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13001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (DS) on: March 16, 2009, 09:19:14 PM
Cross post, but the reviews are starting to shine out:

Is 10/10 good enough?  From no less than Eurogamer, too!

Quote
On balance though, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is a triumph, not just in terms of bringing a difficult game to a new platform intact, but because it actually improves it in the process, and demonstrates a mastery of DS form and function. Those hoping for another gritty, complex narrative spine bound in the flesh of an openworld action-adventure may be disappointed by the rather more frivolous and silly antics of the Chinatown Wars cast, but even cynics should be converted by the huge, densely packed action playground we've been given instead. Overall this is GTA as it first was, with the inherited wisdom of GTA as it's been since, finished off with all sorts of things that would happily belong in a GTA of the future.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/grand-theft-auto-chinatown-wars-review

Also, IGN 9.5/10!

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I know I'm omitting a ton from this review - there's so much to the design that it's impossible to list everything there to experience. What I won't forget to mention: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars continues GTA's legacy as the premiere "sandbox" game design. Though it might look like a lot has changed in the move to the handheld platform, more has been added than taken away - there's so much to do in this Liberty City, and it's hard not to be impressed and amazed at some of the things the developer's managed to pull off on the hardware. GTA: Chinatown Wars is easily one of the best Nintendo DS games on the platform.

http://ds.ign.com/articles/962/962778p1.html
13002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/16) on: March 16, 2009, 09:01:24 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on March 16, 2009, 04:04:17 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 16, 2009, 02:58:01 PM

Maybe GTA: Chinatown Wars depending on reviews.

What he said, though it will be a while as my game time is nil.

Is 10/10 good enough?  From no less than Eurogamer, too!

Quote
On balance though, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is a triumph, not just in terms of bringing a difficult game to a new platform intact, but because it actually improves it in the process, and demonstrates a mastery of DS form and function. Those hoping for another gritty, complex narrative spine bound in the flesh of an openworld action-adventure may be disappointed by the rather more frivolous and silly antics of the Chinatown Wars cast, but even cynics should be converted by the huge, densely packed action playground we've been given instead. Overall this is GTA as it first was, with the inherited wisdom of GTA as it's been since, finished off with all sorts of things that would happily belong in a GTA of the future.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/grand-theft-auto-chinatown-wars-review

Also, IGN 9.5/10!

Quote
I know I'm omitting a ton from this review - there's so much to the design that it's impossible to list everything there to experience. What I won't forget to mention: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars continues GTA's legacy as the premiere "sandbox" game design. Though it might look like a lot has changed in the move to the handheld platform, more has been added than taken away - there's so much to do in this Liberty City, and it's hard not to be impressed and amazed at some of the things the developer's managed to pull off on the hardware. GTA: Chinatown Wars is easily one of the best Nintendo DS games on the platform.

http://ds.ign.com/articles/962/962778p1.html
13003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 -- DL content on: March 16, 2009, 08:59:30 PM

Quote from: kathode on March 16, 2009, 05:55:59 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 16, 2009, 02:59:29 PM

BTW, I finally played Anchorage last week, and I have to say that I really loved it.  A refreshing change of pace.  Sure, the engine isn't really designed for FPS gameplay, but it worked fine as a brief aside.  Honestly, I can't believe that people came down on the team for trying something new.

The majority of forum feedback was quite positive actually.  We were pleased, and it continues to sell very well.

I'm glad it's selling well.  Good work, kathode!
13004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 -- DL content on: March 16, 2009, 02:59:29 PM
BTW, I finally played Anchorage last week, and I have to say that I really loved it.  A refreshing change of pace.  Sure, the engine isn't really designed for FPS gameplay, but it worked fine as a brief aside.  Honestly, I can't believe that people came down on the team for trying something new.
13005  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's the biggest potty-mouth game out there? on: March 16, 2009, 02:55:43 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 16, 2009, 01:41:52 PM

Amazingly, it's not a Grand Theft Auto game. Nor is a FPS. Instead, it's a light-gun shooter on THE WII:

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Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking, today announced that recently released The House of the Dead: OVERKILL (SEGA®, 2009) has broken into the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition for most swearing in a video game with a whopping 189 uses of the f-word.

Setting a record in this brand new category, the title recognizes The House of the Dead: OVERKILL as the most profane video game in history. During three hours of relatively limited dialogue, the campaign features 189 uses of the f-word, which equates to just over one per minute and three percent of all words spoken in the game.

Video Games Records Manager for Guinness World Records, Gaz Deaves, said: “This record category pre-existed for movies, music and television, but The House of the Dead: OVERKILL is the first video game to be awarded the title in the Gamer’s Edition. It’s a mark of the times.”

Huh. I would have NEVER assumed it was a Wii title that held current record. Go Nintendo and SEGA! biggrin

Note: No link at the moment - I'm trying to track down a source (short of another webpage).


It actually becomes a running joke and then gets commented on at the end of the game. 

Great, great game.  Play it, if you haven't yet.  Most fun I've had on the Wii.
13006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/16) on: March 16, 2009, 02:53:44 PM
PSP:
Resistance: Retribution - I may get this some day, but my PSP is packed away for awhile.

Wii:
Marble Saga Koroinpa - IN
Ready 2 RUmble: Revolution - waiting for revs/imps, but I'll probably hold out for Punch Out
Rune Factory: Frontier - I'm interested, but this genre usually doesn't grab me

DS:
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars - IN
Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure - IN
TrackMania DS - IN
Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume - I might be IN, if I hadn't just bought Fire Emblem (not to mention three other damn DS games)

I'll probably also be getting Family Game Night, but it depends on how much of a rip-off it is and how well implemented it is.
13007  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finish the sentence: I wish that the PS3... on: March 14, 2009, 04:55:06 PM

Quote from: Razgon on March 14, 2009, 08:31:49 AM

Quote from: DamageInc on March 13, 2009, 11:01:40 PM

... had more GOOD games and a bigger backbone to the US. DLs are crazy slow compared to Xbox and I have a 24 Mbps connection!

there has been some info about this - basically,its  a setting you'll have to change, to get full acces to your download capacity, I'll try and digg it up for you

What,what, what?!?  This has always been one of my biggest gripes.  It can be fixed?

I remember reading that article that compared the three consoles' download speeds.  There is no way in hell the PS3 comes anywhere close to the 360 for me.
13008  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo Wars is a great game......... on: March 13, 2009, 11:44:12 PM
I got through four today.  I'm not sure how.  The towers helped.  I still think it's a bad choice for first level after hand-holding.
13009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wanted: Weapons of Fate on: March 13, 2009, 07:13:48 PM
I am actually looking more forward to this game the more I think about it.
13010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: March 13, 2009, 07:13:02 PM

Quote from: jersoc on March 13, 2009, 06:59:18 PM

Oh shit, Thrash Unreal?! That's a great song. So we're going to get pearl jam before jane's? hehe A james brown song in RB? Is that song even RB worthy? He doesn't seem like the type that would be good for RB.


It's a fantastic song and will be a ton of fun for bass and vocal.  Guitar should be good, too.  I don't remember drums in the tune, but I'm sure they're there somewhere.

James Brown is worthy of any damn game that wants to use him.
13011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best GTA style sandbox game and why on: March 13, 2009, 06:13:29 PM

Quote from: marcusjm on March 13, 2009, 05:28:31 PM

I always thought Mafia was more linear than sandbox. Maybe I remembered wrong.


Again, the sandbox part is separated from the main game, but it's there.
13012  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: March 13, 2009, 04:54:24 PM
Next Week's Tracks:

Average White Band -- “Pick Up the Pieces”
Earth Wind & Fire -- “Shining Star”
James Brown -- “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine - Pt 1”

Against Me! -- “Thrash Unreal”
The New Pornographers -- “All the Things That Go to Make Heaven and Earth”
The New Pornographers -- “Use It”
Papa Roach -- “Last Resort”
Papa Roach -- “Lifeline”


They didn't include "Jizzed in My Pants," but I think I just did a little for those first three.
13013  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best GTA style sandbox game and why on: March 13, 2009, 04:51:04 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on March 13, 2009, 04:33:27 PM

It isn't current gen, but the Hulk: Ultimate Destruction game is just amazing. It's super cheap too, shouldn't cost you more than $5. It is BC on the 360, or if you have a BC PS3, that'll work too.

Basically, it is crackdown without guns, but you can pick up anything and use it as a weapon. Is there a tank that's bugging you? Pick it up and throw it at a soldier. Is a cop shooting you? Pick him up and throw him at other cops. Pick up a city bus, split it in half, and use it as brass knuckles. Or throw a tank at a helicopter!

It is some serious, under-appreciated fun. Also, no dating sim.

H:UD is a total blast.

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on March 13, 2009, 03:24:37 PM

I loved Godfather. It's one of the biggest gaming surprises I've ever had.  Not a fan of the movies...[THINGS THEN SAID AFTER THIS THAT HAVE NO MEANING OR IMPACT NOW]
   icon_wink
13014  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LEGO Harry Potter and Indiana Jones 2 on the way. on: March 13, 2009, 03:18:22 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 13, 2009, 02:37:16 PM

also, a LEGO Hobbit is possible.  Indiana 2 based off of the Crystal Skull?  that's be a pretty short game unless they use some other material.  maybe they could fill in some of the backstory, or use some of the Indy comics like Fate of Atlantis.

Or make it DLC.  I expect them to go that route or release a version that also includes the last game. 

On the exact flip side, the Harry Potter game could be way too big.  And there's still another movie yet to come there, too!  I think their rights are based on the film franchise.
13015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best GTA style sandbox game and why on: March 13, 2009, 03:16:01 PM

Quote from: Canuck on March 13, 2009, 02:56:59 PM

Does Mafia not count?

It's not really next gen, I guess.  Vice City's not on here either, and that would be my personal choice for best overall GTA-style game.  Although, I just noticed that GTA 3 is on here, so I guess Mafia should count.  The sandbox and story aspects are separated, though.  Personally, I only played with the storyline, which was astounding, but way too challenging in parts.

Overall, this is a tough vote for me.  If we can separate story out of it, then it's easier.  I'd put Saints Row 2 and Crackdown at the top for pure fun - the best "games," overall, and the best implementation of the sandbox.  But GTA really kicks ass on making you care about the characters.  And GTA IV takes major steps forward into adult (and I don't mean violent, though that's part of it, of course) storytelling.  Unfortunately, it also takes major steps backward with bowling dates. 

Godfather is a fairly amazing game, too, but it's a royal pain in the ass in the early stages unless you're willing to pay for some of the boost DLC (which I finally caved and did).  That offends me on principal, so no vote (I should note, though, that I hear the Wii version is the best one, and I never played that).

I voted for Saints Row 2, just because it has a decent story...not the best, but it's there...and excellent, fun, over-the-top gameplay.  I think Crackdown beats it on pure gameplay, but there is next to no story, and I think GTA IV beats it on story, but so much of the gameplay is frustrating - like they took out the fun.
13016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: March 13, 2009, 01:33:56 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 13, 2009, 01:28:21 AM


Holy flip.  I can't see how this game can do anything but fail.  By that I mean, every thing I've seen makes it look better and better, like it'll be the most fantastic, perfect Batman game ever.  It can't be that, ergo FAIL.  Honest to G, this thing's an expectations crusher.

But, man, I hope it's not!
13017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Red Baron on PSN on: March 13, 2009, 01:27:41 PM
Yeah, I wouldn't call it terrible.  It does chug sometimes, but not unplayably so.  It does what it's supposed to do.  The planes fly in a contolable state.  The bullets go where you expect them to go. There's just nothing special there, is all.
13018  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wanted:This game feels great on: March 13, 2009, 01:24:16 PM
http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php?topic=32173.0
13019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Red Baron on PSN on: March 13, 2009, 02:45:11 AM
Played it.  Meh.  It was okay.  Too hard to not kill your allies.
13020  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo Wars is a great game......... on: March 12, 2009, 09:00:22 PM
I have to say, I think Mission 4 is a bad design choice.  Not so much on how it's put together, but on where it comes in the gameplay.  I failed a couple of times, and I have yet to get back to it.  I find it the overwhelmingness of it offputting.  Everything else I like, but why the hell follow a handful of ease-you-in tutorial levels with one that just slams you down on the ground, grabs your wrists and asks you who your daddy is now?
13021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dungeon Hero:Anyone excited about this? on: March 12, 2009, 06:34:05 PM
It's not D&D related and not like Dungeon Keeper, from what I can tell.

The vid seems to be a cutscene, and while some of it looks good, parts look like on-the-cheap adventure game cutscenes.
13022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: March 12, 2009, 03:37:54 PM
Also, there's a demo up.  Late to the party, much?
13023  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dungeon Hero:Anyone excited about this? on: March 12, 2009, 03:37:03 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 12, 2009, 03:12:14 PM

Published by Gamecock, which should lower expectations right away.

I liked Dementium for the DS and Mushroom Men for the Wii.  And they published the last Stronghold game.  They also have Velvet Assassin in the pipeline, though who knows about that one yet.

On the other hand, they did Legendary (nee The Box).
13024  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Sacred 2 for me :( on: March 12, 2009, 02:22:15 PM

Quote from: Doopri on March 12, 2009, 12:50:06 AM

so id been waiting ridiculously for this to hit consoles.  i hadnt heard much buzz, but the march 24th release date on the gamestop site hadnt changed for a while, and i couldnt wait.  i was fully expecting it to miss but every day it moved closer and closer to the end of march without a change, the more excited i became...

until today, when it now has may something listed.  and who even knows about THAT one frown  i even came close to making a post in the "what are you buying" thread to announce how thrilled i was that id see this game in there in just a few short weeks

anyone know anything more specific about its release, how developments been going etc etc?  anything???  sorry for the rant, but i was just so bummed i had to get it out frown

(as you can probably tell, this is my biggest "must have" game in a while)

Wow, that's a rant?  Where are the Rubik's Cubes, where are the mittens and "funny" people?

You're like the Ned Flanders of internet rants!
13025  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 5 demo coming 26th on: March 12, 2009, 02:18:39 PM
Here's an article about the race thing that I found interesting:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123672060500987853.html

It's not inflamatory at all, but it points out why it's seen as an issue.
13026  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dungeon Hero:Anyone excited about this? on: March 12, 2009, 02:00:42 PM
Interesting.  The animation is a little crappy, but I like the idea here.

I can't quite tell what it is, though.  I wish there were some gameplay clips.  Obviously, it reminds me of Dungeon Keeper (especially that one shot/concept piece from above the dungeon, with the gold veins showing), but I have a feeling it's more of a third person action affair.

EDIT:  It's an action RPG.  It's made by the guys who did Space Colony and the Stronghold series, both of which were pretty good.

Also, IGN lists it as coming Q2 2009 and neither Gamestop nor Amazon list it at all.  Given the lack of info, too, I'd be surprised if it's not pushed back.
13027  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / GoGamer $4.90 Forever on: March 12, 2009, 12:40:10 PM
From Evil Avatar:

Quote
GoGamer's latest 48 Hour Madness Sale features 16 items at $4.90 or less.

Saitek Notebook Optical PC Mouse Orange - $1.90

StarSiege: Universe (PC) *(I) - $4.90

Star Wars Battlefront (PC) **(JC) - $4.90

Nox (PC) (I) - $4.90

Crimson Skies (PC) (I) - $4.90

CSI: Double Pack (PC) - $4.90

Ultimate Flight Collection (PC) - $4.90

Driver Parallel Lines (PC) - $4.90

Saitek Mini UFO USB Hub (Metalic Blue) - $1.90

Cossacks European Wars (PC) (I) - $4.90

Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (PC) - $4.90

Pirates of The Burning Sea (PC) - $4.90

Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 (PC) - $4.90

Silent Hunter 4: Wolves of the Pacific (PC) - $4.90

Alvin & The Chipmunks (PS2) - $4.90

Alone in the Dark (PS2) - $4.90
* Import, ** Jewel Case
13028  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/9) on: March 12, 2009, 12:35:27 PM

Quote from: EddieA on March 09, 2009, 06:38:38 PM

Quote from: EddieA on March 09, 2009, 11:14:40 AM

The XBLA game for this week is NCAA Basketball 09: March Madness Edition, a scaled-down version of the full game. 

I'm not sure what happened to this game.  Gamespot said it was coming March 11, but it looks like it's not.  Given that next week starts the whole "Days of Arcade" thing that will last six weeks, that would put the release of the game off until May.

Actually, this game got released at the end of the day yesterday, too!
13029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] MadWorld Impressions on: March 12, 2009, 12:33:07 PM

Quote from: Devil on March 12, 2009, 01:16:49 AM

Played the first level and mini-game.

If you have any reservations about violence, stay FAR away from this one. Language too. Even in black and white this game is extremely 'colorful'.

Moving beyond that, it's pretty good. It does what it claims with over the top, violent action. Kinda reminds me of the SSX or Tony Hawk of killing. Your tricks are kills and the more variation and violent you can get, the more points you score.

First mini-game was launching people into a jet engine. Good God.

The only thing that I've run into as a game issue is that the camera is a bit tough to deal with with for two reasons: 1) Its just tough to move it around, you actually need to move your guy (Jack) to face people and 2) Everything being black and white, it's sometimes tough to figure out just what is an enemy and what is the scenery so you really need to pay attention to where everyone is because they are all camouflaged.

I played a lot of the first level, but for some reason the game went to a black screen in the train station.  Just flat out stopped, and the Wii didn't respond to anything.  I have to try it again today, but, so far, I agree with everything Devil said.

I wish there were more options for maiming and causing combos and points.  I felt like I was doing the same handful of moves.  I have a hunch it'll open up more as the game progresses. 

I'm also worried that it's going to get too challenging for me.  I didn't finish the first mini-game, for example.  Also, I like to explore, and, in the train station at least, there's a time limit.  At one point, I'd unlocked a spiked bat.  There was a cut scene of some bin opening up with it spinning inside, but I had no idea where that bin was, so I had to go looking for it.  I focused way too much on tracking it down, and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have had enough points to clear the level.  Shortly thereafter the game crapped out.  I never found the bat.  Bummer. 

13030  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSN] Flower on: March 11, 2009, 11:50:03 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 11, 2009, 10:32:47 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on March 11, 2009, 09:03:42 PM


In games where motion controls are disabled, should we knock 5 points off for forcing me to use analog controls?  I'm not sure why that's an instant disqualification no matter how good a game controls...

While playing the game I felt myself wishing I could use an analog stick to control it.  So I personally would have taken at least 15% off of the controls score for it not being included. 

If I were in a position of wishing for motion control in a game and it was not there, sure I'd deduct the same percentage.  Although I cannot honestly say I've played a game and wished for more waggle.

I guess that's fair.

It's the one game that uses the PS3 motion controls well, though.  I can't imagine it being as immersive in analog mode.
13031  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ninja Blade on: March 11, 2009, 11:47:59 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on March 11, 2009, 11:26:56 PM

Yeah, the one thing I'll say about From Software is that their games are usually very highly polished. They suffer in other areas (storyline, usually) but they are definitely a solid developer. Their latest Armored Core game was very intense.

<edit> If this game is as hard as Ninja Gaiden 2 (even on Acolyte) I'm in trouble. I could not finished that damned game despite my best efforts. I'm an Onimusha kinda guy....

Now if it is like Otogi, then I am definitely in.

Sadly, it's not like Otogi.

Again, I haven't played more of NG2 than the demo.  I'd heard it was easier than the first next gen one, though. 

It's way easier than NG1, though.
13032  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable 3 kinda announced on: March 11, 2009, 09:53:58 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on March 11, 2009, 05:57:35 PM

Playing Fable 2 was like trying to solve a Rubik's Cube through thick woolen mittens while pushing through a sweltering hallway packed with people who believe they are extremely funny.  Its failures on every level of design are so abject and unashamed, they seem intentional: a high-budget experiment to test how discouraging a game needs to be before people finally take the hint.

If Fable 3 somehow demonstrates that it's interested in being more than a juvenile, contemptuous mockery of other, better games, I may give it a try.  Pending that, I'm definitely 100% out.

-Autistic Angel

Wuzzah...huh?  Did I wake up in another universe or something?
13033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Avalon Code for the DS - any Impressions yet? on: March 11, 2009, 09:48:37 PM
IGN really liked it.  8.3.

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Avalon Code offers a unique experience among action RPGs. Capturing people and objects in the Book of Prophecy and playing with their attributes is a compelling mechanic you won't find anywhere else. The interface isn't perfect, but it's definitely engaging. Avalon Code is also paced very well, and doles out new abilities to the player at regular intervals over its 20+ hours. Players looking for a cinematic DS experience will find it here. Now that the groundwork has been laid, let's hope for a sequel that refines the interface.

1Up, not so much.  C+

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As with so many boldly innovative games, Avalon proves that the main downside to new and untested ideas is that they've yet to be refined into something that works smoothly. There's a lot of quality content here for anyone with the patience to suffer through the clumsy implementation in which it's presented. Yet despite these incentives, Avalon ultimately feels like a promising prototype for a brilliant game that has yet to be created.

Gamepro was right in the middle.  3.5/5

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Developer Matrix Software is the same team who has been doing the Final Fantasy DS remakes, and you definitely get the same quality 3-D graphics in Avalon Code -- by which I mean, not quite as muddy as most DS games, and recognizably cute, with some personality. Of course, the opening cinematic complete with Japanese theme song, is the best of both music and graphics.

Avalon Code is a pretty linear game with lots of hidden things to find, and some side tasks like giving presents to the NPC you like. Battles can get repetitive, but every now and then an encounter requires a bit of clever strategy. Unfortunately it's pretty easy to get bogged down in the code shuffling system, although the power of mix 'n matching your world is fancy enough to maybe warrant a shot.

PROS: Cool premise of chronicling a world before destruction, nifty enemy-juggling attack, balance of hack 'n slash and thinking battles
CONS: Code storage/use is a pain, possible to get stuck with no magic in some puzzles
13034  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSN] Flower on: March 11, 2009, 05:13:57 PM

Quote from: somoflange on March 10, 2009, 10:59:24 PM

I thought I'd love it, but I just get Lair flashbacks.

It's definitely purty though.

Control-wise, not even in the same universe as Lair.

Quote from: TheMissingLink on March 11, 2009, 05:09:14 PM

I didn't realize 85/100 was an A.

I go with how my grades were calculated from elementary school --> college and an 85/100 = 85% = solid B

85 is definitely a B.
13035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ninja Blade on: March 11, 2009, 05:12:33 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on March 11, 2009, 02:36:50 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on March 11, 2009, 08:06:31 AM

This is what I got from my time with the demo:

1) Do you like QTE?
   If yes, go to question #2.  If no, don't consider Ninja Blade.

2) Do you like the idea of a less-refined Ninja Gaiden?
   If yes, download the demo.  If no, don't consider Ninja Blade.


I'm not familiar with the term QTE. I'm assuming it means "Quick Timed Event"? Those don't bother me as long as it doesn't send you too far back in the level if you miss one. How would you rate the difficulty of the demo compared to Ninja Gaiden? Even on the easiest setting NG tore me a new one and I was never able to complete it. I'm not terribly good at these games.

Much easier than NG1, possibly comparable to NG2, though I've only played the demo of that.  The boss can be a little rough, but he seemed doable to me.  Try the demo to see for yourself.

Yes, the Quick Time Events don't send you back very far at all.  My knee-jerk reaction is to hate them (as I'm sure is true of others here), but by the time I finished the demo, I didn't think they were too bad (though they sure as hell are frequent).

Quote from: TheMissingLink on March 11, 2009, 08:06:31 AM

This is what I got from my time with the demo:

1) Do you like QTE?
   If yes, go to question #2.  If no, don't consider Ninja Blade.

2) Do you like the idea of a less-refined Ninja Gaiden?
   If yes, download the demo.  If no, don't consider Ninja Blade.

If you can't get past #1, then I agree with you, but I don't know that I completely agree with your #2.  I think the game is very well polished.  The controls felt very responsive.  It may not be NG quality entirely, but that games gets placed on a pedestal, and I think you're doing NB a underestimating there.
13036  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Trek : DAC? on: March 11, 2009, 02:28:09 PM

Quote from: sgoldj on March 10, 2009, 11:37:45 PM

Maybe "Secret of Vulcan Fury" will be released with the new movie?


(someday I will come out of the Dreamland that I live in.....)

Man, I was psyched for that game.  I'm kind of sure it would have sucked, though.
13037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ninja Blade on: March 11, 2009, 02:24:53 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on March 11, 2009, 11:50:48 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 10, 2009, 01:21:23 PM

From Software has released a couple of games I loved (the Otogi series) and some that were kind of lacking (most of the recent Tenchu games) and some that I couldn't make up my mind about (Chromehounds, Enchanted Arms).

not to mention demon's souls smile ...

Where does it fall on the list, though.  Did you finally get that? 
13038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 100 best games to play today on: March 11, 2009, 02:23:02 PM

Quote from: Space Herpes on March 11, 2009, 01:39:36 PM

Quote from: KC on March 10, 2009, 07:57:19 PM


3.  Also some great PC games are missing entirely:
Diablo 1 and 2
Freespace 2
Sid Meier's Pirates
WoW

Interstate '76
Masters of Orion 1 or 2
I liked Fallout 3, but Fallout 1 would have been a better choice since it created the whole game and the story was superior.

I'm pretty sure I 76 doesn't play well on today's computers. 

That's the point of the list and may be some of the reason for the odd choices.  So these are games that can be played today (and I think don't feel like too much of a step backward).  That might also explain MoO and Pirates.  However, Diablo should definitely be on there.
13039  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions (& mgs level pack info!)... on: March 10, 2009, 10:18:35 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on March 10, 2009, 09:11:39 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 10, 2009, 01:18:37 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on March 10, 2009, 05:27:02 AM

...I've had the worst luck with online areas that use the shooting gun a lot...

What about the areas with the driving cars?

I don't think I played any of those multiplayer online. Did they not work well? People get so scattered on the car levels that I can't imagine they would be much fun to play with several people online.

I was mostly trying to make a snotty joke about the whole redundancy thing.  Probably should have tossed one of these in:  icon_wink
13040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 100 best games to play today on: March 10, 2009, 05:56:18 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on March 10, 2009, 05:38:26 PM

Quote from: JSL on March 10, 2009, 03:57:50 PM

Personally I liked Twilight Princess more the Ocarina of Time, but they were both great games.

I haven't perused the list yet, but I support this statement 100%.  Ocarina of Time was really good and Majora's Mask was better, but I thought Twilight Princess was a freaking masterpiece.  The lukewarm response it received has always been a mystery to me: it was gorgeous, featured some of the best level design of the entire series, and the Wii version had a fantastic control scheme that fixed every single problem I had with Wind Waker

Twilight Princess was one of the best games I've played in the last two console generations.  Huge, huge thumbsup from me!

-Autistic Angel

I just never felt compelled by TP like I did with OoT.  And I played OoT on the Gamecube.  I have yet to finish Twilight Princess, BTW.  It certainly has been picking up toward the end, but a lot of just seemed stretched out to me.  Not as much endless trecking as in WW, but there have been many times that I've stopped playing because I didn't feel like huffing it over so much terrain (even after transporting).  I feel it even more because I'm a collector.  Finding teeny tiny bugs in that big a landscape put me off.

EDIT TO ADD:

I feel like I ended on a big down note there.  I don't mean to say that I think TP is bad.  It's certainly an excellent game.  I can see why OoT ranked higher, is all.
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