Joined on 04/23/06
Definitely for the strategist.
Pros: Turn based, which lends itself to strategy games better than real time. There is the economy factor that needs to be taken into account (a lot of people have a hard time with this). There is a great deal of flexibility to getting something done and the company made this game to be very modifiable. The AI selector doesn't affect the AI opponents production and/or damage, but rather how smart they play and they can play real smart! Normal level AI is still hit or miss for me, mostly miss. Dark Avatar can make use of the second core on a dual core CPU for the AI. Pick your alliances well, it could mean your win, lose or betrayal.
Sweet USB Drive
Pros: I'm using this to carry a compiler and source code to a game I'm developing. The compiler fits no problem, in under 1Gig for almost a full install. Nice and fast and cheap.
Cons: Can't find the Password Protection Tool they talk about on the package. The light isn't really an activity light, but that may not be a problem as long as I can see it working through the compiler.
Pros: I originally bought this to use on my Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme, but decided to use it as a case fan until I made sure all components worked. I later bought a second to use on the HS. So, in my Antec P180, I have 5 fans going and it's super quiet.
Cons: It doesn't have a control pin, so while it will report it's RPM, you can't set it.
Very good monitor
Pros: I play F.E.A.R., Oblivion and IL-2 on this, among others, but I figure these three games really test the monitor's performance. I don't notice any ghosting and the response is amazing.
Cons: It's a TN monitor, meaning it doesn't have true 8-bit brightness, rather it's 6-bit and it dithers for the other two bits. However, unless you're doing professional video editing or photo manipulation/reproduction, you probably won't notice a diff. Full 8-biters will cost 50-100% more.
Fun game, nice scary story.
Pros: Great storyline with great shocking moments. Serious around-the-corner type surprises that will make you jump in your seat. The fire fights are fun, with a few that were almost impossible, if it were for the grenades in my pocket.
Cons: Not long enough.
Overall Review: There was no end-of-game boss as I've been used to in past FPSs, but that's ok. The genre needs some variance, lest it all become a big fat cliche'.
Annotating my previous review
Pros: The spring for the stick itself is nice and smooth, not too loose, not to stiff. The suction cups hold both throttle and stick down well on a glass table top. IL-2 incorrectly identified a slider on the throttle as the throttle control, but IL-2 configures easily. They added a 360 wheel on the throttle control which should work for radiator or prop pitch control. This is a totally redone stick over the X-45. The 2nd hat on the stick feels more accessible than it was on the X-36 and X-45. The 2nd and 3rd fire buttons have been moved and the safety for the "missile" fire control now has some spring locking to it and a flange so it flips up easily with the thumb and stays in place rather than falling back down.
Cons: They replaced the rudder control that sat under the throttle carriage with a twist stick which I don't like.
Overall Review: I don't know how to work the MFD, yet, but I'm hoping it adds value. I ended up getting the pedals, but haven't set them up yet.