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13201  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 rumble this week on: April 04, 2008, 10:05:08 PM
By the way, it's in stores now.

I have one charging.
13202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hot Shots Golf: OOB Swing Method on: April 04, 2008, 04:55:24 PM
I'm curious to know what the favored swing method is.  I'm leaning toward the old style myself.  It's too hard to gage with the advanced method, IMO.  However, there's a more natural feel to the new style, and I'm sure with practice it could be good.

It seems the power ratings and such change based on which method you choose.  Anyone notice how much this affects gameplay?
13203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shouldn't employees of game stores know a little about their industry? on: April 04, 2008, 04:47:49 PM
Damnit Damnit Damn
Damn Damn Damn Damn Damnit Damn
My calendar's off
13204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shouldn't employees of game stores know a little about their industry? on: April 04, 2008, 03:58:15 PM
Good one, Gratch, but today is not the day.
13205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SOCOM PS3 coming Sept 16 on: April 04, 2008, 05:08:39 AM

Quote from: Turtle on April 04, 2008, 04:20:55 AM

Just got my EGM and noticed a really cool use of the motion controls in the upcoming SOCOM.  Basically, they have a variable lean feature, where how far you tilt the controller is how far you lean left or right.  This way they don't need to add an arbitrary snap to cover system, as people can park themselves anywhere behind cover, and lean out just as far as they need.  And yes, there'll be tilt sensitivity optiona, including the ability to just turn it off.

Being able to turn it off is a good thing.  I find that when there's leaning in a Wii game, I'm leaning by default, just in the way I hold the nunchuck.
13206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shouldn't employees of game stores know a little about their industry? on: April 04, 2008, 01:43:36 AM

Quote from: DragonFyre on April 03, 2008, 09:36:51 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 03, 2008, 03:46:45 PM

I think you're missing the all-important #-3, the not at all "hot girl" employee.  The stores around me seem to have a ton of these.  At least they know their gaming better.

Those tend to fall into categories #1 and #2. :-) I don't think those categories are gender-specific.

Good point.

Quote from: semiconscious on April 03, 2008, 09:38:47 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 03, 2008, 09:27:28 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 03, 2008, 03:46:45 PM

I think you're missing the all-important #-3, the not at all "hot girl" employee.  The stores around me seem to have a ton of these.  At least they know their gaming better.

I have asked at four Gamestops this week about the impending Dual Shock 3 release.  One guy didn't know what I was talking about.  Another guy said, "I'm not sure.  Last I heard was May" and wasn't surprised that it might be this week.  The jackass I bought my refurb PS3 from actually said, "You have to wait 'til June."  I asked if he was sure, he said, "Yep.  Absolutely." (He's also one of those types who would tell me about his WoW character's hatred of the PS3)  When I called a store and the non-hottie (or "nottie"!  HAhahahaHA!  It's in that Paris Hilton movie.  That's quality comedy), she said, "I haven't seen it yet.  Try back, it's coming."  Love her.

Oh, I forgot to mention that when I bought the PS3, I had them boot it to make sure it worked.  They entered some stuff and got to my screen name.  I told them Bullwinkle.  The guy stared at me with his one good eye.  I explained that I'd been Bullwinkle since the first time I played Minesweeper on a shared office computer way back when.  He then launched into a monologue about how he hates that show.  The only good thing about it is that it came on late at night and he could leave it on to fall asleep.

On what planet is it a good idea to directly insult something that a customer clearly holds dear, using it as a screen name, and by the transitive property, insult the customer himself?  I'm sorry my screen name wasn't R0Xr7 or something.  Sheesh.

not a good sales tactic, maybe - but far preferable to fawning, & kinda refreshing in it's honesty smile ...

Yeah, I would normally feel the same way, but this guy was negative about everything.
13207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shouldn't employees of game stores know a little about their industry? on: April 03, 2008, 09:27:28 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 03, 2008, 03:46:45 PM

I think you're missing the all-important #-3, the not at all "hot girl" employee.  The stores around me seem to have a ton of these.  At least they know their gaming better.

I have asked at four Gamestops this week about the impending Dual Shock 3 release.  One guy didn't know what I was talking about.  Another guy said, "I'm not sure.  Last I heard was May" and wasn't surprised that it might be this week.  The jackass I bought my refurb PS3 from actually said, "You have to wait 'til June."  I asked if he was sure, he said, "Yep.  Absolutely." (He's also one of those types who would tell me about his WoW character's hatred of the PS3)  When I called a store and the non-hottie (or "nottie"!  HAhahahaHA!  It's in that Paris Hilton movie.  That's quality comedy), she said, "I haven't seen it yet.  Try back, it's coming."  Love her.

Oh, I forgot to mention that when I bought the PS3, I had them boot it to make sure it worked.  They entered some stuff and got to my screen name.  I told them Bullwinkle.  The guy stared at me with his one good eye.  I explained that I'd been Bullwinkle since the first time I played Minesweeper on a shared office computer way back when.  He then launched into a monologue about how he hates that show.  The only good thing about it is that it came on late at night and he could leave it on to fall asleep.

On what planet is it a good idea to directly insult something that a customer clearly holds dear, using it as a screen name, and by the transitive property, insult the customer himself?  I'm sorry my screen name wasn't R0Xr7 or something.  Sheesh.
13208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: April 03, 2008, 09:03:28 PM
Heh.  The first part was responding to some much earlier pleading on your part for the song.  The second part was to the Rock Band Gods.

And in response to your new avatar: Then I don't need a jacket.
13209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where can I find a copy of Ico? on: April 03, 2008, 05:08:25 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on April 03, 2008, 05:05:49 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on April 03, 2008, 05:03:22 PM

Thanks.  And they have discontinued all but the 40GB, correct?


80GB is in limbo until the new MGS4 pack comes out in June. 

Bullwinkle, why the concern about buying from Ebay or Amazon?  I've never had any problems as long as they have good reps.  I'd be nervous buying PC games that way because you never know when you'll get a pirated copy but that isn't very common for PS2 games. 

Well, I've been burned buying used disc-like items on e-bay before (DVDs more than games).  It's a pain to return to them, too.  The other issue is finding it at a decent price means running the risk of crappier condition.  Ideally, I can find it with manual and case and close to scratch-free.
13210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any word on that Lair patch? on: April 03, 2008, 05:01:26 PM
There was supposed to be a patch for Lair that added analog control options.  At one time, it was going to be out in March.  Has anyone heard anything about the patch coming?
13211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Where can I find a copy of Ico? on: April 03, 2008, 03:51:44 PM
So, I'm picking up some PS2 games because I got the 60GB PS3 the other day.  At the top of my list is Ico.  I didn't realize how hard that would be to find.  Does anyone have a suggestion as to where I might hunt this down (new or used, but I'm wary of buying used from ebay or Amazon marketplace) for a reasonable price?
13212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shouldn't employees of game stores know a little about their industry? on: April 03, 2008, 03:46:45 PM
I think you're missing the all-important #-3, the not at all "hot girl" employee.  The stores around me seem to have a ton of these.  At least they know their gaming better.

I have asked at four Gamestops this week about the impending Dual Shock 3 release.  One guy didn't know what I was talking about.  Another guy said, "I'm not sure.  Last I heard was May" and wasn't surprised that it might be this week.  The jackass I bought my refurb PS3 from actually said, "You have to wait 'til June."  I asked if he was sure, he said, "Yep.  Absolutely." (He's also one of those types who would tell me about his WoW character's hatred of the PS3)  When I called a store and the non-hottie (or "nottie"!  HAhahahaHA!  It's in that Paris Hilton movie.  That's quality comedy), she said, "I haven't seen it yet.  Try back, it's coming."  Love her.
13213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Pinball FX table coming to XBLA=Greatest Ever on: April 03, 2008, 03:09:48 PM
I looked at some pictures of the arcade table, and it does not seem to be the same.
13214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viking: Battle for Asgard Intro Movie on: April 03, 2008, 03:07:10 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 03, 2008, 02:51:15 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 03, 2008, 02:22:43 PM

I am now supposed to attack the darkwater portal on the first map to get the amulet charged, but it's one of those spots with the nearly limitless enemies as far as I can tell and I don't see a way to summon the troops. Little help please?

This is the stealth mission we were talking about.  You try to sneak in and charge it without aggroing the whole damn town. 

Here's another hint if you'd like (even though it was pretty much spelled out above)
Spoiler for Hiden:
Around the east(?) side of the town wall there is a blanket put over the wall spikes that you can climb over without alerting anybody.

After that,
Spoiler for Hiden:
left or right will work.  I found it easier to go left and sneak up and kill one or two grunts (staying behind the tent) before sneaking across the overpass (the archers shouldn't notice you) and walking right up to the charge spot.  Others found it easier to go right.
13215  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: April 03, 2008, 03:04:12 PM
Hey, ATB, I heard "Radar Love" in the car today, so I'm bringing it back as a request.

Make it happen!!
13216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Pinball FX table coming to XBLA=Greatest Ever on: April 03, 2008, 03:43:01 AM

Quote from: Devil on April 03, 2008, 01:39:53 AM

Is this like the "real" R&B pinball machine or a made up one?

I think it's made up.  At least I don't remember seeing it before.  There are also some touches that wouldn't last in a real table.  When you launch the ball, for example, Snidely Whiplash lifts Nell off of the train track-style ramp just before the ball hits her. 

BTW, the table is now available!  I thought it was "coming soon."  I was surprised to see it.

I only played it a few times, but it's actually pretty entertaining. 
13217  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3: Get a 60/80GB now or wait for the MGS version? on: April 02, 2008, 06:15:26 PM
I did get the 60GB refurb.  I figured I wouldn't use that 20GB much.  The 360 will still be my primary gaming console.

So far, I've only played GoW, and, man, is it dark!  Is there something I'm missing, so far as increasing brightness goes?

I also find the PS3 menu text to be very difficult to read.  It's quite small (especially in the PS Store).  I haven't seen a font setting anywhere, though.

Overall, I'm glad I went with the refurb at this point.  I didn't get the warranty for $60, though.  It just seemed ridiculous.  Hopefully, I didn't screw myself.

By the way, on PS3 (just like on the 360), I'm BullwinkleJ.

Thanks for your help, everybody!
13218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Pinball FX table coming to XBLA=Greatest Ever on: April 02, 2008, 12:54:34 PM

Quote from: Misguided on April 02, 2008, 12:38:02 PM

Totally IN! Then again, I'd buy most any table for Pinball FX.

I do like that this one feels slightly less generic than the others.

By the way, mo, it's a Rocky and Bullwinkle table.  Thus my enthusiasm. 

Quote from: Hrothgar on April 02, 2008, 03:40:42 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 01, 2008, 03:43:28 PM

Maybe I have a personal bias, but this will be the single greatest table ever released in digital format
It's not all about you.  icon_wink

I'm sure it's just a matter of time before they release a Hrothgar table.
13219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viking: Battle for Asgard Intro Movie on: April 02, 2008, 05:15:04 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 02, 2008, 05:06:09 AM

I had gotten all of the powerups that were available by the time I did that end of the first island, but I'm not positive that I did them before the rogue mission.  I just never found a way to beat the patrols and guards since even if I took my time they would spawn in behind me (a huge pet peeve of mine).

Bullwinkle, just be aware that once the big battle begins you won't be able to see any of the gold/urns/chests on your map.  They go away when you start the invasion. 

Ah, frak.  Well, that doesn't help at all.  But really, I don't see another way.  There just no way to sneak around and get all the gold.

By the way, you guys did find the blanket hanging over the wall of the fort, right?  It would be impossible without that entrance, I think.
13220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3: Get a 60/80GB now or wait for the MGS version? on: April 02, 2008, 04:53:47 AM

Quote from: Misguided on April 02, 2008, 02:38:53 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 01, 2008, 01:14:17 PM


Apparently you don't have a wife. 

For 15 years, actually. I buy games, she buys shoes.

The BC on the 60 is superior to the 80 (which is partially software mutilated..I mean emulated).
If PS2 BC is that important to you, don't get the 80.

My fear is that the 60 won't work, being a refurb unit from Gamestop.  Or that it'll work for a bit then crap out.

Is the 60 that much superior to the 80, BC-wise?  I never owned a PS2, so I do plan on catching up on a few titles.
13221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viking: Battle for Asgard Intro Movie on: April 02, 2008, 04:52:01 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 01, 2008, 03:37:05 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 01, 2008, 02:51:16 PM

until I just snuck about half-way and then made a mad dash to the portal, killed off the guys that followed me up there and then tapped 'B' like a madman.  It was cheap, but I wanted to get back to something fun. 

That's what I'm planning on doing tonight.  too bad they don't have a sprint button.

Did you buy the sneaking powerup from the training guy on the beach?  I'm able to sneak to the Dragon Rune area with no problem.

What killed me was trying to find those skulls.  There is absolutely no way to do it without dying multiple times.  Stupid design decision decision, IMO. 

I'm assuming I'll be able to get the gold lying about once the battle starts (I know I'll have to get it before the fight ends)?  There's no way I can pick that crap up while being stealthy.  It's just not possible.
13222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3: Get a 60/80GB now or wait for the MGS version? on: April 02, 2008, 12:53:00 AM
I can also get a 60GB refurb from EB.

Is there a significant difference between BC on the 60 versus 80? 

I'm leaning toward the 80 gig, though I have to get that controller (maybe I can leave it sealed and exchange it for a dual shock).  The refurb 60 is nearly $100 cheaper.  Though with the 80 I get the controller and a game (Motorstorm).

Thoughts?

I'm pretty close to making a purchase.
13223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3: Get a 60/80GB now or wait for the MGS version? on: April 01, 2008, 11:24:22 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on April 01, 2008, 11:15:57 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 01, 2008, 10:55:52 PM

I got a lead on a 20GB PS3.  I understand it's fairly easy to swap a drive out.  Would I be losing stuff to do that?  The big bummer is that it's never been reduced in price.  $500.

The other option is an 80GB Motorstorm bundle I found at Egghead.  I have to buy an extra lame controller with it that I will probably never use.

Thoughts?

scroll down. i'm another 60gb fan, & the wifi is a major reason...

Oh, wifi is a must.  Thank you. Good save.
13224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3: Get a 60/80GB now or wait for the MGS version? on: April 01, 2008, 10:55:52 PM
I got a lead on a 20GB PS3.  I understand it's fairly easy to swap a drive out.  Would I be losing stuff to do that?  The big bummer is that it's never been reduced in price.  $500.

The other option is an 80GB Motorstorm bundle I found at Egghead.  I have to buy an extra lame controller with it that I will probably never use.

Thoughts?
13225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: April fool's day announcements on: April 01, 2008, 08:13:29 PM

Quote from: Caine on April 01, 2008, 07:14:07 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 01, 2008, 07:05:34 PM

Wow's bard class.  I made a thread... were you trying to consolidate all of them?

yeah, kind of.

also, some http redirection fun at:
http://www.qwantz.com/
http://questionablecontent.net/index.php
and
http://www.xkcd.com/

and check out the link on vgcats titled "stretch myself artistically."

VG Cats FTW.
13226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3: Get a 60/80GB now or wait for the MGS version? on: April 01, 2008, 08:05:12 PM

Quote from: Caine on April 01, 2008, 06:48:13 PM

good luck with the hunt.  i got the last 60gb at the sony store last august, and i haven't seen any since the 80gb displaced it around oct.  and now, nothing but 40gb versions all around.  not sure who online still has stock of the 60gb. 

No luck so far on the phone front.  I'm going to bop into some stores over the next few days with fingers crossed.  Basically, I think I'm SOL until June.

Maybe I could go the refurb route.  I know someone here had a problem, though.
13227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: April 01, 2008, 06:15:53 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 01, 2008, 05:09:16 PM

Impressions: I should make an unboxing video- opening this thing up is so epic.  So many parts and boxes and sub boxes.

Thus far I have opened the guitar- and it is beautiful.  So beautiful.

The buttons are big.  I like big butt-ons and I cannot lie.

Hooray!  We've looped!
13228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Pinball FX table coming to XBLA=Greatest Ever on: April 01, 2008, 03:43:28 PM
Maybe I have a personal bias, but this will be the single greatest table ever released in digital format: http://www.gametrailers.com/player/32432.html

Between this and the Wii pinball game (and another one of those on the way in a couple of weeks), I've got pinball fever!
13229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: April 01, 2008, 03:33:35 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 01, 2008, 03:09:44 PM

Fun song!

And easy!

And it's up now!
13230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3: Get a 60/80GB now or wait for the MGS version? on: April 01, 2008, 03:33:10 PM

Quote from: ras752000 on April 01, 2008, 02:43:46 PM

Strike while the iron is hot . . . you are only a breath away from car trouble or plumbing problems that will deplete your PS3 funds . . .  crybaby

That or taxes could spell doom.

Quote from: Autistic Angel on April 01, 2008, 03:22:32 PM

If you can find a new 60-gig PS3 anyplace, you should absolutely buy it as soon as possible: all the features of the other models, plus full backwards compatibility with resolution upscaling and anti-aliasing, all at the same cost as the less-capable 80-gig unit.

The problem is finding one.  As I recall, you and I live in the same state, and I'm not aware of *anybody* who still has them in stock.  I'll be interested to find out if you're able to locate one.

-Autistic Angel

Yeah, I would love to find the 60GB, but I think the 80GB will be hard enough to find.  I know the 80 is software-based BC, but I thought it still did the upscaling and AA.  Does it not?
13231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3: Get a 60/80GB now or wait for the MGS version? on: April 01, 2008, 01:14:17 PM

Quote from: Misguided on April 01, 2008, 11:29:18 AM

AFAIK gunmetal is Japan only (and sold out before release).
Why not get a 40? The money you save on it could buy a PS2 if you like,
and the BC on the 80 is good but not great.

Apparently you don't have a wife.  As I mentioned, I'd be working on her for another few months, but for a lucky break.  Now you try to tell that same lady I need two consoles.  Hell, one of the selling points is that I'm pulling the DVD player out of the closet for the PS3 Blu-Ray player.
13232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection for Wii on: April 01, 2008, 03:59:20 AM
If you like pinball games, this is a fantastic title.  Nudging finally feels natural.  There are challenges and things to unlock (some of the tables cost credits, but if you beat a tables pre-set goals, you can unlock one to play free - that also unlocks Wizard Challenges).  There's a tournament.  There are narrated, detailed instructions on what you're supposed to do on each table.  The physics seem to be pretty damn good.  Really, my only gripe is that I wish the graphics were a little sharper, but they get the job done.

I haven't seen it in B&M stores, but Amazon has it (Target may, too, from what I've heard).

Here are the tables: Black Knight; Gorgar; Taxi; Jive Time; Firepower; Pinbot; Whirlwind; Sorcerer; Space Shuttle and Funhouse.
13233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3: Get a 60/80GB now or wait for the MGS version? on: April 01, 2008, 03:48:02 AM
So, I just got clearance from the wife for a PS3!  I was planning on working on her for a couple of more months until the new version came out in June (assuming it does come out then), but now that I've got clearance, I'm chomping at the bit.

I was thinking of driving around to my local Targets, Wal-Marts, Blockbusters, Circuit Cities, ToysRUses, et al to see if any of them had a 60 or 80 GB unit squirreled away (any other suggestions?).  I won't get a 40GB, so the decision may be made for me.

The only reason to wait that I know of is to get a dual shock (but I'll happily just pick one up when they come out), and to be able to buy it from Costco (to make returns/exchanges easier if the need arises).  My fear is that Costco won't get the MGS version right when it comes out, and I'll have waited for nothing.

I don't care about the gunmetal look of the upcoming one.  Are there other reasons to wait for that one that I've not heard about?
13234  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viking: Battle for Asgard Intro Movie on: April 01, 2008, 03:41:14 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 29, 2008, 05:12:03 PM

Bullwinkle, to get your army to help you when attacking a big fortification like the Gorge and the Encampment by it, you use the map to select that area and press A to call your warriors and start the battle (the option will open up after you've met the requirements).  The map is also what tells you how many more groups of warriors you need to free and any other things to accomplish before the battle. 

And I forgot the one other thing that I dislike about this game: having to smack the B button to interact with stuff (opening chests, freeing warriors, etc).  I know this is basically taken from God of War, but it's a terrible mechanic and should just die.  This isn't 1986 and I'm not playing Track and Field so quit making me mash buttons!  Just let me hold it down for a couple seconds or something.

Thank you, E.  I knew I was missing something.  It was just too impossible.
13235  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword Impressions on: April 01, 2008, 03:37:45 AM
I was away this weekend for my birthday, and this was the only gaming I got in.  I got to the fourth or fifth chapter.  At first I worried that it would be too easy, but the difficulty is increasing.  Still not a startling challenge at all, though, which is a good thing for me.  I'm a ninja dog.

The controls are incredibly satisfying.  It seems like chaos at times, but I also feel like I'm mostly in control of that chaos, which is exactly what NG should feel like, IMO.  That's true, even though the control scheme is entirely touch based (with the exception of blocking).  It still really feels natural and fun.

My favorite moment, however, was when I turned the game on on Sunday and it wished me a "Happy Birsday."  Awesome. thumbsup
13236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viking: Battle for Asgard Intro Movie on: March 29, 2008, 03:25:54 PM
What the F?  I'm playing on Normal, and I'm getting my ass handed to me.

Seriously, I think I might be missing something.  I'm making an assault on the Gorge.  I found a place to "sneak" in, but the second I crest the hill, I stand up, and the sneaking's over.  I try to lure the goons onto that ledge for some one-on-one fighting, but that doesn't work.  It's either going to take hours or I get overwhelmed by ridiculous numbers.  This is after I spent an hour trying to get in through the front gate.

Annoyingly, I freed one set of fellow Vikings, but died afterwards, so now, of course, they're no longer around to help.  There's another group tied up, but I'm reluctant to free them (even if I could...if I get close the horde is upon me).  I feel like maybe the army I've amassed should be helping, but I have no idea how to get that to happen. 

Can someone help me here?  I fear I'm about to give up on this game, as this part seems insurmountable.
13237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: March 29, 2008, 01:56:49 PM

Quote from: Chaz on March 29, 2008, 01:24:37 PM

The helmets the soldiers wear are absolutely stupid.

I said the same thing.

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 15, 2008, 03:38:09 PM

My only real issue with the game:  Who the hell would design a military helmet with a grabbable ring on it, especially when facing much bigger and stronger opponents?
13238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3 More from Atlus on: March 28, 2008, 08:54:16 PM
Strategy RPGs aren't my thing (and SF3 doesn't really grab me), but Operation Darkness might do it for me, if it's any good.

By the way, if you like werewolves in WWII, you should check out this. 
13239  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is Quake 2 for the 360 playable? on: March 28, 2008, 08:45:09 PM
I would say novelty.  But it definitely is playable.  It's just that they didn't do a lot to port it.  Sure the graphics are crisp, but the textures are still from the time.  The controls are serviceable but not phenomenal.  I played quite a few levels, though, for the nostalgia factor and had a good time.
13240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viking: Battle for Asgard Intro Movie on: March 28, 2008, 04:49:33 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on March 28, 2008, 04:18:38 PM

Kato pretty much summed it up well. The game is pure hack and slash, taking elements from a bunch of other hack and slash games. To add to his impressions, I will say that the graphics are quite nice, although the shadow effects are rather odd in that they do weird things to peoples' faces. Adjusting the in-game gamma setting doesn't seem to help much either. There are combo moves that you can purchase at combat arenas, but so far I find that I don't use them all that much. 95% of the time I'm just button mashing the A button. Voice acting is mediocre, sometimes cheesy but it doesn't detract from the game. The flow of the game so far is very linear. You go from one map location to the next to rescue your fellow soldiers, battle mini-bosses and collect artifacts. Sections of the maps are blocked off until you complete other specific locations.

For me, it's a fun, if derivative game. I love the Viking mythology theme which is something that isn't attempted much in games. The carnage is over the top with flying heads, limbs and torsos, and generous amounts of spraying blood. I get a chuckle every time your character hacks off an enemy's arms and he stands there dazed, like the black knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Then you swing your weapon and slice the head clean off sending it flying up in the air. That never gets old. icon_biggrin

I've completed the first map which took me about three and a half hours. Judging from the progression of what you have to accomplish, it looks like there are only 3 or 4 world maps to play, which makes the game last around 11 to 13 hours total. It's strictly single-player only with no co-op modes (unless it's an unlockable feature). I can see that once the game is compete, there really is no replay value, so it's definitely worth a rental. I'd hesitate to play full price, $60, for it, but if it's on sale for, say, $40, it's definitely worth picking up.

I picked it up, hoping I'd be more in the like than hate camp.  Turns out I am. 

The sound is a big issue.  It really does just sound creepily empty.  The voiceovers are fine, though, IMO.  It is a bit odd to have an Irish bloke as one of the rescuees, but the performance is decent.  I understand Brian Blessed is in there, which is always cool.

I also wish the map was a little clearer in each section or that the objectives were a little clearer.  I could easily have missed finding one of the first objectives you get (finding a dragon stone) and with the way I play games, I may have let some time pass before picking it up again, and I don't think I would have had any idea about what I missed or where it was.

As for the over the top violence, I love it.  However, what I find even more amusing than what Jimmy described is when your character chops the head off and then hacks off the arms.  You know, just in case.

Overall, I'd say it's a good game.  I've heard elsewhere that gametime is closer to 15 - 20 hours, which is a plus.  Perhaps some bigger places get opened up later.  If you have an interest in Vikings, it's worth checking out, especially if you like your Norsemen with a bit of Guinness.
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