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Real Name Olav Lognvik   
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Homepage http://www.strategycore.co.uk
Signed On Jun 3, 2003, 08:36
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News Comments > King's Bounty Demo; US Date
16. Re: No subject Sep 16, 2008, 14:13 Slaughter
 
Hey baltar, the demo runs by default with AA and other things enabled. turn them off -- the game doesnt need them -- and it ran at a nice clip for me on my nothing special PC
Same with me. Turning of AA and a few other things made it run smoothly. Not brilliant of them to set things so high by default.
 
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News Comments > King's Bounty Demo; US Date
8. Re: No subject Sep 15, 2008, 15:34 Slaughter
 
So like... 5 hours instead of 3?
Well, StarForce lasts days at times. Did with UFO: Afterlight for instance. Some may argue it's because the game's not too popular, but the other UFO games was cracked as fast as most other games. Some say that publishers loose as many sales using StarForce (because many gamers despise it) as they gain from holding off the pirated version a day or two. I do not believe that to be true however, as I believe most gamers are oblivious to the copy protection being used. More do become aware, but it's still a small percentage of the total market (even if the bashing of Spore at Amazon.com is promising).

I don't like StarForce, as it's too intrusive (not to mention outright harmful for your hardware/software at times). That being said, I can't say I like the people that never buy games either. I can live with people downloading games to test them, as long as they buy the ones they do like, but too many people never give a dime to the developers.
 
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News Comments > King's Bounty Demo; US Date
6. Re: No subject Sep 15, 2008, 14:39 Slaughter
 
...

also - wtf wit starforce in a demo? what does that even accomplish?
Well, usually the exe of the demo is very similar to that of the retail version of the game. Thus, if they do not protect the demo exe, the full game will be cracked even faster when it's released. Not fond of StarForce, but that's the reason they also protect the demos.
 
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News Comments > X-COM Series on Steam
110. Re: Xcom Sep 5, 2008, 19:50 Slaughter
 
...

So to someone who's purchased the game, what are you thoughts?
We're back to discussing the games? Lovely! Personally I have never bothered testing Enforcer and Interceptor. Hear Interceptor is worth giving a try though.

As for the others, I see it this way:
- X-COM: UFO Defense is one of THE greatest games ever made. They've managed to mix global scale strategy with small scale tactical battles in a way never done so well since. This one alone is worth the price of all five games in my opinion.
- X-COM: Terror From The Deep was the first game in the series I ever played. It's harder than UFO, but has a great atmosphere IMO. I played the demo years ago, and starting that tactical battle under water with the great scenery (for that time), fitting music and excellent turn-based tactics was instant love. The terror missions are maybe a bit too hard compared to all other missions (when you complete the first part, that is hard, you get to the second that is just as hard), and it is easy to bring "water only weapons" to land based missions, but not too much trouble. Besides those, I think it's just as good as UFO.
- Apocalypse takes some time to get into, and you may never like it. If you take your time with it however, you'll come to enjoy it I think.

Anyway, to answer your question, I think those three games are well worth the price of the 5 games.
 
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News Comments > X-COM Series on Steam
43. Re: X-COM files and information! Sep 4, 2008, 18:47 Slaughter
 
Which begs the question...can anyone answer if mods do indeed work on the Steam versions?
As far as I know, they will. Even mods that alter the exe should work, as I don't think 2K altered it (though they may have renamed it). Not 100% sure though, but guys like Zombie and Bomb Bloke at our forum will know (they're X-COM experts/maniacs ;)).
 
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News Comments > X-COM Series on Steam
37. X-COM files and information! Sep 4, 2008, 18:13 Slaughter
 
[shameless plug]
If people are looking for mods, gameplay tips and the likes, check out our X-COM website at http://www.strategycore.co.uk/xcom/pg/start . I think it's safe to say we have the largest X-COM files section out there

http://www.strategycore.co.uk/files/index.php?cid=3
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News Comments > Jack Keane Demo, Release Dates
2. Re: Hmm Feb 14, 2008, 16:22 Slaughter
 
Come on! Adventure games these days are so simple it's impossible to go wrong. In the situation you mention, you're tied up, and thus can't move anything. There's also a thug in front of you planning to give you a beating. Since you're not gagged, how do you imagine you can manage to move with the help of your tongue and an angry thug in front of you...?

I'll grant you this is one of the more complicated things in the demo, but that says more about the simplicity than anything else. In the good old days you had an inventory full of things, with no apparent logic as to how they are to be used, and plenty of ways to walk. In this game you have only a few things in the inventory, and they disappear as they're used. Adventure games is often about solving puzzles. What's the point of an adventure game if there's only one path to walk and everything is obvious?
 
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News Comments > UFO: Afterlight Dated, Too
3. Re: Series Feb 22, 2007, 13:33 Slaughter
 
Um, UFO: Afterlight - the third game in the UFO: After series...  
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News Comments > E3 Rumors Fly
5. Re: Meh Jul 30, 2006, 17:18 Slaughter
 
I think E3 might have lost focus over the years. In the beginning it was a great arena for developers to show their games, and talk to media and buyers face to face. Lately it's become more of a "most booth babes and loudest noise" sort of show, and that's not what it should be. ESA did try to restrict this by enforcing new rules this year, but I don't think it was enough.

In my opinion they need to find back to the roots. I went to both E3 and Vegas this year, and both places bombards you with so many impressions at once it's hard to focus. I did manage to do the interviews I had pre-planned, but a lot of time is spent looking around confused and distracted. Granted this was my first year, but I don't think it's a good way of providing information. E3 is an important event, but it has to change. Few stands and many interview and private display booths would be good I believe.

@Some Dude: I was accepted because of a part-time job for the IT department of my University and running something akin to a fan-site ( http://www.strategycore.co.uk ), so that is very true. I think I gave some smaller developers much needed attention (Disciples III and JA3D for instance), but if I should have been accepted... And I'm by far not the worst example.
 
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News Comments > Evening Q&As
5. JA3D localization May 20, 2006, 16:25 Slaughter
 
Keep in mind that they don't care all that much about localization while they work on the game. I agree that quite a few foreign games has bad grammar in them, but you shouldn't draw conclusions from some screens that are taken from an early version.  
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News Comments > Competitions
2. Re: UFO Aftershock Contest Dec 20, 2005, 21:23 Slaughter
 
New patch coming soon. Hopefully that will help you with your troubles.  
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News Comments > UFO: Afterlight Announced
14. Re: Why turn based these days>?????? Dec 13, 2005, 14:08 Slaughter
 
I can understand its roots in real table top games, but now your on a multiprocessing fast gaming machine..turn based games are redundant now. This game was cool back in 1994 or whenever it first came out but now its boresome...
UFO: Aftermath and UFO: Aftershock both use the S.A.S. system, which is sort of a real-time with pause system. I imagine UFO: Afterlight will also use this system, so where did you get turn-based from? These games are not part of the X-COM line of games.
 
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News Comments > UFO: Afterlight Announced
8. No subject Dec 13, 2005, 12:55 Slaughter
 
UFO: Aftershock is a very good game! It had a lot of bugs when released, but large parts of them were taken care of with the first patch.

As for X-COM, it shares quite a few features with it. It does use the S.A.S. however, that is sort of a real-time with pause system. If you can live with that, go play! Aftershock has it's weaknesses, but it's a great game despite that!
 
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News Comments > UFO: Aftershock Patch
11. No subject Nov 30, 2005, 07:13 Slaughter
 
And some would say "play the game and decide for yourself"  
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News Comments > UFO: Aftershock Patch
4. Re: Still waiting for US release Nov 29, 2005, 13:29 Slaughter
 
You can get the imported UK version from GoGamer.com Cheese. Hard to tell when Tri Synergy gets it out in the US, but most people seems pleased with GoGamer.com  
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News Comments > UFO: Aftershock Patch
2. Re: did they ever fix the tactical portion? Nov 29, 2005, 12:14 Slaughter
 
Depending on the map and the type of enemy you fight, this may or may not happen. In some missions snipers will attack you from rooftops and so on. All in all the AI is better than in Aftermath, but far from excellent.  
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News Comments > The Late Show
6. Re: UFO:Aftershock Nov 6, 2005, 12:13 Slaughter
 
No, I haven't experience that yet Paranoid. The time still haven't finished counting down for me however (a bit over 4 days left), so I guess you've come a little farther than me? If it is a bug or intended I can't say, but it sort of sounds like it's intended. I'll report back if I experience it myself, but at the moment my gaming time is very limited because of an assignment that is due Wednesday.


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News Comments > The Late Show
4. Re: UFO:Aftershock Nov 6, 2005, 10:09 Slaughter
 
Nice review Paranoid

@Awesome Spume: I agree with Paranoid that Aftershock is a much better game. You really should give it a try!
 
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News Comments > Gold - Hammer & Sickle
11. Re: About H&S... Nov 3, 2005, 21:50 Slaughter
 
Yeah, you might be right regarding Night Watch. I'll report it if I find out anything new.

Regarding WoW, I've heard it's a lot of fun. Your 10 months is a statements to that I guess ;). D&D also sounds like a treat! Love P&P RPGs, and Forgotten Realms is an interesting world - especially Menzoberranzan. Personally I've never played any MMO games because I fear getting addicted, but if I were to try one I think it would have to be EVE Online. I really like Freelancer, and EVE sounds like the closest thing online.

As for Aftershock, I am shocked by the leap in quality as well. I've played close to 50 missions like you, and it gets better an better! Didn't fall for it immediately, but now it's 3:47 am ;). There's still room for improvement, but ALTAR made something truly great here. Aftermath was a little disappointing, so this is quite a relief!

If you give D&D Online a go, let me know what you think.
 
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News Comments > Gold - Hammer & Sickle
9. About H&S... Nov 3, 2005, 11:26 Slaughter
 
@JoeBlack: H&S is built on the same engine, but it includes much more roleplaying. Take a look at the preview at Gamer's Hell: http://www.gamershell.com/articles/954.html

Here's a quote:
To further add to the RPG elements in Hammer and Sickle, the hero&#8217;s daily actions and mannerisms will always affect something in the future. For instance, in one of the earlier missions I encountered a young boy and his mother. If I chose to help the young boy stop a train carrying explosives, he could have helped my weapon situation while his mother could have helped forge documents. However, after a heated argument with the boy that escalated very quickly, I had no choice but to kill him and his mother. With every action there are sure to be consequences, and killing that boy and his mother had its fair share of repercussions. The main hero has a behavior meter, and if he acts extremely out of hand, NATO authorities will interfere and a hell of a mess will ensue. If the forger was still living, she would be able to supply me with a new ID so the authorities wouldn&#8217;t be watching my every move. Hundreds of incidents like these will occur, so it&#8217;s best to be on the lookout for allies instead of rivals. Throughout the entire campaign, an assortment of these RPG elements help make Hammer and Sickle as enjoyable as Silent Storm.

@Paranoid: Sadly I haven't heard much about Night Watch's release in Europe and the US. What I did hear however was that it wasn't too well received in Russia, and thus it's hard to tell if it will be released outside Nival's country of origin. There it had a very popular movie to help it sell, and that's not the case in Europe or the US.
 
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