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9001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 20, 2008, 03:08:18 PM

Quote from: jblank on March 20, 2008, 02:31:03 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 20, 2008, 02:28:08 PM

Quote from: jblank on March 20, 2008, 01:58:05 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 20, 2008, 01:53:09 PM

While I agree that mp is very clunky, clearing rooms after every ranked battle makes sense to me.  If it's for rank, you don't want to have people playing the same opponents repeatedly because that skews the TrueSkill ratings.  Obviously if you're kicking ass you want to keep kicking the same people's asses if it's ranked.  However, your rating and theirs may have changed due to said ass-kicking so you shouldn't be playing against them again.

Fair enough, but it's not an issue with CoD4. How about instituting an auto search, that automatically finds you another game, once you finish the one you just played? Saves time, streamlines the experience a bit, and certainly would make the gamers happy. I know last night I heard a lot of bitching about it bouncing you back to the main menu.

You're right that it shuold auto search to keep you playing until you decide not to.  To be fair to R6 though, the reason it wasn't a problem in COD4 is because it doesn't use any ranking system or TrueSkill to match up people by their skill level.  There really is no ranked match on COD4, just public vs private options.  R6 has public, private and ranked.  I generally just play on public servers when not in a private party, I couldn't care less about my rank since you get xp in all modes it's not like COD where you have to play a certain mode to advance.

It is my understanding from some people at the Charlie Oscar Delta forums, that it in fact DOES use a background ranking and statistical system to determine matches.

I highly doubt it does and have plenty of hours of proof in playing.  I routinely was grouped with people who either had just started or couldn't play well at all.  We had several matches where it put everyone that was decent against everyone who was horrible.   If it used any ranking or stats to match people those wouldn't happen.  People were theorizing that it used a ranking system in the background when the game came out but nobody ever had proof it did. 
9002  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: COD4 Map Pack - April 3rd on: March 20, 2008, 02:30:08 PM
Yep, $10 is standard cost for these things.  Since I'm currently playing R6 though, I'll wait until the price drops to 400pts or free like they always do.  If I was still playing CoD4 as my main game I'd pay the $10 in a heartbeat.
9003  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: March 20, 2008, 02:28:55 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 20, 2008, 01:52:27 PM

I would love to see a satirical MMO that actually has carrots as the primary loot incentive.

If the Bugs Bunny Looney Toons MMORPG ever comes out we might!

I'm still waiting for a full graphical sequel to Progress Quest
9004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 20, 2008, 02:28:08 PM

Quote from: jblank on March 20, 2008, 01:58:05 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 20, 2008, 01:53:09 PM

While I agree that mp is very clunky, clearing rooms after every ranked battle makes sense to me.  If it's for rank, you don't want to have people playing the same opponents repeatedly because that skews the TrueSkill ratings.  Obviously if you're kicking ass you want to keep kicking the same people's asses if it's ranked.  However, your rating and theirs may have changed due to said ass-kicking so you shouldn't be playing against them again.

Fair enough, but it's not an issue with CoD4. How about instituting an auto search, that automatically finds you another game, once you finish the one you just played? Saves time, streamlines the experience a bit, and certainly would make the gamers happy. I know last night I heard a lot of bitching about it bouncing you back to the main menu.

You're right that it shuold auto search to keep you playing until you decide not to.  To be fair to R6 though, the reason it wasn't a problem in COD4 is because it doesn't use any ranking system or TrueSkill to match up people by their skill level.  There really is no ranked match on COD4, just public vs private options.  R6 has public, private and ranked.  I generally just play on public servers when not in a private party, I couldn't care less about my rank since you get xp in all modes it's not like COD where you have to play a certain mode to advance.
9005  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hancock trailer (previously known as Tonight he Comes) on: March 20, 2008, 02:06:11 PM

Quote from: Ridah on March 20, 2008, 05:44:43 AM

Quote from: Caine on March 19, 2008, 11:07:12 PM

that's my #1 complaint with all movies like this.  any time you have a great cast acting like a bunch of pr--ks, they always turn them around into doing something nice at the end. they always learn a lesson and always end up winning .  it's FN pathetic that we can't get a good movie where the bad good guy doesn't make a 180 degree moral turn at the end.

see:
bad santa
office space
half baked
super troopers


So what though? All the movies you listed were hilarious...

He's saying more movies should be like the ones listed because they were hilarious and had the main characters acting like pricks even at the end.
9006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 20, 2008, 01:53:09 PM
While I agree that mp is very clunky, clearing rooms after every ranked battle makes sense to me.  If it's for rank, you don't want to have people playing the same opponents repeatedly because that skews the TrueSkill ratings.  Obviously if you're kicking ass you want to keep kicking the same people's asses if it's ranked.  However, your rating and theirs may have changed due to said ass-kicking so you shouldn't be playing against them again.
9007  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: March 20, 2008, 01:49:44 PM

Quote from: KePoW on March 20, 2008, 07:01:24 AM

I'm really glad they are designing CO with loot

that was CoX's fatal flaw...without loot, a MMO just does not have that constant long-term draw to play.  it was a brilliant game in short chunks of time, but lack of loot just ruined it eventually

CoX has loot now and it makes a huge difference to the draw to play the game.
9008  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 19, 2008, 03:40:43 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on March 19, 2008, 03:13:45 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 19, 2008, 09:22:16 AM


Is anyone from GT going to create a team?
Nice of you to volunteer!
9009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 19, 2008, 02:44:28 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on March 19, 2008, 02:41:03 PM

Out of curiosity, when someone sets up a multiplayer game, can it be set for just Friends to join?

No, just like before you can reserve slots for invitation only, but not just for friends and invititations.
9010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 19, 2008, 09:22:16 AM
http://gamebattles.com/r6v2/
9011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 19, 2008, 05:22:48 AM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on March 19, 2008, 04:59:07 AM

Kato, as much as I want to be playing R6V with you (or titans quest or...) DO NOT RISK PERMANENT HARM to your hand to play games!!!!

ahem... sorry about that.

+1
9012  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 19, 2008, 02:41:11 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on March 19, 2008, 01:59:25 AM

Quote from: msduncan on March 19, 2008, 01:33:16 AM

I'm on a business trip out of town.   I have my preorder waiting for me tomorrow when I get back in town.

Hark, Sky and the regulars from COD4 --  I'm guessing you guys will be all over multiplay tomorrow night?  biggrin

I will have it by then, except I'm going to have to learn how to play 1 handed. 




I could've gone forever without seeing that kato slywink  (on a completely unrelated note, I got my respec)
9013  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 19, 2008, 02:21:28 AM
Very odd problem, most of the time when I first start a map, my weapon has no textures on it until I switch guns.
9014  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 18, 2008, 07:36:20 PM
The AI seem pretty capable to me, you do have to micro-manage their actual movement, but with liberal use of hold and follow me it's not a problem. 

T-hunt looks to still be 4 player coop.

I'm not real big on playing vs cpu though, so will probably only be doing it when nobody else is available.
9015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 18, 2008, 07:04:46 PM
I forgot one problem I had though, I had my AI rappelling down a rope, and he stops halfway down.  I give the command to descend the rest of the way and get 'I can't do that' okay, so ascend back up and we'll try another way... 'I can't do that'.  Up, down, he won't go either way and sits there on the side of the wall until they kill him and end the mission the bad way.
9016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 18, 2008, 06:58:11 PM
So far I like everything more than Vegas 1.  I did have some slowdown when a grenade blew out 2 rooms full of glass windows though.

Graphics seem improved to me.  I know I had fired up V1 last week and was amazed how crappy it looked after playing COD4.  I didn't get that feeling at all this time.  I'm liking the xp system as well.

Game is hard, it's definitely a different beast than COD is though.  Gameplay feels a lot like V1 obviously and it's a game that you either love or hate.  Bullet penetration is modelled in a lot more detail this time though and it shows. 

Overall if you enjoyed the first one at all you'd be wrong to not pick it up.  I don't generally get into the story mode of these games but it is fun with the added control you have of your AI partners.  T-hunt is as fun as before, though they still spawn as you go which I despise.  Have only done one mp match, trying to wait until some of you are in so I don't have the comfortability advantage.  I really like the new Team Leader mode though, it's like the VIP mode they added only both sides have leaders and spawning is based on whether they are alive or not.  Was very fun and dynamic.

Overall, I think COD is probably superior for what most people are looking for in a shooter.  R6V:2 does tactical far better though, and to anyone who wants to feel like they are in a real firefight it can't be beat.  You stick your head out, it's over.  I can't really say it's any harder than COD though, because the ease of death goes both ways, it's easier to drop a tango in both sp and mp.
9017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 18, 2008, 05:28:42 PM

Quote from: skystride on March 18, 2008, 04:47:54 PM

Damn Canadian street date is 20th.  EB idiots said they won't sell it.  I hope I can find someone willing to break the date.  Not fair!  Ubi Montreal has no love for their fellow Canadians.

you should definitely bitch at them because this game doesn't actually have a street date so they wouldn't be breaking any rules by selling it now.  It's got a release date/ship date but no street date.
9018  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 18, 2008, 04:32:43 PM
I tried it on V2.
9019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 18, 2008, 04:07:13 PM
I tried my Frank the Bunny mask and it won't accept it. frown
9020  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 18, 2008, 04:03:39 PM
I did mine on the live cam, first time using it.  Was scary how accurate it looked, I think I'll not use it smile
9021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 18, 2008, 11:22:00 AM

Quote from: Turtle on March 18, 2008, 07:08:33 AM

So what was the word on split screen online or LAN multiplayer?  It'd be nice to have a 4 player co-op, 2 people per console.

Split screen is offline only
9022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 18, 2008, 11:21:33 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on March 18, 2008, 08:44:03 AM

So who's going to utilize the xbox live vision camera to put their own ugly mug on their persistent character?


I'm getting a camera today for both this and burnout, but other than getting the achievement I'll probably use a generic face on this one.  I don't like how it takes away mask options when you use the custom face.
9023  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 17, 2008, 03:50:37 PM

Quote from: ATB on March 17, 2008, 12:34:54 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 17, 2008, 11:38:42 AM

Ugh, that is awful.   thumbsdown thumbsdown

Awfully funny!

I'm sure the dog was fine or else the person wouldn't have posted it.
good logic, since nobody ever gets hurt on youtube! slywink
9024  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan melee dev video on: March 15, 2008, 10:58:57 PM
I have no doubts that a MMO can work on a console, including the 360.  FFXI though not everyone's cup of tea was far from unsuccessful and played fine on PC or console.
9025  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 15, 2008, 06:06:25 PM

Quote from: skystride on March 15, 2008, 01:37:40 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 15, 2008, 12:25:32 AM

Quote from: skystride on March 14, 2008, 09:31:39 PM

But vegas 1 didn't really have any good unlocks at higher ranks unless you think pink armor is a great reward. 

I hear Hark loves the pink armor.

That's the only reason he was good at the game, he got cheap kills while we laughed at how stupid he looked.  I hope they nerf pink armor.  Nerf melons too while they are at it.

I never used the pink armor, I used the "cotton-candy clouds" camo and blended right in with the decor of your rooms you pussies.
9026  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: You're Coming for me, Harkonis! (COD4 Stats) on: March 14, 2008, 01:37:04 AM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on March 14, 2008, 12:40:01 AM

I blame spawn camping myself.   ninja

<just giving you a hard time Hark>
pfft!
9027  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 13, 2008, 10:55:05 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on March 13, 2008, 10:06:41 PM

So is everyone jumping into multiplayer right away on day one or go through the single player stuff first?  I'm going to go singleplayer (as long as peer-pressure invites don't get to me).  I think its really cool that you can earn experience points and unlock gear in every game mode.

I will most likely completely skip SP like I did on the first one.  So you guys go ahead and play SP so I have a head start on mad skillz!
9028  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: You're Coming for me, Harkonis! (COD4 Stats) on: March 13, 2008, 10:53:59 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 13, 2008, 09:53:51 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 13, 2008, 09:50:14 PM

Just use whatever you want.  All the guns I use get me bitched at.  I use the m16, RPD and mp5.  I intentionally started using the guns you get early so prestige wouldn't matter to me.  Just ignore the people.

regarding playing cod4 to the exclusion of everything else, that's a good thing really.  It saves you a lot of money smile

Really? You really have people bitch at you using the Mp5? Come on now, lets not inflate too much.

Not inflating anything, when I kill people repeatedly before they get a chance to do something, the first thing they do is say I'm using a cheap gun instead of assuming I'm better than them.
9029  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: City of Heroes/Villains Issue 12: Midnight Hour on: March 13, 2008, 09:54:22 PM

Quote from: Arclight on March 13, 2008, 12:41:51 AM

I've been having fun in CoV, as much as my goody-two-shoes mind set will let me. I didn't get the pack with CoH included but I think I'll pick it up tomorrow if I see it.

I have a lv22 brute, DB\Inul and I do like the set. But for some reason, and I've had this in all games I play, I can't get into the "evil" persona as much as I can the "good hero" type.

After 3 years in WoW I never played a Horde character more than a few levels for the same silly reason. I've tried and tried I just don't enjoy the evil side of things in games.

Sooooo.........I will start over, not a big deal I'm on lv 22, with a goody-two-shoes in CoH.

I also don't like the overly brooding atmosphere of CoV. Too apocalyptic for my tastes.

Is there a good solo class in CoH? Better than most I mean. I play very, very early in the morning and have always had to take groups as I can find them in MMO"s.
I still enjoy the genre tremendously though.
So playing a very good solo class is always a pre-requisite of mine in a MMO..

Any suggestions?

Don't buy the game again if you have it, as mentioned previously if you have either cov or coh, you have both.  They are not separate games anymore.
9030  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: City of Heroes/Villains Issue 12: Midnight Hour on: March 13, 2008, 09:52:24 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 12, 2008, 07:15:01 PM

Quote
Level Up Boost: Upon reaching enough XP to level up (at all levels), one of each type of large inspiration is immediately cast upon your character, and health and endurance bars are immediately filled.

About time. CoX was pretty much the only MMO that didn't give you full health whenever you leveled. And now you'll get one heck of a boost for a minute every time you do so.

This looks and sounds quite cool. Also, keep in mind, assuming they do the 10-20 missions right, you can always Flashback them. Gives the people at 50 the chance to see the new content.

Also, it's nice to see that they're redoing the Hollows. There's a reason why people avoid the zone like the plague when it becomes 'available'. It's WAY too big for when you don't have any standard travel power (short of the ones granted upon going the Bank missions earlier).

And Psychic Blasters? I just might play a Blaster again with that kind of power in my proverbial hands.

I actually don't like it when games heal you at level up because then it can sometimes make difficult battles trivial if you level up during them.  I remember many people in other games that would intentionally get everyone near level so they could defeat something they shouldn't be able to due to the free mp and hp they'd get when they ding halfway through.
9031  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: You're Coming for me, Harkonis! (COD4 Stats) on: March 13, 2008, 09:50:14 PM
Just use whatever you want.  All the guns I use get me bitched at.  I use the m16, RPD and mp5.  I intentionally started using the guns you get early so prestige wouldn't matter to me.  Just ignore the people.

regarding playing cod4 to the exclusion of everything else, that's a good thing really.  It saves you a lot of money smile
9032  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: March 11, 2008, 08:17:53 AM
The Cat with Hands is one of my favs
9033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 10, 2008, 09:15:29 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on March 10, 2008, 07:36:36 PM

I just managed to get through to the announcement forums (after a pair of connection errors) - but no announcement to be seen.

I don't think it means anything really deep - probably just a programming error in one of the new DLCs that needed to be fixed; or possibly a DLC needed to be moved up in order to complete this week.

I finally pulled off my first 100% on expert on Saturday. After about 10 tries at El Scorcho (not straight), always screwing up something stupid, I pulled it off on Roxanne. Got about 2 minutes in and got this fun excited feeling that I might finally pull it off - felt great to finally get it, since now there's no pressure to get 100% on another song it'll be easier to pull them off.

Did you gold star it or just 100%  icon_twisted
9034  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SSBB...WARNING!!!!! on: March 09, 2008, 06:48:02 PM
How long before a rabid sony supporter taunts nintendo as the next microsoft?  ninja /em runs away
9035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 07, 2008, 10:43:52 PM
Nothing personal against Pete (or Fuzz who also has this same opinion) but it really irritates me when people that use tactics are accused of exploiting.  Camping (especially in a tactical shooter like R6) isn't cheap, or exploiting, or even unsportsmanlike, it's a very valid tactic.   Spawn camping on the other hand, is a bit iffy, but R6 had more than enough ways to counter that as well and in fact is the first game where I felt spawn camping wasn't completely unfair. 
9036  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Army of Two - it's gonna be coop fun ladies! on: March 07, 2008, 03:57:34 PM
The floaty feeling combined with the lack of a decent mode that has more than two players is souring me on the game.  I love the weapon upgrade system and the coop dynamic though.  When you try to aim, it feels like the crosshair keeps drifting after you stop moving.  I dont' like the effect this has.
9037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 07, 2008, 03:55:11 PM

Quote from: ATB on March 07, 2008, 03:46:59 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on March 07, 2008, 03:34:36 PM



Also, having played COD4, R6 falls noticably short.  You aren't able to aim as accurately, the visuals aren't as clean or crisp, the distance you're able to see seems far more limited, but at least both treat you to floods of spawning enemies (although I don't remember COD4 sending in an army from behind, where you just wiped everyone out).

I actually don't think R6 uses spawning enemies. There's a set number of guys per area and once they're gone they're gone...COD4, if anything, could take a page out of that book for the better.

In Terrorist Hunt, the enemies spawned as you cross triggers and sometimes that would mean you'd clear a room at a dead end, turn around to leave and get shot by an enemy that just spawned in the room that has no other entrance.  This alone is what killed Terrorist Hunt Coop for me.  Instead of running around trying to find the last few terrorists, you end up running around trying to get them to spawn and hoping it's not behind you.
9038  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Army of Two...tonight? on: March 07, 2008, 02:51:34 AM
Fun concept, enjoyed co-op, but the controls are really giving me fits.  Versus multiplayer I thought had a lot of potential but they removed any persistant items from co-op and instead have a counterstrike system of earning money and spending it.  Combined with the horrid controls and responses I was very disappointed.   Add on top of that the fact that even in a private match after every round it disconnects everyone back to their main menu and I'm pretty pissed!
9039  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: CoX Issue 11 - Dual Blades and Weapon Customization on: March 06, 2008, 07:31:27 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 06, 2008, 01:42:35 PM

The Corruptor is COV's equivalent to a blaster, but is not exactly the same thing (has some different strengths).

A dev (Back Alley Brawler) pointed out a COH Wiki entry that has pics of all the different weapon customizations in both COH and COV (note that that COH/COV tend to share the same customization options for an equivalent class):
http://cityofheroes.wikia.com/wiki/Custom_Weapons

You can usually customize the colors at the costume shop too unless the item is too skinny to support the option (certain swords for example).

I checked on my villains a bit. I had a military themed Mastermind at 21, and a Thugs Mastermind that uses dual pistols at 14. Other than that, just a bunch in single digits, and maybe a stalker at 10. I really thought I'd love Masterminding but I found them (at the levels I could use them) horrific endurance-burners and the various low-medium level pets were not terribly effective. If I'd gotten any MM into the upper 20s and 30s I'm sure I would've had a better feeling but I lacked the patience.

MM's are bad at endurance when you try to play them like a blaster or corruptor that has pets.  If you let your pets do all the work and focus on the buffs/debuffs/heals of the set you can do about the same damage with little to no downtime and play advances very quickly.  As cool as the there pistol powers are in the thugs set, you're more effective overall if you skip either all three or just pick one up later.
9040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Notification of Enforcement Action on: March 06, 2008, 07:26:22 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 05, 2008, 02:52:46 PM

Had a similar incident with Hotmail way back in the day.  My email address wouldn't take my password, which I was sure I was typing correctly.  I call Micro-New Dehli-Soft and talk to "Sam" (yea right) and he asks what I'm typing in for my password.  I tell him that is is more of a pass phrase...

My pass phrase was "FuckMicrosoftRightInTheAss" 

Turns out that they had recently put in a password length limiter and my password needed to be changed.  I changed it right then to "MSCanEatMe" and all was good...for 24 hours.

"Your account has been suspended for inappropriate conduct"

Don't think I've used Hotmail since.

That's pretty amazing they would ban you for a password that nobody really should ever see.
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