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14561  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spectrobes (DS) Impressions on: March 08, 2007, 04:20:45 AM
So, no impressions, then?
14562  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GDC Week - The new E3 on: March 07, 2007, 08:25:37 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 07, 2007, 07:33:28 PM

Quote from: kathode on March 07, 2007, 07:30:18 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 07, 2007, 06:49:50 PM

Home trailer here:

http://gamevideos.com/video/id/9849

Looks like Sims crossed with Second Life.  Not really my thing but I can imagine there is probably a market for this type of thing out there based on how well those two have done. 

Man, as I was watching them talk about stuff like movie theaters that you go to where you can download movies and the chatroom stuff and I honestly couldn't help but think "Is there a way to skip all that BS and just do it through a menu fast?"  The metaverse was a cool idea in Snow Crash, but I want a console to play games.  Even when I go to bring up the Xbox interface thing to check out someone's Achievements I feel like it's slower than it should be.  Now I have to load a whole world and find my friend's house?

Yeah, that's how I feel.  The Live interface is almost too much for me- I want to turn on my console and play games, not hang out in an interface.  I can't imagine that Sony won't put some form of shortcuts in there though, at least for matchmaking and the like.

But, again, enough people seem to enjoy this stuff in the Sims and Second Life that there is clearly a market for people who do want to "hang out" in some abstract virtual realm. 

Yeah, but Sims Online was a major, major failure.  And this feels like less of the same, to me.  Maybe it'll be cool, but they have to get load time down to nothing and give people a reason to want to visit other people's home spaces.  I mean, sure I'd love to show off my trophies, but how much would I care about seeing other peoples?
14563  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [psp] gurumin: a monstrous adventure on: March 07, 2007, 06:16:11 PM
Yeah, this really is a great game with perfect-sized dungeons for a handheld. 

How long did it take you to finish, semiconscious?
14564  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spectrobes (DS) Impressions on: March 07, 2007, 06:14:27 PM
I'm interested in this one, Shifty.  You're not alone.  I am waiting on reviews, though (and some impressions, so get to it).
14565  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wii Fishing Master on: March 07, 2007, 04:46:58 AM
For those, like me, waiting for a fun Wii fishing game.  This looks like it could be Hot Shots Fishing.

http://www.gametrailers.com/gamepage.php?id=3232

Who knows if it'll ever make it here, though...
14566  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: blue dragon-august release on: March 06, 2007, 09:37:32 PM
If Mass Effect still makes May or even June, I'll be happy.  With Shivering Isles in the mix, I can pace it out. Two Worlds is supposedly coming in May, too.  Maybe Metroid Prime 3 will even make it in there... 

Of course, EB still lists Blue Dragon as coming in June, so all of these dates could change (and probably will).
14567  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: blue dragon-august release on: March 06, 2007, 08:49:51 PM
So much for summer fun...
14568  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/5) on: March 06, 2007, 03:08:07 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 06, 2007, 01:16:57 PM

Quote from: DonD on March 06, 2007, 12:53:15 PM

The only real draw of GRAW would be for the multi with GT'ers, and I'm not feeling a strong forum effect in that direction.  I'll be waiting and following the relevant thread(s).  It's not like I can play this week anyway until at least the weekend.

Worms is a possibility.  I remember playing the original Worms and having fun with it way back when.  I just wonder if it will hold up with the passage of time.  In any event, I'll at least check out the demo version.
I am a little wierded out we havent seen any reviews yet on GRAW 2 since it releases today, but barring any terrible news about the SP campaign I am still in. I am also seriously considering Motorstorm for instant purchase.

I think it's in stores tomorrow though, right?  Maybe not, as this is one of those "big" releases.
14569  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Virtual Console Games for 3/5 on: March 05, 2007, 09:08:47 PM
Super G&G is supposedly Super Tough, too.
14570  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/5) on: March 05, 2007, 04:23:26 PM
GRAW 2 and Worms and maybe Wario (and if the Def Jam reviews say the demo is nothing like the game, I could be swayed, but unlikely).
14571  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SSX Blur Review(s) on: March 04, 2007, 06:20:25 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on March 04, 2007, 03:15:45 AM

Oddly enough, you only have to place to "win" the tournament. Kind of Weird, but I'll go along with it.

Two things I don't like about Blur, No voice overs. I loved the voice acting in Tricky, and they really lent the characters some well, character. I have a feeling the game was fast forwarded by EA to get on the Wii bus as soon as possible. If they had a couple months they could've gotten VA in. Second, slalom is tough. Mainly because cutting(trying to turn in the opposite direction than the one you are facing) in the snow is obviously harder than leaning, but in SSX it's extra tough. It's almost as if you need to figure out how to switch footings after each gate to make it easier to pass them all. There doesn't seem to be a sensitivity meter that allows you to cut back better. Hopefully as my character improves and I get better edging the slaloms will become easier.

Slaloms are a royal pain, it's true.  One thing that helped me is that you don't have to go around each flag, you just have to go over it and make it bend down.  Saves a lot on the cutting, but it's still way too tough.  I think I placed 3rd once.

I don't think there were voice-overs in SSX 3, either.  In fact, this whole production seems very similar to that game.  There are parts of the mountain that are absolutely the same and the DJ is very similar, too (same guy, but his patter seems a little less annoying this time out).
14572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Worms out 3/7/07 on: March 02, 2007, 03:59:21 PM
14573  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / NBA Street Homecourt on: March 01, 2007, 10:13:27 PM
The reviews have been good.  I loved the first game and really liked the second.  Why am I not loving this one?  I'm finding career mode really challenging, for one, but not in a good way.  The computer definitely plays catch up, which is insanely frustrating.  Dominating the game?  Get ready for multiple steals and three-pointers.  The reverse doesn't work, though.  Maybe as my skills improve, I'll be able to up my stealing ability.  Also, I was doing the cool double shot (the ball goes in, bounces and lets you redunk), but all of a sudden its clanging off of the rim on a dunk.  Maybe I'm getting the wrong guy to the hoop.  The opposing team seems to pull this crap off flawlessly all the time (especially when they're behind for a second).  Also, there's no map, just a collection of seemingly random challenges, one of which will eventually open a new court.  However, you don't seem to have the ability to go back to a previous court, which seems to be the way I'd like to increase my stats now.  Also, there's no way I've seen that charts your progress.  It doesn't give you that sense of accomplishment the previous games have.  You unlock special clothes as you play, but I haven't seen a reason you unlock the cool shoes, just all of a sudden you do.

Anyone else frustrated with this?
14574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot Drops a 7.8 on Crackdown on: March 01, 2007, 09:06:04 PM

Quote from: papasmurff on March 01, 2007, 04:46:54 AM

FOUND ALL 500 AGILITY ORBS!!!!!

You deserve WAY more than a cookie for that.  Quite an achievement.  I hope the Achievement points are worth it.
14575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Live Arcade Wednesday - Alien Hominid HD on: March 01, 2007, 09:04:46 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 01, 2007, 08:12:40 PM

I am not happy with this development frown Hetz has been very well behaved lately and is getting a lot of flack when he hasn't started jack. I really hope we can all continue to work out some of these issues, because they just aren't necessary all the time.

Seriously guys, come on.

I agree.  I think people have been coming down on Hetz for his amusing grumpiness over Microsoft's lack of exciting XBLA releases.  When he tried to back away from it, people were wondering where his comments were.  When he started commenting again, people tore him a new one.  Can't blame the guy for feeling abused, really.
14576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Impressions] Bullet Witch on: March 01, 2007, 05:33:25 PM
Starshifter, I appreciate your impressions, as well.  I will probably pick this game up at some point, but I will be waiting for the bargain bin.  Still, your general attitude toward the game is not far from where I'd be playing it, so that moved it from never get at all to wait for a low price.
14577  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield: Bad Company on: March 01, 2007, 02:47:45 PM
Huh.  It felt forced to me.  But I was also spending the time thinking: How is this a Battlefield game?  And worrying it would be like Command & Conquer: Renegade.
14578  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pretty nice Heatseeker trailer on: March 01, 2007, 05:49:46 AM
My hopes are up for this one, but I'm pretty sure those hopes'll be dashed.
14579  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SSX Blur Review(s) on: March 01, 2007, 05:47:58 AM
I'm glad to hear the halfpipes get easier.  I'm having a tough time there. 

For me a bigger frustration than the ubertricks (which are hard) is grabbing to the right.  I have no problem with the other four directions, but for some reason the right never registers.  Extremely frustrating.  I wish they had used the stick instead of moving the nunchuck.  Also, that way I would remember to move the stick forward again after landing. 
14580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Live Arcade Wednesday - Alien Hominid HD on: March 01, 2007, 05:43:16 AM
I'm passing this time around.  I had it for Gamecube and enjoyed it, but I just don't have the patience for the difficulty again.  Also, the achievements look kind of tough (there's one where you have to bite, I think, 50 heads without shooting or landing on the ground).
14581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Wing Commander Arena Screenshots on: February 25, 2007, 09:35:55 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 25, 2007, 04:49:57 PM

Quote from: Kobra on February 25, 2007, 04:04:04 PM

Quote from: kathode on February 24, 2007, 05:44:29 PM

Quote from: Kobra on February 24, 2007, 01:57:53 AM

thumbsup  Who the hell cares it is 2D or doesn't have cockpit views

Anyone who ever played and enjoyed any game at all in the Wing Commander series?  I'm all for formula changes but apparently the only thing this has in common with Wing Commander is that you're flying spaceships around in something that appears to be a failed impersonation of "space".  I've got my original boxed copies of WC1 + both Secret Missions and WC2, so I am a little biased smile 

Well it clearly looks like a Subspace ripoff, which is great because Subspace is fantastic, and even today, incredibly addictive.  But I do agree slapping "Wing Commander" on it simply because they own the name, and want addition units sold is pathetic beyond fucking pathetic. This I agree with, and yes, I have played virtually every WC game, and played the first one religiously for years.  Tongue

Even as a Subspace clone it fails, as it only has 16 players at a time.  I was a huge Subspace addict, and a zone with 16 players typically meant you were going to spend the next few minutes trying to switch to a populated zone.

That said, I was a huge Subspace addict, so if this game gets at least mediocre reviews I'll probably end up buying it.

Quick question:  Were you a huge Subspace addict?
14582  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's Wrong With Live Arcade? (also Live Arcade Game for 2/28) on: February 25, 2007, 03:26:14 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on February 24, 2007, 08:57:43 PM

deadhorse

Microsoft is who killed the horse and left it in the field collecting flies for weeks on end.
14583  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown - need help? on: February 25, 2007, 03:23:58 PM

Quote from: papasmurff on February 24, 2007, 06:22:34 PM

jump around....I am missing 2

Which is the worst situation to be in.  I wish they would show up on the HUD somehow.
14584  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Wing Commander Arena Screenshots on: February 25, 2007, 03:20:18 PM
This really does seem like a lame little space shooter that they were already putting together when someone said, "Hey, we'll move 22% more units if we brand it" and thus did Wing Commander get slapped on there.  Maybe it'll even be a fun little space shooter (though it looks pretty slow moving in the clips I saw), but it ain't Wing Commander.
14585  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown - need help? on: February 24, 2007, 05:28:21 PM
I'm gonna guess that the achievements you don't have are the agility and hidden orbs ones.  I wish there was a better way to track those down.  I got the guide to help, but it is utterly useless.  Just a bunch of blobs on a map that's too pulled out and then a series of not at all helpful pictures.  There's no way to tell where the pictures are taken, as there's no numbering or anything.  Grrr.  Any tips there?
14586  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown - need help? on: February 24, 2007, 04:31:16 PM
Can you help me stop playing??
14587  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name! This! Movie! on: February 23, 2007, 09:34:01 PM
There are at least four Tremors movies, could it have been one of the sequels?  Also, I know some friends of mine kept getting Tremors and Trancers confused for some reason.  I have no recollection of how Trancers ends, though.
14588  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sonic and the Secret Rings Review(s) on: February 22, 2007, 03:40:54 PM
I played a couple of more levels last night, and I definitely had fun with it.  I personally wish it had a more linear progression on mission choices, but that's only a personal thing.  I don't want to give the impression that the controls are a mess.  They work fine, but they could have been better.  If a little more time had been spent on responsiveness, this would have been an amazing game with awful music and script. 

Anyway, I only meant to play one mission last night and wound up playing three, so that should tell you something.  Originally, my plan was to crank Sonic's level as much as possible, but I found out that you can't get some rewards if you're above a certain level.  Ah, well. 

Bottom line for me, though, is it's nice to have something else, anything else to play on the Wii, and this could have been a lot worse.
14589  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sonic and the Secret Rings Review(s) on: February 22, 2007, 12:10:44 AM
I gave it a go. 

Played the first set of tutorials and the first mission.  Of course it's too early for a review, but it definitely feels like the controls should be tighter.  It's not ruining gameplay at all yet, but I've missed some rings by not tilting it enough or too much, though both felt the same to me.  I can see this leading to bigger problems down the road.

That said, there is fun to be had here, for sure, and there seems to be a lot to do.  I do wish I'd waited for a price drop, but I imagine about $30 would be reasonable.

Oh, and the script and music are just awful.
14590  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sonic and the Secret Rings Review(s) on: February 20, 2007, 08:58:15 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 20, 2007, 08:56:24 PM

I was going to post this myself.  I was happy to see that they really panned the last two games and thought Sonic Heroes and Sonic Rush were the most successful of the recent games (though Rush was a little too difficult for me).  That review put this into the Probably Buy category for me.  A step up from Very Cautious and Reluctant.

Still, it's just one review.

Oops, make it two:

B+ from 1Up, apparently, but I can't log into the review page.

14591  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sonic and the Secret Rings Review(s) on: February 20, 2007, 08:56:24 PM
I was going to post this myself.  I was happy to see that they really panned the last two games and thought Sonic Heroes and Sonic Rush were the most successful of the recent games (though Rush was a little too difficult for me).  That review put this into the Probably Buy category for me.  A step up from Very Cautious and Reluctant.

Still, it's just one review.
14592  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Live Arcade Title for 2/21 is..... on: February 20, 2007, 03:09:01 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on February 20, 2007, 02:43:38 PM

I don't think it is necessary to post a thread about what Live title is available if there isn't one available.  It seems kind of petty to me.

In fairness, Microsoft is the one who claimed there would be a new release every week.  As over-grumbly as Hetz may be, I do think it's fair to make this post when there isn't a release.
14593  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/19) on: February 19, 2007, 04:10:00 PM
Crackdown, NBA Street and, maybe, Sonic.

Oh, and maybe Izuna.

I'll probably get Supreme Commander someday, if I beef up my computer.
14594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Virtual Console Games for 2/19 on: February 19, 2007, 04:08:08 PM
Any opinions on Adventure Island?
14595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii to have a Meltdown... on: February 16, 2007, 05:11:22 AM

Quote from: Graham on February 16, 2007, 03:50:45 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 15, 2007, 05:05:56 PM

There's a hands-on preview on Games Radar, that has screenshots, too.  Looks like this is going cel-shaded, which surprises me.
Mercury Meltdown for the PSP and Mercury Meltdown Remix for the PS2 were both cel-shaded.

I guess I really stopped paying attention after the first one.
14596  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii to have a Meltdown... on: February 15, 2007, 05:05:56 PM
There's a hands-on preview on Games Radar, that has screenshots, too.  Looks like this is going cel-shaded, which surprises me.

http://www.gamesradar.com/us/wii/game/previews/article.jsp?articleId=20070213171426941014&releaseId=20061214113311310067&sectionId=1001

14597  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Wii channel just launched -- nothing special -- on: February 14, 2007, 05:56:35 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 14, 2007, 05:33:55 PM

as for the poll questions
i prefer cats...but i predicted that dogs would win the poll,lol

Uh oh.  I did the same thing.
14598  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Wii channel just launched -- nothing special -- on: February 14, 2007, 05:02:30 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 14, 2007, 04:27:53 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 14, 2007, 03:08:36 PM

I wish there was a way to put all of the VC games I downloaded into one channel that would open up to display them.  Maybe the Games channel will do that, though I have a feeling it'll just be a variation on the shopping channel.
If you want your VC games consolidated and seperated from the main screen, why not put them all on the second page of the interface?

I did do that.  But it still is kind of cluttered.
14599  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Wii channel just launched -- nothing special -- on: February 14, 2007, 03:08:36 PM
I really enjoyed the channel.  Especially for free.  I just wish there were more polls.  I think it's great that they're adding stuff.

I wish there was a way to put all of the VC games I downloaded into one channel that would open up to display them.  Maybe the Games channel will do that, though I have a feeling it'll just be a variation on the shopping channel.
14600  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Today's Virtual Console offering on: February 14, 2007, 04:28:07 AM
Are other people getting the washed out visuals, or is it just me?
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