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14241  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/13) on: August 13, 2007, 07:54:59 PM
I think Sam N Max Season One is coming to the PC this week.  I'll be picking that up.  And maybe Hexic 2 on XBLA.

I was interested in Luminous Arc or Heroes of Mana, but the reviews haven't been so great.
14242  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Get Down...Boogie (oogie oogie) on: August 12, 2007, 04:15:10 PM
I just thought I'd follow up with single player impressions: Meh.  You have to play them to unlock some songs.  It seems that you can get through it very quickly, but the story line is tacked on in the most rambling of how-do-we-get-you-to-the-next-stage-we-designed ways.  And the cut scenes are non-animated heads with text bubbles that scroll the words accompanied by irritating mumble sounds.  The bigger problem, though, is one that also affects the MP game: karaoke.

I hadn't tried the karaoke before.  I'd only watched my wife strangle both parts of "You're the One That I Want."  Her score on the male side was really bad, and we couldn't figure out why.  Being forced to play karaoke in single player, I realized how broken that part of the game is.  I'm not the greatest singer, granted, but I was hitting notes right and at the right time, and it wouldn't register.  I think there may be some sort of timing issue.  It may be a mike issue.  I'm not sure, really, but something is not really working.  So far, it worked well enough that I was able to win each time the first time through (even on a song I didn't know very well).  And it will probably be a similar problem for all players in MP, but it is frustrating, none the less.

Another issue may be that none of the songs seems to be by the original artists.  Meaning in the karaoke parts, you're trying to get your memory of the song to match some other person who was singing in a studio trying to match the original while being frustrated that they couldn't put their own style on it.  Not ideal.  Covers are also irritating to me.  I had a similar problem with the otherwise excellent Donkey Konga series.

So, my impressions have certainly dropped, but only in certain aspects of the game.  If you're picking it up to have fun with others, I still think it's a blast.  But the good times won't last very long and won't extend to slogging through the single player to unlock all the songs.
14243  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Impressions] Bullet Witch on: August 10, 2007, 04:12:05 PM
Shifty, you keep posting your views and opinions on these lesser titles.  You are probably the main reason I had any interest in Bullet Witch after the reviews started coming in.  The game looked interesting enough, but the reviews made it seem like it wasn't a $6o title.  Once it came down in price, I was willing to try it out, and I'm happy I did.

A game like Vampire Rain (same developers, I think) was looking good, concept-wise, but has been slammed so hard, critically.   There's been 0% buzz on it, forum-wise, so I have no interest at all now.

Anyway, your take on things can be just as useful as the published reviews.  Don't let anyone tell you differently.
14244  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Bioshock on: August 10, 2007, 03:47:08 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 10, 2007, 01:49:33 PM

Bioshock suprise announcement this sunday

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=169860


well,we know that its an off line game,so whetehr they have been able to squeeze in a deathmatch or two....meh

then what could it be???

Quote
There's only two weeks until its 360 / PC release but apparently we don't quite know everything there is to know about Bioshock.
 Irrational Games is set to make a surprise Bioshock announcement on US telly this weekend, alongside a brand new trailer. "You won't want to miss this!," US tv show Game head promises.



perhaps because of it going gold,the go ahead for a sequel is now on the cards

My hopes are firmly not up for this.  I'm sure it'll be something like an announcement that the trailer is available on Live Marketplace!
14245  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: stranglehold demo now on marketplace on: August 09, 2007, 05:06:37 PM
The sliding didn't bug me because it didn't slow you down.  It was the same speed as running, so it didn't really change anything.  Also, it wasn't that hard to run around tables and things if I wanted.
14246  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Get Down...Boogie (oogie oogie) on: August 09, 2007, 03:31:19 PM
Yeah, I saw that review, but it sounds like the reviewer wasn't really willing to jump in and really enjoy the game.  You're going to look and feel a little like an idiot while playing.  That's part of the point and why it's fun in a party setting.  They also didn't like the music selections, which sort of proves the point.  These are cheesy songs with good beats to get you dancing.  Yeah, I'd rather they didn't have "Milkshake" on there and had more songs like "Kung Fu Fighting" or "Love Rollercoaster," but others would feel exactly the opposite.

Games Radar liked it: http://www.gamesradar.com/us/wii/game/reviews/article.jsp?articleId=20070731132759629013&sectionId=1000.  Gamepro did, too: http://www.gamepro.com/nintendo/wii/games/reviews/127849.shtml

The big two haven't reviewed it yet, though.  I imagine IGN will like it, but Gamespot won't.  Then again, I imagine the Gamespot reviewer won't be bothered to get off the couch to play.

Basically, you probably already know if you'll like this game or not.
14247  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: stranglehold demo now on marketplace on: August 09, 2007, 03:55:41 AM
The level may be linear, but how you get through it isn't.  For example, I didn't even know you could jump off walls until I read it in your post, Kathode.  Now I may go through again, trying that out and testing the barrage mode.

Also, I feel like it took me longer than twenty five minutes.  Not an hour, mind you, but over a half hour for sure.  It felt like a good length to me.

I didn't notice and bad slowdown, either.  Some, but nothing that affected what I was trying to do.

I'm excited for this game now more than I was before.  I was worried it would be too complicated.  Seems very intuitive.  And, most importantly, fun.
14248  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Get Down...Boogie (oogie oogie) on: August 09, 2007, 03:49:22 AM
I picked up Boogie for the Wii today.  My four year old loves it and is actually able to accomplish quite a bit playing it.  My wife walked in while we were playing and said, "That looks like fun."  And she immediately wanted to try.  I didn't really get to play very much.  We took a dinner break in between sessions and wound up playing for close to two hours, pushing into my kid's bedtime.  Definitely a fun game.

It may seem a little simple, but there are powerups and move varieties that give it some challenge and some legs.  There are a few songs and costumes to unlock, so I can see coming back to get those.  That said, this isn't the deepest game out there, but it's not trying to be.  It's great for what it is: an entertaining group experience.

Yes, it would be better if more than two people could compete.  Or if there was some sort of tournament set-up.  Yes, it seems odd that only one person can sing at a time, especially given that "You're the One That I Want" is one of the tunes and is featured in the opening video with two characters singing back and forth (maybe if you have a second mike the option for two singers opens up, but it didn't seem that way).  And yes, it's odd that you can't sing and dance at the same time (though you actually can make your character dance while singing, there are just no points involved).  I also wish that players could play at different difficulty settings, but I see why that may not have been possible.

Also, there's a single player story mode, which suprised me and is something I'll delve into later tonight.

The graphics are nice and crisp and colorful.  Fun.  They fit the game.

The music is, I think, a perfect selection for what they're trying to achieve.  You'll probably know every single song here, even if you don't like all of them.  They're all dance tunes, keep in mind.  Befitting the game.  To me, there are very few stinkers in the bunch, even if there is a pile of cheese dripping from many of them.  I do wish there were more original versions, of course, but you can't have everything.

The price tag is a little shocking at $60.  You're paying for the microphone.  Unfortunately, I have the feeling that'll be the least used part of the game for our family.  For most people, I would say this would be a reasonable buy at $40, if you know there are people you can play with.  Once I take a look at the single player, I'll have a better idea if it's worth it for a single player alone, in a dark, sound-proofed room, with the blinds down.

Anyway, my initial impressions are quite positive.  If this is something you think you'd enjoy and the price doesn't make you upchuck, go get it.
14249  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: stranglehold demo now on marketplace on: August 08, 2007, 04:10:44 PM
I couldn't get in all morning, but finally did.  Download got to 2% fairly quickly, so I'm optimistic.
14250  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Bioshock on: August 07, 2007, 10:46:59 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on August 07, 2007, 07:46:08 PM

I don't recall anyone quoting the "genius" of the Illuminati books as a basis for how the world works.  Unlike anything Rand wrote, it never puts on airs of being anything other than entertaining fiction (well, the end did kind of suck: I was hoping for more of a payoff, but oh well).

Probably because nothing Rand wrote is even entertaining, or interesting.  Pretentious, sure, but that's about it.  But hey, some people love pseudo-intellectual rationales for being totally self-absorbed and sociopathic assholes.  As for me... there are more interesting things to spend time reading.  Like the label on my shampoo bottle.

I guess it's more the pretentiosness of it.  icon_rolleyes
14251  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Impressions] Bullet Witch on: August 07, 2007, 09:37:12 PM
Apart from upping my stats, I was replaying the first level to pick which costume I wanted.  Heh. icon_redface

It's a good game, for cheap.  Certainly I don't understand why everyone went apeshit for Earth Defense Force and then said this was the biggest pile of crap ever.  Surely giant ants don't make that big of a difference.

That said, one of the complaints I'd seen on this game has been true for me, too.  The levels are a little too big.  There's a lot of running to the next battle and the next and the next.  First time through a level, being unfamiliar with it, can take a very long time.  On the second level I wasn't clear where I needed to go for a while.  I think it took more than an hour and a half through that one.  'Course I was tired.  Not a deal breaker, but it will probably be a little while before I get to level 3.

Overall, though, I am definitely enjoying it.  It's much better than I had been led to believe.
14252  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Bioshock on: August 07, 2007, 07:36:20 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on August 07, 2007, 05:41:09 PM

Quote from: mikeg on August 07, 2007, 04:54:37 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 07, 2007, 02:56:25 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 07, 2007, 01:31:51 PM

what the hell is Ayn Rand?

 retard

She wrote Atlas Snogged.

Big ass boooooooooooooring book that only those who are made to read it for some course ever read. 

I like in how in the "Illuminati!" books, they refered to it as "Telemachus Sneezed"    icon_lol

I have to agree with Calvin: Ayn Rand is what stupid refer to when they want to pretend they aren't stupid.

As opposed to, say, the Illuminati books.
14253  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Impressions] Bullet Witch on: August 07, 2007, 02:52:59 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on August 07, 2007, 05:26:53 AM

Actually picked up a used copy of this today.  Moriarty has been amused with it so far, finished the 1st level.

I picked it up, too.  Only played the first level so far, but I've played it three times.  Once on each difficulty level.  I'm trying to up my stats before heading into the game.  Hard to tell for sure yet, but it seems enjoyable so far.
14254  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Great Jeanne d'Arc commercial on: August 07, 2007, 02:51:01 PM
I'm actually more interested in that turn based office game than the Joan of Arc one.
14255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/6) on: August 06, 2007, 05:27:37 PM

Quote from: Brendan on August 06, 2007, 05:02:41 PM

XBLA this week is Track & Field.  I'll whup Purge at the javelin.

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This Xbox LIVE Arcade Wednesday, gamers can log virtual track time and exercise their fingers and thumbs with the highly anticipated “Track & Field” from Konami. Originally released in 1983, Track & Field was an arcade smash. The updated version for Xbox LIVE Arcade features the same button mashing game mechanic as the original, and now allows for up to four player multiplayer competition on one Xbox 360 or over Xbox LIVE. Clocking in at 400 Microsoft Points, “Track & Field” will be available to download on Xbox LIVE Arcade this Wednesday, August 8 beginning at 9:00 a.m. GMT (2:00 a.m. PDT).

Later this month, we're getting Ecco the Dolphin, War World, and Hexic 2 (featuring battle mode?!)

What the hell ever happened to Hoop World?
14256  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/6) on: August 06, 2007, 04:52:33 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 06, 2007, 04:46:26 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 06, 2007, 03:28:08 PM

Glory Days 2 for the DS was pushed back to this week.  It's getting pretty good reviews. 

Chameleon: To Dye For is also coming for the DS.  Not quite as interested in that, though.

*kicks his source again and fixes the post before anybody notices*  paranoid

Oh, um, my mistake.  They're already on the list.  Huh.  How did that happen?  Sometimes I feel like I'm stepping into the Twilight Zone.
14257  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/6) on: August 06, 2007, 03:28:08 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 06, 2007, 02:11:00 PM

You a Mega Man fan? I sure hope so, as that's pretty much the only thing coming out this week (and in 3 different versions!?):

PS2:

PS3:

PSP:
Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars
Tomb Raider: Anniversary

360:

Wii:
Boogie
Adventures of Lolo (VC)
Galaga '90 (VC)
Wave Race 64 (VC)

DS:
High School Musical: Makin' the Cut
Mega Man Star Force: Dragon
Mega Man Star Force: Leo
Mega Man Star Force: Pegasus
Pet Alien

PC:
Attack on Pearl Harbor
Mission: Combat Force
Virtual Villagers: The Lost Children

Thankfully there are some decent looking PSP games launching this week too, so this week isn't a total bust. Still not a single title I want to buy (thank goodness - trying to save for the big push in a few weeks).

So... What are you buying this week?

Glory Days 2 for the DS was pushed back to this week.  It's getting pretty good reviews.  

Chameleon: To Dye For is also coming for the DS.  Not quite as interested in that, though.
14258  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/6) on: August 06, 2007, 03:23:13 PM

Quote from: Devil on August 06, 2007, 02:46:16 PM

Boogie!

(There, I said it!)

I'm with you, Devil.  Boogie for me, too.  I think it'll be fun, and I'm sure my daughter will love it.
14259  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Impressions] Bullet Witch on: August 03, 2007, 09:26:11 PM
It just dropped to $25 used. 

Shifty, now that time has passed, how are you feeling about the game?
14260  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dynasty Warriors...Gundam? on: August 03, 2007, 09:23:59 PM
After playing the demo, I came away liking it more than I thought.  However, I got tired of the button-mashing before the end of the demo level.
14261  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Freshly-picked Tingle's Pink-coloured Rupee Land on: August 02, 2007, 09:27:04 PM
Still interested.  Not enough to change my avatar picture like Kathode, but interested, none the less.
14262  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]PGR4 limited by DVD size on: August 02, 2007, 09:26:06 PM

Quote from: kathode on August 02, 2007, 08:20:07 PM

That HDD required label has been around a long time.  Don't know why people are just picking up on it now.  Here's a news article from February 06 about Football Manager which was the first HDD required game.  It's not a new trend you'll be seeing.  The number of Core Xboxes out there aren't a huge percentage by any means, but it's big enough to give anyone pause before saying "Yeah we're just going to cut them out." 

I think it's because we're not all brilliant geniuses like you.  icon_wink

I do remember Football Manager had a HDD requirement, now that you mention it, but it's not a game that sticks in any nook of my brain.
14263  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]PGR4 limited by DVD size on: August 02, 2007, 06:07:10 PM
According to the Bizarre website:

Quote
We've never had to cut content to fit on the disc, and we probably never will.


Here's the link: http://www.bizarrecreations.com/article.php?article_id=5257

In a related story, it appears that "HDD Required" labels are going to start appearing on 360 games.  Here's the link to that: http://www.xboxfamily.com/news%20stories/HDD_Required.htm

Not a site I've heard of, but that doesn't mean it's not true.  Yet.
14264  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fatal Inertia demo on Live on: August 02, 2007, 04:06:46 PM
I am decidedly underwhelmed.

Of course, it may be due to my skills.  I was slamming into rocks constantly and couldn't get any of the weapons to fire, though I know I went over the weapon loaders.  The night level was so dark, I could barely see where the hole in the giant rock walls were, so that didn't help.

The graphics are not quite as dazzling as I would have hoped.  Very bland, IMO.  I would have liked to see a different map type, too, instead of three race types on one map.  I'm sure the texture pop-in that happens at the start of the race will be fixed by the time of release, but it really takes you out of the game.

Overall, I'm not sure why their seems to be enthusiasm for this game.  But then, I rarely like these futuristic racers.  Mostly cause I suck at them.
14265  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: F.E.A.R is not a factor for me! *spoilers* on: July 31, 2007, 09:09:33 PM

Quote from: Ridah on May 02, 2007, 01:51:11 AM


Also, the ending was pretty sweet. The nuclear explosion was cool, and the surprise visit from Grudge girl in the helecopter was a nice touch. Also when you finish the credits there is something about the prototype being successful? I didn't quite understand that part.


Um, spoiler much?

I just finished FEAR in preparation for the expansion/sequel coming to the 360.  I agree with most of the comments here, though.  Monolith was a company that was knocking them out of the park in originality and design and then not.  I think Condemned was one of the better 360 launch games, but there wasn't that much meat on the bones.  The story in this didn't hook me at all.  Part of the problem for that is the fact that the music and sound effects were louder than the information transmissions and phone messages, so I couldn't hear a lot of the background (very annoying that there was no way to fix that and that the subtitles didn't extend to these).  Also, creepy girls are very cliched now.  And if they start breathlessly singing a nursery rhyme, I'm out.  The ending was very good, though, but that's not enough to make up for the little interest I had in the story up to that point. The graphics were a little boxier than I would have liked, and the ladder animation pulled me out of the game every time.  The level design wasn't the best, but I didn't hate it.   My big gripe, gameplay-wise, is the challenge level.  It seemed too hard at the beginning and again in the middle, but the end was pretty easy.

Oddly, though, I would say I enjoyed the game.  If they can get a stronger story and fix most of these problems in the expansion, I'll be in.

14266  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My Beautiful Katamari demo on OXM disc on: July 31, 2007, 08:51:55 PM
I haven't received my copy yet, but I saw one in store, and My Beautiful Katamari seems to be continuing the tradition of holding back demos for the 360 to give the mag some exclusives.  Unless the demo is on Live already.  I've been on vacation.
14267  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [?] Far Cry 2 Officially Announced on: July 20, 2007, 07:00:13 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 20, 2007, 03:11:22 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on July 20, 2007, 06:36:03 AM

Interesting that its only listed as PC. Maybe the Xbox versions didn't sell that well?

didn't they pretty much stink?  I seem to remember being warned not to bother getting them.

I think that was the Wii version.  The Xbox and 360 versions were actually pretty good.  I thought the levels were all a little longer than necessary, though.  there was a point on each one where I sighed and said, "Really, it's not over yet?"  Not that the level design was bad or anything, but I just like my FPS levels to be a little more on the brief side.
14268  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assasin's Creed..E3 Trailer... on: July 20, 2007, 02:46:00 PM
The swan dive doesn't bother me.  Know why?  It's a game.  First of all, it's a human being diving into a hay cart from a height that would kill him.  Hay wouldn't stop him.  How did he get there?  Why running over conveniently located planks and beams and rooftops, of course, all laid out in a way that got him to his path.  Instead, he could have gotten into a group of monks that have nothing better to do than wander around a particular section of the city in a very tight circle.  So tight, in fact, that they wouldn't even notice someone not of their order slipping into their group.  Of course, it'll go pear shaped at some point, that's why he'll have to fight a group of men who attack one at a time instead of using the moments he's distracted to kill him.  Eventually, he'll get to the target though and may have to give chase through conveniently open doorways and conveniently tippable ox-carts and conveniently throwable crowds.  But he'll know where that guy is because of the very natural white glow that he emits.  Frankly, I like some unbelievability in my games.
14269  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bully: Scholarship Edition announced for 360/Wii on: July 19, 2007, 10:32:03 PM
Great.  I'm excited for this.  Now I'm not sure which version I'll get, though.
14270  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Darkness on: July 19, 2007, 05:14:28 PM
I'm also not liking the main character.  The problems I have with him are three-fold.  His little quips in the load screens are a little trite (the NYC subway is like dodgeball?  Come on...), he lips rarely move when he talks, and his hair.  He comes off as a bit of a poser to me.  He was mumbling something about the subway being like a plate of spaghetti, and I was thinking I wanted to smack him.  Then he said his uncle used to smack him when he said things like that.  At least that made me laugh, but probably not for the right reasons.  This guy never deserved Jenny.

Even with that guy, I'm loving the game, but not quite as intensely as Riddick.  The powers are neat, but not completely useful.  The minions don't seem to do a hell of a lot.  The game's a little looser in the level design, too.  It would probably help things if I could move through the empty level at a decent speed.  The lack of a run button drives me to the brink of insanity sometimes.  I cannot figure out why they capped his movement speed at such a slow pace (I guess that makes a fourth fold for not liking the main character).

I think the WWI level was cool, too.  But as I move through the third chapter, I'm thinking Kevin may be right.  After a kick ass opening and a nice scene with Jenny and the orphanage, and the WWI chapter, it seems to be devolving a little. 

It seems like I have a lot of negative things to say and nothing specifically positive, but I think that's because the game is good and these things are holding it back from being great, and that's frustrating.
14271  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fess up - who bought Bomberman XBLA? on: July 19, 2007, 05:12:18 PM
I played a little more last night.  My level of suckage knows no bounds, but it is a blast to play.
14272  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nervous Brickdown on: July 19, 2007, 12:25:51 AM
I am very excited about Picross, too.  I will be on vacation when it comes out, and I may have to get to a store while I'm away.  I wish it came out before I left, though.

I've been into these Japanese paint by numbers puzzles since Games magazine first started carrying them, what, a decade and a half ago, maybe?  They're more satisfying than Sudoku for me.
14273  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fess up - who bought Bomberman XBLA? on: July 19, 2007, 12:22:56 AM
I played a couple of rounds today.  Fun.  I could see this being as addictive as Uno for the quick fix.
14274  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Wing Commander Arena Screenshots on: July 18, 2007, 11:17:35 PM

Quote from: Jag on July 18, 2007, 10:20:24 PM

How is a space sim with a gamepad? I just loved the 'herk and jerk' on the joystick (is that even a phrase??) in the old WC games. I would actually duck as i flew biggrin

Sure.  I used to herk and jerk on my joystick all the time.  Where's that damn drum kit...no, wrong closet...wait, let me check the basement...ah, here we go.  Badump-bump.  CLUNK.  Oops.  Cymbal's busted.
14275  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Wing Commander Arena Screenshots on: July 18, 2007, 05:31:34 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on July 18, 2007, 04:20:24 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 18, 2007, 03:19:46 PM

One page got me very excited, though, for that other great futuristic Origin game, Crusader: No Remorse.  Page 39.  Is this a sign that they're thinking of reviving that game as well?  That would be fantastic!

I'm only finding 33 pages. They don't want me to see the hints.  crybaby

I was using the manual page numbers, not the PDF page numbers.
14276  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nervous Brickdown on: July 18, 2007, 04:11:47 PM
I guess it depends on what you're shooting for.  If you're looking to just get to the end of the levels, you could probably do it in a long evening.  This game plays great in 10 to 20 minute bursts, though.  I like to unlock things.  There are points to earn on each level that will unlock special abilities.  There are also medals to gain (with different requirements for each world).  If you like going for those types of challenges, you could get quite a bit of extra play.  It's not going to last you a month, but the time spent will be quality.  The 10 levels that Gamespot mentions are really more like 10 worlds, I think.  Each world has 9 levels and a boss encounter.

As to the other comments in the positive Gamespot review, there are moments where luck is going to carry you through.  A couple of the ghost levels were giving me fits, and that damned shark was driving me nuts, until I realized I could tap him a bunch of times to kill him and make him disappear.  So far, the frustrating levels are well-paced with non-frustrating ones and add to the "well, just one more try" addiction to the game.  Since the game saves after three levels, it never feels like you're too far back when you have to start over.

As for the comment that it hasn't been scoring great, I've only seen one review that wasn't good.  1Up.  Everyone else has it ranking above 70%.  Many are in the 80 - 90 % range.  The average on Gamerankings is 74%, and that's with the surprisingly low score from 1Up.
14277  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Wing Commander Arena Screenshots on: July 18, 2007, 03:19:46 PM
ARISE, topic, ARISE!

So, they posted the manual for Wing Commander: Arena (not sure why there's a manual for an XBLA game, but it exists).  http://images.ea.com/ea/arcade/draft2cRGB.pdf

They definitely got the Wing Commander feel right.  I hope that feel finds its way into the game (even the communication panel screenshots alone would be good).

One page got me very excited, though, for that other great futuristic Origin game, Crusader: No Remorse.  Page 39.  Is this a sign that they're thinking of reviving that game as well?  That would be fantastic!
14278  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nervous Brickdown on: July 18, 2007, 03:26:16 AM
Gamespot's review is up.  7.5.

I've played through the ghost level and the water level now.  The variety is amazing.  In the ghost level you have to blow to clear the ghosts away and make some of the gold boxes appear you need for a medal.  At the end, you have to bounce against a coffin to free something within.  In the water level, there are people on platforms.  Your paddle is a submarine.  As the ball bounces and knocks the platforms, the people fall.  You have to catch them twice with the sub to save them.  You can only lose three before you lose the level.  Also, there's a shark.
14279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Should i stick with Zelda TP? on: July 18, 2007, 03:18:55 AM

Quote from: JCC on July 17, 2007, 10:17:29 PM

My hope is that TP's lack of voice acting is due to its cube roots. I hope the next game in the series will have voice acting (sans Link of course). With Metroid Prime 3 apparently having voice acting for dialog, it gives me hope.


I thought the same thing with Wind Waker and the N64.
14280  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Should i stick with Zelda TP? on: July 17, 2007, 04:45:18 PM
I've had a hard time connecting with this Zelda game, myself, but I love the others (even Wind Waker, though the end-slog was a bit much).

I will say that my interest grew once I picked up
Spoiler for Hiden:
the spinning disc that you ride.
  I don't know why, I guess that just felt innovative.

I think my problem may stem from an increasing concern with all Nintendo games.  I'm getting tired of reading all the voices.  I think Nintendo needs to take the plunge at some point and lock onto a voice for each of their characters.  The Mario characters already have voices, really.  It's not that hard to do.

My child just turned 4.  She's reading, but not at the level required by most of these supposedly child-geared video games. 

If Nintendo's really trying to make their games pick up and play by anyone, they're going to have to stop making lazy game players read.
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