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Posted By: terzaghi What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/20/08 03:27 AM
Well I played bionic commando (xbox live arcade) some more... It is a really fun, challenging game.

Its kind of odd how you jump around levels in an apparently random order...

I just beat world 6 and received the super claw... World 6 had an easy boss but the level itself was pretty tricky! (Lots of jumps and swings over water with the bionic arm)

Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/20/08 02:22 PM
GRID is awesome. Finally got it this weekend (along with an XBOX 360 controller).
I played the GRID demo... very realistic look and feel to the driving... Some racing games just seem to have an odd pace to it... GRID looks and plays very nice!
Civilization Revolution has been keeping me up late every night.
It seems once I start a game I try to finish, which normally takes hours.
I think I'm going to get Civ Revolution this weekend. Got a fifty dollar gift certificate burning a hole in my pocket.
Sean, its the first strategy type game I've ever played and I'm really enjoying it. Maybe too much. \:\)
Haven't played civ rev in a while.. I beat it on deity with all 4 types of victories... I used the Aztecs for it, and did it in one game save.. (kept reloading.. kinda cheap but hey, I wanted the acheivements!) I played the scenario where you start with 3 cities and everyone declares war on you... forget the name

I have like 750 achievement points
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/20/08 04:15 PM
I've never been much for the 'Starcraft style' RTS games but this new civilization game looks intriguing. Anyone care to describe the gameplay vs. a typical 'send in the trooops & build factories like mad' type game like the early Starcraft was?

I get that it's all about taking a weaker civilization to world dominating levels but I'm interested in how the gameplay mechanics go.

Thanks!
Sins of a Solar Empire for me these days.

I enjoy RTS games.
I enjoy space-themes.
I enjoy blowing things up (virtually).

They've struck a good balance between micro-management and fluid game play. Enough management to keep me entertained but not so much that it's daunting. I don't care that 20% of the population of Axiom-7 is unhappy with the wheat production, and there's none of that in SOASE. It's a great game. Fantastic graphics as well. Full 360 degree rotation, with fluid zoom levels from multiple solar systems down to the cockpit of a fighter. It's pretty incredible.

Something about watching my armada drop out of hyperspace in an enemy planet's gravity well and immediately start launching hundreds of missiles at his orbital defenses make me giggle like a little school girl.

Nuke 'em from orbit, I say. It's the only way to be sure. \:\)
I've been playing an assortment lately. My best is still Counter Strike Source, but I've been working on Call of Duty 4. I am playing in a LAN tourney in late September ( Showdown LAN )

When I'm not playing those, I've been messing around with Assassin's Creed and GRID. I haven't gotten very far in either, but just last night I played through the 24 Hours of Le Mans race (which is 24 minutes of gameplay for those that don't have GRID)...

A game that I will load up every now and then is Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 just to build stuff.

I need to finish Guitar Hero Aerosmith on my Wii one of these days, as well as finish Zach and Wikki and start Zelda Twilight Princess, oh and finish Mario Galaxy with my 9 year old, and fix my pinball machine (stupid stuck switch), and.....
brief description of civ rev at wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civilization_Revolution

If you have xbox live you should DL the free demo.
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/20/08 07:12 PM
Yeah, I've got my second Le Mans coming up. I did quite poorly at the first one, unfortunately...
 Originally Posted By: PeterChenoweth

I enjoy blowing things up (virtually).


Sissy.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/21/08 06:15 AM
I should be playing Galaga Legions, but I'm listening to music instead.

I also got the Fable 2 Pub Games for preordering Fable 2, and I should play that enough to be able to take advantage of the exploit, so I can be rich when I start playing the main game, but I think I'm too lazy to be rich even in a video game.
I think that RPGs are not the right type of games to cheat at... you'll end up with so much money that you can buy anything you ever wanted... now doesn't that sound horrible? Nah, but honestly I do think it will make the game less challenging.

I am still playing bionic commando. beating a level every other night or so.. maybe they should have called it bionic headache instead!

Tried the galaga legions demo and didn't like it as much as I thought I would.. going to give it another try later.
 Originally Posted By: MarkSJohnson
Sissy.


Oh I've done my share of actually blowing things up. I don't think there's a kid who grew up in a rural-ish place that hasn't.

With the government the way it is these days, I wouldn't want to make a public post in an internet forum that says, "I enjoy blowing things up".

Suddenly, air-travel becomes a much bigger hassle....
*scribbles into notebook while reaching for telephone*
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/21/08 07:17 PM
Thanks for the link David.

My PS3 game time always seems to suffer because I'm always hooked on some computer MMPORPG. Age of Conan is my current vice.

I was getting kind of tired of that Genre but this one is kind of cool because they have thrown a little bit of a 'twitch' element into the normal, 'just choose your combat moves strategically and watch it happen', kind of play. Also they did a great job of integrating all the lore of the hundreds of Conan books into the game. Brings back a lot of memories from childhood reads. In fact, I'm trying to find the box I buried all those books in when I moved to the new house so I can re-read a few.
I try to stay away from MMORPG's...

I played the final fantasy XI online beta when it was free for xbox 360...

I clocked in like 40 hours in less than a week! I broke the disc and vowed never to return to the evil world of MMORPG's!
Posted By: ptRyno Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/22/08 01:55 AM
Borrowed Assassin's Creed from a friend and have been playing it a bit. It's pretty fun at first. Great looking game, great ability to explore horizontally as well as vertically. Probably the biggest selling point is being able to climb essentially anything. Thats all great for awhile, until you realize you are doing the same tasks over and over and over again. Everything is exactly the same. It's like they made some decent code, ran out of time and abused the hell out of the copy and paste button. Too bad because it had great potential.

Always love playing some halo3 and cod4 though. Never gets old. Anyone here play Unreal Tournament 3? Wondering if I'd like the whole "twitch" gameplay, er so they call it.
Ever since my 360 starting freezing shortly after Christmas and it took months for any new ones to show up in stores, I haven't really touched it. Recently, though, I dusted it off and have been trying to catch up on some games. Right now, I'm trying to finish Bioshock.

I really enjoy the game, but the chopping off some of the screen bugs me after a while.

On the PS3 front, I'm still trying to finish off MGS4 and GTAIV.

So many games, so little time. . .
PtRyno - totally agreed on Assassin's Creed - initial experience is awesome, but the game is incredibly repetitive. Bummer, because it had huge potential.
that is what I read in the reviews as well... I need to at least rent it and try it though I guess.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/22/08 12:39 PM
It's an awesome rental. I agree with it being super impressive in the short term and a bit tiring in the long term.
I just started Assassin's Creed and I'm just past the point where the first town is being threatened by the "other guy" (haven't played it enough to know his name) and I just did the high dive into some straw. That's it. So I've got at least a little bit of enjoyable play time left with it.

I haven't played any Unreal game in years, but the gaming community that I am a member of (EcS Gaming) has some people that play it. Seems like VERY fast gameplay.
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/23/08 01:48 AM
I was playing Mythos for a while but got tired of it. Now I'm on a brief gaming hiatus until the new releases in September.

I've been playing early versions of Mount&Blade for a while, and the final version finally comes out in September.

Spore is also coming out in September, so I will be playing that as well.

Followed by Starcraft2 and Diablo3, whenever they come out.

I'm pretty much a PC gamer, but do have a PS2 and occasionally do console games (Guitar Hero and Gran Turismo 4 most recently)
Posted By: ptRyno Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/23/08 08:24 PM
Anyone else play the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed demo. I've never been one to get into any of the star wars games but thought I'd give her a go. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Pretty simple game but the different forces, especially the grab one, can really amount to some entertaining kills; I may need a session with the doc after that one.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/23/08 08:27 PM
I haven't downloaded the demo yet, but I've been looking forward to seeing how it turned out. I should download the demos on both the 360 and PS3 to see how both versions run.
Man... It isn't coming out for the PC! I guess I could get it for my Wii, but the graphics won't be as good. Of course, I could potentially (haven't checked into it at all yet) be able to use the Wii Remote as a lightsaber...
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/24/08 01:59 AM
Yeah, I think they're making up for the simpler graphics and physics with the fun lightsaber control.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/25/08 12:59 AM
I did end up downloading the demo of The Force Unleashed for both the 360 and PS3, and I can say there isn't a huge difference, so I'll be going for the 360 version. It's a fun demo, and I look forward to seeing more than that level. I'm not great at the controls yet, but that's my relationship with most games anymore.

I don't really care for the non-James Earl Jones Vader... and I thought being dubbed with a lightsaber was kind of lame, but other than that, my impressions were positive.
Posted By: ptRyno Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/25/08 02:59 AM
yeah, I may rent it, but wouldn't say I enjoyed it enough to buy. At least not at the $60 price point. Or maybe I could try and trade in Assassins Creed since I'm already bored to tears with it.
I played the Force unleashed demo for PS3, the kids and I enjoyed it, but unless there is some type of story or more complex levels I can see the game getting monotonous.
played heavenly sword for a while tonight... really neat game. The cut scenes are great too!
I've been meaning to get back to that that game, I enjoyed it also.
I enjoyed Heavenly Sword except for the moments I had to guide the six axis control around. I don't think I come equipped with the gene that governs "controller waving around."
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/25/08 05:05 PM
Oh, man, I totally do.

Unfortunately, I game with the keyboard and mouse or the xbox 360 controller.
Definitely takes some practice... the motion sensor in the PS3 controller is pretty sensitive.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/27/08 08:54 AM
Castle Crashers on Xbox Live Arcade

This game is as fun as I'd hoped it would be. I imagine it would be even more fun playing with three other people.
more heavenly sword. I am taking a break and finally popping in metal gear solid 4 though... I really hate how games have to be loaded onto the PS3 \:\(
Posted By: ptRyno Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/28/08 01:24 PM
Castle Crashers is one I definitely plan to download the demo for, I've heard good things and enjoyed Alien Hominid. Is it required to have games loaded onto the ps3? I always thought it was just an option to improve loading times. I don't own one so I don't personally know.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/28/08 04:04 PM
I don't have many PS3 games, but I think they've all required an install. Obviously it's not copying the entire disc to the hard drive, but I think they've been a couple gigs in size. The Xbox 360's upcoming install feature is optional and to improve loading times, though.
I believe it is due to the fact the BR disks read at a slower speed than a standard DVD... or so I have been told. To keep things running smooth you must install some of the game onto the hard drive.

In the case of metal gear solid 4, the game puts 4 gigs of stuff onto your HD.


But HOLY CRAP that game has amazing sound!!! I watched the opening cut scenes (all 45 minutes of them!) and I can honestly say that MGS4 has THE BEST surround sound out of any game I have ever played, and probably out of any movie I own as well.

I just got to the actual gameplay and then saved it and went to bed.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/29/08 04:09 AM
I really need to actually play MGS4. I have it, and I know the opening has amazing sound, but for some reason I never turn on my PS3 to game. But yeah, really incredible audio.
I still can't beat the first level though...
Ha ha. I'm near the end. \:\)





Yup, almost got the plastic wrap completely off the box. . .
I'm revisiting King Kong on Xbox 360 since I never finished it. The games kinda scary.
King Kong was a great game.. the first game I palyed on the 360. VERY FUN!
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/02/08 01:24 AM
You're playing Metal Gear Solid 4.
Is that an order?
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/02/08 02:24 AM
It was just me noticing. I tried playing some myself, but I fell asleep. Apparently it doesn't have to be passive entertainment for me to zonk out anymore.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/12/08 02:37 AM
Just playing Mahjong Titans from Windows Vista tonight while listening to music and chatting with Sana. I can't get used to the tilesets in this game. I was much faster at Kyodai Mahjongg. The good thing is that I don't really know what makes a higher score on this version. Faster games don't necessarily equate to a higher score. I guess I could read up on what the score means, but that would take a minute. Anyway, I'll never be as fast at any mahjong game as I was when I was using a ball mouse and staying up to all hours of the morning when I was in my first apartment and bored out of my skull and younger. I'm such a has-been!
I am actually kind of looking forward to SOCOM confrontation on PS3. I think it is an online only game, and the cost is only 39 bucks. However, if you want the one with the headset then it is 59 bucks. I need to see if the old motorolla bluetooth headset we have lying around will pair up nicely with the PS3.

I never really played any of the old SOCOM games, but I really like Ghost Recon and it seems kind of similar.

If it's anything like Call of Duty, the online version should be a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to the next CoD as well, it's the only game on my PS3 I've played for more than 20 hours or so... (though that was pre-baby, so I may not do any better on the next version no matter how much fun)

Jason
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/13/08 05:07 PM
I didn't play anything because my PC died. Grr. And then I left my controller in The Boy's room after he was asleep, so I couldn't use my laptop either. Double Grr.


On another note: Exactly how many CoDs are they going to do? Jeebus...

Call of Duty 18: Spanish American War
Some friends of mine are playing the COD 5 online beta for 360 and they said it si really cool. Most (if not all) of my gaming buddies are on xbox, so that is the only down side to socom (I have to make new friends \:\( ) Plus I have been playing with the same group of guys online for like 3.5 years so it kinda makes it more fun.
If your buddies are all on Xbox, you need to start convincing them of the virtues of the PS3!
I've been playing the Little Big Planet beta since last week. VERY cool game and concept.
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/13/08 05:54 PM
That looks awesome. What platforms does it support?
World of Warcraft - nothing else \:\)
how did you get in on the little big planet beta?

Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/13/08 07:09 PM
I think he has the right job.
I've been sith-ing it up in The Force Unleashed. It hasn't gotten the best scores, but there's something special about slamming storm troopers in all directions that brings a smile to my face \:\)
Ahh, that's right, I did download that Demo on the PS3... it looks like a lot of found. And 7.1 surround from a video game isn't bad either!
USATODAY.COM had about 15000 keys last week. I was able to snag one.
 Originally Posted By: pmbuko
That looks awesome. What platforms does it support?


PS3. I don't expect that I'll ever really make levels myself, but I will definitely play ones that others make. There's been a bunch of VERY impressive ones, even ones by artists that don't play video games.

I was especially impressed by the guy who made a simple calculator using the "parts" from the LBP environment. I was stumped on how he did it until I realized he used some type of old school ladder logic. Very analog and VERY VERY cool.

http://www.ps3fanboy.com/2008/09/23/parsons-students-create-shadow-of-the-littlebigcolossus/

http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2008/10/little_big_computer.html

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/gaming/2008-10-06-little-big-planet_N.htm
Playing Fable II right now. I rented it after the let down of Fable I.. but this game is really cool so far (only about 45 minutes in so far).

I pre-ordered gears of war 2 and call of duty 5 on xbox 360 today, as well as littleBIGplanet for PS3.

I think Iwant fallout 3 also, but I can't decide if I want it on PS3 or 360... hmmmm.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/27/08 12:27 AM
I'm caught between 360 and PC for Fallout 3. I'm sure the PC version will look nicer and will allow mods, but then I lose the fun of playing it on my home theater.

But I canceled all of my game preorders. I was going to get Fable II, Gears of War 2, LittleBigPlanet, and Fallout 3, but then the EP800 was announced, and I had to start cutting away at my other spending. So see, even if you don't get your EP800 right away, at least you get to enjoy all of these games I want while I gnash my teeth and wail through my layaway nightmare.
It will be SO worth it Charles. Stand strong!
Yeah, I can buy "inexpensive" items, just no big ticket purchases. I dont think I have any type of limit on the amount of "inexpensive" items though...

Hmmmm.. I wonder how many small discrete charges axiom could bill the ep800 to me for. I guess it there is no way to hide it when it would arrive so I guess that plan wouldn't work...
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/27/08 02:31 AM
You don't think Axiom would ship it in Lego-sized pieces for you to assemble yourself?
Just got my Little Big Planet pre-order yesterday. AWESOME platform game, very inventive level design.
I've been really interested in that game. I like stuff that is innovative and fun.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/27/08 02:57 AM
Hey, I was wondering if any of you have been buying any downloadable games from the PlayStation Store. I actually have a couple that I still haven't played. I'm horrible, I know.
I thought about Mega Man, but that's about it.

I wasn't any good at Mega Man back when I had a Nintendo.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/27/08 03:05 AM
I did okay at the Mega Man games, but they were hard. I used to be able to force myself through games. Now it's hard to even load them up.
I tried the Mega Man demo. I couldn't play for 2 minutes. It was too hard...
Call of Duty 4. Really liked the single player game and so far the multiplayer isn't all that bad (ie, I'm not the worst person at the end of a round).
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/27/08 04:27 AM
Just bought The Ship from Steam (on sale this weekend for $5.) Haven't downloaded or tried it yet, but it sounds interesting. Sort of a combo 20's murder mystery with FPS.
Posted By: BrenR Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/27/08 07:31 AM
Okay, I'm a bit behind the times, but I finally got a chance to try a Wii... and the best adjective I could come up with was "underwhelming"... someone please tell me that it was low batteries in the Wiimotes or a miscalibration that made it so bad.

I'm talking about things like in shooting games, having the reticle show up a random X-Y offset away from where I'm pointing the Wiimote (okay, not everyone playing is a marksman level bullseye shooter, but... it was way off)... spending half my time trying to get my pointer to show up on screen, making my onscreen persona putt in mini golf instead of driving... the horseshoe and bowling games seemed to respond fairly well... and L. says the yoga poses were pretty good in WiiFit, but so many other things that I'm pretty good at (tennis, baseball, volleyball) just didn't translate well.

Kind of glad I got a chance to play one... now we're looking at a 360 instead.

Bren R.
There are only a couple of setup options on the Wii that might have caused what happened. One, you have to set in the Wii whether the sensor bar is above or below the screen. If you get that wrong, it makes it a little erratic.

Second, if you have a really big screen, it takes a little getting used to, but once you do get used to it, I can't remember anything like what you described happening to me.

Either way, for me the Wii is a party gaming system and nothing more. The sports games are amusing in a group setting, but I find that if I actually want to seriously play a game (more and more seldom these days), the PS3 is my overwhelming preference.

Jason
I went to pick up littleBIGplanet at gamestop and they said that the game was recalled and all of the shipments had to be sent back. They said it would be a couple of days before new shipments arrived so I went ahead and reserved one of those. The guy said something about some references to the Qu'ran that led to the recall. This story seems to confrim that:
http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=262215

But on another note, Fable II is really a cool game, so i have plenty to do until LBP arrives.
Yeah, it was supposed to be last Tue but moved back a week. Somebody already tried to ebay the original copy for $250. Frankly, I didn't think it was a big deal but Sony does.

Agree with Jason. Sounds like your Wii needs some calibration. Also, don't expect it to be perfect for FPS. If that's your main genre, Xbox 360 or PS3 is probably a better bet.
I find the Wii incredibly fun when you are playing with a group of people. We have one downstairs in the living room, but I have yet to feel the urge to play a game solo.

And, yes, the controller does take some getting used to.
Bren R.

BrenR. If your main priority with a console is to play quality games especially online, the 360 is my overwhelming pick. The PS3 has a few good exlcusive titles but overall the games are lacking. If you want to use a console for audio/video/blu-ray then I would pick the PS3. I was never impressed with the Wii.

For Games I would Rate: 1) Xbox 360 2)PS3 3)Wii
Features: 1)PS3 2) Xbox 360 3) Wii
Hardware: 1)PS3 2)Wii 3)Xbox 360
Software: 1)Xbox 360 2) PS3 3)Wii
Controller: 1) Xbox 360 2)Wii 3)PS3
Online Community: 1) Xbox 360 2) PS3 3) Wii
Overall: 1)Xbox 360 2)PS3 3)Wii
Posted By: BrenR Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/27/08 04:42 PM
At least now I know, thanks for the honest replies.

Bren R.
I like the ps3 controller more than the 360 controller...
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/27/08 06:04 PM
360 controller for me, but I never had a PS2.
How about a PS3? ;\)
 Originally Posted By: St_PatGuy
I find the Wii incredibly fun when you are playing with a group of people. We have one downstairs in the living room, but I have yet to feel the urge to play a game solo.

And, yes, the controller does take some getting used to.


Like St_PatGuy, we have a Wii as well. I am the only really "gamer" in the house, and I have been a die-hard PC gamer at that. I've owned a couple of consoles in the past, but never really got a lot of use out of them until we got the Wii. It isn't the same as an XBox 360, PS3, or PC, but is isn't supposed to be.

For pure "pick it up and play at the spur of the moment" games, the Wii is a lot of fun. My youngest daughter is pretty much hooked on Super Mario Galaxy, but likes to take everyone on in tennis. I like some of the fun puzzle games like Zack and Wiki, and I will pinch hit for some of the more difficult Mario Galaxy levels. I've got Zelda Twilight Princess and a few other more "grown up" games, but haven't even broken them out after owning them for almost a year...
I recommend Boom Blox on the Wii. Surprisingly fun game that will throw your shoulder out in about 10 minutes...
I should also add that I was accepted into the PS3 Resistance 2 beta. I quickly learned that I am not an FPS player, after getting killed by zombies in about 15 seconds. All I could do was scan the sky trying to figure out how to target the moans surrounding me...
Posted By: RickF Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/27/08 11:29 PM
Any good flight combat games for the PS3 that any of y'all know about? I just picked up a PS3 a couple of weeks to use as a Blu-Ray player and have only played the NASCAR '09 game so I'm on the lookout for anything automotive or flight ... any suggestions?
 Originally Posted By: CV
360 controller for me, but I never had a PS2.


Me neither, just an xbox.

I always swore that xbox controllers were better than PS controllers... But now that I actually have both system I must say that I like the size, shape, and weight of the PS3 controller much better, not to mention how much better the D-pad is on it compared to the 360. However, I am still getting accustomed to the thumbsticks as they are much different than the ones on the 360
 Originally Posted By: RickF
Any good flight combat games for the PS3 that any of y'all know about? I just picked up a PS3 a couple of weeks to use as a Blu-Ray player and have only played the NASCAR '09 game so I'm on the lookout for anything automotive or flight ... any suggestions?


Have you tried the demos from the PS Store? I particularly liked Pure. Even though it's a Disney title, I liked the graphics and gameplay. Kinda like SSX Snowboarding but w/ ATVs.
Posted By: RickF Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/27/08 11:55 PM
No I haven't demoed any of the games, kids seem to be on them all of the time ... I did see that Pure the other day, maybe I'll check it out.

Nothing like a new-to-gaming 51 year old. ;\)
 Quote:
Nothing like a new-to-gaming 51 year old.


Rick, be on the lookout for Ultra Extreme Shuffleboard 3D.
Rick, nothng really good as far as flight combat out for the PS3 yet, but the beginning of next year it looks like there may be some pretty good ones coming out. This one I really like. Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/28/08 03:34 AM
 Originally Posted By: terzaghi
I always swore that xbox controllers were better than PS controllers... But now that I actually have both system I must say that I like the size, shape, and weight of the PS3 controller much better, not to mention how much better the D-pad is on it compared to the 360. However, I am still getting accustomed to the thumbsticks as they are much different than the ones on the 360


I haven't compared D-pads, but yeah, everyone complains about the 360's. Which controllers do you have for the PS3? SIXAXIS or DualShock 3? I only have the SIXAXIS controllers. I'll eventually get DualShock 3s, but it'll be a while.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/28/08 03:35 AM
 Originally Posted By: oldskoolboarder
I particularly liked Pure. Even though it's a Disney title, I liked the graphics and gameplay. Kinda like SSX Snowboarding but w/ ATVs.


The reviews seemed to be good for that game, and it looked pretty cool. I bet I'll pick it up when it's a budget title.
Playing my son's new Wii...
Posted By: RickF Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/28/08 09:09 AM
Wow, Extreme Shuffleboard 3D??

Forget I ever mentioned anything regarding flying or automotive fellas ... I think I just found my game. Thanks Sean!

\:\)
Aynone who is planning on getting Fallout 3 should consider doing so at Circuit City.

You get a free mini trategy guide and a $10 gift certificate with the purchase.

xbox 360:
http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/productDetail.do?oid=210131

PS3:
http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Fallout-3...roductDetail.do
Ok, Wii owners....working with my son's new Wii. Ran the wireless setup option, put in my WEP key and it connected fine, and downloaded an update.

However, when I try to go into Weather or News, it says the Wii...24 or something like that is not configured to connect. So I go in them menu and try to setup that up, but it won't connect.

Do I need to go into my router and add the MAC address or something. I would think if it was able to connect and run the update, the other channels would work?

Thanks, Randy
hmmm.. does seem odd. I don't have a wii but you would think that if the network connection worked for an update that it would work for the wii channels as well.
wii connect 24, that is what you are trying to setup right? You have to set that service to on in the wii settings screens.
WiiConnect24, if memory serves me correctly, is where some features only work if your Wii is set to never fully power off, but goes into a "sleep" mode. That way, the Wii grabs weather, news, Mii Channel, Wii Shop, Everybody Votes, and other updates somewhat consistently throughout the day (and night). I am not at home, so I don't remember the exact steps to set it up.

Here is a Wiki about it...

WiiConnect24 Wiki

Just turn it on and give it a few minutes to start downloading information.
Yes, I seem to remember that it's not "instantaneous"; after successfully turning on the service, it seems like our Wii needed quite a while (I just left it overnight) to grab all the shards of data it needed.
The problem is that it won't connect, gives me a connection error when I go into that setup option and try. The wireless option works however after I entered in my wep key.

Maybe I don't need that feature, I was thinking there is a way to download old classic games?
I have found that even though I have the service on, if I haven't gone into those channels for awhile it still takes a minute or 2 to update itself before anything happens.

Randy, are you running the Wii wireless? I know it can have connection issues, drop outs etc, that won't allow it to connect. Maybe try to see if can reconnect to check for another update, if it returns no updates available then you know the connection is still good and you are simply waiting for the Wii connect 24 to grab all the info it needs.
I keep trying to post in the forums but my posts are timing out...
Randy, maybe go into the settings and delete the Wifi setup and redo it.

After redoing it, test the channel. If it works, then try the weather and news.

You could have an iffy Wifi location where your Wii is located. The Wifi antenna is located near the back of the Wii. If you installed it inside your A/V rack, the antenna is not optimal. Also, if you have a lot of 2.4GHz Wifi equipment around (including 2.4GHz phones) it could be interfering w/ the connection.

This is one of the reasons why I just switched it to a wired connection. I found a cheap $20 USB to ethernet adapter and use that. WAY more reliable. I think it's an Airlink 101 but you can google to find others that might work.
cool thanks guys.
Another thing to try would be to turn off WEP on your router and reset the connection to see if there is an encryption problem. Then you could turn it back on and start digging into if it is a WEP issue.
Yeah, what Nick said. Simplify the connection first.
I have a Wii... what jakewash said. \:\)

BTW, I have husband & wife friends that also have a Wii, and I must say...we're addicted to MarioKart! I can play from home, connect with both of them, and the 3 of us can play as a team online against up to 9 additional players from around the world. Usually, one of us will try to gain the most points while the other 2 attempt to 'spoil' for him/her (hehe). Superbly designed software! Many strategies and tactics to employ. There really hasn't been much else I've liked for the Wii except for Zelda. I've got the Xbox 360 as well, but 95% of my console gaming is on the Wii.
I agree, MarioKart is fun with multiple people!! Once you get used to steering it is a blast.
Well I grabbed LittlBIGplanet for PS3 and Fallout 3 for 360 today.

I orginally got Fallout 3 on PS3 but I later read that the 360 version was better and that the PS3 version had a lot of bugs so I swapped it out for the 360 version.

I am busy playing Fable II right now so I haven't even tried Fallout, but I did try LBP. It is a VERY innovative game and I think it is really going to be fun.
Working now, I think it was because I didn't read the agreement. \:\) So to play games online, I assume you have to purchase the game?
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/29/08 03:20 AM
David, I'm going to have to live vicariously through you for now. I'd love to hear your extended thoughts on all of those games as you play them more.
The Wii doesn't have many online games but MarioKart for the Wii allows for online gaming, actually that is the only one I can think of at the momment; and yes you have to buy the disc first. You can purchase Wii points online and start downloading all the old games you used to play from the Shopping Channel on the Wii, too.
Have you tried that new Nintendo 0 Points option in shopping. Looks like you can check out demo's and other goodies?
No I haven't, but it does sound like a great idea for those titles that just don't quite work.
 Originally Posted By: CV
David, I'm going to have to live vicariously through you for now. I'd love to hear your extended thoughts on all of those games as you play them more.


As long as I can live vicariously through you when you get those Ep800's! ;\)
oh yeah, gears of war 2 and COD 5 are comming up next. I am going to have more games than I know what to do with... should get me through most of the winter and then some \:\)
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/29/08 04:21 AM
\:\) Yeah, it really is a good season for games. Can't wait to catch up on all of them.
I've been hooked on a paintball mod for Call of Duty 4... Can't get enough of that right now...
wow, that sounds cool! PC gamers get all the cool mods...
Getting my EP500 off layaway this week in time for Gears of War 2! Can't wait!!
Currently playing Fallout 3 on the Xbox 360. This game is money !

Terzaghi is correct about the PS3 version of Fallout 3 being inferior to the PC and Xbox 360 versions. The PS3 version suffers from visual as well as technical bugs/gliches which are not present on either the PC or Xbox 360 versions. 360 and PC has achievments, there is no trophies/achievments for the PS3 version of the game as of yet.

Dr. House
I too picked up Fallout 3 and put in an hour or two since i got it. I really enjoy it so far, it's a little more focused than Oblivion in terms of the story and progression (so far), but carries a lot of other attributes of that game that I like being carried over to Fallout. I can't wait for Gears 2. That EP500 will add a significant amount of depth to everything you listen to Ascension, including every bullet firing in Gears \:D
Fallout 3 is such an unbelievable game. The attention to detail of a game of this size is remarkable! In my opinion this is the best game released in 2008 so far. Still have to wait for Gears of War 2 and COD5 :):):).

Dr. House
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/29/08 11:36 PM
I've been trying to decide whether I would like Fallout 3. I like the idea of games with actual choices, etc., but I simply couldn't get into Oblivion. Paralysis by analysis, that sort of thing.
I liked Oblivion a lot and I think this is a much better game. Fallout 3 is way more polished than oblivion and I like the combat system (V.A.T.S) better. A simple way to describe Fallout 3 is a mix of a first person shooter mixed with Oblivion RPG elements.

kcarlile I would suggest you read some reviews of Fallout 3 to see if this game is for you. Here is one to start...:)

http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/924/924165p1.html
I have Fallout3 sitting on my coffee table and haven't even popped it in!

I already made the mistake of putting in littleBIGplanet and now I am playing that instead of Fable II which I only rented.
terzaghi when you decide to play it, you are in for a real treat. It is such a great game. Let us know what you think of it when you get some time to play it:).

Dr. House
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/29/08 11:53 PM
Yeah, I read the arstechnica review, but I'm still not sure. I mean, I enjoyed WoW (totally different, I know), but it was still a whole lot more guided than Oblivion. I just had the constant feeling in Oblivion that if I didn't take care of this quest NOW then something horrible would happen but look there's that quest, better do that now, oh crap, what about this other quest! Arg!
After reading everything you guys just said about Fallout 3, I had to order it, I even added next day shipping so I would have it by Friday (the wife and kids are going out of town for the weekend so I wanted it by Fri.) I'm also really intrigued by Little Big Planet, if it's as good as it looks on the trailer I'll have to get that also, I'm just wondering if it's easy enough for my 7 year old to play also.
kcarlile, your answer lies in the last two words of the arstechnica review...Verdict: Buy :):):).
Three part post:

part 1: Yeah, with Oblivion you just have to learn to accept the fact that you are going to have a huge list of active/unfinished quests.... quests get dumped on you from right and left!

It seems like 2 new quests get assigned to you for every 1 you complete!

Part 2: I just called circuit city and verified that they are giving away the 1600 MS point cards with the GOW2 purchase. They said they don't do pre-orders though so I imagine you would have to get there pretty early to get a copy.

I have one pre-ordered at gamestop as a fallback though.


Part 3: And finally, I think the PS3 online system SUCKS. I was going to get Socom on the ps3 a while back but there were server issues that basically made the game unplayable.

The LittleBIGPlanet servers were up for a couple of hours the other day but other than that they have been down due to 'server issues'

The sad thing is that both of those games had extensive beta trials that SHOULD have given the developers enough time to work that kind of crap out.

I know that when buy Gears of War 2 I can pop it in my 360 as soon as I walk in the door and connect to a game in a flash. That is why I don't mind paying $50 per year for the xbox live service.
What is an MS point?
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/30/08 03:52 AM
It's the currency for Xbox Live Marketplace. They don't do direct dollar amounts because then you wouldn't have to do math to figure out how much money you're spending each time.
 Originally Posted By: CV
It's the currency for Xbox Live Marketplace. They don't do direct dollar amounts because then you wouldn't have to do math to figure out how much money you're spending each time.
This how they are teaching kids math these days.
It prepares us for Las Vegas as adults. After all, it's only chips we're losing, not money.

Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/30/08 12:17 PM
I reloaded Oblivion on the PC after reading the word a bunch of times in this thread. I'm really enjoying it again but I've been playing multi-player RP games for so long, I actually keep thinking that some of the really well done NPCs walking around are actually player characters.

I'll be wanting Fallout III and I likely would have bought it for the PS3 because I have few games for it and I need more for when my wife commandeers the PC nightly to check facebook. From the sound of the bugs and video glitches, I should get the PC version. Thanks for the heads up.
1600 MS points= $20+tax
 Originally Posted By: thefwam
I too picked up Fallout 3 and put in an hour or two since i got it. I really enjoy it so far, it's a little more focused than Oblivion in terms of the story and progression (so far), but carries a lot of other attributes of that game that I like being carried over to Fallout. I can't wait for Gears 2. That EP500 will add a significant amount of depth to everything you listen to Ascension, including every bullet firing in Gears \:D


Yeah, I can't wait for that! They did a big overhaul on the sounds of their weapons. There's going to be a more "tactile" feel to the weapons when you fire them!
Fallout 3 is a challenging game. I have died many times just on the normal setting. I have been doing a lot of combat in tunnels lately. I have been successful with using the "sneak" feature, getting close to the enemy then using theh V.A.T.S and targeting their heads, legs and chest (if you have a high enough percentage of a headshot with a rifle, I have been decapitating the enemies with one shot).

Lately I have been struggling with finding health and have been very low in a lot of battles. It really makes you think about a strategy. This game is soooooo good!!!!

Dr. House
For the LBP players, send me a PM and we can hook up online. I played online w/ some people last night and it was hilarious.
do you have a mic for the PS3? I have a bluetooth headset but have not been able to verify that it works...

Anyone on LBP feel free to send me an invite!

My Playstation user name is terzaghi83
bummer no mic. i'll send you an invite assuming i can figure that out...
David - the mic thing is a bit tricky. You have to set it up under the settings menu to pair it to the PS3. Then, (the step I always missed), you also have to set it up under "chat" (one of the menu options to the far right of the menu bar in the PS3). From that menu, you have to go into some sort of settings menu and select the Bluetooth headset you just paired as the mic device for chat. From that point in, it should work auto-magically every time it's turned on.

Jason
yeah, I paired it to the PS3 but then I never did the second step...

However it appeared to be working a little because My sackboy in LBP would lipsync when I spoke... never heard anyoen else speak or got confirmation that they heard me though.

The mic I have is a crappy one that came for free with my GF's phone... I am thinking about buying the official PS3 one that comes bundled with SOCOM for $60.
Can you use any BT headset? If so, I might try my Plantronics one.

I noticed that someone online had one last night. I could hear his voice but it was pretty muffled so it was hard to understand.
yes, any old BT headset will do. follow the directions in the manual on how to pair the device with the PS3
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/02/08 01:20 AM
I tried the Mirror's Edge demo on the PS3 tonight. It was pretty cool. I like the graphics, and the feel of the gameplay is cool when you can actually pull off the moves. I have to admit my playing was pathetic and took multiple attempts at most parts. I'm just not the player I used to be.
Anybody been playing Fallout 3. I am currently working on escorting Dr. Li and company to saftey from the enclave. This game is so awesome.

Dr. House
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/02/08 02:48 AM
I very much want to play it. What platform do you have it for?
Xbox 360
Cv, I read that the PS3 version is buggy and doesn't look as good as the 360 version.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/02/08 04:01 AM
You're talking about Fallout 3, right?
I played Fallout3 on Xbox360 for about 5hrs tonight Great game, similar in many ways to Oblivion, but Imo it's much funner because you get to shoot things.
I tried Mirror's Edge. Cool aesthetic. I couldn't figure out how to cross the dang beam. I kept trying to balance and fell off.

Interesting parkour game though.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/02/08 04:48 PM
Instead of trying to push left and right a lot to balance, I put more effort into pushing forward.
Been playing Dead Space this weekend. So far, I really like it. A good surround system is a must for the immersive creepy factor. I need to work on my alien offing strategy--I seem to be dying a lot.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/02/08 11:38 PM
 Originally Posted By: St_PatGuy
I seem to be dying a lot.


How much are you spacing, though?

And shouldn't you be writing?
 Originally Posted By: CV


How much are you spacing, though?

And shouldn't you be writing?


The zero gravity portions make me dizzy and queasy.


And, yes, I should be writing. Getting back to it right now.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/05/08 06:57 AM
Man, the scores for both Fallout 3 and Gears of War 2 are making me want to play them right now. Gears of War 2 would especially be good with the EP800s, I bet.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/05/08 06:58 AM
By the way, Sean, make sure you let me know your further impressions of Dead Space. It looked like an interesting game.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/05/08 12:10 PM
Me too. I like video games that are so scary my wife has to leave the room instead of sitting around making me feel guilty about using the TV when she wants to watch PVRed Oprah.
CV, yes I was talking about Fallout 3.
Late Sunday I stopped playing Dead Space. I just discovered a monster truck in the cargo hold of the ship and am able to crush all the scary aliens beneath my super huge tires. . . .


Sorry, guys, it's an old joke that, apparently, I'm not tired of yet.


I'll definitely let you know my further impressions of the game as I progress!
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/05/08 07:31 PM
I suppose a Chuck Norris joke will be coming next then ???
I am going to give the Call of Duty 5: World at War a spin tonight. I downloaded the demo last night, which seems like a full multiplayer game, so it should be interesting. WWII (again) with usable vehicles could be interesting....
oh whatt tell us how it is
I played the COD5 beta a bit on the 360... very fun game. At first it seems like the same as COD4, but after you play it a bit it has a different feel to it. Very good IMO, and I will def. be buying it.
I played the EndWar Demo last night. Pretty cool. I was ablt to sit on my couch and just bark orders at the screen and pretty much just press one button on the controller. It really made controling multiple units on the battlefield easier than manually moving them around. It was also very helpfull for calling in support like airstrikes and deploying new units. My wife found it weird however that i was yelling at the tv.

The night before I played alone in the dark. Creepy game. The guy I shot just kept getting up. What the hell?
Well, I ended up not playing COD5 since one of the guys that I play games with hadn't downloaded it yet.

So we ended up playing iSketch at http://www.isketch.net

It is basically a free online Pictionary type game. It was kind of fun to see out sad drawing skills become even worse using a mouse, but it allowed us to all play across the internet. It was somewhat addicting after a while...
Just picked up Gear of War 2 before work with a buddy. we played a few minutes of Horde mode before I had to come downtown. All around the game is just a little better "feeling" than the last one. Everything is a little tighter.

Also the ability to pick up downed enemies and take cover behind them as you walk the battlefield isn't a bad touch either...
Little Big Planet -- just started it this week but it really is amazingly beautiful and fun so far.

Rock Band 2 for the PS3, including new instruments. Literally got it last night, so have only played the drums so far. Definitely a nicer feel to it, but seem to be having more of a lag issue that I'll address today.

Rich
played Gearsof War 2 last night for a while... cool game!
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/08/08 06:24 PM
I want it!
Amazon just sent me a promotional code for $10.00 off a video game, I just purchased Fallout 3 and the new Call of Duty, any suggestions on a new game? I'm undecided between, Fable II, Resistence 2, Gears of War2 or Little Big Planet. Thanks
To add, even a really good Wii game would be considered.
Gears of War 2 is an amazingly fun game. Too often game developers come out with a sequel to a game that is more like a short extension to the campaign and a few new multiplayer maps that could have been downloaded as a map-pack. This is not the case of Gears 2. Soooo many new game modes, weapons, maps, and a great new campaign. Somehow they actually managed to make the game even more gory this time around too. If you plan on playing online then Gears 2 is a must buy. If you only plan on playing the campaign I think it is safe to say that you could beat it with a rent. (I am nowhere close to beating it since I keep spending most of my time online)

LittleBIGplanet is incredibly fun as well. Unlocking stickers, decorations, new costume pieces, objects, and materials is more exciting than it probably should be. Playing online is fun, although I haven't found anyone with a mic yet. I had some friends come over for football the other night and 3 of them ended up staying at my house. We all woke up the next morning and me, my girlfriend, and my 3 friends played LBP for at least a couple of hours. There was laughing, screaming, and cussing as we fought our way through a couple of the last levels that came included on the game. We only had two controllers so we just took turns... I can only imagine how fun it would have been with 4 controllers! The options are near endless when it comes to level creation. I am in the middle of my first level and it definitely takes some time and patience to figure out. However, playing levels people have uploaded give you some great ideas on what kind of stuff you can create and makes you want to try it yourself.

Very tough choice between the two... I am glad I have both!

David, would LittleBigPlanet be a game that my 7 and 4 year old boys could play together, if so it looks like I'll have to get a couple games. \:\)
LBP is definately something that kids can enjoy. A lot of the levels actually are pretty tough (especially toward the end) but there are probably enough easy levels for younger children enjoy it. Of course now a-days younger kids are probably better at video games than most adults...
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/12/08 06:26 AM
Go to your library this Saturday, the 15th, to take part in:

National Gaming Day @ Your Library
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/12/08 11:50 PM
Gears of War 2. So far the campaign seems better than 1 as there haven’t been as many “puzzles” requiring you to die multiple time just trying to figure out some special way to get through the level. Good but not great LFE since to much of what I want to feel through the LFE channel only makes the controller shake, why can’t they do both?
I'm MarioKarting yet again with friends online!! \:\)

BTW, Fallout 3...excellent! Obvious Oblivion engine tho.

Enjoying it!

Funny, 48 and still into video games like a kid. We all have our escapes I suppose...





Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/13/08 12:15 AM
 Originally Posted By: Spoiler

Funny, 48 and still into video games like a kid. We all have our escapes I suppose...

Same here. I just look at it as the natural extension of all the war gaming and role playing I’ve done since I was a kid.

Also picked up Fallout 3 but I figured I could finish Gears of War way quicker.
I think that is a pretty safe assumption.
Took a break from little big planet and Gears 2 and have been playing some fallout 3. Definitely a fun game and it will take a while to finish it up.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/17/08 02:00 PM
Purchased and played Rockband II last night for about two and a half hours until my body finally gave up. I think it's time I learned some proper drum techniques as my right wrist gets pretty sore when I step up to tougher songs on the hard level.

On the bright side I was very pleased to see that all my downloaded songs that I bought for RB 1, showed up immediately in my RB II, song list. No action required on my part. I also downloaded the additional 20 free songs and tonight I will export the original RB I songs of the old disk so they will show up as well.

Kudo's to Harmonixs for going from
- "We don't know if you will be able to play your old songs" to
- "We think you will be able to import most of them for a small fee" to
- "Just go ahead and play all your old songs."
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/17/08 02:22 PM
On another Rockband Note.
I went out and excitedly bought RB II yesterday because Saturday night I sat behind a real set of drums for the first time ever. Much to my surprise, after a few exploratory bangs to get used to the 'real' positioning, I was able to tap out some basic rock beats and even throw in a few fills that actually sounded like the real thing.

I even played along to a couple of more simple AC/DC tunes. I wasn't always using the same beats they were as I didn't know the song, drumwise. But it was a lot of fun and I threw in some fills when I knew they were coming. Not the correct ones, but they seemed to work well enough to give us all a good laugh!

I know I'm not learning proper technique, and my timing would suck for anything complex but but I have to say it's pretty cool that I developed a few basic skills from playing a video game. Of course I learned to type fast from an old DOS game called "Letter Invaders" so it's not that much of a stretch, I guess.

I almost bought a real set yesterday but luckily the music stores don't open on Sunday's and I really need to focus on Christmas presents, not presents for myself. I'm always a danger to our bank account when left alone for the weekend.
 Originally Posted By: Murph
I almost bought a real set yesterday


You mean all this time when someone would tell me to "get a set"... BUYING a set was an option???

Seriously, that's pretty cool regarding the drum set. I drum all day... on tables, desks, my torso, anything. I've always wondered what it would be like to sit on a throne..... (Bouncin' it right back to ya'...)
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/17/08 05:08 PM
As a guy who hangs out in front of the stage at rock concerts for a living, I imagine you have seen more 'sets' than we could ever imagine. Probably a lot of drums too even.

You get no sympathy from me, Buddy!

Notice, I narrowly managed to avoid the 'sitting on the throne' opening.
The vast, vast majority of my days are spent shooting and editing training videos... or photographing wicker baskets and antiques and stuff. It's not as exciting as it sounds on paper!
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/17/08 11:12 PM
Yeah, it must suck. When your boss is working you too hard, you have nobody to complain to.
I'm certainly not complaining... but it's really nothing to envy either.
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/18/08 03:14 AM
Can I at least admire it approvingly?
so I am about 7 hours into fallout3 right now and man is this game ENORMOUS. I don't think I have done any of the main quests.. I have been busy doing little odd jobs/quests to make a few caps(dollars) and level up.
I just remembered that I had a free 1600 point ms card from my purchase of gears 2 at circuit city. Any 360 owners have any arcade game suggestions?
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/18/08 04:35 AM
The ones I've enjoyed more than others:

Bejeweled 2 Deluxe
Braid
Carcassonne
Castle Crashers
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Catan
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
Lumines Live!
Novadrome
Pac-Man C.E.
Pinball FX
Puzzle Quest
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/18/08 05:24 AM
Anyone playing Grid? I just drove the Audi R10 this weekend at Le Mans. Man, what a car--hits 200 in 5th, and topped out at 260 in 6th. I might have been able to go faster if the straight was longer. My only competition was the other R10...
Too bad you are not talking about the real thing.
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/18/08 05:42 AM
I think I would have had the real thing into a wall faster than you could read this sentence...
 Originally Posted By: pmbuko
Can I at least admire it approvingly?

Only if you do so with a small smirk....not a smile big enough to see teeth.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/18/08 12:09 PM
 Originally Posted By: MarkSJohnson
The vast, vast majority of my days are spent shooting and editing training videos... or photographing wicker baskets and antiques and stuff. It's not as exciting as it sounds on paper!


Well, mostly I was having fun with you, but if taking photos of antiques was my ticket to big ticket concerts, change my handle to "Manager of Murph's Old Time Photography and Wicker Emporium".

My wife would love it, her fascination with wicker was of fire hazard proportions until we lost it all (sadly with a bunch of furniture and other items) to mold when it was in storage during our house build two years ago.
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/18/08 02:02 PM
Ken, were you leaning through the turns? \:D
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/18/08 03:19 PM
Hell yeah, man!
GH3 with my oldest and getting my but kicked, but the tunes are good. \:\)
Finished Dead Space this evening. I thoroughly enjoyed the game even though I could see the ending a mile away. Still good production values, creepy sound, creepy atmosphere, and. . .creepy something.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/24/08 06:01 AM
I am interested in that game, but I think I'll wait until it's a budget title. What's next on your list?
Hmm, I don't know. I want to try Little Big Planet. . .I can't think of anything out there that's a must have for me. Need to finish Brothers in Arms. Kinda want to try the new Spiderman game.

Oh, you know what? I have Psychonauts for the PS2. Forgot I won it off eBay. I should play that next.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/24/08 06:10 AM
Oh, yeah, people love that game. At least, the ones who bought it did.
I have a bunch of 360 games to catch up on. Ever since my old Xbox 360 malfunctioned last Christmas and I had to wait months for the store to restock I haven't played much on it. Still have Assassin's Creed, and Rainbow Six Las Vegas, and The Orange Box to play.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/24/08 06:16 AM
I only finished Portal out of The Orange Box. I should try that again sometime. I mean, I have a million games I never finished, but shhhh.
That's a bad habit. Speaking of which, I need to finish Metal Gear Solid 4 and GTA4.

I must have something against the number 4.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/24/08 06:20 AM
Yes, those are two of the games I need to finish. Grrrr.
Add 'em to the pile, eh?
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/24/08 06:23 AM
It's definitely a lot easier to add up the games that I've finished than the ones that I haven't.
This is what you do. Make a rule to not buy a video game until you finish the current one you are playing. This'll save you money and help you focus.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/24/08 06:27 AM
I don't think I'd ever get a new game!

It would be a good policy, though.
Try it for a while. Trust me.
Are any of you members of Gamefly? With the way some of you tear through games, I'm wondering if anyone finds this as good a deal as Netflix is on the movie side.

I've considered signing up in the past to try it, but just don't spend enough time gaming to justify it.

I did, however, just upgrade my Netflix subscription to get more movies at the same time to help make it through the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. \:D

Jason
I'm not a member of Gamefly but I have friends who are. They seem to like it.

I usually only buy a game if it has a really long single player story mode (like fallout or oblivion), or a good xbox live multiplayer mode (like gears2 or COD4).

If it is a rental (like mirrors edge) I just rent it from blockbuster because they don't have any late fees and I can keep the game for 3-4 weeks before they really start bugging me about it.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/13/08 10:02 PM
I just played through the Adventure mode of Peggle Extreme which is free on Steam. Pretty fun!
Posted By: BrenR Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/17/08 11:46 PM
A bit of a hijack... but to the Canadians:

Anywhere in particular you've seen the best price on an XBox Pro? Looks like $299.99 is about normal for the console, a controller, and 2-4 titles that I really don't care about. Future Shop, Best Buy and Superstore all seem to be about the same, am I missing somewhere?

Bren R.
Not that I have been looking much, but I think that the prices are fixed at that mark no matter where you go. I can only suggest possibly Wal-Mart or EBGames and hope for a few bucks off.
gears of war 2.. and losing ... I need more nights with hexic and John Mayer...
Been playing Animal Crossing, got me hooked. Also bought Prince of Persia for $40 on Amazon's deal today.
Good deal on Prince of Persia! Just got ordered it. Thanks for the heads up, Cesar!
Posted By: BrenR Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/18/08 06:06 AM
 Originally Posted By: jakewash
Not that I have been looking much, but I think that the prices are fixed at that mark no matter where you go. I can only suggest possibly Wal-Mart or EBGames and hope for a few bucks off.
Yeah, I couldn't find anything else either... by the time I totalled up the $300 for the console, plus the $180 for Rock Band 2, plus Guitar Hero Aerosmith for more tunes and the other guitar, and taxes, we were coming up on $700. It's fun, but not that fun. Plus, I don't know anyone who hasn't had to replace a guitar already.

Just don't think it's that fun for us, we'd never use the console for anything else.

So instead she's getting an iPod (eww... Apple stuff in the house - well, I DO have a MacAlly USB hub ) and I'm getting a duck blind. Much more useful for us.

Bren R.
Does the duck blind have a USB port?
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/18/08 06:13 AM
I am now laughing at Mr. Punk Rebel for suggesting that he would purchase anything with Aerosmith in its name. ;\)
Posted By: BrenR Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/18/08 06:34 AM
Aerosmith didn't just do soundtrack schlock ballads and songs beloved by chicks with femullets - they had some good songs too. Besides, they don't exactly make Guitar Hero: GBH or Guitar Hero : Crucif***s.

Bren R.
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/18/08 06:49 AM
Do any bands actually get better after they've been together for, oh, at least 15 years?
Asked "santa" for Red Alert 3. We'll see if it comes.

Guys at my work play DotA, a map/mod/game for Warcraft 3. It is loads of fun.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/18/08 07:16 AM
 Originally Posted By: pmbuko
Do any bands actually get better after they've been together for, oh, at least 15 years?


Probably, but you'd have to count all of the time they were together BEFORE they had a record deal.
Posted By: BrenR Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/18/08 07:24 AM
 Originally Posted By: pmbuko
Do any bands actually get better after they've been together for, oh, at least 15 years?

The Descendents, Blondie, Agent Orange, The Misfits, D-A-D, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers... that's all I can think of off hand who have either gotten better, or not slipped too much over 15 years.

Bren R.
I don't think they're necessarily better - it's hard to top Moving Pictures - but Rush has turned out good stuff between their 15th and 30th birthdays.

I would disagree with Blondie - all their good stuff was within the first 6 years they hit the scene.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/18/08 02:04 PM
Agree. Prices seem to remain static on game consoles.

Slightly off topic but maybe relevant to getting service after the purchase. Anybody else hearing rumors of their Future Shop closing down?

Remember, I said rumors. I have no idea on the legitimacy of this.
It looks like Amazon is doing deals on PS3 games today.
Posted By: BrenR Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/18/08 05:12 PM
 Originally Posted By: medic8r
I would disagree with Blondie - all their good stuff was within the first 6 years they hit the scene.
I can't really agree... Blondie, Parallel Lines and Eat to the Beat were really good, Plastic Letters and Autoamerican (except Rapture and Suzy and Jeffrey) were pretty weak IMO. And The Hunter was a series of 10 or so B-sides to War Child.

The two new albums have been good... No Exit and The Curse Of Blondie aren't just "401K" albums.

I'm a much bigger fan of them than the "fusion jazz" she was doing with the Jazz Passengers.

Bren R.
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/18/08 11:26 PM
I have to disagree with the Chili Peppers. They've been downhill ever since Blood Sugar Sex Magic.
 Originally Posted By: St_PatGuy
Good deal on Prince of Persia! Just got ordered it. Thanks for the heads up, Cesar!


No prob. It's received great reviews and even though I have a big game backlog, I figured what the heck.
Posted By: BrenR Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/19/08 12:20 AM
 Originally Posted By: Zarak
I have to disagree with the Chili Peppers. They've been downhill ever since Blood Sugar Sex Magic.
Everyone but me likes that album. On a few occasions, I've nearly given away my copy of BSSM. Standout albums for me are Freaky Styley, Mother's Milk, Californication and Stadium Arcadium. I own BSSM, but would probably give it away (groan) to anyone that asked for it.

After that stinker, I refused to buy One Hot Minute (and don't think I missed anything), bought Californication (mostly because I know one of the engineers on it) and liked it, skipped By The Way as a ho-hum release, and own Stadium Arcadium, which I think both discs are solid on.

To each their own.

Bren R.
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/19/08 10:58 PM
No, you didn't miss much, as I bought One Hot Minute and didn't like it. Most of the singles I've heard on the radio since don't do anything for me, with the exception of the Love is like a roller coaster song, mostly because I always think of Beavis and Butthead doing their little dance to it and it makes me laugh.
Posted By: BrenR Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/19/08 11:39 PM
Californication was also the return of John Frusciante. I like Dave Navarro, don't get me wrong, but he's Jane's Addiction material, not RHCP material... I don't think there's any "where's the track forward button" filler on the album.

Nothing on By The Way really grabbed me, and it and 1HM remain the only two albums of theirs I don't own.

And Stadium Arcadium is actually really good, it could have been a break-out album for a new band. I would have bought it no matter who the band was.

Bren R.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/21/08 10:57 PM
Well, I got back to playing Peggle Extreme and finished the challenge mode. It's a pretty addicting game. I'll have to get the full Peggle Deluxe at some point.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/28/08 12:11 AM
Has anyone played World of Goo? It looks like it could be really fun.
I like the dramatic music.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/28/08 01:43 AM
Ha ha, yeah, I liked that, too.
I noticed it won the Video Game award for best independent game.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/28/08 02:28 AM
I wonder how much goo that resulted in for its developer.
He could potentially be a goozillionaire.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/28/08 02:39 AM
Ha ha, sperm bank.
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/28/08 03:32 AM
I like it!
I have been playing the trial version of the xbox live arcade game "Puzzle Quest". This game is pretty neat and I think I'm about to go spend 800 points for the full version.

Did anyone else with a 360 play this one?
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/28/08 05:26 AM
Yeah, I enjoyed that one a lot. I got the expansion for it, too, but I haven't played it. I should make the time to do that at some point.
Yeah, I think I liked the demo when it first came out but the 1200 point price tag scared me off.

now that it is 800 points I think I will buy it.
I've been trying to slog through "Assassin's Creed". . . what a snooze-fest and a waste of a good idea. Talk about repetitiveness. . .zzzzzz. . .you do the same thing over and over and over again.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/28/08 06:11 AM
That's what the reviews seemed to say. That's why I didn't buy it. Of course, a lot of games I play are repetitive. I guess some types of repetition are more fun than others.
Yeah, I bought the game last Christmas and never got around to playing it. I should move on to either Fallout 3 or Prince of Persia.
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/28/08 06:42 AM
I've been playing the World of Goo demo, and I love it. However, it's virtually impossible with a trackpad. I also just bought Race 07, and both STALKERs.
I've been playing Goo a bit on my Wii! Yes, I said "Wii" even though it isn't listed on their site, I've got it... It was a downloadable game.
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/28/08 07:17 AM
Oh, it's on 2dBoy's site (the Wii thing).
 Originally Posted By: St_PatGuy
I've been trying to slog through "Assassin's Creed". . . what a snooze-fest and a waste of a good idea. Talk about repetitiveness. . .zzzzzz. . .you do the same thing over and over and over again.


Totally agree -> The gameplay and graphics are really fun for the first few hours, but after that you have to be pretty dedicated to run the same loop a few dozen more times. I enjoyed the game for a short time. I still think it's worth a rental to enjoy the gameplay, but nothing more than that.

Jason
Yeah, Jason, the graphics are good and the cities are pretty magnificent to behold viewed from up high, but the actual gameplay bogs the whole thing down. I'm stubborn, though, and will stick with it to see if it gets any better. . .
So yeah, I'm pretty much addicted to that puzzle quest game now.
Posted By: BrenR Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/28/08 08:34 PM
Been playing Rock Band on 360 now for a few days... bro left his behind after Christmas day (mostly so he wouldn't keep avoiding work playing Gears of War 2).

Yeah, I'm still a one-and-a-half-trick-pony. Vocals on Expert for most non-screechy-metal songs, hard for those Geddy Lee/Rob Halfordy ones, and medium for songs I don't have the foggiest how the vocal line goes. I've gotten used to "sight-reading" the green/gold line instead of sheet music.

When I need to give the pipes a rest, I'll pick up the sticks and play drums, but the feel of the kick pedal keeps me on easy.

And the guitar/bass always baffled me. Being that I used to play bass, it doesn't feel the least bit similar to me.

Just find it kind of funny that when you get a Brit-popper, a west coast punk rocker and a bubble gum power-popper together to play... we gravitate towards playing arena rock?!?

Bren R.
 Originally Posted By: nickbuol
I've been playing Goo a bit on my Wii! Yes, I said "Wii" even though it isn't listed on their site, I've got it... It was a downloadable game.


I love Goo. Great game.
World of Goo is great! Well worth the $20 for the full version.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/28/08 11:46 PM
Good to know. I'll have to afford it at some point.
Mariokart on the Wii, Friend codes anyone?
finally got around to playing rockband last night (the first one). A friend brought it over and we had a 4 man (actually 3 man and 1 girl) band going. My girlfriend really liked playing the drums.
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/31/08 06:22 PM
She likes to bang things, huh? ;\)
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/02/09 02:37 AM
Well, I've been playing World of Goo. I'm not terribly far, but I'm already feeling stupid and slow. I know if I was still a kid I'd be figuring this stuff out much faster. Still, I'm enjoying myself. I kind of wish it was higher-resolution, but other than that, it looks great and plays well. I felt bad for my brother-in-law, since he didn't get any gifts for Christmas, so I ordered him a copy, too. He doesn't have his yet, however. UPS likes to turn 2-day shipping into 3-day shipping a lot, so he'll have it tomorrow. I imagine my nephew will be the first one to finish the game, but hopefully my head start will keep me ahead of him for a few minutes, anyway.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/04/09 12:39 AM
I just finished Chapter 2 in World of Goo. I agree with the reviews I read about how imaginative the designers are, and how well-incorporated the ideas are into the gameplay. For $20, I don't think you can go wrong with this game.
Rock Band 2 with with my wife and son. My bands name?.......Axiom, of course, my wife rolled her eyes at that one. I have discovered I can do the bass guitar not too bad, still struggling with the drums and guitar.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/05/09 03:28 PM
Still addicted to RockBand but I also got "Dead Space" for Christmas for the PS3. Here is my two minute review.

I normally get tired of shooters but this keeps me wanting to go back for more. An fairly decent story based on the old human mutation/religious artifact genre. The horror movie style music does a great job at building tension. I sometimes have to tell myself to relax my shoulders.

What makes it different though is the extra strategy involved in the shooting aspect. Just shooting the creatures does little good. You have to use your various laser tools, meelee etc. to dismember their limbs in order to kill them effectively. Cut of their legs to slow them down then work on the arms or head. If they get close, a good stomp can remove a limb if you have em crawling around near your feet.

Some puzzle elements involving devices to slow things down or telekinesis, but you will never be stuck scratching your head for very long. Solutions are maybe a bit too obvious.

Scary, bloody and very gory. A lot of mature content and some swearing. Not for the very young or feint of heart but it is definitely the first shooter I didn't get bored of 1/2 way through.
I have been playing Dark Sector on the 360 and Drakes Fortune on the PS3 lately.

I am about 70% done with each game.

Dark sector is pretty good... its like a typical shooter, but then they mutate your character and give him a bionic arm with a sharp blade at the end that can be thrown at the enemies. The blade gets new abilities as the game progresses (fire, ice, electricity, ect.) Overall this game is pretty fun, but I am somewhat ready for it to be over. There is some puzzle/strategy
involved at certain places. You must use the powers of your bionic arm blade thingie to get past certain parts of the game and to beat certain bosses.

Drakes fortune on the PS3 is a really great game. it is a typical third person shooter but there is a lot of treasure hunting, small puzzle type sections, and lots of rock/wall climbing. Think tomb raider on steroids. I highly recommend you check out this game if you have a PS3. It may only be worth a rent though (depending on how much you play). I am 72% complete at about 6 hours of game play.

As soon as I beat these two games (both are borrowed from friends) I will return them and get started on Valkyria Chronicles on the PS3. I played the demo, and thought it was pretty fun so went and grabbed it yesterday. It is a battlefield strategy/rpg game with a japan-amination/comic theme to it.

Posted By: BrenR Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/02/09 06:52 AM
Hmm.. another reason to eventually buy an Xbox360.

Bren R.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/02/09 07:04 AM
\:\) Looks fun, Bren.
Reminds of that mutant league hockey game I used to play on my sega genesis.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_Sx-nGmMok&feature=related
I got Rock Band for Wii but you can't use your GH guitar. That blows.

But Rock Band 2 apparently does this.
Posted By: BrenR Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/02/09 08:56 PM
 Originally Posted By: CV
:) Looks fun, Bren.
I used to play the tabletop miniature version in a league... bought all the stuff to start playing it again, but realize I don't have the spare time to paint miniatures that I used to... have a high elf team about 90% painted and an Orc team in primer... and have for the past 2 years.

Bren R.
on the 360 you can use the GH III guitar on rock band 1 , but you can not use the rockband guitar on guitar hero 3... \:\(
World of Warcraft, same answer every time \:\)
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/03/09 01:01 AM
I'm so sorry. Clearly we need to stage an intervention.
Been playing Rock Band 2 and almost starting to get somewhere with it, slowly venturing into Medium range.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/03/09 04:26 PM
Completed Dead Space. Making it officially the first console game I ever actually finished to the very end. Going back to see if Snake died of old age yet in Metal Gear Solid.
 Originally Posted By: terzaghi
I have been playing Dark Sector on the 360 and Drakes Fortune on the PS3 lately....


update:

I beat drakes fortune yesterday. It is a VERY fun game, with a great story all the way up to the end. I highly suggest it to anyone with a PS3 who likes 3rd person shooters.

I am tired of playing the dark sector game though... I am out of ammo and tired of using my stupid metal blade to kill things.

I started Valkyria Chronicles last night and so far the story telling/intro is amazing!
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/12/09 07:05 PM
I finally picked up Dance Dance Revolution Universe 3 for the Xbox 360 after it dropped in price. I needed a new pad. Well, the new pad was registering maybe only half the steps. Naturally, I wanted to blame the pad, as I've had bad pads. Well, I tried playing DDR Universe 2 with the pad just to see, and I was suddenly getting AAs again. I don't get it. The pad isn't measuring pressure or anything, so it seems like if it senses that you hit the arrow, that should be it. I haven't heard anything about the game being broken, either, so I'm at a loss. Anyway, I guess I'll just keep playing DDR Universe 2. Very odd.
I started playing the Valkyria Chronicles on the PS3, guess it would be considered a turn based RPG, pretty fun.
Yeah, I am really liking Valkyria Chronicles... I am on Ch. 7 and am totally hooked.

Guitar Hero World Tour for the Wii. The beauty is that you can pick up the stand alone Rock Band 2 game and all the GHWT instruments work. But not vice versa. Downloaded Rush's Tom Sawyer and Limelight yesterday - Immediately managed to massacre both......
Playing "The Last Starfighter". Oh wait, I guess it is just a movie.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/13/09 12:47 PM
Started Fallout III last night. Couldn't get out of the damn bunker.
Yeah.. it takes some time to go through the whole intro thing and get out of the vault.... Fun game though. I need to pick it bak up and start playing it again.
Waiting to get House of Dead Overkill for Wii. Love the retro Grindhouse look.
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/13/09 06:42 PM
I'm thinking about getting Left 4 Dead, but I'm not into co-op at all. Anyone know if this is worth it for single player?
I haven't played it, but it has some pretty good reviews. Left 4 Dead
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/14/09 03:05 AM
My nephew prefers playing whatever he can in online multiplayer, but he was having plenty of fun with that game in single-player.
I just downloaded Halo Wars and it's really fun. I'm pre-ordering at Amazon for next Tues. release of the full game.
Yeah, I just downloaded Halo Wars too.... haven't had a chance to play it yet. I am still playing Valkyria Chronicles pretty regularly so no telling when I will get to it.

I think I may grab up Killzone2 in a couple of days for the PS3 as well.
Rog and I started playing Dawn of War II. Pretty fun.
Left 4 Dead is my favorite game. It is short ( 1.5 hour or so scenarios) and pretty good on your own but absolutely shines as a co-op or 4 versus 4 multi-player. If you don't plan on replaying it a lot i would recommend you rent it.
picked up killzone2 with a Best Buy gift card that I had.

This game is great... Amazing graphics, killer environments, great multiplayer... it pretty much has it all.

It is by far the best FPS I have played on the PS3 so far. It seems like a first person version of Gears of war (in regard to graphics, addiction, gameplay, ect.)

I highly suggest that anyone who likes FPS and owns a PS3 check out this game.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/01/09 01:47 AM
How's the sound?
I just rented Kill Zone2 this weekend, I agree with David's review, and it sounds great.
I think the sound is ok, but it seems to be lacking the LFE department... have you noticed this Homedad?

In comparison to explosions on other games like COD4 it really seems lacking. The dialogue, surround effects, ect. are great though
When the wife's home we have to play any shooters at low volume, I'll crank it up and check tomorrow while the wifes working out.
I guess that might be a small part of it.. I have only played at medium volumes myself due to my fiance...

I cranked it up a bit just now, (as much as I could get away with) and played a couple of online matches. It sounded pretty good, but I had to bump up the sub a couple of db's beyond its normal value.

Overall the sound it good though.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/04/09 04:03 AM
Not playing it tonight, of course, but I'm glad to see this remake is happening: A Boy and His Blob - Nintendo Power
A Boy and His Blob? YES!

First thing I'm doing is tricking the blob into eating a ketchup jelly bean.

Oh, I started playing Tomb Raider: Underworld tonight. Not sure how much I'm digging it. Rented from GameFly it'll probably go back next week.
I've been playing Fallout3 on the xbox 360 again. I stopped playing it pretty much when Gears of War2 came out. Since I am posted up in a hotel with crappy internet (and no xboxlive due to the way it is configured) I decided to pull out Fallout3.

I left off somewhere near the middle of the main quest line, and was level 10. I am now level 14, but still have only done a little more of the main quest. On my way to perform parts of the quest I keep getting side-tracked by random raider camps and other places I stumble across. I guess that is the one advantage of having a world like the "Wasteland". After roaming through miles of debris, you absolutely HAVE to stop and inspect any structure you find that is still standing.

Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 04/07/09 04:14 PM
Close Range

Finally, a game at my skill level.
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 04/07/09 04:38 PM
The graphics are a bit outdated, and the gore level is realistic only if you're using hollow-point rounds.
Posted By: BrenR Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 04/07/09 04:43 PM
Or The Judge revolver by Taurus, firing 3" .410 bore shotshells.



Bren R.
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 04/07/09 05:25 PM
That's like bringing a javelin to a toothpick fight.
House of Dead Overkill and Madworld, both for Wii.

Over the top, campy, and HILARIOUS, IMHO. Pretty violent and rough language, not good for kids.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 04/26/09 10:28 PM
Peggle on Xbox Live Arcade

I liked the limited version, Peggle Extreme, I got for free on Steam, and I had $5 in credit on Amazon.com's Xbox Live Arcade store, so for an additional $5, I decided to go for this version. It's just as addictive. I kind of hate how I get suckered into simple games like this, while my much more expensive games sit on the shelf.
playing infinite undiscovery from the 9.99 Bestbuy game sale (Thanks CV!) The game is pretty decent, and a definite steal at 10 bucks. I wasn't quite sure what I thought about it for the first hour or more of play but now that I am about 2 hours in it is really starting to grow on me.

For 10 bucks I wouldn't pass it up, but for $40 I would.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 05/16/09 04:00 PM
Crayon Physics Deluxe

Has anyone bought it yet? It looks fun, so I may have to go for it.
I downloaded the trial version a while back, but couldn't get it to work on my 'puter.
Plants Vs Zombies.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 05/30/09 09:54 AM
Fallout 3 [Xbox 360]

It's all right so far. I like the atmosphere, though I'll agree with whoever said it's harder to get into than Oblivion (David?). I think it's just easier to fill a fantasy world with things to do than a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Still, I can see playing this through and trying to max out my character. I have to make time for Gears of War 2, Fable II, and Tales of Vesperia, though. Yes, I'm finally catching up on some video games I wanted.
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 05/30/09 02:19 PM
Plants vs. Zombies here while I wait for all my new PC components to show up.
I've been playing Fable 2 and have been thoroughly hooked on it. It's like video game crack!
With a nice beer buzz I chopped wood for a couple hours straight in Fable II..same with the blacksmith job.
That is eerily similar to what I did last night. . . .

*cue Twilight Zone music*


\:D

Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 05/30/09 04:21 PM
Why does this sound like WoW? (oh, there's another hour wasted fishing...)
Since I'm no good at really chopping wood, I can do it all I want in a video game?
Your next goal should be to impregnate as many women as possible \:D
Uh. . . .in the game, right?



LOL! \:D ...Yeah!
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 05/30/09 04:35 PM
 Originally Posted By: St_PatGuy
That is eerily similar to what I did last night. . . .


Word on the street is that you had a SO, though. You and Tom weren't just being SOBs, were you? Does she really allow you to chop video game wood all night? I suppose if she did control whether or not you chop video game wood, it would be symbolic of another type of wood being chopped.
No, we needed many more beers before we ventured into the SOB realm!

*sigh* And, no, I have to chop wood when she is NOT around. . . .
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 05/30/09 04:51 PM
Seriously, though, way to go on being tethered in some manner. I have supreme control over my free time, but something tells me I'd be happier if an external force kept me in check some of the time.
The good news is that without TV at my place we do a lot of music listening!! Although, she can't tell the difference between my two channel set up vs. her car stereo. . . again *sigh*
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 05/30/09 04:59 PM
Have you heard her car stereo?
Yes, she has line arrays in there. . .

Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 05/31/09 10:40 PM
I played a little bit of Gears of War 2 just so it didn't feel neglected. I played some more of Fallout 3 last night, but it's depressing me how hard I'm finding it to make my way through the early parts of the game. I love the ambient sound effects and music, though. Gears of War 2 looks like it will be fun as well, though it would be more fun to play through with someone else.

Now I should go try Fable II and see about this wood I keep hearing about.
I just started playing inFamous on ps3, pretty fun so far.
 Originally Posted By: CV

Now I should go try Fable II and see about this wood I keep hearing about.


I hope you find it.

*keeps fingers crossed*
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/01/09 06:34 AM
I actually have been playing Fable II. I got to be a five-star blacksmith, and now I'm working my way up the wood chopping. It's so frustrating getting a good chain going and then having my finger betray me.
Microsoft annouced project Natal at E3 which is basically a motion sensing console. It does not use any controllers but responds to your body movements. I'm an old school gamer and still like the non motion sensing but it is still cool anyways to see some innovation from Microsoft in this regards. We will see how well it works in time I guess.
That is pretty cool. I dig the Wii for what it is, and it CAN be fun in social situations. As far as the motion sensing feature of the PS3, I never use it unless I'm forced (like in Heavenly Sword).

My personal bias aside, it's interesting to see them push the envelope and develop new things.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/06/09 07:52 PM
I stayed up until after 8am this morning playing stupid Fable II.
Ha ha, you got sucked in!

Were you, uh, chopping wood all night long?
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/06/09 08:10 PM
Not last night. I did bartending and some bounty hunting in addition to some quests. I did "The Crucible" which was fun. I need to find some augments for my weapons. I'll have to make some more money, too, as I keep spending it. I've only bought one property so far. Maybe I should buy more so I can have more rent coming in. Have you gotten married or anything? I've been ignoring that aspect of the game, which is perhaps a reflection of my real life.
The Crucible is a good way of getting money and experience if you keep replaying it.

I've made more money off buying stores and stalls rather than renting out houses. I dunno, maybe it'd make more if I spent time to redecorate and all that. After buying enough stuff, it's easy to start generating a pretty sizable income.

I got married twice, but I ended up losing them. Too much of a time suck to go and visit them all the time. Never bothered with trying to have kids and all that.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/06/09 08:20 PM
I guess I'll look at buying stores. Thanks for the tip.
Don't forget to purchase a Monster Truck!
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/06/09 08:25 PM
Oh, man, if I could drive around getting trolls stuck in my treads, I'd be so happy.
That's my wish in every game.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/06/09 08:30 PM
You need a Game Genie. Remember those?
I do! I never had one. My friends did. I liked to earn things in games. I dunno, guess I'm weird that way.

It's boring to have everything unlocked and, well, I don't like cheating.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/06/09 08:38 PM
Yeah, when things are too easy in games, it starts to feel too much like real life.
 Originally Posted By: CV
Yeah, when things are too easy in games, it starts to feel too much like real life.

I hate you.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/06/09 09:07 PM
See how easy it was for me to get hated? I rule at life! \:\)
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/09/09 06:03 AM
Wow, I'd like to be playing this game:

Kotaku - This Is Why I Thought Just Cause 2 Was "Best In Show"

That looks like some fun stuff.
I never played the first one, but the sequel looks like tons of fun!
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/09/09 01:50 PM
Timeshift. It was gift I finally got around to trying. A FPS with the twist that you can slow or stop time. A cool concept but mediocre delivery.
3D Pinball for Windows - Space Cadet (comes installed on XP under games). I welcome anyone to beat my high score of 7,012,500. I am starting to get better at it.
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/09/09 03:34 PM
Did you say Timshift?

Heh. When I was in college I made the shell of a game with that name as a project in a computer animation class I was taking.

You can look and laugh at it here.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/09/09 04:19 PM
 Originally Posted By: Dr.House
3D Pinball for Windows - Space Cadet (comes installed on XP under games). I welcome anyone to beat my high score of 7,012,500. I am starting to get better at it.


I don't remember my high score, but I got pretty good at it.
I just started to play it last week, it is actually fun. My next goal is 10 mil.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/09/09 05:22 PM
 Originally Posted By: pmbuko
Did you say Timshift?

Heh. When I was in college I made the shell of a game with that name as a project in a computer animation class I was taking.


That actually looked pretty nice Peter. When you said shell, I expected to see wireframes jumping around a crayola colored space.
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/09/09 05:29 PM
I still have the interactive version -- only about 4 "rooms" -- on my home computer somewhere. It used QuickTime VR for 360° pannable panoramas and clickable hot-spots to move to other areas.
Speaking of E3, the games I'm most looking forward to are (most don't have official sites--or much on them if they do, but a Google of any title will give you more info than you ever wanted):

Final Fantasy XIII - looks beautiful, and while I like the darker Altus RPG series, Final Fantasies are always a fun timesink

Final Fantasy XIV - I'll at least give it a shot. I'm not a very social person, this forum is my largest interaction with other people, but Square has said there'll be more soloable content in this one

Heavy Rain - I was always a huge fan of the Sierra and Lucas Arts quest games, this is pretty much a modern take on the genre

The Last Guardian - Ico is one of my favorite games of all time, and I've picked up Shadow of the Colossus again, trying to get through it this time
I've been 'trapped' playing Broken Sword on my DS. Apparently, it's port of an older game but for some reason, it's eaten about 7 hours of my life during the past few weeks...
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/09/09 06:23 PM
Heavy Rain looks like an interesting concept. I'll be waiting for that one. In the mean time, you've reminded me that I can play PS2 games on my PS3 for cheap. Of course, it is also coming into Summer and the odds are I won't use it much.
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/09/09 06:34 PM
 Originally Posted By: oldskoolboarder
I've been 'trapped' playing Broken Sword on my DS. Apparently, it's port of an older game but for some reason, it's eaten about 7 hours of my life during the past few weeks...

7 hours over a few weeks isn't that bad. Bad is when your wife starts walking around naked to get your attention and you fail to notice.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/09/09 06:38 PM
At least she hasn't gone so far as to wear another woman.
 Originally Posted By: pmbuko
7 hours over a few weeks isn't that bad. Bad is when your wife starts walking around naked to get your attention and you fail to notice.

Many years ago, before I met my wife, a coworker that I was interested in said that she broke up with her previous boyfriend for that exact reason.

"What an idiot!" I exclaimed sympathetically. "I wouldn't make that mistake!"

Sadly, I didn't get the chance to test out my theory. Shocking, I know; 'tis true.
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/09/09 06:57 PM
I've passed that test.
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/09/09 06:57 PM
That explains the broken laptop.
Lucky!

(Napoleon Dynamite, of course)
 Originally Posted By: Dr.House
3D Pinball for Windows - Space Cadet (comes installed on XP under games). I welcome anyone to beat my high score of 7,012,500. I am starting to get better at it.


Oh, man.... when I used to play with both hands (insert joke here) I used to get 50-60 million frequently.

I got so good at it, I only play one handed now (insert joke here) and play one ball (insert joke here).

Seriously... I frequently get 1~2 million with the left flipper, on the first ball only. It was just taking too much time to use both flippers...I'd be playing a game for an hour!
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/10/09 04:34 AM
 Originally Posted By: St_PatGuy
I never played the first one, but the sequel looks like tons of fun!


I never played the first, either, but yeah, tethering enemies to things and to each other looks like a lot of fun, and how can you not love using the grappling hook to pull yourself everywhere and launch yourself up for some parachute action? Here's hoping it only gets crazier as development continues.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 07/25/09 03:26 AM
Several of you already know, but I've been sucked into a version of Bejeweled again, that being Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook. I can finally stop playing, since I just got the highest medal on it. Whew! The only problem is my sister wants me to keep playing so we can potentially win the laptop.
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 07/25/09 01:14 PM
That is just sick, in the "good sick" kind of slang.
Posted By: Adrian Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 07/25/09 01:42 PM
3D pinball on Windows? haven't played for years but I checked my highest score....25,983,250!
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 07/25/09 02:47 PM
 Originally Posted By: pmbuko
That is just sick, in the "good sick" kind of slang.


So where do I pick up my hot caregiver?
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/16/09 06:50 AM
Trials HD on Xbox LIVE Arcade. It's pretty fun so far.
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/16/09 08:48 PM
Jardinains 2. The cutest breakout clone you'll ever play. I'm taking turns with my son, who's getting pretty darn good. \:\)
I might play Bioshock again on the hardest difficulty. Superb game, amazing sound and the story is one of the best.
I've been playing NCAA 2010 on PS3. Overall a pretty good game, but I find the controls while running (spin, juke, ect.) to be slow and somewhat unresponsive... kind of a bummer.
 Originally Posted By: Dr.House
I might play Bioshock again on the hardest difficulty. Superb game, amazing sound and the story is one of the best.


Agreed! Superb game..I don't usually play a game like that through twice...but Bioshock 2 comes out pretty soon!
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/18/09 09:44 PM
One of my good friend's sister is one of the main developers of Bioshock 2. I'm curious to see it when it comes out just for that alone.
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/19/09 03:12 AM
WANT.
 Originally Posted By: Spoiler
 Originally Posted By: Dr.House
I might play Bioshock again on the hardest difficulty. Superb game, amazing sound and the story is one of the best.


Agreed! Superb game..I don't usually play a game like that through twice...but Bioshock 2 comes out pretty soon!



YEAH!!! September I think? I got totally wrapped up in the world that was presented. A nice way to escape from reality. I am really looking forward to Bioshock 2
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/19/09 03:59 AM
Man, I stopped playing Bioshock early on. I think I was having trouble finding my way around. I'll have to try it again and see if I'm any better a second time around.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/19/09 12:38 PM
You probably just didn't read the game manual far enough and missed this key combo move...

Press [X] [X] [L1] to yell "Reginaaaaaa. Where are you?????"
Wolfenstein should be here today.
I thought Bioshock was a great game and am looking forward to Bioshock 2, unfortunately I don't think it will come out until next year, many game releases got pushed back because they don't want to compete with Halo 3 ODST and Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2 that are being released in Sept. and Nov. respectively.
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/19/09 07:17 PM
I'm curious what you think of Wolfenstein. I could use a new FPS. And a computer in a room that I can actually use while the kids are sleeping, but that's beside the point...
Have you read any reviews for this game? It will give you a pretty good idea of what to expect.
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/19/09 07:30 PM
Re... views... RE... views. re... VIEWS... Hmm. Wuzzat then?
I'm in a game limbo. Waiting for Professor Layton and Scribblenauts on the DS next week.

I've been considering Fat Princess on the PS3. Has anyone tried it yet?
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/20/09 06:47 PM
But will Fat Princess work in the new Slim Model PS3?
So far I've really enjoyed Wolfenstein, about 30 minutes into playing my 8 year old took command and hasn't let me back on ;\)
Posted By: cb919 Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/21/09 03:41 PM
Downloaded the expansion to Wipeout - Fury. For $10 I think it's pretty awesome - just started so not far into it yet. My son loves the new ships and skins though.

BTW, the new slim PS3 will support bitstreaming of HD audio.. It is also supposedly much quieter, might be worth the upgrade for movie playback!
I'm downloading Shadow Complex for the 360 right now, it's supposed to be a really good shooter.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/22/09 03:27 AM
I have that downloaded, but I haven't played yet. Yeah, people are gushing about that game.
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/22/09 04:03 AM
It's as if they were pierced water balloons.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/22/09 04:40 AM
What about saline breast implants?
Now you're getting a bit salty for this forum.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/22/09 03:16 PM
So you're a silicone man.
Posted By: Adrian Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/22/09 04:12 PM
I wonder if women have the choice of silcone other than sizing. You know, like indoor/outdoor, 25 yr, 35-50 yr, paintable ect.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/23/09 07:37 AM
I briefly sampled TMNT: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled, Splosion Man, and Shadow Complex on Xbox LIVE Arcade. I think I'll have fun with all of them.
Was thinking about starting up a good old fashioned game of daggerfall...

To anyone who likes RPG's (and doesn't mind a slightly older game):
Check out Daggerfall, the second of the Elder Scrolls games if you never played it. Hell, even if you have it may be worth a re-visit

It is available for free download to celebrate the 15th anniversary of TES.
http://www.elderscrolls.com/home/home.php
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/30/09 05:11 AM
Thanks for the link. I’ve been playing Oblivion of and on for a couple years. One of these days I will finish it off.
Anyone get Batman yet? Played the PS3 demo and it was great. Not my normal cup of tea, I'm not in those sort of combat games but the graphics were phenomenal.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/30/09 07:30 AM
I was also wondering if anyone here has played it. I've almost ordered it a couple of times, but I haven't quite convinced myself to, despite the good reviews.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/30/09 08:51 PM
Has anyone bought any of the indie games on Xbox LIVE? I may have to break down and try a couple, just to see what's up.
I have played a few of the indie demos and found them quite fun... Still trying to decide if anything is worth buying or not tho.
I have the demo for Batman on the 360 and the game has great graphics and game-play, it got really good reviews, I'm just trying to finish some of the games I already have before I purchase it.
Skate 2 over the weekend. Really fun game, though the controls can be "clunky" at times. I might be a used copy. I like this game.
I am looking forward to the 2010 NHL video games.
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/01/09 02:40 AM
Looking forward to Starcraft II and Diablo III, but it looks like they have been pushed back to 2010 and 2011 respectively.

Maybe Gran Turismo 5, but I'd be getting a PS3 just for that (and the blu ray of course).

The wife wants to get a Wii so we can get Wii Fit. I hear a new one of those comes out soon (october?) as well. Fit, not the wii itself.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/01/09 01:26 PM
Mmmmmk, so your wife wants to buy gaming consoles and you are the one holding back?

Please pass her your man card and the pants you used to keep it in.
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/04/09 02:39 AM
I'm not opposed to getting it, just haven't gone out to do it yet. I see one in our future.

I can see how it'd come across as funny though. \:D
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/04/09 02:20 PM
I've really just been waiting for an opportunity to use the smirking dog gif.
Finally picked up Call of Duty 4 off amazon for $30. I don't know why I didn't pick this game up sooner. It's loads of fun! I wanted to play this because I've been impressed with the screens of Modern Warfare 2.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/06/09 09:43 PM
Man, I forgot how fun Burnout Revenge is. It's definitely the most fun I've ever had with a car game, though I'm sure I missed out on some classics.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/08/09 06:03 AM
A little bit of Fallout 3. I should have started much earlier. It's too big of a game to only play for a little bit.
SOCOM: Confrontation on the PS3. I really like this game, but I tpyically only get 3 kills per match, and about deaths.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/20/09 10:49 PM
Battlefield: Bad Company

Despite its name, it's not bad.
I've been playing call of duty 5 lately. I borrowed it from a friend and have really enjoyed it. Can't wait until modern warfare 2 comes out.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/21/09 12:54 AM
 Originally Posted By: terzaghi
Can't wait until modern warfare 2 comes out.


Yeah, that should be a good time. I probably won't get it right away, but it's one I'll definitely have to play at some point.
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/21/09 03:29 PM
Since I just got the PS3...are there any good games I can pick up for cheap to try out? Don't know what games are good, and don't want to spend $60 a pop. Picking them up used is fine, or even last year's sports games are probably cheap if there is a good one. The only one I won't mind paying full price for is Gran Turismo 5 when it comes out in a couple of months.
Formula one 2006 , very fast and intense esp Monaco .

Cannot wait for new version.
 Quote:
Since I just got the PS3...are there any good games I can pick up for cheap to try out?


I would get Burnout Paradise, I just downloaded some new content for it and am playing it all over again.

Waiting for Halo 3 to be delivered Tue.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/21/09 05:03 PM
Halo on PS3 ????
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/21/09 05:12 PM
Yeah, didn't you hear? Microsoft bought Sony.
 Originally Posted By: Zarak
Since I just got the PS3...are there any good games I can pick up for cheap to try out? Don't know what games are good, and don't want to spend $60 a pop. Picking them up used is fine, or even last year's sports games are probably cheap if there is a good one. The only one I won't mind paying full price for is Gran Turismo 5 when it comes out in a couple of months.


has a release date been confirmed for gran turismo 5?

I am lookiung forward to that one as well!

To answer your question, you could always try metal gear solid 4, resistance 1 and 2, and if you like tactical online shooters you could go for socom confrontation,
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/21/09 06:27 PM
 Originally Posted By: kcarlile
Yeah, didn't you hear? Microsoft bought Sony.


and......




\:\)
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/21/09 07:11 PM
GT5 is Q4 this year. I haven't seen an exact date, but it does not sound like it is getting pushed any further. I have seen a couple of confirmations that it will be coming out.

Metal Gear Solid...I might have to check that out. I liked the other ones in the series.
If you like survival horror/third person shooters, check out Dead Space. Playing it in surround sound with the lights out was a wonderful experience. It can be had for less than $30 these days. I think a prequel is in the works; can't wait.

I just finished playing Dead Space on the Xbox...the best Sci-fi horror experience I've played yet. Excellent game.
Posted By: cb919 Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/21/09 10:36 PM
I've just gotten addicted to PixelJunk Monsters on PS3. My brother-in-law was making fun of me for being obsessed with 'rainbowing' the levels. Then he tried it and got hooked himself \:D
Damn, you guys are all advanced and stuff. I like Wii bowling. \:\)
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/22/09 05:17 PM
DeadSpace has been my favorite PS3 game to date.

Anyone MMO players looking towards the release of "Star Wars; The Old Republic" ?
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/27/09 07:39 AM
Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection for Xbox 360. I only played a handful of games on each table, as it was making me angry. I hate losing balls.

Understandable. \:D
 Originally Posted By: CV
Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection for Xbox 360. I only played a handful of games on each table, as it was making me angry. I hate losing balls.


Oh, I love pinball games! I downloaded Zen Pinball for the PS3. It seems like they can never quite get the camera right on these games.


And I like to keep tabs on my balls at all times too.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/27/09 04:16 PM
Pinball games are great, even with the frustration. I would really like to buy an actual pinball machine, but I've never been able to set aside that much money for one.

I also have Pinball FX from Xbox Live Arcade, along with all of the extra tables that have been released. Fun stuff. I think I did download Zen Pinball for the PS3 when I had it, but I don't remember playing it. I guess I'll look into it again when I get around to getting a Slim.

I know what you mean about the camera, which is why I'd love to have an actual machine.
Me too. I'd love to have a game room and put some different pinball tables in there. I'm not very good at them, but it doesn't stop me from trying and having fun!

Zen Pinball was ten bucks to get. You only get four tables, but they are diverse and fun. Shoulda been five bucks or free, I think.
Posted By: Adrian Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/28/09 01:57 AM
The only problem with playing pinball on your monitor is that you can't put phone books under the front of it to slow the ball down. \:D
I used to be a Pinball Wizard.

Wizard, I tell you.
Posted By: Adrian Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/28/09 12:50 PM
One of my first jobs was in a gas bar, you know, when the gas attendant actually put the gas in the car. Anyway, we had a pretty cheap boss who paid us something like $2.15 hr which I'm sure he thought was too generous. So what does he do? he buys a beat-up, old used pinball machine and puts it by the door of the garage to try and get his money back off us . Anyway, when he went out on a service call, we'd get the phone books out and prop the front of the pinball machine up. The ball would get hung up on one of the pins and run the score way up....WHACK!!...free game!...WHACK...another free game \:D ! We'd run up about 10-20 free games and play it in between serving cars through the day. At the end of the week, the boss gets his keys out to open the pinball machine to check his little hoard, only to find a couple of dollars in there. He was a little bewildered because the game was being played so much, and it took him a few weeks to figure out what we were doing...I remember him telling his wife "Those little B#$t@rd$ have been putting phone books under the machine!!"

Alas, the pinball game was taken away \:\(
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/30/09 01:40 AM
Just read Gran Turismo 5 is not coming to Japan until March and the US some undefined but short time after. So much for Christmas 2009!

Looks like I'll have to get Metal Gear Solid 4 to hold me over.
If you have an xbox 360 you can pick up forza motor sport 3 at the end of October.
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/01/09 01:46 AM
Just the PS3...no Xbox. I've never tried any of the Forza games (or even heard of them until earlier this week acutally). Started playing Gran Turismo with the first one and have played every one since. Looking forward to see what they can do with the series on the PS3.
you could always try gran turismo 5: prologue... It will give you a feel for things but it has little to no upgrade ability on vehicles, only a select number of tracks, cars ect. You can probably find it pretty cheap, or give it a rent.
Playing NHL 10. If you are a hockey fan this is a must play, fantastic game!
Playing The Uncharted 2: Among Thieves multiplayer beta/demo on PS3. So far it seems really cool. I'd suggest starting out with one of the CO-OP options to get the feel for things. It has a huge amount of unlockables (similar to perks on call of duty). I think I'll call this one a purchase for sure.
Posted By: cb919 Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/02/09 02:51 AM
Beatles Rockband on PS3. Wow, does it ever sound awesome on the Axioms! It's the Rockband we all know, but kind of smoother and 'trippier'
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/09/09 07:49 AM
I just wanted to say I like the new version of Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook better than the old version. It's possible to get way higher scores now thanks to a few changes. First, you don't have to wait for your move to complete before you start another one. It was aggravating how slow the old version could be. Plus, now if you keep your pace up for a while, it will let a small series of your moves be explosions, which helps get the multiplier up. And finally, now the gems you create aren't completely wasted if you don't use them in the time limit. It explodes them at the end to give you a little bit more. Of course, now this means there will be that much more distance between the REALLY good players and myself. I always figured that the only reason I placed so highly on the Xbox Live leaderboards for Bejeweled 2 Deluxe was because of the controller. It's so much clunkier than using a mouse and handicaps the players who think faster than the controller allows.
Bought my now 6yr old, Wii Sports Resort for his birthday yesterday, it has some fun pick up and play style games, both my boys like the 'sword' fight game. The bowling is fun with a full game using the 100 pin set.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/13/09 12:23 PM
100 pins? You must use an earthball.
I will be playing Uncharted 2 on the PS3 As long as possible tonight... It came out today.
I beat Batman: Arkham Asylum last night. If your a Batman fan, you need to check it out.

It's the best Batman game of all time, and one of the best games of the year.
I played the batman demo and was pretty impressed. will have to give the game a try sometime. However, I am hooked on uncharted 2, and my friend just loaned me ninja gaiden sigma on PS3 so I need to play that as well. In a couple of weeks I will be grabbing forza motorsport 3 on the 360, and then COD modern warfare 2 on 360 in November.

Too many games and not enough time!
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/01/09 07:06 AM
Brütal Legend

It's pretty cool so far. The gameplay is pretty solid, and I like the art direction. I also have Borderlands to try.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/01/09 07:55 AM
Borderlands is pretty awesome, too.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/01/09 01:46 PM
Yup, I still want to be playing this: Just Cause 2 trailer
I can't wait to get my 360 from repair so I can finish off the campaign in ODST and do some firefight. I also want to play the new Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City.

Oh yeah, Bioshock 2 is not that far way 02/09/10 and Modern Warfare 2 is right around the corner
Yeah.. I'm still waiting on my xbox360 to return from repair as well.

I am looking forward to trying out borderlands too...

I think I will give it a rent on the PS3 (or 360 when back from repair) and see what I think. If I like it maybe I'll have to buy it.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/01/09 11:31 PM
Borderlands is way too addictive.
Sweet. Can't wait to play it!
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/02/09 08:01 AM
I'll modify my statement now that I've played most of the day. It's addictive, but it's also getting frustrating. The missions are getting harder, and I can't seem to get ahead of the curve. If I was playing co-op, it would probably help. I also keep spending too much money replenishing my ammo and health packs, and the really good items cost a ton. Also, I spent a lot of skill points upgrading my turret's firing power, but even maxed out it's not all that effective anymore. I suppose it does still distract some of the enemies when there are a ton of them, but it would be nice if it was dealing greater damage. I can pay to reset and reassign all of my skill points, but that costs a lot, too. Respawning also costs money, so yeah, there are always things keeping me from getting the best items available.

I don't really know where the story is going. So far it's just a bunch of missions with no discernible connection, but there's a Cortana-like female presence who communicates every once in a while, so I know it's going somewhere.

My character is only up to level 16. My nephew is at level 32. He and my brother-in-law have been playing it a lot, I guess, and it sounds like they're getting as frustrated as I am. Here's hoping we find ways to make it easier.
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/03/09 02:57 AM
I'm thinking about getting Dragon Age Origins. It comes out tomorrow and looks pretty good. I liked the old Baldur's Gate games by Bioware.

Not sure how much gaming time I'll have coming up though with only 7 weeks left until the baby is due.
I just recently finished Uncharted 2 and really enjoyed it. A lot of fun and great characterization. I loved how the characters interacted with each other.

Next up, I think I'm going to try to actually finish Metal Gear Solid 4. I got up to the last part a while ago, but never finished it.

I think my next purchase will be the Batman game. From what you guys have said it looks good.
 Originally Posted By: CV
I'll modify my statement now that I've played most of the day. It's addictive, but it's also getting frustrating. The missions are getting harder, and I can't seem to get ahead of the curve. If I was playing co-op, it would probably help. I also keep spending too much money replenishing my ammo and health packs, and the really good items cost a ton. Also, I spent a lot of skill points upgrading my turret's firing power, but even maxed out it's not all that effective anymore. I suppose it does still distract some of the enemies when there are a ton of them, but it would be nice if it was dealing greater damage. I can pay to reset and reassign all of my skill points, but that costs a lot, too. Respawning also costs money, so yeah, there are always things keeping me from getting the best items available.

I don't really know where the story is going. So far it's just a bunch of missions with no discernible connection, but there's a Cortana-like female presence who communicates every once in a while, so I know it's going somewhere.

My character is only up to level 16. My nephew is at level 32. He and my brother-in-law have been playing it a lot, I guess, and it sounds like they're getting as frustrated as I am. Here's hoping we find ways to make it easier.


Make sure you accept and complete every mission, especially in the begining of the game. If you don't, you won't level up enough and your character will be underpowered once you get further into the game.

One other thing to note: the mission difficulty levels are "Trivial, Easy, Normal, Tough, Hard, Impossible". Don't make the same mistake I made. I though missions rated "Hard" were easier than missions rated "Tough", and I couldn't figure out for the life of me why I was constantly getting killed on a certain mission.

And yes, playing the game with friends helps. I've been playing with two of my friends and while the game does get difficult at times, it hasn't been frustrating (besides for the one time when I took on the "Hard" mission instead of the "Tough" mission).
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/03/09 07:36 PM
I've been doing accepting all of the missions that I can, but I've had difficulty completing some, like the one where I'm supposed to retrieve TK's leg from Scar. I killed Scar, so I completed that part of the mission, but I died immediately afterward. I can't seem to locate the leg now. I'll have to figure that out at some point.
 Originally Posted By: Dr.House
I can't wait to get my 360 from repair so I can finish off the campaign in ODST and do some firefight. I also want to play the new Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City.

Oh yeah, Bioshock 2 is not that far way 02/09/10 and Modern Warfare 2 is right around the corner


Holy smokes I didn't know there was a Bioshock 2 coming... STOKED for that one!
 Originally Posted By: Potatohead
 Originally Posted By: Dr.House
I can't wait to get my 360 from repair so I can finish off the campaign in ODST and do some firefight. I also want to play the new Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City.

Oh yeah, Bioshock 2 is not that far way 02/09/10 and Modern Warfare 2 is right around the corner


Holy smokes I didn't know there was a Bioshock 2 coming... STOKED for that one!


Indeed! I can't wait to wrap my senses around that one. Modern Warfare should deliver as well. You mentioned Forza 3 in the other thread - Holy cow! That came looks awesome. I will have to check it out. All must plays in my book.
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I've been doing accepting all of the missions that I can, but I've had difficulty completing some, like the one where I'm supposed to retrieve TK's leg from Scar. I killed Scar, so I completed that part of the mission, but I died immediately afterward. I can't seem to locate the leg now. I'll have to figure that out at some point.


I'm playing Borderlands now thanks to your recommendation \:\) . I'm a Level 11 Hunter and have done that mission. The leg (for me) wasn't at the waypoint marker but was in the general area...so keep looking!
Since I finally got my xbox back from repair last night I had to run out and grab Forza Motorsport 3. Very good game! I am on my second week of career mode and am hooked.
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/05/09 02:31 AM
Anyone get Dragon Age: Origins yet? Looks good so I'm thinking of picking it up.
Zarak, If you get it let me know what you think because I have been thinking about playing that one as well.

However, I just bought Forza 3, uncharted 2, and am buying modern warfare2 next week so that is $180 in less than a month... I will likely wait to get dragon age and borderlands, or just rent them.

I hate how you go from having no good games to 5 or 6 to choose from around Christmas time.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/05/09 05:54 AM
I guess I'll be getting the PC version of Dragon Age: Origins if I get it: Dragon Age: Origins - PlayStation 3 Versus PC (Kotaku)
I wonder how the 360 version compares?
Actually this is one of the few third party games that is rated lower on the 360. In contrast Boarderlands is rated higher on the 360. Usually the 360 has slightly better performance over the PS3 when it comes to 3rd party games. Games do not port as well on the PS3. On the other hand 3rd party games are usually developed on the 360 or similar type dev tools so it is very efficient for game developers. If you have a good gaming PC, this game should be played on it then based on the reviews if you want to achieve the best performance possible.
Posted By: rage96 Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/05/09 03:47 PM
Pre-ordered Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 just 4 more days well 5 but I will be there at 11:30 on the 9th told the wife I would be playing all night since our anniversary is on the 11th.

Told the wife we should stay in on the 11th and just have a bottle of wine, go to bed early and ..... sneak out and play games.
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/05/09 04:05 PM
Sigh. I told my father in law I was going to give him my Radeon 4850, intending to buy a 5850. They're completely unavailable right now, and prices are going up. Not sure what to do now--other than the fact I haven't touched my computer for 3 months.
The last I heard about Modern Warfare 2 on the PC is that it will not support dedicated servers.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/05/09 05:58 PM
 Originally Posted By: kcarlile
Sigh. I told my father in law I was going to give him my Radeon 4850, intending to buy a 5850. They're completely unavailable right now, and prices are going up. Not sure what to do now--other than the fact I haven't touched my computer for 3 months.


By that time you will need the HD 5970 due out shortly, which is, actually just a name change for the up and coming HD 5870 X2.

Since your Dad will have your 4850 by that time, feel free to send me your 5870 as soon as the X2 arrives. \:\)
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/05/09 08:37 PM
You could always stop playing computer games. ?
Playing Halo 3: ODST Firefight mode. It is uber cool. So much action going on. One of the funnest modes I have played on a first person shooter. I could play this all night.
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/06/09 03:12 AM
I guess I'll want to get the PC version of DragonAge as well. I'm old school like that anyway I guess....I still prefer my games on the PC.

However, it does mean that I'll finally have to buy a new desktop so I can run it. I'm due for an upgrade there anyway. It might just come sooner than it would have. I was going to wait for Starcraft II before getting a new machine.
Posted By: INANE Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/06/09 05:18 AM
Been playing Borderlands lately, but tonight it was back to Dawn of War 2 with a friend of mine. This game is so amazing it never gets old.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/06/09 06:06 AM
Hey, nice to see a post from you, and happy birthday.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/07/09 11:38 AM
Finally started playing Bioshock and I like it. Has to be the easiest game to pick up I’ve ever played. I’m glad I waited to play this with the right setup it just wouldn’t have been the same in the apartment.
The atmosphere in Bioshock is superb. I can imagine playing it on your system and screen is quite an experience!

Bioshock 2 in February! \:\)
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/08/09 03:30 AM
Has anyone played Torchlight? It looks like a game I could enjoy.
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/08/09 04:20 AM
I was just looking at Torchlight the other day. I added it to the Christmas list (I tend to just buy things I want so I'm trying to hold off to actually have a list this year).

I played Mythos back when the guys that did Torchlight were putting that together, and of course used to play Diablo (1 and 2...looking forward to 3), so I'm guessing I'd like Torchlight. My only concern from the one review I did read is that it is pretty similar to Diablo. I don't know that it will feel like something new, as much as a rehash of Diablo. I enjoyed Diablo enough years ago that maybe a rehash would be ok!
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/08/09 04:33 AM
I never played the original Diablo, but I did like II a lot. I wouldn't mind a rehash.

Bad news tonight. One of my friends beat my high score on Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook, and by a lot. She got over 750,000, when I've only been up to 615,000. I can no longer brag.
 Originally Posted By: grunt
Finally started playing Bioshock and I like it. Has to be the easiest game to pick up I’ve ever played. I’m glad I waited to play this with the right setup it just wouldn’t have been the same in the apartment.


Exploring the world of Rapture is a real treat.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/08/09 05:07 AM
Yes it is very cool. The atmosphere of this game is great for a dark room and surround sound. I’m happy the interface is so easy and that it sort of gives you a tutorial as you go. I’m not even sure if it came with directions… so easy a cave man can do it. ;\)

I also like the way you can listen to the diaries and still walk around investigating things, much better way to keep the flow of the game going than using cut scenes. The only game I’ve played so far that has done the cut scenes well is Mass Effect.
Mass Effect was a very good game.

The storyline in Bioshock is well done...the best. My advice is to take your time and try to listen to as many diaries as possible... Andrew Ryan is also one of my all time favorite video game characters. \:\)
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/08/09 07:45 AM
I’m forcing myself to take my time. But you know you’re playing a great game when you need to set an alarm to get to bet before the sun comes up, especially this time of year. ;\)
I'm in line for the midnight release of modern warfare 2 at walmart... Prolly manage to get in a couple of rounds online then it's off to bed.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/10/09 05:59 AM
Awesome. I should get my copy from Amazon.com tomorrow.
I typically don't do the midnight release thing (first time actually), but I was up playing forza 3 and since it was almost 12 I figured, "what the hell?". People who attended the walmart midnight release got a free poster (kinda lame), and a copy of the game "signed" by several members of the Infinity Ward team (kinda cool).

Modern warfare 2 is one helluva a game. I played about 5 rounds of team deathmatch and am hooked.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/10/09 03:09 PM
Traded a buddy for DragonAge last night. Nothing holds his interest unless it's a FPS.

I didn't get it installed until late. Game play is great and the storyline with the twist for Mages is pretty cool so far. I am disappointed in the graphics though. PC version is supposed to be the better version and it's "OK" but I expected more.

In all, I am expecting that I will enjoy the game itself for some time though.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/11/09 08:23 AM
I got my new Xbox 360 Arcade unit, it's a Jasper, and it's just as loud as my pre-Jasper Elite. I loaded up Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, but then Letterman came on. I'll try again tomorrow.
Wait.... Letterman trumped cod? U have issues! ;\)
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/11/09 07:05 PM
Come on, Jack Hanna was on. His appearances aren't to be missed.
Still playing Halo 3:ODST Firefight mode. It is so much fun and it is super addictive.
Still hooked on COD MW2.

Level 21 online now.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/14/09 03:19 PM
So I played Torchlight all night. Oops.
Aah, it's the weekend! Who cares?

Play all day too!

Keep going!
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/14/09 03:57 PM
\:\) I'll play more in my dreams. I'd better get at least some sleep.
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/14/09 09:32 PM
So I guess Torchlight is pretty good then. How does it compare to Diablo II? Pretty similar?
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/14/09 09:43 PM
Yeah, definitely in the same vein. I don't really know if the story will be worthwhile yet, but of course I'm obsessed with gaining more powers and finding better equipment.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/15/09 09:36 AM
Man, another 4 hours went by since the last time I looked at the clock. Don't get this game.
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/15/09 12:59 PM
Just what I need with a baby 5 weeks away is a game that I get addicted to and takes all my free time, right? ;\)
Better get it out of your system now! \:\)
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/17/09 01:12 PM
Much farther into DragonAge now. Gameplay is good but the storyline is Excellent for a video game. It's like a good book and makes you want to keep picking it up again.
Posted By: Zimm Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/17/09 03:14 PM
COD MW2 - Wow, great stuff. Better than an solid action movie on the projector. Fun, fun stuff.
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/19/09 03:29 AM
Tried Torchlight tonight, as they have a free two hour demo that you can play. I actually wasn't that impressed. Maybe it's all the time I spent playing Diablo 2 years ago, but it felt like the same thing, without as good of graphics. The somewhat cartoonish look didn't do it for me.

That's ok though, I wanted to narrow down my game list. I still have these on it for Christmas.

Kings Bounty: The Legend
Metal Gear Solid 4
Dragon Age Origins

For those not familiar, there was a King's Bounty game years ago that was the predecessor to the Heroes of Might and Magic series. I always liked the original, so I'd like to give the new game a try too. It's cheap (under $20) so why not.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/19/09 06:12 AM
 Originally Posted By: Zarak
Tried Torchlight tonight, as they have a free two hour demo that you can play. I actually wasn't that impressed. Maybe it's all the time I spent playing Diablo 2 years ago, but it felt like the same thing, without as good of graphics. The somewhat cartoonish look didn't do it for me.


Yeah, I can see where you're coming from. Artistically, it's not in the same league as Diablo, and the story is nothing special (so far--I have more to play still, but I'm doubting it will turn into anything amazing). The gameplay also doesn't blaze any trails, but it's still the sort of gameplay I get into rather easily.
I've been going back and forth between modern warfare2 and forza 3. I painted up a 2010 Camaro SS to look like bumblebee on transformers2. The design is complete with autobot symbol and all. I put the design on the forza storefront and am raking in about 20,000 per day (nothing compared to some of those crazy cool designs on the storefront.)

Nevertheless, it is nice making little cash to add to the amount you make when winning races.




I've been playing or attempting to play Demons Souls on the ps3, great game but not your normal easy RPG.
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/19/09 11:22 PM
I saw a commercial for Demon Souls and thought it looked good, but heard it was hard as well. I'd be interested in more of your feedback as you continue to play.
Has anyone tried Left 4 Dead 2? It's a must if you enjoyed the first.

Valve improved on every aspect of the original. The new Special Infected help to prevent players from camping, making the game more difficult and requiring players to work together as a team to survive.

I've played four out of the five campaigns available, and enjoyed each one. My personal favorites are Dark Carnival and Hard Rain.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/23/09 01:05 PM
Deeper into DragonAge now and still very impressed with the storyline. NPC interactions are well thought out instead of just plot pushers written as a side project by the building janitors who barely speak English, like in some games.

I got a great kick out of a Dwarven guard who was deciding weather or not my party or the enemies would be allowed access to the great underground Dwarven City. Something along the line of, "I don't care if the lot of ya tear each other to pieces, but take it off my stone steps."


Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/28/09 05:29 AM
I got my copy of Dragon Age: Origins for the PC today. I get the feeling it will build into a strong story like Mass Effect did, but it's also obvious it will be just as slow. The pace is the only problem I have with Bioware games. The conversations always seem to take too long. It's pretty, though, and I'm sure I'll like leveling up. I'm only up to level 3 at this point.
Amazon is selling dragon age for $35 on PS3 and xbox... thinking abut picking it up.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/29/09 09:28 PM
While I don't like how long the conversations take and how they slow down progress, I do have to laugh every time I talk after a battle and everyone's covered in blood.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/30/09 07:52 PM
Interesting, I don't find the pace slow at all for an RPG. But then again, I'm an old school RPGer. It's all faster than pen and paper.

I just finished the intervention in the civil unrest to name a new Dwarven king. It was a great side story with lots of ethical choices to be made to determine the outcome. Tough boss fights though. it was the first time I had to use the pause button a lot to rethink strategy.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/03/09 07:28 AM
Left 4 Dead 2. I own the first for the Xbox 360, but I never played it much. Instead, I watched my nephew play when he was over. Now I have the sequel for the PC. It's pretty fun so far. I bought the disc-based version, but I'm glad to see it integrates with Steam. I have to hand it to Valve; Steam is probably the best thing about PC gaming right now.
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/03/09 03:10 PM
Is the single player any good? I know it's totally aimed towards multiplayer co-op, but I'm antisocial.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/03/09 06:05 PM
I'm with you on the anti-social thing. Single-player is all right so far, though I was definitely doing more than the computer-controlled players. They maintained their health, better, though.
 Originally Posted By: CV
They maintained their health, better, though.


Thanks to the handy NPC free clinics.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/04/09 05:31 AM
Oops, I don't know how that extra comma got in there. My brain health must have been low.
 Originally Posted By: terzaghi
I painted up a 2010 Camaro SS to look like bumblebee on transformers2.

Awesome!

Driving games are my favorite. Can't wait for GT5.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/05/09 06:04 AM
Finally finished Bioshock. Most of you have who care to have probably already played it but I figured I’d offer up some impression just in case. This is a great game for someone wanting an introduction to first person shooters. The controls are simple and changing weapons or attacks pauses the game so you have time to think about the best move so it’s not just a twitch-fest. For many things there are more than one solution for the ones that are linier there are usually hints.

Best thing about the game is the atmosphere. The visuals and the music are both great and creepy. Directional effect are mostly good but sometime I could hear someone talking like they were right next to me but actually one floor up or down but it wasn’t obvious the other floor was there. This happened when I killed one Big Daddy and could hear the little sister crying but couldn’t figure out where she was. I finally gave up and figured I’d just finish the lever since I’d already picked up a couple of extra ones (glitch). On the way out I found her on the level below were I killed the protector.

This is one of the first games I’ve had that actually puts out a lot of bass below 40Hz. The Buttkicker was going like crazy when the Big Daddy’s were walking nearby.

Dolby PLIIz worked fantastic. It completely filled the room with sound effects making the game come much more alive than when it was off. As I mentioned in another thread the Audyssey DSX wide were a no go because when panning either the L/H or R/H and it’s corresponding wide would put out the same audio causing a noticeable rise in SPL with noticeable dropp-offs passing center and again when moving back. This was both distracting and annoying as it covered up directional queues.

Bioshock was certainly one of the most entertaining and satisfying games I've played. Excellent concept and gameplay. I believe Bioshock 2 comes out in February.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/07/09 01:06 PM
Coincidentally, I picked it up for 20$ on the weekend so I can finish it. It might become the second console game I actually complete. Normally I get bored or they sit so long I'm compelled to start over.
I still can't put down Orbital Drop Shock Troopers aka ODST. Great game!
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/03/10 06:25 AM
Return to Dark Castle

I suspect that if you didn't play the originals on the old Macs, you wouldn't be interested, but I'm having fun. And getting frustrated, and having fun...
I just ordered Armored Core 4 for the PS3, got it for $16 shipped, so I figured I'd not be out anything if I don't like it.

What I'm really looking for is a modern game with some sort of strategic battling (not so much real-time or shooter style if possible) with hugely customizable units. I really liked the original Masters of Orion, but would like something with a little more flash.
I seen a commercial for Bioshock 2! I want to play you!

A well done commercial at that...it'll be soon!
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/18/10 08:59 AM
Playing “Fallout 3” today. So far I’m not as impressed I’d hoped. I’m not sure if I’m just not really in the mood for learning a new game right now and/or it’s the game it self. Surprising because I got hooked on “Elder Scrolls Oblivion” quickly though closing the gates does become tedious after a while.

First, I hate having to go through a mandatory character generation tutorial. While I can stomach it once (barely) please just give me a way to skip it after that or preferably from the start besides saving at the last minute.

Second, I thought I would really like the V.A.T.S. system but so far it sucks. I’ve always hated cut scenes in games because it takes me out of the game ruining the immersion. I was hoping it would take the twitch-fest out of the game but for close in combat it’s just cumbersome to use and disorienting to look at. Well at least you’re not forced to use it. Maybe it will fare better with longer ranged combat.

I’m also a bit bummed that the picture is so subdued looking. I have an awesome video display which brought the colours in “Oblivion,” and “Bioshock” to life and here I get lots of gray landscape and monochrome computer monitors. “Oblivion” lets me see my character when I’m equipping but here I get little monochrome images and rather than seeing what the character has on I get to scroll through lists looking for filled in checkboxes.

So far the audio doesn’t seem all that good either compared to “Oblivion” or “Mass Effect” though I’ve only done limited exploring so far.

As for the main quest so far? Well, dad went on walkabout, big deal.

And let’s not forget the bugs. Already got trapped between a rock and a building. Luckily I’d discovered another location and could fast travel out. The other bug was a game freeze when opening a door. Had to reboot the machine and start from a previous save. Now I’m not saying “Oblivion” didn’t have some bugs, but I think I only have had about 5 show stoppers in hundreds of hours of game play while I’ve already had one and what could have been another had I not been able to “teleport” out in only a few hours.

Hopefully I can stick with this long enough for it to become more interesting but it’s not looking good so far.
I like the combat better and find the overall game much more polished over Obvlivion especially when it comes to load times. Oblivion was a much deeper game though (more side quests). I have to admit I enjoyed the heck out of Fallout 3. Suprised to hear your comment about the audio, I found the audio to be excellent, if not amazing.

BTW with Oblivion and Fallout 3, if you have the Xbox 360 versions you might want to clear the systems cache. You shouldn't have problems with this game freezing.
I enjoyed Fallout 3, but not NEARLY as much as oblivion. I agree with just about every that you said grunt. Wandering the country side in oblivion was a blast... but in fallout it is just plain boring.
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/18/10 04:44 PM
Played some Wii Pub Darts with my son this morning. Pretty well done.
Is it license to serve Guinness? If so, it might be time for me to upgrade my Ps3 to Wii! ;\)
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/18/10 04:55 PM
I could never get into Oblivion. As much as I hate to say it, I just enjoy games on rails too much. Open games, esp with side quests just frustrate me--I'm always afraid I'm missing something really important if I skip them, and then I get bogged down.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/18/10 07:05 PM
I am playing on the 360 and will empty the cache. BTW it that something you should do before every session or just when switching games or something? For the audio I will try tweaking the volume settings. Just seemed to me there was more and better discrete sound effects in “Oblivion” and the ambient effects like wind and rain also seemed better again maybe just a volume setting issue.

The look and variety of the county side depending where you are in “Oblivion” makes exploring fun. So far Fallout 3 is gray rocks and gray buildings and nothing interesting to collect. In Oblivion it was cool to clime to the top of a mountain just to check out the view.

I love open games like “Oblivion.” I generally don’t like being on the rails but most games out there are made like that which is why I generally prefer games that at least give some latitude like “Mass Effect” or “Bioshock” and of course the king “Oblivion” I guess I comes from my days of RPG playing before there were and “canned” adventures and each of us made and ran our own worlds giving people free reign to travel and do whatever they wanted as long as they didn’t get killed. ;\)
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/18/10 07:07 PM
Well, I loved Bioshock, but there really only was one major choice in the game...
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/18/10 07:27 PM

Bioshock does restrict you to one quest line at a time but you do have the freedom to wander around and engage certain enemies on your own terms. It’s also a quick learn, easy interface that lets you pause the action while deciding what to do but without taking you out of the game play as much. I also like the way really important things to interact with are highlighted so you don’t have to spend half an hour searching for a damm com station just so you can get into Rivet City. I didn’t like that aspect of “Oblivion” either but at least there were more interesting things to look at while searching. “Bioshock” is also a quick run through like “Gears of War” so being more constrained is less annoying.
Havent played any console games recently but looking forward to possibly getting Heavy Rain.

I did finish the latest Professor Layton on my DS. I love those types of games.
Heavy Rain? That must be the prequel to the game I just saw at Best Buy.
You are full of witty comments today Mark.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/19/10 05:08 AM
 Originally Posted By: MarkSJohnson
That must be the prequel to the game I just saw at Best Buy.


Oh, thanks for reminding me I have that game. I still haven't played it! Sick!
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/19/10 08:04 AM
I wish I had the money to be playing video games like this family.
Some people have all the fun eh?
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/19/10 12:56 PM
I agree Grunt. I still go back to Oblivion now even though it's years old (still haven't finished expansions) but every time I play Fallout waiting for the love people keep telling me will eventually come, I get bored and quit. I also tired of the VAS system and tried to play it twitch style but unfortunately it seems designed so that although it may be optional, you burn through so much ammo without it that you will never survive. Admittedly, I'm a much better shot in real life than I am with a game controller so I'm already disadvantaged without it.
All this talk about Fallout makes me want to start playing it again. I still have the expansions to get through... I actually prefer it over Oblivion, but I like them both.

In any case, I'm pretty well addicted to Left 4 Dead 2... definitely my favourite game of '09 (just ahead of Dragon Age). And I'm eagerly awaiting Mass Effect 2. \:\)
I've been looking for a good computer game (that I would like), but don't know of any more. My favorites have been:

The old Infocom games back when they were popular.
All of the Myst game series
Syberia and Syberia II
Mystery Island and Return to Mystery Island
The Kings Quest games.
And a few that I can't remember the names of.

The kinds of games I don't like.
Those like the above, but really boring quality.
First person shoot em up games like Call of Duty.
I just saw an ad at Future Shop for Bioshock two... So STOKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/20/10 05:12 AM
Man, adventure games used to be the biggest games there were. I do miss those days.
 Originally Posted By: CatBrat
I've been looking for a good computer game (that I would like), but don't know of any more. My favorites have been:

The old Infocom games back when they were popular.
All of the Myst game series
Syberia and Syberia II
Mystery Island and Return to Mystery Island
The Kings Quest games.
And a few that I can't remember the names of.


I don't play adventure games often, but I have good memories of Kings Quest games. Here's a list of popular ones with decent reviews... although I haven't play them myself. As far as I know these are all games on PC.

The Longest Journey
Grim Fandango
The Black Mirror
Shadow of Destiny (my brother enjoyed this one)
Keepsake

Also, as much as I despise IGN, they do list games by category so you can always check there for any newer adventure games.
The Longest Journey was one of my favs that I forgot the name of. Thanks for the list. I'll check these out to see if they look interresting.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/21/10 04:04 PM
As a long time Adventure game and MMPORPG player, I can't say enough good about Dragon Age Origins. A very engaging storyline. A bit dark to break it away from the traditional and a good character development system. You can concentrate on just your own character or you can micromanage your entire party, so it suits different play styles.

I'm about 60% done as I took the time to explore restarting the game as different races to see how it greatly effects the beginning storyline and influences it still later on.
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/23/10 02:47 AM
I'm playing Dragon Age as well, but only about 15% done...it's a big game. I stuck with one character, but after I beat it I'll likely go back and play just the beginning as others so I can see all of the opening stories.
What are you guys playing Dragon Age on?
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/23/10 05:03 AM
PC for me. I need to get back into it. I got stuck at some battle that I keep dying in, though.
I've got the PS3 and it is pretty good. I have a 42" TV and sit roughly 7' away and I find myself constantly leaning forward to read the dialogue. I can see how it's geared toward the PC, but the console interface gets the job done just fine.
Posted By: SRoode Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/24/10 12:58 AM
I got Dragon Age last month for the PC and I love it! I made one character look like me (mage), and the other like my wife (warrior). I don't have too much time to play, so my main character is only level 8. I'm at the "Castle" now. The storyline is great, and it makes you really care about the characters who team up with you (Alistair in particular).
I Really want to play this game but have heard that the console versions don't look nearly as nice, and unfortunately my computers aren't the best in the world either.
Posted By: fredk Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/24/10 04:01 AM
So, are Bioshock and Dragons Age similar style games. My daughter seems to think I would like Bioshock.

I picked up the first Ratchet & Clank ps3 game for my son last week and I'm pretty impressed with the way they have integrated surround sound. Makes me want to try something a little more to my taste (something that requires strategy/thinking).
Posted By: SRoode Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/24/10 02:27 PM
I have Bioshock and Dragon Age for the PC and I like both of the games. Different types of games though. Bioshock is closer to a FPS, and Dragon Age is closer to a RPG. Both games have very interesting story lines (Dragon Age may be a bit better), and both are very fun to play.

I think you can download a free demo of Bioshock to try it out.
Posted By: fredk Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/24/10 04:11 PM
Hmm.... I'm not really into shoot-'em-up games. I wonder why my daughter recommended bioshock to me? Maybe I'll give Dragon Age a go.
Bioshock is fun in that you are really immersed in the atmosphere and it seems that the developers really paid attention to the small details. It's what sets the game apart from others like it.
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/24/10 07:15 PM
I'd put Half-Life in a similar class, but you do have a bit more opportunity to run around in Bioshock. A bit.

Still, if you don't like twitch gaming, it's probably not for you.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/24/10 07:20 PM
 Originally Posted By: fredk
I wonder why my daughter recommended bioshock to me?


Maybe your daughter thinks of you as a Big Daddy?


Posted By: SRoode Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/24/10 07:33 PM
 Originally Posted By: fredk
Hmm.... I'm not really into shoot-'em-up games. I wonder why my daughter recommended bioshock to me? Maybe I'll give Dragon Age a go.


I'm not into them either, but Bioshock is a bit different. As said above, the atmosphere will really draw you in. Try the free download 1st. The art deco 20's theme in the game is really fun and interesting.
Half-Life 2 on the PC is one of the best games of all time, period!
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/24/10 07:53 PM
Yeah, if the free demo doesn't draw you in, the game won't. It's a good demo.
Posted By: fredk Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/25/10 06:54 AM
I guess it can't hurt to try the download.

CV, Yikes! I think I need to spend a little more quality time with my daughter.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/25/10 12:23 PM
 Originally Posted By: CV
PC for me. I need to get back into it. I got stuck at some battle that I keep dying in, though.


PC here too.

Charles where are you stuck? I have found that crowd control is essential, required even, for the really tough fights. If you keep two mages in your group you can keep enough enemies frozen, asleep, etc. that it can really turns things around for you.

I generally let the AI handle the fighters attacks but I retain control of the mages who are in charge of crowd control. Occasionally, I might take over a tank long enough to get him to taunt a mob off of me or my other mage.

I recall a particularly tough fight in the Dwarven underground, "The Deep Roads," where I had two mages just completely ping-ponging cones of cold on a ridiculously nasty mob boss to keep her frozen solid while my fighters killed the rest of her gang.

A lot of fights require some very inventive strategies, which is one of the reasons why I find it enjoyable.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/25/10 12:28 PM
 Originally Posted By: SRoode
The storyline is great, and it makes you really care about the characters who team up with you (Alistair in particular).


You might just be surprised at how close you and Allistair can become, depending on some of the personal choices you make within the game.

"Not that there is anything wrong with that." said in my best Seinfeld voice.
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/25/10 05:15 PM
Hmm. That sounds like exactly not my type of game. ;\)
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/25/10 06:06 PM
Well you can make the same choice with Morrigan, the scantily clad female witch, if you prefer. Perhaps a seductive demon is more your thing or just choose 'keep your sword in it's sheath' if you will. I'll give them credit for not insulting anybodies personal life choices anyways.

I should also mention that it never does show anything beyond what a PC movie would but the intent is fairly obvious.
C'mon, Ken, share the love.
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/25/10 06:26 PM
Oops, my reply was to the post above that one...
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/25/10 06:38 PM
Too late to retract it now. Your winky emote said it all.
hee hee
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/25/10 06:50 PM
Guys, this is the lamest thread on the entire board. What next? What color is your belly button lint?
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/25/10 06:51 PM
Sorta greyish, I guess. Depends which shirt I'm wearing.
Belly button lint? You mean my belly button has lint?
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/25/10 07:01 PM
I once stopped in a small gas station/general store in a sparse part of Northern Main on our way to hike up Mount Katahdin. The lady inside kept a large jar on the counter to drop your pocket lint into. What's even scarier was that she felt compelled to show me the already full jar from under the counter.

I tried to leave quickly but she just had to also show me how when she pulled a cord, a witch on a broom flew out of a hinged cabinet back above the entrance door and flew down a wire to behind the counter. I vaguely remember her commenting on how bored they get there in the winter as I 'briskly' walked back to the Jeep.

We took our chances on running out of gas on the return trip.
 Originally Posted By: pmbuko
Guys, this is the lamest thread on the entire board. What next? What color is your belly button lint?

Takin' lessons from 2x6speeds, are we?

If anyone wants to ignore pmbuko, then click this link.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/25/10 08:35 PM
I double checked your link to see if it really ignored "2x6speeds" instead. That would have been funny. Unethical, but funny.
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/25/10 08:49 PM
If I ignore him, will my post count go above his?
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/26/10 04:59 AM
 Originally Posted By: Murph
Charles where are you stuck?


I either forgot to respond to this or I was embarrassed. I'm not sure exactly where I am. Some house or something in Denerim? I'd have to get back into it to see. There are just quite a few enemies all at once, so I'll have to try to incorporate some of your strategies. I haven't really learned the finer points of combat.
A cheap strategy is to have your party hold position and then use one character to move ahead and draw a few of the enemies back to your party. Works good until you have a few crowd control spells to work with.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/26/10 08:14 AM
I’ve spent much of the weekend playing “Fallout 3.” I’m disliking this game less now that I’m growing more accustomed to it, however I know it’s never coming close to Oblivion for enjoyment or re-playability for me.

The biggest improvement is I’ve learned to save often. Twice more I’ve gotten stuck between to objects and been unable to move or fast travel out because I was inside. Some other things that have improved are just learning the interface and locations better so I’m not always spazzing to hit the right button or trying to find things. The local area map’s for interiors suck. Their really poor compared to the interior maps in Oblivion.

Figuring out that V.A.T.S. sucks for long range shooting. It might give me say a 13% hit chance for a real long range shot to the head that I can manually get 8 kill shots out of 10 with. V.A.T.S. is way better at close in shooting than me. Funny that mirrors real life where if I can see it I can pretty much hit it with a rifle. OTOH with a pistol I could probably hit somewhere in Arizona from where I’m sitting. ;\)

Still not liking the overall blandness of the game’s look. I liked the look of the armor in games like Oblivion and Mass Effect, whereas “Fallout 3” just looks boring. Hopefully I find more reasons to enjoy playing but I’m afraid that once I start running out of interesting perks to select the game is just going to bog down and I may lose interest before even finishing the main quest line.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/26/10 08:18 AM
 Originally Posted By: pmbuko
Guys, this is the lamest thread on the entire board. What next? What color is your belly button lint?


I think you should create a poll. I bet no other audio forums have a “What Colour is Your Belly Button Lint” poll.

What will really be funny is logging in late at night and seeing a bunch of lurkers reading it. Ever look at the thread being checked out sometimes. Makes me sort of scratch my head wondering. . . .
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/27/10 08:10 AM
I played just the first little bit of Mass Effect 2. Pretty cool. I just need to be like Dean and get a projector and hook my computer up to it so I can get the full experience.
Posted By: BrenR Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/27/10 08:39 AM
Strangely enough, I've been playing a lot of emulated Atari 2600 games lately.

A buddy of mine fulfilled his childhood dream of writing a game for the 2600 this fall, I helped out a bit in debugging (though my 650x assembler knowledge has really left me) but mainly in creating a faux-manual for the game in the style of the old manuals I knew and loved.

I guess one more thing we can both strike off our "bucket lists".

Bren R.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/27/10 09:13 AM
 Originally Posted By: CV
I played just the first little bit of Mass Effect 2. Pretty cool. I just need to be like Dean and get a projector and hook my computer up to it so I can get the full experience.


Why did you have to post this Charles. I managed to stay ignorant of it’s release date so I wouldn’t have to resist going out and buying it. Damm you!

I’ve got a three day weekend coming up. Must resist. . . .
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/27/10 09:21 AM
I was ignorant of its release date until yesterday, and then Steam had to entice me.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/27/10 12:44 PM
None!!
I'm pretty sure the Bluray diode on my PS3 just died. It will play DVDs fine but refuse to even acknowledge a game or BR movie is loaded.

So far I've tried lightly blowing some canned air in there to hopefully dislodge any dust or a cat hair that might have entered, performed a system restore and threatened it with a slow painful torture of playing Celine Dion CDs until it screams to be allowed to die. No luck so far.

I'm hesitant to do a total hard drive reformat as some people claim have fixed software glitches. I just can't see that doing much more that the system restore did except make me lose all my game data. Yes, i have done a backup but I'm pretty much convinced the diode is dead as they are now showing to be prone to failure.

It's one of the SACD playing 80 GB models so it might be worth the cost to send it to Sony for repair. I see replacement parts on ebay but I'm skeptical that I'd get a working part.
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/27/10 03:38 PM
I need to dig out my 2600 again. I loved it when I got it, but then tried to playu Pacman and became disenchanted. Pitfall II didn't help, either. It's an awesome game, but incredibly difficult.
I got Mass Effect 2 yesterday, haven't had much time to play, but so far it's pretty cool.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/30/10 11:03 AM
More Mass Effect 2, just to annoy Dean.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/30/10 12:50 PM
 Originally Posted By: CV
More Mass Effect 2, just to annoy Dean.


Don’t worry it worked you annoyed me enough that I bought it Thursday and started playing it today. ;\)

So far I’m liking it better than the first one and that was probably my favorite role-play computer game ever. So far I’m really liking not having to drive that Mako around, though I did rather like shooting things with it. I also like the way they’ve simplified the weapons and ammo upgrades.

Also I’m really impressed with Martin Sheens voice acting.

I have been playing Mass Effect 2 as well. Great game! I am about 7 hours in so far and loving every minute of it.
 Originally Posted By: grunt
 Originally Posted By: CV
More Mass Effect 2, just to annoy Dean.


Don’t worry it worked you annoyed me enough that I bought it Thursday and started playing it today. ;\)

So far I’m liking it better than the first one and that was probably my favorite role-play computer game ever. So far I’m really liking not having to drive that Mako around, though I did rather like shooting things with it. I also like the way they’ve simplified the weapons and ammo upgrades.

Also I’m really impressed with Martin Sheens voice acting.


I'm with you, driving the Mako was my least favorite part of the game followed closely by the inventory system. Other than that, I really enjoyed the game. Looking forward to the second one!
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/30/10 04:19 PM
I actually didn't mind the driving... or maybe I just forgot the trauma.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/30/10 06:51 PM
 Originally Posted By: St_PatGuy

I'm with you, driving the Mako was my least favorite part of the game followed closely by the inventory system. Other than that, I really enjoyed the game. Looking forward to the second one!

So far the inventory system seems painless unless I’m don’t something wrong. I probably should get around to RTFM. It seems you just select the upgrade in the armory and that class of weapon is upgraded. The ammo upgrades actually seem to be in the form of powers which are colour coded for effectiveness against your enemy when you pull up the “power wheel” with the RB.

Everything seem geared to making the game more seamless so you don’t get yanked out of the story as often.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/31/10 10:41 PM
Playing “Mass Effect 2” again. Still loving this game even more than the first but a couple of peeves so far.

“Logging in to the Cerberus Network.” Ok when I want to play a game by myself I don’t want to deal with that crap. Made worse because when I play a game I usually reset all my downloads to use up all my bandwidth so the login goes slow.

Minigames: I don’t think I’ve ever met a “mini-game” I liked.

Mining - by far the worst. What were they thinking? FTL travel and can’t automate the orbital survey of a planet?

Hacking/circuit bypassing - annoying but doesn’t take to long.

Dog Tags - easy enough to find but why make a mission out of it?

Space Travel - just let me pick a destination and let the auto pilot fly it there!

Pluses:

Cut scenes - one of the few games where the cut scenes are as interesting as the gameplay.

Inventory/upgrades - soooo much better than the first game.

Squad AI - huge improvement over the first game. No member of my teem had been incapacitated yet. Lets not talk about me. ;\)

Audio - great use of surround speakers and LFE channel. Lots below 40Hz since I can feel my Buttkicker “kicking in” often.

Music - love the chest pounding of the club music and the ambient stuff in the galaxy map.

Light levels - ok I’ve got a great projector for shadow detail but I love a game that actually had mostly bright scenes and nice colours.

Have been playing “Fallout 3” IMO this game beats the snot out of it on every level but one - openness.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/31/10 10:55 PM
Good points on the minuses. I should hate the mining, but for some reason I kind of like it. It's tedious and stupid, but I like seeing the levels go up on the different elements. I think I'm more annoyed by the hacking/circuit bypassing. But yeah, the space travel should really be automated unless you're going to be doing dogfighting.

Would a mod like this improve Fallout 3 for you at all?
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/31/10 11:18 PM
That looks like a cool mod and would definitely make wandering around more pleasant. Looks like PC only and I don’t plan on buying another version of the game. I pretty much only buy strategy games for the PC and action games for the console in both cases I prefer the interfaces more that way.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/01/10 12:28 AM
Ahh, okay. I must have missed what version you were playing. I have the Xbox 360 version of Fallout 3, but the PC version of Mass Effect 2. I'll probably be buying more PC versions of games with the aging of the 360 and PS3, as well as the cheaper pricing and potential for mods.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/01/10 09:32 AM
I'm using the wired Xbox 360 controller to play Mass Effect 2 on the PC thanks to Xpadder. Handy. I still do some stuff with the mouse and keyboard, but for combat, I do like using the 360 controller.
There is an abundance of iridium. I have over 350000 units of iridium and can't even upgrade anything with it (wish I could sell it for credits). Same with platinum and palladium . Element zero on ther other hand I am finding is very scarce. Once I upgraded my scanner I can complete a planet in 5-7 minutes.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/01/10 07:38 PM
I've been upgrading weapons tech with iridium. I used just about all of it up, but then I've collected another 40,000+. Element zero is hard to find, yeah. I found one small planet with a significant amount, but that's it. I can't remember which one it was, of course.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/01/10 07:51 PM
 Originally Posted By: Dr.House

There is an abundance of iridium. I have over 350000 units of iridium and can't even upgrade anything with it (wish I could sell it for credits). Same with platinum and palladium . Element zero on ther other hand I am finding is very scarce. Once I upgraded my scanner I can complete a planet in 5-7 minutes.


It only takes me about 5 minutes to scan a planet right now so what exactly does the scanner do? I’m in the same boat of not being able to do any more upgrades until I level up some characters abilities.

I must have found the same planet you did CV. That’s where I got the majority of mine.
The scanner seems to move faster around the planet once I upgraded. I have used up all the possible upgrades for iridium, platinum and palladium except for element zero. I just finished a session and now I have in excess of 500000 units of iridium, 400000 units of palladium and approx 270000 units of platinum. \:o Element zero I have only around 17000 units at the moment and able to do a few uprades with it, but saving it for now.

Also when you scan planets you can find anamolies which give you access to more assignments. I have found about 4 so far in my process. I still have a lot of scanning to do.... I scan the entire planet until it gives scan results of depleted (you still can find stuff when it says it)
If you guyss remember where you found all the iridium, or find a stash of element zero let men know!
For iridium scan any planet, it is by far the most common where you get big spikes on the meter. It appears on every planet I have scanned. Element zero is hard to find usually you do not get any on a planet. I will have to take notes where I find some.
I found about 5000 units of element zero on one planet but forgot where...
well I beat Mass Effect 2 tonight. I only rented the game so was kind of rushing through the main quest. I did the bare minimum when it came to building up my squad, upgrading my ship, ect. and only did a few side quests.

I was able to beat the game in about 20 hours (played on veteran for the first 12-15 hours, then switched to normal to speed up the play a little bit).

I won't throw any spoilers out there but will say that it is a very good game all the way up 'till the bitter end.

I might roam around a bit and do some more exploring and miscellaneous side quests now that I have finished the game... but I will be returning it soon.


Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/02/10 05:05 AM
Wow, already done. I'm being as thorough as I can, so it'll take me a while.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/02/10 06:19 AM
Finished! No way I could slam this game. Like Cognac I will savor it. ;\)


Not sure if you are already doing it but you don't have to hold the scan
button down while surveying the planet. I just tap the button every 4
squares 6 near the poles as you rotate the globe below the scanner and
you'll see the spike and possibly get the tone and vibration if there is
anything nearby. Scanning goes a lot faster that way since the globe turns
much faster when the scanner button isn't held down. I seldom miss anything
using this method
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/02/10 07:22 AM
I didn't know that on the scanning. Thanks for the tip. I've been collecting more of the elements, and I found another planet with a fair amount of element zero. It's the planet right by the prison ship. I'm assuming they don't randomize what planets are rich in what minerals, anyway.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/02/10 09:08 AM
I believe I found the same planet and I also think you’re right that they don’t randomize. I refuse to look up cheats on this game at least until I’ve played through it once but I’m sure by now someone has published a list of what planets to find the various elements on.

The “snapshot” survey method goes a lot faster than just dragging the scanner across the surface. No way you miss a large deposit and only occasionally have I missed a small one and just left the planet in a “poor” and not “depleted” condition. Plus by the time you’ve nearly finished a planet you’ll know if It’s got a particular mineral since one or two minerals usually dominate on each planet.

Another plus I’ve found in the game is Jack’s outfit. ;\)
Yeah, that was the method of scanning I adopted as well.

I would have loved to spend more time with the is game but just couldn't justify $60 on a new game purchase right now so I went with the rental.

Unfortunately I did the same thing with Mass Effect 1.

I'll be interested in hearing how things ended for you guys when you get there... I know my ending was not optimum because I did not build up my crew all the way.
I am taking my time with this game as well. I have invested about 35 hours thus far. I am trying to do 100% of everything that is offered. Scanning planets has become pointless but I want everything to read 100% on each area and have scanning results of depleted. I found some element zero last night in Rosetta Nebula: Enoch - Misrain, Laban and Joab. All I did late last night was scan planets and complete some anamoly assginments.
Currently I have over 1 million units of iridium, 800000 units of palladium, 650000 units of platinum and 90000 units of element zero. I have a few more areas to scan. It is totally pointless to do this but I want to complete everything possible even if I do not get any achievements for it. Scanning is repetitive, boring and tedious and felt bogged down at times (it helps doing a few anamoly assignments in between). I can't wait to start kicking some ass and go back to doing missions.


Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/04/10 06:12 PM
Wow, Dr., that's a hell of a lot.
I am confident I will get over a million with palladium as well. Platinum will be tough, element zero impossible.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/04/10 06:57 PM
A little OCD doc?

I’ve been trying to grab everything out of each system as I go but only in conjunction with following other quests. So far that’s kept me in more minerals than I can use due to other research prerequisites. I haven’t been able to block out any significant amount of time to play since the weekend.
Just enjoying this game to its fullest. ;\) IMO the best game to date of the current generation consoles (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii) that delivers on the entire package (graphics/environments/cut scenes, storyline/character development, sound, voice acting, depth, gameplay, controls) I'm up in the low 40's on time played on my first play through, still have plenty to do.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/04/10 07:14 PM
I plan on taking my time and making the first time through last. I will at least play two more times once going for max paragon and the other max renegade just to see if things differ significantly.
Yeah I am doing everything possible on the first playthrough. My next playthrough will be on insanity difficulty (which is supposed to be quite difficult) as a Sentinel (no scanning on this one...lol).

My Shepard is a bit of a mix right now, but I was striving for evil. I will try to go the max paragon route the 2nd time around.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/04/10 07:26 PM
I’m playing pretty much down the middle trying for a balance depending on the game situation and how I want to influence the NPC actions. Unfortunately I hadn’t read the manual and hadn’t seen the popup hint about the paragon/renegade special actions that might pop up so I missed a chance at a couple of those already.
The same game I always play ....every night baaa hahahahahah COD Modern Warfare II...........phild101 if you want to look me up on XBOX.
Hahaha, I love sniping enemies arms and legs off in ME2. If you shoot both of their legs off they start crawling.

PS - Travel to local cluster and scan Uranus.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/05/10 04:11 PM
[quote=PS - Travel to local cluster and scan Uranus. [/quote]

Hey, this is a family board!
Does Uranus have an atmosphere?
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/05/10 04:13 PM
Gaseous, I suspect.
Is Uranus receptive to visitors?
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/05/10 04:28 PM
Yeah, that joke is pretty high up there on the list of things that I find anti-funny. Right next to jokes about the "do not remove" tags.
i think Uranus is an out going station only
I finally completed all the N7 assignments last night. I still need to scan a few planets in the local cluster, complete Grunt and Mordin's loyality missions and few other things before heading into the Omega 4 Relay.
Grunt: Rite of Passage has some excellent LFE ;\)
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/06/10 12:57 AM

I hope I get to it soon. Not likely to be playing till next weekend due to guard drill. I don’t like to play for just an hour or so. I need to block out about 6 or more hours to really get into the game so I can get the most immersion out of it.
I don't think I can pull off a straight 6 hour gaming session anymore without something...oh the undergraduate university days...
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/06/10 02:56 AM
I’m not sure I could stay focused for 6 hours in an altered state but Mass Effect would so rock that way. If I really like a series even more so a game because it’s interactive I can marathon it for a good 18 hours. Can’t, nor do I want to get into doing multi-day sessions.
I sort of look at ME2 as a combination of playing a video game, watching a movie and listening to space opera all at the same time. It is an assualt on the senses. This game is something unique and special. I still stick to the point it is my favorite game under the Wii/360/PS3 era.

Intersting what my take on Bioshock 2 will be next week because I wasn't expecting the greatness (to the degree) this game (ME2) delivers and I have very high hopes for Bioshock 2.




Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/06/10 04:01 AM
While I enjoyed Bioshock I didn’t like it anywhere near as much as Mass Effect. So I would be stunned if Bioshock 2 beat out Mass Effect 2 for me. I’m going to try to hold off on getting Bioshock 2 since I still haven’t even taken the shrink wrap off Assassins Creed or The Orange Box yet.

I’m interested to hear your take on Bioshock 2 and how it compares to Bioshock 1.
AC 1 or 2?

Orange box will be great, Half Life 2 is an all-time classic IMO - never played the console version.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/06/10 04:14 AM
Didn’t even know there was a AC 2 yet.

I bought 5 games 2 years ago when I got back from a month in Guam and still haven’t gotten to the two mentioned above and just a month ago played Bioshock. In my defense I was waiting until I bought a house so I could have a projector and screen and turn up the volume two things I couldn’t do in the apartment.
AC2 was released a few months ago.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/06/10 06:50 AM
I don’t need to know theses things. I’ve even stopped watching X-Play so I wouldn’t be tempted. ;\)
Finished ME2. I want to change to the Sentinel class and keep my stats and play on INSANITY but can't seem to be able to do it like in the original. It looks like I will have to start my character from scratch...this sucks. Maybe I am overlooking something.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/07/10 12:34 AM
Do you have to stick to the same class to get the bonuses?
Heavy Rain on the PS3 looks pretty sweet! It comes out in a week or so.

Final Fantasy XIII comes out next month too so that will be sweet...
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/14/10 07:12 AM
Just in time for Valentines Day I got to “the scene” with Jack, now gotta go see if I can patch things up with Miranda for later. ;\)

 Originally Posted By: Dr.House

Finished ME2. I want to change to the Sentinel class and keep my stats and play on INSANITY but can't seem to be able to do it like in the original. It looks like I will have to start my character from scratch...this sucks. Maybe I am overlooking something.

How did you finish so fast. I’ve spent the better part of the day playing just trying to get through the loyalty quests and associated mining and pop-up quests.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/14/10 07:42 AM
I've finally been to every planet and done every task I can. I couldn't afford every single upgrade at every shop, though. I just went through the Omega 4 Relay. Oh, and I also just got to the special scene, only with Tali, if that's kinky enough for you. I never did get Miranda or Zaeed's loyalty, even though I did the missions. I guess I didn't side with them hard enough.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/14/10 09:30 AM
If you die during the loyalty mission and hit resume you can still complete it but you don’t get the NPCs loyalty. I made sure to save at every opportunity so I could reload from a manual rather than auto-save keeping the chance to gain their loyalty. Miranda got a bit pissed at me for siding with Jack during their argument so I’ll have to work on here for a chance later after entering the Omega 4 Relay.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/14/10 09:38 AM
That's what happened to me with Miranda, too. I was trying to be neutral, but I guess that means I sided with Jack. And yeah, Miranda just doesn't want to talk to me after that.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/15/10 01:49 AM
I just finished Mass Effect 2, and I finished it with my computer hooked up to my main system. It was nice to finish the game with the more impressive sound.

Nice bonuses on a fresh start when you import your character from your first run-through. I'm not sure I'll actually play through it again, but it's still cool.

I really need to figure out a good way to keep my computer hooked up to my main system. I'm using my normal monitor as a secondary display so I can do other stuff easier, but it sure is nice to be able to game on the big screen.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/15/10 02:48 AM
You mean to tell me you’ve been missing out on the big picture and full sound all this time? What’s stopping you from keeping it hooked up normally?

I’m playing again today and still can’t figure out how you guys are finishing it so fast.
 Originally Posted By: grunt

I’m playing again today and still can’t figure out how you guys are finishing it so fast.


My time logged in on my first playthrough was 50+ hours. I did everything possible based on the choices I made. I took me well over a week of solid playing, I would not consider that fast. ;\)
Posted By: gmeyer Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/15/10 02:59 AM
Loving Mass Effect 2!
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/15/10 03:34 AM
I think I was around 45 hours. I did everything I could except for serious scanning of all of the planets. After a while I only scanned enough to see if there was any Element Zero. Even that was pointless, since I ended up with over 120,000 of Element Zero that was unused.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/15/10 03:42 AM
 Originally Posted By: grunt
You mean to tell me you’ve been missing out on the big picture and full sound all this time? What’s stopping you from keeping it hooked up normally?


The only thing stopping me is that it's not totally comfortable since I don't have good places for the mouse and keyboard or the 24" monitor, and I don't have a long enough HDMI cable for the PC to have it located out of the way, and I also haven't run ethernet to the wall I'd have my computer sitting at, which means another cable running across the floor. When I move my system to the basement, I'll make sure I can accommodate PC gaming on my main system, though.
I Downloaded the Heavy Rain ps3 demo today. Pretty neat game. Kind of slow paced, but very innovative controls, detailed scenery, and a deep story (or so it seems)
I also played Heavy Rain. I REALLY dig that game. It's like a couple of DS games (Hotel Dusk or the Phoenix Wright series) but w/ great graphics.

Yeah, it's a slower paced game, but it's like a mystery movie that you can control. I'll be getting this one.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/15/10 09:40 AM
 Originally Posted By: CV
and I also haven't run ethernet to the wall I'd have my computer sitting at, which means another cable running across the floor.


Scratch that. I had simply forgotten where along the wall I'd put the ethernet jack in. Now I just need the longer HDMI cable, which I ordered. Now I'll have to figure out how to do the monitor and keyboard/mouse in a way that works with this sofa.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/18/10 05:48 AM
For those who've played or are playing Mass Effect 2, maybe you'll get a kick out of Zero Punctuation's review of it. He can be a little colorful, if you need the warning.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/18/10 06:17 AM
Yup that pretty much sums it up. Though I would have compared resource using a stud finder on a wall.

I also hate the mini-games the always suck but are required if you want to play. Who ever decided RPGs must have mini-games anyway. At least in “Oblivion” you can get the skeleton key and forgo all but the loading and unloading of the lock picking mini-game.
Posted By: madjak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/19/10 06:08 AM
Just Got Bioshock and Bioshock 2 on Ps3.

The J-Man has been expelled from the HT room and has taken Maisy upstairs.

About time I had a geek weekend.....

Who needs sleep eh?
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/19/10 07:00 AM
Let us know what you think of it especially in comparison to the first one.
I just got Bioshock 2 for the 360, haven't had time to even open it yet, I need to get through Mass Effect 2 before I start on another game
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/22/10 06:04 AM
Finally finished Mass Effect 2. Now I want to go back and play again but can’t decide if I want to import a character from ME1 or just go with the ME2 character I just finished with. Then theirs the option of just starting over again with ME1. I’ll have to read up on what if any benefits accrue when importing from ME1.

I also went online to check on , since I didn’t want to cheat the first time through, who the missing team member was. All this time I thought it was one particular person but found out I was completely wrong, but because of the decisions I made never even knew who it was suppose to be.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/22/10 06:16 AM
I wish I could have imported my ME1 character, but I played that on the 360, while I played ME2 on the PC.

I'm still undecided on whether I'll play through again or not. I like the bonuses you start out with, but I wouldn't look forward to the tedious parts of the game again. Still, it would be nice to enjoy more of the game on my big system.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/22/10 06:32 AM
I only played through ME1 once but it shows up as a new game option but I’m curious about playing through the whole series with a dedicated character. I might what for ME3 to come out first and play through that once on it’s own and then go back and start the whole series over again.

I hear ya about the boring parts. About quarter of the way through I stopped mining altogether and still had minerals left over at the end. Will just mine what need from rich planets as I need it. I just checked and the ME Wiki list what minerals each planet has I’m sure I can also find a list of what planets have mini-missions associated with them too so I don’t have to hunt around a second time.

I wasn’t able to buy everything either but only had to miss out on a few item. Reading the Wiki it turns out I got real lucky picking my team at the end. I just figured it I should take the two I got into bed with me on the suicide mission which turn out to be a good choice.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/26/10 09:33 AM
Spent the previous two days playing Bioshock 2. So far it’s like a more technically refined version of Bioshock but w/o the freshness of experiencing the world of Rapture for the first time.

On the plus side some things have been streamlined. While there’s still a hacking mini-game it’s been made quicker though just getting rid of it would have made it even less annoying. New tools/weapons and plasmids/tonics add some variety. Both the new things and requirements of game play do make for one very interesting change which is the importance of tactics. Both preparing the battlefield and gathering allies is a very interesting spin on the simple FPS style. Ambient sounds are great and discrete sound effects are distinctive.

On the negative side Rapture has lost some of it’s freshness for me. The first time seeing this world was spectacular and while it’s still a visual feast it’s really just more of the same. I’m really getting annoyed at listening to people talking to me. I hate the voice acting. Conceptually having a “god-like” voice directing you along is a great idea since it doesn’t pull you out of the story but I’ve never liked the voice acting nor much cared for the writing. At least I found the narrative in Bioshock interesting whereas I don’t in this one. I’m also sick of the scratchy sounding music. I like the music of the period just not the gramophone like presentation.

Lots more “badies” have guns even machine guns which means just running around knocking heads it’s always easy. However, it does mean machine gun ammo is more plentiful.

Overall it’s a good game so far but I’m just not drawn to it as much as I was to the original or ME2.
nice review grunt. I have been holding off on getting that one because i thought it might just be more of the same.

I rented Heavy Rain on the PS3 last night and played for an hour or so. I am very impressed so far. It is definitely a VERY story driven game, with many choices to make along the way. Sometimes it is hard to tell if you are in a cutscene or not , so I just keep mashing down the R2 button to walk all the time...

The controls are definitely innovative to say the least. When pulling orange juice out of the fridge you have to make the appropriate right thumbstick movements to open the fridge, then press up to pick up the OJ, then shake the controller up and down to mix the juice, and then up on the thumbstick again to take a drink. When shaving in the morning you have to use the right thumbstick VERY softly and move it slowly or else you cut yourself.

I am just getting out of these "daily routines" which I think are designed to get you accustomed to the controls- and I'm getting into the story now.

I highly recommend anyone with a PS3 at least download the demo. I just rented the game since I think it can be beat in 10-12 hours or so.
Another one holding out for BS2, I was so stoked but I read some reviews and they all seem to echo what grunt is saying... A good game but not much different from the first, which was just an awesome and hugely fun game. I will buy it but I think I will wait a bit.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/26/10 09:37 PM
Overall it is a fun game my personal annoyance aside. I do like what they have done with the mini-boss fights (Big daddies, Big Sisters) and the Adam gathering exercises (waves of enemies come at you).

The changes in weaponry you get and the harder the mini-bosses are to kill and the more weaponry of the splicers than in the first game really does make you think about how to take on each situation. You can win some of those battles with brute force and determination but it depletes your stores of ammo, eve, and health. OTOH if you properly lay traps and set up a good field of fire you can turn some of the fights into turkey shoots, but not all of them. In a way this give a little more of a turn-based strategy/tactics feel to what otherwise would be just a simple twitch-fest.

I would say this is the most significant improvement in the game for me though it might seem like a subtle change to some.

I finally took a look at Heavy Rain since so many people have mentioned it. Looks like it’s just a PS3 game. The control scheme does sound interesting but the story setting and plot don’t sound appealing to me so even if it does come out for the 360 at some point I’ll probably skip it.

I beat Heavy Rain tonight.

This game has one of the most detailed plots of any video game I have ever played. I actually had 3 buddies come over and we stayed up until about 2am playing this game and drinking whiskey (wife was out of town). This game is great to play but also great to watch..The twists, turns, and interaction between all of the various characters melt together for one helluva ride. The controls are simple yet extremely effective. There are many key scenes in this game that left me on the edge of my seat.

This game has good sound and puts a good surround system to the test (It has great surround effects and detail but doesn't necessarily have a whole lot of LFE). Graphics are top notch.

This game is definitely worth a rent. It's best described as a movie that you have control over, The ultimate mystery story in a modern day choose your own adventure book style. I am not sure exactly how many hours we clocked in on the game before beating it but I'd guess around 10-15 at the most. There is some reply value, particularly if you are interested in finding out what happens if you make different decisions throughout the game. The relatively short completion time is the only thing that keeps this game from being a must purchase if you own a ps3.
I'm playing Heavy Rain now.

MAN, intense game. Some scenes are pretty gut wrenching, especially if you're a parent. I think the simple controls work well with the gameplay and story line. I agree, some times you feel like your button mashing, but I think it adds to the frenzied feel/action on screen.

Stunning graphics and great gameplay. The adventure and story line feel are also well done. I REALLY hope to see more of these, but w/ my luck, probably not. \:\(
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/09/10 05:43 AM
So are you Mac users happy that Valve is going to be bringing Steam and its games to the Mac? I'm actually pretty happy about it, even if I don't own a Mac. Maybe I'll gift a couple of games to my parents and try to do some cross-platform play.
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/09/10 05:48 AM
I think it's pretty cool, although I suspect my 9400M totin' Macbook Pro won't run a whole lot of them. I could boot into 7 and find out, but I kinda don't have 7 in a bootable partition on this thing. VMware ain't the same thing when it comes to games...
So Final Fantasy XIII came out today. I'm really thinking about picking it up but a little worried whether I will like the linearity of it all, especially for the first 25 hours or so according to several reviews.)

I haven't really played any FF games since FF VII on PS1 and also played many of the classic version 1,2,3,5.

Maybe I'll pick it up at lunch...
I think Jeremy, who is an editor at 1Up.com sums up FF13 nicely on his personal website.

I have a copy sitting right next to me, and will be taking a half day of work to get several hours into it.
picked up my PS3 copy of FFXIII on my lunch break. I'm Anxious to give it a go when I get home... not sure if I Can play much tonight or not since I have class but will hopefully get a little time to check it out.
This reminds me... Does anyone have any ETA at all on a new Elder Scrolls? It has been four years since Oblivion came out.
My guess is that it won't be until the next round of consoles hit the streets... But I will be buying that one up on launch day for sure! TES=best RPG ever.
I'm interested in Valve. Curious what games they'll have for OSX.

I did the Macheist recently and they have Monkey Island. Granted, in checking the first chapter, it doesn't need a whole lot of graphics power.

I'm w/ you kcarlie, I hope the 9400M is enough. I'm trying to suck it up and buy a refurb 27" iMac out of state so I can save some money on tax, but I may just have to live w/ my existing Macs instead.
 Originally Posted By: terzaghi
My guess is that it won't be until the next round of consoles hit the streets... But I will be buying that one up on launch day for sure! TES=best RPG ever.


That's what I am thinking too, which sucks. I imagine exclusivity to a certain console at launch would command one heck of a payday.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/10/10 05:14 AM
I don't mind them taking so long on each Elder Scrolls game because I spend so many hours playing them. I would really like someone to start pushing the envelope with physics, but until there's one set standard for physics acceleration, I think we're kind of screwed. I think it would add a lot to the series, though, to have such interactive environments.
Yeah, between dagger fall, morrowind, and oblivion I have logged who knows how many hundreds of hours. Not sure of the exact amount for morrowind and daggerfall because I don't think it tells you the playtime. I logged about 120 hours into oblivion and never did quite finish all of the side quests (never got any of the expansions either.) I'm guessing I EASILY doubled that time on morrowind as my character was maxed out at level 74 with all major, all minor, and many misc stats maxed out to 100. Daggerfall was probably somewhere around 100 hours as well, but maybe a little less as I tend to spend less time in front of a computer gaming than on the couch with a console.

I never did play Arena but I downloaded it with DosBox from Bethesda's website a few months ago... still haven't installed it though.
I sat down once after work (And before class) and again after class to play som FFXIII on the PS3 last night. I played for a total of about 1h40m . So far I am really enjoying the game. There are definite pluses and minuses that I see at this point:

Pros:
-Extremely beautiful graphics (during both cutscens and battles)
-The evironment is very detailed so far
-EXCELLENT sound, including surround sound and LFE effects, mabye some of the best in a video game.
-the transition from roaming to battles happens very quick. This is a huge plus for me because I can't stand RPG's that tend to hang, slow down, or go into excessive loading screens for every battle encounter. (thinking of lost odyssey here)
-The pace is very fast which is good.
-Excellent character development and interaction so far.

Cons:
-linear so far, and based on reviews I have another 20 hours of this \:\(
-only being able to control 1 character in battle is a bit different for me in a jRPG... maybe a con but maybe not as I am really starting to like the fast paced flow of the battles.
-Right now the battle system consists of just pushing x a lot. I think that the battle system will really develop into something interesting and challenging though.
-A heal potion heals the entire party??? Come on- I've never heard of an RPG where you didn't have to select who to heal in battle (unless you have a heal-all spell or something)

I'm anxious to play more and see how things unravel.
I have almost 300 hours into Oblivion and I bet I haven't played it in a year or so. I used to just run around and explore for hours. The map is just stupid huge, and then when you add in all the caves and building... Holy smokes. It would take you 15 minutes at least to run from one side to the other.
I'm really bad at games. Everytime a new console comes out I buy one and think this time I'm going to get into it, I play a game for a week and get frustrated.

Last was Oblivion and the 360.

The only games I've played and enjoyed was the original Zelda and "Mist" on the the PC.

Wish I could find some games I like. The fighting is okay, but I enjoy the thinking more and hate having to start over chapters again and again.

I just don't find the time, to get all the controls and fighting styles down for each game. Play for a few hours, then it might be 2 weeks and I'm starting over again with the "feel" of the game
As an update to my FF XIII playing. I am now about 3+ hours into the game and I can say that I am pretty much hooked. I have unlocked more battle options so battles no longer are just pressing x repeatedly but are pretty sweet. I also have unlocked the main system of leveling up which is really unique. All in all I would say that this is a very good game.
The leveling up system is very similar to FF-X, and FF-XII International Zodiac Job System.

I'm about 7 hours into the game now. It's OK. I like the story. I'm not normally one who likes the combat system in RPGs, so I figured the slimmed down one in this would be more appealing. It still isn't. I really liked the combat in XII.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/11/10 07:12 AM

 Originally Posted By: Potatohead

I have almost 300 hours into Oblivion and I bet I haven't played it in a year or so. I used to just run around and explore for hours. The map is just stupid huge, and then when you add in all the caves and building... Holy smokes. It would take you 15 minutes at least to run from one side to the other.

Get a horse, exploring goes a lot faster. Also get 100% chameleon and you can run through caves and dungeons w/o anything seeing you.
I've pretty much maxed out my character and done most of all the quests except for closing all the gates. If a new one is coming out I better get on it.
I liked everything else about Oblivion except for the gate levels. Ugh, those were bad. Well, I should say "the one" because I only visited one gate. \:\(
I agree... not very well implemented. All red and ugly looking with little change in scenery.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/11/10 02:06 PM
They were actually cool for the first couple of times, until you realized they were all pretty much the same.

Getting to near the end of Dragon Age Origins. Like always, it's taking me forever because I only play games in short but ambitious spurts but I'm still enjoying it very much. I don't think I'll ever finish Oblivion and it's expansions unless they invent a new life extending science.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/11/10 02:08 PM
 Originally Posted By: wordgasm

I just don't find the time, to get all the controls and fighting styles down for each game. Play for a few hours, then it might be 2 weeks and I'm starting over again with the "feel" of the game


I hear ya. I have the same problem with fighting games. By the time I get decent, I get bored. Come back weeks later and get my Azz kicked again.
Playing through God of War 1 and 2 right now to freshen up on the story for 3. It's been getting stellar reviews right now. Can't wait for the release of it! \:\)
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/12/10 10:11 PM
Played Oblivion, but it seemed like the same thing over and over after a while. I didn't think the quests were well done or had lots of variety.

On the other hand, I am enjoying Dragon Age. Playing is slow going since it is hard to find time with an infant at home, but I'm making progress. I think I am getting close...about to have the Landsmeet in Ferelden.
I admit in Oblivion it seems like every quest is just raiding a cave, and it does get a bit old. There is so much more to it than that though if you spend some time with it. The expanse of that game is insane.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/12/10 11:47 PM
I love just wondering around looking at things. The sky looks cool at night and climb up on the mountains and look down across Cyrodiil. The different terrain flora and fauna depending on where you go. The Weather (wind, rain, snow), waterfalls, little glens and other stuff to find. Blows Fallout 3 back to the last century.

The sound of the dripping water in, I think it’s “Greenmead Cave.” The bonfires inside a couple of caves. I’ve lost track of how much time I’ve spent on the game and still haven’t seen everything.

The only thing I don’t like about the game is having to watch what you do if you want to level up efficiently. It’s a bitch not being able to run because you’re to close to leveling up athletics. Also a pain if you want to max things quickly like plinking (just tapping the trigger) iron arrows from a rusty iron bow at goblins a 1000 times or so to max archery. But then while you’re doing that they are wailing on you so you’re armour and armourer are also going up. Or jumping onto a table in a tavern and then jumping up and down 10/sec cause your only inches from the ceiling to quickly level up acrobatics. Or pointing your character into a corner and rubberbanding down the run toggle to level athletics. Same can be done with sneaking in a corner.

My current character has 100 in Blace, Armourer, Athletics, Security (w/the skeleton key), Alchemy, Block, Acrobatics, Sneak, Heavy Armor, Light Armor, Marksman and Restoration at level 2. At this point one sneaking arrow shot kills anything but some bosses.
Dean, what do you play oblivion on?
Someone sent me a link for DDO about two months ago.
http://www.ddo.com/
I love the fact that its free.
Haven't done a ton with it and the game was very buggy until a recent update.
It's alot more fun to play with friends but geez, some ppl have ALOT of time on their hands.
Mercy me.

Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/13/10 03:39 AM
 Originally Posted By: terzaghi
Dean, what do you play oblivion on?

I play on a Xbox 360 if that’s what you meant.

For difficulty it varies depending on what I’m doing. When I’m trying to level up combat skill I push the difficulty slider to the hardest level that way each enemy lasts longer while you beat the crap out of them. I also use the weakest weapon like a rusty iron dagger, and fatigue myself by swinging like crazy going for maximum hits with minimum damage. When playing normally I keep it in the middle.
Yeah I was wondering whether u play on a console or pc. That is a pretty good strategy for leveling up.

I made several spells that cost like 1 pt to cast and just run around castinng spells over and over again
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/13/10 04:08 AM
Ha ha, yes, I did a lot of that stuff for leveling up. I played the 360 version for over 280 hours. I actually bought the PC version on Steam when they had a deal for it and Morrowind, but I haven't played past the first tiny bit simply because I don't want to start all over again. I wonder how many hours I put into Morrowind on the Xbox. It was also a lot. As tedious as some parts of the games can be, I still really love those two Elder Scrolls games. I will definitely be playing the next one, whenever that surfaces.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/13/10 09:24 AM
I played a little bit of Battlefield: Bad Company 2. It's pretty cool, but I'm disappointed the Xbox 360 controller doesn't work so well on the PC version. One of the sticks isn't recognized properly, so I can only move, not look. I hope they fix the issue. I'd rather not have to use the keyboard and mouse for games unless I have to now that I have my computer hooked up to my TV. I did buy a LapLogic lapdesk for when I need to use them, but the experience still isn't perfect. Part of the problem is I never take the time to re-map keys to what would be easier for me. What do the rest of you do for customizing control schemes in PC games?

I'm finally going to have a PS3 again this weekend. I think it's time. A lot of big games are coming out for it, and I'm planning on rearranging my home theater gear this weekend, so I wanted it in place. I'll really need to devote some energy into cable management when I switch what I'm using for my entertainment stand, too. Otherwise, it will look atrocious.
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/13/10 03:57 PM
This is EA we're talking about. Remember Battlefield II? Horrible crashiness.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/15/10 12:38 PM
 Originally Posted By: chesseroo
Someone sent me a link for DDO about two months ago.
http://www.ddo.com/
I love the fact that its free.
Haven't done a ton with it and the game was very buggy until a recent update.
It's alot more fun to play with friends but geez, some ppl have ALOT of time on their hands.
Mercy me.


As a long time MMPORPG gamer, I tried that one when I discovered it had become "free to play" (was originally subscription based like all the rest.) I actually found it so bad compared to some of the good subscription based games that I quickly abandoned it and went back to paying 15 bucks a month for another. I guess you get what you pay for and if you are not willing to pay $15 bucks a month to run around a virtual world with your friends, than who am I to say it's a bad game.

Currently, we have settled on playing Everquest II the last couple of years. The world is immense, it easily dwarfs Oblivion, but yet just as detailed. Maybe even more so as it covers a world full of many, many climates and corresponding cultural diversities. To give you an idea of the uncanny size of some of these subscription based games, I have been playing EQ II regularly (couple times a week) for 2 years and I still have only explored maybe 70% of it and that is without counting the newly released expansion .Best of all, it's almost entirely mature gamers who have been around since the old EQ 1 days instead of thousands of bunny hopping, Chuck Norris joke spewing young teens and Korean gold farmers like in World of Warcraft. You have to be a serious player though as it is 15 a month US to play.

This may seem odd to people who have never played a subscription game before but when you see the amount of work they put into it, regular expansions, and the endless possibilities in such a game it starts to make sense. For me its the addition of real social interactions with my real life friends and also the cooperation of guildamtes from all over the world, verses just dealing with menu led discussions with AI. Friday nights are our regular late night sessions (Yes, like the buddies I play with, I'm old and married so Fridays are as good a night as any)and I might put in 5-6 extra hours during the week.

Real life always comes first and I figure $15/month for say 30 hours a month or so enjoyment is not that bad of a deal considering I'd be spending a LOT more if I was hanging out at a pub every Friday night instead.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/20/10 09:17 PM
Metro 2033

I pre-purchased it on Steam a while back because they were offering Red Faction: Guerilla for free along with it, and someone at work said that that game was a lot of fun. I've only played both games a little bit. They seem like they would be fun if I dug into them, but my attention span isn't so great lately. Also, I'm having sound issues with my computer. It mainly affects music playback, but today it was happening with my game, too. The sound will be fine for a while, and then suddenly it will go all scratchy. I don't really know what's causing it, but I'm guessing there's something amiss with the HDMI audio out on the video card. It's going to be very annoying if it keeps happening.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/24/10 04:57 AM
Just Cause 2 for PC. I got it on disc, and while it's released under Games for Windows, it also has a Steam activation code, which I was happy about. I like when disc-based games integrate with Steam. And the good thing about Games for Windows is that they usually have Xbox 360 controller support for these kinds of games. I'm no longer good at the keyboard/mouse combo, so it's nice to be able to use the controller, especially now that I'm sitting on the couch to play my PC games.

I can't say much for the voice acting, but the gameplay is fun so far, and it's running very smoothly. Blowing stuff up is nice.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/27/10 03:46 AM
God of War III

I only played to the first save point, but it seems like it should be fun enough. Nice art and sense of scale, but I don't really like the character I'm playing. Maybe if I'd played the first two.

A couple of guys at work keep telling me to get Final Fantasy XIII, but I'm not sure it's really my cup of tea. Maybe I'll borrow it from one of them after they've played it enough.

I'll probably play a lot more Just Cause 2 this weekend.

Finished BF: BC 2 today. Very well done! I ended up relying on the RPG and sniper rifle for nearly the last half of the game.
 Originally Posted By: CV
God of War III

I only played to the first save point, but it seems like it should be fun enough. Nice art and sense of scale, but I don't really like the character I'm playing. Maybe if I'd played the first two.

A couple of guys at work keep telling me to get Final Fantasy XIII, but I'm not sure it's really my cup of tea. Maybe I'll borrow it from one of them after they've played it enough.

I'll probably play a lot more Just Cause 2 this weekend.


I read that Kratos is not very likable as a character throughout most of this new game. I mean, I don't know how much of a sympathetic character he is to begin with. It probably builds on the first two games (which were very fun, by the way).
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/27/10 07:13 PM
I may pick up the collection with the first two games if I like this well enough. I figured I should go for the new one before investing in games from the previous generation.

I do like how God of War III starts, with Kratos ascending Mount Olympus along with some huge allies. It certainly makes it feel epic.
Augh, I got all in the mood to replay the first game and. . . .after searching through my closet, it seems I've sold it. \:\(

Stupid garage sale. . . .
Put a little more time into Final Fantasy XIII tonight. I'm about 24 hours in am enjoying the game thoroughly. I also played a thru the demo of God of War 3 and was pretty impressed.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/28/10 07:13 AM
Yeah, God of War III is pretty cool. I'm not terrific at the gameplay, but I'm really enjoying the environments.

I thought I'd take the opportunity to share my IDs again, in case anyone wanted to add me. I'm Bastia on both Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, and I'm GrayBabyOracle on Steam. Feel free to add me. Just let me know who you are on here so I don't mistakenly decline.
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/28/10 02:17 PM
Anyone get the Dragon Age expansion? I'm up to the final battle in the original one, and feel like there is some replay value at least to see the origin story of the other character types. I'm not ready for the expansion yet, but wanted to know how it is. Is it basically more of the same, or did they change some things?
Posted By: INANE Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/30/10 05:32 AM
Just wrapped up a night in WoW, running 5 mans for badges. Been away for a few months (played up to NAXX before I left) so need to regear.
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/30/10 05:37 AM
Badges? Badges?! We don't need no stinkin' badges!

Sorry, couldn't resist.



Didn't really try, either.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/30/10 07:50 AM
 Originally Posted By: CV
I'm GrayBabyOracle on Steam.


Oops. For some reason I thought I'd made that my id on Steam, but it's actually

s.morgenstern

I need to keep better track of my identities.
Posted By: INANE Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/30/10 04:29 PM
\:D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lj056ao6GE
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 04/03/10 03:15 AM
I bought Shatter on Steam a little while ago and played it a little bit the other night. It seems pretty fun, though it would take me some time to get any good at it, just like Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved did.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 04/03/10 10:36 AM
Borderlands

I got the Steam version since it was half-price. Unfortunately, it didn't want to run correctly. It would start with a black screen, but you could hear the sounds of the startup logos, then it would be a black screen and silence. I could alt-tab to another window, and then the menu music would play, but if you tried to go back into the game, it would go to black screen and silence again. After looking up potential fixes for a while (after reinstalling the game and updating my video drivers),I finally found a configuration utility, and selecting "Enable Windowed Rendering" allowed the game to run with actual video. The default resolution for the game is 640x480, apparently, and I guess my display didn't like it in fullscreen. I changed the resolution since I could actually get in and see the menu this time, so then I exited, ran the configuration utility again to get it out of windowed mode, and now I can finally play the game in 1920x1080 in fullscreen. What a pain trying to chase down that solution, though.

I look forward to getting further in the game than I got on the 360 version. I'll have to get the DLC for the game whenever it goes on sale. Did anyone here actually finish the game? I thought one or two of you had played it, at least.

I finished Borderlands on the 360. Well, almost. The final boss was much too difficult for me to keep my interest to finish it off. I did every mission available though, and it was enjoyable.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 04/05/10 12:55 AM
Ouch. I don't look forward to an impossible final boss. (Maybe that's why I haven't gotten married yet.) I just don't have the reflexes and accuracy I used to have for shooting games. I'm happy the Xbox 360 controller is supported without having to use a control mapping program. Several of the PC games I've played recently have had that, which is always appreciated.

Did you buy the DLC, too?
Posted By: INANE Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 04/08/10 03:42 PM
Borderlands is a great game up to the final boss... all I'm gonna say is what many others out on the web have said. The ending is lame.

BTW I found that black screen issue with Borderlands was due to dual monitors and graphics driver. For me at least, when it would happen to me apon first launch, if I'd disable my 2nd monitor before launching it then it would run fine. Once I get in and set the resolution and stuff I wouldnt see the issue after that even with the 2nd monitor enabled.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 04/08/10 04:24 PM
Hmm, I was running two displays before, but not lately. It's not like I had a second monitor to disable, but maybe it still sensed traces through magic.
 Originally Posted By: St_PatGuy
 Originally Posted By: CV
God of War III

I only played to the first save point, but it seems like it should be fun enough. Nice art and sense of scale, but I don't really like the character I'm playing. Maybe if I'd played the first two.

A couple of guys at work keep telling me to get Final Fantasy XIII, but I'm not sure it's really my cup of tea. Maybe I'll borrow it from one of them after they've played it enough.

I'll probably play a lot more Just Cause 2 this weekend.


I read that Kratos is not very likable as a character throughout most of this new game. I mean, I don't know how much of a sympathetic character he is to begin with. It probably builds on the first two games (which were very fun, by the way).


Yeah, he's pretty much a mindless, vengeful killer in part 3.
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 05/14/10 05:43 AM
Thanks to Steam coming to the Mac, I just finished Portal. Beat it in about 6 hours. Very fun. Want more. Portal 2, please come to papa.
Just heard yesterday that Portal is now being offered FREE to PC and Mac users till May 24. Link! Hope it wasn't too pricey Peter! \:\)
Skate 3 just was released a few days ago. I am looking forward to playing that game. I really like this series.
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 05/14/10 01:58 PM
Of course I got it free. \:\)
Posted By: SRoode Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 05/15/10 08:41 PM
Still hooked on Dragon Age: Origins. I only get to play it the weekends that I am not at home (this weekend being one), so I'm only up to level 14 on my main character. I like taking my time with games like this, and doing all the side quests I can.

It looks like they have released an expansion pack for it now too (Dragon Age: Awakenings), so I'll have that to look forward to when I complete this game.
Playing Resident Evil 5 on professional as well as Mercenaries mode. Very good game!
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 05/15/10 09:44 PM
World of Goo. I know it's been out awhile, but I've finally got it installed on my laptop. The trackpad isn't working as poorly as I had feared.
Posted By: Adrian Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 05/15/10 09:49 PM
A World of Goo on your laptop doesn't really sound too good when you think about it.
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 05/15/10 09:54 PM
Depends on if you've got damage insurance or not.
 Originally Posted By: Adrian
A World of Goo on your laptop doesn't really sound too good when you think about it.


LOL! I agree somewhat. Depends on the type of porn we are talking about.
Halo 3 with my son \:\)
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 05/15/10 11:20 PM
 Originally Posted By: kcarlile
World of Goo. I know it's been out awhile, but I've finally got it installed on my laptop. The trackpad isn't working as poorly as I had feared.


I gave away my physical copy since I got it when it was cheap enough on Steam. I got my dad to give it away to one of his work friends, actually, and I guess the guy's family has been really enjoying it. I need to get back to playing it since I got stuck on one of the levels.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 05/22/10 04:39 AM
Anyone playing Alan Wake, 3D Dot Game Heroes, or Red Dead Redemption? I'm interested in all three. I'd probably buy them in that order, but I was wondering if anyone had some perspective.
I plan on getting Red Dead Redemption. The reviews sound really really good. I've been looking forward to getting it for some time.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 05/22/10 05:18 AM
It wasn't even on my radar simply because Red Dead Revolver had fairly mixed reviews, and now this new one seems to be getting all kinds of praise. I think my nephew was getting it, so I'll see how he likes it, too.
I played the first one and it was okay, not great. I think the new one is completely different, more free ranging and diverse.
I was watching my son rip through Lost Planet 2, looks to be a good shoot em up game, he seems to be really enjoying it.
I played lost planet 1 when it first came out and really enjoyed it. I wasn't aware that lost planet 2 was already out... might have to give it a rent.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 05/23/10 04:00 AM
I saw the black Wiis at Costco today and was tempted. Then I remembered I don't have the money at the moment. I'm feeling in the mood to play Super Mario Galaxy 2, though.
Ask Costco if they will lend you one?
Red Dead Redemption.

So far I really like it. It has set itself up with an interesting story. The main character is badass. The game definitely has that Rockstar feel to it and the western theme and environments I find very refreshing which is a good change of pace for me.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 05/24/10 12:01 AM
I think the last western-themed game I played was Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath, and I didn't play too much of it, even though it was fun. Besides that, there aren't many western games I remember playing. Oregon Trail, obviously. Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist. I'm sure there must have been more, but nothing's springing to mind. So yeah, I think I'm ready for Red Dead Redemption.
I think you will be ready for Red Dead Redemption as well ;\) . I played the game to the early part of the morning and it was a joy. One of the most original games I have played for the 360/PS3. While there are gameplay elements that we are all quite familiar with like the shooting and cover system this game offers a unique experience and it has a different feel to it than any other game I have played. Roaming around on the horse sort of reminds me of Oblivion but the environments are so different with the western look.

There have been a lot of tasks with riding a horse. One of my favorite moments so far was riding around in town on my stallion and I lassoed a pedestrian walking about and starting dragging him. It didn't last long however because I commited a crime and it was game over. It was still very satisfying! I am really looking forward to what this game has in store.
fEAR Combat mostly and ocasionally I play Q3 arena Ufreeze mod with grapple. Not many if any public ufreeze servers using grapple so I run a server and client on same machine and play any of the 700+ maps I have. I watched the sun rise too many times to count playing Q3 and still would go into work.
Still playing Red Dead Redemption. This game is so awesome!
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 05/29/10 05:40 AM
It's time for me to cowboy up.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/01/10 08:11 AM
Started playing “Mass Effect” again so I can max out a character and then import it to “Mass Effect 2” in anticipation of . . . . Well at least that is what I had been doing until Sean dropped off his subwoofers, fargin bastage. ;\)

Originally I was planning to just power through it to gain levels but very quickly I got into the story again and started playing along. Usually I don’t ever replay a story based game but I’m actually enjoying this more the second time through. Mostly because I know I don’t need to drive the Macco to every corner of ever planet. This actually makes the Macco sooooo much more fun the mining planets. They guy that came up with that one should get spaced. OTOH I still hate mini-games and for some reason the decryption game is kicking my butt. Well at least until I got some omni-gel built up.

Another plus is I figured out that since I usually take the same two NPCs those are the only ones I really need to keep well equipped which saves a lot of time sorting through inventories.

I also realized that just using a pistol is simpler since I can just blast away even while on the move and usually not worry about overheating.

Learning my way around the citadel again was a bit of a pain because the arrow doesn’t always point you where you really want to go. I’m also finding I like the elevator better than the newer graphic. Lean back angle the camera straight up and spin the image real fast. I’m not prone to motion sickness but I can’t do it for a whole ride w/o feeling a bit queasy.
I liked mass effect 1 a lot... very good game.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/12/10 07:17 AM
Some Fallout 3 to make me hopeful about the future.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/15/10 07:24 AM
Is anyone going to get the new Xbox 360? I'll probably end up with one just so I have a quiet black one to replace my loud white Arcade unit. It'll be after the Axiom 30th Anniversary celebration, of course. I'll have to get a black Wii at that point, too, so I can catch up on Nintendo first-party games.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/15/10 07:44 AM

I think I’ll skip this one. Mine is in the next room so I can’t hear the noise even with the attached fan and hard wired into my network. Unless the processor is much faster I can’t see spending any money to get features I don’t need. The Kinect sounds interesting but until games I want to play support it and do so well it’s just a curiosity to me. Any word if it will do 3D?

I’m not sure what MS has in mind but another incremental improvement in the Xbox would have me looking to a PS3 if I had to buy a new machine especially if I didn’t already have a Blu-ray player.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/15/10 07:49 AM
At this point, I would probably recommend the PS3 for anyone who doesn't already have a system. It's a solid system with a lot of value. I've already owned several 360s even though I've only had one fail on me, but that's just because I wanted HDMI, then I wanted a black one, then I wanted one that might be less likely to fail, and now this new one is quieter and has a bigger hard drive, as well as being black, which I want again. If I didn't own so many 360 games, I wouldn't be considering yet another 360.
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/16/10 01:11 AM
And a release date for Gran Turismo 5 was announced today!

I'm waiting for that and Starcraft 2 at the end of July.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/16/10 06:36 AM
Well, that's super-annoying. I downloaded the new DLC and started up Mass Effect 2 to find that my saved game is no longer there. It was at the beginning of the game with the bonuses you get for already going through the game once. Now I have nothing. Grrr.
Gears of War 2
NHL 10
Red Dead Redemption
Halo 3: ODST
Posted By: cb919 Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/16/10 10:23 PM
Anyone tried Joe Danger yet? I downloaded it from the PlayStation Network last week. My 7 year old son and I have been having a blast playing it. Simple, pick up and play, entertaining but gets tough pretty quickly too. Good value IMHO - it was a $14.99 download.
Joe Danger looks kinda fun smile

Did anyone play Fat Princess on the PS3?

They are coming out with a patch that adds some new characters and local 4 player multiplayer.

I never got the game but am thinking about grabbing it now that it has local multiplayer.

info here:
http://blog.us.playstation.com/2010/06/2...ith-patch-1-06/
I am playing Fallout 3 and Borderlands for PC.
I wasn't sure whether to put this in one of the many Rush threads, a Wii thread or what. So, here...

Rush’s 2112 Featured in New Guitar Hero Game

Oh yeah.
Originally Posted By: tomtuttle
I wasn't sure whether to put this in one of the many Rush threads, a Wii thread or what. So, here...

Rush’s 2112 Featured in New Guitar Hero Game

Oh yeah.

Since I like guitar hero series I might be getting this one! smile
Originally Posted By: Ichigo_Kurosaki
I am playing Fallout 3 and Borderlands for PC.


Good games.

I am currently playing Crackdown 2. The graphics are outdated, no story, environments are similar to original and it did not get the greatest reviews. However, it is also the ultimate "sandbox" game where I can just roam around the city aimlessly. I love the gameplay for the most part (driving and hand to hand combat could be much better) and just jumping around and climbing buildings around the city collecting orbs (the most unique thing I like about this game).

This game is not really that polished and could have been much better if they did not rush it to market, but I still love it, just like the first one.
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 07/30/10 05:17 PM
StarCraft II is out as of a couple days ago. Anyone else playing? I'm doing the single player and trying to get the side objectives too, which is really slowing me down only at the 3rd mission.

Then again, I realize I'm way out of practice as I haven't played the first one in 10 years or so. The 2nd one seems to expect you played the first and know what you are doing. I need to relearn the hotkeys.
I'm torn between posting here and "what funny thing are you enjoying tonight" -- We moved the XBox 360 into the den and hooked it up to the Axiom system. "17" is enjoying the hell out Nazi Zombies at the moment (no offense to anyone, Heck I'm 3/4 German). So I asked the boy what they play in Germany. He said, "well maybe it's the similar to what they call the local cockroaches (here they're called German cockroaches). Apparently Germans don't like the term, so in Germany they call the bugs French cockroaches. So maybe, it's called French zombies?" Again, no offense to anyone. It's just a game. Brutal and pointless though it may be.

Scott
Counter-Strike

.....BOOM! Headshot! smile
Playing Final Fantasy I on my Iphone4. Great game, brings back a lot of childhood memories. All of the graphics were red-done and it looks pretty good.
Changed my opinion about Final Fantasy 13. That game is garbage. 67 hours in, maxed on most levels, 3/4 of the way done with side quests... and what happens? I get to the end boss (Orphan) and I can't beat him.

Screw this game. Why do people need to make final bosses so damn hard? Seriously, I was really dreading having to find out how long the last cut scene was going to be anyway.

Screw Orphan and screw Final Fantasy 13!

[/rant]
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/03/10 03:54 AM
I guess I won't buy it, then.
Well there is a high possibility that I just suck. I enjoyed most of the game, but the end just kept dragging on and on. Then when u think u killed the final boss the seemingly unbeatable final final boss arises from nowhere for one last battle. Who knows, there might be 6 more battles for all I know!
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/03/10 04:03 AM
I'm sure I suck more than you. I haven't been playing any video games lately, and when I was still playing, I would usually play on the easier difficulties because I didn't want to invest so much effort. How old I've become!
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/03/10 06:24 AM
I finished “Mass Effect” last night in a quest to create a character to port over to “Mass Effect 2” and eventually “Mass Effect 3.” I didn’t get a high a level as the first time I played but then this time I didn’t explore every little part of the galaxy.

I immediately started again I got quite far in the primary quest line in just a couple hours. Helps that your skills and weapons stay with you and the new stuff you find is based on your characters level. I can no turn up the difficulty w/o getting slaughtered.

It also is making things faster that I didn’t have to re-learn where everything is on the Citadel.

I’ve found a new appreciation for the Macco(sp) vs the “mining” in #2 which now IMO sucks even worse. At least with the planet exploration in the Macco you don’t really have to do a lot of it if you don’t want but there is a lot of stuff you need to buy in ME2 which requires to much mining.
Yeah, that mining was a PITA
Since I've been a little tight in the pocket book lately,(with the help of my air conditioning and water heater going kaput on me) I haven't bought a game since God of War 3. I ended up putting back in COD4 MW1 and forgot how much fun I had playing this game.

I have a gold 1 year membership to xbox live, but haven't activated it yet. I'm wanting to get semi good again before going online and getting my butt handed to me.
Ascension, haven't played that game in a while and need a good excuse to play some online. Gamertag is terzaghi- add me.
So I gave final fantasy 13 another try tonight. I re-equipped my characters with HP enhancing items and damage reducing items... Left a couple magic increasing items on one character. I sold everything else I owned and got 400,00 Gil or so. I spent alll of the cash on upgrade components. Upgraded my hp and damage reduction items so that I had nearly 10,000 hp on my main char with a 25% reduction in physical damage on my main char.

With all of these changes I was finally able to beat the game. Pretty good ending and I am relieved to have beaten it. I hate having games on m shelf that are 99% complete.


It aint over yet, now you can level your characters even higher. smile
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/04/10 05:51 AM
Originally Posted By: terzaghi
Pretty good ending and I am relieved to have beaten it.


Micah always feels relieved about that last thing, too.

But thanks a lot. You were making me feel good about not having the game.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/04/10 12:31 PM
For those interested, Everquest II is going "free to play." That is when a subscription based game loses the monthly fee.

Why would they do that? It's the new trend. You play for free but they make a virtual, in game marketplace where they sell a bunch of very convenient items or 'entitlements,' like rights to play certain classes/races, for real money. So you could theoretically play the game for years completely free but you would be constantly tempted to spend real money to get in game stuff. In fact, you can still get into a monthly fee if you want to subscribe to certain in game features that become buried in one of several "premium" services.

I've been playing EQ II since it came out 4 or 5 years ago. In my opinion, it's by far the best MMORPG out there and me and my buddies tried them all. Running around a virtual world one or twice a week while chatting and laughing with your buddies is a great way to keep in touch with friends you might otherwise never see.

In fact, we will likely stay on the old subscription based service because we figured out that to recreate everything in the "free but buy stuff" model, we would end up paying more per month than what we pay now.

However, the biggest thing for us is that EQII was kind of the game where 'mature' MMO players went because it's the spin off from the very first successful virtual world, EverQuest 1 that started it all back in 1999. While the free model is great for those who just want to try a game out or otherwise can't afford a monthly fee, it will also likely mean that the free servers will become flooded with young, hoppy, chuck norriss joke spewing twinks who can't afford to play WoW. In fact, the average age of the subscription service should hopefully even go up a notch or two, making the $15.00 a month even more worth it's while.

Long post. I really just wanted to announce the Free to Play thing in case people want to try something new but thought some explanation might be in order as not a lot here are MMORPG players.
Evony does the same thing. It's free, but they keep hanging the carrot in front of you to spend real money to advance in the game. I played Evony for a while, probably spent around $50 total. Now I just have a single city that's more-or-less maxed out. I visit it every day for the free amulet, but I don't know why I even bother anymore, since I'm not an active player. Just a habit I guess.
Originally Posted By: terzaghi
Ascension, haven't played that game in a while and need a good excuse to play some online. Gamertag is terzaghi- add me.


I will definitely do that!
Homedad, it said "Crystalarium expanded", but then when I saved teh game at the end and reloaded it put me back before the boss... How can you continue playing?
Go back through the hall to the warp portal that got you to the final boss, from there you can use two portals to take you where you want to go.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/15/10 08:37 AM
Just finished replaying Mass Effect with the same character. It was much easier to get through even with the difficulty turned up because of keeping the stats and weapons. The first time through I did most of the side quests though not all of them and ended up level 42 after about 39 hours of game-play. The second time I mostly stuck to the main quest line only doing a few of the side quests moving up to level 55 after about 20 hours of game-play.

I just restarted for the third and final time and plan to do everything I can with the intent of carrying this character over to Mass Effect 2 eventually 3.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/15/10 08:46 AM
Nice, Dean.
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/16/10 04:32 PM
Has anyone tried Limbo yet?

http://devour.com/video/limbo/

http://www.limbogame.org/

(only available on XBox Live frown )
I played it for a bit and it seems really cool. I only tried the trial.

It was pretty trippy and really sucked you in, especially with the surround sound cranked and the lights off.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 08/30/10 02:05 AM
Finished playing through Mass Effect for the third time with the same character. On the first two times through I pretty much just did the main quest line and a few of the random quests that popped up. The last time through I tried to hit most of the assignments but after reaching level 60 with all level 10 equipment by second to last mission I just blew through the rest of it. This was the most fun part of the game since I didn’t need to do anymore searching of crates for equipment and experience and was just able to play.

I found the Macco was much less annoying than scanning for minerals. Especially since I cheated and used the maps on the Mass Effect wiki to find the interesting stuff w/o having to drive around the whole map. I also used the infinite paragon/renegade cheat to max out both of them so I could make whatever decisions I wanted w/o regard to earning points.

I also finally realized that the sniper rifle is a kick a$$ weapon and also makes the Macco easier to use. Instead of shooting things with the Macco dismounting at a distance and shooting things up with the sniper rifle loaded with high explosive ammo rocks. Very cool to aim at a bad guys feet and blow him 50+ feet into the air. Also way easier to avoid incoming fire than with the Macco.

Got laid twice to boot, have to do it again in ME2 wink

I just started Mass Effect 2 with that character to play through for an eventual import to ME3.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/02/10 07:56 AM
Well, I can still feel good about myself. It's been a loooooong time since I've been brave enough to check the Bejeweled 2 leaderboards on Xbox Live. I'm somehow still in first place in Finity mode, and I was surprised I was still #3 in Action mode. I'm only getting slower these days, but at least that one score in Finity mode is keeping my *ahem* legend alive.

I haven't really been playing ANY games lately, but I think I'm going to get back into it a little bit. Which one, though?
You need your own action figure.
With Kung Fu Grip.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/03/10 04:08 AM
As long as my action figure gets to do stuff with Regina's action figure.
Regina comes equipped with Pinchers of Power.
Or Pinchers of Peril.


Depends on how you play.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/03/10 05:57 AM
I'm not sure if I'll be able to differentiate between the two.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/04/10 08:34 AM
Played just a little bit of Trials HD, 'Splosion Man, and Shadow Complex tonight.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/04/10 09:49 AM
Annnnnnd some Castle Crashers.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/12/10 08:32 AM
Pinball FX, Limbo, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game.
Halo: Reach
Quote:
Halo: Reach


I've been watching my boys play it since it arrived yesterday, I guess FedEx actually delivers early sometimes. It looks like a lot of fun, perhaps I'll get a chance to play soon. wink
Yeah, I just rented it and have played for an hour and a half or so. I played the campaign some and did a little online matchmaking. IT seems like a good game but I think I'll wait to buy another game until the next COD in november.
I think I have to get a second XBox because I have two boys and one is a Halo fan while the other is a COD fan. Too much jostling over whose turn it is to play.
Sounds like you need a 3rd for you too smile
Halo: Reach is an impressive game. Not enough time in a day to play all the content - campaign, firefight, custom game modes. Looking forward to the juggernaut game mode.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/16/10 05:07 AM
I had Halo: Reach on preorder, but I decided to cancel and wait for the legendary edition to drop to the price of the normal edition. I finally got the limited edition of Alan Wake after being patient like that. Of course, if I was really patient, I'd just wait for Game of the Year editions of every game, with all of the DLC included.
I'm liking halo reach a lot (for a halo game). I'm not a huge halo fan, but I'm glad I gave it a rent.

If I wasn't trying to watch my spending I'd buy it to hold me over until COD comes out in Nov. I'll probably just keep it from the rental store until I beat the campaign and play as much online as I can in the 1-2 weeks I have it.
The campaign from what I have played so far is really good. There are a ton of new weapons and I love how often you have access to vehicles and then can decide if you want to beat the area with the vehicle or get off and use your own weapons. You can even drive a forklift in a few areas. LOL. I notice the AI moves a lot quicker than previous installments when trying to snipe.

In the campaign there are tons of other new additions like character customization, access to in-game abilities (sprint, drop shield, invisibility etc) and one of my favorite aspects to the new gameplay is reticle bloom.

As for the soundtrack, Halo games never dissapoint.
I am a Halo fan, not a gamer (I don't think) but I do enjoy Halo and a couple of other 1st person shooters (Far Cry, Bio Shock, etc). Halo is my fav though.

I havn't had time to do the get my copy of Reach, but I am looking forward to it. Maybe next week.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/18/10 07:57 AM
Played a little Oblivion. It had been a while. I've been doing more stuff with my 360 now that I have one of the new ones. Nice and quiet most of the time, but I wish the DVD drive was quieter when spinning up. You'd think they would have taken care of that. Also, they may as well have made the USB ports USB 3.0 and made it gigabit ethernet while they were updating things.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/18/10 08:02 AM
By the way, has anyone tried using converting the Xbox 360 Oblivion game save to play in the PC version as outlined here? Am I reading that right? I may have to try that. I bought the PC version of Oblivion on Steam during a sale, but I haven't really played it on the PC because I'd already spent so much time playing the Xbox 360 version. Anyway, it would be cool if I could just port the saved game over.
Halo Reach is awesome. I would put it up there with Mass Effect 2 and Red Dead for my favorite games so far this year.
Cv, save the game to the HD and play it that way. Less spinning
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/18/10 07:00 PM
Oh, I've already done that with Oblivion, so I wasn't talking about that one, specifically. I won't be installing games to the hard drive as a rule, though. I guess I just don't like the hard drive space disappearing that fast, even though I have plenty of space left at the moment.

Dr. House, I'm waiting for another good deal on Red Dead Redemption. If anyone sees anything pop up, let me know.
I watched an entire 720p walkthrough of Splinter Cell Conviction on YouTube. Yes, it's long, but the video game is wicked, the video quality is stunning, and the guy who recorded his gameplay is REALLY good IMO. It's the only game that I get an absolute thrill out of watching someone else play.
I finished the campaign of Reach. Overall, two thumbs up!

There is so much content to explore afterwards with all the different game modes and forge. As a huge fan of firefight in ODST they have added a bunch of different variations. I tried GruntPocalypse on legendary and it was a lot fun headshotting hundreds and hundreds of those buggers.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/26/10 12:28 AM
Eternal Sonata was cheap enough that I finally picked it up. I still like the original title: Trusty Bell: Chopin's Dream, but Eternal Sonata works, too. I barely started it, and it falls victim to the too-many-cutscenes-not-enough-gameplay prevalent in JRPGs, but I'm hoping the ratio improves a bit after the initial setup. The visuals are definitely beautiful. I'd play more for that alone. I didn't pay enough attention to the soundtrack. I got the Xbox 360 version, but maybe I should have gotten the PS3 version since it supposedly has extras.

I also have another JRPG to play. David was kind enough to send me Final Fantasy XIII (PS3) to try. I barely started a game in that the other day, too. I will have to give both games more time.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/26/10 09:43 AM
Took a break from Mass Effect 2 to load Civilization 5 on my computer the other day and on my fathers computer today. Both games have a feature that really pisses me off.

Mass Effect 2 logs onto the “Cerberus Network” (XBox Live?) every time before loading. Worse is Civ 5 which won’t even install unless you are connected to the internet and install “Steam” first. What a load of crap. My father doesn’t have an internet connection which ment dragging his computer to my house just to install the fracking game. Thankfully it plays w/o have to be connected or it would have gone back.

This internet “DRM” and the often associated spam email and adds you get when logging onto the server is quickly making me rethink the appeal of gaming.
Originally Posted By: grunt
Took a break from Mass Effect 2 to load Civilization 5 on my computer the other day and on my fathers computer today. Both games have a feature that really pisses me off.

Mass Effect 2 logs onto the “Cerberus Network” (XBox Live?) every time before loading. Worse is Civ 5 which won’t even install unless you are connected to the internet and install “Steam” first. What a load of crap. My father doesn’t have an internet connection which ment dragging his computer to my house just to install the fracking game. Thankfully it plays w/o have to be connected or it would have gone back.

This internet “DRM” and the often associated spam email and adds you get when logging onto the server is quickly making me rethink the appeal of gaming.


I can't stand Stream either, Dean. You use to have a choice to install the fracking stuff; and requiring an internet connection is complete BS.
The last video game I played was super mario galaxy with my 5 yr old.. I bought dragon age for PC but never played it. The only game I play regularly is Guild War.
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 09/26/10 01:43 PM
DRM punishes honesty. The people who pirate the games and crack the DRM don't have to put up with that crap.
... and the DMR punishes n00bs.
Originally Posted By: pmbuko
DRM punishes honesty. The people who pirate the games and crack the DRM don't have to put up with that crap.


Yup.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/01/10 08:43 AM
Breath of Death VII

Fun enough so far, but I'm the kind of person who can get addicted to repetitive gameplay as long as I can level up and acquire new items. Can't go wrong for $1.
That looks a lot like dragon warrior on the NES, which I liked a lot back in the day. I might have to give it a try as I have 400 points that I have sat on my account for a while now...

CV, have you played Disgaea 3 on the PS3? It looks pretty like a decent RPG...
I just pre-ordered Medal of Honor, it looks very promising.
Posted By: cb919 Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/01/10 04:54 PM
Last night for some reason I wasn't into playing any of my current games I'm working on. So I looked through my library of older games and broke out an old PS2 classic - Shadow of the Colossus

It is still very cool and moody and fun even years after I first played it - glad I never traded it in!
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/01/10 06:44 PM
Originally Posted By: terzaghi
CV, have you played Disgaea 3 on the PS3? It looks pretty like a decent RPG...


I haven't played it. I'll have to check it out. I also want to try out 3D Dot Game Heroes. Waiting for a good price drop.
I really don't like the Disgaea series. I tried 3 on the PS3, it looks like a PS2 game, with the same OCD requiring mechanics of the first two. Good thing it was just a rental.
oh yeah, should say looks like a "pretty decent".... oops.

And to follow up on Neon's respones: i must say that it looks decent if you like the older style rpgs with crappy graphics and redundant gameplay- which I happen to like on occasion smile
I'm still waiting for PONG to make a comeback.
Civilization V on my overclocked EVGA 460. Saaaaaaweeeeeet game utilizing DX 11. Darn difficult too.
Only 1 game to play.






Nice screen shots, what's the game wink
Halo reach. I'm still wondering why I Haven't bought it after I returned the rental
I knew that. I think you missed my smilie wink.

My son is anxiously waiting for COD Black Ops.
Beautiful video game.








Wife and kids are going out of town for the weekend, I'll get my 1st chance to actually play Halo Reach. wink The kids have horded it since it first arrived!
Can you blame them? grin Remember to get the home theatre going and enjoy. Its a great game.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/02/10 04:01 AM
Why don't I own a copy yet? Waiting on a cheap Legendary edition is so dorky.
If the shoe fits wink






Wait I think that shoe probably fits all of us at one time or another. smile
hmmm... missed the wink and forgot about any earlier discussions I suppose.

I think I'll just wait for COD black ops as well and buy that. I'm really trying to limit what games I buy for $60. I bought Halo 3 when it came out and played it for a month or two and then it just sat on my shelf.
I'm holding off on Call of Duty: Black Ops for now. Wait and see approach. Treyarch is the developer for this game and every time they have had their hands in a Call of Duty game, they have been disappointing. Infinity Ward is the developer that put this series on the map. Their work speaks for itself.

Lets break this down.

Treyarch: Call of Duty 2: Big Red One, Call of Duty 3, Call of Duty: World at War.

Infinity Ward: Call of Duty, Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
Playing this free, really fun flash game - Defend Your Castle

You can try it out here.

http://www.xgenstudios.com/play/castle/
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/16/10 11:03 PM
Just finished playing through Mass Effect 2 for the first time with a character imported from ME1. The starting bonuses for importing a character were nice, especially having some minerals to start with. The character maxed out at level 30 fairly quickly but I still made sure to play all the extra assignments since this character will export to ME3 when it comes out.

Mineral scanning still sucked but this time I only mined rich planets and then only for the minerals I needed so it wasn’t as bad as the first time I played it. I didn’t realize how much longer ME2 was compared to ME1 the first time I played since it had been so long between games. But collecting all your teem mates and doing their loyalty missions takes quite awhile. Now I’ll be itching for ME 3 to come out.
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/17/10 07:38 PM
Just saw GT5 is delayed again. Supposedly it will still be out in time for the holidays.

Good thing I have Starcraft 2 to keep me busy. I don't know that I am ready to dive into GT5 at the moment anyway. Although it is nice to have 1 PC and 1 PS3 game I'm actively playing.
The GT demo I played was pretty disappointing in comparison to forza motorsport 3... I hope the end product is much better
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/31/10 08:11 AM
Pinball FX 2

I love pinball!

Even fake pinball.

I appreciate that it lets me use the tables from the first Pinball FX.
I've been playing the HD pinball game on the iphoen 4. I must say it is actually pretty fun.
I still play the "Space Cadet" pinball on my PC. It didn't come with Vista, so I ripped the files from an XP machine.

I play three games every morning....with one ball only and with one paddle only.

This morning I got 800,000+ on one game, 1.2 million on another and 2.6 million on the third.

Yes, one ball and using one paddle only.

I'm a pinball wizard. No trick.
Posted By: Adrian Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/31/10 02:09 PM
There's got to be a twist.
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 10/31/10 02:59 PM
Tell us, Mark. How do you keep your wrist so supple?
Playing call of duty: black ops. Great game, and two thumbs up to treyarch for this one!
My son has been playing Black Ops since he got home from school and is really enjoying it as well
Yesterday I told my kids they had to finish their homework before they could play Black Ops. I have never seen homework get done so fast before.

I don't think I will get much chance to listen to music on my M80s for the next couple of weeks.
Yeah, but reviews say that it isn't THAT much better/different than MW or MW2, just heavy system requirements for PC (I know a lot of people play on their consoles). One review said that it was like a Michael Bay flick on steroids. Constant explosions that after a while make you numb. Granted that is single player.

Oh well, to each his (or her) own.
My boys since Tue. have also been getting their homework done in record time. Although I haven't had a chance to play the game they are having a blast and it looks really good.
Posted By: mpyw Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/12/10 12:27 AM
Just got myself a PS3 move sports bundle
playing a few rounds of Ping Pong and my arm really in pain now..and I'm sweating a lot during the game....really good for lazy people like me to get some work out.
Cool. How is the responsive of the controller system?
Posted By: mpyw Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/12/10 02:35 AM
very accurate, even a twist and turn of the wrist are captured by the system and for there you could angle the ball properly and applied some play tactic to win the game
We just picked up the Kinect bundle with the 250gb 360 today. The kids love it and played it all day after UPS dropped it off. My wife was even very happily impressed with it. It's got great graphics and to play without having to hold any type of controller is a big plus to me. I didn't think anything could get them to stop playing Black Ops. smile It's nice to see them playing more kids oriented type games and enjoying them. The added plus is they are worn out after playing and fall right to sleep. wink
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/25/10 06:35 AM
Crackdown 2

I got it when it dropped to $15 on Amazon.com. It's addicting enough so far, but I haven't done a ton of the missions. I'm mainly beefing up my character so far. My strength is the only thing I've maxed out so far.
Switching between Black Ops / Team Fortress 2 / and some WoW sprinkled in. shocked
Posted By: cb919 Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/25/10 02:58 PM
Just picked up the Gran Turismo 5 Collector's Edition last night. Not much time on it yet, but it is a huge game that looks great but is still pretty much the same GT we have known over the years. I am sure it will keep me busy for months to come. If you like GT it's worth it. If you're not a GT fan this will not change your opinion, IMHO.
Still playing black ops. I just saw a commercial for GT5, I didn't realize it was out. I played the beta demo a while back and was pretty disappointed in comparison to Forza 3 on the 360. Hopefully the final product is better... I'd like to pick it up but might wait a little while as I'm still hooked on Black Ops.
I just started playing GT5 last night and I thinks it great, the graphics are really good and I think it is as good if not better than any of the previous versions.
How do you control the cars in GT 5? Just wondering if I can use might track ball to steer the car and the keyboard as the accelerator etc. Does it give you an option to control the car with a mouse?

Thanks, guys.
No, GT5 has to be controlled by a PS3 controller, or a compatible wheel and pedal setup. It doesn't support any other input devices.
It's not available for the PC?

Edit- Never mind, I just checked and it's not.
Gran Turismo has always been a Playstion exclusive series.
Bout to go lay in bed and play some phantasy star II on the iphone which I got for $0.99 on sale from the appstore.

All of the Sega apps are on sale until december 1st...
Posted By: cb919 Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/26/10 06:44 PM
I am sold on the new GT5. It's car porn and fun. Yes, there's a few gripes with slow loads and menu system, but the sheer amount of stuff to do and collect is astounding. And of course the driving is great - go-karts are fun and feel close to the real thing from my limited karting experience. I also just raced a VW bus on the Top Gear test track followed by some timed practice laps in a Lamborghini.

OK, lunch is over, back to work for me. blush
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/27/10 11:02 AM
Blur for the PC and Red Dead Redemption for the Xbox 360. Both should be fun.
Sounds like fun Dan. I may buy that one when I get off my Black Ops kick.
Originally Posted By: CV
Blur for the PC and Red Dead Redemption for the Xbox 360. Both should be fun.


Red Dead Redemption has become one of my favorite games. Really enjoyed the set up and story. The attention to detail and atmosphere is excellent. I spent many hours just roaming around sightseeing.
Originally Posted By: St_PatGuy
I spent many hours just roaming around sightseeing.

I like Penny Arcade. They have a t-shirt for that.
I like it!

That'll go on my list I'm giving to Santa. That is, if I don't see him at the mall.
Bad news, Sean. I just saw him at MY mall, and it's gonna take him a long time to work his way to yours.
Fudge!
Sean, I really don't know why you're believing a word that comes out of that guys mouth grin !
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/27/10 10:24 PM
Sean, Mark, and Santa in a showdown?

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_75ptQuFbEv0/SxGz8jOAHOI/AAAAAAAADbA/apgwWL1lU3A/s1600/rk8xmas.jpg
I don't even know how to describe myself?

Like some kind of cross between an elephant and Superman's Fortress of Solitude?
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 11/28/10 12:16 AM
I bet if you shake off that snow you're quite svelte. That is snow, right?
Either that, or I need to invest in a bottle of Head and Shoulders.
I usually wait for games to hit the $20 mark before I buy them. But I gave in and got Gran Turismo 5 on Wednesday while I was out for lunch. I took Thursday off work. I do need to go in on Friday, but I know what I'm doing this weekend. laugh
Posted By: cb919 Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/03/10 03:31 PM
I played a bit of GT5 online last night. I jumped into somebody else's lounge (game). There were just 2 guys in there and obviously friends as I could hear them talking to each other. They were lining up at the start/finish line for drag race between a Bugatti Veyron and newer Dodge Charger Hemi. The timing was perfect - they had just lined up side by side and were at a dead stop with barely a car's width between them - I happened to come around behind them at that exact moment doing way over 200 km/h in an Audi R8. I lined them up and blasted between them with inches to spare - did not touch either one of them. It was hilarious to hear them both yell and react at the exact same time. Too much fun. grin

You're going to have fun this weekend Chris!
Its to bad that after 5 years in the making and one delay after another, Sony still can't make a superior racing game than Forza 3 which only took 2 years to make and released 1 year prior.

This is what happens with a system with complicated dev tools.
Yeah, I'm not sure what all is included in the online customization in GT 5 but the user storefronts with custom tunes, paint jobs, decals, etc that you can sell for credits in forza 3 is insane! Selling or gifting cars is a nice touch too, along with the in game photo and video uploading. The customization And online user storefront in forza 3 is simply amazing. Does gt5 have a similar setup?
Posted By: cb919 Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/03/10 05:16 PM
Still learning as I go David, but i think it's safe to say it won't be as extensive as Forza. From what I've seen so far we're limited to paint and wheel colours and aero kits. The rest are all performance related and not so much visual. GT is really focused on the simulation of the car physics and turns a blind eye to many of the 'extras' we are used to seeing in other racing games. However where I like it is it's sheer size and abundance of stuff to do and the actual driving feeling and racing. Anything else to me is a bonus.

For the record I am a GT fan because I have a PS3 only. If I had XBox I'm sure I'd love Forza or PC sims if I had a game worthy PC. You work with what you have!
Posted By: fredk Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/04/10 02:28 AM
Originally Posted By: ClubNeon
I usually wait for games to hit the $20 mark before I buy them.

You're as bad as I am. Looking to pick up Dragon Age Origins for cheap this weekend.
I have been watching my son play Medal of Honor, looks to be a bit of fun, he says he likes it. I guess I will have to try some of these games one of these days.
I would still like to try GT5 but will either rent it or buy when it is like 30 bucks.

Since I'm out of town I'm not able to play any COD so am enjoying Phantasy Star II on my iphone some more.
Someone asked me what my favorite game ever was recently. I couldn't pick one, but Phantasy Star II came to mind. That was another that I paid full ($70) price for.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/05/10 04:06 AM
Favorite game ever would be a tough call. Too many of them shaped my childhood. It would be like asking me what my favorite finger is. My middle finger, obviously, but then how would I hitchhike? So the middle game is my favorite. Both of them.
I only paid 99 cens for PS II through a sale in the app store:)
Posted By: fredk Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/05/10 07:57 PM
Originally Posted By: terzaghi
I only paid 99 cens for PS II through a sale in the app store:)

OK, you got me beat on cheap. Just picked up dragon age for $20/
Posted By: fredk Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/05/10 08:02 PM
Dragon Age Origins help:

So, how does a non-gamer start (think someone who has only played stuff like Rayman and Ratchet & Clank)? There seems to be a lot of stuff to pay attention to.

I'm tempted to start with the simplest setting to get a feel for the game and then start again at a more difficult level.

In general I don't do things multiple times, so I like to start on the most difficult level I can. I also prefer strategy over action, which, from what I have read suggests I start at a high level of dificulty. The question is if I can survive long enough to get a handle on the game if I start at hard or nighmare.

Thoughts?
Not sure about dragon age but some games let you change the difficulty at any point during play.
Posted By: fredk Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/05/10 08:25 PM
I think it does allow me to do that.
While some games have multiple endings to encourage replay. Dragon Age has like 8 beginnings!

I would play on easy. Even on that setting some big fights get pretty hairy.
Where did u pick up dragon age for only 20 bucks?
Posted By: fredk Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/05/10 10:04 PM
In a dark alley? wink From a Kijiji advert listed only for a smaller town near me. I've seen listings for a larger city in the 30-50 range, but after adding gas and time...
Edit: Checked Toronto listings again and it looks like $20-30 is not unusual.
Posted By: fredk Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/05/10 10:09 PM
Originally Posted By: ClubNeon
While some games have multiple endings to encourage replay. Dragon Age has like 8 beginnings!

I would play on easy. Even on that setting some big fights get pretty hairy.

Hmm, so I could do a little trial play with a throw away character that I am not likely to choose for a run through without ruining things much.
You get a Achievement/Trophy for playing through each classes starting story. You should play at least to that point (perhaps all eight times) to get a feel for the game. Then you can go back to the class that you liked the most. You can easily do the starting story in an evening.
Posted By: fredk Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/06/10 12:45 AM
Thanks Chris. I'll give one character a go on easy to that first point and see how I fair.
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/06/10 12:49 AM
I'd recommend playing as a mage.
Mages get really over-powered by 3/4 of the way through the game...I'd recommend playing one too (for the shear damage they can do). smile
Posted By: fredk Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/07/10 03:37 AM
Originally Posted By: ClubNeon
You can easily do the starting story in an evening.

Well, maybe you can... I, on the other hand, can die on the easy fights... repeatedly. Geez, programmable behavior for characters. I could waste hours figuring out what all this stuff does.
I don't want to think about how many hours I've used playing this type of game. I first started with Ys: The Vanished Omens on the Sega Master System (Sega's 8-bit machine) in 1988. Been playing RPGs (and racing games--started with Outrun in 1987) since then.
Posted By: fredk Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/07/10 05:58 AM
OK, so I could waste a decade or two. Maybe that's why I never really got serious about gaming.
Posted By: cb919 Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/07/10 02:01 PM
Agreed, that's why while I like many types of games, I pick one or two each year that I will actually sink some time into. PS3 demos are great - you can waste half an hour having fun for free but not feel the need to actually advance.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/08/10 07:22 AM
Bejeweled 3

WHYYYYYYY would I buy this game? It was nice knowing you all.
Posted By: cb919 Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/08/10 02:56 PM
I didn't know there was a Bejeweled 2. I am so out of touch.
I can't get enough of Splinter Cell Conviction, it's such a wicked game. My mom enjoys playing it with me, just as much as I enjoy playing it smile . She's pretty darn good too.
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/08/10 04:12 PM
Go Mom! smile

My mom just discovered the internet last year. Fortunately, she seems to have skipped right over the "forward every silly email that comes my way" phase of internet acclimatization. smile
Yup, Peter, my mom is pretty cool smile (regrettably, I do tend to give her a harder time then she deserves).

My mom also forwards just about every single e-mail that she receives. It's gotten better recently, as she knows I absolutely despised chain emails.
Finally gave in and bought a new video card so I could play Civilization V. Spec-wise the card I had should have been fine, but there's a bug in the game and a few cards simply don't work. Lucky me owned one of the buggy cards. Whatever.

Back to 2:30am-3:00am nights playing that damn game! God I love it so.

On the PS3 front, we recently bought Rock Band 3 and dusted off the guitar and drum set. I'd forgotten how fun that game is. The best news is that I just found out today that Guitar Hero: Van Halen is compatible with all of our Rock Band instruments! I hadn't bought it because I thought I'd have to purchase new gear! Rock on!!! Van Halen here I come! (You think I'll be able to do the kicks and splits like David Lee Roth???)
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/08/10 11:35 PM
Oh, I've been trying so hard to ignore Civ V... also, welcome back, Craig! Stick around, the water's... weird.
Is there any Rock Band software compatible with Guitar Hero controllers? I'm kind of in the opposite situation as Craig Lee Roth.
Civ V is great, but it's kinda nerfed. It's easier now, and they've really simplified battling. You pretty much need to go to war if you want to do well now. It's still addictive as hell though.
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/29/10 04:06 AM
Got two new PS3 games for Christmas.

Gran turismo 5 and Demon's Souls. GT5 is ok so far....every race has been easy with my used unmodified CRX I bought to start the game (it is a 1983, and my first car was a 1984 CRX, so I had to buy it!).

Demon's Souls looks like it will be a really good game, but it is HARD. When you die you start back at the beginning of the level. no saving and reloading. I got beat on as a barbarian, started over as a hunter, and am doing better.
Got dragon age origins on PS3 for Christmas and have really been enjoying it. Off to go play some more...
Can't wait to try out Kinect with my family on New Year's. I have been too busy to partake but it looks very fun.
Originally Posted By: Zarak
Got two new PS3 games for Christmas.


Demon's Souls looks like it will be a really good game, but it is HARD. When you die you start back at the beginning of the level. no saving and reloading. I got beat on as a barbarian, started over as a hunter, and am doing better.


LOL! Get used to dying. And then dying some more.

Seriously.

The game forces you to respect it. My advice is to go slow and pay attention to the clues on the floor. Short cuts DO open up after you get far enough in some levels. You gotta earn it, though. Good luck!
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 12/31/10 05:45 PM
I've been careful lately and haven't died in a while. I just freed Ostera (something like that). I'm hoping to at least get to the 2nd shortcut before dying again. I peeked at some stuff online and it looks like there are some dragons ahead that I'll need to avoid.
Even without the floor markings, the game it self gives you a lot of clues. Just keep your eyes and ears open, and go slow.

I had some of my favorite video game moments play that game.
Posted By: fredk Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/01/11 02:44 AM
Well I finally got some time to play Dragons Age and so far I'm really liking it.

I started off as a dwarf. Boring. I'm not a hack and slash guy. Switched over to a mage on normal and the game got more interesting. After breezing through a few battles on normal bumped it up to hard. Just died on level 4 of the Mages tower.

I think I'll stay away from stupid hard for now. I can always bump up if my mage gets to powerful.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/01/11 04:12 AM
I only have one more badge to get in Bejeweled 3, and it's annoying the heck out of me. I'm supposed to get a 15x column combo in Ice Storm mode to earn the platinum badge, and so far I've gotten up to 14. Grrr. What's more annoying is that this is a badge my sister has already earned. I've been supplanted.
Kinect games with my kids, quite alot of fun. Feels a little Sci-Fi with the waving of the hands and the menus on the screen sliding by.
fred,

I'm playing as an elven mage and liking it a lot. I keep it on normal most of the time. Played on hard for a little bit but it sure was tricky...
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/01/11 05:43 PM
I wish I had the determination to play through games on their hardest settings. I'm so lazy anymore! *old man sound*
Dragon age has 4 settings:

Casual, Normal, Hard, and Nightmare.

I wouldn't even think of playing it on nightmare... definitely not on my first play through for sure.
Posted By: fredk Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/02/11 03:15 PM
Originally Posted By: terzaghi
fred,

I'm playing as an elven mage and liking it a lot. I keep it on normal most of the time. Played on hard for a little bit but it sure was tricky...

I agree. I like tricky and don't mind dying a few times to figure something out.

I'm struggling with the Desire deamon on the 4th floor of the mages tower right now. I know I could just let it go, but where's the fun in that?
I think my tactic was to barely enter the room and then run away to draw some of the knights out.

I died a bunch there, too.
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/03/11 04:19 AM
In fighting games, I often try a full-on Rambo assault first. When that fails, at is usually does, I switch to the divide and conquer method, luring as few enemies at a time toward me as possible.

For games that don't have plentiful health restore methods, I'll default to the more conservative method.
OK, but specifically: Can these methods be applied to Ms. Pac-Man?

Edit:
As I think about it, it sounds quite a bit like playing Ms. Pac-Man (if I remember correctly, which is debatable).
Thought I would post a warning about a very poor Kinect game to hopefully save some people some money, the game in question - Game Party in Motion

This game is very poorly designed and has some major sensor issues. During game play with another person the game expects the nonplaying participant to remain in sensor window at all times and pauses the game if the nonplaying person steps outside the game area. This game also appears to have issues with reading the players correctly due to this second player in the window. We even had some issues with the nonplayer causing the playing character to react to his movements and not the participating player.

I thought this game might actually work OK for a single player but it still doesn't pick up the movements correctly, even after numerous sensor recalibrations.
I wondered how well the kinnect would work... Does it generally perform well for other games?
I've heard (from Penny Arcade, and other gamers) that the Kinect just doesn't work. Except for that Dance Central game.
Kinect works quite well for the other 2 games we have, the Adventures game it is bundled with and Kinect Sports we bought at the same time as Game Party In Motion. Kinect Sports is fun and it does get you moving pretty good. The harder I throw the javelin the farther it goes...sometimes, it also monitors arm angle etc.
My 9-year old thinks Kinect Adventures (the game that came with the Kinect) works pretty well. Although he seems to have just as much fun creating obstreperous avatars as playing the game itself. We also have Dance Central and it is a blast and works well.

I do notice quite a delay between gestures and actions when watching someone else play, but this seems to be mostly accounted for the brain by of the player. At least I hardly notice it while playing.

In a month or two I will no doubt be pressured into getting a new game. We'll see how that goes.
Our Kinect works great, Dance Central is super fun for kids and adults and has been a big hit at parties.
Lately I've been getting my butt handed to me playing Demon Souls on the PS3.
Demons Souls being played here too. It's still early on, but I'm trying to heed the advice of others and try to proceed slowly and carefully. So far so good. I'm still only in the Boletaran Palace.
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/07/11 12:59 AM
Demon's Soul is beating me up. I got to the boss in 1-2 and he killed me, so I had to go back to the beginning. It was hard enough to take out the 4 archers and two blue knights just to get to him (I shot down the red dragon, so at least he is out of the way). I gave up for now and will try again once I get better stuff. I moved onto 2-1 for now.

I planned to go to bed early last night as I'm fighting a cold, and was up until 11:30 playing. I learned my lesson....I'm not even turning on the PS3 tonight. I'm going to get ready for bed and do some reading and turn out the lights early. The demon's will be waiting for me tomorrow I'm sure.
I rented Nier from Gamefly. It's going back after one day. Looks ugly, the camera is horrible, it's an action (button mashing) RPG, and I hate both the main characters.
Posted By: fredk Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/07/11 05:13 AM
Originally Posted By: St_PatGuy
I think my tactic was to barely enter the room and then run away to draw some of the knights out.

I died a bunch there, too.

Well, my tactic, since the frontal assault failure, has been to get sick and avoid the game entirely.

I have been pondering how best to get out of that room without the whole hoard following me: maybe sacrifice Alistair with a charge and then switch characters to see if I can draw some of the enemy out.
Playing NHL 11 on my PS-3 using the Leafs only way I'm likely to see them win a Stanley cup in my life time!!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!! It is a pretty good game,are there any others here that play it?
We picked up an Xbox 360 with Kinect for Christmas. I've wanted an XBox 360 for some time now, but with a wife and 2 daughters, we've been happy with the Wii.

Now I need to build up my library. I've gotten a few used games to get the "library" started, but need to find some that my non-gun shooting family will enjoy. Thinking about Hydro Thunder Hurricane as my wife mentioned always liking H.T. on our old Dreamcast....
Originally Posted By: Dr. House
Playing NHL 11 10 on my PS-3 xbox 360 using the Leafs only way I'm likely to see them win a Stanley cup in my life time!!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!! It is a pretty good game,are there any others here that play it?


Indeed. grin The NHL games have been great in the last 3-4 years. Haven't played 11 but I bet it is awesome.


Originally Posted By: fredk
Originally Posted By: St_PatGuy
I think my tactic was to barely enter the room and then run away to draw some of the knights out.

I died a bunch there, too.

Well, my tactic, since the frontal assault failure, has been to get sick and avoid the game entirely.

I have been pondering how best to get out of that room without the whole hoard following me: maybe sacrifice Alistair with a charge and then switch characters to see if I can draw some of the enemy out.


I'd stack up in the doorway, toss in a grenade, and then storm in.
Originally Posted By: Dr.House
Originally Posted By: Dr. House
Playing NHL 11 10 on my PS-3 xbox 360 using the Leafs only way I'm likely to see them win a Stanley cup in my life time!!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!! It is a pretty good game,are there any others here that play it?


Indeed. grin The NHL games have been great in the last 3-4 years. Haven't played 11 but I bet it is awesome.



Are you talking to yourself again?
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/10/11 09:06 PM
Originally Posted By: St_PatGuy


I'd stack up in the doorway, toss in a grenade, and then storm in.


That actually works well in Dragon Age....instead of a grenade, it's called Blizzard!
Two quick handheld games I like.

Can Knockdown - Android and iPad. Classic game of fling the ball at the cans, arcade style. Enough variation to be interesting. Great crowd reaction to your results. Automatically restarts after your game is over, so practically impossible to stop.

X Construction - Android only, I believe. Like the "build a bridge out of popsicle sticks" experiment. Interesting and challenging.
Originally Posted By: Zarak
Originally Posted By: St_PatGuy


I'd stack up in the doorway, toss in a grenade, and then storm in.


That actually works well in Dragon Age....instead of a grenade, it's called Blizzard!


LOL! That's true!
Posted By: fredk Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/11/11 01:10 AM
Originally Posted By: Zarak
Originally Posted By: St_PatGuy


I'd stack up in the doorway, toss in a grenade, and then storm in.


That actually works well in Dragon Age....instead of a grenade, it's called Blizzard!

Yeh, but first you have to run out of the room. Still havn't had the energy to revisit this fight.
I finally was able to find a PS Move controller (I've had an Eye for years, so I didn't want to re-buy it with a starter kit). So I picked up Echochrome ii, and Auditorium HD from the PSN Store. Been playing them. I like Echochrome ii, it's nice and relaxing. Auditorium HD is harder than I remember from the Flash game I played online.

I also ordered Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition, plus I've had Hard Rain for a while. I stoppled playing Hard Rain when they announced that Move support was coming, figuring it would be more fun that way. I guess we'll find out tomorrow.
Don't own a PS move but I really enjoyed Hard Rain. I also liked echochrome but didn't know a second one was out.
The second echochrome is all about light and shadow, with the Move controller being a flashlight. There are separate blocks, but if you shine light over them the right way, they'll form a continuous shadow on the wall behind. Then the little guy can walk along the shadow.

I found the controls on the first one fidgety. On the second the flashlight movements just feel natural.
I got Mass Effect 2 for the PS3 today. I started playing at 5:30 PM, and didn't stop until 2:30 AM. I finally remembered to eat at about midnight because I was feeling faint.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/21/11 08:09 AM
Yeah, you need those carbs if you're going to do a marathon.
Posted By: cb919 Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/21/11 03:03 PM
Still playing GT5 trying to catch up to my brother-in-law who got the game after me and is way ahead of me! Also playing Auditorium HD for a change of pace of every once in a while.
Posted By: Zarak Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 01/21/11 11:06 PM
Am I missing something, or does GT5 seem to have less races than GT4. The single make races in section for the manufacturers, is gone right? However, there do seem to be more special events than the old one had.

I was expecting more out of the graphics. They are good, but I was just expecting amazing with all the hype I heard. I don't have many premium cars, I'll have to pay attention more to premium vs. standard. I believe I am up to level 13. Sharing time between GT5 and Demon's Souls.
I picked up my character in the original Dragon Age. I hadn't played for a while, but in the last three days I've put in about 20 hours. I have Dragon Age II preordered (to get the cool bonuses), but probably won't play it for a while. Definitely checking out the demo tonight, too for bonuses.

I had a really bad headache yesterday. But after I couldn't sleep any more, I figured I'd just tool around in the game a bit. I don't like to do anything serious when my brain isn't working properly because I made big mistakes.

So of course I went to Alistair's home town, forgetting the connection, and solved their big problem, all without him. When I get back to camp he comes up and says something like, "so I heard you went to such and such, and did this and that." I replied, "yeah, you jealous?" I didn't know how big of an insult that would be to him. Oops. Oh well, I don't like him anyway.
I did that and Alistair put fire ants in my sleeping bag. The cad.
Black Ops Zombies.

Managed round 32 on Five and 24 on Kino 2 player co-op. End up getting f'd on ammo which usually does me in. 2 player is much harder than going solo.



Dusted off the old PS2 and am playing Psychonauts!
Level 23 black ops zombies ascension
Posted By: INANE Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/23/11 05:34 AM
Civ5
Wow, the Dragon Age II demo is harder than I thought it would be (at least playing as a mage). I'll give it another shot tonight. Will try with Heal as my second spell instead of Arcane Armor. It's bad when the mage is the last standing on the battle field. I was delivering good damage from a distance, but can't handle the full force of the enemy horde crushing down on me.
Ever since we (finally) got an Xbox 360 for Christmas, I've been trying to pick up some used games. A recent favorite, al beit a couple years old, has been Batman: Arkham Asylum. I am really liking it...
I just sent as a gift Arkham Asylum GOTY edition and Fallout: New Vegas Dead Money DLC for the PC through Steam to my brother. All I hear is great things about Arkham.
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/24/11 05:15 AM
I rather liked Batman, but I wasn't fond of all the hand holding. Well, part of me was, but another part was going, do you really need to tell me exactly where I can and can't throw my grapple, just when I'm looking around?
Ken wanted to grapple Poison Ivy.
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/24/11 05:32 AM
Ha, I never even got to the Poison Ivy part, I don't think.
Man, you were really put out by that grappling thing, huh? laugh
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/24/11 05:39 AM




<----or maybe just this little dude...
Just think, when you get the time to start gaming again he'll be old enough to want to play. . .and, well, you'll be stuck in the same boat again!
Posted By: fredk Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/24/11 06:37 AM
Originally Posted By: St_PatGuy
Just think, when you get the time to start gaming again he'll be old enough to want to play. . .and, well, you'll be stuck in the same boat again!

That's why you buy more than one computer, gaming console, car...
Arkham Asylum for the PC and the control scheme looks like it would be much better suited using the wireless Xbox 360 controller over keyboard and mouse. The PC version also uses the PhysX engine which neither of the console versions support.
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/24/11 07:04 PM
I was using the keyboard and mouse, worked just fine, although I do have a controller. I'm just better with kb/mouse except in racing games.
Most FPS I like keyboard and mouse because they have simplistic control schemes like Counter-Strike etc. RPG's like Fallout Vegas, I find KB&M unplayable. The 360 controller is pretty sweet to use on some of the PC games.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/24/11 07:07 PM
I’ve got a few days off again and was getting a little tired of not interacting with what I was watching so I’m giving “Fallout 3” another try. I never got very far the first time because I just wasn’t feeling any love for the game.

However, so far this time it’s feeling better. I restarted from the beginning, still think that part takes to long, so I would know where I was in the game and have continuity. I’m not sure I’ve I’m getting a better handle on things but I’m not getting slaughtered by everything I meet this time around. Also gotten better at using the local map to find my way around so I’m not lost looking around Megaton for a certain building. I still think “Elder Scrolls Oblivion” looks nicer and is more varied and interesting terrain. Everything in “Fallout 3” still has the same washed out colours. OTOH I am appreciating the leveling system more in “Fallout 3” than in “Oblivion” which can be extremely tedious if you want to level efficiently. Though it is sort of fun having a 2nd level character that can kill anything with one arrow shot while sneaking.

This “Dragon Age” sounds pretty interesting so I might have to try it out.
Dragon Age is a lot of fun. I had defected to the Mass Effect crowd when the second was released for the PS3. But it had a save corrupting bug (the patch was just released) so I stopped playing it. With Dragon Age II coming out soon, I picked up the original again. It's so much deeper than Mass Effect.

I found out that Dragon Age II will import your save from the first game. I didn't think they were going to do that, because the "sequel" follows a completely different character, and actually starts its story right after the first big battle of the original game.

But what happens is II actually covers 10 years of story, where as the first one is probably a couple months at most. So it does become a true sequel. But why import the data from the first one? Because you make world altering choices throughout the adventure. The imported save makes it so the DA2 world is consistent with the one you created in the first.

The first game, called Origins by the way, has some downloadable content that takes place after the game too (and some that takes place during, even one that is set before). Dragon Age II, can incorporate the events of:

  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Awakening (a $40 DLC because it's enough content to be another full game)
  • The Golems of Amgarrak
  • Witch Hunt

So if you play those in order always importing your data from the last (each also give you the option of creating a new character) every major event will end up reflected if the last save of Witch Hunt is brought into Dragon Age II.

Amazing!
I love the washed out look of Fallout 3 and the most recent Fallout New Vegas. I find it really complements the whole nuclear "post apocalyptic" theme and atmosphere. On the contrary I don't like the film grain that is automatically set in Mass Effect 1 and 2. I always turn that off.

The Fallout and Mass Effect series are about equal to me. However, I don't remember a game that was so much improved on for a sequel than Mass Effect 2. Most sequels are basically just the same with a few tweaks here and there with different environments. Mass Effect 2 improved in every possible way over 1. Just a brilliant game.
Just from the demo, I can tell Dragon Age II pretty large improvement over Origins also. Not saying the first is bad, just the second has learned a lot along the way (the DA team doesn't work in a vacuum either, the conversation wheel from Mass Effect is now being used very effectively).
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/24/11 08:48 PM
Ok I’m sold. I just order “Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Edition” from Amazon. I was to lazy to drive over to the nearest Game Stop to see if they had it since I’m actually enjoying “Fallout 3” this time, so far. With Prime it should arrive on Saturday but sometimes I get orders the next day if I order before 4PM.

It says it contains the “Awakening Expansion Pack and all 9 additional content packs.
I didn't look at the details of the Ultimate Edition because I figured I had already bought everything that it might have. Just looked now, and wow, it even has the Feastday Gifts & Feastday Pranks. They were limited time content for Christmas 2009.

Good deal.
Yeah, I really loved playing Dragon Age Origins. I need to finish it, have been busy and haven't played it in a few weeks.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/25/11 09:34 PM
Just as I suspected “Dragon Age: Origins” arrived today instead of Saturday. Figures just when I’m actually starting to get the hang of “Fallout 3.” Life’s good when you biggest worry is which video game to play.
Gears of War 3 announced for September 20th. Can't wait!!!
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 02/26/11 03:52 PM
I couldn’t resist anymore and took a break form “Fallout 3” and started playing “Dragon Age: Origins” about 7PM last night. Boy am I glad I did, just wish I’d have popped it in around 1PM when it got here.

So far I like this much better than FO3. At first the control layout looked a bit daunting but I’m getting the hang of it quickly. Well except for the “A” and not the “RT” being the attack button like about 99.9% of the games I’ve played. But in a way it does make sense and keep things simpler in that “A” always initiates the action that has focus.

I really like that you can set ‘loot” to sparkle. I hate having to search around looking at everything and still end up missing something because it’s buried in a box on top of a desk with other boxes partly on top of it. I also like the colour pallet much better. Sorry I live less than 10 miles form desert wasteland and the colours are not muted and dull. Nor do I enjoy looking at monochrome monitors or heads up displays which seem more like night vision goggles.

I also like the character interaction much more than FO3 so far. I would prefer a ME/ME2 style dialogue wheel and it would be nice, read more evolving the hear your characters responses. Just seems sort of half baked compared the ME/ME2 interactions.

I am having a little trouble controlling the movement of my character. I think part of that is switching to the 3rd person view and another part is getting use to not being able to back up since it just turns you around. However, at least so far being precise in moving doesn’t seem to mean much.
I played DA:O - Leliana's Song until about 4:30 AM when I finally got all six pieces of her special armor. Then I went back to the main game (unable to beat a mage in the addon at this point), and played until 7:30 AM.

I think the main character is not voiced in DA:O because there are literally 16 different base versions of the character (8 origins, times male and female), each would have a different speaking style. That would mean recording all the main dialog 16 times. Might be able to thin it down to human, dwarf, and elf, by male/female, but that's still 6, and wouldn't be correct because the different elves you meet in the game talk differently. DA2 solves the problem because you play a human no matter.

DA:O started development before ME, and ME's dialog wheel is pretty revolutionary (at least evolutionary). As I said DA2 is getting it. So all you have to do is wait. smile
Arrg, stupid little ghost kid. I missed something important, and have the save I have before is way too far back.

Oh well, next play through, I guess.
Originally Posted By: Dr.House
Gears of War 3 announced for September 20th. Can't wait!!!


Gears of War 3 is easily my most anticipated game of the year. I hope the competitive multiplayer plays more like it did in the first Gears of War. They added too many long range weapons (Mortar, Mulcher) to the competitive multiplayer in Gears of War 2, and it really took away from the up close and personal, in your face firefights of the original.
Gears of War 3 and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (11/11/11) are easily my most anticipated as well. As for new weapons, 3 will feature a upgraded Lancer with bayonet, double-barreled shotgun, Digger Launcher (shoots explosive diggers that rips through the ground at high speeds), One Shot (kills enemies with a single round), Gorgon SMG (not the pistol). I haven't heard anything of the Mortar being used in this one.

Other features are new turrets that allows up to four players to be mounted on them (4-player co-op), mech suit (not sure if used in multiplayer) armed with machine gun and rocket launcher.

Multiplayer now includes a mode called Beast Mode (play as Locust upgrading to stronger class as you progress) along with the opposite Horde Mode. Games like Team Deathmatch, Warzone, Capture the Leader, Guardian and Submission have also been slightly tweaked.
Crazy Machines 2 . It's challenging, and lots of fun.
Yeah, but you have to have the right hardware to run Crazy Machines! (I still remember the days of The Incredible Machine from the mid 90's... Loved those games.)
Yeah, Nick; I played Incredible Machines too. This is a more graphic intense version.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/01/11 07:18 PM
Originally Posted By: Dr.House
Gears of War 3 and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (11/11/11) are easily my most anticipated as well.


Yeah, Skyrim is undoubtedly going to own my soul for a while. So much for NaNoWriMo this year.
Holy hell where have I been? I did not know they announced the next in the elder scrolls series! Sweet!
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/05/11 07:11 AM
I'm getting old. I started playing Far Cry 2 tonight (yes, I know it's also old...), got bored because a)nothing happens for 30 minutes and it's all freakin' cutscenes, b)when stuff does happen, it's handed to you on a platter, c) there's missions. With choices. About whether you do the mission or not.

So, I figured, I need something more... basic. So I fired up Unreal Tournament 3 (yes, also old, whatever, man...) and discovered that it was TOO basic. Does anyone make games like Half Life 2 any more? Or even Far Cry 1?
What is so special about Half Life 2 and the episodes is that there is nothing like it for shooters. If you liked the puzzle game Portal that came with the Orange Box package, Portal 2 is coming out in a little over a month.
Nick, wheels, I loved incredible machines too! I always would enter cheat codes and jump to the levels at the end though...
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/05/11 03:44 PM
My fear with Portal 2 is that it's being billed as multiplayer co-op. I really hope there's a way to play it single player. Need to get Bioshock 2 and see if it's something I want to play. I really enjoyed Bioshock one, although it still silver plattered some things (like ammo, powerups, etc.)
Portal 2 will be a single player game first and foremost. This is where the majority of the content will be.

The multiplayer co-op feature is an entirely separate mode from the single player. Different characters, story and gameplay. Single player and co-op are not commingled at all.

I love the Bioshock series. Bioshock 2 is a good game but there are not many improvements to the game made in the transition. Pretty much the same game with a different story and character. If you liked the first one it is worth the $20 or so.
If you don't mind switching from first-person to thrid (over the shoulder, rather than through the eyes) check out Deadspace. The sequel just came out, and I've heard it's as good as the original (but maybe in different ways).
Anyone played or playing Splinter Cell Conviction? I failed to mention that I finished it a couple months ago, and really enjoyed it.
There is also Left 4 Dead 1 and Left 4 Dead 2. Made by the same developer as Half Life. I haven't played them, just waiting for them to go on sale again as a package deal and then...yoink!
I am playing Battle Heart on my ipod touch. It is silly but I just noticed I manged to log 4 hours on it.
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/05/11 08:47 PM
I have L4D, but again, it's coop. I'll have to pull it out and see how good the AI is.

I stopped playing Doom 3 since it freaked me out, so I'm not likely to enjoy Dead Space... wink

If Doom 3 freaked you out, Dead Space will have you running for the doors. smile
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/06/11 04:23 PM
Pretty much what I figured. After the second or third time the screen started bleeding and the scary voice started growling at me, I figured I was done.
I was playing Army of Two for the first time last night. Went back to our house with the Xbox and called up a buddy that I hadn't seen in a few months. We hung out all day and played Arkham Asylum and Army of Two. Army of Two has some neat teamwork mechanics, but it was the harder of the two for my buddy to get in to. He loved Batman: Arkham Asylum. The biggest benefit of Army of Two is that we could play it together.
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/06/11 10:38 PM
Ken, our schedules may soon be jiving more in the near future, so if you're looking for co-op...
OK, I picked up Crazy Machine 2 on the cheap. At the maximum settings and 1680 x 1050 resolution, it runs super smooth. Not sure why people had so many problems. My PC is 2.5 years old too.
Originally Posted By: nickbuol
OK, I picked up Crazy Machine 2 on the cheap. At the maximum settings and 1680 x 1050 resolution, it runs super smooth. Not sure why people had so many problems. My PC is 2.5 years old too.


I also have everything on high, Nick. My computer is an overclocked 2.4 GHz Q6600, currently at 3.2 GHz; and I have a EVGA 460 that's overclocked also.

I only get very minor lag when the game is loading (the three gears hesitate a couple times), but other than that it's fine.
I think it all boils down to the graphics card.
For most games it usually does.
Playing dragon age 2 on PS3... or the demo at least. Just now got it installed so will see what I think about it.
dragon age 2 demo is alright... the game seems much more "actiony" and less "RPGy" then the first one. Perhaps this is due to it being a demo and not having full access to inventory, shops, exploring the world, etc.

Overall, I would say the first one is better but that is only based on the demo play of dragon age 2.
Posted By: fredk Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/13/11 10:15 PM
Geez, I need to get back to Dragon Age. There don't seem to be enough hours in the day lately.
Dragon Age 2 will be more actiony, but still very much an RPG at heart. I have it, but am still working through Origins.

I played DA: Origins until 7:30 AM (well, there was a DST change so it was only 6:30). Got the three main quests to deliver the treatise done. Now I'm picking up side quests that I missed. But nearing the end game now.

Still have Awakenings, Golems, and Witch Hunt to finish before I go on to DA:2.
Yeah, I need to finish dragon age: orgins as well. I think I will pop it in. I'm about 45 hours in or so, should be nearing the end I think.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/14/11 04:32 PM
Any of the MMO players here tried "Rift" yet? I was a beta tester when I found the time and ended up buying it.

Nothing revolutionary in it except the ability to significantly change your characters special abilities (within your main calling) on the fly by changing "souls" verses being stuck in the same build your whole career. Interesting concept I wasn't sure I would like but I am enjoying it. Makes it easier to form more successful small groups.

The Rift invasions and the constant invasions by the the opposing faction (mostly AI but sometimes by invasions of actual players) works pretty well to keep the world feeling 'alive'.

I started playing DragonAge II after Christmas. I liked it but didn't find the time to get too deep in.
How were you playing Dragon Age II after Christmas when it was released last week? Confusing it with another game?
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/14/11 06:20 PM
I played “Dragon Age: Origins” all day yesterday. I was starting to get a little pissed of at my NPCs doing stupid things but I think I’ve figured out what was wrong with the orders I was giving them. I also wish it did a better job of showing quest markers like “Mass Effect” but I’m learning to cope. Otherwise I’m really getting into the game now that my party isn’t getting wiped out every encounter and I’m getting use to navigating my way around the screen better. I’m sure I’ll just get use to this version and then find they changed everything in DA: 2.

One thing I can’t figure out that is really pissing me off is that some, not all the time, when the character I’m controlling either kills or stuns an enemy instead of switching to the nearest enemy or beating down the one on the ground he just starts running off straight ahead. It’s almost like the input on the controller is stuck the way computer joysticks would get if you didn’t run them through the calibration routine. Guess I could dig up one of my other controllers and see if that fixes it.
It may be that the character has targeted another enemy and is running to go engage them.

My mages and archers don't do that, but I've noticed warriors, and especially dagger wielding rogues like to take random sprints at times. Manually selecting a nearer target makes them stop.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/14/11 07:15 PM
Originally Posted By: ClubNeon

It may be that the character has targeted another enemy and is running to go engage them.

That was the first thing I though of so I let him just go and he runs forward with a slight right arc every time until he hit’s a wall. If he runs into any enemy he doesn’t engage unless attacked. As far as I can tell only the character I’m controlling does this.

Quote:

My mages and archers don't do that, but I've noticed warriors, and especially dagger wielding rogues like to take random sprints at times. Manually selecting a nearer target makes them stop.

I’ve mainly been controlling only my warrior unless I need something specific from the mage but I’ll see if it makes a difference. I’ve used the switch target feature with mixed results. It mostly seems to work but occasionally he runs over to the nearest chest or selectable object so I’ve resorted to turning him manually with the controller.

It’s mostly only annoying now when I have a good choke point set up and he sprints out of the doorway into the middle of a room full of enemies both getting surrounded and letting some of them by to attack my Mage and Archer. However, I have been able to mitigate the latter by using talents to get the enemy pissed enough to come back and target me the “Tank.”
The rogue in my party is the one that tried to assassinate me early in the game. I went against my better judgment and let him join my party instead of killing him since I missed the other rogue in the game. I really needed someone to pick locks so I asked him to join my party...

That ungrateful sonnuva bitch attacked me with a bunch of his outlaw friends yesterday and I had to kill them all. Now I'm without a rogue...
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/15/11 05:11 AM
I let him join the party buy haven’t used him, I prefer Leliana since she occasionally seems to be making advances to Morrigan during some of the background conversations. But I wanted to have him around in case Leliana gets pissed that I’m sleeping with Morrigan and wants to bail.
You can "harden" Leliana so she doesn't go on about the Maker, and will let you have threesomes (and destroy artifacts).
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/15/11 11:47 AM
Originally Posted By: ClubNeon
How were you playing Dragon Age II after Christmas when it was released last week? Confusing it with another game?


Nope. I believe you are confused. The PC version has been available since before Christmas. Perhaps you are referring to console versions?
No. DA2 had a simultaneous release on all platforms (PC, 360, and PS3), on March 8th in the US and 11th in Europe. The pre-order bonus ran until January 11th. So I am still confused.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/15/11 02:57 PM
So am I. I received it as a Christmas present from my wife and have been playing it ever since. I even looked it up online to make sure it wasn't an expansion pack I was confusing it with. Same box. Same story line.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/15/11 02:58 PM
Originally Posted By: ClubNeon
You can "harden" Leliana so she doesn't go on about the Maker, and will let you have threesomes (and destroy artifacts).


Thanks for that. I’ve purposely avoided looking up to much info on the internet about the game play so as not to ruin my first play through.
The release date was March 8th on PC and consoles. Stores get games in stock well before the release date but they don't sell them to customers before that date.
thought about getting homefront on xbox360 but will probably just rent it and test out hte multiplayer. I hate spending $65 for a game these days...
The next game I will pay full price for is Gears of War 3.
Originally Posted By: Murph
Originally Posted By: ClubNeon
How were you playing Dragon Age II after Christmas when it was released last week? Confusing it with another game?


Nope. I believe you are confused. The PC version has been available since before Christmas. Perhaps you are referring to console versions?
Originally Posted By: ClubNeon
No. DA2 had a simultaneous release on all platforms (PC, 360, and PS3), on March 8th in the US and 11th in Europe. The pre-order bonus ran until January 11th. So I am still confused.
Originally Posted By: Murph
So am I. I received it as a Christmas present from my wife and have been playing it ever since. I even looked it up online to make sure it wasn't an expansion pack I was confusing it with. Same box. Same story line.


I don't know, and I'm confused, but Murph is right smile .
Gears 3 and elder scrolls V will each get my money at launch.

Went to rent homefront but the video store was sold out. As a bonus, I found a Socom4 beta code in their Killzone 3 case and the guy at the register said I could have it. Beta starts march 29th so that should be fun.

I've got a free rental coupon so if they don't get homefront back in for rent within the next few days I'll probably just rent killzone 3 instead.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/16/11 04:41 PM
Thanks Cam,

I checked it out last night. Definately II, not an expansion. I also owned DA - Awakenings but finished it long ago.

So I remain confused. Perhaps she is having an affair with someone at Bioware? So the question is now. Do I call a lawyer or just demand an early copy of Mass Effect III?
Probably an affair with someone that works at a videogame store. shocked On a more serious note, even places like walmart have actual copies of the games on hand before the release date (but its illegal to sell them). I have seen non-released games locked up but in stock on the floor when buying other games on numerous occasions. Ask where she got an early copy of the game but don't tell us here. smile


I'm with House, Sharon is definitely having an affair.

On the question of a lawyer or video game-if I were you, I'd continue riding the wave and getting early releases of video games.

Plus, maybe some smooth talking, womanizing, handicapped guy (disclaimer-I know nothing about charming married women) has swept her off her feet. You wouldn't want to ruin that for him now would you, my walkie friend?
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/17/11 03:40 PM
As long as I get to watch.... and there is no foot rest carnage. That sounded rather unpleasant.
smile

Yes, it was, but thankfully it's healing.
I've been playing Killzone 3 for the past couple of days. Pretty good campaign but I don't care for the multiplayer.
Finished Dragon Age: Origins at about 9 AM today. Started on Awakenings right away, but only played 90 minutes...because I had been awake for 26 hours.

Got to get back to it!

Oh, and I had about 91.5 hours on the game clock when I finished.
Posted By: fredk Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/27/11 02:19 AM
I'm impressed by the length of Dragon Age. My son finishes most games in a matter of days when he really gets into them. He basically spend reading week with Dragon Age and is still working throught it. Not sure what his clock is at.
Hey guys - I need some remediation.

I recently bought an Xbox (w/Kinect) for my son. He seems happy.

But I'm having some trouble with the cabling. I'm out of HDMI ports on my receiver.

Does the XBox offer true multichannel surround through the optical and/or the HDMI?

Does the HDMI offer better video than component video?

It looks like I have to buy an HDMI switcher and probably also reprogram my remote (insert agonizing noise here).

Right now, I have everything running through the receiver. I was thinking that I could run the XBox to the TV via HDMI and then run the optical out to the receiver. Obviously, I'd have to switch both the receiver and TV inputs, but I think I can make that work.

Comments, please.
Tom, I'm pretty sure you can run an optical cable and still get 5.1.


That's how I ran my first Xbox before the Elite came along.
By the way, I just checked in the closet and I still have my old Monster Cable component cable with the optical doohickey thingy.

It's yours for the price of free!


Um, on second look, I'm don't remember if it was for the original Xbox or the 360? Crap.
After all this, I better double check that it is, in fact, my own closet I am looking in.
I am currently running my xbox360 with optical cable for surround sound with no problems whatsoever.

I have been playing a lot of the Socom4 beta on PS3 the last two days. Pretty damn good game if you ask me. I'm thinking about buying that one when it comes out.
Posted By: SRoode Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 03/31/11 12:03 PM
One of my XBoxes is older and doesn't have HDMI out, so I run it through component and optical. Like David said, it works great.
Finished the final, story influencing part of Dragon Age: Origins, the Witch Hunt. But I'm not going to start Dragon Age II yet, because of all the bug reports I'm seeing. Things like it not honoring the choices you made in Origins. I didn't spend 120 hours playing through that game to have the world I built be ignored. Will wait for a patch or two.

So I'm going back to Mass Effect 2, which I stopped playing because it was so buggy (it got it's patch).
Finally played a kinect.... Very fun! I played some bowling, ping pong, and boxing on the sports game. Fun with 6 adults and lots of beer......
The 360 version is not buggy at all. Damn porting to cell!
Which do you mean? DA2 or ME2? It's true that ME2 on the PS3 did ship with more bugs than it had on the 360 at the time (but the 360 version was not bug free when it shipped, and still has little ones).

But DA2 is buggy on every platform. If you're playing it, count yourself lucky if you haven't triggered a game breaking (i.e. some internal variable gets set in a contradictory way so the game cannot be finished) bug.
Recently playing.

Counter-Strike: Source
RISK: Factions
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Rainbow Six Vegas 2
Gears of War 2
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 04/17/11 06:49 PM
I'm wearing my Portal shirt in anticipation of its sequel on Tuesday. I have both the PC and Xbox 360 versions on preorder. They should play the same, with the edge going to the PC version for graphics, but I still wanted the 360 version for ease of playing with others if I do much of the co-op.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 04/18/11 12:13 AM
Oh, but nice bonus for the PS3 version. I guess I hadn't been staying abreast.

Portal 2: which version should you get?
Finally beat Dragon Age: Origins. I was pleased with the ending and enjoyed the game overall. It took me about 47 hours total to beat it, with a fair amount of roaming around on side quests before I finished it up.

Definitely got my 20 bucks worth out of this game (got it for Christmas used from Amazon.) However, I don't think I will get the expansion pack as I have had my fill at this point.

Now when Dragon Age 2 can be had for the same price I'll jump on it.
Originally Posted By: CV
Oh, but nice bonus for the PS3 version. I guess I hadn't been staying abreast.

TSk Tsk...

You should always be staring at breasts.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 04/18/11 02:27 AM
I need a portal into the women's locker room for that.
When does that game come out?
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 04/18/11 03:49 AM
It doesn't. It only goes in.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 04/21/11 07:54 AM
I'm a fair way into Portal 2. I'm enjoying it enough. Of course, it's making me feel slightly dim at times. My nephew has it, too, so we'll have to try the co-op mode.
Tycho of Penny Arcade said the co-op is really what the sequel is about.
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 04/21/11 10:51 PM
dammit.
Of course that is what people will say because that never existed in the first one. Regardless, Portal 2 has both a single player and a co-op mode, each having a different story. About as perfect implementation one could ask for.
Read what he has to say on the subject: http://www.penny-arcade.com/2011/4/20/kombat/

It's not so much that the single player portion is bad, it's just that the co-op is so good.
Lame. Just rented socom 4 to try out the online maps not in the beta... only to learn that the playstation network is down for a day or two.


Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 04/22/11 04:54 AM
I'm sure we'll have ample opportunity to play co-op in the near future. Right, Ken? … … … …
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 04/22/11 06:38 AM
I played with my nephew, and my feelings of dimness increased. He was much quicker figuring everything out, and GLaDOS didn't spare me any criticism.
COUNTER-TERRORISTS WIN
Playing Gears of War 3 Beta
L.A. Noire looks like an intriguing release for May. For a game developed by Rockstar, there is not much hype surrounding this which is a good thing.

http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/adventure/lanoire/index.html
Out of town in Mississippi so no Gears of War 3 beta for me tonight. Maybe will go for a little phantasy star II via iphone, or perhaps something else.
Wanted to play Killzone 3 online but PSN is shutdown, so maybe will start playing Biohazard again.
Still down? Crap Sony Sucks.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 05/08/11 03:09 AM
I finally finished the single player portion of Portal 2. Give me a break. I was only playing on weekends, and I let myself get distracted then, too. I don't know why I've been having a social life lately. Okay, plus I was a little slow getting my head around some of the puzzles. I'm old! In any case, I liked the game a lot. I thought they did a good job expanding the story and the gameplay. I look forward to doing more of the co-op with my nephew.
Originally Posted By: terzaghi
Still down? Crap Sony Sucks.


L.A Noire can't come out soon enough....
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 05/09/11 03:05 AM
I beat Portal 2 last weekend. The only time I had to play it was after the kids and wife were in bed. I played it on my MacBook Pro with headphones and used the trackpad. It worked surprisingly well. My laptop is coming up on three years old and I was still able to play with high detail, but less than max resolution.

I found the game quite entertaining and enjoyable, but found the last "boss" easier to defeat than the one in Portal 1 was. I look forward to trying co-op with someone in the future.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 05/09/11 03:15 AM
Yeah, I agree on the last boss. Definitely took less effort, but I won't complain too hard. Co-op is cool. I hope you find someone to play it with.


Exclusive content on the PS3 and the lead dev platform. 1 disk on the PS3, 3 disks on the Xbox 360. Tuesday can't come sooner.
I just picked up Portal 2 a couple of days ago. I am just a little past half way through after playing a little bit. Very fun. Best part is I got the full retail version for $7.09 at Walmart. Woohoo..
Kids are having fun playing Mario Slugger Baseball on the Wii.
Here are the first reviews coming out of L.A. Noire. Looking forward to see the implementation of the MotionScan technology. The original gameplay this game has to offer will be a good change of pace for me.

http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/adventure/lanoire/review.html

http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/116/1168433p1.html
Besides a couple of frame rate issues I have experienced, L.A. Noire has been a fantastic game, in fact great. A very refreshing gaming experience. I have solved about 4 cases, 5 street crimes and have also been searching for some hidden vehicles.
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 05/17/11 07:18 PM
Just read the reviews. I haven't played a game of that play style since the old "Police Quest" and "Space Quest" days. YES, I'm old. Well, relatively, anyways.

Definitely going to pick this up.
I have really enjoyed the detective aspects so far. Examining and following up on clues, talking to witnesses, interrogation and paying attention to all the nuances involved so you make the correct decisions. The way the game is presented makes you want to take your time with it. The production is top notch. Something much different than anything that is out right now. On the other hand the driving, hand to hand combat and shooting feels similar to that of GTA and Mafia 2.

P.S. Take off hints.
I skimmed through a review last night (skimmed on purpose, as I hate having good parts divulged and what not). Eagerly looking forward to playing this game.
Originally Posted By: sirquack
Kids are having fun playing Mario Slugger Baseball on the Wii.



I wish they had wii or Kinect when I was a kid. Good thing I can still enjoy these things as an adult! smile
BTW if you have both consoles(360 & PS3), the PS3 version is the one to get unless you prefer the 360 controller. It will get exclusive content. The blu-ray disk on PS3 is one disk while the xbox 360 version is 3 disks. Performance is on par but the PS3 was the lead developer console. Both versions suffer from minor frame-rate issues.

I am playing on the 360 version and my biggest complaint is the occasional frame rate issue. I might be 15% complete and have had it occur maybe 3 times so far.
I normally get PS3 versions because I prefer the controller over the 360. Although I'm glad the 360 controller was a huge improvement over the original Xbox controller. Man, I hated that controller.
Originally Posted By: BlueJays1
Here are the first reviews coming out of L.A. Noire. Looking forward to see the implementation of the MotionScan technology. The original gameplay this game has to offer will be a good change of pace for me.

http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/adventure/lanoire/review.html

http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/116/1168433p1.html


Well that will go to my wish list. smile
I am considering getting Heavy Rain. Have anyone played that? I know it is now a new game but it looks cool IMO. My wife wants Alice in Wonderland Madness Returns ( I think this is the name of the game ). Well she will have to wait till the release date though.
Haven't played Heavy Rain, Ichigo, but it is one on my wish list. Prices have recently gone down on that game, so it's a good time to try it out.

Looks like it's another game that tries something different. I like that.

Ha ha, get it and let us know what you think? laugh
I was playing Heavy Rain, and really enjoying it. I was into about a 3 hour session when the March 1st bug struck last year, and lost all my progress during that session, and couldn't play again for 24 hours. I never picked it up again.

I had been planning to once the Move came out, and even bought the controllers specifically for that game. But again, other games attracted my interest more. Still need to go back.
Loving LA Noire. Great graphics and storyline. I'm most impressed by the facial features. This is the first time the people's faces look real and you can actually recognize the actual actors voicing the characters.

I also love Heavy Rain. If you have kids, it's a tough story to swallow at times, gut wrenching I'd even say. But love the idea and execution, though some of the timed button mashing kills me (horrible at FPS and fighting games) so I got stuck.

I like the mystery/puzzle genre after playing all the Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton games on my DS. Haunted and the Broken Mirror series are great on the iPad/iPhone as well.
Noire is getting better and better. Really good plot going on. The soundtrack and score is sooooooooo good. The background music to this game complements the atmosphere and tension build up so well. The devs really payed attention to small details in the sound effects. Most notable is the detectives footsteps on different surfaces.

The only thing that bugs me is when I pick up a bloody knife or any evidence with my bare hands for that matter. Even being the 1940's, didn't they wear gloves back then?
Heavy Rain is really good. I rented the game and beat it within 5 days or so though...

I'm interested in LA Noire but don't have the time to get into it right now. I may borrow it from a buddy in a couple of months.
Just finished Portal 2. Pretty darn fun.
Posted By: CV Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 05/23/11 03:32 AM
I still need to play more of the co-op. Darn me.
I finished L.A. Noire. Excellent game. I would put it up there in the top ten as one of my favorites this generation. The ending was a bit of a let-down/disappointment. Now I am working on getting 100% completion. You really have to explore the map to find all 50 golden movie reels. They are hidden very well. It is sinister and puts the pigeon finding in GTA to shame. You will have to use a map location or description to find them or you will be spending weeks if not months trying to get them all. It is that frustrating and time consuming. I also want to go through the cases again because I want to get 5 stars on each and pick up more details on the characters and story.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 05/31/11 11:46 PM
I’ve played a few partial and 2 complete games of Dragon Age Origins but not any of the follow on expansions yet. At first I wasn’t too keen on it. Then as I started getting the hang of gameplay it became very interesting. However, once I got the hang of gameplay it’s become somewhat tedious.
Likes: (as compared to other games I’ve played)

Tactics – Nice to be able to pre-plan your characters moves.
Party Camp – much easier than running all over your ship in ME1-2 to talk with party members.
Option to have important items identified – I hate this part of Oblivion when trying to find something especially when it’s under water.
Money is actually worth something - unless I missed something there is a fairly limited supply of cash so you can’t just go around buying everything.

Dislikes: (as compared to other games I’ve played)

Graphics – It looks downright ugly compared to Oblivion, ME1-2 or Bioshock 1-2 on the 134” diagonal.
Audio – not as immersive as ME1-2 or Oblivion.
Dialogue selections – little hint on what they do. Most are pointless but hard to know that.
No main character voice – really ruins the immersion when only half the conversation is voiced.
No first person option – again ruins immersion when always viewing from 3 person.
Main Quests too long – the main quests just take too long to progress through. They have too many sidetracks which could have been better placed in optional side-quests.
Cut scenes – again not on par with ME1-2, mostly just boring walking up to bad-guy before obligatory melee battle that prevents you from pre-casting AOE spells.
Looting the battlefield – really . . . running from body to body to pick up the paltry crap most of them have. Not to mention how long it takes for some loot to spawn.
Running back and forth to talk with people to complete a quest – Ok Oblivion suffers from the same, however, few of those quests are necessary for the main storyline.
Meaningless side-quests – it would be nice if the side quests rewarded you with something special like gaining specializations as an incentive to do them.
Pickpocketing useless – you never get caught.

Ok, I have more but you get the point.

Now don’t get me wrong I have enjoyed playing this for the most part but would have expected more “re-play” value. At first I thought that there was because I could play many different characters. However, due to the length of the main quest-line the game becomes repetitive as you quickly figure out how to play a particular role. Being able to switch between characters (I guess you could force yourself not to) compresses the learning curve.

Overall I’d give Origins 3 out of 5 mainly because I imagine it’s one of the best at what it does. However, it just gets so much wrong compared to other games.

Based on the reviews I’ve read at Amazon I think I’ll be skipping DA 2 as it sounds like the improvements (graphics, main character voice) aren’t enough to lure me in.
Dean, I agree with you on DA Origins. I liked it more than I disliked it, though. As far as the graphics go, I read that the Xbox version was noticeably not on par with the PS3 or computer version.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/01/11 12:28 AM
Interesting to hear about the Xbox version. Overall I did like the game for what it is, however I’ve set up my system to maximize the suspension of disbelief which this game does not. Right now I’ve got Fallout 3 in and just listening to the wind swirling around me is so cool even though I don’t find the visuals of it nearly as good as Oblivion.
I really liked the story of DA, and some of the decisions you are forced to make. Not all of them easy.

Is a third installment due for Dragon Age?
I got the first Portal game, and played for about 5 hours. I got to the 18th level, and I know what I need to do, but I can't move my fingers fast enough to do it.
Posted By: pmbuko Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/05/11 01:55 PM
If I could beat that game using a trackpad, surely you can beat level 18 with a mouse. :P
Posted By: Ken.C Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/05/11 03:19 PM
You may be wrong about what you need to do, then.
Posted By: fredk Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/05/11 05:11 PM
Hey Dean, is there a 'Dragon Age like' game that you would recommend? I actually quite liked DA. I agree about some of your criticisms like side quests, though the graphics on the PS3 seem reasonable. It is one of the few games I have actually finished.
Have you played the Mass Effect series? A little more action oriented, but you can develop a character to suit your play style, if you don't like to run and gun.

Only part 2 is available on the PS3 (with part 3 coming). You can pick up the first one for the PC cheap now, though.
I've been playing Dead Nation that I got as part of my "Welcome Back" gift from Sony. Fun game so far. I have only been playing solo but am sure it is even better with local or online Co-op.
I downloaded that, too, but have yet to play it. Got good reviews.
decently tough game when playing solo... lots of options to upgrade weapons etc.

If you decide to play co-op my PS username is terzaghi83... if you see me on I would be down to play. not sure if I have already added you before or not...
Posted By: fredk Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/05/11 07:53 PM
Originally Posted By: ClubNeon
Have you played the Mass Effect series? A little more action oriented, but you can develop a character to suit your play style, if you don't like to run and gun.

I havn't tried that one. I'm not much of a fan of run and gun games. I prefer something that involves strategy more than reflex.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/06/11 12:37 AM
Originally Posted By: fredk
Originally Posted By: ClubNeon
Have you played the Mass Effect series? A little more action oriented, but you can develop a character to suit your play style, if you don't like to run and gun.

I havn't tried that one. I'm not much of a fan of run and gun games. I prefer something that involves strategy more than reflex.



If you haven’t already played them your best bet are the downloadable content and expansion “Awakening.” I haven’t played it but guess Dragon Age 2 is your next best bet.

I would read up on the Mass Effect games. They are stand-alone so even if you don’t play the first one you can still play the second just that you come in after the first act, but they do a good job of explaining what happened. I also don’t think you miss all that much by not importing your character from the first game.

To Two biggest shortcomings in I found in ME2 were the running around the ship to talk with your companions and mining for minerals to build special upgrades. Both can be more painless when you realized you don’t have to talk to ever person after every mission and you don’t have to mine every planet out there.

As far as comparing it to DA I’d say the ME2 has much better graphics and surround sound. At to that the flow of the story and dialogue between the characters and it’s more like you are “in the game” rather than playing it.

It is more of a shooter from the action standpoint. You can’t assign tactics to your teammates about all you can do is have them hold position or follow you. You can pause during fights to have them attack particular targets with their special abilities like mages casting spells.

Overall I prefer the non-action parts of the game so usually set a low difficulty so I can blast through the action to get back to the story. I just found it easier to suspend disbelief and get involved in the story which to me just flows better and seems more epic.
Posted By: JohnK Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/06/11 01:10 AM
Fred, where you been? I was wondering if that #&*%#$& landlord had shut off your electricity!
OK, beat 18, and the rest of the game. Really, 18 was the worst for me.

19 and especially after were so much fun. I had seen people comment when the game first came out, that after level 19 it was almost like you were cheating.

I ordered Portal 2 for the PS3, I think that also gives me a Steam unlock so I can play it on the PC too, if I wish.
Fred, what about The Witcher 2 ?
Posted By: Murph Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/06/11 11:28 AM
Hey Fred,

Fantasy RPGs have all kind of moved to MMORPGs. The rest are all button masher console games, mostly. It's tough to find a PC based, single player fantasy game anymore. Dragon Age II is currently filling my need there.

However if you are willing to give in and shell out 15 dollars a month, it sounds like you would enjoy a good MMO. It is essentially like playing Dragon Age but in huger worlds and with other players running around.

You don't have to play cooperatively. You can, and some do, live their entire game lives solo. However, these games are definitely most fun when played with friends (in real life or met online) and you team up to go and do things you would never survive on your own.

Lately, I've been trying RIFT and thoroughly enjoying it. However, I maintain my Everquest II account because that is where my real life friends play. I have the most fun with them on our arranged nights and I tend to just solo if they are not on. I'm not overly social in the game at all outside my friends but I do belong to a guild in EQ II and I'll always help out my guildies if they call.

Be glad to meet you in game and show you the ropes if your interested. Of the two, Rift is more fun for new players but EQ II has the more mature crowd and has been around a long time so the world is IMMENSE and there are more features built in. I just suggest avoiding WoW. I find the age group of players to be very young and thus the accepted behavior of the players is just plane rude and annoying for an old school MMO player like me. Rift is not bad for this either. The annoying people, of all ages, always try out the latest and greatest games but always gravitate back to WoW. Which is fine for me.
Posted By: fredk Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 06/07/11 10:59 PM
Dean. It sounds like you and I play games for different reasons. I've been playing DA on hard and may try DA2 on extreme now that I've got the hang of the game.

Murph. Sounds like a place for me to avoid unless I want to turn into a 400lb gaming couch potato. wink Seriously, DA has sucked up a lot more time than I wanted it to.

I'll check Witches out Cam.

Still stuck with the @#**!***@ landloard John. I thought I might have found a condo, but the fees were high and there was an additional assessment coming for 'improvements'. I have no need to jump from the frying pan into the fire.
Posted By: grunt Re: What video games are you playing tonight? - 07/17/11 06:57 PM
I had a 3 day weekend so I broke down and picked up Dragon Age 2 while shopping at Wally-World. I’ve only just finished the 1st act but I sure am glad I got it.

Pretty much every complaint I had about DA: Origins is taken care of in DA: 2. The graphics are so much better it’s like a completely difference generation of game. The main character has a voice. The dialog options are easier, streamlined and more intuitive. The maps are easier to read. The inventory system streamlined, with miscellaneous loot going straight to the junk pile. Less loot dropped reducing the running around and grabbing it and having to sell it all the time.

So far only 2 minor quibbles about the game, having to find a kiosk to change party members, and no central location like the camp where all party member hang out. I call them minor because I seldom change party members, only doing so when the quest requires it, and only talk to them for their companion quests, though romance may become another factor now that I’m in act 2. It also took me a bit to realized that each city location had a night and day setting so I was stuck trying to figure out how to progress a quest until I realized this, but no problem with it now.

If you’ve played ME: 1 and liked the changes made in ME: 2 (ok not the mining) then then consider this 10 times better than that. Everything about this version of DA is makes the game more immersive, playing out more like an interactive movie similar ME: 1 & 2. Special kudos go to the change in the dialogue which gives more information than just “paragon” and “rogue” in ME. The icons show other info like money options.

This first play-through I made Hawk a Female Mage/Healer so I could have an all-female party with a Mage/healer, Mage/damager, Warrior/tank, and Rogue/dual-wield. However most of the time I play the Isabel character because the Rogue just seems more fun. I’m not that great at twitch-fest style games so I’ve stayed on “normal” difficulty which still got me killed quite often in DA: origins just because I found it hard to see what was going on with the crappy graphics. So far in DA: 2, I’ve only had to restart 3 times and easily won by switching between characters to optimize the Mage’s attacks.

Though I’m still early in the game this one seems like a must have if you like Roleplay or even Third Person Shooters games.
Thanks for the review Dean. I was somewhat hesitant to give this game a second chance after playing the demo. The game looked beautiful and felt smooth, but I just felt like it was too "action-y" and less "RPG-y" compared to dragon age origins. I'll probably buy a used copy through amazon when I have a little more free time and the price drops a little more.