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    Oblivion

    Me too, I've started to spend more time reading about the mods than actually playing them. I would recommend: MMM (for great monsters and npcs) coupled with either Oscuros (for a very static game world) or Frans (for a semi static game world). Darnified UI improves the interface dramatically. Essential. AF Leveling mod improves the levelling system. Low poly grass improves your FPS for no real in game loss. Colored Enemy Health adds a colour system to enemies health bars. Makes a world of a difference. Streamline - optimises your FPS (makes a big difference). Qarls texture pack 3 (redomized version). Great if your GFX card has 512+ of ram. Oblivion Script Extender (needed for many mods to work) Oblivion Mod Manager essential for managing the above. Loads and loads of other fun mods, like Midas Magic, Deadly Reflex, Thieves Arsenal and Akatosh Mount. Try not to install too many mods though as it can have an adverse effect on your games content and performance.
  2. Jools

    Oblivion

    If your lucky enough to play this on PC you can use mods to customise to your own needs. Pretty much all gripes in this thread are easily solved with a quick search of the mod sites. For example, I'm currently playing through the game with a more static world (as opposed to everything levelling up with with you - though I think the default levelling system is ideal for your first play through), I've set the sneak and marksman damage to be through the roof, making rogue types very viable. I've got mods enabled that give the game a zillion extra items and monsters (lovingly hand crafted and balanced ones too, not haphazard crap), and I can write notes on the maps! There are mods that improve the whole UI by leaps and bounds, and new sets of textures for the game that radically improve the graphics, if your pc is up to it. Modded Oblivion is one of the best gaming experiences I've ever had. You tailor the game to exactly what you want.
  3. Very interesting topic, its a shame most pots seem to have missed the main point of the OP: are Sony and MS going to change their business models after the Wii has shown an alternative (more lucrative) model. I think it has to. One option would be to release a machine thats cheap to develope for, with technical innovation replaced with interface and software innovation. Given Sony and MSs previous track record and inexperience in this regard I see this as unlikely (for handheld or living room gaming). How I think it will impact their business models is that future Sony and MS machines will have a much smaller jump in power, concentrating more on immediate profitability than their current models do. Empahsis will have to placed on making games cheaper to produce, allowing developers to take more risks with their creative projects. Like the OP, I think the days of loss leader consoles will be over in the next gen. I also very much agree that the gap between gens will grow significantly. -Jools
  4. Played and loved the Xbox version when it was "released" years ago. I had hopes that this properly released version would include the arena mode with random levels and enemies that was detailed in previews for game, but sadly not. The game really needed that too as campaign mode was a poor fit for a random game with mates. Ah well. Seems the cool mage character is available off the bat without having to be unlocked though. -Jools
  5. Jools

    HGZine

    I havent read it, but those images really do look very nice. Such a terrible name though, I'd think about changing it.
  6. Not really, unless its changed recently Japan is the 2nd richest country in the world. Its also the most expensive country in the world in most charts (though not the most recent one). Britain sucks, I'm afraid. -Jools
  7. I played this pretty heavily when it hit the arcades in Japan. Its a great game very much in the mold of (and made by the same people as) GGX. Animation, music, and visual style are all absolutely lovely. Its very much a combo based game, which doesn't sit all that well with me as I'm a SF freak, but its still great fun. As pointed out earlier, it does have balance issues which will hopefully be sorted out in this version. I actually played the PS2 version at last years TGS too. It was much slower than the arcade, with the turbo button completely absent. It did look great though. I'd imagine they've had enough time to bring it up to speed by now. -Jools Edit: To appreciate this game you really need to watch the TV series first. You can see it here: http://www.heartofmadness.com/. Its not as bad as you'd think.
  8. Jools

    Wii Opera

    I've had proper full screen youtube (and so on), controllable by my remote on XBMC for ages already, but its still fun to play around a little. For those not wishing to trawl through the thread for the reccomended URLs, here they are: orisinal.com www.wiicade.com WiiArcade.com Wii2D.com http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/games/wii/ http://www.alluc.org/ http://www.allsp.com/ http://www.ferryhalim.com/orisinal/ http://www.redkawa.com/sofatube/play/ -Jools
  9. I played this quite a bit when it first came out in the arcades, its a nice fighter. Real good fun for fans of SNK over the years and the graphics are better than the usaul SNK fighters. -Jools
  10. I've gone through all the songs now and while this game is a lovely, wonderful, highly reccomended thing, its not as good as Ouendan. Inis have clearly learned as they've gone along and there's lots of lovely improvements in EBA, especially in regards to presentation. The song choices however, were a bit lacking for me, probably spot on for many Americans though. And while its a lot easier to read than Ouendan, its Japanesey charm is not 100% intact in EBA. -Jools
  11. I fully agree. If people want to talk about non-retro arcade games its surely barmy to not let them post here in the main discussion.
  12. Heh, this thread is amusing. I've been playing the Japanese version for 6 weeks now and the network side of things has been an incredible cock up. For the first 3 weeks of the game it took 10-40 mins of retrying just to get into the game, and thats just the begining of the problems... -Jools
  13. Hey kerraig UK, you living in the Kansai then? -Jools
  14. Yeah, here's some advice for some of you: don't buy the PC version. If you get it on PS2, you effectively have both versions for the price of one as you can just download the pc one and use your PS2 account info with it. -Jools
  15. More dumb ass questions! I have NEVER figured out how to play back my mp3s randomly, its completely flummoxing. Anyone?
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