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9001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 5 confirmed for Xbox 360 on: July 22, 2005, 08:12:14 AM
Any RE fans out there recognize who the new main character is?

I haven't really followed the series, I just know some general names.  He doesn't look like Leon, but that may be darker hair and more polygons.
9002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lord of the Rings Tactics on: July 22, 2005, 08:00:50 AM
It's about damn time that the PSP had a good strategy or tactical RPG come out for it.  I'm holding out for those types of games.
9003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Games You'd Like to See as Movies on: July 22, 2005, 07:57:44 AM
Grim Fandango as a 3D animated feature.  Hell, I've already sworn to myself that when I form my own studio, one of the projects I'll try to option is Grim Fandango and get Tim Schaefer on with me.
9004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dungeon Siege II: Anyone care? on: July 22, 2005, 07:56:09 AM
I'm not sure where you got the whole "added clicking" idea from.  From the many videos I've seen of the gameplay, it still has the DS1 style of one click to do a task until done.

In general, there's more clicking, but that's because you're interacting with the game more by having to use the skills and powers that the characters now have.  Also, it seems like the AI is smarter so if you've got the difficulty a bit higher, you'll have to be on the ball about prioritizing enemies.

This is no where near Diablo's break a mouse once a month gameplay.  I used to help out at a cybercafe when the Diablo expansion came out.  I swear we went through mice like crazy during those times.
9005  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 3, What are you're expectations on: July 20, 2005, 10:29:29 PM
Coop for more than two people.

I don't care if the other three players are all vanilla marines with no shields and low health to balance things out.
9006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 expansion pack details! on: July 15, 2005, 06:22:51 AM
They could make infantry focused maps already without an expansion.

What's the status on the mod tools?  Eventually someone will make a really focused infantry map.
9007  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hot Coffee Opinion Piece on: July 14, 2005, 08:35:58 PM
Yeah, god forbid we actually participate in a sex act.  Tongue
9008  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Small claims court worth it? Need advice. on: July 13, 2005, 10:46:16 PM
Mr. Fed?

How far up the chain did you talk to?

Legal methods, or at least the threat of it may be enough to get them to refund the money.  They may be stiffing you for the cost, then filing a warranty claim from the manufacturer anyway to get more money.

Definitely need to talk to a lawyer, you might be able to get more than the $650 back for the ruining of plans and such.

I mean, it is all clearly spelled out in the warranty.
9009  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / NASA Presses the "Cancel" button on: July 13, 2005, 10:41:41 PM
Microsoft's Aerospace program?

Shuttles would crash on a daily basis and people would accept it as the norm.

Any idiot with a script could reprogram a shuttle to take him to Ganymead instead of Ios.

Bill would would a moon base shaped like the MS logo that was clearly visible from Earth.

Tongue

Not to be negative with the commercialization of space, just being stupid.
9010  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Movie] Stealth on: July 13, 2005, 10:38:16 PM
Macross Plus looks better.

Of course, Jessica Beil beats any anime woman.
9011  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Americanization of France? on: July 12, 2005, 11:05:24 PM
I wouldn't worry too much.  Lots of really good lawyers would be lining up for pro bono work on that case.  Counter sue for damages and whatever that charge is for legal harassment.

Frankly, the only thing I see happening is the bus company getting thrashed, unless they pull out some more underhanded legal shenanigans or bribe the jury/judge.
9012  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Batman Begins? on: July 09, 2005, 09:52:53 AM
Don't put much faith in internet rumors.

However, Mark Hamill is probably the best joker voice.  He tops Jack Nicholsen's joker voice, however Nicholson obviously out acts Hamill on the screen.

Also, the new joker may be considerably darker than the Joker we knew before, so Mark Hamill's cartoonish Joker voice probably won't work.

The thing I'm wondering is, how are they going to handle the giant rivalry between the Joker and Batman this time?  Originally, the Joker killed Batman's parents, but then Batman also created the Joker.
9013  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warhammer: Dawn of War on: July 08, 2005, 04:54:40 AM
Hey, I'm up for some Dawn of War, lemme know.

xfire: Vanigan
9014  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warhammer: Dawn of War on: July 07, 2005, 06:14:56 AM
One thing that really disapoints me about DoW is that infantry and vehicles don't mix.  At least, not for most races.

First no one really uses the lighter vehicles, the reason being as soon as you get the light vehicles the heavy vehicles are just one step away.  it's always better to get the heavy vehicles like walkers and other tanks.

The transports are hardly used at all, nor are the scout vehicles.  They need to make the light vehicles available earlier in the game, so that there's a period where infantry and light vehicles are put to use in combined assaults, instead of the late game heavy vehicle mob.

Then there's trying to fight vehicles with infantry, which unless you're space marines with missiles, it's impossible.
9015  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Movies You'd Walked Out On on: July 07, 2005, 05:58:22 AM
The only movie I have ever walked out on was Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
9016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sin 2 to be released via steam on: July 06, 2005, 02:24:33 AM
I think the big thing to note here is that this'll be the first game to use the fully updated and tested Source engine, along with all its features like character animation and AI features.

Troika was working with a shoddy unfinished version of the engine that kept changing as valve moved closer to release.

I suppose all they really need to do is beef up the AI a lot more so that they'll survive longer than the combine fools did.
9017  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Doom: the boardgame on: July 04, 2005, 10:09:53 PM
These days, I'm more looking forward to new releases from Days of Wonder.
9018  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / July 3rd, 1976 on: July 04, 2005, 08:58:58 AM
My bday was horrible.  Lunch with family plans fell apart so I was left at home playing games alone.
9019  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What do these games have in common? on: July 04, 2005, 08:57:08 AM
Have you tried changing the audio hardware setting to "emulation only" to see if it's your sound card that's doing it?  Some of the older audigies had trouble with VIA chipsets.  The setting is somewhere in the audio control panel under advanced.

What watt rating is your power supply?

How's the cooling system in your computer?

Have you disabled the onboard sound?
9020  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Anyone have City of Heroes collecting dust? on: July 04, 2005, 08:52:12 AM
I also have a copy for trade, not looking to sell, just trade.  Can you send me a list of what you're willing to part with?
9021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warhammer: Dawn of War on: July 04, 2005, 08:50:33 AM
I haven't figured out morale either, but I've seen a few times where morale won me a complete and utter victory when enemy units started breaking away and I was able to sweep in behind them.

I would not suggest playing any random pickup games on lobby service.  It'll ruin your view of the game as everyone there, literally everyone, uses only rush tactics.
9022  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Doom: the boardgame on: July 04, 2005, 08:44:23 AM
If you check the boardgamegeek reviews for the game, many people say the same thing.

The real problem is that the game is actually balanced so that the marine player should keep running away.  That goes against the game its based on, where you would normally just blow up anything that got in your way.  So if the marines stand and fight, they get killed, but if they run away, it's not a satisfying victory.

Luckily, there's a few updates and variants they've released online at fantasyflightgames.com

They have difficulty level modifiers and a faq that should help clarify things.  It still doesn't change the way they skewed the game, but it helps a little.

Oh, and a different designer has taken the Doom boardgame mechanics and made a fastasy version called Descent.  It's a massive $80 big box game (like Twilight Imperium 3) that makes quite a few improvements to the formula, such as making the Overlord's cards cost a certain amount of "threat", basically points that the overlord gets as the players move forward in the game or as he discards cards.  There's also a way for players to get more "lives" as it were, by completing certain tasks or reaching certain points in the game.  Thus, you don't end up in situations where its clearly impossible for the players to win.

Oh, and there's no ammo.  slywink
9023  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Arkham Horror boardgame released, a cooperative Cthulu game on: July 03, 2005, 03:11:08 AM
Fantasy Flight just released the Arkam Horror boardgame.  It pits the players as investigators running around Arkham trying to stave off one of the old ones from coming into our world.  Yes, it's part of the Cthulu Mythos.

Anyway, I figured since people were talking about Shadows Over Camelot, I figured I'd let you guys know about this one.

It's considerably more advanced than SoC, but good for groups that don't have the energy or time to start an RPG campaign.
9024  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MegaMek on: July 03, 2005, 03:10:12 AM
I used to play the original battletech, complete with minis and everything.

I found the rules took a little too long to work out and hex based terrain was hard to make, but with computer automation it should be nice.

Now all we need is a 3D version with spiffy graphics.
9025  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / July 3rd, 1976 on: July 02, 2005, 02:24:32 AM
Mine is on July 2nd.

I'll be 24.

I'm getting old.  frown
9026  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Oh no...more collectable crack..and I'm being sucked in!!! on: July 01, 2005, 03:07:43 AM
I have the rules, but I haven't read all the way through them.  From what reviews say they're easier and more action oriented ruleset, as opposed to a rules heavy simulation.  There are plenty of rules, but it's based off of defined systems.

So, it certainly won't be as gamey as a collectable game, but it'll better portray combined arms, infantry, etc...

However, their propietary miniatures are overpriced and a bit out of scale, there are dozens of WW2 15mm miniatures manufacturers out there that have the same quality at a fraction of the cost.

There's also plenty of other WW2 rules out there, all spread out along the game to simulation range of rulesets.
9027  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Some Vampire: Bloodlines questions on: June 30, 2005, 11:59:48 PM
That depends on whether you have a system powerful enough to run it and if you can overlook the plentiful bugs in the game.
9028  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Oh no...more collectable crack..and I'm being sucked in!!! on: June 30, 2005, 11:53:52 PM
Don't bother.  If you're willing to paint and assemble, you can buy much better looking white metal miniatures from affordable companies like Old Glory or Pig Iron productions.
9029  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What's a good sound card these days? on: June 30, 2005, 04:10:31 PM
The reviews say not to bother with the riviera and catalina cards from Turtle Beach, for some reason they're way behind the times with those cards.

They do have a third card out right now called the Montego DDR, but I haven't found any reviews on it yet.

Everyone says that the Audigy 2 ZS is the way to go these days.
9030  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finally a real Mech/Robot RPG! - Gundam True Odyssey on: June 30, 2005, 04:04:41 PM
Eh, it's a kiddified mecha game.  Super deformed gundams just feel wrong to me.
9031  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Battlefield 2 In-Game Nicks *Important* on: June 27, 2005, 08:35:17 AM
I'm Vanigan in most games these days, Turtle is always taken before I can register.
9032  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 1 game the way you want it..what is it? on: June 26, 2005, 08:54:26 AM
You know, your description of SS3 would actually be a great new way to take the series.

I mean, not all AIs are bad and eventually there'll be a powerful one that fights on our side.

They could keep some of the isolated feeling by having all these people be scattered survivers (and they actually survive the course of the game this time) early on in the game.  Then as you link up with them, they become team members.  If you lose one, you can reclaim him at those quantum restoration machines.

Each team member would have skills that complimented your own,

The friendly AI would be crippled from the initial attack from SHODAN, but one of the major goals would be to restore functionality to the AI.

Of course, they'll never do this.  But I'll file it away under something I have to do in some form when I become a developer.  Maybe I can manage it as a Half-Life 2 mod, or Gears of War for the squad AI.
9033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suggest me some of the best RPGS out there... on: June 26, 2005, 08:37:12 AM
Suikoden 3 was a pretty good RPG for the console.  Suikoden 4 got bad reviews so you should avoid that sequel.
9034  Gaming / Analog Gaming / New Release: Shadows over Camelot on: June 25, 2005, 10:56:43 PM
I'm a big board gamer, so I picked this up on the first day.

We've had a lot of fun in our first real game (where we weren't all learning the rules) and lost, but only because we had a really good traitor in the game, and I forgot a rule about the excaliber that would have allowed me to cancel out the last black card that lost us the game.
9035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone get BF2 yet? on: June 25, 2005, 10:47:35 AM
Oh I'll be there alright.

Either me in a tank as an engineer (kinda fitting that I love driving around in armor).

Or using my mad helicopter skills.
9036  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pic of XBOX 360 Kiosk on: June 25, 2005, 10:19:44 AM
That looks like the Halo 2 battle rifle on the screen.

I guess they really are making a Halo 2.5
9037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone get BF2 yet? on: June 24, 2005, 02:54:21 AM
How do you up the amount of bots in single player?
9038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone get BF2 yet? on: June 23, 2005, 08:28:48 PM
Don't start thanking them for the SAM sites yet, those missiles are the easiest thing to dodge in the game.

Seriously, if you just pull a normal turn you've dodged the missiles, and if that fails you just launch flares.
9039  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Favorite board game? on: June 22, 2005, 12:30:36 AM
I also play Warmachine and the new Starship Troopers miniature games.

I think the ISC is perfectly fine the way it is.  It's meant to be a time limiter to the game and it works.  You can't take it twice in a row, and observant players will make use of its drawbacks.

Nexus ops plays like an RTS.  You have three home base hexes in which you build things, you explore outward revealing exploration chits, which have mines or free units on them.  You mine the mines for cash to buy new units.

The key to nexus ops is that it's quick, there's no other depth besides the random board, unit special abilities, and the combat phases.  So you're really pushed towards building and winning those battles, all the while the unit mix still promotes the use of tactics.

SOC is a very fun game, especially if you're not feeling up to the usual adversarial gameplay and backstabbing of other boardgames.  There's still the potential of backstabbing from the traitor, but it's not as personal, and overall you're all trying to work together.
9040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Alan Wake latest trailer 6/21 on: June 22, 2005, 12:16:53 AM
It's remedy, they're the people who reinvented run and gun gameplay and dual wielding weapons.  So, I think you can be sure that you can use a flashlight and a gun at the same time.

Doesn't look like gun combat is its emphasis though.  Probably something more exploration and escape based.  No doubt there's still weaponry around the many locales you visit, though.

I think that Max Payne 2 level in the funhouse was just them practicing for this game.
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