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12001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Star Wars : Empire at War on: January 18, 2005, 06:38:16 PM
Quote from: "EddieA"
Am I the only one that actually liked that song? slywink


I liked it too!
12002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GCN Deals? on: January 18, 2005, 03:44:44 PM
Quote from: "warning"
When I buy a Gamecube (which is inevitable... sigh) does it come with a memory card or do I need to purchase one separately?

Edit: oh and one more thing.  I know it's common to abbreviate it GCN but where in the heck does the N come from?  There is no N in Gamecube...


Some other system had NGC already.  I think it was the Neo-Geo?  Any way, Nintendo had to use GCN instead.
12003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GCN Deals? on: January 18, 2005, 07:13:48 AM
Thanks, man!
12004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GCN Deals? on: January 18, 2005, 06:43:39 AM
Hey t.o., why would they stop making the digital outs on the newer cubes?

As for me, I bought mine on launch day and it's holding up like a champ.  One thing about the Big N, they make their hardware solid.
12005  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 Impressions on: January 18, 2005, 06:40:34 AM
GAAGGHHH!!  Am I the only one who can only play for small periods at a time?  I'm 7.5 hours in now at act 3-1.  I just can play for too long, it just creeps me out.  

Damn this is fun though!!!
12006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ok, I now get it. on: January 18, 2005, 05:23:06 AM
Blasphemy!  Why not treat yourself to both?!
12007  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Blizzard - No more WoW copies being made available on: January 18, 2005, 12:48:23 AM
Quote from: "Scuba-V"
I got WoW for Christmas but haven't started it yet, mainly because I wanted to play my other games before WoW sunk it's addictive hooks in me.  Now I'm glad I waited and haven't started on my time yet.  I'll just sit back and finish my other Christmas games and wait for things to settle out.


My note to people who are waiting...just don't go to a high pop server.  I went to Bronzebeard, a low pop (even today I think) pacific coast server and I've never had a problem logging in.
12008  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Why do games look like crap on my new TV? on: January 18, 2005, 12:45:53 AM
I was going to say cables, but if you have that, then I don't know what could be the problem. :\
12009  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Blizzard - No more WoW copies being made available on: January 17, 2005, 11:15:57 PM
I should head on over to my local store to see if I can find it.  eBay, like the auction house in game, makes me greedy.
12010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 Impressions on: January 17, 2005, 06:25:16 PM
Since end game stuff is coming out, may I please make a plea to keep things spoiler free, or at least mark them with spoilers?  Thanks!!
12011  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Looking to get new speakers...looking at Spiffy Bose set on: January 17, 2005, 05:34:33 PM
You need to find Zaxxon!
12012  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battle for Middle Earth on: January 17, 2005, 05:33:33 PM
For those of you who thought it was easy playing Good campaign on normal, how did you do it?

After the 5th mission, I would get raided at the very beginning of the level with about 100 orcs/goblins, who would decimate my forces from the previous mission.  Archers were so slow that they would get to fights 10 minutes late, or get hacked from behind, and horse riders would just sit there and not attack, even when I did an attack-move.  How did you all over come this?
12013  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battle for Middle Earth on: January 17, 2005, 07:45:47 AM
I feel the same way man.  I do really well at most games, but most of the missions (granted I didn't get far in this one) are just insane.  If I had continued on, I would have had to use the unit # tweak, just to make it fair, let alone fun.
12014  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 Impressions on: January 17, 2005, 05:22:11 AM
Wow, I just finished chapter 2-3 and this game is full steam ahead!  I'm having a blast now and I hope the game keeps it going.  Minus the deaths and retries, I am just over 6 1/2 hours played.  Bravo!

EDIT - Boss three was a creepy S.O.B.!  I had to beat him using a really cheap method, but whatever.  :wink:

*note that the glowing praise above does not include merchant and CODEC portions of the game.
12015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battle for Middle Earth on: January 16, 2005, 07:46:27 PM
Very disappointed as well.  It's clunky, unresponsive, and too difficult.
12016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 Impressions on: January 16, 2005, 08:45:06 AM
Interesting Thin_J, I have yet to see that happen.  I've done some roundhouse kicks that explode heads though.
12017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 Impressions on: January 16, 2005, 06:53:57 AM
Ok well so far I had not been really wowed, but I just finished Chapter 2-2 and that has changed.  SPOILERS if you haven't gotten that far yet.


Ok, so for those who have...damn!  Everything after I "rescued" Ashley has been INTENSE!  The village in the rain, people yelling at me from the shadows, crazy villagers on the rooftops.  All of it.  And man, oh man, that shootout in the house was crazy.  Popping heads, grabbing loot, knocking down ladders...OH MY!  It's become a short session game all of a sudden.  In the day light I was fine, but this, this is too much!  FUN!
12018  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Strange problem... PSU, video card (6600 gt), or heat? on: January 16, 2005, 02:57:53 AM
Hey man, just replied to your PM.  Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner, I didn't even know about that feature.
12019  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Check out this ebay auction on: January 16, 2005, 01:04:16 AM
What will they think of next?
12020  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RE4 - a question on: January 15, 2005, 10:00:39 AM
I think that if it's treasure then you can sell it.  If you need it for a puzzle, it won't be an item that you can sell.
12021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Now that the dust has long settled, Zelda Wind Waker sales on: January 15, 2005, 08:35:55 AM
Hey Kevin, great reply.  Thank you for the info!
12022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Now that the dust has long settled, Zelda Wind Waker sales on: January 15, 2005, 04:56:31 AM
Hey all, I was just looking at a game store site, I noticed that the heading for the next Zelda game talks about an older, more mature Link going on his new adventure, I figured that Nintendo had bowed to the pressure off of the last Zelda and it's cartoon look.  I have never been as wowed by a game as I was with the graphics in that one and I'm sad to see a change, but oh well.

So my question is this, how did The Wind Waker end up selling?  Did it do well for a Zelda title?  For a AAA Nintendo title?  Does anyone have any figures?
12023  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 Impressions on: January 14, 2005, 06:13:41 PM
Updates impressions.

I am enjoying the combat more now that I have tactics in place.  I can get the shoot and kick combo to work most of the time now.  I can even shoot thrown weapons out of the air at time.  One time I shot a guy with a dynamite stick and he dropped it and blew himself and two others up.  Good stuff.  Combat is fun.

I finished the first boss battle and I really liked it.  It was different than anything else I can remember playing.

On the second boss battle now and I died the first time, I'll have to try agian.

As was previously mentioned, the Codec conversations are terrible and unnecessary.  I don't see why they were added.

I also don't like the merchant parts.  It doesn't fit into the series (IMO) and kind of takes away from the whole thing.  Not enough to make it a bad game, but I just don't think it fits.

Story is still going strong and get's better.  As I mentioned before, I love this universe and the stories always have me hooked.


SPOILERS ON FIRST BOSS



this was really cool.  After the cut scene, I went to the lake and was shooting the water just to see the effect.  Well, after about 5 shots the monster LUNGED out of the water and ate me, scared the crap out of me!!!!


END SPOILERS.....
12024  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tron being remade on: January 13, 2005, 11:26:17 PM
I have a bad feeling about this.
12025  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 Impressions on: January 13, 2005, 07:01:32 PM
Let me state this first: I never had any problems with the control scheme in the other Resident Evil games.  I kow they were clunky compared to some games that I'd played, but in the context of the game (static camera angles, etc.) they worked just fine for me.  After 15 mins, I never had trouble moving around.

Ok onto RE4.  I'm glad that it's still Resident Evil.  I was worried with the elimination of Umbrella and zombies (at least as far in as I am) that it wouldn't feel like an RE game.  Whatever the hell those villagers are on, they certainly act like zombies.  They sound like zombies.  They die like zombies.  The first time I popped a head, I remembered the sound from previous games.  The villager even kept walking for a bit before he fell, a la previous games in the series.  ^_^

The graphics are nice, as most have pointed out, but for me they are not nearly as good as the static, prerendered stuff in other games, especially the two Gamecube exclusives.  The environments in those games were so damn good, I want all games to look like that.  I'm sure that I am in the minority with this one.  While the rooms and areas do look very nice in RE4, they are not as detailed as I would have liked and I know this is just from the transition to full 3D (and being on a console.)

The camera angle is a bit tricky, you really feel like you are living Leon's tale (as IGN reviewed I think), but I would like more access to look around.  They really should have included a free-look option where I can at least zoom into first person view even if I have to stop.  I want to look around at all sorts of stuff.  I am constantly fidgeting with the c-stick to get a better view of things, even while running to accomodate for slopes and what not.  While I don't want to play as an FPS, I would have like more control over the camera.  

Combat is GREAT!  I don't play many console games anymore, so my precision is still tuned for a mouse.  I usually have my mouse sensitivity really high too, so it took me some time (and wasted ammo) to adjust to the aiming.  I really like this part though, it's nice to drop a guy with a shot to the knee, then aim again and pop his head.  I've also shot dynamite being through at me and had it blow up in their face.  Thank you for saving me the ammo mister!  Which brings me to another point.  My first encounter with multiple zombies, I was playing like I know...conserver ammo!  Well that didn't last long as I see there is ammo galore in this one.  I have more bullets than I know what to do with and I love it!  I normally wouldn't use the shotgun until much later in the game and already I'm blowing fools up with it.  The rifle is particularly sweet, if I do say so myself.

Audio is nice, although I'm only listening through the simulated surround of my Sony Vega.  I'm sure it's much better on a better setup.  The music adds to the mood and creeps me out sufficiently.

Story has me reeled in, as have all the other ones.  I just love this world.  I always want to know what's going on with RE games.  This one is no different.

Some have commented on reloading and I have zero probs with it.  It works so well in the context of the game, I wouldn't want a button set to reload individually.  The one thing that I don't understand how they missed is a strafe function.  3D requires strafing, there's just no way around it.  I have found a hundred places where I could have used strafe.  Maybe in the next one they'll implement it.  I can get past not being able to move and shoot, but no strafe just won't do.

Now for some story speculation, so SPOILERS...

These are just thoughts written down...The Zangief looking guy (big cheese) looks entirely too much like Mr.X or whatever the Nemesis' were called.  His outfit atleast.  Also, the injection into Leon's neck, carry our blood, so on and so forth.  I have a feeling that Umbrella isn't gone after all, adn I couldn't be happier. I can't wait to see where it all goes, so please no spoiler posts without a warning.


End SPOILERS...

So aside from my gripes, I'm still enjoying it and I'm glad that I got it.  It's nice to be back in the RE universe and I look forward to seeing where this one goes.
12026  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How did Nintendo get the Resident Evil series? on: January 13, 2005, 05:07:04 PM
Unbongwah, I remember reading that RE4 will be released on the PS2 eventually, but what about the other two RE exclusives for the GC?
12027  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How did Nintendo get the Resident Evil series? on: January 13, 2005, 03:45:02 PM
This isn't a bashing post in any way, I'm actually just curious.  I have had a gamecube since day one, and all the Nintendo consoles before it.  I'm just wondering, how did they land the Resident Evil series?  Not because of the much talked of kiddie-aspect of Nintendo (which I don't share the same opinion), but because of total market share.  RE:Remake and RE0 were both really good games, IMHO.  I think the other 3 and Veronica sold like hot cakes too.  I wonder how many copies would have sold if it was released on another console, or all three for that matter.  What did Nintendo do to get Capcom to commit to Nintendo's console?  Does anyone know or remember what the selling point was?
12028  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Play the Horde on: January 12, 2005, 08:33:00 PM
I love the UC, it was the first moment I was really wowed by this game!
12029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 - 9.8, 5/5, *9.6gs*...temptation official! on: January 12, 2005, 08:16:16 PM
Woo Hoo, just picked it up at lunch...now just have to wait until after work to play!
12030  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW: Play the Horde on: January 12, 2005, 06:24:57 PM
I think the Alliance lands were done first, so they really have some cool looking areas.  I've only played Horde, so I've had to travel to see them, but there are some really cool looking lands for both.  I play UD and I've really enjoyed it.
12031  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 - 9.8, 5/5, *9.6gs*...temptation official! on: January 12, 2005, 12:00:53 AM
Nada at my local EBs.  BOO!
12032  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 - 9.8, 5/5, *9.6gs*...temptation official! on: January 11, 2005, 11:33:20 PM
Well here's to hoping that one of the local EBs has it in stock.
12033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 - 9.8, 5/5, *9.6gs*...temptation official! on: January 11, 2005, 10:27:04 PM
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Devil, did you get yours at EB too?  I may have to make some calls after work.
12034  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 - 9.8, 5/5, *9.6gs*...temptation official! on: January 11, 2005, 09:09:20 PM
BAH the forum effect has me at a fevered pitch!  As I noted earlier, this wasn't even on my radar and now it's all I want to play.  Why did they do a different release schedule for this one game???? (Wed instead of Tues in stores)
12035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metroid Prime... Grrrrr *spoilers* on: January 11, 2005, 09:06:37 PM
I breezed through that game until the end boss too.  I never could beat that thing.  I got to the second version one time and just got my butt kicked.
12036  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 - 9.8, 5/5, *9.6gs*...temptation official! on: January 11, 2005, 03:23:01 AM
Dafones, this release is a little different.  It's shipping tomorrow, where most games ship today and are in stores on Tuesday.  The earliest this will be in stores is Wednesday.
12037  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / WoW - The Rogue Class on: January 10, 2005, 11:50:41 PM
I had two human paladins come up to me yesterday.  I'm a level 41 rogue they were lvl 36 or 37.  I play on PvE so no ganking is possible.  One of the paladins turns on his PvP flag and starts jumping around to let me know he wants to fight.  So I attack him and basically get him down to nothing.  Then his friend starts to heal him and I see I'm losing this fight.  So I start to run away and then vanish.  I see that he does the /rude emote to make a rude gesture at me.  This makes me mad.  So I stay stealthed and creep back up.  They've decided to stay and creep, both with their flags on.  The one who gestured at me has maybe a sliver health left.  I cheap shot him and ss-evis and he's toast.  Then I go to work on the next guy and take him out without even getting hit.  It was a thing of beauty.  :lol:
12038  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / NFL Playoffs - Wildcard Weekend on: January 10, 2005, 06:28:59 AM
Colts were the only team that I wanted to win that did too.  I hope they put the smack down on New England next week, I don't like those Pats one bit.
12039  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 - 9.8, 5/5, *9.6gs*...temptation official! on: January 07, 2005, 09:50:15 PM
This wasn't even on my radar, but now it looks like I'll be getting it next week.
12040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / BFME moving between units on: January 06, 2005, 06:36:08 PM
They actually do this worse than any other game.  Normally I would have  big group designated as 1, but within that big group, say archers as 2.  Well you can't do that in BFME.  They can only be assigned to one group number.  I don't like it. frown
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