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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelSD View Post
    Ok, quick PC game question. I'm not a PC gamer, but found Neverwinter Nights 2 Gold (includes both NwN2 and NwN2: Mask of the Betrayer) at the local Target for 10 bucks. It looks to be the kind of game I actually like, but I've seen some reviews that mention a few bugs. Has anyone here played this game? If so, any feedback would be appreciated!
    The game play is alright, but the dialog is pretty poor, which is surprising given who wrote it. Most of the characters are caricatures more than anything else (i.e. not at all believable). The game might have the worst ending I've ever seen. As with all Chris Avellone penned games, there is absolutely no middle ground; you're either a Christ-like figure or a mustache twirling villain cackling as you tie children to railroad tracks. I've not played the expansion much yet. Got it for free and it crashed five minutes in. I haven't been motivated enough to try it again yet. For $10, though, I suppose it might be worth it.

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    Re: The Unofficial Video Game System Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Degenerate39 View Post
    For the PS3 owners. Will you be buying MLB Front Office Manager? I'd like for Redzoners to start an online league like someone else mentioned before.
    I'll probably get it for the PC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Degenerate39 View Post
    For the PS3 owners. Will you be buying MLB Front Office Manager? I'd like for Redzoners to start an online league like someone else mentioned before.
    With The Show coming in 2 months, I don't think I can justify buying it. I'll never play it again after March 3.
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    More information on Front Office Manager:

    As its title suggests, FOM places gamers in charge of managing a professional baseball franchise with a level of control and complexity that will make the casual fan dizzy. Former player and current Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane served as a consultant on the development of the game to ensure as authentic a GM experience as possible. By 2K's own admission, the game targets a specific niche: the roughly 3.5 million participants of Fantasy Baseball leagues. It is 2K's hope that this hardcore baseball audience, many of whom spend two to three hours every day managing their fantasy rosters, will see FOM as a convenient alternative (or even a complement, assuming those individuals forgo sleep).

    Your employment as GM begins with the typical character creation features. In addition to aesthetics, though, FOM allows you to assign points to various disciplines such as scouting and player negotiation, and even allows you to select from a number of backgrounds such as a lawyer, former player, or talent scout. Combined, your disciplines and background will affect the facets of a GM's profession in which you'll excel. As you continue your career, success as a GM will earn you points to further increase your disciplines. Likewise, bad decisions will result in a regression of your disciplines and will eventually lead to your dismissal as GM. Of course, with 29 other teams to ruin, chances are that another franchise will offer you a second chance.

    FOM features a brand-new engine designed to create a simulation realistic enough to satisfy even hardcore fantasy baseball enthusiasts. In contrast to other simulation engines that factor only player attributes to determine results, FOM utilizes actual stats compiled over the player's career to drive its simulation. This includes factors such as a batter's historical success versus that of a particular pitcher, how effective a pitcher is at high pitch counts, and success with runners in scoring position. As baseball fans are naturally attracted to statistics, FOM includes a level of statistical analysis that could rival most sports Web sites. Various splits are available to track player performance in particular months, home or away, and versus Right- or left-handed pitchers, all of which affect gameplay. If you can imagine a metric, it's probably in the game.

    The statistics don't stop with current major league players, either. FOM includes five levels of minor league teams associated with your franchise ranging from AAA ball down to short-season players. Although the actual names of these minor league players can't be used, these players are otherwise accurate representations of the real thing.

    Based on the depth of statistics, you can probably guess the level of off-the field depth in the FOM. As GM, it will be your task to engineer trade offers, develop scouting pipelines, negotiate player contracts, and oversee the development of your young talent. You will need to balance your zeal for trading with the effect trades may have on team synergy and player morale. In an additional twist, AI-controlled GMs will have their own agendas and it will be up to you to evaluate their mind-sets when proposing offers. FOM includes multiple levels of player arbitration and even includes a "Japan bidding" phase where franchise can bid for the right to negotiate with some of Japan's top talents. In addition to an offline career spanning 30 seasons, you can even pit your GM skills online against up to 29 other players in an online dynasty.

    Although only the most hardcore fans may be able to stomach numerous seasons of watching every pitch, FOM's simulation engine includes a full 3D presentation including accurate in-game player models and stadiums. Fortunately, the simulations play out faster than a typical baseball game, with all of the annoying plate pauses and commercial breaks removed. According to the developer, without user interference, a game will typically play out in about 10 to 15 minutes. While this is an option, you will also be able to call the shots when you choose. You have the option to call down to the dugout and direct intentionally walking batters, make a bullpen changes, call for steals and bunts, and alter defensive personnel and alignments. But you won't have the ability to select specific pitches.

    As you may imagine, FOM's interface is menu heavy, providing access to the various statistical metrics and trends to keep you apprised as general manager. What is surprising is that FOM manages to bring this depth to the console as well as the PC. While other console-based franchise management titles have struggled to create effective navigation tools, FOB's vertical menu interface is both clean and intuitive without compromising the depth one would expect from a game in this genre. Top-level categories include submenus (many of which include further submenus) similar to navigating a sports Web site. To help you sort out the complexities of running a Major League franchise, an e-mail feature is provided to keep you appraised on the goings-on around the league.

    2K's Front Office Manager should provide hardcore baseball fans, especially those who participate in fantasy leagues, with an engaging and authentic experience in the life of an MLB GM.
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    As for myself, I rarely participate in online games, so I would most likely play the game offline. I mostly just download the rosters.
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    "On-base percentage is great if you can score runs and do something with that on-base percentage," Baker said. "Clogging up the bases isn't that great to me."

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    I'm going to pick it up used probably. Some button masher will hate it after the first day and trade it in. But like someone said, once The Show drops I'll likely be spinning the hell out of that one.
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    So, I stopped by the local pawn shop yesterday while on lunch and ran across a minty vintage Atari 2600, complete with the Atari storage case and 7 games. The model was the four-post Sears Tele Games Video Arcade version issued @1980-81. Hooked it up to one of our older non-LCD tv's this morning and tested out the awful port of Pac Man, took a few barrels to the noggin from Donkey Kong, and actually spent a good amount of time playing Atlantis (that's a fun game). Now if I could just get my hands on a copy of Atlantis II.
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    Re: The Unofficial Video Game System Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by BoydsOfSummer View Post
    I'm going to pick it up used probably. Some button masher will hate it after the first day and trade it in. But like someone said, once The Show drops I'll likely be spinning the hell out of that one.
    The only thing on the Show that I play is the RTTS mode. I'll probably be switching back and forth between the show and FOM quite a bit.
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    Goin back a few pages....I have played and beat the Main Quests for Fable II. The game is AMAZING! I absolutely love it! I played through as a good guy, so when I get around to playing it again, I'll play as a bad guy. I definately suggest this game! 100%!

    I've also been playing Left 4 Dead. Although the story is extremely short, the game has great replay value, and the online play is a lot of fun also.

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    These games I also really enjoy playing.
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    I've also been playing Left 4 Dead. Although the story is extremely short, the game has great replay value, and the online play is a lot of fun also.
    I Just Beat all the campaigns on Expert! I still need the achievements untouchables, nothing special, stomach upset for the campaigns though. And for versus mode i need all 4 dead, lamb 2 slaughter, barf bag. And of course Zombie Genocidest.
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