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8841  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Supreme Commander - Um.. I'll take one. on: March 15, 2006, 06:58:12 AM
I think this'll be fine.  DS was too simple for me, but I could tell it was more trying to be an RTS than a hack and slash diablo type game.

Secretly in his heart he wants to make RTS games, and now he can.
8842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Ghost Recon - Co Op Interest on: March 15, 2006, 06:56:58 AM
So, does M often feel uncomfortable when playing online?

Thinking about it now and the kind of people I've played with, I think I've answered my own question.  She probably gets quite a few "OMG!  UR a GRL?" from gaming in text, but when that's said in a squeeky voice through your headset it might be enough to make you want to disconnect right there.

Of course, I prefer to stay on her good side, after all, she is behind me most of the time with a sniper rifle.  Tongue

Unfortunately, my free Gold sub ran out not too long ago, and I'm really low on cash right now.  I have to wait until I start my new job and get my paycheck before I can subscribe again.
8843  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 14, 2006, 11:51:13 PM
Heh, they never said the video was of gameplay.  Still, a short walk in this game is a lot more interesting than short walks in other games.

I think future videos they show will be more action packed.
8844  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What is Tim Schafer up to? on: March 14, 2006, 11:36:07 PM
I'll buy it.

Anything from Tim I'll buy.

Same with Irrational Games.
8845  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Outfit=6.7 from Gamespot on: March 14, 2006, 11:35:09 PM
As I suspected the single player game would be dull.  Unless they had really good AI that handled things strategically with emplacements and in controlling the leaders and the enemy units, then the game would pretty much be a MP only thing.
8846  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Starcraft board game announced on: March 14, 2006, 04:52:25 PM

Definitely not a rehash of the warcraft boardgame.  More like something to the level of the World of Warcraft game, a big $80 box full of components.

I especially like that idea of a galaxy map then having smaller planetary maps to fight land battles on.
8847  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 14, 2006, 05:01:58 AM
Is it me, or does the new radiant AI and new AI features (moving through zones) seriously look like it could support a player party?  Something a group of modders could plug away at and produce a bunch of NPCs that will stay with you for most of the game, providing combat, packmule, or just witty commentary on situations?
8848  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Starcraft board game announced on: March 14, 2006, 04:00:10 AM
Yep, that's right a Starcraft boardgame.

Basic idea is players are terran, protoss, and zerg,  They fight both in space (on a galaxy map) and on planet using smaller planet maps for control, presumably to get more resources and other bonuses to destroy the other players.
8849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 14, 2006, 02:16:16 AM
They are releasing it, next week.  slywink

Alongside my normal human character that I usually make, I figure I'll make an argonian to get some reptile love going on.  Tongue

Those latest screenshots really show off the draw distance.  I think I'll save the game at certain points just to load up for friends and family and show off how damn cool the game looks.
8850  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Outfit - who's getting it and future impressions on: March 14, 2006, 02:09:33 AM
Actually, it's as much a shooter as it is an RTS now, it also depends on which squad leader you choose.

If you choose the guy with a high purchasing power (cheaper purchases) than it becomes more of a strategy game where you have to place emplacements to be really effective.  But you'll still have to buy those vehicles and drive them yourself.

If you choose one of the other two squad leaders, then the gameplay is very different, focusing more on your shooter skills, where the things you buy are more likely to be things that help you destroy the enemy.  The other leaders have abilities that help them deal with enemy emplacements or vehicles, so that they aren't dominated by those that only buy.

Unknown to many that play, the each leader has three orders he can give to his squad, one of which is unique to his character.  The builders have an order where you send your men to fight in melee.  The sneaky speed guys have an order where you send them to assault a vehicle and destroy it with grenades.  The run and gun guy had an order where your troops throw tear gas at enemy emplacements, effectively stunning them for a time, more than enough time to run up and kill them.
8851  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag List on: March 13, 2006, 09:38:52 AM
Yeah, I was adding everyone from the list, I figured I'd find a lot better online games this way.
8852  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Outfit - who's getting it and future impressions on: March 13, 2006, 09:22:44 AM
Just creating a thread here to consolidate any talk of The Outfit.

After playing GRAW's very lethal gameplay and getting shot from everywhere, I want to cut loose a bit and play something with a bit more action movie elements to it.

I like a good mix of run and gun action elements in my games, but not to the level of the Quake series and the like.  The Outfit demo seemed like a decent mixture, requiring cover to stay alive but you weren't automatically dead the moment you strayed from cover.

I'll be renting The Outfit at first, but I may get it if the full game really appeals to me
8853  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GR:AW Multiplayer on: March 13, 2006, 08:13:57 AM
Wow, hope everyone's okay over there!

Thanks for the fun game.  After dying so much I wanted to cut loose and do some run and gun on a adversarial server, then again I was shot down quite a bit on adversarial servers.
8854  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Impressions Thread on: March 12, 2006, 04:57:43 AM
Yet another small detail they missed.  The game almost achieves greatness, but all these little things just bring it down.
8855  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hard Candy on: March 12, 2006, 04:57:28 AM
Yeah, who is that actress and how old is she?  She has a really cute, if a little disturbing, voice in the trailer.

Edit:  Oh interesting, according to IMDB she's the new Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat in the X-Men 3 movie.  It's the girl running through walls with Juggernaut chasing her.

She's also 19.  Tongue  She must have her ID checked all the time when she goes out.
8856  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Impressions Thread on: March 11, 2006, 07:03:38 PM
The nightvision is supposed to be the new US nightvision that combines both thermal and light amplication into one very clear picture.  This is nothing of the sort.

While I can understand how they wanted to balance it out for gameplay, I'm not sure this was the best way.
8857  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Impressions Thread on: March 11, 2006, 08:38:05 AM
My further impressions after trying a 4 player split screen co-op.  Don't bother.  The system can't handle it so the FPS drops and controls become very sluggish.  The four screens, even on a large HDTV are okay, but the crosshair becomes hard to see.  Two player split screen co-op is just fine though.

I've also reached a the first mission where I have to go alone at night, and I can't get past this one part.  It doesn't help that the cross comm is buggered in the mission and I have no other support assets.  Not to mention my current save I'm at red health.
8858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion being released early? on: March 11, 2006, 08:32:16 AM
Sorry, can't tell you the local store for fear of corporate drones descending on them.
8859  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] GRAW Control tips for Multiplayer on: March 10, 2006, 09:03:49 PM
Is there any way to fly the drone back to high altitude?
8860  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion being released early? on: March 10, 2006, 09:02:27 PM
Strangely enough, my local store gave me a date of March 17th as when it'd be in.  I suspect this is the ship date, and the actual street date is the official date.
8861  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GR:AW Multiplayer on: March 10, 2006, 07:22:57 PM
I have 3mb down and I think 768up.  I get about 65kB/sec uploads, so it's pretty decent.
8862  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Impressions Thread on: March 10, 2006, 07:20:57 PM
Yep, I think they really should have taken a hint from Brothers in Arms and Full Spectrum Warrior a bit.  At least allowing a player to split up his team, but not actually requiring it.
8863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Impressions Thread on: March 10, 2006, 09:45:49 AM
Now that I've played the single player more, I'd have to say that while not perfect, I'd rate it a solid 8.9.  It's not the killer app for the 360 to me, but it is a very entertaining game nonetheless.  I think it's more amazing just because it's the first real next gen game and for its many multiplayer modes.

I have also encountered odd little bugs, not showstoppers but painful nonetheless.

In one case, I'm tasked with using a newly acquired rocket launcher to blow up some vehicles whilst on top of a parking structure.  Because of the way the rockets aim, I was hitting the railing that was in front of me almost half the time and blowing myself up in the process.

The night vision sucks, too blurry and washed out to be useful for anything except detecting enemies, it's difficult to even navigate by them at night.

Friendly AI is just crap.  I'd have liked to be able to split the group into two man teams to better flank enemies or simply cover more zones.  I also had a situation where one of the soldiers got on the other side of the map alone for some odd reason while he was supposed to be following me.

Also, all those exploding cars are just plain annoying.  Sure, it's a cinematic game, but having all these cars be bombs on wheels drastically reduces their effectiveness as cover.

Where is the option to adjust the contoller's sensivity?  I couldn't find it anywhere.  The sensivity for me is almost right, I just need to turn it up one or two notches.  The controls also seemed a little sluggish, just like PDZ, I'm not sure why, but it may have to do with framerate.

A lot of these problems go away for me in multiplayer.  My friend and I had a blast earlier today playing co-op before I left for class.  I'd like to see how online play is, but I'm waiting for tomorrow's game night to use the 48 hour gold live trial that comes with it.
8864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Impressions Thread on: March 10, 2006, 07:00:47 AM
Sadly, I couldn't find any way to get third person view while playing split screen, although I can understand why they don't allow it.

Trying to play co-op territories with infinite enemies, one location, and only two players is suicide.
8865  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 09, 2006, 05:06:46 PM
Actually, I think they didn't put a stamp on so that people could use it as their desktops.
8866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Impressions Thread on: March 09, 2006, 06:55:07 AM
Clanwolfer, they've already confirmed that the rest of the co-op campaign is being worked on.  Not sure if it'll be free, I suspect maybe one co-op pack will be free and the rest pay.  But if it lives up to all the talk here, then I'd gladly pay for more co-op maps.
8867  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Outfit Demo is up on Live! on: March 08, 2006, 06:04:08 PM
By the way, those AA guns are just insane infantry killing machines.

They're difficult to kill since they have high health values, and the gunner manning the thing is shielded from frontal attacks, it also has a 360 degree rotation so it can't be flanked unless it's distracted.

Luckily, a lot of people tend to place them next to other emplacements, and a 300 point airstrike to take out 400-700 res worth of emplacements seems like a good tradeoff for me.  If you distract that AA gun by letting it shoot your infantry, it won't have time to shoot the incoming planes.

Of course, rockets will kill them in 4 hits or so.

I love calling in airstrikes on people who think they're completely safe behind walls of emplacements.  One time I killed an AT gun, and AA gun, two machinegun nests, and another player and his squad in one AA strike.

Oh, and one of the good early game moves on this map is to airstrike the enemy bridge while they're crossing it.

You can also watch for airdrops at the enemy base early on, if you see one, it's likely they're buying a vehicle to rush with.  If I see a drop I usually buy an AT gun to put right in front of my base, since most early vehicles can't take much damage, I've taken out entire squads that tried to vehicle rush this way.
8868  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Ghost Recon - Co Op Interest on: March 08, 2006, 06:00:27 PM
Picking up mine tomorrow at noon, the the locally owned gameshop that I buy from won't have it until then.

After that I have class from 4pm to 10pm, so no play time for me.  Luckily I have no class Fridays so I'm inviting all my friends over to play split screen co-op on my Dad's HDTV.

The next two days are going to be very difficult for me.
8869  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / V for Vendetta = Good? on: March 08, 2006, 05:36:25 AM
This is actually sort of a British thing if I recall from reading the back of the comic.

Basically, they (used to?) burn this effigy of this guy who tried to blow up the houses of parlaiment.  I think the effigy had a mask similar to the one V wears.

In V for Vendetta, it's a kind of role reversal where the same person who was demonified is now the good guy.

The mask is also there for reasons you'll discover in the movie.
8870  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Ghost Recon - Co Op Interest on: March 08, 2006, 04:15:24 AM
In as well.
8871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Outfit Demo is up on Live! on: March 07, 2006, 07:32:08 PM
I'd definitely compare it to mercenaries.  It's like mercenaries with multiplayer.  And a lot more calling in of support, not to mention you'll always be able to afford extra troops paradropped to you.

There's even a co-op mode too.

After playing quite a bit of multiplayer, I'd have to say the game is actually quite fun, at least in multiplayer.  I'm not sure if the single-player will last all that long, though.

I usually play as the leader with the high purchasing power.  I'm not too good at running and gunning, so I really make use of my squad and usually send them to suppress or assault while I sit in a bush and buy things.  You can really lock down a flank by placing turrets well.  Two machineguns and an AT turret is a really good start, but if you have the time and money having double that amount will pretty much lock down a flank.

There's ways to get around it, such as flanking the turrets (They can only rotate so far), using air and artillery strikes, or somehow killing the soldier manning the gun.

I don't think this is a buy for me, at least not until the game drops in price.  But, I do find it fun and won't hesitate to rent it whenever friends drop by for game night.
8872  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Crap! Mass Effect is going to suck on: March 07, 2006, 05:39:03 PM
Considering that ME is more like an FPS game, being real-time would work well for it.
8873  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Downloading Japanese 360 demos from Live marketplace on: March 07, 2006, 06:45:46 AM
Unfortunately, it seems the Japanese demo of 99 Nights is already out in Japan, but it hasn't showed up on my Xbox using my Japanese account.  So I can only assume MS fixed this loophole.
8874  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GRAW - Out Tomorrow in Many Stores on: March 07, 2006, 06:38:37 AM
Do yourselves a favor.  Go here:

Read the co-op gameplay hands on impressions.

Also download any videos they have of the gameplay, these are gameplay videos that are only slightly edited.  They have long stretches of gameplay that's uncut.

Unfortunately, it does look like the AI is a bit weak in co-op mode at least.  No idea if it's just because of co-op mode, low difficulty setting, or weak AI in general.  I suspect I'll enjoy the game anyway due to co-op and the multiplayer in general.

If you go to the main GRAW page on that site it links to other videos and previews.  These are the main reason why I'll be buying day one.  You can get a good impression of how the game is by watching those videos and reading.
8875  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Outfit Demo is up on Live! on: March 07, 2006, 04:48:07 AM
There's one big problem, in that it's a little too easy to take over vehicles while someone's driving it.  In Halo 2, you can board, then you have to knock open the vehicle's cockpit.  In this game, all you have to do is walk up and hit the use button at the right spot.
8876  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GRAW - Out Tomorrow in Many Stores on: March 07, 2006, 02:47:20 AM
I'm buying two more wireless controllers in anticipation for this game.  Then, I'll invite my friends over for some late night co-op on release day.

Unfortunately, I buy all my console games from a friendly locally owned store, so they're not likely to have it in on ship day.  More likely it'll be on Wednesday or Thursday.  This sucks only because I have no class or work tomorrow (Tue), and I'm not going to buy mine from a corporate store just to get it a day early.

Gamestop and the like are probably having their boxes drop shipped express to their stores to get it on release day, this is one of their main advantages over chain stores like Walmart.  I doubt the game actually released a day early, but I'm hoping I'm wrong.

Of course, this won't stop me from checking in tomorrow to see if they did get it early.  If so, co-op in the Nicaragua campaign here I come.

Oh, and new news about the co-op campaign.  Right now it's only (I think) 4-5 actual missions and not complete in box.  Instead, the rest of the campaign will be released as downloads on Live and should eventually be 3-4 sets of 4-5 missions.

If in the future, they release more co-op campaigns on Live for purchase, I know I'll buy them.
8877  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Outfit Demo is up on Live! on: March 07, 2006, 02:46:13 AM
Well it has split screen multiplayer.  No bots.

It's okay.  Nothing really outstanding but I see it could be fun for others.  It's pretty simplistic combat with the addition of calling in all sorts of useful weapons.

Basically you have a choice of one of three leaders, I'm not sure what each leader gets, but each one does feel different from the other.  The leader you pick determines what weapons you start with, what things you can buy, and what kind of infantry you get as your backup.

Speaking of infantry, you get four mooks that tag along with you.  There's a rudimentary command system for them, you don't get to decide their placment, but you can tell them to fire to suppress, assault, and I think the third one is assault a vehicle.  Normally your mooks follow you around, staying in cover as best they can, but often they stand up in the open.  I figure suppressing fire makes them stay put and shoot, while you move around independantly.  Mooks are easy and cheap to replace as you can request new troops to parachute in right next to you.  You can also nab other abandoned troops on the field.  They come with different weapons depending on who your leader is.

Around the map are control points that you need to capture, along with what are basically factories that upon capture allow you to requisition new things to be airdropped in.  On this map there were was an artillery position, and a vehicle factory.  As you guessed, the artillery position allowed various strikes to be called in, either an airstrike or an artillery strike.  The vehicle factory allows higher level vehicles to be bought.

You can call in various support weapons and effects.  Things like tanks, airstrikes, artillery strikes.  As mentioned above, what you can buy depends on whether you control its factory and which leader you have.  I've only used the American stealth/speed guy and he couldn't buy heavy vehicles, but he could by a very fast armored car with a cannon.  I also saw a wiretap option, which I assume will tap into enemy voice chatter.

To buy things you spend resource points, I'm not too sure of all the things you can do to get them and what determines how much you get, but a few of them were to kill enemy troops, hold control points, or pickup some strange treasure chests that planes randomly drop in both teams' bases.

One very cool thing about the game is that combat happens at long distances, you can see across the map and shoot across it too.  However, long range fire is often ineffective without a rifle.  One problem with this, however, is that you mooks will shoot at anything they see, even if it's not in optimal range, thus giving away your position.  On the other hand, it does give that nice feeling of distant firefights with bullets flying all over.
8878  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / V for Vendetta = Good? on: March 07, 2006, 01:23:26 AM
Well, they have quite a few scenes from the novel, and quite a few scenes not from the novel in the trailers.

I really liked the graphic novel, so I hope this one at least stays true to the message.  Not that I particularly agreed with all of the message, but it's still a powerful statement.

I'm actually hoping someone steps up and makes a movie based on "The Watchmen".
8879  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [MOD] HL2: Empire on: March 07, 2006, 01:20:03 AM
It takes forever to load a map on my PC.

It's also very buggy, with players crashing out of the game on a regular basis, especially when using the commander mode.  It's difficult to get coordinated.

Lag is a big issue when lots of vehicles are running around.  The source engine wasn't really designed for this kind of work, so the netcode is nowhere near Battlefield 2 for this line of work.

Most people will have to set the graphics levels all the way down since the game has such wide open maps.  Unfortunately, at the lowest detail settings there's a problem where you can't see the inside of buildings and have to bumble around until you find the exit.

The tanks really need work.  They feel arbitrarily clunky instead of a natural part of their movement and use.  What's worse, the main cannons they have use a parabolic shot that arcs a lot, so you have to aim high to hit targets.  This wouldn't be a problem normally, but the fact that they don't give you a cannon sight with elevation markings and every shot you take in a take moves both your sight and the tank itself makes it difficult to hit anything even while sitting still.  Then there's the missile that can be added to tanks, which aren't affected by the arcing fire, so most people just screw the main cannon (unless you're right on top of eachother) and launch missiles.

The infantry fighting is good, definitely has a nice feel that doesn't stray too far from HL2.  However, there's a bit of reliance on the engineers to do everything since they're the only ones that can build at a fast pace.

That said, though, it's pretty good for a mod that does so much, definitely one to watch.  I'd say download it after a few patches.
8880  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rainbow Six: Vegas First screenie on: March 06, 2006, 06:04:15 AM
I'll wait for more info before judging the game.

The screenshots do look good, prime examples of next gen consoles.

However, it seems like they're going in the direction of Lockdown, which I hope bombed at retail.  I mean, rainbow was all about going to many locales around the world with its international team.  I don't see how they would be limited to just marching around Vegas unless some massive terrorist organization setup camp and turned it into an open warzone.

I could forgive this is they kept some of the squad control and planning.

But on the whole, they really should just create a new franchise for this instead of using the rainbow name.
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