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8321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Medieval 2: Total War on: January 02, 2007, 11:37:54 PM
In the original MTW1, changing this setting would only change the number of units on the field of battle.  What happened in MTW1 originally was the default large setting actually didn't display the full number of men in a unit on screen, instead it would only show a percentage of men based on the unit size setting.  Since the fighting in MTW wasn't that detailed, they could get away with this using purely mathematical computations instead of individual men fighting.

In RTW they switched to 1 model = 1 man with individual AI to match.  This made fights more detailed, but in order to get bigger battles you actually had to increase the number of men, leading to the problems above.

Overall, it wasn't a big problem, but it did have an affect on income and thus what the AI would build.

Ah well, I still want to see an Aztec Medieval era mod.
8322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Guild 2 on: January 02, 2007, 11:37:32 PM
I tried the demo, unfortunately it glitched on me and didn't allow me to proceed through the tutorial past entering my own smithy building.  I uninstalled it.
8323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Twighlight Princess or Wind Waker? on: January 02, 2007, 10:53:41 AM
Actually, I was really put off by the horrible pacing at the beginning of TP.  If I wanted to play the farm boy, I would have played Harvest Moon.

Now, I'm someone who really liked the atmosphere the quietness of Shadow of the Colossus' intro, which had no action at all until you reached the first colossus.  But in TP, you're forced to jump through hoops to get the interesting stuff started.

Wanna know how they should have started TP?  Link goes to get horse, short and cute dialogue with the elf girl, orcs attack.  Small bit of training as Link pursues them.  Transition to the twilight realm where link goes canine, a little intro to Midna and Wolf Link.  Voila.  Action is on.  Maybe they could allow players to explore the village before the bad stuff happens, but that should be optional.  Instead you're forced to sit through it.
8324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Impressions (ongoing) on: January 02, 2007, 10:52:57 AM
Hetz does have a point, it's likely anyone buying a PS3 now plans to play it, hence how much easier it is to find now in certain areas.  Usually scalpers will buy things with a much higher resale value and lower initial cost.

However Hetz, you're also not helping by taking on this arrogant, insulting tone in your replys.

And for all of you, you don't need to respond to Hetz in the same arrogant, insulting way.

Seriously, Calvin, I expected a lot more of you.  For example, when you posted "Cite?"  you should have just ended it there.  No need for a rolly eyes as that is obviously the same kind of passive aggressive personal attack that makes other game forums really not a fun place to be in.  So instead of being the one to end this stupidity you're just continuing it.

It's time to end this crap now guys before you drag down GT.  It's very possible to have mature discussions about rival consoles, but right now these forums just haven't been showing it.
8325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Medieval 2: Total War on: January 02, 2007, 09:06:03 AM
Say, anyone know if MTW2 has the same problem as in RTW where if you set the unit size to Huge in the option screen, it changes the economy of the game?

In RTW, setting the unit size to huge puts a lot more men on the battlefield for those really epic fights.  However, it had the problem where the extra men in the units would affect the cities they were garrisoned in, not to mention affect the population loss when you recruited new units.

I'm wondering if they fixed this in MTW2, or if they removed the unit size setting.
8326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's starting to look like March might hurt the wallet pretty badly on: January 02, 2007, 03:38:59 AM
There's a bunch of reasons why the Wii doesn't have much of a lineup quite yet.

First, studios were waiting to see if the system would succeed in sales.  It's obvious that the Wii sold a lot his holiday season and will only sell more as word of mouth spreads amongst casual gamers.  For instance, after playing my system that I got for christmas, two members of my family plan to get Wiis.  Then some of my uncles friends came over, normally non-gamers, and they had so much fun with wii sports that they plan to get one.  So the install base is there and will only grow, studios and publishers will take notice of this.

Studios also need time to get used to the system's control scheme, with is very different than the current standard on consoles.  In order to get the best use a game needs to be made from the ground up to utilize this control scheme, otherwise it's too tacked on.  They also must realize that the Wii will have a larger install base of casual gamers who don't have the same kind of computer/gamer logic that we do.

I recall Nintendo is pretty restrictive about what games can be made for their system, too.  But the fact that some violent and mature games like Resident Evil have come out for the system means that either Nintendo is opening up a bit, or Capcom has a ton of bargaining power and Nintendo paid them a ton of money.

One saving grace is that since games for the Wii can't be that graphically intense, it means more stylization, which can lead to faster development times since the studio doesn't have to make everything realistic.
8327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Planet Receives Lukewarm Reviews on: December 31, 2006, 09:41:04 AM
If they'd wanted me to buy the game they should have put in some story into the demo.

Otherwise, despite the visuals it's nothing I haven't seen already in a game.
8328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Firefly Returns! on: December 30, 2006, 06:08:47 AM
Not exactly.  You're thinking in terms of MMOs with a focus on some massive war.  There is no big war in the Firefly universe, that's done and over.

Everyone in the Firefly universe is out for themselves and maybe their crew and friends.
8329  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / H: CoH (RTS), Comics, Cash W: MTW2, NWN2, boardgames, gamecube or Wii games. on: December 27, 2006, 09:23:26 AM
As per the title I have:
Company of Heries DVD
Volumes 1-7 of Marvel's Runaways comic book trade paperbacks (in manga size).

You know what company of heroes is, but the Runaways comics is supposed to be a teen series, but its writing is good enough to carry older audiences.  It's about a group of teens and one 12 year old that discovers their parents are really supervillians.  When ensues is their escape and attempts to takedown their parent's evil empire.

I'm looking for:
Medieval Total War 2
Neverwinter Nights 2
Any boardgames
Any gamecube or Wii games.
Any other comic books or art books.
8330  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Your Wii Number! on: December 27, 2006, 09:06:27 AM
4450 7993 5979 0850

Is the friends limit really 20 listings?
8331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got a Wii for Christmas, now what? on: December 27, 2006, 04:38:31 AM
Here's some of my impressions on recent games I rented.

Red Steel is both a hit and miss.  I just wish there was an option for another control scheme besides using the pointer to turn.  Otherwise, mediocre graphics, mediocre plot, mediocre characters, and funky swordplay are still carried by some fun gunplay.  Red Steel will probably be known as the game to show the possibilities for using the pointer control for gun games.  The next round of FPS games should be interesting.  I think the most needed thing for Red Steel was akimbo pistols, where a second player could take control of the other pistol and play co-operatively.  I don't think I'll keep this one, probably switch it out for some other games.

Zelda is Zelda, it's good and it's Zelda.  You know what to expect and it doesn't disapoint.

Rayman was a miss with me, of the first round of story mode games I was only able to play the Bunnies don't give gifts game.  I wasn't able to proceed any farther because the other games just didn't work for me.

And for some more general comments:  It's interesting to see the difference in attitudes to the Wii between casual, hardcore, and non gamers.  My family is made up of mostly casual (online poker, solitaire, and the occasional action game) and non gamers.  Almost all of them reacted well to the Wii and were able to play and grasp the Wii.  My other friends, a quite odd group, are mostly violent gamers and were actually turned away by the lack of more mature or violent games on the system.  They were also the first to comment on the graphics.  Wii sports went over their heads as they shunned its seemingly simplistic graphics and gameplay.  I almost drew them in with Red Steel, until they saw how quirky the controls were and the graphics.

Looking over the list of upcoming games I notice not a whole lot of mature games (and by mature I don't mean just violent games, just ones with mature themes and characters).  But, I suppose that's a given since it's Nintendo, at least for now.  I suspect studios were waiting to see how well the Wii would be accepted, and since it's doing very well this may be the first Nintendo console to have both great family and simple fun games, alongside a just as good library of mature titles.  Of course, that's wishful thinking... but I do wish it happens soon.  Tongue

Until then, I can play my dad's 360 for mature games with graphics galore, and in the future I'll buy a PS3, and I'll always have my Wii for family fun games.

By the way, can anyone tell me what exactly the controllers keep track of in terms of player movement?  The pointer uses the sensor bar, but otherwise that can't be used to position the wiimote.  Of course there's a rotational sensor, is there an accelerometer too?  Also, what's the word on connectivity with gameboys and the DS with this one?  I was thinking of buying Zelda Four swords and noticed it could hook up to a gameboy.

Anyway, tomorrow I'll exchange some games and try out trauma center, fishing, monkey ball, or even excite truck.
8332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got a Wii for Christmas, now what? on: December 25, 2006, 07:40:28 PM
Yeah, I think reviewers are still adjusting to the new control schemes, integrating the your physical body as actual gameplay elements, and not just a control scheme, is one of the big things here.  Everyone's still figuring out what works and what doesn't now that your every move can be turned into a game response.  I suspect I'll be renting a lot of Wii games.

I'm definitely getting Zelda, that's a given.

Oh, I never had a gamecube, are there any games I should be getting?  I've already played through resident evil 4, so that's off the list, but any other good games I've missed would be nice.  How do I use gamecube games with the system, do I just put them in the same slot??  And for that matter, I've missed just about all Nintendo games since the SNES so recommendations on the VC would be nice.

Is there no online play/service for the Wii is Nintendo still working on that?  What about some sort of system link?  I mean the Wii is cheap and easily portable, they'd be shooting themselves in the foot without system link.  Especially so since the system isn't powerful enough to do 4 player split screen on some of the more graphically intensive games.
8333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Got a Wii for Christmas, now what? on: December 25, 2006, 09:55:27 AM
It was completely unexpected.  Heck, when I saw the box it didn't even look small enough for a game console.  Still, imagine my surprise when I tear the paper and the words Ninendo Wii appears.  Turns out my aunt was at target when they announced they had gotten in a shipment of Wiis and PS3s, well she remembered I was looking for one and bought it, and then got a lot of other family to pitch in for it in leu of other presents.

Needless to say, our family had lots of fun playing tonight.  There's something for everyone in the system.  My uncle loves the golf, I'm looking forward to Zelda and other future shooters.

Not too many other games out for the system right now, I'll see what virtual console has to offer.  I need to pickup a lot more wiimotes and preferably 1 more nunchuck so we can do 2 player boxing.

Right now, more controllers, and some party/family games are what I'm looking for.  Hopefully someone will make a decent shooter for the system.  I see the wiimotes as being the rebirth of arcade style gun in hand shooters.  And I definitely want to see what they plan with that new Wii resident evil game, hopefully it'll be a better version of Dead Aim.

So, anyone get a Wii for christmas?
8334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Medieval 2: Total War on: December 24, 2006, 10:02:00 PM
They need to return to Shogun, or do a Chinese Total War.

That or a fantasy or modern/future total war.

I'm planning to buy this with some christmas money and get some play time while I still have time.  I want to see if I can add a new unit type to the game since I'm flexing my modding muscles.  After that, I'm going to try making a mod where the Aztecs and any other native american armies have their own medieval era with plenty of fictional units.
8335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SWEET arse Kane C&C3 wallpaper on: December 24, 2006, 12:04:31 AM
Too bad James Earl Jones got blown up on pegasus station, would have liked to see him return for the next C&C game.

Kane/Joe Kucan actually makes a very good villian.  He doesn't look too over the top and is very charismatic, despite the melodramatic acting.  Tongue

I'm glad to see they hired him back.
8336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gran Turismo HD - It's Out! on: December 23, 2006, 10:44:14 PM
Actually, one of the main reasons why the GT series can't put in a damage model is that the car manufacturers they license the car designs from won't let them show the cars damaged.

If Forza has real licensed cars and a damage model, I'm not sure how they get around that or if the policy has changed since GT4 first came out.
8337  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Support GT page with shop links? on: December 21, 2006, 06:30:34 AM
Do you have a page with just supported links to various shops GT is associated with?  Not just advertisers, but various shops on the net that allow incoming referrals.  I'd love to use such a page to do some shopping especially for some after christmas sales.
8338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SIN Episodes... over? on: December 18, 2006, 06:03:59 AM
Well then that brings up another problem with episodic games.  If your game isn't all that good, they realize it after only spending a little money, rather than buying a full $50-$60 game.

I think episodic can work, but perhaps not with FPS games unless you've got a massive budget and big name recognition, like HL2.
8339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Metal Gear Solid 4 for Xbox 360? on: December 17, 2006, 06:27:35 AM
Honestly, I think this guy was just capitolizing on the rumors to draw some site traffic.

Sure, it could come out for the 360, but at a much later date, and Sony will probably make MS pay dearly to move one of Sony's bread and butter games over to the 360 anywhere near release day.
8340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Retail demand for PS3 dropping below supply level? on: December 17, 2006, 06:25:34 AM
Well, that's considering that the PS2 has a massive and diverse library of games.  Sure, the Wii has Nintendo's first party games, but that didn't rocket the gamecube to huge profits so much as helped it be decently successful.

Knowing Nintendo, they'll have a good library of games, but nothing to the PS2 level.

One thing I am interested in is the first person Resident Evil game.  Also, we may see a rise in guncon style games again with the wii.
8341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Motorstorm Impressions on: December 17, 2006, 06:21:12 AM
The ground in those areas can be deceptive.  The top layer dies , but underneath is still mud along with pooled water in the large ground cracks.

Also, does it really matter when you're racing around trying to avoid getting slammed into walls by other drivers?
8342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hetz, is Motorstorm (JPN) playable in the US? on: December 13, 2006, 10:52:27 AM
Any word on the MP for this?  Can it be played split screen?  How many players plit screen?
8343  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nigerian email scams work? on: December 12, 2006, 02:08:08 AM
Another thing is greed.  Mix greed and stupidity and you have some of the biggest marks in the world.
8344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: whats PS3's online service like on: December 11, 2006, 07:34:54 PM
Well for one, they can patch in such functionality like checking friends lists and messages in game.

That'll pretty much put it on par with Xbox live.  And frankly, one functionality missing doesn't make the PS3 online crap to me, especially when it's costing me nothing.
8345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This might be a bit early, but, any Medieval 2: TW mods out there yet? :D on: December 10, 2006, 12:33:51 PM
I don't know about you, but I want to make a mod that turns the native american nations into a hypothetical faction where they reach their own medieval age and utilize metal weapons and more force organization.
8346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Versus XIII trailer on: December 09, 2006, 10:08:52 PM
Yep, Finaly Fantasy 13 and Final Fantasy Versus 13 are two different games with the same setting.  Early rumors said something along the lines that normal FF13 is more along the lines of traditional FF games.  Whereas FFV13 is from the FF12 creator and is a little more actiony and may even have multiplayer.

I'd love to go through a FF game in co-op, hopefully the devs will see the demand for good co-op RPGs.
8347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Red Orchestra free weekend on now on: December 09, 2006, 10:05:50 PM
Not to mention that if the RO devs really wanted more new players, they'd go to the trouble of creating a comprehensive training mission playable in single player.

It should cover everything, including basic infantry tactics and tank tactics.  These little help pop ups just won't cut it.
8348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Versus XIII trailer on: December 09, 2006, 08:33:33 AM
Anyone know what's the difference between FF Versus 13 and the normal final fantasy 13?

The setting seems a bit more interesting this time.  They mention a more modern world so it looks like they're not slinking around the fact that you've got guns and sorcery interacting big time.  I kinda like that take where a magical world has modernized.
8349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect X06 demo footage on: December 08, 2006, 09:48:15 PM
key thing to note is that it's not a pure shooter.  You select targets to aim at and stats determine hits and damage.
8350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: wiimote controlled hl2 on: December 08, 2006, 12:01:59 AM
And include a dynamic aim where you shoot where you point the remote.
8351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot 360/PS3 Graphics comparison on: December 07, 2006, 08:19:26 AM
Yep, not the time for a graphics comparison.  The PS3 is a very different architecture than the 360, and frankly if something is ported from one system to another, usually the system it came from will look better.
8352  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Gears of War Teams on: December 07, 2006, 06:59:21 AM
This is why I think MS's plan is stupid.  Just have an single player ranked ladder, and then a seperate ranked ladder for teams.  I mean, it nearly invalidates the whole concept of team games if you can't play with friends on ranked servers.

However, I think I'll avoid ranked, it tends to bring out the worst in some players.
8353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Halo 3 Trailer on: December 07, 2006, 02:45:17 AM
Actually, those are all brutes.  They look like elites because they're a lot more armored than in the previous game.

There's rumors that the covenant war machine has shifted over to making equipment for the brutes, and perhaps some new enemy types.  This could mean the Elite alliance (elites, hunters, and grunts) are still doing their civil war.

I never liked how brutes, seemingly with no more armor on than an elite, could take more damage than the elite.
8354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Duke Nuke'em Foreve on: December 05, 2006, 09:09:38 AM
Best thing about DNF on the Wii, interactive strippers.  slywink
8355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Halo 3 Trailer on: December 05, 2006, 09:06:30 AM
If you note at the end, the master chief is fighting brutes, not elites.  Which makes me think that the covenant civil war is still ongoing.  The new shielding technology hints that the arbiter may have passed on some tech to the humans.

Since the Elites, Hunters, and Grunts are now fighting against the Covenant, we may start seeing a lot of new Covenant units.  It may be the help of the Elites alliance that has prevented earth from being completely overtaken.
8356  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: It needs to stop. on: December 04, 2006, 08:09:16 PM
486 for the win baby.
8357  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Are video games long enough? on: December 04, 2006, 09:53:50 AM
There's been some talk about the length of games and how good they are depending on the entertainment, time, and money ratio.  I don't think there's one answer as it really depends on the game.

Perhaps a better way to determine how long a game should be is to take a look at what drives a game.  For some games, the gameplay itself drives the game, in others it's the story or character interaction.

For me, I'm really into the story of a game and character interaction.  So for me, the game keeps going as long as the story really decreese.  However, that doesn't mean that they can't extend the gameplay by using good game mechanics.  Half-Life 2 was a good example, with a good story and characters, but story elements and character interaction was sparse and the game was carried more by the way they took the simple gameplay of aim and shoot in new ways.

Likewise, a game can go on forever with games like puzzlers and such.

What are your thoughts?
8358  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / It needs to stop. on: December 04, 2006, 08:53:14 AM
Seriously, I'm being put off by the constant bickering between the PS3 and 360 crowds along with those who goad the fights on.  So many threads have devolved into back and forth childish arguments that go nowhere.

I request that the mods take a more active stance against this because it's really starting to pollute these boards and the once friendly atmosphere that CG had.  I wouldn't mind a few troublesome threads being locked as they've already gone on long enough and are really no longer about their original, or even a reasonable tangent topic.
8359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Motorstorm - The Real PS3 Killer App! on: December 03, 2006, 07:20:36 AM
On the other hand guys, all I've seen are you guys taking every opportunity to bash on Hetz and the PS3, often without good reason.  Then turn around and be just as fervent about something else.

Frankly, this needs to stop, from both sides.  It's childish to the level of playground antics.  Like the PS3, which is for now, the odd man out, you're going out of the way to find reasons to bash Hetz because he is the odd man out on the playground.

Hell, a lot of the arguments I've seen from the anti-ps3 anti-Hetz camp always goes back to ignoring the argument at hand and attacking the poster, devolving the argument into an ad hominem fallacy.  Seriously, the lack of this kind of bashing was once what seperated GT from OO and those other "hardcore" game forums.
8360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resistance vs Gears of War - FIGHT! on: November 28, 2006, 03:56:22 PM
I'm a big gears player, but even I'm finding the plain team deathmatch variants pretty boring.
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