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13321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crosswords DS impressions on: May 09, 2008, 02:54:01 AM
I played for awhile today, too. 

I agree with the anagram interface.  Very well done.  I wish it felt more rewarding.  As it stands, it's a fail unless you get every single word.  I'd rather get graded, like with the crosswords on completion.

The word search was a bit of a pain, but I think it may be my DS's touch screen (it's hard to be exact at the edges, no matter how often I calibrate).

As for the crosswords, your points are pretty close to my impressions, though it didn't seem like there were 75 4X4s.  The first five on each page seem to be at that level, but maybe I'm missing some that you unlock later.  The slow scrolling is a bit of a pain, and I wish you could double tap to switch from across to down, but overall, the interface is better than NYT.  The puzzles aren't, though.  I'm sure they get better, but there are some extremely lame clues.  Granted, I'm still working through the incredibly easy ones, but there is no excuse to ever have a clue that says, "At---tion! (drill sergeant's command)."  If you can't find a better clue for "ten" then it doesn't fit.  Those clues drive me up a wall.  I'm sure they'll stop using them as the levels progress.  They'd damn well better.

I haven't needed a hint yet, either, but I do like the system.  There are three options: Additional Clue, Show Letter, and Show Word.  They're each worth progressively more points, and you only get so many points per puzzle.  The fact that they've written, essentially, two clues for each listing is impressive (unless it doubles those damned partial word ones).

13322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: playstation day...haze demo,LBP details on: May 08, 2008, 09:08:30 PM
It released around 3:30 or so, but I'm downloading still (59%).

Also, I thought that with the Pixel Junk Monsters expansion there would be a pack that had the full game and expansion.  They've done that before, and I thought I remembered reading they'd do it this time, too.
13323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any interest in GRID? on: May 08, 2008, 06:57:04 PM

Quote from: Xmann on May 08, 2008, 06:42:31 PM

holy crap the graphics are phenomenal!!  anyone know how to change the camera from the driver to other views?

I think it was the left shoulder button.
13324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any interest in GRID? on: May 08, 2008, 06:06:53 PM
WOW!

This is a phenomenal game.  I suck.  And I'm on the easiest difficulty setting.

Three SP races in the demo.  One track, one drift, one street.  Visually stunning with no framerate hiccups (one of the only complaints about DiRT).  Graphics are stunning, with the SF race being a showcase, as TML mentioned.

If possible, the menus are even cooler than in DiRT (which really shouldn't be important, but, like a good rug, it really ties the whole thing together).  They carry into the game now.

To show how bad I suck, I never got the hang of drifting.  It felt like sometimes it wasn't registering what I thought was a drift, but the game is so well done, that I assume it must have been me.  I wound up with a score of 3,000 something.  I knew it wasn't great, but i thought I might squeak by with a win or something.  Then they showed my opponent's score of 412,000 something.  Ouch.

Anyway, I don't usually get excited for racing games, but this looks like a definite IN for me.
13325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: playstation day...haze demo,LBP details on: May 08, 2008, 04:49:49 PM
Nothing's up yet on the US store.  When do these things normally hit?
13326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox 360 and PS3] The Bourne Conspiracy Demo Available... on: May 08, 2008, 03:13:26 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 08, 2008, 01:09:50 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 07, 2008, 05:13:32 PM

The button-pushing sequences are all over this game, by the way.  If you hate their recent prevelance in games, you'll be extremely frustrated.

Ugh.  I hate that shit.  frown 

I'm sure I will try the demo eventually, but hearing that (as well as poor driving and mediocre fighting) doesn't really excite me. 

Of course, by "prevelance" I mean "prevalence."  Durr.
13327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Channel released: trailers, release date lists, rate games, DS demo on: May 07, 2008, 09:33:50 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 07, 2008, 08:18:57 PM

DS demos would be nice, if they would just do a firmware update to allow it to accept something better than WEP.

Or to let me run stuff off of my SD card!

I'm out of room.  I had to clear out all kinds of things to make room for this.

If they want me buying some Wiiware they'd better give me another storage option.
13328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox 360 and PS3] The Bourne Conspiracy Demo Available... on: May 07, 2008, 05:13:32 PM
I played the demo two nights ago and was not inspired to post anything on it.

It wasn't bad, per say.  Some of the fighting felt brutal, but I wouldn't call it realistic, exactly.  Sometimes it was incredibly cool (like the time I threw a guy into a dry-erase marker board and it broke and it wasn't a scripted moment).  Most times it was typical or even a little shoddy (there were a lot of animation jumps, but that could be fixed in time for release, I suppose).  The fighting is definitely the signature of the game.

The driving sure as hell isn't.  It felt very linear and wonky.  The end is driving around in a circle for a few minutes (following the invisible wall arrows and not going down the streets that are blocked off by cars) until a tunnel gets magically cleared of the cars in its opening.  You make a lap, still blocked, another, nothing's changed, another, same, part way through the last lap, the girlfriend says, "Maybe the tunnel's cleared now" and, sure enough, when you get there, where there was a pile of cars, now there's a cleared tunnel.  Then you have to do the dreaded button-pushing sequence to get through.

The button-pushing sequences are all over this game, by the way.  If you hate their recent prevelance in games, you'll be extremely frustrated.

The whole thing felt a little empty to me, somehow.  The characters just seemed hollow.  Bourne himself couldn't look more generic if he had a black and white bag over his head.  Part of the problem with that has to do with this being based only on the book series and not the movies (thus the "Robert Ludlum's" in the title).  However, I'm pretty damned sure Bourne didn't drive a Cooper Mini down stairs in the book.  They seem to be skirting that rights issue pretty flimsily, IMO.  I'd have my lawyers take a look if I were Universal.

Everything could come together in time for the release.  And the fighting can be fun, but I was hoping for a little more, I guess.
13329  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Teacher fired for Wizardry. I can't make this up. on: May 07, 2008, 04:19:12 PM
I enjoyed the video news story and the reporter hanging up the phone as she explained that she spoke to the school board.
13330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mirror's Edge anyone? on: May 07, 2008, 05:25:23 AM
I was blown away by the vid when I saw it.  Gorgeous and bright.  And it looks fantastically fun.

However, I've taken time to think about it, and it makes me worried.  The last game that tried this was Breakdown.  Granted it was first person and not PoP platforming, but still, it didn't quite work.  There were moments that were, frankly, impossible due to the first person nature of the fighting (I never was able to finish the game).  Then they add jumping, something that's notoriously frustrating in first person, due to the inability to see where your feet are going to go.  Maybe autojumping will take care of that, but much as that video tempted me, I'm cautious until I start hearing some reviews.
13331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Boom Blox Impressions on: May 06, 2008, 09:10:34 PM
Kotaku has put up their take:  http://kotaku.com/387721/boom-blox-review-explosive-casual-play

Basically, they really enjoyed single player, but felt the multi-player was tacked on and lackluster. 

Maybe it won't be so great for our pre K girls (though I'm sure mine'll still enjoy it).
13332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: playstation day...haze demo,LBP details on: May 06, 2008, 09:04:14 PM
The Haze demo is not available in America yet, right?  I haven't seen it yet, anyway.  Is it due Thursday?
13333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: An Actual Console Topic on: May 06, 2008, 07:08:56 PM
I don't get the snarky-sounding title of this post.
13334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/5) on: May 06, 2008, 07:07:58 PM
If it actually hits stores this week, I plan on picking up the Kama Wireless Nunchuck for the Wii.
13335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Boom Blox Impressions on: May 06, 2008, 07:07:06 PM
Everyone around me is still saying tomorrow.

And 1Up gave it an A+!

They said:
Quote
Boom Blox is simply a laundry list of great features and options wrapped around an incredibly fun, expertly designed, and well-tuned puzzle game. Sure, its cute veneer won't do it any favors with the more intense console crowd, but I found it charming and refreshingly cheery. It's a casual game made for a casual crowd, but it's far and away the best one I've ever played. Buy this game.

http://www.1up.com/do/reviewPage?cId=3167698&p=44
13336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Replaying Previous Games To Get Ready for the Sequel? on: May 06, 2008, 03:12:31 AM

Quote from: ATB on May 05, 2008, 03:39:50 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 05, 2008, 03:19:01 PM

With Mafia II on the way, I remembered that I had never actually finished Mafia.  So I installed it, dug up my save file and found I only had three missions left.  Now I'm part way through the last mission.

Depending on how long it has been since you played the rest of it, I'm not sure the ending is going to have the impact on you that it should.

And, of course, that's the big problem.  Something in my brain is not wired right, and I feel like I have to savor a game instead of finishing it.  Other times, other games get in the way, or I get burned out playing something through straight.

I have a pretty good memory of the events in Mafia, though, so hopefully it'll stick.
13337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/5) on: May 05, 2008, 03:20:51 PM

Quote from: The Grue on May 05, 2008, 01:59:40 PM

Crosswords and Boom Blox.  There has been a great deal of positive word on Boom Blox (btw, this is the correct way to spell this game), so I am very excited for it.  Also will be getting the Rock Band DLC.

Same for me, but not the DLC. 

I'm hoping I get to see Boom Blox reviews before I buy it, though.  And one more Crosswords review would be nice, too.
13338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Replaying Previous Games To Get Ready for the Sequel? on: May 05, 2008, 03:19:01 PM

Quote from: ATB on May 05, 2008, 11:33:49 AM

Ninja Gaiden II hits next month. It's predecessor was my favorite game on the XB1 platform and thus I am very much anticipating it.

I haven't checked the BC lists, but if it is on there, I'm considering replaying it again to get ready and to get my reflexes sharp for what I'm sure will also be a most challenging gaming experience.

A thread was started about completing MGS 1-3 prior to MGS4.  I am working through Fallout right now and will eventually play through Fallout 2 prior to the release of Fallout 3.

I might possibly play through Mafia again before Mafia 2 hits.

Do lots of people revisit the previous games in the series to prepare for a new release- or do you just do it for your favorite series?

For me it depends on whether I remember the story as a replay serves as a great refresher and helps to set the mood for the new release. But in many cases, the sequels are for games from SO long ago, it's hard to even remember the content beyond "I remember that game being amazing".

When do you give a game or series with a sequel coming out a replay?

Like CeeKay, I'll ramp up playing the previous game before the sequel comes out.  The worst example is one on your list, ATB.  With Mafia II on the way, I remembered that I had never actually finished Mafia.  So I installed it, dug up my save file and found I only had three missions left.  Now I'm part way through the last mission.

With NGII, I recently bought the PS3 version, having bought both NG and NG:Black (but only hit level 4 on any of them).  I would have finished Black on the 360, if I'd been allowed to move my saves, but I didn't feel like playing through those same missions a third time.  But when I got the PS3, enough time had passed, and I wanted to be ready for the sequel.  I'm only at the third level, though, and GTA IV is taking all my time, so I'm not convinced I'll get through it in time.  However, I'm on the last mission of the DS game, so that counts for something.
13339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Movies on your PS3 (DVD) on: May 04, 2008, 03:31:02 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 04, 2008, 12:43:35 AM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on May 03, 2008, 06:23:58 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 03, 2008, 05:25:29 PM

Barnes and Noble just had a 2 for 1 Blu Ray sale (actually 3 for 2, IIRC).  It might even be wrapping up this weekend.

Ok, I found that sale on their site, but what did you mean by "3 for 2"?

And btw, the starting prices on most of their movies are so high, it's not really much of a sale (as far as I can tell).

you get 3 DVD's for the price of 2.  The only bad part about B&N is they're prices are pretty much the MSRP unless you get their membership card, and even then they seem kinda high.

I never buy music or movies at B&N unless they have a sale, but they have some absolutely incredible sales at times.  I tend to go through intense buying sprees at those times.
13340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami Wii on: May 04, 2008, 03:27:23 PM
I kept playing and am still enjoying it (though I'm on a GTA break).  The sword slash is not a problem for me anymore.  I miss maybe one in ten times, probably even less.  Drawing bloom circles is a bit of a pain, but it's not usually in a time sensitive situation (except for that one mission mentioned earlier).  I do intend to finish it.  It's a very charming game.  The controls are not as great as I was expecting, is all.  They can be frustrating and have a bigger learning curve than I was expecting (just figuring out what the game will read), but they certainly are manageable and seem to get easier with time.
13341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Movies on your PS3 (DVD) on: May 03, 2008, 05:25:29 PM
Barnes and Noble just had a 2 for 1 Blu Ray sale (actually 3 for 2, IIRC).  It might even be wrapping up this weekend.
13342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Origin just shot up to the "A" list. on: May 03, 2008, 05:24:21 PM

Quote from: warning on May 03, 2008, 05:03:06 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 03, 2008, 02:19:00 AM

Quote from: Canuck on May 03, 2008, 02:07:35 AM

Are FEAR and SHOGO made by the same people?

Yep.  Monolith Productions.  Who also did the awesome No One Lives Forever, Tron 2.0, and AvP2. 

And Blood which was very dark and gritty.  They could make a proper sequel to that (not the crappy Blood 2) and generate lots of controversy and sales.

I'd love a new Blood.  Frankly, NOLF is one of my all time favorite series.  Hugely underrated.  At least we got two of them.
13343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 03, 2008, 12:22:38 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 02, 2008, 11:03:22 PM

i had some trouble with a certain woman,who you meet....it said in the guide she was somewhere completely different,vut when going off the screenshots i finally found her near the amusement park

i just did one i have been having a lot of trouble with,sara part 2....she wasnt hard to find,but where she was meant to be pier 45,i couldnt find for the life of me.....got it done now

i am also replying to bruces emails about stealing vehicles for him as i want to unlock his prezzie

I'm surprised at the lack of prezzies this go 'round, honestly.  The pigeons are the only big unlock that I can find from hunting things down.  There's no bonus health or armor unlock that I can see.

The game seems more streamlined, which is not a bad thing by any means, but that was an aspect I truly enjoyed (when it wasn't mind-numbingly impossible, like the ambulance missions in the original GTA III).
13344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Origin just shot up to the "A" list. on: May 02, 2008, 10:33:17 PM
I'm done with scary little girls, especially atonal lullaby singing ones.  That's one of the deadest cliches going at this point.

The mech stuff looked cool to me, but I really wish they were going to do SHOGO instead of more FEAR (whatever they're calling it).  But they'd have to make it less gritty if they did.
13345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 02, 2008, 10:28:06 PM

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


bradygames guide

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

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

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

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

I'm also using the guide, mostly for pigeons and mission order.  Consequently, I didn't want to move on until I'd finished with Brian, but I drove by the second spot where he was supposed to appear a bunch of times at completely different times of day and didn't find him.  Eventually he just did pop up.  Same thing happened with his third appearance.
13346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 Hints and Tips? on: May 02, 2008, 05:25:06 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last time that happened to me, Niko said, "How do you not see me standing right here?"
13347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Kart Wii impressions on: May 02, 2008, 05:23:46 PM

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

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

I was assuming the region was my region of the US.  Which of course doesn't make sense.
13348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 02, 2008, 05:22:23 PM

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

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

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

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

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

See you next time, Space Cowboy.

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

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

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

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

Yar

She's also in a semi-popular underground band which gives her some rock cred.  Like Karl Lagerfeld.
13349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Kart Wii impressions on: May 02, 2008, 04:31:56 PM

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

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

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

Yeah, I probably was.  Sigh.  I thought I sucked.
13350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 02, 2008, 04:30:13 PM

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

More GTA comedy, this time from Conan:

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

I...Love...Springtime!
13351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 Hints and Tips? on: May 02, 2008, 04:27:57 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Honestly, even though the pigeons coo when you get close, there is no way anyone would find them without a guide.  They're way too small and hard to see, even with the glow, and some of them are tucked away in bizarre nooks.
13352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Kart Wii impressions on: May 02, 2008, 04:23:19 PM

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

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

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

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

The basic procedure is this:

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

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

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

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

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

BTW, the Japanese are kicking ass in the tournament.  USA isn't in the top 10 at all, worldwide!
13353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Kung Fu Panda DEMO on: May 02, 2008, 04:19:36 PM
I tried the Kung Fu Panda demo on XBLM.  It was much better than I was expecting.  Kind of a fighting platformer.  The graphics are surprisingly good for a licensed "kids" game.  And the gameplay is simple, but smooth and kind of fun.  Nothing too innovative, but definitely good for what it is.  If they put enough variety into the levels, this could be a halfway decent title (not confident on that, though).

Still not sure about the movie yet.  The main character's voice is a little too slacker dude for my tastes.  Jack Black from his Cable Guy days.
13354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Dual Shock 3 - rumble not working at all on: May 02, 2008, 03:54:41 PM
Are you sure you didn't just buy another sixaxis?  The packaging looks remarkably similar.
13355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 Hints and Tips? on: May 02, 2008, 03:53:46 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One thing on dating, the ladies like you to mix it up.  For example, Michelle loves Burger Shot, but if you take her too many times to the same one, her love of that place goes down, I think, 5%.  And her love of all other Burger Shots goes down 1%.
13356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 01, 2008, 07:59:52 PM

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

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

See you next time, Space Cowboy.

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

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

And for DJ's you've got Iggy Pop, Juliette Lewis, Karl Lagerfeld (!), and a bunch of guys from SNL.
13357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/PSP] echochrome on: May 01, 2008, 04:22:03 PM
I loved the idea of this and the style, but I found the mechanics extremely frustrating.  Not in the good way, either, in the bad design way.

I could never line up a hole correctly or a jump.  Honestly, I feel like some key indicators were missing.
13358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 HD Upgrade Question on: May 01, 2008, 04:19:54 PM

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

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


You're replacing the existing one. 

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

Sorry about the search button being broken.  icon_wink

Here you go: http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php/topic,26217.0.html
13359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Kart Wii impressions on: May 01, 2008, 04:17:05 PM

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

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

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

I know when I plugged the 'chuck in, I got a big message about the configuration changing, and I had to push A.
13360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 Hints and Tips? on: May 01, 2008, 04:13:44 PM

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

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

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

When you do use the e-brake, use a light tap.  Don't hold the A-Button down (or the smiley face button or whatever the PS3 uses).  That's what's caused all of my spin outs.
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