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13401  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XNA Creators Club Launched with 7 "FREE" games on: February 20, 2008, 09:15:58 PM
You have to go through two steps.  Download the XNA CC Launcher, then go to the XNA CC section of My Games (under the Games blade) and download games.  There are seven there for now.  I'm downloading them, but I haven't tried any yet.

Of course, this is mentioned here: http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php/topic,25036.0.html But I thought we might want to talk about the games themselves.
13402  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest Swords Impressions? on: February 20, 2008, 07:06:07 PM
Anyone try Dragon Quest Swords for the Wii?  The reviews aren't great, but I'm getting the impression that most reviewers were looking for something more DQ RPG than this on-rails action spin-off.  I'm wondering what someone who is expecting a kind of light-gun with swords game will think of it.

Any impressions here?
13403  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/18) on: February 18, 2008, 05:01:47 PM
N+ is coming to XBLA this week.  I'm definitely interested in that.

http://www.joystiq.com/2008/02/18/n-coming-to-xbox-live-arcade-wednesday/
13404  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/18) on: February 18, 2008, 04:42:34 PM
I am in on The Club. 

I could go with FIFA Street 3. 

I'm on the fence with DQS.  Some reviews liked it okay.

Someday I'll do Apollo Justice, but I need to finish the second PW and start the third first.
13405  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where's the No More Heroes impressions? There they are! on: February 18, 2008, 01:49:52 AM

Quote from: CrayolaSmoker on February 17, 2008, 08:28:38 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 17, 2008, 04:44:03 PM

A question on the weapons.  I just bought the third one and I'm already at rank 5.  Am I on track?  I feel like there should have been more available, but the designer lady didn't have any new ones for me until now.

You're on track. IIRC, the first one is available early. The next two are available after mostly obvious story events.

I think I took 15 hours to finish the game, but an hour of that was just getting enough money to buy one of the last sword upgrades. I reckon you could burn through the game in 10 hours if you skip getting Lovikov balls and just go straight from one boss fight to the next.

I find I'm lousy with money.  Is that going to start disappearing in these last 5 ranks?
13406  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where's the No More Heroes impressions? There they are! on: February 17, 2008, 04:44:03 PM
A question on the weapons.  I just bought the third one and I'm already at rank 5.  Am I on track?  I feel like there should have been more available, but the designer lady didn't have any new ones for me until now.
13407  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: February 17, 2008, 04:41:09 PM

Quote from: Xmann on February 17, 2008, 04:02:57 PM

got a couple hours in so far and i'm really impressed.   the dream sequences are just fabulous.   the writing in those dreams are incredible.   i got 4 of them in the starting city before i headed out on the 1st mission, hope i got them all.

only question i have since i don't have a manual since i got it from Gamefly........how do you interrupt an enemies spell casting?   i read the tutorial and don't really get it.   how and when do i do that?

i can really see strategy coming into play with battles too.   even the first battles the enemies do enough damage to have to use healing items and spells.   gotta level that white magic up pretty regularly.

gonna get a few more hours in tonight.   really like what i have seen thus far.  might even consider grabbing the strat guide, which i rarely do.

What I got from the tutorial is that you can attack while an enemy is casting and that will push their cast back further in the turn line.
13408  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vigilante 8 remake coming to XBLA on: February 15, 2008, 11:05:37 PM
Oh, I didn't mean to imply that I won't be interested in Vigilante 8.  It just makes me long for a proper I-76 remake.  If I had I-76, I wouldn't slap my head and say, "Oh, I could have had a V-8."
13409  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vigilante 8 remake coming to XBLA on: February 15, 2008, 05:07:22 PM
If they ever do remake I76, they better not touch the soundtrack.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JCGZFQZkdc&feature=related
13410  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: *Spits out drink* Bioware working on new KotOR!!!! on: February 15, 2008, 03:41:38 PM
Now that this is settling down, I wanted to point out that I enjoy the title of this post every time I see it.
13411  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: February 15, 2008, 03:40:28 PM

Quote from: Chaz on February 15, 2008, 04:55:26 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on February 14, 2008, 07:11:37 PM

Quote from: Chaz on February 14, 2008, 06:21:03 PM

Actually, I've found the vocals to be slightly more sensitive to calibration than the drums, it's just that the vocal calibration issues only stand out on songs with a lot of short words like Here It Goes Again.

When you calibrate, I'd also use a controller's face button to do the "strum with the beat" phase.  It always winds up more accurate than strumming or even hitting a drum.  Then, once you've done that, note what the offset is, and write it down.  Later, you can adjust it up or down to fine-tune.

Sorry if this is a dumb question Chaz, but do you mean the ABXY buttons on the middle of the drum kit and not the skins?

You can use either the buttons in the middle of the drum kit, or on an actual controller.

The buttons on my drum kit are nowhere near as responsive as the controller.  The d-pad is a travesty.
13412  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vigilante 8 remake coming to XBLA on: February 15, 2008, 03:39:09 PM

Quote from: kronovan on February 15, 2008, 05:43:29 AM

Finally a XBLA game that I can really look forward to. Damn, I've been looking for something like this ever since the Interstate 76 servers dried up!
I just hope that if the "taking full advantage of next-generation technologies" doesn't include a graphical update that they at least base it on the N64 version which looked considerably better than the PS release.

I wish they would just remake Interstate '76.  That was an amazing, fantastic game.
13413  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: February 15, 2008, 03:38:09 PM
I'm glad I took a chance on this one.  I thought Blue Dragon was okay, but I never went back to it, and I realize now I was bored.  Eternal Sonata is beautiful, but I'm not as intrigued as I thought I'd be.  Lost Odyssey has me very interested in the characters, the setting, and the story.  They're doing a good job, so far, of revealing the story as you play.  Well paced. 

Honestly, when I read about the dreams a few months ago, I thought that would be the death of this game for me.  Reading "short stories" in the middle of play?  No thank you.  But many of them are quite well written.  And they do such a great job of keeping them kinetic with backgrounds and sound effects and, most importantly, word movement.  It's elegant and interesting.

I have had no problems whatsoever with loading.  I wish that non-issue wasn't even out there to talk about.  Of course, I'm still on the first disc, so who knows if it suddenly tanks.  No problems with frame rate, either, so far.  I know that was an issue for some, too.


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?
13414  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: February 14, 2008, 07:42:50 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on February 14, 2008, 07:11:37 PM

Quote from: Chaz on February 14, 2008, 06:21:03 PM

Actually, I've found the vocals to be slightly more sensitive to calibration than the drums, it's just that the vocal calibration issues only stand out on songs with a lot of short words like Here It Goes Again.

When you calibrate, I'd also use a controller's face button to do the "strum with the beat" phase.  It always winds up more accurate than strumming or even hitting a drum.  Then, once you've done that, note what the offset is, and write it down.  Later, you can adjust it up or down to fine-tune.

Sorry if this is a dumb question Chaz, but do you mean the ABXY buttons on the middle of the drum kit and not the skins?

I think he means on a physical controller.  The standard 360 controller, in other words.  I hadn't thought of that.  Good idea.
13415  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Professor Layton and the Curious Village Impressions on: February 14, 2008, 05:58:36 PM
I'd love to try to download puzzles, but the DS WiFi doesn't work with my setup. 

Is there a way to download from the Wii?
13416  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: February 14, 2008, 04:46:32 AM
Nice.  And I look forward to playing Nervermind all the way through.

Didn't I read something awhile ago about releasing a bunch of full albums?
13417  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Advance Wars Fans - Commanders Attack of the Genos on: February 14, 2008, 12:51:25 AM
I played the demo for a little bit.  I really like the music and the mock jazz era style of it.  The controls are pretty straightforward and streamlined.  I thought the look would be too simplistic from the screenshots, but it fits the style they're going for.

I'm hoping it's a simple version of Advanced Wars (which itself is simple, I know, but I'm looking for super lite here).  Clearly that's what they're going for.

Anyone buy it and play through it more?
13418  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: devil may cry 4 impressions on: February 13, 2008, 08:32:45 PM
I thought automatic had to do with character selection, too.  Good thing I've been leaving it on, though.
13419  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pandemic working on a new LoTR game on: February 13, 2008, 06:11:41 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 13, 2008, 02:34:33 PM

Quote from: EddieA on February 13, 2008, 07:49:06 AM

According to Worthplaying, EA has revealed that Pandemic Studios is finishing up Mercenaries 2 and starting work on a new game in the Lord of The Rings series.  There's no word on what kind of game it is, but I'm really hoping for an action-RPG.

That'd be a pretty safe bet.  I can imagine something with a wide open world.  Maybe not a sandbox, but I can imagine it using the same engine as Mercs 2.

Or it could be Full Spetrum Warrior: Ten Dwarven Hammers.
13420  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: *Spits out drink* Bioware working on new KotOR!!!! on: February 13, 2008, 06:05:55 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 13, 2008, 04:36:58 PM

and the new Godfather game is listed there too.  It's about the only reason I'm holding onto my Wii anymore.

yeah, that sounded dirty. 




and slightly gay.


Why gay?  It's your Wii.  If holding onto your own Wii makes you gay, then flame on, girlfriend!

Oh, and as for the topic, notice that it just says KOTOR.  Not KOTOR 3 or anything.  I think we're going to see a rehash of the original for next gen.  Otherwise, that's a lot on the plate for Bioware, who usually take forever to do one game.
13421  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Wii sucks! on: February 13, 2008, 06:03:26 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on February 13, 2008, 01:48:08 PM

I think what that chart shows more than anything is that less games = better games.

You're almost right.  If you'd said fewer games = better games, you'd be on the money.

I basically agree with Destructor.  The more popular the system, the more shovelware that comes out for it.  However, as others have pointed out, Wii games don't score well on sites that are geared for the hardcore gamer.  It's a no-win, review-wise.
13422  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: February 13, 2008, 02:33:00 AM
I picked up the drum kit tonight from Circuit City (drove through a snow storm and everything to get it).  I've only played a couple of songs, but let me just say: I was not cut out for drums.  I've always suspected this, but the drum kit has proved it.  On easy, trying to get my hands and foot to do different things at the same time, forget it (still it was fun).  Maybe I shouldn't chew gum, too...
13423  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Frontlines: Fuel of War Demo [XBLM] on: February 12, 2008, 05:09:09 PM
Glad to hear the problems may have been specific to my session.

For example, I did try to stop pushing X and the game wouldn't let me.
13424  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: February 12, 2008, 05:07:23 PM

Quote from: Xmann on February 12, 2008, 12:34:06 PM

i might be in the minority, but the design decisions don't really bother me at all.   if i come across an event with not really the best car it's suited for, i give it a shot anyhow.   most of the time i have a legitimate shot at winning it regardless.   i also love Showtime.   i can spend a couple hours of just finding alot of traffic and creating a huge mess.   my little boy gets a kick out of watching it and when i get bored of finding different events, i'll do showtime for a while.

i also really like driving around and looking for the super jumps, billboards, and restricted areas.   think i have 345/400 on those and about half of the billboards too.   i still haven't lost interest in that yet either.

i still get alot of fun out of this game and i've only played mp once or twice.   definitely worth the $$ for me.   couldn't recommend it enough really.

Finding the hidden stuff is the part of the game I truly like.  That's in the "Hey, this game is great" section.  However, when you do find all of them, that part is gone.  And it still doesn't take away the annoyance of losing a race for a dumb reason and not being able to retry.
13425  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/11) on: February 12, 2008, 05:04:34 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 12, 2008, 03:56:04 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 12, 2008, 04:10:02 AM

On second thought, I guess I won't be getting Discs of Tron.  3.0!
http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/851/851332p1.html

I won't argue with that.  Shooting spiders without the spinner just sucks.

No, that's the regular Tron.  Discs of Tron was two guys on round platforms at opposite ends of an arena hurling frisbees at each other. 
13426  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/11) on: February 12, 2008, 04:10:02 AM
On second thought, I guess I won't be getting Discs of Tron.  3.0!
http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/851/851332p1.html
13427  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Frontlines: Fuel of War Demo [XBLM] on: February 12, 2008, 04:07:59 AM
I played a full game of the MP demo tonight.  What a mess!  Especially compared to the smoothness of the SP demo.  Of course, it could all be attributed to Live problems or general lag, but there was clipping galore, it took forever to actually get into a vehicle (to the point where I would click X again, but that would boot me out of the vehicle several seconds after getting in).  Some kills, I'd be right behind the guy firing into the base of his skull and he'd just stand there, but then I'd be holding X to convert a communications station and get killed immediately (you can't really run away once you've started the communications conversion, either).  There was even a time when my tank got destroyed in one kill.  I can't confirm it, but I don't think the guy who blew me up had a rocket launcher, either.

Fortunately, I'm more interested in the SP game, but I can only hope these massive problems were specific to my game only or that they pull some major overhaul before the title releases next month.
13428  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: February 11, 2008, 04:18:12 PM
It really is unbelievable how frustrating the no retry thing is.  I love this game for good, long chunks and then I join a race, lose and am completely screwed, and I hate it again.
13429  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Professor Layton and the Curious Village Impressions on: February 11, 2008, 04:15:45 PM

Quote from: Misguided on February 10, 2008, 03:27:55 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 10, 2008, 01:51:00 AM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on February 10, 2008, 01:49:00 AM

I've never heard of it.  What is it?


Gamestop?  It's a shop where they sell video games, but that's not important right now.

ROFLMAO. There's an ad in the Belk department store right near me in the mall for a stylist
they have coming into the store soon. His name is Gabriel lewis:



Every time I walk past his picture all I can hear is:
"It's a twister! It's a twister!"

Followed by:
"Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue."

Johnny's everywhere these days.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=pW_bfWCu2ok
13430  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Poker Smash on: February 11, 2008, 04:12:52 PM
I agree that this is an excellent game.  It can get pretty challenging, though.  Partly because you have to retrain your brain in how to play.  For me, it helps not to go looking for straights or full houses too much and just try to match 3, 4 or 5 of a kind and let the bigger scoring sets just fall into place.  I hope that'll change with more play, but especially when the board starts filling up, it can get overwhelming.

The only complaint I have, really, is that the special challenges aren't up on screen for very long at all.  Usually they seem to disappear in 3 - 5 seconds.  Even with the slow time feature, it's usually near impossible to set up the proper sequence unless you catch an extremely lucky break.
13431  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Facebreaker - (EA) Boxing Game on: February 11, 2008, 04:08:19 PM
I think I'd like a game like this more than the Fight Night games.
13432  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/11) on: February 11, 2008, 04:05:53 PM
I'm in on the Lost Odyssey to buy or not to buy debate, too.  I've been back and forth so many times...

I'm almost for sure getting Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: Elements, though.  However, it pisses me off that there are levels and characters to unlock for MS points already on XBLM.

I may be getting Discs of Tron for XBLA this week.  For some reason, I loved that game in the arcades as a kid.

I'm done with Virtual Console games, but Lords of Thunder and Harvest Moon are out today.

Professor Layton and the Curious Village is the game I'm most looking forward to this week.

But the ITEM I'm most excited about is the Rock Band Drum Kit!!!!
13433  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else excited for Boom Blox? on: February 09, 2008, 05:46:53 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 09, 2008, 05:10:03 PM

it looks like I might like the blox, the blox that go boom!

Would you like them with a fox?
13434  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Professor Layton and the Curious Village Impressions on: February 09, 2008, 04:30:46 PM
I'm really looking forward to this.  I'd seen the curious...sorry curious street date myself and this thread made me think someone had already stumbled on it.  I was preparing to head to the store.
13435  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else excited for Boom Blox? on: February 09, 2008, 04:29:02 PM
I read the press release a couple of days ago and wasn't much interested.  Then I was perusing GameTrailers and thought I'd give the video a go, and I had the same reaction as you:  drool  It looks really great. 
13436  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: February 07, 2008, 05:54:01 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on February 07, 2008, 05:20:40 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 07, 2008, 05:04:01 PM

I was also pleased to hear that, despite spanning four DVDs, the game is not overly long (something like 40 - 50 hours, supposedly).

40- 50 hours is not overly long?  eek


Not for a JRPG, I don't think.  It's long, but not overly so, especially given the 4 discs it comes on.
13437  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: February 07, 2008, 05:04:01 PM
Yeah, the Gametrailers review pushed me into the buy category.  I was also pleased to hear that, despite spanning four DVDs, the game is not overly long (something like 40 - 50 hours, supposedly).
13438  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox Originals - New additions to the lineup on: February 06, 2008, 07:12:45 PM
Even though all of these games are already on the BC list, I'm hoping this signals new additions to said list.  We're almost due.  It's been three months
13439  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Create your own ROCK BAND SHOES on: February 05, 2008, 05:54:23 PM
Can you paint a red heartbeat on them if you're in the band Emogency?
13440  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Club - Demo Tomorrow on XBL **BAH Europe and Aus only** on: February 05, 2008, 05:15:26 PM
Eurogamer really liked the full game, saying:
Quote
Overall, The Club is brilliantly immediate, logical and rewarding in ways that the PGR games always were and are, and it does for the third-person shooter what no one else has even bothered trying to do: moving it closer to the 2D shoot-'em-ups of old in a manner that appeals anew. In terms of Bizarre's canon, it is what PGR was for cars: familiar concepts designed to be enjoyed over and over rather than gasped at and discarded.
8/10

Here's the full link: http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=92024&page=1

They seemed to like the things that seemed to be appealing to me in the demo.
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