Nice writeup Scraper. One thing you might want to mention is that while it might be considered a "full expansion" it's not priced like one. The pre-release deals were great, but the current $19.99 is still quite low.
Quote from: Wargus on December 31, 2009, 02:41:52 AM
Quote from: Default on December 30, 2009, 08:54:19 PM
<sigh> Bob was cheating on Eve with Alice, so of course she HAD to crack the encryption. Bob is such a cheating bastard.
Was that so wrong?
Other than it isn't funny?
Alice, Bob, and Eve are all standard names used to describe cryptography problems. In every security article or security textbook Eve is always portrayed as an evildoer trying to break Alice and Bob's communications.
I sent a friend an iPod Touch for Christmas. She can't get it to play movies. She buys them on iTunes on her computer and can watch them there, but when she trys to play them on the iPod it says "Cannot play movie."
I'd send her to Apple Tech Support but she's deployed with the US Army and doesn't have easy access to their Tech Support. Any ideas?
Quote from: jersoc on December 26, 2009, 08:24:42 PM
I wouldn't play ME again with ME2 right around the corner. You are absolutely right in how broken the game is gameplay wise and technical wise. ME2 looks much, much improved in all fronts.
I dunno, I'm planning to do another play through of ME1 before ME2 comes out. I haven't played ME1 in quite a while and want to remind myself about how the story goes. While I'm sure they'll make some attempt to catch people up on the story if they haven't played ME1, I can't imagine it will be able to provide them with half the information ME1 players will have had. And for me, I thought the original Mass Effect story was really great, by far the best part of the game, although the characters, and the combat (especially the force powers -- err, I meant biotic powers) was fun too.
As far as Andrew's complaints goes, yeah, they are pretty much spot on. The unexplored planets are by far the weakest part of the game, and the Citadel was badly designed and probably the slowest most boring part of the game after the unexplored planets. It was particularly bad because it slows the tempo of the game right at the start immediately after the "tutorial" section.
Andrew, I'd recommend giving it another try and just skipping all the unexplored planets. You can also probably whip through the Citadel skipping most of the side quests. The other hand designed planets are really great, and there's a terrific story in there.
What, I'm working with Cerberus now? Aren't those the scum bags from the last game that killed all sorts of innocent people and were doing illegal research?
Heh, that was my reaction. How much do you want me to spoil about that? Well, here's info you get in the first 15 minutes of the game. If you chose not to read what I posted about how the game begins, it's also a good idea to skip this spoiler:
Spoiler for Hiden:
After the Normandy SR1 is destroyed and Shepard ejected into space and dies, Cerberus recovers his body and basically rebuilds him, taking 2 years and roughly 4 billion credits to do so. You are definitely Shepard though, The Illusive Man, who runs Cerberus says that Shepard's abilities and knowledge cannot be replicated, and he's the only one that can save humanity.
Apparently Cerberus really is an offshoot of the Alliance black ops, and it's very pro-humanity, but in a kind of fascist, ruthless, power hungry renegade way. Anything to further the human agenda and put us at the top of the galaxy's power structure... anything.
Well turns out humans and entire human colonies are disappearing all over the Galaxy, no one knows why and the Alliance can't handle it. Illusive Man thinks it's the work of the Reapers, and asks Shepard to investigate it. To help in this matter, Cerberus gives Shepard a new ship, the Normandy SR2. Shepard, with little else to do and a whole lot of resources from Cerberus behind him, goes to investigate.
Of course, that's just the beginning, I'm sure that if you pursue it, you can definitely make Cerberus answer for its crimes.
Uggh. I can't say I'm too excited about that. I wonder if this was planned from the beginning (when they wrote ME1) or if they had a directive from EA to make the game "edgier."
Spoiler for Hiden:
I can't say working with Cerebus is something my paragon Shepherd would have wanted to do, but I suppose with the fate of the galaxy on the line, Shepherd will do what needs to be done.
Doesn't this basically mean you're working with the Nazi's though? The "Ends-Justify-the-Means" type people who were ready to kill our own soldiers, perform experiments on people, and do anything they wanted in order to increase their power? Ugh, ugh, ugh.
Well I'm glad I read your spoiler Turtle. Better to be forewarned and set my expectations appropriately.
Quote from: Turtle on December 20, 2009, 03:56:21 AM
The bonus for reaching level 60 will be significant, no word on exactly what though, but you'll really notice it. There is some hints that it won't make the game easier, but will definitely reward "hardcore" players in a way they'd like.
Thanks for the updates Turtle. I guess I'm going to have to go for another play through and boost my level 59 Shepherd up to level 60.
Quote from: Chaz on December 18, 2009, 07:14:53 PM
Is there anywhere to get the books for a decent price? I have a hard time paying MSRP, but I can't find them besides at the OOTS site, and they're damn expensive there.
You can get "Scratch and Dent" copies of most of the OOTS books for $10 off, which as far as I can tell are books that somehow didn't pass quality control. Doesn't look like there are "Scratch and Dent" copies of the new book available yet.
About Scratch & Dent Books: This is a "scratch & dent" product. That means that it has minor cosmetic damage (such as dings, spots, scratches, or dents), usually on the cover or title page. All scratch & dent books are still perfectly readable, however, and the binding is just as sturdy as pristine copies. We offer our damaged books at a lower price so that readers who don't care about the way they look can enjoy a bargain on a product we couldn't sell otherwise. Please note, however, that all scratch & dent sales are final.
Quote from: Gratch on December 12, 2009, 06:03:48 PM
Civ III over Civ IV?
Yeah that was definitely a WTF for me. I know there are people that really like Civ2, and I personally liked Civ3, although I know many did not. But I just can't see picking Civ3 over Civ4, which IMO is the best of the series. All I can think of is the people making the list are non-PC players and maybe never even played Civ4. Are there any other PC games on the list other than #7. Diablo II?
Quote from: The Grue on December 17, 2009, 06:33:52 PM
I have three systems I could buy downloadable games on and yet I don't buy any because I tend not to have time to play all of the awesome disc-based games I own and so I am certainly not going to make time for these smaller games.
I take the opposite approach. When time is short and I'm busy with work, I'm far more likely to play an XBox Live game. They're less involved and less complicated, so they're easier to get into on a short time schedule. I'm more likely to play regular games after I've been pushing at work, made some major deadlines, and then things slow down and I have more free time at home.
Quote from: Chaz on December 17, 2009, 05:33:17 AM
Except for a mattress. You do not want a used mattress. Or even a used futon pad. Basically, there's all kinds of things that could be living in either of those. You don't want to find out that your new bedding came with a bonus case of lice or worse, and you definitely don't want to turn on a black light and play the "is that semen, urine, or blood?" game. Get a mattress new, everything else used.
Yep. Our University housing office says in some cases they have tracked bed bug infestations based on movement of sofas and mattresses across campus. You do not want bed bugs. They are very nasty and hard to get rid off, and used mattresses and sofas are a primary source.
Quote from: Turtle on December 16, 2009, 05:38:49 PM
Almost done here. Just have Virmire left and I'm looking through the guide for any side quests I missed.
One of the reasons why I went back to replay this fourth time was on my second paragon play through (to recreate my paragon game from my 360 play through) I didn't pick the Colonist background, as such I didn't get the personal side-mission that I'd wanted. This time around I did, and the Colonist's personal side-mission is a very short, heart-breaking mission dealing with a woman named Talitha.
Interesting. So have you done all three (I'm assuming it's three) background missions? I remember running into the Spacer background mission, but don't remember if I managed to finish it. All I remember of it was (*** minor spoiler ***) getting to call my mom who was serving on some space cruiser. That part was kind of cool. It made Shepherd feel more like a real person, with parents and everything.
Are all the background missions found on the Citadel? I seem to recall the Spacer background mission was awful easy to miss. IIRC it was triggered by some random guy sitting in one of the Citadel corridors. I don't think he's there on the initial Citadel visit either (although he might have been, and I just missed him).
Quote from: Turtle on December 16, 2009, 10:30:24 AM
It's a single player game and I've already played it twice before, I think I've earned it. The PC version still has achievements and recognizes the saves despite that, which is good since ME1 can get really tedious.
I'm up to 830/1200 Gamerpoints. I'm mostly missing the Tech Ability achievements and four of the six NPC Ally achievements. I've had vague thoughts of finishing them up, but then I realize that getting the Ally achievements would probably require me to muck around with the Mako on unexplored planets, and that does indeed sound rather "tedious."
I might give it another run through right before ME2 comes out and just do a straight shot through the story planets, remind myself about the universe and the plot points, and try to hit level 60.
Quote from: Turtle on December 12, 2009, 10:05:26 PM
I'll likely be getting my character to level 60 in this latest run through. Sadly, I will probably using PC cheats to get to 60 because I'm not going to do 2 complete run throughs.
It takes a huge amount of experience to get up to level 60. I've played a character through twice and that only got me to 59, and IIRC based on the amount of XP needed to get from 59 to 60 it will take almost another half play through to get to 60.
Quote from: Teggy on October 10, 2009, 04:52:38 PM
There was only one thing I wasn't clear on and I probably just missed it.
Spoiler for Hiden:
How did Saren first come in contact with the Reaper? What actually set the whole chain of events in motion?
IIRC that is actually covered in the Mass Effect novel that came out before the game. The novel covers events which precede the game by about 25 years. The novel is pretty meh. It's not horrid, but is not particularly good either. I do not recommend reading it.
Quote from: marcusjm on October 04, 2009, 08:01:29 PM
I don't want to play this until it's at least semi-ready so I have one question to those with the beta. Do you get any kind of MOM feel from this game? Or does it feel more like AOW 1/2? Or even HOMM.
Even if we don't get a formal preview It would be cool to read what the initial thoughts are.
Mostly it's way to early to tell. It's definitely not a HoMM type game though. I view HoMM as tending toward the puzzle-ly, with different scenarios having their maps setup to force you to do one thing or another. This is much more a Civ type game (like MoM) with completely random generated maps.
Quote from: El-Producto on October 04, 2009, 12:17:23 PM
Argh. This is the first time, I've ever been totally torn as to which platform to buy this on. I'm leaning towards 360, just because I love couch gaming... but I have a new PC that will make it look pretty.
Any comparison charts out there comparing the two versions?
I've been buying more and more of my games on the console (less hassle, playing on the couch, and prefer console controller for action games), but I'm planning to get this one on the PC. For me the main difference is that the PC version allows me to pull out to full zoom and give commands to my party members. Since as mentioned by Disarm and Sarkus the console version does not allow you to pull out to a 3/4 aka isometric viewpoint, I'm definitely going to go PC for this one.
I'll probably pick them up. I enjoyed Fantasy Wars and Elven Legacy, and the $9.99 price tag is quite reasonable. I am kind of curious about the strategy of piling on the expansions at a one-per-month rate though. Are they trying to get these out while gearing up for a sequel behind the scenes? Otherwise it just seems like it makes more sense to spread these out.
Quote from: Roguetad on September 21, 2009, 05:01:19 PM
Sounds good...but I would also like to see another race get a campaign at some point. As one of the few people that really liked the meta-map campaign style of Dark Crusade, with different scripted maps and stories for each faction, I would really like to see that in a future expansion too. I got a ton of value out of that format playing DC.
I really like the DC meta-map campaign as well. I thought DC was well received, at least it got decent review scores (Game Rankings says 87% over 38 professional reviews). Did the player base not like the Risk Style DC map? I assume DC sales must have been okay -- at least good enough to justify the Soulstorm expansion which came after it.
Quote from: Blackjack on September 11, 2009, 08:46:52 PM
Checkers. I've heard it's best turn-based game ever!!!
Although I own the original Combat Mission, I despise it because Big Time deserted their lesser known titles (Flight Commander, Over the Reich, Achtung Spitfire!), and I'm still foundering for a way to run those in the post Windows 98 era.
I would still play my copies of People's General, Panzer General, Allied General etc. if I could get them to run. Maybe GoG can come to my rescue some day.
I loved the Big Time flight games. I was always sad they never did the Pacific game they where planning on.
While I've never gotten the Big Time Software games to run, post Windows 98, I have gotten the Windows version of Panzer General and Allied General to run on Windows XP. Just tried it on Vista though and the installer doesn't seem to happy with me
Quote from: Turtle on September 14, 2009, 01:26:09 AM
Look, all of us CRPG fans are going to get it eventually, be honest with yourself, taking a look at the origin story previews, you know you're going to get it, especially after every review praises how big the game is and the interesting choices and gameplay decisions you make.
Who they need to convince to buy, even if it is through "EXTREEEEEME" marketing style is the Halo and Madden crowd. And such marketing schemes have worked for that crowd before.
Oh sure, I'm definitely going to get Dragon Age eventually. For me the decision isn't whether I'm going to get Alpha Protocol or Dragon Age, it's which one am I going to get first. They're released close enough together that I might not get the second one until it's been price cut, depending on how lengthy Alpha Protocol is, what else is released in the time period, and how well Alpha Protocol fulfills my RPG desires for the month/quarter/year.
You might be right about the marketing. Unfortunately though, if the marketing works, the games will shift in that direction, not just with the marketing but with what they're really like. Consider Prince of Persia: Warrior Within for example. They tried to go all edgy with it, AIUI it didn't sell all that well, so they returned to a more traditional Prince. If it had done well, I'm sure we'd be seeing only annoying edgy, goth Prince of Persia's from here on out.
I'm a big Bioware fan and am cautiously looking forward to Dragon Age too. But the Dragon Age marketing campaign has me concerned -- seems like they're working hard to paint the game as very juvenile, with buckets of blood and sex, and making it seem as edgy as possible. We'll have to see if that's what the game is like, or if it's just marketing.
Besides, there is no shortage of medieval fantasy RPGs. I'm looking forward to trying something with a different background. Modern Spy sounds potentially like a lot of fun.
Quote from: CeeKay on September 01, 2009, 11:37:25 PM
son of a bitch... I went to upgrade my regular edition pre-order at Gamestop to the CE, and they're not taking any more pre-orders for the CE. I may end up going through amazon for it now.
That might not be a good idea if you want the game right when it comes out. AIUI Amazon is no longer guaranteeing that pre-orders will be shipped when the game is released. I can confirm that I put in two orders as gifts for "Professor Layton and the Diabolical Machine." One order went in August 13 and one August 16th. The game was actually released August 24th. One of my preorders was shipped on the 26th, the other one was shipped on August 30th, almost a week after the official release date. I also noticed that my August 16th preorder was shipped out before my August 13 preorder, so it doesn't even look like ordering it earlier means you'll be at the top of the shipping list, although the August 16th preorder went to an APO address, so maybe somehow that got priority.
Beta is about to start. Join now or wait until next year -- the beta program will be closed shortly after it starts and won't reopen until 2010. Stardock has been trying to downplay expectations on the beta emphasizing that this is a real working beta (not the product demo beta some companies do) and that it will "NOT be fun." Close in graphics engine will be disabled (leaving just the cloth map, if I understand correctly), which will allow them to quickly add and remove structures based on suggestions without committing a lot of artist resources for creating 3d models.
Brad Wardell says preorders will start processing for the beta next week.
Quote from: Scraper on September 04, 2009, 03:07:14 PM
My guess is that they will do northern mirkwood and the wood elves next, maybe even some of the lonely mountain, then the next major update will be Rohan and Minas Tirith.
I think the smart move is to move to northern Mirkwood and the Lonely Mountain timed with the Hobbit movie. Since that's currently slated to come out in 2011, I think they'll delay moving north for a while.
The way I think it works is that kill deeds in general don't count grey mobs. However, if you're asked to kill mobs in a specific region (such as "kill 50 neekerbreekers in Bree-lands"), you'll get credit for killing greys.
My understanding is weapon/skill deeds don't advance on grey mobs, but kill deeds do. In other words, if you've got a deed that says kill 120 trolls in the trollshaws, you can kill them for credit even if you're level 60. (I know this works, because I did it as 60). On the other hand, if you've got a deed that says, use the Darkness before Dawn skill 100 times, these don't count unless the mob you're using it on is at least green.
I enjoyed LoM and played it quite a bit when it came out. Never managed to beat it although I'm sure I played through a good 15 times. That Balkoth guy was too tough, I could beat the other players, but not Chaos. Not sure how well it would hold up though, I assume the graphics will look horrible.
I played a bunch of Master of Magic recently too. If you can get past the 320x240 graphics, it's still a solid game.
new video, or so they say. I can't get the site to load properly at work.
Here is an HD version of the trailer. Also there's about 12 minutes of Alpha Protocol interviews and footage in this week's GameTrailer's TV. Unfortunately it's interspersed with a variety of other stuff. They'll talk about Alpha Protocol for about 2 minutes then switch to another subject, then switch back to Alpha Protocol.
I liked the Imperial War Museum. The Tower of London is fun too.
I liked the Buckingham Palace tour. My friend that was with me says that she was surprised at how much she enjoyed visiting the Palace and that it's now on her highly recommended list. IIRC the Palace is only open to the public one month out of the year generally at the end of Summer.
I really enjoyed going out to Portsmouth to see the HMS Victory, probably because I've read too much Patrick O'Brian and C. S. Forester -- it's at least a half-day trip though.
Daehawk what race are you playing? Some of the races start slower than others. SM for example starts slower than Orks or Tyranids, so both can chase you off the map pretty easily. An Ork or Tyranid player has much cheaper units so it's not unusual for them to outnumber you two for one, and except under certain circumstances (a well placed Heavy Bolter, for example) you can't stand against them, so you'll need to retreat back to base and try to cap another area until you've built your strength.
Personally I find the 3v3 much more enjoyable. I'll probably be online sometime this afternoon if you want to team up -- "Dejin" on GfWL.
[Edit] You could also post a replay and we could try to give you some pointers.
Quote from: Autistic Angel on March 03, 2009, 05:57:35 PM
Speaking of multiplayer, Dawn of War II's matching service is either suffering a dearth of activity, or it's ludicrously inefficient. There have been a couple times now where I've gone searching for a 6-player team game to join, and it would hunt for ten minutes before I'd give up and go play a couple campaign missions instead. I sure hope things improve fast, or this game is going to have an awfully short online lifespan....
Matchmaking during the Beta would sometimes take quite a while. Until this past weekend, I generally found games quite quickly in the release version. However, something happened this weekend that slowed down matchmaking quite a bit. No idea what change occurred (maybe I just got lucky before), but I had a few long waits for matchmaking 3v3 this weekend. Usually I would say I got a game in 3-4 minutes, but there were a few times where it took 2-3 times longer. I ended up reading a book while listening for the ticking game startup timer, to alert me that a game was about to startup. I really wish there was a way to continue using the computer while waiting for a game -- there is kind of a crippled web browser available in the Steam overlay, but it can't access my bookmarks
Quote from: Turtle on March 03, 2009, 06:31:17 PM
GFWL is actually suffering due to DoW2's popularity, they had to post a message saying they're upgrading GFWL soon to help with it.
Well hopefully that will take care of it.
Quote from: Turtle on March 03, 2009, 06:31:17 PM
There's a group of regulars from here and OO. You can see us playing a game at any point in the night.
And in my case Turtle really means at any point in the night -- I think there were a few times this past weekend where I was playing 3v3 pickup until almost 6am
Some folks at Qt3 have been talking about getting some friendly 3v3 custom games going. I think the idea is we'll get at least six people and then play a bunch of games against each other mixing up the teams and races in order to keep everything balanced and interesting. Anyone interested? This might be a particularly good opportunity for newbies to play in a friendly unranked environment.
Unfortunately we talked about it earlier this week and didn't set a date/time. I've got one other Qt3 guy lined up for 7pm Pacific Time tonight and am waiting to hear from others. I'm also free tomorrow or Sunday probably 3pm Pacific or later.