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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 3:19 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I got given by my brother permission to play his new game - Black and White.

Sure, it's old, but it's alot of fun. Played it before, and it amuses me. Lets hope I can play it on this computer now I formatted it(*eek*). *installation time*
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just finished The Witcher, after having to put it on hold for a time because of my crappy graphics card. Awesome game, one of the best RPGs I've played. It may even be all the way up there next to BG2:Shadows of Amn. I can't quite decide if it's better or not, but it's clearly in the top two. Sadly it had a few shortcomings, especially near the end.

Long rant and possible spoilers ahead.

I love that it's more mature than most RPGs you see out there. Some of the language is seriously bad. Much violence, blood and some nudity and sex. Yet I think it's all well done and appropriate in a sense, it makes the world seem more real as compared to the fluffy and all-too-nice-and-pretty fantasy worlds you typically meet. The world needs more mature RPGs, many more.

Speaking of sex, nudity and in paticular romances, this is one of the game's shortcomings. The at times slightly flat and overly simple dialogues are fine and acceptable in an action RPG where you play a character who prefers action over too many words. It is fitting, I don't mind it at all as I would in other games. It is also fine when it comes to the many possible one-nighters where it's supposed to look and feel shallow. Too many words there would ruin the point. But when it comes to the two (I think) actual romantic choices, that briefness is just not good enough. Some of the romantic dialogue is really comical to read because of the briefness, and that's not what you want from a romance in an RPG. Atleast that's not what I want from it, I expect a little more depth than what one short sentence can do.

Other than that I think it was nice to finally have romances that lasted a bit before the game ended and didn't reach the interesting part just before the big finale. It was also interesting to have to pick one or the other and see the hate between them. Sadly, the romances suffered another shortcoming at the end. Atleast in my play through there was no closure on the romance at all. It wasn't even mentioned once at the end, not even a single word about it. All the way through the game there had been dialogues about how it would be nice to settle down after all the action and all that standard stuff, I even chose to get a small hut in the countryside as payment rather than gold at some point, but at the end nothing was mentioned about any of that. Did I settle down in that small hut, or somewhere else? Did she die tragically or did I just wander off and forget her or what happened? Not a single word. That was very disappointing, but it seems to be a trend in RPGs to focus on the first part of the romance and forget about the last part which to me is the most interesting part.

Other things were left unanswered at the end, too. The fate of certain important characters were not mentioned either, not even briefly. A little sad to have not even the slightest hint of what happened to them.

I was a little disappointed with the villains. This is probably the biggest reason why I'm slow to place it above BG2. There were 3 main villains, two revealed at the beginning and one only revealed at the end. Generally I tend to dislike villains that are only revealed at the end, they always turn out to be too shallow and not nearly well enough developed because of the lack of time. This wasn't much different, though it could have been much worse too.

The other two villains were more promising, mainly because you knew about them from the very beginning, which gave them a chance to really shine. Sadly one of them came off as a little boring and uninspiring. The other, called the Professor, had real potential. While nothing more than a wanted assassin and real sneaky bastard, he was quite interesting I think. He was the kind of villain you really looked forward to meeting again, the kind you actually wanted to escape again and again just so you could look forward to hunting him down again. Sadly, he was killed much too early, though his last words were fucking amazing. In my oppinion, he should have been the big, final bad guy. That would have made the whole game a million times better. He could easily have been a better villain than Irenicus in BG2, and that's saying a lot.

The end movie had a really nice fight scene in it. Sadly, I don't get the scene, but it looks cool. Apparently I kill an assassin trying to murder the king, and when I lift the veil from the assassin's face it's obviously someone I'm supposed to recognise, yet I don't recognise the assassin's face. Honestly, I think many of the characters in the game look too much alike, it's hard to tell them apart or to recognise them. Maybe that's just me, I am known to have trouble recognising faces.

I think that's all the bad things I can say about the game, however. Ok, perhaps the final battle was a little too easy, but maybe I just maxed the right skills and applied just the right tactic. Some of the other fights were really hard and interesting. In general I think the combat was very interesting. Much different, and much more developed than most RPGs, especially those based on D&D.

The graphics and the scenery was breathtaking at times. Many very interesting areas to explore, though some of them were very difficult to navigate. Thank God for the map. The setting was also fascinating, clearly very well developed. I'm also amazed at how much attention was put into the ambience of the areas, with all the NPCs running around and doing their daily business. Much more detailed than you see in other RPGs, I think.

I will most certainly play through this game again! Even though the character is fixed, I think it's worth another play through, or many more. I think I'll try focusing more on intelligence and magic than on combat next time around. The magic gets seriously kick-ass near the end. I ran through the final confrontation without even swinging my blade once and not taking even one hit. And that in a game where sword-fighting is clearly the focus.

If you like RPGs, exciting combat and mature themes, then this is a must! I hope and pray that they make a second.

Lots of other promising RPGs in the future, though. Not sure how I'll find the time to play that much.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tyranids have been confirmed to appear in Dawn of War 2.

*glee*

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm late in posting this, but here is my Sporepedia page, presented for your perusal.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dont own an Xbox 360, nor do I particularly want one, but I found this poem somewhere and found it amusing.

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A year ago I turned you on.
Three red lights, and now you're gone.
The disc and hard drive, I've withdrawn.
I know what I must act upon.

These lights are rare, no, that's untrue.
Their explanation overdue.
Microsoft, I send you to.
So they can do what they must do.

I cannot wait for you, you see,
I want to play my Halo 3!
To Microsoft, I make my plea!
Quick, get my Xbox back to me!

I just borrowed GTA 4,
Now I can play that game no more.
I will not buy it at the store,
When borrowings what friends are for.

You leave me with my Xbox 1.
The games for it just aren't as fun.
They were once good, awards were won,
But now those games have been outdone.

A year ago I turned you on.
Three red lights and now you're gone.
I did what I must act upon.
I know now soon, that you'll respawn.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's pretty nifty, Zergling.

On a side note, my 360 seems to be immune to the red rings of death. This may have something to do with the whacking great bank of fans I stuck on the back...
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A little game I played awhile back, but mostly forgot about:Warning Forever.
Very fun game.
Probably because the only enemy (the boss) adapts to your attacks and the way you attack. Gets pretty hard pretty fast, if you aren't adaptable.
Recently re-acquired it. Fun fun fun!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently downloaded Paper Mario from the virtual console section of the wii shop. Yes, it's an N64 game, yes it's old, yes, I imagine a few people here played it when it was new...

I don't care. I still feel like shouting about how amazing it is, surprisingly so, considering I've played the sequel for the gamecube. It isn't as good as the one for the gamecube, it's nowhere near as good, and yet, it's still absolutely great fun, jam packed of amusing dialogue, great locations and incredibly fun boss battles, some of which are really quite difficult.

For something that came years before the gamecube one, which is considered to be one of the best games for the gamecube, it has a heck of a lot in it. I was suprised by just how long it is.

Basically, for something that only cost 7.00, it's absolutely fantastic, and possibly the best game I've ever bought in terms of value for money. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go and finish kicking the crap out of Bowser.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Orange Zergling wrote:
Tyranids have been confirmed to appear in Dawn of War 2.

*glee*

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I especially enjoyed the Fex munching on the marine like a chew toy. Dawn of War 2 shall be epic.

Oh, and Sins of a Solar Empire expansions announced! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just ordered Tube Slider (Gamecube) and Worms: Open Warfare 2 (DS) on Amazon.com
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I Want to Be The Guy.

The horror...

THE HORROR!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shadow of the Sun wrote:
I Want to Be The Guy.

The horror...

THE HORROR!


Watching people play that on Youtube is hilarious.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moxie wrote:
You haven't seen trailers for Force Unleashed, Have you? One of them features the Apprentice pulling a Star Destroyer from the Sky.

Me and my brother looked at each other, like, after a stunt like that, who could deny the force exists?

Though, the physics in that game are amazing. I want to play with it just to toss Storm Troopers at wooden rafters and watch them grab on as the whole thing snaps down...


Technically, anything larger than a Victory Star Destroyer is not supposed to be able to enter planetary atmosphere, IIRC.

Yes, I know too much about Star Wars. But anyways, the force unleashed looks awesome. Watching stormies get impaled in the demo was sick.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lusankya.

Lusankya is a Super Star Destroyer that took off from Coruscant in the Extended Universe After prior to the Bacta War.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I read that book but Lusankya had a massive repulsorlift cell thingie grafted onto the bottom.

Without that they couldn't have broken free of the planet and its gravity well I think, although the Technical Manual could just be wrong about star destroyers.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know why, but I love the new Mercenaries 2 commercial song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daIrc6uBRkc
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I cannot wait, personally, for Mushroom Men. They are hardcore cute!

There's this meteorite, right? And it crashes into earth and scatters dust over the countryside that brings plants a sentient type of life and gives rise to the enlightened Boletes and Morels, and the savage Amanitas and... another type of mushroom.

Anyway, imagine running around as a mushroom samurai! I mean really! They're so adorable!

www.mushroommen.com For more info/screenshots. I'm... excited; and I don't even like mushrooms.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wukei wrote:
I don't know why, but I love the new Mercenaries 2 commercial song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daIrc6uBRkc


Me too, it's catchy.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spore comes out today! *Gleee*
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still don't see the big thrill...but that's me.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you SURE you don't feel thrilled?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't say it was boring.  I said I don't care about it.  I don't care for that type.

But y'all enjoy.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To be honest I'm not really interested in it either (I'm certainly not going to buy it). I just thought the comic was really funny. =D
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That comic is really funny. But I am going to be getting spore. Spent hours on the creature creator. And that's just the creator.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just in case anyones interested, EA just very kindly released the original Command + Conquer Red Alert as freeware.

I mean, who cares that it's a cynical marketing ploy for RA 3 and you have to mess around with compatability ? I just picked up one of my favourite games ever for nothing.

http://www.ea.com/redalert/news-detail.jsp?id=62


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