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Ivan the Terrible

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  1. For canon purposes, like the Star Wars databank, Revan is male and Exile is female. But really, that's pretty meaningless. You can consider them either sex and it works equally well.
  2. Unlikely to be what Chris A. had in mind. As mentioned, why did Revan have to leave everyone he loved behind to fight this threat? Why didn't he inform the Republic of what was coming? Why did he assume that his becoming a Sith Lord himself would have been a 'lesser evil' compared to conquest by this other Sith Empire? The 'True Sith', by appearances, were intended to be something a little more ominous than just 'a Sith Empire, but with even MORE big ships and soldiers and Sith Lords!' Or at least I hope to god Chris A. wasn't simply setting us up for something that shallow and f
  3. Bah. I have a bad feeling we'll never know, and from the sounds of it I'm worried Bioware might not have grasped the sinister and mysterious aspect of whatever menace Revan went off to fight. If it had just been another conquer-the-galaxy Sith Empire, as the upcoming MMORPG seems to suggest, then how will they explain why Revan didn't just immediately inform the Jedi and the Republic and start cranking out the war machine necessary to fight? How will they explain his reasoning for leaving everyone and everything behind and going alone to face what he had to face? If it's just another ho-hum Si
  4. Hello? Hello? Probably not. That's the problem with games; you have to spend all that time writing the things. Not enough time for message board browsing. In any case, the topic: now that the details of the 'True Sith' and Revan's fate have passed from the hands of the fine folks at Obsidian and into the hands of Bioware, I'd kill to find out exactly what Chris Avellone was thinking when he made all the unanswered suggestions and allusions in KOTOR II. What happened to Revan? Why was it necessary for him to travel alone to face these 'True Sith', and take no one he loved? There was ob
  5. I take it your experience with RPGs is limited? I might be able to understand 'best looking', but playing? Pffftt. It was good, but it was way too dungeon crawlish, with the end game being the biggest Monty Haul fest to be found outside Diablo.
  6. It makes sense if you understand the usage of the word practical. In some circumstances, the word is a compliment, but it can also be used as a euphemism for someone who gets things done without worrying about useless annoyances such as 'morality' or 'good' or 'evil.' They see the quickest method required to reach their goal, and they use it no matter how much damage it causes or who it hurts.
  7. Ahhh, yes, "Longing." I was impressed with how they handled that sequence as well. It wasn't my favorite single-player gaming moment of all time; in fact, it wasn't even my favorite of Planescape: Torment (that belongs to my conversation with Ravel Puzzlewell, or perhaps the last act of the Fortress of Regrets.) Nevertheless, it's a very memorable part of the game.
  8. KOTOR II had a lot of flaws, no doubt. But I always feel the urge to ridicule anyone who showers praise on KOTOR's storyline, or Bioware's storytelling. If I saw a movie plot handled with the clumsiness of KOTOR, I'd think it was one of the sloppiest scripts of the year, without a doubt. I think the praise people have for KOTOR says a lot less about the game itself and a lot more about the relative quality of the competition.
  9. I hated that. Hated it. Whenever I was playing as a goodie two-shoes, there was never a point in the game where I could feel comfortable about my inaction on the major quests. If I waited forever and did all my sidequests, I felt like I had just ditched Imoen to torture and abuse. If I got the money quickly and headed straight out to save her, If I beat that, the game was over. At some point in BG2, all good characters have to be callous bastards if they want to do anything but the main plot. I've been able to rationalize for other games, but BG2 made it damn hard.
  10. Anyone else astonished this thread hasn't been closed yet?
  11. Lucas is many things....but a 'good writer' isn't one of them.
  12. Aside from the problems already mentioned, the KOTOR games are inherently less moddable than BG2. Unlike in BG2, a character without a voice sticks out like a sore thumb, restricting any potential dialogue to what was already recorded and just left out....and also unlike BG2, by having a Developer adding even 'unofficial' content, you also have what amounts to a developer giving an unofficial middle finger to all the X-Boxers who can't get that mod.
  13. No, seriously. The commonly accepted number of civilian casualties for the Eastern Front in World War II is between 20 and 30 million. Read the beginning of this article.
  14. Illidan disappointed me in the expansion pack, though. He became a daemon to help kill Tichondrius and destroy the Burning Legion in the original game....and now he's willing to make a pact right out of the blue with Kil'jaeden and join them? Talk about sketchy motives. He, along with the Blood Elves and the Naga, seemed to be rather poorly thought out.....despite the major role they all played.
  15. If you want to get into a humanitarian comparison of the German occupation of the Soviet Union (roughly 25 million civilians killed) vs. the American occupation of Iraq (civilian casualties differ by source, but usually between 10,000/15,000), you're going to lose. And I would say the Mandalorians remind me most of the Thraddash.
  16. True....but the best reason to control the Baltic sea (aside from the U-Boat ports along the Norwegian coast and eventually boxing the Soviet fleet up in Leningrad) is the Swedish iron shipments. Well, kinda. Most of the ore shipped from Sweden to Germany stopped first in Norway, at least during the winter. If Britain had found a way to disrupt the shipments, Germany would have been hurting for iron pretty fast. Wikipedia has a good article on the subject.
  17. Even if it's not one of my faves, I don't think it's lame, either. I remember really liking the guy when I first met him. BTW, my own choice will probably be considered lame, too: I really liked the fall of Prince Arthas in Warcraft III. Seriously. Say what you like about the game itself, but there were no cop-outs with Arthas. *DETAILED SPOILERS AHEAD, IF YOU EVER PLAN TO PLAY WARCRAFT III!* He starts out a sort of Paladin super-hero, helping children and saving villagers from rampaging Orcs and bloodthirsty Undead. As the Human campaign progresses, he shows impat
  18. *SLIGHT SPOILERS, OBVIOUSLY!* Ever since games have had reasonably coherent plotlines, there have been good characters who, for one reason or another, 'go bad' and join the villain. This has been used as a shocker so many times, and often so improbably, that it's lost much of it's impact. Nevertheless, it can still be done well, if the writers are good and the situation is handled well. I didn't see Yoshimo's betrayal coming in BG2 until he started flagrantly blowing his cover on the Pirate Isle, and (while anyone could see it coming a mile away after she was ditched on Tarsonis)
  19. Am I the only one not exactly enthused about the whole 1980s High School RPG thing? I mean, maybe he can make it work....but to me it conjures up images of all the horrifically bad teen movie crap Hollywood forced down our throats during the period. Blech.
  20. Well....technically speaking, the Jerries took Norway and Denmark because of Sweden. They needed to go through Denmark to get to Norway, and they needed to hold Norway to prevent British troops from potentially cutting off their iron shipments from Sweden. The whole thing was all about Swedish iron.
  21. For me, it isn't that the story is darker, though I do like a dark story. For me, it's the fact that Torment seemed to come up with it's story and mostly have it make sense, compared to BG which often wanted you to accept new plot developments that were strained, at best. Between the two, BG's plot made a whole lot less sense.
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