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521  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sword of the Stars..more info on: July 23, 2006, 10:52:01 PM
The demo is coming out Tuesday on FilePlanet.

Specs:

Minimum System Requirements For Sword of the Stars:
» Microsoft Windows 2000/XP
» 1 GHz Pentium/compatible CPU
» 512 MB RAM system memory
» 128 MB DirectX8 class video card
» 4x CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive
» 56-Kpbs modem

Recommended System Requirements For Sword of The Stars:
» Microsoft Windows 2000/XP
» 1.5 GHz Pentium/compatible CPU
» 1 GB RAM system memory
» 128 MB RAM DirectX9 class video card
» 4x CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive
» Broadband Connection
522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo Power: Any Good? on: July 23, 2006, 05:45:55 AM
It's still primarily a kids magazine, but so is Nintendo in general. Doesn't mean you can't get in-depth previews on games you still haven't outgrown. smile
523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lamenting on the past - Favorite RPG of all time on: July 16, 2006, 07:21:09 AM
Baldurs Gate series
Icewind Dale series
Planescape:Torment

I'd be hard pressed to name another modern (single player) RPG that is worth installing on the PC.

Not a fan of the Elder Scroll games. The have great worlds to explore, but the combat mechanics really rub me the wrong way. Kotor was OK and NWN might as well have forgone the single player portion entirely.
524  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / TEAM FORTRESS 2 LIVES! on: July 14, 2006, 10:57:13 PM
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
It would have been nice if they had released a couple screenshots of this new "crazy art style".  The news that it will be the multiplayer for Episode 2 is pretty neat, though.


http://www.shacknews.com/screens.x/tf2/Team+Fortress+2/2/thumbs/060714_tf2_01.jpg
525  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / CivCity:Rome IGN Review on: July 13, 2006, 08:16:42 PM
http://pc.ign.com/articles/720/720932p1.html

8.5 Presentation
Plenty of Roman flavor scattered here and there but not much Civilization feel.
8.5 Graphics
I like the colorful and lively designs. May look too clean for some tastes but I like the slightly idealized graphics.
8.0 Sound
Great bits of dialogue bring the citizens to life. Nice music and ambient sounds.
8.0 Gameplay
A solid design that focuses more on packing things together than on developing industries.
8.5 Lasting Appeal
Plenty of missions in the campaign and some decent one-off missions. The editor ensures long life.
8.2
Impressive OVERALL
(out of 10 / not an average)
526  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Titan Quest review on: July 10, 2006, 03:58:28 AM
Quote from: "Yossarian"
Is there any reason to get the dvd version over the cd?  gogamer has the cd version for $10 cheaper...


No, same game, but 1 DVD to 5 CDS. If you're worried about a long install time, don't be. It took all of 5 minutes to install with the CD version.
527  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's that Time Again: GOTY So far? on: July 07, 2006, 09:20:53 PM
Quote from: "GatorFavre"
I honestly cant think of anything that has blown me away yet for any system this year.


Nothing for me either.
528  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: July 07, 2006, 09:02:53 PM
+1 depward for fast payment. Thanks.
529  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / WTS Titan Quest [SOLD] on: July 01, 2006, 04:57:48 AM
Played through it once and I believe I'm finished with it. I'm willing to let it go for $40 (includes shipping to anywhere in the US.)

No trade offers, please.
530  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Titan Quest review on: June 30, 2006, 11:33:23 PM
From the TQ forums...

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Hey Folks,

Just want to let everyone know we are looking to go live with our first patch on July 5th. I dont have a specific time or specific patch list at this point.

As I mentioned before some of the key improvements will include:

    * Improved auto-placement of inventory items
    * Fixed NPC dialogue windows closing when NPC moves to avoid other characters
    * Added character back-up functionality which will help prevent corrupted characters
    * Improved multiplayer stability and performance


When the patch does go live it will be available to everyone via the main menu under the Check for Updates button.

Thanks again for your patience!
531  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Darkstar One shots on: June 29, 2006, 05:34:54 AM
The demo premieres on Gamespot in a couple of days.

This DarkStar One demo (950 MB) contains a huge variety of worlds, equipment upgrades, and alien races, offering the player an estimated two-plus hours of gameplay. The demo also contains an extensive tutorial that follows the storyline direct from the full retail game. As with the full game, the demo offers players the opportunity to play in free-form mode, create their own adventure on the fly, or follow the storyline to learn more about the death of the lead character's father, and the mysterious ship, the DarkStar One.
532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Titan Quest review on: June 28, 2006, 07:28:17 PM
There seems to be a lot of people at http://vnboards.ign.com/titan_quest_general_board/b23058/p1 with the same problems.
533  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Titan Quest review on: June 28, 2006, 05:42:02 PM
I, too, recommend staying far away from the game. It is a buggy disaster.

Crashes constantly. I lost two of my characters after crashing while exiting a cave and not being able to recover my saved game (it would crash as soon as I loaded my character.) The framerate is atrocious in spots, especially at night time and while entering/exiting dungeons. The audio frequently chops, music cuts in and out, and the dialogue doesn't always play.

No idea if it's the copy protection screwing things up or what, but I'm defintely suggesting that you just forget the game exists or wait for a patch before picking it up.
534  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Titan Quest review on: June 28, 2006, 08:46:54 AM
Quote from: "stiffler"
My favorite was when the GameSpot (?) reviewer published his review based on no more than an hour or two of playtime.  Seems the game itself was always connected to the internet and the developer had the logs to prove it.  That made for some high drama.


Yeah, the game was Savage. I think I'm gonna boycott IGN and Gamespot from now on. The little guys are putting out much better reviews these days.
535  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Titan Quest review on: June 27, 2006, 03:47:45 AM
Gamespot hit it with a 7.6

1-up gave it a 7.0
536  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.
537  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....



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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.
538  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN Titan Quest review on: June 24, 2006, 02:50:53 PM
Quote from: "Canuck"
Quote from: "siege"
http://pc.ign.com/articles/714/714552p1.html

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.
539  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Titan Quest review on: June 24, 2006, 02:07:05 AM
http://pc.ign.com/articles/714/714552p1.html

I guess I'll be waiting for Prey for my summer gaming fix.
540  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.
541  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.
542  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.
543  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Super Mario Bros. on: May 16, 2006, 10:17:19 PM
Picked it up this afternoon. It's fantastic.
544  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.
545  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.
546  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.
547  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.
548  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.
549  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
550  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ubisoft dumps Starforce on: April 12, 2006, 06:03:14 PM
http://forums-fr.ubi.com/groupee/forums/a/tpc/f/7501009903/m/9071096924/r/7911042234#7911042234

And furthermore, the producer of Heroes of Might & Magic V confirms no Starforce on his game either.

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee/forums/a/tpc/f/1851065692/m/2661050234/r/5521023234#5521023234
551  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.
552  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.
553  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.
554  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.
555  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.
556  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.
557  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.
558  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.
559  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
Electroplankton
560  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.
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