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9081  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox360 Tomorrow? Help Answer My Questions Tonight! on: December 27, 2005, 02:03:14 PM
I'd actually recommend Condemned as a rental.  Most reviews say it's an okay length, but very linear so no replay value.  Just rent it for a week, should cost $7-$9 depending on which video store you use, and play it through.  A second week's rental would still be much less than paying the $50-$60 for the full game.  Nor is this a game you'd want to keep around to show off to family due to its content.

Still, the AI uses the same core as the FEAR ai, so it's top notch.  I hear the environment is scarier too.  But, the story is only okay.
9082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX Live Diamond on: December 27, 2005, 01:57:37 PM
Eh, I doubt the savings will amount to much.  Although it's still something.

Of course, that's a lot of personalized data they'll gather on you.  Then again, there's so much of that type of data out there it might as well be more numbers.
9083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Compatible Wireless USB adaptors for Xbox 360? on: December 26, 2005, 09:07:05 AM
Does the 360 have a ethernet plug?  If so, you can buy one of the wireless extensions or standalone wireless boxes or something.  I'm not sure what it's called, but I have seen simple devices that are meant to act like a hub but with the ability to relay wireless signals.

Using one of these you could just use a short ethernet cable to hook the 360 to the hub.

Of course, the hub may cost $100 on its own.
9084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Twin Snakes ['Cube] - no love!? on: December 26, 2005, 09:03:12 AM
I'm someone who didn't like MGS2's story, but liked most of the new gameplay elements.

I liked quite a few of the MGS2 characters too, but I felt that many were underutilized (which is odd for an MG game) and some characters that should have returned from MGS1 weren't present for some odd reason.
9085  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Never subtitle a terrorist. on: December 25, 2005, 12:58:13 AM
Almost as good as the intro to Family guy a while back, with Osama trying to record one of his announcement videos, only to keep laughing in the middle of it.
9086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Looks like MS are not the only ones late with dev kits.... on: December 24, 2005, 09:02:24 PM
Yet another unconfirmed story from an anonymous source about a console system.

Um yeah, wake me when there's actually some real news.
9087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / UT 2007 Confirmed as PS3 launch title on: December 23, 2005, 10:52:50 PM
Ah, much better, and that line I can agree with.

Still, even thought I don't need to upgrade to get my gaming goodness, I plan to anyway to play games like Oblivion on the PC with all the mods.
9088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / UT 2007 Confirmed as PS3 launch title on: December 23, 2005, 05:59:04 PM
who needs a new pc now? I don't!

Except when you need to do work, etc... Tongue
9089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / UT 2007 Confirmed as PS3 launch title on: December 23, 2005, 07:44:56 AM
I'm not concerned with delays of the PS3, especially considering the 360 launch.

It gives the game developers more time to prepare launch titles, more time for the company to perfect and produce the hardware too.
9090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] Madden 06 -recall on: December 22, 2005, 07:04:41 AM
Sony really should have released many smaller games on memory sticks.  The kind of games that the DS would run.

This way, the load times are cut down along with battery usage.
9091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 anyone?? on: December 22, 2005, 07:02:39 AM
Yep, they'll need more Japanese oriented games, and they've signed up quite a few Japanese developers.

Too bad the Japanese 360 is on a different standard (damn country formats!).
9092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / replayed F.E.A.R. on: December 21, 2005, 08:35:52 PM
If they use it for other games, they really need to soften up the lighting engine to get more dynamic scenes.  The engine is capable of rendering brightly lit areas and bright colors, as shown by a mapper's remake of the Hydro map from No One Lives Forever.  But the shadows are all too dark and hard edged to fit with it.

Considering how well FEAR sold, there's no doubt in my mind that FEAR 2 is coming, let's just hope they actually make use of the interesting cast they setup in the first game, and bring back all that great environment design we found in NOLF.
9093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sunday th 18th: Camping Out? When? on: December 21, 2005, 09:14:56 AM
At least it wasn't spelled as "teh", I hate that.
9094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA4 Controller for the 360 on: December 21, 2005, 01:01:35 AM
There's those X-arcade controllers that are very sturdy and generic.  I think they'll have an Xbox 360 converter available for purchase soon, if not already.
9095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / BiA Earned in Blood=co-op goodness! on: December 20, 2005, 10:48:50 PM
The single player campaign is not playable in COOP mode.  Instead, the devs have included a bunch of skirmish maps, often based on the SP maps which you can play through in various ways, including COOP.

These skirmish maps, from what I played in the demo, are actually better than the SP campaign maps since they're made more open and you can fine tune the AI to your liking.  Adjusting things like their accuracy, movement, etc... on an individual basis.
9096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / BiA Earned in Blood=co-op goodness! on: December 19, 2005, 04:11:50 AM
You should try the multiplayer, it's 2v2 each with their own fireteam.
9097  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Trailers - DaVinci Code and Poseidon + V for Vendetta on: December 18, 2005, 07:24:54 AM
Say what you will about his looks, but the voice for V is excellent.  Anyone know who does the voice?
9098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox Live Arcade game development on: December 17, 2005, 10:24:20 AM
Do a search for it, or you could try asking the makers of one of the PC shareware games that already made the jump.

I suspect there is converting work needed, but if a small company that made Wik can turn around and release the game on Live Arcade, I think it won't be too difficult.
9099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The 360 Agony! on: December 17, 2005, 10:22:33 AM
The store closest to me, at the Westminster mall, is getting 84 units according to the list.

This mall is actually one of the less used malls, but I suspect the best buy there gets a bit of traffic.

I'll probably drive by there early sunday morning and see how things look.  I've resigned myself to getting a box next year.  The only reason why I wanted one for Christmas was to either ebay the thing for much needed college money, or as something to wow my family members with and play some racing/sports games with them on it during Christmas.
9100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox Live Arcade game development on: December 16, 2005, 08:58:46 PM
Considering a few shareware games have been released on the Live arcade already, I think it's just a matter of making a game that's small enough to be put on live arcade, and then modifyin the distribution routine to handle live arcade, then working out a distribution deal with MS.
9101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Trailers - DaVinci Code and Poseidon + V for Vendetta on: December 16, 2005, 06:27:46 AM
M Knight Shyamalan has a new movie, looks good and the twist is spelled out ahead of time.


Cleveland Heep rescues a mysterious young woman and discovers she is actually a narf, a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the treacherous journey from our world back to hers. As Cleveland falls in love with the woman, he works together with the tenants to protect his new fragile friend from the deadly creatures that are determined to prevent her from returning home.
9102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Trailers - DaVinci Code and Poseidon + V for Vendetta on: December 16, 2005, 05:58:57 AM
I love the posters for V, very dynamic.
9103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones on: December 16, 2005, 05:56:15 AM
Sort of like Thief 3's city hub?

Er, well I haven't played Thief 3 yet, but I hear it has a nice central city to move through between missions.
9104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Trailers - DaVinci Code and Poseidon + V for Vendetta on: December 16, 2005, 05:54:40 AM
I love the posters for V, very dynamic.
9105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Well Ebgames really has lost me as a customer.... on: December 16, 2005, 04:56:01 AM
Because they make more money by selling bundles online for overinflated prices than they do by people who bought preorders.
9106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Front page: SWG players fleeing the game. on: December 16, 2005, 03:05:12 AM
I wouldn't be surprised if it was shut down, then a year or two later a new and improved Star Wars MMOG is released.
9107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I`m prolly late to this but,... on: December 15, 2005, 11:20:22 PM
Using those Squad programs is like playing the old game Cannon Fodder, except less fun.

Although I did find it quite fun to use officers to send my hapless Darwinians forward to fight the evil red army.
9108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This superstar will self-destruct in five seconds. on: December 15, 2005, 12:51:01 AM
Well, he's a good actor, but I wouldn't want to be around him off the screen.

So, I'll continue to see Cruise films if they're good.
9109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 rumor: Seems Target are getting shipments in today 12/13 on: December 14, 2005, 01:12:34 AM
Heh, same here Duncan, if I manage to find one extra I'll sell to you at cost.
9110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 rumor: Seems Target are getting shipments in today 12/13 on: December 14, 2005, 12:39:48 AM
How about we turn this topic into a consolidated Xbox 360 rumor post?

I spotted this on VE3D:

Basically MS is shipping out another big shipment this week.  So I assume the target shipment was a part of this.

I'm thinking some other stores will be getting in their copies this week, and Best Buy is the only one actively holding back their boxes until the 18th.  So there's a chance we'll see boxes show up in other stores before the 18th.

I'll be checking all my local stores this week each morning to see.  I've got a CompUSA, Target, Walmart, Costco, Gamestop, and EB next to me.

I plan to pickup two, one for myself, and one to ebay to pay for it.  I'm willing to try and pickup a third to sell at cost to a fellow GT member.
9111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Killzone should have gotten more attention on: December 13, 2005, 09:13:40 PM
I agree with the sentiments above.  Too ambitious for the hardware, the game already eked out every last bit of performance from the system, so they didn't have anything left for the later features that a game like Halo has.

For the PS3, they had better live up to the marketing as a Halo killer.  The game seriously needed some form of aim assistance, Halo had 6 kinds of aim assistance depending on difficulty level.

The AI could use a lot of work, both for friendly and enemy AI.  If they manage to put in FEAR level of AI, then the game would be amazing.

The game is seriously crying out for a good MP mode too.

But the thing I most absolutely love was the first person animation.  Everything you did had a reaction on the camera, even reloading caused you to look down at your gun.  Although for some it could get disorienting, it really did draw me into the game.
9112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anything new on Team Fortress 2? on: December 13, 2005, 03:20:15 AM
So I guess Half-Life 2's release just went right over everyone's head?
9113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anything new on Team Fortress 2? on: December 13, 2005, 02:37:20 AM
Um, guys, this is Valve here.  Same company that kept it's work for HL2 under wraps for five years.

They could easily keep TF2 under wraps for a while, then suddenly release a flurry of new information.
9114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox 360 scratched disc solution on: December 12, 2005, 08:06:57 PM
The Game Doctor has been around for a while now.  From what I've seen, sometimes it'll work, and sometimes it'll make it worse if you don't handle it properly.  When I worked at a gamestore we'd use a store copy to fix any used games we get in.
9115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows Thread on: December 12, 2005, 07:28:04 PM
Either it is now, or will be very soon.  The devs and MS aren't foolish enough to miss the fact that the 360 needs such a game to play on the 360.  It's one of the genres of game that wasn't covered by the release titles, and won't be covered for a long while.
9116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Feminine Form... on: December 12, 2005, 07:07:06 AM
As someone who doesn't like bikini armor on female characters for practical use, you can rest assured I will b

Now, if they're just showing off, sure. slywink

As for the physical form.  I like drawing women that aren't the typical supermodel beautiful, guess I'm just spoiled by all the beautiful artsy girls at my college.

One day, I'm hoping to do the art for a game that includes many strong female characters that don't adhere to the cliched bikini armored supermodel.
9117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones on: December 12, 2005, 07:03:13 AM
By the way, I had several freeze ups on my first generation Xbox1.  Not sure what caused these, but TTT does have some.
9118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Will 360 games look hidef on this? on: December 11, 2005, 11:10:09 PM
You can always just use the monitor's adjust image size controls, that should allow you to get the image back in line.
9119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones on: December 11, 2005, 08:56:29 AM
Actually, go into the extras now that you've beaten the game.  There's one video that a blooper's reel, pretty funny.  At the end they say they'll see you soon.

Which probably means they've got a next gen PoP game in the works.  The series is too good to not make another, and the next gen systems are a good opportunity to refresh the series yet again.

They also have both endings to Warrior Within in the video extras section.  And, of course, a lot of Sparth's excellent paintings in the illustration section.
9120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX 360 released in Japan today on: December 11, 2005, 08:04:21 AM
Don't forget the Civ series. slywink

Just how large is Japan?  I mean looking at maps it's about the size of one large US state, with a population that's even more packed than US cities.

When you consider how crazy things can get for a state sports game, the Japanese past time of gaming and the calamity from a game's release doesn't seem that bad.
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