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14281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bladestorm demo on: October 07, 2007, 01:36:52 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on October 07, 2007, 09:20:52 AM

Its kinda like the Kingdom Under Fire series.

Except in that one you control squads while fighting yourself.  KUF is a good series and one that I took to right away, even with the learning curve.  I keep thinking I'm missing something with this one, but I'm not sure that I am.
14282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bladestorm demo on: October 06, 2007, 08:19:47 PM

Quote from: mikeg on October 06, 2007, 06:45:38 PM

Is this 360, PS3, or what?  Haven't heard of it.

Both, though the demo is on XBLM, not sure about PS3.  It's from Koei, and it dips again into the battlefield, but instead of Japan or China, it's during the Hundred Years' War.  You control a main character and all of the pre-battle preparations are done in a bar, talking to various NPCs.  On the field, you move your character, but you don't actually fight with them.  And that's where my confusion comes in.  I'm not sure what the point is.
14283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] NYT Crosswords on: October 06, 2007, 04:00:42 PM

Quote from: DonD on October 06, 2007, 11:27:25 AM

I play it zoomed all the way out unless the clue is something like 'Author of 38-Across'.  Then I'll switch to the middle level to see the numbers.  I don't like the closest zoom as it doesn't even fit the entire word on screen many times.  The middle level with the numbers is too cluttered.

I wish the full zoom out had the numbers available or that there was one more level between full out and mid zoom.
14284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest coming to XBLA Wednesday on: October 06, 2007, 03:57:46 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on October 06, 2007, 03:29:16 AM

still waiting for sensible soccer,Tron games and the battlestar galactica game

Where the hell is Hoop World?

I'm in on Puzzle Quest, though.
14285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bladestorm demo on: October 06, 2007, 03:55:49 PM
I'm not sure I get it.  It comes off like an action game, but they take all the action out of your hands.  It's hard to tell how effective your attacks are because your guys are always following behind you, but the camera is behind you, too.  Strategy games don't usually click with me right away, so it's possible that this is brilliant, and I just don't see it.
14286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Gotham Racing 4 on: October 05, 2007, 10:47:07 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on October 05, 2007, 06:08:25 PM

Quote from: disarm on October 05, 2007, 12:09:08 PM

Quote from: VegasD on October 04, 2007, 09:31:23 PM

-load times

that's a bummer to hear...was hoping they would improve on that after the painfully long loads in PGR3.  do they still make you watch the long loading screen every time you restart a race?

Yes and it is very disappointing after playing Stuntman:Ignition and Dirt both of which allowed you to restart a race instantly.  The load time isn't quite as long as when you first start the race but it still seems much too long a time to wait.  This is very evident for me in the early races where one mistake will allow the other cars to get ahead of me and from then on I can't catch up using the slow cars I have.  Having to sit through yet another load screen because I forgot there was a bump in the road just before that corner is aggravating,  it would be less so if I had a car that might be able to catch up.

I'm frustrated by the reload times as well.  I wouldn't care so much if it took longer to load the track if the reload was quick.  Flatout is instantaneous, too.
14287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] NYT Crosswords on: October 05, 2007, 10:44:30 PM
My only complaint on this game is that I can never find the perfect zoom level.  And while using the shoulder buttons is an easy way to switch to the next clue, I wish it was easier to do with the stylus.
14288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]The Simpsons Game Demo Impressions on: October 05, 2007, 05:20:06 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on October 05, 2007, 04:23:40 PM

no,but Bladestorm is a lovely 1.9 gig

and also looney tunes game demo<<north America only(i'm still downloading it now)

I saw that Looney Tunes is there.  I really hope it's good, but I'm not expecting it to be.
14289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]The Simpsons Game Demo Impressions on: October 05, 2007, 04:20:56 PM
Any sign of this on XBLM yet?
14290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage [360] on: October 05, 2007, 03:33:34 PM
I'm spending a lot more time with this than PGR4. 

It is harder than I would like, though.  I remember now how in previous Flatout games the stunts could take forever until you found the sweetspot.  Every other attempt was way off the mark.

I did clear the first carnage race on silver on my first attempt, though.  I never even cleared bronze on the demo.
14291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Dragon Blade - reviews are in.... OUCH! on: October 05, 2007, 03:29:06 PM

Quote from: Calvin on October 05, 2007, 07:26:29 AM

Why is it that almost everytime I read a thread about yet another shitty Wii release it always seems like Wii owners are trying very very hard to make awful games sound ok? I mean, Bullwinkle, no offense, but you are giving every excuse in the book for why the game isn't that bad ("the writing is almost a strength if its bad enough! It might be a cult hit in a year!"). This is a game that even IGN rated 5.6. I guess I am just confused, from the outside looking in.

Well, I'm not actually trying to spin it or justify having bought it.  The truth is, I had just bought the truly awful Anubis II, being a fan of platformers, and was angry at how bad it was.  Look for my scathing review in another post.,22433.0.html I was lucky enough to exchange it.  I got Dragon Blade instead. 

My point is less Rah-Rah-Wii and more about budget games in general.  Dragon Blade's biggest problem is how it's priced.  I think if this came out at $20, reviews would have less of an issue with some of the problems.  I haven't played far enough into DB to really comment on the writing, my comments were more general.

I like to write about these smaller releases because there are often diamonds in the rough that get ignored by review sites.  And even when the sites review them, they're sometimes put to higher standards than they should be.  I know I like hearing about them if someone gives them a shot.  I usually assume that people understand the baggage of these games going into a post about them.
There are plenty of really great games on the Wii that I don't need to convince anyone that some of the lame ones are good, too.

14292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Dragon Blade - reviews are in.... OUCH! on: October 05, 2007, 03:45:37 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 05, 2007, 03:27:38 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 05, 2007, 02:49:26 AM

I think we need to have an intervention for Mr Bullwinkle and his crap Wii purchases...

he's the Starshifter of the Wii generation!!!!  icon_wink

Now, hold on.  There are no hotties in Dragon Blade.  In fact, the main character is a very bland, boring stock character.  The dragons are cute, though...
14293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut, Stuntman or PGR4 on: October 04, 2007, 06:20:20 PM
I've tried all three.  Stuntman is the one that I want to keep playing.
14294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLM] Bee Movie Demo is up on: October 04, 2007, 05:13:06 PM
Maybe, but I've been known to enjoy a kid game myself.  And if the demo is an indication of the full game (and isn't that what a demo is supposed to be), then this game is geared towards pre-toddler with a brain of cement.  No offense to Javahead's Cementheads.

My four year old has been playing the shit out of Cosmic Family on the Wii, and part of the reason is the variety of gameplay available.  This is the same thing.  Over and over.  And from the demo, there's little indication that there will be more variety.  Sure they mention racing, but that's basically what Jerry Seinbee is doing on the city street.

I'm actually assuming there will be more to do in the full game, but this incredibly short demo doesn't give me high hopes.  If this sequence led to even one other method of play in the demo, I wouldn't be so irked, but I'm standing by my decree.


Quote from: fyedaddy on October 04, 2007, 05:09:55 PM

Haven't tried this yet, but it's got to be better than the latest Crash Bandicoot demo.

It is not. 
14295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Gotham Racing 4 on: October 04, 2007, 05:06:51 PM
I have 210 points in 9 achievements and have played for just over an hour, maybe an hour and a half.  The cycle brought a lot of those.

Load times are a tad long, I agree, but again, that may come from playing Stuntman: Ignition too much. 

I actually preferred the basic style of PGR 2's menus to this.  It's not as easy to see what you've pulled off at a glance.  DiRT's menu is near perfection.
14296  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XBLM] Bee Movie Demo is up on: October 04, 2007, 04:04:22 PM
Worst. Demo. Ever.

Here I was, hoping the Simpsons Movie demo would be up.  Instead, we get Bee Movie.  A five minute demo that consists entirely of action moves and button presses that don't corrsespond to moves on screen.  You fly through traffic and move the joystick according to arrows on the screen then land on a car and have to hit the A button a bunch of times, then go through traffic again, then fly through a park and have to hit the buttons, randomly, then through traffic, then more button presses, traffic, button presses, done.

Wow, bad.
14297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Dragon Blade - reviews are in.... OUCH! on: October 04, 2007, 03:14:55 PM

Quote from: Hrothgar on October 04, 2007, 03:43:01 AM

I hope that means you didn't buy it.  Haven't you already taken enough for the team? icon_lol


I did exchange Anubis II for it, though.  So it was effectively only twenty dollars, in my mind.

I had been reading some forums online and from what I read, this'll turn into a cult fave at some point.  This is definitely a game that people could have fun with next summer at $20.  There's a lot of potential in it, it's just rough around the edges.  I have had no problem with the controls or linearity, personally.  I actually think they're kind of cool in a Wii-God-of-War-lite kind of way.

The biggest issue seems to be with the graphics and scripting.  Which is why the game shouldn't be $40.  It's very old-school, graphically.  But the viuals are crisp and clean, for the most part.  There's even some moments to appreciate.  There was a waterfall in the second level inside a cavern with some lightshafts spilling in from above.  It gave me a feeling of, "Aw, look, they're trying to make a cool setting for the showdown.  If this was EA, that would look amazing!"  You cheer on the small guy for trying, at least.  The level's called "Waterfall," by the way.  So, yeah, the writing isn't the cleverest.  But as with most decent budget titles, the A for Effort Effect gives them a pass.  It can even be a positive if the writing is cheesy enough.

SO, I took another hit.  I wasn't ready to write any impressions, though, as I'm not too far into it.  There are fairly cool moves to unlock and secret areas to find, a selling point for me.  The second boss battle was kind of fun ("Waterfall").  But really, I've already put more time into Spider-man: Friend or Foe.  Heh.

14298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Gotham Racing 4 on: October 04, 2007, 03:03:56 PM
I'm actually having a harder time with this than I expected.  The kudos are more forgiving (you can skim a wall and still be fine), but the pathways seem to be more narrow and so far my cars are all a little too slow.  One guy manages to pull way ahead and a lot of luck is involved catching him. 

I've been more frustrated than entertained, personally, but I think that may be to playing DiRT, Forza and Stuntman: Ignition too much.  There's always a re-learning curve with PGR, especially with knowing when to brake to avoid slamming into walls, but not braking too much so you're still in the race.

Motorcycles, on the other hand, have been really easy for me.  I unlocked 3 or 4 achievements in my first cycle race.  It was the first time I got the cheering kudos, too.  I'm not sure what it is, but the bike just clicked with me.  Really a lot of fun.  And it's easy to keep the kudos going because you can pull wheelies.  At least until I get a heavier bike.
14299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Dragon Blade - reviews are in.... OUCH! on: October 04, 2007, 03:40:37 AM
I've tried the game.  I think the biggest problem is the price.  It shouldn't be $50.  It's very budget.  As long as you go in knowing that, it's not awful.  Of course, I only got to play one level, so who knows how badly it tanks after that.

It did seem like Gamespot was a little harsh, though.
14300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage [360] on: October 04, 2007, 12:03:15 AM
The GamesRadar review has a tab that says: F:UC KO.
14301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pre-order stance actually hurt GS/EB sales? on: October 04, 2007, 12:02:01 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on October 03, 2007, 11:47:10 PM

Quote from: Destructor on October 03, 2007, 08:11:08 PM

Quote from: TC Weidner on October 03, 2007, 06:21:58 PM

Mark my words. PS3 came very close to doing it this round.

And if they had done it, the PS3 would be in an even worse position than they are now. This will not happen, not this generation, not next, due to the backlash they'd get from retailers and consumers alike.

They should start with the PSP2.  I read something recently where Sony was thinking about download games to the PSP, and how B&M stores would be pissed.  So you know what I say?  Fuck em: make PSP2 a direct-order item, or go with online retailers.  Or make it exclusive to one big retailer... like WalMart (or, at the least, threaten to do so).

[edit]  On topic, I don't have a problem with pre-order nazism at my local Gamestopo, I've just been finding zero reason to even go there.  I would even prefer to buy there over BB: all things being equal, I'll help out the little guy, no problem.   But I can't buy there when they don't even have stuff to buy.

Little guy?  I think you underestimate the power of this conglomerate.
14302  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage [360] on: October 03, 2007, 08:18:05 PM

Quote from: Roscoe on October 03, 2007, 07:07:29 PM

Picked up FUC (huh?)

You know I never noticed that.  I bet they did it on purpose.
14303  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pre-order stance actually hurt GS/EB sales? on: October 03, 2007, 07:37:30 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on October 03, 2007, 06:08:47 PM

You guys are unbelievable.  I have never had a bad experience at any Gamestops that I frequented.  I never had anyone in my face telling me to pre-order.  The most I had was "do you want to pre-order anything else" after I picked up my game.  I reply "no thanks" and he/she says "ok".  Nothing more.

As far as Best Buy, Circuit City and Targets go they are horrible for having new games anywhere near release day.  I have tried on several occasions only to have them tell me they sold out and check back next week.  F that.  And if they do have it you better damn well make sure you have at least 20 minutes to spend standing in line because out of the 12 registers only one will be operating at any one time.  Those stores suck to high heaven for buying video games.

And you are not "shackled" to your pre-order.  You can shift it to another game.  I've done this several times when other good deals pop up.  Case in point:  I pre-ordered Mario Party 8 at Gamestop.  Circuit City had it for $10 cheaper.  I bought it there and (star)shifted the pre-order to another game.  No big deal.

Like I said I simply like taking care of things ahead of time.  It's easier that way.  How is this so difficult to understand?

I'm not sure why we're unbelievable, Shifty.  When the majority is complaining about the ram-it-down-your-throat pre-order policy, you should maybe believe what you hear, even though your experience seems to be different.

In my local GS/EB stores, there are people I like, who know me, and they still ask every time about pre-ordering and put a disappointed look on their faces when I walk in asking for a game I didn't pre-order.  There is one guy who won't do that or go through the whole "Well, let me check to see if there are non-preorders" routine, but he's not always in.

On top of that and the bonuses elsewhere, Best Buy often gets things in before EB/GS in my area.  I like to play games when they come out, too.  At my BB, if something isn't on the shelf when I walk in, they'll go look for it in the back for me.  At EB/GS I get told to check back in a couple of hours while they go through inventory.  Even in the slow ass days of summer.  I worked retail.  Getting new product on the shelves is paramount.  If someone came in looking for something, we would damn well go through the couple of boxes we had, find the item and sell it.
14304  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Glory Days 2 on: October 03, 2007, 07:26:54 PM
I could have sworn we had a post on this somewhere, but I guess not.

I had a lot of fun with this game for a while, but others took my attention.

It seems overwhelming when you start playing.  The controls take a bit of getting used to, but once you do it's a blast.  Choplifter with slight strategy elements.
14305  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pre-order stance actually hurt GS/EB sales? on: October 03, 2007, 05:29:34 PM

Quote from: jblank on October 03, 2007, 05:11:45 PM

Quote from: jament on October 03, 2007, 05:08:04 PM

I went to the local EB on Saturday evening to pick up a copy of Halo 3.  There were three stacks of them in the case behind the counter.  When I asked the guy for a copy he asked if I had it pre-ordered and I said No.  He smiled and told me that all the copies they had left are preordered.  I pointed at the case behind him and said - Really?  All 30 or 40 of those behind you are preordered?  He kind of laughed, looked at his counter buddy who shrugged, and said Yeah.  I said - Who would preorder and then not pick up their copy by the weekend?  He said - I don't know.  I'm just doing what I'm told.

So I leave, go around the corner and purchase a copy at Target.  For the life of me, I don't understand this policy.  There's no way all of those copies were sold on preorders. 

They weren't, believe me, they will lie right to your face. Apparently, they care more about the $5.00 preorder, than selling the $60.00 game, to you, after it comes out. The very same thing happened to me with the Splinter Cell release for the 360, they had boxes of them, BOXES, and said they were all for preorders..........bullshit, especially since this was a few days after the release.

It's because every one of those $5 pre-orders is generating interest for them.
14306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Come to this thread when you've beaten Halo 3 (ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK) on: October 03, 2007, 04:37:17 PM
I didn't get the cut off bit at the end, either.  The pieces do add up (thanks for pointing them out here), but it would have been nice to actually see it happening so we wouldn't have to put it together.  Similarly, I think we should have seen an establishing shot of the replacement Halo being built.  It wasn't immediately clear what that big wall was.  I will say it seemed clear to me from the writing that there was a coda coming after the credits.  When you have an uberconfident character like Master Chief say "We'll make it" then they're going to make it. 

I've never liked the Flood.  They always seem like an ammo suck to me.  I was actually not minding them in this game until Level 8.  I can't tell you how much ammo I wasted before I decided to just run for it.  The Flood seemed to continuously regenerate.  There was no end.  Also, those spikey bastards on the walls were a royal pain in the ass.  If you didn't have the right kind of weapon, forget it.  Blowing up the ship was a lot of hopping around.  Then when I got to the new Halo and had to climb the tower, I was still in run-it mode, not realizing that I had to switch gears back to slow and methodical.  The Flood went back to being as annoying as ever.

However, taking that out of it, there were some incredible sequences in the campaign.  Overall, I found it excellent.  I think Bioshock is a better single player experience, but this was pretty damn good.
14307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pre-order stance actually hurt GS/EB sales? on: October 03, 2007, 04:12:48 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 03, 2007, 02:40:09 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on October 03, 2007, 02:37:58 PM

I pre-order all the time.  I do it out of convenience.  I like paying for a game (in full) well before its release.  This way on release day I just walk in and walk out with my game.  It's all about convenience.

This makes zero sense to me.  The time taken is the same amount, just shifted...

You mean Starshifted...

I'm not agaisnt pre-orders, I'm just against the in-your-face pre-order policy.

If I pre-ordered, I'd feel obligated to get the game there, and I'd miss out on things like the free strategy guide I got yesterday for buying Zelda DS at Toys R Us.

I prefer Best Buy because I get $5 or $10 coupons depending on how much I spend with them, plus there are often 10% coupons for being in the Reward Zone.  Circuit City just started a program where you get 10% off every time, but my Circuit City sucks with shelves chock full of Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 next to Project Sylpheed.  New releases get crammed in "sometime in the next couple of weeks" after release.

BB is the way to go for me for now.
14308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Confessions on: October 03, 2007, 04:04:11 PM

Quote from: JuniorDan on October 03, 2007, 03:52:10 PM

paranoid I played the Thrillville Off the Rails demo and I really like it.  nod  As an amusement park fanatic l am impressed by the interactivity of this game with the people and enviroment. The building tool is not the best for those accustomed to the roller coaster tycoon style of building. It is very simple to use but frustrating to control at times. I ran out of energy in the demo so I could not build a full scale park and worst I could not ride the monster truck ride. The demo drops lots of cool hints ans features of the full version via guest conversations. This game just worked its way into my must have for the month plus my kids can enjoy it just the same.

Agreed, it was cool.  I'm worried about the information being overwhelming.  I never felt like I had the overview I needed.  I also ran out of power, and I couldn't find any information on how to get more power.  As much as I think doing things in park as the manager was great, it was also confining.  I'd like to be better able to scroll around the park.  The map is a jumble.

Still, being able to talk to anyone in the park was a neat feature.  I wonder how well that works in the full game.  When does repetition set in?

I heard the previous versions were good.  I was hoping for BC on the Xbox one, but so far no luck.  

I'm cautiously optimistic.
14309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Did you forget? Wal-Mart exclusive Chibi-robo Park Patrol out today [DS] on: October 03, 2007, 03:54:42 AM
IGN: 7.8

Not too shabby.  Maybe I will be entering the Wal.
14310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Did you forget? Wal-Mart exclusive Chibi-robo Park Patrol out today [DS] on: October 03, 2007, 12:46:49 AM
I loved the GC game.  I was looking very forward to this, but some reviews and impressions of the import weren't too good.  I'm waiting for reviews here before jumping in.
14311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Simpsons Game Neverquest Trailer on: October 02, 2007, 11:17:25 PM
This game keeps looking better all the time.  I hope it doesn't disappoint.
14312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/1) on: October 02, 2007, 10:52:33 PM
The guy at Toys R Us (who is more knowledgeable than you'd expect) said the MS rep told him today that PGR 4 had been delayed two weeks.  I guess we'll see tomorrow.
14313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MGS Mission Briefings, Nintendo Style on: October 02, 2007, 03:29:42 PM
Awesome!  That was worth it.
14314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Super Metroid] Am I just dumb? on: October 02, 2007, 03:20:12 AM

Quote from: Teggy on October 02, 2007, 01:53:41 AM

Oh, I tried that but I guess I didn't shoot enough times.  The game needs more hand holding like Metroid Prime smile Gamers must have been smarter in those days.

Nah, we just read the manuals.

You can find that information by hitting the home button, by the way.
14315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/1) on: October 01, 2007, 02:46:35 PM
360: (any one of these could drop off due to bad reviews, but PGR4 seems most likely to be a lock)
Crash of the Titans
FlatOut Ultimate Carnage
Project Gotham Racing 4
Spider-Man: Friend or Foe

Ninjabread Man (was considering because of the great title, but it's from the people who made the horrible Anubis II)
MLB Power Pros (maybe)
Sin & Punishment (VC)

Kurupoto Cool Cool Stars (what is this game?)
The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night (slight possibility, but I think it's released now for the confused parent buy)
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

The only for sure game is Zelda.  Maybe PGR4, too.
14316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dewy's Adventure on: September 30, 2007, 07:11:43 PM
I've noticed a few complaints online about the water not moving as expected.  I think a lot of people are expecting a Mercury Meltdown kind of thing, or one of the rolling ball type games and it's more of a platformer than that.  It's not as fluid as those other games.  However, they made one big mistake in the controls.  I was having a hard time with jumping, and I've figured out why.  When you jump, your trajectory is fixed.  In other words, you can't change direction mid-jump.  Maybe they were going for realism, but I'm not sure why you'd bother in a game about an anthropomorphic drop of water.  Jumping is pretty important to platform games, and while their choice doesn't ruin the game, it does make it quite frustrating at times.  I'd knock a whole point off for that alone.  It's still fairly good, though.  Maybe a 7.0 or even 7.5.
14317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New GH2 (yes, 2) content for the 360 on: September 29, 2007, 03:37:16 AM
I agree with most if not all of the complaints here, but song rights are tricky and expensive things - even if they're covers.  GHII DLC has still been a mess, so I'm not justifying, only pointing it out.
14318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anubis II on: September 28, 2007, 08:29:18 PM
Anubis II, which I believe is the first in a series about the dogheaded pharoah Anubis the Second, is purportedly a platformer for the Wii.  It's cleverly priced at $20 with bright, colorful pictures on the box.  It is very alluring in a Hey-it's-only-twenty-dollars-how-bad-can-it-be kind of way.  Of course, if you had the information before thinking that thought, you would know how bad it is: bad.

I love platformers.  Even mundane ones that get reviews like "typical" and "not innovative" and "jump around, shoot baddies, collect things - been there, done that."  I have been there, and it's a place I enjoy hanging out.  I'll do that again and again. 

Anubis II has made the monumentally poor decision to map the jumping controls to the nunchuck.  But wait, you say, though probably not out loud unless you're on a chatty basis with your computer, other games have mapped jumping to the chuck - even with a flick of the wrist.  Yes, but those other games weren't platform games about precision jumping.  They also didn't make you flick your wrists twice to double jump.  They also also didn't make you move with the chuck's control stick and jump at the same time in acrobatic maneuvering onto platforms that are very difficult to gage, distance-wise.

But that's not even the biggest problem, the Wii remote is used for all attacks in the same way as Zelda.  You know how satisfying it is to flick the remote and swing the sword as Link, knocking into the bad guys repeatedly?  Imagine if the remote didn't register your swing.  Frequently.  Add to that the whole "difficult to gage, distance-wise" bit from the last paragraph and apply it to approaching bad guys, and you have what my four year old calls a recime for disastoh. 

I'm going to go back to EB and beg the manager to let me do a rare exchange.  I'm hoping to get the untested Dragon Blade: Wrath of Fire.  Hell, I'm already $20 in the hole.  For $20 more, how bad can it be?
14319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stuntman: Ignition! on: September 26, 2007, 09:59:15 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on September 26, 2007, 08:32:50 PM

I'm up for some multiplayer with you guys anytime you see me on my box. 

That's what she said!

Oh, snap, boyee!
14320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jericho Demo tomorrow on: September 26, 2007, 07:47:51 PM
You mean the demo's coming out this week?  *cough*,22370.0.html I had no idea!
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