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10321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause on: October 01, 2006, 04:58:03 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on October 01, 2006, 12:02:42 PM

for the 1000 base jump...there is a safe house up in the mountains called the eagles took me a while but if you find the right place to jump,thats where you can get your 1000 base jump soon as you jump(if in the right place)pull back on the analogue stick,otherwise you just go face first into the side of the mountain...i got to a plave falling where i continue to fall through a canyon/valley...and thats how i got the achievement...but it did take me a while to find the right spot

I unlocked The Eagle's Nest late last night and did try diving off it a couple times but couldn't get far enough away from the mountain without hitting the parachute for a couple seconds.  I will have to try again a few more times. 

Kobra, I think with the more negative reviews it's a case of being annoyed by the shortcomings of the game or what it isn't rather than being entertained by what it is, a light-hearted action game in a wide-open world.  To each their own, but it's certainly been eating up my weekend. 
10322  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How to draw Female Comic Characters! on: October 01, 2006, 04:29:33 PM

Quote from: stiffler on October 01, 2006, 04:19:01 PM

Wow, realistically proportioned breasts as drawn by a woman.  I think comic artists could learn something worthwhile there. 
10323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who do you trust? on: October 01, 2006, 04:03:15 PM
Other than getting my own hands on the game or demo I tend not to trust any one source too much.  If I am interested in a game I tend to do the shotgun approach and read as many reviews and impressions as I can to get a feel for what problems people are seeing and how I percieve myself dealing with those issues.

Magazines can be could for addressing overall systemic problems with a game and reading their text can be worthwhile, but you will rarely see them address the issue of bugginess because they are often running pre-release code due to the two month run-up to printing and they can't keep up with the release of patches even if they are running production code.  

Forum users can be great for getting a real-world view from somebody who has shelled out the cash for a game, but they can also tend to be a bit more extreme in their views.  The great thing is that you can get a much broader view on the game, see back-and-forth discussions on interesting/problem areas and keep up with a game as it gets patched.

Online sites fall somewhere in-between those two, depending on the site.  I tend to read them en masse to contribute to the aggregate review in my head. 
10324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause on: October 01, 2006, 07:14:48 AM
So I've been doing a lot of the Liberation side missions and I'm curious about something.  When you start these missions there are Bonus objectives to destroy along the way (crates of coca, weapons caches or police stations) marked by black dots on the minimap.  What is th actual bonus is for destroying those things?  Maybe I'm just not paying attention and it's giving me faction prestige as I destroy them but I haven't noticed any bonuses after completing the Liberation. 

I've also had a few times where I was unable to destroy one of those bonus crates no matter what I throw at it and that is annoying since once you liberate the settlement you don't get the chance to reset it or try again. 

metallicorphan, for the 1000m base jump did you go off one of the mountains for that or what?  So far I haven't really found one that is adequately high and has a steep enough drop so I can angle out before hitting the parachute. 
10325  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target Clearances on PC Games on: September 30, 2006, 06:52:43 PM
Hmmm, this seems ever so familiaricon_wink

Actually, I was just in Target this morning and noticed the price reductions, too.  D&D Online and the Sony Online pack (Everquest 1&2, Matrix Online, Planetside and one other) were both only $7.98.  Auto Assualt was $4.98. 
10326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause on: September 30, 2006, 06:50:02 PM
Hmm, I haven't had any lock-up problems yet.  Are you playing the original XBox or the 360? 

Quote from: Pharaoh on September 30, 2006, 06:41:13 PM

Has anyone had this crash constantly?

I dont know whats going on, but the same Mission (Kill the Police Chief/Escape by Boat) has locked up the Xbox 4 times in a row, and when it finally did work, the mission to liberate the city of Los Victorlaes locked up my system when I captured the flag. I Really want to like the game, but I won't even bother if its going to keep acting like it was programmed by a 5 year old with downs.

ANy suggestions or is this a common problem?

Hmm, I haven't had any lock-up or crash problems yet.  Are you playing the original XBox or the 360? 
10327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Top 10 worst chick flicks on: September 30, 2006, 06:45:53 PM
I hated Titanic.  What a waste of 3 hours of my goddamn life.  Maybe if it was a believeable love story it would have worked, but it was such a shallow affair that I found it laughable. 
10328  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Motorola RAZR Phone Battery Life? on: September 30, 2006, 06:40:53 PM

Quote from: Thin_J on September 30, 2006, 04:49:55 PM

Quote from: Louis Cypher
dude..its the internet..calm down

I'm perfectly calm.

You still haven't written a single coherent sentence since you started on this board.

The Dude: Just take it easy, man.
Walter: I'm perfectly calm Dude.
The Dude: Yeah, waving the fucking gun around?
Walter: Calmer than you are.
The Dude: Will you just take it easy, man?
Walter: Calmer than you are.
10329  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Motorola RAZR Phone Battery Life? on: September 30, 2006, 06:38:36 PM
My contract plan with T-Mobile is done with and I definitely need to replace my shitty Seimens phone that I got a couple years ago.  Are there any other phones you guys would specifically recommend I check out or avoid?  I'm partial to flip-phones and really don't need any extras like camera/video/mp3 crap.  Do you know how hard it is to find a simple goddamn phone that is just a phone these days?
10330  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Sluggish forum today? on: September 30, 2006, 05:09:18 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 30, 2006, 04:56:06 PM

My provider is having routing problems.  The nice part is that our old host the place would have been completely offline, but now it is simply slow.  We have to simply wait it out.  Sorry folks.

No worries.  Just glad to know that it's not all on my end or something.  icon_smile
10331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console information from EBGames Convention. on: September 30, 2006, 05:06:03 PM

Quote from: Kobra on September 30, 2006, 04:35:05 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on September 30, 2006, 02:39:21 PM

no offense to your friend Kobra, but he is so contradictory that I have a hard time even believing what I am reading.

How can you hate the controller but think the machine is impressive? I need more information, is it just the games he's playing? What else is wrong, is not finding it easy to adjust to the new style, are the controllers unresponsive? You should get him to sign up on here and punch out a few more detailed impressions.

Good point, I am directing him here.  Apparently the games look great, but the controller is unresponsive, and difficult to use.  Thats what I gathered from him. Anyway, hopefully he will register and chime in.

Yeah, that's what I got from his impressions.  He thought it looked better than expected but had problems with the controls. 

Honestly, it's those problems with the implementation of controls are what I have been fearing all along.  Hopefully it becomes useable and useful and not just a novelty for it's own sake. 
10332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Red Rings on my Xbox 360.. on: September 30, 2006, 04:06:12 PM
Man, what crappy timing!  Sorry to hear it, corrupt.  Hopefully something from that thread can help you out. 
10333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause on: September 30, 2006, 03:58:15 PM
Yeah, the pickup trucks can be a bit crappy to drive too, which may be where I got the impression in the demo.  And when you start helping the rebels take over safe houses, some of the vehicles you unlock are quite fast but harder to control (like the import-tunerish one, whatever it's called). 
10334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Cause on: September 30, 2006, 07:20:57 AM
I finally tracked down a copy of Just Cause for the 360 after work tonight and I've played it for a few hours.  So far I have to say that it doesn't disappoint at all, although it should be noted that I did enjoy the demo once I got used to it. 

I have to say that the game is just gorgeous on a huge scale.  From swimming under water to stealing a chopper and witnessing the massive island vistas it is very beautiful.  Everything is super colorful, the draw distance is way far and I haven't noticed any real pop-in even when going from the ground straight up in a helicopter and back down. 

Beyond doing a lot of exploring and checking everything out (you can go anywhere from the start it looks like) I have done a few of the main quests and helped the revolutionaries free some townships and did some side quests to gain respect with them and gained access to another safe house. 

There are also a number of package collection side quests you can do at any time (similar to GTAIII, except there are a number of quests with 10 packages spread either near or wide) andI've completed a couple of these.  The nice thing is that they show up as dots on your minimap when you are near them, the annoying thing is that on my relatively tiny 20" screen it can be hard to spot them on the ground sometimes since the "glow" around them is small. 

I really like the fact that you can use your PDA thingy to jump to a safe house or call down a vehicle via Heavy Drop any time you want.  It certainly helps when you've just trashed your vehicle and aren't near another one or don't want to steal one.  To start with you can only call in a dirt bike, but later you can call for cars, boats, etc. 

Also, it may just be my imagination, but it seems as if the vehicles are a bit less touchy and don't slide around as much as in the demo.  The game is also much more forgiving than the GTA games when it comes to driving up high-grade terrain and if you can't get a car up it chances are you can run up it.  This is nearly necessary considering how hilly the game is, and it eliminates a lot of frustration and wasted time trying to find a path. 

I do still have trouble figuring out which button to press to do a certain action since they become context sensitive and even though it pops up on the screen to "Hit 'Y' to Exit Vehicle" etc I can never seem to remember the right button.  Maybe with time I will become less of a spaz, but it just seems like they aren't quite intuitive enough. 

Viva la revolucion!  icon_biggrin  Seriously, I can't be the only one that's enjoying this game, right? 
10335  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 300! on: September 30, 2006, 02:48:22 AM
I actually liked Sin City.  I'm not really sold on this one, though.   
10336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 29/Sep/06 on: September 29, 2006, 02:54:13 PM
Well hopefully I will be playing a bit of Just Cause along with Lego SW 2.  The brand new (and yet retarded) Best Buy down the street didn't see fit to order any copies of Just Cause so I have to go downtown to the other one or EB/GS.  
10337  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 29, 2006, 02:40:58 AM
10338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Cryptic developing Marvel MMO on: September 28, 2006, 03:22:52 AM
Surprisingly, Microsoft has announced that Cryptic Studios (makers of City of Heroes/Villians) will be developing the MMO based on the Marvel Comics universe for cross-platform play on PC and 360.  Marvel had previously sued NCSoft and Cryptic because the hero recreation utility supposedly infringed on Marvel's copyrights, but they lost in court.  Not much information available on the game, but it will apparently take place in the modern Marvel universe and use an updated version of Cryptic's previous game technology. 

I saw the announcement at TeamXBox and IGN
10339  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm taking some time for myself on: September 28, 2006, 02:21:36 AM
Sorry to hear it, man.  Condolences. 
10340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo Wars - RTS by Ensemble in Halo universe on: September 28, 2006, 02:03:14 AM

Quote from: Thin_J on September 27, 2006, 10:27:50 PM

Oh, and this is totally a 360 exclusive right now.

I'm going to quote Michael Bolton from Office Space and say "Cockgobblers!". 
10341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mortal Kart Racing! on: September 28, 2006, 12:52:57 AM

Quote from: Jancelot on September 27, 2006, 04:30:49 PM

Awesome, I just wish it was 360.  Hopefully they'll have BC for it done quickly.

I know they had previously talked about trying to get it on the BC list by the time it is released, so we can only hope.  Lego Star Wars 2 did it (even with a 360 version) so it's definitely possible. 
10342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mortal Kart Racing! on: September 27, 2006, 03:13:20 AM
I think it's actually called Motor Kombat.   icon_smile  Seriously. 

It's looking like they are really packing this one to the brim with all the goods.  Every character from all of the MK's is playable (62, I think) as well as a create-your-own-fighter option, Motor Kombat and the Konquest adventure mode.  Plus the new elements to the fighting system like the mid-air combat and the create-a-fatality combo thing. 
10343  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Films that most frequently use the F word on: September 27, 2006, 02:59:36 AM

Quote from: Arkon on September 26, 2006, 07:03:32 PM

Quote from: Sparhawk on September 26, 2006, 05:20:03 PM

Quote from: Arkon on September 26, 2006, 03:54:04 PM

Well I have seen 2 movies out of the 95 that are on that list.  And to be honest the two I have seen I felt like it was too over the top with swearing as it is, and they were in the middle of the pack.

You have only seen TWO of those movies?  eek

I'm the other extreme, I've seen EVERY movie on that list except for FUCK, Carlito's Way: Rise to Power, Baadasssss!, Baby Boy, Havok, American History X, and Nil by Mouth.

The only two on the list I have seen are Pulp Fiction and Resevior Dogs.  I was drug to them by my brother.  Nothing on the list even remotely interests me.

If nothing on that list even remotely appeals to you, what the hell kind of movies do you like?   
10344  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Christmas in...September? on: September 27, 2006, 02:50:02 AM
You know what pisses me off?  Asshole bicycle riders that act like they own the road and ride in the middle of traffic when only three feet away there is a bike lane specifically for them so they don't slow down traffic, cause accidents and get run the fuck over!  Why spend the time, space and money to create bike lanes if you retarded fucking monkeys aren't going to use them?

Ok, so it's not holiday related but I figured this was a good place to rant. 
10345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick! DAZZLE me into buying a 360. on: September 27, 2006, 02:31:14 AM
If you or your kids are into platformer/action games the PS2 is home to some classic series in that genre: Ratchet & Clank, Jak & Daxter, and Sly Cooper.  Each takes that gameplay in it's own direction. 
10346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/25) on: September 27, 2006, 12:56:13 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 26, 2006, 03:12:41 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 26, 2006, 02:15:55 AM

Plus, I forsee a delay in Crackdown since official word has been so quiet about it lately.  Unless Microsoft has just really dropped the hype ball and is plan on rolling it out and letting it die quietly before Gears of War hits (which would make me sad). 

I've been looking around and I see alot of people saying Q1 2007 for Crackdown.

I would be a little disappointed if this is the case, but I would be much more disappointed if it got released during the holiday rush without being polished and no hype just to get it out the door.  Hopefully they will give official word on it soon. 

EDIT: I just checked out the new preview at Team XBox and they also have the release date listed as Q1 2007.  Not official, but pretty likely I guess. 
10347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games with great Artistic Style on: September 26, 2006, 02:53:22 PM
Jet Grind/Set Radio games
and my others were just stolen by The Grue!
10348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sam and Max Dated (and production has been halted!!!!!)! on: September 26, 2006, 04:21:48 AM
Hehe, nice try Ceekay.  But hooray for it being done! 

Hopefully they are almost done with the next episode because by the time they are finished with testing they will need to release it.  Honestly, they had damn well be near finished with the whole thing if they are planning on releasing monthly episodes with machinima interstitials between.  Or else we will be seeing some unplanned delays.  My money goes towards delay by episode 4. 
10349  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Films that most frequently use the F word on: September 26, 2006, 02:58:38 AM

Quote from: Nth Power on September 25, 2006, 08:47:10 PM

I'm not looking yet, but off the top of my head I'll say GlenGarry Glen Ross.

edit : boy, was I off.  That was down around number 50.  I was surprised to see The Big Lebowski so high.  I don't remember that many F-bombs in that one.  I guess I've become desenstized...from watching too much Deadwood maybe??  :smile:

The Stranger: There's just one thing, Dude.
The Dude: And what's that?
The Stranger: Do you have to use so many cuss words?
The Dude: What the fuck you talking about?
The Stranger: Okay, Dude. Have it your way.

icon_biggrin  I honestly expected The Big Lebowski to easily be in the top 10, but I was disappointed.  They still put up a respectable 2.22 Fucks Per Minute, which is something to be proud of. 
10350  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Which GT Forum Do You Check First? on: September 26, 2006, 02:50:23 AM
I usually start at the top in Consoles or sometimes Steals and Deals since that is a quick visit, then I hit PC and then down to the bottom four.  I rarely visit the other gaming forums. 
10351  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Book recommendations? on: September 26, 2006, 02:44:15 AM
Since Mytocles mentioned Carl Hiaasen, I have to throw in Tim Dorsey.  He has been likened to "Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard on crack".  He weaves many threads through a book filled with dark, satiric humor and over-the-top violence.  The protagonist of most of his (loosely tied together) books is a sociopathic mass-murdering Florida history buff named Serge, usually accompanied by his drug-addled idiot of a best friend Coleman.  Dorsey isn't for everybody, but if you're in the mood for some dark lunacy definitely give him a try.
10352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/25) on: September 26, 2006, 02:15:55 AM
I also really enjoyed the Just Cause demo once I got past the first initial hatred of how they just dumped you into the middle of sky-diving and trying to land on a freaking car right away.  The reviews have been pretty lukewarm as mentioned, but from the ones I read (IGN and IGN-UK) the problems they mentioned didn't seem to be things that would affect my view on the game too negatively.  Plus,  I was just kind of happy to see an open-world action game that didn't involve ganstas and bitches. 

I admit that trying to play the PC demo was an exercise in frustration, though, since the vehicle controls were so damn touchy using the keyboard and the cars slid all over hell.  I can understand anyone who played that version being pretty negative on it. 

Plus, I forsee a delay in Crackdown since official word has been so quiet about it lately.  Unless Microsoft has just really dropped the hype ball and is plan on rolling it out and letting it die quietly before Gears of War hits (which would make me sad). 
10353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 slim question on: September 26, 2006, 01:53:46 AM
I don't know much about the specific PS2 models, but I haven't heard of many problems with the Slim ones.  I would say that $75 is a really good price for the console and 2 controllers considering you know the seller is reliable. 
10354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick! DAZZLE me into buying a 360. on: September 26, 2006, 01:32:19 AM
I like my 360.  I like it a lot.  It has some good games on it right now and more coming out this holiday season but most of those are action/shooters or are multi-platform.  The new JRPGs won't be released in the US until next year at the earliest.  

To be honest, for the type of games you are looking for and the things you've mentioned I would seriously consider the PS2 option.  For half the price of the 360 you can pick up the console and 4 awesome, classic games from a huge library.  I already have a 360 and I'm really thinking about picking up a PS2 to catch up on all the games I've missed.  
10355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/25) on: September 25, 2006, 02:48:36 PM
I'm thinking I won't be able to resist the urge for Just Cause on the 360 even though I haven't completed Lego Star Wars 2 yet.  
10356  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: White & Nerdy on: September 25, 2006, 02:37:11 AM

Quote from: Qbe on September 25, 2006, 02:15:28 AM

I too am white and nerdy: I can identify (with) every geeky reference in his video...but I've never heard the original song.

If you must, here is the original by Chamillionaire.  I really dislike hip-hop/rap. 
10357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Will Console Microtransactions Hurt Gaming? on: September 24, 2006, 11:02:27 PM
I also know that the infamous horse armor for Oblivion was planned and modelled well before release, since it was actually shown in a magazine that came out well before the game did.  The least they could have done is offer it as a free introductory incentive thing (but I don't think we need to beat that dead horse anymore).

Then look at the Lumines Live debacle, where you can't even play all of the standard levels in the game without downlading additional content packs.  Hopefully the release delay has something to do with a retooling of this crap, although I highly doubt it. 

And of course the hypothetical Gran Tourismo HD coming seriously stripped down and charging for all those hundreds of cars and tracks which used to be part of the standard package is causing understandable outrage.  If they do end up going with that sytsem I would almost bet money that the majority of content would come on the disc anyway and just have to be unlocked since it would take gigs of space (and lots of time) to download it onto a relatively limited hard drive.

As long as there are hardcore fans or completists around to download the content for these games this is going to continue and there isn't a damn thing I can personally do about it since my $4 won't be missed from the greater mass of income. 
10358  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / White & Nerdy on: September 24, 2006, 07:15:31 PM
Into every life a little Weird Al must fall.   icon_wink

White & Nerdy
10359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Over a GIG of videos hosted on: September 23, 2006, 11:08:08 PM
I am definitely looking forward to Lost Planet.  Be sure to watch the video to the end where they show some fun looking multiplayer with the mech suits and grappling hook and all that craziness. 

I have to say that the Mortal Kombat: Armageddon intro video was surprisingly pretty cool, too.  Certainly made as much sense as any other fighting game, if not more, and made me want to kick some ass.  I had to laugh at what Stryker does at about 2:05, though. 
10360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Over a GIG of videos hosted on: September 23, 2006, 06:56:08 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 23, 2006, 06:55:06 PM

Quote from: Mattc0m on September 23, 2006, 06:45:51 PM

Downloading the Assassin's Creed dev video right now. Getting a drool rag ready... hopefully it will come in handy!

Looks great!  (and so does the game)  icon_twisted

Absolutely!  icon_biggrin
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