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Signed On Jun 18, 2003, 22:23
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
1. Re: Saturday Metaverse Jan 12, 2013, 19:51 Fion
 
I'm hoping for standalone HBO Go sooner rather than later. I barely watch TV on an actual TV these days. I'd probably cancel it entirely if I didn't have to pay for HBO just so I can use HBO Go. I'd very happily pay what I pay Time Warner Cable for HBO but directly to HBO themselves for streaming content.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 7, 2013, 14:42 Fion
 
'Iphone5 is the worst of the top smartphones'

That's misleading how?
 
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Bans
27. Re: Guild Wars 2 Bans Jan 4, 2013, 14:53 Fion
 
Verno wrote on Jan 4, 2013, 09:54:
I agree about the WvW travel times, they really need to do something about that. I love their no mounts approach to the game but I think large scale PvP is the one spot where they would be a great fit.

They have done something about that. When your side conquers particular keeps it unlocks a waypoint you can use. They aren't everywhere but they can still cut traveling time in half.
 
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Bans
26. Re: Guild Wars 2 Bans Jan 4, 2013, 14:45 Fion
 
People play also because they have to get their money's worth. I'm quite invested in GW2 when it comes to my guild, the friends I've made, but no I don't feel I 'have' to play the game, so I've gone a week without logging in at times, generally when there's a big new game out or something.

Gotta say it's nice to see Anet releasing new content on a monthly basis. It's already seen more new content than some P2P MMOGs see in a years time, sans expansions. I'm particularly looking forward to this Feb/March mega-patch.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
2. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Jan 1, 2013, 15:52 Fion
 
Even if half of those are pushed back a year+, it will still be a good year for gaming next year. Cant wait for at least a dozen of the listed titles.

Somewhat off subject, WTF is up with the train wreck that is Mass Effect 3 winning all these GotY titles? There were so many amazing games that completely overshadowed ME3.
 
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News Comments > WoW 5.2 Preview
1. Re: WoW 5.2 Preview Dec 22, 2012, 15:32 Fion
 
Gotta love WoW patches.

10% new content

89% class nerfs

1% bug fixes
 
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News Comments > EA Can't Say It Wasn't Warned About SimCity DRM
32. Re: EA Can't Say It Wasn't Warned About SimCity DRM Dec 18, 2012, 14:21 Fion
 
Haven't these people realized that always-on DRM doesn't even work? Look at Ubi's always on DRM, that was cracked in days. How long will they force paying customers to jump through hoops while torrenters play the game with a few simple steps.

On SimCityV, it does look significantly simplified. But I'm not entirely sure we've seen all there is to know. What we've seen in demo vids so far has been pretty simplistic. It seems to me that you could finish a modern city in days and when then is left? So I'm reserving judgement on the game. What I see I like, though I wish they'd add more classic SimCity features.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
7. Re: Game Reviews Dec 14, 2012, 12:38 Fion
 
The things I do like about FC3 include;

The healing system. FC2/3's healing system is so much better and more interactive than most FPS auto-healing.

The AI is very solid. Enemies will actively flank you and flush you out with grenades/molotovs and the stealth system isn't instant invisibility.

And of course the simple fact that it is a sandbox, and that I can approach a lot of it how I wish. When taking bases I can be Rambo or Solid Snake, and anything in between.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
3. Re: Game Reviews Dec 13, 2012, 14:22 Fion
 
Don't worry Nin I'm with you on this one. The game is mediocre IMHO, though I'm only like 8 hours into it and have only done a handful of story missions.

If the year had been mediocre for gaming I probably would have liked it better, but we've had so many amazing games this year already. From
Torchlight 2 to Guild Wars 2, Dishonored, Walking Dead, Borderlands 2, Mark of the Ninja. Even Mass Effect 3 if you discount the ending.
This game just isn't good enough to be noticed amongst the crowd frankly.

And yea wtf is up with boars? You need their skins for perhaps the most important upgrade early in the game.. ammo capacity. I've unlocked 2/3 of the map (I was told to unlock the map early) and have yet to see a boar icon on the map or see one in the game world. I practically have every single other upgrade accept the ones that require a rare skin, and I have several of those!
 
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News Comments > Crysis 3 Trailer
1. Re: Crysis 3 Trailer Dec 12, 2012, 21:41 Fion
 
Wait I'm confused. It's after the aliens attacked. A huge dome has been built over new york (I presume to keep the black gunk from getting out). It's been years and years because the forest has encroached into the city quite significantly and somehow prophet is alive again?  
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News Comments > The Secret World Subscriptions Now Optional
15. Re: The Secret World Subscriptions Now Optional Dec 12, 2012, 13:15 Fion
 
Nice to see this. Funcom isn't new to B2P/F2P, they offered the original Anarchy Online for free, with only expansions requiring a monthly fee.

GW2 has shown that a B2P MMOG can be quite successful. As to TSW I found the game fun in beta, but not worth the $15 a month. Though granted, after GW2 I can't ever go back to paying a monthly fee personally. But as B2P I'll def pick this up at some point, probably when I next see it on sale on steam.
 
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News Comments > U.K. Sales Charts
1. Re: U.K. Sales Charts Dec 10, 2012, 12:34 Fion
 
GW2 is moving back up in the charts. I'm rather amazed at how well the game is still selling. Up to #8 on this chart, #5 best selling PC game on Amazon. #5 on Greenmangaming.com.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
2. Re: Steam Top 10 Dec 9, 2012, 15:45 Fion
 
Far Cry 3 isn't all its cracked up to be either Tech. It's not bad, just not all that good IMHO. However there is good news. Dishonored is fantastic.  
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News Comments > PlanetSide 2 Double XP Weekend
23. Re: PlanetSide 2 Double XP Weekend Dec 9, 2012, 13:53 Fion
 
it essentially is double certs. One cert is 250xp and one kill is 100xp with diminishing amounts based upon damage done 'assisting' (25-50 generally). Right now, a kill is 200 xp and ~100 for an assist. So that's a cert point every 1.25 kills right now vs one cert every 2.5 kills. Double certs! So it's a great time for LA like me to get that damned expensive C4!

Frankly I'd love it if they boosted cert gain for 'non-purchasers' as it takes freaking forever to get up to 700 for C4 on a LA, or 1k for a gun that is only a minor variant on the basic one (though enough that they are still very worth while). Right now it's nearly pointless to play 'without' an xp boost. Some folks claim to get 200 certs an hour, but I'd assume that's from medic/AMS drivers or ESF w. rocketpod users. If they are infantry.. than most of us aren't that good. I'm pulling about 25 an hour normally, depending on the action normally. I 'bought' the gun I wanted because I knew I'd never get enough cert points with everything else I felt was 'essential' to an LA.

As to 'most 'must get' class upgrades are cheap', this isn't the case with Light Assault. LA is the only class without an F ability. You know, shield on HA, aoe heal on medics, charge on MAXs. Engineers have tuns of toys so I don't think they have one, but LA doesn't have those extras. And our upgrades are 'not' cheap. Most LA's would tell you the class is not complete without C4. It is a game changer when playing one, and getting two C4 costs 700 certs. That's more than some guns, and there is no way to mitigate that grind without spending $. Its not like it's all-powerful either. Two blocks of C4 can take out a heavy tank, from the back. It can't kill take out a Sunderer unless it's already damaged. Best use is vs Lightnings or Max units, if you can get the drop on them. Oh and did I mention it costs 100 infantry resources per block?

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News Comments > BioShock Infinite Delayed
36. Re: BioShock Infinite Delayed Dec 8, 2012, 02:29 Fion
 
V..v..v..v.. vaporware!


J/K


I don't mind a game with 'good' scripting. HL1/2 of course are the best examples. However I cannot stand games that are so heavily scripted that each playthrough is 100% identical (I'm looking at you CoD!). Worse yet, scripted sequences that take control away from the players. That just drives me NUTS.

One of the reasons I think Farcry 2 is 'meh'. Way to many times I'd love to be doing something but have to sit back and watch the action.

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News Comments > Far Cry 3 HUD Patch Planned
5. Re: Far Cry 3 HUD Patch Planned Dec 8, 2012, 02:23 Fion
 
You know what drives me most nuts about this game? That you have to 'hold' the action key down. Why cant I tap space like every other game in existence?! What is crazy is there is nothing that requires you to only tap the use key (space for me), so I see absolutely no reason they made it 'hold' instead of 'tap'.

I'm also getting really f'in tired of every game telling me what I need to do to open doors, use items, etc. Press 'x' key to use item. Every time I go to use something the game brings up another immersion breaking flashing white 'press x to use'. I've only been gaming for 30 years, you'd think I'd have figured that out by now. At least in some games you can disable that shit. But no, thanks a great deal to consoles just about every game holds your hand through everything. Do developers truly think my attention span is 1/2 a second?

I've had some decent fun with the game. Not worth $60 IMHO, and most certainly not as good as the 2nd one (as flawed as it was in ways). Did not live up to my expectations, but fun for a diversion.
 
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: etc. Dec 7, 2012, 12:54 Fion
 
GW2 is certainly my GotY, and it was a pretty big crowd of amazing games this year. Pretty much all of them were on this list heh.  
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News Comments > PlanetSide 2 Calls Out & Bans "Scumbag"
33. Re: PlanetSide 2 Calls Out & Bans Dec 5, 2012, 17:11 Fion
 
Trevellian wrote on Dec 5, 2012, 13:46:
Fion wrote on Dec 5, 2012, 13:28:
That is one out of potentially thousands. I run into people using speed hacks or auto-hit hacks almost every day. Combined with the 'huge' problem of each continent being controlled by one faction with 10% pop from others, I've basically stopped playing until they both fix the hacking problems and find a solution to the population issues.

Oh and lgFreiss, that is one of the more common 'hacks'. Combined with a speed hack it makes killing those people impossible. I used to only see them once in a while, now if I spend an hour online I'll encounter half a dozen.

What server are you playing on? On Waterson we have constant even 3 way battles on every continent most nights. There is no problem with Population, most nights the larger Outfits on a faction decide they're going to go for a specific continent Benefit and they push it hard till the other factions abandon the continent due to sheer numbers or better tactics, but you'll find even battles on the other 2 continents almost all the time.

And I've said this in another thread and I'll say it again, since release I play at average probably 4-5 hours on days when I work, and probably upwards of 10 hours on my day off, and have still not encountered 1 person I could clearly accuse of hacking.

That may be what it is. I'm rarely able to play on prime-time, I tend to log in mid-day or so and on Jaegar it's almost always TR/VS/NC controlling each continent with no more than 10-15% population on off-faction continents. So it gets boring either always playing on Esamir 80/20 population, or hopping into Amerish or Indar and being outnumbered 8/1. So I'm really hoping they will add a fourth continent reasonably soon, or find some temporary fix for this issue. Until then perhaps I'll try and shuffle my schedule around so I can play more often on prime-time hours.
 
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News Comments > PlanetSide 2 Calls Out & Bans "Scumbag"
17. Re: PlanetSide 2 Calls Out & Bans Dec 5, 2012, 13:28 Fion
 
That is one out of potentially thousands. I run into people using speed hacks or auto-hit hacks almost every day. Combined with the 'huge' problem of each continent being controlled by one faction with 10% pop from others, I've basically stopped playing until they both fix the hacking problems and find a solution to the population issues.

Oh and lgFreiss, that is one of the more common 'hacks'. Combined with a speed hack it makes killing those people impossible. I used to only see them once in a while, now if I spend an hour online I'll encounter half a dozen.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 3 Released; Patched
2. Re: Far Cry 3 Released; Patched Dec 4, 2012, 21:08 Fion
 
I'm enjoying it. The gun play is rather lose and the vehicles drive even worse than FC2. But I'm having fun with some of the upgraded weapons, hunting and sniping enemies with a bow.

I posted my 'first hour' review in a previous comment section and it wasn't quite so favorable, but the more I play the more it's growing on me heh.

And yea, the side missions are largely crap. Sucks the story is short, especially considering how long FC2 was. I hope there's enough extra content just to do. Explore the world, hunt, etc. But then again in most open world games like this I barely touch the main story. I have 287 hours in Skyrim on Steam, and I haven't even done the 'infiltrate the embasy' mission on my main character, or done the Horn of the Windcaller mission on my vamp alt.
 
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