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8841  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Oblivion - GOLD - Ships/In Stores 3/20!!! on: March 16, 2006, 06:45:46 AM
I'm still quite glad I not only pre-ordered, but my store will sell regardless of street date.  So, if it does come in early, I'll be playing this weekend.
8842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rare's next game: Viva Piņata for 360? on: March 15, 2006, 06:49:14 PM
I'm definitely in.  I love little non-violent games just as much as I do the bloody ones.
8843  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Beyond Good & Evil 2 rumors on: March 15, 2006, 05:30:31 PM
You know what'll be even better?  I'm betting they'll include the original BG&E with the sequel.
8844  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 info from press conference on: March 15, 2006, 05:29:03 PM
I suspect they'll be aiming for a $400-$450 price point.  They wouldn't dare hit the dreaded $500 price point.

Did they confirm if the hard drive is included standard?

Also, did they comment on that rumor that the US and Japanese PS3s will use the same standard?  E.g. japanese games can play on US systems and vice versa?
8845  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Big Book Trade topic on: March 15, 2006, 07:05:02 AM
I was thinking, a lot of people read here.  Why not have a topic where we just trade books of various kinds?

I have:
A Feast for Crows hardback George R R Martin
Fables comic trade paperbacks Volumes 1-6
Powers comic trade paperbacks volumes 1-9
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
Sin City vol 1 and 5

Art books of any kind, most especially ones dealing with production art or renaissance masters.  Preferably with lots of pictures.  slywink
Thud! by Terry Pratchett
Comics of any kind.
The Dark Tower
Scifi and fantasy novels
8846  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.
8847  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.
8848  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.
8849  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.
8850  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.
8851  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.
8852  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?
8853  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.
8854  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.
8855  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.
8856  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.
8857  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
8858  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.
8859  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.
8860  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.
8861  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.
8862  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.
8863  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.
8864  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?
8865  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.
8866  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.
8867  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.
8868  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.
8869  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.
8870  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.
8871  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.
8872  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.
8873  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.
8874  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.
8875  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Ghost Recon - Co Op Interest on: March 08, 2006, 04:15:24 AM
In as well.
8876  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.
8877  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.
8878  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.
8879  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.
8880  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.
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