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2361  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is Interplay truly gone? on: June 07, 2004, 01:41:43 PM
This has been coming for years. Companies in this industry come and go like the changing of the tide. Interplay has been a hollow shell of itself for a long time - I can't remember the last game I played with an interplay logo on the box.
2362  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Everything Bioware creates RULEZ! on: June 07, 2004, 01:39:58 PM
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
What other Bioware games have you actually played, to make this all-encompassing statement that ALL of their games are totally awesome?  As was said above, NWN had a really poor story and campaign.  And what about MDK2?  Or Shattered Steel?


I love Bioware RPGs. Neverwinter Nights, while far from perfect, was a lot of fun. Baldur's Gate was fantastic. Absolutely the most epic thing I've ever played. I really gotta sit down and play Throne of Bhaal.

Never played any of their action games.

Jade Empire isn't on my want list, mostly because I'm not a big fan of samurais and ninjas. Too many other games I'd like to play.
2363  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Doom deservedly gets a 5/10 in Xbox Nation on: June 07, 2004, 01:35:50 PM
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Errrrrrrrr,,,,,,,,,, an 80% for a storyless game?


Going back a bit, sometimes storyline just gets in the way of a fun time. When I want a deep storyline, I play an RPG. When I want to run around and blow shit up, I play a FPS.

I certainly didn't play Halo for its stellar storyline. Nor did I play the first two Dooms or two Quakes for theirs (I never played Q3 - shame on me). I can't think of any first person shooter that I've played who's storyline I actually cared about. The storyline certainly wasn't what made the original Serious Sam fun.  This also includes Metroid Prime - a very deep first person shooter. I was chasing some pirate or something to some planet, which gave me ample opportunity to blow stuff up.

Atmosphere, on the other hand, is always very huge in First Person Shooters. Metal of Honor: Frontline has the best atmosphere in any game I've ever played. The storyline, on the other hand, was just an opportunity to run around and blow stuff up. Yes, this one does have a lot of storyline. But it was (in my opinion, naturally) filler - next to the atmospheric action.

So basically, I don't feel that the lack of story in Doom 3 is that big a deal.

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The lack of decent AI otoh, that kinda sucks. If this is a full priced game, then the multiplayer had better be the second coming.
2364  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP Battery life clarification on: June 05, 2004, 08:22:55 PM
Will you be able to get a second battery pack for it, so you can swap the batteries out if you're prone to long trips?
2365  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / G4TechTV on: June 04, 2004, 07:55:25 PM
Tech TV was great. XPlay, while not stellar, was still a fine television show about video games. It reviewed games in an entertaining, and somewhat adult way.

Electric Playground on the other hand, tended to aim for a more juvenile audience. They can't do a single game review without putting the hosts of the show in some CGI crap animations that simply no one cares about. And the reviews. I think they were reviewing the suffering. And they started to talk about the forced vomitting that occurs in the game. And the musician guy was all cheery about how the game had forced vomiting.

I'd much rather watch the guy on XPlay get all pissed off about final fantasy anyday.

Enough about the review shows. How about the format

Before the channel seemed to have a better variety of content. Now it's 23 hours of games and The Screen Savers. Seriously, on the morning after the merger, I noticed there was about four straight hours of video game content before the screen savers came on. I enjoy the content, but it just gets excessive after more than an hour.
2366  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / True Fantasy Live Online Cancelled on: June 03, 2004, 02:11:25 PM
Dammit. That was the only reason I was keeping xbox live.
2367  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Welcome to Off-Topic! on: June 01, 2004, 07:04:36 PM
Huzzah! smile

Now if only I had a topic.
2368  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox] Fable coming soon, quotes from preview on: June 01, 2004, 06:49:16 PM
There was no way that Fable could possibly deliver all it set out to do, in any reasonable amount of time to make it to market. And besides, I like my gameplay to be at least a little bit linear.

A great story is important in a roleplaying game - to me it's more important than being able to do everything however I want to.
2369  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: Nintendo's Classic Game GBA Releases on: June 01, 2004, 06:43:21 PM
I'd buy them if they were ALL on one cartridge for $19.99.

As I said somewhere else (I think it was gonegold forums), the problem with these packages is that they have in many cases already been re-released. Like, Super Mario Brothers - you can find a copy of SMB DX for the gameboy color - it's the same game, but with a challenge mode. So they've already released the game with MORE

And Pac-Man has been re-released in about 20 collections.

I think that in the face of collections like the Activision Anthology, Intellivision Lives, the Sonic 7 game pack on GC, Namco Museum, etc. All of these titles fall horribly short. They're barely worth the cartridge they're printed on in this case.
2370  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Wednesday Night Fights - Return To Castle Wolfenstein? on: June 01, 2004, 02:24:51 PM
I've had this RTCW game for a while, anyone want to meet up and play for a while on Wednesday night (June 2nd) - say around 9pm EST?
2371  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pure Pinball delayed again. on: June 01, 2004, 02:23:37 PM
http://www.ebgames.com/ebx/product/240972.asp

I've been waiting for this game to come out for quite a while. Simply because there hasn't been a good pinball game for the current generation of consoles. (I don't think there's been any pinball game, actually)

But this one seems to be having some troubled development, since it was originally slated for April 1st. (In fact, I went to the store after I thought it had been released only to find out it wasn't in stock) It was supposed to be out May 1st, then May 15th, then June 1st, now July 15th. I think it's vaporware.

Anyone know anything?
2372  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Full Spectrum Warrior Reviewed by IGN! :) on: June 01, 2004, 02:19:34 PM
IN! smile
2373  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Love / Hate relationship with the .hack game series on: June 01, 2004, 02:18:34 PM
Quote from: "Nth Power"
I didn't care much for the combat.  Maybe it takes practice, but it seemed hard to get the camera in position to see my targets.

I more or less just learned to keep the camera zoomed out at all times. It got a lot easier after the first few missions. It's when you do the first solo mission that you learn how to really do the combat.

The story is very interesting. Now that I've seen the end of the .hack//sign series, I can see that it's a direct play off of the end of that series. I think the story is a lot more enjoyable with working knowledge of the TV series, however.
2374  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / RE: forum rules on: May 30, 2004, 03:02:01 AM
If you have a personal website, it doesn't need to be in your signature.  In fact, if you have your personal website link in your signature, it is actually excessive. Observe beneath Knightshade Dragon's post, there is a 'www' button. Press it, and it brings you to whatever web page that he has set as his webpage in his user profile for the forums.

I just changed mine, and I see that my journal does come up in the WWW button.

So change your profile, put your website in there. smile
2375  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Microsoft Xbox PC?!? on: May 27, 2004, 08:27:36 PM
I think it's kind of meant for people who buy those computers in walmart.

This hear box, plugged in to yer TEE VEE will give you the Inter Net. On the Tee Vee.
2376  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Worst smilie face ever. on: May 26, 2004, 02:54:44 PM
:) translates to

Which just looks wrong.

2377  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Love / Hate relationship with the .hack game series on: May 26, 2004, 02:53:35 PM
I'll definately be trading them when I'm done. smile
2378  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: Mario vs. Donkey Kong [GBA] on: May 26, 2004, 02:52:47 PM
Since it just came out - anyone pick this up yet? I'm curious for impressions.
2379  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Love / Hate relationship with the .hack game series on: May 25, 2004, 03:06:25 AM
Oh, some of the music is pretty good and catchy. One of the battle songs is really good and helps to set the mood. damned if I can remember where it was though. (It was somewhere near the end of part 2, but it was in a couple other places)

Then there's the dreadful crap that makes you want to gouge your ears out like Piros' theme. At least it matches his character. Those were missions I wish I never had to do.
2380  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Transformers, anyone? on: May 24, 2004, 11:10:18 PM
I'm absolutely dying to give Transformers a try, but I'm broke right now and can't really justify the rental. So I need to live vicariously through others. :-D Is the game as awesome as it looks?
2381  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Love / Hate relationship with the .hack game series on: May 24, 2004, 11:09:10 PM
I just now finished .hack // Mutation - the second game in the .hack series.

Below may contain spoilers, but if you're at all interested in the game 'series', you might be curious about what I have to say, and it is worth hearing before buying the game. I tried to keep the spoilers as limited as possible. I don't really mention the storyline.

I started with the .hack//sign television series. I haven't seen the last batch of episodes yet, but I quite enjoyed the story of Tsukasa. So I migrated over to checking out the console game.

So I popped in .hack // infection. I had read that the game contained somewhere around 20 hours of gameplay, which is something I was under the understanding was consistant between all four volumes.

I also was under the impression that the game was 'so huge it couldn't fit onto one DVD', which is why it was broken into four parts.

Now, I really do quite enjoy the gameplay -I think that, while not innovative, it's very solid and consistantly enjoyable. And addictive. It's very rpg lite. The idea of making an MMORPG, but taking it offline, is a fascinating little concept. And for the most part it's a lot of fun.

The other characters in the game - some annoying, some cute - all have their own personalities which makes it neat. The ability to develop relationships with the 'player behind the character' as it were (which is really weird to say since it's all AI) is a neat idea, but is nowhere near fully realized. You essentially get two 'paths' through the friendship scripts with the characters you group with the most often.

The combat can get a little hairy, and challenging at times - the times that it's most challenging isn't the boss battles, however (which are rather easy and come down to 'do I have enough healing potions and resurrect potions to outlast the boss') the most challenging ones are the random encounters. Getting trapped in a room in the dungeon with four critters, each of which do 1/4 of your HPs in damage, then dying and you're hoping that your partner might be able to rez you in time - that's pretty cool, and fun. It's just sad that this is more challenging than the end boss of mutation - who I whooped my first time through. Whooped him hard.

And the way the story migrates - the mail system and the board (and the 'real world news - which never does anything for the story in the first two parts, really...) is rather neat. You have to log out of the world to get your mail, then log back in and go to the places where you're told to go. No, it's not challenging. But it's fun.

But now that I've spoken about the good stuff, the few problems.

First things first - the game is short. When you import the game from volume 1 into volume 2 (nice feature, that) the game timer also gets imported. Now, I don't know what a good time should be for this game, but I'm fairly sure that my 24 hour 25 minute completion time of both part 1 and part 2 is a little on the short time. (I completed Part 1 in just over 13 hours, part 2 in just under 12) That's really short. When I finished Mutation, and the credits started rolling, I was pissed. That's it?

The shortness wouldn't be so bad. Except that the story barely freaking evolves in part two. In part one, the story was slow, but it was introducing you to characters. In part two, I was introduced to a couple more new characters (in nice little forced sidequests) who I never grouped with (I'm pretty dedicated to using Mistral as my wavemaster and Blackrose as my fighter, since you have to use her in just about every other mission anyways). The ability to pick and choose who I group with is nice, but rather unnecessary.

The other thing - why couldn't this be on one disc instead of four? Every zone from the first game is on the second disc. Same with the videos. I'm pretty convinced that this could have been a one or maybe in the worst case scenario a two disc set.  

Sad thing is, despite the fact that the games are so short, I'll probably still pick up the last two.  :roll: I'm into the storyline, such as it is, and the dvds that come with the game add a LOT of needed value. The $20USd price tag on the games isn't bad either for the amount of gameplay time I get. Wouldn't dare pay more for them.  

I think the bottom line for these games, if you're still curious by what I said and not turned off by the length - if you're at all interested in MMORPGs - or ever had an unhealthy addiction to everquest - like anime - and think the idea of playing an adventure game with a definate mmorpg feel is neat, give .hack a try - you'll probably enjoy it.
2382  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RalliSport Challenge 2 on: May 21, 2004, 01:44:49 AM
I've been playing rallisport for the last few days on a rental.

The game, on Pro (after a few races) is so ridiculously easy. Unless I do something stupid like get stuck in a ditch (actually happened) or between two trees (also happened), I end up winning by about 15 seconds. Moving the difficulty to the next level is better, but I can't unlock anything. Trying to find a happy medium.

I also didn't see any mention of this. Wanted to pose a question - load times. To me, these load times are too long. Taking up to a minute (estimation) to load a track. Is this unique in my experience, or is everyone else having a similar experience?
2383  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Previews ruining your dinner? on: May 20, 2004, 03:28:35 PM
Over on penny-arcade, Tycho mentioned how previews give too much away.

I tend to agree with him

I want to play Transformers. I'm a casual fan of transformers, but the game looks cool. I've seen several previews of the game on X-Play and Electric Playgrounds. Every single one of them has to show the battle with Tidal Wave. (He's the decepticon that turns into an aircraft carrier. This means he's absolutely massive) Showing this off... in a preview / review... gives faaaar too much away for my tastes.

I tend to avoid previews like the plague, preferring to just rent everything that looks good by the box and word of mouth.
2384  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Have / Want List on: May 20, 2004, 03:22:44 PM
Just posting my trade list... I'm in Canada, so if you want to trade with me, just remember that what you're sending me is a gift, and has low value. I don't want to pay customs fees, and I'm sure you don't want to either.

I'm looking for things like R-Type Final, Suikoden 3. Open to just about anything though - that isn't a stealth game.

In particular though I want .hack part 3 and 4. (With the anime DVD, please)

For trade:
PS2:
.hack // Infection (part one)
.hack // Mutation (part two)
Frequency
Final Fantasy X
Triple Play Baseball 2001
ATV Offroad Fury
Red Faction
Medal of Honor: Frontline
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance
Activision Anthology

XBox:
Project Gotham Racing 2
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Links 2k4
Top Spin
World Series Baseball (Old version --- 2002)
Mechassault

Gamecube:
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3
Super Monkey Ball 2
007: Agent Under Fire
NHL Hitz 2002
Star Wars: Rogue Leader

GBA:
Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga
2385  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Reporting a post on: May 20, 2004, 03:18:00 PM
I had an e-mail that I had hit report post. Just tried it again. If you hit the ! button, you will report a post without it asking if you're sure you want to do this.

Seems to me that this adds undue work to the mods.
2386  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / If this is true, say goodbye to ESPN NFL 2k whatever. on: May 19, 2004, 12:26:49 PM
Quote from: "EddieA"
That number doesn't make sense either.  I'm sure EA makes lots of money on the Madden franchise, but to pay $250 million a year just for a license?  Even if they made pure profit from each game, they'd have to sell 5 million copies just to break even on the cost of the license alone.

Being the ONLY game in town though changes it. And what's just around the corner? A new batch of console systems. People might not pay much for a roster update every year, but for a whole new graphics engine on a new system - that's going to sell a lot of copies slywink
2387  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / RSS Feed for ConsoleGold? on: May 18, 2004, 01:23:43 PM
Going to sound like a dumbass for a minute.

RSS?
2388  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS and Games at EBGames.com... on: May 17, 2004, 06:26:57 PM
I noticed this at EBGames just now - didn't see anyone mention it. Apologies if this is redundant

Nintendo DS @ EBGames

$199 for the system? Not bad at all. Not great, but not bad.

But the games.... Wow. Super Mario 64x4. I heard someone mentioning this on the weekend - a four player version of Super Mario 64. Metroid Prime:Hunters. It all sounds outstanding.

Note: The games all list March 1st, 2005, but the system is 11/29/2004. What's the target date? Christmas, or 1st quarter?
2389  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga Episode II - Jenseits von Gut und Bose on: May 17, 2004, 01:36:52 PM
Do you need to finish the first game in order to understand the story of the second? I got stuck in the first game about 20 something hours in, over a year ago now.

I might go back to play it again, but there's so many other games I want to play.
2390  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The new consoles of E3 on: May 17, 2004, 01:34:58 PM
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Despite the improvements that Nokia has made to the N-Gage, it still strikes me as the answer to a question that no-one has really asked.


I hate to sound sour, but no matter what Nokia does for the N-Gage, I don't think it's possible to even salvage the concept. Way too many gamers have become sour to the mere concept of the N-Gage, including myself.

The only way I'd own one of these, even the new one, is if they gave it to me.

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I think the PSP will do well initially. It's Sony after all, and if sales lag they have pretty deep pockets and could probably drop the price if necessary. Nintendo will probably always rule in the handheld market (DS or no DS), so I guess it comes down to Sony's force of will as to whether they will survive in that sector.


Price is a huge factor in the handheld market. As long as the GBA stays cheap, the PSP has a huge uphill battle to be fought. Parents like the GBA because it's a good, durable, low cost gift for their kids. The games are almost all safe for kids too. (Is there any M rated GBA games?)

A more adult handheld, which is what I see the PSP as being, will merely divide the handheld market into two separate entities - one for adults, and one for children.

By all means am I not saying that the GBA is exclusively for kids, but what I mean is that the primary target audience is the younger crowd.

As far as the DS goes - it's too early to tell, and I don't even know the price point of it, but it seems to be too gimmicky to be anything more than a novelty act. I hope I'm wrong.
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