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November 21st, 2008
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Just watched Zero Punctuation's review of Fallout 3. Not sure why it never occurred to me that it would use the same engine as Oblivion, being made by the same company and all. But it hadn't.

Fallout 3 or leveling in Wrath of the Lich King. OMG, this is a hard choice. I mean, with the Oblivion engine, I know the cheat codes, after all. Fight too hard? That's what TGM is for. Can't jump high enough? TCL. Mobs too skilled for you? Diddle with your stats. And I have never been disapointed by a BethSoft story.


So. Hard.


Steam might be an issue though (it does use Steam, right? I am pretty sure I read that) as it's given me trouble before, AND I have a whole new layer of complexity with the 'new' install of Windows, without wiping the old. (How? Um.. ask my Dad. I just know all the programs are still there, but I can't get some to work in the 'new' install, as they have associations with the old. I wonder just how much trouble it really is to un-install Steam....)

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From:oldwolf
Date:November 21st, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
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You don't know how glad it makes me, that geekettes like you exist! :-)

I usually say stuff like what you've posted to people I know, and get a vacant glossy-eyed "uh huh" in return. And you just know they had no idea what you were talking about.

New install? Which O/S? Was it the same O/S or from XP to Vista? Have you tried reinstalling DirectX? Also, there are some games that won't run under previous versions of DirectX as I'm finding outr. Or won't run as well, when going back to a previous O/S.
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From:solan_t
Date:November 21st, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
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Same O/S, but on a partition? Does that makes sense? I have only the faintest grasp of what my father did.* I have a choice of boot-ups when I restart the computer, and I didn't lose any files, but I did find that some things just would NOT work right until I un-installed them from the old boot-up and re-installed from the new one.




*I was having issues with some programs and settings and my father felt some program (legitmately or not) had made changes to the core settings, so I wanted to just start fresh. You know, wipe the hard drive and start over. Dad wasn't so thrilled with that and compromised. It SEEMS to be working, for the most part, and I have been able to use the un-install/re-install trick for everthing else. I just don't know about Steam.
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From:oldwolf
Date:November 21st, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
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Yeah it does. Because all drives come blank. You have to create the partition(s), then format them for either FAT32 or NTFS, then yer good ta go. It helps to think of it like an old LP record. Tracks, grooves, sectors, etc.

A choice of bootups??? Where you select the O/S. Or do you mean logins?

"I didn't lose any files, but I did find that some things just would NOT work right until I un-installed them from the old boot-up and re-installed from the new one"

Yeah, because some files/programs, even though they were written/installed to the drive, weren't written to the NEW registry after the O/S reload. These programs do have to be uninstalled/wiped and reinstalled for them to function properly because when the NEW O/S was reinstalled, it basically started over with a clean system registry.

And if the system doesn't know what it has, it can get a little confused.
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From:solan_t
Date:November 21st, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
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When I restart I have to pick with 'O/S' to use, although they are technically the same O/S. I have 30 second to make a choice, then it defaults to the new one.
From:jdack
Date:November 21st, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
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You can buy it off steam rather than getting a physical copy, but I don't think the game itself requires steam if you do buy a disk version.

Not sure though, I'm playing the xbox 360 version. It's so similar to Oblivion that I felt right at home immediately.

But it's also plenty unique. I'm something like 57 hours into it and haven't finished the main quest yet (distractions.)
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From:solan_t
Date:November 21st, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
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But it's also plenty unique. I'm something like 57 hours into it and haven't finished the main quest yet (distractions.)

*Chuckle* My first run through Oblivion, I totally ignored the main quest until I had finished all the rest of the quests.


Tell me, please, do the mobs level with you (only with better skill levels), like in Oblivion, so that you really don't want to level?
From:jdack
Date:November 21st, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
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No, the leveling is area based. So when you're in the early sections, things are relatively well matched to you. If you venture too far out, you get your arse handed to you until you increase your skills.

Because it's heavily firearms based, accuracy with weapons as well as damage done is a big factor in how far you can go on your own without getting eaten.
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From:solan_t
Date:November 21st, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
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Ah, then they seem to have learned their lesson with Oblivion - which is, players are driven to level, it's best just to reward them for it, not punish them. Or they whine. A lot.

My brother hated Oblivion because he leveled fast and had trouble with all the fights. It offended him when I said to put only unused/unwanted skills in Major*, thereby slowing leveling to a crawl.


*Admittedly, the game TELLS you to put your most used skills in Major. Thankfully, it does not FORCE you to.
From:jdack
Date:November 21st, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
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It's also worth noting that while it is MMORPG-like in that early areas have easy mobs and further out has scary ones, it doesn't repeat the mobs with higher strength.

Examaple: an early enemy is some kind of molerat creature. At level 3, they can be sort of tough to kill. Meanwhile at level 15 you still run into them but they are an easy one-shot. And you won't run into say a giant molerat or a molerat that looks the same but has more HP and damage.
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From:solan_t
Date:November 21st, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
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Excellent. Another lesson learned from Oblvion - players LIKE being god-like to stuff that killed them before.
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