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News Comments > Rainbow Six Vegas 2 Patch

21. Re: No subject Apr 16, 2008, 18:22 Ventura
More like 92% of the time. And this was on "Realistic" difficulty too. The third-person cover system pretty much ensures that if you get shot, you can just pop back behind cover and heal

That depends how good the cover you've got is. I've been taken out many times while under cover, especially when I'm under fire from more than one opponent. I think it's a gross exaggeration to state that returning to cover once you've been hurt is just going to be the answer to your problems pretty much all the time.

I'd make the levels open-ended again, put the mission planning back in, take out regenerating health, take out the third-person cover system, take out the highly-scripted enemy encounters, etc. Basically, I'd remove everything that makes the game not tactical.

I think it's a safe bet that most people didn't really like the mission planning setup. I wouldn't take out the cover system, but yeah I'd prefer if health didn't regenerate.

As far as the scripted encounters goes, this kinda leads me to one of the big problems I have with the game. The single player campaign has been a blast, but I hate how the Terrorist Hunt mode spawns the bad guys as you play. I'll go into a room, turn a corner and shoot a guy to get their attention, then get popped as I'm on my way back out for cover by someone who I know wasn't there a moment ago. I saw tangos spawn almost right next to my partner in a game a couple days ago. Spawning well in advance of entry is fine, but if you have to actually go inside a room to make the bad guys in there spawn, that's a no-no.

This is the only thing that's really shitting me about Vegas, because I don't believe any other version of Rainbow Six has done it this way, and it's infuriating.

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News Comments > Rainbow Six Vegas 2 Patch

19. Re: My point of view Apr 16, 2008, 03:59 Ventura
I'm glad your enjoying the game. I can only speak for myself when I say this though. The older R6 games were rock solid in design & tactics. The Red Storm guys really focused on realism, tactics, and thinking through the situation. Like with most "shooters" today they have been dumbed down to the simplest denominator. I'll give you a few examples of GOOD tactical shooters for reference. Many Americans today are just to lazy & bored by real tactical shooters. They want to "push the fire button" not learn how to fire an actual M136-AT4

It's a financial consideration. Yeah I grew up playing Rainbow Six too, but we're a minority group, and it doesn't pay well enough to develop the sort of game that we'd like because there just aren't enough of us.

That doesn't mean I can't find any fun to be had from Vegas though, and I'm quite surprised at just how much I'm getting. Maybe I should fire up a round of Rogue Spear again however, just for old time's sake.

I'm curious though, what would you change if you could? Slower running speed? More damage? Don't like the cover system? I can't help thinking it's not nearly as bad as you're making out, because if you run straight into the middle of a room with tangos, you're still gonna get fried.

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News Comments > Rainbow Six Vegas 2 Patch

12. Re: Tactical..LOL Apr 15, 2008, 18:04 Ventura
Am I really the only one really enjoying this game? The official forums are covered in negativity, and even here, there's comments about how it's not tactical and how there are bugs (which is true of any game).

All I know is, I've been cooping the storyline with my fiancee, and it's a blast. This is not a bad game by any stretch of the imagination, and I certainly hope it doesn't prove to be the last Tom Clancy shooter we're gonna see on the pc.

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News Comments > The SimCity Box Announced

12. Re: No subject Apr 11, 2008, 04:15 Ventura
I'm guessing what with all the talking everyone's doing around here that Societies is still pretty much shit, even despite all the patching they've done to it lately.

Is it that, or is it just that it doesn't feel enough like a SimCity game?

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News Comments > Rockstar Acquires Mad Doc

14. Re: Scholarship Edition Apr 5, 2008, 09:10 Ventura
"The team at Mad Doc Software is extremely talented"

He can't have played Empire Earth 3 or Star Trek Legacy then. EE3 in particular, my god, what a terrible game.

Mad Doc is an example of a crap developer that just refuses to die. They're like a cat the way they always land on their fucking feet. They shoulda disbanded after EE3, but somehow they always survive.

This all said, they weren't responsible for either the original Empire Earth nor the original Star Trek Armada. While I'm pretty sure the first Armada was developed by an in-house team at Activision, the first Empire Earth was developed by Stainless Steel Studios.

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News Comments > Major Rock Band Update This Week

25. Re: No subject Mar 20, 2008, 19:57 Ventura
The in-game store has been sorely needed. Really glad they did that

You what?

Band World Tour being playable online is "sorely needed".

The in-game store is a gimmick designed to draw attention to the DLC being added all the time, which in turn will (hopefully) increase sales.

Hell, the "more diverse songs in Band World Tour" fix is a more welcome update than the store.

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News Comments > Sweeney: PCs Good for Anything... But Games

13. Re: No subject Mar 10, 2008, 21:30 Ventura
Anyone see a pattern emerging here?

Yes, what we have here is yet another overhyped developer blaming the platform because he couldn't make a good game again if his life depended on it.

You're running a little late there Tim, Peter Molyneux and Chris Taylor already beat you to it. Guys, the pc is no less a platform now than it was back when games like Unreal and Total Annihilation got you where you are today.

You want proof? Stardock. Look at how happy they are with how Sins of a Solar Empire is selling. Great game, great support, great company. Not that you'd know about any of that.

Makes me laugh how they're always so quick to point the finger when the reality is, these bastards just aren't any good at it anymore.

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News Comments > Guitar Hero and the Rock and Roll HoF

1. Bah Mar 6, 2008, 22:30 Ventura
I just cannot stand Activision anymore. Ever since they blocked the Rock Band patch enabling compatibility with the ps3 Guitar Hero controller, I've wanted nothing to do with them.

Yeah I know, it's their hardware, they're quite within their rights. Blah blah blah. Bunch of wankers.

Funny thing is, I don't even have that controller, but I was ready to buy one. Kinda ironic really, that it became their first product in my boycott.

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News Comments > Sins of a Solar Empire Q&A

9. Re: No subject Feb 24, 2008, 05:18 Ventura
Anyone else been waiting a while for an update on their online purchase with this one?

I bought mine back on 7th, and it's now 24th, so I sent em an email. Yeah you get to download it, but I'm kinda looking forward to getting that package in the mail aswell.

That said, what a great game

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation

18. Re: RROD Feb 21, 2008, 05:24 Ventura
Hey, I'll spot anybody one. Even two, which I think is significantly less likely. Anything more than that, and you start to defy the law of averages

Assuming a 30% failure rate (which is probably generous), there is a 9% chance of someone having two consoles fail on them, and a 2.7% chance of someone having three fail.

2.7% is slightly greater than 1 in 50, so it's not a reach to expect that it's happened to several people if you consider how many 360's have been sold.

If I were you, I wouldn't do too much talking about the law of averages if you're not really all that sure how it works

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation

13. Re: RROD Feb 20, 2008, 16:17 Ventura
Not really. Considering the failure rate at 16% - something tells me anyone that goes through 4 is doing something wrong.

Or they could just be unlucky.

Mate, the odds of winning the lottery out here in Australia are just under 6 billion to 1, but wouldn't you know it, at least a dozen people get it every time it jackpots.

There are always going to be people well ahead of the curve, just as there are those well behind it. That's why they call it an average. My launch console is still ok, even though the only reason that's probably so is because I'm so bored with that console it's never on long enough to heat up

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation

10. Re: RROD Feb 20, 2008, 06:02 Ventura
That's something like the 4th time you've posted you've had four XBOX 360s go tits up. We get it. You shouldn't have a console. Try not parking your 360 under a heat lamp, or pouring water on it.

You make it sound like you have to go out of your way to kill one, which is obviously not the case. Compared to some of the stories I've heard, only having gone through four is actually pretty good going, believe it or not.

In any case, the guy's had a negative experience and he's sharing it. If you don't like it, don't read it.

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News Comments > HD Format War Ends

1. Bah Feb 17, 2008, 15:23 Ventura
Despite having a ps3, I actually preferred HDDVD. I just found everything, from the menus to the movie itself, to be more impressive.

Ultimately Sony had more money than Toshiba to throw at studio exclusivity, and that's what's turned the tide here. I don't believe Blu-Ray to be the superior format here atall.

Oh well. RIP HDDVD.

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News Comments > More (and Moore) on NFL Exclusivity

3. Re: No subject Feb 12, 2008, 16:04 Ventura
So at first at Microsoft he had to explain the 360's huge failure rates, and now at EA they've got him defending exclusivity (like as if it could possibly be a good thing).

Man, this poor guy gets all the shit jobs.

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News Comments > Sins of a Solar Empire Patch Plans

71. Re: No subject Feb 10, 2008, 09:59 Ventura
I'm not quite that guy

Was just something I was curious about.

Tonight I got mucking around with the GalaxyForge editor, and I'm very impressed how relatively easy it is to create maps for this game.

Like a few others on the official forum however, I'm looking forward to being able to modify those .entity files. There are just going to end up being so many mods created for this truly wonderful game.

Honestly, I'll buy every expansion/sequel/whatever that gets made for this one.

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News Comments > Sins of a Solar Empire Patch Plans

69. Re: No subject Feb 10, 2008, 06:59 Ventura
They started shipping on the first I believe but if you just ordered it probably not until Monday

Cool, since you're obviously the guy to ask; we'll get a shipping email with a USPS tracking link right?

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News Comments > Sins of a Solar Empire Patch Plans

65. Re: No subject Feb 10, 2008, 00:37 Ventura
There is actually a DL + Collector's Edition Box option there besides just digital download. This allows you to download it right away and the CE Box with all the goodies will show up in the mail.

Yeah that's what I went with, and it's perfect for being able to get best of both worlds. You get download (and play now), AND you get a box sent out to you. It's like win/win.

I'll get the box well before it shows up in stores out here in Australia too. For some reason, it won't hit until 18th April. No way I was going to wait that long.

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News Comments > Sins of a Solar Empire Patch Plans

61. Re: No subject Feb 8, 2008, 21:33 Ventura
Wow, how does talk about an RTS turn into talk about prices and quality of strippers?

I honestly would like to know.

It was my fault; I said SoaSE was the best $60 I've ever spent.

Truth be told I've only been at a club once, but that one time, I must've spent in excess of about $200 (Aussie). It was a mate's bucks night, and myself and two more of his mates all paid a bit extra for a private screening. Ooh yeah, baby.

SoaSE is still the best $60 I've ever spent though

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News Comments > Sins of a Solar Empire Patch Plans

15. Re: No subject Feb 7, 2008, 16:01 Ventura
How can so much awesome be found in just one company?

Probably because there's so little awesome to be found in most other companies. It's easy to shine when you're the only bright star in the game development sky

Buying this game was a no-brainer. Easiest $60 I've ever spent.

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News Comments > Spaceships Ahoy - Sins of a Solar Empire

78. Re: No subject Feb 7, 2008, 03:45 Ventura
Just wanna add here that I fucking love Stardock. Not just for their games, but also their customer service.

The whole Stardock Central thing really works, and I love how you can buy the box, but still download now and get playing while they'll mail out the dvd. Great thing is too, if I ever lose my GalCiv2 cds, I can just have it reinstall that game for me, expansions and all.

SoaSE is totally worth buying. Finally, I've got something for those evenings after work when I'm just a bit too tired to drum on Rock Band

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