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13241  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.
13242  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
13243  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.
13244  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?
13245  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. 
13246  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.
13247  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.
13248  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First 15 minutes of Dark Sector on PS3 on: March 28, 2008, 04:34:49 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 28, 2008, 04:32:23 PM

I wish I could be so easily satisfied as some of you then, maybe I wouldn't feel like I just threw away the $60.  With the quality of games I've played in this last year, I see no need to put up with the shortcomings of this game.

I also was put off right at the beginning when the exact same bump mapping texture was used on the external shots of the sub and then on the stone walls in the sewer. 

Yeah, it's nice to be simple and easily appealed.  Happy to be one of the masses.  It must be tough to be so geared for perfection. icon_wink
13249  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First 15 minutes of Dark Sector on PS3 on: March 28, 2008, 04:19:17 PM

Quote from: The_Man on March 28, 2008, 03:14:46 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 27, 2008, 10:32:43 AM

I played a couple more hours last night and twice I had to stop and force myself to continue.  There's a scene in the sewars that's completely dark (even with brightness up a couple notches) where you get no less than 8 wave of badguys in cramped quarters coming at you.  You can't really see them and when they get close and you are near a wall the camera zooms in so all you see is the back of your dude and the back of his head.  Then when you take damage you get a bit of red mixed in with the blackness that makes it even harder to see.

The ability to buy weapons and customize them is pretty cool, but mostly irrelevant if controlling the weapons is such a pain.

I will say that guiding the glaive around in bullet time is a blast, if that's all you had to do in the game I'd play Duck Hunt - Glaive Edition.

I'm more than willing to sell the game to any of you who are seriously wanting to try it or think it'd be a good game for you.  As long as you know what you're getting into.  I'd just hate to take the $35 sting for a couple days of miserable gaming experiences if I trade it in for $25 frown There has to be someone who would actually enjoy this piece of crap slywink

I actually quite like it.  I am in chapter 4 now and have been having a blast.  There are a few of those Resident Evil moments in the sewers and I died a couple of times in there, but I eventually got through it.  Great atmosphere and a very cool weapon are making this one a surprise hit for me.  Meleeing someone with the glaive is great because you get to do a finisher with the B button most of the time and finishers are very brutal and look cool as hell.  It's no Gears of War, but then again Gears didn't have a weapon as cool as the glaive either.  As long as it doesn't get overly repetitive, I can see me finishing this one.  While it's no game of the year candidate, it certainly isn't the dog a few people have made it out to be.  I would say it's a solid 7.5 to 7.8 game if I had to give it a score.

I'm with The man on this one.  I only just got to the sewers (Chapter 3), but I was only expecting to play one chapter.  I would have kept going, too, but I had to sleep. 

Once I got the Glaive, I think I used a gun a small handful of times.  Sometimes it's quicker to throw it and then use the pistol to finish someone off, but it's more fun to just wait and use the Glaive again.  The G doesn't have a long range,so you might benefit from firing on someone at a distance, but it's usually better to close in on them and throw.  Other weapons you pick up have some sort of bio-lock on them and are only useful for a ridiculously short time (they beep and then pop in your hands).  Basically, it's a game design to let you know that your supposed to use the Glaive.  And that's not a problem, because it's incredible fun to use.  Really, it's the point of the game. 

The game is highly polished, too.  I've seen complaints about the story, but I like it.  At least it has something linking the levels together.  There have been a few Holy Crap! moments, too, which is always fun.  My only complaint in this department is that the lead does kind of look like a One Tree Hill extra, as X-Play put it.  At least his eyes aren't pushed out too far on the sides of his head like the dude in Condemned 2 (I don't remember him looking quite so freaky in the first one).  With his pasty skin, that guy looks like a washed up fish.

Dark Sector is a solid game, IMO.  I can see myself playing straight through to the end, which doesn't happen often in the FPS genre for me.
13250  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Battlefield: Bad Company beta on: March 27, 2008, 04:27:45 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 27, 2008, 03:59:58 PM

Quote from: CSL on March 27, 2008, 05:43:35 AM

Only disappointment so far is the inability to play with peeps on my friends list.

I haven't fired this up yet, but you're stuck playing with the <shudder> general public?  I'vealready had my yearly quota of racist homophobia this year  icon_frown

Gaybo.
13251  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viking: Battle for Asgard Intro Movie on: March 27, 2008, 03:40:32 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 27, 2008, 03:25:03 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 27, 2008, 03:31:17 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on March 27, 2008, 12:39:27 AM

Ok I got it, going to divide my time with this and Dark Sector tonight.

Okay, but post your impressions tonight or before I get to the store tomorrow.  So, set your alarm.  Do it!

so, where's the impressions?  did Kato end up in the hospital again or is the game just that good he was up all night playing it?


KAAAAAATO!!!!!
13252  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 27, 2008, 02:51:05 PM

Quote from: ras752000 on March 27, 2008, 02:35:22 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 26, 2008, 10:46:49 PM

Another group suggestion:  Steely Dan.

I was listening to "Reeling in the Years" today and getting off on the guitar riffs.  Not sure what the bass is doing in that song, but they've usually got a lot going on in their songs.
I love Steely Dan (just started playing "Reeling" on my PSP since you conjured it up) . . . I'm afraid some people might have a knee-jerk reaction that "This ain't keyboard hero!!!" . . . but the right songs where Walter Becker was showcased would be great choices . . . i.e. Reeling, bodhisattva, Don't take me alive.

Bodhisattva was one I was thinking about. "FM" would also be great and possibly "Do It Again."

Yeah, there are keyboard sections, but then I thought about songs like "Won't Get Fooled Again" with that epic no-one-doing-anything section (I swear the bassist looked at his watch in one playthrough), and the guitar sections of "Reeling" (especially the opening) are so kick ass that it wouldn't matter.


Also, I think Funk is sadly underrepresented.  There are some Funk tunes that just rock.  Sly and the Family Stone come to mind.  Maybe I'm just feeling 70's nostalgia right now, though.
13253  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Universe at War: Earth Assault on: March 27, 2008, 01:16:29 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 27, 2008, 12:36:14 PM

I picked up the 360 version yesterday.  I played through the first few tutorial campaign missions last night.  Very early impressions of the interface are positive.  It seems very easy to direct units and get to places on the map.  The graphics are pretty bad. But the factions seem interesting and very diverse.  I tried to play a quickmatch on Live but there didn't seem to be anyone else online.  icon_eek

Hopefully I'll have more impressions later tonight.

Thanks.  I'd read some other impressions online that seemed to be thinking in a similar way, so I'm going to pick this up today, despite my concern that there are no reviews yet (I think maybe they're waiting to test the multiplayer with the masses).  I always like to wait to hear from someone here first, so thanks again.
13254  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viking: Battle for Asgard Intro Movie on: March 27, 2008, 03:31:17 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on March 27, 2008, 12:39:27 AM

Ok I got it, going to divide my time with this and Dark Sector tonight.

Okay, but post your impressions tonight or before I get to the store tomorrow.  So, set your alarm.  Do it!
13255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Universe at War: Earth Assault on: March 27, 2008, 03:29:31 AM
Has anyone picked this up yet?  Where are the impressions?!
13256  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 26, 2008, 10:46:49 PM
Another group suggestion:  Steely Dan.

I was listening to "Reeling in the Years" today and getting off on the guitar riffs.  Not sure what the bass is doing in that song, but they've usually got a lot going on in their songs.
13257  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 5 confirmed for Xbox 360 on: March 26, 2008, 07:23:21 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on March 26, 2008, 05:31:21 PM

resident evil 4 was one of the very few titles i have actually liked on the Wii revolution...but even if number 5 does come out on it,it will still be the 360 version for me

and yeah i think it is chris redfield(is he the one who has the sister..or is that the valentines....its getting a bit character heavy now this series...who was the one who betrayed tham all?.....argghhh)

I really loved the Wii version of RE4, too.  I'm in a bit of a quandry now about which one to get, in fact.  I'm leaning toward the 360, though.
13258  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viking: Battle for Asgard Intro Movie on: March 26, 2008, 04:59:40 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 26, 2008, 06:18:45 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 26, 2008, 04:27:02 AM

So to avoid further derailing the "What are you buying" thread, it looks like reviews for this one are kind of all over the board.  Checking out MetaCritic you can see a low score of 6/10 from GameDaily and a high of 9.5 from Play Magazine with some others filling out the middle for an average of 76%. 

After reading the reviews I think that while it may not be the ultimate epic I figure my love of vikings and action/adventure games means that I will be plenty satisfied.  My copy should arrive tomorrow or Thursday and I'm excited.

make sure to post your Vikings impressions when you get it.  The IGN review has me passing, but I didn't realize the reviews varied so wildly.

Well, Play magazine is pretty to look at, but pretty shallow, review-wise. 

Team XBox liked it (with an 82), but 1Up just slammed it hard with a D+. Ouch.  They said:
Quote
These battles don't last very long (10 minutes on average), but the game features an odd respawning system where dying puts you back at the last checkpoint, minus any items (health vials, bombs, axes) you used in the previous turn. In some cases this makes sense, like when you use an item and it leaves persistent damage to certain enemies on the battlefield, but in others it seems unnecessarily punishing to the player, since -- in the final boss battle, for instance -- you only get one shot to use these items, and if you die the battle becomes significantly more challenging.

Viking puts some nice ideas on the table with the epic battles and dragon summoning, not to mention the wealth of Nordic lore to dive into. But it's unfortunate that it does nothing more with them.

Of course, Games Radar gave it an 8.  They said:
Quote
You'll love
Visceral combat
Tightly-scripted story
Great controls
You'll hate
Sound lacks atmosphere
Too-simple puzzles
Struggling camera
13259  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: March 25, 2008, 08:14:14 PM
Didn't notice much slowdown on my machine, either.

Are you experiencing it solely in Co-op, maybe?
13260  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Half Life 2] Well I just did that for nothing! on: March 25, 2008, 06:38:17 PM
I might go for the gnome if I play through again, someday, but that's not a first time through challenge, from what I've heard.
13261  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Battlefield: Bad Company beta on: March 25, 2008, 06:37:17 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 25, 2008, 06:10:02 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 25, 2008, 06:01:51 PM

I just started the game about fifteen minutes ago, and already I have to say, the Stand By screen is great.

Bull-I can't connect to any game-it will say "joining" and the kick me back to the main screen-there is a little ticker on the top that says demand is high and we may see errors or something, so that might be it. If I can't get it to work in 10 or 15 minutes, I will likely give up. Oh, and how completely fucking awesome is the 60's NOLF themed menu music.

I do love the music.  Really great (though I got a little tired of it after a while).

I tried a non-ranked match, finally, and got right in.

I think this'll be a lot of fun.  It helps that I came in in the middle of a round and was the number 3 player by the end.  And in the second round I was holding at 2 until the server kicked us out. 

I'm not actually griping about those connection issues, though.  That's why it's called a Beta and not a demo, right?
13262  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 25, 2008, 06:02:43 PM

Quote from: Farscry on March 25, 2008, 05:48:48 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 25, 2008, 05:06:00 PM

Someone had this happen to them before, but I've been looking at the leaderboards and I notice that some of my scores aren't ranked even though they are higher than the lowest totals.  Anyone know why that is?  My 360 is always connected to the net.

That's happened to me too, Leo. I've had some songs just not upload my scores to the leaderboards at times, which sucks when I really nail one. Tongue

Yeah, me, too.  I've 5-starred every song on Expert.  None of them loaded.
13263  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Battlefield: Bad Company beta on: March 25, 2008, 06:01:51 PM
I just started the game about fifteen minutes ago, and already I have to say, the Stand By screen is great.
13264  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Half Life 2] Well I just did that for nothing! on: March 25, 2008, 05:05:55 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 25, 2008, 04:09:29 PM

so, who's going for the Gnome achievement in episode 2?

While I don't completely agree with Wonderpug's achievement grumpiness, I see his point.  Developers can take achievements too far.  From what I understand, the Gnome achievement is a perfect example.  I enjoyed the Sandtraps achievement (it's how I would have played anyway) and the Ravenholm one (I think playing through with a grav gun was much cooler than with a shotgun, persoanlly...I could always use the shotgun on a zombie later in the game).  I won't be going for the gnome.

However, I think the value of an achievement can give you an idea of how much a pain in the ass it's going to be.  Sometimes even the in-game description will tell you you will probably want to avoid it.  Like "Seriously..." in Gears of War (10,000 people killed in deathmatch) or The Club's "No, Seriously..." (10,001 people killed).
13265  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 25, 2008, 03:43:04 PM

Quote from: jersoc on March 25, 2008, 10:07:33 AM

But yes, I seriously question  your music taste if you cannot find at ONE song of these 6 that you do not enjoy.

So, cancelling the negatives, you're saying you question the taste of someone who can find one song that they do enjoy.
13266  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Deca Sports (Wii) on: March 25, 2008, 03:38:06 PM
Looking forward to this.  Any idea on release?

Is this a Nintendo title?  Like, is it meant to be a sequel of sorts to Wii Sports, or is it just trying to cash in on that title?
13267  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/24) on: March 25, 2008, 03:51:54 AM

Quote from: The Grue on March 25, 2008, 03:21:08 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 25, 2008, 03:09:52 AM


After having passed on Conan and Beowulf there is just no way I can not buy a game called Viking, and I have a feeling this is going to be better than either of those by a mile. 

That's not saying much.

I actually like Conan quite a bit.  Not GOTY or anything, but it's a lot of fun for what it is. 
13268  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Sonic title 'announced' on: March 25, 2008, 02:56:11 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 25, 2008, 12:49:50 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 24, 2008, 09:25:23 PM

Quote from: Ridah on March 24, 2008, 08:32:44 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 24, 2008, 02:07:42 PM

Does anyone even want more Sonic games?

Hell yes, I'm all for remaking classing games in new graphics but retaining the classic gameplay. I forsee a new trend.

You can backsee an already started trend.  Witness Prince of Persia (on XBLA) or Conker or the already announced 1942 or Street Fighter games.

Bionic Commando Re-Armed.

I knew there was an XBLA game I was forgetting about...
13269  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/24) on: March 24, 2008, 10:13:46 PM

Quote from: ATB on March 24, 2008, 10:01:05 PM

No interest in the NG:DS eh? Surprising.

I'm surprised by that, too (though, as I mentioned, it's the only game that has me locked IN).
13270  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Sonic title 'announced' on: March 24, 2008, 09:25:23 PM

Quote from: Ridah on March 24, 2008, 08:32:44 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 24, 2008, 02:07:42 PM

Does anyone even want more Sonic games?

Hell yes, I'm all for remaking classing games in new graphics but retaining the classic gameplay. I forsee a new trend.

You can backsee an already started trend.  Witness Prince of Persia (on XBLA) or Conker or the already announced 1942 or Street Fighter games.
13271  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who is your in game character? on: March 24, 2008, 09:22:38 PM
You know, I voted "easy on the eyes," but that's only true in some games (I have an all girl band in Rock Band, for example).  In RPGs, I always pick a good character.  Like Eel, I have a hard time playing evil if I have a choice.  I still beat myself up for taking the easy route in Bioshock.

My main character name has been Bullwinkle from way back when I first played the original Minesweeper on an office computer.  Unless Bullwinkle doesn't fit.  Then it's BW or Bwink (I usually use that for females).  The other characters usually have names like Rocky, Natasha, Boris, Nell, or Snidely.
13272  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 24, 2008, 08:36:17 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 24, 2008, 04:07:24 PM

Quote from: ATB on March 24, 2008, 04:00:46 PM

OMGHI2U BOSTON SONG PAX! SO IN.

Since you've been out of the thread for a while, have you seen the new in-game music store yet?

I would love to see a DLC sales chart from Harmonix to see the sales spike after the store release.  I know I spent at least $20 after going through the song previews with my wife.

Yeah, I bought a few this weekend, too.  Makes a huge difference being able to hear the previews.  I love the store!  And the faster loading at game start is phenomenal.

On a song suggestion note:  I heard "And She Was" in the car today.  That would be a perfect, fairly easy one.  Toss a bunch of Talking Heads in there, while you're at it.  "Psycho Killer" anyone?

13273  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/24) on: March 24, 2008, 08:28:48 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 24, 2008, 06:59:18 PM

VIKING!!! 

I might try out Dark Sector once it gets a price drop.

Don't you mean Vikings?
13274  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Condemned 2 impressions on: March 24, 2008, 08:26:58 PM

Quote from: Ridah on March 24, 2008, 08:24:23 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 24, 2008, 07:18:49 PM

I downloaded the demo for the PS3 and I was not impressed at all.  I never played the first game, so this was my intro to the series.  I've been a fan of Monolith games in the past, but this demo was bad.  Clunky movement, awkward weapon swinging.  Little oil gremlins that would attack me before my stupid wrench would swing.  Blech.

Did you play the first game? If not you need to put more time into it to adapt to the feel which is much different than other shooters. Give it time, my friend.

Did you read the post?
13275  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Sonic title 'announced' on: March 24, 2008, 03:16:06 PM
There was a feeling of "finally" as I watched that.  There were a couple of spots where the camera seemed like it might still be a problem.  I know it's still way early to judge, but the fact that they're even thinking about playing with the camera like that worries me.
13276  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/24) on: March 24, 2008, 03:11:21 PM
360:
Dark Sector
Universe at War: Earth Assault
Viking: Battle for Asgard

I'm interested in all three of these, but I need to see reviews on all of them.  They have the potential to be pretty good.

Wii:
Obscure: The Aftermath
Otomania
Opoona

I thought I was interested in all three Wii O titles, but I think the only one is Opoona.  I love the look of it, and I could use a Lite RPG on the Wii, but it's nunchuck-only control scheme seems like more than a gimick.  It seems like it'd be annoying.

DS:
Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword

This is the only title I'm IN on.  Well, this and the Boston pack.
13277  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Half Life 2] Well I just did that for nothing! on: March 23, 2008, 08:12:57 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 23, 2008, 04:34:56 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 23, 2008, 04:17:41 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 23, 2008, 04:06:14 PM

That sense of achievement is now acknowledged, Pavlov-style, by a little sound effect and a visual pop-up.  Plus a cool icon.

Triggering reward-center in brain = more fun, magically.

so gamers who love achievements are dogs.  gotcha  icon_twisted

Sounds about right to me

woof.
13278  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Sonic title 'announced' on: March 23, 2008, 08:11:01 PM

Quote from: Ridah on March 23, 2008, 07:40:49 PM

Maybe they'll take a cue from the upcoming Street Fighter and do a 3D engine with 2D gameplay.

Isn't that what was said they were doing?
13279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Half Life 2] Well I just did that for nothing! on: March 23, 2008, 04:06:14 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 23, 2008, 01:12:13 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 22, 2008, 10:40:40 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 22, 2008, 10:19:04 PM

Quote from: Laner on March 22, 2008, 02:33:16 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 21, 2008, 12:52:59 PM

Well, I won't harp long on my anti-achievement stance, but this is just such a great example of its problem.  Getting through Ravenholm with the grav gun should be fun because you got through Ravenholm with the grav gun, not because you'll unlock a small icon you'll never look at and get arbitrary points that don't do anything.
Who said the two have to be mutually exclusive?
Teggy did, at least for himself, when he said "Well I just did that for nothing."
Well, not really, because he didn't actually get the achievement.
When I made the post Teggy had not yet said he did indeed have fun with the grav gun run itself.  From his two posts prior his experience was "for nothing" and "a complete waste of time except for learning about radiators" since he didn't get the achievement.  In that case, if he had gotten the achievement I don't see how that would magically have made the grav gun run gameplay itself fun for him.

It's the pat on the back thing that was being discussed earlier.  Old school gaming was all about trying again and again until you beat a level.  That sense of achievement is now acknowledged, Pavlov-style, by a little sound effect and a visual pop-up.  Plus a cool icon.

Triggering reward-center in brain = more fun, magically.
13280  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 23, 2008, 03:54:37 AM

Quote from: msduncan on March 23, 2008, 01:23:38 AM

I'm super excited about the Boston pack.

I have a wish list (forgive me -- I haven't read through this thread since I just got Rock Band tonight):

And U2 songs.    Is there a reason there are no U2 songs?
David Bowie Labyrinth songs!!! biggrin   Dance Magic Dance anyone?  biggrin
Some of the real classics -- like Johnny B. Goode

And why in sweet Jeebus's name isn't Sweet Home Alabama in this game???



My wife was screaming for Sweet Home Alabama herself recently.

I would love more Bowie, though I'm not sure about Labyrinth (loved that ST at the time, though).  I think Blue Jean would be phenomenal, game-play wise.

A friend's mother gave the game a shot today, and was sad there weren't more songs for her in there.  Johnny B. Goode would have been perfect.  Maybe Peggy Sue, too.  I guess bass might be a problem, though.

Give me more 80s, but not hair-metal, please.  People were aching for INXS earlier.  I'd love to see that.  And I think some Go-Gos would be goofy fun.
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