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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution "Special Message" Tomorrow
117. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Aug 29, 2011, 11:37 Ratty
 
nin wrote on Aug 29, 2011, 11:26:
There's a Praxis kit behind a wall in the Detroit sewers that pays for itself.

I don't think I found that one, but I did find one in the second hub last night.
I'd heard there were two in the Detroit sewers but I only found one.
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution "Special Message" Tomorrow
113. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Aug 29, 2011, 11:21 Ratty
 
nin wrote on Aug 28, 2011, 17:59:
can't take the 'bust through thin walls' upgrade for that reason (the one time I tried it, he script-killed a baddie : (

I ran into that too, and was very disappointed.

Only seen it happen once, though.
The Punch through Walls aug is basically free though so there's no reason not to take it fairly early. There's a Praxis kit behind a wall in the Detroit sewers that pays for itself.
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution "Special Message" Tomorrow
111. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Aug 29, 2011, 11:13 Ratty
 
Jerykk wrote on Aug 28, 2011, 19:36:
I played through the game on 'hard' with zero contact with any body who didn't need to be 'neutralized' as per the objectives.
I was surprised when on my next playthrough, I was getting Ghost even though I was knocking people out.

Yeah, their definition of ghosting is a bit loose. It just means that you can't be seen. You can still neutralize every enemy you encounter. While it's cool that you can still genuinely ghost your way through the game, the way XP is rewarded means that doing so will put you at a disadvantage. If you want to get the most XP, there's only one route to go: the non-lethal takedown hacker. Perform non-lethal takedowns on every enemy and hack everything you see, even if you already know the password or have found another way through. They really should have just retained DX's XP system, where you only get rewarded for completing objectives and finding secret areas. That way, there is no inherent benefit to any one playstyle and people can play the way they want without fear of losing out on XP.
Their definition of ghost confused me too. So I did the first mission in Detroit both ways. First, never seen, never alerted, never touched anybody. There was one part where a guard is standing on a balcony overlooking a room that was a bit dicey but other than that it wasn't that hard to do. Then I replayed it knocking out every single guard in the game (but still not being "seen") and ended up with a couple thousand more XP at the end (some of that was finding things I'd missed the first time though), way more ammo and way more money to buy Praxis. And I still got the ghost bonus.

I keep the highlighting on and use the third person cover system and don't mind the regenerating health one bit. All things I bitched and moaned about. For this game it works. The world is so much more detailed than the original DX that I can't imagine playing it without the highlighting (hated it Thief 3 though). But I'd be interested to hear others chime in on that.
 
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News Comments > First Skyrim DLCs Timed Xbox 360 Exclusives
17. Re: First Skyrim DLCs Timed Xbox 360 Exclusives Aug 26, 2011, 12:27 Ratty
 
I don't care. Let Bethesda make a few extra bucks from MS. I almost never get DLC until after a while anyway. Never bothered with any of the Oblivion DLC but have been enjoying the FO:NV DLC.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 25, 2011, 14:23 Ratty
 
Blue wrote on Aug 25, 2011, 14:16:
nin wrote on Aug 25, 2011, 13:29:
But the monotonous final Citadel levels in HL2 were brutal.

I loved those! With the powered up gravity gun, I never got bored of disintegrating people with the little floating spheres...

Same here... that was completely awesome.

Now I feel so alone ... so alone ...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 25, 2011, 12:05 Ratty
 
8 Terrible Levels in Great Games

I am the only person on Earth who enjoyed Xen.

But the monotonous final Citadel levels in HL2 were brutal.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 24, 2011, 12:57 Ratty
 
I have a pretty powerful computer I got in February:

i7-980X Processor Extreme Edition (12M Cache, 3.33 GHz)
6 GB RAM
NVIDIA GTX 580 1.5 GB

But the performance is "odd." It might be the issue people are having with mouse acceleration though - it just seems laggy. Plus there's an annoying stutter during the videos about every 20 seconds. Maybe performance is fine and it's just the mouse.

I only just flew out of Sarif Industries to my first mission so can't comment on the gameplay yet but I can definitely say there isn't a trace of consolitis. The control mapping screen (I can map multiple keys to a command - yay!), menus, and options are right at home on the PC. And ESC actually backs you out of all menus and back into the game (I'm looking at YOU Bethesda)
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 24, 2011, 11:19 Ratty
 
Yeah, that was very useful. I've been tinkering around trying to get better performance and it's nice to know what has the largest impact. I guess I'll try turning SSAO off first and use Edge Antialiasing. If that doesn't do it I can try turning soft shadows off.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
7. Re: Op Ed Aug 23, 2011, 13:35 Ratty
 
Do remember whenever you hear about one of these ridiculous giant sues little guy over absurd trademark claim stories that if you don't defend a trademark you lose it. Still, if that was the case here you'd think Bethesda could license it for a dollar or something.  
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News Comments > EA Revival Possibilities
4. Re: EA Revival Possibilities Aug 18, 2011, 11:56 Ratty
 
System Shock 3!!!! ('Cause the Bioshock stuff just doesn't do it for me)  
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News Comments > Skyrim Using Steamworks
32. Re: Skyrim Using Steamworks Aug 18, 2011, 11:39 Ratty
 
The Advocate wrote on Aug 18, 2011, 08:05:
I'm fine with this.

I used to hate Steam with a passion as I was under the false impression that it was solely a DRM schema invented to do nothing but track everything I did with my games.

Steam does track what I do with my games and it is a DRM schema. However, it also allows me to install my games on any machine I want so long as that machine has an active internet connection. It offers me great deals on games that I wanted to buy anyway and I no longer have to carry discs back and forth between work and home to play whatever my current interest is.

I look at Steam, now, like I look at my email. I log in once and I get to what I want to do. It's painless and takes maybe a second or four to login.
I so totally agree. HATED Steam and was pissed beyond belief when I found out HL2 required it. I held out for two years before finally playing HL2 (because I didn't have the internet at home at the time). Nowdays I love Steam for the same reasons as you. But also because I recently got a new computer and it was so nice being able to transfer all my games over without having to hunt down the original discs. I'm a slob and my discs are buried all over the place, so that was a big plus for me.
 
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News Comments > id Software: Fans of our IPs "Patience Will Be Rewarded"
21. Re: id Software: Fans of our IPs Aug 15, 2011, 13:24 Ratty
 
Myself, I've been looking forward to a return to the Quake 1 universe ever since they hinted about that.  
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News Comments > Eidos Montreal: Deus Ex: Invisible War a "Cautionary Tale"
32. Re: Eidos Montreal: Deus Ex: Invisible War a Aug 12, 2011, 14:59 Ratty
 
kanniballl wrote on Aug 12, 2011, 14:43:
- Universal Ammo - keep things simpler, focus groups say they hate finding ammo for their favorite weapon
- Passwords - people hated having to write down passwords for the terminals. Make it an auto-enter
- Inventory - people hated playing puzzles with their packs
Forgot the clear plastic crates so we could all see what was inside before wasting our time lockpicking.

And I said I gave the developers a lot of credit but not that much credit. I'm betting those decisions were all theirs and not from either focus groups or "on high."
 
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News Comments > Eidos Montreal: Deus Ex: Invisible War a "Cautionary Tale"
26. Re: Eidos Montreal: Deus Ex: Invisible War a Aug 12, 2011, 14:42 Ratty
 
Ray Ban wrote on Aug 12, 2011, 14:32:
I don't think you can blame the tiny levels and frequent loading on anything else than having to squeeze the game into that Microsoft POS box. Can't really blame the developers for that one.
That would be the bad luck Tanto referred to. They had major technology problems outside their control. And making it PC exclusive or doing a major porting job by redesigning all of the levels was also not a decision they had any control over. I blame it all on Daikatana.
 
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News Comments > Eidos Montreal: Deus Ex: Invisible War a "Cautionary Tale"
22. Re: Eidos Montreal: Deus Ex: Invisible War a Aug 12, 2011, 14:18 Ratty
 
Tanto Edge wrote on Aug 12, 2011, 13:56:
I see a week (at least) off from life and family coming up in my future.
So when is the exact date of release in the US? I want to arrange for some vacation time right now.
Tanto Edge wrote on Aug 12, 2011, 13:56:
@Creston
Harvey and Warren are awesome designer/developers and about the only ones whom I say got some of the best talent and worst luck in the industry.
As hefty components of the Deus Ex, and Thief series', they were willing to try new shit, and that means a lot. Warren boned some as bettered some, but he was forging new territory.
It's nice to hear somebody else say this. I have the same gripes about DX:IW as everybody but I always gave them the benefit of the doubt and looked at it as them pushing the envelope yet again and taking a big risk. They (or at least Harvey) always said they wanted to distill down the essence of what made DX great and really concentrate on that by making it even better and perhaps eliminating some of the peripheral distractions. I mostly hear people blame DX:IW's shortcomings on consolitis and dumbing down for a mass audience and I'm one of the first to jump on that bandwagon for many games, but in the case of DX:IW I take them at their word. They tried something new and failed.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 3 Will Require Origin
30. Re: Battlefield 3 Will Require Origin Aug 11, 2011, 17:11 Ratty
 
MrBone wrote on Aug 11, 2011, 16:51:
Wow, this is absolute bullshit. Why do I have to love BF3 so much! Khaaaannn!!!
I've been lucky so far. All this shit is happening to games I would never play: Diablo 3 and now BF 3. When this eventually happens to games I do care about I believe I will quote you: Khaaaannn!!!
 
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News Comments > Quoteworthy - id's Tim Willits on Always-on Gaming
22. Re: Quoteworthy - id's Tim Willits on Always-on Gaming Aug 10, 2011, 11:47 Ratty
 
I wasn't getting Diablo III anyway. Loved the first one to death but the second one did away with save games and it was too annoying to play more than an hour or so. I expect the third one not to have save games either. With that and the new always on DRM, double the reason to skip.

Tim Willits: What. A. Moron.
 
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News Comments > Fallout: New Vegas Lonesome Road DLC Delayed
4. Re: Fallout: New Vegas Lonesome Road DLC Delayed Aug 10, 2011, 11:43 Ratty
 
Just bought Honest Hearts the other day and have been playing that. It's nice to have another outside area to wander around and explore. I'm enjoying it. It's a pretty generous amount of content for a DLC. I had thought that was the latest DLC but I guess that's Old World Blues, so I'll be getting that next seeing as how people here seem to like it.

Think I'll be skipping Dead Money though.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 8, 2011, 14:28 Ratty
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 8, 2011, 13:50:
I somehow doubt that it was their fault.
Fair enough. But then they shouldn't keep calling all their turkey recipes "fool proof."
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim ShakyCam Footage
12. Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim ShakyCam Footage Aug 8, 2011, 12:50 Ratty
 
Illumin wrote on Aug 8, 2011, 11:38:
1: You can set up hotkeys / favorites you dont need to scroll through every time. Honestly most people have 1 favorite melee, 1 ranged and maybe 3 or 4 spells they use all the time.
Anyone ever notice how you only have 8 hotkeys available to map in Oblivion? Hmm, a PC has 10 number keys. I wonder why they only let you map 8? Hmm. Why can't I map 9 and 0? Hmm.
 
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