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14841  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SotC: SO Overrated on: May 19, 2006, 02:07:29 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
I'm sorry you have such terrible taste in games, ATB.

I mean, it's not news to me, but I'm still sorry nonetheless.


Of course, since you think every game sucks, I take this as a compliment.

Edit: And no one has yet explained the ending...
14842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SotC: SO Overrated on: May 18, 2006, 11:28:45 PM
Finished it. Am I supposed to understand what in the heck that meant?  Does one have to have played ICO to get it?

Blech. It loses a half grade. Final mark: C

Game of this generation?  FAH!

Oh and
Spoiler for Hiden:
Of course the stupid horse lived. Final challenge should have been devil baby versus the horse. HOW STUPIDDD!


Does one have to have played ICO to get it?
14843  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SotC: SO Overrated on: May 18, 2006, 05:41:56 PM
I shall draw my fair share of hatred for this, but: Shadow of the Colossus is by far the most over rated game I've played since Chronicles of Riddick. I'm on the last Colossus and cannot wait for this game to be over.  

Things I don't like:

The horse controls (so unresponsive, static and aggravating)
The horse
Spoiler for Hiden:
I'm glad it died. True the death was compelling and even moving, but man I hated that horse

The way the kid runs- what's that about?
They way there's no story to speak of (at least not yet, 15/16 into the game)
The way you spend more time looking for the colossi than you do fighting them
The camera (not a big problem but occaisionally quite frustrating)
The repetitiveness of the battles (some are brilliant, most are far too similar)
The lackluster AI, rather the lack of any AI.  The colossi behavior is entirely forumulaic:

Spoiler for Hiden:
You're telling me that when a little peanut sized dude is climbing on top of a colossus stabbing it in its most sensitive of areas, all it's gonna do is shake? Why no grabs with the hands?  Why not just fall down and crush it under its weight? This would make for interesting game play...you have to swing out of the way or jump off just in time....I mean even the giant in PoP: WW made grabs at you that you had to duck...edit. May have been PoP:TT...


The game is very short (which is saying something coming from me).  However, this is a good thing as it is an agony to me to play it. Well, maybe not an agony...

and most of all:

It's far too easy.  Once you have figured out the colossi behavior or easily ascertained the rudimentary environmentally based strategic advantages, the battles are almost always one two three done.  Also, the hints from the 'light being' are annoying too. Several times I was just on the cusp of figuring out what to do- perhaps off by my location a step or two or in the process of panning the camera to see where to go, and the hint comes in and spills it all.  How about this in the eventual sequel: You have to find special....rocks or flowers or something.  If you're in a battle and you have no idea how to kill the thing, you offer up one of the flowers in exchange for a hint...that way you only get as many hints as flower rocks you find and only WHEN YOU WANT THEM. I couldn't find a way to turn them off.  

As it sits right now, I give SotC a C+. If there's an amazing ending it might get a B-.

The Colossi for the most part are incredibly well animated and the scale is done exceedingly well.  But man is it humdrum and I don't know why it has so taken everyone by storm.
14844  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Sam & Max Episodic trailer out on: May 18, 2006, 12:31:09 PM
Ok Ok. I never played S&M back in the day, but the trailer is crazy delicious.  I presume it was a joyful experience a la Full Throttle and that game that I love whose name I cannot think of for the life of me with Manny....dia de la muerte....

What's the scoop. By episodic they mean what? Is it exclusively from Gametap?

What the dilio?
14845  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 17, 2006, 11:52:40 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Wonser"
Quote from: "GatorFavre"
Very awesome.  I think I would like it better if the tv wasnt in the corner though.  Just makes it look less subtle.  Good timing though!  Well played.


Yeah it would have been better if the tv was turned away or possibly off screen. Following the picture link though he stated he wanted a picture of Contra in the comic since it was the most famous use of the code.

And it would be a nice shirt but the Title would have to be changed somehow. Either a different font or remove and put something like 30 Lives beneath it.


And a picture of the spreader gun on the back.

14846  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 17, 2006, 06:42:39 PM
Took me a second, but man that is just brilliant. I would buy the shirt today.
14847  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Transformers CGI Test on: May 17, 2006, 01:52:08 PM
Quote from: "disarm"
Quote from: "unbreakable"
I read an interview with William Daniels (the guy who did the voice of KITT in Knight Rider) just before that newer version of it came out (was it Knight Rider 2000?).  He said he had to spend a few weeks trying to sound just like he did while doing the series.

an interesting bit of trivia...did you know there's a voice connection between Knight Rider and Transformers?  there's an episode of Knight Rider where you meet KARR, the prototype to KITT, which turned out to be evil because it was not programmed to protect human life.  KARR was in two episodes of Knight Rider, and was voiced by peter cullen in the first...the same guy who did the voices of Optimus Prime and Ironhide in the Transformers Cool


I just read that on IMDB this morning!
14848  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What were the things that died to get the Death Star Plans? on: May 17, 2006, 12:33:28 PM
Quote from: "Starshifter"
Actually, the Bothans who stole the plans crash landed and died on a planet and then about a half hour later their completely repaired ship with the fully alive Bothans flew off into space...

<which completely annoyed the hell out of Kevin Grey>  :wink:


We have a winna!
14849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wii -> ship date? number of units? on: May 17, 2006, 10:48:46 AM
Quote from: "cingular"
Quote from: "depward"
How long until I can perhaps grasp someone's Wii on Ebay?


I talked to this kid online once who said he had a wii.  He said that even though he was only 11 years old, I could come over to his house and play with his wii.  But when I got there, Dateline NBC was waiting for me.  They were asking me all these questions like why I came to play with this 11 year old's wii, and I told them because I couldn't wait any longer, I had to have his wii.  I needed it so, so, so, so bad.

Yeah I'm sorry, this wii joke cannot be salvaged. frown


<sigh> I hate to encourage this, but the joke+pop culture reference (the unbelievably omnipresent dateline pedophile busting stories)+gamer's tilt= a solid B in the joke category.

Now you must never traverse this territory again.
14850  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What were the things that died to get the Death Star Plans? on: May 17, 2006, 08:39:13 AM
Quote from: "egrudzin"
I thought Kyle Katarn stole the plans for the first Death Star back in the original Dark Forces game.


IIIRC, Kyle Katarn was a Bothan shape shifter.  Plot hole neatly closed. Thank you.
14851  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Transformers CGI Test on: May 17, 2006, 02:06:00 AM
Oh and Optimus' gun better sound like it did.  Or else!
14852  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Transformers CGI Test on: May 17, 2006, 02:05:37 AM
As long is Optimus has his original voice, I'm good.  Well maybe he and Soundwave.
14853  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The beginning of the end for E3? on: May 16, 2006, 09:10:08 PM
Quote from: "kathode"
From Bill Harris:
"NCsoft won the coveted Assholes of E3 award (which I also refer to as "The Akklaim Award") with some sort of live band thing with a woman who was breathing fire. At least, that's what I think I saw—I was too busy gouging my eyes out to be sure."

I think E3 will be fine smile


What's his site again?
14854  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Transformers CGI Test on: May 16, 2006, 04:37:57 PM
That is hot.

I'm now excited to see this.

Anyone know if the original voice talent  are signed on to do the voicework? (I mean the ones who are still alive....)
14855  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What were the things that died to get the Death Star Plans? on: May 16, 2006, 03:43:59 PM
I love you.

I love you both.
14856  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What were the things that died to get the Death Star Plans? on: May 16, 2006, 02:20:53 PM
During the briefing prior to the assualt (or whenever), some lady says that 'many...... died to get these plans.'

I'm not star wars nut, but want to quote that line.

Was it bothans?

The whole quote would be nice too.

Thanks nerds! slywink
14857  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Who finished Ninja Gaiden? on: May 16, 2006, 12:46:09 PM
Ahh...my number 3 XBOX title of all time.

This was the first and only XBOX title that I ever pre-ordered.  Then I got the demo on OXM and started sweating.  I didn't dig it.  I figured what the heck and kept the pre-order.

I replayed the first level several times to get the controls down and once I was able to beat the first level boss without great difficulty, I moved on.  And thus, a love was born.

NG's cutscenes are still perhaps the best I've ever seen and I'm not sure how Team Ninja coaxed such smooth cinematics out of the BOX (especially the boobs  :roll: <how ridiculous>).

There were some frustrating moments, sure, but the biggest complaint that I remember was that girl boss (whose name I can't remember) but it only took me a 1/2 dozen times to beat her.

I did beat the original on Normal and planned to get back to it-still do. However, I'll probably play it through on the normal again since it has been 2 years...

What a masterpiece.
14858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow of the Colossus: Does it get...different? on: May 15, 2006, 10:26:39 PM
Liars!

The very next two colossi were vastly different.

minor colossi spoiler locations:

One was underwater and the other was in an arena.

Zounds!

The underwater one was awesome.


End minor spoilers.

Yippee!
14859  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The 'This is My weapon Shirt' on: May 15, 2006, 05:16:13 PM
Yeah. 41.00. SUUUUUUUURE!

Thanks for the link.
14860  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow of the Colossus: Does it get...different? on: May 15, 2006, 12:50:50 PM
Quote
I'd give it another colossi or two before quitting,


Ha! Quit? On a game I paid money for? Pshaw!

I shall see it through to the end, but was just wondering if it changed a bit... thanks for the responses!
14861  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shadow of the Colossus: Does it get...different? on: May 15, 2006, 01:54:57 AM
So, admittedly, the first few times you see a colossus, it's impressive.  I've done away with 6...but it's now just repetition. Find the proper way to climb on, stab the weak spot, repeat.

I have a feeling there is a plot twist coming (NO SPOILERS PLEASE) and am trying to be patient.

Does the formula change at all?  Is there more story development? Character development?

I mean, he's killing these beautiful creatures to raise some chick from the dead.  Whatever, right now I'm siding with the colossi. frown smile

Psst. NO SPOILERS PLEASE...
14862  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR 3 News? on: May 14, 2006, 07:27:14 PM
KOTOR 2 was a masterpiece.  I didn't notice the lack of ending until people complained about it.  In retrospect, I can see how it tarnishes the game, but what's of paramount importance to me is that as I played through that game I was mesmerized.  It still ranks as my #1 XBOX game of all time.  KOTOR is #2.

I don't know that Pt 3 would be enough to make me get a 360, but I'd definitely like to play it and see Obsidian do the crafting.
14863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Progressive Scan games for PS2 on: May 14, 2006, 07:20:24 PM
Shadow of the colossus...but apparently my brand new hi def tv doesn't support it.
14864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Who won the Hype Battle? on: May 11, 2006, 08:04:49 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "Purge"
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"


No Arm-for-a-Tongue You ?
No I've-got-to-point-with-the-arm-of-a-man-stuck-inside-me You ?
No Where-did-my-watch-go You ?
No Hey-my-hand-smells-like-poop You ?


I don't get it. Maybe there is some (humour) there. I don't think it's worth wading into waist-deep crap to find it, I guess.

It would seem like ATB called "Rock" and instead of paper, you came up with chinchilla.
You're reading way too far into it for an internet macro.

It just means, "No, you."

ATB = "stfu"
Me = "no u"


Have no fear. I understood and I didn't say stfu, I said shh.
14865  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Wii] Smash Bros. Brawl on: May 11, 2006, 08:03:12 PM
Will Nintenoobz be able to pick it up?
14866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The 'This is My weapon Shirt' on: May 11, 2006, 04:08:55 PM
There's a clip on Gamespot of the dev for Red Steel and he's wearing a 'This is My Weapon' shirt that has a pic of the Wii controller.

Where can one obtain one?
14867  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ok, Im excited now for the Wii on: May 11, 2006, 04:01:03 PM
Between DS, Wii, Zelda and Mario, my head is about to asplode.

I'm genuinely excited about something and I can't remember the last time I felt genuinely excited about something game related...

Actually, yes I can: the lead up to The first Medal of Honor- the demo was amazing.  I was sorely disappointed.  That was 2002.

Prior to that it was DOOM II...and that didn't disappoint but man it's been a looooong time.
14868  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS or Wii on: May 11, 2006, 02:04:47 PM
Thanks. But I just looked at play footage of Red steel and Twilight Princess.

I think my decision has been made smile slywink Tongue.
14869  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Wii] Smash Bros. Brawl on: May 11, 2006, 01:49:14 PM
hola cow!

I never played a super smash brothers game, but that trailer is brilliant. Don't know that I'll get it but the Wario part is pretty funny.
14870  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS or Wii on: May 11, 2006, 01:40:11 PM
I'm not a rich man, but I have around 140.00 saved up for free spending and figure that between now and Wii release I can put together another 150.00.  So figure 290.00 to spend.

What should I do?

In my house, Wii intentionally have but one television.  So, as you may discern, when it is otherwise occupied during the television primetime season (which happens periodically) or when we have company (far more now than ever before) and they take in a show or two, my limited game time plummets as I have no access to my outlet.

PC gaming is out as I'm still not interested in revisiting any of my quite old unfinished games or buying any new ones, so a DS seems like a fine solution.

I don't travel much, but on the occaisional trip, it'd be handy.  There are probably between 6-12 games that I have interest in and of those dozen about 4 I'd REALLY like to play. I'd wait for non-white lite before I purchased so....

Then there's the Wii.  I'd love to have one out of the chute, thus making it my first launch console ever as I pretty much like everything I've read about them. However, the above problem isn't solved by adding a new console.

So figuring that I'd have the resources to do one but not the other around the time when Wii launches (I figure there will be colored DSes by then), what would you do or what do you recommend?
14871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Booth Babe photos on: May 11, 2006, 09:15:13 AM
<cough> The second one is looking at you like you're the loser you are. <cough>


 smile
14872  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Who won the Hype Battle? on: May 10, 2006, 07:37:13 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Where's the "everyone lost" choice?


14873  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 pricing on: May 10, 2006, 12:48:54 PM
Quote
This hardware generation sucks. Nintendo's still intent on fagging their consoles up as much as possible, Microsoft is still utterly disinteresting and soulless, and Sony is just unfathomably disappointing.


Is everything one continual disappointment to you or is it all an act?
14874  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 pricing on: May 10, 2006, 02:08:41 AM
Quote
What does that say about the prospects of selling these to the 'general public'?


You mean the same general public who made Bulletproof a million seller? slywink


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We are the hardest of the hardcore and about 80% of the posts are claiming to be OUT! to various degrees.


And like what i've said before, GT regulars are a super fickle lot.  95% of immediate reaction is BS.  Let's check back in 6 months.

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What's going on in here is very telling.


I'd say it's the opposite of telling. It's fluff. Pure fluff.
14875  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 pricing on: May 09, 2006, 11:29:01 PM
Quote
In short, a sub-$2000 gaming PC is the computing equivalent of a tardpack. moan all you like, but you're just wasting money in the long run if you don't buy the best hardware you can afford on the market at the time.


You just might be completely out of your mind.
14876  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 pricing on: May 09, 2006, 03:20:30 PM
Quote
They are insane. Alot of you are saying you are out, but I'm sure we will all be talking PS3 games come December.


Ding ding ding!

I don't have a 360 cause of price and I never planned on getting a PS3 at launch other than to ebay it, but I guarantee many of you will be buying a PS3 at launch.

The initial backlash on everything seems to be so overblown bad around here, but we are all SO fickle:

OMG WII?!?!? NO WAY!!!!!

PS3 = 600.00!?!?!?! NO WAY!!!! I'm getting a WII!!!!!!!!!!!

5 months from now: OMG DID YOU SEE XXXXX GAME?! I'm GETTING A PS3.


If PS3 launched for 10.00 with a free Russian Mail Order Bride perfect in features, etiquette,English dialogue and guanteed to show you the true meaning of love, people would be like: OMG 10.00 is TOO TEH CHEAPZOR! THEY'LL LOSE MONAY!! OH AND A  RUSSIAN?! THEY WERE TEH COMMIES! WHY NOT ITALIANOS! I'M GETTING A GIZMONDOR!
14877  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 2 exclusive Square Enix games for Wii Launch on: May 09, 2006, 01:13:36 AM
With the announcement of a DQ game, I bet a lot of people who wouldn't touch the Wii are now pretty excited about it.
14878  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Time Magazine confirms multiple Wii titles on: May 08, 2006, 06:36:51 PM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "ATB"
Preposterous!

How do we define success? I'll bet you a can of Coke that Wii is huge.  Now let's define huge vs failure.
It has to gain a.) ground over the Gamecube, and b.) respect.

I don't consider 'Nintendo is making money' to be a success state, especially when the Wii is going to be a couple hardware generations behind the curve, and thus cheap to make.


A. Nintendo has said as much.  To this criterion I will agree.  B. Ridiculous.  Your respect or mine? The 'industry's'? Casual Gamers? Jack Thompsons? Deitrich's?


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I don't consider 'Nintendo is making money' to be a success state,
HUH?

Quote
especially when the Wii is going to be a couple hardware generations behind the curve, and thus cheap to make.
 One has nothing to do with the other.

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As their market share dwindles, so will any 3rd party support who will be lining up to side with MS or Sony, and no, they won't say 'but we'll develop for Wii too!' I want one person to tell me you can forsee a title coming out for X360/Wii or PS3/Wii. Not.Going.To.Happen


How many AAA games come out for both DS and PSP?

Games every bit as innovative as Guitar Hero could be on the horizon for the Wii. If Wii has a game (or games) of the same quality or innovation.  Done. Deal. Success.

Innovation draws attention...and sales if the timing is right...and I think th etiming is right.

Overall, I don't really care that much about the upcoming console war, but I tire of everyone dismissing Nintendo's efforts because 'OMG! Teh Name is teh L@me!'
14879  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Time Magazine confirms multiple Wii titles on: May 08, 2006, 05:34:42 PM
Quote
PROJECTED RESULTS
-Complete and utter failure in the Western market.


Preposterous!

How do we define success? I'll bet you a can of Coke that Wii is huge.  Now let's define huge vs failure.

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Wii will be dead last and will remain there for the entire generation.


As I said before, this doesn't matter.
14880  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Time Magazine confirms multiple Wii titles on: May 08, 2006, 02:01:11 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
It will probabily do ok, because of it's (hopefully) low price.....but the name and the "Look at me! I'm a dork!" factor of this system is what will really hurt it.


Put it in the book, Vito, but I'm calling nonsense on that. Wii is going to be huge.

As for the continued argumentation that it will be 3rd, so what?  MS and Sony are reshovelling the same stuff over and over and as anyone can tell you the biggest game sellers are sequels to established franchises.

Does this mean that Wii will be the BG&E of consoles? I don't think it does.  People are ready for something different. I know I am.
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