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9441  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2007 (Keep It Updated) on: August 30, 2007, 08:16:01 AM
So can I assume that you would recommend Robin Hobb?  slywink
9442  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: omg Desktop thread on: August 30, 2007, 08:14:02 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 30, 2007, 01:54:38 AM

hiding something with all those blurry icon descriptions Engine?  icon_wink


Yeah, some of them have my name and names of family and such (resume, picture folders, etc), so as I was blurring those out I just did all of them.  No need for psychos like you to have all my personal info.  slywink
9443  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP]Dead Head Fred? on: August 30, 2007, 08:00:23 AM
Do it!  I would like to hear some real impressions before I make the plunge.
9444  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]medal of honor airborne demo up now on: August 30, 2007, 01:02:37 AM

Quote from: Calvin on August 30, 2007, 12:36:54 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 29, 2007, 11:29:44 PM

Just note that OXM gave the game a 7.5 and nocked the single player portion pretty bad, and I see that the EGM reviews average to 6.67 (probably a 6 and two 7's). 

As for the Vietnam games, can you imagine how much cooler they could be now with something like Crysis' jungle vegetation?
What was the reasoning for the knock on the SP?

They mostly said that is was just an average campaign with some AI issues and such.  Here's some quote text:

Quote
...While this setup lends a bit of replayability and removes the tight scripting and forced linearity that the series (and WWII games in general) has been guilty of, it's underused: you parachute in only at the beginning, and --sometimes -- when you die and respawn.  Once you're on the ground, Airborne plays very solidly but unspectacularly.  Gunplay is ho-hum, except for the sadistic location-based death system that causes foes to fall over dead in different ways depending on where the fatal bullet penetrated their flesh.  Bonus points for the effort to the weapon upgrades, which offer (for example) recoild and greater zoom bonuses with frequent weapon use, but don't really enhance the game. 

And though the levels are all visually unique, we've fought in too many of these places before.  Both Normandy at D-Day and Market Garden are WWII battles we've survived more than once.  Worse, the AI foes are frustrating.  In short, they're crack shots from any distance, choosing to focus on you even when an AI ally is a nearer, greater threat.  Their precision becomes most painful on the penultimate mission, "Varsity," where you're dropped into a railyard surrounded by snipers.  And though the actual final mission is an engaging sniper-free gauntlet, the finale offers little payoff beyond a short cutscene.  ...

They go on to say that they enjoy the multiplayer quite a bit. 
9445  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The N-Gage is back! on: August 30, 2007, 12:47:37 AM
No.
9446  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: omg Desktop thread on: August 30, 2007, 12:42:27 AM
I used a screenshot from the forthcoming Viking game, which I am hoping doesn't suck. 

9447  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: x360 Live Movers and Shakers [08/29/2007 edition] on: August 30, 2007, 12:19:22 AM
Hooray for Purge!  At least I went up in rank this time.  I'm sure by the next update I will have fallen back since my 360 is in for repairs and everyone else is playing Bioshock and Blue Dragon and Stuntman and everything else that just came out. 
9448  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/27) on: August 30, 2007, 12:04:12 AM

Quote from: fyedaddy on August 29, 2007, 02:50:31 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on August 29, 2007, 01:47:49 PM

I have some very fond memories of playing Streets of Rage on my sega genesis with my bestfriend til the wee hours of the morning

As do I, but I fear that nostalgia might have me primed for another let down. I only regret ONE Live arcade purchase (Street Fighter 2 - because of the poor controls) but there have been a couple of XBLA games turned out to be nostalgia only buys and I've since wished I hadn't picked them up at all. I'm looking at you, Defender.

Considering they all have free demos, there should be no excuse for buying games with poor controls or just aren't fun.  Try before you buy, man!  Tongue
9449  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP]Dead Head Fred? on: August 29, 2007, 11:54:01 PM
I was looking forward to this one until I read the Game Informer review, and then I put the brakes on.  I was hoping somebody else around here would try it out and give a man-on-the-streets opinion, or at least a couple more reviews to come in. 

It doesn't have to be perfect for me to enjoy it, but I don't want to get stuck with a stinker.
9450  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]medal of honor airborne demo up now on: August 29, 2007, 11:29:44 PM
Just note that OXM gave the game a 7.5 and nocked the single player portion pretty bad, and I see that the EGM reviews average to 6.67 (probably a 6 and two 7's). 

As for the Vietnam games, can you imagine how much cooler they could be now with something like Crysis' jungle vegetation?
9451  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 has Gone Gold! on: August 29, 2007, 11:17:07 PM
I never finished Halo 2 and don't much care about the multiplayer, but I'm sure I will pick this one up when it comes out. 
9452  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo Wars on: August 29, 2007, 02:47:56 PM
Well, to be fair from what they showed there are no more resources than something like Dawn of War.  It could be all "command points" from capturing strategic locations or something.  I don't really expect them to have marines mining for ore. 
9453  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo Wars on: August 28, 2007, 02:55:56 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 28, 2007, 02:53:43 PM

I like the graphics and the interface looks pretty workable.  However I was kind of hoping that the game would be more tactical and less focused on resources so I was kind of disheartened when they start out showing you all of the different structures you can build at your base.  I would have preferred something closer to Myth.  Hope that's temporary voice acting though- that female voiceover is awful. 

Yeah, I was expecting something a little more like Ground Control with no base building, but it looks like it's probably more along the lines of Dawn of War. 
9454  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo Wars on: August 28, 2007, 02:51:17 PM
I see that there is a video demo of Halo Wars at places like over here at FileFront which shows a bit of gameplay with voiceover by designer Graeme Devine.  Looks alright, but I wish he would have zoomed in a bit more. 
9455  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Brave Story...A Wonderful PSP RPG Nobody Ever Played on: August 28, 2007, 02:20:21 PM
I wish I cared about JRPGs, as they seem to be everywhere lately. 
9456  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 28, 2007, 02:07:43 PM
I just watched a show on the Science Channel the other night about this guy who recited pi to 22,514 digits.  It took something like five hours.  He has symptoms of autism but is also able to interact fairly normally in society. 
9457  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It Seems I've Started Snoring on: August 28, 2007, 02:01:55 PM
Antihistamines can also dry you out and cause snoring, if you've been taking any of those.
9458  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]bomberman gets bomb pack 1 tomorrow on: August 28, 2007, 10:05:09 AM
Seems like a pretty reasonable deal for 250 points.  Of course I never picked up the full game in the first place, but maybe someday.
9459  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MOTHER! on: August 28, 2007, 06:44:42 AM
I thought it was terrible, in an unfunny way.
9460  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Pax will never hold a candle to E3... on: August 28, 2007, 06:43:33 AM
To me, booth babes are a unnecessary negative at trade shows.  Obviously I like looking attractive women, but they have nothing to do with the products you are there to see.  They surely don't give a shit about the what they are showing/representing and most people are decidedly uncomfortable with their presence anyway.  Leave them out and show me what I'm there for. 
9461  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Gods and Heroes Beta codes on: August 28, 2007, 06:38:56 AM
No, the servers were up when I was trying to play.  The errors came when it was trying to load some particle crap, and I got about 30 error boxes, one after another.  I did get far enough to create a characer, but I couldn't see him and it crashed when I tried to play the game.  Too bad there are no settings to mess with before it loads.
9462  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Gods and Heroes Beta codes on: August 28, 2007, 12:15:48 AM
The game insists on crashing when I try to run it so I haven't actually gotten to play.  What a bummer.
9463  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/27) on: August 27, 2007, 11:55:18 PM
Stuntman: Ignition [360] eventually.

I wanted to pick up Dead Head Fred [PSP] but I read the review in Game Informer (6 and 6) and that basically made it sound like mediocre crap. 
9464  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: BestBuy 4 dollar movies on: August 27, 2007, 03:37:19 AM

Quote from: Azhag on August 27, 2007, 03:12:46 AM

These deals online only or in store too?

They're in the weekly ad, so in-store also. 
9465  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Upcoming Forum Update on: August 27, 2007, 02:37:11 AM
Would that post moderation center thing allow you to require that the first 10 or so posts of any new account have to be approved, and therefore allow you to spot and kill spammers before their posts actually get to the board?  Not that we get many of those anymore, but it may be useful. 
9466  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP 2000 available for preorder on Amazon on: August 27, 2007, 01:24:48 AM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on August 26, 2007, 07:53:05 PM

Hmm... not particularly interested in daxter, but I do like the rest of the items in that bundle.  I'll let it simmer in the back of my mind for a while and decide later.

I have to say that Daxter is a great platformer and really shows what the system can do with great graphics in large worlds with very limited load times (mostly all streamed except for a few warps or at cutscenes).  Lots of fun platforming action, some vehicle levels, minigame dream sequences and extra collection stuff if you want to do that. 

Of course if you don't like platformers at all it probably won't convince you otherwise.
9467  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stuntman: Ignition! on: August 27, 2007, 01:08:11 AM
I'm surprised at the amount of advertising I've seen for this game, I kind of expected it to be a cult hit at best.  It's in all of the Sunday circulars, I saw a commercial on TV and a poster when I walked into Walmart last night. 
9468  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]medal of honor airborne demo up now on: August 27, 2007, 12:57:23 AM
The PC version does mention flaring, but it doesn't tell you that it has anything to do with landing.
9469  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stranglehold....This Week? (futre impressions thread) on: August 26, 2007, 02:42:47 PM
The PC and 360 versions were just recently bumped a couple weeks to the 5th, for some reason.  The PS3 is still on for the 17th I think. 

futre?
9470  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Recent Handheld Games on: August 26, 2007, 07:30:35 AM
I've just recently gotten into the PSP, but the best games I've tried so far are Daxter and Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror.  I'm also digging MX vs ATV even though it has some long load times.  I'm hoping the new PSP model's caching helps with that.

PSP games that I don't have yet but have gotten good reviews and are on my list: Ratchet & Clank, Crush, Race Driver 2006 (aka Toca 3 or something), Pursuit Force, Burnout: Legends (and Dominator) and Dungeon Siege.  Also considering LocoRoco, Katamari, Hot Shots Golf, SSX on Tour and Mega Man: Powered Up. 
9471  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP 2000 available for preorder on Amazon on: August 26, 2007, 07:21:02 AM
I'm guessing most gaming stores and such don't want to advertise it and allow preorders since it may canabalize what sales they would be getting in the meantime. 

I did notice in Target today that a lot of the regular PSP accessories are on clearance, and I'm assuming that is because of the redesigned stuff that will be hitting with the new model in a few weeks.  Unfortunately,most of them likely won't work on the 2000 because of the changed size (for holders and such) and redesigned ports for things like the headphones/remote. 
9472  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why does the PSP have so many mediocre/bad RPG's? on: August 26, 2007, 07:17:07 AM
It could be the fact that for the most part companies haven't been willing to dedicate the development time and money for lengthy RPGs on a portable system when they could target the larger, more well established market of consoles.  If they have a smaller or second-tier team with less time you end up with mediocre results. 

It seems that a lot of games for PSP that had great potential end up falling a bit short.  Hopefully that will start to change soon.
9473  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Conan on: August 26, 2007, 05:06:15 AM
On this topic, there is a Conan action game coming to the 360/PS3 in a couple months.  It looks a bit like a God of War style hack and slash thing. 
9474  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New vid card? What's the bang for the buck on: August 26, 2007, 04:59:36 AM
There are standards, but I don't think the people that designed that motherboard had ever bothered to look at them.  Looking at the link I see it is from Dell, so it's probably one of those custom jobbies. 
9475  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MOH: AA Demo on Fileplanet on: August 26, 2007, 02:24:20 AM
That was a pretty fun demo.  I'm not a huge fan of iron sights, but at least with a mouse it's fairly easy to be accurate.
9476  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: -360- 1080p questions on: August 26, 2007, 01:12:59 AM
Try setting the resolution on the 360 to one that is specifically recognized by your TV, or you could try the lowest available and then move up from there. 
9477  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC Exclusives on the Horizon on: August 26, 2007, 01:10:42 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on August 25, 2007, 11:09:40 PM

Far Cry 2

I honestly doubt that Ubisoft is going to let it stay PC exclusive.  They'll want to milk it on every platform they can. 
9478  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Aliens vs. Predator 2- The Real Deal? on: August 26, 2007, 01:06:21 AM
There's a new AvP game coming out for the PSP this fall/winter, too.  It's third person and you play as the Predator.  Being developed by Rebellion, who did the first AvP PC game. 
9479  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1.05 GB of Video Fun for Saturday on: August 26, 2007, 12:56:57 AM
Thanks for fixing the link, KD.  So it looks like that Overdose trailer is what used to be called Painkiller: Overdose.  Odd that they dropped the Painkiller part, but maybe it's just because it's not really in the Painkiller world or developed by that team. 
9480  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]medal of honor airborne demo up now on: August 25, 2007, 05:45:15 PM
I'd like to hear comparisons between this and the PC demo, if anybody bothers to play both. 
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