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1121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: July 23, 2006, 04:53:19 PM
Quote from: "DamageInc"
Quote from: "stiffler"
Quote from: "DonD"
I love the idea of being a scout, but the reality is..I like surviving battles more.

It seems like I should be able to scout and light towers and run away from battles, but in actual combat situations, I find that I can't get away quickly enough and end up really badly damaged and then I'm limping along until I get destroyed.  I s'pose I could try smoke and see how that goes.


I'm quite happy being the scout.  Keep going with the lumbering beast and I'll be content to zip around and grab COMBAS and maybe take on their commander.

I have smoke on my scout.  I'm not really sold on its usefulness, especially against the AI.  I found the best defense is just being able to see their ordinance coming and casually step out of the way before turning tail and running.

I gotta go log on now!


I must say that Stiffler does that best job I have seen of someone acting as a Scout


Yea Stiffler does a great job with that scout of his saved our squad more than once when we were in deep doo doo by taking down the enemy base.
1122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend Playlist 21/Jul/06? on: July 21, 2006, 10:02:45 PM
Chromehounds and may start my dynasty in Ncaa07 when there is no one around to play chromehounds with.
1123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV for gaming.. on: July 20, 2006, 10:03:27 PM
Quote from: "hepcat"
Quote from: "ATB"
I paid 850 for mine in January. They're now under 800 and I've seen them on sale for about 750.


the 42" samsung DLP i just mentioned?

EDIT:  made the plunge.  i'm now a proud member of the HDTV community.  I bought the 42" samsung RP-DLP during lunch.  i'll be playing chromehounds in high def tonight, baby.   :wink:


Congratz welcome to hdtv gaming you'll never go back. smile
1124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV for gaming.. on: July 19, 2006, 10:48:45 PM
Quote from: "disarm"
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Quote from: "Darren8r"
Holy man 36 people own HDTV's.

Anyone want to lend me a few thousand bucks? I have been eyeing up a HD Plasma 42" for a while.


Look at good 1080p DLPs instead.  smile

i'm currently holding out for the new 1080p 50" Sony Grand WEGA SXRD that is set to hit stores within the next month.  the Sony 1080p currently in stores is a great looking TV, but it doesn't accept 1080p input...the 2006 model will though Cool


I have the 60in sxrd model from last year you'll love it nice picture I also own a 30in sony hdtv I use for the 360 in my den and my son has a 27 in samsung hdtv in his room.
1125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: July 18, 2006, 10:28:48 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
Quote from: "Destructor"
As long as you don't toss smoke shells into the middle of the firefight, I'll be happy.  :roll:  :lol:


My scout has a smoke gun mounted on the back and it is pointed straight down.  Puff and I'm gone!  Of course I have no business being IN a firefight so hopefully that won't be a problem.

Quote from: "Lockdown"
Lighter weight radiators?  IN!


Not just that, but they are THIN!

Looking forward to more this evening.


Hey never thought of that good idea Stiffler I think I'm gonna put one of those smoke thingys on my scout now. smile
1126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: July 17, 2006, 10:16:51 PM
Quote from: "Soulchilde"
We need people to start taking Commander and Scout Hounds.  I like my Soldiers Hounds and I broke down and made a Commander and Scout.  

Imo, everyone needs to try doing it so not just one person is stuck with the Commander or Scout role.


I just figured out how to save my hound designs with a little help from turtle last night I'll design a scout as soon as I get on.
1127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: July 16, 2006, 06:04:28 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
Those of you having connection issues, are you behind a router, if so make sure and read my post I put up about checking port forwarding and whatnot.  It isn't specificto Chromehounds but helps a lot it seems.


I had problems connecting until forwarding my ports kept getting that failed to connect message now no problems.
1128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: July 14, 2006, 10:38:02 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
Did anyone get the strategy guide with their game?  The book said I NEED THIS GUIDE on the front of it.  Imagine that?!

I saw it in the store as I was picking the game up and paged through it.  What I noticed looked mostly like maps and a metric-ton of equipment listings.  I promptly put it back, thinking to myself that reading it might make my head explode.



Did anyone pick it up and give it a good read through by chance?  Thoughts


I picked it up lockdown it has all the info on all the maps and mp maps and a detailed listing of all the parts you can unlock and enough stats on the parts to make your head spin. smile
1129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehound- First downloadable pack next week! FREE!! on: July 14, 2006, 10:05:49 PM
IN can't beat free. smile
1130  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / In anticipation of Chromehounds on: July 13, 2006, 09:32:34 PM
I should be on in a little while hope I have better luck joining the squad then I did  last night.frown
1131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: July 13, 2006, 01:48:08 AM
Quote from: "Arkon"
Quote from: "pingwrx"
Now I'm getting a message that says applying to GT Goonsquad please wait until the discussion finishes press b to cancel applying?


Ping, what is your gamertag?  Send the request again.  There was one request I saw but didn't get to it in time and it poofed on me.

edit... duh your gamertag is Pingwrx heh, not sure I didn't see your request, tho I was building a hound.  Would be nice if they streamlined the system so I could invite people.


Now it's saying no squads meeting those conditions were found?
1132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: July 13, 2006, 01:32:29 AM
Now I'm getting a message that says applying to GT Goonsquad please wait until the discussion finishes press b to cancel applying?
1133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: July 13, 2006, 01:27:41 AM
Quote from: "Destructor"
Quote from: "pingwrx"
Quote from: "Arkon"
Going to do some research, I wonder if I need to be on for people to join the squad.

Bingo I think I read somewhere that someone has go be on thats in the clan.smile

That would make sense... biggrin

And bingo - I saw Arkon's friend request, and I've now gotten into the squad. Thanks.

Now to get a few guns and try to take back our homeland. Without it, we can't buy anything.


The squad comes up on live but I keep getting a failed to connect message?
1134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: July 13, 2006, 01:10:33 AM
Quote from: "Arkon"
Quote from: "Destructor"
Quote from: "Arkon"
I am guessing capitalization matters.  no passcodes.  As far as I know I have it set to "any" recruitment

Nope, still can't get it to find you guys. Then again the search engine, well, sucks - servers I see when looking up the global list I can't find otherwise if I try to search for them.

Oh - and I see we lost our homeland (again).


Going to do some research, I wonder if I need to be on for people to join the squad.


Bingo I think I read somewhere that someone has go be on thats in the clan.smile
1135  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / In anticipation of Chromehounds on: July 12, 2006, 10:23:17 PM
I picked this up along with the guide on my lunch break looked thru the section with different parts holy cow this is a mech builders dream literally hundreds of parts.
1136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / BFME II Discussion on: July 12, 2006, 02:47:11 AM
Quote from: "denoginizer"
Quote from: "pingwrx"


Thats strange my saved games load pretty quickly.


How many save games do you have? It seems to get worse the more you get.  

I agree with all of Kathode's impressions.  I am impressed with the way they have adapted the game to a console interface.  I am eventually going to play some online matches once I get more comfortable.    That should be ugly.  :oops:


You might be right I only have 1 save.
1137  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / In anticipation of Chromehounds on: July 12, 2006, 01:12:57 AM
Quote from: "Destructor"
Quote from: "pingwrx"
In picking it up on the way home from work.

My Gamestop says tomorrow. frown


I mean tomorrow. smile
1138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / BFME II Discussion on: July 11, 2006, 11:57:55 PM
Quote from: "kathode"
Here's my post from that "other" board smile

Quote
I've played through both tutorials and several missions on the good campaign. In short, I really like it a lot. Negatives first - The manual criticism above is definitely true. I vainly looked and looked for the way to set "bookmarks" (basically grouping your troops like you would with Ctrl+number on PC) but it's simply not in the manual. I finally found where it's referenced but all it says is "Play the advanced tutorial to learn this."

The other negative is that the game can definitely bog down performance-wise at pretty much any given point depending on what's on screen. Sometimes it feels fairly random. It's not quite as awful as my first impressions led me to believe but you do notice it.

The positives: The interface definitely works. It's really a totally new gaming type for consoles, at least in that it really hasn't been done well since the days of Herzog Zwei unless there's something obscure out there that I don't know about. Either way, expect it to be fairly unintuitive at first and to have the manual reference page open in front of you for the first hour or so. The basics are that you zoom around the map at pretty high speed with the left stick, and rotate and zoom with the right. Unit selection is done through a combination of the A button and holding another button like the triggers or the bumpers. Hold the left trigger and hit A and you'll select everything on screen. Hold and hit A twice and you select all your available combat units on the map.

The interface is definitely geared toward the "mass army and charge" style of play, which is how I like it so it works well. There are deeper controls available though, like setting up bookmarks for particular groups of units. You can also do things like hold the right bumper and select units to grab all of that unit type on the screen.

Special powers are available to you on a global basis and through individual units, and you access that by holding the right trigger to expand the Palantir menu. You then can quickly navigate through levels of icon menus with the dpad and get to what you want. It gets a bit difficult in large battles to micromanage the individual abilities of your heroes as the battle rages and you're trying to fly through the menus. Thankfully each hero can be set to automatically use their special abilities in battle which helps tremendously.

The game is very pretty for an RTS with tons of special effects like fog clouds and particle effects. Buildings can be upgraded with fortifications and the results are usually represented visually, so you'll see your fortress roll out banners, trick out the walls with trebuchets, or build up special fortifications like stationary Ents or flood walls that can be used against assaults. The wall system is pretty cool too. You can build a hub off your fortress. Then you just select the hub, hold the right trigger, and a wall "stretches" between your cursor and the hub, so you can fortify your town. You can then select an individual section of the wall and trick it out with defenses like catapults, or turn it into a gate that your units can get through.

So overall, pretty good so far. Be sure to get Tom Bombadil. He's awesome. And he sings.


In playing a bunch more the only other thing that has come up is that sometimes it takes FOREVER to save and load.  For some reason it's gotta search for save games each time you bring up the menu, and the searching will sometimes randomly take like two full minutes or more.  A few times I thought my Xbox locked up, and a couple others at work say the same thing.  When you save in the middle of a game, it searches when you bring up the menu, then you save, then inexplicably it searches again.  I have no idea how they passed cert with something like that in the game.


Thats strange my saved games load pretty quickly.
1139  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / In anticipation of Chromehounds on: July 11, 2006, 11:54:09 PM
In picking it up on the way home from work.
1140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (7/10) on: July 10, 2006, 10:15:26 PM
Chromehounds that prey demo got me all dizzy lol.
1141  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Cool Gamer's Wives on: July 07, 2006, 10:40:32 PM
My wife likes to play some of the old ps1 games we have the ones with burgertime and frogger on occasion we will play some centipede against each other I don't know where she learned to play but she owns me at that game lol.
1142  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / In anticipation of Chromehounds on: July 06, 2006, 10:00:30 PM
I'm game but won't be picking it up until we hear some mp impressions.
1143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Where is your console? on: July 01, 2006, 05:36:55 PM
My xbox and xbox360 downstairs in my den ps2 and gamecube upstairs in our loft gaming area next to our pool table.
1144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New DLC for GRAW on: June 23, 2006, 10:44:13 PM
I'll be downloading this later today should be on around 8pm Az time shoot me an invite if you guys are on.
1145  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / help ! on: June 15, 2006, 03:43:32 AM
Thx that fixed it   smile
1146  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / help ! on: June 15, 2006, 12:53:04 AM
My computer is giving me a pop up every minute or so saying its detected errors or something and to go to www.regfixit.com what is this and how do I get rid of it thx?
1147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Table Tennis Impressions on: May 23, 2006, 10:15:23 PM
I picked this up at lunch am leaving the office now if anybody wants to play online I should be home in an hour.
1148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (5/22) on: May 22, 2006, 10:16:17 PM
Table tennis on sale at Fry's for $29.99 tomorrow can't pass up a sale.
1149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 pricing on: May 09, 2006, 10:30:39 PM
Quote from: "Jimmy the Fish"
Get ready for $1000+ bundles from Best Buy and EB.

Freaking insane. Sony is too full of themselves to realize that they just priced themselves out of the casual gamer market. The first run of units will sell like hotcakes to the early adopters. They'll buy it no matter what the price. After that, who's going to buy one? I can see parents all over the country telling their kids "are you crazy??" when they get asked to get one by their kids.


Yea I totally agree with you sony = full of themselves I have twin boys leaving for college next year no way I spend that kind of money on a blu-ray player disguised as a ps3.
1150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 pricing on: May 09, 2006, 03:50:54 AM
Out no way I'm spending that much on a Ps3 very happy with my 360 at the moment.
1151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / When your 360 breaks... on: May 05, 2006, 10:05:47 PM
I just had the same problem about a week and a half ago I talked to microsoft and they sent me a box to send my unit in they told me about 7-10 working days I should get my xbox360 back by the way mine was a launch unit they did'nt even ask about when I bought it they just said they would make sure and fix my xbox360 or send me a new one now thats taking care of the customer in my book.
1152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What will you be playing this weekend? on: April 21, 2006, 10:22:16 PM
FNR3 try to finish my career mode fighter finally and then probably some Battlefield 2 360 and maybe some Graw if I have time the rest of my time will be spent watching the nba playoffs.
1153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Battlefield 2- Who's getting it.? on: April 15, 2006, 12:44:02 AM
hey I'll be on late tonight after I get back from the suns game if anyone gonna be playing tonight.
1154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Battlefield 2- Who's getting it.? on: April 13, 2006, 12:33:24 AM
I picked this up see you on tonight.
1155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox360] Street Fighter 2 showing up on XBLA today?!? on: April 07, 2006, 10:45:46 PM
My favorite gotta be Ryu second would be ken whens this coming out
can't wait.
1156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 price rumor: $600!? on: April 07, 2006, 10:37:48 PM
Yea at that price I'm out too I would'nt  pay more than what I paid for my 360 hell I could upgrade my pc nicely for the price of a ps3 for $600.
1157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Top Spin 2 (x360) on: March 31, 2006, 10:56:50 PM
After 4 hours of play last night there is no question this is the best tennis game I've played so far. And i've played them all virtua tennis smash court tennis etc. Haven't seen a single framerate problem like what was written in the teamxbox review, game is very smooth. Graphics and presentation are great . Played in a minor tournament in career mode,  on grass in a park and it looks great with people jogging in the
background and some stopping by to watch.

I did play a few exhibition matches as well as a few online games. First off, the online games felt no different than offline so they were smooth as possible. Also, they were truly fun, challenging, and even battles. So far, my biggest complaint with the last Top Spin seems to be gone, which was the abuse of certain shot types (cheesy drop shot) and character styles
6'10 volley players that would combo to be impossible to play against. You can actually win aginst volley players now say hello to the topspin lob.

Career mode is going to be a lot of fun with all of the major tournaments in this version. I am playing it on the default of normal and getting some really long rallies aginst the ai


So far this game seems much more balanced.I hope it continues to be balanced, but I'm afraid someone will find a 'money shot' soon enough and then all multiplayer games will boil down to who can pull off that type of shot first.


There is one annoying thing  about this game that I thought should have been fixed before they released it when your playing and they show your stats like unforced errors to winners playing in 720p its cut off I can't read it but when I changed my rez to 1080i I could read it  how hard would that have been to fix?

I'd be glad to play online with anyone here. I'd rather not do ranked games with my character until I get him built up some more, but playing with some pros (even the chicks ) would be great fun.
1158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Top Spin 2 (x360) on: March 31, 2006, 06:21:33 PM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
I read somewhere that they were going to release a demo at the game's release.  Soooo hopefully soon.

Pingwrx, I saw you playing a lot of Top Spin 2 yesterday, any impressions for us?


Yea I'll post some Impressions as soon as I get home boss has been on my ass all day so work is risky surfing today.
1159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GRAW - Out Tomorrow in Many Stores on: March 08, 2006, 11:28:23 PM
Picked my copy up at Walmart last one too struck out earlier in the day at Ebs and gamestop on my lunch break this game must be really hot.
1160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Ghost Recon - Co Op Interest on: March 08, 2006, 11:23:42 PM
got my copy ready for some co-op goodness.
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