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Magister Lajciak

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  1. Cheers guys! Keep it coming. :(


    Also, mention any old FPS's as well if you could.


    Like Heretic 2, NOLF1, Giants: Citizen Kabuto, Descent 3. Why? Because I need some games that run on Ubuntu through WINE, and old games are more likely to run.


    I am not much of a shooter guy, but even I enjoyed some multiplayer UT 2004. I would recommend you try it, or perhaps the new version of the game which has recently been released.

  2. I am happy to say that my new computer has arrived and after I do all the installs I will join you in the Wasteland! On the other hand, my posting frequency, fueled recently by the eager anticipation of my computer, will drop dramatically - perhaps to zero - for some time. :(

  3. OK, so as I understand it so far:


    Main quest: excellent but relatively short

    Sidequests: optional and long but boring



    I'm not sure I'd call the main quest excellent. I'd say the main quest is competent.


    OK - fair enough.


    It's a shorter KOTOR with better combat. Of course, competent can go a long way when compared to much of the stuff that's usually released.


    As to combat, is it dependent on the player's reflexes or on the in-game statistics of the character or on both?


    Also, the exposition through dialogue can be pretty atrocious.


    Ouch - dialogue used to be one of BioWare's strong points. Hopefully, this will not carry through to other BioWare games, such as Dragon Age.

  4. Thank you for actually offering your ideas and complains in a constructive fashion. I get very annoyed with people (in general) who like to just go on rants for no reason and rip someone's hard work apart without offering any good solutions.


    Not all problems have solutions and it's hard for a company to not have it's share of problems. I like to think we here are very aware of the problems and limitations of our past, present and future games and we are working very hard to find solutions.


    From the inside perspective, I really do think the OEI is very committed to making top notch original RPG's. The RPG market *is* very stale. As good as it was, I couldn't even play Oblivion because I was so burned out on fantasy text and epic dragon battles that seem to follow fun little delivery quests time and time again. But I LOVE Storm of Zehir. (and to be fair I hope to go back and play Oblivion).


    I think we've made a really great game with this expansion, and like Mask of the Betrayer perhaps it would have been better suited for a standalone title. But we have 2 other standalone titles in the works that I hope will carry the tradition of being really solid RPG's for you guys.


    Rest assured, we're trying.


    Thanks for the love! I also love it when my gaming framerate is good. :) (sorry, I couldn't resist!)


    I want to say that I think the improvements in quality in Obsidian's games really do show as one progresses from your oldest games to your newest. The Mask of the Betrayer is just top notch.


    If I were to have another suggestion, apart from those I already stated earlier in the thread, it would be to concentrate on your main strengths: story and dialogue. This is a great asset of Obsidian and I hope you will keep putting it to good use rather than trying to create games that concentrate on other things. Good luck and let me say that I am already awaiting the Storm of Zehir with anticipation!

  5. ATI are supposed to be really good in the desktop space, but in the mobile space they are not so great. Their higher end cards are simply not available. It is only recently that a couple of laptops with the ATI Mobility Radeon 3850/3870 even appeared on the market, but they are only a tiny number of laptops (thus not much choice) and lag pretty far behind NVIDIA mobile cards. I guess this will eventually be rectified with the 4000 series, but for now NVIDIA leads by a huge margin in latptop/notebook graphics.

  6. Functionally, you basically visit the same planet dozens of time, using a moon buggy that controls like ass, and yet provides no challenge whatsoever.


    Ugh, that sounds pretty terrible!


    I dunno, it wasn't that bad, although I found myself humming the theme from "Moon Patrol" while playing...


    While most of the planets are similar, they're relatively easy to break up between the main quests without finding them monotonous.


    The vehicle did control like ass though.


    I guess I am somewhat startled. BioWare usually tends to emphasize the story and does not believe in extraneous content.

  7. I'm a friend to animals now, and a whole family of molerats helped me take on an annoying horde of robots.


    Hahaha :thumbsup: are you being serious?

    If you get two levels of that Perk, they'll help you. One level and they won't be hostile towards you. A good perk to take if you are wandering away from the city. Those mutated bears can do some serious damage.


    Sounds great! Can't wait to play the game!

  8. Thanks - yes we all have different criteria and place a different emphasis on each criterion. :thumbsup: I am not sure I understand the Sims reference though - is it just to indicate your criteria, or is there some hidden meaning? I guess that might be because I have not played the Sims...
    Purely an indication of something that fails my criteria :)


    Fair enough!


    I agree with you about modern EA too. I'd argue that Mass Effect is a better Bioware game than some of their older ones too (Jade Empire for example).


    Yeah, EA used to be pretty bad with the studios it acquired, but it has learned its lesson and now lets them mostly manage themselves. It has actually become pretty innovative and good at creating new IPs or injecting quality into existing ones.

  9. What makes you think there will ever be a third expansion? I am sure Hasbro/WotC will want Obsidian (or any other developer) to move on to 4E.


    That's what I also fear, but I nevertheless hope for another expansion. I don't like 4E all that much, at least not in the PnP format (maybe in CRPGs it would work better, but some Obsidian devs commented that it translates poorly into the electronic space, because of things such as marks and so on)...

  10. Well Atari's website has:


    Minimum System Requirements

    Operating System: Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista

    Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent processor

    Memory: 1 GB RAM

    Hard Disk Space:8 GB free hard disk space

    DVD-ROM Drive: 6X speed or faster

    Video: ATI Radeon X700 or NVIDIA GeForce 6800 or higher

    Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card

    DirectX: DirectX version 9.0c (included) or higher

    Multiplayer:Broadband connection for multiplayer online play

    Input: Keyboard, Mouse

    Recommended System Requirements

    Processor: 2.6 GHz Intel Pentium D 805 or AMD X2 +3800 or faster

    Memory: 2 GB System RAM

    Video Card: ATI Radeon X1950 512MB series, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 512MB series, or higher


    I'm guessing that's what's planned to be on the box.


    Thanks! It seems I will be fine. :thumbsup:

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