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13001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Exceedingly Late to the Party on: November 26, 2008, 05:19:12 PM
How am I so far out of the loop that I've never heard of monoprice.  What's their deal?
13002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident evil 5 360 co-op demo next week(maybe Japan only) on: November 26, 2008, 05:14:21 PM
Here's my impression of your subject line, mo:

Free Ice Cream for Everyone! If you live in my house.
13003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 2 on: November 26, 2008, 04:25:37 PM

Quote from: Roscoe on November 26, 2008, 11:33:59 AM

Just as a heads up, the Far Cry 2 DLC is now available, according to this post by Major Nelson (a few paragraphs from the top).
Title: Far Cry® 2

Content: Far Cry®2 Fortunes Pack
Price: 800 Microsoft Points
Availability: All regions except Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan
Dash Text: [ESRB: M (Mature) BLOOD,DRUG REFERENCE,INTENSE VIOLENCE,SEXUAL THEMES,STRONG LANGUAGE] Ramp up the terror with the Far Cry®2 Fortunes Pack. Loaded with 3 new weapons, 2 new vehicles and 4 new multiplayer maps. Silenced Shotgun – Power and stealth in one gun. Craftsman Shotgun – An ornamental shotgun with power and class to get people talking. Crossbow – Use explosive bolts to take out vehicles or start raging fires from a safe distance. ATV - Leave the roads and hit the fields with this All-terrain Vehicle. Utility Truck - Perfect for charging unsuspecting camps and taking out a couple of mercs. Plus 4 NEW MULTIPLAYER MAPS Get set to take out friends and enemies alike in these new environments: • Last Resort • Cheap Labour • Lake Smear • Fort Fury Let the mayhem begin… There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see

I only tried MP one time in FC2 and wasn't impressed. So the question is, do I spend 800 MSP for three guns and two vehicles?

13004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Valkyria Chronicles [PS3] on: November 26, 2008, 04:23:07 PM
Is there a lot of set-up involved before each mission?  Like what weapons or troops or characters to bring and where to place them?  That kind of stuff usually bogs me down in these types of games.
13005  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider: Underworld on: November 26, 2008, 05:51:55 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 26, 2008, 05:27:59 AM

Quote from: kronovan on November 26, 2008, 05:17:43 AM

woW, wOW WOW...what a conclusion to a trilogy! That has to be the best TR story yet and one of the better stories I've played through in any game.

technically it's only been 2 games-  Anniversary was a remake of the first game and Underworld is the continuation to Legend.

Yeah, but the story was new to Anniversary, unless I really don't remember that original game.
13006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ChronoTrigger DS on: November 25, 2008, 11:11:18 PM

Quote from: JodoKast on November 25, 2008, 10:45:56 PM

Quote from: tylertoo on November 25, 2008, 02:08:55 AM

Actually, I guess the stores won't get it until Wed.    crybaby

I got my copy at Noon today at the local GameStop in case you really wanted it today, you might want to call.

Every Best Buy in my area except the one that is actually close to me received theirs by early afternoon.  Mine still does not have it.  I hate my store anymore.
13007  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead Impressions on: November 25, 2008, 07:21:55 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 25, 2008, 06:24:02 PM

Camp I can handle.  Camp implies humor.  I saw none of that to be had. 

I got CoD:W@W.  I'm covered on MP fun.

Not the same at all, MP-wise.

And, for me, the campiness comes from fellow players, more than the enemies.  But I have to say, the enemy designs are simple in concept, but they work together fantastically.  Also, you're way oversimplifying the "ripping off HL tongue grabbers."  Those guys move around, whip a tendril out at you, and start pulling you in quickly.  Your self-defense window is very small, so they basically enforce teamplay.  In HL they hid, always in the ceiling and just waited for you to stupidly walk into them before slowly pulling you up.  The Smokers' attacks are more like a Spiderman thing than the HL baddies.   

Honestly, you've dismissed it, and I'm betting there is no convincing you, but I wasn't sold on it from the demo, either, and I've spent way more MP time playing L4D than either CoD or GoW this year.
13008  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 25, 2008, 04:11:52 PM
Being from Pittsburgh, I may have to make a significant detour and head to the Pitt when that gets released.  Holy shit.
13009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead Impressions on: November 25, 2008, 06:02:52 AM

Quote from: spigot on November 25, 2008, 04:50:02 AM

I always knew there was something going on between Bill and Louis  saywhat

13010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions... on: November 25, 2008, 04:29:07 AM

Quote from: Turtle on November 25, 2008, 01:26:00 AM

Hm... well, you could copy the developer level with stairs to your moon, then go into edit mode and use the Capture Object to capture both the stairs and its support structure, then take that into an empty level plop it down and edit it from there.

I do know about capturing, I'm just wondering if there aren't restrictions against using developer bits wholesale in your levels.

Edit to Add:  Okay, I've looked around.  I can't figure out how to get developer levels onto my moon.  Any ideas?
13011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: November 24, 2008, 09:44:44 PM
Totally separate deal.  These Lips microphones look cool (my wife wants 'em, anyway), but I don't see myself bothering with them unless they work with Rock Band.  I have read that as of now they don't work, but could easily do so with a patch.  Any word on if said patch is even in the pipeline?
13012  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 24, 2008, 03:21:16 PM

Quote from: Purge on November 24, 2008, 02:06:13 PM

I am now a historical character. Guess who:

Gay Hitler?
13013  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/24) on: November 24, 2008, 01:40:01 PM
VC this week:  Boogerman [Sega Mega Drive].

On WiiWare: Boingz and the inevitable Sudoku Challenge.
13014  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions... on: November 24, 2008, 01:38:45 PM
Thanks, guys.  I figured there had to be something going on in the background. 

I didn't know you could copy levels to the moon.  If I can just copy a set of stairs and tweak from there, that would save a lot of hassle.  Is that possible?
13015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ChronoTrigger DS on: November 24, 2008, 01:37:32 PM
Has anyone seen word of a strategy guide for this?  I usually like to have one for these types of game, mostly to keep my place in between sessions.
13016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider: Underworld on: November 24, 2008, 01:33:16 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 24, 2008, 12:46:18 AM

Quote from: Destructor on November 23, 2008, 09:44:21 PM

Plus - where exactly ARE the reviews then? Not shipping review product before launch is one thing - there still not being many reviews now means something.

What do you mean?  Almost every major and even minor pubs (1Up, IGN, Eurogamer, Edge, Gamesradar, Gamespy, Gamepro, etc) have already reviewed it.  Gamespot is the only notable omission I can think of.  I would look more to the busy reviewing season- Last Remnant was also similarly lacking in reviews. 

I was just going to say.  I'm not sure where you're getting that there are no reviews out.  The Gameranking page is filled.  Nearly 20 reviews on there.  About half came on the 19th, the rest before the 21st.
13017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shaun White Snowboarding? on: November 24, 2008, 01:30:24 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 21, 2008, 08:01:30 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 21, 2008, 07:21:11 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 21, 2008, 06:57:25 PM

is the target wii version also spruced up with the extra mountain etc?  that might be worth picking up just to have a reason to drag the balance board back out of the closet.


cool.  anyone know if the special version is a limited time deal or a the regular item they will carry?  i want to grab this, but i need to hold off for a while and would hate to miss it.

I didn't get the impression that it's a limited time thing.
13018  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/24) on: November 24, 2008, 01:29:07 PM
I think it'll just be Chrono Trigger and the unwieldily initialled SF2HDR.
13019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions... on: November 23, 2008, 09:06:34 PM
Honest to God, I'm still trying to work on these motherf'ing stairs.  I have tried nine different ways from Sunday to get it to work.  It seems like it's so basic, yet it just doesn't work.  It's basically a series of rectangles with the bottoms cut out and a little nub in the top that fits into the cut-out section of the piece above it.  Cardboard seems to be the lightest material, and it requires a sponge on the front of the bottom stair.  I've even tried hiding a chunk of the pink floaty foam at the back of each section to make it lighter, but that doesn't work, either.  Am I supposed to be using pistons or something?  These f'ers don't move AT ALL.  I've had directly on the floor and I've built platforms for them to slide on - wood, glass, more cardboard - no go.  I've made triply sure that nothing is attached to anything.

If anyone finds a tutorial anywhere to show me what I'm missing, I'd love to see it.  I've spent hours on this one damn thing.  Grrrrrr-rrrrr.
13020  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: November 23, 2008, 03:50:08 PM
I remember being irritated with Entertainment Weekly when they reviewed RB and GH3.  The reviewer basically dismissed RB because he didn't really want to get any friends together.  It was comparable to the general public opinion, I thought (and frankly, I expect reviewers to go a little more in depth than the general public - EW is good at this in their other reviews, but their video game reviews are essentially worthless).  Popularity was essentially only based on name recognition alone.

Well, in their recent Top Entertainers of the Year at No. 7, no less, is good old Rock Band.  In the article, it's being described as revolutionary and setting the tone for games to come, as well as reinvigorating the entire music industry. 

Very gratifying.
13021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider: Underworld on: November 23, 2008, 03:35:21 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 23, 2008, 02:45:43 PM

So, this can't be good - apparently Eidos is trying to keep the 'bad reviews' out of the public's eye for now:

Eidos UK PR firm Barrington Harvey has confirmed that British sites are being asked not to post Tomb Raider: Underworld reviews with scores lower than 80 percent until Monday.

The game releases today for 360 and PS3.

Gamespot UK journalist Guy Cocker revealed the tactic in a Twitter post on Wednesday that said: “call from Eidos–if you’re planning on reviewing Tomb Raider Underworld at less than an 8.0, we need you to hold your review till Monday.”

Said a Barrington Harvey rep on the phone this afternoon: “That’s right. We’re trying to manage the review scores at the request of Eidos.”

When asked why, the spokesperson said: “Just that we’re trying to get the Metacritic rating to be high, and the brand manager in the US that’s handling all of Tomb Raider has asked that we just manage the scores before the game is out, really, just to ensure that we don’t put people off buying the game, basically.”

British site Eurogamer has already gone live with a 7/10 score, an act the rep said had caused “problems”.

OXM UK has also posted a 7.0 score.

The news is unlikely to go down well. Eidos’s efforts at controlling review scores are still fresh in the mind: it was a row over Gamespot’s 6/10 review of Kane & Lynch that cost popular US journalist Jeff Gerstmann his job.

Might explain the lack of reviews.

They've already said that wasn't true (thoguh I suspect it probably was).  I'm pretty sure this kind of thing happens all the time.
13022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: November 23, 2008, 04:50:30 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 23, 2008, 12:45:47 AM

Well, those are some awesome looking locations.
13023  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]A Kingdom For Keflings on: November 23, 2008, 12:08:42 AM

Quote from: EddieA on November 22, 2008, 08:54:46 PM

Quote from: DonD on November 22, 2008, 05:49:53 PM

Question:  What do 'smart' keflings do that normal ones don't?  Same question for the ones trained in the guild hall.

I believe some buildings require educated or trained workers to operate them.

What's the difference between the school kefs and guild kefs?  I don't like that you have to build blind for a lot of this.  I'm supposed to be working toward a Keep, but apart from the fact that it has something to do with upgrading the town hall, I have no idea how to proceed.
13024  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Home Beta on: November 23, 2008, 12:04:23 AM

Quote from: Turtle on November 22, 2008, 09:52:10 PM

Eh, the only feature I'm interested in is launching games from within Home, much like a party system.  If they were smart, they'd take that feature, integrate it into the XMB, make the Home characters like Miis/Avatars, and now they have an instant party system.

Yeah, getting into home just to do that doesn't seem like it would be worth it.  There are lots of little loading moments.

Oh, and:

Quote from: somoflange on November 22, 2008, 06:55:17 PM

I loaded it up and looked around and remembered "oh yeah, I HATE other people"

and turned it off.

13025  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 22, 2008, 11:59:18 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 22, 2008, 11:31:59 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 22, 2008, 08:38:54 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 22, 2008, 06:01:36 PM

Oops!  Hey guys you want the Day 1 Tactical Edge gun for free even if you did not get the CE?

You can get it for free through the marketplace.

An error has occurred during the transaction. Please try again later.

Oh they might have fixed it.  I was able to successfully download it.

Now they're charging 99999 points for it!
13026  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] The best DS game no one is playing.... on: November 22, 2008, 11:57:53 PM

Quote from: Dimmona on November 22, 2008, 04:22:29 PM

Quote from: Xmann on November 21, 2008, 12:09:40 PM

my 6 year old is wanting this bad.   is it appropriate for him.....easy enough for him to play?

The controls are easy, but its largely an adventure game.  My 6 year old has problems with the quick time events, but other than that outside of a few tricky puzzles he does ok.

Oh, and now that Chrono Trigger is out I rescind my proclamation. smile

Except people here will be playing that.
13027  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Home Beta on: November 22, 2008, 04:04:45 PM
Yeah, the 77 MB is just a gateway file.  Then you have to "reserve" 3 GB.  I also am not much of a social gamer, so I'm with semi in the don't-listen-to-me category.  I don't think I'll be keeping this.  The whole thing is pretty but really empty feeling.  Even though it was fairly populated.  I tried a little bowling and was underwhelmed.  It just felt aimless to me.  I am never looking for people to chat with on my console, and that seems like the entirity of Home's purpose.  Not really for me.

By the way, if someone wants to merge this with Semi's thread, that would be great.  I did a search and everything, but didn't see it.
13028  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Community Games XBLM on: November 22, 2008, 03:58:49 PM

Quote from: EddieA on November 22, 2008, 02:57:45 AM

Wow, people sure are cranking these out.  There are already close to 50 games available, ranging from 200-800 points.  Some of them look pretty interesting (I love the new screenshot preview feature of NXE), but I haven't downloaded any of them yet.

Well, they've been working on them since the developer tools became available, I think (and that's been a long time).

I recommend checking out the Easy Golf game.  Unfortunately, it's 800 points, but there is the ability to design courses.  It's a pretty slick little golf game.

Others I've been interested in:

Colosseum (as I mentioned)
Weapon of Choice (pretty slick platform/shooter)
In the Pit
Blow (kind of like Eets with bubbles)
Artoon (puzzle/jumping game)

I haven't actually bought anything yet, but I think I may go in for Easy Golf, Colosseum and Weapon of Choice.

I also just saw Classic Card Games, which I will buy if it has Euchre and is any good.  And a game called Arriba!  I don't know what it is (the screenshot doesn't show much), but I'm downloading it anyway.
13029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]A Kingdom For Keflings on: November 22, 2008, 03:42:24 PM
Yeah, I bought it and had immediate buyer's remorse.  However, I've since played it again, and am back into it.  Good game.
13030  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Best kid games? on: November 22, 2008, 03:41:00 PM
My daughter has played the Disney Princess game four times through since last Christmas.  I'm betting your kid won't like that, but my point is this:  Kids love crap games.  Ben 10 would probably work for him.

Also, I heartily recommend Boom Blox.
13031  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Absolutely hilarious Oblivion AAR on: November 22, 2008, 03:38:53 PM
That's good stuff.
13032  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 21, 2008, 11:21:06 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on November 21, 2008, 09:32:19 PM

Quote from: Fuzzballx on November 21, 2008, 08:14:47 PM

The old blades were pretty, slick, quick, well organized, super easy to use, and high tech looking.

I respectfully disagree on all of the above points. To me, the old dashboard looked like a Fisher-Price toy, moved much slower than the new dash, and was often maddeningly difficult to navigate (at least for the marketplace).

I think the new dashboard, while certainly full of fluff, made a nice comprimise by having the quick dash menu at the touch of the center button.

I much prefer the new set-up.

I think the system will be refined not too far down the line and it will be more intuitively organized/streamlined.  It's not too bad now, but there are little tweaks that can be made to remove a couple of steps, but it's definitely sleeker and seems to move faster than the blades.
13033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Playstation Home Beta on: November 21, 2008, 11:16:15 PM
I just got an e-mail telling me I'd been selected for the Home Beta.  I hadn't signed up or anything.  I decided to go ahead with it, just to compare with the NXE (sure seems MS forced Sony's hand, though).  It's downloading now.  Much smaller than the NXE at only 77 MB, yet it's taking longer to download.
13034  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider: Underworld on: November 21, 2008, 07:21:20 PM

Quote from: kronovan on November 21, 2008, 07:05:26 PM

I played up until the 4th level yesterday and so far I'm enjoying this very much. I was impressed at how big the Thai level actually was. What was featured in the demo is only about 1/3 of it; maybe even only a 1/4! As in the demo the jumping and climbing has been a bit more challenging than TRL or TRA. The grab holds are much more blended in with the backgrounds; keeping your light on at all times really helps locate them. I'm playing it on the middle difficulty and so far it's been easy enough to the point that I'm thinking of experimenting with a game on the hardest setting. The story up to the point up I'm at is interesting and evolving nicely and would please any TR fan due to it's emphasis on ancient history and  references to the latest 2 prequels.

Just as in the demo the visuals on every level so far have been very impressive, but now that I'm a ways in they've taken 2nd set to the audio and voice acting. This has to be one of the better voice acted and sounding games I've played in a while. I'm blushing as I type it, but it also has to feature the best bum and set of hips ever depicted in a video game.  icon_redface  The character model for Lara is more beautiful and better than ever, being both sensuous and athletic. The modeling of her is so superior to the typical buxom, bade stereotypes found in 99% of games, that it really puts this in a class all by itself. That character model combined with sweeping music featuring melodic female vocals, gives the atmosphere a feminine aspect that I don't recall any other game pulling off. So far very impressive and captivating, can't wait to play more tonight.

Embarrassingly, I keep noticing her butt, too.

The level length is a little off putting to me, I'll be honest.  I prefer quick hit levels.  The design is very good, but I find my mind wandering before I'm through.
13035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shaun White Snowboarding? on: November 21, 2008, 07:21:11 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 21, 2008, 06:57:25 PM

is the target wii version also spruced up with the extra mountain etc?  that might be worth picking up just to have a reason to drag the balance board back out of the closet.

13036  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ChronoTrigger DS on: November 21, 2008, 06:21:50 PM

Quote from: tylertoo on November 21, 2008, 06:02:38 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 21, 2008, 03:56:43 PM

Sorry, I found that amusing.

No problem.  And sorry all for my angry tone.

So back to the original topic, who's getting this on day one?

Even though I won't have finished DQIV yet, I will get this as close to Day 1 as the holiday allows.
13037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shaun White Snowboarding? on: November 21, 2008, 06:19:36 PM

Quote from: JSL on November 21, 2008, 06:10:13 PM

How does it play without the balance board and is the snowball throwing mechanic still in the Wii version? In other words, is it annoying to have to dodge snowballs all the time?

Haven't tried it without the balance board, but I've heard it controls nicely.  I also haven't seen any snowballs yet, nor is there anything in the manual, but a guy does seem to be picking up snow in one of the box's screenshots.
13038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 trophies now a developer requirement on: November 21, 2008, 05:27:20 PM

Quote from: Turtle on November 21, 2008, 05:22:20 PM

Yeah, because epeen points are so much better than fake trophies.  slywink  They do need to do a better job of showing the level of a player, which based off trophy count and type, it basically serves the same purpose as the gamerscore.

Actually, there is a limit, each trophy has a point value and every PS3 game has a limit to the amount of trophy points they can allocate divided up between bronze, silver, and gold trophies.

Never heard that term "epeen."   icon_biggrin  But, yeah, I'd rather be swinging large in my mind that showing fake trophies to people who don't care.   icon_wink  And just because the rule of three is making me do it:  unibrow
13039  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead Impressions on: November 21, 2008, 04:54:19 PM

Quote from: Brendan on November 21, 2008, 04:01:28 PM

I'm more anxious about encountering tanks - unlike witches, who you can hear from a mile away, you don't anticipate one until it climbs the fuel truck from behind you and knocks you forty feet into a cluster of propane tanks surrounded by zombies.

Tanks are much tougher, it's true, but you don't get a warning, so there's no fear build up.  With Berserkers and Big Daddies and Witches, you always know they're there, which in many ways is worse.  Plus the Witch is not as mammoth or brute force oriented as the other two are.

We had an awesome encounter the other night.  I forget the level now, but you come out into a courtyard/truck depot (at the end of it, there's some kind of gas tank or something that inevitably gets blown to hell).  Well, we entered the courtyard and took care of most of the troublemakers and, as things quieted down, we could hear her.  We carefully crept out from behind the trucks and saw her hunched down in the middle of the courtyard, basically dead center between the trucks.  To get where we needed to be, we had to go right through her.  The damn Director AI plopped her down perfectly.  After we got into position, the player who'd kind of fallen into the leader role counted us down.  We opened fire as one, getting around her as best we could.  One guy took the brunt of it, but we were able to take her down pretty handily.  Then the horde set upon us and we scrambled to get inside.
13040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Alone in the Dark vastly improved on: November 21, 2008, 04:45:18 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 21, 2008, 04:22:18 PM

Have they released the patch for the other versions?  I may just grab the PC version for 20 bucks.

Apparently, they're not planning on releasing a patch unless the PS3 version sells enough.  As you can see from the last couple of comments, that's probably not going so well.
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