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13801  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
13802  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Lost Planet Map Pack 3 ** next week* on: June 16, 2007, 02:20:30 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on June 16, 2007, 07:44:16 AM

i agree,but most games dont do that for a good while.....Lost Planet has only been out since february,4 months which is nothing,think it may of been about a month later when the first download came

New content is a smart move, if paced well.  I haven't played Lost Planet in a while, but this release has got me tackling the single player again.
13803  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Touch Darts for DS? on: June 15, 2007, 04:36:22 PM
I think its a mode where you try not to spill your tea on your crumpets.  If it's not that, I have no idea.
13804  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Touch Darts for DS? on: June 15, 2007, 03:47:20 PM
The Touch Darts game is getting some good reviews.  7.5 from IGN UK.  Saying:
Quote
The only other disappointing thing about the game is the ease with which you’ll get through the majority of the single-player game, and the fact that the game doesn’t include a sledging mode to really capture the ruthless psychological dimension of darts at the highest level. Apart from that it is, simply, the best ever videogame version of darts.

That last line has me interested, for sure.  However, I see no signs that this is coming out in the States.  Has anyone heard differently?  Anyone tried it (like Metallicorphan)?
13805  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN gives DiRT an 8.4 on: June 15, 2007, 03:22:12 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on June 15, 2007, 12:43:47 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 14, 2007, 10:45:13 PM


That one's about the demo Mr. Mod-wannabe.  Also not on the front page.  Search function is for the weak-minded.

Rats.  I was hoping to be called a dick. icon_smile
13806  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: June 15, 2007, 05:02:44 AM

Quote from: Ridah on June 15, 2007, 02:07:33 AM

After playing the demo I don't see how this is reminding anyone of Dungeon Keeper. Completely different control scheme, completely different style of gameplay, and it takes place mostly outdoors and above the surface of the planet. Besides the obvious "its good to be evil" theme the game is going with, I don't see any similarities.
  The theme is a strong, unique selling point, as it was for DK.  Otherwise, yeah, there's not a lot similar.
13807  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN gives DiRT an 8.4 on: June 14, 2007, 10:45:13 PM
This was already here:

http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php/topic,20341.0.html
13808  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prince of Persia Classic: Anyone Get it? on: June 14, 2007, 08:37:42 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on June 14, 2007, 07:47:05 PM

Quote from: Purge on June 14, 2007, 07:12:16 PM

[Let's give it 2 hours. 2. There is not multiplay (that I've seen posted). I dunno man. I'm not speaking from experience on this (as I never got a chance to try it last night) and I may be in here later munchin' on crow, but it's a pretty steep price. I spent a ton of time of SoTN and it was a much longer game with different replay modes.

Value propositions are always tough- Riddick and it's 8 hours of gameplay cost me the same as Final Fantasy XII and it's 75 hours but I don't regret either purchase. 

I'm not really advocating for PoP specifically- I've only made it through 3 levels so I'm not really sure how much I'll like it or if I'll regret it.  I just don't agree with the "it's only 60 minutes" comments.  That's like saying that Super Metroid is only an hour because you can speed run it in that time.  60 minutes is the time conceit that the game imposes on the story but since the game itself is actually pretty difficult, I expect that the average player is going to spend quite a bit more time with it than that. 

Absolutely!  Even having played the game before the easy 1st level easily took me twenty minutes of getting used to the controls, exploring, looking for the life power-up and restarting.  On top of that, there are two other modes to play through if you're so damn good at the regular mode.  Time Attack and Survival at least give you other things to do.
13809  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite XBLA titles? on: June 14, 2007, 05:03:49 PM
Uno absolutely got the most play from me.  I'm really enjoying Pac-man CE as well.  Others, in no particular order: Cloning Clyde, Assault Heroes, and Eets:Chowdown.
13810  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Brain Academy - Impression on: June 14, 2007, 05:00:43 PM

Quote from: Zero on June 14, 2007, 06:48:54 AM

I picked this up on Tuesday at Circuit City for $40...wasn't sure what I was getting into, as the DS title was a my major addiction for about two months.  I was hoping that it wouldn't be a repeat of the games that the DS offered, and I was midly surprised.  It doesn't give your Brain Age like the DS version, but gives you how much your brain weighs. 

I think you're confusing Brain Age with Big Brain Academy on the DS.  Both good games, but the DS BBA did also measure your brain weight like the Wii version does.
13811  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Sylpheed demo out on: June 14, 2007, 04:56:22 PM
Mayhem and chaotic are the words for that battle.  Sheesh.  I went through the tutorials, too.  They're not that complicated, but it's amazing how much you forget when you're thrown into the fight.  I was halfway through my second attempt before I remembered I could match speeds.  I'm still not sure what I'm supposed to do to target the closest enemy (is it hold A??).  I think this could be fun, though.  I like that there's an overly dramatic story to go with the fighting.  I just hope there's a nice variety of missions and that there are mid-mission checkpoints (or short missions).

There is a review, according to Game Rankings.  360 Gamer Magazine UK (whoever they are) gave it 60%.
13812  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Walkthroughs on WonderdogSoftware.com ?? on: June 14, 2007, 12:00:26 AM

Quote from: Dimmona on June 13, 2007, 11:07:56 PM

Horrible site, absolutely horrible.  If Bullwinkle wasn't a longtime GT guy, I would think this was a viral marketing post gone bad.

You're better off getting a year subscription to IGN and using their guides, which are actually pretty good (if you're looking for maps/etc. above and beyond what you can find on gamefaqs).

Yeah, I was worried it might come off like that.  I figured this site was no good, but I was curious if anyone had tried it.  Thankfully, I am already an IGN subscriber, but their are a few games that just never have guides.
13813  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Walkthroughs on WonderdogSoftware.com ?? on: June 13, 2007, 04:39:25 PM
Has anyone tried the site wonderdogsoftware.com?  They claim they'll put together a guide for any game you request.  Of course, you can't take a look at those guides without a $4.99 donation.  I'm just curious if anyone's tried this and if there's any value to it.  I suspect they wind up linking to GameFAQs or somesuch, but maybe they put some maps and pictures into existing guides, or maybe they really do make fresh guides if you ask them.  I would pay 5 bucks for that, I guess.
13814  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: June 13, 2007, 02:57:55 PM

Quote from: Calvin on June 13, 2007, 02:20:35 PM

4.8 from Gamespot.

Um, thanks? 

It's actually 4.9.

It's also posted below...

In other news, fanboys Team Xbox gave it a 6.7, saying:
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Surprisingly, Tenchu Z comes off “chunky” in general; the antithesis of what a ninja game should feel like- sleek and efficient. The concept is still golden, but the actual gameplay mechanics haven’t changed enough to really take advantage of such great material. There’s still a fair amount of entertainment value here, however, but be prepared to sift through some previous-gen-feeling moments to find those nuggets o’ ninja gold.
13815  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: June 13, 2007, 01:18:26 AM
The Gamespot review is out.  4.9?!  Ouch!

Guess I'll be out.

Here's the summary:
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The Good: Sneaking around and killing from the shadows is pretty fun; co-op play via xbox live.
The Bad: Some of the worst AI you'll ever see; missions are repetitive; combat is lousy; most levels can be beaten by simply running right through them.


From top to bottom, Tenchu Z is a disappointment. No matter what aspect of the game you look at, there's a fatal flaw. There are 50 missions, but most of them are the same. You can sneak around, find creative ways to get to your objective, use a large number of interesting weapons, and kill bad guys with the press of a button, but you don't need to because you can simply run or summersault right past everyone. You can extract some fun out of the experience if you use your imagination and approach each level like a ninja, but unless you really, really want to kill some ninjas, you shouldn't waste time and energy trying to make this game fun. The developer certainly didn't.

13816  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: the big news was .....pac-man mazes[XBLA] on: June 12, 2007, 03:19:56 PM
Ignoring CeeKay aside, I was ready to get mad with the PA comic/article until I realized that their point was the opposite of what the comic set up.  This is something that always bugs me about PA, honestly.  Anyway, their comments about Pac-Man CE are pretty dead-on.  I would even drive the point that they're making, but never say home: All "classic" releases should be done like this.  And hopefully this week, we'll see the trend continue with Prince of Persia Classic.
13817  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any Call of Juarez impressions out there? on: June 12, 2007, 01:43:34 AM

Quote from: mikeg on June 11, 2007, 11:46:21 PM

From what I am hearing the multi is where it is at.  They say it is Call of Duty like in a West World.  Doesn't help me much, however, as I am only interested in SP.  I am gonna quit looking hard for it and in the next few months I will stroll in and there it will be on the shelf waiting for me to rent at Blockbuster. 



I didn't really enjoy MP that much, honestly.  The one shot kill mechanic made it very hard to feel like you were doing anything.  Especially on non-deathmatch levels.  Maybe that's something that can be turned off and I happened to be in games that didn't, but it was more frustrating than fun, IMO.
13818  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/11) on: June 11, 2007, 03:10:51 PM
Big Brain Academy and Scarface for the Wii. 

Prince of Persia Classic for 360 (YEAH!), Tenchu and Monster Madness if the reviews sway from from the bad taste in my mouth after the demos (though Tenchu wasn't bad, it left me with more of a lukewarm taste).
13819  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: June 09, 2007, 02:24:25 PM
I wish there was an option to switch the camera control on and off.  Or to make camera control the default with the button used to control imps, but maybe as the game progresses the setting they have works best.
13820  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: June 09, 2007, 03:20:43 AM
I enjoyed the demo a lot, myself.  The description of Fable+Dungeon Keeper is fairly apt, but so was whoever mentioned pikmin.  Controlling minions is just like that.  The voice work and graphics are very Fable-esque though.  Especially when villagers are saying, "Hooray."  Sounded almost like placeholder V/O work taken directly from Fable.  Actually, though, apart from the fact that you're evil and take on heroes, it doesn't seem to be very much like Dungeon Keeper at all. 

I think it'll be a purchase for me, too, unless I hear that it doesn't maintain that quality through to the end (the surprisingly small number of minions news was a bit of a let down).
13821  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Colin McRae: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] demo on: June 09, 2007, 03:15:37 AM
Non-UK IGN is out, too.  Not quite as good, but still positive: 8.4.

Comments:

Quote
DiRT is one of the coolest racing games I have ever laid my hands on. Though the framerate is sometimes suspect, there's never been a racing game with this much detail. When you can count every leaf on every piece of brush across a three mile track, that's a major graphical accomplishment. If only every aspect of DiRT matched the graphics and presentation, it would be among the top racers on Xbox 360. DiRT still hasn't fixed Colin McRae's longtime use of a central pivot for turning and the racing feels floaty at times. DiRT isn't quite as good as some previous installments in the Colin McRae racing series, but it's certainly a worthy addition to the library.
13822  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Colin McRae: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] demo on: June 09, 2007, 12:29:41 AM
IGN UK review is up: 9.0

Comments:
Quote
Despite a few issues with the frame-rate and the disappointing online mode, Colin McRae: DiRT is one of the most enjoyable next-gen racing experiences we’ve had. The single-player is rich and fun, with a well-rounded collection of different events, vehicles and tracks which never become tiresome nor boring thanks to the variation of driving experiences offer. The feeling of speed is great too, particularly on the tighter courses, but most importantly DiRT is a lot of fun because it's immediately accessible. Whether you're an experienced wheelman or new to driving games, DiRT will offer a white-knuckle thrill ride you won't forget.
13823  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Brothers in Arms DS....first review out... on: June 08, 2007, 09:56:22 PM
*cough*

http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php/topic,20534.0.html

Hey, now I got to do it.  Not as elegantly, though.
13824  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 rpgs on: June 08, 2007, 04:12:16 PM
That's what I was saying, too, about ES.  How did Blue Dragon do in Japan?  I remember people lining up for it, but I also seem to remember that everyone who was going to buy it got it on the first day.

I'm not convinced Bio Shock will do all that well.  I think it'll be great, and I think core gamers will go apeshit for it, but I'm not convinced it's mass-market friendly.
13825  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: June 08, 2007, 02:47:04 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 08, 2007, 01:08:36 PM

Quote from: KePoW on June 08, 2007, 01:32:17 AM

Quote from: Gratch on June 08, 2007, 12:32:07 AM

I'm trying to decide if I liked the demo or not.  The graphics aren't mind-blowing, but I thought they were certainly better than XBox 1 level

so are they noticeably better than Ninja Gaiden Black?

I'm not being sarcastic or anything, I haven't followed this game whatsoever until reading this thread

The character animation isn't nearly as smooth, but I think it looks better.  Other than the odd clipping problem, I really had no complaints about the graphics.

Having played through the demo again last night, and I really think I'm going to wait until a price drop before picking this up.   I can't really point to one major thing (well, maybe the save point issue), but there's a ton of little things that absolutely bug the crap out of me.    It'll probably be a great $30 game, but I can't see myself paying full price.

That's about how I feel, too.  The lack of mid-mission saves may kill even that, though.  Of course, I will see what reviews have to say, too.
13826  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 rpgs on: June 08, 2007, 02:44:14 PM

Quote from: Calvin on June 08, 2007, 02:10:06 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 08, 2007, 05:24:10 AM

Quote from: Pyperkub on June 08, 2007, 05:19:04 AM

You know what - who cares? You don't have to play each of them the day they come out ya know? If the game is good it will still be good 6 months after release and with RPG's you don't have to worry about not having anyone to play MP with. So buy the one you are in the mood for and wait on the others.

the problem is the effect the releases being so close to each other will have on sales at the time when they will be watching the sales with a critical eye.  The industry isn't patient, and bad initial sales will affect future titles.  If Enternal Sonata or Blue Dragon tank on release then we'll see less JRPG's, and if Mass Effect tanks then the trilogy will not be completed.

Ditto. I actually think ME and BD will sell very well, ME better than BD but both well enough to garner attention and sequels-the odd one out here is going to be Eternal Sonata. It comes last, its hyped up much less, its got wacky characters and concepts, a very limited marketing and hype campaign, and seems set up to fail-which is awful, because if the demo is an indiciation its going to be brilliant.

Though I doubt there would be a sequel.  How many times can Chopin die?

Still, it would effect future, similarly risky game concepts.
13827  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] New Smash Brothers info? on: June 08, 2007, 02:41:55 PM

Quote from: Destructor on June 08, 2007, 01:11:32 PM



Personally, I'll be using either the Classic Controller or a Gamecube one (if I want rumble). No way I'm doing any kind of waggles to play a fighting game.

Actually, the waggle in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon is suprisingly effective.
13828  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable + Pikman = Overlord on: June 08, 2007, 02:40:13 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 08, 2007, 02:23:56 PM

interesting.  I was going to grab the PC demo but it wasn't there  disgust  I never played Pikmin-  was it a Dungeon Keeper type game?

Not at all, but it was a type of Action RTS, and there may be some similar elements, though the style is very different.
13829  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Name a game you love that gets zero respect on: June 07, 2007, 05:23:57 PM

Quote from: Clay on June 07, 2007, 04:37:34 PM

I also really like The Movies.  That doesn't get a lot of acclaim.

84% on Game Rankings isn't a lot of acclaim?

http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages2/561567.asp?q=the%20movies
13830  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Tenchu Z on: June 07, 2007, 04:45:54 PM
The US demo is out now. 

I tried this demo back when it appeared in Japan.  I liked it a lot then.  I like it less now.

The graphics seemed okay to me then, but they come off really bad now.  That said, it's been months, and the only thing I think has been changed is adding English subtitles.  I'm sure the graphics are much better by this point.

The real frustration came with the no save thing.  A checkpoint would have been great.  I came to the big conclusion and died.  The idea of slogging through that whole level again did not fill me with joy.

Still, there's a lot to like here.  I think the controls are good.  There's something fun about hopping around on the rooftops.  I was playing very in-and-out, hack-and-slash and that seemed to work, but you really do have to go for the stealth kills.  I wasn't able to take down anyone who had spotted me.

I'm going to wait for reviews on this, but hopefully it'll be good.  I always want to like the Tenchu games, but get disappointed.
13831  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: the big news was .....pac-man mazes[XBLA] on: June 07, 2007, 03:06:29 PM
The only other issue I can see with this game other than lack of multiplayer is that all the missions are timed (10 minutes and 5 minutes).  There should be at least one "endless" option, preferably one for each game type.

I played it again last night and really had a great time with it.  What amazes me is that it really is what's advertised.  It's Pac-Man, same basic feel and gameplay, but totally relevant to today's gaming landscape.  Kind of like when one of the endless redos that Hollywood puts out actually works.
13832  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 6/13 XBLA = Prince of Persia Classic! on: June 07, 2007, 03:44:57 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 07, 2007, 03:17:54 AM

cough

at least I went for the suspense factor  Tongue

Um, I think you linked to my post.  Proving it came first.

[grumbles] beat me by two minutes, thinks he's a big shot... [/grumble]
13833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 6/13 XBLA = Prince of Persia Classic! on: June 07, 2007, 03:17:06 AM
Wow, I wasn't expecting this so soon. eek

I went from not really caring about this game to salivating after seeing clips.

POP Classic on XBLA 6/13, according to Eurogamer.  http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=77416
13834  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (360) Tomb Raider: Anniversary a go? on: June 07, 2007, 03:00:20 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 07, 2007, 12:24:59 AM

I'm not a fan of episodic downloads, especially for something like this which wasn't really designed for it  Plus, multi-Gig episodic downloads on a system with a pretty limited hard drive space is not a good idea to me.  But what do I know. 

Ah, but everyone bought the new hard drive, didn't they?  Didn't they?

I agree (though I actually did get the new hard drive).  I would rather have these on disc than cluttering up my hard drive.  That said, it's between the Wii and 360 versions for me.  If they muck up the Wii controls too much or if the graphics are remarkably sweeter on the 360 I would certainly be tempted.
13835  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/4) on: June 07, 2007, 02:57:37 AM
Go buy Pac-Man CE.  It's better than you think.
13836  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Name a game you love that gets zero respect on: June 07, 2007, 02:56:03 AM
I loved Fable as well.

I have a question, and maybe it doesn't matter, but are we talking about games that didn't sell well or games that have bad word of mouth?
13837  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone use a charging station for their wiimotes? on: June 06, 2007, 09:30:12 PM
Bizarrely, Kotaku has a review up today: http://kotaku.com/gaming/hands-on/nyko-wii-remote-charge-station-266436.php
13838  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: the big news was .....pac-man mazes[XBLA] on: June 06, 2007, 09:23:38 PM
Hey, um, guys.  This is a really great game. Seriously, it's the Geometry Wars of Pac-Man.  I was all set to try out Call of Juarez, but I thought I'd give it a go.  Tried the demo, went and played Small Arms a bit, but was called back to this game.  I paid for it and 45 minutes later, I had tried every single mode.  I figured there'd be some I didn't care for, but they're all great.  I can't imagine I'll get very far in the insane speed mode, but the rest of it - wow.  It's incredibly well balanced and satisfying.  Clearing one side of the maze becomes very rewarding and adds to the standard rewards of eating pellets and chomping ghosts.  And the graphics are even pretty cool.  There's a shimmer that happens as you play that reminds me of Geometry Wars, but the colors do, too.  The music adds to the mania in much the same way as it does in GW, as well.  It even shifts as you come close to the clock turning to a new minute.  The only thing that doesn't work here is the lack of multiplayer.  There are leaderboards, sure, but there should absolutely be at least a slap up the quarter on the arcade box mode.  A mode similar to the one that came out for the Gamecube and Gameboy combo would be ideal, though.

Seriously, stop laughing and give it a try.
13839  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Name a game you love that gets zero respect on: June 06, 2007, 07:16:53 PM
I wish Indiana Jones would get on the BC list for the 360.  My Xbox is put away, and I never quite finished it.  Great game, though.  The punches felt just right.  And I loved never moving on without finding Indy's hat.
13840  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone use a charging station for their wiimotes? on: June 06, 2007, 07:15:58 PM
The Wii Charge Station works great for me, though I wish it would shut down when it's done charging.
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