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15281  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
15282  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
15283  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.
15284  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.
15285  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.
15286  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.
15287  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!
15288  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...
15289  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.
15290  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fake VW Ad - Funny But Wrong on: January 26, 2005, 05:55:36 PM
Thanks AoO.
15291  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?
15292  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Fake VW Ad - Funny But Wrong on: January 26, 2005, 05:45:48 PM
That may be one of the most offensive things i've ever seen.   frown

Whoever drew that up or approved it should be fired...immediately.

Given the fact that thousands of people are killed every year by suicide bombs, I can't even believe this commercial got made.  It shows a total lack of morals and decency.

I can't wait for the commercial based in Indonesia showing a vw driving over dead people and the end reading 'a comfortable ride no matter what.'

I am actually spurred to action. I'm going to write to VW.

<where's the daggon thumbs down...?>
15293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EA BUYS DICE on: January 26, 2005, 04:12:48 PM
Activision said the same thing some weeks back I think.

VGs are a billion dollar industry and the main entertainment venue for many people.  I would probably raise prices too. a fella who has never paid full price for a console game, I'm sure there will be work arounds for the NextGen too...

A big one, is not getting the system until it has been out for a couple of years. smile.
15294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished games list - 2005 edition: Keep it updated! on: January 25, 2005, 02:53:12 AM
ATB's Hits List:

Knights of the Old Republic 2 22/Jan/05 - An absolute masterpiece A+
Psi Ops: The Mindgae Conspiracy 6/feb/05 - The equivalent of a good mindless action movie.  I'm on board for a sequel B
NBA Street Vol 2 2nd time 18/feb/05.  One of the all time greats.  Good alternate to Mercenaries...
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within 15/apr/05.  A great game!
15295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 2 and Cartridges might have some teeth? on: January 25, 2005, 02:47:36 AM
I would suggest that they go back to a NES style cartridge.  The gripper grooves ensured no slip insertions into the deck.

That was mighty fine!
15296  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Halo 2 and others for trade: on: January 24, 2005, 03:36:38 PM
15297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR II: Changed for the Experience (spoilrs in l8r posts ) on: January 22, 2005, 11:28:59 PM
Where does one go after completing a masterpiece?  What possible next game experience will not be a let down unless one has the fortune to head directly into another sublime experience?

That is my quandary after completing KOTOR II.  The feelings are still fresh, but I am ready to tab this my number one XBOX game of all time…possibly my number one game of all time… but let’s not be hasty.  Having played Civ II, Disciples II and HOMM III back in my PC days, I have to be rational…and get some distance between the games end, the afterglow, and let history record the result.

KOTOR II has been an absolute obsession to me since cracking it open on Christmas Eve.  I started as a Jedi Master and was so captivated, that half way through, I began again as a Sith Lord.  My intent was to catch him up to where my original character was and resume the Jedi path- but my Sith Lord was just too powerful.  He is Lord of the Sith Lords.   How can I make such a claim?  I put a disproportionate  amount of attribute points into Wisdom, the foundation to the Force strength and affinity.  He was absolutely overwhelming to his foes...

The story in KOTOR II is not a tidy thing.  But are the stories of life nice and neat?  Who’s evil? Who’s not? Who is beyond redemption?  Who can be saved?  Who would choose the dark side and who would be corrupted by the charisma of the truest of all Sith Lords?  

The pacing was flawless.  The character development the most complete of any game I can remember.  The writing, finer than most of the most highly acclaimed ‘cinematic events’ I’ve ever sat through.

But there’s something beyond-  I think the game may have…changed me.  In some small way, I’m wiser and more thoughtful as a result of playing it.  I found myself so enamored and so deeply held by the master craft of this story, that at times I forgot that it was a game- it seemed…almost spiritual.

Was it perfect? By no means.  Was it a seminal gaming experience?  Without question.

I remember being moved by the original KOTOR as well.  There’s something amazing about the mechanics of choosing to be good or evil in these games (far more compelling than Fable...or any other game with such avenues that I've played).  It spills over into real life; into our thought processes for nearly every action we take: After getting home from work do I clean the dirty dishes that my wife didn’t get to or do I get annoyed that the kitchen is not as clean as I *think* it should be?  Do I take the extra time and energy to shovel my neighbor’s walk or do I not and think to myself ‘if they slip and fall, things like that happen in life’?  Do I contribute to Tsunami relief to provide even the smallest measure of comfort or do I chalk it up to ‘***t happens?’

KOTOR II could be component  material for a philosophy course:

Instructor: You will be playing through Knights of the Old Republic II.  In this game you will have the opportunity to perform good and humane actions (light side) or those that cause harm and corruption (dark side).  The only rule for this assignment is be true to yourself…or to the self that you keep in chains-tucked away, unseen by anyone because it is too terrible.

What a game.

Now, I'm not saying that I haven't pondered on this level before regarding the choices one makes in one's life.  As one who struggles to seek after Christ, I ponder them often...KOTOR II was just another facet, a different perspective, a different retelling of some of the those struggles...
15298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone picking up The Punisher? on: January 21, 2005, 12:11:02 AM
OXM: 6.8


Concept intrigues me, but I'm not really a follower of the punisher...
15299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Will Brand Loyalty Carry you into NextGen? on: January 21, 2005, 12:06:35 AM
Pretty much the Xbox is hitting it's stride going into this year and they're allready to pull the plug on it, and I think one more year wouldn't have been too much to ask...

Agreed 100%.

I'm shocked, I say shocked, at how many people own all 3 and are planning to own all 3 nextgens too.  I must not make enough money! (Or have enough gaming time!) :o
15300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Will Brand Loyalty Carry you into NextGen? on: January 20, 2005, 06:40:06 PM
Loyalty schoyalty! says Portnoy over on OO.

Got me thinking.  I believe this has been discussed here before, but does your fanboyism translate into the moves you'll make with your nextgen console $$$?

I'm a huge XBOX fan and I'm hoping that Nextbox is a better a system than the other NextGen systems.  However, if it turns out that the PS3 or whatever is a better system, I'll go that way...but not for a long time.  (ATB don't pay no full price for consoles and prefers to come to the party late so the libraries are big and the kinks worked out).

I'm sure most would agree, but there are still people in this country who refuse to drive chevy's cause their papa's papa's papa's papa drove a ford and so will they.

15301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What was the Last Game you were Addicted to? on: January 20, 2005, 05:40:36 PM
It's happening right now: KOTOR 2.  I cannot stop playing. I think about it at work.  I think about it when I'm trying to fall asleep.

An unbelievable game.  It just won't let me go.

I've been Tetracized!
15302  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ok, I now get it. on: January 19, 2005, 09:57:00 PM
Quote from: "vagabond"
Pirates, Gothic, halflife 2 are also coming out on consoles. Probably some of the others as well. Most of the games that are PC only like rise of nations are RTS games, which I don't play anyway on any platform.

That's one thing I do miss. I'd give your left arm for a Disciples game on the XBOX.
15303  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ok, I now get it. on: January 19, 2005, 03:20:44 PM
Got my XBOX Christmas 2002.

Have not bought or played PC game since then.

Got my 6.1 surround sound Christmas 2003.

Don't have any plans to ever go back to PC gaming...even took my speaker set up into work so that I could listen to music.

Last upgrade I made was when I built a new PC November 2001.  You know what? For everythng but gaming, it still works great.  I'm off that treadmill and don't know that I'll ever get back on.
15304  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Craziness] Visual Concepts to have (kind of) MLB exclusive? on: January 19, 2005, 01:59:23 PM
Time for the glory days of NES baseball to return.

We didn't have named characters.

We didn't have much pitch selection.

We didn't have accurate graphics or substitutions to make.

And you know what...the game was still a hoot.

Quadruple that when you talk about Bases Loaded, that had rosters of made up characters, but was still a great deal of fun to play.

I hope that cheap alternatives- minus the real rosters (isn't it more fun creating your own name sakes anyway) come out and take large market share...
15305  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / $10.00 off Prince of Persia Warrior Within at BB in OXM on: January 19, 2005, 12:25:24 PM
Can't miss this coupon in the new OXM.

February 05 issue.
15306  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Halo 2 and others for trade: on: January 19, 2005, 12:23:05 PM
Offer changed.

15307  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Halo 2 and others for trade: on: January 18, 2005, 11:48:20 AM
For trade:

Halo 2
Crimson Skies
Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance
Deus Ex Invisible War


Prince of Persia: Warrior Within

Open to other offers.

Pls Email Me.
15308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ***EA Signs exclusive deal with ESPN*** :'[ on: January 17, 2005, 08:25:17 PM
wow.  the juggernaut continues...
15309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Couple KoTor 2 Questions on: January 17, 2005, 03:56:50 PM
Sorry Jantze.  On the scheme of things, there not major plot points or hopefully too much hasn't been spoiled...
15310  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Worst... day... EVER (NSFW, and VERY un PC.) on: January 17, 2005, 11:58:55 AM
tucked in my pocketwatch chain

This just struck me as funny...
15311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Couple KoTor 2 Questions on: January 16, 2005, 10:53:30 PM
Thanks all.

Turtle, you answered the question i was specifically wondering..since my jedi is female...I guess that makes all the difference.

As for clearing out the exchange in the ebon hawk...i've left the planet...never having the opportunity to clean them out...
15312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Couple KoTor 2 Questions on: January 16, 2005, 04:56:15 PM
I'm working through the game as a Sith (haven't yet completed it as a Jedi), but I'm noting striking differences in the occurrences of events.

Minor  to medium  spoilers as noted:

1.  MINOR: Upon leaving telos as a Sith, the handmaiden has stowed away, but as a jedi, i'm all the way to onderon and don't have her.

2. MEDIUM to MAJOR- On Nar Shadaar, as  Sith, i slaughtered all elements of the Exchange that I could.  As a Jedi, I left the colony and the leader of the exchange is still alive (though I've freed the girl and killed some of his guards).  As a result (?) none of the sequences where I get kidnapped  by GOTO and my allies attempt to rescue me occured.  And finally, I've still not been able to find the Jedi on that planet.  However, with the Sith, i steamrolled through the yacht, found the Jedi and moved on.

End Spoilers

Also, as the sith, I at one point had Dark Mastery and as a result a bonus of 50 force points.  Unfortunately, I commited a decent act and that's moved me off of Dark Mastery.  Will I be able to get back to it if I continue to be a very naughty guy?
15313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lightsaber in Kotor 2 on: January 14, 2005, 06:53:16 PM
Unfortunately I am the same way.  The reason I say unfortunately is because while playing the Dark Side, I realize how much I miss the Heal power

Ooops. I actually did take heal for my Sith character. I figure, that someone truly evil would take advantage of every opportunity and power- especially if it means that they have a better shot at killing and corrupting-and the healing power falls into this category. My sith guy is consumate evil, but he's also into self preservation...and healing allows him to do that.

On the Jedi side, I don't think a jedi would touch the filth of the dark side powers.  It's sort of like a modern day good guy vs. bad guy story.  Good guys try to kill the enemies while perserving innocence. Evil kills everyone without caring...

Small Nar Shaddar Spoiler

Quick note: I'm now on Nar Shaddar and there's the one small quest to rescue the daughter who has been kidnapped by slavers.  Even though I'm evil...I had to rescue her.  So at least a bit of the light side still is in his heart....slywink.

End Spoiler
15314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mercenaries Impressions on: January 14, 2005, 03:14:15 PM
Man...that list of exclusions is EXHAUSTIVE!

Looks like I'll be waiting for a sale! frown
15315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lightsaber in Kotor 2 on: January 13, 2005, 07:14:54 PM
I don't like to mix my powers though. Good guys should only use good guy powers smile....but my jedi does have level 1 lightning.

With the soon to be SITH LORD, he can lightning for whole battles and not even use 1/4 of his force points.
15316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lightsaber in Kotor 2 on: January 13, 2005, 06:42:18 PM

I wish I could play through the game again as a Sith.  I was light side Jedi in KOTOR 1 and couldn't play again as the bad guy.  It is just not in my nature to be nasty or power hungry.  I've tried to roleplay bad guys but I can't do it.  I see the "nasty" responses in the dialog tree and can't imagine ever replying like that.  I always want to help the underdog.

That's how I was until this game.  The 'is Kreia good or evil?' sort of mystery/ambiguity that runs through the game got me to rethink it though.  Also her advice that the repercussions of actions that we commit out of kindness may in fact be detrimental to others really caused me to think....

I was so intrigued that I had to do it all again as evil.  I still plan to finish the game as a Jedi first (there's something neat about seeing your character bathed in light looking magnificent and decent and heroic), but will definitely be going all the way to the end as a Sith too.  A Sith LORD no less  :twisted: !

Minor spoiler:

As I have been playing through as the evil character, Kreia- and much of my crew- has expressed her concern about the path I'm choosing.  At one point I slaughtered a secretary and the game gave a quick dialogue cutscene with Kreia: "I grow tired of your needless brutality.' KREIA- INFLUENCE LOST.

I decided to reload and let the secretary go... smile I didn't want to lose the influence because it helps to reveal quite a bit later on

End minor spoiler.

Unless the ending is as bad as farley says it is, i'm ready to call this game my best XBOX experience ever.
15317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lightsaber in Kotor 2 on: January 13, 2005, 03:32:44 PM
You'll have the saber for a good long while once you get it so don't worry.

In fact, it seems that people start handing them out like candy after a while.

I haven't advanced my Jedi any further since starting my Sith character.

Let me say: Dark side offensive powers really kick a whole lot of butt.

I see why one would so wish to go to the dark side.  It IS power.

My dark side guy is following the same planetary route as my good character (I've just hit korribon- my first planet)  but he, I would guess, is quite a bit more powerful than my Jedi was at this point.

That said, playing through as Sith, the game feels COMPLETELY different.  Different things have happened in many different ways.

Totally awesome.

I am- literally- addicted to this game.
15318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone Tried Yourself Fitness? on: January 13, 2005, 12:29:40 PM
Got it last night.  I'm now thankful that my wife has all of that exercise junk laying around (ball, step, hand weights) as they came in handy.  Some of the step exercises are downright fun.

I've only done one workout, natch, but I'm excited about the prospect of using its built in variety to help get my upper body into shape.

My wife is excited about it too.

It was so cute watching her try to figure out how to use the controller.

Today she's using yourself fitness, tomorrow I'll have her hooked on KOTOR!
15319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lightsaber in Kotor 2 on: January 12, 2005, 08:12:31 PM
Quote from: "ChrisGwinn"
How is it, relative to KOTOR, in terms of load times?  I don't remember being annoyed by load times in the original.

Agreed.  As far as I can tell they're about the same as KoToR.
15320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone Tried Yourself Fitness? on: January 12, 2005, 02:00:37 PM
I fear my knees have just about had it with running, so I'm looking for an alternative.

Overall you'd recommend it?
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