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1761  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 19, 2004, 06:37:28 AM
Didn't think I could have more fun than I've had trying all sorts of stuff out with the gravity gun, but after going through the part where you get to control the Ant Lions I may have. Those buggers were a blast mess around with. I'll admit though I had visions of Starship troopers when those things were around with the way they looked.
1762  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 18, 2004, 08:11:54 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"


Very true but I do think that such a game shouldn't be call "revolutionary".


HL2 is a great FPS but it doesn't expand the genre in any way.   And in some ways (like those I mentioned) it is actually a step back in the genre.


Then you havn't gotten the gravity gun yet, and or havn't really tried to use it yet. There has been nothing ever in any game before that is similar to that gameplay mechanic. That right there qualifies as innovative. Stop think about just blasting the enemies as fast as you can and moving on(This isn't Serious Sam or Painkiller). I suspect there are people missing out on allot of potentially cool things because they think its just move and shoot. Your loss if this is how you think.

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Another way it is really, really a step back is the linearity.  I am up to the point with the boat and so far it has been virutually impossible to get lost or confused becuase there is only one way to go anywhere.  Sure you can kill things in different ways but there is only one path through each of the levels.


Why do people complain about linearity in a FPS? There all linear. The only one ever to maybe be able to say its not is Farcry in its outdoor areas. Otherwise this is a complaint you would have for any FPS out there. And whats bad about linear. There are tons of great games like side-scrolling stuff that are linear but fun. Wether a game is linear or not doesn't mean it isn't good.
1763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 18, 2004, 08:13:31 AM
The gravity gun is just a blast. Its another innovative thing thats the first gamplay mechanic to truely show off what a phyics system can do. The objects also behave pretty close to reality. This isn't the goofy floaty physics that so many games before have done(i.e. where everything feels like its made of styrofoam). Drop a concrete block and it thuds like one. Shoot off a tire and it will roll, bounce and spin like a tire would.
1764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time Round 5 on: November 18, 2004, 08:02:43 AM
Half-Life
Civilization

Baldur's Gate 2
Alpha Centauri
1765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / WHERE R TEH PIRAETD COPEIS OF HALF-LIEF 2?????!? OMG WTF on: November 16, 2004, 01:32:13 AM
I personally would rather have online one-time authentication if it was used instead of stuff like Starforce and SafeDisc.
1766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghost Recon 2vs Call of Duty: FH on: November 16, 2004, 12:12:49 AM
Quote from: "Rage"

Ghost Recon 2-
someone tell me, please, what is the difference with this and the PC version, and why was the PC version delayed?


Don't know of any diffrences with that version other than the Xbox was the lead platform so the PC version will be a port job. The PS2 version is the diffent one(made by a seperate group).
1767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is there any way to run EQ II in 16bit color? on: November 15, 2004, 06:43:40 PM
Gettting better performance with 16bit over 32bit hasn't been a issue for years now. Those times left with the 3dfx Voodoo days.
1768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time Round 4 on: November 15, 2004, 06:38:18 PM
Ultima VII
Half-Life
Civilization
Planescape: Torment

Baldur's Gate 2
Master of Orion 2
Starcraft
Alpha Centauri
1769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 Graphics Glitches? on: November 15, 2004, 06:24:53 PM
The LOD was noticable at times, mostly when they switched to a close up on a character and it happened, but I thought it was minor myself.
1770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I have Half-Life 2 in my hand on: November 14, 2004, 04:26:20 AM
So places like BB(possibly with the ok of Viviendi) start to sell the game early . What do gamers here to? Rag on Valve more even though they had nothing to do with it and are stuck with not activation the game until the 16th for contract reasons. I swear this Valve bashing is just getting pathetic people. Is it possible for you complainers to give them a break just once?  SHeesh people...
1771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2: What will you do to play it on the 16th? on: November 11, 2004, 09:03:33 PM
The one game this year I'll be getting as soon as it goes on sale. Will probably be one of those schmucks waiting in line several hours to get the pre-order. Sorta sucks seeing now that their releasing Bloodlines the same day. Really interested in that game but HL2 is 6 years in waiting and I know I won't be able to hold out.
1772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Big news! I saw pc games at Gamestop today on: November 11, 2004, 08:54:19 PM
Guess its area to area. My local Gamestop has always kept a PC section. Its been moved around as all the new consoles have come in but they carry all the new stuff and a fair amount of older stuff. Maybe its because I live in a college town so the percentage of PC gamers is higher or something.
1773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time Round 3 on: November 06, 2004, 02:50:29 PM
Rome: Total War
Ultima VII
Half-Life
Age of Wonders 2
The Secret of Monkey Island
Civilization
Panzer General
Ultima V

Freespace 2
Baldur's Gate 2
Diablo 2
Master of Orion 2
Starcraft
Knights of the Old Republic
Civilization 2
Master of Magic
1774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bards Tale Impressions on: November 06, 2004, 02:35:10 PM
Quote from: "D.A.Lewis"
You know Jumangi, your bard can summons a healer.

The healer is pretty neat because she is pretty good (not great) at healing in the heat of battle. However, the baddies tend to go after her if I don't position myself carefully. And the healer of course is a very weak fighter and is dispatched pretty easily. However, if you sneak away from the battle, you simply re summons her and away you go.

With the healer I have no need to use the summons Angel.

WHile I am not loving this game yet, it is pretty fun to play and as soon as I finish here, I'm going back to it.



Yes I know you get that. That doesn't help me if I want to use the other characters though. Also as you said the healer is a very weak fighter. Bottom line IMO just keep the darn simple mana/healing potion mechanic(one button). Yea its old but it works.
1775  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New EGM Scores (Careful...some Halo 2 SPOILERS within) on: November 05, 2004, 11:33:37 PM
Quote from: "Turtle"
The Halo series was designed as a trilogy, I think they said something along those lines in an interview.  I wouldn't be surprised if they went to four games considering the first one was so low on story content.


What isn't at least a trilogy these days.
1776  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Good & free AV software? on: November 04, 2004, 06:40:37 PM
Quote from: "PaulBot"
If interested, look on eBay for dirt cheap deals, and when it's time to ante up for another year of subscription service via Norton, just go back to eBay and buy another copy for less than the subscription renewal fee.


The subscription service time resets itself every time you install it.
1777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MOH: Pacific Assault on: November 04, 2004, 06:36:42 PM
Quote from: "Vinda-Lou"
Is this game a port of some sort from the console's Rising Sun?


No, the MOH games on the PC and console have always been seperate. Same theme of course but diffrent teams and engines used.
1778  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: doom 3 on xbox on: November 04, 2004, 06:21:47 PM
Quote from: "The Rocketman"
I played the demo for pc yesterday, on my aging computer. It's a 1.2 Thunderbird, with 512 MB RAM and a geforce4 t4400. Anyway, the demo only featured the first 3 levels, but I liked them a lot!



If you don't mind what you got in the first 3 levels for the rest of the game then you'll be happy with it.
1779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bards Tale Impressions on: November 04, 2004, 07:33:26 AM
The no invert for the camera is annoying but so far I have learned to live with it. No idea why they don't have it since the other games using this engine have it. The bigger problem is the totally dumb way of healing. The basic gameplay is still the hack'n slash of the DA games so you need the ability to quickly heal whne your in the thick of it, but they make you do three things(right trigger + a + b) to heal instead of one button, then you have to watch the same short scene of the angel over an over again. How someone thought this was a good idea is beyond me.
1780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Scrapland (PC)?? on: November 03, 2004, 07:53:33 PM
The demo was descent. Its has that attempt at a GTA openess with some humor thrown in. Seems like a pretty under the radar title but could be fun.

Don't understand what the point of putting his name on it is for. I guess is because his name is failry unique as I doubt you would get barely 1 in 100 gamers who could tell you anything about the guy.
1781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 has no manual on: November 03, 2004, 07:48:31 PM
Quote from: "O.DOGG"
I remember the excuses for high game prices - the printing of the box and manual but now there is no manual and yet the game still sells for $55. That's my problem. Companies are giving us less and less yet expect us to pay more and more. But, like Jeff said, vote with your wallets.



Well thats were your wrong. A big title on par with something like HL2 in the late 80's would sell for $69.99 or so at retail. Yea you got the fold out cloth map for your copy of Ultima IV and the manual but in the end its the game that matters. If games kept up with the prices of years past you would be paying $80 for the basic retail package of HL2 today.
1782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2: No Co-op Mode on: November 03, 2004, 06:56:21 AM
Quote from: "PaulBot"
Quote from: "Jumangi"
Putting coop in a game like Hl2 isn't the same as in DOOM or Serious Sam. Not sure why people can't see that, and expect that it should be some simple thing to do.


It may not be a simple thing to do, but there sure seems to be a lot of people who would enjoy it.

I don't see why it can't be done - it's software - the developers can do whatever they want! It would just take more development time.


Well as Laner said I think despite what boards like this and GG may have in interest that in reality its a vocal minority. Gaming message boards represent a fraction of the gaming population as a whole.

Well as you said its about time. Putting co-op in a game like HL2 is not the same as Serious Sam. You would need to do allot of work with major re-design of the gameplay, and world to make it decent and playable. Thats allot more time and money.
1783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 has no manual on: November 03, 2004, 06:48:32 AM
Who cares wether or not a FPS has a manual. Its a waste anyways for that type of game. Also don't know why you would need a strategy guide for a FPS. A RPG or a adventure game yea but a guide for a shooter seems like more of a waste.
1784  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2: No Co-op Mode on: November 02, 2004, 01:59:43 AM
Putting coop in a game like Hl2 isn't the same as in DOOM or Serious Sam. Not sure why people can't see that, and expect that it should be some simple thing to do.
1785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SP2 and PC Games on: November 01, 2004, 06:56:36 PM
I've had zero problems. Just look at the list and if none of the games are on it then go ahead with it.
1786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So I never played CounterStrike. Feel free to mock me. on: October 30, 2004, 10:41:40 PM
Quote from: "wonderpug"
I say fire up the original CS go have fun on some servers. Oh make sure you change your name from "Player" hehe that never goes over to well.  But mostly have some patience with yourself and enjoy it.



Does the updated Source version include the bots from CZ? Although they arn't a replacement for real people I think they could be a could be a descent trainer for someone to at least learn the maps and weapons before jumping into the online pool witht the pirahnas.
1787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Killzone IGN Review on: October 30, 2004, 10:27:48 PM
I guess if you have no other consoles and a really old PC this could be a game worth getting, but with other shooters like Halo 2, HL2, GR 2 etc coming out this looks like a "Maybe I'll rent it out someday..." title.
1788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time Round 2 on: October 30, 2004, 02:48:42 PM
Rome: Total War
Heroes of Might and Magic 2
Wing Commander 3
Ultima VII
Thief: The Dark Project
Half-Life
Age of Wonders 2
Warcraft II
The Secret of Monkey Island
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
No Vote
Civilization
Panzer General
Diablo
Battlefield 1942
Ultima Underworld


Freespace 2
Unreal Tournament 2004
Baldur's Gate 2
System Shock 2
Diablo 2
Quake
Master of Orion 2
Wizardry
No Vote
Starcraft
Ghost Recon
Knights of the Old Republic
Civilization 2
Star Wars: Tie Fighter
Master of Magic
Alpha Centauri
1789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bards Tale Impressions on: October 29, 2004, 07:35:39 AM
Havn't played the game myself but the idea of it selling the stuff automatically sounds nice to me. I like having a inventory too, but the constantly having to teleport back to sell stuff off over and over got old too.
1790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bards Tale Impressions on: October 28, 2004, 05:20:06 PM
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as much as it pains me to admit it, halo 2 is going to outsell the crap out of anything this season.
I mean 1.5 million preorders is incredible.


No it won't. Just because MS has hyped the hell out of Halo 2 doesn't mean its the only thing out there. This is the sequal to the 2 best selling console games of this generation.
1791  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Screen savers... worth saving? on: October 27, 2004, 07:27:31 PM
I turned on the SS the other day for like the second time since the change and they had that guy who does the mods showing off a "pimp" mod case. He was dressed up like one too. The combination of him and that god awful annoying new host with the stupid hair was just too much. Leo could be annoying at times too but this show is just utter crap now...


The only stuff I can watch for more than 5 minutes on G4 now is XPlay since that seems mostly the same and I have grown to like Adam somewhat and how he rips on stuff like Final Fantasy and such, and the other review show Judgement Day. The shorter guy Talarico or whatever his name is can be annoying but the other one is ok.
1792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time Round 1 Part 2 on: October 27, 2004, 07:09:17 PM
Freespace 2
No Vote
Unreal Tournament 2004
Crusader: No Remorse
Baldur's Gate 2
No Vote
Wasteland
System Shock 2
No Vote
Diablo 2
SWAT 3
Quake
Star Wars: X-wing
Star Control 2
Thief 2
Wizardry
Wizardry 8
Rollercoaster Tycoon
Starcraft
Baldur's Gate
No Vote
Ghost Recon
Pirates!
Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord
No Vote
Civilization 2
Heroes of Might and Magic 3
Star Wars: Tie Fighter
Master of Orion
Master of Magic
Starsiege: Tribes
Alpha Centauri
1793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP = $185 on: October 27, 2004, 06:48:37 PM
Either they have some amazing engineers or their taking a sizable hit on the thing. Don't see how they can offer what they are claiming in features and specs for that price without loosing money. But as a consumer thats not my problem. For that price I could see getting one too.
1794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Doom 3 Expansion announced: Resurrection of Evil on: October 27, 2004, 06:56:16 AM
Think I hear crickets...
1795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2: Countdown to November 16 on: October 26, 2004, 02:25:54 AM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Quote from: "PaulBot"
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
HL2, on the other hand, will likely be a million seller by the end of the year.


I'd bet it'll be a million seller on Nov. 16.


I don't know, Doom 3 sold 375,000 copies in the entire month of August.  It took Sims 2, what 10 days, to sell a million.  While I think HL2 is arguably a bit more sought after than Doom 3 I don't know if quite equals Sims 2.  

As JayG noted, MS has been trumpeting Halo 2's pre-order record of 1.5 million.  If HL2 was anywhere close to a million in preorders then I would expect VU to have been issuing press releases to that effect.



Maybe initially Halo would outsell HL2 but in the long run I don't think you can say that for sure. The first HL is one of the all time biggest sellers with over 7 million copies sold. Over twice what Halo has done. I would say come back a year from now and see were each one stands.

Either way their both going to sell a ton of copies.
1796  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / An Open Letter From Ion Storm (T:DS editor) on: October 26, 2004, 02:15:52 AM
Great news to hear, but I don't get why its talked about as this big process. Its just the editor, not a full SDK. FPS, RTS, and now even RPG games are having the editor come standard all the time now included with the game. Why has this been such a big deal in the first place?
1797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What if Half-life 2 uses Starforce? on: October 22, 2004, 11:10:54 PM
Quote from: "gameoverman"
This is a GAME we're talking about.


So what. Like others said its still a multi-million dollar investment they are trying to protect.
1798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just beat Second Sight, and it's my Game Story of the Year.. on: October 22, 2004, 11:03:55 PM
There were things I liked about the game but the poorly done stealth gameplay got old and rather annoying to keep dealing with.
1799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What if Half-life 2 uses Starforce? on: October 22, 2004, 09:23:15 PM
The precedent was set several years ago with WindowsXP, and the world survived.
1800  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / November 2004 - greatest game rush ... ever? on: October 22, 2004, 09:15:33 PM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
Just did some quick math, if one were to buy everything I listed above, assuming they were each $50, that would be $1000 in new games! even if some were $30, you'd still be looking at $900.



Another reason I think a service like Gamefly is a good deal. Just too much money to spend for me otherwise.
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