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21.
 
Half Life
Oct 31, 2001, 04:38
Eon
21.
Half Life Oct 31, 2001, 04:38
Oct 31, 2001, 04:38
Eon
 
Personally I'm sick of hearing people bitch about a game that's cost them on the average of about $20 per gaming year.

Valve seem to be in a lose/lose proposition with the whiners right now. Release patches and you're "flogging a dead horse", dump Halflife and you're "abandoning your loyal userbase". WTF!!!

Halflife still hasn't been topped as a Single Player FPS. Wolfenstein might be the one that does it, but that hasn't been released yet. The real problem are the fuckwads that can't play an online FPS without cheating like whiney little bitches.


Eon

9.
 
Re: Hippo Test: Bad idea.
Oct 29, 2001, 07:04
Eon
9.
Re: Hippo Test: Bad idea. Oct 29, 2001, 07:04
Oct 29, 2001, 07:04
Eon
 
Hippos. Are. From. Africa.
A. Hippo. From. America. Would. Be. An. African. American.

Shit dude, sometimes a cigar is JUST a cigar.

Eon

28.
 
Mad Props to the Bungie crowd
Oct 29, 2001, 05:31
Eon
28.
Mad Props to the Bungie crowd Oct 29, 2001, 05:31
Oct 29, 2001, 05:31
Eon
 
And I hope your party at Chi-town rocks. When all the fucking whining is said and done, they've succesfully welded a half dozen peoples dreams and ideas into a concrete product. Personally I believe it will be financially sucessful.

And all you die-hard, hardcore types sitting around your big grey boxes and banging your heads against your monitors. Fucking grow up. The world went and changed, you can either change alongside it, or you can become a toothless old porch sitter, with grey hair, a corncob pipe, and your pants pulled up under your armpits.


Eon
"It will change you know, nothing you can do will stop that. So go try hold back the tide if you like, and leave me to do my work".

Belgarion - David Eddings The Mallorean / The Belgariad.

54.
 
Re: Controller
Oct 26, 2001, 04:48
Eon
54.
Re: Controller Oct 26, 2001, 04:48
Oct 26, 2001, 04:48
Eon
 
I have to agree - it's kinda like saying you're going to buy a Ferrari not a Lamborghini because you prefer the Ferrari steering wheel cover.

Eon

81.
 
Re: Yeah...very COOL GAME !!!!!
Oct 26, 2001, 04:43
Eon
81.
Re: Yeah...very COOL GAME !!!!! Oct 26, 2001, 04:43
Oct 26, 2001, 04:43
Eon
 
Lamers or Fan Boys - which is more obnoxious? Personally I don't think the game's shit, but I will say that limiting the Aliens run speed the way they did was a bad call. The Predators shoulder cannon is BADLY unbalanced - another bad call. The lack of breakable lights is a bad call. Stopping the Headbite or Tailslap from being homing is probably a half bad call (seeing as it's not so vital at the speeds the Alien now moves at).

And as for the Rebellion version being unbalanced, well for a Marine to be balanced in hand to hand (being able to retreat and deploy Pulse Rifle fire as a viable tactic) versus an Alien it must be the Alien Special Olympics out there. That's all I've gotta say on THAT.


Eon

35.
 
Re: The funny thing about these threads is..
Oct 25, 2001, 07:21
Eon
35.
Re: The funny thing about these threads is.. Oct 25, 2001, 07:21
Oct 25, 2001, 07:21
Eon
 
That's weight, not wait - obviously. BLUE - why can't we edit our own posts?!

Eon

34.
 
The funny thing about these threads is..
Oct 25, 2001, 07:19
Eon
34.
The funny thing about these threads is.. Oct 25, 2001, 07:19
Oct 25, 2001, 07:19
Eon
 
That they're like listening to a baby. As far as he's concerned he's saying "Mum, I'm hungry" or "Could you fetch my dummy, I dropped it down there" but all you can actually hear coming out of his mouth is "Waaaaaaaah! WAAAAAAH! WAAAAAH!".

Frankly I don't know you guys from Adam, so my trust of your "unbiased" opinion on how good the full version of HALO will be, based on a couple of MPEGS you saw and the review you read at "XBOXTAKESITUPTHEASS.COM" really doesn't carry much wait.

Like the toddler, a lot of you probably think you're making good points, but all a lot of us are hearing is "My, these grapes are sour".


Eon

74.
 
Balanced Races, Right or Wrong?
Oct 25, 2001, 05:13
Eon
74.
Balanced Races, Right or Wrong? Oct 25, 2001, 05:13
Oct 25, 2001, 05:13
Eon
 
I've managed to have some bloody good fun playing AVP2 MP demo but it seems to be almost in spite of the game dynamic the Developers have created rather than being facilitated by it.

I have a feeling that a lot of what people don't like about the gameplay comes down to a Q3 Deathmatch fixated decision to play balance the three races so that they're individually similiar in terms of power. I say similar, because in the demo level at least, ommisions mean that this balancing act is far from succesfull. The Alien is especially slighted in this respect.

The Alien is JUST TOO FUCKING SLOW, and the reason for that is so that the Marines and Predator can get a chance to employ their ranged weapons. The net result, however, is that unless he uses Ambush tactics rather than rushing tactics the Alien is dogmeat. How well does camping work with Hand to Hand weapons? Exactly. Life as an Alien usually revolves around constantly hoping that green blur on the far side of the level doesn't see you.

The marine can be a good choice in Death Match, but generally only because the Predators are shitting themselves about Aliens (making Marines invisible to them) and the Aliens are usually steaming over that blue homing cannon the Predators have and are gunning for them. Being beneath notice gets the Marine a lot of frags. Also, Marines are a totally different prospect after armouring up to 200% and equipping with Grenades.

Yes, I know about the vision modes, but the Predators Shoulder Cannon gun is TOO GAY FOR WORDS. I mean, I could have accepted limited homing, but whilst playing the demo as an Alien Drone I dropped down that chimney like pit in the Central Processor, and the fucking thing followed me down there like the Proton Torpedoes in the Death Star run.

The balancing of the Predator relies entirely on there being multiple other species in the game. Otherwise he sits on the respective vision mode on top of a nice camping site and is unbeatable. A player at my office who plays Predators recently tried to downplay this by pointing out that after 6 or so shots of the shoulder cannon he usually has to recharge-heal-recharge, and that he generally gets fragged during this time. That puts the Predators at three kills per Spawn, and everyone else on an aggregate of three Spawns per Kill.

The Marines can have good sucesses, but you just try playing a more "canon" game where its a small squad of Marines versus a single Alien or Predator. It gets dull quickly, unless the Predator uses his Shoulder Cannon in which case it means that life is only marginally harder for the Predator - so long as he only tries for one kill per Ambush, things aren't any more difficult for him.


Bottom line, the designers seem to have made a number of play balancing decisions based around making Deathmatch fairer. Personally, Deathmatch is the LEAST important part of the game for me, after Co-op and Single Player, and I fear very much that those other two game styles have suffered at the hands of "Quakecentric" game design.

Eon

2.
 
Re: I love this man!
Oct 25, 2001, 04:22
Eon
2.
Re: I love this man! Oct 25, 2001, 04:22
Oct 25, 2001, 04:22
Eon
 
John Romero in documented "Good Decision" shocker...

4.
 
I care... :)
Oct 24, 2001, 05:22
Eon
4.
I care... :) Oct 24, 2001, 05:22
Oct 24, 2001, 05:22
Eon
 
I think you're missing the point to this game. This is an incredibly absorbing strategy game which will delight and entertain for hundreds if not thousands of hours. I don't give a damn about multiplayer - because I play to build a civilisation, not to keep up with what the latest "Tank Rush" tactics are.

Eon

69.
 
Disapointing Demo
Oct 24, 2001, 05:19
Eon
69.
Disapointing Demo Oct 24, 2001, 05:19
Oct 24, 2001, 05:19
Eon
 
Well... I also had a complete blast with a three way game yesterday. Once you just accept that the Predator will win in a mixed species fight where everyone isn't trying to kill the Predator, and once you understand that Predator only DM's are dull as dishwater your expectations are more realistic...

I still think there are play balancing issues. I don't believe that this incarnation will be better than the last one but, who am I kidding, I'm going to buy it...


Eon

56.
 
Disapointing Demo
Oct 23, 2001, 11:10
Eon
56.
Disapointing Demo Oct 23, 2001, 11:10
Oct 23, 2001, 11:10
Eon
 
I'd be very interested to know when the code for the "Demo" was frozen. I started off this thread kinda aghast, because although the play balancing was clearly not finished and although the sounds weren't great and the network code sucked ass I figured it was an early MP Test - kinda like the Wolfenstein one.

Then I find out that the game went Gold last week and that THIS is the demo!!

Frankly I'm concerned - right now there REALLY is no reason for me to buy this game. The single player kinda blows and the multiplayer isn't great either. Does anyone know how many MP modes there are because, frankly, people got tired of simple Deathmatch back in the Dark Ages...


Eon

1.
 
Has anyone else noticed...
Oct 16, 2001, 04:44
Eon
1.
Has anyone else noticed... Oct 16, 2001, 04:44
Oct 16, 2001, 04:44
Eon
 
...that the developers seem to have taken a Space Strategy game and turned it into a Space shooter/sim game?

I can understand people not wanting to go head to head with MOO3 and Civ3 for the hearts and minds of the strategy crowd - it's just that I kinda thought that the poor sales of Starlancer, Tachyon-The Fringe and Freespace 2 would have taught people a lesson by now.

The magic 8-Ball says "Don't buy stock"


Eon

4.
 
Re:
Oct 9, 2001, 09:13
Eon
4.
Re: Oct 9, 2001, 09:13
Oct 9, 2001, 09:13
Eon
 
Exactly... I'll be honest and say that Black & White is my big gaming disapointment of 2001.

To have managed to get so many neat features in the game, whilst forgetting to add the "Gameplay". Having read the writeups on Creature Isle I have to say that I can't see the proposed add on actually correcting the original oversight. Lionhead really did spend too much time asking if they could, and not enough asking whether anyone would want to.


Eon

1.
 
Isn't it getting a bit late...
Oct 9, 2001, 09:09
Eon
1.
Isn't it getting a bit late... Oct 9, 2001, 09:09
Oct 9, 2001, 09:09
Eon
 
...to be seeing concept shots on this game? I've been looking forward to it for years now - I'm hoping that they have the bones of the gameplay down at least by now.


Eon

19.
 
Re: No subject
Oct 9, 2001, 09:07
Eon
19.
Re: No subject Oct 9, 2001, 09:07
Oct 9, 2001, 09:07
Eon
 
You just know it's going to be genius. Just like the other two...

I thought SMAC was pretty good, although the Crossfire expansion pack didn't bring too much to the mix (still for the money spent vs. hours played there really isn't anything to whine about!).

Civ III - I'm not a student, I'm not unemployed and I don't have huge amounts of holiday left. How will I cope?


Eon

11.
 
Re: The no-save option
Oct 5, 2001, 08:53
Eon
11.
Re: The no-save option Oct 5, 2001, 08:53
Oct 5, 2001, 08:53
Eon
 
The big problems with the "you save when WE tell you" mentality are:

1. EVERY game developer who's ever done it says that previous games got the pacing wrong, but that they're somehow better than their predcessors and therefore have balanced the progress / difficulty / time taken equation perfectly. Nay sayers are clearly crap at the game and should be mocked like the fools they are.

2. Back in the 80's people who played games had NOWHERE to be on a saturday night. They played games for 8 hours at a stretch and were never interrupted by wives, girlfriends or anyone else. Meanwhile, in the 21st century, I really DO have to take a phone call, cook a meal, do some housework or talk to my wife. I resent you putting a stranglehold on my freetime, nefarious Developer, I want to save when *I* think I've played enough and I don't care whether I've not got enough Save gems or haven't reached a Save Pillar or completed a mission.

3. Correct me if I'm wrong, but haven't the VAST majority of games with a restricted save paradigm had to recant. You think you're kingshit because you can play Baldur's fucking gate all the way through without saving, pausing or taking a piss? Let me just check, yes, it seems you're the BIGGEST man in the world. Now go away.

Eon

12.
 
Re: ..and now for somthing completely diffrt
Oct 4, 2001, 06:21
Eon
12.
Re: ..and now for somthing completely diffrt Oct 4, 2001, 06:21
Oct 4, 2001, 06:21
Eon
 
This is actually a substantial gameplay dynamic alteration. I'll be picking this one up, and not because I can't get a date and I'm curious. (The last date I had was about 7 years ago - and it hasn't finished yet!)

In case anyone wonders what the gameplay dynamic alteration was, well now you can have fewer people in the same house. Provided the money works, you can always go downtown and get all the social interaction you need. Because you don't need a house big enough for 6 people, smaller but more lavish apartments become possible.

And you don't need to monitor the bladder status of a small tribe - something I always got bored of quickly!

Eon

Maybe this is "dating sims" coming in through the back door into Western society. As I understood it, however, a lot of THOSE are a collection of Manga Porn loosely justified with a simple gameplay dynamic.


This comment was edited on Oct 4, 06:22.
5.
 
Re: ...from this direct download link
Sep 28, 2001, 11:06
Eon
5.
Re: ...from this direct download link Sep 28, 2001, 11:06
Sep 28, 2001, 11:06
Eon
 
Yeah, thanks dude. I wasn't too fussed about picking this blast from the past up before I tried the demo. Now it's firmly lodged on my "must have" list.

Eon

14.
 
Re: hah
Sep 28, 2001, 04:53
Eon
14.
Re: hah Sep 28, 2001, 04:53
Sep 28, 2001, 04:53
Eon
 
Always bet on stupidity Mr. Riker. These are the same people who paid $50 / £30 for a game that they've been playing over 3 years and STILL have the temerity to whinge about support...

Eon

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