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3881  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Think you can handle flying with the Blue Angels? on: June 08, 2006, 02:03:08 AM
This guy can't.

LOL.  http://alt.coxnewsweb.com/ajc/swf/blueangels/blueangels_lite.swf

This ordinary Joe is flying as a guest with the Blue Angels and whenever they do their manuevers, he keeps passing out unable to hand the g's.  It's funny seeing his reaction as he loses conciousness and waking back up.

Man, if I was the pilot, I'd be cracking up each time.

Make sure to watch all 3 scenes
3882  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / NSFW -NICE SHOT on: June 03, 2006, 07:04:57 PM
no it's called good taste, you my friend, don't have it smile
3883  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hitman: Blood Money demo is out! on: May 23, 2006, 04:15:48 AM
Quote from: "Autistic Angel"
Wow...now *this* is a terrible demo!  I was pretty interested in getting this game, even considering putting down a preorder for it now that my local Electronics Boutique has cut back their PC stock to bare minimum levels, but now it would take some extremely impressive reviews to even make me consider it.

Hitman 2: Silent Assassin had a fantastic demo.  It must have had a dozen different ways to approach the hit, and I played it for *hours* until I finally got a perfect "Silent Assassin" rating by killing no one except the mark and escaping without triggering a single alarm.  I was disappointed to discover that the rest of the game wasn't nearly so clever and open-ended, but the demo definitely sold me on the game.

Like the Hitman 2 demo, the Blood Money demo lets you play through the first level of the game.  Unfortunately, instead of an awesome full-fledged assassination scenario, this demo is a rigidly linear tutorial level which eliminates any sense of experimentation or exploration by telling you every single step you need to take.  The ironic thing about this tutorial is that it rarely tells you *how* to do it, so when you're told to "Distract the Guards" or "Snipe the Three Men," be prepared to hunt through your keyboard mappings while you figure it out.

The mission starts with you waiting for a guard to open a gate while you listen to your briefing.  Since I can't find any Save Game option so far, my failed attempts to Distract the Guards have caused me to hear that briefing five or six times now.  There won't be a seventh.  I think the fact that I was tasked with sniping three men from a window where only two were visible was the final breaking point.

The graphics are good, featuring some new tricks like soft shadows and normal mapping which give faces a big boost in definition.  The physics, however, haven't improved since Hitman 2 was released in 2002.  Dragging bodies results in the same wildly flapping ragdolls that most other games decided were unacceptable two years ago.  I also haven't seen an environment this untouchable since Final Fantasy VII -- I understand a pistol isn't going to shatter anything it shoots in just a couple rounds, but even some of the windows seem protected by an invisible shield.  It's a bad sign when a game released in 2006 doesn't even appear to feature bullet holes when you plug a flimsy wooden wall.

Out.

-Autistic Angel


+1

Talk about being babysat
3884  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Lost Game Coming video games on: May 22, 2006, 10:12:03 PM
Ah, let me see, you'll play the game as the main character Jack, after 4 hours of playing, you'll suddenly be yanked out of reality only to repeat the last 4 hours of your life on the island. Then you'll get two more hours, until the game moves onto a cutscene only to recap what you have accomplished the last 6 hours. Rince and Repeat Razz

http://www.firingsquad.com/news/newsarticle.asp?searchid=10354
3885  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / EGM, OPM, and CGW - Free Again on: May 22, 2006, 07:27:10 PM
What's the mag that has the reviews where 3 people chime in with their opinion on one game?  I think it's EGM, the format is terrible.  CGW is really good, and they don't seem too sophmoric.
3886  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dark Messiah Of Might & Magic - completely awesome video on: May 22, 2006, 05:06:53 PM
They kept saying how non-linear this game is, but after watching it, all of the "environmental weapons" just felt staged.
3887  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SiN Episode 1: Emergence - Impressions on: May 21, 2006, 04:01:15 PM
i read there's a patch that fixes it.
3888  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SiN Episode 1: Emergence - Impressions on: May 21, 2006, 05:52:44 AM
actually passed that, but now after talking to that guy, he tells his henchmen to prepare the submarine. but then he just stands there.  Is this a bug?
3889  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SiN Episode 1: Emergence - Impressions on: May 21, 2006, 05:42:35 AM
I'm stuck in the U4 lab mission where there's a tram that crashes through a door, after clearing out the big room, you have a lift in the middle of the room.  Int hew ater below there's a submarine, and up top there's some dude looking out of the bulletproof window

What in the hell do I do?  I can't seem to position to get me across the other side of the room
3890  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / My Asus Video card w/ TV Tuner about to close for $1 on Ebay on: May 18, 2006, 06:50:44 PM
you're lucky i'm asleep by 11pm warning, otherwise I would have caught this:P

Hmmm he lives in Sacramento, so do I, maybe I can do you better and warn him personally Tongue
3891  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (5/8) on: May 08, 2006, 05:20:49 PM
no way I'm paying $20 for an episode.  By the time the game is over, it cost a total of $100.  If this is the way games are going to be distributed, than I think we're heading in a wrong and expensive direction
3892  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / does anyone else here listen the Jim Rome show? on: May 05, 2006, 10:28:54 PM
I hate the dude.  I hate when he takes a 3-5 second break between sentences
3893  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Games for Sale (PC) on: April 28, 2006, 05:12:51 PM
bump
3894  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DEMO...Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter on: April 27, 2006, 03:00:28 AM
this game is pretty buggy.  I have had 2 crashes, and countless of times where my sound effects just disappear
3895  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Games for Sale (PC) on: April 22, 2006, 11:40:04 PM
Joint Operations Typhoon Rising  ($12 shipped)
Civilization 4  ($30 shipped)
Galactic Civilization 2 ($25 shipped)
Oblivion ($35 shipped)
F.E.A.R. ($15 shipped)
This is being posted on other sites, first one to respond via email gets it.
3896  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's coming and I can't wait! [Ghost Recon] on: April 20, 2006, 06:08:17 PM
Quote from: "Jarrodhk"
Hmm... what are the system requirements for this?  After having so much fun with the 360 version I might be interested in picking this up as well.  However my system is aging and I don't have the money to upgrade anytime soon.


it's already been answered two posts up
3897  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [xbox 360] Finally got to play with one today! on: April 09, 2006, 04:04:00 AM
I finally got to play an xbox 360 today at my fiance's sisters house.  I got to play Ghost Recon and man t hat game is all kinds of cool.

However, I don't think I'll buy an 360, there wasnt much differene than what my computer can handle.
3898  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MLB 2k6 [2ksports] on: April 08, 2006, 04:16:01 AM
wow talk about retarded.  I'm playing MLB 2k6, and it's a day game, no cloud in the sky.  All of a sudden I'm seeing rain drops, again, no clouds.  An inning later, the game is rained out, again no clouds
3899  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MLB 2k6 [2ksports] on: April 08, 2006, 12:46:41 AM
Quote from: "godhugh"
Quote from: "naednek"
Quote from: "Lockdown"


I will restate again for the record, I am very harsh on baseball titles.  Perhaps Naednek can give some detailed impressions for you folks.  His impressions may be much more inline with how you would perceive the game.  I freely admit that.

I highly doubt he'll value my impressions, he doesn't really like me much smile

I really havn't seen any AI bugs, probably because i'm on easy (so i can get used to the batting interface -- won my first game yesterday)


I have absolutely nothing against you personally naednek. And generally, we do tend to agree on baseball games (at least MVP Baseball, with the exception of the baserunning) so I would be curious to hear some in-depth thoughts on the game from you.


1st the bad...

1: Infield.  While the animations look fine to me, I'm finding the animations is causing the reaction time of the players to slow down.  I don't know if that makes any sense.  It basically suffers the same thing NBA Live 05 did.   When a batter hits a ground ball to the SS, the person controlling the SS has to wait until the animations are finished, this doesn't really slow the rest of the game down, so sometimes an easy grounder to SS can quickly become a base hit.  It's really annoying some times.  I barely got off a double play, I don't know how in the hell anyone could go for a triple.

2:I've now seen some players move fairly slow, then all of a sudden they are running super fast, as if they roomed up with Barry and took steroids.

3: The fonts are hard to read, maybe it's because I don't have HDTV, but it's just really difficult to make out some words, especially when the words are on a white background.
 
4: Baserunning can be frustration at times.  The cool thing, you can "que up" how bases you want your player to run to.  So if you hit a ball in the gap, and you think you can squeeze off a triple, you can hit the left trigger button 3 times and it will automatically make the player run to 3rd base.

However, start having more than 1 baserunner, it's gets frustrating, there's too much micromanaging going on.


That's all the bad things that I've noticed

1: The batting system is difficult at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's really fun to use and changes the boring press the "A" button to hit.

It's a 2 step process, 1st you plant yourself before the swing (you try to do it as soon as the pitcher releases the ball) and then once it's near the plate, you swing.  By releasing the right stick without pushing up, you'll typically have a grounder, or line drive, whereas by flicking the the stick up will be a fly ball or powerswing.   Meanwhile you can use the left  stick to aim your shots.  

Pitching is also a blast, you really have more control in ball placement.  

The game isn't perfect, I haven't seen many bugs, but from my experience the game is fun to play, and considering this is the only baseball game coming for xbox, there's not much I can do.
3900  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MLB 2k6 [2ksports] on: April 08, 2006, 12:33:14 AM
is that President Bush by the brick wall with the foam finger?
3901  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MLB 2k6 [2ksports] on: April 07, 2006, 04:03:44 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"


I will restate again for the record, I am very harsh on baseball titles.  Perhaps Naednek can give some detailed impressions for you folks.  His impressions may be much more inline with how you would perceive the game.  I freely admit that.

I highly doubt he'll value my impressions, he doesn't really like me much smile

I really havn't seen any AI bugs, probably because i'm on easy (so i can get used to the batting interface -- won my first game yesterday)
3902  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MLB 2k6 [2ksports] on: April 07, 2006, 03:25:37 PM
I've played about 5-6 games now, and it's no where near as bad as you are making it sound.  The only thing that's really annoying is the infielding, they react too slow.
3903  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MLB 2k6 [2ksports] on: April 06, 2006, 03:51:54 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
 

Also, I have not mentioned one AI flaw I have seen yet.  I simply refuse to even go there.  They exist in all games, and CERTAINLY this game is no exception.  I just don't even want to get into it, in case anyone is wondering why I haven't talked about it.


What is Catch up AI, Alex.

I tend to agree with the sticky factor for the AI.  I had a grounder to shortstop and by the time the SS went through all the motions, the runner was on base.
3904  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MLB 2k6 [2ksports] on: April 06, 2006, 01:49:25 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"


Playing as the Astros, I have Tavaras up to bat.  I right click on his player name, and can see his tendencies.  This is the type of stuff it lists:



How do you right click if you're using a console Tongue
3905  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Login Problems on: April 05, 2006, 07:43:15 PM
thanks!

As a mod, i should know this Tongue  But i haven't logged out in a long time, and they changed it in between.
3906  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MLB 2k6 [2ksports] on: April 05, 2006, 07:06:14 PM
pretty good review over here.

http://www.gamerankings.com/itemrankings/launchreview.asp?reviewid=679006

The IGN review was way too harsh.
3907  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Login Problems on: April 05, 2006, 07:01:43 PM
I'm having an issue with the login page.  Each time I visit, I have log in.  The button to remember the password and stay logged in, is missing.  

Rubyeye is having the same problem.
3908  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MLB 2k6 [2ksports] on: April 05, 2006, 03:12:11 PM
Anyone know how to access the classic batting mode?  You know, hitting the A button.  I try doing it, and he never swings.  I looked in the options menu to see if it needs to turned on, but I'm not finding that option.
3909  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MLB 2k6 [2ksports] on: April 05, 2006, 02:08:54 AM
I've played a few games and lost both.  

The new swinging system, is really tough to get used too.  I'm starting to get discouraged.

To comment on Lockdown's responses I'd have to say I agree with #2, the new pitching interface is pretty cool, takes a few tries to get used to it and understand it, but it definetly is more involving.

The Inside Edge is awesome, it's so satisfying to strike someone out because you scouted their weakspots.


I didn't notice anything too bad with the animation.  However, the movement is a little off, and it's really hard to tell who's the active player you are controlling.  The cursor blends in the background.

I really disagree with #8.  It screams broadcast sports TV.  I've seen many cutscenes with the strike out replays.  All of them showed the 3 strikes.   I do agree with the fonts.  The fonts are hard to read in the menu, and it's hard to read the pitcher's stamina %.

Also disagree with the announcing.  It's awesome.

I have a question about the inside edge and the franchise mode.  I know I can buy scouting reports on different teams, but how do you know how many points you have?
3910  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MLB 2k6 [2ksports] on: April 04, 2006, 08:43:28 PM
i'm torn.  I want a baseball badly, and this is my only option, but that ign review doesn't sound good.

I have it on preorder, tonight the fiance is staying home, which means loads of time of gaming, but do i want to spend $40 on something i may not like?
3911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MLB 2k6 [2ksports] on: April 04, 2006, 08:41:53 PM
hope eco-logic doesn't see this thread Tongue
3912  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rise of Legends Demo on: April 03, 2006, 07:33:17 PM
ya, i don't think you can build a new city, you can capture other cities though
3913  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (4/3) on: April 03, 2006, 07:28:08 PM
MLB  2k6
3914  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rise of Legends Demo on: March 31, 2006, 07:49:43 PM
Just finished playing the first mission in the campaign mode.

It feels very much like Rise of Nations, which is to be expected.  

Graphics are a mixed bag.  Units don't really stand out, they're kinda bland looking, but the buildings and animation are interesting and good.

It's very hero-centric.  The RTS mode feels like Age of Mythology mainly because of the story and hero units.

When you start the demo, it warns you about long load times and incomplete content.  It's true.  You can tell some sound effects are missing.  Even a cutscene had it's audio missing, it was just a fly over on things on the map.  Didn't make any sense and felt out of place.

It took me about a minute to load the first map.  I don't have a super fast computer, but I'd say above average.  

seems you can do more in the strategic map, but i didn't really fool around with it, because i had no idea what i was doing, and it was only the first level, but you can see there were more options

You can only play as Alin in this demo, (I'm not sure if you can play other sides in the skirmish mode)

The first map, was huge, it took a while for my units to get to one side to the other.  I can't imagine how big the maps will be the further you progress.
Also, you can't save in the RTS part, but in the strategic mode you can.
3915  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sopranos 3/26 product placements (spoilers) on: March 28, 2006, 05:45:49 AM
and we're off.
3916  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Galactic Civilization II For Trade on: March 26, 2006, 10:08:33 PM
I'm really only interested in trading this for the Godfather for either PC or Xbox, but prefer PC.
3917  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [ PS3 ] Tons of PS3 info from GDC.... on: March 26, 2006, 05:49:52 AM
Quote from: "Shkspr"
Quote from: "Dimmona"
Sony today confirmed they plan to toss the much-reviled boomerangamajig PS3 controller thingy


Regrettably, the very boomerangamajiggy shape of the controller means that it'll be back.  It'll be back.


BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Is there a rule for locking threads for bad jokes?
3918  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: March 26, 2006, 04:10:57 AM
well found the easy way...

press tilda key (~) and type player.additem 000977E4 1

gives you a cure vampire potion.  it's also worth 2000 gold smile  but i'm not gonna go that far in cheating

I just don't think I should be forced to be a vampire
3919  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: March 26, 2006, 04:00:17 AM
Ok, I got bit by a vampire during my sleep,

Now I'm melting under the sun.

How do I cure it?

I tried praying but that didn't do anything. I don't want to bite people every day. I don't want to be a vampire
3920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: March 26, 2006, 01:34:23 AM
Quote from: "Turtle"
Hah, if you guys see me online at the time, invite me to the chat because I'm really liking the game too.

I let my friends play Oblivion, and even one that hated morrowind with a passion likes Oblivion.  They just got it right.

However, I also had a story where they were unprepared for the new feature of monsters going across zones.

In one instance, my friend had gone into an old fort, got in a little too much trouble and ran for the door zone.  As he stepped outside he breathed a sigh of relief, but I was grinning an evil grin as he did so.  When he asked me what was up I told him NPCs can now go through zones, and just then the imp that had been chasing him showed up and nailed him with a fireball.  He freaked out, but finally managed to kill it.


If you visted GG back in the day when Morrowind was out, you'd know my strong distaste for Morrowind.  I hated that game, it was incredibly boring.

I wasn't sure I'd like oblivion, just based on my experience with MW, but hype got to me, and I know I couldn't talk shit about Oblivion if I didn't at least try it and give it a chance (like i did with MW).  So, after expecting to be bored, I loaded it up, and man I'm floored.  The game is awesome.  Even with the interface issues, the game is a blast to play.
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