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14561  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.
14562  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: POLL: Did the GHII patch mess up your 360? on: April 26, 2007, 07:19:04 PM
I jumped in and did the patch.  All is well, so far.
14563  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC] MAJOR bug in Oblivion: Shivering Isles! on: April 26, 2007, 03:56:38 PM
I finally got some free time this week and was hoping this issue would be resolved so I could jump in and play SI.  Damnit.
14564  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 backwards compatibility issues on: April 26, 2007, 03:52:54 PM
I've been very annoyed by the exact same issue in Thief.  I don't know that it's unplayable, exactly, but it's a pretty significant problem that is constantly in your face reminding you it's there.

I've also had a problem with Destroy All Humans and Scarface running widescreen graphics in a 4:3 box. 

The worst thing is that the BC team won't mention or acknowledge these problems.  None of them are listed in the "Known Issues" section.  Honestly, I'm just happy they're still working on making games BC, so the fact that I have to play DAH or SF in 480p and reset my settings every time I want to do that is annoying but doable.  But it would be a lot more bearable if they would just say, "We know this problem exists. We're working on it" or even "We know this problem exists.  There's nothing we can do.  Sorry."
14565  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?? on: April 25, 2007, 11:29:21 PM

Quote from: kronovan on April 25, 2007, 11:00:55 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on April 25, 2007, 10:39:08 PM

However, HBO just greenlit the Pacfiic sequel to Band of Brothers so expect to see a rash of Pacific themed games started about a year after it airs.

One can only hope that this along with the recent Flags of our Fathers film will stimulate some proper treatement of this theatre for a quality shooter.
This still doesn't address the problem of there being zilch shooters themed on the Korean war. I guess the Korean campaign really was the forgotten war.  icon_frown

Or everyone would expect to be in their tents making gin in their stills while waiting for the chopper to arrive with wounded.

In fairness, the air war for Korea is far more interesting.  The land battles seemed to be a lot of going nowhere.

14566  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?? on: April 25, 2007, 09:13:08 PM
Africa gets involved sometimes (I think it was in COD2, IIRC), but the desert is a tough place for a shooter.  Tanks, great, but shooting is tough. 

Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault was good for the PC (especially after the lame Rising Sun), but I still don't think it did very well.  They put a lot of effort into that one, but it seemed to be the nail in the Pacific Theater. 

I think people think of the Pacific as more of a naval battle (with dogfighting heavily involved, of course), the campaign in Africa as more tank heavy and the foot battles as being mainly in Europe.  Oh, and if we ever see Medal of Honor: Alaskan Assault, I'll laugh hysterically.
14567  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WARNING - 360 Bricking Update for GHII on: April 25, 2007, 07:28:36 PM
Here's an on topic question, as I'm getting tired of waiting to apply the patch.  How many people here have had problems?  Wait, why don't you answer in a poll!

http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php/topic,19836.new.html#new
14568  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / POLL: Did the GHII patch mess up your 360? on: April 25, 2007, 07:27:59 PM
So we've been hearing about patch woes in Guitar Hero II on the 360.  I thought I'd see how many folks are actually having issues. 

This poll will let you change your vote, if the situation changes for you.

If you've had problems, you don't have to provide proof that the patch is what caused it, but your console should have been fine before the patch and wonky afterwards.

Remember, this is for what happened to you, not what you heard happened to a friend of your cousin's dog-walker.

Thanks.

14569  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?? on: April 25, 2007, 07:20:48 PM
They've tried a couple of games in the Pacific, but they don't do as well.  Maybe Far Cry aside, people don't like stalking through the jungles.  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.

As for the sales on COD3 leading to the switch to modern warfare, it seems they were working on this game before COD3 even came out.  Even if that isn't the case, I think it's more a question of COD3 just not being as good as COD2.  COD2 sold huge.  Wouldn't that steer you to make more WWII games?
14570  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Double Shot this Week - EETS and Pinball FX [56k] on: April 25, 2007, 07:15:23 PM
Wow.  Two great releases this week. 

I still have to futz with the cameras on pinball, but it looks and plays like all the good pinball simulations I remember.  I just wish the table weren't so generic.  And that the Fresh Street Kidz table (or whatever they call it) wasn't such a pain in the ass.  I do wish there was a table creation tool.  Not for me, so much, but because I know there'd be some great tables coming.  Still, I'm looking forward to the official releases that'll undoubtedly come.

Eets is great.  It feels a little more cluttered than the PC version, and it's weird that you're limited to only 4 items on screen (unless that changes somehow on future levels, but I'm not sure how they'd do that), but I'm not finding that to be a problem so much.  I also tried the Marshmallow Madness game.  What a blast!  This feels like what I wish Boom Boom Rocket had been (though there's no rhythm involved, so I don't know why I keep thinking that).  I only wish you could play it on live.  Seems to be a huge mistake that you can't.  Hopefully, I can get the wife to give it a go.

Still, what a great week for XBLA.
14571  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?? on: April 25, 2007, 05:45:18 PM
So, the announcement has come down that the next Call of Duty will be subtitled Modern Warfare, which implies they're moving away from WWII and into the modern era.  I guess a lot of people saw this coming, but it surprises me.  Honestly, I'm disappointed.  I know there feels like there are a lot WWII games, but it's an era that's ripe for gameplay.  It's the last fight where the good and bad guys were so clearly defined (nazis=bad, no argument).  The heroes were average joes, but they were ultra-heroic.  It's a good setting.  Moving to modern day smells a little me-too.  At least to me.  That said, CoD is a great series, and I have no question that I'll get this and enjoy it, but the problem with CoD3 wasn't the setting...

What do you guys think?
14572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WARNING - 360 Bricking Update for GHII on: April 25, 2007, 05:39:04 PM
I had a 360 replaced recently as well, and I have had no problem playing any arcade games.  In fact, it's as though nothing has changed.
14573  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Double Shot this Week - EETS and Pinball FX [56k] on: April 25, 2007, 05:38:16 PM

Quote from: JSL on April 24, 2007, 09:20:10 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 23, 2007, 08:30:28 PM

Aargh.  I just bought Eets on Steam for my laptop.  I have no doubt I'll double dip.  Really hope that pinball is good.

You are in luck, the XBLA version has different puzzles and a new game mode. 

Great news! Thank you.
14574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Double Shot this Week - EETS and Pinball FX [56k] on: April 24, 2007, 08:33:09 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 24, 2007, 04:54:50 PM

Quote from: The Grue on April 24, 2007, 11:17:57 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 23, 2007, 08:01:48 PM

Instead of doing double-shots like this why don't they release one game a week so they can guarantee releases for later in the year.  I would prefer that to having so many weeks with nothing coming out, and it would give each game a better shot at the spotlight as well as just looking better in their PR not to have gaps like that. 

As for these two games, they both look interesting but I'll try out the demos and debate the pricepoint. 

Wouldn't having two games come out every week without missing a week be better?  Could be they finally have enough in the pipeline to do that.  Perhaps not, though.

I agree, they should save some of these, but maybe they were front-loading to prepare for the announcement that a few high-profile games were getting pushed to Fall.  Maybe they're just doing this to fill the dog days.  If they can keep it up through the summer, and drop off in the fall in the wake of big new titles, I'd be okay with that.

Maybe, if they can reliably release two games every week for the rest of the year and beyond, that would be fabulous.  Not going to happen.  I'd be very surprised if they can do that into Fall. 

I guess I would just be a little bit more conservative with releases after so many missteps in the past.  Fans are much less forgiving about missing weeks than they are with "only" getting one title every week, as we have seen around here.  Unless that only new game is something like New Rally-X...
14575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect inches closer to launch on: April 24, 2007, 02:30:00 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 24, 2007, 01:07:45 PM


People keep mentioning The Darkness; isn't that a repackaged Doom3? slywink

No, not at all.  You're going after mob guys.  If anything, it's closer to playing Doom3 from one of the demon's perspective.  However, it's also present-day Earth (or close to it, I think), not futuristic Mars.  Also, it's from the guys who did Chronicles of Riddick, so anticipation is high.
14576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rumor: More Guitar Hero II Songs on the way on: April 23, 2007, 09:15:57 PM

Quote from: Farscry on April 23, 2007, 07:44:30 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on April 23, 2007, 07:41:05 PM

Pack 3 is the most tempting for me, but dammit, I want a price reduction!

I'm dead serious; if they'd just price 'em so that I could get them all for the price of a new game (reasonable, imo) or just release a remastered GH1 for the 360 to retail at $60, I'd be all over it.

I'll stop ranting before I get the whole mess going again, but just saying; it really sucks seeing that the songs I miss are available, and I just can't justify paying so much for them.

I'd pay %50 - $60 for the whole kaboode.
14577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360BC] Mercenaries. on: April 23, 2007, 08:34:18 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on April 23, 2007, 03:17:10 PM

Okay, I've been having problems with Mercenaries crashing.  I was wondering if anyone else has been having similar problems, or if it might just be that the disk I have is a bit scratched up.

I drove all the way to the Chinese tent from the American Embassy two nights ago, and it locked up hard just as I was pulling into the compound.
14578  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Double Shot this Week - EETS and Pinball FX [56k] on: April 23, 2007, 08:30:28 PM
Aargh.  I just bought Eets on Steam for my laptop.  I have no doubt I'll double dip.  Really hope that pinball is good.
14579  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: April 23, 2007, 02:20:57 PM
How's piplup doing in the schools?  I heard the first school is great, but the next one is a royal pain.

Has anyone tried the char?

I'm not really going  to get to play until a little later today or maybe tomorrow, and this decision is always more agonizing than it should be for me, for some reason.
14580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Official "ZOMG Hi2u Pokemans Trading!!1!" Thread (Plus Impressions) on: April 23, 2007, 02:41:02 AM
What starting Pokemon did everyone choose?
14581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Command & Conquer 3 demo on Live on: April 22, 2007, 01:05:26 AM

Quote from: Turtle on April 22, 2007, 12:52:22 AM


Unlike some, I do think a good RTS game can be made for consoles, but it'll have to be made for consoles first, and might actually not look like any PC game currently.

Goblin Commander was a good attempt at this.  I agree that someone should set out to make one for consoles only.  I think they could use a lot of what BFMEII and C&C3 have laid out, groundwork-wise, and go from there.

The controls in C&C3 are leaps and bounds over what any of the much older console attempts at RTS have been.  I, for one, am glad that they keep bothering.
14582  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Command & Conquer 3 demo on Live on: April 21, 2007, 04:40:24 PM

Quote from: Thin_J on April 21, 2007, 03:36:35 PM

I've played BFME2 on the 360 and the controls are the same.

A framerate fix isn't going to fix a broken control scheme. A controller works fine for every gametype there is but one: strategy.

I don't know why they keep bothering.

*edit*

Oh, and trolling is at least partially defined by the poster in question looking for a specific response to his post. The thread is about a game demo on Live. I gave an opinion relevant to the demo. You don't agree. That's fine. It doesn't make my post trolling, especially since I don't really care that you disagree.

Fine, I'll bite.  You've posted an opinion with no hands on evidence to back it.  You've said you haven't even bothered to try the demo before throwing a damning, across-the-board statement about it.  You can't base it on BFMEII and be done with it.  The controls are not the same.  They've tightened them.  They've simplified them.  The framerate was a significant part of what didn't work with the controls.  They weren't "broken," apart from that. 

As for a controller working fine for every gametype but strategy, I would say that there were a number of years that people said the same exact thing about FPS games.  Now, very few would argue that they don't work on consoles.  It just took a little while to get the control scheme down.  The first game may not have worked, but the next was a little better.  See, they didn't just use the same controls over and over.  They improved them.

You can have a differing opinion after trying the game, and that's fine.  Otherwise, you're just posting inflammatory or derogatory comments.
14583  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Command & Conquer 3 demo on Live on: April 21, 2007, 01:51:57 PM
Resist the troll...resist the troll...
14584  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Command & Conquer 3 demo on Live on: April 21, 2007, 04:13:26 AM
I tried training and one mission (the second one). 

This plays so much better than BFMEII, it's not even funny.  Doopri's right about no framerate issues.  It looked fantastic.  The controls were second nature very quickly, I thought.  One problem for me, though, is that I burn out on RTS games like Doopri.  I don't know if the controls would be second nature if I left the game alone for a while and picked it up again later.  Fortunately, the tutorial is pretty quick, should I think to refresh there. 

Anyway, this doesn't feel like a RTS game crammed onto a console.  The only gripe I really see is that pusing the number keys to select groups is way simpler/faster than navigating the Group tab in the console version.  You can scroll through your groups with up on the d-pad, but that's one of those things I'd probably forget after a while away (and it's still not as easy as the number keys).

The FMV is just as cheesy as I remember, in a mostly fun way.  Michael Ironside really seems to phone it in, though.  And the guy playing the doctor is so over the top, it's like he's in another game.

I'm sure I'll pick this up.
14585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Surprise! NEW 360 Backward Compatibility Update! on: April 20, 2007, 06:54:49 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 19, 2007, 09:23:33 PM

BAD NEWS!  The Jet Set Radio Future BC update doesn't seem to work with the JSRF/Sega Rally two pack.  AAARGH!!!

And that's the only one EB has online, too.

As an update, Sega GT 2002 works fine on the dual disc release, but not JSRF!  I ordered a copy on Half.com.  Hopefully it's the right one.
14586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekly VC update on: April 20, 2007, 06:15:20 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 20, 2007, 05:46:47 AM

well for europe,we finally got starfox(lylat wars) for 1000 points

and....


wait for it.....


donkey kong jr math for 500points

so,starfox it is!! Tongue

LOL
14587  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Command & Conquer 3 demo on Live on: April 20, 2007, 06:13:07 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 20, 2007, 03:32:06 PM

They're supposed to be like BFME2.  If they haven't refined them or tweaked them to improve them I'll be passing.

I thought the controls were actually pretty good, though I hear they've simplified them further for C&C3.  The bigger issue was the framerate, IMO.  That made using the controls a little challenging sometimes.  Also, saving a game took at least 30 seconds.  Simple maps were taking an hour and a half to complete when they should have been about a half hour.
14588  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Surprise! NEW 360 Backward Compatibility Update! on: April 19, 2007, 09:23:33 PM
BAD NEWS!  The Jet Set Radio Future BC update doesn't seem to work with the JSRF/Sega Rally two pack.  AAARGH!!!

And that's the only one EB has online, too.
14589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/16) on: April 19, 2007, 08:08:07 PM

Quote from: fyedaddy on April 19, 2007, 03:23:12 PM

Has anyone picked up either XBLA offering for this week?

I did pick up 3D Ultra mini-golf, which is fun, but overpriced.  Gyruss' controls left me cold.
14590  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Surprise! NEW 360 Backward Compatibility Update! on: April 19, 2007, 08:05:36 PM
JSRF and Mercs, awesome!  There are other good ones on here, too (I'm actually hoping to finish Breakdown, finally).

I'm just happy that they're still doing these.  I hope they don't stop.  I'm still waiting on Warriors and Oddworld:Stranger.
14591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: can anyone confirm this story please(FF13) on: April 18, 2007, 03:28:16 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 18, 2007, 05:48:26 AM

[asskissing]okay,i know a lot of you are quite smart[/asskissing]...so can anyone please confirm whether the following link is......'bullshit or not'(<sorry ,i have just been watching Amazon women on the moon)

i am thinking bullshit,as this is the only news i have heard about it

FF13 is not PS3 exclusive...apparently

click on the link,it has yesterdays date on it

http://www.ps3center.net/story-394.html

thanks for any answers

If this is true, then the Lock Ness Monster really was Jack the Ripper.
14592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Monster Madness demo on Live on: April 17, 2007, 09:27:47 PM

Quote from: Jancelot on April 17, 2007, 09:12:31 PM

One of the developers, Scry, posts over at QT3 and has said that the demo is a much earlier build.  So, unfortunately and fortunately, this demo doesn't appear to be a good representation of the final game.  Really silly that a demo in bad shape would be released, but there is hope for the final release:

Quote from: Scry
Party system as in 4-player offline coop? If so, yes. If you mean "party system" as in the Halo-esque game lobby for multiplayer, no. That's in the final game. Unfortunately (and to my dismay) they only included the very first level of the game in the demo, which is just a small house (Zack's House) being invaded by zombies. It's fun, but you don't get the full enjoyment out of the 4 player gaming in such a small play area. Also, I don't remember if we included difficulty levels in the demo, but if we did, just try and beat Zack's House on Madness. Just try it. Mwahaha. Also, the controls should be very reminiscent of Smash TV, in case you're wondering.

As far as online multiplayer goes, you get one Arena and one Battlefield map, and they're both pretty good. Arena games are restricted to 4 player versus deathmatch with a fixed overhead camera, and it essentially controls like single-player. Battlefield, however, is a completely different story. It plays a lot like an FPS. Large maps, vehicles, crazy powerups, the ability to transform into superpowered monsters (we have 6 different transformations in the final, but the demo only has the Werewolf). I personally prefer Battlefield, I dunno why. I guess it's because I'm "too close" to the Arena mode and have played nearly 500 hours of it while developing its gameplay. Battlefield was more of a group effort and it rocks when you get a bunch of people in at once.

I would like to mention, however, that things have changed drastically since the demo was made -- for the better, of course. While many review sites didn't enjoy the demo (primarily for lack of a good SP demonstration map) they're really digging the final. We have some ingame cutscenes that are absolutely brilliant, and some of them will make you laugh your ass off. We got a new writer a few months ago that I swear must have come right off of Robot Chicken. He's really funny.

Quote from: Scry
Yeah, rotation speed has increased when turning. The demo uses an older camera-relative turning system, but that system has been rewritten from scratch. It's now much more accurate and responsive. Melee weapons are just a tiny part of the game, really, and you'll use them most in only the first two or three levels. After that you can use your monster tokens to buy and upgrade weapons (there's like 30 weapons and they all have 3 upgrade levels) at Larry's shop. The profile system is pretty complex -- It's the crazy ranged weapons that are the most fun. My favorite is the level 2 and 3 Tazers, because when it hits an enemy the electricity will jump from that enemy to any other nearby enemies, creating a kickass chain effect. The level 3 Tazer is actually just two level 2 Tazers dual-wielded, and can lightning-chain up to twice as many enemies.

This is all good to hear and is what I was hoping.  I want to like this title.
14593  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] New? Bioshock video on the Marketplace on: April 17, 2007, 08:27:17 PM
It's new on the Marketplace, but it has been out for a while.  Cool vid.
14594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/16) on: April 17, 2007, 02:56:01 PM

Quote from: disarm on April 17, 2007, 01:02:08 AM

Quote from: Calvin on April 17, 2007, 12:42:24 AM

Quote from: disarm on April 16, 2007, 11:46:37 PM

nothing for me unless i can actually manage to find another 360 GH2 controller somewhere...

I've seen them in like 3 different stores around here man..that sucks.

i saw them a couple days after release but hadn't yet convinced myself i wanted to buy one at the time.  now that i want one, every store near me seems to be sold out icon_cry

Same problem here.  I called TRU on Thursday after release, and the guy said they had a bunch.  Went on Saturday, and there were none.  Of course, with the bricking issue in the current update, I'm waiting to play anyway...
14595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Super Paper Mario Impressions on: April 17, 2007, 02:52:35 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 17, 2007, 02:37:49 PM

Is anyone else finding the game to be pretty easy?  Hopefully they throw in some twists otherwise this is going to be a short game;  I'm at 3-3 (Fort Francis) with about 5 hours of gametime which I'm pretty sure includes cutscenes and at least a half hour where I left the game running while doing other things. 

Spoiler for Hiden:
anyone else finish the Mimi's slave camp portion by putting a rubber band over the control pad for 5 minutes go get the Rubees for the vault code?

Spoiler for Hiden:
No, but I did hold it in place with my thumb while I read a magazine*.  Wish I'd thought of the rubber band.

Spoiler for Hiden:
*That should never happen in a game, ever.
14596  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/16) on: April 16, 2007, 09:20:02 PM
I'm also waiting on reviews for Bust a Move.  I get suckered in by this game a lot and then never play it.

Has anyone seen reviews on this?  I miss Game Rankings...
14597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/16) on: April 16, 2007, 04:12:47 PM
I still don't understand why they haven't done a big console version of these that's just like the hanheld versions.  They always change them in some way, and they're just not as good.
14598  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 16, 2007, 04:11:21 PM
How long did it take to finish?
14599  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekly VC update on: April 16, 2007, 03:44:32 PM
Bonk's Revenge is the only one I'll be getting (I'm waiting for Super Punch Out).
14600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Army of Two Training Video Brings the Funny on: April 16, 2007, 03:43:27 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 16, 2007, 03:18:35 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 16, 2007, 03:02:49 PM

Aren't we done saying, "You want a piece of this" yet?

no.

you got a problem with that?


YOU WANT A PIECE OF THIS?!?!?!?!?!?



 Tongue

Fine.  Let's do this. [/cliched posturing]
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