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1561  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 on: March 23, 2010, 10:33:21 PM

Quote from: spigot on March 23, 2010, 10:13:18 PM

A mandatory timed mission or one of the extra faction ones? I'm not a big of fan forced timed missions at all.

It was one of the faction missions. I could have done others to work around it, but I decided to restart instead. The first cutscene is unskippable(!) but the rest can be skipped so I was able to zoom back to where I was.

Oh, and my first spoiler...
Spoiler for Hiden:
I found the Mile High Club!!!!
1562  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 on: March 23, 2010, 09:39:46 PM
Damn, ran into my first timed mission, which I failed several times  icon_mad

I switched to Casual difficulty and started again.
1563  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 on: March 23, 2010, 07:12:25 PM
I just had my first laugh out loud moment. I rode my motorcycle through a small town. As I drove past a large statue a tutorial message popped up saying how I can pull it down with a vehicle. So I pull up in front of it, dual grapple from the head of the statue to my cycle, and hop on and gun it. My bike lurches forward, then pivots upwards (the grapple was attached to the bike at about midpoint). It throws me backward to the base of the statue, which then fell over on me. I crawled out from underneath in a little cutscene. Great stuff.
1564  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 on: March 23, 2010, 07:00:34 PM
Wow, I was surprised. The game doesn't open at all like the demo. After the cutscenes there are a couple of Agency missions that are somewhat tutorial in nature, but are still full fledged missions. That's good for about 45 minutes at a difficulty of Normal. I didn't have to reload after dying, but it came pretty close to that a couple of times. 

Regarding structure, basically there are three "paths" of mission progression for the three factions, plus Agency missions. Also you can attack Strongholds as well. All these are so you can generate Chaos points which unlock further missions. So there is some structure. It's not unlike the Saints Row games, where you needed to increase your reputation to unlock missions, but you weren't obligated to do any one mission right away. There would always seem to be several to chose from, plus of course running around making a nuisance of yourself.

The voice acting is a bit over the top, but it fits into the story, which is a bit (but not too much) over the top as well.

I've now, after about an hour, reached the point after completing the obligatory opening missions where I can select to go to a location with another mission, or go off and cause some Chaos.

Oh, and I don't know if I read it somewhere as not being available, but you can indeed save at any time. Also there are saves made at Checkpoints. If you come a cropper, you can load either one.
1565  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 on: March 23, 2010, 06:02:44 PM
Pick it up at Gamestop, installed and got through the opening cutscenes and mini-missions. Will advise...
1566  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/22) on: March 22, 2010, 08:52:45 PM
Just Cause 2 for the 360
1567  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Metro 2033 on: March 16, 2010, 07:51:17 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 16, 2010, 04:57:38 PM

"Fight your way through suffocating darkness and despair."

Weekly staff meeting  Roll Eyes
1568  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 demo now up on: March 10, 2010, 10:19:26 PM
I agree, the first one seemed to be somewhat poor in graphics and gameplay. However, I've put in three hours on the demo (six plays) and it's still a blast. I pre-ordered it today.

UPDATE: I just got in the new Gameinformer mag and the review gives it 9/10. They do note the poor voice acting (not a big deal to me) and the "unremarkable" soundtrack (which I wouldn't listen to anyway). They do call it "One of the most entertaining sandbox shooters ever created".  They do cite some other issues, like the difficulty level "ramping up to levels that border on frustrating" towards the end, but overall they are very pleased with it.
1569  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 3 Discussion on: March 10, 2010, 10:17:45 PM

Quote from: Brendan on March 10, 2010, 09:48:56 PM

And now the Jalopnik pack is out.  Free car download is the 2010 Honda Mugen Civic Type-R 3D.

400 points ($5) and includes:

1992 Bugatti EB110 SS
2008 Mazda Furai
2009 Ford #40 Robertson Racing Ford GT Mk7
2010 Aston Martin Rapide
2010 Aston Martin V12 Vantage
2010 Audi TT RS Coupe
2010 Honda Mugen Civic Type-R 3D
2010 Jaguar #33 Jaguar RSR XKR GT
2010 Porsche 911 Sport Classic
2011 BMW Motorsport Z4 sDrive35is

My only disappointment is that I thought we were going to see some older cars. Well, maybe next time...
1570  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 demo now up on: March 05, 2010, 10:30:35 PM
I need some help. On the 360 version, how do I man the machine gun on the back of a couple of the jeeps? I get "Y" to enter or "B" to stunt on top, but I can't figure out how to actually hop down into the seat in order to use the gun.

1571  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 demo now up on: March 05, 2010, 01:21:50 AM
The default controller setup has the secondary weapon fire button on the left trigger. Being used to using this trigger for aiming in MW2 and others I have been pointlessly chucking grenades. I didn't check to see if I can change it.
1572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 demo now up on: March 04, 2010, 09:27:40 PM
Had an absolute blast with the 360 demo. Definitely a day one must get.
1573  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 3 Discussion on: February 09, 2010, 12:42:13 AM
New DLC coming tomorrow, Nürburgring Grand Prix Circuit.
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The latest Forza Motorsport 3 downloadable add-on has been announced, and this time around, we’ve re-created one of the world’s most renowned and technical tracks for your racing pleasure. Introducing the Nürburgring Grand Prix Circuit, a demanding road course built to test the mettle of the world’s best drivers. The DLC pack comes with 2 tracks on the Grand Prix Circuit and will cost only 400 MS points on Xbox LIVE Marketplace.

Not usually a fan of DLC tracks, since they aren't part of the career play, but this is a pretty good race course. There is a trailer available on XBL.
1574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 07, 2010, 07:52:33 PM

Quote from: Arkon on February 07, 2010, 07:13:24 PM

Overall one of the best games I have ever played. 

There must be something wrong with me. I'm halfway through I guess and I'm just not really motivated to go on. The game is ok, but I'm not finding the story line to be as enticing as some of you do. I never did finished ME1 either. I will probably finish it out sometime, playing every side mission and quest, since I doubt I'll pick it up again.

1575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 06, 2010, 05:41:30 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on February 06, 2010, 05:09:58 PM

Quote from: KePoW on February 06, 2010, 04:26:37 PM

Again, I ask why are people doing something they hate when it's completely optional?

I've finished the game once already, and from what I can tell even the ship upgrades are optional.

Sure, ship upgrades are optional if you don't mind losing half your teammates at the end.

Isn't that what they are there for?  slywink
1576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 02, 2010, 12:32:46 AM

Quote from: MaxSteele on February 01, 2010, 11:06:34 PM

Press "Y" to go to the planet, and then pull the left trigger.  If there's an anomaly it'll tell you "Anomaly detected".  Then you'll narrow in on it by following the white indicator on your targeting cursor.

Crap, I've haven't been doing the left trigger thing. Ship about, Joker!
1577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 01, 2010, 11:04:05 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on February 01, 2010, 10:58:28 PM

I've found about 7-8 anomaly missions, some of them even have multiple planet hops.  There's even an achievement for doing 5 missions you find from scanning.

Well I guess that means I'm going to have to start looking at more planets. Do you have to start the left trigger scanning to find anomalies, or will just pressing "Y" to start the scan be good enough? I'm afraid that once I pressed "Y" and saw a planet was Poor I didn't bother with any more scan activity.

Oh, and I'm sweet talking Kelly. Aliens aren't my thing and Miranda scares me. A lot  slywink
1578  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 30, 2010, 10:03:21 PM

Quote from: jersoc on January 30, 2010, 08:20:30 PM

you should do all the loyalty missions anyways. you'll find lots of upgrades, plus they get another spell that you can teach yourself. most of them are really well done too

Oh, I'm doing all of them, it's just that the triggering seems a little obvious at times.

Also, who the heck do I have to sleep with to get some more Element Zero?  icon_biggrin
1579  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 30, 2010, 05:48:35 PM
I just reached the point where it asked me for the second disc, so I started the mission, saved, and now I'm installing that disc to the hard drive.

While overall I'm enjoying the game, I do see some design weaknesses. Upon reaching a certain point, suddenly I get three dossiers to investigate and two crew want me to do missions for them. If this had been spread out a bit it would have seemed more "natural", but I guess it's okay.

Someday someone will make a game where the mission structure is so subtle that it will seem almost like random events that suddenly coalesce to uncover the grand scheme of things. But then the reviews would trash it because it would make players work too hard  icon_wink
1580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 29, 2010, 07:02:27 PM
I'm amazed that some of you guys have finished the game. I'm just now (after eight hours) starting to wander around the Citadel shopping mall. They have fish for my aquarium!
1581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 28, 2010, 11:17:18 PM

Quote from: Caine on January 28, 2010, 11:00:49 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on January 28, 2010, 10:46:03 PM

And when the scanning report goes from "Poor" to "Depleted", don't believe it. I've found a couple of big deposits on a planet after I ran it from "Rich" to "Depleted". Also I've not had that much confidence in the above mentioned quick scan. I just spin the planet under my stationary scanner. To mark my starting point I use two probes next to each other at the equator. Then I break the planet up into seven latitude bands to do a thorough check. Time consuming, but it does seem to be successful for me.

no wonder you hate it.  that's pretty in depth.  you'll end up in better shape than quick scanners though.

Part of my reasoning is that 30 probes aren't enough for two planets, but if you are thorough on a planet you'll use about twenty or more and completely get all the resources. Yet, it takes longer, but I never have to go back to that planet again. I just really, really want an upgrade that allows me to build my own probes on-board so I don't have to go to the depot for me.

But what I dream about is being able to leave an away team on the planet and wait for their message that they are finished mining the planet, please come back and pick them up! nod
1582  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 28, 2010, 10:46:03 PM
And when the scanning report goes from "Poor" to "Depleted", don't believe it. I've found a couple of big deposits on a planet after I ran it from "Rich" to "Depleted". Also I've not had that much confidence in the above mentioned quick scan. I just spin the planet under my stationary scanner. To mark my starting point I use two probes next to each other at the equator. Then I break the planet up into seven latitude bands to do a thorough check. Time consuming, but it does seem to be successful for me.
1583  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 28, 2010, 09:36:49 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on January 28, 2010, 05:07:57 PM

Funny, I'm taking exactly the opposite approach.  I'm scanning every planet I can early in the game so as to build up a stockpile of materials so that when the opportunity arises to upgrade and modify systems/weapons/ship I don't have to go looking for the stuff.

That's what I was doing, but I have to break from this because it will drive me crazy if I don't  crybaby. I wish there was a way to in-game annotate the map so I can leave notes for myself.
1584  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 28, 2010, 11:55:03 AM

Quote from: Ridah on January 28, 2010, 07:19:44 AM

I just can't relate to how you're feeling, I've scanned through a few planets so far and it just feels like a basic mini-game to me. It's not as torturous as you make it out to be. How far into the game were you when you started feeling this way? Maybe you should try scanning every so often instead of keeping it in the slow-moving scanning mode constantly.

I guess it's just that compared to how smoothly everything else has been flowing in the game, the scanning is just so... dull. I was about five hours in on the game when I did my first scan and so it seemed like such a big roadblock. However, I'm taking the advice about the tap scanning to heart and will break it up into smaller chunks. That runs against my normal method of game play which is to thoroughly do each task, so I have my own predispositions to overcome. 

I also have to agree with the comments that it is annoying that going back to the ship undocks it and makes it more trouble than it should be to get back to the planet/spaceport. However it doesn't happen often enough to be a burden to me.

I do have a minor nit, I wish that the conversation wheels would somehow indicate which conversation options I've already listened to. IIRC Oblivion did this and it was a good timesaver.

Other than that however it's been a great experience. I would say that ME2 is to ME1 like the second Star Trek movie was to the first movie.  Less high sounding moralizing, more fun things going on. I'm happy with my Sheppard character, except that sadly he cannot dance worth a damn  icon_biggrin

1585  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 28, 2010, 12:33:51 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 27, 2010, 11:55:32 PM

Man the more I read about this the more I think it would just be good for the bathroom and nothing else.

Not for that either, since it won't fit down the toilet  icon_wink
1586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 28, 2010, 12:32:32 AM

Quote from: Ridah on January 27, 2010, 11:33:57 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on January 27, 2010, 11:11:10 PM

OMG, the whole planetary scan and probe is horrible! Who thought this would be fun? It's mindless drudgery. Bioware, please, please, please put out a free DLC to bypass this torture and just automate the process.

Good God, you shouldn't be playing video games... Just put on a movie  Roll Eyes

Is scanning planets even a requirement? I've only used it to gain materials.

I'd watch a movie if I just wanted to mindlessly sit in front of a screen and occasionally hit a button over and over... oh wait, that's Guitar Hero  Tongue

And I never complained about the Mako... if I did, I didn't mean to exchange it for something this bad. The materials are used to buy things, so yes I would consider that a requirement.

Seriously, it's just that compared to the rest of the game the whole planetary mining process is so abstract and disembodied. It's grinding at it's worse.
1587  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 27, 2010, 11:11:10 PM
OMG, the whole planetary scan and probe is horrible! Who thought this would be fun? It's mindless drudgery. Bioware, please, please, please put out a free DLC to bypass this torture and just automate the process.
1588  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 27, 2010, 08:58:44 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on January 27, 2010, 08:49:41 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on January 27, 2010, 08:46:04 PM

You know, it wouldn't be a real science fiction game without a bar location, but how am I supposed to drink my drink if I can't get my helmet off?

Dammit, I'm going to keep ordering drinks until he gives me something different than that blue one!

67... still blue
68... still blue
69... still... blaaaaaaaaa. Damn, vomit is hard to clean out of a helmet.
1589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 27, 2010, 08:49:41 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on January 27, 2010, 08:46:04 PM

You know, it wouldn't be a real science fiction game without a bar location, but how am I supposed to drink my drink if I can't get my helmet off?

Dammit, I'm going to keep ordering drinks until he gives me something different than that blue one!
1590  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 27, 2010, 08:46:04 PM
You know, it wouldn't be a real science fiction game without a bar location, but how am I supposed to drink my drink if I can't get my helmet off?
1591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 27, 2010, 08:41:18 PM
The Gamestop pre-order armor really is ugly. However, I'm assuming that I should wear it since it gives me bonuses, right?
1592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 27, 2010, 08:17:35 PM
Good gosh, are some of you almost done with the game? I've go in 4h20m so far (work doth interrupt my pleasure). I'm really enjoying it, surprising since I was never able to really get into ME1 and finally gave up on it. This one just seems more engaging. I care about the story line more than before.
1593  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 27, 2010, 03:59:41 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 27, 2010, 03:52:18 AM

I'm playing both

Are you doing each area sequentially on each machine? Or for a fixed time period? Is this just to see how they differ, or are you a masochist?  icon_biggrin
1594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 27, 2010, 02:29:59 AM
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reason why i got it on the pc in the first place.

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I'm not digging the PC controls though,

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I have the pc version thru a digital download

"Console Gaming"
1595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 26, 2010, 11:35:24 PM

Quote from: jersoc on January 26, 2010, 11:23:11 PM

well my first impressions are this is shit-tastic. thanks for using EA's crappy ass servers! I enjoy the please wait game.

Thankfully it didn't take too long for me, but I think I beat the "home from school" and "home from work" crowd.
1596  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 26, 2010, 09:46:07 PM
When do I need to install the second disc to the hard drive of my 360?

Update: Best quote so far: "I don't trust anyone who makes more than I do".

On board the Normandy SR2...
Spoiler for Hiden:
What, I have an aquarium but not fish?  thumbsdown
1597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 26, 2010, 08:39:46 PM
Picked it up and have been playing about an hour. No problems accessing the EA site to enter my code numbers, but I apparently haven't reached the point yet in the game where I activate them. Game does start off nicely with intro and tutorial/action sequence. Mini-games are a little silly but harmless.

Correction, mostly harmless  slywink
1598  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: January 24, 2010, 05:43:55 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 24, 2010, 05:37:14 PM

How do I do an install if there's two discs?
You have a fifty-fifty chance of getting it right  slywink
1599  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: January 23, 2010, 02:06:09 AM
From Blues News: More Borderlands DLC Planned, Level Cap to Raise

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A post to the Gearbox Software Community Forums by Gearbox designer Jason "haTts" Reiss reveals plans for "the biggest DLC we have made" for Borderlands. Details are scant, but he does say this will raise the level cap in the role-playing shooter (thanks Shacknews). Word is: "Sorry, I haven’t gotten to post on the forums in a while! After finalizing Zombies DLC, the team and I began reading the DLC feedback around the forums on the wants and desires. Guess what, level cap increase anyone? Got it and it's awesome. Hopefully we can get a full announcement out to you guys soon but, man is this the biggest DLC we have made. So don’t worry, we are working really hard right now on both the update (that solves a bunch of issues) and the DLC. More to come guys!!"

1600  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lingerie Football League? Seriously? (Mildly NSFW) on: January 22, 2010, 12:57:28 AM

Quote from: Wargus on January 22, 2010, 12:51:33 AM

Must I do everything here!  Sheesh:



Ten yard penalty for tongue!!
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