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Real Name Toph O' Rama   
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Signed On Feb 10, 2006, 03:46
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News Comments > World in Conflict Patches
8. I am drinking the coolaid and I like it! Feb 13, 2008, 15:34 BurntSoul

In terms of time and gameplay, World in Conflict has single and multiplayer. The single player campaign has a great story throughout. The quick story: It's the 80's and Russia has invaded US soil. Defend the US! The missions (in multiplayer and single player) are usually somewhere between 10 to 20 minutes. Great fun. No resource gathering; instead you've got money ticking up for military expenditures and you get extra points for taking an area and 'building it up' or for destroying enemy units. The extra points are spent on different types of air strikes from 'HQ' or unit drops from the sky. So it can get you anything from a squad of soldiers or tank to an air-to-air strike, a daisy cutter or napalm strike all the way to a nuke. Very satisfying and a beautiful game to watch - if you have the hardware for it.

Sins of a Solar Empire is different in many respects. The single player portion is just playing against the AI via maps; no story. They say that a story/campaign may come later. No worries, my friend, you will still enjoy this. Read on.

Multiplayer is available as well with the same maps, or you can create random maps on the fly or maps with an editor. You can play either co-op against the AI or with up to 10 others. Your DVD (or current install) allows you to install the same game on another computer at home for a 1vs1 LAN game (so you basically get 2 licenses for home LAN use). You can also save your multiplayer games in progress, and come back to them whenever you and your friends feel like getting together again!

What is so awesome and important about this is because your games, depending on the size of the map (star system) you create/select - can last anywhere from 30 minutes to literally months. That's right, I said months!

Sins of a Solar Empire does have Resource gathering and 3 races with differing tech trees. It's a deep game, and I guarantee if you like RTS games - you'll be satisfied. This is one of those games that is going to create lasting memories for you.

The game is happy with many different hardware setups and again, it's huge: I saw someone testing the beta (trying to break it) and they had created a fleet of like 10K+ ships.

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News Comments > World in Conflict Patches
2. Awesome Feb 13, 2008, 12:48 BurntSoul
Man I'll tell ya,

If you don't experience World in Conflict (by Massive Ent.) and Sins of a Solar Empire (by IronClad Games/Stardock), you are really missing out.

Great games and great support.

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News Comments > Hellgate: London Live, Subscriptions Not
24. No subject Oct 31, 2007, 12:14 BurntSoul
The quintessential Crippleware.

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News Comments > UFO: Trilogy Announced
2. Re: No subject Jul 10, 2007, 15:40 BurntSoul
From what I've heard via reviews and other non-bluesnews forums, the 3rd game seemed to be pretty good. I like the first game, though I still had to work around some freaky bug issues even after the patches. I liked how the atmosphere and music worked together in it. All the UFO games are supposed to be X-Com like in nature, though not perfect renditions.

I couldn't tell you about the second game in the series, but I think the US version originally was 'armed' (or 'protected', depending on your view) with StarForce. Personally, I've uninstalled all StarForce games because they've always messed with my GameJackal profiles (check out for GameJackal - It's great - especially if you have young kids) The question is, is it still this way, or has it been neutered?

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News Comments > Battlefield 2142 Patch
7. Rubbish/Gold! Feb 21, 2007, 14:38 BurntSoul
One manís rubbish is another manís gold!

I enjoyed BF 1942, BF Vietnam, BF 2 and BF 2142. Beyond BF 1942, I didn't purchase the Expansion packs.

So yeah, I enjoy(ed) them all. Some people are gonna hate Supreme Commander when it comes out. I won't. Some people are gonna hate Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 or S.T.A.L.K.E.R. when they come out. I won't.

Am I going to bitch and whine about a patch because unit X is too strong or unit Y is gimped? No. Will I bitch because there is a possible cheat in game XYZ that hasn't been fixed yet? No, not on Blue's News anyway. That gets you nowhere.

You need to bitch about the game patch you are pissed about in the proper forums. That is, the forums where the developers are watching. If they don't listen to you at all, it's because you were too much of a bitch about it. Bitch less, help them out a little and they'll listen.

Grumbling about it here is a real waste of time.

I have an idea: How about everyone tries to be positive at least 50 percent of the time on this forum? Is it at all possible?

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News Comments > Gold - Supreme Commander
24. This game is fun! Jan 18, 2007, 13:20 BurntSoul
Yeah, I beta tested it for awhile with my friend. Lot's of fun, brings me back to the good ol' days of Total Annihilation.

It chugged on my system, and for good reason. I have an Athlon 64 3000+, 1GB of ram, and an ATI Radeon X800XT 256MB.

Had to put my settings at all low detail + 1024x768.

It ran well, up until where my friend and I were pumping out like 5-6 Tier 1 bots every 15 seconds or so. We had about 400+ units on screen at one point...vveeerrryyy cool, I must say.

PS: Zero crashes, at that!

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Rainbow Six: Vegas
15. Re: Is this a port? Dec 14, 2006, 18:30 BurntSoul
KriszTheKing wrote:

Have a look at the Tweak sticky thread on the PC RSV forum about switching to shader model 2.0


Yeah,I looked into it. I noticed some people were saying that tweaking it may possibly trip up punkbuster in multiplayer though. Nobody has said that it actually did that, however.

zirik wrote:
i was hoping that vegas for pc would follow graw for pc by having unique content not available in consoles


On the content: Yeah, I agree - they did that in the 'good old days'.
On following GRAW: No - these games (Rainbow Six/Ghost Recon franchises) originally played diffrently, and had a different feel. Ghost Recon was set in wider areas while Rainbow Six\Raven Shield were set in more close quarters/indoor areas. This in turn changed the way you worked with your squad. Vegas probably differs from GRAW because of their past, but you can see some lines between the two products blurring.

jimnms wrote:

Rainbow Six used to be tactical shooters, which attempted to be realistic. In real life, if you take a hit, you're either incapacitated or dead. Some of the best online MP memories I've had is playing coop R6.

I bet there will be a realism mod if/when they release the mod and mapping tools. Too bad they didn't put the option in the GUI to begin with.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Rainbow Six: Vegas
10. Re: Is this a port? Dec 14, 2006, 17:16 BurntSoul
Whether anyone thinks it's a port or whether it is better than the console or not, from what I'm reading in the official PC RSV forums it seems to be getting more positive reviews from the older Rainbow Six fans. That is an excellent sign given that it's only been out a day or two.

One thing that I've noticed though, is that you may need a vid card with shader 3.0 support. Not sure if it is hard coded in, or whether there will be tweaks for changing this in the future.

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News Comments > Penumbra Goes Episodic
10. Re: Episodes Oct 3, 2006, 01:32 BurntSoul
If I spent $50 for WoW and bought a year's subscription ($140 I think?) that's $190 for that game for a year.. we'll assume that's how long it took to hit 60 at 15 days played. If I bought single-player games to give me the same amount of value in time played, I'd have spent more than twice that for FPS games at $20 a piece. For single-player RPG's at full price it'd be $500.

What part of that doesn't work for you?

Okay PropheT,

That's great financial logic, but I have a few personal (and totally illogical) problems with it:

1. Why would I spend money on a year's subscription plus the game just to feel obligated to play the same game for at least 360 hours? I've plunked down all the cash, now I'll feel shackled to that game even if it kills me... whoops, has that happened to people before?

2. I like RPGs like the rest of 'em, but you seriously mean to tell me I have to spend 360 hours, $190.00 just to get a 'start' on WoW? By that logic, it means I'll have to re-subscribe some more time/money/life away to really get going then... holy crap.

One example of what I call value: I bought The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. One shot deal. Suckiest part about it is that it's single player only. Best part about it is that I can go back to it any time I want or put it down anytime I want. I won't feel guilty that somewhere in my mind I'll be losing money if I don't get back to playing the game. Oh yeah, free community mods are available for download. That's a good value right there.

That and I can play different games with the money I 'saved' by not buying into WoW.

Bottom line? It wasn't nice of that previous poster to call WoW gamers idiots. However, to each his own. If you want to spend $190.00 on one game, great. I'd rather spend $300.00 on 6 new games. It's okay, you can call me stupid. I just think that there is no value in a game that (in the back of my mind, anyway) nags me to play it, no matter how many hours of 'value' it promises you by less money spent over time.

That and the grinding sucks.

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News Comments > DEFCON Gold
23. Re: For the price, definitely worth it.. Sep 26, 2006, 16:41 BurntSoul
I know this is off topic, but I've got to say Company of Heroes totally rules.

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News Comments > DEFCON Gold
19. For the price, definitely worth it... Sep 26, 2006, 13:06 BurntSoul
...Even if I play it only 10-20 times online. It's simple enough to get into and revives fond memories of WOPR/Joshua from Wargames (especially for those who first saw the movie years ago). If I don't like online play there's singleplayer action. The game can be set to real-time (for a very neat office game) or time can be ramped up for quicker action.

No, the story is not as deep as an RPG and the game is not as graphically intense as Prey or Half-Life 2 (or Donkey Kong). Does it have to be? No, and that is not the point.

The example videos easily advertise my expectations of the game.

Comparisons to Superpower 2: The only way this game can be compared to Superpower 2 is that it deals with conflicts between other nations in a modern setting and using the globe is the main focus of the interface. It's not a deep (and yawning) simulator like Superpower 2, and I'm happy for that because it will keep more people playing. I'm also willing to bet it will not be initially bug ridden like Superpower 2.

Finally, it doesn't install StarForce on your system like Superpower 2 does. (Sorry, I just couldn't resist).

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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
2. Re: Vista price breakdown Sep 2, 2006, 21:16 BurntSoul
I hear ya, man. But like their previous versions, they will eventually make your last version of XP a legacy product like Windows 98, 98 SE and ME is now. The world will also eventually produce more and more games using DirectX 10 which XP can not have - and which you won't be able to play. Unless you only play the 'classics' (2006 or older) or just don't care about it, I think you'll be lucky to be playing any 'modern' (2007 or newer) games on your system after about 2.5-3 years.

However, that is still a good quantity of time. Save a few bucks here and there for a rainy day; who knows, maybe the upgrade price will go down by then...nah, this is MS we are talking about.

PS: You'll probably be stuck with having to upgrade your hardware by then, too. Hey, looks like I'm almost ready to try out Linux! WWEEEEEeeeeee!

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News Comments > Ultima Online: Kingdom Reborn Announcement
10. No subject Aug 25, 2006, 02:49 BurntSoul
The new art kind of looks like the same art from Sacred. Not a bad thing, just an observation.

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News Comments > Team Fortress 2 Movie
86. Re: why does america support a theocracy Jul 19, 2006, 22:49 BurntSoul
Please don't feed the trolls.

Thank you.


Yeah you are right, that was stupid of me. He sucked me in, even after my retort!

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News Comments > Team Fortress 2 Movie
73. Re: why does america support a theocracy Jul 19, 2006, 19:51 BurntSoul
Why do people post non-game related, flame-inspiring messages on a game centric web site?

Answer to both: I don't know.

Personal opinion on former question:
I'm guessing Israel thinks that Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon are trying to hurt them - and Israel is fed up with it.

At the same time, Lebanon doesn't seem to care that Hezbollah terrorsits hang out in their country and carry out attacks against Israel.

Do I think it's right that Israel doesn't care that it is beating up Hezbollah terrorists on non-Israeli soil? Nope.

Do I think that a country should be able to defend it's borders, and attack its enemy before it crosses its borders? Yup.

Is it a confusing and hard subject to dissect properly? Absolutely.

The U.S. knows what's going on and mentions to Israel to cut down on attacks, but is not actively going to butt-in. Why? My guesses are:

1. The U.S. already has it's military in other parts of the World, and getting involved in another clash is probably not in it's best interest.

2. The U.S. will not be drawn out by Iran in a larger war, who backs Hezbollah.

3. Finally, The U.S. knows that its probably pissed off enough countries by now, why piss off even more...

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News Comments > Empire Revealed
17. Re: No subject Jun 23, 2006, 17:34 BurntSoul
So we can say that based on the data found on Orson Scott Card he's actually an Independent? Cool, because I was just going to say that he's just an author that is writing the story for a game - which is a simpler way of saying that starting from the 4th post, THIS THREAD IS OUT OF CONTROL.

WAKE UP and kill the TROLL!
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News Comments > Empire Revealed
12. Re: No subject Jun 23, 2006, 17:21 BurntSoul
Okay, comon' guys - this is just plain stupid. I'm a Republican, yet I've read his books. They are great! They are fiction. Get over it.

Some of you guys (from both Liberal AND Conservative camps) are getting a little too serious over the storyline that Orson Scott Card is writing for this game. Sheesh.

...and cheap shots/low blows about who's viewpoint is more stupid just exacerbates problems of communication and gets absolutely squat done to resolve them.

Wake up.

PS: Thanks, StreetPreacher - for starting a flame that should never have taken place on this thread.

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News Comments > Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter Map Pack
12. Re: No subject Jun 21, 2006, 16:51 BurntSoul
Well I don't know about anyone else, but the day they make a console to:

1. Surf the Internet.
2. Run mostly all the games I've ever played since 1980 - without having to pay for them all over again.
3. Allow me to print, email, talk via voice chat.
4. Use a Mouse and Keyboard , which would be totally configurable - as OPPOSED to a clunky joystick (which makes for retarded first person shooter games, let's be honest folks).
5. Allow wide changes in video resolution.
6. Upgrade hardware at will without having to hack the box, and at my own pace. Skins? Give me a break.
7. Run other productivity software.
8. I know there is more...

Then I'll buy a console.

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News Comments > Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter Map Pack
6. Re: Is this game any good? Jun 21, 2006, 14:12 BurntSoul

Please ignore con-troll. Why do people always have to be such whiny-assed bitches? There are great things about this game!

on my AMD 3000+/1gig/ATI Radeon X800XT PE (not sli) I get 40-45 FPS at 1280x960. At its worst, it never dips below 30. I can get another 10 frames if I drop to 1024x768. I'm using the stock .ini settings. If you absolutely have to, go to - you'll do just fine.
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News Comments > Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter Map Pack
3. Re: Is this game any good? Jun 21, 2006, 13:48 BurntSoul
This game is great! Again, tough to really compare it to it's origins as so much has changed. However, it already has a decent following and the developers are on top of patches and add-ons, which makes the game get even better. 2 patches and now this map pack/patch (it's both), adds co-op maps, Deathmatch maps, the Deathmatch game type (originally had only co-op and domination gametypes), anti-cheat server protection, new server options and tweaks, general fixes/tweaks, new sounds, weapon kits, AI updates, the official editor, . I believe next month will include more gametypes (team deathmatch, hamburger hill I think) and probably more maps to go with it.
You've decided to look into GR: AW at a great time!

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