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13641  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where's the No More Heroes impressions? There they are! on: February 26, 2008, 10:22:15 PM
By the way, as I head into the last two ranks, I am suddenly completely out of money.  There was a blade upgrade that was $999,999.  I'm assuming that's what you were talking about, CS.  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, but there didn't seem to be any benefit to the new clothes (at least I got all of the benwa balls or whatever they were).  I'm dreading coming out of the 2nd ranking to find I need to buy a $999,999 sword.  Ugh.  But I'm thinking I may have bought the last blade already, given how sparse they were.
13642  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where's the No More Heroes impressions? There they are! on: February 26, 2008, 06:51:25 PM
I'm at Rank 3 now, and something that was nagging the back of my mind the whole game has been confirmed.  You know that music that plays in the background of many encounters?  The pop song that has some chippy singing in an extremely sing-songy voice?  That is "Heavenly Star" from Genki Rockets.  Amazingly, I've heard the song before.  It was part of a free download for Lumines Live on XBLA last year.  Incredibly insipid song.  It gets locked in your head with just one listen.  And they use it seemingly exclusively in NMH.

Here's the video that distracts you while you try to play it in Lumines:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL2od1AF_Cs  The girl looks cute, at least.*

* Just a smidge of research revealed that she's not a girl in the traditional sense.  She's computer generated (or in hologram form in concert - I guess they appeared in Live Aid) and her voice is samples from different artists.  Genki Rockets is one of those concept groups.  None of the musicians are named except the ficitonal lead singer, Lumi, who is from 30 years in the future and has never been to earth.
13643  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Witches [X360/PS3] on: February 26, 2008, 06:32:20 PM

Quote from: ATB on February 26, 2008, 06:19:38 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on February 26, 2008, 06:06:32 PM

What the hell is going on with this site?  I post information about a new game coming that looks fun and different and predictably the same dip-poopoos show up to urinate on the parade.

Sad.

See ya.


Lighten up, Francis.

Starshifter is understandably sensitive.  He's been the butt of a lot of jokes here (I've made a few myself).  And he's been made to feel like his opinions don't matter.  They do matter, Shifty. 

I've been getting frustrated lately at people labeling games as the worst possible game ever from screenshots or gameplay vids.  Hell, even some demos that aren't AAA titles have been getting the negative hyperbole treatment from people on this site, which I assume is made up of people who chose gaming as a main hobby because they love it.  How you can trash decent facets of a hobby you love so severely is beyond me.

I also love movies.  I enjoyed every one of this year's best picture nominees (well, maybe not Atonement), but guess what?  I also loved Cloverfield.  I was trying to explain that to some supposed movie lovers recently and was met with blank stares.  I was dismissed, partly becuase I also tried to convince these people that Battlestar Galactica is one of if not the best shows on television.  None of them have bothered to watch the show, but I get the idea that my opinion doesn't hold much weight with them.  It's extremely frustrating.

Now, I'm not saying that Witches is comparable to BSG, but I am saying that we don't know.  I'm also saying that it may not be a AAA title, but that doesn't mean it's not worth your attention.

We had a kick ass year in gaming last year, which was undeniably a good thing, but it has the negative side effect of every game released since some brilliant ones being seen (and labeled) as garbage.  We've become spoiled, I think.

Anyway, one of these days Starshifter is really going to mean it when he says Goodbye.  I will be sorry to see him gone.
13644  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A night with XBOX backwards compatibility on: February 26, 2008, 05:03:50 PM

Quote from: deadzone on February 26, 2008, 04:54:19 PM

Quote from: Destructor on February 26, 2008, 04:37:47 PM

Quote from: deadzone on February 26, 2008, 04:36:25 PM

So is BC something that is continuously worked on so that more and more older titles are compatible or is it just abandoned completely at a certain point?  Seems like BC is a really nice perk to have with a console, at least IMHO it would be.   

Microsoft has pretty much said that they're done with BC. Sony is in the same boat if you have the 80GB version (and you're just out of luck if you have the 40GB one).

Really?  Wow, it just seems like something that a lot of people would like to have.  Is it hard or something to make games backwards compatible?  Or maybe they are just trying to transition the consumer from the old to the new?

They say this every couple of months.  Usually, however, the BC team says, "No, no...we're still working."  I don't think I've heard from this time, but I'm holding out hope.  The next batch would be due any time now, if it's coming.
13645  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I hate it when the Wii updates on: February 26, 2008, 04:59:48 PM
I usually have a secret glimmer of hope that an update's going to let me play games from the SD card I have. 

This one, not so much.
13646  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Club. Anyone grab it? on: February 25, 2008, 11:06:56 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on February 25, 2008, 05:24:13 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 25, 2008, 05:03:59 PM

I played through three of the tournament levels.  It's a lot of fun.  I'm creaming the competition, but I have a feeling it'll get harder as I go.

What level are you playing on? I am playing on the second easiest level (experienced???), but I haven't been able to finish higher than 2nd in the 1st tournament.  The 1st place guy is crushing me every time.  I guess the fact that I have played through the 1st tournament three times means I am enjoying the game though.

Oh, there's every chance I'm playing the easy level.
13647  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Atlus.com countdown - FES coming April 22 for $29.99 on: February 25, 2008, 05:05:59 PM
This is for PS2, I'm assuming?
13648  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Club. Anyone grab it? on: February 25, 2008, 05:03:59 PM
I played through three of the tournament levels.  It's a lot of fun.  I'm creaming the competition, but I have a feeling it'll get harder as I go.  The hardest thing for me is not trying to find all of the skull icons when trying to play through the tournament.  I'm wired to find hidden stuff.  When I discovered there were hidden skull icons, the happy center in my brain made the runs even more difficult.  But I've decided the levels are short enough that I don't mind playing through again and finding the icons on a future run.  I wish there was a tally of how many you'd found on each level, though.
13649  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console Games You Were Surprised You Loved on: February 25, 2008, 04:26:33 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on February 25, 2008, 01:31:21 AM

Metal Gear Solid series: I always thought the shitty stories and bad voice acting, not to mention the insanely long cut scenes, would turn me off. But somehow, it all adds on to itself in a super-campy way and I like it.

Hulk: Ultimate Destruction:
A comic book game? Sounds bad already. Another GTA clone? Meh. Smashing the hell out of everything and throwing cops and buses (and vice-versa)? SIGN ME UP!

Hulk:UD was an amazing game.  Has me excited for Prototype, for sure.
13650  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: apollo justice: aa impressions... on: February 25, 2008, 04:25:29 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on February 25, 2008, 04:06:55 PM

Quote from: The Grue on February 25, 2008, 02:47:00 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 25, 2008, 02:38:32 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on February 25, 2008, 01:14:26 AM

yikes! - can you feel the excitement up here for this game smile ...

I know I'll be getting it eventually, but I kind of burned myself out on the series when I tried to finish the first three all in a row.  I think these games are much better played spaced out.

I agree.  I enjoy them immensely, but by the end of one, I am ready to play other things for a while.  It's why I am just now getting to the 3rd one.

agreed...

Yeah, I'm still in the second game.  These are huge time sucks.  They're good, but finishing just one case can feel like a marathon.  Especially on a handheld, which still feels designed for quick sessions to me (though I don't think the read-a-plenty gameplay would work well on a console).
13651  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/25) on: February 25, 2008, 04:23:00 PM
PSP:
Blokus Portable: Steambot Championship - I love the board game, but I don't think so (though I might buy it as an XBLA release, if that happens)
Patapon - Yes (It'll let me dust off the system in prep for GoW)

360:
Frontlines: Fuel of War - Yes.  IGN just gave it a 7.6, and I liked the SP demo (didn't get a good MP session, but I hear it's good)
Lost: Via Domus - For some reason, I'm interested in this.  I've seen one 9/10 review, but it wasn't a known source.  I'm waiting for reviews, for sure.
Turning Point: Fall of Liberty - Reverse forum effect has me waiting for reviews, but I, for one (only one, it seems), enjoyed the demo.

Wii:
Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None - I'm on the fence here, leaning towards no.  My wife might like it, and I love good adventure games, but the graphics are bleh and the gameplay looks stale.  Wii could be the place for the adventure game resurgence, but I don't think this game'll lead the charge.
Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed - I love this franchise, but it's not by Pandemic, so I'm waiting for reviews.
Sega Bass Fishing - Oddly, this is the game I'm most excited about this week.

DS:
Spitfire Heroes: Tales Royal Air Force - I haven't heard anything about this, but I'm curious.
13652  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: February 24, 2008, 08:54:41 PM
I thin k Xmann and I have the same attitude towards buying weapons in RPGs.  Notice he used the word "find."  I'm the same way.  I almost never buy weapons.  I've had too many experiences where I buy a weapon only to stumble on a better one in the next area.  Honestly, in most RPGs gold is pretty useless to me.  I almost always rely on what I find in the wild.  And I rarely use potions (other than healing or mana regen, but usually I rely on spells and resting over the bottles).
13653  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest 2? coming on: February 24, 2008, 04:05:40 PM
I'm glad for that.  I love PQ, but it's the type of game I pick up every once in a while.  I don't know that I'll ever finish it.  A sequel would feel like overkill.  A different type game would be easier to swallow, for me.
13654  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console Games You Were Surprised You Loved on: February 24, 2008, 01:55:11 AM
Chibi Robo on the Gamecube was a big one for me.  I thought I would like it okay.  It turned into a huge addiction.  I played nothing else until I finished it.

The same thing happened with Bomberman Land Touch on the DS.  I haven't tried the sequel yet, though.

I'm experiencing the same addiction to Professor Layton, but I wouldn't say I'm surprised, exactly.
13655  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lunia - Action Arcade MMORPG on: February 23, 2008, 07:10:59 AM
Any one try Lunia?  They describe it as an entirely new genre: An action arcade MMORPG. 

The graphics look nice, and it's free, but I'm not sure if I'm ready to commit to something like this just now.  Unless everyone says it's awesome.
13656  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Audiosurf on: February 23, 2008, 07:08:02 AM
All my files are in AAC.  Nothing can see those.  Frankly, I'm amazed my ipod can play them.
13657  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GameTrailers does their most anticipated on: February 22, 2008, 08:25:09 PM
I am surprised that Force Unleashed isn't on there.  There's an image for it in the opening, IIRC.  Did it not fit the criteria they layed out or something?
13658  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GameTrailers does their most anticipated on: February 22, 2008, 06:37:20 PM
Kind of fascinating that Wii has one exclusive, 360 has one exclusive (which will probably go PS3 at some point), while Sony has 3.
13659  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: February 21, 2008, 10:42:45 PM

Quote from: jersoc on February 21, 2008, 07:17:33 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 21, 2008, 04:12:13 AM

Quote from: WalkingFumble on February 21, 2008, 03:41:00 AM

Quote from: Calvin on February 21, 2008, 01:10:21 AM

Quote from: Chaz on February 20, 2008, 10:27:11 PM

Another one bites the dust joins the fold.  Welcome brother!  About damn time.

Well I have been tempted for several weeks and haven't been willing to pull the trigger-then I got ready to pull the trigger and got to a point where I am not sure whether I am moving or staying put, and I am waiting on news outside my control to find that out-so I can't buy Rock Band until I know where I will be (since I think shipping it is needlessly expensive if I end up moving in two weeks). But yeah, consider it 10cents of royalties in your pocket smile

while your waiting, you should consider buying these.  i ordered them after i got rock band (just the game) but before i ordered the drums.  i knew i was gonna give them a beating, so i figured these could help.  i also read a lot about problems people were having and figured anything that would help cushion the impact of the sticks would prolong the lifespan. 

Actually, I just bought these: http://www.drumshhh.com/  They have some good designs and do the trick very well.

According to the FAQ they are foam? If so, those suck automatically. I did the foam mod when it first hit the net. Since then I've gotten gum rubber pads. The difference is night and day. The gum rubber is not only quieter, but gives a better bounce. The added weight helps with allowing softer hits too. They offer way more protection since they're sturdier. I would only recommend gum rubber for hard/expert players.

They definitely aren't foam.  They seem to be a tightly-woven fiber-like material.  I don't have my tricorder handy, so I'm not going to be clearer than that.  The pads are thin to the point where they come flush with the outer plastic lip (which helps, since I seem to be hitting those regularly).  They reduce clacking quite a bit.

I got a lot of time with the Drumshhh pads today as I spent the entire afternoon calibrating my drums.  I still have to try it with the guitar.  It's not perfect, but it's better than it was.

Quote from: Purge on February 21, 2008, 07:24:19 PM

Give us a link for said product.
 
I'm about to get into the drumming and I hate it sounding like a Starship Troopers alien mating session.

The link is already in my original post and in every post that quoted that post, including this post.  Post.
13660  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XNA Creators Club Launched with 7 "FREE" games on: February 21, 2008, 10:38:57 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on February 21, 2008, 09:30:26 PM

You don't pay $100 a year to get these games...Geez would it hurt people to actually read some about a subject before doing the usual "This is lame...this sucks" lines?

These will be DL games just like other Arcade titles. You pay for them or not just like anything else. You won't have to sell your souls just to look at them...

The current method of distribution doesn't make that clear.  Nor did the screen that told me I had to be a member when I tried to launch the launcher.

I'm not sure where the information is on how these things will roll out, but it is far from laid out concisely.
13661  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Club. Anyone grab it? on: February 21, 2008, 07:13:18 PM
I picked it up today, too.  I hope to get an hour or so in today, but it may have to wait until this evening.
13662  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: February 21, 2008, 06:12:49 PM

Quote from: WalkingFumble on February 21, 2008, 04:22:51 AM

^^^
same thing.  any kind of mouse pad material on the pads are gonna help.  next i need to find something to keep the kick pedal from snapping in half.  there are a few things on ebay but i dont see any mass production so it looks sketchy.

Same thing, but better...
13663  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XNA Creators Club Launched with 7 "FREE" games on: February 21, 2008, 06:09:36 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on February 21, 2008, 04:10:51 AM

Quote from: GatorFavre on February 21, 2008, 12:46:55 AM

2 of the 7 were mildly entertaining to me.  Jelly Car and the Dishwasher.  Everything else I thought was pretty bad.  Honestly, even though I enjoyed both the games mentioned, I don't think I would pay money for them.

I liked The Dishwasher for about 10 minutes - although I can't see playing a full game like that - just not my style. It was the only game of the bunch that was potentially worth playing, IMO.
Jellycar, I didn't "get" - it seemed overly simplistic.
One of them (culture?) didn't even load on my 360. It gave a black screen the three times I tried to load it, and then sent me back to the game select screen.  I don't think it helped that this was the first one I tried to play.
Trifeca, or whatever it was called, didn't have any tutorial so I had no idea what I was doing. I imagine it was something simple but I can't be arsed to figure it out.
Little Gamers... the graphical style was amusing for about 15 seconds. Then I realized the combat was lame. I played up to about halfway through the jump up the building level and had to stop.
Another one was multi-player only, and didn't let you exit out of the player select screen when you realize that you're the only one sitting there about to single player a multiplayer game.
The last one - rocketball - was a really really dumb game of dodgeball, with a whopping two vertical points to dodge attacks from. The attacks come so fast, it's virtually undodgeable though.

For $100 for a year, or $50 for four months, I'd rather just flush the money down the toilet. These games are all the kind of thing you'd expect to find in a java-style applet posted in everything but gaming labelled as 'amusing time waster' - you'd kill 5 minutes at work playing this crap, but would you really sit at home playing this crap when you have good, 'full' games sitting unplayed or unfinished?

There is a tutorial in Trilinea and if you play the story mode, it seems to take you through how to play.  The whole thing seemed too involved for me to bother with, though.
13664  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: February 21, 2008, 04:15:27 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 21, 2008, 02:05:47 AM

Yeah, the game is actually very anti-grind since it reduces experience based on your level in a given area.  So the vast majority of the people should be doing encounters within several levels of everyone else. 

Honestly the constant level cap is a love/hate thing for me.  On the one hand, I'm offended that they decide how easy or challenging I can make the game for myself.  On the other hand, I don't waste hours grinding, thus increasing my boredom with the game.

I hope it's not a trend, because I'm not sure everyone could pull off the balance as well as Lost Odyssey seems to.
13665  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: February 21, 2008, 04:12:13 AM

Quote from: WalkingFumble on February 21, 2008, 03:41:00 AM

Quote from: Calvin on February 21, 2008, 01:10:21 AM

Quote from: Chaz on February 20, 2008, 10:27:11 PM

Another one bites the dust joins the fold.  Welcome brother!  About damn time.

Well I have been tempted for several weeks and haven't been willing to pull the trigger-then I got ready to pull the trigger and got to a point where I am not sure whether I am moving or staying put, and I am waiting on news outside my control to find that out-so I can't buy Rock Band until I know where I will be (since I think shipping it is needlessly expensive if I end up moving in two weeks). But yeah, consider it 10cents of royalties in your pocket smile

while your waiting, you should consider buying these.  i ordered them after i got rock band (just the game) but before i ordered the drums.  i knew i was gonna give them a beating, so i figured these could help.  i also read a lot about problems people were having and figured anything that would help cushion the impact of the sticks would prolong the lifespan. 

Actually, I just bought these: http://www.drumshhh.com/  They have some good designs and do the trick very well.
13666  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest Swords Impressions? on: February 20, 2008, 10:41:38 PM
Anyone try this at all or have plans to?
13667  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XNA Creators Club Launched with 7 "FREE" games on: February 20, 2008, 10:35:54 PM
Yeah, this went from mildly interesting to lame in one swoop.

I tried everything except Trilinea which looked to complicated for the time I had.

Most of them are pretty good.  There was one I didn't like at all (Rocketball).  The flower one was pretty and fun.  Jelly Car was frustrating, but I liked the idea and style.

I spent the most time with the two Metal Slug/Alien Hominid rip offs.  Little Gamers was a lot fun with a suprising amount of variety.  I played to the end of that demo, though, which took the wind right out of those sails.

The Dishwasher has an amazing style and was a ton of fun to play.  I didn't get very far, as I had to sign off, but I will come back to that game later and try to play through it.  Very cool.

I wish I knew what the hell they were planning with these games.  Do I have to join the Creators Club?  At $100/year, that doesn't seem likely for these dinky games.  Although they do say there will be 1,000 of them by year's end, so who knows.  Maybe if they broke up the pricing, I wouldn't feel I was taking such a big hit.
13668  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XNA Creators Club Launched with 7 "FREE" games on: February 20, 2008, 09:15:58 PM
You have to go through two steps.  Download the XNA CC Launcher, then go to the XNA CC section of My Games (under the Games blade) and download games.  There are seven there for now.  I'm downloading them, but I haven't tried any yet.

Of course, this is mentioned here: http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php/topic,25036.0.html But I thought we might want to talk about the games themselves.
13669  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest Swords Impressions? on: February 20, 2008, 07:06:07 PM
Anyone try Dragon Quest Swords for the Wii?  The reviews aren't great, but I'm getting the impression that most reviewers were looking for something more DQ RPG than this on-rails action spin-off.  I'm wondering what someone who is expecting a kind of light-gun with swords game will think of it.

Any impressions here?
13670  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/18) on: February 18, 2008, 05:01:47 PM
N+ is coming to XBLA this week.  I'm definitely interested in that.

http://www.joystiq.com/2008/02/18/n-coming-to-xbox-live-arcade-wednesday/
13671  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/18) on: February 18, 2008, 04:42:34 PM
I am in on The Club. 

I could go with FIFA Street 3. 

I'm on the fence with DQS.  Some reviews liked it okay.

Someday I'll do Apollo Justice, but I need to finish the second PW and start the third first.
13672  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where's the No More Heroes impressions? There they are! on: February 18, 2008, 01:49:52 AM

Quote from: CrayolaSmoker on February 17, 2008, 08:28:38 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 17, 2008, 04:44:03 PM

A question on the weapons.  I just bought the third one and I'm already at rank 5.  Am I on track?  I feel like there should have been more available, but the designer lady didn't have any new ones for me until now.

You're on track. IIRC, the first one is available early. The next two are available after mostly obvious story events.

I think I took 15 hours to finish the game, but an hour of that was just getting enough money to buy one of the last sword upgrades. I reckon you could burn through the game in 10 hours if you skip getting Lovikov balls and just go straight from one boss fight to the next.

I find I'm lousy with money.  Is that going to start disappearing in these last 5 ranks?
13673  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where's the No More Heroes impressions? There they are! on: February 17, 2008, 04:44:03 PM
A question on the weapons.  I just bought the third one and I'm already at rank 5.  Am I on track?  I feel like there should have been more available, but the designer lady didn't have any new ones for me until now.
13674  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: February 17, 2008, 04:41:09 PM

Quote from: Xmann on February 17, 2008, 04:02:57 PM

got a couple hours in so far and i'm really impressed.   the dream sequences are just fabulous.   the writing in those dreams are incredible.   i got 4 of them in the starting city before i headed out on the 1st mission, hope i got them all.

only question i have since i don't have a manual since i got it from Gamefly........how do you interrupt an enemies spell casting?   i read the tutorial and don't really get it.   how and when do i do that?

i can really see strategy coming into play with battles too.   even the first battles the enemies do enough damage to have to use healing items and spells.   gotta level that white magic up pretty regularly.

gonna get a few more hours in tonight.   really like what i have seen thus far.  might even consider grabbing the strat guide, which i rarely do.

What I got from the tutorial is that you can attack while an enemy is casting and that will push their cast back further in the turn line.
13675  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vigilante 8 remake coming to XBLA on: February 15, 2008, 11:05:37 PM
Oh, I didn't mean to imply that I won't be interested in Vigilante 8.  It just makes me long for a proper I-76 remake.  If I had I-76, I wouldn't slap my head and say, "Oh, I could have had a V-8."
13676  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vigilante 8 remake coming to XBLA on: February 15, 2008, 05:07:22 PM
If they ever do remake I76, they better not touch the soundtrack.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JCGZFQZkdc&feature=related
13677  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: *Spits out drink* Bioware working on new KotOR!!!! on: February 15, 2008, 03:41:38 PM
Now that this is settling down, I wanted to point out that I enjoy the title of this post every time I see it.
13678  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: February 15, 2008, 03:40:28 PM

Quote from: Chaz on February 15, 2008, 04:55:26 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on February 14, 2008, 07:11:37 PM

Quote from: Chaz on February 14, 2008, 06:21:03 PM

Actually, I've found the vocals to be slightly more sensitive to calibration than the drums, it's just that the vocal calibration issues only stand out on songs with a lot of short words like Here It Goes Again.

When you calibrate, I'd also use a controller's face button to do the "strum with the beat" phase.  It always winds up more accurate than strumming or even hitting a drum.  Then, once you've done that, note what the offset is, and write it down.  Later, you can adjust it up or down to fine-tune.

Sorry if this is a dumb question Chaz, but do you mean the ABXY buttons on the middle of the drum kit and not the skins?

You can use either the buttons in the middle of the drum kit, or on an actual controller.

The buttons on my drum kit are nowhere near as responsive as the controller.  The d-pad is a travesty.
13679  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vigilante 8 remake coming to XBLA on: February 15, 2008, 03:39:09 PM

Quote from: kronovan on February 15, 2008, 05:43:29 AM

Finally a XBLA game that I can really look forward to. Damn, I've been looking for something like this ever since the Interstate 76 servers dried up!
I just hope that if the "taking full advantage of next-generation technologies" doesn't include a graphical update that they at least base it on the N64 version which looked considerably better than the PS release.

I wish they would just remake Interstate '76.  That was an amazing, fantastic game.
13680  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: February 15, 2008, 03:38:09 PM
I'm glad I took a chance on this one.  I thought Blue Dragon was okay, but I never went back to it, and I realize now I was bored.  Eternal Sonata is beautiful, but I'm not as intrigued as I thought I'd be.  Lost Odyssey has me very interested in the characters, the setting, and the story.  They're doing a good job, so far, of revealing the story as you play.  Well paced. 

Honestly, when I read about the dreams a few months ago, I thought that would be the death of this game for me.  Reading "short stories" in the middle of play?  No thank you.  But many of them are quite well written.  And they do such a great job of keeping them kinetic with backgrounds and sound effects and, most importantly, word movement.  It's elegant and interesting.

I have had no problems whatsoever with loading.  I wish that non-issue wasn't even out there to talk about.  Of course, I'm still on the first disc, so who knows if it suddenly tanks.  No problems with frame rate, either, so far.  I know that was an issue for some, too.


My only real issue with the game:  Who the hell would design a military helmet with a grabbable ring on it, especially when facing much bigger and stronger opponents?
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