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1761  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Far Cry for those who have finished HL2 on: December 16, 2004, 06:53:33 AM
Well I don't think your getting my point. I didn't see any way to "approach" things diffrently. You will have to list these diffrent ways you could complete objectives. Mind you I don't personally consider being able to approach a base from a diffrent way if the objective is still just to kill all the guards and or find something to be all that diffrent. In the end there was one way to complete the objectives that I saw. You just could approach the camp from a diffrent way(east, west, etc). Thats minimal too me and is pretty much negligable in terms of gameplay IMO.

Also don't see were Farcry took more "thought" to play than HL2.
1762  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Far Cry for those who have finished HL2 on: December 15, 2004, 06:03:16 PM
Quote from: "Valael"
Quote from: "Jumangi"
I never got the "freedom" people talk about in Farcry. The places that don't have anything to do with the main game are just jungle and shoreline. Its fun to explore for awhile but there's no other reason to wander and it got boring with nothing to reward exploring. You still had to go to a specific place and do a specific thing in order to move forward like any FPS. Its nice to look at but it was style and not much substance for me.

They mean the fact that maps were wide open so that you could go about attacking a camp from any direction, instead of being lead straight into it without any other options.

*shrug* So? Don't see how that really changes the game. You go in from the left and fight those soldiers first and then the others, or vice versa. Its the same experience wether you went straight in or circled to the back. Its not like you had some sort of moment like say from the movie Predator were Arnold's character improvises with the truck on the blocks and the bomb. Now if they had put something along those lines in there to reward the player for taking their time to asses the situation then ok I would agree thats cool, but its not there. The same experience from a diffrent angle makes no diffrence to me. It might as well be a corridor setup then.
1763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Far Cry for those who have finished HL2 on: December 15, 2004, 09:11:19 AM
I never got the "freedom" people talk about in Farcry. The places that don't have anything to do with the main game are just jungle and shoreline. Its fun to explore for awhile but there's no other reason to wander and it got boring with nothing to reward exploring. You still had to go to a specific place and do a specific thing in order to move forward like any FPS. Its nice to look at but it was style and not much substance for me.
1764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Graphics Dont Count -Nintendo on: December 13, 2004, 11:16:54 PM
Quote from: "angrycoder"
Jez, that about missing the point people. I think what  Iwata is trying to convey is just releasing a new system that can just push more polygons and preform more calculations is not the direction he wants to head in..

The sole reason he "thinks this way" is because he knows Nintendo isn't going to compete with the 800 pund Gorillas in MS and Sony in that area alone. Nintendo was happy to do the standard stuff with consoles for years and now it not the way to go suddenly? Please, I will give Nintendo credit for trying something new with the DS but this change in thinking is 100% a reaction to Sony and MS.
1765  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: December 10, 2004, 08:52:32 PM
+1 to Zoyd for a quick trade. Thanks.
1766  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Anyone still playing SWG? on: December 09, 2004, 04:28:21 PM
Quote from: "leo8877"
I gave up before my free month ended too.  It's a shame, it almost ruined my on MMOs.  Glad I took a chance on WoW, since I love that one.

Exactly the same here. I felt I had basically flushed $60 down the toilet with SWG. It took about 5 diffrent friends telling me to give WoW a try, and I finally did. This is the first MMO I can actually see myself getting to the highest level in.

Kinda wish EQ2 hadn't come out at the same time. Would have liked to at least give that a try but one MMO is more than enough.
1767  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Pirates!(DVD) FT, looking for Vampire, The Sims 2, Warhammer on: December 05, 2004, 05:09:18 AM
I have Pirates!(its a DVD) up for trade. My first interest is for Vampire: Bloodlines. If not that then Warhammer: Dawn of War or The Sims 2.
1768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time, Final Round! on: December 05, 2004, 05:06:07 AM
1769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Microsoft take note: this is how you do customer service on: December 04, 2004, 02:51:58 PM
I've read of other people who got their Thompson drives replaced for free since they are such a problem after the warrenty. Maybe its just luck as to the person you get on the phone. I'd call them up and basically be an ass if they gave me a hard time about it. My guess is they see if they can get people to pony up the $100 for the DVD drive fix and only do it free if the person pushes the issue.
1770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time Round 6 on: December 04, 2004, 04:15:22 AM
1771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS2 Shortage: Grrrr..... on: December 02, 2004, 05:44:37 PM
I'd say look around. Was in Walmart on Tuesday and they had a sign about shortages on Xbox's and PS2's, but the previous night when I was in Gamestop(looking for WoW which they were out of) they had Ps2's and Xboxs stacked behind the counter.
1772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Halo 3 launch title.... I bet on: November 29, 2004, 11:47:32 PM
It took them 3 years to make a sequal for a game on a system that they had experience with. They arn't going to push a sequal out in one year on a brand new system.
1773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prince of Persia: Warrior Within Reviewed on: November 29, 2004, 07:19:24 AM
Have been wary of the game since I herd it was coming out only a year after the first. They talked about a number of changes but was suspicious that they could do that and get a polished game out the door so soon. Looks like they didn't do it.
1774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Civilization franchise sold! on: November 26, 2004, 06:37:45 PM
Like malichai11 posted who says it has to be some publisher like EA or MS? Firaxis themselves could have bought it out.
1775  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / haha @ WOW on: November 26, 2004, 06:00:51 AM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
I personally dislike the concept of somehow "earning" your levels, as if grinding away killing rats for three hours is some kind of virtue.

Agree 100%. This reminds me of an ad for Guild Wars in a magazine. I loved one of the lines in it ha that sums up my feelings on these games completely. It went something like "This is an online RPG built to be enjoyed not endured".

Not saying Guild Wars will live up to that line or WoW, I just like the sentiment behind that statement.
1776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR 2 Gold! on: November 25, 2004, 07:59:31 AM
I wouldn't woory either about this game. As Fellow said the guys behind it are veterens of the industry. I also don't expect anything really new. This will probably be essentially a big stand alone expansion pack. What I like to call a 1.5 version game. But I don't mind that since I enjoyed the first one allot.
1777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox Next on: November 23, 2004, 08:23:34 AM
This person sounds like their just rattling off whatever is the latest internet rumors for the machine. I doubt she's in the inner loop of the development if her current job is doing demos in Circut City.

Maybe for the hardcore gamers the PS2's backwards compatibility was a factor, but I'd say DVD drive was a bigger point in general for people looking to get the system at the time of its release.
1778  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / EQ2. i hate it. on: November 22, 2004, 09:12:49 PM
I'd have to say the first post sounded trollish to me too. I mean someone complains about the game being to vague and zoning when they say they have played EQ1 for 3 years? Sorry that makes no sense as EQ1 was one of the more unfriendly games to the new user you could play.
1779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I just played a Nintendo DS on: November 22, 2004, 07:10:32 AM
Quote from: "Destructor"
As far as the weight of the console is concerned, hold it exactly like Nintendo suggested inside the manual somewhere - one hand holding the Digital Pad/L Button (or the buttons/R), the other on the other side, with your thumb aimed towards the center of the touch screen. It's a bit odd at first, but it distrubutes one's weight rather well.

The problem is the games that want to make use of the stylus. Its ok when you hold it with both hands, but one handed? Thats just going to become uncomfortable really quick.
1780  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / good, free firewall? on: November 21, 2004, 09:00:40 PM
Zone Alarm is one of the better firewalls with a free version.
1781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 19, 2004, 09:10:14 PM
Agree with BigRedCat I don't even bother to compare HL2 to anything like the miltary Rainbow Six stuff since its meant to be a diffrent experience.

I generall put FPS in 3 catagories

1- Serious Sam, Painkiller type games
2-Stuff like Halo, Half-Life etc
3- Rainbow 6, Ghost Recon style(one shot your dead type military shooters)

Not sure what I'd call the catagories. Maybe someone else can think of good names.
1782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / STEAM stole my money!! >:( on: November 19, 2004, 06:44:49 AM
Well your doing what you have to do. Dispute the charges. You should also go back to the store and let them know that when they refuse to do a exchange. The few times I have been given the run-around when this stuff has happed I've simply said "Either give me a refund/exchange or I'm calling the bank and disputing the charges". Everytime they have gotten cooperative.
1783  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.
1784  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.

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.
1785  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.
1786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time Round 5 on: November 18, 2004, 08:02:43 AM

Baldur's Gate 2
Alpha Centauri
1787  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.
1788  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).
1789  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.
1790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time Round 4 on: November 15, 2004, 06:38:18 PM
Ultima VII
Planescape: Torment

Baldur's Gate 2
Master of Orion 2
Alpha Centauri
1791  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.
1792  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...
1793  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.
1794  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.
1795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game of All Time Round 3 on: November 06, 2004, 02:50:29 PM
Rome: Total War
Ultima VII
Age of Wonders 2
The Secret of Monkey Island
Panzer General
Ultima V

Freespace 2
Baldur's Gate 2
Diablo 2
Master of Orion 2
Knights of the Old Republic
Civilization 2
Master of Magic
1796  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.
1797  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.
1798  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.
1799  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.
1800  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.
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