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1641  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alpha Protocol on: May 28, 2010, 03:51:40 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on May 28, 2010, 03:45:44 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on May 28, 2010, 02:57:43 PM

For example, on another forum someone mentioned that they found the game significantly more satisfying when they dumped pistols and moved to assault weapons. Another mentioned that by relaxing his urge to focus solely on stealth and H2H combat, he came to appreciate the game much more.

when i read this, i couldn't help but be reminded of a certain game that comes out a week after this. & i can wait smile ...

Green Day: Rock Band?
1642  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 28, 2010, 03:49:42 PM

Quote from: naednek on May 28, 2010, 03:44:57 PM

the planet scanning along takes ME2 out of the running for GOTY

True that. So far in RDR I haven't found anything that feels like the "girlfriend" missions in GTAIV, so it's got my vote.
1643  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alpha Protocol on: May 28, 2010, 03:42:00 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on May 28, 2010, 03:27:36 PM


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At the eight-hour mark, if you've persevered, you may well have had time to come to terms with all that. If you accept Alpha Protocol as a project made by a plucky team working to a faintly cruel budget, it's surprisingly hard not to get behind it.
Sheesh, not exactly encouraging.

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Like Worcester Sauce, Alpha Protocol's separate ingredients might be slightly unappetising, but they come together in a quietly effective manner. Unlike Worcester Sauce, it will certainly frustrate you more than it should, and in between the deathlike character models and bizarre misapplications of things like depth of field effects, it will struggle to convince you the team had enough time to finish it up.

But, if you're willing to put in the effort, it can steadily win you over. Obsidian can't really compete with the bigger boys in the RPG field, then, but it's carved out a little space to call its own. With ambition instead of budget, and integrity instead of polish, in the end the choice of whether to persevere or not is pretty easy to make.
Well, I did pre-order, so I guess I might as well pick it up. The rest of you can hold off if you wish.

1644  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alpha Protocol on: May 28, 2010, 02:46:57 PM
I pre-ordered it on a whim last fall, when it was supposed to be released, so I'll be picking it up for a break from RDR. I'm hoping it's better than that review indicates. I can accept less than bleeding edge graphics if the gameplay is worthwhile.
1645  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 28, 2010, 02:44:29 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 28, 2010, 02:35:42 PM

I'm hoping to open that soon, it's funny (and annoying) how Rockstar games almost always seem to have bridges closed to limit you at the beginning.  I know it happened in Vice City and GTA IV, can't remember if it happened in San Andreas or GTA 3.

They were closed in both San Andreas and GTA 3. Were they closed in GTA IV?
1646  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 27, 2010, 05:51:36 PM
I had a weird problem last night. I was riding shotgun with Dickens in his wagon and we were assaulted by waves of bad guys on horses and also wagons. On one wagon I killed the driver and shotgun and as I did so their wagon slewed across our path and our horses t-boned the enemy wagon. And stopped icon_eek.

Our horses pawed the ground, it's horses pawed the ground, and slowly our wagon pushed the enemy wagon sideways, but we were at the exact middle of the enemy wagon and so it wasn't tipping out of the way one direction or the other. And every few seconds an enemy rode up who had to be killed. I got frantic, hopped off and tried to climb into the enemy wagon, but no luck. I even tried to push the damn thing, but that didn't work either. This went out for two or three minutes. Finally I shot the two enemy horses and the enemy wagon slowly started to tilt out of the way.

Oddly enough, Dickens was totally nonplussed about the whole episode. Nothing rattles that man!  icon_biggrin
1647  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 27, 2010, 03:12:35 AM

Quote from: Caine on May 27, 2010, 02:33:22 AM

had my second glitch and it was a game-ender.  at a duel, it failed to load up the duel after i walked to the spot.  screen went black and that was it.  had to hard reset the xbox. 

I've had that happen once at my first duel but so far not again. Weird.
1648  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 26, 2010, 11:53:21 PM
I'm 18 hours in, 38% complete and just unlocked access to Mexico. I'd be further in but I just can't pass up helping a damsel in distress... or lassoing a runaway horse... or catching a robber... or shooting a bunny rabbit  icon_biggrin

For some associated reading I just picked up High Noon in Lincoln: Violence on the Western Frontier about the Lincoln County wars.
1649  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 26, 2010, 08:15:01 PM
I have topped out in Honor and have oodles of money. Wow, sometimes money can't buy you happiness  icon_frown
1650  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 26, 2010, 07:50:50 PM

Quote from: MaxSteele on May 26, 2010, 07:22:54 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on May 26, 2010, 07:21:47 PM

Any reason to not to wear the bandana all the time except when being chased by the law?

If you don't want any more fame and honor points, wear it all the time if you want.  It won't be on in cut scenes though.

Crap, it prevents you from getting them? I thought it was only for not losing them. Well, off it goes then (except when I want to do something bad  slywink)
1651  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 26, 2010, 07:21:47 PM
Any reason to not to wear the bandana all the time except when being chased by the law?
1652  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 25, 2010, 08:40:58 PM
I'm sitting here posting while my John Marsten is riding the railroad toward Thief's Landing. All very surreal.

UPDATE: Standing in the tender I wait till the locomotive's bell is ringing, then spin with the right stick. Sort of strange Doppler effect.
1653  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 25, 2010, 05:46:24 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 25, 2010, 01:40:24 PM

You can also save at will using horse deeds since it autosaves when you summon a store-bought horse, and you can reuse deeds as often as you like.

In other news, if you're working toward the Deadly Assassin outfit be sure to do plenty of bounty missions early on. Apparently it's possible to outlevel a necessary step in the to-do list and not have a required bounty target appear anymore.   retard

Thanks for the info on the horse deed, good stuff. I wonder, did Rockstar intend that, or was it an unintended benefit?

And darn, I think went pass the required bounty mission.
1654  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 25, 2010, 01:17:06 PM

Quote from: jersoc on May 25, 2010, 06:28:25 AM

i warned everyone to keep all 3 files full! this almost happened to me, but rpgs taught me to use all and any save files you can.

I do that and I'm also neurotic about saving constantly. Thank goodness they got away from saving only at safe houses and gave me the option to save at camps.
1655  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 25, 2010, 02:37:34 AM

Quote from: Destructor on May 25, 2010, 02:22:15 AM

Wild animals are where all the money is. Just don't get killed by a wandering cougar or two.

Cougars scare the crap out of me. I've yet to see one before it hit me or my horse from behind and unless I can immediately hit the BACK button to bolster my health I'm a goner.
1656  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 24, 2010, 11:17:02 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 24, 2010, 10:17:09 PM

Too bad there isn't a horse chop shop....

I'm following the suggestion someone posted previously to whack every horse and harvest them for meat and skin. It's a small but steady income stream. That and looting every dead body and scarfing up every loose weapon.
1657  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 24, 2010, 10:01:05 PM
Thanks for the answers. One other question. I have one treasure map and I don't have a clue (hah!) what I'm supposed to be looking at. Does the one map provide enough info to find something, or do I need to find other maps?

Damn, who knew shooting hats off of heads would be so damn lethal? I'm assuming I'm NOT suppose to kill the person when I do it....
1658  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 24, 2010, 09:35:19 PM
Once I lasso and ride a wild horse out on the plains, exactly what do I do with him? Is there some place I can take him for cash?
1659  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 24, 2010, 08:56:01 PM
Cheating at poker is fun! Not the mickey mouse LS action, but deciding when to play that lap card makes for an interesting game.
1660  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 24, 2010, 08:27:52 PM
I just did my first Free Roam session. Only one other person there so I just did my own thing. I killed a deputy and got chased, attacked a gang hideout and finally seized it. Lots of fun  icon_biggrin
1661  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 24, 2010, 07:47:08 PM

Quote from: farley2k on May 24, 2010, 07:38:54 PM

I can't decide if it is a testament to how great the game is or how low our standards are as gamers that a game with this many huge bugs is praised so much. 

I'd say the former. If this was not a great game the bugs would be a death knell to sales. I've had only one lockup in eleven hours of gameplay (cross fingers) and no real glitches I've noticed.

I was emailing a friend who is familiar with the GTA games and he asked me "what kind of things can you do in the game" and I realized I had written paragraph after paragraph. There really is a lot to do, and that's all been in single player.
1662  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 23, 2010, 06:12:59 PM
I've just reached ten hours of gameplay, 22% complete, 14 missions done. I just can't help but want to stop and pick wildflowers  icon_biggrin. Like most Rockstar games, after the initial lack of cash I'm now rolling in it. I still only have three outfits so I figure I have quite a way to go.
1663  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 23, 2010, 05:38:28 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 23, 2010, 05:20:43 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on May 23, 2010, 05:04:42 PM

Quote from: Louis Cypher on May 23, 2010, 04:49:01 PM

Quote from: Booner on May 23, 2010, 03:32:26 PM

Are you able to continue working on challenges, bounties, etc. after the story line is finished?
Yes you can. Except there is one tiny difference  slywink. I can't say because it's a spoiler.

no poncho?...

you play a horse?

A horse with no name?  icon_biggrin
1664  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 22, 2010, 03:19:19 AM
Killing five wolves with my melee knife is proving to be difficult and dangerous. Any hints?
1665  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 21, 2010, 10:37:38 PM
Damn, had my first console lockup. Had just finished a bounty quest and was walking back to the hotel. I was challenged to a duel and accepted and the screen went blank and that was it, nothing for a couple of minutes, so I rebooted. Damn.
1666  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 21, 2010, 09:58:41 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 21, 2010, 04:29:51 PM

Video on how to cheat at poker and how to duel.

I wish he went into a bit more detail about the dueling, but wow, I had no idea it worked that way.  You fill the meter by queuing shots when the reticule is white, and whoever has more meter at the end wins the duel.


This might help, I was getting my ass kicked dueling.
1667  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 21, 2010, 03:55:55 AM

Quote from: MaxSteele on May 21, 2010, 02:43:45 AM

Alright, after much debate with The Grue over the horse hitching mechanics and the type of horses, we set out to do some real research in-game to find out the answers once and for all.  I'm going to give the summary of our testing, then I'll give the detail.  If you don't care about the detail, just read the summary.

Thanks for your work. If when you whistle you get a 2 star horse, is there any reason to ever buy a sickly, one star horse?
1668  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 21, 2010, 02:35:03 AM
I'm too nice to play this game. I have been leading a clean, wholesome life (except shooting a horse). I didn't even gun down the folks who cheated me at cards. They must have cheated, right?

I'm really into the game. I haven't done a lot of missions, I'm just wandering around, seeing what happens.
1669  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saddle up! The Red Dead Redemption impressions thread. on: May 20, 2010, 01:26:30 PM

Quote from: JayDee on May 20, 2010, 01:15:17 PM

Still loving this game, but the controls sure are awkward at times. Especially when trying to lasso from a horse. You have to hold down A to maintain your gallop, aim with LT, press RT to throw the lasso (still holding down A), then while still holding down RT, let go of A and press and hold RB to slow your horse down. Then Y to dismount, walk over (still holding RT so you don't lose your prey) and hit Y again to hogtie. Took me half an hour to do the lasso missions on the ranch. I'm getting the hang of it, but it was almost controller-throwing frustrating for a few minutes.

I think I'd rather be dancing on the beach in Los Santos  Roll Eyes
1670  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: gaming on 64-bit Windows 7? on: May 11, 2010, 05:20:37 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 10, 2010, 06:32:46 AM

Quote from: Destructor on May 10, 2010, 06:00:13 AM

No problem at all. Yeah, you may run into problems if you're trying to play early Windows 95/98 titles, but that has been an issue throughout Vista's years as well.

For playing anything semi-current, you won't run into any issues at all as far as gaming goes. I've been running Vista 64 and now Windows 7 64 on my gaming rig and haven't had a problem.

and who still plays win 95/98 titles anyways?  Tongue

My wife just got me three new bookcases and requested Roll Eyes that I get my old games out of the cardboard boxes in the garage. Holy-moly, a lot of them are old. Like Jane's Longbow. Not the Gold, the original (I also have Longbow 2). Heck, I even have Flight Commander 2, which calls for Windows 3.11  icon_biggrin

1671  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas Announced on: May 11, 2010, 05:10:48 PM

Quote from: farley2k on May 01, 2010, 02:54:22 AM

I supose I should get cracking on finishing the first one.  icon_smile

I should too, but I got stuck in "The Pitt" and quit playing a while ago and now I can't remember what the heck I'm supposed to do to get back over the damn bridge.
1672  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Red Dead Redemption gameplay trailer on: May 11, 2010, 05:05:19 PM
Count me in as one who grew up with the cowboy TV shows. I've stayed away from all the previews as much as possible but I have watched the videos on XBL. Yeah, I'm excited.

And I do have a most appropriate name, since it was inspired by Temple Houston.  Well, and the TV show of that name as well  slywink
1673  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Red Dead Redemption gameplay trailer on: May 08, 2010, 01:00:49 AM
Rats, I'm going to be on vacation when this comes out. Can I sneak a 360 without my wife noticing?
1674  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 on: April 30, 2010, 09:21:26 PM

Quote from: Caine on April 30, 2010, 02:41:53 PM

Not really sure I want them, but it's cool to see them add stuff like this.

Did you get the ice cream truck as well? 

That was a free download so I got it and tried it. It's a truck, the only thing different is if you click left stick you get a looping song which I guess is the Panua version of the Good Humor truck jingle. But it's 25K and so really not worth getting, since it can't fly or shoot flamethrowers...  slywink
1675  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 on: April 29, 2010, 08:17:16 PM
Just picked up the first DLC, the Just Cause 2: Black Market Aerial Pack.

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Content: Black Market Aerial Pack
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: All Xbox LIVE regions except Japan
Dash Text: With the Black Market Aerial Pack you get these cool items: - F-33 DragonFly Jet Fighter: With quad-mounted miniguns and double missile launchers, this agile bird is the definite ruler of the skies, and packs a serious punch to land based targets as well. - Dual Parachute Thrusters: Take to the air for longer! The Dual Parachute Thrusters when mounted to the parachute rig provides bursts of forward momentum to extend airtime. - Multi-lock Missile Launcher: This highly sophisticated weapon of destruction allows you to lock up to four targets and unleash a barrage of homing missiles to take care of all your troubles. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

160 points gets you a fancy multi-shot rocket launcher which apparently I don't know how to use properly icon_frown. And no reloads, you have to spend $50K each time you need it, so you'll not be calling for it very often.

There's a very fast jet fighter, lots of $$$, I suck at flying, so I probably will not be buying it in-game very often.

However the one really good item that make it all worthwhile is the Dual Parachute Thrusters. They don't provide continuous thrust, instead you can run them for several seconds then they need to cool for several seconds. The balance is excellent however since if you are judicious in your flying you can maintain your current altitude indefinitely or even climb, abet slowly. And it seems you only have to purchase it in-game once, it's always available after that.

UPDATE: Not, you do have the buy the Thrusters again if you die. Bummer, but understandable.
1676  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 on: April 07, 2010, 01:05:48 AM
After completing the Agency missions I took a break from JC2 and played some Modern Warfare 2 and Forza Motorsport 3. Yet I kept getting an urge to go and play some more Just Cause 2 and today I did and had a great time. I'm still only up to 28% completion.
1677  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] USB dashboard update out. on: April 07, 2010, 12:51:35 AM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on April 06, 2010, 11:17:24 PM

Signed in and got the update. Not sure if anything else is new.

This is the USB memory support update. Has anyone thought of some real world uses for this new function? Aside from backing up things like save games and other content. Is it just so you can be really, really sure of that ME2 save game?
1678  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MW2 Map Pack - F*ng broken on March 30th on: April 06, 2010, 12:06:25 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on April 05, 2010, 01:24:53 PM

For me $10 would have been the right price.  I never had any issues getting into games without the maps this weekend playing FFA.  So I will probably never buy them.

I don't see this as an issue. Five maps are worth it to me. Sure, two are from MW1, but they are among my favorites. Nevertheless, it's the market that will eventually drive the price for future map packs. If the $15 price point is perceived by Microsoft as inhibiting sales, we could expect the next pack to be either cheaper or offer some premium as an extra enticement.
1679  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 on: March 30, 2010, 09:19:11 PM
At 28% complete I finished the final Agency mission, which was a doozy. I have been playing for just under twenty hours. After the credits (which you can skip) you switch to Mercenary Mode. Nothing in the game regarding Faction missions or anything else appears to have changed or lost. I'll keep working on it towards 100% completion of all activities.

Seriously insane final mission, btw  nod
1680  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 on: March 28, 2010, 01:26:03 AM
Well, I know now where they can set the next Test Drive Unlimited... Panau! They have great roads all over the place. Remove the combat aspects, add some car dealers, viola, one of the best places to drive your supercar very, very fast.

Speaking of roads...
Spoiler for Hiden:
I'm driving around on the big divided highway and I'm finding health power-ups at almost every underpass. Trouble is, each time now when I get to five I don't see any increase in my max health. Does that mean I'm topped out and might as well stop collecting them? Seems a shame.
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