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9201  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Doom 3 's Gravity Gun... on: November 28, 2004, 09:06:13 PM
Quote from: "maggie-chow"
Seems to me that the Gravity Gun would be protected intellectual property?  I mean, let's be honest, this Gravity Gun concept was introduced with Half Life 2.  That's brash, to rip it off this soon.

It's like with all these modern shooters these days.  You know the ones that use real guns with different names, but they're basically the same thing?  (Counter-Strike)

Doom 3 can pull off the same thing, except this time around they're just taking an idea from another game, which, in a way, is even worse.  Since we all already knew Id is severely lacking in innovation beyond graphics engines.
9202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished Vampire: Bloodlines (Spoilers!) on: November 28, 2004, 07:30:33 AM
Anyone know what other endings there are?

The one I got was the same as above.  I sided with the Anarchs, gave LaCroix the key, then he proceeded to blow himself up.

Then I get a small cutscene with Jack sitting with the mummified Messerach and the cab driver/Cain figure showing up slightly on screen and saying that everything is the will of Cain.

Oh, and Nines kicking that werewolf's ass was just classic.  I really thought he was dead, and next thing I know I'm talking to a worse for wear Nines with a werewolf head next to him.  Man that'll make a nice trophy.
9203  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Counter strike source? on: November 28, 2004, 04:09:11 AM
What server browser are you using?

If you want to play CS Source, fire up CS source and use the in-game browser.  Don't bother with the steam browser, I think it's mainly for older games.
9204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished Halo 2? Discuss here. *SPOILER WARNING!* on: November 28, 2004, 02:32:43 AM
Quote from: "Driver"
Just finished.  That was awesome.

Did you all notice that Laura Prepon voiced one of the marines?

That would explain why I was trying so hard to keep the female marines alive.  Tongue
9205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 28, 2004, 02:31:52 AM
Quote from: "Toe"
Wow, that sounds like it was ripped directly from Unreal. Cheap.

Really?  Because Unreal ripped that sequence off from practically every horro/monster movie in existance.

Not to bash, but I really think few games are all that original anymore, these days' we're mainly borrowing from classics.  But, in a good way.
9206  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Blizzard Reimbursing Users For Downtime on: November 26, 2004, 07:20:32 AM
Nah, these days, for MMOs it's standard procedure.  Anarchy Online, one of the most botched releases ever had to give people several months of free time, and even then the game wasn't ready.

A few other games have done this too, I don't remember which, though.
9207  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is America going down the religous path to much on: November 25, 2004, 09:04:36 PM
I think the most of us here are more liberal.  But somehow the people currently in control for the last few presidencies are conservative, and they're looking to reverse the changes lately.

Can you believe they're actually trying to put creationism back in non religious schools?

I think I can complain about this since I voted in the election, and I really don't know how the heck Bush won this time around.
9208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Level Help Thread on: November 25, 2004, 08:06:51 AM
Specifically, target the metal plates that are rotating around his sphere.
9209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Can't beat Halo 2 end-boss HELP! (spoilers) on: November 25, 2004, 03:23:38 AM
Actually, the proper way to kill him is to wait for the Sarge to shoot him three times in a row with his beam rifle, this will lower his shields allowing you a second or so to hit him with whatever weapons you have ready.

Otherwise, you can kill him by sheer firepower, but he takes little or no damage while his shield is up, and it takes a ton of damage at one time to knock down his shield without the sarge's help.

It's possible to get Tartarus to fall off the side of the platform, however he doesn't stay dead.  Instead the game respawns him at the bottom of the lift in the middle.

I've beaten him on legendary difficulty, and let's just say he was easier than the Brutes that would spawn after you damaged him enough.

My recommendation for anyone doing this on legendary is to lead him around making sure the sarge has a clear shot to Tartarus, then throw a plasma grenade on him as soon as the sarge starts shooting him.  The grenade will detonate while his shields are down, doing a lot of damage on top of you shooting him.  If he gets too close, go invisible and jump away.  You can also camp on the upper level and shoot Tartarus from there.  Staying on the upper level also has the advantage of avoiding the brutes that spawn.

After you get a good solid hit the first time his shields drop, go invisible and make a beeline to the lift to get to the top level.  Brutes armed with ranged weapons spawn, and those are more of a threat in Legendary.  Just stay on the top level, using your carbine and invisibility to get perfect headshots on them, don't hesitate to retreat if they even look your way, especially if they have that grenade launcher.  One hit from that will knock out your shields and the other will kill you; they can, and will, rapidly fire two at you.

There's two, maybe three waves of brutes that are spawned when you do enough damage to Tartarus, so always check to see if brutes are incoming from the other passage (the one the sarge isn't on) after you hurt Tartarus.

After that, all you really need to do is make sure Tartarus doesn't get close to you, and don't get caught on the level geometry.
9210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So, what is this I hear about Half Life 2 mods? on: November 24, 2004, 09:20:45 AM
9211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire Quest Help Thread-Spoilers!!!! on: November 23, 2004, 09:47:26 AM
It's no coincidence that her third outfit is a skimpy tight tank top and a thong.

9212  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / The Monstrous Regiment (WoW Guild) New Home-Please Read! on: November 21, 2004, 09:17:49 PM
Why do I get the feeling that if we hadn't mentioned where the name came from, it would've been okay to everyone?

We could always be another generic sounding, "Swords of Azeroth!" or something equally dull.
9213  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / STEAM Tags on: November 21, 2004, 09:11:15 PM
My steam tag is Vanigan, I use the same name in game.
9214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2: G-Man Sightings? (100% SPOILER) on: November 21, 2004, 09:06:35 PM
Cameltoe, you probably ran into a bug with his script.

Basically, he's there on that balcony for you to see through a combine spy telescope at a house 1 or 2 stops back from the base.  Obviously you didn't look through the scope, and somehow didn't trigger him to disapear.

Then, the gunship probably shot him up with enough damage to kill him.
9215  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Natural Selection mod..what the hell?? on: November 21, 2004, 07:24:14 AM
The Ready Room is down too, it's the official NS news/fan site.

This probably means they're in the middle of a big site update, probably to announce their work on a HL2 mod.  Either NS2 or something else equally ambitious.

It could be anything, but I suspect it may be a retail or steam based game using the source engine, following in the footsteps of NS.
9216  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / The Monstrous Regiment (WoW Guild) New Home-Please Read! on: November 21, 2004, 07:15:46 AM
Well, the novel itself is a fantasy satire about women in the military.

But, I don't see all of us playing female character, no matter how much random loot other male players give us.

We should somehow live up to our name, perhaps always having some sort of mount with us or something.
9217  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / The Monstrous Regiment (WoW Guild) New Home-Please Read! on: November 20, 2004, 11:58:15 PM
I did.  It's from a recent Terry Pratchett novel.
9218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any Ghost Recon 2 impressions? on: November 19, 2004, 11:17:55 PM
Anyone buy or rent this game yet?  Care to give impressions?
9219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just beat HL2 *Spoilers* on: November 19, 2004, 09:23:44 AM
Well first off, we all know there'll be a HL3.  They've been saying that since they first annouced HL2.  Hopefully they'll cap of everything in that installment.

And you get the upgraded gravity gun if you start a new game?  Cool!  I loved the last part of the game with that gun.  Really capped off the whole deal, where before you were just trying to survive, now you've got a badass gun and are finally taking it to the combine.

The G-man ending was once again perfect, along with the frozen explosion scene.  Alyx is such a great character that there's no doubt she'll be back in later installments.

Anyone else take note of G-man's comment about other parties being interested in Gordon?  Makes me wonder if they're going to produce some downloadable expansions that are short side stories.
9220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [review] Bloodlines..7.7 Gamespot on: November 18, 2004, 08:59:17 PM
And I finally got myself a shotgun, and it is ungodly powerful against vampires, and anything really.  I average 32 damage a shot against anyone, although I'm sure some of the fighting clans can do more with thier fists and magic.  I think that's another thing the reviewer didn't factor in, the fact that certain clans will need to use different weapons.  A brujah with some melee buffs could probably go the entire game without using a firearm.

I don't bother with any other guns for vampires, but I may pickup a better pistol or rifle than this crappy .38 for distance firefights.  I'm Toraedor, so I can't stay in melee fights, especially if many people are shooting at me.

Of course, I'm looking to get a crossbow, I hear those things are damn door at taking down vamps.  slywink
9221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 18, 2004, 02:28:46 AM
Um, just so you know, those preview videos for HL2 are pretty much on the spot.  I know how everyone has said they're all fake and everything, but that's how the gameplay really goes.
9222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines Impressions on: November 18, 2004, 02:25:35 AM
I think the best thing about Bloodlines compared to other RPGs are the faces during NPC conversation.

In other games, even Fallout, if you talked to someone you just saw either text bubbles, or a semi animated dead looking face on screen and a text bubble.

Here, everyone speaks and are animated with very convincing facial expressions.  This, I think, is a perfect use of Valve's facial animation technology, it just draws you in when you see these characters talk and their face reflects what they're saying.
9223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines Impressions on: November 17, 2004, 06:43:09 PM
You will love it.  It is good.

It runs slower than HL2 for some reason, I think it's because you don't have access certain video tweaks.

Also, some Troika style bugs have slipped in, you know, those ones that should never have made it past QA.  It happens only in some cutscenes and some of the AI pedestrians, luckily, I have yet to find any other bugs besides those.
9224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 17, 2004, 06:37:58 PM
What's also cool is that for patrols and whatnot, when they flatline, their insternal computers will give off a "lost contact" error over the radio.

All the sounds associated with the combine work so well to establish them as the evil power int he area.  It's great!

Oh, and how all the combine in the city go completely batty over your sighting was just a great element.
9225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished Halo 2? Discuss here. *SPOILER WARNING!* on: November 17, 2004, 06:35:16 PM
They should put the Master Chief behind a glass case that reads, break in times of war!

Cookie to whoever can name that quote, although I'm pretty sure I butchered it, I never get quotes exactly.  smile
9226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 17, 2004, 07:29:54 AM
Honestly, you couldn't really tell what was happening in HL1 either, you just sort of pieced it together.


I had my first G-man spotting.  It was on one of the areas with the buggy inside a house.  I looked through a combine spying device/telescope and saw him meeting up with resistance members up ahead.  It's kinda hard to make him out, but once you see the suitcase that he always carries, you know its him.

It seems that he's on our side, for now.

Has anyone else seen the G-man?
9227  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Toy Story 3 in the works (sans Pixar) on: November 17, 2004, 07:25:17 AM
For a while now, Disney has been about the media, not the content of.

The last really innovative film they had was Lilo and Stitch.

Of course, from what my animation history professor says, this is nothing new.  Even Walt had his bouts where he would rehash stuff.
9228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / real simple: How do I play Half-life 2 w/o steam??? on: November 17, 2004, 07:23:04 AM
Actually guys, just leave steam on after it says that the cd key was accepted.

Make sure that after you click next after inputting the cd key and selecting what you want installed, it shows a progress bar as it unlocks HL2.

Once that's done, you just have to wait while steam goes through and processes the backlog.  A few hours ago steam popped up a message saying my purchase of HL2 was confirmed, and gave me a receipt.  My copy of HL2 is now ready for offline mode.
9229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Questoin about walking speed in HL2 on: November 17, 2004, 07:20:12 AM
From what I see, there's only two movement modes, sprint and walk.

Walk is the default, there's no slow walk beyond crouch.

Sprint makes you go much faster, but it takes up your auxiliary power.

The normal walk is a decent jaunt that's not too fast or slow.
9230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metroid Prime 2 Echoes? on: November 17, 2004, 07:18:00 AM
It's more of the same, bit now the basic monsters require different tricks to kill.  I liked it, but it got tedious at points, and the lack of character interaction (beyond shooting bad guys) made it even more dull.
9231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished Halo 2? Discuss here. *SPOILER WARNING!* on: November 17, 2004, 07:16:11 AM
I actually found the Arbiter's character a lot more fleshed out than the MC.

I don't know what's in store for Halo 3, bit it's going to be big.  I wouldn't be surprised to see the Elites joining up with humans this go around.

Well, I'm still hoping Durandal will make an appearance.
9232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 17, 2004, 04:12:31 AM
Yet again...  *BIG SPOILERS!*

After getting out of the mines in Ravenholm, I'm having a problem with my sound.  Basically, everything except for a few types of sounds come in really muffled.  Anyone else get this?

I'm using an on SB Live! card.
9233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / real simple: How do I play Half-life 2 w/o steam??? on: November 17, 2004, 02:32:18 AM
I just checked my network activity.

I find it a bit insidious how they don't show you how up upstream bandwidth you're using, just the download.  I checked my network status and since I installed steam, there's been a constant upload of data from it.

Just as I'm okay with file sharing and the gathering of anonymous usage info, I'm okay with steam.  However, I'd really like the option to adjust my upstream data rate as my upstream is really limited.  A few kilbytes a second loss can drop my bandwidth to a trickle.
9234  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 17, 2004, 02:27:04 AM
Oh yeah, I just love how they made all those physics puzzles.


That puzzle with the boat ramp and the underwater barrel floats was quite ingenious.
9235  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.
9236  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.
9237  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.
9238  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?
9239  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.
9240  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
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