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14681  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Dell (or Alienware) laptop advice needed on: March 21, 2007, 07:19:34 PM
So, if anyone is interested, I went ahead with the Asus G1, and I ordered it from a company in CA called Xotic PC.  Not only were they very helpful and knowledgeable (and cool, I might add), but they also upgrade and test the unit on site.  I upped the processor speed to 2.33 Ghz and went with a 7200 RPM 100 gig hard drive (instead of the 5400 160 gig).  I figured all of this tweaking would add a couple of weeks to the order, but they say they'll get it done in 1-3 days (unless there's a problem in the testing).  Amazing.  I'm very psyched to get this new machine next week!

Cross-posted in the multi-threads that have sprung up about this
14682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Armored Core 4 (Note to People with PS3 and Xbox 360) on: March 21, 2007, 06:28:58 PM

Quote from: jblank on March 21, 2007, 05:20:11 PM

Wow, who do ya believe?

I'm straddling the fence on this one but I might end up taking it back for Virtua Tennis 3.

Well, when you start adding in uber-fans like Team Xbox giving it a very lukewarm 6.2 http://reviews.teamxbox.com/xbox-360/1304/Armored-Core-4/p3/ and 1Up spanking it with a 4.0 http://www.1up.com/do/gameOverview?cId=3143818, if you're like me, you'll be back to wanting to stay away.

Still, I've never played a game in this series, so I'd be curious to know if it's accessible enough for me.  It sounds like the driving force of the game is still customization, and that's always my least favorite part of a mech game.  So who knows?
14683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 21, 2007, 06:25:05 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 21, 2007, 06:04:10 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 21, 2007, 05:29:35 PM

Bah, why did I bother trying to get this at a b&m store at lunch.  They were just finishing unpacking the DS/GBA boxes that arrived, and "Puzzle Quest?" was only good for blank stares.

Hehe that's what I am scared of. My local EB has never offered to go through boxes for me, they always tell me to come back, so I will wait an hour or two more before I head down there. I wonder if Target will carry it, they seem to be quite good for new releases.

This drives me crazy.  None of the stores around me do it.  I just don't get it.  Don't they want the sale?  Don't they want fewer units to have to put on shelves?  When I worked retail, we were psyched to sell new items.
14684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Armored Core 4 (Note to People with PS3 and Xbox 360) on: March 21, 2007, 04:41:16 PM
Not according to Gamespot: http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/sim/armoredcore4/review.html?sid=6167746

7.7 Good
14685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]castlevania:SOTN now up on: March 21, 2007, 03:04:09 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on March 21, 2007, 02:55:28 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on March 21, 2007, 02:51:32 PM

I have to agree with Tilt on this that it's primarily nostalgia tinging reviews for older titles. Hell, I've fallen victim to that myself regarding FFVI on the DS. I still love it, but I'm more experienced now when I play it and as such I've blown through it. I'm sure when I replay SotN I'll find things to bitch about and wonder aloud how I ever enjoyed X. I would actually put Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest ahead of it, more for personal reasons than anything else, followed quickly by Castlevania 3.

Have you replayed Castlevania 2 or 3 recently? If not, how do you know that you aren't aggrandazing those games based on nostalgia? I used to love Castlevania 2 as a kid (though I got stuck at the heart part, I believe); but I went back and played it a month or two ago and it was no where near what I remembered.

I think that was part of the point WBS was making.
14686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What the heck is Nintendo thinking? A cook-off Wii game! on: March 20, 2007, 05:56:28 PM
Kobra's no longer raising a good point.
14687  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Any Asus G1 Impressions?? (or A8Js) on: March 20, 2007, 04:37:26 PM
Good to know.

I'm also looking at the Asus A8Js, which is only 14" but has the same graphics card.  It has a lower native resolution, so I'm wondering if you get more bang for your buck there.
14688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What the heck is Nintendo thinking? A cook-off Wii game! on: March 20, 2007, 03:07:32 PM
I think what Nintendo was thinking was that this game worked on the DS (it really was a ton of fun) and that it will work on the Wii.  Kobra raises a good point against it, though.  I'm not sure that the quick hit stuff from the DS will translate as well to the console.  It really boils down to the "party" aspects of it.  My wife and daughter will probably love this game, and if it's like the DS version, I think I will enjoy it quite a bit as well.  However, between this game and Trauma Center, both of which are near ports from their DS counterparts, I don't know that we can call them "new games" like Farscry says.  Hopefully, we're still in launch mode and the innovation is still to come.  None the less, Cooking Mama, while quirky, sure, can't really be called junk.
14689  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Any Asus G1 Impressions?? (or A8Js) on: March 20, 2007, 03:00:38 PM
I've moved from a Dell or Alienware machine to thinking strongly about the Asus G1.  It seems to be the best 15" laptop out there, in the happy middle ground between power and portability.  I'm wondering if anyone has one and what their impressions are.  Any opinions will help.  Thanks.

14690  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Dell (or Alienware) laptop advice needed on: March 19, 2007, 11:39:54 PM
Well, my wife convinced me I needed to get a 15", so I'm heavily leaning to the Asus G1.  Has anyone had experience with that one?

Also, I may want to wait for a DX10 laptop, but I have a feeling we won't see them for several months and they'll be only in the 17" models and blow through batteries.  Has anyone heard anything about these?
14691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot Drops a 7.8 on Crackdown on: March 19, 2007, 02:09:04 PM
It's amazing how many finest views this city has, agent.
14692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I have a new must, must, must have game... on: March 19, 2007, 02:06:51 PM

Quote from: Turtle on March 18, 2007, 09:04:28 PM

I love how the game is more freeform than PoP and Splinter Cell.  The whole free running-like aspects are just cool.

Quote from: unbreakable on March 18, 2007, 05:55:39 PM

Wow... that looks like the kind of game we wished "Hitman" would be. 

These are actually the only things making me nervous.  The Hitman series is a little too freeform, IMO.  It's hard to get a handle on what to do in a lot of missions, and it becomes very trial and error, but that means replaying the whole level again.  Hitman is a game that I want to like, and I always get the newest version, but then I get frustrated and stop playing a few levels in.

That said, Sands of Time is one of my all time favorites, and I love the Thief series, too (which I'm hoping this'll be closer to than Hitman).  So, don't get me wrong, I am in like sin, and I trust the dev team, and I'm sure this game'll be fantastic, but I had to mention my grain of salt.
14693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/19) on: March 19, 2007, 01:54:02 PM
360:
Armored Core 4 Waiting on reviews
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Live Arcade) Yes
Earth Defense Force 2017 Waiting on reviews
Virtua Tennis 3 Waiting on reviews and waiting for my dead 360 to return from the grave, so I can try the demo

Wii:
Cooking Mama: Cook Off Yes
Kororinpa: Marble Mania Probably
Wing Island Reviews so far have been deadly, but if the major sites or people here think differently, I could be swayed...if it's something my three year old can do, then I'll also be in

DS:
Custom Robo Arena Waiting on reviews
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of Warlords Yes
Steel Horizon Waiting on reviews
Theme Park Maybe


Ugh, this'll be a rough week made even rougher by waiting for my 360.  Hopefully it comes back before Shimmering Isles arrives.  The sad thing is that even though there are a lot of games I'm getting, none of them has me really excited.
14694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SSX Blur Review(s) on: March 18, 2007, 03:31:56 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 07, 2007, 02:02:33 PM

Last week I cancelled my C&C3 preorder and picked this up instead. 

Wow, could you find two more different games?
14695  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Dell (or Alienware) laptop advice needed on: March 17, 2007, 06:19:40 AM
So, let me ask this: What's the best 15" that anyone has found.  The ones I've seen have had a meh screen and graphics card, but I've only just started looking.  I'd prefer a nice 15" to a kick-ass 17" anyway, but I would like something like the 7900 GS, graphically (I've given up on getting the GTX card).  This has been very helpful so far.  Can anyone find me the perfect laptop?
14696  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Dell (or Alienware) laptop advice needed on: March 16, 2007, 11:43:02 PM
Adding to my frustration, my wife has informed me that she would really prefer a 15".  Is everyone using 17"?  Do you travel with them?  How about 15"?  Is there a decent one?
14697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Wario: Master of Disguise... greatest game ever? on: March 16, 2007, 03:41:59 AM

Quote from: Misguided on March 16, 2007, 02:51:16 AM

Another recent example is the really well done Diddy Kong Racing
which got lousy reviews and deserved much better.

I was thinking the same thing until I got to the first trace race (or whatever it's really called).  The third boss race where you have to draw a line over a top-down perspective to get your racer to follow.  Feels like it should be like Kirby Canvas Curse, but it's not.  It's virtually unplayable.
14698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tiger Woods - Wii on: March 15, 2007, 05:50:32 PM

Quote from: rrmorton on March 15, 2007, 05:28:23 PM

Thanks for the info, Bullwinkle. I guess I missed that Sort option.

Easy enough to do.  The interface isn't the greatest.  I'm constantly hitting A to select an option, only to move on to the next screen.

By the way, has anyone figured out how to get different eyebrows??  I haven't seen an option to change them anywhere.
14699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Wario: Master of Disguise... greatest game ever? on: March 15, 2007, 04:56:37 PM
I'd heard very blah things too, but I want it to be good.  Anyone else try it?
14700  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Dell laptop advice needed on: March 15, 2007, 04:52:10 PM
I've added the Alienware Aurora M9700 (or even the Area-51 M5790).  Anyone have opinions on any of these?

I need to order a laptop ASAP, too.  Your help is very appreciated.
14701  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Dell (or Alienware) laptop advice needed on: March 15, 2007, 03:08:00 PM
I have to get a laptop, and I'd prefer a Dell. 

I like the specs of the M1710.  The problem is, my wife is not going to like the way the XPS machines look, but I want to get the 512MB Nvidia card in there (the 7950), but I may have to go with the 7900, 256MB card just for pricing. 

The Inspirons only have a 256MB 7300, and their screen isn't the WUXGA.  It's WSXGA+ and 15.4", though I don't know if I need a 17" screen.  Also, it only runs at a max speed of 2Ghz, which is slower than my current desktop.

I'm looking to get a new desktop down the road, so this doesn't have to be a powerhouse, but I do want it to run things like Company of Heroes or even Crysis okay.  Any suggestions?

Sorry for the semi-repost, but there was no response in the other thread, so I started a new one.
14702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have you had XBox 360 problems? on: March 15, 2007, 03:02:13 PM

Quote from: Brendan on March 15, 2007, 03:12:46 AM

The base warranty was extended from 90 days to a year from purchase (automatically - no effort required on your part).

http://news.teamxbox.com/xbox/12482/Microsoft-Extends-Xbox-360-Warranty-to-One-Year/

You should just be able to call 1-800-4MY-XBOX.

Year after purchase, which would have been last November.  Great, I'm screwed.
14703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Friend Codes To Be Title Specific on: March 15, 2007, 03:00:59 PM
I seriously don't understand this at all.  Nintendo has said they were using a wait and see approach to find out what worked, what people responded well to, infrastructure-wise.  They've seen that.  And they chose to go in a totally other direction and ignore all beneficial functionality.  I know the Xbox and 360 haven't been the biggest hits in the home base of Big N, but that doesn't mean you should ignore the things that have worked.  Or are the Japanese somehow really against Xbox Live and like the idea of jumping through hoops to play games online?
14704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tiger Woods - Wii on: March 15, 2007, 02:53:21 PM

Quote from: rrmorton on March 14, 2007, 11:32:21 PM


>Am I right to think that there's no easy way to sort gear according to maker? So if I get a Grafalloy sponsorship, I'm stuck hunting through all the stuff, trying to read the chunk font and blindly looking for the word Grafalloy?

No, there is a way.  You select "Sort" from the options at the bottom of the screen.  Then you can select a specific manufacturer.  You can also select locked or unlocked, which is what I usually do.  Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a way to select everything from a specific maker, so you have to go into shirts, then pants, etc.

As for my backswing into a shot before you start your downswing problem, others are having the same issue, according to the EA forums.  I switched to one handed, and that seemed to fix it, but I just had it happen again three times on a single hole.  It's extremely frustrating.
14705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have you had XBox 360 problems? on: March 15, 2007, 02:51:37 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 14, 2007, 04:35:40 PM

I think mine is about to bite the dust.  I saw the rings last night, but was able to get it working again.  It's still locking up and has been chugging a bit lately, though.

How did that extended warranty thing work?  Was that automatic or was I supposed to do something?

I was kind of hoping I could hold out until the rumored "new" 360 comes out, but I don't know if that'll happen.

Anyone know about that warranty?
14706  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Looking at Laptops on: March 14, 2007, 08:23:18 PM
I have to get a laptop, and I'd prefer a Dell.  I like the specs of the M1710.  The problem is, my wife is not going to like the way the XPS machines look, but I want to get the 512MB Nvidia card in there (the 7950)  The Inspirons only have a 256MB 7300.  I'm looking to get a new desktop down the road, so this doesn't have to be a powerhouse, but I do want it to run things like Company of Heroes okay.  Any suggestions?
14707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Namco confirms a Summer release for Culdcept Saga on: March 14, 2007, 08:07:28 PM
Yeah, my fear is that they won't do anything except a hasty language translation over here.  Seems to be a well-founded fear, too.
14708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tiger Woods - Wii on: March 14, 2007, 08:05:56 PM
This is what I foolishly posted in the regular console section:

Quote
Well, I picked up Tiger Woods 07 for the Wii.  Man, it looks yucky, but I wasn't expecting much graphically, so who cares.

Unfortunately, I've got some kind of problem with the swing controls.  It tends to take a weak swing on my backswing, and I have no idea why it's happening.  Incredibly frustrating, to say the least.

I'd love to hear other impressions of the game, because I'm having a hard time getting past this issue (it happened twice on the first hole in the Tiger Challenge).  If anyone has seen an explanation for the issue I'm having, I'd love to hear that, too.

Seems like I'm not the only one with the issue, but I still can't figure out what's causing it.  Grrr.
14709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tiger Woods 07 Wii on: March 14, 2007, 08:01:55 PM
I never look at the sports forum, and I always forget to post there.  Sorry. icon_redface
14710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Namco confirms a Summer release for Culdcept Saga on: March 14, 2007, 06:52:07 PM
I'm interested, but a little more hesitant than you.
14711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tiger Woods 07 Wii on: March 14, 2007, 06:50:37 PM
Well, I picked up Tiger Woods 07 for the Wii.  Man, it looks yucky, but I wasn't expecting much graphically, so who cares.

Unfortunately, I've got some kind of problem with the swing controls.  It tends to take a weak swing on my backswing, and I have no idea why it's happening.  Incredibly frustrating, to say the least. 

I'd love to hear other impressions of the game, because I'm having a hard time getting past this issue (it happened twice on the first hole in the Tiger Challenge).  If anyone has seen an explanation for the issue I'm having, I'd love to hear that, too.
14712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have you had XBox 360 problems? on: March 14, 2007, 04:35:40 PM
I think mine is about to bite the dust.  I saw the rings last night, but was able to get it working again.  It's still locking up and has been chugging a bit lately, though.

How did that extended warranty thing work?  Was that automatic or was I supposed to do something?

I was kind of hoping I could hold out until the rumored "new" 360 comes out, but I don't know if that'll happen.
14713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games You Can't Stop Playing on: March 12, 2007, 02:51:36 PM
Gears had that effect for me, as well, though I cooled for a bit and just finished the single player two nights ago.  I was hooked for a long time.  Especially on MP, and I'm not usually much of an MP guy. 

The combination of Crackdown and the Achievements Reward Challenge (got my 1500 points last night, BTW) had me plow through that game like butter.  I stopped for a bit before the last few baddies, and I'm finding it a little hard to get into again, but not much.  It's just a blast to play.

There's a tendency for me to stop playing a game if I feel like I'm dedicating too much time to it or if I feel like I'm going to finish it.  Frankly, that's ridiculous, but it's a habit I can't shake.  It doesn't help if a new game comes out.

The only game that kept drawing me back straight through to completion was Oblivion.  Even KOTOR, which I also plowed through, got some downtime, but any time I tried something new during Oblivion, it quickly got sent to the back burner.  It helped that not a lot was coming out for the 360 at the time, but still.
14714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/12) on: March 12, 2007, 02:13:25 PM
Tiger Woods, unless I see some bad reviews.  Maybe TMNT.  Maybe Double Dungeons.  Make that NOT Double Dungeons.
14715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 Impressions on: March 09, 2007, 03:58:38 PM
I found the little I've played with the single player to be an improvement in nearly every way over GRAW 1 (still would like to save anywhere, though- I had a lockup during one of the last tutorials and was pissed that I had to start the whole thing over- at least the levels seem a little shorter).  The team-mate AI is pretty damn good, fixing probably the biggest problem over all.  And I'm amazed at how impressed I can still be by next-genniness in the graphics. 

I didn't love the MP demo, but I jumped into a couple of games last night online and had a great time (even got a team leader achievement, which could only be accomplished this early into the game's release).  I'm bummed that you can't lock into a wall, but I understand why.  Still, that led to a lot of frustration after coming off of the single player.

Overall, I'm loving it more than I thought I would.
14716  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Mario Galaxy Trailer on: March 09, 2007, 03:52:56 PM
I'm a little worried about the camera, too, but I'm more worried that there will not be a lot of variety in the worlds.  It seems to be a lot of running around with just black space in the background.  There was one scene with a reddish-pink background that gave me hope, but otherwise this just feels like those annoying block levels from Sunshine over and over again.

I am looking more forward to the Paper Mario platformer than this, but I am still interested, at least.
14717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GDC Week - The new E3 on: March 08, 2007, 03:57:24 PM

Quote from: Farscry on March 08, 2007, 04:37:32 AM

Quote from: gellar on March 07, 2007, 07:19:57 PM

Quote from: SuperHiro on March 07, 2007, 06:53:26 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 07, 2007, 06:50:35 PM

Quote from: gellar on March 07, 2007, 06:46:54 PM

Quote from: Farscry on March 07, 2007, 06:15:25 PM

A true killer app. Something like what Mario 64 did for the N64, or Wii Sports on the Wii.

Um... you mean Zelda for the Wii, right?  Wii Sports was a pack in that a lot of gamers didn't even know existed.

gellar

I agree with Farscry.  Wii Sports may be a pack-in but it's really what gets the most buzz.  My mom actually wants a Wii because of it!

All I know is that Conan played Serena Williams in Wii Tennis on his show.  For the "casual" gamer, I think Wii Sports would be considered a killer app. 

Man, I must be in the minority then.  I seriously didn't even know this game existed until after launch.

gellar

Yup. You're in the minority. icon_biggrin All the promo stuff I saw/read leading up to the Wii launch was focused mostly on Wii Sports, not Zelda. And it's Wii Sports that's sold the system to the mainstream masses who are still buying them up faster than the shelves can be stocked.

Nintendo's gamble paid off, in the short run at least, by appealing to a new gaming demographic. The "hardcore" gaming audience generally dislikes the Wii, writing it off as a puny little sibling to the 360/PS3.  That's the audience that Nintendo didn't bother trying to capture, because there's already two solid platforms vying for that audience. They went for a different audience, and so far it's working pretty well (much like with the DS). Obviously, this is a first for the gaming market since the introduction of the original NES (basically the same gamble in a different era) and it remains to be seen how successful they'll be in the long run.

Heck, I keep failing to see anything to really draw me into buying a Wii myself; there's nothing in the next few months that's a killer app on the system for me personally, and my late spring purchase is looking more and more like it's going to be delayed into a holiday season purchase, and even that's iffy. It's wild how much my excitement waned from my "day one purchase!" claims after E3 last year into pretty much no excitement for the system currently. Right now, the 360, PC, DS, and PS2 provide more gaming than I could possibly ask for, and the Wii just doesn't offer anything I absolutely must have that I can't get elsewhere yet. I even picked up Twilight Princess on the Cube so I wouldn't need to grab the Wii to play it.

One big issue I see for the Wii is that third party games are still going for hardcore gamers.  The casual fan is not going to enjoy SSX Blur much, for example.  Too frustrating.
14718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 Impressions on: March 08, 2007, 03:53:12 PM

Quote from: jblank on March 08, 2007, 03:15:42 PM

Any of you figure out how to use the med-kit on yourself, or how to ask others to heal you?

According to the tutorial, you have to look at a medic and use down on the d-pad.
14719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Worms out 3/7/07 on: March 08, 2007, 03:52:31 PM
Did anyone else have a tough time getting in an online battle?  I kept getting a message that the Worms server was not available or the game was not available any more.  I tried hosting a game and the console froze on me.  The next time I was in the lobby we waited for a long time and kept getting no response from the host.  Another guy said that when he tried to host the console locked, so we figured it had happened again.  I only got to play one game last night.  I did have a blast because even though I suck, most everyone else did, too.  And the few who didn't had some unlucky things happen.  Still, I know I won't be able to devote time to it like others and the fun of getting spanked repeatedly is going to wane.
14720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spectrobes (DS) Impressions on: March 08, 2007, 04:20:45 AM
So, no impressions, then?
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