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2521  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Great OXM [NOV] on: September 21, 2004, 02:09:19 PM
Good demos in the next OXM!

the demos are:
single player and live enabled demo of outrun 2
otogi 2
area 51
KUF: the crusaders
bloodrayne 2
snk vs. capcom
fight club

The cover is chaos theory & there is also a feature on the upcoming rpgs on xbox.

Reviews will be:
otogi 2,
def jam 2 and many more.

Looks like a good issue smile
2522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GG ESPN 2K5 Football League Created. We're full. on: September 21, 2004, 02:54:52 AM
I joined tonight!  Lets roll.

Oh, and go Eagles tonight!
2523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GG ESPN 2K5 Football League Created. We're full. on: September 20, 2004, 02:15:28 PM
I'll be joining after work today.  My cable went out last night so I couldn't yesterday.
2524  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CONSOLE GOLD GIVEAWAY! on: September 19, 2004, 11:48:46 PM
Oh yea, and I meant win, not when...

2525  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GG ESPN 2K5 Football League Created. We're full. on: September 19, 2004, 02:18:04 PM
I'll sign up  after church today.  

Can't wait to start.

Did any of you watch the Tennessee v. Florida game last night?  I was there, and it was the most exciting game I've seen in years!

Go Vols!
2526  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SW Battlefront = Gold on: September 18, 2004, 04:03:28 AM
Review is up at IGN smile

You guys should rethink and grab the Xbox version so we can all play!  Sounds like the console versions are the best this time.

Can't wait.
2527  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SW Battlefront = Gold on: September 17, 2004, 07:54:35 PM
The game is awesome and will be getting my $$ on the day it's released.

It's beautiful, with Halo-like controls in 3rd person! smile  The AI of the bots is even half decent.
2528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GG ESPN 2K5 Football League Created. We're full. on: September 17, 2004, 07:34:18 PM
Time to start this league then! smile
2529  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CONSOLE GOLD GIVEAWAY! on: September 16, 2004, 07:55:12 PM
Since it's been so long, we can win more than once now right? slywink
2530  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Readers from the Hurricane Path? on: September 16, 2004, 06:10:55 PM
I'm in it's path now that it's weakend a lot.

We're getting dumped on right now though.  The weatherman said we may get 10+ inches of rain.  Chattanooga floods if we get 4 inches of rain so I simply can't imagine what would happen if we get over 10, or even 8 for that matter.

My g/f's grandparents live in Pensacola and she hasn't heard from the m yet frown
2531  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gameznflix on: September 16, 2004, 04:50:58 PM
I used to be a fairly large investor in Gameznflix.  

They just really haven't gotten things together though.  Their turnaround is apparently still horrendous and their system flawed (queues messed up etc.).

One thing that bugged the heck out of me when I went through the trial was that everything, regardless if it is released yet, shows up the same.

For example, under the Xbox games they had Fable listed all the way back in July.  You could queue it up and everything.  I hate that, and imagine many people who aren't in the know in regards to release dates get quiet confused.  

The price point is right.  The CEO has a vision.  The implentation to this point is not good.

Try the trial at least and tell me what I think.

For the record, I sold out my entire position at $0.14 (bought at .02), now it's selling at .02 again.
2532  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Doom movie thoughts/predictions on: September 15, 2004, 07:04:27 PM
You should post it here for us to checkout when you're done with it smile
2533  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Doom movie thoughts/predictions on: September 15, 2004, 04:50:24 PM
I think it will probably suck.

I think Doom 3 sucked honestly.  It looked nice, but the braindead idiot who decided you can't hold your flashlight and gun at the same time should be smacked.
2534  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mortal Kombat Deception on: September 14, 2004, 09:16:37 PM
So Ralph, are you going to post the NFL hits of the week every week?
2535  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mortal Kombat Deception on: September 14, 2004, 03:16:44 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
I'm looking forward to this game as well.  I don't know how hyped I am to shell out $59.99 in order to get the original Mortal Kombat though (along with lots of other extras).  How about you guys?

No way.  I'm content with the new one.  

I have no desire to go back and play the old ones, afterall that is what emulators are for.  (I own them, so no sweat).
2536  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / PASTE! (volume 2) on: September 14, 2004, 02:15:12 PM
Hey, that site is actually pretty cool, you all should check it out.  It's about IVAN the terrible.
2537  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / PASTE! (volume 2) on: September 14, 2004, 02:14:38 PM
2538  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sky Captain? on: September 14, 2004, 02:10:34 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
First off....I'm looking forward to going to see Crimson Skies and the World of Captain I mean.   Early reviews have been pretty good and I know they have been promoting the hell out of it on TV.  Anyone else making a run for the theater this weekend?

I'm going to drag my g/f to see it with me this weekend.  She probably won't like it at all.

Is it at all based on Crimson Skies?  Of course that is the first thing I thought of when I saw it and the primary reason I want to see it.
2539  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gone Gold having server problems again? on: September 14, 2004, 02:09:01 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
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Thank you...

I liked your analogy and picture... biggrin
2540  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mortal Kombat Deception on: September 14, 2004, 01:26:34 PM
Quote from: "Graham"
I was incredibly impressed with title at E3.  This became a Day One purchase for me when I saw it.

Me too!  I played it for like an hour with the same guy and only beat him one time...  It was still outstanding.  Can't wait.
2541  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Burnout 3 Live encounters.. on: September 13, 2004, 09:00:21 PM
Is it easy to link up with people in the game?  I played online this weekend and loved every minute of it.  Does the Live! Buddy  list work in BO3?
2542  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GG ESPN 2K5 Football League Created. We're full. on: September 13, 2004, 08:54:28 PM
You should receive an invite once the league is created.  Then you'll need to join the league from within ESPN 2K5, iirc.
2543  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wired article says Xbox 2 will be backwards compatible on: September 13, 2004, 03:28:33 PM
The link to the article is here...,1282,64914,00.html

Main Quotes

" A Silicon Valley startup claims to have cracked one of most elusive goals of the software industry: a near-universal emulator that allows software developed for one platform to run on any other, with almost no performance hit.

Transitive Corp. of Los Gatos, California, claims its QuickTransit software allows applications to run "transparently" on multiple hardware platforms, including Macs, PCs, and numerous servers and mainframes."

"For example, Wiederhold said QuickTransit will allow the next-generation Xbox (which will have a Mac-like PowerPC chip) to run first-generation Xbox software (which was written for an Intel chip).

In demonstrations to press and analysts, the company has shown a graphically demanding game -- a Linux version of Quake III -- running on an Apple PowerBook.

"One of the key breakthroughs is performance," Wiederhold said. "You can't tell the difference between a translated application and a native application."

Very good news if true.

Can you CG guys confirm?
2544  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Looking Xbox Game. Ever. on: September 13, 2004, 01:49:25 PM
Unreal Tournament is my favorite game of all time.  Period.  

I was also ranked extremely high in CTF in UT.  I thought UT2K3 sucked terribly bad and UT2K4 really brought the game closer to the original UT.  

Anyway, I kind of agree in regards to the graphics of this game.  Best Graphics ever, is just want teamxbox said so I quoted it.  I know one thing though, the new Unreal engine easily has the best graphics I've seen.
2545  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Looking Xbox Game. Ever. on: September 10, 2004, 08:04:46 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"

Doh!  Sorry, I normally check frown
2546  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GG ESPN 2K5 Football League Created. We're full. on: September 10, 2004, 07:25:15 PM
Quote from: "Driver"
I don't know too much about mods either, I just worry about it being some sort of Action Replay.

Eco, like I said no offense.  I posed the question and am interested in the replies.  Or you could clue in the clueless on what the mod does for you.  

Have a good one.

No problem Driver, I understand your concern, especially after playing CS for years.

A mod allowed me to upgrade my hard drive from 10 gigs, to 160 gigs.  Now I can play Divx, avi, wma, every type of video you can think of on my Xbox.  Also, it allows you to play emulators from Atari 2600, to Nintendo, SNES, Genesis, N64, Arcade, Turbo Grafix 16.  

Also, it does let me play Xbox games from the hard drive and make backups of Xbox games.  

Like I said though, the chip has a switch that must be turned off in order to play on Xbox Live, otherwise MS will ban the Xbox from Live.  

I've been looking forward to playing in the league and that is why I reacted as I did, sorry for that.

I hope everything is clear now? smile
2547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Looking Xbox Game. Ever. on: September 10, 2004, 02:55:29 PM

Best Looking Xbox Game Ever

That’s a bold statement, isn’t it? Before you even ask the question, we give you the answer. Yes, Unreal Championship 2 looks better than Halo 2, Doom 3, and The Chronicles of Riddick. After E3 we had the chance to see every game out there and now we can tell you that Unreal Championship 2 is hands-down the best looking game on the Xbox.

How is that possible? How can they perform this magic? For the sequel, Epic Games is using a brand new edition of the Unreal Engine; the UE 2X. This highly optimized version of the UE 2.5 engine has been exclusively designed to take advantage of the Xbox hardware. This engine pushes three times the polygons of the first Unreal Championship game and incorporates an advanced shader system that makes possible visual goodness that has not yet been seen in any other Unreal game. In fact, PC gamers will have to wait for the first Unreal Engine 3 powered games to see some of the items Xbox gamers will see this February.

Click here to see more special effects

The list is extensive: emissive materials, full screen light blooming, image space effects (such as color space manipulation), radial blurs, dynamic explosions, space distortions that simulate warping effects or water refractions, depth of field techniques that create different blur effects; and the list goes on. Believe me, these are the best visuals you’ll see on this generation and we’ll have to wait for the Xbox successor to get better graphics.

These innovative visual features are not just “eye candy” as they give Unreal Championship 2 a distinctive look and now everything (from the environments to the characters and weapons) look brand new. You can tell it’s the Unreal universe, but it has never looked this good.

The art of Unreal Championship 2’s levels is so rich that it resembles an RPG or an action/adventure game more than an action-packed shooter. The frenetic action of the game doesn’t let you enjoy the levels in the same way other types of games do, but you’ll still be fascinated. This is also proof that the Unreal universe is definitely big enough to host other types of games besides shooters.

Another item worth clarifying is that this time there is no way you can confuse your teammates or team-based locations. One of the criticisms the first game had was how difficult it was to distinguish teammates (especially from long distances) and also team locations. Often players would have an enemy’s flag and end up running right back into the opposing base after losing their bearings when trying to avoid fire.

Now, unless you are color blind, everything is properly marked and fully distinguishable. Using the emissive materials, your character will be themed accordingly to your team color. If you have used the Color Chooser feature found in Windows Media Player, that gives you a general idea. Gone are the colored lights over a character’s shoulders to distinguish their team. The masked appearance will also apply to the levels, which now have panels, neons, and other architectural elements that emit light with the color associated to the respective team.

Screenshots do not do it justice.

I can't wait smile
2548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GG ESPN 2K5 Football League Created. We're full. on: September 10, 2004, 01:15:59 PM
Quote from: "denoginizer"
Quote from: "Driver"
No offense to Eco-Logic, but i really don't think it's fair to allow a modded Xbox into the league.  Does anyone agree or disagree?  It just doesn't seem cool.

I don't have a problem with it.  It's not like we are playing random people here.  I have no doubt that Eco will play straight up.  If no-one objects, I can set up the league on Friday morning.  I will be using my alternate gamertag of "bigpunisherjt"  You are only allowed 5 leagues per tag.  And my denoginizer account already has 5 joined.

Of course I'll play straight up.  Thanks.

You may want to wait and set the league up the day the roster is actually released.  That way you don't risk having to do it more than once.
2549  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GG ESPN 2K5 Football League Created. We're full. on: September 10, 2004, 01:14:54 PM
Quote from: "Driver"
No offense to Eco-Logic, but i really don't think it's fair to allow a modded Xbox into the league.  Does anyone agree or disagree?  It just doesn't seem cool.

What the hell?

For one, You can't get on Xbox Live with the chip turned on.

For two, It in no way would give me any type of advantage even if I could play on Live with it turned on, but I can't so what does it matter?
2550  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Five Games on: September 09, 2004, 09:56:15 PM
Here is the only list you need:

1.  Ninja Gaiden (which you've already decided)

2.  Beyond Good & Evil

3.  Burnout 3

4.  Chronicles of Riddick

5.  KOTOR, if you've played that pick up Crimson Skies
2551  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion - Tiger Woods 2005 on: September 09, 2004, 08:45:12 PM
I would like to know that too.  The swinging on the controller just seems so right, I can't imagine doing it on a keyboard.
2552  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion - Tiger Woods 2005 on: September 09, 2004, 03:57:35 PM
LInks 2005 doesn't exist right?

If that's the case, than I'll probably be picking up Tiger.
2553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GG ESPN 2K5 Football League Created. We're full. on: September 08, 2004, 01:53:12 PM

Okay, here's the latest. It has always been our intention to have the first roster update be "opening day accurate". The 7th was an honest human mistake, an off-by-one-week clerical error.

We are shooting for the 16th (during the 10am PST maintenance) as the release of the opening day roster. Between now and then we will also be modifying the servers so that any league created but not scheduled by then will use the new roster when the schedule is generated. That way you guys can start filling your leagues now and hit the ground running when the roster update comes out.

16th - online roster update for both Xbox and PS2

16th - offline roster update for PS2

23rd - offline roster update for Xbox (it must go through MS certification which takes about a week).

Can we plan on starting this season next week then?
2554  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: Burnout 3: Takedown [Xbox/PS2] on: September 07, 2004, 09:19:59 PM
More reviews:

EDGE Magazine -- Score 9/10

"It still possesses the series' trademark ability to deliver Tempest-like 'in the zone' moments of remarkable intensity unlike any of its contemporaries, but now comes with a confidently revised dynamic, marking this as Criterion Games' finest hour. Crucially, it's everything a racing videogame should be: a relentless, unwavering and phenomenal assault on the senses."

Read the full review...

Official Xbox Magazine. 93

Powersliding through a curve at 75 mph and missing a tractor trailer by a hair's breadth should prompt a few calls to your cardiologist. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll scream until you giggle. The pure visceral experience of Burnout 3 is as intense as racing gets. [Oct 2004, p.58]

Electronic Gaming Monthly. 92
"The speed is staggering, and the smashes spectacular...Burnout 3 blows the doors off its predecessors with bliteringly fast online play, a massive single-player mode lousy with unlockables, and all the right gameplay tweaks." [Oct 2004, p.100]

PALgn Score 9.0

Full Review

"Burnout 3: Takedown is one of the best titles of the year. It is lengthy, has Xbox live support, beautiful graphics and should keep gamers entertained for a long time to come."

(although I think the first sentence of their full review almost sounds like he read IGN's review first).

XBN Magazine give it 10/10

and of course IGN's

9.5 out of 10

"Offers up insane speed, unequaled crash sequences, and a truly new style of gameplay. It has reinvented the wheel, so to speak...Burnout 3 is astonishing. It's one of the best arcade racers I've ever touched."


Full Review...

For those interested, here is also a collection of Burnout 2 reviews...
2555  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / October XBN Review Scores on: September 07, 2004, 09:06:45 PM
Buronout 3 - 10/10  :!:
Fable - 9/10  :!:

ESPN NHL 2K5 - 7/10
NHL 2005 - 9/10
Different than everywhere else, eh?

Pro Fishing Challenge - 4/10 frown  I've heard good things
Silent Hill 4 - 6/10
Army Men Sarges War - 3/10
Guy Game - 00/10 - HAHA
Nam 67 - 4/10
Yager - 7/10
Galleon - 4/10
Room Zoom Race for Impact - 4/10
2556  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Burnout 3 Live encounters.. on: September 07, 2004, 03:44:26 PM

My Xbox won't be back until early next week though, so I'll have to wait.  

When it comes back it'll have a nice 160 gig HD and modchip in it though, so the wait is well worth it smile
2557  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: Burnout 3: Takedown [Xbox/PS2] on: September 03, 2004, 09:15:38 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
I wonder if you can play "teams" ?

Like 3 racers VS. 3 racers?

That would be kind of different and sort of fun, wouldn't it?

This is a game that rewards you for not being very good at it, right?  Like you get more points for crashing and stuff?  If so, there shouold b a few of us that are absolutely unstoppable!

 :?  LD

On multiplay

Multiplayer and Online
Offline multiplayer will provide two-player, 30-fps split-screen (movie - 5.9MB) for these main modes: Race, Time Attack, Road Rage, and Crash. You have to unlock tracks and crash junctions, but if you remotely like this game it's pretty assured that won't be much of a problem once you dig into World Tour.

Offline is a really interesting element, and Criterion and EA have worked hard to perfect it for both PlayStation 2 and Xbox. In fact, Burnout 3 was designed specifically so going online is a seamless experience. Everything from traffic to the modes stays almost the same. The amount of replay value here is unprecedented. Road Rage and Race are a blast when you're playing with up to five other friends (that's six, counting you), and you can play seven- or eight-player for crash mode.

Criterion has succeeded brilliantly for the most part. You can't add in CPU bots and aftertouch had to be removed for logistics (which really makes crash mode less entertaining than it is offline), but if you get more than three people on a server there is a lot of fun to be had. There are some good tools available too; hosts can kick, choose class of cars available for racing, and tweak some other important options.

A little more

Harvey: We support up to six players online in any race events. The most critical thing for us is that the online game didn’t suffer any loss of quality over the offline game, so we’ve made sure that we still have just as much traffic in the online modes.

We've also been able to expand Crash Mode in its online form to allow 2-player cooperatively or competitively playing the same junction – it’s particularly cool if you can takedown someone before they even hit the traffic! We also have a new online mode called Party Crash, where 8 players all play the same junction and the replay of the person who gets the most damage gets sent to all the other players.

2558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sniper Elite on: September 03, 2004, 09:04:27 PM
Quote from: "happydog"

Thanks, a preview though smile
2559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sniper Elite on: September 03, 2004, 01:52:52 PM

This sounds pretty fun to me smile

From 'Bullet trajectory degradation' and wind effect to 'Empty lung' and bullet cams, Sniper Elite promises to be the most realistic and engaging sniper simulation to date.
2560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Second phase of Half-Life 2 pre-load? on: September 03, 2004, 01:30:49 PM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
Mine's going right now. When Steam started this morning I glanced down at it, and it had a different icon.  It's the same little symbol but with a line coming out of the top of it, and it's usually only there when you're downloading something, so I looked at it sort of puzzled at first and then checked out the monitor. Sure enough, second part of the HL2 preload was going.

so you didn't click on HL2, and it started on it's own?  hopefully mine will do that too.
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