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New issue of GMR has me H-A-R-D

post #1 of 49
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Cover Story: Republic Commando... complete with lots of nice gameplay screengrabs and tons of info.

Also nice article on the development of Star Wars: Battlefront and a fun piece on the 5 Best (KOTOR #1) and 5 Worst (Force Commander #1) SW games ever.

And if Republic Commando and Battlefront don't both turn out to be kickass games I'll eat my Controller-S. Finally, some SW games (other than KotOR) that show some real promise.

By the way, GMR continues to impress me more with each issue. What a great game mag. Very cool (and unique) layout and design and just tons of good news and insight. And their 2004 Preview issue was the best of ALL the gaming publications. They are quickly becoming my fave. That $10 annual subscription via EB Games is a steal.
post #2 of 49
I've never played Force Commander but I have a hard time believing it could be worse than Masters of Teras Kasi.
post #3 of 49
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Oh, it was pretty bad. And Teras Kasi made the list (Top 5 worst) as well. At #2 or 3, I think.

By the way, here's the cover of the latest sexy GMR:

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Re: New issue of GMR has me H-A-R-D

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Originally posted by Carl Cunningham
That $10 annual subscription via EB Games is a steal.
If I'm lucky I get maybe one in every three issues I'm supposed to.
post #5 of 49
I thought GMR magazine was more kiddie-oriented, kind of like a multiplatform Nintendo Power? Sounds like I was wrong. So the mag is worth checking out, huh?
post #6 of 49
I dig it when they bother to send it.
post #7 of 49

Re: New issue of GMR has me H-A-R-D

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Originally posted by Carl Cunningham
a fun piece on the 5 Best (KOTOR #1) SW games ever.

Bah! Tie Fighter is the best Star Wars game ever. Knights gets a nice #2 spot right over Jedi Knight's #3 and X-Wing's #4.
post #8 of 49
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Originally posted by Slater
So the mag is worth checking out, huh?
Yep! Especially if you can start out by finding last month's issue (the 2004 Preview with an exclusive DARKWATCH cover story).

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Originally posted by MrMushnik
Bah! Tie Fighter is the best Star Wars game ever. Knights gets a nice #2 spot right over Jedi Knight's #3 and X-Wing's #4.
FWIW, they listed "Tie Fighter" at #2 (best) and "Jedi Knight" at #3. Can't remember what #4 was ("Dark Forces", perhaps) but #5 was "Episode I Racer", which was an odd choice.
post #9 of 49
Quote:
Originally posted by Carl Cunningham
#5 was "Episode I Racer", which was an odd choice.
Game's crap
post #10 of 49
What are you talking about, Racer was fun as hell. Short sure, but damn fun.
post #11 of 49
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Agree. It's a pretty fun (if repetitive and one dimensional) game. I just don't get putting it in the Top 5.

Then again, almost all SW games have been crap since about 1996, with few exceptions.
post #12 of 49
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Originally posted by otisthecat
What are you talking about, Racer was fun as hell. Short sure, but damn fun.
For about 5 minutes.

Poor choice, nonetheless.
post #13 of 49
It was kinda fun, but putting it over something like Rogue Leader, the Super Star Wars games, or Jedi Outcast is retarded.
post #14 of 49
Wow. Racer beat Rogue Leader? That seems...wrong.
post #15 of 49
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Originally posted by L7 Productions
For about 5 minutes.

Poor choice, nonetheless.
Maybe not top 5 material I guess, but when you get your racer completely maxed in all stats that is one fast fucking game.
post #16 of 49
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Originally posted by Gemini
It was kinda fun, but putting it over something like Rogue Leader, the Super Star Wars games, or Jedi Outcast is retarded.
That was exactly what I was thinking.

At least they also gave "The Phantom Menace" game and "Obi-Wan" the hate they deserve. And "Star Wars Demolition" came in at #2 or 3 worst. Man, what a piece of crap THAT was. I'd all but forgotten it.

Anyone else remember that horrible Star Wars 3-D Chess game that was ported from PC to Sega CD? :shudder:
post #17 of 49
Yeah... GMR is getting good. I got mine yesterday, and it's a well spent 10 bucks.
post #18 of 49
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Originally posted by Carl Cunningham
"Star Wars Demolition"
Wow, now that's a Star Wars game that I had blocked from memory. Not sure why but I actually owned that piece-O-shit.
post #19 of 49
Don't feel bad, otis. I still have Teras Kasi! Racer is great but I'm not sure it's top 5, I'd give that spot to Super Star Wars.
post #20 of 49
So what DOES it say about Republic Commando?
post #21 of 49
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That it looks exactly as advertised so far: Halo meets Metroid Prime meets Quake set in the SW universe.

Also, it sounds like they're going through great pains to make the A.I. as sound as possible. And they're going for squad-based combat realism (you are the leader of a squad of four troopers sent on missions and it's up to you to give the right orders and form proper strategies, ala Rainbow Six).

There's more, of course... such as you being one of a member of elite Commandos in the Republic Army second only in skill to the ARC Troopers and your name is simply "Number 38". The game takes place during The Clone Wars (of course) when you are sent on various missions by Chancellor Palpatine and/or The Jedi. Some of the levels are said to be HUGE. The game campaign starts on Geonosis, moves to Hoth, and then culminates on Kashyyk (setting up events that begin EP3). There will also be Online Multiplayer modes such as co-op and team deathmatches.

So far, I'm sold. I'll share more tidbits as I read the article more carefully tonight.
post #22 of 49
That description of Republic Commando has me H-A-R-D.
post #23 of 49
I'm not to hip on the squad based thing but everything else sounds fantastic.
post #24 of 49
This is wrong on many levels, I'm sure, but I fucking loved Teras Kasi.
post #25 of 49
Quote:
Originally posted by Carl Cunningham
Yep! Especially if you can start out by finding last month's issue (the 2004 Preview with an exclusive DARKWATCH cover story).


FWIW, they listed "Tie Fighter" at #2 (best) and "Jedi Knight" at #3. Can't remember what #4 was ("Dark Forces", perhaps) but #5 was "Episode I Racer", which was an odd choice.
Wow, their list is pretty close to mine, except for the TF-KOTOR switch. I'll have to check the magazine since it sounds pretty solid. And Republic Commando sounds sweet.
post #26 of 49
Wow, GMR's kick-ass art design continues. These folks deserve an apple pie.
post #27 of 49
For my money, my all-time favorite Star Wars game is X-Wing Alliance.
post #28 of 49
I bet Mrs. Cunningham let out a large sigh when she saw this thread title.
post #29 of 49
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Nah... I make her let out other sounds when the H-A-R-D happens (as evidenced by our army of children).
post #30 of 49
*rimshot*
post #31 of 49
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Well, whaddya know. The latest issue of XBox Nation (my other favorite game mag... now monthly!) came in today and look what the cover story is:



Ziff-Davis rules the Earth.
post #32 of 49
*rimshot*
post #33 of 49
The game sounds cool, but according to this news item(http://www.theforce.net/games/index.shtml#23132), your squadmates will not be able to be killed. Instead, they drop to the ground and await medical attention.
post #34 of 49
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Originally posted by Gruber
The game sounds cool, but according to this news item(http://www.theforce.net/games/index.shtml#23132), your squadmates will not be able to be killed. Instead, they drop to the ground and await medical attention.
I actually like that idea. Unless your teammate A.I. is friggin' AMAZING--and it rarely is--there's nothing more obnoxious than failing a lengthy mission because one of your dopey teammates curiously wandered into the crossfire. Games should end when you screw up, not when the CPU screws up.

Punishing you for fallen teammates but stopping short of taking the teammates away permenantly...sounds good to me.
post #35 of 49
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Originally posted by Carl Cunningham
Anyone else remember that horrible Star Wars 3-D Chess game that was ported from PC to Sega CD? :shudder:
It is with an odd mixture of pride and horror that I realize that I still own this.
post #36 of 49
Is this the same deal as Gamespot, where you get a magazine and a discount card to use for preowned stuff?
post #37 of 49
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Originally posted by Gemini
Is this the same deal as Gamespot, where you get a magazine and a discount card to use for preowned stuff?
Yes, same exact deal.... except that Gamespot's subscription is for GAME INFORMER and EB's is for GMR.
post #38 of 49
So does this mag cover anything besides SW related games?
post #39 of 49
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Is that serious question, or are you just needling?

I'm betting the latter, but just in case... GMR is a great game magazine and covers the full spectrum: Xbox, PS2, GameCube, PC, etc.

Last month's cover story was "Darkwatch", a cool FPS that will be coming out on all the platforms at the end of this year. They covered it before anyone else.
post #40 of 49
No, no. Serious question. No SW bias (pro- or anti-) here.



I was thinking of posting a thread about what game magazine everyone reads, and what game site is the favorite of folks here. Then I saw this thread, but I couldn't tell if this was a SW based gamer mag or what from the thread so far.
post #41 of 49
When is RC supposed to hit the shelves? It's still a long ways off, isn't it?

Thanks for the info Carl, the Lucasarts site is still pretty low on substantial details for this one.
post #42 of 49
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Quote:
Originally posted by Matt Carroll
No, no. Serious question. No SW bias (pro- or anti-) here.

I was thinking of posting a thread about what game magazine everyone reads, and what game site is the favorite of folks here. Then I saw this thread, but I couldn't tell if this was a SW based gamer mag or what from the thread so far.
Oh, no. It's an all-encompassing mag, ala EGM, GamePro, etc. We just got side-tracked due to the cover story of this month's issue being Republic Commando and SW: Battlefront. But it indeed covers everything. There used to be a SW gamer mag (SW Gamer) but it didn't last very long because it was niche and nothing more.

Right now, my favorite game magazine is probably Xbox Nation (XBN)... especially since it has moved to monthly. But obviously it just deals with Xbox related games and information so for those with multiple (or other) consoles you'd need something more broad... that's why GMR is quickly becoming a favorite.

GMR is published by Ziff-Davis, who puts out tons of gaming mags: EGM, Official PlayStation Magazine, Computer Gaming World, GameNOW, XBN, and GMR. EGM has been the big kid on the block for several years but has slipped a bit due to the volume of different magazines now published. Still, it's a good read.

Here are the mags I tend to stick with consistently:

EGM
XBN
GMR
PC Gamer
PSM

I'll also ocassionally pick up Official Xbox Magazine and GamePro.

Also, Game Informer (the magazine you can subscribe to through Gamespot, Software Etc, Babbages, etc) is actually getting pretty good. It started as basically an ad-filled catalog... but it's getting better and starting to have unique content of its own (this month's cover story is the upcoming "Chronicles of Riddick" game for instance).
post #43 of 49
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Quote:
Originally posted by Jacob Singer
When is RC supposed to hit the shelves? It's still a long ways off, isn't it?

Yep... both RC and SW:BF are set (for now) as Fall 2004 titles, so we're gonna have a little wait.
post #44 of 49
I have a GC, but can't bring myself to buy Nintendo Power.
post #45 of 49
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Nintendo Power is ASS. Unfortunately, there really has never been a good Nintendo-only magazine. You'd be better off turning to EGM, GamePro, GameNOW, GMR, etc. for your GC news and reviews.
post #46 of 49
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Originally posted by Carl Cunningham
Also, Game Informer (the magazine you can subscribe to through Gamespot, Software Etc, Babbages, etc) is actually getting pretty good. It started as basically an ad-filled catalog... but it's getting better and starting to have unique content of its own (this month's cover story is the upcoming "Chronicles of Riddick" game for instance).
I was amazed at how good Game Informer has become. I still like EGM's 3 person reviews and the review layout of Game Informer is confusing, but their content blows EGM away. Ever since EGM's redesign last year I think the quality has just sprialed down. It used to be a fairly smart magazine but now it's seemingly written for teenagers. And they waste a lot of space on crap. Celebrity gamer interviews? Who gives a shit? If you're going to put that in there, at least relate it to another article. For example, the Vin Diesel interview in Game Informer was a sidebar in their Riddick game coverage. That is smart design. EGM is kind of a waste now and I'll probably let my subscription lapse. Maybe instead I'll invest in one of these others that you've mentioned Carl.
post #47 of 49
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Originally posted by Matt Carroll
I have a GC, but can't bring myself to buy Nintendo Power.
Think of it as buying the Zelda disc, and getting a magazine for free.
post #48 of 49
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Originally posted by Carl Cunningham
Nintendo Power is ASS.
It is now but when I was young and the NES first came out I used to LOVE Nintendo Power. My parents wouldn't drop the cash for the system so I lived out my game fantasies through the magazine. It also was supposed to guilt my parents into buying me an NES but the that angle never worked on them.
post #49 of 49
I only read EGM and it's fine for me. The only thing I have a real problem with is how they start sending new renewal notices as early as a month after you renew. I'm not going to be thinking about renewing my subscription in January when it's up in September.
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