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15641  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Hands-On Preview on: November 01, 2004, 07:04:50 PM
How fast twitch is it? I suck at FPS.

It really isn't bad.  Your health doesn't fly down really fast and neither does theirs so it isn't click-click dead if you aren't paying attention.  (might be so with bosses though, I dunno)

When the npcs speak, is it voice only or is there readable text?

You have an option to turn on txt for their speech.

Is there a dvd version available?

Nope, its looking like 3-4 CDs on release for the game.

Is there a heavy emphasis on puzzles?

Didn't see a heavy emphasis on puzzles as much as interactions.  Dealing with the right people and how you deal with them seemed to be more the focus.

Is there an auto map system, or waypoints?

We only got to play in one hub, but at the bus stations there are city maps like the ones you might see in a mall.  As far as 'waypoints' its not set up so much like that.  You start off in the one hub but as you get reason to visit other hubs you can go there as well.  I was pretty leash-free to explore anywhere I wanted though...

BTW, RPGdot mentioned you.

Cool!  Thanks for the heads up.
15642  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Farenheit 911, for free, online on: October 29, 2004, 09:30:01 PM
I'd rather have someone get me drunk and put it in my butt than watch that again.

I do believe we have a smiley for that....


Yep, there it is!
15643  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Burning App suggestions needed. on: October 29, 2004, 09:26:27 PM
I swear by Alcohol 120% and Nero as a pair.  Anything that one can't handle, the other can. smile
15644  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Hands-On Preview on: October 29, 2004, 08:09:48 PM
I didn't read after the spoiler warning. Did you encounter any bugs or issues you thought might be bugs?
I ran into one graphical glitch with two guys playing cards where the card seemed to get stuck a few inches off the table.  Its really all I saw...
15645  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Hands-On Preview on: October 29, 2004, 06:45:50 PM
Loren is dead on on this.  This is a must have day 1 purchase for me.  This trip only solidified that.  

As for Troika and the bugs, I talked with them at great length about this and they assure me that they have taken great lengths to make sure that did not happen here.  The delay after delay of Half Life 2 also gave them extra time to provide extra polish.  The removal of multiplayer also allows them to reign in the scope and focus a bit.

I can't say what happened with Arcanum, but publishers DO have to pay for those patches, so might have been one of those 'you'll pay or we aren't coding it' kinda scenarios?  I dunno....
15646  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Hands-On Preview on: October 29, 2004, 04:49:52 PM
Le date de release?

Official date is going to be announced 'soon' but the game is absolutely going to hit in November.
15647  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Hands-On Preview on: October 29, 2004, 04:48:44 PM
Did you really get a feeling that the choices you made had a long term impact on later events? Or were most of the choices only in the short term with the story basically on a rail?

Ahhh, one of my big concerns.  Yes.  Stuff you do has a short, medium and long term effect.  It might not always be immediately apparent but there are always machinations in the background.  Sometimes you'll see it manifest in more choices, new contacts, or new quests.  Sometimes it'll determine who helps you later or looks to hurt you later.  That kinda thing
15648  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Hands-On Preview on: October 29, 2004, 04:34:17 PM
40 - 80 hrs of gameplay?

Yea, and that is for the QA team that already knew what to do and where to go!  I'm wired....

How were the combat animations?
Very well handled.  The ragdoll physics are very much alive here as I clawed a bouncer through a plate-glass window.   Its very well done.  The FACIAL animations however are beyond
15649  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Hands-On Preview on: October 29, 2004, 04:32:44 PM
Can you be good? Or at least good for a vampire? I mean no unnessecary killing of humans, only kill evil vamires etc.?
Yes!  And if you intend on controlling your frenzy you will need to be careful of that.  If you feed a human to death you lose a point of humanity making it easier for you to frenzy.  Outside of that, you can also seduce humans or just in general be nice to them.  If you have ever played an RPG like Baldur's Gate or Arcanum you'll get the idea, there are a ton of options, often with a neutral, good, evil, and a few special options if your skills are set up correctly.  The fun begins if you are Malkavian as your chat options
15650  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Hands-On Preview on: October 29, 2004, 04:09:05 PM
Its up on the front page!  Ask me your questions! I'm ready...
15651  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Release dates sort on: October 28, 2004, 05:40:08 PM
Works fine here in IE and Mozilla.  You have Java installed?
15652  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pacific Fighters out today? on: October 28, 2004, 05:38:17 PM
Pacific Fighters was listed as shipping brotha. smile  Lookie!

I'm stoked because its the same guys who did IL-2.  128 players sounds cool too if I can find a server that can handle that...
15653  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Knightshade Dragon-Your Email on: October 28, 2004, 04:54:02 PM
Fixed!  Look for a full writeup for Vampire on Friday...I think you'll be as blown away as I was.
15654  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / CG out of bandwidth? on: October 27, 2004, 04:33:44 AM
Well, its interesting you ask.  It is true, the rapid influx of traffic pushed us over the edge of our current bandwidth plan and we were forced to upgrade.  Granted, my host isn't the speediest on customer service, so you weren't supposed to see that, but it does reveal just how much bandwidth is being used.  I'll just say that its north of 50GB and 10 million hits monthly...
15655  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Activision oh why do you hate me? on: October 26, 2004, 05:47:33 PM
Don't give into peer pressure...nobody else does.
15656  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why no Vampire: The Masquerade MMORPG? on: October 26, 2004, 05:45:10 PM
I think people were a little gunshy after the last one as well.
15657  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Star Ocean Director's Cut? on: October 26, 2004, 01:14:43 AM
Well, I have a collector's edition that one might call a collector's edition.  Its not the standard shelf edition....maybe its just limited?  I'll see if I can get some answers from Squarenix.
15658  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Outlaw Golf 2 on: October 25, 2004, 03:49:18 PM
I'll have a review in the next few days. smile   I too have taken the plunge into "stripper golf" as my wife calls it.
15659  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines on: October 24, 2004, 04:11:12 PM
Does the release date of Half Life 2 affect the proposed release date of Vampire: Bloodlines? Can we realistically expect it this year?
Yes, it does.  They are contractually obligated to release after HL2, so I'd expect it this year, but not until after November 16th. (I'm thinking November 23rd as a guess but it could be as early as the '24 hours after' rumor that I also heard)
15660  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EQ2 bumped to a Nov 8th release? on: October 24, 2004, 03:04:46 AM
EQ2 isn't hardcore, its rooted in tedium and 'grinding'.  I don't want to have to sit for hours and shout "SOMEBODY PLEASE PLAY WITH ME!!!" to get a group or grind for hours and hours and hours and hours to get the 467 items needed to take the 1 shot at fabricating the one uber item that could break during production.  Convince me how that is fun.  EQ2 is EQ1 with a paintjob.   Having played both of them for quite a while and being far more focused on GAMEPLAY than 'beautiful vistas' WoW is certainly the better of the two titles.  

You want to play on YOUR terms instead of having to plan out your time?  Pick WoW.  You want to see beautiful graphics that will only run smoothly on an x800 (seriously, you can't max it on a 9600 pro or a 9700 pro or even an x800 pro without serious framerate issues with more than 1 character on screen) then go with EQ2.  

You want player housing?  WoW.  
You want breaking items?  EQ2.  
You want quests that aren't all FEDEX? WoW.  
You want to get penalized when your friends die?  EQ2.  
You want mounts between towns...oh wait, EQ2 just stole that from WoW at the last second.  
You want your opinion to count?  WoW

Take a look at Sony's track record with EQ1 and all the problems with the way that the game has been managed.  Look at all the 'features' that should have been free that have been sold as seperate addons.  (what are we up to, 9 now?)  Look at the disaster that is Galaxies?  You want more of that?  They have a saying here in Arizona....I think they have it over there at Sony can fool me once, shame on me....fool me can't get fooled again!
15661  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / exploring in WoW & EQ2 on: October 24, 2004, 02:53:49 AM
Both titles aren't geared (at least based on what I've seen) for long, drawn out dungeon crawls.
There are MOST ABSOLUTELY larger dungeons that do not have exits nearby (discounting the use of the hearthstone that can warp you back home 1x per hour) but they are a bit higher in level.  There are some dungeons that, if you aren't horribly over-leveled for the area, might take upwards of two hours to complete.  That's about right I think....
15662  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GTASA being sold Monday (10/25) at 7pm in my local EB on: October 24, 2004, 12:33:08 AM
I dunno...I think I'm gonna have to fold and pick this one up as soon as its out.  :/  My wallet stings....
15663  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines on: October 24, 2004, 12:23:24 AM
So I'm flying out Wednesday of this week to check out Vampire : Bloodlines....what kinds of things would you like to know?
15664  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EQ2 bumped to a Nov 8th release? on: October 23, 2004, 11:10:01 PM
On your preorder?  I'm so dissapointed.....
15665  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / If GG could be saved, would it be worth it? on: October 23, 2004, 12:13:32 AM
Do I seem like the two-warnings type?  Lay off the personal attacks or the thread gets locked and people start getting the hat.

15666  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / If GG could be saved, would it be worth it? on: October 22, 2004, 11:50:35 PM
Lay off the personal attacks.   :evil:
15667  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Prepare for down-count! on: October 22, 2004, 11:19:39 PM
Thanks....oh yea....I needed this in my head.   :shock:
15668  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why isn't the site being updated anymore? on: October 22, 2004, 12:42:36 PM

We are having some issues with our news system.  We are putting out that fire right now, but the estimates look like we might be news-less for today as well.  Eldon and I are working on it, I promise!
15669  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone pick up Men of Valor? on: October 21, 2004, 03:48:43 AM
We'll have a writeup of the PC version soon and I should have Xbox code to review shortly. smile
15670  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What's the last thing you've copied and pasted? on: October 20, 2004, 08:40:27 PM
+ We kept the customer engaged thus avoiding any periods of dead air during the call.

Yep....I work in the Quality department at an ISP.
15671  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Nekked Ami from Survivor (contains NSFW links) on: October 18, 2004, 09:12:00 PM
I'd hit it.

She bats for the other'd be stuck in the bullpen warming up.
15672  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Myst 4: Revelation on: October 18, 2004, 08:55:20 PM
Thanks for the mini-review!  smile  I'll be trying my hand at Myst as a first timer shortly, hope I have as positive as experience.
15673  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GTA: SA - What Rockstar Doesn't Want You To Know on: October 16, 2004, 09:30:57 PM
Lemme make some phone calls....I'm not big on rampant speculation. smile
15674  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Road Rage on: October 16, 2004, 09:29:22 PM
Three words:  Mobile Cell Jammer sounds like a great idea, everyone's connection dropping simultaneously as you zip on by...till you think of the very next second - 15 drivers all looking at their hands instead of the road.  

I personally have gotten rid of my cell phone.  There is absolutely nothing so important that it can't wait.  This is really driven home when your boss's wife get's to hear her husband's last words through his cell phone and gets to listen to him gasping his last breaths through a punctured lung from the ensuing accident.  Puts life's little shortcuts into perspectives...I'll wait till I get there.  :/
15675  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Further Developments in the TSS scandal : ) on: October 16, 2004, 09:25:00 PM
That sort of theft will be dealt with swiftly 'round this neck o' the woods.
15676  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The GT Pay It Foward Freebies Thread *closing end of 2005* on: October 16, 2004, 02:01:54 PM
This is moving along beautifully...I can't wait until we can get it integrated into a sleek automated process for you guys. smile
15677  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Thief: Deadly Shadows Replacement Textures on: October 16, 2004, 01:38:29 AM
Just remember who loves ya:

(and who is a huge Thief fan at that!)
15678  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I Hate Consoles! on: October 16, 2004, 01:18:55 AM
Given the amount of hours I spent adding PC titles and screenshots and such..I'm thinking we should be good to go on the Console thing about now. smile
15679  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What's a good picture viewing utility? on: October 16, 2004, 12:53:58 AM
I'll second Irfanview, or third..I'm not good with the adding thing
15680  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [U2K] His new website for your approval on: October 16, 2004, 12:51:21 AM
Agreed.  This is clearly against the no-pimp rules.  Cut it out.
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