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8481  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Excited about Assassin's Creed on: June 12, 2006, 08:38:56 PM
I wonder if they'll include some kind of multiplayer, similar to Splinter Cell's Spies vs. Mercs mode.
8482  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2: Episode 1 Impressions on: June 12, 2006, 07:33:28 AM
She basically has Halo style health.  If she gets hurt enough in a short timespan she'll die.  But, if you have a moment to rest she regains all of her health.

They've also given her a lot of health to begin with to cope with the fact that she's an AI and can't react the same way the player can.  Oh and she can't pickup health packs.

On top of that you have her semi-scripted reactions to various creatures that allow her to deal with close in threats like zombies.

While it may not be realistic, it's gameplay focused, so it works.  I was playing on normal difficulty and she never died on me.  I guess you guys just don't treat your women well.  Tongue

Also, it's really, really cool to listen to the developer commentary on how they evolved Alyx's character during the development of episode 1.  For instance, they originally had Alyx kinda taking the lead, or have Alyx urging Gordon on to try and create a sense of emergency.  However, they found that this made her into basically a nag, so instead she basically follows you and backs you up when needed.
8483  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2: Episode 1 Impressions on: June 11, 2006, 09:20:31 PM
I just realized, this is the first game in which having a teammate along with me that I had to protect didn't feel like a chore.
8484  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rule of Rose = Atlus will publish on: June 09, 2006, 08:06:40 AM
They should include an english track on the Japanese version, then, when the PS3 comes out with no region limits, we can import it from Japan.
8485  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Understanding Combat in Heroes V on: June 09, 2006, 01:33:18 AM
Damage might be how much damage a unit can take before one of it dies?
8486  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 2 more C&C Screenshots for ya... on: June 08, 2006, 06:08:55 PM
I suspect they also use inverse scaling when zoomed out more.  Homeworld did this too.  It's where, when you start zooming out everything gets smaller, but when you reach a certain zoom level everything starts getting scaled larger so that it's easier to see them.
8487  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [War] al-Zarqawi has been killed on: June 08, 2006, 06:05:59 PM
While it may seem morbid to wish someone dead, the world is better off without him.
8488  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / (sketch) I've still got it! on: June 08, 2006, 06:04:56 PM
I also used a toy as a reference for that Gamera drawing, so it wasn't from memory.
8489  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / (sketch) I've still got it! on: June 08, 2006, 07:12:56 AM
Sketch battle!

I call forth Gamera!

8490  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LotR: Battle for Middle Earth (360) - will this RTS work? on: June 08, 2006, 02:08:22 AM
How do the controls work on the 360?
8491  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Xiang Qi (chinese chess) anyone play and where to buy? on: June 03, 2006, 08:25:41 AM
Thanks, I'll see if I can buy it via click through from your site.
8492  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2: Episode 1 Impressions on: June 03, 2006, 08:21:43 AM
I'm hoping we get more time with Barney in some other episode.  Haven't seen him yet in Episode 2, but I know he's in there from a screenshot somewhere.

As much as I love Alex, it'd be cool to run around with Barney, with him constantly cracking jokes about things that happened back in Black Mesa.

I mean, I still want to hear him deliver that line, "Remember when we thought Black Mesa was as bad as it could get?"
8493  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Xiang Qi (chinese chess) anyone play and where to buy? on: June 02, 2006, 08:59:54 PM
I'm interested in getting into Xiang Qi, or chinese chess.  Anyone else here play?

I'd actually like to get a nice set (preferrably portable) so I can play with friends while out cafe sketching.  Anyone know some good places I can order from?
8494  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Preview on: June 02, 2006, 03:01:34 PM
Um, guys, this has been happening in every RTS game since the genre was created.

It's called scale compression.  If you make infantry as small as they're supposed to be, you'd have to zoom in way too far to see any of them in action.  Same goes for tanks.

Just don't worry about it, I mean, if you really look, it happens in almost any game.
8495  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Preview on: June 02, 2006, 07:02:00 AM
Ah, well then, C&C3 will have some serious competition.
8496  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / 360 Table Tennis for Condemned (360) or Black for PS2 on: June 02, 2006, 04:49:31 AM
I'm very interested, unfortunately, I need a better idea of what you're looking for.
8497  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Preview on: June 02, 2006, 04:47:30 AM
One thing I really hope is that basic infantry is actually useful this time around.

In Generals, ground pounders got the shaft as infantry were just completely useless, even if garrissoned.  I hope they either make them tougher, or find a way that makes infantry more useful in combat without micromanaging them.

I suppose I'll have to wait for Company of Heroes for that.
8498  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Preview on: May 30, 2006, 06:42:22 AM
No more word on the meta game?  I recall they did give out a bit more information, like being able to attack certain parts of a territory, building up structures in territories and such.

And that about confirms that the third faction are aliens.  And most likely they seeded the world with tiberium and are here to harvest it.

I wonder if they'll include country specific advantages in multiplayer this time?  Things like sub-factions such as Kane led nod, or splinter nod factions along side various GDI member states.
8499  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / MPAA sued...by Torrentspy? on: May 30, 2006, 06:33:19 AM
It all depends on what you have downloaded.

Torrents are actually pretty common with download sites now and can be used to download plenty of legitimate material.

But there's just as much, and probably more illegitimate material out there on torrent networks.

There seriously needs to be more accountability for corporations, other than simply monetary.  These are criminal acts and a few million in fines is just a drop in the bucket.
8500  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Picked up PoP: Warrior Within ... on: May 30, 2006, 06:29:54 AM
Actually, The Two Thrones deals with such diverging continuity by assuming you had the good ending, and explaining away the bad one.

They also include both endings from WW as easily unlocked extras.
8501  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Preview on: May 29, 2006, 10:50:35 PM
One thing I don't like are those open helmeted infantry walking through a dense tiberium field.  Ouch.

One thing I'm most interested in for C&C3 is the metagame between missions.  It seems they're taking C&C's original pick a nation to attack and RoN's conquer the world mode and kicking it up a notch.

And I suspect the third faction that appears once you finish the two campaigns are aliens who originally seeded Earth with tiberium, and now they've come to harvest it.
8502  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Photoshop question. on: May 29, 2006, 10:49:34 PM
Will this image only be viewed on the web and on computers?  If so, make sure you resolution (DPI) is set to 72.  Most photos you take are at difference resolutions like 180.
8503  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Dark and Light mmo to have account type with no monthly fee on: May 29, 2006, 10:44:01 PM
First go here:
http://www.darkandlight.net/article.php3?id_article=2396

Then click on the link towards the bottom of the page that says "More about the Master Subscription or Freedom Card"

It seems that there are two account types for Dark and Light. The first being a standard MMO monthly subscription.

The second is an account that's more limited, but has no monthly fee. Instead you get something like credits that you use to unlock restricted areas and equip higher level items. When you repair these items you'll have to use a credit to reequip them. You also can't get certain titles and positions in the world with this account. It seems very limiting, but in essence it's a pay as you go system.

In both cases, you still have to pay an initial cost of around $55 for the game.

Seems like a decent enough idea to me. I could buy the game, play it for as long as I like until my credits run out and not feel like I'm wasting my money by playing it every day of the week.  Since my credits stay active for a year since my last login, I can take long breaks.  And when I finally run out of credits, well I can ditch my high end gear and become just another mook to participate in the realm vs realm combat.
8504  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Picked up PoP: Warrior Within ... on: May 29, 2006, 10:24:37 PM
In the words of Penny Arcade, "I smoulder with generic rage."

That about sums up the game.

They made the game dark for the sake of goth and punk kids.

Sure, the material they're dealing with is dark, but instead of simply letting the subject matter and characters portray how dark the Prince's world has become, they tried to ham it up.

The two thrones is a much better game in this regard.  But the damage was done in WW, so it still doesn't live up to SoT.

I'm very eager to see what they do for the next Prince of Persia series.
8505  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dark Messiah Of Might & Magic - completely awesome video on: May 24, 2006, 07:30:20 AM
In another example they stabbed the cyclops after it bent down to grab the player from inside a hidey hole.  In this case, the swinging log missed the cyclops.
8506  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [ps3] Metal Gear Solid 4 - 15 min. full trailer out! on: May 16, 2006, 09:30:25 PM
I think the whole no place to hide thing is that there are less arbitrary hiding places, and Snake will rely on his sneak suit camo to hide himself.

They still need to explain to me why they don't just give Snake one of those predator style stealth suits.

Okay, so new camera, new gameplay, multiplayer, old cast back, and a return to MGS1's storyline?  Count me in.

Er... that's assuming I come into a lot of money and can afford a PS3.
8507  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A quick STEAM question... on: May 14, 2006, 02:53:04 AM
Since the common files are so large, you might want to just install HL2, then use the Steam menu to delete all the HL2 specific files, leaving the common files to be used by everyone.
8508  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR 3 News? on: May 13, 2006, 02:11:13 PM
No.

The outcry is over the poor quality of the endgame, the developer and the publisher are both aware of that.  The outcry only serves to point out to the developer and publisher that the public is aware of it too, and that'll affect their buying decision later.

If that means KOTOR3 is put off because of a unwillingness to dedicate the time and money to make a proper game, then so be it.  Sometimes, it's just not enough to have the game made, it needs to be made well.  I mean, look at all of Uwe Boll's movies.  Sure, those game movies were made, but they're crap not worth watching.

I think all the outcry is justified.  If you really think before you shout, then you'll realize that yes, we got a game that was cut to shreds at the end.  We should be unhappy over it.

Or should we just roll over and take it every time a company sells us broken merchandise?

Kotor1 sold like mad, KOTOR2 I'm unaware of the sales.  I think it sold well initially, but then peterred out at word spread.  There's a lot of things they could do with KOTOR3 in terms of gameplay and story that would combine the market appeal of KOTOR1 and the depth of KOTOR2, and it would probably sell great so long as the game was of quality.
8509  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A quick STEAM question... on: May 13, 2006, 02:04:28 PM
If you have a cd key for DoD and HL2, you can try to just register the key on steam, pause the main HL2 download, and download only DoD and CS.  However those games might usually use some of the same assets that HL2 uses, basic things like materials and the like.

I'm not sure if this'll work, but it's worth a shot.
8510  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / E3 killed my 360 on: May 12, 2006, 10:16:22 AM
Trust me, make a fuss, but don't be mean about it.  Just make sure the higher ups know about what that store is trying to pull.
8511  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So, uh, how bout the PSP? on: May 12, 2006, 10:14:08 AM
Field commander looks like Advanced Wars for the PSP, which isn't a bad thing.  I hope it has a bit more depth to it as I got bored with AW after a while.
8512  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [ps3] Metal Gear Solid 4 - 15 min. full trailer out! on: May 11, 2006, 10:34:40 AM
Whoah, I really like that they've done to the MGS series in this one.

The shot of snake with his gun was just heartbreaking, and it really looks like they mean to end the series in a great, but hearbreaking way.

I definitely like what they made Raiden into, but then again, after seeing him with the sword in MGS2, I was pretty much expecting Raiden to return as such.

I definitely like how they include all the old cast this time.  Colonel, Meryl, Naomi, Otacon, etc... Maybe Mei Ling will even make an appearance.

Also, if they're trying new things they might use the new camera from MGS3S.
8513  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy XIII and spinoffs? on: May 11, 2006, 10:11:10 AM
Anyone get more info on these?  I'd like to see a video.

I definitely like it how the new main character is a tougher looking female.  Hopefully we won't have to but up with male leads that look like women.

Made by the FF10 crew, I wonder how they plan to top Auran as the most badass character in an FF game.

The Versus game seems like it might be an online FF action game, at least from the title.
8514  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Metal Gear Signature on: May 11, 2006, 02:15:03 AM
Heh, you don't know how difficult animation is when you've had to animate a minute of animation by hand, then film it by hand.

After doing that, these gif animations just don't impress me much anymore.
8515  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So Fasa has something Shadowrun related in the works on: May 10, 2006, 02:21:42 PM
Wow.  What a way to waste a license.
8516  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Metal Gear Signature on: May 10, 2006, 02:18:15 PM
Too big and gaudy.  I never liked big signature images, especially animated ones.  They always seemed like a form of narcissism.

If you really have to have an image based signature, make it a very small banner.  Remember, if your skills MGSO are really as good as you want your signature to imply, you don't need a big sig to show it, because otherwise that's just compensating.  slywink
8517  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty - well that was weird on: May 01, 2006, 10:23:42 AM
I think Raiden was a good idea, but executed very poorly.  It really could have showed Snake from a different perspective, but that's assuming Raiden comes into a character on his own, which he never does.

And of course, they should have had the viewpoint switch between Snake and Raiden at some time to give more playtime as Snake.
8518  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / .:/AVATERS\:. on: April 28, 2006, 10:34:06 AM
It's "Avatars".  slywink
8519  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Too Human on: April 27, 2006, 02:50:43 AM
I'm most interested in the 2-4 player co-op over system link that they mentioned.  Unfortunately, they say they can only support 1 person per console, but who knows, they may find enough extra power to put another player on screen.
8520  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is Dreamfall: TLJ compatable with the 360? on: April 23, 2006, 08:31:04 AM
As per the title, I'm wondering if Dreamfall, just released on Xbox1, can be played on the 360?
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