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13481  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions... on: November 25, 2008, 04:29:07 AM

Quote from: Turtle on November 25, 2008, 01:26:00 AM

Hm... well, you could copy the developer level with stairs to your moon, then go into edit mode and use the Capture Object to capture both the stairs and its support structure, then take that into an empty level plop it down and edit it from there.

I do know about capturing, I'm just wondering if there aren't restrictions against using developer bits wholesale in your levels.

Edit to Add:  Okay, I've looked around.  I can't figure out how to get developer levels onto my moon.  Any ideas?
13482  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: November 24, 2008, 09:44:44 PM
Totally separate deal.  These Lips microphones look cool (my wife wants 'em, anyway), but I don't see myself bothering with them unless they work with Rock Band.  I have read that as of now they don't work, but could easily do so with a patch.  Any word on if said patch is even in the pipeline?
13483  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 24, 2008, 03:21:16 PM

Quote from: Purge on November 24, 2008, 02:06:13 PM

I am now a historical character. Guess who:



Gay Hitler?
13484  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/24) on: November 24, 2008, 01:40:01 PM
VC this week:  Boogerman [Sega Mega Drive].

On WiiWare: Boingz and the inevitable Sudoku Challenge.
13485  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions... on: November 24, 2008, 01:38:45 PM
Thanks, guys.  I figured there had to be something going on in the background. 

I didn't know you could copy levels to the moon.  If I can just copy a set of stairs and tweak from there, that would save a lot of hassle.  Is that possible?
13486  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ChronoTrigger DS on: November 24, 2008, 01:37:32 PM
Has anyone seen word of a strategy guide for this?  I usually like to have one for these types of game, mostly to keep my place in between sessions.
13487  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider: Underworld on: November 24, 2008, 01:33:16 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 24, 2008, 12:46:18 AM

Quote from: Destructor on November 23, 2008, 09:44:21 PM

Plus - where exactly ARE the reviews then? Not shipping review product before launch is one thing - there still not being many reviews now means something.

What do you mean?  Almost every major and even minor pubs (1Up, IGN, Eurogamer, Edge, Gamesradar, Gamespy, Gamepro, etc) have already reviewed it.  Gamespot is the only notable omission I can think of.  I would look more to the busy reviewing season- Last Remnant was also similarly lacking in reviews. 

I was just going to say.  I'm not sure where you're getting that there are no reviews out.  The Gameranking page is filled.  Nearly 20 reviews on there.  About half came on the 19th, the rest before the 21st.
13488  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shaun White Snowboarding? on: November 24, 2008, 01:30:24 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 21, 2008, 08:01:30 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 21, 2008, 07:21:11 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 21, 2008, 06:57:25 PM

is the target wii version also spruced up with the extra mountain etc?  that might be worth picking up just to have a reason to drag the balance board back out of the closet.

Yes.

cool.  anyone know if the special version is a limited time deal or a the regular item they will carry?  i want to grab this, but i need to hold off for a while and would hate to miss it.

I didn't get the impression that it's a limited time thing.
13489  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/24) on: November 24, 2008, 01:29:07 PM
I think it'll just be Chrono Trigger and the unwieldily initialled SF2HDR.
13490  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions... on: November 23, 2008, 09:06:34 PM
Honest to God, I'm still trying to work on these motherf'ing stairs.  I have tried nine different ways from Sunday to get it to work.  It seems like it's so basic, yet it just doesn't work.  It's basically a series of rectangles with the bottoms cut out and a little nub in the top that fits into the cut-out section of the piece above it.  Cardboard seems to be the lightest material, and it requires a sponge on the front of the bottom stair.  I've even tried hiding a chunk of the pink floaty foam at the back of each section to make it lighter, but that doesn't work, either.  Am I supposed to be using pistons or something?  These f'ers don't move AT ALL.  I've had directly on the floor and I've built platforms for them to slide on - wood, glass, more cardboard - no go.  I've made triply sure that nothing is attached to anything.

If anyone finds a tutorial anywhere to show me what I'm missing, I'd love to see it.  I've spent hours on this one damn thing.  Grrrrrr-rrrrr.
13491  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: November 23, 2008, 03:50:08 PM
I remember being irritated with Entertainment Weekly when they reviewed RB and GH3.  The reviewer basically dismissed RB because he didn't really want to get any friends together.  It was comparable to the general public opinion, I thought (and frankly, I expect reviewers to go a little more in depth than the general public - EW is good at this in their other reviews, but their video game reviews are essentially worthless).  Popularity was essentially only based on name recognition alone.

Well, in their recent Top Entertainers of the Year at No. 7, no less, is good old Rock Band.  In the article, it's being described as revolutionary and setting the tone for games to come, as well as reinvigorating the entire music industry. 

Very gratifying.
13492  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider: Underworld on: November 23, 2008, 03:35:21 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 23, 2008, 02:45:43 PM

So, this can't be good - apparently Eidos is trying to keep the 'bad reviews' out of the public's eye for now:

Quote
Eidos UK PR firm Barrington Harvey has confirmed that British sites are being asked not to post Tomb Raider: Underworld reviews with scores lower than 80 percent until Monday.

The game releases today for 360 and PS3.

Gamespot UK journalist Guy Cocker revealed the tactic in a Twitter post on Wednesday that said: ďcall from EidosĖif youíre planning on reviewing Tomb Raider Underworld at less than an 8.0, we need you to hold your review till Monday

Said a Barrington Harvey rep on the phone this afternoon: ďThatís right. Weíre trying to manage the review scores at the request of Eidos.Ē

When asked why, the spokesperson said: ďJust that weíre trying to get the Metacritic rating to be high, and the brand manager in the US thatís handling all of Tomb Raider has asked that we just manage the scores before the game is out, really, just to ensure that we donít put people off buying the game, basically.Ē

British site Eurogamer has already gone live with a 7/10 score, an act the rep said had caused ďproblemsĒ.

OXM UK has also posted a 7.0 score.

The news is unlikely to go down well. Eidosís efforts at controlling review scores are still fresh in the mind: it was a row over Gamespotís 6/10 review of Kane & Lynch that cost popular US journalist Jeff Gerstmann his job.

Might explain the lack of reviews.

They've already said that wasn't true (thoguh I suspect it probably was).  I'm pretty sure this kind of thing happens all the time.
13493  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: November 23, 2008, 04:50:30 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 23, 2008, 12:45:47 AM


Well, those are some awesome looking locations.
13494  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]A Kingdom For Keflings on: November 23, 2008, 12:08:42 AM

Quote from: EddieA on November 22, 2008, 08:54:46 PM

Quote from: DonD on November 22, 2008, 05:49:53 PM

Question:  What do 'smart' keflings do that normal ones don't?  Same question for the ones trained in the guild hall.

I believe some buildings require educated or trained workers to operate them.

What's the difference between the school kefs and guild kefs?  I don't like that you have to build blind for a lot of this.  I'm supposed to be working toward a Keep, but apart from the fact that it has something to do with upgrading the town hall, I have no idea how to proceed.
13495  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Home Beta on: November 23, 2008, 12:04:23 AM

Quote from: Turtle on November 22, 2008, 09:52:10 PM

Eh, the only feature I'm interested in is launching games from within Home, much like a party system.  If they were smart, they'd take that feature, integrate it into the XMB, make the Home characters like Miis/Avatars, and now they have an instant party system.

Yeah, getting into home just to do that doesn't seem like it would be worth it.  There are lots of little loading moments.

Oh, and:

Quote from: somoflange on November 22, 2008, 06:55:17 PM


I loaded it up and looked around and remembered "oh yeah, I HATE other people"

and turned it off.

Hilarious.
13496  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: November 22, 2008, 11:59:18 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 22, 2008, 11:31:59 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 22, 2008, 08:38:54 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 22, 2008, 06:01:36 PM

Oops!  Hey guys you want the Day 1 Tactical Edge gun for free even if you did not get the CE?

http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/games/media/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8024156081c/?p=1&of=6&sb=1&did=0ccf0001-0000-4000-8000-00004156081c

You can get it for free through the marketplace.

An error has occurred during the transaction. Please try again later.


Oh they might have fixed it.  I was able to successfully download it.

Now they're charging 99999 points for it!
13497  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] The best DS game no one is playing.... on: November 22, 2008, 11:57:53 PM

Quote from: Dimmona on November 22, 2008, 04:22:29 PM

Quote from: Xmann on November 21, 2008, 12:09:40 PM

my 6 year old is wanting this bad.   is it appropriate for him.....easy enough for him to play?

The controls are easy, but its largely an adventure game.  My 6 year old has problems with the quick time events, but other than that outside of a few tricky puzzles he does ok.

Oh, and now that Chrono Trigger is out I rescind my proclamation. smile

Except people here will be playing that.
13498  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Home Beta on: November 22, 2008, 04:04:45 PM
Yeah, the 77 MB is just a gateway file.  Then you have to "reserve" 3 GB.  I also am not much of a social gamer, so I'm with semi in the don't-listen-to-me category.  I don't think I'll be keeping this.  The whole thing is pretty but really empty feeling.  Even though it was fairly populated.  I tried a little bowling and was underwhelmed.  It just felt aimless to me.  I am never looking for people to chat with on my console, and that seems like the entirity of Home's purpose.  Not really for me.

By the way, if someone wants to merge this with Semi's thread, that would be great.  I did a search and everything, but didn't see it.
13499  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Community Games XBLM on: November 22, 2008, 03:58:49 PM

Quote from: EddieA on November 22, 2008, 02:57:45 AM

Wow, people sure are cranking these out.  There are already close to 50 games available, ranging from 200-800 points.  Some of them look pretty interesting (I love the new screenshot preview feature of NXE), but I haven't downloaded any of them yet.

Well, they've been working on them since the developer tools became available, I think (and that's been a long time).

I recommend checking out the Easy Golf game.  Unfortunately, it's 800 points, but there is the ability to design courses.  It's a pretty slick little golf game.

Others I've been interested in:

Colosseum (as I mentioned)
Weapon of Choice (pretty slick platform/shooter)
In the Pit
Blow (kind of like Eets with bubbles)
Artoon (puzzle/jumping game)

I haven't actually bought anything yet, but I think I may go in for Easy Golf, Colosseum and Weapon of Choice.

I also just saw Classic Card Games, which I will buy if it has Euchre and is any good.  And a game called Arriba!  I don't know what it is (the screenshot doesn't show much), but I'm downloading it anyway.
13500  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]A Kingdom For Keflings on: November 22, 2008, 03:42:24 PM
Yeah, I bought it and had immediate buyer's remorse.  However, I've since played it again, and am back into it.  Good game.
13501  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Best kid games? on: November 22, 2008, 03:41:00 PM
My daughter has played the Disney Princess game four times through since last Christmas.  I'm betting your kid won't like that, but my point is this:  Kids love crap games.  Ben 10 would probably work for him.

Also, I heartily recommend Boom Blox.
13502  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Absolutely hilarious Oblivion AAR on: November 22, 2008, 03:38:53 PM
That's good stuff.
13503  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 21, 2008, 11:21:06 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on November 21, 2008, 09:32:19 PM

Quote from: Fuzzballx on November 21, 2008, 08:14:47 PM


The old blades were pretty, slick, quick, well organized, super easy to use, and high tech looking.

I respectfully disagree on all of the above points. To me, the old dashboard looked like a Fisher-Price toy, moved much slower than the new dash, and was often maddeningly difficult to navigate (at least for the marketplace).

I think the new dashboard, while certainly full of fluff, made a nice comprimise by having the quick dash menu at the touch of the center button.

I much prefer the new set-up.

I think the system will be refined not too far down the line and it will be more intuitively organized/streamlined.  It's not too bad now, but there are little tweaks that can be made to remove a couple of steps, but it's definitely sleeker and seems to move faster than the blades.
13504  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Playstation Home Beta on: November 21, 2008, 11:16:15 PM
I just got an e-mail telling me I'd been selected for the Home Beta.  I hadn't signed up or anything.  I decided to go ahead with it, just to compare with the NXE (sure seems MS forced Sony's hand, though).  It's downloading now.  Much smaller than the NXE at only 77 MB, yet it's taking longer to download.
13505  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider: Underworld on: November 21, 2008, 07:21:20 PM

Quote from: kronovan on November 21, 2008, 07:05:26 PM

I played up until the 4th level yesterday and so far I'm enjoying this very much. I was impressed at how big the Thai level actually was. What was featured in the demo is only about 1/3 of it; maybe even only a 1/4! As in the demo the jumping and climbing has been a bit more challenging than TRL or TRA. The grab holds are much more blended in with the backgrounds; keeping your light on at all times really helps locate them. I'm playing it on the middle difficulty and so far it's been easy enough to the point that I'm thinking of experimenting with a game on the hardest setting. The story up to the point up I'm at is interesting and evolving nicely and would please any TR fan due to it's emphasis on ancient history and  references to the latest 2 prequels.

Just as in the demo the visuals on every level so far have been very impressive, but now that I'm a ways in they've taken 2nd set to the audio and voice acting. This has to be one of the better voice acted and sounding games I've played in a while. I'm blushing as I type it, but it also has to feature the best bum and set of hips ever depicted in a video game.  icon_redface  The character model for Lara is more beautiful and better than ever, being both sensuous and athletic. The modeling of her is so superior to the typical buxom, bade stereotypes found in 99% of games, that it really puts this in a class all by itself. That character model combined with sweeping music featuring melodic female vocals, gives the atmosphere a feminine aspect that I don't recall any other game pulling off. So far very impressive and captivating, can't wait to play more tonight.

Embarrassingly, I keep noticing her butt, too.

The level length is a little off putting to me, I'll be honest.  I prefer quick hit levels.  The design is very good, but I find my mind wandering before I'm through.
13506  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shaun White Snowboarding? on: November 21, 2008, 07:21:11 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 21, 2008, 06:57:25 PM

is the target wii version also spruced up with the extra mountain etc?  that might be worth picking up just to have a reason to drag the balance board back out of the closet.

Yes.
13507  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ChronoTrigger DS on: November 21, 2008, 06:21:50 PM

Quote from: tylertoo on November 21, 2008, 06:02:38 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 21, 2008, 03:56:43 PM

Sorry, I found that amusing.

No problem.  And sorry all for my angry tone.

So back to the original topic, who's getting this on day one?

Even though I won't have finished DQIV yet, I will get this as close to Day 1 as the holiday allows.
13508  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shaun White Snowboarding? on: November 21, 2008, 06:19:36 PM

Quote from: JSL on November 21, 2008, 06:10:13 PM

How does it play without the balance board and is the snowball throwing mechanic still in the Wii version? In other words, is it annoying to have to dodge snowballs all the time?

Haven't tried it without the balance board, but I've heard it controls nicely.  I also haven't seen any snowballs yet, nor is there anything in the manual, but a guy does seem to be picking up snow in one of the box's screenshots.
13509  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 trophies now a developer requirement on: November 21, 2008, 05:27:20 PM

Quote from: Turtle on November 21, 2008, 05:22:20 PM

Yeah, because epeen points are so much better than fake trophies.  slywink  They do need to do a better job of showing the level of a player, which based off trophy count and type, it basically serves the same purpose as the gamerscore.

Actually, there is a limit, each trophy has a point value and every PS3 game has a limit to the amount of trophy points they can allocate divided up between bronze, silver, and gold trophies.

Never heard that term "epeen."   icon_biggrin  But, yeah, I'd rather be swinging large in my mind that showing fake trophies to people who don't care.   icon_wink  And just because the rule of three is making me do it:  unibrow
13510  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead Impressions on: November 21, 2008, 04:54:19 PM

Quote from: Brendan on November 21, 2008, 04:01:28 PM

I'm more anxious about encountering tanks - unlike witches, who you can hear from a mile away, you don't anticipate one until it climbs the fuel truck from behind you and knocks you forty feet into a cluster of propane tanks surrounded by zombies.

Tanks are much tougher, it's true, but you don't get a warning, so there's no fear build up.  With Berserkers and Big Daddies and Witches, you always know they're there, which in many ways is worse.  Plus the Witch is not as mammoth or brute force oriented as the other two are.

We had an awesome encounter the other night.  I forget the level now, but you come out into a courtyard/truck depot (at the end of it, there's some kind of gas tank or something that inevitably gets blown to hell).  Well, we entered the courtyard and took care of most of the troublemakers and, as things quieted down, we could hear her.  We carefully crept out from behind the trucks and saw her hunched down in the middle of the courtyard, basically dead center between the trucks.  To get where we needed to be, we had to go right through her.  The damn Director AI plopped her down perfectly.  After we got into position, the player who'd kind of fallen into the leader role counted us down.  We opened fire as one, getting around her as best we could.  One guy took the brunt of it, but we were able to take her down pretty handily.  Then the horde set upon us and we scrambled to get inside.
13511  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Alone in the Dark vastly improved on: November 21, 2008, 04:45:18 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 21, 2008, 04:22:18 PM

Have they released the patch for the other versions?  I may just grab the PC version for 20 bucks.

Apparently, they're not planning on releasing a patch unless the PS3 version sells enough.  As you can see from the last couple of comments, that's probably not going so well.
13512  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 2 Impressions on: November 21, 2008, 03:57:48 PM
Hey, Hark, don't feel too bad.  I think I'm at level 5 or 6.
13513  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ChronoTrigger DS on: November 21, 2008, 03:56:43 PM

Quote from: tylertoo on November 21, 2008, 03:46:16 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 21, 2008, 02:58:50 PM

Well, this has been discussed for awhile, with the confusing title, "Spoiler Tags no longer working."  http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php/topic,30164.0.html

Maybe it could be stickied.  Its now buried on the second page here.  I obviously never saw it, or I wouldn't have posted as I did, so no need for sarcasm.

Snarkiness only crept into after I realized the title used the exact same words you did.  Sorry, I found that amusing.
13514  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead Impressions on: November 21, 2008, 03:55:18 PM
If I may say, the witch may well be the single greatest video game enemy to be created since the berserkers in Gears of War or the Big Daddies in terms of "Oh, shit there's one nearby" moments.
13515  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ChronoTrigger DS on: November 21, 2008, 02:58:50 PM

Quote from: tylertoo on November 21, 2008, 02:36:25 PM

Christ, are spoiler tags no longer working?  I just re-read this thread in anticipation of next week's release, and found that Tebunker's reply (reply #35) to my questions included a spoiler of the ending uncovered!   mad mad 

This is NOT Tebunker's fault, he had covered it with a spoiler tag.  Tebunker, can you edit the post now so other CT newbs don't read the ending.

Now I know the ending, not sure I feel like playing....

Well, this has been discussed for awhile, with the confusing title, "Spoiler Tags no longer working."  http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php/topic,30164.0.html
13516  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 trophies now a developer requirement on: November 21, 2008, 02:56:36 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on November 21, 2008, 01:15:28 PM

For some reason I care enough about achievements to make a concerted effort to get the reachable ones.  But I can honestly say that I couldn't care less about trophies.  I'm not exactly sure why that is.

I'm in the same boat.  Maybe one of the reasons is that Achievemnets are set to a certain amount (1000 per major release), while Trophies seem kind of arbitrary.  They also seem fairly meaningless.  Points versus trophies boils down to the difference between setting a quatifiable record and getting a little plastic award for participation.
13517  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 21, 2008, 02:48:11 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 21, 2008, 02:46:21 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 21, 2008, 02:15:27 PM

I do like that there's much more information presented about demos and downloadable games now: screenshots and big text boxes instead of that horrible uncontrollable tiny box of slow scrolling text.

Yes, and hallelujah you can finally manually scroll when there is more text than fits in the box.

I just noticed that this morning.  Such a necessary change.

My fear on this new system is that it would be form over function, but it functions pretty well.  There's no real slowdown in scrolling to the stuff you want.  The stuff on my HDD lists much faster.  There are some things that need to be quick, but Microsoft has proven to be effective in seeing what needs to be fixed and taking care of it, so I'm not worried.  One of the first changes needs to be an option to choose which row comes up first.  I would like it to be the My Xbox row, personally.
13518  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox Experience on: November 21, 2008, 02:15:11 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 20, 2008, 05:01:48 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on November 20, 2008, 04:11:34 PM



Quote from: CeeKay on November 20, 2008, 04:18:55 PM



I think I'm going to get a haircut and shave this weekend so it'll probably change.  I hope they come out with a summer clothes pack.

Separated at birth??   icon_eek



Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 20, 2008, 03:45:35 PM

Just like with my Mii, I had no problem creating other people, but I couldn't get me right.  Later, my daughter helped pick various parts and now it's pretty good (though the system doesn't get quite as chunky as real life).



Speaking of separated at birth.
13519  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ChronoTrigger DS on: November 21, 2008, 12:38:11 AM
IGN gave it an 8.8, but holy crap read the comments:

Quote
Closing Comments
Thereís a reoccurring theme in Chrono Trigger DS, and itís an important one for a game this historical. The game is virtually unchanged in its core, having a new script re-write, but retaining the visuals, music, character designs, interface styles, and options of the source material. At the same time, Square Enix also ensures that this is the definitive version of Chrono Trigger out there, as the game comes complete with every option you could ever want for touch vs. button control, two or single screen display, or game pacing and difficulty. Where things should have been left the same, they were. Where fixes or additions could be made, they have. Yes itís a $40 game for a title many of us have played until our thumbs were sore, and itís unchanged in a lot of ways from what you played back in 1995 or in 2001, but itís also just as captivating, imaginative, or well made now as it was then. I could write volumes on this game, but it isnít needed. If youíve never played Chrono Trigger before, buy this game. If youíre a die-hard fan and want to support one of the greatest games of all time, buy this game. If youíre having trouble validating a $40 purchase for what is ultimately the same game, itís the wrong choice for you, and your cash is better spent elsewhere. Any way you slice it though, Chrono Trigger is one of the greatest RPGs of all time, and itís a game everyone Ė whether on DS, PSX, Super NES, or in the future Ė should play.

Sounds like it's nearly a 10.  Then they have another take:

Quote
Another Take
Iíve never played Chrono Trigger. Growing up as a Genesis kid, the Squaresoft (now Square Enix) epic was something I knew only by reputation. Itís widely regarded as one of the best RPGs from the 16 bit era, if not to date. Though itís taken me well over a decade to get my hands on it, I see that the praise it sees is more than well deserved. After spending some time with the game, going through the different eras and being introduced to some truly memorable characters, I see that Chrono Trigger is absolutely stellar.
The game does so many different things that itís tough to naysay, especially considering its competition when it was originally released. The story is rather engrossing and comes with a charm youíd be hard pressed to find elsewhere, making Cronoís adventures in saving the world that much more exciting. The theme of causality and travelling through time to change the course of history, making sure certain destruction doesnít come to pass is such a refreshing change of pace as itís something thatís truly epic. The game shows you exactly what happens if you donít succeed in your quest, adding a level of weight that you donít find elsewhere too often.

The battle system is really one of the best elements of the game as it doesnít follow the traditional turn based combat. The visuals are slightly tweaked Ė rather than having your team on one side of the screen, theyíre scattered through the battlefield as are your enemies, and though it seems like a mere aesthetic decision, it really adds to the change that this game brought about. The actual battle mechanics are some of the best Iíve seen as youíll constantly be faced with a cost/benefit decision that comes with the combo attacks, which require you figure out how best to use your limited supplies of energy allotted to your attacks.

The only downside to the game is that the port over to the DS really doesnít bring anything new to the table. It uses some dated visuals which really stand out, and not in a positive way. Though it comes with a very basic Monster Rancher-esque multiplayer mode, I was hoping for more, especially considering the $40 cost of entry. However, itís still an amazing experience, well worth your time and money. As many fans have told me over the years, Chrono Trigger is something that everyone should play and after getting my hands on it, I have to agree. Itís truly an exemplary title that deserves every bit of acclaim it gets. In short, itís the real deal.

How is this not at least a 9?
13520  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Community Games XBLM on: November 20, 2008, 09:23:09 PM

Quote from: EddieA on November 20, 2008, 08:31:13 PM

The 1 vs. 100 game was originally supposed to come out when NXE debuted, but it was delayed until next year.

Isn't that more of an XBLA game?
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