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13521  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Poker Smash on: February 11, 2008, 04:12:52 PM
I agree that this is an excellent game.  It can get pretty challenging, though.  Partly because you have to retrain your brain in how to play.  For me, it helps not to go looking for straights or full houses too much and just try to match 3, 4 or 5 of a kind and let the bigger scoring sets just fall into place.  I hope that'll change with more play, but especially when the board starts filling up, it can get overwhelming.

The only complaint I have, really, is that the special challenges aren't up on screen for very long at all.  Usually they seem to disappear in 3 - 5 seconds.  Even with the slow time feature, it's usually near impossible to set up the proper sequence unless you catch an extremely lucky break.
13522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Facebreaker - (EA) Boxing Game on: February 11, 2008, 04:08:19 PM
I think I'd like a game like this more than the Fight Night games.
13523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/11) on: February 11, 2008, 04:05:53 PM
I'm in on the Lost Odyssey to buy or not to buy debate, too.  I've been back and forth so many times...

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

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

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

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

But the ITEM I'm most excited about is the Rock Band Drum Kit!!!!
13524  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else excited for Boom Blox? on: February 09, 2008, 05:46:53 PM

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

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

Would you like them with a fox?
13525  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Professor Layton and the Curious Village Impressions on: February 09, 2008, 04:30:46 PM
I'm really looking forward to this.  I'd seen the curious...sorry curious street date myself and this thread made me think someone had already stumbled on it.  I was preparing to head to the store.
13526  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else excited for Boom Blox? on: February 09, 2008, 04:29:02 PM
I read the press release a couple of days ago and wasn't much interested.  Then I was perusing GameTrailers and thought I'd give the video a go, and I had the same reaction as you:  drool  It looks really great. 
13527  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: February 07, 2008, 05:54:01 PM

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

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

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

40- 50 hours is not overly long?  eek


Not for a JRPG, I don't think.  It's long, but not overly so, especially given the 4 discs it comes on.
13528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: February 07, 2008, 05:04:01 PM
Yeah, the Gametrailers review pushed me into the buy category.  I was also pleased to hear that, despite spanning four DVDs, the game is not overly long (something like 40 - 50 hours, supposedly).
13529  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox Originals - New additions to the lineup on: February 06, 2008, 07:12:45 PM
Even though all of these games are already on the BC list, I'm hoping this signals new additions to said list.  We're almost due.  It's been three months
13530  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Create your own ROCK BAND SHOES on: February 05, 2008, 05:54:23 PM
Can you paint a red heartbeat on them if you're in the band Emogency?
13531  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Club - Demo Tomorrow on XBL **BAH Europe and Aus only** on: February 05, 2008, 05:15:26 PM
Eurogamer really liked the full game, saying:
Quote
Overall, The Club is brilliantly immediate, logical and rewarding in ways that the PGR games always were and are, and it does for the third-person shooter what no one else has even bothered trying to do: moving it closer to the 2D shoot-'em-ups of old in a manner that appeals anew. In terms of Bizarre's canon, it is what PGR was for cars: familiar concepts designed to be enjoyed over and over rather than gasped at and discarded.
8/10

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

They seemed to like the things that seemed to be appealing to me in the demo.
13532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: February 04, 2008, 06:53:56 PM
You can also use any USB mic.  Some of them are pretty cheap (I have one from the Wii game Boogie that now justifies the purchase of that game).
13533  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/4) on: February 04, 2008, 05:54:10 PM
Poker Smash is the XBLA game this week.  I believe I'll be in on that, looks pretty cool.

Also, there's an update to Crystal Quest that makes it even more like Geometry Wars.  A score multiplier.  I'm sure I'll give it a try, seeing as I bought the game back in the day.
13534  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/4) on: February 04, 2008, 04:25:42 PM

Quote from: kronovan on February 04, 2008, 04:04:52 PM

I think I'm in on DMC4, but I might wait for a few reviews 1st. Plus my hands are full right now with the gaming greatness of No More Heroes and 1080 Snowboarding.  slywink

85% from Gamerankings already.  6 reviews. http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages2/938686.asp?q=dmc%204

Quote from: wonderpug on February 04, 2008, 04:16:02 PM


Very psyched about "Roam."  My wife will be pumped, too.  Hopefully, this'll lead to more B-52s songs.
13535  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization Revolution DS Screenshots on: February 04, 2008, 04:18:31 PM

Quote from: Destructor on February 04, 2008, 02:02:29 PM

Tank vs Ninja? There's a one sided fight.

No kidding.  That Ninja would hop in, slip inside, then slice and dice before the turret even started to move.

This has always been a weird thing with Civ, though.  Ox-carts taking on militia and such.  And the ox-carts have a half-way decent sized chance of winning.
13536  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Turok on: February 04, 2008, 04:16:12 PM

Quote from: jblank on February 04, 2008, 12:14:20 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 03, 2008, 09:26:42 PM

Quote from: jblank on February 03, 2008, 12:27:31 AM

Pass.

Maybe, and I do mean maybe, when this hits the bargain bin at $19-$29, I will pick it up, but for $60? No thank you. When I first saw the info and the videos, I just had a feeling this game wasn't gonna be all that great, and from what I hear, it is just mediocre.

Where are you hearing this?  The reviews have all been pretty positive.

Got a couple of buddies that bought it and said it was just ok. Lots of people on IGN have said the same. Even the reviews say it's a bit derivitive (IGN at least). If positive means, over a 5 on a 10 scale, I would agree, but I'm not hearing anything that makes me think this is a full price purchase.

BTW, did you see what Ron said about 5 posts above mine? Yeah, that doesn't exactly make me wanna drop 60 bones on it.

Did you mean his post on the demo?  Yeah, I didn't like the demo, either.

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 04, 2008, 01:59:54 PM

Quote from: Calvin on February 04, 2008, 04:42:41 AM

74% GR, 6.5 1up, 6.6 average EGM...yeah, no way a buy for me. I would absolutely rent it when I get through my backlog, but not a buy.

To be fair/pedantic, the 6.5 1Up is the included in the EGM average...

And to be fairer and more nitpicky, those are the two slightly negative reviews, and the 1Up review even says the game is pretty good with some problems.  I agree with both of their big complaints, BTW.  The stealth segments are very inconsistent, with enemies spotting you for no apparent reason.  In fact, the sequence they reference is the most annoying part where that happens so far, but only because of the rebuke from your team mate, and the fact that you feel like the game didn't let you pull it off.  And the dino stabbing is sometimes hard to pull off, with a small window where the trigger will work.  Part of that seems like it should be the case, as you're trying to pull off a one-kill maneuver, but it doesn't always feel challenging so much as arbitrary. 

I get if you don't need another game right now or don't want to spend $60 on it that this is a wait for a cheaper price point game, but it seems weird to attribute the reasoning to mediocre reviews when they've been pretty positive.
13537  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where's the No More Heroes impressions? There they are! on: February 04, 2008, 04:03:05 PM

Quote from: kronovan on February 04, 2008, 03:50:57 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 03, 2008, 12:03:03 AM

And the driving really is the weakest aspect of the game.  The rev and front wheels to the sky animation has become a bane to my existence.  I just want to get going after I turn around.  I know I can hit the brakes to stop it, but I shouldn't have to, you know?

I found the driving to be a lot better and easier once I managed the 90 degree power slide turn. The unnecessary wheelie annoyance can be eliminated if you're a little more patient when you back up; a 1-2 second extra wait should do it.

I'm now at rank 6 and this game has got me by the Lovikov balls. The baseball batting fights were what finally sucked me in; just crazy. That being said, I have to say that the 6th boss was absolutely pure nuttiness! I can't ever remember experiencing anything that crazy in a game ever before; not even Killer 7. I still have a few issues with the game, but they've all been back burnered by it's strong points.

Speaking of Lovikov balls, does anyone know how to use the new skills; i.e. are they automatic, made available through in motion action sequences or manual actions you must self initiate? I have all but 1 of them, but there's only brief text descriptions when you add the skill.

I get that patience helps on the wheelie, but it's annoying that I have to take the time to avoid a default animation in the game.  It's my biggest gripe, but I am still loving the game.

Some of the Lovikov skills are automatic and some you have to use.  The best one, to me, is adding the ability to run with the B button.  Extremely helpful.  The Nunchuck shake fighting ability is pretty good, too.
13538  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/4) on: February 04, 2008, 03:59:16 PM
DMC4 - yes.
Culdcept Saga - I could be convinced.
Assassin's Credd DS - Yes, I was in when I heard it wasn't a port.  It's all new misisons in a prequel of sorts, IIRC.
13539  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Turok on: February 03, 2008, 09:26:42 PM

Quote from: jblank on February 03, 2008, 12:27:31 AM

Pass.

Maybe, and I do mean maybe, when this hits the bargain bin at $19-$29, I will pick it up, but for $60? No thank you. When I first saw the info and the videos, I just had a feeling this game wasn't gonna be all that great, and from what I hear, it is just mediocre.

Where are you hearing this?  The reviews have all been pretty positive.
13540  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Turok on: February 03, 2008, 12:05:46 AM

Quote from: Turtle on February 02, 2008, 10:10:45 AM

Any co-op or split screen play?

There is co op play, but I just found out that you can't play through the single player story.  They've created unique missions for it.  Personally, I think that's pretty cool.

Not sure about split screen, though.
13541  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where's the No More Heroes impressions? There they are! on: February 03, 2008, 12:03:03 AM
I have to say, too, that the more I play this game, the more I want to play.  I'm only at rank 7 (or maybe 6), and somehow it feels like a short game, though I'm sure I've put in four or five hours.  Just a testament to how good it is.

The in between mission stuff is nice and varied and not too challenging, though I may want to retry for a gold rank.  Man, I wish there was a retry mission option, though.  Especially for those free missions.  Irritating design decision to make them disappear after each attempt.  Frustrates me in the same way Burnout Paradise does, frankly. 

And the driving really is the weakest aspect of the game.  The rev and front wheels to the sky animation has become a bane to my existence.  I just want to get going after I turn around.  I know I can hit the brakes to stop it, but I shouldn't have to, you know?
13542  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Force Unleashed on: February 02, 2008, 04:56:45 PM
I actually think Euphoria is pretty cool.  The ankle grab doesn't bother me (or the hand grab for that matter).  I'm looking forward to its use in the new Indy game, too.

Force Unleashed has me very excited.  I think it's amazing that LucasArts is finally becoming an innovator.  Since they started, they've watched what other people did, then polished it.

I hope it doesn't suck, but it looks like they're putting all the effort into making an incredible title.
13543  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Faith & a .45 on: February 02, 2008, 04:20:55 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 01, 2008, 09:46:51 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on February 01, 2008, 09:22:54 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on January 31, 2008, 03:40:10 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on January 31, 2008, 02:09:18 PM

I hope they really play up the Bonnie & Clyde aspect of the game. Unfortunately, your counterpart is usually fleshed out in some half-assed manner. He or she  simply guides you to the next gameplay sequence, or the developers end up having the two of you break up for various contrived reasons. American developers seem to have almost no understanding of how to create an actual relationship between a man and woman within a game.


not counting naughty dog (uncharted)?...


Uncharted walks a fine line, but I definitely don't think they took it far enough. A few more stages with her at your side would have helped make their relationship more interesting. I'm thinking ICO, but with a partner who actually speaks and isn't quite so helpless. smile  What is the last game that really tried to develop a meaningful and intelligent romance in a game? Baldur's gate II? And even that was somewhat stilted....and Canadian...

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time would get my vote. 

No question on that one.  Fantastic story in POP:SOT.

Does GlaDOS count?  Or the Companion Cube, if you're not into complex passive/aggressive romances.
13544  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Turok on: February 02, 2008, 04:18:53 AM
The impressions have already begun in here: http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php/topic,24465.0.html

Since that was a demo thread, though, I'll port my impressions over.

The reviews have been half-way decent for Turok, and I picked it up yesterday.  I have to say I'm enjoying it much more than the demo.  I played for a couple of hours and had a very good time.  It's not AAA caliber, so if your good meter no longer goes below COD4 or Bioshock, don't bother.  However, it is better than, say, Kane & Lynch (which itself is not even half as bad as people are claiming).  A lot of work went into this game. 

It seems like, much like with the recent Tomb Raider reboot, someone finally said, "You know, Turok is a cool concept that never really had a good game to go with it beyond the first (and even that one is stretching it)."  So they decided to make an A title. 

There is a story to it (though I know IGN says the story disappears), and so far I'm finding it interesting enough to keep me going.  I like the dynamic of being hated by a partner who would kill you if he didn't need you to stay alive.  I like the hunt for a former mentor.  I also like the dinosaurs.

I know we've seen them in games before, but I still get chills the first time I see a T-Rex stomping around.  It's just cool.

The graphics are pretty good.  It's not COD4, again.  There is a lot of sameness to the environments after awhile.  And a lot of green.  I just stumbled on a base I'm about to head inside, so hopefully that'll mix things up a bit.

I'm finding aiming to be a bit of a challenge, as there's no lock-on that I've noticed.  I know some people like that.  I'm just not used to it.  I may have to change the sensitivity, 'cause I feel like I overshoot the target too easily.  However, I wouldn't say combat is difficult.  Taking down dinosaurs can be tough, especially when they're hopping all over the place.  I find that using the old knife will work more ofter than a gun.  So far, bullets seem more plentiful than in the demo (I felt like I was always running out of ammo in the demo).  However, the logic in me doesn't understand why there would be any arrows anywhere, so I'm not using the bow as often as I probably should.

I tried MP last night for a bit.  It was fun, if fairly standard.  However, there were dinos running around, and they had no allegiance.  That was a neat addition.  There is co-op for those who jones for that feature.

Overall, I expected to play for about an hour yesterday, and I played for over three.  So I definitely had a good time.  Whoever wrote the comment "Meh, it's Turok" without taking the time to find out if they'd done anything to the Turok experience, should maybe take a look again.  Everyone else should at least give this one a rental.  Or just buy it if you're looking for a fun, cool distraction that would have been considered very before the end of an amazing 2007.
13545  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Turok Demo Available (but not in the US) on: February 01, 2008, 03:46:49 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on February 01, 2008, 03:27:53 PM

Quote from: Purge on February 01, 2008, 02:50:25 PM

Starshifter... you're like a total opposite of my tastes.

I think we need to have a Shifty-scale.

I've noticed.  Not only you but others as well.  I don't consciously do it.  I really don't let things that piss most people off about games ever get to me.  I buy a game because it looks like fun and I simply sit down and enjoy.  It really is that simple.  I could care less about bad voice acting, graphical glitches, it doesn't bring anything new to the table etc. etc. etc. & blah, blah, blah.  If it looks like it has a cool story and theme then I'm all over it.

I started playing the full game of Turok last night and it is a ton of fun in so many ways.  Story, characters, setting and game play.  I'm not going to bother posting detailed impressions anymore for any game.  The same people will come in and just tear everything apart.  All that counts is I'm enjoying this game a lot and glad I picked it up.  It just seems to me that nobody approaches games with an open mind anymore.  It seems that everyone is so quick to surgically dissect a game nowadays.  If it's not a huge prominent bonanza game like COD4, Rainbow Six iteration to the nth degree, Rock Band, Gears of War or any other main stream well known game with a huge MP element, then it will inevitably be considered a subpar game.  I'm sure those games are fun but to dismiss others because they don't compare to those games is just not right in my opinion.  That's how I see it.  I could be wrong.  Who knows.  All I know is I play what I enjoy.   icon_biggrin

A Shifty-Scale would be a cool idea.  It should focus on story, character and how emotionally involved one gets with the game because that is how I choose what to play.  icon_wink

I agree with your comments in the middle there, Shifty.  It's something that's been really gnawing at me lately (see my recent old man rant in the Fall of Liberty demo topic). 

I'm sorry that you're disheartened enough not to post impressions anymore, but I can see why you'd be there.  I'm happy you're still around though.

By the way, no hot witches in Turok so far, though.  Bummer, huh?
13546  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Turok Demo Available (but not in the US) on: February 01, 2008, 03:42:58 PM
The reviews have been half-way decent for Turok, and I picked it up yesterday.  I have to say I'm enjoying it much more than the demo.  I played for a couple of hours and had a very good time.  It's not AAA caliber, so if your good meter no longer goes below COD4 or Bioshock, don't bother.  However, it is better than, say, Kane & Lynch (which itself is not even half as bad as people are claiming).  A lot of work went into this game.  

It seems like, much like with the recent Tomb Raider reboot, someone finally said, "You know, Turok is a cool concept that never really had a good game to go with it beyond the first (and even that one is stretching it)."  So they decided to make an A title.  

There is a story to it (though I know IGN says the story disappears), and so far I'm finding it interesting enough to keep me going.  I like the dynamic of being hated by a partner who would kill you if he didn't need you to stay alive.  I like the hunt for a former mentor.  I also like the dinosaurs.

I know we've seen them in games before, but I still get chills the first time I see a T-Rex stomping around.  It's just cool.

The graphics are pretty good.  It's not COD4, again.  There is a lot of sameness to the environments after awhile.  And a lot of green.  I just stumbled on a base I'm about to head inside, so hopefully that'll mix things up a bit.

I'm finding aiming to be a bit of a challenge, as there's no lock-on that I've noticed.  I know some people like that.  I'm just not used to it.  I may have to change the sensitivity, 'cause I feel like I overshoot the target too easily.  However, I wouldn't say combat is difficult.  Taking down dinosaurs can be tough, especially when they're hopping all over the place.  I find that using the old knife will work more ofter than a gun.  So far, bullets seem more plentiful than in the demo (I felt like I was always running out of ammo in the demo).  However, the logic in me doesn't understand why there would be any arrows anywhere, so I'm not using the bow as often as I probably should.

I tried MP last night for a bit.  It was fun, if fairly standard.  However, there were dinos running around, and they had no allegiance.  That was a neat addition.  There is co-op for those who jones for that feature.

Overall, I expected to play for about an hour yesterday, and I played for over three.  So I definitely had a good time.  Whoever wrote the comment "Meh, it's Turok" without taking the time to find out if they'd done anything to the Turok experience, should maybe take a look again.  Everyone else should at least give this one a rental.  Or just buy it if you're looking for a fun, cool distraction that would have been considered very before the end of an amazing 2007.
13547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Faith & a .45 on: January 31, 2008, 04:29:02 PM
This game and setting look great.  I'm very excited.  I like the title, too.
13548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where's the No More Heroes impressions? There they are! on: January 30, 2008, 09:42:20 PM
The Wii is really a perfect fit for Fatal Frame, too.  Very exciting.
13549  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where's the No More Heroes impressions? There they are! on: January 29, 2008, 04:37:59 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 29, 2008, 03:54:53 PM

One thing I was wondering about: it seemed to be a lot like GTA, which is good IMO.  But I noticed you have your own vehicle (the fat tire motorcycle).  Does that just stay where you park it, does it get placed near wherever you might be, or can you use other vehicles as well?  It seems having one vehicle would be kind of inconvenient in a GTA style game, especially if you walked far away from it.

You can actually call to have it delivered to you wherever you are.

I will say, the driving is probably the clumsiest part of the game.  The bike doesn't handle very well.  However, you really only drive to get from point A to point B, so it's not that big of a deal.
13550  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/28) on: January 28, 2008, 04:05:19 PM
Turns out Turok may be out this week (Friday) for both the 360 and PS3.   I'm on the fence here.  I was hoping for a good Turok game, finally, but the demo left me a little cold.  Of course, I played a very early demo, so anything could happen.
13551  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Poll] What platforms do you own? *keep it updated* on: January 28, 2008, 03:45:38 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 28, 2008, 03:23:55 PM

I primarily play on Tiger LCD handheld systems, which option should I choose?  I am also  maroon/green/navyblue/teal colorblind and am very confused by all the various shades of grey I see in the poll.

I'm maroon/green/navyblue colorblind.  Your're teal, too?  HAHAHAHAHA.  Loser.  What a fool.
13552  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/28) on: January 28, 2008, 03:43:20 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 28, 2008, 03:34:23 PM

They're making a new Kings Bounty game?  I remember playing the original on the Commodore 64- I may have to check that out.

Wasn't King's Bounty already remade into the successful Heroes of Might and Magic series?
13553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/28) on: January 28, 2008, 03:19:17 PM
Almost for sure Rez, possibly Chessmaster.

I really, really enjoyed Bomberman Land for the DS, so I've been looking forward to the Wii version.  If the DS version isn't just the same game compacted, I'll probably get that, too, but down the road.  I do hope some reviews hit before I just buy it, though.  It was a careful balance of gameplay in the last one, they may not be able to pull it off again.
13554  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLM] Turning Point: Fall of Liberty demo is up! on: January 28, 2008, 01:56:34 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on January 27, 2008, 11:52:16 PM

Why can't gamers have high expectations? The games market is flooded with countless mediocre titles that can't be returned once opened. If the demo is poor, then I'm not going to lower my standards and waste my money in the hopes that it COULD be decent. If the reviews for this game surprise me, or those brave guinea pigs (like Bullwinkle) who get it have favorable impressions, then I'll reconsider, but just based on this  demo, I think it is perfectly fair to judge it as is in comparison to the many other FPS games available.

But to rank at as the worst piece of awful crap ever?  That seems unfair and unwarranted.

I understand that you have to pick and choose where you spend your gaming dollar.  So do I.  And that's what demos are for.  I'm not saying you need to go and buy Turning Point.  I'm not being a fanboy about the game, either.  But the demo is not the dankest, foulest thing ever to grace XBLM, as some would have you believe.
13555  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLM] Turning Point: Fall of Liberty demo is up! on: January 27, 2008, 07:45:47 PM
Man, are we spoiled.  Not all games are going to look and play like Call of Duty 4.  It's not fair to judge every FPS game that comes out by the incredibly high bar set by the excellent shooters from the end of 2007. 

I understand this is not a AAA title.  It may not even be a single A title.  However, it's not the largest pile of crap ever to stink its way onto the 360.  Play the Hour of Victory demo.  Then give this one a spin again.  They've tossed in atmosphere, story, and scripted elements aplenty.

The guy moves a little slowly.  It doesn't handle as gracefully as Halo 3.  The graphics are closer to first gen 360 (the phrase "Xbox quality" or even "PS2 quality" gets thrown around way too loosely, IMO).  Does any of that drop it down to "Coaster Award" status?  Sheesh.

I'm not saying the game'll be good.  It's a demo, who knows what the full game'll be like.  I'm not saying it'll be worth $60, if that's the price point.  It should probably be $40.  A lot of people may not think of buying it until it's $20.  But the crap being piled onto this little game is unbelievable.

Personally, as we're in the dry, post-Christmas period, I'm looking forward to any game that is half-way decent.  The atmosphere and story could be enough to overcome the standard gameplay for me.  If it can't for you, okay.  But why drag this little game through the mud instead of just saying it's not your style.

Sorry for the rant, but I've been noticing this trend a lot lately, and it's bugging me.
13556  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Questions about buying a PS3 on: January 27, 2008, 06:04:05 PM

Quote from: nymanium on January 27, 2008, 06:48:57 AM

Just wondering does anyone have an 80 gb and have actually had problems playing some ps2 games? Getting a ps3 and I know where I can get a 60 gb new but I got some credit to use at gamestop that would soften the pricetag on a 80gb, and getting a larger hard drive and Motorstorm for the same price is tempting.

And where are you getting this 60GB new? icon_biggrin

Actually, it's way too early for me to buy one, so I'm worried I'm going to miss out on the 60GB model.  It's looking like the 80GB may time out, though.  I'll probably be looking in March.
13557  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Questions about buying a PS3 on: January 26, 2008, 01:06:36 AM

Quote from: KePoW on January 26, 2008, 12:06:19 AM

Quote from: Canuck on January 26, 2008, 12:03:34 AM

Perhaps the best thing to do would be to buy a cheap 40 gig PS3 and a used (or even new) PS2.  The PS2 doesn't take up much space especially compared to the size of today's monsters.  Apparently even the 80 gig HD's are being discontinued (possibly just a rumor) so you might not want to wait a month or two!

yeah, but a PS2 *does* take up another set of inputs on the TV.  so for people without video-switching receivers, it's just another potential hassle

also, you don't get any of the upscaling as with the PS3, which makes PS2 games look noticeably nicer

Also, I have this thing called a wife, who is still being convinced that a PS3 is viable.  Another console on top of that will not work.
13558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Questions about buying a PS3 on: January 25, 2008, 09:50:30 PM
Now that Blu Ray has pretty much won the format war, I'm thinking about buying a PS3.  I have a couple of questions.

How is the Blu Ray player versus a separate one?  I've never been very fond of using the consoles for movies.  They don't feel dedicated enough.  However, I have heard that the PS3 will update to the latest features easily.  I'm wondering about picture/sound quality and noise level.  Any opinions?

Also, I've never owned a Playstation, and there are some PS2 games I'd like to play.  It seems the quickly becoming standard 40GB is out.  The 80GB has more problems than the 20 or 60GB, but how hard is it to find a 60GB model?  And are there other issues involved with going with a soon to be obsolete version?  BC is a big deal for me, so I doubt I'll be getting the PS3 if the 40GB is the only real option.

All of this probably won't happen for a month or two, but I'd love to get some ideas now.

Thanks, guys.
13559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Endless Ocean Impressions (Wii) on: January 25, 2008, 06:47:37 PM

Quote from: Lee on January 25, 2008, 05:46:14 PM

Am I the only adult playing this? paranoid

(Without a kid sitting next to me that is.)

I played for quite a while without my kid and will play most of it without her.  I would have bought this back when I didn't have a child, too.
13560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: January 25, 2008, 05:31:51 PM
I'm enjoying it a lot until I join a race.  Every time I pull a stupid move right before the finish or head off in the completely wrong direction with no chance of winning.  And every single time I curse the arrogant bonehead who needed to teach us how to race in a seamless world and not put a retry option in.  It seems to me that the whole point of racing is getting familiar with the tracks.  Learning them, so that you avoid the irritating pitfalls that have been set up on them.  Seriously, isn't game racing all about trial and error?
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