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15481  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 60 minute Shakedown Premiere: Tales of Symphonia on: July 16, 2004, 04:43:20 AM
Quote from: "Balshazaar"
I took this to mean that both of us could participate in the battles.  How do you get this to work?  Or how do you get any of the multiplayer to work?  I can't figure it out... Help!

From what I know, if you plug in another controller, and set another player to Manual (inside the Tech Assign screen if I remember right), the new controller will control the extra player(s).

However, when I tried to assign myself (playing with only one controller) to another member of my party (by switching the hero to Auto, and the next hero to Manual), I couldn't control the other member. Any guesses on that part?
15482  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Worlds of Warcraft - An Introspective on: July 13, 2004, 07:14:35 PM
Quote from: "Gedd"
It's also kind of funny some of the stuff you can find.  Someone the other day linked an item in chat that they'd caught called "teamster's head."  Ah, here it is on Thottbot.

I liked the Dwarven Fishing Pole I saw posted the other day. Yes, folks, this is a gun.  :shock:

Question for the other beta testers - is it worth getting Fishing up to rank 2 (or above)? I've maxed it out at 75 now, and I've found a few interesting items to make it worth fishing from time to time just to make a bit of cash. Either that, or I should get Skinning Rank 2, and keep skinning the mobs I off all over the place.
15483  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Worlds of Warcraft - An Introspective on: July 13, 2004, 04:27:18 PM
Quote from: "Gedd"
Still, WoW is hands-down one of the best games I've played and easily the best MMO (although I've only played it, SWG, and CoH, so that's not saying much).

It's funny - as amazing as the crafting/tradeskill system is, there is exactly one boring tradeskill - fishing. And even that is interactive, as you need to hit a button at an indicated time to get your catch. And there's lots more to catch than just fish as well... smile

All crafting tradeskills automatically succeed, period. There is none of this 'whoops, I goofed' stuff in the game. Short of fishing, where the fish can get away.

Geez, I keep saying nothing but bad things about fishing. :roll:

What else... The quests you do are based (mostly) around the area you get the quest in. The level of the quest is directly based on the level of the mobs you'll have to hunt. Some quest givers won't give out quests until you gain enough levels, and most quests seem soloable (although a duo makes things much, much easier).

As much fun as CoH is, WoW is going to be the cream of the crop. The game is so far along that it could be released today, and be better than Everquest ever was in my mind.
15484  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Worlds of Warcraft - An Introspective on: July 12, 2004, 08:52:11 PM
One last thing about WoW - this game is fun. I haven't had so much absolute *fun* playing a PC game since CoH...

Blasted addicting MMOs...
15485  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bethesda Softworks to publish Fallout 3!!! on: July 12, 2004, 08:21:53 PM
This just popped into my mailbox - thought I'd post it here before it appeared on the site:

Bethesda Softworks to Develop and Publish Fallout 3

July 12, 2004 (Rockville, MD) - Bethesda Softworks® announced today that it will develop and publish Fallout® 3 -- a sequel to the highly popular Fallout® role-playing game franchise. Bethesda licensed the rights to the Fallout® franchise from Interplay Entertainment Corp. (OTC Bulletin Board: IPLY) in a deal that awards Bethesda exclusive worldwide rights to the Fallout® franchise on the PC, home consoles, handhelds, and other media, with the rights to develop and publish additional sequels.

“We’re extremely excited about this opportunity and what it means both for Bethesda and for Fallout fans around the world,” said Vlatko Andonov, president of Bethesda Softworks. “Fallout is one of the great RPG franchises. Millions of Fallout games have been sold worldwide, and fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of a Fallout 3 title. Bethesda’s proven expertise in this genre, building on our experience and the tremendous success we have enjoyed with our cutting-edge Elder Scrolls® series, will enable us to create the next chapter of Fallout that is worthy of the franchise.”

Originally released in 1997, Fallout places a player in the role of a Vault-dweller, who ventures from his secluded, underground survival Vault into a post-apocalyptic world of mutants, radiation, gangs and violence. The game has been widely hailed as one of the outstanding role-playing games and video games of all time with its unique gameplay, style, and setting.

Commenting on this development, Interplay Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Herve Caen said, “This is a good agreement for both companies and for gamers. Although several parties had a high level of interest in licensing Fallout, we are most impressed by Bethesda’s execution of role-playing titles. Bethesda is an ideal steward of the Fallout franchise.”

Fallout 3 will be developed by Bethesda along with the next chapter of The Elder Scrolls, both under the direction of Todd Howard, executive producer of The Elder Scrolls. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind® won every national and international award of note in 2002, including Game of the Year and RPG of the Year, and is one of the best-selling games ever released on Xbox.

“We are overjoyed,” said Howard. “Fallout is one of my favorite games, and we plan to develop a visually stunning and original game for Fallout 3 with all the hallmarks of a great RPG: player choice, engaging story, and non-linearity.”

Future announcements about the release of Fallout 3 will be made as work on the title progresses.

About Bethesda Softworks®
Headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, Bethesda Softworks LLC, a ZeniMax Media company, is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software. Bethesda has won every major national and international software award for its titles, including The Elder Scrolls® series and the Terminator™ series. Its product line spans the sports, racing, RPG, strategy, and action genres. For more information on Bethesda Softworks’ products, visit www.bethsoft.com.

About Interplay
Interplay Entertainment Corp. is a developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment software for both core gamers and the mass market. Interplay releases products through Interplay, Black Isle Studios and its distribution partners.

The Elder Scrolls, Morrowind, Bethesda Softworks, ZeniMax, and their logos are registered trademarks of ZeniMax Media Inc. Fallout is a registered trademark of Interplay Entertainment Corp. Microsoft, Xbox and the Xbox logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All Rights Reserved.
15486  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OXM Sudeki Demo on: July 12, 2004, 07:35:54 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
On a positive note however, I am now completely hooked on KotoR, and am wondering how in the world I avoided this game for so very long, considering it won like 600 Game of the Year Awards.

It is absolutely a tremendous game.... and I have only just begun.

This should occupy all my time until the release of ESPN Football 2k5  -  which is perfect!

And I have gotten yet another person addicted on a console/PC game thanks to my discussion. My work here is done.  :twisted:
15487  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Worlds of Warcraft - An Introspective on: July 12, 2004, 07:33:20 PM
WoW has basically taken over my PC time, as it's absolutely nothing like a level-grind like ALL the other MMOs I've played (EQ, DAoC, AO, SB, SWG), as there's so much to do other than just killing for experience (crafting, herb collecting, fishing, general chatting, wandering).

Sure, you do kill, but the meat of this game are missions. Each town/land you enter has a ton of quests to do (which do mostly revolve around killing, but there are quite a few exceptions), which net a ton of bonus experience on top of doing the quest itself. And each mission has its own story as well, which really draws you in.

The only exception to the above is CoH. That game is so fast paced and so much fun to play that you don't realize that you're just doing a level grind. The ton of missions available (even though they give squat for experience at the end) helps. Although they really need more mission interiors.

But between WoW, CoH, and the two console RPGs I intend to buy in the next two weeks (Tales of Symphonia on the Cube and Sudeki on the Xbox), I suddenly no longer have the free time to do anything. Gotta get my priorities straight though for the site though...

More WoW time!  :twisted:
15488  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Spam Spam Spam! on: July 12, 2004, 07:00:26 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
I'm just glad I don't have a Hotmail account anymore.

Actually, Hotmail is far, far better than ever before. All my spam just goes into a 'junk mail' folder automagically. I just got my first piece of pron/spam that didn't get caught by their filters in like a month.

Good luck to the anti-spammers though. The world would be a far better place without all of them. Just like telemarketers.
15489  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What would you do if there were no video games? on: July 10, 2004, 04:42:39 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Reading.  Lots and lots of reading.  Probably catch up on my DVD watching.  I just can't imagine watching more television.

I agree with you here 100%. I have a large pile of books that desperately needs to be read, among other things.
15490  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OXM Sudeki Demo on: July 10, 2004, 04:39:05 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
Do you guys know of any others that are already out for the xbox that are like this game?  Turn Based Combat is fine with me by the way.  I am more interested in all those cool powers and skill points and stuff like that.  

Based on how the game is described (as I haven't played the demo), I'm guessing that Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is exactly what you're looking for. It's technically Turn Based (although it doesn't look like it in action), and is one of the best RPGs ever made.
15491  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OXM Sudeki Demo on: July 09, 2004, 04:57:37 PM
Goodie - yet another RPG I have to buy...

The worst part? Tales of Symphonia (which is a must buy in my mind) comes out the week before...
15492  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Spider Man in Lego on: July 09, 2004, 06:45:44 AM
Not only is it high quality, but it's funny as heck as well. Made it worthy for my Wrap this morning.  biggrin
15493  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Huh? on: July 09, 2004, 12:12:00 AM
Quote from: "Hrothgar"
How do you save money by cancelling a completed game?  Is it really so bad that they couldn't make back a limited run's duplication costs?

As stated from the PR piece we posted a few days back:

BattleBorne(TM) Entertainment, Inc. today announced that a preliminary injunction has been entered in its favor against Acclaim Entertainment, Inc. (OTCBB: AKLM) by order of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Nassau. The preliminary injunction restrains Acclaim from shipping BattleBorne's Combat Elite(TM): WWII Paratroopers for the Sony(R) (NYSE:SNE) PlayStation2 and Microsoft(R) (NasdaqNM: MSFT) Xbox platforms. BattleBorne Entertainment has sued Acclaim for breaching the parties' development agreement by failing to make payments when due and by threatening to release Combat Elite prior to making all required payments.

Ah, lawsuits due to lack of payment...
15494  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / River City Ransom EX... good game for a newbie? on: July 08, 2004, 05:48:29 PM
Yeah, RCR is a great old-school beat-em-up in my mind, just like the classics you mentioned (but far more fun). The fact that it doesn't have multiplayer is a crime, but you said that you wouldn't mind that feature.

BARF!  :twisted:
15495  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do what the Dept of Homeland Security Says.... on: July 08, 2004, 05:43:50 PM
I still use Firefox .8, as .9 doesn't support some of the things correctly I have to have in my surfing (ad-blocking and mouse gestures). Other than that, it's an absolutely fantastic browser.

Never see an ad, can simply move my mouse to navigate, and nothing will EVER install behind my back.
15496  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Spiderman Sells 2 million on: July 07, 2004, 08:15:51 PM
However, unlike Atari's PR announcement stating that 2 million copies of Driv3r have been 'sold', odds are that Activision has actually sold a total closer to this 2 million.  :twisted:
15497  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Circuit City Clearance 4.99 games on: July 05, 2004, 08:52:00 PM
If anyone can find me Rez, I'll gladly pay you double (if not more) of Circuit City's price.

And you didn't get Panzer Dragoon, Ron? Shame on you. smile
15498  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / [CG] Crimson Skies - July 3rd on: July 04, 2004, 06:29:31 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Do you guys like have your computer in the same room as your Xbox or something?  Sheesh...I have to move from room to room to post and go back to Xbox...heh.

Well, I have AIM on my laptop, so all I have to do is move to my TV room.

Unfortunately, I have to drag this butt ugly cable from my Xbox to my PC every time I want to play online. 30 some ft worth.

Lockdown - let's just say that I was. Ron's favorite game type is Keep Away, and I'm sorta good at it. biggrin
15499  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Happy 4th of July! on: July 04, 2004, 06:26:50 PM
Quote from: "Foxmerc"
This is my first 4th in a state that allows fireworks...methinks the fire department will get no rest tonight.

Here in Arizona, it's so dry that one misplaced firework burns half the state down. Count yourself lucky.
15500  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / [CG] Crimson Skies - July 3rd on: July 04, 2004, 03:53:32 AM
Quote from: "FoolishStudios"
Hey guys, it won't let me into Tim's game for some reason

Just noticed and letting Loren recreate.
15501  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / [CG] Crimson Skies - July 3rd on: July 04, 2004, 03:13:00 AM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
I'm waiting...

Add DestructorCG to your friends list. I'm online.
15502  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / [CG] Crimson Skies - July 3rd on: July 04, 2004, 01:44:28 AM
Give me a buzz, Ron, and I'll be there. Dragging a friend along as well.
15503  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Spider-Man 2 Review Discussion on: June 30, 2004, 02:21:45 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Can I just say that Jeff Gerstmann is a tool?  He gave the game a 7.2...way too low in my opinion.  Right now I'd probably put it in the 80s, maybe low 90.  The graphics aren't the best, but when you look at the sheer size of what you can see with no loading you begin to respect the graphics for what they are.

A 7.2? Good lord. This is an outstanding game, worthy of the score I gave it. But, to each their own I guess.
15504  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: Spider-Man 2 [All] on: June 29, 2004, 11:18:25 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
It was posted in the GG forum that you cannot retry missions that you have failed. Is that correct?

For the most part this is wrong. Depending on mission, you'll respawn instantly, with only a slight loading time to 'port' you back to the mission start point.

Same thing if you die while on a mission - odds are you'll respawn rather close to where you dropped in the mission point.

Going for the photo shots from JJJ? You'll be able to retry. The travel challenges? Same thing. The story missions to trail somebody? Same thing.

The only 'missions' you can't retry are the ones you'll get from citizens. IE: The save somebody missions. You get one chance at those. But they also happen so often via the 'generic citizen needs help' listing, that you'll do them again.
15505  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Spider-Man 2 Review Discussion on: June 29, 2004, 11:15:29 PM
MJ I could possibly see, but JJJ is rather dead on. I don't know what IGN is thinking honestly.
15506  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So Firefly's not doing anything for me... on: June 29, 2004, 09:18:28 PM
Quote from: "Graham"
I would be tempted but buy the Farscape DVD's if they came in a season set.  I'm not one of those that likes to buy individual discs.  Maybe I'll eventually rent one.

As far as I know of, they do. So get out there and buy, buy, buy!  biggrin
15507  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So Firefly's not doing anything for me... on: June 29, 2004, 07:44:18 PM
Quote from: "Graham"
I never got into Farscape...

I hate you.  :twisted:

Firefly is a very cool series, one that was canned far before its time. Same with Farscape for that matter...

Stupid stations not liking Sci-Fi in general...
15508  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Spider-Man 2 Review Discussion on: June 29, 2004, 04:59:41 PM
Quote from: "DarkEL"
Actually I think it's got Toby, Kirstin and Alfred Molina doing their voices.

I know for sure that those three (Spider-Man, Mary Jane, and Doc Ock) are truly done by their real voices off the top of my head. The guy who's Mary's love interest (who's name I can't think of off the top of my head) sounded like him as well.

I'll have to double check my information when I get back home. Thanks for bringing it up though.

Edit: The direct link to the review is right here.
15509  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What Xbox games are you looking forward to in 2004/2005? on: June 27, 2004, 11:54:27 PM
Quote from: "ingrin"
Whoops, left SM2 off my list.  If what I hear can be believed, this may be a dream come true for me.  The first time I can recall fantasizing about an SM Videogame was on the atari 2600, and while it was OK, it failed to live up to my anticipation.  None have so far...

Trust me - the game really is as good as everybody makes it out to be. Check out my Preview for a few details, and expect a full review (as stated above) early Wednesday morning.
15510  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Review Discussion: Driv3r on: June 27, 2004, 01:56:52 PM
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
I've said it before and I'll say it again...I just hope they fix up some of this stuff for the PC port.  As much as I love driving games and really wanted this one, I just can't pay for a broken game like this.  What a waste of potential.

You expect Atari to fix this crap for a PC port? Personally, I expect the PC port to be a simple port of the Xbox version, possibly with the addition of mouse controls. I don't expect anything as far as bug fixes go.

Atari games have always been hit-and-miss as far as publishing goes. For every UT2004, we have a Temple of Elemental Evil (which wasn't 'allowed' to be patched, even though the patch was ready).
15511  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Review Discussion: Driv3r on: June 26, 2004, 01:54:51 PM
Nicely done review. Kinda surprised to see it rated so...high though. smile
However, looking over it, it was a fair review. It looks pretty, sounds nice, and plays like crap.

Too bad about the game, really. I mean, you have to put up with bugs like this: http://media.xboxyde.com/misc/nowayitsaflyingcar.mov  :twisted:
15512  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: Driv3r on: June 25, 2004, 04:08:32 PM
How glitchy is Driv3r? Click this link:

http://media.xboxyde.com/misc/nowayitsaflyingcar.mov

Uh... Now that is bad.
15513  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Yap Yap YAAAP! on: June 24, 2004, 10:22:08 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
Custom Robo would be a MUCH better game if there was less dialog. It's horrible!

And the fact that it's so damn campy, as if a 12 year old wrote it. Ugh.
15514  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Yap Yap YAAAP! on: June 24, 2004, 03:22:43 PM
Quote from: "DragonFyre"
...

I always loved that line of text in many games. What exactly is that character saying? What's his opinion on the matter? How does he feel?  biggrin

Personally, as long as the dialogue is good, I don't mind the yapping. Some games though *cough*Xenosaga 2*cough*...
15515  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: Driv3r on: June 24, 2004, 02:43:33 PM
Quote from: "Nth Power"
Here's to hoping Spider-Man 2 will heal the wounds of disappointment.

Based on my playtime and preview of the game, it most definitely will. It better at least.
15516  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Leaked Xbox2 hardware specs? on: June 23, 2004, 07:16:11 PM
The reason why I thought it was real when I talked about it on the front page was simply because there was too much information there to be all conjecture.

Is it at all true though? We'll see.
15517  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Preview Discussion: Spider-Man 2 on: June 23, 2004, 07:09:48 PM
Naednek - Holy shit! While I can perfectly understand the price of Spider-Man 2 (its release date and nothing more), Halo 2 seems a bit...cheap.

I wonder if they'll honor that price. smile
15518  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Preview Discussion: Spider-Man 2 on: June 23, 2004, 04:15:09 AM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Another big thing I want to do is slingshot around buildings. How does the manual (i.e. two webslingers) handle versus just the one webslinger with automatic?

As I said in my preview, the manual mode allows two webs at once. The only real advantage is being able to slingshot yourself around the map. That and a bit tighter control when swinging around.

And while the physics are realistic to a point, there are some liberities taken. For example - if you hook onto a side of a building (near a corner), you can swing around the side of the building, even though your web would clearly have hit the side of the building and wrapped around it before you got halfway around.

In short - the two control modes handle almost the same, and you can slingshot around buildings with little issue at all. Just a few minute learning curve to start.
15519  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are Game Reviews Bought? on: June 22, 2004, 08:05:58 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Destructor, your post reminded me of something that I think is almost as bad, and that is "mainstream" magazines and their horrible game "reviews."  If you look at mags like Maxim and Playboy they have a half-page or so with game reviews.  It just irks me because the games they "review" are often not even close to release, especially with the lead-time print mags have before they are printed.  It's like they read the press release and reviewed it based on a single screenshot and potential

Believe it or not, I actually talked to somebody recently who's a freelance reviewer of sorts. Maxim pays an absolute ton of cash to the people who write their 'reviews', as millions upon millions of people subscribe to the magazine to read the 'articles'. Even though those reviews come out months (if not years thanks to HL2) before the actual game is released.

Scary, eh?
15520  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are Game Reviews Bought? on: June 22, 2004, 07:06:10 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Clearly Console Gold is not immune, judging by the generous 56% awarded to Spawn: Armageddon.  Is that what it took to secure funding for the site redesign? :wink:

*looks up from counting Spawn cash*
Er...  :twisted:

On a more serious note, I'm guessing that this happens to movies as well, but not as often. There are a ton more movie reviewers out there (in every single newspaper across the US for example) than gaming sites/publications, so 'bribing' everyone off for a good review would be that much harder.
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