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9201  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Indigo Prophecy on: September 28, 2005, 06:23:57 AM
Like everyone else thinks, way too rushed at the end.  They most definitely had to cut a lot of near end material to make the release date.

You'll know it when you see it, but there's a chunk of time missing in the game that should have been put in.
9202  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone ever played Twilight Imperium? on: September 26, 2005, 09:42:26 PM
The third edition is still a big, long game, but they've built in a time limit in the form of the Imperial card and score track.

You're also speding a lot more time doing things instead of waiting for someone to finish a turn, as each player takes one action, then the next, then the next, until no one wants to perform actions so they can refresh their command points (what allows you to make actions in the first place).
9203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood Demo! on: September 24, 2005, 08:24:43 AM
Yup, they did improve the AI overall.  I noticed in the mission they were a lot more aggressive.

However, that AI can't do anything if they're boxed in.

The problem lies in the fact that you're just one squad of guys usually sent to kill two to four times your number.  So they have to narrow the encounter areas and lead you through the map.

I'm hoping that if the series makes it to the next gen consoles, they start including an entire platoon, with you still only controlling a squad, but with other AI squads helping along a much larger front.

They also need to stop trying to script things in mid game.
9204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood Demo! on: September 23, 2005, 09:29:11 PM
I hear this demo has multiplayer, has anyone tried it yet?

I also heard they would include COOP in this one, a feature sorely lacking from the original.
9205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Indigo Prophecy on: September 23, 2005, 09:27:16 PM
On easy mode, it disregards extra button presses do you can basically mash the buttons in all directions in case you miss one.
9206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battalion Wars (Gamecube) impressions on: September 22, 2005, 04:05:56 AM
Any word on COOP play?
9207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warhammer DOW: Winter Assault Review [IGN] on: September 21, 2005, 05:14:07 AM
Wait a second...

They're working on Company of Heroes, which is very similar to DoW with the squad/unit structure combined with vehicle action.

If they could get the license again, which they could with their good track record from DoW, why not use the new tech from CoH to make another WH40k game?

I suspect we'll be seeing such an announcement sometime next year.
9208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warhammer DOW: Winter Assault Review [IGN] on: September 21, 2005, 01:51:03 AM
Most likely it'll be Dark Eldar with the way they've been choosing them.

But a sixth race would have to be evil since we already have 3 good ones.
9209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kingdom Under Fire - Heroes on: September 21, 2005, 01:48:29 AM
Xmann, I think you're more of a Dynasty warriors player then.  My friend also preferred action combat rather than commanding.  To win at this game you really need to switch around and command your units instead of focusing on the main character all the time.
9210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / F.E.A.R its gold, so who's gettin it? on: September 21, 2005, 01:47:15 AM
I just like the cinematic nature of this game.  Monolith really knows how to push that aspect of their games.  They even encourage players to play cinematically.

Even the little snippet we got in the demo I was replaying for weeks after I downloaded it.  Always trying new moves and trying to get through parts in the coolest way possible.

FEAR played in kung fu action mode is pretty fun.  Once again, if they release the mod tools I hope someone makes a kung fu mod for the game.
9211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / be the master of some poor fools destiny on: September 21, 2005, 01:43:53 AM
They really need to make something like this for the PC.  Yes, you can mod, but I mean something with a lot of premade resources and simpler scripting for players to fool around with.
9212  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Need help with a two router setup on: September 20, 2005, 07:28:36 PM
I recently upgraded my ancient DSL connection from a 768mbps to a 3mbps line, as part of this upgrade they sent me a new modem that's also a router.

My modem is a Westell 6100 dsl router, and I'm currently using a Netgear WGU624 double wireless router.

As you can see, I now have two routers.

I would just connect everything to the DSL router via a hub, but I need the wireless internet for other computers in my house. Unfortunately, if I try to connect both of them into the same line it doesn't work.

With a bit of searching I found a small fix, which is to disable the DHCP server on my wireless router, then make sure the line from the DSL router to my wireless router is plugged into a normal port on my wireless router (instead of the specific internet port). This allows me to get online.

However, with this configuration I can't help but think I'm losing something. There's bound to be some latency issues with this dual routing, not to mention problems when I try to get programs working like bittorrent.

Ideally, I'd like to have my wireless router handle all the routing, and just have my dsl router act as just a modem.

Can anyone help me?
9213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kingdom Under Fire - Heroes on: September 20, 2005, 07:23:37 PM
It's like Dynasty Warriors except you control the entire army instead of just wandering around on the battlefield.

Your main character has his own personal unit that he always stays with, and each unit you have has its own leaders.  You jump between them in the heat of battle giving orders from a thid person view.  Think of something similar to Sacrifice.

From all I heard, the sequel includes a coop mode through missions, but I haven't heard much else and I don't know if the feature was kept.

All I know is that if COOP was kept in game I'm definitely getting a copy.  My friend liked the on foot gameplay, but he didn't like the commanding part (he's more a Dynasty Warriors fan) so I figure when we play COOP, I'll take control of the entire army while his buffed up uber unit goes in hacking.
9214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / F.E.A.R its gold, so who's gettin it? on: September 19, 2005, 06:00:46 PM
I'm at 2ghz 2gb ram and an ATI 9800 Pro.

I could run it at 1024x768 with low detail at a good framerate.

Then I switched to 800x600 for a massive performance increase that allowed me to run everything on medium.
9215  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / News of the Gross (Fish Tongue Eating Parasite) on: September 18, 2005, 03:34:37 AM
Well, I think we finally captured a deep one.
9216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dystopia demo released thru Steam on: September 12, 2005, 12:55:53 AM
You have a mod for UT2004 in the works?  One that's cyberpunk?

I must know more!
9217  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dystopia demo released thru Steam on: September 10, 2005, 08:57:43 PM
It's a bit disapointing.  There's no use of cover at all, a lot of strafing and such, makes it too much like Quake 3 with cyberpunk quirks than a gritty cyberpunk game.  I mean, even in Ghost in the Shell the characters were always taking cover.

This is because the mappers didn't put anything but vertical cover, so no low walls, steel desks, etc...  And no lean keys.

The maps are also too maze-like for actual useable facilities.
9218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF Advent Children... on: September 10, 2005, 08:55:19 PM
Well, that just gives time for some Japanese fansubs to get released on the net.  Thanks Square.

9219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lamest game moment on: September 10, 2005, 12:34:07 AM
Actually, I think the lamest moment is in MGS2 where Jack's talking to his girlfriend, having a long dialogue about their past and future relations... in the middle of a 'ing mission to save the world.
9220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vietcong 2 Multiplayer Demo Tomorow on: September 08, 2005, 02:11:05 AM
I'll be playing as Vanigan.
9221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Vietcong 2 Multiplayer Demo Tomorow on: September 06, 2005, 06:56:48 PM
Too bad they don't include a coop mission in the demo, I bet that would seal the deal for many people.
9222  Gaming / Analog Gaming / I'm getting the Serenity RPG! on: September 05, 2005, 10:12:35 PM
Just a small update.  I'm running a play by post game over at the forums.  You'll have to register in the forums to see them, but it should be an interesting read once the entire crew gets together.

Unlike my last botched Deadlands game, this was a lot easier to put together, albiet a little more difficult to run.

Still, if it succeeds I can try starting one here.
9223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Favorite PC Game villain? on: September 03, 2005, 08:37:38 AM
Big spoiler for Planescape:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Your own mortality.

Seriously, best villian ever.

SHODAN is a given, however, Tycho from the Marathon series was just as vicious an AI.
9224  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Can you play an instrument? on: September 01, 2005, 11:08:14 PM
I used to play the baritone in marching band.  Did it for 6 years and hated it.

Of course, by way of similar construction, I can basically play all 3 valved wind instruments.
9225  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Is your SO very social? on: September 01, 2005, 07:20:22 AM
I would love it if my SO were very social, well, when I find someone.

But the point is she could bring me out to these places I wouldn't normally think to go, and help me meet new people.

Heavens knows I really need the practice.  I'm not antisocial, just so inexperienced at meeting and talking to people that I get too anxious to try.

Thinking about it, I should probably enlist some of you guys in the SoCal area to help me out in that regard.  Any gatherings happening in the Orange County, CA area soon?
9226  Gaming / Analog Gaming / I'm getting the Serenity RPG! on: August 27, 2005, 03:55:03 AM
Book arrived today.  I am very happy.
9227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Omega and Ultimate Bundle on: August 26, 2005, 03:08:25 PM
They're called preorders.  slywink
9228  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Damn you McDonalds, damn you to Hell !!! on: August 25, 2005, 11:42:45 PM
Since we're already talking about McDonalds, anyone notice how they don't include granola with the fruit and yogurt parfaits anymore?

The last two I've gotten were missing granola, but I'm not sure if this is a temporary or permanent thing.

Probably some cost cutting measure in light of the high gad prices.
9229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metal Gear Acid 2 Screenies [PSP] on: August 22, 2005, 05:00:03 AM
I wonder if they'll upgrade the multiplayer mode.  Handheld games are really great for MP and I heard the original MP mode was interesting, if a bit odd.
9230  Gaming / Analog Gaming / I'm getting the Serenity RPG! on: August 22, 2005, 02:33:16 AM
While I didn't get to go to GenCon Indy this year, my friend did.  He snagged me a copy of the Serenity RPG and shipped it to me earlier this morning from the convention center.

Oh, and it's signed by Ron Glass.

As a dedicated role player, I'm really looking forward to the game.  Although my group is already deep into a campaign of Necessary Evil, I may have to resurrect my defunct online game (really sorry about Deadlands guys) to play Serenity.
9231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Damnit, Doom 3 Is Boring Me to Tears on: August 19, 2005, 10:13:45 PM
FEAR > Doom 3 in regards to scares and gameplay.
9232  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Constantine on: August 14, 2005, 09:35:30 PM
Actually, I still think one of the best Satan performances was in the short lived show, "Brimstone."  It starred the guy who is currently playing Lionel Luthor in Smallville as the devil.
9233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / F.E.A.R. SP Demo out on: August 14, 2005, 09:25:21 PM
Perhaps he has a review copy or a is a beta tester?

The only elevator I know of is the one in the first preview movie they released, the one where the little girl appears while the lights flash on and off.
9234  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mobile Forces on: August 14, 2005, 09:22:30 PM
I played it.  It's a horrible CS clone with vehicles thrown in.

Unfortunately, it fails to really consider the balance if CS had vehicles thrown in.
9235  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Ghostbusters RPG on: August 11, 2005, 07:55:30 PM
The Serenity/Firefly RPG is coming out this month.
9236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ninja Gaiden on: August 11, 2005, 06:33:46 PM
First IT Ninjas then Garden Ninjas?  I see the ninja clans have taken up new lines of work since the fall of the shogunate.
9237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ghost Recon 2: Summt Strike on: August 11, 2005, 06:24:37 PM
Also, did they fix the horrible framerate that the first game had?
9238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tales of Legendia - Great soundtrack & trailer inside on: August 10, 2005, 03:20:02 PM
Sounds like the intro to the Ghost in the Shell movie 1, the first sound bit anyway.

I'm a real believer that good music can really push the emotional content of the scene.  Some developers really screw themselves over by not getting a good soundtrack.
9239  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Babylon 5 Wars on: August 10, 2005, 07:23:02 AM
ACTA is much less detailed than Wars, it's designed so you can play with whole fleets with of miniatures on the table, rather than one or two with lots of detail.

Completely different games.
9240  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Serenity trailer! on: August 09, 2005, 01:03:19 PM
Hey!  Let's not forget Shepard Book (Ron Glass).
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