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[Crysis] I finally played this game 
Monday, 2 May, 2011, 12:39 - Crysis
Posted by ned
Well, Crysis has been on my to-play list for a while now. I figured it was a good time to give it a run with my recent upgrade... what an awesome game! Just stunning. The open environment in this game really is something special. I cranked all settings to maximum. Even my new GTX580 was hurting with GPU usage up over 90% and the temp increasing 25'C. Outstanding graphics (albeit dX9 as I'm still on XP). The story is engaing with gameplay having variety and not too linear. The weapons are solid. Overall a great game and well worth playing especially if you can do so in all it's glory. AI isn't the best but I've seen much worse and the Elimination of General Kyong mission was rather lame. That and a few minor bugs throuhout the game are the only real negatives in my opinion.

Another excellent thing regarding this game is it's quite a challange being one of the hardest 'normal' mode games I've ever completed.

I rate this game 8/10 Neddie dolls ;P

I've just started Crysis Warhead, more on this soon.

edit: I finished Crysis Warhead. Definitely not as polished as the original but still worth a run. Even though it's a standalone game you need to have played the first Crysis to know exactly what's going on. It also crashed on me about a dozen times throughout the game. I preferred the ending to Warhead to the ending of the original. Overall though the original Crysis is a much better game.

On a side note. I've added a Crysis Wars server to my to-do list.


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[FC2] test server completed, Valkyrie Surf coming soon 
Monday, 2 May, 2011, 11:52 - Far Cry
Posted by ned
The Far Cry 2 test server is ready to go again - link. The issue I was having with the old test server and Far Cry 2 appears to be gone. Details here.

DaWorFizm is busy making a new map called Valkyrie Surf inspired by the Apocalypse Now movie.

Testing of this map, coming soon.


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Test server and gaming machine upgraded! 
Saturday, 23 April, 2011, 11:34 - >Games (PC)
Posted by ned
Well, many know the motherboard on my test server died a while back. I now have a better test server to work with. I set it up only to have the hard drive die! So I bought a new one and continued. Then my graphics card on my gaming rig died (fun times). I went out a bought a new graphics card but when I installed it I soon found out it takes up so much space in my case that I have to keep the hard drive cage outside of the case.. then I find out my power supply won't run it!!! Soooooooo, I got a new PSU as well. I'll get another case soon.

For those that don't know. I have two internet connections at home, one being for the test server. Game servers running 24/7 are run via NETWARS.

Old test server
Gigabyte GA-M55plus-S3G
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4200+
2x 1GB Veritech RAM

New test server
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 6000+
2x 2GB OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 RAM

My gaming comp
Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6
2x 2GB GeIL DDR2 PC6400

I had a standard Nvidia 8800GT.

Now I run an MSI N580GTX Twin Frozr II with a Corsair HX1000W PSU.

My games sure do look nice now! The biggest improvement for the games I own and have upped the graphics settings on is Far Cry 2. Next step is to get Win7 ultra as I'm still on XP and a new Lian-Li case.

I have a few servers to get running.
Here's the order I'll be working on..

-Far Cry 2 [test server] *DONE*
-Mumble Voice Comms [test and main server]
-Left 4 Dead [test server]
-Enemy Territory (ET Pro mod) [test server]
-Battlefield 2142 (PB testing) [test server]
-Quake 4 (Q4MAX mod) [test server]
-ARMA 2: Operation Arrowhead [test server]
-ARMA 2: Operation Arrowhead (Private Military Company) [test server]
-S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl [test server]

Oh and I'll be setting up a Brink server for the test and main asap when released ;]


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[L4D] Precinct 84 updated 
Thursday, 24 March, 2011, 08:58 - Left 4 Dead
Posted by ned
Precinct 84 by Keldorn has been updated to v8
- Al checkpoint exit doors now have bars.
- Checkpoint exit fixed on map 3 for versus.
- More pills added to map 2 and the finale.
- Versus score modified for map 2
- Nav cleaned up a bit more.
- Added a microphone to the club on map 3.
- Made the HL2 trainseats on map 2 unique named to avoid conflicts with campaigns using the same model.

and other various small things not worth mentioning.

Now installed on Main server. (Test server still down)

Left 4 Dead server details - HERE -

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[FC2] new custom map on server - Isla de la Muerte 
Sunday, 20 March, 2011, 12:13 - Far Cry
Posted by ned
I've installed a new custom map on the Far Cry 2 server called Isla de la Muerte by PiiPS. Isla de la Muerte (translated Isle of the Dead) is a good looking large map and supports all gamemodes.

- Symmetric map design for balanced teamplay
- 2 Assault Truck (M2 .50 Cal.); 1 Jeep Liberty (APR); 1 Jeep Wrangler (UFLL)
- 2 Swamp Boat (M-249)
- 3 M-249's; 1 M2 .50 Cal.
- 10 ammo crates
- 3 Tunnels
- highly detailed environment

Far Cry 2 server details - link -

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[FC2] custom maps were playing on server..... 
Sunday, 20 March, 2011, 12:05 - Far Cry
Posted by ned
For at least a week, custom maps were not playing on the Far Cry 2 server. This has now been fixed. It was an admin issue on the server. Sorry to those who were expecting them to show up in the map-cycle!

Far Cry 2 server details - link -

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[L4D] Precinct 84 now on main server 
Saturday, 19 March, 2011, 04:44 - Left 4 Dead
Posted by ned
Precinct 84 by Keldorn is now a complete campaign and a damn good one! I've just given it a playthrough. Unique features, great atmosphere and an excellent weapons/packs layout. The "Scavenge" style gameplay for the finale works very well and can be quite a challange. Precinct 84 is now on the main server. Thanks to Unknown and Racer X for helping me with the playtest.
Ever wondered how L4d2 gascan scavenge would play out in l4d1? Now for the first time you can! Experince the versus and coop Scavenge finale in the original game. Complete with a unique animated police vehicle cutscene!

Left 4 Dead - Precinct 84

Left 4 Dead server details - HERE -

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[L4D] No Precinct and Hunter Training map updates 
Thursday, 17 March, 2011, 09:27 - Left 4 Dead
Posted by ned
The No Precinct Campaign by Keldorn has been updated to v7.0 Complete and is now called Precinct 84. This is now a full campaign with apparently a L4D2 Scavenge style finale.

Unfortionately no changelog update.

For now it's listed on my test server. I'll test this Campaign soon.

eyeonus has updated his Hunter Training map to v4.5

Reorganized Challenges 16-18 to better reflect difficulty.
Added two "Secret" techniques: "Jump start" (in C3), and "Pounce Sliding" (in C9).
Somehow managed to make the map veiwable outside the Challenge chambers except in C16-18.
Other minor tweaks.

Update to Read Me.txt, to include info. on string table error.

Left 4 Dead server details - HERE -

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Test server down 
Thursday, 17 March, 2011, 09:21 - >Misc Chat
Posted by ned
My test server has died. I think motherboard. I'll have another one up and running when time permits.


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[ARMA2-OA] E04: Jackal scenario 
Sunday, 13 February, 2011, 09:13 - ArmA
Posted by ned
I've completed Boot Camp and I'm working my way through the Scenarios before I jump into the Campaign. I have to comment on the Jackal mission! OMFG how intense is this mission!! For me it started off full stealth mode with the occasional twitch shot to bouts of ramboness then back to stealth and ended up with me running for my life up a hill for exfiltration! I was determined to complete the main objective and to also complete the 'Damage the Base' objective!

52 minutes
All objectives completed
Regular difficulty

I failed about a dozen times before I finally completed it.

Tough, unforgiving and the most intense hour of single playing gaming I've experienced.


I'm still keen to get my ARMA-OA co-op server completed and tweaked. I'll be having a look at the Private Military Company DLC and seeing how that goes.. stay tuned!


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