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13361  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.
13362  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.
13363  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.
13364  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?
13365  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.
13366  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.
13367  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Half Life 2] Well I just did that for nothing! 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.
13368  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 22, 2008, 10:39:56 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 22, 2008, 08:59:29 PM

  Maybe the same ones that will bitch when the Zeppelin IV full album is released.  slywink

I just peed my pants.  ohpleaseohpleaseohplease...
13369  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Smash Brothers Brawl Impressions on: March 22, 2008, 04:43:50 AM
The only issues with auto-handicap for me are that a) it takes a while to kick in and 2) you can't set it to stay on permanently.

I'm enjoying SSBB more than the last game, but my wife and her sister, who both absolutely loved the last one, don't seem to get any enjoyment out of this one.  Maybe it's less pick up and play.  There does seem to be a stronger feeling of chaos the first time you play over the last one.  I remember feeling like I had a decent idea what I was doing faster last time.
13370  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Half Life 2] Well I just did that for nothing! on: March 21, 2008, 04:18:10 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 21, 2008, 04:11:31 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on March 21, 2008, 03:56:40 PM

Quote from: KePoW on March 21, 2008, 05:14:44 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on March 21, 2008, 02:06:37 AM

Well, one could argue that even if you got the achievement, you did that for nothing.

that is, until Home comes out and has 'Accomplishments', right?  even though it's the same exact thing as Achievements...

...

You've unlocked Wonderment: JRPG Dots!



+300 wonderpoints!

Damnit!
13371  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bully Patch for 360 out now! on: March 21, 2008, 04:00:43 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on March 21, 2008, 03:47:16 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 21, 2008, 03:32:21 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on March 21, 2008, 03:30:49 PM

meh,the last 10-11 hrs of the game was fine for me(i got the first freeze about 2hrs in,then another freeze 8 hrs in ),..this patch is a little too late as i finished the game and lent it to my sister to play

It's not too late for your sister, though, is it.

Is she metallic,too?


nah,she isnt even connected to LIVE,(she is a little lost when it comes to that,she thinks she has to pay for it,no matter how much i tell her thats just for online play)i told her to just save it a lot

and i have no idea what her 360 profile name is,she did tell me,and it wasnt very good,and i havent remembered it,prolly for the best,LOL

i loved this game,and i got about 92% altogether,because i didnt bother with the arcade machines or collected all the clothing,but i collected all the rubber bands,G+G cards and gnomes,last biology class is a killer

Hell, the first Biology class is tough, compared to the other classes.  It was the only one I had to redo.  I spent way too long figuring out what I was supposed to be doing (and didn't see the explanatory text at the bottom of the screen).  I'd only just cut out the heart when I ran out of time.

Here's a question:  I'm still very early in the game.  I'm basically playing through all the available classes and not doing much else until I finish those.  Does that seem like a good way to play?

Also, once I finish classes, am I basically not going to be truant any more for the rest of the game?
13372  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Universe at War: Earth Assault on: March 21, 2008, 03:47:48 PM

Quote from: JuniorDan on March 21, 2008, 02:06:01 PM

The game looks pretty interesting, I never gave it a second look when it came out for the PC in December. after watching the video demos and seeing the units and all the diversity they put into each individual unit on each fractions sounds pretty good.
Plus you can play PC vs 360 "seamlessly" so they say. The Video on the spot review looked pretty good and the menus for the 360 version look controller friendly enough. Unfortunately the kid playing the game for the interview don't know shit about the game he is representing. http://www.gamespot.com/video/939445/6188065/universe-at-war-earth-assault-on-the-spot-03-13-08-demo
Gamespot been sucking alot lately  icon_confused.
Have anyone every tried the past 360 RTS games with a mouse and keyboard?

I played most of them, though, oddly, I'm not an RTS guy.

C&C 3 really was a ton of fun, though, and easy to manage.  Even more streamlined than the already pretty functional LOTR game (the framerate was a huge problem for that one).  Plus, I was able to play on an easy enough level that it was more of an action game for me.  I always panic in RTS games that I'm going into a battle grossly underprepared.  So, I spend way too long overpreparing in that tank rush way and then obliterate the opposing forces.  It's just not as entertaining that way over the long haul, usually.  But C&C 3 has a campy fun story and moves at a pretty damn good pace.  I understand UaW has a similarly over the top story.

EDIT TO ADD: I just watched the video.  That d-pad snap-to-unit thing is an excellent idea.
13373  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Half Life 2] Well I just did that for nothing! on: March 21, 2008, 03:43:05 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 21, 2008, 03:00:56 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on March 21, 2008, 02:50:29 PM

Quote from: Teggy on March 21, 2008, 02:17:09 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.

You know what, here you go:

Print this out.


And I give you 500 wonderpoints as well.  You can write +500 on a sticky note if you like.

Yay!

Well it was fun, but I still want my nerd points.

But it only counts if other people can see your icon and wonderpoints.  Is there a link to WonderLive! where we can check his account?

I forgot to mention that you're supposed to safety-pin the icon printout and the +500 post-it note to your chest when you're out in public.  Sure, you don't get exposure to as many strangers who don't care about your points as you do on Live, but with my system you're entitled to look down at people with disdain if they have fewer wonderpoints pinned to their chest.

It's kind of like Boy Scout merit badges, but with less accomplishment and more geekiness and spite. 

I love Wonderpoints!  What else can I unlock?
13374  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Banjo-Kazooie teaser site live on: March 21, 2008, 03:37:30 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 21, 2008, 01:51:44 PM

1) I won't download a plugin for a site demo (what IS Silverlight anyway?)
2) Rare...how to say it...hasn't been exactly Rare as of late. I don't have high hopes for them working on a BK game nowadays.

It's not even a site demo.  It's not much of anything, really.  Just a spinning iconic puzzle piece.  I'm sure more will come later.
13375  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 21, 2008, 03:33:44 PM

Quote from: Chaz on March 21, 2008, 03:13:50 AM

Their song is Outside.  It's a pretty fun song.  Their guitarist is our Audio Lead, and the bassist is our head producer guy.

That's awesome.  Tell them they were great.

I saw them live one time.  I still get chills when I hear "Goldfinger."
13376  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bully Patch for 360 out now! on: March 21, 2008, 03:32:21 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on March 21, 2008, 03:30:49 PM

meh,the last 10-11 hrs of the game was fine for me(i got the first freeze about 2hrs in,then another freeze 8 hrs in ),..this patch is a little too late as i finished the game and lent it to my sister to play

It's not too late for your sister, though, is it.

Is she metallic,too?
13377  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: While My Guitar Gently Weeps? on: March 21, 2008, 03:01:16 AM
I love my GH guitar. 

My only regret on not picking up the whole RB set is that the top buttons might have been easier for my four year old daughter to play.
13378  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Half Life 2] Well I just did that for nothing! on: March 21, 2008, 03:00:05 AM
I don't want to sound like one of those obnoxious teenagers, but that achievement was EZ, loozers!

Actually, I was expecting it to be a royal pain, but as long as you keep moving, it's not too tough. 

BTW, I can't remember, but I think you might get the achievement before the fast zombies show up.
13379  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 21, 2008, 02:55:15 AM
I was shocked to find I'd finished the guitar tour today.  My wife and daughter were a little miffed that I sat through the credits, but I'm glad I did.  Partly because a lot of people worked hard on the game, the least I can do is barely acknowledge their name (unless it's one I can make fun of).  But mostly because I was psyched to hear Tribe in the end credits.  Guessing there are some Boston folks on the design team (should have figured with the town being a constant setting, but still...)  Is Tribe playable?  I never bothered to check.
13380  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bully Patch for 360 out now! on: March 20, 2008, 07:35:19 PM
For those of you who, like me, were waiting to continue playing the 360 version of Bully until the patch went live on Live don't have to wait any more.  The patch is up.
13381  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 20, 2008, 07:27:25 PM
Hey, Chaz, hopefully one of the secrets you're still holding out on involves stealing the Beatles away from the Guitar Hero folks (and the stunning line up of Zep tunes coming).  Seriously, any amount of money is worth it.
13382  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sega Superstars Tennis on: March 20, 2008, 05:48:08 PM

Quote from: Simon on March 20, 2008, 05:15:15 PM

I spent about an hour with it yesterday, it's a cute game and fun to see all the characters in there. It's perfect for playing with our five-year old too. The gameplay is very simplistic and at first I wasn't that impressed, but at the end of a short tournament I found myself actually getting into the match and trying to win. There does seem to be a lot of minigames and stuff to unlock, and I bet co-op/multiplayer will be fun. The graphics are very nice, the music is borderline annoying so far. I picked it up for about $30 with a couple of trade-ins, at that price I think it's definitely worth picking up if you like these kind of games.

Which system did you get it for?

I usually like Wii games for my daughter, but the controls seem to be a little weak, so I'm thinking the 360 one seems like the better option here.
13383  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 20, 2008, 03:05:00 PM

Quote from: Chaz on March 20, 2008, 02:54:33 PM

Hooray!  No more secrets (about the store) for me!

Just two dozen other secrets to go!

When does this thing come out, by the way?  Or is it out already?
13384  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero DS on: March 20, 2008, 02:56:40 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on March 20, 2008, 02:02:40 PM

Quote from: Canuck on March 20, 2008, 09:36:43 AM

Hmm looks interesting-I suppose it can't make you look any more ridiculous than having a plastic guitar strapped around you smile

Most people don't pull out the Guitar when they're on the bus either.


Didn't you see the movie Once?  Happens all the time in Ireland.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eM-HYfZk_I
13385  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 20, 2008, 02:52:31 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 20, 2008, 02:46:40 PM

Awesome.





More pics and info via the link.



Brilliant.  They've needed this feature since day 1.  The chance to preview a song (especially a cover) before buying it is a necessity. 
13386  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero DS on: March 20, 2008, 06:10:58 AM
I'm a little worried about watching the screen and strumming/clicking at the same time.  It'll be hard to rock out and watch the notes at the same time.  If they figured that out, though, this could be pretty damn cool.

Oh, and it better be way more than 20+ songs.
13387  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: March 19, 2008, 09:17:12 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 19, 2008, 06:33:27 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on March 19, 2008, 06:18:09 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 19, 2008, 06:03:05 PM

  Especially with all the handheld distractions lately.


er........ eek icon_confused icon_twisted

God of War:  COO, FF:  Crystal Chronicles, Prof. Layton, etc.

Buncha freaking pervs around here, I tell ya...

slywink

You like to have your perv freaked, admit it!
13388  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: While My Guitar Gently Weeps? on: March 19, 2008, 09:15:25 PM

Quote from: jersoc on March 19, 2008, 06:58:13 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 19, 2008, 05:33:22 PM

Beatles Rock Band content= Yes.

Beatles Guitar Hero= No.

I think the only version of Guitar Hero I'd be interested in would be Led Zepplin. 

pretty much, sans the LZ part at the end. I'm done with Guitar hero, unless HMX gets it back of course. I like how Neversoft they are going to make gh4 harder. What the fuck can you possibly do to make it harder? They already put in phantom notes and did retarded charting.

Harder?!?  WTF!!  That's the main reason I'm in the RB camp over GH. 

For the record, Zep is the only other band I can think of off the top of my head that I would be in on no matter which side it went to.  Again, I'd prefer Zep in RB to a ridiculous degree.

13389  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: While My Guitar Gently Weeps? on: March 19, 2008, 06:32:33 PM
I'd be much more excited to have this on Rock Band, but I'll play it either way.
13390  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GBA or GBA SP for 5 year old? on: March 18, 2008, 07:49:37 PM
My daughter is about to turn five.  She enjoys watching me play the DS and has shown interest in it or using the old SP we have in the house.  The biggest problem isn't the care she would give it, it's in the fact that nearly all GBA games (and most DS games, for that matter) are text heavy.  My daughter is an incredible reader.  She's farther along than most six year olds we know.  But she's slow.  That much reading is going to frustrate her to no end.

She'll get a DS (or whatever Nintendo puts out by then) in a couple of years.  She'll probably start using mine or the SP sooner than that.  We're leaning pretty strongly toward getting her the Leapster L-Max for her fifth birthday.  The reviews for the system are very good.  Anyone here have any personal experience with it?
13391  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sega Superstars Tennis on: March 18, 2008, 04:35:19 PM
Eurogamer (a trusted site for me, so far) gives it 7/10, saying:
Quote
So, SEGA fans, run don't walk to the shops, but be prepared to give Superstars a few hours before the gameplay starts hugging you as hard as the graphics and sound. Everyone else, dust off Virtua Tennis 3 for a more complete alternative.

http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=94878
13392  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA - new games and new Hits on: March 18, 2008, 04:28:04 PM
Assault Heroes is an excellent game, IMO.  Worth the full price.  Looking forward to AH2.
13393  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA - new games and new Hits on: March 18, 2008, 03:07:45 AM
I haven't received a royalty check yet.  I'm not holding out hope, either.  I have a hunch this game will not be good.

On the plus side, maybe it'll lead to some personalized icons and wallpaper!
13394  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's not EBA 2, but it's something on: March 17, 2008, 04:16:20 PM

Quote from: Misguided on March 15, 2008, 08:50:25 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 15, 2008, 03:20:47 PM

I think this is actually a smart move by WB.  Take an existing property that has the potential for huge success, but that very few people have played, and ram some characters into it.

Yeah, but it doesn't look like Inis is involved or that they were compensated at all, from
what I can tell, which bothers me. If I knew they were helping with it and, therefore,
that the gameplay would be great, I'd be really interested in it.

I will say I kind of assumed they were involved, at least financially.  The screen shots are so clearly similar, I imagine it'll be a problem for WB down the road if they didn't give the creators something.
13395  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/17) on: March 17, 2008, 02:55:43 PM
Vegas 2.

I would get Hot Shots Golf if I had a PS3.  Still working on the wife for that.

I thought Ninja Gaiden for the DS was next week.  If someone has it this week, I'll get it.


EDIT TO ADD: Also, for the VC this week, we have Super R-Type and Spelunker.
13396  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SSBB - Controller... on: March 16, 2008, 08:03:30 PM
My wife needed the Wavebird, because she was so used to the GC controller for the last game.  She hasn't played a lot of Wii games that use the nunchuck, so she has an extra hurdle.

For myself, I actually prefer the 'chuck set-up.  Maybe it's just what I'm used to doing in a Wii game, but I'm comfortable with it.
13397  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sega Superstars Tennis on: March 16, 2008, 06:33:00 PM
Nintendo Power gave the Wii version 80%.  The other reviews so far are at 70% for both Wii and 360 (EGM and a couple of UK mags).  I'd say it's still too early to tell, though.
13398  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's not EBA 2, but it's something on: March 15, 2008, 03:20:47 PM
I think this is actually a smart move by WB.  Take an existing property that has the potential for huge success, but that very few people have played, and ram some characters into it.
13399  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Condemned 2 impressions on: March 14, 2008, 05:55:30 AM
Just found out that at the end of Chapter 4, you get a holster (for a handgun up to any gun you find, depending on how well you do in Chapter 4).  It will allow you to carry a gun and another weapon.
13400  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Condemned 2 impressions on: March 13, 2008, 09:02:07 PM

Quote from: JCC on March 13, 2008, 08:38:32 PM

I'm disappointed to hear that the sequel has a preponderance of dark areas again and the one weapon mechanic. I am thinking bargain bin for this one. I will want to know if this one has a better/more satisfying conclusion too.

Without those things it wouldn't really be Condemned.
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