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16281  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do you use an online game rental service? (GameFly, Etc.) on: June 08, 2004, 06:30:45 PM
Sounds like it!  For somebody like me who doesn't want to deal with people at the counter I think it'd be very cool.
16282  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do you use an online game rental service? (GameFly, Etc.) on: June 08, 2004, 05:55:41 PM
Today's poll!
16283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best game soundtrack on: June 08, 2004, 04:57:59 PM
Halo, hands down.
16284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Thief: Deadly Shadows Review on: June 08, 2004, 04:01:12 AM
Thanks for the comments on the review guys, it means alot. smile
16285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Thief: Deadly Shadows Review on: June 07, 2004, 10:34:08 PM
For frame of reference, I played through the game in First Person on the PC and Third Person on the Xbox.  Hmmmm...guess I like my console and PC experience seperated that way too.  Interesting...
16286  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / At least the exes approve... on: June 07, 2004, 09:41:06 PM
No doubt...this sort of thing caused blood diseases in the Dark Ages for crying out loud.  LEAVE THE MANSION TO DATE PEOPLE!
16287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Thief: Deadly Shadows Review on: June 07, 2004, 09:40:15 PM
All very good points Fellow....
16288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chronicles of Riddick Review Discussion on: June 07, 2004, 09:39:14 PM
Yea, its 10 hours long...but man, how many games can you say had a GOOD 10 hours to it?  How many games have 20 hours of gameplay and 10 of it is treadmill?  I was very surprised at how very cool this game actually is...
16289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Thief: Deadly Shadows Review on: June 07, 2004, 08:13:45 PM
Having played both I'd probably say advantage goes to the PC if you tweak the hell out of it and you have the gear to run it well.  If not, save yourself the frustration and just run with the Xbox version. smile
16290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Thief: Deadly Shadows Review on: June 07, 2004, 03:50:41 PM
The review is up!  Any questions? http://consolegold.com/Reviews/review.php?ReviewID=219
16291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Doom deservedly gets a 5/10 in Xbox Nation on: June 06, 2004, 07:22:43 PM
A 'psychic' review?  I believe I've officially heard it all now.  If that isn't trolling for hits I don't know what is.
16292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is Interplay truly gone? on: June 06, 2004, 06:44:02 PM
Well, there is always hope.  After Looking Glass closed I never expected to see Thief again....yet, my review for Thief: Deadly Shadows goes up tomorrow. smile
16293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Doom deservedly gets a 5/10 in Xbox Nation on: June 06, 2004, 03:01:51 PM
The graphics, sound, and control are the only factors I was looking at really.  Rating a product that isn't close to being finished, thats really all you can do.  You can't really capture the gameplay category because you haven't got the whole experience.  You can't judge the value/replay as you haven't seen how long it is or whether its worth replaying.  I made an educated guess how I expected it might turn out.  If I found a single hiccup that would pull the game into the 70s range...so thats probably about right.
16294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Doom deservedly gets a 5/10 in Xbox Nation on: June 06, 2004, 03:27:18 AM
Here is the skinny:

They don't have a copy of the game, they are doing it to simply get hits.

ID and Activision will NOT be giving out p/review copies, it will be going STRAIGHT to retail boxed copies.   They may have formed their opinions from the E3 demo, but how much do you wanna bet that they didn't get into the behind closed doors (and in the dark with only a dim red light) gameplay that Eldon and I got?  

I have to admit, I was fairly impressed with the title, and while the story is truly almost non-existent there is some actual gameplay that is fairly fun to be had.  If I had to rate it based on my E3 demo time alone (which I wouldn't certainly publish in a wide-spread format) I'd probably give it about an 80%.  5 out of 10 is just hit-mongering bullshit, and that's the fact, Jack.
16295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chronicles of Riddick? on: June 06, 2004, 03:21:45 AM
Review will be up on the site on Monday. smile  I just finished the title, but Graham is reviewing it.
16296  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP Battery life clarification on: June 05, 2004, 05:44:10 AM
We were told "Nothing is final" at E3 but tenatively, you could play games for up to 6-7 hours or watch a 2.5 hour movie on a full charge. (Decompressor eats the juice)  Time will tell though.
16297  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kid screws up, parents sell PS2 on: June 04, 2004, 11:13:02 PM
Even better, look at the paragraph where he/she/it declares that they are smarter....smarter than WHO?  Smarter than yrou!

"Ok kid, I'm going to take your Xbox away because you toked all my ganja.  Bad!"   :roll:
16298  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Kid screws up, parents sell PS2 on: June 04, 2004, 06:57:43 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8107675670&rd=1

What would you do?  I'd be far more concerned about the drinking than the monetary issue...
16299  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Full Spectrum Warrior-coop? on: June 04, 2004, 03:56:09 AM
Definately.  If you don't do at least the MOUT and a mission or two you will be getting your team ripped up and spending a lot of time running back to the CASEVAC.
16300  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Anyway to change this? on: June 03, 2004, 10:25:55 PM
Done.  Oh...and the ability to make polls has been removed. slywink
16301  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Anyway to change this? on: June 03, 2004, 09:36:02 PM
Easily done.  I'll get it tonight
16302  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Harry Potter: Prisoner of Azkaban? on: June 03, 2004, 06:30:46 PM
Hmmmm....maybe this time I'll wear pants.  That might help too...
16303  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Rate Adaptive DSL? on: June 03, 2004, 05:58:07 PM
I was reading on DSLReports that Qworst is going to start offering RADSL.  Anyone have any experience with this?  I am currently on their 1mb/sec up/down plan but this sounds like it'd be a hell of a lot faster for less money.  I know there is no free lunch...what is the catch?
16304  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Need a good cheap Autocad program on: June 03, 2004, 05:56:45 PM
My wife has a friend at work who wants a ~100 - 150.00 autocad program.  They want to be able to show the placement of wiriing and piping and such in their home.  There are plenty that cost about 90 bucks, but I wonder what they do and don't have.  Any recommendations?
16305  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Buying USED Games Hurts Developers? on: June 03, 2004, 05:53:52 PM
Well, here is an example where they MADE money from a used game.  I picked up Syberia for the Xbox used.  My wife and I loved the game and purchased the sequel on the PC sight unseen for full price brand newsky.  Because I gave the previous game the time of day as a used title, they got maximum gross profit from me for the PC sequel.
16306  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Harry Potter: Prisoner of Azkaban? on: June 03, 2004, 05:51:32 PM
I planned on hitting the movie tomorrow, anyone else plan on going?  I always get the wierd looks because the wife and I don't have kids...
16307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: Full Spectrum Warrior [Xbox] on: June 03, 2004, 01:22:45 PM
Well, I picked up the game yesterday and put in about 2 hours.  Thus far I'd have to say that I am very impressed with the title.  The camera is well behaved, the graphics are phenominal, the sound is good (I have some complaints about voiceover clash and volume levels), and overall I think they have a winner on their hands.  

I do wonder though, how long exactly should this game be if everyone is saying it is too short?  Its supposedly about 15 hours long + multiplayer.  If you take your time and keep your people from going home in a bag you probably will hit that 15 hour mark.  Then you can hop online and enjoy a more realistic experience with your friends and experience the frustration of battle as your second squad runs around willy-nilly with their head up their ass. slywink   (Or you could coordinate and do it right, but thats just crazy talk)

I've played through the training mission and the first actual mission and I have to say that I'm really enjoying it...I'd expect a review by Monday after I've sank a weekend into it.  I'll answer any questions you have now though...

Cool Stuff:
- Voiceovers are great
- camera 'runs' behind you like an episode of Cops (aka shakeycam)
- weapons seem well modeled after their real counterparts
- tactical handmovements are mostly there (I'm a stickler for accuracy)
- Your junior members lack military bearing, just like real life
-  the destructable cover is cool
- the enemy will give up the ghost and run away for reinforcements if they see they are being outflanked (but not all the time, seems there might be some math behind the scenes)
More later...
16308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Buying USED Games Hurts Developers? on: June 02, 2004, 09:47:17 PM
BG&E was a fantastic game that was not marketed properly.  I had NO idea what the hell this game was about until I took a risk and played it.
16309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Buying USED Games Hurts Developers? on: June 02, 2004, 06:36:41 PM
There are some games I'll drop the cash on on day one.  Suikoden IV, FSW, etc.  There are many that I just can't risk it since there is no such thing as a return policy at Eb anymore. :/
16310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Writing? on: June 02, 2004, 02:26:06 PM
Ok, I'm noticing a trend here...am I the only one?  IGN's Full Spectrum Warrior review slammed the game over and over and then praised it in the last paragraph, it gets a 9.2.  (We'll ignore that the writer has never even seen a gun up close...uh 'you don't shoot the trigger'  Well, that's right!  You don't shoot the trigger, you pull it.  Not a military buff by the writing)

Add the same sort of content on Riddick.  Name a FPS or Third Person Shooter that is longer than 10 hours long, maybe a handful...so why the complaints?  Then he praises all over the game again.

Now we have Front Mission 4.  A completely unflattering review with the reviewer expecting something that the genre isn't built for (action complaints on a turn based strategy game) and then complaints that the AI is dumb but battles can last for 100 rounds.  Well...I suspect if you have some skill, the battles would be shorter.  

I dunno....I just seem to see a drop in their ability to objectively review games, even lower than it was before.  I don't say this as a competitor,  (we can't compete, they get 13X more traffic than we do) I say it as a writer and a gamer.

Am I all alone in this?
16311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tenchu rated higher than Ninja Gaiden on: June 02, 2004, 02:17:14 PM
I found Tenchu lacking compared to Ninja Gaiden.  You have to remember that Gaming Age gave NG a low score before anyone else...smacks of publicity stunt.
16312  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FT: Hitman Contracts {xbox} on: June 02, 2004, 11:35:26 AM
No need to justify. smile  Just trade away...its yours to do with as you please.  heheh
16313  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Summer Movies: What are you looking forward to? on: June 01, 2004, 09:04:06 PM
You think M.Night has another twist ending for us or is he tapped out?
16314  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Summer Movies: What are you looking forward to? on: June 01, 2004, 07:14:45 PM
Its crazy, but I'm looking forward to Riddick and Sky Captain.  I'm tenatively looking forward to AvP too though.  Its a busy year for movies
16315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox] Fable coming soon, quotes from preview on: June 01, 2004, 06:12:55 PM
Well, I'll be reviewing Fable.  I was badly burned by Black and White (stuck with the 'to complete the game, start over at the beginning after patching' bug) so I'm not going in blind.  What I saw at E3 was promising and I liked the way they had changed things.  Granted, the automatic progression that it interpreted from your gaming style was cool, but the way they allowed you to modify that by hand was cool too.  We did see that you could pick up scars and such from fighting so some of that automation that would change your 'scary' factor (I think they are calling it 'scaryness') is still in-game.  I'll see if I can't get a preview copy to get the lowdown for you guys...
16316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Full Spectrum Warrior Reviewed by IGN! :) on: June 01, 2004, 03:18:40 PM
Absolutely.  We will set up some multiplayer times too...
16317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: Front Mission 4 [PS2] on: May 31, 2004, 02:43:34 PM
I'm with you Hrothgar, with the massive list of games upcoming in the next few days and the gravy train not seeming to end soon I'll probably have to pick this one up when its a greatest hit. smile
16318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So I broke Return of the King tonight... on: May 31, 2004, 02:41:48 PM
I had that happen with Soul Reaver 2 one time.  Fighting the last boss and all of a sudden the camera backs out as far as it could (I was a little tiny speck at the bottom) and won't move other than left or right.  Couldn't get it to refocus until I guessed my way out of there and into the next room.  Kinda hard to do by 'feeling'.
16319  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Half-Life GOTY Edtion on: May 30, 2004, 11:40:34 PM
Well, the GOTY edition that I bought only had Half Life in it, but you can download CS for free.  It'll take you a month of Sundays to patch everything up to the current but the price is right. smile
16320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What?! No discussion of Thief? on: May 30, 2004, 09:04:14 PM
I have both. smile  The review will be based entirely on the Xbox version.
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