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13401  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: King´s Bounty: The Legend => Demo available!! on: December 28, 2008, 10:28:53 PM

Quote from: EddieA on December 28, 2008, 11:08:36 AM

Quote from: Lord Percy on December 28, 2008, 09:53:18 AM

I picked this up a couple of days ago, and I don't really get it. It plays like a watered down copy of HOMM. All the armies are exactly the same, with the exception that each side has less units. Farmers, swordsmen, archers, gryphons and bolt slinging priests? I wonder where they got that idea. Pixies with a "no relatiation" skill? Sounds suspiciously like a HOMM unit. Pick between two perks when you level up? It's pretty blatant where they got all their inspiration. Even the objects you encounter in the game world are similar.

The game is based on the old King's Bounty game, which was also the basis for the HOMM series, so it's not surprising they're similar.

I also think the story aspects of King's Bounty are better than anything in the HOMM.  I also loved that series.  I took it as a given that it would be very similar, given that it had the same name as the game that inspired HOMM.
13402  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions (& mgs level pack info!)... on: December 28, 2008, 10:20:25 PM

Quote from: Elenkis on December 28, 2008, 09:21:33 PM

Quote from: Chaz on December 28, 2008, 05:30:07 PM

Does it seem weird to anyone else that all of the extra content packs have been 1 MB each? Every costume, every costume pack, even the MGS level pack is 1 MB.  I strongly suspect that the content already lives on the disc, and we're just paying for the key to unlock it.  Which is kind of annoying, and given all the backlash about EA doing that, I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned before.

They patch the game every week with an update that contains the DLC for that week, then you download a 1mb key file that unlocks that content. This is so you can still see the content even if you don't purchase it, for example if another player is wearing a premium costume.

That makes sense to me.  The other possibility is that the costume packs and items are various sizes under 1MB, but 1MB is the smallest size that Sony lists.
13403  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lord of the Rings: Conquest on: December 28, 2008, 05:02:51 PM
I'm with the consensus here.  Very meh after the demo.

I did get to kill Gandalf within seconds of entering my first game, so I had high hopes (knocked him off a bridge), but it's pretty underwhelming.
13404  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions (& mgs level pack info!)... on: December 28, 2008, 05:00:26 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on December 28, 2008, 02:09:45 AM

Quote from: msduncan on December 27, 2008, 10:34:29 PM

This game is worth more than $60 in my opinion.   It's sheer brilliance.

Btw -- there is an ocean level and one based on Dead Space that are awesome.

Btw2 --  my gamertag for the PS3 is msduncan.     Please add me and we'll hook up in LBP and also be able to see each others' hearted levels.

i'm beginning to think it's no longer a question of whether or not lbp has legs, but just how big those legs will be smile ...

Still seems like the game will be around for awhile, but with a very small group.  But that always seemed to be the case.  The game had "cult hit" all over it.  It's never going to be the glorious system seller they were hoping for, though.

On the other hand, there's a lot that can be tweaked for LBP2 that could make it perfect for the masses.
13405  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions (& mgs level pack info!)... on: December 28, 2008, 01:07:17 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on December 27, 2008, 11:05:29 PM

You guys need to give Anti-Color by ZX497 a whirl (found over northern Africa).

It is pretty damn outstanding.  Unlike anything I've seen so far (pics from NeoGAF's gofreak)







For a second I thought those were "artist's renderings" like you'd see on the news for court cases.  Holy shit, if those are in game graphics, though.  I'll try that tonight.

Quote from: Turtle on December 27, 2008, 05:45:41 PM

I played your level.  The genericness consumed my soul.

I think I saw your comment in there.  Thanks, Turtle.  I think.   icon_smile
13406  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions (& mgs level pack info!)... on: December 27, 2008, 05:37:15 PM

Quote from: The Grue on December 27, 2008, 05:17:06 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 27, 2008, 05:16:16 PM

Quote from: Chaz on December 27, 2008, 03:25:08 PM

Amazon has had it for $40 several times in the past few weeks.  Also, the co-op parts are entirely optional.

Optional if you don't mind not collecting everything.  And there are some that require 4 players!  That bummed me out.


You could always play online with people to get those extras.

You know, I keep forgetting that.  Shows that I really think of LBP (and platformers in general) as single player affairs.
13407  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Puzzle Arcade XBLA on: December 27, 2008, 05:33:59 PM
For Christmas MS gave us Puzzle Arcade, where you put together virtual jigsaw puzzles.  I wasn't even going to try the demo, as I figured it would be lame.  I tried it anyway, though, and I have to say, if you're going to do a virtual jigsaw game, this would be the way to do it.  The graphics are very nice.  The music/sounds are appropriate, but what really astounded me were the number of play modes and options.  You've got standard, multiplayer, dynamic puzzles (where the pictures change as you put the puzzle together), fractal puzzles (described as large, multilevel puzzles), XBL Vision puzzles (ie create your own), challenge puzzles (which seem to throw twists in like pieces that rotate as you build or a bomb that will blow up your puzzle if you don't add a piece every 15 seconds or the classic missing piece) and weekly puzzles.  On top of that, the modes give you set-up choices.  You choose how you want your pieces set up (scattered on the table or in racks at the side - the first requires you to click the piece in place, the second-called Turbo mode-drops it in automatically).  You also set your experience level, how many pieces you want (16 - 1330), and what shape you want your pieces to be in (4 different styles, including just a square).  Frankly, the whole thing is a little staggering.  It's clear that a lot of care went into putting this game together, and it all goes back to what I said earlier: "...if you're going to do a virtual jigsaw game, this would be the way to do it."  The question is, do you really want a virtual jigsaw game?  And is it worth 800 points for you?  I'm a little on the fence, as far as that last part goes, but I'm definitely interested.
13408  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions (& mgs level pack info!)... on: December 27, 2008, 05:16:16 PM

Quote from: Chaz on December 27, 2008, 03:25:08 PM

Amazon has had it for $40 several times in the past few weeks.  Also, the co-op parts are entirely optional.

Optional if you don't mind not collecting everything.  And there are some that require 4 players!  That bummed me out.

On an unrelated note, has anyone tried my level?
13409  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: World of Goo - Wii GOTY, IGN... on: December 26, 2008, 03:52:09 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on December 26, 2008, 12:44:09 AM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on December 25, 2008, 06:15:37 PM

I'd agree that while I liked WoG a lot, I don't think it had enough meat on it for a Game of the Year.

Happy to see that they got the award, though. Very stylish game.
Why does a game have to have enough "meat" to be Game of the Year. Some of the greatest games I've played, whether video game, card game or board game have sometimes taken minutes to play/complete. I'm not saying you are wrong, but I would like to know why you feel you need more stuff/length/meat etc.

Agree wholeheartedly.  Especially after Portal last year.  That was my GOTY last year, and it took 4 - 6 hours.
13410  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - A Sinking Ship? on: December 25, 2008, 03:44:33 AM

Quote from: jblank on December 25, 2008, 01:22:03 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 23, 2008, 07:05:03 PM

Quote from: jblank on December 23, 2008, 06:44:40 PM

Quote from: JCC on December 23, 2008, 06:25:32 PM

Quote from: msteelers on December 23, 2008, 06:05:04 PM

That's fine, but unless there is a new stat that I haven't seen, most Americans don't even own an HDTV. Why spend the money to buy a new player and movies when there is no visual difference between the two?

I believe a recent article I skimmed said that now 1 in 4 homes owns an HDTV. So yes, the majority of Americans do not own HDTVs.

Sounds about right. I never once said that anyone without an HDTV should go 100% Blu-Ray. If someone with 0 HDTV's in their house asked if they should buy a Blu-Ray player, my answer would be a resounding "no".

Are you saying that everyone with an HDTV should buy a Blu-Ray player?

How you got that from the post you quoted is beyond me. I'm speechless.

You're clearly not speechless, and it's the culmination of the posts that led me to that.
13411  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero World Tour - First Review Out - 7.9 on: December 25, 2008, 12:38:38 AM

Quote from: Tals on December 25, 2008, 12:21:14 AM

We got world tour for Christmas for the wii.

The sole reason I didn't even consider rockband for the qui was the lwck of wireless support. I don't care how they do it but wires were not an option
Tals

Hww doe you lkke wreting from yyr cel phwne?>   slywink
13412  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - A Sinking Ship? on: December 23, 2008, 07:05:03 PM

Quote from: jblank on December 23, 2008, 06:44:40 PM

Quote from: JCC on December 23, 2008, 06:25:32 PM

Quote from: msteelers on December 23, 2008, 06:05:04 PM

That's fine, but unless there is a new stat that I haven't seen, most Americans don't even own an HDTV. Why spend the money to buy a new player and movies when there is no visual difference between the two?

I believe a recent article I skimmed said that now 1 in 4 homes owns an HDTV. So yes, the majority of Americans do not own HDTVs.

Sounds about right. I never once said that anyone without an HDTV should go 100% Blu-Ray. If someone with 0 HDTV's in their house asked if they should buy a Blu-Ray player, my answer would be a resounding "no".

Are you saying that everyone with an HDTV should buy a Blu-Ray player?
13413  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - A Sinking Ship? on: December 23, 2008, 04:36:13 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 23, 2008, 04:06:05 PM

Quote from: jblank on December 23, 2008, 03:54:56 PM

175 or so BRD's later, I am glad I made the jump,


slightly OT, but isn't it nice how much less space the BRD packaging takes up?  I wish regular DVD's had switched over to the smaller packaginging- comparing how much space my blu rays take up to my DVD's on the shelf under them I figure you can fit 1.5 BRD cases into the space that 1 DVD case takes up.  sure, it seems like a small number but it adds up and saves space quickly.

The size of the cases are great, the material is not.  In a stack, they slide all over the place.  I've heard they're fixing that, though.
13414  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Community Games XBLM on: December 23, 2008, 06:49:02 AM
I'm still easing my toe into the community games, but I did buy my first one.

Carneyvale Showtime is very well polished and a lot of addictive fun.  You send a ragdoll clown around a balloon-filled field, grabbing him with hooks that spin, then using the momentum to propel him further upfield.  You get stars for getting all the balloons, doing it in a certain time, not dying, finding the secret star and popping all the balloons, which adds to the replay value.  That said, it looks to be incredibly short - 9 levels, I think.  Still, it's only 400 points.
13415  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - A Sinking Ship? on: December 23, 2008, 04:22:29 AM
I will say this 3D functionality they've been talking up lately could help.  It could also be a gimmick.
13416  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - A Sinking Ship? on: December 23, 2008, 04:14:36 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 23, 2008, 03:04:29 AM

Quote from: jblank on December 23, 2008, 02:29:21 AM

I get the feeling many of you actually WANT it to fail. Why that is, I don't know. I have always been of the opinion that more HD is better, but maybe thats because home theater is my #2 hobby behind gaming.

This.

The Sony/BD hate is just as obvious in this thread as the Nintendo hate is in the monthly NPD threads and the Microsoft hate is in the RROD threads.

I think you guys are being defensive.  Maybe because you're hearing things you don't want to hear.  I don't hate Blu-Ray at all.  I don't see the visual difference on my 720p set- and I don't think banging your head on a desk will make people see something they don't see (though I think the sound quality can be remarkable), but the PS3 is my main movie player.  However, I don't see how you can ignore digital distribution as writing on the wall.
13417  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - A Sinking Ship? on: December 22, 2008, 09:54:13 PM

Quote from: jblank on December 22, 2008, 04:28:49 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on December 20, 2008, 01:35:17 AM

Quote from: jblank on December 19, 2008, 06:55:06 PM


Blu-Ray is doing fine. The Dark Knight is over 2 million sold and regardless of whether your TV is 720p. 1080i, or 1080p, the differences between Blu-Ray and DVD are easily apparent.

Depends on your point of view. If you look at sales this year the expected bump many proclaimed hasn't really happened. Blu-Ray sales are increasing but at a pretty slow rate. It will be years before it approaches DVD sales, even as they start to decline some.

I don't have current statistics (they may not even be out yet), but as of Spring 2008, Blu-Ray sales were more at this point in its life, than DVD was at the same time in its life. It's doing better than you think. smile

But, and this is a huge, Sir-Mix-A-Lot but, DVD didn't have another format looming perceptibly on the the horizon.  There has already been a consumer mind-shift to downloadable media.  HD downloads are already happening, and it won't be too long before they are manageable.
13418  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/22) on: December 22, 2008, 03:08:48 PM

Quote from: Destructor on December 22, 2008, 01:21:53 PM

Twas the night before Christmas, and all throughout game land, not a videogame was releasing, not even...

...not even ones that use a mouse!

VC: Phantasy Star IV [Sega Mega Drive]

Wiiware: Tiki Towers and Fun! Fun! Minigolf
13419  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - A Sinking Ship? on: December 21, 2008, 09:52:24 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 21, 2008, 08:51:12 PM

Blu Ray compared against Standard DVD using the Die Hard movies.

Incredible...when I'm sitting inches away looking at blown up images.
13420  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - A Sinking Ship? on: December 21, 2008, 07:49:17 PM

Quote from: naednek on December 20, 2008, 07:59:07 PM

Quote from: Destructor on December 20, 2008, 07:33:42 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 20, 2008, 04:13:15 PM

Quote from: naednek on December 20, 2008, 04:10:59 PM

man, i'm could be getting this for xmas, and if not i've been seriously thinking of buying one if I don't.  Am I going to regret it?  I mainly want it as a blu-ray player.
No you won't regret it. It's the best bluray player you can buy and there's some good games for it.

Unfortunately, because you waited, you're getting the 'gimped' non-PS2 playing edition (or semi-PS2 playing edition based on which model). In return, you got a bigger HD! Yay?

That said - it is a fantastic Blu-ray player. And yes, there are some great games for it. So, if you think of it as a Blu-ray player that can play some games if you want, you're getting a great gift.

That doesn't matter to me since I don't have a PS2 or their games.

I don't get that.  It seems like even more of a reason to want the BC version.
13421  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Community Games XBLM on: December 21, 2008, 07:45:01 PM

Quote from: Barkers Crest on December 21, 2008, 07:43:30 AM

Just to let you know the update has gone live.  You can now download other peoples courses to your hard drive and play them whenever you want.  I also added a bonus course so now the game comes with 3 courses.  You can see a list of the updates on www.barkerscrest.com.

- Matt

I saw that this was updated.  I will give it a try.  I think you've got a good program here.
13422  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - A Sinking Ship? on: December 21, 2008, 01:39:07 AM

Quote from: depward on December 21, 2008, 01:31:11 AM

Quote from: Fellow on December 20, 2008, 07:49:42 PM

To me right now the Playstation 3 is a backwards compatible PS2, a top of the line Blu-ray player, and of course a PS game console for some exclusive/multi-platform titles. If I dropped the interest for Blu-rays, and eliminated the PS2 backwards compatibility, then yeah, I'd be left with a pretty hohumm machine. But with all of that together, I really have no regrets.

Of course, Fellow is spot on.  If you're looking for a gaming machine only?  A PS3 probably won't cut it.  If you're looking for a blu-ray player that plays PS2 / PSX games with media capabilities as well as having some great exclusives?  The older, obsolete version proves to be an excellent machine.

FTFY.
13423  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions (& mgs level pack info!)... on: December 21, 2008, 12:40:44 AM

Quote from: The Grue on December 20, 2008, 11:41:05 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 20, 2008, 08:57:34 PM

Quote from: The Grue on December 20, 2008, 08:35:46 PM

Finally got around to beating all the levels that came with the game.  The Indian-themed stuff was probably my favorite in the game.  I have been putting off trying to create my own stuff, but I think I will take a shot at it soon.

I've tried to get through one of the last Collector levels at least a dozen times. 
Spoiler for Hiden:
The one with the wheel of doom.  Ugh.

I will say that creation, for as big as a pain in the ass as it is, is very satisfying when it comes together.

You'll hate me, but I didn't have that much trouble with it.  I think I made it through the level the first time I tried.

I hate you.

Although I figured out one of the tricks which is, on the final section, instead of barely-controllable running and jumping, you more or less stay in place and jump.  It clicked when I started doing that.  Still didn't get it in one, but I see completion on the horizon.

I will say that level highlights a lot of the control frustrations I have with the game.  The conveyor belt is harder than it should be because it is not a smooth change to go from one direction to the other, for example.
13424  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions (& mgs level pack info!)... on: December 20, 2008, 08:57:34 PM

Quote from: The Grue on December 20, 2008, 08:35:46 PM

Finally got around to beating all the levels that came with the game.  The Indian-themed stuff was probably my favorite in the game.  I have been putting off trying to create my own stuff, but I think I will take a shot at it soon.

I've tried to get through one of the last Collector levels at least a dozen times. 
Spoiler for Hiden:
The one with the wheel of doom.  Ugh.

I will say that creation, for as big as a pain in the ass as it is, is very satisfying when it comes together.
13425  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions (& mgs level pack info!)... on: December 20, 2008, 05:10:30 PM

Quote from: maccwerk on December 20, 2008, 04:36:09 PM

Any word on whether the new patch addresses the 1080i scaling issue?

I didn't see anything on that.  It did add a LBP Store to the menus, though, letting you buy stuff without going to the PSN Store.

Isn't the 1080i thing an issue with the PS3 overall?
13426  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - A Sinking Ship? on: December 20, 2008, 03:48:46 PM

Quote from: Turtle on December 20, 2008, 01:41:06 PM

Yeah, people are a bit too quick to bandy around terms like sinking ship, and sealed fate.  I mean, earlier this year we were talking about how MS completely lost steam in early 2008, now look at the 360.  If the PS3 can recapture early 2009 again, and this time keep the momentum going, it'll be on much better footing.

So, for 2009 we need:

Lower manufacturing costs for the PS3, which should be helped by bluray acceptance and bluray players reducing in price.

Lowered price for the PS3, hopefully to at least $300.

A good set of new games, which it looks like we'll get with inFamous, Uncharted 2, Killzone 2, White Knight Chronicles (maybe), God of War 3, Heavy Rain, and more.

More community features, such as cross game friend invites.  Ditching Home overall and making it some kind of party/avatar system.

Restore backwards compatibility so game buying PS2 users can more easily transition to the PS3.

Can the idiot execs and unite under one vision, preferably not Japanese.

Now, if only someone could tell Sony execs to do these things.

No kidding.  And almost none of the things you've mentioned will happen in the first half of 2009.

Obviously, these "sinking ship" articles are just projections, but they are based on what's happening and what's planned for the coming months.  I just saw an article where Sony apparently said there will be no price drop before Summer 2009 at the earliest.  Whoever the jackass is that's "sticking to his guns" needs to be disposed of with extreme corporate prejudice.

The fact that third party developers aren't making everything cross-platform anymore is an early warning that the rats are leaving the ship, too.

Quote from: Canuck on December 20, 2008, 10:13:16 AM

I can't see Sony finishing better than 3rd this time around but that doesn't necessarily mean they're a sinking ship.

The point isn't that Sony is a sinking ship, it's that the PS3 is one.  Of course it's possible for them to come back strong next go 'round.  They may even bail on the PS3 to focus on that.  I will say they haven't shown any indication that they even have an interest in what gamers want, though.  That's a problem of their heirarcy.  It's like a wig corporation running a TV network.

Quote from: CeeKay on December 20, 2008, 06:02:47 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 19, 2008, 09:02:37 PM

Quote from: The Grue on December 19, 2008, 08:57:59 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on December 19, 2008, 07:50:53 PM

Quote from: jblank on December 19, 2008, 06:55:06 PM

the differences between Blu-Ray and DVD are easily apparent.

No, it's not.


I think it is.  Which one of us is right?

I think it's the one of you who doesn't live entirely in the dark.

I;d rather trust a somewhat sentient thing that lives in the dark than an erotic vegetable....

Good point.
13427  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Zombie Blasting Safe House Crashing Vomit Dodging Friday Night December 19 on: December 20, 2008, 03:43:20 PM

Quote from: Turtle on December 20, 2008, 01:55:29 PM

A usualy strategy goes like this:  One hunter goes in to distract, by either leaping around or pouncing on someone.  The boomer spawns and vomits, don't spawn early as the boomer makes so much noise no one will pay attention to the hunter.  The rest of the infected close in.

Hunters and Smokers should wait for any horde to right on top of the suvivors before doing their thing, but with boomer hordes look for the ones with vomit on them because the horde will only go after them.  If you pin or snare someone with a horde right on top of them, the horde will add to your own attacks, multiplying the damage you do in one go, not to mention shielding you from gunfire.

Is there any sort of specific trigger for when a horde is set loose?  Sometimes it feels like you could wait the whole game for one.
13428  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions (& mgs level pack info!)... on: December 20, 2008, 05:29:04 AM
LBP's new, improved search engine is up!
13429  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - A Sinking Ship? on: December 19, 2008, 10:39:52 PM

Quote from: Laner on December 19, 2008, 10:25:30 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on December 19, 2008, 10:22:41 PM

At this point I don't think backwards compatibility means much.  Have you looked at the PS2 offerings at major retailers recently?  It's going away fast.  Sure, GameStop will continue to offer tons of used PS2 games but outside of their customers it's not that important.
"recently" doesn't really matter to me.  But there's 8 years worth of good PS2 games that I never managed to play the first time around, so I went out of my way to find a BC-capable PS3 a couple of months ago.

BC is huge.  Especially for PS3.  I went far, far out of my way to make sure my PS3 had hardware BC.  I spend most of my time on the PS3 playing PS2 games (and watching movies). 

For someone who already has a PS2, it saves space.  For everyone else, it opens up your catalogue to a staggering degree.  Plus it gives parents many cheap options in the bargain bins.
13430  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - A Sinking Ship? on: December 19, 2008, 09:02:37 PM

Quote from: The Grue on December 19, 2008, 08:57:59 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on December 19, 2008, 07:50:53 PM

Quote from: jblank on December 19, 2008, 06:55:06 PM

the differences between Blu-Ray and DVD are easily apparent.

No, it's not.


I think it is.  Which one of us is right?

I think it's the one of you who doesn't live entirely in the dark.
13431  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crash Commandos on PSN on: December 19, 2008, 08:40:38 PM

Quote from: Canuck on December 19, 2008, 04:45:56 AM

Where's the video? I clicked on it but there was no demo and no preview.

I found it in the Playstation Store.

IGN's review is up: 8.5.

Quote
Closing Comments
Crash Commando is a really fun multiplayer-focused title that should appeal to pretty much anyone with a pulse. I wish there were more modes included with the shipping version, and I think the sniper rifle will prove to be a little unbalanced, but what's there is an extremely addictive experience that will serve you well during the coldest part of the year.

I've heard elsewhere that the controls are a little wonky, but the word "addictive" keeps coming up.

GamesRadar used it in their review, too, but only gave it a 6.

Quote
You'll love
Curious combo of influences
Whole-heartedly addictive
Lots of guns and vehicles
You'll hate
Not very deep
Fiddly to control
Needs more levels
13432  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Crash Commandos on PSN on: December 19, 2008, 04:12:17 AM
Anyone try Crash Commandos on PSN?  The video looks kind of fun, and the one review I saw is pretty positive (but it does seem like more of a preview).
13433  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - A Sinking Ship? on: December 18, 2008, 06:31:25 PM

Quote from: JayDee on December 18, 2008, 06:17:24 PM

I think #2 is way off of the mark. It's not so much that no one cares about hi-def DVD's it's that there are numerous Blu-Ray players on the market of equal quality to the PS3 for much less money. Heck, I bought a Blu-Ray player made by Sony themselves that was $160 cheaper than a PS3. I have no desire to play PS3 games since I already have a 360, so why would I buy one just for Blu-Ray when there are cheaper options available?

It was a major deciding factor for me.  And now Blu-Ray is not gaining the momentum they'd hoped it would, and the economy plus the inevitability of downloadable HD media will drive the nail in the coffin.  My TV only does 720p (early adopter, me), so I don't really see the difference between DVD and BR.  Additionally, I think even a lot of the less expensive 1080p sets don't show much of a difference.  And less expensive is what people have been buying.

But #3 is the kicker.  LBP was the only exclusive worth writing home about, and it's just not designed to be the crowd-pleaser Sony wanted it to be.  I know there are some others that people liked (Valkyria Chronicles being one of them), but I don't see any of those selling consoles.
13434  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Williams Pinball Classics News Post on: December 18, 2008, 06:15:51 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on December 18, 2008, 05:20:49 PM

I just can't get into computer pinball.  There's not enough of a feedback to scratch that itch.

If you've got a Wii, give it a try.  It's got a little more sensory feedback in the way the controls are set up.  Still not the same as a real table, of course, but there's more to it for sure.
13435  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Free Radical Shuts Down on: December 18, 2008, 04:52:21 PM
Bummer.  I always liked them.  Both TimeSplitters and Second Sight.

I guess TS 4 is not happening now.

Is Haze cheap now? 

EDIT TO ANSWER MY OWN QUESTION:  Yes.  Yes, it is.  http://www.amazon.com/Haze-Playstation-3/dp/B000SQ5LQE/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1229619153&sr=8-1
13436  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of the Argonauts on: December 18, 2008, 04:16:30 PM

Quote from: ibdoomed on December 18, 2008, 04:05:32 PM

Quote from: Pharaoh on December 18, 2008, 04:02:12 PM

Everyone seems to forget these days that the only reason Achievements were even invented is Microsoft had this proposed plan where you were rewarded for how well you did in games at the Microsoft Store. You could trade in your achievement points for other games, gears, software, crap like that. Of course, none of this ever happened, but the intention was never e-peen.  icon_lol

Ha, right. M$ give away free stuff? Sorry but that sounds far fetched. I'm not saying it's not true, just that I don't believe M$ would ever intend on following through.

I think this was what people were projecting on the gamerscore thing when it was announced.  I don't believe this was ever put forth by Microsoft.  It would be a terrible business model.
13437  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of the Argonauts on: December 18, 2008, 03:36:28 PM

Quote from: ibdoomed on December 18, 2008, 03:04:20 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 18, 2008, 01:48:19 PM

Achievements have nothing to do with Xbox Live.  However, I'm pretty sure you can turn off all notifications somewhere in the 360 settings.

Ah ok, I thought the whole point of achievements/trophies was to stroke you're ego and/or show off your epeen, so I assumed being networked was the whole point. I'm quite sure the 360 gives the option to turn them off so Sony better follow suit or I'm done buying games for it.

Just a technical note:  I don't think the 360 turns off the achievements, so much as the notification about them, but I imagine that's what would bug you anyway.

Also, there is something under the PS3 Settings/System Settings called Notification Messages which you can set to Display or Do Not Display.  Even though it doesn't list trophies specifically, this sounds like the exact thing that the 360 has.
13438  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Williams Pinball Classics News Post on: December 18, 2008, 03:34:10 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 18, 2008, 02:10:39 PM

Doh!  I don't have a Wii, so I never payed any attention to the previous titles.

Thanks, I'll make the change.

No worries!  I don't know that PHoF is worth getting a Wii for, but if you happen to get one, it's a well done game.
13439  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of the Argonauts on: December 18, 2008, 01:48:19 PM

Quote from: ibdoomed on December 18, 2008, 01:33:14 PM

Quote from: Canuck on December 18, 2008, 06:15:49 AM

Poor PS3 just can't win.  People complained when there were no trophies and now it has trophies and people still complain.  You're playing a game where you can't die-how immersive is that?

How difficult would it be to add a switch to turn trophies off, I sure as hell never asked for them. The 360 turns them off doesn't it? I don't recall ever being annoyed by them anyway. It probably doesn't show them because I don't keep the consoles plugged into the network so how would that even work?

???

Achievements have nothing to do with Xbox Live.  However, I'm pretty sure you can turn off all notifications somewhere in the 360 settings.
13440  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: December 18, 2008, 01:19:01 PM

Quote from: Malificent on December 18, 2008, 12:59:21 PM

I know it probably sucks for guitar and drums but I can't resist a free download of Jonathan Coulton's Still Alive. I'm going to have lots of fun vocally mangling that one.

I actually found it kind of fun on guitar.
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