PREVIEWSPillars of Eternity Preview
For Obsidian's crowdfunded love letter to Infinity Engine games like Icewind Dale and Baldur's Gate, I was impressed by its willingness to pull back the curtain and let me see the machinery behind it.
We've all been there. Everyone remembers that mission. You and your partner are climbing up the mountains in the snow, striving to pull some slick clandestine operation about getting some intel on a bad guy, or something similar (because let's face...
From: "Alan MacPherson" (***@aol.com)
Subject: what the hell is wrong with u?
You have some f**ing nerve saying how people who play D&D
are dorky people. What the hell is your problem. i read your
shi**y review of NWN. Just becuz we play d&d doesnt mean we
are total nerds. i play it with my freinds and we are nerds!!!
we run track, i play hockey, we have friends (which is probably
more than u can say) and GIRLfriends (ditto). Wow girls, really?
I Dont know what the f*** is wrong with you and dont give me any
sh** that i shoudnt be swearing. i hope u get tons of mail like
this, and u should f*cknig apologize cause your remarks were the
ones of a big asshole.
We're all geeks here, Alan.
Settle down. Go read the preview
again, and this time try reading past the first line.
Now go away before we get
Ogre to give you and all your
nerd friends a swirlie. Ha!
A Man In Tights!
From: "Tofu..." (***@aol.com)
Subject: all you need is a little pixie dust!
Hey GUYZ!! I was just wondering if you'd like to add a little
sassafrass to your lives and come check out my spunky website!
I know it'll just tickle you're funny bone like crazy!!! here
is the web address with some fantastic pictures of my wacky
antics at their best!
Scary....but not as scary
as the Tinkerbell outfit Shawn crammed into at the GR Halloween Party....
...wait a minute, we didn't
have a GR Halloween party. Guess he ran out of meds that day.
Make Up Your Minds, Part II
From: "huynh" (***@worldnet.att.net)
I have a feeling that some of you guys don't like the Playstation 2,
because there were some great games for the PS2 that you guys didn't
seem to really be covering, such as Metal Gear Solid 2. It seems like
you guys are more of PC gamers.
You can please some of the
people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all
of the time...unless you have a really large cannister of nitrous oxide.
"I Totally Believe In Dragons Now!"
From: "Jordan Boles" (***@hotmail.com)
Subject: read this!!!!!
on the Nintendo board!! there is this person named bob,
he thinks that he is the big boss!!! he thinks that I am
stupid because I am a newbie!! can you make me Dragon in
rank!! because I am just a grasshopper! and I do not want
to spam!! and I am not stupid!!! I am smart! most of my
few posts are not stupid!!! on the Nintendo board my name
No, we won't "make"
you a Dragon. That's sort of the whole point - Gamepost posters earn
their ranks. If we gave you a free upgrade, we'd have to give free upgrades
to the whole class.
Hope! That! Helped!!
Apparently, We're Wrong Again.
From: "Brian Curtis" (***@hotmail.com)
Subject: Revolt Against the Revolution
You know sometimes you guys are the best reviewers on the net.
You play it straight and you don't pull punches. And sometimes
I wonder if you guys have a clue what you're doing. I just read
your review of Red Faction and I disagree with Mr. Sanders on a
few points. #1 Uninspired story: Not many First Person Shooter
games have a story at all. Either it's aliens invading or it's
survival of the fittest in a strange territory. Was Duke Nukem
an Inspired Story? #2 FPS's are supposed to be wildly violent
and destructive. How can you give a game like Serious Sam which
is just a B+ and Red only gets a B and Red has completely new
gaming technology. #3 Controls. Let us worry about the control.
Most people that have a PS2 by now either have Unreal Tournament
or Quake III: Revolution and can handle the playstation
controller on a First Person Shooter. In summary, Red Faction
is not the best FPS for PS2, It's the best plot based FPS for
the PS2 and Shawn Sanders should pokemon or whatever he is good
Have a nice day,
Allow us to
Faction has a story, but it's very bland and typical. Duke Nukem
3D came out in 1996. In the 5 years since, we have higher expectations
when it comes to storytelling. A single-player game is not excused from
that simply because it's a first-person shooter.
Regarding Serious Sam:
for the twelve billionth time, it's unfair and useless to compare Game
Revolution grades across platforms. But for posterity, let's not forget
that Serious Sam costs only $20. You can find most of that under
your couch cushions and the rest you can grab from your sister's piggy
bank. That's a ton of bang for the buck, and indeed influenced the final
grade. And for the record, Serious Sam uses a completely new
"Let us worry about the control." Sure, go ahead. Worry
about it all you want - but it's our job to cover all aspects of a game,
and control is one of the essential points that must be addressed. If
we didn't, there would be another batch of e-mails chastising us for
not informing gamers about the shoddy control.
The lack of support for mouse and keyboard is a very valid point. The
USB ports are there for a reason - why not use them?
Please understand that we liked Red Faction. A B isn't a bad
grade by any stretch. We didn't slam it or blast it or tear it a new
one. We just pointed out the flaws that affected our enjoyment of the
game...which is, after all, our job.