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9281  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.
9282  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.
9283  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
9284  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.

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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?
9285  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.
9286  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.
9287  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.
9288  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.
9289  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.
9290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2 Impressions (Possible Spoilers) on: November 17, 2004, 04:12:31 AM
Yet again...  *BIG SPOILERS!*
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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.
9291  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.
9292  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.


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That puzzle with the boat ramp and the underwater barrel floats was quite ingenious.
9293  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.
9294  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.
9295  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.
9296  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?
9297  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.
9298  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
9299  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.
9300  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.
9301  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.
9302  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."
9303  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.
9304  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.
9305  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.
9306  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.
9307  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.
9308  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.
9309  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.
9310  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.
9311  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.
9312  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.
9313  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!
9314  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.
9315  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.
9316  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.
9317  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?
9318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New EGM Scores (Careful...some Halo 2 SPOILERS within) on: November 06, 2004, 07:36:24 PM
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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.
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9319  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.
9320  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.
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