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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warblade -- Galaga perfection! on: January 19, 2005, 11:06:39 AM
Yeah, I don't understand level 2495 and billions of points. Wouldn't you have to sit there all day? Last time I did something like that was about 20 years ago playing Minestorm on Vectrex (no pause option). I found out the hard way that the programmer just stopped working at level 99.

Anyway, the gem drop I mentioned is different than the gem bomb. After entering a meteor storm, you may or may not get a bonus gem drop after nabbing one of the falling gems. If you do, dozens of gems take the place of the asteroids for about a minute! You will literally rack up millions of points.

I've only seen the gem storm twice in about a hundred games. It's got to be a random event, and I wish it came up more often. I don't see how you can top the big scores without it.

On another note: have you used the laser weapon yet? Quite insane. Still, my favorite weapons are the quad and super triple shot. Fireballs aren't too shabby either.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Crusader Kings - any good? on: January 13, 2005, 07:05:44 PM
I've seen mixed opinions on this one but I too would like to get impressions from the gamers here. The better reviews have me intrigued.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warblade -- Galaga perfection! on: January 13, 2005, 06:16:21 PM
Hate to pad my own thread but I've got a score update I wanted to share for those interested (see link below).

I made it to level 78, score 30 million plus. Of course, this is nothing compared to the best players but I'm glad I can grab a spot on the monthly leaderboard.

Have you gotten a gem drop yet? Holy cow! That's how they get the high scores.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warblade -- Galaga perfection! on: January 07, 2005, 07:48:55 PM
Well, I sure did break through level 25. I doubled my travels and made it to level 50 with a final score of 4,034,965. Unfortunately, I got wasted a few times just before that level, leaving myself with a "single-shot" ship against the second boss. No chance.

I also failed to complete two meteor storm missions which would have given me an additional 2-million points. That would have placed me around #23 on the Warblade leader board! What a geek! lol

As it is, I'm humbled and happy at #26.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warblade -- Galaga perfection! on: January 05, 2005, 11:12:15 AM
Alright! Good to have some company. Be sure to download the additional voice packs too. They're free and available from the download page you receive upon registration.  I prefer the woman's voice (I think it's voice pack #2 but not sure right now).

I played a game last night that gave me a quad shot bonus on the first level (quite rare from what I've seen so far). Needless to say, I blew through the next half dozen levels like a champ.

I made it to level 18 or 19 before my concentration failed and I joined many others as space dust.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warblade -- Galaga perfection! on: January 05, 2005, 02:12:38 AM
Both sound and graphics are better in the full version and there seems to be a lot more power-ups and bonuses dropping from slain enemies, making the game more exciting and challenging as you try to nab them from among the hail of missiles.

I still haven't gotten past level 25 but I've racked up a few healthy scores (1 to 2 million) that I never could have achieved in the demo.

If you're on the fence, I suggest you take the dive immediately. Great game and you won't regret it. It's a no-brainer if you were a Galaga fan.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warblade -- Galaga perfection! on: December 22, 2004, 09:24:56 PM
Thanks for that link, Kong. Lots of good titles there. I think I'll be spending a few more bucks over the next couple of weeks. Loads of time killers there.

I've only had time to check out Revolved and it looks great. It might just have that Tetris/Bejeweled sort of hook.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warblade -- Galaga perfection! on: December 21, 2004, 06:28:58 PM
I haven't tried Water in Fire yet; I'm too hooked on Warblade! I did, however, have a go at GunRaven and that's got potential. The demo is a little too easy, I think, but if the full version is tightened up, I'll probably pick up that one as well.

Another very slick game on the A-Vault list is BreakQuest. If you're a fan of the breakout style games, I think you'll find this to be one of the most elegant versions out there. Granted, I was only allowed 5 or 6 levels (replayable) but the sound and animation is spectacular.

The only problem I have with breakout games, no matter how good they are, is that I become bored after a short while, certainly after the wow-factor dissipates. I particularly hate aiming for the last target or two in any given level, only to find myself bouncing from wall to wall to wall for many long minutes.

Again, I recommend checking out A-Vault's list of games, and don't pass up WarBlade!

(edited to add link)
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warblade -- Galaga perfection! on: December 21, 2004, 04:18:18 AM
I recently tried out a few shareware games that Adrenaline Vault chose as Best of the Year. Being an old gamer and a big fan of the classic Galaga, I had to try out Warblade.

What a fun and very slick game! The demo was so good, I purchased the full game a few days later. To my delight, the full version is a good deal better than the demo!

If you loved Galaga or you're just a fan of good shooters, give this one a try. I love it.

P.S.  It only costs $15.00 and if you use the RegNow link, it's discounted to $13.50.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PC Gaming version: Shut up! It IS time to reveal your GOTY on: December 16, 2004, 10:17:11 PM
I haven't yet played Half-Life 2, so my choice has to be Rome: Total War. I'll soon have a go at Half-Life but I think Rome will still win out if only for the difference in longevity.

If I hadn't already played Riddick on the XBox, I'd be playing the PC version now and it might beat out everything. I loved it. My brother-in-law, a hard-core FPS gamer, is now playing Riddick and he says he's enjoying it even more than Half-Life 2. He's so particular about his games, I trust his opinion. Granted, he's only about a third of the way through but that early review paints a telling picture. Riddick is addictive, fun, and totally absorbing. It's real pretty too.

But I have to vote on PC games I've played, so Rome TW gets my vote.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How old are you? on: December 09, 2004, 11:59:04 PM
Started 51 years ago in 1953. I'll join that group of greying kids over there.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Turn-based Football on: December 09, 2004, 04:17:52 AM
32 thread views and no suggestions. I guess there really isn't a decent turn-based football game.  frown
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Turn-based Football on: December 09, 2004, 01:36:15 AM
I'm looking for a good, turn-based football game -- something like Madden without the clock.

Back in the old days, there was a game called Head Coach Football for the Amiga (or perhaps the C64). Graphics were minimal of course, just little blocks that ran out the plays, but the gameplay was completely addictive.

I'd like to find something similar for our updated machines. Good graphics would be nice but they're not essential. I just want a solid football game that allows me to take as much time as I want to pick my plays. Something more chess-like.

Any suggestions?
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Viewtiful Joe 2 DEMO wipes your memory card clean!! on: November 23, 2004, 01:30:11 PM
No lie. I just lost all game saves from my memory card after playing the demo version of Viewtiful Joe 2 from the Holiday 2004 demo disc. Sony has made an announcement.

Here's a link from GameTab:
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gene Wolfe: Wizard Knight pt. 2 on: November 16, 2004, 01:06:43 AM
I don't think this has been posted. If not, it should be.

Part 2 (of 2!) of Gene Wolfe's Wizard Knight is available now.

Sorry, I haven't yet figured out this forum's method of embedding URLs. Feel free to offer a tutorial.  :?
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Video from Fallujah on: November 14, 2004, 11:18:55 PM
Amen, brother.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / All Hail the Comming of the "Orgasmatron" on: November 12, 2004, 11:19:25 PM
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pinball HoF? on: November 05, 2004, 07:05:55 PM
I'm interested in this one too. I picked up the last pinball game for XBox (forget the name right now) but I returned it after a couple of weeks. The gameplay was fair but the graphics and cameras were very poor, making it impossible to see important features on the table. I couldn't get comfortable with it.

I hope this new one's better! The XBox needs a solid pinball game and so do I.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ratchet and Clank UYA on: November 05, 2004, 06:43:34 PM
The R&C series is almost worth the cost of a PS2.  Add in Katamari Damacy, the Dynasty series, and a slew of RPGs, and you've got it justified.  :wink:
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ratchet and Clank UYA on: November 04, 2004, 10:34:38 PM
I'd hoped to pick it up yesterday but EB didn't receive it until today. I bought it immediately, and after about an hour or so of play, I'm hooked again.

Sure, it's more of the same but that's all I need. The last incarnation (Commando) is one of the tightest games I've played over the last twenty years -- PC included. The production and gameplay is flat out over the top.

Some here might remember my R&C ravings not so long ago in the GG threads. I played through R&C: Going Commando three times and I can't remember another game that hooked me like that -- at least not a platformer (strategy/wargames are my preference).

I haven't tried multiplayer with "Arsenal," but I can't wait to see what they've done. I would have bought it for single player alone, but Insomniac gave us more. IMO, Ratchet & Clank is one of the best series ever produced.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Campaign Gettysburg -- worth it? on: November 02, 2004, 01:34:48 AM
Has anyone tried Campaign Gettysburg? If so, how does it compare to the earlier Battleground series? I've got most of the BattleGround games and still think they're some of the best wargames to date.

Is Campaign Gettysburg that much of an improvement over BattleGround Gettysburg? Fifty-seven dollars worth of improvement? (that's shipping included)
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Halloween Haiku Contest!! on: November 01, 2004, 11:29:34 PM
Drunken voters! Hanging chads! Bring in the Senate for a recount!

Congrats, Danger, and enjoy the game. I hear it's pretty good!
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Halloween Haiku Contest!! on: October 31, 2004, 10:05:38 PM
I vote for Mudfrost then!  biggrin
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Still a newbie... must post more on: October 30, 2004, 12:22:12 PM
Sorry, Jeff. I didn't realize I was in the wrong forum. No harm intended.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Halloween Haiku Contest!! on: October 30, 2004, 01:40:27 AM
Oops... sorry about that. I got caught up in the Halloween atmosphere and forgot the rules.

Resubmitting if allowed:

Ghost tale told slowly
October moon full of light
Lost in black deep woods
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wanted: Spooky Music on: October 29, 2004, 10:21:25 PM
My initial recommendation is anything by Britney Spears but that's too obvious. Try the first Black Sabbath album.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Halloween Haiku Contest!! on: October 29, 2004, 10:11:39 PM
Ghost tales
Moon full of light
Gone in the woods
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Still a newbie... must post more on: October 29, 2004, 09:59:59 PM
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Still a newbie... must post more on: October 29, 2004, 09:59:00 PM
Ok, I'm a sorry-ass newbie with no patience. I just had to find out if I could shed this skin with 20 posts.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Still a newbie... must post more on: October 29, 2004, 09:55:28 PM
Maybe 20 posts is the magic number. I don't know. If so, I've got one more to go.   :wink:  I just hate newbie status.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rachet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal Review! on: October 29, 2004, 09:47:10 PM
I played through Ratchet & Clank: GC three times. In the last twenty years of gaming, I haven't played through a game three times. I no longer get overly revved up for a game but this is an exception.

I've got my deposit on Arsenal and I can't wait. I'l be taking time off from work.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Katamari Damacy controls on: October 20, 2004, 09:53:03 AM
I hated the controls when I first started, and I still don't understand why the programmers found it necessary to use both sticks to perform simple moves like forward, backward, left, and right. Never-the-less, I adapted and the controls have become second nature.

Give it a shot. The game is worth any frustration you might have initially.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What's a good picture viewing utility? on: October 16, 2004, 12:08:32 AM
Definitely IRFanView. It's small, quick, and plenty powerful.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is this starting to feel like GG? on: October 16, 2004, 12:00:58 AM
It's amazing how a forum topic can crumble so quickly. I started this thread to simply give a nod to our new hosts -- thankful that the GG community hadn't disappeared when their web site went missing.

Come on guys (& gals), in the great scheme of things, this just isn't very important. Get a grip and enjoy what we've got.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is this starting to feel like GG? on: October 15, 2004, 10:52:31 PM
Rage & Gameoverman,

Amen, brothers.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Katamari Damacy: Big Stars/Long Legs on: October 15, 2004, 09:51:25 PM
Unfortunately it's only available for PS2 right now, but with all the great reviews, I wouldn't be surprised if it made its way to XBox or the Cube. Time will tell.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is this starting to feel like GG? on: October 15, 2004, 09:41:47 PM
Well, maybe it's too soon to say, but it feels pretty permanent to me. I think most of us feel at home already and some credit for that has got to go to CG. If it wasn't comfortable here, we'd be packing our bags and waiting for a bus. The good bus stops are terribly limited.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Stephen Donaldson: Anyone reading? on: October 14, 2004, 11:51:36 PM
Hang on to those old paperbacks! The new edition covers are terribly boring.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is this starting to feel like GG? on: October 14, 2004, 11:34:04 PM
It is to me.  biggrin

I've thanked CG in other posts but I'll offer it again. It's getting comfy in here and I'm grateful.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Stephen Donaldson: Anyone reading? on: October 14, 2004, 11:22:29 PM
After 21 years, Stephen Donaldson has released a new book in the Thomas Covenant series -- just released today. Man, I read this series back in the 80s and liked them a lot (the first three) but I wonder how this new book will fit in.

If anyone has picked it up and started reading, I'd like to get your impressions. I hope Donaldson is on his game.
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