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13601  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bully Patch for 360 out now! on: March 20, 2008, 07:35:19 PM
For those of you who, like me, were waiting to continue playing the 360 version of Bully until the patch went live on Live don't have to wait any more.  The patch is up.
13602  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 20, 2008, 07:27:25 PM
Hey, Chaz, hopefully one of the secrets you're still holding out on involves stealing the Beatles away from the Guitar Hero folks (and the stunning line up of Zep tunes coming).  Seriously, any amount of money is worth it.
13603  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sega Superstars Tennis on: March 20, 2008, 05:48:08 PM

Quote from: Simon on March 20, 2008, 05:15:15 PM

I spent about an hour with it yesterday, it's a cute game and fun to see all the characters in there. It's perfect for playing with our five-year old too. The gameplay is very simplistic and at first I wasn't that impressed, but at the end of a short tournament I found myself actually getting into the match and trying to win. There does seem to be a lot of minigames and stuff to unlock, and I bet co-op/multiplayer will be fun. The graphics are very nice, the music is borderline annoying so far. I picked it up for about $30 with a couple of trade-ins, at that price I think it's definitely worth picking up if you like these kind of games.

Which system did you get it for?

I usually like Wii games for my daughter, but the controls seem to be a little weak, so I'm thinking the 360 one seems like the better option here.
13604  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 20, 2008, 03:05:00 PM

Quote from: Chaz on March 20, 2008, 02:54:33 PM

Hooray!  No more secrets (about the store) for me!

Just two dozen other secrets to go!

When does this thing come out, by the way?  Or is it out already?
13605  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero DS on: March 20, 2008, 02:56:40 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on March 20, 2008, 02:02:40 PM

Quote from: Canuck on March 20, 2008, 09:36:43 AM

Hmm looks interesting-I suppose it can't make you look any more ridiculous than having a plastic guitar strapped around you smile

Most people don't pull out the Guitar when they're on the bus either.


Didn't you see the movie Once?  Happens all the time in Ireland.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eM-HYfZk_I
13606  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 20, 2008, 02:52:31 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 20, 2008, 02:46:40 PM

Awesome.





More pics and info via the link.



Brilliant.  They've needed this feature since day 1.  The chance to preview a song (especially a cover) before buying it is a necessity. 
13607  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero DS on: March 20, 2008, 06:10:58 AM
I'm a little worried about watching the screen and strumming/clicking at the same time.  It'll be hard to rock out and watch the notes at the same time.  If they figured that out, though, this could be pretty damn cool.

Oh, and it better be way more than 20+ songs.
13608  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: March 19, 2008, 09:17:12 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 19, 2008, 06:33:27 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on March 19, 2008, 06:18:09 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 19, 2008, 06:03:05 PM

  Especially with all the handheld distractions lately.


er........ eek icon_confused icon_twisted

God of War:  COO, FF:  Crystal Chronicles, Prof. Layton, etc.

Buncha freaking pervs around here, I tell ya...

slywink

You like to have your perv freaked, admit it!
13609  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: While My Guitar Gently Weeps? on: March 19, 2008, 09:15:25 PM

Quote from: jersoc on March 19, 2008, 06:58:13 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 19, 2008, 05:33:22 PM

Beatles Rock Band content= Yes.

Beatles Guitar Hero= No.

I think the only version of Guitar Hero I'd be interested in would be Led Zepplin. 

pretty much, sans the LZ part at the end. I'm done with Guitar hero, unless HMX gets it back of course. I like how Neversoft they are going to make gh4 harder. What the fuck can you possibly do to make it harder? They already put in phantom notes and did retarded charting.

Harder?!?  WTF!!  That's the main reason I'm in the RB camp over GH. 

For the record, Zep is the only other band I can think of off the top of my head that I would be in on no matter which side it went to.  Again, I'd prefer Zep in RB to a ridiculous degree.

13610  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: While My Guitar Gently Weeps? on: March 19, 2008, 06:32:33 PM
I'd be much more excited to have this on Rock Band, but I'll play it either way.
13611  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GBA or GBA SP for 5 year old? on: March 18, 2008, 07:49:37 PM
My daughter is about to turn five.  She enjoys watching me play the DS and has shown interest in it or using the old SP we have in the house.  The biggest problem isn't the care she would give it, it's in the fact that nearly all GBA games (and most DS games, for that matter) are text heavy.  My daughter is an incredible reader.  She's farther along than most six year olds we know.  But she's slow.  That much reading is going to frustrate her to no end.

She'll get a DS (or whatever Nintendo puts out by then) in a couple of years.  She'll probably start using mine or the SP sooner than that.  We're leaning pretty strongly toward getting her the Leapster L-Max for her fifth birthday.  The reviews for the system are very good.  Anyone here have any personal experience with it?
13612  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sega Superstars Tennis on: March 18, 2008, 04:35:19 PM
Eurogamer (a trusted site for me, so far) gives it 7/10, saying:
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So, SEGA fans, run don't walk to the shops, but be prepared to give Superstars a few hours before the gameplay starts hugging you as hard as the graphics and sound. Everyone else, dust off Virtua Tennis 3 for a more complete alternative.

http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=94878
13613  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA - new games and new Hits on: March 18, 2008, 04:28:04 PM
Assault Heroes is an excellent game, IMO.  Worth the full price.  Looking forward to AH2.
13614  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA - new games and new Hits on: March 18, 2008, 03:07:45 AM
I haven't received a royalty check yet.  I'm not holding out hope, either.  I have a hunch this game will not be good.

On the plus side, maybe it'll lead to some personalized icons and wallpaper!
13615  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's not EBA 2, but it's something on: March 17, 2008, 04:16:20 PM

Quote from: Misguided on March 15, 2008, 08:50:25 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 15, 2008, 03:20:47 PM

I think this is actually a smart move by WB.  Take an existing property that has the potential for huge success, but that very few people have played, and ram some characters into it.

Yeah, but it doesn't look like Inis is involved or that they were compensated at all, from
what I can tell, which bothers me. If I knew they were helping with it and, therefore,
that the gameplay would be great, I'd be really interested in it.

I will say I kind of assumed they were involved, at least financially.  The screen shots are so clearly similar, I imagine it'll be a problem for WB down the road if they didn't give the creators something.
13616  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/17) on: March 17, 2008, 02:55:43 PM
Vegas 2.

I would get Hot Shots Golf if I had a PS3.  Still working on the wife for that.

I thought Ninja Gaiden for the DS was next week.  If someone has it this week, I'll get it.


EDIT TO ADD: Also, for the VC this week, we have Super R-Type and Spelunker.
13617  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SSBB - Controller... on: March 16, 2008, 08:03:30 PM
My wife needed the Wavebird, because she was so used to the GC controller for the last game.  She hasn't played a lot of Wii games that use the nunchuck, so she has an extra hurdle.

For myself, I actually prefer the 'chuck set-up.  Maybe it's just what I'm used to doing in a Wii game, but I'm comfortable with it.
13618  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sega Superstars Tennis on: March 16, 2008, 06:33:00 PM
Nintendo Power gave the Wii version 80%.  The other reviews so far are at 70% for both Wii and 360 (EGM and a couple of UK mags).  I'd say it's still too early to tell, though.
13619  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's not EBA 2, but it's something on: March 15, 2008, 03:20:47 PM
I think this is actually a smart move by WB.  Take an existing property that has the potential for huge success, but that very few people have played, and ram some characters into it.
13620  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Condemned 2 impressions on: March 14, 2008, 05:55:30 AM
Just found out that at the end of Chapter 4, you get a holster (for a handgun up to any gun you find, depending on how well you do in Chapter 4).  It will allow you to carry a gun and another weapon.
13621  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Condemned 2 impressions on: March 13, 2008, 09:02:07 PM

Quote from: JCC on March 13, 2008, 08:38:32 PM

I'm disappointed to hear that the sequel has a preponderance of dark areas again and the one weapon mechanic. I am thinking bargain bin for this one. I will want to know if this one has a better/more satisfying conclusion too.

Without those things it wouldn't really be Condemned.
13622  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/3) on: March 13, 2008, 07:46:18 PM
We're almost at a week!  I'm getting withdrawl...
13623  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Smash Bros) Favorite Character? on: March 13, 2008, 06:10:49 PM
I'm starting to enjoy the brutality of Donkey Kong.  I like his glowing ball move (it took me a while to figure out that it's a mini rhythm game), and I love his ground pound.  Moves lose impact the more you use them, but I find I can deal a lot of damage to anyone who wanders into the pound zone repeatedly.
13624  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HOLY SHI- Valkyrie Profile game coming out for the DS on: March 13, 2008, 05:03:03 PM
I know the Japanese like their leads androgynous, but if that silver haired character in the screenshot is the silver haired male soldier described, I'm going to have to turn in my dude card. 

It's already on the line:http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php/topic,25295.0.html
13625  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Condemned 2 impressions on: March 13, 2008, 03:37:40 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 13, 2008, 02:16:36 PM

The trailer for this was creepy as shit. 

I'd hate to see what you eat that gives you such creepy shit.
13626  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Condemned 2 impressions on: March 13, 2008, 05:35:42 AM
Did you make sure your Best Buy had the item in stock before you ordered it? 

I always have a problem with my local BB on release day.  I wait until the computer says they have it in, then head to the store.  It's never on the shelf.  Ever.  I have to hunt down a guy, and despite the fact that I'm in there every week sometimes multiple times, I have to go through the whole process of looking at the shelves, then being told it's not in, then telling them it is in, they just have to go and get it.  They grumble, look it up in the system, then go in the back, then come out all triumphant with the games in hand.  At least they don't ask me to preorder or bring in my trades.

There was one guy a while ago who cut through all that garbage with me because he knew that I knew what I was looking for.

Just recently I decided to try the old store pick-up thing.  I've done it three times.  So far, it's been great.  I get two e-mails very shortly after ordering (within a half an hour, I'd say, which is about how long it takes to go through the painful route mentioned above).  Turn around time in store is less than five minutes.

By the way, did you get the $10 gift card for ordering Condemned 2?

13627  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles impressions on: March 13, 2008, 03:50:11 AM
Has anyone tried single player?  Personally, I'd prefer a story with cutscenes to just endless play, but if the MP solo game is really the way to go, I'll do that.

Also, for RPGs, especially on handhelds, I usually pick up a guide, if only to remember where the hell I was and what I was supposed to be doing when I get back to the game.  I wouldn't need a guide for Diablo, though.  How linear is this game?
13628  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles impressions on: March 12, 2008, 05:52:46 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on March 12, 2008, 04:16:43 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 12, 2008, 04:01:15 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on March 12, 2008, 03:50:35 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 12, 2008, 03:25:08 AM

I have no problem with a mechanic that keeps everyone on the same screen.  It's a must for that sort of game.  My biggest problem was the actual effort involved in moving the bucket.  When you have to actively walk over, pick up the bucket, move it, put it down for the next fight, then repeat the cycle every 10 steps, it was aggravating.  Granted, it only took a maybe 10 seconds each time, but add that up over several hours, and it really starts to grate on you.

Believe you me, our group had many a discussion about 'the bucket'.  The general consensus is that Square could have easily simplified it and made the game a lot more enjoyable.  For example:  have one player equip a medallion that served the exact same function, but that you didn't have to physically pick up ever time you wanted to move.  Had they made that design decision instead, I think the original FF:  CC might be one of my favorite games as well.  But...to each their own.

the medallion sounds cool, until you realize it would effectively halve the maximum distance between the person wearing it & everyone else. which, in 2-player, would've meant my wife, who played a spellcaster, would've only been able stay back, at the most, half the distance from me that having the bucket allowed for...

How do you figure that?  The medallion could have had a different effective radius than the bucket, you know.

well, yeah - but, if the radius is lengthened, then you're breaking the whole point of the thing, which was to keep everyone in one screen...

Then I guess I don't understand your point.
13629  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles impressions on: March 12, 2008, 04:01:15 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on March 12, 2008, 03:50:35 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 12, 2008, 03:25:08 AM

I have no problem with a mechanic that keeps everyone on the same screen.  It's a must for that sort of game.  My biggest problem was the actual effort involved in moving the bucket.  When you have to actively walk over, pick up the bucket, move it, put it down for the next fight, then repeat the cycle every 10 steps, it was aggravating.  Granted, it only took a maybe 10 seconds each time, but add that up over several hours, and it really starts to grate on you.

Believe you me, our group had many a discussion about 'the bucket'.  The general consensus is that Square could have easily simplified it and made the game a lot more enjoyable.  For example:  have one player equip a medallion that served the exact same function, but that you didn't have to physically pick up ever time you wanted to move.  Had they made that design decision instead, I think the original FF:  CC might be one of my favorite games as well.  But...to each their own.

the medallion sounds cool, until you realize it would effectively halve the maximum distance between the person wearing it & everyone else. which, in 2-player, would've meant my wife, who played a spellcaster, would've only been able stay back, at the most, half the distance from me that having the bucket allowed for...

How do you figure that?  The medallion could have had a different effective radius than the bucket, you know.
13630  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alpha Protocol, a spy RPG from Obsidian on: March 12, 2008, 03:43:59 AM

Quote from: kathode on March 11, 2008, 10:20:13 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on March 11, 2008, 09:06:11 PM

-Lots of girls and romance subplots. You'll meet tons of different girls on missions and yes you can bag them all.



And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why the general population, and women in particular, have a hard time showing respect to the gaming community.

If it's done in kind of a Bond-girl way I don't think it will be bad.

Impressive that they landed the GI cover.  Hopefully it'll be as good as it sounds!

It's the "bag" term that offends, not the concept.  Glad to hear it's some dorky poster not the company line.
13631  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Smash Brothers Brawl Impressions on: March 11, 2008, 07:52:55 PM

Quote from: kronovan on March 11, 2008, 06:37:35 PM

Quote from: jersoc on March 11, 2008, 06:25:40 PM

Quote from: Turtle on March 11, 2008, 10:27:36 AM

Argh, I'm so torn on getting this.

I like the game, I think it's a great party game at its core that then takes it a step further with a lot of fighting game depth on top.  I didn't really play previous iterations, so I'm not that good at the game, but I'm definitely willing to learn, probably as Snake or Sonic (just because Snake is Snake, and I appreciate the irony of Sonic being in a Nintendo game).

I think it's just a matter of, who do I play this with?  How's the online mode.  If I added all of you to my wii friend code list, how easy would it be to jump into a game with you guys?  Would I see a list of people playing?  Invites?  etc...

There's also my friends on campus, but we're usually too busy to play.

There's plenty to unlock in solo play too.

So true, the solo play is far better than any of the previous Super Smash games and any other fighting game I've played for that matter. The gameplay is fantastic and the cut scenes are outstanding. In fact as I play it I find myself regretting that Namco didn't make the adventure mode in Soul Calibur II as good.

SCII Adventure mode (or Weapons Master mode or something) was great.  It really only lacked the cutscenes.
13632  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alpha Protocol, a spy RPG from Obsidian on: March 11, 2008, 05:22:20 PM

Quote from: Laner on March 11, 2008, 04:40:13 PM

Sounds very cool... I've always wanted a Cold War-era spy RPG, and this sounds like the next best thing, assuming Obsidian can pull it off.

I just wish Monolith would go back to No One Lives Forever.
13633  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: March 11, 2008, 03:56:42 PM

Quote from: Xmann on March 11, 2008, 12:57:01 PM


So if the DLC is all available over a bridge, does that mean that if I want to drive one of the new vehicles I can only do it on the other side of said bridge? 
13634  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles impressions on: March 11, 2008, 03:51:13 PM
Well hopefully we'll start seeing some impressions after tomorrow when the game is released.
13635  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: March 10, 2008, 11:57:45 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 10, 2008, 11:51:35 PM

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Here are the songs for DLC this week (3/11)

All songs are $.99 (80 Microsoft Points).


"Shockwave" by Black Tide (Master)


"Crushcrushcrush" by Paramore (Master)


"Beethoven's C***" by Serj Tankian (Master)


Enjoy!


DLC credits will be made available here upon release.

Check back Tuesday at rockband.com/life for the DLC blog, too!

Ah, well, now the delay makes complete sense.   icon_wink
13636  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/10) on: March 10, 2008, 09:54:05 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 10, 2008, 06:23:51 PM

And grabbed via the front page, here's this week's VC titles:

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DoReMi Fantasy: Milon's DokiDoki Adventure (Super NES®, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone – Alcohol Reference and Comic Mischief, 900 Wii Points): This is an action game where an energetic boy named Milon sets off on a great adventure in a cute fairy-tale world. Piccolo is a village in the country of Fantasia. One day, they hear from the fairy Alis that songs and music have disappeared from the forest. Suddenly, the wizard Amon appears, grabs Alis and vanishes with her. The brave Milon must now go on a journey to rescue his kidnapped friend, with his bubble shooter as his only weapon. Along the way, he'll need to retrieve five legendary instruments and stars by defeating Amon's minions. Get ready to enjoy the fun and comical action of this charming game.

Puyo Puyo 2: Tsuu (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 900 Wii Points): The object of this head-to-head puzzle game is to clear your grid of falling patterns called puyos by forming chains of four or more same-colored puyos in a straight line or one of several geometric patterns. What makes this a challenging two-player contest is the fact that when you clear a chain of puyos from your grid, it drops a random piece of filler onto your opponent's grid. The more puyos you clear, the more you fill your opponent's grid, and if you can clutter up his grid enough to fill it to the top, you've won the game. An intriguing backstory makes this an amusing experience for one or two players.

I thought I've heard of every SNES title ever released, but...WTF is DoReMi Fantasy?

It was previously import only.  It's a platformer and supposedly very good.
13637  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Smash Bros) Favorite Character? on: March 10, 2008, 02:05:56 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on March 10, 2008, 03:37:19 AM

I'm having difficulty finding my guy in Smash Bros.  I usually used Captain Falcon (just because he was so flamboyantly gay), but now I can't find anyone who matches what I like to do.  The closest I've found is Diddy Kong or Meta Knight.

Who are you using now?

I'm kind of in the same boat.  No one's jumped out at me yet, though I'm leaning toward Meta Knight myself.
13638  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/10) on: March 10, 2008, 02:04:09 PM
360:
Condemned 2: Bloodshot

Wii:
House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return

DS:
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates

The reviews for CC have been excellent.  Condemned 2 has already seen some decent ones, too, in the UK.  House of the Dead will be just guilty fun.
13639  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where's the No More Heroes impressions? There they are! on: March 09, 2008, 03:34:25 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on March 09, 2008, 02:50:33 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle
Definitely worth it, but I've been heading into the alley mission multiple times to up my dough.  I'm regretting not having hunted down the dumpsters and buried loot....

I don't think the dumpsters and buried loot would have been valuable enough to justify the time and effort to root them out.  Buried treasures are only worth 1,000 LBs and dumpsters were...what...2,000?

By contrast, that alley mission only takes three minutes to complete and, once you're comfortable with the controls, will net you roughly 90,000 every time.  And, since its right around the corner from the start point, it's easy, quick, and fun to run through as often as you need.  A few thousand LBs in dumpsters really can't compare to that sort of earning potential.

Quote from: mikeg
and how long did it take you?

No More Heroes took me about 17 hours to finish, but that's because it took me several tries to score Gold on some of the tougher side missions.  If you just focus on the main plot and earning money for upgrades, you could easily finish it in much less time.

-Autistic Angel

The alley was definitely a supreme grind spot.  Clearly designed as such right when I needed it.  Nicely done.
13640  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/3) on: March 08, 2008, 08:40:03 PM
Honestly, it seems like the thing that slows it down is the MS certification.  Overall, though, I think that's a good thing.
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