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4801  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect: Revelation on: May 05, 2007, 09:27:21 PM
I'm definately going to read through this, I created a thread about the book when it was first announced,18454.0.html

Let me know how you like it, I should be picking up my copy tomorrow.
4802  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spider-Man 3 review discussion on: May 04, 2007, 07:08:40 PM
I read through the GT review and decided I will definately buy the game. Then I read the IGN review and this particular blurb hit me: "Anyone hoping that Spider-Man 3 the videogame somehow enhances the feature film will be sorely disappointed". That was my whole reason for wanting the game really, so I'm leaning towards passing now. IGN is also knocking the graphics which to be honest I was already worried about from watching the trailers. I await the impressions of our forum members.
4803  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spiderman III- This Friday! on: May 04, 2007, 06:57:48 PM
So do we want this thread to be the impressions thread or shall we start a new one?
4804  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spiderman III- This Friday! on: May 04, 2007, 12:32:45 AM
I agree with Calvin, but not about Dunst, I think she is awesome. Maquire as Spiderman though I will never get used to. And please, please cut the love story and just make the movie shorter, it is what I hate about the movies.
4805  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Pax will never hold a candle to E3... on: May 04, 2007, 12:16:34 AM

Quote from: Purge on May 03, 2007, 06:42:19 PM

Oh, and PAX is not about games, it's about gamers. Card, Dice, video, miniature, etc... It's like saying the Circus is trying to replace the Zoo. Sure, they both have animals.

True, but a lot of gamers have dubbed it the new E3 (in E3's past form), that's why I cried.
4806  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got my DS Lite on: May 03, 2007, 07:12:00 PM

Quote from: Tals on May 03, 2007, 05:22:50 AM

I don't understand why Nintendo still sell the DS - I always grimace when i'm in the game store overhearing people tossing up between the lite and the original. There really is no competition but to th ecasual observer they seem to similar to be worth the extra.

They still sell the original DS because they are still stocked up at stores, I highly doubt they are still producing them. It was funny, back when I was managing a GameStop and EB Games, every store in the district was loaded with used traded in DS systems and the suckers would NOT sell. If I was GameStop/EB I wouldn't even take them back for trade-in anymore with the Lite out.
4807  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Splinter Cell: Conviction on: May 03, 2007, 05:42:08 PM

Quote from: mikeg on May 03, 2007, 05:13:14 PM

I am with on the backtracking.  I got sick of it and hated the whole terrorist base missions thing.  Those absolutely 100% ruined even the thought of SC for me anymore.

The level design in DA was mediocre overall and the graphics were sorely lacking, it has tainted the Splinter Cell name for me as well.
4808  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360 + PS3]LucasArts 'Fracture' on: May 03, 2007, 05:36:49 PM
I just saw the movie Fracture last night, so I keep thinking this is a game based off the movie, hehe.

As far as the game goes, Red Faction did this one the PS2 over five years ago. I absolutely love how developers try to take old features, add some new bells and whistles, and call it something new and exciting.
4809  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Pax will never hold a candle to E3... on: May 03, 2007, 05:33:14 PM
.... And this is why:

"Providing the PAX 2007 keynote address will be writer, actor and geek icon Wil Wheaton. Best known for his role as Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Wheaton has gone on to appear in a number of films and become a prolific writer. Wheaton has authored two books, Dancing Barefoot and Just a Geek, maintains a popular blog at, and is a frequent contributor to a number of game, media and tech Web sites."

Took that from the front page. Wil Wheaton? God I miss E3  tear
4810  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. vs. the real Chernobyl on: May 02, 2007, 06:35:41 PM
I haven't played the game, but looking at those pics gave me an eerie feeling. It looked like in all the buildings the windows were broken.
4811  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oblivion - Vampirism on: May 02, 2007, 06:32:49 PM
You know what is strange though is last night I loaded up the game and of course downloaded the patch, and I had trouble with an NPC being invisible but still attacking me with his bow and sword. I wasn't sure if he was simply stealthed or not, but my gut feeling was that it was a new bug from the patch. Anyone else experience this?
4812  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops on: May 02, 2007, 06:29:51 PM
How does Syphon Filter on the PSP compare to this?
4813  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: F.E.A.R is not a factor for me! *spoilers* on: May 02, 2007, 06:23:27 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 02, 2007, 06:59:42 AM

as for FEAR,it was an okay game,but it did get a bit repeditive,i have heard that the expansion pack(5 hrs more gameplay),maybe coming to 360 in the form of a download<<<<<<thats just what i read in a magazine

I would totally buy the expansion if it expanded the story as well. Honestly, I really loved the storyline of F.E.A.R and that alone makes me want a sequel, rather than the gameplay.
4814  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Devil May Cry 4 Screens on: May 02, 2007, 06:37:33 AM
Can anyone confirm whether DMC4 is running on the same engine as Lost Planet or not?
4815  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: F.E.A.R is not a factor for me! *spoilers* on: May 02, 2007, 06:35:01 AM

Quote from: Sparhawk on May 02, 2007, 06:05:47 AM

So why were you banned from wow for 72 hours?

For owning too hard /flex  slywink

Nah, I made an alt with an inappropriate name for like the third time and apparently the third action is the 3-day ban. Warning -> 3 hour ban -> 72 hour ban. I can't help it, when I'm drunk I can't think of any names besides inappropriate ones. I just need to stop rolling alts while intoxicated.
4816  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops on: May 02, 2007, 06:29:22 AM
Well, I tried to like the game but it just wouldn't click for me. I kept getting caught by enemy patrol, mainly because of the crummy camera keeping them out of my view. The sneak mechanic is also very robotic and sluggish as well, not fluid whatsoever. Ah well, I've never been a fan of the MGS series anyhow.
4817  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / F.E.A.R is not a factor for me! *spoilers* on: May 02, 2007, 01:51:11 AM
So, I took the opportunity to play through F.E.A.R while my WoW account is on a 72 hour ban ( crybaby). I was worried because of the complaints about repetitive environments and poor level design, I thought for sure I would be one of the people who gave up half way through out of boredom. However, the gameplay deserves all the acclaim it has received and the slo-mo effect is simply amazing, I've never had so much killing people in a shooter before, seriously. Every kill felt satisfying, and I'm quite sure this game has the best shotgun EVAR! Decapitation, limbs flying, clouds of blood... I was in gore heaven. I wish ammo wasn't as sparse for pretty much every weapon aside from the shotgun though, some of them got barely any attention from me. I also enjoyed the sound effects, the distortion of the sound when going between normal and slo-motion is great, it was awesome running up on an enemy and hearing them scream "FUUUUUUCK!" in slow-mo.

The thing I loved the most about F.E.A.R though was the creepy Grudge-esque story. Although the game isn't quite scary in terms of making you jump (although I did jump a few times), the terrifying imagery and hallucinations kept me very interested in what was going on besides all the shooting. One issue I had with the story though was trying to follow it, a lot of the information you learn is revealed through listening to voicemails and uploading data on the laptops, unfortunately there were occasions where I couldn't really hear the chatter and by the time I finished the game I had only a vague understanding of the entire story. Is there a website or something that summarizes the storyline?

Also, the ending was pretty sweet. The nuclear explosion was cool, and the surprise visit from Grudge girl in the helecopter was a nice touch. Also when you finish the credits there is something about the prototype being successful? I didn't quite understand that part.

Anyhow, overall I thoroughly enjoyed the game. The level design was definately an issue on occasion and lacked variety, but the excellently paced gameplay and creepy story kept me hooked till the end.
4818  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DS Game Recommendations for 9-Yr Old Girl on: May 01, 2007, 07:38:58 PM
I'd say the majority of the DS library is aimed towards that particular demographic, so you shouldn't have too much trouble  thumbsup
4819  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP]Silent Hill Origins(video) on: May 01, 2007, 06:30:17 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 01, 2007, 03:10:12 AM

they're kinda hawt.....

I would hit it...

But seriously, the game looks pretty good graphically so hopefully the controls work out well and deliver a good experience. If this game can manage to be as intense and scary as the console counterparts, it will be another reason I love my PSP more than my DS.
4820  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise Announced on: May 01, 2007, 06:25:07 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 01, 2007, 04:08:02 AM

I sure hope this doesn't suck.  I'm not optimistic about the whole Burnout in an open world thing. 

Yes, especially considering the NFS series didn't fair to well in an open world environment.
4821  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: PTR Patch Notes 2.1.0 for WoW on: May 01, 2007, 04:02:35 AM
If the arguement is simply that we don't have a decent 41 point talent spec, I agree. When I am healing, I split myself between Holy and Disc. So what? It doesn't change the fact that Holy priests are excellent healers, the only thing I would like to see is improved survivability overall. They can accomplish this by decreasing the amount of threat done by holy spells for 5-mans and raiding, and revamping the Disc tree for PVP healing. Pain Suppression should be much longer and the cooldown shortened, same with PI.

Sorry Blackadar, I simply think your exaggerating the core issues. In any of the guilds I have raided Kara with and the guild I now raid Gruul's Lair with, Holy priests are the main healers. That's just my experience, not sure what else to say. However, I would be interested in discussing resto Shaman as main healers as my shammy is reaching 70 and I would like him to be specced to heal since my priest is optimally geared for Shadow.
4822  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops on: May 01, 2007, 03:46:40 AM
I just got this game last week, so far the controls are very off-putting for me. They seem very loose, and controlling the camera can be troublesome. Is this something you eventually get the hang of or is it the same in the console versions as well?
4823  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Another Launch 360 dies - EDIT: Looks like it's getting replaced on: April 30, 2007, 06:32:02 PM
So approximately how long does it take from the moment you call them and they tell you a coffin will be arriving, to the moment you get your replacement?
4824  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Devil May Cry 4 Screens on: April 30, 2007, 06:26:39 PM
I didn't know DMC4 was going to take place in the Lost Planet world  icon_lol

It does look like the same engine though, doesn't it?
4825  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 65-nm Xbox 360 GPU coming in fall on: April 30, 2007, 06:24:29 PM
Caught this at Game Daily:

According to a report in DigiTimes, which cites the Chinese paper Commercial Times, Microsoft will manufacture its Xbox 360 with a new 65-nanometer GPU starting this fall. According to the paper, a 65-nm version of the chip has already been sent out for production, which is expected to start in May.

This is the first time we've heard of the 360's GPU getting the 65-nm treatment. It was announced last year that Microsoft would shrink down its 90-nm CPU, but the new 65-nm Xenon chip is not expected until mid-2007. This unfortunately means that Microsoft's newly launched Xbox 360 Elite just missed out on receiving 65-nm chips.

The good news is that new Xbox 360 purchasers this fall/holiday will likely pick up a unit that incorporates a 65-nm Xenon chip and and 65-nm Xenos GPU. The result should be a unit that runs at cooler temperatures, consumes less power, and is ultimately cheaper to produce since more chips can be fit into one manufacturing run. This could potentially enable Microsoft to slash the price on its console right in time for the crucial holiday sales period.

Less reasons to buy an Elite system. Still, its definately good news. If my 360 lives until these new versions come out I might sell my old one and buy the newer version.
4826  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2] Tomb Raider Anniversary screens on: April 30, 2007, 06:21:30 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on April 30, 2007, 06:01:59 PM

Meh, they're nice for what will come out on the PS2 but as said before they are very barren. After playing next-gen stuff like Gears of War levels like this become more apparent now.

Ah, good observation I hadn't noticed this.

Put me on the list of disappointed because there is no next-gen release though. I loved TR on the 360, I would have definately bought this one as well.
4827  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Odin Sphere on: April 30, 2007, 06:14:01 PM
I can't say I like how the game looks whatsoever, the environments are way too confined. Look at the characters, they take up a major portion of every screen. I'm also not digging the character designs. Who is one of those main characters, a blonde maid with a staff and some blue rabbit looking creature? Come on now...
4828  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo - still making a profit! on: April 27, 2007, 05:52:42 PM
I know this sounds evil, but the more popular the Wii and the DS become the more I am beginning to dislike Nintendo. I play the Wii and the DS today and still feel like their "unique" control schemes are quite the gimmick, and kids around the world are buying into it. I'm not saying there aren't any legitimately good games on both platforms, perhaps Twilight Princess and NSMB alone make it worth owning each system respectively, but I can't help shake the fact that a lot of these games simply aren't very good and do not fully utilize the unique control schemes of each platform. Seriously, on the DS nearly every game uses the dual/touch-screen setup simply for easier menu and inventory navigation. Ah well, it will be interesting to see how Nintendo is holding up two years from now when all the buzz has died down.
4829  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Upgrade issues with the Elite's HD on: April 27, 2007, 05:42:32 PM
However, those who want to upgrade their 360s to the Elite system will have to order a migration kit from, free of charge, to carry out the data transfer.

Ok, so order it now since its free, buy your Elite system on Sunday, and await the arrival of the migration kit. Problem solved. Damn, they should give me some kind of Problem Solving Certification, I'm so good at it!
4830  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Double Shot this Week - EETS and Pinball FX [56k] on: April 25, 2007, 06:11:27 PM
That pinball looks really really real  eek
4831  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?? on: April 25, 2007, 06:09:25 PM
I think it is a welcome departure from the normal setting of the series, sales of CoD3 weren't as great as CoD2 so I'm sure they realized they need to take the series in a new direction to freshen it up a bit.
4832  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: PTR Patch Notes 2.1.0 for WoW on: April 24, 2007, 06:02:07 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on April 18, 2007, 04:15:41 PM

Quote from: Ridah on April 18, 2007, 01:54:38 AM

I completely disagree with all the negative opinions about priests. There are no better raid healers than a Holy spec priest, I specify raid because my friend has a holy spec Pally and he has much more survivability than I do as a healer. People seem to think that brute force is the key to every class but it's the resourceful ones who do better. What I'm trying to say is, while non-priest healers can compete with a holy priest in terms of raw heals, the priest has many more options that make them much more effective healers. Prayer of Mending, Prayer of Healing, Lightwell, etc. are all outstanding spells when utilized correctly.

As for shadow priests, again it's not about brute force DPS. My priest specced shadow mind blast crits for over 2k, which of course isn't as high as other DPS classes, but you've also got to take into consideration the dots, silence, fear, mind control, mana burn, etc. which make a shadow priest very useful in any PVP situation.

I'm sorry you don't do well with your priest, I kick ass all day with mine.

Simply put, a holy paladin heals just as well with grossly more survivability.  In fact, due to criticals (nerfed), they an get their heals off faster for the same healing amount and can last go longer.  The only advantage to a priest is AOE heals.  But in raiding, AOE healing isn't nearly as important as single target healing.  And paladins excel on single target healing - as I said, faster and longer with the same healing.  So, having played a holy priest for two years and 70 levels then having the opportunity to try a holy paladin at level 70, I can say that you're exactly wrong on raiding.  The level 70 priest, due to AOE healing, has the very slight edge on 5 man instances.  The level 70 paladin has the edge on raiding.

Combine that with the paladin/shadow priest combo, where the shadow priest acts as a mana battery for the paladin and you can see it becomes a big problem.  It's not that holy priests are "broken".  Yes, they do work and they can heal.  But little survivability, little DPS combined with only average healing and lower raid demand means it's a shitty class to play.  And very few holy priests wanted paladins to be nerfed because we knew that paladin nerfs would mean no holy buffs.  And the class needs a few buffs.  But then again, you wouldn't know that, since you're a shadow priest and your role is a support healer.

When you throw out Lolwell to try to support your arguments, you've already lost.  A heavy netherweave bandage is superior (1000!!! more healing, taking just 2 more seconds), have less of a cooldown and don't have the range limitations.  Both break on damage.  It's very telling that a holy priests' best and most useful 11/21/31/41 talent only happens when we're dead.

Any time a holy priest with good gear is in the same group as a holy palladin with good gear, the priest is the main healer. The priest's heals are just as big as a pally heal if not bigger, and if your simply talking about keeping a tank up, you can't forget a priest's inspiration which adds 25% to armor when you crit, your heal over time ticking for 5-600, on top of your greater heals. I agree that the pally has more survivability, and I agree that makes them better PVP healers, but I still see holy priests as the better raid/5-man healers.
4833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saints Row - I was wrong on: April 24, 2007, 05:51:17 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 22, 2007, 02:03:10 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on December 18, 2006, 08:59:32 PM

Tom Chick reviewed it and scored it an A+eek

....and we scored it a 90%.

I believe it's the plus sign in Tom Chick's score that is confusing people, no one is arguing that is not a 90%/A title.  Tongue
4834  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Tom Clancy's EndWar on: April 24, 2007, 05:46:37 PM
We really need a new war in the world so game companies have some new material to focus on, cause this is getting old...
4835  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Oblivion] Completed main quest, have questions on: April 23, 2007, 06:55:37 PM
*Spoiler Alert*

So I completed the main quest last night in Oblivion, I was a little sad about Martin sacrificing himself and I think Jaffre got killed while helping me escort Martin to the Temple of the One, but I'm looking forward to moving onto the faction quest lines and becoming an Arena champion! I do have a few questions though. The count says that a new set of armor for me will be ready in a few weeks, does that actually mean a few game weeks?

Also, I would really like to play my character in a different way, is it possible to get my minor skills up to the level of my major skills and say, switch from being a melee character to a caster character?

What is the level cap?

When completing all of a faction's quests, what happens?

Can I still join all the different factions even though I've completed the main quest, even the Dark Brotherhood?

More questions still to come  biggrin
4836  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/23) on: April 23, 2007, 06:44:14 PM
Nothing from that list, might swoop up Viva Pinata though.
4837  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Command & Conquer 3 demo on Live on: April 23, 2007, 04:44:02 AM
And of course the game is for gold members only so I can't download it being a silver member  thumbsdown
4838  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DS Overclocking on: April 20, 2007, 10:21:52 AM
And the upside?
4839  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Public transportation too expensive? on: April 18, 2007, 06:13:01 PM
Screw it, time to get a crotch rocket  icon_twisted
4840  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: can anyone confirm this story please(FF13) on: April 18, 2007, 07:19:21 AM
In the latest issue of GI it says that Square says that the exclusivity of FF13 is under discussion, I haven't seen any confirmations though.
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