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1401  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
1402  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
1403  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 on: August 19, 2012, 08:45:41 PM
I just finished up the "Claptrap Revolution" DLC for the original game. The story was a bit thin (of course) but the action was fun. The level design was excellent as well, making exploring interesting for it's own sake, never mind all the loot. I'm looking forward to more in Borderlands 2.
1404  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sleeping Dogs Review is up! on: August 19, 2012, 05:02:12 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on August 19, 2012, 08:55:39 AM

I was getting destroyed by 8 or so dudes in a fight today. Jumped back in the car I drove there in and ran the last few over! Take that!

Thanks for the tip.  I ought to be able to bring that little Bisai to many of those outdoor fights.
1405  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sleeping Dogs Review is up! on: August 19, 2012, 03:40:13 AM
I have mixed feelings about the game. I'm fine with the graphics, whether they could be better or not isn't really important to me. I love their version of Hong Kong even more than GTA IV's Liberty City. The story lines are interesting, the voice acting is great, and the character animations seem very movie-like. I also like the mini-games, none have been too annoying and they do add some nice fun. Driving feels better than in GTA IV as well. My favorite car so far is the Bisai, great for driving through parks, up stairways and through pretty much anywhere icon_biggrin

What I don't like is the martial arts fighting. I have appallingly slow reactions and so each fight is a struggle to survive. This would be acceptable except that I've encountered story missions which string together several fights and I seem doomed to always fail the last in a sequence. I've been getting my food, drink and massage icon_eek prior to the fights to give me a boost, but what I wouldn't give for a couple of Glocks instead. And it isn't helped by the camera control. I sometimes lose sight for a second and that's enough to cost me enough health so I won't be able to beat the last opponent. And then I have to start again from the beginning... icon_frown

Still, the driving is insanely fun nod

1406  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sleeping Dogs Review is up! on: August 17, 2012, 05:57:42 PM
Picked this up today for the 360 after seeing the positive feedback here. And I just downloaded the "complete" Roll Eyes game manual from the website. Is there any worth to getting the launch day DLC I see mentioned there?
1407  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 on: August 17, 2012, 05:52:18 PM
Pre-ordered today, although I didn't get the bobble head version  slywink
1408  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 on: August 09, 2012, 08:09:08 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on August 09, 2012, 03:14:00 PM

Is the SP worthy of a playthrough and likely to motivate interest in the sequel?

Yes and probably yes. The SP is a lot of fun if you like open world gaming and lots and lots (and lots) of guns. And I'm getting Borderlands 2 based on the fun I had with it the first game.
1409  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Sleeping Dogs(True Crime:Hong Kong) on: August 08, 2012, 12:10:22 AM
Just been looking at the game trailers as well. Looks very nice. Has this been a bit of a sleeper? I can't say I've heard much about it before this week.
1410  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] The Political Machine 2012 by Stardock on: August 01, 2012, 08:31:15 PM
This was just released yesterday on Steam, see the website. For $9.95 USD I might be tempted. Anyone else picking this up?
1411  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Jagged Alliance: Back in Action on: July 26, 2012, 03:44:40 AM

Quote from: Lockdown on July 24, 2012, 01:41:38 PM

Picked it up for ten bucks too.  Pleasantly surprised so far.  If there is a way to move while keeping your aim in a fixed direction, can someone please post how?

Don't really know of one.

Not doing too bad in the game so far, but I'm having to reload saves occasionally. I just don't seem to have enough money to get a third merc on the ground with me.
1412  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jagged Alliance 2: Reloaded now Jagged Alliance: Back in Action on: July 23, 2012, 07:32:29 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on May 08, 2012, 05:49:42 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 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

Nice changes. Will grab once a steam sale comes up.

Hope you got it this past weekend when it was 75% off. I was away at a wedding but managed to grab it when I came back just before the deal expired. Maybe as a ten dollar game I'll enjoy it more.
1413  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
1414  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!
1415  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.
1416  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.
1417  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...

1418  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.

1419  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!
1420  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
1421  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*

1422  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.
1423  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.
1424  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.
1425  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.
1426  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.

1427  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.
1428  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.
1429  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.
1430  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.
1431  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

1432  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.
1433  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:

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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.
1434  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
1435  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.
1436  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
1437  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
1438  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
1439  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.
1440  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
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