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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bards Tale Impressions on: November 01, 2004, 07:51:02 PM
Quote from: "croman"
I bought it and so far.. I HATE IT!   I only played about 15 minutes of it and I can not bring myself to play it again.

This is all because of one reason, I hate the controls on the game.

Right now the right thumbstick controls the rotation of the camera, it is backwards.  (compared to games like BG, BG2, XML).

It drives me nuts to the point that I hated playing it

I looked and looked but I could not find a way to change it, anyone know how to?

weird, ive played both bg:da and bg2 on my ps2 and i never noticed this

i guess i just didnt play nearly enough of them : )
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KoTOR: Worth Playing Through a 2nd Time as Evil? on: October 29, 2004, 07:26:26 PM
just keep in mind that this game allows you to be as evil as any game ive ever seen

this isnt burning villages cuz your bored evil this is make me shudder while i select the option evil

i enjoyed it immensely, if a game can make me feel bad about doing something then i think it did a fine job.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bards Tale Impressions on: October 29, 2004, 03:57:02 AM
Okay well I picked it up today, I've been wanting this for a while.  Probably about 6 or so hours in.

A quick aside, I rather LIKE the idea of not having to return to town to sell all my assorted crap, why should I ?  Its a waste of time - may as well include pee breaks and breakfast if you want realism *shrug*.  No inventory in this game, you have 4 different types of melee weapons (1h, 2h, flail (needs a skill before you can use it - pry 2h as well, but i picked that first) and dual wielding), a fist weapon slot, a bow + 2 blank weapon slots (xbow and ??? - a guess there, havent filled those slots) and you have a musicial instrument.

ANYWAYS, thats the inventory system.   (bonus points from me, hardcore RPG guys im sure will hate it, *shrug* its an action RPG not a hardcore rpg so im sure they'd dislike it regardless of the mechanics).

Its only 1-player, unlike most of the other DA engine games, but it does allow you (or more exactly forces you, if you dont you will not beat the game) to summon creatures based upon your bardic awesomeness - A few examples are a "Tank" (mmorpg kind of tank) which has a buttloard of health and armor but very little offensive capibility, a little glow light that blinds enemies and lights rooms, and a crone that heals you and your other summoned creatures.  Based upon the musical instrument you have you only have slots anywhere from 1-?? (im at 3 max right now) summoned creatures.

So anyways, other than that, gameplay-wise, its more or less a DA engine game.  Oh yeah, it has blocking, i only played the baldurs gate DA games so i don't know if the later ones had that.  

On to the real meat of the game (for me anyways), the story/humor.  Which personally I find highly entertaining.  Sometimes the humor feels forced, but listening to The Bard (voiced by carey elwes of Robin Hood:Men In Tights and The Princess' Bride fame) and the Narrator (I have no idea who does his voice, but it is very well done I'd say) argue about just WHY there was treasure inside of a wolf cracked me up.

The game manages to poke fun at many silly RPG conventions, while being entertaining and not at all complicated in the least to play.

Is it worth 50$ ??  Probably not for most people, but I have a soft spot for games that try to bring a little humor in, so its money well spent for me.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bards Tale Impressions on: October 28, 2004, 07:23:00 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "Purge"
blarg snarf

So you think releasing this 80s-franchised, super-steamlined, (no equipment tweaking, it automatically equips the best and transforms any other equipment to silver pieces instantly), flat-out clone of Dark Alliance was a fantastically swell move when well over 50%, likely well over 75% of the entire friggin' market is going to be buying A DIFFERENT GAME the very same day?

Whatever, dude.  Kiss your XBox all you want, the fact of the mater is, it was an idiotic move to release the game on the same day, let alone the same week, of what will probably be the best-selling game this holiday season.

as much as it pains me to admit it, halo 2 is going to outsell the crap out of anything this season.
I mean 1.5 million preorders is incredible.

I disliked halo but thats beside the point, a lot of people out there love it.  Regardless, this time of year is pick your poison man.  Most release weeks will have a bigshot awesome game coming up within two weeks of it.  So its really a moot point what week it was released so ANYWAYS back to the main point of an impressions thread

anyone buy the game and have any impressions
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bards Tale Impressions on: October 27, 2004, 11:55:11 PM
Well, after unsuccesfully finding a retailer in the dallas area who got this game today, feel free to tell me what im missing out on!

And damn the cave fish, they toppled over the wrong semi this time!  They ruined my gaming goodness!  [/fullthrottle]
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rome: Total War Help/Advice Thread on: October 13, 2004, 03:15:08 AM
Quote from: "bluefugue"
I'm playing as Gauls now and beginning to see a potentially big squalor problem.  Any civs that don't have the plumbing track would seem to be at a big disadvantage in this regard.  It didn't seem as much of an issue when I played as Romans.

Yeah, youd think those dirty barbarians wouldnt care all that much, seeing as how they are used to all the doodoo in the road

then again, they probably shouldnt be having huge cities to begin with, so maybe they arent fans of that much squalor

I suppose it does work out.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rome: Total War Help/Advice Thread on: October 12, 2004, 08:46:45 AM
as far as i know, culture penalty is based on how different your culture is versus the culture that the city was before

however the people in the city assimilate to your culture, but fairly slowly (not sure on the rate, it aint TOO fast though - ~5% / turn?)

I think it might assimilate faster if there are less people in the town ?   It would make sense...

Feel free to correct any errors on my part, Im sure they are glaring : )
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rome: Total War on: October 12, 2004, 05:49:58 AM
Quote from: "Slater"
I know, I read it, but it doesn't tell me why my basic, bog-standard infantry have the staying power of a snowball in Hell. After the initial charge, shouldn't my shortsword-equipped principes be tearing huge swathes out of spear-toting hoplites? Entire 80 man units are laid to waste within about 20 seconds, it's all quite depressing.

Okay well I dunno about gauls

But ive fought greeks to death and am playing a campaign as greeks so phalanx fighting (edit but it would seem not spelling) is something ive done a few times

The main thing with greek hoplites is that they are only slightly mobile frontal death dealers.  when you are using principes and hastatii you do not have the power to hit them full on in the face, and even later with heavier infantry its still a bad idea.  Just picture in your head no matter how much armor they have the hoplites have a buttload of spear just waiting for your infantry.

The trick against hoplites is that to be effective they have to be "set" in phalanx mode (with their spears out and waiting).  So you have to split their battle line, fight on the defensive (ie let them attack you rather than they other way around) or hit them in the sides.

This mostly involves light infantry / light cavalry.  Principes arent awesome heavy infantry, but for the most part they can get the job long enough to distract the hoplites so that someone, anyone can hit them on the side.  Those big 10foot long spears dont turn so quick to the side : )

Also, a lot of people agree about the "too quick" battles mumbo jumbo, there are various mods at (i think thats the URL) that either a) slow down units footspeed b) increase units hitpoints so battles take longer) c) decrease the damage dealt.   On the downside the game is still fairly new so it could have unintended effects on the "realism" of all of the battles.

So yeah, in summation, vs hoplites speed in the side is really the main way of doing things.  Never right up the gut.  Its pointy death that way : (
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rome: Total War on: October 12, 2004, 05:20:30 AM
Hey slater there is a big sticky post at the top of this fourm with a buttload of tips

very handy!
10  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Wh40k - Dawn of War MP on: October 12, 2004, 05:16:16 AM
Not sure if this should go into the PC gaming section - sorry if this is the wrong fourm.  But I recently picked up DoW retail after playing the hell out of the beta (mostly with gg'ers) but there isnt an "intermediate" to pop into, just a bunch of gibberish named rooms (to me anyways)

So where is "the place" that yall who have the retail hang out on there?  Still making the "gonegold - tinyfuzz" games?  I abhor playing random people on the internet, especially in a game like DoW where I sit there and chat about how I just got my butt kicked afterwards, and try and dissect what happened.  I found that many of the GG guys were the same...

Itd be nice to play retail with some of you guys : )
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Dawn of War Question on: October 12, 2004, 02:25:00 AM
One huge thing to keep in mind

is that once your unit hits its full amount of whatever you overwatched (weapons / men) overwatch automatically turns off

So say you build a squad of space marines, put them on overwatch, they get a full 8 and a then marine dies, more marines arent automatically queued up

You can also overwatch your structures that produce units (not upgrades however - too bad)
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best Game Of All Time Tournament - CG Edition on: October 11, 2004, 08:38:14 PM
Planescape: Torment
Myth: The Fallen Lords
edit - crap, missed that FO isn't allowed, in that case I'd have to say Tie Fighter as #5 - jeez I should really learn how to read huh

A crying shame theres only space for 5 games, but those are the ones i have invested most of my time in over the years
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