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Game Review

By K2 on October 10th, 2005 at 11:33 pm EST

Since I’ve been lapsing in my reviews I’ve decided to do all 4 of the games I recently picked up (2 X-box, 2 Gamecube).

Advent Rising: Interesting looking game, the story seemed deep and original. Unfortunately it’s marred by bugs and general problems. First off is its VERY buggy, the cinematic cut-scenes all skip and have sound glitches. The game crashes at random (even during minor area transitions) couple this with irregular save points and you find yourself doing things over not because you screwed up, but because the game screwed up. The ‘original’ idea of flick targeting sounded good, in play it’s incredibly annoying, often you ‘miss flick’ against close range targets, and the targeting leaves no room for leading a target, or firing at exposed portions of enemies behind partial cover. You always fire at center mass, even if just the head is exposed behind cover, this forces you to charge every enemy using cover like a rabid suicide bomber. I’d definitely recommend passing on this dud, it’s going in my return pile, and I very rarely return games.

Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance: Another dud (I’m 0 for 2 on X-box games this month), I figured this would be a Diabloesque game, and it is, at least a really crappy Diablo clone and I’m not even a big Diablo fan. D&D players will find the game is so unlike D&D Wizards of the Coast should sue (but then they ruined the franchise to begin with). Most of your money will be spent on healing potions and arrows (or mana potions for the sorceress) since melee combat is a death wish, most opponents can reduce you to a corpse in 3 hits or less (several are one hit wonders). You can outrun maybe 2 creatures in the game, mostly you run for a minute or so (provided you have room to) and eventually the critter gets bored and wanders off. Your vision range is about 10 feet in front of you, making the idea of an archer character (one of 3 classes to choose from) a joke, barring the fact that actual melee is even less viable.

Now to the Gamecube games:

Marvel Heroes:Rise of the Imperfects: I have to admit, I was pulled in just for the variety of heroes this game offers. The single player ‘campaign’ is about as deep as a puddle but still delivers on some good ole button mashing fun. The head to head fighting while not being a Tekken3, or Mortal Kombat is still pretty fun, and where else could Electra have a chance at taking down the Thing? I wouldn’t recommend this one unless you are a comic fan, since that’s its biggest draw (over depth/skill) but hey, its better than the 2 X-Box bombs above.

X-men Legends: Rise of Apocalypse: Finally a truly good game, it doesn’t stray far from its predecessor and that’s a good thing. If you liked the original, this one is more of the same bash and smash with even more characters to choose from (they added the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants to the already vast group of X-men). The story is interesting, and without that annoying Magma character. The group you choose can be used through the entire game, so no more unwanted substitutions that annoyed me in the first game. The fact that you can tailor the heroes skills/powers is really nice, allow for all sorts of combinations.

There you have it, 2 bombs, a decent rental, and a keeper. Hopefully the next batch will be better….

Oh and excuse the previous post, damn post password……

Hardfought BF2 Demo server has retired

By Suck. on June 26th, 2005 at 4:27 pm EST

I’ve pulled the plug on the BF2 Demo server. For those of you who are dissapointed, buy the game and come play on our retail server at 67.19.98.2:16567.

CS:S Server Lag – Resolved

By Suck. on June 26th, 2005 at 12:04 am EST

It was brought to my attention today that we’ve been having some major lag problems on the CS:S servers. Upon investigating, I found that the resources on Jake (the CS:S pub box) were maxed out. I changed the number of players on Hardfought BF2 Public Demo to 24 players, which appears to have completely resolved the lag problem. If there are any futher lag issues, please let us know, and I will either reduce the number of players on the BF2 Demo server to 16 or kill it. We won’t be running it for much longer anyway.

Next, Hardfought will soon be hosting a closed beta test for a new Half-Life 2 mod, Samurai Legends: The Art of War. More info on this will follow. In the mean time, you can find the website here: www.samurailegends.com.

Finally, it wouldn’t be a June news post without some mention of the LAN #6. It is officially booked out! All 100 spots have now been filled, and we’re looking forward to seeing all of you who will be attending. Sage^KS is designing nametags for those 100 lucky gamers, so if there are any discrepancies between your posted information in the LAN #6 section and what should appear on your nametag, see this post: Preview of Name Tags for HF Lan #6.

April news

By K2 on April 13th, 2004 at 1:41 pm EST

Hey gang… time to do the ‘at least one news post a month’ post ;-)

On Iraq – things had been pretty quiet up until last week. If ya follow the news at all, ya know what I’m talking about. The main focus was on Falluja of course, where fighting was the most intense and deadly. We had our fair share of it here, too. My platoon took another IED attack a lil over a week ago, was a direct hit against the command vehicle in our convoy. Fate smiled on us yet again, and no one was killed or even seriously hurt… and I’ve got some pics of the aftermath that will make you think I’m bullshitting you. A few days after that was when shit hit the proverbial fan not just here and Falluja but all over the country. A ‘peaceful’ demonstration in Al-Haweja turned into a full-blown riot that spilled over into surrounding villages and lasted the better part of two days. A lot of battles and skirmishes occured, with almost our entire battalion being involved… by some miracle no friendlies were killed, but we did have eight wounded, with two of them being serious. The Iraqi’s and other nationalists involved took enough casualties, hopefully they wont try anything like that again for awhile. We rolled up into Al-Zaab the day after the main fighting ended expecting an ambush, but it really never occured, except for little hit and misses here and there. Easter weekend was surprisingly quiet… and today intel got word riots were going to happen all over again today in Haweja, so we mobilized early this morning but nothing happened at all. Just as well ;-)

Got my new camera in, and I’ve taken some pretty good pictures with it, so expect to see them uploaded to the site here soon along with some other pictures taken by other soldiers here.

There’s a lot more that went on this past week, there’s just no way I’d have the time to type it all out here. Saw and did some crazy shit, gonna have a lot of stories for everyone next LAN party we have that I can actually attend :-P That might happen this year maybe… we’re all supposed to get 15 days R&R between now and October. Because I’m single without any dependants, I’m low priority, so I’m looking at a September/October leave time, IF it happens at all. If it does, I’d sure like to have another HF LAN to go to. I dunno… we’ll see. Something to think about/discuss on the msgboard here.

To wrap up – I guess that’s about it. I don’t know about any new gaming news since the last time I’ve posted… no time to really follow up on anything. You regs will have to help keep me updated, heh. Oh yeah… I saw ‘The Passion of Christ’ the other day (bootleg DVD, sssshhh) and I gotta say… damn. very intense. If you’re a Christian, expect to be deeply moved by it. Hell, even if you’re not. Anyone that sees that movie and says they didn’t feel sad or feel like crying through part of it is either full of shit or one cold-hearted bastard. Go see this movie, you wont regret it.

One last thing… if the makers of CounterStrike had EVER actually been in any kind of combat, CS as you know it would play/feel completely different from how it is now. And their claim was that it was to be realistic… hah. They don’t have a flippin’ clue ;-) I don’t think any of the FPS games out there truly emulate the real thing as close as some of them claim to do. Ah well. Alright folks… have a good one, see ya around.

K2

Second update from Iraq

By K2 on March 26th, 2004 at 1:02 am EST

Um… yeah. Really original title from last months posting :-) So anyways…

Quite a bit has happened since I last posted… some good, some bad. If you’ve followed anything on the msgboard here, you’ll have a good idea what’s been going on, but in a nutshell – we’ve been subject to an IED/road-side bomb attack, have been shot at, have been shelled/mortared numerous times (thank God they can’t aim, heh), have lost two people from our platoon (one for murdering an innocent Iraqi, another because his wife had complications while having their first child… all is well tho last I heard) and just recently had our first fatality in our unit (Alpha Co.) due to an unfortunate humvee accident. We’ve seen and done quite a bit so far… here’s hoping it doesn’t get too much more exciting than this.

Pictures are all finally uploaded and ready for viewing. I’ve got close to 150 pics up as of last night, and that’s all of the ones I’ve taken so far. Probably wont take anymore until my new digital camera gets here… expect the quality of the pictures to go up ;-P So be sure to take a look – it’s the ‘Photo’s from Iraq’ section on the photo album, can’t miss it.

A big shout out to everyone who’s sent care packages or is getting ready to do so… they help much more than ya might think. Anything that I don’t need or can’t use finds it’s way into another soldiers hands that can use it, so everyone benefits, no matter what ya send. Err… except maybe that tube of KY I got from Timmy. Hmm… I’m betting someone will find a use for it :-)

To wrap up – it’s starting to get HOT here, it’s like someone flipped a switch from winter to summer. Come July/August this place is going to be brutal. Can’t fuckin’ wait Oh also… still trying to keep updated on the gaming scene as time allows. I still have plans for bringing up some kind of game server if/when HL2/CS2 is released, but from what I’m hearing, that may not happen until I get back from Iraq… just as well. If any of ya have info about any new hot game titles coming out, lemme know, ya know I’m always interested in hearing about that kinda stuff.

That’s all I got for now I suppose. Take care all, keep your heads down ;-)

K2