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    LA Noire was a very solid game. A really adult storyline, great characters, and the gameplay was really good. The only thing I'd really bitch about are the mood swings of the main character and that the ending felt a bit hasty, but otherwise a really solid game.
    • CommentAuthorbadbear
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2011
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    Having breezed through the new Assassins Creed game I'm now starting skyrim - I know I'm a bit late to the party. Anyone have any tips that they wish they had known when starting out?
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    as far as the world? no. one of my favorite parts of the game was just walking out into the world with no knowledge.

    (but for other stuff? get your smithing level high and learn how to use enchanting as soon as you can.)
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2011
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    Lockpick and pickpocket have also been invaluable tools as well. When you get to Whiterun there's a kajit trader outside who always has lockpicks. Once you get to 40 Lockpick take the skill that let's you do so without detection. You can then spend your nights running around Whiterun skilling up your lockpick by breaking into people's houses; since you can do it without being detected the guards won't see you enter the homes if you leave right away.

    I have to agree about smithing and enchanting, but I would caution to not focus exclusively on these because your damage output for questing will be low if you don't take perks in those areas.

    Also, I might suggest taking more of a focus on a particular way of doing combat. I'm going all general with putting perks in Destruction, one-handed weapons (going for two weapon fighting), and archery and I think I'm doing lower damage due to being more generalized and not specialized. I think when I play this game again I'll do a mostly magic character and then later a mostly melee character.
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeDec 10th 2011
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    While in the process of getting ready for our move (next week) my wife and I brought about 150+ books (and a few dvds) to a local store and got $335.00 in store credit. Since I've been wanting to get a new game system we got an xbox 360 to replace my PS2 (which we bought shortly after they became available). So we got the xbox 360 and four games (I say "we", but honestly my wife never touches game systems... I think she liked playing Gon in Tekken on the PS1): WWE 2012, UFC 2011, Fallout 3 and Fallout: Las Vegas. So far I've only tried WWE '12 and haven't even tried the storyline modes yet... just been having tag matches and stuff, trying to get the hang of the controls. I really want to play Fallout 3 but I know if I get started I'll get sucked in and I have to keep packing for the move and I also have to get ahead on my webcomic... so the Fallout games are still shrink wrapped. I'd like to get Saints Row III because I've heard good things about it, but that's down the line (probably the same with Skyrim).
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      CommentAuthorbrittanica
    • CommentTimeDec 10th 2011
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    @ScottS
    I feel like I should warn you, the Road to Wrestlemania in WWE '12 has pissed my fella off enough to not want to play it ever again. And from watching him play, I can understand. You barely get to play w/out cinematic cuts every 5 minutes. And it always seems like the matches end w/ you having to press X right before you'd normally have a victory, just to cut to a scene of you getting screwed over. Very strictly scripted, which works on TV (sometimes), but not in this kind of game.

    But you have reminded me that I should put some more time into my Fallout games...
    • CommentAuthorandycon
    • CommentTimeDec 10th 2011
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    *grumble*stupid THQ for taking all the moves out of WWE12*grumble*
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2011
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    @Brittanica - your warning comes a bit late. I started the Road to Wrestlemania last night and yeah.. it's annoying as all hell. In a way it's actually pretty accurate a simulation of current WWE booking, and that's not a good thing. On the other hand, I like just playing individual matches well enough, although if that's all I'm using it for I really wish they'd release Fire Pro Wrestling for the Xbox 360, because I play the hell out of that game on my PS2.

    @Andycon - I dunno, THQ seems to have put a lot of moves into WWE '12. I haven't played one of their games in probably.. 5 years? So I don't remember how many moves they used to list.
    • CommentAuthorandycon
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2011
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    they took out about 300 in last years (they were later found on the disc info) and from what I have read, more this year..

    I also didn't like last years decision to automate weak/strong grapples.
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2011
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    @Andycon - I guess it doesn't seem noticeable to me because I haven't done many CAWs yet.
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      CommentAuthorMorac
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2011
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    I've been looking at videos for Diablo 3 again. Man, I have a serious jonesing for that game. Alas, no beta key for me. Maybe I'll go play D2 some more.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2011
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    So, BioWare's newest franchise is...

    Command and Conquer?

    Didn't see that coming. I like BioWare as a studio, and (against my better judgement) I like C&C as a franchise. I think Generals is one of the more under-appreciated RTS's out there. And, of course, I'm waiting to see if the rumors are true, and you can instigate a romantic subplot with one or more of the other commanders in the game.

    Ah, who am I kidding, I just want to know what those ORCA-looking helicopters are.
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      CommentAuthorMorac
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2011 edited
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    @Anchorbeard: I did a bit off googling, and it looks like EA has realized that Bioware is basically they best thing they have going for them right now, and are just rebranding studios left and right to have the Bioware name. This C&C is being developed by Bioware Victory (rebranded from Victory Studios) and is basically an entirely new team. So all bets are off in terms of quality, really.

    Some extra background info: there are now 8 locations across the world branded as "Bioware". Bioware Edmonton is the original; they've been doing the Dragon Age games. Bioware Montreal (in charge of Mass Effect) was the second studio. These days, there's also Bioware Austin (Star Wars MMO), Bioware Mythic (rebranded Mythic Studios, in charge of Warhammer Online), Bioware San Fransisco (rebranded EA2D, doing... something?), the aforementioned Bioware Victory, and Bioware Ireland (a customer service center, not actually a development studio).

    At this rate, it's looking a bit like Bioware let themselves get bought out by EA so they could destroy them from within.
    • CommentAuthorIsaacSher
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2011
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    I have Skyrim, but haven't really gotten into it. I will be playing Star Wars: The Old Republic, and still play City of Heroes eagerly. I've got Chrono rigger in my DS for when I have nothing else handy to do, and the latest expansion for my favorite tower defense, Defense Grid: You Monster, incorporates GLaDOS from the Portal series into Defense Grid's story, with excellent results. I also picked up Galactic Civilizations II on a Steam Sale, looking for good 4x strategy, but haven't had a chance to play much with it yet. I still play Civilization V, and just managed to get a Cultural Victory with Thailand on King difficulty in the year 2010. The game rated my play at the level of Andrew Jackson and Nero, but honestly the game's scoring system doesn't account for Cultural playstyle well. My next plan is to play one of the more militaristic civs at the next difficulty above King, and see if I can't just march my way across the planet.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2011
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    My brother sent me this Battlefield video to cheer me up. It succeeded with just the soundtrack alone

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    Urge to buy Battlefield 3...rising....
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2011
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    @Morac: True, but it does look like The Good Doctor is at least a little involved with the conceptualization behind Generals 2, and that gives me reason to hope.

    @RenThing: Oh MAN, what is that music from? I know I know it!
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    Uhh... Jurassic Park: The Game was the first real miss of Telltale Games. Sad and annoyed enough about that to do some bloggery on the subject:

    Telltale’s Jurassic Park – Press Up, Up, Left, Down For A New Cutscene
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    I'd still rather play that than Need for Speed: The Run. :)