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13041  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WORST.AD.EVER on: May 13, 2008, 06:53:57 PM
FTW!  I mean, WTF?!  Damn. I always get those confused.
13042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 13, 2008, 06:52:12 PM

Quote from: rickfc on May 13, 2008, 04:53:50 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 13, 2008, 04:52:40 PM

Quote from: Teggy on May 13, 2008, 04:40:38 PM

You know what suddenly struck me as I was walking down the steps to my office?  GTAIV accurately models walking down steps.  It actually has annoyed me in-game because you always slow down when you hit steps, but I can't recall another game that has a realistic animation when walking down steps.  Is there?

too bad they don't let you take stairs two or more at a time when running up them.

I usually jump and end up jumping up half the flight of stairs at a time.  biggrin

I do the same, but there are some stairs where I go leaping over the side and fall a few stories, so I'm trying to be more cautious.  I wish he'd take the stairs faster, too.
13043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vlad & Niko on Saturday Night Live on: May 13, 2008, 04:52:11 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 13, 2008, 12:56:29 PM

Quote from: rrmorton on May 13, 2008, 02:58:38 AM

I got it, but thought it was incredibly not funny too. A real missed opportunity. The Daily Show reporting live from Liberty City was much better.

On the bright side, the "murder mystery at the 70s game show" sketch was uncommonly creative. And Leboeuf freakin NAILED Doug Henning. <twinklefingers/mouth the word "magic"> Hilarious.

I missed the show and can't find the Henning clip anywhere.  My google-fu fails me. frown

I remember being a fan of Doug Henning as a child even though I saw through a lot of the tricks.  We went to one of his shows when I was <5 and I called him on it and it was a bit embarassing overall smile  He pulled a coin from my ear and I said loudly that I saw it in his hand before.  oops!

Here go: http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/play.shtml?mea=250057

IMO, this is a fantastic sketch.  It helps that I am a huge Match Game fan, but there's so much going on here.

Except, I should point out that the new girl is a scene killer.
13044  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Rumor]Skies of Arcadia 2 on: May 13, 2008, 04:39:48 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 13, 2008, 03:21:48 PM

Quote from: Eightball on May 13, 2008, 02:53:47 PM

Hey <random encounter> that's <random encounter> exciting <random encounter> news!

LOL.  The encounter rate in that game drove me absolutely nuts.

From what I understand, they toned that down a lot in the Gamecube version.
13045  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vlad & Niko on Saturday Night Live on: May 13, 2008, 03:43:40 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 13, 2008, 01:03:49 AM

anyone else remember when SNL used to be funny?
Anyone else remember when people didn't just bash SNL because it's a typical thing to do?
13046  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/12) on: May 13, 2008, 12:48:58 AM

Quote from: The Grue on May 13, 2008, 12:32:21 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 12, 2008, 11:03:48 PM



Yeah, but that's still time that I don't feel like spending.  I'm growing extremely irritated with Nintendo on this point.

Yes, I'm sure your minute is very important.

It takes longer than that to download the smallest of games.  Factor in going through the menus, copying games and saves, deleting stuff, downloading new stuff and it adds up.  Do that for every handful of games (a number that will get smaller as these Wiiware games get bigger in size), and it's damned annoying.

Even if it did only take a minute, though, it's my minute and I would like to choose how I spend it, not be dictated to by Nintendo, when there are other options possible.
13047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/12) on: May 12, 2008, 11:03:48 PM

Quote from: The Grue on May 12, 2008, 07:59:09 PM

Quote from: kronovan on May 12, 2008, 04:48:50 PM

I'd truely like to get 1 or 2 Wiiware games, but I'm about 99% sure that I don't have enough free blocks on my Wii. As it is I already had to delete 2 existing channels and a game to make space for the Nintendo channel. If anything I guess Wiiware could be a good inspiration for me to complete my existing unfinished VC games.  slywink Or Big N could just deliver support for external USB HDD's....and if pigs could fly...

So in a nutshell....nada this week.

You can delete any games and redownload them later.  Doesn't cost you and gives you more space.  Also, doesn't take terribly long to redownload.  I agree it would be nice that they release some solution, but until then, this one works.

Yeah, but that's still time that I don't feel like spending.  I'm growing extremely irritated with Nintendo on this point.
13048  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WiiWare Impressions on: May 12, 2008, 11:01:30 PM

Quote from: JSL on May 12, 2008, 09:39:54 PM

I downloaded LostWinds, which took about three - four minutes. It uses 259 blocks, which still leaves me 1301 free. I will be trying it out soon and will post some gameplay impressions afterwards.

259?!?

OUT!
13049  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 12, 2008, 10:57:50 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 12, 2008, 10:38:28 PM

Quote from: Teggy on May 12, 2008, 10:07:07 PM

Quote from: kadnod on May 12, 2008, 08:36:51 PM


I sometimes hunt down the "Most Wanted" criminals off the police computer when I want some easy money and ammo.  So far, they've been ridiculously easy to kill.


I like doing those for a change of pace, too.  Except the last one I tried

Spoiler for Hiden:
you come up to an alley and 3 guys on motorcycles come out and you have to kill them all before anyone gets away.

I need to come back to that one.

Spoiler for Hiden:
  Approach coming from the North.  You should be able to down almost all of them as they exit the alleyway.  I got all but one that way and it wasn't too difficult to chase him down.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I find that for a lot of these you can park before you get to the target, you can usually snipe them a lot.  However, I have to wait on one until I get the rocket launcher.  You come to a junk yard or something and it is littered with baddies.
13050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WiiWare Impressions on: May 12, 2008, 04:13:21 PM
Any word on the size of these f*ckers?  My Wii's HD is maxed.  'Course I'd love to play off of the SD card (or at least play the VC games from there), but Nintendo seems to think their 46kb flash hard drive is enough for anyone.
13051  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 Hints and Tips? on: May 12, 2008, 03:54:06 PM

Quote from: The_Man on May 11, 2008, 11:29:15 PM

One thing that I have found that helps is you need to date every chick you can find.  I'm not going to be specific unless someone wants me to be, but relationships can really help you out of a jam in  this game.

Here's my question on dating.  In the last game, I was able to get coffee and move on.  The girl may have called occaisionally when I was in the area, but I could just ignore her and keep playing, and her affection wouldn't go down.

In GTA IV, will I have to be juggling dates with every woman I find AND all of the other "homies" I meet?  I don't want this thing turning into a social simulator.

I finally unlocked LJ's gun trunk recently.  Am I going to have to keep having man-dates with him where I constantly drive into oncoming traffic because I have to read the subtitles to understand 1/10th of what he's saying?
13052  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No one talking about the new Gears of War 2 footage? on: May 12, 2008, 03:50:23 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 12, 2008, 11:44:56 AM

I think chainsaw battles should be based on Gods of War type minigame sequences and whoever gets the random sequence done faster wins.  Still frantic, still speed, but takes a bit more skill and thought than one button repeated.

But in GoW the moves are balletic and it makes sense that you're pushing other buttons.

While in GoW...hey, waitaminute...

Anyway, even in God of War they use rapid-fire trigger pulling for simple strength tests like opening chests and doors.  Multiple button pressing doesn't seem to fit the on-screen action in Gears.
13053  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: call of duty 5...already playable? on: May 12, 2008, 03:47:15 PM
Hopefully, now that Tony Hawk is skipping a year, we'll see this trend start to die away.
13054  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Returning my 360 to Costco - What do I do? on: May 12, 2008, 03:45:33 PM
You could buy the X-Port.  Better than the XSATA, and pretty easy to use.  I think I saw it for $20 recently.

You could also get a 120GB HD.  The transfer works pretty well on that.  If you do that, you won't have to worry about what to do with the hard drive the next time the 360 fails.
13055  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/12) on: May 12, 2008, 03:41:00 PM
Narniada.
13056  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No one talking about the new Gears of War 2 footage? on: May 10, 2008, 03:22:34 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on May 10, 2008, 08:41:41 AM

Does the holding-the-locust-dude-as-a-shield do anything?  Seemed totally out of place in this type of game.

And the chainsaw battles?  Is it really going to be determined on how jam's on the B button more?  C'mon, now.

This game is all about getting to cover (or "stop 'n pop"), so, yeah, I think grabbing convenient cover is perfectly aligned with this type of game.

As for the battles, I'm not sure what you were expecting.  Waggling the 360 controller?  The Y button instead?  Who uses the headset to call the other person gay the loudest?

I really liked the video, though there was a small sense of sameness to me.  The scale was cool, except that it always takes so long to take down one guy, that going against a battalion may make you feel useless.  Fortunately, most of the battle seems about taking out individual squads and larger, scarier things.  Whew!
13057  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: call of duty 5...already playable? on: May 10, 2008, 03:09:49 PM

Quote from: Lord Percy on May 10, 2008, 12:01:05 PM

Treyarch, aren't those the guys that did Die By The Sword? God I loved that game. I didn't know they were still around.

They are.  Of course, they also did Spider-Man 3.

I still love WWII as a setting.  I think COD4's leaps forward had less to do with the setting and more to do with the gameplay (and graphics).

Really, though, if the game is exceptional, they could set it at a neighborhood block party.
13058  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: playstation day...haze demo,LBP details on: May 10, 2008, 02:20:20 PM

Quote from: Turtle on May 10, 2008, 06:07:37 AM

Sad thing is, the controls are very solid.  However, there isn't much nuance to the actual shooting gameplay.  The AI is breandead for the most part.  A bit problem is that the engagements happen at too far a distance and without much tactics.  I'd say a good, but nothing special kind of a shooter.  I think most of us FPS fans will have to play this on Hard to get enough of a challenge, at first anyway.  Not sure what's in store for later segments.

I'll buy this for the co-op, but only if reviews stay in the 70% range and above.

You understand that this is like one of those levels where you have all of your powers in the first level to show off what you can do, and then they get taken away from you and the real game begins, right? 
13059  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crosswords DS impressions on: May 10, 2008, 04:01:14 AM

Quote from: EddieA on May 10, 2008, 01:42:07 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on May 09, 2008, 04:57:36 PM

The crosswords are ok save for 1 thing: the _ _ _ king stupid piece of _ _ it clues that exclude part of the word as if that's a real crossword clue.

Can you give an example of one these clues?
  I think you're  joking, but in case you're not, there are 2 examples in his post and 1 from the game in an earlier one of mine.
13060  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: playstation day...haze demo,LBP details on: May 09, 2008, 11:50:49 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 09, 2008, 06:17:23 AM

I actually kind of liked it.  I thought the controls were good, and I'm intrigued by the story.

It helps a lot that it's Free Radical, of course.  I'm willing to make the leap with them, especially on story.

The bee thing was a bit odd to me (the nectar and the bee colors), but maybe it'll pay off.

As I always say, "Quote yourself."

Anyway, on the topic I mentioned, what was the turnaround times on things like the flow bundle and the Stardust HD bundle and such.
13061  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crosswords DS impressions on: May 09, 2008, 09:39:57 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 09, 2008, 09:36:48 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on May 09, 2008, 04:57:36 PM

The crosswords are ok save for 1 thing: the _ _ _ king stupid piece of _ _ it clues that exclude part of the word as if that's a real crossword clue.

I don't think I have seen one of these kind of clues in medium difficulty.

I have.

They almost make me hulk out every time.
13062  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: May 09, 2008, 09:37:35 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 09, 2008, 06:11:55 PM


Psyched as hell for "Train in Vain!"  Probably my fav Clash song.

Also psyched for "Hanging on the Telephone."

If a pack is available, I'll pick up the Sonic Youth song.
13063  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: playstation day...haze demo,LBP details on: May 09, 2008, 06:17:23 AM
I actually kind of liked it.  I thought the controls were good, and I'm intrigued by the story.

It helps a lot that it's Free Radical, of course.  I'm willing to make the leap with them, especially on story.

The bee thing was a bit odd to me (the nectar and the bee colors), but maybe it'll pay off.
13064  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crosswords DS impressions on: May 09, 2008, 02:54:01 AM
I played for awhile today, too. 

I agree with the anagram interface.  Very well done.  I wish it felt more rewarding.  As it stands, it's a fail unless you get every single word.  I'd rather get graded, like with the crosswords on completion.

The word search was a bit of a pain, but I think it may be my DS's touch screen (it's hard to be exact at the edges, no matter how often I calibrate).

As for the crosswords, your points are pretty close to my impressions, though it didn't seem like there were 75 4X4s.  The first five on each page seem to be at that level, but maybe I'm missing some that you unlock later.  The slow scrolling is a bit of a pain, and I wish you could double tap to switch from across to down, but overall, the interface is better than NYT.  The puzzles aren't, though.  I'm sure they get better, but there are some extremely lame clues.  Granted, I'm still working through the incredibly easy ones, but there is no excuse to ever have a clue that says, "At---tion! (drill sergeant's command)."  If you can't find a better clue for "ten" then it doesn't fit.  Those clues drive me up a wall.  I'm sure they'll stop using them as the levels progress.  They'd damn well better.

I haven't needed a hint yet, either, but I do like the system.  There are three options: Additional Clue, Show Letter, and Show Word.  They're each worth progressively more points, and you only get so many points per puzzle.  The fact that they've written, essentially, two clues for each listing is impressive (unless it doubles those damned partial word ones).

13065  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: playstation day...haze demo,LBP details on: May 08, 2008, 09:08:30 PM
It released around 3:30 or so, but I'm downloading still (59%).

Also, I thought that with the Pixel Junk Monsters expansion there would be a pack that had the full game and expansion.  They've done that before, and I thought I remembered reading they'd do it this time, too.
13066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any interest in GRID? on: May 08, 2008, 06:57:04 PM

Quote from: Xmann on May 08, 2008, 06:42:31 PM

holy crap the graphics are phenomenal!!  anyone know how to change the camera from the driver to other views?

I think it was the left shoulder button.
13067  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any interest in GRID? on: May 08, 2008, 06:06:53 PM
WOW!

This is a phenomenal game.  I suck.  And I'm on the easiest difficulty setting.

Three SP races in the demo.  One track, one drift, one street.  Visually stunning with no framerate hiccups (one of the only complaints about DiRT).  Graphics are stunning, with the SF race being a showcase, as TML mentioned.

If possible, the menus are even cooler than in DiRT (which really shouldn't be important, but, like a good rug, it really ties the whole thing together).  They carry into the game now.

To show how bad I suck, I never got the hang of drifting.  It felt like sometimes it wasn't registering what I thought was a drift, but the game is so well done, that I assume it must have been me.  I wound up with a score of 3,000 something.  I knew it wasn't great, but i thought I might squeak by with a win or something.  Then they showed my opponent's score of 412,000 something.  Ouch.

Anyway, I don't usually get excited for racing games, but this looks like a definite IN for me.
13068  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: playstation day...haze demo,LBP details on: May 08, 2008, 04:49:49 PM
Nothing's up yet on the US store.  When do these things normally hit?
13069  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox 360 and PS3] The Bourne Conspiracy Demo Available... on: May 08, 2008, 03:13:26 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 08, 2008, 01:09:50 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 07, 2008, 05:13:32 PM

The button-pushing sequences are all over this game, by the way.  If you hate their recent prevelance in games, you'll be extremely frustrated.

Ugh.  I hate that shit.  frown 

I'm sure I will try the demo eventually, but hearing that (as well as poor driving and mediocre fighting) doesn't really excite me. 

Of course, by "prevelance" I mean "prevalence."  Durr.
13070  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Channel released: trailers, release date lists, rate games, DS demo on: May 07, 2008, 09:33:50 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 07, 2008, 08:18:57 PM

DS demos would be nice, if they would just do a firmware update to allow it to accept something better than WEP.

Or to let me run stuff off of my SD card!

I'm out of room.  I had to clear out all kinds of things to make room for this.

If they want me buying some Wiiware they'd better give me another storage option.
13071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox 360 and PS3] The Bourne Conspiracy Demo Available... on: May 07, 2008, 05:13:32 PM
I played the demo two nights ago and was not inspired to post anything on it.

It wasn't bad, per say.  Some of the fighting felt brutal, but I wouldn't call it realistic, exactly.  Sometimes it was incredibly cool (like the time I threw a guy into a dry-erase marker board and it broke and it wasn't a scripted moment).  Most times it was typical or even a little shoddy (there were a lot of animation jumps, but that could be fixed in time for release, I suppose).  The fighting is definitely the signature of the game.

The driving sure as hell isn't.  It felt very linear and wonky.  The end is driving around in a circle for a few minutes (following the invisible wall arrows and not going down the streets that are blocked off by cars) until a tunnel gets magically cleared of the cars in its opening.  You make a lap, still blocked, another, nothing's changed, another, same, part way through the last lap, the girlfriend says, "Maybe the tunnel's cleared now" and, sure enough, when you get there, where there was a pile of cars, now there's a cleared tunnel.  Then you have to do the dreaded button-pushing sequence to get through.

The button-pushing sequences are all over this game, by the way.  If you hate their recent prevelance in games, you'll be extremely frustrated.

The whole thing felt a little empty to me, somehow.  The characters just seemed hollow.  Bourne himself couldn't look more generic if he had a black and white bag over his head.  Part of the problem with that has to do with this being based only on the book series and not the movies (thus the "Robert Ludlum's" in the title).  However, I'm pretty damned sure Bourne didn't drive a Cooper Mini down stairs in the book.  They seem to be skirting that rights issue pretty flimsily, IMO.  I'd have my lawyers take a look if I were Universal.

Everything could come together in time for the release.  And the fighting can be fun, but I was hoping for a little more, I guess.
13072  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Teacher fired for Wizardry. I can't make this up. on: May 07, 2008, 04:19:12 PM
I enjoyed the video news story and the reporter hanging up the phone as she explained that she spoke to the school board.
13073  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mirror's Edge anyone? on: May 07, 2008, 05:25:23 AM
I was blown away by the vid when I saw it.  Gorgeous and bright.  And it looks fantastically fun.

However, I've taken time to think about it, and it makes me worried.  The last game that tried this was Breakdown.  Granted it was first person and not PoP platforming, but still, it didn't quite work.  There were moments that were, frankly, impossible due to the first person nature of the fighting (I never was able to finish the game).  Then they add jumping, something that's notoriously frustrating in first person, due to the inability to see where your feet are going to go.  Maybe autojumping will take care of that, but much as that video tempted me, I'm cautious until I start hearing some reviews.
13074  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Boom Blox Impressions on: May 06, 2008, 09:10:34 PM
Kotaku has put up their take:  http://kotaku.com/387721/boom-blox-review-explosive-casual-play

Basically, they really enjoyed single player, but felt the multi-player was tacked on and lackluster. 

Maybe it won't be so great for our pre K girls (though I'm sure mine'll still enjoy it).
13075  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: playstation day...haze demo,LBP details on: May 06, 2008, 09:04:14 PM
The Haze demo is not available in America yet, right?  I haven't seen it yet, anyway.  Is it due Thursday?
13076  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: An Actual Console Topic on: May 06, 2008, 07:08:56 PM
I don't get the snarky-sounding title of this post.
13077  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/5) on: May 06, 2008, 07:07:58 PM
If it actually hits stores this week, I plan on picking up the Kama Wireless Nunchuck for the Wii.
13078  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Boom Blox Impressions on: May 06, 2008, 07:07:06 PM
Everyone around me is still saying tomorrow.

And 1Up gave it an A+!

They said:
Quote
Boom Blox is simply a laundry list of great features and options wrapped around an incredibly fun, expertly designed, and well-tuned puzzle game. Sure, its cute veneer won't do it any favors with the more intense console crowd, but I found it charming and refreshingly cheery. It's a casual game made for a casual crowd, but it's far and away the best one I've ever played. Buy this game.

http://www.1up.com/do/reviewPage?cId=3167698&p=44
13079  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Replaying Previous Games To Get Ready for the Sequel? on: May 06, 2008, 03:12:31 AM

Quote from: ATB on May 05, 2008, 03:39:50 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 05, 2008, 03:19:01 PM

With Mafia II on the way, I remembered that I had never actually finished Mafia.  So I installed it, dug up my save file and found I only had three missions left.  Now I'm part way through the last mission.

Depending on how long it has been since you played the rest of it, I'm not sure the ending is going to have the impact on you that it should.

And, of course, that's the big problem.  Something in my brain is not wired right, and I feel like I have to savor a game instead of finishing it.  Other times, other games get in the way, or I get burned out playing something through straight.

I have a pretty good memory of the events in Mafia, though, so hopefully it'll stick.
13080  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/5) on: May 05, 2008, 03:20:51 PM

Quote from: The Grue on May 05, 2008, 01:59:40 PM

Crosswords and Boom Blox.  There has been a great deal of positive word on Boom Blox (btw, this is the correct way to spell this game), so I am very excited for it.  Also will be getting the Rock Band DLC.

Same for me, but not the DLC. 

I'm hoping I get to see Boom Blox reviews before I buy it, though.  And one more Crosswords review would be nice, too.
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