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521  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Titan Quest review on: June 25, 2006, 09:12:21 PM
I've been reading impressions on a couple of forums from people who have the leaked version. One thing is for sure, the game is MASSIVE. If you complete all the side quests and explore all the dungeons, you can easily put 40 hours into the game on your first run on normal difficulty.

With Epic and Legendary afterwards and a full fledged editor, anyone who enjoys the game will defintely get their moneys worth.

I think TQ could end up being similiar to NWN in it's community. I know D&D may be more popular than TQ's mythological theme, but it certainly has a shot at being big with it's editor and the huge amount of creative people on the net. The lack of closed servers didn't really affect NWN any, as it's still widely played online to this day.
522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Titan Quest review on: June 24, 2006, 09:47:25 PM
A comment from the lead gameplay designer regarding the IGN review....

I wanted to post and clear up some inaccuracies that were mentioned about TQ gameplay.

The loot does scale up quite a bit throughout the entire game. You cannot find level 1 items on level 30 monsters or even level 10 monsters for that matter. Monsters generally will not drop items more than 5 levels below their own level.

Also, Epic and Legendary items of varying levels do not drop from the same loot tables. The unique items that can drop in the early part of the game are only the lowest level unique items and are totally inferior to high-level unique items and even high-level magical items. The highest level Legendary items should not even start dropping until a character is almost level 50.

Finally, while monster camps will always appear in the same location, the monsters that spawn are randomized as anyone who's played the demo would know. One time a camp might have 9 low-level satyr archers and warrior while the next play-through that camp could have 2 satyr champions and 3 low-level satyr peltasts. In some places you can potentially encounter totally different types of monsters. For example, when you leave the Greek coastal town "Megara", the monsters you first encounter outside the town can be either maenads or satyrs.

There will certainly be things we can improve on but it is disheartening to think that some people may not buy our game because of a misunderstanding of how certain gameplay features really work or a belief that we do not have features that really are in the game.
523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN Titan Quest review on: June 24, 2006, 02:50:53 PM
Quote from: "Canuck"
Quote from: "siege"

I guess I'll be waiting for Prey for my summer gaming fix.

A score of 8.1 isn't good enough for you?

No, that's a good score, but I read the actual review and it didn't sound like an 8.1 game to me.

I may still cave in and pick it up. I'm just worried about the loot system, which is really the only reason to replay these games.
524  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Titan Quest review on: June 24, 2006, 02:07:05 AM

I guess I'll be waiting for Prey for my summer gaming fix.
525  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prey demo is out... on: June 23, 2006, 06:38:04 AM
Best shooter in a long time. I enjoyed the demo more than HL2, Fear, and Doom 3 combined.

The only complaint I have is that the AI is severely lacking. The Hunters, in most cases, seem to stand in one spot. It's not too huge of a problem for me, because the game thrives off of it's atmosphere and innovative gameplay mechanics, but I'm hoping there is a bit more challenge in the full version.

Glad to see some personality injected into the protagonist and story this time around. Shooters have been lacking in this regard for too long.
526  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EA buys Mythic on: June 21, 2006, 09:14:51 PM
Earth and Beyond may not have been an excellent MMO, but I still wanted to play it after it had been cancelled. I enjoyed it a lot and it was pretty lame of EA to just pull the plug on everyone playing it.

I do my very best not to buy further EA products and I know for certain I will NEVER buy an EA MMO game again.
527  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dark Messiah Of Might & Magic - completely awesome video on: June 01, 2006, 07:41:27 AM
After watching this and seeing the new screenshots released today, I've bumped this one up to my most anticipated games this year.

Looks absolutely incredible.
528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Super Mario Bros. on: May 16, 2006, 10:17:19 PM
Picked it up this afternoon. It's fantastic.
529  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Titan Quest Demo Coming on: May 13, 2006, 01:58:03 AM
I read in a dev note that you get 2 quests later on in the game that expand your inventory. However, there are no plans to add a stash in the towns.
530  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Titan Quest Demo Coming on: May 10, 2006, 10:18:23 PM
Quote from: "Thin_J"
I don't care if it's a visually updated rip-off of Diablo 2. If the story is ok and the game is fun to play I'm good to go.

I think the story was written by Randall Wallace. He wrote the screenplay for Braveheart. Should be decent.
531  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Titan Quest Demo Coming on: May 10, 2006, 09:36:41 PM
The only complaint I can see people having with the game is that the camera is fixed, ala Diablo. It doesn't bother me much, because you can zoom in and out, but in a fully 3d game it's something you expect.

With that being said, I've been playing the demo since it was released pretty much non-stop. It's excellent as far as these hack-n-slash games tend to go. Nothing in the way of innovating the genre, but it's extremely polished and beautiful. I love the theme of Ancient Greece and the skill tree seems interesting and varied. So far there is a good abundance and variety in treasure, so loot seekers will be pleased in that aspect.

I've got a level 6 Warrior so far and it's been quite easy - I haven't died yet. I noticed there are two more difficulty levels above the standard normal, but I'm hoping the game gets a bit more challenging in the later parts.

It's worth pointing out I'm playing the game on system specs lower than the minimum requirements at 1024x768 and it's playable. You can't change any of the settings to 'off,' only to low which seems odd. I wish I could turn anti-aliasing and the shadows off, because that would certainly smooth out some of the chops I get at times. Still very playable and I plan on buying it in June.
532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Titan Quest Demo Coming on: May 10, 2006, 07:38:09 PM
It's fun, but don't expect anything innovative. The game is clearly inspired by Diablo II.
533  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Square Press Conference on: May 08, 2006, 09:52:00 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
More info on the Dragon Quest Swords title. Apparently there was one DQS title already released. It came with a sword peripheral that you would swing based on cues from the TV. This title sounds more like a gimmick for kids than a real game.

Ugh.  Definitely a wait-and-see then.

I looked over Gamespot's blow-by-blow and I can't find anything SquareEnix announced today for the 360.  Did I miss something or did they diss the 360?

Nothing announced for 360.
534  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Desperados 2 demo out on: April 13, 2006, 12:02:30 AM
Pretty cool demo, but it has the same minimum requirements as Oblivion and it shows. The game doesn't run very well on my outdated machine. frown
535  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ubisoft dumps Starforce on: April 12, 2006, 06:03:14 PM

And furthermore, the producer of Heroes of Might & Magic V confirms no Starforce on his game either.
536  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Diablo Battle Chest w/ free copy of Sacred Gold on: April 12, 2006, 05:55:50 AM
The Battle Chest comes with the original Diablo, Diablo II, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction expansion pack, and a strategy guide. Everything is in mint condition, as I've only opened the box to look at it once.

I'd like to sell it for $25 and I'll throw in a free copy of Sacred Gold which includes Sacred and both it's expansions.
537  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: April 07, 2006, 11:06:53 PM
+1 to Ænima for great communication and a fast payment.
538  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rise of Legends Demo on: March 31, 2006, 11:37:31 PM
Didn't work for me either. I'll wait for the non-alpha demo.
539  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / DS games + Wifi dongle + Guild Wars for sale *sold* on: March 31, 2006, 10:51:18 PM
Mario Kart - $20
Age of Empires - $20
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time - $20
Metroid Prime Hunters -$25
Nintendo Wi-fi Dongle - $30

If you take it all off my hands at once, I'd be willing to accept $95 (includes shipping in the US.)

I'm also selling Guild Wars for $20.
540  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metroid Prime:Hunters reviews are coming in,and impressions! on: March 23, 2006, 03:45:09 AM
The audio is superb. Really glad they brought over some of the music from Prime on the Cube. I love the battle track that kicks in when you are chasing down one of the hunters.

Absolutely love the game so far. The control is on par with a mouse, and while it tends to cramp up the hands, it's just amazing to play a FPS on a console/handheld that is as precise as playing on PC.
541  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metroid Prime:Hunters reviews are coming in,and impressions! on: March 20, 2006, 03:41:57 AM
Nintendo Power gave it an 8/8.5 citing the single player was linear and repetitive, but the great multiplayer made up for it.
542  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is 3/20 one of the best videogame release dates in history? on: March 18, 2006, 07:13:03 AM
Most certainly not. Oblivion will most likely be enjoyable for those who liked Morrowind, but it's not going to be the GOTY everyone is claiming it to be.

Metroid Prime Hunters and Tetris will be nice diversions until the new SMB is released.
543  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: March 08, 2006, 07:09:05 PM
+1 to Ænima. Fast delivery and good communication.
544  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / WTT/S Galactic Civilizations II CE (new in box) *SOLD* on: March 01, 2006, 05:42:44 AM
Ordered the game from Stardock and my computer that is able to play it went kaput. Won't be buying a new machine in the foreseeable future, so I'm looking to either sell the game for $39.99 + shipping or trade for Nintendo DS games.

List of games I'm interested in acquiring:

Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow
Phoenix Wright
Mario & Luigi Partners in Time
Sonic Rush
Advance Wars Dual Strike
545  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Galactic Civilizations II - Reviews/Impressions on: February 22, 2006, 02:29:40 AM
I just bought it off Stardock and am downloading now. The core game downloaded at 350k/sec, but the multimedia pack is going pretty slowly at 80k.

Will post impressions as soon as I've gotten to play.
546  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: February 16, 2006, 08:18:59 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Oblivion Interview Podcast is up!

From the podcast:

Playing the game on a X1900 is "the bomb". You don't have to turn anything down!

Awesome! That is the card I just got for my rig. smile

He kept saying that the absolute most important thing was the video card. The game is majorly limited by what video card you have, due to the HEAVY use of shaders.

I'd hope it would run great on a $600 video card. That's almost half the price of the machine I just ordered.  :lol:
547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: February 16, 2006, 03:52:31 AM
I just ordered an AMD64 x2 3800, 1 gig ram, Geforce 6800GS machine. Hopefully I'll be able to run Oblivion decently.
548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Galciv II is gold! on: February 16, 2006, 03:25:34 AM
Stardock has put up the first video detailing some of the gameplay and UI.
549  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone able to get SW: Empire at War early? on: February 16, 2006, 03:24:35 AM
Ack, that's not good from IGN at all. Game Informer only gave it an 8.25 and their review text indicated it should have been lower.

Oh well, there is still GalCiv2.
550  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Age of Empires: The Age of Kings for DS Screens on: February 14, 2006, 07:30:43 AM
Gamespot's review is up now.


The Good: Engaging turn-based strategy effectively translated from the classic PC series; five compelling campaigns pack in many hours of gameplay; dozens of different unit types and unique technologies to research; great presentation features lively battle sequences and good music.
The Bad: Gameplay's pace can get sluggish in larger battles; visuals sometimes get too cluttered.
551  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DEMO] Battle for Middle Earth II on: February 10, 2006, 02:40:18 AM
Quote from: "Punisher"
Does anyone know if this is the same thing as the beta?

It is.
552  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Galciv II is gold! on: February 09, 2006, 09:30:18 PM
Yikes! That's one of the more cheesy intros I've seen. However, I don't think anyone plays these games for the story.
553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Stars Wars: Empires at War or GalCiv II on: February 08, 2006, 11:40:35 PM
I didn't like the demo for Empire at War at all, so I automatically suggest GalCiv 2. From what I've read, it sounds as if it's going to be a great game.
554  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New GalCiv2 preview with screenshots of near final build on: February 07, 2006, 04:50:53 AM

Gone gold.  biggrin
555  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New GalCiv2 preview with screenshots of near final build on: February 05, 2006, 03:55:17 AM
Another write-up by Brad on the Galciv forums.

Details plans for bonus packs on and after the release of the game, among other things. One thing they're considering is a high resolution texture pack (1024x1024) for those with monster machines. Really unheard of for this genre.

Sounds as if they really got it right with GalCiv2. Can't wait.
556  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Stalker/Supreme Commander delayed until 2007 on: February 04, 2006, 02:15:26 AM
Quote from: "Atragon"
I see no mention of stalker or supreme commander anywhere on that page.

Sorry. Wrong link...
557  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Stalker/Supreme Commander delayed until 2007 on: February 03, 2006, 07:34:58 PM

558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion - GOLD - Ships 3/20!! on: February 02, 2006, 03:23:07 AM
Looks like I'm gonna have to buy a 360. The minimum requirements means running it at the complete lowest in terms of detail and this is defintely a game you want with all the bells and whistles on.
559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New GalCiv2 preview with screenshots of near final build on: February 01, 2006, 07:57:28 PM
Quote from: "Sarkus"
Everything about GalCiv2 excites me except that I couldn't get into GalCiv.  Part of that was the lack of a tutorial scenario.  Anyone know if GalCiv2 will include a tutorial?

(I'm a long-time 4X player so I'm not a newb but for some reason GalCiv just won't hold my attention for long enough to figure it out.)

Yes, there will be a series of video tutorials.
560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New GalCiv2 preview with screenshots of near final build on: January 29, 2006, 07:00:07 PM
Quote from: "Jarrodhk"
Anyone know if you pre-order, do you still get to play with the beta version of the game?

No. The beta is over.
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