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1601  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.
1602  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.
1603  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.
1604  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!
1605  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?
1606  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?
1607  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.
1608  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
1609  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"
1610  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.
1611  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
1612  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
1613  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
1614  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 havenít 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 donít 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!!"

1615  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!!
1616  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Lingerie Football League? Seriously? (Mildly NSFW) on: January 21, 2010, 03:19:16 AM
So we're watching "CSI: New York" and it starts off with the last minute of a game of the Lingerie Football League. I'm sure it's some made for TV thing but no, it's real. I'm not sure what to think about this. Is this one of the signs of the approaching end of the world? Or just really a cheesey excuse to watch scantily clad women grabbing each other?

Update: OK, I did some googling. Since I don't watch the Super Bowl I didn't realize that it has been a staple of the half-time show for awhile. Still, a real league? Hmm...
1617  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: January 21, 2010, 02:23:19 AM

Quote from: Starshifter on January 21, 2010, 12:03:48 AM

I've avoided most stuff about the game thus far.

I've been avoiding any previews as well. I want to be surprised... pleasantly of course.
1618  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: January 20, 2010, 11:12:42 PM
If anyone every wondered why some people are so good with ACOG sights, now we know - divine intervention
1619  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8: 4pm-6pm (there are spoiler tags for a reason) on: January 18, 2010, 03:32:15 AM
An hour and a half in and so far, so good. Not too over the top. Actually rather well paced and structured.
1620  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 Teaser and stuff! on: January 18, 2010, 03:27:02 AM
Watching "24" and there are a lot of ME2 commercials. My wife thinks they are cheesy and I have to agree. I have assured her that the acting in the game can't be that bad.
1621  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: January 15, 2010, 12:49:20 AM
I picked up the Zombie Island DLC today for Borderlands, something to do while waiting for Mass Effect 2. It's a great add-on. The new area is very stylish and doesn't look like any other area in the game. The new enemies also are unique; zombies move slow but there are lots of them! I'm finding some weapons sets that don't work well in other areas are perfect for this new map. It's a decent amount of content for 800 MSP.

I'm hoping that the poor reception of the Underdome DLC doesn't discourage Gearbox from putting out another DLC like Zombie Island.

1622  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2010 on: January 14, 2010, 03:05:42 AM
In!! Finished 120 books in 2009, hoping to do as well this year.

Finished (latest at top):
1623  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Poll] How many times has your Xbox 360 died? on: January 13, 2010, 01:58:28 PM
I replied "3", but to be fair that's one fail on each of three units. Two were refurbs from Gamestop, one my original launch unit. MS did repair one Gamestop unit which was out of the GS warranty, the other GS refurb was still in their warranty so I just got a swapped out unit. The "new" one they gave me has a DVD drive that it putting scratches on my DVDs, so it's going back to GS again  icon_frown.
1624  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 3 Discussion on: January 13, 2010, 01:50:26 PM
Just FYI, I notice that there is a new car pack available, the Autoweek 2010 Car Show pack. Also one of the cars is available as a freebie. Cars still need to be bought in-game of course. Since I only got to one of the cars of the last pack I think I'll pass for now.
1625  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: December 27, 2009, 06:59:51 AM

Quote from: KePoW on December 27, 2009, 05:46:49 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on December 27, 2009, 05:17:25 AM

it also always amuses me when people defend sniping and complain about camping in the same breath. 

Lol, can't say I've seen anybody say that before.  Isn't sniping by definition camping?

If you've seen me shoot while camping you'd never make those rash assumptions  icon_eek

Thanks to all who sent me invites. I was off playing hardcore and then it got to be very late and I really do need to go to bed. I'll be getting in some Forza 3 tomorrow but if that doesn't pan out I'll try to be accepting MW2 invites. And of course I'm up for some HC TDM if people care to ask  slywink
1626  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: December 27, 2009, 05:12:18 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on December 27, 2009, 03:32:55 AM

Camping is 100% viable tactic, especially if odds are not in your favor.  If you're playing TDM, the odds aren't often in your favor because unorganized groups don't seem to coordinate too well. 

Camping is a good counter-tactic to shotgunners and knifers in Hardcore. If in the next COD they wanted to balance things a bit in non-hardcore, incorporate being "stunned". If you are hit but not killed, you should be unable to fire/stab/launch for a second. You can continue to move if it would legitimately represent momentum.
1627  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: December 26, 2009, 10:26:36 PM
Speaking of Hardcore, after our TDM session this afternoon I played some HC TDM. On Favela I found a spot right near the center of the map, on the building north of the ice cream shop, not on the roof but on the second level balcony facing east. I crouched and could see a little bit of the building north of the laundromat, but most importantly I could see the edges of the roof garden and the bar roofs. So I sat for a few seconds and here comes some guy jumping from one roof to the other. Plink! Did I mention I was shooting a silenced RPD? I must have gotten a half dozen guys before someone figured that they ought to look before they leap.

Yup, hardcore is the home of the campers. But thank goodness we have a lot of folks running around with dual shotguns and knifes to keep us campers from being bored.

And the secret of FMJs, as far as my experience, is to equip with it and then don't think about it. If you try to shoot through things on purpose you'll end up not getting the kills. I just completed the 40 FMJ kills on the RPD and the way I got through it was to just play like normal.
1628  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joined Facebook out of curiosity on: December 26, 2009, 04:46:32 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 26, 2009, 04:35:42 AM

you could always join the Gaming Trend group so you can talk with the rest of us  icon_wink

I joined up.
1629  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Joined Facebook out of curiosity on: December 26, 2009, 03:53:34 AM
I've never had any real interest in social sites, but since I hear so much about Facebook and since some of my relatives are on it, I figured I'd join just to see what the big deal is. So send me a friends request or whatever the heck it is and post pithy comments on my "wall". Tell me how amazing it is or make fun of me for getting suckered into it. Post your K/D in MW2 and gloat (mine's 1.07, so it wouldn't be too hard).
1630  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: December 23, 2009, 11:15:55 PM
That's it, I've had it. The supposed dual shotgun fix is broken if you have FMJ and all the rest are running arounds with knifes. I went and played Hardcore TDM and had a much better time. Sure, there are campers, but it's Hardcore, there are supposed to be campers. And that's what grenade launchers are for. No one running around like a psycho and the only dual shotgun guy got hammered so much he switched classes.

I don't care if I learn bad habits from playing Hardcore. If I stay with regular mode I'm going to learn a lot bad words from Calvin, or was it CSL?  icon_biggrin
1631  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: December 23, 2009, 01:33:23 AM
I had a good time this afternoon. After flipping Prestige a few days ago I was miffed at myself, but now I'm finding it an interesting challenge. I've started focusing in on LMGs in all configurations, including with silencers and heartbeat monitors. I had a "golden moment" this afternoon when not one, not two, but *five* enemies came bounding around a corner to nail me at close range. I don't think I even let off the trigger, I just kept spraying and praying.

According to post on BluesNews, the patch goes live at 2am tomorrow (Wednesday).

Oh Hark, I think I just missed you when you came back online after unloading groceries, I had to get off to have dinner. If I don't get on tonight I'll be there tomorrow. I'm not stopping till I get my Claymores back!  nod
1632  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 3 Discussion on: December 19, 2009, 06:55:56 AM
We had several folks together tonight and got in some racing. I did try my wheel for several races but I'm just not getting adjusted to it. I'll try it in some offline action.

I did get my F-S classes finally set up, although I'm not sure about a couple of them. And I finally have an A class drifter.

Turn 10 released one free gift car to everyone who downloaded the Holiday DLC and is a Gold XBL member. It's a winter themed painted and tuned version of an existing in-game 2010 Nissan GT-R SpecV. Also, VIP members (who bought the LCE) got another gift car, a super duper R3 1998 Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion. It's tuned and is probably the nicest handling R3 I've ever driven. It does NOT have a custom paint job because, as a Turn 10 guy explained in a forum post, this will allow you to resell it back at more than the usual 100 credits which is usually what you get for any gifted or reward cars. More like 650,000 credits nod. Nice.
1633  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.
1634  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.
1635  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.

1636  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.
1637  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
1638  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.
1639  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.
1640  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
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