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1561  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: (360) Forza Sundays - 12/20 on: December 18, 2009, 03:48:11 PM
I should be there Sunday. If you see me online with FM3 prior to then I'll be setting up, tuning and testing, plus trying to get in some drifting practice icon_frown, so I probably won't be doing any MP racing before Sunday.
1562  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: December 11, 2009, 04:30:32 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on December 11, 2009, 04:09:36 PM

would you like unlimited noob toob ammo with no delay between rounds?

Please tell me that this is some almost impossible to activate glitch? I never did see that many jav glitch uses, I'm hoping I never see unlimited noobers.
1563  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 3 Discussion on: December 10, 2009, 02:39:41 AM
First of all, if you see me playing Forza 3 online, I might be at the console or I might be letting my hired driver earn some bucks for me, so don't be surprised if I don't respond to a game invite. It's a long haul till I get that $15 million for the 1958 Ferrari Testa Rosa  icon_eek

I got the new DLC. My favorite car is the 2010 Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss. Being a roadster, there's no roof or A pillar to block the view, and even that pesky side mirror only lasts as long as the first concrete wall!

I had adjusted my cockpit FOV to 90 degrees a while back, but I see a lot of folks recommending 70, so I tried that for awhile, but 90 really rocks for me. It's a bit of a tunnel view, but the HUD info ends up on the roof liner anyway. And it's nice to have the coverage off to the sides.

1564  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 3 Discussion on: December 08, 2009, 12:10:29 AM
So I've figured that my R2 Endurance Race (I haven't unlocked an R1 car yet) run by my hired driver earns me 80K in 68 minutes (all assists off, AI at Medium since the hired guy can't seem to win consistently at Hard). Is this the best way to make money when I can't race? I know that Forza 2 had a money glitch, but I guess there isn't one in FM3.
1565  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I have joined the Fraternity (360). on: December 07, 2009, 11:16:20 PM
This weekend my refurbed Gamestop 360 went all RROD icon_frown. Only 6 months after I bought it, so it's still under their Product Replacement Plan. Brought it to my local Gamestop where they know me like they are Sam and Woody and I'm Norm. I got a replacement 360 and a $20 credit since the current refurbished arcade units are that much cheaper that when I bought it. And, just to make it really nice, I got a new Product Replacement Plan that starts on today's date, rather than when I bought the first one. So this could go on for the next few years I guess  icon_biggrin
1566  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 3 Discussion on: December 07, 2009, 11:08:18 PM
I borrowed an MS Wheel for the 360 and gave it a try this afternoon. Hmm. A love/hate relationship. Yeah, more control range, but the wheel does seem to go all limp when I lose grip all of a sudden and it's harder to manage the resultant slide. I know I could probably get used to it, but it would take some time. The worst part is my current gaming setup. I use my computer monitor for my 360 playing as well. It's really nice, a 24-inch Gateway, but the desk it sits on is just not quite low enough. I can lower my seat, but then the angle to the pedals doesn't feel right. I'll have to play around with it some more, but the biggest problem is that I'll keep having to put it away since this is also my computer work desk.

By the way, what's with that stinky short cord between the wheel and the pedal unit? Needs more slack to be out of the way. I tried using an ordinary phone cord but it didn't work.

By the way, it may appear that I'm online racing in Forza 3 right now, but it's my dutiful hired driver that's cranking out laps at Le Mans for me. I can listen to him while I type. Man, he must be shifting every three seconds a lap.
1567  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 3 Discussion on: December 07, 2009, 09:22:58 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 07, 2009, 08:07:58 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on December 07, 2009, 07:53:48 PM

no worries temple

His lack of Pink Floyd knowledge, on the other hand, is unforgiveable.

When "Dark Side of the Moon" came out I had already been in college for a couple of years and had developed a taste for classical music. I did hear the songs on the radio but I don't think I ever let eyes on the album cover. By that time I was building up my library of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.
1568  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 3 Discussion on: December 07, 2009, 06:28:25 PM
Played online with Hark and Pug last night and had a good time, although Hark suffered a bit due to my occasional "buck fever". I hope he forgives me, it's just that it's a rare occurrence when I can past Hark on anything  icon_biggrin. Sadly in our last race, on the Fujimi Kaido Full Circuit, even though it was only a single lap my left thumb was completely numb by the end. I have had problems with this occasionally and often have to pause when playing offline. Can't really do that when playing an online race icon_frown.

After going back offline I did explore the issue of the "X" class. There are no default X (999+) plus cars and I really didn't want to spend a lot of my bucks upgrading one of my own cars. So I checked the auction house and yup there were a number of them, almost all the #62 De Ferran Acura upgraded from it's default R3 982 to over 999. Most were for sale in the six digits, but I did bid on one that was only $2,600, but it didn't say that cheap for long.

I also prepped a "C" class and an "S" class car for MP racing, just in case. I tried the "S" class in an offline series and I just can't control it without TCS and ABS, it's just too wild. Even with those assists I am miserably bad with the R1 Holden. Tuning does help somewhat, but it's still like driving on ice, the tiniest over-acceleration or braking is a disaster. Can't even imaging what driving an "X" class would be like. Maybe I will invest in a wheel.

BTW, the newest DLC comes out tomorrow. Supposedly it will also include 150K in credits, so that you can always buy one of the new cars to drive it. Nice idea.

I'm hoping that they soon offer the ultimate DLC, pay 400 or 800 MSP and get 100,000,000 credits. I might just be able to buy all the cars in the game with that!  icon_eek
1569  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/07) on: December 07, 2009, 06:08:40 PM
I have "The Saboteur" on pre-order. I looked at the Gamespot and IGN reviews this morning and while they weren't glowing, they did say there was some fun to be gotten out of playing the game. So I'll give it a try.
1570  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: December 04, 2009, 07:41:10 PM
Sadly ZP has jumped the shark for me. Everything (except Portal) pretty much sucks and the talking fast shtick has gotten boring.
1571  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Saboteur on: December 03, 2009, 05:13:56 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 21, 2009, 06:01:35 PM

some racy screenshots.  hey. it's Paris, there had to be boobs somewhere.

It's just like a game about Congress  icon_wink

I too have pre-ordered this game and I'm looking forward to it.
1572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: December 03, 2009, 05:12:28 AM
I started off not sure that I would like this game, but I'm now about 14 hours in, just unlocked Forli and have completed only 36% of the game. I'm very impressed with the sandbox variety of things to do which don't get repetitive since I can switch between categories at will. I have done a Templar Lair and a Tomb and while I'm not a big fan of platform puzzles, these weren't too bad. I can see myself playing all the way till the end of the game.
1573  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: November 29, 2009, 05:09:40 PM
I don't mind any of the maps. I feel that I should be able to adjust my tactics to match the map, not select a map to support my tactics.
1574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: November 29, 2009, 03:30:58 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 29, 2009, 02:23:06 PM

Finished the game yesterday, and got a Platinum for it right now. That's my 8th Platinum so far. smile

What's a Platinum? Completed all Achievements? Yikes, I've never done one.
1575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: November 28, 2009, 11:45:25 PM
After several hours of somewhat slow going, I'm really enjoying the game now that I've unlocked the Villa and a second city. There are several things always available to do so if, for instance, you get tired of finding treasures you can do a mainline mission or hunt glyphs or run down hookers (oops, wrong game!). The only mission I've had to give up on is the race mission in Florence, I simply cannot do it in the time allotted. I'm sure I could probably get there eventually, but since it's not mandatory for the story (apparently), I'm going to wait.
1576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: November 27, 2009, 01:58:28 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 27, 2009, 01:55:56 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 26, 2009, 10:28:51 PM

Also, it's worth visiting the trainer outside of the villa- you can purchase additional moves from him. 

Does anyone do anything in combat other than wait to kill-counter?  That's all I ever do.

I just keep hitting the X button till everyone is dead.
1577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 3 Discussion on: November 26, 2009, 07:19:01 PM
There also is an update for the game. Aside from some glitch fixes, it also adds shifter animation to the driver.
1578  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 3 Discussion on: November 26, 2009, 07:01:42 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on November 26, 2009, 06:54:25 PM

VIP = Preorders, right?

No, it's only if you bought the Limited Collectors Edition, otherwise know as LCE. LCE owner = VIP.
1579  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 3 Discussion on: November 26, 2009, 06:32:39 PM
The good news is that today Turn 10 gifted all the VIP LCE owners a 2005 Lambo "Halo" edition. The bad news is that after reading I had been gifted a car I deleted the ingame email and can't find the damn think. Anyone else an FM3 VIP and know how to get the car?
1580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: November 26, 2009, 12:04:45 AM
I played Hardcore TDM this afternoon. Very enjoyable. I used the FAL to great advantage. Thankfully a lot of players doing HCTDM play it just like normal mode and I mowed them down like a lawn in summer icon_biggrin.

And nobody makes it past my Claymore alive  thumbsup
1581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: November 25, 2009, 12:52:10 PM
Yup, the story definitely starts off slower, but if you hang in there it does make it worth the wait. The game does a nice job of introducing each new feature via a mission. I've done ok in all the mission types so far except racing, which I suck at. Hopefully I never have to race to unlock some critical element of the story.

Also great are all the background conversations you can overhear in the street. Take some time and listen to the spiel of some of the speakers, it can be quite humorous at times.
1582  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: November 25, 2009, 12:46:56 PM

Quote from: Owain on November 24, 2009, 10:05:25 PM

Found this bit of info on the Qt3 forums:

It shows the spread of all weapons, player stats, weapon stats, perk stats, etc.

MW2 community Stats

Reinforces my instinct to switch to Hardcore like I did in the previous two games. Playing yesterday with a couple of the guys we face opponents who simply just ran all over the map, relying on faster draw tactics. Too many times I would start firing, probably getting the bad guy with a round or two, but then he would head shot or stab me. I know that going Hardcore pretty much makes each weapon the same as the next one, but the slower pace of Hardcore is worth it to me.
1583  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: November 25, 2009, 12:52:35 AM

Quote from: The Grue on November 24, 2009, 10:43:32 PM

You know what would be awesome instead of DLC?  Fixing the item stat list bug.

True that.
1584  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 10: Modern Warfare 2 Maps (56k and scroll wheel warning) on: November 24, 2009, 03:03:51 PM
The past few days when I played a lot I wrote down the maps I saw, since I too felt that maybe we were seeing the same maps over and over. From the very rough data, it does appear that the rotation is occurring through all 14 maps in TDM ok. I did notice that a couple did appear more often after a "shake and bake" which makes me think that when you start a new lobby you are more likely to start the rotation of maps from the same starting point. However, if you stay in the same lobby with the same group, the maps didn't repeat. Yesterday with the same group we did ten fights, everyone on a different map.
1585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 10: Modern Warfare 2 Maps (56k and scroll wheel warning) on: November 24, 2009, 01:31:58 AM
Thanks Pug, this is really going to help.
1586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: November 23, 2009, 10:59:30 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on November 23, 2009, 10:57:16 PM

just press Y to hire them,that is if you have been introduced to them by their boss in the story,it doesn't work until that point

Thanks!

1587  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: November 23, 2009, 10:48:21 PM
How am I supposed to use courtesans in the game? I run up to them when being chased but nothing happens and I can't seem to figure out how to trigger it.
1588  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: November 23, 2009, 08:34:58 PM
I started the campaign yesterday and I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised at how much I am enjoying the game. In the first one it dropped you into things too quickly at times. I'm still running around as a shiftless youth in Florence and having a good time causing trouble.
1589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: November 23, 2009, 01:03:14 AM

Quote from: JayDee on November 22, 2009, 11:39:59 PM

Or do what I do and use cold blooded and walk fearlessly out in the open and take it down with your rocket launcher. The choppers are lucky to get one kill with
me around.

Or use Cold Blooded so you can walk around and hunt down the bad guys while they are shooting your team mates who are shooting at the air assets.
1590  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: November 22, 2009, 05:38:28 AM
Well, this sucks. I unlocked Mastery of the ACR by getting my 40 FMJ penetration kills. That unlocks extended magazines so I think, hey great, more bullets. Not so. Instead of three 30 round mags (one in the gun), you get two 45 round mags. Same number of bullets. What a waste of time that was  thumbsdown

Oh, and to Pete. My local Little Phillys shop will make your cheese-steak with Cheese-Wiz, although I prefer provolone. And he has great bread, which he has shipped in every day from South Jersey. No wonder they are so expensive!

And by the way, my wife who lived in that area for several years, says the best cheese-steaks come from Camden  icon_biggrin
1591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: November 20, 2009, 03:48:57 PM
I unlocked the ACR rifle yesterday and it was a revelation. No muzzle rise on full auto, good damage and a decent amount of ammo. In the evening I got in some time and jumped into Express Team Deathmatch to build up some time with the ACR and did great. One match I had a 33-6 ratio, far better than I've done before. I thought for me the answer would be using LMGs, but now I'm not so sure. It is just a damn sweet rifle  icon_biggrin

For Perks 2 and 3 I'm using Cold Blooded and Ninja. I've tried others, but my play style is to not move as much as others, so I have to be able to hide from UAVs and other nasties. Also that means that except for the occasional match and map where the enemy obligingly keeps moving into my field of fire (I'm thinking Sub Base here) I won't be racking up high scores for the team, but this way at least I keep my deaths down as well.

Perk 1 is not as clear cut. I have been using Bling once I have a couple of attachments, but for some weapons this means I risk running out of ammo. Scavenger is a great item to counter this, and especially so if you use claymores, since you can have two active at once. Also useful if you have the grenade launcher. However, for LMGs Bling works better since you can have the grip and a sight, and I never seem to run out of ammo before I die with an LMG. Full auto rifles tend to be a different story.

One attachment I don't seem to do as well with is the silencer. I noted this again with the ACR. Shots that would have netted me kills with the silencer off sometimes didn't happen with it on. Since my reactions are slower than most players (and most inanimate objects as well icon_frown) I can't afford to have to put in that extra bullet or two. So the silencer is a no go. I'm just moving after shooting.

I really like the heartbeat sensor, now that I understand how to use it properly. Again, to equip with the sensor and a good sight I have to use Bling and therefore no Scavenger. I end up using the red dot or holographic sight, the ACOG and thermal being nice but are too restrictive to the field of view.

Last night I had several matches against opponents who fielded two guys with riot shields. I still suck at dealing with this situation. I know semtex is a good option, but I really like my claymore. And I did stop them one time from moving by dropping the claymore in front of them. I don't know if it really can kill them because I turned around and ran!

My other carry is dual flashbangs. I find these are useful for scouting. Pitch one into a building or behind a corner and if you get the "X" indication you know someone is back there.

And there's the secondary weapon. I was carrying a stinger, but I tend to die too often looking up to the sky. And since with Cold Blooded the air assets can't see me (right?) I will ignore them. I tried the Thump Gun but the damn time delay from trigger pull to firing is too annoying. So I think I'm just going for a semi-auto pistol as a last resort weapon.

Finally there's the kill streak rewards. I tend to keep mine down at the 3,4,5 level since it's unlikely I'll be racking up more than those numbers. However, I seem to be getting ambushed a lot waiting for a crate to drop. So I'm selecting non-crate options for now.

I'll be online this afternoon and probably this evening as well, so shoot me an invite if you need an extra team mate. Remember that now my privacy is set to Friends Only so if there's someone on the team that isn't on my Friends List I'll send them a request or they can do so first.
1592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: November 20, 2009, 12:51:11 AM

Quote from: pingwrx on November 20, 2009, 12:14:15 AM

I always use cold blooded you can walk right up to a sentry gun and just knife it bye bye sentry gun.

Wow, that explains why it seemed that our side always seemed to have so many sentry guns. Some were enemy, they just never fired.
1593  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: November 18, 2009, 10:57:12 PM
Just letting folks know that I've changed my privacy settings to Friends Only, so if you aren't on my Friends list, I can't hear you. Just too many annoying people on XBL and MW2 right now.
1594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: November 18, 2009, 12:36:03 PM
I've thought about what Hark and others have said about being stealthy and I think I need to give it a try. Pete's suggestion of the ACOG and silencer also sound good. I guess that putting a silencer on an LMG just didn't sound like it would work, but if it keeps me off their radar it's worth a try.

1595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? on: November 18, 2009, 12:30:01 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 18, 2009, 04:51:04 AM

OK I've played about 4 hours now and I gotta say I am incredibly disappointed. 

Quote from: Clay on November 18, 2009, 03:21:17 AM

Well, I've put about 6 hours into this today and I have to say that it's easily my game of the year.

Must be a really great fifth and sixth hour!
1596  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 3 Discussion on: November 18, 2009, 12:27:49 PM
Thanks for the link Pug, that app might help.

I took a little time off from MW2 and AC2 yesterday afternoon to fire up FM3 and download the new Hyundais. I also decided to run a small race series for North American cars up to F200 PI. When I looked at which of my garage cars it would allow, it listed every one of my NA cars irrespective of PI. Some reviewers call this a bug, but I guess since it's only in single player, I consider it a design feature  icon_wink. I can play by the rules and run an F200 car, or I can go with something else. I went with a Lexus R2 race car  icon_biggrin. Surprisingly, after my problems with the Holden (which contrary to it's name doesn't hold a thing, including the road) the Lexus was drivable with all the assists off, as long as you are gentle with the throttle. In fact it's possible to throw the car around quite a bit. Lots of fun.

I'll be getting back into FM3 over the next few weeks as I burn out on MW2 and get through AC2. Oh, and I also have GTA IV Ballad to try sometime. Where were all these games last summer?  icon_confused
1597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: November 18, 2009, 02:14:41 AM
The patch is out for the PC that fixes (among other things) the missing item list problem. Anyone hear of a fix coming to the console versions?
1598  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: November 18, 2009, 01:54:00 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 18, 2009, 01:12:25 AM

not sure what you mean by cold blooded and ninja become real options since they are what I run in normal mode and are huge advantages.  Silencers are arguably more important in normal mode as well since any shot fired shows position which isn't true in hardcore.

I'm thinking that in HC there is more camping and sniping. It seems to me that in regular mode there's more shooting so that non-silencer shooters aren't as concerned about giving away their position. You are right though about the silencers in regular mode, I didn't think about the radar bit.

My observation of HC and non-HC, in the latter there's a lot more moving around. In my hardcore matches there were more ambushes. And a lot more claymores being used. So people tended to stay in place.

For me, the best part of hardcore is that you can get a kill with fewer rounds. Yes, it's possible in regular with a headshot (I think), but it's frustrating in regular to empty half a clip into a guy and he keeps running. On a big map like Derailed I can use my FAL fairly effectively in hardcore, but in regular the FAL is pretty useless for me. Mind you, my horrible reaction time and poor aim don't help  icon_eek
1599  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? on: November 18, 2009, 01:21:32 AM
I picked this up today, but with Forza 3 and MW2 taking up my time I might save this for the holidays. Glad that the reviews have been so overwhelmingly positive.
1600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: November 18, 2009, 12:27:01 AM
I hit the wall today in MW2. I was playing with a few of the group in regular TDM mode and it seemed that I was getting hammered constantly. Finally I decided to switch to Hardcore TDM and that was better, until I dropped into a group of twit adolescents. We were on the jungle town map (the one with two bridges) and they were whining that people were hiding in buildings. It's hardcore, twits.

 I know that Hardcore isn't a favorite of a lot of folks, but it really slows down the game. It makes silencers and heartbeat sensors more important, and the Cold Blooded and Ninja perks become a real option. Also popping a UAV at the right time can be a game changer. But I will try to get back into regular mode.

It's so quiet in Mercenary TDM, I wish they had Hardcore Mercenary TDM.

After putting up with the asshole chatter I finally gave up and went into Assassin's Creed 2 just to download and install my Gamestop Exclusive Content, then fired up Forza 3. I'll probably get back into MW2 tomorrow.

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