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17201  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lightsaber in Kotor 2 on: February 09, 2005, 01:38:35 PM
Quote from: "Stardrifter"
Nothing beats kicking back on the sofa with a cold beer, some snacks, and playing hours of KOTOR 2 on my widescreen TV.  biggrin

How about a working game with a cohesive plotline? ::sigh:: Hand me a beer.
17202  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Martial Artist List] Declare your style and rank on: February 09, 2005, 01:32:33 PM
Quote from: "Raven VII"
(Oh man I'm so tempted to make a joke post, but I won't ;P)


Tiger Claw Kung Fu - Red belt, black tassle. It was more like dance class than anything combat. Was cool to try out Sai's and Bos; I got pretty good at Tonfa.
Fuk Ewe - Scottish martial arts. Lotta hip action.

In all seriousness, I did take Kung Fu. The problem I had with it was advancement was based more on getting the forms right than fighting ability. It was good and I'd recommend it for beginners, but it's not the same thing. I also took a few lessons in Tae Kwon Do (mixed fighting styles included) but didn't stick with it.
17203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Project Snowblind Preview is Up! on: February 04, 2005, 06:23:33 PM
Man, I don't know which monkey wrote that, but I'm impressed that they're getting letters right using feces fingerpainting as the medium.

slywink just kiddin' Ron! ninja

Looks promising; I do recall seeing a bit of this about 3 months ago and some sites were touting it as a Halo-Killer. We'll see. biggrin
17204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath on: February 04, 2005, 06:20:26 PM
Rented it; it's the only console game to tear me away from WoW.

I've gotten the 2nd bounty, so first time at store with money; bought all upgrades. Takin' em all in alive. Binoculars are way cool and very helpful.

It'd suck if there was a jailbreak, and because I only killed 2 or 3 henchmen. I mean, I'd have a small army to contend with.  :shock: Yeesh.

Oh, and sofar I can save anywhere. Way to go, Oddworld!!
17205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Star Craft: Ghost on: February 02, 2005, 12:15:16 AM
If a company can save it from obscurity or lack-of-polish, it's Swinging Ape. When this was showcased at E3 2003 it was definately a must-have for me. I dunno what's happened, but I'm hoping what we saw can be salvaged and brought to life.
17206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Are Sudeki and Yager good bargain games? on: February 01, 2005, 11:56:42 PM
I got a decent way through Sudeki, and it was a lot of fun. I wanted more out of it as it had so much potential to meet that "Epic" gaming it was touted to be.

As to Yager; if you liked Wing Commander : Prophecy or Crimson skies, this is a definate MUST RENT (or buy for 10US). Regardless of the cheezy dialog (which I've enjoyed sofar) it has a decent dogfight element that reminds me of WC.
17207  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW- Server and Player lists READ FIRST POST on: January 25, 2005, 12:43:34 PM
Purge,Whisperwind,Alliance,Stabbetty,Rogue,NightElf,Almost Heroes,Leather
17208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR II: Changed for the Experience (spoilrs in l8r posts ) on: January 23, 2005, 07:30:17 PM
Yeah, you liked KOTOR2 a lot more than I did.

The storyline had it's pull on my for a long time; but it was truly incomplete. The pull and suggestion of some of the game would indicate (without using spoilers) that there would be a lot MORE, and just as they showed you that opportunity, they stick you into a funnel of pointless ejection and burdened with a myriad of plot-holes and pointless obtuse dialog to leave you wondering : "Why did I pay full price for the first half??"

That, and the mechanics of the game are actually WORSE than KOTOR1. It distracted me from the game. I'd go play it again, but I'd have to buy it (as mine was traded in). I don't see that happening unless the PC version gets a significant upgrade from the xbox version(highly unlikely). I can wait for a used copy; I'm not in any hurry to play it again.

I don't see products as being "art" or "spiritual", to me it boils down to "entertainment". As such I think it's important to recognize that the spiritual aspect of the game is just another element; a commodity if you will, being sold with the Star Wars Light Side(tm).

To each their own, I suppose. I'm glad you could enjoy yours more than I did mine.
17209  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Please sign this Metallica Petition on: January 20, 2005, 04:29:22 PM
Quote from: "Biyobi"
Quote from: "HankRaptor"

Would you prefer more... cowbell?

Triangle. It's got a classy sound to it. It just screams out rage and deep emotion... and "Dinnertime!!". slywink
17210  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Please sign this Metallica Petition on: January 20, 2005, 04:26:24 PM
Quote from: "th'FOOL"

What the hell is it with English people using normal german words to emphasize ideas in english? Angst, Dreck (it's capitolized as it's a noun) are just "fear" and "dirt".


I just don't understand the Zweck.  confused
17211  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / What if WoW was not made by Blizzard? on: January 20, 2005, 04:12:24 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Every Blizzard game has reeked with quality and polish.  So, yeah, I bought it because it was a Blizzard game.   :wink:

Ooh, you've got the EXACT same 2 pennies I have. Same year and EVERYTHING. slywink
17212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ***EA Signs exclusive deal with ESPN*** :'[ on: January 19, 2005, 05:18:56 PM
Quote from: "Jumangi"
Quote from: "Purge"

While the new pricing did cut into EA's sales they had to make a drastic price cut to do it. Would it have made along term effect is anybody's guess. Now we won't know.

ESPN NFL 2K5 was voted ( by IGN* editors and readers alike) as sports game of the year. Sega/take2 had announced the price cut for 1 year to gain market exposure and to give gamers an affordable choice. Madden's price was dropped to match, and ESPN was still making headway.

Lets face it, every year the games barely change with exception to changes within the league itself. I'd like to see these games come out with a 2k5, and in 2k6 they release a $10 game disk with a roster update. 2k7 should then be a full game with hardware changes. It makes the product MUCH more attractive, IMHO.

Won't be happening now. <sigh>

*not that I'm a big of IGN; I just noticed the article today.
17213  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW and Religion, from the front page on: January 18, 2005, 03:08:32 PM
People get touchy.

Oh, and Hi Jack. Nice to see you're still alive.
17214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Thinking of getting Halflife 2, but... on: January 18, 2005, 03:03:45 PM
Quote from: "Dinkytoy"
Just to add one more issue I'm concerned about, it seems to me if a product has no resale value, then it need to cost less up front.

As near as I understand it, HL2 has no resale value at all.

Actually, HalfLife2 is completely re-sellable. You can transfer the game over to another user (privately, not commercially). I just don't think you can sell it at your local EB Games. <shrug>
17215  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ***EA Signs exclusive deal with ESPN*** :'[ on: January 18, 2005, 02:52:19 PM
Quote from: "gellar"
Holy sweet jesus.

Sega didn't have a long term deal with ESPN?  Their sole and only brand?  MORONS.

EA has just proven that it's about... oh, say 1000000000000x smarter than Sega.


They're the BIG FISH. It has nothing to do with smarts, it has to do with pull. Sega was also bidding on the NFL exclusivity.

The fact that Sega was able to dent the hull of the EA Behemoth shows they were smart. They gambled and if EA hadn't landed the exclusivity contract now, do you think they'd be nearly as profitable this time next year? What's the only way EA can stop their (arguably better) upstart competitor? Take away their ability to compete. Break their knees, sign exclusive contracts, whatever. If Sega had won the NFL contract (which was VERY unlikely) they would have had the same advantage.

This ESPN contract is fallout from that; ESPN wants a piece of the bigger pie and they're getting it served to them.

This is playing out like a bad 80's John Hughes film.. you know, where the worthwhile underdog has the shit kicked out of him by the richer jock/bully (and his friends). Except I'm thinking this (per)version has no retribution in store for the bully.


EA has destroyed some amazing developer studios. It eats them whole,  and leaves an empty husk in a pile of dung. Bullfrog, Origin, you will be missed. Sega ESPN, we hardly knew ye.

[edited for grammar, missed a few words ]
17216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I never thought I say this about Gamepro... on: January 18, 2005, 02:46:49 PM
The Sith Lords needs to be dragged out into the light to show its broken, fetid corpse clinging onto an untapped storyline and flawed gameplay.

At least, this is *my* opinion.  :twisted:
17217  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why do games look like crap on my new TV? on: January 18, 2005, 02:42:01 PM
It's too bad the manual for your TV doesn't have a "Display" button to tell you what mode you're in.

Oh, rent Amped 2 and play it; 720p is gorgeous. (I'm on a 51" HDTV RP Hitachi). Yes, there are jaggies but they're not nearly as bad as 480i.

Now you can play splinter cell and see his toolbelt move based on his actions. Oooooo. biggrin
17218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Thinking of getting Halflife 2, but... on: January 17, 2005, 07:50:57 PM
Quote from: "Big Jake"
I am doing this as an effort not to become an annoyance to everyone on this board.

I'm not annoyed in the least. Open conversation breeds thought which flexes cerebral tissue. I'm up for a workout. biggrin People tend to jump up and down when their beliefs are questioned, however if we adopt them as ideas, we tend to allow a bit of change in.

I hope you continue to post here, as long as its not "STFU, mister poopiehead."
THAT line is MINE.
17219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Thinking of getting Halflife 2, but... on: January 17, 2005, 07:43:01 PM
Quote from: "Big Jake"
Purge, software licensing isn't the same as a driving license.  Your poor motor skills is a physical danger to other people.  Your poor PC skills, or even pirating of on-line material, is not.  Ask yourself: would you rather have some POS steal your credit cards online and go shopping with them, or run over by some idiot driving a two ton Suburban going 75?  In the rain.  Because, since it's a 4X4, that means it doesn't lose traction.  (I know PLENTY of idiots who believe this.)

I disagree; I feel the comparison holds for the context of my point. The licensing structure requires authentication and validation to operate within the respective environments.

The stark constrast you paint demonstrates the risks of the environment you're in. Have you ever watched enemy of the state? Although drastic and right up that "conspiracy theory" nuttiness you've put forth slywink, losing your identity, data (given a writer with a book, a programmer with a new IP, etc) can ruin a life as bad as a being in a wheelchair. At least with vehicles you're in a vehicle with safety measures. Not perfect, not even close, but at least you see the threat.

Either way, it's an environment risk that you've pointed out, and as such the comparisons aren't identical. Vehicle licensing compares to Vehicle licensing a whole lot better than to Software licensing.

And to your anonymity online? I found (while teaching a youth classes at the local YMCA a decade ago) that when people are identified the "You don't know who I am, so I can be an asshole to people" mentality is strongly reduced.

Our arguement on the subject isn't going to change the structure of Steam; their goose has laid a golden egg and there isn't a damned thing anyone can do about it. For better or worse, the precedent is set; and it shows that the consumer is willing to play by their rules. <shrug> Vote with your remote.
17220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bungie's banning of thousands of players... on: January 17, 2005, 07:25:54 PM
Quote from: "DiamondDecision"
I laughed recently when I saw a quote from Bill Gates where he thought that 80% of people with an Xbox 2 will be online.  I guarantee you I'll be in the 20% hold out.


Until it's guaranteed that 100% of the cheating is gone and all the "in your face" stuff is gone as well (which is impossible for that to be removed), it's simply too risky and aggravating to attempt it.

I'm happy their banning people, and although I understand your frustration it seems like you're cutting your nose off to spite your face.

I don't deal with too many lame people, and I find after an evening of gameplay I end up with 2 or 3 more friends who are worth playing with. That with the CG list of people has me more than satisfied.
17221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Thinking of getting Halflife 2, but... on: January 16, 2005, 03:38:02 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"

At least two factors:

1) a stipulation in Valve and VU's contract that Valve cannot undercut the MSRP of the boxed copy with the downloadable version.  

2) Retailers are pissed if publisher undercuts them by offering the online version cheaper than the store bought version.

The second reason is going to be the major hitch in online distribution for all publishers IMO.

Bandwidth costs too, so the shipping and packaging and pressing costs is offset by having to maintain fatpipe costs to support hundreds of thousands of people downloading 4GB each.
17222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Thinking of getting Halflife 2, but... on: January 16, 2005, 03:25:27 PM
Quote from: "Sarkus"
You'd think that after it took me two weeks of trying and a reformat of my hard drive to get it to work that I would not be a fan of Half-Life 2.  But I am, and that should tell you all you need to know.

Steam (or something like it) are the future of PC gaming so you might as well get on the bus now.


Besides, the Steam-whining (not targetted at any one person here; more at the net in general) is a dull roar beside the cheating, hacking and willful destruction of balanced online play that HL1 Multiplay (TFC, Action-halflife, Counterstrike, etc) had. I for one am glad that people playing online have some accountability to their actions.

I'm sure people whined about vehicle registration when it was first put in place. "What do you mean, I need a LICENCE to drive my own property??"


Chances are you're playing your PC games on a licenced operating system that required validation & registration. You *ARE* using a legal copy, right?  :wink:  FTR, I own my Windows XP Pro, so you can hold back your "Pot, this is kettle. Just a reminder, you're still black" comments. biggrin

The road to hell is paved with the best of intentions, and it's a downward path. After all this time, do you really want to turn around and start trudging all that way back up?  :twisted:
17223  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Why I hate World of Warcraft ~ by depward on: January 15, 2005, 01:56:04 PM
 Give *in* to the icon... WoooOoOOOooooW


You know, WoW lets you solo. That's what sold me on it.
I used to be into FFXI (for a long time; Stabbetty on Phoenix)

I don't miss waiting an hour for a party.
I don't miss paying 6k for shuriken that miss half the time.
Some days I get nostalgic though, and FFXI was an amazing balance act.
That, and the AH in WoW is not nearly as well done as FFXI.
17224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Trying to install Team fortress classic on: January 14, 2005, 12:03:16 AM
Quote from: "warning"
Quote from: "Dafones"
They're too busy coming up with TF2 for Source.

Heh... that's funny.

actually, I think it's true. While at E3 (2003) I met a texture artist for Valve who was (at the time) on that project. Since the theft (and delay) and the whole Steam / HL2 had to come out first, they've likely pushed it back to build on it, etc. Just looking at what they've been able to do with Source leads me to believe a TF2 release date in the next six months is not only reasonable; it's something they're just itching to get out there.
17225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's Official: KOTOR II is HALO 2's Daddee on: January 13, 2005, 11:58:59 PM
Quote from: "Sepiche"
Well.. they are facts in my opinion. Tongue

Besides, since when have people actually had to back up anything they say on the internet? smile

I was just throwing out games that are generally considered to be the best in their areas, including some I don't like myself, but other are quite fond of.  Also note that I was not comparing graphics.  I was picking the games that have the best gameplay.  I could give 2 $hits about graphics. slywink


P.S. - Okay I admit I was a bit grouchy this week and took it out on Halo, but come on... it was asking for it... Tongue

To point number one, LOL.
To point number two, ROFL.
To point number three - Graphics are part of immersion, and as long as everything jives then it doesn't matter to me that much. I *am* superficial though, and I won't take Doom2 graphics seriously in 2005.

See, I don't see Halo2 as the second coming, but there is a lot of H2 bashing that goes on for the sake of people's wildly disproportioned expectations of a game (any game). I just vehemently objected to the "Sith Lords" as being rated higher than H2, it's truly a broken game. Oh, and I like saying things like "The sith lords is a big pile of smelly poo".

Can ya tell? slywink
17226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's Official: KOTOR II is HALO 2's Daddee on: January 13, 2005, 10:47:35 PM
Quote from: "Sparhawk"
Halo1 was one of my most anticipated titles for PC FPS.

Incorrect. It was the most anticipated PC/MAC RTS before it was ever a FPS.

Regardless of it's original concept /design, the game *is* an FPS and my statement is not incorrect.  I don't anticipate RTS games, so I don't really mind the change. <shrug> And really, Halo is a Marathon game. (which were first person shooters)

My statement still stands.
KOTOR 2 is a smelly pile of poo.
17227  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Who will die in 2005? on: January 13, 2005, 03:27:23 AM
I'm no good at predictions, but I think Harrison Ford may have a plane accident, and Jar Jar binks will step in as Indiana Jones for the final one.

Big Jake, I just saw your sig, and I've got one question:

"At Least Doom3 was playable right out of the box."

But why would you *want* to? I'm just teasin... Black is my favorite colour too. slywink
17228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's Official: KOTOR II is HALO 2's Daddee on: January 13, 2005, 03:11:47 AM
Quote from: "Sepiche"
Actually every single one of those games I mentioned IS light years ahead of Halo 2 in gameplay... IN MY OPINION. smile


Now *that* is a cop-out. You stated it as fact, and change it to opinion like we were all retard for thinking otherwise.

Halo1 was one of my most anticipated titles for PC FPS. Ever. It switched to console, and I went for it. As a hard-core PC gamer starting at about ~1987 (within the last 5 years I was hosting 30+ person lan parties in my basement). Halo1 took me, hook line and sinker. Can any of the games you mentioned let you play in an immersive co-op mode? Are they well-balanced and fast-paced with a solid graphics/sounds/control/physics/fun factor?

Tribes Vengeance is an empty shell; worse than UT2K4. It is soulless and barren. Tribes was a great game, but it was never as engaging as the Rainbow 6 line (PC) or Ghost Recon (PC).

Day of Defeat was still standing on the shoulders of Half-Life and what it brought to the table. Single player? No. DoD:Source? Puhleez. Sell me a product I already own with a new engine. Same thing with Counterstrike. I'm done with shooting the radio and then sniping down the alley. In 1998.

Battlefield was by far the ugliest game I've seen in some time. There were a lot of people who loved it and I don't begrudge them that. I never got into it; it seemed unpolished and a whole lot of not-fun.

Vampires is a FPRPG. Not an FPS. That's like saying Lego Racing is better than Sim Copter. Well, they both have a third person view in vehicles, right?

The list of "FPS games off the top of your head" contains a fair amount of legacy titles (not "todays games") and some you either haven't played or aren't really in the same category. We're comparing apples to oranges and complaining there isn't enough citrus in the apple category. Or that these apples don't taste as good as the ones in them good old days.

Back on topic.

KOTOR2 is a big pile of smelly poo.
17229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 Impressions on: January 13, 2005, 02:45:38 AM
Quote from: "farley2k"
After 10 minutes of play at Best Buy all I can say is - it is beautiful, but why can't they get the controls right?

I also wanted to find a way to run but I couldn't.  Maybe it exisits, if I had a manual I could tell but I just had a few minutes with the game.

100% correct. I'm not a big RE fan, and after playing an hour of it, I'm glad I only rented it.

I'm playing it on my 30" widescreen (proscan) and it is VERY pretty. And gruesome. Pretty gruesome, I guess. I cannot get past the controls though. I don't know what it is with Nintendo games and stationary gameplay (Metroid, for example). Their AAA titles (IMHO) generally have poor controls and require a deeper understanding of how fingers DON'T work to get it to do what you want it to do.

If they offered a better angle (the sloped angle of the gun versus your perspective can be misleading a LOT of the time).Since he's actually STOPPING to take aim we should have the benefit of a true scope sight.

As to running, hold the B button with no triggers pressed.

If you love survivor horror or previous RE games, this is a must. If you've never tried it before and are old hat at FPS games, I'd strongly recommend renting this title first. Or be prepared to pay for a replacement controller and at least 1 sheet of drywall.
17230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's Official: KOTOR II is HALO 2's Daddee on: January 12, 2005, 07:18:12 PM
Quote from: "ChrisGwinn"
If you have a widescreen monitor, HL2 will run widescreen.  Just in case you were wondering.

Yeah. I don't have 51" worth of space on my desk for what I'm playin' Halo2 on.. or Sith lords for that matter. slywink I know there are some nice gaming rigs out there; they generally cost more than a low-mid home theatre. biggrin
17231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's Official: KOTOR II is HALO 2's Daddee on: January 11, 2005, 10:43:41 PM
Quote from: "Sepiche"
Obviously Halo 2 has a nice multiplayer portion, and runs well on it's console, but nothing IMHO about the gameplay is innovative.  Compare it to any reasonably good PC FPS and it's lightyears behind the curve.


Lets see, the 4 big FPS games of 2004 :

Halflife2 - MOTS. Fun online, single player was (for me) a single trip. Grav gun enhancement; graphics are impressive and the game was done right.
Everything else is the same. Hell, the multiplayer portions are fundimentally identical to games we were playing 7 years ago. Counter-strike Source? Nice, but not really innovative.
Doom3  -I got through it, but it was NOT fun. Tripolectometronic Bootstrapbumped Vertile Shadelighting so we can enjoy BLACK. Yeah. No other improvements.
UT2k4   - It's like a sports game that gets updated every year. Headshot, Headshot. Rampage. *yawn* Monster Kill. I own it; it collects dust. Added vehicles; Halo1 had them. Tribes had them; no big advancement here.  It's online community keeps this afloat, and it is the defacto FPS shooter.
Far Cry - once you get past the jungle idea, it's a linear shooter that has you following a preset path (or you can sit in jungle by yourself, your call). Played the demo, played the retail for a couple hours at a buddies place; no big deal. I didn't see advancement beyond MOTS.

Halo2 - A straightforward shooter with (what I found to be)an engaging story, a terrific selling record and a very active online gaming community(very impressive for a pay-to-play service). Added vehicle jacking, dual wielding, and melee weapon. Nothing truly revolutionary, but impressive that they managed to keep the game balanced. As to physics, play Halo1 and watch how your character reacts to driving. He rolls forwards when stopping, and gets pinned back while accelerating. Halo2 added to that level of detail in more than just physics. Listen to the marines, check out the talents actors and actresses that helped voice the game.

You can chalk it up to MOTS, but MOTS is not "lightyears behind". That's not even a reasonable statement. Given the list above, Halo2 is in with it's peers. Just because it doesn't have a keyboard / mouse interface doesn't make it subpar. Widescreen on a nice set blows away the tunnelvision a monitor offers, and a controller is a middleground compromise between the mediocre controls of a keyboard and the fluid controls of the mouse. Oh, and if you want to play it with kbd/mouse, go visit and ask em for a Smart-Joy frag. I've tried it, it works.

But this thread isn't about HALO2 VS. PC FPS, or PC elitism. It's about KOTOR2 being Halo2's Daddee. Drunken embarrassing step-father, maybe. He's a nice guy at first, but wait till you get to know him.

KOTOR brand name has held substantial value; #1 was game of the year for a lot of the critics out there. KOTOR2 had clout coming to market; they didn't live up to it. Oh, I can see the effort is there, but this one came out half-baked to make a christmas rush. That's not to say other games (including H2) don't face the same challenges, but I mean REALLY. They already had the engine and only had to tweak it. Obsidian didn't add much else to it other than a more complex workbench and some jedi classes and weapon forms. I'd also put forth that they added a story, but since the whole thing isn't there, and not all Tab "A"s fit into their Slot "B"s, it's a choose-your-own-adventure book with the a third of the pages ripped out.

Maybe Obsidian is happy with their game; I am not. I'm a pre-order kind of guy and unless they can convince me otherwise, KOTOR3 will wait until I'm confident I won't be getting another rotten Tootsie Pop.
17232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's Official: KOTOR II is HALO 2's Daddee on: January 11, 2005, 10:22:26 PM
Quote from: "Stardrifter"
I'm glad I'm not experiencing any of the "technical issues" with the game that purge and others are having.  I know I'm only on Telos but I have already logged over 30hrs with zero problems.  The load times between "areas" doesn't bother me either.  They are only about 20 seconds long, give or take a few seconds.

My biggest worry right now is hoping and praying a KOTOR 3 is in the planning stages.

It gets worse as it goes. Like I said, I loved this game initially. 4 planets in I still loved the game, but had a few crashes. Some advice: Save often.

Oh, and the plotlines are fine while it's still simple (and Telos is still simple).
17233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's Official: KOTOR II is HALO 2's Daddee on: January 11, 2005, 04:27:00 PM
Quote from: "ATB"
[Halo2]had among the worst endings in my gaming experience.

Some have said that KOTOR II's ending is bad...but, at this stage, that seems inconceivable.  I'll find out when I get there...but that may be a while. [...] HALO2 is pwned by KOTOR II

Yeah. Uhm, where to begin.

Halo2 is a middlepiece storyline with twists and innovation. Ambitious in nature, and pushing the absolute limit of a GeForce3.5 on a 700mHz processor. Bungie worked their damnedest with the hardware to deliver as much as possible; they have no reason to apologize.

KOTOR2, for me, was worse than Fable. At least Lionhead had the guts to apologize for what they wanted to give us but had to leave out. Plus, they built their engine.

Obsidian takes the full working engine and breaks it. KOTOR2 freezes, crashes, has MAJOR SHOWSTOPPING BUGS such as being able to cast heal (or any support function like Force Shield) and if you time it right, you can execute any attack WHILE the animation is showing you heal, and your very next move will do BOTH at the same time (Flurry of Blows + Master Heal in 1 round = Damned near unstoppable) The thing is, you may have already triggered this bug accidentally, especially if you don't use any autopause function.

Excessively long load times, conversation thread failures, accidental item duping, messed up storyline threads and plot holes big enough to throw a mule through *really* hurts this game.  First you start wondering why they show you plot stuff that no one acknowledges in normal conversation to where you get railroaded for the end section.

Basically, the last 1/4 of the game horrible. It's like you've just gotten to the middle of a tootsie pop to discover the fudge has been replaced with dogshit and vinegar.

If you want to keep loving this game play until you *know* who's behind the dark side. Then stop, start over, and go to the same point. Seriously, I freakin' loved the game for the first while. <sigh> KOTOR2 has fallen to the dark side.
17234  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - The Rogue Class on: January 11, 2005, 01:53:18 PM
Quote from: "Koz"
Well you don't want to primarily lean on SS in a dagger build, but you still use the skill heavily. Only SS and gouge give CPs during normal fighting (you can't BS without stunning in some fashion), and gouge has a longish cooldown (especially with no points in the talent), so even a dagger build is going to use quite a few SS's.

At level 18 solo'ing, I will either ambush or backstab (1 cp); take 3 seconds of stabbing (meter fills), gouge (+1), hold A and E for a second (strafes to the back of the monster), Backstab (+1), take another 3 seconds of stabbing, drop an SS (+1) and then a gouge (+1) and before the gouge wears off my energy is high enough to drop a max Evis.

I'm liking the daggers; got a sword in my second hand.

I truly haven't decided on a spec' yet; I've only got 2 points assigned right now (1 in improved evisc, 1 in remorseless... both were assigned accidentally while I was just looking.) I'm not spending a gold to have those two cleared out while I try to decide.
17235  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / MechAssault2 - Online in 2 hours (10pm CST) Tonight! on: January 10, 2005, 07:23:18 AM
WoW sucked me in. Cripes it's good.
17236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire on: January 10, 2005, 07:21:04 AM
Quote from: "Devil"
I'm agreeing with LE!!! :shock:

Happened to me once too, Devil.

::Purge hands Devil a bar of soap and points to the sink::

Go. Wash. Now. The burning will subside in a few hours.
17237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished KotoR2 - And I want my freaking 30 hours back!!!! on: January 10, 2005, 07:15:47 AM
1. The Ebon Hawk was dented and very clearly damaged in the cutscenes on Malachor V, but suddenly all the dents were gone and it could save me? I felt like I was watching a bad Dukes of Hazzard episode where they do a jump, the General Lee is damaged, and then in the next scene the car is fine!

Commando. Smashed and dented yellow porsche; perfect porsche. repeat.

You and I took the same path, and yes, I'd have to say that, without a doubt that the ending was worse than the lucas starwars 2.0

Half baked is too much credit; they forgot the freakin' eggs in the recipe. It was like I was enjoying the magic and splendor of having all of these choices (and since we now knew that it was Revan's ship and the ebon hawk was voicelocked but I had Hk47 who could dupe it) and the fact that the game was supposed to touch ALL worlds affected by both wars, that there was going to be a second set of planets unlocked.

The bond was never explained. All of a sudden Kreia (who we suppose was the ONLY person to have her powers severed by the jedi council) was Darth Traya (instead of her being a much more interesting balance / neutral player).

I already started the evil side (remaining neutral, starting nar shadaa this time to get Mira and THEN go evil as possible).

The game feels so much smaller the second time. so limited; so incomplete.

Due to the lack of forsight from either the developer or publisher (B is generally to blame over A) Bioware's going to look like gold with Jade Empire.

Hell, they could crap in the DVD case and it still might rank higher.
17238  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - Should I bother? on: January 07, 2005, 07:25:48 PM
Quote from: "RPGHero"
That is one thing I have to say about WOW that it gets right, especially compared to FFXI which I also loved.  FFXI keeps you POOR.  Not just a little broke, POOR.  Granted there was an auction house and other ways to make money, but you just never had that much actual cash on you.  In other games, the money is either completely worthless or too hard to get.  In WOW you always seem to have an appropriate amount for equipment and other stuff for your level.  Even though you lost some money on repairs I'm sure you were able to replace it quickly.  I think that this is one thing that WOW does right.

I had a Mithra NIN in FFXI: tell me about it. Uetsusemi is DAMNED expensive. And 900gil PER shuriken? Puhleeze. They miss 50% of the time. When I bought 200 Axes for 30 copper yesterday I almost crapped myself.

Shopkeeper: "Cough up the 30 copper, and you can have 200 of these. I know I'm charging a lot, but hey, I love these throwing axes."
Me: "What are these, gold-inlaid with porcelain carrying case editions? I dunno, 30 coppers... that's like what, 6 ruined pelts? S'way too expensive, man."
Shopkeeper: "thats the price, take it or leave it."
Me: "yeah, I guess. How often do they hit?"
Shopkeeper: "Most of the time, depending on your skill"
[ me swallows tongue, buys axes, leaves ]
Shopkeeper: "Sucker... Those were only worth 25 copper"
Me: "Sucker... in FFXI I'd have paid 4gold 2silver 80copper for this many."
17239  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - Should I bother? on: January 07, 2005, 07:16:48 PM
Quote from: "DCW"
Get the best price you can for your CE, then buy a standard version and try the game out. You'll be a couple of bucks further ahead that way.

I got CE cheap, (read my first post) about $35US.

I'm in the game now, Whisperwind - Alliance - Stabbetty - Night Elf Rogue. (see WoW user thread; I've added it in the right format). biggrin
17240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MechAssault2 Game impressions (WARNING - Spoilers) on: January 07, 2005, 07:13:22 PM
Quote from: "Punisher"
No, no, don't heal the turret, heal the VTOL. Hover over the launch pad and defend from there. When the mechs attack, stay there and keep firing at them. alternate fire between all mechs so they keep their attention on you. While this is going on, keep hitting the button to grab health. You will constantly heal the VTOL and never die.

I understand that; I was explaining that I didn't even know how to pick up stuff or that you could actually heal structures before... I play MP a lot, and I'm generally relegated to the VTOL (as I'm really good at it).
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