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#13801 asheskitty

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 04:37 AM

While I thought Sleeping Dogs is a good game, the main issues I had with it were lack of variety, and lack of challenge. The game is too easy, you can basically counter everything easily (melee) and use slow-mo for gun fights. There isn't one single thing I could think of in the game that had any challenge to it, which doesn't seem to be brought up much.



I agree with you in that is wasn't very challenging (not even Batman-challenging, thoughI thought Batman:AC NG+ wasn't that challenging). Imo, I thought the gunplay was lousy until I approached it like HK cinema would, running, vaulting, bullet-time. That said, I wasn't expecting it to be as brawler-focused as Batman. I thought the total package of the base game was well done, new scenery, new story, new violent triad/undercover cop balance mechanic, and not too long.

All keys gone except the one for DOTA 2... my preciousssssss... ;)

I finally got Sleeping Dogs to work thanks to the benchmark suggested by ashes (didn't even noticed it was included in the game), and was able to turn ambient occlusion and motion blur up a notch... guess what, the game automatically took my integrated HD4000 as the default GPU, so I had to force GT650 output through the NVIDIA control panel. I had the very same problem with Magicka.
Time to throw it again into my backlog, then... :lol:



About a week ago, I noticed my two giftable DOTA 2 copies disappeared from my inventory.

LOL. ^_^ I'm happy you got it running well.

I think the Aero theme affecting your FPS is only an issue with low-end computers and laptops. I believe the concern is for paged graphics memory and RAM, so if you've got a DDR3/5, 1GB or higher GPU, you shouldn't notice much of a difference.



From what I've read some games automatically disable/re-enable Aero when the get full-screened/alt-tabbed. My main point is that I got another 10+ FPS in SD by manually disabling Aero. It's something to keep in mind to try for anyone trying to gain a bit more FPS. Theoretical is all nice and good, but benchmark or GTFO. ^_~

My computer is a Phenom II X3 720 BE OC'd @ 3.2 GHz with 12 GBs of RAM and a GTX 260 (55nm core 216 EVGA SuperClocked, 896 MB GDDR3) -- hardly low end. (mid-range workhorse) I'll assume your DDR remark is a typo.

Edited by asheskitty, 30 January 2013 - 05:13 AM.

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#13802 plft

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 04:50 AM

The hardest part of Sleeping Dogs for me was driving on the left.

#13803 Severose

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 05:52 AM

5 Borderlands 2 Golden Keys, in case it wasn't mentioned.

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#13804 hal

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 06:00 AM

On the twenty-ninth day of January, Randy Pitchford gave to me, five gold keys...

Four player mode,
Three download contents,
Two...

Ok, I've got nothing.


... guns a 'zerking?

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#13805 asheskitty

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 06:04 AM

Damn, you beat me to it.

I was totally going to be like,

On the twenty-ninth day of January, Randy Pitchford gave to me, five gold keys...

Four player mode,
Three download contents,
Two...

Ok, I've got nothing.

... guns a 'zerking?



*ONE* GOLD-en Key ^_~

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#13806 elessar123

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 06:32 AM

*ONE* GOLD-en Key ^_~


But the code was for five keys, which I mentioned =P

#13807 The Sifu

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 06:39 AM

... guns a 'zerking?



...and a Claptrap in Sanctuar-yyyyyyyy ; )
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#13808 asheskitty

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 06:40 AM

But the code was for five keys, which I mentioned =P


/facepalm

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#13809 jatan11t

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 07:21 AM

5 Borderlands 2 Golden Keys, in case it wasn't mentioned.

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I must have at least 50 keys now. Steam says I have 30 minutes playtime in BL2 - and it's all from redeeming these keys

#13810 Flowette

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 07:49 AM

The hardest part of Sleeping Dogs for me was driving on the left.

As a Brit, this confused me as well. Confusingly.

Guess Saints Row and GTA have conditioned me to drive on the right :lol:

#13811 Eldredpe

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:27 AM

As a Brit, this confused me as well. Confusingly.

Guess Saints Row and GTA have conditioned me to drive on the right :lol:


Guys.

You're playing these games wrong.

Taxis.

#13812 asheskitty

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:30 AM

Guys.

You're playing these games wrong.

Taxis.



Still wrong.

Sidewalk. :evil:

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#13813 Jugglenaut

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:32 AM

Still wrong.

Sidewalk. :evil:


You guys mean to say you leave your house/apartment in sandbox games?

#13814 asheskitty

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:35 AM

You guys mean to say you leave your house/apartment in sandbox games?



Of course! How else do you get to the sandbox?

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#13815 Flowette

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:55 AM

Of course! How else do you get to the sandbox?


Years of WoW taught me that there's probably a flight point somewhere nearby. Just hop on a gryphon.

#13816 asheskitty

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:03 AM

Years of WoW taught me that there's probably a flight point somewhere nearby. Just hop on a gryphon.



I love ThunderBluff, but the flight master just won't talk to me (when i'm on my Gnome Mage).

And, pfft. I got portals.

Remember WoW before connected flight paths?

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#13817 Eldredpe

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:29 AM

Hey BGCQs, why don't you guys hit up the chat anymore after the winter sale? dfg, Gen and I miss you...

#13818 fastitocalon

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:04 AM

I love ThunderBluff, but the flight master just won't talk to me (when i'm on my Gnome Mage).

And, pfft. I got portals.

Remember WoW before connected flight paths?


I remember actually getting up from my PC and knowing how long I needed to be gone to hop on the next fp in the chain. If you were in Darnassus or Gadgets, man, you were in for a long road.

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#13819 travathian

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:42 PM

Guys.

You're playing these games wrong.

Taxis.


Hop in a police car, flip on the sirens, drive down the middle of the road. It is like playing Moses and parting the sea of traffic.

#13820 Junpei

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:47 PM

Guys.

You're playing these games wrong.

Partner.


Fixed.
If you're playing L.A. Noire, that is. 8-)
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#13821 jshackles

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 03:03 PM

I'm all over that Amazon Paradox pack when it goes live. Crazy deal.

#13822 IkedaTeramusa

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 03:55 PM

I keep clicking refresh... Amazon is getting it's money from me today and my Steam library is expanding exponentially.

#13823 aShufflinZombie

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 05:17 PM

What kind of a performance difference is there between a 120gb Hitachi (4 years old) and a Western Digital Scorpio Black (new)? I'm using SATA 1.

#13824 asheskitty

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 05:29 PM

What kind of a performance difference is there between a 120gb Hitachi (4 years old) and a Western Digital Scorpio Black (new)? I'm using SATA 1.



Transfer rates increase with data density (GB/platter), seek times do not (since platter will have to spin on average ~half a rotation to get elsewhere). There had been several articles on this on tomshards' storage section a couple years ago.

I feel that replacing your primary drives every few years not only nets you more storage and higher transfer rates, but also means that you are not running on aged drives (which may be closer to failure).

Spinning hard drives will (generally) not saturate SATA-1 (apart from cache bursting -- minor).

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#13825 jshackles

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 06:03 PM

Daily Deal: Alice: Madness Returns - 75% off ($4.99)

#13826 aShufflinZombie

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 06:17 PM

Transfer rates increase with data density (GB/platter), seek times do not (since platter will have to spin on average ~half a rotation to get elsewhere). There had been several articles on this on tomshards' storage section a couple years ago.

I feel that replacing your primary drives every few years not only nets you more storage and higher transfer rates, but also means that you are not running on aged drives (which may be closer to failure).

Spinning hard drives will (generally) not saturate SATA-1 (apart from cache bursting -- minor).


Thanks! I'm replacing a 360 hdd so I'm limited to Western Digital 2.5" drives. :cry:

#13827 NvaderJim

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 06:22 PM

Daily Deal: Alice: Madness Returns - 75% off ($4.99)

:D I missed this one during the winter sale!

#13828 guardian_owl

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 06:22 PM

Daily Deal: Alice: Madness Returns - 75% off ($4.99)

I'd be all over that if it had Alice 1 like the origin version :(.

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#13829 jshackles

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 06:23 PM

Thanks! I'm replacing a 360 hdd so I'm limited to Western Digital 2.5" drives. :cry:


So.... why ask in the Steam thread?

#13830 aShufflinZombie

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 06:26 PM

Daily Deal: Alice: Madness Returns - 75% off ($4.99)


Just in case someone buys this, there are SEVERAL changes that you should make to the config files. For example FPS is capped at 31 for the smoothed frames setting.