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481  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guild Wars - Nightfall on: September 24, 2006, 12:37:02 AM
I checked it out briefly. Didn't notice enough changes from the original Guild Wars to be too interested. The game is still beautiful to look at, however.
482  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Speaking of Neverwinter Nights 2... on: September 22, 2006, 07:48:43 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on September 22, 2006, 07:34:54 PM

Whats the bitching about? Do people think all the characters are supposed to look as good as something from Gears of War or something. That would be a waste of rendering as you arn't going to be zoomed in on them anyway. Try to do a little thinking about how the game is going to be played people...

I'm more concerned with the art style, rather than the actual technical aspects of the graphics and quite frankly, it's awful in NWN2.
483  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Price Calculator on: September 22, 2006, 01:11:21 AM
$644.70

The system, two extra controllers w/ nunchucks, Excite Truck, Rayman, Red Steel, Trauma Center, and Zelda.

That's IF I actually get one at launch. I most likely won't.
484  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gran Turismo HD: Classic to cost $426.50 to $975?! on: September 21, 2006, 09:25:21 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 21, 2006, 01:23:06 PM



The biggest problem I have with microtransactions is the fact that it will essentially let developers released unfinished games, then charge for 'special bonuses/features' that they should have been included in the first place.  It could lead to a bad, bad situation for us as gamers.

EA has been doing that for years with expansions.
485  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Defcon preorders have started on Steam $9.95 on: September 21, 2006, 09:00:07 PM

Quote from: raydude on September 20, 2006, 07:37:17 PM

Quote from: Turtle on September 18, 2006, 05:37:04 AM

I'd buy it from introversion for the box, not to mention the ability to install on multiple computer in my house so my friends and I can play big MP matches.

So, if I understand correctly, I can buy the boxed version and install multiple copies for LAN play? That would be cool and it would make it much easier to convince my friends to get the game. I imagine if multiplayer is good enough that they will give in and buy their own copies.

Yep, that's what I've heard.

From various beta testers, I think the multiplayer is going to be pretty darn good. There is claim it's one of the most strategic and addicting RTS games in some time. The single player is supposed to be good if you're bored at work, but it's mainly all about the online MP.
486  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock video up on: September 21, 2006, 04:15:46 AM
Looks like System Shock 2 with better graphics. I defintely want to play it, but I think Levine went a bit overboard with all the hyperbole during the video. I see nothing revolutionary at all.

The graphics sure are purdy though. The shadowing on the Big Daddy when he came walking down the hallway that was on fire looked amazing.
487  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Defcon preorders have started on Steam $9.95 on: September 20, 2006, 12:55:04 AM
Ordered. Will probably end up being my GOTY. I loved both Uplink and Darwinia.

You certainly can't beat the price they are asking.
488  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Speaking of Neverwinter Nights 2... on: September 19, 2006, 04:53:13 AM
Just a heads up:

Neverwinter Nights 2 has been delayed to Halloween, October 31st, 2006

http://nwvault.ign.com/#21253

There are new screenshots posted as well at that link.
489  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/18) on: September 18, 2006, 08:20:43 PM
Nothing. Wouldn't mind trying out Okami, but I don't have a PS2. I'd likely just get bored with it within 30 minutes, as I do with every game these days anyhow.
490  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Speaking of Neverwinter Nights 2... on: September 18, 2006, 06:01:25 AM
Wow. Those graphics are pretty awful. The character models being the most offensive. What's up with those portraits?  crybaby

I haven't really followed the game much until now, since it's close to release, but I'm quite worried. Doing some digging, I found the system requirements and they seem way too high for what those screenshots are showing me.

3 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent processor
1GB System RAM
ATI Radeon X800 series, NVIDIA GeForce 6800 series or higher video card
[edit]Minimum system requirements
Windows XP
512MB System RAM
2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent processor
128MB Direct3D compatible video card with DirectX 9.0c compatible driver
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
4.6GB free hard disk space
491  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii game lineup video on: September 14, 2006, 04:06:15 PM
The survival horror game shown is Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles.

Basically it plays like RE4, but the game takes you through locations from all the previous RE games.
492  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii 250.00 In or Out on: September 14, 2006, 03:35:06 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 14, 2006, 03:18:19 PM

Quote from: siege on September 14, 2006, 03:13:31 PM

Delaying the GC version of Zelda was really cute. What was originally promised on the Cube is now technically a Wii launch title only. Get the hardcore Zelda fans, who might not have wanted a Wii right now, to make the jump so they can play it when it's first released. Smart business decision, but a real shitbomb ethically. You get no money from me, Ninty.

The Cube version has been delayed?

Yeah, until December 12th.
493  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii 250.00 In or Out on: September 14, 2006, 03:13:31 PM
I voted No.

Far too expensive for what is essentially a Gamecube with more ram. Don't want Wii Sports as a pack-in and controllers at $60 a pop will raise the initial cost for families of four to $430 to get started. Far from casual, Nintendo.

Delaying the GC version of Zelda was really cute. What was originally promised on the Cube is now technically a Wii launch title only. Get the hardcore Zelda fans, who might not have wanted a Wii right now, to make the jump so they can play it when it's first released. Smart business decision, but a real shitbomb ethically. You get no money from me, Ninty.
494  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: $250 on: September 14, 2006, 02:08:48 PM
More news from the US conference:

Wii remote is $39.99 and the nunchuck attachment is $19.99.

First-party games will be $49.99.

Online is free to use, but you must buy the Opera software.

Zelda releases for the Gamecube on Dec 11th. <----Makes me very angry, considering it was supposed to be a GC title first and foremost. Now you have to buy a Wii if you want to play it first.

Metroid Prime 3 is now a 2007 game.



495  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: $250 on: September 14, 2006, 02:00:09 PM
Here's a video of the games...

http://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/topics/wii_preview/movie/lineup.html

I'm still bummed the system only comes with one controller for $250. Wii Sports really doesn't interest me one bit. If you've read up on it, you know that the games are extremely simple with little input needed to play. In tennis, you don't even move your player around the court, only swing the wiimote to hit the ball.


Too many mini game styled games in that video for my tastes. I like some mini game action every now and then and they're certainly good games for casuals, but I was hoping for something more from Nintendo. Where are all the new IP's?

Maybe it's my own fault for getting excited over the system when it's been said by Nintendo that the Wii is all about getting those that don't typically play video games interested. I understand the DS and 'non-games' in particular are huge in Japan, so it makes sense for them to stay in the same direction with the Wii. It's just a shame that I will be without a new Nintendo console for the first time.

Oh well, I'll atleast be playing the new Zelda on Gamecube.
496  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: $250 on: September 14, 2006, 05:09:34 AM
So $50 less than a 360? You've got to be kidding me. I don't even want Wii Sports, so that kinda stinks.

The package better have two controllers and the game or I think it's a huge ripoff.
497  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WH40K Dark Crusade Demo Tonight at 12Midnight. on: September 01, 2006, 10:01:23 PM
After playing it extensively, I can defintely say I'm gonna pick it up. Still enjoy this series more than I do Company of Heroes, although a lot of that has to do with preferring the theme over WW2.
498  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WH40K Dark Crusade Demo Tonight at 12Midnight. on: September 01, 2006, 06:56:21 PM

Quote from: Scott on September 01, 2006, 05:48:57 PM

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Fuck, no skirmish?  Useless to me, me and the son were excited to try Skirmish with the new races.
I'm only going by what IGN said about the demo.  Apparently some of the Tau heavier units aren't in the demo either, another disappointment.

Correct. No skirmish and a lot of the units are missing.

499  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WH40K Dark Crusade Demo Tonight at 12Midnight. on: September 01, 2006, 04:49:57 PM
It's up.
500  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 2142 beta begins. on: August 31, 2006, 10:20:39 PM

Quote from: SuperHiro on August 31, 2006, 10:07:26 PM

if you've given up on it, can you pm me your key, for I have missed the beta signups frown.

Sent.
501  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 2142 beta begins. on: August 31, 2006, 09:56:36 PM
 eek That is one seriously unoptimized beta.

I was pinging 20-30 from the scoreboard, but I kept warping around like I had a 5000+ ping. No idea what was going on. One minute I was flying around the helicopter vehicle (which is extremely easy compared to the ones in BF2) and the next minute I just blew up with no visual evidence as to why. I even had to type really slowly when talking to others, because it wouldn't register my keystrokes if I typed too quickly.

When the round ended, the mothership or whatever blew up and then I crashed to desktop. I found that appropriate as I uninstalled it.

It really is just a new skin for BF2. I prefer the futuristic theme, but the problem is DICE doesn't know how to code apparently. Completely unplayable. Sort of scary to think it's shipping in just over a month.
502  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sim City DS scan on: August 31, 2006, 06:27:06 PM


http://ruliweb.dreamwiz.com/ruliboard/read.htm?table=game_nds&page=1&num=9834&main=nds&find=&ftext=

Looks pretty good. Hopefully it gets a US release.
503  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 2142 beta begins. on: August 31, 2006, 06:16:24 PM
The beta is now open to non subscribers. Hurry before all the keys are gone.
504  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 2142: In game ads! on: August 31, 2006, 04:52:14 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on August 31, 2006, 02:57:39 PM

Wow siege.... telling us what should bother us now?

Regarding something as inconsequential as computer game entertainment no less?

I just LOVE when someone else tells me what should bother me.

Your point on 'principle' is fine, and I do not necessarily disagree in theory, but perhaps you should consider the way you 'say' things.



I certainly didn't mean to offend you with my choice of words, Lockdown. I apologize. However, I can't seem to think how anyone would think advertising in video games was a good idea unless we benefited by it with lower retail costs.
505  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Virtual Console - what will you buy? on: August 31, 2006, 02:32:26 PM
I'm with Devil. Looking forward to playing the new games on Wii, rather than games I've already played years ago. I'm sure at some point I'll bite for some nostalgia factor, but the VC is not a feature of the console I'm much interested in, as neat as it is.
506  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield 2142: In game ads! on: August 31, 2006, 01:52:49 PM
Quite frankly, it should bother you. Why you may be able to ignore advertisements, it's the principle of the matter. You will have paid your $50 for the product, while EA is making even more money by shoving adverts in your face.

If we get to a point where we have to PAY to be advertised to, I simply won't buy anything.
507  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assasin's Creed........PC! on: August 30, 2006, 03:10:02 AM
Mass Effect will defintely be on PC at some point. It might not be until 2010 or later, but Bioware have continually ported their games over from the Xbox.
508  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stronghold Legends Demo! on: August 23, 2006, 05:08:44 PM
My impressions:

Don't even bother downloading it. Pure and utter garbage.
509  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Madden for PC? on: August 22, 2006, 05:35:17 PM
From IGN's review...

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While the inclusion of NFL Network mode and the redone Superstar mode reinvigorates the game, Madden NFL 07 still features so many of the same bugs and issues from previous years that shouldíve been fixed a while ago. Considering that many of the gameplay features are extremely mild remixes of previously included gameplay options, this yearís Madden comes across as a solid title, but one thatís starting to show its age.

Same graphics engine, the same bugs, and the same gameplay as every other years.
510  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/21) on: August 22, 2006, 01:54:18 PM

Quote from: jblank on August 22, 2006, 04:43:55 AM

Quote from: siege on August 22, 2006, 03:51:45 AM

Not a thing. I'm a huge football fan, but the Madden series is the biggest ripoff of all time. It's essentially a roster update every year.

 saywhat Bah, don't buy into that. 4 or 5 years ago that was more true, but today???? Nope.

From the TeamXBOX review:

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The Tiburon staff added a lot of new stuff to Madden NFL 07. So much so, that itís hard to address it all in a review. From pre-game festivities, to new player models and crowds, to the slick new field/grass degradation, Madden NFL 07 is hardly even related to the watered down version of last year. You will find much more in common between NCAA 07 and Madden NFL 07, than last yearís Madden game, in fact. The player models and animations, key gameplay additions (like the analog kicking and jump the snap), and the overall pageantry (albeit is shifted to the pro game) is borrowed form NCAA 07, and thatís just fine with me.

http://reviews.teamxbox.com/xbox-360/1206/Madden-NFL-07/p1/

That is the 360 version. None of the other versions have changed much at all. You have to expect new animations and models on a next-gen system, but the core gameplay remains the same with a tweak here and there. Certainly not worth $60.
511  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/21) on: August 22, 2006, 03:51:45 AM
Not a thing. I'm a huge football fan, but the Madden series is the biggest ripoff of all time. It's essentially a roster update every year.
512  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Paraworld anyone? on: August 21, 2006, 08:15:21 PM
Yep, I think the game has run it's course for me now. As Lockdown said, there are some great ideas within the game, but it's not quite at the point where it's a purchase. If it had released during the summer, I would have defintely picked it up, but there are far too many other games I have my eye on right now.
513  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Savage 2: Whos stoked? on: August 21, 2006, 04:56:36 AM
Looking quite forward to it myself.
514  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Company of Heroes Beta Going Public ? on: August 20, 2006, 08:10:03 PM

Quote from: Kobra on August 20, 2006, 07:49:24 PM

I found a full Single Player Demo of COH on one of the torrent sites.  Apparently the one they released to the press?

Yep. It's unoptimized, however. The demo won't even start up if you have less than a gig of ram. frown
515  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Paraworld anyone? on: August 20, 2006, 07:11:10 PM
Sunflowers released a 6 minute presentation movie of some of the cooler aspects in the game. Check it out.

http://www.fileshack.com/file.x/9284/Paraworld+-+Presentation+Movie
http://www.3dgamers.com/dlselect/games/paraworld/paraworld_presentation.wmv.html
516  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ultima Online Reborn...again. on: August 19, 2006, 06:39:43 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 19, 2006, 05:59:48 PM

So wait...they're redoing the graphic engine in UO AGAIN? Is that what I'm getting from the above screenshots?

Yep, they sure are.
517  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ultima Online Reborn...again. on: August 19, 2006, 04:58:59 PM





http://www.uo.com/uokr/UOKR/UOKR.html
518  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Expensive Fall/Winter on: August 19, 2006, 06:01:16 AM
I may just get NWN2 to tide me over until next year. Gotta work on building a new machine before I buy all these new games.
519  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Paraworld anyone? on: August 19, 2006, 02:02:12 AM
You defintely have to play it more. I thought it was pretty mediocre at first, but I'm starting to like it. There is certainly more depth to it than I first thought.

I sort of scoffed at the claim of the Army controller being "revolutionary" by the publisher on the detail sheet, but I'm beginning to see why it's a major feature of the game. Being able to control all of my units via the interface is so much easier than fumbling about on the main screen.

Having the storage for your resources is pretty cool. It prevents early rushing, other than with workers (which are pretty weak.) It's impossible to really win from the start with a couple of Warriors, Spearmen, or Archers, because the town center takes quite a bit of punishment before being destroyed. Not to mention all the nasties running around the map you are bound to run into. This keeps the pace of the game relatively slow, which is a good thing for me, because I always get my butt handed to me in the faster paced RTS games.

Has anyone been able to get a multiplayer game going? I've yet to see any games on the server list.
520  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Paraworld anyone? on: August 18, 2006, 08:55:23 PM
Those are quite some words.

I didn't find it all that great. Yeah, the Army Controller interface is really helpful, but aside from that, there is nothing here we haven't seen before.

In fact, you could go as far as saying this is Age of Mythology with dinosaurs. There is very little difference between the two, aside from the theme.

I did love how scalable the game is, being able to adjust the detail level on the fly without it hitching up is really cool. The music is great and the voice acting is suprisingly good for a German developed game. Sadly, the gameplay isn't there for me. As much as I like dinosaurs, you gotta serve up something more than a generic RTS to go with them.
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