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Signed On Nov 2, 2002, 13:54
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News Comments > BioShock Postmortem
35. Re: maybe.. Sep 3, 2008, 15:35 Ecthelion
So let me ask a side question.
I was totally NOT expecting the twist in KOTOR (and loved it), but would my experience of playing KOTOR 2 been better had I not already played the first game, that was much better then the second?
I'm in the same boat as you when it comes to KOTOR and KOTOR2. I don't know anyone who played KOTOR2 but not the first, but I imagine the game would seem better. I remember liking certain elements of the second game better than the first, but on the whole I would agree that the first one was better. That didn't stop me from enjoying the second one though, possibly because I wasn't expecting much.

Is there a point when 'personal hype' totally crushes any sort of enjoyment from a game?
Absolutely, and I think it's part of the reason many people here can't enjoy games like Bioshock. I actually had played SS2, but it had been so long that it wasn't fresh in my memory. I also made a conscious effort to view it as a separate game that drew a few ideas from SS2 (but nothing more). Perhaps games would be a lot better if people like me didn't settle for "average" games, but it's just as possible developers and publishers would stop trying to please increasingly unsatisfied gamers and switch to another market.

Another thing to consider is that dumbing down can't be blamed completely on today's dumber teens (if that is indeed accurate - teens have always been pretty dumb). Older gamers may have something to do with it as well. I don't know if I represent most gamers in my situation in life (i.e. ones that are in their late 20's and up, and who have families and other responsibilities), but I find that I don't have the stamina or attention span for gaming than I did 5 years ago. It's still my favorite hobby, but I don't have the time to devote to it that I once did. I find it a lot harder to get into games that require big time investments - e.g. starting up a RPG (which I used to love doing) now seems like something of a chore. I don't think I'll ever give up PC gaming, or even buy a console for that matter, but I certainly won't complain if games are simplified... within reason. I think that games like Oblivion are designed for people like me just as much as fickle teenagers. I still thought Oblivion was overly simplified, but I seem to be approaching the point where that kind of simplification will seem ideal.

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News Comments > Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Patch
11. Re: Sep 3, 2008, 14:58 Ecthelion
I bought the game when it was first released, and played through as a Toreador. I finished the game after the last official patch (if I'm not mistaken - it may have come out after I finished), but before any of the unofficial patches. I didn't encounter many bugs, and certainly no show-stopping ones; I really enjoyed the game and consider it one of the best RPGs I've played. The voice acting, quests, atmosphere, and gameplay are all excellent.

I've been meaning to play through it again (I even repurchased the game through Steam so I wouldn't have to find my discs), especially to try the Malkavian and Tremere clans, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. Also, I'm still not sure whether I should use this line of patches (which apparently changes the game significantly in some ways), or the "True VTMB" line of patches that keeps the game basically unchanged besides fixes. In my experience with unofficial patches and mods, I've sometimes found that fans like to change the balance of the game quite a bit, and not always to my liking. While there is some merit to the argument that a game based on a pen-and-paper game should be very similar to it, computer games don't always benefit from strictly adhering to their source material. As someone who hasn't experienced Vampire The Masquerade outside of this game and Redemption, I don't care if Bloodlines "screws up" the source material. Another thing I've heard is that this line of patches adds widescreen support, which is something I would love to have. Any thoughts on the unofficial patches, Fion?

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News Comments > Fallout 3 Interview
1. Unavoidable combat Sep 3, 2008, 13:52 Ecthelion
I found the part about unavoidable combat much more enlightening than the rest of the interview (which mostly consisted of "this is so fucking cool!111!!!"). I like the fact that combat is avoidable, but I'm not sure what to make of his comment that if you don't want to fight "you can have other people handle battles for you" - does this mean that battle is unavoidable, but you can hide while your minions fight for you? If so, it's misleading to say it's possible to play as a pacifist. Technically you'd be avoiding combat yourself, but a pacifist couldn't very well endorse combat by allies either.

However, I remain cautiously optimistic that combat really is avoidable. At the very least, this interview doesn't prove that it isn't, and suggests that it is. Since it appears that meaningful choices are fairly limited (apart from the Megaton quests) and the game seems to be aimed at combat-oriented characters, avoidable combat would be a nice inclusion for us RPG fans.

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News Comments > Good Old Games Beta Next Week
6. No subject Sep 3, 2008, 13:29 Ecthelion
According to the site, "Everyone who signs up at before Sunday September 7 at midnight (EDT), during the next week will receive an access key." It sounds like everyone who signs up gets in, just not necessarily on Monday. Those of us who signed up late may have to wait until later in the week.

I didn't realize they were doing a beta, but thanks to seeing this news thread I signed up.

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News Comments > Red Alert Free This Weekend; RA2 for RA3 Preorders
2. Re: A decent promotion Aug 29, 2008, 13:55 Ecthelion
Does this include the expansions for RA1 and 2?

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News Comments > Dragon Age Toolset Unveiled
3. Re: And if it's anything like NWN tools. Aug 29, 2008, 13:48 Ecthelion
If I recall correctly, NWN had a pretty healthy mod community.
It did and still does. Even NWN2, with its more complicated tools, has a decent mod community.

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News Comments > Rockstar Developing Max Payne 3?
18. Re: No subject Aug 27, 2008, 15:45 Ecthelion
Sigh. The Max Payne games weren't first-person.
I don't understand the confusion myself - in many ways, the Max Payne games don't even play like FPS's. However, they are both excellent shooters, and the gameplay is so fun I find myself replaying them pretty frequently. The only other shooters (FPS or not) that I've replayed as often as MP1 & 2 are Jedi Outcast and Half Life 1 & 2.

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News Comments > Rockstar Developing Max Payne 3?
9. No subject Aug 27, 2008, 11:53 Ecthelion
Why are people calling Max Payne a FPS?

The series has never been about superior FPS-style graphics. I don't see why the third one would need a bleeding-edge engine to do justice to the series. I think the RAGE engine would be fine. For that matter, an updated version of the Max Payne 2 engine would be fine.

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News Comments > Halo 4 and Gearbox?
33. Re: No subject Aug 27, 2008, 10:17 Ecthelion
It is easily the worst console-to-PC port I have ever had the displeasure of playing.
I haven't played Halo 2 (after the boring, bland Halo I had no desire to play any of its sequels), but I consider True Crime: New York City to be the worst console-to-PC port I've ever played. I couldn't play for more than about 5 minutes before giving up. The first one wasn't a great port either, but at least it wasn't torture to play it.

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News Comments > Small Left 4 Dead Delay
28. Re: No subject Aug 26, 2008, 12:51 Ecthelion
It's MP Coop. No single least not that has been mentioned ever. And yes it's free to play, but you do have to buy the game. You might want to read at least 1 preview
I've read that bots will fill in any player slots not taken by human players, so it stands to reason that it can be played by only one player. The fact that Turtle Rock made the official Counter-Strike bot makes single player even more likely.

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News Comments > ATI DirectX 10.1 Support & Demo
13. Re: Whatever... Aug 25, 2008, 15:13 Ecthelion
I use 7.12 because the 8.X series has been complete crap.
It wasn't until the 3rd or 4th most recent revision of the 8.x series that ATI finally enabled driver-level pillarboxing support for widescreen monitors (at least over a DVI connection; I think VGA may have worked for a while now). It's a very nice feature for those of us with standard widescreen monitors that don't have built-in support for pillarboxing (which apparently only comes with insanely expensive widescreen monitors), and who like playing older games that don't properly support widescreen resolutions.

Here's some info on pillarboxing, if you don't know what I mean.
Look at the "Aspect Scaling" bullet under the "Image Scaling" section.

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News Comments > Small Left 4 Dead Delay
20. Re: Smart Valve, Smart Aug 25, 2008, 13:58 Ecthelion
ANY? Did you play Blue Shift?
I remember that the story wasn't as good as Half Life or Opposing Force and that the game was fairly short, but I don't recall the gameplay being bad.

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News Comments > Dracula 3: The Path of the Dragon Ships
1. Path of the Dragon Aug 25, 2008, 13:40 Ecthelion
It's Path of the Dragon. The name made me do a double-take, because it's incredibly stupid to put the word "patch" in the title of a game. It's just inviting gamers to find bugs with it, necessitating a patch.

Anyway, I hadn't heard of it before this, so I had to look the game up to make sure it wasn't actually "Patch."

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News Comments > Day-of Game Deliveries
12. Re: No subject Aug 25, 2008, 10:46 Ecthelion
Same here, though I ordered it from a UK shop since that was faster than waiting for the US release.
Actually, I goofed. I got mine from Gogamer, and it was the European release. I still had to wait a while for the shipping, although it wasn't a whole week.

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News Comments > Day-of Game Deliveries
8. No subject Aug 25, 2008, 10:19 Ecthelion
Anyone notice that all four of those games are console-only games? Fable 2 and GoW 2 may get ported, but neither port has been confirmed yet to my knowledge. Is this a sign that digital distribution makes this redundant for PC games, or is it simply the latest indication that PC gaming is an afterthought for most retailers?

I swear the Internet has created a breed of spoiled brats with entitlement complexes.
No kidding. A lot of people think they're entitled to free music, games, and movies just because the internet gives them the ability.

As far as US-only deals go, it sucks, but that is just how the market works. If it makes you feel any better, lots of movies, music, and games that aren't produced in the US have a delay before they're released here. I remember waiting even only a week for X3 was like torture (I followed its development closely for the months up to its release), especially since the forums were full of European fans gloating about owning it before us US fans.

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News Comments > Bully PC - Update: In October
1. Bully Aug 21, 2008, 13:42 Ecthelion
Better late than never I suppose. Having never played the console version, I would need a demo for this.

GTA IV is an instant buy for me though, based on the past games in the series.

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News Comments > GTA4 PC Improvements
12. No subject Aug 20, 2008, 15:29 Ecthelion
I'm looking forward to it, but I'm easy to please when it comes to graphics. For example, I think Half Life 2 still looks great. If I had bothered to play Crysis, I might think otherwise, but after Far Cry I had no interest in any further games from Crytek.

I recently played through all of the 3D GTAs on the PC (up to SA, that is), and I still think San Andreas looks pretty good. I've read more than one review of GTA:SA where it was stated that the graphics weren't much better than Vice City, and I want to know what those reviewers were smoking. Everything looked sharper and clearer in SA; the difference was eye-opening for me, having played Vice City only the day before. The screenshots make it look a lot worse than it actually does in-game, and I wouldn't be surprised if the same was true of IV. Anyway, since I feel that way about SA, I think the graphics in IV will definitely not be a problem for me.

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News Comments > NWN2: Storm of Zehir Forecast for This year
4. Re: No subject Aug 19, 2008, 18:41 Ecthelion
Did they fix the camera for the whole NW2 engine, or do you have to get the exp pack to get the new camera?
The camera was updated in the 1.07 beta patch, and every patch since then includes the fix whether you have the first expansion or not (I believe the expansion started at version 1.10).

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News Comments > NWN2: Storm of Zehir Forecast for This year
2. Re: No subject Aug 19, 2008, 09:24 Ecthelion
I enjoyed NWN2 and MoB, but MoB is undeniably better. I'm definitely getting this.

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News Comments > Diablo III Q&A
6. Re: No subject Aug 15, 2008, 11:31 Ecthelion
All that's left now is for it to be mentioned in Maxim.

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