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  1. #301
    Member
    Registered: Dec 2007
    Location: Finger paintings of the insane
    Regarding Eva's post about GOG's sale; thanks! Great heads up, as I don;t check there as often as I should. I need to get those Aquanox titles like you, and at this price who can resist!

  2. #302
    Member
    Registered: Aug 2000
    Location: Northern California, USA
    http://shockedfish.com/
    New site to check for sales. Lots of Amazon stuff and a service called Beamdog which I've never heard of. Bookmark it.

    See a sale? Then post it quickly before it expires. Console or PC.

  3. #303
    You mean like Gothic 4 for $9.99?

  4. #304
    Member
    Registered: Dec 2007
    Location: Finger paintings of the insane
    Risen is Gothic 4 for all intents and purposes. Fuck that fake ass Arcania.

  5. #305
    Wow, was it really that bad?

  6. #306
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Ireland
    I haven't played Arcania, but I'd say Risen is more Gothic 3 than Gothic 3 is.

  7. #307
    Chakat sex pillow
    Registered: Sep 2006
    Location: god dammit dantes
    Quote Originally Posted by Enchantermon View Post
    Wow, was it really that bad?
    You have no idea. Play the demo and find out. I promise you it's so bad it's... well, actually, play until you meet the witch. You'll see what I mean.

  8. #308
    Member
    Registered: Dec 2007
    Location: Finger paintings of the insane
    What Sulph said. It is unrecognizable as a Gothic game, was slapped together by JoWood, not Piranha Bytes. That witch is sure no Sagitta, eh? Oh and they are so unoriginal, you even have to get herbs for her, just like Sagitta.

    hehe lol

  9. #309
    PC Gamering Smartey Man
    I <3 consoles and gamepads

    Registered: Aug 2007
    Location: New Zealand
    Beamdog = a start-up by ex-Bioware guys, like Trent Oster.

  10. #310
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Ireland
    Oh gods, that's so awful it's funny!

  11. #311
    PC Gamering Smartey Man
    I <3 consoles and gamepads

    Registered: Aug 2007
    Location: New Zealand
    Quote Originally Posted by gunsmoke View Post
    Oh wow, that was dreadful. I've seen pornos with better acting.

    The "best" part is when she tasked you with killing rats, near the end of the clip.

  12. #312
    Quote Originally Posted by EvaUnit02 View Post
    Beamdog = a start-up by ex-Bioware guys, like Trent Oster.
    Ah, cool.
    Quote Originally Posted by gunsmoke View Post
    Oh.....wow.

  13. #313
    Regarding the current GOG sale, if pinball does anything for you, make sure you pick up the Pro Pinball titles -- three of the best and most detailed PC pinball tables ever made for a total of less than $10.

    My favourites are Timeshock and Fantastic Journey, but I think I've seen all the permutations when people have ranked them, so I reckon just get them all :)

    Check the GOG forums for solutions if you find you have any performance issues. You probably want motion blur switched off in the options.

  14. #314
    Oh, and Jagged Alliance 2 is also particularly awesome (although most people I know who've played it seem to agree with me that it fairly quickly turns quite brutal to newcomers, so don't let your ego get the best of you when you choose your difficulty level :)

  15. #315
    Knows his stuff
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    Anyone know if (and when) there's going to be some kind of big Steam summer sale?

  16. #316
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Ireland
    It was the 24th of June to the 4th of July last year.

  17. #317
    Knows his stuff
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    Thanks for the info, hopefully it'll be around the same time this year. I completely missed their Summer Sale last year, won't make that mistake again this year.

  18. #318
    Quote Originally Posted by gunsmoke View Post
    How do the GOG.com pinball games compare to stuff like Devil's Crush?
    Quote Originally Posted by doctorfrog View Post
    Not sure about the others, but the Pro Pinball games are full-on pinball sims, the way a flight sim is a flight sim. They even have operator menus you adjust with the flipper buttons, test patterns for the bumpers and lights, and can even adjust how old or worn out the machine is.

    They're really really good. And this is from someone who likes pinball, but doesn't love it.

    e: and Big Race USA comes with a frickin' Technical Manual, heck yeah.
    Fantastic Journey is the only one of the three which doesn't have a technical manual. I guess the Decline of the PC Game Manual was well and truly under way by the time that came out. I don't know about the original Pro Pinball table "The Web"... GOG doesn't have that one, sadly, and the only one I bought back in the day was Timeshock.

    I'm quite annoyed at the reviews I read of Fantasic Journey when it came out, because they made it sound bad and so I ignored it; but now that I have it, it's my second-favourite table next to Timeshock, and I really wish I'd bought it at the time. Sure, it's less complex that its predecessors, but it really is fun to play. I rate BRU last because I think it drains too easily (I also don't like the Video Mode mini-game on that one nearly so much). That's just me though -- I've learned that each of the Pro Pinball tables is ranked #1 by someone.

    I've never seen Devil's Crush, but it looks more akin to the likes of Pinball Dreams, or even 3D Ultra Pinball? The pinball games on GOG are (mostly*) all attempts at simulating the real thing. The Pro Pinball tables are leaps and bounds above the others in this respect, as indicated by doctorfrog. You only get the one table in each title, but that table is going to offer more gameplay depth and polish and configuration options than any that the other developers can offer. The only disadvantages are that the Windows versions** can be a little glitchy on some modern machines, whereas the other GOG pinball games are more recent, and probably play nicer.

    Pure Pinball I've not played much, but personally I found it a little bland, and I dislike the camera angles***. Dream Pinball 3D is graphically very pretty, and while I've only had a handful of games, the tables at least seem like the sort that you'd be content with if you were playing a few random games in an arcade.

    (*) I've noticed the ball can change its appearance and physical properties during a game in Dream Pinball 3D, and there are some distinctly unrealistic particle effects going on as well.

    (**) Big Race USA and Fantastic Journey. GOG's version of Timeshock runs under DOSBox.

    (***) In fact, both Pure Pinball and Dream Pinball 3D seem to be a bit ridiculous in the camera angle department, IMHO. They both have all manner of camera options for following the ball through the table to show off the design, but they kinda suck at providing angles which are useful for playing (i.e. with the full table in view). Dream Pinball 3D only has one useful angle, but it's pretty decent. Pure Pinball has two with the full table, but they're both too low down, and obscure the features at the top of the table (maybe the developers were all really short?). I just find it crazy that both games have the ability to show the table from any angle at all, and yet they are so lacking. Perhaps I'm missing some extra options.
    Last edited by Shadowcat; 14th Jul 2011 at 05:57.

  19. #319
    Member
    Registered: Dec 2007
    Location: Finger paintings of the insane
    Thanks 'frog and 'cat! I think I am actually going to jump on one. I bet my daughter would go ape shit over them. I love video pinball games, and I have been looking to get some on the PC. I had no idea they were so hardcore realistic, though!

  20. #320
    Member
    Registered: May 2000
    Location: East Achewood, CA
    Quote Originally Posted by gunsmoke View Post
    Thanks 'frog and 'cat! I think I am actually going to jump on one. I bet my daughter would go ape shit over them. I love video pinball games, and I have been looking to get some on the PC. I had no idea they were so hardcore realistic, though!
    I don't think you'll be sorry. I picked up all three GOG ProPinballs at half price during a holiday sale, so if you want to wait and only want one, I recommend Big Race USA. I even wrote a review of it (for a contest, I want more free stuff): http://drfrog.wordpress.com/2011/03/...ball-believer/

  21. #321
    One great thing about the operator menus built into the Pro Pinball titles is that you can configure most of the game features to be easier or harder, so if you wanted to make the game more forgiving for your daughter, you could totally do that. (Although the thread below reminds me that Timeshock doesn't let you access those options initially.)

    This thread may or may not be helpful in choosing a table :)
    http://www.gog.com/en/forum/pro_pinb...avourite_table

    You might also want to look for a demo version, to check whether the game will run happily on your PC? I ended up using a custom script to give BRUSA and FJ a single CPU core mostly to themselves, which seemed to deal with some issues I was having. Other people report no such problems at all, though.

  22. #322
    Member
    Registered: Dec 2007
    Location: Finger paintings of the insane
    Thanks again to you both! I am going to give GOG a visit and I'll report back when I give them a go.

    EDIT: doctorfrog: Your blog is killer. I tend to avoid them, but I got stuck in yours. Good work.

    I'd love to dig this one up sometime

    Last edited by gunsmoke; 15th Jul 2011 at 06:54.

  23. #323
    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowcat View Post
    Today's GOG deal: Strategic Command: European Theater for $3.99.
    Has anyone played this?

  24. #324
    Big thanks to Shadowcat for the ongoing bargain updates. Got some epix deals over the last few weeks

  25. #325
    Quote Originally Posted by EvaUnit02 View Post
    Steam Weekend Deal:-
    Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines - $5 USD - 75% off


    I realise that I'm preaching to the converted, but this is by far one of the best RPGs made since Deus Ex. (It's probably the most worthy spiritual successor to the Deus Ex legacy of any game made to date.) ...
    I'd probably buy it, but I can't be spending any money on games at the moment.

    Edit: Sorry for pointless post, but much thanks to Matthew for the gift!

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