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UnderSpaced
Finally! I beat Guitar Hero III on expert!!! biggrin.gif After not playing the game for about a month, I picked it up again and beat Raining Blood in about 5 tries. Lou battle wasn't that hard. I feel so accomplished.
Omniscia
Nice going, man! I'm not quite there yet myself, but someday...
UnderSpaced
QUOTE (Omniscia @ Aug 16 2008, 12:46 AM)
Nice going, man! I'm not quite there yet myself, but someday...
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Thanks. Next goal is to beat Through the Fire and Flames. Can only manage to get 76% on practice mode. I can't get past the intro.

Also completed Devil May Cry and Devil May Cry 2. Fun games.
The first one was hard, but the second was pathetically easy. The final boss in DMC2 consisted of me shooting at it while standing still. DMC3 seems to be on the difficulty level of the first game though. Can't wait to get the 4th one.
Nonus Aequilibrium
QUOTE (UnderSpaced @ Aug 16 2008, 07:40 AM)
Thanks. Next goal is to beat Through the Fire and Flames. Can only manage to get 76% on practice mode. I can't get past the intro.
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This might sound stupid, but try it with the hyperspeed (about level 2 or 3) cheat turned on. I actually found it slightly easier with the notes more spread out. Oh and there's 3 more dragonforce songs coming out next week so that should keep you going tongue.gif.

As for Rock Band, I completed that on expert in less than 2 evenings. Unless you get some of the download tracks it's barely a challenge at all. Only 3 songs on the entire solo career took me more than one attempt to complete, and even those three I completed on the second go. At least drums are hard. But I do imagine a real drummer would find it piss easy, because it's far more similar to the real thing than the guitar part of the game. Very few of the songs are bands with decent drummers, pretty much Iron Maiden, The Who, Rush are the only decent drummers in the solo career. However, it's a different story if you get the DLC packs, Machine Head, Devildriver, Dream Theater, At The Gates etc.
Atara
Not really, in fact from folks I know who drum they found the opposite. My brothers old drummer Daz, who is bloody amazing, found it really hard to get used to because the set up is so utterly different to how any drum kit is arranged. So it took a long time for him to adjust to how Rock Band requires you to play.
UnderSpaced
QUOTE (Nonus Aequilibrium @ Aug 16 2008, 07:18 AM)
Oh and there's 3 more dragonforce songs coming out next week so that should keep you going tongue.gif.
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I have it on the Wii, so no extra dragonforce for me. sad.gif
fatseff1234
QUOTE (maian @ Aug 11 2008, 09:56 PM)
Or, it's one of the greatest games ever made. You pays your money, you takes your chances.
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'Tis the greatest game of last generation anyway. This generation, so far? Dead Rising. Frank West = LEGEND!!!

I've recently played through FEAR and started pissing about on Oblivion some more. (I got up to the quest where you have to shut down all the oblivion gates to get aid for Bruma and couldn't be fucked.) Mindst you it did take me 40 odd hours to get to that point.

I now only have to one Oblivion gate left and I'm looking forward to kicking some daedra arse. The Imperial City can go fuck themselves, I hope an Oblivion Gate opens right inside the Citadel.
sweetbutinsane
Is the first main quest on Oblivion (the one where you go through the gate thing and have to rescue a soldier's friend or something) supposed to be hard, or am I just bad at it? I still don't dare go on it this time around after what happened on my first attempt. laugh.gif
Nonus Aequilibrium
QUOTE (Atara @ Aug 16 2008, 05:27 PM)
Not really, in fact from folks I know who drum they found the opposite. My brothers old drummer Daz, who is bloody amazing,  found it really hard to get used to because the set up is so utterly different to how any drum kit is arranged. So it took a long time for him to adjust to how Rock Band requires you to play.
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There's a load of videos some guy did on youtube of him playing just about every song at 100% on expert, he was a real drummer and apparently he'd barely had to even practice.
Omniscia
Well, that's it for the solo guitar tour on Hard. Five-starred all but three or four tracks, and on the first try, too... Only one gave me much in the way of trouble, and that was Molly Hatchet's "Flirting With Disaster."

I think I actually chalked up a better record in Hard than I did in Medium.
frostitute
Expert is easy in Rock Band, but the last solo in Highway Star completely ruins me... it's like, wtf

I think I have 3 songs to do on that
Atara
QUOTE (Nonus Aequilibrium @ Aug 17 2008, 12:26 AM)
There's a load of videos some guy did on youtube of him playing just about every song at 100% on expert, he was a real drummer and apparently he'd barely had to even practice.
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Chances are some people find it easy from the offset and some don't. As I said, Daz and a couple other drummer mates found it really odd at first because of the set up and a few other things. I think the general game itself was weird for him too as he had not played Guitar Hero or any of the computer drum simulators in the past so was totally new to the format of the game.

I find quite a few of the kits on youtube that are being played on expert have been modified in some way too, even if it is just the sock mod. Alot of people have a different bass pedal too. Luckyyyy!
zeden
QUOTE (sweetbutinsane @ Aug 16 2008, 07:45 PM)
Is the first main quest on Oblivion (the one where you go through the gate thing and have to rescue a soldier's friend or something) supposed to be hard, or am I just bad at it? I still don't dare go on it this time around after what happened on my first attempt. laugh.gif
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It all depends on what kind of character you're using really.
I'd expect a pure mage to have a hard time purely because the spells you'd have at the start are pretty rubbish.
A pure fighter should probably breeze it provided your equipment is up to scratch.
If you've got conjuration above 25 (I think), save up a bit of money and buy summon scamp from the Imperial city. It's surprisingly strong, even later in the game, and soaks a decent amount of damage before dying.
Aside from that, take it slow. Rest every time you're down on health and short on magic or potions.
In the Oblivion gates you can, by and large run the whole way and not fight at all. That is apart from the first one where you have to kill one guy who has a key. As they tend to drag on after you've done a couple I found this method of pretty much skipping them helpful.

My current, and only character, is a Breton with sword and armor skills so I can do a bit of everything. I did that mission only yesterday as luck would have it and at level one with only the equipment I scrounged from the first dungeon the Kavatch mission was a challenge for sure, but was ultimately do-able.

One last tip, if you have a computer controlled character that can only go unconscious and wont die, as well as a decent amount of patience, you can exploit them by letting them do all the fighting. The computer will by and large charge headlong into any enemy leaving you to stand back and watch/fire spells/laugh. Just run away/around in circles when they die and eventually they just get back up. Repeat, repeat, repeat. wink.gif
sweetbutinsane
QUOTE (zeden @ Aug 17 2008, 10:03 AM)
One last tip, if you have a computer controlled character that can only go unconscious and wont die, as well as a decent amount of patience, you can exploit them by letting them do all the fighting. The computer will by and large charge headlong into any enemy leaving you to stand back and watch/fire spells/laugh. Just run away/around in circles when they die and eventually they just get back up. Repeat, repeat, repeat.  wink.gif
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Hehe, I vaguely remember letting the soldier guy do the fighting at first, but when he was on the floor I presumed he was dead and left him. Then I kept getting killed repeatedly and gave up. laugh.gif

I'll remember all of those tips for next time. Thanks!
Nonus Aequilibrium
The problem with conjuration is just that it makes the game far too easy. There's nothing in the game that can even make my mage break a sweat. I just summon a Storm Atronach, let him do all the fighting an occasionally throw one of those spells that you get from the mages guild storyline into the mix, and if he either doesn't kill them before disappearing, or they kill him.... I just summon another. In the time between summonings my magic recharges plenty to summon them indefinitely.
Sean of the Dead
I finally updated my Xbox Live subscription, meaning I can finally play online again. Unfortunately, I have a rather limited number of online games at the moment, but if anyone wants to play Rock Band or Team Fortress 2, my gamertag is the slightly stupid NaesCyn.
Omniscia
All right, Sean, I added you. I'm up for some Rock Band.
frostitute
Bionic Commando Rearmed is probably one of the hardest games to come out in recent times. Do not buy unless you are a masochist or love getting your balls stomped.
zeden
QUOTE (sweetbutinsane @ Aug 17 2008, 06:30 PM)
I'll remember all of those tips for next time. Thanks!
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Glad to be able to put my pointlessly huge game knowledge to use. wink.gif

QUOTE (Nonus Aequilibrium @ Aug 17 2008, 07:18 PM)
The problem with conjuration is just that it makes the game far too easy. There's nothing in the game that can even make my mage break a sweat. I just summon a Storm Atronach, let him do all the fighting an occasionally throw one of those spells that you get from the mages guild storyline into the mix, and if he either doesn't kill them before disappearing, or they kill him.... I just summon another. In the time between summonings my magic recharges plenty to summon them indefinitely.
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Very true. The number of times you get swamped by enemies is so small that by and large you get a one on one situation that a summon can resolve. Add being able to soul trap the things and conjurers can easily become invincible millionaires in no time.
To be honest, I run most dungeons. Most enemies are slow, weak and just aren't worth the time. The treasure is almost always tosh till you hit a reasonable level as well rendering most quests dull and unrewarding.
Bloomeeney
I have 'claw hand' after playing GH3 all bloody weekend! Still can't get anywhere on hard either, grrr. mad.gif
frostitute
Too Human tomorrow, woo woo
Nonus Aequilibrium
QUOTE (frostitute @ Aug 18 2008, 06:27 PM)
Too Human tomorrow, woo woo
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Should be getting that free. Thought the demo didn't look particularly impressive though unfortunately.
logger
Because of Dan I've spent the night playing Resident Evil.
maian
I've not got high hopes for Too Human, if only because I can still remember the tech demos for it when it was GameCube exclusive back in 2000. Any game in development for that long tends to get me a bit worried.

Edit: Apparently it was originally going to be on the PlayStation and started doing the rounds at trade shows in 1999. That's almost 10 years in development!
Julie
I seem to have sorted out my Live issues.
GundamGuy_UK
QUOTE (maian @ Aug 18 2008, 10:21 PM)
Any game in development for that long tends to get me a bit worried.
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Insert bligatory Duke Nukem Forever comment here
maian
QUOTE (GundamGuy_UK @ Aug 18 2008, 10:23 PM)
Insert bligatory Duke Nukem Forever comment here
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I was thinking about that. I imagine my grandchildren will still be waiting for that to be released.
GundamGuy_UK
QUOTE (maian @ Aug 18 2008, 10:24 PM)
I was thinking about that. I imagine my grandchildren will still be waiting for that to be released.
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No they won't.

I'm afraid the type of game Duke Nukem is isn't what people want to play anymore. We're not 11 anymore, and it's not 1996 either.

It'll never come out, because nobody would buy it. Literally, nobody. They've either had it killed for them looong ago by the constant re-starts and delays, or ignoring that they won't buy it because it'll be a very by-the-numbers shooter and the only thing to seperate it from anything else on the market is that it'll look like it was made 7 years ago and you'll keep hearing "I'm here to kick ass and chew gum, and I'm all out of gum" on a constant loop in the background.
maian
Oh, I have very little doubt that it wouldn't be a disaster, I just wish they'd release it so that it could end all the speculation and they could spend a decade or two working on another project.

Though, if they made it reeeeeally fucking funny, I think that could redeem it. If Serious Sam games have taught me anything, it's that by rote gameplay can be made up for by plenty of silly jokes and stupid amounts of ammo.
GundamGuy_UK
The joke's gone on too long, they can't ever release it now.

Can you imagine what reviews would be like? They'd go on about how long it took to make, and the end result being shit.

It's Daikatana but worse.
maian
But would canceling it be worse? They'd be an absolute laughing stock (no change there, then, boom boom) and they'd never be taken seriously again. At least if they released it and it was slated they could walk away from it all with a completed game and say ''Hey, at least we finished the damn thing''.

I think they will release it one day, probably. Then again, I've been thinking that for the better part of a decade, so what do I know?
zeden
QUOTE (GundamGuy_UK @ Aug 18 2008, 09:23 PM)
Insert bligatory Duke Nukem Forever comment here
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I almost said something, but held off.
Took a little inspiration from the idea though and checked out the Knights of the Old Republic 2 Restoration Project site to see if anything is actually happening. Three years in development and it's still not here, though it does seem that work is still being done so it will happen.
Don't know if anyone is half as into KOTOR as I am, having played both games at least six times each, but the prospect of finding out what was going on with the HK-50 droids, deleted scenes and quests with full voice-overs and a more polished and complete ending is pretty exciting. I just hope it comes out this year...
GundamGuy_UK
QUOTE (zeden @ Aug 18 2008, 10:43 PM)
Took a little inspiration from the idea though and checked out the Knights of the Old Republic 2 Restoration Project site to see if anything is actually happening. Three years in development and it's still not here, though it does seem that work is still being done so it will happen.
Don't know if anyone is half as into KOTOR as I am, having played both games at least six times each, but the prospect of finding out what was going on with the HK-50 droids, deleted scenes and quests with full voice-overs  and a more polished and complete ending is pretty exciting. I just hope it comes out this year...
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Hope so, because I'm holding off playing the game until it's "finished".
GundamGuy_UK
The man raises a good point

Goes with what I've said in the past. There's nothing wrong with good old blue-skies family-friendly games that anyone can enjoy.
Sir_Robin_the_brave
Speaking of Duke Nukem, I was happy to discover that Duke Nukem 3D is going to be arriving on Xbox Live Arcade later this year. Also keeping an eye out for Doom 2, Portal: Still Alive (woo!) and Samurai Shodown.
dandan
QUOTE (logger @ Aug 18 2008, 10:04 PM)
Because of Dan I've spent the night playing Resident Evil.
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if only i was on commission...
Nonus Aequilibrium
QUOTE (GundamGuy_UK @ Aug 19 2008, 10:48 PM)
The man raises a good point

Goes with what I've said in the past. There's nothing wrong with good old blue-skies family-friendly games that anyone can enjoy.
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Except he's ranting away now about "video games are toys". No they're not. They're games. A toy is something that has no objective or goals.
monkeyman
Just finished replaying Final antasy 10. Took me about 34 ish hours and that was with fairly minimal pissing about. I only defeated one dark Aeon, the only extra Aeon i got was Yojimbo, I didn't get anyones ultimate weapons (I started getting Aurons but couldnt be bothered), and I didnt do anything really with the monster arena. I like the game alot, it does take a long time to get into it though.

I might start playing Resi 2 today.

Im really looking forward to the new Silent Hill next month as well.
Rua
QUOTE (monkeyman @ Aug 20 2008, 12:40 PM)
Yojimbo
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Comes across as useless then he goes ahead & saves my bacon a few times.

I *heart* Yojimbo.
monkeyman
He is my favourite summon. He can one shot all the dark aeons and all the monster creations at the monster arena. Last time I played I could get him to perform Zanmato 9 times out of 10.
I like Anima as well, his overdrive insane.

Hmm, some places are saying September, and some places are saying November for the release date. I hope it's next month. it's been a while since I've been made to feel ill from anxious tension.
NiteFall
Dark Yojimbo is a cast iron fucker though. The only one of the dark Aeons I never managed to drop was the dark Magus Sisters, who I maintain are actually impossible to defeat.


I spent far, far too much time playing that game.
GundamGuy_UK
QUOTE (Nonus Aequilibrium @ Aug 20 2008, 09:53 AM)
Except he's ranting away now about "video games are toys". No they're not. They're games. A toy is something that has no objective or goals.
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Is it? Dictionary.com defines "toy" as:

1. an object, often a small representation of something familiar, as an animal or person, for children or others to play with; plaything.
2. a thing or matter of little or no value or importance; a trifle.
3. something that serves for or as if for diversion, rather than for serious pratical use.


Which video games can slot nicely into. None of the definitions include objectives.
logger
Just finished Resi Evil with Chris and it was a little different than with Jill but not enough to make me want to play again as her right away. I am now also sick of opening doors.
QUOTE (dandan @ Aug 20 2008, 09:01 AM)
if only i was on commission...
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You should be, I think I'll try and get Resi 2 for the Gamecube tomorrow.
Nonus Aequilibrium
QUOTE (GundamGuy_UK @ Aug 20 2008, 08:08 PM)
Is it? Dictionary.com defines "toy" as:

1. an object, often a small representation of something familiar, as an animal or person, for children or others to play with; plaything.
2. a thing or matter of little or no value or importance; a trifle.
3. something that serves for or as if for diversion, rather than for serious pratical use.
Which video games can slot nicely into. None of the definitions include objectives.
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From a game theory perspective games have an objective, and rules to achieve the objective, and toys are something you just play with aimlessly. Not necessarily any less fun, but mr basketball player is not playing with a "toy" as far as I'm concerned, he's playing a sport with clearly defined rules, strategies and goals which is nothing whatsoever like some baby playing with a ball. Not something I'd care about were it not for his irritating, patronising tone of voice.
Omniscia
Dictionary.com!?

Come on! At least check with Merriam-Webster:

QUOTE
Function:
    noun
Etymology:
    Middle English toye
Date:
    15th century

1 obsolete a: flirtatious or seductive behavior b: pastime; also : a sportive or amusing act : antic
2 a: something (as a preoccupation) that is paltry or trifling b: a literary or musical trifle or diversion c: trinket, bauble
3: something for a child to play with
4: something diminutive; especially : a diminutive animal (as of a small breed or variety)
5: something that can be toyed with
6 Scottish: a headdress of linen or woolen hanging down over the shoulders and formerly worn by old women of the lower classes


I'd love to get my copy of the OED out and check it, but who has time?
Nonus Aequilibrium
I've been playing Too Human the past few days. I'm not particularly impressed either. It feels like the combat is trying to be one of those slick button mashing affairs like Devil May Cry, except that it's not slick, it feels clumsy and slow, and rather than bash buttons randomly, you just wiggle the right stick all over the place randomly instead. Which of course means that if the right stick is being used to swing a sword round, and left is used for movement, there's nothing left to control a camera with, and the automatic camera is utterly terrible. It almost always picks the wrong direction, taking far too long to move behind you and show you where you're actually going as opposed to where you've just been. Oh, and when you die, you have to sit through the same boring animation every time before it just respawns you halfway back across the level with the enemies in the same state as they were when you died, so you can basically beat anything by just chipping away at it dying as many times as you like in the process.
monkeyman
QUOTE (NiteFall @ Aug 20 2008, 01:46 PM)
Dark Yojimbo is a cast iron fucker though. The only one of the dark Aeons I never managed to drop was the dark Magus Sisters, who I maintain are actually impossible to defeat.
I spent far, far too much time playing that game.
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Indeed heis. I beat every dark Aeon except for Yojimbo as youhave to beat him so many times in a row. You can at least fight him an infinite amount of times before finishing him off forever and get some nice drops (especially dark matter).

I kind of regret not doing more in the game on this play through, but I really wanted to start another game before my holiday is over.

I started Resi 2 and I'm not sure if I will finish it this time aorund, I had forgotten the amount of backtracking for items from the item box that is necessary, unless you read a guide or have a really good memory to know what you need when I always end up having to run to an item box for things, and to get ribbons to save.

I probably will keep playing, it's just annoying having to run about to the same area over and over.
logger
QUOTE (logger @ Aug 20 2008, 09:08 PM)
You should be, I think I'll try and get Resi 2 for the Gamecube tomorrow.
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Ordered 2 & 3 for the Cube today. Can't wait, I've not played them in years, it'll be like being in Spaced.
Sir_Robin_the_brave
QUOTE (Sir_Robin_the_brave @ Dec 13 2006, 02:30 PM)
After completing Resident Evil 2 six times on the bounce, I finally finished both 'sides' of the game with 1hr 40 and 2hr 04 clear times respectively. Never thought I'd actually managed those A rankings. I realise this will probably not be of much interest to anyone but I'm happy and I want to share.
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All the talk of Resi 2 is leading me towards attempting the mythical S rank. Could take a few goes though. I doubtr anyone here is sad enough to attempt to clear the game any faster.
monkeyman
Theres a lot of good games coming out in October...Fable II, Far Cry 2, and Spider-Man: Web of ShadowsFallout 3 Dead Space and LittleBigPlanet.

I will get Littlebigplanet for my birthday but I really want Fallout 3 as well, and I imagine Hayleigh will want Fable 2.
I'll probably just rent Spider man and Far Cry 2.
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