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Dagon
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Kyrgyzstan
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Posted - 06 Nov 2005 :  00:28:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lovely new Xbox game, this, and a welcome return for the psuedopods it is too! It's hugely atmospheric, and manages to do a number of things very well. Take, for example, the opening sequence that ends up with you facing a number of The Great Race armed only with your rapidly depleting sanity. This theme of facing foes and not having anything to defend yourself with continues throughout the game - Your character didn't go armed, as he only thought he was doing a simple missing-persons case. Oh how foolish. It's only in the second half of the game that you manage to catch your breath and grab some shooty bangs, but even then ammo is in a shorter supply that females in a roleplay group. This leads to some excellent sequences - The game is based upon Shadow Over Innsmouth, and there's a fantastically sensation of panic in the recreation of one sequence. Heavily armed bad "guys" are smashing their way through doors towards you, and you desperately run from room to room, trying to block the doors behind you as you flee.
The main problem I've found so far is that the game is too dark. I know it's supposed to be like that, and it makes things quite scary but, sometimes during the run-for-your-life sequences, you can't tell quite where you're meant to be going. The game is also extremely linear, but this does mean they can offer a tightly focused game. Some people have complained because, as the game is in the first person, they were expecting an all-action FPS, but those people are fools. It has enough one-more-go addiction about it to drag me away from Civ IV for a while, so it must be doing something right! I'll be interested to see how closely it sticks to the original Lovecraft story - So far there are a few divertions here and there, and I'm concerned that they'll try to fit as many Mythos creatures as they can. So far, we've had The Great Race AND a possible Shoggoth, as well as hints of the creatures from the Innsmouth story. Nicely, for those of you who've read the tale, if you look carefully at some of the locals, you can see what you'd expect to see. Very enjoyable stuff so far, and it seems there are several more CoC games in the pipeline...

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Dies_Irae
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United Kingdom
652 Posts

Posted - 06 Nov 2005 :  13:00:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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[i]Originally posted by Dagon[/i]
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The main problem I've found so far is that the game is too dark. I know it's supposed to be like that, and it makes things quite scary but, sometimes [], you can't tell quite where you're meant to be going.




Have you tried turning up the brightness knob on your monitor ?


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Dies_Irae
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United Kingdom
652 Posts

Posted - 06 Nov 2005 :  13:36:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Has anyone tried Alone In The Dark: The New Nightmare?
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Dagon
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Kyrgyzstan
895 Posts

Posted - 06 Nov 2005 :  17:01:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
[i]Originally posted by Dies_Irae[/i]
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quote:
[i]Originally posted by Dagon[/i]
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The main problem I've found so far is that the game is too dark. I know it's supposed to be like that, and it makes things quite scary but, sometimes [], you can't tell quite where you're meant to be going.




Have you tried turning up the brightness knob on your monitor ?



Actually, at the start of play you adjust the brightness of the game to a recommended level - A level so goddamned dark that I might as well be Stevie Wonder.

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Dagon
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Kyrgyzstan
895 Posts

Posted - 06 Nov 2005 :  17:02:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
[i]Originally posted by Dies_Irae[/i]
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Has anyone tried Alone In The Dark: The New Nightmare?



Yes - It wasn't very good. Neither is the Alone In The Dark movie.

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Jester
Jedi Knight

210 Posts

Posted - 28 Aug 2009 :  15:00:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Has anyone got a Cthulhu rulebook I can borrow for a few weeks? I've got a PDF version, but a hard copy would be handy while I get to grips with it.
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StoneyAlexSleeps
Padawan

United Kingdom
145 Posts

Posted - 28 Aug 2009 :  17:12:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
i think i do actually i'll dig it out and bring it along on the monday if i still have it
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StoneyAlexSleeps
Padawan

United Kingdom
145 Posts

Posted - 28 Aug 2009 :  17:29:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
i do still have it, its the d20 system one just incase you were looking for a newer/earlier version
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Jester
Jedi Knight

210 Posts

Posted - 29 Aug 2009 :  08:38:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's the D20 I'm after, cheers Alex!
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dilligaff
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Saint Kitts and Nevis
148 Posts

Posted - 31 Aug 2009 :  20:15:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
D20 suckz. BRP ftw.
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Dagon
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Kyrgyzstan
895 Posts

Posted - 31 Aug 2009 :  20:16:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Now it turns out that they're using the Nemesis rules - A variant on Godlike and Wild Talents. Good stuff they are too. You can pinch them for free of the ArcDream website.

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Jester
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210 Posts

Posted - 01 Sep 2009 :  09:55:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yup it's the Nemesis rules, but the D20 handbook will have some useful background reading since I haven't read any H.P. Lovecraft.
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Dagon
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Kyrgyzstan
895 Posts

Posted - 02 Sep 2009 :  09:05:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's naughty. Get yourself a copy of the lovely Necronomicon collection of all his best works that came out recently. It's only 2p. Plus a bit more.

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Jester
Jedi Knight

210 Posts

Posted - 02 Sep 2009 :  10:45:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
[i]Originally posted by dilligaff[/i]
[br]D20 suckz. BRP ftw.



BRP?
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dilligaff
Padawan

Saint Kitts and Nevis
148 Posts

Posted - 02 Sep 2009 :  13:23:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Basic RolePlaying - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_Role-Playing

i.e. the Chaosium original system for CoC (and others) - old school rules.
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