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2561  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.
2562  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?
2563  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...
2564  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
2565  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
2566  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.

2567  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sniper Elite on: September 03, 2004, 09:04:27 PM
Quote from: "happydog"

Thanks, a preview though smile
2568  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.
2569  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.
2570  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: Burnout 3: Takedown [Xbox/PS2] on: September 03, 2004, 01:28:57 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
I'll be crashing into Devil at a highway near you very soon!


Not if I can help it.  You'll be taken down before you even catch up to Devil  :!:
2571  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: Burnout 3: Takedown [Xbox/PS2] on: September 03, 2004, 05:07:32 AM
EGM= 9.17
OXM= 9.3
XBN= 10
IGN= 9.5

 :o  biggrin  :shock:
2572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: Burnout 3: Takedown [Xbox/PS2] on: September 03, 2004, 04:55:20 AM
What a great review!  

We do not hesitate to say, then, that this is one of the best games -- not just of 2004 -- but of this generation.

I am all over this one.  Already prebought it smile
2573  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Holographic Disc to Store One Terabyte of Data on: September 02, 2004, 07:44:27 PM
Japan-based Optware Corp. has announced today it had achieved successfully world's first recording and play back of digital movies on a Holographic Versatile Disc™ (HVD) with a reflective layer using Optware's revolutionary Collinear Holography.

Recording holographic page data on a rotating transparent disc has been reported before. Such discs, however, are foreign to the conventional optical discs. Lacking the servo information, they do not seem to have a commercial viability. On the contrary Optware has proposed Collinear Holographic recording on a hologram disc the structure of which follows conventional optical disc, i.e. preformatted disc with a reflective layer (disc with servo information).

Read the rest here:

 :!:  :o
2574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SW Battlefront = Gold on: September 02, 2004, 07:42:03 PM
Sweet, thanks for the heads up smile
2575  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Video File Problem [no sound] on: September 01, 2004, 04:45:37 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
On a side note, does anyone else think of the Metal Gear series when they see codec?

Nope, not at all.

On a related note, my dvd player plays Divx and Xvid.  I only had two items to try and both had shoddy source material.  I'll have to divx a dvd and see how she turns out to see if its the player or if its the material.

WinAVI works like a charm and is really easy.

My Xbox will soon play Dvix and Xvid, so then I'll be set and not have to go through the conversion each time.
2576  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Video File Problem [no sound] on: September 01, 2004, 02:31:58 PM
Thanks guys.  I downloaded a codec pack and it took care of the problem.  The quality of the Xvid is oustanding.
2577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Budget Games: Wings of War on: September 01, 2004, 02:29:43 PM
The graphics are quiet good.  I'm looking forward to reading your impressions.
2578  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Video File Problem [no sound] on: August 31, 2004, 07:51:13 PM
Hey all, I have the entire Firefly season 1 on my hard drive however I'm having trouble playing them.

Each episode is a separate file, and when I open one of the files with Windows Media Player, it searches for a codec with no luck. Eventually the file loads and the video quality is outstanding, but their is no sound. I'm not really new to all this, but I sure haven't been messing with Divx etc. in a while.

The files appear to be xVids, and I downloaded the Xvid codec and it still didn't work. The files are confirmed to be 100% working files though, with audio, so I know it's just something on my end.

Lastly, once I figure out how to fix the sound problem, how would I go about joining the episodes together, to burn a DVD with them?

I know how to convert from Divx to DVD etc., and am familiar with and all the walkthroughs there. These files appear to be different though so I'm a bit lost.

Thanks in advance for any help.
2579  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Goes Gold on Monday on: August 30, 2004, 07:53:51 PM
Preloaded and ready to roll as well smile
2580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GG ESPN 2K5 Football League Created. We're full. on: August 30, 2004, 01:52:36 PM
EcoLogic - Titans
2581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I hate to say it... on: August 30, 2004, 01:52:17 PM
Clipping penalties no longer deduct yards from your running back's total as they did when the game was released.

I rented Madden and again realized why I love ESPN so much.  No contest for me, ESPN all the way.
2582  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wanna get into the WoW Beta? on: August 27, 2004, 09:28:05 PM
Thanks for the heads up.  I will keep my eye out for it smile
2583  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Defend your identity or your alter ego! on: August 27, 2004, 01:37:24 PM
EcoLogic Donates Carbon Offset Credits to the Democratic and Republican National Conventions
 Visit our green loan fund
Ecologic Finance
Because 85% of the world's population lives along waterways, we are losing coastal habitats faster than any other ecosystem. Learn more about EcoLogic's response…  

Well, it is quiet obvious that isn't me!  I wouldn't dare give the Democrats anything, much less Carbon Offset Credits...

Back in the day I played Quake a whole lot with a friend of mine.  He decided to create a clan called Logic, and his name became X-Logic.  I couldn't think of anything at first, but the next day when I checked the mail for my family, my dad had received some junk mail from EcoLogic, and I thought it sounded cool so decided that would be my name.  I just liked it because it can easily be shortened to Eco, which sounds cool as well.  I don't like the environmental connotations however.  I do believe in taking care of the environment etc., but not extreme like the name implies.

Great thread! smile  I didn't even know about
2584  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Pre-Load is a Go... on: August 27, 2004, 01:26:10 PM
I finally got in last night as well.

I think it makes perfect sense to preload now.  Can you imagine how hard the servers would get slammed on launch if they didn't allow people to preload a majority of the game before.  Now  we all need only a small portion of the game to complete it, which will put much less stress on the servers.

I hope it comes out to us first though, as in the next few weeks slywink
2585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Pre-Load is a Go... on: August 27, 2004, 04:06:52 AM
Servers are still full for me frown

I guess this means we should see it fairly soon then?  Maybe?
2586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Counter-Strike: Source for everyone now? on: August 26, 2004, 09:55:08 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
I'd be willing to set up something regular.  I have more than enough rig to run it.  Friday Night Fights if you will. smile

I am so for this.  Could you keep it up all the time even?  Let me know if I can help.  I'm as good a CS server admin as their are so I volunteer if one is needed smile
2587  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My morning....ehhh....not so good. on: August 26, 2004, 09:52:35 PM
You're setting up a CS:S CG server?!  Sweet!  

I will so be there a lot, so make sure you make it known.

Are you in beta?  If so, go ahead and set one up smile
2588  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My morning....ehhh....not so good. on: August 26, 2004, 04:11:11 PM
Wow, that is a rough morning.  Glad you didn't kill him.

It sucks that you were fined for not yielding though, even though he motioned you to come on.   Boy did you did you show some restraint by not punching him.  I can't say I would have been able to restrain myself.  

Hope your day gets better.
2589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fable: Online World Exclusive Review on: August 26, 2004, 02:34:18 PM

This Friday! smile
2590  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: Burnout 3: Takedown [Xbox/PS2] on: August 23, 2004, 06:22:40 PM
I can't wait.  It's easily my most anticipated game at the moment (console anyway).

I played about 5 total races at E3 and was floored.
2591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warhammer 40k - Dawn of War - Open Beta on: August 23, 2004, 03:13:41 PM
Oh yea, my system runs it beautifully.  I can't believe how quiet and fast it is.  I love it!
2592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warhammer 40k - Dawn of War - Open Beta on: August 23, 2004, 03:13:06 PM
Lockdown -

I played the tutorial this weekend and am completely impressed.  I felt a little lost as it's been a while since I've played any RTS.  I definitely like it though and will play through the tutorial a few more times before going online with it.  Unless of course you or some other CG'ers would like to join me in coop or something.  Let me know.

I suddenly have a whole slew of new games and less time to play them.  

Warhammer, Rome:  Total War, Farcry (came with my mobo and it rox), Doom 3 (shallow tech demo if you ask me), Unreal Tournament 2004 (sequel to my all time favorite game, UT) and of course ESPN Football 2K5.

2593  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fable Reviewed [OXM] on: August 21, 2004, 12:55:07 PM
Ahh, thanks for the heads up! smile
2594  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thanks Eldon! on: August 20, 2004, 08:45:55 PM
LOL, nah, not a groupie.

I have put CG in my sig on other forums I post at though, to spread the word smile
2595  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Thanks Eldon! on: August 20, 2004, 08:26:35 PM
Thank you for all the work you do at CG behind the seens.  Bravo and keep up the good work smile

To the rest of the CG staff too.

I'm going to become an official CG Fanboi  :wink:
2596  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / CG Guys: Promise us something on: August 20, 2004, 07:21:29 PM
That if CG gets soo big that this forum software can't handle the load, and you all decide to upgrade, that you'll actually carry out those plans instead of doing nothing.  

GG is still great, but the slowness is almost unbearable...
2597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you looking forward to for the PreChristmas season? on: August 20, 2004, 07:19:46 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
whiteboyslim, why is Brothers In Arms  a huge maybe?  It was the Game of the show for me at E3.  It's already incredible and it's made by Ubi Soft, who delivers a majority of the time.

Because off the top of my head I'm not sure whether it's the type where you control your squad from afar or while in the thick of combat. right now, F.E.A.R. is the big must have title next to HL2 so if I have to save money into next year for something, it will be F.E.A.R. over Brothers.

Well let me confirm for you that you control one of the Squad members in real time and can issue orders to the others.  You can zoom out and issue orders to allow for more strategic advancements on the enemy.  The AI is amazing.  The graphics are amazing.  The entire atmosphere made my jaw drop.  I played a little of it after the 15 minute presentation and was equally impressed.
2598  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you looking forward to for the PreChristmas season? on: August 20, 2004, 06:07:48 PM
whiteboyslim, why is Brothers In Arms  a huge maybe?  It was the Game of the show for me at E3.  It's already incredible and it's made by Ubi Soft, who delivers a majority of the time.
2599  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Pre-Load + CS: Source on: August 20, 2004, 04:06:46 PM
2600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Pre-Load + CS: Source on: August 20, 2004, 04:02:34 PM
Played a lot more last night and it's really great.

Nothing like throwing a grenade at a T hiding behind 3 barrels, and seeing the T and the barrels fly in all directions.  The physics rock more than the graphics.
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