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13001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: March 11, 2008, 03:56:42 PM

Quote from: Xmann on March 11, 2008, 12:57:01 PM


So if the DLC is all available over a bridge, does that mean that if I want to drive one of the new vehicles I can only do it on the other side of said bridge? 
13002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles impressions on: March 11, 2008, 03:51:13 PM
Well hopefully we'll start seeing some impressions after tomorrow when the game is released.
13003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 10, 2008, 11:57:45 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 10, 2008, 11:51:35 PM

Quote
Here are the songs for DLC this week (3/11)

All songs are $.99 (80 Microsoft Points).


"Shockwave" by Black Tide (Master)


"Crushcrushcrush" by Paramore (Master)


"Beethoven's C***" by Serj Tankian (Master)


Enjoy!


DLC credits will be made available here upon release.

Check back Tuesday at rockband.com/life for the DLC blog, too!

Ah, well, now the delay makes complete sense.   icon_wink
13004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/10) on: March 10, 2008, 09:54:05 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 10, 2008, 06:23:51 PM

And grabbed via the front page, here's this week's VC titles:

Quote
DoReMi Fantasy: Milon's DokiDoki Adventure (Super NES®, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone – Alcohol Reference and Comic Mischief, 900 Wii Points): This is an action game where an energetic boy named Milon sets off on a great adventure in a cute fairy-tale world. Piccolo is a village in the country of Fantasia. One day, they hear from the fairy Alis that songs and music have disappeared from the forest. Suddenly, the wizard Amon appears, grabs Alis and vanishes with her. The brave Milon must now go on a journey to rescue his kidnapped friend, with his bubble shooter as his only weapon. Along the way, he'll need to retrieve five legendary instruments and stars by defeating Amon's minions. Get ready to enjoy the fun and comical action of this charming game.

Puyo Puyo 2: Tsuu (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 900 Wii Points): The object of this head-to-head puzzle game is to clear your grid of falling patterns called puyos by forming chains of four or more same-colored puyos in a straight line or one of several geometric patterns. What makes this a challenging two-player contest is the fact that when you clear a chain of puyos from your grid, it drops a random piece of filler onto your opponent's grid. The more puyos you clear, the more you fill your opponent's grid, and if you can clutter up his grid enough to fill it to the top, you've won the game. An intriguing backstory makes this an amusing experience for one or two players.

I thought I've heard of every SNES title ever released, but...WTF is DoReMi Fantasy?

It was previously import only.  It's a platformer and supposedly very good.
13005  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Smash Bros) Favorite Character? on: March 10, 2008, 02:05:56 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on March 10, 2008, 03:37:19 AM

I'm having difficulty finding my guy in Smash Bros.  I usually used Captain Falcon (just because he was so flamboyantly gay), but now I can't find anyone who matches what I like to do.  The closest I've found is Diddy Kong or Meta Knight.

Who are you using now?

I'm kind of in the same boat.  No one's jumped out at me yet, though I'm leaning toward Meta Knight myself.
13006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/10) on: March 10, 2008, 02:04:09 PM
360:
Condemned 2: Bloodshot

Wii:
House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return

DS:
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates

The reviews for CC have been excellent.  Condemned 2 has already seen some decent ones, too, in the UK.  House of the Dead will be just guilty fun.
13007  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where's the No More Heroes impressions? There they are! on: March 09, 2008, 03:34:25 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on March 09, 2008, 02:50:33 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle
Definitely worth it, but I've been heading into the alley mission multiple times to up my dough.  I'm regretting not having hunted down the dumpsters and buried loot....

I don't think the dumpsters and buried loot would have been valuable enough to justify the time and effort to root them out.  Buried treasures are only worth 1,000 LBs and dumpsters were...what...2,000?

By contrast, that alley mission only takes three minutes to complete and, once you're comfortable with the controls, will net you roughly 90,000 every time.  And, since its right around the corner from the start point, it's easy, quick, and fun to run through as often as you need.  A few thousand LBs in dumpsters really can't compare to that sort of earning potential.

Quote from: mikeg
and how long did it take you?

No More Heroes took me about 17 hours to finish, but that's because it took me several tries to score Gold on some of the tougher side missions.  If you just focus on the main plot and earning money for upgrades, you could easily finish it in much less time.

-Autistic Angel

The alley was definitely a supreme grind spot.  Clearly designed as such right when I needed it.  Nicely done.
13008  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/3) on: March 08, 2008, 08:40:03 PM
Honestly, it seems like the thing that slows it down is the MS certification.  Overall, though, I think that's a good thing.
13009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/3) on: March 07, 2008, 10:25:54 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 07, 2008, 05:52:03 PM

More from Rockstar:

Quote
We are very aware of the problems some people have been experiencing with the Xbox 360 version of Bully: Scholarship Edition and have been doing everything within our powers to resolve these issues as quickly as possible. We will be releasing a title update through Xbox Live within the next week that we are confident will rectify the problem. We apologize wholeheartedly for the inconvenience that this matter has caused some owners of the game.

That is quite a relief.  I think Rockstar have handled this extremely well.
13010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wiimote recharger suggestions? on: March 07, 2008, 03:52:20 AM
The only drawback to the nyko charge station is that the wrist straps sometimes make it difficult for the wiimote to settle in the cradle, but a little fiddling usually does the trick.  Otherwise, it's very good.
13011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Link looks... hot? on: March 06, 2008, 09:30:02 PM
I'm actually not sure where the idea came up that they are so young.  I got the impression that they were both college aged if not post-college.

As for bust-size, they are supposed to look like a boy.  Have you ever heard of ace bandages?
13012  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Link looks... hot? on: March 06, 2008, 07:23:25 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 06, 2008, 07:03:05 PM

Your welcome.

Hold onto it though, perhaps even quote it. I am known to change mine at both whim and circumstance.

Keep in mind, that is now on 6132 messages on this board, and I've just flagged google to cache our forums.
Soon, the internet will know the flaming of Dragonfyre. slywink

That's some funny quotin', Purge.  I'm glad you got him and not me.
13013  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Link looks... hot? on: March 06, 2008, 05:19:22 PM
I wasn't going to post this here, but I found this recently and thought it was equally amazing: http://garfieldminusgarfield.tumblr.com/

It gets more brilliant the more you read, too.
13014  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Link looks... hot? on: March 06, 2008, 05:04:09 PM

Quote from: depward on March 06, 2008, 04:54:46 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on March 06, 2008, 04:38:41 PM

I'm not sure where else to post this, so I guess I'll put it here.

The thoughtful Lance pic is awesome.

That was great.  "Dude wore a tie for nothing" had me laughing hard, but I think "It's a vagina, madam, not a clown car" will actually work its way into general usage for me.

PS The second pic below is the one that got me.
13015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 06, 2008, 04:54:20 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on March 05, 2008, 11:20:51 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 04, 2008, 09:05:54 PM

I kinda lean with Purge on these tangential musings.

However, I do hate Nickelback.  Now if we could get Nicklecreek, I'd be happy.  Of course, we'd need the wireless fiddle controller to make it work, but still...

Quote from: DragonFyre on March 04, 2008, 05:02:05 PM

Hey Chaz,

If you get me Lily Allen - Smile or LDN as DLC, I'll help you pay for some diamonds for your drum kit.

Yeah, I know they're pop-py and probably wouldn't work great, but hey - freezepop worked!

Love Lily Allen, but I'm not so sure it would work.  BTW, have you heard Kate Nash yet?  Similar, but even sharper lyrics.

Kate Nash is the devil, I've had that Foundations song stuck in my head for days and I don't even like it!

Wait until you hear Dickhead.  It's on an endless loop in my brain.
13016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/3) on: March 06, 2008, 04:38:50 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 06, 2008, 01:47:32 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 06, 2008, 06:54:51 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 06, 2008, 05:35:26 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 05, 2008, 10:28:41 PM

Quote from: Old Negus on March 05, 2008, 10:08:02 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 05, 2008, 10:01:45 PM

Anyone considering getting Bully on the 360 might want to wait.  I'm seeing some pretty widespread reports that it's a buggy mess (crashes, audio issues, godawful framerate, etc). 

Good thing it's now so easy to patch console games!  crybaby

I can confirm at least one hard freeze during play.  Framerate has been pretty good, though.  There are patches where it gets smoother, but normal framerate is fine.

EDIT TO ADD:  Man, this sucks.  I know I won't keep playing now and wait for a patch.  This will totally kill any momentum I had.  Same thing happened with the Shivering Isles.  That item leak issue kept me from playing for months, and when it was fixed, I didn't have anywhere near as much interest in playing.


Official response from Rockstar, courtesy of Kotaku:

Quote
We have just become aware of the issues people are having with Bully Scholarship Edition on Xbox 360. It appears that some older 360s are experiencing framerate issues, freezes and other problems. You have our word that we never experienced any of this in QA - in any of our offices or at Microsoft. I am horrified, and we are now working around the clock to rectify this situation. Thanks to Neo-Gaf for bringing this matter to our attention. We love our games and put a huge amount of energy and care into making them all that they can be. We would never shove anything out the door - we never have and never will. We apologise to everyone affected for the inconvenience. Respectfully, Sam Houser

Well, that's nice to hear.  Hopefully there will be a swift resolution.  Damned old 360...

Who knew there were any left? icon_twisted

It's been in for repairs twice, and I kinda figured it had been swapped out at least once (though I didn't have any irreplaceable signatures on it to make sure).
13017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/3) on: March 06, 2008, 06:54:51 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 06, 2008, 05:35:26 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 05, 2008, 10:28:41 PM

Quote from: Old Negus on March 05, 2008, 10:08:02 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 05, 2008, 10:01:45 PM

Anyone considering getting Bully on the 360 might want to wait.  I'm seeing some pretty widespread reports that it's a buggy mess (crashes, audio issues, godawful framerate, etc). 

Good thing it's now so easy to patch console games!  crybaby

I can confirm at least one hard freeze during play.  Framerate has been pretty good, though.  There are patches where it gets smoother, but normal framerate is fine.

EDIT TO ADD:  Man, this sucks.  I know I won't keep playing now and wait for a patch.  This will totally kill any momentum I had.  Same thing happened with the Shivering Isles.  That item leak issue kept me from playing for months, and when it was fixed, I didn't have anywhere near as much interest in playing.


Official response from Rockstar, courtesy of Kotaku:

Quote
We have just become aware of the issues people are having with Bully Scholarship Edition on Xbox 360. It appears that some older 360s are experiencing framerate issues, freezes and other problems. You have our word that we never experienced any of this in QA - in any of our offices or at Microsoft. I am horrified, and we are now working around the clock to rectify this situation. Thanks to Neo-Gaf for bringing this matter to our attention. We love our games and put a huge amount of energy and care into making them all that they can be. We would never shove anything out the door - we never have and never will. We apologise to everyone affected for the inconvenience. Respectfully, Sam Houser

Well, that's nice to hear.  Hopefully there will be a swift resolution.  Damned old 360...
13018  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Link looks... hot? on: March 06, 2008, 03:41:36 AM

Quote from: Canuck on March 06, 2008, 03:25:47 AM

Does that pic make Link gay?

I think it makes me gay. 

I actually stared at every one of those pics this morning.  My favorite was the one with the blue link on the phone.  Those eyes...
13019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good grief, enough witih the firmware updates! on: March 06, 2008, 01:30:13 AM
I had the same reaction as the subject line (except my response was a little less Charlie Brown-centric).
13020  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/3) on: March 05, 2008, 10:28:41 PM

Quote from: Old Negus on March 05, 2008, 10:08:02 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 05, 2008, 10:01:45 PM

Anyone considering getting Bully on the 360 might want to wait.  I'm seeing some pretty widespread reports that it's a buggy mess (crashes, audio issues, godawful framerate, etc). 

Good thing it's now so easy to patch console games!  crybaby

I can confirm at least one hard freeze during play.  Framerate has been pretty good, though.  There are patches where it gets smoother, but normal framerate is fine.

EDIT TO ADD:  Man, this sucks.  I know I won't keep playing now and wait for a patch.  This will totally kill any momentum I had.  Same thing happened with the Shivering Isles.  That item leak issue kept me from playing for months, and when it was fixed, I didn't have anywhere near as much interest in playing.
13021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ninja Reflex? on: March 05, 2008, 08:11:32 PM
Because I'm a sucker, I picked it up.

Let me just say, the production value on this game is very high.  It looks gorgeous.  Great colors and lighting, sharp graphics.  Very nice.

Additionally, the controls are extremely fluid.  Really, some of the best Wiimote controlling I've seen.*

They also take the subject matter surprisingly seriously.  The sensei isn't silly at all.  Even the ninja names aren't the goofy collection I was expecting (though you unlock more over the course of the game, so who knows how that'll change).  There is even a meditation option.  If you choose it, it takes you to a serene, lilly pad-laden pool filled with koi.  Two dragon statues hold flickering torches in the twilight and between them is a shimmering yin-yang symbol.  You have the option to hear about meditation, go through a guided meditation or silently meditate for a chooseable number of minutes.  I did the guided for about five minutes (may have even been longer), and it's surprisingly effective, for something that's pre-recorded.  It's a totally frivolous addition, but an impressive one.

The only problem seems to come from the concerns I'd addressed earlier.  There really are only six core games. 
(From the game's website):
- Shuriken: Defend the courtyard from attacks on all sides with throwing stars
- Hotaru: Test your quickness against the flash of a firefly
- Hashi: One who can catch flies with chopsticks can accomplish anything
- Koi: Capture koi fish with your bare hands
- Nunchaku: Crush incoming aerial assaults with your nunchucks
- Katana: Strike down demons with your Samurai sword in a bamboo forest

There are variations aplenty as you progress (such as only catching red flies or avoiding the maidens with your shuriken or use the nunchucks to only hit objects in the strike zone and not off to the side), and the difficulty seems to ramp up, but it really only boils down to six games.  In single player, you're going through challenges to unlock your next belt (in a more challenging series of games that the sensei picks - there's no knowing how well you're doing until the end of the test, by the way).  I unlocked my first belt in about fifteen minutes.  Given that, and even allowing for having to repeat games as they get more challenging, I can't imagine the single player side of things will take that much time.

I haven't tried multiplayer yet.  I hope to give it a shot with my daughter later.  However, the semi-serious tone may take too much of the party feel out of it.  We'll have to see if the entertainment value holds up in MP.

In an evasive interview, a rep at Nunchuck games referred to this as Wii Sports meets ninjas.  That seems pretty accurate.  The controls are the most satisfying I've seen since Wii Sports.  And the game is also as simple.  However, Wii Sports was free.  Ninja Reflex costs $40.  This is a good game, but even a martial arts/zen freak wouldn't want to pay more than $30 for it.

* A side note:  The only game I found difficult was the nunchuck one, but not for the controls.  Rather, it could be quite difficult to gage how close objects were to you.  And timing when to swing became an issue.
13022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: March 05, 2008, 04:34:51 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 05, 2008, 03:08:55 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 05, 2008, 05:43:51 AM

Huh, no restart feature.

Dude, you know its not happening. You don't like it. WE ALL GET IT NOW. Come on, move on. It's not in the stars for this game. It's not the design.

You know, Calvin, I've been pretty straightforward in my opinions here.  I'm not sure why they're less valid of being stated.

There are certain aspects of this game that I truly love.  That makes the frustrating side even worse.  Add to that the arrogance of the designers forcing their style on you and utterly ignoring customer feedback, and, yeah, that leads to me actually hoping that they'll put the standard-in-other-games "feature" in.
13023  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ninja Reflex? on: March 05, 2008, 02:33:30 PM
So, I know some people think these accessible games and the whole Wii revolution are the end of gaming as we know it, but I still like these mini-game collections.

The videos and screenies I've seen for Ninja Revoltion make it look pretty polished.  I'm extremely reluctant to plop down $40 for it, though, considering it's only 6 mini-games.  That doesn't seem like it'll have a lot of legs.  However, it's so small an amount, it makes me wonder if they haven't really focused on those games and made them shine.  Also, maybe there's a lot to unlock.  Maybe there are sub-challenges.  Maybe there's a story mode of some sort.

Has anyone tried this game or seen any kind of review anywhere?
13024  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Notification of Enforcement Action on: March 05, 2008, 02:29:03 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on March 05, 2008, 02:12:43 PM

ATB FTW

ATB Fuck the What?!?   ban
13025  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 05, 2008, 02:28:23 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 05, 2008, 01:45:16 PM

It's neat how it almost harmonizes, but I've gotta say, nickelback did not invent mediocrity.

Hey, you're right!  They must be blameless!

That side by side vid was amazing.  Wow, that's suckage.
13026  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: March 05, 2008, 05:43:51 AM
Huh, no restart feature.
13027  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Army of Two - it's gonna be coop fun ladies! on: March 05, 2008, 03:27:30 AM
Add another review to the fire.  IGN with a 7.9. http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/856/856967p3.html
13028  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Army of Two - it's gonna be coop fun ladies! on: March 04, 2008, 09:16:14 PM
Here's another non-major-site review:  http://www.gemaga.com/2008/03/04/army-of-two-review  Quite a positive review.

And one from X-Play for the PS3 version: http://www.g4tv.com/xplay/reviews/1729/Army_of_Two.html  They give it a 4...out of 5.
13029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 04, 2008, 09:05:54 PM
I kinda lean with Purge on these tangential musings.

However, I do hate Nickelback.  Now if we could get Nicklecreek, I'd be happy.  Of course, we'd need the wireless fiddle controller to make it work, but still...

Quote from: DragonFyre on March 04, 2008, 05:02:05 PM

Hey Chaz,

If you get me Lily Allen - Smile or LDN as DLC, I'll help you pay for some diamonds for your drum kit.

Yeah, I know they're pop-py and probably wouldn't work great, but hey - freezepop worked!

Love Lily Allen, but I'm not so sure it would work.  BTW, have you heard Kate Nash yet?  Similar, but even sharper lyrics.
13030  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/3) on: March 03, 2008, 06:08:45 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 03, 2008, 03:56:27 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 03, 2008, 03:20:55 PM

Smash and God of War plus Bully, but for which system?  I'll probably go 360, unless the Wii somehow pulls off better reviews.

I saw a Bully for the Wii review on IGN- 8.0.


As for me, I'll be getting Super Smash Bros.  Army of Two (360 of course) and Bully (Wii too!) are possibilities.

Yeah, and they gave the 360 an 8.7, so I guess I'm leaning that way.
13031  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where's the No More Heroes impressions? There they are! on: March 03, 2008, 03:27:23 PM
I finished last week.  I even went into another game on the bitter session (I think that's the one you unlock) and played through the first boss.  I don't think I'll continue that, though.  Still, what a bizarre, fun game. 

I popped in Killer 7 after and tried to pick up where I left off way back when on the 'cube.  Wow, was I lost.  I think I may just have to restart that.  I'm not so sure it'll be quite as accessible/fun as NMH, but I may give it a go.
13032  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] New Smash Brothers info? on: March 03, 2008, 03:21:35 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 03, 2008, 01:30:03 PM

Well, it's (technically) this week (Sunday), so it's almost there. biggrin

Actually, technically, Sunday is next week.
13033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/3) on: March 03, 2008, 03:20:55 PM
Three locks:

Smash and God of War plus Bully, but for which system?  I'll probably go 360, unless the Wii somehow pulls off better reviews.

I'm interested in Army of Two and Ninja Reflex, but I will await some reviews on those.
13034  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 01, 2008, 10:03:01 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 01, 2008, 06:07:46 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 01, 2008, 03:09:25 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 01, 2008, 02:53:22 PM


That said, it's far past time for you clowns to give us some Tool, dammit!  slywink

Amen, brother!

Double Amen!!!


Um, no thanks?
13035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: the only review for lost via domus is... on: March 01, 2008, 10:01:50 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on March 01, 2008, 07:22:45 PM

i didnt notice that Kate had clairs baby in the future....was that this season?(as it was doing some futureflashes at the end of the last season),i still have last weeks episode to watch(mum has recorded it for me,but she is putting this weeks episode on the same disc)

the smoke monster is something i wanna know as well.....oh,and while we are at it,why was jack seeing his dead dad on the island in season 1(if you remember,Jack was bringing his dad back to LA from australia,and his coffin was empty when he found it on the island)

Um, no.  We didn't spoil anything.  Heh.  No baby for Kate.  Certainly no baby that has a big reveal at the end that it's Claire's baby (though that was one of their more obvious surprises). 

Jack did see his father a few times in the first season.
13036  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: OMG. MS Repair royally screwed this kid on: March 01, 2008, 09:59:17 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 01, 2008, 09:21:16 PM

Quote from: Chaz on March 01, 2008, 06:21:53 PM

Obviously, this kid cares.  Really how often do you get to meet the people who helped make the entertainment that you enjoy?  This kid got the chance to, and the signatures were a physical reminder of those experiences.  Something that has sentimental value is pretty much defined as an object that is of little to no value to the world at large, but of immense personal value to the owner.  According to the story, the signatures were very valuable to the owner, and to dismiss their loss as "it was just a bunch of signatures from programmers and game designers and a lame sketch" is pretty heartless.

Also, there were signatures on both halves of the console shell.  The picture is just the more interesting of the two halves.

And you notice it never says that all the sigs were gone? Also the faceplate, that clearly had sigs too, is not in the "after" picture. Did he remove it for the picture because it still had sigs on it?

And I understand the kid cares. I don't understand why it was news worthy and the reaction here.

Yeah, I don't understand the reaction here, either.  Of course, I was talking about your posts...
13037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: the only review for lost via domus is... on: March 01, 2008, 02:47:42 PM

Quote from: mikeg on March 01, 2008, 01:16:05 PM

So, since you finished it, does it actually bring everything to closure or is it just season one?  Cause at $60 a game they have got to be on crack to think they will ever sell enough to justify another.  Quite honestly, I couldn't imagine ANYONE buying it, but that's neither here nor there.  Does it answer ANY of the shows questions? 

1. What is the smoke monster?
2. Just who the hell is Ben really and why are the new folks after him?
3. What is Dharma and what were they doing?
4. What is really under, or in, the island that makes it have all these strange properties?
5. Who will Kate end up with?  (for the ladies...)
6. Is Charlie really dead?
7. Who was in the coffin at the funeral Jack visited?
8. Why does Kate have Claire's baby back in the States in the future?
9. Why, in the future, is Saeed working with Ben to assassinate all these people?
10. Who is Jacob? 
11. Was the crash intentional or random event caused by Island magnetic anomaly?

and I could go on and on and on.  Does the game answer any of these?



Honestly?  Are you really expecting any of these things to really be revealed in a video game?  Something that maybe 1/10th of the shows audience will ever play (and I'm being extremely generous)?  No offense, mikeg, but you're a freaking loon.
13038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 01, 2008, 04:49:45 AM
Yeah, I've never really liked the Grateful Dead (though that ep of Freaks & Geeks had me wondering if I was missing something), but I'm glad it's there.  Gives me hope for some other classic rock that I would look forward to.  A Clapton pack, for example (and I'll take an amazing yet obscure song like "The Core," by the way, though for gaming sessions the well known songs get played, the others not so much).

My wife about died and went to heaven on "Won't Get Fooled Again."  That song is what Rock Band was made for, IMO.

My four year old daughter, on the other hand, is kicking ass on "Blitzkrieg Bop," "Paranoid," and "Should I Stay or Should I Go."  God bless her.
13039  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Professor Layton and the Curious Village Impressions on: March 01, 2008, 04:39:35 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on March 01, 2008, 01:30:09 AM

Quote from: The Grue on March 01, 2008, 01:00:39 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on March 01, 2008, 12:32:51 AM

So far, the only one I really hated was the chocolate one.

Spoiler for Hiden:
making you go look at a keyboard?  WTF?

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It's because the bites in the chocolate point to the letter next to the letter sown on the chocolate.

Oh I know, I just kind of resented the fact that it requires having access to something in meatspace in order to actually solve the problem.  Sure, they are all over, but that's not exactly a puzzle you can solve on the bus or wherever.

Heh...meatspace.
13040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Professor Layton and the Curious Village Impressions on: February 29, 2008, 06:25:38 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on February 29, 2008, 05:29:38 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 29, 2008, 05:06:42 PM

Well, obviously it's a trick question, however
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the key ingredient of the trick, i.e. the phrase "burn all night" in your summation, was missing from the puzzle set up.

I dunno, I just assumed that would happen.  However, if the hints weren't clear enough, that's a problem.  I've been doing puzzles and riddles since I was a kid, so stuff like this is "normal" for me.  Obviously the game has to be approachable for people who don't have the same hobbies as myself and others.

I, too, have been doing puzzles since I was a kid (an early subscriber to Games magazine, for example).  I pretty quickly understood that many of this games puzzles are tricks.  It makes a lot of them easy, when you see the pattern.  However, there are some that just aren't laid out correctly, or clearly enough (the chocolate one could have used a slightly clearer nudge, I think, but the info was there on the screen).  It could be translation, but it might be sloppy puzzle making.  When I find the trick on most of these, it's like a lightbulb goes off with an "Ah, I see," but there are some puzzles that just bring about a response of "Well, that's just dumb."  Thankfully, the majority of the game is made up of fun, precise puzzles.  That's the reason it's getting such a good response, but it also makes the clunkers stand out even more sharply.
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