That's my understanding, though I've never played Warcraft or Startcraft.Originally Posted by droobie
If memory serves Diablo's layout is similar to original Warcraft or Starcraft, right? If so, I'd say it's RTS.Originally Posted by BigE
If you play as a single player all of the time instead of managing multiple players on a 'map', I'd call it FPS.
Starcraft is an old favorite. Starcraft 2 should be coming out within the year. It's ancient, but because of demand they released a Mac OS X update for it and people still play it pretty often. Diablo is kind of similar in that regard.Originally Posted by BigE
I played my share of Starcraft but I tend to be a Command and Conquer Red Alert, RA2, Generals kinda guy.
Blizzard's been promising Diablo III for quite some time. They're really teasing people lately with some gameplay videos and such that they put on their website. It makes me drool.
Unfortunately I don't think it's even scheduled for release in 2010.
I've already finished the storyline, and now I'm trying to find all the feathers. then I'll work on all the little side-tasks I basically ignored in order to finish the story.Originally Posted by BigE
I very much like it. I'm not sure I'd call it better. Different. Being able to attack and kill with the hidden blade(s) while in close combat, that's cool.
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I don't see management there. That, to me, is the key difference. I mean, you gather loot and weapons, etc, decide what to keep/sell/discard. But, basically, not a lot of management. You "experience" the story, rather than manage it.Originally Posted by BigE
Blurry borders in that, but I'd call Diablo RPG. Halo Wars, Civilization, Starcraft, I'd call each of those RTS. Diablo, any of the Elder Scrolls games, Rainbow Six, "Regular" Halo I, II, or III (ODST also), more like RPG.
"More like" because in a few of those games you don't take on the advancement in skills or abilities of a character that's growing and evolving throughout the storyline. That's technically not RPG at all. But, for an "RTS vs RPG" discussion, they are close enough, I think, to get the point across.
Speaking of, I just ordered Halo 3 through a rewards program I'm part of. It'll be my first experience with the Halo universe, but not my first FPS or RPG. I've done several RPGs (Kingdom Hearts series, Kya: Dark Lineage, Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, currently finishing up Jak II, have done others), but the only notable FPS I've done is The Getaway and it's sequel, Black Monday. Is this a good one?
My beef with Halo is real simple and it's a beef with Xbox in general. I rather use a keyboard/mouse for my fragging needs. That'll stop me from playing it, though I own it.
My son loves it. The visuals are great. The suspense is, too, IMO. I think you'd be better served by familiarity with the Halo storyline, but I don't think it's going to get in the way of playing the game. Just some things that'll assume you're familiar with them.Originally Posted by tearsonurcheek
I think you'll be happy with it.
I want my friggin' three-button trackball (Logitech trackman Marble) back. Replacing the middle button with a scroll wheel was the worst mistake in all of PC mouse history.Originally Posted by droobie
I, too, prefer KB/mouse, even now, but the controller hasn't been quite the handicap I thought it would be.
I use a Logitech Trackman Cordless here. Love the thing.
I bought a Logitech Wave some time ago. At first I hated it but I have grown to really like it.
I'm using a Rocketfish bluetooth keyboard from Best Buy here with the Mac. It's comfortable and it's actually a great unit.Originally Posted by AndThenScottSays...
I have a problem with Logitech, namely that their radio receivers/transmitters are weak. The Rocketfish works great but my Logitech Cordless Trackman basically needs LOS to the receiver. I think it's 2.4ghz based.
The same was true with my Logitech MX500 cordless desktop. For some reason the keyboard had to actually be close to the receiver, kind of negating the point of a cordless setup.
It doesn't surprise me that Apple's Magic Mouse and keyboard are bluetooth. I don't use it because it lacks a wrist rest.
It isn't quite LOS but you are right that Logitechs don't generally go far. However I have a Logitech mouse that you can carry into the next room and still use, it's kind of amazing.
I'm probably going to get one of those Apple mouses to go along with my MacBook Pro that I ordered last night. I am now one of the dark siders.
I wonder if that mouse is BT based? My concerns are more with their trackballs and their keyboards. I don't use their mouse units much, but most cordless mice I've ever used tend to drain the heck out of batteries. My Trackball is a 'every 4-6 months' battery cycle.Originally Posted by AndThenScottSays...
I think you'll love the magic mouse. I thought it was goofy in concept but then I used it for a week and it makes a lot of sense.I'm probably going to get one of those Apple mouses to go along with my MacBook Pro that I ordered last night. I am now one of the dark siders.