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13081  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 02, 2008, 10:28:06 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 02, 2008, 09:00:46 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on May 02, 2008, 05:06:31 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 02, 2008, 04:49:03 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 02, 2008, 04:42:39 PM

I saw a random marker on my minimap yesterday and stopped and it triggered a cut scene with the pedestrian that ended up wiht me getting $100 for nothing.


thats the random characters,they are dotted about,i have been trying to find others,i have done about 8-10 little missions for them,they range from taking the random character home or taking out thugs for them...that guy who gave you the $100 is called Brian,he has two more little missions for you if and when you find him again(he will be in a different place next time...near comrades i think is where he will be now,near the cop shop..near your save house) ..i have just done a mission for Badman who was sitting on a bench in east city

they only turn up however,after you have done certain missions,and i think the marker is only there on the map if you are close by...one girl,sara i think only turns up in suffolk in the evening(after 9pm)...and also in suffolk is the guy you were on the boat with at the beginning,he has a favour as well for you to do

How do you find out about these kinds of things?  With games this large I stress about missing something (taking a mission that forwards the storyline and eliminates the need to do a previously available mission), and I didn't know about the random stranger missions.  For example, how do you know such details about Sara's availability in Suffolk?  I'm not suggesting that you're stalking Sara per se, but I'm curious how you learned so much.  From a game guide, online resources, word of mouth?  Obsessed video gamers need to know!

I worry that if I don't travel close enough to these random characters I'll never experience the level of depth this game offers.   


bradygames guide

thing is i bought the guide with the game,and i said i would only use it when i got stuck...well,i got stuck on a mission and looked my mission up,and there i saw i was missing all these side quests(about 8 random people passed me by,and a few side quests for my phome contacts) ...so,thats what i have been using the guide for up to now,if i hadnt of looked in there they would of passed me by

if i look up a misison it usually either tells me what i already know,or tells me the obvious,like kill the bad guys...i am not that far into the game that things have got complicated yet,but i have spent about 2-3 hrs looking up these random characters..the guide isnt very specific....suffolk isn't just a street,so i had to keep my eyes peeled..and some characters,like Brian,have 3 parts

EDIT:these random characters,.look like they continue right through the game

I also think the random characters appear in their spots randomly. 

I'm also using the guide, mostly for pigeons and mission order.  Consequently, I didn't want to move on until I'd finished with Brian, but I drove by the second spot where he was supposed to appear a bunch of times at completely different times of day and didn't find him.  Eventually he just did pop up.  Same thing happened with his third appearance.
13082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 Hints and Tips? on: May 02, 2008, 05:25:06 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 02, 2008, 04:36:47 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 02, 2008, 04:30:24 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 02, 2008, 04:19:31 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 02, 2008, 04:17:50 PM

Can you call a cab or do you have to try your luck and whistle one down?

You'll gain the ability to call them as part of the story.

provided they stop like they're supposed to....

Heh, after questioning you guys about it yesterday first thing I do last night when I load my game is call for a car and then just watch as he drove right by me....

Last time that happened to me, Niko said, "How do you not see me standing right here?"
13083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Kart Wii impressions on: May 02, 2008, 05:23:46 PM

Quote from: Zaxxon on May 02, 2008, 04:40:50 PM

I think they just put representative heads up there to show your relative ranking.  That, or only about 30 people in the US own Kart.  smile  I wish there was an option to show your actual numerical ranking vs total players, though.  As far as I can tell, you can only see the top 10 friends, and the regional/worldwide champions. 

I was assuming the region was my region of the US.  Which of course doesn't make sense.
13084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 02, 2008, 05:22:23 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 02, 2008, 04:52:24 PM

Quote from: jblank on May 02, 2008, 04:51:14 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 01, 2008, 07:59:52 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 01, 2008, 06:59:29 PM

Any favorite radio stations yet?  I've found myself tuning into JNR (Jazz Nation Radio) the most often.  I knew and loved just about all those jazz classics even before the game, and having them play while in a heated GTA mission evokes a very Cowboy Bebop feeling.

See you next time, Space Cowboy.

I actually haven't even gotten to the jazz station yet.

The only station I immediately turn off is the hard rock station (though even that one has an okay song or two).  I've been very impressed with the radio in this game.  San Andreas had the worst selection, IMO, but I loved tooling around Vice City with anything blaring.

And for DJ's you've got Iggy Pop, Juliette Lewis, Karl Lagerfeld (!), and a bunch of guys from SNL.

The actress????? She's a DJ in the game?

Yar

She's also in a semi-popular underground band which gives her some rock cred.  Like Karl Lagerfeld.
13085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Kart Wii impressions on: May 02, 2008, 04:31:56 PM

Quote from: Zaxxon on May 02, 2008, 04:27:09 PM

You're top 5 in your region, Bullwinkle?  For serious? You're not measuring that based on the # of heads on the rankings screen, are you? 

I've been pleasantly surprised at how much time I've played (and also somewhat scared).  I've had multiple multi-hour sessions so far.  Between the actual racing, time trials, and battles, there's a lot to do here--certainly more than I anticipated when I picked it up.

Yeah, I probably was.  Sigh.  I thought I sucked.
13086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 02, 2008, 04:30:13 PM

Quote from: The Grue on May 02, 2008, 03:49:49 PM

More GTA comedy, this time from Conan:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kgo0VXGixk

I...Love...Springtime!
13087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 Hints and Tips? on: May 02, 2008, 04:27:57 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on May 02, 2008, 04:12:52 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 02, 2008, 04:09:51 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on May 02, 2008, 04:08:59 PM

I think I'm blind.  I haven't seen (or at least noticed) a pigeon yet.

I only saw one at night because it was glowing red and I thought it was a secret weapon

same... but I haven't been looking for them... actually I haven't picked up a hidden anything in the game in 10 or so hours of play, I left the pigeon alone because I need to keep track fo the ones I kill when I go for 100%. I guess my eyes aren't very good.

Pigeons are the only hidden things, unless you're talking about health, armor or weapons.  There are no packages.

Honestly, even though the pigeons coo when you get close, there is no way anyone would find them without a guide.  They're way too small and hard to see, even with the glow, and some of them are tucked away in bizarre nooks.
13088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Kart Wii impressions on: May 02, 2008, 04:23:19 PM

Quote from: depward on May 02, 2008, 04:09:05 PM

Quote from: Zaxxon on May 02, 2008, 04:05:19 PM

Quote from: depward on May 02, 2008, 04:01:45 PM

Another question (I know, I know): I tried using my Wavebird and it did indeed work last night.  However, I can't figure what to push while in the air to do tricks.  I know with the wheel you just waggle it about.  But what about a gamecube controller?

The basic procedure is this:

1) Slowly set the Wavebird down
2) Carefully insert a Wiimote into your Wii Wheel
3) Learn to play the game the fun way, you pinko commie Ngage-lover!

Really, the Wheel works very well.  And unless you've got a golden Wheel icon next to your name online, the baby Jeebus cries. 

Hah!  I'll agree - the wheel does work very well.  But the turning doesn't seem as responsive as a controller... I slam into every goomba that crosses my path!

Try the wiimote+'chuck combo.  I think I'm a convert.  Control is very responsive.

I actually played this for more than an hour and a half last night, trying to up my time trial on a track and competing in the new tournament.  I have never, ever spent that much time straight on a Mario Kart game (I only started playing 'em on the Gamecube, though).  I actually did pretty well, too.  Top 5 in my region, anyway.

BTW, the Japanese are kicking ass in the tournament.  USA isn't in the top 10 at all, worldwide!
13089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kung Fu Panda DEMO on: May 02, 2008, 04:19:36 PM
I tried the Kung Fu Panda demo on XBLM.  It was much better than I was expecting.  Kind of a fighting platformer.  The graphics are surprisingly good for a licensed "kids" game.  And the gameplay is simple, but smooth and kind of fun.  Nothing too innovative, but definitely good for what it is.  If they put enough variety into the levels, this could be a halfway decent title (not confident on that, though).

Still not sure about the movie yet.  The main character's voice is a little too slacker dude for my tastes.  Jack Black from his Cable Guy days.
13090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Dual Shock 3 - rumble not working at all on: May 02, 2008, 03:54:41 PM
Are you sure you didn't just buy another sixaxis?  The packaging looks remarkably similar.
13091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 Hints and Tips? on: May 02, 2008, 03:53:46 PM

Quote from: Roscoe on May 02, 2008, 02:40:20 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 02, 2008, 02:32:26 PM

Quote from: Chaz on May 02, 2008, 02:30:17 PM

Is there a place where you can see some kind of rating for how much someone likes you?  So far I've taken her to bowl and play pool and darts, and she's made comment about liking those.

I heard a commercial on the radio for the Ricky Gervais show that night, but I don't know which club it was at, and I'd be surprised if the commercials actually correlated to the available show for that night.

In the stats there's two meters for each person.  How much mission progression and how much they like you.

I think the Michelle one is under the "Player" category in the stats, not with the others like Vlad and Roman.

The stats, in general, aren't well organized, IMO.  I'm constantly forgetting where the girlfriend and pigeon progressions are.

One thing on dating, the ladies like you to mix it up.  For example, Michelle loves Burger Shot, but if you take her too many times to the same one, her love of that place goes down, I think, 5%.  And her love of all other Burger Shots goes down 1%.
13092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 01, 2008, 07:59:52 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 01, 2008, 06:59:29 PM

Any favorite radio stations yet?  I've found myself tuning into JNR (Jazz Nation Radio) the most often.  I knew and loved just about all those jazz classics even before the game, and having them play while in a heated GTA mission evokes a very Cowboy Bebop feeling.

See you next time, Space Cowboy.

I actually haven't even gotten to the jazz station yet.

The only station I immediately turn off is the hard rock station (though even that one has an okay song or two).  I've been very impressed with the radio in this game.  San Andreas had the worst selection, IMO, but I loved tooling around Vice City with anything blaring.

And for DJ's you've got Iggy Pop, Juliette Lewis, Karl Lagerfeld (!), and a bunch of guys from SNL.
13093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/PSP] echochrome on: May 01, 2008, 04:22:03 PM
I loved the idea of this and the style, but I found the mechanics extremely frustrating.  Not in the good way, either, in the bad design way.

I could never line up a hole correctly or a jump.  Honestly, I feel like some key indicators were missing.
13094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 HD Upgrade Question on: May 01, 2008, 04:19:54 PM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on May 01, 2008, 03:37:12 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 01, 2008, 01:23:35 PM


You're replacing the existing one. 

Thanks. Anyone have a good link for a tutorial on this?

Sorry about the search button being broken.  icon_wink

Here you go: http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php/topic,26217.0.html
13095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Kart Wii impressions on: May 01, 2008, 04:17:05 PM

Quote from: depward on May 01, 2008, 02:31:27 PM

So how do I go about racing with my Wavebird?  For Brawl, I just turned it on and badda-bing - it was ready to go.  I turn it on during Mario Kart Wii and it doesn't seem to respond... even though it says it's compatible.  Any help?

Try pressing A on the Wavebird when it starts.  You may have to turn off the Wiimote in the menu.

I know when I plugged the 'chuck in, I got a big message about the configuration changing, and I had to push A.
13096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 Hints and Tips? on: May 01, 2008, 04:13:44 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 01, 2008, 01:01:32 PM

If you're having trouble speeding through the turns with the new driving model, I recommend starting of by slowing down far slower than you think you need to be going prior to the turn.  Don't even use the e-brake.  After a few successful fast turns, you'll naturally starting pushing the boundaries more and more until you can take them fast as can be without crashing.  Add in the e-brake once you get used to how the regular gas and brake work.

Also: The gas and brake are on analog triggers for a reason.  It's no longer a choice between flooring the gas pedal or slamming on the brakes.  Most of the time when you brake you don't want to have the brake trigger pressed all the way, and when you accelerate out of a turn you'll usually have better results if you ease it to full throttle rather than slamming it down all the way immediately. 

When you do use the e-brake, use a light tap.  Don't hold the A-Button down (or the smiley face button or whatever the PS3 uses).  That's what's caused all of my spin outs.
13097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dark Void, from the makers of Crimson Skies on: April 30, 2008, 08:25:57 PM
Here's a vid: http://www.gamespot.com/video/943726/6181328/dark-void-official-trailer-1

If I didn't know it was the Crimson Skies guys, I'm not sure I'd be interested.
13098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Kart Wii impressions on: April 30, 2008, 08:21:23 PM
My daughter and I tried the W+N combo. 

She still came in 12th, but she was far less spastic about it.  If I can get her to keep her eyes on the road instead of on how cute Daisy or Peach look on their scooters, I think we'd be in
business.

As for me, the control scheme does seem incredibly more precise.  I never accidentally drove between two power-ups.  In fact, I could make a correction at the last second with no overshooting at all.  However, the cornering didn't seem as tight, but that could be due to my being forced to play Luigi AKA "Daisy's Love."  I managed to get knocked to 10th mid-way through a race and could not catch up for the life of me.  I'm thinking that while it's more precise, they did some other tweaking to balance it.
13099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Kart Wii impressions on: April 30, 2008, 06:15:48 PM

Quote from: Zaxxon on April 30, 2008, 05:31:34 PM

Quote from: Hrothgar on April 30, 2008, 05:00:25 PM

Quote from: Zaxxon on April 29, 2008, 09:56:13 PM

Yeah, all Best Buys should have them for $9.99. 
Amazon is now matching this price and has them in stock.

Walmart.com shows my local Walmart having some for $9.96!!!  smile  I'm going to run by on my way home.

Sweet!  Put that $.04 towards gas!
13100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 HD Upgrade Question on: April 30, 2008, 06:14:52 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on March 02, 2008, 06:36:51 PM

When news first hit the internet about how easy and user-friendly it is to upgrade the hard drive in the PS3, some people were theorizing that moving from the stock 5400rpm drive to a more power-hungry 7200rpm one *might* cause some long-term problems.  I haven't heard a word about it since so I've assumed that nobody had any trouble, but since we have a thread on the topic, does anyone know anything more?

-Autistic Angel

Hey, I'm curious about this, too.

I would think 7200rpm would just improve read speed, but I can see it having compatibility issues somewhere.  I was thinking of going 7200rpm, but now I'm not sure.

EDIT TO ADD: I did a little research.  It seems the 7200 should not be a problem, but there is little increase in performance, mostly due to the bottleneck on the Blu-Ray drive.  There seems to be an average of 10% time saved when downloading or installing downloaded items, which could add up, certainly.  Is that increase worth the price increase?

It seems that more cache on the HD should help, as well.  The biggest difference seemed to come from the jump from the original 20 Gig unit's smaller cache to the newer units' bigger ones.  I haven't seen anything that tested this theory specifically on caches of 8MB, but I'd be interested to see if it makes a difference.
13101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Operation Darkness demo on: April 30, 2008, 04:39:51 PM

Quote from: Canuck on April 30, 2008, 03:33:08 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 30, 2008, 02:34:06 PM

Even though they're completely different development teams (right?) this horrible demo is making me more cautious about my enthusiasm for Valkyria Chronicles.  VC sure looks like it handles better than OD, but then again Operation Darkness looked pretty slick in the videos as well.

I'm not sure I get this line of reasoning-would you have doubts about CoD 4, Portal and Bioshock because Mortyr sucked?

Mortyr rocked my faith in all gaming.
13102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prince of Persia (Prodigy?) screenshot on: April 30, 2008, 02:51:56 PM

Quote from: Turtle on April 30, 2008, 05:12:16 AM

Yeah, because all animation is cell shaded.  I mean, look at Pixar's stuff.

Oh wait...

Yeah, this does look a lot like Pixar's stuff.

Oh, wait...
13103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Kart Wii impressions on: April 30, 2008, 02:50:14 PM
Has anyone tried the Wiimote+Nunchuck mode?  Kotaku swears by it, but I haven't given it a go yet.

My now five year old is having a hard time with the wheel, having never driven a car before.  She keeps wanting to spin it around, twisting her body all over the place.  I wonder if she wouldn't have an easier time with W+N.
13104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prince of Persia (Prodigy?) screenshot on: April 30, 2008, 03:11:19 AM

Quote from: Turtle on April 30, 2008, 02:06:33 AM

I wouldn't classify this as cel shading.  It's definitely processed, but cell shaded refers more to it being shaded like a cartoon.  This is a more illustrative style.

Also, it's only 1 screenshot.  Now, imagine this shot moving and the whole world setup to render in this way.

I wonder what they used as a replacement for the sands mechanic?

Imagine this shot moving, and you have animation.  Thus cel shaded.
13105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prince of Persia (Prodigy?) screenshot on: April 29, 2008, 10:32:26 PM

Quote from: Laner on April 29, 2008, 09:55:02 PM

**pedantry alert**

It's "cel shading" - one "L"

For nitpicking, you should be thrown in a jail cel.
13106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Fit - I am so weak on: April 28, 2008, 11:24:19 PM

Quote from: Jocke on April 28, 2008, 02:24:39 PM

I got it saturday. I am muscle sore like hell I have have to admit and I mostly did yoga! Never done yoga before so that probably explains it. The tree form was a bitch.

This is my asci representation of the treeform.

   o
--|--
   |>
   |

Kidding aside I mostly like it. The minigames are HARD! Took me a while to do some of them right though. For example in the soccer minigame I leaned mostly only my upper body at first and thought the game was slow as molasses in moving it's head. But I got the tip of the game that I should just change my lower body's weight on the board around and then it went alot better. Still hard though.

Wii Fit focuses alot on posture and with the board they have alot of information on that. So for example when you are doing a yoga stance you also get information about much you sway and such. It really helps you since you see how much you sway on screen.

All in all it's gonna take a while to evaluate this "game". Gonna keep at it and see how I like it after a week or so.

That's more like my ASCI of seeing the ladies do yoga.  Mee-yow!  Innapropriate-high-five!
13107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/28) on: April 28, 2008, 01:28:01 PM
Go, murder!  360 for me.

And what the hell is Roogoo?!
13108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Kart Wii impressions on: April 28, 2008, 06:13:54 AM
Anyone try the wheel with other Wii driving games yet?

I'm frustrated as hell becasue my daughter wants me to unlock Daisy for her, and I have to pass the first three 150cc cups.  I keep coming close then getting those last minute BS FAILS.  It also doesn't help that I had passed the first cup perfectly, and then she copied over my license.  It further doesn't help that my wife keeps saying, "She's just a kid."  I know she's just a kid.  That makes it worse.  A) That means I can't yell at her and must bottle up all the anger inside and 2) It could happen again with some far more important save.
13109  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Mario Kart Wii Friend Codes! on: April 28, 2008, 04:00:02 AM
Bullwinkle

0731-5168-8982
13110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 impressions thread - stores are receiving them! on: April 27, 2008, 06:20:52 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on April 27, 2008, 04:54:39 AM

Quote from: The Grue on April 27, 2008, 03:04:35 AM

Quote from: TC Weidner on April 27, 2008, 02:54:45 AM


plus the greatest review line of all time..

Quote
To play Grand Theft Auto IV is like receiving felacio for the first time. It is an amazing, and overwhelming experience that you never want to end, but when it does, itís with a bang.

Yeah, except that moron can't spell fellatio right.
He's never gotten it, is the thing, so he's assuming it will be amazing and overwhelming. Hence the spelling.
How do I know? Why else would the review be so poorly written?

I know that once I got one my spelling improved tremendously.
13111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Max Payne 3? on: April 25, 2008, 04:11:16 PM

Quote from: Pong on April 25, 2008, 07:13:37 AM

Thought I read somewhere that the developers are the ones making Alan Wake ?

But yeah a #3 would be awesome smile

Remedy is making Alan Wake, which is probably why they're not making Max Payne 3.
13112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami Wii on: April 25, 2008, 04:10:19 PM

Quote from: Xmann on April 25, 2008, 08:11:48 AM

i'm officially done with Okami on the Wii.   the brush techniques are beyond frustrating to do.   i attempted to help Mr. Orange bloom the trees a good 45 minutes and it literally takes a perfect circle to draw the blooms.   not counting the numerous attempts leading up to that of restoring all the trees in the village.

and i'm not talking just about the bloom....i'm talking all the techniques i've tried so far.   i've painted slow, fast, deliberate, not so deliberate, etc. and nothing works consistently.   even the dodge (or whatever you call it) move i just got for Ammy doesn't always respond with the nunchuck.  no way will i play another 20 hours or so and be pissed off and frustrated with having to make perfect strokes to get simple techniques done.

too bad, was really excited about everything else with the game.   back to Gamefly tomorrow.

You know, I just went through the same frustration with Mr. Orange.  It took way too many attempts, and I felt like I was robbed on most of them.  It didn't help that you couldn't speed up or skip the dialogue after each failed attempt (and then about three tries in, they added more).  I'm not giving up, though.  I'm still enjoying the game.  I was ready to stop for a while during that.
13113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Max Payne 3? on: April 25, 2008, 02:30:25 AM
I would be very IN on this, if done right.  I'm sure it's to tie in with the upcoming movie.
13114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: April 25, 2008, 02:29:41 AM

Quote from: jersoc on April 24, 2008, 10:35:38 PM

I can't do those either. Aren't those ascending notes though?

Not tonally.  The high notes are closer to the body of the guitar.
13115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami Wii on: April 24, 2008, 07:02:40 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on April 24, 2008, 05:31:16 PM

Quote from: JSL
Isn't it supposed to say Goddess on the back and not God though?

For some reason, Capcom was really strict that Amaterasu was genderless in the U.S. release, even though she's solely referred to in the feminine in both the Japanese and European versions.

Quote from: 1Up
1UP: What other sort of things went on behind the scenes in localizing Okami?

DC: Here's a few tidbits. Issun the character has a specific nickname for Amaterasu in the Japanese version where he calls her -- or I should say "him." I shouldn't say her. Actually that's one thing I should mention? R&D is very adamant about making Amaterasu genderless, which made localization very hard. Because we use pronouns a lot: he, she.

1UP: And Amaterasu is supposed to be a goddess.

DC: Yeah, and in traditional lore, the Amaterasu of those stories is definitely a sun goddess. But I guess the point Kamiya was trying to make is that this character is called Amaterasu, but it's not necessarily the Amaterasu. Because if you go by proper legend, Susano is Amaterasu's brother, and Tsukiyomi, which is actually a sword in the game, is one of their siblings.

1UP: So it's an embodiment, and genderless Amaterasu...

DC: Right, they're taking the names and general themes, but it's not necessarily the Amaterasu, it's a character named Amaterasu. For the European versions, I think they'll have to go ahead and make it a female because it'll be too hard to write around that. But for English, that was really difficult because we couldn't use he or she, and we didn't want to use "Amaterasu" every time we mentioned the character's name.

1UP: And you didn't want to use "it."

DC: Exactly. So we used "the wolf," "the god," things like that. There were ways around it, but it wasn't easy.

Personally, it always seemed perfectly clear that Amaterasu was female, but I guess Capcom wanted it to be left unclear.

-Autistic Angel

I have only played the Wii version, and I would swear that they have already referred to her as a goddess a couple of times.  In fact, I'm sure of it, because I remember thinking, Oh, it's a female.
13116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Operation Darkness demo on: April 24, 2008, 07:01:08 PM
I agree with the camera being a big issue, and I think the muddy graphics aren't going to help.

Much as I love the idea and setting for this, and as much as I was mildly enjoying the level, I was too bored to want to do it again and again over a long campaign.  Everything just took too damn long.  It took me something like 4 or 5 sets of moves just to get people in range.  Then a huge group of Nazis ran to the other side of the map, for no apparent reason and I had to work my way to them.  There are way too many characters to slog through each round, IMO, and not being able to tell where they really need to go and how to best get there made this more trouble than it was worth to me.  Of course, the Strategy RPG genre is generally not my cup of tea anyway.
13117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] world ends with you impressions on: April 24, 2008, 01:45:13 AM
Are we thinking the strategy guide would be useful?  No one had them today.  I played for a bit, and it seemed straightforward, almost linear.  Strategies I can usually piece together on my own or online, but I like a guide to figure out where to go or tips on upgrading (or to find hidden secrets).
13118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero IV rumors on: April 23, 2008, 04:53:36 PM

Quote from: jament on April 23, 2008, 03:13:49 PM

I also purchased the stand alone RB for the 360, used my headset as a mic and GH3 guitar until the stand alone drum kit came out.  I have two friends that did the same - it was a cheap way to buy into the game and see how good it was.

Me, too.
13119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's up with XBL? on: April 23, 2008, 03:15:14 AM

Quote from: Doopri on April 23, 2008, 02:55:08 AM

is today the day of the four or eight hour downtime? i was just trying to sign in and couldnt, then it occurred to me that i had gotten a message from live that there would be an outage

(im actually here now confirming that its tonight)

I think it was supposed to be yesterday.  Seems to be working for me.
13120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - newbie questions on: April 22, 2008, 10:32:58 PM
Thanks, WP.  Ugly looking neck.
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