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1721  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] NHL '07 Impressions on: September 15, 2006, 06:30:07 PM
Nice.  I didn't know about the left trigger for skating backwards. 

I've noticed that if you try and check a bigger player, you can actually be knocked off balance yourself.  Pretty cool. 

The AI is still getting in almost 2x as many shots as me each period, but the balance in scoring feels right on.  I get about 2x as many hits against the AI each period, but the penalties seem roughly about the same.  Sometimes hits actually work against you, especially if you try and slam a smaller forward against a defensemen.     
1722  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reminder: Battlestar Galactica Season 2.5 DVD to be released Tuesday on: September 15, 2006, 04:56:52 PM
Oh man, looking forward to watching the second half of season 2 again.  The last 3 or 4 episodes of the season were great.
1723  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] NHL '07 Impressions on: September 15, 2006, 04:29:49 PM

Quote from: jament on September 15, 2006, 04:24:01 PM

But  - let's say I'm on D, I want to poke check a guy at the blue line and then hip check him if the poke doesn't dislodge the puck.  You're saying I don't use buttons to do that?  How does it work?  Huh?  Eh? What?

The right shoulder button poke checks (in the direction of the right stick), or default directly in front if you don't use the right stick. 

You hit someone by simply pushing the right stick in the direction of the victim. 

The left shoulder button can be used to hook or tie up someone.  I hooked someone on a break away and definitely got called for it.  You can use the left SB to keep guys pinned against the boards too. 

Pressing both shoulder buttons at the same time makes your guy block. 

That's pretty much it!  You can clear pucks by doing a slap shot or pulling the right trigger for a pass.
1724  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] NHL '07 Impressions on: September 15, 2006, 04:25:44 PM
I've been sacrificing my guys without hesitation during PKs, flopping them down on the ice to catch rockets in the face and chest.  The block animations are different too, depending on their momentum and position I think.  Sometimes my guys will drop to their knees, other times they flop out on their backs or chest (ouch!).

I'm still trying to get a hang of managing defense.  I think I need to use the different defensive strategies more.  I've seen my defenders happily skate backwards without even a poke check while an opposing forward skates from the center line right up to the net and takes a shot.  Taking control of the defender solves this, but I was hoping my guys would be a little more aggressive.  I'm going to try setting defense pressure to aggressive tonight, and see if that helps.  

I also need to figure out how to use my goalie.  All he does right now is cover-up and squirt out slow moving passes.  I'd like to see him handle pucks behind the net, clear out pucks, and setup some rushes.  

     I've noticed the left shoulder button on the face off seems to be a skate kick back from the center.  Timing the face off exactly right with just the right stick seems to pass the puck in the direction of the left stick...if that makes any sense.  In other words, I think the LB is a different face off technique than just using the right stick.  It's a little slower on the draw.  

I'm still loving the skill stick.  I figured out how to do a 360 spin.  Move the right stick to the left or right at 9 or 3 o'clock, and then rotate the stick back towards 6 o'clock and up to 12 o'clock.  Your guy will do a 360 spin.
1725  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] NHL '07 Impressions on: September 14, 2006, 04:08:46 PM
I picked this up last night.  Since I only played a few games, plus a bunch of shootouts to get used to the skill stick, I can only speak to my first impressions of the gameplay.  I think this game is a winner.  Iím actually shocked it was developed by EA.  This is the important distinction for me compared to all of the previous hockey games Iíve owned over the years:  I felt like I was actually playing a game of NHL hockey, not some arcade game of hockey.  The skill stick is a break-through.  Iím still getting used to controlling wrist shots, snap shots, slap shots, and all of the dekes and moves, but the level of control I already felt last night was unlike any sports game Iíve played.  To be able to move in one direction while holding the stick in the opposite direction, and then flipping the stick over, drawing back with a slapshot stroke, only to slide over to the backhand at the last second and snap one into the top shelfÖwell, itís hard to explain how good it felt until you try it yourself. 

The presentation is slick, the graphics are great, but itís all about the gameplay in this version.  I hated the speed burst feature.  In this version, players move at a speed that feels like a hockey game.  Itís still a little too fast at times, but itís much better than previous years.  A fast break actually feels like a fast break, not some guy zipping down the ice in 2 seconds.  I was able to work the puck around during power plays, setup guys in the slot, and never did I feel any of the goals were cheesy 1-timers.  The defender AI seems ok, but itís still too early for me to really get a feel for it. 

Like Devil mentioned, I have no freaking clue what Iím doing on face-offs, since the manual doesnít mention anything about it.  I think Iíve won a total of 3 face-offs in multiple games. 

It took me awhile to figure out that the skill stick is relative to the direction of the opposing goal.  If that throws you off too much, you can toggle an ďalways upĒ box.  Being able to freely move your stick around, while skating in any direction, is just too coolÖand it directly impacts the game.  The skill stick is not an added novelty feature.  The animations for all of the different stick movements are great.  I actually flubbed a few shots on goal because I was too busy watching the cool stick work animations. 

Very early impression:  great hockey game.  Canít wait to play more tonight.     
1726  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: SUV sales TANKING big. on: September 12, 2006, 04:26:55 PM
Driving an SUV seems to transform otherwise friendly people into road bullies.  If I weren't in the middle of a separation-divorce, with finances being tight, I'd unload my 1995 explorer in a heartbeat.  I'm lucky if I get 15mpg driving 66 and 495 in the DC-Virginia area every day.  Iíve actually used 4wd a lot in the rain and snow, but not enough to justify filling up with gas every 3-4 days.           
1727  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Oblivion (PC), Quake IV, AoE III on: September 08, 2006, 03:54:30 PM
Gratch:  I'll happily trade you Civ IV for Oblivion (DVD) PC.  Box, manual, and card inserts are all in great condition.  I'd be happy to take AoEIII of your hands as well for the Warlords Expansion, if that works for you.       
1728  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Snakes On a Plane on: August 16, 2006, 05:22:21 PM
Seeing the trailer reminded me of the 70s classic, Spiders in the House.  Or was it Tarantulas in the Coffee?  Either way, Snakes on a Plane is going to be huge. 

1729  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Visual Concepts possibly working on football game on: August 16, 2006, 05:10:17 PM
Some of my favorite sports games going back to the early advent of pc gaming consisted of fictional teams and fictional leagues.  Heck, without having to worry about throwing $ at a franchise licence, they could put it back into development.
1730  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Was Hegemonia any good? on: August 16, 2006, 05:00:23 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on August 11, 2006, 03:53:16 AM

Funny enough as I was going through my PC games stack tonight I found unopened copies of both Homeworld and Tacyon The Fringe. More fun for the backlog. smile

 :icon_eek:  Play Tacyon now!  You have the freedom to alter the outcome of the game depending on how you play, and who you're fighting for.  The voice over talent alone is worth playing.  Tacyon was a refreshing gameplay throw back to the glory days of chasing down furballs and blasting Kilrathi.  Jump into the cockpit and enjoy the ride.     
1731  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer: Dawn of War - Get me started on: August 16, 2006, 04:45:46 PM
Oh man, the 2nd expansion has a turned-based, conquer the world mode for the campaign?  That seems amazing to me that they would take the time to create a whole new game mode, in addition to adding and balancing 2 new races for a 2nd expansion.  Relic rules.  When all is said and done, DoW has to go down as one of the best RTS games of all time.  And this is coming from someone who doesn't really enjoy RTS titles.
1732  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica - When is season 2 coming? on: August 14, 2006, 06:47:12 PM
Count me in as another person in the "BSG is the best series on tv" camp.  I've managed to get most of my family and friends hooked on it thanks to passing around the season 1 and season 2.0 dvds.  Can't wait for October.  It does start up again in October, right? 
1733  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ooooh WTF!@ NHL '07 = NO on-line co-op play! on: August 14, 2006, 06:11:28 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on August 07, 2006, 03:39:29 PM

Madden 360 didn't even have PRACTICE mode.

We're talking about PRACTICE........

We are talking about PRACTICE man.........

I'm talking about PRACTICE.........


Your expert and timely use of an AI reference entitles you to one day of winning the internet.  Thank you!
1734  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] Chess? on: August 14, 2006, 06:05:07 PM
I'd love to be able to have a good portable chess game on the PSP, but surprisingly, I can't find anything.  I know chess isn't exactly cutting edge coolness, but it would be perfect while I'm traveling for work.  Heck, even a PSP version of Chessmaster would be nice.  Anyone know of any chess titles in development?
1735  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best not-pressing-start video in a game? on: August 07, 2006, 01:23:03 PM
Dawn of War's intro video is amazing on the PC.  As for consoles, I can't think of any in recent memory that blew me away.  Blizzard's intro movies are all really good for the PC.    

As for consoles, some of the older FIFA titles had some really cool intro movies.  I forget which version it was, but I really liked the intro to FIFA that featured the song "Woohoo" by Blur.
1736  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Live] Dead Rising Demo! on: August 05, 2006, 04:44:19 PM
Put frying pan on the stove, heat, remove frying pan, hold X button near zombie = burned zombie face plus outake photo op.
1737  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What the...Ninety-Nine Nights demo up in the marketplace! on: July 29, 2006, 03:15:26 PM
Ugh...Kingdom Under Fire part 3 for the 360.  I liked the first KUF for the xbox, but the formula and gameplay quickly got old for me.  I thought this was going to be an action rpg, not another KUF.  I'm glad it's getting a positive reception, but I think I'm in the minority of people that don't like the demo.
1738  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] EA's NCAA Football 2007 impressions on: July 21, 2006, 07:58:35 PM
IGN changed their review score based on the bug.  Dissapointing.  I was looking foward to picking this up for the PSP.
1739  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo Wii to launch earlier than expected? on: July 06, 2006, 07:10:52 PM
If the Wii doesn't have Bluray or Blutooth, I'm out. :twisted:
1740  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Seriously, what's up with the A.I. in DoA4? on: June 30, 2006, 07:05:00 PM
The AI wouldn't be so bad if it didn't have Jedi-sense counters.  The ridiculous AI ability of mind-reading counters was the only thing that really drove me nuts.  Considering there are more counter options now for the human opponent to manage, seeing the AI pull off first move counters and strings of counters wreaks of cheap.  Aside from the counter nuttiness, I found the AI to be hard, but not insane (except for that Alpha-152 grrr!).
1741  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Titan Quest review on: June 28, 2006, 06:31:19 PM
I'm not having any problems either after a night of play (I'm using a 6800 series nvidia card, and have 2mb of ram).  I'm wondering if some of the problems stem from the game being more Nvidia friendly than ATI?  

I haven't experienced any memory leaks, crashes, or anything odd with the sound.  I did turn off vert sync since that seemed to really slow down the framerate, especially at night.
1742  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Has next-gen DVD already failed? on: June 27, 2006, 07:55:06 PM
Considering we still predominantly release pc games on 4-6 cdroms in North America, I can't imagine the GP (general public) embracing HD-DVD and Blu-Ray tech anytime soon.  Heck, my little circle of friends and family are still struggling with the decision to jump to HDTVs.  I was happy when most of my family finally made the transition to dvd.  There's no way in hell they're going to go out and buy HD-DVDs or Blu_Ray players right now.  In fact, I'm confident they have no clue wtf HD-DVD and Blu_Ray are.  Good luck marketing those technologies when probably most consumers are perfectly happy with their current gen dvd players.  This smells like Laserdisc all over again.
1743  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chronicles of Riddick. How did I miss this? on: June 12, 2006, 04:05:15 PM
I can't believe I'm writing this, but I thought Vin Diesel's voice acting in the game was great.  He could've phoned in the performance, but he really went all out, even rivaling some of his lines from the movies.  How many actors could pull off a cheesy, over the top, dark, brooding anti-hero without sounding like a complete tool? Anyway, he did a great job in the game.
1744  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chronicles of Riddick. How did I miss this? on: June 10, 2006, 09:19:10 PM
I loved it for all the reasons you've already mentioned Gratch.
1745  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / So you want to see who is leading in MMO Games? on: June 09, 2006, 03:29:55 PM
I thought WoW would do well, but not absolutely dominate the MMORPG space.  It's not just doing pretty good, or even well, it's completely dominating.  The second closest competitor isn't even remotely close.
1746  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Think you can handle flying with the Blue Angels? on: June 08, 2006, 03:26:43 AM
The thrust on the F18 is just sick.  They went near vertical from the end of the runway and were at 7,000 feet in what seemed like just a few seconds.  It's a wonder that fighter jocks aren't one big hemorrhoid after a career of squeezing their but cheeks together to keep the blood from rushing into their legs.
1747  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Live update O' Doom coming tomorrow (6/5) on: June 07, 2006, 07:39:21 PM
My update download took maybe a couple of minutes.  I thought something was wrong because it updated so fast.  What was already the best console interface has become even better.  I love the download manager.   Being able to play games while demos and trailers download is great.  Great update.
1748  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pics of 360 dashboard update on: May 26, 2006, 04:14:01 PM
Background downloading is great.  That was my only complaint about the dashboard.
1749  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Upcoming PSP Titles? on: May 25, 2006, 09:15:37 PM
I'm optimistic (to a fault) about the PSP, and I have gotten value out of it traveling on business, but it seems uneccessarily handicapped by the decision to use the UMD format.  I guess Sony wanted to launch a new media format, and used the PSP as the vehicle to do so.  Now the UMD as a media format seems to have received the death sentence, but PSP gamers are stuck with its limitations.  I hope the same thing doesn't happen with the PS3 and BlueRay.

The PSP should be the portable gaming platform of choice for sports games, but the load times don't help.  Try creating a custom player in WWE Smackdown or MLB The Show and you could get up, go outside, talk to the neighbors, and come back in before your character loaded.  Or see how long you play NBA Live 06 without going nuts from the load times on the replays (and turn them off).  Hopefully the 2007 sports titles will be better optimized.
1750  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Upcoming PSP Titles? on: May 25, 2006, 08:28:35 PM
As a launch PSP owner, I'm starting to come to grips with my denial that the UMD is a piece of crap.  Very few games on the PSP have been able to have solid enough programming to avoid long load times.  It seems like the UMD format is not developer friendly, and requires a talented team to work around its limitations for gaming.  I feel like I was duped into buying what I thought was a gaming platform, only to realize what I really bought was a poorly designed wanna be multi-media device that's not really gamer friendly.  Long load times on a portable gaming platform are stupid.  I've owned a few games that play well on the PSP (Syphon Filter), but most share long loading times, which kind of kill the pick up and playability of the PSP for me.
1751  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dark Messiah Of Might & Magic - completely awesome video on: May 22, 2006, 03:15:07 PM
That definitely looked fun, especially all of the different sword styles and moves.  Watching him guide flame balls high up into the air and arc them back down onto baddies was too cool.  I don't remember any fantasy game doing that before.  I suppose if you can make fire launch from your fingertips, you can also control where it goes.  

The only thing bugging me is that something seems a little off with the animations and perspective.  Maybe it was just the video footage.
1752  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your favorite X360 game? on: May 18, 2006, 08:19:11 PM
Most time played:  Oblivion
Runner Up:  BO Revenge

Least time played before return:  DOA4 (my own fault, I hate the DOA fighting system)
1753  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Who finished Ninja Gaiden? on: May 16, 2006, 05:49:48 PM
I finished on Normal and felt very good about the time and effort I put into the game.  My final ninja rating was embarrassing.  

Quote from: "Semaj"
lol, I saw it cleared in about 2 days... Played through the first 3 or 4 missions in no time and realised I knew how to beat everything and stopped...

Interesting take on playing a game.  You should be proud of your gift.
1754  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New WoW alliance race at E3 on: May 12, 2006, 06:59:58 PM
Shitballs!  The Napolean Dynamite dance AND Daler Mehndi?  Hilarious.
1755  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lots of new content on Marketplace now! on: May 10, 2006, 07:32:14 PM
After watching some E3 trailers last night...

I echo all of the positive comments about Namco's Lost Planet.  That game looks crazy.  It seems very hard.  

I was surprised by the visuals for Crackdown.  They looked both good and bad.  It looks like some form of cell shading for the overall artistic style.  

NCAA07...meh.  Graphics were ok.  They seemed to be highlighting the stadium detail.  

NBA2K7 looked freaky.  It appears that they're trying to show off cloth animation in the demo.  The players all look very wax like and disturbing in an Uncanny Valley way.  The cloth animation looks weird.  It doesn't look like they changed the engine much from 2K6.  

Halo3...finish the fight in 2007.  I wasn't really impressed with this trailer, and the finish the fight comment just made me relive my frustration from the Halo2 finale.      

Bullet Witch made me crack up for some reason.  Sometimes game concepts don't translate very well from Japan to NA.  

I'm really rooting for Too Human, but the in-game trailer pieces were disappointing.  The graphics need a serious texture overhaul.  The music on the other hand was great.  The comparisons to Advent Rising are warranted, to include the excellent musical score.

Call of Duty 3 looked intense, especially if that's actual first person in-game action towards the end of the trailer.  They could've cut out all of the self-promoting for their previous titles and awards during the first half of the trailer.  They don't need that.  

The trailer for Fable2 was well done, but didn't show any in-game action.  I forget what those little paper origami things are called that she was playing with in the beginning.  Edited: after watching the trailer again there seem to be several paths to follow: Mind, Body, Nobility and Corruption.  

The Marvel trailer looked awful.  Did anyone actually watch that before they released it?  The graphics looked terrible for a 360 title.  The game concept sounds good, but wow, the graphics look like current gen Xmen Legend titles.
1756  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New WoW alliance race at E3 on: May 09, 2006, 09:22:16 PM
It would be cool if the Draeni racial ability functioned as a permanent aura preventing all Night Elves from doing flips, chatting, and using emotes within 500meters of the player.
1757  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is Sony done with PSP? on: May 09, 2006, 09:14:38 PM
I wouldn't think bailing on the PSP after a year for the PSP2 would inspire a lot of consumer confidence.  I like my PSP, but the first generation UMD games with their long load times didn't help sell the system.  Having 1 analog stick is stupid.  The buttons are not ergonomically placed, especially the buttons on the right side (my right thumb hates the PSP).  I just can't see them bailing on the PSP so early.  Don't hardware console business plans require at least 3-4 years before they start projecting profit?
1758  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX 360 Hi-Def Question on: April 28, 2006, 02:37:06 PM
I used the VGA cable for my pc monitor when I shared it with my 360.  You're right, you can only select resolutions.  I used 1280x1024 for my LCD monitor, and the games looked great.  I have a new 32" LCD HDTV that I have my 360 connected to now (with the HDTV component cables), and wow, me likey.  

Someday I'll buy a good sound system so I can take advantage of the optical cable slot.
1759  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [HOTTIES] Mueller Invitational *NSFW* on: April 20, 2006, 07:47:18 PM
Curse them for making me have to choose between Scarlett and Halle.  

Scarlett wins.
1760  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] 2006 FIFA World Cup (8.4 from IGN? OLE!) on: April 20, 2006, 05:31:31 PM
I enjoy the WC content more then the club stuff for some reason, so this one sounds good to me.  Is this in stores yet?
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