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14561  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?
14562  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I'd love to see "Wii Don't Know Jack" on: December 21, 2006, 04:04:14 PM
Well, this is a good sign, at least:

http://www.joystiq.com/2006/12/21/did-you-know-you-dont-know-jack-is-back/
14563  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The new Halo 3 vid on the Marketplace on: December 21, 2006, 04:59:25 AM

Quote from: papasmurff on December 21, 2006, 01:12:46 AM

Cussing doesn't bother me at all.  Cuss or don't cuss but certainly don't beep it out cause then people really do try and immulate it.

And who wants a burning TV?
14564  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I can't believe I am seriously considering a purchase of this game ... on: December 21, 2006, 04:57:29 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on December 21, 2006, 01:56:09 AM

Hey, I'm actually considering getting Super Princess Peach.  I read a few reviews of it, sounds like a solid platformer.

I'll just hide the cartridge and box when I'm done with it  icon_biggrin

Super Princess Peach is great.  I believe I will be picking up the Wii Chicken Little tomorrow.
14565  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Forecast Weather Channel coming on the 20th on: December 20, 2006, 08:20:34 PM
Does anyone know what's NOT in the internet channel that makes it a beta version?
14566  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Super Swing Golf impressions on: December 16, 2006, 05:54:17 PM
Quick question: I was only able to play 9 holes in stroke play today.  Is there no way to choose the number of holes?  Also, and more importantly, is there no way to save your game?  I couldn't find it.  Very annoying.  If it's due to not wanting players to cheat, okay.  At least give us a quicksave that disappears when you load it.  I'm hoping I just missed something, though.
14567  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry Wii OUCH on: December 16, 2006, 03:51:43 PM

Quote from: KePoW on December 16, 2006, 02:59:10 PM

Quote from: Farscry on December 16, 2006, 06:50:51 AM

As we've already seen, Call of Duty 3 comes fairly close to the 360/PS3 versions (primarily slightly reduced texture resolutions are the main holdback)

wtf??  that's just wrong dude

unless we have a completely different definition of 'close', OR...given what you implied in your lengthy reply to kobra, you're talking about the 360/PS3 versions only on a SDTV.  and if it's the latter, well I really don't give a rat's ass about SDTVs.  seriously, why would someone who owns a HDTV care about what 360/PS3 games look like on SDTVs?  I honestly don't mean any offense, but that's just a stupid comparison (if that's what you meant)

Yeah, he doesn't mean any offense, but you're an idiot!

But it is true, Wii COD is not close to the other versions.
14568  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Star Wars: Battlefront 3 on: December 16, 2006, 03:49:50 PM
The biggest problem for me on this is it will no doubt also come out on the 360.  There is no way I'm getting the comparatively crappy looking version over one that lets me flick a lightsaber on a little guy in third person.

That said, there had better be a Wii exclusive lightsaber title in the future.  If LucasArts puts all their jedi eggs in this basket, I'll be pissed.
14569  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can't believe I am saying this, Red Steel ain't so bad on: December 15, 2006, 10:53:54 PM
I've got to side with Starshifter on everything here.  I haven't seen framerate or clipping problems at all.  The aiming is poorly designed, but I haven't seen much wonkiness.  The voice acting isn't as bad as Elebits.  I find the swordfighting to be refreshing.  And I'm not a big fan of the zoom, either.
14570  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Down time on new releases? on: December 15, 2006, 05:25:14 PM
A lot of January releases are placeholder dates. 

They may get pushed back once we get through Xmas.
14571  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FF3 - I am at that point where I usually quit on: December 15, 2006, 03:27:27 PM
Same thing happened to me in FF1 on the GBA and I never finished it or moved on to II or IV.
14572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Metal Slug Anthology - Impressions on: December 15, 2006, 03:25:57 PM

Quote from: Destructor on December 15, 2006, 02:07:21 PM

Quote from: Hetz on December 15, 2006, 03:58:22 AM

Oh and in case anyone wants to know....the classic controller DOES NOT work with the game.  thumbsdown

Boo. I finally got my CC controller in and it's a nice controller, IMHO. Too bad I can't play Gamecube games on it either, as I'd prefer this to the GC one.

So...any more impressions? Or do we have to wait to page 2 as usual?  icon_biggrin

I'm hoping to get this today, but I probably won't get to it until tonight.  I'm betting page 2, but at least we got some page 1 impressions.
14573  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Super Swing Golf impressions on: December 15, 2006, 07:05:29 AM

Quote from: rrmorton on December 15, 2006, 05:03:34 AM

The two in the background are caddies. These characters are bizarre and not particularly helpful. All they do is chase after your ball when you hit it and tell you to hit a shot harder out of a bunker.

Apparently, they get more helpful as you get further into the game.

I was IN, then on the fence after the Gamespot review, but now IN again.  Thanks!
14574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Assualt Heroes on: December 15, 2006, 04:47:57 AM
Like tebunker, I immediately jumped in after a little time with the demo.  This game is really, really fun.  I doubt I can convince the wife to try it, but I may have to give it a shot.

Oh, and the flamethrower is incredibly useful, Engine.  Especially against vehicles of all sizes and hordes.  All the weapons have their uses.
14575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Far Cry Wii OUCH on: December 15, 2006, 01:16:52 AM
According to IGN, you're better off with Red Steel than Far Cry. 4.0

Quote
Closing Comments
Here's the question: can you look past Far Cry Vengeance's many technical inadequacies and focus on the shooter's fun Wii control scheme and fairly straightforward gunfight-filled action? This game may be the ultimate proving ground for Nintendo's philosophy: gameplay fist and graphics second. Someone reading this right now might be ready to overlook anything for a new Wii FPS, but not me. The presentation – everything from the dozens of graphics shortcomings to the sometimes broken AI logic – is just too sloppy and too rushed in this quick-and-dirty Wii incarnation of the classic franchise. A fundamentally solid shooter is hiding somewhere underneath, but good luck finding it between the blurry textures and the sluggish framerate. (And as an aside, don't trust the pictures on the back of the Far Cry Vengeance box -- the game looks nothing like them.)

Ubisoft is a very talented development studio – one of the best in the world. Far Cry Vengeance does not represent even half of the company's potential. I can only imagine that the franchise's originator, Crytek Studios, is looking at this port and laughing… or maybe crying.

If you want an action-filled FPS, get Call of Duty 3. And if you just want something pretty to look at, you're better off with Red Steel.

http://wii.ign.com/articles/751/751136p2.html
14576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 Backwards Compatibility update coming soon (?) on: December 14, 2006, 11:45:28 PM
Looks like it's live and Conker and Soul Caliber II are added to the mix!

http://www.gamespot.com/news/6163225.html?part=rss&tag=gs_all_games&subj=6163225

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Burnout 3: Takedown (support updated)
Conker: Live and Reloaded
Dead or Alive Ultimate
Destroy All Humans!
Dynasty Warriors 4
Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick
Ex Chaser (Japan only)
Family Guy
Far Cry: Instincts
Farenheit/Indigo Prophecy
I-Ninja
Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon
MotoGP
Muzzle Flash (Japan only)
MX Unleashed
Open Season
Pariah
Plus Plumb 2 (Japan only)
Psychonauts
Psyvariar 2 Extend Edition (Japan only)
Rainbow Six: Lockdown
Rapala Pro Fishing
Rent-A-Hero no. 1
Scarface
Shark Tale
Shenmue II
Soul Calibur II (North America only)
Splinter Cell: Double Agent
Tenerezza (Japan only)
The Incredibles
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
Ultimate Spider-Man
Wakeboarding Unleashed: Featuring Sean Murray
Whacked!
Winback2: Project Poseidon
Xiaolin Showdown
14577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Metal Slug Anthology - Impressions on: December 14, 2006, 09:13:20 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 14, 2006, 08:55:57 PM

How does it handle replays or inserting coins or whatever?  Are you free to continue as much as you want?  Or are you only allowed a certain number of continues?

Last I heard, this is entirely configurable to user preference.
14578  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Screens of all 9 Wii Play minigames on: December 14, 2006, 09:11:14 PM
Looks like it's coming January 15:

http://www.ebgames.com/product.asp?product_id=230004
14579  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii to have a Meltdown... on: December 14, 2006, 07:43:20 PM
I had heard the difficulty was better in MM, so I'm glad to see it confirmed.

Honestly, though, games like this or Super Monkey Ball get so challenging by the end that I never finish them, and that's a very frustrating thing.
14580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 Backwards Compatibility update coming soon (?) on: December 14, 2006, 07:41:59 PM

Quote from: warning on December 14, 2006, 06:57:09 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 14, 2006, 05:57:43 PM

Quote from: kronovan on December 14, 2006, 05:45:49 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 14, 2006, 02:02:30 AM

Quote from: kronovan on December 13, 2006, 11:44:15 PM

Hmm....oh well, without Midtown Madness and Mechassault 2 being added to the list I won't be buying a 360 anytime soon. I mean come on MicroSoft they're your own damn games!

I refuse to upgrade until at least every M$ game I own is compatible. Besides everything I want to play on the 360 so far can be played on my decent spec'd PC.  icon_biggrin
Mechassault 2 and Midtown Madness ???   eek
I have to admit that's the first time I've heard about Mechassault 2 keeping someone from buying a 360. 

Also you know Midtown Madness can also be played on your (less than) decent spec'ed PC.  icon_biggrin

Yes, I already own Midtown Madness 1 & 2 for PC, but IMHO neither is as good as MM3. Especially when it comes to stability and online play.

Part of my reason for not upgrading is in principle; i.e. Microsoft's not even implementing backward compatibility for their own games. To me this is complete, unadulterated BS!

I'm sure I'll eventually upgrade to a 360, but until must have games like Mass Effect are released, I'm not going to hand Microsoft any of my hard earned cash.


Three words: Gears of War

One word:  Gamefly  Tongue

???

And kronovan, I understand if it's not your cuppa, but it is certainly a system seller.  Maybe Blue Dragon will get you like it's getting Japan.
14581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 Backwards Compatibility update coming soon (?) on: December 14, 2006, 05:57:43 PM

Quote from: kronovan on December 14, 2006, 05:45:49 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 14, 2006, 02:02:30 AM

Quote from: kronovan on December 13, 2006, 11:44:15 PM

Hmm....oh well, without Midtown Madness and Mechassault 2 being added to the list I won't be buying a 360 anytime soon. I mean come on MicroSoft they're your own damn games!

I refuse to upgrade until at least every M$ game I own is compatible. Besides everything I want to play on the 360 so far can be played on my decent spec'd PC.  icon_biggrin
Mechassault 2 and Midtown Madness ???   eek
I have to admit that's the first time I've heard about Mechassault 2 keeping someone from buying a 360. 

Also you know Midtown Madness can also be played on your (less than) decent spec'ed PC.  icon_biggrin

Yes, I already own Midtown Madness 1 & 2 for PC, but IMHO neither is as good as MM3. Especially when it comes to stability and online play.

Part of my reason for not upgrading is in principle; i.e. Microsoft's not even implementing backward compatibility for their own games. To me this is complete, unadulterated BS!

I'm sure I'll eventually upgrade to a 360, but until must have games like Mass Effect are released, I'm not going to hand Microsoft any of my hard earned cash.


Three words: Gears of War
14582  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii to have a Meltdown... on: December 14, 2006, 03:14:26 PM
Yeah, the original was one of those system sellers that turned out to be a disappointment (I'm looking at you, too, Death Jr.), but I could really see this working on the Wii.  They just have to work at a more natural difficulty progression.
14583  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Elebits impressions on: December 14, 2006, 03:13:01 PM

Quote from: rrmorton on December 14, 2006, 02:38:28 PM

I got Elebits last night and gave it about an hour. Despite an interminable tutorial and terrible voice-acting in the opening picture-book story, I give it a mild thumbs up. If you like the style of Pikmin or Katamari Damacy, and you like messing around with the gravity gun in Half-life 2, you'll probably enjoy this game.

Wow, you summed up very nicely there.  My first three thoughts on playing this game were: "Man, that voice acting is awful" (though it's really just the mother who need Voice Acting 101 lessons), "Sheesh, how long is this tutorial?" and "Hey, this is a lot like Katamari, but with a gravity gun and the little guys look like Pikmin."
14584  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 Backwards Compatibility update coming soon (?) on: December 13, 2006, 09:36:44 PM
I haven't had any problems with Black, whatsoever.  In fact, I found it to be one of the more impressive BC updated titles.  There doesn't seem to be anything in the "Known Issues" section of the Xbox.com BC section.

Not to say you haven't had problems, though.
14585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 Backwards Compatibility update coming soon (?) on: December 13, 2006, 07:52:07 PM
These are the ones I'm psyched about, to some degree:

* Buffy the Vampire Slayer
* Destroy All Humans! (wish this was the sequel, too)
* Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick (this was the lame one.  Regeneration was good)
* I-Ninja (now get Whiplash)
* Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude (believe it or not)
* Mortal Kombat: Armageddon
* Pariah (wasn't this on before?)
* Scarface (smile)
* Ultimate Spider-Man
* Wakeboarding Unleashed: Featuring Sean Murray (I actually like this game)
* Indigo Prophecy (the one I'm most excited about)

A pretty hefty list 7 that I'm very happy about.  Still wish some of the other Prince of Persias would make it.  And Warriors!
14586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can't believe I am saying this, Red Steel ain't so bad on: December 13, 2006, 03:46:49 PM
Really, people don't like Killzone Liberation?  That's a very well done game.  I enjoy The Outfit, too, but I understand why some people might not.
14587  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can't believe I am saying this, Red Steel ain't so bad on: December 13, 2006, 02:52:15 PM

Quote from: Destructor on December 13, 2006, 01:55:33 PM

sword fights that make no sense whatsoever (why can't I just Indy shoot the guy again?)

Um, honor.
14588  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can't believe I am saying this, Red Steel ain't so bad on: December 13, 2006, 04:15:38 AM
Agreed.  Not really sure why all the intense hate.  I guess it's for the missed potential.  This is not how an FPS should/will work on the Wii, but it works for now and is letting me see the possibilities to come. 

The presentation of the story is pretty bad, I will say, but the story itself is fine.

Mostly, though, I keep coming back to it, which is saying something, certainly.
14589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest IX on the DS?(confirmed) on: December 12, 2006, 03:29:04 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 12, 2006, 06:28:49 AM

Quote from: Tebunker on December 12, 2006, 06:24:57 AM

Quote from: Calvin on December 12, 2006, 06:20:11 AM

Holy shit to me that would be pretty earth rattling here too. I can't imagine them doing this without some sort of payoff.

Well, the payoff is lowered developmental costs on the system with the largest install base. Pretty much guaranteed win for them. They can make their game and make more money on it. Not a tough decision. Why wait to see if the Wii will have the install base when you can go DS and get all their bases covered.

http://ds.ign.com/articles/750/750590p1.html

here's the IGN article...

Yeah, when you see the numbers that DS games put up, it's amazing how profitable sometihng like this will be.  Animal Crossing DS obviously cost a helluva lot less to develop than FFXII, but it's outsold FFXII there.  Same applies to Brain Training and the like.  DQ9 on the DS will be an absolute monster over there. 

Another nice bonus- they are aiming to have DQ9 out next year. 

But FFXII costs twice as much.  None the less, I have no doubt they've crunched the numbers and have decided the DS is the $mart way to go.
14590  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: On XBox Live Arcade this week on: December 12, 2006, 01:26:24 AM
When is Hoop World coming?
14591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/11) on: December 11, 2006, 10:23:29 PM
I'll be doing Elebits and Super Swing Golf.  Probably Metal Slug, too.  I've been hearing good things about Far Cry Wii, but I'm not playing through the same game yet again (I had Xbox and 360 versions).  I'm waiting for reviews on Star Trek: Legacy.
14592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii sports...er,airplane on: December 10, 2006, 04:28:37 PM
Isn't this what turned into Wing Island?
14593  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii: What VC games have you downloaded? on: December 09, 2006, 09:12:28 PM
I got Bonk and Ecco and Ristar (I like platformers) and F-Zero, which was a mistake for me.

Form the ones coming soon, I'm looking forward to Toe Jam & Earl and Donkey Kong Country (I like platformers) and maybe Dungeon Explorer and Gunstar Heroes.  And if Monday brings Alien Crush, then that too.

For the folks who got Bomberman '93.  Are you just playing multiplayer?  How is the single player side of it?  Useless or a little fun?
14594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bomberman Land Touch! on: December 09, 2006, 03:56:11 AM
IGN gives it an 8.5 and says:
Quote
Closing Comments
It's no secret that Hudson's Bomberman has had some wild ups and downs in its 20 year history, easily hitting its lowest point earlier this year with one of the worst productions yet in the form of Xbox 360's terrible Bomberman: Act Zero. Bomberman Land Touch! may seem a little scary since it's one of those "spin off" designs that run the risk of missing the mark, but this one's really, really good. The adventure has a lot of fun little challenges in its goofy and quirky design, and the Battle Pack -- Bomberman's reason for being -- is a great version of last year's Bomberman DS with solid local and online support. If you really want to push the Nintendo DS system's multiplayer function, this one will truly get your DS gang together.

Link:http://ds.ign.com/articles/750/750220p1.html

By the way, I recently finished the game and had a blast the whole way through.
14595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops on: December 07, 2006, 03:24:01 PM
Is this a whole new story or a rehash of 3 squeezed into a port with unique twists?

I've been waiting on 3, hoping it'll make it to 360 some day.
14596  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot/Gamefaqs forum on: December 07, 2006, 03:19:55 PM
Yeah, they're pretty bad.  And the fact that it's the same board for both GameFAQs and Gamespot doesn't help.  Oh, and they won't let you edit.  As for finding info, it's great if that info is already there, but I've never had luck requesting help.
14597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wii idiia: Descent on: December 02, 2006, 03:52:02 PM
I was rooting through some old t-shirts today and found one for Forsaken.  Who cares, but it occurred to me: How great would it be to revive the Descent series on the Wii?  What made Descent fun was the relatively new experience of moving your ship in full 3D with the mouse.  Imagine that with a Wii controller.  YES!
14598  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wii Rampage:Total Destruction? on: December 01, 2006, 09:23:27 PM
The reviews haven't been kind (58% average on Game Rankings), but some comments on other boards have given me hope that Rampage: Total Destruction for the Wii is actually a fun party game.  Those comments come from strangers, however, and I trust people here more.  So, has anyone tried it and what's the verdict?
14599  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Rainbow 6: Vegas Impressions. on: November 30, 2006, 09:42:56 PM

Quote from: DonD on November 30, 2006, 09:00:34 PM

My first gripe (I've had the game 2 days) is regarding the mine sequence in the first mission.

In the context of what happened (without spoiling anything), it still doesn't make sense to me that I still have the weapon that I do.  And it's silencer.

But ok.

That's not my gripe.  I just find it a bit..odd.

My gripe is that for that sequence, you pretty much need to just keep going by trial and error until you know where each of the bad guys will be until the next checkpoint.  You can't stealth it (I tried).  You can't rambo it (I tried).  You pretty much have to know where the guys will be and then be prepared to shoot them immediately.  Even in the darkness, they have exceptional aim.  Perhaps they have access to some night-vision/thermal equipment that I was not privy to.

I'd say it took me at least 15 tries to get through that one sequence.

In doing so, I got the pistoleer achievement (150 kills by pistol).  That just seems ridiculous.

I'm spec ops.  I have all kinds of cool equipment at my disposal.  All I wanted was to be able to see the guys and be able to shoot from cover.  Actually, the best trick was to get shot just a little, and the darkness would lift and you could see where the guy was and fire back quickly.  But if you weren't quick enough..you're starting over again.

After that one section, even though you still had the same limitations, the rest of the level was a cakewalk.  Access to weapons with scopes and automatic fire makes a world of difference.

I agree with you, Don.  I had to replay that sequence several times, with my knowledge of what was coming allowing me to get a little further the next time.  Of course, I had a similar issue with the sequence just before that.  What's bugging me more than anything is the sudden loss of save anywhere.  The Clancy games were finally making the right steps in that arena, IMO, and now between GRAW and R6, they've stepped back.  I died in stupid ways right before getting to the mine and had to replay the whole level again.  And the level was just long enough to make that supremely annoying.
14600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Screens of all 9 Wii Play minigames on: November 30, 2006, 02:54:54 PM
I think all of those games look like fun.  I know my wife would enjoy them.  And her family, who are coming for Christmas.  I could use this and Wario Ware in time for the holiday, but what are you gonna do?
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