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14441  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Carnival Games on: August 29, 2007, 03:06:30 AM
I'm interested, but I have vague memories of negative previews and/or reviews of a Japanese version.  Although I may be confusing it with another game.
14442  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blue Dragon Getting Some Poor Reviews on: August 28, 2007, 09:24:05 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 28, 2007, 09:00:23 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on August 28, 2007, 07:58:57 PM

I'm pretty sure that Aeris just giggles at me and makes empty wallet noises at me when I get the call.

What exactly is an empty wallet noise anyway?  Tongue

The flutter of moth wings.
14443  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLM]Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 08 demo now up on: August 28, 2007, 08:38:54 PM

Quote from: Calvin on August 28, 2007, 07:22:45 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 28, 2007, 05:36:23 PM

The demo was a little too short, IMO.  3 holes.  Though I may have missed something with their self-ballyhooed online thingie.

Not much improved over last years, big surprise.

I've heard there are major freezing issues with the retail version, though, so I'll be passing for now.  That and I just picked it up for Wii.

Hmm TML has it early and I don't think its crashed on him yet-and he loves it! I am out to get it today!

Well, in fairness, where I heard that is on the GameFAQs/Gamespot message boards.  Usually, I don't give that much credibility, but there were a few people having the problem, so...
14444  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLM]Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 08 demo now up on: August 28, 2007, 05:36:23 PM
The demo was a little too short, IMO.  3 holes.  Though I may have missed something with their self-ballyhooed online thingie.

Not much improved over last years, big surprise.

I've heard there are major freezing issues with the retail version, though, so I'll be passing for now.  That and I just picked it up for Wii.
14445  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blue Dragon Getting Some Poor Reviews on: August 28, 2007, 02:33:44 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 28, 2007, 02:11:26 PM

hey the 20 year old has bouncing that good enough for you?

Well, Starshifter?
14446  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Metroid: Where are the Reviews? on: August 28, 2007, 05:05:32 AM

Quote from: Ridah on August 28, 2007, 04:48:00 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 28, 2007, 03:08:13 AM

Gamespot's got in in for the Wii.

I don't think that's the case, it always seems like IGN falls in love with every high-profile release. This game is like the only Wii game that doesn't look like crud, however, so I will give it credit there. Do you think IGN scored the game's graphics 9.5 relative to the rest of the Wii's library, or relative to what's on the 360? Cause compared to GoW and Bioshock, it looks pretty bad.

"While Corruption features more variety than any of its predecessors, it's not the design revolution that the original game was."

I certainly never felt like the original was a design revolution, so I'm betting if you didn't love the first two you won't find the third one inviting. Sorry, I'm not trying to shit on the game, if I owned a Wii I would most definately purchase it just to try out the control scheme.

The Gamespot reviewers couldn't even be bothered to get off the couch to play Wii Sports in a well-known video.  On average, it seems their reviews have been lower on Wii games than other sites.  I'm not trying to be a Metroid fanboy, and maybe all the other sites are turning into Wii fanboys, but it's just something I've noticed.
14447  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Metroid: Where are the Reviews? on: August 28, 2007, 03:08:13 AM
Gamespot's got in in for the Wii.
14448  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]medal of honor airborne demo up now on: August 28, 2007, 03:05:24 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 28, 2007, 02:41:47 AM

i am all for a WWII game where you get to a choice on which side to play...sure if you are a German you have to wear tight pants and lose..but hey,its a different angle to an overused game theme

but again,as much as i love my WWII games,i would of liked to see infinity wards or EA go to WWI or make a next gen vietnam the last gen xbox vietnam games the soundtracks and prostitutes could be even better this time!! icon_twisted

There was that big rush of Vietnam games not too long back, but nobody really seemed interested. 

I could get behind a WWI game, but I think the issue may be with the weaponry and the idea of trench warfare, video game-wise.  WWII is like the sweet spot of weapons and time period and perfect villains.
14449  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Brave Story...A Wonderful PSP RPG Nobody Ever Played on: August 27, 2007, 09:42:01 PM
On this title: you've made the game sound like a lost forgotten classic.  Didn't it come out less than a month ago?  .
14450  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where are my Virtual Console releases? [8/27] on: August 27, 2007, 04:09:41 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 27, 2007, 04:08:02 PM

maybe they ran out of games.

14451  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Where are my Virtual Console releases? [8/27] on: August 27, 2007, 04:04:13 PM
Hey, aren't there usually VC releases by now in the US?  What's up?

EDIT: Never mind, I just checked my Wii instead of relying on the intrawebs.

Super C
Ghouls n' Ghosts
Breath of Fire II

Not too shabby.

14452  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]medal of honor airborne demo up now on: August 27, 2007, 03:49:51 PM
Still can't get me enough of good WWII shooters.  This one seems very polished (unlike Hour of Victory).  I'm IN.
14453  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Metroid: Where are the Reviews? on: August 27, 2007, 03:46:11 PM
I never played Super Metroid, and I have to say it is one of the best downloads I've ever done on VC (and I've done way too many...I'm out of space).  It's worth the measly points they're asking. 
14454  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Brave Story...A Wonderful PSP RPG Nobody Ever Played on: August 27, 2007, 03:42:50 PM,21479.0.html
14455  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/27) on: August 27, 2007, 03:02:47 PM
Metroid Prime 3, without question.

Blue Dragon, with question.

Stuntman: Ignition is a go, too.

I'm waiting on Tiger reviews.  I've bought it too many times in the past only to never play it.  Also, I'm waiting to see if the Wii version is worth anything.

Dead Head Fred is going to wait on reviews, too, but that's looking good.
14456  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Metroid: Where are the Reviews? on: August 27, 2007, 03:00:16 PM
Man, that GameTrailers review is just chock-full of hyperbole!  Everything they talked about as improvements in the series are exactly the things I'm excited about, though.  Maybe the hyperbole really does apply!  OMG, I'm buying into the hype entirely, and I love it!
14457  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect -- Not Soon Enough on: August 27, 2007, 04:06:55 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on August 26, 2007, 07:52:51 PM

All that convo was a tad soul-less, I thought.  I remember hearing about how dynamic the faces/voice-acting would be, but I was bored listening to it.  Just felt like it was a few pretty "shells" randomly speaking.

Someone else seemed to have felt the same way:
14458  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]medal of honor airborne demo up now on: August 26, 2007, 11:03:09 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on August 26, 2007, 06:59:11 PM

Are you remembering to flare the chute just before you land?  It takes a bit of practice to learn when you need to flare so you land properly.  You have to press (and hold I think) the 'A' button to flare.

No.  I had no idea you had to do that.  Thanks.  I figured there was something like that.  Did that come up in text or something?  I don't remember seeing the info, though I'm sure I missed it.
14459  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stuntman: Ignition! on: August 26, 2007, 04:18:24 PM
The place it's too friggin expensive.
14460  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]medal of honor airborne demo up now on: August 26, 2007, 04:17:29 PM
I missed every jump I did.  Even though I thought I'd hit the mark for most of them.  Is there something I'm supposed to be doing that I'm not when landing? 
14461  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stuntman: Ignition! on: August 24, 2007, 11:55:48 PM

Quote from: mikeg on August 24, 2007, 10:59:31 PM

Psyched as well, but having just gotten Bio and Halo 3 in exactly one month, I am waiting.  Never ceases to amaze me how people buy games EVERY week.  Hell, there just too friggin expensive.  But yeah, I am excited about it and can't wait to give every level a whirl.

14462  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Space Giraffe on: August 24, 2007, 02:19:26 PM
Gamespot liked it with a 7.5, saying:
Space Giraffe is an extremely weird and well-designed arcade game, but its unique brand of madness isn't for everyone.
The Good   
Unique and compelling audiovisual style   Interesting rule set that, thankfully, becomes totally logical as you start to figure it out   Interesting level design makes you want to keep playing until you've seen all 100.
The Bad
Occasionally almost totally impossible to figure out what the heck is happening.

I bought it, and I find it enjoyable, if a little overwhelming at times.  One key strategy point, though.  You rack up insanely more points by "bulling" the enemies.  Apparently, the game is meant to be played by staying relatively motion free and then jumping to enter power mode and slamming a bunch of them off the side.

Also, the right stick does control fire movement.  Something I didn't know at first.
14463  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: UFO - Haiti on: August 24, 2007, 02:13:13 PM

Quote from: jimmyorr99 on August 24, 2007, 01:41:26 PM

And yeah, you'd definitely see this all over Fox News or something.

Only if they agreed to support Bush first.
14464  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Bioshock on: August 23, 2007, 08:12:18 PM
I'm finding the Big Daddies to be a little too much of a bitch, too, Stitch.  I do enjoy scoping the area to find the best way to take one down, but part of that is using the existing enemies to your advantage, and so it turns into a lot of trial and error.  A little too much for my tastes.  I hate respawning, so I'll usually reload and fight the BD again.  After four or five attempts, I usually get him, but I blow all of my armor ammo, most of my electro-shotgun ammo and I'm usually down to about 4 health packs.  A couple more attempts will lower the health packs used, but that's all taking way too long.  I'm an old man, like Arclight.  I usually don't care about wimping out on easy, but I wanted to take my time with this game.  But it's taking me hours to finish a level, and that's going to keep me from plowing through it.

Does anyone know what achievements I'll be missing out on if I drop to easy?
14465  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds. anyone on board? on: August 23, 2007, 06:49:36 PM
Still no reviews out there.  It looks like it'll be here tomorrow, too.
14466  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1up reviews The Darkness (and assorted pleasantries...) on: August 23, 2007, 04:14:19 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 23, 2007, 04:21:54 AM

I haven't played it, but thought this demo review was damn funny.

Hah! I won't be able to think of those tendrils as anything but licourice twizzlers from now on.
14467  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wet on: August 23, 2007, 12:01:22 AM

Quote from: Misguided on August 22, 2007, 11:42:55 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 22, 2007, 02:46:29 AM

The best name they could come up with was "Wet"?  Christ, were they even trying?

bad...but still beats "Legend: The Box"

Yeah, now that is an awful title for what looks like an amazing game.
14468  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Space Giraffe on: August 23, 2007, 12:00:40 AM
So I was reading the review of Space Giraffe on Team Xbox.  They give the game a 4.3, but here's the thing: the guy goes on to talk about how confusing the game was for him.  How the tutorials talk about things that he just couldn't understand.  Yet he felt qualified to write the review?  Here it is, by the way:

I tried the demo, and even though graphically its a little odd and busy (not to mention sound-wise with the sheep bleating and all), I understood what I was supposed to do pretty clearly.  The giraffe-thing shoots constantly.  All you have to do is move it so that it shoots things that are coming up tracks a la Tempest.  If you keep it up, you get into Power Zone mode, which is marked by the words "Power Zone" on the screen.  When in this mode, you can bump enemies that have made it to your level and send them sailing off the board.  In firing, you'll sometimes see a power-up come down a track.  Pick it up, and you can jump with the A button.  You'll need to do this when "flowers" (the flowery bits on long lines that, again, are similar to those in Tempest) grow onto your level.  You can't bump those.  If you jump over them, the giraffe-thing can shoot them back down.  That's basically it.

In the review, the guy keeps saying things like, "Confused yet?"  He has a hard time getting past the idea that the giraffe doesn't look like a giraffe.  Would it be better if you had a realistic giraffe shooting flowers and abstract shapes down a series of tunnels?

I haven't decided if I'm buying the game yet.  For 400 points, it seems like it'll be odd, quirky fun.  I haven't really tried the game fully yet beyond the tutorial.  I just wanted to point out the idiocy of that review.
14469  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 2 !!!!!!!!!!!! on: August 22, 2007, 11:39:20 PM

Quote from: Ridah on August 22, 2007, 07:19:51 PM

From most of the screenshots I saw I was under the assumption that everything they are showing so far is either CGI or a FMV cutscene.

If it's like first one, and I assume it is, those are game engine cut scenes.  The first one was able to pull off some unbelievably impressive things, graphically, for the time.  Everything in that footage looks like next gen prettiness based on what they'd already done.
14470  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Blazing Angels 2 MP demo on: August 22, 2007, 11:36:59 PM
I wanted to like the first game, but the voiceovers and just kind of blahness kept me from buying it.  I was going to buy it used when it got cheap, but I remember hearing that there was a Blazing Angels 1.5 that was going to come with the sequel.  Has anyone heard anything about that?

I'm looking forward to trying this demo, though.  I thought there was room for a decent game in there.
14471  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: skate. on: August 22, 2007, 03:00:40 PM
I wouldn't call the controls complicated.  They use two buttons, two sticks and the triggers.  You pull back on the right and Flickit TM C All Rights Reserved up to Ollie or go up then down for the Nollie.  Going to the right or left after pulling back gives you some kick flips.  Going in an arc after pulling back does something too.  The triggers add grabs.  It's just that after years of TH, it's like retraining yourself to ride a bike in a different way than you're used to.  And I'm not sure if the end result warrants all the retraining.

I think that's what video games are all about...simulation.
  I don't feel like that at all.  I think video games are all about having fun.  Simulation can be part of that, sure.  But I worry that, even though it's growing very stale, the TH series is more fun.

I do think the push buttons being near the right stick are a big hinderance, but I guess it's still part of the realism, since you stop pushing off to do a jump.  It all involves the feet.

I wish manuals felt as cool as sweet spot trick making in Amped 2, but it doesn't at all.  I think that's a big problem, too.

But I don't mean to say the game is a mess or overly complicated.  For someone who's never played a skateboarding game, it may be perfect.  The problems in the two lines above this one will have me very interested in Skate 2, and I'll probably get Skate at some point, but I'm just not sure about it.
14472  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Bioshock on: August 22, 2007, 02:45:08 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 22, 2007, 07:33:11 AM

Quote from: juniordan on August 22, 2007, 03:29:36 AM

Well my first encounter took me 10min to decide. The look on that child face, the argument between the other two on the benefits of either\or. Most important the look on my 2 year old face. And the fact I really did not know what the hell Adam was. I speared the Kid  disgust . I did Harvest the second one after I knew the out come. And I only died 6 times  disgust (Big dad is Fast)

I'm having the same dilema with the first one.  I saved right before I have to make the choice, but I'm not sure if I take the doctors offer to make it worth my while or get twice the amount of Adam......

Hardest choice I've had to make in a game, and I'm still not happy with it.  I like playing "good," and harvesting just feels wrong.  None the less, the strategy guide says that for the most benefit and achievements harvesting is the way to go on your first play through.  They also say the game is much harder releasing them.  I'm glad I had the guide because I don't think I would have made that choice otherwise (the guide is also used for making sure I don't miss any diaries, by the way, and that's pretty much it).
14473  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FATE/Diablo-style game coming to XBLA on: August 22, 2007, 02:35:51 PM
No joke, I've been waiting for Fate on XBLA since the Arcade was announced.  I actually stopped playing Fate because I wanted to play on the 360.  This is great news, IMO.
14474  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / skate. on: August 22, 2007, 03:26:36 AM
So the other thing that happened on the 360 today was the release of the Skate demo.

It looks nice, although the rag doll tumbles that happen upon getting near anything really saps the realism out of it.  I can't wait for the reactive falling that Lucasarts is putting together to make it into other games.

Overall, it is what it says it is.  A more bare-bones skateboarding game than Tony Hawk.  More realistic.  I wouldn't call it a sim, though.  None the less, the controls are very different.  I don't know why EA insists on this dual-stick gameplay for their sports games.  On this one, it's especially annoying because you use the A or X button to push with either foot.  Then you have to switch to the right stick to do anything else that involves jumping or doing a manual.  In tight quarters its irritating.  Really, you have to know what you're going to pull off well in advance so you can build up enough speed to do it.  Which I suppose is like real skating.  But it doesn't allow for a lot of on-the-fly stuff.  Timing is a key issue in this game.  Also, manuals are tough to pull off.  Basically, you have to find a sweet spot in the right stick (maybe three quarters of the way pulled back).  At first, I thought it was going to be like pulling moves in the Amped series, but it isn't.  For a move that is such a building block to trick linking, they sure made it challenging.  Maybe it'll be second nature after a while.  Actually, that seems to be the driving force of all the moves.  Eventually, you may get a "feel" for it, which will make it like real skating.  There is a certain elegance to the controls, even if they are a little awkward (the A/X buttons and the right stick both being used frequently, for example).  If you're coming off of years of TH, though, it may be asking to much to retrain yourself to such a degree.

A couple of other irritations.  Grinding should be a little more forgiving.  It is so easy to fall while trying to grind it's not funny.  This gets supremely annoying in the camera challenges, which require you to grind in the demo, but won't allow you to get up and keep trying.  If you fall, you have to start over.  Holy crap, does that get old fast.

Bottom line for me is that unless reviews for the new TH game are awful, I'll probably stick with that series.  I may get Skate down the road.  It's not bad, just a little too different for me right now.
14475  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Bioshock on: August 22, 2007, 03:12:14 AM

Quote from: jersoc on August 22, 2007, 02:57:42 AM

Quote from: warning on August 22, 2007, 01:30:17 AM

Quote from: kathode on August 21, 2007, 08:53:02 PM

I think I'm going to be kind to the Little Sisters.  I don't want to mess with the Big Daddies until I'm a lot better at this game.

I think you're going to run into some issues with that logic.

Hmm... I thought that the Big Daddies would leave you alone if you didn't hurt the leetle girlies.

The do, but you want the ADAM. With ADAM you can upgrade your spells and gain access to newer ones. You're just limiting yourself big time by not getting that sweet, sweet ADAM. Now be a good ADAM addict and harvest those sisters.

Yeah, but you'll miss out on the sweet, sweet achievement if you do harvest them.
14476  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wet on: August 22, 2007, 03:11:12 AM
Reminded me a lot of Bloodrayne 2 with the grinding and the flipping and the shooting and the sword. 

Also, I believe "wet" will also be referring to "wet works," a euphemism for up-close assassination.  The blood-splatter, you see.
14477  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 2 !!!!!!!!!!!! on: August 21, 2007, 09:23:32 PM
This is very exciting news, though hopefully console versions won't suck like they did for the first one.  The setting, the story, the was all good for the first one (except that damn racing level).
14478  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds. anyone on board? on: August 21, 2007, 07:40:10 PM
Best Buy is still showing the 22nd for shipping.
14479  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Genres You Used To Love, But No Longer Do on: August 20, 2007, 06:28:09 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on August 20, 2007, 05:49:22 PM

I'm completely and utterly burned out on the Grand Theft Auto formula.  I loved GTA3 and really enjoyed Vice City, but San Andreas was too large and had too many frustrating missions, and by the time I unlocked Vegas I was done, having lost interest entirely.  And because I've burned out on GTA gameplay, I've had zero interest in games like Saint's Row, regardless of how good reviews have been.  

I'm actually concerned about GTA4.  I really want to play, but if it's just more of the same with bad controls, long missions, and huge areas, it might wind up sitting on my shelf like San Andreas.

Although I must say that I am enjoying The Godfather, even though it is similar to GTA, but The Godfather's side missions are at least fun, I love the story, and it's just different enough to keep me from lumping it in with the GTA series.

I had the same problem with San Andreas, but recently I decided to just plug through the damned thing.  I found the missions from Vegas onward were pretty fun and, all told, there were only a few hours remaining in the game.  It got me back into it, and I am now (finally) playing through the first GTA III as a result.

As for the death of adventure games, they seem to be on the upswing again.  It's the only genre that seems to have repsonded well to the "episodic gameplay" idea.  Sam & Max is very fun.  I also think they're ideal for the Wii, so we may see a return there (they're doing pretty well on the DS, too).
14480  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Genres You Used To Love, But No Longer Do on: August 20, 2007, 04:59:21 PM
The reverse is happening with me and adventure games.  I've found my laptop to be ideal for them, and I've really gotten back into them of late.
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