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Signed On Apr 1, 2004, 16:54
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Expansion Announced
5. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Expansion Announced Dec 18, 2012, 13:02 Darks
 
Just call this game abandonware.

Far to many restrictions on this game now to keep me playing it.
 
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News Comments > GameSpy Responds to Server Closures
13. Re: GameSpy Responds to Server Closures Dec 14, 2012, 15:02 Darks
 
Axis wrote on Dec 13, 2012, 11:58:
Gamespy isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

Sounds like they could have been more prudent about how they go about shutting down services though, I doubt we know the whole story.

I wonít disagree that Game spy can do what they want. But however, this is exactly why we as users should have the ability to host our own MP games. DRM or not, if they canít pay the bills then give us the ability to do it ourselves.
 
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News Comments > Intel "Committed" to Socketed CPUs for "The Foreseeable Future"
1. Re: Intel Dec 6, 2012, 10:46 Darks
 
Letís put it this way Intel, if you take away the ability for user to socket their boards then you might as well stick a fork in your company and call it done.  
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News Comments > End of Nations Status Report
1. Re: End of Nations Status Report Dec 6, 2012, 10:44 Darks
 
No one cares about an MMO RTS free to pay game.  
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News Comments > Petroglyph Layoffs?
7. Re: Petroglyph Layoffs? Dec 5, 2012, 17:54 Darks
 
swaaye wrote on Dec 5, 2012, 15:35:
Darks wrote on Dec 5, 2012, 10:41:
These are the same talented people who originally gave us CnC and this is how they have fallen.
Actually I think a lot of Westwood people have long since left.

You are correct, many did, but some of the main guys who headed up the development of CnC are still there. I talked to one of the guys and we talked about CnC and Star Wars. But yea these guys have defiantly lost their touch.
 
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News Comments > Petroglyph Layoffs?
1. Re: Petroglyph Layoffs? Dec 5, 2012, 10:41 Darks
 
This is what happens when you try to make a stupid RTS game free to play with a market that is only pvp. I saw this game at E3 and felt like chocking out the devs. These are the same talented people who originally gave us CnC and this is how they have fallen. And to be honest, when I watched them playing the game and tried a little of it myself. I thought that the game was garbage.  
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News Comments > Black Ops II Sells $1B in 15 Days
4. Re: Black Ops II Sells $1B in 15 Days Dec 5, 2012, 10:37 Darks
 
Dev wrote on Dec 5, 2012, 10:29:
The box office record set for feature films in 2009 by "Avatar" was $1 billion in 17 days

Jeez. Better than the best selling movie. Plus the movie probably cost much more to produce.

Yea, well Avatar didnít cost you an arm and leg to walk into the theater either. You canít compare apples to oranges here guys.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 3 Uplay Workaround
48. Re: Far Cry 3 Uplay Workaround Nov 30, 2012, 19:26 Darks
 
Funny video that sums up EA in a nut shell.

http://youtu.be/e-LE0ycgkBQ

 
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News Comments > Far Cry 3 Uplay Workaround
8. Re: Far Cry 3 Uplay Workaround Nov 30, 2012, 12:44 Darks
 
Ubi wonders why we all hate this shitty Uplay client. I bought the new GTX 660 ti card; it came with two games, Borderlands 2 and Assassins Creed 3. Go to GeForces site; put in codes it than creates new codes. BL2 no problem. It generates a new Steam key awesome, smooth and done. The way it should be!!

But, the Ubi key generates a new code, and then you have to go to their site. Put the game in a cart and then use the code to get your game. Well guess what, their servers keep saying Server Error. I canít even redeem my key.

So I sent in a complaint to their support, after three days, I still have not heard from anyone. Just awesome server Ubi... This is why I do not buy their games.

Pirating this game!!!

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News Comments > Dragon Age 3 in 2014?
4. Re: Dragon Age 3 in 2014? Nov 29, 2012, 11:01 Darks
 
Verno wrote on Nov 29, 2012, 10:43:
Less awesome button, more gameplay. Also less poorly written Whedon wannabe stuff and teenage level sexual encounters. The first Dragon Age suffered quite a bit from it too but they really went nuts with Merill in DA2.

It's funny, now that I think about it Dragon Age 3 is one of the few games where I just want less of everything in the previous game. Combat waves, silly dialogue wheel, etc.

How about less Origin and more Steam. Origins platform is atrocious for their games.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition
27. Re: Ships Ahoy - Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Nov 29, 2012, 10:09 Darks
 
DrEvil wrote on Nov 29, 2012, 01:16:
Pete wrote on Nov 29, 2012, 00:24:
Oh wow, that intro cinematic is cringe worthy.

For those wanting to see the original:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoSqDtky0pU

Holy cow, that new intro looks horrid. I canít believe they actually thought that was release worthy. Makes me wonder what kind of real enhancements are in this game after watching that travesty.
 
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News Comments > Gollop on X-COM Remake
25. Re: Gollop on X-COM Remake Nov 28, 2012, 16:20 Darks
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 28, 2012, 14:28:
Darks wrote on Nov 28, 2012, 11:43:
It not just about the AI cheating in this game. my issues come from the lack of functionality in the game. Example being the lack of a proper belt to carry items. One open slot to carry a grenade, health or a scope that should be part of an upgrade to the weapon, frustrating canít even begin to explain this.

Plus the lack of the AI attacking your base, the lack of building more than one base to assault aliens when attacks occur. Always being pounded by three attacks at the same time and having to make a choice each and every time an attack occurs. That to me was one of the more frustrating parts in the game. Who do I help and who do I piss off and lose support from. Lame!!

These are just some of the issues I have, I wonít even get into the combat and move and shoot limitations and how stupid that gets at times and lack off healing.

Yeah, I miss the base invasions too. That was one of my favorite parts of the original: starting out in random locations, scrambling to form a coherent defense, protecting your scientists.

The lack of equipment carrying is a bit limiting. Definitely "gamey", like the three simultaneous abductions you have to choose from. On the other hand, you're able to throw grenades with perfect accuracy, so that kind of makes up for the lack of them, and also spamming grenades as a strategy.

Not sure what you mean by "lack of healing" though. A properly upgraded Support class unit and medkit work pretty well.

The Healing spray you get in the game is limited, and it does not help your Marines once back in base to be healed. It still takes days if not weeks to get a Marine back. So the Marine that was i nthe field fighting injured now goes back to the base and is not able to fight again becasue hes to hurt. Okay, how was able to keep on fighting i nthe field than? Ughh!

Iím not saying that I hated this game; I like some aspects of it. But it had many short falls that kept me from really liking this game. Some Iíve already pointed out.

One thing that really bothered me is how your chars would miss their targets all the time. I get that itís a leveling up thing and earning it makes you better. But these guys are supposed to be the Elite of the Elite that would have been handpicked from every corner of the Earths Elite Forces.

So these guys should be ready locked and cocked. No excuses for a sniper to miss as much as they do. Plus loading your weapon takes all your move points? Utter crap, canít move and shoot unless your higher levels. Thereís a bunch of things, I canít recall every little thing, but if this game had more of Jagged Alliances mechanics the game would have been so much better. Oh yea, crappy camera to, moving in 90 degree arcs. WTF!! Whatever happed to the full on move it like you want it cameras?

To me, the game felt unfinished and not a lot of thought went into the mechanics of this game. The devs should have taken a few more months to get the fine tuning down.
 
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News Comments > Gollop on X-COM Remake
15. Re: Gollop on X-COM Remake Nov 28, 2012, 12:41 Darks
 
Jivaro wrote on Nov 28, 2012, 12:28:
Darks, It sounds to me like UFO: Extraterrestrials Gold might be closer to what you are looking to play based on your complaints about XCOM:UK.

Tried that game, its a piece of shit.
 
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News Comments > Gollop on X-COM Remake
11. Re: Gollop on X-COM Remake Nov 28, 2012, 11:43 Darks
 
dj LiTh wrote on Nov 28, 2012, 11:03:
Creston wrote on Nov 28, 2012, 10:39:
not to mention quite challenging on the classic difficulty setting."

It's just too bad that the challenge comes from the AI cheating and purely random shit happening to you that you can't do anything about. It's not a difficulty where the AI simply plays smarter than you do; it just cheats instead.

No diss on the game, which is fantastic, but it would have been nice if Classic could have been made difficult through smart AI, rather than giving them shitty bonuses and having totally random bullshit happen in the strategy map.

The Warspace mod does alleviate these issues somewhat, fortunately, but it's a bitch to get mods running in this game.

Creston

Much easier solution is to open up the:

"DefaultGameCore.ini" file in XCom-Enemy-Unknown\XComGame\Config folder, then (make sure wordwrap is OFF)

Scroll down to "BalanceMods_Hard=" and to the right of that you can see "ICritHit=10" and "iAim=10" just zero those out such as "iCritHit=0" for everything in the "BalanceMods_Hard=" section and your good to go on Classic Difficulty with full AI and No cheating.

"Hard" = Classic Mode and "Classic" = Hard Mode in that .ini file by the way.

Save a backup and there ya go!

It not just about the AI cheating in this game. my issues come from the lack of functionality in the game. Example being the lack of a proper belt to carry items. One open slot to carry a grenade, health or a scope that should be part of an upgrade to the weapon, frustrating canít even begin to explain this.

Plus the lack of the AI attacking your base, the lack of building more than one base to assault aliens when attacks occur. Always being pounded by three attacks at the same time and having to make a choice each and every time an attack occurs. That to me was one of the more frustrating parts in the game. Who do I help and who do I piss off and lose support from. Lame!!

These are just some of the issues I have, I wonít even get into the combat and move and shoot limitations and how stupid that gets at times and lack off healing.
 
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News Comments > Intel Killing Off Desktop/Enthusiast PCs?
8. Re: Intel Killing Off Desktop/Enthusiast PCs? Nov 27, 2012, 11:26 Darks
 
Watch and see if AMD doesnít take advantage of this and take over as the CPU leader. This is only going to be bad for Intel no good will come of this idiotic idea.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: Op Ed Nov 26, 2012, 14:03 Darks
 
Ozmodan wrote on Nov 26, 2012, 13:52:
Only need two lessons for COH, don't associate with NCSoft, they shut games down for the stupidest things. You also have a limited audience with a superhero game.

As to Neverwinter, complete waste of time, number one it is being done by Cryptic, it's idea of UGC is pathetic and you have to pay for it beyond the first few iterations. Secondly it is PW and anyone who has played a PW game knows what I am talking about.

If you are holding out for Neverwinter you are going to be majorly disappointed.

Oh what little faith you have. Seriously have you even seen Neverwinter or played it? I did at E3 and it is a really well done game. The Beta is going to be starting up next month and Iím on it. But you my friend are complete off base in your assumption and opinion about this game.

I know cryptics track record in the past has not been great, but all the reviews of this game have been very positive. I for one canít wait for this game to be out.
 
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News Comments > Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Preloads
3. Re: Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Preloads Nov 23, 2012, 12:30 Darks
 
JohnBirshire wrote on Nov 23, 2012, 12:22:
You can buy this on GOG, install the widescreen patch, and be playing this game problem-free within 5 minutes of reading this. So I'm not sure how neccessary this overhaul was. But I'm a sucker for old school epic RPGs, so will probably buy it anyways.


This is more than just a widescreen patch. They had done a lot of other changes to the game to make the UI fit correctly and a lot of other enhancements. so your logic is flawed. But Iím with nin, Steam or nada.

Also, after watching the video, yea this defiantly is looking old. The zoom factor is set to far out. Everything looks too small. Great game back in its day, but not up to modern standards. I think I would rather play Temple of Elemental Evil. At least it looks better, or Neverwinter nights.
 
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News Comments > Aliens: Colonial Marines Multiplayer Trailer
1. Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines Multiplayer Trailer Nov 21, 2012, 11:55 Darks
 
Well that looked pretty good, but Iíve never really like the last man standing crap. Thereís no end objective to it. If there was an end goal then it would be good. Playing to the last man only goes so far until it gets boring. The real meat of this game is going to be the Coop Campaign.  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage Trailer
4. Re: Ships Ahoy - Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage Trailer Nov 20, 2012, 13:38 Darks
 
Okay, this kind of content pisses me off; this is not the type of dlc I want or need. I want to see full on new areas released with a story imbedded to it. Not some lousy arena crap.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Kickstarter Reaches for the Stars
46. Re: Star Citizen Kickstarter Reaches for the Stars Nov 19, 2012, 15:38 Darks
 
Zanthar wrote on Nov 19, 2012, 15:13:
Cutter wrote on Nov 19, 2012, 14:08:
Optional Nickname! wrote on Nov 19, 2012, 12:46:
The negativism towards this game is unwarranted and much like the guy who poo-poos the brand of vodka the party host has provided in a failed attempt to impress the pretty girl he's chatting up, you can be walked away from and ignored.

Wrong. It's the blind optimism and wishful thinking toward this game that's totally unwarranted here. And in couple of years you're going to see that.


After growing up on Wing Commander series, Strike Commander, Privateer, and Freelancer, Chris Roberts has earned my blind optimism and wishful thinking.

I've been waiting over 10 years for a game like this. If anyone can do it, it's him. Even if it's 1/2 of what he promised it's still better than nothing.

Absolutely agree with you on this. I know CR personally, and I have talked to him over the past few months about the game. I know for a fact that he is not some gold digging person who is looking for a quick buck to try and rip off people. He nearly created the Space Sims genre and this game is a lifelong dream for him and he will deliver. Itís easy to knock someone when you have little insight into their lives, but CR will make this game and deliver it as promised.
 
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