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14361  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales - Review on: April 12, 2007, 06:56:22 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 12, 2007, 05:21:02 PM

LOL, I got Bubble Bounce last night, too.  I got 42 exactly, and yelled out "In Your Face!!!".  For some reason, I had the hardest time getting more than 38 bubbles.

Ooohhh... one which really makes me want to throw the DS is the one where you stab the jar.  It's entirely, literally, luck based.  And to make it worse, gold star is 20 points, and on my first play I got to 18.  And haven't even come close since then.

The one where you have to use the gold needle on the Goblin is another rough one.

I was stuck at 41 bubbles forever.
14362  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii]final internet channel now up on: April 12, 2007, 06:08:28 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 12, 2007, 05:53:46 PM

Not that I turn my Wii on much anymore, but I did for Paper Mario, and I found I really enjoy the channels when taking a little break. Check the weather, the news, take some polls, and check some web pages. As others have said, Opera is much improved. Much easier to use.

I do polls way more often than I thought I would.  Once every couple of days or so.
14363  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii]rumour?... health channel coming soon? on: April 12, 2007, 02:53:52 PM
The Music Channel definitely sounds cool (especially if it somehow works with the new Virgin Radio that was just announced

If they make this Health Channel fun, it could be very useful.  I actually tried the Wii Play health stuff for a while, but it didn't really inspire me to continue.  I get the impression, however, that the HC will be a little dry and boring.  Not sure what gives me that impression, but it's one I have.
14364  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Boom,boom rocket on: April 12, 2007, 02:26:48 PM
I'm not going to be quite so inflammatory as CSL, but I'm not going for the full product, either.  I was expecting to really like this game, but it got a lukewarm reaction from me, at best.  Meh.
14365  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii]final internet channel now up on: April 12, 2007, 02:25:15 PM
I futzed around with it last night.  I have to say, it's improved 90% over the beta.  Easier to read, easier to scroll, favorites don't take minutes to load, easy access to the www and search options, disappearing tool bar, pages that were not loading now do.  Honestly, the only thing wrong with it is that it won't play certain movies.  But color me much more impressed.
14366  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales - Review on: April 11, 2007, 08:47:03 PM

Quote from: The Grue on April 11, 2007, 08:24:25 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 11, 2007, 04:49:03 PM

I'm really, really liking this game.  It's funny, I was JUST asking about a good card-based game for the DS, and this flies in under my radar.

Did anyone manage to beat the bomb puzzle in under 16 seconds?  I can't do it... too hard...

Just beat it in 15"84.  Woot!

Are we talking about the arrow maze bomb wall thing?  That is the only one so far that I'm planning on just skipping.  18 seconds+ was near impossible for me.  Any trick to it, Grue?
14367  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Super Paper Mario Impressions on: April 11, 2007, 03:45:42 AM
I don't agree that it's not a platformer.  I do agree that it is still Paper Mario, though.  The feel is the same.  But there is a lot more hopping to get places and jumping over things.  Also, the "battles" are just real-time jumping on creatures, old-school style (at least until you get some new moves).  There is a lot of story, though, and the Paper Mario charm and wit.  It is what they advertised: An RPG-Platformer.
14368  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Boom,boom rocket on: April 11, 2007, 03:40:35 AM
Seriously?  I thought this thing was still months away from release.  CATAN!!!!!!!!!!!

Also, as a side note, anyone know what the hell happened to Hoop World?
14369  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Super Paper Mario Impressions on: April 10, 2007, 10:34:57 PM
Agreed.  I have one level to go in the first chapter.  The pace is definitely improved.  I still haven't finished 1000 Year Door.  I liked it, but it just dragged for a while. 

The controls are very tight.  I understand there is still more to unveil, move-wise, so I'm looking forward to that.  Minor spoiler, that won't spoil if you've seen any footage:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Switching to 3D is very well done and cool every time you do it.  Useful, too, though there are times it may not be to your advantage.

This is may be the best game on the Wii right now.  Certainly, it's the only one that hooked me right out of the gate (and that includes Zelda).

14370  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/9) on: April 09, 2007, 02:38:04 PM
In on SPM!  No question...
14371  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Spring Dashboard Update details on: April 09, 2007, 02:33:15 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 09, 2007, 01:16:33 PM

-The name of game in tray is now displayed in the dashboard.

-When the tray icon is highlighted, a list of achievements, game icon and gamerscore for that game is displayed.

I was hoping for the first, but the second is a very cool bonus feature, IMO.
14372  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Spring Dashboard Update details on: April 07, 2007, 11:49:09 PM
Isn't there supposed to be an update that finally tells you what damn game is in the disc drive?
14373  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales - Review on: April 07, 2007, 11:47:26 PM
This game is kicking my ass more than I expected it to.  The first boss card battle
Spoiler for Hiden:
he keeps pulling out a fourteen point health regeneration card right before I put him down.  Three times that happened.  Aargh.
14374  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Tom Clancy Teaser Site on: April 07, 2007, 11:45:00 PM
First thing I thought was Tom Clancy's MEDIC.  Just from the bruised face.  'Course, it could just as easily be Tom Clancy's ZOMBIES.
14375  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox 360] Guitar Hero II Band Names... on: April 07, 2007, 01:38:23 AM
F'ing Squirrels RULE!
14376  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 05, 2007, 09:21:25 PM
The F'ing Squirrels and I just got our asses handed to us first time through "You Really Got Me."  Thanks for the heads up on TRU having controllers, disarm.  I'll be heading there to pick up a second and a case, now that I know they hold two.  Thanks, Jancelot.
14377  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Paper Mario reviews on: April 05, 2007, 09:18:18 PM
14378  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Virtual Console Games for 4/2 on: April 05, 2007, 06:36:25 PM
Oooo, Vectorman...
14379  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales - Review on: April 05, 2007, 03:29:19 PM
I played through the first chapter, myself.  Didn't get to a card battle yet, though.  Semi is right, it's a well put-together game.  It looks great, there's a fun theme that seems to be consistent throughout.  I have a hunch I'm really going to enjoy this one.
14380  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 04, 2007, 07:56:13 PM

Quote from: tiktokman on April 04, 2007, 06:57:05 PM

Grabbed my second guitar at TrUS over lunch. Easter should be a blast at my folks. Gonna throw a guitar on each of them and then videotape them playing. smile

In buying a 2nd guitar, did you have to buy a whole game again?
14381  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2 first-party Wii titles "Indefinitely postponed" on: April 04, 2007, 03:38:02 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on April 04, 2007, 12:54:12 PM

Okay, I just listened to's Wii-k in review podcast, and they just said that Hammer and Disaster are both still coming. The Podcast was from 4-2-07, and to be honest IGN is plugged in a lot higher than a smaller site. I do think it is weird that they aren't listed on their site, but several other games aren't on the site as well, like Battalion Wars 2, hell even Super Mario Strikers Soccer Charged isn't on there, and it's coming out in Europe in MAY with a fairly decent online mode.

Of course if you go check the link again you will see that it was an April Fool's joke....

Which part was the "joke," the podcast or the news article that the titles are indefinitely postponed?
14382  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 04, 2007, 03:35:19 PM

Quote from: shon on April 04, 2007, 02:57:35 PM

Played mine last night and my whammy bar is messing up.  Sometimes it registers other times it doesn't so hopefully I can return it and get another one.

Apparently, there are two manufacturers for the guitar, and one of them messed up the whammy bar:
14383  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2] GH: I can't play "Heart Shaped Box" on: April 04, 2007, 03:29:49 PM
Hey, unbreakable, don't let these guys rib you too hard about HSB being "the easiest song in the game...I had to reprogram the game to add notes and put on a blindfold and play with the guitar on my back just to make that song challenging..."  I'm playing through easy, too.  I got the lowest score in the Midwest on HSB.  I played it a bunch of times and went from three stars to four then, finally five and the highest score for the level.

Here's a very well done tutorial, by the way:
14384  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3,000 Nerd Points on: April 02, 2007, 06:59:47 PM

Quote from: Brendan on April 02, 2007, 05:42:54 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 02, 2007, 05:39:49 PM

Oh yea...I forgot about that.  I guess I should get crackin eh?

That depends entirely on a couple of factors:

1.  Whether you'll want to use the Old Spice logo for your gamertag
2.  Whether you already own Contra
3.  Whether you want 100 or 200 gamerpoints.

I think that the "experience level" you gain is cumulative across future challenges, so I suppose that might be useful eventually.

I think I'm eligible for a free copy of Fusion Frenzy II, as well.
14385  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Arcade Title this week? on: April 02, 2007, 04:54:53 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 02, 2007, 04:45:55 PM

i havent heard of this,but it looks a lot like zuma in some shots
I always get it confused with Zuma, in fact.  It's a pretty good game.

Quote from: Farscry on April 02, 2007, 04:49:33 PM

Where's my Catan?!


I'm with you, Farscry.
14386  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 02, 2007, 04:51:21 PM
Haas anyone seen extra controllers available?  I don't see any online.  I got the game for my birthday!  Though that means I won't have it in hand tomorrow, sadly, it does mean there will be little problem picking up a second controller.  If only I could...
14387  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3,000 Nerd Points on: April 02, 2007, 04:34:05 PM

Quote from: gilgamex on April 02, 2007, 03:32:44 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 02, 2007, 03:23:44 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 02, 2007, 03:22:47 PM

Quote from: gilgamex on April 02, 2007, 02:38:39 PM

Ninety Nine Nights: I have played quite a bit and have yet to get a single point. frown
I've beaten the game and only have 500. Killing the hidden boss *with Innfyy no less* was too much. That got traded. Still have the savegame, one day I might clean that up.

*shudder*  I couldn't stand that game...not even a lil bit.

I actually kind of like 99 Nights, but I got it for $20 and play it in bursts...
Yeah... not the best game. Hey! This is probably why I have 0 points for it. Oh well I got it used on the cheap.
14388  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2 first-party Wii titles "Indefinitely postponed" on: April 02, 2007, 03:39:17 PM
Disaster never had any footage of gameplay that gave me any idea what the game was going to be like, but there was something about all that HAMMER swinging that looked cool, even though I wondered if your wrist would get dizzy.
14389  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Virtual Console Games for 4/2 on: April 02, 2007, 03:35:07 PM

Quote from: Destructor on April 02, 2007, 02:13:08 PM

Dragon's Curse...never owned a TG16, so I have no idea what it's like. Any thoughts?

The virtual console archive says it's worth downloading, giving it four stars and saying:
...the execution is near-faultless. The level design is genius...
14390  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3,000 Nerd Points on: April 02, 2007, 03:30:16 PM

Quote from: Farscry on April 02, 2007, 02:25:58 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 02, 2007, 02:23:36 PM

I'll jump through some hoops, but only the ones who are reasonably close to my gaming agenda.

Now why can't I be concise like that? That's basically what I meant to say. icon_biggrin

That really did hit the nail on the head for me, too, except with this recent Old Spice campaign.  I completely bought into it (got my 1500 points pretty quickly, too).  That drove me into an addiction for Crackdown, and I bought a few games that I never would have normally, just for a couple of easy achievements, which was probably the whole point (FNR3, which never actually got me any...I couldn't get through it, and Superman Returns, ugh).  Even before that, though, I would shoot for an achievement if it looked like something I could get without throwing the controller against the wall.

I also find that I'm not as interested in games on other consoles without them, sometimes.
14391  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/2) on: April 02, 2007, 03:23:39 PM
I got GH2 for my birthday! From friends, no less.  That's awesome, but now I have to wait until it arrives and then until they can get it to my wife who can finally bring it home from NYC after work when she doesn't forget it...I'll be lucky to get it by summer.

I will be picking up a second guitar, though.  Even though I'm going to be royally pissed when the wireless versions come out.  Come on MS, if there was any game that you should have given a pass to a wireless controller, this is the one.

I'm also waiting on reviews for the two DS games, but Chocobo is looking likely to me (I feel like Cake Mania is not enough of a game for a full release, but it is addictive).

I've been looking forward to the PoP on Wii game, but I am a little hesitant.  Never played it on Xbox, so I was hoping this game would really nail the controls.
14392  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console games are for stories on: March 30, 2007, 07:49:53 PM

Quote from: Farscry on March 30, 2007, 06:46:33 PM

A great story is the number one thing that can pull me into any game, pc or console.

However, gameplay itself can overcome anything else. Take God of War, for instance. The story doesn't appeal to me at all. But the gameplay is awesome.

My favorite console games of all time, other than rpg's, have barely any story to speak of, though what little there was, was typically done well. It was the gameplay, though, that really made them stellar: Super Metroid, Zelda: A Link to the Past, Banjo-Kazooie, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 1 and 2 (crappy story, fun dungeon romp), Resident Evil 2 & 4, and many more. I'm not even including the obvious ones like sports games, racing games, and puzzle games. icon_biggrin

See, now, almost every one of the games you listed at the end, I would say had compelling stories as well as great gameplay.  Sands of Time is one in particular that I remember more for the story (especially the ending) than the great gameplay (though it had both).  I can enjoy most games on any level, but it's almost always the ones with great stories that I remember long after the fact (KOTOR 1 being the finest example, I think).  Most games don't deliver astounding stories like that, but I'm not asking them to.  Just give me a good enough story to take me through to the end.  If you go above and beyond, that's the one that'll stay with me.

I hear people who gripe about not being able to skip cutscenes, but unless it's right before a section that you have to keep replaying, I've never understood that.  Maybe we're wired differently, I don't know, but I usually do prefer some attempt at a story in my games.
14393  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kororinpa: Marble Madness on: March 30, 2007, 06:14:03 PM
You know, I had to stop for a while once my 360 came back.  I got a little ways into the second world (Candyland) and played some of the special unlocked levels.  It really still controls like a dream.  The graphics are not quite as dazzling as first impressions led me to believe, but still good.  I'm finding that, given the amount of time I've spent on each level so far trying to find the hidden gem and then trying to get at least a silver cup, I'll have no problem with the length of the game.  Some of the design choices are pretty great.  They know when to have walls and when not to.  The magnetic strips that run you from one section to another are simple and cool.  I like the elevators, even (something that would sometimes drive me crazy in the XBLA marble game...what was it called...Marble Blast Ultra).  There's just something about this game that works.  If you find it for $30, it'd be a good pickup, I think.
14394  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA IV Countdown on: March 30, 2007, 06:08:12 PM

Quote from: CrayolaSmoker on March 30, 2007, 03:24:20 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on March 30, 2007, 06:24:25 AM

so,whos up on foriegn languages?...what accent was that?...russian?...they all sound the same to me when foriegn people speak english

Russian. Or, at the very least, Eastern Bloc. Appears we'll be dealing with the Russian Mob this time around.

Interesting, I took it as Middle Eastern, but Russian mob would certainly be less controversial.  Rockstar's not known for their controversy...
14395  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next Week on XBLA - Jetpack Refueled [56k warning] on: March 28, 2007, 05:28:02 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 28, 2007, 04:04:10 PM

The video led me to believe it's very much like the arcade game with PGR2... forget the name, and I own it. Tongue I rarely play any arcade games except SOTN.

Geometry Wars. 

It's actually not like Geometry Wars or its 360 sequel.  I thought it would be, too.  You use the A button to fire.  The right trigger uses the jetpack.  Not sure what, if anything the other buttons do.  Oh, and it seems that on each level you try to build and/or get enough fuel for a rocket to take you to the next stage.
14396  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next Week on XBLA - Jetpack Refueled [56k warning] on: March 28, 2007, 03:40:48 PM
Anyone get this yet?  I tried it today, but I'm still on the fence about it.
14397  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles is Out! on: March 28, 2007, 03:39:53 PM
Here's a slightly spoilery question:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Which door did you choose?
14398  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles is Out! on: March 28, 2007, 02:07:09 PM
It worked after Live came back up.  Whew.
14399  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles is Out! on: March 27, 2007, 08:39:34 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 27, 2007, 08:23:16 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 27, 2007, 07:46:55 PM

I got my 360 back from MS repair yesterday and downloaded SI.  Went to play today and the thing locks up while loading downloaded content.  Do I need the patch to play?  I didn't get a chance to try load the game last night.  Could that be the problem?

I thought you couldn't play the expansion without the patch (maybe on the PC version only?). I'd try that.

I did try.  And the game locks up.  Looks like I'll have to re-download if it's not associated with the patch.
14400  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MOH: Vanguard Review IGN on: March 27, 2007, 08:38:27 PM
By the way, I picked this up today and I'm enjoying it quite a bit.  The graphics are very nice, for a Wii game.  The control is good, but there are too many things mapped to the nunchuck.  I found myself about facing every time I wanted to reload or duck.  I'm going to use the buttons for those two functions, I think that'll help. 

There is replay involved, by the way, in the sense that each level and campaign has medals associated with it.  You'll probably wind up replaying a level to get all of the medals (if you're that type of person).  That said, I blew through the first campaign in under an hour.  And there are, IIRC, five campaigns.  Now, the first one only had two missions.  I'm sure there'll be more in future campaigns.

I've been looking for a good FPS on Wii.  This seems to fit the bill.  Nothing extraordinary, but good and satisfying.  If you liked Red Steel (which I enjoyed for a while, but now find it to be a chore), you'll definitely enjoy this.  It's better in all respects.
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