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8761  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 17, 2005, 06:59:42 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
And the jack holding the car up doesnt seem to be the most stable thing in the world.  Were it one of those big ass jacks, it wouldnt be a big deal...


Winner.  A single jack with zero jackstands = DON'T GET UNDER THE MFING CAR, DUMBASSES.

gellar
8762  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Battlefield 2 - Server up - June 11, 2005 - 6:00pm PST on: June 12, 2005, 05:51:52 PM
Quote from: "coopasonic"
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Quote
Yeah... was fun, but the server got insanely laggy and we had to quit out. Joined back up 30 mins later and it was still pretty bad.


Whoa...I'll have to look into that.  My machine is due for a format, but I should NEVER see lag on my connection.


I shuold have counted people when it was getting bad, somewhere between 12-16 players and it got pretty much unplayable. Excellent game though and thanks for putting up the server! biggrin


I joined up later in the night and there were about 6 of us.  It was still unplayable due to lag/stuttering.

gellar
8763  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Battlefield 2 - Server up - June 11, 2005 - 6:00pm PST on: June 12, 2005, 02:20:29 AM
Yeah... was fun, but the server got insanely laggy and we had to quit out.  Joined back up 30 mins later and it was still pretty bad.

gellar
8764  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Most Popular Cars - Men Vs. Women on: June 08, 2005, 04:44:36 AM
Quote from: "Belgedin"
Quote
Nope - because it's squat and ugly Smile If I'm gonna pay $30K plus for a car, it's gotta look like I paid $30K plus for it.


Priceless! Well said.


Yeah I'm the total opposite.  Couldn't care less what it looks like, would rather I enjoy myself in it.

I drive the EVO's competetor, the WRX STi, which is marginally better looking, if that.

gellar
8765  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Most Popular Cars - Men Vs. Women on: June 07, 2005, 09:53:15 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
I'm surprised the Lancer Evolution is so high on the list (or on the list at all)... It just strikes me as a squat, ugly car.


You've clearly never driven one.  Such, such fun.

gellar
8766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - no DVI support? on: June 03, 2005, 05:31:28 PM
Guys... DVI can be converted to HDMI with a simple cable.

gellar
8767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 - no DVI support? on: June 03, 2005, 03:00:04 PM
Quote from: "skystride"
DVI is so old school.  Will it support HDMI?


DVI -> HDMI Cable FTW!

gellar
8768  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST Season 1 Finale - Nice on: May 26, 2005, 06:34:20 PM
Quote from: "Ralph-Wiggum"
I think the "Others" did light the fire. There were no footprints in the sand because they lit it from the boat. Danielle thought that by bringing the child to them, she could get her own child back.


With a really fucking long match, or with a flare gun?

Either way, that's a pretty damn inefficient way to light a fire.

gellar
8769  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST Season 1 Finale - Nice on: May 26, 2005, 05:30:32 AM
Brinstil in #gg irc

 [22:00] Brinstil|Lost: Lost is like the biggest cocktease ever
8770  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST Season 1 Finale - Nice on: May 26, 2005, 05:05:03 AM
Didn't like it.  No payoff whatsoever.

Definitely not worth two hours.

gellar
8771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza vs GT4 single player: where do you stand now? on: May 23, 2005, 11:14:13 PM
Hard to say... they're both pretty good but not without glaring flaws.

Forza is a better designed game.  It flows (from series to series, race to race) really well.  You tend to always have a goal and are working towards it.  Online scoreboards are AWESOME.  However, the AI is just godawful.  I hate it worse than GT4's AI now.  It has zero collision avoidance.  The AI has no idea how to avoid your car.

GT4 does everything well, but some things not quite to the extent that Forza does.  The game design for Forza blows GT4 away, but GT4 has a much nicer variety of cars (older models, just more cars period).  The physics engine in Forza is better than GT4s, but GT4 feels better when I get to use my Logitech Wheel.  GT4 has fairly wooden AI, but at least it won't absolutely ruin your race and cause you to hurl your controller.

All that being said, I play Forza more now.  I feel like I have a purpose for racing, though the AI does drive me to a maddening rage at times.  Also, since my wheel is hooked up to my PC in the other room, I have less motivation to pull it out for GT4.  Right now my most frustrating option is to a) play at Medium difficulty and walk away with every race, but not get ram-pwn3d by the AI, or b) play at Hard difficulty and have a good race, but risk the chance of getting punted.  Not a great option, but hell... I'm still playing.

gellar
8772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 16, 2005, 09:37:32 PM
Yeah... I'm about 25% of the way through the game and still find the Hard AI to be a fair challenge, with the Medium AI as a cake walk.

I haven't run a Championship yet though.

gellar
8773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 16, 2005, 06:38:52 PM
Quote from: "Fuzzballx"
Quote from: "gellar"
I'm beginning to think my AI issues are because I run the game with "Hard" AI.  Unfortunately, it's not very challenging for me at Medium... so I'm hosed either way.

gellar


At least thats where the live scoreboards sure come in nice and handy!  biggrin


Yeah... but for a lot of the earlier races at least, you've gotta spend a lot of money on a car that TOTALLY OUTCLASSES THE COMPETITION because that's what everyone else on Live uses.  But I guess if I'm going to run away with the race, I might as well totally run away with the race.

Still a fun game though.

gellar
8774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 16, 2005, 04:46:31 PM
Quote from: "coopasonic"
Quote from: "gellar"
I'm beginning to think my AI issues are because I run the game with "Hard" AI.  Unfortunately, it's not very challenging for me at Medium... so I'm hosed either way.

gellar


I've heard rumors that the AI picks up traits from drivatars, try going through the drivatar training and show it how it should be done perhaps?


Worth a try.  At the very least, I need to train my drivatar to run those races where the AI likes to run me off the road.  That way I won't want to toss my controller though my TV.

gellar
8775  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 16, 2005, 03:43:18 PM
I'm beginning to think my AI issues are because I run the game with "Hard" AI.  Unfortunately, it's not very challenging for me at Medium... so I'm hosed either way.

gellar
8776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 15, 2005, 11:38:32 PM
Well, to be fair... I am comparing it to GT4 running at 1080i as opposed to 480p.  I'm also comparing it to high end PC sims.

It's about the same as say Midnight Club 3 or NFSU2.

gellar
8777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 15, 2005, 06:20:43 PM
Quote from: "Fuzzballx"
What i dont see, is the bad turning that Gellar is seeing.  I havn't noticed big pileups or missed turns on those tracks/corners you listed, Gellar.  Not saying you havn't, i'm just saying...they're turning really good for me in those spots.  I see the AI keep me fighting for time in those turns by doing quite well with only the occasional miss.


I think it might have a lot with me running "Hard" difficulty.  The AI is really, really aggressive and apparently, overly so.  I'd moved it down to medium and they are far less stupid, but also a lot slower, allowing me to run away with the race.

I wish there was a nice spot in the middle.

gellar
8778  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 15, 2005, 06:19:07 PM
Quote from: "Geezer"
I just bought this today.  You are so done...

slywink


Bring it, foo.  The Elise is a fun car slywink

gellar
8779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 14, 2005, 10:01:36 PM
Time for my final, detailed impressions on this one:

What the game does well:
+ Simulates driving with a controller better than any other console game I've ever played.  I still prefer just about any game with a quality wheel, but this is some pretty good work right here.  I'm particularly impressed with the way they let you countersteer with the thumbstick.  It feels right and is very intuitive.
+ Sounds effects.  While not quite 100% accurate, and the modified parts are a bit overdone, it's still very very good.  The sound effects are leagues better than Gran Turismos.
+ Customization.  Seems technically accurate.  The Horsepower jumps aren't *too* ridiculous (still overstated, but I can understand why), and I really like the whole engine swap idea for some cars.  Very neat.  I also like the real life body kits.  Now while this normally isn't my cup of tea in a game, it's still a very nice part of Forza.
+ XBox Live Integration.  Makes the game, IMHO.  Seeing scoreboards gives you that arcade "just one more quarter and I can beat the top score" feeiling.  Very, very nice.
+ Game Flow.  You can tell the designers spent a lot of time trying to avoid the "what do I do now?" feeling that Gran Turismo gave a lot of gamers.  They succeeded.  The flow of the game is great, and you're never short on credits so the need to repeat races just for money is gone.   Then there are the "classes" of cars, so you know just how equally matched your car is vs every race you're in.  No guessing like in Gran Turismo.  Very, very well done, and might well be the best and most overlooked part of this game.

What the game doesn't do well:
- AI.  My number one gripe with the game.  Sorry guys, the AI is bad.  It's bad in a different way than Gran Turismo's AI is bad, but it's still bad nontheless.  Want an exercise in frustration?  Go into a race where you're equally matched with the AI in Tokyo.  You cannot finish the damn race without getting beaten into submission by the AI.  The game, quite simply, has zero idea on how to make a tight, low speed turn.  Want comedy?  Start at the back of the pack in Tokyo and watch the AI take turn one.  75% of the cars wipe out and overdrive the turn every single time.  It's not just this track either, it's absolutely any track with a low speed hairpin.  Final turn (11) of Laguna Seca?  Check.  Final chicane of Road Atlanta?  Check.  Damn near any 90 degree turn in NYC?  Check.  You name it, if it's slow and tight, the AI will butcher it.  I nearly chucked my controller in frustration at the race I'm trying to finish right now: Tokyo with the Lightweight stock cars.  Everything is so equally matched, and the race is 4 laps.  I cannot survive 4 laps with the AI, my car is a heaping wreck by the end.

- Track variety.  Just not enough tracks.  Really could have used more, as even 20% of the way through the game, you start to feel as though you're repeating things.

- Music.  Ugh.

- Car graphics.  Ugly.  Really ugly.

Overall thoughts:
Fun game.  Most "sim" like I've played on a console.  Nothing close to PC sims, but still very good in it's own right.  Fun online.  Fun when not getting run over by the AI.  My disappointment is the AI.  The game just isn't fun on tight tracks.  It's an exercise in frustration.  I've had to resort to turning the AI down from hard to medium or easy just so I can get enough of a lead to where the jackasses won't plow into me.  The game might be a hair better than Gran Turismo.  Certainly worth a purchase, but not without its flaws.  8.5/10.

gellar
8780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 12, 2005, 04:48:28 PM
The AI is my only gripe with the game right now.  In low speed corners (Road Atlanta, NYC & Laguna Seca come to mind), the AI seems to drive all Gran Turismo on you and try to bounce off you or the wall to make the turn.  Really frustrating.

Other than that, I love the game.  It hasn't gotten a lot of playtime due to my enthrallment of GTR, but I'm really very impressed.  Live Scoreboards are key.

gellar
8781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gameboy emulator on the PSP on: May 10, 2005, 03:06:49 PM
GBA emulator = more games and only having to carry one system on an airplane.  I get enough strange looks from security guards with just the PSP.

gellar
8782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 10, 2005, 02:21:23 PM
Quote from: "coopasonic"
Quote from: "naednek"
so can someone explain to me how people are making those designs?  I've looked in the decal section, and I'm not seeing anything remotely similar to what people are making.


Like I said, very powerful, very primitive tools. I'd rather just slap on some vinyl's ala NFSU, hence my forza cars are all just one solid paint color.


Winnar.  Though I have been picking the most obnoxious colors I can find, and adding in a lot of their "carbon fiber look" paint on the hoods.

gellar
8783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 09, 2005, 12:16:59 AM
Quote from: "wonderpug"
Quote from: "gellar"
Cone race?

Cone race = autocross
In the free race mode or whatever, (not career,) in the point to point section there are a bunch of autocross runs that you can do.


Found it smile.

Driver, your time has been defeated smile

gellar
8784  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 08, 2005, 11:09:24 PM
Quote from: "naednek"
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "stiffler"
Being able to see the track times of people in your friends list is a little thing that goes a long way.  Not many friends play it, but I beat a couple of Driver's times.  w00t!


Completely agree.  Right now I think all I have are driver and naednek, but it is fun to see how much I pwn naednek slywink

gellar (xbox live tag: tehgellar)

i hardly call 2 seconds pwn.  Besides, yesterday you told me you beat me, I go back and checked, and I still see I'm up by 5 seconds.  I'll have to check again since I havne't checked since late last night after you telling me you so called shattered me Tongue


I think you're looking at something else, since I have you by nearly 10 seconds in RWD hill climb 1, and 8 seconds in RWD hill climb 2 (including a spin slywink).

gellar
8785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 08, 2005, 10:59:58 PM
Quote from: "Driver"
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "stiffler"
Being able to see the track times of people in your friends list is a little thing that goes a long way.  Not many friends play it, but I beat a couple of Driver's times.  w00t!


Completely agree.  Right now I think all I have are driver and naednek, but it is fun to see how much I pwn naednek slywink

gellar (xbox live tag: tehgellar)


Driver wasn't even trying. smile  When I looked yesterday, I was #8 on the leaderbaord for the first cone race (the airport course).  Beat that!  slywink


Cone race?

gellar
8786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 08, 2005, 08:19:16 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Being able to see the track times of people in your friends list is a little thing that goes a long way.  Not many friends play it, but I beat a couple of Driver's times.  w00t!


Completely agree.  Right now I think all I have are driver and naednek, but it is fun to see how much I pwn naednek slywink

gellar (xbox live tag: tehgellar)
8787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 07, 2005, 06:44:09 AM
Eh, I caved and bought it since I have nothing better to do tomorrow.

Impressions after about 30 mins of playing:
1)  The game is pretty good.
2)  The car models are definitely worse than GT4.  By a significant margin.
3)  The environments are way, way better than GT4.
4)  Lots of cool real world tracks, best as I can tell.  Neat.
5)  The tire breakaway model is seemingly a bit too dramatized.  Brakes lock up ridiculously quickly, and drifting through a turn is a common appearance in a RWD or AWD car.  Of course, none of the cars that I've driven in the game are cars I've driven in real life, so I can't judge on the actual 'realism'.  It does *feel* wonky though.
6)  Controls pretty well by controller.  You can tell the cars have quasi realistic physics.  It's better than GT4 by controller, but worse than GT4 with the force feedback wheel.
7)  The music BLOWS HARDCORE.
Cool  I really dislike the way they handle a manual transmission.  First, they penalize you for over-reving the engine even in the slightest.  In 99% of production cars today, you can bounce it off the rev limiter fairly frequently and never have any problems.  Apparently, NO cars in Forza have a rev limiter.  Also, they don't have an option to use the X/A button as Up/Downshift.  I don't like any of the configurable options.  These two have led me to drive with an automatic, and that just feels wrong.
9)  AI at medium difficulty is slow.  Even on a 2 lap race, I've won by as many as 8 seconds.
10)  For my driving style, the racing line doesn't work.  I drive faster with it off.  Seems like a cool idea for the newer drivers though.

Overall, it's a damn fine game.  I wish I had a wheel for it.  Forza with a controller >> GT4 with a controller, but it's definitely not better than GT4 with the Logitech wheel.  Still though, for the XBox, it's a great option.

gellar
8788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 06, 2005, 05:46:21 PM
I may get this and re-up to Live just so I can school you mofoz in the ugliest car I can possibly create.

gellar
8789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 06, 2005, 03:59:09 PM


NOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

gellar
8790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 05, 2005, 01:01:00 AM
Quote from: "wonderpug"
Quote from: "gellar"
I'll Gamefly it sometime down the line, but I certainly don't feel compelled to buy it.

gellar

I just took my '99 Subaru 2.5 RS, swapped in a WRX STi engine, then took it into a Lancer vs. Impreza hill climb on a Japanese mountain road.  Come on now, you want this game.


Meh... stuff like that doesn't matter to me.  I modify my car cause it's... my car.  In games, all I want to do is drive.

The ideal racing game would be one where they took one single car, get the physics on it absolutely PERFECT, let me change realistic configuration options (really just suspension settings), and let me drive on real world tracks.  The closest there is to this is GTR right now.  Of course, I'm also a very small portion of the market, so I definitely understand the appeal of a Forza smile

gellar
8791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 04, 2005, 07:24:34 PM
I'm referring to the two things I pulled out of the review, as they are really the two major pieces of the review I was concerned about.  I don't care about customization in the very least, actually.

And as far as your point 4, so in order to alleviate the apparently over aggressive AI, I have to dumb down the driving model?  No thanks.  I like difficult driving games.  Automobiles are my number 1 hobby.  I "competitively" drive on the weekends, from Auto-X, to Time Trials at local tracks, to Monte Carlo style rallies.  I just don't want a game that is frustrating because the AI drives unrealistically aggressively.  I get that enough with online NASCAR races.  At least then I have someone to yell at.

gellar
8792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 04, 2005, 06:53:40 PM
They aren't factual errors.  They're opinions.

And actually, I prefer GTR smile

gellar
8793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 04, 2005, 06:46:29 PM
Quote from: "Fuzzballx"
Please read the teamxbox and 1up reviews.

The IGN review said a lot of stuff that's completely bunk, there's threads on almost every Forza forum flaming the IGN reviewer for being an idiot including the IGN forum.

If your deciding not to buy based on the ign review then the bad guys win this one...give it a rent to try it at least.


IGN still gave the game a 9.0, so I'd figure those two critiques are fairly accurate.  Even the Team XBox agrees regarding the graphics.  I won't read the 1up review, because I honestly don't trust any review that gives any game a perfect score.

The game seems very, very good.  The two issues above, however, seem very, very valid.  The gamespot review touched on overly aggressive AI.

I have no doubt that this is a 90-95% game.  It's just not one I personally need.  It won't get playtime away from GTR, on account that GTR is an actual sim.  It probably won't get playtime away from GT4, since it seems as though it's very, very similar and its major pluses are taken away by not having a wheel for the XBox.

I'll Gamefly it sometime down the line, but I certainly don't feel compelled to buy it.

gellar
8794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 04, 2005, 06:24:17 PM
Ugh... two quotes from the IGN review have tossed me from "on the fence" to "completely out"

Quote
My conclusion on the AI? It's not as gentle or as soft as in GT4. It will hit you, mistakenly or not. It occasionally does a little rubber band catch-up, and it's certainly smart and interesting. It's definitively aggressive and sometimes it's just plain brutal -- for better or for worse. I personally liked the challenge of a fierce and unpredictable AI -- it makes the single-player game that much more realistic. But my warning is this: Be prepared for a challenge and frustration.


I experience enough challenge and frustration at work.  I do not want that out of a video game.

Quote
The in-game graphics are also good, but not great. Compared to a number of racers, specifically GT4, Forza holds up pretty well, but direct comparisons to that lowly PS2 game (how dare I!) prove a little disappointing. First, the car models aren't as good. They're just not. The car models are again of high quality, but they're not terribly refined, they're often blocky and lack detail, and in some cases, they just don't bring out the beauty of that particular model (whether it's an RX7 or a GT Challenger). Again, they're respectable, just not brilliant.


Not as pretty as GT4?  No wheel?  Frustrating, bumping AI?

No thanks.

gellar
8795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 03, 2005, 09:10:52 PM
The price is the biggest obstacle.  I got the Logitech wheel because it was USB and would work on my PC as well.  A $150 wheel with no FFB for one game is really rather silly when you think about it.

gellar
8796  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 03, 2005, 07:45:19 PM
Ok let me rephrase that:  No *good* wheel for the XBox slywink

gellar
8797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport impressions here! on: May 03, 2005, 07:05:01 PM
I'm taking the wait and see on this one... no wheel for the XBox, so I don't know how this would get in front of GT4 or GTR on my playlist.

Might get it this weekend if the impressions are overly favorable though.

gellar
8798  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Post your Ride! Car pics! [56k Warning] on: April 21, 2005, 08:45:50 PM
^^

SV650?  The first thing I'm doing if I ever get out of LA is buying one of those.

gellar
8799  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Post your Ride! Car pics! [56k Warning] on: April 21, 2005, 05:38:28 PM
LOVE the GTO.

gellar
8800  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hybrid Cars? on: April 21, 2005, 06:18:03 AM
Quote from: "disarm"
Quote from: "gellar"
Quote from: "disarm"
thanks for the tips gellar...i'll keep all that in mind as the time gets a little closer.  i'm really hoping to work something out on the WRX, but the price difference of around $5K may be a big factor in the decision.  after driving the same car for the last nine years, i'm definitely ready for something new Cool


Price difference of $5k from the WRX to which car?

gellar

sorry if that wasn't clear...mentioned a WRX vs. Acura RSX in my earlier post.  from what i've seen both at the dealer and on Edmunds, it's about a $5K difference between a WRX and an Acura RSX (not a Type-S).  they're significantly different cars, but it's what i've narrowed my decision down to at this point...both nice cars, a lot of fun to drive, and fulfill my lifelong desire to own a car with a three-letter name ending in X Cool


When I bought my first Subaru, my final decision was between the RSX Type-S and the WRX.  I love both cars.  Ultimately, the Subaru won for me because 1) AWD, 2) 4 doors, 3) A bit faster, 4) was "different".  The RSX has a SPECTACULAR interior, better handling out of the box (IMHO), and a really damn nice 6 speed gearbox.  You can't really go wrong though smile

gellar
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