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14361  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [X360] GRAW 1 or Call of Duty 2 single player - which do I want? on: December 28, 2007, 10:21:53 PM
GRAW1 is good, but the levels are a little uneven in length and difficulty.  COD2 is great, through and through.

However, if you're thinking of continuing, GRAW2 is also good (better than GRAW1, IMO, but the difficulty spikes sharply at one point), but COD3 kinda sucks.
14362  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Suggestions for Young Kids on: December 27, 2007, 04:59:03 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on December 27, 2007, 04:45:06 PM

Quote from: kronovan on December 27, 2007, 06:48:59 AM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on December 27, 2007, 06:26:40 AM

Somehow my daughter totally kicked ass in the game, and racked up a convincing Monopoly win. After dinner, she was clamoring for more.

Welcome to the club, my daughter almost always pawns the rest of us at MP8; go figure.

It does seem that there is a ton of luck involved, at least in the Monopoly game. Still, our daughter had 11 stars, and the next closest was a computer controlled player with 6. My son ended up with 1. He had a big pile of money but couldn't make it to a hotel to invest. Then Waluigi stole half his money, and then he lost the other half in a cut-the-rope sort of Russian Roulette game that was just a dumb luck loss. Meanwhile his sister was rolling 10's, racing around the board, and buying up all the hotels. Needless to say, after getting pwned by his little sister, our son is not a big fan of Mario Party 8.

That scissor game is my least favorite one in the whole line-up.
14363  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Massive Steam sale going on right now!! on: December 26, 2007, 10:02:19 PM
I got Trackmania United, but I'm having a problem.  It's asking me to "Define Your Online Profile" and is looking for a key.  Where the hell do I find the key, since this downloaded game didn't come with a printed manual?
14364  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zack and Wiki review from IGN on: December 26, 2007, 09:18:00 PM

Quote from: depward on December 26, 2007, 06:57:23 PM

I am not part of the problem - used my gift card to get this today.  Planning on going through it with my fiancee.  Is two player fairly cool to play for this title?

From what I understand, the other player can circle things with the Wiimote to point out objects or where to go.
14365  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock band (game only) question on: December 26, 2007, 06:36:21 PM
You can also pick up a USB mic pretty easily (or use your headset if you're desparate).  The drum kit comes out individually in February.

I went this route myself (I have two guitars from GHII & III).  While I'm aching for the drum kit, I'm having a blast without it for now.
14366  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero 3 ruined my X-mas! (well sort of) on: December 25, 2007, 04:30:27 AM
I would be very surprised if Amazon didn't take it back.
14367  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] DMoMM: Elements - Demo Impressions on: December 24, 2007, 08:17:00 PM
I liked this game a lot, too.  For mostly the same reasons you mentioned.

Graphics aren't the best, but are fine.  Movement's a little floatier than I usually like, but it works fine.

Unless they screw this up, I'll probably be IN.
14368  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: December 24, 2007, 07:09:21 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 24, 2007, 06:50:35 PM

I give them credit for trying something different.  I think they did as much as they could do with the old format.  Given the lackluster reception PG4 got I think people are burned out on menu driven race games.  I think once you learn the city you will just move to the next race instead of trying the previous race again.  There will be a race at every corner.

And yet DiRT received incredible praise for it's purely menu driven racing experience.

A race at every corner is nice, but completionists like me will want to retry races until we get them right.  Additionally, races at every corner is going to be pretty damn useless once you start completing races.  Then it'll turn into a corner hunt and peck trying to find the ones you still need to do.  Some people may like that.  Great for them, but by throwing out the menu and retry options, you're excluding everyone else.  I see no reason to do that.  Except arrogance, which seems to be where the team has gone.

Of course, I'm sure that reading these posts, the jackass post writer can only smile [condescendingly].
14369  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3d wii! on: December 24, 2007, 07:03:48 PM

Quote from: RedJak on December 24, 2007, 06:08:02 PM

So I got about 5 minutes of "Wow that is cool!" after about and 1.5 hours of screwing around figuring out what all the various error messages I encountered were telling me. 

That's about what I was figuring/fearing.
14370  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: December 24, 2007, 03:49:36 PM
Here are some quotes from the snooty developers, who won't believe that their choices might be a bad thing (courtesy of Joystiq):

In between references to the "experience" of Burnout Paradise, and claims that it's the "best demo released all year," Alex Ward addresses concerns regarding the lack of a "retry" option in the game's races, stating that the game is better off without one, as it would require a load screen, and the Burnout Paradise team "hates loading with a passion."

In addition, Ward brings up the former Crash Mode (now called Showtime), promising that it's better than anything ever, and also makes sure to point out that feedback on the demo will in no way affect the final game, as work on Paradise has already wrapped up. Good to know Criterion's open to constructive criticism, eh?

This attitude has pushed me even farther into the OUT column, which is really annoying because this was one of my favorite series.

Here's a link to the whole article:

The whole thing comes off as defensive.  He all but refers to everyone as "You people" and even criticizes our bad spelling.  We, the unwashed masses, couldn't possibly appreciate the brilliance that they've cobbled together.

On the lack of a retry "feature," he compliments games like Drakes Fortune and then games that aren't out yet for keeping you in the game with no loading.  However, all of the games he lists are heavy on story and not, you know, racing games.

14371  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Suggestions for Young Kids on: December 23, 2007, 05:54:16 PM

Quote from: Godzilla Blitz on December 23, 2007, 07:23:10 AM

Our whole family played an hour or so more of the Mario vs. Sonic Olympics today, and the game definitely grows on you. My initial impression is that this one is a winner for families/groups. The difficulty of the events ranges quite a bit, but my daughter (4 years old) and my son (6 years old) have had a blast just with the 100m sprint. We haven't messed with the game enough to check out the record keeping features, but after a bit you start to remember your best times, and it's a rush when you can beat a personal record.

On the other end, my son got frustrated incredibly fast with the swimming, which adds a level of complexity for breathing that he just couldn't handle at first. His younger sister beating him didn't help his morale at all. That event ended in an Olympic meltdown requiring a temporary ban from Olympic participation (five-minute time out).

I also liked the relay events, where you can all play on the same team. We tried a 4x100 relay race a few times, which would have been a lot more fun if we could figure out how to make a successful baton pass. Even so, we got faster each time, and I can see it being a lot more fun as you get better at it.

Mostly we've been doing single events, so I'm interested to see how things go with the other modes (circuit and mission). While the single events seem to be a lot of fun, not wrapping the game in a larger "drive for the gold" sort of campaign seems to be a glaring omission to me. But maybe the circuit and mission modes bring in that sort of play.

They do not.  The circuit mode is just a seemingly random collection of events tied together.  And the mission mode is about clearing certain goals in different events for each character (they're also more challenging). 

My 4 year old loves the game (in fact she just this minute threw a mini-tantrum because she wasn't allowed to play right now), and swimming is one of her favorite events, but it's a little complicated.  That's my biggest complaint.  Some of the events are really easy to grasp and others are much too complicated.  The challenge level seems to be all over the map.

I could have used some sort of story mode, too.
14372  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3d wii! on: December 23, 2007, 05:42:58 PM
Has anyone tried this at home yet?

I'm tempted, but worried about connecting too many things to too many things and giving up easily.
14373  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Suggestions for Young Kids on: December 21, 2007, 12:51:05 AM

Quote from: kronovan on December 21, 2007, 12:42:17 AM

Lego Star Wars Saga is the 1st game you should get them. My kids would play it all weekend every week of the year if I let them. They'd also probably enjoy Rayman Raving Rabbids and -unfortunately for you- they'd probably be thrilled with Mario Party 8.

The girl part might make Lego Star Wars less interesting. 

My four year old loves Super Mario Galaxy.  And Mario Party 8.

We also picked up the Disney Princess game on the Wii, but haven't tried it yet 'cause it's a Christmas present.

I just asked her, and she likes all the Mario games (Mario and Sonic, too) and a game called Cosmic Family, but that may skew a little young for your girls.  And Monkey Ball.
14374  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zack and Wiki [Wii], Disgaea [PSP], Orcs and Elves [DS] ... Oh, my! on: December 20, 2007, 06:45:19 PM

Quote from: Qantaga on December 20, 2007, 06:03:00 PM

I'm looking for a present for my brother. I thnk I've narrowed it down to one of the three in the title of the thread.
Zack and Wiki - Good reviews. I found the IGN Review thread here and the community responses seemed to have been very favorable. He has a 7 year old son that he likes to play games with, so this would seem to fit the bill. Probably the safe choice.
Disgaea - He played the original on the PS2 years back and enjoyed it. I wasn't able to find a thread about the PSP version of Disgaea (I easily could have just missed it), so I'm very curious if anyone here has any impressisons. Is it a nice update that is enjoyable on the PSP? Does it add much or is it basically a port? Probably the nostalgic choice.
Orcs and Elves - I believe this was originally a cell phone game, hopefully beefed up for the DS. I doubt this would be the way to go, but I saw it on the shelf and wondered if anyone here has tried it. He does like old school RPGs, if they're well done. He loved Eschalon (PC) and also enjoyed Etrian Odyssey (DS). Probably the risky choice.
Any feedback on these would be appreciated. I hate to admit it, but I'm also looking for some impressions because I'm interested in hearing about them for my own selfish purposes after the holidays. smile

Zak & Wiki is great.  It's very puzzle oriented, so as long as he can "think outside the box," he'll enjoy it.

I haven't played Disgea, but the reviews have been good.  86% on Gamerankings.

Orcs and Elves has not been beefed up for the DS.  The gameplay is good, but the graphics needed to be improved, IMO.
14375  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles Impressions on: December 20, 2007, 05:03:57 PM
This is a fun game, no doubt, and deeper than you'd expect an on-rails shooter to be.

As for the Zapper, I think it comes down to how you feel about the peripheral.  For some people, it helps with aiming, for others, like me, it is more of a hinderance.  I'm planning to use the Nyko Perfect Shot when it comes out.
14376  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's your GOAT of the year for 2007? on: December 19, 2007, 08:17:54 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on December 19, 2007, 07:49:11 PM

Atrocious has to go to Bullet Witch.  My sweet Lord in Heaven was this game horrible in every way.  There was absolutely zero redeeming qualities in this game for me.  None.

Here comes Shifty
Here comes Shifty
Right down Bullet Witch Way...
14377  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Duke Nukem Forever Tomorrow!!! on: December 19, 2007, 07:46:29 PM
I wasn't expecting more than a teaser trailer, personally, and that's what this was.

I think they might have been better served stealthing it out, though, instead of announcing it.

Seems like they've got an uphill battle on their hands.  People appear to resent Duke nowadays.  It's been a long time since he was cool.
14378  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher on: December 19, 2007, 12:30:55 AM
Patch?  Patch?  Patch?!?
14379  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: December 19, 2007, 12:18:34 AM

Quote from: Calvin on December 18, 2007, 10:21:20 PM

Quote from: gellar on December 18, 2007, 08:05:01 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 18, 2007, 07:56:13 PM

I just bought Buddy Holly.   Not my favorite Weezer song, but I want to support more Weezer songs!

Where is the damn Sweater Song?

Perfect situation bitches!

Doon doodoodoodoo doodoodoodundun
14380  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zack and Wiki review from IGN on: December 18, 2007, 09:11:20 PM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on December 18, 2007, 08:35:08 PM

I retried the rhythm game again last night and I think the problem is that I have a borderline case of White Man's Disease. I finally started to get the hang of it after a few tries and eventually managed to satisfy Baron von Skeletor so that he would part with the treasure map.

I'm so glad no one could see me playing though icon_lol The only way I could do it well was to stand up, bend my elbow so the Wiimote is close to my head and then shake it as if I was ringing a bell. Of course, once I started getting the hang of it, I couldn't just stand still as I felt myself getting my groove on. I earned that map!

Bullwinkle, I tried holding the Wiimote upside down as you suggested, but it didn't work for me. I think it really must depend on what movements you make with it.

No, no, not upside down, just backwards.  the A button faces the TV, but it's still right side up.  Sorry, I may not have described it very well.
14381  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Mario Galaxy impressions on: December 18, 2007, 12:22:08 AM

Quote from: Tebunker on December 17, 2007, 11:18:39 PM

Quote from: Xmann on December 17, 2007, 07:02:15 PM

After getting to just 26 stars, i've really lost all desire to proceed any further.   The art, style, and imagination is incredible.....but for me it can be really frustrating and too much replaying the same level just to get through. 

I was actually playing just a few minutes ago and shut it off after dying 8 straight times on a particular level.   I just don't have the patience i guess.

Really? I don't think there was any level in the game, especially around 26 stars that was any where near that frustrating. Hell even some of the optional challenge stages were easy. Add on top of that how easy it is to get up to 75 extra men I never felt frustrated. That stinks, I wish it wasn't so frustrating for you.

It's easy to get extra lives, but everytime you quit you're back to the minimum.  It is helpfully to get 5 lives from Peach each time you start and there are a bunch of 1-Ups scattered around the main hub, but I was supremely frustrated the first time I started agian and saw what had happened to all of my lives.

That said, I'm at the bedroom, and I haven't lost more than half a dozen lives trying to get through a level.  Even the challenge levels are just a little more frustrating.  I find that any time I'm ready to give up, I try once more and it clicks.
14382  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zack and Wiki review from IGN on: December 17, 2007, 10:24:37 PM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on December 17, 2007, 05:02:30 PM

I started playing this after finishing Mario Galaxy and, after about two hours of play the game seems very charming. I love some of the little touches of humor in this game, like seeing the rabbit ears the first time the Oracle appears or having Zack chomping on a candy bar when he falls out of the exploding plane in the opening. There's also something infectious about Wiki's irrepressible optimism in the face of violent, gruesome, humorous death.

Can anyone give me any tips for the rhythm mini game? I found Baron Von Skeleton (or whatever his name is--Barbaros's conductor) and I absolutely cannot do the shake-the-wiimote to the notes mini-game. I gave up after about six tries when my hand started cramping up. Anyone have any suggestions?

The rhythm game is completely messed up.  I had calls in to tech support about it and everything.  It's not like I'm bad at rhythm games, but I wasn't even coming close.  I read a tip online that really helped.  It still took a little while to get it the first time, but now it's not too hard.  Turn the Wiimote around, so that the B trigger is facing you.  The icon doesn't indicate that, and I'm not sure why it works better, but it does.  Still messed up, though.  That shouldn't be as frustrating as it is.
14383  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/17) on: December 17, 2007, 10:20:27 PM

Quote from: The Grue on December 17, 2007, 03:05:33 PM

Nights, unless the reviews are really bad.

I second that emotion.

I'll probably get Sensible Soccer,too.  And maybe maybe maybe MX vs ATV.
14384  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Trek: Conquest... ? on: December 16, 2007, 05:22:59 PM
I feel like the first game that threw the PD out the window was the excellent Elite Force.  Shooting aliens with phasers was a blast.  Of course, it helped that it was set on the Voyager, who were all trapped in an unknown universe and could shoot stuff.  I think it went downhill from there, keeping peace and all.

However, I personally don't want to play a videogame about peaceful negotiations, so I'm fine with a game like Conquest (although I've played it, and it's not very good, so I'd like to stress the "like" part).

Of course, if this adventure game comeback that I keep predicting for the Wii happens, we may see a game like ST: 25th Anniversary again (which was a fantastic game).
14385  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Frontlines: Fuel of War Demo [XBLM] on: December 15, 2007, 10:00:01 PM

Quote from: skystride on December 13, 2007, 06:26:14 PM

Frame rates were too inconsistent in the demo.  I didn't like the graphics much.  Enemy AI was pretty messed up too.

The video in the end mentions lots of vehicles and devices, that could potentially be fun in MP.  I actually thought this might be an Endwar type RTS rather than a FPS.

I didn't see any framerate issues at all. 
14386  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: December 15, 2007, 09:57:59 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on December 15, 2007, 08:46:49 PM

i just got told that there are no insurance crashes in this one....if thats true,i am so OUT

i spent hours doing those and loved them and found them much better then the actual races

Agreed.  The crash events were the main quirk of the game for me (and my wife), too.   I assumed they just weren't in the demo.  If they're not in the game, that will be one of the most ludicrous decisions since the moody speed metal was added to Prince of Persia.  Worse, actually.  Even if it is in the game, the decision to not put one in the demo is still ludicrous.  Aren't demos supposed to sell the game?  The same goes for not putting a retry or warp in the demo if it's going to appear in the full game.  Look at how many people they've turned off in this very board.
14387  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Trek: Conquest... ? on: December 15, 2007, 09:51:12 PM

Quote from: Calvin on December 15, 2007, 08:57:09 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on December 15, 2007, 08:30:44 PM

I've said it a billion times before.  Star Trek is NOT about combat.  Star Trek Conquest is an oxymoron.  Star Trek is about exploration and making contact and learning about new species.  Combat is for defensive purposes only unless you are a making a game focused on the Romulans or Klingons.  When will the developers ever learn this.

That is the old Star Trek. That is Roddenberry Trek. There is nothing wrong with it. Not one iota. It is a wonderful philosophy and made for wonderful TV for almost 20 years. Unfortunately, it also severely hampered the story progression of several seasons TNG, Voyager, and even the first couple years of Enterprise. The DS9 developers were allowed to approach the Trek universe from the other angle, and the results are some of the best sci-fi, well, ever. When Enterprise approached what would have been the dark, gritty, ugly first few years of Starfleet it became a superb show.

There is a place for a mixture of the old ideal of Star Trek with a more pragmatic look at what the galaxy of Star Trek would look like. Saying that combat or conquest has no place is trying to make the show a fairy tale-unless I guess you are specifically referring to the mission and behavior of the Federation itself, and not "Star Trek" as a whole.

And yet, this game is about none of that.  It's hopping around planets and fighting whatever Klingons, Romulans, Borg or other race that I don't know (but was huge on DS9, apparently) happen to be taking a leak there.
14388  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Raider: Underworld on: December 15, 2007, 09:48:33 PM

Quote from: naednek on December 15, 2007, 07:27:42 AM

Who is Tom?

He's my friend on MySpace.  You're probably not cool enough to know him.
14389  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is Your Game of the Year? on: December 15, 2007, 09:46:00 PM
I think it's Portal for me, as well. 

With Bioshock probably taking second.

Super Mario Galaxy
Assassin's Creed
Rock Band
Call of Duty 4

may all be tied for third.
14390  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Raider: Underworld on: December 15, 2007, 04:09:35 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 15, 2007, 02:42:44 AM

Sorry, no Kate Beckinsale included.  Still, it's cool to see they are going to continue with the story from Legend.

It's almost like they said, "The first one was great.  We'll redo that then throw out the garbage that followed to create a new storyline."

I'm excited about this Laura renaissance.  She was always a good character who was wasted horribly.
14391  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: December 14, 2007, 03:33:30 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 14, 2007, 03:30:45 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on December 14, 2007, 02:52:23 PM

I understand what you mean about wanting to restart the race afterwards, and I'm not sure if they will have a shortcut like NFS:MW did.  I don't understand the complaints about the minimap though.  Many people are saying it's hard to read and I had no such problem at all.  Foudn my way around town with ease between the minimap and the compass and the street signs at the top of the screen.

Maybe I was missing something, but it didn't look like the actual race starting point showed up on the minimap.  I saw icons for the gas station, paint store, and junkyard (?), but there was no icon highlighting where the race actually started.  I had to open the large Start menu map, see where it was, then try to remember the street route to get there.   If they allowed some sort of fast travel (i.e. selecting the race start icon the Start menu map teleported you there), it would eliminate a lot of the confusion.

There were race icons once you found them, but no way to fast travel or even set up a waypoint to find it again.
14392  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: December 14, 2007, 03:31:09 PM

Quote from: Purge on December 14, 2007, 02:17:03 PM

Is there a pause and restart option when you've completed a race?

What about overmap shortcuts?

No and no.

Quote from: Harkonis on December 14, 2007, 01:22:22 PM

I really like this game a lot.  They removed the stuff I didn't like about the burnout series (the intentionally driving through cars and the like) and the added the open world aspect which I've really grown to love.

There is still the same racing feel that you loved in the old games, you just have to start an event to get it.  Not sure why people are having an issue with that.

I played multiplayer for almost 3 hours yesterday and even on the smaller area of town provided and with only 4 people and not many actual objectives, we were all having an absolute blast.

The mug shot on the xbox live camera when you take someone down was funny as hell too.


Quote from: Harkonis on December 14, 2007, 02:52:23 PM

I understand what you mean about wanting to restart the race afterwards, and I'm not sure if they will have a shortcut like NFS:MW did.  I don't understand the complaints about the minimap though.  Many people are saying it's hard to read and I had no such problem at all.  Foudn my way around town with ease between the minimap and the compass and the street signs at the top of the screen.

Did you play the past Burnout games?  The whole point of the racing is the stuff you didn't like.  Driving into oncoming traffic and such is how you raise your boost which you need to win races.  Because of that, Burnout is an intense racing experience.  You cannot take your eyes off the road or you'll have a major accident which takes up precious time.  The idea of a mini-map in that type of racing environment is ridiculous.  

It sounds like the type of racing game you want isn't Burnout.  There are plenty of other ones out there, you should try one of those.  Unfortunately, it looks like you can try Burnout Paradise, too.
14393  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: December 14, 2007, 05:06:11 AM

Quote from: Simon on December 14, 2007, 12:05:55 AM

Not sure what to think really, I love the Burnout series but I'm not entirely sold on the new game format. It looks and drives great and tearing through the city is complete fun, but I already miss being able to just race and do straight up crash events. I'll probably pick it up but I'll hold off for some reviews, especially to see how the game fairs after playing it a while.

Anyone else notice the CompUSA billboards? smile

The billboards made me laugh out loud.  So funny, yet so sad.

The poll seems to be showing a difference of opinion to what I'm reading here (other than Purge's undersized wang or oversized middle finger).  I'm in the not so impressed crowd.  I think the game looks amazing and drives great, but I got bored looking for the right intersection pretty quickly.  Hasn't the "free roaming city" thing EA has been cramming down our throats for years now been dead for at least two of those years.  Give me an effin menu.  If you want to give the people an option to tool around the city driving into paint shacks for shiny new oh-look-it's-orange-oh-wait-it's-green paint jobs fine, but give me an effin menu so I don't have to deal with it.

When I downloaded the demo, all I wanted to do was try out a crash event.  That's it.  Just one little crash event.  Maybe there's one lurking at some intersection with a barely visible stoplight, I don't know, but I got tired trying to find it.  I found the stunt race which I thought sounded cool, but it started in an area with no immediate ramps.  I zoomed around, crashing into things and scored 2,000 of the 50,000 points I needed.  Irritating.  Shortly thereafter I found the beach which has ramps aplenty, naturally.  I tried to call up the menu for a Retry Last Event option. 

The map said, "Tough crap for you, maybe you'd lke to try our great online mode instead." 

I said, "Can I at least set up a waypoint to get back to the stunt race." 

"No," said the annoying map, "but if you're good at reading useless street signs you may be able to find it."

The street map thing was especially bothersome.  In one race, I tried following the mini-map, which is all but useless when you're flying into oncoming traffic at 100 MPH.  I saw a street sign blink at me and assumed I was meant to turn.  I turned.  Another blinking street sign and another turn.  Suddenly, the mini-map screamed at me with a black border showing that I'd driven to the edge of the world.  The Country Club was somewhere up North.  DAMNIT.  Well, I thought, I'll just restart the race...

"Maybe you'd like to try our great online mode instead..."
14394  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 - Initial Impressions on: December 14, 2007, 04:49:00 AM

Quote from: Jag on December 12, 2007, 04:48:04 PM

IGN's review is out and they give it a 9.3!

I cannot wait for this now.
14395  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Turns out the new refurb Xboxes? Not so much any better than the old ones on: December 13, 2007, 11:54:30 PM

Quote from: gellar on December 13, 2007, 09:07:45 PM

Oh regarding the power brick... my replacement 360 has the old style power brick.

Oddly enough, the Costco 360 I need to return has the new style power brick.

I have no idea what any of this means.


The Costco unit I'm returning (with HDMI) has the old power brick, while my old replacement unit has the new power brick.
14396  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ghostbusters Game (360, PS3, Wii) on: December 13, 2007, 04:22:46 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 13, 2007, 03:45:37 AM

I've always been disappointed TR never continued the Nocturne series.....

That first Blair Witch game wasn't bad, either.

Wasn't Bloodrayne connected to the Nocturne world?

The last Bloodrayne game wasn't too bad.  The first one was pretty weak, though.
14397  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Frontlines: Fuel of War Demo [XBLM] on: December 12, 2007, 10:42:30 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on December 12, 2007, 05:14:30 PM

thanks for the heads up Bull,i'll download it tonight hopefully(unless its U.S. only..Grrr)

okay played this but i didnt have a lot of time with it

first i was dissapointed that it was another FPS...for some reason i was believing that this was a clone of Mercenaries...not sure where i got that from....but it is still a pretty good demo,and i agree with the background story being pretty cool.....gonna give it a proper go tomorrow when i have more time

And I thought it was more strategy based.  I was a little surprised that it was a(n) FPS myself.
14398  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Turns out the new refurb Xboxes? Not so much any better than the old ones on: December 12, 2007, 09:18:15 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 12, 2007, 07:52:19 PM

I'm pretty sure that's the date the sticker was manufactured.

14399  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Arkadian Warriors for XBLA on: December 12, 2007, 07:37:55 PM

Quote from: Simon on December 12, 2007, 07:00:57 PM

Tried it and liked it. It's a total button mashing hack n' slash but it's pretty fun for what it is and it looks great for an XBLA game. I'd be interested to hear if it's still fun after a few more levels or starts to wear thin.

IGN didn't think so.  They gave it a 5.7
Closing Comments
We can handle repetitious gameplay in our dungeon crawlers -- it’s generally mindless fun. When you add in a total lack of variety in dungeon and mission design and toss a bunch of generic monsters our way, it just becomes mindless. Though there aren’t any other games like Arkadian Warriors on the Xbox Live Arcade, there certainly are a lot better ways to spend your time and money.

Games Radar gave it a 6.
You'll Love:
Cartoon-y art style
Co-op mode
Shiny graphics
You'll Hate:
2 player co-op limit
Monotonous dungeon crawling
Feeling like you've played this before 

Team Xbox gave it 8.4, though.
Although you probably won’t be blown away with Arkadian Warriors’s production values or combat system, there is something to be said for an entry-level ARPG that comes with a small price tag via XBLA. Sure, you could pull out your older-bit systems of yesteryear and enjoy a game similar to Arkadian Warriors, but why? Wanako’s title is a fresh IP, contains satisfactory RPG progression, has a paltry asking price and kicks out Gamerscore points to boot.
If you want to get “into” an RPG for the first time, or don’t want your virtual second life becoming more important than your real life, Arkadian Warriors may just be the portal to another world for you.
14400  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Turns out the new refurb Xboxes? Not so much any better than the old ones on: December 12, 2007, 07:33:12 PM
I also got the two pronged plug (I think the grid thing is a vent).

I kind of got the impression that they did very little to the unit itself and just replaced the plug.

BTW, I'm taking the HDMI box back to Costco.  I'm too worried about serial numbers and such. 
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