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14881  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause Demo on: August 25, 2006, 12:46:35 AM
I played for an hour or so today.  I was about to give up after multiple attempts at the first mission (or the first part of the mission, I guess).  It seemed incredibly challenging to try and parachute onto a car, but if that didn't happen, I couldn't catch up to the convoy in time to do anything about it.  Finally, I started shooting from the parachute, and the convoy pulled over, for some reason (to try and take me out, maybe).  Once I started taking out the minions, the truck with the target inside peeled out and sped away.  I was able to keep up in a jeep, follow him to a compound and take him out.  After that, the game became much more reasonable on the challenge meter.  I really enjoyed it.  My only complaint was that, for such a large world, the gameplay seemed very linear.  I'd be very suprised if that stayed true for the whole game, though.

I also played TD:U and was slightly less impressed than I'd been with the last demo.  But maybe I'm off driving games for a while.
14882  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Catan, Carcasonne, Alhambra to XBLA! on: August 25, 2006, 12:40:49 AM
I guess it's not as hardcore (or maybe even as good) as the other games

Actually, the three games listed are good starter games for introducing new people to board games.  A&A might be even more hardcore, but it has a huge following (the other three weren't made into a mass-produced PC game) and has been reviewed pretty favorably.

That said, I remember a friend of mine trying to get me to play in high school, and I couldn't have been less interested.
14883  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Catan, Carcasonne, Alhambra to XBLA! on: August 24, 2006, 04:13:57 PM
It really is "Catan," one "a" after the "t."

14884  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Texas Hold 'Em free for download right now!! on: August 24, 2006, 04:12:03 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 24, 2006, 03:40:49 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 24, 2006, 03:27:36 PM

Of course I might be biased as I lost 600 bucks when my electricity flickered and my 360 rebooted.  Apparently if you get disconnected in mid game you lose whatever you had.
Were you in a tournament?  If you leave a tournament, you lose all your money no matter how you leave the table. (I think)

You can lose money by quitting instead of leaving the table.  I lost all kinds of single player money that way.  I wanted to try it out after downloading, but didn't really have time to play.  They take the money from your account right at the beginning, but don't credit your account until you leave the table.

As for my impressions, I got bored with single player quickly (possibly because the incident mentioned above started a quick path to a hole that is going to be hard to climb up from), but played for several hours last night in multiplayer.  I played with a couple of All-In kids, at first.  Literally going All-In on every hand and giggling like crazy.  But they were actually nice, and the conversation was worth the pain.  It helped that I delivered a royal smack-down pretty early on, too.  However, I soon felt the need to play with grown-ups.  I found a table with a $1k buy-in and 50/100 blinds.  Yoinks!  The group was great and we had a lot of fun when this kid came in with absolutely no clue as to how to play and couldn't be bothered to read any instructions.  People like that always wind up winning some crazy hands, for some reason.  Again, it may help that I cleared $40,000 in that game, but even if I'd lost, it would have been fun.

Bottom line, people make the difference.

The main things I'd change: animation speed (I think it's ridiculous that you have to wait for all the chips to toss in at the end of every betting round, for example; why aren't they thrown in as the game plays?), the wait to start mentioned before (though it's not too bad if the group is good), the text could be a little more legible (its very small), and I would love to see a standings function, maybe with the select button, to quickly show how much everyone has.

Overall, fun, but I'm sure it'll get better after a few weeks when the All-Inners trickle away.
14885  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / ipod volume equalization? on: August 24, 2006, 04:14:07 AM
Anyone know a way to equalize volume levels on the ipod using itunes for the PC?  I know there's a way on the Mac called ivolume, but I can't find anything PC-based.
14886  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Catan, Carcasonne, Alhambra to XBLA! on: August 23, 2006, 06:49:59 PM
If you've got any interest in board games, the subject should get you very excited.  This was announced in Germany.  No word if they'll be exclusive to Germany, though, where their appetite for board games is enormous.  I've never played Alhambra but the other two are great and relatively easy (Carcasonne, especially).  This would be a fantastic trend to see take off, but I have a feeling it will have limited appeal.  None the less, I guess we look for it by year's end!
14887  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP Generations of Chaos....Ummm on: August 23, 2006, 04:06:20 AM

Quote from: The Grue on August 23, 2006, 02:50:01 AM

For some reason that keeps popping into my mind as being referenced as one of the worst games on PSP and also one of the worst games ever.  I could be confused, though.  I have never played it.

Gamerankings ranks it at 60%.

Gamespot 6.6 :
The Good: Dozens of unique commanders to recruit; multifaceted strategy blends combat, politics, and economics; ten different campaigns and a random generator to keep you playing.
The Bad: Steep learning curve requires a lot of patience to overcome; frequent load times make the game stutter and lag constantly; confusing interface often makes it a chore to issue commands and check stats.

IGN 6.7:
Closing Comments
Generation of Chaos has a bunch of cool ideas, but a bulk of the appeal lies buried underneath a confusing interface and a poorly designed menu system. There is, however, a good amount of depth for those willing to tough it out. But for those looking for a game along the lines of Final Fantasy Tactics, this really isn’t it. Those looking for a deep strategy RPG to take on trips will find something to like in here, provided they understand what they’re getting into.
14888  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone dive into Deep Labyrinth? on: August 18, 2006, 03:12:38 AM
Deep Labyrinth is out for the DS.  I've heard it's very appealing for the die-hard RPG fans, but that the interface is a little klunky and the graphics are sub-par.  Has anyone given this one a shot?
14889  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ninety-Nine Nights: Anyone take the plunge? on: August 18, 2006, 03:10:32 AM
So, Ninety-Nine Nights is in stores.  I was looking forward to it.  Enjoyed the demo and everything.  The reviews have completely scared me off.  Has anyone actually tried the full game?  Where are those impressions?
14890  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/14) on: August 15, 2006, 01:26:00 AM
The IGN review is just as bad as Gamespot.  5.6.

Ah, well.  I may still get it when the price comes down.
14891  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/14) on: August 14, 2006, 03:46:13 PM
I was down for ninety nine nights after the demo, but the Gamespot review turned me off.  Maybe another review will turn me back on again.  I was also into Deep Labyrinth, but the only review I've seen was bad.  Maybe Freedom Wings will work.
14892  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best start page with news on: August 09, 2006, 05:52:32 PM
Thanks, gang.  I've already checked those sites, but I still think iwon has the best layout I've seen.  Any other choices out there?
14893  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best start page with news on: August 09, 2006, 04:00:42 PM
I'm currently using as my start page.  It has the best layout to my eyes that I've seen, and I can get all the news, more or less, that I need.  However, I know they're doing some heavy tracking of me, and I could care less about the possibility of winning money, so I'm wondering what other people are using for general news pages (by the way, Gametab is my first link in the morning.  Love that, but I need something with "real" news).
14894  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] Tales of Eternia on: August 08, 2006, 01:29:47 AM
Am I missing something?  I thought this game was coming stateside in the fall.  Gamespot has it listed coming Oct 2.
14895  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Castlevania: Symphony of the Night to the 360? on: August 05, 2006, 05:29:50 AM
Either that or he was quietly reassigned to the Microsoft Bob 2.0 team.

Huzzah for the comedy, my friend.
14896  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Castlevania: Symphony of the Night to the 360? on: August 05, 2006, 04:35:55 AM
I just read some quote in Play or OXM from the guy who heads up XBLA literally saying, "We don't want your crappy ass PS1 games."

I'm paraphrasing, but I do think a combination of "crappy" and "ass" was in there.
14897  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Live] Dead Rising Demo! on: August 04, 2006, 10:00:40 PM
I think the PP points are used for level advancement in the full game (didn't seem to change at all in the demo).  Level advancement will, at the very least, give you more slots for item carrying.  I'm assuming it will increase your damage and speed as well.

I will find that Katana tonight. Thanks kathode!

Also have to try the coat hanger.  I love taking pictures of zombies that have green PPs over their heads (you need the right book to see PP values).  Usually they're falling down or walking into walls or have the masks on their heads.  Good points for that, especially if you line them up with a lot of zombies in the background.
14898  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone Played Trace Memory? on: August 04, 2006, 09:52:27 PM
I second the "loved it" opinion.  I'm an adventure game fan, for sure, though.  I'm also the type who has to play through everything.  I was stopped for a while because I hadn't found enough clues to get all the questions at the end of one chapter and didn't want to play all the way through the level again.  However, just recently I plowed through to the end.  Very enjoyable game with a good use of the DS.  I wish we'd see more like this.
14899  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Live] Dead Rising Demo! on: August 04, 2006, 02:35:38 PM
Downloaded, but I think I have to wait for my little one to take a nap.  Unless anyone can think of a way to explain zombie decapitation to a three year old.
14900  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Castlevania: Symphony of the Night to the 360? on: August 04, 2006, 02:34:37 PM
I've been more bored by the classic arcade games than I was expecting, but if we start seeing more classic console games, I will so be there.  I basically missed the consoles from the SNES to PS1 (and most of PS2, for that matter), so I'm all over this and the Wii's back catalogue.
14901  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GH for 360? on: July 22, 2006, 03:23:48 AM
Please let it not be the original GH with all the same songs. I will not buy it a second time.

The rumors I've seen have been about GH2.
14902  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Since last login indicator gone on: July 21, 2006, 06:09:33 PM
I'm finding that posts that have been made since my last login are no longer showing as yellow.  I'm sure this has something to do with my cookies or something, but I'm not sure what to do about it.  Any help would be appreciated (although I'll be out of town for several days, so I won't be able to respond).

Also, I cannot logout.  Probably related, I'm guessing.
14903  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SO, I guess I'm not getting Lumines 2. Heres why: on: July 20, 2006, 05:03:35 PM
"infinite pattern"  Explain, please.
14904  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Blade Dancer - anyone try it? on: July 20, 2006, 03:34:42 PM
Valkyrie Profile seems to be getting all the attention, but I'm wondering if anyone has tried Blade Dancer.  I was going to get it, but then even the positive reviews said the learning curve was high and it takes awhile for the game to get going, but once it does it stays frustratingly challenging.  That may be a selling point for some of you, but not for me.  However, I'd love to hear impressions, see what you guys think.
14905  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Cloning Clyde Available on Live on: July 20, 2006, 03:29:22 PM
IGN gives it an 8.1.

I seem to be blowing through it pretty quickly, though.  I've already played two of five levels and the training, and I think I've maybe played an hour and a half.

I tried multiplayer, but I had no idea what was going on.  Still, it seemed like it could be manic fun.
14906  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Cloning Clyde Available on Live on: July 19, 2006, 08:12:08 PM
I dove in and played straight through 8 levels.  Really fun, IMO, though I am a platforming junkie.  Hopefully it won't get too too challenging (like Lost Vikings did), but I can see it complicated pretty quickly.
14907  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SO, I guess I'm not getting Lumines 2. Heres why: on: July 19, 2006, 04:46:26 PM
It's like they took Lumines and followed the classic steps:

1. Take pre-existing game
2. Prepare sequel
3. ?
4. Profit!

Except the took the ? to mean: Make it suck.
14908  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SO, I guess I'm not getting Lumines 2. Heres why: on: July 19, 2006, 12:28:42 AM
The non-mainstream House music of the last one was what made the game, no question.  If they had to go mainstream (worried that they couldn't catch lightning in a bottle twice, maybe), there are worse choices, by far.  My fear is that I'm going to have to watch the videos for these songs while I play.
14909  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: July 18, 2006, 04:57:12 PM
In fairness, if Soulchilde has the Plantronics X30 headset, the "off" position looks like a microphone.  There's a line through it, but that's hard to see.  I've thought it was on numerous times myself, especially as the "on" position has no icon at all.
14910  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV for gaming.. on: July 18, 2006, 04:53:54 PM
I think the real question Nintendo should be asking is how many gamers will have an HDTV by 2011.  It will be greater than 2/3 by then, for sure.

Personally, I don't care about playing DVDs or HD DVDs (or Blahrays) on my console.  I'll get a dedicated machine for that.  But since I have an HDTV, I'd like my games to take advantage of them.
14911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Saint's Row demo? on: July 15, 2006, 05:33:55 PM
I saw a rumor that there is an in-store demo for Saint's Row available at Toys R Us (soon at EB and GS).  Supposedly and shockingly, the thing costs $10.  Maybe it's with a deposit on the game, but that seems to defeat the point of getting a demo.

Can anyone confirm this?
14912  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lord of the Rings: Oblivion Announced on: July 15, 2006, 04:51:45 PM
So you need to be the head of the Mage's Guild and the Dark Brotherhood before you can recruit any companion(s)?

You can get mage companions at Arcane University after becoming head of the Mage's Guild and assassins at the Brotherhood stronghold as head of the Dark Brotherhood.  You don't need to be head of both unless you want two companions.

How would I go about doing that?

After becoming head of either guild, approach an apprentice walking around.  Talk to them and ask them to follow you.  They will.

Just so we're clear, though, it's not like they're going to be chatting you up on your questing.  They're really to provide additional firepower, much like the assistants you could hire in Diablo II, if I remember correctly.
14913  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lord of the Rings: Oblivion Announced on: July 15, 2006, 12:04:46 PM
My only problem with Oblivion was the fact that you coudn't hire mercenaries or companions.. I don't understand why Bethesda keeps leaving this feature out of all their games when the demand is there. (Look at all the companions coming out on the PC - maybe we'll get lucky and see one of them released on Xbox Live.)

The world is huge and is fun to explore, but it'd be even more fun if you had a companion to explore it with. It gets lonely out there on those long travels.. yeah I know AI is only AI, but hey, it worked in KOTOR (among others) so it could have just as easilyi worked in Oblivion. I'm not talking about a huge army or anything, just one or two guys you could hire to quest with.. maybe something like Guild Wars where you could bring along a few NPC henchmen to help you fill out your party.

Actually, Oblivion has exactly that.  Once you're head of the Mage's Guild and the Dark Brotherhood, you can bring NPC henchmen along with you for as long as you want.  One of each, if you'd like.
14914  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Ship on: July 15, 2006, 03:35:21 AM
I'd love to hear some impressions on this.
14915  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: July 14, 2006, 07:00:40 PM
Well, I caved.  I'm actually enjoying the single player missions much more than I expected.  It helps that you unlock cool parts by scoring well (so far, I've got all 'S' ranks, but I've only played the first three missions on Soldier and Sniper).  

I tried joining the squad, but I'm getting a "failed to connect."  I'm probably going to be a fairly casual player, though, so I don't want to take up a slot if others are going to be playing feverishly.  I've got a lot of vacation time coming up.

My XBL tag is BullwinkleJ.
14916  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lord of the Rings: Oblivion Announced on: July 13, 2006, 08:29:45 PM
I wish someone would make an Elderscrolls style game set in a futuristic world.

Isn't Mass Effect starting to look like that?
14917  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Oblivion Content - Bethesda gets it right on: July 12, 2006, 03:46:00 PM
I have to say my Dark Brotherhood horse looked dorky until I bought the horse armor.  Now he scares me.

Not worth the $$, though, that's true.

The orrery looks cool but is completely useless.  I like the $2K I get weekly from the Dunbar Pirates, though (and I love that one of them is named Yinz'r - some designer is from Pittsburgh, for sure).  I've heard Wizard's Tower is a good one, but I don't have the patience for the other one they put out (sounds like its too long).  Basically, I'm slogging through the Main story quests as part of the last gaming I'm going to do for Oblivion.  I may come back to these downloadables, but who knows.

Edit: Removed a "for sure," for sure.
14918  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (7/10) on: July 10, 2006, 11:33:06 PM
I'm actually suprised that people are so defiantly supporting Chromehounds, given the bad reviews.  Not saying don't buy it (I'm waiting for stateside reviews and impressions), but I'd expect more of a wait-and-see approach.

Prey for me, though the demo multi wasn't as great as previews led me to believe.  I'm more of a single player guy anyway (which may explain my reluctance on Chromehounds, anyway).
14919  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Brady Bunch Kung Fu. No, I'm not kidding on: July 06, 2006, 04:30:50 PM
Actually, the reviews have all been pretty good for it (haven't played it myself, though).  Gamerankings has an average score of 76%.  IGN, 1UP and Gamespot all liked it.
14920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: July 05, 2006, 05:03:43 PM
Again from Japan. Again. not great.

I should point out that I was confusing the Gamebrink review of OverG Fighters with another Chromehounds review.  Although their take on OGF makes me trust them a little more on Chromehounds.
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