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13041  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ready for the NEW 8-bit Mega Man game? Mega Man 9 is coming soon! on: September 27, 2008, 10:33:14 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 27, 2008, 09:52:38 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 27, 2008, 07:44:30 PM

But the graphics are better on the 360, for some reason.  And there are achievements.  Now who's the fool, fool?

the person who obsessively goes after immaterial wonderpoints?  icon_twisted

They may be intangible, but they are material, my friend.  Oh, so material...
13042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ready for the NEW 8-bit Mega Man game? Mega Man 9 is coming soon! on: September 27, 2008, 07:44:30 PM

Quote from: kronovan on September 27, 2008, 07:00:30 PM

I think anyone who has a 360 and a Wii is foolish to consider the XBLA version as the truly craptastic d-pad on the 360 controller would make this game a nightmare to play. If you have the classic controller the Wiiware version would be the way to go, hell it would even play better with the Wiimotes d-pad than the 360. I've been playing VC Mega Man 2 on my Wii and it's definitely a tough as nails game, but the classic controller has at least given me a figthing chance.

But the graphics are better on the 360, for some reason.  And there are achievements.  Now who's the fool, fool?
13043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: September 27, 2008, 04:36:47 PM

Quote from: Devil on September 27, 2008, 03:55:09 PM

I'm beggin for Prince...

"Let's Go Crazy" is made for this game.

+1!

"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life...electric word life, it means forever, and that's a mighty long time, but I'm here to tell you...there's something else.  The afterworld.  A world of neverending happiness.  You can always see the sun.  Day...or night.  So when you call up that shrink in Beverly Hills, you know the one...Doctor Everything-Will-Be-Alright...instead of asking him how much of your time is left, ask him how much of your mind, baby...cause in this life, things are much better than in the afterworld.  In this life, you're on your own.  And when the elevator tried to break you down.  Go crazy.  Put your something something some up!"

Done from memory.  Of course, there are not enough 2s and Us in there, but I think it's pretty close, except for that last line, which I just found out is "Punch a higher floor."  Great song opening.  I'd like that on my tombstone, please.  Granted, in the game, it'd be spoken.  Instant 100%, but it'd still be fun.
13044  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Buzz! the TV Quizz on: September 27, 2008, 03:25:09 PM
Well, some cracks are starting to show.  I thought there would be a variety of round types.  Turns out there are three.  The game goes exactly the same way each time.  In the first round you get points based on how quickly you buzz in, in the second you can choose any number of possible answers, in the third you wager one of four amounts based on the subject of the question. 

Structurally, I'm disappointed in this layout, but most real game shows have a structure, so it's not really a problem.  However, there are some issues that this structure causes.  Buzz doesn't have a mix of dialogue to set up each of these rounds.  He says the same thing every time.  The lowest scorer gets to choose the category.  This means that very often, the last place player can clean up, if they find a good category UNLESS everyone bets the highest amount every round, which defeats the point.  The last issue with these three round types is that not one of them uses the big, red button.  I figured a different round type would come along and utilize that tempting thing, but no.  Apparently not.

Anyway, now that I'm aware of the limitations of the game (honestly, it's not a real game show - utilize your format), I can get used to it and just play the thing.  I have to say that, even when I was in the midst of my disappointment, I still played the game for an hour online last night.  Winning is still extremely satisfying.  Even pulling off upsets and still losing is a lot of fun.  There are some clearly missed opportunities here (which, given that this is a series, you'd think they'd have figured out by now), but it's still a fun game.

I wish there was a way to promote your quizzes.  Some of the really cool ones I made are buried in a place they won't be found often, unfortunately.  Time for some pettiness: My movie and song quizzes were doing well.  And it was getting great ratings, then, all of sudden, the scores plumeted.  I'm not biased or anything, but I know these are clever quizzes. slywink  Seriously, though, I spent a lot of time on each one of them.  Many of the online quizzes are things that have been tossed off in five minutes.  The only thing I can figure is that the "kids" don't know movies like "Five Easy Pieces" or songs like "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" (yes, there's a number theme).
13045  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: September 26, 2008, 06:54:27 PM
IN.  My wife will be very excited.
13046  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Wario Land: Shake It! and De Blob Impressions on: September 26, 2008, 02:37:05 PM

Quote from: Zaxxon on September 26, 2008, 01:39:10 PM

Picked up de Blob on Wednesday (with soundtrack bonus from Circuit City) and finally had time to play it last night.  I popped it in for a quick look... and 4 hours later finally shut it off because I needed at least a little sleep.  This game is incredibly fun.  The inclusion of achievements is just evil; I only cleared 2 levels in 4 hours, and need to go back and do one of them to earn more achievements. 

Basically, go get the game.  Now. 

Why are you still here reading this.  GO!

I think I logged something like 78 minutes on the second level alone.  Although some of that time was spent in a paused walkaway.  Realistically, though, I spent at least an hour and a half on the first two levels.  And I missed one style icon on the second level, so I may have to do it again.

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 26, 2008, 01:52:12 PM

I just have to put in a link to Wario Land's awesome commercial:

http://www.youtube.com/experiencewii

I absolutely loved that.  Phenomenal.

The game is fun, too.  However, I feel like the animation is a little stilted.  I seems like with the animation (both game and cutscene) and especially the music, they're trying to capture the feel of a cheesy 80s cartoon.  However, since it's not clear if that's intentional, it diminishes the game.
13047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Buzz! the TV Quizz on: September 26, 2008, 04:33:52 AM
It's like YDKJ in that it's a game show, but it does not have anywhere near that game's wit.  Not that it isn't amusing at times, but YDKJ is in a class by itself.  Buzz, the host, is starting to get a little repetitive.  Mostly it's quick stuff, but I'm getting tired of the Beat the Clock ramble.  Most of the entertainment seems like it'll come in a party atmosphere (you can play with up to 8 people, BTW).

I never played the original Buzz, so the only console games I can compare it to are crappy ones on the Wii and Scene It on the 360.  Scene It works better in a board game, IMO, but is fine on console.  It's limited by it's theme, however.  Buzz can be about anything.  Also, they seem to capture the gameshow spirit better.
13048  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Buzz! Quiz TV on: September 26, 2008, 12:00:38 AM
I picked this up yesterday.  I've played a bit of solo and a bit online.  I hope to play with the wife tonight a bit. 

Really well done trivia game.  My only complaint is that the big, red buzzer doesn't get used much.  Most of the questions have you just pushing one of the colored buttons.  Meaning your big, red button reflex is not set off often enough.  Otherwise, the questions are good, the graphics are nice and clean.  The characters are all amusing, though I wish there were more.  The energy is good, which is something that is often lacking in these video trivia games.

One of the best features, in my opinion, is the MyBuzz channel.  You can actually go online and very easily create your own questions (please check mine out, listed under BullwinkleJ).

Overall, it is what it is, but that is very well done.
13049  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: September 25, 2008, 08:46:29 PM

Quote from: gellar on September 25, 2008, 08:29:38 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 25, 2008, 08:08:28 PM

I've completely given up on actually finding (or even getting any decent information on) the standalone wireless RB2 drum kit.  In my 10 calls this afternoon to locate one, I was told:

-  Gamestop 1:  "They've been released, but we're sold out"
-  Gamestop 2:  "They're not coming out until October"
-  Gamestop 3 (which their website said had them in stock):  "We got some, but there was a problem with them and they have been recalled from all our stores"   Uh...saywhat
-  Gamecrazy 1:  "They come out next week"
-  Gamecrazy 2:  "They're being released in October"
-  Gamecrazy 3:  "Corporate only sent us 2, and we sold out the first day"
-  Walmart 1:  "We don't have any, but our other store does"
-  Walmart 2 (the "other store"):  "I don't know why they told you we have them.  They're not even out yet."
-  Best Buy 1:  "We're sold out"
-  Best Buy 2:  "We're sold out, and won't be getting any more in for at least another 3 weeks"

Seriously, what the hell is the story on these things?  I'm so damn confused...   icon_confused

I saw like a half dozen of them at my local BestBuy yesterday.

gellar

Ditto, except my local BB must have had three times as many, if not more.
13050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox - Dead Space limited edition. $150 on: September 25, 2008, 06:29:03 PM
Boo...typo fix.
13051  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox - Dead Space lomited edition. $150 on: September 25, 2008, 02:04:28 PM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on September 25, 2008, 01:11:51 PM

The odds of me buying this might've been higher ... if I'd ever heard of the damn game.

Are you not paying attention?  It's been getting a good amount of buzz, and there are movies on XBLM and PSN seemingly every hour.

As for the lomited edition, I realize it breaks down like this: Game $60, Comic $20, Movie $20, Art Book $30, Bonus DVD $10, Other Crap +$10.  But if you were to wait a month, it would break down like this: Game $45, used, Comic $10, remainder; Movie $10, bargain bin; Art Book $10, garage sale; Bonus DVD $0, given by a friend; Other Crap -$15  Why-Did-I-Buy-This,-It's-Just-Taking-Up-Space,-I'll-Pay-You-to-Take-It sale.

Lomited?  More like LOLited!
13052  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/22) on: September 24, 2008, 05:55:51 PM

Quote from: mytocles on September 24, 2008, 05:40:19 PM

Quote from: hepcat on September 22, 2008, 04:33:50 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on September 22, 2008, 02:39:24 PM

My Little Pony Pinkie Pieís Party for me. Everything else looks like shovelware.

Are you getting the CE?  I pre-ordered it a while ago and have been having loads of fun riding around town on my life-size, wheeled pink pony while wearing my little pony tiara....

This means you won't be getting Nancy Drew, either?  icon_twisted

Actually, I played the first ND, and it was pretty good, lol, something I didn't expect - it was a Bargain Bin game I believe.

Nothing for me this week, that $60 I spent on Infinite Undiscovery still has a few dollars left of value in it.  icon_wink

The Nancy Drew series is, surprisingly, extremely popular, by the way.  There are more than a dozen games in the series.
13053  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Uncharted:Drakes Fortune on: September 24, 2008, 04:19:18 PM
I loved Emperor's Tomb, but playing it now, the clunkiness does show more than when it came out (the same will probably be true for Force Unleashed down the road, but for now I loved that, too). 

Dead Rising was frustrating for me, not fun.  I've tried three separate times to get into it, and the mere fact that I've never leveled up enough and have to restart over and over just to play at a comfortable level, I'm not given more than one save slot, it's impossible to complete every task in the game...all these things make DR far from the genius game many think it to be.  That said, I may well fire it up once more this Halloween. 

Bioshock was fantastic, but nowhere near as polished as Uncharted.  Again, it has an inherent clunkiness that will show more and more with age.

Haven't played MGS4 yet, but I'm burning out on that series.

COD4 is probably better than Uncharted.

My biggest gripe with Uncharted is the shooting.  I find the gunplay a little tedious and a little too challenging at times.  I'm more into the exploration and platforming.  I find the shooter stuff to be a hurdle to those other aspects.  Others feel the opposite.  The game does a pretty good job in finding a balance.  But it's certainly one of the most polished, beautiful, well-written and entertaining titles this generation.  Honestly, it seems that way empirically to me.  I'm surprised that anyone can argue otherwise.  Not to say that everyone has to love it, but even people for whom it's not their cup of tea should be able to see it and say, "Well, it's not for me, but it is certainly well done.  I can see why others love it."
13054  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] de Blob on: September 24, 2008, 03:35:49 PM
I'm very enthusiastic.  I just have to find the damn thing.

As usual, my Best Buy is listed as having a game in stock, but they can't find it.  This has been happening with alarming frequency.

ADD: Okay, I finally got it, and I played the first level last night.  Man, the levels are long!  The gates break it up into sections, but it feels like you need to play the whole thing.  Glad to know you can save anywhere, but I have a feeling I won't pick it up until I know I have enough time, which will probably limit how often I play the game, sadly.

That and the camera are my only major gripes.  The camera either turns too fast with the d-pad or not fast enough.  The first-person camera is garbage.  Even the c button centering doesn't work that well.  I would rather they map the snap behind and 1st person cams to the d-pad, then if you hold down the c button, you can use the wiimote to control the camera.

With the ugly out of the way, the rest is fantastic.  Gorgeous game, fantastic music, nice controls (with one minor complaint, to follow), fun world, funny cutscenes, pleasing and frequent challenges and rewards.  Really, a great package that comes together amazingly well.

My minor gripe is with the jumping.  It doesn't work as well as it should, and, since you use it so often, it really should be mapped to a button.  It's not as frustrating as the camera, but there are tricky jumps already, and I imagine it's only going to get worse.

Overall, though, please by this game.  It's exactly the type of game that should sell well and never does.
13055  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: September 24, 2008, 01:05:27 PM
Can you store these stools or do they sit out?
13056  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Hands-On with Fable II on: September 23, 2008, 06:04:55 PM

Quote from: Ridah on September 23, 2008, 05:09:51 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 23, 2008, 04:18:17 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 23, 2008, 03:43:41 PM

IGN has a new interview up:

Quote
you invest, you'll notice that over your hero's head, every five minutes of real-world time, you'll get the income from that investment. So if you have a stall in Bowerstone market, every five minutes you'll get ten gold, doesn't matter if you're out in the wild, or you're questing, or whatever it is, you'll get that ten gold. The cool thing about that ten gold? If you turn your Xbox off, you'll still earn the ten gold every five minutes. So if you go to bed at night and you get up in the morning and you turn on your 360 and go into the Fable world, there'll be one hundred gold waiting for you. For me, I found I was compulsively going round and buying things before I went to bed...

it's going to be a long month....

I don't see how it encourages you not to play, at least in Fable's case. You earn on your investments while you are playing and while you aren't, which makes sense.

I don't like this trend of earning stuff while you're not playing (it was in that DS game The World Ends With You, too).  It seems to encourage you not to play.  On the other hand, a game like Animal Crossing would punish you for not playing, infesting your homestead with weeds and roaches.  That makes more sense to me.

Is the game world progressing while you're not playing?
13057  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 23, 2008, 06:03:53 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 23, 2008, 05:38:18 PM

been playing this the last few nights and surprisingly, i really like the game.  i've only hit one bug, and luckily not in a boss fight.  i have had some frustrations though,most noticeably the fight with
Spoiler for Hiden:
proxy. darth maul able to block pretty much everything while having a very damaging combo made this a pita.
i eventually let my own frustration (and a little rage, i might add) to beat him, and decisively at that.  the second time was during one of the major scenes
Spoiler for Hiden:
bringing down the star destroyer.  first, it took a few rounds to get hit, and then it was a hit or miss to line up the SD just right to bring it down.

the fight i tagged above had one side effect though.  it made me a better player, oddly enough.  i was able to chain enough attacks and get into the rhythm of kicking ass that i beat him without taking a scratch. 

on the last mission now, and i really like the location.  this game has had some awesome levels.  too bad they reused a few planets though. 

about the light/dark endings
Spoiler for Hiden:
the way starkiller has been progressing, i would find it difficult to fall to the dark side.  part of it is that we know how his father died, and he may have had that part of his memory repressed, making it's eventual discovery more likely to bring out the anger. 

i am surprised at how much i like main character.  the way they wrote him fits perfectly within the universe.  actually sad to know how this ends.

Agreed that it seems odd that he'd turn to the dark side, but that would make the turn all the more shocking/sweet, if you're into that.

I am also on the last level (I was midst
Spoiler for Hiden:
opening the door to the Emperor's chamber
when my daughter got home from school - I'm hoping she naps today).  I was worried we'd make it through the whole game without anyone having a bad feeling about something.  The line was well-placed
Spoiler for Hiden:
(and the line, "then I won't have to live this down" was beautiful and very SW)
- the writing is really good.
13058  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 23, 2008, 04:20:40 PM

Quote from: WalkingFumble on September 23, 2008, 03:42:32 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 22, 2008, 06:48:46 PM

Quote
I havn't seen or noticed a choice in the game
Just after the fight you are on....

i must not have payed attention in that part, and completed the game with the light side ending.  you can choose a path after the junkyard mission?

Quote from: WalkingFumble on September 23, 2008, 03:42:32 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 22, 2008, 06:48:46 PM

Quote
I havn't seen or noticed a choice in the game
Just after the fight you are on....

i must not have payed attention in that part, and completed the game with the light side ending.  you can choose a path after the junkyard mission?

As I said, "...that really just sets up the choice."

Sometimes I feel like my posts are being blocked...

13059  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Hands-On with Fable II on: September 23, 2008, 04:18:17 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 23, 2008, 03:43:41 PM

IGN has a new interview up:

Quote
you invest, you'll notice that over your hero's head, every five minutes of real-world time, you'll get the income from that investment. So if you have a stall in Bowerstone market, every five minutes you'll get ten gold, doesn't matter if you're out in the wild, or you're questing, or whatever it is, you'll get that ten gold. The cool thing about that ten gold? If you turn your Xbox off, you'll still earn the ten gold every five minutes. So if you go to bed at night and you get up in the morning and you turn on your 360 and go into the Fable world, there'll be one hundred gold waiting for you. For me, I found I was compulsively going round and buying things before I went to bed...

it's going to be a long month....

I don't like this trend of earning stuff while you're not playing (it was in that DS game The World Ends With You, too).  It seems to encourage you not to play.  On the other hand, a game like Animal Crossing would punish you for not playing, infesting your homestead with weeds and roaches.  That makes more sense to me.
13060  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: September 23, 2008, 04:15:01 PM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on September 23, 2008, 03:49:26 PM

I finally unlocked and played my most anticipated song from RB2 this morning, Master Exploder by Tenacious D. It was 100% everything I'd hoped for on guitar, extremely fun to play.  thumbsup  However, I wish HMX would give us the OPTION to leave songs uncensored. One of the best (and funniest) lines in Master is when he says

"my voice is fucking powerful" and the other guy softly echoes "fuckin'  icon_lol , but that's all censored out in the RB2 version  disgust

Oh, and good luck with the vocals for anyone daring enough to attempt them.

Yeah, the censoring is probably my biggest complaint.  I have a five year old daughter, so censoring means my wife can still sing "Who Are You," but I hate that it can't be turned off.

However, I'm sure this was necessary to achieve the rating they needed.
13061  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 23, 2008, 03:39:26 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 23, 2008, 03:14:08 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on September 23, 2008, 02:34:51 PM

My favorite line in the game, just after a conversation with Vader:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Quote from: The Force Unleashed
Proxy: Ugh...I hate being him.

Starkiller: I think he does, too.

-Autistic Angel

Yea, that was a very telling moment.  Very subtle and well placed. 

Agreed.
13062  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/22) on: September 23, 2008, 01:01:12 PM

Quote from: Misguided on September 23, 2008, 02:47:49 AM

Quote from: JCC on September 22, 2008, 11:50:04 PM

I think he meant the "and" for on his list, not for missing from the list. I think.

Aye, that's what I meant. I noticed KB was missing, because I have it preordered,
and I'm getting the 3 DS games too.

Ah.  Makes sense now.
13063  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/22) on: September 22, 2008, 11:09:49 PM

Quote from: Misguided on September 22, 2008, 10:49:20 PM

You're missing King's Bounty for PC, which is on my list, along with 3 DS games:

My Japanese Coach
Time Hollow
Disgaea

?? 

All of those DS games are on the list.
13064  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] de Blob on: September 22, 2008, 09:52:44 PM
I was looking forward to this game anyway.  Now I'm anxious for it.
13065  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 22, 2008, 09:51:48 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on September 22, 2008, 09:24:07 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 22, 2008, 07:46:51 PM

I found it distracting to go through a boss fight in cool garb, only to have the Apprentice (I think he's modeled after Bill Rancic) jarringly switch to his prescribed outfit and saber color.

His name is Sam Witwer:

He's also played parts in Dexter and Battlestar Galactica.


Yes.  He's also the voice of the Emperor.  He's very good.

That wasn't what I was saying.
13066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SOCOM Confrontation Beta on: September 22, 2008, 08:51:11 PM
The graphics in this game haven't been impressing me at all, but I didn't realize until recently that it's online only, which may explain the graphics entirely.  Also, this isn't meant to be SOCOM 4.  That's still coming at some point, right?
13067  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Samba De Amigo: Is It Hard? on: September 22, 2008, 07:48:30 PM
Apparently, it is not really precise.  The reviews I've read have mentioned a variety of difficulty modes, but that there is a constant struggle with the controls.  Too bad, as I was looking forward to it.
13068  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 22, 2008, 07:46:51 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 22, 2008, 06:48:46 PM

Quote
I havn't seen or noticed a choice in the game
Just after the fight you are on....

...although that really just sets up the choice.

As for the cool costumes or lightsaber effects, I stopped using them because they don't play out in the cut scenes, so I'm not sure what you're talking about.  I found it distracting to go through a boss fight in cool garb, only to have the Apprentice (I think he's modeled after Bill Rancic) jarringly switch to his prescribed outfit and saber color.
13069  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 22, 2008, 02:12:31 PM
So, a career Imperial and a Dark Jedi who has no problems electro-punting Jawas...
Spoiler for Hiden:
...are moved to near-tears by the plight of a fucking Sarlacc?!  No verbalized sympathy for all those enslaved Wookies.  After all, we were tacitly approving that sort of activity all along, but that hideous tentacle mouth in the desert, with stomach acid that can not only digest its food, but give that food apparent near-immortality so it can take it's sweet time gets, "Oh, that poor creature."  Seriously?
13070  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/22) on: September 22, 2008, 02:02:13 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 22, 2008, 01:13:43 PM

Giant Wall of Soon-To-Be Released Games hits YOU for 329 Damage!

Agh, I've only got 500 health total!  I need to do some grinding before Christmas.

PS3:
Buzz Quiz TV - IN! I've actually been waiting for this.  The wireless controllers better work with the BC PS2 Buzz games

360:
Brothers in Arms: Hellís Highway - maybe
LEGO Batman - Unless the reviews are bad, or the Lego franchise is too overplayed
Mega Man 9 (XBLA) - Hooray

Wii:
de Blob - IN.  No question.
Pitfall: The Big Adventure - Interested, but there are too many other platformers out.  I'll wait for reviews/price drop
Samba De Amigo - OUT.  I was excited for this, but reports seem to be that it's a fight with the controls.  If it works with WiiMotionPlus, I'll get it in the spring
Wario Land: Shake It - IN.  Love Wario.  And I love that it's in 2D.

DS:
Kirby Super Star Ultra - IN.  Unless the buzz is wrong
Time Hollow - Possibly IN.  I like the idea of this, but I need to see reviews/impressions


Bad, but not too bad.  Budgeting helps.  Of course, there are worse weeks coming up.

Wii VC also has Super Dodge Ball and Vectorman, while Wiiware has the aforementioned MM9 and an apperently lousy game called Plattchen: Twist and Paint.
13071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 21, 2008, 09:41:01 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 21, 2008, 07:45:07 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 20, 2008, 04:32:44 PM

I'm not saying HOW DARE YOU DISS STAR WARS!  Especially with the way the franchise has been treated in the last decade.  My complaint is that few of these reviews talk about the pure fun to be had.  It's as though they went in ready to diss it because it's Star Wars, ready to be overly critical. 

I don't see that at all- the vast majority of the reviews that I've seen that are critical of the game itself are full of praise for the story and artistic design, calling those elements the best the franchise has seen since the days of the OT.  If they were dinging it just because it's SW then they wouldn't be praising those aspects.

True, but they don't seem to comment on the pure fun.
13072  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Wario Land: Shake It! and De Blob Impressions on: September 21, 2008, 04:52:19 PM
I plan on picking up both, as I'm a platforming slut.  If I had to pick one (and, honestly, I should be only picking one), it would be De Blob.
13073  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: BIA Hell's Highway Impressions on: September 21, 2008, 04:51:15 PM
I've never been able to get into the BIA series.  I appreciate that it exists, with locations based on real world sites, mapping them to how they appeared at the time.  Also with the detail in the AI tactics, basing them on contemporary military strategies.  And the gore.

But the squad commanding is an extra layer to remove you from the experience, IMO.  It's just a hair too complicated.  And the challenge always seemed a bit too high for me, as well.
13074  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360 + PS3]LucasArts 'Fracture' on: September 21, 2008, 05:01:29 AM
I had a  lot of fun with the demo until it froze on me toward the end.  Of course, it could mean the RROD is looming, but for now I'm blaming the demo.
13075  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 20, 2008, 04:32:44 PM

Quote from: The_Man on September 20, 2008, 01:26:07 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 19, 2008, 12:13:13 AM

Well I hope this does better in retail than it seems to have done here.  This is the first time I've actually been mad at bad, early reviews for steering people away from a great game  mad

well, the game IS riddled with technical problems and that seems to be what's bringing the game down by most reviewers.  I have seen some of the problems first hand and I can honestly say they greatly diminished the game in my eyes.  It seems that some of you want reviewers to give the game a free pass just because it has "Star Wars" on the box. 

So far in this game I have "fallen through the floor" and had to just quit because I could not go anywhere.  I have also went in a room where the textures were randomly dropping out and coming back so basically the room would just turn completely white and then go back to normal...I have seen these multiple times. Finally, the most frustrating was my character literally froze in place during a boss fight.  I could not move, could not do anything and I had to just sit there and watch the boss kill me in order to fix the problem.  The sad thing is, I actually was about to kill the boss, but once I died, it took me another 40 minutes to finally win this boss fight.  And no, this wasn't some boss power that stopped me from moving, my character was no even animating anymore...it was like he was frozen while the rest of the game was fine. 

Even with the technical problems, I am enjoying the game.  The story is fantastic and using the various force powers is just loads of fun.  One of my friends finished the game in 7 hours so apparently it is very short too.  With no multiplayer, tons of technical problems, and a very short story, I can't honestly blame any reviewer for giving it a low score. 

As a measuring stick, I loved Too Human and finished that game in around 17 hours.  The targeting system in that one was just about as flakey as it is in the Force Unleashed.  But I would definitely give Too Human higher scores based on the fact that I got more mileage out of it, and technically it was much more sound than Star Wars.

At the end of the day, I think any hard core Star Wars fan should buy this game, but it's going to disappoint a lot people that are looking for more than 6-8 hours of gameplay.

I'm not saying HOW DARE YOU DISS STAR WARS!  Especially with the way the franchise has been treated in the last decade.  My complaint is that few of these reviews talk about the pure fun to be had.  It's as though they went in ready to diss it because it's Star Wars, ready to be overly critical.  Frankly, the fact that there is finally an entertaining as hell Star Wars game should be factored in.  I've had one incident myself where my character got stuck.  I've seen textures popping in.  My overall experience is still incredibly positive.  I nearly passed on this game based on reviews, and it upsets me that many others will fall into the same missed opportunity.  I'm not saying technical problems shouldn't be mentioned.  The lack of multiplayer is a bummer, but why is it a rule that every game needs MP? SW:FU has two elements nailed, IMO: Story and Fun.
13076  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdom Hearts 2 : Final Mix coming to Wii? on: September 19, 2008, 09:25:38 PM

Quote from: kronovan on September 19, 2008, 08:00:31 PM

Quote from: EddieA on September 19, 2008, 06:39:08 PM

It looks like the last rumor was the right one - the Chain of Memories remix part of KH2 : Final Mix is coming to the PS2 in the US.  I don't really get the reasoning behind waiting so long to bring it out, or why it's not also coming to Wii.  Worthplaying has the details.

My guess...they didn't like the sales for Dragon Quest Swords.

But DQS sucked.
13077  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 19, 2008, 01:25:52 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on September 19, 2008, 01:04:40 PM

Hold the phone guys.  I'm reading on other sites that there is a "Light Side Ending"?  Is this true?  My interest is now peeking with the possibility that I could actually play the game and become a good guy or at least less of of a bad guy. 

Does anyone know if this is true?  No spoilers please, just in case.

At a little over 2/3 of the way through there is a turning point which could lead to the possibility of a dark ending or a less dark (possibly even good) ending.  I was actually thinking of you when I reached it, Shifty, and I was logging on to tell you about it.
13078  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 19, 2008, 12:13:59 PM
Usually, with these 3rd person action games (FPS games, too), I have to take a break for a week or more, just because there's a sameness to the activity.  I'm cranking through this one and enjoying it every step of the way.  Yes, the levels are a little longer than they should be, but this game's going to have to really fall off the rails in the last 2/3.  I have no idea how the reviews are so far off the mark here.
13079  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pure on: September 18, 2008, 10:25:59 PM

Quote from: mikeg on September 18, 2008, 09:40:32 PM

I don't care how good of reviews it gets, with all that is about to hit in Oct and Nov no way I can spend the money til this price drops below $30.  But glad to hear it is generally well liked.

I just did some budgeting, and it looks like I'll probably be waiting after all.
13080  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Life with Playstation? on: September 18, 2008, 03:49:03 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on September 18, 2008, 03:11:08 PM

It's packaged with the Folding@Home program - so while you're reading the news/weather, you're helping cure cancer.  Win/Win!

No impressions here, stuck at work.  Impressions seem like it's pretty bare-bones at the moment...

Ah, no wonder I didn't see it.
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