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IGN Rage.

  1. #101
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    Originally Posted by Pinky_Powers
    This conversation is just making me sad now.
    Dare to dream, brother. Dare to dream.
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  2. #102
    Originally Posted by Romeo
    Picture him as EVERY reviewer - that's IGN.




    Originally Posted by Romeo
    Only played on 360, looked rather lovely on that. They probably didn't take advantage of the PC's power. Unfortunate.
    Yeah, and before the game came out, a developer said "We are fully committed to providing a good PC experience."

    Heh.

    Originally Posted by Romeo
    Don't worry, it was simplified even on console.
    Yeah, I was fortunate enough to own and play both versions.

    The controls for the Xbox were actually expanded upon from the first game, allowing you to map your squad-mates' abilities to the 'X' and 'Y' buttons.

    That was a nice feature to have, but not as useful as the 1-8 key mapping for the PC.

    Originally Posted by Romeo
    It was pretty gnarley. I also liked reading about the planets.
    Hah, I read about the first few planets I travelled to and then I just gave up.

    It's nice they included such details for players such as yourselves.

    Originally Posted by Romeo
    What I hated was the ammo itself (BTW, Ammo stays with weapons even when you switch). I wouldn't have minded sort've a hybrid between what we have now. Say, you can wait for a weapon to cool manually (Slow) or simply eject the heatsink (Very quick).
    It must be random, because I can recall times when ammo powers applied themselves to all my weapons and time when they did not.

    So, it's annoying!

    Yes, I too, would like a hybrid of ME1 and ME2's ammo systems, where you have unlimited ammo but carry a finite amount of thermal clips.

    You can wait for your gun to cool down, or you can use a thermal clip to instantly cool it down.


    Originally Posted by Romeo
    I actually didn't mind the inventory in Mass Effect. And I much preferred multiple options than the slight customization (Although I would forfeit my first born child for a hybrid of the two).
    Yeah, although a few of the ammo mods were a bit OP.

    And that helped me bring the "own" to the weak enemies.

    Originally Posted by Romeo
    I AM SO GLAD SOMEONE ELSE HAD MY LOGIC! Well, I actually just figured we'd need the extra tech to survive the coming repear invasion.


    Originally Posted by Romeo
    It does, it really kills the mood just hearing a quick one-liner from a squad mate once, given that we just went to hell and back together. lol
    It really is a shame.

    What is more annoying is how Garrus has such little dialogue if you had recruited him in ME1.

    I assume the rest of the dialogue was for the new players, who started a brand new ME2 game.

    Originally Posted by Romeo
    I'm... On the edge. On one hand, I liked the "snappier" combat aspect, and the customization, but I still consider it inferior to it's older brother.
    Yes, the combat is more snappier and less annoying, but the customisation options and features are gone, annoyingly.

    It's a more action-oriented game, and I hope ME3 bring back the RPG features lacking in ME2.

  3. #103
    Notice how games whose ads are practically wallpapering the site in question tend to get higher scores at IGN, Gamespot and Gametrailers than other, lesser-known games?

    Gametrailers hammers the point home, in particular, because they put the 'GT Review Score' right next to the 'User Score'. The User Score for Silent Hill: Homecoming, for example, is like 2 entire points higher than GT's score. They're just completely profligate sell-outs.

    I also notice how any game that is a property of Paramount / Viacom (The Transformers games, for example) gets a higher score on GameTrailers than anywhere else. Like Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (which was an absolute abortion, for the record) walked away with a 6.5/10, whereas everywhere else was giving it 2/10 or 3/10.

    That's because GT is owned by MTV, who in turn is owned by Viacom.

    Sad stuff.
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  4. #104
    Originally Posted by Romeo
    I AM SO GLAD SOMEONE ELSE HAD MY LOGIC! Well, I actually just figured we'd need the extra tech to survive the coming repear invasion.
    Sorry for the off-topic...

    I could see Cereberus and the Illusive (for some reason I had spelt Invisible first) Man becoming an even greater threat to the galaxy as whole BEFORE the arrival of the Reapers if he had access to that stuff. At this point I'd imagine the Universe needed unity, not some human-centric group aquiring god-mod technology.

  5. #105
    Originally Posted by Mindmute
    Sorry for the off-topic...

    I could see Cereberus and the Invisible Man becoming an even greater threat to the galaxy as whole BEFORE the arrival of the Reapers if he had access to that stuff. At this point I'd imagine the Universe needed unity, not some human-centric group aquiring god-mod technology.
    With Martin Sheen in charge nothing will go wrong.
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    Originally Posted by Mindmute
    Sorry for the off-topic...

    I could see Cereberus and the Illusive (for some reason I had spelt Invisible first) Man becoming an even greater threat to the galaxy as whole BEFORE the arrival of the Reapers if he had access to that stuff. At this point I'd imagine the Universe needed unity, not some human-centric group aquiring god-mod technology.
    No no, it's alright. Anyways, I understand that logic, but I'm not actually all too concerned about Cerberus, to be honest. Cerberus is a shadowy group, but they simply cannot take on the combined might of all other species, especially in direct combat (Given that they're more of a strike and retreat group, not a true army). The Reapers on the other hand are actually dedicated to annihilating organic life.
    Originally Posted by pringlepower
    With Martin Sheen in charge nothing will go wrong.
    LOL! I heart this comment.
    "Square Root of 912.04 is 30.2... It all seemed so harmless..."

  7. #107
    Originally Posted by Romeo
    No no, it's alright. Anyways, I understand that logic, but I'm not actually all too concerned about Cerberus, to be honest. Cerberus is a shadowy group, but they simply cannot take on the combined might of all other species, especially in direct combat (Given that they're more of a strike and retreat group, not a true army). The Reapers on the other hand are actually dedicated to annihilating organic life.

    LOL! I heart this comment.
    After all, considering how well the US did with him in charge, I think the galaxy's gonna be a-ok.
    "Jensen if you even think of using that CASIE aug on me I will hit you." -Malik

  8. #108
    The West Wing is one of those shows I can watch, day or night, anytime, and always enjoy myself.
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  9. #109
    Really? 'Cause I thought that for you, Pinky, that'd be Porn.
    Qu'est-ce que

  10. #110
    Originally Posted by TrickyVein
    Really? 'Cause I thought that for you, Pinky, that'd be Porn.
    There are many things that are as porn to poor old Pinky.
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    Originally Posted by pringlepower
    After all, considering how well the US did with him in charge, I think the galaxy's gonna be a-ok.
    We made the Illusive Man a nicer fellow, now he's all gumdrops and unicorns. =)
    Originally Posted by TrickyVein
    Really? 'Cause I thought that for you, Pinky, that'd be Porn.
    ...There's a difference? =D
    "Square Root of 912.04 is 30.2... It all seemed so harmless..."

  12. #112
    Originally Posted by Pinky_Powers
    The West Wing is one of those shows I can watch, day or night, anytime, and always enjoy myself.
    I'm like that with Yes, Minister.

    Humphrey Appleby could batter Jed Bartlet.
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  13. #113
    Originally Posted by Pretentious Old Man.
    I'm like that with Yes, Minister.
    Now you're just making things up.
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  14. #114
    Originally Posted by Pinky_Powers
    Now you're just making things up.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080306/
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  15. #115
    Originally Posted by Pretentious Old Man.
    I'm impressed with your hacking skills. But suggesting there's a British Broadcasting... thing... is one step too far. It's just not very believable.
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  16. #116
    Originally Posted by Pinky_Powers
    I'm impressed with your hacking skills. But suggesting there's a British Broadcasting... thing... is one step too far. It's just not very believable.
    On the contrary, it's the largest broadcasting company in the world. Think of it as the Majestic 12 of Global broadcasting.
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  17. #117
    Well I'll be durned...
    Qu'est-ce que

  18. #118
    Originally Posted by Pretentious Old Man.
    On the contrary, it's the largest broadcasting company in the world. Think of it as the Majestic 12 of Global broadcasting.
    I should warn you, I'm impervious to neural linguistics and programing. You can hack IMDb, but you can't hack me.
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  19. #119
    Not reading the thread, but Mafia 2 was a really bland game which was visually very interesting. The AV Club review sums it up pretty well:

    The three gameplay types work well enough, but never distinguish themselves in any remarkable way. No one expected 2K to reinvent the open-world wheel, but the driving-shooting-fighting mix has been around since 2001’s Grand Theft Auto III, and it’s been stale—and getting staler—since GTA: Vice City.

    For a game that often feels so crafted, Mafia II features plenty of incongruously thin narrative turns. One mission tasks you with stealing gas-ration stamps. Once you’ve stolen them, you’re informed that they’re dated and expire at midnight, which is only an hour away. Part two of the mission: Deliver the stamps to no less than six gas stations before they expire. Whatever suspension of disbelief you had peels away like a second getaway car.
    Also it looks like you're talking about Mass Effect 2. Mass Effect is a pretty lame series cos it marries mediocre shooting mechanics with the vestigal remains of an RPG system that really has very little influence on the actual game itself. Also it's Bioware so you know that it's going to have a really bland story and setting.

  20. #120
    Originally Posted by Gordon_Shea
    Mass Effect is a pretty lame series cos it marries mediocre shooting mechanics with the vestigal remains of an RPG system that really has very little influence on the actual game itself. Also it's Bioware so you know that it's going to have a really bland story and setting.
    ...Huh? Fo' real?

    I don't like you anymore, Gordan_Shea
    Qu'est-ce que

  21. #121
    Originally Posted by TrickyVein
    ...Huh? Fo' real?

    I don't like you anymore, Gordan_Shea
    I was never likable.

    Seriously I don't get how people who put so much emphasis on freedom and dynamic choice can like a game like ME or ME2 with their sterile, highly artificial-seeming levels and lack of any real choice or consequence. When you can spot every major firefight a mile away by keeping an eye out for incongruous waist-high objects, when the shooting still feels floaty even after they've stripped the RPG elements down to have as little influence on running and gunning as possible, when the consequences of your choices are limited to different emails you might or might not get...

    It's also pretty telling that dedicated Bioware Fans felt ME2's story was weak. They tried something different after getting flack for using the same structure over and over again and, surprise, they didn't have the chops to pull it off. Then again, seeing as these are people who view Hero with a Thousand Faces as a writing guide, I don't know why anyone is surprised when their settings and stories are so poor.

  22. #122
    Originally Posted by Gordon_Shea
    Seriously I don't get how people who put so much emphasis on freedom and dynamic choice can like a game like ME or ME2 with their sterile, highly artificial-seeming levels and lack of any real choice or consequence.
    Different game, brah! I don't get my ME2 on when I want a good RPG. To me it is just a linear space opera with a nice and cheesy storyline. And I like it that way just fine.
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  23. #123
    Originally Posted by Irate Iguana
    Different game, brah! I don't get my ME2 on when I want a good RPG. To me it is just a linear space opera with a nice and cheesy storyline. And I like it that way just fine.
    Agreed. But let me throw something out there that will make your head hurt a little...

    Mass Effect 1 & 2 is not very good as an RPG, but it succeed greatly as a roll-playing experience. Think about that. It falls very short in RPG depth and features. But in the strictest roll-playing sense, you really can get into the character and have fun with the dialog choices and your crew. You really get to play out the Space Opera as your own character and have some interesting control over events.

    Gordon_Shea, it's a huge mistake to hate a game because it's not Deus Ex. There are a lot of titles out there that have their own exceptional virtues.

    The Mass Effect series is awesome. gfy if you disagree.
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  24. #124
    Originally Posted by Irate Iguana
    Different game, brah! I don't get my ME2 on when I want a good RPG. To me it is just a linear space opera with a nice and cheesy storyline. And I like it that way just fine.
    I guess if you have basically no standards about how well a shooter handles or whatever I guess I could see you liking it. But in terms of linear OTS shooters it's pretty much on hte lowest tier cos the shooting and cover are really floaty because they are bad at Unreal 3.

    Plus I just don't get how you could be so starved for Space Opera that you'd be willing to put up with stuff that is as terrible as the whole HUMAN REAPER reveal at the end of ME2. I mean basically at some point it crosses from cheesy to outright terrible. I mean it's a lot like Cyberpunk in that it's largely neglected by modern game designers but still I dunno why your appreciation of a genre would prompt you to pick up such a bad game.

    Plus, y'know, Talimancers.

    Gordon_Shea, it's a huge mistake to hate a game because it's not Deus Ex. There are a lot of titles out there that have their own exceptional virtues.

    The Mass Effect series is awesome. gfy if you disagree.
    I'm just saying that I think it's weird to see people all pontificating about the importance of Freedom and stuff not just in Deus Ex, but in all games and talking about how the direction the industry is going is SO TERRIBLE because it's all about linearity and stuff and then seeing basically the same people talking up a game that is one of the worst offenders in terms of faux freedom.

  25. #125
    Originally Posted by Gordon_Shea
    I'm just saying that I think it's weird to see people all pontificating about the importance of Freedom and stuff not just in Deus Ex, but in all games and talking about how the direction the industry is going is SO TERRIBLE because it's all about linearity and stuff and then seeing basically the same people talking up a game that is one of the worst offenders in terms of faux freedom.
    I think you're simply misinterpreting our concerns.

    Mass Effect, and especially ME2, does illustrate the Industry's downward spiral into utter simplicity. But not on all levels.

    And it is far from a general consensus that games need be non-linear... even in level design. Deus Ex titles need to have non-linear levels. But not all games. The Half-Life series is one of my favorite things in the world, and it's a serious rail-shooter. But it possess powerful and special qualities that most other games fall so terribly short of.

    I explained in my last post what makes Mass Effect so enjoyable for me. It may be different for other people, so I'll leave it to them to voice their own reasons.
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