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post #31 of 796
I love the Dead Space world, but I'm still waiting on a sale. I've got no reason to jump right in. Besides I have 20 games to play through still. Aside from my obsession with rocksmith.
post #32 of 796
Dead Space 3 is so riddled with Free 2 Play and In-App Purchase mechanics that it isn't worth being excited over. It's a $60 console title being treated like a F2P mobile game. They still want your $60 though.
post #33 of 796
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Originally Posted by Yrd View Post

I love the Dead Space world, but I'm still waiting on a sale. I've got no reason to jump right in. Besides I have 20 games to play through still. Aside from my obsession with rocksmith.
The first Dead Space was excellent. But now they're just pushing the series into Generic Space Shooter #3640. Not my thing. Too many unique, interesting games these days to have time for the generic stuff.
post #34 of 796
Seconthirded.....the first Dead Space was one of those "Must Play" games. The second one I still haven't gone more than a few levels into, it felt like a dumbed-down but pace-quickened action game. The first game was about ammo management and keeping your awareness up to creatures attacking from all sides. In the short time I was playing Dead Space 2, it felt more like a Run-N-Gun......it didn't help that the first game had a great intro, that sucked you into the whole 'derelict hulk craft in space' vibe like, say, EVENT HORIZON or ALIEN or what have you..............this one you wake up in a lab or in a hospital station or something. I'm sure Dead Space 3 will be another step in the wrong direction.....but will look pretty doing it.
post #35 of 796
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I just finished Far Cry 3.

Great experience, except I briefly tried the nVidia beta drivers and they crapped out at the end so all I got to see for the final cinema was a mess of polygons. mad.gif Good thing there's YouTube, and lesson learned - stick with the stable drivers.

Fantastic game, which it would have to be to give such a great experience despite some serious problems (e.g. crafting). This is one of those peak game experiences I will remember for a long time.

Speaking of endings, I won't ruin it for anyone, but if you are getting near the end, here's a tip:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
The last scene involves a choice between two options - an obvious bad one and an obvious good one. It's hard to make the bad/wicked decision, but if you do, you are treated to a much cooler, or should I say "hotter", ending. If you can live with ending the game evil, the final cinema might be worth it - depending on your point of view. IMPORTANT: you are not allowed to replay the ending to try the other option unless you play through the game again, so choose wisely.

Then again, there's always YouTube if you want to see both endings.

Now on to Max Payne 3.
post #36 of 796
I know, right? I really liked Far Cry 3, story and all. I had read many reviewers and gamers who thought that the story petered out towards the end, but I couldn't disagree more.

As for the ending, Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I chose the obviously "good" ending. But unlike most other games that give you a binary choice at the end, I felt like this one was earned. Basically, the choice was like Neo's in the Matrix: do I take the red pill and acknowledge the "moral truth" of my actions in the game, or do I take the blue pill and lose myself to the "fantasy" of the game? I actually stopped and thought through my choice for a good couple of minutes.
Brilliant. Fits with the game's constant interplay between game and reality. Reminded me a lot of Stephen Donaldson's Thomas Covenant books, actually.

My only problem was the unbalanced crafting and upgrades. But once I restarted the game and committed to playing the game without using those things, it was absolutely awesome.

Max Payne 3 was another major highlight for me from 2012. Enjoy!
Edited by confidenceman - 2/2/13 at 3:46pm
post #37 of 796
I loved far cry 3 even though I hated the protagonist. I just beat Dishonored. What a great game that is. I've already started a non-lethal playthrough and I'm enjoying it even more, since I actually have to think instead of just slitting every throat I come across tongue.gif
post #38 of 796
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Originally Posted by kaibrok View Post

I loved far cry 3 even though I hated the protagonist. I just beat Dishonored. What a great game that is. I've already started a non-lethal playthrough and I'm enjoying it even more, since I actually have to think instead of just slitting every throat I come across tongue.gif
I have Dishonored sitting in my Steam library, but I haven't played more than a half hour or so. Because I picked up so many games during this last sale, I haven't gotten back around to it yet. I do love a good stealth game, though. Can't wait.

Still working on Antichamber. Still awesome.
post #39 of 796
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Originally Posted by darklordjames View Post

Dead Space 3 is so riddled with Free 2 Play and In-App Purchase mechanics that it isn't worth being excited over. It's a $60 console title being treated like a F2P mobile game. They still want your $60 though.

also confirmed to be a straight console port with no enhancements. not that anyone should be surprised by that though.
post #40 of 796
"also confirmed to be a straight console port with no enhancements."

That also doesn't matter. Console games at 1080p/60 are still pretty impressive.
post #41 of 796
I just finished Alice Madness Returns, and while it's not the best five bucks I've ever spent, it certainly comes close. Now that I've finished it, I'm tempted to play it again taking more time to appreciate the artwork. Fantastic big screen 3D as well. As others have stated it's worth taking a minute to tweak the .ini to increase frame rates. Thanks AVS for the heads up on the Steam sale.
post #42 of 796
Got Rayman Origins for $10 on steam, and played some tonight, It is really awesome, and is a winner for Best Original Score! biggrin.gifWarning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
However, I wished there was an option for V-sync in the game. I have Adaptive V-sync in the NVidia control panel, with a GTX 660. I'll probably get it fixed tomorrow, but I'd like some feedback from those that played it.
post #43 of 796
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Originally Posted by Trogdor2010 View Post

However, I wished there was an option for V-sync in the game. I have Adaptive V-sync in the NVidia control panel, with a GTX 660. I'll probably get it fixed tomorrow, but I'd like some feedback from those that played it.

I've played it with v-sync (non-adaptive) on a GTX 670 with no tearing. What's your issue? I never turn v-sync on in-game because the driver handles this fine for all games.

EDIT: I just played a level with Adaptive, and it looks great.
Edited by DaverJ - 2/6/13 at 5:43am
post #44 of 796
I got it fixed, although I had to activate normal V-sync instead of adaptive in the NVidia control panel. It's weird since the setting worked fine on CS:GO. Thanks for letting me know though. smile.gif
post #45 of 796
Just finished Borderlands 2 last week and just started Dead Space 3 last night.
post #46 of 796
Just got off a LONG Guild Wars 2 jag, got tired of doing World vs. World after I maxed out a ranger and explored and bought everything I could. Now playing Far Cry 3, what an awesome visual game this is. Looks like clearing the pirate outposts etc. will be a cakewalk now that I have a sniper rifle with a silencer though.
post #47 of 796
^^^ GW1 was my first (and so far, only) MMO. How is the PvP in GW2?
post #48 of 796
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Originally Posted by slowbiscuit View Post

Looks like clearing the pirate outposts etc. will be a cakewalk now that I have a sniper rifle with a silencer though.
Do yourself a big favor and keep the skills, crafting, and purchases to a minimum. I also challenged myself with the outposts by never using the big map (so I had to use the smoke trails to find them) and tried always to do them without ever being detected. Can't say I was always successful, but it kept the outposts interesting and challenging the whole way through.
post #49 of 796
Crysis 2 has some mods available that I'm thinking about trying, but wondering if maybe they aren't worth screwing around with because my PC isn't powerful enough.

1.9 patch - DX11 and Hi-Res Texture Pack

or

Maldo's HD Texture Pack v3


Not sure if you can run both of them at the same time or not. I have a 560 Ti and an i5 2600k . Should I try using it ?
post #50 of 796
Try DX11 and a High-Res pack and play with the settings. You won't run well on Ultra, but a 560 Ti should handle it pretty well at lower settings. If not, turn off DX11 or the texture pack.

I'm sucked into Skyrim again. Put 60 hours in this past summer with a KBM, then shelved it. Been playing with the controller this time around and I'm loving it even more.
post #51 of 796
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Originally Posted by jmwatkins View Post

Try DX11 and a High-Res pack and play with the settings. You won't run well on Ultra, but a 560 Ti should handle it pretty well at lower settings. If not, turn off DX11 or the texture pack.

What about the Maldo thing ? Can I run both of them at the same time?


MaLDoHD 4.0 final version was just released 2 days ago or so...
Edited by Anthony1 - 2/11/13 at 8:23pm
post #52 of 796
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Originally Posted by jmwatkins View Post

Try DX11 and a High-Res pack and play with the settings. You won't run well on Ultra, but a 560 Ti should handle it pretty well at lower settings. If not, turn off DX11 or the texture pack.

I'm sucked into Skyrim again. Put 60 hours in this past summer with a KBM, then shelved it. Been playing with the controller this time around and I'm loving it even more.

I found it much more enjoyable with the controller too.
post #53 of 796
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Speaking of controller support:

PET PEEVE TIME

I admit that PC game devs have done a good job integrating gamepad controller support in PC games/ports over the last couple years. This is very important to me because I pretty much only use a wired 360 controller for PC games (see my sig). And yes, I've used keyboard/mouse for years and don't deny it's a superior control method, especially for first-person shooters. But I now game exclusively from a recliner, and Kb/M just isn't as comfortable as the gamepad to me.

So where's the beef? I hate it when games with controller support still give keyboard on-screen prompts. I'm looking at you, Fear 3!!!! This game fully supports the 360 controller, and even the menu can call up a map of the controller and what button does what. But every prompt is "space to jump", "E to interact", "mouse scroll wheel to switch weapons", etc. UGGGG! Trial and error can solve this, but still - I've seen games that will give a keyboard prompt if using a keyboard and automatically switch to gamepad prompts if using a gamepad. THAT'S a good interface.

I should also mention Homefront, which in addition to committing the above sin, also fails to have any auto-aim for gamepad. Again, I can hear the purists who think auto-aiming with gamepads is for chumps. SHUDDUP, controllers need auto-aim, so deal with it. tongue.gif

Ok, stepping off my soapbox now, and about to load up Borderlands (1) for the first time - hoping for proper gamepad support.

EDIT: re: Borderlands - ARRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!! rolleyes.gif
Edited by DaverJ - 2/15/13 at 9:03pm
post #54 of 796
DaverJ, put the controller down...

...and slowly back away from the monitor. eek.gif
post #55 of 796
Thread Starter 
Played more Dead Space 2 over the weekend. These survival horror games (ala Resident Evil) aren't my favorite because of their slow pace, limited ammo and frequent deaths. Either you like to play games that way, or you don't. I would rather run-and-gun, explore, and not have to worry too much about wasting ammo.

But this console port appeals to me in because of the sci-fi setting, some fantastic lighting effects and nice high-rez textures. And as I progressed further into the game, I found I really like design decisions made. My favorite is clicking on the right stick will briefly show a colored path to the next objective, save station, workbench, or store. This is handy to reorient after a boss battle - it's nice not getting lost/stuck!

One thing that drives me crazy, I guess in a good way, is money and power nodes aren't as plentiful (intentionally) as I want them to be, so upgrades are limiting. The player has to choose wisely. This always leads me to regret my last upgrade decision - "this battle would be a lot easier if I had added one more level of stasis instead of upgrading a weapon I'm not using", etc. I guess that's what the save slots are for. tongue.gif

Anyway, Dead Space 2 looks and plays great on the PC. I look forward to playing this to the end, and I'll definitely get #3 when it goes on sale.
Edited by DaverJ - 2/18/13 at 12:34pm
post #56 of 796
From what little I've heard about 3, it's probably right up your alley then. I need a deep discount before I'll get it.
post #57 of 796
Thread Starter 
Anyone download Crysis 3 yet? I've heard it described as "Crysis 2: Ep. 2", which is a good thing in my book.

Here's some review scores.
post #58 of 796
i stick to racing games. Playing rFactor2 and a little iRacing.
post #59 of 796
I'm still playin Diablo 3. Finally beat Interno with a friend. Trying to bump up the monster power levels. That gets insanely hard. Also on the second playthrough of Borderlands 2. I've got some games on Steam that were great deals just sitting there waiting for me to play. On a non-PC note, I'm waiting for my copy of Metal Gear Rising on PS3 to come. If that had that on PC, I would be all over it. Thinking about trying Resident Evil 6. I'm a sucker for those games, but there seems be a trail of stinkers lately with that franchise so I'm a little leary. And who doesnt' love Angry Birds Star Wars and Bloons TD 5? Good time wasters.
post #60 of 796
Just picked up Crysis 3 from Gamestop. Preorder got a download code for Crysis 1.
Looks like I'm going to have to sign up for an Origin account in order to install and play the game.
I'm starting to regret moving over to PC gaming because of this. I now have a Steam account, and a Uplay account for Farcry 3.
I wonder if I'm going to need a 'insert whoever publishes' account to play Bioshock Infinite when it's released. I need to get out of the mindset of having game disks that way I can just Steam everything. But downloading multiple dvd's worth of content is painful.
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