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News Comments > Why Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a Prequel
13. Re: Why Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a Prequel Sep 1, 2011, 14:32 JoeNapalm
 
Eldaron Imotholin wrote on Sep 1, 2011, 13:29:
Creston wrote on Sep 1, 2011, 12:45:
(and still playing, btw. 50 hours and counting. I think I'll end my first run through at something like 65 hours.)

Creston

Good to read this. With every step I make I'm afraid I'm about to trigger some anticlimactic premature ending right about all of the games of late suffer from. I'm in China now, literally JUST hacked Arie van Bruggen aka Windmill's computer. Hope I'm not too far in....? (not sure if I want an answer to that.. I think I do :P)

I'm having such a blast with this game! Gotta go now though. A birthday. *sigh* Real life...


I hear you - every time I finish up an area, I'm worried I'm heading for the endgame. I'm not ready, yet!

Good news for you - I am quite a bit further than you, and still going. No idea how much further I have, though...like trying to find the edge of a cliff in the dark...

@Ratty - you CAN shoot out security cameras and doors. You can either zap the cameras with a taser (knocks it temporarily offline) or just shoot it (destroys it, but raises the alarm). I haven't taken out any doors, but they DO have a toughness rating when you mouse over them, so I believe they can be broken.

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News Comments > Possible Deus Ex: Human Revolution DLC Details
18. Re: Possible Deus Ex: Human Revolution DLC Details Aug 31, 2011, 16:47 JoeNapalm
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 31, 2011, 16:23:
Haven't finished yet, but I'm close. I've enjoyed it overall and it's a good game, but I wouldn't say it's been great. Some things, that I'm finding hard to pin down atm, are missing that elevate it to that really great game status for me. I think the fact that Jensen's "Batman" voice really bothers the hell out of me is up there. The Boss fights - even though there are only a few, still such a bad choice to implement. I did however find a great way to rock the second boss! Missile launcher and shotgun to the face made short work of her. And I don't find the level design really inspired. It's not bad, just not great. Overall it's been well worth the $34 without a doubt though and I do look forward to the DLC so long as its got some reas substance to it. Funny, and I was just thinking I'd rather wait and see a full on expansion for this than DLC we've been seeing for FONV. Anyway, this buoys my hopes somewhat for Thief 4.


I think, by today's standards, it's epic. Much better than I dared hope.

The "Batman voice" thing bothered me, too, until I remembered that he'd had his throat crushed. Then I chalked it up to that. *Grin*

A lot has been said about the Boss Fights. I'm not done, yet, but the first two Boss Fights, for me, involved having maxed out my Armor (to include EMP immunity) and a couple of well-placed EMP 'nades. Game Over, Good Guy 2, Bad Guys 0.

Is the game perfect? No, of course not. But I find myself really wanting to play it, hoping that it lasts just long enough to end right before I'd get bored.

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News Comments > Star Wars Galaxies Endgame Plans
1. Re: Star Wars Galaxies Endgame Plans Aug 31, 2011, 16:42 JoeNapalm
 

"Strike me down, with all your hatred, and your journey to the Dark Side will be complete..."



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News Comments > Ads in Violent Games Less Effective?
8. Re: Ads in Violent Games Less Effective? Aug 31, 2011, 15:01 JoeNapalm
 
I just love stuff like this.

"OMGwherearetheyOMGOMGsoscaredOMGOMGOMG...ooh! Pepsi! *BLAM!* thud."


If anything, you're training people to avoid your product. Some poor guy who sucks at games is going to end up with a brand allergy, like in those Gibson books...


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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Beta Adding Testers Friday
15. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Beta Adding Testers Friday Aug 29, 2011, 14:46 JoeNapalm
 
nin wrote on Aug 29, 2011, 14:33:
Star Wars combat is quick and deadly. Pretty much all the weapons are insta-kill from anything closer than a near-miss.

How is standing there, with torrents of blaster bolts flooding through targets, feel like Star Wars?

The tutorial is run by Stormtroopers, who teach you how to properly aim.


yeah yeah, no stormtroopers 3000 years in the past, don't ruin my joke.


Touche'.


And I wouldn't dream of it!


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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Beta Adding Testers Friday
13. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Beta Adding Testers Friday Aug 29, 2011, 14:22 JoeNapalm
 
Darks wrote on Aug 29, 2011, 12:02:
The game won’t fail; the combat is very good and very Star Wars like.


I haven't played it, and you have...


...so I have to ask, how can it feel like Star Wars combat?

Every trailer I have seen has people standing in veritable rivers of blaster fire, from all directions, with no visible effect.

Star Wars combat is quick and deadly. Pretty much all the weapons are insta-kill from anything closer than a near-miss.

How is standing there, with torrents of blaster bolts flooding through targets, feel like Star Wars?

I realize it's an MMO, and there is an accepted formula (no matter how flawed) for how MMO combat works - but I just don't see how it could feel like anything but WoW.

For the record, I hope I am wrong. I love Star Wars. I just don't have a lot of hope for this.

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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Beta Adding Testers Friday
3. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Beta Adding Testers Friday Aug 29, 2011, 10:04 JoeNapalm
 

I initially was kind of excited about this...I'm a big (Origial Trilogy) Star Wars fan, loved the first KOTOR...

...but the trailers are so very, very WoW. The art style, the static combat, the flurries of blaster fire...

It doesn't feel like Star Wars. It feels like WoW. While I understand, from a financial standpoint, why they would do this...I, personally, have lost interest.


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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution "Special Message" Tomorrow
95. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Aug 29, 2011, 08:53 JoeNapalm
 
Sepharo wrote on Aug 28, 2011, 22:19:
Beamer wrote on Aug 28, 2011, 22:05:
I actually left the sniper rifle on the ground. Very odd for me, but the tranq gun can snipe, I had more ammo for it, and I'm assuming it takes way too much room in the way too small inventory.

I upgraded my inventory to carry it even though like Jerykk I'm not going to ever use it.

I'm playing the game ridiculously slowly. What do you guys recommend for boss battles for the ghost hacker? I'd prefer just to carry the one weapon + tranq.


I am playing a Stealth Hacker, and I've had zero trouble with the first two bosses...but I think this is because I maxed my armor immediately.

So far, each of the bosses have been heavy augs with no shielding, so EMP 'nades seemed the obvious choice. As I am immune to EMP, I cap pop the pinch, then execute them while they're trying to reboot.

Works like a charm. The first two bosses have taken we two tries each - and only because on the first tries I was trying to conserve EMP grenades.

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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution "Special Message" Tomorrow
25. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Aug 28, 2011, 16:28 JoeNapalm
 
Ecthelion wrote on Aug 28, 2011, 15:30:
Krovven wrote on Aug 28, 2011, 15:02:
nin wrote on Aug 28, 2011, 14:56:
I actually watched Blade Runner again last night.

Been thinking of doing the same. BluRay special edition...but which version of the movie to watch?

I have that set too, and I still have yet to see anything besides the Director's Cut and Final Cut. I keep running across people that actually prefer the narration from the other versions, but I haven't been able to bring myself to watch those versions yet. I did watch the 3+ hour documentary on the movie though, which includes clips of the narration (I was not a fan).

I still need to start Deus Ex HR as well. I preordered it from GMG but I am trying to finish up some other games first. Everything I"m hearing has been good though.


I am one of those people. *Grin* (Note the Deckard avatar)


I loved that Jensen's apartment shades are straight out of Deckard's apartment in Bladerunner.


And yes - this is a true Deus Ex game, and is freaking awesome.

Here's hoping this stays the course in future games (unlike DA).

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Retail Includes OnLive
17. Re: Ships Ahoy - Deus Ex: Human Revolution Aug 23, 2011, 13:51 JoeNapalm
 

Oh, sure...my whole life I'm trained by the Universe at large to be cynical, for the sole purpose of making me too jaded to pre-order a Deus Ex sequel, and it turns out to be awesome.

I get it. Very funny. Cruel Cosmic jokes are hilarious.


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News Comments > Carbine's Sci-Fi MMOG WildStar Announced
7. Re: Carbine's Sci-Fi MMOG WildStar Announced Aug 17, 2011, 11:24 JoeNapalm
 
MacLeod wrote on Aug 17, 2011, 11:15:
I guess I'm getting too old that it's actually annoying me with all the gratuitous T&A in EVERY game nowadays. I saw sci-fi MMO and my initial reaction was "Cool!", clicked on the first screenshot and saw a girl with short-shorts, low-cut top and bunny ears... *sighs*



Of all the things about this that could annoy me...

...the chick with bunny ears didn't make the list.


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News Comments > No Assassin's Creed Revelations PC Demo
13. Re: No PC Assassin's Creed Revelations PC Demo Aug 11, 2011, 09:25 JoeNapalm
 
yuastnav wrote on Aug 11, 2011, 07:58:
Drezden wrote on Aug 11, 2011, 07:50:
Acleacius wrote on Aug 11, 2011, 05:25:
No idea why anyone bothers with ubisoft games.

Because unfortunately they publish the Tom Clancy games which are the only good IP's they really have.

I'll be very disappointed too when Future Soldier comes out and has some sort of retarded DRM on it.

Too bad the last good Tom Clancy games were released over half a decade ago.


Ubisoft bought the name, but not the ability to make a good R6 game.


Morons turned it into just another shooter.

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News Comments > Op Ed
4. Re: Op Ed Aug 9, 2011, 11:26 JoeNapalm
 

Even if I didn't like Steam...which I do...EA is being very heavy-handed about this.

EA's reputation is well-earned, and for these same tactics. Their tactic, here - however thinly they want to veil it as a business dispute - is that gamers will adopt their service because they HAVE to play BF3 or SWTOR.

While, for some, I suppose they will be right. But I'm not going to be one of them. I want to play BF3, but I DON'T want EA's other crap, and I refuse to be strong-armed.

There are plenty of great games out there that don't try to drag me into some BS corporate marketing scheme...which is all Origin is. Some suit saw that Steam was dominating the Digital Distro market, and made the same misguided decision that so many suits made when they saw the piles of filthy lucre WoW was making.

EA is likely going to learn the wisdom of "If you can't beat 'em, Join 'em" the hard way. Yeah, people will flock to Origin for BF3, but they're going to take it on the chin vs what they would have made just putting it on Steam...and those gamers AREN'T going to suddenly abandon Steam for Origin, they'll play that one game.

I imagine Steam will have BF3, eventually. EA is too greedy to leave money on the table.

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News Comments > EA: Origin Accounts "May be Cancelled for Non-use"
67. Re: EA: Origin Accounts Aug 4, 2011, 11:51 JoeNapalm
 
Dev wrote on Aug 4, 2011, 11:33:
Verno wrote on Aug 4, 2011, 09:11:
Soon it's going to be all about who treats you well and offers decent prices/features because they're all going to be account based systems anyway.
That's an optimistic view. I think unless we get a serious contender to steam, we are looking more at each big game publishing company trying to do their own digital thing like origin (actiblizzard already has bnet, they might start having every activision title over there), and since people are going to have to suck it up to get the games they want if they aren't sold everywhere, it still won't be price/feature based.


No, they don't HAVE to.

I won't. I would buy BF3 and ME3 on Steam, but I refuse (based on prior experiences with EA) to participate in Origin. Since I can't even buy a boxed copy without having to use their online service, I simply won't buy them.

Frankly, there's enough good games out there that it's EAs loss, not mine.

This sort of strong-arm crap will continue, and get worse, until gamers realize that a goodie with a string attached is called bait.


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News Comments > Red Orchestra 2 Pre-Purchase Discounts & Bonuses
17. Re: Red Orchestra 2 Pre-Purchase Discounts & Bonuses Aug 3, 2011, 10:52 JoeNapalm
 
Jerykk wrote on Aug 3, 2011, 00:32:
Damnit Kosumo it is not irrational to preorder a game that you are going to buy anyway. So rather than paying full price, you might as well get a discount and extras that YOU WOULDN'T HAVE GOTTEN OTHERWISE IF YOU DID NOT PREORDER.

I think he was suggesting that you wait for reviews before buying games.


Why would you wait for reviews if you already played it?

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News Comments > Battlefield 3 Origin Preorders Include Beta Access
32. Re: Battlefield 3 Origin Preorders Include Beta Access Aug 3, 2011, 10:33 JoeNapalm
 

I have absolutely no interest in Origin.

BF3? Sure.

But not if I'm forced to participate in EA's Steam-wannabe simply to play the game.



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News Comments > No Skyrim Demo Planned
34. Re: No Skyrim Demo Planned Jul 14, 2011, 17:18 JoeNapalm
 
WyldKat wrote on Jul 14, 2011, 17:13:
JoeNapalm wrote on Jul 14, 2011, 17:03:
saluk wrote on Jul 14, 2011, 15:48:
In the olden days when demos were common, you just package the executable, delete all the level files except the first (or first couple) and add an exit with the "buy now" page. It takes a couple hours of effort at most, and the files are small and easy to deal with.

Making a proper demo for a game like Skyrim could take weeks. It's just not worth it.


If I recall...Oblivion started in a dungeon...

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Do you really think a starter dungeon is a good representation of what an Elder Scrolls game has to offer?


Good video games are like good books...they should be able to hook you in the first chapter.


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News Comments > No Skyrim Demo Planned
30. Re: No Skyrim Demo Planned Jul 14, 2011, 17:03 JoeNapalm
 
saluk wrote on Jul 14, 2011, 15:48:
In the olden days when demos were common, you just package the executable, delete all the level files except the first (or first couple) and add an exit with the "buy now" page. It takes a couple hours of effort at most, and the files are small and easy to deal with.

Making a proper demo for a game like Skyrim could take weeks. It's just not worth it.


If I recall...Oblivion started in a dungeon...

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News Comments > Op Ed
1. Re: Op Ed Jul 13, 2011, 16:05 JoeNapalm
 

Wait...it's hidden?


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News Comments > On PlanetSide 2 Microtransactions
4. Re: On PlanetSide 2 Microtransactions Jul 13, 2011, 11:28 JoeNapalm
 
Prez wrote on Jul 13, 2011, 11:14:
@ OldSchool:

Even in a game that is otherwise free to play? What about a free to play game that also has a free downloadable client, so there's no upfront cost whatsoever? Dev's gotta eat ya know. It may not be what you are used to or your preferred means of gaming, but it's not a bad proposition for the gamer really.

As long as they do it right.

If they DO "sell power" it could potentially be a disaster.

"Step right up! You, sir! You look like a Reaver pilot! For just $4.99, you could take to the skies in this fine Air Superiority vehicle!"

They say they won't do this - but we'll see. SOE has shot themselves in the foot more times than a trailer park.

As it is - in Planetside, you could have Clan Emblems on your avatar and vehicles for free. From what this says, it seems like now you have to pay for that? That's pretty weak.

I'm almost a guaranteed Planetside 2 sale - as long as they don't muck it up. Even STO has free customizable Fleet emblems and uniforms, and it's F2P w/ microtransactions.


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