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Nickname HoSpanky
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Signed On Dec 23, 2002, 21:02
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News Comments > APB in June/July Subscriptions Details
1. Re: APB in June/July Subscriptions Details Apr 30, 2010, 21:32 HoSpanky
 
hrm. not sure if I should be annoyed by the fact that the game has a time limit, or if I should realize that aside from WoW (I'm off the smack, mama!), I've never put even remotely CLOSE to 50 hours into a single game. If I never chance hitting that limit, what's the big deal?


Altho this one REALLY drives home the "EA doesn't like the secondhand market" thing. I'm sure you can't even PLAY a used copy without buying some time.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
8. Re: FUEL Apr 30, 2010, 09:10 HoSpanky
 
I agree, FUEL certainly isn't fantastic (it came out after GRID and costs less, that's your big tell), but it's not a BAD game.

Speaking of GRID, at under $7, BUY IT. I actually recommend it more than Dirt2, because GRID doesn't corrupt your savegame from playing online. Dirt2 for some reason, WILL corrupt your savegame when you play online. Randomly. Sometimes you'll be ok. Single player, Dirt2 is some seriously amazing eye candy, and at $10, it's a super cheap way to watch your rig do some amazing stuff. GRID is also a great looking game, although put next to Dirt2 it looks a bit dated. Dirt2's single player campaign will NOT corrupt your save file, and it's pretty neat. Dirt2 does use GFWL, and I know that turns some people off...GRID does not.

So, to summaraize: Buy FUEL and GRID with no hesitation, buy Dirt2 if you want to show off your machine's power (but you don't want to play online).
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 26, 2010, 16:30 HoSpanky
 
I don't MIND if they make ME3 for the PS3, but like others have said, who would buy it? You can't have a savegame from a previous version, so a lot of the coolest parts won't be available to players, or they won't understand why it's a big deal. Still, the second game lets you play without a savegame from the first, you just (again) won't quite get everything that's going on, or any of the neat long-term effects.

Also on this list is Split/Second has a demo out, and it's pretty neat. And yes, it's coming to the PC, on the same day of the console releases. That's super rare anymore, and I'm buying the PC version soley because they actually did a simultaneous release. Just wish they'd get it on Steam.
 
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News Comments > PC Joe Danger?
8. Re: PC Joe Danger? Apr 22, 2010, 08:58 HoSpanky
 
I'm more curious of when this went to PS3 only...last I'd heard it was 360 and PS3.

As for Max Payne and Alan Wake, those are both from the same studio. And Serious Sam is SUPPOSED to be a groaner. I mean, this is their advertisement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YD0yeuuOrY

Why is Joe Danger such a bad name? It's a game about a stuntman. What, you think they should rename it "Cartooney dood on a bike"?
 
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News Comments > Morning Previews
2. Re: Morning Previews Apr 16, 2010, 12:33 HoSpanky
 
sadly, I gotta agree with you. I think most people will just be happy that it'll be Starcraft that runs at higher than 640x480. I'm honestly far more interested in what crazy game modes people make with the editor. I played custom maps far more in Warcraft 3 than the regular game.

Not saying I don't think the game will be good. It's Blizzard. SC2 WILL be good. But for the first time since Quake 3...I'm buying the game for the inevitable mods.
 
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News Comments > Get Well Soon Tom Hall
11. Re: Get Well Soon Tom Hall Apr 15, 2010, 20:13 HoSpanky
 
glad to hear he's (mostly) functional afterwards! This may be one of very very few Blue's threads that doesn't get snarky comments.


Until I typed that, now they're required by the Laws of Trolling.
 
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News Comments > StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty CE & Pricing
55. Re: StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty CE & Pricing Apr 8, 2010, 17:58 HoSpanky
 
You're all crying about this as if Amazon, Wal-Mart and Frys aren't going to have it for $50 on release day (or even pre-order), claiming a $10 discount. When MW2 came out, it was also easy to find for $50 (PC version). I didn't buy it, but still, it was obtainable at "regular" price. $40 isn't really a reasonable price anymore, unless we're talking digital downloads...$40 should be the price CAP on those.

As many others on here have said, Blizzard doesn't really make bad games. Their games are polished far beyond what most developers dream their games will be, and their patch support is legendary. This is one game that actually can have a price like $60 and still be worth it. But I'll have it for $50, and I'll have it the day it comes out.
 
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News Comments > Kharkov: Disaster on the Donets Patch & Expansion
1. Re: Kharkov: Disaster on the Donets Patch & Expansion Apr 5, 2010, 22:05 HoSpanky
 
Ok so I can't be the only one who saw "Disaster on the donuts"  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. Heavenly Sword Mar 31, 2010, 20:53 HoSpanky
 
Shame the game didn't break even, but that IS what happens when you go exclusive on a then-$600 console with a 5 hour long game with no multiplayer. I enjoyed the game...when I bought it at $20. Let's hope their new game has fewer delays and 100% fewer mentions of Andy Serkis' balls.  
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News Comments > Darksiders PC Plans
19. Re: Darksiders PC Plans Mar 30, 2010, 18:41 HoSpanky
 
Prez, they did a 1-hour demo (first proper dungeon, complete with boss fight) for the console demo, I'd hope they'd pop that over to the PC as well.

On the graphics: They initially look dated, but that's soley because they're not shader-heavy. Art-wise, I'd say it looks like World of Warcraft (latest expansion) with far better animation. I liked it. I also liked Wind Waker, which people apparently hated just because it didn't look like every other game out at the time.

The game itself was quite a bit of fun, I had a blast playing through it. Combat got a bit repetitive by the end, and the glove weapon was almost completely useless. Still, I had a great time. I'm glad to hear this is getting a PC release, now more people will be able to check it out.

Side note: for once, collecting all the pieces of a special armor set doesn't just upgrade you for the endgame...you can carry it over to a new game (hardest difficulty, yay!) and reap the benefits right out the gate.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: etc., etc. Mar 13, 2010, 13:39 HoSpanky
 
Wow...this probably makes me sound like a dick, but...

Is the girl who built the SMB system deaf or partially deaf? If not, what's the reasoning behind sounding like she has a mouthful of marbles the entire time?

I'm just appalled at people who can't even manage their primary language. That goes double for forum posters who can't figure out "to or too", "there or their", "who's or whose" and when NOT to put an apostrophe before an S. Don't tell me you were "just typing fast". Own up to the fact that you never made it past third grade.
 
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News Comments > DiRT 3 Confirmed
4. Re: DiRT 3 Confirmed Mar 13, 2010, 13:16 HoSpanky
 
I agree with Tanto, I'd love to see a sequel to GRID.

I have nothing against Dirt2, in fact I just managed to get my second online Ranked win on Shibuya terminal. Not sure what "teenage supidity" ochen is referring to in the game, unless you're referring to chatty players online (which there are next to zero on the PC). Or is it the surprising lack of solitary clock-racing, leaning more toward rallycross than rally?
 
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News Comments > Colin McRae DiRT 2 Patches
8. Re: Colin McRae DiRT 2 Patches Mar 11, 2010, 15:32 HoSpanky
 
Oh, I played the entire 100-event single player campaign. It's a GFWL title tho, making you either log in, or have to start over the first time you want to play online.

Being on Steam, I have really no choice. The new problems are visual only, but amazingly distracting after seeing the game run with everything right. The only upside is the framerate is liquidly smooth now, since my video card is only doing half the work.
 
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News Comments > Colin McRae DiRT 2 Patches
6. Re: Colin McRae DiRT 2 Patches Mar 11, 2010, 08:55 HoSpanky
 
Half Elf:
The multiplayer's pretty decent, except that you can lose all of your progress at random if you play online.

I do have the steam version, it was $20. The game still WORKS, it just took a huge step back from being the visual showcase they intended it to be. Also, backing it down to an older version means you can't play it online, making that a rather pointless thing to do.

On a side note, this problem isn't guaranteed. A co-worker of mine doesn't have these issues, but he's also running a dx-11 video card. His screen DOES shrink by 20% every time he runs the game (but only if he's using the HDMI out to his tv, if he uses the VGA out it works fine).

Just waiting for them to put out the patch that fixes all the things they broke. Unlike most games that scream "I need a patch!", This one worked almost flawlessly UNTIL they patched it. Only the savegame corruption issue remains, and they didn't even try to fix that part. They blame it on your hard drive, yet its GUARANTEED to happen the first time you run a multiplayer race. So, the game causes your hard drive to malfunction when you play online?
 
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News Comments > Colin McRae DiRT 2 Patches
2. Re: Colin McRae DiRT 2 Patches Mar 10, 2010, 15:29 HoSpanky
 
Unfortunately, they aren't stating the OTHER things this patch does.

-It may cause your game to shrink your screen by 20% upon startup, every time.

-It may cause your view distances to be irreversably lowered, to the point where things pop in 10 feet from your car and distant objects pop in and out of existence. This is not alterable in the in-game graphics options nor the hardware settings file.

-It still doesn't fix the random "corruption" of your save files when you play an online race.

Very frustrating when the game is visually HEAVILY compromised by the new patch. No response from Codemasters on their forums about the view distance issues, and a lot of people are having them.
 
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News Comments > NFS: SHIFT Console DLC
2. Re: NFS: SHIFT Console DLC Mar 9, 2010, 18:22 HoSpanky
 
Heh, I played the demo of Shift and all I could think was "holy shit, they just repackaged GRID with a lamer interface!".

And I KNOW the reason is "it's easier to do", but why is it that DLC for racing games always means "more cars"? AFAIK, only Burnout Paradise actually added more drivable area as DLC (altho not on the PC, those bastards).
 
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News Comments > StarCraft II Day One Patch Plans
15. Re: StarCraft II Day One Patch Plans Mar 9, 2010, 18:20 HoSpanky
 
Gotta agree with Mr Tact on this. Blizzard has yet to release a bad game. They've shelved two projects that they spent years on, only to mark them as a loss because they weren't up to their standards. Hell, Warcraft Adventures was canned a few weeks from its release date (and the story contained in it is actually ASSUMED to be known in warcraft 3).
I'm only worried that Activision will slap a $60 price tag on 1/3 of a game.
 
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News Comments > Test Drive Unlimited 2 Announced
12. Re: Test Drive Unlimited 2 Announced Mar 3, 2010, 18:06 HoSpanky
 
Swaaye, sorry...Burnout Paradise is overall, a better game. Less land to cover by a huge amount, but TDU was packed with the same buildings over and over, and while the game was pretty good when on flat ground, the game's geometry for elevation changes caused cars to fly off the track for no reason. Where Burnout had a smaller world, it was one I wanted to explore more than the one TDU had.

All that sounds like I hated it. I had a great time with it, for a while. Burnout Paradise is a better way to do open world... a world that actually looks different EVERYWHERE. If TDU gets that this time around, I think it could top B:P. I hope so.
 
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News Comments > Split/Second in May, Subtitle Revealed
1. Re: Split/Second in May, Subtitle Revealed Feb 24, 2010, 18:20 HoSpanky
 
So they added a subtitle to a game that really didn't need it. Goofy. Unless they have more than one version, there's NO REASON FOR A SUBTITLE.

Maybe it's used as a marketing stunt? If people assume the subtitle means it's a sequel, then they assume the first game was good enough to WARRANT a sequel, therefore it must be a good buy? Is my logic totally insane here?

Subtitle or no, I plan on buying this one. Pure was surprisingly good, and Split/Second:Marketing Ploy looks to be pretty fun.
 
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News Comments > No WinXP Support in Just Cause 2
33. Re: No WinXP Support in Just Cause 2 Feb 23, 2010, 16:08 HoSpanky
 
Ehh, the first game was painfully repetitive and would routinely bug out. Still surprisingly fun here and there, but the fun wore off LONG before the game was over.

This one definitely LOOKS better, but it's not the game to upgrade for. I could see people not complaining so much if, say, iD announced that Rage would only work on DX10 (and preferred 11). That game will, almost undoubtedly, be graphically worth every bit of it.

Windows 7 is surprisingly pretty decent. Basically it's what Vista should have been in the first place. Yes, it takes some getting used to but it doesn't suck.

http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/10/30/
 
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