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14521  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: BIA: Hill 30. Am I missing Something? on: February 02, 2006, 03:23:09 AM
Quote from: "ATB"
 I see a perfect flanking opportunity, and it's blocked by a fence that I, as an elite 101st airborne paratrooper, cannot jump over.  


ATB agrees! slywink
14522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: BIA: Hill 30. Am I missing Something? on: February 01, 2006, 08:02:53 PM
Quote from: "unbongwah"
Quote from: "ATB"
Plus, I feel so hemmed in by the designers.  I see a perfect flanking opportunity, and it's blocked by a fence that I, as an elite 101st airborne paratrooper, cannot jump over.  Does it get better?

As someone who actually finished BiA, I can say it does get better, but this is always an issue: "narrow" levels which limit your movement / flanking options and force you down specific paths.

I liked BiA, but the restrictive level design sapped a lot of its tactical potential, making it a lot more puzzle-y, as others have said - kinda like the Commandos games, in a weird sort of way, actually.  BiA:EiB is better so far - somewhat larger, more open levels - but still problematic.


Exactly- There have been half a dozen times so far where the perfect flank would have been around a house....naturally I investigate only to find no way around.  I don't know that I'll be signing up for the sequel. We'll see though.

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The fact that you have to beat the game on the hardest difficult to open them all is not my preference,


Yep. Definitely don't love the game enough to replay it after I finish it.  No chancerino.
14523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire Load Times on: February 01, 2006, 08:00:23 PM
Jade Empire sux.  Don't bother.
14524  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Finished: BIA: Hill 30 on: January 31, 2006, 07:53:56 PM
Quote from: "Sarkus"
Quote from: "ATB"
Well I'm a little further in and although the game is not the greatest ever, I'm enjoying it more.

What hooked me in was the extras- reading about the exploits of the actual squad on which the game is based.  Really great stuff.


One minor thing that bugs me is that this isn't true.  The game is based on actual events but it wasn't a single unit that experienced them all.  Basically they "cherry-picked" interesting situations from the Normandy campaign as a whole.  It makes for a more interesting game but isn't a reflection of actual events.


Well the documentation in the extras is authentic i would guess: there's one story in particular about a sargent and private going door to door and wiping out over 30 germans.  Amazing stuff.
14525  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Oscar Nominations Announced - 2006 on: January 31, 2006, 06:23:43 PM
I am so glad Crash is getting all of these nominations.  That movie is impossibly good- and profound.
14526  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ninja Gaiden Black - camera the real boss fight? on: January 31, 2006, 03:44:46 PM
I know that a lot of people had issues with the camera, but for whatever reason I never did.  I didn't find the Alma boss fight maddeningly difficult as many did either.   You're right about her tells though....  

I really need to go back and play this game...Curse my backlog!
14527  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Has There Ever Been a Better Trilogy than POP? on: January 31, 2006, 01:01:08 PM
I am in the midst of the masterpiece that is The Two Thrones and I got to wondering if there has ever been a better gaming trilogy- the games have delivered for each and every outing.

Lots of people had problems with POP:WW, but I didn't and I thought the game- and especially the boss battles- were a very good time.

SoT- was an all time classic as far as I'm concerned.
TTT- while I'm only about 4 hrs in, is right up there as well- some of the new 'innovations' like the dagger hang and the whole Dark Prince mechanic are wonderful.

ATB's Grades of the Series

PoP:SoT: A+ A sublime Title
PoP:WW A A great game, but not quite as good as SoT
PoP: TTT- Already and A+.

That said, I would chunk the KOTOR series in the greatest trilogies ever, if the third one is made and I play it and it rocks.  But that remains to be seen.

There was Wing Commander (if I recall the 3rd one was the last one before it got so bloated with FMV that it got to be too much).

Others?
14528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Finished: BIA: Hill 30 on: January 31, 2006, 12:56:14 PM
Well I'm a little further in and although the game is not the greatest ever, I'm enjoying it more.

What hooked me in was the extras- reading about the exploits of the actual squad on which the game is based.  Really great stuff.

Spoiler-

I've just completed the mission after Matt Baker's Tank driving friend is nixed.  The mission after it is to clear out a town- these are the kinds I like.  Enemies all around and you have to move from place to place hunting them down. Then BAM- there's a panzer that blows you to pieces!

Pretty cool.

/spoiler

The game is hovering in 'B' territory right now....
14529  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Started watching Lost... on: January 30, 2006, 01:54:07 AM
Great show. Don't listen to those who say it has lost it.  They're just impatient.
14530  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 01/18/06 - FIRST HOLY CRAP of 2006! on: January 27, 2006, 09:23:33 PM
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Now that I think of it, that may be why I liked the episode and most other Lost fans didn't- it was all about having previously established stories advance in some way, it was not at all about introducing any NEW mysteries or questions. This is what I've been wanting the show to do for a long time now.


I'm fine with episodes that don't advance the plot- as long as it centers around character development in some way.  Obviously, given what i said previously, this sounds opposite to it.

But for whatever reason, this episode just didn't do it for me. Glad you liked it, but it wasn't for me.

My favorite episodes have been about Dan Dae Kim's character and I can't wait till they explore him and his marriage some more.

I'm nowhere near ready to abandon this show like so many seem to be. It's still my most anticipated show of the week (until survivor comes back on slywink.
14531  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Finished: BIA: Hill 30 on: January 27, 2006, 07:47:32 PM
Glad I bought it then!

14 bucks...but still.
14532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Finished: BIA: Hill 30 on: January 27, 2006, 05:37:02 PM
This game was praised from up in the rafters.

True, I'm only about 3 missions in and have control of only one guy, but what's all the hub-ub bub? Does it get better?  I mean I can only flank and kill so many times before I think this is Full Spectrum Warrior redux.

Plus, I feel so hemmed in by the designers.  I see a perfect flanking opportunity, and it's blocked by a fence that I, as an elite 101st airborne paratrooper, cannot jump over.  Does it get better?
14533  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 01/18/06 - FIRST HOLY CRAP of 2006! on: January 27, 2006, 01:45:49 PM
I'm going the other way on this one.  I love Charlie's story, but I thought this was one of the worst episodes they've had.  Sure, saving the baby has great potential, but the whole baptism thing was way out of place and preposterous. (BTW- the show's baptism definition is all wrong....)

It seems to me they are begining to villify Locke a bit now.  Some of the camera angles made him look sinister.  Glad he gave charlie a beat down though...it was an appropriate response given the circurmstances.
14534  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / WB & UPN to merge on: January 24, 2006, 06:52:15 PM
suck + suck = more suck
14535  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 01/18/06 - FIRST HOLY CRAP of 2006! on: January 23, 2006, 08:31:03 PM
guy has a sharpshooter in the woods that can hit sawyer in the neck with no damage IN THE DARK = former military.
14536  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Do you have a video game character crush? on: January 23, 2006, 02:47:32 PM
when i was a kid:

 

Lynn Minmei

and then of course



Lisa Hayes
14537  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Rocky 6 - First pics up on: January 20, 2006, 10:20:58 PM
(edited by KS to remove spoilers)

Gah stop it with the spoilers! Or possible spoilers.
14538  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Rocky 6 - First pics up on: January 20, 2006, 01:39:04 PM
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Former THE A TEAM star MR T is set to reprise his role of CLUBBER LANG in the upcoming ROCKY VI film.


NOW...YOU...ARE...TALKING.

My butt may be in the seat just to see that.

If Thunderlips makes a cameo, I'll pre order the collector's DVD right now!
14539  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers on: January 17, 2006, 01:54:04 PM
FSW could have been great, but as everyone knows it was mediocre. If they get the sequel right, I'll be in.  But if it's MoTS count me out.
14540  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Remember gun-kata? on: January 15, 2006, 03:46:46 AM
Meh.

Could be good.  But the whole sole surviving member of the eradicated supersoldier group who gets revenge on their previous masters has been done so many times before.........
14541  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire on: January 14, 2006, 05:32:20 AM
Glad you like it.  I couldn't stand Jade Empire.  One of the most disappointing gaming experiences I can remember.  My mini- self review:

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Was an absolute struggle to complete this game.  Bioware is now on the watch and wait list.  No heart.  Didn’t care about my character. Ugh, very disappointed.
14542  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / A Video for all Gamers on: January 13, 2006, 03:17:01 AM
That is too funny!
14543  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Lost(spoilers) on: January 12, 2006, 01:11:15 PM
They've showed the smoke before...but i assumed that it was different from 'the monster'...
14544  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gaming in Hi Def: How do I tell the difference? on: January 09, 2006, 02:13:32 AM
Hi all.

I just got a new HD tv and have properly connected the xbox to it using the proper HD adapter and turned on the HD options in the xbox.

Now, how do I tell the difference between the appearance of the game in HD mode vs regular mode?

Is something supposed to be crisper? Sharper? Are there tell tale signs that it's HD vs regular picture?

Also, one game I checked, KOTOR 2 is VERY dark.  What's that about? The other games I've checked seem fine,  but KOTOR 2 is almost unplayable because it's so hard to see what's going on..  thoughts?
14545  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How many are staying up for the new year? on: January 03, 2006, 02:43:32 AM
Was in bed at 11:30.  New years is the dumbest holiday evar.
14546  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Its time for animation....56k beware on: December 21, 2005, 06:44:27 PM
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THAT is amazing.

What's it from?
14547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Playing XBOX on a Laptop? on: December 21, 2005, 01:20:02 PM
Hi all- As I prepare to move, I'll be needing an interim way to get my XBOX fix. Any way to play it through a laptop?

I have a an Angel TV tuner for my Dell 9300 laptop that plugs in via USB 2.0.

The tuner as an S vid input and two audio inputs.

Is it possible to use the SVID and audio inputs to send my XBOX signal into my laptop?

If so, how would I get xbox images to be 'associated' with a channel so that the laptop will recognize it as such?

Anyone tried this before?

It's only a temporary situation, obviously, but since I'm on the market for a TV and I research everything to the nth degree, it may be a while before I actually own one...

Thanks.
14548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The 360 Agony! on: December 20, 2005, 11:14:05 AM
Try this: Wait!
14549  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OXM Subscription- December's issue AFK on: December 18, 2005, 12:27:35 AM
Quote from: "Graham"
ATB, thanks for borking the format.


Cheap Ubb code...
14550  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: OXM Subscription- December's issue AFK on: December 16, 2005, 10:22:01 PM
Quote from: "th'FOOL"
So, I waited and waited for my December issue of OXM to arrive, but it never did.  Yesterday, I revieved January's ish, which pretty much confirms the no-show.  Any idea on who I can contact to rectify this situation?  I'm not keen on paying for a subscription if I'm not getting the issues.

Oh, and my account is paid in full, has been for months, so it isn't that.


Let me recap on the December issue: BUSY BUSY BUSY BUSY BUSY BUSY BUSY.  ANNOYING GRAPHICS.ANNOYING GRAPHICS.ANNOYING GRAPHICS.ANNOYING GRAPHICS.ANNOYING GRAPHICS.ANNOYING GRAPHICS.ANNOYING GRAPHICS.ANNOYING GRAPHICS.ANNOYING GRAPHICS.ANNOYING GRAPHICS.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.AD.LOSS OF ALL CHARM.LOSS OF ALL CHARM.LOSS OF ALL CHARM.LOSS OF ALL CHARM.LOSS OF ALL CHARM.LOSS OF ALL CHARM.LOSS OF ALL CHARM.LOSS OF ALL CHARM.LOSS OF ALL CHARM.LOSS OF ALL CHARM.Good Column by the guy in the back.
14551  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Suggest you don't open any pm's from The Dude on: December 15, 2005, 10:09:52 PM
W00t! Mighty dial up slowness triumphs again!

Crowley is 0 for against me and my lack of high speed as he always seems to strike when I'm at home.  Muhahahaha. You can't infiltrate me with your stuff cause I'm too technologically behind!

Yay for being a late adopter!

w00t!
14552  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Don't open PMs from "TheDude" on: December 15, 2005, 10:02:10 PM
Woohoo! I  was on dialup again.  Try again next time loser!  In all of your spam attacks you have failed! Overcome by the mighty mighty 56.6!

w00t!
14553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 rumor: Seems Target are getting shipments in today 12/13 on: December 13, 2005, 12:18:15 PM
Not to throw my fellow gamers under the bus, but does anyone else find this consistent '360 sighting' threads a wee bit pathetic?

There will be plenty of them in a few months.  Just wait.
14554  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 08, 2005, 01:51:08 PM
14555  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Looking for a list of "internet-only" banks on: December 07, 2005, 07:25:10 PM
www.ingdirect.com 3.75% interest rate.

Let me know if you're itnerested cause I can make it so you gets a free 25.00 and I gets a free 10.00.
14556  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I can`t believe it`s... on: December 07, 2005, 12:17:45 PM
Quote from: "Harpua3"
Already December. WTF? Wow, time does move faster as I get older. If it keep the acceleration at this rate, I`m screwed. heh. Anyone else REALLY feeling this lately?



15, there's still time for you,
Time to burn and time to lose...
14557  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 Defective Rate Normal for New Hardware - 3% on: December 02, 2005, 03:13:02 AM
I doubt Atari had a 3% failure rate.  My 2600 was helluva tough and all you had to do to fix any problem was to hit the reset switch.

I bet somewhere, some kid is playing the holla out of that thing right now.  MS can kiss Atari's supremacy's butt, ya heard?!

Oh and my Burgertime handheld still works 20 years later.  I doubt those had anything near a 3% failure rate.

Still more proof that M$ make garbage electronics.

Finally, I had taco bell the other day. A Grilled Stuft Burrito.  Not one of those has ever failed me.

I think there's a lesson for the MS in there too.  They r teh suxx0r. TB = teh m2xx0r!
14558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New OXM Design on: December 01, 2005, 07:11:39 PM
I don't like it.

Too busy.  Too much information clutter. Shorter articles BIG! BIG! BIG! screenshots.

Instead of clearly saying somewhere in a stat box whether the game is on XBOX or 360 you gotta search for an icon amid the jetsom of the rest of the eye. eye! EYE! catching color variety!

It's like OXM got put in a blender and it spat out random like. No me gusta.
14559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sid Meier's Pirates! Question. Help Please on: November 28, 2005, 08:15:05 PM
Quote from: "Doomboy"
Tacking (did I spell that right?) is how you sail when the wind is blowing from the direction you want to go...  Some ships even sail faster when tacking.

Sail at an angle to the wind.  Then when you have made some progress, change direction.

Say the wind is from the east, and you want to go east.  Then sail northeast for a while, and then change to southeast for a while.  It is a little slower, but it is a hell of a lot faster than sailing directly against the wind.

I apologize if you already knew this, but you wanted some hints, and that is how I learned to play the game way back in the 80's...


Exactly what I needed. Thanks!
14560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sid Meier's Pirates! Question. Help Please on: November 28, 2005, 05:02:33 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
There is a directional compass on screen that points which way the wind blows. And yes, when it blows against you and you're on the opposite side of the map, the wind isn't the only thing that blows.


So no techniques or helpful hints then, eh? frown

Does the wind ever switch directions?
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