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681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Future Tactics: The Uprising on: January 27, 2008, 10:00:59 AM
it came out at the $19.99 price point a few years ago, but i just finished it. as one review put it, it's a 'turn based shooter' (obviously created by a British studio - Zed Two - as evident in the art style and dialog). lite-tactical elements with an interesting implementation - in how each turn plays out, it shows how the 3D Worms games from Team 17 could* have been made more fun than they were.

shots are made with a mini-game style aiming system. characters can find upgrade (as well as first-aid) in the field, granting new abilities. surprisingly, the game has a decent deformable terrain system, destroyable structures and large objects that can be blasted with firearms and cause a great deal of bodily damage on impact with friend or foe. craters, buildings and the like can be used for cover, as the monsters use line-of-sight to find you. there's also a multiplayer hotseat mode, and you can create custom one-off battles.

there are downsides to being developed as a budget title. the art style is very simple. enemies can run into the water and drown, fall off cliffs or otherwise injure themselves for no good reason, but it happens infrequently enough that it's amusing to watch. some mission objectives are unclear, and you can't get an overview of the battlefield before you take your first turn of the match. although the story is mostly dull, usually silly and lacks potential, it doesn't get in the way of the game itself. the first few missions are quite difficult at first, as you are completely overpowered by the opposing forces and must survive any way you can.

you can find it second-hand for cheap on PS2 (the version i'm playing), GC, Xbox and (in Europe) Windows PC platforms. (and it's on the Xbox360 backwards-compatible list.)

good review with many screenshots here

682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forum Challenge - Abolishing the Backlog on: January 23, 2008, 09:07:50 AM
my backlog goes to sometime in the mid-'80s. currently working on The Legend of Zelda and The Adventures of Lolo [NES]. it's too late for me. save yourselves!!
683  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cats vs Dogs on: January 13, 2008, 12:11:20 AM
no option for both

i'm into all animals, tho i think i'm more of a rodent person.
684  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hi-Def War to end at CES 2008...? on: January 11, 2008, 03:59:19 AM
I was going to ask about this.  yup, that's all that's needed....

Quote from: Jag on January 10, 2008, 10:21:46 PM

It's over. BluRay gets teh porn.

http://www.t3.com/news/blu-ray-porn?=35064
685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Portal:First Slice free to nVidia users on: January 09, 2008, 09:27:35 PM
this offer is videocardist
686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Computer Gaming World Museum...Im in love on: January 07, 2008, 10:15:24 AM

Quote from: kronovan on January 07, 2008, 10:09:15 AM

I thought I'd link this issue as well. Just because so many have forgotten that Halo was originally destined for the Mac.
687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official prediction: DNF, a bust or not? on: December 24, 2007, 01:46:22 AM
i didn't care for DN3D either.  give me the original sidescrollers!
688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: anyone else currently playing PS1 games? on: December 16, 2007, 07:16:17 AM
ok, i'm still confused - will message you now.
689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: anyone else currently playing PS1 games? on: December 16, 2007, 01:50:12 AM
uhhh...
Spoiler for Hiden:
>>To get on the way to the best ending, as well as a hell of a lot more content, you need to aquire both the gold and silver rings. 

don't have these...

>>The hardest to get is the silver ring in the upper left of the castle as you need the spike armor + mist to get it.

spike armor? i don't have that either.

i've been unable to get into the water areas - should i have found the 'underwater protection' thingee by this time?

690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: anyone else currently playing PS1 games? on: December 16, 2007, 01:03:20 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 16, 2007, 12:57:07 AM

maybe it's time to upgrade?  Tongue

oh, but i just did! a friend gave me her PSOne that she didn't need anymore, and i'm now using it... my original PlayStation was purchased from a garage sale for $20 (with a forgotten Tomb Raider 2 disc inside the drive) in 2001 and is starting to stutter and skip during movies/cinematics... as i think all the old ones do at some point.
691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / anyone else currently playing PS1 games? on: December 16, 2007, 12:35:42 AM
...as nothing on my Dreamcast seems too appealing right now... 

i've been trying over the past year and a half to get all gold medals on the single races in Wipeout 3 - i'm about a third of the way through. :/  takes forever..

got the really crummy ending in Castlevania: Symphony of the night, and i can't figure out how to get past that...

meandering around in ChronoCross, - not sure what i'm doing and feeling like it's going to take about 80 more hours to complete this game.

and started Silent Hill last night, absolutely hating the controls.

got Syphon Filter on half.com for $0.75 plus shipping - excited to try that out.
692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crysis and UT3 (PC version) bombing? on: December 15, 2007, 11:48:10 PM
i was totally looking forward to both games... but the UT3 demo looks not very good on my computer (and it won't apply the graphical settings properly), while the Crysis demo refuses to run at all.
693  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: WTB/TF Nintendo DSLite on: December 15, 2007, 01:55:29 AM
how about
http://www.gp2x.com
694  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Opera or Firefox? on: November 30, 2007, 12:16:39 AM
Opera is fast, i like it for that.
695  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: The difficulties of moving to HD lighting in games. on: November 21, 2007, 01:22:02 AM
graphics artists also like working in shuttered caves
696  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 9/07) on: November 09, 2007, 09:14:46 PM
+1 to Gratch for the DS title
697  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: [PSP] looking for Loco Roco on: November 03, 2007, 08:14:51 PM
thanks
698  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / [PSP] looking for Loco Roco on: November 03, 2007, 12:03:41 PM
is going to be a present for a friend.
699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: H-Gate London Demo.....Can we talk? on: October 22, 2007, 09:47:27 AM
i'm going to have to force myself to get further into the game - the first five minutes of the demo were preeetty dull.
700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RE4 Suggestions on: September 20, 2007, 05:17:18 AM
you might also have discovered, if you did not patch the game right away, that shader support is completely missing.  downloading the patch and enabling shaders will make the game *noticeably slower (like with STALKER) - hope your PC can handle it...
701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London - Elite or Pleb? on: September 19, 2007, 03:17:58 AM
if this becomes a trend in the future, it would make it very easy for me to save money by not buying games anymore..
702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Song Set Leaked? on: September 18, 2007, 09:55:56 AM
HEY ... HEY
HIER KOMMT ALEX
VORHANG AUF
FUR SEINE HORRORSCHAU
703  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Oh God, please say he did this. on: September 18, 2007, 06:36:26 AM
"O.J. Simpson played on The Naked Gun and Roots
But as of now, he is a hardened criminal"
-Wesley Willis
704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Cave Story - is it really as good as people (supposidly) say it is? on: August 15, 2007, 08:25:15 AM
play it past the first 15 minutes or so - it does* get fun after that.
705  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 6/07) on: August 14, 2007, 10:37:24 PM
+1 to mikeg
706  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Some oldie but fairly goodie PC games FREE. Just pay shipping. on: August 01, 2007, 03:37:29 PM
i'm interested in Myst 4
707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: All-time PC gaming disappointments on: June 13, 2007, 09:19:58 AM
oh yeah.  Dungeon Siege.  that was even more of a disappointment than Max Payne. barely....
708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Survival Horror Shooter in the Works on: June 06, 2007, 09:53:21 AM
what about Eidos' _Touch the Dead_... other than it looks kinda lame...
709  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / [linux] openSUSE 10.2 on: June 06, 2007, 09:50:26 AM
i stopped using SUSE after they were bought out by Novell (and switched to Ubuntu), but the eye-candy is pretty nice with this newest build.  KDE has never looked better - finally 3D acceleration has been optimized from the start!
710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft trying to kill PC gaming? on: June 06, 2007, 09:40:04 AM
Quote
Because frankly, if it wasn't for gaming, a whole lot of us would already have Macs, or be running Ubuntu Linux and never looking back.

i'm nearly there - running Ubuntu on my desktop and i recently purchased a secondhand G3 iBook. if the "Games for Windows" initiative goes just how Microsoft wants it (eg. micro-payments/pay-for-content/monthly subscriptions), i don't see commercial Windows gaming having a place in my future.  as it stands, the only "triple-A" title released over the past two years that i've had any desire to play is Civilization IV.  i also have little interest in MMORPGs.
711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: All-time PC gaming disappointments on: June 05, 2007, 08:45:08 AM
Carmageddon TDR 2000 - i shouldn't have expected a masterpiece in the first place, but they somehow managed to remove all the fun that i had had in Carmageddon 2.

Serious Sam 2 - classic example of an 'overproduced' game.  Croteam got an actual budget for the sequel and went crazy on the animations, models, physics, cutscenes, making it bigger and shinier... and i gave up at the swamp level, not too far in. a bunch of little differences all over the place that add up to a less habit-forming playing experience.  and the first two games have some of my favorite gaming experiences ever..it's weird.

Max Payne - built a whole new computer based on the 'optimal' system requirements i read in a PC Gamer preview - then found out the game itself was a dull Tomb Raider-like shooter (minus  the acrobatics) with a really overdone Chandler-wannabe narrative.  it may be a wee bit of an overstatement to say i started to lose faith in the current gaming industry due to this experience... maybe...
712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap - free version on: May 31, 2007, 11:56:11 PM
nice.  servers are loaded right now, it appears.
713  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Sabayon Linux on: May 31, 2007, 12:59:21 AM
Sabayon is based on Gentoo (the ultimate configurable Linux OS) and Ubuntu is based on Debian (traditionally, the most stable Linux distro).
714  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How the **** did Concrete Blonde never hit it bigger than they did? on: May 22, 2007, 11:36:31 PM
the last two albums (_Group Therapy_ and _Mojave_) were rather uninspiring, but i've got all their other ones, and have seen Johnette Napolitano solo and the Concrete Blonde reformation (in 2002, i think?).  how could you not* like "Still in Hollywood"...
715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hacker Evolution released [UPDATE!] on: May 12, 2007, 10:36:02 AM
a text parser in a modern game feels surprisingly fresh and different...

also, i have been getting into Linux BASH stuff, so it is also comfortable and familiar
716  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need to Resize a XP Partition; Which Tool? on: May 10, 2007, 07:57:26 PM

Quote from: kronovan on May 10, 2007, 07:28:10 PM

How well will Gparted work for resizing a drive that already contains an installation of XP and a multitude of games?
 I really don't want to have to reinstall all my games and I don't have any backup medium large enough to do the entire drive; game saves and patch downloads are currently backed up.
I haven't worked with any flavour of Linux for about 5 few years, so I'm a little hesitant with this solution. If others have used this for scenarios like mine I'm willing to give it a try. I also don't have a clue where you get the Linux Live CD-ROM; how do I aquire it?

i've used it in a situation similar to yours and it works great.  i really recommend the Knoppix liveCD  http://www.knoppix.org/ - it's a fantastic disc-bootable OS as well.
717  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: I need of a Free virus protection download. on: May 10, 2007, 06:34:27 PM
COMODO AntiVirus
718  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Gamecube, GBA Player and Component Video Cable! UPDATED on: May 03, 2007, 05:30:02 PM
i'd pay $25-$30 for the Gamecube (i don't have one yet).  and i'd rather give the money to someone on GT than some unknown person on craigslist...
719  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Wanted: Xbox: Indigo Prophecy & Psychonauts on: April 27, 2007, 01:06:37 AM
how much would you sell Fahrenheit for?
720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Halo 2 for Vista - ALL PC GAMERS READ!! on: April 24, 2007, 09:00:46 PM
i was holding off on playing it, but after i found out it was 'Vista-only'... i went and bought a second-hand Xbox copy for $8  frown

i honestly don't know if i want to install Vista... or deal with Microsoft-anything if i can possibly help it.  i'm at the point where i'm really leaning towards keeping XP as a secondary installation and going with Ubuntu on the desktop and OSX on the mac laptop.
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