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2281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Infinity Engine Games-Windowed on: January 23, 2005, 06:46:14 PM
Torment can be played in a window, though I think I edited the shortcut to do it.
2282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Now that the dust has long settled, Zelda Wind Waker sales on: January 20, 2005, 04:33:26 PM
There is a hint on how to get the warp song, but it is easy to miss and it is well before you get the bow, so by default, you can't act on the hint right away. When you get the initial wind song at the altar next to the smashed altar, the wind god tells you about his brother and hints at getting a song from him. A lousy clue, but it's there.
2283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just won Vampire Bloodlines and... (*minor spoilers*) on: January 19, 2005, 04:00:29 AM
I had to use god mode to do it. What a total disaster this game is. Despite its myriad of technical problems and flaws, I loved the first half or so of this game. Yes, the clunky combat, piss poor framerate, and graphical/sound glitches were maddening, but WOW, the game was teriffic. Great writing, awesome quests with multiple solutions, a fascinating universe, and multiple methods of playing the game and molding your character. Sure there were no moving cars in the city, along with tons of other minor problems that indicated them running out of time. But I was having so much fun, I didn't care. Great RPG goodness until...

... the 2nd half of the game. It's COMBAT COMBAT COMBAT COMBAT COMBAT COMBAT COMBAT COMBAT COMBAT COMBAT and nothing but COMBAT. Wow, it is so clear that this game didn't get properly finished. All the hordes and hordes of enemies you had to kill... it just became excruciating. Of course all these massive battles dragged my frame rate to around 2fps, which is why I finally relented and turned on god mode. I was getting more and more disgusted with the game by the minute, but I had invested so much time, I had to see at least ONE of the endings. It's really a shame. Troika clearly has great game ideas and designers, but they just CAN'T get the technical side right, and/or they constantly get pushed to release too early. A shame.

I hope Troika gets it right some day, cause that would truly be something. Until then, Vampire Bloodlines, starts off as a flawed masterpiece, but descends into dreck....
2284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any Zelda impressions? on: January 12, 2005, 02:43:48 AM
Just finished the first dungeon, and I am having a lot of fun! It is the classic Zelda - Link to the Past style, but already they have thrown in some new wrinkles to the gameplay. Interface wise, it's a lot like the GB/GBC Zelda games. The R-switch is a context-sensitive switch as an addition to the GB controls. Great fun! Very pretty! Even the low-res GBA stuff looks pretty nice on the GBPlayer on my TV. The death animation for monsters is quite cool! So far, a must for Zelda fans! smile
2285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any Zelda impressions? on: January 11, 2005, 06:58:20 PM
To answer my own question, yes I was able to pick this up today from an EB. Played for about 20-25 minutes and so far so good. Classic Zelda forumla. The graphics look great, possibly the best I have seen so far on GBA. I will give it the real litmus test tonight on the GBPlayer on the TV. The world does seem a bit small compared to other Zelda games, but I imagine I will be spending a lot of it shrunk down so that will make it bigger than it seems. I'm just happy to have some new Zelda action! smile
2286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any Zelda impressions? on: January 11, 2005, 04:40:06 PM
Minish cap comes out today right? I may try to pick it up, but I can't remember if it shipped yesterday or ships today. Should stores have it today?
2287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 - 9.8, 5/5, *9.6gs*...temptation official! on: January 10, 2005, 07:30:32 PM
Wow. I am a big fan of Greg K's reviews and the way he gushed over it has changed me from "indifferent" to "interested". Just what I need ANOTHER game to add to the cube backlog. (whimper)

And I am for sure picking up Zelda for the GBA this week. Damn, I need about 10 hours added to each day for gaming! smile
2288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap - reivewers are stupid on: January 09, 2005, 01:09:40 AM
I'm definitely IN on this one. EB had a demo which I fooled around with for about 15 seconds. After that completely thorough evaluation, it looks good! smile
2289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What should I play next? on: January 05, 2005, 10:19:22 PM
Paper Mario!!! Paper Mario!!!! Paper Mario!!!!
2290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What adult type games like Resident Evil 4 are Cube bound? on: December 31, 2004, 05:14:33 PM
Expensive? The most I have seen Eternal Darkness for in the past two years is $20 (except for the odd sighting for full price at somewhere like Toys R Us)! I routinely see it new for $10! How cheap should it be, free?! smile

ED would be worth it for $100!!!!
2291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What adult type games like Resident Evil 4 are Cube bound? on: December 30, 2004, 02:32:09 AM
Eternal Darkness is a superb, masterpiece of a game. It really is one of the real reasons to own a gamecube.
2292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Demo and Source impressions on: December 28, 2004, 11:10:50 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"


If you are still looking to check out/form further opinions on the Source engine based on Vampire you are in for a dissapointment.  It simply isn't as polished or optimized as it was for HL2.



That my friend is an understatement! smile

I am having a blast playing Vampire, as the quests and writing are top notch, but oh my does it ever run like pure sludge in the outdoor sections. Really, aside from the faces, you would never know it's the Source engine. I can't even be sure that the sound stuttering in this game is to be blamed on the known Source Engine issue, since this game seems to need to thrash my poor hard drive at all times. It's amazing how much better the HL2 demo performs and looks in comparison to this game running on what is supposed to be the same engine. My system is quite old and showing its age with this game, but it does meet or exceed the min/recommended requirements on the box, so I do find it a bit frustrating. Still, although it is marred with many flaws outside of the poor engine performance, it is one DAMN GREAT game, that I am having an (agonized) unholy amount of fun playing....

If anyone knows any magic .cfg changes I could make to get it to stop thrashing the hard drive at all times, please let me know (or provide a link)! smile
2293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Demo and Source impressions on: December 26, 2004, 11:35:11 PM
Quote from: "Louis Cypher"
Did you forget what you wrote?

Quote
I got to finally check out the HL2 demo. Keep in mind, I wasn't evaluating the game. I already know that the game has very little interest for me, and that I really wouldn't have much fun playing it


Actually, I had forgotten about that. That was not worded very well by me. I was merely pointing out that I was checking out the demo to check out the (much lauded) engine moreso than the game. I haven't been all that crazy about playing HL2 (I didn't love HL) but I was very excited to try out the demo so I could see what everyone was raving about. I don't have any particular neagtive opinions towards the game or Valve, so I was mad that someone said I went in wanting to hate it. Note, I didn't really think Doom 3 was all that great a game either, but I did think that a lot of its environmental (ie. walls, floors, etc.) graphics look better than HL2 (at least on my system). Anyway, I was impressed by the game's performance, but there were a couple aspects of the demo that disappointed me (given the tons of hype the engine has received). I promise I don't have any sinister motives to denigrate the game or the engine.

Speaking of the Source engine, I got Vampire for X-mas and am now ready to fire it up for the first time! smile
2294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Demo and Source impressions on: December 26, 2004, 05:07:37 PM
I think there may be something to the non DX9 theory in regards to the texture quality (and remember i am pretty much only talking about walls, floors, etc.). My buddy whose favorite game of all time is Half Life and who absolutely loved the sequel has an even older card than mine and he agreed with me that Doom 3's wall textures looked much better. Of course since I am only here to trash the game since I already decided ahead of time to hate it (thanks to the enlightened poster who pointed that out. After all I did completely trash the game by daring to say I thought Doom 3 looked a little better), I might as well stop contributing to this thread. Whenever I get a new PC (with the current gen of vid card) I am sure I will look at HL2 again.
2295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LOTR: TTA (More impressions please!) on: December 23, 2004, 11:50:47 PM
I just got to the Eastern Moria and I am having a blast! Yes, this is a dumb RPG all the way, but wow what a teriffic use of the license! ME LIKEY~! smile
2296  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Demo and Source impressions on: December 22, 2004, 09:58:04 PM
Quote from: "ChrisGwinn"
I have a HL2 icon on my desktop.

What video card do you have?  I remember being really impressed by the texture work in HL2, and I'm wondering if it's because of all the magic bells and whistles on my 6800.


Mine is a GeForce 5600. Not cutting edge, but completely DirectX 9 compliant. Please don't misconstrue my comments as saying I thought HL2 was ugly. It was FAR from that. It's just after hearing the massive hyperbole for the engine (which in regards to animations, physics, and faces [EDIT: and FPS] was quite deserved) I was very disappointed to look at extremely blurry looking walls. (Even with textures set to High)

I'm glad to see Steam is configurable to be less obtrusive if the effort is put forth. I very definitely didn't look into configuring it at all, aside from making sure it doesn't run everytime Windows starts.
2297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Recommend a GBA game for a long plane ride on: December 22, 2004, 09:53:14 PM
Quote from: "Teggy"
Would A Link To the Past be a good choice? I've never played any of the Zelda games.


Oh my yes. One of the best games ever made and for my money far superior to the other great games listed so far in this thread (that I've played)!! BUY NOW~! smile
2298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Recommend a GBA game for a long plane ride on: December 22, 2004, 06:13:36 PM
I see Golden Sun 1 still pretty often in stores. Particularly used. I can recommend Mario & Luigi superstar saga as well. Great stuff!
2299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Demo and Source impressions on: December 22, 2004, 05:32:29 PM
There is a main Steam window, where I select "Play Games". Then there is a lit of games including the HL2 demo. Then when I click on HL2, it brings up a 3rd window telling me it is starting the demo. When I exit the game, all 3 windows are still there. There may be a way to clean it all up, but I am not sure how to do it.
2300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Demo and Source impressions on: December 22, 2004, 04:48:10 PM
I  got to finally check out the HL2 demo. Keep in mind, I wasn't evaluating the game. I already know that the game has very little interest for me, and that I really wouldn't have much fun playing it. I was purely interested in evaluating it as a tech demo and seeing how well (or poorly) it ran on my aged (and fading) machine. So, anyway, first off: Steam. While it was easy to create my account and I was grateful to not have to give them all sorts of info (only an emal addy) I must say that I don't like the fact that I have to have *3* Steam Windows open (and they stay open) just to launch one game. Irritating. Is there no way for me to have a HL2 icon on my desktop to click on? Weird.

The game (or engine). Honestly, I was not very impressed. Yes, the first image I see (the zoomed in face) was awesome. The faces are, without question, far beyond anything I have ever seen before. The overall frame rate is much much better than Doom3. But, I was suffering from the well known sound stuttering problem. Downgrading sound quality to Low helped, but did not eliminate the problem. It did seem limited to situations where voiceovers are happening, but I was stuttering a lot and it was irritating.

I was very very underwhelmed by the textures on walls both inside and out. Even when I jacked the quality to high and boosted antialiasing (which by the way required a *5* minute load and then slowed my performance to a crawl as the HD was constantly chugging) the walls were flat out ugly and blurry (though better than on Medium). (I hit my only load zone at this point, and the wait was excruciating. I stopped counting at 40 seconds. I didn't encounter one with everything set at default, so I am sure this was a worst case scenario.) No question in this regard Doom 3 looks MUCH better. I was impressed when I stepped outside since there was all sorts of stuff going on and my framerate, while not smooth was pretty good. Certainly if the Doom 3 engine tried this, it would have chugged to a halt. (Note, I had reset AA to off and Textures to Medium at this point). Still, there are some crappy lo-res textures in this game and they look ugly. I think I care much more about texture quality than I do polygon count as far as what pleases me graphically. So, I would conclude that I actually prefer the way Doom 3 looks to Half-Life 2. The faces were (as mentioned) incredible though.

The Physics. They're ok. Certainly better than any other game I've played (Yes, in the demo you get to play with the gravity gun.) Setting things on fire was fun and hurling objects around was nice. However, one thing that really bothered me, was I killed one of those crab head dudes, and he fell and his head vanished into a crate. Even Thief 3, which had a pathetically bad "realistic" physics engine, managed to get this right. Not that most games do it right. But most games don't get the hype that the Source engine does, so I was disappointed to see it.

So anyway, I was a little disappointed with it overall. It looks good and runs well (minus the stuttering), but I think I actually prefer Doom 3's gfx to it. Oh well... There's my thoughts. Feel free to be apalled by them.
2301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GBA - Anything on the horizon? on: December 21, 2004, 04:29:30 PM
True, but (as you mentioned) we finally get a new Zelda for it next month! ME EXCITED~!~! smile
2302  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is Resident Evil 4 coming to Xbox? Have heard rumors. on: December 20, 2004, 01:27:40 AM
It has been announced that it will come out for the PS2 at the tail end of 2005. I haven't heard anything about the X-Box.

[Edited because I forgot what century I was living in...]
2303  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The games you've been playing on: December 06, 2004, 06:53:26 PM
I just finished Paper Mario last week. (A superb game that I hope sells 1 gagillion copies!)

Lots of World of Warcraft

This week I should start up Tales of Symphonia.

I also want to get back to Metroid Prime so I can pick up the sequel some time before 2007.

Mario & Luigi Superstar Sage in fits and spurts.

I asked for a bunch of stuff for X-mas, so the backlog isn't going to get any smaller....
2304  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How will thief 3 run for me? on: December 05, 2004, 11:23:21 PM
I can't give you a performace comparison, cause I only played the game itself - not the demo. The demo was released after the game, so I would guess they play pretty similarly.

If you want to know how good the game is, I thought it was great - a flawed masteripece. The missions themselves were great. The city sections were a good idea, but I think they missed the mark in execution. In any event, it was a fitting end to one of the best gaming series, EVER~!
2305  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How will thief 3 run for me? on: December 05, 2004, 06:01:16 PM
I played it on an Athlon 1400, 512M, and GeForce 5600 FX. My vid card is a bit better than yours, but otherwise your system should be faster. While it wasn't sily smooth, it was more than acceptable for me. Turning Anti-Aliasing off will help a lot.
2306  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Looking for comparison - EQ2 and WOW on: December 02, 2004, 10:44:42 PM
Quote from: "Fez"
Interface: ...  Chatting and other communication tools are fairly similar in both games, although the extra windows in  EQ2 are nice.


Just so you know, you can open and customize multiple chat windows in WoW. I assume that your sentence indicated that you thought you couldn't do this in WoW. Just wanted to let you know you could. If I interpreted your sentence completely wrong, feel free to yell at me and call me an idiot. smile
2307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS on: December 02, 2004, 04:11:07 PM
One other warning: I believe the DS will NOT play GBC or GB games, only GBA games....
2308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS on: December 01, 2004, 10:42:15 PM
I don't own one, but on the OO forums a thread on the DS said that the DS has "10 hours of battery life under ideal conditions". No, I don't know what "ideal conditions" means! smile
2309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS on: November 30, 2004, 07:23:21 PM
Quote from: "Chrisoc13"


And I have made so many comparisons of it to virtua boy  :roll: .



And my original post wasn't directed towards you, so please roll your eyes elsewhere! smile
2310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS on: November 30, 2004, 01:27:37 PM
Quote from: "Chrisoc13"
Yeah, and it is really showing in games. Im just saying that you can sell all the systems you want, without games, the system is shit to me. And that is what the DS is to me now because of their games. I think it has huge potential.


And what I am saying is that Nintendo has already raised their sales expectations for this system TWICE. And what are we, 9 days after it launched in the US alone?

I'm not saying the launch titles are anything great. I agree that they are not (I don't own or have any immediate plans on owning a DS.) I am saying it's silly to think that the DS will be like the Virtual Boy and get no future support from Nintendo or 3rd party developers when it's clearly exceeding expectations saleswise.
2311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS on: November 30, 2004, 02:19:13 AM
Uhm, Nintendo is now projecting that they will sell 5 million units by March 31, 2005. I think it's safe to say this unit will get TONS of support from Nintendo and 3rd party developers.
2312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mario Baseball & New Zelda shots on: November 24, 2004, 03:46:40 PM
Every time I see one of those Zelda shots, I start pining for that game big time. It's going to be a LOOOONG torturous wait for that bad boy! smile
2313  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - Server Choice on: November 23, 2004, 10:21:46 PM
You might want to add whether you are Horde or Alliance! smile
2314  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Happy Birthday Doctor Who!!!! on: November 23, 2004, 10:03:12 PM
(May as well revive this thread from GG today!)

Today, November 23, 2004 is the 41st birthday of Doctor Who! Happy Birthday to the greatest science fiction show ever!!! YAY~!

 thumbsup
2315  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WOW Buzz. on: November 23, 2004, 07:46:43 PM
I picked up a copy at lunch. Didn't need to reinstall since I was in the beta. I had ZERO problems creating an account. I was SHOCKED by how smoothly it went, after the open beta was so horrific. I created a couple of new char's and there was no lag. The true test comes tonight, but so far, smooth as silk launch for me. smile
2316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baiten Kaitos impressions? on: November 19, 2004, 04:30:53 PM
Gamespot gave it an 8.5.

Review
2317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [hl2]New complaint - why do I need the cd in the drive?! on: November 17, 2004, 04:43:25 PM
Wow. That's unfortunate. So if you buy retail, you are buying a more expensive, inferior version of the game. I'll keep this in mind when I am looking for this one in the bargain bin.
2318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [hl2]New complaint - why do I need the cd in the drive?! on: November 17, 2004, 04:11:49 PM
Isn't buying the CD the equivalent of buying a Bronze account? Couldn't you set up your account with Steam, then uninstall HL2 and then tell Steam to download HL2? Wouldn't you then have a no-cd version of the game?
2319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baiten Kaitos impressions? on: November 17, 2004, 12:46:14 AM
As with Metroid Prime 2, I am surprised noone has talked about this one yet either. I have a RPG backlog that includes Paper Mario, Tales of Symphonia, and Mario & Luigi superstar saga (oh, and World of Warcraft, Yikes!) but I might add this to the list if I hear about how good it is, and how that card system (shudder) works. Anyone pick this up in lieu of the other heavy hitters today?
2320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metroid Prime 2 Echoes? on: November 17, 2004, 12:44:27 AM
Anyone get this? I'm not planning on buying this until next year (when I have a chance to finish #1) but I am still interested in hearing about it! I guess everyone got HL2 instead!  Tongue
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