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14561  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.
14562  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.
14563  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.
14564  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.
14565  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.
14566  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.
14567  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...
14568  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.
14569  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.
14570  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.
14571  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] GRAW 2 Demo is on Live! on: January 31, 2007, 07:46:40 PM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on January 31, 2007, 07:26:34 PM

What's the AI like? Do squad members still run headlong into a hail of bullets and do they still need constant babysitting? What about pathfinding? Are they smart enough to avoid running into walls?

Hard to tell.  There really isn't a lot of time with them.  I will say that two of them went down in a hail of bullets before the demo ended.
14572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sonic and the Secret Rings Wii - Feb 20th on: January 31, 2007, 05:34:22 PM
I'm in a bit of a "four times bitten, twice shy" with Sonic, but I am hesitantly interested for sure.
14573  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] GRAW 2 Demo is on Live! on: January 31, 2007, 04:28:31 PM
I just played the demo, and despite the fact that it ends fairly randomly in the middle of an intense firefight, it's very good. 

I didn't notice a lot of change to the graphics.  They're still as next-gen as they can be.

Controlling your assets is easy and useful.  Moving the UAV in to scout the area ahead almost seems like cheating, it's so easy and useful, but you know it won't be available all the time.  Controlling the ammo truck was a little more awkward, but getting ammo when you need it is great and will save a lot of backtracking.  However, it doesn't seem like it creates a checkpoint every time you use it.  I don't see a save anywhere option, either, which was my biggest gripe in the last game (well, maybe behind the AI).  That said, the checkpoints in the demo mission are much more plentiful than in the first game.  Hopefully that will continue.

The only thing that's really disappointing in the demo is that you don't get a lot of time with your team.  And
Spoiler for Hiden:
once the mortar barrage hits, you've got to just run and gun, if you stop you're dead.  This leads to the aforementioned intense shootout that leads to the end of the demo, so there was no time to do anything with the team.

There's a chance that the demo is timed, and mine just happened to time out in the middle of the most exciting part.  If so, I'd like to hear how that goes down for others.
14574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Ten New Titles Approach the Xbox Live Arcade Horizon on: January 31, 2007, 02:38:36 PM
Well, my cat is hungry!

14575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] New Bioshock screens - NSFW on: January 31, 2007, 02:35:27 PM
I really can't wait for this game.  That last screenshot just oozes atmosphere.
14576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diamonds in the rough on: January 29, 2007, 03:35:45 PM

Quote from: stiffler on January 29, 2007, 02:28:02 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 25, 2007, 02:41:11 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 25, 2007, 01:54:24 PM

Amped3 was panned for it's over-the-top animations and lack of multiplayer... but DAMN the game is fun and a step up from Amped2.

The only drawback was the "kitty litter missions"

Agree with this statement completely, straight down to the damned "kitty litter missions."

Which are those?  The ones where you pick up the cat icons that meow?  For me the worst part was the crazy rail grinding for minutes on end (end of the ninja missions, I believe).  That and finding all the last two events I needed to medal in was a mini-game in itself.

I need to find The Outfit for $20.  Is that the standard price now or was that a big sale?

For some reason the icons you pick up in kitty litter missions are pink blobs and green alien heads and blue asterisks and other such items that make no sense at all.  I don't remember them meowing.  They are a pain because they require precise control in a game that doesn't really have precise control.

$20 is standard for new copies of The Outfit.
14577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Duke Nukem Forever Screenshot?! on: January 26, 2007, 07:17:22 PM
There is a supposedly real, in-game screenshot from Duke Nukem Forever.

He looks like an action figure.  I'd be more likely to believe this is from a big-budget Robot Chicken movie than DNF.
14578  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlestations: Midway on: January 26, 2007, 03:12:10 PM
And here is the first of those reviews:

IGN 8.5

Jury's still out for me, but it's rising a little.
14579  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] News Channel Is Live on: January 26, 2007, 02:54:59 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on January 26, 2007, 12:51:29 PM

yeah i like the many subjects it covers,national,international,arts,entertainment,science etc

wish we could get a few pictures though

I'm getting pictures.

Also, though this isn't really the place for it, apparently Mario Kart 64 is also available for download, but maybe in Europe only.  Have fun, metallicorphan.
14580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlestations: Midway on: January 26, 2007, 02:51:11 PM
I tried this again last night, given the praise being slung about.

Apart from the 360 locking up at the end, I had a better time.

There was a prickly, but helpful English bloke who was paired with me.  He talked me through the things I was frustrated with in the last one.  In the end, I was able to dive bomb the enemy and finish the game with a whopping 2 points!

Anyway, I understand it better now, and I can see how it'd be strategic fun, but my enthusiasm is still at lukewarm.  It really depends on SP for me, now.  So I'll be waiting for reviews on this one.
14581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown Demo Impressions on: January 26, 2007, 04:22:00 AM
Mine, too, as I think I mentioned.  More, I'm worried that, even spread out, four stars just isn't enough to keep the level-up jones going.
14582  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WTF Work Time Fun on: January 25, 2007, 09:14:53 PM

Quote from: HankRaptor on January 25, 2007, 06:31:17 PM

Anyone pickup WTF for the PSP? is it worth it?


Tebunker said it.  It's very tedious and no charm at all.
14583  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pick me a DS RPG on: January 25, 2007, 09:12:31 PM
Magical Starsign is much better than I thought it would be, but you have to like cute.

Don't count out Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, either (or Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime, though that may be pushing it).
14584  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diamonds in the rough on: January 25, 2007, 02:41:11 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 25, 2007, 01:54:24 PM

Amped3 was panned for it's over-the-top animations and lack of multiplayer... but DAMN the game is fun and a step up from Amped2.

The only drawback was the "kitty litter missions"

Agree with this statement completely, straight down to the damned "kitty litter missions."

The first game I thought of when I read your post is The Outfit.  It's a great one for $20, as you mentioned.  Not so great at $60, though.  The driving controls are a little off, but they work much better if you hold down the shoulder button (I think the right one).

I agree with Quake 4, as well.  There are moments of slowdown that I don't enjoy, but then it smooths out and is like butter.

I also picked up Ninety Nine Nights recently with the used 360 coupon.  Again, for $20, it's a blast.  A lot better than the reviews let on.  I'm sure it does get repetitive and they lack of checkpoints is a pain, but the missions haven't been longer than a half hour so far, so I can stand it.  Really, I was buying all the Samurai and Dynasty Warriors before I figured out that I didn't actually like them much.  This game is closer to what I was hoping those would be.
14585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Live Arcade Game This Week Is..... on: January 25, 2007, 04:34:09 AM
By the way, I played the free song level today.  Who's lame idea was it to have exclusive content that plays separately?  It just repeats over and over again.  Awful.  Maybe this gets mixed into regular play somehow, or maybe you can get a bunch of these song packs and play them together, but at the rate their releasing them, no thanks. 

The video was distracting, but you learn to tune it out pretty quickly.
14586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown Demo Impressions on: January 25, 2007, 04:30:21 AM

Quote from: juniordan on January 25, 2007, 02:56:11 AM

OK..... Check this... Why is it your character can jump to the roof top -n- it all good. But when it come to him jumping down he looses health\shield.
I retreated to the rooftops to regenerate health and shield lost in a heated fight. After recuperating I jumped down on a side that had no enemies, when I hit the ground my shield bar was heading right.
Is that something thats going be fixed in the release?

Agreed, that's a little odd.

And for my 2cents, I love the announcer.
14587  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EBGames going away. on: January 25, 2007, 12:43:04 AM

Quote from: pr0ner on January 24, 2007, 11:02:41 PM

Quote from: SuperHiro on January 24, 2007, 09:49:58 PM

I call it LameStop.

HARHARHAR.  That's a real knee-slapper.  TAKE THAT GAMESTOP. From my parent's basement in Wyoming, I stab at thee!

Oh my.

Unbreakable: at the Gamestop I go to, I've actually never once been asked if I've preordered.  If I go in there for a game I really want shortly after release, if they've got it in stock, it's mine.  No questions asked.

And the Gaystop surf-bots have now pieced together where you live and what store you're referencing.  Someone just got fired.
14588  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Live Arcade Game This Week Is..... on: January 24, 2007, 03:02:00 PM
I thought these packs were going to be free for a limited time, not ONLY $2.50 more dollars on top of the originally insane price.  Grrr.
14589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EBGames going away. on: January 24, 2007, 02:53:44 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on January 24, 2007, 05:16:38 AM

Quote from: Calvin on January 24, 2007, 05:14:50 AM

This has been well known for lets see..over a year or so?

But didn't you know?  Gamestop is changing their name too.  According to Kobra, they will be henceforth known as Gamestopo.

I heard it was Crayolasmoker who came up with that name.  Heheh...
14590  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown Demo Impressions on: January 24, 2007, 02:51:27 PM
I played all the way through this demo at a time when I really needed to go to bed.  And I spent a lot of time not shooting at the start, so I imagine I didn't hit two stars until at least forty minutes in.  Really great.

My only fears:  I'm a big collector, as some of you know, and there seem to be 500 of these glowing orbs and 500 agility orbs (and I' m sure there are strength orbs and firearms orbs).  That is going to be nearly impossible to keep track of and will make my necessary "find all the hidden packages in the new area" stage of gameplay d-r-a-g...

Also, I know the leveling was accelerated in the game, but I was getting messages that my skills were almost at their peak, giving me the impression that there were only four stars per level.  That doesn't seem to be enough levels, IMO.  If that's spread out over even only a ten hour game (and I'm sure this'll be much more than that), you're not going to be feeling that cool sense of leveling often enough.

Still, if this demo is any indication: IN.
14591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EBGames going away. on: January 24, 2007, 04:00:59 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 24, 2007, 02:18:00 AM

I don't really see this as a big deal, they've been merged for a long time they're just being renamed.  Although I still always type in if I want to see their website because otherwise there's a chance I will type in gamespot instead of stop.  Hooray for confusingly similar names. 

I do the same thing for the same reason.
14592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Turok (360) Screenshots... on: January 23, 2007, 05:31:28 PM

Quote from: farley2k on January 23, 2007, 04:14:50 PM

I am amazed Turok has enough brand recognition to get this green lighted. 

I think the concept is very good, and it has yet to be implemented correctly.  Maybe this is made by someone who thinks the same, and it'll work this time?
14593  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Turok (360) Screenshots... on: January 23, 2007, 03:34:11 PM
I keep hearing good things, but it's Turok, you know?
14594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/22) on: January 23, 2007, 03:33:40 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on January 23, 2007, 01:02:04 PM

No games.

But, I'm picking up this:

I'm waiting on reviews for this, personally.  If it's good, I'm in, though.

Are we certain Nintendo isn't making one?
14595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Super Paper Mario on: January 23, 2007, 04:09:47 AM
I'm pretty sure it's been confirmed that it's a platformer. [checks] Yes.  It's confirmed.

From Gamespot:

Super Paper Mario is, in fact, a side-scrolling platformer in the vein of the classic Mario titles but with the aesthetic qualities of the Paper Mario series.
14596  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Late to the table, better game, Godfather (360) or Just Cause (360) on: January 23, 2007, 04:08:48 AM
I liked Godfather until the microtransactions thing happened.  I haven't gone back to it since.

I really enjoy Just Cause.  I think it's also one of the most stunning games on the 360.  And it's a lot of fun.  However, it's started crashing for me on a regular basis, so I may never get back to that one either.

Saints Row is great, if that's in the mix at all.

But I've been hearing Crackdown is the one to wait for.
14597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: {Wii} Wario Ware impressions on: January 23, 2007, 04:04:51 AM

Quote from: The Grue on January 23, 2007, 02:55:54 AM

Brought this home today along with Lost Planet and Phoenix Wright 2 (I also wanted to pre-order Hotel Dusk, but they showed a release date of 2/15 and that you couldn't preorder it) and gave the first couple levels a try.  I am a huge Wario Ware fan, so take what I say with a grain of salt.  I absolutely loved what I played and think the use of the wiimote so far has been great.  The game is in 4:3, but I have it stretched to 16:9 and it looks just fine.

One thing nobody mentioned is how they use Miis in the game, which is a nice touch.  I like playing and then seeing my wife or son (or Michael Jackson) pop up and get in on the action.

I will have to try out the hot potato multiplayer mode when I unlock all the stuff, but I don't necessarily see any problem with implementing multiplayer that way, though the Gamecube Wario Ware is the only Wario Ware I have not played, so I don't have that multiplayer bias.

I will post again when I have played more, but so far, so good.  Then again, I think it would be pretty hard for a Wario Ware game to disappointment me as I still consider it the king of the mini-game games, beating out Rayman Raving Rabids.

Just to be clear, unless I've missed something, hot potato mode is the ONLY multiplayer mode.  There are four different multiplayer games, but they all use only one wiimote.

Don't get me wrong, I still like the game quite a bit, but I was really looking forward to playing with the wife, and now she couldn't care less.  Hopefully the next time we have people over, it'll be different.
14598  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Seven Steps To Being A Gaming Snob on: January 22, 2007, 09:52:29 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on January 22, 2007, 09:42:25 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on January 22, 2007, 04:21:44 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 22, 2007, 03:48:37 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 22, 2007, 01:46:03 PM

Quote from: rrmorton on January 22, 2007, 05:25:47 AM

Of course Hetz, with his sly n' winky PS3 reference, is confusing "no good games for the system" with "not enough good games for the system." I haven't seen anyone say there are *no* good games for the PS3.

It was a reference to a joke post by TheGrue in another thread where he did indeed say there "no good games for the PS3". 
well, you see, since there are no games currently out for the PS3 that I want to play, and since there are no game that I want to play that must mean none of them are good, and since I am the center of the universe, there are truely 'no good games' for the PS3.  icon_twisted

You mispelled truly, Mr. Master of the Universe.  ZING!   icon_twisted

Dude, you misspelled "misspelled".  saywhat
14599  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlestations: Midway on: January 22, 2007, 09:51:27 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on January 22, 2007, 09:23:12 PM

I'm not not sure what you mean by too many negatives.

Translation:  I'm very excited about the game... can't wait for next week.

It was the "I don't see not" thing.  Double negative, though you were using it for effect as opposed to saying, "I ain't got no need for not buying no Battlestations game or nothin'."
14600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Lost Planet impressions on: January 22, 2007, 09:08:15 PM

Quote from: rrmorton on January 22, 2007, 08:12:28 PM

One thing they really blew it on with the grappling hook: wouldn't it be so cool if you could grapple a mech and whip forward then jump up and land in the mech cockpit? That would also eliminate the frustration of trying to get in a mech and accidentally removing one of it's weapons instead.

Extreme mode must be laughably impossible.

I would settle for being able to use the grapple while jumping or falling.
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