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16961  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport (Demo) Impressions on: November 29, 2004, 02:41:05 PM
Quote from: "Jeff Jones"

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).
16962  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]
16963  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... )
16964  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.
16965  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: ]
16966  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.

16967  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 :

; Table of Contents

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.

16968  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)
"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).
16969  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
16970  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?
16971  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?
16972  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
16973  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.
16974  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.
16975  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.
16976  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.


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.
16977  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lack of Ammo in Halo2 on: November 21, 2004, 05:04:52 PM
Quote from: "Chrisoc13"
You thought the carbine worked against the flood? How? I shot them 10 times with it and it wouldnt drop them.

The only time I wantd human weapons was against the flood. They are far more effective against them then covenant. Except for the sowrd  biggrin .

The best weapon for the flood is the plasma beam. You only need 3 ammo on that to kill most of them. Use it in short bursts. The advantage is that the body is then too damaged for them to be reanimated.

The sword is #2 IMHO, as it disables the body and kills right away; however you have to get close to them and they're rarely alone.

The third would be shotgun (although they really gimped the range on it). You have to be almost as close as the sword to use it as a hamburger-maker, which defeats the point of a shotgun being a short-range weapon. the devastation should still be there for at least 2 to 3 times the of the sword range. I think they did this for balancing; the shotgun was the weapon of choice for Halo1 VS Flood.

My 4th favorite would have to be the brute plasma rifles (akimbo) or the brute shot, as there is just SO much you can put into em with the plasma guns and they have ammo for days, and the brute shot is good for splash damage and taking out the little buggers.

As to the carbine, I can kill a brute in 2 shots (headshots) with the carbine. Damn straight it's an awesome weapon. The first shot takes off their helmet; the second shot drops em.
16978  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 20, 2004, 12:37:03 AM

Gotta love Spacemoose... they used to run this in the University newspaper.
16979  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bard's Tale review on: November 19, 2004, 07:40:07 PM
Mitch's take on The Bard's Tale.

I totally agree with the review (I'd rented, played, and finished the game inbetween Halo2 games).

The arguments between narrator and bard are terrific. I loved the one where he's arguing with the narrator and the NPC starts responding to his comments (as of course the NPC can't hear the narrator).

If you donate a ton of money you can unlock the songs, shots and movies from the game as well. ... As to the Gauntlet references, I'd say it's more like a Champions of No-wrath combat (given it's the same engine).

"it's a frickin' guarantee, it's unlucky to be you. Diddly-do."
16980  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Woohoo! Got me an Xbox - VGA Adapter advice? -PS2 & GC on: November 19, 2004, 02:16:41 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
Small nitpick -

480p (which is the highest resolution of most Xbox games) is not "high definition" smile 720p/1080i is, but very few Xbox games support those higher resolutions.

30+ 720p titles.

Amped 2   720p   -
Blood Rayne 2   720p   -
Conflict Vietnam   720p   -
Disney Extreme Skatboarding   720p   -
Dragon Lair 3d   720p   1080i
Dukes of Hazzard - Return of the General Lee   720p   -
Enter the Matrix   720p   1080i
ESPN Major League Baseball 2K4   720p   
ESPN NBA Basketball   720p   
Freedom Fighters   720p   -
MVP Baseball 2004   720p   -
MX Unleashed   720p   1080i
NBA 2K3   720p   -
NBA Ballers   720p   
SCALER   720p   
SegaGT Online   720p   -
Soul Calibur II   720p   -
Spongebob Square Pants:The Movie   720p   
Steel Battalion:Line of Contact   720p   -
Street Hoops   720p   -
Syberia   720p   1080i
The Sims: Bustin out   720p   -
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4   720p   -
Tony Hawk: Underground   720p   -
Tony Hawk's Underground 2   720p   -
True Crime Streets of LA   720p   
World Series Baseball 2k3   720p   
X-Men Legends   720p   -

you can check out the site as well.

Consolegold also has this same functionality, but they're still missing some info. <shrug>
16981  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's the truly scariest pc gaming experience you've had? on: November 19, 2004, 05:37:55 AM
Quote from: "Jocke"
Have a feeling this is very dependent on what your age was when different games came out biggrin

So this is telling of my age when I say Phantasmagoria was very scary to me in parts. It was creepy how the mood of the game got grimmer and grimmer as the game progressed... There was an 18 year age limit on that game here in Sweden and that does not happen often. Especially(sp?) back then.

The last CD was messed up... the whole seeing the axe travel through the skull freaked me. Also, the demonic rape scene in the bathroom, the wine bottle murder and the trowel (sp?) in the mouth still haunts me... oo, and the meatgrinder. What were they thinking??? sheesh.

AvP also gave me a few brown-trouser times too... God did you feel useless as a marine. I was Hudson the whole time... it's game over man, it's game over!

It didn't help that I had a kickass sound system hooked up.
16982  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Please help me get onto XBox Live on: November 19, 2004, 05:31:40 AM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"

1) Is there an option to by a wireless kit for XBox Live?
If so, what specific equipment comes with it?

2) Is the price point really only $50 a year for the service?

3) Is wireless actually fast enough for the service, or would waiting for the next home and just running a cable from the XBox to the router work better?

4) If wireless is truly the way to go, what type router would you recommend? As I would also need wireless NICs for both my PC and my wife's, do you have any specific recommendations for those?

5) If wireless if the way to go, is there a special connector for the XBox that I would plug into the ethernet port?

Heya buddy. biggrin Me and my overbearing opinion are here to ruin your day. slywink

1) There is no MS bundle for live and wireless.
2) The Live service itself is $50. Get the live kit with crimson skies. If you've tried and hated the live headset (wraparound), then get the Halo2 one. It's a-frickin-mazing, with better noise cancellation.
3) Hell ya Wireless is fast enough. Let's look at the numbers..
- 802.11b = 11Megabits/sec = ~1.3MegaBytes/s= 1.375MB/s = 1408KB/s = 1 Full CD (700MB) transmits in less than 9 minutes at optimal speed.
- 802.11g = 54Megabits/sec = ~6.7MegaBytes/s= 6.75 MB/s = 6912KB/s = 1 Full CD (700MB) transmits in less than 2 minutes at optimal speed.

Does your NET connection go that fast? I wouldn't worry about the wireless unless you have interference problems (microwaves, cell phones and cordless phones). These can degrade signal while in use, but to make enough of a difference to game packets it's got to be *really* bad. You're not doing major file transfer here, and the service runs well on 200KB/s.

4) a 802.11g router. Find a cheap one; the MS one isn't bad at all. I don't have specific recommendations on this.

5) Yes there is a wireless Xbox connector. Nyko makes a Wireless Net Extender, but the reviews have it out to be crap. Check out PC Mag's review and right now the going rate of the MS Xbox connectors on ebay is around 75US.  Name search MN-740 part search.

As to just running a cable, make sure it's UTP CAT5 patch cable ... it should feel flexible, as opposed to the permanent type. That stuff is cheap (by the foot) and getting RJ45 connectors is cheap too. The tool to crimp it is less than 20 bux, but there is the inconvenience of it all. You could wall-fish the line and install pretty wall-jacks  with very little problems... I'd help ya, but you're a little far away.   Cool

As to the other PCs, you don't need to get Jack for em; they can use the existing cabling to get to the router (wireless routers also tend to have 3 or 4 10/100 RJ45 jacks too)
16983  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Umm, im becoming evil and wanting a PS2... help me on: November 19, 2004, 01:06:36 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
I'd rather spend $200 on "antiquated hardware" that has more than two games worth playing on it than on a "I wish I was a PC" alternative which functions best as a dust collector and/or paperweight.

It was an opinion based on jaggies as big as my head, and I spoke to the topic at hand. Stick to the topic, or pull your bait back.  :roll: We don't need every thread ending with this.

Moving right along...
16984  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Umm, im becoming evil and wanting a PS2... help me on: November 18, 2004, 09:10:45 PM
Quote from: "Chrisoc13"
Also, this may come as a shock, but since Im still on the edge, what games would push me over? I want to play GTA:SA. But im into shooters a lot, and not really japanese RPGs. All I seemt o hear about with the PS2 is GTA and japanese RPGs. And GTA isnt good enough to warrent a system. What other games could push me over (which are not on the XBox as well)?

Thanks for any help.

The only reason I'm not in the same boat as you is both of my TV's are HD widescreens... that's some BIG damned jaggies. slywink I borrow a buddies PS2 once in a while; I get my fix that way and save about $200CAD. As to the value of the PSTwo, if you need a second DVD player in another room it's kind of a no-brainer (as a DVD player it works great). I was [---] this close to buying one the other week for that reason, but decided to save up for Ghost Recon2, MechAssault2, and worry about all of my time being eaten up by Half-Life2.

I have not seen many games come out that compell me to buy one based on the titles alone.... maybe Monster Hunter (it's a lot like Phantasy Star Online 1&2) and Katamari Damacy (sp), and a few RPGs... I find the tedium has worn me down to the point where I skip cut-scenes and just want to beat the game and move on.

I'm waiting for the Xbox version of GTA:SA; the improvements on the last two seem to be worth the wait.

If I were you, I'd go and rent / borrow a standard PS2 and a few top-shelf titles (for a week) and see how much play-time it gets. If you spend less than half your game-time on the PS2, I'd suggest not buying it; after all that's the honeymoon period where it's new and novelty hasn't worn off.

And no, wanting a PS2 isn't evil... I think some of us (myself included) find it difficult to justify spending 200 bux on antiquated hardware that could be spent buying games for our existing setups.
16985  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Does anybody else need to lose some weight? on: November 18, 2004, 06:52:04 PM

Here goes...

5'10", 271lbs ... that might sound bad, but I peaked at over 355lbs two years ago. This time last year I was 349.  When I met my wife (in '96) and I was about 255lbs, so I'm not far off from where I started. I want to get to about 180 before June...2006.  

The last ~80 lbs came off with a trifecta of effort : cut down the carbs/ significantly raise protein* intake per meal, smaller portions of food, and a complete body workout. I spend almost and hour a day in the gym (3-5 days a week) and I feel great. I'm getting my old strength back (as a watermark, I'm pressing ~100lbs more than I could 8 months ago).

Weightlifting is considered the BEST way to lose fat; and a complete exhaustion of all 4 muscle fiber types is critical to getting a full burn. Check out Slow Burn Revolution for a wicked time-effective workout ( I use this on weekends to supplement when I miss a session at work) and  Protein Power Lifeplan for a really good diet changes. Yes, they're permanent, not a short term change; considering how much sugar is being consumed these days it's no big surprise that we SHOULD be changing it.

When my dad was a kid (he's in his late 40's) he used to have a coca-cola... as a TREAT. Once every couple of weeks. Now people consume it 3 times a day.... that's not right. I know the diet stuff is there, but the whole "aspertame kills" thing is making me nervous.

It's sad to read our food labels ... "Now with 25% real fruit juice!" Uhm, ok. And how many fruits should we be consuming? If a full orange produces 1/3 of a glass of orange juice (and we lose out on the pulp and all the good stuff in the essence), why not just eat an orange? I can only eat one naval orange at a time, but I can pound a litre of orange juice (including all the perservatives and sugar additives) without blinking. It's like eating a half-dozen oranges, without the stuff that makes you full. I do also (during moments of "weakness") break down and eat stuff I shouldn't, but I usually pop a phaseII carb blocker, which is a natural  white bean extract. They're available in healthfood stores everywhere.

It's working for me, I thought I should bring it forward in case anyone is looking for some help in the right direction.
16986  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lack of Ammo in Halo2 on: November 18, 2004, 02:56:04 PM
Frankly, in areas where there are no humans (flood, dead or alive), there *shouldn't* be any weapons. As to plasma rifles, the carbine and the needler are unstoppable. Frag grenades don't stick to people; that's no fun in my book.

I prefer the covenant sniper rifle (keep your rate of fire down, and you can empty the whole thing without having to snap outta the zoomed in view). I agree with the pistol comment though; they are a rarity. It's too bad they weren't designed to share ammo types with the SMG.

Once you get the brute shot and the brute plasma guns, the human weapons aren't missed much.
16987  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghost Recon 2 on: November 18, 2004, 02:19:19 AM
Quote from: "halcyon"
Quote from: "Rage"


 I know! I know! I'm a heretic. Send the arbiter after me.  :lol:

The plasma blade, a few plasma 'nades, and cloaking? You're a walking corpse. slywink GR2, Halo2 and MechAssault2  should complete my list of SEQUELS OF CARNAGE... or, just make Mastercard richer off of my interest(s).  :lol:
16988  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghost Recon 2 on: November 18, 2004, 02:16:38 AM
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"

"Missions can be accomplished solo or with up to four people through split-screen, System Link, or Xbox Live and offer a wide variety of tasks. "

Coop over xLink anyone smile?

:looks around for Devil: ninja

16989  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden IV? on: November 18, 2004, 01:50:53 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Why do you say the things that hurt?   :cry:

He says hurtful things to make you cry. And when he's done, he might even smack ya in the ear. slywink

As I understand it, this thread has gone from "Suikoden IV, where are you?" to "I hear your retarded older brother III sucked ass, and you're going to be better... at sucking ass." I'm not being hurtful; just making an observation. biggrin I've played neither; I'm not a good resource to determine square-inch-of-ass to mouth ratios.

What was so wrong or right about III? And no, I'm not going to read the 12 page glowing review of it... I want the coles notes version.
16990  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Need an answer before in 45min. 7:20pm now on: November 18, 2004, 01:49:18 AM
Only for live support. I'd suggest trading it in for a game, rather than the lackluster title it's become.
16991  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 - It's ON! (impressions thread) on: November 15, 2004, 08:30:03 PM
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
Quote from: "Roguetad"
The highlight of the night was when I respawned helpless high on a structure after my wraith was shotdown. My wife flew up in her wraith, I jumped on top of the canopy, and then we continued the fight (her flying carefully) with me gunning on top as a ride-a-long grunt. Fun game.

I believe you're talking about The Banshee, not the wraith.  If you had a wraith in the air I you should have taken video of it slywink

Given his wife's tendancies to kill him, I'm not sure it was a mistake.   :lol:
16992  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 - It's ON! (impressions thread) on: November 15, 2004, 08:26:50 PM
Quote from: "Roguetad"
Unfortunately, it can be a little confusing managing the friendly fire during these levels, and I now have to watch out for my wife unloading on me as much as I do the bad guys. Dual-wielding a pair of covenant laser pistols (the blue v-shaped ones), she can drop my shields down in less than 2 seconds, and then put me face first into the dirt a second later. Thankfully the character we’re playing on those levels has a stealth ability, which I use as often as possible to avoid friendly and enemy fire. Playing co-op on those levels with my wife is like having a terminator plopped into those levels, whose only goal is to lay waste to everything in its path. I usually either trail behind her or get out in front of her as fast and far as I can on those levels. When we’re playing master chief the friendly fire is not an issue.

Might I offer a suggestion? Buy a baseball cap (whatever color) and get a pair of scissors, some green construction paper, and a pipecleaner.

Now, cut a GIANT GREEN TRIANGLE, fix it to the hat using pipecleaners, and wear it while playing. Everytime she shoots you, point to the giant green triangle over your head, and say something witty like: "I guess this doesn't mean anything, right?" or "Nice. There's no 'I' in team. but there is an 'M' and an 'E', eh?"

SAFETY WARNING : Don't wear the hat in public. People will pistolwhip you for 'nades and ammo.
16993  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Edit: Make me want an Xbox - and tell me what I should know on: November 15, 2004, 08:21:06 PM
Quote from: "Dafones"
Oh yeah, and how were Crimson Skies and Fable in the end? I get both with the bundle for fifty bucks. They good games to pick up?

The pair of them are definately worth $50 canadian. (~30US)

If you get live, Crimson Skies is a must-have.
16994  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Edit: Make me want an Xbox - and tell me what I should know on: November 15, 2004, 08:16:12 PM
Quote from: "Zero"
How do you transfer game saves from one xbox to another?

Memory card. They *do* exist. Most people don't pony up the cash for them as most people don't need them. I've got one. MS sent me a clear orange one for beta-testing for the Live service.
16995  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghost Recon 2vs Call of Duty: FH on: November 15, 2004, 08:13:46 PM
Ghost Recon 2 : IN!!

CoD - maybe rental. Maybe.... nah, I still have too many other games to play.
16996  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console keyboard and mouse? on: November 15, 2004, 08:06:00 PM
Quote from: "crumsteel"
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
Lik-Sang released one for the Xbox.  You have to import it though.

Has anybody used the Lik-Sang K/M adapter for the xbox?

Just got mine on friday. I called MS, apparently it's not being hunted by the live service, however I'm going to try it after I disconnect the CAT5. <sigh> I'll likely dump an impression up here later this week. (12hr workday today).
16997  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished Halo 2? Discuss here. *SPOILER WARNING!* on: November 14, 2004, 12:08:26 AM
(sorry for the doublepost)

Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Did you happen to get the Collector's Edition?  If you watch the documentary it shows that items were cut.  
We intended on then utilizing the LFE at times (as we can send full 5.1 mixes through the audio chip) but time and disk space got in the way.

as far as downloadable SP play, meh. It would mean people without live or access to the content would lose out. Like I stated in my prev. post; I think they ended it here ON PURPOSE to accomodate storyline arcs. In my prev. post I had indicated they may, based on rumours circulating. I honestly don't think they'd do that at this point.

Now, as to the "left out" concept, let me put this into perspective: there is NO GAME out there right now that didn't have content cut for time, space or energy reasons. It's a simple fact that the medium is not robust enough to include all the content, abilities, interactions and features the game developer wants to include. Halo1 left stuff out that they wanted to include (even DID include in code, but not available like the flamethrower). They indicated they're planning on pushing this stuff into the next game. Does this mean we're going to get (or got) a flamethrower in Halo2? No. Did we see the 8 variations of the Warthog as indicated may happen (as of last year), such as the personnel carrier, the Bombadier (winterized with rear treads) and the like? No. Just because they either had to drop stuff or say "this is cool, and I want it in here" doesn't mean we lost out on something we were "entitled" to.

I don't see this game as falling from it's mark; it aimed high and hit it. Top shelf. A+ game. Did it change the way I think about the world? Yeah. As much as two SMBs(or needlers) sound cool, nothing replaces a plasma-tag. biggrin
16998  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished Halo 2? Discuss here. *SPOILER WARNING!* on: November 13, 2004, 11:57:03 PM
still haven't watched it; still not adding my voice to the collective complaint though. <shrug>.

I read books that don't always have the ends tied up neatly; I'm generally disappointed when our north american movies *DO* tie up all ends. For the sake of telling a story in game, I've come to accept endings that provide enough story license. Syndicate and Baldurs gate 1 were horrible for their endings; where one had NO ending per se, and the other had a horrible story twist that reeked of "justification for sequel" rather than "lets see where this leads".

As far as games go, getting to the ending is often interpreted as accomplishment; the gamer expects a reward. If you can't appreciate the contained storytelling beyond the game mechanic, then I could see how this would chafe. I didn't find the game all that challenging (although there were moments), so I wasn't looking for a 20min cinematic ending to the series as a golden carrot reward.

Halo 1 - MC stopped Halo from triggering, MC escaped and was onboard a vessel back to earth. *very limited ending, little to no story, reeked of
*level completed*
Please wait 3years while loading next level...

Halo 2 - MC stopped (along with Arbiter) the Halo from triggering, MC on a vessel bound for earth. Toned down ending with storyline possibilies, left a lot of people feeling like the game had no climax. I'd blame this on the buildup of the last two levels than the ending itself.

If you look at the potential story arcs beyond the ending (like, lets say MC is captured) from this point there could be some pretty big twists bungie can put in it, and it's not necessarily going to be "Level Completed! The Universe is safe." It's an ending to this chapter, but it's not the conclusion to the story.

As it was I hope you all waited for the credits; there's a little Cortana scene at the end opens up a few other possibilities.

Ah well, onto legendary. Now that *IS* challenging.
16999  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished Halo 2? Discuss here. *SPOILER WARNING!* on: November 13, 2004, 07:41:46 AM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
That's still no excuse.  I'm betting the weak ending has more to do with time constraints to make the holiday release.  I wouldn't be surprised at all if large portions of the single player were excised to make the release date.  A similar issue almost happened with Half Life 2, as detailed in the outstanding Final Hours piece over on Gamespot.  

The issue isn't as much the ending itself but the pacing.  There's really no indication you're playing the last level of the game.  

I seriously doubt that Halo 3 will be a launch title.  Xbox 2 launches in one year.  It took Bungie 3 years to deliver Halo 2 on a platform they already had experience with.  I'm betting on Halo 3 positioned to go day and date with PS3's North American release.

Wow. You list time constraints and then point out they had 3 years. If *anything* is evident with the release of Halo2, it's that it was all methodical. The ILoveBees thing, the tatoo'd release date. I don't think they cut a thing. They are intending to have downloadable content, and maybe theres something to the single player there, but I gotta tell you I'm pretty happy with the game, AND the ending...

**************SPOILER WARNING********************
After a 12hr game, I really don't want full closure on what happens, and Regret's invasion of earth didn't do the full-scale Covenant justice. This game is meant to build on the Halo dynasty, and have us looking forward to the next. Halo1 had the same ending, and SHORTER.  The only difference is that rather than MC finishing off the ring, the game took a different twist and resolved the brute uprising. Rather than having the risk of One Halo going off, there's 6 or 7 to worry about... and their all available to Truth. MC also has to get Cortana back, and the whole tentacle plot is yet to unfold.

If they're going to open this up to encompass global war, they're better off pushing it out on the next hardware. The normalization mapping (although awesome when functioning) was almost distracting when it was failing. I want to see more, but I'm more than satisfied with what I have.

As to it not being a launch title, I doubt very much that Halo3 hasn't been in production since they had the Xbox Next dev kits there. The plotline is already there, and I'm sure they've been working on a "what effects did we want that hardware limitations pooched in Halo2" list. I truly don't think that MS would launch XBox2 without a halo title. Whether its 2.5 or whatever, I just don't see it happening. I'm sure they've been gearing Bungie for it; and if this game feels "incomplete" or is too open, I'd look at it as an indicator the next one is already in full swing. My 2 cents.

Oh, I don't know if anyone noticed this, but Laura Prepon does the voice for the female marines. As soon as I heard her voice (and attitude) I *knew* it was Donna (that 70's show). slywink I confirmed it in the credits when I finished it today. Tomorrow I watch disk 2. biggrin

As far as the Arbiter goes, I'm happy they have him in it. It adds to the game, and I found when I was running around as MC later I kept turning on my flashlight, hoping to go invisible.  :lol:

The flood are awesome in Halo2. From reanimating corpses you've just killed to the new tentacle animations, they seem less like they're from House of the Dead. As far as dealing with em, cut em, burn em or blow em up so you don't have to deal with them again (destroyed corpses will not be reanimated). It's wicked to see how resourceful the flood is in this game; it drives the point home that they are ultimately unstoppable. In Halo1 you hated the carriers cuz they acted like walking grenades... this time you hate them *for* the flood, not the explosion. They learn weapons/vehicles, they adopt shields: they're badass. If you can't handle the flood, help Truth finish em off. I'll be down in the trenches with my plasma sword. slywink
17000  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's Wrong With You People??!?? on: November 10, 2004, 10:27:47 AM
I'm staying offline to avoid spoilers to the storyline in Halo2.
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