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801  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else playing Sacred 2? on: January 25, 2009, 10:45:43 AM
When you click the arrow to open up the skills. The grey ones can only be selected once you have 5 points in the ones on the left of the grey ones. This can be 5 points in 1 or 1 in each of the 5's.

To level up the skills you can there is a small + sign on the ones that are in your tree to the left(not the box when you click the arrow)

You get to choose 10 skills overall but they don't come every level.

So you have skills that level up every level as well as a choice of skills to which you can choose a max of 10 over the course of the first 30 odd levels.

Sorry the above is not that clear.

802  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Football Manager Live on: January 25, 2009, 10:40:45 AM
I picked this up yesterday.

First it isn't as in depth as Football Manager 2009 but you still need a good understanding of Soccer to play it.

The game costs 18 from play.com and that includes a 4 month subscription.

First you have to name your Team same as you would your toon in an MMO.

You then join a game world (server) this supports up to 1000 players. Each gameworld runs on a 4 week cycle. 1 week of preseason and then 3 weeks of playing competition games. This works really well as it gives you the first week to get set up, play some friendlies and learn the game.

At the start you get 500,000 to buy a squad and a wage budget of 100,000. All the players in the game are based on real life players so it's like setting up your own soccer team. You can use Auto Select and it will pick 18 players automatically or you can get it to pick 18 players based on your settings. Finally you can manually do it by searching the database and picking them all yourself. I did a bit of both. Picked 4 key players and then auto filled the rest.

There are also skills in the game you learn and this is done exactly like EvE. They are broken down into sections like Coaching, Tactics, Physio, Scouting, Management and Infrastructure. They all have additional skills within them. They take from 40mins to 30 days to learn and go from level 1 to 5. You get a choice at the start on what you want to focus on and gets skills based on that.

After choosing your squad and get in game there are a few things to do. Fist you pick an FA (Football Association) to join. These organise your league and cup games and also regulate how often you want to play. There are different types of FA's. I am in an evening one which is for people who are mostly on between 18.00 - 24.00. You have afternoon ones, morning ones and so. You also have casual ones for people that don't play as much and ones for heavy players.

Then it's picking your team and formation. This is also where it is different from FM2009.  For example you can pick any formation but if you want to add  forward runs or defense cover you need to learn it as a skill so you can train your team in it. At first it seems a bit odd being limited in what you can set up but it does seem to work well.

Next it's play a game or two. You can set your profile to you want to play a game and then use an auto finder to find other teams ready to play or you can ask anyone for a game. You join chat rooms when logging in, there are 4 or 5 of them including a transfer market and help rooms for anything you aren't sure of as well as asking for friendlies.

Now the league format works a bit different, the fixture are generated and you have a date by which time you need to have played this game against the other person. So it's not as if you have to be on line at a specific time. Depending on your FA your also have an AI option where games cane be resolved by the AI using what you have picked, there is a limit to this and if you use it too much you will end up being removed from the league. I don't really know how well this works as my league only starts on Thursday and i am in the friendly phase still.

Finances are daily in that you get income every 24 hours and pay players daily. You have a daily limit on max wages which is 250k a day, for every spent over this you get a 100% tax on it.

So far i am really enjoying it, behaviour seems good, but it will interesting to see how people cope with losing games and being in a live chat situation as well.

I also wonder if the game will end up with those that play full time can easily pull away from those that don't and whether having multiple FA'S will solve this.

I do recommend it if you like FM2008/09
803  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else playing Sacred 2? on: January 23, 2009, 06:59:10 AM
My mum always used to say I want, doesn't get  icon_wink
804  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Star Soccer 4 ... on: January 20, 2009, 07:30:52 PM
http://www.nssworld.smfnew.com/

A site to get all the correct player names, teams logos etc.
805  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Star Soccer 4 ... on: January 20, 2009, 06:41:23 PM
How the hell do i register my game. Can't see any way of putting in the license key.

Any Ideas?

Ah found it, in game.
806  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Star Soccer 4 ... on: January 20, 2009, 06:28:12 PM
Just getting it now.
807  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Star Soccer 4 ... on: January 16, 2009, 05:44:51 PM
yeah i'm going to get it at that price as well.
808  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Thinking of signing up for AoC..what server to join?? on: January 11, 2009, 02:34:42 PM
Any news on EU server merges?
809  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: City of Heroes Issue 13: Architect (mission creator; day jobs) on: January 10, 2009, 05:01:04 PM
Ok thanks for that advice. It's not that i don't want to group just i don't get more than an hour so uninterrupted so find it unfair on those i group with. So i have a tendency to play alone and only use groups when i have to.
810  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: City of Heroes Issue 13: Architect (mission creator; day jobs) on: January 10, 2009, 01:33:14 PM
OK i just picked up this for 5 including a free month.

1st question is, Hero or Villian or is pretty much the same.

2nd i will be mostly solo so 1 class from each to play.

Any help appreciated.
811  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: *SHOCKER* Gamestop pisses me off again on: January 05, 2009, 10:43:47 PM
I think on new releases that are second hand you do only save 5.

New 39.99, Trade in 18.00, Second hand selling price 34.99 (29.99 if it's not selling well).

IMO that's not only ripping the gaming business off but the consumer as well. I really don't think the average person equates a second hand sale to no profit for the game maker or publisher and the effect this is having, add to that in a recession any saving is going to look even more attractive, it is certainly not a good thing.

In the UK we don't get any schemes as mentioned above then again we don't get as much shit.

Mostly i wait for new to become cheap.
812  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: *SHOCKER* Gamestop pisses me off again on: January 05, 2009, 10:36:02 PM
Luckily for us in the UK we don't have anything like this at all. We have 2 main Game shops The Game and Gamestation but there is never any pressure to buy used. Also they do specials each week that make new cheaper than second hand so it seems to encourage you to buy new. Example i picked up Fable II for 19.99 new when it was 29.99 second hand.

I was a retail manager for 20 years and there is no way i or any of my teams would ever have done selling in that way. Sure we were under pressure to sell certain high margin items to as many people as possible, but the customer is king and a return customer is a must. Another thing is 1 bad customer always tells there friends and families so normally it's not just 1 person you lose it can be 2 or 3 people.

There are always people who will take plenty of shit, some won't take any the reality is 90% are in the middle ground and from Jblanks post he falls into that category and when you piss them off you have undoubtedly got it wrong.

Personally i won't accept poor service from any business i go into and any that give it don't get a repeat visit from me or if it's a shop i generally need to visit on a regular basis i will make an immediate complaint either to a manager or higher if needed.  
813  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else playing Sacred 2? on: January 05, 2009, 10:13:49 PM
Played a bit more, i'm level 12 now and got my first horse. Certainly is a bit quicker.

One thing i don't like are the escort quests. You click on someone to finish a quest and they are like right take me here an dit's miles from where you are and nowhere near where you want to go. Then if you save and exit or crash(had 1 of each) the quests are failed anyways. There needs to be an option to do the escort or say no not atm.

Is the reward from the main quest line better than the side quests or is it the random drops that are best or no difference at all?

814  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else playing Sacred 2? on: January 04, 2009, 05:47:58 PM
When completed do you then move to Hardcore or do other levels open up.

Also seems like you played it very linear, i think i have done pretty much all the local side quests in the first zone and am level 8, not even really touched the main quest line.


I'm not sure on my SW build. Is blacksmith, Alchemy or Riding even worth taking?

When can you get your mount?
815  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gaming resolutions? on: January 03, 2009, 02:51:37 PM

Quote from: Canuck on January 02, 2009, 01:11:58 PM

Sure there's always lots of talk about New Years Resolutions but people to talk about their New Year's Gaming resolutions (I wonder why?) much.  So I thought what the heck.

Mine are twofold:

1) Finish more games than I did last year (4)
2)And to accomplish #1, I'm going to try to concentrate on one game at a time.  I know some of you like to keep your plate full but unfortunately I'm just not able to do that.  I get into games for an hour and then I get distracted by another game and then with 3 or 4 games on the go it  all seems like too much work and I never finish any of them.  So I'm gonna try to keep it simple this year.

How bout you guys? Got a particular game that you've never  been able to get around to or don't spend as much time gaming as you would like (or spend too much time gaming?)

This is me to a tee. I just can't get stuck into 1 game without another looking better and doing an hour at each one.

At the moment i am doing The Witcher but Sacred 2 is already intruding. I'm a bit into Dead Space, Fallout 3, PoP and FM2009 and have Mass Effect, X3 TC and Planescape + all mods waiting to go.

Add to that i love mmo's and have Lotro and WOTLK available

I have a xbox360 with Midnight Club LA, Burnout Paradise, Fable II, Last Remnant, Lost Odyssey and Infinite Undiscovery ready as well i think i may be doomed.

Also maybe buying a few less games as well.

 
816  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FarCry 2...what do I spend diamonds on? on: January 03, 2009, 02:02:23 PM
Well i totally disagree. Impressions thread for impressions, hints, tips and advice threads for those things.

I don't want to read through impressions threads full of hints tips and gaming advice, really i want impressions of the game.

817  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else playing Sacred 2? on: January 02, 2009, 06:59:35 AM
Some amazing shots there. very impressive, love the xmas ones.
818  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else playing Sacred 2? on: January 01, 2009, 11:29:20 AM
Well my copy arrived, installed it and patched to 2.34 no problem. I just didn't start the game until after it was totally patched. Probably easier that i hadn't played it at all then tried to patch it.

Be interesting to see how the next patch works.
819  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rockband in Europe (cry more Noob) on: December 31, 2008, 03:50:57 PM
It's a rip, you can get the Drums for Rb1 for 79 no Game. The game is 39.99(RB1). RB2 is 44.99 and 130 for the full set.

I have GH guitar and want RB2 with the Drums but you can't do just that.

All in all it's too bloody expensive and even 2nd hand is only 10 off the full set.

Total rip off atm.

Wait till March as the recession bits bound to be some dcent reductions by then.
820  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Planescape Torment Gets A Facelift on: December 30, 2008, 12:16:51 PM
Aye you could be right, then again that's the headline it was under. Of course having a facelift doesn't necessarily mean you look better either  icon_biggrin
821  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Planescape Torment Gets A Facelift (Update Really) on: December 30, 2008, 09:13:24 AM
Found this, thought it might be of interest.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/7.81317
822  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else playing Sacred 2? on: December 27, 2008, 03:17:29 PM
I've picked this up for 10 just waiting for it to be delivered, fingers crossed for installation issues. 10 for a new release is a great price, available from play.com if anyone is interested.
823  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - I'm back baby on: December 27, 2008, 12:09:00 AM
Another thing i find is when i drop back into LOTRO, AoC or WoW etc i am no longer in a guild and to be honest most of the games work much much better in a guild. Normally i don't really play enough to apply to guilds yet if i had a guild i may play more.

Anyways keep us updated about AoC as i have a level 20ish toon i may be tempted to play with.
824  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan - I'm back baby on: December 26, 2008, 08:41:31 PM

Quote from: Razgon on December 26, 2008, 07:29:41 PM

So, decided to resub Age of Conan this christmas, since I had some spare time, and was a bit bored with all the niceness in LOTOR and the bugginess of WAR.

And, I cant for the life of me understand why I ever quit - the game is sooo beautiful, and the first 20 levels are sooo damn fun - took 2 characters through Tortage, a Conquerer and a Necromancer, and had a ton of fun!

The game itself runs beautifully now, Funcom having optimized the game engine quite a lot, and there's a lot of newly added content as well, not the least of which is the PVP Notoriorty system, which punishes gankers. Also, I'll have to dig this one up, but come january server mergers will occur, and a new big content patch will arrive as well.

All in all, the game is great, I'm having a ton of fun, and the gritty, dirty world of Conan (With Nekkid Boobbbiiiiess) is so much more fun than the clean LOTRO to me right now

Aye but you say that about all of em  icon_biggrin

Personally i feel the same, each one when going bak to it seems great for a week or 2 and then the rot sets in. I really really want a new MMO to play, LOTRO, AoC, TR, EVE, WoW etc just don't scratch the itch for long enough yet there isn't anything else out there. What i am looking for is something that made me feel like WoW did on release month or EQ2 when i first tried that but there just isn't anything that really manages it atm.

I am actually using it as a chance to play some single player games. Got Dead Space, Fallout 3, Football Manager 09, GTA IV and POP.
825  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: December 21, 2008, 12:57:55 PM
I have a couple of old toons on snowbourn i am playing atm, I have a 24 hunter and 16 champion.
826  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: December 21, 2008, 09:41:26 AM
Thanks TiLT. I downloaded the font again and it works fine, not sure what has happened.
827  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: December 20, 2008, 10:16:18 PM
I can't get LOTRO to work anymore getting this error, anyone got any ideas? Offical forums seem quiet.

http://community.codemasters.com/forum/showthread.php?t=326082
828  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: EVE Online - push me off the fence. on: December 20, 2008, 01:05:56 PM
I have my 5 free days available. I will reactivate today, look me up i'm called Reemul.
829  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Im a LotRO winner!! on: December 02, 2008, 09:39:53 PM
OOh very nice, grats on that
830  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO or Warhammer on: December 01, 2008, 08:22:41 PM
Well i stopped playing Warhammer, i subbed for 1 month then quit, whatever it is i'm looking for in an mmo wasn't there.

Anyways i got Lotro a while back and managed to screw up my subscription and pay for 6 months twice, they offered me a refund but i never got round to sorting it out. The add on came out and i picked up knowing i had a subscription for it. Anways i have a 16 champion and a 24 Hunter and i am enjoying it a lot, oinly thing is i'm also playing Wotlk as well so really not getting far in either.

I have to admit to being a bit shallow when it comes ot MMO's, i love quests, i also love new gear, whether it's a new sword or whatever, those things keep me happy and playing.

All in all there isn't much in it between any of the mmo's, it's a matter of what it iches and WoW does it mainly for me, EQ2 did for a long time but i tried it again recently and there was nothing there, LOTRO also works and Warhammer didn't.

I have 2 Buddy Keys for LOTRO for the EURO version if anyone wants to try it, i assume you can download the client online?
831  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Last Remnant details and screens on: November 29, 2008, 09:52:20 PM
Yeah the takeover was challenged but cleared. Apparently there is plenty of different shops to buy games in the UK. Shame the only 2 specialist Gaming stores in the UK are now owned by the same company.
832  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Last Remnant details and screens on: November 29, 2008, 07:32:36 PM
There are 2 computer game shops in the town where i live.

You have The Game and Gamestation. NOw both are now owned by the same company. Recently i have noticed they have been doing a few little tricks. LAst weeks deal of the week was Fable at 29.99 and was only available at The Game and out of stock at Gamestation.

This week i went in The Game to see about Last Remanant and they had none on sale anywhere, immediately i thought bet it's on offer in Gamestation, popped down there and there it was 24.99 and was that price today when i popped in again.

Gamestation also had Viva Pinata Trouble in Paradise and Ninja Gaiden for 30 for both so picked them up too, yet Trouble in Paradise was 30 on it's own in Game.

Only noticable thing is overall there is less on offer it used ot be both had offes running now it's normally only 1 or the other or just 1 or 2 games each on offer. Gamestation does seem noticably cheaper on used games. Also Fable 2 is 19.99 online at Gamestation which is another good price.
833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Last Remnant details and screens on: November 29, 2008, 01:44:56 PM
I picked this up cheap a few days ago. Surprised it was reduced so quickly as it's only been out 10 days. Still 39.99 down to 24.99 isn't a bad deal for  game i almost got at full price.

Installing it makes a big difference to performance as well. Not had much chance to play it though as there is just so much good stuff to play i find myself playing too many games for a short space rather than just 1 at a time.
834  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Wireless Router Help on: November 26, 2008, 09:17:17 PM
It is only a few months old but that is a good point, will give that a go.
835  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Wireless Router Help on: November 26, 2008, 07:29:37 PM
Hi,

I am having a problem with a wireless router install.

I setup a D-Link wireless router for my mother in law's laptop. I set it up, connect to it no problem, it find's the network and connects to the internet and works fine for about 2 weeks. Then the connection disappears and it can't find it and says the network is not there.

I go through the process and set it up again and voila it's there.

Today she rang and said it won't connect again, this will be the 4th time.

So is the router broke, not likely, her son can still connect to it with his laptop no problem. He is on XPa nd she on Vista so is it a Vista issue or is her laptop broken?

Would appreciate any advice or thoughts.
836  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTORO Volume 2: Mines of Moria (paid, full-box expansion) on: November 15, 2008, 02:28:56 PM
I was a bit confused about the go live date on this. I saw it for sale yesterday in a Gamestation (UK) and almost bought it. Checked the relase date and saw it wasn't till Tuesday so ordered it onlione cheaper.

Still unusal for it to be for sale already, nowhere did it say the serrvers woudln't be live yet.
837  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GHWT or Rock Band 2 on: November 10, 2008, 10:11:30 PM
Well RB2 isn't out here yet (UK), i got GHWT and am using the GH2 guitar with it.

Personally i'm really enjoying many of the songs in GHWT and it's way way better than GH3.

Will i be able to use the RB2 drums with it though? If so i will probably go that route.
838  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer - Euro stuff (Euro guild as well) on: October 27, 2008, 08:40:34 PM
I'm away now till Sunday but i just haven't played it at all this last week and  while i love the game i haven't missed playing it at all. ALso there is just far too many new and good games out or coming out. Does my hea din all these games at the same time and then 6 months with bugger all to play.
839  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer - Euro stuff (Euro guild as well) on: October 23, 2008, 06:21:18 PM
Yeah i've had no play time this week so far do to be knackered and working. Next week i am away from Tuesday - Saturday on holiday so won't be playing at all.

Finding a busier guild sounds like a good idea to me
840  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [MMO's] How much do you play? on: October 21, 2008, 09:05:04 PM
Problem i have is getting up at 6am each day for work. Find myself falling asleep after 10pm atm. Also having a son who thinks 6 hours sleep a night is far too much means i feel permanently knackered.

I have also found i lack the inclination to actually play when tired
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