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PC Games / Re: Can you name this game?
« on: June 11, 2007, 12:44:42 pm »
Damn, a New World Computing game I haven't played..? (LOVED Might and Magic)  Kinda reminds me of Starflight or Star Commander (SSI).  May have to go download this and give it a try.

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Portable Games / Re: The settlers?
« on: June 04, 2007, 07:20:10 am »
Well if the the same game as The Settlers they made of the PC, then yes - it's an RTS.  I'm interested in how the interface will work on the DS.

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Portable Games / Re: Recommend a good golf game for the DS?
« on: June 04, 2007, 07:18:10 am »
Thanks for the advice.  I picked up True Swing Golf.  I tired it myself and although I'm not a big golf fan - it is pretty easy to get the hang of, I think he'll be able to kill some time with this game.

Thanks again.

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Portable Games / Recommend a good golf game for the DS?
« on: May 31, 2007, 08:10:36 am »
Can anyone recommend a really good golf game for the DS?  I've got a friend that's in the hospital who's a big golf fan (and a very good player, IRL).  He's not a gamer so please keep that in mind (ease to play = big plus).  I'd imagine he would be interested in a game that used 'real' pro golf player’s names (as it would be easily recognizable to him).  I've heard of True Swing and of course Tiger Woods 0x. However, I have not played either. Thanks for the help.

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Books / Re: [i]Zombie[/i] Books!
« on: May 16, 2007, 06:41:09 am »
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Quote from: Daxx on September 28, 2006, 07:04:49 AM
Quote from: Behumat on July 26, 2005, 09:57:09 PM
The Zombie Survival Guide : Complete Protection from the Living Dead (Paperback)
by Max Brooks

Great book. Covers the history of zombie attacks and offers insights into what causes them. 


I just bought this. It rocks.


Seconded.  My favourite book.  Don't take what it says as a joke, it's serious.  Fear solunum!  Ready the safe house and go for the head!!!  YARGH!!!

Triple the recommendation - LOVED that book!

Also own "I Am Legend"  - it is very good.  I would also recommend another book I read recently called "Cell" by Stephen King.  It was somewhat "zombie like."   

Not sure if the site still exists but "Homepage of the Dead" has a H-U-G-E fiction section that has hundreds and hundreds of zombie stories (some very long, others short).  Some of the stories are very creepy and very well done.  Do a Goggle search to get the url.

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PC Games / Re: Star Control 2
« on: May 14, 2007, 07:13:51 am »
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What? 


Only joking.

Why didn't you like it? Is there something wrong with your brain?

I believe he's referring to Star Control 3 which came out a few years ago.  He is correct - it was pretty awful.  It sorta tried to be SC2 with better graphics and more to do. It completely lacked that dialog "charm" and the great story that SC2 had.

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Was she okay with you exchanging it? I hope it didn't hurt her feelings.

Yes, she was fine with me returning it.  Typically, before she buys me a gift she'll  have a decent idea of what I want as I might mention something in passing and she'll remember it.  This time she had no idea.  I'm betting she went to Gamestop or Target and had to flip a coin - PSP or DS?  She did mention that she noticed the price drop on the PSP and figured it was the "better" system and came to the decision based on price. Another factor was that several of our  nieces and nephews own the DS, she may have thought the PSP would have less "kiddie" games.   Overall, I'm a very lucky guy, my wife is great and she wants to make sure I get something that I'm going to enjoy and use. 


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Update - I bought my new Onyx DS with a nice accessory pack which included and cloth case, a cleaning kit, foam game holder/protector, extra full-sized pen/pointer.  I picked up Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, Trauma Center and FF III. 

Quote from: Cruithne
(being a grown up with a paid job is great).
Me too so I've got some options.

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So, someone has given you a PSP?
  Birthday gift from the wife.

And after that list of PSP titles that TwistedBishop supplied me - I'm seriously considering to keep both the DS AND the PSP.  Thank you all for your help!

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PC Games / Re: Battlestations: Midway.
« on: May 02, 2007, 07:01:23 am »
I have the PC version and I will admit that the flying controls could/should be much better and seemed a bit rushed for final release.  The dogfights are challenging but doable.  Bombing/torpedo runs are accurate, extremely fun and satisfying when you get that direct hit.  Fortunately, ship controls, course setting, aiming and firing are very easy with the keyboard/mouse combo.  The mouse aiming is "dead on"  You quickly learn how to lead your target to get that gun, flak or torpeedo hit.  I really like how damage is calculated depending on what location you hit a ship.  A hit to a side or rear of the ship will cause some damge, but a direct hit to the ship may cause massive damage.  In later missions, many ship battles will require you to switch ships, weapons, speed/directions and aiming/firing very quickly - This could be very challenging on a console controller but I can't say for certain.

I will say there are several bugs on the PC version and I'm surprised that they have not patched them quick enough (I haven't checked in a while so I can't say what's available now)  The tutorials are somewhat helpful but very long and draw out, it would have been nice to be able to skip ahead.  Regardless, I still really enjoyed this game and I've even yet to play the multi player which I would imagine to be a blast.  And yes, the single player missions and story-line is interesting but seems to end too soon. One other thing that the OP may not have mentioned it the challenging missions which basically add at least another 10+ mission and are very tough.  I've yet to complete them all - my favorite mission by far is to command a huge Japanese battleship and guild it to a rendezvous point while fighting waves of cruisers, destroyers and eventually a few battleships

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I haven't looked at my PSP in months, really if you want a game console, the DS is your best bet, but if you want to watch films (it has quite a nice screen, I'll give it that)


I wouldn't be interested in any UMD formatted movies, I've got a laptop and a ipod anyway.  This decision is still pretty tough, the PSP does look amazing, I'm just concerned about lack of titles.

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Woke up this morning and received some birthday gift(s).  I was quite shocked to find. 

- A new PSP
- 12 piece kit with carrying case, car adapter, game holders, USB cables etc
- 3 games - GTA: VCS, the new Killzone, and some "Gangs of London" game

I haven't bothered to open anything, yet.

I've read the boards and threads ie: "The PSP is Dead." Considering the thread was last updated on December, 2006 - I pose the question, has the PSP made ANY headway since then?  Have there been some killer titles released recently that would justify me keeping this handheld?  Understand the last handheld I owned was a GBA.  I'm more of a PC/console guy but I could use a handheld on my way to work since I take the commuter rail every morning.

Can someone help we with this apparent easy question - do I keep the PSP or return it for a DS with some games?  Please include a list of the best games for either the PSP or DS.

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PC Games / Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« on: April 25, 2007, 01:25:24 pm »
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Theres no such thing as an uber Dell gaming computer, even though they have some quite good systems. Alienware however are a specialised gaming company so they know what they're talking about.

Really completely can't agree with you there.  I own a blazing fast Dell XPS (Gen 5) system and I'm very happy with it.  It's almost 1.5 years old and I can run pretty much everything still at high detail.  I had a bad RAM chip about 3 months after I bought it, and they sent out another stick and I was back and running again.  I will say say that Dell's customer support is a bit slow and sometimes difficult to get a hold of.  But if you don't want to build your own PC and want it for a pretty decent price, (I paid about 2k for a top end system) maybe Dells for you.  BTW - Dell is the 1st PC I've actually bought complete (except no monitor).  All my other PC's I've built myself (Newegg!) I'm just at a point in my life that I have the $$ but don't have the time to do the old research/buy/build/update/install thing anymore.

With that being said - my best friend owns a top-end (at the time) Alienware PC.  It's about 3.5 years old and is finally starting to really show it's age. However, he absolutely LOVES this system and I can say, I can't blame him. It's just really well made, very fast PC - and he's had ZERO problems with it.  He's put in a bigger hard drive and now needs to decide if he wants to upgrade his old  Nvidia 5950 AGP card (top end at the time) or buy a new PC.  He did pay over 3k for this PC but I'll tell you -he will never buy from anyone but Alienware.   I can't blame him - I would also seriously consider an Alienware myself, they make a great gaming rig.

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PC Games / Re: City of Heros/Villans
« on: April 13, 2007, 05:46:27 am »
Quote from: Poised
Most Arch types need the extra boost from the endurance power, but you need to pick 2 other powers in order to get endurance, so being aware of the prerequisits(sp) in advance is a good thing

Poised is right on there.  Endurance for most classes is a huge issue.  You can pick up the endurance regen power at lvl 20 if you plan your build correctly.  It makes a HUGE difference in combat.  You just need to make sure that you pick up the 2 prerequisites (jump or run and health) by level 18 so you can grab Endurance at lvl 20.  By lvl 21 you can have it 3 slotted (boosts to the power) and your good to go. 

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PC Games / Re: Looking for a Sci-Fi flight simulator... do they exist?
« on: April 12, 2007, 06:37:09 am »
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The problem with the X games is that they are obscenely hard to pick up and play and there's a ton to learn.

I'll agree with you there - the X series is pretty complicated (and buggy from the get go - patching is a must) However, if the space sim genre really intrest you - you will get the hang of the game faster than you'd think, and it is quite good.

Also, I forgot about Freespace which was actually very good - it reminded me of Wing Commander but with more ships/details.  It is a linerer storyline but very entertaining.  I remember beating Freespace One but never finished 2 (Silent Threat).

I still remember the REAL old flight sims.  Elite, Space Rogue, Starfighter, X-wing, Tie Fighter etc.  Especially Tie Fighter, that game was one of the best space sims I've played.


 

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PC Games / Re: Looking for a Sci-Fi flight simulator... do they exist?
« on: April 11, 2007, 09:34:06 am »
Yes X3 and really very nice looking.  A friend of mine is playing DarkStar One and so far he's having a blast.  Might want to check it out.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darkstar_One

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