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1561  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 10, 2011, 03:11:37 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 09, 2011, 11:11:24 PM

Quote from: Roman on November 09, 2011, 09:58:33 PM

my copy is going back! I did not pay for MW3 only to play building models from previous games!!

why is this even news?  companies reuse art assets pretty much every time.

What, no one noticed the Marley & Griffin Moving truck? It's a classic!
1562  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 09, 2011, 08:28:57 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 09, 2011, 07:53:09 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on November 09, 2011, 05:55:55 PM

I have my Blindeye and Assassin. Now if I could just hit somebody I'd be dangerous...

Quote from: jztemple2 on November 09, 2011, 06:53:13 PM

I just went 20-6 on non-Hardcore TDM. Sheesh.

Wah.   icon_wink

Actually I now have Blindeye Pro and Assassin Pro. But they really aren't all that much of a help that you might think.
1563  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 09, 2011, 06:53:13 PM
I just went 20-6 on non-Hardcore TDM. Sheesh.
1564  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 09, 2011, 05:55:55 PM
I have my Blindeye and Assassin. Now if I could just hit somebody I'd be dangerous...
1565  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 09, 2011, 03:56:17 PM
I played quite a bit last night and enjoyed it immensely. I guess I'm just lucky but I seem to not run into the vocal twits that some of you have had to endure. If nothing else, it's been rather quiet on voice chat.

I kept a list and counted sixteen unique maps on which I played. Compared to previous editions, my observation is that the maps are very alike. Of course the terrain and details do vary, but there are no big sniper maps that like huge field in World at War or tiny one building gunfests like "Vacant". Hell, there isn't even a "Nuketown" eek. And it seems most of the maps have a lot of vertical obstacles to prevent knocking down UAVs easily. However, I'm not complaining, I'm finding the maps big enough so you can do some stalking without being so big you can't find anyone.

I've decided for now to stick to one gun and unlock all the features for it to see what I do and don't like. My old favorite add-on, the Heart Beat sensor, is back (from MW2?) but I'm not finding it as useful in non-Hardcore as it used to be for me. Or maybe it's because we seem to have UAVs up all the time and the HB sensor is redundant.

I forgot to post earlier in this thread when we were talking about people using Ghost and Ghost Pro in BLOPS. Playing Hardcore I used the latter all the time, but I was constantly surprised at how many people didn't use Ghost in Hardcore. I think if I had to guess that maybe on average one or two of the six opponents would be running it.
1566  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 09, 2011, 06:20:35 AM
I was jumping between different weapons in load-outs, but it got kind of frustrating so I'm just sticking with one default assault rifle for now and playing with the other options like perks and kill streaks.
1567  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 09, 2011, 03:49:49 AM
I'm sticking with one weapon for now just to get the feel of it.

I'm loving the game, the maps, the speed... I may not bother to go to hardcore nod. I also like the support versus assault killstreaks, since I like to be helping the whole team.
1568  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 08, 2011, 11:06:52 PM
I entered my Elite code on the dashboard, now what am I supposed to do? I tried logging in through their console Elite app, but it just keeps hanging at the "logging in..." step. Do I just wait till later when the servers aren't being so hammered? Or is there some web page to go to instead?
1569  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 08, 2011, 10:32:12 PM
Got mine, playing MP now. "Strongly recommend playing campaign first", huh? No way slywink slywink
1570  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 08, 2011, 03:04:34 AM
If we had twenty minute long rounds, swapping loadouts would be really even more valuable.
1571  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/06) on: November 08, 2011, 12:05:01 AM
MW3 and Skyrim. Of course next week I'll be away because it's our anniversary. Had I known 32 years ago that I'd be playing video games that would chose mid-November for their big releases I might have moved the date up a bit!
1572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 07, 2011, 11:58:05 PM
In Black Ops I have several loadouts, with one for Nuketown/Firing Range, one for Hanoi, and a couple of others for the rest. I normally carry a China Lake noob tube, but one loadout has the SAM in case the team is being hounded by aircraft. I use one slot for experimental loads. And one has the M60, when I'm tired and just want to lay down a lot of bullets icon_eek

In one way I'm afraid I'm just like Pete. I hate spending a token/bonus/whatever because I might be wasting it.
1573  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 07, 2011, 10:56:05 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 07, 2011, 10:42:36 PM

sorry for wall of text,

Don't be sorry. I think I'm going to do some cut and pasting and put all these good words into a document called "Hark Explains What The Hell All These Damn Things Mean".

Looks like I won't be going to a midnight release after all. I'm on some new meds for a foot problem and the doctor warned me of "irritability, dizziness and mood swings". Can't let my wife miss that slywink
1574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 07, 2011, 03:22:14 PM
Since I'm retired now I guess I might consider braving the crowd...
1575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Changing your gamertag... on: November 05, 2011, 04:19:36 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 05, 2011, 12:37:51 AM

I know Harkonis as Harkonis.  If he were to change his name to BirthdayKittyCupcake or something it would really be difficult to make the moniker adjustment.

Yeah, but wouldn't it be awesome to hear the reaction of folks who get killed a dozen times in a ten minute round by "BirthdayKittyCupcake"? icon_biggrin
1576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: November 05, 2011, 04:13:19 PM

Quote from: Roman on November 05, 2011, 05:50:58 AM

Some maps are very very small and the action is frantic.

Like "Scrapyard" in MW2 small?
1577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: November 05, 2011, 05:10:12 AM
While the rest of you have been off shooting each other in BF3 or maybe even an early copy of MW3, I've been working on my goals in Forza 4. I gave these tasks to myself to give me a bit more structure to my playing. The goals overlap of course and I've also been doing other things in the game. But, my goals...

  • Reach Driver Level 50 to unlock access to all the free cars - done
  • Complete the ten seasons of the World Tour - done
  • Reach Affinity Level 4 with all 80 Manufacturers so I get free parts - done

My next goal is to get a check mark in each box of the Event List, which might take some time. In other statistics, I own 128 cars, I'm at Driver Level 81, and I have completed 18.4% of the Career progress. I have driven 2,818.18 miles and I have yet to achieve a perfect Drift Score Roll Eyes.
1578  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox 360] Tropico 4 on: November 05, 2011, 02:57:20 AM

Quote from: Doopri on November 04, 2011, 04:02:15 PM

if you get time, keep the impressions coming, especially on how well the game "hooks" you after a few hours of play - is there enough there to give it legs w/o getting long in the tooth?

There is a twenty mission main campaign. Each mission usually starts you off on an island with a few basic buildings, but each mission has a separate "theme" established by either a lack of resources which push your development into a certain direction, and/or main goals that guide you towards the final goal (which isn't given to you at first) which will eventually allow you to win your mission. You can always continue on the same mission after winning it and then quit anytime after, and you can also save it so you can go back to any island where you were working if you wish.

There are also sandbox situations, where you get a pre-rolled island with certain abundances and deficits and you can choose what you want to do with it. There is also an island generator which pretty much can provide any level of challenge you might want.

One aspect that can cause the game to get "long in the tooth" is that many decisions you make, like setting up farms, building churches, clinics, etc, are the same from mission to mission. You monitor what the people are unhappy about (lack of food, religion, medical help, liberty, etc) and provide the necessary response. Countering this are the pop-up tasks that give you reasons to break away from the logical progression of building and other response. For instance, you might get a request from the Russians for spiced rum which will net you a +15 increase in their relations with you. You don't have any sugar farms and no real usable land where to place them. However, you can import the sugar and make the rum. This does mean spending money for importation, which you have to balance against the reward.

There are a lot of these tasks in each mission. Some make no sense sometimes, like being requested to build a farm when the mission prohibits you from building them. I don't thing this is a bug as much as it is just that there is a database of tasks and sometimes illogical ones get selected. Of course, you have to be smart enough not to accept the task that can't be completed, otherwise too bad for you.

Regarding tasks... you can always decline a task, which makes it go away, or just postpone accepting it in case you wish to see what else might pop up. For instance, that Russian offer to trade spiced rum for a +15 increase in relations might not be of much benefit at the time because you already have good relations with them. However, having this task available might be useful because it will counter you activating an Edict that improves your relations with the USA while pissing off the Russians. Then send them the spiced rum and viola, the Russians now have a better opinion of you.

Overall I'd say that if you have the PC to run the game you might be better off with that version, but the 360 version is almost as good (really just missing the Challenge editor and the ability to download Challenges) and either way, it's a pretty good game.

Oh, and if you remember the first Tropico and remember how slow it moved at times, the new developers did address this. There are now Garages so people can drive to their jobs and back home and to other places, as long as you place the garages in the right place. And you can also rush build buildings and other items for cash which means you don't have a lot of down time if you need to get that one tenement completed or some other structure that's holding up your master plan. Overall the game plays better than the first one. The only thing that isn't as good is the music, the original Tropico music was the best!
1579  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox 360] Tropico 4 on: November 03, 2011, 09:57:35 PM
This came out over a month ago and (not surprisingly) I was the only one who pre-ordered it at my local Gamestop. I never played Tropico 3 for the 360 as I was busy with other games and it had a population bug which while fixed in the PC version, was never fixed in the 360 one. I did play the original which was a lot of fun.

The "4" version apparently improved over the "3" version by having pop-up task options which require you to do something and give you a reward. It's a nice touch to provide more options in the game play. As always there's a lot of tongue in cheek humor in the game.

The reviews did complain about the wonky menu controls using the 360 controller but it's really not that bad. Once you get used to it it's almost second nature. There is an annoyance with using the stick to select one of eight options arranged in a radial, you sometimes select the wrong option and have to back out of it, but it's not that big a deal to me.

One DLC is already out, the Tropico 4 Bonus Pack including three new islands (Isla Nublar, Fuerte en el Agua, Nirvana) and three El Presidente outfits (Toreador, Rio Carnival, Luchador. Another is due on 11/11,
Kalypso Media announces Junta, a new DLC pack for Tropico 4 that will arrive for the Windows PC and Xbox 360 editions of the tropical dictator simulation on November 11 for $4.99 USD. Here are some screenshots, and here's what the military themed DLC will add to the game:

    New Building: “Bunker” - functions like a larger and more expensive Guard Station, does not require generals, houses five soldiers.
    Character Trait: Veteran (Avatar performs better in battle, improved militarist respect)
    Character Outfit / Vanity Item: Dress Uniform (female)
    Decoration Items: Guard booth, Small observation tower, Camouflaged ammo depot, Concrete barricades, APC
    Mission theme: “New Sparta” - build a militaristic society while being constantly pressured by the rebels

The manual isn't that deep (and is medium grey printing on light grey pages mad) but the few question I had were promptly answered by nice fans over on the Kalypso forum. So I'm happy I got it and so far it's been bug free on the 360.
1580  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Free photo hosting site with simple, clean links? on: November 02, 2011, 09:53:07 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 02, 2011, 08:33:42 PM

Gosh, I don't really want to have to hire a lawyer and everything  slywink
1581  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Free photo hosting site with simple, clean links? on: November 02, 2011, 06:27:13 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 02, 2011, 05:52:56 PM

Imgur is the new hot image sharer on campus.  They really put a lot of thought into the interface and feature set; couldn't be easier to use.  You don't have to jump through any hoops to get a direct link, you can easily do cropping and resizing, the uploading or hotlinking is super quick & easy, the links are short.  It's great.

Wow, it is really easy to use. I registered through my Facebook account and had a picture uploaded and then linked here to the forums in a couple of minutes. Most excellent.  Thanks for the help!  icon_biggrin
1582  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: November 02, 2011, 06:24:41 PM
Time to get Johnny Law to provide some order...

1583  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Free photo hosting site with simple, clean links? on: November 02, 2011, 05:50:11 PM
I'm trying to find a free photo hosting site that will allow me to upload photos and share them as simple images without all the usual Facebook, etc frames and comment boxes and "like/share/+1" buttons and the like. Just a link to paste in these forums to show the simple image I uploaded. Any suggestions?
1584  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: November 01, 2011, 11:42:59 PM
Apparently the problem is fixed....

[UPDATED (at 4:38pm PDT)] As some of you have noticed, the November Speed Pack is now appearing in the Forza 4 in-game marketplace and should be available for download for those of you who have purchased the Forza 4 Season Pass (or for purchase, for those who have not).

If you do not see the pack in the in-game marketplace, please back out to the main Forza 4 sign-in screen and navigate to the marketplace again.

Thanks for your patience, everyone.
1585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: November 01, 2011, 11:24:50 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 01, 2011, 09:21:05 PM

Sadly, there is an issue right now with the Season Pass and the November car pack where it is up on the XBox Market to buy, but not showing up in the in-game Marketplace to get for free.  Turn 10 says they are aware and working on it.  There is a workaround, but I'd rather not mess with it and get it the way it was mean to be gotten.

That explains why it wasn't there when I looked. Hopefully they will fix this before MW3 comes out and make the issue moot slywink
1586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: October 31, 2011, 07:16:08 PM

Quote from: Xmann on October 31, 2011, 07:04:15 PM

Has anyone heard you have to activate your founder's status by a certain date if you buy the Hardend Edition?   I'm considering the Hardend but it will be a Christmas gift that won't get played until Christmas.

I asked at Gamestop about the activating date for Founders status of the Elite pack and was told that it had to be activated by November 13th.
1587  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: October 31, 2011, 06:44:08 PM
I pre-ordered MW3 at Gamestop this morning. I was going to get the Hardened version, but they quit taking pre-orders on that three weeks ago. So I am also going to get the Elite package as well, based on the discussions above about how it's cheaper in the long run if you plan on getting all the map packs, which I always do.
1588  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: October 30, 2011, 11:41:36 PM
I prestiged just for the token. I'm back at level one. I'm such a noobie  icon_eek
1589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: October 30, 2011, 04:01:21 AM
I posted several cars to the club garage, mostly those manufacturers who only have a single expensive supercar. I was busy in the auction house icon_biggrin. I also posted a Shelby Daytona Coupe, a five million credit car which I surprisingly was able to get for forty thousand in the same place  icon_biggrin icon_biggrin
1590  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: October 30, 2011, 12:29:41 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on October 29, 2011, 11:30:56 PM

You lose access if you drop elite.  Other games are diff btw,  like forza and gears season passes give the goods for good

If I just get the regular game and then later buy a map pack, I assume I have access to the map pack indefinitely, right?

I guess this is why they are pushing Founder status, so Elite never expires.... right?
1591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: October 29, 2011, 04:17:19 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on October 29, 2011, 09:57:21 AM

yeah i will be buying Elite i have been doing some working out and i will be buying it separately,i usually buy the DLC and it works out cheaper this way(more or less)

Black Ops i bought 3 map packs(i didn't bother with the Zombie only 4th pack),that worked out at 1200 each,so 3600 points

its roughly £17-£18 for 2000 points,so i would need two packs at £34-£36 and will have 400 points left,so if i bought Elite for £34.99,i would get all the DLC anyway,and all that crap with the Elite website(which i probably wouldn't use that much)

however they say that they have 20 packs of DLC planned,sure they wont all be all map packs,but i think its worth paying up the 35 quid and getting it all anyway(probably weapon packs and skins mixed in with map packs i would imagine)

Damn, I already got sucked into this with Forza 4 and their Season Pass. But I did order all the map packs (except the Zombies) in Black Ops and World at War and MW2, so I guess it makes sense.
1592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: October 28, 2011, 11:32:31 PM
November Speed Pack announced, arrives Tuesday November 1st for 560 MS Points ($7 USD), or free if you have the Forza Motorsport 4 Season Pass.

2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4
2012 Aston Martin Mirage
2011 #2 Audi Sport Team Joest R15++ TDI
2011 Audi RS3 Sportback
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
2012 Dodge Charger SRT8
2013 Ford Focus ST (Finally coming to the US mid 2012)
1992 GMC Typhoon
2011 Volkswagen Scirocco R
1593  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 on: October 28, 2011, 09:12:26 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on October 28, 2011, 08:30:18 PM

The only thing I'm not looking forward to is trying to determine if the Elite membership is worth the price of admission.  The whole pay more to play idea is not something I appreciate.

Amen to that. It's not like they aren't going to sell a zillion copies of the game as it is.
1594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: October 25, 2011, 09:15:55 PM
I've updated the Jaguar XFR in the club garage. I've tuned it for A600 and it now shows that. I've also added a "Tuned with ABS" decal because I set the "use ABS" option in the tuning app I'm using. Basically it seems to just set the braking force to 110% rather than the 90% I've been getting when I tune a car and specify no ABS. When I am using a car is up in this range of PI, the A's and higher, I have to break down and turn on TCS and ABS, otherwise it's just too tough to drive, at least for me.

Nevermind. It's not enough of a difference to make it worth tuning to different specs, since some folks like ABS and some don't. So I'll leave the brake force at 100% and just note the car as "Tuned".
1595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: October 24, 2011, 05:21:49 AM
I have updated the Dodge Super Bee I'm sharing in the garage. I've upgraded and tuned it for A600. I've played with the gearing and maybe it's better, but maybe I've messed it up Roll Eyes. Ignore the 5000 rpm redline on the gauge, it seems the better shift point is just about 6000. It is optimized for a non-ABS difficulty and I have little problem whipping it around Laguna Seca and keeping it under control with no assists, and that includes steering set to Simulation icon_eek. I also benchmarked it and confirmed at Le Man on the old Mulsanne that it does indeed top out at about 162 in sixth gear. At Laguna it just did top out in sixth on the front straight for me, so I can say that the gearing is optimized for that kind of track. If people think it needs a change to the final drive for a bit more speed let me know.
1596  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: October 23, 2011, 03:03:13 AM
I've gone through my shared cars and from F to S upgraded them to the top of the class. I tried this with R3, R2 and R1 but some cars just didn't have the parts available.

I also bought and upgraded a De Tomaso Pantera to C425 and ran to Affinity 4. I then added adjustable springs, diffy, tranny, and roll bars. That ate into my PI budget and I had to back out of a few upgrades to accommodate them.  Then I tuned it, checking the benchmark numbers. I lost a little speed and gained just a tiny bit of braking and G-loading.  I raced at Tsukuba, no assists, for two nine lap heats. I had done this before the tuning and now afterwards I found the handling noticeably better. In fact I thought I had screwed up and set steering from Simulated to Normal, it was that much better. I raced against a Hard AI, all cars within three PIs of each other, and squeaked out a win.

The car is now posted to the club garage. Note that I have altered my class decal to just say "C class" rather than the actual number, this will keep me from having to change it for small tweaks. Also I added a "Tuned" decal so you can know at a glance that this car has been tuned. I used the ForzaTune app from the Apple Store. It's still only for FM3 right now but it's the best I have.

1597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: October 22, 2011, 09:07:35 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on October 22, 2011, 04:46:13 PM

Hey JZtemple, I do appreciate your cars in the club
Garage. I use them almost exclusively since I haven't had the time to tune or unlock cars myself

No problem. This evening I'm going through them and upgrade all to the top of their class so they will be of more use. I really sucked at tuning in the past but I'm going to give it a try again. Hark has a good point, no use having two of the exact same car, or a vanilla version just as it comes in the game. Also if someone wants a car brought up to a certain class, let me know.

Also let me know if there is any certain car people are looking for, if I don't have it now I'll probably be getting it sometime in the future so I might as well get it now.

I wish the auto upgrade function came with settings or a slider so I could prefer better handling versus speed or vice versa. However, since parts are free once I reach Affinity level 4 I might as well experiment.
1598  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: October 22, 2011, 03:27:38 PM

Quote from: Reemul on October 22, 2011, 08:46:08 AM

Shame there isn't any out and out Formula One cars in it.

I'm sure Bernie has Codemasters paying him lots of pretty pennies for the rights for F1 2011. I'd be happy with some old Can-Am racers from the 60's and 70's.

BTW, I've got a Gumpert and a Devon to share with the club sometime today. I got them at auction, but I have to strip the old tuning set ups and paint jobs before I can share, which seems a bit silly.
1599  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: October 22, 2011, 06:04:50 AM
One final update before I go to sleep. I just finished the tenth and last season of the World Tour. The last year is known as the League of Legends. Very appropriate seeing as I am a legend in my own mind icon_biggrin. It totaled twenty-seven events, several with two heats. The last event consisted of two heats of one lap each of the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Oddly, although really in line with how most of the rest of the events of the World Tour were structured, the race was based on the car I had already selected. I was (and am) trying to get Affinity level 4 with all the manufacturers and since I was working on Buick at the time, the final event was open to class E, which I ran in my E425 Buick Regal GNX. The paint job is not mine, I got the car through an auction.

So now I am a Legend. Funny, nothing feels different. Oh well, Sic transit gloria mundi, as we stay around here in these parts. And as Samuel Pepys would say, "And So To Bed".
1600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 4 on: October 22, 2011, 02:50:11 AM
Finally got my first movie to upload via FM4, then download, then upload to YouTube. Probably not worth the effort  icon_confused:

Update: It's a theme! My jeep on it's back at the Nürburgring GP course.

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