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13561  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kane and Lynch sells over 1 million copies..? on: January 11, 2008, 03:34:43 PM
You know, if you take a minute and look here:  http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php/topic,24063.0.html, you'll see that K&L is actually getting some positive feedback from the hardcore crowd right on this very site. 

I've had the game since it came out, but was saving it for the time when nothing was coming out, and I needed something "new."  That time came sooner than I expected.  I played through a bunch of levels and had a good time with it.

Basically, it's a good shooter that came out during a time when there were a bunch of great shooters.
13562  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2008 Gaming Predictions? on: January 11, 2008, 03:30:22 PM
I don't think the PSP will win any month any year.  The DS is WAY too far out in front.

I do think the 360 will win at least one month, but still be in the minority.

I predict that I will also have a PS3 in the next 18 months, if only for Blu-Ray, but I will not be a Sony fanboi.

I predict that Microsoft will attempt to join the motion-sensing crowd with about the same success as Sony, further solidifying Nintendo's brilliance in this area.  Or, MS will realize that they're about to do just that and pull out.

I predict that PS3 will have no system seller until September of this year, but they will have a great Christmas.  EVEN IF Microsoft works out Blu-Ray support.

I predict Microsoft will have Blu-Ray support by September.

I predict Purge will not say anything for the rest of the year as dead-on as

Quote from: Purge on January 11, 2008, 01:41:08 PM

Wii's are the new weed (gateway drug). Not everyone goes hardcore, but they sure as hell are keeping dealers busy.

13563  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 BC winding down on: January 11, 2008, 03:18:45 PM
I play Xbox games once or twice a month, sometimes for extended periods.  I do the same with Gamecube games.

I have two neighbors who bought Wiis recently.  One of the things they liked about them was that they could buy GC games for their kids cheap (although they didn't like that they had to get other controllers).

I do think it's a factor.  Then again, I think MS feel like they've met that factor.  They can trumpet BC to the average consumer and not be lying.
13564  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 BC winding down on: January 11, 2008, 05:05:59 AM
The MS BS is cranking up.

They pull this stunt every once in a while to see what kind of outrage it gets.  If it's a justifiably low amount, they'll probably stop the program.  Seems like a weird time, though, when they just added Xbox Originals to the mix.  It may be because they'd rather have people pay for games again rather than play games they already own.

On a side note, the 360 recently borked a bunch of my saves for BC titles.  I'd just put a lot of work into the original GTA III, too.
13565  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Soul Calibur IV to feature...Vader and Yoda? on: January 10, 2008, 06:17:35 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 10, 2008, 05:31:56 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 10, 2008, 05:22:27 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 10, 2008, 03:19:18 PM

Cortosis Weave

Hair Extensions for Sentient AI loaded into master chief? What will they think up next?

a playable Superman character who can rip the shield off his chest, throw it and have it engulf his opponent in saran wrap?

LOL!
13566  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] DMoMM: Elements - Demo Impressions on: January 10, 2008, 05:39:38 PM

Quote from: Calvin on January 10, 2008, 05:24:26 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on January 10, 2008, 05:09:30 PM

Quote from: Calvin on January 10, 2008, 04:25:22 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on January 10, 2008, 04:19:37 PM

Quote from: Calvin on January 10, 2008, 04:10:25 PM

Color us all shocked you love a bad game.

Who said this is a bad game Rage, uh Calvin?  It's averaging 75% for the PC and 88% for the 360 on Gamerankings and it has not even come out yet for the 360!  Besides, I couldn't care less about reviews anyway.  Like I said a billion times before I buy and play what is fun to me.

Ok, lets get over something here. "Accidentally" calling me by a forum handle I haven't used in two years is not funny and it does nothing to prove your point. You are infatuated with a fictional video game character from possibly the worst 360 game released last year. this game, while averaging 75% on the PC, is from all evidence, a complete simplification and dumbing down of the experience on the 360 (perhaps you should read the impressions above). My guessing that this will turn out to be a bad game are grounded in the previews I have read and the evidence I have seen. Your predeliction of finding the best from mediocrity does nothing to change the fact that most discerning gamers will indeed think that this game is bad.

Actually, I kinda like it too  paranoid banned

Now you are just trying to cause trouble  ninja

Sorry, Calvin, I liked the demo also.  Certainly more than Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom.  I think I'll be getting it soon after release.
13567  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band: Meet the Bands! on: January 10, 2008, 05:20:01 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on January 10, 2008, 03:41:55 PM

icon_lol

Great one Crayola!  Love Emogency!  Although I would replace Nurse Ratched with Nurse McCall.  Dixie McCall from Emergency.

I absolutely love the custom guitars!!!  Great job!

Cuckoos Nest trumps Emergency.
13568  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band: Meet the Bands! on: January 10, 2008, 03:04:10 PM
Emogency is a great named and you have a well-designed look, too.

My F*in' Squirrels are pretty hodgepodge by comparison.
13569  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN gives Eternal Sonata an 8.3 on: January 10, 2008, 06:07:03 AM
I've been meaning to get back into Eternal Sonata all week, but I keep finding other things to play.

Just came one step closer to finishing Twilight Princess, in fact.
13570  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Soul Calibur IV to feature...Vader and Yoda? on: January 10, 2008, 12:55:38 AM

Quote from: Thin_J on January 10, 2008, 12:34:41 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink
Then again, we did see Spawn, Link and Heihachi in SC2...

At least Spawn and Heihachi fit the game's aesthetic. Vader and Yoda are so out of place it's not even worth it for the novelty.

Thumbs down.

I disagree.  At least Yoda and Vader have sword-type weapons.  Spawn's axe felt tacked-on.  He has a modern day story line and attitude that was jarring.  Not to say Yoda and Vader aren't jarring as well, I'm just saying they fit better than Spawn.
13571  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Minty green PSP..uh...ewww on: January 09, 2008, 09:48:46 PM
I like it, too.
13572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: January 09, 2008, 09:47:06 PM
The drums were supposed to be out in February, but got pushed back to March.
13573  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/7) on: January 09, 2008, 04:40:48 AM

Quote from: Destructor on January 09, 2008, 12:36:58 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 08, 2008, 10:29:34 PM

I'm interested, but I'm pissed at Nintendo for not allowing us to use the SD card to play games.  I'm out of space (I'm aware that I can download them or move them to the SD card and move them back, but that's just a pain in the ass).  I wrote them an e-mail saying I was done with VC.  No response, of course.

Security and nothing more, IMHO. Once they allow using the SD card to play games, it'll only be a matter of time before the security gets cracked and allows people to play ANY NES/SNES/Genesis/TG16/NEO GEO on their Wii assuming they have the game's ROM somewhere on their HD.

And frankly, that's too much money for Nintendo to have just thrown away. On that note, I wonder how much cash Nintendo makes on all their VC titles...

The Wii's been cracked anyway.  And you can move the games freely from the SD Card to the Wii harddrive, so what's to prevent someone from tinkering with it and then moving it back?  It just removes a step, not the problem.
13574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/7) on: January 08, 2008, 10:29:34 PM

Quote from: kronovan on January 08, 2008, 09:09:38 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 08, 2008, 08:50:42 PM

Quote from: Destructor on January 08, 2008, 07:48:17 PM

Quote from: kathode on January 08, 2008, 03:46:18 AM

Man I loved Startropics!  Blasting mofos with a yoyo never gets old  ninja2

But hmm, wasn't there some sort of puzzle that involved a piece of paper in the box for that one?  Wonder how they'll get around that. 

It's gotta be in the digital 'manual' you download. Only thing I can think of.

And yes, I too remember having to dunk that paper into water to reveal the secret code. Very cool for its time.

It is in the manual.  It even has an option to dunk it in virtual water.

Yup, I read someone's description of that on the vc-reviews site; very cool indeed. I'll be downloading it sometime this week.  slywink

I'm interested, but I'm pissed at Nintendo for not allowing us to use the SD card to play games.  I'm out of space (I'm aware that I can download them or move them to the SD card and move them back, but that's just a pain in the ass).  I wrote them an e-mail saying I was done with VC.  No response, of course.


Also, IGN's reviews of Harvey Birdman for the PS2 and PSP are in, and they seem to like it.  7.4.
13575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/7) on: January 08, 2008, 08:50:42 PM

Quote from: Destructor on January 08, 2008, 07:48:17 PM

Quote from: kathode on January 08, 2008, 03:46:18 AM

Man I loved Startropics!  Blasting mofos with a yoyo never gets old  ninja2

But hmm, wasn't there some sort of puzzle that involved a piece of paper in the box for that one?  Wonder how they'll get around that. 

It's gotta be in the digital 'manual' you download. Only thing I can think of.

And yes, I too remember having to dunk that paper into water to reveal the secret code. Very cool for its time.

It is in the manual.  It even has an option to dunk it in virtual water.
13576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Club - Demo Tomorrow on XBL on: January 08, 2008, 07:25:07 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 08, 2008, 06:25:57 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 08, 2008, 06:23:35 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 08, 2008, 02:55:56 PM

By 'tomorrow' did you mean 'the day after tomorrow'?  I don't see it.

edit: ah, I see. 9am GMT.  I was thinking EST.  My would they do it so late?

My, indeed.

pfft!  crybaby

Beware the Typo Pointer-Outers.  We lurk.  We lurk.  Mwahahahaha.
13577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Club - Demo Tomorrow on XBL on: January 08, 2008, 06:23:35 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 08, 2008, 02:55:56 PM

By 'tomorrow' did you mean 'the day after tomorrow'?  I don't see it.

edit: ah, I see. 9am GMT.  I was thinking EST.  My would they do it so late?

My, indeed.
13578  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/7) on: January 08, 2008, 06:23:06 PM
I'd think twice about KUF:COD, guys.

The only positive review is from Play "We Love Everything" Magazine.

65% on GameRankings, and that's with Play's 80%.

Harvey Birdman isn't doing much better.  Also at 65%, but it's only one review.  However, the PSP version got 50% from Worth Playing.  They said:
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...while Phoenix Wright is a clever and well designed adventure game that combines humor with puzzle-solving, Harvey Birdman is a hollow-feeling experience that, while occasionally humorous, leaves one wishing he could just watch the episodes on TV instead. This game would be good for fans of the show only, and even they might want to be cautious, due to the title's gameplay brevity and lack of replayability.
13579  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lode Runner remake coming to XBLA on: January 08, 2008, 06:15:21 PM

Quote from: EddieA on January 08, 2008, 06:41:41 AM

A graphically updated version of Lode Runner is coming to XBLA sometime later this year, according to Worthplaying.  Unfortunately, you now play as some sort of dorky skier.



Looking at that picture, are you sure this isn't a remake of Jonny Moseley Mad Trix?
13580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Nyko Perfect Shot Impressions on: January 07, 2008, 03:28:00 PM
I've been having an even harder time finding the Thrustmaster gamepad for the Wii (called the T-Wireless NW or something like that).  It got a great review from a couple of places (IGN, for example), but no one seems to even have it listed.
13581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/7) on: January 07, 2008, 03:25:20 PM
I'm interested in both Harvey Birdman and Sonic Riders, but I have a feeling both will suck.

KUF:COD may get a go from me, but I have to see some reviews.
13582  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Should I return Stuntman Ignition? What would you do? on: January 07, 2008, 05:03:50 AM

Quote from: The_Man on January 07, 2008, 02:44:14 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 06, 2008, 08:47:00 PM

Quote from: The_Man on January 06, 2008, 03:13:50 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on January 05, 2008, 06:50:39 PM



Sorry for the derail, but on an unrelated topic, is anyone else still pissed off that stores no longer allow you to return opened games?  It really kills off the smaller name titles because consumers just aren't willing to take a chance on getting stuck with something they don't like.  What the hell ever happened to customer service in this country!?

-Autistic Angel

You do realize that if a store like Gamestop took back every opened game because someone didn't like it, they would have to defect every one of them because they can't be resold as new.  Most stores will take back unopened games with a receipt because they can easily resell them.  This is not an option on a game that you have played and decided you didn't like.  That's why Gamestop encourages you to buy used games...if you don't like it, you have 7 days to return it, whatever the reason.

I even noticed that Wal Mart will no longer take back sealed games without a receipt.  Bravo for them for finally catching on that people go out and find deals and then try and make a profit by returning it to Wal Mart.

With demos, used games, and the wealth of information floating around the net, there is just no excuse for someone returning an open game anymore unless it is defective.

And yet EB Games used to have a liberal return policy that allowed for just that.  Also, both EB and Gamestop use a "gutting" system, so I don't think they'd have much problem reselling a returned game (in fact, I know they used to do it frequently).

Problem is, most opened games that are returned are NOT in resellable condition...that's the problem.  Sure, if the disc was spotless, they could always return it to stock, but that rarely happens.  The reason their liberal return policy no longer exists is that people abused the hell out of it.  I had a friend that rarely bought a game that he didn't return, even if he liked it.  When day 12 or 13 would come, he would start asking what was good because he just wanted something new to play.  I spent more money than I care to say at EB back in those days and I only returned one game out of everything I bought.

Again, they have a very generous policy when it comes to returning used games so if you want to "rent" them, that's the route to go. 

Actually, discs not in resellable condition were put back on the shelves quite frequently.  That also contributed to the abandonment of the policy.  However, more than that or those who abused it, the reason the policy doesn't exist is there's not enough money in it for the company.  The push for pre-owned meant a shift away from liberal returns to trade-ins.
13583  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Should I return Stuntman Ignition? What would you do? on: January 06, 2008, 08:47:00 PM

Quote from: The_Man on January 06, 2008, 03:13:50 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on January 05, 2008, 06:50:39 PM



Sorry for the derail, but on an unrelated topic, is anyone else still pissed off that stores no longer allow you to return opened games?  It really kills off the smaller name titles because consumers just aren't willing to take a chance on getting stuck with something they don't like.  What the hell ever happened to customer service in this country!?

-Autistic Angel

You do realize that if a store like Gamestop took back every opened game because someone didn't like it, they would have to defect every one of them because they can't be resold as new.  Most stores will take back unopened games with a receipt because they can easily resell them.  This is not an option on a game that you have played and decided you didn't like.  That's why Gamestop encourages you to buy used games...if you don't like it, you have 7 days to return it, whatever the reason.

I even noticed that Wal Mart will no longer take back sealed games without a receipt.  Bravo for them for finally catching on that people go out and find deals and then try and make a profit by returning it to Wal Mart.

With demos, used games, and the wealth of information floating around the net, there is just no excuse for someone returning an open game anymore unless it is defective.

And yet EB Games used to have a liberal return policy that allowed for just that.  Also, both EB and Gamestop use a "gutting" system, so I don't think they'd have much problem reselling a returned game (in fact, I know they used to do it frequently).
13584  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Should I return Stuntman Ignition? What would you do? on: January 05, 2008, 09:48:53 PM

Quote from: stimpy on January 05, 2008, 08:51:49 PM

I'm pretty sure that without a reciept, you wont get the current price, if they let you return it at all.
These days, stores are more and more reluctant to allow returns without a reciept, for reasons such as this.
They may try and work with you, but I dont think it will be as easy as you think.
If you say you bought it, they will offer to look up the transaction on their computers.
And if they do decide to let you return it, chances are they will only credit it at the lowest price for the previous 30 days.

That usually only applies to opened merchandise.  Unopened, they can just put it back on the shelf.  Also, after Christmas nearly all stores are incredibly liberal with return policies.

As for the topic, I'm glad you kept it.  You should play the game, it's a lot of fun, and there was no way to return it, make $20 and then buy it again and stay ahead.
13585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Play the NFL Tour demo if you enjoy crap on: January 05, 2008, 06:37:05 PM

Quote from: motodd on January 05, 2008, 05:17:25 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on January 04, 2008, 06:45:19 PM

"DIDJA ever notice how repetitive video game announcers are?  Why is that?  DIDJA ever notice how repetitive video game announcers are?  Why is that?"

"I've run out of new things to say, so I'm going to start repeating myself.  You're going to sit there and take it."

I'm with Grue, I find it to be funny as well. Too bad the game seems to be a let down.

Funny the first time.  DVD-snappingly awful the 47th.
13586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Should I return Stuntman Ignition? What would you do? on: January 05, 2008, 06:35:02 PM
I see JCC's point and might lean that way myself, but there would be a conundrum about it.  It does feel a little sneaky.

9's right, though, it is a fantastic game that was horribly underrated and undersold.  Please, everyone buy it.
13587  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Play the NFL Tour demo if you enjoy crap on: January 05, 2008, 01:05:17 AM
I watched the two videos on XBLM, and I was pretty shocked by how weak the graphics looked.  Even the producers couldn't seem to muster any excitement for the game.
13588  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official response for LIVE on: January 04, 2008, 03:46:59 PM
The problem seems to have stemmed from an attack, though, according to a report I read last night.  Not an influx of gamers or a problem with their hardware.

In my opinion, that kind of takes the responsibility off of MS's shoulders a bit (not completely, but moreso).  Offering anything for something that was, essentially, an act of God (or really an act of tiny devils) is a classy move.  Regardless of what the free thing offered is.

EDIT:  Of course, Endgadget just debunked that, so never mind.  http://www.engadget.com/2008/01/04/debunk-xbox-live-was-down-but-not-due-to-ddos-attack/
13589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone try the Kane and Lynch Demo on Live on: January 04, 2008, 03:38:17 PM
I'd been saying all along that I thought this game was suffering more from timing than anything else (aren't I brilliant?  Where are my kudos?).  It was just a time when too many brilliant games were coming out.  An average shooter wasn't going to cut it.

I bought the game myself, played the first level, then never went back to it because of the plethora of great games calling to me.  I wish I'd waited.  I know I'll be looking for something new in Feb or Mar when this'll come down in price.  Oh, well.  It won't be new, but I'll give it a shot around then.
13590  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Nyko Perfect Shot Impressions on: January 03, 2008, 09:31:18 PM

Quote from: kronovan on January 03, 2008, 05:13:07 PM

smile Voice acting is also very bad in a good way.

So far my favorite is when the commander says, "Bravo, Charlie..." clearly congratulating a guy named Charlie on a job well done and then a sentence later, tells you to protect Bravo and Charlie.  What, the guy couldn't read ahead?
13591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DS Lite WiFi connection help on: January 02, 2008, 09:09:30 PM

Quote from: The Grue on January 02, 2008, 06:51:26 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 02, 2008, 06:10:32 PM


Ah I see.  DS doesn't supprt WPA?  That's limp.

Yeah, it is, especially since the Wii does.  Would be nice if they could add it via some kind of firmware update.

I keep hoping that'll happen.
13592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Nyko Perfect Shot Impressions on: January 02, 2008, 09:08:47 PM

Quote from: Destructor on January 02, 2008, 07:30:14 PM

I own Ghost Squad, and there's definitely a Nunchuck mode. Make sure you hit the options screen and look (it's kinda buried). Keep in mind that it affects EVERY controller plugged in (there's no way to use different settings for each player), so if you have 4 players, you'll need 4 Nunchucks.

Sheesh, I used to be good looking for options.

Using the A button in Ghost Squad is pretty easy, so I may not bother with that option anyway.

I hope this gun becomes popular so that everyone will put these options in.
13593  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Nyko Perfect Shot Impressions on: January 02, 2008, 04:40:04 PM

Quote from: kronovan on January 02, 2008, 06:55:37 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 02, 2008, 05:08:23 AM

There is one huge problem with the gun, and I'm surprised you didn't mention it, since it plays heavily in RE:UC.  The A-button is not in any way conveniently placed.  The quick timing required in RE:UC especially have made me give up on using it for that game, which is very frustrating. 

If you configure your Zapper or P-Shot correctly in RE:UC this won't be an issue. You need to access Options > Controller Setup  > Key Configuration and make sure you select the 'Wii Zapper [A]' option for 1 player (1P). Thereafter all 'A' actions are mapped to the 'Z' button and you never need to use the 'A' button again. Likewise the d-pad weapon selection is mapped to the 'c' button and all wiimote shaking actions are mapped to the nunchuk. Even the in game animations will only show 'Z', 'B' and nunchuk icons. I made the exact same mistake initially in my setup. I did mention in my RE:UC impressions thread that I didn't initially think the 'A' in motion actions mapped a 100% to the 'Z' button, but with more gameplay I've since changed my mind. The bigger problem is the in motion nunchuk shaking action sequences don't see to be as responsive as the wiimote shaking actions. Again with more time with the game I seem to be overcoming the problem.

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The only other problem I have had is in using the gun to change the view.  It doesn't feel very natural, and the speed is off (I noticed this especially in Crossbow Training).  This may just take practice, though.

I tried what you're mentioning here in crossbow training in the ranger missions and the P-Shot worked every bit as well as the wiimote+nunchuk combo for movement. You can adjust the responsiveness/speed of the cursor via a slider in the calibration menu, so you might want to try that.

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Overall, I prefer this gun over the Zapper by a huge margin, but it's not going to work with every game (I find the controller/nunchuck to be a better choice for MOH, too).

I haven't had a chance to try it with MoHH2 yet, but based on the good experience I had in the Crossbow ranger missions I'm fairly confident I'll like it. I'm learning fast that in any game that supports the zapper, you need to choose the zappper controller option for the P-Shot as well.

Well, that is fantastic news.  Thanks, kronovan.  I'll give it a go.

I tried Ghost Squad last night and had a great time with the gun (even went into stand up mode and everything).  The A button is still a problem in that one (and the game doesn't seem to allow 'chuck use), but there's usually enough warning for when you have to use it that it's not much of a problem to grasp the barrel with your other hand and hover over the button.
13594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/31) on: January 02, 2008, 04:35:31 PM

Quote from: kronovan on December 31, 2007, 09:40:58 PM

Quote from: JCC on December 31, 2007, 09:17:24 PM

Per Joystiq with some corroboration from EBGames.com, the Wii has 6 STELLAR titles coming out this week:

    *  Monster Trux Offroad
    * Classic British Motor Racing
    * Kawasaki Quad Bikes
    * Rig Racer 2
    * Kidz Sports: Basketball
    * Myth Makers: Orbs of Doom

They are $20 games, so I am sure they will all be hailed as classics and entered into the GT Hall of Fame.


Umm...yeah sure...you mean the GT Hall of Fame for crap games, right?

Kronovan, you should have asked for one of these for Christmas:

13595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DS Lite WiFi connection help on: January 02, 2008, 04:30:32 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 02, 2008, 03:49:14 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 01, 2008, 08:55:48 PM

Oh, mine'll work, but I'm not switching it to WEP just for the DS.

I don't think anyone eavesdropping on your DS traffic is a concern.  I'd enable WEP more for protecting your email and other data.

I'm not concerned about eavesdropping on my DS traffic.  I am concerned about email, etc. which is why I have WPA enabled.  Everything else works fine with that.  I'm not dropping it down to WEP for the DS, is my point.
13596  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Nyko Perfect Shot Impressions on: January 02, 2008, 05:08:23 AM

Quote from: kronovan on January 01, 2008, 11:22:20 PM

Well much to my surprise and delight at my New Years get together last night, 1 of my buddies brought me this as a gift.



So I thought I'd share a few impressions with you.

First off just about everything about this controller is impressive right down to the packaging, which was quite unusual. It's a wee bit of a puzzle box if you're like me and like to open accessory packaging carefully. I was honestly so pumped about trying it out that it was all I could do to restrain myself from grabbing a knife and cutting it apart. The controller comes packed with a carboard replica of a wiimote sitting in it's stock that at 1st glance could be mistaken for the real thing, but on close inspection it's hollow carboard with the instructions folded inside it; nice touch.  icon_wink

First the hardware:
As is obvious from the picture, one of the 1st thing you notice about this controller out of the box is that it looks and handles quite a lot like a real pistol. The construction is good quality and for present owners of the Zapper you'll be pleased to know that it has a spring retained trigger which feels a helluva lot better. The nunchuk plugs into the bottom of the grip in the same location you'd load a clip on a real pistol; very cool!  icon_cool The other thing of note is that this controller has a very nice aiming site on the barrel. There isn't too many Wii games out right now that allow accurate enough calibration to use it, but apparently Ghost Squad does and the new duck hunting game do.
Something that isn't so great about the P-Shot is that, unlike the Zapper, there's no spot to house the wiimote strap. Luckily I still have the original, very thin strap on 1 of my wiimotes and was able to tuck the strap around the wiimote base. For wiimotes equipped with the newer straps or jackets, they'll 1st have to removed. Once you slide in the wiimote the heft is quite significant and it feels perfect in your hand; well at least my hand which is a bit bigger than the average persons. It's also nice that it's perfectly balanced with the center point being at the trigger housing on the barrel.

Now the play testing:
The first game we fired up for a play test was of course Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles. With the result of; let's just say this controller was made for Umbrella Chronicles! Just a fantastic experience playing with it. With the absence of the stock you have on the Zapper, this gun handles much better with a free hand nunchuk configuration; UC is designed to be played that way with a light gun. The only quibble I have is that since RE:UC doesn't let you calibrate a light gun controller, you can never get the cross hairs to line up with the site on the barrel of the gun. This means you have to play it shooting from the hip. Mind you playing a twitch reflex game like UC shooting from the hip feels just fine. After other guests left, my buddy and I started in on some intense RE:UC sessions and played until 2:30 in the morning. We were too wrapped up in this new toy to even bother hooking up the Zapper and just took turns with the P-Shot.

Next game I tried was Links Crossbow Training which I played today. I wasn't expecting the P-Shot to be as good as the Zapper, but much to my surprise it was better overall and I was even able to improve a number of my scores. There are a few modes where the Zapper is better, most notably the trap & skeet like tossed skulls challenge and some of the challenges made up of stationary stages where you line up shots. Even those latter stages can be played just as well with the P-Shot once you master a good 2-handed grip.
What was most surprising to me is how much better the on foot Ranger challenges played with it. They were so much better, that playing the Zapper again is going to be a bit of a downer. Because the P-Shot doesn't position the wiimote further out from your body like the Zapper gunstock does, turning movements are much more like using the wiimote alone. I found using the Zapper in the Medal of Honors campaign to be very difficult because of this, but now I can't wait to try it out with the P-Shot. smile

There is one huge problem with the gun, and I'm surprised you didn't mention it, since it plays heavily in RE:UC.  The A-button is not in any way conveniently placed.  The quick timing required in RE:UC especially have made me give up on using it for that game, which is very frustrating. 

Otherwise, it is a wonderful controller.  The weight is great, as kronovan mentions, and the trigger response is very good.  I do feel I need to rest it on a raised knee for really accurate shooting, but that may just be me.

The only other problem I have had is in using the gun to change the view.  It doesn't feel very natural, and the speed is off (I noticed this especially in Crossbow Training).  This may just take practice, though.

Overall, I prefer this gun over the Zapper by a huge margin, but it's not going to work with every game (I find the controller/nunchuck to be a better choice for MOH, too).
13597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DS Lite WiFi connection help on: January 01, 2008, 08:55:48 PM

Quote from: The Grue on January 01, 2008, 04:39:13 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 01, 2008, 04:26:02 PM


What's the range on that thing?  It's close, right?

It's annoying to me that I have a pretty good WiFi setup in the home, but the dinky DS can't connect to it because I like to be protected.

I am not sure on range, but I don't think it is very far.  I know on the Nintendo WiFi site there is a list of routers that work.  Is yours on there?  When I used to use WEP, my DS connected just fine to my router.

Oh, mine'll work, but I'm not switching it to WEP just for the DS.
13598  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GOTY Winners so far.... on: January 01, 2008, 08:52:54 PM

Quote from: KC on January 01, 2008, 07:48:43 PM

Joystiq picked Portal.

Portal would be my choice, too.  It's a hard one to pick because it's a smaller game and part of a bigger package, but it really was the most polished gameplay experience I'd had in years.  And this was an incredible year for gaming.  Nice one, Joystiq.

Behind Portal, I'd go Bioshock, so I'm glad to see it getting some nods, too.

13599  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Classic Controller on: January 01, 2008, 08:34:50 PM
NiGHTS uses it.
13600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdom Under Fire: Cirlce of Doom demo on: January 01, 2008, 04:32:01 PM
I'm a little concerned about the repetition factor with this game.  It feels extremely linear to me.  That's not always an issue for me, but in the demo it just rubbed me the wrong way a little.  Of course, I was tired when I played it.

I'm going to wait for reviews, but I could see this being fun.
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