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Signed On Jan 19, 2010, 10:00
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News Comments > Frozen Synapse Soundtrack
4. Re: Frozen Synapse Soundtrack Jun 16, 2011, 23:16 Esoteric
 
Beamer wrote on Jun 16, 2011, 22:28:
Hmm, not sure of how I feel about being able to simulate turns.

This is actually one of the best parts of the game! Not only can you simulate what your commands are, you can simulate what you THINK the AI or real opponent will do with their characters. So if you're smart and guess what they're going to do, you'll do much better. But as one reviewer said, "I know what the smartest thing for him to do is, and I know how to counter it. But is he actually that smart? And is he so smart he knows I know he’s smart?”

They ARE working on a demo, which should really help them out. There's a lot of people playing online already, though.
 
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News Comments > Frozen Synapse Soundtrack
1. Re: Frozen Synapse Soundtrack Jun 16, 2011, 22:13 Esoteric
 
This game is awesome. You should definitely get it if you like turn-based strategy, strategy, or chess with guns.

Tons of great reviews on it... 5/5 Escapist, 89 PC Gamer, 95 bitgamer, etc. Here's a good video that shows the gameplay:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jJrUY27O0Y

Skip to like 5 minutes if you want to dig right into the gameplay. 21 minutes goes into a replay of multiplayer.
 
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News Comments > Crysis 2 Steam Crisis, Origin Exclusivity Planned?
18. Re: Crysis 2 Steam Crisis, Origin Exclusivity Planned? Jun 15, 2011, 01:24 Esoteric
 
I definitely understand why EA is at least trying it now. Both BF3 and SWTOR are going to be huge, and they probably won't have better time to push Origin like this in a long time.

I'm definitely in the Valve/Steam camp, but this competition MAY be good for us all. That is if EA actually tries to be better than Steam, and not just rely on exclusives.

And for those saying that Valve does the same thing that EA is doing, you're ignoring one important difference. Valve is a developer. They MIGHT have 1 game a year released. EA is a publisher, with MANY developers under their belt.

I have two games on Origin, Burnout Paradise and Mass Effect 2 (I got them both for free so I haven't bought anything off of it yet). It's not a horrible service as far as I've experienced it, but none of my friends use it, and Steam offers so much more. Plus, I like Valve as a company. They release mod tools, allow dedicated servers, and they're pro PC gaming.

I'm really curious how this is going to pan out. Should be interesting.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Interviews
4. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Interviews Jun 15, 2011, 01:11 Esoteric
 
I think people get a bit riled up because it's Bioware and Star Wars. Bioware because they DO have the ability to innovate and make a quality game. But it really seems they're just playing it safe so it's WoW in space. They've had so much money and time to throw at the game and so far it SEEMS like it's just a new skin with a lot of voice overs and their Mass Effect dialog wheel.

I'm a fan of MMORPGs in general, but really have no interest in the Star Wars setting (even though I like the original movies). I think a lot of MMORPG fans are looking for something new in the genre and that's why SWTOR is getting such a critical eye and GW2 is getting praised.

GW2 is actually trying a lot of new things. It remains to be seen whether they work in practice, but so far it DOES look innovative, and the artwork is simply awesome.

I understand the allure if you love Star Wars, and just want WoW in space, then SWTOR will probably fit the bill.

EDIT: By the way, welcome to the comments! I, too, had been a lurker for years before I just HAD to comment on some stories.

This comment was edited on Jun 15, 2011, 01:27.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Interviews
2. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Interviews Jun 15, 2011, 00:27 Esoteric
 
Link

"Despite promises from EA/Bioware that the title represents a major step forward in MMO design, what we saw was essentially a World of Warcraft clone with Star Wars character skins and the BioWare RPG nice/nasty dialogue tree mechanism bolted on for non-player character conversations."

Bring on GW2!

Here's a really long, interesting interview with some system designers for GW2.

One of the many reasons I'm looking forward to GW2 is that in all the interviews I read, their reasoning makes sense and doesn't sound like a lot of PR bullshit.
 
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News Comments > Free-to-Play Games on Steam
16. Re: Free-to-Play Games on Steam Jun 14, 2011, 20:16 Esoteric
 
I hope Hellgate London shows up there eventually. I actually really enjoyed the open beta they had recently, never played it the first time around.  
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News Comments > U.K. Charts - Hail to the  King, Baby
9. Re: U.K. Charts - Hail to the  King, Baby Jun 13, 2011, 15:44 Esoteric
 
I don't get it... Did these people not play the demo?  
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News Comments > BF3 Preorder Backlash
12. Re: BF3 Preorder Backlash Jun 13, 2011, 11:24 Esoteric
 
There's going to be an open beta in September. That should give people enough gameplay time to decide whether they like it or not.  
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News Comments > Quote of the Day
6. Re: Quote of the Day Jun 11, 2011, 04:18 Esoteric
 
I understand why a lot of you don't want it now, but eventually it will be the norm. It could be 20, 50, 100 years from now, but the day when it becomes cheaper to do it that way rather than building your own system for the SAME EXACT EXPERIENCE, including mods, "ownership", etc., it just makes sense. The key is the "SAME EXACT EXPERIENCE." That's going to take quite a while, so I wouldn't worry about it anytime soon.  
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News Comments > RAGE Delayed
5. Re: RAGE Delayed Jun 11, 2011, 03:34 Esoteric
 
I wonder why it's delayed. 3 weeks isn't much time to fix many game-related things. Not sure of the release schedule for other games this fall, could they be trying to avoid a crowded week/month?  
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News Comments > Black Prophecy NA Open Beta
2. Re: Black Prophecy NA Open Beta Jun 9, 2011, 16:24 Esoteric
 
Don't know anything about the game, but the trailer on the website actually looks pretty good. Decent graphics, too.  
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News Comments > Dungeon Siege III Demo
105. Re: Dungeon Siege III Demo Jun 8, 2011, 04:39 Esoteric
 
I was right! Thank you for the expositions on why it's bad. Even though defining consolitis in this day and age is easy, it's best done by third parties.  
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Trailer
25. Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Trailer Jun 8, 2011, 04:24 Esoteric
 
Eldaron Imotholin wrote on Jun 8, 2011, 02:33:
Why do they present these games on the console? I don't get it. Is it to appeal more to the console gamers? Its such a ridiculous choice of platform when promoting a game through videos! The visuals are worse and the controller movement looks unnatural as hell...

They probably realize PC gamers are able to look past the limitations. PC gamers are the ones who make the mods that make the game enjoyable to play. I won't buy it first thing, but I trust the modding community to eventually make it playable.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
33. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 7, 2011, 21:01 Esoteric
 
Sepharo wrote on Jun 7, 2011, 20:47:
Esoteric wrote on Jun 7, 2011, 10:39:
I love Newegg. Just bought two HDMI cables from there for 4 dollars a piece, free shipping, and they got here in two days.

http://www.monoprice.com for cables!

NewEgg for everything else.

Thanks! I'll check them out next time.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
32. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 7, 2011, 20:58 Esoteric
 
I actually see a lot of possible innovation and potential with the new controller. Whether third party developers will actually take the time to take of advantage of that remains to be seen, but there are innumerable possibilities that could make games like RPGs better.  
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News Comments > Dungeon Siege III Demo
6. Re: Dungeon Siege III Demo Jun 7, 2011, 10:42 Esoteric
 
Nope, that's as good as it gets. Bunch of cranky folks today.  
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News Comments > ARMA 3 Trailer
2. Re: ARMA 3 Trailer Jun 7, 2011, 10:41 Esoteric
 
Leeloo Dallas mul-ti-pass.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 7, 2011, 10:39 Esoteric
 
I love Newegg. Just bought two HDMI cables from there for 4 dollars a piece, free shipping, and they got here in two days.  
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News Comments > Dungeon Siege III Demo
1. Re: Dungeon Siege III Demo Jun 7, 2011, 10:18 Esoteric
 
Wasn't impressed. Suffers from severe consolitis.  
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News Comments > Battlefield 3 Open Beta in September, Game in October
9. Re: Battlefield 3 Open Beta in September, Game in October Jun 6, 2011, 17:33 Esoteric
 
I love me some open betas.  
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