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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
Total Comments 1054 (Pro)
User ID 24934
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 3 MP Trailer
2. Re: Battlefield 3 MP Trailer Oct 19, 2011, 11:26 JaguarUSF
 
I hate PR videos. Is it too much to ask for one minute of continuous gameplay instead of 20 spurts of 3-second chaos?  
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News Comments > BF3 Norwegian Review Shenanigans Alleged [Updated]
34. Re: Out of Eight Shoutout! Oct 19, 2011, 07:18 JaguarUSF
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 18, 2011, 22:54:
These are the ones they are large enough to get advanced copies (no offense to something like Out of Eight, but it's not really on the advance copy list for most publishers.)
I get early stuff from one publisher consistently, Paradox, but that's because everyone does when the review copies appear on the press Gamer's Gate accounts
I will say that there are clearly sites that get games early, usually based on readership but sometimes based on favorability, and the PR companies control who gets what when. I can't review a game early that I won't get until the release date like everyone else. I ask, of course, but 99% of the time I get Steam codes the same time everyone else does. There are some games that have embargoes for two reasons: (a) one site has exclusiveness, or (b) they don't want any site to have exclusiveness. What's the penalty? Potentially not getting free games from them anymore. Personally, I'm less worried about giving a bad review score, because as long as your reasons are justified, the publisher doesn't care too much (and especially if the game copy came from an outside PR firm that has less vested interest). I've only had one instance of a publisher not liking a review of mine, and that's because they released a crap expansion that added nothing but charged $30 for it.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 3 Beta Infographic
10. Re: Battlefield 3 Beta Infographic Oct 18, 2011, 07:10 JaguarUSF
 
kyleb wrote on Oct 18, 2011, 02:48:
It was the roughest "beta" I've ever played

You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. How many betas have you played, two? I've played many preview betas while reviewing games and BF3 lies somewhere in the middle to upper end of stability based on the frequency of bugs.
 
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News Comments > DICE: Battlefield 3 Beta "Mission Accomplished"
12. Re: DICE: Battlefield 3 Beta Oct 17, 2011, 12:01 JaguarUSF
 
Verno wrote on Oct 17, 2011, 10:59:
I'm pretty weary about the rest
Like what?
 
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News Comments > More Battlefield 3 Map Details
10. Re: More Battlefield 3 Map Details Oct 15, 2011, 07:50 JaguarUSF
 
entr0py wrote on Oct 15, 2011, 00:27:
it all depends on the quality of the maps, not the quantity.

True. The could have released BF2 with just Karkand, Dalian Plant, and Wake and most people would have been happy.
 
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News Comments > Crusader Kings II Closed Beta
1. Re: Crusader Kings II Closed Beta Oct 11, 2011, 11:54 JaguarUSF
 
It's good. Why don't you read my preview?  
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News Comments > BF3 Caspian Border Testing; Open Beta Issues
15. Re: BF3 Caspian Border Testing; Open Beta Issues Oct 7, 2011, 12:07 JaguarUSF
 
necrosis wrote on Oct 7, 2011, 11:02:
How are you to beta test something then you don't have the most up to date code?

The sole purpose of this beta is to test the netcode and servers. That's it.
 
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News Comments > Stronghold 3 Next Month
1. Re: Stronghold 3 Next Month Oct 6, 2011, 11:16 JaguarUSF
 
Actually, October 25th is this month. Somebody is living in the past!  
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News Comments > A Valley Without Wind Beta Updates
3. Re: A Valley Without Wind Beta Updates Oct 3, 2011, 15:07 JaguarUSF
 
My impressions.  
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - A Game of Thrones: Genesis
7. Re: Steamships Ahoy - A Game of Thrones: Genesis Sep 29, 2011, 07:21 JaguarUSF
 
Tumbler wrote on Sep 28, 2011, 22:25:
Wonder if anyone will even review this.

I will, hopefully. Request sent in. I am curious what it is, exactly.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Driver: San Francisco
8. Re: Ships Ahoy - Driver: San Francisco Sep 27, 2011, 18:14 JaguarUSF
 
Kegaro wrote on Sep 27, 2011, 17:53:
Anyone remember 1nsane

1nsane was awesome.
 
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News Comments > A Valley Without Wind PC/Mac Demo
5. Re: A Valley Without Wind PC/Mac Demo Sep 26, 2011, 18:27 JaguarUSF
 
I posted some impressions over at The Wargamer.  
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Nuclear Dawn
2. Re: Gone Gold - Nuclear Dawn Sep 26, 2011, 11:11 JaguarUSF
 
I've been playing the beta for an impending review. The strategy elements are really light (a very tiny tech tree) and turrets are very powerful and can only be damaged by two of the 10 class loadouts. Games last about 3 times longer than they should because it's so hard to destroy buildings yet very easy to get them built. There are no AI bots to play against. The HUD is neat.  
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News Comments > NVIDIA on PC Gaming Sales and Performance Uptrends
22. Re: NVIDIA on PC Gaming Sales and Performance Uptrends Sep 22, 2011, 21:25 JaguarUSF
 
WaltC wrote on Sep 22, 2011, 16:53:
replace your aging 8800GTs with a single inexpensive AMD HD 5770 or 6770

I have a 5770 and it's fantastic.
 
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News Comments > A Game of Thrones: Genesis Trailer
5. Re: A Game of Thrones: Genesis Trailer Sep 22, 2011, 13:58 JaguarUSF
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 22, 2011, 11:24:
So their plan of marketing is not show any gameplay and sell the game for 35 without ANY previews, ANY videos, or ANY information - i think they are up for a stiff challenge there

I feel the same way. I have absolutely NO IDEA what the game plays like. I guess they are relying on the name alone, which is never a good idea.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - F1 2011
17. Re: Ships Ahoy - F1 2011 Sep 21, 2011, 12:30 JaguarUSF
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Sep 21, 2011, 07:26:
I've played all 3 Dirt games and I think the 1st one was the best, Dirt2 was my least favorite actually.

You could not be more wrong. DiRT 1 was easily the worst one of the bunch.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - F1 2011
15. Re: Ships Ahoy - F1 2011 Sep 21, 2011, 07:20 JaguarUSF
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Sep 21, 2011, 06:00:
Funny enough one of my first races last night I was coming out of a turn a little too fast and my car started fishtailing that I couldn't correct and smoked the wall with 250km/h and unlocked an achievement called "Have you considered Dirt3 yet?" I just burst out laughing.

That is funny, although I would suggest playing DiRT 2 instead
 
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News Comments > New Via Digital Distribution
1. Re: New Via Digital Distribution Sep 19, 2011, 21:01 JaguarUSF
 
I really liked Clones, especially the competitive multiplayer. Too bad there weren't many to play against.  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - King Arthur: Fallen Champions
3. Re: Ships Ahoy - King Arthur: Fallen Champions Sep 16, 2011, 21:21 JaguarUSF
 
The AI for the original King Arthur might have been OK, but in this version it is pretty terrible (just does a mass rush almost 100% of the time) and heavily scripted.  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - King Arthur: Fallen Champions
1. Re: Ships Ahoy - King Arthur: Fallen Champions Sep 16, 2011, 20:48 JaguarUSF
 
My review.
I'd suggest just getting the King Arthur Collection for cheaper.
 
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