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Dwayne Gassmann
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Don't get me wrong . Some of my favorite games have been RPGs, especially the ones where you can control your own party. 

I also think my attitude is effected by the fact that my gaming time is limited. While back in the day it was all night gaming marathons, now it is maybe a hour or so a couple of nights a week.
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I buy games primarily for single player and/or local multiplayer. I don't really care for online play, especially since it's usually featured instead of local multiplayer, not alongside it.

MMOs seem too much like work to me, though I must admit Lego Universe tempts me a little bit.
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I have sworn off online play forever.  Too many douchebags.
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Agreed.  I tried it with Madden and got so frustrated with players who only wanted to pad their stats (so much so that when they were losing, they just quit the game so nothing was recorded against them) that I pretty much decided the whole on-line version of games just wasn't for me.
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Same here. I stopped playing CODMW2 online because of the assholes. I prefer to play games that have an online Co-op campaign, like Army of Two, Crackdown and Borderlands.
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I have Borderlands but have yet to try it online. (Currently going through the Secret Armory of General Knoxx on a lvl 56 Hunter) I've been playing it more than Champions Online lately.

 

 

 

 



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Brian,

I've played Borderlands to death, forever looking for better guns, and other gear as a Siren Class lvl 60. I don't think I've played a game as much as I've played Borderlands. The game has a great sense of humor and is a blast to play in Co-op mode. The game's difficulty level actually multiplies with each additional co-op player. Basically, 4 players, 4 times the enemies!
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A few things:

How is Alpha Protocol? The reviews I've read destroy it saying game mechanics are basically broken and laughable at times, but it has a good story. A lot of user reviews say it's not as bad as the critics reviews are saying. It seems to be a love it or hate it type of thing.

Also, I just started using www.gamefly.com to rent games. It's basically the Netflix for video games. So far, it's been an awesome service, and I highly recommend it.


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I have yet to see a Pearlescent weapon drop in the General Knoxx DLC and so far there's been no point in using a sniper rifle. I've actually been using shotguns and submachine guns most of the time. Fortunately I have the skill that ignores enemy shields maxxed out, which makes things easier. And one Crimson Lance boss fight (Ajax) I actually had to use the Monster's homing missiles to take him out rather than face him with guns.

 

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Glenn Brenner
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You're not alone. I haven't got a Pearlescent weapon drop at all. I've even beaten Crawmerax a few dozens times, and basically have gotten crap. I'm not a big fan of the sniper rifles or rocket launchers in that game. I thought that's the one thing they could have done better. Aiming with the rocket launchers is almost pointless. I use SMG's and hand guns mostly.

I thought increasing the level cap in General Knoxx was a great idea, but unfortunately the level increase doesn't scale into the main game, or the zombie island DLC, so there is no more challenge there since the enemies cap off at level 51 or something.

Did you get Mad Moxxie's Underdome? That's a massive pain in the ass!
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No, I skipped buying Mad Moxxi's Underdome. The only thing about it I would have liked is the bank, from what I've read about it. (I picked up Borderlands and the 2 DLCs during a Steam summer sale that ran something like June 25th through July 4th)

Rocket launchers can be decent in the main game if they have a scope - not a sight, a scope - and decent accuracy. But even then they seem to miss a lot. I prefer helix launchers, by the way. Sniper rifles are good in the main game, but the Ned and Knoxx DLCs don't give you much opportunities to use a sniper rifle. I used revolvers, sniper rifles and combat rifles mostly in the main game, revolvers and an incendiary smg for most of Ned. (I don't even bother keeping a sniper rifle equipped anymore, but I've heard that its a good idea to equip one when you actually do fight General Knoxx. Hopefully I get a better sniper rifle than the one I have in my inventory before I go battle him.)

The Knoxx DLC seems to have either been rushed or not well thought out. The lack of a fast travel system, meaning if you log out you end up back in T-Bone Junction and have to travel all over again, is only one of several things I don't like about it. And the boss fight I mentioned before - the one where i had to use the Monster's homing missiles - was actually one of the two Lieutenants that Athena asks you to kill, not Ajax like I thought it was. I haven't fought Ajax yet.

 



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Like everyone else I've been hip deep in Red Dead Redemption (with occasional side trips to Rock Band - still need to download the great CCR stuff), but recently my 360s started giving me technical grief. No red ring as yet, but I often get "this disc is unreadable" no matter how new or pristine.

Downloads work fine, though, so I demo'd Limbo and liked it so much I went ahead and bought it. It's a beautiful little platformer. Reminds me of the classic Another World (or its lesser successors like Abe's Oddysey), if Another World had been the brainchild of Edward Gorey and Fritz Lang. It's got rich, minimalist visuals, macabre humor, and that great Unreal physics engine that made Shadow Complex such a great looking XBox Arcade game last year.

I just finished it tonight. Like everyone said, it's short, so bear that in mind. I won it in a few days, a dedicated gamer might finish it in a night. So I can't really defend its brevity, but I will say for me it was absolutely worth it, and personally I like a short, satisfying game because I rarely finish even mid-length games. As with Braid, this game really took me somewhere.

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I agree with you about the fast travel in Knoxx. It gets a little old having to drive back and forth everywhere.

The Bank in Moxxi is the big selling point, unless you like grinding your way through those arena's to get the 2 extra skill points.

When you finally get to batlle General Knoxx, I would recommend a powerful SMG, like a Double Anarchy or combat rifle. I don't want to spoil anything for you, but trust me when I say you're going to have to keep pouring it on.

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Oh, I've read up on the General Knoxx fight since my last post, so I know I won't need the sniper rifle for it after all.  And I'm definitely not looking forward to it, since you actually fight half an army, not just him. Devastators are a real pain.....

I've got the mission to go after the armory but am nowhere near ready to do it yet. I still have to go take down Ajax and Skyscraper and do another mission or two for Moxxi, and I don't have weapons good enough for the Knoxx fight. (I think I've got good enough corrosive grenades, but that's about it)



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I'm loving Dragon Age (although I had to turn it down to the easy difficulty).  Gotta finish it soon so I can recharge the batteries for Dragon Age 2!
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I don't think I've ever wanted to like a game more than Dragon Age, but it wore out my patience pretty quickly.  After playing for an hour, all I was doing was talking to people -- and what they were saying wasn't very interesting.  The most exciting mission was escorting someone to his room. 

I've no doubt it got more dynamic along the way, I just didn't have the patience to get there.
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Brian,

Good luck with Knoxx. If it helps, having a good corrosive weapon with a high ignite rate, like X3, makes the Devastators easier to deal with it. The acid wears down their HP pretty fast.
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Thom,

I felt the same way about Dragon Age. Besides the slow beginning to the game, I thought the fighting was buggy and there were too many glitches. Part of me wants to give it another chance, but I just might wait to see how DA2 is. Apparently, a some of the game play is going to change.
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 Kevin Hagerman wrote:
I'm loving Dragon Age (although I had to turn it down to the easy difficulty).

This brings up another interesting question for me.  On what level of difficulty do you guys begin a game?  I always begin a game on the highest difficulty setting.  I don't feel I've really beaten a game until I take everything it's got.  I also kind of find it cheating to go through on an easy level to figure everything out, and then come back and play it on hard.  There's just a sense of accomplishment beating a game the first time out, without knowing anything about the story or what the characters can do, on the highest difficulty level for me.  Sure, it may get frustrating, but that's why I play video games.  I don't play them for an easy win. 

I may also be in the minority here, I don't know, but I abhor cheat codes.  What's the point in starting a game for the first time being invincible and with unlimited ammo?  Talk about taking all the fun out of a game!

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Oh my god, you deliberately start with the difficulty cranked up?!

Damn, I could never do that. Too casual a player, I suppose. I always start medium (whatever the default is) and then only dabble in higher difficulty levels once I'm done, rarely pursuing them seriously.

I do hate cheat codes and strategy guides as a way of gaming life, but if I'm stuck and really frustrated I'll look online for some hint to that particular problem. I know that if I'm not enjoying the game I'll put it down for a day or two, and if it was frustrating enough that day becomes a week or a month and maybe I end up never finishing it. So for this casual gamer, it's well worth it to alleviate the MURDER DEATH KILL frustration with a walkthrough glimpse. And sometimes it's just plain the game's fault - bad level design, overly obtuse puzzles, or what have you.

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Ahem: STARCRAFT 2!
 Carry on.
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 Tim Farnsworth wrote:

Oh my god, you deliberately start with the difficulty cranked up?!

Given the option, always.  Just me, but that's how I prefer to tackle a new game.  Give me all you've got so when I beat it, it's that much sweeter.


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I do hate cheat codes and strategy guides as a way of gaming life, but if I'm stuck and really frustrated I'll look online for some hint to that particular problem.

To be clear, I have no problem with that.  Walkthroughs are incredibly helpful as a tool, but not a default.  I only go to them when I'm stuck and have spent considerable amounts of time trying to figure a problem out by myself.  Some people use them as they go through a game regardless of whether or not they actually need them.  That I see as cheating.  As a helpful tool to get out of an extremely tough spot where you would otherwise shelve the game?  Totally cool.

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I can't even imagine playing most games on the highest difficulty setting.  I play for fun and relaxation, not to give myself a stress headache!
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Different strokes I guess.  I play them for fun and relaxation as well, it's just that my idea of fun is figuring things out when all the odds are stacked against me, ie. the highest difficulty setting. YMMV.
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"On what level of difficulty do you guys begin a game?"

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Like Thom, I tend to start on the medium settings. I don't
want a total cakewalk, but I don't want an exercise in
frustration either. If the game proves too ridiculously
easy on a medium setting though, I'll turn it up to provide
more of a challenge.

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