I have a feeling this will be another movie that I'm in the minority on (see Wanted thread), but I really enjoyed it. OK yes I am in love with Chris Evans, but that's beside the point. Errr back to the movie, also a big Dakota Fanning fan. So now I've got Chris and Dakota on the run with psychic powers, what more could I ask for! And a guest appearance from Ming Na!! It's just too much!!!! There's also a pretty hot chick in there for you straight guys (Camina Belle). She reminds me of a grown up Winnie from Wonder Years.
I would compare the overall film as a grittier, more earthbound version of Heroes/X-Men. Psychic powers such as telepathy, reading the future, reading an object, psychic screaming, memory wiping, and of course, the "Push" - implanting thoughts/mind control, are all represented, but unlike Heroes everyone sticks to one power, and aside from the telekinesis being a bit overpowered, the abilities are much more under control and don't overwhelm the story.
A lot of little plot twists and turns (some make sense, others don't) that keep you guessing (including a nice Memento-esque bit using Chinese "red packets" for those familiar) mixed with a distinctively Asian background and style (all filmed in Hong Kong with quite a few Asian actors and actresses as well as extras for fodder). Chris Evans does a good job trying to keep up with Dakota, who is really becoming more and more interesting as an actress as she hits her teens. Not too much difficult for her to do here, but I love what she can convey without dialog, just that little bit extra than your typical actor/actress.
My only complaint would be that Chris doesn't get the big payoff power scene (actually one of the bad guys does, really), and the movie seems more like a set up or just part 1 of a two-part movie than it does a stand-alone entity. Here's hoping for a strong sequel to tie up the loose ends.
Quote from: rittchard on June 30, 2008, 08:55:10 PM
I loved it from start to finish. I kind of get the reference to 300 (which I also loved), but this is still a very different genre of film. Tons of great action sequences and visual effects and "over the top of the top" kind of fun.
What I think is understated about the movie is just how good a cast they assembled. The material is only so good, but with a lesser cast it would be harder to swallow. I am a total James McAvoy fanboy now, and while most reviews seem to ignore/dismiss his performance here, I think he is what carries the movie and makes it believable from a character standpoint. He plays the nobody nerd to perfection, conveys fear and pain from being tortured perfectly, and shifts to the sexy hero effortlessly. And man, those beautiful blue eyes... oh yeah Angelina Jolie is good, too, giving an almost understated performance yet standing out in all of her scenes. I read she deliberately removed a lot of her dialog while filming, and it works - she conveys so much with just a single look.
Ah ha! So at least I am consistent. I watched it again on Blu-Ray the other night and still loved it. Wasn't thrilled with the ending, but still enjoyed it all in all. Kind of surprised to see all the hate for the movie continue. I guess I can see that if you don't get into James McAvoy and the direction style, you may just never get into this movie and find yourself picking apart the rather threadbare plot. As for me, I probably could have watched a whole movie based around the office cubicle and the horrible job. For some reason that first 10 minutes really sucked me in.
Quote from: TiLT on February 06, 2009, 03:18:16 PM
Quote from: Moliere on February 06, 2009, 02:24:07 PM
Lost has proven that no one is dead unless you see them decapitated and then you personally burn the corpse. Even then they might find a way to bring the person back to life.
How so? Those who have died so far have stayed dead. There's potential that Locke may return to life somehow, but I'm not so sure. Nobody actually believed Jin was dead, particularly since we didn't actually see him die in the first place.
And Hurley seeing ghosts doesn't count.
I think because of all the ghosts and flashbacks and time travel and a couple of returns from the dead (Locke, Keemee, that eyepatch dude), there's the illusion/feeling that people don't stay dead, but in general I'd agree Lost has been pretty consistent with dead people being dead. And there's quite a few, major and minor characters:
First season brother and sister pair - both dead agent chasing Kate - dead Greg Grunberg - dead Nikki and Paulo - dead Charlie - dead Ana Lucia - dead Libby - dead Eko -dead Goodwin - dead Ethan - dead Arnst - very very dead Keemee - dead (I think) Eyepatch - dead (not confirmed, maybe he healed in the ocean) Hot Others chicks that beat up Charlie - all dead
Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 06, 2009, 01:54:15 PM
I seriously doubt EA is losing *that* many sales from people who would have bought both versions.
Probably not, but like CK I'm likely to only buy the PC version (cheaper) version now. So even if it were a small % of people, say 50,000 x $60 (Xbox version) that's still a cool $3M. Maybe it's nothing for EA, I dunno.
Quote from: Sarkus on February 06, 2009, 12:39:10 AM
Meanwhile there are a million good business reasons to delay the PC title of something you now consider to be a multi-platform potential franchise. Shared marketing being an obvious example. And as bad as EA's situation is right now, they are hardly about to collapse and so desperate that they must push things out the door as soon as they can. We aren't talking about Interplay in their last years quite yet.
Yes, but aren't there also a few million reasons to release the PC version first? As in the developers keeping their good faith word to support PC gamers, but more importantly, getting a good portion of losers like me to buy BOTH versions lol. Why not pick up like 500,000 PC sales NOW, and maybe get another 20-30% of die hards to buy another copy of it later by calling it Console Uber Edition or adding some trivial content or whatnot...
Anyway, in my sorrow over no DA:O I went and picked up NWN: Diamond. I never played any of the expansions which seem to have got great reviews. I'm going to try playing one of them on my netbook
Hmm Blackjack, your latest info is creating doubts for me. I hope there is more interesting info when full reviews come out on the 1000HE regarding the new GN40 chipset and its supposed "HD capable" graphics. I didn't expect much difference from the processor or bus speed improvement -the GN40 is the big thing. I don't expect it to be comparable to Ion but it would be nice if it were close or at least closer to X4500. Of course given the battery life improvement, even X3100 graphics capability would be a nice step.
I know I will upgrade my netbook at some point, the question is if the 1000HE is significant enough or if I should hold off for Ion.
Quote from: ravenvii on February 03, 2009, 03:11:05 AM
Actually, speaking of the MacBook Air, I'm contemplating buying one. It's $999 for a last-generation refurbished one at Apple.com, which is a borderline decent price, considering that it's specs is still much better than the even the latest netbooks out there.
It's really a tough call due to the pricing, though $999 is getting within reason. I was going to do a full write-up comparison between the netbook and the MBA, I may still get around to it. Things like the screen, the full size, backlit keyboard, the wonderfully responsive touchpad, lightweight but sturdy construction, and the overall performance still put the MBA in a class by itself. However the Netbook's got it beat in pricing, upgrade-ability, more ports (especially the SD drive!), cuter/smaller form factor and battery life.
While I liked the general tone and the direction a bit more than some of last half's horribleness, overall this looks to be MOTS crappy, unreasonable writing and consequent awkward acting and performances. I would have much preferred they take a step back and explore the characters for a couple of episodes as they tried to re-integrate into "real" life again. Instead we have yet another round of mostly forced action and poor/haphazard/random decisions (both writing and characters).
Not sure if the Fugitive theme is going to work, and for a whole half season? Guess we'll see...
For some reason I've suddenly become totally obsessed with this game starting some time around last weekend. I don't remember what triggered it, but now I just can't wait. Unfortunately it looks like there isn't even a confirmed release date yet. Maybe March?
Quote from: Canuck on January 30, 2009, 11:11:04 PM
I'd be happy to have a 12 inch netbook as long as the price as right. My current netbook isn't really an ultraportable anyways, more like an ultralying-in-bed-on-a-Sunday-morning-browsing-the-forums netbook.
This is what makes the Macbook Air so compelling. It's essentially a full featured, close to full size laptop with the weight of an ultraportable. Sadly the price is completely in the wrong zone.
In other wasteful news, I pre-ordered the new EEE 1000HE (yes I just bought the 901, shhhh!).
I don't actually know if I'm going to keep the pre-order, I just didn't want to regret it later, plus there's the $25 off right now. It's so odd how little information there is about the new chipset (GN40) which is one of my primary interests. But also 9.5 hours of battery time sounds insane (even though I don't believe it), and I am very curious about the new keyboard.
Quote from: Xmann on January 28, 2009, 02:06:47 AM
i've also been looking at the Acer Aspire thread and see where a newer model is coming shortly. i really don't need a laptop until May or June....should i maybe hold out and see what the newer models bring?
and ya, an external cd rom would be a necessity.
but hell, if i have to add an external drive...should i maybe just go with a laptop already with a drive?
For what you originally stated, I do think you'd be better off with just a conventional laptop. Not that I don't like the netbook, but it really serves more of a niche, where it sounded like you wanted something with a bit broader range of use (and it would be your only/primary computer). If cost is a primary issue, you can still do pretty well under $500:
You get a better/faster processor, more RAM, more hard drive space, a DVDRW drive, bigger screen with higher resolution (1280x800) and larger keyboard, better graphics capability, etc etc. for the price of $100 more and a larger form factor and weight.
Netbooks are fun and cool and cute, don't get me wrong, but I wouldn't want one if it were the only computer I had access to. You might want to ask your wife too what she would prefer. If size/weight/portability are not the absolute top concern, my guess is generally people prefer a larger screen, keyboard, etc.
Thanks for the recommendation. I did start at Silver and so far am having a blast. I died a couple times early on, but have put points into +hp and have started wielding a shield and better armor for better survivability. The game looks incredibly deep in terms of character development/builds and thus for replayability. Some interface quirks I don't like (particularly with comparing your present gear with new things. BTW how the heck do I see my current weapon stats?!) and I was confused at first with the right click arts (looks like you have to level up to get access to more of them?), but I'm slowly getting more into the details of the interface. Feels like a nice game you can really sink your teeth into over the long haul.
Regarding Ion, if it indeed integrates the 9400m chipset, I can say based on the MBA's improvement this is a huge leap in graphics technology. Video runs tremendously better all around, and at higher resolutions, and gaming is just a step below being able to handle all modern games. They claimed (and this was more or less confirmed in benchmarks and gaming performance) a 4x improvement over the Intel GMA X3100 graphics, which is already a generation above the GMA 950 that's coming standard in netbooks. So for about $50 more (conjectured) your netbook might be outputting a movie in full 1080p HD, possibly handling Crysis, and definitely handling Warhammer Online. I thought I read somewhere (rumors?) that Intel had something to do with the slow entry of Ion, possibly developing their own GPU chipset solution.
I realize this capability isn't necessarily a big deal for the general netbook buyer, but having the capability isn't going to hurt anyone, and it may just be one game or app that changes the landscape for what's desired in a netbook.
Gonna finally start playing this (hopefully tonight) after a few hours of installing last night. Any starter recommendations? Is it still recommended to choose the Silver difficulty level even for beginners?
Wizard101 - it's a family-oriented MMORPG-lite type of game, described as a hybrid between Harry Potter universe with Magic: The Gathering in that you roleplay a young wizard in school, and combat is played out using card decks. There are also a variety of mini-games (I tried a Bejeweled variant and a concentration one). Base game is all free, with option add-on or subscription modes as well. The graphics look amazing on the netbook, even on all lowest settings. There's a bit of lag in crowded zones, but other than that it felt like a really excellent match for the netbook. Almost every command has a keyboard equivalent so it's very playable without an added mouse. Downsides: it's online only, and thus far the cards and strategy seem to lack the depth of games like MTG and Astral Masters (speaking of which I need to check that one out again).
Just playing devil's advocate here... I realize this is only a TV show so it's easier to make judgments, etc when characters are making tough choices. But I am curious to hear if people really are saying the govt should back down/give in any time a terrorist makes a legitimate threat? Isn't the whole point of not negotiating with terrorists an important method of not allowing them to control/manipulate things? In fact, as 24 fans, isn't that one of the fundamental Jack Bauer rules - never negotiate with the terrorists? Why is it different in this scenario? Would you feel differently if All-State guy made the call?
Anyway, I'm still enjoying this season quite a bit more than last, here's hoping they keep up the pace!
I checked this unit out at the store - my only complaint being it seemed rather heavy and clunky if travel was a concern. Since it sounds like you are looking at more of a desktop replacement for multiple weeks at a time, this might be fine for you. I did a ton of research a few months ago and found nothing with as good a bang for the buck, I mean price/spec ratio there was almost nothing even close - I would have bought it but the size/weight was just a bit too much for me.
If you are thinking really small (and cheap!) you might want to check out the netbook/ultra portable thread, there are a ton of great units out now for less than $500 (some even <$400), most of which can play games approx. up to WoW but not beyond that. And of course in the in-between space there are tons and tons of other options. Actually, if you want a really excellent, solid notebook design, you might want to consider a Macbook. The latest low end model is at $999 and because of the new 9400m chipset, will be able to game almost to the top tier games like Warhammer Online (you have to set up a dual boot to Windows for this).
Just to get the ball rolling, I now have 2 old school games running well that look like keepers.
Might and Magic 7 - one of my old all time favorites. Took some manipulation (software graphics and disabled Direct Sound) to get it going, and I had to make a Clone image thing to allow it to play with no CD, but it was worth it... kind of. I had a blast with party creation and deciding where to put skills and points in, but once I entered the game I explored a bit and was promptly dismantled by a couple of dragonflies lol. Looks like I've got some re-learning to do with the interface, I couldn't even figure out how to engage in combat. The graphics are pretty ugly but decent enough on the small screen, and I like that the game is fairly playable without much mouse interaction.
Magic the Gathering (PC game) - another of my old classic favorites. Similarly, it took a while to get it up and running again. I had problems with installing the Spells of the Ancient expansion, it made it all the way through before giving me some bizarre error, which was enough to make the game not start. I opted to go with a tedious Manalink patch procedure instead, which finally got me running the original core game. Also had to tweak a couple of "compatibility mode" settings to get it all going. I only played a few minutes on the overland game, but it seems to work fine in keyboard or mouse control. Graphics again are fairly unsightly but what can ya do! The main card interface looks decent in 1024x768 pan and scan and I still love the gameplay and AI of the main card battles. Only complaint is it's a bit difficult to click on the cards at times using the touchpad. Otherwise a very nice fit for the Netbook.
Got my EEE 901 last night, but haven't had much time to get acquainted. Mostly I was just removing extraneous applications, etc.
First impressions were definitely a mixed bag. The keyboard was slightly better than what I recall seeing at BB, but still a bit too small and definitely lacking compared to the ones I played with in 10" models. I'm also having some issues with the touchpad doing wonky things some times (probably just need to adjust some settings), not sure if it's just due to the size. I love the form factor in general, it's so petite but the screen is still very serviceable and attractive. I'm not sure if I'd be better off with a 10" model... this one already felt heavier than I'd imagined once the battery was installed, kind of chunky all in all, so I'm not sure if I'd be pleased with an even heavier one. Boot up time was pretty nice, and the wireless N connection was easy and seemed pretty fast. Removing programs, however, felt excruciatingly slow, possibly due to the SSD?
Eventually I'll probably write a comparison between this and the MBA, even though it may not be fair to compare something that costed close to 6 times more! Still they compete for me in the same space as the "take it everywhere" unit and weigh about the same amount, so it's hard to not internally make comparisons. The fun (hopefully) part with the EEE will be once I start getting some old school games going. May start with some Might and Magic or Wizardry, maybe MOO... we'll see
Quote from: PeteRock on January 22, 2009, 05:51:19 PM
I've heard you either love it or hate it, and as I am looking for great TV series to add to my DVD collection I am curious, but cautiously apprehensive. And the idea of time travel or "time shifting" makes me even a bit more skeptical.
I think it's true that you either love it or hate it. Or that you might grow to either love it or hate it as you watch the show. Every season has been different enough that it's plausible you may be upset or happy depending on how much you liked the previous season(s). I would highly recommend watching Season 1 and just see if you like the main characters. If like some fans you just get into the characters, and feel like you are willing to go along with the ride anywhere they take you (that's me!), you can try the next seasons. Most people felt the show lost its way a bit in Season 3 but recovered well in Season 4. Personally having watched every season of the series "live" first and then on DVD again, I'd say every season has its unique charm and a few top notch eps with a few throw away ones in between.
As for the premiere last night, all I can say is.... whoa. I get the feeling they are going to alienate some fans because they are going full bore with the sci-fi/fantasy elements. I love that they aren't compromising, for better or worse. I'm still processing the episodes, so much was going on and only some parts of it made sense to me.
Spoiler for Hiden:
So is the island moving in time, or just the people, or only select people? Seems like it's the island since it vanished from sight, and yet from the people left on the island's perspective, it seems like it's just a certain collective. Richard and the Others didn't seem to move with Locke. Juliet, Daniel, etc rule out the possibility it was only Filght 815 survivors.
I love the concept of Desmond's "unique" ability to bridge time - though it does clash with the "rule" that you can't change the past.
Funny how the number of survivors, I mean fodder, seems to ebb and flow. I was under the impression almost everyone save the core cast was dead after the Keemee massacre last season. Then last night there were yet again a bunch of redshirts getting fried by the night arrows lol.
I did enjoy the Survivor-esque inability to start a fire
Hooray for Ana Lucia cameo!
Hurley's T-shirt was priceless!
Really enjoyed the last minute with Finola whatever her name is, she has a great presence. It's almost like Judi Dench dropped in for a cameo.
Oh yeah, thanks for the recommendations on drives. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping it will be able to use either my MBA's external drive, or perhaps a much older one I still have lying around.
Quote from: Canuck on January 21, 2009, 08:42:46 AM
Can't you play games on your Macbook Air? The netbooks work great for old-school games so long as the resolution doesn't go above 800x600 because of the netbooks' resolution. There are plenty (and I mean ridiculous amounts) of games that would be perfectly playable even as recent as 2003 or 04 but can't be played because the lowest available resolution is x768. Hopefully that will change soon.
Oh yeah the new MBA can pretty much handle even the newest of games now with the chipset change, which is why I really don't "need" a netbook. The limitations on the MBA, though, are expansion (limited disk space) and battery power is not what I'd like. So even with the decent Win XP partition I gave it, I pretty much used it up on just a few games (Warhammer Online, Sacred 2 and the new King's Bounty). I'm thinking on the netbook, I could plausibly install/prep a lot of much older games, and put them onto SD - hopefully not needing to keep it plugged in as well with the 6 cell battery so it would be more like a giant PSP/DS If disk protection is needed, I have CloneCD which I think will work. Drive space is no longer an issue when SD cards are so cheap, which is certainly an advantage the netbook has. Oh yeah, one weird thing I read in only a single review was that there was a hardware button that could change the resolution to 1024x768 - this was never advertised anywhere else so I'm not sure what the guy was thinking or why he'd say that. Or maybe I misunderstood.
Edit: I checked again and more than one site has listed that the 901 has two 1024x768 modes, a pan and scan, and a compressed one. Not sure what this means in terms of software support, i.e. if it just uses that same software trick that was mentioned earlier.
Quote from: Blackjack on January 21, 2009, 05:40:18 PM
I stopped by the Best Buy near my office today. They've rearranged the laptop section a lot, and now are showcasing a few netbooks. I finally saw an MSI Wind. It seemed smaller than I expected (they don't have an 8.9" Wind to they?). AA1 was there. I'm sure they have an EeePC somewhere but I couldn't find one. Regular laptops are getting so small now, you have to look closely at prices sometimes just to figure out if something's a netbook or not.
I did that last night too. Some kind of bad news for myself though, I really did not like the keyboard on the smaller EEE they had displayed, it felt tiny and kind of cheaply made. I'm really hoping it was an older model but I think it may just be the same keyboard I'm getting. I loved the keyboard on the 10" version. Amazon's description for both says it's a 95% size keyboard but now I'm thinking they just copied some generic description. Anyway, BB had one version of the AA1 (not one of the common ones) too, whose keyboard I also liked. Oddly all the units I picked up felt heavier than I thought they would, and none of them had the battery installed I think. I'm a bit torn now because the 10" screens definitely seemed much more attractive. My BB actually did a decent job of keeping all the netbooks together in one section.
Quote from: EddieA on January 21, 2009, 08:09:38 AM
Atlus has two games coming out soon that are based on old-style PC RPGs. The Dark Spire for the DS is similar to the old Bard's Tale-style games, while Class of Heroes for the PSP bears a strong resemblance to the Wizardry games.
Thanks for the recommendations, both look interesting. Dark Spire seems extremely Wizardry like but I'm not sure I like the art style. Class of Heroes definitely looks like fun, but maybe a bit too cutesy for my taste, I'm not sure. I'll likely end up checking them both out.
Quote from: baelthazar on January 20, 2009, 11:47:58 PM
Anyone know what this Ascension thing is?
All I could find was hidden away a bit, looks like an expansion to the original Demise game, or maybe more accurately a fixed up version of the original.
Ascension ( the major Demise expansion from Decklin's Domain ) has completed Alpha testing, will be in BETA before the end of December 2008 and is scheduled for release 1st Quarter 2009. It doubles the dungeon area and will include at least the following bug fixes and enhancements ...
Large library file Items and Monsters not viewable - bug fixed STOP Statement encountered during chat in DirectX full dungeon - bug fixed Game crash OOM errors - fixed Server enhancements
Multiplayer and Single Player:
Character item storage increased to 60 from 40 Total available cash and remaining slots left status display in Store, Confinement, Bank and Tavern Fractional cash in Bank - bug fixed Miscellaneous information panel displays more text, so less is 'missing' from larger descriptions
Over 300 minor bug and dungeon layout fixes plus game code changes - 600 items 600 monsters. Ascension expansion to 90 x 90 x 35 - 9 new Quests.
Quote from: JayDee on January 20, 2009, 03:10:30 AM
Well, we just got our "silent countdown" of the season. If they don't wimp out and that actually happened to Renee then that is just plain harsh. Just when I thought 24 couldn't surprise me anymore, the writers find a way. We've watched Jack get out of those situations for so long that having him fail is unexpectedly shocking.
It never occured to me they might actually kill her off until you mentioned the silent countdown, ouch!
Spoiler for Hiden:
However, the actress is listed in imdb for all 24 episodes so I think she's fine.
Regarding Speedfan, I was recently playing around with it a bit for the first time. It's a very cool app (no pun intended) but was by no means as straightforward as it originally appeared. All I wanted to do was adjust fan speeds down so naturally I thought, just reduce the 100% to 50% - but nothing happened. So I fiddled around quite a bit and couldn't get much to go. There were actually a couple of settings I would never have figured out on my own that need to be set up in advance to get it really working.
The Atlantis finale was just a stream of movie/dramatic moments - unfortunately it was just too much to bear in the 45 minutes or so they allotted. I loved the basic plotline and the resolution was fine as well, but it felt way over-rushed. I would have loved to see the same storyline in a 3 part, or bare minimum 2 part finale. Basically they did the set up, all the mess ups, and resolution to a huge problem, all in a small timeframe, and also trying to give each character something to do (the doctor got short changed). You never got the chance to feel the impact of any particular moment or scene, because before you knew it they had already moved on and resolved whatever dilemma had been created. I still enjoyed it for the roller-coaster ride appeal, but wished they had spent some more time giving it the treatment it deserved.
So I finally bit the bullet and ordered an Asus EEE 901 this weekend, should be receiving it around Wednesday. Honestly I'm not sure what possessed me to go for it, since as mentioned before I already own a Macbook Air, and I was fairly content to wait for further developments in the netbook market before jumping in. I'm not sure how it will fit into the usage space I'm already using the MBA for, or if it will end up displacing it. I read through the GT threads and other reviews methodically before making my choice. What finally convinced me was I decided I wanted to make this kind of an ultra-portable old-school gaming machine, so we'll see how that turns out.
I went back and forth between the EEE, the AA1 and the Samsung NC10, also considered the HP and Dell units. Eventually, I think the version I picked had pretty much everything I wanted for the moment:
Weight/size: less than 3 pounds to set it apart from the MBA; I think this limited me to the 8.9" screen if I wanted the 6 cell battery
Battery life: had to go with 6-cell to again set it apart from the MBA; hoping for 5-6 hours of use, though they like to claim 7
Wireless N: very few models include it, not sure why (maybe power consumption?) Also I read in one review that the NC10 (or AA1?) wireless G outperformed the EEE's Wireless N. Kind of interesting so I'm not sure this was a smart criteria
Storage: I hemmed and hawed about what kind of drive. Ultimately I feel like I want my ultra to have SSD; just a personal thing I guess. I recently installed an SSD on my home computer and it boots Windows 7 in 25 seconds. My MBA also with SSD has great boot times, so I am kind of enamored with the concept. I think Asus had the advantage in larger SSD drives compared to the other guys.
Windows XP: need it for the games I'm going to try to run
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I also ordered a 2GB RAM stick and a 16GB SDHC card, hopefully this will make for a pretty solid little system that's cheap enough I won't be afraid to take it to work or whatever; should be a fun diversion either way :-)
I'm not sure what people were expecting or hoping for, but personally it seems like a very decent action game to me. The online multi mode I admit seemed a bit chaotic, but given that I'm so new to the game I didn't expect to be an expert my first game in. Single Player campaign I found fairly engaging, though I've only made it through the first big battle (Helm's Deep). The action is pretty non-stop, but the graphics and animations all look top notch to me. Playing on a 40" screen, it really felt like I was in the middle of one of the big battles from the movie, and I really felt the overall atmosphere (graphics, music, environment, etc) were extremely well done and reminiscent of the movies. Maybe I just have low expectations for this type of game, lol.
I feel like there have been a couple I haven't thought of, just curious.
I'm thinking of the party-based, turn-based, Wizardry type of dungeon crawlers, like Might and Magic series, Bard's Tale series. Was there anything more modern, or maybe indie type of developer games for the PC, but more recent?
I am reallllly excited for Lost to come back on Wednesday. I re-watched the entire season in Blu-Ray a couple of weeks ago, and it's such a great experience to watch them all at once, in high quality, and without the same week to week expectations. I seriously think it's been some of the best TV I've ever watched, and I watch a ton.
Some tidbits I've read (hmmm some might be considered spoilers):
Spoiler for Hiden:
- it's not just going to be about getting back to the island, that's just a part of it
- they will introduce yet another different form of storytelling to go along with flash-forward and flashback. I suspect this has to do with the island moving back in time
- the 4-toed statue will be back! But no revelations this season
- more of the smoke monster will be revealed
- more ancient civ stuff revealed
- Michelle Rodriguez guests I think in the first ep; Hurley can talk to ghosts like the Asian guy, sort of
- Jin will be back in some form or another, but no scenes with Sun for quite some time. Given the other things I've read, I'm guessing he did not die last season.
- Claire's fate won't be revealed til next season.
- more back story on the French chick, not necessarily played by the same actress (so probably a young version)
- more on the Black Rock ship revealed
- Michelle (Reiko Aylesworth?) from 24 is going to be on it, but I think only in the past; no idea what that meant
- some sort of happy ending in store, also not sure what that meant
Quote from: CeeKay on January 19, 2009, 04:39:58 PM
did anyone catch the concert on HBO yesterday? I set my DVR to record it and apparently it ran over as it got cut off halfway through U2's Pride. I have to say I was fairly disappointed with the music acts and I fast forwarded through the speeches. I was surprised that Garth Brooks seemed to be the best out of the lot; Springsteen seemed like he was either freezing or had to take a dump, and the accoustic version of the Rising wasn't all that hot either. Jon Bon Jovi's duet was pretty dull too, and I was also disappointed with the way U2 did Pride- it seemed to be off beat for some reason.
I also noticed they seemed to be having sound problems with the broadcast- the sound would be clear one moment then it would go soft or muffled.
I watched most of it live, didn't have any sound issues whatsoever. In fact it sounded really good to me for a live show.
U2 did sound off to me, I wonder if the coldness was affecting people. But then again, I loved the one lady who did "change is gonna come" (not sure of her name), and Mary J Blige was sublime as usual. Disappointed Beyonce didn't sing "At Last" - I thought I read that in the paper. Sheryl Crow sounded pretty poor to me relatively speaking, and I was hoping Will I Am would have done his special campaign song. Pretty interesting show all around, I don't recall there ever being this kind of pre-inauguration fanfare.