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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Dark Forces Mod for Jedi Academy!
« on: May 5, 2005, 02:04 AM »
I actually did play some of it...  Followed it a while but I haven't really looked at it of late.

The reason I really didn't care for the conversion was that the physics, especially those related to ranged combat, of the JO or JA engines are so outta whack and generally piss-poor that it didn't have the same "fun" to it that Dark Forces did.  The balance just isn't there.

Ranged weapons in JO and JA have SUCKED, and I've yet to see anyone able to really adapt it so they ever equaled the quality of JK or DF.  JO and JA expect you to go hog-wild with the saber and force powers more than using blasters and such, so the blaster dynamic just never got the attention it deserved.

That's why I long for Lucasarts to do a NEW game for Katarn's storyline, but set somewhere either prior to DF in timeline, or just after it and before the JK storyline.  Really work on blaster weapons and things, really make us feel like that JK/DF feeling where any weapon was useful...  well, practically.

The conversions are good for a trip down memory lane though, if you can't get DF to run on your system.  I can't get DF to run with sound, but I can get the game itself to run.  For some reason though, and I've tried everything under the sun to fix it, that sound just won't work for me.

I was really hoping that Rep. Commando was gonna usher in a new age of "realistic" shooters for Star Wars, but I was let down to see that they had "super" enemies, unrealistic powers, many relatively useless weapons, etc...  Not at all what I was hoping for since I was rather wanting a "Tom Clancy"-esque type of shooter instead, with some tactical elements mixed in.  It was a much more watered-down version of that with poorer weapons in the game I felt.

Fun to run through on a weekend, but not gonna make SW first-person gaming like it was back when Jedi Knight came out.

Yeah I was wondering if you'd actually pulled that from FC or complete coincidence on a name.  Neat seeing an EU planet show up in your photonovels CHEWIE.  Especially one from relative obscurity.  It deserves some recognition.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: battle droids = terrible
« on: May 5, 2005, 01:53 AM »

And I'll remember that.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Nemoidian Soldier
« on: May 5, 2005, 01:53 AM »

I'm torn on liking him now.  Helmet sounds cool, arms sound passable (if you give him a new gun anyway, that gun he has is incredibly ****-tacular), but no knee articulation blows for any army builder after the greatness that is the 4/2 army builders.

Hell, even some of the non-army builders really.

Anyway, I'll take a few but I'm not going nuts with this one I think.  If I can find a good rifle for them that matches their EU appearance (or guns they have in the films...  I somehow doubt they're all packing an attomic bomb launcher like that) then I'll maybe nab more... 

The leg articulation is a bummer Jeff, sad to hear that.  The arms may be too.  Hmmm

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Best Stormtrooper ????
« on: May 5, 2005, 01:44 AM »
Without a doubt it's the VOTC.  No comparison really.

Some people have cited very minor inaccuracies in the sculpt, but it's mostly Stormtrooper Die-hards.  I know that people have used the Bust-Up Stormtrooper head to make customs using the VOTC body, as they say the Bust-Up's helmet is 100% accurate while the VOTC has a slight sculpt difference that isn't as accurate...

For what it's worth though, the VOTC is a well made figure all around in my book, save the lame-o holster.  Superior to any Stormtrooper prior to it.

How DARE you unsticky my topic!?

Eh, yeah, it was time to come down, I just haven't gotten to it.  All about a new one for C4 though!  Wooo!

Matt WANTS to customize, he just needs another thing to collect/be into I'm sure.  ;)  Seriously though Matt, you know you wanna start breaking figures apart and making them anew.  I know you do, you know you do...  Just accept it!

Hmmm... been a hold-up on posting the redone version of Crisis on Abridon.  Sorry.

Anyways, here's another poster of figures, this is from the 3rd story, Anti-Jedi.



Did the Abridon name come to you or did you pull that from EU?  I was curious because the only place I've heardit mentioned before is in a game I love but I haven't seen others list it in their fan-fic work before.  Just wondered.

Anyway, onto the figures...

Great as always.  That Corba terrorist is interesting.  A nice design.

I have to agree with the sentiment that Xixor looks great.  Far superior to Hasbro's figure, and very sinister in robes.  I'd almost like a new Xixor after seeing yours (almost...  I still don't like that series, haha)

Pretty good stuff all around.  Definite inspiration for potential future fan-fic customs too.  Always have those floating around in my head.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« on: May 4, 2005, 01:12 AM »
I laughed out loud when I read the "Yes" part. The guy must have only heard the carded part. :P

That whole thing happened more than once.  I, in my poor judgment, took a seat in the back and they didn't hear my question clearly at all.  I even tried deepening my voice, and it still didn't get up to them as clearly as I wanted because their answer didn't even jive with what I really asked.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Neimodian Army
« on: May 4, 2005, 01:09 AM »
Depends on the Neimodian's quality more than anything...  I haven't seen the figure first-hand yet to really judge, but if it's a good figure, I'll stock up.  They seem to be a race heavy enough in the war to warrant amassing an army to fight Clones.

I wonder if they sport a removable brain bucket or not...  I like that Lucas ran with an EU design on these that was established, rather than establishing his own idea on them.

Toy Reviews / Re: ARC-170 Fighter
« on: May 3, 2005, 11:31 PM »
Matt, good review...  Very thorough.

I agree on the ARC being pretty good for playability.  Lots of features, size, fun, fun, and more fun...  All 3 seats are a good thing too and working astromech sockets are always fun.

I'd disagree on scale...  It's pretty off from the film ships, especially if word on a 22m wingspan is true.  It'd be one hefty craft, which a $30 toy does not translate to generally.  The ship seems, on one hand, to be quite accurate but as more images of ARC's have shown up I'm leaning more towards it being substantially underscaled yet.

The cockpit features are great though, and I wish the Jedi fighters fit astro's as well as the ARC does.  I'm still trying to decipher if they fudged how that works and the toys are legitimately to-scale (IE: pinning the blame on Lucasfilm's designers not making a ship function in reality since they just animate it), or if Hasbro messed up the scale.  If that Jedi Fighter is on though, I'm buying up some extras for repaints I do believe.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: battle droids = terrible
« on: May 3, 2005, 09:49 PM »
I gotta disagree.

If hasbro has proven they CAN do it right, they should do it right...  Not to dredge up old debate, but case-in-point...  the Fleet Trooper.  His helmet's stuck to his head, yet it's a separate mold.  Make it removable and make people happy and keep a "standard" going...  That's one of many problems I find with that figure, but on the droid it's just a matter of using GOOD plastic on its legs.

E1 basic droids stood fine...  Then OOM-9 came and he toppled and our BD's have toppled ever since.  Why?  It's unnecessary, especially on a figure they've made their $$$ back on now 10 fold.

Stands are greaty, but if I already paid $5+ for a figure it should stand fine without stands...  I don't feel it's my obligation to invest even more in a job Hasbro should've done right the first time.  That's not very fair as I see it from the consumer standpoint.  Hopefully we'll see improved droids in the future, even if it's the same sculpt (fine by me), and preferably in a nice 3-pack to build a good army with.

Hell, my 3-pack break-away droid from the Clone Wars line stands better than any droid post E1.  Use THAT plastic even! 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: R.I.P. Kirby & Puckett
« on: May 3, 2005, 09:36 PM »
Sorry about your pets, Justin.

People often don't understand how much animals mean to people.  For most of my life, since I don't have children nor do I plan to have any, I've had pets, and each has been as important to me as if it were my own child.  I've had to defend them from other animals, people (I had a guy threaten my dog once, and needless to say he didn't think of doing it a 2nd time), take care of them when they're sick, play with them...  They've always got personality, they have distinct feelings and emotion like a person. 

People often play down the importance of people over animals, but to me there are few people I'd ever consider as being more important to me than my pets, and at best they'd be equal, not of more or less importance.  Right now I have 3 cats and a dog, and I hope they all have long happy lives with me.

Other Collectibles / Re: Master Replicas Force FX Lightsabers
« on: May 3, 2005, 09:33 PM »
If you're good with woodworking, this is something that would be a good project.  My father just made a rack for some rifles of his and I'm pondering a rack for FX Sabers now myself.  Be a worthy investment if I'm nabbing more than one saber, which after this one I'm feeling an overwhelming urge to pick up at least different colored ones (A Vader maybe, a Jedi Luke, and a Mace)... 

These are great though.  :)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Recent Purchases
« on: May 3, 2005, 03:34 AM »
Sunday I found my 2nd Clone Pilot and Palpatine with the Red Saber.  I really gave that figure more credit than it deserved, it's another salt & pepper shake unfortunately.  I thought it was more than that, plus mine's got a nasty "lean" due to the lame-ass feature.

Anyway, saw another Clone Pilot rolling away in a buggy, guess I could've had an ARC-load, but I was a couple minutes too late.

Still never seen an AT-TE Gunner or Commander, much less the Neimodian, Wookiee, and SA Clone.  :(  Even #6 CLone's gone around here save for the rare one at the bottom of the bin at TRU.

Clones not on shelves in time for E3 premiere?  Retail (and Hasbro case assortment decision makers) should be ashamed.   ::)

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: ROTS Picture Thread
« on: May 3, 2005, 01:02 AM »
The music video up on is worth a DL too, as it does have some new footage.  It's mostly the shots from the E3 spectacular though, but it adds some new ones in there too.

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