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13201  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 22, 2008, 02:12:31 PM
So, a career Imperial and a Dark Jedi who has no problems electro-punting Jawas...
Spoiler for Hiden:
...are moved to near-tears by the plight of a fucking Sarlacc?!  No verbalized sympathy for all those enslaved Wookies.  After all, we were tacitly approving that sort of activity all along, but that hideous tentacle mouth in the desert, with stomach acid that can not only digest its food, but give that food apparent near-immortality so it can take it's sweet time gets, "Oh, that poor creature."  Seriously?
13202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/22) on: September 22, 2008, 02:02:13 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Wii VC also has Super Dodge Ball and Vectorman, while Wiiware has the aforementioned MM9 and an apperently lousy game called Plattchen: Twist and Paint.
13203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 21, 2008, 09:41:01 PM

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

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

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

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

True, but they don't seem to comment on the pure fun.
13204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Wario Land: Shake It! and De Blob Impressions on: September 21, 2008, 04:52:19 PM
I plan on picking up both, as I'm a platforming slut.  If I had to pick one (and, honestly, I should be only picking one), it would be De Blob.
13205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: BIA Hell's Highway Impressions on: September 21, 2008, 04:51:15 PM
I've never been able to get into the BIA series.  I appreciate that it exists, with locations based on real world sites, mapping them to how they appeared at the time.  Also with the detail in the AI tactics, basing them on contemporary military strategies.  And the gore.

But the squad commanding is an extra layer to remove you from the experience, IMO.  It's just a hair too complicated.  And the challenge always seemed a bit too high for me, as well.
13206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360 + PS3]LucasArts 'Fracture' on: September 21, 2008, 05:01:29 AM
I had a  lot of fun with the demo until it froze on me toward the end.  Of course, it could mean the RROD is looming, but for now I'm blaming the demo.
13207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 20, 2008, 04:32:44 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I'm not saying HOW DARE YOU DISS STAR WARS!  Especially with the way the franchise has been treated in the last decade.  My complaint is that few of these reviews talk about the pure fun to be had.  It's as though they went in ready to diss it because it's Star Wars, ready to be overly critical.  Frankly, the fact that there is finally an entertaining as hell Star Wars game should be factored in.  I've had one incident myself where my character got stuck.  I've seen textures popping in.  My overall experience is still incredibly positive.  I nearly passed on this game based on reviews, and it upsets me that many others will fall into the same missed opportunity.  I'm not saying technical problems shouldn't be mentioned.  The lack of multiplayer is a bummer, but why is it a rule that every game needs MP? SW:FU has two elements nailed, IMO: Story and Fun.
13208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdom Hearts 2 : Final Mix coming to Wii? on: September 19, 2008, 09:25:38 PM

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

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

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

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

But DQS sucked.
13209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 19, 2008, 01:25:52 PM

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

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

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

At a little over 2/3 of the way through there is a turning point which could lead to the possibility of a dark ending or a less dark (possibly even good) ending.  I was actually thinking of you when I reached it, Shifty, and I was logging on to tell you about it.
13210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 19, 2008, 12:13:59 PM
Usually, with these 3rd person action games (FPS games, too), I have to take a break for a week or more, just because there's a sameness to the activity.  I'm cranking through this one and enjoying it every step of the way.  Yes, the levels are a little longer than they should be, but this game's going to have to really fall off the rails in the last 2/3.  I have no idea how the reviews are so far off the mark here.
13211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pure on: September 18, 2008, 10:25:59 PM

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

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

I just did some budgeting, and it looks like I'll probably be waiting after all.
13212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Life with Playstation? on: September 18, 2008, 03:49:03 PM

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

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

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

Ah, no wonder I didn't see it.
13213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 games on the PS3 on: September 18, 2008, 01:17:47 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 18, 2008, 03:32:56 AM

No, none of the 40GB versions have backward compatibility.  The 60GB version has hardware BC, and the old 80GB version has software BC (which supports less games than hardware BC).  The 80GB version that is now being released has no BC. It's very frustrating for people contemplating a purchase in the near future (like myself) who want BC.

I'm cranky today, so you get my English lesson, Teggy.

Less is used when you're talking about an unquantifiable amount.  For example, "Less Filling."

Fewer is used when the quantity can be defined with a number.  For example, "Fewer calories"  or "Fewer games."

There is a site to check compatibility (http://www.us.playstation.com/Support/CompatibleStatus), but, yeah, you're out of luck with the 40GB.
13214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Life with Playstation? on: September 18, 2008, 01:12:34 PM
Is it up yet?  Don't these things usually come late in the day on PSN?

This sounds a lot like what the Wii offers, but combined, which is a good idea. 

I could see using it a lot if it's accurate, but only if it loads quickly.  If it takes forever, forget it.
13215  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pure on: September 18, 2008, 01:10:33 PM
Well, the reviews are rolling in, and Pure is scoring pretty high. 87% average Gamerankings score.  IGN gave it an 8.6.  OXM and Team Xbox gave it 90%.  The lowest score comes from X360 Magazine UK with 80%.

I may be picking it up today.

Couple more:

GamesRadar = 8/10
1Up = B+
Gamespy = 4/5

And some quotes:

IGN:
Quote
Pure delivers an outrageous, arcadey off-road racing experience with style and slickness. The controls are intuitive, the tracks are pure eye candy and the tricks are so crazy and over-the-top that youíll find yourself gasping with glee when you land your first Lazy Girl. Although itís a blast to play, itís not the deepest game out there, and we found ourselves wishing for just a few more modes, tracks and options to round out the experience. But overall, Pure is just pure fun, and thatís what itís all about.
GamesRadar:
Quote
Pure is a visually stunning, utterly playable, totally loveable racing game that rewards time invested in it with ridiculous feats of agility and gorgeous, turf-destroying races. Pure is one of the most playable, fun, quasi-arcade racers on the market, but itís linear compared to Burnout Paradise. Want a muddier, messier, more brutal racer? Pure will certainly satisfy that primal urge.
1Up:
Quote
Thrilling on the ground, downright heart-stopping in the air, and beautiful throughout, Pure's a blast from start to finish. A career mode would've gone further than the game's "World Tour" in fully eliminating repetitiveness, but Black Rock has otherwise built a real winner here.
Gamespy:
Quote
As the name would imply, Pure wins because it sticks with only the most important facets of ATV racing: crazy handling and absurd, gravity-defying stunts. Its stellar visuals (exemplified by the glittering glacier track set in New Zealand) are simply icing on a cake of solid gameplay that rarely falters in providing the basic racing game essentials. Fans of the genre will undoubtedly appreciate the variety of gameplay and replayability offered by the multiple routes through each track while the uninitiated can easily acclimate to the simple control scheme. Pure isn't flawless, but it's the closest an ATV racer has gotten yet.
13216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 17, 2008, 06:09:10 PM
One thing I'd like to point out on the QTEs.  You still have to go through a boss fight.  Some may be under the impression that you don't actually battle the boss, you just go into a cinematic with button pressing.  Not true.  You still have to overcome the boss then a QTE will launch a cool finish to the battle.  Additionally, and this may be a fluke, I missed one of the mini-boss QTEs and finished the boss without it, just by bringing its health bar down.  I'm not sure if that will work for the big bads, even if it wasn't a fluke, just thought I'd mention it.
13217  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tales of Vesperia announced on: September 17, 2008, 04:28:33 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on September 15, 2008, 10:25:15 PM

You should get something like a 5% discount for making them some money.

Fixed that for you.
13218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tales of Vesperia announced on: September 17, 2008, 03:11:23 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 17, 2008, 02:37:11 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on September 17, 2008, 12:28:33 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 16, 2008, 04:06:00 AM

Quote from: Farscry on September 16, 2008, 01:22:12 AM

Ah, I understand now guys.

Also, yes, I really hope MS gives Lost Odyssey time to grow into a proper franchise; for a first outing, it's very, very impressive.

I'm not sure I'd call it "very, very impressive" (repetitive environments and enemies, dull story outside of the memories, not a terribly exciting combat system), but it was certainly a very good start.  I'd probably buy a sequel, if the reviews were decent.

so let me see:

-repetitive environments
-repetitive enemies
-dull story
-mediocre combat

.....and you call that "a good start"? icon_eek

Yep.   The enemies and environments were very well designed, there just wasn't enough variety to keep it interesting.  And the main reason the story was dull was because they doled it out at such a ridiculously slow pace.  If they had simply tightened up the story, cut out a lot of the filler crap, and mixed in a bit of variety in the enemies, Lost Odyssey would have been a brilliant game.  As is, it's simply an OK one, with a ton of potential.

I agree.  I was hooked immediately, but then things slowed down sooooo much that I stopped playing.
13219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/15) on: September 17, 2008, 03:10:33 PM
Reviews for Pure have been pretty damn good so far.  I may have to get it.
13220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: September 17, 2008, 01:39:35 PM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on September 16, 2008, 02:59:21 AM

Quote from: Simon on September 16, 2008, 02:50:40 AM

Post if it ships tomorrow Jeff, I'll be ordering if it does.

Will do. I got an email confirming my order, but I haven't been charged yet, and I'm fully expecting an email tomorrow stating that the guitar is on backorder. I'll be extremely surprised if I get a new RB2 guitar for $59 that ships tomorrow.

Any word yet?
13221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 16, 2008, 07:14:12 PM
Man, Shifty, after going through a Wookie rampage on the first level, I'm not sure you'd make it far in this game.  Of course, you're Vader in that level, but still...
13222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Warranty/RMA question on: September 16, 2008, 05:01:20 PM
What I really want to know is if there's a way to convince a live person to swap out my guitar and drums for a RB2 guitar and drums. icon_twisted
13223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: September 16, 2008, 02:49:15 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on September 16, 2008, 02:15:13 PM

Quote from: jblank on September 16, 2008, 01:33:37 PM

Thanks guys.

I kinda wish game devs would not do this. I'm buying the game and I feel like if I want to play Battery, right out of the box, I should be able to.

No doubt. I've been championing this concept in gaming for a long time. All you're doing is adding time to your game. Like playing through a level of an FPS, and then having to play through it backwards again to get to the next level. Music games should not feel like work. They should be fun.

The other major reason I despise this... after playing for months, my wife and I went to Arkansas to visit a friend of ours for July 4th weekend. Well, they had rock band so I didn't bother schlepping my system down. They hadn't unlocked most of the songs and they also had no DLC. Hooray for a fun evening of playing In Bloom, Learn to Fly and Go with the Flow! Later, about a month ago, a good friend of mine in town got Rock Band. About two weeks ago they had a party and naturally busted out the Rock Band. Fortunately, they had about 20 DLC tracks. Unfortunately, they also hadn't progressed through BwT or single player enough to unlock everything.

There is one good reason to keep the option on - so that a player has to give every song a listen - but most of the casual gamers and party gamers I know won't have the time or interest to just play through single player. Having to 'go online and find a code' - every time you start the game - simply isn't good enough, and the one I grabbed for RB1 when I googled for it simply did not work. There's too much misinformation floating around out there. Also, it neuters the game.

I did get to play Shackler's Revenge last night - as part of a score duel on expert guitar. It has some of the craziest HO/PO sequences yet.

It does more than add time to the game or make you listen to every song.  It is a big part of the gameplay.  Unlocking things are what keep you playing.  Not in a forced way, either, but in a more Pavlovian one.  The satisfaction of reaching a new tier is heightened by finding out what you've unlocked.

That said, I do wish they went in the direction of the most recent Smash Bros game, where playing in MP mode for a long enough period also unlocked things.  However, I enjoy the single player aspect of RB2, so I'm fine to keep playing, too.  Plus we have enough DLC and all the songs from the previous game to keep us going.
13224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] RB2 or GH:WT? on: September 16, 2008, 12:16:45 PM
Huh.  Shows how much I pay attention to technology trends.  I could have sworn I paid close to $100 last time I bought a 2GB SD card.
13225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: September 16, 2008, 12:14:44 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 16, 2008, 02:58:01 AM

Quote from: Zap Rowsdower on September 16, 2008, 02:49:40 AM

So, I'm playing the "Sound Guy" Challenge in Amsterdam, a 4 song set. Beforehand, the folks at Pearl at give me the "Do a harder drum song" option. I agree, since  it's not much of a risk to me as I'm playing guitar. The song listing:

Foreplay/ Long Time
Anyway You Want It
Pinball Wizard
and
Pinball Wizard

I don't think I've ever seen it the same song randomly twice in one set before, let alone right after another instance of the same song.

The crowd must really, REALLY love Pinball Wizard. biggrin

Or need to wash the taste of Journey out of their mouths with a double dose of Who.
13226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] RB2 or GH:WT? on: September 16, 2008, 02:41:23 AM

Quote from: Tebunker on September 16, 2008, 12:48:25 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 15, 2008, 12:35:04 PM

Quote from: Misguided on September 15, 2008, 11:02:34 AM

Quote from: JSL on September 15, 2008, 03:55:56 AM

I'm thinking about getting GH:WT since there will be downloadable songs. I'm not sure if RB2 will have that on the Wii. If RB2 also has downloadable songs it could be a tough choice.

RB2 is a full-fledged version this time according the publisher.
So, yes, it has DLC.

I was trying to remember if GH:WT was going to or not.
You guys sure on that? I've been thinking about GH for Wii, myself.



When I heard that news, it made me think the magic "not a hard drive" solution Nintendo's been teasing would be out kind of soon.  We'll see, I guess.
Well the system can already read music files off the SD card in game, granted only one game did that, Excite Truck, but the functionality is there they just need to expand it.

Aw, dammit.  I forgot about that.

Of course, that solution is going to require people to buy an SD card of at least 2GB.  That can get expensive.
13227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 15, 2008, 04:07:25 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on September 15, 2008, 02:41:12 PM

I just cannot get excited for this game even after playing the demo and I'm a huge Star Wars fan.  I simply cannot get myself to play a "bad" character in a game.  No how, no way.  When playing the demo I could not kill the rebel soldier guys.  I had no problem with the stormtroopers.  I'm very funny that way with games.  I know it's just a game but for the life of me I cannot be bad in games.  Never have, never will.  I was secretly hoping that the story would in some way allow you to turn against the dark side and become good but everything I read about the game points towards that not being the case.

Still holding vigil for the next true Star Wars game:  Knights of the Old Republic 3 (and not the lame MMO  Roll Eyes).   

STARSHIFTER!!!

Back from the dead, I see!

I feel the same way about playing the baddie, usually.  I enjoyed the demo for this one, though it may be because I was a) able to create the idea that I'm secretly a good guy in my head (though there's a lot of rebel killing going on) and 2) holding out hope that there will at least be revenge against one of the big bads.  Surely, things don't go smoothly as a secret apprentice.
13228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/15) on: September 15, 2008, 03:59:26 PM
I'm still in on Star Wars: Force Unleashed and very in on DQ IV.  I may do Pure, if the reviews are very good.  If the reviews are sort of good, I'll wait for a price drop.  Otherwise, out.
13229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps2] yakuza 2 impressions on: September 15, 2008, 12:43:12 PM
When someone finishes Y2, I'd love to hear how long the playtime is.  I'm actually hoping it's kind of short.  I'm still working through Y1.  It was moving at a fast clip until I hit the first free-roam, then the side missions bogged it down a bit.  Still fun, but I'm trying to get through it quickly.

Also, any word or guesstimation on when Y3 might hit the States?
13230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] RB2 or GH:WT? on: September 15, 2008, 12:35:04 PM

Quote from: Misguided on September 15, 2008, 11:02:34 AM

Quote from: JSL on September 15, 2008, 03:55:56 AM

I'm thinking about getting GH:WT since there will be downloadable songs. I'm not sure if RB2 will have that on the Wii. If RB2 also has downloadable songs it could be a tough choice.

RB2 is a full-fledged version this time according the publisher.
So, yes, it has DLC.

I was trying to remember if GH:WT was going to or not.
You guys sure on that? I've been thinking about GH for Wii, myself.

When I heard that news, it made me think the magic "not a hard drive" solution Nintendo's been teasing would be out kind of soon.  We'll see, I guess.
13231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: September 15, 2008, 12:26:55 PM

Quote from: Chaz on September 15, 2008, 11:57:39 AM

Quote
I am still not that happy with the sorting.  There is no quick way to get to the middle or end of a list.  You can cycle type of lists but I wish there were more.

You can hold down the (I think) yellow button/pedal, and that brings up a list on the left hand side with the different catgories in it, and then you can select one to jump to.  So if you want the Fleetwood Mac song, you hit Back until it's sorted by band, then hold yellow, go down to F, and there it shall be.

THAT was a great thing to stumble upon while playing yesterday.  One of my favorite new features. 

The no-fail option is the godsend I expected.  I only wish there was a way to have the original track be up louder for the person who is, say, a five year old flailing on the drums to a song she doesn't know.  My wife kept looking at me during "Hungry Like the Wolf" and saying, "I thought this song was faster."  I told her it was the drums, but she didn't believe me until we played it without my daughter a little later.  Then she said, "Wow, that really makes a difference."

Speaking of the wife, she really enjoyed the Career mode, which she's never ventured into before.  She didn't even mind singing the few metal songs we had to hit.  The little additions to that mode are great, IMO.  The whole thing has a different feel.   Different venues in a city, set lists geared to that city, charity events, earning your ride.  Very nice.  We played the Wicked Awesome set list in Boston last night.  Playing "Where Did You Go?" was a lot of fun.

However, I just about had a geekgasm last night when "Still Alive" came on in one of the set lists.  First of all, I love that it went through the entire catalog, not just the RB2 songs.  But listening to my wife sing GlaDOS was strangely exciting.  Made me want to play through Portal again.  I've been trying to get her to do it, but it's a hard sell.  She liked the song, though.


BTW, how are people liking the new guitar, for those that have it?  My Best Buy couldn't find their guitars, which was supremely annoying.  My favorite GH guitar is acting wonky in the neck, missing notes because of it, so I need a new one.  The RB clacking is distracting, to say the least. 
13232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Resistance Fall of Man on: September 13, 2008, 06:19:58 PM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on September 13, 2008, 06:00:47 PM

I just picked up Resistance today, used, and there was no game manual included. So I have a few questions:

* How do you heal?

* Is there a cover system?

* anything else I should know?

* Is there a PDF manual out in the wild anywhere?

The first thing I noticed was how great the sound was in the game. I just saw a video on PS.com where the Insomniac guys said they put great emphasis into the audio quality, and it definitely shows.

You heal by hiding.  However, you can only heal to the top of whatever section your health bar is in.  It's broken up into 1/4 sections.  Once you go past one of those sections, you can only auto-regen to the top of that section.  To fill empty sections, you need to pick up the glowing yellow vials on the ground.

You can go into cover by holding the left trigger (L2 = crouch) or just slipping behind a wall.

The main trick is to keep the health system in mind.  Pop out and into cover frequently, or you will drain everything and it becomes much harder to survive.  Also, don't wait to use health.  If you're down a section and you see a vial, use it.  No sense in holding off.  It's different than most other shooters and requires a slight brain shift, but it's slightly more strategic and interesting.

Also, the weapons get interesting and there are definitely right ones for a given job or based on what ammo is handy.
13233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: rock band 2 announced! on: September 13, 2008, 05:28:27 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 13, 2008, 04:51:58 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 13, 2008, 04:45:43 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 13, 2008, 02:30:16 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 13, 2008, 02:22:14 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 13, 2008, 01:53:46 PM

Huh, I didn't know the drums were out already.  Are they selling them individually, or is it just in the complete bundle?

I was going to pick up a wireless headset, but maybe I'll grab the new drums instead and see if I can get my existing wired headset to work with them this time around.

Like a cold, wet blanket of reality...

 saywhat


Oops, sorry, Grue.  Posted to the wrong forum.

LOL, Grue?

Damnit!  That's it!  I'll never post in the Gaming Train forums again.
13234  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: September 13, 2008, 04:46:19 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on September 13, 2008, 10:15:15 AM

They shipped mine too, but EBgames doesn't do Sat delivery, so you won't get it until Mon frown

Like a cold, wet blanket of reality...
13235  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: rock band 2 announced! on: September 13, 2008, 04:45:43 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 13, 2008, 02:30:16 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 13, 2008, 02:22:14 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 13, 2008, 01:53:46 PM

Huh, I didn't know the drums were out already.  Are they selling them individually, or is it just in the complete bundle?

I was going to pick up a wireless headset, but maybe I'll grab the new drums instead and see if I can get my existing wired headset to work with them this time around.

Like a cold, wet blanket of reality...

 saywhat


Oops, sorry, Grue.  Posted to the wrong forum.
13236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: rock band 2 announced! on: September 13, 2008, 04:43:02 PM

Quote from: Chaz on September 13, 2008, 04:29:43 PM

Aqualung is one of my favorite song on RB2.  It's awesome for every instrument (bass included!).

But not flute.
13237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: rock band 2 announced! on: September 13, 2008, 02:22:14 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 13, 2008, 01:53:46 PM

Huh, I didn't know the drums were out already.  Are they selling them individually, or is it just in the complete bundle?

I was going to pick up a wireless headset, but maybe I'll grab the new drums instead and see if I can get my existing wired headset to work with them this time around.

Like a cold, wet blanket of reality...
13238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 All-Play on: September 13, 2008, 02:19:27 PM
From what I've heard, the swing is about the same as last year.  Reports seem to be holding out hope that next year's version will have True Motion Plus support.
13239  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: rock band 2 announced! on: September 13, 2008, 12:46:24 AM
1st review I've seen.  IGN 9.0 Outstanding.

Quote
Closing Comments
Rock Band 2 improves in several areas over the original. The track list is better, the difficulty has been bumped up, it's more accessible, all previously released DLC works from the get-go, and Battle of the Bands is a brilliant online mode. But there's no getting around the fact that almost nothing was done to the main mode, World Tour. This is still the primary feature of Rock Band and yet it seems to have been neglected. It's hard to notice the newness when there's a big chunk of game that is just the same as it ever was.

That said, music game fans would be absolutely crazy not to buy Rock Band 2. Even if you hate a few of the songs on disc, you are still getting an incredible deal. It's less than a dollar a song, with an extra 20 free DLC coming in the next couple of months. That's just too good to pass up.
13240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: rock band 2 announced! on: September 13, 2008, 12:42:33 AM
Heh.  Awkward.

I feel like I'm at a party talking with Chaz and Jersoc came up and puked on his shoes.
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