Archive for September, 2011
-- Poster on Tripwire Interactive's Forums
"If it bothers you so much that it rumbles, just unplug the controller from your PC."
This was an answer to my question regarding the disabling of controller rumble in Red Orchestra 2. Not only do I find this to be a rude reply but it also strikes me as weird since it seems a very reasonable question.
First of all, nobody in their right mind would even think about playing Red Orchestra 2 with a controller if it would be even possible. But the game is using Unreal Engine 3, which has controller support, which is probably why it rumbles. It initially scared the shit out of me when I was in the middle of a tough fight and all of the sudden my controller starts making a racket (it’s normally lying on the desk, or on my ps3).
There is absolutely no mention or indication that it’s even supposed to be supported after going through all the menu’s within the game and even the game’s .ini files. Now for one game it might not be an issue but I’m currently playing through several games which I play with a gamepad as well as some games that I need to unplug my gamepad for.
To give an example:
When I want to record some The Witcher 2, I need to plug it in. When I want to play some Space Marine; I’ll need to unplug it as it will default to it and make the keyboard unusable. There was at least another game I played recently that had me plug it out and I know it’s a small complaint, but surely it can’t be too hard for a developer that uses an engine that natively supports gamepads to provide options for it or to at least disable it outright?
I only recently gave this game another try after not really liking it at release. It’s kind of the same situation as I had with the first game, tried to get into it initially but couldn’t. But I always wanted to get back into it and figured I’d patch it up and give it a go. This time just like with the first game I recorded it too. The initial hype around the game had completely died so I was wondering if maybe it was all just temporary and maybe it wasn’t as good as people made it out to be.
To note: Currently I’m roughly 10 hours into the game and have just finished the first Chapter. Considering how lengthy the first game was, this means I’m not even that far in and of course my opinion may change drastically later on.
As you may know Tripwire Interactive recently released Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad.
This is a game that’s going to be controversial among the gaming community as it caters to a niche, the realism crowd and history buffs. It’s set in World War 2 Stalingrad and the villages surrounding it. You may be thinking “Oh, just another World War 2 shooter”, but you’d be very wrong.
Within an hour I’ll be picked up to go to another Sabaton concert. For those who haven’t read my older blogposts: They’re my favorite band. This means that I won’t be recording much and might not even be able to record properly in the upcoming week as my voice will probably still be gone after all the
Power of Metal Tour II:
09-11-2011 at De Effenaar, Eindhoven the Netherlands.
I’ve been getting a fair number of questions from people seeing me play Deus Ex: Human Revolution asking what I thought of it. To give you a fair idea of my thoughts on it I have to prefix it with the fact that I’ve tried to play the original game twice and could never get into it. It just didn’t “click” with me despite liking the idea of it. Because of this I wasn’t really looking forward to the second game (I get bonus points for that, right!?).
So when it was close to release there was gameplay showing and that actually looked quite decent, but I wasn’t convinced to get it. Then the reviews hit and people raved and were all hyped up about it. I got a lot of recommendations to get the game and there was a thread on the forums in which people were/are loving it. This led to me being even more interested and eventually resulted in me purchasing the game.
Man, is it me or is it really hard to keep up with all the games being released? I know I don’t seem to be able to, but that’s probably largely because I love to play different games and have the money to spend on them. So I end up with a ton of games that I want to (continue to) play but don’t seem “able” to because of even newer releases.
To give an example; I recently got Deus Ex: Human Revolution which is a rather long game in which you really should take your time. Quickly followed by Rock of Ages, an awesome little gem by the guys who made Zeno Clash and some days after that there’s Red Orchestra 2. Between those new releases there’s also the fact that NOX got released on GOG, which is a game I played a lot and adore even though it’s a hack’n'slash. And those are only the games in a 2-week period.
Then there’s the games that I’ve started but not finished. This includes a bunch of games on my DS and PS3, but most are on PC. I have for example started games of Baldur’s Gate, Jagged Alliance 2, Kingpin, Psychonauts, SpellForce, Neverwinter Nights 1 and The Witcher 2. And those are even only the games that I don’t have on Steam, where I have most of my games!
And then thinking that some big titles will be releasing in the coming months as well. I remember thinking something similar last year at some point.
So how do you guys do it? Are you simply much more selective when it comes to games or do not many draw your interest? Surely I can’t be the only one with this “problem”.
With me finishing the recording of Black Mirror 3 recently, it means that I’m going to start a new LP to take it’s place. Now I know I have a list of games mentioned on the forum that I’m thinking of doing but the next game will not actually be one of them. That is because I’m planning to start another co-op soon with TheTKForce, you know; the guy from Borderlands and Sanctum.
The idea for this actually came from BustedWitch after we had done some recording and were just talking afterwards. She had been wanting to play the Neverwinter Nights games but didn’t want to do it alone. So the idea was to play it together, which turned into let’s playing it. However it turns out that bustedwitch has issues actually running both games which may actually be for the best as it makes recording(scheduling-wise) easier.
So we’re going to be playing through the campaign of Neverwinter Nights 2. I have played it at or closer after release for roughly 5-10 hours and got to maybe the half-way point. TK has completed the game at least once and has done a 100% run of it so he’s by far more knowledgable on it. TK will probably be playing a bard/red dragon disciple build that’s a melee powerhouse according to him. Me on the other hand? I don’t know, I don’t really have a go-to build or anything so I’m kinda looking around to see if I see some fun builds to use.