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Description Creator of the Neverwnter Nights Eye of the Beholder Series of Mods.
Homepage http://www.moddb.com/mods/eye-of-the-beholder-ii-ledgend-of-darkmoon
Signed On Apr 1, 2004, 16:54
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News Comments > Aliens: Colonial Marines Specs
12. Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines Specs Jan 14, 2013, 12:26 Darks
 
Techie714 © wrote on Jan 14, 2013, 12:10:
wtf_man wrote on Jan 14, 2013, 09:26:
No DX11 pretty much makes this "wait for bargain bin"... even if it is good.

Not that I'm a graphics whore, but DX11 has been out too long to ignore it... which makes this most likely a crappy console port, hence bargain bin only.

Totally agree!

Okay, letís totally agree to disagree! You guys kill me sometimes with the way some of you think. Why donít we break out the tissue while we are at it.
 
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News Comments > Path of Exile Open Beta This Month
19. Re: Path of Exile Open Beta This Month Jan 10, 2013, 14:31 Darks
 
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jan 10, 2013, 13:20:
Played the beta off and on over the last year. The game has really improved a lot over that time. The skill tree used to be a crazy mess, but now they've really made it much more interesting and balanced, but still allowing for all sorts of builds. Love the skill tree tool they have on their website for planning your build too!

There are a ton of skills and skill supports now, and they can completely change how you play. Everyone should be able to create a character that works for them and the style of play they like. I'll definitely be playing again when OB starts.

Iíve been on the beta since it started; Iíve also played it off and on. The one thing that bothers me about this game is the stupid Star map skill tree. I really think this could have been done much better. I donít need a road map to where Iím going to pick a skill, or an attribute. Just let me assign the thing, I donít need a graphical overlay showing how itís being done.

Other than that, the games not overall bad, but itís not overly great either. Comparing this to D3 would not be a fair assessment. D3 has its own perks and downfalls as does this game. This game feels much more like a D2 follow up and a good one at that.
 
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News Comments > Aliens: Colonial Marines Trailer
6. Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines Trailer Jan 10, 2013, 10:04 Darks
 
Verno wrote on Jan 10, 2013, 09:56:
I love the Alien universe but everything about this seems bland and unforgettable

Seriously Verno? You being a fan and youíre not at all excited about this game? Come on man!! Iím disappointed in you. You have to be off your rocker to not like what we have been seeing so far. Personally, as long as the story is pretty good and the Coop is even better, I will be sold.

We already pre bought this game from Greenman gaming a while back when they had the 30 percent off. Picked this game up for 29.99 thatís a deal.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Inadvertent PvP to be Fixed
7. Re: Diablo III Inadvertent PvP to be Fixed Jan 8, 2013, 11:48 Darks
 
PVP will never work in this game properly. As much as blizz wants it to work, this is mainly why itís taken them so long to get it working. The Mage and the Demon Hunter with their standoff attacks and Vaulting/Teleporting will make it nearly impossible for the other classes to catch them and beat them down. And anything that gets implemented will most likely be dumbed down classes to make it fair for all players.

PVP has no place in this game, the focus should have been on game play and story, but Blizz and their never ending quest for Greed canít leave well enough alone. In all seriousness, if you want PVP go play WOW. Itís basically the same two games now.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Inadvertent PvP to be Fixed
2. Re: Diablo III Inadvertent PvP to be Fixed Jan 8, 2013, 10:40 Darks
 
Diabol what? didnt this game die already?  
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News Comments > Gas Powered Countdown
11. Re: Gas Powered Countdown Dec 19, 2012, 13:43 Darks
 
Creston wrote on Dec 19, 2012, 11:36:
Wolfox wrote on Dec 19, 2012, 11:34:
Why doesn't GPG ever mention Demigod in those "from the makers of..." lists, I wonder?


I was thinking the EXACT same thing. I guess they want to forget about that in a hurry...

Creston

That would be because GPG dosent own DemiGod. they were only contracted to make it for Stardock.

And GPG is not shut down, they worked on Age of Empire online for Microsoft for a while, but are now back to making PC games again.
 
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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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