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13721  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: May 01, 2008, 07:59:52 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 01, 2008, 06:59:29 PM

Any favorite radio stations yet?  I've found myself tuning into JNR (Jazz Nation Radio) the most often.  I knew and loved just about all those jazz classics even before the game, and having them play while in a heated GTA mission evokes a very Cowboy Bebop feeling.

See you next time, Space Cowboy.

I actually haven't even gotten to the jazz station yet.

The only station I immediately turn off is the hard rock station (though even that one has an okay song or two).  I've been very impressed with the radio in this game.  San Andreas had the worst selection, IMO, but I loved tooling around Vice City with anything blaring.

And for DJ's you've got Iggy Pop, Juliette Lewis, Karl Lagerfeld (!), and a bunch of guys from SNL.
13722  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/PSP] echochrome on: May 01, 2008, 04:22:03 PM
I loved the idea of this and the style, but I found the mechanics extremely frustrating.  Not in the good way, either, in the bad design way.

I could never line up a hole correctly or a jump.  Honestly, I feel like some key indicators were missing.
13723  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 HD Upgrade Question on: May 01, 2008, 04:19:54 PM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on May 01, 2008, 03:37:12 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 01, 2008, 01:23:35 PM

You're replacing the existing one. 

Thanks. Anyone have a good link for a tutorial on this?

Sorry about the search button being broken.  icon_wink

Here you go:,26217.0.html
13724  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Kart Wii impressions on: May 01, 2008, 04:17:05 PM

Quote from: depward on May 01, 2008, 02:31:27 PM

So how do I go about racing with my Wavebird?  For Brawl, I just turned it on and badda-bing - it was ready to go.  I turn it on during Mario Kart Wii and it doesn't seem to respond... even though it says it's compatible.  Any help?

Try pressing A on the Wavebird when it starts.  You may have to turn off the Wiimote in the menu.

I know when I plugged the 'chuck in, I got a big message about the configuration changing, and I had to push A.
13725  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 Hints and Tips? on: May 01, 2008, 04:13:44 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 01, 2008, 01:01:32 PM

If you're having trouble speeding through the turns with the new driving model, I recommend starting of by slowing down far slower than you think you need to be going prior to the turn.  Don't even use the e-brake.  After a few successful fast turns, you'll naturally starting pushing the boundaries more and more until you can take them fast as can be without crashing.  Add in the e-brake once you get used to how the regular gas and brake work.

Also: The gas and brake are on analog triggers for a reason.  It's no longer a choice between flooring the gas pedal or slamming on the brakes.  Most of the time when you brake you don't want to have the brake trigger pressed all the way, and when you accelerate out of a turn you'll usually have better results if you ease it to full throttle rather than slamming it down all the way immediately. 

When you do use the e-brake, use a light tap.  Don't hold the A-Button down (or the smiley face button or whatever the PS3 uses).  That's what's caused all of my spin outs.
13726  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dark Void, from the makers of Crimson Skies on: April 30, 2008, 08:25:57 PM
Here's a vid:

If I didn't know it was the Crimson Skies guys, I'm not sure I'd be interested.
13727  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Kart Wii impressions on: April 30, 2008, 08:21:23 PM
My daughter and I tried the W+N combo. 

She still came in 12th, but she was far less spastic about it.  If I can get her to keep her eyes on the road instead of on how cute Daisy or Peach look on their scooters, I think we'd be in

As for me, the control scheme does seem incredibly more precise.  I never accidentally drove between two power-ups.  In fact, I could make a correction at the last second with no overshooting at all.  However, the cornering didn't seem as tight, but that could be due to my being forced to play Luigi AKA "Daisy's Love."  I managed to get knocked to 10th mid-way through a race and could not catch up for the life of me.  I'm thinking that while it's more precise, they did some other tweaking to balance it.
13728  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Kart Wii impressions on: April 30, 2008, 06:15:48 PM

Quote from: Zaxxon on April 30, 2008, 05:31:34 PM

Quote from: Hrothgar on April 30, 2008, 05:00:25 PM

Quote from: Zaxxon on April 29, 2008, 09:56:13 PM

Yeah, all Best Buys should have them for $9.99. 
Amazon is now matching this price and has them in stock. shows my local Walmart having some for $9.96!!!  smile  I'm going to run by on my way home.

Sweet!  Put that $.04 towards gas!
13729  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 HD Upgrade Question on: April 30, 2008, 06:14:52 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on March 02, 2008, 06:36:51 PM

When news first hit the internet about how easy and user-friendly it is to upgrade the hard drive in the PS3, some people were theorizing that moving from the stock 5400rpm drive to a more power-hungry 7200rpm one *might* cause some long-term problems.  I haven't heard a word about it since so I've assumed that nobody had any trouble, but since we have a thread on the topic, does anyone know anything more?

-Autistic Angel

Hey, I'm curious about this, too.

I would think 7200rpm would just improve read speed, but I can see it having compatibility issues somewhere.  I was thinking of going 7200rpm, but now I'm not sure.

EDIT TO ADD: I did a little research.  It seems the 7200 should not be a problem, but there is little increase in performance, mostly due to the bottleneck on the Blu-Ray drive.  There seems to be an average of 10% time saved when downloading or installing downloaded items, which could add up, certainly.  Is that increase worth the price increase?

It seems that more cache on the HD should help, as well.  The biggest difference seemed to come from the jump from the original 20 Gig unit's smaller cache to the newer units' bigger ones.  I haven't seen anything that tested this theory specifically on caches of 8MB, but I'd be interested to see if it makes a difference.
13730  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Operation Darkness demo on: April 30, 2008, 04:39:51 PM

Quote from: Canuck on April 30, 2008, 03:33:08 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 30, 2008, 02:34:06 PM

Even though they're completely different development teams (right?) this horrible demo is making me more cautious about my enthusiasm for Valkyria Chronicles.  VC sure looks like it handles better than OD, but then again Operation Darkness looked pretty slick in the videos as well.

I'm not sure I get this line of reasoning-would you have doubts about CoD 4, Portal and Bioshock because Mortyr sucked?

Mortyr rocked my faith in all gaming.
13731  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prince of Persia (Prodigy?) screenshot on: April 30, 2008, 02:51:56 PM

Quote from: Turtle on April 30, 2008, 05:12:16 AM

Yeah, because all animation is cell shaded.  I mean, look at Pixar's stuff.

Oh wait...

Yeah, this does look a lot like Pixar's stuff.

Oh, wait...
13732  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Kart Wii impressions on: April 30, 2008, 02:50:14 PM
Has anyone tried the Wiimote+Nunchuck mode?  Kotaku swears by it, but I haven't given it a go yet.

My now five year old is having a hard time with the wheel, having never driven a car before.  She keeps wanting to spin it around, twisting her body all over the place.  I wonder if she wouldn't have an easier time with W+N.
13733  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prince of Persia (Prodigy?) screenshot on: April 30, 2008, 03:11:19 AM

Quote from: Turtle on April 30, 2008, 02:06:33 AM

I wouldn't classify this as cel shading.  It's definitely processed, but cell shaded refers more to it being shaded like a cartoon.  This is a more illustrative style.

Also, it's only 1 screenshot.  Now, imagine this shot moving and the whole world setup to render in this way.

I wonder what they used as a replacement for the sands mechanic?

Imagine this shot moving, and you have animation.  Thus cel shaded.
13734  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prince of Persia (Prodigy?) screenshot on: April 29, 2008, 10:32:26 PM

Quote from: Laner on April 29, 2008, 09:55:02 PM

**pedantry alert**

It's "cel shading" - one "L"

For nitpicking, you should be thrown in a jail cel.
13735  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Fit - I am so weak on: April 28, 2008, 11:24:19 PM

Quote from: Jocke on April 28, 2008, 02:24:39 PM

I got it saturday. I am muscle sore like hell I have have to admit and I mostly did yoga! Never done yoga before so that probably explains it. The tree form was a bitch.

This is my asci representation of the treeform.


Kidding aside I mostly like it. The minigames are HARD! Took me a while to do some of them right though. For example in the soccer minigame I leaned mostly only my upper body at first and thought the game was slow as molasses in moving it's head. But I got the tip of the game that I should just change my lower body's weight on the board around and then it went alot better. Still hard though.

Wii Fit focuses alot on posture and with the board they have alot of information on that. So for example when you are doing a yoga stance you also get information about much you sway and such. It really helps you since you see how much you sway on screen.

All in all it's gonna take a while to evaluate this "game". Gonna keep at it and see how I like it after a week or so.

That's more like my ASCI of seeing the ladies do yoga.  Mee-yow!  Innapropriate-high-five!
13736  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/28) on: April 28, 2008, 01:28:01 PM
Go, murder!  360 for me.

And what the hell is Roogoo?!
13737  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Kart Wii impressions on: April 28, 2008, 06:13:54 AM
Anyone try the wheel with other Wii driving games yet?

I'm frustrated as hell becasue my daughter wants me to unlock Daisy for her, and I have to pass the first three 150cc cups.  I keep coming close then getting those last minute BS FAILS.  It also doesn't help that I had passed the first cup perfectly, and then she copied over my license.  It further doesn't help that my wife keeps saying, "She's just a kid."  I know she's just a kid.  That makes it worse.  A) That means I can't yell at her and must bottle up all the anger inside and 2) It could happen again with some far more important save.
13738  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Mario Kart Wii Friend Codes! on: April 28, 2008, 04:00:02 AM

13739  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 impressions thread - stores are receiving them! on: April 27, 2008, 06:20:52 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on April 27, 2008, 04:54:39 AM

Quote from: The Grue on April 27, 2008, 03:04:35 AM

Quote from: TC Weidner on April 27, 2008, 02:54:45 AM

plus the greatest review line of all time..

To play Grand Theft Auto IV is like receiving felacio for the first time. It is an amazing, and overwhelming experience that you never want to end, but when it does, itís with a bang.

Yeah, except that moron can't spell fellatio right.
He's never gotten it, is the thing, so he's assuming it will be amazing and overwhelming. Hence the spelling.
How do I know? Why else would the review be so poorly written?

I know that once I got one my spelling improved tremendously.
13740  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Max Payne 3? on: April 25, 2008, 04:11:16 PM

Quote from: Pong on April 25, 2008, 07:13:37 AM

Thought I read somewhere that the developers are the ones making Alan Wake ?

But yeah a #3 would be awesome smile

Remedy is making Alan Wake, which is probably why they're not making Max Payne 3.
13741  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami Wii on: April 25, 2008, 04:10:19 PM

Quote from: Xmann on April 25, 2008, 08:11:48 AM

i'm officially done with Okami on the Wii.   the brush techniques are beyond frustrating to do.   i attempted to help Mr. Orange bloom the trees a good 45 minutes and it literally takes a perfect circle to draw the blooms.   not counting the numerous attempts leading up to that of restoring all the trees in the village.

and i'm not talking just about the bloom....i'm talking all the techniques i've tried so far.   i've painted slow, fast, deliberate, not so deliberate, etc. and nothing works consistently.   even the dodge (or whatever you call it) move i just got for Ammy doesn't always respond with the nunchuck.  no way will i play another 20 hours or so and be pissed off and frustrated with having to make perfect strokes to get simple techniques done.

too bad, was really excited about everything else with the game.   back to Gamefly tomorrow.

You know, I just went through the same frustration with Mr. Orange.  It took way too many attempts, and I felt like I was robbed on most of them.  It didn't help that you couldn't speed up or skip the dialogue after each failed attempt (and then about three tries in, they added more).  I'm not giving up, though.  I'm still enjoying the game.  I was ready to stop for a while during that.
13742  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Max Payne 3? on: April 25, 2008, 02:30:25 AM
I would be very IN on this, if done right.  I'm sure it's to tie in with the upcoming movie.
13743  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: April 25, 2008, 02:29:41 AM

Quote from: jersoc on April 24, 2008, 10:35:38 PM

I can't do those either. Aren't those ascending notes though?

Not tonally.  The high notes are closer to the body of the guitar.
13744  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami Wii on: April 24, 2008, 07:02:40 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on April 24, 2008, 05:31:16 PM

Quote from: JSL
Isn't it supposed to say Goddess on the back and not God though?

For some reason, Capcom was really strict that Amaterasu was genderless in the U.S. release, even though she's solely referred to in the feminine in both the Japanese and European versions.

Quote from: 1Up
1UP: What other sort of things went on behind the scenes in localizing Okami?

DC: Here's a few tidbits. Issun the character has a specific nickname for Amaterasu in the Japanese version where he calls her -- or I should say "him." I shouldn't say her. Actually that's one thing I should mention? R&D is very adamant about making Amaterasu genderless, which made localization very hard. Because we use pronouns a lot: he, she.

1UP: And Amaterasu is supposed to be a goddess.

DC: Yeah, and in traditional lore, the Amaterasu of those stories is definitely a sun goddess. But I guess the point Kamiya was trying to make is that this character is called Amaterasu, but it's not necessarily the Amaterasu. Because if you go by proper legend, Susano is Amaterasu's brother, and Tsukiyomi, which is actually a sword in the game, is one of their siblings.

1UP: So it's an embodiment, and genderless Amaterasu...

DC: Right, they're taking the names and general themes, but it's not necessarily the Amaterasu, it's a character named Amaterasu. For the European versions, I think they'll have to go ahead and make it a female because it'll be too hard to write around that. But for English, that was really difficult because we couldn't use he or she, and we didn't want to use "Amaterasu" every time we mentioned the character's name.

1UP: And you didn't want to use "it."

DC: Exactly. So we used "the wolf," "the god," things like that. There were ways around it, but it wasn't easy.

Personally, it always seemed perfectly clear that Amaterasu was female, but I guess Capcom wanted it to be left unclear.

-Autistic Angel

I have only played the Wii version, and I would swear that they have already referred to her as a goddess a couple of times.  In fact, I'm sure of it, because I remember thinking, Oh, it's a female.
13745  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Operation Darkness demo on: April 24, 2008, 07:01:08 PM
I agree with the camera being a big issue, and I think the muddy graphics aren't going to help.

Much as I love the idea and setting for this, and as much as I was mildly enjoying the level, I was too bored to want to do it again and again over a long campaign.  Everything just took too damn long.  It took me something like 4 or 5 sets of moves just to get people in range.  Then a huge group of Nazis ran to the other side of the map, for no apparent reason and I had to work my way to them.  There are way too many characters to slog through each round, IMO, and not being able to tell where they really need to go and how to best get there made this more trouble than it was worth to me.  Of course, the Strategy RPG genre is generally not my cup of tea anyway.
13746  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] world ends with you impressions on: April 24, 2008, 01:45:13 AM
Are we thinking the strategy guide would be useful?  No one had them today.  I played for a bit, and it seemed straightforward, almost linear.  Strategies I can usually piece together on my own or online, but I like a guide to figure out where to go or tips on upgrading (or to find hidden secrets).
13747  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero IV rumors on: April 23, 2008, 04:53:36 PM

Quote from: jament on April 23, 2008, 03:13:49 PM

I also purchased the stand alone RB for the 360, used my headset as a mic and GH3 guitar until the stand alone drum kit came out.  I have two friends that did the same - it was a cheap way to buy into the game and see how good it was.

Me, too.
13748  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's up with XBL? on: April 23, 2008, 03:15:14 AM

Quote from: Doopri on April 23, 2008, 02:55:08 AM

is today the day of the four or eight hour downtime? i was just trying to sign in and couldnt, then it occurred to me that i had gotten a message from live that there would be an outage

(im actually here now confirming that its tonight)

I think it was supposed to be yesterday.  Seems to be working for me.
13749  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - newbie questions on: April 22, 2008, 10:32:58 PM
Thanks, WP.  Ugly looking neck.
13750  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - newbie questions on: April 22, 2008, 04:58:19 PM
I just bought a RB Wireless guitar (I'd been using the GH wireless and a wired one).  I mostly got it for the closer buttons, thinking my 4 year old could handle those. 

I'm curious about the extra switch (that changes it to Wah Wah, etc).  Does that have any effect on gameplay?  When does it come into play, just when I whammy or is it a constant effect?

Also, why did they choose that hideous yellowed plastic color for the neck?
13751  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami Wii on: April 22, 2008, 04:02:22 AM

Quote from: Xmann on April 22, 2008, 03:52:49 AM

well i never played the PS2 flavor and i just put in 1.5 hours on the Wii version.

i can see myself loving this game, but damnit the horizontal slash is ridiculous.   i would have played longer had i been able to get pass the part where you have to slash the statue for that guy in training.   i gave it a good dozen or so times and turned it off out of frustration.   if this is any evidence of how the game plays, i'm sending it back to Gamefly.

Once you get it, it becomes much harder to screw it up.

It's about speed, more than accuracy.  It seems you want as thin a line as possible.
13752  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Deca Sports (Wii) on: April 22, 2008, 03:48:53 AM
IGN has the bad news:

Deca Sports is yet another card to shuffle into the deck of quick cash-in sports/mini-game Wii efforts. Like Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, Winter Sports, Summer Sports, EA Playground, or Nintendoís own Wii Sports, Hudsonís latest effort attempts to draw in the new Wii crowd by delivering simple gameplay and an equally simple look, but in the end itís hands-down one of the least inspired and uneventful of any of Wiiís compilations. The gameplay is sloppy, the characters are incredibly plain, and even at a $30 price tag itís way, way overpriced. Thereís better out there. Skip it.

Spoiler for Hiden:
13753  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] VC becomes completely useless thanks to hackers on: April 21, 2008, 03:09:28 PM

Quote from: Teggy on April 21, 2008, 02:41:02 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 21, 2008, 01:19:26 PM

I'm missing how this makes the VC completely useless.  People have been able to emulate all those systems since long before the Wii came out.

The title should really be something like "[Wii] VC becomes unnecessary for people with the skill or motivation to hack their console."  It's certainly not useless.  Plenty of people are either unwilling or unable to hack their Wii, and for them, VC is still going to be attractive.  It will likely cause Nintendo to lose some transactional income, but certainly not all of it.

Apparently, you're not aware that 90% of Americans play on modded consoles:
13754  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Iron Man 360 demo up on: April 21, 2008, 03:04:17 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 21, 2008, 02:57:57 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 21, 2008, 02:45:53 PM

I agree on the flight mechanics, though hovering working fine.  I tended to use that most often, then fly to the next stockpile, crashing into the ground at least once on the way.

I did that until I reversed the flight controls and immediately got alot better.

I tried that, too, but flight is still wonky.  I think it has more to do with where the camera is located when you fly.  I keep trying to adjust to get a better view.  I didn't see an option to change that.
13755  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Iron Man 360 demo up on: April 21, 2008, 02:45:53 PM

Quote from: Doopri on April 21, 2008, 12:36:24 AM

i liked the teaser tech upgrade screen which seems like it could be pretty neat.  other than that not too much there for me.  i mentioned earlier that i liked superman (and i did!) - but for some reason im with rick on the control scheme.  didnt quite click - for some reason it felt cumbersome

and i think the aim is more of a lock on than a crosshair - so if you get your circle close to a target, youll hit it - you dont actually have to center it in your crosshair

That's definitely how the aim worked.

I agree on the flight mechanics, though hovering working fine.  I tended to use that most often, then fly to the next stockpile, crashing into the ground at least once on the way.
13756  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami Wii on: April 21, 2008, 02:43:55 PM
How on earth did that happen?  Someone musta hit Delete...

On a semi-related note, my copy had another review sticker placed on the packaging above the Play sticker (no one trusts Play, I guess).  Can't remember who it was now, but maybe it was IGN.  That would explain the change.  I couldn't figure out why they would take the time to put new stickers on all of the copies.

It really bugs me that the Play review is part of the cover.  That annoys me more than the IGN logo snafu.

13757  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Mortal Kombat game coming on: April 21, 2008, 02:37:48 PM
I'm hoping they have a rematch of Green Lantern versus Bird:
13758  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] VC becomes completely useless thanks to hackers on: April 21, 2008, 02:34:48 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 21, 2008, 01:19:26 PM

I'm missing how this makes the VC completely useless.  People have been able to emulate all those systems since long before the Wii came out.

Because now they can do it on the Wii.
13759  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/21) on: April 21, 2008, 02:31:36 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on April 21, 2008, 02:12:28 PM

Avoid Turok at all costs, regardless of version. I'm waiting until next week...

Turok wasn't bad.  I have no say on the PC version, though.

For me, The World Ends With You has lept from a title I knew nothing about (I thought it was some anime-based dreck) to top of the list in less than a week.

I could be enticed by Battle of the Bands, for my soon to be 5 year old.  Especially if it has that Planet Moon sense of humor.

I believe I may pick up Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis this week, too.

And, though not console related, I encourage everyone to pick up the Flight of the Conochords CD this week!
13760  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Iron Man 360 demo up on: April 20, 2008, 09:50:33 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on April 20, 2008, 09:22:21 PM

I actually liked it quite a bit, but I still have too much backlog to justify any new game purchases...

I liked it, too.  Although I found myself only using the repulsors.  Not sure if the full game could sustain interest for very long.
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