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News Comments > Mass Effect 2 Specs & DRM Details
16. Re: Mass Effect 2 Specs & DRM Details Nov 25, 2009, 13:45 JoeNapalm
 

I'm waiting for code wheels to come back in vogue.

And, yeah, ME2 has my interest. The first one had some obvious warts due to its console heritage (for instance, the tremendously repetitive side quests) but - all in all - great fun.

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News Comments > More WAR Servers Closing
4. Re: More WAR Servers Closing Nov 25, 2009, 13:28 JoeNapalm
 
On one hand, this makes me sad. Warhammer & WH40K deserve some recognition, and it's depressing to see Blizzard rolling in filthy filthy lucre when they basically flat-out ripped off Warcraft and Starcraft from the WH and 40K universe.

Also, in a land of WoW-clones, WAR actually has some really innovative features as far as open-world group quests and such. Interesting to see the incestious clone of the WH rippoff actually coming up with some really good ideas.

On the other hand, whoever decided that WAR needed a metric $#%@-ton of new servers right after launch? That person/committee/mouthbreather is a bloody idiot. I mean, that's really sugar-coating it - that was incredibly stupid, and is probably one of the leading causes of their inevitable demise.

Ah well.

I'll refrain from the rant about how they're further defiling the spirit of WFRP by putting out a totally unnecessary 3rd Edition. The 1st Edition was nearly perfect, and an inspiration for much of the improvements made in 3e D&D - the 2nd Edition of WFRP was just polishing the diamond from the rough...after something like 15 years...and now they're puking out a 3rd Edition to try to milk it.

I guess I didn't refrain very well.

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News Comments > New Dragon Age: Origins DLC Plans
45. Re: New Dragon Age: Origins DLC Plans Nov 20, 2009, 09:55 JoeNapalm
 

Yeah, the Warrior abilities are meh. I almost took them, anyway (two mediocre abilities are better than none) - but they're obviously Blood Magic, which...correct me if I'm wrong...is bad. *Grin*

The one makes blood actually spray out of you like some sort of demented lawn sprinkler, slowly bleeding you out but increasing your speed and damage. The other causes you to sort of erupt into a blood nova, knocking back wimpy foes.

I figured that the other Templars wouldn't let me play their Templar games if I were leaking demonic blood magic from my pores. (And yeah, I know that Grey Wardens are technically using Blood Magic simply by being Grey Wardens, but whatever.)

My next playthrough is going to be a City Elf who's pissed off and not gonna take it anymore - he'll be using all the Blood Magic he can find.

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News Comments > Champions Online Event and Free Weekend Plans
8. Re: Champions Online Event and Free Weekend Plans Nov 19, 2009, 15:30 JoeNapalm
 
crappy MMO


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News Comments > New Dragon Age: Origins DLC Plans
17. Re: New Dragon Age: Origins DLC Plans Nov 19, 2009, 15:11 JoeNapalm
 

Still, Warden's Keep is worth it for the abilities alone.

Would you believe I actually passed on the abilities? I'm trying to make my first playthrough as a "good guy" and the Warrior abilities seemed...well, lets face it, your Templar probably shouldn't be spewing demon blood out of all his orifices. It upsets the other Templars.

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News Comments > New Dragon Age: Origins DLC Plans
11. Re: New Dragon Age: Origins DLC Plans Nov 19, 2009, 14:40 JoeNapalm
 
the freedom in this game is a weak illusion, you're on rails

It's a pretty good illusion, so far. I'm doing the quests/areas/dungeons in the order I want. Sure, the areas have restricted movement, to a point, but that's a matter of scope - the DA world simply isn't as large as, say, Morrowind.

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News Comments > The Witcher 2 Trailer [Updated]
16. Re: The Witcher 2 Trailer Nov 18, 2009, 16:32 JoeNapalm
 
I was like you guys. I started playing it and stopped after 1-2 hours, TWICE, before the third time (when the enhanced version came out) finally hooked me. You really have to get a few hours into the game before everything starts to flow.

Thanks, Unknown Soldier - I'll give it another try, based on that.

After DA and Torchlight.

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News Comments > Direct2Drive Top 10
16. Re: Direct2Drive Top 10 Nov 18, 2009, 16:03 JoeNapalm
 

That's the most sane and in all ways best "Top 10" I've seen in a long time...especially the top 5.

Dragon Age is challenging, but hasn't frustrated me. Once I learned to start micromanaging my Mage (using Wynne, Alistair, and the Bard chick with my S&B warrior) things got significantly more survivable.

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News Comments > Modern Warfare 2 Sales
30. Re: Modern Warfare 2 Sales Nov 18, 2009, 14:13 JoeNapalm
 
It's an excellent game from what I've seen, the pc specific features missing doesn't mean they screwed u guys. If they'd gimped the MP side of the game by only giving unlocks to console players or something like that that would be different but you have the same product everyone else has...no?

No. The previous PC iterations all included those features. It does gimp the MP side of the game on the PC to axe dedicated servers.

And, while removing a laundry list of previously included (and currently standard in most PC games) features, they jacked up the price to the console level of $60.

They cut the features and upped the price, by their own admission, because they knew a lot of people would buy it anyway.

Much more money for many fewer features, and we're supposed to lap it up and beg for more? @#$% that.

I'm sure it's a great game on the PS3 or 360 - but don't expect people to be happy with what they did with the PC version, because it's simple greed at the consumer's expense.

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News Comments > The Witcher 2 Trailer [Updated]
4. Re: The Witcher 2 Trailer Nov 18, 2009, 14:03 JoeNapalm
 

I think I may be the only person who couldn't get into The Witcher.

Not that I didn't like it - it just didn't hold my attention. I uninstalled when I caught myself thinking "well, it's supposed to be great...I guess I should play it."

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News Comments > Modern Warfare 2 Sales
21. Re: Modern Warfare 2 Sales Nov 18, 2009, 13:06 JoeNapalm
 

...Just waiting for the press release stating that the low percentage of PC sales justifies the missing features.

Oh, and too all of the idiots who are complaining about PC gamers complaining: Just because your platform of choice doesn't support features that we have come to take for granted, doesn't mean that those features shouldn't be supported. If they took features out of the game that you could have used, you'd be shouting the loudest.

I mean, seriously, it's 2009. Move beyond the "my platform can beat up your platform" bullshit and accept that some people just don't like consoles. It's a different environment - we've all tried it, some of us still prefer actual computers for our computer games. Currently, the industry hates that, because it impacts their ability to capitalize on their product. They make more money on consoles, it's easier to write for consoles, they control the hardware for consoles, they SELL the consoles...the list goes on.

But when a developer publishes a game for the PC and removes features that have been standard for PC games for ages? Yeah, PC gamers are going to be angry - and rightfully so. Borderlands, MW2, this is obviously the trend to just shaft the port and count the money.

If you're a console gamer and don't want to hear about it - well, too @#$%ing bad. It's a free country, and we're mad. When you were red ringing left and right, did PC gamers shout "STFU and buy a PC"? Doesn't even make sense.

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News Comments > Borderlands Patch
28. Re: Borderlands Patch Nov 18, 2009, 10:11 JoeNapalm
 
Fair enough. Allow me to rephrase.

It wouldn't take them much effort to fix the !@#$ing interface to give PC users a reasonable amount of control over all of those things.

None of the tweaks are "critical" - but none of them would take them any significant amount of time to implement, and are things those with PCs should have.

I played through the entire game with the console FOV. It's uncomfortable, and wouldn't take very much to let the user tweak it. I don't have any tweaks in place for crouch or zoom - the way they work is fine for me...but there's no real reason NOT to let the player select that. Unskippable intro movies? On a PC? Seriously?

The bottom line is that Borderlands is a great game, but the console UI is insufficient for the PC. It's sheer laziness that they didn't ship it with a decent UI with a lot more flexibility, because the fixes are so insignificant to put in. (I know, because I've done it!)

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News Comments > Dragon Age: Origins Patch
28. Re: Dragon Age: Origins Patch Nov 18, 2009, 09:47 JoeNapalm
 

I did Redcliffe without Wynne and without a dedicated healer...knowing what I know now, I wouldn't have even tried it, but it's not impossible.

Complete all the quests to get the town watch the best gear, the most fighters, and highest morale possible. There's only two main breaches in the barricades (there's a huge gap on the hill side, but the undead generally aren't smart enough to go around). Plug those holes with your most armored dudes, and then prioritize on keeping EVERYONE alive (including the watch). If you have enough bodies in the fight and concentrate your attacks, you can mow through the early waves - the enemies start coming in a little more sporadically later on.

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News Comments > Borderlands Patch
26. Re: Borderlands Patch Nov 17, 2009, 15:47 JoeNapalm
 
I get the triage thing - I don't so much have a problem with them dealing with the serious issues first as much as the fact that it would take one guy less than an hour to make the same changes I have.

Hell, the community has already found the fixes - they just have to implement them.

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News Comments > Borderlands Patch
23. Re: Borderlands Patch Nov 17, 2009, 14:46 JoeNapalm
 
Yeah, but nothing else seems to be low-grav. Just you jumping. Creatures and such don't jump like it's low-grav. It's just jarring since it feels different than everything else in the environment.

Fair enough. I never much paid attention to it. I thought, from digging through the config files [insert rant here] that the gravity was a global setting.

You can fix the floating by editing the .ini files. But you shouldn't HAVE to.

(Also, the FOV fix/hack makes it go wiggy every time I accelerate in a buggy, so I'm stuck with the damn console FOV settings. Bite me, Pitchford!)

Anyway. Love the game, hate what they did to the PC UI.

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News Comments > Borderlands Patch
18. Re: Borderlands Patch Nov 17, 2009, 13:09 JoeNapalm
 
Yeah.. floaty jumping is weird... it's like playing low-grav UT or something.

Well, it is on another planet.

I just chalked it up to a low grav environment.

And yeah, it's a good game - I finished it solo and still play multiplayer...but seriously, all of the tweaks I've applied should have been fixed in the very first patch, and could have been with minimal effort.

If I can edit a few lines of the .ini to apply the fix, there's no reason they can't.

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News Comments > Borderlands Patch
2. Re: Borderlands Patch Nov 17, 2009, 10:23 JoeNapalm
 
- Item cards now display the intended five lines of detail text

Hey, they fixed one of the five things that I had to edit for myself.

(Which means that I have to go back in and re-edit the other four.)

I suppose they expect the to thank them...

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News Comments > Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Patch
2. Re: Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Patch Nov 16, 2009, 16:01 JoeNapalm
 

I think after I'm done with Dragon Age I will have to go back and give this another run-through.

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News Comments > Gearbox Passed on Blade Runner
8. Re: Gearbox Passed on Blade Runner Nov 16, 2009, 15:31 JoeNapalm
 
As much as I love Blade Runner and would love to see another game, I'm glad Gearbox passed. Probably would have screwed it up anyway.

You read my mind. Something in the theme of Bloodlines would be necessary to do this right...and even then I'm not sure you could really do it.

Bladerunner is holy ground to many geeks, myself included. Big risk - you think the hew and cry over Shadowrun was bad?

The only way it would work would be a thinking man's game - where trying to take on even a single Replicant mano y mano would likely result in getting your head torn off...

...and when's the last time someone published something like that?

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News Comments > New MW2 PC Petition
38. Re: New MW2 PC Petition Nov 16, 2009, 13:05 JoeNapalm
 
Stop having opinions...
Stop signing petitions...
Don't vote...
Don't bother trying to change anything because you as an individual are useless.
Just go with the flow.
A lot of smart fellows in this thread.

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The petition requires an in-game name to sign it. Did you know that?

This is a petition for those who bought the game, knowing full well what the game lacked.

So now IW has their lunch money, and they're mad because they shelled out $60 bucks for a half-baked port. I guess an online petition is their only option, since they already cast their vote IN FAVOR by purchasing...however, they need to realize that there is no incentive for anyone to fix it, now, because they already got their payday.

The only viable solution? Stop buying bad ports. Yeah, it will require some impulse control. Yeah, you're going to miss some games that you THINK you want to play (keep in mind that they're @#$%#ed up ports, so you'll just be mad when they, in fact, suck).

But when something like this, a game that everyone KNOWS is a half-assed port and STILL is willing to pay even MORE for the privilege of getting fleeced because it's the next big thing? Yeah, you've just sent a message, loud and clear - "This is where the money is."

Me? I'm not signing the petition...because I can't, since I won't buy the stupid game. I've got tons of other good games on my plate right now...and maybe I'll go buy Torchlight, now, just to send another message.

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