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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Red Alert 3 Impressions on: December 18, 2008, 01:52:42 AM
Don't have too much time right now to give you some strats, maybe later.  But I can recommend watching
some VODs right here:

http://www.gamereplays.org/community/index.php?showforum=2752

The VOD casters are doing a great job.  You really learn a lot.  Now if I only had time to play this game.

Anyone for teaming up for some 2v2 action online?  I might actually have some time, I'm
off for 2 weeks starting Saturday.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dominions 3 - is it worth it? on: November 19, 2008, 11:55:31 PM
I paid $55 and I thought the price was too high.  But, don't forget it's free shipping (at least when I bought it) and you get a thick,
spiral bound manual, which I reference all the time.  So, $48 is not a bad deal.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dominions 3 - is it worth it? on: November 14, 2008, 11:38:36 PM
I played Dom 1 and 2 and I'm still playing 3.  I'm biased, as it's one of my all time favorite games, but I say yes, it's worth it. 

We play over at OO, and there are a few noobs in our current game,  The forums are still very active,  and the community seems
to still be growing, so I would say you could get into a noob game.

As for SP, I only play MP, and only use SP to practice builds and such.  I'm not sure it it's worth it foir that.  Try the demo.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP Homebrew. What are the must haves? on: June 20, 2008, 10:39:00 PM

Quote from: StriderGG on June 20, 2008, 06:02:09 PM

I would also recommend Bookr - to be able to read .txt and .pdf files on PSP. Nowadays, I am using my psp for reading as much as I use it for gaming.

I'll second bookr, it's the only home brew I have loaded and it's great.  Most .lit files can be converted to txt, so you can read anything.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Age of Empires : Mythologies announced on: June 05, 2008, 10:28:16 PM

Quote from: warning on June 05, 2008, 11:32:21 AM

I liked the fact that the original was turn-based.  I didn't like the fact that the UI was a horrible mess.  Staring at a big pile of indiscriminate units was no fun.

Agreed, but it is such a deep game that it didn't riuin it for me, I just used the next unit button.  But I could see how it would turn some off.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Age of Empires : Mythologies announced on: June 03, 2008, 11:18:51 PM
I really like the first one, one of my favorite DS games, I still play it occassionally, so I am all over
this.  Such a deep game for a hand held game.  And even though the AI might be lacking, they
made up for it by good level design and implementatio0n in the campaign.  I actually find it more
challenging than AW:DS.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disgaea Questions & Tips on: March 09, 2008, 10:44:40 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on March 08, 2008, 05:18:04 AM

I've done some testing, and here's what I've learned about the Item World:

1) There does not appear to be any penalty for using Mr. Gency's Exit to leave an item prematurely.  As far as I can tell, the item's stats rise the same way as they would if you reach the next normal exit portal.

2) There *is* a penalty for descending to the next floor without defeating all the enemies.  If you clear ten levels and leave the item, you'll see the item stats rise ten times.  If you "skip" four levels, though, you'll still wind up with a "Level 10" item, but you'll notice that the stats only increase six times for the six stages you fully cleared.  I've run into some Item World stages which simply could not be cleared -- enemies on islands that are too far away for any of my characters to throw -- but if you're trying to improve an item, I'd definitely recommend taking the time to fully clear each level.

3) Even before you factor in specialists, a fully upgraded Level 10 item is often more powerful than some more expensive store-bought items would be at Level 0.  Less expensive items are often much easier to level up, too, so if you've got some time to spend on it, you can wind up creating much nicer stuff than you'd otherwise have access to.

Hopefully this can help out anyone else who has the questions I did. icon_cool

-Autistic Angel

Thanks for the tips!  I don't spend too much time in the item world, but these will help when I do.  I've been just buying items, my gaming time is limited and I try to just stick with the story and an occasional power level on 5-3.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disgaea coming to the DS in July on: March 09, 2008, 10:41:53 PM

Quote from: Canuck on March 09, 2008, 03:44:19 AM

I can't imagine how the DS version could be any better-I suppose extra content would be one thing, but it's not exactly as if the stylus will be useful.  Not having an extra screen has never hindered any other edition of Disgaea so having one doesn't seem like that much of a benefit.  I would rather play on one large, beautiful screen than two cramped low res screens any day.

I totally agree.  I have a DS and a PSP and I already have Digaea for the PSP, I can't imagine the DS version would be better.  Having that nice big PSP screen as opposed to the small DS screen is a major difference for a game like this IMO.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [psp] disgaea: afternoon of darkness impressions on: December 27, 2007, 09:17:44 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on December 27, 2007, 08:16:01 PM

Quote from: T on December 27, 2007, 07:11:25 PM

Also, I've seen talk of changing classes.  Can an existing character change classes?  The only thing I could find in the manual is that if say a fighter gets to a certain level they can create more powerful classes of fighters.  And if it is possible, is it a good idea?

characters can either change (brawler to warrior) or move up (brawler to fighter) in class via transmigration. they keep certain base stats (& special attacks) when they do, so, even tho you have to re-level them from lvl 1, you end up with a more powerful character overall. on the other hand, because you need to level party members in particular classes up to certain levels in order to unlock new jobs (&, yes, whether they're male or female can make a difference smile ), i'd suggest sticking to the original classes for at least a little while (say, up to level 10?)...

really recommend checking out some of the info at gamefaqs - in it's own way, this game's about as complicated as they come (i'm still learning as i go along, myself)...

Thanks.  I checked out GameFaqs briefly, I'll check it again.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [psp] disgaea: afternoon of darkness impressions on: December 27, 2007, 07:43:10 PM

Quote from: depward on December 27, 2007, 07:26:07 PM

^^  it's a PSP game and people seem to think the PSP has no games.

So I'm wondering - is this portable version of Disgaea perhaps the cure for my dislike (or, not so much dislike but just... non-appealing condition) towards SRPGs?  Honestly, I just seem to not enjoy SRPGs... even though I haven't really played much of any.

This is the first SRPG that I have liked.  However, I am primarily a strategy gamer, so I'm surprised it took me this long to find one I like.  That siad, if you've never liked an SRPG up to this point, I'm not sure this one will convince you.  It's supposedly the cream of the crop of SRPGs, so if this doesn't do it for you I would probably stop trying.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [psp] disgaea: afternoon of darkness impressions on: December 27, 2007, 07:11:25 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on December 27, 2007, 05:38:25 PM

Quote from: T on December 27, 2007, 05:02:54 PM

I'm just curious as to how you guys composed your parties.  I added in a fighter, healer and fire mage and haven't had any real difficulties yet, I just started the 3'rd chapter.  Do I need more characters?  I would hate get stuck and have to go back and level up new characters.

i started off with pretty much the same mix, but, since you're eventually able to have 10 characters in battle, as well as unlock new jobs, i've proceeded to build a mini-army of 15 (including story characters). so you'll definitely be needing a few more characters. as far as concerns about leveling, don't worry - you'll have ample opportunity by revisiting a few of the maps to do some serious, & relatively painless, power-leveling smile ...

Thanks!  I was thinking of having characters learn new spells by using a mentor.  For example, have a fighter create a healer and have the fighter learn healing spells by standing next to the healer and eventually learning it.  This way I can have fewer characters and they will level faster.  But I'll take your advice.  More mages can't hurt.  My fire mage dishes out some wicked damage, she can sometimes wipe out 3 or more units in one casting.

Also, I've seen talk of changing classes.  Can an existing character change classes?  The only thing I could find in the manual is that if say a fighter gets to a certain level they can create more powerful classes of fighters.  And if it is possible, is it a good idea?
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [psp] disgaea: afternoon of darkness impressions on: December 27, 2007, 05:02:54 PM
Being primarily a strategy gamer, I picked up a PSP about a month ago due to the recent releases of FFT, Disgaea and Jean.  I decided to get Disgaea first and it is a great game.  I agree with everything you said.  For some reason this is the first SRPG to really grab me.  One of the things i really like about it is that the battles don't last too long, so you can jump in for 10 minutes or so and level up a few guys.  And I hear it's very open ended, the character levels are very high and when the story finishes you can restart it with the characters at the level they're at.  Not to mention you can sink a lot of time in the item world.

I'm just curious as to how you guys composed your parties.  I added in a fighter, healer and fire mage and haven't had any real difficulties yet, I just started the 3'rd chapter.  Do I need more characters?  I would hate get stuck and have to go back and level up new characters.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP questions on: December 19, 2007, 12:33:04 AM

Quote from: Destructor on December 18, 2007, 03:19:32 PM

Quote from: warning on December 18, 2007, 12:57:04 PM

When you move your UMD game to the memory stick (via custom firmware) there's almost no loading.  It's pretty freaking sweet.

Yeah...that's why I still run a modded PSP.

And last time I checked (which was a while ago) you still need a modded PSP (or one that can be downgraded manually, and the PSP Slim can NOT by default) to make the Pandora Battery. But once made, you can do lots of things with it.

Not true.  A Pandora's battery can be made from a PSP battery by physically modifying it.  You basically need to remove a pin on an IC.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP questions on: December 18, 2007, 02:00:41 AM
I believe that games load faster on the slim and it can be hooked up to a TV.  I've heard conflicting reports that the battery life is longer.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 confirmed! on: June 12, 2007, 11:57:32 PM

Quote from: SuperHiro on June 12, 2007, 11:17:17 PM

I was hoping something along the lines of DoW.  But basically I generally hate ANY sort of resource model where a unit has to go mine something and then bring it back to the home base.  I mean come on, AoEIII doesn't even do that.  If there was a game that Blizzard should jack ideas from (aside from themselves), it'd be DoW.  I mean, come on, no squad-interface?  That just plain sucks.

It's looking more like a reskin with a few new tweaks too it. That said I'll probably grab it but I'll still bitch like a little girl about it.  From the demo, it just looks like there's nothing NEW to it.  A few new units, new graphics, yee fucking ha. 

But it's really early so we'll see.

I see what you're saying, I just think it's a much better design to have resources concentrated in small areas than to have them spread all over the map.  It's such a pain to be constantly building resources everywhere and it's even more annoying to try and defend it. I really like DOW but the resource system ruins it for me.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 confirmed! on: June 12, 2007, 10:59:20 PM

Quote from: SuperHiro on June 12, 2007, 08:22:34 PM

finally had a chance to watch the gameplay video, and I came away... a bit dissappointed.

Namely, at this point I absolutely HATE the traditional resource gathering model.  And there it was... a traditional resource gathering model.  God damn it Blizzard.  Hopefully that'll change but I really doubt it.  God fucking damn it.

What do you mean by traditional?  And what were you hoping for?  Something in the AOE model?  Or the DOW style?  To me there are 3 models, the AOE complex resource system with multiple resources and lots of workers, here you spend a lot of time managing your economy.  Then you have the DOW style of resources all over the map, not too micro-intensive but a pain to defend.  And then you have the Blizzard/Westwood model of concentrated patches of resources, not a lot of workers and simple resource gathering allowing you to focus on fighting, and not too difficult to defend.  I prefer the Blizzard/Westwood model myself.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 25, 2007, 01:50:17 AM
Glad you guys mentioned the cheating, I'm seeing it in the demo and I thought it might just be dumb luck.  It's very frustrating to get whacked at the beginning of every game and then to see these annoying multi-turn bashings.  If they can't make an AI that is competitive, how about just giving the AI a resource bonus?  I was enjoying this game, but this could be a deal breaker.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I own a DS Lite....what now? on: November 11, 2006, 07:17:35 PM

Quote from: Enigma on November 11, 2006, 06:48:52 PM

I really like strategy games and wanted to get Age of Empires for the DS but I heard the cartridge had bugs...and it could damage your DS!?  Has this been fixed, or was it even true?

There is a work around, create a user name that is greater than 3 characters long.  Also, save and quit is bugged, but that is no big deal just don't use it, save first then quit, and it won't ruin your cart.  Also, the battle animations can cause problems, but I leave them on and I have only had one lock up.  If you use these work arounds you should be fine.  I agree with Kobra, this is a great game!
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Supreme Commander - Um.. I'll take one. on: October 22, 2006, 06:12:17 PM

Quote from: siege on October 22, 2006, 06:04:11 PM

I hope Fileplanet isn't getting the beta. Every time I sign up for that crap to get a slot, it says they're all taken after I've wasted my money.

This is what I'm afraid of.  I have no problem paying for it, it's just that if you can't get in they should refund your money.  Or just give it to all subscribers.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DOMINIONS 3 IS SHIPPING on: October 01, 2006, 06:27:14 PM

Quote from: Tals on October 01, 2006, 05:44:07 PM


I'm giving it a miss at this juncture - I think for a small dev its overpriced.

Tals

I agree and you won't find a bigger Dominions fan than me.  However, to be fair, I will wait for the demo, which I think is coming next week, and some reviews/impressions.  I will most likely eventually buy it, but I would like to get it for $40 or less.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 22/Sep/06 on: September 23, 2006, 12:52:02 AM
On the AOE vs. AW:DS front, last week I played the heck out of AOE:DS, aobsolutely love the game but I put it down this week for a change of pace and started playing AW:DS.  I'm almost done with the tutorials and at first it didn't grab me but last night I could feel it starting to sink its hooks into me, I think I'm on the last tutorial mission.

I also hope to get some time in with the new BFME2 patch and I hope to get some Warcraft III MP in with some friends.  I have to do all of this before my girlfriend gets off from work on Saturday night then I won't game until Tuesday.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Age of Empire DS on: August 29, 2006, 10:46:18 PM
I haven't had a single crash either.  I found out what the known bugs were and worked around them.  The most severe bug is having a DS name of under 4 characters, this could crash and brick your cart.  Save and quit is bugged, so I just save and then quit.  There is also a bug in the battle animation bertween I believe an onager and an archer.

Yeah Kobra we seem to have similar tastes.  I'm not much for those puzzle games either, more into TBS and RTS, but my girlfriend really likes them and I think they're good, just not my thing.  Have you tried Castlevania DOS yet?  I'm not one for side scrollers or platformers, but this one has me hooked.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Age of Empire DS on: August 29, 2006, 10:21:42 PM
Funny you should bring this up, as I'm knee deep in it too.  It's kept me up late the past couple of nights.  I bought this when I first got my DS in June, played it and really liked it, but shelved it to try other games.  I had the itch to play again a few days ago.  I'm really liking this game so far, it's incredibly deep, especially for a handheld game.

Agreed, the clutter is a problem, but hitting the next unit button solves that for my units, although a little tedious and I just click on enemy units to see what they are.  This brings it to an 8 from a 9 for me.

This is one of the games that makes me love the DS.  I'm also really into Castlevania DOS and Lost Magic.  In fact, I really haven't tried too many bad games.

And congratulations Kobra!
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS Lite Thoughts After a Week on: June 27, 2006, 03:16:03 AM
I'm a long time PC Gamer and I've never owned a console or a handheld, so I was on the fence about the DSL.  Well I'm really happy that I bought one as I am loving it so far.  

I bought AOE, Prince of Persia and AW:DS to start and I really like them.  I rented Lost Magic as I wanted an RPG and at first I wasn't crazy about it, but seeing all of the positive user reviews on GameSpot and on the Nintendo boards I stuck with it.  One day it clicked and now I am totally hooked on the game, I've barely touched the other games.  It's a great RTS/RPG and makes great use of the touch screen.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Got a DS Lite! on: June 16, 2006, 01:06:54 AM
I've only palyed the first two campaign missions on AOE, but so far I really like it.  It's a very deep game.  My only gripe so far is that sometimes it's hard to distinguish units.  If they didn't use an isometric view it would have been much better IMO.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Can Imperialism be made to Install/Run on winXP on: October 24, 2004, 11:57:37 PM
IIRC under XP the game crashed when you try to access one part of the game, I believe it's the over world map.  Imp II works fine on XP, I've been thinking of firing up a game I started a while ago.  Great game!  I wish game developers would implement some of the features that this game has, namely the drastic reduction in micro-management, especially late game.  I think of firing up Civ and I don't because I don't feel llike micro-managing a bunch of workers.
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