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1721  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A Ton of New Oblivion Pics! on: October 06, 2005, 02:27:47 PM
This will be the first time that I'll own a console that will humble my pc.  The lighting, shadows, character textures, terrain textures, foliage, trees, water, and the water reflections look amazing.

I owned both the console and pc versions of MW, but there's no way my slightly above average rig could run all of those effects.
1722  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP UMDs "The region code is not correct" on: October 02, 2005, 02:33:13 AM
I'm hoping you didn't end up buying a used psp that was originally imported or bought overseas.  I'm not sure if psp's are regionally coded for movie UMD play, but if that's the case, you might have an import.  

Have you tried downloading the most recent firmware?
1723  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Info on Madden 360 from EGM on: September 30, 2005, 09:35:51 PM
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
Is it just me, or does McNabb sort of look like a zombie?  :shock:

And that's quite a bulge he's got going there.  :shock:


It's his sports hernia.  He's going to allegedly have it removed after the season.  Until then, it's going to be his new friend.  

Does McNabb really close his eyes and look like he's about to poop before he passes?  I can't imagine that being good for his accuracy.
1724  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wow, there are a LOT of RPGs coming on: September 24, 2005, 01:57:46 AM
That list points out to me (again) that I bought the wrong console as an rpg fan.  I figured I'd be set with an xbox and my PC for rpgs, but man, they've cranked out a ton of good rpgs for the ps2 in the past few years.
1725  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Burnout Revenge on: September 23, 2005, 02:30:04 PM
I’ve always thought the crash events were more puzzle solving than arcade reflexes, but even more so with BO:Revenge.  I like that they’re more complex than they were in BO:3.  Sometimes the difference between gold and silver in Revenge is checking one strategic car on the way to the ramp.  That car you checked ends up shooting down the road smashing into another car which falls off the side of a bridge, dropping into highway traffic on the side of the highway that you couldn’t get to from the ramp jump.

 It started taking me about 3 – 10 runs from Rank 6+ to figure out the physics of the event well enough to get a gold.  It’s a little more frustrating, but more rewarding than just flying your car into the most dense spot of traffic in BO:3.

I thought traffic attack was the easiest event in the lower ranks, but now it’s definitely the hardest for me starting at Rank 8.  It’s tough to maintain an awesome rating, and the damage targets for gold seem pretty high.  During my last traffic attack run I was able to check over 90 cars, but still only got the silver…and I barely managed to keep an awesome rating.  I think there’s a timer between checks that you have to maintain or you get dropped back down to Great and then Good fairly quick.  

I don’t even really count burning lap, it’s the only event that I don’t care if I get a silver.  Some of those burning lap events, just like in BO:3, require near perfection in order to get gold.  I’d rather be blowing up cars and trading paint.
1726  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tiger Woods 06 Xbox : Chronically flawed on: September 22, 2005, 09:02:52 PM
I have 2 hands plus an agile tail appendage, so it works fine for me.  

I hate the 2 little white and black buttons on the xbox controller, I always miss them, hit the wrong one, or just plain forget they're there.  Maybe next year for Tiger Woods 2007 on the xbox (if they release one for the "old" xbox) they can add a new feature that requires both sticks to be controlled, one of the small buttons pushed, 1 normal button pushed, plus the back button at the same time.
1727  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Madden 06 Reviewed [psp] on: September 21, 2005, 08:33:53 PM
Surprisingly the load times for BO Legends aren't bad, at least not bad enough for me to notice them as an annoyance...and I have little patience for long load times.  

Madden with long load times doesn't sound fun.  I can handle long load times before a game, but it sounds like there are long load times in between each screen, which would really suck.
1728  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / F.E.A.R its gold, so who's gettin it? on: September 21, 2005, 12:20:17 AM
Quote from: "Greggy_D"
Because this game scares me crapless!  It's the combo little girl/Ring/sound effects/atmosphere that just get to me.  I turn into a pile of quivering Jello.

I AM buying the game.  Lord knows how I'm going to last through 10-12 hours of it.  :shock:


That freaky girl from The Ring gives me the creeps, and that scene during the demo made me want to poo my underwear also.  Anything with creepy kids, creepy kid voices, lab monkeys, or clowns will most likely freak me out.  Thankfully, FEAR looks like it only has creepy kids and creepy kid voices, so I'm safe from lab monkeys and clowns for the time being.
1729  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just saw the TeamXbox ingame movies of Gears of War... on: September 19, 2005, 07:32:11 PM
The same lack of innovation could be said about the movie industry too.  Aside from some technical improvements to how we film, edit and show movies, the core technology and concept have basically been the same, yet we still line up and spend millions on movies.  The most successful (revenue generating) movies often are 3rd, 4th and 5th sequels!  

Money and revenue speaks volumes, and until gamers (or movie goers) demand something new by letting their wallets speak for them, sequels and minor improvements to the status quo will be the norm.  Sadly, there are not many production companies out there that are willing to tie up money on risky concepts, which is why you see the indie film industry as the current lab for new movie concepts.

I'd love to see new gaming concepts break out of what seems to be our genre cookie cutter choices of FPS, RPG, MMORPG, adventure, puzzle, sports, racing, sim, RTS, strategy, etc... but someone has to be willing to fund it.  In the meantime, I’ll continue to be one of the gamers that contribute to gaming sameness by buying NCAA 06, Madden 06, Burnout Revenge, an Xbox 360 on launch day, and all the other sequels and titles that look good.  So if you want to blame anyone for your gaming rut, blame me. smile
1730  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / F.E.A.R its gold, so who's gettin it? on: September 19, 2005, 06:21:51 PM
I liked the demo, even though it did a great job of freaking me out more than System Shock2 and The Undying did.  I became less excited about buying the game at full price when I read in the pc gamer review that it takes about 10 hours to complete it.  The reviewer did say those 10 hours are great, but that's about 2-4 days worth of gameplay for me.
1731  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Burnout Revenge on: September 17, 2005, 06:53:57 PM
This game is freaking incredible.  Very slick presentation (over the top by design, but great).  I didn't think it was possible on the xbox, but they managed to improve all of the vehicle models, effects, and overall gameplay from BO3.  

Back to playing...
1732  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 3 new Oblivion 360 Shots (56k) on: September 16, 2005, 10:07:24 PM
That beast with the wicked looking horns in screenshot 2 looks like it's ready to dish out some asskicking.  Thank goodness we don't have monsters like that running around today.  If we did, I’m sure they would be hunted by brave warriors eager to prove their worth besting such a fearsome prey in noble combat.
1733  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Burnout legends...anyone? on: September 15, 2005, 09:04:18 PM
I played last night for a few hours, and yep, it’s basically Burnout 3 on the psp.  With that said, it’s a terrific game for the psp.  I’m floored by how good the graphics have translated over.  This is imo the best psp title out there (right now), and definitely the best psp racer.  It’s not BO Revenge, but it’s definitely a BO game done very well on the psp.
1734  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Interesting Call from EB I Got on Friday (360 related) on: September 12, 2005, 09:42:32 PM
What accessories did you preorder?  As long as I have 1 controller, and the hdtv cables are included, I'm good (and of course Oblivion preordered).
1735  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XB360] EBGames.com is now sold out of preorders on: September 12, 2005, 09:38:45 PM
I would think most people would preorder through a local store, unless they live in the boonies.  The local ebgames or ebxs near me (in northern VA) are still taking preorders.    

I've been donating all of my old and unplayed xbox games to my xbox 360 preorder "personal fundraiser" at the gamestop near me.  I'm about 65% of the way there to having it fully paid off without spending any real $.  Yay me.  I know my wife is happy that her xmas gift for me keeps going down in price.  Gamestop has that 40% extra value on trade-ins deal if you have 4 or more, so I've been trying to work that.  I've exhausted my library of games I'm willing to trade in, so I'm stuck at about 65% paid off unless I go GTA on a truck shipping xbox titles.
1736  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II: Anyone care? on: September 07, 2005, 02:54:32 AM
I have sword envy now. Tongue
1737  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP on Your TV! on: September 07, 2005, 02:31:24 AM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
Quote
Team Xtender will also be including a port to make PSP games compatible with standard Dual Shock 2 controllers.


OMG, that is fricken awesome!

Between this gadget, the wireless connectivity, and the web browser, it's getting really hard to not want one.


Yeah I just got mine keyed into my wireless network, and it's nice being able to surf the web from anywhere in the house with the PSP.  I travel a lot, and despite the slow initial launch of titles, I've used it a ton.  Some of the titles coming out this fall look promising.
1738  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 is dead! PS3 has keyboard/mouse support!!!! on: September 04, 2005, 12:10:38 AM
I think it's a great idea by Sony, only problem is I play console games on the tv room floor, or sitting on the couch, so a keyboard/mouse setup isn't too handy for me.  The only reason I buy FPSs for the PC though is because of the keyboard/mouse control.  I hate playing FPSs with dual analog controllers.  The minute I set up a table or desk in the tv room to play games, my wife will throw the ps3 out the window.
1739  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Favorite Console Game Sidekick? on: August 31, 2005, 08:42:07 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "Roguetad"
I think you could classify Kreia as a villian, depending on your perspective.
I wasn't trying to criticize you, I was asking, why isn't there a villain thread yet?  (I haven't played KOTOR2.)


Not insulting or critical at all, didn't even cross my mind.
1740  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Favorite Console Game Sidekick? on: August 31, 2005, 07:40:47 PM
I think you could classify Kreia as a villian, depending on your perspective.
1741  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Favorite Console Game Sidekick? on: August 31, 2005, 07:10:29 PM
This supporting character may not fit neatly into the console sidekick stereotype, but Kreia from kotor2: sith lords was not only the highlight of that game, but one of the most interesting sidekicks in recent memory. The story and writing for her character had a lot to do with it, but the voice acting of Sara Kestelman made Kreia even more memorable for me.  The cutscene at the Jedi Academy with Kreia and the 3 masters is one of the best gaming moments I can remember.  Too bad the game turns into poo shortly afterwards.
1742  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Favorite Console Game Lead Character? on: August 31, 2005, 06:54:32 PM
On the console I’ve always liked Kain from the Legacy of Kain series, mostly in the original and early titles. He has the right mix of disdain, angst, reserved tough guy, dry humor, and a good sense for delivering payback.  His character was always fun to play (except for the not so good xbox title).  Anti-heroes are always fun to play for me.
1743  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2 for Pc and Xbox on: August 30, 2005, 08:41:44 PM
Playing a FPS on a dual analog gamepad feels like I’m trying to aim, shoot and move using an Etcha Sketch.  It reminds of me of trying to play Centipede with a joystick and not a trackball.  Sure, you can do it, but it’s not ideal.  That being said, I do have some FPSs on the xbox, but HL2’s performance scales up so nicely with mid-range rigs that I went PC.  

Surprisingly, the best controller setup I’ve had for a FPS wasn’t a mouse and keyboard, it was a stick and trackball controller with programmable buttons and hat switches that I used when UT first came out. It was kind of weird at first, but man it was great once I got the hang of it.
1744  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II: Anyone care? on: August 30, 2005, 06:22:54 PM
Is that the shadow set that Mordred is wearing?

Lothar's set looks good too.

Finala looks like something out of hellraiser :shock:
1745  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II: Anyone care? on: August 27, 2005, 04:06:18 PM
Quote from: "gameoverman"
My party is level 18.  I can hardly wait till we gain a couple of levels so we can go back and tackle that one MONSTER beastie guarding that one guy's blacksmith gear.  I read somewhere that you incur a pretty big experience penalty for fighting stuff more than 4 levels different than your own.  Since he was a 24, I figure at 20 I can go back for him.


Someone looked at the game code and posted some experience formulas on the gaspowered games garage forums.  According to the post, if your party's average level is more than 4 levels below a monster's level, you won't get full XP for the monster. The % of XP you do get scales even further down the wider the difference.  More people confirmed what he was looking at in the code.  

Btw, I came back and got revenge on that section at lvl 25, it was fun  :twisted:

It's not just that one guy either, you'll run into a full room trackers beyond him.
1746  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / AC2 Implodes; Gamers ask, "What's AC2?" on: August 27, 2005, 07:57:52 AM
I liked how Horizons outsourced their billing site to a porn pay service. I thought that was a nice touch.
1747  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / AC2 Implodes; Gamers ask, "What's AC2?" on: August 26, 2005, 12:29:30 AM
I'm surprised Horizons is still around.
1748  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II: Anyone care? on: August 25, 2005, 11:13:00 PM
The other night I set the first hotkey slot, F7, for my single target high damage boss killing powers/spells, and the 2nd slot, F8, to aoe powers/spells.  Now I can have the entire party switch quickly back and forth to their aoe or single target powers/spells together by just pressing F7 and F8.  I'm probablly late figuring that one out, but it's helped a ton since I set it up.
1749  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II: Anyone care? on: August 25, 2005, 07:45:25 PM
A sword and board tank becomes almost indestructible.  Provoke is a great power, and ranks up nicely.  I had my sword and shield tank spend some time as an archer ranking up Survival to about +35% resists.  He had the cool title of "Raider" for awhile, now he's back to being a Knight.  He's like a cockroach now, even nukes don't kill him.
1750  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Great new Oblivion screens! on: August 23, 2005, 04:07:26 AM
The daedra(sp?) armor looks incredible in the last screenshot.  You get to join the dark brotherhood??  Wow.
1751  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege 2: Widescreen Support? on: August 17, 2005, 07:02:17 PM
I’m embarrassed to ask this, but for 1280X1024, would height be 1024 and the width 1280?  I took “Calculus for Liberal Arts” in college, and only managed to get a C-, so I’m definitely a mathematical retard.  

Thanks for the tip on adding the resolution change to the command line.
1752  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Need an action rpg recommendation for Xbox on: August 16, 2005, 09:25:49 PM
For action rpgs on the xbox I enjoyed both BG:DA 1&2.  I really tried to like Xmen, but for some reason I found it really boring (and I like hack & slash games).  

I liked Sudeki too, especially since it fit in nicely between the action rpgs and the more epic rpgs at around 16-19 hours.  The ending was pathetic, but everything up to that point was fun.

For the longer, more epic rpgs, I liked the last 3/4 of Kotor 1, the last half of Jade Empire, and the first 3/4 of Kotor 2.  I enjoyed playing MW, but to this day I've never remained focus enough to finish that damn game.  

Hope you find a good one in there somewhere Xmann.
1753  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / This Just In: Jade Empire Sucks on: August 15, 2005, 05:43:59 PM
I enjoyed it, but I can appreciate the bad quest design and slow-pacing comments.  I think the Chinese mythology setting made up for some of the negatives for me.  While Kotor 1 & 2 had their share of boring fed ex quests, Jade Empire seemed to have more.

I played through JE twice, and found myself skipping the side quests, or just sticking to the main storyline quests the second time.  While I really liked JE, the pacing is rough for the first half of the game.  But, I had the same opinion of Kotor 1 also.  The cast of characters is ok, but doesn't really get too deep (other than a cool love triangle that develops later in the story - if you're playing a male).  The pacing picks up considerably the latter half of the game.
1754  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone try the PC version of Advent Rising? on: August 15, 2005, 05:29:35 PM
Crossposted from OO:

Just finished it on the PC, very cool game. It's a short one though. Cinematically this is one of the best games I've played in a long time. The story is great, music is superb, the dialogue and voice acting are above average to good, and the gameplay is fun. Whatever issues the xbox version had with the control scheme seems to have been worked out for the PC. I remember reading about how annoying "flick targeting" was on the xbox. On the PC you don't have to use flick targeting, but all you have to do to use it is roll the mouse wheel up or down. Piece of cake. I alternated throughout the game using flick targeting and just blasting freely. The framerates were good on my rig, with most of the graphics options (minus shadows) set to their highest. I typically got about 35 - 65 fps (p4 3.2, geforce 6800 gt, 2gb ram).

I can definitely see the comparisons to halo, but Advent Rising is a 3rd person shooter with more in common with the jedi knight action games than to halo. Your character, Gideon, will start the game using ranged weapons, but will gradually start awakening powers that are very jedi-like. About 1/2 way through the game I stopped using weapons and relied mostly on his powers.

The cut scenes, story, and music alone could almost justify the $30 PC price tag imo. That's not to say there aren't negatives though:
- short game
- graphics are excellent, but not superb
- no save anywhere, checkpoint save system
- towards the very end you can exploit a certain power to bypass a lot of fighting
- some of the boss fights can be frustrating until you figure out their attack patterns, and what powers you should use to exploit their weaknesses or openings

I didn't encounter any bugs or crashes, but it looks like some folks are having problems with the cut scenes stuttering on the pc version.

I bought the game Fri night, and completed it by Sun night. I didn't play more than 2-3 hours each night this weekend. I'm guessing the game was around 7-10 hours long (if that), but it was a good ride. If you complete the game, make sure you let credits roll. After the credits you’ll see 2 more cut scenes, fight 1 more boss, and play another very short level (not in that order).
1755  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - 05/04/05 on: May 05, 2005, 09:57:03 PM
I don't know why I find this so funny, but everytime they show a scene that has a bunch of no-name island extras in it, I start laughing.  I saw an extra this episode that looked like the red Swingline staple guy from Office Space.  Look, it's the island extras!  Woot!  It's almost like the "extras" are their own entity at this point.  I loved it when Sawyer started yelling at the extras 2 episodes ago when he was getting headaches.  I would've lost it if he mumbled under his breath after his yelling outburts, "damn extras".  Keep it down extras, we're trying to do a show!
1756  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ever Find a Game that You Were Just NO GOOD at? on: May 05, 2005, 04:37:55 AM
I really enjoy playing RTSs, but I'm too slow with economic and military build-ups to ever be any good.  In scripted missions and RTSs that don't have an economy I do a little better.  I tend to spaz when I have more than 1 hot spot at the same time, which apparently makes for a bad RTS player.  I usually get frustrated with RTSs, and will stop playing them faster than any other genre.
1757  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire Credits on: May 03, 2005, 11:11:10 PM
Segacius Zu's commentary in the credits was classic.  I also liked Dawn Star's "dramatic" audition lines.

It took me about a week and a half of 2+ hours of play most every night (on average) to complete JE.
1758  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Combat in Jade Empire on: May 02, 2005, 05:45:06 AM
There are definitely some tough fights later in the game, but they are the exception.  


Spoilers....















The 2nd to last arena fight is a bitch.  I thought it was the hardest fight in the game actually, with the last fight in Dirge tied with the pre-final fight for 2nd.  The final fight can be tough too if you don't use PP or any other stunning support style.
1759  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ever find a game you were TOO good at? on: April 26, 2005, 11:55:08 PM
I'm normally a modest guy, but when it comes to thumb wrestling, I've yet to meet my match.  I don't think my thumbs are abnormally long, in fact, my hands are kind of small.  But my thumbs seem to be able to almost launch themselves out of their sockets and successfully attack and pin all opposing thumbs.  

Oh you meant video games, well then, not really, none come to mind.
1760  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Casual Player = waste of time in PvP? on: April 26, 2005, 11:39:06 PM
It's weird to me that the end game in WoW (both pve and pvp) is geared towards rewarding almost exclusively the player that can commit hours and hours at a time, when most of the game (into the mid 50s+) can be enjoyed by casual players.  I imagine there's a lot of people that don't have the time to do the same 3-4 hour raid every night hoping for the off chance that they'll get the class item drop that they wanted.  I personally don't think grinding through 20+ three hour raid runs sounds even remotely fun, just to get better equipped so you can go to the real 40 man raids...and do them over and over again.  It just seems like a really weird break in the game concept.
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