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8161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: please!!..COD3 opinions on: November 10, 2006, 09:33:33 AM
I'm kinda glad I still have this game unopened and still have the recript, with how GoW has captivated me and the need to get Viva Pinata for my little sister, CoD3 could wait for now.  After all, the SP game is basically the same as any other CoD game.  I'll return it in exchange for VP and rent it to try it out and see if it really can compete with GoW.

So far, the CoD campaign is more of the same whereas GoW is new and has a more interesting story.  About the only thing CoD3 has on GoW is 4 player split screen multiplayer.
8162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Gears of War-Impressions on: November 09, 2006, 11:12:21 AM
Took some getting used to the controls, especially how all the special moves work with cover.  The roadie run actually automatically puts you into any cover you touch, which is good and bad at times.  You can go directly into the roadie run after using a special move by simply holding down the A button instead of just

I wouldn't suggest anyone start the game on hardcore without another human player.  The teammate AI that is decent enough for casual is simply too brainless to work in hardcore mode. In hardcore, it takes forever just to kill one locust, and you and your teammates take extra damage.  Unfortunately, teammate AI isn't updated to take this into account so your teammates still rush forward into fire when they should just stay put and let you flank.  Your AI teammates just become nuisances that you have to run around reviving and not getting anything done.  Instead, play hardcore with a teammate where two human players can really go at it.

One thing this game is crying out for is 4 player co-op.  So far I've never had less than 3 teammates with my character, and I'm wondering about the main reasons why they didn't include it.  Heck, the story seems to fit 4 player co-op in well.  I think it may be more technical constraints such as framerate instead of story problems.  I know GRAW's 4 player split screen co-op has FPS issues.

For those having problems with certain guns, try playing execution mode.  This mode requires that to actually take someone out of the round, you have to get up close to him and do an execution move, otherwise they automatically revive after a short time.  This means even if you snipe someone, a teammate has to be there to put him down permanently.  The Assassin mode only allows the big guns, like the sniper rifle, to be used by each team's commanders too.

I picked up my copy at Fry's for $10 off.

Overall, I'm enjoying the game.  It's actually a pretty simple game, nothing too new, just presented well and that's fine by me.  The emphasis on cover and flanking are refreshing for a more action oriented game.

There are annoyances with the game, though.

The wounded meter I think is a little too small and too easily confused as the teammate wounded icon.  Instead, they should have used something closer to CoD2 where the edges of the screen get more blurry and red as you take more damage and need to rest.

AI can be both great and frustrating.  They really should have taken a cue from FEAR more and had AI know when to simply park themselves in cover and provide cover fire in the more heated engagements, especially in hardcore difficulty.  FEAR really struck a good balance between units staying in cover and others moving in to flank at the right time.  Not that I don't like it when teammates go forth and get kills on their own, but early on there are a lot of sequences involving locust turrets where my entire team gets killed leaving me to revivie them in the middle of battle, when honestly, those guys should have advanced a lot more cautiously with the turrets around and waited for me to flank.

There's also a problem where some enemies become supermen, run forward into the fire of all four of my teammates and melees me twice and kills me.  I shoot them all I want but the guy keeps coming forward.
8163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: please!!..COD3 opinions on: November 09, 2006, 11:03:59 AM
Right there with you jarrod.  I have my copy, just waiting for some time to play it.
8164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I'd love to see "Wii Don't Know Jack" on: November 09, 2006, 10:49:12 AM
Not to mention that you could put question packs online for a reasonable price and people would buy them.  That's actually a really good use for digital distribution.

Also, the PS3 and Wii have motion sensing controllers, so you could also include mini games that have activities, similar to warioware style games that contestants have to complete.

I wish someone would realize the potential for this.
8165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: please!!..COD3 opinions on: November 08, 2006, 06:40:06 PM
I'd have to say to wait until its price drops before buying it for single player alone.  Traditionally, the campaigns in CoD don't have much replayability or longetivity.  They're easy affairs where you simply shoot shoot shoot, and shoot more.  Well, you can enjoy the set piece battles though.
8166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: please!!..COD3 opinions on: November 08, 2006, 08:12:38 AM
I'm buying this day 1 so I can give my impressions.  Overall I really enjoyed CoD 2 and the main thing I wanted of CoD3 was a similar experience with split screen multiplayer over live and co-op.  Also I wanted a more in depth mp mode beyond deathmatch, HQ, and ctf games.

I got the split screen live multiplayer and the in depth MP mode, I'm pretty sure there's no co-op, but 2 out of 3 ain't bad.

I'm actually buying this instead of GoW simply because of the 4 player split screen multiplayer.  I'm still renting or buying GoW depending on how my finances are tomorrow.
8167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: G.o.W. on: November 07, 2006, 03:39:17 PM

Quote from: JLu on November 07, 2006, 02:29:38 PM

I think that 1up review is interesting since it talks about how matchmaking is 'broken'.  Can't join friends in a ranked match -- rather it's random people of your same level if you are going ranked to prevent cheating.  So long as I can do an unranked match with a squad of friends, I don't particularly care.

In GoW's defense, the reason why you can't do ranked with friends is that MIcrosoft requires that all live ranked games have randomly selected teammates.  Since this was forced on the devs by MS, and MS does this to all 360 devs, they can't really knock them down points.
8168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: EA "predicts" PS3 shortages for North America on: November 07, 2006, 10:38:06 AM
I say it'll be a few days before GGMark's comment about a recall suddenly becomes some not news item where someone heard it from someone.

Frankly, don't believe everything that's posted to forums.  Then again, don't post every little rumor that's told to you on forums too, because that's pretty much the same as believing in little rumors.

And by the way, the 360 ran hot and still runs hot, it also suffers from quite a few failures.

Where did you guys get the 380 watts compared to 160 watts thing?  And for that matter, was that peak, lows, highs, on start, averaged, or what?
8169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Blitz The League on: November 07, 2006, 10:28:35 AM
So I'm looking to get a football game for my system, and don't mind if it's not NFL.  I'm also not a fan of EA even though they do produce some good games.

Blitz the League looked interesting, but I'm afraid it might be gangsta football instead of a good non nfl football game.
8170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WTFPS2 on: November 07, 2006, 08:49:10 AM
Well, don't forget the PS3 is backwards compatable. slywink

I've been noticing that in the early rush to be the first few to publish next gen games, some content has been cut from 360 titles to make multiplatform release dates.

I do hope that once developers get over all the new graphical goodies they go back to stylizing graphics and refocus on gameplay.
8171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Addiction in Surround Sound on: November 07, 2006, 08:45:41 AM
Speaking of which, how is matrox doing in the graphics card market?  How do their cards stack up to Nvidia and ATI's cards?

Is this triple head to go thing only for Matrox cards?

A while back I recall matrox half heartedly tried to push into the gaming card market and failed.
8172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/06) on: November 07, 2006, 08:42:58 AM
My list...

Will definitely buy ASAP:

Call of Duty 3
Gears of War
Viva Piņata

Will buy if money/time/permits

Will buy if reviews are good:
Blitz The League

I'm interested in Blitz because I want a good football game for my system that's not an EA game.  Blitz sounds interesting, but I'm not sure I want a gangsta football game.

I'm buying CoD3 for the multiplayer, specifically the 4 player split screen MP that they said was in.  This'll give something for my friends and I to play when they come over.  I also like the new mp mode they added, since the CoD series has been calling out for a more complex gametype since the series was created.

Gears of War is my showcase game I can use to show off to friends without a 360.  I'm also buying it for the co-op and multiplayer.

Viva Pinata is both for my little sister and myself, since I get tired of purely violent or action video games and need to relax sometimes.  Plus I can play this with my little sister, so even better.
8173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: OK Gear-Heads... Fall In! [Gears of War] on: November 07, 2006, 08:40:54 AM
Turtle = Picturtle
8174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vista to kill 3D sound and EAX on: November 05, 2006, 10:32:54 AM
Because they're the only big sound card manufacturer out there, there's not too much to compare it to.  Also a lot of sound is subjective to the casual listener, unlike graphics for processing power which is easily measured.  About all you can tell of the creative cards are nifty new features they pioneer or if the card has bugs.  Creative is careful to fix any bugs for games that are commonly used to benchmark.

I was actually looking forward to getting a turtle beach card, but I hear their quality has gone down as of late.
8175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Live On Gamespot on: November 05, 2006, 10:30:32 AM
If it works as advertised, it could be a real victory for Sony over the 360 as they can clearly point out that online play is free whereas you have to spent about $50 a year at best to play online for the same features.  This would also force MS to actually have some good subscriber content beyond just being able to play online for the gold subscription.  Either way it's a win-win situation for gamers.
8176  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: WTF is it about WoW?!? on: November 04, 2006, 10:16:19 AM
WoW, MMORPGs, and Diablo style game all work on the same principle that slot machines do.  Give rewards at semi random intervals.  It creates a kind of dependancy that makes lab rats press a lever for hours on end just to get a treat that may or may not come out of the slot.  The same goes for killing the same looking mobs over and over, doing the same raids over and over all to get that bit of cool loot that may or may not drop and may or may not be rolled into your inventory.

That's not to say WoW doesn't have nice community aspects, an interesting world to explore, and a bit of story, but at its core WoW is designed just like a slot machine, it's just prettier and more interactive.  Sure there's PvP and questing and stuff, but that drives the whole collection and power game.  Get cool loot to get better at raids, PvP, and quests and to get the loot you must spend the money and the time.

I realized this a long while back and that's pretty much why I don't play most MMO games nowadays, no matter how pretty.  There's a very specific set of features that I want to see, and a specific set of features that I don't want to see before I ever try an MMO.

However, I really don't blame the developers, it's a successful business model, WoW has perfected it and marketed it with help from its brand.
8177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 Legendary Pre-order on: November 04, 2006, 09:50:42 AM
Actually, I wanted to make a Master Chief costume for next year halloween.  Although I wouldn't buy the helmet for it, I do recall there are people who make full master chief outfits for quite a hefty fee.
8178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer: Mark of Chaos demo out on: November 04, 2006, 03:51:22 AM
It's kinda sad.  I mean, this could have been Warhammer: Total War for us, now it's just buggy.
8179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I can't believe I just bought a faceplate for the 360 on: November 03, 2006, 09:33:24 PM
Thankfully, I have ample paint supplies and if I want a new faceplate, I can simply take the default one off an repaint it however I please.
8180  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / NWN2 $36.99 at on: November 03, 2006, 09:02:10 PM
Not sure how long the deal will last, but Fry's online store, is selling NWN2 for $36.99.  That's about right for Fry's usual release day discount.
8181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: G.o.W. on: November 03, 2006, 08:41:07 PM
I think, perhaps, the success of GoW is that it will simply be what they said it was.  It's not much more than a shooter with good use of cover and great graphics, the multiplayer looks fun too.

So nothing groundbreaking, but like HL2, it probably uses fun elements from other games and puts them in a very pretty and polished package.
8182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vista to kill 3D sound and EAX on: November 02, 2006, 07:27:37 PM
A3D was Aureal's death, they never made it an open format like Creative did and thus they missed many an opportunity.

Seems to me that since many of these sound features are pretty common nowadays, the need for custom APIs for sound is greatly dimished.
8183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New PS3 Game Pics - Wow on: November 02, 2006, 07:23:30 PM
Heh, that motor storm screenshot is the equivalent to taking the most beautiful FPS game to date, taking a screenshot of the character facing a blank wall, then saying you're not impressed with the entirity of the system and its game library based on that one screenshot.
8184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Neverwinter Nights 2 Impressions on: November 02, 2006, 09:24:13 AM

Quote from: Destructor on November 01, 2006, 03:06:56 AM

Quote from: CSL on November 01, 2006, 12:42:24 AM

Deekin is a merchant in Neverwinter. Could not pick him up for my party though.

Deekin is a merchant? You mean we can't have my favorite little kobold as a teammate anymore?

*insert whiny Anakin Skywalker scream here*

Oh I'm pretty sure that one of the first character mods out there will be to let Deekin be in your party.
8185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Want Exclusives? Then You Want Microsoft for the Next 7 months on: November 02, 2006, 09:19:49 AM
This post is a bit skewed since neither the PS3 or Wii has been released yet.  About the best you can say for the 360 is that it's out now and has some good games coming out for it within the next 6 months.  Not to put down the 360, I have one myself, but honestly on release the 360 didn't have much in the way of games either.

Dead Rising isn't that exclusive, as Capcom has said they're making a Dead Rising for the PS3.
8186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 3 on: October 29, 2006, 10:41:15 AM
After being burnt on GRAW, and with R6 looking like more of the same, I'm going with CoD3 and Gears of War for my shooter needs.  Alas, I may have to buy R6 anyway for co-op.

I definitely like the more complex multiplayer.
8187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 3 on: October 28, 2006, 04:13:06 PM
I recall they were aiming to have 4 player split screen on live play.  That'd be great if that made it in.
8188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might and Magic: Dark Messiah Impressions. on: October 26, 2006, 08:44:13 AM
Knightshade, that's not the problem they're describing.  The problem you describe is synonymous with onboard sound, usually this particular brand that's quite common.  It's simply not a well designed chip and doesn't adhere to later standards, so in certain games at certain times the audio will devolve into static.  To fix it you usually have to turn audio acceleration all the way down.
8189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SC:DA is good fun so far! on: October 26, 2006, 07:26:38 AM
This seems to be the way all next gen series titles are going for ubisoft.  They're always leaving something behind in gameplay while focusing on the next gen graphics.  Hopefully once the whole next gen graphics craze dies down they can get back to refining gameplay.
8190  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Looking for a dedicated MP Double Agent player to fill out a 3-person team on: October 26, 2006, 12:50:38 AM
Yeah, seems it petered out.  The new mode is fun, but I was most looking forward to the spy vs spy mode, which they failed to include and failed to inform us buyers that they had removed it.
8191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SC:DA is good fun so far! on: October 25, 2006, 07:35:02 PM
So it looks like they never shipped with the spy vs spy multiplayer mode.  Hell, I distinctly remember they were big time promoting over 3 multiplayer modes.  In Spy Vs Spy there was no presence detector, all spies had guns and melee attacks, and a bigger list of moves, probably more like the SP game's moves, and more gadgets for each team.

Go to:

Then look at the flash site's multiplayer section.  It clearly shows the missing MP mode.  Nice of Ubisoft to remove a feature that's still being advertised without telling anyone.
8192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Switched on: October 25, 2006, 09:52:16 AM
The big reasons why macs have been more secure for now, was that it was a smaller install base and a different architecture than the more common PC.

Also, my friends who are staunch PC users have already modded windows to have all the better features of OS X.  And they can still play games on it.  slywink

Macs, and apple, are pretty much overrated.  They just excel at being trendy, and assume all their users are computer illiterate to begin with, which is why they sell so much.
8193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Rising impressions! on: October 24, 2006, 10:37:52 PM
The clown will block bullets with his chainsaw.  Best way to kill him is actually to run downstairs and kick those multi colored toy boxes at him.  Someone mentioned this above, but it's the easiest way to kill him since you can attack him from a distance, you don't have to worry about timing, a hit from the box will interrupt any attack he's doing, and he can't block it.

As for the convicts, I got lucky and killed them with just a pistol.  They got stuck on a tree right next to me and the gunner was spinning the gun my way, all the while my survivors were running for the door on the other side of the map.  I shot the gunner a few times in the head and killed him, then quickly ran and grabbed the heavy machinegun from the back of the jeep and killed the other two.
8194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Purchasing consoles (and other stuff) at Costco on: October 24, 2006, 10:31:42 PM
Besides the massive checkout lines, I've had nothing but good experiences at Costco.  Even friends who have worked there only complain that they require a certain amount of hours a week (bad thing for college students).

My father got his 360 from costco, a few days after release no less.

My friend wants a ps3 and I said we'd drive out to costco that morning to get one.  No worries about bad hardware if we're buying from costco, if the PS3 explodes we just return it and wait for a replacement.
8195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 24 things you should know about the PS3... on: October 24, 2006, 12:10:06 AM
Yep, every third party title I've seen has been confirmed as $59.99.  I don't know what your friend is smoking, but he probably bought it from microsoft. slywink

There's no way Sony would price above $60 when a competitor has their games at a lower price point.  Their system is already costly enough.
8196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My tough college decision on: October 23, 2006, 11:38:12 PM
My tough decision:  Take this illlustration job on campus, but stay a semester longer in school, possibly two semesters longer.  Or, stick with the 5 studio classes I have now.

For a little background, I'm 25, studying to be an animator/illustrator with hopes of joining a game studio and perhaps having a studio of my own.  I've been in school near forever and as much as I'm burnt out, I'm excited at how much I've improved this year.  I'm ready to leave, but I have to acknowledge that my artistic skills and self discipline are simply not up to professional level yet due to laziness and general goofing off.

I'm also behind in life in general, still living at home, no serious girlfriend yet, problems with simply talking and being friendly, etc...  So I want to get out there.

But, on the otherhand, I need the money, and I need the experience.  To take this job means dropping one of my 5 art classes, which was way too much for me to take in the first place.  I'll likely have to drop special studies illustration which has a massive workload on top of my animation classes.  My family has said they're willing to support me those extra semesters so long as I use the money I make from the job to help pay the bills, which I planned to do.

I suppose I'm just worried about being the guy who graduated at 26-27, seeing my friends go on while I'm still at school.  Should I even be worried about this?  Should I just try to get as much learning as I can get?

What were your experiences in college?
8197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Resistance is now 720p only on: October 22, 2006, 10:34:35 PM
Once again people blowing a small thing out of proportion.

Even MS was touting 1080p until they realized that their hardware simply couldn't run games at that resolution with decent framerate.

Good grief, the PS3 bashers are really scratching the bottom of the barrel.
8198  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Looking for a dedicated MP Double Agent player to fill out a 3-person team on: October 21, 2006, 09:05:45 PM
I'm a splinter cell vet and very good at teamwork and tactics, as Calvin can attest to.

I'm interested, but my time is limited, you'll have to let me know ahead of time.

Also, is this SCDA for the PC or 360?
8199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Guild 2 - Buggy unplayable mess. JoWood again. on: October 21, 2006, 12:03:02 PM
Someone should point out to them that Blizzard, probably the best selling developer/publisher out there, gets this reputation by having highly polished games.

I hope Jowood cracks and dies.  Maybe the devs could then get the rights and put the games out properly under digital distribution, or perhaps more reputable companies will with up the IP.
8200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SC:DA is good fun so far! on: October 21, 2006, 04:50:04 AM
There were two game modes listed for SCDA, you can see it on the website.  Spy vs. Merc is the new take on the gameplay from Chaos Theory.  The new Spy vs Spy mode was supposed to be in.  I think it had all spies will the full Sam Fisher movement set and spies could have guns and melee attacks to kill each other.

See if you can find it somehow, they still listed the mode on theor website on release day, so it must be there.

Perhaps the mode depends on which map you're playing?
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