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2801  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / The Propriety of Advertising Pimps Lord on: October 13, 2004, 04:03:40 PM
I'm still trying to figure out why he didn't call it PimpLords....

Personally, I went through a moral check when I evaluated working on his site.  I eventually came to the decision that it was actually much tamer than many of the popular games out there such as GTA:Vice City, Manhunt, etc.  I guarantee that if those companies were seeking to put ads on our site we would in a heartbeat.

I'm just glad it isn't furry porn   drool
2802  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Day 4 without Pepsi... on: October 13, 2004, 03:39:25 PM
You could have picked a better week.... unibrow  smoke  paranoid
2803  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / First CG PC Review! - Kohan II on: October 13, 2004, 05:22:32 AM
This review was actually in the works before the forced migration.  I hope you all enjoy it, it's a sign of things to come!

There is one matter I would like to unburden myself of, and that is the fact that I actually used to work for TimeGate at the time the original Kohan came out.  At first I was uncertain that I should write the review, but in the end I felt that I could give it a fair shake.  I hope you agree.

I am still friends with the artists there (hence the shout out  unibrow ), and I'd pimp their individual websites if they all had one.  As it is, you can check out some more work of Tom Woods at Romus5.com.  It's good stuff!

edit: I almost forgot- thanks to everybody who submitted screenshots for me.  Feel free to post any additional screenshots or even links to game films here.

edit again:  Zach Forcher's site can be found here: [url]www.ryaken.com[/img]
2804  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / First CG PC Review! - Kohan II on: October 13, 2004, 05:14:17 AM
Kohan II: Kings of War

When Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns came out in 2001, it brought with it a breath of fresh air to a stagnant RTS genre.  With its emphasis on strategy over micromanagement, it pretty much spoiled all other RTS games for me. Now, the long awaited Kohan II: Kings of War is finally out and Khaldunites everywhere are wondering how it stacks up to the originals. Two generations of men have passed since Darius Javidan awoke and led his people in the fight against the Shadow, since the Dark Saadya Ahriman was defeated, and his Ceyah forces broken and scattered to the four corners of the world. Little do the inhabitants of Khaldun realize that a greater evil is stirring...


screenshot 1

Graphics - 88/100
At first K2’s graphics looked like a pretty good mix of Age of Mythology and Warcraft 3, but after a little gametime I realized that this assumption just didn’t do the graphics justice.  The environment in K2 is actually surprisingly immersive.  Little touches like the shadows of clouds floating overhead and a herd of native beasties cruising on the periphery of the fog of war really make the land of Khaldun a living world.  Unit models are much more distinct than in Immortal Sovereigns and the animations are very polished.  Spell effects are downright magnificent.  Kudos go out to Zach Forcher, Ricky Pina, Tom Woods, Phillip Morales, Jessie Rolan and the rest of the TimeGate art team for giving us plenty of reasons to not mind the necessary low poly count of the models.


Sound/Music - 80/100
While many of the sound effects are carry-overs from the last game (definitely lends some of the old-school Kohan flavor), an area of vast improvement over the original lies in the voice-acting and soundtrack.  Sure, a few of the actors ham it up a bit, but overall it’s pretty good quality.  The orchestral soundtrack provides a nice aural backdrop that nicely enhances the fantasy aspect of the game.



screenshot 2


Controls - 88/100
As a web designer and usability nut, I’m really pleased with the controls and interface of the game.  The UI is a little bit larger than I would like – covering roughly a third of the screen- however, it is very streamlined and intuitive, with multiple ways to accomplish the same tasks depending on your playing style.  I particularly like the way the Kohan and regiment interfaces are now perpetually on the screen in the top left corner.


Gameplay - 180/200
Can I just mention how nice it is to not have to worry about whether Johnny Peon is harvesting enough berries?  K2, like it’s predecessor, exchanges excessive micromanagement with –gasp!- strategy.  Economy is once again very hands-off, and cities have been expanded to include actual buildings within your city walls.  I was concerned about settlement spots being fixed in place rather than strategically placed by settler companies, but was delighted to find an autoplacement toggle in the map set-up screen. Kings of War uses the company system again, adding two flanking slots and a wider range of units.  I find that this system makes me value my units a bit more, and the company limit which is influenced by the amount and size of your cities requires you to choose your company structure wisely.
The 25 mission single player is moderately enjoyable.  The plot is definitely more compelling than K:IS was, switching perspectives among the 6 races and 5 factions every few missions, and focusing on the disenfranchised Ceyah and their transformation into the Fallen.  It serves as a nice primer to the various unit types and game elements.  For the most part, The missions weren’t too difficult, and I started to wonder where the famously difficult Kohan AI had gotten off to.  After roughly 2/3 into the campaign, I caught my first glimpse in the form of a Fallen Kohan who thought it was neat to teleport out of battle a mere sword stroke away from death. After two and a half hours of touch-and-go, it was very satisfying to finally hear the piercing shriek accompanied by his demise.
Even so, the campaign may as well be a long tutorial compared to the majesty of the multiplayer and vs. AI skirmish modes.  The several AIs to choose from are just plain nasty .  The only time I have been able to beat one so far was in an unfair 2 humans vs. AI  match the other night.  Multiplayer is just as fun and addictive as it was on the first Kohan games, and is sure to engage veterans of the previous games as well as first-time players.  If you find yourself online, keep your eyes peeled for members of the dev team, as they have been known in the past to get addicted to their own game!



screenshot 3


Value / Replay Value - 85/100
While I don’t see myself playing through the single player campaign again, I have no doubt that multiplayer and single player skirmish maps vs. the AI will ensure this game stays on my hard drive for quite some time.  Players can also make their own custom maps and AIs (in a rare move, the manual actually has detailed instructions on how to use these tools), and the ability to watch and save films of previous games can give the devoted player a way to study other’s weaknesses and observe how tactics play out without the fog of war present.  Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns had a fiercely addictive multiplayer, and Kings of War retains much of that same feel.


screenshot 4

Concluding Thoughts
This is a very fun game.  While it doesn’t have the hype and sex appeal of those other two RTS games that just came out, it more than makes up for it with a very solid gaming experience.  RTS fans beware though, once you get spoiled by the leisurely pace of the game, absence of micromanagement, and the emphasis on actual strategy, you may never want to go back!

FINAL SCORE
521 out of 600
 87%

2805  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GameBoy Advance recommendations for my son on: October 12, 2004, 08:45:36 PM
Thanks guys- a lot of great suggestions here.

as for the Godzilla game, will definitely have to get that:



 unibrow
2806  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / R&P Decision on: October 12, 2004, 08:07:00 PM
Quote from: "Abiding Dude"
But I have to agree with some of the folks here that if certain political (and most likely alot of news items) subjects are off-limits then the spirit of Gone Gold will surely not take root here.   Which is unfortunate for me and unfortunate for this board in the long run I suspect.


I'm sorry, not trying to be rude or a little shit, here, but since when was GG primarily a forum for R&P?  I was there for nearly 4 years and thought it was a gaming site.  I know that's certainly NOT what Rich intended it to be.

Do you really think that religious and political discussion is what the spirit of Gone Gold was?  Seriously?
2807  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / R&P Decision on: October 12, 2004, 07:53:47 PM
Here's what I think the problem is-

Gone Gold was pretty much just a message board for so long that people forgot/ never knew that it was once an awesome site about GAMING.  If anything, we here at CG want to carry on the spirit of that era of the site.  Those of you who went to the site JUST so you could post in R&P are missing the point of what we are trying to do here at Console Gold.

Gone Gold's staff consisted primarily of forum moderators, and that's all they had to do.  We, on the other hand, write reviews, previews, post news, create custom graphics, go out to the game publishers for special events, generally keep our finger on the pulse of console gaming (and soon PC gaming)- that's what this site is really about.  The forums have always been and always will be secondary.

That's not to say that our COMMUNITY will be secondary.  On the contrary, Eldon, our staff programmer, has some shit cookin' that will give the community more tools at their disposal for the sharing of gaming love than either site ever had.  There are some truly awesome things in the works, and we've only just started.

(my fave emoticon -> unibrow )
2808  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / No link to the home page with B&G forum format? on: October 12, 2004, 04:56:47 PM
Well, I may just replace it with something better.  It's just been a pain to finish the thing and I'd rather just start from scratch.
2809  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / EVERYONE READ PLEASE on: October 12, 2004, 04:55:00 PM
Quote from: "jblank"

So censoring peoples abilities to discuss politics, in one forum, away from the on topic or off topic discussions, hurts the forum?


I just want to clear something up - nobody is censoring anybody here.  We have valid reasons for being wary of an R&P forum, the chief one being the moderation nightmare of such an entity, and it has nothing to do with censoring our forum members.  We have more respect for you than that.
2810  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GameBoy Advance recommendations for my son on: October 12, 2004, 01:18:13 PM
He's turning 6 on thursday.

he likes all kinds of games.  Let's just say there are certain kinds of games that mom doesn't like, and he's not quite reading yet.  help any?
2811  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GameBoy Advance recommendations for my son on: October 12, 2004, 06:21:12 AM
Just found out that he will be getting a shiny red GBA SP for his birthday this weekend.  I'm looking for recommendations on games for him.  Of course, I may, uh, borrow it now and then... ninja
2812  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Paypal takes a dump!! on: October 12, 2004, 05:27:09 AM
I just logged in fine.  looks like they changed the front page finally.
2813  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Forum theme changes on: October 12, 2004, 05:02:17 AM
Hey everybody.  I just tweaked the (formerly named) subSilver theme to more closely match the site, and changed the names of all of the themes.

They are now:
WhiteGold (subSilver)
BlackGold (subBlack)
Raw Ore (cobalt 2.0)

I'll keep the cobalt  for a bit since some of you are using it, but I may swap it out for a much spiffier theme design that I have planned for the default.
2814  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / EVERYONE READ PLEASE on: October 12, 2004, 03:34:22 AM
yup.  I'll be tweaking the theme a bit more in the coming days, so it's not just the default looking theme on every phbb board out there.
2815  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Skinny on Rich (and Gonegold somewhat) SEE 1ST POST EDIT on: October 12, 2004, 03:17:33 AM
You realize, of course, that we were GoneGolders too.... unibrow

Heck, I didn't even have a console when Ron invited me to join the team.
2816  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / EVERYONE READ PLEASE on: October 12, 2004, 03:12:19 AM
Quote from: "Zaxxon"
One little comment:  I run my rig at 1152x864, and the first topic starts more than halfway down the page!  Add in the sticky threads, and maybe 35-40% of the page is actually useful content.  That's pretty ridiculous.  Maybe a scaling of the big 'CG' logo is in order.   Way too much wasted or underused space, IMO.

Carry on.  smile


I'm addressing that.  I will have the subSilver theme looking like the yin to subSiilver's yang soon.
2817  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Skinny on Rich (and Gonegold somewhat) SEE 1ST POST EDIT on: October 12, 2004, 02:32:13 AM
Dbt, you just made me laugh and cry at the same time
2818  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / No link to the home page with B&G forum format? on: October 12, 2004, 01:53:21 AM
fixed in subBlack.  I think I may just kill Cobalt.
2819  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Supporting CG on: October 11, 2004, 08:36:33 PM
oh, and if you go there, check out the front page- I redesigned it about the same time as we started running the ad.

seemed only appropriate to pimp myself, you know.... unibrow
2820  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Whats your favorite board style? on: October 11, 2004, 08:24:07 PM
Just so everybody is clear, Cobalt was an experiment towards coming up with a default theme for the site.  It launguished for a long time because it was just damn difficult to adapt to my wants/ needs. (drove me frickin nuts)

All you GG guys coming aboard set a fire under my ass to put something up a bit more palatable than subsilver.  tho, now I think about it, I may make a few adjustments to that one today to get it more in ,line with the overall site.

other themes are actually on the drawing table as well.  While I don't mind subBlack, it still doesn't completely do it for me.  In researching options, however, I think I may have stumbled onto a base template that might meet my needs.

What's even cooler is that choosing a theme that suits you may not be limited to just the forums sometime in the future....
2821  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [FAQ] GoneGold on: October 11, 2004, 04:07:30 AM
you are referring to the 'here' on the page after you submit a post, right?  I have links turning a diff color in posts, but that setting for some reason eludes me
2822  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [FAQ] GoneGold on: October 11, 2004, 04:02:21 AM
ah, you must've caught the brief moment where I tried the yellow text on the bars (shudder)

I have toned down the bars a bit and changed the header text color. drool
2823  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [FAQ] GoneGold on: October 11, 2004, 03:46:30 AM
are you guys referring to the silver header bars or the subSilver theme?
2824  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Reporting in on: October 11, 2004, 03:40:55 AM
I missed something....
2825  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [FAQ] GoneGold on: October 11, 2004, 03:37:28 AM
wanted to change the name of it to BlackGold, but for some reason it didn't like it  Tongue
2826  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [FAQ] GoneGold on: October 11, 2004, 03:14:29 AM
now, now, that's 'Mike from FoolishStudios and ConsoleGold
 :o
2827  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / I need your Kohan II screenshots! on: October 10, 2004, 05:06:56 AM
hey all, I'm finishing up my K2 review right now and I thought it would be really cool to include some screenshots from all of you playing in the body of my review. I'm sure that there are some epic battles going on as I speak, and I certainly don't want the same old stuff that's online everyewhere else. help a brother out?

email your submissions to [email protected]. Be sure to include your forum handle so I can mention it, and please don't doctor them- re-sizing is acceptable.
2828  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / No Kohan II posts? on: October 10, 2004, 05:05:13 AM
hey all, I'm finishing up my K2 review right now and I thought it would be really cool to include some screenshots from all of you playing in the body of my review.  I'm sure that there are some epic battles going on as I speak, and I certainly don't want the same old stuff that's online everyewhere else.  help a brother out?

email your submissions to [email protected].  Be sure to include your forum handle so I can mention it, and please don't doctor them- re-sizing is acceptable.

cat-butt :  :idea:
2829  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Establishing New Gone Gold forums on: October 10, 2004, 04:39:12 AM
well, religious and political discussion flourished for years on the EBG board long before the seperate forum was made.  I don't see why that can't happen here
2830  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Establishing New Gone Gold forums on: October 10, 2004, 02:14:35 AM
Heck, I'm finishing up a PC game review of Kohan2 for the forums right now!  I think most of us here in the CG staff still love playing PC games as much as our console games.
2831  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best new thing about CG forums? on: October 09, 2004, 04:41:23 AM
oh, I've got one in the works, I'm just not happy with the details yet
2832  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best new thing about CG forums? on: October 09, 2004, 04:37:48 AM
hmnnn.... I was actually thinking about coming up with custom emoticons at some point....

Maybe I should get the forum theme done first Tongue
2833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / No Kohan II posts? on: October 09, 2004, 04:35:09 AM
Damn, no pressure, huh?   :shock:

Seriously, I'd be wrapping it up right now if I didn't have to freaking work.  It will be up sometime this weekend- I PROMISE!
2834  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else having problems with Gone Gold? on: October 08, 2004, 08:12:49 PM
Quote from: "Bulletpig"
Another refugee from Gone Gold here.  As slow as the site has been running the past week I was wondering this was going to happen.

I would like to throw in a vote as well to the good guys here at ConsoleGold to put up some PC fourm spots for us.

I do play PS2 but am a PC gamer at heart.  This site does seem great though and will start coming here for my gold fix.

Regards,
Pig


Actually, there's no shortage of PC love here for sure.  In fact, my poor x-box has been feeling neglected as of late with games like Doom3, WoW, and Kohan 2 finding their way onto my hard drive.  In fact, I should have an informal review of Kohan 2 up in the forums sometime this weekend, and I wouldn't be too surprised to see more PC goodness on the horizon.  Heck, I myself wouldn't mind seeing a PC section on the main site, if  only just for the occasional review and such.
2835  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Anyone else having problems with Gone Gold? on: October 08, 2004, 05:17:36 AM
Quote from: "naednek"
damn, i was just about to email you if you can add a new forum...  P&R...  Politics and Religion


NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In the words of H.P. Lovecraft- "Do not bring up that which you cannot put down."
2836  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I think it's allergy season. on: October 07, 2004, 02:44:49 AM
Funny, he told me what is was yesterday....

 :twisted:  :twisted:  :twisted:
2837  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Name that Game, Graphic Edition on: October 06, 2004, 07:51:18 PM
definitely paper mario 2


2838  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My son vs. Godzilla.... on: October 04, 2004, 01:10:04 AM
So, it's been something of a tradition for me to hand-design my son's birthday party invitiations.  This year, he said he wanted Godzilla on it:

2839  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How to make IE useful? on: October 01, 2004, 09:30:16 PM
Bwahahahahahahahaha!

sorry, but putting 'IE' and 'useful' in the same sentence was just too funny....

There may be some kind of IE based browser out there, think I've heard of one, that has tabs, but there is no such thing as an extension or modification of IE beyond toolbars such as the google or alexa ones.
2840  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LOST - TV Show on: September 30, 2004, 07:37:44 PM
well, the wife and I were discussing it, and these are the things that really stood out from the first two hours:

the polar bear/ comic book connection

the older black lady saying she thought the noise the creature made was familiar and that she was from the bronx.  Others commented that it didn't sound like a creature.  Also, she refers to her husband in the bathroom during the flashback sequence and later mentions him again- we have not seen him.

there's more, I'll post later
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