When does good gameplay stop being good?

After reading some of the quake 4 reviews from various review sites (gamespot, IGN, ect) I absolutely can not wait to get my hands on it. Why? Well it’s certainly not because of high scores, because quake 4 didn’t get amazing reviews, it got good ones though (around 8.0/10.0). So why then am I looking forward to it so much? Well, lets start with what the reviewers think is good. Generally they all feel that the single player experience is fun, as I expected. It is after all made by raven and they know good game play and story. Where quake 4 lost points was in its multiplayer aspect. One of the reviews basically said its “quake 3 with better graphics”. Well stop me if I am wrong, but isn’t that exactly the point? I am pretty sure the fan base wanted basically the same exact game with a major graphical upgrade. And if that is what they got, this game will be amazing and have a huge loyal fan base. The multiplayer is getting knocked a few points because it’s the same as quake 3? Last time I checked, quake 3 online was a ton of fun with game play easy to learn and difficult to master. Since when does good game play stop being good?


Nothing ever changes

NwR 07: you should go get Ncaa Football 2006
NwR 07: game is amazing
LtNeutralX2: is it realistic football?
NwR 07: yea it’s pretty close
LtNeutralX2: if so then lame
LtNeutralX2: you only need one realistic football game. After that it’s all the same, only with different rosters.
LtNeutralX2: I bet my nfl 2k on dreamcast is like exactly the same game as that one, only with an outdated roster
NwR 07: not close
LtNeutralX2: I bet it is
LtNeutralX2: if it’s realistic football
LtNeutralX2: it’s not like the rules change
LtNeutralX2: and it’s not like they added melee attacks
LtNeutralX2: football is football


So, whats going on here?

Well, I decided to get rid of the old halo 2 site. Why? Because I don’t play much anymore and let’s face it, you don’t either. So I was thinking about what I could do with this web space and decided to just use it mostly as a place to experiment with php and mysql. Which means you won’t find anything cool here. I might start using this instead of my xanga, but I doubt it. If I use this I doubt anyone will read it.

So really, all you will find here are various projects that I may or may not work on and random comments from me. I may put up a forum if I decide there is a reason to have one, but right now phpbb is off. Halo 2 stat syndications will still work; I have no plans for turning that feature off.

So what am I currently working on right now? Well two things. First I am trying to get a picture gallery up on this site. Second I am trying to write a small php app that will allow you to create a sort of “friends list” for xfire so you can view friend’s profiles from anywhere, even if you don’t have xfire installed. Why? Because one day I suddenly decided I wanted it. I was sitting on my other pc playing halo on live and I wondered if anyone was on xfire, but I didn’t have xfire on the pc near my Xbox. So I decided to write a page where it would have all my friends listed. Then noticed it would be pretty easy to make it into a app that other people could use, so I decided to mess around with it.

Anyway, if anyone has any suggestions on something they would like to see on this website, or something they would like me to bring back, please let me know.


Jade Empire Finished

Yeah, I finished this two days ago but could not post because of the site update. Anyways…

This was a pretty good game. I like to think of it as kotor lite. The character building was not that deep, nor was the fighting. The awesome BioWare story and dialogue (and one of the best plot twists since kotor) is all here however. The whole setting and plot of the game is actually pretty cool too.