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Title: Netdevil sucking blood from Westwood
Post by: HRose on March 18, 2004, 07:16:25 PM
http://www.gamespot.com/news/2004/03/18/news_6091762.html

If you are an Earth&Beyond's player you can send your nice box to Netdevil and they'll give you a free account (30 days trial) for Jumpgate.

"We are troubled to see the small online space genre losing another excellent game. At NetDevil, we're hoping that players are still looking for something different in a market saturated with fantasy games. If players want to fly a spaceship, we obviously welcome them to check out Jumpgate,"

Translation: If you paid that horrible mmorpg you surely are able to pay ours.

At least it's fun to see another company to jump on the dead body and launch a party.


Title: Netdevil sucking blood from Westwood
Post by: Snowspinner on March 18, 2004, 08:33:20 PM
Meanwhile, those of us who want to play Privateer Online are left to shake our heads and wonder what the fuck EA was thinking.


Title: Netdevil sucking blood from Westwood
Post by: Anonymous on March 18, 2004, 10:33:10 PM
X2, the threat, looks decent.  I've played a bit so far.

Yeah, it's not online.  Online is overrated IMO.

Also, I've heard that Eve is trying to poach EnB players through an affiliate program with EnB fansites.

Continuing the fine mmog tradition of poaching/cannibalizing the subscribers.


Title: Netdevil sucking blood from Westwood
Post by: HRose on March 18, 2004, 10:44:18 PM
Quote from: Soulflame
X2, the threat, looks decent.  I've played a bit so far.


I've read only good things about it. I also read voices about an online verion in the work.


Title: Netdevil sucking blood from Westwood
Post by: khefri on March 19, 2004, 12:21:19 AM
 Eve Online  (http://www.eve-online.com) is also a good replacement.


Title: Netdevil sucking blood from Westwood
Post by: HRose on March 19, 2004, 01:22:47 AM
Quote from: khefri
Eve Online  (http://www.eve-online.com) is also a good replacement.


... but a completely different game.

Jumpgate and E&B are more near the "sim" idea, where you flight the ship.
Eve is a political-commercial environment based on spreadsheets.


Title: Netdevil sucking blood from Westwood
Post by: Daydreamer on March 19, 2004, 04:38:01 AM
But spreadsheets are dead sexy.  Why go seaching all over the internet for porn when I can open up excel and make my own?

G17=SUM(G1:G16)

*drools and pulls out his hand lotion and cleanex*


Title: Netdevil sucking blood from Westwood
Post by: personman on March 19, 2004, 06:21:38 AM
One of the things I liked best about JG was the space physics.  I didn't find is solo-friendly though, but then I quit after the first six months.  No clue what it's like now.


Title: Netdevil sucking blood from Westwood
Post by: SurfD on March 19, 2004, 03:24:14 PM
X2 does have an online component coming soonTM.  Should be fun, if they actually ever release it.


Title: Netdevil sucking blood from Westwood
Post by: Baldrake on March 19, 2004, 04:08:22 PM
Quote from: personman
One of the things I liked best about JG was the space physics.  I didn't find is solo-friendly though, but then I quit after the first six months.  No clue what it's like now.

After about 10 minutes in the JG tutorial, I wanted to punch my fist through the monitor.

Is the flight any less aggravating if you use a joystick?


Title: Netdevil sucking blood from Westwood
Post by: RainShadow on March 19, 2004, 05:05:58 PM
iirc, X2 has had an online version in the works since X.  It's also awful; I had been looking forward to a joystick controlled space sim coming out for months, and really wanted to like the game.  If you can get past 10 minute cut scenes every 10 minutes and a total lack of physics, you might enjoy the game.  I couldn't.

As far as Jumpgate goes, you really need a joystick to get the feel for flying.  JG is best as a pvp flight sim; E&B and Eve didn't pull too many players away from the game when they launched because those games lacked the joystick controlled 'twitch' gamplay.  For the same reason, I'm not sure how many E&B players Jumpgate will be able to catch and keep.

The players are hopefull though.  I know some pvpers are planning a "E&B Refugee Flight Class" to get people over the hurdle.


Title: Netdevil sucking blood from Westwood
Post by: Shub on March 20, 2004, 03:53:25 AM
Jumpgate is best as a pvp flight sim, in the same way that DAOC is best as a large-scale team-based pvp game. Either way you spend a hell of a lot of time leveling...and dying in Jumpgate can get very costly, very quickly.


Title: Netdevil sucking blood from Westwood
Post by: Arcadian Del Sol on March 20, 2004, 08:59:13 PM
I read that piece of crap press release and it made me feel all validated for insisting all these years that NetDevil's management was a bunch of creeps.

Its no different than ambulance chasing. "hey buddy? Need a lawyer? wow that looks bad, you should call a doctor. I can wait."


Snakes.