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7961  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops on: April 19, 2007, 09:03:57 PM
Yeah, they really should have made the characters you get by codes or saves other than your own from being used in MP.

Makes the game a bit pointless if you don't work to get your soldiers.

It's like making a pokemon game where you can instantly collect all pokemon.
7962  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops on: April 19, 2007, 11:23:34 AM
Really freaking amazing how well they adapted the MGS2/3 play style to the PSP.  Each mission is actually an area that you can revisit.  This time the schtick is being able to capture enemy soldiers to put into your own roster.  You can send in four of these soldiers, Snake included, into a mission and switch to different members at various points.  Each member has various skills that help out in and outside the missions.

The main difference between the PSP game is that each character is now very limited in what he can carry.  Only 4 slots are available, making you rely on more than one soldier.

You can assign enemy soldiers to tech, medical, and spying after recruiting them, putting soldiers in the tech area makes them create items and weapons for use.

Medical creates medical items, but also heals soldiers between missions.

Spying allows you to assign soldiers to areas, and depending on the area different things come up like new missions, NPC and item placement, more detailed map, even the stats of soldiers on the map to aid in recruiting.  Different agents can also affect the mission by lowering enemy health, condition, etc...

Basically it turns the game into smaller more manageable chunks.  If you don't have time to go on a longer story mission or boss battle, you can still go

Then there's the online play, which is great and has many options.  First is to jump into online games of standard varieties.  Deathmatch, team deathmatch, and capture the frog are represented, and you use soldiers and items that you've acquired.  It takes time to build up characters capable of holding up, but there's codes to get some good characters quickly, you'll just need to arm them.  And all the different aspects will take some getting used to (for example male characters can be affected by dirty magazines, basically stunning them if you run over them.

One really interesting online mode has you not playing at all.  Instead you simply assemble a team including equipment.  Then you can send that team into online computer generated battles that are determined by your team makeup and other factors.  It'll pit your team against other player created teams online, and as your team wins or loses battles you gain things like new soldiers.  There's a whole system of rules for this mode making it like a CCG as much as a game, and you actually get battle reports back to see how and why your team won or lost.
7963  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] Killzone Liberation on: April 19, 2007, 11:10:17 AM
Anyone else have this game?

A friend and I recently got this game on the PSP.  I purchased a copy, then after I used the Game Share feature to upload one of the demo mission to him he wanted to try the campaign co-op.  So out he went to get a copy.  We played through 5 or so missions co-op and it was a blast.  Afterwards we jumped into some quick 1v1 multiplayer and had a lot of fun hunting each other down.

The game is great fun.  It's mainly action with a good pace.  It's a 3rd person 3/4ths view game, not an FPS.  The controls seem complicated on paper, but they're really easy to get used to.

There's a lot of talk about a patch that'll add online (infrastructure) play and 4 more missions to the game. but it's seeing a lot of delays.  Hopefully it comes out soon as I see myself playing its online mode quite a bit with how fun just 2v2 was.

Seeing this game makes me think that Killzone would make a great turn based strategy game.  Not the Japanese SRPG style of TBS, but something more like X-Com.  Heck, all they'd have to do is drop the art assets into a TBS engine.
7964  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: can anyone confirm this story please(FF13) on: April 18, 2007, 08:32:59 PM
I have a suspicion that Square Enix released that statement as a bargaining chip to get Sony to pony up more money to retain FF13's exclusivity.  It's likely Sony has already made the deal since they know how valuable having the first and perhaps second next gen Final Fantasy games would be to their console.  If they nab both FF13 and FF13 Versus, then they've got a huge exclusive there that'll help sell systems, perhaps as much a draw as FF7 sold PS1s.

Nintendo will be getting more square games, Square has definitely seen the benefit to multiplatform as they've been releasing a lot of different games for different systems.
7965  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: monster hunter: freedom 2 coming 09/07 on: April 18, 2007, 05:28:35 AM
I'll probably pick this up.  Who knows, they might add infrastructure mode later in a patch like Killzone is doing.  Either way, this genre is pretty interesting on the PSP, especially when represented with such good graphics.

I hear the control scheme really needs work, especially since there's no targetting/lock on feature.  The friendly fire always on thing doesn't bother me though, in the right circumstances, the friendly fire thing can make for a much more interesting game.
7966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] New? Bioshock video on the Marketplace on: April 18, 2007, 05:07:02 AM
This the one with the little sister at the end?

I'd vote for it as best character animation in a video game so far.  Seriously, in other games I'd have no trouble offing NPCs for loot and resources, but those little sisters, man I really don't think I could do it, even if it meant many hours of extra work in game, I don't think I could.
7967  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guild Wars 2 in the Making on: April 18, 2007, 04:27:18 AM
One thing I loved about guild wars (besides the pricing) was the artwork.  The company really, I mean really, takes the time and money to hire some of the best concept artists for their game and it really shows.  I hope one day they release an artbook because from the tiny bit of stuff contracted artists have been showing, I's buy that book in a second, even if it was the cost of the game itself.
7968  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Return of X-Com!!! on: April 16, 2007, 05:39:02 AM
Well that's one thing to ask for in any x-com remakes.
7969  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Crowley activity warning on: April 16, 2007, 04:38:28 AM
Well he just struck OO again.  I think it's time for joint forum legal action against him.

I'm willing to invest some time into putting him away or seeking some serious legal action on him.

There are kids that visit these forums and the kind of stuff he posts is worse than posting kiddie porn to them.

I mean, who know who he is, he's easy enough to track through IP logs and ISP use.  I'm perfectly fine with giving him a permanent record.
7970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Monster Madness demo on Live on: April 16, 2007, 04:30:10 AM
Um, you know not all 360 games released at the $60 price point right?
7971  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Too Human Footage on: April 16, 2007, 12:02:45 AM
Yep, neither was 4 player co-op in, just two player when it was first announced.  Although I wonder if that's going to be same screen, split screen, or online only co-op.

I think they're trying to distance themselves from DMC and the like, while at the same time appeal to the Halo crowd.
7972  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I officially love the PSP on: April 15, 2007, 11:15:39 PM
I've been playing Metal Gear Acid 2 and boy do I like that game.  It's weird that it's a metal gear game instead of just a standalone game, but somehow it just works.  I was fortunate to have a friend who pretty much has everything in that game, yeah he's that kind of player.  The way he figures it is that it curbs his collecting tendancies without making him pay real money for booster packs in stores.  Anyway, he was going to hook me up with cards in game since I really don't like collecting, but I still love the gameplay.

One thing that's sorely missing is a good and simple multiplayer mode.  That's one area where Kojima screwed players over by tying the multiplayer a little too much to the single player game with his quirky fourth wall breaking connections.  Hopefully in ACID 3 they'll put in a full MP mode where you can choose characters and have straight card battles.

I'm really interested in Killzone Liberation now, especially since there's word that the online infrastructure mode is being patched in soon, along with a new chapter with 4 new missions.  I saw a video review of the game and not only do the graphics look amazing, it seems they really nailed the fps style combat, but from an overhead isometric action perspective.  I guess not too dissimilar from the old Crusader games.
7973  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Sixaxis Controllers for 40 bucks shipped on: April 15, 2007, 10:23:39 PM
Heh, I still find it funny how people complained and complained about the boomerang controller when they never had it in their hands, then now they complain about the sixaxis when it uses the same design as the original.  And now people want the 360 controller design, even though they were complaining about the Xbox design way back when it was announced too.
7974  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Carnage Heart: Portable on: April 15, 2007, 03:57:20 AM
So... any more word on this?
7975  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: IBM P4 2.8Ghz HT PC For Sale - $150 Shipped on: April 15, 2007, 01:11:37 AM
You know, it's sad when someone calls a computer with specs better than mine retro.  Tongue

I actually contemplated buying your PC as an upgrade.  slywink
7976  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Return of X-Com!!! on: April 15, 2007, 01:06:31 AM
If they can fix the bugs in the game, then delays are fine by me.

With a game of this scope, there's a lot of work to be done.

Of course, it could always turn out bad, but so far the devs sound like they've been on the ball about fixing bugs.  Also seems like the publisher is receptive to delays.
7977  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Too Human Footage on: April 15, 2007, 12:56:58 AM
There was also Prey, which started back in the Duke Nukem 3D days.

Honestly, it's pretty clear they weren't working on Too Human for the whole time, they probably shelved the project, much like Prey, so that they could do it later when the technology was better.
7978  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazing power tool invention. on: April 14, 2007, 11:56:12 PM
These guys should talk to any labor unions there are to start causing strikes and lobby for legislature.  If the manufacturers are going to play hardball this way, get the unions involved.  Those manufacturers and users have money, lots of money, the retooling costs are a lot but frankly they could absorb it easily.  But any time a stockholder sees a dip in a company's funds it's the end of the world.
7979  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Too Human Footage on: April 14, 2007, 11:52:08 PM
Half-Life 1 & 2, Stalker, all Blizzard games, numerous other titles.

Yep. Delays have never been an indicator of crappiness for me.

The great games that weren't delayed are simply the ones that never announced a release date to begin with.

And often the worst games are the ones that meet their deadline, and it certainly seems like that was the only goal of the developers and publisher.

So in the end, when it releases I'll read reviews and rent it and if I like it I may buy.
7980  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect inches closer to launch on: April 14, 2007, 11:44:06 PM
Well there has been a lot of media around the net lately, and that all started about 6 months ago.  And a summer blockbuster-style release is possible.

They're probably shooting for June/July but leaving it open in case they need to delay.
7981  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: A great POTBS overview on: April 14, 2007, 11:11:44 AM
Who knows, maybe if the game is played enough they'll release a Pirates of the East expansion.

Although they said they wanted to keep the fantastical stuff seperate via the missions, I really wouldn't mind say an expansion with more fantastical stuff.
7982  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC] MAJOR bug in Oblivion: Shivering Isles! on: April 14, 2007, 02:10:37 AM
It's good QA.  The problem is that bug takes forever to replicate, 80 hours as above and it's in general something that isn't apparant at all until the issue strikes.

Blame the programmer to who messed up on that tiny bit of code in a program with over a million lines of code. slywink
7983  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [psp] gurumin: a monstrous adventure on: April 14, 2007, 02:06:21 AM
Ah, okay.  I just saw the preview of GoC2 and it seemed pretty cool, thought GoC1 might be the same.
7984  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bethesda buys the Fallout IP on: April 13, 2007, 09:50:53 PM
It has the same bleak and desperate feeling of Fallout, along with the same feeling of seeing abandoned homes and buildings, along with characters and factions that are not so larger than life, but are still eerie because of the way the bleak setting has gotten to them.
7985  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazing power tool invention. on: April 13, 2007, 09:47:33 PM
Go science!
7986  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [psp] gurumin: a monstrous adventure on: April 13, 2007, 09:42:59 PM
This, Generation of Chaos, and MGS Portable Ops are the three games I'm guying as soon as I get my PSP.
7987  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bethesda buys the Fallout IP on: April 13, 2007, 05:53:15 AM
Frankly, all this means is that interplay is in such dire straights they had to get rid of one of their last and biggest IPs.

I think it was just time for the IP to be passed on rather than going to the grave with Interplay.
7988  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: A great POTBS overview on: April 13, 2007, 12:16:29 AM
This comes out in June wasn't it?

We'd better organize well before the release then so we don't end up on different servers.
7989  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Return of X-Com!!! on: April 13, 2007, 12:09:33 AM
While this is certainly cool, you hadme excited there for a moment that they had officially announced that Irrational is working on an X-Com sequel.
7990  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 3/07) on: April 12, 2007, 10:38:52 PM
+1 Speaker2Animals for a good C&C3<>MTW2 trade
7991  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 20GB PS3 Officially Discontinued on: April 12, 2007, 10:38:11 PM
Yep, games will be key.  Despite the price, there's still a lot of good features packed into the system.  While I do understand that people want the option of skipping such features for a lower price point, Sony will need to leverage those features and get some new exclusives to replace the ones they've lost.  Once this happens, it could be enough to make more people overlook the price.
7992  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Crowley activity warning on: April 12, 2007, 10:32:11 PM
He just hit OO not too long ago, I let the mods know but it's likely he's got enough free time to try and hit this site again.

Honestly, that boy needs to get laid or something.
7993  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I have a PS3 now....... on: April 12, 2007, 01:00:52 PM
Eh, hopefully Sony is smart enough to pump money into some new, but experienced studios to produce some new exclusives to replace the ones they've lost.

Main reason I would get a PS3 right now is to play some of the many PS2 games I missed out on and have the system be useful for future games too.
7994  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I have a PS3 now....... on: April 12, 2007, 06:52:58 AM
Say, can the PS3 controller's tilt function be used to control motorstorm's vehicles?  A la excite truck?
7995  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: STALKER GOLD! on: April 12, 2007, 02:11:33 AM
There's little white/cyan circles on the map that show where the zone transitions are.

Your path should go north through Garbage then west into the Army Base.

You can get an arrow on your maps that will point you in the direction when you double click on a task.  Won't work all the time though.
7996  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 20GB PS3 Officially Discontinued on: April 12, 2007, 01:07:30 AM
Not to mention that you can have a 120 to even 500GB hard drive in your PS3, provided you go out and buy an off the shelf model.

Heh, at least that's one area of feature customizing.
7997  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need help Pronto.....Please on: April 11, 2007, 08:47:21 PM
I know that in general they're a good brand for memory related products like USB drives and even MP3 players.  They're reliable and they tend to use good parts.  Albiet they come at a cost because of that.

And yeah, there's a different between a much more expenseive sandisk flash drive and a cheaper flash drive.  Namely one of the things I've noticed with cheaper flash drives is that they have troubles transferring larger files, even if the flash drive can fit the file, it's often the hardware the manages the transfers on the drive are faulty and give errors partway through, not so on sandisk drives.
7998  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Super Paper Mario Impressions on: April 11, 2007, 09:35:02 AM
Paper Zelda?
7999  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: halo 3 beta dates announced on: April 11, 2007, 09:34:18 AM
I'm wondering what those new functions in the controls are, they keep referring to something new that one of the buttons does.

I know one of them uses the shield grenade and trip mine, or any other deployables they have in game.

I suspect you may have a purely optional ability to control other ground troops in this game.
8000  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: WTB: PSP on: April 11, 2007, 06:12:20 AM
Ouch man, a bunch of us who got caught up in PSP talk snatched up the available PSPs here about a week back.
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