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14561  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.
14562  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?
14563  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.  http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/xbox360/lostplanet  Here:
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80
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]
80
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]
70
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]
70
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]
60
GamePro
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]
14564  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Metal Slug Anthologies (Wii) on: December 28, 2006, 05:06:48 PM
http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php/topic,16880.0.html
14565  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!
14566  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?
14567  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.
14568  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.
14569  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?
14570  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).
14571  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.
14572  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?
14573  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/
14574  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?
14575  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.
14576  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?
14577  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.
14578  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.
14579  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.
14580  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.
14581  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.
14582  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.
14583  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.
14584  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!
14585  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.
14586  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

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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
14587  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
14588  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.
14589  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
14590  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.
14591  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.
14592  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
14593  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.
14594  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."
14595  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.
14596  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!
14597  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.
14598  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.
14599  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.
14600  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.
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