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13681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Advance Wars Fans - Commanders Attack of the Genos on: February 14, 2008, 12:51:25 AM
I played the demo for a little bit.  I really like the music and the mock jazz era style of it.  The controls are pretty straightforward and streamlined.  I thought the look would be too simplistic from the screenshots, but it fits the style they're going for.

I'm hoping it's a simple version of Advanced Wars (which itself is simple, I know, but I'm looking for super lite here).  Clearly that's what they're going for.

Anyone buy it and play through it more?
13682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: devil may cry 4 impressions on: February 13, 2008, 08:32:45 PM
I thought automatic had to do with character selection, too.  Good thing I've been leaving it on, though.
13683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pandemic working on a new LoTR game on: February 13, 2008, 06:11:41 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 13, 2008, 02:34:33 PM

Quote from: EddieA on February 13, 2008, 07:49:06 AM

According to Worthplaying, EA has revealed that Pandemic Studios is finishing up Mercenaries 2 and starting work on a new game in the Lord of The Rings series.  There's no word on what kind of game it is, but I'm really hoping for an action-RPG.

That'd be a pretty safe bet.  I can imagine something with a wide open world.  Maybe not a sandbox, but I can imagine it using the same engine as Mercs 2.

Or it could be Full Spetrum Warrior: Ten Dwarven Hammers.
13684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: *Spits out drink* Bioware working on new KotOR!!!! on: February 13, 2008, 06:05:55 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 13, 2008, 04:36:58 PM

and the new Godfather game is listed there too.  It's about the only reason I'm holding onto my Wii anymore.

yeah, that sounded dirty. 




and slightly gay.


Why gay?  It's your Wii.  If holding onto your own Wii makes you gay, then flame on, girlfriend!

Oh, and as for the topic, notice that it just says KOTOR.  Not KOTOR 3 or anything.  I think we're going to see a rehash of the original for next gen.  Otherwise, that's a lot on the plate for Bioware, who usually take forever to do one game.
13685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Wii sucks! on: February 13, 2008, 06:03:26 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on February 13, 2008, 01:48:08 PM

I think what that chart shows more than anything is that less games = better games.

You're almost right.  If you'd said fewer games = better games, you'd be on the money.

I basically agree with Destructor.  The more popular the system, the more shovelware that comes out for it.  However, as others have pointed out, Wii games don't score well on sites that are geared for the hardcore gamer.  It's a no-win, review-wise.
13686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: February 13, 2008, 02:33:00 AM
I picked up the drum kit tonight from Circuit City (drove through a snow storm and everything to get it).  I've only played a couple of songs, but let me just say: I was not cut out for drums.  I've always suspected this, but the drum kit has proved it.  On easy, trying to get my hands and foot to do different things at the same time, forget it (still it was fun).  Maybe I shouldn't chew gum, too...
13687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Frontlines: Fuel of War Demo [XBLM] on: February 12, 2008, 05:09:09 PM
Glad to hear the problems may have been specific to my session.

For example, I did try to stop pushing X and the game wouldn't let me.
13688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: February 12, 2008, 05:07:23 PM

Quote from: Xmann on February 12, 2008, 12:34:06 PM

i might be in the minority, but the design decisions don't really bother me at all.   if i come across an event with not really the best car it's suited for, i give it a shot anyhow.   most of the time i have a legitimate shot at winning it regardless.   i also love Showtime.   i can spend a couple hours of just finding alot of traffic and creating a huge mess.   my little boy gets a kick out of watching it and when i get bored of finding different events, i'll do showtime for a while.

i also really like driving around and looking for the super jumps, billboards, and restricted areas.   think i have 345/400 on those and about half of the billboards too.   i still haven't lost interest in that yet either.

i still get alot of fun out of this game and i've only played mp once or twice.   definitely worth the $$ for me.   couldn't recommend it enough really.

Finding the hidden stuff is the part of the game I truly like.  That's in the "Hey, this game is great" section.  However, when you do find all of them, that part is gone.  And it still doesn't take away the annoyance of losing a race for a dumb reason and not being able to retry.
13689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/11) on: February 12, 2008, 05:04:34 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 12, 2008, 03:56:04 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 12, 2008, 04:10:02 AM

On second thought, I guess I won't be getting Discs of Tron.  3.0!
http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/851/851332p1.html

I won't argue with that.  Shooting spiders without the spinner just sucks.

No, that's the regular Tron.  Discs of Tron was two guys on round platforms at opposite ends of an arena hurling frisbees at each other. 
13690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/11) on: February 12, 2008, 04:10:02 AM
On second thought, I guess I won't be getting Discs of Tron.  3.0!
http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/851/851332p1.html
13691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Frontlines: Fuel of War Demo [XBLM] on: February 12, 2008, 04:07:59 AM
I played a full game of the MP demo tonight.  What a mess!  Especially compared to the smoothness of the SP demo.  Of course, it could all be attributed to Live problems or general lag, but there was clipping galore, it took forever to actually get into a vehicle (to the point where I would click X again, but that would boot me out of the vehicle several seconds after getting in).  Some kills, I'd be right behind the guy firing into the base of his skull and he'd just stand there, but then I'd be holding X to convert a communications station and get killed immediately (you can't really run away once you've started the communications conversion, either).  There was even a time when my tank got destroyed in one kill.  I can't confirm it, but I don't think the guy who blew me up had a rocket launcher, either.

Fortunately, I'm more interested in the SP game, but I can only hope these massive problems were specific to my game only or that they pull some major overhaul before the title releases next month.
13692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: February 11, 2008, 04:18:12 PM
It really is unbelievable how frustrating the no retry thing is.  I love this game for good, long chunks and then I join a race, lose and am completely screwed, and I hate it again.
13693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Professor Layton and the Curious Village Impressions on: February 11, 2008, 04:15:45 PM

Quote from: Misguided on February 10, 2008, 03:27:55 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 10, 2008, 01:51:00 AM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on February 10, 2008, 01:49:00 AM

I've never heard of it.  What is it?


Gamestop?  It's a shop where they sell video games, but that's not important right now.

ROFLMAO. There's an ad in the Belk department store right near me in the mall for a stylist
they have coming into the store soon. His name is Gabriel lewis:



Every time I walk past his picture all I can hear is:
"It's a twister! It's a twister!"

Followed by:
"Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue."

Johnny's everywhere these days.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=pW_bfWCu2ok
13694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Poker Smash on: February 11, 2008, 04:12:52 PM
I agree that this is an excellent game.  It can get pretty challenging, though.  Partly because you have to retrain your brain in how to play.  For me, it helps not to go looking for straights or full houses too much and just try to match 3, 4 or 5 of a kind and let the bigger scoring sets just fall into place.  I hope that'll change with more play, but especially when the board starts filling up, it can get overwhelming.

The only complaint I have, really, is that the special challenges aren't up on screen for very long at all.  Usually they seem to disappear in 3 - 5 seconds.  Even with the slow time feature, it's usually near impossible to set up the proper sequence unless you catch an extremely lucky break.
13695  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Facebreaker - (EA) Boxing Game on: February 11, 2008, 04:08:19 PM
I think I'd like a game like this more than the Fight Night games.
13696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/11) on: February 11, 2008, 04:05:53 PM
I'm in on the Lost Odyssey to buy or not to buy debate, too.  I've been back and forth so many times...

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

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

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

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

But the ITEM I'm most excited about is the Rock Band Drum Kit!!!!
13697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else excited for Boom Blox? on: February 09, 2008, 05:46:53 PM

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

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

Would you like them with a fox?
13698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Professor Layton and the Curious Village Impressions on: February 09, 2008, 04:30:46 PM
I'm really looking forward to this.  I'd seen the curious...sorry curious street date myself and this thread made me think someone had already stumbled on it.  I was preparing to head to the store.
13699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else excited for Boom Blox? on: February 09, 2008, 04:29:02 PM
I read the press release a couple of days ago and wasn't much interested.  Then I was perusing GameTrailers and thought I'd give the video a go, and I had the same reaction as you:  drool  It looks really great. 
13700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: February 07, 2008, 05:54:01 PM

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

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

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

40- 50 hours is not overly long?  eek


Not for a JRPG, I don't think.  It's long, but not overly so, especially given the 4 discs it comes on.
13701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: February 07, 2008, 05:04:01 PM
Yeah, the Gametrailers review pushed me into the buy category.  I was also pleased to hear that, despite spanning four DVDs, the game is not overly long (something like 40 - 50 hours, supposedly).
13702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox Originals - New additions to the lineup on: February 06, 2008, 07:12:45 PM
Even though all of these games are already on the BC list, I'm hoping this signals new additions to said list.  We're almost due.  It's been three months
13703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Create your own ROCK BAND SHOES on: February 05, 2008, 05:54:23 PM
Can you paint a red heartbeat on them if you're in the band Emogency?
13704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Club - Demo Tomorrow on XBL **BAH Europe and Aus only** on: February 05, 2008, 05:15:26 PM
Eurogamer really liked the full game, saying:
Quote
Overall, The Club is brilliantly immediate, logical and rewarding in ways that the PGR games always were and are, and it does for the third-person shooter what no one else has even bothered trying to do: moving it closer to the 2D shoot-'em-ups of old in a manner that appeals anew. In terms of Bizarre's canon, it is what PGR was for cars: familiar concepts designed to be enjoyed over and over rather than gasped at and discarded.
8/10

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

They seemed to like the things that seemed to be appealing to me in the demo.
13705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: February 04, 2008, 06:53:56 PM
You can also use any USB mic.  Some of them are pretty cheap (I have one from the Wii game Boogie that now justifies the purchase of that game).
13706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/4) on: February 04, 2008, 05:54:10 PM
Poker Smash is the XBLA game this week.  I believe I'll be in on that, looks pretty cool.

Also, there's an update to Crystal Quest that makes it even more like Geometry Wars.  A score multiplier.  I'm sure I'll give it a try, seeing as I bought the game back in the day.
13707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/4) on: February 04, 2008, 04:25:42 PM

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

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

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

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


Very psyched about "Roam."  My wife will be pumped, too.  Hopefully, this'll lead to more B-52s songs.
13708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization Revolution DS Screenshots on: February 04, 2008, 04:18:31 PM

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

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

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

This has always been a weird thing with Civ, though.  Ox-carts taking on militia and such.  And the ox-carts have a half-way decent sized chance of winning.
13709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Turok on: February 04, 2008, 04:16:12 PM

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

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

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

Pass.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I get if you don't need another game right now or don't want to spend $60 on it that this is a wait for a cheaper price point game, but it seems weird to attribute the reasoning to mediocre reviews when they've been pretty positive.
13710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where's the No More Heroes impressions? There they are! on: February 04, 2008, 04:03:05 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some of the Lovikov skills are automatic and some you have to use.  The best one, to me, is adding the ability to run with the B button.  Extremely helpful.  The Nunchuck shake fighting ability is pretty good, too.
13711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/4) on: February 04, 2008, 03:59:16 PM
DMC4 - yes.
Culdcept Saga - I could be convinced.
Assassin's Credd DS - Yes, I was in when I heard it wasn't a port.  It's all new misisons in a prequel of sorts, IIRC.
13712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Turok on: February 03, 2008, 09:26:42 PM

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

Pass.

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

Where are you hearing this?  The reviews have all been pretty positive.
13713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Turok on: February 03, 2008, 12:05:46 AM

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

Any co-op or split screen play?

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

Not sure about split screen, though.
13714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where's the No More Heroes impressions? There they are! on: February 03, 2008, 12:03:03 AM
I have to say, too, that the more I play this game, the more I want to play.  I'm only at rank 7 (or maybe 6), and somehow it feels like a short game, though I'm sure I've put in four or five hours.  Just a testament to how good it is.

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

And the driving really is the weakest aspect of the game.  The rev and front wheels to the sky animation has become a bane to my existence.  I just want to get going after I turn around.  I know I can hit the brakes to stop it, but I shouldn't have to, you know?
13715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Force Unleashed on: February 02, 2008, 04:56:45 PM
I actually think Euphoria is pretty cool.  The ankle grab doesn't bother me (or the hand grab for that matter).  I'm looking forward to its use in the new Indy game, too.

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

I hope it doesn't suck, but it looks like they're putting all the effort into making an incredible title.
13716  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Faith & a .45 on: February 02, 2008, 04:20:55 AM

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

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

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

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

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


not counting naughty dog (uncharted)?...


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

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

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

Does GlaDOS count?  Or the Companion Cube, if you're not into complex passive/aggressive romances.
13717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Turok on: February 02, 2008, 04:18:53 AM
The impressions have already begun in here: http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php/topic,24465.0.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall, I expected to play for about an hour yesterday, and I played for over three.  So I definitely had a good time.  Whoever wrote the comment "Meh, it's Turok" without taking the time to find out if they'd done anything to the Turok experience, should maybe take a look again.  Everyone else should at least give this one a rental.  Or just buy it if you're looking for a fun, cool distraction that would have been considered very before the end of an amazing 2007.
13718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Turok Demo Available (but not in the US) on: February 01, 2008, 03:46:49 PM

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

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

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

I think we need to have a Shifty-scale.

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

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

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

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

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

By the way, no hot witches in Turok so far, though.  Bummer, huh?
13719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Turok Demo Available (but not in the US) on: February 01, 2008, 03:42:58 PM
The reviews have been half-way decent for Turok, and I picked it up yesterday.  I have to say I'm enjoying it much more than the demo.  I played for a couple of hours and had a very good time.  It's not AAA caliber, so if your good meter no longer goes below COD4 or Bioshock, don't bother.  However, it is better than, say, Kane & Lynch (which itself is not even half as bad as people are claiming).  A lot of work went into this game.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall, I expected to play for about an hour yesterday, and I played for over three.  So I definitely had a good time.  Whoever wrote the comment "Meh, it's Turok" without taking the time to find out if they'd done anything to the Turok experience, should maybe take a look again.  Everyone else should at least give this one a rental.  Or just buy it if you're looking for a fun, cool distraction that would have been considered very before the end of an amazing 2007.
13720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Faith & a .45 on: January 31, 2008, 04:29:02 PM
This game and setting look great.  I'm very excited.  I like the title, too.
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