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Nickname JaguarUSF
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Description Game Reviewer
Out of Eight PC Game Reviews
Homepage http://www.outofeight.info
Signed On Jun 3, 2006, 12:42
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User ID 24934
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 16, 2012, 13:41 JaguarUSF
 
I had Wichita State in the championship game. Boo.  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
1. Re: Game Reviews Mar 14, 2012, 10:11 JaguarUSF
 
I'll respond to the Kokatu post.
TRUE 1. Video game publishers see game reviewers as marketing tools.

TRUE 2. Publishers sometimes allow positive reviews to be published before negative ones.

TRUE (not for me) 3. Publishers sometimes require game reviewers to not mention certain plot or technical details in exchange for being furnished with an advance review copy.

VERY TRUE (why I don't have ads) 4. Publishers might not want to advertise on an outlet that slams their games.

TRUE FOR CRAPPY WRITERS THAT HAVE NO BUSINESS DOING REVIEWS 5. Critics are often "at a loss for insightful ways of describing what they found objectionable" about a game they don't like.

DEFINE "BANAL" 6. Reviews are banal checklists.

I AM BIASED. I LIKE THINGS I LIKE AND HATE THINGS I HATE 7. Game reviewers may not know that they're biased, but "if they knew they were biased, would they tell us?"

TRUE 8. All these positive reviews from biased reviewers lead the public into accidentally playing bad games.

? 9. Legislators are happy when this mess results in pro-American games topping the charts.

? 10. "War has changed. When the battlefield is under total control, war becomes routine."
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Hard Reset: Extended Edition
4. Re: Ships Ahoy - Hard Reset: Extended Edition Mar 14, 2012, 05:52 JaguarUSF
 
It seems very hard and extended.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 12, 2012, 20:35 JaguarUSF
 
Last year, a student at the high school I teach at was seriously injured while riding a moped to school. It was just after the switch to DST and, since school starts at 7:30 AM, it was still dark out when he was hit by the car. If it was still standard time, I wonder if the driver would have seen the student.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
7. Re: Steam Top 10 Mar 4, 2012, 21:33 JaguarUSF
 
dj LiTh wrote on Mar 4, 2012, 18:50:
I cant decide whether to get Crusader Kings2, or Wargame: EE....i'm leaning towards CK2 as i like single player, and i've not heard good things about wargame's single player.....opinions of people who own both?

The Wargame: EE single player is not so good; buy that for the MP.

Buy CK2 because it's awesome.
 
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News Comments > Blacklight Retribution Open Beta
4. Re: Blacklight Retribution Open Beta Feb 29, 2012, 06:09 JaguarUSF
 
DangerDog wrote on Feb 29, 2012, 01:32:
If it were just a one time flat fee of maybe $20 then it might be worth playing.

They tried that already.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
2. Re: Game Reviews Feb 28, 2012, 11:29 JaguarUSF
 
Sounds like DCS is the way to go, then.  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
13. Re: Game Reviews Feb 27, 2012, 18:14 JaguarUSF
 
Prez wrote on Feb 27, 2012, 16:06:
the only feasible way of finishing the campaign in single player is unlocking the necessary units in multiplayer?

It was for me. I had to level up in multiplayer (it only took 3 games) to unlock enough points to pass the 2nd or 3rd scenario in the game. The campaign has some real balance issues that could have been solved if they simply added a difficulty slider that added or subtracted enemy units.
That said, multiplayer is fantastic.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
4. Re: Game Reviews Feb 27, 2012, 13:42 JaguarUSF
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Feb 27, 2012, 12:42:
Should do a video review next time

Video reviews are a lot of work. I have, however, started recording one gameplay video for each game that I review. For WEE, I did two: one for multiplayer and one for the campaign.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
2. Re: Game Reviews Feb 27, 2012, 12:40 JaguarUSF
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Feb 27, 2012, 11:58:
Awesome WEE review !

Thanks! After 3,000 words, my hands hurt. Can I sue them for carpal tunnel?
 
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News Comments > STELLAR IMPACT This Spring
3. Re: STELLAR IMPACT This Spring Feb 24, 2012, 15:13 JaguarUSF
 
If you don't have AI, then you better have a large player base. Almost all indie games do not.  
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News Comments > STELLAR IMPACT This Spring
1. Re: STELLAR IMPACT This Spring Feb 24, 2012, 10:50 JaguarUSF
 
STELLAR IMPACT. MY REVIEW.  
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News Comments > Wargame - European Escalation Trailer
1. Re: Wargame - European Escalation Trailer Feb 22, 2012, 10:57 JaguarUSF
 
This game is great fun and I really, really like it. And I did not like RUSE.  
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News Comments > Sins of a Dark Age Announced
10. Re: Sins of a Dark Age Announced Feb 21, 2012, 20:34 JaguarUSF
 
Blair Fraser wrote on Feb 21, 2012, 20:15:
Is there anything particular about F2P as we've implemented it that we can change that would make it sit better?

I think a lot of people are down on F2P because they are just down on F2P, no matter how it is implemented. F2P conjures up images of paying-to-win, pushy microtransactions, and handing significant bonuses to veteran players. I'm not saying any of these are present in your game because I have no investigated it, but those are the reasons why some/many are instantly turned off by F2P.
 
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News Comments > New WHQL-Certified GeForce Drivers
8. Re: New WHQL-Certified GeForce Drivers Feb 21, 2012, 15:59 JaguarUSF
 
My flashing borders in CK2 went away.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
4. Re: Steam Top 10 Feb 19, 2012, 18:35 JaguarUSF
 
Guess that delay of an extra week didn't really help CK2. Wish it was higher.  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
5. Re: CKII Feb 13, 2012, 15:25 JaguarUSF
 
Quboid wrote on Feb 13, 2012, 11:30:
That's a very impressive review. I'd like to see Jag review it.

Coming tomorrow
 
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News Comments > U.S. Retail Video Game Sales Down 34% in January
14. Re: U.S. Retail Video Game Sales Down 34% in January Feb 10, 2012, 06:14 JaguarUSF
 
What is "retail"?  
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News Comments > On Sale
8. Re: On Sale Feb 8, 2012, 07:02 JaguarUSF
 
mixma242 wrote on Feb 7, 2012, 22:06:
Star Prospector has been out for a week, and is already on sale for 50% off?

Has anyone played the full version yet?

My review is going up tomorrow.
 
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News Comments > Crusader Kings II Demo
12. Re: Crusader Kings II Demo Feb 7, 2012, 07:15 JaguarUSF
 
Golwar wrote on Feb 7, 2012, 06:42:
So did you receive and play your review version already?
After Divine Wind and HoI3 I enacted a strict pre-order ban on Paradox.

I've been playing the continually-updated beta since October (current game version is 1.01), so I'll have my review up the day after release after I make sure there aren't any major changes.
CK2 has been very smooth and bug-free ever since I started playing it in October. After logging around 65 hours of off-and-on gameplay in between reviewing other games, I haven't seen any major bugs, and no minor bugs except ones attributed to ongoing development (new events that hadn't been finished, for example).

eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 7, 2012, 06:55:
I can't even read half the UI text with this super small size and dozens of clipping errors for long text (in the tutorial)

Maybe i shouldn't have chosen German language... this Demo only convinced me once again to never pre-order a paradox game or buy one until at least 6 patches are out.

There are no text-sizing or clipping problems in the English version.
 
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