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13761  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1up reviews The Darkness (and assorted pleasantries...) on: June 27, 2007, 09:38:27 PM

Quote from: jimmyorr99 on June 27, 2007, 08:24:08 PM

Quote from: Ridah on June 26, 2007, 06:12:57 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on June 26, 2007, 05:56:48 PM

The problem is that I don't think a lot of people can justify $60 for a mediocre 10-hour shooter.  MP, in theory, gives it legs.  On the other hand, if you're going to do it poorly, it's going to result in a hit in the reviews. 

I agree, however I've heard plenty of people who have said they would gladly pay the $60 for a good experience, even if it's short, than for an average game that is 20-30 hours long. As far as multiplayer goes, if it's good then yes I can see it adding legs but if it's just tacked on like in most games I don't see the added value.
I would too. For a game with truely great SP, I would pay full price. MP is an added bonus for me. Always has been (with the exception being Halo2). Also, multiplayer can be fixed by patches, IIRC, Halo2 was buggy at first, hell it still is, but it's been vastly improved through patching.

I feel the same way.  Give me a kick-ass SP game, and I'm happy.  There are plenty of games I never even go online with. 

To me, the polish that goes into making the game so damn good comes from an incredible amount of man-power.  That's why you pay regular price for the experience.  On top of that, I like to reward good game design, so that more good games come out.

I could care less if the game is "only" ten hours, if it's good.  I've played many games that are longer than that that shouldn't have been.
13762  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Carcassonne - can't wait! on: June 27, 2007, 09:35:28 PM
I played one game and tried the tutorials this afternoon.  It's pretty good.  Captures the feel of the game very well.  I spanked the AI something like 152 to 34, but I think that was on easy.

The only drawback is that as you start laying down more and more tiles, the view pulls back farther and farther.  Sometimes it's a little hard to make out all of the choices clearly.  The shoulder buttons can zoom you in and out, but not everyone's going to know that, and it may put them off. 

Also, it's been awhile since I played, but there seemed to be some odd moments where I couldn't place one of my guys somewhere I wanted.  I'm sure it's just a rule I'm forgetting, but it seemed curious.  Thankfully, you can back out of tile placement easily.

On that note, the tutorials do a pretty good job, but I wish there were just instructions you could read.  I do feel like I'm missing something.  There is a grayed-out option for expansions in the tutorial menu, by the way, which I took to be good news.  I wish they'd get on the Catan expansions instead of just giving us new AI players and the board game skin (which should have been free).

There are options to customize the game in both single and multiplayer.  There's even a free mode that lets you play tiles without scoring, though I'm not sure why you'd do that.

Hopefully tonight I'll get to try some multiplayer, but I'm not confident given the other games I have.
13763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Resident Evil 4 impressions on: June 27, 2007, 09:27:11 PM

Quote from: Xmann on June 27, 2007, 08:25:04 PM

I'm still early one.  Should i upgrade my weapons whenever i can?  I'm at the first boss at the lake and have the pistol and shotgun but haven't upgraded.  Should i upgrade when i can?

I didn't upgrade at all until I got the weapons I was looking for (of course, it helped that I had some advice on good weapon choices*).  There didn't seem a need for it at all.  Even the bare bones Punisher works great until something better comes along.

*
Spoiler for Hiden:
Apparently, the three strongest weapons in the game are the Striker, the semi-auto and the Red 9, though there are debates about that last one.  Those are listed in the reverse order of when you get them, by the way.  Once you do, start upgrading like crazy.  Some people like one of the magnums or the TMP or the rocket launcher, but those three weapons seem to handle most situations with the least amount of space.  Plus with Wii controls, I don't really need a stock or a scope.
13764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1up reviews The Darkness (and assorted pleasantries...) on: June 26, 2007, 10:48:36 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on June 26, 2007, 09:38:42 PM

Got it, played some watched a friend play some.  I like the atmosphere to the game so far.  It's cheesy over the top angst type acting, and very graphic over the top gun-play and violence.

Like the executions and the darkness power that I've had so far is pretty nice.  The darkling berserker has some amusing (if terribly crass most of the time) lines.  I like to lead him near the bodies just to find out what he'll say/do.  Right now he has a 'potato outfit' with a broken sword as his weapon.

Can give more answers later as I get farther into it... and after I actually get some sleep... yay overnights and staying up too late to get the game today.

Edit: oh yeah!  the TV's in the game are great so far.  Old movies/shows/cartoons/music videos play.  Very low resolution of course, but much longer than these things are normally.  I think we sat and watched 10 minutes of a show before I decided to wander off and shoot things.  The show was still going, no idea how much is there.

From what I've read, things like Buck Rogers are there in their entirity.
13765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1up reviews The Darkness (and assorted pleasantries...) on: June 26, 2007, 03:11:44 PM
What does that IGN review have to do with Baldurs Gate 2?
13766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RING OF UNHOLY DEATH! on: June 26, 2007, 03:08:05 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 26, 2007, 02:46:47 PM

Quote from: warning on June 26, 2007, 02:18:57 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 26, 2007, 01:45:43 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on June 26, 2007, 01:42:55 PM

Quote from: Destructor on June 26, 2007, 01:36:17 PM

Quote from: Eightball on June 26, 2007, 01:28:30 PM

I don't know if the drive died because I had the thing vertical, but I wouldn't be surprised.

It overheats too easily if it's sideways, and the drive dies if it's vertical. The 360 is just a broken console no matter how you position it.

Upside down perhaps? biggrin

Diagonally man. Diagonally.

Mesh hammock.

I suspend mine in a bubble of liquid cooled gel.

mine is sitting ontop of a copy of 'Good Omens' so the vents underneath get more airflow.

Pratchett is good for cooling, but I find Gaiman sometimes makes the console seem to lofty.

Also, I like the Sajak addition, CeeKay
13767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/25) on: June 26, 2007, 12:11:10 AM

Quote from: kronovan on June 25, 2007, 11:03:14 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 25, 2007, 10:53:36 PM

Crap, I missed Pokemon BR on that list.  If this is finally the one where they bring the handheld experience to the home console, I'll be in.  If they try to make it different again, I'll be out.


Quote
And just to possibly add to that already long Wii list, isn't Mercury Meltdown Revolution also releasing this week? If it is I'm definitely buying it.

It's not coming out 'til late August in the States, near as I can tell.

I'm afraid Pokemon: BR isn't like the handheld games at all, but is a modern update of the Pokemon Stadium games that were released on the N64. So if you thought Coliseum or XD were lacking in adventure or story you'll be even more disappointed with this. It is however the 1st Wii game to feature online gameplay and DS connectivity and I've read the graphics aren't too shabby.

Bummer about Mercury Meltdown not releasing until late August. Wonder why and how Gamespot was able to review it so early?

I think MM has been out in Europe for a little while.  Not sure why the delay in the US, though.

As for P:BR, I think I'll be out.  Looks like the best reason to play is to see your handheld pokemon fight on the big screen (I would like to see the DS connectivity), but you have to finish Pearl or Diamond before you can do that.  I'm on the second town.
13768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RING OF UNHOLY DEATH! on: June 25, 2007, 10:58:45 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 24, 2007, 07:58:28 PM


*Poom* *Poom* Is this thing on?
13769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/25) on: June 25, 2007, 10:53:36 PM
Crap, I missed Pokemon BR on that list.  If this is finally the one where they bring the handheld experience to the home console, I'll be in.  If they try to make it different again, I'll be out.


Quote
And just to possibly add to that already long Wii list, isn't Mercury Meltdown Revolution also releasing this week? If it is I'm definitely buying it.

It's not coming out 'til late August in the States, near as I can tell.
13770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/25) on: June 25, 2007, 04:34:14 PM
Definitely Overlord and The Darkness.  Maybe The Bigs, depending on reviews.  I may go for the Harry Potter game, too. 

I expect the Driver game for the Wii to get the same response it did on other consoles, but if the reviews are better than that, I could do it.  That is one series that just hasn't figured out what made the first game so cool.

I also love the title Nervous Brickdown, but I always get these puzzle games and play them for maybe an hour.

EDIT TO ADD: Carcasonne is coming to XBLA this week!   I will get that.  I think Carcasonne will be more accessible and a bigger hit than Catan was.
13771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Resident Evil 4 impressions on: June 25, 2007, 04:30:44 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 24, 2007, 08:03:43 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on June 23, 2007, 06:17:15 PM

The end of 2-2 just made me wet my panties.

That was awesome.

Spoiler for Hiden:
The cabin part

2.2 made me feel a little overwhelmed again.  Up to that point, I was really enjoying it, but suddenly the frustration I felt playing the Gamecube version came back.  Still enjoying it, but I'm a little less enthusiastic now.

I got even more frustrated after the cabin, because I remembered the stronghold as being incredibly tough as well, and I knew to get the most loot, I would also have to face
Spoiler for Hiden:
another El Gigante,
but I had
Spoiler for Hiden:
used up most of my grenades in the cabin.

HOWEVER, in a testament to the great Wii controls, I blew through the stronghold with no problems at all and then, and this is what has me back in absolute love with this game,
Spoiler for Hiden:
I took down El Gigante with a few shots from the Red 9 and copious knife slashes...let me repeat, I took him down, basically, with the knife...it only cost me two green herbs,too!


I may have been just tired at the cabin, but I really do think that sequence is a little unfairly overwhelming.
13772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Gamespot Awards Mercury Meltdown a 8.5 on: June 24, 2007, 08:08:36 PM

Quote from: kronovan on June 23, 2007, 10:51:29 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 23, 2007, 10:35:36 PM

I remember being really disappointed with the Mercury game on the PSP, but for the life of me I can't remember why.  Do you know if this new version fixed whatever problem it was I had with the PSP version?  saywhat

I don't own the PSP version let alone a PSP, so hopefully other GT'ers can remind you. The only comment I can make, is that my coworkers that own PSP's have often complained about camera control. Is it possible that there's a critical sequence in the PSP version of the game where it's impossible or difficult to view the correct path?

Yeah, I think it was camera control and the brain-melting difficulty that ramped up too fast.  Not sure if they fixed that on MM for the PSP or this Wii Revolution version.
13773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1up reviews The Darkness on: June 24, 2007, 08:07:01 PM
Just a reminder: Best Buy should price match the Circuit City deal, if you bring a print-out of the ad.
13774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] New, FANTASTIC Phantom Hourglass pics [UPDATED! Get in here!] on: June 24, 2007, 08:05:42 PM

Quote from: Canuck on June 24, 2007, 10:03:17 AM

Came out yesterday in Japan.  Would this game be fairly text heavy?  My japanese is quite crap but I might like to pick it up.

Pretty sure there'll be a lot of text. 
13775  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Resident Evil 4 impressions on: June 24, 2007, 08:03:43 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on June 23, 2007, 06:17:15 PM

The end of 2-2 just made me wet my panties.

That was awesome.

Spoiler for Hiden:
The cabin part

2.2 made me feel a little overwhelmed again.  Up to that point, I was really enjoying it, but suddenly the frustration I felt playing the Gamecube version came back.  Still enjoying it, but I'm a little less enthusiastic now.
13776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RING OF UNHOLY DEATH! on: June 24, 2007, 07:58:28 PM
http://www.sarcasticgamer.com/2007/06/ring-of-fire.html
13777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: June 22, 2007, 08:58:44 PM

Quote from: Chaz on June 22, 2007, 02:50:19 PM

Overlord!

Yeah, Chazs is right.
13778  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] Impressions on: June 22, 2007, 08:57:42 PM
I remember when I first played the Microsoft Rally game, Rallisport Challenge, and being immediately frustrated and pissed because no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't even come close to controlling the sliding cars.  That's due to playing so many other racing games with normal controls.  Rally games are attempting to simulate the chaos that is Rally racing.  Once I realized that and that I had to think differently about controlling the slipping and sliding instead of controlling the car, it worked.  Didn't even take that long, and I am not a "racing guy." 
13779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Resident Evil 4 impressions on: June 22, 2007, 08:52:34 PM
I, too, am enjoying this much more than the Gamecube version.
13780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Resident Evil 4 impressions on: June 22, 2007, 05:37:03 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 22, 2007, 04:26:25 PM



I forgot to add one of those smiley thingies:
Spoiler for Hiden:
icon_wink
13781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Resident Evil 4 impressions on: June 22, 2007, 04:26:25 PM
13782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (XBL) Band of Bugs on: June 22, 2007, 01:47:24 PM
Let's not forget Horrorclix!
13783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] Impressions on: June 22, 2007, 01:46:57 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 22, 2007, 12:47:38 PM

Quote from: Calvin on June 22, 2007, 12:18:57 PM

BTW-has anyone purchased a car? I think I have just shy of one million bucks but I am trying to see if any particular category of car gets raced more often before I pull the trigger on my first buy.

In the second tier you will have to purchase a car or two to run some races (like the classics and RWD), so I bought a couple of those.  And then I bought a couple other ones to try out, too.  And some Liveries just for shits and giggles.  I still have about a million dollars left and I'm only running at the Amateur rank. 

I had to buy two cars in the first tier, for some reason.
13784  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Brothers in Arms screenshots on: June 22, 2007, 01:42:25 PM
According to the IGN review, it is a port of the cell phone game, which was a lot of fun.  However, it seems like the linearity on the cell phone (as well as other issues inherent to that platform) are frutrating people on the DS.  Having played the cell phone version, I think it'll be an easy transition for me.  I'm going to take the plunge today, I think.
13785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Freshly-picked Tingle's Pink-coloured Rupee Land on: June 22, 2007, 03:12:15 AM
[Blows dust off the old forum post]

Well, it's coming to Europe.  So, it'll already be in English, how much longer 'til a US release?

Hell, just import one.

http://kotaku.com/gaming/tingle%3F-really%3F/super-paper-mario-tingle-rpg-dated-for-europe-271167.php
13786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] Impressions on: June 22, 2007, 02:57:00 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 22, 2007, 02:15:41 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 21, 2007, 06:56:41 PM

Quote from: Misguided on June 21, 2007, 06:07:32 PM

That's funny, I would've said it feels easier than the demo (I'm using the next to easiest setting, but should probably move up one).

I've just unlocked Tier 3 and really enjoying this. Lots of different event styles, and the vehicle classes handle quite differently.

Yeah, I'm using the amateur setting and am thinking about dropping down to the next lowest, even though Captain You're-Awesome keeps telling me to go for Pro-Am.

Haha, "Captain You're-Awesome"!  I like it.  I've been running the Amateur level and winning most races on my first try and sometimes second.  Ok, there was that one time I had to do it like four times.  Stupid rock.  Stupid terminal damage.  I can still drive with only two wheels!

Misguided, regarding the code, I entered it with the dashes and everything worked fine in the online part, but the code it gives me there doesn't have any dashes and putting that code into my game (both uppercase and lowercase) just tells me it is invalid.  Also, if the codes are all uppercase, don't make me freaking retype it because I used lowercase.  That's a little function called "toupper()", jerkwads.  Get with the user friendliness!

I figured out what the problem is with the code. Or, anyway, Codemasters did.  I tried it again.  There's now a pull-down menu to choose PC or 360.  My code now mysteriously has an extra number at the front that wasn't there before.
13787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Resident Evil 4 impressions on: June 21, 2007, 10:52:13 PM
Every guide I've read says to buy the
Spoiler for Hiden:
rifle
when you first can, to take care of the
Spoiler for Hiden:
hordes of bad guys on the other side of the wall,
then
Spoiler for Hiden:
sell
it as soon as the
Spoiler for Hiden:
semi-auto
becomes available.
13788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] Impressions on: June 21, 2007, 06:56:41 PM

Quote from: Misguided on June 21, 2007, 06:07:32 PM

That's funny, I would've said it feels easier than the demo (I'm using the next to easiest setting, but should probably move up one).

I've just unlocked Tier 3 and really enjoying this. Lots of different event styles, and the vehicle classes handle quite differently.

Yeah, I'm using the amateur setting and am thinking about dropping down to the next lowest, even though Captain You're-Awesome keeps telling me to go for Pro-Am.
13789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] Impressions on: June 21, 2007, 04:57:39 PM
The difficulty feels higher than it did in the demo, which is the only negative for me so far (that and the non-working code - there were no dashes in the code I received, but I did enter them in the online process). 

It's amazing how great the menus are.  Really, we're this jazzed about the menus?  Good thing the gameplay holds up, too.
13790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] New, FANTASTIC Phantom Hourglass pics [UPDATED! Get in here!] on: June 21, 2007, 04:53:08 PM
Apparently, Famitsu gave it a near perfect score (39/40).  It comes out this weekend in Japan.

http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3160426
13791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's Bioware doing? Oh yeah. A Sonic RPG. Yeah... ok... on: June 21, 2007, 04:49:01 PM
Is it the beginning of April or something?
13792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Colin McRae: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] demo on: June 21, 2007, 03:27:34 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 20, 2007, 11:47:13 PM

After heading to Best Buy ("Sorry, we're having distribution problems") and Circuit City ("Uhhh, what game?  Is that new?") I finally tracked a copy of DiRT down at GameStop.  They even threw in a card that is supposed to let me unlock 10 extra cars, but unfortunately you have to use that code and your game's unique code to get a third one, and that code doesn't work in the game for me. 

Early impressions are that if you liked the demo you should love the game.  Which I think we already knew.  It's nice that they have a more traditional Rally Championship as well as the Career mode with all of the racing types. 

I couldn't get the code to work, either.  Very annoying.

I'm loving this game, but not quite as much as I loved the demo.  I think I was getting too used to the Forza style waiting for this and now I'm rusty on the slip-sliding rally style.

Oh, and the first race with the trucks has been the hardest one for me, so far.
13793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Gamespy Gives RE4 5/5 Stars on: June 19, 2007, 03:35:53 PM
The game is shipping today and is released tomorrow.
13794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Wii) The Official, UnOfficial, Buy/Preorder Zak and Wiki on: June 19, 2007, 03:18:27 PM
I remember seeing this awhile ago on IGN (I guess it was Treasure Hunter Z then).  I am very much IN with this.  Looks right up my alley.
13795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider Anniversary downloads for 360 on: June 19, 2007, 03:12:59 PM
Has there been any information about how long after the download the disc will come out?  I missed the retail version info in the press release.  That's probably the way I'll go, too, unless we're talking more than a few months.
13796  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/360] Namco announces Beautiful Katamari on: June 19, 2007, 03:09:28 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on June 19, 2007, 01:51:29 PM

Gamespot is now retracting the news that it will be XBLA, and will be a retail release.

That's good.  I wasn't as excited about it as an XBLA release, anyway.
13797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Party 8 on: June 18, 2007, 09:36:08 PM

Quote from: Chaz on June 17, 2007, 11:56:49 PM


My complaint is that too many of the minigames use the controller NES style, and not enough have unique motion controls.  Hopefully the next in the series will take care of that shortcoming.  Also, copious amounts of alcohol improves the fun level as well.

That's a big complaint for most reviewers, too.  To me, they found a pretty good balance, and I like the fact that some non-waggle play is in there.
13798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider Anniversary downloads for 360 on: June 18, 2007, 09:30:45 PM
I know $30 is the same price as the discs in stores (though by then they'll have come down in price, probably), but that still seems pricey for some reason.  Perception, I'm sure.  None the less, I'm leaning toward this over the Wii version just for graphics and familiarity of controls.  I don't like the idea of not having a solid disc, though.

I think a lot of people are going to balk at the idea of having to purchase TR:L to get this, though (especially since it doesn't seem to be available at EB now).  It is a good game, and folks should have it, but it seems sneaky to force folks to pay what'll be $20 on top of the $30 for what is a new budget game everywhere else.
13799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/18) on: June 18, 2007, 09:23:29 PM
Does anyone know if it's at all possible to transfer a Gamecube save to use on the Wii version of RE4?  I'll probably pick it up, regardless, but I hate the idea of slogging through to the same halfway point again.

Definitely getting Dirt.  I may get Band of Bugs, if it strikes me.  I'm not always sure on strategy titles, but I have liked their past two games.

Band of Brothers DS is high on my wait and see list.  I hope its good.  If it's even as good as the version on cell phones, but longer, I'll be in.
13800  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/360] Namco announces Beautiful Katamari on: June 16, 2007, 07:55:35 PM
According to Gamespot, it's coming to Xbox Live Arcade: http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/action/beautifulkatamari/news.html?sid=6172594&om_act=convert&om_clk=newlyadded&tag=newlyadded;title;1 

And Newsweek reported recently that it's gone exclusive for the 360: http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/levelup/archive/2007/06/14/how-microsoft-got-beautiful-katamari-exclusivity.aspx
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