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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 2/3/12 on: February 06, 2012, 04:23:23 PM
Managed to get my PC working again so I fired up Mass Effect on steam. Not bad overall. I can't stand the combat in it but I like the universe and appreciate the really hard sci-fi nature. Planning on plowing through this and Mass Effect 2 this spring and continue to cull my steam backlog now that my 360 backlog is finished.
82  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Disk Boot Failure on Win7 on: January 30, 2012, 05:04:33 AM
OK so I ran the memtest today and it came back clean. I let it run for six hours this afternoon, it ran 10 tests, and all came back with a passing grade. So now I'm baffled. I can still try to pull one stick of memory then test, then pull the other, etc. but if the mem sticks are fine, I'm beginning to worry if it isn't my motherboard and/or processor. A few months back I swapped out the mobo battery just because I figured that might be it, but it never made a lick of difference.

83  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Laptop vs. PC on: January 20, 2012, 08:13:12 PM
Such as?
84  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Laptop vs. PC on: January 20, 2012, 05:57:01 PM
Alright guys I'm seriously debating whether to shelve my old PC and just get a top line laptop. I primarily write and game on my machine but I'm sick of upgrading and tweaking my rigs. Maybe I'm just getting old. Either way, I'm looking for thoughts from people who use their laptops for gaming. Screensize isn't an issue as I'll plug it into my current monitor. Thanks.
85  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Disk Boot Failure on Win7 on: January 18, 2012, 03:48:42 AM
So this is what happens when you have a work laptop, three months filled with non-stop birthday parties, holidays, and crushing work schedules - you completely ignore your home computer and let it sit under your desk gathering dust. Fired it up tonight after all this time and here's what happened:

Bad checksum error - probably due to lack of use for several months. Hit enter and went straight into Windows. The desktop appeared along with my icons but the tray items in the bottom right did not appear. Also, to Vidiot's point, the HD makes a normal sound of fans whirring when it works as advertised. Such was not the case tonight. The only whirring came from my case fan and that's it. I was able to open a single folder before the machine froze and crashed out to the DOS screen with the aforementioned disk boot failure message.

My time is limited again at night this week but I have a free Saturday afternoon with everyone out of the house for a few hours. I'll run the memtest then if it will allow me to do so. Additional testing to follow though I suspect it's simply a bad drive. If that's the case, it's going to piss me off but it's a relatively cheap fix.
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 1/6/12 on: January 06, 2012, 06:16:45 PM
Planning on wrapping the storyline for Saints Row 3 this weekend. I absolutely love the insanity of it all. If I finish it up I'm also going to fire up LEGO Star Wars: The Clone Wars and see how that goes

Overall there's not a lot of games in 2012 that I'm interested in which is actually a good thing. It'll let me replay some from 2011 that I loved like Dead Island.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saints Row the Third on: January 04, 2012, 05:55:52 AM
I have tears streaming down my face. The mission is http://deckers.die or something like that. After a lot of combat you enter a VR world. Hilarity ensues. But after more combat, one of the most inspired bits of comedy I've seen in a long while occurs. My character's voice is the male angry Brit and his frustrations and eventual tantrum when you screw up is causing me to laugh so hard I'm crying. This rules.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saints Row the Third on: January 03, 2012, 03:44:10 PM
Holy crap is this game fun. I've been having an absolute blast terrorizing the good citizens of Steelport. Also the humor is killing me. I just about lose it everytime Zemos speaks (you know why) and the tiger mission had me howling. I had to pause it because everytime the tiger would swipe my guy I'd almost fall out of my chair from laughing so hard. "A F$&@ING TIGER?!?!?" LOL. Oh and the character creation is unreal. Next playthrough I'm going as ridiculous as possible. Right now that's limited to giving my character jet black eyes (which is just freaky as crap in the cinematics).
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games Finished 2012 -Console and PC Games on: January 03, 2012, 01:04:29 AM

Saint's Row The Third (Xbox 360)
LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (Xbox 360)
Mass Effect (PC)
Dead Space 2 (PC)
Half-Life 2 (PC)
Half-Life 2: Episode One (PC)
Portal 2 (PC)
Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PC)
Torchlight (PC)
Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY (PC)
Batman: Arkham City (PC)
LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 (Xbox 360)
Borderlands GOTY (PC)
Borderlands 2 (Xbox 360)

This space for rent.
90  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / AssCreed Rev (360) For Your Saints Row 3? on: December 13, 2011, 11:42:28 PM
Looking to pick up SR3. Would this trade work for you? Thanks.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 12/9/11 on: December 09, 2011, 09:39:06 PM
AC:R. Trying to wrap that up so I can go back to Batman and Dead Island.
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Minecraft on: November 19, 2011, 10:47:19 PM
LOL. That's awesome.
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: November 17, 2011, 05:10:46 AM
The first two seasons of Warehouse 13 are up and I've absolutely fallen in love with this show. It's hilarious, and a supernatural treasure hunt each week with a funnier version of Mulder & Scully is just what I was looking for. I wish there was more of an overall threat in the first season (three eps does not an archnemesis make) but it's a really fun show to watch.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New COD and AC out next year,Saints Row 4 also happening on: November 09, 2011, 07:01:03 PM

Quote from: EddieA on November 09, 2011, 12:37:56 PM

I'm assuming they mean the 2012 game will be something completely new, with a new protagonist and setting.

This. Revelations is supposed to be the end of Ezio's story so either the future guy or another protagonist will take the lead. I sincerely hope the lead is as strong a character as Ezio because this series has benefited immensely from him being the star. Character matters.
95  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: November 09, 2011, 06:57:54 PM
Everytime I come into this thread I lose money. Stop it.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/4/11 on: November 06, 2011, 01:28:28 AM
I've been working all day today at the office so ode the little one is down it's either Batman or Dead Island. Probably Batman though Dead Island is still so damn much fun that it's really tempting me.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: November 02, 2011, 10:11:41 PM
Watched the trailer and have absolutely no interest in this. Zero.
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman:Arkham City due this October! on: October 31, 2011, 03:01:34 AM
Finished it as well this weekend and AA was much, much better. Tighter and more focused overall. There's a lot to love here and I do feel that the combat offers more options here. But the story wasn't that great and the game overall feels like a monster mash or a greatest hits package. I seriously enjoyed Arkham City and I'm going through finishing off side quests and stuff though. I got a heck of a lot of fun out of AC and I can't wait to get into all the challenges.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman:Arkham City due this October! on: October 27, 2011, 02:42:46 PM
Oh hai Catwoman, almost forgot you were in the game.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman:Arkham City due this October! on: October 23, 2011, 06:26:31 PM
Actually the big guy in the basement took me a while too until I realized what to do. Then it was a five minute fight. That one's deceptive. Actually the one I hated the most was in the Chamber of the Demon (you'll know when you're there) because it's a forced flying mission. That was when I realized how much I sucked at dive bombing so it forced me to get the timing right on it. After that sequence flying has been less of an issue.

Overall after about 12 hours of play, I'm in love. The learning curve is way steep and they don't necessarily hold your hand from the start. The result is disorientation ala my earlier post. The distractions are still overwhelming in number, but if you focus on the story then you can focus on the story and that's that. Didn't get that at first but I totally get it now.  Playing through again on New Game+ is going to pwn. I haven't done the challenge maps yet but I waited to do those in the first game and I'll wait this time.

The number of characters in this is just insane, for the record. But I'm jonsing to play it right now because it's just so damn much fun.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman:Arkham City due this October! on: October 19, 2011, 09:42:00 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 19, 2011, 09:05:31 PM

Pete, the head of Arkham is now the mayor of Gotham and it's three months and change later. Aside from that and multiple references to the overall plot of the original (Titan drug), you're good to go picking this up.

I think the Joker said 6 months.

And you're trusting the Joker over me why?
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman:Arkham City due this October! on: October 19, 2011, 08:43:53 PM
Pete, the head of Arkham is now the mayor of Gotham and it's three months and change later. Aside from that and multiple references to the overall plot of the original (Titan drug), you're good to go picking this up.

I'm slowly getting back into the cobat routine and increasing my skills. It's absolutely vital to up your melee defense right from the start so you can last longer. Bullets can wait, but melee is important. I've also upped the critical hits skills and now I'm just wailing on the criminals. Overall, I'm enjoying the heck out of it.


The go anywhere aspect is, surprisingly, not well suited to this story. Part of the greatness of Arkham Asylum was the go anywhere aspect because it was confined to a limited space. Blow that up to the size of this game and you lose one of AA's greatest strengths - focus. You always knew where you were going and what you had to do. Beating criminals to a pulp while en route to your goals was icing on the cake. But in AC, if you want to chase down Zasz you can do that. Oh look, Riddler prize! Hey, what's that over there? WHEEEEE!!! It's a case of focus versus a case of ADD. Again, I'm really liking AC but the mass expansion is, ironically, not working in its favor.

Also, a guy online calling himself Film Crit Hulk (great in character film writer) did a scathing critique of the gross sexism in the game. I have to agree with him and I guess the other game journos are so numbed to that aspect of gaming that they just ignored it. But Hulk made several good points, namely that this was nowhere to be found in AA but it's everywhere in AC. What's the point?

Regardless, I'm enjoying the game for the most part but not grabbing me quite the way AA did.
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/17) on: October 17, 2011, 09:24:32 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 17, 2011, 08:12:46 AM

on 360

104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Console version of Crysis is now available for purchase and download! on: October 06, 2011, 03:49:45 PM
Played through both games Pete. Crysis 2 is a basic on the rails shooter with some cool atmospherics whereas Crysis allows for far more improvising on the fly. It's more fun too overall.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 05, 2011, 01:40:43 PM

Quote from: ScubaV on October 05, 2011, 01:52:49 AM

106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Console version of Crysis is now available for purchase and download! on: October 05, 2011, 01:38:23 PM
I agree with Tilt. The Delta difficulty is just awesome on several levels. Also Crysis is far more focused than Far Cry 2 was. I loooooooved Far Cry 2 but you could go just about anywhere in it and do something. Crysis does confine you to specific areas that open up as the story advances. For example, you can't get to where the tanks are right at the start. I'm seriously thinking about DLing this now.
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Ken Burns Prohibition starts tonight on: October 04, 2011, 01:18:36 AM
My dad and I got the chance to see and hear Ken Burns last month when he came to town promoting this. We heard some insights into his process as well as a lot of golden stories of the era. The tale of the Washingtonians alone is going to knock you guys out. Also the punchline on what happened to the lady who actually enforced Prohibition is a howler.
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 9-30-11 on: September 30, 2011, 09:38:30 PM
I may have a solid amount of free time tonight so I'm going to try to light up the last section or so of Dead Island. Wound up in an impromptu game with three others about two nights ago and we blew through so many quests I didn't even know where I was at by the time we finished. We had soooo much fun it was ridiculous. Still totally loving on this game and it will absolutely be the only thing I play between now and Arkham City... which its the week after I come back from a long vacation to the east coast. Booyah.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 9-23-2011 on: September 24, 2011, 03:21:17 AM
Pretty much playing Dead Island until Arkham City hits.
110  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Disk Boot Failure on Win7 on: September 21, 2011, 02:23:05 AM
Alright so my PC has started crashing lately. Boots up fine and I get to the desktop no worries. Then a black screen with the normal startup text only this time it says Disk Boot Failure. Please insert system disk and press enter. WTF?
111  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Dead Island 360 Co-Op on: September 20, 2011, 02:01:06 AM
Who's down for some zombie slaying on 360? If you're on, join me. My mic doesn't work so I'm not being rude or ignoring you.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Max Payne 3 Announced on: September 18, 2011, 03:59:03 AM
Ok, so the first two were great and this one is... a rip-off of Man on Fire?
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Dead Island on: September 15, 2011, 08:21:55 PM
A couple of missions are like that. For example, Nolan wants two gas cans from the southern station. You don't have to fill them up, just pick them up and you're GTG. Didn't realize that at first.
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Dead Island on: September 12, 2011, 02:27:23 AM
I agree that this was rushed. It's like it was 75 to 80% of the way there (maybe even 85%) but they had to get it out because people were demanding it based on that trailer. The trailer was so freaking good that people had to play the game right now. I think if they'd held the trailer until just before E3 (or released it during) then they'd still have enough of a window to push the release to this coming February or even March. I think then the game would be mush stronger and tighter as a result.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA & Starbreeze present Syndicate on: September 12, 2011, 01:32:55 AM
Oddly, I have less of a problem with this is they do go the Deus Ex route. But if they go the God of War route FPS-style then yeah, fail. But if the main character has ballpoint pens strapped to his arms that he swirls around and kills people with while screaming "ACQUIRE!" I think I'd love it.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Dead Island on: September 12, 2011, 01:29:42 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 11, 2011, 05:22:22 PM

Has anyone started over to try a different build?  I'm playing with Xian, but I think my build sucks.  Is there a way to reset talents?

I'm playing the rapper guy and no there is no respec option. I'm fine with the skills I've chosen thus far, and just got the option to death-stomp zombies when they're on the ground. You aim for the head and crush it with a stomp and it RULES. Also, there's no shortage of blunt instruments around which are this guy's specialty and beating a zombie to death with a shovel is just awesome. But it WAS great throwing a sickle into a zombie's face, then as the zombie charged me again I ripped the sickle out and decapitated him with it.

Yeah, I'm going to be playing this one for a loooooong time. smile
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Dead Island on: September 11, 2011, 02:03:21 AM
You're completing challenges and achievements for starters. For others, it costs money to repair your equipment, not to mention upgrade and enhance things. Completing quests nets you way more cash, and every so often if you really look for them you can find cash registers with a couple hundred in them. Should be fine for everything, though I have no idea how expensive the bigger upgrades are later in the game.

Personally, I'm just having too much fun exploring and hunting for people to rescue while dodging zombies. But I find it interesting that as the rapper (heavy, blunt weapons) I can spam the kick move and take out a group of zombies without much effort. It may take longer but it a) doesn't draw from your stamina which is an odd choice, and b) saves wear/tear on your weapons for when you need them (thugs for example).

It's an interesting game. Some wonky design moves, not a lot of ways to guide you, some glaring bugs (see above), but overall I really like the immersion and the atmosphere. Everyone in the game feels appropriately desperate, several are trapped and need help, and you never know when a zombie is going to attack from behind. The addition of the weapon mods and degradation demand a cautious strategy, and I'm not even close to going into the city yet. The game may lose steam after a while but for right now I'm totally digging it.

FYI - If you haven't already solved it, the guy who needs "just one more bottle of alcohol" in the center of the bungalos takes like 15 bottles and the game never tells you that. Something to consider - he is a raging alcoholic. slywink
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Dead Island on: September 10, 2011, 07:04:00 PM
I also don't like how it's tough to find the people who call in on the radios. Then again that may just be because so many games have coddled us for so long that I can no longer think for myself and work the problem intelligently. Hold my hand dammit!!!!
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Dead Island on: September 10, 2011, 07:02:49 PM
Alright slight problem. In the early going you can go down some sets of stairs to restrooms. When you try to come back up you hit an invisible wall and can't climb out. The only way I've found around that is to go right up to where the "wall" is then crouch and try to force your way up. Grrr.
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 9/09/11 - Ten years gone on: September 09, 2011, 02:57:47 PM
Planning on really focusing on Dead Island tonight. After raiding luggage for an hour like a TSA agent I moved on and explored some. I really want to devote three or four hours in a row to it. It seems like Dead Rising combined with Fallout only wonkier.
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