Archive for January, 2010

Mass Effect 2 – Can’t Bind The Delete Key?

How to bind the delete key, dont give up it is possible!

The first annoying bug I have found in Mass Effect 2 is not being able to bind the Delete key, as pressing it deletes any key binding. Despite its popularity, not everyone uses the traditional W A S D key layout, some of us use the strangest set of keys for movement. Before you shout ‘what NEWB uses up, down, delete, page down for basic movement’, in my defence I have been using the keys for over 13 years, and thus I challenge you to a round of quake to prove that I am not a newb. Moving on, the solution to binding the Delete key in Mass Effect 2. Please read all the way through and follow this guide exactly otherwise Mass Effect 2 will not load up.

First download notepad++, standard windows Notepad is not only a complete mess but does not seem to save the file correctly resulting in ME2 not loading up. Locate the following file, Coalesced.ini which can be found in (your Steam folder)/steamapps/common/mass effect 2/BioGame/Config/PC/Cooked/ if you purchased it via Steam, or if you have a retail copy then (where you installed it)/BioGame/Config/PC/Cooked/. At this point I suggest making a backup copy of the file, one change to this file can stop Mass Effect 2 from loading.

Once you have a copy, open the original Coalesced.ini using Notepad++. Search for the text [SFXGame.SFXGameModeDefault_INT] and the first line below it should be LocalizedBindings=( Name=”A”, Command=”PC_StrafeLeft” ), change the “A” to “Delete”. This is not the end, you must now make sure the number of characters in this file matches when you first loaded it up, so as we have added 5 extra characters binding the delete key (“A” minus “Delete” = 5 extra characters “elete“). Somewhere we need to remove 5 characters so the total character count adds up. I kept it simple by finding a bind with 5 characters, search for the following text, Bindings=( Name=”Seven”, Command=”PC_HotKey7″ ) and simply delete the 5 chars by deleting the entire word “Seven”. This will unbind the key 7 but you can sort that out when you get back into Mass Effect 2.

Next step is to load up Mass Effect 2, go to Extras, Options, Key Bindings. Click “Restore Defaults” at the bottom of the screen, as the change we made above is now hard coded into the default key layout. You will find Strafe Left is now bound to Delete, so now just go through and bind your surrounding keys, and don’t forget to rebind that 7 key we deleted earlier!

This has wasted hours of my playing time, so I am eager to get back in. Frustrated with my lack of natural control without my key layout I felt someone else out there may benefit from this! Let me know if this helps, this guide can be used to bind the BackSpace or Delete key, to any possible command as long as you follow the basic rules outlined above and maintain that char count and use a decent editor like Notepad++. Have fun, Mass Effect 2 is proving to be just as good as every review out there is saying. Shepherd out.

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Forza Motorsport 3 – How to move up the leaderboard

Want to rise up the leaderboards? Make sure you are top of your class!

Forza Motorsport, the greatest car simulator series on the Xbox (we don’t have Gran Turismo) has taken the most hours out of my consoles apparent short life span. I missed out on Forza 1 as I skipped the first generation Xbox. So I first came in to contact with the series, like most with Forza Motorsport 2, and could not put it down until I worked my way up past level 35’ish, only to retire as soon as my pre order of Forza Motorsport 3 arrived.  Although it has a more arcade feel, is slightly easier to drive and forgivingly lets you rewind when you screw up, Forza 3 is a lot more fun and less of a trudge. Easily the best car game on the Xbox for the enthusiast or casual driver.

I’m currently a level 42 driver working my way to the top through the season play. One day casually pottering around the leaderboards, to my horror I found a new Xbox Live friend (who had only just bought the game) high above me. In fact everyone I knew was above me on the leaderboards, yet everyone was a lower driver level than me and had put less time into the game. I initially thought either my lap times must be poor or everyone else was The Stig. On closer inspection I had some decent hot laps above most of my Xbox Live friends. Puzzled I examined the way the scoreboards work and spent a few hours claiming back my throne.

The trick is simple, if you are going to do a lap, and want a chance of posting a decent time on the leaderboards to maintain your position or climb higher up, you need to have the fastest car within the class. Using a low in class car is going to have a negative effect on your overall leaderboard position no matter how well you drive. All those career mode events where I used a slow in class car, pushed me down the leaderboards. It is so obvious and simple that I overlooked it!

The leaderboards are divided up by car class, R1, R2, R3, S, A, B, C, D, E, F, take a quick scroll to the top of any leaderboard and you will notice everyone up there has the highest possible number next to there car class letter. So whenever I race now, I pick a car near to the class limit from my garage, and modify it as hard as I can to get as close to the next class as possible without going too far to rollover from say B to A. So get modifying, maximise your car to within the class limit and the rest is down to you, your skill as a driver and how you hit that apex, see you at the top!

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Zombie Driver Demo is like GTA 1 & L4D

GTA 1 meets L4D

If you were a great fan of the top down Grand Theft Auto original like me,  you will love Zombie Driver. The demo now out on Steam or direct from the publisher is enough of a taster to help you make the choice to go all out for the full game currently at £6.99 (I stuck with just the demo…for now).

Oh no another zombie game I hear you cry, which is true, zombies are popping up in every game release, just like vampires are in all new films or TV series (thanks Twilight). Have we had enough zombies? Yes but just like in real life (?), zombies keep coming because that’s what zombies do. So grab your car keys, fire up your engines and put your foot to the floor. You see Zombie Driver is different, it lets you drive over as many zombies as possible ala GTA, preferably whilst doing a hand brake turn leaving the by now standard ‘blood skid marks’.

And this is where L4D and L4D2 failed, it had only guns, Zombie Driver has cars, and the ability to ‘pimp your ride’ with mods such as nitros, guns, and those bull bars that were banned in the UK many years ago. What are you waiting for, download Zombie Driver Demo now for a much needed break from Left 4 Dead 2.

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BioShock 2 Pre Order & PC Requirements

BioShock 2 and Games For Windows Live

So BioShock 2 is up for pre-order on Steam at the discounted price tag of £26.99, which also gets you a free copy of the original BioShock. Not bad, but what convinced me to part with my GBP was the PC requirements revealing something more than a dual core CPU. That’s right, a Games for Windows LIVE login, is a MUST, unless you do not want to save your game progress? A harsh way to force PC gamers to use this service, but Valve enforced the installation of a little program called Steam with Half Life 2 many years ago, and it worked for them. Microsoft are learning from the best, hoping to take back some of that market share that Steam have cornered.

The more people forced into using Games for Windows LIVE the better, yes it is another piece of software running in the background hogging your gigabytes of RAM, but it builds communities, and that is what keeps us happy and playing, and of course, keeps us increasing our gamerscore. Bring on Windows Mobile 7 with LIVE & gamerscore intergration!

BioShock 2 PC Requirements

Recommended:

■Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Dual Core 2.60Ghz, Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 Dual Core 2.13Ghz

■Memory: 3GB

■Graphics: NVIDIA 8800GT 512MB graphics card or better, ATI Radeon HD4830 512MB graphics card or better

Other Requirements:

■Initial installation requires one-time internet connection.

■Ability to save game, earn achievements, receive title updates and online play requires log-in to Games for Windows LIVE.

■Software installations required including Microsoft Visual C++2008 Runtime Libraries, Games for Windows LIVE client, Games for Windows LIVE Client Patch, Sony DADC SecuROM, Microsoft DirectX.

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Crayon Physics Deluxe Pay Want You Want Birthday

Drawing with crayons is fun!

Following in the footsteps of World Of Goo, Crayon Physics Deluxe (where is the standard version?) is up on a ‘Pay What You Want’ birthday deal until the 15th January 2010.  Still selling for £15.99 on Steam this game can now be had for any price you feel appropriate. Just donate via paypal on the Crayon Physics homepage and you will shortly receive an email with a link to a secret download (albeit if the servers have calmed down) and a secret key, what the secret is all about I have no idea, but it made me feel important!

The aim of the game is to get a ball to reach a star on each map, with nothing but your trusty crayon collection, choice of colours selectable by scrolling the mouse wheel, great touch if you are a fan of just blue or green! By drawing objects, lines, pins, hammers and strings you can reach most of these stars in less than a few minutes, but each map provides that little bit extra thought, which keeps you playing until you realise what time it is.

Three and a half hours later you will find yourself where I am, on completion of the suitably titled final map ‘the end?’, you will realise you do not have the 120 stars to get to the center island. Despite spending all that time playing with crayons like an infant you need to go back and impossibly complete all the maps again with incredibly strict rules like drawing only one object, or not using any pins! Impossible you say! I agree. I managed to rack up a few extra stars replaying some basic levels with these restrictions but not enough to get that magic 120 stars.

This is a great indie title, one of the best and suitably awarded Independent Games Festival Grand Prize Winner 2008. It will take you back to your youth by using crayons, which you probably have not touched since primary school. Close the doors, turn off your smart or superphone, sit back and enjoy the relaxing sound track, and be prepared to easily lose half a day playing through the entire game without getting frustrate ala World of Goo. Get this whilst it is ‘Pay What You Want’, and remember to donate generously as 1pence will no doubt cost the wonderfull developers Kloonigames more in paypal fees!

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