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13001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So...Killzone 2? on: January 07, 2009, 06:09:07 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 07, 2009, 04:54:33 AM

I'm a completist when it comes to game series that have an overarching story, and seeing as I never got around to finishing KZ1 I won't be grabbing KZ2 unless they re-release the original to run on the PS3's w/o BC on them or I pick up a PS2 slim to play some games like Kingdom Hearts.

I have a BC PS3, and I'm having a hard time getting through it, honestly.  But I think that was true for a lot of people, as there seems to be a general buzz of disappointment. I have a hunch they'll make sure you can play K2 without ever having looked at the first one.
13002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next Lego Game? on: January 07, 2009, 12:19:07 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on January 06, 2009, 10:06:49 PM

according to Kotaku(who seem to of changed their mind now) its Lego Rock Band


http://www.kotaku.com.au/games/2009/01/next_lego_game_islego_rock_band-2.html

which sounds a bit.....crap to me

I've heard that, too.  I can see this being a download pack for Rock Band or something someone's goofing with in-house.  I can also see a line of Rock Band Legos.  But releasing a full game of this doesn't really make any sense.  Even if it's very specifically marketed at kids.  Actually, never mind.  That could work.  Still would like it as DLC, though.
13003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Chrono Trigger- how far am I? on: January 06, 2009, 08:15:52 PM

Quote from: KC on January 06, 2009, 07:56:27 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 06, 2009, 01:43:19 PM

How's the grinding in CT?  I'm getting closer and closer to finishing DQ4, but the grinding is wearing on me a bit.  I'm not looking forward to going through that again right away.

There is one dungeon in DQ4 where you can fight Metal Slimes, which get you 1,000 XPs per kill and King Slimes, which get you 10,000 per kill.  They're not the easiest to kill because they have high defense and often flee, but they also pose little danger to your party.  Just find the dungeon and grind there.



Oh, I just plowed through a liquid metal slime filled dungeon.  But first you have to get to those spots, which often require grinding.  Then, track them down again when you need to level.  It's often too much of a pain to get there then get back to what you were doing.  Even then, you have to keep slogging through until you find the metal slimes which can take quite awhile.  Basically, grinding is grinding.  Early in a game I don't mind it too much, 'cause the mechanics are still new, but it gets old after a bit.  Of course, it doesn't help that I like to be a couple of levels above the recommended rank for an area.
13004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next Lego Game? on: January 06, 2009, 08:11:41 PM

Quote from: kronovan on January 06, 2009, 08:02:12 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 06, 2009, 05:36:47 PM

Quote from: kronovan on January 06, 2009, 05:31:34 PM

Personally I'd love to see a Lego LotR, but I can't see New Line giving Lucasarts the license to do it.  Lego Matrix could be very cool, especially if they somehow managed to put bullet time in it. slywink I think Lego Harry Potter is the most likely and that's what I voted for.

It's not a LucasArts series.  That's how Warner Bros/DC can lend their characters, too.

Yup I was aware of that, I just figured it would be easier for LucasArts to strike a deal for Harry Potter since a licensing deal between Warner Bros and LEGO already exists. My understanding of these games is that an agreement has to be struck between the holder of the publishing or movie rights and LA as well as LEGO.

That's odd.  I don't see the LucasArts logo anywhere on the sites or the game.
13005  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next Lego Game? on: January 06, 2009, 05:36:47 PM

Quote from: kronovan on January 06, 2009, 05:31:34 PM

Personally I'd love to see a Lego LotR, but I can't see New Line giving Lucasarts the license to do it.  Lego Matrix could be very cool, especially if they somehow managed to put bullet time in it. slywink I think Lego Harry Potter is the most likely and that's what I voted for.

It's not a LucasArts series.  That's how Warner Bros/DC can lend their characters, too.
13006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next Lego Game? on: January 06, 2009, 04:49:33 PM

Quote from: Toe on January 06, 2009, 03:08:20 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 06, 2009, 02:24:40 PM

I really wanted to vote for Lego Buffy, but, honestly, I think Lego Ghostbusters fits better with the series.  Lego LOTR could also be interesting, but the tone is all wrong.

...Lego Legolas...

Damn, how did I miss that?  You're right.  That has to happen.

Actually, thinking about it, Batman doesn't seem like a perfect fit, either, yet I think I like that one the best.
13007  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Chrono Trigger- how far am I? on: January 06, 2009, 04:47:31 PM
Awesomely good news.  Thanks, gang.
13008  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next Lego Game? on: January 06, 2009, 02:24:40 PM
I really wanted to vote for Lego Buffy, but, honestly, I think Lego Ghostbusters fits better with the series.  Lego LOTR could also be interesting, but the tone is all wrong.
13009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Chrono Trigger- how far am I? on: January 06, 2009, 01:43:19 PM
How's the grinding in CT?  I'm getting closer and closer to finishing DQ4, but the grinding is wearing on me a bit.  I'm not looking forward to going through that again right away.
13010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/5) on: January 06, 2009, 01:08:45 AM

Quote from: Destructor on January 06, 2009, 12:42:16 AM

Quote from: Windows95 on January 05, 2009, 05:45:27 PM

Ok, I thought Crayon Physics was some kiddie software, but watched a click youtube clip which convinced me to try the demo.

I played the demo a while back, and yeah, it's quite entertaining. There's something fun about designing your own ways of solving what looks to be a simple level.

The videos I've seen seem to demo on lappads with pens (whatever those are called, I can't remember).  Will this work on a regular PC?
13011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resistance 2 Impressions on: January 05, 2009, 10:26:17 PM

Quote from: Teggy on January 05, 2009, 07:08:36 PM

...And the other thing was that I kind of wished they didn't jump ahead so far technologically. Something like 2 years pass between the first game and the second game and now they have wireless microphone/earpieces and all this fancy stuff. What was an alternate history shooter now seems more like a sci-fi shooter, at least in the beginning part.

That's probably my biggest gripe.
13012  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/5) on: January 05, 2009, 10:23:17 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on January 05, 2009, 09:01:43 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on January 05, 2009, 06:17:14 PM

I might get Saints Row 2 for the PC, undecided yet so I think I'll go read up on how the 360 version was received.

I love it. If you liked the first one, the 2nd is a must buy.

I've been reading some hate online (and in mags like EW) for SR2, and it shocks me.  I mean, I get if someone's irked at the gratuitousness of it, I guess, but the game is damned entertaining.  I just don't see how someone who claims to enjoy video games could have any gripes with the gameplay.
13013  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [multi] prince of persia impressions on: January 05, 2009, 04:07:53 PM

Quote from: Turtle on January 05, 2009, 03:28:35 PM

Ending talk responses:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Taking that one step further, in my creative writing classes, we emphasized the "Show, don't tell" aspects of writing where you write the characters showing their emotions, but not outright telling the reader, or in this case the player or viewer.  Often times people in fiction and in real life say things skirting the real issue they want to talk about, or even say the complete opposite.  Often times if the acting is good enough you can understand what they mean.  Hemingway, one of my favorite writers, used this a lot in his work.

About 3/4ths through there's a scene where Elika admits she has a duty to her people to the Prince (after a concubine fight), after there had been a short build up pleasantries between the two.  The Prince then just says he's looking forward to leaving this whole mess behind and finding his donkey.  On the surface, that's all they said.  But, their emotions, and the way the dialog is delivered and the time which it was delivered says completely opposite, the two are falling for each other, ever so slightly, but neither can deny that their life purposes take them in different directions and they're trying to warn the other of that before they get too attached.

The prince has been a free spirit, it's fitting for him to screw the world for the woman he loves, especially so when the action she sacrifices herself for goes against all that he believes.  It's because of this that I didn't find his actions surprising, but I do admit that I wouldn't have found it surprising for him to just walk out of that canyon too.

Of course, it's not like I think PoP is a pinnacle of story telling, it's just that I think it worked really well.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I'm glad you brought that up.  I was going to mention that I thought it was interesting that the prince basically said nothing as he revived Elika.  Very appropriate.
13014  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/5) on: January 05, 2009, 01:51:16 PM
Ouch.  Although Moon looks like it might be interesting.

VC:

Kirby's Dream Land 3 [SNES]

Wiiware:

Sandy Beach - I guess you build and protect sand castles.
13015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [multi] prince of persia impressions on: January 05, 2009, 01:50:15 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on January 05, 2009, 04:47:07 AM

Quote from: Turtle on January 05, 2009, 04:21:04 AM

Ending talk...

Spoiler for Hiden:
"Simply put, if you don't talk to Elika, the ending won't make sense.  If you do a lot, the ending will make perfect sense."

i talked to elika at every opportunity, til there were no more responses. &, as i've already said, the ending made little if any sense to me - had the prince simply wined'n'dined her, they could've developed a nice relationship over dinner, & things would've basically ended up in exactly the same way smile . seriously, i felt the ending was very inappropriate, & disappointing...

Spoiler for Hiden:
I think you get enough information from the required video sequences to make the ending pay off the way it was intended.  Not to say that it's not more fully realized with the character chatter, but there's enough there for the ending to make sense.

Semi, are you talking about the ending not making sense from a character-motivation perspective?  Or you don't understand what happened?  I assume it's the former, and I can see where you're coming from.  However, I think the irony would have been neutered with more telegraphing of the prince's motivation. 

I took a writing class once and got a useful description.  A cardboard character is just in the story, while a three dimensional character does something that surprises you (but isn't totally unbelievable).  I'm guessing Semi found the prince's actions totally unbelievable.

Overall, I don't think the story is magical (like it was in SoT), but it worked fine.  I do think the "prince" is more of a rogue/thief and would totally act in his self-interest, throwing society under the train, as it were.  I can see where some might think he's meant to have a true heart and not go down that path, especially after spending the whole game seeing where that path leads, but I think the fact that he made the deal despite seeing where it lead makes it interesting.  Also, it seems to me the prince figured he stopped the bad guy once, he can do it again.  He has that sort of "no biggie" attitude.
13016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Cue Sports- Pool Revolution . . . Impressions? on: January 04, 2009, 12:48:19 AM

Quote from: Hrothgar on January 04, 2009, 12:22:28 AM

Bullwinkle?  Zaxxon?  Bueller?  Anyone?

It looks interesting, but I'm curious to how it plays.  I'd also like to know how many blocks it uses.  I don't even have that many games, but I'm running out of space on the Wii.

If it plays a decent game of 8 ball, I'll probably get it.  I might even try out snooker.  I'm worried that it might be another of those cell phone game ports.

The blocks issue is probably the main reason I haven't downloaded it (or really anything in a long time).  It's 179 blocks.

What I've heard is that it's fairly lackluster in features, but delivers a decent game of pool.

Here's a review: http://www.wiiware-world.com/reviews/2008/11/cue_sports_snooker_vs_billiards
13017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2008 Gaming Predictions? on: January 03, 2009, 05:32:07 PM
I predict someone will start a 2009 Gaming Predictions thread.

EDIT: Shoot, missed it by a couple of days.  http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php?topic=31026.new#new.
13018  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 2009 Gaming Predictions on: January 03, 2009, 05:31:07 PM
I predict that CeeKay's avatar will feature a shirtless Rick Astley and add a shirtless Clay Aiken.

Gaming-wise, though, I have no idea.
13019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: January 02, 2009, 04:30:47 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 30, 2008, 06:28:40 AM

Quote from: happydog on December 30, 2008, 05:32:12 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 29, 2008, 07:26:11 PM

Quote from: happydog on December 29, 2008, 06:44:53 PM

Finished SP last night. I have to say that this was my least favorite of the series. Now I just really need to get some MP play in. I keep saying it, and at some point I actually will (I'm sure all of the GT crew will have passed on by then though).


Even over 3?

Now that you mention it, I don't think I played 3. Although I might have rented it... it is a distant memory now.

IIRC 3 had a much more cohesive storyline for all the factions involved.

Perhaps, but it was a much cheesier, lifeless story, IMO.  I was way more underwhelmed by 3 over WaW, personally.
13020  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions (& mgs level pack info!)... on: December 31, 2008, 12:02:52 AM

Quote from: msduncan on December 30, 2008, 10:38:44 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 30, 2008, 08:48:58 PM

Quote from: Turtle on December 29, 2008, 08:20:04 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 29, 2008, 08:09:30 PM

On an unrelataed note: I finally beat that damn Collector level.  Satisfying and frustrating all at the same time.  My success was pure luck at one point.

I aced it.  slywink

The costume you get for it is beyond cool.

It's like I bought an ice cream cone, and you knocked it on the ground.   icon_wink

I don't see myself ever going for that costume, no matter how cool it is.

I took this as a challenge today and aced it as well.     It's not that hard once you get the patterns down.    Go through it about 10 times and you'll have the patterns.    After that you can spend another hour or so acing it.

Thanks for the tip.  I think I've gone through that level 113 times.
13021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: December 30, 2008, 09:03:29 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 30, 2008, 05:58:43 PM

If you play drums get Funk #49.

It's also pretty fun on guitar and bass.

Well worth the $2.

I'll also be surprised if you don't know that song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_qHU_6Ofc0
13022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions (& mgs level pack info!)... on: December 30, 2008, 08:48:58 PM

Quote from: Turtle on December 29, 2008, 08:20:04 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 29, 2008, 08:09:30 PM

On an unrelataed note: I finally beat that damn Collector level.  Satisfying and frustrating all at the same time.  My success was pure luck at one point.

I aced it.  slywink

The costume you get for it is beyond cool.

It's like I bought an ice cream cone, and you knocked it on the ground.   icon_wink

I don't see myself ever going for that costume, no matter how cool it is.
13023  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I've always been a PSP man, but.... on: December 30, 2008, 08:46:24 PM

Quote from: biggercup on December 30, 2008, 12:36:35 PM

My DS Lite is next to Toilet being used everyday.

My PSP is somewhere in my room collecting dust.

I'm not sure which is getting the worse deal there.
13024  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/29) on: December 29, 2008, 08:11:42 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on December 29, 2008, 07:45:09 PM

Considering getting Sacred 2 but really, really trying to wait for a better deal.

I'm waiting for the console version, to see how that fares.
13025  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I've always been a PSP man, but.... on: December 29, 2008, 08:11:01 PM
I haven't touched my PSP since the God of War game.

I play my DS nearly every day.
13026  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions (& mgs level pack info!)... on: December 29, 2008, 08:09:30 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on December 29, 2008, 07:58:56 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 29, 2008, 07:28:16 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 29, 2008, 12:46:42 AM

Hey, on the Metal Gear levels, is there anything in there that's going to give plot points of MGS4 away?

I've been holding off on playing that one.

What's the verdict?

that, for whatever reason, you've waited far too long to play mgs4? smile ...

aside from the part where snake flips out, & savagely attacks meryl (see above), i didn't see anything i'd consider a spoiler...


edit: beaten smile ...

I got MGS overkill playing 2 and 3 back to back (and some of 1 at that).  Plus, I wanted to wait for the inevitable BETTER version.  MGS4: Substandard or whatever they're going to call it  icon_wink.

Thanks for the info, guys.  I was enjoying LBP:MGS quite a bit, but didn't want to get too far and ruin something from the other game.

On an unrelataed note: I finally beat that damn Collector level.  Satisfying and frustrating all at the same time.  My success was pure luck at one point.
13027  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions (& mgs level pack info!)... on: December 29, 2008, 07:28:16 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 29, 2008, 12:46:42 AM

Hey, on the Metal Gear levels, is there anything in there that's going to give plot points of MGS4 away?

I've been holding off on playing that one.

What's the verdict?
13028  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: December 29, 2008, 07:26:11 PM

Quote from: happydog on December 29, 2008, 06:44:53 PM

Finished SP last night. I have to say that this was my least favorite of the series. Now I just really need to get some MP play in. I keep saying it, and at some point I actually will (I'm sure all of the GT crew will have passed on by then though).


Even over 3?
13029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lord of the Rings: Conquest on: December 29, 2008, 05:34:29 PM

Quote from: kronovan on December 29, 2008, 05:16:56 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 29, 2008, 01:37:07 PM

Well this thread is a bummer.   The early videos looked really promising.

Many demos I've played recently have proven to be poor indicators of the actual game, so I'm still hopeful. And many of the details Metalic posted sound good and fun. I just wish the demo was available on XBL so I could try it myself.

Very true.  I've turned around on demo opinions a few times already this year.  However, I am now waiting for revs/imps.
13030  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/29) on: December 29, 2008, 04:35:17 PM
WII VC:
Zoda's Revenge: Star Tropics II [NES]

Wiiware:
MaBoShi: The Three Shape Arcade
Cue Sports: Snooker Vs Billiards


It's the Week of the Colon: The Revenge!

MaBoShi got some incredible reviews.  Eurogamer gave it a 9/10, for example.  So, it might be worth a look.
13031  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Community Games XBLM on: December 29, 2008, 04:14:21 PM
Well, others agree about Carneyvale Showtime.  It's at the top of a Best Of XNA list on Gameasutra.  Weapon of Choice is on there, too, but there are a bunch I haven't heard of (or seen yet maybe).  I'll hunt some of these down.

Here's the list:

http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=21673

Here's what they say about Carneyvale Showtime:

Quote
The well deserved winner of the DreamBuildPlay 2008 competition, if there's any justice in the world, CarneyVale Showtime will be the game that puts the Community Games on the map.

It's a blazingly simple concept. You guide a ragdoll up the screen via a series of rotating grappling ropes, and complete the level by flinging him through a flaming hoop. What makes the game so special is its wonderful show of coherence coupled with joyous arcade-esque thrills.

Hurling your little acrobat through the air, popping balloons as you go is just so much fun. It'd be a hard-faced man indeed who wouldn't raise a smile after a particularly successful run of tricks, the crowd cheering them on as they hurtle through the fiery ring and onto the next challenge.

At the frankly silly price of 400 points, and with 18 inbuilt levels and a level editor thrown in for good measure, CarneyVale Showtime deserves your time. Play it and wonder to yourself why XBLA occasionally drifts into the realms of utter tat, and yet sitting there unattended on the Community Games service lies this gem that eclipses a vast proportion of XBLA games. Then smile and spread the word.

I'm spreading the word.

Also, Hexothermic is kind of wonderful, once you get the rhythm of it.  Only 200 points, too.
13032  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions (& mgs level pack info!)... on: December 29, 2008, 12:46:42 AM
Hey, on the Metal Gear levels, is there anything in there that's going to give plot points of MGS4 away?

I've been holding off on playing that one.
13033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: King´s Bounty: The Legend => Demo available!! on: December 28, 2008, 10:28:53 PM

Quote from: EddieA on December 28, 2008, 11:08:36 AM

Quote from: Lord Percy on December 28, 2008, 09:53:18 AM

I picked this up a couple of days ago, and I don't really get it. It plays like a watered down copy of HOMM. All the armies are exactly the same, with the exception that each side has less units. Farmers, swordsmen, archers, gryphons and bolt slinging priests? I wonder where they got that idea. Pixies with a "no relatiation" skill? Sounds suspiciously like a HOMM unit. Pick between two perks when you level up? It's pretty blatant where they got all their inspiration. Even the objects you encounter in the game world are similar.

The game is based on the old King's Bounty game, which was also the basis for the HOMM series, so it's not surprising they're similar.

I also think the story aspects of King's Bounty are better than anything in the HOMM.  I also loved that series.  I took it as a given that it would be very similar, given that it had the same name as the game that inspired HOMM.
13034  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions (& mgs level pack info!)... on: December 28, 2008, 10:20:25 PM

Quote from: Elenkis on December 28, 2008, 09:21:33 PM

Quote from: Chaz on December 28, 2008, 05:30:07 PM

Does it seem weird to anyone else that all of the extra content packs have been 1 MB each? Every costume, every costume pack, even the MGS level pack is 1 MB.  I strongly suspect that the content already lives on the disc, and we're just paying for the key to unlock it.  Which is kind of annoying, and given all the backlash about EA doing that, I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned before.

They patch the game every week with an update that contains the DLC for that week, then you download a 1mb key file that unlocks that content. This is so you can still see the content even if you don't purchase it, for example if another player is wearing a premium costume.

That makes sense to me.  The other possibility is that the costume packs and items are various sizes under 1MB, but 1MB is the smallest size that Sony lists.
13035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lord of the Rings: Conquest on: December 28, 2008, 05:02:51 PM
I'm with the consensus here.  Very meh after the demo.

I did get to kill Gandalf within seconds of entering my first game, so I had high hopes (knocked him off a bridge), but it's pretty underwhelming.
13036  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions (& mgs level pack info!)... on: December 28, 2008, 05:00:26 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on December 28, 2008, 02:09:45 AM

Quote from: msduncan on December 27, 2008, 10:34:29 PM

This game is worth more than $60 in my opinion.   It's sheer brilliance.

Btw -- there is an ocean level and one based on Dead Space that are awesome.

Btw2 --  my gamertag for the PS3 is msduncan.     Please add me and we'll hook up in LBP and also be able to see each others' hearted levels.

i'm beginning to think it's no longer a question of whether or not lbp has legs, but just how big those legs will be smile ...

Still seems like the game will be around for awhile, but with a very small group.  But that always seemed to be the case.  The game had "cult hit" all over it.  It's never going to be the glorious system seller they were hoping for, though.

On the other hand, there's a lot that can be tweaked for LBP2 that could make it perfect for the masses.
13037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions (& mgs level pack info!)... on: December 28, 2008, 01:07:17 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on December 27, 2008, 11:05:29 PM

You guys need to give Anti-Color by ZX497 a whirl (found over northern Africa).

It is pretty damn outstanding.  Unlike anything I've seen so far (pics from NeoGAF's gofreak)







For a second I thought those were "artist's renderings" like you'd see on the news for court cases.  Holy shit, if those are in game graphics, though.  I'll try that tonight.

Quote from: Turtle on December 27, 2008, 05:45:41 PM

I played your level.  The genericness consumed my soul.

I think I saw your comment in there.  Thanks, Turtle.  I think.   icon_smile
13038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions (& mgs level pack info!)... on: December 27, 2008, 05:37:15 PM

Quote from: The Grue on December 27, 2008, 05:17:06 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 27, 2008, 05:16:16 PM

Quote from: Chaz on December 27, 2008, 03:25:08 PM

Amazon has had it for $40 several times in the past few weeks.  Also, the co-op parts are entirely optional.

Optional if you don't mind not collecting everything.  And there are some that require 4 players!  That bummed me out.


You could always play online with people to get those extras.

You know, I keep forgetting that.  Shows that I really think of LBP (and platformers in general) as single player affairs.
13039  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Puzzle Arcade XBLA on: December 27, 2008, 05:33:59 PM
For Christmas MS gave us Puzzle Arcade, where you put together virtual jigsaw puzzles.  I wasn't even going to try the demo, as I figured it would be lame.  I tried it anyway, though, and I have to say, if you're going to do a virtual jigsaw game, this would be the way to do it.  The graphics are very nice.  The music/sounds are appropriate, but what really astounded me were the number of play modes and options.  You've got standard, multiplayer, dynamic puzzles (where the pictures change as you put the puzzle together), fractal puzzles (described as large, multilevel puzzles), XBL Vision puzzles (ie create your own), challenge puzzles (which seem to throw twists in like pieces that rotate as you build or a bomb that will blow up your puzzle if you don't add a piece every 15 seconds or the classic missing piece) and weekly puzzles.  On top of that, the modes give you set-up choices.  You choose how you want your pieces set up (scattered on the table or in racks at the side - the first requires you to click the piece in place, the second-called Turbo mode-drops it in automatically).  You also set your experience level, how many pieces you want (16 - 1330), and what shape you want your pieces to be in (4 different styles, including just a square).  Frankly, the whole thing is a little staggering.  It's clear that a lot of care went into putting this game together, and it all goes back to what I said earlier: "...if you're going to do a virtual jigsaw game, this would be the way to do it."  The question is, do you really want a virtual jigsaw game?  And is it worth 800 points for you?  I'm a little on the fence, as far as that last part goes, but I'm definitely interested.
13040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions (& mgs level pack info!)... on: December 27, 2008, 05:16:16 PM

Quote from: Chaz on December 27, 2008, 03:25:08 PM

Amazon has had it for $40 several times in the past few weeks.  Also, the co-op parts are entirely optional.

Optional if you don't mind not collecting everything.  And there are some that require 4 players!  That bummed me out.

On an unrelated note, has anyone tried my level?
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