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15401  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What Vampire really needs! (besides patched) on: November 22, 2004, 05:24:11 PM
LA fits with the story though, Europe has a strong vampiric lineage, but LA is kinda mutts-land until the Prince steps in.
15402  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Tribes Anyone? on: November 22, 2004, 05:21:50 PM
Absolutely!
15403  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [VtM: Bloodlines] Anyone else having trouble? on: November 22, 2004, 04:48:03 PM
Ok, he is checking with Troika and will be getting back to me.  I'll keep you posted...
15404  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [VtM: Bloodlines] Anyone else having trouble? on: November 22, 2004, 03:26:09 PM
You gotta promise to stick around and contrubute to the community Mr. 2 posts. slywink  Just kidding...waiting on a response for you guys.
15405  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [VtM: Bloodlines] Anyone else having trouble? on: November 22, 2004, 11:40:14 AM
Wow, that is brutal.  I'll ask my Activision rep directly and answer back in here as soon as I get an answer, k?
15406  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Friday Night Fight - Counter Strike : Source on: November 21, 2004, 05:05:29 AM
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Or if you guys just want to play some regular Counter Strike I have my 20 man server we could play on


If you wanna set something up, I'll certainly take you up on it until I can get Mr. Router sorted.  smile
15407  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / STEAM Tags on: November 21, 2004, 05:04:28 AM
Its Knightshade_Dragon for me.  I'm still working on this goddamned router though...worked fine for Tribes and Halo 2 and everything else, just hates Steam it seems...
15408  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Friday Night Fight - Counter Strike : Source on: November 20, 2004, 05:07:29 AM
Strange....apparently my router STILL won't let my public IP be public.  I'll troubleshoot it more tomorrow and take more stabs at it.  Stupid ass router....
15409  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Friday Night Fight - Counter Strike : Source on: November 20, 2004, 04:29:30 AM
OOOoohkay, that was a little more than complicated to get to run through my router but tis up and running now.  The external address is 130.13.142.243:27015

You can also find it in the list as ConsoleGold.com's CounterStrike Source
15410  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Friday Night Fight - Counter Strike : Source on: November 20, 2004, 02:16:19 AM
Well, apparently Steam is completely and entirely retarded with regards to Linksys routers.  I'm working on it...
15411  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / STEAM stole my money!! >:( on: November 20, 2004, 12:28:21 AM
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15412  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Friday Night Fight - Counter Strike : Source on: November 19, 2004, 09:58:48 PM
WELL, you'll be happy to know it'll be running for the vast majority of the weekend I'd imagine. smile
15413  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW Servers Info. on: November 19, 2004, 06:17:53 PM
Don't know if this impacts anything at all, but I'l post what my guild has chosen for a server as soon as I know.  I'd like to adventure with you guys if at all possible...
15414  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / STEAM stole my money!! >:( on: November 19, 2004, 03:22:47 PM
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As a senior store manager I know how important it is to make the customer happy. If I was you I would take the game along with the the proof of purchase and raise hell in the store demanding your money back or a new game.
Ask for the DM # along with the corprate number.
most managers know when it goes that far the customer will come out on top and they the manager will be looked down upon.
you may receive up $25 in gift card or the above a new copy of the game and a free strat guide.
Dont take this sitting down.


And there is the best advice.  Take it to the DM, just know that you'll be dealing with some corporate shill who hasn't a damned clue about your outrage and will use EB's corporate RMS training to try to calm you down.  Be clear with what you want up front and don't take no for an answer.
15415  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines Impressions on: November 19, 2004, 03:16:35 PM
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For instance, feeding in an interesting and important part of the game. You have to go out and find someone to get blood from, but of course if you kill an inncocent you lose humanity, and if you're seen doing it you will break the masquerade. So you have to find willing people or just wait for people to wander into an alley and then...


I'd be interested to know how many hookers, or as I like to call them "Meals on Heels" I've fed from.  I must look like a pimp with the time I spend with the ladies of the evening....

As for the game itself, I really think its a great RPG, as long as you approach it as such.  It isn't HL2, despite the engine.
15416  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Final Pre-Launch WoW Guild Roll Call on: November 19, 2004, 01:50:05 PM
Remember, for Raid content you can't accomplish missions for everyone involved, but yes, they are a hell of a lot of fun.  I'll absolutely add EVERYONE who is in this guild to my friends list. smile
15417  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [pic] HK47 from KoToR 2 on: November 19, 2004, 12:23:50 PM
Postulation: Perhaps one of the other moderators moved it as this shot is from the Xbox version, meatbag?

HK is my favorite character as well.  I don't know who moved this either, but if you guys want it in the other forum it can go right back.
15418  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Friday Night Fight - Counter Strike : Source on: November 19, 2004, 11:38:52 AM
When I get home tonight, I'll be setting up CS:S for some run and gun action!  Who's with me?
15419  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden IV? on: November 18, 2004, 03:26:58 PM
I loved Suikoden III, I couldn't put it down until I found every character.  I put 110 hours into the game!  Did it have problems, sure.  I dunno, I just was pulled in.  As they say, your mileage may vary.  I'll have to get ahold of this Kitsune character....
15420  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's the truly scariest pc gaming experience you've had? on: November 18, 2004, 03:09:19 PM
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Shalebridge Cradle from Thief 3

I'm throwing my hat into that ring as well.  I've not made it to Ravenholm yet, but it'd be hard pressed to get past the Cradle.  That said, I think Ocean View in Vampire is pretty damned solid as well.  If it were more confined it'd be even better (or worse, take your pick).
15421  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines Impressions on: November 18, 2004, 03:22:12 AM
Same as mine, although the guys from Gamespot are clearly on some sort of drugs...
15422  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines Impressions on: November 18, 2004, 03:07:51 AM
So, how does your experiences mesh with my review experiences?  I'm curious to see if we are on the same page...
15423  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Review Discussion] Vampire The Masquerade - Bloodlines on: November 17, 2004, 06:42:44 PM
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Does the game "require" fast twitch combat?

You know, that is a good way of putting it.  This is pretty low twitch combat.  The combat here is a little slower paced.  You pick your skills (celerity, blood rage, etc.) and you engage in combat.  You do a little damage, they do a little damage.  Its not like Halo 2 is or what I imagine HL2 will be (haven't gotten it yet) where combat is over very quickly.  Its a bit slower paced than that and the enemies (and you) can take a bit of a beating before they go down.

P.S. "Stars" for reviews are weak IMHO.  Quantify your reviews so they mean something.
15424  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden IV? on: November 17, 2004, 02:50:59 PM
Why do you say the things that hurt?   :cry:
15425  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden IV? on: November 17, 2004, 02:34:41 PM
Its been pretty quiet on Suikoden IV.  Anyone hearing anything? Its one of my 'high anticipation' titles, but I can't read Japanese yet so imports are out of the question. :/
15426  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Review Discussion] Vampire The Masquerade - Bloodlines on: November 17, 2004, 03:06:37 AM
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Are firearms pretty much useless compared to claws/fists/melee weapons?

Oh, I wouldn't say useless by any stretch.  Realize that you are so poor that you can't even pay attentionwhen you start, so the best you can pick up is a shoddy revolver.  As you work your way through the game and take side missions (or mugging people) you earn money and can buy better weapons, when you find the right contacts. Your weapons will improve as you go, but you'll find that the claws are your best weapon for a good while.  

As for a selection of firearms, its not a ton wide selection of weapons to start, but it expands as you move through the game.  I don't have a final number for you though.
15427  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Review Discussion] Vampire The Masquerade - Bloodlines on: November 17, 2004, 12:55:35 AM
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I'm wondering why the large sites don't have reviews out yet.

I'm liking being the only kid on the block.  smile
15428  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Review Discussion] Vampire The Masquerade - Bloodlines on: November 16, 2004, 09:35:09 PM
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Well now there is another review out by Next Level Gaming, whoever they are. They gave it a 90%. This game looks like a must buy.


One page?  Man...short 'review'.
15429  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Review Discussion] Vampire The Masquerade - Bloodlines on: November 16, 2004, 04:33:08 PM
Hey, thanks! smile  That's a cool feeling at that.
15430  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Review Discussion] Vampire The Masquerade - Bloodlines on: November 16, 2004, 04:03:19 PM
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I know it's an rpg, but it sounds pretty open-ended.
Can you run around the city and do what you want?
I don't want to run out and buy it if you're stuck to a story the entire time.
I think it would be a lot more interesting just exploring the city.


You can explore the city all you like and there are a ton of side missions that are complely voluntary and can be accomplished in any order, or you can skip em alltogether if that's your will.
15431  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Review Discussion] Vampire The Masquerade - Bloodlines on: November 16, 2004, 04:00:29 PM
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How are the Nosferatu implemented? The previews say that you'll break the Masquerade if you're seen by regular people... how challenging is this to deal with, and do you know if you can't do certain quests because of it?

Crap, I knew I forgot something in my review.  I'll amend this in -

The Nosferatu are difficult to play as they cannot roam freely among the humans.  They have to rely on invisibility and sewers/shadows to not break The Masquerade.  On top of that, you also have an additional positional 'radar' system that will tell you when people are near so you can avoid them.

As for not being able to accomplish certain quests, there are a few that you have to be out in the open for, but they get quests that you wouldn't otherwise get, so it balances.
15432  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Review Discussion] Vampire The Masquerade - Bloodlines on: November 16, 2004, 03:58:08 PM
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In order to get as much outta the game as possible, would you recommend getting the strategy guide to find all the hidden quests, or are things in the hubs small enough that with enough exploration, I can find anything the game can offer?

Normally I'd say pass on the strategy guides but this game has so much going on that I plan on picking one up.  The hubs aren't really that small.  Santa Monica isn't very big, but its the beginning area.  As you unlock more quests through talking to the right people or accomplishing goals it expands pretty quickly.  Downtown is pretty big and it only gets bigger from there.
15433  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Review Discussion] Vampire The Masquerade - Bloodlines on: November 16, 2004, 03:02:47 PM
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Due to Troika's history with huge freaking bugs I think it is fair to ask....did you encounter any?

I mentioned a few in the review itself.  Nothing showstopper, but there are some graphic and AI glitches and balance issues that crop up.
15434  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Review Discussion] Vampire The Masquerade - Bloodlines on: November 16, 2004, 02:09:54 PM
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Do you guys get an affiliate cut off of front page links?

Yes, we do.
15435  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Review Discussion] Vampire The Masquerade - Bloodlines on: November 16, 2004, 01:50:14 PM
That is correct, 60 hours is what Q&A is taking to run through the primary plot thread and they know where to go.  This game is not short by any stretch.

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I realize that there are many different ways to go about tasks, but how is the balance between Combat and Roleplay, if I was to play a more physical character? I'd just like to know if you need to "FedEx" for 30 minutes to get to a 30 second fight.

Well, the game is geared primarily towards RPG it seems, but you can certainly brute force and intimidate your way through the game.  I won't spoil it for you, but you end up in a Sabbat warehouse that you have to blow up.  This mission was absolutely action oriented and there was no way to 'silver-tongue' your way out of it.  You better get good with stealth, claws, or my choice - the shotgun - really really quick.  
By the way, don't think that the missions are all FedEx, they aren't by any stretch.  The early ones start out that way so you can learn about the area you are in, but those fade away pretty quick. The missions I'm in are fairly involved, or look simple then become very involved.

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How big is the world? I keep seeing the term 'Hub' and for some reason it makes me think of tiny zones that you could run across in 2 minutes with lots of loading between them all.

The world is pretty big.  Each hub has about 15 buildings that you can enter if you have the right gear (lockpick, hacking, a key, etc.) or you are supposed to be there.  In the beginning there are a lot of places that you'll just have to come back to later.  As you gain reasons to leave Santa Monica and go to Downtown LA you can catch a cab and travel freely between them. (or use the sewers if you prefer or if you are Nosferatu)  There isn't much loading outside, if at all (one area had one side-zone that had to load briefly) but entering buildings is a mandatory few-second load.  Its very abbreviated and the game is compelling enough to keep me from noticing too much.  Of course, your mileage may vary.

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Are you sure it's out today and not tomorrow?

It 'ships' today but most stores already have it.  So they will 'ship' it from the back room to the shelf.  smile
15436  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Review Discussion] Vampire The Masquerade - Bloodlines on: November 16, 2004, 12:23:36 PM
Anywhere today.  EB, Best Buy, Comp USA.  You could also order it through the GoGamer link on the front page.
15437  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Review Discussion] Vampire The Masquerade - Bloodlines on: November 16, 2004, 11:39:43 AM
I know you are all giddy over Half Life 2, but don't forget Vampire!  We have our review on the front page....hit me with your questions fledglings!
15438  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Spider-Man 2 DS Review Discussion on: November 16, 2004, 11:38:43 AM
Console Gold trumps the big boys, we have the first DS review....nyah nyah!!  

http://www.consolegold.com/Reviews/review/289.html

Any questions?
15439  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 Graphics Glitches? on: November 15, 2004, 03:15:26 PM
Yea, I've noticed the mipmapping (I believe that is the term) pretty often during cutscenes but I'm usually too busy being clubbed like a baby seal to notice it during single or multiplayer.
15440  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / HALO 2 CLAN on: November 15, 2004, 02:16:10 PM
So I played a bit this weekend, a few times with the clan, and realized that I need more practice.  My skill varies from way on top to dead dead DEAD last.  I'm looking forward to getting together with you guys and getting an all CG game going.  I also gotta log some time in the single player to get some practice in there too so I don't get my ass handed to me so much.
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