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There are a lot more on PC, but most of them don't make it to console unfortunately.
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As luck would have it, I'm a PC gamer. What else should I look for?
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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
The Deus Ex series (you've probably already played those)
Vampire: Bloodlines.
Hellgate: London
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Originally Posted by rennavate View Post

"Don't die on me, Kaden. (pause) THAT'S AN ORDER."
Puke. That's good genre writing? I don't think so.

So, the fact that there are a few cheesy lines (generally made the best of by a talented voice cast) should outweigh what is holistically a character-driven, emotionally evocative game? That seems myopic.
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Originally Posted by NameBack View Post

So, the fact that there are a few cheesy lines (generally made the best of by a talented voice cast) should outweigh what is holistically a character-driven, emotionally evocative game? That seems myopic.

There's not just a few cheesy lines. They're almost all cheesy. A few I can handle. I've never connected emotionally with any character in the ME series... "emotionally evocative" it is not, for me.
post #3021 of 4283
Meh, Garrus's stuff is quite good. Anderson is solid. Femshep is much better than Broshep. She's often melodramatic and there are plenty of those cheesy lines but there are also some very well delivered ones. Same goes for a lot of party characters. There's plenty of good voice acting, and some bad. Totally needs some Nathan Fillion though.

And yeah, the writing is not great (Tricia Helfer does a pretty damned good job with some pretty awkward material) - it is however better than most video games and is supplemented by the plot and the universe. I wouldn't say it's "run of the mill" sci fi, it's a pretty damned compelling concept. The series is actually the first one on this generation of platform, I think, to really effectively give you a sense of "large stakes" in the conflict. The antagonists are introduced effectively and are believably capable of destroying everything because they've already done it. The alien races are diverse, culturally and historically interesting, pretty well developed all things considered, and have tangible political tension that's actually understandable. I think it's totally forgivable, but then the RPG's I grew up with were mostly JRPGs and... well, yknow. Exhibit: Xenosaga.

I see the Mass Effect series as the biggest step ever in the path towards video games becoming a viable storytelling method. As far as emotionally compelling, I actually did find the ending part of the shroud mission, played as a renegade, pretty damned well done - granted, still cheesy, but... well stop being a killjoy.
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Originally Posted by aguydude View Post

Diablo 3 release date annouced: May 15th:
http://www.ingame.msnbc.msn.com/technology/ingame/diablo-3-finally-gets-release-date-454851

Holy shi .... I guess time to upgrade the computer rig before May 15th.
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Holy shi .... I guess time to upgrade the computer rig before May 15th.

I don't think you'll need too powerful of a rig to get a good gaming experience for DIII.

What are you running now?

They say a Q6600 and GTX 260 will run around 42fps on high settings for the beta.
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I don't think you'll need too powerful of a rig to get a good gaming experience for DIII.
What are you running now?
They say a Q6600 and GTX 260 will run around 42fps on high settings for the beta.

Hahaha, my rig is so out dated. I think I purchased it back in 2004, a Dell desktop tower. It can run Starcraft 1, Diablo 2, and Warcraft 3 just fine, but anything beyond that is asking too much out of it.

Plus, Diablo 3 will give me a good excuse to get a new machine. Is there a desktop machine out there that is like the mac mini, in terms of size? I want to hook it up to my tv set and don't want some lumbering tower eating up space.
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Hahaha, my rig is so out dated. I think I purchased it back in 2004, a Dell desktop tower. It can run Starcraft 1, Diablo 2, and Warcraft 3 just fine, but anything beyond that is asking too much out of it.
Plus, Diablo 3 will give me a good excuse to get a new machine. Is there a desktop machine out there that is like the mac mini, in terms of size? I want to hook it up to my tv set and don't want some lumbering tower eating up space.

Mac mini size that will run DIII?

Hmmmm might be a tall order, I'm not sure how the new AMD Zambezi chips with their integrated Fusion GPU's would do trying to play DIII on an 1080p resolution.

It would be pretty easy to build a powerful system the size (and looks) of a home theater receiver.
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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian View Post

Mac mini size that will run DIII?
Hmmmm might be a tall order, I'm not sure how the new AMD Zambezi chips with their integrated Fusion GPU's would do trying to play DIII on an 1080p resolution.
It would be pretty easy to build a powerful system the size (and looks) of a home theater receiver.

Hmmm yeah the build your own route might be the best choice. Basically, the only game I will be running on the machine is going to be D3. I'm more of a console player and right now my entertainment center has the cable box and PS3 on it. Trying not to clog it up with too much electronics.

Will you be playing some D3? Maybe we can get some SF'ers to adventure on release day. smile.gif
post #3028 of 4283
finally got Mass Effect 3.

A question for anyone playing Vanguard: what is the biotic charge good for? Other than getting you killed, I mean? I kind of wish I had stuck with Infiltrator.
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I'm not much of an RPG player, but I've found the ME trilogy to be excellent. Maybe they're cheesy, maybe the lines are cliched and the games are stuffed full of familiar scifi tropes but goddamn if these games don't deliver in the entertainment department. And regardless of the endings (which I won't spoil) for me at least the story was pretty captivating.
post #3030 of 4283
Looks like a ME3 player filed an FTC complaint against the makers of ME3 because the ending did not deliver. For those who have played, was it that bad of an ending?

[=http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2401775,00.asp]Player Files FTC complaint against ME3[/]
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