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2001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DiRT 2 discussions right in here! on: September 09, 2009, 03:01:42 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 09, 2009, 12:53:22 AM

I didn't actually preorder this one, so not sure if it will be in tomorrow for me or not.  I was really turned off by the presentation in the demo so that really tempered my excitement. 

I'm just not a fan of the American-consumer-bastardization of what was once a core rally game.  The whole X-Games/Nitro Circus thing just doesn't belong here.  I don't care that you have 40 featured bands when I'm not going to listen to them while driving anyway.  I don't want to hear Ken Block and Travis Pasatranna give stupid sound clip voice overs that end up repeating all the time.  I don't want menus that look like they were designed after looking at a ski jacket from the early 90's.  I don't want to have to walk around and have another scene load just to get to the damn options screen. 

Having said that, I'm sure I will end up buying it anyway because I'm a sucker for off-road and rally games.  I'm sure the actual driving will be plenty fun and it sounds like there are over 100 events to compete in as well as the new online stuff.

I feel that way at times, especially since I have a lot of PC rally games, like the Colin McRae,  Richard Burns and the Mobil One Championship (if that's the correct name). However, I do like the different styles of races in Dirt and Dirt 2 just for the variety. I lost interest in Dirt because the handling was so "floaty' and the whole pyramid thing got kind of boring after a while. I was very pleased with the handling in the Dirt 2 demo. At least it will tied me over for my racing jones till Forza 3 is released.
2002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beatles: Rock Band on: September 08, 2009, 11:45:20 PM
Is no one doing midnight launches? I've heard a lot of media hype, but I don't think I heard about a midnight release anywhere, or at least anywhere near me.
2003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DiRT 2 discussions right in here! on: September 08, 2009, 11:31:20 PM
Got my call from Gamestop, my copy of Dirt2 will be in the store tomorrow "afternoon". Now, does that mean "after noon", like 12:01pm? Because I was going to cut out early from work and try to beat the Beatles Rock Band rush. Anyone else have it pre-ordered at GS and got the call?
2004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/7) on: September 07, 2009, 10:23:10 PM
DiRT 2, although I'm afraid it won't show up in stores till Wednesday, so I'll have to fight my way through all the hordes of clowns who think there are going to be some unreserved copies of Beatles Rock Band available  icon_frown

UPDATE: IL 2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey for the DS? I though maybe someone was kidding. I hadn't heard about it. Any possible chance it won't be junk?
2005  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2009 on: September 07, 2009, 04:06:32 AM
Latest update to my books read in 2009, with date completed listed.

"Other Powers: The Age of Suffrage, Spiritualism, and the Scandalous Victoria Woodhull" by Barbara Goldsmith 9/4/09 - I read about a hundred pages of this but finally gave up. It was moderately interesting in parts but mostly a dull read. Not recommended unless you are really interested in the subject.

"War In The Streets: The Story of Urban Combat from Calais to Khafji" by Colonel Michael Dewar 9/3/09 - The first half of the book was an overview of urban combat, too brief to be really interesting or illuminating. The rest was pretty good, discussions of techniques and hardware and policies. Recommended if you have an interest in this area.

"Seize The Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time" by David Prerau 9/1/09 - A nice general history of the DST. Actually there's a lot more to it than you might expect. Well written and recommended as a easy to read and entertaining history.

"Combat Swimmer: Memoirs of a Navy SEAL" by Robert A. Gormley 8/31/09 - Gormley joined up in the early sixties and his experiences range from Vietnam to Grenada. A pretty good read, although towards the end he does philosophize a bit and some people might find it less than interesting.

"How Steam Locomotives Really Work'' by P. W. B. Semmens and A. J. Goldfinch 8/28/09 - Truth in advertising! Over the course of several hundred pages the authors do tell you in great detail how steam locomotives work, from the reasons behind the designs of the firebox to the different ways to brake a train. Surprisingly readable, but recommended more for steam enthusiasts.

"Submarine Design and Development" by Norman Friedman 8/27/09 - This book is from 1984, so it doesn't have the latest info on subs of course. The book does trace the development of subs from the beginning and does so in much technical detail. Chapters cover esoteric subjects such buoyancy and noise reduction. Not a casual read by any means, but it does provide the reader with an excellent introduction (and more) to submarines.

"The Gold Ring" by Kennth D. Ackerman 8/23/09 - The author of "Dark Horse" explores the background and history of the attempt by Jim Fisk and Jay Gould to corner the gold market in 1869, precipitating a major financial crash and many scandals in the remainder of the Grant administration. It's a easy, entertaining read and the equal to "Dark Horse".

"Israeli Special Forces" (The Power Series) by Samuel M. Katz 8/18/09 - A standard entry in the Power Series. Katz does a credible job of detailing these forces, although he's a bit over the top in his praise.

"Benetton - Formula 1 Racing Team" - Alan Henry 8/18/09 - A disappointing history of the Benetton team, too much of an overview of the early history, and then too many interviews and non-pertinent details.
2006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Section 8 on: September 04, 2009, 01:31:28 AM
Yes, count me interested as well.
2007  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBL Games on Demand Launch Line-Up on: September 01, 2009, 09:39:50 PM

Quote from: The Grue on September 01, 2009, 08:30:12 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on September 01, 2009, 08:20:19 PM

They just released Ghost Recon: Advanced War Fighter... for $30 USD!! Are they crazy? I can get both this original AND GR2 for $26 plus tax at my local Gamestop.

We talking new or used from Gamestop?  And this brings up the question of whether it is fair to compare used prices with DLC prices.

They aren't new at Gamestop, but I get a nice box (usually) and a manual (usually, at least at my GS). And a download isn't "new" content (from a time standpoint) if the game was released a while ago. I do think it's fair to compare them, since ultimately it's the same content (the software) that you end up playing. AFAIK, the DLC and the used game provide me with the exact same software, they are just different means of delivery. So I think that the should be considered as equal products, from the end user's point of view.

While there may be a developer's cut for the DLC, from the consumer's point of view there's no comparison. GRAW at Gamestop is $8 USD. That's $22 less expensive. I just can't see myself buying any Games on Demand until they make the pricing more competitive with the real world.
2008  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBL Games on Demand Launch Line-Up on: September 01, 2009, 08:20:19 PM
They just released Ghost Recon: Advanced War Fighter... for $30 USD!! Are they crazy? I can get both this original AND GR2 for $26 plus tax at my local Gamestop.
2009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IL 2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey release reviews and impressions on: September 01, 2009, 02:03:19 AM
Since this game is now scheduled to be released in a couple of days (didn't expect that!) I thought I'd start a thread for reviews and impressions. No impressions since I don't have the game yet, but over on Metacritic the early reviews are trickling in:
What The Critics Said

90 Console Monster
IL-2 builds on existing simulation titles that have been landing onto consoles recently, and is probably the best combat flight simulation title I have played on consoles to date. With its stunning visuals, audio score, well structured campaign and insightful exploits from our WW2 heroes, IL-2 will certainly send any budding fighter jock into a flying frenzy.

90 Impulsegamer
IL2 has held its own from the PC title, adapted to console beautifully, and is a rich and action packed simulator that gives a great realistic experience while giving enough entertainment to keep you enthralled.

90 WonderwallWeb
IL2 is a worthy addition to your console games collection offering fast paced and daredevil fights with some jawdropping graphics to boot.

80 Games Master UK
Considering a hard-as-nails sim lurks below the skin, Sturmovik has surprising playability. [Oct 2009, p.78]

80 Official Xbox Magazine
While IL-2 doesn't quite manage to be the awesomest air combat game of all time, it comes temptingly close. [Oct 2009, p.68]

2010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/31) on: August 31, 2009, 11:51:06 PM
Maybe IL 2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey for me too, although that's going to involve me coughing up the cash for a joystick.
2011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! on: August 28, 2009, 02:24:44 AM
During the single-player campaign, the player will take on the role of Sergeant Gary "Roach" Sanderson, a young member of an elite, multinational commando unit known as Task Force 141.

B =  2
L = 12
A =  1
C =  3
K = 11
W= 23
A =  1
T = 20
E =  5
R = 18

total = 96

T = 20
A =  1
S = 19
K = 11
F =  6
O = 15
R = 18
C =  3
E =  5

total = 98... Oh, and the "141" is a combination; +1, -4, +1, or "-2". Therefore total is really 96

Blackwater = 96, Task Force 141 = 96. Case Closed  slywink
2012  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! on: August 28, 2009, 01:26:20 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 28, 2009, 12:48:40 AM

Quote from: Ridah on August 28, 2009, 12:18:02 AM

Quote from: Teggy on August 27, 2009, 09:35:57 PM

I'm sure the Army is going to love the fact that they show them torturing a captive.

But it looks great. Having the civilians running through the street was a great touch.

Good thing Activision has Infinity Ward's back, I feel bad for Atom Games and what happened over Six Days in Fallujah.

on the plus side those guys don't look like US military.

2013  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Section 8 demo up on Xbox Live on: August 23, 2009, 02:40:32 AM
I tried this for a little while. MP seemed a little iffy, but playing against the bots in the Dropship mode wasn't too bad. Still, the combat is a lot like Halo, too frantic for  me.
2014  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DiRT 2 discussions right in here! on: August 20, 2009, 11:33:15 PM
Played the demo about two hours. There are two races. One is a dirt track stadium race with big trucks in Baja. The other in Morroco is a rally type race. Both are playable in SP and MP mode.

Baja in SP is standard fare, similar to the ones in the first game. The truck physics "feel" better, they are less floaty and seem to handle better. The track is partially enclosed in walls, but other places there are just tires and open space.

The Morocco stage is also familiar to anyone who has played a rally game. The track is reasonably wide and there are no invisible walls lining the course, although they are present well out from the course just to keep you from wandering off. It looks gorgeous, as you might expect. Interestingly, some of the piles of rock at the edge of the course, if you hit them, will cause pieces of rock to land on the course. The SP physics feel good, the car responds well to throttle steering and again it seems that they have the apparent mass right.

I played in SP on both tracks for a while and it was fun.

MP turns out also to be a lot of fun as well. I only tried out the 1-man method of joining races; there's also apparently a way to join as or form a team of four drivers. You stay in the lobby about 30 seconds between races. The rally race runs all cars at once; the other cars show up as ghosts on your course. It's not a distraction and you can see how everyone else is doing.

In the Baja arena MP race there are eight players going at it. From a standing start eight abreast you funnel down to the first turn and almost every time there were wrecks galore. Too many idiots <sigh>. Racing these big trucks against others isn't too bad, but even a tap can shove someone out of the way and so there are a lot of hurt feelings.

I really hadn't expected to have such a good time with the MP, but I reluctantly had to stop playing because it was dinner time. I'm very impressed with how short a time it is between races and how well the whole process seems to work.

The new menuing system reminds me of TOCA2. There's a trailer with posters and maps and stickies that allow you to get info on the current standings, stats and help you select a race. It's oodles of eye candy and a lot more fun that the menu system in the first Dirt.

Dirt 2 was already on my pre-order list, but the demo assures me I didn't pre-order in error.
2015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DiRT 2 discussions right in here! on: August 20, 2009, 02:12:31 PM
And the demo for XBL is up via Major Nelson.

Play the DiRT 2 demo now! Experience the stunning Mitsubishi Eclipse GT in the all-new Trailblazer event set against the most dramatic and challenging terrain Morocco has to offer, then jump behind the wheel of the rugged Porter Trophy Truck and take on the jumps and drops of Mexico’s atmospheric Ensenada Port circuit in the multi-class Landrush. Customize your ride and test yourself against racing icons like Ken Block and Dave Mirra offline or take on the world in 8 player head-to-head online races in the unmissable demo of DiRT 2 – the new standard of off-road racing.
2016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia II walkthru video on: August 20, 2009, 02:10:53 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 20, 2009, 01:52:32 PM

That brief look at the city at night, with the snow falling... nice. If this is the same team that did the first Mafia, I'll be making this a day one purchase. For those who never played the original on the PC, the story telling was more immersive than The Godfather, the graphics great, the city layout detailed (although not as detailed as, say, GTAIV) and the missions... well, some of the missions were damn hard. And very long and if you failed you had to start at the beginning again, which was a drag. Hopefully this new version will be kind to us older gamers who are slow of reaction and have less time to replay missions over and over.
2017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DiRT 2 discussions right in here! on: August 20, 2009, 11:19:27 AM
Supposedly there will be DiRT 2 demos up on XBL and PSN today. Link from story posted last night via Blues News.

Play DiRT 2 tomorrow on PSN/XBL

Codemasters has told Eurogamer there will be a DiRT 2 demo on PSN and Xbox Live tomorrow.

The big draw will be a sample of the eight-player online mayhem, although a single-player snippet awaits, as well.

Snatch a peek of the game designer's best lap to see what the demo offers.
2018  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2009 on: August 19, 2009, 05:21:42 PM
Post deleted due to goofy Google image handling  icon_frown
2019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! on: August 17, 2009, 08:20:17 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 17, 2009, 03:37:57 PM

Quote from: skystride on August 17, 2009, 03:33:11 PM

Any idea if it still spawns infinite enemies on you until you hit the trigger point?

not according to this.  of course if it's wrong you can blame jz icon_biggrin

I stand by my quote. Or rather I've placed bettys near it and am hanging back to watch the fun.
2020  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2009 on: August 17, 2009, 08:17:45 PM
Latest I've read since my last update a few posts up. Links are to LibraryThing entries for the books:

"What If? Military Historians Imagine What Might Have Been" edited by Robert Cowley - Gave up on this after a few of it's essays. A mixed bag of styles and content. The hoped for intriguing possibilities are overwhelmed by a lot of repetitive preambles, examinations and ruminations. Not recommended.

"The Fields of Bamboo" by SLA Marshall - Although Marshall's veracity as a military historian has been called into question, he does know how to tell an interesting story. This book covers three related operations in Vietnam. The story telling is down at the grunt level. He does criticize some of the command decisions, but doesn't wield an axe about it. The narrative is detailed about what was happening down at the level of the individuals, but he does tie back to the overall management of the operations as well. He has an eye for the ground as well (he surveyed the battle sites only days after) and thankfully stays away from a lot of contrived conversations.

“Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America” by Eric Jay Dolin - A very good book, covering from the very start in the early seventeenth century when beached whales were the attraction, through the golden age in the mid-1800s and up through the early twentieth century. Anecdotes, analysis and good narrative.

"Terry Jones' Medieval Lives" by Terry Jones & Alan Ereira - This book was released to accompany the BBC series, although the book is more than just the transcript of the series. Nothing too heavy, just some interesting tidbits and some revisionist looks at medieval times in England. Not many laughs either, but that really doesn't detract from the book.

"The Making of an African Legend: The Biafra Story" by Frederick Forsyth - This book was written during the Nigerian Civil War in the later 1960s, although Forsyth (who is very sympathetic to the Biafran cause) makes no bones about how it was really a case of the Biafrans being forced to attempt to be independent and then be invaded by the other tribes that composed Nigeria. The book is mostly composed of discussions of the political and other events that led up to the war, and the shameful behavior of Britain and other nations in their failure to prevent the resulting genocide. The book is rather hard to read as Forsyth is not trying to entertain, but to inform. Not recommended unless you need to get more information on this conflict.

"San Francisco's Cable Cars" by Joyce Jansen - A rather lightweight book that really more about the birth and growth of San Francisco than about the cable cars. Still, there's a goodly amount of info and lots of photos. Recommended if you have an interest in the subject.
2021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 price drop looks imminent on: August 17, 2009, 03:02:40 PM
I have an old Xenon refurbed unit, plus two Xenons also way past guarantees in storage, so no new Jasper for me. Unless of course I get 3X RRoD'ed. What are the odds of that happening slywink?
2022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/17) on: August 17, 2009, 02:54:38 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 17, 2009, 02:19:12 PM

I can't give a full review till Tuesday, but BUY WOLFENSTEIN.   It's very very good.  Ok, shutting up now.
I can't commit to this survey until the Oracle has spoken  slywink
2023  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Red Faction: Guerrilla Impressions on: August 15, 2009, 11:25:51 PM

Quote from: Razgon on August 15, 2009, 09:39:57 PM

Does the new downloadble content contain spoilers about the main game's campaign?
Not about the story. You do get access (eventually) to weapons that you unlock in the main campaign, but since you also see them in the multiplayer they aren't really a surprise.

I got in about an hour of the DLC. It's somewhat similar to the main campaign's way of capturing a sector. It's set on a brand new map, and the size is larger than any one sector of the main game. Three main missions, one unlocked at the start, the others unlocked as you lower the EDF's control of the sector, just like before. There are a bunch of side missions; one that stands out is a hostage rescue where the hostages aren't all in the same location. The demolition missions are TOUGH. I've done four but there are another four where I am just clueless. I haven't counted how many total there are.

There are differences.There's no salvage to collect; you unlock advanced weapons via completing the demo missions. You don't have to worry about Morale, since there are no civilians and your fellow Marauders are happy to sacrifice themselves for the cause. There are some neat new structures begging for your destructive attention, including a bunch of structures stuck precariously on steep hillsides.

Overall I'd say it's worth it if you like the gameplay of the original single player game. I might quibble about the 800 point price, but I know they have to make their money. Certainly compared to some other 800 point DLC, this one has some real content.
2024  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Red Faction: Guerrilla Impressions on: August 15, 2009, 08:17:27 PM
Couldn't resist the temptation, downloading now.
2025  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Red Faction: Guerrilla Impressions on: August 13, 2009, 04:50:17 PM
Red Faction: Guerrilla - Demons of the Badlands Game Add-on is now available.

Content: Red Faction: Guerrilla - Demons of the Badlands
Price: 800 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Japan
Dash Text: [ESRB: M (Mature) BLOOD,STRONG LANGUAGE,VIOLENCE] Break free and experience the all new single player game in this prequel chapter of the Red Faction universe. Mariner Valley, the once peaceful home of the Marauder people, has been torched and defiled by the EDF. The Marauders demand vengeance and Samanya leads the revolt. Set several years before the arrival of Alec Mason on Mars, take control of Samanya to explore the Mariner Valley outside of Tharsis. Exact your revenge with 7 all new weapons including the Spiker machine gun and Marauder Missilepod, and 3 new vehicles including the Punisher walker. Perfect your guerrilla tactics with 11 new actions including raids and demolitions. Show off your skills with 10 new unlockable achievements. Take control and lead the Marauder revolution. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see

Seven new weapons, but I never used all the ones from the base game. Eleven new actions sound interesting. Might have to wait on reviews to see how deep the content goes.
2026  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DiRT 2 discussions right in here! on: August 12, 2009, 04:16:44 PM
Interview with the design manager on Boomtown. I like this quote:

A lot of people, though fans of the first DiRT, had reservations about how the cars handled – specifically how gripped to the road they felt. Has this been changed or altered in DiRT 2?

We've really gone totally back to basics with that and rebuilt our physics system so it's much more, dare I say it, a simulation, although that's generally a bad word around our studio, but it's much more realistic. In particular, what we've done is work on the weight of the cars; the way weight transfers around them, that's simulated much more realistically. The tire physics; the tire modeling, that's all been completely rewritten. So tires actually have tire pressure and that affects the way that they move and the car handles. A tire can completely deflate, and all of that means that the cars have a weightier feel and are much more predictable as a result. So, symptoms you're reporting about DiRT are things we've heard a lot about from people, and I think they're fairly accurate, and we knew that was one thing we had to go back to basics on and fix for DiRT 2, and we've done that, and you can be the judge.
2027  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Operation Flashpoint:Dragon Rising..anyone in? on: August 12, 2009, 04:12:27 PM
Good interview with the game producer on Rock, Paper, Shotgun.
2028  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: CoD: WaW Map Pack 3 on: August 12, 2009, 11:23:51 AM
After getting some more play time in on the maps (in hardcore TDM mode) I have to say that I like them even more than at first play.

Breach is actually more fun the more you play it. You can try it as a sniper with bettys, since there are a lot of vantage points. However, you can go from end to end on the map with just the barest of exposure to snipers, so you can hunt down bad guy snipers (be sure to have bomb squad!). Some clever folks have hidden in the central fountain and stature enclosures, behind cars or in the central column gate structure. There are just a lot of options of how to play.

On Revolution I thought the central building was a deathtrap and studiously avoided it, yet I see folks are using it to avoid being nailed on the periphery paths. One time I was playing against a team of six that consistently moved to and stayed in the central building, covering the entrances and picking off folks trying to snipe from the outer building windows. And some strange folks stay outside of all buildings, just hiding behind cars or crates or just building corners, because no one suspects people would do that. Cool.

Battery isn't just a cool looking map, it's also really convoluted in the paths and the hide spots. Even after dozens of matches on there I still get nailed by guys perched in some out of the way spot I didn't even know existed. It's also one of the few maps where I find both my rifle grenade and my flamethrower loadouts useful. The RGs are good because there are a number of spots, like the gun turrets, where enemies congregate waiting to move across open territory. Small rooms like that are made for RGs, and thankfully there are few small windows to have to aim through. The flame thrower is useful because a good part of the map is composed of short, twisting corridors, and the FT is also good against dogs as well.

2029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So did you buy anything for your avatar? on: August 12, 2009, 11:08:41 AM
Gloves for 40 points, the cheapest thing I could find, just to see how the process worked. Otherwise not really all that interesting.
2030  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Operation Flashpoint:Dragon Rising..anyone in? on: August 12, 2009, 11:06:54 AM
You have me at "hardcore mode"  slywink. I liked the game on the PC years ago. Having it on the 360 sounds like a winner to me.
2031  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/10) on: August 11, 2009, 03:52:00 PM
Although it's a PC title, since this is not a "What console games are you buying this week?" thread, I'll mention Joint Operations: Complete Collection. I played the hell out of the original game and it's expansion. True 64 player matches, huge maps, decent lack of lag. What caused me to give up on it was the declining number of players and the huge increase of cheaters, to the point that every match seemed to be infested with hackers.

I might have to consider getting the new Joint Operations: Complete Collection if it seems that a number of folks do jump aboard. I'm not thrilled that it's going to be a monthly payment, but since it starts off with ninety days free, that should be enough time to see if it's worth continuing.
2032  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 3 Discussion on: August 08, 2009, 02:50:08 PM
The rewind feature is a big seller for me. In the single player races in Forza 2 it would drive (hah!) me nuts after a long race to screw up the last corner and have to do it all over again. Fine, some folks are ultra realists and say this is part of racing, but I don't have the time to do this. Giving me a rewind option let's me play the game my way, which is what they said they are trying to achieve.

By the way, this is why I gave up on Fuel. I loved it at first, but it became a grind where I was required to win dozens of races at the hardest level in order to unlock the last few zones. No thanks.
2033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: August 07, 2009, 08:50:17 PM
I played the demo; pretty sweet. Lots of good eye candy in the asylum. Controls seem to work well. Apparently it uses a checkpoint save system. That shouldn't be too bad as long as the save points aren't too far apart.
2034  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza 3 Discussion on: August 07, 2009, 08:48:08 PM

Quote from: kronovan on August 06, 2009, 05:05:41 PM

I must admit, the vehicles and scenerey look very good. Is that cockpit shot of a parked car? Please tell me they've modeled the drivers arms and gloves.

Yes, driver's arms and gloves are in the game. I just saw this on the Forza 3 E3 video report on XBL.
2035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 08/07/09 on: August 07, 2009, 07:30:28 PM
CoDWaW map pack 3. It's a double EX weekend, although I won't be availing myself of that.
2036  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: August 07, 2009, 07:05:27 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 07, 2009, 06:41:41 PM

I don't think they were expecting Ledger to steal the show as much as he did.  still, I think jztemple is off his rocker  icon_wink

Naw, they got me a seat belt so I don't fall out!  icon_biggrin
2037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: August 07, 2009, 04:44:27 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 07, 2009, 02:25:42 PM

I think mSteelers was talking about the BB video game (which I also liked, but it wasn't super-well received).  I don't know what the hell jztemple2 is talking about.  The movie has received nothing but universal praise, as far as I can remember.

Yikes, it was too early in the morning to intelligently reply  icon_frown. I was making my comment about "The Dark Knight" movie, which I did find way too long. I liked the "Batman Begins" movie very much. Sorry for inconveniencing some electrons and forum members by replying to my gaff  Roll Eyes
2038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: CoD: WaW Map Pack 3 on: August 07, 2009, 02:09:53 PM
I like the three new non-Zombie maps  slywink

Breach is a little bit dull. Fairly symmetrical areas on each side of central gateway. Around most of the periphery are various second story locations. Some sniping opportunities and don't stand outside for very long if you want to survive. Still, a decently large map. Sort of like Station but with second story access and no roof. And larger. And better.

Revolution is pretty nice. Buildings surround a central building and there are second story pathways over most of it. Cleverly placed sight lines mean there are few camping spots for snipers that can't be seen from more than one location. Pretty good sized as well.  Center building has few interior walls and is for the brave and foolhardy. Outer buildings are a betty placer's delight  icon_smile

Battery is just excellent. Cleverly non-symmetrical. Main location fort has many non-obvious paths and hide spots. And there are two standing free towers which can only be accessed by open gangways, and are also connected to each other. Add in an amazing amount of eye-candy; there are just so many interesting things to look at, you'll get whacked often while sight-seeing.

Overall I rate this pack as the best of the three. I think Banzai might still be the best map, but Battery is in the top few easily.
2039  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: August 07, 2009, 01:58:05 PM

Quote from: Razgon on August 07, 2009, 01:55:03 PM

HUH? Was there someone that didnt enjoy Batman begins?? I think all I've seen ranked it up there with IronMan and the likes...

Was about an hour too long. Could have cut the movie off at that point (sorry, don't remember the specific scene) and it would have been better.
2040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: CoD: WaW Map Pack 3 on: August 06, 2009, 04:27:59 PM
Map pack 3 is now available.
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