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Re: No subject
Nov 4, 2003, 20:55
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Re: No subject Nov 4, 2003, 20:55
Nov 4, 2003, 20:55
 
As far as I can remember, Sphinx never pretended to put forth an EXCLUSIVE REVIEW OF SOFTWARE COMPATIBILITY. Perhaps I'm wrong. Perhaps you're just reading too much into his review. Perhaps you're just an ass. You're rude, M19. You made the first post in his review. You made rude comments.

And if you don't like rude comments, M19, in which you say,
""Wow! And you took the time to make your first post at BN, no less, so eloquent and diplomatic. I commend you.
"", Then perhaps you shouldn't make them? Would that be non-hypocritical?


I'm following your established role model. You're not exactly the epitome of diplomatic yourself. Nor are you the incarnate manifestation of eloquence.

I guess, correct me if I'm wrong...but I thought this was a place to write reviews, not to read reviews and make comments on how "they are written by 12 year olds"

By all means, head back to Gamespot, where they'll give you Fair and Balanced reviews, paid for by the highest bidder!

Personally, I won't buy this game. it doesn't seem to have the features that I want. Consider what GameSpot says, in stark contrast to the review that you're dissing..."Despite the highly authentic atmosphere created for the levels in the game, there tends to be an intuitive, clear path from the beginning of the level to the end"

Intuitive Clear Path? Ever played games like those?

Hell, just read the gamespot review, in which they make the drawbacks sound like ADDED FEATURES. But, I will say this, the editing is EXCELLENT. And it's the EDITING that makes ME buy a game. How about you?

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Re: No subject
Nov 4, 2003, 10:46
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Re: No subject Nov 4, 2003, 10:46
Nov 4, 2003, 10:46
 
Thanks Valcor. The site's just for fun. My real job needs to pay the bills.

Any rate, if you hate/like the CoD review check out the rest of the site where I have reviews that I did for the sanitarium as well as Swankygames.com, which is finally coming back after a hiatus since Kamarov went to work for a gaming company designing levels.

Which makes me jealous to no end. "Ok, we want you to work for us where you'll play games, design levels, and then test games based on the newest game engines out there. Oh, and we'll pay you to do that."

-Sphinx
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Re: No subject
Nov 4, 2003, 10:39
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Re: No subject Nov 4, 2003, 10:39
Nov 4, 2003, 10:39
 
Sphinx, I thought the review was fine. I read several different reviews for games I am thinking about purchasing and I like to have varying styles of reviews presented. Yours was informal, to the point and not overly wordy. Some of your humor was funny as well. "Need I say more? Yes. One more thing", I found amusing . If everyone presented "expert", "textbook" reviews, it would be boring. As far as you not being aware of the technical issues, most readers with some awareness could pick up on the informal, one man shop style of your site and understand your not plugged into every bit of news. (not everyone has Blue power)

And yes, your handling of criticism here was refreshing and well done.

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Re: No subject
Nov 4, 2003, 07:58
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Re: No subject Nov 4, 2003, 07:58
Nov 4, 2003, 07:58
 
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Spoiler pick up a MG40 learn it and survive
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I'm assuming you meant the MP40 and you're absolutely right. I've used that freaking gun so much in RtCW, ET, and now Call of Duty that I could probably field strip one on sight. And having to use a bolt action rifle in the game really makes you wonder how nerve racking that must've been in those city battles where it'd be become an issue of who could reload their rifle the fastest.

-Sphinx
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Re: Yeah that review is bad
Nov 4, 2003, 07:52
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Re: Yeah that review is bad Nov 4, 2003, 07:52
Nov 4, 2003, 07:52
 
Snide, thanks. Criticism is always fine.

Dagok, perhaps I should've said, "This game ran fine on my personal machine. Your mileage may vary." Yeah. I'll edit that into it.

-Sphinx
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Re: Yeah that review is bad
Nov 4, 2003, 05:57
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Re: Yeah that review is bad Nov 4, 2003, 05:57
Nov 4, 2003, 05:57
 
i didn't particularly like the review but i do like it when the reviewer jumps on the boards to talk about it and admit its problems.

i think you guys are being a little harsh on him, and your tone is a little angry towards a guy who seems to be generally accepting of feedback.

Sphinx, keep at it. I'll be sure to read your other reviews just because you seem to honestly listen to opinion even from aggresive posters.

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Re: Yeah that review is bad
Nov 4, 2003, 04:38
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Re: Yeah that review is bad Nov 4, 2003, 04:38
Nov 4, 2003, 04:38
 
You're absolutely right. I didn't read those. I use a Radeon 9700 Pro and use the Catalyst 3.7 drivers so I didn't have a problem. Since I do not have the time or desire to read the drivel of every single gaming message board out on the Internet I can only test it on my one lone machine and go from there.

Also, I did not have graphic corruption problem on my machine using the 3.7 drivers that you discuss. The bell ringing effect worked fine.

If you want to write better reviews then you should start doing your homework and reading the drivel, especially if you are going to make generalizations that aren't true.

Maybe it worked for you cus you were already using 3.7, but thousands of people will have upgraded to the 3.8 drivers already.
Not to mention in one area of the readme for the game it says "make sure you have the newest video and soundcard drivers.", but in another area tell you to revert to the 3.7 drivers. Maybe the graphic distortion is due to reverting the drivers. This is the problem of the game developer, not the hardware company.

Anyways, if you don't want people to criticize your review(s), then get better at doing what is supposed to be done in a review.

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Nov 4, 2003, 02:55
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No subject Nov 4, 2003, 02:55
Nov 4, 2003, 02:55
 
Heh, well there maybe people whom shoot there teammates, it only crossed my mind since they would do stupid things like not actually fire thier guns when an enemy was 5 foot from them or just stand in one spot while a MG turret has a dead on bead on them. Basicly I got to the point I would let them go in get killed then I would complete the levels. Couple of times I will admit, thinking about keeping the Thompson, and letting a MG'r die to get ammo there really was no ammo for any of weapons you start out with(well most cases).
That does seem kinda realistic thou, I mean it seems like a combat person would have more chance of survival if he was actually trained to be experts with Enemy weapons, then carrying enough ammo isnt an issue.

Spoiler pick up a MG40 learn it and survive

Of course the biggest BS about this and MoH games is the scripted AI. You can se hidden, your guys going at with the enemy. You pop you head out and every enemy on the screen know where you are and has a bead on you even if your 1/2 to mile away. Even if they are taking hits and gonna die from one of my team 5 foot in front of them they still keep shooting at me.
The game looks good and good concept but I think the Dev's are just to FULL of THEMSELVES. Dont even get me going about a certian level that you only get ammo on where you are spose to be able to pick up a gun. I watched as at least 100 guys were shot down thier bodies and GUNS magically disappeared.
I dont mind going thru a level with out a gun, but that is just too blatant for word words.
I wanted to like this and many things I do, but the BS STEALS away every great moment they create, ALMOST

Anyway maybe some peeps were just having bad day and decided to take it out on the review.

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Re: No subject
Nov 3, 2003, 23:25
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Nov 3, 2003, 23:25
 
I would have to post spoilers to give you examples, there or 10's of these, DO IT EXACTLY LIKE WE WANT YOU TO PLAY THE GAME or else we will KILL YOU OFF. REALLY I swear, in certian areas if you run in direction they dont want you to you just DIE, not bomb no gun. Then there is a place where if you dont keep your head down you get shot, BUT THERE ARE NO SNIPERS OUT THERE, I LOOKED
You just DIE <-------------BULLSH*IT

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True enough. I could definitely tell where the scripted elements were but what was nice about Call of Duty was that it was done well enough that unless I deliberately went around trying to shoot your squadmates it didn't break the believability too much for me.

-Sphinx
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Nov 3, 2003, 23:19
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Nov 3, 2003, 23:19
 
BTW, Sphinx is an evil socialist from Whitehorse.

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The streets shall flow with the blood of the non-believers.

-Sphinx
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Nov 3, 2003, 23:10
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Re: No subject Nov 3, 2003, 23:10
Nov 3, 2003, 23:10
 
To say that it's entirely filled with short, choppy fragments of sentences is noobish of you... In short, I give your review of his review a (1 out of 5). Try again, loser.

I couldn't care less.

Wow! And you took the time to make your first post at BN, no less, so eloquent and diplomatic. I commend you.

m19

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No subject
Nov 3, 2003, 22:56
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No subject Nov 3, 2003, 22:56
Nov 3, 2003, 22:56
 
Your review was rather on the short side and where is a video review from you? Afraid to show your face Sphinx?


BTW, Sphinx is an evil socialist from Whitehorse.

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Re: Yeah that review is bad
Nov 3, 2003, 22:20
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Re: Yeah that review is bad Nov 3, 2003, 22:20
Nov 3, 2003, 22:20
 
Appearently you haven't been reading various message boards where hoards of people are complaining about the Catalyst driver support. Using Catalyst 3.8 drivers the game crashes randomly. Documentation states to use 3.7, ok fine, so you switch to 3.7. Here is the problem, when you are in a nearby explosion and your bell gets rung (or the death sequence) the graphics are supposed to go all blurry. With Catalyst 3.7 drivers the graphics are corrupted.

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You're absolutely right. I didn't read those. I use a Radeon 9700 Pro and use the Catalyst 3.7 drivers so I didn't have a problem. Since I do not have the time or desire to read the drivel of every single gaming message board out on the Internet I can only test it on my one lone machine and go from there.

Also, I did not have graphic corruption problem on my machine using the 3.7 drivers that you discuss. The bell ringing effect worked fine.


-Sphinx
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Re: Sphinx's Sanitarium
Nov 3, 2003, 20:54
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Re: Sphinx's Sanitarium Nov 3, 2003, 20:54
Nov 3, 2003, 20:54
 
You must be very new to the internet if you think that Sphinx's review comes off like an "angry, illiterate 12 year old."

Ok, so he starts off with the virtue of killing Nazis. What's wrong with that? It's a good ice-breaker for an introduction.

No, it won't win the "Pulitzer's Review of Gaming" prize. It reads less like a formal article, and more like a conversation. To say that it's entirely filled with short, choppy fragments of sentences is noobish of you. He merely uses a period where many will use commas. It hardly detracts from the legibility.

In short, I give your review of his review a (1 out of 5). Try again, loser.

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Nov 3, 2003, 20:40
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Nov 3, 2003, 20:40
 
My favorite moment was storming one of those bunkers on one of the British missions, and killing a guy, and seeing him "stagger" down the walkway about 20 feet to fall over the railing.

What a crock of shit, and waste of $50. Glad I didn't pay for it.

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Nov 3, 2003, 20:16
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Nov 3, 2003, 20:16
 
I thought it was kinda funny
I actually agree from the humorus prespective that, it sucked not having secrets.
I HATE scripted secquences, I am shooting thse guys dead to in my sites and they wouldnt die. Then I noticed that when I was reloading all of a sudden the vehicle would just hit some imaiginary wall, and the they would just fall over dead FOR NO REASON. IT is every where and constant. After playing the demo I complained about scripting crap like MoH I wish I would have known these guys were the same people with a different name before I spent my money on this, LOL.
It is so FORCE FED, its really not funny, well ok it is

I would have to post spoilers to give you examples, there or 10's of these, DO IT EXACTLY LIKE WE WANT YOU TO PLAY THE GAME or else we will KILL YOU OFF. REALLY I swear, in certian areas if you run in direction they dont want you to you just DIE, not bomb no gun. Then there is a place where if you dont keep your head down you get shot, BUT THERE ARE NO SNIPERS OUT THERE, I LOOKED
You just DIE <-------------BULLSH*IT
It borders on Absurity the constat respwaning, the game looks good and seems to be intrested in REALISM then they set up these impossible settings. There werent that many people in Germany, not even counting the spontainious teleportation
This comment was edited on Nov 3, 20:20.
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Re: Yeah that review is bad
Nov 3, 2003, 19:39
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Re: Yeah that review is bad Nov 3, 2003, 19:39
Nov 3, 2003, 19:39
 
Overall it was an amateur review, nothing more nothing less. Ya might want to work on your grammar.

I will comment on one thing though.
There are no significant technical issues with this game.

Appearently you haven't been reading various message boards where hoards of people are complaining about the Catalyst driver support. Using Catalyst 3.8 drivers the game crashes randomly. Documentation states to use 3.7, ok fine, so you switch to 3.7. Here is the problem, when you are in a nearby explosion and your bell gets rung (or the death sequence) the graphics are supposed to go all blurry. With Catalyst 3.7 drivers the graphics are corrupted.

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Re: Yeah that review is bad
Nov 3, 2003, 18:21
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Re: Yeah that review is bad Nov 3, 2003, 18:21
Nov 3, 2003, 18:21
 
Sorry you didn't like it. Sometimes the jokes work. Sometimes they don't.

I just get tired of reading reviews like what is on Gamespot and Gamespy where they drone on and on about nonsensical things about graphic engines or gloss over problems with the game that are in all honesty serious issues and then they slap on a super-duper-they-paid-us-a-lot-so-we-give-them-an-award award.

I play a game and write my review about it and do so with a clear conscience since I'm not being told by anyone else to write a good/bad review due to the fact that they bought so much ad space this month.

The issue is to me how the game plays. And for me Call of Duty plays well (great even) in single player but the multiplayer needs some serious polishing to hold my attention for long.

As for the issue about Nazis. I stand by it. They are the best bad guys to shoot hands down. Wolfenstein (all three flavors of it), Call of Duty, heck even the Indiana Jones games from a while back. You can't go wrong with shooting jerks with swastikas.

Or perhaps I've watched too much History Channel and RtCW over the years to think logically about Nazis. I mean, they just need to die. Repeatedly and often.

Any rate, I appreciate the comments. Angry posts on the Web. Top of the world, ma!!
This comment was edited on Nov 3, 18:27.
-Sphinx
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Yeah that review is bad
Nov 3, 2003, 15:46
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Yeah that review is bad Nov 3, 2003, 15:46
Nov 3, 2003, 15:46
 
And it never gets any better

He tries to be funny but it doesnt work.

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Re: Sphinx's Sanitarium
Nov 3, 2003, 14:26
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Re: Sphinx's Sanitarium Nov 3, 2003, 14:26
Nov 3, 2003, 14:26
 
I completely disagree, actually. Even if you are writing to younger folks, that doesn't mean the quality of writing and layout should slide. It comes of as sloppy, not targeted.

(EDIT-) In any case, I only wanted to mention how horrible I thought it was right from the first paragraph. And I did, so that's that.

m19

This comment was edited on Nov 3, 14:31.
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