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1481  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] F1 2010 impressions on: September 26, 2010, 02:48:02 PM
One thing I find disappointing is that other than the driving assists, which can be adjusted to taste at any difficulty, the other difficulty related options cannot be turned on or off independently. For instance, at Easy there is no damage, while at Expert there is full damage enabled. Ditto for tire wear. So while you might want to run at Easy because you cannot otherwise compete successfully, if you do you can't use the tire wear function.
1482  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] F1 2010 impressions on: September 26, 2010, 04:47:58 AM
Had to order this through Amazon since although Gamestop showed it on their website, no store within a hundred miles of me got a copy  icon_frown.

Got the game via Amazon from Buy.com, four days from order to delivery and that's without any special postage.

When you start the game, you end up in an interview room with reporters who ask you first and last names, which identify yourself, and then you choose your starting team. You only have a choice of HRT, Virgin or Lotus, since you are a newbie and so are they. Once you do this you end up in a trailer like the one in Dirt 2, except neater and cleaner  slywink. You have an agent who briefs you on your new team and the new season. You get to chose whether you wish to run for 3, 5, or 7 seasons.

From then on it's sorta like Dirt2 in that you select what you want to do by looking around inside or outside the trailer. There are Time Trials, where you can run laps at any track in any car, or Grand Prix, where you can do a race weekend at any track for any team. There's also MP which I didn't look at yet. Finally there is your career. I entered that mode and ran the first race weekend which takes place in Bahrain.

I opted for easy difficulty (there are four different levels). I also selected the short weekend option which gives just one practice session, one qualifying session of twenty minutes, and then the race. Race distances can be 20% to 100%. I ran all three sessions in easy mode with all assists except Autobrake enabled. F1 cars drive without much in the way of sliding or body roll, they dart around. I'm not sure if it was because of the assists or that I had selected an Easy career, but I qualified 5th. I started the race and did ok, but then spun out twice. However I did work my way back up to eleventh, just outside the points. I got interviewed by the press and apparently did ok. And since I beat my teammate the team is pleased with me.

Overall I'm favorably impressed with the game. Graphically things look great, as you would expect from Codemasters. Bahrain really looks like Bahrain, even down to the outfits on the grid girls (they aren't actually seen on the grid, but outside your trailer). Tire selections match the real world, there are a number of things to tweak in the set up screens, and the car really does drive like you would expect an F1 car to drive. The details of the career mode, like the interviews and the team politics are nice touches to immerse you in the game.

I really doubt I'll ever be able to race with the assists all off. I tried it and wow, the cars are insanely twitchy. And if you bump into someone, one or both of you are probably at least headed to the pits if not out entirely. That being said, however, I did have run racing at Bahrain with the assists on and it was satisfying. I made passes and drove ok most of the time. It helps that just like in Forza 3 there are guidelines on the track to show the properlines and where and when to brake. And you do have the rewind function to turn back time if you screw up. At Easy difficulty you get four per race, less as you get more difficulty, none at Expert.

If you want to play as an F1 driver, I would recommend the game, there's just a lot of detail to it. However, if you are just looking for a racing game I would NOT recommend it. There are no other types of cars, they are insanely tough to drive without assists and the format of race weekends is fixed.

I'll try some other levels of Difficulty and post my thoughts later.
1483  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo: Reach Impressions thread on: September 24, 2010, 05:16:17 PM
Couldn't resist this... Master Chief Crosses The Delaware. Full sized image is here.

1484  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Medal of Honor: Modern Warfare on: September 22, 2010, 06:56:27 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 22, 2010, 06:22:25 PM

Is any of the crew planning on getting this for MP, or is everyone on the CoD train this holiday?

I'm getting it for the MP and because I'm a sucker for modern shooters.
1485  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/20) on: September 21, 2010, 12:09:25 AM
Based on the recent good reviews, looks like F1 2010 for me.
1486  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization 5: Now Steam powered! on: September 18, 2010, 01:14:50 AM

Quote from: Lockdown on September 15, 2010, 09:21:16 PM

And just so everyone reading this who doesn't already know what tgb is referring to:

http://www.civilization5.com/#/community/feature_socialresponsibility

The cause is awesome, there is no denying that.  But yes, a lot of people will miss the manual - that is for sure.

What a load of crap. Paper is a renewable, biodegradable resource. They are doing this to save money by not printing manuals. And shipping weight is less. Yes, it's all very noble-sounding, but why don't they cut the price a few bucks? How about saving *that* resource?
1487  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo: Reach Impressions thread on: September 17, 2010, 07:19:23 PM

Quote from: Chaz on September 17, 2010, 07:07:44 PM

If you kill him back, does it count as child abuse?

Justifiable homicide  slywink
1488  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]anybody interested in the new F1 game? on: September 17, 2010, 06:38:41 PM
I read the online Gameinformer review and it sounds like a pretty good game, although I don't know about that Career Mode and "interviews".
1489  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo: Reach Impressions thread on: September 16, 2010, 11:06:11 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on September 16, 2010, 10:22:15 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on September 16, 2010, 09:13:18 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 16, 2010, 06:26:53 PM

If you aren't using your backpack in multi, you aren't playing on an even level with the regulars.

Backpack? I haven't played since Halo 3, is this something new? I didn't read any of the previews but I did peek at the manual. Pray tell of this magical pack of the back nod

Backpack = jet pack.  It's one of the armor classes you can choose from (in addition to things like cloaking, a hologram, a bubble shield, temporary invulnerability, and super speed).

Thanks for the reply. I agree, the jet pack can be very handy. I've found on several maps where it allows you to get to places I had never thought of going. Too bad people keep shooting at me while I try to get there  icon_eek
1490  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo: Reach Impressions thread on: September 16, 2010, 09:13:18 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 16, 2010, 06:26:53 PM

If you aren't using your backpack in multi, you aren't playing on an even level with the regulars.

Backpack? I haven't played since Halo 3, is this something new? I didn't read any of the previews but I did peek at the manual. Pray tell of this magical pack of the back nod
1491  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Medal of Honor: Modern Warfare on: September 16, 2010, 09:10:14 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on September 16, 2010, 06:58:17 PM

I'm really hoping the MP component is robust enough to keep a good group online until (or after) CoD drops.

Wonder if it's better to come out four weeks before the other and so have more folks not wanting to switch to another shooter, or four weeks after and have folks stay with your game because it's "newer".
1492  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo: Reach Impressions thread on: September 16, 2010, 05:26:15 PM
I did the Big Battle (8v8) MP style for a while yesterday and it seems to work pretty well. And I did see more game modes, some of which of pretty cool. However it's still, for me, a matter of everyone running around frantically bunny-hopping and meleeing with unreserved enthusiasm while I seem to be moving and aiming in slow motion. I swear sometimes I feel like my armor must have a giant "Kick Me" sign taped to the back  icon_frown
1493  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mafia II impressions on: September 16, 2010, 05:20:20 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 16, 2010, 02:56:32 PM


Well crap, I was all set to swear off any more DLC for Mafia II, but if it's going to add more narrative and new locations I might have to change my mind. And maybe with this third DLC they will also make the first, PS3-only DLC available for the rest of us as well. If they do, I'm sure Microsoft would port the Halo series over to the Playstation, right?  slywink
1494  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo: Reach Impressions thread on: September 14, 2010, 10:23:16 PM
Although I had my concerns I went ahead and started playing MP right away, 1v1 at first, then after a couple of hours I did some 4x4 DM. And, surprisingly, I enjoyed it nod. In spite of my reaction times (measured with a calendar) and my arthritic wrists, I didn't do too badly once I got some time in on each mode. The graphics look fine to me.

I do get the impression, maybe erroneous, that compared to Halo 3, the last one of these I played, there seem to be fewer maps and modes. Could that be right? Or are more unlocked as you level up?
1495  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo: Reach Impressions thread on: September 14, 2010, 07:17:47 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on September 14, 2010, 06:57:50 PM

Will probably go straight to MP as I never did finished the other games' campaigns.

Well, maybe not. I start the game (I avoided all previews and trailers) and I'm presented with buying stuff. Yikes! Don't want to buy the wrong thing first time out, so I'm going in nekked at first, so to speak  eek
1496  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo: Reach Impressions thread on: September 14, 2010, 06:57:50 PM
Grabbed my copy at Gamestop (I was the only one there!) and am installing now. Will probably go straight to MP as I never did finished the other games' campaigns.
1497  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]anybody interested in the new F1 game? on: September 14, 2010, 06:56:26 PM

Quote from: skystride on September 14, 2010, 06:20:54 PM

Yeah I'm also not sure if this will appeal to general racing fans like me or do you need to be knowledgeable about F1?

I can't imagine it would be necessary, but would probably help to understand the tracks quicker.
1498  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mafia II impressions on: September 11, 2010, 04:15:57 AM
Finished all but one of the "Jimmy's Vendetta" missions. The last was just too much of a pain to keep trying over and over. My verdict? I won't be buying the other DLC when they release it. It's just not worth it.
1499  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mafia II impressions on: September 09, 2010, 09:46:16 PM
I'm 64% complete with Jimmy's Vendetta, four hours twenty minutes playing on Medium difficulty and I have to say that it's growing on me. The missions not only get harder as you go along, but they also get more complex. I couldn't really care about my score versus others on XBL, so I'm playing with fun in mind rather than, for instance, trying to make kills close enough together in time that I achieve extra points. You get to steal cars (and Army trucks!), destroy crates and cars, kill guys, even shoot up a bar!

Also I'm playing like a psycho. I speed everywhere, am constantly in trouble with the cops, but never take the easy way out at a phone booth. I dump my hot cars and buy new clothes. And I drive like a manic  nod

UPDATE: and my max speed... 134.94 mph  icon_biggrin
1500  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo: Reach on: September 09, 2010, 01:28:18 AM

Quote from: The Grue on September 08, 2010, 11:22:43 PM

I have zero interest in the Halo universe and yet I buy and play all the games.  The game is usually so very polished and the story is somewhat interesting, but it doesn't get me hooked into the universe like a Star Wars would.  I did my pre-order, though.

This pretty much captures how I feel about Halo. Not really interested in all the back story,  but the games are a lot of fun.
1501  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mafia II impressions on: September 08, 2010, 02:17:25 AM

Quote from: Travis on September 08, 2010, 02:07:00 AM

So it's not story at all?  Just integrates with the game as is for side stuff to do?

There's a very marginal "story", basically an introductory screen for each mission that ties the missions together. No cutscenes, no real storyline.
1502  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mafia II impressions on: September 07, 2010, 10:14:20 PM

Quote from: spigot on September 07, 2010, 09:50:28 PM

How big is the download. I'm assuming all the assets were already on disc. We just needed to "unlock" it.

Download was 344MB, so there was some content not on the disk.
1503  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mafia II impressions on: September 07, 2010, 08:12:37 PM
Got the DLC. Very much a sandbox now with a bunch of "quests" you can complete. Points given for how quickly you accomplish your goal, kills, etc. Only some more playing will show if it's worth the 800 points, but at least this is nice addition to the story line missions.
1504  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS redesigning 360 controller? on: September 01, 2010, 12:21:28 AM
Don't know why they just didn't give the pad eight spokes, putting little flat spots all the way out on the main directional spokes and flat spots a bit further in towards the hub on the diagonals. You could feel what you are going to press without looking.
1505  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: August 31, 2010, 04:33:29 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 31, 2010, 12:12:51 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on August 31, 2010, 01:25:55 AM

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—plus one new bonus map that is, according to Gearbox, "awesome."

Oh please don't tell me that I won't be getting this "awesome" new map with the Claptrap DLC! I've bought the three first DLC and was planning on getting the fourth. I would be disappointed not to be able to get the map, since it's all "awesome" and such  icon_frown



haha..okay this may be good news for you

i just found out(Eurogamer)..its a fold out map that comes with the game...not a DLC map...d'oh

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The original announcement tweet  mentioned a "bonus map", which led to some confusion, but a post on the official forum revealed that this will be a physical map hand drawn by Scott Kester, rather than an in-game bonus.

Thanks metallicorphan, that's good news. Count me in on the new DLC!
1506  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mafia II impressions on: August 31, 2010, 04:30:05 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 31, 2010, 12:47:03 PM


Good news. I like the idea of "30 new quests" which I'm guessing means a lot less cutscenes. I don't think in the original game there were many more than 30 unique goals.

I am confused about the "second downloadable add-on" statement. I'm assuming this is referencing the PS3 unique The Betrayal of Jimmy. So we 360 owners will be going on a vendetta without actually seeing the betrayal? Or will the first DLC be released later on?

Anyway, assuming the new DLC is similar to the PS3 unique DLC, we can expect...
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Unlike in the main Mafia II  storyline, you’ll rack up points for drifting, high speed driving, headshots, kill combos and more. Points pop up right on the screen, arcade style and giant, flashy icons like arrows point at targets – something you’d never see in the more authentically 1940s and 50s setting from the primary game mode.

I'd really like to get confirmation that the PS3 unique DLC will be coming to the 360, and when.
1507  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: August 31, 2010, 01:25:55 AM
Quote
—plus one new bonus map that is, according to Gearbox, "awesome."

Oh please don't tell me that I won't be getting this "awesome" new map with the Claptrap DLC! I've bought the three first DLC and was planning on getting the fourth. I would be disappointed not to be able to get the map, since it's all "awesome" and such  icon_frown
1508  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mafia II impressions on: August 28, 2010, 05:53:06 PM

Quote from: spigot on August 28, 2010, 05:17:32 PM

Best ending, ever.

Wasn't it though?  nod
1509  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mafia II impressions on: August 28, 2010, 03:53:00 AM
Number of chapters are...
Spoiler for Hiden:
about 16 I think.
What throws you off on this is that when you are doing your last mission, you don't know it's your last mission, or more importantly, why it's the last mission in the game. I won't say any more than that since it really does come as a surprise.
1510  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mafia II impressions on: August 28, 2010, 03:40:15 AM
Finished the game tonight  icon_cry:. About twelve and a half hours elapsed time. I was rating it a nine, but I'll drop that to an 8.5 due to the short length. I found it an excellent story, the combination of cutscenes and interactivity made it very entertaining, and the driving and gunplay were challenging but not too difficult on Normal. I only found eight Playboys and only one wanted poster, which seems odd.

Downsides? Too short. And... gee, that's about all I have to complain about. No, it didn't have minigames or side quests worth speaking of, but I didn't get it expecting any of that, so I wasn't disappointed.

I can go back and play any individual chapter now, at any difficulty, so I don't have to start a new game from scratch. Don't know when or if I'll do that. There is supposed to be DLC for it coming out "this fall" according to an ad on the back of the manual. Maybe I'll fire it up then.
1511  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mafia II impressions on: August 26, 2010, 11:37:05 PM
I'm about half way through and I'm really enjoying it. Yes, the fist fighting isn't the most complicated affair, but then I didn't want to have to learn a bunch of combo moves, so that's fine with me. On Normal winning a fight isn't a guarantee, but if you use some caution you'll win more often than losing.

Gun combat on Normal difficulty isn't too hard, but you do have to be careful to use cover. It's enjoyable to use flanking moves, switch weapons and just shoot up the scenery  icon_lol

Driving is a joy. Big clumsy cars drive like big, clumsy cars. Powerful roadsters drive like... well, you get the idea. Car chases take some real skill. Usually you can run away from police, but it isn't always easy. But it is fun.

This is not a sandbox, GTA/RDR type of game. There aren't a lot of side activities to do. You aren't going to spend eighty hours on it unless you want to drive yourself crazy getting all the collectibles. You don't have any real reason to go off the nominal story line.

What Mafia II is is an story in which you get to act out certain parts, but you don't have the freedom to simply write your own plot. It's really like the first one in this regard. You don't have to like Vito, any more than you had to like Ahab or Scarlett O'hara or Fagan or Don Corleone . This is an interactive novel.

Speaking of novels, and somewhat off-topic, anyone here ever read a Dashiell Hammett novel called Red Harvest? While Mafia II doesn't match it in plot, the general feel of the game is much like Red Harvest.
1512  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mafia II impressions on: August 25, 2010, 10:20:13 PM
At 38% complete, elapsed time 6:24. Fast speed reached in the game, 115.53 mph  icon_biggrin. Only 6 Playboy mags so far, and the ones I did find weren't always out in the open.

Driving is a lot of fun in the game.

I wouldn't say that the developers said "good enough" and just stopped adding things, since the game does feel finished regarding quality and design. I just think the game maintains the feel of the first game, being a very linear series of missions. There are options to explore, customize clothing and cars, and if desired create some mayhem, but these don't change the direction of the story. 

There are a lot of cut scenes, but not too many. The main objective of the game, IMO, is to tell a story while allowing the player to take a role in parts of it.
1513  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mafia II impressions on: August 25, 2010, 08:21:18 PM
One-third of the way through. Low point, showering with other men  icon_frown

High point, driving around while two drunks in the car sang along with Dean Martin's "Return to Me"  thumbsup. Niko Bellic never had it so good.

1514  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mafia II impressions on: August 25, 2010, 12:29:13 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 25, 2010, 12:16:52 AM


and FWIW-they gave Mafia 1 on the PC a 4/10 as well


If true then they have no credibility at all with me. The first Mafia might not have been perfect, but it was an excellent game, at least 8.5/10. Eurogamer's reviewer must be sniffing the printer powder again.
1515  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mafia II impressions on: August 24, 2010, 11:24:49 PM

Quote from: Travis on August 24, 2010, 09:43:02 PM

How's the difficulty on combat? 

The demo is representative of the combat difficulty on Normal. The cover system works well and you'll need to use it to stay alive. Usually one bullet won't kill you, but two or three will, so it's important to move to cover and take snap shots. When you take a hit or two your health drops quickly. If you stay in cover your health recovers, but not all the way, so it's important not to go running around running and gunning. You don't need to have hyper-reactions to win a fight, just some caution and common sense.
1516  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mafia II impressions on: August 24, 2010, 09:14:09 PM
More impressions...

2:35 into the game, 14% complete. Only three Playboy magazines found  icon_frown. Ten achievements of forty-seven completed.

Driving in snow-covered Empire City is lots of fun. Some roads are icy and you can really power slide around. On Normal cops aren't too difficult to outrun.

Very linear campaign construction which probably isn't going to sit well with the fans of sandbox-like GTA games. Some missions are a bit dull, but others are quite complex and combine stealth and combat. And so far they have been vary different.

I do understand the comments by reviewers about how the city is underutilized by the game. I'm 14% done, which is quite a lot considering I haven't been rushing through missions and have driven around and did some exploring. I feel like if this was GTA San Andreas I'd still be in the middle of the missions in the Grove Street cul de sac, that early, but in Mafia II I'm one seventh of the way done.
1517  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mafia II impressions on: August 24, 2010, 06:48:09 PM
I should mention that my copy also had a paper map in it, it duplicates the in-game map.

Further along now. I've run into the first (of ??) minigames; picking the lock on a car. It's the alternative to just breaking the window.
1518  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Mafia II impressions on: August 24, 2010, 06:15:02 PM
Got it and have been playing about an hour.

First impression... the manual is a two page spread image of the controls, the credits, an XBL tease, health warnings... and that's it. I guess you learn as you go (?)

Lots of cut scenes. Lots. Seriously. However it's telling the story, introducing the characters, etc. Your combat tutorial takes place in Sicily where as part of the US Army you are... well, I'll let you see for yourselves.

Really nice looking Empire City, at least on the 360. No doubt lots of dandelions under the snow  icon_lol. I'm playing on Normal difficulty. Apparently if you play on Hard you unlock pin-ups (these are NOT the Playboy images), but since it isn't mentioned in the manual, I hadn't a clue as to what they look like. Still, Betty Grable won't do a lot for me anyway.

One bug. I turned off the music (I never play with music) and in the next cutscene in a railway station there was no sound except the dialog. Weird. Seems to have fixed itself, so maybe it has nothing to do with turning off the music.

More as I proceed.
1519  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia II demo for 360 out now on: August 24, 2010, 01:25:36 AM
Gamespot gave it an 85, saying
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Mafia II is an excellent return of a franchise with great promise. Vito and his associates are memorable characters in a city bursting with subtle visual details and violent undertones. The story pulls no punches, neither glorifying nor demeaning the difficult lives its protagonists lead--just presenting them with brutal honesty and letting you reach your own conclusions. After the 15-or-so hours it might take you to gun through Vito's story, it's hard not to come away with the sense that there should have been more to do in this beautiful city. Yet while you might be disappointed with what Mafia II doesn't do, it's hard to be disappointed by what this excellent game does do: deliver fun shoot-outs and pockets of shocking brutality in a world you're delighted to be a part of.
1520  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia II demo for 360 out now on: August 19, 2010, 01:36:58 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 19, 2010, 01:12:20 AM

The free DLC is dandelions.

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