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10681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London - Show us your loot! [56k warning] on: November 23, 2007, 05:28:28 AM
I loved this Helm, but it was a vanilla variety and I don't think even the Augmentrix can get it to the point of being useful enough  tear

For a while tonight I had Legendary 20mm rifles dropping like mad. This was the best of the bunch:
10682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Hellgate: London) Who's in? on: November 23, 2007, 01:02:18 AM
OK I think I am truly stuck in the Temple Station area. I don't think it's a bug, I'm just missing something.  icon_confused It seems like all my quests point me to Connor Street. But other players tell me I have to go through... well shucks I'll add the name later, but here's a pic. The one red (unlocked) entry tube is the one I supposedly have to get through, to eventually reach Connor Street...

I don't see a Connor Street on the 'M' key map -- the players tell me it becomes 'discovered' once you fight through the zone that I can't reach. Which leaves me seriously befuddled.  crybaby
10683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2-page Spore hands-Off preview, the UK Edge magazine on: November 23, 2007, 12:45:43 AM
If you're curious, go find the latest issue of the UK magazine Edge, which is carried by most Borders Books and Barnes & Noble stores.

This is the November issue, and the cover story is on Rock Band (cover art is a big closeup of a guitar amp).

There's a lengthy, hands-OFF preview of Spore on Page 30. It's not exactly recent though -- it's from the German game show in Leipzig a while back and they weren't allowed to play it, only watch it being played (which sounds vaguely obscene  drool).

I assume moderators would frown upon me posting a scan or photo of the two page story, so I'll refrain from that. But, I think I can post a pic of the cover, so you know what to look for. smile

Basically, they are more impressed with the tools and editor than with the gameplay itself (which has probably been the skepticism about this from day one). Their last paragraph (unlike US mags, Edge is skeptical in most of its previews, sometimes to the point of bad-mouthing stuff before it's even close to release, for better or worse):
Quote from: Edge magazine
It is a worry that, in trying to cover so many different game types, the promise of each will be reduced. Spore's central and ingeniously implemented selling point is the editor which enables the creation of so much in its world -- but if this world is then only periodically engaging in its behavior, Maxis may have created a briefly brilliant toy rather than an enduringly entertaining game.
I love Edge, and it's really the only gaming magazine (it's multiplatform, including PC, but basically console-focused) I bother buying off the newsstand, even if it feels overpriced ($8.99, but you can now get a U.S. subscription that's a lot cheaper per issue); also, oddly, there are no bylines in the whole magazine (aside from personal columns). They claim this is some sort of UK censorship issue, but I'm not really sure.  icon_confused

Anyway, just bear in mind that if they're only doing "hands off" demo play throughs of the game, then it probably is still going through balancing and playtesting. I'm so tired of over-hyped games at this point, I would welcome Maxis battening this thing down hype-wise until they have ironed out gameplay.
10684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Panzer Tactics DS on: November 22, 2007, 01:53:57 PM
I started the German campaign last night. Although the first mission is mostly a cakewalk, beware of over-reaching with your Blitzkrieg.  paranoid
10685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 - Initial Impressions on: November 22, 2007, 12:21:41 AM
Gametrailers has a Wii movie showing how the controllers are used (not the Zapper):
10686  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sappy Happy Thanksgiving to everyone here :) on: November 21, 2007, 11:49:06 PM
What about Jade Raymond? Does she not even care about us game godz now that Assassin's Creed is out?  crybaby
10687  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sappy Happy Thanksgiving to everyone here :) on: November 21, 2007, 08:37:37 PM
I'm going to break from ranting sarcastically about Hellgate and other things to wish everyone here a Happy Thanksgiving.  icon_biggrin

I came here after a falling out with the operator of a smaller message board (I'd like to consider us old virtual friends but clearly we just didn't see eye to eye on how to treat your message board members and how to moderate without crushing the concept of sometimes critical discussion), which, coincidentally, uses this exact same software.

I was going to just swear off message boards (I hung out at that board for the better part of 10 years so it was like having a relationship fall apart), but I kept looking up various forums. I wanted to find one with lotsa traffic, reasonably well-behaved members, moderated enough to limit abusive behavior but not to the point you're afraid to speak your mind a little bit.

And so far, by golly, this place has met all that criteria with flying colors. So I thank everyone for putting up with me to this point, and again, Happy Thanksgiving.  icon_cool
10688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft-delaying 4 games until next fiscal year!! on: November 21, 2007, 07:58:10 PM
Call me when Ubi announces "We will not release bugfest PC games" or "We will stop rushing out lame-as* PSP versions of good console games." (See R6: Vegas and GRAW on PSP -- or better yet for your own sake, don't  disgust.)

Then, by golly, I'll be astounded, bamboozled, bowled over, dumbfounded, astonished, flabbergasted ... in fact my pocket thesaurus would run out of descriptive adjectives!  saywhat
10689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: COD4 impressions (demo on pg 1, game on pg 2) on: November 21, 2007, 06:26:35 PM
I gotta give Games for Windows magazine some credit -- was skimming latest issue. They declined an invitation from Infinity Ward to visit and play the game for review, with only writers and devs to test the multiplayer with. This would've let them battle with PC Gamer for "World Exclusive!"  Roll Eyes first review rights, but they didn't feel that would be a fair test of multiplayer for review so they declined the invitation.

Of course, by the time GFW gets its COD4 review into print it'll be irrelevant for most gamers (a month from now or thereabouts), but I think it's the right call for print, and probably their 1Up site can do an online impressions/review in a more timely fashion. I've blabbed here and there about various sites reviewing online-only games before they've ever even released (Eurogamer for example), and that's probably based on doing online play with a few devs or something. I can understand posting impressions early for the sake of Being First, it just seems very iffy to label something a complete review done under those conditions, esp. for online-only titles.

Anyway, so far I'm getting chewed up in the British SAS outdoor mission after the ship sequence. After dying several times, I decided to put it on the backburner for a while.
10690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London - Show us your loot! [56k warning] on: November 21, 2007, 06:11:50 PM
Engies have much lower overhead as far as healthkits (I don't have any other means of healing) and power potions (marksmen have to shoot and toss grenades like maniacs, no droids to do the heavy lifting  icon_biggrin).

I'm not finding they drop often enough (during my co-op group last night I consistently ran out of both items altogether), and I have to buy them and the identifier things like candy. Beyond that my loot drops even at L19 are consistently crappy and virtually nothing I get off the ground is worth more than maybe 120 paladium.

I am experimenting with breaking stuff down into materials, making things and seeing if selling those makes more money, but I'm not really putting a lot of time into understanding that stuff.

Right now I'm using the Augmentrix thing every time I have more than 1,800 paladium, so it's kind of a moot point.

In summary, I don't pretend to know the "correct" way to play this game. I'm probably broke because I'm just doing everything wrong and my character build is awful. But I am playing, and having fun -- at least sometimes  Roll Eyes -- so that's how it is right now. smile

I really would love some ability to "re-spec" my character though.
10691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London - Show us your loot! [56k warning] on: November 21, 2007, 04:23:04 PM
It's the 200% damage "buff" that makes it worthwhile. You can 1- and 2-shot kill a lot pesky beasts.  icon_cool

By enhancements do you mean the modifiers that the Augmentrix thingie adds? I am definitely belatedly trying to add as many of the common modifiers as possible. Saving up 1,800 Paladium isn't so hard, but I just couldn't easily save up 6,000+ for the rare Augmentrix option.
10692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SOCOM: Tactical Strike (PSP) impressions on: November 21, 2007, 04:17:18 PM
You're welcome. smile Just remember -- that triangle button (which cancels your most recent command) is your friend; I was hitting a lot of the wrong keys and orders the first hour or so I played and being able to tap a button to cancel quickly is a lifesaver. Eventually it all becomes fairly second nature.

I think this would be a fine game to play on TV via the optional video connectors, but I don't think my older CRT type TV meets the standards to play games on it (I think DVDs would play OK).
10693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect - Should we wait until all the bugs are patched? on: November 21, 2007, 04:14:47 PM
I guess it's no longer ironic that console games have bugs and glitches, and need to be patched these days. That used to be one ballyhooed advantage over PCs, that console games shipped finished cause the devs knew they couldn't just patch things up later -- it's certainly still an advantage to not have to buy a $399-$599 video card or a $1,500-$3,000 system every time a hot new game comes out, so I'm certainly not crowing about my obsolete PC these days. It just seems like we're all gradually going to be in the same patchy boat.  icon_neutral.

This could still be a system-seller for me if I can get over the console's erratic reliability problems (I know a lot of folks who never had problems with XBox360s, and others who've had to return it for repairs multiple times, I just don't know what to think  icon_confused).
10694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Hellgate: London) Who's in? on: November 21, 2007, 02:29:59 PM
They still need to assign something like Backspace key as a quick-reply key (afik you still have to type a /r to reply?). Oh well, at least now they're halfway to a polished game, right? I hope at least patch .75 is due soon.  icon_wink

This Fullyloaded fella I keep teaming with is nice, but I can't figure out how to connect to his Ventrilo server. I seem to have all the info except maybe the name of his sub-channel.  icon_confused
10695  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London - Show us your loot! [56k warning] on: November 21, 2007, 02:26:44 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 21, 2007, 12:37:03 PM

I managed to pick up a 7 slot sniper with +47% (or thereabouts) critical.  All modded and upgraded it does about 180 points of damage per shot.

What is this zooming you are doing?  Guess I missed that part of the tutorial.  Am I firing from the hip with this thing??

Oh, and that -10% to Tactical cost?  Sweet!
The zooming is a Tactical skill [Sniper skill] in the Marksman set (Engineers might have it available, not sure) that adds tremendous damage, accuracy and range -- but fixes you in place, constricts visibility, devours power etc. For the sniper rifle weapon swap slot, I assign that skill to the right mouse button.

10696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: November 21, 2007, 02:19:50 PM
The problem is finding another two-word city who won't give them permission to use the city's full name in the game.

So they could try:

Rainbow Six Francisco!
Rainbow Six Angeles!
Rainbow Six Orleans!
Rainbow Six Antonio!
Rainbow Six York!
Rainbow Six City! (they can set it in Atlantic City or Ocean City)

Hmmm. Nah. They just don't have that slot machine ring to it.  Tongue
10697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Soldier of Fortune: Payback on: November 21, 2007, 02:10:49 PM
Bloodwise, I guess it's keeping SOF II's tradition -- on "full violence" mode, the amount of limb-letting and blood spray would make you either throw up or start laughing at the sheer over-the-topness.  saywhat

I'm still puzzled how this went from "value priced" as it was originally announced, to a $59.99 console/$39.99 PC title.

I re-installed and played SOF II for a little while the other day. It's really not some holy classic (better to remember Raven for Heretic, Hexen and Star Trek Voyager Elite Force), but for its day, it was a fairly venerable military shooter that probably went on way, way too long for its own good (I doubt anyone ever complained its campaign was too short -- if anything it overstayed its welcome) and probably had some of the longest load times I ever remember (even today, 2 GB of RAM and a system well beyond its requirements, it takes forever to load savegames and levels).
10698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Hellgate: London) Who's in? on: November 21, 2007, 05:00:27 AM
Oh, I was able to un-do my weapon slots bug by just taking all the weapons out and putting them back in.  icon_confused

Most of what the patch does is behind the scenes, so I wish I could report on how awesome it is, but a lot of it I just am not in a position to say whether the fixes are working or not. I can say the chat window seems just a bit less clumsy; the chat tabs work more smoothly than I remember, and the chat window is more transparent.

Using the /help command now, well, directs you to more slash commands, broken down by topic, like so:

And on a happy note, I got onto a fairly large team for while. Co-op seemed more reliable. As long as we just portaled to each other, there were no inviso problems. While the patch wasn't supposed to fix that, I didn't encounter it tonight, fwiw.

Some team glimpses:

I wish I could say having lots of players made it more strategic, but it's still basically people running at everything with their mouse button always pressed down.  icon_neutral
10699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London - Show us your loot! [56k warning] on: November 21, 2007, 04:53:11 AM
A fella informed me I could use the Augmentor as many times as I want up until the item's "attributes slots" (which aren't really visible like mod slots are, I don't know what the exact limit is) are used up. He recommended just repeatedly adding "common" modifiers, saying the Rare modifier set augmentation is usually a waste. So, like so...

My grenades are killing my marksman, power consumption wise, so the 10% discount is much appreciated. smile
10700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SOCOM: Tactical Strike (PSP) impressions on: November 21, 2007, 04:24:24 AM
Hey, TheMissingLink alerted us to the Playstation store for PSP stuff opening. And... there's a new playable SOCOM: Tactical Strike demo!  icon_biggrin

Playable SOCOM: Tactical Strike demo (at the new Playstation Store)

Do have to register at the new store to download the demos and videos and stuff.
Quote from: jament
How do you get a guy to use his second weapon?  I equipped one of my guys with a sniper rifle as his secondary but when I hold the X button for attack (as shown in the tutorial) I never see the option to Snipe the enemy.  Is there something else I have to do?  I don't get it.
At the risk of sounding like a SOCOM dweeb pointing things out, his sniper rifle is actually his main weapon -- but he'll automatically use his secondary SMG unless you specifically use the sniper menu. I just find it cool he knows to do that automatically and says what he's doing ("Secondary weapon at ready" or something).  icon_cool

1) To get the sniper menu:
A) You can select the fireteam-duo that the sniper's in -- or --
B) press the Left Trigger button so that you select the individual soldier carrying the sniper rifle

2) Get a target in the crosshairs
3) Press the Square button, the Sniper menu (as long as the target is in view) should be the top entry on the menu (the # in parentheses indicates how many bullets he has left - I always try to bring extra sniper ammo).
4) Highlight Sniper Rifle on the menu, and that should activate it
Then the sniper guy should take the shot. Just keep in mind it's automated. It's still somewhat suspenseful (if the enemy walks out of view or the angle becomes a bad shooting angle, the sniper may refuse to take the shot)\

The game's commands and controls are so deep that I always feel like I'm learning something new; I've gone back to the tutorial sequence a couple times now just to try to grasp things a bit more.
10701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation store...for the PSP! on: November 21, 2007, 04:07:21 AM
Awesome, thanks for the tip.

For the impatient, the demo links are:

Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow playable demo:

SOCOM: Tactical Strike playable demo

Honestly, I don't think the home brew folks are running around shoveling ancient PSOne games onto their PSPs (this doesn't seem like combatting piracy per se). I think this is a fine way to get PSP playable demos and stuff more exposure and be hopefully a little more user friendly about it. And perhaps we'll see more official releases like the $10 Syphon Filter Ops game that are playable from the memory stick (bypassing the UMD).
10702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else getting tired of the bugs in Hellgate London? on: November 20, 2007, 11:57:52 PM
To be fair, a lot of my complaints are about missing features or poorly designed things.

My bug experiences:
-Getting stuck on cars, trash cans, brushes, rocks etc.
-Weapon swap hotkeys not working all last night (and once I removed a weapon from slot 1 as a test, I could not place *any* weapon back in slot 1)
-Invisible co-op teammates (constantly, every zone)

Missing/inadequate/halfbaked features that provoke Andy Rooney-Type Ranting:
-Why isn't there a simple "re-arrange" hotkey for the inventory so I don't have to click and drag every piece of crap in there to make space for one item? Didn't they play Titan Quest? Don't they have a clue?  disgust

-Why are the inventory slots so freaking gigantic? I wouldn't have to jet to town every 2 minutes if they'd make the lousy slots smaller, i.e., so you'd have a much more spacious inventory.

-Why can't I buy more than one lousy med pack at a time? (it's called "adding a little 'how many do you want' submenu to the item). Why do I have to shift/click 20 times to buy 20 of them? [btw, if there is a way to do this, and I'm missing this, PLEASE let me know. I'll admit to being an idiot if you want. smile]

-Why is no aspect of crafting explained whatsoever in the game? It's actually not all that bad or hard to understand -- esp. compared to something inscrutable like say, Auto Assault's crafting -- but why not a tutorial crafting quest or let the NPC offer to show you how to use the various crafting devices, and explain why you want to dismantle equipment for crafting pieces. Why bother putting a crafting/enhancements system and then make it such a freakin' mystery?  icon_confused

-Diablo II, particularly its expansion, had at least some interesting-if-not-rocket-science quests that didn't revolve around MMO-style "kill 12 beasts and bring me their testicles" and "go to Foozoo zone and go click on a non-descript garbage can" quests. Where are the people who designed Diablo II: LoD's quests? Do you really expect me to pay 10 bucks a month for endless "kill 18 demons" and "go click on a nondescript container" quests? I really hope that's not what the content updates are going to be about.

I could go on and on but it accomplishes nothing I know. It's just, this is all ranting from someone who likes the game and is trying to play it every night. You can imagine the list that someone who has already sold the game in disgust or who isn't coming near it until it's patched to high heavens (so to speak) would come up with. I hate the term "sense of urgency," but that's definitely something Flagship should have right now but so far they just don't seem in any rush to improve the game.  icon_neutral
10703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Hellgate: London) Who's in? on: November 20, 2007, 11:37:40 PM
Anybody know if the patch went live today? We've got so many Hellgate threads going, I don't know where to look.  icon_confused

I describe the threads as:

10704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Hellgate: London) Who's in? on: November 20, 2007, 02:03:00 PM
Doh. Looks like the patch .5 will probably go live today:
Please be aware... Patch implementation is expected to cause server outages between 9:00am PST and 11:00am PST on November 20.
Their language at the official site is vague though. Maybe it's just going back on test? I can't tell.  icon_confused
10705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Hellgate: London) Who's in? on: November 20, 2007, 01:56:54 PM
Happy Blackjack forgot to notice in the .5 patch "pre-notes notes":
We wanted to offer a quick note on the Invisible Party Members bug. We have good news and future good news. The good news is that we have identified why this is happening and have a couple of solutions for the problem. Unfortunately we made our discovery too late to include any fixes in this patch, so the future good news is that we’ll be addressing this issue in our next patch.
Oh boy, at least something to look forward to in patch .6!  disgust

Personally, I think they should just write the bug into the story...

"Satan's Watch, those horrible bugger demons, used their mystical powers of Hoohah to render the Living invisible to each other. The Living endeavored to bring the power of Visibility back to the fold, even though invisibility was much fun at parties and during shower times..."  nod
10706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3-60g or 80g? on: November 20, 2007, 01:43:22 PM
I'd ask him whether he really has a lot of PS2 games that he still wants to play (if he doesn't, might as well get the bigger hard drive/software compatibility model). I'm debating getting a PS3 soon myself (hoping to see some holiday shopping rebates), and other than maybe the God of War games, there's really nothing on PS2 that I'd still bother playing.

10707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London - Show us your loot! [56k warning] on: November 20, 2007, 01:35:15 PM
I'm trying to save up enough to use the Augmentor to add Rare properties to that 7-slot sniper rifle. But it costs more than 6,000 paladium, and due to overhead costs (a Marksman gobbles health packs and energy bottles like Tic-Tacs disgust) and most of the loot I find just not fetching very much, I seem to have a hard time saving up more than maybe 4,300 or so.
10708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone trying Mythos? on: November 20, 2007, 01:33:27 PM
Any idea what the hard drive space requirements for this are? I'm at the point where I'm having to uninstall games every time I get something new. I'm interested in Crysis and the PC Gears of War but both have something like 12GB space requirements.  eek
10709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 - Initial Impressions on: November 20, 2007, 04:15:59 AM
Well Jade Raymond says the Zapper is awesome, in that other thread, so that's good enough for me!  icon_wink

Yeah, that shotgun cocking maneuver with the regular Wii controls sounds fun, and I don't quite know how that works with the Zapper. Anyway, I don't have a Wii or any current console so I'm just living vicariously through ya'll. So I would be interested in hearing how the Zapper works/doesn't work down the road. smile
10710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else getting tired of the bugs in Hellgate London? on: November 20, 2007, 03:32:03 AM
It never did clear up. I've tried logging in several different times tonight and the weapon swap keys don't work period (at least not for me), which might (finally) be the last straw for me. I just can't play the game when I have one weapon hot-swap slot that won't even accept any weapon at all anymore, along with the keys no longer functioning.

I still find it fun when it isn't basically screwing me and other players over with its bugs, glitches and misbegotten features. Clearly it probably got released 3 months too early (maybe 6 months too early?). I'd love to blame either Midway or EA for forcing an Oct. 31 release on a game that was so unfinished that they were completely revamping the whole order of levels for that launch day patch. And the fact this week's patch is "0.5" seems to indicate the game is, what, half finished? Half way there? The fact they're not willing to hofix some of the most glaring errors and glitches just for the sake of reducing some player frustration is just sad.

Thing is, I truly enjoy the game. I couldn't wait to get home and play tonight. It just is so utterly hostile. It's like trying to cuddle a porcupine.  Tongue

The reviews for this are generally pretty ugly -- it's really just inexplicable for a company to launch its debut game in this condition, then basically drag its feet while the few players willing to stick it out have to keep dealing with junk like this. I really do hope someday they get this sucker in some sort of polished state and re-release it as Hellgate 2.0 or Hellgate Gold. I may be moaning and groaning here, but I'm enjoying the game too much when it works to wish some horrible fate for it.
10711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else getting tired of the bugs in Hellgate London? on: November 20, 2007, 02:13:47 AM
Oh this is a good one -- now there's a server glitch where you can't use your weapon hot swap keys (F1, F2, F3) at all, they have no effect. And if you try to drag a weapon to a different slot it won't you place anything in the slot you dragged the weapon out of.  saywhat I'm told it "clears up" in 10 minutes or so.  Roll Eyes
10712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a favor from SOMEONE here (regarding Call of Duty 4 PC) on: November 19, 2007, 10:49:44 PM
The sequence he's describing is timed, but most of the campaign game isn't (the timed tutorial sequence just gives the player a suggested Difficulty Level to play at) so in this case, the training sequence really doesn't indicate how he's going to do during the campaign. smile I think I failed that one a couple of times myself.

I feel for him -- for me my "stuck point" like that was in the dreadful "on the battleship Arizona" sequence in Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault. I mean, I spent $50 on a game to get Pacific theater combat, not to run around a sinking battleship turning valves and opening/closing bulkhead doors, and ultimately not being able to do so fast enough (actually I couldn't even understand what to do on that level, it wasn't spelled out nearly clearly enough).

A friend later pointed me to a site where you could download MOH: PA savegames that started just after the Arizona sequence -- the fact people were demanding something like that so much told me lots of other players were just as expaserated by it.  icon_confused

Part of the reason I slogged through the very end of MOH: Airborne was the lingering memory of never getting past that "stuck" point in MOH: PA (I never did install the savegames, I just bagged the game).
10713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command on: November 19, 2007, 10:17:16 PM
Any more verdicts on this as you get further in the campaign? I noticed someone already putting up for trade, not a good sign.  icon_confused
10714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 - Initial Impressions on: November 19, 2007, 10:03:18 PM
Sounds good. I'm curious how this will play with the Wii Zapper (it's one of the "showcase" titles for the new controller).
10715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/12) on: November 19, 2007, 05:54:03 PM
I went ahead and got Panzer Tactics (DS) on Friday.
10716  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London - Show us your loot! [56k warning] on: November 19, 2007, 05:50:47 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 19, 2007, 02:05:17 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on November 19, 2007, 01:37:15 PM

"Lotta Slots."

I just need to save up enough to run it through the Augmentor for some interesting stats first.  icon_cool

I found a 7 slot sniper like this the other day but chucked it as it didn't have any special properties at all....mistake?
If you use the Augmentor gizmo (next to the merchant in each town), you can pay Paladium to add a single property, a Rare set of properties, or a Legendary set of properties. I can't imagine saving up enough to add Legendary, but it might be worth trying to add at least one property to a vanilla item to try to make it more useful (at least in my case, cause I've only ever found one legendary weapon as loot). I added a 63% critical to my green 20mm rifle which was helpful.
10717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Hellgate: London) Who's in? on: November 19, 2007, 05:46:55 PM
I'm guessing it depends on how it's working on test server - not that they've really tested anything before launching it, up to this point.  Roll Eyes
If all goes well, the 0.5 update will be made available to everyone next week.
is what the official site's note last week said about the .5 patch, fwiw. So sometime this week if things go well.
10718  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Tabula Rasa beta on: November 19, 2007, 01:44:03 PM
Quote from: Lockdown
Fair warning though - 3 days is a joke.  3 days enables people to play the 'worst' part of the game... the beginning; when you are not the least bit specialized as a character.  I suppose in 3 days you could at least get to see graphics, the combat system, base defenses, and general gameplay though...  so it's not a total loss.  But I still think it's a bad decision on their part to limit it to such a short period.
A lot of MMO free trials have that problem imho. Even if they give you 7 days or longer, you still won't get to see enough that's going to make you want to sign up. When I was in COH, I gave quite a few free trials out. Often people just couldn't get to the point where they had Stamina (so they were gasping for Endurance), and most of the more exciting powers in the game were in the maybe L20-32 range, and trial players generally couldn't get there.

I've often felt if they could give trial players pre-made characters at a certain level (at least as an option, and even if limited to certain zones/areas so as not to "spoil" quest/mission content) higher in the game, then they'd at least give them a taste of what their characters could be later in the game as a better carrot for signing up. In a lot of these things the early-mid levels are either tedious, or character skill development limited, and you just don't see what might make it increasingly fun over time if you signed up.
10719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London - Show us your loot! [56k warning] on: November 19, 2007, 01:37:15 PM
"Lotta Slots."

I just need to save up enough to run it through the Augmentor for some interesting stats first.  icon_cool
10720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Hellgate: London) Who's in? on: November 19, 2007, 01:35:38 PM
When I first encountered this scene, I didn't see the gun, and I thought there was some radioactive peeing going on.  saywhat
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