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2481  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: A plea from the mac contingent on: October 26, 2007, 05:03:18 PM

Quote from: gellar on October 26, 2007, 04:49:16 PM

Yeah but my desktop is a 100% gaming machine.  It doesn't need to be sexy.


It has a window in the side and neon lights flashing all over the place, doesn't it?
2482  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Everyone Who Posts In This Thread Loves Jesus! on: October 26, 2007, 04:53:50 PM
Come on guys, lets not get serious here.
2483  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command on: October 26, 2007, 08:07:56 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 26, 2007, 07:08:49 AM

Regarding the camera, you can easily see what the enemy is doing by cycling through your soldiers during the computer's turn using the shoulder buttons. The camera will shift to each unit very quickly, giving you some fairly solid situational awareness. You can also hit the "select" button and watch a satellite view of all known enemy movement.

Yeah I was using the map. Switching between soldiers with L/R is not acceptable in my opinion, way too much is going on. You hear gun fire, by the time you are viewing the soldier who got hit, it's too late and you are hearing gun fire someplace else and trying to switch views to find out who and where. If your guys are all close together I guess it would be fine, but my guys were spread out all over the place

Regarding how to set your soldier's facing:  Simply press and hold the O button over your selected unit. Move the d-pad in the direction you wish them to face while holding the O button. The soldier will rotate his facing accordingly without moving. Once you are happy with his cone of view, tap the O button to confirm.

Ah cool, thanks.

I loved the demo, but it locked up on my PSP once. First time every for a PSP game. Considering this is a demo and not the actual UMD I'll give them a pass. This is now a first day purchase for me, but with only 15 SP missions I'm wondering how long the fun will last.

No problems there, worked fine. To be fair, I did enjoy the game and I have a feeling the demo is just a quick tutorial battle missing the RPG elements (please let that be it). I can live with using the overhead map to track the enemies turns, even though an automatic jump to action option would make a lot more sense. The lack of a fully rotatable camera is unexcusable though.

I want Chaos Gate on the PSP damnit.
2484  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii]Super Mario Galaxy gets 97% (ONM) on: October 26, 2007, 05:25:45 AM

Quote from: Ridah on October 26, 2007, 03:42:07 AM

I'm deeply hoping that SMG is good enough for me to warrant purchasing a Wii...

2485  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command on: October 26, 2007, 05:20:29 AM
Played through part of the first mission (don't know if there are more actually). I was dying, so I quit, not that it was hard, but I just trying to figure it out.

I hope the full game has more of an RPG element. In the demo the marines don't have names (they are called Space Marine), ranks, and there wasn't any stats to look at. You couldn't change your main weapon, a pistol, and for secondary you can pick a sword or a grenade launcher (the more ammo you give your grenade launcher the less action points you get).

I couldn't figure out how to change facing without moving and it's very import because the marines have a very small field of view (it shows a green cone for your field of view and red for the enemies). Cultists were popping up all over the place and I never saw them coming. If you save AP you can fire during the enemies turn.

During the enemy turn it's extremely hard to figure out what is going on. The best way is to hit "select" to bring up an overview map. It will show you damage being taken and the enemies moving. It's still not easy figuring out what is going on because everything happens really quickly.

I could see enemies all over the place and I am not sure how I was seeing them. It appears there were some windows in the walls, but it was hard to see where the windows were. If you see an enemy on the other side of a wall just blow the wall away with a grenade launcher and you will usually kill anything that is close to it.

Big complaint is the camera, You can rotate it by pushing the stick, but you are severely limited to how far you can rotate it (you can't rotate 360 degrees). It also pops back to default as soon as you let go of the stick. I had an enemy standing right next to me but I could not see him at all because there was a wall blocking my view of him, I could see him on the map, but you cant attack from the map. I finally found him with the cursor so I could fire at him by just moving the cursor around until it changed into the attack icon. Major drawback.

Graphics and sound are great.

I am less excited about this game after playing the demo. The camera sucks, and I hope there are some RPG elements to the game, I want to be able to move my guys up through the ranks. I will not being buying it based on what I saw in the demo, but I don't know how limited the demo is. I would assume your marines have names and ranks and you have lots of weapons to chose from in the full game, if not, I am out.

I really want to play the DS version now because I think it would be easier to see what's going on with less detailed graphics (like where the heck the windows are).
2486  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command on: October 26, 2007, 01:39:16 AM

Quote from: KC on October 26, 2007, 01:22:49 AM

It's also on the home PSP page too, not under new demos though, you have to look under "w".
2487  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii]Super Mario Galaxy gets 97% (ONM) on: October 26, 2007, 12:38:12 AM

Quote from: Ridah on October 25, 2007, 11:31:35 PM

Of course ONM is going to praise it, I'm waiting for EGM or IGN>

Nintendo Power isn't scared to give bad reviews, or XBox's official magazine.

And read the post right above yours. They pretty much dogged on all Wii game's graphics.
2488  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Everyone Who Posts In This Thread Loves Jesus! on: October 25, 2007, 11:57:25 PM
Posting here just in case ATB is right on the whole Jesus thing. Now I can get into heaven too! (If there is one.) slywink
2489  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: A plea from the mac contingent on: October 25, 2007, 11:47:21 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 25, 2007, 05:49:27 PM

A plea from the mac contingent 

What is the sound of one hand clapping?

Someone doesn't read the news. smile
Apple said it shipped a record 2.16 million Macs in the quarter, an increase of 34 percent
2490  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ah, class warfare. on: October 25, 2007, 02:55:57 AM

Quote from: brettmcd on October 25, 2007, 02:50:12 AM

The problem with pointing out the obvious and numerous errors would be that someone like you would never admit they existed.   You would just cry out that its all evil bushies fault or those evil conservatives.   Its a pattern im tired of playing with you.

It's almost like arguing against yourself, isn't it Brett?
2491  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft-delaying 4 games until next fiscal year!! on: October 25, 2007, 12:58:12 AM

Quote from: Gratch on October 25, 2007, 12:54:20 AM

That's interesting.  If the PC version is going to get an extra few months of lovin', maybe it'll be worth waiting to see what (if any) improvements are made.

Improvements? UbiSoft? I am guessing the time will be spent just getting the games to work, forget improvements. smile
2492  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Front Mission DS Impressions (?) on: October 25, 2007, 12:24:21 AM
Ok, played a bit more and read the manual.

Getting used to the controls, still don't like them much, but I am getting around the battle field for the most part. Still don't know why I wasn't able to attack with long range weapons a couple of times when the enemy was in range. I am also not sure how initiative works other than that short range guns act before melee attacks.

Spent a lot more time messing around in the store and outfitting my Wanzers (I really hate that name, I will just call them mechs). That part is a lot of fun. So far it looks like there are lots of parts to try, and it's fun trying to get everything you want on a mech and make it all work. You have a power to weight ratio that limits you on what you can use, and you can swap out arms, legs, torso, computers, shields, etc. For weapons you have melee, short range guns, and long range guns. Short range and melee you both have to be one square away and usually have unlimited ammo it seems. Long range weapons so far seem to have enough ammo for 2-4 shots.

I can see it being really addicting building up your pilots and getting that perfect mech. So despite the controls, so far I am liking what I see. I do wish there were random battles, but so far there doesn't appear to be any. There is an arena, but it's kind of silly. One on one with no movement, you just exchange weapon fire.
2493  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Front Mission DS Impressions (?) on: October 24, 2007, 10:38:17 PM
Not overly impressed by the game after my initial sit down. I do need to more time into it though, so take what I say with a grain of salt.

Music is horrible and you can't turn it off. Graphics are decent but nothing special for battles, but I despise the character portraits. Although the menu artwork is quite good. The font for Wanzer/pilot info is really bad and hard to read at times.

My complaint so far are the controls. Everything is too small to use with the stylus for me. Moving the cursor with the D-pad just feels weird though, I often have to work at getting the cursor where I want it. The problem is the cursor controls as if you are using a mouse, so there is a little bit of float as you move it trying to select a tile on the map. I would rather press up once and it would move a movement box to the next tile up and so on like in every other game. I also had issues with selecting units and in my first 2 battles ended up ending a units turn when I was just trying to make a different unit active.

Mech building looks neat, but there is going to be a learning curve to getting the ins and outs down for it. Looking forward to playing around with it more.

The tutorial was very basic, and there isn't an in game help system, so I need to sit down with the manual and figure out everything.
2494  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: October 24, 2007, 04:10:06 PM

Quote from: Jag on October 24, 2007, 02:44:30 PM

It's Wednesday. Where's my Zero Punctuation!?!

It's right here. Paper Mario.
2495  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect -- Less than a Month! on: October 24, 2007, 03:59:34 PM
I am seeing it as $55.99 at Lion's Games.

And their shipping sucks:

We offer three shipping methods, USPS First Class for $5.00 per game, USPS Priority for $6.50 per game and UPS Ground for $8.00 per game.

Am I missing something?
2496  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kane & Lynch on: October 24, 2007, 03:18:15 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 24, 2007, 03:17:07 AM

Quote from: Lee on October 24, 2007, 03:15:53 AM

how close is the game to release though? Is that an alpha or early beta?

It's due out next month.

Oh poo, forget it then.
2497  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Plush Weighted Companion Cube in stores for Xmas on: October 24, 2007, 03:17:17 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 24, 2007, 03:15:48 AM

Quote from: Lee on October 24, 2007, 03:10:02 AM

Ok, I'll bite, what is a WCC?

Play Portal you infidel!

Buy it for me! I have been ignoring the Orange Box since I never finished the original HL2.
2498  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kane & Lynch on: October 24, 2007, 03:15:53 AM
how close is the game to release though? Is that an alpha or early beta?
2499  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Plush Weighted Companion Cube in stores for Xmas on: October 24, 2007, 03:10:02 AM
Ok, I'll bite, what is a WCC?
2500  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioware's MMO is...KOTOR? on: October 23, 2007, 05:57:51 AM
yeah but since it's more than likely a PC game, he put it in the right spot.
2501  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This isn't your father's NASA on: October 23, 2007, 05:21:11 AM
After reading the article I am no where near as upset or scared as you want be to be Mr. Orelliy.

The survey, known officially as the National Aviation Operations Monitoring Service, started after a White House commission in 1997 proposed reducing fatal air crashes by 80 percent as of this year. Crashes have dropped 65 percent, with a rate of about 1 fatality in about 4.5 million departures.

"There are little things going on everyday that rarely lead to an accident but they increase the chances of an accident," said Krosnick. "It's the little things beneath the surface that cause the very infrequent crashes. You have to tackle those."
2502  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Updated PS3/360 exclusives list ? on: October 22, 2007, 08:13:51 AM
I thought a 360 was $350 (US) with two (very good) games now? Doesn't that blow away a $400 PS3 unless Blu-ray is important to you?
2503  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Can we just get an Xbox 360 hardware sticky thread? on: October 22, 2007, 07:42:35 AM
Why? Just do a search and post it in another thread. Oh wait, no need to do a search, since it's so common an Xbox dying thread will already be on page one.

The problem is lazy posting, no need for another sticky. The last dead thread was started while another thread was already within the top 20 posts of page 1, people either don't read the boards (usually the case) or are attention whores (CK). Tongue
2504  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Eye of Judgment out Oct 24 - card-based game (think Magic) for the PS3 on: October 22, 2007, 07:04:58 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 22, 2007, 04:36:21 AM

Quote from: Turtle on October 22, 2007, 04:16:46 AM

Sony should have partnered up with Fantasy Flight Games to make a card/board game for use with the Eye.  Or at least that should be the next logical step for them if they want to make inroads to the US and European market.  Boardgames are still big in Europe, and in the US the only problem with boardgames is finding players.  If they add online play and bookkeeping via the Eye, a whole lot of people will be interested.

And it'd also get back some of the crowd that went over to the 360 since the live arcade has Catan and Carcassone.

seeing as MS already has the camera they should start making better use of it.  Imagine Magic the Gathering with the Vision cam.....

Yeah, it would be just like playing Magic over a web cam! smile
2505  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And....a new PS3 SKU for the US on: October 19, 2007, 02:35:30 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on October 19, 2007, 12:53:53 AM

Quote from: denoginizer
Why do you need the cards?

Because it's a CCG in a video game format.

Quote from: denoginizer
And the camera?

How would the game recognize the cards you were using?

Quote from: denoginizer
...I don't get it.

You probably don't want to get it, but that's okay.

I don't get it either. Why aren't the cards on screen and just avoid the whole camera thing? It seems like playing Magic on a webcam. I haven't watched the movies or read anything about it though, so I am probably missing something.
2506  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command on: October 19, 2007, 12:13:25 AM

Quote from: Canuck on October 18, 2007, 11:33:27 PM

Quote from: Gamespy
The PSP version of the game understandably looks a lot better than the DS version. The character models are better-defined, the environments look cleaner, and the smoke effect and the larger widescreen allows you to see more of the battlefield at a time than on the DS' cramped screen. You also miss out on the attractive, yet brief, movies that set the scene in the PSP version, replaced by stills on the DS. There is an advantage to playing on the DS, however, as you can see both the battle view and the tactical map at the same time on the system's dual screens

PSP it is then.  I'm sorry but being able to look at a map in a different screen does not sell me on that version. DS FTL

Yep, that seals the deal for me, PSP it is. I haven't been this excited about a game in awhile. Please don't suck.
2507  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: September NPD Results (US) - Microsoft, Wii 500K. Sony dead in the water on: October 19, 2007, 12:11:50 AM

Quote from: Calvin on October 18, 2007, 11:11:06 PM

Wii=jesus christ I hate that thing who the hell is still buying it?

As you know, non-gamers. When I got mine on release day people laughed at me about it. As more and more people play it, they end up buying one. One co-worker is having Wii parties every weekend now with his other non gaming friends.

I still think it's a great console, it just needs some original games.

Anyway, why the hate for it?
2508  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 18, 2007, 07:15:33 PM
Yeah I agree on the guests. I really hate them because it makes it very hard to set up a strategy because you have to go in to save their asses all the time.

Question: Your weapon stat (the R/L) lists the attack value and then the chance to block ie: R 3 +5%. Does the weapon always help you block, or only if you are using the "parry" skill? In other words if I am not using parry, should I even worry about the weapon block chance? So far parry seems to be pretty worthless and counter attack seems to be better.

Oh, another question icon_neutral, looking through the manual it says you will lose a character if his bravery drops too low or his faith gets to high. I have seen the values change, but what effects them? Playing a melee class makes bravery go up and vice versa?
2509  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stephen Colbert is running for president on: October 18, 2007, 07:07:07 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 18, 2007, 01:21:01 PM

I'd rather have Jon Stewart. 

Really? I have been finding JS pretty unfunny for the most part the last couple of months. The correspondents are the best thing about the Daily Show IMHO. Colbert on the other hand I find hilarious and only getting better with time. Best show on TV for me.
2510  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stephen Colbert is running for president on: October 18, 2007, 07:53:51 AM

Quote from: Caine on October 18, 2007, 04:02:11 AM

i read about this today.  he's been hinting about this for months.  good to see he's actually going to do it. 

i like the bit about letting the people decide his party.  that would be a good litmus test to see if anyone really knows his preferences. 

He's running in both parties actually. On tonights show he went through the documents. To run for the Republicans he has to pay $25,000 so he made a joke about endorsements and opened a bag of Doritos. For the Dems $2,500 or 3000 signatures of people who claim to be democrats in SC. He's putting the petition on line.

I don't think it's real myself, he's going to milk it for everything he can. As a regular watcher of his show, I am loving it.
2511  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MICROSOFT FAILED ME FOR MY 6th TIME on: October 18, 2007, 07:49:21 AM
Something I don't get, people who own machines from day one, 2 years later, no problems. Some people have mulitple machines go bad. Is it a luck thing? Set up issue? (Enclosed area? leaving it on for hours at at time?) Maybe some people are harder on hardware than others? I am not saying that is the case, I don't know, it just seems strange that some people have such horrible luck while others seem to be fine.
2512  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stephen Colbert is running for president on: October 17, 2007, 10:14:13 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 17, 2007, 10:08:33 PM

I'd vote for him, but I heard he's only going to be on the ballet in South Carolina and I'm too lazy to write him in.

2513  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Neverwinter Nights 2 Impressions on: October 17, 2007, 02:06:00 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 17, 2007, 12:44:17 AM

Of course, with them set to overkill spellcasting they tend to obliterate most enemies before running out of spells.

But then aren't you resting all the time to get your spells back after every couple of battles?
2514  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 15, 2007, 07:37:04 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 15, 2007, 07:18:42 AM

ack!! man boobs!!!!

BOO!!!!!!!!!!  thumbsdown ban

And who the f*** are you to talk with that avatar you have?! Tongue
2515  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 15, 2007, 07:36:24 AM
Thought that was Metalhed posting his new tattoo at first.
2516  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 14, 2007, 05:48:24 PM
This game is hard. I was getting my ass handed to me so I started over. This time I have made wiser job decisions, but some of the random battles are a struggle.

Are story battles always at a set enemy level (no matter the level of my guys the enemy will always be level 5 in battle X)? Are the enemys in random battles always the same level as your higher character (My highest level character is level 5 so random battles will always have level 5 enemies)? I am having issues keeping everyone in my group caught up level wise and there are never enough of JPs.
2517  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sports Forum has been merged with Console Forum on: October 14, 2007, 05:39:18 PM
Thanks KD and crew for your work and time, a welcome change.
2518  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ouch...Valve boss lets loose on PS3 on: October 13, 2007, 11:26:02 PM

Quote from: mytocles on October 13, 2007, 08:12:50 PM

Destructor, is this really true (the 100% failure rate part)? I don't follow the stats on how many have failed, vs. how many are still going strong - though I'd have to be deaf and blind, both, to not know there have been many problems - I'm just curious if it is quite that bad. I have one launch 360 and one bought about 4 months later, and both are still going strong. Of my three friends who own them, they all have launch models and have had no problems either, btw.
No one knows, MS won't release the numbers. I have a Dec 05 model and it still works fine, but I am not a hardcore gamer and rarely play anything for more than 2 hours.
2519  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 10, 2007, 11:11:48 PM
Target and Walmart didn't have it so I went against my long standing boycott and went to EB. 2 employess, one asked everyone inline if they pre-ordered (even games that have been out over a week), this is the employee I always seem to get when I go in. Not this time though, got the other employee who didn't hassle me at all about pre-ordering, he just wanted to talk about the game. I would go there more often if the experience was always like that.
2520  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 10, 2007, 09:26:36 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 10, 2007, 08:03:20 PM

Will probably be playing this all day, so I'll have some more impressions later tonight.

Where did you get it at? Doesn't seem to be out yet in this part of the country.
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