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8321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Company of Heroes Beta Going Public ? on: August 11, 2006, 11:47:48 PM
The stability goes in and out.  I've seen it stable with 1800 people on.  Then it was slightly shakey today with only 900.

And Raydude, man.  Fix your connection!  Tongue  He dropped on me in the middle of intense firefight with no warning.  I still won against two players though.  Kept them off balace by constantly pushing two fronts and getting out tanks before they could.

I've found out that the suppression fire ability that the US basic infantry get is extremely powerful  It can pin three enemy squads all by itself while it lasts.  This allows you to repel attacks with just a handful of troops.  It's costly to buy and use, but it's powerful.  So if you're playing germans and see at BAR on the ground, grab it.

One of the best ways to keep putting pressure on the enemy is to use bounding machineguns.  One machinegun covers the other while it's moving up, even better if you're moving from building to building.

Try to avoid small buildings when garrisoning, because I've found that one grenade or panzerfaust strike will kill everyone in those buildings.
8322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: August 11, 2006, 10:22:37 PM
Doesn't look like it has many guns, but it still has quite a few, and they all look like double barreled huge cannons.
8323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Review] Chromehounds on: August 09, 2006, 11:24:22 AM
The fee isn't as bad if you buy a full year.  In fact, more stores carry a live sub card for 13 months for the same price as a 12 month sub.  It equals slightly less than $4 a month.
8324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone get Warpath? [Xbox] on: August 09, 2006, 09:36:00 AM
I tried the demo.  It was bad.  The bots can aim well depending on the setting, but their navigation puts them on the same routes over and over and over.

Plus, it's such a simple game, it's really not worth it.  The Unreal Tournament games have more depth, better pacing, and are just as cheap as this game.

It's only redeeming factor looks to be the conquest mode, but from the reviews it looks like that's simplified too.

All in all, it's a quick money grab using a lot of leftover art from Pariah.
8325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: August 09, 2006, 09:31:08 AM
Yet another problem with the 20 man limit.  Eventually, there are other things to do besides play online.
8326  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / BC vs. GT on: August 08, 2006, 06:57:08 AM
Company of Heroes.
8327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / System Shock 3? EA didn't give a s*** about that game on: August 08, 2006, 05:46:32 AM
Well, for one thing, Irrational can pursue the mature rating to its fullest extent.  A game where whether or not to kill children caught up in a biological resource war is one of the major moral dilemmas?  EA would never have published that.
8328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / System Shock 3? EA didn't give a s*** about that game on: August 08, 2006, 04:48:00 AM
Wasn't this posted a while back?

Anyway, I doubt we'll ever see a true sequel to System Shock 3, it's just not EA's kind of game anymore, and EA doesn't give up it's IP lightly.

However, with the success of Oblivion, and the probably success of Bioshock, EA might reconsider.

I know that System Shock 3 was in development in some form, and at some time, at EA, but I'm not sure what's become of it.
8329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EA Missing Features Game on: August 08, 2006, 12:28:55 AM
AH!  He's an EA fanboy!  Burn him!  Tongue

The strange thing is, I can't think of too much a reason why these features are missing.  Think about it, they're not actually changing the gameplay all that much, and some of these missing features are solely outside the game based on simple numerical stats.  All you need is a new interface and they can plug in an older system.
8330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: August 07, 2006, 07:22:51 PM
Every single player part you get is inferior to even the basic online parts.
8331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Want to play EA's 2K5 games online? Too damn bad. on: August 07, 2006, 11:59:55 AM
You're thinking about this the wrong way.  This another one of the things that you can blast EA for.

Therefore, think twice next time you buy one of their games.
8332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Want to play EA's 2K5 games online? Too damn bad. on: August 07, 2006, 01:22:11 AM
Um, you guys are forgetting that EA could have simply let MS run the normal matchmaking for their games and all the costs could have been handled by MS.

Besides, a matchmaking server isn't all that expensive, especially so if not so many people are playing it.  You can simply fold it into a larger server farm.
8333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Want to play EA's 2K5 games online? Too damn bad. on: August 06, 2006, 08:56:18 PM
Well what do you expect from a company that pins its a major portion of its profits on rehashes of the same material?  All those yearly sports games with very little changes.  It's like Disney before they got rid of Eisener.

The weird thing is, for the Xbox since MS handles matchmaking EA shouldn't be able to shut down the game.
8334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sony: How many Blu-ray movies are there in the US? on: August 06, 2006, 08:24:36 AM
Movies won't be a deal breaker for me for the PS3.

Although, can blu-ray players play normal dvds?

There are a lot of games that I want that have already been announced for the PS3, they don't have to be release titles, just games that I know will come out.

In general, it's all about how the PS3 handles gaming, especially online gaming.
8335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Company of Heroes Beta Going Public ? on: August 06, 2006, 06:13:14 AM
Just started a list of names in the multiplayer forum.

There's also a small but growing list over at OO.
8336  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Relic Online (Company of Heroes beta) name list on: August 06, 2006, 06:10:13 AM
This post will house a list of names to add to your buddy list in the Company of Heroes beta.

The friends system works in two ways, you can add someone by right clicking their name in the lobby and clicking add as friend.  Or, you can use the "/addfriend" command in the chat box.

Make sure that when you get into the lobby check your pending contacts to see if anyone has requested to be your friend while you were away.  You can authorize them from the pending tab.

The List:

Vertrucio
GamingTrend
Luke
CrayolaSmoker
Atragon
Soulbringer
Raydude
Tals
Calvin
8337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Company of Heroes Beta Going Public ? on: August 04, 2006, 09:17:16 AM
Scratch that, they didn't accept Vanigan, so I've gone with my third alternate, "Vertrucio".
8338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Company of Heroes Beta Going Public ? on: August 04, 2006, 07:25:19 AM
Well, I bit the bullet and downloaded fileplanet's download manager.  At least I can resume the file now.

Anyway, I should be done by tomorrow and since I have the day free, a friend and I are going to have a little lan party.
8339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2142 Feature on: August 04, 2006, 07:23:50 AM
Waiting for Quake Wars, UT2007, and Frontlines.  Anything but EA.
8340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sword of the Stars..more info on: August 03, 2006, 09:42:31 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
I forgot about this thread.

Sorry for asking for fellow players and then bolting, Turtle.

Truth of the matter is, I'm not liking the game nearly as much as I thought I would be, so my interest has dwindled dramatically.  Bummer that.

I apologize.


No problem, the game definitely has its issues and I don't think the MP mode would fix them.
8341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Company of Heroes Beta Going Public ? on: August 03, 2006, 09:41:21 PM
Argh!  The download keeps stopping midway for me.

Are there any other links for this file?
8342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is there any interest in Dead Rising? on: August 03, 2006, 09:12:21 PM
Now, if they had an interesting multiplayer mode involving those zombies, with humans trying to survive, then that'd be interesting.  Something like RE Outbreak but easier to play.
8343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360 News] Emergence Day is November 12, 2006 on: August 03, 2006, 09:10:53 PM
I think the polished gameplay will be the draw to the game.

I mean, Blizzard games are nothing new right?  And technically, they aren't exactly high end games.  The reason why people buy Blizzard games is the polish they put on the game, and the very fine tuned gameplay.

Same goes for Gears of War and Halo.
8344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Company of Heroes Beta Going Public ? on: August 03, 2006, 08:22:19 PM
I usually go by Vanigan online since turtle is usually taken.
8345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Company of Heroes Beta Going Public ? on: August 03, 2006, 07:05:43 PM
Is there a friends/buddy system working in game?  I'd like to jump into some co-op games to practice with you guys before taking on humans.
8346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360 News] Emergence Day is November 12, 2006 on: August 03, 2006, 07:00:45 PM
It's basically the next quality shooter franchise.  Similar to Halo, it's main call to fame is a little bit of innovation, and a whole lot of polish.

Other than that there's not much entirely new and flashy to the game.  Seeing the videos, I know I'm going to buy it because the gameplay just felt right.
8347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: August 03, 2006, 06:58:51 PM
Watch that speed go away mid fight when someone blasts that huge, easily targetted tread base right out from under you.  Let me tell you, it's real boring to have a tread base shot out from under you and the horrible speed it has.  Tread bases lose a lot of speed when they are blown.

Since you're almost guaranteed to have your base blown out when moving forward on the attack, treads are best for defensive work where the enemy comes to you, and you can park your tread hull down.

One more light weapon, one piece of armor, and a little bit more speed isn't all that much.  Although it seems like a lot, it depends entirely on how you play your hound and gearing the hound towards a play style rather than fitting everything you can on a hound.  What's the armament of that hound you just made?

Honestly, as much as I like treads, I like being able to dodge incoming fire more with my biped designs.  Since damage to destroyed parts is transferred to the cockpit, those treads become a big liability when they inevitably get blown out.
8348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: August 03, 2006, 09:57:14 AM
Just fought some nasty designs recently, I was the only one who got any kills on my team.

One guy had 6 cannons loaded on his hound.  He would fire two at a time, and since cannons have a big kick, getting hit by one will cause you to stop in place while your shocks absorb the impact and heat.  So after the first hit, he quickly switches to the second set of cannons and fires again, stunning you again, and so on.  You can still shoot back, but unless you've got something heavy you're a goner.

Another design had a tight cluster of 4 sniper cannons, once again with the best ammo.  The guy maxed out his stability, allowing him to fire all 4 sniper cannons together with very little recoil.  If he hits the cockpit on some weaker designs it'll be dead in one hit.  The guy was pretty accurate too.

My current soldier build is 4 assault rifles and two anti hound rockets, along with a missile counter.  All this on a biped base traveling at about 175 top speed.

Assault rifles are quite nice as they're accurate at even long ranges, dont' have much recoil, and do a decent amount of damage.  Just make sure you cluster them instead of spreading them out to focus the damage in one area.  They're also useable at close range, so you aren't sacrificing close range effectiveness.  I prefer these over machineguns any day.

The anti hound rockets are fun because they're light, have no recoil, do a lot of damage, fly faster than rocket pods, and, despite their low range number, can be used to hit distant targets.

This config allows me to choose how I fight, either standing off with the assault rifles at medium range, or going in with rifles and rockets at close range.  The faster biped base has enough turn rating to let me quickly dodge incoming fire, and during a fight, I can just run little figure eights to avoid attacks.

Oh, and can we get a seperate thread in the multiplayer section that has the info about all our affiliated Chromehounds squads, with posts only about the squads?
8349  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 10 billion tons of gold on: August 03, 2006, 09:26:38 AM
In every pool there is a trace amount of fecal matter.  Poolmen call it cheekwash.  slywink
8350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sword of the Stars..more info on: August 03, 2006, 03:07:19 AM
Early on it's more important to pump out those ships and research so that you can find a hospitable planet.

Colonizing one of the less suitable worlds is a massive drain on your economy that you could do without.

Since this is a combat oriented game, always be producing ships, scuttle older designs since they can't be upgraded.

Always make sure you have at least 1 strong battlefleet, if not 2.  One stationed at your homeworld, the other should be moving about as necessary.
8351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Street Fighter II online? on: August 03, 2006, 12:24:38 AM
There's a difficulty setting in the game options, I can confirm this.
8352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox 360] Saints Row demo on the Marketplace! on: August 02, 2006, 07:35:59 PM
Does the demo have an MP mode?  I know the full game does.

I have a year subscription to Live, so I've been trying out all the online games for the 360.
8353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: August 02, 2006, 07:35:08 PM
Don't fall into the trap of taking a heavier base all the time.  Bases like treads and multilegs are big targets, slower than usual, and either don't have enough turn or rotation rate.

The treads may seem like a nice amount of load for little trade off, but people forget its horrible turning rate, making you unable to dodge incoming fire.  As above, it's also a huge target, so any enemy who knows how to fight will take out your base first, making you even slower.  Then either they'll take out your cockpit or keep shooting your base so that the damage transfers to the cockpit.
8354  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How often can you remember your dreams? on: August 02, 2006, 07:15:16 AM
I don't remember much of my dreams lately.  I'm always lacking so much sleep that I rarely remember any dreams.

When I was a kid I remembered lots of dreams, and some of them have stuck with me through time.

One involved me standing on top of a towering mushroom plant thing in a lake full of them.  A giant carp/koi/dragon thing wove its way between these towers and in the distance was a japanese pagoda and people waving to me.

I also had a series of dreams which ran for a week that I call The Crone, I plan to turn it into a comic one day, but it involves me meeting an old witch woman who takes care of me for a bit, then at the end of the series she strangled me to death in a mazelike house.

The white lady is another dream I had that was recurring to me and I believe its an allegory to my relationships so far.  It involved some really vivid fantasy imagery of a decrepit tower, dark shadows on stonework and an ethereally white dress woman at the top about to fall.  It looked a lot like Ico the game and the first time I played Ico I sat there stunned as I remembered the dream again in detail.
8355  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What is your favorite potato chip? on: August 02, 2006, 07:05:51 AM
Maui Sweet Onion chips, in the pinkish purplish bad with Samoans in a boat.

It's the kettle corn of the potato chip world.

Still looking for good ketchup chips here in california.
8356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox 360] Saints Row demo on the Marketplace! on: August 02, 2006, 02:49:18 AM
And there's word that the Dead Rising demo will be up soon too.

So, GTA clone with Gangstas or GTA clone with zombies...

I go with zombies.  Tongue
8357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Perfect Dark Zero - Huge Hit or Colossal Failure? on: July 31, 2006, 05:28:06 AM
Multiplayer is interesting, but the sluggish aiming will get on your nerves there too.  It creates a real problem with the guns being so accurate, the aiming is so sluggish, and the players moving so quickly that the experienced players of the game who have mastered the aiming will simply waste everyone.  Normally this is okay because that's just how MP games are, but in PDZ, instead of learning the tactics of the game you're just fighting with the aiming system.

Not to mention the funkyness of the weaponry in this game, some guns have up to 4 functions, that may seem good but all the buttons you need to know to use them are weird.

Still, despite all those problems, I'd buy this game for $20, especially if they come through on the Counter-Op mode.

I'd actually like to see them continue the series, maybe remake Perfect Dark 1.
8358  Gaming / Analog Gaming / No More E3?! on: July 31, 2006, 05:15:44 AM
I suspect E3 will go through some serious changes, but I doubt the show will go away entirely, at least not for a long time.

The show does have its uses, but lately it had gotten a little too flashy for what's supposed to be a trademan only show.
8359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS3] Entitlements? WTF? on: July 30, 2006, 07:25:12 AM
Why don't they just call them awards or trophies?
8360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What the...Ninety-Nine Nights demo up in the marketplace! on: July 29, 2006, 11:53:03 PM
Now, if the story and characters had actually been interesting, a lot more people would have bought it

Why are these developers and publishers shooting themselves in the foot by not hiring decent writers and voice actors?  By not using them, and having cliched stories with uninteresting character they're missing out on one of the biggest hooks to get people to buy, a feeling of attachment to characters and involvement in the plot.

Face it, the gameplay is rehashed Dynasty Warriors.  It looks prettier, has a lot more going on, but ultimately it's a bland rehash.  If they had gone with a more interesting story and shown a good slice of it during the demo, a lot more players would be interested in buying instead of just getting their fill of the game.

Oh, and the way they handle item drops is just plain stupid.  First you need a massive combo count to have items start dropping, but by the time you get this count, you've usually already killed most enemies on screen.  So now all those one use items have their timers run out while running to the next fight,

The equippable items are more interesting.  I managed to get two clovers early in the game (+ to item drop chance) which meant any time I got past that combo number I'd get items up the wazoo.  But, I'm not really into the whole diablo style item collecting.

So, no story, no good multiplayer, no buy.  It's a rental for me.
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