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16961  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden 4 ... seeing screenshots, thinking : on: December 08, 2004, 05:29:16 PM
Crap.

Not because the screenshots look bad, but that Knightshade liked the previous one, so this game *must* be bad. slywink

Any chance of you guys getting a preview copy to hash over, KD? smile
16962  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LotR: Battle for Middle Earth - First Impressions on: December 08, 2004, 05:03:19 PM
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
They seem to love it in Germany. Of course, one might have to question   Germany's taste in some matters: David Hasselhoff


... and the US renamed french fries to freedom fries. Lets not judge a nation based on brief moments of lapsed judgement. As I recall, it was the US who made him a star to begin with... so kindly lay off with the german comments.  :roll: [/rant]

Back on topic : I have the e3 video, and it seems that there wasn't much in the way of micro-management, which is OK in my books. I'm concerned of the quality, however, as EA has had it's big sweaty hands all over it.
16963  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / X-Box as an HDTV DVD player on: December 07, 2004, 03:55:22 AM
get a real dvd player for it. Oh, and if your TV (although I'd hope that the DLP doesnt) upconverts to 540p (1080i) then you might as well use an interlaced; the progressive scan actually displays more artifacts than the interlaced. <sigh>

Everyone is cutting corners to bring down cost.
16964  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So ah... there's some Star Wars game comin out tomorrow... on: December 05, 2004, 11:52:13 PM
The rules change near christmas ... just look at MechAssault 2. Dec28 release? yikes...
16965  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baiten Kaitos impressions? on: December 05, 2004, 06:14:23 AM
Quote from: "Bullwinkle"
The style is so impressive that I can't believe I allowed the lame voices to almost make this a waste of money for me.  Hooray for the turned off voices.


The voices aren't *THAT* bad. Sheesh. You'd think they just had screaming in the microphone or the sound of someone taking a dump.

I'd have to say, I've turned the voices back on. They don't talk often enough for them to grate; the only advantage to having them off is load times (as it reloads the screen to show auto-sequencing),
16966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KoToR 2 shipping on Monday? on: December 03, 2004, 05:26:38 AM
Aw crap. Kiss "free time" goodbye.
16967  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / OFFICIAL HALO2 CLAN NAME POLL on: December 02, 2004, 10:20:39 PM
send an invite to me, mate.
16968  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Anyone have any toddler videos for trade or sell? on: December 02, 2004, 10:13:58 PM
Have you tried the Baby Einstein series? My son loves em. smile

Not willing to part with em though; he's 15mo and both he(and my wife) would kill me slywink
16969  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Questions regarding Xbox, Xbox Live and subscription cos on: December 02, 2004, 10:02:28 PM
To answer in shorter form :

1 & 1.5) yes it's that easy, and yes RF tvs are ancient, you will need a cable or run it through a VCR that has RCA inputs. slywink

2 & 3 ) you can go online with XBConnect; it's a peer-based and non-MS affiliated connection. No downloads from MS.. sorry. You can tell if an MS game will work with it; look for the "system Link" option for multiplayer.

4) Solo games are great; I like the fact that the Live service does help you even when playing solo. Live-aware titles (letting you log into the network but still be "offline" playing solo) means that you can play solo games and still be there to recieve invites for other online games.

Live can be linked to your MSN Messenger as well, so while you're fartin' around on the net you can see notifications such as :

12/2/2004 9:49:44 PM GMT-UTC
jeffjones66 is playing Prince of Persia: The Sands of.
 
12/2/2004 9:35:51 PM GMT-UTC
G4M3 0V3R is playing Counter-Strike.

So if I was waiting for jeffjones to play Halo2, I'd know he's online right now (playing a single player game such as Prince of Persia). (I'm -6hrs GMT, so it's 3:49pm or about 10 minutes earlier than this post). Live has some sweet stuff going for it; and I'm a PC gamer.

For reference, I was a hardcore PC player up until about 3-4 years ago; I used to host 30+ person langames on 100Mb back when the 16port switches were upwards of 500US. Hell, I started langames back on Arpnet with Duke3d.

The 16 port switch collects dust now.
16970  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / [closed] Wanted : Gamecube HD component cable. on: December 02, 2004, 04:16:48 AM
Thanks for the heads-up, but I knew that already. smile and yeah, I've got the second port for HD.

I actually ordered one from Nintendo.com before I saw your post; given that play-asia and lik-sang want more than 40US for it, (plus shipping) that I'd be better off with one right from nintendo.


So, thanks!
16971  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 01, 2004, 06:15:44 AM
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
Quote from: "Interloper"




That is great.


That's a short clip from "Rejected" ... the entire thing is a *must see*.

"My Spoon is too big." ROFL
16972  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your GOAT of the Year so far? (console edition) on: December 01, 2004, 05:56:24 AM
Quote from: "Ranulf"
Yikes..burnout3? I loved #2 but held off getting 3, was going to wait until it was cheap used. Whats wrong with it?


This is an opinions thread; LE might not like that one but to a lot of us (myself included) it was, and still IS, forefront in "favorite driving game of 2004" biggrin Go rent the sucker.
16973  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your GOAT of the Year so far? (console edition) on: November 30, 2004, 11:49:30 PM
Three words....


Full Spectrum Warrior. I mean, WTF?? All the things they indicated would be in the game were unlocked with a code to get an unpolished version of the game they were supposed to release. I wonder if Fable will let me enter that TURTLE code too.

<sigh>

Halo2 single-player wasn't anywhere near a GOAT for me; the fact that I played through all of it and still occasionally play it is a testament to it. The only feature missing, IMHO, ( :roll: no, not an "ending") is online/system link Co-op play. I mean, seriously. I want the full damned screen.

Riddick, although entertaining, wasn't a golden star for me that everyone was proclaiming it to be.

Tom Clancy struck out THREE times this year, as Pandora Tomorrow, Black Arrow, and GR2 are not in my collection (the first two were, and left in a hurry).
16974  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport (Demo) Impressions on: November 30, 2004, 11:42:23 PM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
Bah! who needs it? I really like the xbox s-controller for driving. analog triggers, analog sticks. works for me, and without having to lug out 50 lbs of hardware (and those damn wires) and trying to find a place to put it.


For a second there, I coulda sworn you said "(and those damn tires)". I almost fell outta my chair laughing. I need a nap.
16975  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport (Demo) Impressions on: November 30, 2004, 08:49:17 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
Have a house and a wife who works so I'm lucky for now! Layoffs are coming here and a baby due soon. That will change things a bit! Good thing my copy of Forza is paid for!  :wink:

Go back to the Honda!!  biggrin


Good luck with that. My wife used to work. Then after the Mat. leave she works 2 days a week (at less than half my salary). <sigh> I'm in the front of the canoe paddling like a madman while she's lounging in the back with the cutest little monster I've ever seen. I'd type more, but I gotta get back to paddling.  :wink:

As to the next car, I'm thinkin' of a McLaren F1 GTR or the Königsegg CC. Seen any cheap used ones in the paper?

Back on topic : Forza. I see myself comparing test-drives in-car to the cars in-game when I'm back on the market looking for another car/truck. I wonder if the dealership will let me test the "damage model" ...  biggrin
16976  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport (Demo) Impressions on: November 30, 2004, 08:08:12 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
Quote
The braking railroads you forwards if you hammer on it (and have all the "control" features on). Try downshifting instead of locking up the rubber.  I do agree though, the WRX wasn't my favorite ride. (it never was though).


That's it! Once I touched the brakes I lost all control of the car. Driving a WRX to work and home every day, I figured it might be a good place for me to start. :wink:

Time to take off all the control settings and try again.


You must make a lot of coin, or live in your parent's basement. Sheesh. Or, you don't have a house and family with a wife that doesn't pull income.

IRL I drive a Grand Am GT (2001) ... can't wait to bash the ^%$# outta one in Forza (assuming my car makes the final cut).

My PoS is on lease (employee discount; it was the most savings and I had a restrictive timeline ... I had just came from an accord and damn do I miss my honda). Thankfully it's gone in June. <sigh> I can hardly wait.
16977  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Got a question about non-official XBOX HD cables on: November 30, 2004, 03:05:43 PM
Quote from: "jblank"
Well, its about twice the price, and I was hoping to get that bundle, which also came with the DVD remote (something I have never owned even though I have been an XBOX owner since Day 1).

Have any of you guys had experience going from S-Video to Component on a regular TV? Mine is a good, solid 32in Panasonic, and XBOX games look fine at S-Video, but I have always wondered if they look much better on Component.


Unless you need a DVD player on that box, the remote is weak. (I wouldn't bother). It's basically an RCA universal remote without the power and eject buttons.

As to using Component on a standard (non-HD) TV? The difference from composite-Svideo is about the same as Svideo-Component ... component separates out the three color signals, producing a sharper picture than Svideo. If you're looking at getting an HD set anytime soon, I'd suggest getting the component cable. If you're strapped for cash and the games look great, then I wouldn't bother.

The MS one is better than this cable as it has the digital optical plug; if you wanted the best picture quality check out Monsters HD kit (and separate audio cable for optical output).

Either way is more pricy than this option; I think you're best bet is the MS one.   Cool
16978  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Got a question about non-official XBOX HD cables on: November 30, 2004, 02:59:47 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
The jump from RCA to S-Video is greater than the jump from S-Video to Component.


Not if you have an HDTV... there is no comparison. SVideo is icky.

slywink 480p+ for me.
16979  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / :? cleanup? on: November 30, 2004, 02:32:58 PM
Would it be possible for CG to develop a naming format for the subject lines eg: ForSale - Xbox - Product - blahblah
             Wanted - GC - Product - blahblah

and something in the subject line to indicate (right at the beginning) that it's now closed.

I dunno :? ... maybe having emoticons added for a moneybag, a for sale, and a looking sign might help. 'stoo bad you can't set up thread titles with a type of emote that indicates thread type (for this forum only)

 smile
16980  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / [closed] Wanted : Gamecube HD component cable. on: November 30, 2004, 02:27:27 PM
Prefer a used one; I'd rather not have to order one from China. <sigh>

[edited to close thread]
16981  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone pick up CoD: FH or Demon Stone? on: November 29, 2004, 09:25:03 PM
I played 4 minutes of it, and put it down. I've already beaten Lord of the Rings - Two Towers twice and this felt a lot like it. I dunno, I didn't give it much of a chance. I may take it up next year when it's in the bargain bin and the summer drought has me down. slywink
16982  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console keyboard and mouse? on: November 29, 2004, 09:20:16 PM
I don't know how long it took (exactly) as I pre-ordered it and they were waiting for stock. (beginning of October) As I recall, it took about 5-6 days (~1 week)after they had stock.

I called MS about it; they are not, at this time, banning people for using it. As to whether they *could* or not, they could indicate it is non-MS approved peripheral... like having a "turbo" or "macro" button on a 3rd party controller that had not been approved by MS.

As to the keyboard functionality, no, it doesn't work that way. The inputs WSAD emulate the up-down-left-right. The only keyboard interface I can recall was the adapter for Phantasy Star Online I & II; and that only worked for that game (it was an adapter for a memory port).

I've not had any time to play around with the settings or the custom configs yet; I'll let you all know in a full "Impressions" thread once I've had some time with it.

As it is, Baten Kaitos is taking up my time now. OOOooo, and Metriod Prime II (oh god I hope they corrected the controls or at least allow custom config). I'm also picking up my WoW special edition preorder today. <sigh> Its a busy time to be a gamer.
16983  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console keyboard and mouse? on: November 29, 2004, 04:19:43 PM
I haven't had much time to mess with the keyboard, but the mouse is amazing. I mean, I started the level with the Arbiter in Halo2 where you just arrived on the trolley and you have the sentinels coming out. without the keyboard I was able to snipe 12 of the buggers in 3 bullets or less (each) from the carbine. Didn't miss with one shot, and all of them were moving at the time, far enough that I was zoomed. Tracking is really good.

:shock: People will hate me if I use this on Live.  
:twisted: Maybe we'll try it sometime... heh.

I was using a standard IBM 104+ black keyboard (you know the ones, PS2 connection with the blue enter keys) and a MS Wireless USB v3.0 Intellimouse Explorer (ps2 adapter). I'll create a new impression thread when I've had some time with it. In the meantime, while it's connected my LIVE is not.

(fyi- beat HL2 now, working on Baiten Kaitos)
16984  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport (Demo) Impressions on: November 29, 2004, 04:10:16 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
Not sure I liked how the WRX handled. Maybe I have to get used to it.


The braking railroads you forwards if you hammer on it (and have all the "control" features on). Try downshifting instead of locking up the rubber. slywink I do agree though, the WRX wasn't my favorite ride. (it never was though).

either way. Retail verdict : IN!!
16985  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport (Demo) Impressions on: November 29, 2004, 02:41:05 PM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
*drooools*

Where did you get the demo? I'm dying for this game.

OXM demo CD (newest one, should be on shelves and mailboxes within a week if not already).
16986  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport (Demo) Impressions on: November 29, 2004, 02:25:53 PM
Hey, good lookin'
Damage, high poly count, wheel detail on spins and brakes, gravel flying, damage. More Damage, being able to see the red engine block of the viper because you were driving backwards on Laguna Seca and hit that jump and got 13ft of air.... you know... flipping the car (tough to do). Amazing stuff. Mirrors coming off, exhaust pipes on the ground. All of it looked AMAZING. PGR2 meets burnout3.

drool Mmm, Donuts...  :wink:
My acid-test for the physics is doing a 360 / 720 on a straightaway with a fast car (preferrably a Porsche.. imagine my luck that it was included). It's possible to do it in an automatic, but it comes out sloppy. With the standard (and I turn off all the "control" features such as ABS, TCS, etc) it's a breeze... from ~100MPH I was able to nail a 720 and was still doing 30MPH coming out of it... problem is Laguna Seca only has one good paved straightaway, and it's got a dip in it.

But *I* wanna hold the controls...
The level of modification is amazing; unfortunately they only give you a taste of it on the lower-end cars. They let you chose if you want to mod or not, then auto-select the upgrades (showing you a few before settling on one). They also don't show the meter/values while selecting a mod part  at the top of the screen. Apparently you'll be able to see the impact of the mod on your car in the final game, before purchasing the modification.

What? You don't want the Porsche because it's the wrong color?? A.K.A. Whiny Little Complaints
1) There is no dust buildup, and I spent a long time in the gravel. Rallisport spoiled me. That being said, it's a small sacrifice, but it would help add more depth the damage model. ( dirty+broken > broken )
2) There are people there, but they don't do anything. A good number of them look too disinterested (backs turned, etc). The fact that the people don't look two dimensional, and that there *are* people (PGR2 :roll: ), is a big plus.
3) the models for the tires on the wall are hex'd. they still have deliniation as to individual tires, but (especially when the camera swings outside the track) you can see the the six corners on each. Once again, I think it's a small sacrifice, and even a high-end PC would choke having 400+ rendered tires with full curved surfaces on top of having a racing game running behind it. It just breaks the facade a little, but it took me a while to notice it.

Oh baby...
I can't wait for this one. slywink I can't believe how well done this game (cars and tracks) is. Besides some minor quibles (and it *is* a demo) it looks fantastic. The handling is superb; this makes me want to buy a steering wheel and pedals when the game comes out.

[Edit: fixed emote in #2][/size]
16987  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OXM Secret Demo on: November 29, 2004, 02:15:42 PM
As to Metal Wolf : it feels like the spiritual successor to GunValkrie ... it is a blast, and I couldn't stop laughing at the almost engrish dialog ... "Way to go, Mister President!"

(FYI, the premise is that the driver of the mech is the president of the united states... )
16988  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mech type game for Xbox? on: November 29, 2004, 02:12:01 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
Steel Batallion is the game for you, my friend. Just don't buy the Line of Contact expansion pack.


Apparently the online lag problems have been patched. It's not the pain it used to be. <shrug> This info was from a buddy of mine who has it. It was fixed 3 weeks after release.
16989  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Can we get more focused reviews on small-to-mid sized games? on: November 26, 2004, 12:33:11 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Specifically what small to mid-sized titles have we missed?  We didn't rush to press with our 'blockbuster' titles like Halo 2, or Killzone, so I don't know that we fit in the 'me too!' demographic.  I know we have some titles coming up like Bust a Move, Spyro, Tron, etc.  Would those more fit the bill?


Yes. I love the fools-gold, nugget, and pure gold deliniations... I'd like to see the lesser games get the banner for a few days. I dunno, it's just a suggestion. Maybe a new title like hidden treasure or something.. smile

I'm not sayin' ya guys are me too sites, and honestly I don't think you guys are sittin' in the "only the AAA" titles get a decent review, but I'm getting tired of seeing the lamda logo on every effen site I go to. Ya know? Anyways, keep up the good work. biggrin

[edited cuz I'm an idiot... Lambda  :roll: ]
16990  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Can MS topple Sony in the next generation? on: November 26, 2004, 05:34:21 AM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Microsoft will make great strides in the next generation, better than a lot of people expect them to do. But I think Sony will still take it, even though their margin of victory will be considerably shortened. However, should Sony actually have the better hardware this time, and a software core that's easy to develop for, then Sony is going to drop-kick Microsoft right out the door.


I think the Sony "victory" will be regional. If MS is pulling with the japanese developers, I can see a much bigger installbase in japan, which means a wider selection of titles.

As for Sony making their programming easier... I think I blew my kidney out laughing...they've stated they're sticking with their programming model, and due to backwards compatibility, I don't expect to see that change.

This is where XNA is big news. Since MS is offering devs to be able to cross-platform their games over XBox2 and PC, this means that we could potentially see the PC rig invaded with the Xbox hardware (controllers, ease of use for gaming, etc). If the dev cycle is (and lets use 25%) shorter for xbox (as there is less middleware and fiddling involved), we could be seeing a second sequel on the same platform while Sony is a year or more away from the same spot. <shrug> If all of your tools work well together, I think the dev's will respond well to it.

That's not to say I hate Sony's products, I really hope the PS3 is worthwhile enough for me to buy it. That being said, I love my Live, and as long as MS doesn't royally eff up the launch lineup, I'll be getting Xb2 for sure.

[/$0.02]
16991  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need digital camera advice plz before Friday! on: November 25, 2004, 09:14:31 PM
The Kodak Easyshare is a nice camera. I used one once (4MPx) and the features, recording and pictures were sharp with good color contrast.

The cradle is GREAT... it's so damned convenient. You put it in the cradle and it charges the battery, and connects to your PC to download as well. If I'm not mistaken, newer versions can be used as webcams. I know for sure the older models had video and audio. They also have cradles that do photo printing, although I'm not familiar with the sizes on that.

If you *do* get the kodak, under windows XP be sure to change the following file :

c:\windows\inf\ptpusb.inf
; Table of Contents
[Manufacturer]
%Generic.Mfg%=Generic
;%MfgFlashPoint%=ModelsFlashPoint
;%MfgSony%=ModelsSony
;%MfgKodak%=ModelsKodak

Take out the semi-colon (slywink at the beginning. Now your camera is supported natively in Windows. MS built in the support before they got the OK, and then Kodak said they wanted their own software so MS disabled it in the OS.  <shrug> works like a charm. I don't know if the newer models need it, but my older one did.

I have a Sony now, but I miss some of the convenience it had.

[/$0.02]
16992  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Reviews - How do you use them? on: November 25, 2004, 08:55:52 PM
As to the poll, I find I do the following :
I skim reviews of AAA blockbusters, trying to confirm excitement / concerns. I read reviews of "A" and below titles for information to decide if I'm going to risk money on a less-than-topshelf title.

The thing about this subject is, I'm not sure if I'm in the minority here.

I think it was on Inside the Actor's studio, when Penn Jillette (Penn&Teller) compared the movie industry to the food industry: (stay with me, there's a point to this)
Quote
"I wish studio execs were interested in making money. The problem is that they are more interested in releasing an 'industry-defining' movie. [...] If supermarkets were to stock the shelves with only blockbuster products, we'd all be only drinking pepsi and coke. Where would the avacado industry be?"


I think the same ideas apply for the video game industry, and that the cost of a game's production goes more into the engine driving it to market than into the product itself. True that there are me-too games, but ultimately the blood, sweat and tears that game developers go through is significantly less than the cost of trade shows, advertising, publishing deals, distribution and the burgeoning cost of management and consultation.

I don't need to see any Halo2, or Halflife2 advertising or reviews: I own and play both. I'm no longer a demographic consumer possiblity, I am a customer. how many millions of people are in the same boat?

This opens the question, are game review sites wasting their (and our) time with overly advertised reviews for games we already own?

Here's a related blog posting by the always controversial Squidi (AMD).
16993  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lack of Ammo in Halo2 on: November 25, 2004, 03:49:21 PM
Quote from: "Draco"
Has anyone actually tested if the brute plasma guns are more powerful than the regualr plasma guns carried by elites?

And I loved the sentinel beams against the flood to. It felt like the "Halo" version of the flamethrower, and the flood zombies died really fast with them.


I didn't notice them to be more powerful; the reason I love em is that you can almost go through a full level with two of em and not need to switch weapons... they have so much ammo. smile
16994  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Can we get more focused reviews on small-to-mid sized games? on: November 25, 2004, 03:44:27 PM
Check out this blog. Squidi's got a point about the fact that the world doesn't need another HL2 / Halo2 / GTA:SA review.

A focus on the smaller titles seems prudent, and I hope you guys can accomodate this. I tend to avoid reading reviews of blockbusters, as I've already looked at the feature list (and maybe a few scores). Ultimately my mind was already made up before I started looking, and rarely does it change.

Focusing on the smaller name titles (mid to small) would seem to be a more fruitful review process, as it brings to light the titles people will wonder about, and may actually stop to read, rather than just skim looking to have their concerns/excitement confirmed by another person.

I dunno, just an idea, I guess. What do you think?
16995  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Please help me get onto XBox Live on: November 25, 2004, 05:07:52 AM
wbs, any news on this? What did you end up doing?
16996  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console keyboard and mouse? on: November 25, 2004, 05:03:06 AM
Quote from: "crumsteel"
Any impressions yet Purge? What about live, can you use it when playing multiplayer?


Not yet... I didn't think Half-Life2 would suck me in as much as it did. slywink I'll try it out this weekend; I'm on call this week and between pages I'm in HL2. biggrin
16997  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OXM Secret Demo on: November 25, 2004, 05:00:35 AM
Quote from: "Draco"
Yeah, what was last month's and how do I get it?


Check out this thread for the Phantom Dust demo. I've also included links to instructions on how to play.
16998  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Doom3 on Voodoo2's (SLI) on: November 24, 2004, 02:57:17 PM
Doom3 on Voodoo2's SLI

Looks like they DO have a color palette; you just need to step back a *cough*couple*cough**cough* generations.
16999  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Goldeneye: Rogue Agent (Can you say "ouch"?) on: November 24, 2004, 01:34:37 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Well, they did give us Burnout 3 this year.  If Criterion was still with Acclaim, I doubt the game would have been as good and probably would never have seen the light of day.


To digress for a moment, I disagree.Burnout 2 was a pretty good game, and there was nothing revolutionary (only evolutionary) in the gameplay of Burnout3. I doubt EA had much to do with anything except the online play, which, IMHO, was poorly done and is still stinky even today. I hate the fact that the game isn't live-aware or that when I log in it then needs to be "LOGGING INTO EA". Crashing? During peak times, it still does.

Everything EA devours has eventually been squeezed out of any IP and then tossed away. Look at Bullfrog, Origin Systems, etc...  Wing Commander, Ultima VII and previous, Syndicate, Theme-house-of-ill-repute, where are you now?

They are the most near-sighted company ever. I swear, they buy a company based on existing IPs, drain it of any market value, and then crush the remnants. They're 3DO, except successful. They don't seem to plant new fields.. they go back to conquering new companies and razing them to the ground.

To sum up : EA has killed my inner child.

Back to the subject at hand. slywink Golden-eye sucking so much ass? No, I'm not surprised. Challenge Everything. It's in the Game. Bah.
17000  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bard's Tale review on: November 21, 2004, 05:16:34 PM
Quote from: "mytocles"
can anyone tell me whether what you see when you explore and fight is closer to Morrowind/GTA-VC (XB), or to Baldur's Gate/ Champions of Norrath (XB/ PS2)?  i don't like seeing my character as a tiny figure, or zooming in to get closer and being attacked out of nowhere because you can't see ahead of you.

thanks,


The view (and game engine) is Champions of Norrath. It's not GTA or Morrowind; this game is a humorous story, not a sandbox game. As to being attacked offscreen, the only time I've noticed that was fighting in the forest tower, and it wasn't that bad. Also, if you draw an arrow the screen adjusts so you are right at the bottom and you see more of what you're aiming at. Otherwise, you're generally just below the center of the screen.

Also, BT isn't a dressup game. There are some cool items you get; you can see yourself up close in the inventory window. whatever you're wearing also is shown during cutscenes.
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