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13521  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 04, 2008, 11:17:32 PM
Thanks for the tips on the ants, guys.  I tried ranged combat, but I can't seem to do any damage before I get flamed.  However, I've been spending all my time using VATS on the antenners.  I was under the impression that that was how you took them out.  I didn't realize that it made them go after each other.  I imagine it only takes a hit to knock the antenna out, then I should focus on the head after that.

I may just head out and tackle the mines then come back.
13522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 04, 2008, 04:33:30 PM
Honestly, I'm a little worried about this game now.  I just came across what I assume is supposed to be a fairly easy enemy
Spoiler for Hiden:
(those damn fire ants)
and I'm getting whallopped by them!  Also, the stimpaks don't give me nearly enough health.  I'm blowing through 3 or 4 in a battle, and my health is only hitting the half way mark at best.  I think I'm playing at the second easiest, too.
13523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Collectors guide on: November 04, 2008, 04:22:37 PM

Quote from: disarm on November 04, 2008, 01:38:10 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 03, 2008, 05:09:12 PM

I've never bought a guide, but I've flipped through a couple before.  Doesn't using a guide spoil the game for you guys?

as others have said, it's all about how you choose to use the guide.  if you use every map and quest description to guide you through the game, it can definitely take something away from the experience.  in huge games like Oblivion and Fallout 3, however, i think the guides are a great way to learn about character creation and track your progress through the game.  i spent well over a hundred hours on Oblivion and used the guide as a way to mark off quests and locations as i completed them.  without the guide, it would have become difficult to tell which areas of the game i had already visited and cleared.  once i had explored and discovered a large portion of the game on my own (including completion of almost every quest), i used the guide to help me find some of the more unique and easily overlooked experiences that the game has to offer. 

if you don't want to spoil your experience, just be careful how you use the guide icon_cool

That's exactly the way I use it.  It's often like a bookmark.  If I go away from a game for a bit, the guide will remind me about what's going on.  Of course, with a game like Oblivion or Fallout 3, I have so many scraps of paper holding so many places, sometimes it's hard to remember which one I'm focusing on.

It's also a great way to keep track of what collectibles I've found.

I'll also use a guide after I've rooted through a place to see if I missed anything important.
13524  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions... on: November 03, 2008, 06:32:26 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on November 03, 2008, 05:27:21 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 03, 2008, 04:36:07 PM

Again.  It's a discussion.  You are handling the good all by yourself.  I'm not having the discussion with myself.  There are problems with FO3 as well, but those are being mentioned along with the praise in that forum.  Here, the negatives are being glossed over.  It's like you want everyone to drink the Kool-Aid, and I'm just trying to make sure we know what the Kool-Aid is made of. Honestly, the fact that you had to start a new thread to purge it of the negatives, and you keep asking me to keep the problems out of the discussion, make me wonder why you're so defensive about the game.

wow,... bullwinkle, as in that thread, i've run of of things to say to you. if you really can't differentiate between speculation about a game before it's release & impressions of a game that's been released, & what might make the latter a bit more relevant to people considering getting the game than the former, i have no idea how to repond - i mean, look around: it's the reason just about every major release gets an impressions thread on this forum, even if other pre-release threads exist...

the only kool-aid in my system currently's of the electric-acid variety, from long ago (& there's no way i'm suggesting everyone drink it smile ). i love the game - imperfect as it is, the positives far outweigh the negatives (like the floaty controls & difficulty level, both of which i've mentioned), &, yeah, & i'd encourage just about anyone to at least rent/try it. otoh, if you're personally comfortable with disparaging lbp's flaws without ever mentioning what (if anything) is good about the game (either taking it all for granted &/or leaving it to others), i say go for it (i'm assuming, btw, since you didn't correct me, that your previous post really was the first time you've said anything complimentary about lbp)...

again, i'm just (really) old school - if i'm actually enjoying a game, which is the result of a number of people's time & energy & effort, it's credit where credit's due first & foremost, & any criticisms second. that's just me - you're young, & have your whole life ahead of you, &, therefore, ymmv? smile ...

sack on, man...

Jeez, if I'm 41, how the hell old are you?
13525  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions... on: November 03, 2008, 04:36:07 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on November 03, 2008, 03:32:42 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 03, 2008, 02:31:14 PM

Yet, I keep getting the impression that instead of discussing the good and bad of the game, I should keep my opinions to myself.  I don't think I'll do that.

dude, correct me if i'm wrong, but this post is the first time i've ever heard you simply say something good about the game...

yeah, the controls are floaty (as i've mentioned), the gameplay becomes very challenging (as i've mentioned), the moving between planes is sometimes tricky, the community levels search engine needs work, etc, etc, etc. but, speaking for myself, it's not these negatives that keep me playing the game - it's the positives. yeah, the negatives detract from the over-all experience, unfortunately (my wife can't handle many of the levels past the half-way point), but i just don't think it's fair to lbp, or any game, that one continues to play (& presumably enjoy), to find only the negatives worth mentioning...

maybe it's just me, but i can't imagine hanging out on, say, the fo3 thread & only ever mentioning the game's flaws, without ever counter-balancing that somehow. i believe you give credit where credit's due - if the developer's basically showing you a good time, you acknowledge that. & then, if you've got a few bones to pick, at that point, fine - at that point, your criticisms actually carry a bit more weight...

if all i thought, or felt, was discussion-worthy about a game i was playing was what was wrong with it, with nothing there worthy of giving props to the developer, i'd probably be best off not playing that particular game. that said, i've personally got no problem with discussing the good and bad of a game...

littlebigplanet's far from flawless - but what it does right is pretty damn amazing, & certainly worthy of some praise from anyone actually enjoying it...

Again.  It's a discussion.  You are handling the good all by yourself.  I'm not having the discussion with myself.  There are problems with FO3 as well, but those are being mentioned along with the praise in that forum.  Here, the negatives are being glossed over.  It's like you want everyone to drink the Kool-Aid, and I'm just trying to make sure we know what the Kool-Aid is made of.  Honestly, the fact that you had to start a new thread to purge it of the negatives, and you keep asking me to keep the problems out of the discussion, make me wonder why you're so defensive about the game.
13526  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: November 03, 2008, 02:39:21 PM

Quote from: hepcat on November 03, 2008, 02:05:59 PM

I've pretty much decided that I'm setting the main quest aside until I explore at least 2/3rds of the map.  Hopefully, I won't be TOO uber when I return to it.  It's just so damn easy to get sidetracked by some really, really wonderful quests.  Plus, the VATS system makes combat so much fun that I actually seek out fights now.  I loved Oblivion, don't get me wrong, but after a while I just started dreading fights. 

Be careful.  I did that for Oblivion (actually waited on the main quest until I'd finished exploring everything else), and while I was never too powerful (the challenge levels up with you), the main story became a little repetitive and boring (all those damn Oblivion gates...).
13527  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mirror's Edge on: November 03, 2008, 02:36:35 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 03, 2008, 01:56:31 PM

The demo gave me a horrible first impression.

The way they show you the tutorial runner every single damn time you mess up is infuriating.  I should not have to watch 15 seconds of video every time I try to practice a 2 second move.  That was on the part where you have to jump for a bar to swing on.

A short while later I got to the part where they want you to jump on one wall, turn around, then jump onto a ledge opposing that first wall.  I did it on the first try!  Yay!  Wait, no.  I didn't do it the way the game wanted me to do it, so I get reset and watch tutorial lady do what I just did.  Again.  And again.  I still have no idea what I was doing wrong, because I turned off the game in frustration at that point.

Later I wanted to give the demo one more fair shake, and I skipped the tutorial to dig right into the gameplay.  I kept missing roof jumps from misjudging where the roof edges were.  The runner vision seems like a great way to show you potential paths, why not also give the player some help knowing when to jump to compensate for the first person perspective limitations?

Totally out on this one unless forum impressions are overwhelmingly positive.  So disappointing.

I had the same problem with the wall jump.  I'm chalking that up to it being a demo.  I get why they chose to make you watch "how to do it" each time you don't do it, but, yeah, that's damned annoying.  They should at least let you skip the demonstration if you don't need it.

I also wish the controls were mappable (maybe they will be in the full game?), but I was getting used to it by the end.

I think I was expecting more of a flow to the running (similar to AC, but with a little more interraction), but I still enjoyed the demo.  I may have to wait until next year to actually pick up the game, though.  I think I'll be waiting on reviews/impressions.
13528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions... on: November 03, 2008, 02:31:14 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on November 03, 2008, 05:10:27 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 03, 2008, 04:48:54 AM

And I can't remember the last game that I could find no fault with whatsoever...

i've acknowledged that the game has faults (as do all games)...

but i also see those faults being far outweighed by what's good about the game (which is basically why i continue to play it)...

but, heck, if it makes you feel good smile :




You know, I guess I'm not clear about why, once again, I'm mocked and derided for expressing my opinion in a forum.

The game has a lot of potential, but there are some obvious missteps.  Things that were trumpeted in the other forum just haven't come to fruition, whereas a lot of my concerns are there.  

My main reason for posting the issues are that a) I love this style of game, so the things that keep it from it's potential as a blockbuster system seller can be frustrating; and b) the style of the game screams to the casual crowd, but I think the casual crowd would be very frustrated by the game, and they should know that.

For the recent post about the two-player sections in nearly every level, I do find it frustrating as hell.  They may be "optional," but you don't get the pieces to use in building levels if you don't do them, which is a very large part of the game.  There's also a large percentage number that gets shoved in your face as you complete every level, and those have been frustratingly small at times.  I'd love to have my daughter help in those sections, and I've tried, but despite its appearance, the game is just too hard for her.  She then gets frustrated that a game which looks so cute and appealing is way beyond her skill level.  I actually almost bought an extra controller so the whole family could play together.  Now I'm glad I didn't.

Yes, there are many good things about the game.  I am a collection whore, as I've said, and that button keeps getting pressed.  I'm plowing through the single player, but that's mostly to unlock as much as I can before I even attempt to build one of the levels I mapped out (which makes the enforced difficulty in getting those things unlocked annoying).  The game is cute and the style is nice.  The user-made levels have been better than I would have thought (though I don't like that I need to use my computer to find good ones, then type the ones I've found into the search engine, then hunt and peck to get to the one I'm looking for).  Maybe I don't go into the good stuff enough for your liking, but I do feel like that's been covered here.  

I guess it seems to me that a place for discussion (kind of the definition of a forum) should be open for opinions to be reasonably, you know, discussed.  A lot of times, a discussion is a back-and-forth where someone expresses an idea, and then another person puts forth an opposing idea, building on what's already been said.  Yet, I keep getting the impression that instead of discussing the good and bad of the game, I should keep my opinions to myself.  I don't think I'll do that.
13529  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/03) on: November 03, 2008, 01:58:28 PM
VC: Space Harrier

Wiiware: Home Sweet Home and Alien Crush Returns!

I could see going for Alien Crush Returns someday.

Otherwise, it's Resistance 2 and Gears 2 for me.  End War I'll get next year.
13530  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions... on: November 03, 2008, 04:48:54 AM

Quote from: semiconscious on November 03, 2008, 04:43:31 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 03, 2008, 04:26:08 AM

Quote from: semiconscious on November 03, 2008, 03:06:46 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 03, 2008, 01:42:38 AM

Yeah, I am a collection whore.  It really does bug me, but YMMV.

just as well - if not for having something to bitch about in lbp, you might actually end up resorting to saying something, you know, positive about it smile ...

There seems to be enough mooning blindness to the game's faults already here.

ouch! smile ...

trying to remember the last game i played thru that i personally saw nothing praiseworthy about (& took the time to collect all the goodies, as well)... & i'm drawing a blank... but, hey, that's just me...



enjoy? smile ...

And I can't remember the last game that I could find no fault with whatsoever...

Well, maybe Portal.
13531  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions... on: November 03, 2008, 04:26:08 AM

Quote from: semiconscious on November 03, 2008, 03:06:46 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 03, 2008, 01:42:38 AM

Yeah, I am a collection whore.  It really does bug me, but YMMV.

just as well - if not for having something to bitch about in lbp, you might actually end up resorting to saying something, you know, positive about it smile ...

There seems to be enough mooning blindness to the game's faults already here.
13532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions... on: November 03, 2008, 01:42:38 AM

Quote from: mikeg on November 02, 2008, 04:34:25 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 02, 2008, 03:44:05 PM

Mike those are bonus items- it won't stop you from progressing at all.   

Oh, okay.  I can deal with that.  I am not a completionist by any stretch.  So, back on the maybe train.   I think I may grab it.  Now, to find a sale somewhere.  Even a $49.99 sale would work.


Thanks guys.

Yeah, I am a collection whore.  It really does bug me, but YMMV.
13533  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions... on: November 02, 2008, 02:37:14 PM

Quote from: mikeg on November 01, 2008, 09:39:08 PM

Thanks guys.  As for 'playing with loved ones', I have none that play.  I am it.  So, no one to share that 'moment' with.  Gotta get out of it what I can or no point in bothering.  Thus, one of the reasons I am sooo picky with games.   


Thanks.  This one is getting more and more intriguing.  I could use some 'cute' right about now.

There is one frustrating aspect of the single player.  So far, nearly every story level has had a two-player section with bonus items that you won't receive otherwise.  I'm starting the fourth section, I think, and each one has been doable with some awkward twisting and writhing of hands on another controller, but it's a little irritating, frankly.
13534  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: November 01, 2008, 05:56:32 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 01, 2008, 01:33:21 PM

Quote from: rickfc on November 01, 2008, 01:12:25 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on November 01, 2008, 01:10:52 AM

No Peaches???!!!  saywhat

Agreed.  W.T.F.

Yeah, it's about the only song from them I would have bought.  I remember when they came out, I had heard Lump and Peaches and thought I would like the album and I listened to it and thought it was awful.

Really?  I loved that first album.  I'll take anything from that, but, yeah, "Peaches" should have been on there.  I'd also take "Kitty on my Foot" or "We're not Going to Make It".
13535  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead Opening Cinematic on: November 01, 2008, 05:53:38 PM
I wish this had come out for Halloween.
13536  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions... on: November 01, 2008, 05:15:51 AM

Quote from: semiconscious on October 27, 2008, 06:21:03 PM

Quote from: The Grue on October 27, 2008, 05:27:34 PM

I also used some of the trophy levels that get you trophies quick.

hehheh... same smile . also played some old beta favorites: shadow of the colossus v2, god of war (very slick), & the short ico demo. having also just had a taste of the 4th world, i'm thinking a number of the community levels will be a bit more kid/noob-friendly than the ones in the game, which only get nastier as you go along (huge props to anyone who manages to 100% lbp smile )...

seriously addicted - i'm pretty much forcing myself to stop playing. no way this can't be my choice for goty. all praise to media molecule...


edit: gaf community list of best beta levels:

Quote
Great Overall Level (rated A for amazing)
A boy and his cube by yogh_wayne
All Quiet on the LittleBigPlanet by winnie91
Aztec 21 (W.I.P) V.2 by Mik2121
Death and all his friends - GAF by Danielsan88
DinoLand by Celozia
GAF - Epic Sledge Mania! v.90 by deepbrown
GAF Hype Train beta 0.1 by tarinus
Hollow Bastion by DavisTheDarkest
Jetpack Over The Moon by TurboMan
Jurassic Playground by MurderDeathKill7
LittleBigDonkeyKong by Dragnet
LittleBIG Ninja Warrior by Burning_Out
LittleBig Sky Pirates! v. 2.0 by slickant
LittleGAFAdventure by roxya
Little Big Colossus .v2 by Danielsan88
Little Big UNCHARTED by HeadWind
No Surprises by HappyBivouac
Operation Sackeater by Syroc
Ruins by doctorbashir
Tower Ride by BleedPSN
Welcome to Pleasantville by DoctorBo42
World of Colour! by geosautus

Man, the search engine sucks.  I've typed in all relevant words and you still have to spend forever searching for the right level.

Where is the GAF community?

Alternately, where's the best place to go for level reviews?
13537  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mirror's Edge on: October 31, 2008, 05:52:10 PM

Quote from: Canuck on October 31, 2008, 02:52:35 PM

My only worry right now is that the demo really felt like it was on rails.  Most of the time it seemed like there was really only one way to go.  Now of course, almost all FPS games are like this (perhaps with the exception of FarCry, Stalker, Deus Ex etc) but in a game which gives you the ability to basically go anywhere you want (via climbing, jumping) it would be a shame if you simply jumped from one red ramp to another red ramp.

One thing I really liked about the demo was how natural the controls felt.  It all felt like second nature to me (with perhaps the exception of jump kicking).  Everything really just clicked for me.

I'm sure it'll be like Tomb Raider or Prince of Persia (though the new one is supposedly more open-ended, with multiple ways to get places), in that there will be only one way to get where you need to, but finding that way is sometimes a challenge.
13538  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 31, 2008, 05:50:06 PM
For some reason, I feel more connected with Fallout 3 than I did with Mass Effect.  I never got past the first big planet in ME.  Time may be an issue, but I can see spending a lot of time exploring in F3
13539  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions... on: October 31, 2008, 04:35:39 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on October 31, 2008, 04:18:26 PM

I accidentally got online last night, not really sure how. At first I thought the game had crashed because nothing was happening but since I could still get out to the XMB I waited. Waited some more. Almost ready to quit the game when it sprang back to life and there was someone else in my pod. Yikes! Intruder Alert!  icon_lol

Yeah, having someone in your pod is really creepy.  And it's hard to get rid of them.  And awkward.
13540  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions... on: October 31, 2008, 03:16:43 PM

Quote from: MrDuck on October 31, 2008, 09:53:49 AM

*Cries*

I can't play online with people!

Everytime I seem to find a party to play with, or even with people on my Friends' list, it begins to load, apparently, but then it boots me back to my pod and says it ca't load all player profiles.

The most I have gotten far into mp is watching other people play (wtf?) and then it boots me off, saying again that it can't load player profiles.

frown

Anyone suffering from not being able to play online too?

Hope they fix this soon...

I haven't tried since the beta (having a bunch of people slowed things too much for my taste), but there are definitely still issues with doing anything online.
13541  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 31, 2008, 12:15:55 AM

Quote from: Razgon on October 30, 2008, 11:26:22 PM

are there supposed to be many quests in the first town?? Only found a few, and is already more or less done with them, after about 2 hours game time all in all...and have the next lead in the "main quest"...me thinks me is missing something?

Even the Guide quest?  That seems to be multi-part.

There are not a ton in that first town, according to the guide.
13542  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Klonoa games on: October 30, 2008, 11:15:13 PM
Oh, this better come here.  Come on, we like platformers.

EDIT:  And then, 4 seconds later, I see this:

http://kotaku.com/5071318/klonoa-may-get-poochied-for-american-wii-release
13543  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 30, 2008, 10:11:32 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on October 30, 2008, 08:26:43 PM

Quote from: Caine on October 30, 2008, 08:24:06 PM

Quote from: hepcat on October 30, 2008, 08:02:07 PM

When I look out over the landscape, I wish to see only miles and miles of prostitutes accompanied by scores of men who look just like Huggy Bear. 

...at least in Chicago, I can get that.

and hey, it's already a wasteland too.  no need for a bomb there.




i keed, i keed.

But Chicago has nothing on Pittsburgh.  I know, I have to visit the in-laws there every Christmas.   disgust

 But I'm from Pittsburgh... crybaby
13544  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Beatles? on: October 30, 2008, 08:16:53 PM
I'm going to address the elephant in the room.

Hey, jersoc, it's "The Beatles".  Not beattles.  Beatles.  B-e-a-single t-l-e-s.

That is all.
13545  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Beatles? on: October 30, 2008, 04:43:23 PM

Quote from: Chaz on October 30, 2008, 02:52:06 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 30, 2008, 02:49:07 PM

Quote from: Chaz on October 30, 2008, 02:42:27 PM

Of course, every music game Harmonix has put out has had new peripherals come out at the same time as well.

There is no way I would be able to resist a plastic Höfner violin bass peripheral.

Oh, and those peripherals for Frequency and Amplitude were awesome!  icon_razz

You mean you didn't get the special edition with the LSD cover? Man, that made those games so much better.  The cover is a peripheral, right?

It is if you lick it.
13546  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] littlebigplanet impressions... on: October 30, 2008, 04:42:09 PM
I'm now officially in, as I just got the game at Best Buy.

BullwinkleJ if you want to add me.
13547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 30, 2008, 04:40:43 PM
I find myself still crouching and jumping a lot, trying to increase those skills.  I have to keep reminding myself that this game isn't like Oblivion in that respect.
13548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: October 30, 2008, 02:48:25 PM
I will get this, no question, but as I said, I hope these songs will also be playable in RB2.  The line "not just a Rock Band expansion pack" is encouraging, at least.
13549  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Beatles? on: October 30, 2008, 12:57:09 PM

Quote from: Misguided on October 30, 2008, 10:54:20 AM

I think this deserves its own topic. It's of interest to many who may not own Rock Band (yet).

Okay, but there's a lot of discussion going on in that other thread.  Some of it is even interesting.  Come check it out.
13550  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: October 30, 2008, 12:56:09 PM
For those who don't think Beatles tracks will work in Rock Band, I point you to "Nine in the Afternoon" by Panic at the Disco.  That is, essentially a Beatles song distilled to its fun roots (or, really, it's a Jellyfish song who themselves were nothing short of the best fun-Beatles imitators ever, but that muddles the point).  That is a fun song to play.  Sure, it's not angsty or complex, but it's fun.  The Beatles have a ton of music that is way more complex than that.  Their tunes are incredibly diverse.  Unless you just don't like them, there will be something for everyone.

I agree with jersoc, though.  I have a feeling this will be a separate entity.  I have no problem paying for a separate disc, I just hope you have the ability to save the songs to the hard drive and play them in RB.  Swapping would be a PITA.

Quote from: raydude on October 30, 2008, 07:10:10 AM

I took a Music Appreciation class in college that was colloquially known as "Clapping for Credit".

Where did you go?  We had the same course, but maybe that's a more universal thing than I imagined.
13551  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 30, 2008, 12:46:10 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 30, 2008, 07:20:32 AM

Quote from: Razgon on October 30, 2008, 07:04:22 AM

So, has anyone caught the GT references Kathode has snuck into the game yet?

Spoiler for Hiden:
Gotcha!! ;-)

yes I did.  it's there in Megaton if you look.

Between this and the dogmeat stuff, I feel like it's April 1st already, except that I don't owe $20,000 in taxes.  Yet.
13552  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saints Row 2 on: October 30, 2008, 12:44:51 PM

Quote from: Roscoe on October 30, 2008, 10:53:27 AM

OMG, Zero Punctuation LIKED Saints Row 2!

I suck at video capture, so just mentally enjoy the tiny bit of film where Yahtzee calls SR2 better than GTAIV. I agree.


Beat me to it. 

I totally agree.  I enjoyed the grey action figure of Niko with phoning cousin action.
13553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts on: October 30, 2008, 03:38:39 AM
By the way, here are some quotes from Test Lead Chris Chamberlain at E3:

"...third title in the series...Every thing you could do in the previous games you can absolutely do in this one...All the platform elements from the previous game are in there, absolutely...Very similar to the classic Banjo games...It's definitely a platformer-type game..."

http://www.gametrailers.com/player/36864.html

That may be the idea where I got the idea that it was a platformer and part of the series.  In fact, this video reminded me that there was a bit of a panic when the game was announced that they were going away from the original feel, what with all the vehicle stuff coming out.  As is clear in the video, they were doing their best to assure everyone that it was, in fact, a platformer.
13554  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts on: October 30, 2008, 03:26:37 AM
Well, I certainly knew in advance that this was vehicle laden, I'll give you that, but I was under the impression that it was a platformer with vehicles.  Hell, I still think that, having played the demo.  I found the mini-games to be what mini-games usually are: a distraction from the meat of the game, in this case collecting stuff.  However, I realize the designers don't want you to think that, and so the mini-games are required to progress.  The only way to gain the whoozits that unlock the next world are through these vehicular games, near as I can tell..

And since the vehicles are so key to this whole thing, I don't think it's asking too much to wish they controlled a little more precisely.  Even in racing, some bit of my car got caught in someone else's bit and next thing I knew I was off the track with no chance in hell of catching up.  But it's not just racing.  It's driving on awkward curved surfaces that require tight turns and weapons in a vehicle that hasn't got much of either.  It's getting a ball into a net.  With a car.  That one wasn't hard, but it really felt forced to me.  Why am I doing this?

Sure, the Rare charm is in the game, though a little of it seems to have lost it's snap.  And, yes, it looks nice, though, as I've said, I wish they'd get a smoother framerate.  There's a murkiness or fuzziness or something to Rare graphics that I don't quite love.  Honestly, I'm hoping that there are other types of things to do as you open more worlds.  Maybe there will even be enough platforming.  As I said, I enjoyed my climb up the tower.  I was hoping for more of that.  I don't think I'll be alone.
13555  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable II Impressions thread on: October 30, 2008, 03:13:05 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 30, 2008, 02:21:44 AM

...there is treasure everywhere!

Hey, shouldn't Calvin be saying that?
13556  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts on: October 30, 2008, 12:20:50 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 29, 2008, 11:01:25 PM

Quote from: rrmorton on October 29, 2008, 10:45:23 PM

I'm messing around with the demo now and I am entirely unconvinced about this vehicle editor direction they've taken. It's awfully convoluted and it doesn't make for a good combination or juxtaposition with this kind of platformer gameplay.

Well, this game really was never advertised as a platformer, so hopefully people won't buy with any false sense of what to expect based upon the previous game. What did you find to be convoluted? I thought everything has fairly easy to digest, although I'd like to know if the various parts you acquire have a significant effect on how the vehicles respond to the controller. If this area is diluted, then what would be the point? However, if the controls are too slugglish/floaty until you upgrade, many people may be turned away in frustration. Its a fine line.

Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts is listed under the "Platformer" category on GameRankings, IGN, Gamespot...pretty much any gaming site you can name.  After two games of solid platforming, if this was not supposed to be a platformer, they should have spent time advertising that it's not a platformer.  This isn't like Crash Kart racing or something where it's very clearly not a platforming game.  Further, I remember some video where they were saying how it wasn't all about the racing, that the vehicles were part of the platforming, etc.  If you think people aren't assuming this is a platform game on at least some level, you're nuts.
13557  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Beatles? on: October 30, 2008, 12:08:54 AM
We heard.

http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php/topic,26180.0.html
13558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New 360 Dashboard on: October 30, 2008, 12:08:24 AM
There's an Endgadget hands-on that implies that everything loads seemlessly.  That'd be worth it to me.
13559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable II Impressions thread on: October 30, 2008, 12:07:15 AM

Quote from: mikeg on October 30, 2008, 12:03:01 AM

Okay, I am going to ask a stupid question, but can you play this game and be all you can be without doing the minutia?  I do not ever, and I mean ever, want to fish, cook, bartend, sing, dance, blacksmith, or ANYTHING else that smacks of a job (hell, that's why I game to get my mind off of boring crap like that).  I just want to complete the overarching story of saving the universe, or whatever it is, and make my character one bad mofo in the process.  A lean mean fighting machine who saves the world of Albion, or whatever it's called.   I am not in any sense an rpg gamer.  Can you play it and enjoy it if you are not?


Pretty sure you can, but you might need to earn some money early on with a job (though, conceivably, you could make enough through just fighting in one particular cave over and over), but once you start getting into real estate it doesn't seem like you'll need a job after that.
13560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: October 29, 2008, 10:05:31 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on October 29, 2008, 10:01:03 PM

Dear Forum Posters,

We can no longer be friends.

Brian.

Wait a minute, you can only be friends with people who are completely in the middle of the road on liking/not liking the Beatles?
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