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1481  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!.
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.


1482  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
1483  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
1484  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.
1485  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:

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?
1486  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.
1487  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:
Minimum Spec

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


Intel 2.4 GHz or AMD 2.7GHz
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.
1488  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
1489  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:
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).
1490  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
1491  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.
1492  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.
1493  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.
1494  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

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?
1495  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?
1496  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.

1497  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.
1498  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.

1499  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.
1500  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
1501  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
1502  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.
1503  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.
1504  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

1505  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?
1506  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
1507  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.
1508  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.
1509  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?
1510  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.
1511  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.
1512  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
1513  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!
1514  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.
1515  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.
1516  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...

1517  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.

1518  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!
1519  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
1520  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:

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:
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:
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.


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