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11201  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Amazon Black Friday Deals on: November 21, 2007, 07:22:25 PM
Some real nice stuff here for gamers

http://www.joystiq.com/2007/11/21/amazon-coms-great-black-friday-deals-including-wii-supply/

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Xbox 360:

Halo 3 Legendary $79.99 (save $50)
BioShock $39.99 (save $20)
Gears of War $39.99 (save $20)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas Limited Edition $19.99 (save $40)
PS3:

PlayStation 3 SixAxis controller $19.99 (save $30)
Dirt $29.99 (save $30)
PSP
Puzzle Quest $9.99 (save $10)
DS:

Gold Nintendo DS with Zelda $149.99
Pink Nintendo DS with Nintendogs $149.99
New York Times Crosswords $9.99 (half off)
PC:

World of Warcraft Battlechest $19.99 (save $20)
World of Warcraft $9.99 (half off)
Wii:

Limited supply of consoles
Select Wii Games $19.99
11202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: November 21, 2007, 07:12:30 PM
Well I caved to the forum effect YET AGAIN.  Hopefully this one will be as rewarding as COD4 is.
11203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 21, 2007, 07:11:40 PM
I just stopped by BB to get ME and there was 50 Rock Band boxes and dozens of just the game.
11204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBLA - Undertow on: November 21, 2007, 05:58:42 PM
Just played some of the trial version, the game looks very nice.  I am a total sucker for underwater stuff and this definitely fits the bill.  It's like Geometry Wars, but with a scuba theme.  I think I might pick this up!
11205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 Theme: Free Downloadable GHIII track on: November 21, 2007, 04:45:37 PM
Oh snap!!
11206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4 Impressions on: November 21, 2007, 06:34:27 AM
Well I finally finished this tonight...

Spoiler for Hiden:
Man I was bummed that Gaz got killed.  Looks like Price dies as well.  I was pretty bummed out after all that. 

I loved the game.  What a cinematic experience.  I'll play through again.

What's the deal with the Mile High Club?  Any info on what that was released?
11207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions: Release Day Edition on: November 21, 2007, 04:25:02 AM
If I really liked KotOR is this game more of the same just not in a Star Wars setting?
11208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: November 20, 2007, 11:27:45 PM
Man I'm knee-deep in top quality games and I'm still starting to feel the forum effect on this one!  Must.....resist.....
11209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 20, 2007, 04:31:00 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 20, 2007, 04:25:34 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 20, 2007, 04:23:00 PM

Quote from: madpeon on November 20, 2007, 04:18:05 PM

I belive the chase is part of the assassination. Infact, the entire city goes on 'alert' once you've killed your target, as guards who see you from pretty far away give chase.

Yeah once you assassinate someone the city alert sounds and even if you get stealthy, you are still under red alert until you get back to the bureau.

Right, but that just means you get noticed that much easier.  In the scenario above, the guards were on me like flies on shit the moment I did the hit and it was about the most secluded place I could find.  It wasn't clear to me if fleeing at top speed or fighting my way out of the hospital was mandated or because I had somehow botched the assassination. 

Yeah I'm under the impression that it's just part of the assassination.  I'm 6 assassinations in and every one has become a chase after I make with the killing. 

EDIT:  I've been doing all my assassinations as stealth, if I mess up I die and start it over.
11210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 20, 2007, 04:23:00 PM

Quote from: madpeon on November 20, 2007, 04:18:05 PM

I belive the chase is part of the assassination. Infact, the entire city goes on 'alert' once you've killed your target, as guards who see you from pretty far away give chase.

Yeah once you assassinate someone the city alert sounds and even if you get stealthy, you are still under red alert until you get back to the bureau.
11211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4 Impressions on: November 20, 2007, 03:32:55 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 20, 2007, 01:55:52 PM

Quote from: Thin_J on November 20, 2007, 11:59:39 AM

The nice thing about the AK with the silencer is the iron sights view is far less intrusive than some of the other assault rifles and the damage on it is good. It's a much better choice for a silenced assault rifle than the M4 which is the choice I see most often.

This is what bothers me about the m14.  I would MUCH rather be able to use the m14 with silencer than the g3, but it's simply not practical for me since I can't use the m14's iron sights and have no problem with the g3.

I'd love to use the M4 but it's so damn weak!  I'm looking forward to the assault rifle at 38 (maybe 37?)...you guys have any thoughts on that one?
11212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 20, 2007, 03:31:36 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 20, 2007, 01:59:45 PM

As I'm thinking back on the game, I just realized - does anybody remember feeling the controller rumble? I sure don't.

Yeah I kept botching an assassination and killing myself to restart and it rumbles when you get hit at least.
11213  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 1-18-08 Trailer Online on: November 20, 2007, 02:15:12 AM
 thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup
11214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/19) on: November 19, 2007, 09:48:53 PM

Quote from: Brendan on November 19, 2007, 09:45:13 PM

Oh, and for the XBLA peoples, three announcements.  Halo 3 map pack on 12/11 (just post-return-of-t3h-ATB) for 800 points, Undertow this Wednesday for 800 points, and a nice sale on XBLA games for residents of the US of A - 50% on games from 11/21 through 11/26.

Gamerscoreblog:

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First and foremost, we have just announced that there were be a Halo 3 map pack releasing on December 11th. From the media alert:

Available for 800 Microsoft Points exclusively on Xbox LIVE Marketplace, each map presents a totally different play style. Standoff’s symmetrical valley, with its entrenched bases and fields of boulders is ideal for mid-sized objective and Slayer game types, while Rat’s Nest’s vast, labyrinthine passages bring something new to the “Halo” multiplayer experience: an indoor vehicle paradise, strongly influenced by the Campaign mode, ideal for big team battles. Finally, Foundry is the ultimate Forge map – players can edit every single object in this voluminous industrial warehouse, place stairways, walls, bridges and tunnels to create an entirely new play space and build almost any kind of map they can think of.

And coming out this Wednesday on Xbox LIVE Arcade is Undertow.



"Undertow" redefines aquatic based shooters through a mix of high-definition graphics, intuitive controls and multiple modes of game play action. "Undertow" features a story driven single player campaign, on and offline co-op, and multiplayer for up to 16 players over Xbox LIVE. Players battle for control of the oceans as one of three selectable races, each with four unique, upgradeable units. "Undertow" will be available worldwide this Wednesday for 800 Microsoft Points and is rated E10+.
• For more details on “Undertow,” please visit http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/u/undertowxboxlivearcade/

Speaking of holiday sales, MSN Games is running a sale later this week. From the media alert:

In other Microsoft Casual Games news, Thanksgiving comes early this year with an MSN Games “Thanksgaming Sale.” Starting at 12:01 a.m. PST on Wednesday, November 21 (3:01 a.m. EST) through 8:59 p.m. PST (11:59 p.m. EST) Monday, November 26, ALL download titles on MSN Games will be 50% off in the United States only. For more details on the MSN Games “Thanksgaming Sale,” please visit http://zone.msn.com/en/general/article/thanksgamingsale.htm.

That looks like PC game downloads, not XBLA.
11215  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What a way to start the Holiday season... on: November 19, 2007, 09:39:44 PM
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11216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! on: November 19, 2007, 05:13:51 PM
Ouch!
11217  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/19) on: November 19, 2007, 03:26:31 PM
Nothing for me this week.
11218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 19, 2007, 08:03:13 AM
I just randomly unlocked the Absolute Symbosis achievement, exactly how this post describes it (Note: I found this post after it happend to me when I was looking for more info on what this achievement means.)

http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/action/assassinscreed/show_msgs.php?topic_id=m-1-39604307&pid=930278

I am 3 blocks short of a full DNA bar as well.  Did that happen to anyone else?
11219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 19, 2007, 05:19:48 AM
Regarding high viewpoints - man climbing to the top of that cathedral in Acre is something else huh?   thumbsup
11220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 19, 2007, 02:53:51 AM
I just did the 4th Assassination and I have a question

Spoiler for Hiden:
This was the Merchant King.  I was all prepped to do a stealth kill and then he tries to kill all his guests and all hell breaks loose.  Can you not stealth-kill some targets?  Or did I just mess up?
11221  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: I'm Coming For You Harkonis! (COD4 Stats) on: November 18, 2007, 05:18:55 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 18, 2007, 01:06:39 PM

Quote from: Calvin on November 18, 2007, 07:35:23 AM

Been 55 for 3 days, finished the entirety of the first 3 prestige classes (except one that is bugged), and am +2000 kills. You need to play more dude smile I think my K/D is about 1.65, but I have to do the math myself so you never know.

PC version for me though. I still prefer the M4 to the AK-greatly, but the MP5 is probably my all around favorite weapon. I have a bunch of crazy combos I do, but usually I do my MP5 and some variation of primary perk. The M4, due to the extremely weak damage per bullet, can definitely be tricky to use though-I recommend it with stopping power or double tap (a perk you likely don't have yet) or maybe even sleight of hand. You need to maximize the amount of damage you can do.

Yeah yeah! I unlocked double tap either last night or night before. Explain it pleas.  Why do I need my gun to fire faster?  It's already an automatic weapon....

Also, I heard people talking about 'grips' last night. What do they do and when do you get them?

Faster rate of fire = more bullets = people die faster if you don't headshot them.  You can really see the difference with this on the M16, since it shoots in 3 bullet bursts.  If you miss that first burst, with double tap you can get another one off super fast.

Grips are only for some weapons, iirc the shotties and large machine guns.  It helps with recoil so when you shoot it does not aim straight up from kick-back.
11222  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: New 360 owners: Get your free copy of Halo Thrizzle! on: November 18, 2007, 05:09:56 PM
Man they're really going for the kill this season.  Wasn't everyone who bought a 360 going to buy this any way this holiday season?
11223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 17, 2007, 11:02:48 PM

Quote from: disarm on November 17, 2007, 09:31:05 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 17, 2007, 08:27:55 PM

Hey guys, once you get the mark from the bureau do you lose the ability to finish any remaining investigations?  I completed two investigations before I talked to the bureau and he gave me the mark and now I can't find anything but citizens being roughed up and view points to get.  crybaby

i've always made sure to do all the investigations first, but that would make sense.  once you go to the bureau for permission, you're essentially saying that you have all the necessary information to carry out your task.  from that point, you only goal is to kill your mark and escape.

Yeah that ended up being it.  I am worried I just screwed myself on an achievement now.
11224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 17, 2007, 08:27:55 PM
Hey guys, once you get the mark from the bureau do you lose the ability to finish any remaining investigations?  I completed two investigations before I talked to the bureau and he gave me the mark and now I can't find anything but citizens being roughed up and view points to get.  crybaby
11225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GH3: DLC Boss Battle Pack Free on: November 17, 2007, 07:41:10 PM

Quote from: jersoc on November 17, 2007, 06:10:46 PM

Quote from: Greggy_D on November 17, 2007, 04:59:17 PM

This is what drives me nuts about Xbox Live.  You would have NO idea about these free downloads (packs, XBLA, content, etc) unless you see some obscure web posting or see it here.  Why isn't Live smart enough to scream at you when a free pack is available for download?

well, actually the game does flash on the main menu about DLC  icon_lol

Yeah I thought I saw an add for this on one of the blades?
11226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 17, 2007, 04:02:17 PM
Jcc when you first throw all your blades, it tells you to pickpocket thugs to get more.  Maybe you missed it if the UI was off.
11227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 17, 2007, 05:11:00 AM
Ok I just did my second assassination and it was the first one in Jerusalem.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I had no idea it was scripted to not be stealthy and I was annoyed I couldn't sneak up on him.  None-the-less, I caught up to him and jump stabbed him in the neck for some payback.  Onward to Acre!
11228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 16, 2007, 09:22:57 PM
How are you guys dealing with the citizens that are getting roughed up.  It seems like if I target a guard, even if I am miles away, they attack me after a few seconds.  Do you guys get real close and BAM-right in the kisser???
11229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 16, 2007, 05:54:31 PM

Quote from: stimpy on November 16, 2007, 05:16:44 PM

Just starting this.
I like it so far, but have a question.
I'm heading to the tower after the first botched assassination attempt.
Along the way, some of the characters have a "glow" around them.
What does that mean?

The glow has something to do with the type of NPC it is.  In the training session it tells you what white means, vs blue, red, or yellow.   I honestly can't remember now frown
11230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 16, 2007, 04:31:58 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 16, 2007, 04:30:56 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 16, 2007, 04:29:11 PM

Quote from: JCC on November 16, 2007, 04:20:42 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 16, 2007, 03:57:56 PM

those damn guards and their speed limits!!!  icon_mad

I finished Jerusalem (2nd kill) last night and was heading to Acre before calling it a night. I was like "screw the speed limit" so I just galloped full tilt from waypoint to waypoint purposefully reigning chaos on civilians and just killing any guards around when I stopped to do the waypoint. Not exactly stealthily keeping the Creed a secret, but quite a bit of fun! smile

About the guards in the Kingdom...is that why they attack you; because you are not using the blend button when on the horse?  I wondered why when I first went in there they attacked me on sight.

if you move past them on horseback at any pace faster than your blend pace they'll come after you.  it's profiling I tell you!

Damn guards!!  /shakes fist
11231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 16, 2007, 04:29:11 PM

Quote from: JCC on November 16, 2007, 04:20:42 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 16, 2007, 03:57:56 PM

those damn guards and their speed limits!!!  icon_mad

I finished Jerusalem (2nd kill) last night and was heading to Acre before calling it a night. I was like "screw the speed limit" so I just galloped full tilt from waypoint to waypoint purposefully reigning chaos on civilians and just killing any guards around when I stopped to do the waypoint. Not exactly stealthily keeping the Creed a secret, but quite a bit of fun! smile

About the guards in the Kingdom...is that why they attack you; because you are not using the blend button when on the horse?  I wondered why when I first went in there they attacked me on sight.
11232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4 Impressions on: November 16, 2007, 03:56:29 PM

Quote from: skystride on November 16, 2007, 03:51:00 PM

Quote from: Ridah on November 16, 2007, 08:24:20 AM

My single gripe thus far is the fact that you can't lean around corners, it would be a useful feature in so many situations, no idea why it wasn't implemented.

That would probably break the game.  The game is designed to force you to reach checkpoints or face infinite enemies.  But a cover system encourages camping.  I don't think infinite respawns + camping work well together.  I also wish they had finite spawn and a cover system like Vegas.

It took me a bit to figure that out, that they will just keep sending enemies at you until you move.  I don't really like that either.
11233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 16, 2007, 03:35:19 PM
Yeah about the horseback riding.  Is anyone else as confused with the Kingdom hub as I am?  I can barely find my way through it!
11234  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Wii $79.00; PS3 139. Xbox360 99 Vote at Amazon on: November 16, 2007, 03:29:04 PM
Voted for PS3 for a cheap blu-ray player.
11235  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 16/Nov/07 on: November 16, 2007, 03:27:08 PM
COD4 - level 30 now and just fell in love with the M16.

Assassin's Creed - got some killin' to do!
11236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Free XBLA game Carcassonne on: November 16, 2007, 03:26:06 PM
Got this and played for a bit.  I won a ranked match and it didn't give me the achievement  crybaby
11237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 16, 2007, 03:25:32 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 16, 2007, 03:08:46 PM

Quote from: spigot on November 16, 2007, 02:55:47 PM

Anybody figure out a way to get into a city without blending in with scholars? Don't get me wrong, they're always conveniently around when I need to get into the city but I'd prefer to get in all  ninja2-like.


Have you tried creating a distraction?   I don't know if it will work (I went the scholar route) but it's an idea. 

What's this distraction business all about?  Do you just execute someone in close proximity to the guards?
11238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 16, 2007, 03:24:49 PM
I've only finished one assassination, but I got some achievement for doing it all sneaky-like.  Blade in the crowd, or something like that. 

I've gotten a hang of the controls now and I am liking it.  I had some side quest in Jerusalem where I had to collect 18 flags in 3 minutes and it really was neat to run and leap across the roof tops.  I really practiced on controls in the home-base city and found all 20 flags there to get a good grip on the controls and what not.

Combat is much better with counter-kill moves.  I'm looking forward to new combat things as I move along in the game. 

Someone mentioned it earlier, but it's good to go to the start menu after you complete an investigation and read up and view any attachments that may be there.  Neat for people who like to scan everything (a la Metroid Prime).

11239  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4 Impressions on: November 16, 2007, 06:47:19 AM
New favorite weapon is the M16 with ret dot scope.  Man that thing owns.  I kind of like the double tap perk as well  paranoid
11240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4 Impressions on: November 16, 2007, 03:53:26 AM

Quote from: KePoW on November 16, 2007, 01:26:55 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 16, 2007, 12:17:53 AM

I take it back I'm only playing through on Hardened and it's still kicking my ass.  Each mission gets less fun because of the sniping insta-gib baddies. 

just play on Regular man, if it's your first time.  I would never recommend to anyone to start out with Hardened or Veteran

Yep I dropped back down to Regular starting on "Heat".  I'll go back after I've finished up the game.
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