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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Mass Effect 2
41. Re: Ships Ahoy - Mass Effect 2 Jan 26, 2010, 22:26 Ray Marden
 
Boo @ pre-rendered cutscenes.

Nothing like having a cinematic run at a lower resolution and with a lower framerate than the actual game!

The intro is completely blurry, beautiful, blurry, beautiful, etc.

Going to hell; loading ME2, but still counting down the 14 days...,
Ray I suspect B2 will be lackluster, but I so enjoy that world.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 2 DLC Issue Workarounds
13. Re: BioWare DLC Issue Workarounds Jan 26, 2010, 21:26 Ray Marden
 
Well, pick one or the other, I say.

Don't make me authenticate internally from the game...while having me externally grab the updates. From that perspective, DA was a one stop shop (the whole convoluted social network/EA account garbage aside.)

Importing the ME1 savegame was a little strange, too. Try it in game, but have it tell you nothing is available. Leave the game to run the launcher and direct it to your old savegames, but get no confirmation it accepts those. Meanwhile, they magically appear in-game.

Also, whenever I run the game from the launcher (instead of running it directly from Steam,) I have to skip past an error about it being unable to locate the starting map file.

These are all small, small, small things, but I think there is something to be said for the overall user experience from launching the game to exiting it.
But who cares? Go go marketing and graphics! Heyoooo!
Having flashbacks of attempting to exit Assassin's Creed ,
Ray

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News Comments > Mass Effect 2 DLC Issue Workarounds
10. Re: BioWare DLC Issue Workarounds Jan 26, 2010, 19:49 Ray Marden
 
...and take that with a grain of salt. I don't know if I need to do this, but the "New Content Available" link from the game's main menu takes me to the BioWare Social Network. Once I put in all my keys, it lists the items available to me...and a link to download them.

Hopefully that's just redundant and/or I am missing something, else it would be lame to take a step back from in-game downloading to external downloads and installations.

Regardless of whether I am right or wrong about the DLC, EA/Bioware/Steam sure don't like making this easy. Seriously, let me authenticate and then leave me alone - give me everything that I purchased without making me do extra work for it, too.
And here I go to download just to be sure...
Whining, but definitely thinking this could be smoother,
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News Comments > Mass Effect 2 DLC Issue Workarounds
8. Re: BioWare DLC Issue Workarounds Jan 26, 2010, 19:34 Ray Marden
 
I am guessing it is something akin to DA - Steam lists a handful of product keys for my copy.

Mind you, this is all a guess - I can't login to EA/Cereberus/whatever so I haven't exactly gone past the first screen of this game.

Maybe some of the many, many, many DLC teams BioWare has should go work in the networking department?
Waaaaaah, waaaah, waaaaah!
Timing out again and again...,
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed II PC Date, Specs
30. Re: Assassin's Creed II PC Date, Specs Jan 25, 2010, 19:21 Ray Marden
 
Only if you want to exaggerate things.

Personally, I was playing other things when the original game came out, but it was on my list of things to look at. However, immediately after release, I started hearing about a number of bugs in the games, I ended up watching a long YouTube clip of various glitches, and then I observed a few of them at a friend's house (on the console version.) Combined with the repeated reviews talking about the empty, repetitive gameplay, I disregarded the game until it was going to be discounted.

I ultimately purchased it on steam as a combination of a $20 (and maybe even less?) price as well as my general boredom at the time. I will say that, on the PC version, I really did not see the glitches I had seen early on, but the comments about the gameplay were true. Thief this wasn't.

If anything, it spoke to potential, but it had a lot of design flaws and I was not amazed by the game in any way; I thought it was an okay game, but I definitely did not understand the hype and original sales.

Come to today, this game has fared significantly better in the reviews and has some good word of mouth. The change for me is that I was willing to buy it on day one for a $50.00 price. Mind you, as previously stated, I was kind of hoping they would toss in the DLC for free given the ever ridiculous wait for the PC port.

So my change was moving from an end of life Steam purchase to a day one discount, but I'll be damned if I am going to pay $60 on day one for late port digital release.
And at least we're fighting for something rather than caving to the corporate gods.
Wanting expansion-like DLC; not $5-$10 crap cut from the game,
Ray
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed II PC Date, Specs
28. Re: Assassin's Creed II PC Date, Specs Jan 25, 2010, 18:55 Ray Marden
 
...what?

I waited the eight years for this game to be ported and now they're telling us it will be $60? Even with the gameplay fixes, I'll be damned if I am paying that.

Joke about my naivety, but I was kind of hoping the $50 price tag would include the DLC given how long its been. But now? I won't buy it at all until it goes on some type of sale.
How about the transparent version? No purchase at all.
Loving how publishers are pushing for a 20% price increase plus paid DLC,
Ray
 
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News Comments > Dark Void Score Release Next Month
11. Re: Dark Void Score Release Next Month Jan 24, 2010, 14:35 Ray Marden
 
Well, my reply is in the (vain?) hope this wasn't intentional...

If it was, I don't think anybody should complain about the reviews it has received thus far. I can only imaging what else is wrong with the game...
I checked out the forums after posting and they're useless.
Trying out Eve Online; feeling a bit removed from any gameplay components,
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News Comments > Dark Void Score Release Next Month
9. Re: Dark Void Score Release Next Month Jan 24, 2010, 13:45 Ray Marden
 
So says the group of people say everybody is wrong and how this gruop must be rigth because they collectively agree to that?

Joking aside, I won't touch this again until there is some major effort put into tweaking the mouse and keyboard controls. I'm not sure what the issue was - either they fixed this in the second demo release or there is some type of weird compatability issue with my system (Win7, 64-bit, Logitech MX518, etc.) but I simply could not fly the guy while on the jetpack.

It's like the game is doing everything wrong - some high mouse sensitivity, high acceleration, and always repeating my last input. Screw any other advanced mechanic - I cannot even manage to fly in a straight line. If I move my mouse by, say, a quarter inch, my poor character starts performing circles in the air. If I am constantly turning in one direction, I know to move the mouse in the opposite direction, slowing my movement as my turning slows, but I can never find a straigh "center" area. I can get the jetpack to where I am just barely moving to the right, but moving my mouse ever so slightly to the left just starts me rotating in that direction. Mind you, everything is fine in Windows, the menu screen, and the ground-based portion. It just goes to hell when I attempt to fly.
My current review would be 1/10.
I'm not sure why the reviews are so consistently bad. I was originally looking at this with my rose colored Crimson Skies glasses on, but the mediocre reviews gave me pause and the demo sealed the deal for me. For the few minutes I put up with crap flying controls, it seemed like the game could have some potential, but I would need to actually be able to play it...to control it.

I realize I can go post on the forums and what not, but I do not think it is my job to fix this game for the developer. In conjunction with Mass Effect 2 coming out Tuesday and Bioshock 2 and all the other titles in the next month or two, I certainly have better things to do.

Doubing the current manifestation of this developer won't last long,
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News Comments > D2D Mass Effect 2 Preloads Begin
7. Re: D2D Mass Effect Preloads Begin Jan 23, 2010, 13:09 Ray Marden
 
It is now, but you have to manually force it to.

I restarted Steam, was informed of (yet another) client update, installed that, and then double-clicked the Mass Effect 2 link on my games tab.

It paused for about three seconds and then brought up the option to preload. Mind you, no advertisement or alert came up to let me know it was ready nor did the game's link on my games tab indicate preloading was available.
Stupid, fat, lazy Steam!
At 3%...,
Ray
 
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News Comments > D2D Mass Effect 2 Preloads Begin
3. Re: D2D Mass Effect Preloads Begin Jan 23, 2010, 00:58 Ray Marden
 
Gee, it would be nice if I could do that on Steam...but it is late...once again...

I've historically shied away from D2D because I already have so much stuff on Steam, but it certainly hasn't been doings things of late as well as D2D (pre-orders, pre-loads, deals, etc.)
And come on, it's not like they're working hard on Episode 3.
Surprised EA didn't turn pre-loading into a separate DLC charge,
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News Comments > More Rockstar Spouse Follow-up
1. Re: More Rockstar Spouse Follow-up Jan 22, 2010, 19:23 Ray Marden
 
Well, there is a plan out of the EA rulebook.

Non-denial denial...talking about it being "former members"...being a bit condescending...but letting us know they "care."

Thank gosh this is such a mature industry...

Liking, but not blown away by Moon,
Ray Damn you, Netflix - ship Hurt Locker already!

 
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News Comments > On Bethesda's Mystery MMOG
2. Re: On Bethesda's Mystery MMOG Jan 22, 2010, 19:15 Ray Marden
 
Maybe it's just my immense bias, but I again get the impression that Bethesda's management staff are just being jerks.

It really boiles down to their whining of "trilogy" and "three" even though they fully admit to knowing about Interplay's products and admitting to not reviewing all of the existing material.

Then it gets to the point where just a couple of calls to Bethesda by people confused on where to get support for the triology package. And in many ways, I could see that being Bethesda's fault (if I look up "Fallout" right now, how likely am I to reference F3?) Trying to get down to the details, Bethesda's defense seems fairly weak and dodgy.

Ultimately, I don't have much anything positive to say about the company in this regard. It might have made a bad deal or it might have been anxious to have Interplay fail, but other than being a whiney, selfish company, I don't really see Bethesda being wronged.
Kind of pathetic, really.
And really...Warcraft?

Understanding the difference between "three" and "trilogy,"
Ray
 
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News Comments > Doctor Who and Top Gear Games?
11. Re: Doctor Who and Top Gear Games? Jan 21, 2010, 17:52 Ray Marden
 
Use Tom Baker while we have him, I say!

Oh, you mean that new show that uses the Doctor Who name? Never mind...
Tennant seemed okay, but the "new" shows never made much of a point.
A dinosaur,
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News Comments > Return to Ostagar Delays Explained
12. Re: Return to Ostagar Delays Explained Jan 20, 2010, 18:16 Ray Marden
 
But...but...they have separate teams! They had this all planned out in advance!!! They were so open, prompt, and honest with their communication!!!!!! And they obviously illustrated how the 360 issue is affecting the PC version!!!!!!!!! It's not like they threw information about other upcoming content in our faces in the meantime!!!!!!!!!!!! Come on, guys, this is just so hard to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh...wait...this is EA.
We mock EA, but damn it, that company really does bring out the worst in people.
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News Comments > Mass Effect 2 DLC Details
19. Re: Mass Effect 2 DLC Details Jan 20, 2010, 13:04 Ray Marden
 
Mind you, I haven't kept super up to date on this game.....but I do believe the Mako is gone. Instead of the stupid grid searching of a larger grid via vehicle, you now fly your ship to a given planet and then use your scanners to search the planet's surface.

Once you find an area of interest, a drop ship (just a cinematic, I believe) will immediatel deposit you to the ground level of a given area.

It still sounds a little goofy, but at least it looks like the planet can be scanned fairly quickly in the ship and it means no Mako...
RAWR, LOOK AT MY SPACE TONKA TRUNK! WITH PEW PEW PEW WEAPONS!
Just putzing around in Borderlands and Torchlight at the moment,
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News Comments > No Half-Life in 2010?
15. Re: No Half-Life in 2010? Jan 19, 2010, 12:46 Ray Marden
 
Valve Software + Episodice Content = Fail.

'Nuff said.

It is kind of sad; I think this was a missed opportunity for the market. I would definitely take true (as originally sold) episodic content over the bloated multi-year developments and I think it could offer far more value than the dreaded $5-$10 DLC.
Gordon runs back to the city...then away from the city...then to a silo...
Thinking the story of HL3, as episodes, is fairly lackluster,
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News Comments > Hellgate: London Business Model Undetermined
7. Re: Hellgate: London Business Model Undetermined Jan 19, 2010, 12:39 Ray Marden
 
I don't think they should really bother, at least not in the U.S.

I think something like Borderlands is a far better game and I doubt many people would pay a monthly subscription for it.
Heck, I wouldn't buy the game until it was $20.00.
They obviously aren't going to create a whole new game with a big budget. In contrast, it seems like the only feasible solution (if any) is to put the bare minimum into keeping it running and occasionally add small bits of content. In that regard, I don't see it winning over a lot of new players (certainly not myself) nor significantly improved over the previously release to justify a monthly subscription.

Who knows - maybe they can run it solely with advertisements or an extremely nominal fee ($5/month.) I worry about any masochists that go back to this game...

Meh.

Still interested in the original form of this game,
Ray

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News Comments > World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Preorders
3. Re: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Preorders Jan 18, 2010, 21:50 Ray Marden
 
At this point...who knows?

Personally, I would expect an end of year release - that gives a bit of time for testing (especially with all the changes to the core mechanics,) it bumpgs into the holiday season, etc.

On the other hand, Arthas is just about to be rolled out and that essentially completes Wrath of the Lich King. I don't see it feasible for the current content to last another 9+ months, I don't think they would want to go the route of adding in an WOtLK equivalent to Sunwell, and the developers seem to be giving out a wide range of information, somewhat hinting at it being released sooner rather than later.
Rumors put it at just a few months out, but those are just rumors.
Thinking I am done with WoW until the expansion,
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News Comments > Avatar Game: What Went Wrong
64. Re: Avatar Game: What Went Wrong Jan 17, 2010, 14:56 Ray Marden
 
Where did I ever say the entire world must like this movie based upon my opinion? Where did I say my opinion, the opinion of my friends, or the opinions of my associates have to echo the thoughts of billions of people around the globe?

I never said these things and I will not get into your various assumptions that you have openly expressed...

You post a link to RT and then go on numerous rants about only sites like RT mattering. Did you specify that in your first post? No. Is Blue's News one of those sites? No. Did you ask for opinions? Yes.
If you cannot read or lack comprehension, do not get mad at me.
Standing behind what I typed - what I actually typed,
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News Comments > Avatar Game: What Went Wrong
31. Re: Avatar Game: What Went Wrong Jan 17, 2010, 00:41 Ray Marden
 
I can only give my own personal opinion as well as what I have experienced firsthand from interactions with other people. From my perspective, it is a movie that has succeeded through a wide range of ages, both sexes, personality types, etc.

If that somehow offends you or is rise to insults, I am not sure what other data you were expecting, even more so with your reference to RT and the worldwide gross.
Maybe don't ask the question in the first place?
Amused yet not surprised people have different opinions ,
Ray

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