
1390  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/06) on: November 08, 2011, 12:05:01 AM
MW3 and Skyrim. Of course next week I'll be away because it's our anniversary. Had I known 32 years ago that I'd be playing video games that would chose mid-November for their big releases I might have moved the date up a bit!
1391  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 07, 2011, 11:58:05 PM
In Black Ops I have several loadouts, with one for Nuketown/Firing Range, one for Hanoi, and a couple of others for the rest. I normally carry a China Lake noob tube, but one loadout has the SAM in case the team is being hounded by aircraft. I use one slot for experimental loads. And one has the M60, when I'm tired and just want to lay down a lot of bullets icon_eek

In one way I'm afraid I'm just like Pete. I hate spending a token/bonus/whatever because I might be wasting it.
1392  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 07, 2011, 10:56:05 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 07, 2011, 10:42:36 PM

sorry for wall of text,

Don't be sorry. I think I'm going to do some cut and pasting and put all these good words into a document called "Hark Explains What The Hell All These Damn Things Mean".

Looks like I won't be going to a midnight release after all. I'm on some new meds for a foot problem and the doctor warned me of "irritability, dizziness and mood swings". Can't let my wife miss that slywink
1393  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 07, 2011, 03:22:14 PM
Since I'm retired now I guess I might consider braving the crowd...
1394  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Changing your gamertag... on: November 05, 2011, 04:19:36 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 05, 2011, 12:37:51 AM

I know Harkonis as Harkonis.  If he were to change his name to BirthdayKittyCupcake or something it would really be difficult to make the moniker adjustment.

Yeah, but wouldn't it be awesome to hear the reaction of folks who get killed a dozen times in a ten minute round by "BirthdayKittyCupcake"? icon_biggrin
1395  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 05, 2011, 04:13:19 PM

Quote from: Roman on November 05, 2011, 05:50:58 AM

Some maps are very very small and the action is frantic.

Like "Scrapyard" in MW2 small?
1396  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: November 05, 2011, 05:10:12 AM
While the rest of you have been off shooting each other in BF3 or maybe even an early copy of MW3, I've been working on my goals in Forza 4. I gave these tasks to myself to give me a bit more structure to my playing. The goals overlap of course and I've also been doing other things in the game. But, my goals...

  • Reach Driver Level 50 to unlock access to all the free cars - done
  • Complete the ten seasons of the World Tour - done
  • Reach Affinity Level 4 with all 80 Manufacturers so I get free parts - done

My next goal is to get a check mark in each box of the Event List, which might take some time. In other statistics, I own 128 cars, I'm at Driver Level 81, and I have completed 18.4% of the Career progress. I have driven 2,818.18 miles and I have yet to achieve a perfect Drift Score Roll Eyes.
1397  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox 360] Tropico 4 on: November 05, 2011, 02:57:20 AM

Quote from: Doopri on November 04, 2011, 04:02:15 PM

if you get time, keep the impressions coming, especially on how well the game "hooks" you after a few hours of play - is there enough there to give it legs w/o getting long in the tooth?

There is a twenty mission main campaign. Each mission usually starts you off on an island with a few basic buildings, but each mission has a separate "theme" established by either a lack of resources which push your development into a certain direction, and/or main goals that guide you towards the final goal (which isn't given to you at first) which will eventually allow you to win your mission. You can always continue on the same mission after winning it and then quit anytime after, and you can also save it so you can go back to any island where you were working if you wish.

There are also sandbox situations, where you get a pre-rolled island with certain abundances and deficits and you can choose what you want to do with it. There is also an island generator which pretty much can provide any level of challenge you might want.

One aspect that can cause the game to get "long in the tooth" is that many decisions you make, like setting up farms, building churches, clinics, etc, are the same from mission to mission. You monitor what the people are unhappy about (lack of food, religion, medical help, liberty, etc) and provide the necessary response. Countering this are the pop-up tasks that give you reasons to break away from the logical progression of building and other response. For instance, you might get a request from the Russians for spiced rum which will net you a +15 increase in their relations with you. You don't have any sugar farms and no real usable land where to place them. However, you can import the sugar and make the rum. This does mean spending money for importation, which you have to balance against the reward.

There are a lot of these tasks in each mission. Some make no sense sometimes, like being requested to build a farm when the mission prohibits you from building them. I don't thing this is a bug as much as it is just that there is a database of tasks and sometimes illogical ones get selected. Of course, you have to be smart enough not to accept the task that can't be completed, otherwise too bad for you.

Regarding tasks... you can always decline a task, which makes it go away, or just postpone accepting it in case you wish to see what else might pop up. For instance, that Russian offer to trade spiced rum for a +15 increase in relations might not be of much benefit at the time because you already have good relations with them. However, having this task available might be useful because it will counter you activating an Edict that improves your relations with the USA while pissing off the Russians. Then send them the spiced rum and viola, the Russians now have a better opinion of you.

Overall I'd say that if you have the PC to run the game you might be better off with that version, but the 360 version is almost as good (really just missing the Challenge editor and the ability to download Challenges) and either way, it's a pretty good game.

Oh, and if you remember the first Tropico and remember how slow it moved at times, the new developers did address this. There are now Garages so people can drive to their jobs and back home and to other places, as long as you place the garages in the right place. And you can also rush build buildings and other items for cash which means you don't have a lot of down time if you need to get that one tenement completed or some other structure that's holding up your master plan. Overall the game plays better than the first one. The only thing that isn't as good is the music, the original Tropico music was the best!
1398  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox 360] Tropico 4 on: November 03, 2011, 09:57:35 PM
This came out over a month ago and (not surprisingly) I was the only one who pre-ordered it at my local Gamestop. I never played Tropico 3 for the 360 as I was busy with other games and it had a population bug which while fixed in the PC version, was never fixed in the 360 one. I did play the original which was a lot of fun.

The "4" version apparently improved over the "3" version by having pop-up task options which require you to do something and give you a reward. It's a nice touch to provide more options in the game play. As always there's a lot of tongue in cheek humor in the game.

The reviews did complain about the wonky menu controls using the 360 controller but it's really not that bad. Once you get used to it it's almost second nature. There is an annoyance with using the stick to select one of eight options arranged in a radial, you sometimes select the wrong option and have to back out of it, but it's not that big a deal to me.

One DLC is already out, the Tropico 4 Bonus Pack including three new islands (Isla Nublar, Fuerte en el Agua, Nirvana) and three El Presidente outfits (Toreador, Rio Carnival, Luchador. Another is due on 11/11,
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Kalypso Media announces Junta, a new DLC pack for Tropico 4 that will arrive for the Windows PC and Xbox 360 editions of the tropical dictator simulation on November 11 for $4.99 USD. Here are some screenshots, and here's what the military themed DLC will add to the game:

    New Building: “Bunker” - functions like a larger and more expensive Guard Station, does not require generals, houses five soldiers.
    Character Trait: Veteran (Avatar performs better in battle, improved militarist respect)
    Character Outfit / Vanity Item: Dress Uniform (female)
    Decoration Items: Guard booth, Small observation tower, Camouflaged ammo depot, Concrete barricades, APC
    Mission theme: “New Sparta” - build a militaristic society while being constantly pressured by the rebels

The manual isn't that deep (and is medium grey printing on light grey pages mad) but the few question I had were promptly answered by nice fans over on the Kalypso forum. So I'm happy I got it and so far it's been bug free on the 360.
1399  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Free photo hosting site with simple, clean links? on: November 02, 2011, 09:53:07 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 02, 2011, 08:33:42 PM


Gosh, I don't really want to have to hire a lawyer and everything  slywink
1400  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Free photo hosting site with simple, clean links? on: November 02, 2011, 06:27:13 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 02, 2011, 05:52:56 PM

Imgur is the new hot image sharer on campus.  They really put a lot of thought into the interface and feature set; couldn't be easier to use.  You don't have to jump through any hoops to get a direct link, you can easily do cropping and resizing, the uploading or hotlinking is super quick & easy, the links are short.  It's great.

Wow, it is really easy to use. I registered through my Facebook account and had a picture uploaded and then linked here to the forums in a couple of minutes. Most excellent.  Thanks for the help!  icon_biggrin
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