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14481  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown - need help? on: February 24, 2007, 05:28:21 PM
I'm gonna guess that the achievements you don't have are the agility and hidden orbs ones.  I wish there was a better way to track those down.  I got the guide to help, but it is utterly useless.  Just a bunch of blobs on a map that's too pulled out and then a series of not at all helpful pictures.  There's no way to tell where the pictures are taken, as there's no numbering or anything.  Grrr.  Any tips there?
14482  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown - need help? on: February 24, 2007, 04:31:16 PM
Can you help me stop playing??
14483  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name! This! Movie! on: February 23, 2007, 09:34:01 PM
There are at least four Tremors movies, could it have been one of the sequels?  Also, I know some friends of mine kept getting Tremors and Trancers confused for some reason.  I have no recollection of how Trancers ends, though.
14484  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sonic and the Secret Rings Review(s) on: February 22, 2007, 03:40:54 PM
I played a couple of more levels last night, and I definitely had fun with it.  I personally wish it had a more linear progression on mission choices, but that's only a personal thing.  I don't want to give the impression that the controls are a mess.  They work fine, but they could have been better.  If a little more time had been spent on responsiveness, this would have been an amazing game with awful music and script. 

Anyway, I only meant to play one mission last night and wound up playing three, so that should tell you something.  Originally, my plan was to crank Sonic's level as much as possible, but I found out that you can't get some rewards if you're above a certain level.  Ah, well. 

Bottom line for me, though, is it's nice to have something else, anything else to play on the Wii, and this could have been a lot worse.
14485  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sonic and the Secret Rings Review(s) on: February 22, 2007, 12:10:44 AM
I gave it a go. 

Played the first set of tutorials and the first mission.  Of course it's too early for a review, but it definitely feels like the controls should be tighter.  It's not ruining gameplay at all yet, but I've missed some rings by not tilting it enough or too much, though both felt the same to me.  I can see this leading to bigger problems down the road.

That said, there is fun to be had here, for sure, and there seems to be a lot to do.  I do wish I'd waited for a price drop, but I imagine about $30 would be reasonable.

Oh, and the script and music are just awful.
14486  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sonic and the Secret Rings Review(s) on: February 20, 2007, 08:58:15 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 20, 2007, 08:56:24 PM

I was going to post this myself.  I was happy to see that they really panned the last two games and thought Sonic Heroes and Sonic Rush were the most successful of the recent games (though Rush was a little too difficult for me).  That review put this into the Probably Buy category for me.  A step up from Very Cautious and Reluctant.

Still, it's just one review.

Oops, make it two:

B+ from 1Up, apparently, but I can't log into the review page.

14487  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sonic and the Secret Rings Review(s) on: February 20, 2007, 08:56:24 PM
I was going to post this myself.  I was happy to see that they really panned the last two games and thought Sonic Heroes and Sonic Rush were the most successful of the recent games (though Rush was a little too difficult for me).  That review put this into the Probably Buy category for me.  A step up from Very Cautious and Reluctant.

Still, it's just one review.
14488  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Live Arcade Title for 2/21 is..... on: February 20, 2007, 03:09:01 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on February 20, 2007, 02:43:38 PM

I don't think it is necessary to post a thread about what Live title is available if there isn't one available.  It seems kind of petty to me.

In fairness, Microsoft is the one who claimed there would be a new release every week.  As over-grumbly as Hetz may be, I do think it's fair to make this post when there isn't a release.
14489  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/19) on: February 19, 2007, 04:10:00 PM
Crackdown, NBA Street and, maybe, Sonic.

Oh, and maybe Izuna.

I'll probably get Supreme Commander someday, if I beef up my computer.
14490  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Virtual Console Games for 2/19 on: February 19, 2007, 04:08:08 PM
Any opinions on Adventure Island?
14491  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii to have a Meltdown... on: February 16, 2007, 05:11:22 AM

Quote from: Graham on February 16, 2007, 03:50:45 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 15, 2007, 05:05:56 PM

There's a hands-on preview on Games Radar, that has screenshots, too.  Looks like this is going cel-shaded, which surprises me.
Mercury Meltdown for the PSP and Mercury Meltdown Remix for the PS2 were both cel-shaded.

I guess I really stopped paying attention after the first one.
14492  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii to have a Meltdown... on: February 15, 2007, 05:05:56 PM
There's a hands-on preview on Games Radar, that has screenshots, too.  Looks like this is going cel-shaded, which surprises me.

http://www.gamesradar.com/us/wii/game/previews/article.jsp?articleId=20070213171426941014&releaseId=20061214113311310067&sectionId=1001

14493  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Wii channel just launched -- nothing special -- on: February 14, 2007, 05:56:35 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 14, 2007, 05:33:55 PM

as for the poll questions
i prefer cats...but i predicted that dogs would win the poll,lol

Uh oh.  I did the same thing.
14494  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Wii channel just launched -- nothing special -- on: February 14, 2007, 05:02:30 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 14, 2007, 04:27:53 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 14, 2007, 03:08:36 PM

I wish there was a way to put all of the VC games I downloaded into one channel that would open up to display them.  Maybe the Games channel will do that, though I have a feeling it'll just be a variation on the shopping channel.
If you want your VC games consolidated and seperated from the main screen, why not put them all on the second page of the interface?

I did do that.  But it still is kind of cluttered.
14495  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Wii channel just launched -- nothing special -- on: February 14, 2007, 03:08:36 PM
I really enjoyed the channel.  Especially for free.  I just wish there were more polls.  I think it's great that they're adding stuff.

I wish there was a way to put all of the VC games I downloaded into one channel that would open up to display them.  Maybe the Games channel will do that, though I have a feeling it'll just be a variation on the shopping channel.
14496  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Today's Virtual Console offering on: February 14, 2007, 04:28:07 AM
Are other people getting the washed out visuals, or is it just me?
14497  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot needs to adjust their Wii review section on: February 13, 2007, 09:57:54 PM
Add to all of this the fact that you can't even view the Gamespot page on the Wii browser.  It's the only one I seem to have a problem with.
14498  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Force Unleashed on: February 13, 2007, 08:18:36 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 13, 2007, 07:26:46 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on February 13, 2007, 07:08:45 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 13, 2007, 05:58:55 PM

...release(or at least announce) KOTOR3...everyone wants it...

 drool drool drool

You know, Mantooth would make a good Wookiee name.

 biggrin LOL
14499  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DS Lite rumble pak? on: February 13, 2007, 07:18:24 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 13, 2007, 07:09:34 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 13, 2007, 06:37:12 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 13, 2007, 05:02:45 PM

Play-Asia but they are back ordered right now I believe. 

Yeah, that's where I'd checked.  I was hoping they'd be someplace else.  Damn you Sony for killing Lik-Sang!

Quote from: wonderpug on February 13, 2007, 05:51:42 PM

Wait, they have a rumble pack that won't stick out like regular GBA games?
Never came out outside of Japan, though.  And it's black only, I believe...

Here is an Ebay Store selling them for about $10.00 plus shipping.  They have multiple colors. 

And ordered.  Thank you.  Awesome to get white, too.
14500  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot needs to adjust their Wii review section on: February 13, 2007, 07:11:50 PM
Or maybe Nintendo needs to get some non-VC games out there...
14501  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DS Lite rumble pak? on: February 13, 2007, 06:37:12 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 13, 2007, 05:02:45 PM

Play-Asia but they are back ordered right now I believe. 

Yeah, that's where I'd checked.  I was hoping they'd be someplace else.  Damn you Sony for killing Lik-Sang!

Quote from: wonderpug on February 13, 2007, 05:51:42 PM

Wait, they have a rumble pack that won't stick out like regular GBA games?

Never came out outside of Japan, though.  And it's black only, I believe...
14502  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Force Unleashed on: February 13, 2007, 06:34:39 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 13, 2007, 05:58:55 PM

im just thinking more of the gameplay,although its called force unleashed...if its just force push this,force push that....its just gonna get very old,very boring very quickly,no matter how great it looks...if they do clever ways,it maybe okay...but fighting a bunch of stormtroopers and doing that force thing is okay 1st time...but after the upteenth time....

lucasrats should just stop taking the piss,and release(or at least announce) KOTOR3...everyone wants it



hmm,i noticed the typo,but what they hey,im gonna keep it like that

Well, we already saw lightning in play.  I truly doubt it'll all be about force pushing.  Did you play Psi Ops?  It seems like this game is heading down that path, which would be fantastic, as far as I'm concerned.
14503  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS Lite rumble pak? on: February 13, 2007, 04:49:34 PM
Anyone know where I can find the DS Lite version of the Rumble Pack?
14504  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Force Unleashed on: February 13, 2007, 04:37:58 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 13, 2007, 04:11:14 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 13, 2007, 03:52:02 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 13, 2007, 06:27:41 AM

yeah i saw that video last year sometime,although it does look good,i was a bit miffed at how they have overpowered the jedi/sith/dark jedi...i mean fine with the stormtroopers,but with the tie fighter?....

Size matters not.

meh...so why didnt they just do that in the clone wars??....could of saved a whole lot of crying with the first two crap episodes,lol

force powers should be used to put the enviroment as an advantage,not just strike everything out like you're the hand of god

Wait, did you see the same video I did?  That's exactly what happened.  He didn't just make the TIE explode, he hurled a bunch of debris (and a stormtrooper) at it. 
14505  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Wii Play at Target, Overland Park, KS! on: February 13, 2007, 04:03:31 PM
I've already got four remotes.  I think you'll be able to find Wii Play used eventually, though.
14506  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Today's Virtual Console offering on: February 13, 2007, 04:02:18 PM

Quote from: HankRaptor on February 13, 2007, 02:12:47 PM

I want Super Punch Out! or Devils Crush. Without demoing these games, I dont download alot of them.... VC is a great idea but they are expensive, and without trying them its too risky to buy.

I can understand their problem, they are just putting roms up that are being emulated... they are spending no money in changing anything, they just run the roms through QA and then put them up....

They could make it timed.. like download a demo and play for 5 minutes.. SOMETHING.. or its doomed... people will only waste a few dollars on bad games, before they will not spend any more money on points.....

I was thinking of a timed thing myself.  Maybe their fear is that the nostalgia burns out too quickly and no one will buy it when they can get enough of a taste.  Still, look at the way the tide is turning on XBLA.  People used to be excited for the old games just as much, if not more than the new ones.  There was a fever pitch over Galaga, if I remember.  Now people are insulted that Paperboy and Root Beer Tapper are coming out.  Granted, Nintendo has yet to release original titles, but I think the nostalgia excitement will die pretty quickly.


That said, I had way more fun with Kirby this week than I expected.  But Kid Icarus was harder than I thought it'd be.  I replayed the first level at least half a dozen times.  And there are path choices, but no way to go back and see what the other choice would give you (and by the time you get there, you just want to make it to the end).  Mildly frustrating, but I can see that frustration building quickly.

EDIT TO ADD: Hey, the game's color palette is washed out, which I assumed was due to its being for the NES, but I saw screenshots on the Virtual Console Archive that made me wonder.  For example: That looks like SNES level, but I want to be sure something's not messed up on my Wii.
14507  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Wars: Force Unleashed on: February 13, 2007, 03:52:02 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 13, 2007, 06:27:41 AM

yeah i saw that video last year sometime,although it does look good,i was a bit miffed at how they have overpowered the jedi/sith/dark jedi...i mean fine with the stormtroopers,but with the tie fighter?....

Size matters not.

Quote from: CeeKay on February 13, 2007, 03:35:02 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 13, 2007, 03:17:58 PM

In the case of Lucasarts I'm not sure being outsourced is a bad thing since almost every good game they have produced in the last four or five years has been outsourced (Republic Commando being the exception). 

have they actually produced a game on their own in the last 5 years? The only other one I can think of would be Lego Star Wars (possibly, but I could be wrong) and that game was pretty fun.  Too bad Raven isn't working on this one though.

Actually, they didn't do Lego Star Wars; it was Travelers Tales, if I remember.
14508  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good news for Oblivion on the 360 on: February 12, 2007, 09:13:46 PM
Do we think this'll come at the same time as Shivering Isles?  If not, I doubt I'll get to experience it much.
14509  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/12) on: February 12, 2007, 03:20:10 PM
Ratchet & Clank, for sure.  Chili Con Carnage, if the reviews are good.

I will get Wii Play at some point, but I already have four controllers.  Hopefully, I can find it used or can swap it at Best Buy.
14510  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Def Jam: Icon demo out on Live! on: February 09, 2007, 06:40:03 PM
Also, the demo just seems to end, fading out with no winner.  They couldn't give us a complete fight?
14511  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zelda TP - not feeling the love (spoilers) on: February 07, 2007, 03:26:38 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 07, 2007, 07:00:14 AM

Quote from: semiconscious on February 07, 2007, 03:54:06 AM

Quote from: farley2k on February 07, 2007, 03:34:34 AM

Finally finished.  That ending was just....well dumb.  I think the silliest thing was that Minda becomes this busty baby...

did someone say 'busty babe'?...


jeez is that what the sounds like when they are all talking???...i think i would go crazy after a few hours of hearing that

anyway,what about TP's busty *cough* babe....Telma the barmaid????


Every time they cut to a shot of Link after Telma says something, I picture him thinking, "Look at those boobs."

I'm a huge Zelda fan, I'm only just after the water temple.  I have to say I am forcing myself to play more than looking forward to playing.  I'm enjoying it okay, but not loving it.  I hadn't thought of the lack of items to buy as being the problem, but that makes a lot of sense.  In most RPGs, I'm a scavenger more than a shopper.  I never buy health potions, only use what I find when I'm out.  But in the Zelda games, there are always useful items in the shops.  This time it's been the good shield and the water bombs (though I know there's another bomb coming), and once you buy the shield, you never look back.  I am enjoying the story, though, but I'm about to finish the bug hunt, and it's raising a big "ehh" in me, too.
14512  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sonic and the Secret Rings Wii - Feb 20th on: February 06, 2007, 06:00:41 PM

Quote from: JSL on February 06, 2007, 05:49:52 PM

IGN has two videos from February 2nd that are quite nice and they seem to indicate that there will be boss battles in the game, which no one was sure about before.  thumbsup

IGN Sonic Videos

Amazon is selling preorders at $44.99 with free super saver shipping. Not a bad deal at all.

Sonic Amazon Order Page

I'd didn't realize the game had a slow time function.  I can't believe no one thought to put that in Sonic before.
14513  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: March EGM Scores and Rumors on: February 06, 2007, 03:59:56 PM

Quote from: Misguided on February 06, 2007, 11:50:43 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 06, 2007, 01:22:22 AM

Man, Diddy Kong racing is just getting trashed.  Thought it might be a fun Mario Kart diversion, but I guess not.

I don't get that at all. We've been playing it here for a week and it seems WAY better than mario kart.
There's so much variety with DKR.

Apparently, the big problem with the DS DKR is that they implemented too many touch screen functions that just don't work.  The boss battles and some special levels (balloon bursting tracks, for example...also the annoying "blow" feature resurfaces where you have to blow out torches on a track) require them, but the regular tracks don't.  However, you need to do some of those levels to progress.  Even the IGN review, which sort of liked the game, said these features are first gen DS additions and just don't work.

A few months ago, I would have bought it without hesitation.  Nintendo has always released very polished products.  However, a little game called Mario Hoops 3 on 3 now has me much more hesitant.
14514  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (XBL) Band of Bugs on: February 06, 2007, 02:24:53 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 06, 2007, 02:33:25 AM

Screenshots here.

Not too exciting looking, but I love tatical RPGs so I am looking forward to it. Anyone have any news on it, such as a release date?

Are you sure about the RPG aspect?  I don't see any mention of that.  Honestly, that would up my interest a bit if it's true.
14515  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: March EGM Scores and Rumors on: February 06, 2007, 05:06:21 AM

Quote from: GatorFavre on February 06, 2007, 04:46:55 AM

Quote from: Doopri on February 06, 2007, 01:48:29 AM

is NBA street really that good?

I've played the demo about 20 times and enjoy it quite a bit.  Though, I've found the Street games are only fun for a while and the charm wears off pretty quickly.  However, with friends the Street games have provided me with some really fun multiplayer experiences.  Now if EA would let more than one human player play on each team online I'd be even more interested.

On the other hand, the first NBA Street is the only sports game I have ever played through to completion.  I wasn't wowed by the demo, but I do keep coming back to it.  Those scores give me a lot of hope.
14516  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/5) on: February 05, 2007, 11:12:24 PM

Quote from: JCC on February 05, 2007, 11:05:36 PM

I'm trying to finish up (the rapidly growing tiresome) Phoenix Wright. Then I'll maybe get FF6.


The trick with PW is pacing.  I let a month go by at least between episodes.  Except when I cranked through the last two eps of the first game to prepare for the second.  Now I'm so burnt out, I doubt I'll start the second for at least a month.
14517  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Bullet Witch on: February 02, 2007, 09:44:26 PM
Yep, I have it too, but I'm waiting until my 3 year old won't be scared by Alice.  Also waiting on HR Puffnstuff, but for different reasons...
14518  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New DS system seller? on: February 01, 2007, 04:54:17 PM
I'd love to see some screenshots of this, just to see what the functionality will be like.
14519  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bullet Witch (X360) on: February 01, 2007, 03:49:28 PM
I'm with you, Starshifter, at least on the being excited for this game.  I feel like I should be more hesitant on it, but I really am pretty pumped.  A decent action game in a unique setting makes a big difference.

Reviews, so far are meh.  Gamerankings: 68%.  However, two of those are 75% or higher.  One is 60%

As for witches, this is my go to:

The witch from 99 Nights is cute, too.
14520  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Settlers of Catan (Live Arcade) screenshots on: February 01, 2007, 04:44:17 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on January 31, 2007, 09:21:14 PM

Does anyone know if the expansions will be included? Like the 5-6 player or Seafarers?

I'm sure that if that is something they may include, it won't be in the initial release.  That's the kind of thing you pay extra for.
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