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13041  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tenchu: Shadow Assassins [Wii] on: February 05, 2009, 04:05:16 AM
The no rooftop thing may have been a bit misleading.  There are plenty of moments where you can walk on ledges or rafters and take out guys while hanging upside down.  Or drop into the shadows behind them and get them that way.

I've played the first full level now.  Took me an hour or so (they said it should take 10 minutes, ranking-wise), but part of the reason for that was a guy I kept hearing in a building on the first section.  I couldn't figure out how to get to him.  It seems you can't, as you need a tool that you don't have at the start.  You can go back and play the level again any time, though.

So, this game is a lot of fun.  The graphics are nice (for a Wii game, he said ubiquitously).  The control is good, though I wish there was a camera other than Ninja-view mode.  The movement is a little clunky for the finer things, like lining yourself up to get on a box, and I've been stuck on a corner while trying to sneak around it.  Also the 180 move is slower than I'd like.  But for most of what the game wants you to do, they work.

I can't tell how open this will be as the game progresses, but the first full level was a bit linear.  Not to say that options and choices didn't come up.  One off the beaten path part of the last level lead me to a map piece, whatever that leads to, and put me in position to take out two guards that I might have missed had I gone the other way.  There's not the feeling that I got from some of the more recent Tenchu games where they plopped you at the edge of a city and said, "Go to it."  That may have been due to the tutorial, though, we'll see.

The moves are pretty fun.   There seems to be a standard one that I've seen a few too many times, but I'm starting to suspect that it has more to do with my timing.  The thrust move doesn't always seem to register, but that's common for the Wii.

There are also a bunch of shorter missions (and more get unlocked as you play).  These seem to be along the lines of MGS Virtual Missions, though not in a holographic setting.  The first few are showing gameplay mechanics and are extremely short.  Not sure how long the meatier ones are, but I get the impression that they'll be much shorter than story missions.

I was going to stop playing for the night, but I'm hankering to get back into it, which surprised me.  I'll probably have to wait until tomorrow, but my desire to get to it is a good sign.

EDIT:  I've played the second mission, and I'm terrible (I ranked a D on that one).  I'm trying a lot of different things, is part of the problem.  There was a bad guy on that one who, it seems, can't be taken care of until later.  I tried everything, but was discovered a dozen times.  Ugh.

I wanted to add that the music in this game is really great.  It evokes the period, but has a modern feel to it.  Not hard rock modern, either.  There's accoustic guitar in there, but it works really well to build suspense.  I'm grooving on it.
13042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rockstar working on open ended Wild West game on: February 05, 2009, 01:25:32 AM
I liked Gun.  Red Dead Revolver was a bit of a pain, IMO, but the western genre is woefully underepresented on consoles, and this sounds cool.  I hope it'll be good.
13043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Looking for Wii adventure/detective game suggestions on: February 05, 2009, 01:21:53 AM
Freddie Fish, Spy Fox, and Pajama Sam are all on Wii.
13044  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 5 demo coming 26th on: February 04, 2009, 08:15:16 PM

Quote from: mytocles on February 04, 2009, 07:33:09 PM

I am one of the people in the camp that really wants to like RE games - but the only version I could ever get into even a little, was the Wii version

That's me to a tee.

Only ever finished RE1 (on PC, no less) and RE4 on Wii, but I think I've tried all of them in one form or another.
13045  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis on: February 04, 2009, 04:43:54 PM
I was so incredibly psyched when I heard this.  Then I realized I'd probably play a level and have fond, fuzzy memories, then never go back to it.  FoA is one of my all time favorite SCUMM games, topped only by Day of the Tentacle and the first two Monkey Islands.
13046  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tenchu: Shadow Assassins [Wii] on: February 04, 2009, 03:37:44 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 04, 2009, 03:31:46 PM

I can't say those are glowing reviews, but at least it's not totally shitty!  Too bad it's for the Wii...

Also, what's that about rooftop exploration missiong?  Zipping to the rooftops and dropping down on some poor guard was half of what the game was about!  (the other half was slicing said guard's throat)

I was a little shocked and aww-ed to see the rooftop stuff had been taken out, too.

It may just be a case of nothing much better on the Wii, but I'll give it a go today.
13047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Godfather II on: February 04, 2009, 02:11:15 PM
On the plus side, I may now actually be able to finish the first one.
13048  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most underrated 360 game in your opinion on: February 04, 2009, 02:06:57 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on February 04, 2009, 01:33:36 PM

I can't believe nobody has mentioned the obvious one:

Bullet Witch!

Awesome game.  Awesome heroine!  nod  Still waiting for a sequel.

 icon_biggrin We didn't want to take the privilege away from you, Shifty!


Quote from: TheMissingLink on February 04, 2009, 02:17:49 AM

Crackdown is a shitty, horrible game.

shitty horrible = gay
13049  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/2) on: February 04, 2009, 01:38:32 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 03, 2009, 04:33:05 AM

I'm also interested in the Wii Tenchu game, but awaiting some reviews and/or impressions. 

Holy crap, it might be good!

http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php?topic=31574.new#new
13050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tenchu: Shadow Assassins [Wii] on: February 04, 2009, 01:38:08 AM
IGN has a review up.  8/10!  I've seen other positive reviews, too, but this is the first "big" site.

Might this be the first good Tenchu game since the original?

Herewith the comments:

Quote
Closing Comments
Tenchu: Shadow Assassins is by no means a revolution, either for the series or the stealth genre and if you've played any of the previous titles, you will already have accurate expectations of this Wii sequel. But despite some issues with regard to character control and the fact that some series staples like lots of rooftop exploration are oddly missing from the Wii sequel, the end product is still fun. The 10-plus- hour game is full of thrills and strategy, not to mention satisfying assassination sequences, and you can keep playing long after you've completed the main mission, either attempting to better your level scores or exploring the dozens of quick, relatively easy side missions designed to extend replay value. If you're a Wii owner in search of something beyond the next mini-game fest, Shadow Assassins is a surprisingly good choice.

Also, GamesRadar goes the 8/10 route.

Quote
You'll love
Simple, but cleverly dressed up gameplay
Nice chunky visual style
Great stalking music
You'll hate
Confusing ugly murk at night
Sneak. Press button to kill. Repeat
A bit too easy
13051  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Street Fighter IV on: February 03, 2009, 11:12:08 PM
Nice, WP.

I'm excited for this, and I really don't think I should be.  I've never been able to get into the Street Fighter series.  It's too complicated for me.  I'm definitely of the button-mashing school.
13052  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any Socom Confrontation impressions? [PS3] on: February 03, 2009, 08:07:04 PM
Anyone playing this now?  Have they fixed it yet?  Is it fun?


There's supposedly some hefty DLC coming.
http://www.ripten.com/2009/02/02/rumor-new-downloadable-content-for-socom-confrontation/
13053  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most underrated 360 game in your opinion on: February 03, 2009, 07:51:29 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 03, 2009, 07:31:26 PM

Quote from: Chaz on February 03, 2009, 07:28:10 PM

Stuntman: Ignition- Wound up with scores in the mid-70s.  I loved the hell out of that thing.  Normally I hate games that force you to repeat something until you get it right, but this game didn't bug me for some reason.  The courses were all excellent, and the voiceover work was fantastic (especially the director and his drunken buddies in the Dukes of Hazard movie).

I agree, that one was way more fun that it got credit for, and it allows you to do things as many or few times as you want.  You don't need 5 stars to continue, but man was it fun trying.

I also agree with Crackdown.  I spent many hours with that one, and while it did get a fair share of word-of-mouth praise the reviews and sales weren't so hot. 

I loved Crackdown, but I think the reviews were good and the sales were decent enough for a probable sequel.  Although there was the guy in Gamestop who convinced his friend not to get it with a very coherent argument: "This guy I know said it's gay."

But Stuntman: Ignition was fantastic with okay reviews and sold like crap.
13054  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Register your retail copy of Unreal Tournament 3 on Steam - coolness! on: February 03, 2009, 04:46:15 PM
Is it possible to do this with other games?

I have the retail copy of King's Bounty, but I would love to be able to play without a CD in my drive.
13055  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: February 03, 2009, 04:33:45 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 02, 2009, 01:18:35 AM

OK, who doe Gratch have to blow to get some Bruce Springsteen DLC for RB?

The guys at Guitar Hero.
13056  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/2) on: February 03, 2009, 01:45:30 PM

Quote from: EddieA on February 03, 2009, 04:19:40 AM

This week's XBLA game is R-Type Dimensions, which, despite being a remake of two old games, is priced at $15.

I just bought R-Type Final for the PS2 right before finding out about this release (literally, I think it was an hour).  Shmups aren't usually my style, but I had a hankering. 
13057  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dokapon Journey & other Atlus games on: February 03, 2009, 01:42:22 PM
Has anyone tried the Wii Dokapon?  I've heard very mixed things.  I was looking into it for play with my 5 year old (or 5 and 3/4s year old, as she'd have me point out), but I got the impression that it might be a little much for her.
13058  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What if Halo 1 had been a complete failure? on: February 03, 2009, 01:40:47 PM

Quote from: warning on February 03, 2009, 12:30:56 PM

Quote from: Turtle on February 03, 2009, 08:03:11 AM

I just realized that while we all think Dawn of War 2 is pioneering a new style of RTS without base building and tactics focused, Myth did it first, albeit in a fantasy setting.

And if I remember correctly, didn't Ground Control do the same in a sci-fi setting?  I don't remember much base management.

Ground Control came out after Myth.  I loved that game, though, and mostly because it dumped all the minutae and was more story-oriented.

I've been thinking about dusting off Myth (I stumbled on the Codex version right before this discussion started).  I never finished either I or II (though I dearly loved 'em both for what I played).
13059  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper - video on: February 03, 2009, 01:33:32 PM
I've only played the Lovecraft one, but this one looks right up my alley, as I'm a bitter of a Ripperphile.  Is that even a word?
13060  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 5 demo coming 26th on: February 02, 2009, 11:46:24 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 02, 2009, 09:32:50 PM

Playstation magazine have given this game a 5 out of 5


but sod that and watch this video that is 2minutes 37 seconds

at around 1 minute 20 seconds the guy talks about 'action controls' that you can switch to,so you can move and shoot

enjoy

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=l-vEW3Fj7tU

Or maybe not:  http://www.n4g.com/xbox360/News-270080.aspx
13061  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/2) on: February 02, 2009, 02:22:15 PM
I'm interested in the Tenchu Wii game, but I'm absolutely waiting on reviews/impressions.
13062  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA:Must have games? on: February 02, 2009, 02:07:00 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 01, 2009, 09:09:38 PM

i actually loved Mad Tracks both online and off


I would recommend GripShift over Mad Tracks, personally.  I spent a lot of time with that game.
13063  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What if Halo 1 had been a complete failure? on: February 02, 2009, 02:04:23 PM
Here's the other thing about this premise.  Failure of Halo would not only have affected the Xbox, it would have affected every console shooter that has come out since then.  Sure, it may have been evolutionary instead of rev-, but they didn't tag it Combat Evolved for nothing.  Honestly, they perfected the formula and made a genre that many thought (myself included) could only work on a PC not only viable, but damned fun and accessible.

The shield and health regen systems alone have become a standard thing.  Before it was all about the health packs.
13064  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/2) on: February 02, 2009, 01:55:09 PM
VC:
Sonic Chaos [Master System]


Wiiware:
Snowboard Riot
Lonpos


Sonic Chaos is a lesser known game, but there's not much there, apparently.  Snowboard Riot is what it sounds like.  Lonpos is a logic puzzle where you have to fit a bunch of oddly shaped pieces (made from dots) into a grid.
13065  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ok, maybe its just me but... on: February 01, 2009, 08:24:54 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 01, 2009, 07:19:35 PM

According to the Book of Daehawk 'search' is the anti-christ, and will lead the non-believers to a hell populated by Hello Kitties.

This is the first thing that came up when I searched for Hello Kitties on Google:

13066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ok, maybe its just me but... on: February 01, 2009, 05:32:52 PM
I'm assuming you were too tired to use that little "Search" box at the top.

http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php?topic=31084.0

http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php?topic=21063.0

http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php?topic=30210.0

and, for some reason

http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php?topic=28118.0
13067  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA:Must have games? on: February 01, 2009, 05:30:16 PM
Uno is the single most played MP XBLA game for me.  I still go back to it.
13068  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Wings of War info on: January 31, 2009, 07:49:49 PM

Quote from: Canuck on January 31, 2009, 12:54:07 PM

It's also available on PSN as well but I suspect I would still have trouble finding people to play since most of you will probably get it for the 360  icon_frown

*edit* oops sorry I didn't see that you had already mentioned PSN in the thread-I just saw XBLA in the title.

*edit*  by the way I see it says "Coming Winter 2008".  Doesn't that make it late? Spring isn't far off.  Or is there an imminent release?

Winter has two more months in it, so it's not late.
13069  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX Handheld - What are the chances? on: January 31, 2009, 07:48:40 PM
There have been rumors of a handheld from MS forever, but in this economy, I think it would be a terrible move.  OTOH, if the economy is still reeling by the time a new console cycle is supposed to start, it would be a good time then.
13070  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 Enigma on: January 31, 2009, 07:42:45 PM
I don't actually have anything to ask about the PS3, I just thought with the Nintendo Pickle and the Xbox 360 Conundrum posts, we should complete the trilogy.
13071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Killzone 2 - Single Player embargo lifted, new SP impressions and video on: January 30, 2009, 11:35:51 PM

Quote from: depward on January 30, 2009, 10:47:06 PM

Really excited about KZ2 but I really don't like seeing reviews A MONTH AWAY from the release date.  To me, it's almost like a little slap in the face... it's like hey, the game is finished, but we're not going to release it for a month so we can try to HYPE THE SHIT out of it!

But really, releasing reviews A MONTH BEFORE the release date is dumb.  Why?  Cos the impulse purchaser (I think) would rather pick up a game that they JUST read a review for.  Read a review, hey, this game seems fun... it releases this week?  Cool!

Really dumb move IMHO.
The whole thing seems odd to me, too.

Quote from: madpeon on January 30, 2009, 10:55:56 PM

I guess I'm in the minority but so far all the video reviews and such that I've watched have been pretty *meh*. Everything looks so 'marines in space fighting aliens' generic.

I'm way more pumped for Uncharted 2!

I hate to bite here, but, honest to G, I haven't seen a single review that wasn't bubbling over with praise.
13072  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 5 demo coming 26th on: January 30, 2009, 07:01:37 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on January 30, 2009, 06:46:27 PM

Quote from: KePoW on January 30, 2009, 06:41:36 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on January 30, 2009, 05:41:58 PM

I continue to struggle to understand why Capcom would be so stubborn in adhering to such an outdated control scheme.

Maybe because RE4 sold a shitload of copies?

For as much bitching on internet forums there is about the controls, how come it did so well across the board?

(I'm in the camp that loved RE4 btw)

i loved it on the Wii,after a while the controls really hit home with me,i didnt however try the Cube version...i havent actually heard a bad thing about the Wii controls for the game,maybe it was the cube version that the complainers were having a go at,and therfor are more or less in the same boat for Resi 5 controls



Having played both, I can testify that the Wii controls were infinitely superior to the Cube controls.
13073  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: January 30, 2009, 07:00:19 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on January 30, 2009, 06:40:37 PM

looking forward to this,as much as i like Hamill's Joker voice,i also like Batmans voice in this

It's the Batman from the animated series (Kevin Conroy), where Hammill was the Joker, as well.
13074  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: January 30, 2009, 03:08:06 PM

Quote from: disarm on January 30, 2009, 01:01:39 AM

Quote from: Jeff on January 30, 2009, 12:09:11 AM


yep, debunked...and posted by me almost 24 hours ago icon_wink
Boys, boys...you're both morons.

Speaking of Boys, they're back in town.  Live.

Week of Feb 3:

Thin Lizzy - Boys Are Back In Town (Live)
Thin Lizzy - Cowboy Song (Live)
Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak (Live)
The Pretenders - Precious
Pat Benatar - Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Nikko - Break My Heart
Nikko - Donít Tell Me

All songs will cost $1.99 (160 MP), except for the tracks by Nikko, which will be $0.99 (80 MP). The Thin Lizzy songs will also be available in a pack for $5.49 (440 MP).

I'd be into those Thin Lizzy songs, if they weren't live versions.  I will get the Pretenders tune (nice to have a non-cover) and the Benatar one.
13075  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: January 30, 2009, 01:47:43 PM
Wow, that looks cool.  The tone is right.  I can't really tell about the gameplay.  Looks good, but who knows.  Right now it's oozing potential, but that has been a problem in the past.  Still, I give them points for trying to make it right.
13076  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 5 demo coming 26th on: January 29, 2009, 06:12:39 PM

Quote from: mikeg on January 29, 2009, 01:29:28 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on January 27, 2009, 06:21:30 PM

I honestly think sales will fall as a result of the demo.


Totally agree, but I will still be one getting it.  Just too much of a fan of the whole series.

I don't know about that.  I still think this'll sell buttloads and get amazing reviews.

For me, the controls aren't the thing making me question getting this, but they are a part of it.  The difficulty is just too much, frankly.  Some of that's the controls, sure, but other times, it feels like the developers hate the players and want to punish them.  RE4: Wii Edition fixed that very well, and I thought that was a good sign for the future, but maybe not.
13077  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Skate 2 on: January 29, 2009, 06:09:54 PM
As for the game, I did pick it up, and I have a love/hate with it.  I get so annoyed early on retrying challenges over and over again, but that does make the success very satisfying.  The difficulty seems a little easier than the last go round, but it's still challenging.

And the walking still sucks ass.
13078  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/26) on: January 29, 2009, 06:07:11 PM
PSN supposedly has Savage Moon, that Space Tower Defense game that people have been clamoring for today.
13079  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: January 29, 2009, 01:08:55 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 29, 2009, 07:46:13 AM

Quote from: Jeff on January 29, 2009, 05:46:21 AM

The Roy Orbison pack is quite good too, and would be very noob friendly.

P.S. so, Ceekay, how are you doing so far?



I've been playing on easy until I get my fingers used to the frets- I was having issues with the red one where my middle finger didn't seem to hit it when it was supposed to...

This line is making me wonder if you're not doing the beginner thing of trying to hit the button and strum at the same time, as opposed to holding the fret button down before the note comes and then strumming at the right time.  This is the single most frequent thing I have to explain to people who are playing the game for the first time.

Of course, it's probably just the way I read it and not what you meant, but just in case.
13080  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: January 28, 2009, 11:32:03 PM

Quote from: raydude on January 28, 2009, 09:43:34 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on January 28, 2009, 09:39:08 PM

For nice and easy, this ain't it.

I'd suggest the Boston pack, Jimmy Buffet and the Crue pack.  Those are good places to start.

I second the Boston pack. IMHO its got the right mix of fun and being "just difficult enough" to make you smile when you finally start 'getting it' on hard and expert difficulty. Especially on drums. The first time I felt like I was really "rockin' out" was on More than a Feeling on hard drums.

The Boston pack is the best release ever, assuming you can stand Boston.  Because of Rock Band, though, I've gone from thinking they were okay to, honestly, being addicted to them.  My whole family has.

I'd love the Buffet stuff more if they were originals, though (although some of the changes are very cool).
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