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1401  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2 - [beta impressions included] on: January 23, 2009, 06:38:40 AM
Some additional Eldar impressions.

Initially I wasn’t impressed with what had become of my Pointy Eared Friends but after experimenting I’ve learned that Farseer Map Reveal + Webway ability = really annoyed opponents. Eldar are actually even better at hit and run attacks now, although people are going to consider the play style incredibly cowardly. Basically the key to winning with them is to only stay in a fight long enough to have enough points to open another Webway. It amounts to killing one squad and then running. If you keep it up you can bounce around the map capturing victory points indefinitely.

I’ve also come to the conclusion that rangers are the most important unit in the Elder army. Rangers instantly suppress squads and can hold off large numbers by themselves. The only weakness to this seems to be Tyranids and jump troops.

I’ve won my last three games since figuring these two things out. Works especially well if you have two ally meat shields that can hold a line while you’re out pestering the enemy.
1402  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your Top 3 Games EVAR on: January 22, 2009, 06:37:05 AM
Fallout 2
Alpha Centauri

That’s my overall and PC list
Console games would be something like:

Beyond Good and Evil
Super Mario World
Mario Kart
1403  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mirror's Edge on: January 21, 2009, 06:43:57 PM
I just got the game and am enjoying it quite a bit but… damn do I ever die a lot.  In two hours I bet I fell to my death at least 60 times.  Comparatively I was shot to death maybe 7…

My biggest problem is if I’m trying to jump and grab something and come up a little short she will usually grab the object.  But if I jump out too far she will not; resulting in some weirdness where the camera seems to go through an object.  Makes me wonder if Grace is really Rayman and has hands but no arms. 
1404  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Force Unleashed on: January 21, 2009, 07:48:57 AM
Anyone who wants to get rid of this obviously worthless game should let me know and I’ll be happy to buy it for a small fee.  icon_smile
1405  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2 - First detailed info? on: January 21, 2009, 07:43:54 AM
Leveling up has different effects on different squads.  I am an Eldar Veteran from DoW so I stuck primarily with them.  You DO get better weapon option as your squads level but you also get to add some units.  As you said this is normally a leader but I was able to add two “leaders” to my banshee squads after a certain point. 

Heroes can carry three items, one per column, but I believe I was able to switch them out as I wanted, it just meant repurchasing them. 

Probably my favorite addition is that you can use hero spells on allies.  I was able to use “guide” on an Ork squad at one point and it seemed to make a big difference.  I also like that vehicles take more damage from behind.  I pulled off some interesting maneuvers using this fact.
1406  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2 - First detailed info? on: January 21, 2009, 06:43:57 AM
(Cross posted impressions)
Well I spent a few hours playing tonight and I am actually a bit mixed on impressions. 

The first this is the game is very disorienting to a typical RTS player, or at least to me.  No base building and centralized unit production just feels wrong to me.  Also, having to level up a squad to add more members feels like a bit of a step backwards from DoW.  The limited production facilities also come into play with the thing I like the least.  Map Control.  We played a game that lasted a good 35 minutes because we couldn’t produce enough units fast enough to hold an entire map.  Given that assaulting bases is also harder you are often forced to do a map control victory.  Gone are the days of epic victories, instead you seem to chip away at your enemy.

A big disappointment is I hate the new ork voices.  The original voice actors were humorous and endearing; most of the new orks are just annoying.  The rest of the race voices are fine.

Only four races might seem like a step down from nine but each hero plays differently so you are essentially getting 12 races.  I do wonder about balance as each hero also has 9 different upgrades they can take.

Game play in general actually feels slower although it demands more of your attention.  Cover and special abilities play a HUGE role now.  I like this.

Tyranids are scary to fight against but confusing to play as.

Graphics look great but given the amount of people dropped from online games because of poor performance this could be a negative for many.

Most of my impressions are based on playing with someone who doesn’t play RTS games so tactical depth impressions will need to wait.  She did enjoy blowing up people with her Ork heroes self destruct ability though, so any of you with wives/girlfriends get them to play, and make um Orky!
1407  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2 - First detailed info? on: January 21, 2009, 03:20:44 AM
Wow, this is NOTHING like Dawn of War.  My poor elves just got brutalized by the big metal meanies. 

I’ll post some impressions in a little while but first I want to try the Tyrranids.   icon_biggrin
1408  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2 - First detailed info? on: January 21, 2009, 12:23:08 AM
On the relic forums you could actually see the lag when everyone hit refresh when it wasn’t released as exactly 7.  icon_lol
1409  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2 - First detailed info? on: January 19, 2009, 07:33:01 PM
Go to your games tab and click on Activate a product on steam.  Type in your CD key.  The game will start to download from steam but you can cancel it.
1410  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 12/08) on: January 18, 2009, 07:44:41 PM
+1 Turtle.  Thanks.
1411  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: F/S: Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy Tactics, King's Bounty on: January 14, 2009, 05:55:40 PM
Ooo ooo I’ll take Chrono Trigger if that sale doesn’t go through for some reason!
1412  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need help regarding craigslist on: January 13, 2009, 07:24:22 PM
Instead of deleting it why not try to edit it and remove your phone number? I don’t think craigslist allows for duplicate entries.
1413  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Desktopz the New Year Edition on: January 13, 2009, 07:20:27 PM

Quote from: Destructor on January 13, 2009, 06:06:48 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on January 13, 2009, 05:08:37 AM

You guys don’t have enough icons on your desktops.  It’s shameful.    Tongue

I hate having icons on my desktop period. Mine are always turned off. It makes it look like a total mess.

What’s the point of having a desktop if you don’t use it?  I hate opening the start menu, most days I don’t have to.  My icons form a perfect one icon thick border all the way around my screen.
1414  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Desktopz the New Year Edition on: January 13, 2009, 05:08:37 AM
You guys don’t have enough icons on your desktops.  It’s shameful.    Tongue
1415  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Late to the DS party. Recommend me some game on: January 09, 2009, 07:59:06 PM
My top four:
Advance Wars
Trauma Center
New Super Mario Bros
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow/ Portrait of Ruin
1416  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games with awesome dialogue? on: January 08, 2009, 09:15:30 PM
The Soul Reaver games really are my highpoint as well.  I especially liked the extras included with Legacy of Kain: Defiance which let you view the recording sessions. But it made me sad to learn the guy who played the elder god died.

Some others:
System Shock 2
Dawn of War for the most part up through Dark Crusade.  Dialogue in Soul Storm was terrible though. 
1417  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Just terrible, terrible web design on: January 07, 2009, 10:36:59 PM
Wow, that makes me feel better about every website I have ever been part of.
1418  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next Lego Game? on: January 06, 2009, 03:41:14 PM
It was a joke in one of the game magazines but I would actually love a Lego Halo.
1419  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: God Canada Post sucks balls on: January 05, 2009, 05:18:04 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 03, 2009, 03:27:06 PM

well, it's a known fact that the Canadian Goose is a slower flyer than the Japanese Dragon, and the goose require far more maintenance at feeding time whereas the dragon can scoop up any bovine or other equine (or even porcine) mammal quite easily.

1420  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: After Christmas Sale: PC, PS3, PSP, 360, DVDs, - added PSP system on: January 04, 2009, 07:48:10 PM
You've got mail!
1421  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Did Facebook change? on: January 03, 2009, 06:48:35 PM
I hate the new facebook.  No one I knew used more than one or two apps so the old system never bothered me.  The new one seems tacky and more favorable for people who like to stalk your every movement.

1422  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The current Rig-Crushing title? on: January 02, 2009, 04:12:10 PM

Quote from: Windows95 on January 02, 2009, 03:49:48 PM

Some quick picks:

1) Crysis and Crysis Warhead: Good for pushing graphic cards to their limits.  I really enjoyed both games as well.
5) Stalker: Clear Sky.  With all graphics set to max, makes my SLI GPU's cry.  Haven’t gotten far into the game, so can’t comment on how fun it is.

Crysis turns into a slideshow at max settings on my rather high-end system.  Clear Sky while not quite as bad still turns choppy at max in any area that really shows off the lighting effects.

Assassin's Creed and Fallout3 both run beautifully at max on my computer.  Both are still very attractive though.
1423  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: World of Goo - Wii GOTY, IGN... on: December 24, 2008, 04:50:30 AM
It’s my choice for game of the year as well.    thumbsup
1424  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: All HBO Boxed Set DVD and BluRay = 50% off at Best Buy on: December 22, 2008, 09:35:30 PM
Amazon seems to be matching all these prices.
1425  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Really fun Starcraft 2 multiplayer video on: December 19, 2008, 07:39:54 PM
Three years ago that would have had me really excited but it just seems too spammy and simplistic.  Dawn of War still seems like its superior and it’s a four year old game.  Also, the announcers were really annoying.

That said I’m a hypocrite and will probably buy it anyways.  icon_twisted

1426  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FT: Several Games on: December 19, 2008, 05:41:28 AM
I sent a message yesterday.  Are the games still available?
1427  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: All PS3 Amazon Lightning Deals on 12/18 on: December 18, 2008, 10:40:43 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 18, 2008, 10:06:43 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 18, 2008, 09:19:00 PM

as is the abba thing, oddly enough. 

and "Iceland has research facilities?" = resistance 2?  don't spoil me if that's tied to the game somehow, but otherwise, i have no idea what it could be.

hope it's a good deal though.

It should be Resistance 2.

EDIT:  Looks like it's already gone....what did it sell for?  I wish I had waited instead of buying that garbage at release.

Price should still be listed but… Gold Box Price: $49.98    (37% off) for the collector’s edition. Sold out in about 15 minutes.
1428  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Winter Blast Coming to Portland on: December 17, 2008, 05:51:34 AM
Its 23 here in Vermont.  I’ve been sad all week because my snow is all melting!  We had 6 inches last week.
1429  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Shoe in for best video of the year? on: December 15, 2008, 03:03:50 AM
1430  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is Blu-Ray here to stay? on: December 14, 2008, 05:37:44 AM
I watch movies over a lot… I don’t have cable of satellite TV… Am I the only one?
1431  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is Blu-Ray here to stay? on: December 13, 2008, 09:54:20 PM
I think it really depends on the size of your set.  I have a 32 inch 720p and from 8 feet away I can tell a difference but it’s not ground breaking.  Comparatively a 45+ 1080p set from 10 feet away is WOW. 

From what I’ve read the biggest hold up for Blu-Ray and HD sets in general is most people can’t “fit” the widescreen sets in their current entertainment centers.  Additionally, even though widescreen sets have more onscreen room they still appear smaller to most people because they are not as tall and non widescreen content doesn’t fill the whole screen without being stretched. 
1432  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friday Time Waster - Minotaur in a China Shop on: December 12, 2008, 06:30:10 AM
I earned $150,000 and married a cow.  That’s good…right?
1433  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help restore my faith in the youth of today... on: December 07, 2008, 08:32:34 PM
I’ve only seen four from the original list.   paranoid

But I was born in 85 so that’s probably some kind of excuse.
1434  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 4/08) on: December 04, 2008, 09:11:44 PM
+1 Ridah
1435  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Man makes working Gears of War gun/chainsaw on: December 02, 2008, 08:40:25 PM
Course this still doesn’t solve the problem of what happens when you try to fire a gun whose barrel is clogged with human bits....
1436  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Dungeon Keeper MMO or Holy Crap turns to Aw, crap. on: December 02, 2008, 06:51:59 AM
I actually think an MMO version of Dungeon Keeper Gameplay could be really interesting.    My big problem with MMOS is you put so much time into your character but no one really every pays attention to them.  If your character was a primarily your dungeon that you could decorate anyway you wanted and then have it invaded by other dungeon keepers it could make the whole thing more meaningful. 

Basic idea would be build your Dungeon as in Dungeon Keeper or Evil Genius and then have a 2nd mode similar to Overlord where you went out and tried to steal from/capture/destroy other peoples dungeons.  Your heroes equipment would be based on what you could make in your dungeon and the minions you take with you would be based on those that lived there.

I can dream right?

1437  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: fly cat, fly! on: December 02, 2008, 06:43:54 AM
My families’ cat had 8 toes on one front paw and 6 on the other (5 and 5 in back).  It was more of a folding action than a thumb but she could pick things up with only one hand.  Only problem was she seemed to get stuck on things more than normal cats because the claws went in too many directions. 
1438  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: fly cat, fly! on: December 01, 2008, 11:13:23 PM
Well, we’re getting closer to gryphon…only a few more years.
1439  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good Books Set In Video Game Universes? on: November 30, 2008, 06:56:43 PM
Also, two more serious entries.  While not great literature I enjoyed both Liberties Crusade and Speed of Darkness from the StarCraft universe.  Liberties Crusade is fun novelization of Terran fall while Speed of Darkness is an offshoot that is infinitely better written.  Both are worth a look though.  Just stay away from Shadow of the Xel’Naga, its god-awful bad.
1440  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good Books Set In Video Game Universes? on: November 30, 2008, 06:32:54 PM
Only You Can Save Mankind!  slywink
Set after the fall of the Space Invaders Universe.
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