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321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / original xbox : hdtv? on: January 11, 2006, 07:27:14 PM
Well, the trouble is that I can't find an option like that on the xbox dashboard...
322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / original xbox : hdtv? on: January 11, 2006, 03:20:40 PM
I got me a Samsung 26inch LCD, which is HD-ready, and I also bought some component cables for it (from gamester). Now, I don't really see a difference (except for the fact that my games are far too dark, yet regular tv is fine), and I don't get the dashboard option to enable hdtv...

Also, I don't have Live, so I hope I'm not screwed...  frown
323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Spartan: Total Warrior on: November 03, 2005, 12:11:04 PM
Any news on it? IGN scored it a 7.9, but the review made it sound pretty good. It boiled down to a good action game, that could have been "great" if some things like camera and boss-battles had been streamlined better.

I'm wondering whether to pick this one up, or go with the budget games of Ninja Gaiden Black (but I already have the original one), or Fable...
324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Your choices for best PC game music ever? on: November 03, 2005, 10:53:23 AM
The Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall.

I really felt I was a lone knight riding my horse on a cold winter morning, and it was mostly due to the music I think.
325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / POP: Warrior Within ? on: October 19, 2005, 09:09:55 AM
The first levels were bad, but it does get a whole lot better. The combat will be fun after a couple of hours, and the story's cool too. And the music, well, I guess I actually liked some 'persian metal' to go along these brutal fights.

So, really, don't listen to all the nay-sayers, and get through the beginning part (where you'll absolutely be disappointed), and enjoy the game for what it is. An exciting, very cool, platformer/fighter.
326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A Ton of New Oblivion Pics! on: October 07, 2005, 09:01:42 AM
The guy with the skills tab on the left, would he be wearing duemer (sp?) armour? Maybe we'll get to know a bit more about them this game smile

Or has everything been cleared up by now, about their sudden disappearance?

As to the bloom effect, it may not be so bad once you see it in motion. But regardless, I do think it gives the game a sort of 'magical' air, like in PoP: SoT.
327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ultimate Spider-Man Review is UP! on: September 25, 2005, 09:38:34 AM
Gamespy mentions the parts with Venom "drag", as in, he's not much fun to play as. Any comments on that?
328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GT Challenge - Baldur's Gate II on: September 02, 2005, 07:10:33 PM
Sorry to mislead you then. In my memory it seemed to be quite an adventure. Off course, a big part is also the optional extra dungeon...

So, how is everyone else doing?
329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GT Challenge - Baldur's Gate II on: September 01, 2005, 07:32:35 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"
You can't get rid of Minsc. He's like the best guy in the entire game!

I know, I know smile But I had him in my party last time, and I'd like to see some other npc's for a change. I thought about playing an evil party, but I just can't... I like being the good guy, cheered upon by the masses  biggrin

And you won't regret buying ToB. It finishes the BG story quite nicely, and it's more lineair than BG, meaning you'll be more likely to complete it smile Besides, it's only about an extra 50-100 hours or so...
330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GT Challenge - Baldur's Gate II on: September 01, 2005, 09:29:24 AM
I started again, creating a neutral good Kensai, who I'll later on dual-class to a mage. It's a well known hybrid, and it fits with the Child of Bhaal-theme, where you'd have a character whose powers grant him melee and magic prowess.

Inside the Dungeon, I answered Aataqah's question saying I'd push the button myself, but I hope I won't be held to that! I accepted the dryad's quest, freed the genie, and got out of the dungeon, feeling sad for all those people in jars I left behind.

When I reached the Promenade, I was still quite well-rested, so I went to check out the trouble at the circus. I rescued Aerie, and got rid of the mad gnome illusionist.

Next, I plan to organise my party. I'm thinking Keldorn, Valygar and Cernd perhaps, replacing Minsc and Jaheira. I may also exchange Yoshimo for Jan Janssen... They're not a power-group, but I want to have some different characters than last time on my travels...

Notes: I downloaded the latest patch for ToB, because sometimes npc's would give the message 'xxx is too busy to talk right now', right when they needed to be talked to to advance the game! So, if you have this problem, download the patch. Also, my saving and loading takes a LOT of time, and I read this was a bug with ToB too. There is a beta patch to correct it, I tried it, but I can't say I notice any changes. Damn...

Question: Can I take Viconia instead of Aerie in a good party? Or will she ultimately conflict with Keldorn and fight? I'd like her for the love interest, although Aerie's may be nice as well...
331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2 for Pc and Xbox on: August 24, 2005, 09:28:00 AM
I've got an AMD 1.2 Ghz, 256 MB RAM and a Geforce4 Ti4400, so a very low-end system. Anyway, I figured I could never run Half-Life2, but due to this thread I downloaded the demo, and it went great! So I bought the game on an impulse, and I can't say I regret it. It really is a terribly great rollercoaster ride so far (I'm not far yet, I just got through some manhack fights). It slows down occasionally, and the sound stutters quite a bit, but overall, it works great biggrin

And that beginning scene, with Dr Breen reading a Concerned Citizen's letter... Wow :shock: Freaky stuff!
332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion no longer a launch day title (XBox 360) on: August 22, 2005, 06:35:47 PM
I hear ya! We don't have to put up with this! I DEMAND they release it on launch day, filled with bugs and half its content unfinished or cut!
333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GT Challenge - Baldur's Gate II on: August 22, 2005, 12:11:04 PM
Daellus the sorcerer here.
Charisma, wisdom and intelligence around 17 and 18, constitution 12, strength and dex 7.

I put it on 800x600, I find 1024 to be too small on a 17inch monitor.

It seems to not have aged well, the animation is quite blocky, the text pop-ups come too slow, and there's almost no feedback why Imoen can't frickin' hide in the shadows! slywink

Other than that, I hope I persevere, and finish this epic game!

On a side note, there are so many character classes I wonna try out! In the end I chose a sorcerer, because I never ever play a mage type character for main char. And it'll take some adjusting, since I already killed myself by blasting ice shards on top of myself frown Guess the radius was a bit bigger than I expected it to be...
334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CG Challenge- PC Game on: August 22, 2005, 07:59:06 AM
I'm in too, I was wanting to replay this one! But I can't decide what class... I played through with a paladin once, so don't want to go that route. I'm thinking swashbuckler (combat rogue), sorcerer, wild mage or shapeshifter (werewolf druid)...

How exactly does this work? We use this thread to talk about our experiences and choices in the game?

Edit: Are we actually using the Throne of Bhaal expansion?
335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2 for Pc and Xbox on: August 22, 2005, 07:54:47 AM
One question: what are your computer specs Eno? I've got a very low-end computer myself, and always figured I couldn't run Half-Life2.

In regards to Doom, I played it on xbox, and it was great. Graphics are good, framerate is solid, the aiming was easy etc. Only downside is that changing weapons is a bit cumbersome. You could place your 4 favorite weapons on the 4 directions of the thumbpad, but all the others you have to cycle to. So basically shotgun, machinegun, plasmagun and chainsaw got used a lot, but none of the other weapons, for being too much hassle. (It's not like you have plenty of time to get the right weapon when a couple of monsters spawn in front of you).
336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Quake 2 cooperative? on: August 19, 2005, 08:15:41 AM
So, I played it on coop yesterday. It was... okay, I guess. Not too great though. The game was a lot darker than I remembered (it's almost Doom3), the weapons are very powerfull, meaning that friendly fire is extremely dangerous, the levels are often maze-like...

All in all, not so great in cooperative.

I know this is the wrong forum, but nothing beats Halo (2) on coop. It just does everything right, from smart enemies that act differenty if there are 2 players instead of 1, to quick and nearby respawns if you die, and easy maps with simple lay-outs...

Still, Quake 2 wasn't that bad, just a bit underwhelming.
337  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Ugg, i had to reinstall everything and WoW... on: August 18, 2005, 02:51:19 PM
Quote from: "Harpua3"
And in europe it was DVD only I believe (I might be incredibly wrong on that).

Yeah, you're incredibly wrong on that  smile
338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Quake 2 cooperative? on: August 16, 2005, 01:59:14 PM
Well, I installed Quake II, and applied official patch 3.20 to it, tried it on our network and... yes, it has cooperative gameplay, with savepoints and everything! I'll be playing that one a bit the next days biggrin

It still looks like a fun game too, I think I liked this Quake the best. If only the Svencoop for Half-Life was any decent... It's a very good mod, but it's difficulty is just over the top. It's meant to be played by 32 players or something, meaning they upgraded the enemy's health and damage quite a bit. And, since there's a lot of scripting, many levels don't really work well.

Too bad. Nothing's more fun for me than playing coop.

To hijack my own thread a bit more: Only now have I discovered the joy of diablo2 Hell difficulty. It's hard! But it's fun! biggrin Although, since I'm a fire elemental druid, I don't like all those fire immunes... Still, I'm doing better than my buddy, who's playing a melee necromancer.
339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Quake 2 cooperative? on: August 16, 2005, 07:52:11 AM
Thanks Daehawk, I'm looking forward to coop-ing it!
340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Quake 2 cooperative? on: August 12, 2005, 01:15:57 PM
Yeah, I played DoomIII coop, but that got boring quick. Besides, you need 2 tv's, 2 xboxes etc, since it only works in system link.
341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Quake 2 cooperative? on: August 12, 2005, 07:40:05 AM
I read somewhere that the Quake 2-campaign could be played cooperatively. Is this correct? I tried googling it, and it seems that there was no cooperative mode when the game shipped. Is it a mod, or a later patch? If so, is it any fun?

And if not, are there other (older) FPS games that offer the coop treatment? I've just finished Halo2 legendary with a friend, so I'm hankering for something else smile
342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ninja Gaiden on: August 11, 2005, 09:40:31 PM
It is the best game ever.

Ok, maybe not, but I find it to be one of the best games ever. And I'm not much of a hardcore player, I couldn't finish it on very hard, nor could I finish the free expansion packs (the hurricane packs).

Play it for a couple of hours, it'll click. Yes, frustration will be the first step, but persevere, damn you! And when it does click, restart your game, and play from the beginning again. And then... It all falls into place, and you become ninja master Ryu Hayabusa, hanging on to your dragon sword, overcoming impossible demons and encounters. You will die a lot, you will cry for more save points, but oh you will love it!

But you could wait for the downpriced ninja gaiden black that'll come soon smile (It adds some challenges, an easier difficulty level, and the 2 hurricane packs).
343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 3, What are you're expectations on: July 21, 2005, 09:16:50 PM
I consider these series some of the best games in history. I understand all the negatives (repetition, the ending...), but in the end, nothing beats playing it on legendary with a buddy. I mean that. No game is as cool as that. And I've been playing games since Wolfenstein.

But yeah, I understand why some people would dislike it. To each his own.

So, what I want in Halo3 is the same as everyone else wants, a real fight on earth! And a bit less Arbiter-gameplay, I liked him, but not as much as the master chief.
344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Some Retro fun: fixed my NES 72-pin connector finally! on: July 19, 2005, 08:43:02 AM
I hope your Rad Racer game came with the 3D-goggles! If not, pressing select while in Vegas will only screw with your eyes and brains!

(Who thought of that feature anyway, and did it even remotely work??) :?:
345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lego Case Mod for NES on: July 15, 2005, 03:07:55 PM
That single picture of the case mod for the Revolution awoke some long forgotten childhood memories! You know that feeling, when, for just half a second, you feel exactly like you're a kid again. And then, when you try to hold on to that feeling, it's gone.

Wow, seeing that nintendo really send jolts through my brains! Thank you ConsoleGold   biggrin
346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lode Runner for xbox, ps2 or Dreamcast ? on: July 13, 2005, 01:57:08 PM
Nope, noone bothered as far as I know. There was a pc sequel some years back, but it was in 3d, and I think it was pretty bad.

I loved making 2player levels for that game, although most usually revolved into filling the entire screen with bombs, detonating one, and trying to make it out in one piece biggrin

But it sure was a great coop game.
347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire - Official Impressions on: July 09, 2005, 09:58:03 AM
Driver, you are quite correct about the trial quest. But it actually included some investigating, and by the time I had grown to like my character a lot, so I was willing to forgive these sort of quests.

Also, the pacing seemed a lot better in KOTOR. There were bad quests (like the trial), but there was also really cool stuff in between them. In Jade Empire, it's like fight-fight-fight, talk-talk-talk-talk-talk, fight etc.

And the talking is soooo bad. Not for the main characters like Master Lee, but for the generic farmer/man/woman in need of help. And I looked forward to this game for 2 years frown
348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Jade Empire - Official Impressions on: July 08, 2005, 01:55:10 PM
It's odd. Some people love it, others hate it.

I loved KOTOR, but I'm bored stiff playing JE. The dialogue and quests, so dull and boring! The combat... fun, on hard difficulty.

I stopped playing about a month ago, after I had to solve a conflict in a boathouse between a tough woman and an engaged man who was getting beaten up by her gang. I couldn't believe this quest, how easy and utterly attrocious it was!

And that teahouse-quest, where you return the teahouse back to its rightful owner, the old lady... So incredibly boring!

I'll get back to it later I hope, but so far, this is a horrible and bad example of Bioware by-the-book.

Too bad, I liked the beginning part, and the setting.
349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm trying to find a Diablo-esque clone .... on: July 08, 2005, 11:01:37 AM
I love DiabloII, and bought Sacred last year. But no, it's just not right. The items are not well balanced (meaning, there are too many bland magic items, and there aren't ones that feel significantly "unique"), there are few skills, and most of em are shared between character classes. Only a couple of skills are actually any good. Your stats level up automatically (like WoW), but you get 1 free point to add to a stat of your choosing. Which is worthless...

The quests are dumb. The characters are dumb. God, I hated the gladiator's comments whenever he said something.

No, it's a good looking game, it's fun for about an hour, then it's faults start to come up, and you ache to play some DiabloII.

My two cents. At the time, I was more enthusiast about it. Now, in hindsight, it's just mediocre.
350  Gaming / Analog Gaming / New Release: Shadows over Camelot on: July 07, 2005, 06:03:04 AM
Well, I originally wanted to buy this game, but since it was all sold out (I didn't even knew board games could "sell out"!), I got Doom.

So I'll get it in a couple of weeks. That, and War of the Ring, would make 3 games I got due to some sort of forum effect here.

Or basically, War of the Ring got discussed, I bought it, and have since been amazed to see what new boardgames are like (having grown up on risk, hotel, and a lot of kiddy games).
351  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Doom: the boardgame on: July 06, 2005, 06:20:26 AM
Actually, skip that part about the spawning. Thinking some more about it, it would heavily handicap the invader player. Besides, as a marine you can have some influence in the spawning, by guarding every hallway for instance.

How would this sound?
*guns come with 1 ammo token
*marines start with 3 armour instead of 2
*when playing with 3 marines, invader player only gets 2 cards to draw instead of 3.

Would this make it more balanced for an unexperienced group of gamers that don't yet know the scenario's? (We've only played the first one so far).
352  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Doom: the boardgame on: July 05, 2005, 06:13:25 AM
Hmm, that Descent title seems really great, but from what I gather, it's from the same developer, namely free flight games (or something like that).

I was reading a bit about altering the rules so the marines have a chance, and I think i'll try this set-up next time:

*fully loaded rule: guns come with 1 ammo token;

*spawn at end of turn: this may be too game-altering. The invader player basically activates his invaders, and AFTER that, he spawns some new if he can. This prevents any "haha I spawned a hell knight, I run to you and smack you a lot"-encounters. Perhaps the spawning monster should be able to do 1 action: run or attack (in the rare cases a monster can spawn in attack range).

This is for playing with 2-3 marines. With 1 marine the consensus seems that it's a well-balanced game.
353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warhammer: Dawn of War on: July 04, 2005, 08:14:09 AM
Well, I finally caved after reading so much praise about it, even though I'm no RTS fan. I must say, I like it so far. I always wanted to like Warcraft III, and I did, untill it got too hard. Which for me, was halfway the Orc campaign.

But what I absolutely love in this one is the fact that you can reinforce your squads in the field! What a fantastic idea! It leaves out so much micro-management, as well as the I-better-start-building-up-an-army-to-reinforce-the-one-I'm-sending-out-now strategy.

Other things like cover and morale also seem cool, but I don't know how much effect they have. If I get a squad to focus on flamethrowers, they die, and if they get heavy bolters, they decimate others. So I can't say I'm too impressed with the whole morale thing so far.

Combat is visual and bloody, although I haven't met any huge units yet. I'm only on level 4 of the campaign, so I'm sure I've only seen half the tech tree yet.

Are there any hints, strategies, or cool things to know about this game? I'd like to master an rts for once in my life, and I'd like to make it this one. It just seems to have a lot of potential.
354  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Doom: the boardgame on: July 04, 2005, 08:06:00 AM
I bought Doom this weekend, and I was wondering if anyone else here had it?

I played through 1 scenario with a friend, ant although the box says that takes 60 to 90 minutes, we took about 4 and a half hour! It was a really fun game, it actually kinda captured the feeling of a mix between Hero Quest and Doom. Pretty fun.


One big but, the balance... In the first scenario, the Invader Player (bad guy) has to make 6 frags (or kills) to win. We ended the scenario with him having 8 frags. That's not even a close match, the bad guy just seemed so powerful! He can spawn, use event cards that totally f*** up your strategy, and can deal tons of damage!

Anyone else has the game, and feels the same about the balance? We're gonna play the next scenario with some upgraded marines (+1 armour will be enough we reckon, since armour makes a huge difference for your health).
355  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW 1.60 leaked patch notes on: June 23, 2005, 07:22:37 AM
I don't believe class skills should be balanced mainly for end-game reasons. If it's a viable skill DURING the game, it's a viable skill, no? Be that pvp or pvm or whatever.

I'm not arguing about specific trees or skills here, just in general, I'd find it rather odd to change a skill based on its usefulness in Molten Core...
356  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / So how is WoW going? on: June 09, 2005, 06:47:55 AM
Hehe, I hear ya Old Negus. I recently rolled a female human priest (also my first female char ever), to play regularly with a few group members. Tuesday we got to Karanos (sp?), and from then on a dwarven player kept bothering me. All he typed was 'strip' and 'xxx'. That's it. Not even an explanation or anything, not even 'please' smile.

Anyway, he kept following us around, and at first we thought it was kinda funny, and tried to incorporate it into our RP, but after a while it got really tedious. I could have ignored him, off course...

Nothing you can do about it, but feel sad for that dwarf.

I must admit though, the model does look nice :p
357  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / So how is WoW going? on: June 08, 2005, 06:16:29 AM
Well, if a game isn't fun anymore, quit playing it.

It almost feels like Blizzard is personally destroying lives here because a game you thought was fun half a year ago, has lost some of its appeal...

I'm new to MMORPG's, but come on. It's a game. Noone's making you play it.

Reaction 1: "Hmm, I've played it so much, I've gotten bored with it. I'll deactivate my account, and see what happens in a couple of months."

Reacton 2: "Hmmm, they aren't adding stuff fast enough, and they aren't adding stuff I personally like, so Blizzard must be made of idiots who hate me! I'm never buying a blizzard game again, even though I liked it at first."

So, chill man. Be Zen. smile
358  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - Can you play using 2 different computers? on: May 26, 2005, 06:29:34 AM
Yes, I do it all the time. THe only downside is you have to download the patches twice. So be prepared for a looong install smile
359  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Casual Player = waste of time in PvP? on: April 29, 2005, 06:10:09 AM
About the rushing comment, that you can get to 60 in 30 days.

Ehm, no.

I'v been playing for 2,5 months now, and I'm level 37. A lot of people in my guild are about as fast as me, often slower in levelling.

So, just FYI, I guess I'm a casual player, you're not, and this is a MMORPG that was build for me :p
360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FINALLY! Brothers in Arms Reviewed! on: April 27, 2005, 06:46:47 PM
Well, I must say after all this build-up, it's a bit disappointing.

I'm playing on hard with no crosshairs, and I just beat the level Buy the Farm.

All this great AI I've read about, supposedly that the fallschirmjäger flank as well, show awareness... hmmm, can't say they seem all that bright too me. I run a couple of meters, suddenly enemies spawn and run for cover. And they stay there, while I slowly take out their fortified positions...

I'm playing this along with DoomIII, and they're both the same in that regard. Repetitive, dumb AI.

Too bad really, 'cause I like gearbox.

Makes me realise again how great Halo is...

So honestly, now that all the commotion has died down, is this game worthy of the high praise it got? I'm all for the IDEAS in this game, it's just -like in DoomIII- bad execution. How about some freeform levels, where there's a real town you have to take, instead of these linear find-the-right-approach scenarios.

Also, the 'team spirit' (aka I'm reloading because an npc I care about died) isn't that great. Can't really think of how they could improve that, other than with some more writing and better scenarios.

Hmmm, I sound a bit too negative. I like the game, it's good, but not great. And these days, I expect great if I buy a game...
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