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13441  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: September 09, 2008, 05:29:20 PM

Quote from: RLMullen on September 09, 2008, 04:15:49 PM

... I can see this going the way of "Nevermind", which was announced prior to launch.

No, it wasn't.

http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3169710
13442  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 relaunch Sept 25th? on: September 09, 2008, 02:52:32 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 09, 2008, 02:50:16 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 09, 2008, 12:52:51 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on September 09, 2008, 06:15:13 AM

doesnt look like it may not be happening after all

http://kotaku.com/5047059/g4-says-no-to-xbox-360-relaunch-rumor


Quote
While we're waiting to hear back from Microsoft on the VGChartz forum-sourced Xbox 360 "relaunch" rumor and speculation, one allegedly involved party has given us denial. G4 reps told us that the 5-hour special’ rumored to air on the cable network is "fake."


Honestly, the G4 aspect was the one thing that screams FAKE to me the loudest.  Does anyone honestly think any network would give up 5 hours of TV time and not be hyping the shit out of it a mere two weeks before the event?  Especially G4, who run ads for nothing multiple times each commercial break.

Yeah, G4 is not one to sit on hype.  They really need to get viewers for their 2 hours of new programming a week.  I would guess that if any of this is true it would come before the big dashboard update in November, not now. 

The rumor was saying the big dashboard update was part of this.
13443  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 relaunch Sept 25th? on: September 09, 2008, 12:52:51 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on September 09, 2008, 06:15:13 AM

doesnt look like it may not be happening after all

http://kotaku.com/5047059/g4-says-no-to-xbox-360-relaunch-rumor


Quote
While we're waiting to hear back from Microsoft on the VGChartz forum-sourced Xbox 360 "relaunch" rumor and speculation, one allegedly involved party has given us denial. G4 reps told us that the 5-hour special’ rumored to air on the cable network is "fake."

Honestly, the G4 aspect was the one thing that screams FAKE to me the loudest.  Does anyone honestly think any network would give up 5 hours of TV time and not be hyping the shit out of it a mere two weeks before the event?  Especially G4, who run ads for nothing multiple times each commercial break.
13444  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/8) on: September 08, 2008, 10:16:57 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 08, 2008, 09:56:24 PM

Quote from: hepcat on September 08, 2008, 09:30:55 PM

Quote from: Sparhawk on September 08, 2008, 09:03:54 PM

You can buy the rock band 2 stand alone drum set this week too if you're just interested in playing that instrument.

apparently buying it any other day than on a tuesday is verboten around these parts...

For me it's the fact that by the time I can buy the game on Sunday my weekend is nearly over.  I do the majority of my gaming on Friday night and Saturday.  If the game isn't out until Sunday then that means I basically have the game for almost a week before I can devote a lot of time to it. 

It would just be nice to have a standard release day (I don't care if it's Tuesday or Thursday) so you don't have to guess "Will this store have my game in today?  What about that store?  What about that other game?  Who frickin knows."  And it's not like stores don't already have policies in place to handle music and movies like that, so why should games be so difficult?

I agree with that idea completely.

However, my whole family is looking forward to rocking out for several hours on Sunday.
13445  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBL/PSN]Star Wars :The Force Unleashed demo Impressions on: September 08, 2008, 03:55:35 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on September 08, 2008, 02:57:46 PM

Quote from: JCC on September 08, 2008, 12:55:35 AM

Quote from: Simon on September 08, 2008, 12:51:52 AM

EGM's reviewers gave it C / C / B-. Rethinking my preorder now.

The text of the EGM review was most worrying to me. On the first few levels you're introduced to the awesome force powers, but then you spend a lot of the game fighting guys who have anti-force gear? Sounds like the "Force Quite Leashed" to me.... I was IN after the demo, but now I am OUT until I hear more reassuring impressions of the game proper.

Yeah, this was a big bummer when I read the EGM review.

Seriously.  Force/energy shields?  That's never been in any of the movies, or any of the books I've read.  What's the point?

This game is going to be just a rental for me.

[pushes geek glasses up nose] Actually, there were the lizards in the first set of books, the Ysalamir, which could block the force and were pretty powerful.  Snort. [/geek glasses]

Bad idea in the books, too, though.
13446  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/8) on: September 08, 2008, 02:16:34 PM
Virtual Console/Wiiware has

Cho Aniki
VC
Final Soldier VC
Groovin' Blocks WW

I'll be getting Lock's Quest and MCF: Millionheir (these games are very addictive).  Also, Spore. 
Then Rock Band 2 on Sunday next week!
13447  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: rock band 2 announced! on: September 07, 2008, 03:01:07 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 28, 2008, 12:12:29 AM


Aw, now that's a bit of a bummer.  Once you get past Kansas and Steve Miller, the only tunes I care about are "Ramblin' Man" and "Bodhisattva."  It seems to be extremely Metal heavy toward the end there.  There's always a risk of that, since instruments seem to be played hard and fast in that genre, but I feel like they did a slightly better balancing job last year.  I don't know all of the songs, so I could be misjudging.  Of course, not knowing all of the songs is it's own issue... icon_wink
13448  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Ultimate Proof Sony Is Winning ... what? on: September 07, 2008, 02:54:06 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 22, 2008, 08:46:53 PM

Quote from: rickfc on July 22, 2008, 08:41:27 PM

Quote from: Caine on July 22, 2008, 08:23:16 PM


what i love is that this kid, who loved gears of war, apparently forgot that the sequel is coming out in a few months.  maybe when he sees it in action he'll bounce back to the 360 and sell his ps3 and one game.  

I'm sure she'll have an article that day about how she has proof that the 360 is making a comeback.  Tongue

More likely that he'll end up going blind from playing his Wii into the early hours of the morning, and then we'll have a 1:1 ratio of kids playing video games to kids going blind.

(and yes, Wii was a double entendre)

No, we won't have the 1:1 ratio until the Motion Plus comes out.  Right now, it's a slightly delayed wank.
13449  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries 2 impressions thread on: September 06, 2008, 09:32:10 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 06, 2008, 07:23:06 PM

Yes, I know they were "optional", but if they are there and keep presenting themselves to me I have a pathologic need not to fail and miss out on the content/options they present. 

I agree that Mercs 2 is not an A+ game but I guess I enjoy it despite its flaws, whereas some other games' flaws (like GTA4) drive me away. 

You can turn your phone off and not even be bothered by the calls.  That's generally what I do.  Or I'll say, "Sure, I'll go bowling with you" then call back a half second later to say, "Sorry, I can't make it," which apparently keeps them happy with you.  Still, it is a PITA to have to keep switching that "feature" off.   The dating gameplay is easily the worst thing about GTA IV.  And it's a big thing.
13450  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Godfather II on: September 06, 2008, 09:26:36 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on September 06, 2008, 07:02:39 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 06, 2008, 05:55:34 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on September 06, 2008, 05:52:43 PM

I wonder if the finale is you on the boat and you have to play a mini-game of pulling out your gun without being noticed.

/intentionally vague for those who have not seen the film

If you haven't seen a 35 year old classic, then I say too frickin' bad.  The statute of limitations has run out for your sorry butt.  Tongue

But this is the interwebs where people bitch and complain about things they should already be plain aware of but aren't, often because of their own faults. I'm just not anxious to see a flame war start because I brought up Michael launching the nuclear warheads against California from his boat before they faded to black. Spoiling that just seems wrong.

You bastard!

Wait a minute.  That was the season finale of The Office this year.
13451  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: September 06, 2008, 02:38:25 PM
I realize we've moved on from this, but the recent grumbles here make me want to amend my post about the albums announcement throwing off the stink of the failed Rush album.  Although I am pretty sure the two go hand in hand, I personally think Harmonix has done a fantastic job with DLC.  Everybody wants different things from this game.  Party game, personal challenge, way to discover new music.  They're hitting everything and everyone's tastes.  OF COURSE, that's not going to happen every week.  It's been clear that they love music and love giving it to us.  I'm not going to begrudge them things slowing to a trickle (even though DLC is still coming fast and furious, really) to prepare for the Rock N Roll explosion of awesome that is sure to be Rock Band 2!
13452  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bully-Xbox 360 Final Analysis. Worth A Purchase? on: September 06, 2008, 02:27:07 PM
I've been thinking about this game lately because we got a Ralph Lauren Rugby catalog in the mail, and it has people on it who look like this:



And one of them is bald.

I only got as far as opening the town when other things distracted me.  I vow to finish this game someday, but I've got to get through some others first.
13453  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries 2 impressions thread on: September 06, 2008, 02:19:22 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 06, 2008, 04:33:51 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on September 06, 2008, 12:06:13 AM

Gamespot posted their review of the game and gave it a stellar 5.0. Ouch.

so I guess they'll be hiring soon?

doog-a-ding!

13454  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Populous is coming to the DS! on: September 05, 2008, 10:32:38 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 05, 2008, 07:38:38 PM

I think Populous was old enough that it was playing at 320x240. How old was it again?

It was so old, it was rendered in cave drawings.

It was so old, it's UPC number was 000-000-0001.

It was so old, this God game was actually played by Baby Jesus.
13455  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: September 05, 2008, 06:15:58 PM

Quote from: The Grue on September 05, 2008, 03:04:50 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 05, 2008, 03:02:34 PM

Quote from: WalkingFumble on September 05, 2008, 02:12:36 PM

Quote from: The Grue on September 05, 2008, 12:56:37 PM

Quote from: WalkingFumble on September 05, 2008, 12:38:06 PM

New news on DLC for rock band 2.  Not all songs are transferable, and you have to pay to do it.

http://xboxfocus.com/news/853-rock-band-update-transfers-old-songs-upcoming-sequel/index.html

It's like you fumbled when it comes to reading the last 20 posts in the this thread.

thats me!

Unbelievable.


EMF!
13456  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: September 05, 2008, 03:02:34 PM

Quote from: WalkingFumble on September 05, 2008, 02:12:36 PM

Quote from: The Grue on September 05, 2008, 12:56:37 PM

Quote from: WalkingFumble on September 05, 2008, 12:38:06 PM

New news on DLC for rock band 2.  Not all songs are transferable, and you have to pay to do it.

http://xboxfocus.com/news/853-rock-band-update-transfers-old-songs-upcoming-sequel/index.html

It's like you fumbled when it comes to reading the last 20 posts in the this thread.

thats me!

Unbelievable.
13457  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pure on: September 05, 2008, 12:50:30 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on September 05, 2008, 04:13:13 AM

Didn't do much for me.

It looks insane.  I immediately got a DiRT-vibe from it, but kicked up a notch.  The really high drops felt...really high.  They nailed the look of the game.

It felt, to me, that the game was somewhat driving itself.  Sure, I moved the stick, but I never hit the brakes, was constantly on the accelerator...

The tricks were cool, but you're standard fare, I guess. 

People are going to really dig the game, but it's not my bag.  I'd download just to witness the graphic engine, woweeeee.

Did you try both levels, TML?  I had to hit the brake a few times in the non-tutorial one.  I got the impression that there would be some tighter turns later on, too.  There are also plenty of last minute route changes to be made.  However, I will admit that I prefer simpler racing and usually look for a minimal-brake style game, so that may be an issue.
13458  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: September 05, 2008, 12:14:43 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on September 05, 2008, 12:24:06 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 05, 2008, 12:10:38 AM

Quote from: jersoc on September 04, 2008, 09:01:26 PM

oh yeah, none of the bonus songs will xfer over. holy crap are they just terrible. wtb GH2 bonus songs.

Aw, I kind of like some of them.  I'm going to really miss that Tribe song, actually.

I won't be sad to lose any of the other three, though (Enter the Sandman was okay, but not for the crowds I play with).

You can keep the bonus songs if you want too.  I actually think Can't Let Go and Blood Doll are fun on the drums, and my wife likes to sing Outside and I'm So Sick so we kept those.


icon_biggrin
13459  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pure on: September 05, 2008, 03:38:18 AM
The demo hit XBLM and PSN today.  It's an ATV racing game from Disney.  Yeah, Disney.  No, you don't get to pretend you're Goofy, ears flapping as you laugh, "A-hyuh-hyuh" on a big jump.  It's pretty straightforward racing.  Pure, they would say.  It's pretty well done, too.  It's by Black Rock Studios who used to be Climax who made the MotoGP series.  This seems to be a little easier to handle than MotoGP, but there is some challenge there.  It's also clearly about insane stunts.  There seems to be a lot of emphasis on pre-loading your jumps and pulling off the right moves.  At first, you can only use the A button and left stick for stunts, but as you do, you fill up your thrill meter (or somesuch), which lets you progressively use other buttons for longer and more challenging stunts. Of course, the thrill meter can also be used up with turbo.  The graphics are sharp and the controls seem pretty tight.  Honestly, I was surprised, but I'm not a racing afficionado, so YMMV, but apart from the fact that it doesn't do anything incredibly different from other racing games, it seems pretty damn good.
13460  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: September 05, 2008, 12:10:38 AM

Quote from: jersoc on September 04, 2008, 09:01:26 PM

oh yeah, none of the bonus songs will xfer over. holy crap are they just terrible. wtb GH2 bonus songs.

Aw, I kind of like some of them.  I'm going to really miss that Tribe song, actually.

I won't be sad to lose any of the other three, though (Enter the Sandman was okay, but not for the crowds I play with).
13461  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Super Sluggers (Wii) Impressions on: September 04, 2008, 06:45:50 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on September 04, 2008, 05:58:15 PM

Flaws aside, this is now my six-year-old son's favorite game. He adores it, and seems to be having less trouble with the controls now.

I want to spend some more time with it before I render final judgment. At the moment, I'd say it's a good game, but not deep enough to warrant a $50 purchase. $30 seems to be a fairer price.

Depends on what you're looking for in a baseball game.  Personally, I found MLB a little overwhelming.  This is good, light fun.  And something my five year old could enjoy.  But you're probably right about the $30 price.
13462  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries 2 impressions thread on: September 04, 2008, 06:07:06 PM
I caved and bought the game.  Ten minutes of play, and I got the viral achievement.  Also learned that I don't want the game set to link up with strangers anymore.

I really enjoy it so far.  The humor is phenomenal.  I LOVE the Devastator.  I'd read other comments about it, but didn't know what to expect.  Blowing stuff up is more fun than I remembered from the first game (I, too, never got far past the first deck, though I enjoyed it - I'm actually glad this one seems shorter).

I'm glad the forum effect got me this time.
13463  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinite Undiscoveries (360) Impressions on: September 04, 2008, 03:26:21 AM

Quote from: jersoc on September 04, 2008, 12:16:01 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 03, 2008, 09:41:57 PM

Quote from: jersoc on September 03, 2008, 09:27:42 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on September 03, 2008, 09:22:09 PM


Okay, here's my impressions after about three hours of play.

At this point, I could care less about the story.

ugh, this annoys me. it's i couldn't care less. a negative. sorry just bugs me.




Huh.  It's Ugh, this annoys me.  It's "I couldn't care less."  A negative. [Incomplete sentence.]  Sorry, just bugs me. [Again.  See me after forum class.]

oh no, not capitalization!!

also it should be huh? as in a question. so gg to you.

Actually, it wasn't a question.

And there were grammar errors, too.

Mostly, I was just being a goof, though.
13464  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries 2 impressions thread on: September 04, 2008, 03:23:12 AM

Quote from: Purge on September 04, 2008, 01:35:49 AM

Quote from: Fuzzballx on September 02, 2008, 09:08:49 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 02, 2008, 08:13:44 PM

I'd like to play this game when it's not full price. I gave up my preorder today.

I still have to slog through the rest of GTA IV out of some sadistic need to date men.

Pathetic, trade in GTA 4 now while you can still get a decent amount for it... I actually made it to 51% complete in this iteration of GTA before selling it back...amazing.

The only two sandbox world games i've ever FINISHED are Mercs 1 and that new GTA clone series on 360 which name i can't recollect atm.

Crackdown or Saints Row? Crackdown is awesome. biggrin

Saints Row is also awesome.  I actually just dusted it off yesterday to try to finish it before the sequel hits.
13465  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinite Undiscoveries (360) Impressions on: September 03, 2008, 09:41:57 PM

Quote from: jersoc on September 03, 2008, 09:27:42 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on September 03, 2008, 09:22:09 PM


Okay, here's my impressions after about three hours of play.

At this point, I could care less about the story.

ugh, this annoys me. it's i couldn't care less. a negative. sorry just bugs me.


Huh.  It's Ugh, this annoys me.  It's "I couldn't care less."  A negative. [Incomplete sentence.]  Sorry, just bugs me. [Again.  See me after forum class.]
13466  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prince of Persia screenshot on: September 03, 2008, 02:29:01 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 03, 2008, 01:27:09 AM

http://news.teamxbox.com/xbox/17459/Pre-Order-Prince-of-Persia-Get-Free-Upgrade-to-LE/

Ubisoft announces that if you pre-order they will automatically bump you to the LE version. 

Quote
The FREE Limited Edition Upgrade is only available by pre-ordering and will include in addition to the regular SKU:

. Collectable Limited Edition packaging
. An exclusive look at the making of Prince of Persia
. A Prima® digital mini-strategy guide full of developer's secrets to help players master the year's best action-adventure game
. A digital art book that chronicles the game's journey from concept to winner of Best Artistic Design at E3 2008 . The original soundtrack scored by master composer Inon Zur
. And much more.

Mini-strategy guide?  That usually means the first level.  Lame.

I've been thinking for years that they need to start including the strategy guide in Collector's Editions.  I would mostly buy them then.
13467  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries 2 impressions thread on: September 03, 2008, 02:26:11 AM

Quote from: Caine on September 03, 2008, 02:16:25 AM

blowing stuff is as fun as i expected. 

You heard it here first, folks.
13468  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/1) on: September 02, 2008, 09:14:22 PM

Quote from: EddieA on September 02, 2008, 07:59:17 PM

There's a third game coming to XBLA this week - Gin Rummy.

If Gin Rummy is any good at all, I might get it, believe it or not.  It probably will suck zombie balls, though.
13469  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] afrika (a ps3 fanboy rags on sony) on: September 02, 2008, 09:11:12 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 02, 2008, 09:04:56 PM

Huh, this game looks interesting.  Let me scroll down and find out what folks here think about it...MY EYES...MY EYES...OH DEAR GOD IN HEAVEN, WHAT IS THAT THING???

Brilliant!   icon_lol
13470  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii]Super Mario RPG on: September 02, 2008, 01:58:31 PM

Quote from: kronovan on September 02, 2008, 01:47:18 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 02, 2008, 12:14:40 PM

I have to say, the graphics are far more off-putting than I thought they'd be.  Still enjoying it, but that was surprising.

Hmm...I think the graphics are quite good for a SNES game. Were you perhaps expecting something with the visual quality of DK Country? Other than DKC or LoZ:LttP I don't have any SNES games that look this good.

In my mind, I had been comparing this to Paper Mario.  Unfair, I know, but it happened all the same.  I guess I knew it was for the SNES not the N64, but I was expecting more when I loaded it up.  As I said, it put me off.
13471  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LittleBigPlanet - looking better and better (if you "get" it) on: September 02, 2008, 12:34:44 PM
Turtle, if the two quotes you pulled are one and the same, if the "gameplay" is the construction, then that's just not a game to me. 

And, semi, I feel I've been very clear and on point.  Yes, I would like a clip like the Super Mario Galaxy one you showed.  I don't need for them to pretend the editor doesn't exist.  I get that people want that, and I get that those people will put out some levels.  However, though the game looks beautiful and the physics look fantastic, what I've seen so far is an engine.  A framework to put a game on.  Yes, I know there have been some levels.  Yes, I even get that what they showed in the editor video was a level you can play.  However, they didn't show anyone playing it, they showed how you can build it.  Which makes me think that what they are trying to sell is not the game or the gameplay but the engine/level editor.  Which makes me believe that, out of the box, there are going to be a handful of levels showing the types of things you can do, not a bunch of levels to play.  I don't need a story, as I've already said.  But I do need gameplay.  As I've also said, I'm a big platformer fan.  I would love for this to be hours and hours of level jumping fun.  I'd settle for a mere 6 - 8 hours of actual gameplay.  All the marketing I've seen point to far less than that, until people start messing around with the editor.  I'm sorry if my point has been confusing for you. 

By the way, as I've also also said before, I really want to like this game.  If there is enough platforming, it seems like the type of thing I could really enjoy.  It's the reason I keep coming in here, despite starting to feel like Starshifter every time I do (straight down to a suspicion that I'm being mocked in the subject header).
13472  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii]Super Mario RPG on: September 02, 2008, 12:14:40 PM
I have to say, the graphics are far more off-putting than I thought they'd be.  Still enjoying it, but that was surprising.
13473  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] afrika (a ps3 fanboy rags on sony) on: September 02, 2008, 12:10:08 PM
How educational can it be?  I mean, they spelled Africa wrong.


I would buy this in a heartbeat.
13474  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Super Sluggers (Wii) Impressions on: September 01, 2008, 09:06:14 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on September 01, 2008, 08:48:44 PM

Quick update...

Played some more with my son yesterday. We're both still having difficulties with the controller. Sometimes I throw the pitch or swing before I even start my pullback. Other times it doesn't seem to respond to the pullback at all. Batteries in the WiiMote seem fine.

I haven't seen this mentioned in official reviews. Must just be me.

I'd say it happens about a quarter of the time for me. Kind of annoying, but I'm hoping I realize something I'm missing.

Happens to me, too.
13475  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LittleBigPlanet - looking better and better (if you "get" it) on: September 01, 2008, 06:09:29 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on September 01, 2008, 04:07:42 PM

edit mode view of a pretty large pre-built level...

Well, that looks cool (and beautiful), but, again, the video seems to be more about "This is the type of thing you can do" and less about "this is the type of play we've made for you."  I guess that really is what people want.
13476  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/1) on: September 01, 2008, 06:05:51 PM

Quote from: kronovan on September 01, 2008, 03:27:02 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 01, 2008, 02:33:57 PM

Wii VC has Super Mario RPG!!!  and Clu Clu Land.   Wiiware has the avoidable My Aquarium.

I really didn't think I'd be buying any more VC games for a while, but Super Mario RPG is a must have for me; downloading it today.  slywink thumbsup  Too bad about the other VC game -Clu Clu Land- being such a poor offering. Oh well I guess it makes some sense to Big N to offer poor quality alongside a masterpiece.
For 500 points My Aquarium actually looks quite decent. I'm thinking of picking it up for my son only because it will let him raise some fish that he couldn't possibly house in his real aquarium.

Spores a possibility for me this week, but it depends upon whether it will run on my 2nd PC.

The Eurogamer review is what is keeping me away from My Aquarium:

Quote
There's more to it than the broadly similar (but twice as pricey) Pokémon Ranch, but even judged as an interactive distraction, it still feels a little light. The whole appeal hinges on how well you're able to customise the aquarium - it is called My Aquarium, after all. And it's here that it falls flat. The decorations are minimal and uninspired. There's not even a plastic treasure chest or bubbling deep-sea diver model, let alone anything more innovative. Why not let people use their own picture files as the backdrop, for instance?

I'm certainly not averse to this sort of thing appearing on WiiWare but My Aquarium feels like half an idea, lazily executed. If you like the idea of a virtual fish-tank, and don't mind that your input is minimal, then the price is about as right as it'll ever get for this sort of thing.

3/10

13477  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSN] The Last Guy on: September 01, 2008, 05:57:39 PM
I've played the first three levels.  It's a lot of fun.  I'm worried the difficulty is going to ramp up pretty fast, but I'm really liking it.  One way I can tell I like it is that so far I have replayed every level a few times trying to beat my score or find the hidden VIPs
13478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/1) on: September 01, 2008, 02:33:57 PM
Wii VC has Super Mario RPG!!!  and Clu Clu Land.   Wiiware has the avoidable My Aquarium.

The only thing for me this week (apart from SMRPG) will be Lock's Quest on the DS.  Supposed to be kinda amazing.

I may get Spore, too.

I'm toying with Mercenaries 2, but I'm trying to wait for a price drop.
13479  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries 2 impressions thread on: August 31, 2008, 02:22:18 PM
For the lazy, here are IGN's comments (again, 7.9):

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Mercenaries 2 is like a newsstand; it has a lot of issues. Still, I can’t deny that there were some hootin’ and hollerin’ moments. For every time I cursed the stupid AI, I cheered at the demolition of another building. For every bug that got me stuck in some bushes, there was an attack chopper waiting to be jacked. If Mercenaries 2 had more polish, it would have been a great game. As is, it’s still worth playing – and enjoyable – but falls far short of its promise.]Mercenaries 2 is like a newsstand; it has a lot of issues. Still, I can’t deny that there were some hootin’ and hollerin’ moments. For every time I cursed the stupid AI, I cheered at the demolition of another building. For every bug that got me stuck in some bushes, there was an attack chopper waiting to be jacked. If Mercenaries 2 had more polish, it would have been a great game. As is, it’s still worth playing – and enjoyable – but falls far short of its promise.

Also, Evil Avatar has their review: 4/5.  Comments:
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The Good
Game is very fun as you get out of the early stages
The water graphic effects are fantastic
Variety of faction, water and air vehicles make up for general lack in number of civilian ground vehicles
You can blow things up, although not everything is destructible (invisible walls are present at places)
The NPCs at your headquarters are invaluable
The Bad
Graphic fade-in of grass, rocks and even vehicles as you run or move along in vehicles
The early contracts are monotonous and take too long to get from Point A to B when you don’t have the options you do later in the game
Not being able to re-center camera when on foot, but have he ability in vehicles
The Ugly
Getting close to the end of a mission only to die at the last second and have to replay it

That Ugly seems really ugly to me.

If I can resist, I'm going to wait until the price comes to @ $30. 

As always, forum comments may sway.
13480  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LittleBigPlanet - looking better and better (CES 2008 vid) on: August 31, 2008, 05:28:10 AM

Quote from: Turtle on August 30, 2008, 09:41:01 PM

Yeah, and I saw your comments as positive too.  But, it still really confused me as to why you just kept trying to force yourself to see more into the game.

Platforming is a hit or miss with me, I don't actually like pure platformers like Mario and such, which is why I skipped Mario Galaxy.  But I like content creation and artsy stuff so that's why I liked LBP.

A think one of the big reasons why people don't think there's a lot of game behind it is that the platforming and characters seem simple.  Unlike say, in a Mario game you see Mario pulling off all sorts of special moves, turning into racoons or ghosts, etc...  In LBP all we've seen so far are Sackboys running around, grabbing on to things, and hitting each other.

I suspect one of the big gameplay elements in LBP will be in the levels, not the creation, but rather the fun new moves will be part of the levels.  So where other games have the character get new moves, in LBP the move set of the character stays pretty limited, but the levels themselves have a lot more interactivity in them.

Apart from the fact that I do love platformers, and I'm hoping to love this game, one of the reasons I, and presumably people who don't like platformers, come here is that LBP has a crapload of buzz, and we're trying to get our heads around why.  Since it's a forum and not a sunshine magic happy factory, we figured our opinions would be allowed, too.  It's not like we're trolling and saying, "Your stoopid for likeing this gaem . It suckzass!"

As far as gameplay goes, I'm not looking for magic raccoon hats.  I'm more than happy with jumping and clever variety to level structure.  I understand that with the design tools, that clever variety will be possible.  I'm just hoping that the clever variety is there from the start in numerous progressive levels.  However, all of the talk I hear about this game and most of the vids I've seen seem to be talking more about the tools and the possibilities, rather than the gameplay.  People seem to like that.  That's the part I don't really "get."  I also have a hard time believing that Joe Gamer (or really, Joe Gamer's mom) is going to see a game where you have to build everything before you can play it as a system seller.  Yet that's the word I keep hearing.  So there's clearly something there that I'm not seeing, and I'm trying to figure out what it is, because I want to join in on the fun.
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