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  • Donncha 2:54 pm on October 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: arkham Asylum, batman, , gaming,   

    Batman Arkham Asylum Combat Tips 

    I’m still at the stage where I just mash the attack and evade buttons in combat. The first video above shows a simple but better technique by evading enemies with jumps and the second one is the “Perfect Freeflow 2.0” achievement showing how to do the following moves in slow motion.

    1 – Standard Strike – PS3: Square I Xbox 360: X
    2 – Stun – PS3: Circle I Xbox 360: B
    3 – Evade Jump – PS3: X I Xbox 360: A
    4 – Counter – PS3: Trianlge I Xbox 360: Y
    5 – Special Combo Takedown – PS3: Trianlge+Circle I Xbox 360: Y+B
    6 – Special Combo Bat Swarm – PS3: Square+X I Xbox 360: X+A
    7 – Special Combo Disarm And Destroy – PS3: Triangle+Square I Xbox 360: Y+X
    8 – Special Combo Multi Ground Takedown – PS3: Circle+X I Xbox 360: B+A
    9 – Aerial Attack – PS3: Circle, Left Stick+X, X I Xbox 360: X, Left Stick+A, A
    10 – Beat Down Finisher – PS3: Circle, Square (8 times) I Xbox 360: B, X (8 times)
    11 – Batclaw Slam – PS3: L1+Trianlge, Square I Xbox 360: LB+Y, X
    12 – Ultiamte Stun – PS3: Circle, Circle, Circle I Xbox 360: B, B, B
    13 – Ground Pound – PS3: R2+Triangle I Xbox 360: RT+Y

    I now wish Battlefield 3 wasn’t coming out on Friday as I won’t have time to devote to this amazing and beautiful game!

    Bonus link: Combat, Gadgets, Upgrades, Riddler Challenges, and More!

    • Gavin 12:51 pm on October 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Anyone I’ve spoken loves the game though I did hear something interesting about the ending 🙂

      Looking over those button combos I don’t think I’d like playing this, I’m not a fan of having to use button combos during fight scenes. Apart from that it looks like a great game.

    • Donncha 1:16 pm on October 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      If you like Batman you will love the story in this one. I just came across the Joker and well, wow. Combat is partly button mashing but you can buy upgrades. Some of the actions above have to be bought when you level up, but you can activate a tutorial to help.

      I have a tutorial on the critical hit upgrade activated. If you hit attack (square) just as you finish the previous attack you’ll get a crit. Do it wrong and a very brief warning flashes up. I see that a lot …

      After playing the story 2 nights now I’m on a high each time, it’s like taking part in a Batman graphic novel.

    • Gavin 9:33 pm on October 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve got the first Batman here but have never played it. I think I’ll move onto that next once I complete Mass Effect 2. If I like it I’ll give this one a spin.

  • Donncha 2:23 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: gaming, , , Wing Commander   

    Wing Commander IV 

    Oh look what I found at home a few days ago! A boxed copy of Wing Commander IV for Windows 95 and DOS. I have never even played this and honestly don’t remember buying it but since GOG have just released the third game in the series I should give this a go. The game comes on 6 CDs so I might just wait until the GOG release of one nicely zipped up download. I wonder if they’ll give me a discount if I send them a scan of the barcode?

    I also found Resident Evil 2 for PC, which boldly says it only requires a P166. Imagine that. A PC running on a 166MHz CPU. How quaint. My phone is close to ten times faster than that. Gulp.

    • David Nicol 2:31 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I had a 200MMX so I would have beasted Resident Evil 2. I remember the hype of Wing Commander IV, is that the one that used actual footage of Mark Hamil and the other guy (who I know, but whose name I can’t remember)?

      • Donncha 4:30 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I think it was that one. The Wikipedia page says it cost $12m to create, with the majority of the budget going on the cutscenes. Showing it’s age, the reception section of the page doesn’t have any entries. Probably need to dig out PC Gamer or some other mags to get reviews!

  • Donncha 7:13 pm on July 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: gaming, , , ,   

    Four Free Games 

    1. Spelunky looks like a modern day Rick Dangerous and that gets my thumbs up!
    2. Dig n Rig reminds me of Terraria but it’s not.
    3. SkyIsland is a fairly cool browser based platformer with a 3D twist!
    4. A Flipping Good Time is a 2D platformer with a gravity twist.

    Of those I’ve only played SkyIsland. I just haven’t got around to installing them yet.

    Oh, apparently to get better at TF2 you should install tr_walkway. Again, yet to try it myself. Not enough hours in the day!

    While I have you, does digital distribution spell the death of retro gaming? Interesting read but having a physical copy of a game is no guarantee that a game will work on a machine in the future. Modern consoles are so prone to breaking that I can’t imagine any regularly used Xbox 360 or PS3 surviving 20 years …

  • Donncha 5:04 pm on July 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: gaming,   

    Humble Bundle #3 

    The latest Humble Bundle is out featuring Crayon Physics Deluxe, Cogs, VVVVV, And Yet it Moves and Hammerfight.

    I already have most of the games, I don’t have Cogs and Hammerfight, but I’ll buy the bundle anyway. It’s a good deal as it’s “pay what you want”!

  • Donncha 6:17 pm on July 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    It would seem that friends playing together is regarded as team stacking in Team Fortress 2.

    On one hand that’s great because the server is free to balance teams but it sucks when you want to play with friends you’re chatting with on Skype. Any notion of playing strategically as a team goes out the window when you have to be careful what you say. The same happens with Bad Company 2 on PC.

    Who ever decided that a server browser was the best way to join a game anyway? I Just want to play a game with my friends! I don’t care what server I’m on.

    PC players will look down on console players because they have to use fiddly controllers but the squad system in Bad Company 2 on consoles is a great way of getting a group of friends into a game. Yes, there is team stacking, but servers do auto balance as well (sometimes). Then like any of the platforms you have to try to get back to your old squad. At least you start out on the same team!

    Now, come on Microsoft and Sony. Let console players use a mouse and keyboard! Best of both worlds!

    • David Nicol 7:07 pm on July 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Choosing to play with friends is not team stacking. Going in as a try hard clan is team stacking. The autobalancing on PC is the single biggest PIA for PC gaming. Especially when it switches sides on you at the end of the game and suddenly you go from winning to losing.

    • Alex Mills 8:50 pm on July 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      The only people who complain about team stacking are noobs who suck ass. Ignore them and game on.

      The only times I play multiplayer games are when I’m playing with friends and we usually end up holding up the team and winning as a result. What do you think clan tags are for? 🙂

      • Donncha 8:58 pm on July 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Are there clan tags in TF2? I don’t think there are 😦

  • Donncha 11:29 am on July 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: gaming,   

    Who wants free games? 

    The Sun are giving away Arma II, Men of War and Tower Bloxx Deluxe. Get the codes here. You’ll need to create an account on Green Man Gaming but the codes work and cost nothing, but only for this weekend!

    • TheChrisD 2:27 pm on July 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I think they broke the site…

    • Donncha 3:58 pm on July 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      It’ll work eventually, I hope! Arma II is a 7GB+ download and beware of your free space while it installs. You’ll need twice that space because it installs from a zip file.

      Every time I tried to run it I got the error, “G001:I’m sorry there appear to be some files missing.” Unfortunately Capsule wouldn’t let me uninstall it either. I fired off a support request but in the meantime I discovered where the game files are downloaded!

      To fix it, I renamed a directory called “game_root” in C:\Users\mylocalname\AppData\Local\Green Man Gaming\ARMA II – PC\ and restarted Capsule. I’m not sure if renaming the directory or restarting Capsule fixed the problem but it’s installing the game again and it recreated the game_root directory so no harm done. Phew.

  • Donncha 5:50 pm on June 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: gaming, jokes, , ,   

    Respect the PC Gamers 


    It’s a well known fact that console gamers are scrubs, they’re abusive and unhelpful and rude. They’ll cheat and hack their consoles given half a chance. Isn’t that right?

    PC gamers on the other hand are enthusiastic and helpful. They’re mature and civil about their communities. They delight in the strategy and skill required to use a mouse and keyboard. They never call anyone names and accept games as they are, because nobody ever does anything underhand. Isn’t that right?

    Oh yes. Gamers everywhere are all the same. No matter what platform they use.


    • David Nicol 7:53 pm on June 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      When I used to PC game I use to get so much shit for ‘camping’ because I must be one of the original sound whores. It usually went like this.
      Me /moving from room to room *stops… can hear CLUMP CLUMP CLUMP of an enemy approaching. Follows sound, then *BLAM”.
      dead guy in chat: u camping noob
      me in chat: not camping, heard you coming. And if I’m the noob, why are you dead?

      Hilarity ensues.

      The only platform that doesn’t have this level of douchery is the Wii (but only because it doesn’t have any real comms).

      • Donncha 10:36 pm on June 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Obious hax! You must have been hiding in the closet! 😛

    • getcrackin 4:09 am on July 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I love the automated troll that tells you “so-and-so needs to learn how to shoot”. It’s a real pick-me-up. 8-l

  • Donncha 1:12 pm on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: gaming, ,   

    Gaming History in Pictures 

    A few games I found recently while sorting through boxes at home:

    • Quake 3 tin box, Linux edition. I wrote an article about this for the Irish Times a few years ago.
    • Double Dragon, C64 version, I posted pictures of this before of course.
    • Gyroscope, the first 5 1/4 disk based game I owned on the C64. It was given to me by someone, can’t remember who now but I used it later for Stunt Car Racer and even printed the loading screen from that game on a dot matrix printer for the disk cover.
    • The excellent Stunt Car Racer manual and box cover.
    • The System 3 Premier Collection and Thalamus The Hits compilations were the pride of my games collection at one time. I still remember the excitement of getting those boxes in the post.
    • C64 Cabal, tape version. Brilliant game. I remember spending as much time tinkering with the game ASM code as playing it..
    • Half Life 2 Collector’s Edition and Half Life 1. Steam was launched when HL2 was released and I was recently able to register the HL1 CD key in Steam and download that great game.
    • Anthony 1:15 pm on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Very cool. This reminds me of my autogameography, a recollection of the games that really meant something to me or can be attached to very memorable or distinct periods of my life. Must try and post that again. I’d love to hear yours. 🙂

      • Donncha 1:21 pm on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        “Autogameography”, what a great word! I remember you mentioned something about that in a recent post didn’t you? I’ll have to think about that but there are definitely a few stand-out games I could write about.

    • redd_dragons 1:21 pm on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Wow those are awesome! Definitely keep those for you son, they will be heirlooms!

    • ThrashHMG 6:31 pm on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      It’s awesome. I have some games for my old C64 on tapes. My also still have my ZX Spectrum. I could also find some first games for that machine from hell.

  • Donncha 9:48 am on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: gaming,   

    Steam games on the cheap 

    The wonderful thing about PC games is the competition among online retailers and the lower than console prices charged for most games. While Xbox Live now has older full price games for download they’re usually given a premium price too. Steam and the other online PC game stores regularly have sales where even big name games are offered at a discount.

    Here are a few links for keeping track of what sales are going on plus price comparison sites:

    • First up is Steamprices.com where you can compare the prices of most games in Euro, Sterling and US Dollars. What becomes obvious is that people paying in Euros are over charged more often than not. Boo!
    • Steamgamesales.com and Didimatic.com are great for tracking what’s on sale on Steam and other online stores. You can subscribe to both in your RSS reader but the former being better because you can limit it to regional sales.
    • The Big Download Blog is a great resource too, listing the bigger sales in the main stores and elsewhere. Worth subbing to that too.
    • Finally, there are online stores where you can buy CD keys cheaply. These stores buy the keys in less expensive regions and then allow people in richer areas to buy these legitimate keys at knock down prices. Here’s a thread on boards.ie about them. I haven’t tried them and responses are mixed. Buyer Beware!

    Oh, if you know someone in another region served by Steam and the prices there are cheaper you could ask them to buy games for you and then pay them via PayPal for the gift. Thanks Alex, I owe you a few drinks next time we meet! 🙂

    • dvotee 11:05 am on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Not sure if I will buy much on Steam seeing as my comp seems quite laggy as it could be a waste of money ;(

      • Donncha 2:49 pm on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Check out can you run it in IE. It’ll download an ActiveX component that tests your system and tells you if it’s fast enough to run the game you’re interested in.

        My machine is fast enough to run the original Crysis but only manages a third of the way between min and recommended for Bad Company 2. The video card lets it down. Still playable though!

    • David Nicol 5:57 pm on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for that Donncha. Very useful. Will use this.

    • getcrackin 7:30 pm on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      What I want to know is, how much for zee vimen? ;P

  • Donncha 6:21 am on March 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Real Life Lag 

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