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1841  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion Hands On on: October 14, 2005, 09:43:36 PM
I'm curious about how some of the other races looked too, particularly orcs, argonians, and khajit.  I haven't found any screenshots of those races (other than the 1 magazine scan that is hard to see).  Do argonians and khajit shuffle around like they did in MW?

Also, do you remember if night eye for the khajit was "always on" or an ability with a timer?
1842  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Lost 10/12/05 [Spoilers] on: October 13, 2005, 08:20:41 PM
The gratuitous Kate scenes are starting to become a staple of the show, almost drinking game worthy.  

-  Crawling through an air duct with a frontal down the shirt camera angle…check.  
-  Fromunda butt camera angle while swimming (last season)…check.  
-  Stepping out of the shower…check.  
-  Hiking through the jungle in a wet, sweaty, white tank top…check.  

I know I’m missing a ton, but that’s just what I could come up with quickly.  They should increase the Kate grat shots to at least 2 per episode…from a drinking game perspective.

I thought this episode was a little boring.  I always miss the cool stuff like the picture of Walt being on the milk carton. When an episode has more flashback than action on the island, that’s when I start to lose interest.  I want more island action!
1843  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dawn of War Skirmish Mode on: October 12, 2005, 07:18:13 PM
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"
Once I get my PC working again, I plan to check out Dawn of War and Winter Assault, as it sounds like a great way to have fun in the universe with a fraction of the expense and none of the hastle.

Exactly.  I get the whole painting the minis as part of the entire hobby, but I don’t have the time or interest to build a bunch of miniatures and paint them.  I think GW would make a ton more money if they sold 2 lines of miniatures:  
1.   Just like they are now: you assemble and paint the minis.  
2.   Pre-made and painted.  

I’d actually buy some of the unit minis if they were already assembled and painted.  The folks that play the tabletop version could continue to build and paint their minis as part of the hobby, and lazy people like me could just order complete models or sets to strategically place around their home.  If I was brave enough to bear my true inner nerd at work, I’d actually setup a few near my workstation.  Sadly, I’m not that brave.  I like living my clark kent – ubernerd duality…nobody will know my true identity!  Except my family, but they’ve known I’ve been a dork for a long time.
1844  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dawn of War Skirmish Mode on: October 11, 2005, 11:17:34 PM
I can't turtle against chaos either with SMs, the AI is too fast building up resources and teching up.  The only way for me to beat them is to go on the attack right from the start.  Have you tried a team game with another ally?  Those are pretty fun, and last long enough to feel better than a 12 minute 1v1 map rush victory.

 I think you'd need to have a good build order and tech plan to keep pace trying to turtle SMs against chaos.
1845  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dawn of War Skirmish Mode on: October 11, 2005, 10:13:48 PM
Some aspects of the AI play during skirmish games seems improved, but it still does boneheaded things.  I tried standard last night just to see if I noticed any changes, and while the AI seemed faster, it still did dumb things like only build and rush cultists, guardians, and scouts for the first 10 mins or so.  All I had to do was crank out 2 SM squads, 1 scout squad, and go kill the AI.  Scout squad captures, the SM squads kill off the AI tier 1 light infantry rush, all while upgrading my tech.  By the time I started upgrading to missle launchers and plasma, my 2 SM squads were always standing in the AI base.  

The only race I think the AI plays really well is Ork at the lower difficulty levels.  

I did notice that the AI made me pay hard if I tried to turtle while ramping up my tech.  Before I even made it to tier 3 there were obliterators, possesed marines, and horrors rushing my base when I tried to turtle against chaos.  I don't remember the AI being that fast to tech up if I left it alone.

The AI still does questionable things like build up a good attack force and then park them at a strategic point or relic, despite having wiped out a chunk of my defense and base just moments earlier.
1846  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kameo [Full Soundtrack] on: October 11, 2005, 04:59:18 PM
I loved the Advent Rising soundtrack too.  I was floored when I saw that Tommy Tallarico did the writing, composing and arrangement for the AR score.  I always associated him with that review show on G4tv.  He may be a cheesy dude, but he's one heck of a talented young composer.
1847  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dawn of War Skirmish Mode on: October 10, 2005, 11:46:52 PM
Funny that the UK site is so much better than the US site.  The uk site has a lot of info on each chapter (and info about the different chaos, ork, and eldar groups too).  The art concepts for the eldar on the uk site are not at all what I expected, the females are actually hot, elf-like beings.  

There's even a database applet that has info on both the current SM chapters and the names of the legions that defected to chaos.  Good stuff.  

Based on recommendations, I ordered from amazon:
- Eisenhorn, Dan Abnett
- Storm of Iron, Graham McNeill
- Nightbringer, Graham McNeill
- Warrior Brood, CS Goto
- Angels of Darkness, Gav Thorpe

The Angels of Darkness book didn't get great reviews, but apparently it tells the story of the Dark Angels chapter, to include the reason they bear their current stigma.

Oh, and based on the good info and pics from the GW uk site, I created the Black Templars for my skirmish games.
1848  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kameo [Full Soundtrack] on: October 09, 2005, 05:33:29 PM
Wow.  I love good soundtracks, and this is a great soundtrack.  I was on the fence about kameo, but now, it's going to be a preorder.  

Thanks for the soundtrack link.
1849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dawn of War Skirmish Mode on: October 08, 2005, 03:23:45 PM
I'm kind of surprised that relic decided to spotlight the IG in the expansion.  From all of the available source material that stiffler has mentioned, I think an expansion campaign based on another space marine chapter, one of the inquisitor branches, or even the eldar, chaos marines or orks would've been more interesting.  Don't get me wrong, the expansion is definitely welcome, but man, there's a ton of great material out there and relic went with the relatively conventional IG.

I would love to see modular campaign add-ons that would spotlight some of the different chapters in their own single-player campaigns, similar to releasing D&D modules.  Make the modules available via download, and maybe charge $15-25 for each.
1850  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dawn of War Skirmish Mode on: October 07, 2005, 07:28:15 PM
Does anyone remember the squad based tactical Warhammer 40k game for the ps1?  That was my first introduction to the 40k universe, and it hooked me back then (even with the goofy land shark baddies).  Something about the mythology of the universe is really interesting to me.  There are a ton of references to biblical figures and angels that I've always found interesting too. Heck, in the DOW original campaign the  Force commander's name was Gabriel.
1851  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dawn of War Skirmish Mode on: October 07, 2005, 06:30:42 AM
Great info stiffler.  Who are the adeptus astertes?  You also mentioned the grey knights and deathwatch, are those SM chapters?
1852  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Finished: Fable on: October 06, 2005, 02:44:44 PM
I'm actually kind of dissapointed with the Lost Chapters.  I enjoyed the original Fable for all 10 hours of the experience, it just went by so quick.  With the Lost Chapters they really didn't touch the original story at all.  I was expecting to see a lot of new weapons and armor, but nope, not during the original story. I was still stuck with the same will user robes>leather armor>chainmail>platemail from the original game.  The weapons were the same too.  I just started the actual expansion content the other night, so I'm hoping I'll run into some new armor or weapons there.

Because they did add in several new sidequests, I found that my character was even more powerful by the original final battle than before!  Several hours before the final battle he was already maxed out in:  accuracy, speed, guile, magic power, multi-arrow, slow time, force push, health, and toughness.  It was a cakewalk.  Heck even the arena battle with no rest was a cakewalk, and I remember that being a little tough with the original game.

I did find 1 new hat that I don't think was in the original game, the pimp hat.  But then I don't remember the darkwoods brothel being in the original game either.
1853  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.
1854  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?
1855  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.
1856  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.
1857  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.
1858  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.
1859  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.
1860  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.
1861  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
1862  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.
1863  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...
1864  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.
1865  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.
1866  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).
1867  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XB360] 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.
1868  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II: Anyone care? on: September 07, 2005, 02:54:32 AM
I have sword envy now. Tongue
1869  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP on Your TV! on: September 07, 2005, 02:31:24 AM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
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.
1870  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.
1871  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.
1872  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.
1873  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.
1874  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.
1875  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.
1876  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:
1877  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.
1878  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.
1879  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.
1880  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.
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