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14281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Screens of all 9 Wii Play minigames on: November 30, 2006, 02:54:54 PM
I think all of those games look like fun.  I know my wife would enjoy them.  And her family, who are coming for Christmas.  I could use this and Wario Ware in time for the holiday, but what are you gonna do?
14282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I take back all the negative things I said about Elite Beat Agents. on: November 29, 2006, 03:38:07 PM
I got to "You're the Inspiration" about three weeks ago, and the story was cheesy but very touching.  However, that damn song took weeks to get out of my head.  I finally worked it out of there.  I went to the grocery store the other day and damned if the song wasn't playing as soon as I entered.  I had just removed it from my skull again, when I read this post.  Thanks, guys.
14283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I'm surprised at how fun the Lost Planet MP demo is... on: November 28, 2006, 03:15:26 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on November 28, 2006, 08:29:52 AM

...and this is from someone who thought the single-player e3 demo was pretty meh.  The MP demo is impressive!  I mean, ultimately, it feels like the SP demo, this is true, but there's just some intangible thing going on.  I'm not entirely sure what it is.  Each weapon has real pop, using the grappling hook-thing is fun and the graphics run smooth and look great. 

And when I load up the single-player demo, I find myself having more fun than I had before the MP demo.  Kudos to a good multiplayer demo, Capcom. 

So, even if you didn't particularily care for the single-player demo, give the Lost Planet MP demo a shot.  I'm glad I did!

I had the exact opposite reaction.  I loved the SP demo, but was underwhelmed by the MP one.  It may be that I was hoping for another map or that I didn't play until Sunday, after everyone had a few days with it, leaving me behind, but I found it confusing and frustrating. 
14284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Move over Red Steel, Farcry Vengeance gets controls right on: November 28, 2006, 05:31:58 AM
I've had my eye on this game, too, as I've been hearing the control is good. 

My biggest question is how much of a story rehash will this be?  I've heard it's a new tale, but I've also heard there are 3 new maps.  That doesn't scream new to me.  I don't want to play through the game again.  If it's all new, I'm in.
14285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Twilight Princess component cable question on: November 27, 2006, 03:28:39 PM
I had this problem on the last Zelda game, too.  I see it a lot in dust clouds or other effects.

Oh, and the retina thing was great.
14286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wii Rapala Trophies on: November 27, 2006, 01:13:46 AM
Has anyone tried Rapala Trophies for the Wii?  I can't imagine it'll be very good, but I'm secretly hoping to do more fishing on the Wii.
14287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Small Arms up on Marketplace on: November 23, 2006, 12:32:43 AM

Quote from: Tebunker on November 22, 2006, 10:52:36 PM

I dunno, I played the demo and came away unimpressed. I guess it wasn't what I expected.

 I wasn't really dazzled by it, either, but then the demo doesn't show off the multiplayer.  It seems the game was designed for it, but I wonder how much MP improves the entertainment value.  Anyone?
14288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Superman demo out on: November 19, 2006, 04:08:10 PM

Quote from: Purge on November 19, 2006, 03:26:03 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on November 18, 2006, 07:20:42 AM

Spoiler for Hiden:
I wish this game would fall off a horse.
disgust Poor taste. Christopher Reeves doesn't deserve viewers like you.

As to the demo, it felt like a tech demo.
Now they just need to add ... a soul.
(is there an echo in here?)

Oh, I didn't even get that.  Yuck.
14289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN Zelda review! on: November 19, 2006, 04:07:21 PM

Quote from: Misguided on November 19, 2006, 03:45:33 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 19, 2006, 05:35:18 AM

And here I thought the Gamecube was worth more than that.  icon_biggrin

Sometimes it is...not long ago there was a trade offer that gave an extra 20 bucks on system trade-ins, including GC.
That would have brought it to $45, which isn't bad at all.
Especially this time of year, you never know what wackiness might ensue, so keep your ears and eyes open.

However, mine has the broadband adapter and the GBA player (the latter add-on is selling for a lot more than the former, oddly), so I can e-bay/ it for a lot more than that.
14290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bomberman Land Touch! on: November 18, 2006, 11:36:23 PM
Actually, there is classic bomberman.  It's an extra feature (seems to be full-featured, too), just not the main focus of the main game.

Really, this game is perfectly paced, if a little on the easy side.  There has been one mini game that I hate, so far (knocking bombs off of a platform).  Otherwise, all good.  The game says I've put in twenty hours so far, but it doesn't feel like it.  It's great for pick up and play sessions.
14291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Superman demo out on: November 18, 2006, 10:24:11 PM
14292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "Brain Drain" (DS) on: November 18, 2006, 10:23:15 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on November 18, 2006, 09:03:52 PM

Any word on a newer version of Brain Age coming out?

There are these $20 games coming next week:

I know nothing about them, though.
14293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot Red Steel review uh oh on: November 18, 2006, 10:19:57 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on November 18, 2006, 08:58:13 PM

Oh and Tom Chick means nothing! My review should be posted tonight or tomorrow for Excite Truck.. that's the final word on the game! smile

Please make it tonight, so I can decide if I'm picking it up in the morning.  My buying dollar rests on you.
14294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burger King Games - Not that bad on: November 18, 2006, 10:18:32 PM
Joe Average can't get these until Monday, though, right?
14295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Launch Thread on: November 18, 2006, 10:16:54 PM
I called my BB at around 2pm, and the lady said there was a line forming.  However, she also said that they got 63 Wii's in.  I guess my best bet is to call tomorrow at 9am when they open.  I have it pre-ordered at EB, but I'd rather go to BB, as I can get a discount and sign up for a BB credit card and get another discount.  There's also the issue of having friends arriving at the same time my pre-order EB opens, so I may not get it tomorrow if I have to wait.
14296  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot Red Steel review uh oh on: November 18, 2006, 05:18:23 PM

Quote from: Kobra on November 18, 2006, 04:33:17 PM

Ouch, Wii isn't faring well outside of Zelda, and rumors are, the GameCube version controls better anyway.

[hate self for feeding the kobra-flames]

Actually, most of the reviews I've seen have talked about the Wii controls adding to the experience tremendously.  This from IGN:
The experience is made better and not worse on Wii. The Wii remote and nunchuk add accuracy and speed to exploration and combat for a heightened sense of immersion. While the game has just about everything going for it, including improved controls...

[/hate self back to loving Nintendo]
14297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot Red Steel review uh oh on: November 18, 2006, 04:00:07 PM

Quote from: Dafones on November 18, 2006, 03:52:54 PM

Quote from: spigot on November 18, 2006, 03:48:25 PM

Zelda notwithstanding, my interest in the wii was pretty low to begin with. The launch line for the wii (and PS3 as well) is just plain weak IMHO. I hope something halfway decent comes out soon.

The rest of the Wii lineup has been reviewed fairly well. Rayman, Call of Duty3, Trauma Center, Monkey Ball, Tony Hawk, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Madden 07, are all respectable 80%-ish games. Up until Red Steel, the low scores were for Excite Truck and Wii Sports, which were 70%-ish. I'd say that's a strong, well rounded launch lineup.

Agreed.  However, I'm switching my pre-orders for Red Steel and Excite Truck to Monkey Ball and Trauma Center (I was planning on getting Trauma Center anyway, but I figured I wouldn't have to worry about it selling out).
14298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gamespot Red Steel review uh oh on: November 18, 2006, 03:00:57 PM
And it's not even Gerstmann...

5.5.  Yipes!

I've been thinking the lack of reviews or comments on the game was troubling.

From the comments:

Red Steel isn't completely devoid of merit, but it's a half-baked, buggy game that feels rushed and poorly executed. There's a good concept in here somewhere, as a swords-and-guns shooter pitting you against yakuza villains certainly seems like it could be very exciting. However, the experience itself hardly fulfills any of the promises behind it. So if you're looking for an exciting new way to simulate gunning or cutting lots of dudes down using the Wii Remote, you'd best keep looking.
14299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii won't ship with all features ready to go . . . on: November 17, 2006, 05:22:06 AM

Quote from: Destructor on November 17, 2006, 03:54:51 AM

Of course, if you have Wi-Fi capability, odds are that you'll have ways of doing all of this without the Wii.

My problem is, I have to get my lazy ass all the way downstairs to check the computer.  How great to fire up the Wii and check GameFAQs while I'm playing the 360.  'Course, to check GameFAQs for a Wii game might be tough.
14300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bomberman Land Touch! on: November 16, 2006, 09:53:56 PM
I don't have a lot of time to post impressions right now, but I must strongly recommend Bomberman Land Touch for the DS.  I wasn't expecting a lot, but man is it entertaining and addictive.  So far, I've yet to see "classic" Bomberman play, but the game is in the classic style, at least.  It's a series of mini games, tied together by a visit to a pirate theme park with playing card areas that open up once you collect enough symbols (clubs, hearts, etc).  You can also collect coins to gain new bombs.  There are items to find that open up new areas, too (a mining hat with a light is the only way to get into the cave areas, for example).  It all moves at a pretty fast pace-not that you're rushed, it's just the mini games are pretty short and opening new areas happens fairly quickly.  I know this may sound like it's been done before, and maybe it has, but when the ingredients come together well, it still works.  If you're thinking about this one, give it a go.  It's my new addiction.
14301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Achievements? on: November 16, 2006, 06:08:11 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 16, 2006, 05:59:21 PM

Quote from: scandec on November 16, 2006, 05:23:59 PM


Ding ding ding!  Say it like you are 5 and we have a winner.  slywink

Agreed.  That is really the best one, Elmer.
14302  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Excite Truck: 6.8 at Gamspot on: November 16, 2006, 04:14:57 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on November 16, 2006, 03:22:26 AM

Quote from: Kobra on November 16, 2006, 01:48:28 AM

I predict this will be the norm for Wii.  A couple of blockbusters, then a shitton of poor low grade titles.

I mentioned last year that I feared all of the developers will be treating the controller gimmick as the next "Lens Flare" or "Bloom", and going hog wild with it, while not paying much attention to game content and gameplay.  Thus was my fear.

Ah, yes, because 1 launch title is a perfect representation of the entire run of the system, present and future...

And wasn't there a similar prediction when the DS came out?
14303  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Excite Truck: 6.8 at Gamspot on: November 15, 2006, 09:45:24 PM

Quote from: Devil on November 15, 2006, 06:09:47 PM

I played it at EB - Seems like a reasonable score.

I just played it, myself. at Gamestop.  I was a little underwhelmed, myself.  More to the point, I think my wife would hate it.  I may get it at $30, but not $50.
14304  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Excite Truck: 6.8 at Gamspot on: November 15, 2006, 06:08:03 PM
I usually like him, but he does seem to be slightly biased against the Wii (just reading his reactions talking about the remote and watching him play on the epic play video).  None the less, this game has dropped from must buy, to wait a little more.
14305  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Launch Thread on: November 15, 2006, 05:19:33 PM
Does Nintendo plan on making all their money on Red Shipping for this launch or what?  Seriously, what's the deal with making them available four days before launch (and one of those isn't even a shipping day)?
14306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Superman demo out on: November 15, 2006, 05:00:32 PM
Agreed that flying is the coolest part (they emphasize it in the super-long video, too).  I'm still on the fence.  It's not as glorious as I was hoping for, but it is about what I expected, which isn't bad. 
14307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viva Pinata? on: November 15, 2006, 04:54:36 PM

Quote from: Arkon on November 15, 2006, 03:53:42 PM

And my Raisants will be Lord Ebonstone and Kobra.

14308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Launch Thread on: November 14, 2006, 04:38:49 PM

Quote from: Hetz on November 14, 2006, 01:33:22 PM

They will sell component cables, but it's unclear how many will be available on launch day.

Or if or, then, when.  Grrr.
14309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viva Pinata? on: November 14, 2006, 04:36:40 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on November 14, 2006, 04:11:40 PM

Here's a tip I discovered by accident:  if a bird-like pinata is on a perch/tree just whack the perch/tree once with the shovel and he/she will fly down and you can then easily select it.

You can also just tap said perch with the X button.
14310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [R6: Vegas] - Alright Team Rainbow - Move out. on: November 14, 2006, 04:34:57 PM
I did not notice that, it seemed gorgeous to me.  And fabulous.  Maybe the Vegas setting was getting to me.

Anyway, in.
14311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN Zelda TP impressions on: November 14, 2006, 04:37:56 AM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on November 14, 2006, 04:13:17 AM

Meh ahoy.

Rising up from the depths of his undersea slumbering hole to rain on your parade...
14312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War MP server disconnections: this seems to work on: November 14, 2006, 01:44:26 AM
I get this constantly in quick matches.  I have yet to join one.  And, yes, I can't join groups of 7 or more, though when the list refreshes, I still see it sitting there, taunting me, like an empty water dish, mocking me...
14313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tony Hawk Project 8 Review for PS3 and 360 on: November 13, 2006, 05:01:08 PM
It seems like with the THUGs and THAW, they were cramming story down our throats.  I'm all for story in games, I think it helps in nearly every case, but they weren't very good stories (and featured a little too much Bam, for my tastes), and the games suffered for them.  THP8 feels like a return to form if only because the story is very bare-bones and not intrusive and the goals are a lot simpler (and the difficulty is worked into them, as opposed to being across the board).  It feels like the old THPS games, in that you have things to accomplish, just without the time limits (though there are classic goals with time limits and everything  and to get the SICK rating, you have to accomplish everything in one run!  Forget it!).

As far as reinventing goes, I think that comes more with the feel of the game and the new engine than anything else.  I mean, they weren't going to toss out what worked, right?  However, things feel more "realistic" now from the sometimes frustrating speed of your skater (which I guess doesn't change) to the weight of your board.  Even the way you improve stats is now Oblivion-esque, meaning you have to work on the stats you don't use as often, but the ones you use most will climb quickly.

There are problems, sure, and it is still Tony Hawk.  But it feels like slipping into a comfortable pair of old sneakers.
14314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: please!!..COD3 opinions on: November 13, 2006, 04:47:30 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on November 10, 2006, 08:31:18 PM

ok got the game today,although  the single player is good,nothing great...the multiplayer is prolly one of the best on LIVE,the maps are fantastic,the only thing i am upset about is that it loses the cat and mouse of COD2,but i guess thats to be expected with 24 players now...with all your team mates now in the top right hand corner when they speak,i havent had fun on LIVE like today for a long time

I'm actually finding the MP maps to be a little too big, but it may be that I haven't played with more than six or maybe eight players.  So, even in the situations where cat and mouse is possible, there's a lot of boring sniffing for the mouse.  None the less, the MP is fun.
14315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone try History Channel: Civil War? on: November 12, 2006, 08:17:55 PM
I picked it up and have played the first mission for each side.  It is better than it should be, being a budget title and all (grr that "budget" now means a full priced game from the previous gen).  There are minor grievances that, were it a big release, would be unforgivable (no multi-player, slightly slidey movement, repeat of bad guys who spawn in*, some questionable textures at the invisible edges of maps), but on this game it gets a pass.  Maybe it's because there aren't enough Civil War games or that the reload times feel right and add a welcome strategic element, maybe it's that most of the graphics look better than you'd expect, maybe it's the well-balanced achievements, or maybe it's just something that somehow works, but it is fun.  Not sure what the long-term play value is on it, but I expect to pick it up from time to time and get through it on normal difficulty (unless the slightly wonky enemy fire forces me into easy mode).

*I was recently attacked by six Colonel Sanders clones who teleported in from nowhere.
14316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Launch Thread on: November 12, 2006, 08:08:14 PM
Has there ever been an early, pre-launch release in the history of Nintendo?  I know they like to release on Sundays, but why the hell do they do that?  Make it Friday, and I've got two whole days and an evening to play.  On Sunday, I have people coming over, and I may not have time to set the thing up before they get there.  Grrr.
14317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Superman Returns, who else is excited? on: November 10, 2006, 04:37:43 PM
I just saw a video recently that focused on the score, but showed off some 360 gameplay, and it looks pretty cool.  The fact that it didn't come out with the film makes me a little more confident, too.  I'm excited, but I'm going to wait for reviews, too.
14318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone try History Channel: Civil War? on: November 09, 2006, 06:42:57 PM
This History Channel game about the Civil War is out for the 360. I'm wondering if anyone took the plunge.
14319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I'd love to see "Wii Don't Know Jack" on: November 09, 2006, 06:22:47 PM

Quote from: Dafones on November 09, 2006, 03:57:12 PM

(And if I remember correctly, didn't they try to do a You Don't Know Jack TV show with Peewee Herman that just failed miserably?)

Yes, although the show was actually pretty funny.
14320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: please!!..COD3 opinions on: November 09, 2006, 03:21:40 PM
Love it so far, but I'm not a big fan of the German Rush.  You know, that thing you've seen in videos where a German jumps out at you and you have to fight him for your weapon and knock him down.  Goes on a bit too long, and it's a break in the action, instead of an intense addition like it should be.
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