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1161  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.
1162  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.
1163  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
1164  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

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.
1165  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.
1166  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.
1167  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.
1168  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.
1169  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.
1170  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.
1171  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / help ! on: June 15, 2006, 03:43:32 AM
Thx that fixed it   smile
1172  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 what is this and how do I get rid of it thx?
1173  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.
1174  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.
1175  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.
1176  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.
1177  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.
1178  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.
1179  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.
1180  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.
1181  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.
1182  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.
1183  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.
1184  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.
1185  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.
1186  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.
1187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / TV for my 360 on: February 16, 2006, 10:31:17 PM
Quote from: "juniordan"
Remember this http://Link Back to the store it went.
Ghost outlines and crappy analog picture and a broken comp. receptors.
hopefully I will be the owner of a Sony 30" Wega.

hey I just got this sony tv on saturday the xbox360 looks amazing on it
little pricey but I am very happy with it.
1188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / best hdtv setting on: February 12, 2006, 04:14:56 AM
My new sony tv was delivered today what is the best setting to use for xbox360 72op or 1080i?
1189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / new tv on: February 06, 2006, 02:57:15 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
HDTV, 1080i, 720p, built in over the air HDTV tuner - looks pretty solid.   Good choice!

I always thought sony put out quality tvs just pricey.
1190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / new tv on: February 06, 2006, 02:39:05 AM
I just bought this tv for gaming for my den little bit pricey did I make a good choice?
1191  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Saitek Eclipse Keyboard on: January 29, 2006, 06:01:48 PM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
I always game with all the lights off and the shades pulled, so I've been loving my eclipse.

I would imagine the red lighting would make the letters and keys even more visible than they are in blue, so I'd say go for it.

I love mine.

hey on your eclipse keyboard can you prgram the arrow buttons up and down for commands?
1192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / new hdtv on: January 07, 2006, 10:40:58 PM
This tv is strictly for gaming I have a 60 inch sony in the living room for watching movies sports  programing.
1193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / new hdtv on: January 07, 2006, 08:16:41 PM
I am thingking about picking this tv or the other up for gaming with the xbox 360 what do you guys think?
1194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dead Or Alive 4 - Time to bring it! on: December 30, 2005, 08:58:27 PM
Just got home with my copy now to get owned by some fine female forms with jigglies.
1195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dead Or Alive 4 - Time to bring it! on: December 30, 2005, 08:11:07 PM
I'm picking up a copy in about an hour suck at fighting games but bring it on online tagteam should rock.
1196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My new addiction on: December 17, 2005, 07:34:04 PM
I've been playing this game non-stop since I tried it very addicting in a hotshots type of golf kind of way.
1197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Arcade games being released today on XBL on: December 07, 2005, 10:41:36 PM
I'm on it my fav arcade game of all time must of spent a fortune on this game in my youth.
1198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox Live Arcade Games on: November 26, 2005, 12:24:21 AM
Quote from: "happydog"
Geometry Wars Evolved is great. I play that almost as much as I do PGR3.

Geometry Wars is like crack very addicting I've played it more than any of the launch games can't wait til they release robotron 2084 one of my all time favorite arcade games.
1199  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag List on: November 24, 2005, 01:19:28 PM
xbox360 gt=pingwrx
1200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So far, what are your favorite 360 launch titles? on: November 24, 2005, 01:16:55 PM
1. nba 2k6
2. pgr3
3. call of duty2
4. geometry wars this game is like crack
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