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9161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone twitching for F.E.A.R.? on: November 16, 2004, 05:17:58 AM
I think the best thing about that demo footage is that it's not a bunch of propoganda style short snippets of gameplay where you never really get an idea of how the game will play, instead it's a run through by an actual player of the beginning of the game.

Sure it'll definitely change on release, but it's enough so that I already know it's the kind of game I want to play.

Also a good sign is how complete the game seems, and it's still 5-6 months away.
9162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghost Recon 2vs Call of Duty: FH on: November 15, 2004, 06:54:13 AM
Speaking of Ghost Recon, how's the coop handled in this mode?  Is there four player split screen coop?

I'm okay with it being a bit more arcadey than the original, I just want some good four player coop action.
9163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Amazing info on a spammer on: November 15, 2004, 03:28:46 AM
YOu do realize that this man basically stole accounts and forged identities to do his spamming right?

Last time I looked, these were federal offenses with jail time penalties.
9164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Men of Valor on XBOX - A 31 yr old gamer's review on: November 14, 2004, 08:54:53 PM
Is coop for 2 players only?  Or can you do more via system link?
9165  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Halo 2 for sale on: November 14, 2004, 06:44:14 AM
Just so you know, EBgames is having a trade in special for this, it'll give you $42 in credit.

So if you're just looking for some money for a different game, it's a good way to go.
9166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2: Countdown to November 16 on: November 14, 2004, 06:40:32 AM
No, that's just the smell of millions of people wetting themselves over HL2's imminent release.  slywink
9167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I have Half-Life 2 in my hand on: November 14, 2004, 04:09:39 AM
Admittedly, despite what the other sections of MS has done, MS games is a surprisingly good company.

But, back to the topic, I'm just hoping they release the whole damn thing on sunday, because I want some play time this weekend.
9168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Goldeneye: Rogue Agent -- Worth Preordering? on: November 13, 2004, 11:41:35 PM
The verdict is still out.  The game hasn't gotten enough press coverage.

I posted about the game earilier, but with no response.

From the screenshots and videos, the game doesn't look too special, but I'll wait for a rental before I buy.
9169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GameSpot: The Final Hours of Half-Life 2 on: November 13, 2004, 08:51:23 AM
One of my favorite artists is working on TF2, so definitely not a dead project.
9170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tell me the first Half-Life Ending?? (spoiler) on: November 13, 2004, 08:47:56 AM
Although that ending left a lot of questions, I still think it's one of the best endings for a game.  It just perfectly fit Half-Life 1's theme, and you get a nice confrontation with the G-man that had been hounding you the entire game.

Half-Life 2 picks up wonderfully after that, with the G-man waking you up and sending you to City 17.  Citing that "your time has come again."
9171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished Halo 2? Discuss here. *SPOILER WARNING!* on: November 12, 2004, 11:31:01 PM
Well, you definitely get the new multiplayer map.

I just beat the game on Legendary, just the last mission, mind you.  It was hard as heck, but I did it.

What do I get?  Nothing.  Even Halo 1 had a very funny bit at the ending, but nothing this time around.

They did change some dialogue in cut scenes to be a bit more crude, but overall nothing.
9172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half Life 2: What will you do to play it on the 16th? on: November 11, 2004, 09:48:45 AM
I have classes all day on the 16th, and I've also missed too much classes.  However, I can skip out on my last animation history class early to pickup the game and head home.  That's not an issue with the instructor or my studies since we're mainly watching movies by then.

Then, I have the 17th off, which is both good and bad.  Good in that I can play all day, bad in that I'd rather be working and making money so I can afford all these games that are coming out.  It sucks to be between jobs at this time of the year.
9173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished Halo 2? Discuss here. *SPOILER WARNING!* on: November 11, 2004, 09:43:53 AM
I'm about the same time.  I estimate it took me around 12-15 hours to beat it, and I died a few times along the way, with plenty of breaks.

Definitely not a long game, but not a short one either.  You just have to pace yourself.

Oh and I normally can't game this much with work and school taking up so much time, but the store that I work at went out of business on the 1st of this month, so I'm out of a job, and it looks like most of the stores around here have hired their holiday staff.

Of course, I should be focusing on my artwork in preparation for an internship over the summer.
9174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How to throttle your WoW torrent upload on: November 10, 2004, 11:49:16 PM
Thanks for the info Daehawk.

I like the idea of bandwidth sharing, but I have a severaly limited upstream bandwidth on my ADSL, so I rarely use it because it slows down everything else.  The app you mentioned should help when I use things like bittorrent, which for some reason they removed the bandwidth limit sliders from the version I have.
9175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 CO-OP question on: November 10, 2004, 11:45:55 PM
There were some screenshots showing and option for COOP in system link mode.  However, I suspect it was cut for time.
9176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Goldeneye: Rogue Agent on: November 10, 2004, 07:21:39 AM
For those who remember, Goldeneye for the N64 was one of the best FPS shooters for the console, in both single player and multiplayer.

It's only recently been topped by Halo 1 and 2 combined, but only by a narrow margin.

This is basically a new game using the same name (for marketing purposes) and a few similar mechanics (Like FPS perspective, etc...).

Oh, and you play a villian.  Where the Goldeneye comes in for this game is that you were given a mechanical "goldeneye" to replace one you recently lost.  It's a gadget of its own.

So anyone heard anything good about the game?

The original Goldeneye was a blast in multiplayer split screen.  My friends and I always played in One Shot Kills mode.  It worked well in the game since aiming wasn't entirely precise like current FPS games (no dual thumbsticks), so firefights became very intense matches where suppression fire really worked.
9177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished Halo 2? Discuss here. *SPOILER WARNING!* on: November 10, 2004, 06:47:18 AM
The flood are a lot easier to deal with this time around, but are by no means pushovers.

If there are other enemies around, it's always best to bypass the flood entirely and let them fight each other while you move forward.

Of course, the flood have new tricks of their own.  Shields, vehicle driving, etc...  You'll hate them even more this time.  Luckily, there's a few more weapons that work well against them.  The energy sword is wonderful in case they get too close, especially with that lunge attack.
9178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished Halo 2? Discuss here. *SPOILER WARNING!* on: November 10, 2004, 04:22:08 AM
This is a thread for us insane people who finished Halo early.  This thread will contain all sorts of spoilers for those who want to talk about what happened in the game.

I had no classes or work today (a rare thing for me) so I sat down to play Halo, next thing I know, it's 8pm and I've finished the game.  So, I figured I'd start a topic for those who have finished it too.

Yes, I know I'm crazy for buying it then finishing it this quickly, it's not something I do often.  I'm not disapointed that I bought it, but in if I had known I would finish it this quickly I would have rented it, then played my friend's copy for multiplayer.

I HATE brutes, not just because they betrayed the arbiter.  There's that damn berzerk thing they do when you've killed alll but one of a squad.  Those grenade guns were damn annoying too.

The ending did suck, mainly because I was expecting to play the Chief and finish off Truth.  However, it wasn't a bad place to end.  There'll definitely be a Halo 3, and they damn well better finish it there.

The ending did raise a lot of questions, especially the bit after the credits.  What role do humans play in the forerunner's scheme.  What's Cortana up to?

I don't agree with those who said there wasn't enough play time as the Master Chief.  He and the Arbiter got equal amounts, and unlike Metal Gear SOlid 2, the arbiter is just as kick ass as the MC.

Oh, and I was very glad the Arbiter parts didn't have me fighting humans.
9179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Hands-On Preview on: November 09, 2004, 08:50:33 PM
No, it won't use an online activation scheme.  Unless they're completely crazy, making people activate online for a single player only game is a sure fire way to alienate anyone who might have bought your game, and they're on shakey ground as it is.
9180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 - It's ON! (impressions thread) on: November 09, 2004, 08:29:52 AM
Yep, saves are much more generous, even in those rooms where enemies keep spawning in, they save after each wave.
9181  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Console Gold WoW Guild-Alliance/PvE-On to step two on: November 08, 2004, 10:43:55 AM
I think someone's been reading too much Terry Pratchett.  slywink

*sets down "Monstrous Regiment" and gets started on "Going Postal"

Hey!  There's a good name, Monstrous Regiment!
9182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rome:TW play strategy on: November 08, 2004, 10:37:46 AM
Town watch will always lose a battle in auto resolve, and even when commanding.

Simply put, town watch's purpose is to collect taxes, keep the population under control, and to garrison the city for those few turns while the city is sieged.

They're useful to have backed up by other units, since they're a cheap spear based unit.  They also have a very low upkeep, only 100, but they're not the main fighting force.

If a city is on the front lines, make sure you have some infantry and cavalry inside.  As a julii, a few units of hastati and equites will do.  Especially against the gauls, who have little in the way of cavalry early on except for the general's heavy cavalry.

Oh, and those roads, besides providing trade income, will allow you to quickly move troops around to defend from sieges.  In this way, you can have one army on defense that can cover a vast amount of terrain.  Also remember that those cities last at least 2-3 turns with a wall.
9183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 Reviews - IGN/Gamespot/Gamespy (Poss. Spoilers) on: November 08, 2004, 02:35:57 AM
Heh, Fox, considering the let down that was MGS2, I think a lot of things are higher priority to MGS fans.

I doubt they'll pull such a scheme, everyone would cry bloody murder if they did that.  It's one thing to add in additional content, it's another to make them get live for single player content that should have been there in the first place.  I suspect maybe a new weapon, new gameplay modes, and new maps will be downloadable.  If there are new SP missions, they'll be side stories.
9184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rome:TW play strategy on: November 08, 2004, 12:53:28 AM
It's okay to lose a city early on, early cities are pretty easy to take back, and it allows you to concentrate on other areas.

What you need to do is get your economy up and running quickly.  It's easy to do with Roman factions since you have two automatic trade partners.

So build those roads and markets, then with all the money you get you can build enough armies to hold them back.

Then again you can always draw away Gaul attacks by going on the offensive and sieging a city of his.
9185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I Played HALO 2 for an Hour in Multiplayer (No Spoilers) on: November 06, 2004, 07:41:01 PM
Are vehicles, like the warthog and tank, destructable now?  As in, can they blow up when they take enough damage?

Oh and if this is so, did they remove the stupid system where vehicle damage is transferred to its riders?
9186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New EGM Scores (Careful...some Halo 2 SPOILERS within) on: November 06, 2004, 07:36:24 PM
I'd already figured that you could play a covenant by the fact that they put in an Elite player model.  Also, there's an Elite that features heavily in the trailer having what seems like many important speaking roles.

I don't mind switching character perspectives, novels do it all the time and there's really no other way to present covenant life in depth.  Just so long as I get at least half the game in playing time as the good old MC.

My main gripe with MGS2 was that Raiden was a whiney wimp compared to snake, and didn't do too much to advance the plot.
9187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New EGM Scores (Careful...some Halo 2 SPOILERS within) on: November 05, 2004, 10:34:51 PM
The Halo series was designed as a trilogy, I think they said something along those lines in an interview.  I wouldn't be surprised if they went to four games considering the first one was so low on story content.

Following on the Marathon trilogy, I wouldn't be surprised if things didn't go completely nuts for 3 or at the end of 2.  Bungie usually escalates the whole conflict by several levels before things end.

I think the ending is just another cliffhander ending that leaves many things unresolved, all ripe for some climactic battle in the next one.
9188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 arrival box shots on: November 05, 2004, 08:01:55 AM
My local store just let me know that they definitely don't have it yet, but they'll sell it as soon as they get it.  They're literally so small that the corporates don't know about it.

Here's to hoping they get a surprise shipment tomorrow.
9189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 arrival box shots on: November 05, 2004, 12:24:34 AM
Actually, I think Wal Mart might not considering they'd be going up against Microsoft.  They're both giants, and the subsequent legal wrangling between them could seriously hurt both companys' stock.
9190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / doom 3 on xbox on: November 05, 2004, 12:22:12 AM
I have a feeling the coop will devolve into someone holding the light, and the other guy shooting.
9191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / doom 3 on xbox on: November 04, 2004, 09:36:58 PM
By the way, the game stops getting scary after the first few levels.  It's not because you get powerful enough that it's not scary, it just becomes so utterly predictable that even the graphics can't save it.

Imagine those first three levels, now imagine them doing the same things they did in those first three levels through the entire game.

All that'll happen are creatures pop out at you every damn time you grab an item off the ground.

Although there are a few scenes which are really creepy, they're more rare.
9192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 arrival box shots on: November 04, 2004, 09:31:36 PM
I assume these are happening at smaller non corporate stores, or from the staff there.

I have two such stores near me, and my copy is reserved there.  They're a friendly sort shop, so hopefully I can convince them to part with a copy.
9193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 Trailer on: November 01, 2004, 04:38:05 AM
Well this trailer does a lot to show that Halo 2 will have a lot more story to it than Halo 1 did.  I knew Bungie wouldn't disapoint.

I would say I want Halo 2 more than ever, but it's a little more than one week away and I can wait.
9194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Hands-On Preview on: October 31, 2004, 05:59:14 AM
There was no mention of modding, will Troika support modding for Bloodlines?

I Bloodlines becoming as rich as Morrowind in the mod scene, if they support it.
9195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone twitching for F.E.A.R.? on: October 29, 2004, 01:46:30 AM
The girl isn't supposed to look like a bystander.  She's supposed to be this evil little girl, that can take out groups of well armed and trained soldiers just by looking at them.

It's a contrast dynamic.
9196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone twitching for F.E.A.R.? on: October 28, 2004, 03:42:36 AM
Middle of 2005 at the earliest.

I find it strange that they promoted this game this early, but maybe they were trying to convince their publisher to put more money into it?
9197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone twitching for F.E.A.R.? on: October 27, 2004, 06:37:45 PM
I'm definitely in.

It seems like they weren't given that much of a choice from their publisher for Contract Jack.  So, with little time, they had to showhorn an action game into the NOLF2 engine and pray for the best... it didn't work out.

This time, it looks like they've been planning and working on it for a long time, so I'm hopin it'll be up to their usual quality.
9198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 coop on: October 27, 2004, 03:33:29 AM
Looks like they dropped the coop via system link mode.  That'a really a shame.

Still, I have a bigscreen TV, so split screen isn't a problem for me.
9199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / But it's... pink! (Best Quotes Thread - Games Ed.) on: October 25, 2004, 08:21:22 AM
"Welcome to my.... house..."
9200  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / The Community "Upgrade or not to upgrade" PC threa on: October 25, 2004, 08:17:11 AM
Anyone know if an upgrade from a 2000+ to a 2600+ Athlon XP would really do any good?
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