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fatseff1234
QUOTE (zeden @ Mar 25 2011, 11:30 PM) *
You've got me all wrong. I didn't stop because the game bored me, I stopped because I was 14 and couldn't afford to rent it again. What stops me playing it again is the lack of plot to drive me on. Progress is slow and without a decent plot I lose interest. I had Shining Force 3 creating a nice distraction at the time if memory serves.


I did get that, I was more commenting on how it was an awful place to stop.

The very simple plot is there; This is Ganondorf, he rides past you looking evil. Whoop him.

It's all about the open world and exploration.
Jessopjessopjessop
I finished Bulletstorm for the second time this morning, and thoroughly enjoyed playing through on the easy setting with the intention of getting maximum creative skillshots. It has made the wait for Gears of War 3 that little bit more bearable, especially considering the number of shared themes, locations and bad guys which are obviously obsessions of the Epic Games team.
zeden
I've finished Dragon Age 2 and whilst I loved the plot and characters the game itself fell flat a few too many times for me to consider it a classic. Beyond broken quests toward the end I experienced textures that failed to load, a couple of freezes and traps that were so broken as to be almost impassable.
At one point I thought I might have hit a brick wall when I entered a room in which the enemies spawned but were invisible beyond their lighting effects. Only my computer controlled teammates could attack them but because I couldn't tip the balance with my attacks they almost all died and I had to struggle keeping Aveline alive to finish off the monsters. I won then the game froze. Reloaded, entered the room and found the enemies that should have respawned were still dead. Something in the memory cache must have caused that I guess. Pretty weak considering the high standards Bioware can usually be relied upon for.
Still, I did get to romance Merrill so I was happy enough by the end of it all.
monkeyman
Started playing Mass Effect 2 (PS3), got drawn in a lot quicker then expected, I think probably because the comic and opening scenes set it up so well.
Bioware really do need to work on facial textures/animations though. All the men have such rapey eyes and Jacobs mouth looks a bit disturbing when he talks.

I'm really glad the Cerberus Network DLC can be accessed by any account on the same PS3 too
Jimmay
QUOTE (monkeyman @ Mar 29 2011, 11:15 AM) *
I'm really glad the Cerberus Network DLC can be accessed by any account on the same PS3 too


Yeah, I found out that doesn't work on Xbox the hard way. Very annoying.

I'm on the last chapter of Alan Wake and it's very good. I really like the combat mechanic and it's really frantic at times. Looking forward to seeing how it finishes and if the DLC is any good.
monkeyman
Having looked online last night I read a lot of people confirming that it works the same way on the 360, or at the very least you can register multiple gamertags to the sane EA account. Odd choice in Biowares end if it doesn't work!

Edit: I notice the final DLC Is out tomorrow, I'll probaly get it at some point after I've finished. Any other paid DLC worth getting?

In other news New 3rd person squad based Resident evil announced Set in Racoon city (fuckin yawn), during the events if Resi 2 and 3; I swear, if they have one more section in the fucking police station.....

It sounds interesting, but I'm not hopeful of it being good 
fatseff1234
QUOTE (monkeyman @ Mar 29 2011, 01:27 PM) *
Having looked online last night I read a lot of people confirming that it works the same way on the 360, or at the very least you can register multiple gamertags to the sane EA account. Odd choice in Biowares end if it doesn't work!

Edit: I notice the final DLC Is out tomorrow, I'll probaly get it at some point after I've finished. Any other paid DLC worth getting?

In other news New 3rd person squad based Resident evil announced Set in Racoon city (fuckin yawn), during the events if Resi 2 and 3; I swear, if they have one more section in the fucking police station.....

It sounds interesting, but I'm not hopeful of it being good 


Behave, this will be zombie porn!

I'm moist already.

EDIT: After reading the page: Metal Gear Zombie! laugh.gif
zeden
After having had such a nice return to form with Street Fighter 4 Capcom have done nothing but continue to run their franchises into the ground and I can't help but think that another Resident Evil isn't going to change my mind about that. I'm also bored out of my skull of zombies now so zero interest from me on that front. They're going back to the well of nostalgia again with this new game but for me it's run dry.

Speaking of Capcoms rampage of bad decisions, the BBFC has rated Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition. If it's not DLC and they expect people to buy the game a third time it's another slap in the face. If it's DC that doesn't add more than the four announced characters but is priced above 1200ms then it's a slap in the face too. Really not expecting to be impressed with this.


As for Mass Effect 2 dlc, I think it's standard on the PS3 version but you'll definitely want to get Overlord and Lair of the Shadow Broker if they're not on there. All the rest of the content is weapon packs I think and they're a waste of time as far as I'm concerned, you get what you need in the game without spending real money.
Glad the new dlc is out, now I know what to play having just finished Dragon Age 2.
Sir_Robin_the_brave
Finished the Arrival DLC earlier. It's quite short but very enjoyable as it's pretty much non-stop action from start to finish. Good stuff.
logger
I'm a bit disappointed about how short Halo Reach was. It has made me want to play through the Halo games again, though. I tried the first game but I had to turn it off because it looked so crappy after Reach. So I decided to just play Halo 3, that should take me til the end of the week.
zeden
I'm told there's a new gametype on Halo Reach that's added a bunch of community maps to match making including a bunch of perfectly recreated fan made classic maps with all the armour abilities turned off, so no more armour locking opponents. Think I'll be checking it out on the weekend, perhaps a few of us could have a game or two on Sunday if we happen to be on at the same time?

I was just reminded of my favorite quote from Dragon Age 2 -
Varric - And so I said, "It's a kingdom, and that makes him a king. But it's also a country..."
laugh.gif
GundamGuy_UK
Pokémon Black is awesome.

I'm not very far into it yet, as it takes me forever to play these games (about 14 hours in, two badges). It's just brilliant though, especially the music. The trainer battle (love the bit at 00:41) and Team Plasma battle themes are amazing.
zeden
Has anyone else been sent and email from Bioware offering up a free copy of Mass Effect 2 for the PC as thanks for buying Dragon Age 2? It's a pleasant surprise even though I do have it already, I'm just hoping that I didn't throw away the slip of paper with the Black Emporium download code on it lest I be denied.

Speaking of Mass Effect 2, I'm half way through my second play now and thoroughly enjoying it. I'm going to be recording a podcast with my brother covering the games in detail and discussing what we think the next game is likely to involve very soon so expect me to come whoring it around here when it's done.
GundamGuy_UK
QUOTE (zeden @ Apr 5 2011, 11:35 PM) *
Has anyone else been sent and email from Bioware offering up a free copy of Mass Effect 2


Sounds like a scam to me... =P

QUOTE
Good day to you, I am the prince of BioWare. I have all these copies of Mass Effect 2 lying around, and I have chosen you to be one of the recipients. However, getting the download link to you maybe proven difficult, so please could you send me your Dragon Age EA account details so we can progression the transaction?
zeden
I'd like to think there is a Prince of Bioware. And he gives you three varying dialogue options to work with in any given conversation.
It's a shame the free copy is linked to my Bioware account otherwise I'd give it away to a worthy recipient.
NiteFall
Playing through Mass effect 2 again, is fun. I did go out of my way to make Shepard look as dumb as possible though-



MAI NAEM IS CUH-MANN-DUR SHEPTARD! AND THIS IS MAI FAH-VUR-IT STOR ON THE SIT-UH-DELL!
Llama
That is tops.
zeden
Gold sir. Laughing so hard at that caption.
Sir_Robin_the_brave
His hair is brilliant.

We should totally have a competition of who can build the dumbest looking Shepherd.
NiteFall
I've decided that Sheptard is angry with the world for constantly mocking him for looking like such a mong and only trusts his team-mates. As a result I'm taking all of the Paragon choices when it comes to companions and all the Renegade ones when dealing with everyone else. It's working out quite well actually, keeping the two nicely balanced.
zeden

I hear cosmetic surgury is addictive. This Shepard knows this.


Mass Effect is being made into an anime. Dragon Age is also being made into some sort of one off anime too. I'll be interested to see them though I don't expect much to be added to the over arcing plots of either franchise if previous anime tie ins are anything to go by.
fatseff1234
Any Zombie fans should check this out:
Bite Me
I'm up to episode 5 and it's brilliant.

Also for general gaming tom-foolery Sanity Not Included is chucklesome.
monkeyman
Is anyone else picking up Portal 2 next week? Really looking forward to it as the first is easily in my top 10 games list.
I'm interested to see what Valve are going to do with Steamworks on the PS3 as well (oh and I get a "free" PC copy too biggrin.gif)

If anyones interested the first part of the Portal comic filling in some backstory of the first game and bridging the gap between 1 & 2 is available Here. It's really damn good (their Left4Dead comic was also brilliant).

If anyone is getting it for PS3 I'd be up for playing the co-op campaign, PSN ID: Goseki1.
Llama
QUOTE (monkeyman @ Apr 11 2011, 03:23 PM) *
Is anyone else picking up Portal 2 next week?

I've had it on pre-order since last month. Very excited since it's the first thing the fella and I will be able to play online together now he's got an Xbox and not just a PS3.
monkeyman
Second part of Portal comic here
Some more nice little backstory elements and explanation on how the lab has gotten so messed up between the two games.

Wonder what Chell's surname is. Lots of people speculating "Freeman" but I don't buy it at all
monkeyman
Double post
3rd Humble indie (well, frozenbyte) bundle is available
Worth it for Trine alone as it is awesomeballs. If someone wants to purchase it for me.... wink.gif
fatseff1234
Anyone else think that the Sea Of Bahaus in Lost Odyssey looks like a Mario Kart track?
zeden
QUOTE (monkeyman @ Apr 12 2011, 08:14 PM) *
Double post
3rd Humble indie (well, frozenbyte) bundle is available
Worth it for Trine alone as it is awesomeballs. If someone wants to purchase it for me.... wink.gif


I came here specifically to post about that; beaten to the punch! It is indeed a good deal. Perhaps you'll have a download code sent to you by a mysterious benefactor that happens to be using my email account but is in no way shape or form me...


I picked up Just Cause 2, just 'cause.
monkeyman
Oh sir, you are too kind! Lending your email account to strangers like that.

Just Cause 2 is incredible fun if you're in the right frame of mind for it (as in looking for great fun rather than deep characterisation and story and anything logical).
zeden
I'm treating it like a giant scavenger hunt with some added gun fights and loving it. The way it rewards general chaos with progression is a nice hook that's kept me hooked for the last three mornings. I really like the way the game lets you know that there's a collectible close by and how scouring cities for that one last building to blow up can take ages but never seems to drag. It's probably because the grappling hook is such incredible fun, I love shooting it to get out of a gun fight then opening the parachute to rain down fire from above.


Also Sega continues to act like fools and alienate their remaining nostalgic fans. It's a shame you've got to go looking in slightly more dodgy places for a copy of Streets of Rage Remake now, it's a staggeringly well put together game that ought to have been snatched up by Sega for release instead of being supressed.
monkeyman
The grappling hook/parachute is awesome for getting around and It's going to ruin some open world games for me I think.
The grappling hook is just great fun. In a high speed chase attach an enemy vehicle to the ground for brilliant fun....attaching soldiers to planes about to take off makes me smile too
monkeyman
Finished Mass Effect 2 and all DLC. I really enjoyed it as a whole but there's a bunch of little tweaks and changes I'd like to see that would make it a better experience for me. 
-More weapons/armours
-A bloody stats screen for the weapons so I can compare them and not have to test them all
-More instances of using the "investigate" conversation option to get different outcomes; at the moment it just gives you more info which I do enjoy but there's no real pay off to doing it
-Enemies with more variation in weapons/powers; playing on hardcore there wasnt really as much variation here as I was expecting, and barely anyone seemed to have biotics etc to use against me
-More "grey" dialogue options and outcomes to events, I know there is the neutral conversation option but this doesn't give unique outcomes to events, they're always the paragon or renegade outcome; the other problem is a gamey one if that makes sense, in that I realised there were going to be some events that required max paragon to get the outcome I desired (like regaining Mirandas loyalty after she argues with Jack, and also I couldn't get the Paragon option during Zaeeds loyalty mission), and in some situations it made me always plum for the paragon option where I may have wanted to do the Renegade one, though I guess that's more my problem rather than a problem with the game but still...
-The final boss was a bit lame, and there wasn't really a satisfactory cutscene to wrap the game up, went out a bit weak I felt
-Some of the textures are horrendous and it really threw me, especially considering how nice the rest of the gave looks 

Uh there's probably a few other things but that'll do for now. I guess that sounds really negative but honestly they were mostly just tiny irritations that built up over the 52ish hours I spent playing; I really did like it, the shooting, powers, tactics with the abilities wheel (I'm glad there's an option to stop team mates using powers unless you tell them to), dialogue options and especially the story as a whole were excellent and I'm looking forward to the final part. 
I've been planning on reading through the Codex as it's full of interesting info but I may just read wikipedia instead laugh.gif

I'm planning on doing an insanity run for the platinum trophy, has anyone done this? Is it easier to start with a fresh character or an imported one? I'm going to do the minimum possible so it hopefully won't take too long. 
fatseff1234
Dead Island Interview

Not a great deal of solid information but it does sound interesting.
zeden
QUOTE (monkeyman @ Apr 18 2011, 10:56 AM) *
Mass Effect stuff


I'd agree with the armor factor, though the weapons didn't bother me so much. For the most part the only thing that changes between them is rate of fire and accuracy and that tended to get better as you picked up the few upgraded versions of the guns. The latest on ME3 says they're bringing back weapon mods and more of the RPG elements from the first game to temper the swing too far towards being a standard 3rd person shooter in ME2 so you might get your wish. I just hope they dont regress to the old inventory system.
I found the enemy types were never mixed enough for my liking. The different merc groups have biotic or tech specialties but they always come in the same configurations, rarely are there fights where you're forced to deal with every kind of threat at once. They're challenging enough on Hardcore or Inanity though in fairness, and not in that horrible bullet sponge way that a lot of games like to toughen things up with.
Speaking of Insanity, I've played it and you'll almost certainly want to play with a powered up character. It's punishing stuff and certain fights will make you want to tear your hair out. It also forces some fairly cheap tactics at times such as using terrain to exploit AI path finding mistakes because a few of the boss enemies will kill you outright with a single clean shot. Alas I never finished it because that was one of the files I lost when my hard drive died and I'm not sure I've got time to go back to it. I'd advise giving your character Dominate as their extra ability as well as having them set up as a tech specialist with AI hack, those two moves are a tad over powered even with just a single point of experience spent on them.

I'm in the planning stages for a Mass Effect podcast right now covering the plot potential for the third game, going back over the events of the first two with a view to predict some of what's to come. Should be recording with my brother within the week so I'll throw a link up here once it's done for people to have a listen to if they like.
NiteFall
What I'd like to see from ME3 is the return of the weapons selection from ME1, with some of the upgrades, but to keep the ammo power system from ME2. I always found it frustrating in ME1 when I found that I had loaded incindiary rounds into my main weapons and was facing off against a bunch of Geth without any way to change it.
monkeyman
@Zeden: I don't have Dominate. I'm not evil >.>

I have Reave. Though for now I've gone for warp ammo. It seems a bit more tactical in insanity but honestly some stuff is dumb, like the YMIR mechs. I just circled around a crate Overloading/warping it till it died, it had a stupid amount of protection and no decent "non-exploit" way of beating it. I think I'll probably get proper pissed off on the collector ship.

The weapon choices were poor and the lack if variety was piss. The newer guns were more powerful but some were like 3/5 round burst shot with no choice for semi-automatic, so I wouldn't use it. I just want to know the fire rate and bullet damage, or they could've broken it down to simple DPS. It seemed such an odd choice not to.
Like trying to figure out the Heavy weapon I liked the most (Collector beam) was a tedious bit of trial and error.
Still, the shooting dies work nicely I'd just like to see more choice and less vague info on the weapons.

And yeah, definitely need to mix up the enemies attacking, I played hardcore and it was honestly very easy, I wasn't challenged that much and it would've been nice to have seen a mire diverse amount of enemies attacking in groups to make me think on my toes a bit more.
zeden
Heh, I forgot you've got to be a naughty to get Dominate. It really is a beast of a move though, firing it off at a weak enemy in a group of strong ones often results in them standing still and looking at each other for a few seconds, ample time to blast the living crap out of them. Throw a hacked mech into the mix and it's even easier. Also, Kasumis shadow strike attack is the single most broken part of the game.

And if you thought the mech forced cheapness wait till you face a Praetorian. The first one of those I faught was bastard hard, what with all the Husks running about and no decent cover. I ended up trapping it behind a bit of scenery then moving backwards and forwards so it would never quite round the corner and get a shot off.

Hardcore isn't that bad really is it, though it does force a slightly more tactical way of playing. I liked it afer having initially gone through on normal. A lot of the stuff said about the combat being more tactical before the games relase didn't shine through until I bumped up the difficulty. It's funny how the challenge is either just enough to make you think or so overwhelmingly stacked against you that it forces exploits.

I was chatting to my brother earlier today about games not feeling particularly challenging any more and we kind of came to the conclusion that it's a matter of being overly familiar with the mechanics of particular genres. If I sit down with a racing game, shooter, fighter or any other completely established genre I know without a doubt that with enough practice I can get to be very good if I want. The thing is, without a decent plot or people to play online with I don't really want to get good at most games any more. I guess it's why the likes of Bethesda and Bioware draw me in now and Square-Enix and other Japanese companies turn me off.
I've been so spoiled by the writing and acting in the western rpgs that the cliche driven twaddle churned out in the east bores the hell out of me now. The likes of Resident Evil 5 or FFXIII genuinely offend me with their terrible translations and diabolically directed voice casts. I swear those companies must be using Japanese directors to guide the English speaking cast, otherwise the voice actors must utterly awful.
monkeyman
It's the most broken part of the game and makes..... laugh.gif

I didn't use her as she'd always fuck off right next to enemies and get slaughtered. Seeing as I don't care about the Insanity outcome I'll recruit Morinth. Be cool to try that power out.
NiteFall
QUOTE (zeden @ Apr 19 2011, 01:22 AM) *
I was chatting to my brother earlier today about games not feeling particularly challenging any more and we kind of came to the conclusion that it's a matter of being overly familiar with the mechanics of particular genres. If I sit down with a racing game, shooter, fighter or any other completely established genre I know without a doubt that with enough practice I can get to be very good if I want.


I have to say that's one of the things I really like about Crysis 2 is that while there's quite a bit of linearity there's enough flexibility in the combat encounters that there's always an element of challenge and if you fail horribly and die it doesn't feel cheap and stupid in that Modern Warfare "memorise where all of the spawns come from and attack on cue" way.
zeden
QUOTE (monkeyman @ Apr 19 2011, 01:31 AM) *
It's the most broken part of the game and makes..... laugh.gif


I have no idea what you're referring to...
monkeyman
QUOTE
This post has been edited by zeden: Today, 01:56 AM

You disgusting little whore.

@Kei: Crysis 2 worth picking up when it's cheaper? Didn't really think much of the multiplayer though I realise that's not a good indicator of what the single-player is like.
NiteFall
I would say definitely. It's one of the most engaging and rewarding single-player campaigns of recent memory. Yes, it's not quite as good as the first one, but it still pisses over the competition from a great height.
In other news PORTAL 2!!
monkeyman
Mine was dispatched today so hopefully should be here by Thursday. I assume you're getting a legit PC copy?
I want to play cross-platform co-op!

If not, anyone else going to be playing on PC? Really want to see the cross platform stuff working
GundamGuy_UK
Is Portal 2 long enough to justify the price tag?
monkeyman
Apparently 8-9 hour single player campaign. 5-6 co-op campaign (all new puzzles as you have 4 portals). That's worth it to me. But I'm a huge fan of the first game.
GundamGuy_UK
Cool. I'm a bit poor at the moment, but I think I'm going to re-buy The Orange Box, seeing as it's only a tenner now and is loads of fun. Portal 2 will soon drop in price.
Sir_Robin_the_brave
Portal 2 is brilliant and very, very funny.
sweetbutinsane
QUOTE (Sir_Robin_the_brave @ Apr 28 2011, 11:12 PM) *
Portal 2 is brilliant and very, very funny.


I just saw the trailer for it on the telly last night. It made me chuckle.
monkeyman
QUOTE (Sir_Robin_the_brave @ Apr 28 2011, 11:12 PM) *
Portal 2 is brilliant and very, very funny.

Completely agreed. Hope I get to play through the co-op some time soon though
Llama
QUOTE (monkeyman @ Apr 29 2011, 10:43 PM) *
Completely agreed.

x2. MOON PORTAL!
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