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13041  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (DS) on: March 19, 2009, 09:42:58 PM
Loving this game so far.  However, one major source of frustration for me is the buttons used for accelerating/running, braking and shooting.  I am constantly wasting ammo, thinking I'm going to run.  I wish there was an option to swap buttons.  I'd love to have run=A, brake=B, shoot=Y.  I thought I'd get the hang of it, eventually, but now I'm not so sure.
13042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 after 1 Week, Discussion on: March 19, 2009, 09:26:02 PM
Yeah, the Panda game isn't bad, especially if you got it for free.

The Tiger Woods game is '09, since '10 was just announced.  They added some very cool stuff to that one, IMO.  The personal trainer stuff was a great addition, though I would like to have seen more done with it.

Get that Fallout 3 cracked open, baby!
13043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] The Bourne Conspiracy on: March 19, 2009, 02:33:06 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 19, 2009, 06:43:45 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 19, 2009, 06:28:43 AM

arise.....


so, gamefly saves me yet again from actually spending money on a piece of crap.  OM fucking G this game is boring.  all the fights seem to be block clock block, then attack attack attack which is usually met with a block block block ad naseum until you manage to get enough hits to be able to hit the B button and let the game win the fight for you.  add in levels with obstacles that block your path that a drunken circus midget could get over plus boss fights that take longer than an 82 year old man trying to take a crap after eating a wheel of cheese and you get a game of epic FAIL not unlike McCain-Palin 2008.

i warned you.  how long did you put up with it? 

even when i saw this in the clearance aisle for maybe ten bucks, i wouldn't touch it again.  it and that blacksite game will always stand as the pinnacle of garbage for me this gen.

I'm sorry you guys don't like it.  I've had fun with it (and I know some others have, too).  Gamerankings lists it at nearly 74%.  I think you're exaggerating by comparing it to Blacksite, though (GR 62.8 %).  And none of those games compare to the crapfest that was Turning Point: Fall of Liberty.  I heard Legendary (nee Legendary: The Box) was worse, but I never played that one.

Engine, as long as you're looking for a decent action game and not a AAA title, you'll enjoy it fine.  Except for the driving section.
13044  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finish the sentence: I wish that the PS3... on: March 19, 2009, 02:43:58 AM

Quote from: Purge on March 18, 2009, 07:53:11 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 18, 2009, 07:10:52 PM

I wish voice chat worked better.  (or at all.)  In my experiences playing Killzone 2 online I have yet to actually understand something a person is saying.  It's like everyone's mic sensitivity is turned up to 11.

SORRY ABOUT THAT IT'S JUST HOW I TALK.

LOL
13045  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finish the sentence: I wish that the PS3... on: March 18, 2009, 04:15:10 PM

Quote from: Razgon on March 17, 2009, 06:09:22 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 17, 2009, 05:34:56 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle 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.

Razgon?  Anything?

sorry Bullwinkle, I'd forgotten about this.

Anyways, here goes :

The ps3 may experience network speed problems, when they use "Type 3" in NAT. Thats because your IP adress is dynamic. To avoid this, you need to make sure your PS3 always gets the same IP adress.

Most routers have a DHCP menu, where you can see all the connected systems.  Typically, the PS3 will be the one without a name, but if in doubt, you can enter the ps3s network options,  and see all the information there, and the MAC adress as well.  On some routers, it is possible to mark the MAC adresses, telling it to give it the same IP adress every time.  Other routers have a client list,  where you manually have to enter the MAC adress which tells it that the PS3 shall have the same IP adress everytime.

Once you've set your router to give your PS3 the same IP adress everytime,  you need to enter the network options and run the network test. This should give you the TYPE 2 NAT, which instantly gives you higher speed that before.

I hope the above helps!

Thanks for the info, Raz.  I'm already at NAT 2, so I'm not sure this'll help me.  I'm not sure what the deal is, but it's definitely slower in downloading from PSN than the other two consoles.  The browser seems to work okay (SpeedTest came back with decent results), but DLing just takes an epic amount of time.
13046  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Family Game Night on: March 18, 2009, 04:13:14 PM

Quote from: Jeff on March 18, 2009, 04:01:41 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 18, 2009, 02:10:43 PM

One review I read said that Scrabble basically doesn't have MP.  That can't be right.  I know the local MP is gimped because everyone can see everyone's tiles, but I'm not sure how you'd get around that.

By playing real Scrabble? smile

What?!  The controllers wouldn't move the tiles at all. 
13047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Family Game Night on: March 18, 2009, 02:10:43 PM
I downloaded it and trials for all of the games.

There are some interesting variations involved, which would extend the gameplay, but I'm sorry, the pricing is ridiculous.  They should have used UNO as a benchmark.  400 points, and, from what I understand, it still sells and is played frequently.

I also can't figure out what is playable in online multiplayer (and you have to exit out to the main menu to play a game MP - it would be better if you could be in a game and instantly go MP if the mood struck you).  One review I read said that Scrabble basically doesn't have MP.  That can't be right.  I know the local MP is gimped because everyone can see everyone's tiles, but I'm not sure how you'd get around that.

If anyone picks any of these up, please give impressions.
13048  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (DS) on: March 17, 2009, 05:45:39 PM
Gamepro: 5 stars!
Quote
A fantastic addition to Rockstar's legacy, Chinatown Wars stands solidly on its own two feet as not only the series' first foray onto the Nintendo DS, but a damn good game, to boot.

http://www.gamepro.com/article/reviews/209261/grand-theft-auto-chinatown-wars/

Quote from: kathode on March 17, 2009, 05:38:43 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on March 17, 2009, 05:26:13 PM

So... apparently, BB will not be carrying this in their stores - according to their website this is available online only. What is up with that?  disgust

I got mine at Best Buy...

Did they have the guide?
13049  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finish the sentence: I wish that the PS3... on: March 17, 2009, 05:34:56 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle 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.

Razgon?  Anything?
13050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (DS) on: March 17, 2009, 02:15:17 PM
The love continues.  1Up, A-.  GamesRadar, 10/10!

Quote
Other little things make Chinatown Wars feel like a good ol' GTA game: The Liberty City map is essentially the same as GTA4's, so you'll constantly pass by familiar locations, whether it's the Burger Shot on a corner or the fountain in Middle Park. And every vehicle has a distinct feel; you'll quickly learn which ones to avoid when you need a good ride. Altogether, Chinatown Wars is what I expected -- it takes an understandable few steps back from GTA4, but also takes a couple forward (a touch screen can do that). It's a well-honed "core" GTA on the handheld, not merely a one-to-one clone of its console parents.

http://www.1up.com/do/reviewPage?cId=3173272&p=39

Quote
You'll love
Hours upon hours of superb gaming
Streamlined for portable play
Drug dealing and Rampages!
You'll hate
Omnipresent cops
Vehicles are quick to explode
No fart button

http://www.gamesradar.com/ds/grand-theft-auto-chinatown-wars/review/grand-theft-auto-chinatown-wars/a-200903161401660053/g-20080715134118601029


Let's hope these translate to sales!  There are so many more DSs around than full consoles (apparently), but I guess a lot of those belong to kids. 
13051  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!

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
13052  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
13053  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!
13054  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.
13055  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:

Quote
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.
13056  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.
13057  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.
13058  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.
13059  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.
13060  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.
13061  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.
13062  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.
13063  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
13064  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.
13065  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.
13066  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!
13067  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.
13068  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
13069  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.
13070  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?
13071  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.
13072  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?
13073  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).
13074  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!
13075  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.
13076  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.
13077  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / GoGamer $4.90 Forever on: March 12, 2009, 12:40:10 PM
From Evil Avatar:

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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

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13078  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!
13079  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. 

13080  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.
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