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13201  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Club - Demo Tomorrow on XBL on: January 08, 2008, 07:25:07 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 08, 2008, 06:25:57 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 08, 2008, 06:23:35 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 08, 2008, 02:55:56 PM

By 'tomorrow' did you mean 'the day after tomorrow'?  I don't see it.

edit: ah, I see. 9am GMT.  I was thinking EST.  My would they do it so late?

My, indeed.

pfft!  crybaby

Beware the Typo Pointer-Outers.  We lurk.  We lurk.  Mwahahahaha.
13202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Club - Demo Tomorrow on XBL on: January 08, 2008, 06:23:35 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 08, 2008, 02:55:56 PM

By 'tomorrow' did you mean 'the day after tomorrow'?  I don't see it.

edit: ah, I see. 9am GMT.  I was thinking EST.  My would they do it so late?

My, indeed.
13203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/7) on: January 08, 2008, 06:23:06 PM
I'd think twice about KUF:COD, guys.

The only positive review is from Play "We Love Everything" Magazine.

65% on GameRankings, and that's with Play's 80%.

Harvey Birdman isn't doing much better.  Also at 65%, but it's only one review.  However, the PSP version got 50% from Worth Playing.  They said:
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...while Phoenix Wright is a clever and well designed adventure game that combines humor with puzzle-solving, Harvey Birdman is a hollow-feeling experience that, while occasionally humorous, leaves one wishing he could just watch the episodes on TV instead. This game would be good for fans of the show only, and even they might want to be cautious, due to the title's gameplay brevity and lack of replayability.
13204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lode Runner remake coming to XBLA on: January 08, 2008, 06:15:21 PM

Quote from: EddieA on January 08, 2008, 06:41:41 AM

A graphically updated version of Lode Runner is coming to XBLA sometime later this year, according to Worthplaying.  Unfortunately, you now play as some sort of dorky skier.



Looking at that picture, are you sure this isn't a remake of Jonny Moseley Mad Trix?
13205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Nyko Perfect Shot Impressions on: January 07, 2008, 03:28:00 PM
I've been having an even harder time finding the Thrustmaster gamepad for the Wii (called the T-Wireless NW or something like that).  It got a great review from a couple of places (IGN, for example), but no one seems to even have it listed.
13206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/7) on: January 07, 2008, 03:25:20 PM
I'm interested in both Harvey Birdman and Sonic Riders, but I have a feeling both will suck.

KUF:COD may get a go from me, but I have to see some reviews.
13207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Should I return Stuntman Ignition? What would you do? on: January 07, 2008, 05:03:50 AM

Quote from: The_Man on January 07, 2008, 02:44:14 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 06, 2008, 08:47:00 PM

Quote from: The_Man on January 06, 2008, 03:13:50 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on January 05, 2008, 06:50:39 PM



Sorry for the derail, but on an unrelated topic, is anyone else still pissed off that stores no longer allow you to return opened games?  It really kills off the smaller name titles because consumers just aren't willing to take a chance on getting stuck with something they don't like.  What the hell ever happened to customer service in this country!?

-Autistic Angel

You do realize that if a store like Gamestop took back every opened game because someone didn't like it, they would have to defect every one of them because they can't be resold as new.  Most stores will take back unopened games with a receipt because they can easily resell them.  This is not an option on a game that you have played and decided you didn't like.  That's why Gamestop encourages you to buy used games...if you don't like it, you have 7 days to return it, whatever the reason.

I even noticed that Wal Mart will no longer take back sealed games without a receipt.  Bravo for them for finally catching on that people go out and find deals and then try and make a profit by returning it to Wal Mart.

With demos, used games, and the wealth of information floating around the net, there is just no excuse for someone returning an open game anymore unless it is defective.

And yet EB Games used to have a liberal return policy that allowed for just that.  Also, both EB and Gamestop use a "gutting" system, so I don't think they'd have much problem reselling a returned game (in fact, I know they used to do it frequently).

Problem is, most opened games that are returned are NOT in resellable condition...that's the problem.  Sure, if the disc was spotless, they could always return it to stock, but that rarely happens.  The reason their liberal return policy no longer exists is that people abused the hell out of it.  I had a friend that rarely bought a game that he didn't return, even if he liked it.  When day 12 or 13 would come, he would start asking what was good because he just wanted something new to play.  I spent more money than I care to say at EB back in those days and I only returned one game out of everything I bought.

Again, they have a very generous policy when it comes to returning used games so if you want to "rent" them, that's the route to go. 

Actually, discs not in resellable condition were put back on the shelves quite frequently.  That also contributed to the abandonment of the policy.  However, more than that or those who abused it, the reason the policy doesn't exist is there's not enough money in it for the company.  The push for pre-owned meant a shift away from liberal returns to trade-ins.
13208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Should I return Stuntman Ignition? What would you do? on: January 06, 2008, 08:47:00 PM

Quote from: The_Man on January 06, 2008, 03:13:50 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on January 05, 2008, 06:50:39 PM



Sorry for the derail, but on an unrelated topic, is anyone else still pissed off that stores no longer allow you to return opened games?  It really kills off the smaller name titles because consumers just aren't willing to take a chance on getting stuck with something they don't like.  What the hell ever happened to customer service in this country!?

-Autistic Angel

You do realize that if a store like Gamestop took back every opened game because someone didn't like it, they would have to defect every one of them because they can't be resold as new.  Most stores will take back unopened games with a receipt because they can easily resell them.  This is not an option on a game that you have played and decided you didn't like.  That's why Gamestop encourages you to buy used games...if you don't like it, you have 7 days to return it, whatever the reason.

I even noticed that Wal Mart will no longer take back sealed games without a receipt.  Bravo for them for finally catching on that people go out and find deals and then try and make a profit by returning it to Wal Mart.

With demos, used games, and the wealth of information floating around the net, there is just no excuse for someone returning an open game anymore unless it is defective.

And yet EB Games used to have a liberal return policy that allowed for just that.  Also, both EB and Gamestop use a "gutting" system, so I don't think they'd have much problem reselling a returned game (in fact, I know they used to do it frequently).
13209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Should I return Stuntman Ignition? What would you do? on: January 05, 2008, 09:48:53 PM

Quote from: stimpy on January 05, 2008, 08:51:49 PM

I'm pretty sure that without a reciept, you wont get the current price, if they let you return it at all.
These days, stores are more and more reluctant to allow returns without a reciept, for reasons such as this.
They may try and work with you, but I dont think it will be as easy as you think.
If you say you bought it, they will offer to look up the transaction on their computers.
And if they do decide to let you return it, chances are they will only credit it at the lowest price for the previous 30 days.

That usually only applies to opened merchandise.  Unopened, they can just put it back on the shelf.  Also, after Christmas nearly all stores are incredibly liberal with return policies.

As for the topic, I'm glad you kept it.  You should play the game, it's a lot of fun, and there was no way to return it, make $20 and then buy it again and stay ahead.
13210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Play the NFL Tour demo if you enjoy crap on: January 05, 2008, 06:37:05 PM

Quote from: motodd on January 05, 2008, 05:17:25 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on January 04, 2008, 06:45:19 PM

"DIDJA ever notice how repetitive video game announcers are?  Why is that?  DIDJA ever notice how repetitive video game announcers are?  Why is that?"

"I've run out of new things to say, so I'm going to start repeating myself.  You're going to sit there and take it."

I'm with Grue, I find it to be funny as well. Too bad the game seems to be a let down.

Funny the first time.  DVD-snappingly awful the 47th.
13211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Should I return Stuntman Ignition? What would you do? on: January 05, 2008, 06:35:02 PM
I see JCC's point and might lean that way myself, but there would be a conundrum about it.  It does feel a little sneaky.

9's right, though, it is a fantastic game that was horribly underrated and undersold.  Please, everyone buy it.
13212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Play the NFL Tour demo if you enjoy crap on: January 05, 2008, 01:05:17 AM
I watched the two videos on XBLM, and I was pretty shocked by how weak the graphics looked.  Even the producers couldn't seem to muster any excitement for the game.
13213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official response for LIVE on: January 04, 2008, 03:46:59 PM
The problem seems to have stemmed from an attack, though, according to a report I read last night.  Not an influx of gamers or a problem with their hardware.

In my opinion, that kind of takes the responsibility off of MS's shoulders a bit (not completely, but moreso).  Offering anything for something that was, essentially, an act of God (or really an act of tiny devils) is a classy move.  Regardless of what the free thing offered is.

EDIT:  Of course, Endgadget just debunked that, so never mind.  http://www.engadget.com/2008/01/04/debunk-xbox-live-was-down-but-not-due-to-ddos-attack/
13214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone try the Kane and Lynch Demo on Live on: January 04, 2008, 03:38:17 PM
I'd been saying all along that I thought this game was suffering more from timing than anything else (aren't I brilliant?  Where are my kudos?).  It was just a time when too many brilliant games were coming out.  An average shooter wasn't going to cut it.

I bought the game myself, played the first level, then never went back to it because of the plethora of great games calling to me.  I wish I'd waited.  I know I'll be looking for something new in Feb or Mar when this'll come down in price.  Oh, well.  It won't be new, but I'll give it a shot around then.
13215  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Nyko Perfect Shot Impressions on: January 03, 2008, 09:31:18 PM

Quote from: kronovan on January 03, 2008, 05:13:07 PM

smile Voice acting is also very bad in a good way.

So far my favorite is when the commander says, "Bravo, Charlie..." clearly congratulating a guy named Charlie on a job well done and then a sentence later, tells you to protect Bravo and Charlie.  What, the guy couldn't read ahead?
13216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DS Lite WiFi connection help on: January 02, 2008, 09:09:30 PM

Quote from: The Grue on January 02, 2008, 06:51:26 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 02, 2008, 06:10:32 PM


Ah I see.  DS doesn't supprt WPA?  That's limp.

Yeah, it is, especially since the Wii does.  Would be nice if they could add it via some kind of firmware update.

I keep hoping that'll happen.
13217  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Nyko Perfect Shot Impressions on: January 02, 2008, 09:08:47 PM

Quote from: Destructor on January 02, 2008, 07:30:14 PM

I own Ghost Squad, and there's definitely a Nunchuck mode. Make sure you hit the options screen and look (it's kinda buried). Keep in mind that it affects EVERY controller plugged in (there's no way to use different settings for each player), so if you have 4 players, you'll need 4 Nunchucks.

Sheesh, I used to be good looking for options.

Using the A button in Ghost Squad is pretty easy, so I may not bother with that option anyway.

I hope this gun becomes popular so that everyone will put these options in.
13218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Nyko Perfect Shot Impressions on: January 02, 2008, 04:40:04 PM

Quote from: kronovan on January 02, 2008, 06:55:37 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 02, 2008, 05:08:23 AM

There is one huge problem with the gun, and I'm surprised you didn't mention it, since it plays heavily in RE:UC.  The A-button is not in any way conveniently placed.  The quick timing required in RE:UC especially have made me give up on using it for that game, which is very frustrating. 

If you configure your Zapper or P-Shot correctly in RE:UC this won't be an issue. You need to access Options > Controller Setup  > Key Configuration and make sure you select the 'Wii Zapper [A]' option for 1 player (1P). Thereafter all 'A' actions are mapped to the 'Z' button and you never need to use the 'A' button again. Likewise the d-pad weapon selection is mapped to the 'c' button and all wiimote shaking actions are mapped to the nunchuk. Even the in game animations will only show 'Z', 'B' and nunchuk icons. I made the exact same mistake initially in my setup. I did mention in my RE:UC impressions thread that I didn't initially think the 'A' in motion actions mapped a 100% to the 'Z' button, but with more gameplay I've since changed my mind. The bigger problem is the in motion nunchuk shaking action sequences don't see to be as responsive as the wiimote shaking actions. Again with more time with the game I seem to be overcoming the problem.

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The only other problem I have had is in using the gun to change the view.  It doesn't feel very natural, and the speed is off (I noticed this especially in Crossbow Training).  This may just take practice, though.

I tried what you're mentioning here in crossbow training in the ranger missions and the P-Shot worked every bit as well as the wiimote+nunchuk combo for movement. You can adjust the responsiveness/speed of the cursor via a slider in the calibration menu, so you might want to try that.

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Overall, I prefer this gun over the Zapper by a huge margin, but it's not going to work with every game (I find the controller/nunchuck to be a better choice for MOH, too).

I haven't had a chance to try it with MoHH2 yet, but based on the good experience I had in the Crossbow ranger missions I'm fairly confident I'll like it. I'm learning fast that in any game that supports the zapper, you need to choose the zappper controller option for the P-Shot as well.

Well, that is fantastic news.  Thanks, kronovan.  I'll give it a go.

I tried Ghost Squad last night and had a great time with the gun (even went into stand up mode and everything).  The A button is still a problem in that one (and the game doesn't seem to allow 'chuck use), but there's usually enough warning for when you have to use it that it's not much of a problem to grasp the barrel with your other hand and hover over the button.
13219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/31) on: January 02, 2008, 04:35:31 PM

Quote from: kronovan on December 31, 2007, 09:40:58 PM

Quote from: JCC on December 31, 2007, 09:17:24 PM

Per Joystiq with some corroboration from EBGames.com, the Wii has 6 STELLAR titles coming out this week:

    *  Monster Trux Offroad
    * Classic British Motor Racing
    * Kawasaki Quad Bikes
    * Rig Racer 2
    * Kidz Sports: Basketball
    * Myth Makers: Orbs of Doom

They are $20 games, so I am sure they will all be hailed as classics and entered into the GT Hall of Fame.


Umm...yeah sure...you mean the GT Hall of Fame for crap games, right?

Kronovan, you should have asked for one of these for Christmas:

13220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DS Lite WiFi connection help on: January 02, 2008, 04:30:32 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 02, 2008, 03:49:14 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 01, 2008, 08:55:48 PM

Oh, mine'll work, but I'm not switching it to WEP just for the DS.

I don't think anyone eavesdropping on your DS traffic is a concern.  I'd enable WEP more for protecting your email and other data.

I'm not concerned about eavesdropping on my DS traffic.  I am concerned about email, etc. which is why I have WPA enabled.  Everything else works fine with that.  I'm not dropping it down to WEP for the DS, is my point.
13221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Nyko Perfect Shot Impressions on: January 02, 2008, 05:08:23 AM

Quote from: kronovan on January 01, 2008, 11:22:20 PM

Well much to my surprise and delight at my New Years get together last night, 1 of my buddies brought me this as a gift.



So I thought I'd share a few impressions with you.

First off just about everything about this controller is impressive right down to the packaging, which was quite unusual. It's a wee bit of a puzzle box if you're like me and like to open accessory packaging carefully. I was honestly so pumped about trying it out that it was all I could do to restrain myself from grabbing a knife and cutting it apart. The controller comes packed with a carboard replica of a wiimote sitting in it's stock that at 1st glance could be mistaken for the real thing, but on close inspection it's hollow carboard with the instructions folded inside it; nice touch.  icon_wink

First the hardware:
As is obvious from the picture, one of the 1st thing you notice about this controller out of the box is that it looks and handles quite a lot like a real pistol. The construction is good quality and for present owners of the Zapper you'll be pleased to know that it has a spring retained trigger which feels a helluva lot better. The nunchuk plugs into the bottom of the grip in the same location you'd load a clip on a real pistol; very cool!  icon_cool The other thing of note is that this controller has a very nice aiming site on the barrel. There isn't too many Wii games out right now that allow accurate enough calibration to use it, but apparently Ghost Squad does and the new duck hunting game do.
Something that isn't so great about the P-Shot is that, unlike the Zapper, there's no spot to house the wiimote strap. Luckily I still have the original, very thin strap on 1 of my wiimotes and was able to tuck the strap around the wiimote base. For wiimotes equipped with the newer straps or jackets, they'll 1st have to removed. Once you slide in the wiimote the heft is quite significant and it feels perfect in your hand; well at least my hand which is a bit bigger than the average persons. It's also nice that it's perfectly balanced with the center point being at the trigger housing on the barrel.

Now the play testing:
The first game we fired up for a play test was of course Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles. With the result of; let's just say this controller was made for Umbrella Chronicles! Just a fantastic experience playing with it. With the absence of the stock you have on the Zapper, this gun handles much better with a free hand nunchuk configuration; UC is designed to be played that way with a light gun. The only quibble I have is that since RE:UC doesn't let you calibrate a light gun controller, you can never get the cross hairs to line up with the site on the barrel of the gun. This means you have to play it shooting from the hip. Mind you playing a twitch reflex game like UC shooting from the hip feels just fine. After other guests left, my buddy and I started in on some intense RE:UC sessions and played until 2:30 in the morning. We were too wrapped up in this new toy to even bother hooking up the Zapper and just took turns with the P-Shot.

Next game I tried was Links Crossbow Training which I played today. I wasn't expecting the P-Shot to be as good as the Zapper, but much to my surprise it was better overall and I was even able to improve a number of my scores. There are a few modes where the Zapper is better, most notably the trap & skeet like tossed skulls challenge and some of the challenges made up of stationary stages where you line up shots. Even those latter stages can be played just as well with the P-Shot once you master a good 2-handed grip.
What was most surprising to me is how much better the on foot Ranger challenges played with it. They were so much better, that playing the Zapper again is going to be a bit of a downer. Because the P-Shot doesn't position the wiimote further out from your body like the Zapper gunstock does, turning movements are much more like using the wiimote alone. I found using the Zapper in the Medal of Honors campaign to be very difficult because of this, but now I can't wait to try it out with the P-Shot. smile

There is one huge problem with the gun, and I'm surprised you didn't mention it, since it plays heavily in RE:UC.  The A-button is not in any way conveniently placed.  The quick timing required in RE:UC especially have made me give up on using it for that game, which is very frustrating. 

Otherwise, it is a wonderful controller.  The weight is great, as kronovan mentions, and the trigger response is very good.  I do feel I need to rest it on a raised knee for really accurate shooting, but that may just be me.

The only other problem I have had is in using the gun to change the view.  It doesn't feel very natural, and the speed is off (I noticed this especially in Crossbow Training).  This may just take practice, though.

Overall, I prefer this gun over the Zapper by a huge margin, but it's not going to work with every game (I find the controller/nunchuck to be a better choice for MOH, too).
13222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DS Lite WiFi connection help on: January 01, 2008, 08:55:48 PM

Quote from: The Grue on January 01, 2008, 04:39:13 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 01, 2008, 04:26:02 PM


What's the range on that thing?  It's close, right?

It's annoying to me that I have a pretty good WiFi setup in the home, but the dinky DS can't connect to it because I like to be protected.

I am not sure on range, but I don't think it is very far.  I know on the Nintendo WiFi site there is a list of routers that work.  Is yours on there?  When I used to use WEP, my DS connected just fine to my router.

Oh, mine'll work, but I'm not switching it to WEP just for the DS.
13223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GOTY Winners so far.... on: January 01, 2008, 08:52:54 PM

Quote from: KC on January 01, 2008, 07:48:43 PM

Joystiq picked Portal.

Portal would be my choice, too.  It's a hard one to pick because it's a smaller game and part of a bigger package, but it really was the most polished gameplay experience I'd had in years.  And this was an incredible year for gaming.  Nice one, Joystiq.

Behind Portal, I'd go Bioshock, so I'm glad to see it getting some nods, too.

13224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Classic Controller on: January 01, 2008, 08:34:50 PM
NiGHTS uses it.
13225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdom Under Fire: Cirlce of Doom demo on: January 01, 2008, 04:32:01 PM
I'm a little concerned about the repetition factor with this game.  It feels extremely linear to me.  That's not always an issue for me, but in the demo it just rubbed me the wrong way a little.  Of course, I was tired when I played it.

I'm going to wait for reviews, but I could see this being fun.
13226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DS Lite WiFi connection help on: January 01, 2008, 04:26:02 PM

Quote from: The Grue on January 01, 2008, 02:02:51 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 01, 2008, 01:56:52 AM

Quote from: The Grue on January 01, 2008, 12:38:17 AM

Quote from: JCC on December 31, 2007, 09:21:18 PM

I don't bother with WEP. I just use MAC filtering for security. Far superior to any password scheme for security.

Well, except someone could sniff the MACs being used and then spoof it to get on the network.  WPA is the way to go.

Yeah, WPA all the way for me.  Which means, of course, I can't use my DS over Wifi. 

That's why I bought the WiFi dongle.

What's the range on that thing?  It's close, right?

It's annoying to me that I have a pretty good WiFi setup in the home, but the dinky DS can't connect to it because I like to be protected.
13227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [X360] GRAW 1 or Call of Duty 2 single player - which do I want? on: December 28, 2007, 10:21:53 PM
GRAW1 is good, but the levels are a little uneven in length and difficulty.  COD2 is great, through and through.

However, if you're thinking of continuing, GRAW2 is also good (better than GRAW1, IMO, but the difficulty spikes sharply at one point), but COD3 kinda sucks.
13228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Suggestions for Young Kids on: December 27, 2007, 04:59:03 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on December 27, 2007, 04:45:06 PM

Quote from: kronovan on December 27, 2007, 06:48:59 AM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on December 27, 2007, 06:26:40 AM

Somehow my daughter totally kicked ass in the game, and racked up a convincing Monopoly win. After dinner, she was clamoring for more.

Welcome to the club, my daughter almost always pawns the rest of us at MP8; go figure.

It does seem that there is a ton of luck involved, at least in the Monopoly game. Still, our daughter had 11 stars, and the next closest was a computer controlled player with 6. My son ended up with 1. He had a big pile of money but couldn't make it to a hotel to invest. Then Waluigi stole half his money, and then he lost the other half in a cut-the-rope sort of Russian Roulette game that was just a dumb luck loss. Meanwhile his sister was rolling 10's, racing around the board, and buying up all the hotels. Needless to say, after getting pwned by his little sister, our son is not a big fan of Mario Party 8.

That scissor game is my least favorite one in the whole line-up.
13229  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Massive Steam sale going on right now!! on: December 26, 2007, 10:02:19 PM
I got Trackmania United, but I'm having a problem.  It's asking me to "Define Your Online Profile" and is looking for a key.  Where the hell do I find the key, since this downloaded game didn't come with a printed manual?
13230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zack and Wiki review from IGN on: December 26, 2007, 09:18:00 PM

Quote from: depward on December 26, 2007, 06:57:23 PM

I am not part of the problem - used my gift card to get this today.  Planning on going through it with my fiancee.  Is two player fairly cool to play for this title?

From what I understand, the other player can circle things with the Wiimote to point out objects or where to go.
13231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock band (game only) question on: December 26, 2007, 06:36:21 PM
You can also pick up a USB mic pretty easily (or use your headset if you're desparate).  The drum kit comes out individually in February.

I went this route myself (I have two guitars from GHII & III).  While I'm aching for the drum kit, I'm having a blast without it for now.
13232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero 3 ruined my X-mas! (well sort of) on: December 25, 2007, 04:30:27 AM
I would be very surprised if Amazon didn't take it back.
13233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] DMoMM: Elements - Demo Impressions on: December 24, 2007, 08:17:00 PM
I liked this game a lot, too.  For mostly the same reasons you mentioned.

Graphics aren't the best, but are fine.  Movement's a little floatier than I usually like, but it works fine.

Unless they screw this up, I'll probably be IN.
13234  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: December 24, 2007, 07:09:21 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 24, 2007, 06:50:35 PM

I give them credit for trying something different.  I think they did as much as they could do with the old format.  Given the lackluster reception PG4 got I think people are burned out on menu driven race games.  I think once you learn the city you will just move to the next race instead of trying the previous race again.  There will be a race at every corner.

And yet DiRT received incredible praise for it's purely menu driven racing experience.

A race at every corner is nice, but completionists like me will want to retry races until we get them right.  Additionally, races at every corner is going to be pretty damn useless once you start completing races.  Then it'll turn into a corner hunt and peck trying to find the ones you still need to do.  Some people may like that.  Great for them, but by throwing out the menu and retry options, you're excluding everyone else.  I see no reason to do that.  Except arrogance, which seems to be where the team has gone.

Of course, I'm sure that reading these posts, the jackass post writer can only smile [condescendingly].
13235  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3d wii! on: December 24, 2007, 07:03:48 PM

Quote from: RedJak on December 24, 2007, 06:08:02 PM

So I got about 5 minutes of "Wow that is cool!" after about and 1.5 hours of screwing around figuring out what all the various error messages I encountered were telling me. 

That's about what I was figuring/fearing.
13236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: December 24, 2007, 03:49:36 PM
Here are some quotes from the snooty developers, who won't believe that their choices might be a bad thing (courtesy of Joystiq):

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In between references to the "experience" of Burnout Paradise, and claims that it's the "best demo released all year," Alex Ward addresses concerns regarding the lack of a "retry" option in the game's races, stating that the game is better off without one, as it would require a load screen, and the Burnout Paradise team "hates loading with a passion."

In addition, Ward brings up the former Crash Mode (now called Showtime), promising that it's better than anything ever, and also makes sure to point out that feedback on the demo will in no way affect the final game, as work on Paradise has already wrapped up. Good to know Criterion's open to constructive criticism, eh?

This attitude has pushed me even farther into the OUT column, which is really annoying because this was one of my favorite series.

Here's a link to the whole article:  http://www.criteriongames.com/burnout/paradise/demo/merrychristmas/

The whole thing comes off as defensive.  He all but refers to everyone as "You people" and even criticizes our bad spelling.  We, the unwashed masses, couldn't possibly appreciate the brilliance that they've cobbled together.

On the lack of a retry "feature," he compliments games like Drakes Fortune and then games that aren't out yet for keeping you in the game with no loading.  However, all of the games he lists are heavy on story and not, you know, racing games.

13237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Suggestions for Young Kids on: December 23, 2007, 05:54:16 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on December 23, 2007, 07:23:10 AM

Our whole family played an hour or so more of the Mario vs. Sonic Olympics today, and the game definitely grows on you. My initial impression is that this one is a winner for families/groups. The difficulty of the events ranges quite a bit, but my daughter (4 years old) and my son (6 years old) have had a blast just with the 100m sprint. We haven't messed with the game enough to check out the record keeping features, but after a bit you start to remember your best times, and it's a rush when you can beat a personal record.

On the other end, my son got frustrated incredibly fast with the swimming, which adds a level of complexity for breathing that he just couldn't handle at first. His younger sister beating him didn't help his morale at all. That event ended in an Olympic meltdown requiring a temporary ban from Olympic participation (five-minute time out).

I also liked the relay events, where you can all play on the same team. We tried a 4x100 relay race a few times, which would have been a lot more fun if we could figure out how to make a successful baton pass. Even so, we got faster each time, and I can see it being a lot more fun as you get better at it.

Mostly we've been doing single events, so I'm interested to see how things go with the other modes (circuit and mission). While the single events seem to be a lot of fun, not wrapping the game in a larger "drive for the gold" sort of campaign seems to be a glaring omission to me. But maybe the circuit and mission modes bring in that sort of play.

They do not.  The circuit mode is just a seemingly random collection of events tied together.  And the mission mode is about clearing certain goals in different events for each character (they're also more challenging). 

My 4 year old loves the game (in fact she just this minute threw a mini-tantrum because she wasn't allowed to play right now), and swimming is one of her favorite events, but it's a little complicated.  That's my biggest complaint.  Some of the events are really easy to grasp and others are much too complicated.  The challenge level seems to be all over the map.

I could have used some sort of story mode, too.
13238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3d wii! on: December 23, 2007, 05:42:58 PM
Has anyone tried this at home yet?

I'm tempted, but worried about connecting too many things to too many things and giving up easily.
13239  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Suggestions for Young Kids on: December 21, 2007, 12:51:05 AM

Quote from: kronovan on December 21, 2007, 12:42:17 AM

Lego Star Wars Saga is the 1st game you should get them. My kids would play it all weekend every week of the year if I let them. They'd also probably enjoy Rayman Raving Rabbids and -unfortunately for you- they'd probably be thrilled with Mario Party 8.

The girl part might make Lego Star Wars less interesting. 

My four year old loves Super Mario Galaxy.  And Mario Party 8.

We also picked up the Disney Princess game on the Wii, but haven't tried it yet 'cause it's a Christmas present.

I just asked her, and she likes all the Mario games (Mario and Sonic, too) and a game called Cosmic Family, but that may skew a little young for your girls.  And Monkey Ball.
13240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zack and Wiki [Wii], Disgaea [PSP], Orcs and Elves [DS] ... Oh, my! on: December 20, 2007, 06:45:19 PM

Quote from: Qantaga on December 20, 2007, 06:03:00 PM

I'm looking for a present for my brother. I thnk I've narrowed it down to one of the three in the title of the thread.
   
Zack and Wiki - Good reviews. I found the IGN Review thread here and the community responses seemed to have been very favorable. He has a 7 year old son that he likes to play games with, so this would seem to fit the bill. Probably the safe choice.
   
Disgaea - He played the original on the PS2 years back and enjoyed it. I wasn't able to find a thread about the PSP version of Disgaea (I easily could have just missed it), so I'm very curious if anyone here has any impressisons. Is it a nice update that is enjoyable on the PSP? Does it add much or is it basically a port? Probably the nostalgic choice.
         
Orcs and Elves - I believe this was originally a cell phone game, hopefully beefed up for the DS. I doubt this would be the way to go, but I saw it on the shelf and wondered if anyone here has tried it. He does like old school RPGs, if they're well done. He loved Eschalon (PC) and also enjoyed Etrian Odyssey (DS). Probably the risky choice.
     
Any feedback on these would be appreciated. I hate to admit it, but I'm also looking for some impressions because I'm interested in hearing about them for my own selfish purposes after the holidays. smile

Zak & Wiki is great.  It's very puzzle oriented, so as long as he can "think outside the box," he'll enjoy it.

I haven't played Disgea, but the reviews have been good.  86% on Gamerankings.

Orcs and Elves has not been beefed up for the DS.  The gameplay is good, but the graphics needed to be improved, IMO.
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