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9281  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.
9282  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Favorite board game? on: June 21, 2005, 05:02:08 PM
Twilight Imperium 3rd edition - Master of Orion in space.

Risk 2210 - Risk in space, adds a lot of neat new ideas, but it's still basically risk style combat.

Nexus Ops - Axis and allies in space, well sort of.  It uses a randomized set of hexes as the territories surrounding a central monolith.  It's a light wargame that's fast and fun.

Shadows Over Camelot - One of the few truly cooperative boardgames where you battle against the game itself instead of other players.  You play various knights of the round going about questing to stop the fall of camelot, but beware, one knight may be a traitor.

Bang! - a quick fun card game where one person is the sheriff, and everyone else is either a deputy, outlaw, or renegade.  Your identity is always hidden until you're killed.  Deputies try to kill off all the outlaws and renegades, whilst making sure the sheriff survives.  The outlaws need to kill the sheriff, and the renegade wants to be the last man standing.  The sheriff has one more life than normal, and that grants him an extra card in his hand, so it's not a good idea to take him on directly.  So you have a lot of banter around the table trying to fool each other into thinking that you are who you're not, while positioning yourself for the kill.
9283  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Parents play World of Warcraft, kid dies. on: June 21, 2005, 12:02:16 AM
I bet more parents lock their children in cars with the windows up in outrageous heat than leave their children alone like this.
9284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PD0 Screens on: June 18, 2005, 07:58:14 AM
Um, well, it's widescreen?  That's nice.

Yeah, they seriously need to get a better art director or art tech lead if they're going to let the next gen tech go to waste.  Maybe fire their marketing guy if they release screenshots like this.  Perhaps it's just some uninspired level design?

That said, it can look bad but if it plays great and has decent AI, then I'll still buy it.
9285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RPG News - Magna Carta and Riviera on: June 18, 2005, 07:52:15 AM
Good grief!  Finally they bring Magna Carta over.

I heard about this game because the character artist for this game is really active on art forums, I saw the character design paintings he did and knew I had to get this game.  Unfortunately, it's only been available in Korea with no translation.

If you can, go find some of the preview character art for this game, it's really quite amazing.
9286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gamespy will have the BF2 review up tomarrow! on: June 18, 2005, 07:47:26 AM
Haven't we learned better than to trust reviews on big name titles these days?

Of course, we've all played the demo, but even so, I don't trust any big name reviews these days.
9287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gamespy will have the BF2 review up tomarrow! on: June 17, 2005, 11:35:38 AM
I've gone with the assault class as of late.  They have a boatload of health and their weapon is very accurate even at range and does a lot of damage.

Add on that spiffy underslung grenade launcher and you have a quick bunker clearer or use it against light vehicles.

My main problem with the game is that the heat seeking missiles are completely useless.  By the time you lock onto something, it's already too far/close and you don't even have to make and dodging them requires little more than a slight turn.  Then there's the flares that completely fool them.

I mean, if the missiles are going to be this bad in game, why not just give every anti tank man some?
9288  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wow! Not liking Babylon 5 so far... on: June 17, 2005, 12:01:23 AM
Anyone know a way to get these episodes cheaply?  I'm a starving artist here and I really can't afford $80 for a single season, let alone all 5.

The best I could do was get Firefly for $35.
9289  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Paper miniatures on: June 16, 2005, 01:23:22 AM
Not miniatures, but there's a place that makes some very excellent paper terrain.  Everything from massive modular fantasy castles to scifi ships.
9290  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Revenge of the Sith Script - Abridged on: June 13, 2005, 06:00:45 AM
He did it all for the wookies.
9291  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Battlefield 2 - Server up - June 11, 2005 - 6:00pm PST on: June 11, 2005, 12:19:09 PM
That's really cool and all, but can we get an IP?  slywink
9292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 Demo on: June 10, 2005, 10:21:23 PM
I subscribed to fileshack since their service has been great to me.  I'm already at 41% downloading at my max 80kb/s.

That said, this demo goes true public tomorrow.

Oh, and there's word that there's a 12 minute limit for game rounds on demo servers.  If that's true, I hope someone cracks the servers.

Although, the full game comes out in about two weeks.
9293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 Demo on: June 10, 2005, 09:10:29 PM
Actually, it's basically a ploy to get people to pay for their subscriber service.

Deliberately cap the downloads for non subscribers to ludicrously low levels.
9294  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / USS Liberty survivors file war crimes report against Israel on: June 10, 2005, 04:58:08 PM
They would attack for more power.  Remember that they had figured that the jamming signal would prevent the crew from telling the US they were under attack, and they were set to kill every crew member on board.

It was after the liberty that they had to reign in their counter offensive.  The Isrealis got greedy.
9295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 Demo on: June 10, 2005, 04:51:31 PM
Next you guys will want me to fetch your slippers for you too.  Tongue

Keep it up and the next crate will just happen to drop directly on top of you.  slywink
9296  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 Demo on: June 10, 2005, 12:22:55 AM
Actually, gamespot has said that registered members, non-paying, can download the demo too.

However, it's most likely that the non paying servers will be overloaded.
9297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 Demo on: June 09, 2005, 08:02:23 PM
I'll be there as well.

Oh, and I call commander, medic, or engineer.
9298  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Han Shot First- the smoking gun on: June 09, 2005, 08:23:55 AM
At least we won't have to deal with Mal shooting second.
9299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best SRPGs? on: June 09, 2005, 07:36:58 AM
Gala, any idea when Berwick Saga and Metal Saga will be released in the US, or will they be released here at all?

If not, I suppose I'll just have to learn Japanese sooner than I'd planned.
9300  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The End Times on: June 06, 2005, 07:06:16 PM
Cross the beams.
9301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo Revolution downloads free? on: June 06, 2005, 09:19:26 AM
Oh rats, no non first party games?

I hope they can make some sort of deal to allow those older games to be bought.
9302  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / pentium vs. amd on: June 06, 2005, 06:05:37 AM
You might want to ask this in the Hardware and Software Hell forum.

That said, last I heard AMD still had a slight advantage in terms of cost to performance ratio, but that intel was catching up quickly.  That was a few months ago and things change quickly.

Some more hardware oriented people can clue you in on the latest news in the battle between Intel and AMD.
9303  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Comic Con in San Diego, CA? on: June 06, 2005, 05:28:36 AM
It's July 14-17.

Unless the PA guys have other plans, I think they're usually at Comic Con.  By now, they'll have something on their site saying whether or not they'll go.
9304  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Comic Con in San Diego, CA? on: June 06, 2005, 05:16:04 AM
I'm debating heading to Comic Con this year, it'll be my first year going if I do. I'm also an animation/illustration major, so it's really my thing.

But, there's the cost (starving artist here), the travel (1.5 hour drive), and the lack of anyone else to go with.

I'm a pretty shy guy, so these cons are a mixed blessing, lot's of things to do and lots of people to meet, but I generally crawl into my shell and wander around like a zombie at cons without someone else with me to show me around. That and introduce me to some intelligent (and single) art girl there. Razz

So is anyone here heading to Comic Con? And, can I tag along?

If anyone has a booth there and would like a volunteer, I could do that too.

The last day for the preregistration discount is Jun. 8th, so I need to decide soon and make travel arrangements.
9305  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Quick Q for you Battlefield Fans on: June 05, 2005, 11:05:33 PM
Seconded, wait for Battlefield 2.  Supposedly, they put a lot of work into the new bots for that game.

The bots for BF1942 and BFVN are some of the worst bots in the industry.
9306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo Revolution downloads free? on: June 05, 2005, 09:11:34 AM
I still think it's a good idea.  I don't mind paying for older games so long as it's not too much.
9307  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Mom arranges for daughter to be raped on: June 04, 2005, 09:16:39 PM
Yes, but you also have to think what sort of strange ideas that mom put into her daughter's head before presenting them with this situation.

If the girls had gone out and grabbed some boys around their age, then sure, it's their choice and a private matter.

But the mom grabbing some 18 year old boys to have sex with 13-14 yo girls is just plain wrong.
9308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Good War simulations on: June 04, 2005, 07:40:12 AM
There's the Total War series, each one also has realism mods for them that increase the realism.

No doubt others here can let you know about some of the better hex-based and sim-oriented games.
9309  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Gaming in schools on: June 03, 2005, 07:16:24 PM
Not just video games too.  My friend's younger brother (in an arts high school) has a monthly Friday games night at class run by some of his teachers (namely the history teacher).

They play all sorts of board games ranging from Diplomacy to Carcassone.
9310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / UMD movies for the PSP worth it? on: June 03, 2005, 07:13:17 PM
Yeah, I don't see UMD movies being popular in the long run.  I suspect they'll stop putting out movies in a year or so.  That is, unless they come out with some other uses for the UMD that turns it into a more general disc format.
9311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 - What do we know? on: June 03, 2005, 04:45:11 PM
Lockdown, that was the whole point of the squad system.  Players who know each other could easily band together, and get certain benefits from it and not have to deal with all the kids running around.

Squad benefits include the squad leader spawn point, and automatic voice chat within the squad.  The squad leader can also issue orders that show up as colored smoke markers and waypoints on screen.

So, if you're looking to start a weekly Battlefield group, count me in as one of the support classes, either medic or engineer or anything you need.  Heck, I wouldn't mind playing commander.
9312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo Revolution downloads free? on: June 03, 2005, 04:40:45 PM
Holy Crap.  I can finally finish FF3, or perhaps do some coop of Secret of Mana and finish these games through.
9313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox360] Perfect Dark Zero info... on: June 02, 2005, 06:28:38 PM
Sounds good so far, one of the best things about PD and the goldeneye games was it's simply controls and auto aim system.

Any word on the auto aim system this time around?

The coop and counter modes alone will make me buy the game, assuming the core gameplay doesn't stink.

Do you know how the counter op mode works?  Do your friends simply jump between any AI bad guys that show up?
9314  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wow! Not liking Babylon 5 so far... on: June 02, 2005, 08:21:25 AM
It gets really better, although I haven't watched a lot of the series, episodes in later seasons are simply phenominal, very worthy of the awards they've gotten.

Right now, in season 1, I suspect the writers are just getting used to the characters and haven't put in all their nuance and subtlety.
9315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlefield 2 - What do we know? on: June 02, 2005, 08:17:09 AM
The main difference will probably be in the infantry game.  If you notice in the previews and videos, the whole infantry playing experience is a lot smoother.

This time around there's not of that weird sliding/bouncing movement that comes from shoehorning infantry into a vehicle based physics system.

Consider it more of an evolution of the series, something that BFV should have been.  Taking on a lot of the player feedback and other features, along with a modern setting.

There's also the teamwork options.  I know many people say they won't use them, and often dismiss the commander mode.  But they're overlooking the squad system that can allow a group of friends to more easily coordinate their actions.  There's also a lot more class interdependancy and things are simply geared more towards teamwork, without actually forcing it.

Yep, I got burned by BFV, it was fun, but after a while I saw its flaws.  Never played BF1942, but I will be buying this one.
9316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GBA Recommendation on: June 02, 2005, 08:09:21 AM
I'm going to buy an original GBA (hopefully with an afterburner backlight) just for Rebelstar Raiders and its multiplayer.
9317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Samurai Western -- has anyone played it? on: June 02, 2005, 08:07:42 AM
This game is basically Way of the Samurai 3.

They way the series is set up is that you have a certain short timeframe of events, and a decent area in which to explore and interact with events happening all over this area.

By interacting with these events and making choices as to what to do, who to kill, what factions to join, etc... you alter the course of the storyline and that determines which ending you get out of the hundreds of endings possible.  Although, some endings are just small variations.

To go through one game from start to finish usually takes less than one night of play.  Possibly as low as a few hours (this is from playing the first game).

Thus the game also has a big collection and levelling up theme, going around killing people for their items, checking to see if those dropped items are better, leveling up in skill with any weapons you get.

When you finish a game, you are scored, and new stuff is unlocked for the next time you run through a game.  You also get to keep a certain amount of items and levels between games.

So the biggest draws of these games are trying to see all the endings and trying to collect everything and become the strongest in the game.

Don't buy it for a long linear story, this series eschews that for an extremely short story with a lot of branching paths.

However, I heard this one has a longer story arc than previous titles.
9318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 2 player RPG on: May 31, 2005, 11:16:20 PM
Shining Tears is an action RPG with a focus on two player coop.  It's gotten a bit poor reviews, but it's worth a rental on the PS2.
9319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Unreal Tournament 2007 on: May 29, 2005, 03:55:00 PM
If it wasn't for the mods, I found UT2003/04 a disapointment.  But then again, I'm not really into the basic FPS gametypes and the regular DM flavors.

Red Orchesta and Airbuccaneers made my purchase worth it.

Now, for this time around, they've slowed down the game much closer to UT1, so I'll be a bit more interested.  However, I suspect the mods will just be amazing with all the new tech in the engine.

However, they really, REALLY, need a good single player game to keep people playing long enough to develop a community that will play any mods that are released later.  Considering the higher quality content, it'll take longer to make mods.
9320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Videogame voice actors to go on strike - not paid enough? on: May 27, 2005, 10:18:47 PM
If you look at sales, anime sales have only recently begun to take off, althougn not caused, but it does coincide with the introduction of Pioneer's great dubbing work on animes like Trigun and Cowboy Bebop.  The main sales back there were fans, nowadays there's casual buys.

In fact, a lot of anime now has very good voicework, although they're still rather limited by the language difference, culture, character issues.

Anyone remember Evil Islands?  A pretty good game marred by absolutely horrible voice acting.  It would have done well if not for everyone saying how bad the voicework was.
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