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15201  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Good Xbox Games You May Be Missing... on: February 24, 2005, 03:45:36 AM
Quote from: "RamPanther"
Invisible mines, rampanther? Did you forget about your night vision goggles?

I used that Psi ability that allows you to see the mines, but for some reason I found them amazingly hard to bypass in certain areas. In one particular area I died about 10 times in a row despite creeping at a snail's pace.

Still a good game, however. I love using my powers to slam enemies into their friends and then quickly toss them over the side of the building

All I know is that I died more time on those mine levels than I ever have in any game ever.  It was one of the most frustrating sequences in a game I've ever played through in my entire life.  Still gave the game a solid B and would definitely go for a sequel.
15202  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Loonatics? [Updated with more loathsome images!] on: February 21, 2005, 03:57:28 PM
Meh. New roadrunner looks cool though.

No slyvester?
15203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fiery Xbox of Death (i.e. free power cord replacement f/ MS) on: February 18, 2005, 06:54:19 PM
Thanks for posting this!

Mine was manufactured on 23Aug02 and needed a replacement.
15204  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Jade Empire Preorder Deal (?) on: February 15, 2005, 05:49:12 PM
I've only ever pre ordered one game: Ninja Gaiden.  It was a masterpiece.

Bioware is developing JE so if they borrow heavily from the KOTOR formula (which it seems they are) then this game is going to be a big fat hit and play like a dream.

That said, I rarely buy into ANY pre game hype, but bioware's track record and my experience with their previous products leads me to believe this is a safe bet.

I'm still searching for preorder deals as I think this will be only the 2nd game i've payed full price for in some 40 purchases...
15205  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Whow this forum is almost dead on: February 14, 2005, 07:24:06 PM
It was stated above:

I come here for console related game topics and to OO for the general stuff...but since the split general topics and p/r based discussions just don't interest me as much.

However, I post here much more frequently.

I have a .40 ppd at OO and a whopping .53 here...but keep in mind i didn't start posting here frequently until GG went down so I had a 3 month or so lead in with basically no posts while GG was up.

CG is the first forum I check and is 'home' now.

But, that said, I don't usually check the main page.  I'm not into previews or much gaming news...and the only time I look for a review is when I'm interested in purchasing a game...Even then I usually only look at the score so as not to get any unintentional spoilers....

Guess I'm not 'hardcore' I once thought I was...
15206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Still another Mercs Question: on: February 12, 2005, 05:21:19 AM
Mui (female)'s write up says she has better covert capabilities and stays undetected while other mercs 'stick out like a sore thumb'.

How is this so?

I've played a couple of missions as her and have not noticed any difference in my ability to hide from enemies...thoughts?
15207  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / New HOMM3 Complete -- Only ~$17 shipped from on: February 10, 2005, 07:18:26 PM
Ahh HOMM3. Truly one of the greatest games EVER made.

15208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mercenaries: Is this all there is to it? on: February 10, 2005, 07:15:57 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
And I thought the boom was awesome. Each to their own, I guess. I'm on the Diamonds and the new map and still loving it. The challenge is definitely going up, and I'm having to approach each card differently which is way cool. For example, I stumbled onto the 8 of hearts last night and he was surround by tanks. I did a precision strike on one of the tanks that set off a chain reaction. I found his body several feet from where he started, but then another couple of tanks came over the hill and killed me. I have no idea how I'm going to handle that one in the future as I turned it off then. smile

That's good to hear.  Basically all the club missions (with the exception of the ace) were straight up the middle run and gunners.  Glad to see all the toys that I didn't need to use in those missions will come in handy later.
15209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mercenaries: Is this all there is to it? on: February 10, 2005, 03:43:03 PM
Quote from: "AttAdude"
does it get harder lol.

yeah man you are gonna get harder missions starting right now with the diamonds but the game does not really get challenging untill the face cards for the hearts.  As for how you feel about the game, the whole thing will play out just like the clubs did, so if you really dont like it now there is nothing later in the game that is going to change your mind.  Now how you can come away with a meh feeling after bunkerbusting that huge tower in the ace of clubs mission, ill never know.

I was underwhelmed by the explosion....everyone said bunker busters are amazing...not much happened...
15210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mercenaries: Is this all there is to it? on: February 10, 2005, 02:20:02 PM
Forgive me if this has been covered in another thread, but I don't want to stumble upon any spoilers.

I closed out the Clubs deck last night and I have a decidedly 'eh' feeling about the game.

Does the gameplay change as you move forward?  I just seem to drive from place to place kill some NK, run a random faction mission and repeat.

Where's the intrigue?

Will the factions become more important as the game progresses? Will there be real choices I have to make- play one against the other with consequences?

Chinese Faction Spoiler-

I did the mafia hit, only because that was the only way to find the Queen and the 9.  Initially I refused because I didn't want to jepordize my access to Merchant of Menace...

I did the job and WAS detected (as Chinese, not as the merc) and there's been no fall out...that I can tell.

End Spoiler

Also, I'm playing through as the American and he's not doing it for me.  I had originally started with the Swede, but again, blah..  Is the girl any good?

Who's your favorite merc?

And does it get HARDER?
15211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lightsaber in Kotor 2 on: February 10, 2005, 02:14:33 PM
Different strokes for different folks.

I thought 2 was better than 1.  
I didn't hit any major bugs other than one game loss and a few freezes
The end didn't leave me wanting untill I read some of the 'complaints' about it  In retrospect I can see the dissatisfaction with it, but overall, I liked how it came together in the least for the Dark Side...
15212  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Jade Empire Preorder Deal (?) on: February 10, 2005, 12:39:58 PM
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
Quote from: "Laner"
I seriously doubt anything they included with the LE will significantly affect gameplay.

You mean like another playable character?  Or an additional fighting style?  Yeah, that doesn't affect gameplay at all...

I'm not understanding the static.  Why not preorder it?  What's the issue?
15213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lightsaber in Kotor 2 on: February 09, 2005, 06:07:50 PM
I just don't get how the same game on the same system can have such a varied response.

Stardrifter has had no issues. I had 5 maybe and some are getting crushed.

Makes no sense to me...
15214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR 2: Kreia is... [No Spoilers] on: February 09, 2005, 04:13:55 PM
Kreia is one character I took with me on all planets except where I wasn't allowed to.  She was just so mysterious and insightful.  An amazing character to be sure.

I'm not sure how it will play out, but I made every effort to keep my influence up with her as a Sith  Lord  (even to the point of reloading scenarios that caused a drop) because she is the lynchpin to the story and as far as I could tell, you wouldn't get the whole story unless you got it from her.

When I eventually finish my Jedi (or create a new one) it'll be interesting to see how much of the story is 'missed' because of conflicting ideologies.

I swear I just want to take my newly crafted, green-colored lightsaber and slice that hooded head off her!

Yeah that thought went through my mind on numerous occasions.

What a game indeed!
15215  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Jade Empire Preorder Deal (?) on: February 09, 2005, 01:47:06 PM
So if I preorder from anywhere I'll get the LE?

Looks like I'm cancelling eB an going to OVerstock. 42 bucks!
15216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Quick Mercenaries Question: on: February 09, 2005, 12:50:06 AM
After getting the ability to get the Ace of Clubs contract it says you can continue to get the contracts for the lesser cards by contacting the major in the HQ.  How do I get back into the HQ to get these contracts/into the HQ if the colonel is the only 'access point' to the HQ?

In other words, i want to close out the deck before going after the ace.


15217  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Jade Empire Preorder Deal (?) on: February 08, 2005, 08:33:51 PM
Ug. I'm so weak. I already did it.
15218  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Jade Empire Preorder Deal (?) on: February 08, 2005, 08:25:13 PM
Augh. Sounds. So. Good.

Do I dare pay full price for a game?
15219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lightsaber in Kotor 2 on: February 08, 2005, 08:17:57 PM
Quote from: "Stardrifter"

YES! thumbsup

Officially at 45hrs in on Dantooine!

And how fitting is this:  just finished watching Return of the Jedi on DVD and then I popped in KOTOR 2 and shortly thereafter - LIGHTSABER!

I know.  Saturday night and I'm excited because I got a lightsaber in a videogame.  It's a long story.  I'll tell you all sometime. smile

Heck! It's Tuesday afternoon and I'm excited for you! slywink
15220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mercenaries: 'GTA-like' ? on: February 07, 2005, 02:50:45 PM
I've never played a GTA game as the subject matter is a turn off, nor have I really seen it in action.

I started up mercenaries this week and am enjoying it quite a bit so far.

I've seen in many write ups of Mercenaries that state that it is 'GTA-like'.  How so?  Is this now a generic term to mean open ended gameplay?

Or is M similar to GTA because there's a hierarchy of quests like M's deck of 52...

Anyone know of any games that are similar to Mercs?
15221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Finished: Psi-Ops on: February 06, 2005, 01:12:28 AM
Overall I'd rate the game a solid B.  If they make a sequel, I'll be on board.

The game is short (and for me to say that means that most gamers probably finished it in a day) but long enough to effectively showcase the awesome graphic effects and psychic powers.  I think the physics in this game may be the best I've ever seen.  Fabulous.

The cut scenes are pretty good as is the story, but with regard to the latter it seems that there were some holes.

Now for the gripes: Spoilers

1. Most of the boss battles require the same exact technique.  You TK until the thing is dead.  Would have liked to see a little variety

2. The levels with the psi mines were among the most frustrating I've ever played in any game.  People thought Ninja Gaiden was difficult?  I walked through that game without much effort but must have died 50 times on that psi mine level.  I was so HOT under the collar...

3. Why does every game these days have to have aliens of some sort in it?  I thought it was a cheap and annoying device.  I would have much preferred if they'd created another enemy trooper...  This peeve though extends to many games these days and I'd add it to Merrits things that annoy me about console gaming...though I don't think that it's just limited to consoles...

End gripey spoilers

Begin Ending discussion: Comparing PSi Ops  ending to Halo2.  Spoilers, natch.

For whatever reason I though the ending of this game was perfect.  The to be continued was effective and didn't make me feel cheated.  Why is that?  I dunno. It just seemed to fit...sort of like the ending of Spiderman 2.  It's a cheap gimic in many movies and games, but for Psi ops it worked.  With Halo2 I felt like the game shouldn't have ended yet.  I don't know what the difference is...

End End game spoilers.

If you like 3rd person action games, I'd heartily recommend it!
15222  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / We've lost John Vernon and Ossie Davis on: February 04, 2005, 08:10:45 PM
I don't want to hear Wales dead. I want to see Wales dead.
15223  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why the Philadelphia Eagles will win the Super Bowl on: February 04, 2005, 02:56:04 PM
As long as the AFC wins it doesn't matter.

Go pats!
15224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Five things that irritate me about console gaming on: February 04, 2005, 02:53:45 PM

1. Combo's for everything. Sure, I understand combs for fighters. In fact, remembering the pattern and timing of button combinations are the heart of fighter game play and I'm cool with that. Its one of the reasons why I don't play fighters but I'm not going to protest. However it seems EVERY game wants you to do combos these days. Its really dragging down my enjoyment of Xmen Legends.

Eh. I can see where you're coming from. But I think if combos are fluidly implemented (like Ninja Gaiden) they add to the enjoyment because it ups the skill factor.  Combo use in Gladius was implemented outstandingly well...though I guess that wasn't a 'true' combo system...


2. Dual analog sticks in third person games. I remember that third person action games didn't use to be so hard when we just used one analog stick or the dpad. Aiming is an extreme chore and drains the fun right out of games of the genre.

Agreed.  I much prefer the D-pad, but have gotten used to the 2nd analog stick.  I would love it if the dpad was the main control and the analog stick was the 2ndary menu/task instrument.

3. Forward - back - strafe? This sort of goes with number 2. In third person games, game developers almost always put strafing controls with the forward and backwards motion. I think having forward, back, and turn left or right controls as one stick makes far more sense. Its like steering then. Simple things like Doors get me very angry. I moving forward and then I slightly strafe and hit the wall and start sliding around.

I disagree.  Back in the PC days hitting a separate button to strafe sucked.

4. Save points on Xbox. Why? It has a hard drive, use it. So what if their big, I'm not using it for anything but saved games. I played one game in two years on my Xbox, Knights of the Old Republic and it allowed me to save were I want. Why is this such a problem?

I'm with ya.  Though I used so many save points in KOTOR2 (170+ each about 1600 blocks) that I almost ran out of HD space!

5. Bonuses if you finish the game. Why would I want extra costumes or characters if I finish a game. I already finished it, what good is it to me?

I love the bonuses.  It's like getting a dvd with extra content.  The added features are a reward of sorts and the more the better.  I haven't completed Ninja Gaiden the second time through, but it was pretty awesome to start over with a new sword.
15225  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone read The Order of the Stick webcomic? on: February 03, 2005, 12:20:58 PM
Quote from: "Big Jake"
I've been reading it every week since it got mentioned on GG too. Hilarious read if you're a D&D geek.

Ditto.  I haven't played D&D for 15 years and the comic is still hilarious.
15226  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Survey] What is the most rediculous thing... on: February 02, 2005, 06:28:07 PM
Quote from: "coopasonic"
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
[Survey]What is the most rediculous thing...

I think the answer here is obvious.

He's jonin' on your spelling man. You gonna take that (
15227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Not Buying Another XBOX Game on: February 02, 2005, 06:16:10 PM
Quote from: "Gratch"
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Quote from: "ATB"
•  Fable- November 04 (may play through KOTOR II again before embarking on another RPG, so it's gonna be a while before I play through this one)

Just my opinion, but Fable will not reach the love you have for KOTOR2.  In fact, the game is crap.  I know there are people out there who like it, but any RPG that you can conceivably beat in 8 hours (I did this) is not an RPG in my mind.  I had no wish to do any side quests because the game doesn't make you feel as immersed in the land as you probably should.  I personally would trade it in toward something that is better.  Remember, this is just my opinion though.

Personally, I think your enjoyment of Fable will depend solely on your expectations going in.  If you expect a deep, epic, revolutionary, engrossing game (as most people did) then you will be horribly dissapointed.  If you expect a lighthearted, fun, hack-n-slash (as I did) then you might enjoy it quite a bit.

Just don't read anything Moleneaux himself says about the game and you'll be just fine.  slywink

I have no expectations.  So I should be fine.  I never read any pre-hype about any game that's in development.  I don't read exhaustive previews unless they're in OXM, I don't read threads dedicated to it. I don't do any intel at all.

If I see a game that I think I'll  like I do a quick review check (never reading much for fear of spoilers), run out and trade for or buy it if it rates semi well and more often than not love it.

Using this 'system', of the 34 games I've played on XBOX, I've rated 16 of them A- or higher.  That's pretty aweseome in my book.

People who get wrapped around the axle for a new game are crazy. How is it possible that any game doesn't disappoint them (not a snipe at Agtfox but a pondering re: gamers in general)...
15228  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What timezone am I in? on: February 02, 2005, 02:53:26 PM
AoO- The man with all the answers.

15229  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What timezone am I in? on: February 02, 2005, 01:34:54 PM
I live near DC.

Am I GMT? GMT + X?

15230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Star Wars Has Impressed Me (not KOTOR) on: February 02, 2005, 12:41:34 PM
Played the demo last night. Seems like there are some innovative touches and it has made its way onto my top five wants list.

Thing about demos for me though is I get frustrated because I don't really know how to do anything. I basically just hit buttons and see what happens.

The squad interaction seemed great and the weapon modding (instead of carrying a whole armory) was a great touch.

Voice work sounded good, but I couldn't figure out what the heck was going on.

Still, looking forward to getting it... some day ( slywink
15231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Not Buying Another XBOX Game on: February 02, 2005, 12:34:11 PM
Until I play through my backlog slywink:

•  Jet Set Radio Future- 25/Dec/02 (The day I got my XBOX)
•  Panzer Dragoon Orta- Apr 03 (Gotta get in the mood for this)
•  Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds - 30/Nov/03 (First one was SO good)
•  Otogi: Myth of Demons- (supposed to be great)
•  Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge - Summer 04 (didn't grab me when I tried it out)
•  Metal Arms Glitch in the System- September 04 (can't wait to play it)
•  Fable- November 04 (may play through KOTOR II again before embarking on another RPG, so it's gonna be a while before I play through this one)
•  Prince of Persia II: Warrior Within- January 20 05 (SOT was a masterpiece)
•  Mercenaries- January 28 2005 (next on my hit list)

Right now I'm playing Psi Ops and replaying through NBA Street Vol 2.

This rash vow is tough considering my top five wants list:

1.  Jade Empire
2. Brothers in Arms
3.  Psychonauts
4.  Star Wars: Republic Commando
5.  NBA Street Vol. 3
15232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Simple KOTOR 2 Question on: February 01, 2005, 07:59:19 PM
I had one corrupted game.

There were a couple of freezes that occurred but I don't know that that was a result of the game or the box itself.

I had no other issues.
15233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Simple KOTOR 2 Question on: February 01, 2005, 04:37:42 PM
I loved it on the XBOX.  Dolby digital lighsabering is fabulous.
15234  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Psi Ops: Fun on: January 31, 2005, 02:42:59 PM
Got Psi-Ops from and so far it's pretty fun.

The psychic powers are pretty neat and well implemented although some of their end results can be a tad...sick.  The story is pretty interesting as well, but it seems to have some holes in it (that may be explained later).

There's a good sense of humor throughout and the characters are interesting if a bit shallow.

So far there's not that much weapon variety but the implementation of the powers and the environments is very well done.

There have been several 'ah ha' moments.  

Minor Second level Spoiler/ ah ha moment:

You walk into a room and a bullet proof glass door closes behind you.  Poison starts to fill the room and a guard runs into the hallway you just left to watch your agonizing demise and splatter you with bullets should you get our.  What do you do?  WHAT DO YOUUU DO?

Naturally, you use telekenesis to grab the guard, and repeatedly ram him into the door smashing the door and killing him in the process..  Fabulous.

End spoiler.

If you're into 3rd person action games, I heartily recommend this game.  Good fun and a new and interesting take on the genre.
15235  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LotR: EE Slipcase has Arrived! on: January 31, 2005, 12:26:02 PM
Got mine last week too. Nifty!

They could have charged for it to make more money...but they didn't.  A class move I think.
15236  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fake VW Ad - Funny But Wrong on: January 31, 2005, 12:25:09 PM
Quote from: "corruptrelic"
Pretty good.
I am actually spurred to action. I'm going to write to VW.
Give it a rest and cheer up! You sound like the type of people who want to see games like Grand Theft Auto banned or say there's too much violence in movies. Censorship is bad in all it's forms.

Stop trying to censor me!
15237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished KoToR2 + questions I hope folks can answer on: January 26, 2005, 07:53:34 PM
Hit Korribon first.

It was my favorite of all the planets...
15238  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do you ever wish you could change the outcome of a movie? on: January 26, 2005, 06:01:20 PM
Quote from: "dbt1949"
I'd rewrite Cold Mountain so the guy lives at the end.That ending sucked!

Agreed.  The ending was hackneyed.


Heat: Robert Dinero should have won. No doubt.

Ditto, Collateral:  TC should have blasted the cabbie and then smoked the girl.  The end shows him getting off the train and walking down the platform.  All in a day's work.

That would also open the door to a sequel for the continuing adventures of one of the baddest to the bone characters in any movie i can remember.
15239  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fake VW Ad - Funny But Wrong on: January 26, 2005, 05:55:36 PM
Thanks AoO.
15240  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fake VW Ad - Funny But Wrong on: January 26, 2005, 05:47:03 PM
Now that I think about it an internet goof or do you think it's a real sanctioned VW commercial?
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