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13321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Software BC on the PS3-is it ever going to happen? on: February 05, 2009, 05:21:09 PM
I went out of my way to hunt down a used 40GB model, and like AA, I play mostly PS2 games on it (though I'm glad for the chance to play PS3 games, I'm really happy about the updated graphics for the older ones!).
13322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3 more days til HALO wars demo on: February 05, 2009, 04:06:47 PM
I saw MP listed, but I didn't try it.

Some ramblings:

I played the tutorials, the first mission and most of the second mission (don't eject whatever's in your DVD drive or it'll kick you right out, annoyingly).  It's fun, but about what I expected.  From the tutorials, it looks like there are some cool differences between the Marines and Covenant, but I couldn't tell how much.

This is certainly a viable console RTS.  I'm just not sure how into RTS gameplay I am anymore.  I felt like I was going through the motions more then once.

The supply/power stuff is structured nicely and units build quickly, which helps speed up gameplay. 

There seems to be no real grouping option.  You either select individual unit types, local units or all units (you can also jump to scattered armies by pressing down on the d-pad).  That's fine for me, since I normally focus on one group (and maybe one at the base for defense), but I imagine it won't make most RTS gamers happy.

There are a lot of sub-objectives, it seems (the second map had at least four that I can think of, and many of those had a few instances to accomplish).  That helps to keep active as you can check things off as you explore the map, and it definitely added to the playtime.  I'm not able to get excited about maps that take more than an hour anymore, though (I certainly am not excited about going back in and replaying that second mission after getting kicked out). 

The cutscenes were quality, and there seems to be a specific story going on (as opposed to hopping around to various battles in a war).  That may be enough to compel me, if I hear the story is good.

The graphics were nice enough.  Smooth, but nothing dazzling.

I'm on the fence and will wait for revs/imps, but while I was a little bored, it may be just entertaining enough.
13323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So...Killzone 2? on: February 05, 2009, 03:12:15 PM
Apparently, it's 5PM UK time.  

I do remember people talking about getting a UK account somewhere in this thread.  And I just saw it confirmed* that you need to pre-order through GS.  Damn, I didn't know that.

* And by "just saw it," I did not mean by Destructor. icon_wink
13324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best fighting game for 360 on: February 05, 2009, 03:09:41 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 05, 2009, 03:02:54 PM

I could be in the minority here, but I've heard positive feedback about Mortal Kombat Vs. DC.  Friends have all commented on how much fun the game can be, and they've even mentioned an entertaining storyline as well.  I know little about how it fares online (or if it even has an online component), and unfortunately I haven't played it myself, but friends have all mentioned how much fun they've had with it.  At least it's another title to add to your list of comparisons.

I enjoyed the hell out of it.  It's nothing buy fanboy service, but it's damned entertaining.  However, if you're looking for fighting depth, MKvDC might not fit the bill.
13325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III dev slams the whiners [new screenshots] on: February 05, 2009, 03:07:29 PM

Quote from: baelthazar on February 05, 2009, 02:53:57 PM

Good to know they are spending their time wisely by updating us with screenshots like these...  Tongue

What were the people whining about?


There was an uproar when the first set of screenshots came out that, essentially, you could actually see things.  Purists wanted more browns and for things to be darker/murkier.  They saw this new art style as a slap in the face what with an actual color palette and all.
13326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3 more days til HALO wars demo on: February 05, 2009, 02:07:03 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on February 05, 2009, 01:53:01 PM

Anyone get this yet?

I'm looking forward to trying it out when I get home from work this evening.

I'm downloading it now.  1.4 GB and slow going for 9 AM.
13327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: February 05, 2009, 02:05:43 PM
The update is out now, apparently.

EDIT:  There is an regular title update AND the Part Pack for 800 points.  I downloaded both, and maybe I'm missing somethng, but I don't see any way to restart a race.
13328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 5 demo coming 26th on: February 05, 2009, 02:04:55 PM
Here's a video about a special feature they added to RE5:
13329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So...Killzone 2? on: February 05, 2009, 01:54:38 PM

Quote from: Chaz on February 05, 2009, 01:52:16 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on February 05, 2009, 01:41:50 PM

When is the demo for Killzone 2 due out?

I think it's today if you have the game preordered at Gamestop (ie: if you're predisposed to liking it).  If not, you don't get it until the day before the game releases.  Call me jaded, but that seems like a blatant attempt to control the potential negative fallout from the demo.

They've said the demo is coming at @ 5PM, but they neglected to say what region that is.  I haven't heard about needing to have pre-ordered.
13330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So...Killzone 2? on: February 05, 2009, 01:53:32 PM
Adam Sessler has a new Soapbox out about the folks griping about the G4 review.

BUT take a listen to his throw away aside at around 3:23.  In response to someone complaining about how early the review is out he says:

"Actually, it comes out next week." 

I can't tell if he's just being funny or what, but it makes me wonder.

Overall, it's pretty good.  Sessler annoys me on X-Play, but his Soap Boxes are pretty good.  He ends this one with a classic comment, too.  He tells the whiners to "sit down and take a deep breath, and while your mouth is open, shove your d*ck in it.  That way, I don't have to hear from you, and you can finally find a little satisfaction."  Yowch.
13331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Diablo III dev slams the whiners [new screenshots] on: February 05, 2009, 01:11:07 PM

I love the top one the best.  Look at the colors!  He's got a Love Spree!
13332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rockstar working on open ended Wild West game on: February 05, 2009, 04:07:01 AM

Quote from: Creepy_Smell on February 05, 2009, 03:29:38 AM

Now if only they would do steampunk or a carwars/interstate76 style thing...

YES, PLEASE! drool
13333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tenchu: Shadow Assassins [Wii] on: February 05, 2009, 04:05:16 AM
The no rooftop thing may have been a bit misleading.  There are plenty of moments where you can walk on ledges or rafters and take out guys while hanging upside down.  Or drop into the shadows behind them and get them that way.

I've played the first full level now.  Took me an hour or so (they said it should take 10 minutes, ranking-wise), but part of the reason for that was a guy I kept hearing in a building on the first section.  I couldn't figure out how to get to him.  It seems you can't, as you need a tool that you don't have at the start.  You can go back and play the level again any time, though.

So, this game is a lot of fun.  The graphics are nice (for a Wii game, he said ubiquitously).  The control is good, though I wish there was a camera other than Ninja-view mode.  The movement is a little clunky for the finer things, like lining yourself up to get on a box, and I've been stuck on a corner while trying to sneak around it.  Also the 180 move is slower than I'd like.  But for most of what the game wants you to do, they work.

I can't tell how open this will be as the game progresses, but the first full level was a bit linear.  Not to say that options and choices didn't come up.  One off the beaten path part of the last level lead me to a map piece, whatever that leads to, and put me in position to take out two guards that I might have missed had I gone the other way.  There's not the feeling that I got from some of the more recent Tenchu games where they plopped you at the edge of a city and said, "Go to it."  That may have been due to the tutorial, though, we'll see.

The moves are pretty fun.   There seems to be a standard one that I've seen a few too many times, but I'm starting to suspect that it has more to do with my timing.  The thrust move doesn't always seem to register, but that's common for the Wii.

There are also a bunch of shorter missions (and more get unlocked as you play).  These seem to be along the lines of MGS Virtual Missions, though not in a holographic setting.  The first few are showing gameplay mechanics and are extremely short.  Not sure how long the meatier ones are, but I get the impression that they'll be much shorter than story missions.

I was going to stop playing for the night, but I'm hankering to get back into it, which surprised me.  I'll probably have to wait until tomorrow, but my desire to get to it is a good sign.

EDIT:  I've played the second mission, and I'm terrible (I ranked a D on that one).  I'm trying a lot of different things, is part of the problem.  There was a bad guy on that one who, it seems, can't be taken care of until later.  I tried everything, but was discovered a dozen times.  Ugh.

I wanted to add that the music in this game is really great.  It evokes the period, but has a modern feel to it.  Not hard rock modern, either.  There's accoustic guitar in there, but it works really well to build suspense.  I'm grooving on it.
13334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rockstar working on open ended Wild West game on: February 05, 2009, 01:25:32 AM
I liked Gun.  Red Dead Revolver was a bit of a pain, IMO, but the western genre is woefully underepresented on consoles, and this sounds cool.  I hope it'll be good.
13335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Looking for Wii adventure/detective game suggestions on: February 05, 2009, 01:21:53 AM
Freddie Fish, Spy Fox, and Pajama Sam are all on Wii.
13336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 5 demo coming 26th on: February 04, 2009, 08:15:16 PM

Quote from: mytocles on February 04, 2009, 07:33:09 PM

I am one of the people in the camp that really wants to like RE games - but the only version I could ever get into even a little, was the Wii version

That's me to a tee.

Only ever finished RE1 (on PC, no less) and RE4 on Wii, but I think I've tried all of them in one form or another.
13337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis on: February 04, 2009, 04:43:54 PM
I was so incredibly psyched when I heard this.  Then I realized I'd probably play a level and have fond, fuzzy memories, then never go back to it.  FoA is one of my all time favorite SCUMM games, topped only by Day of the Tentacle and the first two Monkey Islands.
13338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tenchu: Shadow Assassins [Wii] on: February 04, 2009, 03:37:44 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 04, 2009, 03:31:46 PM

I can't say those are glowing reviews, but at least it's not totally shitty!  Too bad it's for the Wii...

Also, what's that about rooftop exploration missiong?  Zipping to the rooftops and dropping down on some poor guard was half of what the game was about!  (the other half was slicing said guard's throat)

I was a little shocked and aww-ed to see the rooftop stuff had been taken out, too.

It may just be a case of nothing much better on the Wii, but I'll give it a go today.
13339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Godfather II on: February 04, 2009, 02:11:15 PM
On the plus side, I may now actually be able to finish the first one.
13340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most underrated 360 game in your opinion on: February 04, 2009, 02:06:57 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on February 04, 2009, 01:33:36 PM

I can't believe nobody has mentioned the obvious one:

Bullet Witch!

Awesome game.  Awesome heroine!  nod  Still waiting for a sequel.

 icon_biggrin We didn't want to take the privilege away from you, Shifty!

Quote from: TheMissingLink on February 04, 2009, 02:17:49 AM

Crackdown is a shitty, horrible game.

shitty horrible = gay
13341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/2) on: February 04, 2009, 01:38:32 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 03, 2009, 04:33:05 AM

I'm also interested in the Wii Tenchu game, but awaiting some reviews and/or impressions. 

Holy crap, it might be good!
13342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tenchu: Shadow Assassins [Wii] on: February 04, 2009, 01:38:08 AM
IGN has a review up.  8/10!  I've seen other positive reviews, too, but this is the first "big" site.

Might this be the first good Tenchu game since the original?

Herewith the comments:

Closing Comments
Tenchu: Shadow Assassins is by no means a revolution, either for the series or the stealth genre and if you've played any of the previous titles, you will already have accurate expectations of this Wii sequel. But despite some issues with regard to character control and the fact that some series staples like lots of rooftop exploration are oddly missing from the Wii sequel, the end product is still fun. The 10-plus- hour game is full of thrills and strategy, not to mention satisfying assassination sequences, and you can keep playing long after you've completed the main mission, either attempting to better your level scores or exploring the dozens of quick, relatively easy side missions designed to extend replay value. If you're a Wii owner in search of something beyond the next mini-game fest, Shadow Assassins is a surprisingly good choice.

Also, GamesRadar goes the 8/10 route.

You'll love
Simple, but cleverly dressed up gameplay
Nice chunky visual style
Great stalking music
You'll hate
Confusing ugly murk at night
Sneak. Press button to kill. Repeat
A bit too easy
13343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Street Fighter IV on: February 03, 2009, 11:12:08 PM
Nice, WP.

I'm excited for this, and I really don't think I should be.  I've never been able to get into the Street Fighter series.  It's too complicated for me.  I'm definitely of the button-mashing school.
13344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any Socom Confrontation impressions? [PS3] on: February 03, 2009, 08:07:04 PM
Anyone playing this now?  Have they fixed it yet?  Is it fun?

There's supposedly some hefty DLC coming.
13345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most underrated 360 game in your opinion on: February 03, 2009, 07:51:29 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 03, 2009, 07:31:26 PM

Quote from: Chaz on February 03, 2009, 07:28:10 PM

Stuntman: Ignition- Wound up with scores in the mid-70s.  I loved the hell out of that thing.  Normally I hate games that force you to repeat something until you get it right, but this game didn't bug me for some reason.  The courses were all excellent, and the voiceover work was fantastic (especially the director and his drunken buddies in the Dukes of Hazard movie).

I agree, that one was way more fun that it got credit for, and it allows you to do things as many or few times as you want.  You don't need 5 stars to continue, but man was it fun trying.

I also agree with Crackdown.  I spent many hours with that one, and while it did get a fair share of word-of-mouth praise the reviews and sales weren't so hot. 

I loved Crackdown, but I think the reviews were good and the sales were decent enough for a probable sequel.  Although there was the guy in Gamestop who convinced his friend not to get it with a very coherent argument: "This guy I know said it's gay."

But Stuntman: Ignition was fantastic with okay reviews and sold like crap.
13346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Register your retail copy of Unreal Tournament 3 on Steam - coolness! on: February 03, 2009, 04:46:15 PM
Is it possible to do this with other games?

I have the retail copy of King's Bounty, but I would love to be able to play without a CD in my drive.
13347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: February 03, 2009, 04:33:45 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 02, 2009, 01:18:35 AM

OK, who doe Gratch have to blow to get some Bruce Springsteen DLC for RB?

The guys at Guitar Hero.
13348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/2) on: February 03, 2009, 01:45:30 PM

Quote from: EddieA on February 03, 2009, 04:19:40 AM

This week's XBLA game is R-Type Dimensions, which, despite being a remake of two old games, is priced at $15.

I just bought R-Type Final for the PS2 right before finding out about this release (literally, I think it was an hour).  Shmups aren't usually my style, but I had a hankering. 
13349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dokapon Journey & other Atlus games on: February 03, 2009, 01:42:22 PM
Has anyone tried the Wii Dokapon?  I've heard very mixed things.  I was looking into it for play with my 5 year old (or 5 and 3/4s year old, as she'd have me point out), but I got the impression that it might be a little much for her.
13350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What if Halo 1 had been a complete failure? on: February 03, 2009, 01:40:47 PM

Quote from: warning on February 03, 2009, 12:30:56 PM

Quote from: Turtle on February 03, 2009, 08:03:11 AM

I just realized that while we all think Dawn of War 2 is pioneering a new style of RTS without base building and tactics focused, Myth did it first, albeit in a fantasy setting.

And if I remember correctly, didn't Ground Control do the same in a sci-fi setting?  I don't remember much base management.

Ground Control came out after Myth.  I loved that game, though, and mostly because it dumped all the minutae and was more story-oriented.

I've been thinking about dusting off Myth (I stumbled on the Codex version right before this discussion started).  I never finished either I or II (though I dearly loved 'em both for what I played).
13351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper - video on: February 03, 2009, 01:33:32 PM
I've only played the Lovecraft one, but this one looks right up my alley, as I'm a bitter of a Ripperphile.  Is that even a word?
13352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 5 demo coming 26th on: February 02, 2009, 11:46:24 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 02, 2009, 09:32:50 PM

Playstation magazine have given this game a 5 out of 5

but sod that and watch this video that is 2minutes 37 seconds

at around 1 minute 20 seconds the guy talks about 'action controls' that you can switch to,so you can move and shoot


Or maybe not:
13353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/2) on: February 02, 2009, 02:22:15 PM
I'm interested in the Tenchu Wii game, but I'm absolutely waiting on reviews/impressions.
13354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA:Must have games? on: February 02, 2009, 02:07:00 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 01, 2009, 09:09:38 PM

i actually loved Mad Tracks both online and off

I would recommend GripShift over Mad Tracks, personally.  I spent a lot of time with that game.
13355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What if Halo 1 had been a complete failure? on: February 02, 2009, 02:04:23 PM
Here's the other thing about this premise.  Failure of Halo would not only have affected the Xbox, it would have affected every console shooter that has come out since then.  Sure, it may have been evolutionary instead of rev-, but they didn't tag it Combat Evolved for nothing.  Honestly, they perfected the formula and made a genre that many thought (myself included) could only work on a PC not only viable, but damned fun and accessible.

The shield and health regen systems alone have become a standard thing.  Before it was all about the health packs.
13356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/2) on: February 02, 2009, 01:55:09 PM
Sonic Chaos [Master System]

Snowboard Riot

Sonic Chaos is a lesser known game, but there's not much there, apparently.  Snowboard Riot is what it sounds like.  Lonpos is a logic puzzle where you have to fit a bunch of oddly shaped pieces (made from dots) into a grid.
13357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ok, maybe its just me but... on: February 01, 2009, 08:24:54 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 01, 2009, 07:19:35 PM

According to the Book of Daehawk 'search' is the anti-christ, and will lead the non-believers to a hell populated by Hello Kitties.

This is the first thing that came up when I searched for Hello Kitties on Google:

13358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ok, maybe its just me but... on: February 01, 2009, 05:32:52 PM
I'm assuming you were too tired to use that little "Search" box at the top.

and, for some reason
13359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA:Must have games? on: February 01, 2009, 05:30:16 PM
Uno is the single most played MP XBLA game for me.  I still go back to it.
13360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Wings of War info on: January 31, 2009, 07:49:49 PM

Quote from: Canuck on January 31, 2009, 12:54:07 PM

It's also available on PSN as well but I suspect I would still have trouble finding people to play since most of you will probably get it for the 360  icon_frown

*edit* oops sorry I didn't see that you had already mentioned PSN in the thread-I just saw XBLA in the title.

*edit*  by the way I see it says "Coming Winter 2008".  Doesn't that make it late? Spring isn't far off.  Or is there an imminent release?

Winter has two more months in it, so it's not late.
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