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14561  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: {Wii} Wario Ware impressions on: January 17, 2007, 05:53:43 AM

Quote from: Xmann on January 17, 2007, 05:42:22 AM

so after you go through it once, you go through again and it increases in difficulty?

You can play through the levels again and play "endlessly" as they increase in challenge.  Also, just playing through single player, you only see a handful of the mini-games available on a level.  If you go to the temple, you'll see all the ones you've opened.  Usually, in Warioware games you can also endlessly play each of the mini-games themselves, which will also increase in difficulty.  I haven't tried that yet, though.  In many WW games, getting certain scores will unlock things.  There's a lot more to do, but it won't be a twenty hour game to see everything.

Oh, and if anyone else is frustrated by the multi-player thing, you have to get through single player before multi is unlocked.  Very stupid design decision in an otherwise great game.

And, Lee, on Lost Planet, I'm a big explorer, too, as I mentioned in the other forum, but I'm still finding the game to be a lot of fun.  I've played a couple of levels, found all the coins on them (er, target markers) and haven't come close to running out of time.
14562  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: {Wii} Wario Ware impressions on: January 17, 2007, 01:28:20 AM
For some reason, it won't let me play in anything other than single player.  Very frustrating.
14563  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: {Wii} Wario Ware impressions on: January 16, 2007, 09:12:25 PM
I played the first couple of levels in single player this afternoon and had a great time.  It works better than I thought.  There are a variety of stances that are introduced with an intentionally cheesy explanation.  I've had a mild problem with the Tug-O-War and the Waiter, but I think that may be specific to where I sit in regard to the sensor (I'm a smidge too far or the bar doesn't come over the TV enough or something, but I'm off screen more often than it seems I should be).

I'm playing in widescreen, and I've heard this only supports 4:3, but that doesn't seem to be an issue here.  I'm someone who hates not playing in native rez (I won't stretch TV shows, for example), but the 4:3 games on the Wii seem fine on my widescreen set, somehow.

Anyway, I hope to play with the wife tonight, if she's up to it.
14564  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Virtual Console Games for 1/15 on: January 16, 2007, 07:27:25 PM
I think they're responding to hornysax's insulting post, Farscry, not you.
14565  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oblivion - Shivering Isles Video Preview on: January 16, 2007, 04:17:52 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on January 16, 2007, 07:58:02 AM

quarter of the game? that gonna fill my hard drive?...i only have 3.9 left at the moment(FF11 6-7 gigs on it as well you see)

That's my big fear, too.  Especially given that they're talking 20 hours minimum gameplay.  It's going to be on my hard drive for a while.

Have we heard anything about whether the retail version will include Nights of the Nine or other expansion bits?  Or anything about the release date?
14566  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Girl dies trying to get a Wii. on: January 15, 2007, 06:33:56 PM
Can someone change the topic to say "woman" instead of "girl"?  That bothers me every time I see it.
14567  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/15) on: January 15, 2007, 06:29:04 PM
Warioware for me and Phoenix Wright when I finish the first one (I have one trial to go).
14568  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Virtual Console Games for 1/15 on: January 15, 2007, 03:21:13 PM
14569  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Lost Planet impressions on: January 14, 2007, 05:04:28 PM
Why do they bother with non-white skins in this game.  I just don't get that.
14570  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2] Guitar Hero : 80's Edition on: January 13, 2007, 06:38:12 PM

Quote from: Kobra on January 13, 2007, 04:48:32 AM

Less heavy stuff would be nice.. Toss in more Boston, REO Speedwagon, BOC,  etc.

I really can't stand the heavy stuff in GH1/GH2.

Agreed on the less heavy stuff, but BOO to REO.
14571  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Lost Planet impressions on: January 13, 2007, 05:12:37 AM

Quote from: rrmorton on January 12, 2007, 10:18:05 PM

I still haven't figured out to check my PDA map, nor do I know how to throw grenades. Anyone?

Um, left trigger throws grenades.

I like it as much as I thought I would with the demo except for one thing.  There are secrets to find on each level.  It seems like there will be 5 each time, but I'm not sure.  Usually, I love things like this.  I'm a big explorer.  I love pissing out all corners of the map.  However, there's a frickin' time limit on each level.  Really hampers the exploration aspect, I can tell you.  Knowing me, I'll wait until someone puts a FAQ together before really getting into this game.

Otherwise, thumbs up.
14572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Dragonball Z on: January 12, 2007, 09:27:24 PM
What if you have zero knowledge of the DBZ universe, but do enjoy anime?
14573  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Anyone still playing Oblivion? on: January 12, 2007, 09:22:38 PM
I never really got into Morrowind (made it to the second town, I think), but I "finished" Oblivion.  120 hours or so.  I've never played a game that long all the way through to completion.  Unfortunately, it's made the downloads like KotN useless to me, because I have no need to build my character up with nothing major left to face.  Until the recently announced expansion, that is.  Now I will definitely play through many of these extra quests, as soon as I hear if they will or won't be included in the expansion release.
14574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii - Classic Controller question on: January 11, 2007, 09:12:02 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 11, 2007, 04:56:39 PM

Quote from: weleavefossils on January 11, 2007, 04:52:56 PM

isn't it odd having to hook the Classic controller to the remote? I'm sure if I actually found one in the store I would buy it, but it seems like that would make it alittle awkward. 

Not really.  I just lay the remote on the couch next to me. 

Yeah, you really don't notice it.  And the controller really is a good one.  Comfortable, light and fun to use.
14575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii - Classic Controller question on: January 11, 2007, 03:06:07 PM

Quote from: Destructor on January 11, 2007, 02:24:32 PM

I love the VC controller, and I wish you could play Gamecube games on it (FAR superior analog sticks, IMHO - always hated that second 'nub' of an analog stick). Hell - I wish I could somehow use it as a PC controller.

It drives me crazy that you can't use the Classic controller as a Gamecube Controller.  It has all the necessary buttons.  Surely it wouldn't be that hard to do.

14576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Really cool Sadness art work (Wii) on: January 11, 2007, 04:51:19 AM

Quote from: pr0ner on January 11, 2007, 04:20:34 AM

It doesn't matter.  It's still hot.   icon_biggrin

I don't know it looks pretty cold to me.  Look at the guy's hat.
14577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DS MMOG: Maple Story on: January 10, 2007, 10:34:33 PM
I was surprised at how girlie the commercial made it seem, too.  I played Maple Story for a little while.  It's very basic, but it could actually be a very fun XBLA game, with headset chat.  On the DS, I'm not so sure.
14578  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GoW Update is Live! on: January 10, 2007, 05:09:44 PM
The museum one seemed pretty standard to me.  Nothing too exciting.

I love Raven Down.  That is a tight map (in the small and well-designed sense, not the way the kids are using the word).  It seems odd that you start on different sides of the map from other team members, but that's fairly cool as well.  The flaming helicopter in the middle (Raven down) looks great, but also adds significantly to gameplay.  There are easily accessible sniper rifles, but you can't get an easy shot because that giant hunk of metal is in the way.  I only played a few rounds, and I've already seen a number of nail-biting finishes, with people circling each other, dodging from cover to cover, trying to get a shot off, but because cover is so plentiful, there have been a lot of shotgun and chainsaw deaths.  Really great, but it only allows for a certain type of experience.

Man, was there bad lag today, though.
14579  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Virtual Console Games for today on: January 08, 2007, 11:32:37 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on January 08, 2007, 09:29:12 PM

So skip Dungeon Explorer unless you have 2 or 3 folks to play it with. My memories are clearly better than the game :-p Is it bad? No it's not bad, it just doesn't hold up nearly as well as games like Bonk, R-type and Castlevania. Definitely Gauntlet with levelling up and stats.
Thanks, tebunker.  Now avoiding.
14580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Virtual Console Games for today on: January 08, 2007, 05:26:21 PM
I've been hearing great things about Dungeon Explorer.  Has anyone here tried it?  It's from 1989, so I'm wondering if it holds up.  Also, I'm wondering, since it's sort of a Gauntlet clone, how well it plays single-player.
14581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/8) on: January 08, 2007, 05:24:41 PM
In on Lost Planet.
14582  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What am I buying this week? on: January 08, 2007, 05:23:53 PM
A big package of guilt that will stare you in the face every time you look at your kid while playing and think, "college?"
14583  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of Sorrows: You Mean That's It? on: January 04, 2007, 04:24:48 PM
If I remember, you're actually supposed to restart and replay the game to get to the Big Bad, using that New Game+, or whatever it's called.
14584  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pleasantly Suprised by Wii 480p on: January 04, 2007, 04:25:35 AM

Quote from: KePoW on January 04, 2007, 04:00:35 AM

Quote from: kronovan on January 04, 2007, 02:42:25 AM

Secondly the cube seems to auto-scale 4:3 games to widescreen whereas the cube never did this. It's still not perfect but far better than the cube.  Metroid Prime looks that much better now that Samus doesn't appear to have a major weight problem.  icon_wink

wait hold on, I've got a question about this.  first, is there an option to *not* have the Wii auto-stretch native 4:3 games (if you're 100% positive that's what it's actually doing)?  I'm one of those HDTV owners who prefers having the black bars on the sides of 4:3 SDTV broadcasts...I hate having any source's aspect ratio messed with

second, I'm not quite sure what you mean by the Metroid Prime comment.  are you saying you used your TV's stretch mode before when playing it?  if so, there's no difference whether the Wii is doing the stretching or a HDTV, the aspect ratio of a 4:3 source is getting messed up one way or another.  some versions of stretch modes deceive a viewer's eyes by keeping the stuff in the middle of the screen look normal, but the sides of the picture are then out of whack instead

I'm with you on keeping the black bars.  I can't stand seeing shows or games stretched out.
14585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Live-action FF spoof on: January 04, 2007, 04:22:51 AM
I watched it this morning.  I didn't think I'd watch the whole thing, but man that was good.
14586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Live Arcade game this week... on: January 03, 2007, 05:51:59 PM
My worms were always Bullwinkle, Rocky, Boris, Natasha, Dudley and Snidely (with Nell and Horse as alternates).  I usually used the Cockney voices, for whatever reason.
14587  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlestations: Midway on: January 02, 2007, 08:19:01 PM
Huh.  I thought this would be more anticipated.

I was definitely interested before the video, and now I'm sold.  The strategy element looks easy to manage, but in-depth.  The graphics, while not as realistic as I would have liked, are definitely very good.  Of course it's hard to tell how it'll control in a video, but if I can handle things as well as the guy playing, I'm going to be very happy.
14588  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Battlestations: Midway on: January 02, 2007, 03:15:31 PM
Did anyone see the Battlestations: Midway "Walkthrough" trailer on XBL Marketplace?  Man, that game is really starting to look impressive.
14589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Planet Receives Lukewarm Reviews on: January 01, 2007, 09:50:13 PM
I liked Fable a lot.  Just finished it on the 360 after finally being able to move my save over.  It really bugged me that you had to replay the game from the beginning if you wanted the Lost Chapters experience, though.  I'll never get to play that part.
14590  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Adventure Game Fans- (DS) Wish Room/Hotel Dusk on: January 01, 2007, 09:45:38 PM
I enjoyed Trace Memory a lot, but I get why some people wouldn't.  I'm looking forward to Hotel Dusk.

I hope similar games are coming to the Wii, too.  It would be an ideal platform for the Adventure game resurgence that is surely on the horizon by now.  Please?
14591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Planet Receives Lukewarm Reviews on: December 31, 2006, 05:16:43 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on December 31, 2006, 03:06:59 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on December 31, 2006, 12:46:52 AM

Sopposedly the game is 8-10 hours long.

I am amazed that reviewers would call 8 to 10 hours for a shooter/action game short. That seem exceptionally reasonable. Considering how "short" some of the major Action titles of 2006 have been.

The 8 - 10 hours thing always brings complaints, but it seems standard for shooters (who usually have MP to add to playtime; when it doesn't, the complaints are much louder [right, Black?]).

Count me among the people who really enjoyed the single player demo.  My only fear is with the imposed time limit.  I like to explore as much as possible, and hate being rushed for the sake of "gameplay" (seems like a bad idea, too, given the "too short" crowd).  As for story, they've released quite a few FMV story scenes on XBL.  They seem interesting enough, in that odd, Japanese way. 

I wasn't expecting Gears of Warquality, anyway.  As long as it's above average, I'll be happy.  And from the summary quotes at MetaCritic, it looks like that's the way it's going.  Here:
Official Xbox Magazine
It's straight out of 1989, and that makes it either archaic or retro-cool comfortable. With Capcom's steady attention to polish and presentation, Lost Planet falls into the latter category more often than not. And even if it's familiar, it's definitely not repetitive. [Jan 2007, p.48]
Official Xbox Magazine UK
Playing Lost Planet is like battering "Ghouls and Ghosts" for the first time. You simply won't believe how stunning it looks. But more imortantly, it's one of those games that pits you against incredible odds and satisfies by making it just about possible to beat them! [Jan 2007, p.8]
Edge Magazine
Really, this is a game of strong, simple virtues: knockout action, beautiful character design, lovingly articulated models, crisp sound and overall polish. Every now and then it'll overstretch, at which point it falls. [Jan 2007, p.76]
360 Gamer Magazine UK
It does what it says on the tin, and delivers heart-pounding explosions, pant-wetting big alien monsters and hordes of minions to slay. If you can overlook the fact that it doesn't challenge your Xbox 360 either intellectually or technically, and you can just get down and dirty with some big guns and even bigger odds, then you and Lost Planet are going to get along just fine. [Issue 20, p.50]
At the end of the day, playing Lost Planet is like dating a supermodel with personality problems: it's great looking and has the potential for good times, but ultimately, it's just not worth the trouble. [Feb. 2007, p.64]
14592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Metal Slug Anthologies (Wii) on: December 28, 2006, 05:06:48 PM,16880.0.html
14593  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New VC games are up... for those waiting for Santa on: December 25, 2006, 04:37:10 PM
I was most excited about TJ&E until Castlevania made the list!
14594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 BC problems on: December 24, 2006, 04:19:34 PM
I'm getting no help on the xbox forums at all.  Someone else has had a similar problem on GameFAQs.  Is no one else here having an issue?
14595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Opera beta online on: December 23, 2006, 04:13:08 PM

Quote from: godhugh on December 23, 2006, 02:52:58 PM

This will be very handy when coupled with my 360. I'll be able to play a game on the 360, keep the FAQ up on the Wii, and just flip over when I need to check something. Much handier then walking all the way to the computer room biggrin.

That's exactly what I'm excited about, too.
14596  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wii VC Military Madness? on: December 22, 2006, 08:11:19 PM
Anyone play Military Madness on the Wii VC yet?  I understand this was a fun game in the day, but I'm wondering how it holds up.
14597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP Demos... on: December 22, 2006, 03:32:39 PM

Quote from: Devil on December 22, 2006, 12:52:17 PM

Yep - Ratchet & Clank. Got it at EB the other day.

How is it?
14598  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Forecast Weather Channel coming on the 20th on: December 22, 2006, 03:31:39 PM
The times on this thing are a little messed up.  On the main page, I frequently get a temperature that was updated at 12:00am, but the forecast and 5-day were updated within two hours.  Current temp doesn't seem right most times, so I really don't think it's updating.  I hope the temps get updated more than every two hours eventually, too.  We have the capability for streaming, constantly updated weather, let's use it.

My other wish is that they could put an accurate current temp on the main Wii page, so you could see the weather at a glance (or better yet, let us choose that or a 5-day forecast).
14599  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Opera beta online on: December 22, 2006, 03:27:53 PM
Hopefully, they'll fix the zoom levels in the future.  The default's text is unreadable, but zooming in cuts off too much of the screen.  I wish it would stay at the zoom level you choose when changing pages, too.  They should take a gander at the PSP's browser size functions.  I think they work pretty well.

I also hope they'll let you open more than one page at a time in the full version.

Still, I like it.  Text entry is not hard at all for me.  Easier than the hassle of getting out the keyboard and plugging it in every time I want to check something.  Certainly easier than the PSP's browser text entry.  I know I'm going to find this to be convenient in the future.
14600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 BC problems on: December 22, 2006, 03:22:15 PM
All of a sudden, I'm having problems with some BC Xbox games on the 360.  Scarface and Destroy All Humans are running in a 4:3 box, but are meant to play in full, widescreen on my HDTV.  The TV recognizes the 360's 720p output and so I can't stretch the image to adjust.  Is there something I'm missing?  Is anyone else having this problem?
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