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8041  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Looking for.... on: April 09, 2007, 08:03:19 AM
Dai Senraiku is a long running hex based turn based strategy game (not sim) for various systems.  It's more game than sim, but has a lot of realistic elements and better presentation than the usual hex game.
8042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect inches closer to launch on: April 08, 2007, 09:26:40 PM
Yep, I was expecting him to grow wings and start kicking machine ass all by himself.

Of course, I'm happy to take orders from Goliath, he'd rip my throat out if I disobeyed.

Oh and I just have to repeat this, Mass Effect has so many similarities to Star Wars.  That's not a bad thing though.

Spectres = Jedi
Mass Effect = The Force
Plenty of Humanoids.
Hot Twileks-like aliens.

But what Mass Effect does over Star Wars so well is that it strips out a lot of the baggage and immaturity of the subject matter.  There's no light and dark side, just people trying to get things done.  More intersting politics, more places to visit instead of relying on the same 10 planets.  Mass Effect becomes less spiritual and more just a physics phenomena.  The focus goes back to the grunts on the ground, rather than people fighting with light swords in space.
8043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: STALKER GOLD! on: April 08, 2007, 12:33:32 PM
Finally got to the army base area.

Spoiler for Hiden:
So I just played both sides off each other so hilariously.  I'm sure others did this too.

Basically, I first talked to the duty guys at the farm and they gave me the mission to kill the sniper.  I did that with a stealthy knife kill, no one saw it.  Then I went to talk to the leader of Freedom and told him about the Duty guys.  Well then they organized a group to go kill the Duty squad.  Unbeknownst to them, the Duty guys had already moved up to Freedom base wall and blew a hole in it.  I had run ahead of the Freedom guys charging out of their base just in time to see the Duty guys do this.  The Duty guys stormed in, with me behind to see who would win.  Well  The duty guys did well to start, but they split up and were overwhelmed when the Freedom guys who ran out returned.  After a bunch of cool firefights, the last Duty guy got killed, and I got the quest reward from the Freedom guys.  And yet, I never harmed a Duty soldier, so didn't get the penalty for it.

So, I just walked around looting corpses and taking my pick of the dropped weapon.  I'll never know what the duty guys would have given me as a reward, but I doubt it'll be as good as this windfall.
8044  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / WTT/S: C&C3, LF: Medieval Total War 2, PSP games [DONE] on: April 08, 2007, 12:25:23 PM
As per the titles, I'm looking to trade or sell my copy of Command and Conquer 3.  Fun game while it lasted, but I'm done with it as I've found it really doesn't have legs for me.

I'm looking for:
Medieval Total War 2
Any PSP games
8045  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Playstation 3 bundles have arrived at Costco. on: April 08, 2007, 04:47:41 AM
So wait, you want the PSP to cost less than the DS, a system that's not as powerful?

That's not to say there isn't an incentive to lower the system cost, but $130 to $160 seems the lowest they could go.  But actually the DS seems overpriced by $30-50 to me.

Still, system worth is always subjective in relation to the games it has available.  The DS games, while I certainly want them, aren't as appealing as some of the more recent and upcoming PSP games.  Not that there aren't a lot of DS games that don't interest me.

Ditto on the whole snobbish and ignorant company thing.  Thankfully, they quietly got rid of more of those execs from Japan, I think they're using a european or American CEO right now and he's at odds with that wacky Ken Kutaragi (sp?) over Ken's stupid handling of the PS3.
8046  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Wii] Which controlelrs can be used to play Gamecube games? on: April 08, 2007, 04:38:37 AM
I finally realized that my Wii can play gamecube games and that there's quite a few that I'd like to try.

I was wondering if the classic controller will allow me to play gamecube games, or do I have to get a gamecube controller to play them?
8047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect inches closer to launch on: April 08, 2007, 04:30:52 AM
Anyone have any links where they detail the conversation system?

From what I've heard, the game doesn't pause for you to decide a conversation choice, nor do you always have to be in conversation mode to interject something.  Basically you'll see conversation options appear on a wheel that you use either one of the analog sticks or dpad to activate whenever you want to, or you can just let that person keep speaking.

One thing the devs said was that in the intro sequence as you walked in and around the Normandy if you walked by two people just talking, conversation options would pop up for you to instantly jump into the conversation, either berating the crew members to get to work, or being a kinder commander.

Once again, seems to me that this system would be perfect for a co-op game.  You could have one player controlling the main plot character, but when you have teammates walking around with you.  That second player can actualy control the conversation options of an NPC using the same system.
8048  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] 20GB model truly 'discontinued'? on: April 08, 2007, 04:24:20 AM
That's weird, there was some sort of announcement along the lines of the core being discontinued at the same time the Elite 360 was announced.

What were the things that the 20gb version was missing?  I know the wifi was gone, but you can simply get a wireless network bridge, if I recall they patched the PS3 to allow the same functionality when using a bridge as using the built in adapter.
8049  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Price cut in October? on: April 08, 2007, 04:20:54 AM
Even though it's a $700 bundle at costco, that return policy is the key right there.  Have any problems with the system and you don't have to worry about hassling sony for a replacement, just take it to costco and get a new one.
8050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] 20GB model truly 'discontinued'? on: April 08, 2007, 01:15:40 AM
Well don't be too hard on Sony, MS recently announced they were discontinuing the basic version of their 360 too.

Of course, this thread will now devolve, yet again, into a big argument over the comparative "value" of the 360's features to PS3's features.
8051  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: OO/GT CC3 Clan? on: April 07, 2007, 04:28:37 AM
I just activated my website account, looks like all clan related stuff is handled through the website, not in game.  So resend and invite to Vertrucio if you would.
8052  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: STALKER GOLD! on: April 07, 2007, 02:49:54 AM
What's even worse was that they opened the game up for modding.  If anyone with a brain knew that there were stolen art assets in game, they should have realized that the same modders who work on HL2 and Doom 3 will be trying out Stalker modding.

However, it may not be something systemic to the company.  Right now all that's been copied are textures used in other games, and specifically, these textures are for lighting and effects.  This may point to one of their texture/lighting artists stealing from other games rather than doing his job.
8053  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Tom Clancy Teaser Site on: April 07, 2007, 02:46:33 AM
I don't see anything about a "firehawk" or even aircraft for that matter.  Plus the Clancy name hasn't lended itself to air sims or action air games for some time.  I think whoever posted that is just wishful thinking.

If you listen, or read the transcripts to the stuff on the teaser sites, you hear mention of almost every clancy game save for Rainbow 6.

Also, they've said in other statements online that this will be a completely new clancy game.

My thought?  From the way it sounds like a big battle is being commanded, and that there's a lot of, this may be some weird real time strategy game that includes elements of almost all military clancy games.  There you'll send in normal grunts, but also have access to ghosts, splinter cell intelligence operatives, etc...  And since there is mention of spider drones, it'll likely be in the future somewhat.
8054  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Best Deal on a DS Lite? on: April 07, 2007, 12:22:12 AM
My local Fry's Electronics had about 7 of various colors behind the counter.  Not to much use to people unless they're in the socal area.  But otherwise, DSs are out there.
8055  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts expansion on: April 07, 2007, 12:20:18 AM
Did they describe what this new multiplayer mode is?
8056  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Tom Clancy Teaser Site on: April 06, 2007, 11:37:39 PM
Why are you thinking it's Firehawk?

One thing is for certain, the game does link Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon together at least in some way.
8057  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect inches closer to launch on: April 06, 2007, 07:50:45 AM
Yeah, seriously, this may overtake Half-Life 2 for most lifelike characters in a video game.  Especially so since they have a lot more screen time, dialogue, and character interaction than in HL2.

I love the Twilek-like characters in this game, and all the aliens so far, some will complain about having all humanoid aliens, but it helps with empathizing with them.  It looks like they've taken all the good stuff about Star Wars, but ditched the baggage that is the license along with the D20 rules and have really turned out an amazing rpg.
8058  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: STALKER GOLD! on: April 06, 2007, 07:47:40 AM
Is there a way to get to the freedom base without going through duty territory?
8059  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A pretty face in the crowd. NSFW on: April 06, 2007, 05:53:40 AM
Man, that girl in the first pix reminds me of this one waitress from Denny's I met way back when I had to eat there for a week straight (family and personal issues).

She looked similar to her, but with red hair and a pinball smile that made her face just light up.

This was back in my dark age of shy and introvertedness, so despite her making conversation with me, I never realized or tried to converse back, and this was after she was constantly getting chatted up by other guys and groups.  Still she was so striking to me that I still remember her and that pic just brought back memories.
8060  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: STALKER GOLD! on: April 06, 2007, 05:41:57 AM
What a massacre.  Of course if the developers actually implemented AI room entry routines and grenade usage, you'd be dead.  slywink  Actually, I wonder they'll use grenades on the highest difficulty.

I remember a similar scene when I went to rescue Mole, I saw a whole group of 10 or so military standing in front of Mole's door, one grenade took out all but one.
8061  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts expansion on: April 06, 2007, 02:00:26 AM
Yeah, Russian conscripts were pretty well known by know.

I forsee the Russian army being based on 3 branches like the first game.  One of the branches would basically the conscript branch, providing a lot of cheap, but poorly armed and trained conscripts and various conscript/infantry boosting abilities (such as comissars that executed those retreating for further morale bonus).
8062  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: STALKER GOLD! on: April 05, 2007, 11:07:48 PM
Actually, the game looks great with all the details on, the problem is it takes a really beefy system to run it with everything on, which is okay considering the scope of the game.

They probably should have allowed for two different renderer configurations depending on whether you're indoors or outdoors, this way they can bump up the graphics indoors and tone it down for outdoors.
8063  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Gears gametype for ATB's Friday nights... on: April 05, 2007, 12:08:58 PM
Except when you had a target dead to rights and his warping between cover elements like a ping pong ball (while still in plain sight) prevented you from hitting him enough damage to down him.  Especially so with the rifle.  It's using the snap to cover system in a very gamey non intuitive way, rather than actually taking cover behind it.

Add that to all my other issues with the game, the foremost being the uselessness of the basic rifles.
8064  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Carnage Hearts: Portable on: April 05, 2007, 10:32:38 AM
More importantly, what is it?

And what is the Carnage Heart's series?

How does it compare to Armored Core Formula Front? (which seems to be the same thing except with armored core mechs)


Well I found out what Carnage Heart is basically.  Pretty similar to AC, but it seems CH has always been more of a strategy game rather than an action game.

The idea of a turn based game where you program you assemble then program you units and watch them fight is pretty cool.  Especially so since there's a nice turn based strategy mode over the top of that.  One thing that was mentioned with ACFF was that it had no overarching story, or anything to make a player want to progress other than the battles.
8065  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 05, 2007, 08:02:17 AM
On the other hand, this pics were pretty funny.

And on warning's Sparta post:

That's hilarious.  Poor woman though.  I think he could have gotten the same effect by just yelling out THIS IS SPARTA.
8066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLM]armoured core 4 demo now up on: April 05, 2007, 05:58:30 AM
Since AC4 is crap, why don't we continue the CH and ACFF talk here?  Tongue

Well, what about Armored Core Formula Front for the PSP?

Looks exactly like Carnage Heart except with armored core mechs.

Is CH's fights only between AI or can you directly control the mechs?

Is the programming on CH better than in ACFF?
8067  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Daxter (PSP) Now a GH! on: April 05, 2007, 05:39:29 AM
Just in time for my PSP purchase.  Thanks!
8068  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts expansion on: April 05, 2007, 05:28:42 AM
Yep, it's an expansion. Includes the British, and a new German Elite Panzer Division as its new factions.

News from 1up:

Looks like the Allies are getting a light tank, the Stuart from the looks of it, it's shown in a screenshot. Word of a new multiplayer mode too. Also something about persistant missions.
8069  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: STALKER GOLD! on: April 05, 2007, 04:24:33 AM
Requires the patch unfortunately.  Looks like the devs responded to some modder requests and activated some code.
8070  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Gears gametype for ATB's Friday nights... on: April 05, 2007, 03:29:09 AM
So does this new mode increase the player count?

I'm pretty much done with GoW multiplayer, I may try out this new mode for a bit, but my problems with this game are with its core gameplay.

The cover system that's so instrumental to the single player game is a bit of a joke in the MP game.  Since the base rifle is such a poor weapon, it's a rush to who can get to the better weapons.  People just rush around with the shotgun blowing people apart.

Then, one of the best uses for cover is to use it as a cheap way to avoid fire, by using the snapping to cover feature to move you between cover elements extremely quickly.
8071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your Skill Level At Games on: April 05, 2007, 03:02:49 AM
Pure tactics is where I excel.  I have a decent aim in FPS games.

So I'm very good at games where I focus only on tactics, and not on both building a base and making units at the same time.

I pickup on strategic and tactical nuances of games pretty quickly, factoring in a lot of differest aspects.

I'm also pretty good at commanding others in such games.
8072  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I officially love the PSP on: April 05, 2007, 03:02:35 AM
How was killzone liberation?

When I first saw it, because of the viewpoint  I thought it might be a turn based strategy game set in the Killzone universe.  However I learned it was an action game.  Kind of odd.

Still hoping for a TBS in Killzone, though.

Did the PSP ever have some sort of download play?  AKA, playing a game in multiplayer with only one copy of the game?

Edit: and wow, just spent a lot of time looking at the games.

I also notice that Supervillian Studios, a company I applied for an internship at, worked on Throne of Agony.  They're also working on their own PSP game, should be interesting with that much talent.
8073  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Enemy Territory: Quake Wars on: April 05, 2007, 12:34:20 AM
Anyone how good the bots are?  I mean, do they just help fill out a team, or would they be challenging to fight against?
8074  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Gears gametype for ATB's Friday nights... on: April 05, 2007, 12:32:30 AM
So, does annex have respawning or something?
8075  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I officially love the PSP on: April 04, 2007, 08:27:14 PM
Holy crap.  Crisis Core looks great.  Even the gameplay looks interesting, although the three slot machine-like wheels in the top left corner worries me somewhat.

However, I'm a bit tired of the FF7 spinoffs all without some sort of direct sequel.
8076  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Portable Games Screens (PSP and DS) on: April 04, 2007, 08:23:51 PM
Eventually I'll have both a PSP and DS.  I've been looking for a used PSP hopefully for cheaper.
8077  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Enemy Territory: Quake Wars on: April 04, 2007, 08:12:06 PM
Sounds like vehicles aren't just sitting around on the map anymore, instead they're requisitioned by engineers.  That's a really good change I think.  In BF2 the game become vehicle spam to the extreme.  Since you order vehicles now, you can tailor your vehicle use to the task at hand.
8078  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / WTB: PSP & games on: April 04, 2007, 04:50:14 AM
I've broken down, I want a PSP, but I wouldn't mind a used one from another member here.  So if anyone is looking to unload their PSP and games, let me know.
8079  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What a day on: April 04, 2007, 04:37:52 AM
Behold the power of the arch.
8080  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Theatre of War on: April 04, 2007, 04:27:36 AM
I want to try an online campaign game, where each of us starts with an army, maybe even on a map of sorts, and fight using ToW then post the results.
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