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1241  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Fight Night 3 impressions on: February 22, 2006, 07:02:53 PM
Absolutely pick it up if you don't like the twitch-based games, DiscoJason.  This game is far, far more focused on the strategic elements of boxing (single rounds are 3 minutes, and most fights go at least 4 rounds) rather than landing the first combo and dominating from there.  Well-timed punches can turn a fight around, but you don't have to land something in the .0002 seconds that a twitch game gives you to counter.

Besides, because the fights last so long, I'm guessing this will be a really great social game among the OO and GT crowds.
1242  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tha Con$pirator ft. $paniel is coming... on: February 22, 2006, 02:28:06 PM
This is now on my profile for all to see.

I'm not really sure how that makes me feel.
1243  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Fight Night 3 impressions on: February 22, 2006, 06:32:26 AM
Played through the rest of the ESPN Classics mode tonight, and one multiplayer match.

I highly recommend doing the Classics (at least half) before starting a career; it both unlocks various styles and kits for you and allows you to try out a bunch of styles so you can know what you like better before you start a career.  Plus, they're just plain fun.  It probably took me and my roomie about 6 hours total to burn through the whole list (doing part of it on hard), but I've picked up a much better understanding of the various fight styles and an appreciation of how much they affect the gameplay.  The fights are all very well-done, and any of the matches can go either way; which ones are easy seems to depend on your preferred style, as my roomie can breeze through my tough fights and vice versa.  This Classics mode will definitely be a nice one to duck back to once in a while, especially when I have friends over; since all the matches are more or less balanced, this should cut down on whining about which boxer is unbalanced.  smile

On a whim, I tried out a quick game on Live before stopping for the night.  It was a little laggy, but it didn't effect gameplay too terribly much.  It took me about half a round to adjust to the pace, and then I was fine.  Knocked out some random guy playing Jones Jr., with me playing Holyfield.  I'm sure it will be more fun to play against you guys than random people, but I'm also looking forward to some ranked fights, too.

Seeing as I haven't even touched the career or Hard Hits modes, and I've barely even begun to scratch the surface of multiplayer, I think this game might have some legs to it.  The difficulty in SP is fine; I put it up to Hard for a while, but dropped it to Medium while fighting with a few fighters whose styles I just couldn't adapt to very well in Classics mode; Medium is providing a satisfying but not frustrating challenge, but Hard wasn't such a step up that I'll never put the difficulty there.

Also, for people who played the demo: still not sold on the commentary entirely (more on that later, when my impressions solidify), but replays are much better overall in the retail box.
1244  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Fight Night 3 impressions on: February 21, 2006, 08:17:49 PM
Quote from: "tru1cy"
Rate the difficulty?  Also buy or rental?

Bought it.  Not sure if it has legs in career mode, but I tend to play FN games to death, so I'm pretty sure I'll get my money's worth.

Difficulty, it's hard to say.  The one fight at medium wasn't difficult at all for me, but I prefer speed-style fighters, and I put in a LOT of time on the demo.  Hard felt about right for my level; I fell once, and clinched out quite a few times.  We'll see how I do at the lower tiers of the career mode before I make a judgement.

Good things about the difficulty: it never felt, even on Medium, like a completely foregone conclusion.  There were a few moments when Frazier could have put me down and forced me to clinch out, and capitalizing on a few of those could have swung the fight hugely.  It really does come down to countering a fighting style; against Frazier, I had to parry the big shots for the win, and against Ali, I had to ride out the wave of fast, light punches, and press the advantage to get in big body shots when I could, without leaving myself open for any huge flurries.  It seems like, at least between these two fighters, it's balanced enough that you can't just power through every time, or rely simply on landing more shots.
1245  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Fight Night 3 impressions on: February 21, 2006, 07:38:06 PM

Quick ones, though, managed to grab a quick fight before a phone meeting.

First of all, the interface is kind of 'meh'.  The menu system is alright, but the way it always asks which memory unit (I only have the hard drive) is kind of annoying.  Totally different, much better interface within the Live portion, there are about 150 people playing right now online.  Jumped back offline to start an ESPN Classics fight (Ali vs. Frazier, of course).  There's a nice little intro in which they give a bit of advice on each fighter's style.

In-game, things are about as the demo would indicate.  Didn't play long enough to get too much of a feel for the commentary; they weren't too far off most of the time, though.  Hoping it's an improvement over the demo long-term.  The graphics are gorgeous; they manage to keep that quality from the demo gym all the way up to the scale of the stadium environment, and the fighters look as good as the two in the demo.  Ali and Frazier have pretty well-done styles, and fighting as each one definitely felt like a different fight.  Wrecked Frazier in 4 as Ali with lightning speed, but taking control of Frazier then felt like driving a truck.  Took me six rounds to finish Ali (although I upped the difficulty to Hard in between), whose speed gave me trouble.  I just had to keep concentrating on the body and wearing him down with isolated big hooks to the midsection.

Haven't tried the cutman, listened to the between-round trainer dialogue, or done a host of other things yet.  Beating each fighter unlocked the style of the defeated fighter (i.e., when you beat Frazier, you get the 'Bully' style), and Ali also yielded a fight package, which means I'll probably be playing through the Classics mode a lot more before creating a fighter so I can mess around with more styles.  Not sure if this is for every Classic fight or just the Ali-Frazier one.

Hit me with questions: should be able to hop on and answer later today.
1246  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Sweet Science on: February 14, 2006, 01:07:44 AM
In in in.
1247  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Marble Blast Online Rocks... Who's got it?? on: February 05, 2006, 06:31:12 PM
I'm considering this.  Good game for a dorm room, you guys think?
1248  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game trading experiment on: February 02, 2006, 09:47:33 PM
I'm actually trying to get this going myself.  With the Xbox 360, I bought two games (PDZ and PGR3) and have bought 2 since (Condemned and NHL2K6).  I've already traded Condemned for NFS:MW, and PGR3 and PDZ will soon be on my trading block.  Ideally, I'd like to keep about four games in the collection (although I suspect FN3 will be a Day 1 for me), so that I can always be close to beating and trading one of them.  We'll see how it works.
1249  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Geometry Wars rawks on: February 02, 2006, 05:34:09 PM
I just needed to resurrect this thread to say that Destructor's score in Evolved... is unseated.  Booyah!
1250  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / College assistance network for GT'ers on: January 24, 2006, 12:24:19 AM
I can help with any questions.  Third-year student at St. John's University in Queens, NY, with a CS major and business option, and I'm interning at a Manhattan consulting firm.  I can probably answer some CS questions, plenty of business ones, and one or two consultish ones.  smile
1251  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MVP '06 Coming Soon...Ping! on: January 24, 2006, 12:22:26 AM
Someone load up the stadium for St. John's (Queens, NY) and tell me how it looks.  I'd love to pick this up out of some misplaced sense of loyalty to our sports teams, but I'm rethinking after the comments here.
1252  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox Live 360 games, what are you playing? on: January 24, 2006, 12:07:29 AM
Loving the Geometry Wars, Gauntlet, and SmashTV, and trying to wrap up Condemned so I can trade it; after that I'm going to run co-op through PDZ with the roomies so I can try to trade that off, too, and then wrapping up PGR3 so I can trade that.  If you can't tell, I'm itching to try out some of the other stuff.

Loving the 360 so far, in total.
1253  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hockey Talk! on: January 23, 2006, 07:37:40 AM
Quote from: "depward"
Ovechkin really is a dynamic player.  That goal he scored about a week ago or whatnot was UNBELIEVABLE.  It was fun to watch some Caps games when we had a free week of NHL Center Ice.

Yeah, that one caught everyone.  Since I'm living in NYC right now, I only caught the replay later (missed that game on the radio), but WOW.  He's firing on all cylinders... the neurons know where the limbs are, the skates and stick are, the puck is, and most importantly, where the teammates are, with enough left over to work out the next few moments of the play just so he knows where all of those things will be.  It's really a joy watching someone play with that kind of natural ability on both the physical and mental ends.
1254  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hockey Talk! on: January 23, 2006, 07:06:49 AM
Man, it's a good time to be a Caps fan.  First four-game win streak in ages, and I just cannot BELIEVE Ovechkin.  Not only is he simply a phenomenal player, but he's unselfish even when it comes to his goal streak ending (giving up a pass that resulted in a goal against the 'Canes).

Not a playoff year for us, but still, what a time to be watching.
1255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Geometry Wars rawks on: January 23, 2006, 07:02:06 AM
I have PDZ, which is fun.

I have PGR3, which is insanely addictive in stretches and gorgeous to look at.

I just bought Condemned, which is reminding me heavily of Millennium, one of my favorite TV shows ever and one I'm currently rewatching through.

So why, oh why, oh why, does 90% of my time on the 360 still get spent on this game?  I'm so determined to hit 500K it's frightening.
1256  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Geometry Wars rawks on: January 17, 2006, 07:59:07 PM
Quote from: "shon"
For some reason on Geometry wars my hi-score never saves it is always 10,000 everytime I play.

The high score never saves, but the leaderboard score remains.
1257  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag List on: January 05, 2006, 11:18:16 PM
I'm on Live as KeySJU, and I've got PGR3 and PDZ for now.
1258  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fight Night Round 3 DEMO!!! On Xbox Live Marketplace NOW! on: January 05, 2006, 06:42:49 PM
I'm going to have to put more time in on this one.  I love it, but the controls didn't seem quite as fluid and responsive as they did for FN Round 2.  I'm not sure whether that's because it's a pre-release demo, if I'm remembering wrong, if there are serious underlying problems, or whether I just really, really don't like Bernard Hopkins' style.

Still a Day 1 purchase for me, though.
1259  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fight Night Round 3 DEMO!!! On Xbox Live Marketplace NOW! on: January 05, 2006, 05:31:07 PM
If it's the same as the first one for face button punching, you hit both jab and hook simultaneously for an uppercut (been a while, so I'm not 100% on this).  As for haymakers, I believe that's only available with the Total Punch Control.

Reallly, I'd advise trying out TPC again.  It's a pretty simple system once you get the hang of it, and it feels a lot better than just mashing face buttons.
1260  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 07, 2005, 03:02:06 AM
I think I've seen that exact 'Why Lie?' guy in Manhattan.
1261  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / There's a part of me that wants to see what happens on: January 03, 2005, 12:56:46 AM
It demands sacrifice.  I recommend the pretext of a party.  Ask your ceremonial victim to heat up the nachos in the nuke.
1262  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Merry Christmas to all! on: December 26, 2004, 11:54:17 PM
Quote from: "Zarkon"
Quote from: "Clanwolfer"
If we're doing tallies:
Tie tack/soccer jersey from Chile where my dad spent the last month
The official 'mission shirt' from the joint NASA/Chilean Armada mission he was on
America: The Book, a book from one of the essayists interviewed on the Daily Show, and a $25 B&N gift card
All-day paintball pass with equipment rental
Some really nice athletic wear; sweatshirt, shorts, and one of those nice Under Armour shirts.

I got America from a B Dalton that's shutting down for $15.  It's actually by the host of the Daily Show, Jon Stewart. smile  And it's funny as hell.

I know it's by the host... I meant I got another book from one of his interviewees on the show.  I'm more convinced with every year that Jon Stewart is one of the great interviewers of this generation... his talents are wasted on pimping bad movies and TV shows.
1263  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / I feel gross and dirty. on: December 25, 2004, 07:55:42 PM
News flash: you're on the Internet.  In a community exceeding 250 people, you cannot stop asshattery.
1264  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Merry Christmas to all! on: December 25, 2004, 04:29:55 PM
If we're doing tallies:
Tie tack/soccer jersey from Chile where my dad spent the last month
The official 'mission shirt' from the joint NASA/Chilean Armada mission he was on
America: The Book, a book from one of the essayists interviewed on the Daily Show, and a $25 B&N gift card
All-day paintball pass with equipment rental
Some really nice athletic wear; sweatshirt, shorts, and one of those nice Under Armour shirts.
1265  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Random Fighting Discussion on: December 23, 2004, 03:27:36 PM
Quote from: "Booner"
There's only one way to settle this.....

A race.... around the world.  Go!
1266  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Rumsfeld displays RAW POWER on: December 19, 2004, 07:05:39 PM
1267  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW and thier idiot quest programmer on: December 19, 2004, 01:39:15 AM
I've played pretty much exclusively Horde in the stress tests and open beta, and have a shaman at 32, with a roomie and a friend of mine being 32 and 33 themselves; we've never once lacked for quests, and most of the time I've had my quest log at least 3/4 full, and all I do is work on quests (can't stand grinding for too long).  A lot of the reason is perhaps that I go from one area to another, and travel back and forth trying to knock off my lowest-level quests before I outlevel them; it's good exp, easy, fast, and I've still generally had to abandon a quest or two every couple of levels because it's just not worth doing anymore (grayed out).
1268  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / ARRGHH!!!! Pulling hair out! Please help. on: December 17, 2004, 10:00:34 PM
Go PvE.  When you're in the mood for a scrap, run around the contested territories with your PvP flag on; I've never found most areas wanting for a fight or two, and usually you can get a pretty good 'pickup war' going by just running around a few folks with your PvP flag on.

Besides which, the PvP Battlegrounds system they're working on for PVP servers should provide exactly what you want; an area where you can go full PVP with objectives and areas to hold, but without getting in the way of questing elsewhere.
1269  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Question: Hats/Helmets on: December 17, 2004, 01:39:02 AM
Whisperwind, Horde side; I got a headband as a drop in Hillsbrad, with some *very* nice stats at level 31.  Doesn't look too nice, but quite functional.
1270  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Phrases I hate. on: December 17, 2004, 01:23:07 AM
The only thing making mad props acceptable is when you, in jest of course, give specific numbers of them.

For example:
"That was clever.  You get two props."

That tends to annoy people who actually use it in conversations because they realize how dumb they sound.

Me, I'm waiting until I get enough props to trade for a turbojet.
1271  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / [WoW] PvP just not for me? on: December 16, 2004, 09:30:21 PM
PVP is definitely not for me.  Besides, I don't see any incentive to go PVP for this game... there's never a shortage of people willing to duel or PVP-battle on the PvE servers, plus you get to play minus the aggravation of getting ganked when you really don't feel like it.  Yeah, PVP can be atmospheric and intense and fun, but if you turn your PVP flag on in PvE, you can get jumped just as easily by anyone high-level passing by (if that's your thing).
1272  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PC Gaming version: Shut up! It IS time to reveal your GOTY on: December 16, 2004, 09:27:05 PM
Tough one.  Can't we have Games of the Year, or maybe just one GOTY for every year's worth of quality titles we got this year (which would come out to about 5 for me)?

World of Warcraft, HL2, Far Cry, and Rome are all struggling to be my GOTY.  Been addicted to WoW, but just reinstalled Far Cry last night, and getting the urge to play HL2 again.
1273  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / (WoW) New patch contents 12/16 on: December 16, 2004, 09:24:49 PM
Remember, the forum post said that it's a sneak peek, not a full changelog.  If it seems like too little for your class/profession, there's probably more.  Also, one of the Blizz community reps said that druids were getting a little love in the upcoming patch, so hopefully there's some changes there.
1274  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST Recap on: December 16, 2004, 08:10:38 PM
It would appear from the website as if they're running 2 episodes a week from now on; rejoice, all ye who missed it the first time through!  If they keep doing it we'll have caught up by the new episdoes.
1275  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST Recap on: December 16, 2004, 02:58:49 AM
Well, I'm hooked.  Definitely jumping in now, especially if no major questions are answered yet; hopefully I get most of the background in the episodes they do run in the meantime.
1276  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Random WOW Screenshots *SERIOUS BANDWIDTH WARNING* on: December 14, 2004, 07:21:57 PM
ARGH!  My self-imposed ban on WoW during finals week is killing me now... thanks for giving me the urge to play.  Tongue
1277  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW servers down! on: December 14, 2004, 07:18:22 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
Your characters aren't naked on the selection screen anymore.

So maybe the databases have been overhauled and the auction house and mail may work as intended finally.  That'd be very nice.

How have they not been working as intended before?  (aside from the blank message to send items bug).
1278  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST Recap on: December 14, 2004, 03:22:48 PM
So I see that ABC is planning to run the pilot episode over tomorrow at 9, and I read somewhere that they're going into a mini-recap cycle before it starts airing again in January; so are they just showing the pilot again, or are they going to run all the episodes aired so far again before they start showing new ones?

I really, really want to get into this show, but I think it would be worse to see the pilot and then jump straight into the 12th episode, or wherever they are.
1279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Has everyone else given up on Halo 2 and Multiplayer? on: December 14, 2004, 05:33:17 AM
Finals.  I'll be back on in a week.
1280  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Making money on WoW on: December 14, 2004, 01:48:48 AM
Let addict roommate play for the price of getting to keep the character he's working on now when he gets a new account and starts over.

It started out as a nice bonus of not having to play Horde newbie zones again, but now he's outleveled me and I have a quite nice 31 rogue to show for it.
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