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Real Name James Allen   
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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 > Patrician IV Interview
11. Re: Patrician IV Interview Aug 2, 2010, 21:25 JaguarUSF
 
I don't think "dumbed down" is the right term. I'm not sure what to call it. They just took a lot of things out of the player's hands, which allows for more sophisticated simulation of population dynamics and international trade, but also leaves you with less to do.  
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News Comments > Gold - Victoria 2
1. Re: Gold - Victoria 2 Aug 2, 2010, 21:23 JaguarUSF
 
See here (in a news item about Patrician IV, of all things) for my less-than-enthusiastic impressions based on the press version.  
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News Comments > Patrician IV Interview
9. Re: Not the Patrician IV Interview, but Victoria II Aug 2, 2010, 20:01 JaguarUSF
 
I am being overly negative, because I was expecting a lot more, especially interaction (you know, like actually doing stuff). I gotta spend more time with the gold version, but my first impressions are usually correct.
Oh, yeah, forgot: there's only one start date.
I smell expansion.
 
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News Comments > Patrician IV Interview
7. Re: Not the Patrician IV Interview, but Victoria II Aug 2, 2010, 19:51 JaguarUSF
 
The thing is, it's not automated outright, but it really is. Allow me to explain: trade changes on a daily schedule and there are so many goods to keep track of that you have to let the AI handle it.
Research projects complete every couple of years, so you just have to mess with that once in a while.
New political policies are only allowed to be changed when there is a great demand for them, so you'll rarely have to do anything here.
All of your factory slots are filled up automatically by the capitalist POP class, which does a terrible job picking out appropriate factories for the resources your nation produces, usually only pulling a small profit and usually a deficit.
You have no direct effects on POP groups, they will migrate automatically based on your budget settings.
The budget is trivially easy to get a large daily positive balance except for unruly nations like Russia. Just set and forget.
So all you're left to do is diplomacy, which is only interesting for Great Nations (the top 8 countries) who have access to spheres of influence, and move units around in war, and do colonies. Not so great. Also, there are no missions or advisors to give you things to do as well.
Now, it's not all bad: the population sim is very detailed and the events are nice (though predictable...no way to avoid the American Civil War) and the tutorials are good and the interface is nice most of the time.
But I am quite disappointed that there isn't nearly enough to do.

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
4. Re: Lost Planet 2 sales 'struggled'. Aug 2, 2010, 15:28 JaguarUSF
 
Vulkan wrote on Aug 2, 2010, 15:18:
Capcom also blames the recession for the lower sales of its titles.

It's probably more due to Lost Planet 2 being crap.

+1
 
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News Comments > Patrician IV Interview
5. Re: Patrician IV Interview Aug 2, 2010, 15:26 JaguarUSF
 
Spoiler Alert: I have been playing Victoria II for an upcoming review, and it is disappointing. And EU3 is one of my favorite games, so...

Too much stuff is either completely automated (production, trade, population groups) or requires so little input that it's essentially automated (budget, research, politics).

I would have 10, 20, 30 years where I did nothing except start at the screen and pick an occasional research project. War makes things more interesting, but it isn't as active/constant as EU3 or HOI, obviously.
 
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News Comments > New Trainz Simulator 2010 DLC
2. Re: New Trainz Simulator 2010 DLC Jul 30, 2010, 23:45 JaguarUSF
 
Rhialto wrote on Jul 30, 2010, 21:55:
Sometimes I wish MSTS2 would have not been canceled.

Didn't a lot of those guys go on to do Railworks?
 
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News Comments > Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Interview
2. Re: Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Interview Jul 28, 2010, 23:17 JaguarUSF
 
Too bad this game already came out 12 years ago.  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
2. Re: Game Reviews Jul 28, 2010, 14:39 JaguarUSF
 
It will be PC Game of the Year if Activision/Blizzard buys enough ad space to make it so.

Plus, a lot of "those" sites rarely review PC games anyway.
 
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News Comments > Natural Selection 2 Alpha Tonight
3. Re: Natural Selection 2 Alpha Tonight Jul 26, 2010, 21:44 JaguarUSF
 
Same here. Once it took a while and connected to a server that wasn't the server I told it to connect to (had many less players) and it was laggy as all get out. Alphas are fuuuuuuuuuun.  
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News Comments > Safety Dance
2. Re: Safety Dance Jul 25, 2010, 09:36 JaguarUSF
 
The WPA2 vulnerability is kinda dumb, since you have to be a member of the network first to allow others into it.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 24, 2010, 14:22 JaguarUSF
 
It's only getting up to 92 here in Florida. But at least your winters are bitterly cold.  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
3. Re: Game Reviews Jul 22, 2010, 21:37 JaguarUSF
 
I'm hoping Tidalis gets more players so I can dominate them in multi.  
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News Comments > Paradox Games and More Steam Sales
7. Re: Paradox Games and More Steam Sales Jul 21, 2010, 09:25 JaguarUSF
 
I didn't think the single player additions were all that great.  
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News Comments > Paradox Games and More Steam Sales
1. Re: Paradox Games and More Steam Sales Jul 20, 2010, 21:31 JaguarUSF
 
Paradox games are also 50% off at Impulse and Gamer's Gate.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 20, 2010, 16:03 JaguarUSF
 
I was actually thinking about upgrading to the Nexus One from the G1. Oh well, guess the Samsung Vibrant is the next option, eh?  
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News Comments > Gold - Commander: Conquest of the Americas
4. Re: Gold - Commander: Conquest of the Americas Jul 19, 2010, 22:15 JaguarUSF
 
ASeven wrote on Jul 19, 2010, 20:21:
Right now the only Paradox game I'm waiting for is Victoria 2.

If I say it's name three times, it might appear.

Victoria 2
Victoria 2
Victoria 2!

Aw nuts.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
5. Re: Making History II: The War of the World on Out of Eight. Jul 2, 2010, 23:01 JaguarUSF
 
Prez wrote on Jul 2, 2010, 19:08:
HAHA! Jag you are Da MAN!

How did that get in there? No wonder I never get any Microsoft games to review.
 
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News Comments > On Elemental's DRM
11. Re: On Elemental's DRM Jul 2, 2010, 08:57 JaguarUSF
 
ibm wrote on Jul 2, 2010, 05:04:
don't really see the value of that in this type of game tbh.

Well, the visual appearance is purely cosmetic. However, the customization options are like in RPGs: the usual six categories for health, attack, defense, spells, etc. plus which spell books you know and which special skills you have (merchant, ugly (gives you less children), etc.)
 
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News Comments > On Elemental's DRM
6. Re: On Elemental's DRM Jul 1, 2010, 23:15 JaguarUSF
 
SBlat wrote on Jul 1, 2010, 22:30:
But they don't call it DRM.

Well, you aren't required to register it.
 
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