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14881  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Live On Gamespot on: November 04, 2006, 04:57:00 AM

Quote from: warning on November 04, 2006, 03:38:32 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on November 04, 2006, 03:07:55 AM

I don't understand all the hate for Genji. If people liked Onimusha they should enjoy Genji.
Well it had a giant crab.  You could attack its weak point for massive damage.  And let's not forget the game features real-time weapon changing!

It was one of the worst E3 presentations I've seen.  I hope the game turns out to be great.

When will they get to RRRRRRidge Racerrrrrrr?
14882  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eragon demo up on the marketplace on: November 02, 2006, 11:00:02 PM
IMPRESSIONS!:
Spoiler for Hiden:
meh
14883  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I caught one of my local Gamestops in a lie on: November 02, 2006, 06:31:59 PM

Quote from: jblank on November 02, 2006, 06:18:47 PM

Quote from: Purge on November 02, 2006, 06:14:23 PM

It may have to do with available stock.

If people don't pre-order, they get an allotment that is arbitrary. I don't know why they would TRULY care, but it could be related to running out of the non-preorder stock on day-1 and having pissed off people until the next shipment comes in.

That, or they get badgered by their managers to do so.

I preorder many games, and just move money around. If there was a game I wanted and pre-ordered and the FE (forum effect) pushed me in the OUT! camp, I'd just go in and move the money. There is no penalty to doing that.

I should pre-order 45 copies of Barbie Horse Adventures 2 : Ridin' Bareback and then cancel them all. Tongue


This WAS the manager I dealt with and his words to me were that they got no other game copies in, other than preorders.

But that manager is getting badgered by his regional manager, and that person by corporate.  It's a company-wide policy to cram pre-orders down people's throats, and corporate is tracking it.

Doesn't excuse the behavior, though.
14884  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Want Exclusives? Then You Want Microsoft for the Next 7 months on: November 02, 2006, 02:27:08 PM
The only Wii exclusive that I'm not interested in is GT Pro.  And yes, that includes the fishing game.

Is anyone else worried that Gears of War is the Brute Force of the 360?  That game had a major "Halo" push at the time and then fell like a stone covered in concrete.
14885  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Uno Deck on: November 01, 2006, 06:31:25 PM
You know, that makes sense.
14886  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Uno Deck on: November 01, 2006, 05:38:35 PM
It's supposed to be 100 points.  Some people did get it free with Auto Download enabled.  I was not one of those people.
14887  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Uno Deck on: November 01, 2006, 05:26:47 PM
Apparently, there is an Uno deck with a Kameo theme available.  I've actually played it, too.  I say apparently because, for some reason, it's not listed in the download section, even the one from in-game.  I played someone online who had it, and at the end of the game, I was given the option to download it, and it still didn't work.

Anyone else have this problem or know what's up?
14888  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Touch Detective Impressions (DS) on: November 01, 2006, 04:55:29 AM
My only complaint (a similar one I had with PW) is that the chapters are a little too long.  I like my console gaming in quick bursts.
14889  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Touch Detective Impressions (DS) on: October 30, 2006, 03:31:40 PM
Started a second post to draw attention to this WALKTHROUGH:

http://forums.nintendo.com/nintendo/board/message?board.id=ds&message.id=2652304

Resist the urge!  But there it is, just in case.
14890  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Touch Detective Impressions (DS) on: October 30, 2006, 03:30:11 PM

Quote from: Misguided on October 28, 2006, 03:31:13 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 28, 2006, 02:57:13 AM

I'm still enjoying it, but WOW, there are definitely one or two head-scratching puzzles. Be absolutely sure you pay attention to those little comments she makes on the top screen. Her thoughts give hints on what to do next, and they are easily missed while you focus on the bottom screen.

It is important to realize that part of the game takes place in a dream state, and much like real dreams eveything is not logical during these play sequences.

Yeah, I keep finding myself tapping the screen, only to realize I just missed something she was thinking.

It's easy to do because frequently what she says is meaningless (though often amusing).

I'm really loving this game so far, by the way.  I love the style of it.  And I'm a huge fan of adventure games.  All the complaints about having to go talk to everybody and click on everything...have they never played an adventure game before?  That's what you do.  And, unless there are new and more numerous areas in future cases, it's not like there are that many places to go...
14891  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/30) on: October 30, 2006, 03:27:01 PM
360:
F.E.A.R.
Need for Speed Carbon? (I keep telling myself I won't get it this year, but I probably will)

DS:
Children of Mana

PSP:
BattleZone (waiting for reviews)
Death Jr. 2: Root of Evil (waiting for reviews)
Dungeon Siege: Throne of Agony (waiting for reviews, but even then...)
Killzone: Liberation (yes)
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (YES)
Lumines II (reviews?)
Power Stone Collection (I wanted this, but without WiFi play, no way)

PC:
Neverwinter Nights 2 (probably)
14892  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow 6 Vegas demo on: October 29, 2006, 12:21:58 AM

Quote from: Purge on October 25, 2006, 08:03:31 PM

Oh, and unless your red dot on the scope is a cutting laser, I doubt it would show up with heat-vision.  :slywink:

Yeah, but there are convenient grappling hook mounts located all over Vegas.   icon_wink
14893  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Firefox URL bar on: October 28, 2006, 08:18:55 PM
If you've had this problem, this link will solve it:

http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?p=2559450#2559450
14894  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Firefox URL bar on: October 26, 2006, 06:01:01 PM
Used to be I could type words into the URL bar on Firefox and it would bring up the closest page to what I typed.  I've upgraded to 2.0, and it's giving me an error message: The URL is not valid and cannot be loaded.

Did I change something by mistake?  Did they remove that feature?  Was there some add-on I forgot about that isn't compatible with 2.0?  Can someone help?

Also, the Firefox flower in the upper right of the browser no longer takes me to the Firefox page.  It does nothing.  What happened there?
14895  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tony Hawk Downhill Jam DS Impressions?? on: October 26, 2006, 01:30:54 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on October 26, 2006, 05:36:57 AM

I might wait for the Wii version, but I was really impressed with Sk8land on the DS so I just might buy DH Jam for the DS as well.

Sk8land was good and different enough from the big console version to warrant a purchase, I just have to wait and see if the same holds true for the DS one vs Wii (unless someone knows now?).

Quote from: Creepy_Smell on October 26, 2006, 12:41:34 PM

I just want them to make Jet Grind Radio/Jet Set Radio Future with the Sk8land engine on the DS.

That would be great.

I also want them to make JSRF backwards compatible on the 360.
14896  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tony Hawk Downhill Jam DS Impressions?? on: October 26, 2006, 05:12:42 AM
Waiting for the Wii version, myself.
14897  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Impressions on: October 26, 2006, 01:42:31 AM

Quote from: Destructor on October 26, 2006, 12:21:56 AM

Fun game so far, but a BIG boo for not putting in a brightness adjust.

I'm sorry - that needs to be a requirement on all 360 games. Most of them are WAY too dark for my TV set.

I have the exact same problem.

Boo+1
14898  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Impressions on: October 25, 2006, 02:06:12 PM
I picked it up for the 360 yesterday at Toys R Us with Ace Combat X and Magical Starsign as part of the buy 2 get 1 free deal (I mentioned elsewhere that my TRU sometimes gets games before EBs).  I played through the helicarrier level.  Graphics are pretty good, there's a lot going on, certainly, but they also aren't as fun as the X-Men games (I liked the cel-shading) and feel more gritty and real.  That wouldn't be a problem, necessarily, but so far the story seems goofy and old-style, kind of an excuse to get as many villains together as possible.  It's also a little more challenging to see what's going on.  I seem to be using audio cues more than visual ones to fight henchmen.  That may just take some getting used to, though.

Overall, it seems like more of the same, which is mostly a good thing.  There does seem to be a similar amount of level padding, as well, which was starting to bug me (the helicarrier is something like 5 or 6 levels when it probably could have been 3 or 4), so I'm sure folks who demand quantity will get what they're looking for.

I know it sounds like I'm down on this game, but I am actually enjoying it.  Since Raven put it together, I'm assuming the story will get better.  That's usually one of their strengths.  Once I get used to the new graphic style, I'm sure it'll be easier to keep my eye on who's fighting whom.  One thing that I thought especially cool was when I got to the first save point and reassembled my team.  You start with Captain America, Spidey, Thor and Wolverine.  I kicked out Thor and dropped in Iron Man.  A voice announced "New Avengers" and showed me that with that team I had a higher resistance level.  Of course, I did a quick check and there are bonuses for X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Old Avengers, as well.  I'm sure there are others.

So far, I'd give it a 7.  I'm not as initially wowed as I was with the first X-Men game, but it still looks to be a lot of fun.
14899  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow 6 Vegas demo on: October 25, 2006, 03:34:45 AM

Quote from: mikeg on October 24, 2006, 09:42:07 PM

One thing I don't like is when the levels are so busy that even in good lighting you can't possibly pick out the bad guys without heatvision or your gun cursor changing to red to let you know you have one targeted in.  You flat out should not have to depend on a red cursor to know where the enemy is.

You might want to rethink your confidence.  Even with the brightness turned up, there were definite moments, even in the bright areas, where it was hard to make out the enemies without heat vision (which takes away the red dot, BTW).

None the less, I really enjoyed the demo and am looking forward to the full game.

Not a fan of the save system, though (I thought they'd moved away from that in previous games) and I was sad to learn I couldn't voice command my team.  That was something I really enjoyed in previous games.  Oh, well.
14900  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Rising impressions! on: October 24, 2006, 07:42:36 PM
Does the shortcut become available on restart?  Also, do you get access to the mini chainsaws on restart?
14901  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow 6 Vegas demo on: October 24, 2006, 04:22:29 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on October 24, 2006, 03:41:28 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 24, 2006, 03:14:36 PM

I finally got it through my Japan account.  They have a Viva Pinata demo (~750MB), too, which I'm in the process of downloading.

I think I'm turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so!

(I want both of those demos!)

Don't bother with the Viva Pinata one.  It's just a lame "interactive video" (also available in the US).  750MB for a video.  Ugh.  Also, does anyone know if the voice over actors are used for anything other than tutorials and videos in the game?  Some of them I don't think I could take for a longer period.  The "character" choices seem very stock (dumb elephant, annoying "in your face" hedgehog thing, two-headed snake that seems based on the equally-annoying-but-at-least-thought-of-first frosted mini wheat, and Poocie the Bear), and the actors aren't helping.
14902  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Portrait of Ruin soon! on: October 24, 2006, 03:55:59 PM
The reviews for Touch Detective aren't very good.  http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages2/932719.asp

Even the good one doesn't seem to like it much in the summation.

Contact, on the other hand, is great
14903  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Contact [DS] Impressions on: October 24, 2006, 03:17:08 PM

Quote from: The Grue on October 24, 2006, 12:10:30 PM

Quote from: Misguided on October 24, 2006, 10:56:29 AM

I used aquashot a fair bit, but apparently havent leveled it high enough, because I haven't gotten that power yet.

Same here.  I always have the blue suit equipped, but I guess I haven't used the water power enough to get that ability.

I spent some time walking around as the water nun and using the tech, then I got my second tech, but it was an increase in intelligence, not the health one mentioned.  Must be something about play-style.  Cool, but I want that health power.

Quick Question:
Spoiler for Hiden:
In the very first cave at the beginning, when you walk in if you hug the right wall, you can just glimpse a chest.  How do I get there?
14904  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow 6 Vegas demo on: October 24, 2006, 03:14:36 PM
I finally got it through my Japan account.  They have a Viva Pinata demo (~750MB), too, which I'm in the process of downloading.
14905  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Rising impressions! on: October 24, 2006, 03:13:27 PM
Ok, great.  I'm at 12. 

However, I tried to rescue the two barricaded guys and the lady in the jewelry store, but that's a pain in the ass because you've gotta carry her.  And to get to the rescue spot, you have to go through the park with the psychos.  AND I think there's another rescue there.

I may have said this before, but I hate this game because I'm someone who wants to do everything a game has to offer, but I'm also someone who only likes to play through once.  As has been said, there is NO WAY to rescue everyone.  That also kicks my moral meter in the groin.

None the less, I keep coming back to it.
14906  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Contact [DS] Impressions on: October 24, 2006, 03:05:05 PM

Quote from: The Grue on October 24, 2006, 02:25:17 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 24, 2006, 02:02:29 PM

I've played both, and they're both excellent games, but Contact will definitely last longer and has more meat on its bones.

Contact, a game which people say takes 10 hours to beat will last longer than Clubhouse Games, a game which has 43 games that you can play over and over and has online multiplayer?  I mean, I like Contact and all, but as far as longevity goes, I think Clubhouse Games has Contact beat.

Yeah, if you're looking at the numbers, but for amount of time you'll actually play it and for what you get out of it, I still think Contact will get more play time from me (and I cranked through Clubhouse Games' Stamp Mode for a week).  Again, if you can, get both, but Contact will last a longer haul.  Also, CG's multiplayer mode is kind of a pain.
14907  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Contact [DS] Impressions on: October 24, 2006, 02:02:29 PM

Quote from: Poomba on October 24, 2006, 01:24:22 PM

So would all of you recommend this game? I've been following its development and have been looking forward to a decent RPG for the DS. I'm torn between this and Clubhouse Games for my next gaming fix. I think in the long run, Contact will provide a more satisfying experience from what I am reading here.

I've played both, and they're both excellent games, but Contact will definitely last longer and has more meat on its bones.
14908  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Rising impressions! on: October 24, 2006, 02:00:58 PM

Quote from: Doopri on October 24, 2006, 04:26:02 AM

heres what i did - DONT reload saves on that first day! die a few times, ruin a few cases, and then just restart - its a lot easier to do during the first day, you can buzz through them pretty quickly when you go back, and youll have a much more powerful character.  DONT reload the first day, just replay from the start

What level were you when you finally started the playthrough?
14909  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rainbow 6 Vegas demo on: October 23, 2006, 10:26:15 PM
Dear Penthouse,

I know people have had problems with demos not appearing or only appearing buried in memos, but I never thought it would happen to me.  Well, one day, after hearing about the great Rainbow Six demo, I decided to download it.  But it was nowhere to be found.  Microsoft started screwing me RIGHT THERE!  Normally, I'm not the kind of guy to be able to check for a demo only once, this demo was so hot, I checked multiple times that same day!  And Microsoft kept coming back for more, giving it to me again and again. 

I thought after the last time when I paid full price for the demi-game Lumines, that it would never happen again, but here I sit ready to check one more time.  Oh, baby.

One for the recordbooks, Penthouse, and I never thought it would happen to me...
14910  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Clubhouse Games Impressions? on: October 23, 2006, 05:45:53 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 23, 2006, 03:41:36 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 23, 2006, 03:01:41 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 22, 2006, 12:28:45 AM

Like Rummy, I should have access to the entire discard pile for instance.

???  What Rummy rules have you been using?

Normal Rummy, everyone I have ever played with played like that. You can take any of the lower cards if you are going to play them right away, but you must take all the cards on top of it too. Top card you can take and keep in your hand.

I was confusing it with Gin Rummy, which is the version I normally play.
14911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning - any old school Spyro fans curious? on: October 23, 2006, 05:44:44 PM
No experience, but I am interested.  I've been working toward finishing the last Spyro game (which I enjoyed) on the 360.  Hopefully this one will join the BC ranks soon.
14912  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Clubhouse Games Impressions? on: October 23, 2006, 03:01:41 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 22, 2006, 12:28:45 AM

Like Rummy, I should have access to the entire discard pile for instance.

???  What Rummy rules have you been using?
14913  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Toys R Us and new releases on: October 22, 2006, 02:13:29 PM
Amazingly, my TRU sometimes gets games before the myriad EB/Gamestops in the area.
14914  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: UMK3 up on Live Arcade on: October 21, 2006, 12:50:45 AM
Rats.  Wait, what is UMK3?  Damn you people with the putting initials in the Subject and all.  That's got to be the third time in the last couple of days, at least.

Of course, as I wrote that, I figured out it was a Mortal Kombat game.
14915  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Clubhouse Games Impressions? on: October 21, 2006, 12:48:23 AM
I just finished Stamp Mode, in fact.  I was suprised to find out I was playing on Easy.  There's still Normal and Hard to go (doubt I'll get through those, though.
14916  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Go download the PSU demo now! on: October 20, 2006, 09:58:39 PM
If it's Phantasy Star Universe and not Penn State University you're talking about, then a headset isn't useable anyway.
14917  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Clubhouse Games Impressions? on: October 20, 2006, 06:59:48 PM

Quote from: jblank on October 20, 2006, 05:45:32 PM

I like the game overall, but I have some gripes:

1. I buy games like this to pick up and play the games I want to play. Stamp mode was a pain in the ass for me because half the games I will never play again and I didn't wanna play them to begin with. Plus making me unlock some of the ones I did wanna play felt cheap.

2. Bowling and a few others games just don't have the right feel with the stylus and are pretty crappy.

3. Too many Japanese games I care nothing about (Shogi, etc)

4. Many of the games are kinda basic, barebones, and thus don't have much depth or customizability.



I agree with those gripes, though I am enjoying Stamp Mode and think it goes pretty fast.  Shogi, in particular, was the worst.  Too much to take in, and the fact that there's no option to have non-Japanese characters displayed on the pieces (in Mahjong, too and that card game that Nintendo got its start publishing in the 1800s) sucks and makes it overly difficult.  The bare bones games are a godsend in Stamp Mode, I think, but even if you never play those or the Japanese ones or bowling and darts, that still leaves a crapload of great games to play many times, which is no doubt why you actually like the game, as you said.

Mission Mode is a little scattershot, for me.  The first one you can select (for Doubt It) is proving impossible for me, but the rest in that block were a breeze.  A bad choice, as I can see people never giving Mission Mode a fair chance if they can't get past the first mission.
14918  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Xbox Live connection suddenly very low on: October 20, 2006, 03:05:38 AM
Oddly, that helped me remember the phrase "port forwarding" which helped me track the info down in a search on this forum which led to the link I needed.  So, thanks.

By the way, here's the link if anyone else needs it:

http://live.tommccann.net/
14919  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: lumnies arcade LIVE. on: October 19, 2006, 10:45:43 PM
Advance pack is out.
14920  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Xbox Live connection suddenly very low on: October 19, 2006, 07:43:51 PM
I upgraded to an internet voice service today, which required getting a new cable modem, and suddenly my wireless network connection with the 360 is in the red (I was usually getting 3 bars). 

I thought there was a post somewhere on these boards about manual settings (I feel like it was in a Chromehounds board), but now I can't find it.

Any thoughts or advice?

By the way, though the timing is suspicious, it's entirely possible that the two events are not related, but I still need to make that connection stronger.
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