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Comment Re:I actually kind of miss the old combat system (Score 1) 331

The weapons are explained in the first Mass Effect book, Revelation. They don't fire particles of air, they rely on ammo. To quote from the book about assault rifles: 'The ammo clip on each weapon held over four thousand rounds; miniature pellets smaller than grains of sand. When fired at sufficient velocity, the nearly microscopic projectiles were capable of inflicting massive damage.' In ME2 (don't worry, not really a spoiler), a soldier near where you arrive on the Citadel talks about a dreadnaught firing (numbers/facts may be wrong, this is from memory) a 20kg iron bolt at 1.3% of the speed of light, with the resultant impact being on a similar order of magnitude to a nuclear bomb.

Comment Re:Prices compared to retail? (Score 1) 286

You do occasionally get a decent deal on Steam, but most of the time any temporary price reductions of games just bring prices down to around what is expected from online retailers of games, some of which, including and, offer free delivery (on orders above £5 for Amazon, and all orders from I've seen the price of Dawn of War 2 bounce around all over the place on Right now its at £24.99 but I've seen it go right down to £11.99. Price on Steam? £34.99, same as when it was released back in February.

Comment Re:Prices compared to retail? (Score 1) 286

Not true. Generally speaking, games are more expensive on Steam than online retailers. As an example, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is £29.99 on Steam. On, it is £17.99. Risen is £34.99 on Steam, £24.99 on In fact, from the games listed on the front page's scrolling display that have identical retail products as of the time of writing this post, the only game with identical prices on both places is Left 4 Dead 2 (and only because Steam has reduced the price by a few quid temporarily).

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