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10681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Hellgate: London) Who's in? on: November 18, 2007, 04:16:39 AM
The test server was up briefly tonight -- there were some Announcements made in the chat window about it:

Basically they copied over every character from last night's progress point so you could try them on test. Apparently it was a lagtastic disaster in some ways, but some players said drops and some other problematic things seem to finally be working properly, fwiw (from chatter I heard in general chat channel).

Most importantly I finally completed the Mind Mysteries BLEEP BLEEPER!!!!!!! BLEEPING!!!!!!!! eek finger And as you can see above I pathetically pleaded for help and got zero. I have to be more self reliant.  Tongue

This time I just stayed in the last room of the stupid mind caves, and just took every bit of bullying the swarms of beasties and the Ghosties could dish out. No way was I going to get stuck in the ground again. And I finally broke through and completed it.  icon_cool
10682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London - Show us your loot! [56k warning] on: November 18, 2007, 04:10:02 AM
And why does a contact give you such cool... and totally useless "laser eye sight" goggles? (no stats, has no effect from what I can see  icon_confused):

10683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London - Show us your loot! [56k warning] on: November 18, 2007, 04:06:17 AM
Something of a loot extravaganza...

* Finally got a Legendary weapon drop. I ended up giving this Arc rifle to the fella teaming with me has he had been a good chap and we spent a couple of hours in co-op. He mentioned being crazy about Arc rifles so I passed it along. smile


* Some boots finally of use...


* This isn't legendary, or even anything, but I dig the camo green, it has solid base damage (77) and I'm using it quite a bit for now

I found it useful to put in a "Reduce Tactical skill power usage by 5%" mod. smile


Not sure what the "B-770" on the side here stands for.  icon_confused
10684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 may be losing in sales.... on: November 18, 2007, 12:16:24 AM
The PS3 lets you have your cake and eat it too!  icon_cool

Sweet, delicious swag: Sony sends PS3 birthday cakes to the press
http://www.engadget.com/2007/11/16/sweet-delicious-swag-sony-sends-ps3-birthday-cakes-to-the-pres/
It's so big, you could hide 2 PSPs in there...  icon_biggrin
10685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SOCOM: Tactical Strike (PSP) impressions on: November 18, 2007, 12:11:36 AM
Still having fun. smile Learned a few new things:
-Once you add enough extra inventory slots, they can start carrying things like bipods for sniper rifles, assault rifles and machine guns (better accuracy); and various grenade launcher attachments for assault rifles (there are Frag, HE [brief timer delay before exploding] and Smoke variations), with each attachment having 2 grenades innately available (can add more via another inventory slot). The rifle grenades give you a lot more options for tight spaces, or spaces with an overhang ceiling where you can't easily make a grenade toss.

-You can use the up-down arrow buttons to get a zoomed in view or go back to normal view; and to switch night vision on and off (for some reason, this doesn't appear to be explained in the manual).

10686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London Patch .5 details on: November 17, 2007, 11:52:22 PM
I hear ya icon_twisted - I am venting similarly about being stuck on Mind Mysteries in the bug thread. It's just, I do like the game -- I wouldn't have spend 5-6-7 hours trying to complete one screwed up quest if I didn't. The game just won't *let* me enjoy it.  icon_neutral

At official site, details on the .5 patch they're putting on test and hope to get to players this week:
http://www.hellgatelondon.com/underground/new-update-coming
It's not that long, thought I'd paste here:
Quote
Curious about what you can expect? Here's a draft of our 0.5 patch notes:

    General:
    * All players now have 24 character slots.
    * Fixed a known issue with the inventory user interface that caused the client to lock up.
    * Fixed a bug which caused the Mini-game to sometimes become stuck.
    * The Mini-game now resets every 15 minutes.
    * Added a /help command to provide assistance using available / commands.
    * Some new posters have been added to stations, so check them out!

    Connection Issues:
    * Fixed known issues which sometimes caused players to be disconnected and receive an erroneous network error message.
    * Fixed an issue where some home routers would disconnect a user due to an inactive connection.
    * Fixed known bugs which sometimes disconnected players during multiplayer quests.
    * Fixed problems with NetLimiter 1.30 and some older versions of Norton Antivirus and McAfee Antivirus which would make the user entirely unable to connect to the game.

   Chat
    Made several chat interface improvements and the text entry more intuitive:
    * Chat window is now open by default in multiplayer.
    * Fixed chat window closing when traveling between zones.
    * Fixed several cases where the chat window would obstruct other UI components.
    * Chat context (such as Party and Guild) is now more clearly defined in the text entry window, including a color-coded border.
    * Chat window is now more transparent.
    * Added /g command. This is equivalent to /gchat command (guild chat).
    * Whisper text now shows up on all chat tabs.
    * Whisper messages and admin announcements auto-open the chat panel.
    * Auto-switch to the appropriate tab (such as Party and Guild) if you type text to that channel and are not in a tab that shows the text.
    * PageUp/PageDown cycle through chat tabs when text entry is active.
    * Chat panel now auto-opens if you type text and press Enter while the panel is closed.
    * Chat text entry deactivates after entering text.
    * Chat panel no longer closes if you press Enter on a blank line.
   
   Additional miscellaneous bug fixes.
    * Items: Fixed known bugs that caused players to sometimes lose items.
    * Fixed a bug with the Nanoforge that caused it to inaccurately modify the stats of higher-quality items.
    * Fixed a bug that sometimes caused Unique items to drop without special properties.

    Quests
    * Fixed various known issues which prevented players from being able to continue interrupted side-quests.
    * Quest items should no longer remain in the player inventory after the associated quest has been completed. Players with old quest items (such as Train Parts) associated with quests they’ve already completed or no longer have should find these items removed upon logging in.
    * Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented players from receiving credit for killing the “5 Lies” in The Hellgate quest. Players should now be able to properly advance in this quest.

   Engineers:
    * Fixed known bugs which prevented Engineer Drones from saving properly.
    * Fixed a bug which caused Engineers to receive an erroneous “unable to meet requirements” message when entering a new instance with a Drone that has a weapon equipped.

    PVP:
    * Fixed an incorrect modifier causing Special Effect Attack Strengths in PvP situations to be much higher than intended.

    World Movement:
    * Fixed known issues which occasionally prevented characters from being able to load or switch instances.
    * Fixed several issues with players getting stuck in the world. [This worries me, this happens almost *everywhere* in the game at some point - there's a serious flaw with the engine itself, imho-bj]
    * Fixed a bug related to St. Paul's Nightmare mode progression.
    * Portals to party members should now automatically close if the associated party member leaves the game.
   
     World Events: The Guy Fawkes event has ended. Characters that have completed the NAME Quest that did not receive the Trinket reward should find this item in their inventory.
This is quite promising, but I really think they should've not waited for an MMO style "mega patch" that fixes 50 things. Many of these things are quest-breaking, game-breaking, "tick the player off so they never play the game again" type bugs -- I would have hotfixed them suckers ASAP and apologized to players to the high heavens. Give them a bunch of moolah for their misery. Something. If they really want people to consider subscribing to this, they should be making things right as quickly as humanly possible.
10687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else getting tired of the bugs in Hellgate London? on: November 17, 2007, 03:54:42 PM
OK, well I got stuck on a collission bug while battling the end bosses in Mind Mysteries again. This time I managed to take all the "ghost bosses" out. This flipped up a portal to "Meet the Father" 10 feet from Blackjach but since he's stuck, there's no way for him to reach it. When I used the "/stuck" command to flip me back to the start of the quest map, guess what? The portal "to meet the father" was gone, and now I can't complete the quest (I have no way to "Meet the father", but that's what the quest is stuck on now), which means this character has no way of doing any further quests in the game (no other contacts are available, I've checked the Lucius Aldin contacts and none are talking; I can't re-do this quest because the end bosses are dead now, they don't reappear anymore).  icon_evil

Here's the area I mean (you'll notice all my grenade and special skill attacks are disabled cause of the collision/stuck bug):

I got stuck on the floor two consecutive days. Today they couldn't hide from me but I guess I would be better off if they had.

Can't say I didn't try.  mad

I'm just angry cause this is bush-league stuff that QA testing should catch long before anyone drops $50 on a game. I can deal with glitches, I can't really be nice about quest-breaking bugs caused by an engine's poor collision detection, an /unstuck command that really shouldn't propel you all the way back to a map's start, and a mysteriously disappearing Quest portal that really shouldn't just vanish like that because the stupid engine forced me to use the /stuck command (Can you say "Catch-22"?). I'm at a loss for words. I'd cuss a storm, but this is a nice forum so I'll just cuss to myself quietly.  disgust

Right now I'd like to run my Hellgate DVD through one of those CD/paper shredders, and mail it back to Bill Roper and say "Here. This is how I felt after spending several days trying to complete Mind Mysteries. I think it's free of bugs now. Good luck, Bill!"

When I calm down, I'll visit the forums and see if they have any suggestions on how to complete this somehow (maybe tagging along with someone else who is doing it themselves or something).
10688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Panzer Tactics DS on: November 17, 2007, 02:44:52 PM
I played some Panzer Tactics tutorials last night. The hex grid feels almost too tiny at first, but within a few minutes, it really did feel like I was playing a ____ General game on a teeny weeny PC.  icon_cool I do wish some of the tiny control icons were explained somewhere on the interface via pop-up text (some of them are like supposedly universal traffic symbols - I can't for the life of me understand what they indicate without reading the manual).  icon_confused

Combat animations are very brisk (unlike Advance Wars they're semi-realistic looking and from a bit of a distance). I don't think this is one of those games where people will be desperate to turn them off. smile

Bunkers are one of the units (I assume you can't move them) and if you don't approach them properly, they're tough to get through.
10689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London - Show us your loot! [56k warning] on: November 17, 2007, 02:39:48 PM
I (Blackjach in game) welcome help from anyone, any level with Mind Mysteries. I hate being stuck in the game because of one stupid, bug-ridden (or "engine bugs" make it near impossible to complete solo, I should say) mission/quest.  icon_cry
10690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London - Show us your loot! [56k warning] on: November 17, 2007, 02:37:57 AM
Am I the only person still playing? Oh Hellgate, how I hate thee and yet I keep playing.  saywhat

Finally got a good vest while doing a co-op mission with someone tonight:


Natch, just as we were finishing his mission (Death's whatever) so we could try to tackle this Tech 314 Mind Mysteries mission that's make me crazy... he got hungry and had to leave. ARGH!  crybaby
10691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Trek Away Team lives on: November 17, 2007, 01:12:36 AM
*Star Trek theme music plays*
Star Trek Away Team. The final frontier. Its turn-based mission, to lie in Dilithium Stasis for 6 years....

Daaa Daaaaaaaaaaa, Da da da da daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.......
*whoosh whoosh*
Daaa Daaaaaaaaaaa, Da da da da daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.......

Alas, I can't in my nightmarish computer room, track down the manual for it. I'm really curious if it would run on XP. I might give it a whirl just to check that (it released in 2001).
10692  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Hellgate London Name and Server List on: November 17, 2007, 12:54:02 AM
Any update on adding any more of our characters to the Guild? I'm desperate for help on Tech 314 mind Mysteries, though maybe you have to solo it.  icon_confused I'm sick of the quest, but if I don't find some way to complete it I'm gonna go postal. Right here at the Gaming Trend Forums! It won't be a pretty sight!  icon_twisted
10693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Uncharted:Drakes Fortune on: November 16, 2007, 10:02:06 PM
Eurogamer has a transcript of a fan-chat interview with Naughty Dog's co-president, Even Wells, about this game:
http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=87721
A few things to arbitrarily highlight smile:
Quote
-Obli asks: How hard would it be to port Uncharted to the Xbox 360? I'm not just talking storage constraints (Blu-ray). Could Uncharted be faithfully recreated without the use of Cell?

Evan Wells: I won't say that it would be impossible, but it would be very difficult and we most certainly would have to make enough concessions that it would start to feel like a different game. One thing that would be particularly difficult would be keeping the game load-free. The HDD really came in handy and allowed us to have pretty big open levels with lots of detail
========================
Phattso asks: Clearly Uncharted has been in development for quite a while, but there are some parallels between the combat/cover mechanics it offers (which are great, by the way) and those from last year's Gears of War. Was this a conscious effort to take what Epic did and hone it to perfection, or was it just a case of two separate development houses arriving at the same control scheme as a logical solution for similar gameplay/control requirements? Also, what's your favourite colour?

Evan Wells: We had been working on our cover taking mechanics for 6 or 8 months before we saw Gears. We were initially attracted to the idea after seeing it in Kill.Switch [I think it's first time I ever saw a dev give credit to Kill.Switch for the cover-fire mechanic  icon_cool -blackjack]. We felt that it really helped create the feeling of being pinned down and we thought that would suit our pulp action/adventure genre nicely. Of course when Gears came out and we saw what a great job they did with it really raised the bar on what we had to achieve and we were definitely pushed to step our game up. And I like Green.
===============
-mcwildcard asks: Why do you think other developers have seemingly struggled to get to grips with the PS3 dev kits, whilst Naughty Dog has managed to put together what appears to be a polished and seamless game, with no obvious technical faults?

Evan Wells: I don't think it's problems with the PS3. Next-gen game development is tricky business. I think you're seeing a lot of developers struggle with the Xbox as well. It just so happens that the 360 has been out there for more than a year longer and people have had more time to work with it.
Pretty good questions for a fan-Q chat, well, OK, "What's your favorite color?" not so much. And some of them are kind of brown-nosing. OK I take it back, the questions were awful! icon_lol

It's just sometimes chat Q&As are full of "filler questions" ("Hey, how is your game SO AWESOME?").  disgust icon_biggrin
10694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games that got better after you played them for awhile on: November 16, 2007, 09:01:09 PM
I'll second KOTOR PC. I didn't get into it initially, and then after getting some tips on developing my character and ideas on teaming up effectively in it, I had a good time with it (though I didn't quite finish it).

10695  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone trying Mythos? on: November 16, 2007, 07:36:48 PM
As someone frustrated by Hellgate and its bugs at about every other turn, I've started to wonder if the Diablo II boys are actually working on Mythos, and that's why Hellgate doesn't really have Diablo II's feel, personality or relative (Lord Knows, Diablo II got patched often post-release, but I recall it being more about balanacing than fixing) polish.

If Mythos has FPS movement controls and can be played without carpal tunnel/tendinitis setting in from clicking everything in sight, I'll want to give it a look. smile

Maybe we should look at Hellgate as a "dry run" for Mythos, and Mythos will gain the benefit of learning from all of Hellgate's mistakes. That's my glass half full view.  icon_neutral

I don't know anybody testing Mythos alas. When I mentioned playing Hellgate at my fading COH SG's forum, a bud mentioned that he was hearing far more positive things about Mythos than Hellgate.
10696  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: WTTF:Hellgate London or The Witcher(updated) on: November 16, 2007, 06:44:46 PM
I'm interested in Dark Star One, but I'm not willing to part with Hellgate (even if it made me so mad I stopped playing for now).  icon_biggrin
10697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 16/Nov/07 on: November 16, 2007, 06:39:05 PM
-(PSP) SOCOM: Tactical Strike (not turn-based, but very tactical and thoughtful still smile)
-(DS) Panzer Tactics (traded in some PSP titles towards it today)

Bring on more military themed turn-based games -- the market already has plenty of JRPG/Medieval/Fantasy TBS games. Variety is the spice of life, so give everybody something to choose from, mr. game publishers. ninja2
10698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate classes on: November 16, 2007, 06:31:58 PM
The German fan site HellgateLondon.de seems to have a good classes section, including many player-created class guides but... it's in German. You can try running it through Google, Babelfish etc. lang. translation tools:
http://www.hellgatelondon.de/klassen/klassen.php

There's a budding Hellgate Wiki at:
http://hellgate.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Fansites
Though not a whole lot listed just yet.
10699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command on: November 16, 2007, 06:12:28 PM
This is looking more like a rent-first type game to me.  icon_neutral Fwiw, Gamestop's schedule has the DS version down for a Dec. 17 release.
10700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Panzer Tactics DS on: November 16, 2007, 06:09:12 PM
I traded in some PSP titles and picked this up at lunch.

The Gamestop clerk gave me printouts of upcoming DS and PSP titles. fwiw, the "new look" (it's cel-shaded, somewhat like the Ubisoft shooter XIII from a few years ago) Advance Wars: Days of Ruin (http://www.joystiq.com/2007/10/15/joystiq-hands-on-advance-wars-days-of-ruin-ds/) is listed as Jan. 21. The DS version of Warhammer 40K: Squad Command seems set for Dec. 17. I didn't see much else turn-based as far as DS stuff. There's something called "Drone Tactics" April 2, but I couldn't find any info on it yet.  icon_confused

As far as grids, there was a much maligned PC game called Odium (turn-based, soldiers vs. invading alien bugs) that I liked in the late 1990s. It used a square, checkerboard like grid. The problem was you couldn't find weapons diagonally in most cases, and that really turned people off (it was meant to encourage you to use a variety of weapons, but it just seemed goofy).

I just like the hexagon idea cause it brings back some fond memories of beer 'n pretzel type wargames I was really fond of in the mid 1990s. smile I think on a larger scale type strategy game it helps make diagonal movement/attack a little more graceful, but I'm not a big defender.
10701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Assassin's Creed thread - brought to you by Jade Raymond on: November 16, 2007, 05:45:15 AM
"Well of COURSE the game isn't as great as we said it would be! How would you get any work done with Jade Raymond hovering over your shoulder all day long!!!!"   drool
10702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else getting tired of the bugs in Hellgate London? on: November 16, 2007, 02:26:30 AM
Let's see. Just now, I tried Mind of tech 314 for the second time. This time I got to the end room in a timely fashion. Took out beasties in there. Took out Tech 314's ghostly whatever, then it breaks into three separate ghostly thingies. And I take out two of them. THEN, I get stuck on a point in the floor (never have I played a game where you get stuck on things so often with no rhyme or reason). Not only does the "stuck" bug stick me, it renders all my grenade attacks unusable. Then the last soldier of course backs away from me when I can reach him every time i get him near the point of dead. Then I use the /stuck command and get warped to the beginning of the level, and of course every room in the stupid Mind of Tech 314 has completely respawned.

I enjoy this character, but I can't progress any further in the quests without completing it and so far it seems utterly impossible given the bugs in the game and the general nastiness of the quest (and no interest in co-op online or anyone remotely interested in being helpful in the chatrooms).

How is this fun? icon_evil Don't answer that. I've had enough of this game. I think maybe Tabula Rasa looks like a better bet afterall. disgust
10703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Hellgate: London) Who's in? on: November 15, 2007, 09:59:37 PM
Something sort of positive (German site, but the interview is English):

Interview with Hellgate music composers Sascha Dikiciyan & Cris Velasco
http://www.hellgatelondon.de/szene/musik/sascha_cris_zwei.php

I just don't recall much music in the game.  icon_confused It's mostly silent, aside from my screaming in certain situations.  Tongue
10704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sign the Hellgate anti subscription petition on: November 15, 2007, 09:37:05 PM
More and more publishers are interested in "micro transactions" and "play the basic for free, pay for premium" (a la Dungeon Runners), so I'm afraid we'll probably have to get used to it.  disgust

Even though I generally like the game and have been playing quite regularly in the evenings, I still just don't get the idea of shipping the game with the subscription stuff not in place and no major content updates on the near horizon. They had years to plan this game's release. Blizzard would never ship a game this way (something like this they'd almost certainly have bumped to February, and not given a set-in-stone release date in the first place), so it just will always boggle me that Flagship would've learned nothing from their years in the Blizzard fold. I never dreamed Bill Roper would have to spend every other day defending the game, promising fixes, explaining or justifying why the game was designed this way or that way or didn't have such and such at launch. It's just bizarre. icon_confused
10705  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Tabula Rasa beta on: November 15, 2007, 08:24:52 PM
My mom usually lets me pick out a couple games as Xmas gifts (we just go to Best Buy or something and she'll let me get a couple), so I'm pretty sure you'll see me aboard sometime in mid to late December.  icon_cool
10706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Soldier of Fortune: Payback on: November 15, 2007, 08:14:13 PM
We had been talking about this when it was first announced, at a military games forum I hang out at. I'm puzzled though. It was announced as a "value priced" title but it's going for $39.99.  saywhat I guess they meant in relation to the full-price console versions.
10707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else getting tired of the bugs in Hellgate London? on: November 15, 2007, 07:42:06 PM
Quote from: Flagship Studios
Previously, we had intended to end the beta grace period on November 14. But, we don't want to cut your game off prematurely, so please make sure you enter your retail registration key as soon as possible.

Again, no beta players without registration codes will be able to login and play Hellgate: London after November 21, 2007.
Ha! See? The game is *still* in beta! That explains everything!  saywhat icon_lol I'm kidding, but it does sound as if a lot of beta players haven't been convinced to actually buy it yet so they just keep pushing the cutoff date back and back.
10708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I take back all the negative things I said about Elite Beat Agents. on: November 15, 2007, 06:53:17 PM
I don't take back all the negative things I said about this - because I said them at a different message board.  Tongue I had a lot more fun with Jam Sessions on DS (everyone I've ever let play with it fell in love with it), but because it's not a Guitar Hero clone, it found little audience.

I rented Elite Beat, and for me it was way too frustrating to make any sort of progress with. I think it's a clever concept, but that doesn't make it any fun to play when it's so unforgiving in terms of tapping everything with perfect precision.

I'm still grouchy from Hellgate last night btw, so take this with a grain of salt.  disgust
10709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SOCOM: Tactical Strike (PSP) impressions on: November 15, 2007, 02:01:35 PM
Another pretty enthusiastic review, from Pocket Gamer UK:
http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PSP/SOCOM%3A+US+Navy+SEALs+Tactical+Strike/review.asp?c=4820
Quote from: Pocket Gamer
Overshadowed by countless other high-profile PSP games in the run up to Christmas, an understated release for this portable tactical-action fest belies an amazingly entertaining experience. Ignore the lack of buzz and astonishing widespread critical disdain [bit of an overstatement - reviews have generally been solid smile -bj] for Tactical Strike because, in our view, this is one of the best PSP titles of the year.

Quote from: Pocket Gamer
The effort to craft a console-quality experience has succeeded, then, yet ironically serves as the game's primary flaw. Tactical Strike brilliantly deploys its strategic gameplay in huge, challenging missions that simply aren't tailored for portable play [most are 30-60 mins].

But that doesn't prevent it from being an enjoyable experience. On the contrary, this in fact turns out to be one of the system's finest and it's not difficult to see why: it looks great, plays just as well, and gets an exceptionally solid job done with remarkable style.
One thing I belatedly realized -- the "job skill" skill affects how quickly and well an individual soldier does things like pick locks, heal fallen soldiers and breach doors.
10710  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Tabula Rasa beta on: November 15, 2007, 01:57:47 PM
Garriott said in interviews players should be able to team up with level variations as wide as 5 or 10 levels without having problems earning experience (read that in a PC Gamer print interview recently). I don't know how the game handles sharing quests/missions you don't have though. In beta most players were racing around like drugged monkeys, and there was little interest in teaming formally (just informally for the base attack/defense stuff), dunno how it is now.
10711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else getting tired of the bugs in Hellgate London? on: November 15, 2007, 05:06:56 AM
Oh I just spent about 90 minutes crawling through an endless ear canal in "314's" brain, finally found the end, died, rezzed as ghost, but no headstone was left, and as a ghost i can't use the portal that was supposed to indicate the mission was done. I don't know if that's a bug, but I'm so angry, I don't think I'm going to play this for a while.  icon_evil If I thought the demo was too easy, well, that 314's brain crap is like the devs rubbing my face in a pile of dog poop for 90 minutes saying "SEE? SEE? It's NOT too easy!"  disgust Tongue
10712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Turn based strategy/tactical game. on: November 14, 2007, 11:01:51 PM

Quote from: Turtle on November 11, 2007, 08:23:57 PM

I played silent storm, the camera was also one of the problems I had with that game.  Instead of just locking down the camera and developing systems to cut away walls or see things transparently, every turn you have to fiddle with the camera until you can do the things you want.
Hmm, I seem to recall the game letting you peel away environmental layers (it wasn't what I could call intuitive though). I'll check my copy later to see which one of us is remembering it correctly.  icon_confused I could live with the camera, fiddlely as it was, but I did find the game got more and more tedious for me the more units I had. Many turn-based games can run into that problem.

I remember I was so excited for Pacific General (after enjoying Panzer General and Allied General), but, good grief -- some campaign missions literally had 100-150 units to move PER TURN! Ugh.
10713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Turn based strategy/tactical game. on: November 14, 2007, 11:00:22 PM
Star Trek: Away Team? I found the full game dreadful I'm afraid. disgust (I did like the demo too, and it seemed like a game tailor made for me). If I can still find my copy (I might've thrown it out, out of disgust), you are more than welcome to it. I'll see if I can find it in my cobwebbed collection of former games. 
10714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games that got better after you played them for awhile on: November 14, 2007, 10:55:04 PM
One for me was Metal Gear Solid for PSX. I bought it, didn't like it early on, and sort of threw it in a corner. I started playing it again maybe a year later, just bored one night. I got really hooked, and played it all the way through the end. I was crazy about it. MGS2: Sons of Liberty (PS2) was far more ambitious, but for some reason I just didn't find it anywhere near as enjoyable (and I wasn't able to ever finish MGS2 either).
10715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Uncharted:Drakes Fortune on: November 14, 2007, 07:37:55 PM
Maybe this one'll get me off the fence. Takes a third-personer for motion sickness-ridden me.  thumbsup
10716  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Hellgate: London) Who's in? on: November 14, 2007, 06:21:59 PM
I've been trying a few different Marksman things. I really don't like the first available hand grenades (the one that bounches around like a Super Bouncing Rubber Ball from a gumball machine), but the Phase grenades (which stick in place on hard surfaces) I'm finding far more useful and plan to gradually put some more points in.

I love the Sniper mode's damage and ACC buffs, and the scope view, and definitely need to boost that up (you don't technically have to use a Sniper Rifle with it but I am for the most part). And I love Napalm, I just seem to keep mistargeting with it.

As with most games like this I've lost track of what my "real" character stats are, and what they are boosted by equipment. So, I haven't put enough points into strength, and now I've got two or three solid armor pieces I can't wear for a couple levels because of Str requirements.  disgust

I experienced a couple wild treasure rooms and secret passages yesterday where the grenades/Napalm combo really saved my bacon (due to sudden spawns of many nasty things  icon_surprised).

I still lack anything remotely impressive, damage wise. I've got some Arc rocket thing that I've gotten to about 120 damage but it's mostly physical and doesn't seem very effective so far.
10717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: System Sellers-what games convinced you to get a console or handheld? on: November 14, 2007, 02:16:53 PM
Cool lists, I'm glad it got some memories going. smile I know in a lot of cases there's no one game that pulls one to a system.

I think too much pressure is put on PS3 titles to become "system sellers" and nothing can really live up to that (there's no PS3 Halo 3 in the stables, not even Killzone 2, MGS4 or Little Big Planet, imho). I think what it maybe needs more than some A+ game is just 5 B+ games unique to the system (call it whiteboyskim's rule  slywink) -- that might convince me to get one. smile Otherwise I'll keep sitting on the sidelines, or perhaps Mass Effect will get me to take a chance on the not exactly consistently reliable XBox360.

Little aside: Gears of War was almost the system seller for me in the spring. I was ready to order a "Gears of War bundle" from Circuit City for in-store pickup. However, Titan Quest: Immortal Throne on PC was causing me severe wrist tendinitis (I had to see a doctor, wear a splint, take Aleve, almost had to get surgery but I quit TQ:I cold turkey) at the time, and I talked myself out of it at the last minute. It was the best move for my health at the time, but sometimes I wish I'd given in. nod
10718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SOCOM: Tactical Strike (PSP) impressions on: November 14, 2007, 02:06:40 PM
The PC version (demo) of Full Spectrum Warrior ran like a pig on my system, so I never was able to get into it myself either. I also felt it really had too many units to shepherd. I'm happier with maybe 4-6 squaddies to control, whether it's tactical strategy, or more of a tactical shooter (SWAT, Ghost Recon etc.).

I put some time in on the Instant Action missions in SOCOM: Tactical Strike last night. What I didn't realize is just reaching a mission unlocks the two instant action "mini-missions" on it that you can play when you don't have a lot of time to play. Also, you earn a modest amount of skill points for completing an instant action missions and getting at least a passing grade (if you get an F, you get nada) -- you can then use the skill points in the campaign so there's a good reason to put some time in on Instant Action.

The instant action missions use the same environment of the main mission but just on a small portion of the map. There's some decent variety as you go. Like one's infiltrating a bunker, another's defending a warehouse that has multiple entry points (I got slaughtered and got an "F" grade on that one on my first try  crybaby). These are also pretty good "training on the fly" for mastering your squad orders and proper placement.

Also, when I added some more points into extra equipment slots, a second attachment slot opened for primary weapons. A new item is a bipod attachment (for assault rifles, sniper rifles and heavy machine guns) that improves accuracy. I don't know yet if the troops actually drop to the ground to use it.  icon_cool

I probably should've compared this more to Brothers in Arms. While flanking and suppressing often isn't necessary in this, the same principles of BiA are sort of at work in this.
10719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 13, 2007, 11:29:59 PM
Nah, Eurogamer does that.  Tongue

Gamespy's is mixed but not entirely negative:
http://xbox360.gamespy.com/xbox-360/assassins-creed/834669p1.html
Some quotes if you don't want to weed through 3 pages:
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There really isn't another game quite like it. Unfortunately, there isn't another game with issues quite like Creed's, either. Assassin's Creed tries to be a stealth game, an action game, a stealth kill game and a platformer, and to innovate in each category. But for each amazing step forward, Creed takes a half-step back.

Unfortunately, this is symptomatic of Assassin's Creed; each element of the game sacrifices too much in order to squeeze other major elements in. Instead of a true stealth engine, you have awkward "hide spots" to accommodate the free roaming. Combat is either too easy or too hard, lacking the brilliance of a dedicated action title. And the free-roaming, bound as it is to mission objectives that would be fine in a more linear game, is just unsatisfying. Each element of the game is individually interesting, but as a whole the package feels incomplete and patchwork more than innovative.
10720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command on: November 13, 2007, 11:10:30 PM

Quote from: Misguided on November 13, 2007, 06:19:29 PM

Look at the article. DS version is NOT shipping yet.
Man, I can't get away from copyeditors even at a gaming forum.  icon_lol OK I changed my post.
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