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Toger
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Never wise to question Magic 8 ball.

That said, my plan is to do a step-by-step review. I will report my progress here, as it happens, and present my conclusions in the actual review.

I have yet to receive my copy so no news yet.

Unless, of course, you consider what I have learned about Carl Orff and Carmina Burana and the early incarnation of Heaven, as well as steerpike's comments on The Void, as news. Then, yes, there has been news.

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Nothing Steerpike says qualifies as "news." At best they are ramblings.

I love all of MrLipid's work (BIG-ASS TURTLE), but I am particularly looking forward to this Heaven review. My crazy cohort's opinions crack me up with their wit and veracity. I sense that a particular volume of both are forthcoming in this one!

Life is the misery we endure between disappointments.

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R Clear Sky and Red Faction: Guerilla are making their way to my house even now. What with rumours of Pripyat being pushed back to 2010 I thought I'd risk the $10.World in Conflict was in/out/in/out of the cart with more waffling than a pancake house but in the end the RTS label on the box is a warning too loud to ignore.

Boy oh boy, are cpu prices cheap these days. Both Intel and AMD are offering very fine desktop packages with processor, mobo, and 4G memory bundles at < $500CAD for Intel i5 750 and AMD 955 BE. While not top of the line, these multicore processors seem like they should have the horsepower to work with every possible game now and multicore supporting games for the next long while.

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Both good calls, Helmut. Call of Pripyat is out in Russia and Germany... today, I think. But it's not coming to The Rest Of The World until 2010. Localization and all that. Clear Sky was a disappointment to many, but I found it rather engaging. Red Faction will be especially great for you, since you just built a house and are probably dying to smash some with a hammer.

CPUs are ridiculously cheap. Better still, you can use the money saved on a mongo graphics card!

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I just want to play something made in the last decade. This Daggerfall thing is getting tiresome, and I do feel the need for a little smiteage.

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Scout said:

I picked up the Fallout 3 DLC to DVD “super quests” Operation Anchorage and The Pitt the other day and finally got to sit down with The Pitt. Not far into it yet but it's promising so far, at least from the descriptions of what is to come. After being away from Fallout 3 for a while I can smell the Oblivion on it. I walked all the way across the northern end of the map to the The Pitt and had, one…count it…one, encounter and that was with some spiders. I don't remember wiping out the entire wasteland from my playthrough but maybe my reputation is preceding me. I should have brought my golf clubs and hit some balls on the way. Sheesh. 


Question Scott.   I decided I should give some of these Fallout 3 addons a try before I uninstall the game.  I got the same two you did.  I am assuming that you, like I, had finished the game and my character was dead at the end.  I don't want to start a totally new game.  So what did you do?  Just pick a saved game before getting into the end sequence?  How far back did you go?  Kay

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Testing. To see if I can see my post here. [Image Can Not Be Found]

http://adventurepoint.co.uk/ Massive database of almost 2000 point & click Adventure games. Everyone's welcome to browse the site.

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Hmm! Yes I can folks. That means the problem appears to exist possibly only on the thread 'Have you heard of this one? (Re-opened)'.

  I've posted there, and it says I have too, but I see nothing but Wallymian's last post in June. Help! [Image Can Not Be Found][Image Can Not Be Found]

  P.S.; Sorry to be such a pain in the butt! [Image Can Not Be Found]

http://adventurepoint.co.uk/ Massive database of almost 2000 point & click Adventure games. Everyone's welcome to browse the site.

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Gelert said:

  P.S.; Sorry to be such a pain in the butt! [Image Can Not Be Found]


Join the club.

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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Question Scott.   I decided I should give some of these Fallout 3 addons a try before I uninstall the game.  I got the same two you did.  I am assuming that you, like I, had finished the game and my character was dead at the end.  I don't want to start a totally new game.  So what did you do?  Just pick a saved game before getting into the end sequence?  How far back did you go?  Kay


Kay,

 Yes, after installing the expansions I just went back to an ealier save, one near the end, and started playing. The game prompted me about the missions within a minute. I really need to get back to this as I've wandered away leaving my character stuck at the top of a factory at night with zombies roaming below. Not very nice of me.

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I'm playing a game called AI War: Fleet Command. I'm not usually one for RTS but this won me over because it tries to do away with micro management and overly familiar gameplay. You start on a single planet with two AIs controlling the rest of the galaxy. Each AI has a home planet or heart and it's your job to take them out. The problem is that as you extend your reach across the various planets in search of these elusive homeworlds the AIs become more aware to your presence and ramp up their offense/defenses accordingly. This means that the game requires precise 'surgical' strikes so you don't agitate the AI too much. It's a massive and deep game that I highly recommend strategy fans go and have a look at. You can get more info and download the demo from here.

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I've heard of this game, I think they mentioned it a few times over at Rock Paper Shotgun. I'll have to check it out. Thanks!

Life is the misery we endure between disappointments.

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I played the demo for a few nights and got really pissed off with the controls and interface so I went on to their forums and let them know my thoughts. They got back to me within a couple of hours and were really helpful, telling me little tips and tricks and saying how they ought to improve the tutorials. Very receptive!

Anyway after some teething trouble the game has really opened up and is a lot more fun. Kieron Gillen highly recommended it so I thought it was worth checking out. The installation is a bit fiddly but stick with it.

Got to dash, True Blood is on!

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Time for an update:

You can follow my shenaningans over in Bollocks as I attempt party management in Dragon Age: Origins.

I also just picked up a Wii this last weekend [Image Can Not Be Found] and have been playing MySims: Agents as fluff for those days when I need something mindless. It's cute and lots of fun!

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  Still playing Oblivion, and loving it. First time I've ever liked an RPG. [Image Can Not Be Found]

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Senior Tappers, (?)

Demon's Souls. Should I get it? My friend has just imported it (we're Britons) and is unsure whether he'll be perservering with it and of course I've found it at a very reasonable price online. I do love a difficult game but it's the first game that looks scary-cruel. Not even F-Zero GX scared me. Ikaruga beat me in a couple of sessions as did Super Monkey Ball but there's something about Demon's Souls that I find very seductive...

Is anybody here still playing it? Did anybody here throw the towel (or pad) in?

OT: I'm playing Osmos and Plants Vs. Zombies at the moment and they're both rather good. PvZ is great fun and very charming and Osmos plays like Katamari in a petri dish. Managed to get both in the Steam sale a couple of weeks ago for about £5. Bargain.

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Gregg B, I am still playing it, probably about 120 hours in. In my line of work you rarely play a game for that many hours, but this one won't let me go. It's the abusive spouse I never had.

It is very seductive. It is very hard… but not the way you might think. It's not, like, ZANAC hard or Contra hard. It doesn't throw hordes of enemies or put you against foes you're no match for or anything like that. In fact the normal gameplay, while hardly easy, is not what makes Demon's Souls the so-called “hardest game ever made.” It's a combination of two things:

a) The awful penalty for failure

b) That when you do fail, it's your fault and you know it

Demon's Souls never cheats, never abuses its own system, never does anything it's not allowed to do. It never twinks out or does stuff that you'd find annoying or frustrating. It is what it is. It's very Zen in that regard. You went too far, you zigged when you should have zagged, you got careless, you got sloppy, you knew it was time to turn back but didn't, you knew this area was too tough but thought you'd take a look anyway. Demon's Souls isn't hard, you're just bad at it.

One day I will probably write a dreamy love/hate letter to Demon's Souls, one that will likely exceed my previous record of 12,000 words (Thief retrospective). At least my mom will read it to the end. [Image Can Not Be Found]

Edit: I'm amazed this game is not available in the UK yet. It sold out across the US in about two weeks, and Atlus had to produce like 100,000 more units. At least the PS3 isn't region-locked.

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Yeah, if you can't get the US version, get the Asian version on import. It's fully in English, though you won't be playing the same servers as the US players. Still, for me that never presented a problem.

If you ask me, get it. Look for the post called Abyss of Addiction on TR, there I tried to explain why exactly that game is so intoxicating. My game of the year. What Steerpike said is very true: the penalty for failure is severe AND you always have only yourself to blame. I have never played a game that was so hard but at the same time so fair.

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The Abyss of Addiction piece is what really sold me on Demon's Souls. I think Meho published it a month or so before the game released here. My initial concern was that it would be just stupidly, brutally hard, requiring more muscle memory than skill to enjoy. Meho's Abyss convinced me that wasn't the case, so I went for it. I bought it after work and wound up playing all night. Unlike Meho, though, who has mad skillz, I'm still stuck on Dragon God.

The multiplayer component is especially fascinating. Producer Takeshi Kajii invented it after an experience when he and several other motorists were stuck in a snowstorm. They all got out of their cars to help each other out of the snow, one at a time, but once a car was freed, the driver had to keep going or he/she'd get stuck again. So no one was able to stop and thank their fellow drivers or even really communicate. They were all complete strangers helping each other and then vanishing. The result is a multiplayer side that I've never really experienced before, and which is really a huge portion of the game's value.

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