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8321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Woohoo! US gets pink and black DS Lites on September 13th! on: August 24, 2006, 07:56:12 PM
I'm all over the pink one.

* gellar is fashionable.
8322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NHL 2k7 [2kSports] on: August 24, 2006, 07:27:09 PM

Quote from: Clanwolfer on August 24, 2006, 06:40:50 PM

I don't think I can possibly overstate how badly I want a next-gen hockey game that's not broken.

M'fing WERD.

* gellar could not agree more.
8323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 Madden Tourney on: August 24, 2006, 05:23:11 PM
Niners!
8324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How about some GT Madden 07 impressions! on: August 23, 2006, 06:36:22 PM

Quote from: Dimmona on August 23, 2006, 06:35:05 PM

Side quesiton - wth does it list the # of timeouts that your opponent has left?  For some reason I just could not find this anywhere....

Best as I can tell, you can't.  Why this the case, I have no bloody idea.

gellar
8325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Question for you sports gamers. on: August 23, 2006, 06:25:36 PM
You are not alone.

gellar
8326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] OFFICIAL Madden '07 league interest on: August 23, 2006, 06:08:49 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on August 23, 2006, 05:52:13 PM

I play in leagues to win.... The Browns are available.

* gellar giggles.

In all seriousness, I really think we should all just give it a go and see what happens.  If things fall apart due to morons, then we reform without them.

Really not that hard, is it?

gellar
8327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] OFFICIAL Madden '07 league interest on: August 23, 2006, 04:50:41 PM
Werd, TML.

gellar
8328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How about some GT Madden 07 impressions! on: August 23, 2006, 04:38:14 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on August 23, 2006, 04:11:24 PM

Bill Harris has a pretty good post on his blog about some of the bad design decisions in the Superstar mode.

Yeah I found that to be pretty accurate... SS mode is cool in theory, and is fun if you play certain positions, but TOTALLY BALLS otherwise.

gellar
8329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How about some GT Madden 07 impressions! on: August 23, 2006, 04:37:16 PM
I actually like the depth chart... pretty easy to navigate.

Roster updates happen when you go online.  It's a standard thing for EA games... you connect to the online lobby and it prompts you to download a new roster.

Hit stick should be made *just* before you come in to hit a player.  It's a bit of risk/reward... you can lay a big hit, but it also makes you super succeptible to jukes.  I don't do it unless I have someone behind me to back me up.

gellar
8330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How about some GT Madden 07 impressions! on: August 23, 2006, 05:59:39 AM
Ok... so thoughts thus far.

1)  It's not as good as I was hoping it would be.
2)  It's not as bad as many of you were expecting it to be.

What it does well:
* Graphics are phenominal.  Better than NCAA by a few steps.
* Gameplay is a step better than NCAA.  If you don't like Madden/NCAA style gameplay though, this game will do nothing to change your mind.
* "Mario" running is pretty much gone.
* AI at All-Madden level is really rather good.
* Franchise trade AI seems good so far.

What it doesn't do well:
* As mentioned above, the presentation is absolute trash.  Worse than NCAA even (by a significant margin to boot)... and I thought that was pretty barebones.
* The fatigue, no matter WHAT the PR people say, is totally broken at this point.  It's not the UI for showing it that's the problem, it's just that it isn't in the fuckin game at all.  Weak EA, WEAK.
* Franchise has no major features in it, and the UI is pretty bad as well.  It's not that it's missing anything, it just hasn't really added anything great.  The salary cap figures are wrong once again, which is nothing new for Madden.
* The Superstar mode, for as cool as it could be, as some fatally bad flaws and terrible documentation.
* Documentation in general is godawful.  It's the same as NCAA.
* The playbooks haven't changed since... I believe 2001.
* The rosters are attrociously bad.  I mean, I get the whole idea of there being a roster freeze to get the game out, but HOLY CRAP are these out of date.  Might as well wait until official updated ones come out before you start a Franchise.


Final thoughts for the night - it's fun.  It's broken in a few aspects, but it's overall pretty damn fun.  I don't like it as much as NCAA though... yet.  Time will tell.

gellar
8331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guess how much the Wii will retail for? on: August 22, 2006, 10:46:41 PM
$249
8332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How about some GT Madden 07 impressions! on: August 22, 2006, 10:31:53 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on August 22, 2006, 10:25:25 PM

Quote from: jblank on August 22, 2006, 05:24:21 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on August 22, 2006, 05:20:34 PM

Yeah, it was pretty smooth.

The radio announcer...person was silent on the replay, if I recall correctly.

I never use the cover-ball button.  Maybe I should get used to using the right bumper more often biggrin

Oh, by the way, it's anybody's guess if a strip button is in the game or not.  EA's absolutely piss-poor shit instruction manuals continues.  You may read about jumping the snap (which I think is lame), but I'm not sure run / pass committing is in the manual.  Ugh, why must you cut corners on your manuals, EA?

It took me 5 minutes to figure out how to cycle positions in the depth chart menu.  I shit you not.

Strip is in the game. I am looking at the manual and it lists swat ball as being the "A" button. Covering up with the RB is absolutely essential in this game.

I thought swat ball meant lunge for it in the air rather than go for the pick?

So did I.

gellar
8333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] OFFICIAL Madden '07 league interest on: August 22, 2006, 08:11:41 PM

Quote from: Calvin on August 22, 2006, 07:51:50 PM

Quote from: gellar on August 22, 2006, 07:48:24 PM

Quote from: Calvin on August 22, 2006, 07:39:41 PM

I promsie you this year in the league I will have the most rushing attempts (well, unless one of you is crazier than me).

My options are to run the ball, or use Alex Smith.

gellar

I remember last time we played. GG Alex Smith, and kevan barlow and frank gore sucked a moneky. For the love of all thats holy switch teams bro.

Meh... I'd rather embarass you all with one of the worst teams in the game slywink

gellar
8334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] OFFICIAL Madden '07 league interest on: August 22, 2006, 07:48:24 PM

Quote from: Calvin on August 22, 2006, 07:39:41 PM

I promsie you this year in the league I will have the most rushing attempts (well, unless one of you is crazier than me).

My options are to run the ball, or use Alex Smith.

gellar
8335  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: (360)Madden '07 - $48 this week at Circuit City on: August 22, 2006, 07:06:54 PM
They seemed to have a ton at my Circuit City.
8336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] OFFICIAL Madden '07 league interest on: August 22, 2006, 07:02:29 PM
I can run on Madden.  I believe in the GG league a few years ago, I ran for half the game consecutively against someone to prove the fact that the running game is not broken.  It helped that he was running nickel and quarter defenses at me, but still... it's not impossible.  It just requires a very specific level of patience.

gellar
8337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Random Assorted 360 Questions on: August 22, 2006, 06:50:34 PM
PGR3 is *technically* the better bundle, but if you have no interest in it, just get the other one.  At retail, PGR3 is $50, while a 12 month Xbox live is $60.

gellar
8338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How about some GT Madden 07 impressions! on: August 22, 2006, 04:23:52 PM
Nice impressions sir.  You like Tom Brady a bit too much.

gellar
8339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] OFFICIAL Madden '07 league interest on: August 22, 2006, 03:39:14 PM
I say just let us play.  Seriously.  I trust that no one here is an idiot.  Everyone else do the same and we'll be fine.

gellar
8340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why the EA hatred? on: August 22, 2006, 03:34:39 PM

Quote from: Farscry on August 22, 2006, 03:25:53 PM

So, a serious question for people who acknowledge and strongly disapprove of EA's business practices: when you say you buy their games anyway because "I like the games" and then downplay EA's bad practices... is that justification because you want to purchase the games and thus support EA's continuing practices but don't like the implication that you are part of why EA gets away with these business practices?

Would you feel the same way if you or a family member were employed by EA?  Or if you or a family member were one of the developers whose dev house was picked up in a hostile takeover and gutted?

Because it's not like anyone HAS to work for EA.  If I had a family member working there, I'd call them a bloody idiot and move on with it.  Dev houses are taken over because they were not fit to survive on their own.

Hell, I quit working at MS because I hated their internal business practices, yet I still use Windows.  I recognize that just because it's bad for the individual doesn't mean it's bad for the corporate whole.

gellar
8341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Madden 07 360 Bug Thread on: August 22, 2006, 03:21:57 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on August 22, 2006, 03:18:36 PM

Don't get me wrong.  It would be great if companies patched bad AI in console sports games.  (Believe me I've seen bad trades and crazy franchise stuff in Madden too.)  But I don't EXPECT those to be patched.  I do expect features not woking to be fixed though.

I EXPECT PERFECTION.

gellar
8342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why the EA hatred? on: August 22, 2006, 03:19:44 PM
I hate EA the company.  They are total dicks.  I've had numerous friends chewed up and spit out by their sweatshop.

That being said, they are INCREDIBLY shrewd for a game company, so I have to admire them in some sense for honestly being the only publisher out there right now that seemingly has a clue about business.

I also don't let my hate for their work practices get in the way of enjoying their games.  They still make some fun stuff to play and my morals aren't that high to where I can just boycott it.  They don't do anything bad enough for me to hate them *that* much.

gellar
8343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Madden 07 360 Bug Thread on: August 22, 2006, 03:14:41 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on August 22, 2006, 03:11:46 PM

Bad AI doesn't make a bug in my opinion.

Wow.  I can't disagree more.  That's certainly one way to think 2K makes a better game though.

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on August 22, 2006, 03:12:10 PM

Most of those sound like bad A.I. rather than actual bugs.

I don't distinguish between the two.  It could be a monkey hitting me in the head while I'm playing for all I care, if it fuck's up my game experience, it's bad juju.

gellar
8344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Madden 07 360 Bug Thread on: August 22, 2006, 03:05:51 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on August 22, 2006, 02:49:14 PM

But there's a difference in having a game with some minor, but annoying bugs (like clipping, etc.) and game stopping/changing bugs (i.e. the NCAA PSP running bug or fatigue not working or Hall of Famers suddenly playing againt you). EA seems to have more of the latter type of bugs than most companies.

Uh... disagree.  2K easily had as many bugs as EA in it's final NFL edition.  The thing was, most of 2K's bugs were in Franchise mode, so most people didn't care.  Off the top of my head, things that were just flat out bad:

* Insaneo trading AI.  Way more (and often times unbelievable) trades than in the NFL.
* The whole pre-game prep stuff just flat out didn't work.  It contributed to a great deal of the problems.
* More injuries than are realistic.
* Godawful AI depth chart management (things like QBs returning kicks, etc...)
* Draft AI is... bad.  In the first round, the AI EXCLUSIVELY drafted QB, HB, T, and DEs only.  Nothing else.  Period.  This was an absolute Franchise killer.
* Off season AI in general was garbage.  Teams didn't seem to sign players for any specific reasons and many good players wouldn't be signed at all.

gellar
8345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Madden 07 360 Bug Thread on: August 22, 2006, 02:22:45 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 22, 2006, 01:39:26 PM

An EA Sports game that's buggy? It would never happen.  disgust

You know what's sad?  I'm trying to figure out the last actual major Football game (EA or otherweise) that *wasn't* buggy.  And I can't.

Basketball as a franchise is typically pretty solid, from both EA and 2K.  Hockey is a total trainwreck most of the time, particularly the 2K versions.  Though, the EA versions aren't so much buggy as they are just flat out bad.  Baseball... Sony does a nice job.  EA's last effort was ok.  2K last year was a total piece of shit.

I guess sports games are just hard to make?

gellar
8346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] OFFICIAL Madden '07 league interest on: August 22, 2006, 03:51:16 AM

Quote from: jblank on August 22, 2006, 03:28:47 AM

The Giants aren't gonna throw screens to Tiki Barber EVERY play, so don't do it over and over in the game. Just call a realistic game of football and nobody is gonna have a problem.

Actually, I'm relatively certain that if a screen to Tiki worked 100% of the time, the Giants would be MORE than happy to call that play repeatedly. slywink

gellar
8347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] OFFICIAL Madden '07 league interest on: August 21, 2006, 07:29:02 PM
I'm fairly certain the crowd here is more mature than OpSports slywink.  Just stick around j, if it turns to shit, just bail.  You don't have much to lose.

gellar
8348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is Gamestop open at 12am tonight..? on: August 21, 2006, 07:19:05 PM
I'm amped... but I'm not that amped.  I suppose if I had a realistic chance of staying awake to play the game after picking it up I'd be more interested.  However, since there is ZERO chance of that happening, I'll just pick it up at lunch the next day.

gellar
8349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/21) on: August 21, 2006, 03:09:07 PM
Madden 360 for me... Hold'Em as well, but that's not really something I'm buying.

gellar
8350  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Hardware upgrades, smashes head against wall. on: August 21, 2006, 04:45:12 AM

Quote from: stiffler on August 19, 2006, 07:44:20 PM

I certainly feel your pain.  Reminds me why I just go the build-to-order route these days.  My time and sanity are worth the extra cost.  But at least you were able to get it running and not have to wait around for RMA's.

Same here.  This thread makes me feel a hell of a lot better about ordering my new PC than building it myself slywink

gellar
8351  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: (360)Madden '07 - $48 this week at Circuit City on: August 21, 2006, 01:33:12 AM
Hah.  I was already planning on buying it there anyway (there's one 5 mins from my office).  HOORAY!

gellar can't wait till Tuesday.
8352  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin - 8/20/06 on: August 21, 2006, 01:26:09 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on August 21, 2006, 01:18:26 AM

Am I the only one who finds those three Asian ladies way hotter than the "focus" of the first picture?

Well, except for the one on the left...

You. Are. Wrong.

gellar
8353  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: August 19, 2006, 11:27:37 PM
+1 to Kratz.
8354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] OFFICIAL Madden '07 league interest on: August 18, 2006, 08:06:13 PM
New update... it seems as though EA's party line is that it's not the fatigue itself that is broken, it's the display of it.

http://www.joystiq.com/2006/08/17/ea-responds-to-madden-nfl-07-concerns/
8355  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: BC vs. GT - BF2 edition on: August 18, 2006, 07:38:04 PM
You have no idea what our Teamspeak convos are like.  They are COMEDY.

Our last #gg vs OO match consisted of someone in my squad, WHO WILL REMAIN NAMELESS, blowing up our own artillery.
8356  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: BC vs. GT - BF2 edition on: August 18, 2006, 07:16:02 PM

Quote from: SuperHiro on August 18, 2006, 06:18:26 PM

complete with spreadsheet-toting, four-letter-word-using Commander

Ahem.  While I did create the imfamous spreadsheet, I typically do not command.  Nomorals does.  I am squad leader of Bravo, sir.  BC fo'LIFE.

gellar
8357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] OFFICIAL Madden '07 league interest on: August 18, 2006, 04:50:24 PM

Quote from: Ertic33 on August 18, 2006, 04:31:31 PM

How about we wait until the fatigue patch is ready to go before going online?

I think as a collective whole we can be trusted not to exploit a lack of fatigue.

That being said, I would like to change my team to the Falcons slywink

gellar
8358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Madden 07 360 Bug Thread on: August 18, 2006, 03:02:12 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on August 17, 2006, 03:51:05 PM

Vince Young doesn't understand the word "fatigue."

No, seriously, you guys, he only got a 6 on the Wonderlic intelligence test.  He can't read.

Hah!

gellar
8359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ea response to madden 360 fatigue issue off of Os sports on: August 18, 2006, 03:00:04 PM
This is good news.  Now I can go back to being excited about the game*.

gellar

*until I learn something else is teh broken.
8360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Madden 07 360 Bug Thread on: August 17, 2006, 03:41:27 PM

Quote from: depward on August 17, 2006, 03:29:22 PM

Pretty lame 'bug', if you can call it that.  I say that because something like that shouldn't be a 'bug' - it's a huge issue - and one that if a game tester had any sort of brain-power would have thought:

"Why can I run with the speed-rated 89 Vince Young so much and he's now slowing down?"

Cause he's friggin VINCE YOUNG.  Duh.

gellar
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