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« on: October 22, 2004, 05:59:11 PM »

Has anyone tried the Nexus: The Jupiter Incident Demos?  I loaded this up last night and HOLY SHEEEIT!  Graphics and sound are amazing.  Due to the absence of tutorials in the demo, the controls are a little confusing.

Go get the DEMOS

Unfortunately this one won't be released in the US until Feb '05, but will be in EU.  You can order the game from gogamer to get it before Feb though!
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« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2004, 07:04:52 PM »

I tried the single player demo but couldn't get anywhere without a tutorial. Looks nice though.
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« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2004, 08:14:52 PM »

Yeah, but is it fun?  I liked Imperium Galactica and the sequels, but this seems completely different.  I couldn't figure out how to do anything in the demo and uninstalled after 10 minutes of frustration.  Call me impatient but I figured it wasn't worth it to try to get through without a tutorial of some sort.

Game has since gone off my radar, and I'd need a pretty hefty Forum Effect to get it back.
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« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2004, 09:06:32 PM »

I was talking to the EB guy and he said the game was taking off their computers and they may not be carring the game.

the current issue of PC gamer has this coming out this month?????
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« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2004, 09:35:36 PM »

Here is the deal. re-release the demo WITH A GODDAMN TUTORIAL. If it plays as cool as it looks and has potential for, guess what, ill buy it immediately. but not until i know if it is gong to be playable. The demo barely was.
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« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2004, 09:41:23 PM »

Hey guys,

If you check out the readme.doc that ships with the demo that helps a ton with controls.  ALSO.. Check out the forums over at nexusthegame.com for some help on how to play the demo.
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« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2004, 08:06:37 AM »

But, is the game fun... ?

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Edit to add, there is a multiplayer demo now too. I haven't tried it yet though.
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« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2004, 02:21:28 PM »

There was a guy named Chip on our old GG boards that was a huge fan of this game and even had his own webpage for it.
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« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2004, 05:07:34 PM »

I downloaded the single player demo last night after reading this thread, and like some other people here got nowhere with it.

After playing it and getting killed 2X's, I went into the game folder and found the demo manual for the game. After reading through it I decided I would need to print out the manual and use it during play to get a better handle on the keyboard controls.

The graphics in the game look pretty decent. I'm going to put more time in on this one.
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« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2004, 02:13:12 PM »

It takes some time to figure out, but is fun in a homeworld kind of way. The graphics are amazing, but the gameplay will really determine if this is worth it.

The dedicated forums are a must as is looking at the manual. Chip from the GG boards got me hooked on this, he's on the official forums as well. I'll probably be picking this one up since i'm jonesing for a good tactical space sim.
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« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2004, 05:34:27 PM »

No tutorial-massive loss in sales. Yes, I am too lazy to read a manual, and I am guessing that most gamers, just about all of whom are more casual than I, are likely to not read the manual. The game is pretty much unplayable otherwise.
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« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2004, 10:06:48 PM »

Anyone have a link to Chip's Nexus web page?

B/T/W the death of Gone Gold caught me completely by surprise and it took my this long to find everyone...if I did not know better, I would have thought everyone was trying to ditch me...
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« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2004, 11:07:48 PM »

Hey Tampa_Gamer....same thing happened to me....one minute it was there...I went to a project overseas...then wham it was gone!

AS for the game...WOW!  Looks awesome.  Going to have to download it tonight and try it out.  Thanks for the LINK!
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« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2004, 11:28:06 PM »

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No tutorial-massive loss in sales. Yes, I am too lazy to read a manual, and I am guessing that most gamers, just about all of whom are more casual than I, are likely to not read the manual. The game is pretty much unplayable otherwise.


There is a tutorial.  It comes with the retail version of the game but not the demo.  :cry:

EDIT:  Here's a link to a copy of the reame that comes with the single player demo if you guys want to print it out:
http://dlx.gamespot.com/pc/nexus/moreinfo_6108505.html
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« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2004, 03:19:30 AM »

I know I know you guys are sick of this already but for those who are interested, this post in their forum is EXTREMELY helpful and is an easy read.  This will get you up and going easy in the demo mission.  dont forget you can get the game in the USA by getting the import through GOGAMER.com

heres the link to the great tips
http://www.nexusthegame.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=658
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« Reply #15 on: March 09, 2005, 08:12:48 PM »

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Anyone have a link to Chip's Nexus web page?



http://home.earthlink.net/~cgh5541/

Got it off this page:

http://www.nexusthegame.com/index.html?action=showcontent&contentid=61
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« Reply #16 on: March 09, 2005, 09:11:51 PM »

Gogamer has it for US $19.99 for the import version. Pretty good deal since its selling for $40 in stores.
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« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2005, 09:26:12 PM »

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Gogamer has it for US $19.99 for the import version. Pretty good deal since its selling for $40 in stores.


Ordered mine yesterday along with KOTOR2 and IL2 Stormovik...should be here tomorrow.
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« Reply #18 on: March 10, 2005, 03:59:31 PM »

I got it and I am basically in love with it.  The graphics are really great.  It's like having a Babylon 5 space battle play out on your computer.  Some of the shield effects are AMAZING.  Space stations will put out this huge sphere called a "fortress shield."  It's a semi-translucent shield that has a texture that swirls all around it.  The really cool part is that if your ships fire on it, the texture changes it's swirl and color right where the impact occurred, and the effects ripple outward.  If you try and send your ships through the shield, the shield pulses and actually looks like it bends inward a little where your ship tries to break through.  

You definitely need to read the manual to understand the entire thing.  There are in-game tutorials but they are not complete. The manual is not gigantic though, and it's easy to understand for the most part.  

If you like games where you have to customize your ship, this is the game for you.  Everything is customizable, from your weapons, to your power systems, to squadrons of fighters and commandos.  There's all sorts of special equipment like missles, commando squads, stealth drives, scanners, counter-measures, and a lot more.  

I have every visual effect turned on and run at 1280 on a 3Ghz P4 with a GeforceFX card.  The game runs pretty well, though it gets choppy if I zoom right in on a ship or an object.  Most likely the real time shadows are causing the slow down.  I have also had a few problems with crashing to desktop with no warning.  It seems to be mainly if I try and task swap while playing.  Receiving an IM while playing will also dump me right to the desktop.
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« Reply #19 on: March 10, 2005, 05:14:42 PM »

I'm ordering this from GoGamer now.
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« Reply #20 on: March 10, 2005, 07:37:16 PM »

I found this quote from gamespot funny:

"You can save the game during a mission, but this often causes the mission to crash, so it's not something we recommend."

Score is good though. 8.3
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« Reply #21 on: March 10, 2005, 09:53:11 PM »

Got my copy this morning but wont have it installed for a while. I saw one review that said you can send overa boarding squad to a station and you will get to listen to the radio chatter from the squad as is moves through the station and fights...way cool.
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« Reply #22 on: March 10, 2005, 10:16:06 PM »

Its good, but the story while interesting is not very well told, the voice acting can be atrocious, the game is ridiculously slow and lacks a speed time button (how hard would that be?), amongst other silly problems. I like it quite a bit though, but I need to play it more.
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« Reply #23 on: March 11, 2005, 04:56:44 AM »

Some quick questions regarding multiplayer.

How must customization goes into the making of your fleet?  is it possible to make a completely unique fleet, in terms of looks/fighting style/ship makeup?
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« Reply #24 on: March 11, 2005, 03:49:48 PM »

I'm actually enjoying this game quite a bit... The graphics are stunning, and the attention to detail on the ships is amazing (rotating habitat sections, manuvering thruster flares, battle damage).  Some of the game can be a bit annoying in terms of mission difficulty, and the interface, while daunting at first, is really pretty nice once it's been explained to you.  Overall, it's a pretty decent game.
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« Reply #25 on: March 11, 2005, 10:18:33 PM »

I have actually started to have terrible CTD problems that don't seem to be related to anything system-wise.  Seems like they have some bugs where if you take out ships in a certain order, it will crash right to desktop.  Very strange.  I have a save game where I will always crash immediately after I load it because one ship starts evacuating and that sets it off.  Frustrating as I'm not sure I'll be able to complete the mission I'm on.
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« Reply #26 on: March 12, 2005, 01:48:55 AM »

I'm thinking of picking this one up.

Are you guys all playing with the 1.1 patch?

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« Reply #27 on: March 12, 2005, 07:55:35 PM »

There is a 1.01 patch for the European version.  The NA version ships like that so you don't need the patch.  

I got around my problems by destroying the ships in a different order, and now I seem to be ok stability-wise again.
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« Reply #28 on: March 14, 2005, 06:00:51 PM »

I was able to find a copy of Nexus locally -- even though Electronics Boutique isn't carrying it, GameStop is.  I've been enjoying it so far.

I wish I had a better idea of *exactly* how the different behavior settings modify your ship's attitudes.  For example, I'm on an early mission featuring a Fort Shield, and I discovered that ordering my ships to attack in a defensive posture causes them to pull right up to the edge of the barrier, turn off their own shield systems (since they're protected and don't need to waste the energy), and unload at range.  It's an ingenious tactic, but I discovered it entirely by accident.

A more frustrating example: in an early escort mission, I ordered my ships to "Defend" a defenseless transport, but instead of attacking the ships that fired at the transport, my ships spent all their time defending themselves instead.  I know I can issue manual "Attack" commands, but I would have much prefered if my ships would aggressively try to put themselves between the enemy ships and the transports to physically block their line of fire.

That said, this is has been an extremely fun and addicting game so far, and I've been enjoying the storyline too!  Wouldn't it be *amazing* if they could combine this sort of tactical naval combat with a Master of Orion-type galactic strategy game?

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« Reply #29 on: March 14, 2005, 07:00:19 PM »

Quote from: "Autistic Angel"
I was able to find a copy of Nexus locally -- even though Electronics Boutique isn't carrying it, GameStop is.  I've been enjoying it so far.

I wish I had a better idea of *exactly* how the different behavior settings modify your ship's attitudes.  For example, I'm on an early mission featuring a Fort Shield, and I discovered that ordering my ships to attack in a defensive posture causes them to pull right up to the edge of the barrier, turn off their own shield systems (since they're protected and don't need to waste the energy), and unload at range.  It's an ingenious tactic, but I discovered it entirely by accident.

A more frustrating example: in an early escort mission, I ordered my ships to "Defend" a defenseless transport, but instead of attacking the ships that fired at the transport, my ships spent all their time defending themselves instead.  I know I can issue manual "Attack" commands, but I would have much prefered if my ships would aggressively try to put themselves between the enemy ships and the transports to physically block their line of fire.

That said, this is has been an extremely fun and addicting game so far, and I've been enjoying the storyline too!  Wouldn't it be *amazing* if they could combine this sort of tactical naval combat with a Master of Orion-type galactic strategy game?

-Autistic Angel


yes, in fact, that would be the best game evarararar. However, Nexus is getting old very very quickly unfortunately frown I'm not sure how much longer Im going to keep playing it.
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« Reply #30 on: March 14, 2005, 07:28:46 PM »

You'll get the hang of the different modes eventually.  In most general situations you can pretty easily discern which mode works best.  I do stuggle occasionally with some of the commands - for example, ordering the Avalanche to attack the hull of an enemy ship doesn't seem to activate all four of my rail guns, and I can't for the life of me figure out why.  The other complaint I have is that often missions will simply end out of the blue.  I'm on one now where I have to defend this stargate thing, and I go for about 20 minutes and the mission ends with no warning whatsoever.  Only played it through once so far, but it was disconcerting.

Overall I'm still digging it quite a bit.  I think the story is pretty good.  The characters are pretty good as well, but that Norbank guy is very annoying (luckily he leaves later on it would appear), and the whole thing is hampered by a bit crappy voice acting.  Some of the big battles though, they get pretty damn good.
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« Reply #31 on: March 16, 2005, 09:27:25 PM »

Well, i think the ai doesn't fire all weapons because your weapon generator wouldn't be able to sustain power to all of them for sustained use. I am not entire sure how it works, but i think in the earlier versions (when it went by other names), using too much weapon energy caused your reserves to go down.

I am really liking the game. Some of the missions are kind of annoying (can't complete them without specific equipment), but overall, i find myself playing nexus more and more and wow less and less.

I really like that capital ships don't just fall over to fighters/bombers. unless you take out the point defence systems, you will take tons of losses. I also like the whole damage system. When i first started playing, i had a hell of a time destroying shielded enemies, but now i do pretty well. My smaller ships target devices (normally, engines, combat engines, shields) and my larger ships destroy shields (so that i have a backup incase my smaller ships can't take out the shields). I haven't really used limited use weapons much, but i am thinking i should start. I used to think i would need to be prepared for large battles against tons of ships, but a lot of them only take place against a few stronger ships with escorts.

I am glad i ended up buying this even though i didn't care for the demo. Thanks for the heads up on the gogamer deal!
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« Reply #32 on: March 16, 2005, 11:41:37 PM »

I did'nt like the demo either but am enjoying the game. I also got it at GG during a 48 hour masness sale. And Im also not playing WoW lately. I played through SW Republic Commando and finished it today and I think Im near the end of Vampire also. I just installed Nexus today and have played 2 or 3 missions. Im guessing its the tutorials. I actually failed one lol and went back..but it did teach me what to do.
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« Reply #33 on: March 17, 2005, 12:29:15 AM »

I'm still waiting for my GoGamer copy to show.  Media mail is definitely not the way to order games. slywink
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