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13761  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] de Blob on: September 24, 2008, 03:35:49 PM
I'm very enthusiastic.  I just have to find the damn thing.

As usual, my Best Buy is listed as having a game in stock, but they can't find it.  This has been happening with alarming frequency.

ADD: Okay, I finally got it, and I played the first level last night.  Man, the levels are long!  The gates break it up into sections, but it feels like you need to play the whole thing.  Glad to know you can save anywhere, but I have a feeling I won't pick it up until I know I have enough time, which will probably limit how often I play the game, sadly.

That and the camera are my only major gripes.  The camera either turns too fast with the d-pad or not fast enough.  The first-person camera is garbage.  Even the c button centering doesn't work that well.  I would rather they map the snap behind and 1st person cams to the d-pad, then if you hold down the c button, you can use the wiimote to control the camera.

With the ugly out of the way, the rest is fantastic.  Gorgeous game, fantastic music, nice controls (with one minor complaint, to follow), fun world, funny cutscenes, pleasing and frequent challenges and rewards.  Really, a great package that comes together amazingly well.

My minor gripe is with the jumping.  It doesn't work as well as it should, and, since you use it so often, it really should be mapped to a button.  It's not as frustrating as the camera, but there are tricky jumps already, and I imagine it's only going to get worse.

Overall, though, please by this game.  It's exactly the type of game that should sell well and never does.
13762  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: September 24, 2008, 01:05:27 PM
Can you store these stools or do they sit out?
13763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Hands-On with Fable II on: September 23, 2008, 06:04:55 PM

Quote from: Ridah on September 23, 2008, 05:09:51 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 23, 2008, 04:18:17 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 23, 2008, 03:43:41 PM

IGN has a new interview up:

Quote
you invest, you'll notice that over your hero's head, every five minutes of real-world time, you'll get the income from that investment. So if you have a stall in Bowerstone market, every five minutes you'll get ten gold, doesn't matter if you're out in the wild, or you're questing, or whatever it is, you'll get that ten gold. The cool thing about that ten gold? If you turn your Xbox off, you'll still earn the ten gold every five minutes. So if you go to bed at night and you get up in the morning and you turn on your 360 and go into the Fable world, there'll be one hundred gold waiting for you. For me, I found I was compulsively going round and buying things before I went to bed...

it's going to be a long month....

I don't see how it encourages you not to play, at least in Fable's case. You earn on your investments while you are playing and while you aren't, which makes sense.

I don't like this trend of earning stuff while you're not playing (it was in that DS game The World Ends With You, too).  It seems to encourage you not to play.  On the other hand, a game like Animal Crossing would punish you for not playing, infesting your homestead with weeds and roaches.  That makes more sense to me.

Is the game world progressing while you're not playing?
13764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 23, 2008, 06:03:53 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 23, 2008, 05:38:18 PM

been playing this the last few nights and surprisingly, i really like the game.  i've only hit one bug, and luckily not in a boss fight.  i have had some frustrations though,most noticeably the fight with
Spoiler for Hiden:
proxy. darth maul able to block pretty much everything while having a very damaging combo made this a pita.
i eventually let my own frustration (and a little rage, i might add) to beat him, and decisively at that.  the second time was during one of the major scenes
Spoiler for Hiden:
bringing down the star destroyer.  first, it took a few rounds to get hit, and then it was a hit or miss to line up the SD just right to bring it down.

the fight i tagged above had one side effect though.  it made me a better player, oddly enough.  i was able to chain enough attacks and get into the rhythm of kicking ass that i beat him without taking a scratch. 

on the last mission now, and i really like the location.  this game has had some awesome levels.  too bad they reused a few planets though. 

about the light/dark endings
Spoiler for Hiden:
the way starkiller has been progressing, i would find it difficult to fall to the dark side.  part of it is that we know how his father died, and he may have had that part of his memory repressed, making it's eventual discovery more likely to bring out the anger. 

i am surprised at how much i like main character.  the way they wrote him fits perfectly within the universe.  actually sad to know how this ends.

Agreed that it seems odd that he'd turn to the dark side, but that would make the turn all the more shocking/sweet, if you're into that.

I am also on the last level (I was midst
Spoiler for Hiden:
opening the door to the Emperor's chamber
when my daughter got home from school - I'm hoping she naps today).  I was worried we'd make it through the whole game without anyone having a bad feeling about something.  The line was well-placed
Spoiler for Hiden:
(and the line, "then I won't have to live this down" was beautiful and very SW)
- the writing is really good.
13765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 23, 2008, 04:20:40 PM

Quote from: WalkingFumble on September 23, 2008, 03:42:32 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 22, 2008, 06:48:46 PM

Quote
I havn't seen or noticed a choice in the game
Just after the fight you are on....

i must not have payed attention in that part, and completed the game with the light side ending.  you can choose a path after the junkyard mission?

Quote from: WalkingFumble on September 23, 2008, 03:42:32 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 22, 2008, 06:48:46 PM

Quote
I havn't seen or noticed a choice in the game
Just after the fight you are on....

i must not have payed attention in that part, and completed the game with the light side ending.  you can choose a path after the junkyard mission?

As I said, "...that really just sets up the choice."

Sometimes I feel like my posts are being blocked...

13766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Hands-On with Fable II on: September 23, 2008, 04:18:17 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 23, 2008, 03:43:41 PM

IGN has a new interview up:

Quote
you invest, you'll notice that over your hero's head, every five minutes of real-world time, you'll get the income from that investment. So if you have a stall in Bowerstone market, every five minutes you'll get ten gold, doesn't matter if you're out in the wild, or you're questing, or whatever it is, you'll get that ten gold. The cool thing about that ten gold? If you turn your Xbox off, you'll still earn the ten gold every five minutes. So if you go to bed at night and you get up in the morning and you turn on your 360 and go into the Fable world, there'll be one hundred gold waiting for you. For me, I found I was compulsively going round and buying things before I went to bed...

it's going to be a long month....

I don't like this trend of earning stuff while you're not playing (it was in that DS game The World Ends With You, too).  It seems to encourage you not to play.  On the other hand, a game like Animal Crossing would punish you for not playing, infesting your homestead with weeds and roaches.  That makes more sense to me.
13767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: September 23, 2008, 04:15:01 PM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on September 23, 2008, 03:49:26 PM

I finally unlocked and played my most anticipated song from RB2 this morning, Master Exploder by Tenacious D. It was 100% everything I'd hoped for on guitar, extremely fun to play.  thumbsup  However, I wish HMX would give us the OPTION to leave songs uncensored. One of the best (and funniest) lines in Master is when he says

"my voice is fucking powerful" and the other guy softly echoes "fuckin'  icon_lol , but that's all censored out in the RB2 version  disgust

Oh, and good luck with the vocals for anyone daring enough to attempt them.

Yeah, the censoring is probably my biggest complaint.  I have a five year old daughter, so censoring means my wife can still sing "Who Are You," but I hate that it can't be turned off.

However, I'm sure this was necessary to achieve the rating they needed.
13768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 23, 2008, 03:39:26 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 23, 2008, 03:14:08 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on September 23, 2008, 02:34:51 PM

My favorite line in the game, just after a conversation with Vader:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Quote from: The Force Unleashed
Proxy: Ugh...I hate being him.

Starkiller: I think he does, too.

-Autistic Angel

Yea, that was a very telling moment.  Very subtle and well placed. 

Agreed.
13769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/22) on: September 23, 2008, 01:01:12 PM

Quote from: Misguided on September 23, 2008, 02:47:49 AM

Quote from: JCC on September 22, 2008, 11:50:04 PM

I think he meant the "and" for on his list, not for missing from the list. I think.

Aye, that's what I meant. I noticed KB was missing, because I have it preordered,
and I'm getting the 3 DS games too.

Ah.  Makes sense now.
13770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/22) on: September 22, 2008, 11:09:49 PM

Quote from: Misguided on September 22, 2008, 10:49:20 PM

You're missing King's Bounty for PC, which is on my list, along with 3 DS games:

My Japanese Coach
Time Hollow
Disgaea

?? 

All of those DS games are on the list.
13771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] de Blob on: September 22, 2008, 09:52:44 PM
I was looking forward to this game anyway.  Now I'm anxious for it.
13772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 22, 2008, 09:51:48 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on September 22, 2008, 09:24:07 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 22, 2008, 07:46:51 PM

I found it distracting to go through a boss fight in cool garb, only to have the Apprentice (I think he's modeled after Bill Rancic) jarringly switch to his prescribed outfit and saber color.

His name is Sam Witwer:

He's also played parts in Dexter and Battlestar Galactica.


Yes.  He's also the voice of the Emperor.  He's very good.

That wasn't what I was saying.
13773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SOCOM Confrontation Beta on: September 22, 2008, 08:51:11 PM
The graphics in this game haven't been impressing me at all, but I didn't realize until recently that it's online only, which may explain the graphics entirely.  Also, this isn't meant to be SOCOM 4.  That's still coming at some point, right?
13774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Samba De Amigo: Is It Hard? on: September 22, 2008, 07:48:30 PM
Apparently, it is not really precise.  The reviews I've read have mentioned a variety of difficulty modes, but that there is a constant struggle with the controls.  Too bad, as I was looking forward to it.
13775  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 22, 2008, 07:46:51 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 22, 2008, 06:48:46 PM

Quote
I havn't seen or noticed a choice in the game
Just after the fight you are on....

...although that really just sets up the choice.

As for the cool costumes or lightsaber effects, I stopped using them because they don't play out in the cut scenes, so I'm not sure what you're talking about.  I found it distracting to go through a boss fight in cool garb, only to have the Apprentice (I think he's modeled after Bill Rancic) jarringly switch to his prescribed outfit and saber color.
13776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 22, 2008, 02:12:31 PM
So, a career Imperial and a Dark Jedi who has no problems electro-punting Jawas...
Spoiler for Hiden:
...are moved to near-tears by the plight of a fucking Sarlacc?!  No verbalized sympathy for all those enslaved Wookies.  After all, we were tacitly approving that sort of activity all along, but that hideous tentacle mouth in the desert, with stomach acid that can not only digest its food, but give that food apparent near-immortality so it can take it's sweet time gets, "Oh, that poor creature."  Seriously?
13777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/22) on: September 22, 2008, 02:02:13 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 22, 2008, 01:13:43 PM

Giant Wall of Soon-To-Be Released Games hits YOU for 329 Damage!

Agh, I've only got 500 health total!  I need to do some grinding before Christmas.

PS3:
Buzz Quiz TV - IN! I've actually been waiting for this.  The wireless controllers better work with the BC PS2 Buzz games

360:
Brothers in Arms: Hellís Highway - maybe
LEGO Batman - Unless the reviews are bad, or the Lego franchise is too overplayed
Mega Man 9 (XBLA) - Hooray

Wii:
de Blob - IN.  No question.
Pitfall: The Big Adventure - Interested, but there are too many other platformers out.  I'll wait for reviews/price drop
Samba De Amigo - OUT.  I was excited for this, but reports seem to be that it's a fight with the controls.  If it works with WiiMotionPlus, I'll get it in the spring
Wario Land: Shake It - IN.  Love Wario.  And I love that it's in 2D.

DS:
Kirby Super Star Ultra - IN.  Unless the buzz is wrong
Time Hollow - Possibly IN.  I like the idea of this, but I need to see reviews/impressions


Bad, but not too bad.  Budgeting helps.  Of course, there are worse weeks coming up.

Wii VC also has Super Dodge Ball and Vectorman, while Wiiware has the aforementioned MM9 and an apperently lousy game called Plattchen: Twist and Paint.
13778  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 21, 2008, 09:41:01 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 21, 2008, 07:45:07 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 20, 2008, 04:32:44 PM

I'm not saying HOW DARE YOU DISS STAR WARS!  Especially with the way the franchise has been treated in the last decade.  My complaint is that few of these reviews talk about the pure fun to be had.  It's as though they went in ready to diss it because it's Star Wars, ready to be overly critical. 

I don't see that at all- the vast majority of the reviews that I've seen that are critical of the game itself are full of praise for the story and artistic design, calling those elements the best the franchise has seen since the days of the OT.  If they were dinging it just because it's SW then they wouldn't be praising those aspects.

True, but they don't seem to comment on the pure fun.
13779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Wario Land: Shake It! and De Blob Impressions on: September 21, 2008, 04:52:19 PM
I plan on picking up both, as I'm a platforming slut.  If I had to pick one (and, honestly, I should be only picking one), it would be De Blob.
13780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: BIA Hell's Highway Impressions on: September 21, 2008, 04:51:15 PM
I've never been able to get into the BIA series.  I appreciate that it exists, with locations based on real world sites, mapping them to how they appeared at the time.  Also with the detail in the AI tactics, basing them on contemporary military strategies.  And the gore.

But the squad commanding is an extra layer to remove you from the experience, IMO.  It's just a hair too complicated.  And the challenge always seemed a bit too high for me, as well.
13781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360 + PS3]LucasArts 'Fracture' on: September 21, 2008, 05:01:29 AM
I had a  lot of fun with the demo until it froze on me toward the end.  Of course, it could mean the RROD is looming, but for now I'm blaming the demo.
13782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 20, 2008, 04:32:44 PM

Quote from: The_Man on September 20, 2008, 01:26:07 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 19, 2008, 12:13:13 AM

Well I hope this does better in retail than it seems to have done here.  This is the first time I've actually been mad at bad, early reviews for steering people away from a great game  mad

well, the game IS riddled with technical problems and that seems to be what's bringing the game down by most reviewers.  I have seen some of the problems first hand and I can honestly say they greatly diminished the game in my eyes.  It seems that some of you want reviewers to give the game a free pass just because it has "Star Wars" on the box. 

So far in this game I have "fallen through the floor" and had to just quit because I could not go anywhere.  I have also went in a room where the textures were randomly dropping out and coming back so basically the room would just turn completely white and then go back to normal...I have seen these multiple times. Finally, the most frustrating was my character literally froze in place during a boss fight.  I could not move, could not do anything and I had to just sit there and watch the boss kill me in order to fix the problem.  The sad thing is, I actually was about to kill the boss, but once I died, it took me another 40 minutes to finally win this boss fight.  And no, this wasn't some boss power that stopped me from moving, my character was no even animating anymore...it was like he was frozen while the rest of the game was fine. 

Even with the technical problems, I am enjoying the game.  The story is fantastic and using the various force powers is just loads of fun.  One of my friends finished the game in 7 hours so apparently it is very short too.  With no multiplayer, tons of technical problems, and a very short story, I can't honestly blame any reviewer for giving it a low score. 

As a measuring stick, I loved Too Human and finished that game in around 17 hours.  The targeting system in that one was just about as flakey as it is in the Force Unleashed.  But I would definitely give Too Human higher scores based on the fact that I got more mileage out of it, and technically it was much more sound than Star Wars.

At the end of the day, I think any hard core Star Wars fan should buy this game, but it's going to disappoint a lot people that are looking for more than 6-8 hours of gameplay.

I'm not saying HOW DARE YOU DISS STAR WARS!  Especially with the way the franchise has been treated in the last decade.  My complaint is that few of these reviews talk about the pure fun to be had.  It's as though they went in ready to diss it because it's Star Wars, ready to be overly critical.  Frankly, the fact that there is finally an entertaining as hell Star Wars game should be factored in.  I've had one incident myself where my character got stuck.  I've seen textures popping in.  My overall experience is still incredibly positive.  I nearly passed on this game based on reviews, and it upsets me that many others will fall into the same missed opportunity.  I'm not saying technical problems shouldn't be mentioned.  The lack of multiplayer is a bummer, but why is it a rule that every game needs MP? SW:FU has two elements nailed, IMO: Story and Fun.
13783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdom Hearts 2 : Final Mix coming to Wii? on: September 19, 2008, 09:25:38 PM

Quote from: kronovan on September 19, 2008, 08:00:31 PM

Quote from: EddieA on September 19, 2008, 06:39:08 PM

It looks like the last rumor was the right one - the Chain of Memories remix part of KH2 : Final Mix is coming to the PS2 in the US.  I don't really get the reasoning behind waiting so long to bring it out, or why it's not also coming to Wii.  Worthplaying has the details.

My guess...they didn't like the sales for Dragon Quest Swords.

But DQS sucked.
13784  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 19, 2008, 01:25:52 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on September 19, 2008, 01:04:40 PM

Hold the phone guys.  I'm reading on other sites that there is a "Light Side Ending"?  Is this true?  My interest is now peeking with the possibility that I could actually play the game and become a good guy or at least less of of a bad guy. 

Does anyone know if this is true?  No spoilers please, just in case.

At a little over 2/3 of the way through there is a turning point which could lead to the possibility of a dark ending or a less dark (possibly even good) ending.  I was actually thinking of you when I reached it, Shifty, and I was logging on to tell you about it.
13785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 19, 2008, 12:13:59 PM
Usually, with these 3rd person action games (FPS games, too), I have to take a break for a week or more, just because there's a sameness to the activity.  I'm cranking through this one and enjoying it every step of the way.  Yes, the levels are a little longer than they should be, but this game's going to have to really fall off the rails in the last 2/3.  I have no idea how the reviews are so far off the mark here.
13786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pure on: September 18, 2008, 10:25:59 PM

Quote from: mikeg on September 18, 2008, 09:40:32 PM

I don't care how good of reviews it gets, with all that is about to hit in Oct and Nov no way I can spend the money til this price drops below $30.  But glad to hear it is generally well liked.

I just did some budgeting, and it looks like I'll probably be waiting after all.
13787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Life with Playstation? on: September 18, 2008, 03:49:03 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on September 18, 2008, 03:11:08 PM

It's packaged with the [email protected] program - so while you're reading the news/weather, you're helping cure cancer.  Win/Win!

No impressions here, stuck at work.  Impressions seem like it's pretty bare-bones at the moment...

Ah, no wonder I didn't see it.
13788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 games on the PS3 on: September 18, 2008, 01:17:47 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 18, 2008, 03:32:56 AM

No, none of the 40GB versions have backward compatibility.  The 60GB version has hardware BC, and the old 80GB version has software BC (which supports less games than hardware BC).  The 80GB version that is now being released has no BC. It's very frustrating for people contemplating a purchase in the near future (like myself) who want BC.

I'm cranky today, so you get my English lesson, Teggy.

Less is used when you're talking about an unquantifiable amount.  For example, "Less Filling."

Fewer is used when the quantity can be defined with a number.  For example, "Fewer calories"  or "Fewer games."

There is a site to check compatibility (http://www.us.playstation.com/Support/CompatibleStatus), but, yeah, you're out of luck with the 40GB.
13789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Life with Playstation? on: September 18, 2008, 01:12:34 PM
Is it up yet?  Don't these things usually come late in the day on PSN?

This sounds a lot like what the Wii offers, but combined, which is a good idea. 

I could see using it a lot if it's accurate, but only if it loads quickly.  If it takes forever, forget it.
13790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pure on: September 18, 2008, 01:10:33 PM
Well, the reviews are rolling in, and Pure is scoring pretty high. 87% average Gamerankings score.  IGN gave it an 8.6.  OXM and Team Xbox gave it 90%.  The lowest score comes from X360 Magazine UK with 80%.

I may be picking it up today.

Couple more:

GamesRadar = 8/10
1Up = B+
Gamespy = 4/5

And some quotes:

IGN:
Quote
Pure delivers an outrageous, arcadey off-road racing experience with style and slickness. The controls are intuitive, the tracks are pure eye candy and the tricks are so crazy and over-the-top that youíll find yourself gasping with glee when you land your first Lazy Girl. Although itís a blast to play, itís not the deepest game out there, and we found ourselves wishing for just a few more modes, tracks and options to round out the experience. But overall, Pure is just pure fun, and thatís what itís all about.
GamesRadar:
Quote
Pure is a visually stunning, utterly playable, totally loveable racing game that rewards time invested in it with ridiculous feats of agility and gorgeous, turf-destroying races. Pure is one of the most playable, fun, quasi-arcade racers on the market, but itís linear compared to Burnout Paradise. Want a muddier, messier, more brutal racer? Pure will certainly satisfy that primal urge.
1Up:
Quote
Thrilling on the ground, downright heart-stopping in the air, and beautiful throughout, Pure's a blast from start to finish. A career mode would've gone further than the game's "World Tour" in fully eliminating repetitiveness, but Black Rock has otherwise built a real winner here.
Gamespy:
Quote
As the name would imply, Pure wins because it sticks with only the most important facets of ATV racing: crazy handling and absurd, gravity-defying stunts. Its stellar visuals (exemplified by the glittering glacier track set in New Zealand) are simply icing on a cake of solid gameplay that rarely falters in providing the basic racing game essentials. Fans of the genre will undoubtedly appreciate the variety of gameplay and replayability offered by the multiple routes through each track while the uninitiated can easily acclimate to the simple control scheme. Pure isn't flawless, but it's the closest an ATV racer has gotten yet.
13791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 17, 2008, 06:09:10 PM
One thing I'd like to point out on the QTEs.  You still have to go through a boss fight.  Some may be under the impression that you don't actually battle the boss, you just go into a cinematic with button pressing.  Not true.  You still have to overcome the boss then a QTE will launch a cool finish to the battle.  Additionally, and this may be a fluke, I missed one of the mini-boss QTEs and finished the boss without it, just by bringing its health bar down.  I'm not sure if that will work for the big bads, even if it wasn't a fluke, just thought I'd mention it.
13792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tales of Vesperia announced on: September 17, 2008, 04:28:33 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on September 15, 2008, 10:25:15 PM

You should get something like a 5% discount for making them some money.

Fixed that for you.
13793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tales of Vesperia announced on: September 17, 2008, 03:11:23 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 17, 2008, 02:37:11 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on September 17, 2008, 12:28:33 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 16, 2008, 04:06:00 AM

Quote from: Farscry on September 16, 2008, 01:22:12 AM

Ah, I understand now guys.

Also, yes, I really hope MS gives Lost Odyssey time to grow into a proper franchise; for a first outing, it's very, very impressive.

I'm not sure I'd call it "very, very impressive" (repetitive environments and enemies, dull story outside of the memories, not a terribly exciting combat system), but it was certainly a very good start.  I'd probably buy a sequel, if the reviews were decent.

so let me see:

-repetitive environments
-repetitive enemies
-dull story
-mediocre combat

.....and you call that "a good start"? icon_eek

Yep.   The enemies and environments were very well designed, there just wasn't enough variety to keep it interesting.  And the main reason the story was dull was because they doled it out at such a ridiculously slow pace.  If they had simply tightened up the story, cut out a lot of the filler crap, and mixed in a bit of variety in the enemies, Lost Odyssey would have been a brilliant game.  As is, it's simply an OK one, with a ton of potential.

I agree.  I was hooked immediately, but then things slowed down sooooo much that I stopped playing.
13794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/15) on: September 17, 2008, 03:10:33 PM
Reviews for Pure have been pretty damn good so far.  I may have to get it.
13795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: September 17, 2008, 01:39:35 PM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on September 16, 2008, 02:59:21 AM

Quote from: Simon on September 16, 2008, 02:50:40 AM

Post if it ships tomorrow Jeff, I'll be ordering if it does.

Will do. I got an email confirming my order, but I haven't been charged yet, and I'm fully expecting an email tomorrow stating that the guitar is on backorder. I'll be extremely surprised if I get a new RB2 guitar for $59 that ships tomorrow.

Any word yet?
13796  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 16, 2008, 07:14:12 PM
Man, Shifty, after going through a Wookie rampage on the first level, I'm not sure you'd make it far in this game.  Of course, you're Vader in that level, but still...
13797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Warranty/RMA question on: September 16, 2008, 05:01:20 PM
What I really want to know is if there's a way to convince a live person to swap out my guitar and drums for a RB2 guitar and drums. icon_twisted
13798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: September 16, 2008, 02:49:15 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on September 16, 2008, 02:15:13 PM

Quote from: jblank on September 16, 2008, 01:33:37 PM

Thanks guys.

I kinda wish game devs would not do this. I'm buying the game and I feel like if I want to play Battery, right out of the box, I should be able to.

No doubt. I've been championing this concept in gaming for a long time. All you're doing is adding time to your game. Like playing through a level of an FPS, and then having to play through it backwards again to get to the next level. Music games should not feel like work. They should be fun.

The other major reason I despise this... after playing for months, my wife and I went to Arkansas to visit a friend of ours for July 4th weekend. Well, they had rock band so I didn't bother schlepping my system down. They hadn't unlocked most of the songs and they also had no DLC. Hooray for a fun evening of playing In Bloom, Learn to Fly and Go with the Flow! Later, about a month ago, a good friend of mine in town got Rock Band. About two weeks ago they had a party and naturally busted out the Rock Band. Fortunately, they had about 20 DLC tracks. Unfortunately, they also hadn't progressed through BwT or single player enough to unlock everything.

There is one good reason to keep the option on - so that a player has to give every song a listen - but most of the casual gamers and party gamers I know won't have the time or interest to just play through single player. Having to 'go online and find a code' - every time you start the game - simply isn't good enough, and the one I grabbed for RB1 when I googled for it simply did not work. There's too much misinformation floating around out there. Also, it neuters the game.

I did get to play Shackler's Revenge last night - as part of a score duel on expert guitar. It has some of the craziest HO/PO sequences yet.

It does more than add time to the game or make you listen to every song.  It is a big part of the gameplay.  Unlocking things are what keep you playing.  Not in a forced way, either, but in a more Pavlovian one.  The satisfaction of reaching a new tier is heightened by finding out what you've unlocked.

That said, I do wish they went in the direction of the most recent Smash Bros game, where playing in MP mode for a long enough period also unlocked things.  However, I enjoy the single player aspect of RB2, so I'm fine to keep playing, too.  Plus we have enough DLC and all the songs from the previous game to keep us going.
13799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] RB2 or GH:WT? on: September 16, 2008, 12:16:45 PM
Huh.  Shows how much I pay attention to technology trends.  I could have sworn I paid close to $100 last time I bought a 2GB SD card.
13800  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official] Rock Band 2 Impressions on: September 16, 2008, 12:14:44 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 16, 2008, 02:58:01 AM

Quote from: Zap Rowsdower on September 16, 2008, 02:49:40 AM

So, I'm playing the "Sound Guy" Challenge in Amsterdam, a 4 song set. Beforehand, the folks at Pearl at give me the "Do a harder drum song" option. I agree, since  it's not much of a risk to me as I'm playing guitar. The song listing:

Foreplay/ Long Time
Anyway You Want It
Pinball Wizard
and
Pinball Wizard

I don't think I've ever seen it the same song randomly twice in one set before, let alone right after another instance of the same song.

The crowd must really, REALLY love Pinball Wizard. biggrin

Or need to wash the taste of Journey out of their mouths with a double dose of Who.
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