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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Halo 2
« on: November 11, 2004, 08:59 PM »
No problem...  I think there's more out there that sympathize with you than you know, it's just that the vocalness of the pro-HALO group is immense.

I like HALO, don't get me wrong.  It's a good game. 

The thing is, it's not great.  The original wasn't great, and beyond the vehicle combat didn't have any "great" revolutionary aspect.  HALO2, really for all intents and purposes, doesn't improve on HALO1 very much at all so I'm not impressed again.

I'm thinking HALO2 will be a fun game to play...  That if you have some buddies together, or XBLive, that it'll be fun to play, but in the end it's NOT "special".

-Thief took FPS games to a new level by inventing the style of gameplay where stealth outlasts "Run & Gun" gamers.

-DOOM took FPS from the darkages and gave a new, refreshing story and gameplay features, as well as set the bar for "shocking" effects.

-Wolfenstein was the birthplace of FPS gaming.

-Ultima Underworld opened up the idea of RPG's and FPS's becoming one in the same.

-Dark Forces was the revolutionary new FPS of its time that improved on all the previous engines with new features and gameplay aspects, improved graphics, and set it all in a galaxy far far away.

-Goldeneye took Console FPS's and put them on the map as games that COULD be played on a console and be just as enjoyable as on a PC.

-Jedi Knight gave FPS gaming a new feature through using the force and sabers, and because of its setting (along with a great story, graphics, and engine for its time), it became legendary.

-Medal of Honor took FPS gaming to a new level of realism, practically recreating the opening footage of Saving Private Ryan and making it playable.... 

-Call of Duty built on MOH's popularity through improved graphics, improved AI, improved gameplay features and realism.

And I'm definitely missing games here, like the Rainbow Six or Ghost Recon series that set the bar for tactical FPS games and realism, Half Life series, etc...

The fact of the matter is that HALO is just in the middle amongst all those games.  It is a good "anchor" game for the X-Box, and it's fun...  It's graphics show the XB's potential generally, but will never compete with the PC and its ever evolving graphics abilities.  HALO2 is much the same, and didn't innovate the original HALO much at all.  It'll just be a prettier, and maybe slightly "new" experience for most.

And to that end, nobody can convince me that HALO is "great".  It's just "good", like so many FPS's before it and so many to come after.  It'll be fun, I'll likely pick up HALO2 after the initial geekdome subsides on it, but I'm not gonna wet my pants like (one in particular at Scum) some folks are acting like.  I'll get it, have fun, beat it, and likely not bother with it after I find something its equal or better.

I have an XB, I like my XB, and I'm feeling like I made a good deal by getting it for the price I paid, but HALO just isn't as good as certain people claim.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Thanks to the Veterans
« on: November 11, 2004, 05:51 PM »
I've been really lucky to have talked to vets from all over the world.  They're great people.

There's some truly frightening, enlightening, shocking, saddening, and eye-opening things on the History Channel right now (I'm watching it as I type this), and it's worth making sure you check it out just so you always hear some of the words from those who really have experienced war.

Our soldiers today, whether we agree with why or not, are in the midst of similar circumstances, and I hope they're all going to come home, even if that's not a hope that can be fulfilled.

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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: New Star Wars RTS?
« on: November 11, 2004, 05:43 PM »
I'd like a "Star Wars: Total War" type game...  Something with massive unit totals, but the ability to control them on the micro-management level. 

Large terrain/fields, all 3D of course, and varied...

Oh, and not prequal set ONLY.  It's ok if there's Prequal gaming there, but I want an OT game where military conflict seemed more prevelant.  A Clone Wars version would be neat...  I'd rather they didn't mix them though because one takes from the other.

I'm hoping they keep all the units from Force Commander and carry them into this new game too.  FC set a lot of standards in EU for the SW military.  I'd like to see that carried over, as Galactic Battlegrounds did so somewhat.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Halo 2
« on: November 11, 2004, 02:17 AM »
I've messed with a copy of it...

The thing about Halo is that, it is not, nor never shall be, anything more than a good FPS game.  HALO2 breaks no new ground, HALO1 broke no new ground.  The graphics weren't earth shattering, the gameplay was no more astounding than any other FPS at the time, and the story/setting (alien invasion, etc.) wasn't the most original either.

You're right Jared, HALO is NOT anything special...

I've seen threads at Scum touting it as the 2nd coming of Christ.  People talking about waiting  to get a copy as if they were waiting to see the latest Star Wars film.

HALO's ok.  It's a good starter game to a system.  A good "Look what we got and you don't", kinda thing, but it's not breaking any new ground or setting any new bars.

In 100% honesty, I've played 3 better FPS's since I played HALO1.  Call of Duty, off the top of my head, is/was far superior, as was Medal of Honor (COD's competition).  Maybe I'm biased because I found their setting better, but I found the gameplay better too.

I have an X-Box, I'll rent HALO 2 and decide if it's worth my buying it right now, but in the end, if they haven't advanced some of the gameplay I'm just not gonna jump up and down like a madman over this game like some are doing at Rebelscum.

X-Box live is HALO's only saving grace, and as far as I'm concerned I'll never pay XBL's fees just to play online, so that kills that aspect of it for me...  Even then, every other FPS practically can be played online for free in most cases.  I have very little trouble playing online at my PC, I'm quite comfy at my PC (and usually have the TV running at the same time), since I usually work at it and wanna be comfy, and I just don't see the appeal of paying just so I can play at my TV.

I got an X-Box because I like some of the games on it...  Same reason I have a Gamecube.  Till online's either REALLY cheap or free for consoles, I'm not buyin' into that reeming fee they tack on.

COD's, at this point, not beatable by HALO, and I'll be surprised if HALO2 wow's me past it.  Hell, I liked playing Jedi Academy more, and it was mediocre for a SW FPS I thought.

To each their own though.

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Toy Reviews / NEW JD.com Review: Capt. Antilles
« on: November 10, 2004, 11:30 PM »

Hey there boys and girls, I'm back with a new (sorta) review of Captain Antilles.

Check it out RIGHT HERE and read the whole thing, then by all means come back in here and share your thoughts too.

I'd wanted to get Antilles reviewed because he highlights a LOT of things that I always said could be done, but was told were "not possible" at the time on the Rebel Fleet Trooper.

Antilles is good, but not great like he could've been.  Nonetheless, he's a figure who's sold consistently well here in my neck of the woods, possibly due to his army building ability, and his generally good quality as a figure too.

For customizing he's one of the better ones out there though, no doubt.

Anyway, I'll cut this short so you can read on, and enjoy!

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Toy Reviews / Re: Dagobah R2-D2
« on: November 10, 2004, 11:26 PM »
Duplicates allowed Clone, so no biggie.

I like Dag. R2 as well...  Not got a full review going on him yet while we clear out some older ones here at JD.com, but in good time he should be up.

I'll say that he's a nice replacement for the pack-in that came with the Red 5 X-Wing a short time ago.  That, was not a spiffy version.  The light-up feature's nice too, even if the figure's mostly a reused mold.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Anakin Mock Up
« on: November 10, 2004, 08:21 PM »
I agree that, if this is a pack-in, it's gonna be incredible that a PI's vastly superior to basically every version of main characters made from the Saga line for E2.

That'll just be a slap in the face over what we got back then.  :)

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So here's my list for ROTJ...

Lots of Honorable's at the end there, which shows this was really a hard choice for me.  In the end, I'm on a SA figure kick though so I'm wanting SA versions of the heroes and troopers because that's a must at this point after getting these great SA figures in the VOTC line. 

Chewie's been done now too, so I'm game for Han, Luke and Leia having their figures.

1)  Super Articulated Han Solo with Trench Coat...  Either do it with a NICELY done softgoods coat (tough, but possible), or pull a 21st Century Toys maneuver, include two sets of SA arms (coat and shirt arm sets) that pop off and include a pliable sculpted coat.  21st just did a German in Trench Coat that way and it's flawless.  Of course a working holster is a must.

2) Super Articulated Luke Skywalker in Endor...  With a removable cloth (no sculpted) poncho and removable belt and helmet.  Include a saber that attaches to the belt as well, and if they'd be real creative, a removable "vest" piece too so it coudl double as an Endor surrender Luke.

3) Super Articulated Leia Endor...  With a removable cloth Poncho, removable belt, removable helmet, working holster w/blaster.  A great figure...

PS: On both Endor Leia and Luke, it'd be neat if they included the ball/socket hip like on VOTC Luke.  Make them better fits on a possibly resculpted Speeder bike down the road?

4) Super Articulated Endor Rebel Soldier...  Either the POTF2 style or the Saga style, but Super articulated with removable helmet, backpack, and a firm plastic rifle.  A cloth sachel with explosives would really rock too.  And of course, head variants.

5) Hermi Odle...  I want my Hermi Odle figure.

6) Super Articulated Biker Scout...  Without a DOUBT, this is a must have.  I'd like an ultra version with a NEWLY sculpted, properly scaled/detailed, Speeder bike.  Include ball/socket hips so he can mount the bike properly, and a clear stand for it to "hover" when you're displaying it.  Perfection in my book.

7) A-Wing Pilot...  A new, nicely articulated, removable helmet, A-Wing Pilot (Human). 

8 ) Ewok Army Builder...  Teebo's entire sculpt reused, redecoed, and just give him a new "generic" hood, and pack him in with a spear, stone axe, and bow/quiver set.  Variants in fur pattern/color, and hood color, would be UBER welcome.  The ultimate Ewok Army Building figure.

9) Soft Goods Emperor Palpatine...  Poseable Palpatine capable of actually sitting on a throne, toilet, toilet throne, or in his lounge chair.

10) Super Articulated Emperor's Royal Guard...  ERG with full armor (EU) sculpting under the robes, cloth (red silk-ish) robes, and a pike.  Absolutely incredible figure for mucho Emperor defense!



HONORABLE MENTION:

-B-Wing Pilot...  Proper Color, Human, Removable helmet.
-Rebel as Biker Scout...  Removable helmet, use SA Scout body.
-New Dresellian Commando (sans Eyepatch)
-Rebel "Crewman" in the brown uniforms on Home One.
-Properly colored Y-Wing Pilot
-Moff Jerjerrod
-Super Articulated (reusing some parts of VOTC Vader even) Vader with removable helmet and hand...  New, ball/socket elbow arms a must though.
-Sgt. Doallynn (Skiff and Palace)
-Klaatu Palace
-Vintage Barada
-Vintage Nikto
-Romba
-Warok
-Lumat
-ALL NEW Wicket
-SA AT-ST Driver
-Chief Chirpa
-Poseable Gam. Guard
-Other Rancor Keeper (alien with beedy eyes consoling Malakili)
-White jumpsuited Takeel from Palace
-SA Throne Room Duel Luke

Yeah, lotta figures from ROTJ NEED done at this point.

I want that Army Builder Ewok more than the vinty's done though. 

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Newbies / Re: Hello, eh!
« on: November 9, 2004, 11:15 PM »
My monopoly on the name has ended.

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Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: November 9, 2004, 11:13 PM »
Either or would be great Beth.  I just wanna know what I'm looking for at this point because I'm lost, what with tons of repacks and confusion over what's new and what isn't...

Saw the SA Frodo/Aragorn, like I said, and would've just skipped them thinking they were just the other Frodo/Aragorns that clog the pegs.

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Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: Styrene...
« on: November 9, 2004, 06:28 PM »
I've wanted to redo the Hasbro Carbon Freeze Chamber too.  I wanted to just make a "snap on" piece that makes it bigger and more accurate looking.  It, to me, is actually a really nice playset. 

The feature worked well, the concept was there...  It just wasn't a big enough playset to drive people in and buy it.  Overall I really liked that set though.  Kinda wish I'd gotten more of them when the FC store clearanced them.

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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Anyone Customize any Madines?
« on: November 9, 2004, 06:27 PM »
I've been wanting to put a Riekean head on a Captain Antilles body myself.  I've envisioned Riekean as just Dodonna's replacement at some point (for whatever reason), especially since the Hoth uniforms definitely echo sentiments of the Yavin uniforms and such.

The Home One generals I always have separated into a separate part of the military, and thus the uniform difference.  I clumped them into the Special Services branch of things...  With that in mind, I intend to make a Madine into a General Cracken (Intelligence CO), and maybe the two goofballs standing around with Madine then.  :)  Some Fan-Fic guys too.

I have a George Patton head I wanna cast some day and make him as a General, though more the "Fleet" uniform instead of Madine's.

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Hmmm, pretty interesting Jeff, and nice scoop there.

I really am not sure what to think about these.  It's a side line, and one I doubt I get into as I just don't have the room.  If I am gonna have "models" of the ships around I think I want plastic kits.

These are sorta cool in a micro-Machines kinda way, but a lotta people would rather see Action Fleet with new life breathed into it than a die-cast line.  At least that's what I've always gotten the impression of.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Anakin Mock Up
« on: November 9, 2004, 06:20 PM »
I'm not sure how good his lower body's articulation will be, but it looks like elbows, wrists, and ball/socket shoulders at least, which is something a bit more than any Anakin figure had in the E2 line it seems.

If his legs are NOT articulated except for the hip joints, I'll be a tad disappointed, but it's a good start nonetheless and superior (IMO) to every Anakin from E2 just because the arms are articulated to actually be posed fighting and such.

I lightened the picture and can't tell what is doing with the leg articulation though.

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Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: November 8, 2004, 11:11 PM »
Just outta curiosity, is there SOMEWHERE I can go and find a complete list of LOTR figures released so far?

My brother's in school for his Dr., and he's busy busy of course, and I try keeping him updated on LOTR but I know now he's VERY behind.  I've never seen a Shelob for example (I'd like one for myself even) and he's behind all the nifty army builders once rumored, and the other Elf, etc., etc...

I just saw SA Arargorn and Frodo the other day he and I were out, and my brother got them, and I got him a Faramir in armor too, but those are the ONLY new figures he has gotten in what feels like a year.

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