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15281  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Last-minute pre-order... EQ2 or WoW? on: November 08, 2004, 01:57:03 AM
Quote from: "jpinard"
* Immersion.  I really want to feel like I'm in another place.
* Detail.  Want to have the new cool items I get, look great too and be worth the time and effort.
* Low grind value.  I don't want to have to put a bazillion hours into the game to have fun.
* I like to solo 90% of the time.
* I did like Dark Age of Camelot quite a bit (except the long travel times).
* I like City of Heroes, but once I got t level 32 I stopped playing though I still have my account.

Having betaed both EQ2 and WoW, let me answer these questions as to who I think wins and give an answer as to why:

Immersion - WoW. EQ2 looks too real while the cartoony look really draws you into their world.

Detail - Tie. EQ2's amazing player models are fantastic to look at if you have the system, and some of the stuff I've seen is great. WoW stays away from the details, but still looks fantastic in its own rights.

Low Grind Value - WoW by a landslide. The game just doesn't feel like a grind at all with how they've designed their zones and quest system. Some would say it's too easy of a MMO as a result, but I'm not complaining.

Soloability - WoW dumps a mountain on EQ2 as it buries it so much. Once again, with WoW so easy, every class is capable of soloing without pretty much any problems. The loads of zones allows you to simply visit somewhere else if you want different mobs and a different challenge. Each zone is also based around a set level, but each starting 'land' tends to have their own set path you can follow upon.

EQ2 allows you to solo, somewhat, but comeon - this game is the sequel to the game that required the 'holy trinity' just to get ANYWHERE in the upper levels of the game. Unless you were a Bard or Necro, soloing was so slow and painful you didn't want to do it. I have to say though that EQ2 is better than EQ was in the soloability aspect, but it's nowhere near WoW.
15282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 Reviews - IGN/Gamespot/Gamespy (Poss. Spoilers) on: November 08, 2004, 01:50:22 AM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
What I will believe is that some level of perceived site integrity is at stake with major titles.  After having gotten their readers into a fervor with years of previews sites will effectively force a self-fulfilling prophecy onto themselves by giving reviews that justify the level of hype.

Then there is the issue of readership- IGN was hatemail bombed for their mediocre review of Killzone.  There are already people crying online about GS's outstanding score of 9.4.  These readers are completely irrational but they are customers of the site and a negative review could cause a loss in readership.

You sir are an extremly rare breed of gamer - you actually look beyond the reviews and all important numbers to not only the game itself, but the percieved perception of how a site's readership will react to a score that doesn't fit along with their expectations.

From my reading, Gamespot is a very harsh site when it comes to handing out scores. That's why I also trust them more than IGN and Gamespy. Maybe it's because they're now the underdog, if you will (as incase you've forgotten, IGN and Gamespy are the same company now), but their scores look at the game as a whole, comparing it to what a console should be able to do (which is why they tend to knock a game for being a simple port).

They also don't seem to let hype get in the way with their reviewing.

That's what I, as a reviewer, try to do as well.

Think on the reviews and keep them in mind when you play Halo 2 starting late tomorrow night. Come back once you've beaten the game and discuss what your feelings are then.
15283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 Reviews - IGN/Gamespot/Gamespy (Poss. Spoilers) on: November 07, 2004, 11:22:55 PM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
When did you play the game all the way through? Hm? Also given that there's only ONE review that says anything bad about the campaign, I'd have to say at this point that particular opinion is the exception and not the rule.

Remember, as I've said before as I've talked to somebody who got the game early - Gamespot's review is spot on as far as the single player story goes. It does end badly and it is short.

I think it's more about the ads, as others have said. They have to call this game of the year on the Xbox, and they can't say anything negative about it.

GTA4 anyone (and IGN's 9.9 score)? smile
15284  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Racial Traits Revealed!!! on: November 05, 2004, 11:35:48 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
That said, this is just going to encourage people to play gnome mages, and if you will forgive my french, I wish they would all just fuck off smile

At least you can't be a Gnome Monk, a race/class I expect lots of people to flock to in Everquest 2 thanks to places like WTF Comics, among other long-standing jokes.

"Clan of the Waist Down Fist...Attack!" biggrin
15285  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Opening Cinematic on: November 05, 2004, 11:32:31 PM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
NP...Its different cause you can download it anyways......btw how do i delete a post on here?..I cant find a way..Im blind most likely but i just dont see it and dont want to leave a semi double post.

When you edit your post, you'll see a checkbox for 'Delete this post'. Check that and then click on Edit.

As for the trailer... Once again, I'm floored. Heck - I still watch it most times I fire up my closed beta account, it's that good.

Blizzard are the masters at realistic looking CGI.
15286  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Racial Traits Revealed!!! on: November 05, 2004, 08:45:26 PM
Quote from: "Torfish"
So how do these work?  Do you get all 4 traits right away on level1?  Do they grow in power as you level?

One of a few ways, as far as I know of - either you'll get these all at once (doubtful), you'll gain all four skills as you level automatically (possible), or you'll get to choose between one of the four skills as you hit certain levels (most likely).

But I honestly don't know the answer. Nice abilities though. Gives you a reason to play one race over another.
15287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New EGM Scores (Careful...some Halo 2 SPOILERS within) on: November 05, 2004, 06:38:18 PM
Quote from: "ElijahPrice"
Obviously, + is good and - is bad.  I am a bit curious about that minus on ending...?  It said that what will make Halo a real legendary game is its multiplayer, not the single player.  I guess that was expected.  If you want more just let me know though it is an Xbox mag...

From what I hear from somebody who 'acquired' the game early, the ending, well, sucks. It very abruptly ends, among other issues.

He hasn't told me why (obviously, as I want to play the game myself), but that's what he said.
15288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sonic Mega Collection Plus on: November 05, 2004, 03:46:37 AM
Hey - now that's it on the Xbox, why isn't Sonic CD included in this version? biggrin

I really should pick this up though. So many great titles for only $20...
15289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Great new Dragon Warrior 8 Trailer on: November 04, 2004, 03:42:04 AM
Quote from: "Gratch"
Well, I've never been a fan of the Dragon Warrior series.  In fact, I would list Dragon Warrior VII is one of my top 3 least favorite games of all time.  And honestly, I don't remember that song from either Dragon Warrior game I played.

Okay, well, I'll have to admit - Dragon Warrior VII is the bastard child of the series.

As far as that theme music goes, it was in I, II, IV (I think), and an orchestrated version appeared in the SNES (Japan only) V and VI. So, yeah, it's been around a while.

And so have I... Ugh. smile
15290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Game of All Time Round 3 on: November 04, 2004, 03:31:04 AM
Left Side:

Heroes of Might and Magic 2
Ultima VII
Warcraft II
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
Planescape: Torment
Ultima V

Right Side:

Unreal Tournament 2004
System Shock 2
Diablo 2
Master of Orion 2
Rollercoaster Tycoon
Knights of the Old Republic
Deus Ex
Master of Magic

Am I an RPG fan at heart? Naa... biggrin
15291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Great new Dragon Warrior 8 Trailer on: November 03, 2004, 09:45:53 PM
Quote from: "Gratch"
I'm not a big fan of cel-shading, so that will knock it down a notch for me.  Also, whoever did that theme music should be shot.  That was just horrible.

Uh, what? That 'theme music' is the theme for Dragon Warrior itself, and has been for like two decades. It's as well known as the Piano Theme (or is it called the Crystal Theme, or something) from Final Fantasy.

Sure, it didn't sound anywhere near as good on the NES ( smile ), but it's still the same thing.
15292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Great new Dragon Warrior 8 Trailer on: November 03, 2004, 04:29:16 PM
*jaw drops*

Holy shit. This looks absolutely amazing.

Final Fantasy who? I want this game, and I want this game NOW.

Maybe it's just the nastalga in me (as I've played every DW that came out since the beginning), or maybe because I've been disappointed in all of the 'next gen' Final Fantasies (7, 8, 10, 10.5, 11), but this is a game I want to play, and play this instant.
15293  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [P] Fox News projects Ohio to Bush on: November 03, 2004, 04:11:46 PM
And since it's all about Ohio, I bring you this image:

Which button do you push/cut out for Bush? Notice how 6 and 10 line up, but not the other two...

Note - I have no idea if this image is true or not, but I found it funny.
15294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time Round 2 Results and Tie-breaker on: November 03, 2004, 02:33:15 AM
Quote from: "Daehawk"
Whats all the smilies in the results mean?

Well, if you make a  8 )  mark in the software (remove the space between them), it becomes a Cool (or the sunglasses guy). That's what it is.

And Wing Commander III won but Wing Commander didn't? Shame on you all. smile
15295  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Good & free AV software? on: November 03, 2004, 02:26:40 AM
There's always Trend Micro - it's entirely on the web, so there's nothing to actually download (short of a small file into IE itself):
15296  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Possible blown router? on: November 03, 2004, 02:25:47 AM
Quote from: "croman"
Worse comes to worse.. reflash the router with a new firmware upgrade (or even with the current one that you already have)

That's ultimately what I had to do. My router was behind by, oh, about a year and a half worth of revisions (purchased right as G technology was appearing, as I wanted it to be current). If you don't patch those routers, laptops and PCs with that newfangled Speedboost technology will rip them apart as I found out.
15297  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Gogamer link? on: November 02, 2004, 01:26:49 PM
Well, I'm not sure if this link will work, but from the main page itself:

If it doesn't work, we have a GoGamer ad sitting underneath our Pimps Lord one.
15298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / X-Men Legends is wayyyyyyyyyyyyy too hard! on: November 01, 2004, 09:28:00 PM
Quote from: "DiamondDecision"
Quote from: "Scott"
So far, I've found Cyclops, Storm, Wolverine and Nightcrawler to be unstoppable.

That is who is in my team.

I'm just about to the place in life where if it is an RPG and doesn't come come from Bioware, it's not worth having.

I *enjoy* Bioware games.  I spend little time reloading and lots of time enjoying.  Great stories.  Great gameplay.

Well, both Storm and Nightcrawler can be pretty weak if you don't boost them up right (or let the AI take control of them anyway). My team was Wolverine, Cyclops, Iceman, and Jean Grey. The only place I ever had problems was in the very last level. That combo covers all the basics and all the resistances.

Short of that, it was a piece of cake.
15299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Game of All Time Round 2 on: October 31, 2004, 07:02:48 PM
On the left side:

Rome: Total War
Heroes of Might and Magic 2
Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns
Ultima VII
Sam & Max Hit the Road
Age of Wonders 2
Wing Commander
The Secret of Monkey Island
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
Quake 3
Never Played
Planescape: Torment
No One Lives Forever
Might and Magic 6

On the right side:

Freespace 2
Unreal Tournament 2004
Baldur's Gate 2
System Shock 2
Diablo 2
Gothic 2
Master of Orion 2
Rollercoaster Tycoon
Ghost Recon
Knights of the Old Republic
Civilization 2
Star Wars: Tie Fighter
Master of Magic
Alpha Centauri
15300  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Yay, it's snowing! (Updated with pics. Just 'cause) on: October 31, 2004, 06:55:18 PM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
Take pictures!

P.S. it's 85 here in central FL smile

85? Good lord. It's like 70 for a high here in Arizona. I thought we're supposed to be the hottest state in the nation...

And most people love snow until you have to try to drive around in it.
15301  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Daylight Savings? on: October 31, 2004, 02:09:46 PM
Well, I live in Arizona. We're beyond your weak, time changing ways. biggrin
15302  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Possible blown router? on: October 31, 2004, 04:43:31 AM
Okay, so here's the deal:

I currently have a nice config - a Linksys Wireless-G router watching over both my PC and a wireless enabled laptop.

Today, I borrowed my boss' PC from work, as he was having a few issues with it. I'm good with fixing issues, so now I have two PCs handy.

I decide to get my boss' PC online. Thinking absolutely nothing of it, I set up the router permissions (WEP and such), and try to connect it to my router.

Suddenly, my laptop (which was enjoying itself streaming music from online), loses its wireless connection to my router. And the other laptop won't connect to my router either.

So I fire up my PC. Odd - I don't have a connection to the internet.

Chalking it up as a glitch in the router, I reset the thing. I get the internet again, but for only about 20 seconds before I lose it.

Try again - exact same results.

So I reboot the router again, but I take my PC and log into the router as well and look at the settings. 20 seconds later, I can't connect to the router anymore. It's like the software inside of it just froze or something.

So I break out a pen and do a 'reset to factory defaults' button push. 20 seconds again into operation, the router freezes.

On a whim, I turn off all wireless features of my router. Like magic, my router stays online.

I just can't connect to it via anything related to it wirelessly without freezing the thing.

The router itself works great. I have 3 PCs now hooked up to it, and all three can connect to the 'net and see any shared folders between them. But as soon as I enable the wireless features of my router, the router hard locks and kills any landline connections.

Any suggestions? Or did I blow something somehow?

EDIT: Update - it looks like that a most major needed firmware upgrade fixed my issues. At least for now, anyway. smile
15303  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Nintendo DS game: Nintendogs on: October 27, 2004, 06:11:30 PM
How absolutely bloody cute. smile

Would anybody but small children play it though? Good question.
15304  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Champions of Norrath 'black screen of death' problem on: October 27, 2004, 06:08:11 PM
Quote from: "mytocles"
i'd heard of something about the dual-layered thing but don't know much more - do you - or anyone else - know any more titles that are dual-layered?
i know that GTA VC has given people a lot of trouble, and that i had the black screen thing with one of the Crash B. games, now i'm wondering if that was the problem...

I know for a fact that one of the Contra titles on the system is a dual-layer, as that was the title to use to make sure your console was 'fixed' in the article I used to fix my PS2.

I thought there was a certain color on the back of the DVD if it was a dual-layer, but after comparing Norrath to other DVD discs, I don't see a difference.
15305  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [p] Is Bush really better at the war on terror on: October 27, 2004, 05:56:51 PM
I doubt you'll see another post from me ever on politics, but let me put it this way why this election is just screwed up:

Okay, when two new people are running for election (previous president hits his 8 years, steps down, whatever), it should be a simple 'this guy verses this guy' 'battle'. You don't know anything about either person short of their history before trying to run for president.

However, for a reelection, it should be a fight between what the previous president did and the new guy. It should be a 'look at what the president did in his last four years, and if you want him in office for another four', not a 'this guy verses this guy' battle.

Unfortunately, the average public is just so dumb, they don't look at what Bush did the last four years in office. Instead, they just look at the person to person fight. They look at all the political bullshit that both sides toss around.

I for one don't care who takes the office 'throne', but I sure as hell don't want Bush there for another four years. I for one would vote for somebody like Nader or an unknown if it meant that it kept Bush out of office.

Yes, I feel that he screwed up that bad overall in his last four years, and that's that. I don't want to take the chance of seeing him do anything worse.

Discuss, as I won't be back. smile
15306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP = $185 on: October 27, 2004, 05:17:10 PM
Quote from: "Dimmona"
Out! Out! Out!

4-6 hours battery life?  And that's not worse case?  There's just no way I could deal with that...

To show you how unreal these 'real world' numbers are, Palm (makers of the Palm Pilot), insist that my Palm Tungsten T|3 lasts for 4-6 hours under real use conditions.

Try like 3, tops. And that's if I'm not going overboard with the processor (just typing away on my Word clone, instead of using my Bluetooth connection to surf the net while listening to .mp3 files).

Combine that with the fact that you have to buy (or rebuy) these mini-DVDs to watch movies on the thing, and I don't exactly see this as a winner. A threat to Nintendo, yes, but not a true winner.
15307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / More SOE BS on: October 27, 2004, 05:12:26 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
There are 4 main AT's with each AT having 3 classes, each class having 2 subclasses.

To be completely technical:

There are 4 main classes (Fighter, Priest, Mage, Scout), that each have 3 classes that split off from that (which you choose at level 10). From there, you'll advance to one of two final classes at level 20, which is based on if you're a Qeynos or Freeport (good or evil) citizen.

And, yes, the Good/Evil classes will be dramatically different. The same subclass for the Fighter, for example, can promote you to either a Paladin or a Shadow Knight. Each will get their own set of spells/abilities.

So, in short, to have a character for every class, you'd need 24 (4 main x 3 classes x 2 good/evil choice) character slots.

This is why people are complaining about how 4 slots are too few. Add in the fact that the Froglok class is locked until they're 'rescued' after launch, and you'll see the reasons.
15308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life2 to require internet connection on: October 27, 2004, 05:07:54 PM
You know, odds are, the 'usual' sites will have an executable that allows you to get around the whole registration thing day 1.

So I don't even know why companies try these kinds of things.
15309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / More SOE BS on: October 27, 2004, 03:33:45 PM
BTW - us beta testers are fighting tooth and nail to get that 'overall character number' up to 8. I doubt it'll happen, but...

And as far as FFXI went - the reason that one character was enough was that you could change that character into any of the classes you wanted to at any time. In EQ2, you can't do that.

The group death penality is nothing to worry about. Basically it gives you a reason to keep everyone alive in combat. It's no longer 'every man for himself' when things go bad.
15310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Champions of Norrath 'black screen of death' problem on: October 27, 2004, 03:27:52 PM
The whole problem is that CoN is a dual-layer DVD, one of like 3 titles in the entire PS2 lineup that does so.

And, as your PS2 wears down, the first thing to do is this ability. Personally, I had to open up my 'bought at launch' PS2 and clean/adjust the thing in order for CoH to even work. Odds are you might have to do so as well.
15311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time Round 1 Part 2 on: October 26, 2004, 07:26:12 PM
Freespace 2
Unreal Tournament 2004
Crusader: No Remorse
Baldur's Gate 2
The Longest Journey
System Shock 2
Diablo 2
Gothic 2
Master of Orion 2
Star Control 2
Thief 2
Wizardry 8
Rollercoaster Tycoon
Baldur's Gate
Command & Conquer Red Alert 2
Full Throttle
The Secret of Monkey Island
Gabriel Knight 2
Deus Ex
Star Wars: Tie Fighter
Master of Orion
Master of Magic
Starsiege: Tribes
Alpha Centauri

And since I didn't vote before, I choose Wing Commander. Gotta watch this forum more often...
15312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life2 to require internet connection on: October 26, 2004, 05:10:55 PM
Quote from: "Purge"
Quote from: "warning"
I'm going to send this over to Road to Gold as HL2 has not yet been released.

how about posting it on the frontpage too? slywink

Huh, what? biggrin

Thanks for the find, though.
15313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GBA: Couple of oldies but goodies released next week on: October 26, 2004, 05:02:48 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
I completely agree.  I loved Simon's Quest (still remember the commercial with the box beating like a heart).  Unfortunately Simon's Quest seems to be the black sheep of the Castlevania family something I didn't know back then since I didn't have the internet to tell me what to think.

Yeah, Simon's Quest (rebuild Dracula like Operation so you can kick his ass again) was the black sheep of the series, but it was also a great game because of it.

So many NES greats Nintendo could bring over to their GBA...
15314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN: San Andreas is the best PlayStation 2 game ever made on: October 26, 2004, 04:57:16 PM
Quote from: "\/\/olverine"
I was thinking that too, 9.9 is pretty much perfection, and the graphics alone would have to drag the score down half a point I would think. Once again, IGN wimps out to give way to the pay.

McGriddles, anyone? biggrin

No game is truly perfect. Is GTA:SA an excellent game? Yes. Is it the best game ever? That can truly be debated.
15315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Now THAT's a cool controller on: October 26, 2004, 03:35:46 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Just to be sure- this controller is not intended for the US market.  Its for the Japanese release of Dragon's Quest 8.  The DQ series is so popular in Japan there is no-shit law that DQ games are only allowed to be released on public holidays or Sundays due to the widespread work and school skippings.  

The slime from the DQ series is probably one of the more famous monsters in any RPG series.

He's right about the Dragon Quest law.

But that controller...

That's just so...fucked up. I want one! biggrin
15316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EQ2 bumped to a Nov 8th release? on: October 25, 2004, 11:15:55 PM
Quote from: "Falator"
Mounts solely between towns or set locations is stupid. They should have copied ultima online and allowed mounts any time (note: having real mounts is such a general idea that you really can't say it is copying)

Both titles allow you to purchase a mount for general riding. You can use them in dungeons (obviously), but when wandering around the 'overworld', they're used to get from point A to point B much faster and safer.

However, the mounts that only travel to certain points are nice in their own way, as you can use them early on when you have little funds and levels.
15317  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Evil Genius $29.90 at GoGamer on: October 24, 2004, 08:53:20 PM
Quote from: "Smoove_B"
And I see Leisure Suit Larry has dropped ANOTHER $10 - now $19.99.

Well, the 'special uber nude edition' is due out in a matter of weeks, so they're trying to dump this game while they can.

Or something.

Nice price on Evil Genius though.
15318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EQ2 bumped to a Nov 8th release? on: October 24, 2004, 08:47:38 PM
Quote from: "YellowKing"
If you actually sit down and play EQ2 and give it a fair shake but still don't like it, then I can respect that. I don't respect people who go into the game already determined to hate it.

Personally, this is the biggest 'issue' that Sony has to overcome with this, or any, MMO they release - their not-so-wonderful past with EQ1 and SWG.

Hell - their inepitude with Star Wars Galaxies alone is enough to make people swear to never buy another Sony MMO again.

But, as the saying goes - I like giving everybody a fair chance. Especially when I get into the two biggest MMO launches this year for free. smile
15319  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / awesome deal on a Dell 8400 desktop [ends 10/25 11pm CST] on: October 24, 2004, 07:01:10 PM
Holy cow. It's worth it just for the 19' LCD practically.

The rest of the stuff is just the icing on the cake.

I could always use a second PC... biggrin
15320  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Why? Because you aren't geeky enough without.. on: October 24, 2004, 06:56:07 PM
Quote from: "Zekester"

Old news. I've seen these things (well, not the joystick anyway) for sale at Gamestop for months. biggrin

Still worth a few laughs at work though. Love the shirt.
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