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#1 Lord_Tigger
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The problem is not everyone can be the best in a game, and a game that tries to satisfy that ends up becoming simplistic and boring. Star Wars Galaxies failed miserably when it gave everyone the opportunity to be a Jedi, something that was supposed to be sacred. The ensuing combat modifications upset what WAS the perfect online economy and the entire social structure soon tumbled. Even in games that don't have much economy, a combat system that tries to focus on a minory of uber-players ends up being resented by the majority that have lives and can't play the game 24-7.
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#2 Lord_Tigger
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I've played AC on the PS3 and I don't think PC gamers will be disappointed. We typically have a higher expectation in our games than console players, given that even in the most basic shooters, the keyboard typically gives us more options. I think AC's deep exploration and storyline will overcome the repetitive gameplay so many of the console kiddies are complaining about. So long as I can approach a target in more than one way, from what I've seen, I think we're good to go.

Now if only my computer would run it. :(

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Dungeon Siege (2002)

Arcanum (2001)

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Try the Bioshock demo. You want to test your rig against moving particles and light effects. After that, download a strategy game demo like World in Conflict where your virtual memory is being eaten up by your processor having to track moving units. That will stress the memory in your graphics card as it has to push the textures by itself (from what I understand...I'm sure I didn't word that right).

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f you want to play an MMO solo then just get Oblivion and save yourself the monthly fees... but yeah, LOTRO is good for soloing.ben2000

Good point, Ben.

LotRO is a great game for soloing online because of the expansive lands to explore and the myriad of animals to hunt. A lot of side quests can be solo'd and, I found, most of the people friendly enough to help me if I got in a bind. It reminded mea lot of the early days of Star Wars Galaxies.

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#6 Lord_Tigger
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Glad we could help.

I forgot to add this but the link to my review of Medieval II is here:

http://www.gamespot.com/pc/strategy/medieval2totalwar/player_review.html?id=417120

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For those of you who like history, keep your eye on Pirates of the Burning Sea. www.burningsea.com All history, no elves!
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Playing older games is a great way to stay entertained for cheaper cost. 1) you don't have to upgrade as much and 2) the games are usually half what they were at release. I've been buying a few older games off of eBay and I'm enjoying some missed classics.
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#9 Lord_Tigger
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*clears throat*

TheTotal Wargames are, to me, the epitome of strategy gaming. They are the perfect blend of "old school" turn-based strategy, causing one to recall the days of pen and paper strategy games, mixed with a maddening rush of real-time strategy. The end result is a game that causes you to be careful and meticulous in where to place your castles and how to choose your friends, then throws you into combat the likes of which Ridley Scott could only imagine.

I'm not a fast thinker and I have a hard time with the frantic pace of a lot of RTS games. I have to be able to slow the game and even pause it so I can best choose what course of action to take next. The Total War series lets you take a game as fast or as slow as you want both with the overall pace and ease of pausing combat and rotating the camera. The game is also completely open to HOW you want to play. In the turn-based campaign you can go full force with rolling armies of destruction or sit back and let your economy purchase your territories for you. In combat you can rage and throw your men against the metal teeth of the enemy or go defensive and lure your enemies into a trap.

Command and Conquer has its allure and Company of Heroes is certainly a feast of both eye-candy and mental challenge, but, to me, every single second and every single frame of gameplay in ANY of the Total Wargames is a work of art.Every moment in the game on your screen looks like a hand-painted masterpiece, and the ambient sounds and mood music thrusts you IN the game. Blood is flying, battle drums arepounding and cows...yes cows!...are flying! DUCK! You're no longer a spectator; you're a participant! No other game brings you the entire struggle of global domination in such scale, from foreign relations to hand-to-hand combat. You're not fighting on a map; you're fighting on the face of the earth itself.

Drawbacks? Ever since Shogun: Total War, diplomacy has been hit or miss. The AI still does some pretty odd things with foreign relations, like no matter how good your rating is with someone they still refuse to help you or an ally will break off its alliance just to turn around a few years later and ask to be your friend again. It gets better with everygame, however,and Medieval II has offered the best in diplomacy and economy of the entire series.

I strongly recommend you try the demo for Medieval II, and be sure to fiddle with the graphics settings if your machine has trouble running it. My rig is over 2.5 years old and I had to tone down some of the shiny stuff but the game runs smooth as glass, even in big battles. I also recommend you try some of the demos of the older games, especially Shogun. Despite the gorgeous graphics of the later Total War games, you may find better satisfaction just in the setting and unit types available in the earlier ones. Of all the games together, Rome is my least favorite because of its limited troop variety and balance with the more tribal factions. Medieval II has bumped the first Medieval as my overall favorite.

Give it a shot and let us know what you think! Once more, into the breach!!!

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#10 Lord_Tigger
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The sound of the Spas shotgun andUMP 45in Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear and the modified sniper shotgun made by the BSW Smurf mod.

The "roar" sound effect when a large group of troops clashed in Stronghold. Also the sound of someone drowning when you click on a dunking stool in Stronghold. Sound coordinator Rob Euvino told me he held his girlfriend's head under water (voluntarily)and recorded her screaming (again, voluntarily).

The general abient sailing noises in the first Sea Dogs. Other than that the game sucked.

My #1 all time favorite is the myriad of ambient combat noises in Medieval: Total War II when a big siege battle REALLY heats up.