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14361  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] New Smash Brothers info? on: May 16, 2007, 03:40:42 AM

Quote from: Destructor on May 16, 2007, 03:27:03 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 16, 2007, 03:18:33 AM

puke

Tingle is much, much worse than that. Try about 10 of the pukey guys and it'll be a start. smile

Or, CeeKay, just look at your avatar picture once.
14362  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider Anniversary announced for the Wii on: May 15, 2007, 11:08:20 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on May 15, 2007, 02:51:36 AM

http://wii.ign.com/articles/788/788338p1.html

Well, I was going to get the re-envisioning on the PS2, but I'll wait for the Wii version now so I can get some comparisons with the controls. Hopefully, doubtfully though, they will make the engine run even better on the Wii.

Some notes from the interview, Eidos was late getting the dev kits ( which probably is why we are getting announcements later than we'd like ) . Also acknowledge that this is another PS2 port, but it could still be a pretty cool thing with the wii-controls.

I hope they give us an option to play with standard controls.  And that the graphics are at least as good as the PS2, and, hopefully, better.
14363  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Prince of Persia Classic this summer! on: May 15, 2007, 11:01:45 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 15, 2007, 10:21:54 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 15, 2007, 10:13:30 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 15, 2007, 10:05:54 PM

Check out this little video of the game in action.  It looks like it plays close to the old games and is very fluidly animated.  Looking forward to this one!

Wow, that looks incredible.  I love when gaming surprises like this come out of nowhere!

I need to talk to Ubisoft to see what I'm allowed to say.  Let's just say that these few screenshots don't tell the whole tale of what has been rebuilt...

Some site (I don't remember who) already spilled that they've added some levels and weapons.  Maybe there's more?  (Maybe even...gasp...multiplayer??)

When I first heard they were releasing PoP on XBLA, I reluctantly said I would pass.  Much as I love the game, I've played it enough.  I certainly don't need to buy it again.  Or at least, I didn't.  That theory just went the hell out the window.  Damn, that looks amazing.
14364  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good deal? on: May 13, 2007, 05:10:55 PM
I find that 10 games = $300 off, but a whole console and 3 games is only $100 off to be a little bizarre.  Are you sure that's right?
14365  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Blacksite: Area 51 demo up on: May 12, 2007, 04:12:36 AM
I played this tonight.  It's very short.  Way too short.  None the less, I'm pretty impressed.  Those Unreal 3 graphics are looking pretty damn good.  I like the simplified Rainbow 6-esque squad control.  I wish the weapons felt like they were doing a little more damage.  The aliens don't seem to react to getting hit much until they fall down.  The variety of bad guys is pretty great, though.
Spoiler for Hiden:
It took me a while to figure out that the aliens on the other side of the highway were well-armored up top and needed to be hit in the legs. Also, when the one at the beginning fell and part of him kept coming...it's not like it hasn't been done before, but it was done effectively.  I was surprised.
  The ending was impressive, too.  I certainly wanted to see what happens next.  I enjoyed the last game and the arcade game at the time.  This is nothing like either of them.  This game has grown up.
14366  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: C&C 3 360 Impressions Thread. on: May 11, 2007, 02:38:23 PM
I've played training and the first two missions.  It's really very fun.  And the control scheme does not take long to become intuitive.  Plus, I've already secured the Pentagon.
14367  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Condemned 2 announced on: May 11, 2007, 03:09:59 AM
Condemned may have been the best launch game for the 360.  It really was phenomenal for a new franchise.
14368  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Simpsons New Game on: May 10, 2007, 03:10:21 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 10, 2007, 02:18:51 PM

Is this going to be the movie tie-in game?  If so I'd approach it warily, especially after Spiderman 3.

Apparently, it is not a movie tie-in. 
14369  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Crackdown content this week... on: May 10, 2007, 03:08:44 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 10, 2007, 03:04:41 PM

And BTW - the content goes live TODAY. Here's just a brief bit from the PR:

Quote
For 800 Microsoft® Points, Agents can also access the full “Crackdown” armory, which includes three unique vehicles, four new devastating weapons, co-op game types, an Agent “cloaking device” and an added dynamic street-racing mode.

biggrin

How much will this add, single player-wise?
14370  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: May 10, 2007, 03:35:27 AM

Quote from: shaggydoug on May 09, 2007, 10:30:09 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 09, 2007, 04:09:53 PM

Quote from: shaggydoug on May 09, 2007, 05:51:52 AM


Wife is a non-gamer.
She complains about amount of time I spend playing on the 360.
She got annoyed when I talked about GH2 weeks before it came out.
She got annoyed again when I showed up at home with GH2 the night it came out.
She got even more annoyed when I told her how much it cost.
She saw me playing GH2 within 30 minutes of getting home and was rolling her eyes at the nerd pretending to be a rock star.

I forced her to play GH2.   She's naturally better than I am.   She loves playing the game.   She can't stop.  We've had company at the house and she's pulled out the game to have them play.  She'd prefer to spend Mother's Day at our house so we could play the game.  She even got her Dad (an accomplished musician) to play it.

Ordered 2nd Guitar last week to get my playing time in.  Played Co-op tonight with her.   It's going to be a nightly event.  It's the first video game we ever actually played together where we aren't competing against each other. 

In the immortal words of Captain & Tenille....GH2 will keep us together.

- shaggy

I would love to keep it together with my wife, too.

Where did you get the 2nd guitar, Shaggy?

http://www.redoctane.com/guitarhero2x-explorer.html

Thank you.  Now if only it arrives in time for a get together this weekend.
14371  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: May 09, 2007, 04:09:53 PM

Quote from: shaggydoug on May 09, 2007, 05:51:52 AM


Wife is a non-gamer.
She complains about amount of time I spend playing on the 360.
She got annoyed when I talked about GH2 weeks before it came out.
She got annoyed again when I showed up at home with GH2 the night it came out.
She got even more annoyed when I told her how much it cost.
She saw me playing GH2 within 30 minutes of getting home and was rolling her eyes at the nerd pretending to be a rock star.

I forced her to play GH2.   She's naturally better than I am.   She loves playing the game.   She can't stop.  We've had company at the house and she's pulled out the game to have them play.  She'd prefer to spend Mother's Day at our house so we could play the game.  She even got her Dad (an accomplished musician) to play it.

Ordered 2nd Guitar last week to get my playing time in.  Played Co-op tonight with her.   It's going to be a nightly event.  It's the first video game we ever actually played together where we aren't competing against each other. 

In the immortal words of Captain & Tenille....GH2 will keep us together.

- shaggy

I would love to keep it together with my wife, too.

Where did you get the 2nd guitar, Shaggy?
14372  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: what time is the 360 dashboard update? on: May 09, 2007, 02:49:42 AM
2AM PST.  So, for most of us, it'll be up tomorrow morning.

Here's a link:  http://www.evilavatar.com/forums/showthread.php?t=29617&
14373  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: May 08, 2007, 10:36:21 PM

Quote from: Jancelot on May 08, 2007, 10:19:05 PM

From the GH forums (stolen from QT3 and cross-posted on OO):

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So, the latest shipments to hit stores are in new, better boxes with a printed two-piece box with a top lid that lifts off rather than the first shipment one with a plain white box that slid out of the printed cover.

Also, I definitely noticed a big difference in the buttons. The first wave guitars I have have buttons that feel stiff with less play that click loudly. I had to return a couple of these because of the buttons sticking. They still tend to get caught or stick if I press them near the edges. A guitar from the new boxes I tried has buttons that don't stick no matter from what position/angle I hit them from and are more '"spongy" with more play and much quieter.

So, pretty frustrating that a lot of customers are stuck with crappy first-run guitars, especially those who bought them directly from RedOctane whose customer service is abominable/nonexistent and refuse to admit they have issues.

No way I'm ordering direct again.

Anyone else have thoughts on the second-run guitars?

I'm still waiting for a second non-bundle guitar.
14374  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Exclusives for the 360 / PS3 question: on: May 07, 2007, 10:08:41 PM
I could have sworn LA Noir was coming to the 360 too.
14375  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] I'm so pumped for Discs of Tron! on: May 07, 2007, 02:57:16 PM
Discs of Tron (which, for some reason, we always jokingly called Discus Tron) is one of my all-time favorite arcade titles.  I hope they enhance the graphics, though.

Any idea when we'll see this?

Dahdahdahduh-dahdahdah-dahdahdahduh
14376  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/7) on: May 07, 2007, 02:52:17 PM
C&C 3 nearly for sure, unless I see bad reviews before I get a chance to buy it. 

Driver '76 is a maybe.

Anyone know what's on XBLA or Wii VC this week?
14377  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii]Dragon Quest Swords box art on: May 07, 2007, 12:07:33 AM
Ours won't look anything near that great, I'm sure.
14378  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heatseeker Wii on: May 04, 2007, 02:46:03 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 04, 2007, 07:32:14 AM

I swa this but figured it would be better after a few price drops.  Do you hold the Wii mote like a flight stick?

No, just like a controller.  The controls are really smooth, though.
14379  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]double dragon next wednesday on: May 04, 2007, 02:45:27 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 04, 2007, 07:33:27 AM

For some reason I thought DD was already out on Live.  Was it supposed to be released and then delayed?

That's exactly what happened.
14380  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii]Mission Impossible to hit Wii shop channel on: May 04, 2007, 05:45:38 AM
I'm running low on space already, too.  I bought a big SD card, so I could put a bunch of VC games from there.  Unfortunately, the SD card only works for music and pics.  You can store games there, but you can't play them.  Then you have to restore them if you want to play again.  Eventually, I'm sure I'll have to do this, but it sure is frustrating to have all this space and not be able to use it.  Also, what happens if I fill up the pages of Channels?  I was hoping to have a sub-channel called "VC Games" or something, but no luck.
14381  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heatseeker Wii on: May 03, 2007, 08:55:33 PM

Quote from: kronovan on May 03, 2007, 08:38:29 PM

Good review Bullwinkle. I'll likely be picking this up when it price drops or when I can get a pre-owned copy at a decent price. I haven't read any of the reviews yet, but could you quickly comment on whether it supports any multiplay?

There does not appear to be any multiplayer.
14382  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Splinter Cell: Conviction on: May 03, 2007, 05:44:08 PM
I loved every single Splinter Cell, right up until Double Agent.  I didn't like the things you guys mentioned, but more, it took Sam Fisher away from what made him cool.  It wasn't a bad game, really, it just didn't come close to hooking me like the others did.
14383  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360 + PS3]LucasArts 'Fracture' on: May 03, 2007, 05:41:44 PM

Quote from: Ridah on May 03, 2007, 05:36:49 PM

I just saw the movie Fracture last night, so I keep thinking this is a game based off the movie, hehe.

As far as the game goes, Red Faction did this one the PS2 over five years ago. I absolutely love how developers try to take old features, add some new bells and whistles, and call it something new and exciting.

Red Faction was more about destructable environments.  The kind of terraforming they're doing has been around forever, yes, but they're doing new things with it.
14384  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Heatseeker Wii on: May 03, 2007, 03:47:17 PM
Gamespot and IGN came down pretty hard on Heatseeker (5.4 and 5.5), but other sites seemed to like it.  I picked it up for the Wii and played the first set of missions.  It's pretty fun. 

Control is great, but it takes just a little while to get used to it (every once in a while, I want to pull up with the nunchuck, but that controls your speed). 

I've only played the arcade setting, and it's fast and furious, but a little on the easy side, as far as targeting and firing goes.  The challenge comes in getting to the incoming bandits before they can take out something at the base. 

There are a ton of things to unlock, it seems, and not just videos.  Better planes and weapons, too.

The missions are on the long side, and a lot of them seemed to be of the "Here comes another wave, take 'em out" variety, but there's something very entertaining about doing just that.  It's kind of like the waves of enemies in Earth Defense Force, but not as manic or overwhelming.

The graphics seem to be a big complaint for the reviewers.  They've been called PS2 launch-era quality.  That's ridiculous.  It's not a 360 or PS3 game, for sure, but it's not that bad.  The graphics are better than a lot of the 1st round of Wii games, but clearly not as good as they should be.  They are colorful, and there's a lot of pretty sunlight glaring going on, but some of the plane and ship details are turned down.

Anyway, all told, this game is probably not worth the $50 price tag, but when you see it for $30, give it a go.
14385  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360 + PS3]LucasArts 'Fracture' on: May 03, 2007, 03:29:04 PM
The video makes it look pretty damn cool: http://www.ggmania.com/?smsid=23641

I like the idea of using the terraforming to get to new areas.  As long as it's not all linear choices.

I wish the vid showed someone using terraforming on you.  I'd like to see how that works.

This is from the Mechassault guys, so color me interested.
14386  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: spider-man 3 reviews? on: May 03, 2007, 03:25:05 PM

Quote from: Scoop20906 on May 03, 2007, 02:57:05 PM

Thanks for the edit update metallicorphan.

2.5 times bigger? That map before was pretty damn big and it would take a long time to get across the city (although just webbing around was worth the price of the game alone).

But, the side quests absolutely sucked with all the dumb gangs and I lost interest quickly.

Did anyone enjoy the numerous races in Spiderman 2? I found them way too hard.

Too hard and frustrating.  I quickly stopped doing the races.
14387  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: May 02, 2007, 09:06:33 PM
This is how I feel every time:

14388  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?? on: May 01, 2007, 02:42:16 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 01, 2007, 02:21:56 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 30, 2007, 02:35:47 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 30, 2007, 03:22:19 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 29, 2007, 04:48:59 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on April 29, 2007, 04:03:42 AM

Quote from: wonton on April 28, 2007, 10:34:26 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 28, 2007, 09:44:59 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 25, 2007, 07:20:48 PM

I think it's more likely that the Japanese as bad guys lead to a morally gray area that you don't get mowing down Nazis.


Howzat? They were every bit as evil and twisted as the nazis.

Yeah, I was pretty sure WWII era Japan had a terrible reputation, which is part of the reason they have bad relations with vietnam and china.  Not something I've ever studied so I'm willing to be wrong on that, but...

No, you're not wrong. The WWII museum in New Orleans has an entire section devoted to the Pacific theater and the sheer brutality of it, and massive atrocities committed, will have you in tears by the time you leave.

I think the moral grey area comes in with the atomic bomb thing.  And it's easy to separate modern Germans from Nazis.  The Japanese are still the Japanese.  It's a perception thing whether it's true or not. 



I guess the gray area is whether we should have dropped a few more on them. <cough>  Remember, war on civilians was an accepted tactic back then.

But I'm talking about the moral boundaries of the modern gamer looking back.

Also, I think people are hoping to sell some games in Japan...

Just make it a 360 exclusive then.  Problem solved  icon_twisted

LOL
14389  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Triple Shot this week - Catan, Millipede, and Centipede [56k] on: April 30, 2007, 05:40:40 PM
CATAN!!!
14390  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/30) on: April 30, 2007, 05:37:31 PM
I'll also be doing Mystical Ninja and CATAN!!
14391  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?? on: April 30, 2007, 02:35:47 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 30, 2007, 03:22:19 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 29, 2007, 04:48:59 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on April 29, 2007, 04:03:42 AM

Quote from: wonton on April 28, 2007, 10:34:26 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 28, 2007, 09:44:59 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 25, 2007, 07:20:48 PM

I think it's more likely that the Japanese as bad guys lead to a morally gray area that you don't get mowing down Nazis.


Howzat? They were every bit as evil and twisted as the nazis.

Yeah, I was pretty sure WWII era Japan had a terrible reputation, which is part of the reason they have bad relations with vietnam and china.  Not something I've ever studied so I'm willing to be wrong on that, but...

No, you're not wrong. The WWII museum in New Orleans has an entire section devoted to the Pacific theater and the sheer brutality of it, and massive atrocities committed, will have you in tears by the time you leave.

I think the moral grey area comes in with the atomic bomb thing.  And it's easy to separate modern Germans from Nazis.  The Japanese are still the Japanese.  It's a perception thing whether it's true or not. 



I guess the gray area is whether we should have dropped a few more on them. <cough>  Remember, war on civilians was an accepted tactic back then.

But I'm talking about the moral boundaries of the modern gamer looking back.

Also, I think people are hoping to sell some games in Japan...
14392  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/30) on: April 30, 2007, 02:34:21 PM
I echo the SM3 thoughts, but if the Wii version is different enough from the 360 version, I may pick up both.  Different content-wise, not just controls.  I think I'll be getting Heatseeker for the Wii as well.
14393  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?? on: April 29, 2007, 04:48:59 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on April 29, 2007, 04:03:42 AM

Quote from: wonton on April 28, 2007, 10:34:26 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 28, 2007, 09:44:59 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 25, 2007, 07:20:48 PM

I think it's more likely that the Japanese as bad guys lead to a morally gray area that you don't get mowing down Nazis.


Howzat? They were every bit as evil and twisted as the nazis.

Yeah, I was pretty sure WWII era Japan had a terrible reputation, which is part of the reason they have bad relations with vietnam and china.  Not something I've ever studied so I'm willing to be wrong on that, but...

No, you're not wrong. The WWII museum in New Orleans has an entire section devoted to the Pacific theater and the sheer brutality of it, and massive atrocities committed, will have you in tears by the time you leave.

I think the moral grey area comes in with the atomic bomb thing.  And it's easy to separate modern Germans from Nazis.  The Japanese are still the Japanese.  It's a perception thing whether it's true or not. 

14394  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] New, FANTASTIC Phantom Hourglass pics on: April 28, 2007, 02:17:21 AM

Quote from: Farscry on April 28, 2007, 01:50:21 AM

I simply can't see how someone can look at the same shots I just looked at and rip on them. icon_eek I think they look great. Would higher-res textures, a deeper polycount, and a higher resolution setting look better? Sure! Why wouldn't it? But I don't see how those shots look bad.

Wild how much perspectives and tastes vary from person to person.

Agreed.  I'm beyond impressed and excited by these.  It's like being mad that it's not as good as what's on the 360.
14395  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: By Request! Zelda Impressions! on: April 27, 2007, 02:20:38 PM
I got the spinner and suddenly I'm into it.  Much further into the game than I would have liked, though.
14396  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC] MAJOR bug in Oblivion: Shivering Isles! on: April 27, 2007, 02:19:50 PM
Apparently, the patch is coming Monday!

http://www.gametab.com/news/887642/

A little late for me, but I'll take it.
14397  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wiikly Update (April 23rd Edition) on: April 27, 2007, 02:18:37 PM
Always loved Mighty Bomb Jack, but I'm not sure how the SNES version played.
14398  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Double Shot this Week - EETS and Pinball FX [56k] on: April 26, 2007, 10:40:58 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 26, 2007, 09:03:49 PM

I tried out the demo of Pinball FX (only get the Speed Machine table) and I thought it was pretty good but to me it seemed as if the ball was playing just a little bit too fast or something.  Nobody else mentioned that, am I the only one who thought this?  I also like the old school spring loaded ball launchers, not the "hit a button and blast at full speed" kind. 

Agree on both points.  The ball does zoom to fast and I wish there was a SLOW option somewhere.  Most pinball sims have this.  It may affect gamerscore or something, who knows, but I have a hell of a time hitting the upper flipper in time.

Also, spring load is the way to go, but they do seem to be a thing of the past.

I read the Gamespot review, which wasn't especially favorable.  One of the gripes they seem to have is with wonky physics and not very believable ball movement.  I think they're crazy to the point that I wonder if they're playing an earlier build or something.  I really think the designers nailed the ball.  It has spin, the speed seems to match how it's hit (I wish it moved a little more slowly, or that I could hit with a little more power sometimes, but it doesn't seem unrealistic at all), the graphics on the ball are sharp and help gameplay with feedback on speed.  Really, what are they talking about.

I wish the nudging had a little more finesse as well.

The graphics are bland yet confusing on the tables.  That's probably my biggest gripe.  Overall, I'm very happy with it and look forward to more tables.

14399  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC] MAJOR bug in Oblivion: Shivering Isles! on: April 26, 2007, 10:34:17 PM

Quote from: Destructor on April 26, 2007, 09:44:24 PM

Quote from: Farscry on April 26, 2007, 08:20:16 PM

I haven't touched Oblivion since this news came out. Call me overly cautious, but I'd rather not risk all the hours I've put in on my character. icon_frown

Well, all you need to do is keep a save handy before you load in SI. Then, no matter what happens, you'll have a save to back up to.

Yeah, but I don't want to get 30 - 50 hours into Shivering Isles and find out I have to do it over if I want a playable world. 

I'm not playing until they fix this issue, and that sucks.
14400  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Microsoft is losing money on: April 26, 2007, 10:33:00 PM
I kind of think this shows they're in it for the long haul.  The overspending was about trying to beat Sony to the marketplace, but not have a vastly inferior console by the time PS3 hit (which I think they've succeeded in doing, for the most part), then maintaining that foothold with enough good games.  It's about shifting the perception in the marketplace.  It's debatable if they're accomplishing that shift, but everything Sony is doing has helped them icon_wink.

Of course, when you add Japan to the mix, it's more of an uphill battle, but it's still doable.  Not likely, necessarily, but possible.
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