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ME3: Generalities

Figured I'd go with a non-spoily post for now just to talk about a few things...

a) Man, the disc swapping is getting really annoying, really quick. (I assume this doesn't count as a spoiler!) What is the point of making controls and tvs and all operated via remote control, if you have to keep *gasp* GETTING UP to switch discs anyhow?

b) Also, I would like to strangle whoever put that stupid body scanner in between the war room and the rest of the ship. SO ANNOYING!

c) While we're on annoyances, man, while I like the option to do even more in combat/running around, the controls can be so aggravatingly touchy! I'll try to run from cover to cover, and instead end rolling around out in the open. Or end up vaulting over the cover, or something. But at least Medi-Gel is your friend, this time!

d) On a brighter note, meleeing people/things to death is waaaay more satisfying than it should be. *Smack smack smack* And that's as an Engineer!

e) It took me longer than I'd like to figure out that you can revive people *without* medi-gel as well, which I'm mentioning mostly in case others haven't come to that realization yet. (You just need to get close enough to them to press "A" next to them, and wait for a sec.)

f) Man, the party banter seems to be rather priceless this time around, more like a Dragon Age game. I'm already wondering what it'd be like going on some of the missions with different party makeups.

I think that'll do for now, before I start getting tempted to drift more into spoiler territory...

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theweaselking
Mar. 7th, 2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
What are these.... "disc".... things you speak of?

(More seriously: What, the X-Box doesn't have a hard disk? All that shit should be copied to faster media as part of the initial setup *anyway* - disc swapping is for 1995.)
stormfeather
Mar. 7th, 2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
I have one of the smaller HD's still, which I guess I could upgrade at some point, but it'd be a pain in the ass to have some things on one, some things on another. -_- But anyhow, yeah, it'd take up too much damn space to copy the games over.
theweaselking
Mar. 7th, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
Ah! So you can do it, you just don't have space to. Gotcha.

Still, if you upgraded you wouldn't have some things on one drive and some on the other. You'd just pay $100 for a new 2TB drive[1] or something and copy everything, and have everything on one drive.

(360s have USB ports. Do they take USB storage?)


[1]: Drive prices are currently way high due to flooding in Thailand. They should drop back down again soon.
stormfeather
Mar. 7th, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
(360s have USB ports. Do they take USB storage?)

Good question! Maybe one of these days I'll find out. (And without that, it'd make it a pain to try to copy stuff over, as well...)
theweaselking
Mar. 7th, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)

Now's the time for Koz or Kenn to pop in with the answer to "does the 360 just take a standard HDD, and is it replaceable with an off-the-shelf drive?"

Because, if the answer is "yes", then you take out the old drive, attach it to a computer with a USB cable, mirror the contents onto the larger drive[1], pop the bigger drive into the X-Box, and the system never knows the difference.

If the answer is "no", then the professional MS X-Box tech who is replacing your drive with the new special magic MS hardware will do the transfer for you. Guaranteed, that's part of the service, because nobody wants to lose their saved games when they upgrade their console.


[1]: If you don't feel 100% comfortable doing this yourself, buy pizza for a nerdy friend and do a pizza-and-movie night while they handle it.


EDIT: a quick googling shows me that yes it's a perfectly standard HDD, no it's not QUITE as simple as just sticking in an off-the-shelf $100 2TB drive, but yes, even if you pay for an upgrade from someone selling X-Boxes they'll do all your data transfer for you.

Edited at 2012-03-07 11:14 pm (UTC)
stormfeather
Mar. 8th, 2012 08:00 pm (UTC)
Huh? Okay, my X-Box uses this sort of thing. I don't really see how you can just replace that with a standard hard drive. o_O Then again, I'm not that technologically great, and have replaced even a PC hard drive a whole one time.

Edited at 2012-03-08 08:00 pm (UTC)
theweaselking
Mar. 8th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
There's a standard SATA laptop HDD hiding inside that enclosure. You'd have to take it apart to install an off-the-shelf one, which, upon review, is way more trouble than it's worth.

But what I said in general holds: here,for $95 you get a new drive directly from MS and it also include Lego Star Wars III

For $15, MS will sell you a cable to transfer all your data from your old 20GB drive to your new 320GB drive.

And there are places that will do the upgrade for you if you buy the drive through them - Amazon is probably cheaper, but comes with some assembly required.
prodigal
Mar. 7th, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
I love hoe, when you go into one squadmate's area of the ship, chances are good that they're talking to another squadmate over the comms.
stormfeather
Mar. 11th, 2012 02:35 pm (UTC)
Can you edit your latest comment please? I don't want to get spoily for those who haven't gotten that far yet. >
prodigal
Mar. 11th, 2012 09:15 am (UTC)
Tali has some truly great conversations with the other squadmates in this one.

Edited at 2012-03-11 08:44 pm (UTC)
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