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14881  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Need For Speed Carbon and Totem Ball are now on the Marketplace on: October 04, 2006, 05:31:07 PM
I really liked Carbon a lot.  At first, I was irked by the "forced drift" on the drift track, but after I got used to it, I found it to be a lot of fun.  I'm less sure about racing the same stretch twice through the canyon, but it was pretty intense, and the music for that section is perfect!

I downloaded TotemBall for the day I do decide to get the camera (and in fear that it won't be free forever).
14882  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (360)Godfather-Why all the hate? on: October 03, 2006, 08:25:50 PM
And of course I upgraded the revolver (fortunately only once).  When will I find the pistol upgrades or can I/should I hunt them down in the first chapter (I'm in the roaming section before moving on to the next part of the story). 

Quote from: HankRaptor on October 03, 2006, 06:06:43 PM

Im struggling taking the compounds down.  How do I get the top-teir pistols? Some of the guns are 450,000.00 its insane.

And, yeah, what he said.  I robbed two banks, thinking it would get me a good chunk of change, but nowhere near the 75K I thought I needed for the revolver upgrade.  Weren't pistols, like, a quarter in the first half of last century?
14883  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/2) on: October 03, 2006, 03:06:57 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 03, 2006, 12:39:04 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 02, 2006, 08:56:14 PM

Quote from: ChaoZ on October 02, 2006, 03:41:09 PM

Correction, Star Trek Tactical Assault is for PSP and DS, not PS2.

The DS version is coming on the 24th.

I'm more interested in that one, too, but I'll wait and see which gets better reviews.

I read it was the 27th.

A Friday seems unlikely.  The 24th is Gamestop & EB's ship date, so it'll probably show up on the 25th, barring delays.
14884  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New releases on: October 02, 2006, 08:57:35 PM
Crackdown impressions were not favorable at all on Joystiq recently, so that has dipped to wait-and-see for me.

Otherwise, I'm a little overwhelmed by all the games.
14885  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/2) on: October 02, 2006, 08:56:14 PM

Quote from: ChaoZ on October 02, 2006, 03:41:09 PM

Correction, Star Trek Tactical Assault is for PSP and DS, not PS2.

The DS version is coming on the 24th.

I'm more interested in that one, too, but I'll wait and see which gets better reviews.
14886  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/2) on: October 02, 2006, 02:56:32 PM
If ST:TA for the DS gets decent reviews, I might pick that up.  Otherwise, nothing for a while.
14887  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Sonic the Hedgehog demo available via Marketplace on: September 29, 2006, 07:34:58 PM
The camera also moves way too slowly.  Although you can snap it behind Sonic with the left trigger, which is a little useful.
14888  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: doom on xbox live arcade on: September 28, 2006, 11:05:38 PM
You can adjust the screen size, by the way, guys.  Not up to widescreen, but the default is set at 4/10 and I was able to bump it to 8/10 without losing anything.  It fills up more of the screen that way.
14889  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (360)Godfather-Why all the hate? on: September 28, 2006, 11:04:10 PM
Thanks, guys.  I will say that something about this game keeps me coming back to it.
14890  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Sonic the Hedgehog demo available via Marketplace on: September 28, 2006, 05:55:58 PM
I thought it was just me.  Man, those controls are awful.  Worst I've seen on a Sonic title.  Graphics look okay, though.  I hope they can wrestle this thing into playability.  I could enjoy it if I wasn't falling to my death every other move.  Hell, if they got rid of the "lives" it probably wouldn't be as much of an issue.

I did play through to the end of the level, though.  You can see how it could work, but unless they smooth out the controls, forget it.

They've got, what, a month and a half (though who knows how old the demo is)?  I guess anything is possible.
14891  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: doom on xbox live arcade on: September 28, 2006, 05:48:48 PM
I got suckered in with my desire to try deathmatch (the only reason I could see this worth $10 is multiplayer).  Sadly, the controls get much wonkier.  Aiming is very difficult with people sliding all over the place.  I may have had a bad session, though, so I'll have to try it again.
14892  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (360)Godfather-Why all the hate? on: September 28, 2006, 05:46:13 PM
I'm enjoying the game, but it's a bit more challenging than I was expecting.  That's not a bad thing, necessarily, but I'm still in the early stages of the game, and I'm finding it very difficult to attack the back rooms after extortion missions.  Maybe I'm trying to go hand-to-hand too much.
14893  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime - yay? nay? I gots it? I wants it? on: September 21, 2006, 03:25:34 AM
Played through the first boss and had a blast with it.  Doesn't seem like it'll be a long game, but it does look like a good one.  Looking forward to my first tank battle, too, but am worried that it will change the game too much.  Not using subject "I."
14894  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tenchu 360 demo up in Japan on: September 20, 2006, 07:20:14 PM
If you have a Japanese account on XBL, you can get the Tenchu demo.  Very much in Japanese, but playable if you've tried other Tenchu games.

Graphically, it's not fantastic, but it's okay for me.  It seems a little easier to navigate.  A bit smoother and more streamlined.  And the camera is not such a nightmare.

Oh, and it's from From.
14895  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime - yay? nay? I gots it? I wants it? on: September 19, 2006, 08:35:06 PM
Supposedly, it's not out until tomorrow.
14896  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's new on XBLA this week? on: September 19, 2006, 06:21:15 AM
Thanks, Grue.  Love the avatar, btw.
14897  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 Just Cause gets TWO bad reviews from IGN (OOPS-one bad, one good) on: September 19, 2006, 03:55:45 AM
Can someone explain why IGN has two reviews of Just Cause by two different reviewers, both giving a score of 6.8?  Yet, one reviewer clearly liked it more than the other.

Erik Brudvig:
Quote
Closing Comments
Newly formed Avalanche Studios out of Sweden should be given credit for a good attempt at its first game. It seems that if they had a little more time to iron out the bugs and add some polish, then they would have produced a great title. The graphics are, for the most part, quite good looking and there is a lot of fun to be had while playing through the storyline, performing crazy aerial stunts, and trying your hand at a few of the side quests. The lack of depth really comes through once you get more than about 10 hours into the game and the monotony of doing the same side quests over and over takes its toll. After that, it comes down to how much fun you can create by yourself. Just Cause works well as a rental on Xbox and Xbox 360 or as a game to pick up and play for a short while, but if you want something to keep you entertained for a long time then you should look elsewhere.

Matt Wales:
Quote
Closing Comments
Ultimately, if massive destruction and daredevil escapades are your bag, you’ll probably love Just Cause. It’s fair to say that Avalanche seems to have struggled to fill its gorgeous, living island with engrossing content beyond the main missions, but that doesn’t mean you won’t still have a monumental amount of fun exploring it – that fact in itself justifies its sheer size. If you’re still undecided whether Just Cause is for you, understand that the game proper will probably last you fifteen to twenty hours, factoring in story objectives and general messing round. If that doesn’t seem like much to you, we can’t stress enough that those are fifteen hours of some of the most spellbinding moments of giddy, adrenaline-soaked euphoria we’ve had from a game in a long time. At the end of the day, Just Cause is a game that practically demands you use your imagination to make the most of its potential – and if you’ve got it, you’re in for an absolute rollercoaster ride.

How am I supposed to let other people make my game buying decisions for me with this kind of thing going on?

EDIT:  I just realized that it is 6.8 on both reviews, but only in the side bar.  Matt Wales actually gave the game a very high 8.8.

EDIT 2: Answering my own question.  It is more than just an attempt at fairness in journalism.  On the sidebar, the 8.8 is listed as the UK review score.
14898  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's new on XBLA this week? on: September 19, 2006, 03:38:10 AM
Anyone know what we can expect, if anything on XBLA this week?

Also, when is Lumines due?
14899  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 camera on: September 19, 2006, 12:47:30 AM
Until there are games that utilize the camera for gameplay (not just getting my face stretched onto a character or in a window), I'm out.
14900  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Tony Hawk Project 8 on: September 18, 2006, 06:17:33 PM
So what is the control scheme for regular play, then?
14901  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DS 9/11-9/12 releases. on: September 18, 2006, 03:49:45 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on September 17, 2006, 11:37:08 PM


Did anyone actually play the single player on the Xbox?  ...even I'll admit the single player campaign was terrible. 

What?

Yes, I played the single player.  All the way through.  And it was great (at least the first game, the second was not as engaging, but even that was okay).  After repeatedly getting stomped by camping 13 year olds who announced how gay I was for taking two steps and dying, I stopped the multi-playing.  Not to dis, MP, because I know a lot of people had fun with it, just my personal experience.

But where do you get "terrible?"
14902  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DS 9/11-9/12 releases. on: September 16, 2006, 05:35:48 AM
I also got Cooking Mama today and went through the first three recipes (and all variations), even got a gold on one.  Let me just say this: peeling potatoes is a PITA.  It's very much a focused Wario Ware game.  The various stages of cooking are represented by  quick mini-games (maybe 20 seconds to one minute in length), cutting a carrot, peeling a potato, putting various items in a mixing bowl, tossing items into a pot and changing the heat and stirring.  Highly recommend that you practice every recipe first, so you're not playing the "what the hell do I do" game while trying to actually cook.

It seems to be a lot of fun, but I'm not sure how long it can sustain that fun.  How many variations on food preparation can there be?

Still, seems worth the modest $20 price.
14903  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Tony Hawk Project 8 on: September 15, 2006, 02:49:25 PM
Again, though, the question is when not using Nail the Trick, what controls are used?
14904  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DS 9/11-9/12 releases. on: September 15, 2006, 02:48:38 PM

Quote from: The Grue on September 15, 2006, 12:09:50 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 15, 2006, 06:04:12 AM

One issue, though: there doesn't seem to be a map anywhere (unless you pick one up later, but I needed it early on) and the levels seem to be quite confusing. 

There is a map in the game.  Hit Start and then I think you move left with the D-pad (You can move right and left to workthrough various menus here, but one of them is the map).

I figured it would be something simple.  Ah, for the days I actually read manuals...

Thanks, TG!
14905  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thursday's Wrap! on: September 15, 2006, 06:11:59 AM
IGN is showing it as import only in the US now.  http://psp.ign.com/objects/683/683124.html

Gamespot is still showing Oct 2, but EB doesn't list it.

Is it time to import for sure, then?
14906  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DS 9/11-9/12 releases. on: September 15, 2006, 06:04:12 AM
Dangit!  I saw Cooking Mama in the store today and did not get it.  Now the Gamestop site says there are none anywhere around me.

I did pick up Megaman and Mechassault, though.  Spent a good chunk of time with each.

Megaman was a lot of fun.  Very smooth, very polished.  I suck at boss battles.  And I'm playing on easy.  One issue, though: there doesn't seem to be a map anywhere (unless you pick one up later, but I needed it early on) and the levels seem to be quite confusing.  I picked up the guide to help in that regard (and for reference on hidden disks), but there's no friggin map in the guide, either!  At one point, the guide just said, "Get to B1" with no indication of how to do it.  After a bit of play, I did notice markers at the bottom of the screen in the teleport/save rooms and there are street signs around, but they are kind of easy to miss and not easy to make out.  Anyway, that aside, it does seem to be a lot of fun.

Mechassault really suprised me.  I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.  If you've played Syphon Filter on the PSP, then the control scheme seems fairly understandable (and shouldn't be too hard to pick up if you haven't).  However, it's not pulled off quite as successfully, and it produced a hand cramp pretty quickly.  The graphics are pretty good for the DS, except when out of the mech.  The human form looks goofy.  The touch controls are a little rough around the edges, too.  Figuring out that you had to hold down the arrow to exit/enter a mech was a struggle.  Going into defense mode is way to far away from the aiming buttons (and it doesn't feel right to take your hand off movement controls).  The biggest problem, though, is switching weapons.  It's not as quick as it should be, as you have to stop aiming to do it.  I can see this being a problem down the road.  And yet...and yet, there was something about it that worked for me, compelled me to play three or four missions as opposed to the one I was going to play to "try it out."  So I guess if you're willing to put up with some crap, it may be worth it.
14907  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Tony Hawk Project 8 on: September 15, 2006, 03:51:49 AM
One thing that's a little unclear: the sticks are used for Nail the Trick mode, but are the standard face buttons used the rest of the time?  If so, I could certainly live with that.

Also, I love the idea that your stats improve the more you do things (a la Oblivion).  That makes infinitely more sense.
14908  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DS 9/11-9/12 releases. on: September 14, 2006, 03:10:24 AM
So did anyone pick any of these up?
14909  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: lego star wars II impressions on: September 13, 2006, 05:32:20 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on September 13, 2006, 04:52:38 AM

I picked up the PS2 version today.. feels a lot like the first game, but just as with that game, is it just me or does your AI partner not do a THING to help you out in battle?
All he does is follow me around doing absolutely nothing combat-wise, just like the first lego star wars.
WTF?!

It doesn't seem like they're not doing anything, but it does seem like they're completely ineffective.  However, that may be necessary for the play balance.  You really have to switch characters a lot more than you did in the last one.  And the lightsabers are fairly useless, battle-wise.

The fights are tough, too (at least the big ones).  Generally, they are fair, but
Spoiler for Hiden:
the damn AT-ST in Mos Eisley seems to stomp you and then shoot before you have a chance to do anything.
  I don't think I'll even be trying for the "undefeated" achievements on the 360.
14910  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DS 9/11-9/12 releases. on: September 12, 2006, 04:13:44 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 12, 2006, 03:47:25 PM

Right now Mario Hoops is getting killed. 73% on game rankings...true it's based on only a few sites, but man!?

73% is getting killed?  Especially when the major sites (i.e. the major inflators) haven't reviewed?

The 1up review is troubling, however (though it went from a 4.5 to a 6 out of 10).  3 on 3 just went from a definite purchase to wait and see for me.

Unfortunately, my order of interest: 1) Mario Hoops 2) Mechassault 3) Megaman got reversed, and 2) slipped to wait and see status, as well. 

Has anyone played Megaman yet?  I've tried some others in this series, and they haven't held my interest.  The difficulty is something I can't get into.  I've heard conflicting reports on easy mode and am curious if it's something I should try (the sparse save points worry me, as well).
14911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tony Hawk Project 8 video on: September 08, 2006, 02:53:30 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on September 08, 2006, 05:28:51 AM

Quote from: Dafones on September 08, 2006, 04:13:08 AM

TH4 was fucking hard. Played the hell out of it, but never fully finished it. I think if they stuck with the difficulty of THPS2 or 3, Project 8 would be be golden.

Um, wait ... they've already make seven of these games? Wow.

And I've owned them all but American Wasteland...  eek
I wish AW would take a price drop on the 360, I have an itch to play some Tony Hawk.

It's down to $34.99 used: http://www.ebgames.com/product.asp?product%5Fid=952005

Of course, the xbox version is backwards compatible and is only $17.99!  http://www.ebgames.com/product.asp?product%5Fid=950815
14912  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tony Hawk Project 8 video on: September 07, 2006, 03:54:54 AM

Quote from: Dafones on September 07, 2006, 01:50:15 AM

I think it looks cool as hell, looks fun, and personally, I'd much rather play it than Downhill Jam for Wii, from what I've seen.

Interesting.  I thought the Wii version looked like a lot of fun.  A little sub-par on the graphics side, but that doesn`t seem to bother me.  It may be that Nintendo isn`t promising much, and so I`m not expecting much.  On the other hand, I`m mildly let down by the next gen graphics.  Wonder if that`ll hold up in the future.

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 07, 2006, 12:50:43 AM

I think it might be a good, needed change for the series.  Did we need the exact same control system with one added trick for a new yearly release?  There's a reason most people quit caring for the series; not that it went downhill, but more of the same will only draw back people so many times. 

No question a change is needed.  Maybe this will be good.  Maybe I fear change like stiffler.  I can`t help feeling like using the sticks for control is less intuitive, though.
14913  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ID's new cell phone game: Orcs & Elves on: September 07, 2006, 03:44:33 AM
Still not available on my LG VX8000.  Annoying.
14914  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Loco Roco your sockos off on: September 06, 2006, 08:12:29 PM
I looked it up (ow, my clicking finger...what a workout).  Gamespot actually gave it a 7.7.

http://www.gamespot.com/psp/action/locoroco/review.html?sid=6154011
14915  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tony Hawk Project 8 video on: September 06, 2006, 03:22:53 PM
http://www.gamingtrend.com/News/news.php?NewsID=6907

What do you think of that?  I've never been a fan of the EA trend of putting heavy control on the two sticks.  At first blush, this seems like a complicated choice for TH, but maybe it'll open things up.  Still, I can't imagine you can get as many flicks of the sticks in a combo as you can button presses.  That may just be a prejudice coming from so many years of TH games.  Of course, I think most of the audience will have the same prejudice. 

As for graphics, etc., Rodeny Mullen looks a little goofy when he's talking, but it certainly looks better than the last TH game.

Oh, and I thought "Project 8" was just a working title.  Maybe not, huh?
14916  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saints Row Impressions...b1#$@! on: August 31, 2006, 06:17:46 PM
My respect is up to something like 35 from doing activities.  How high is the "pre determined" level?

EDIT: Make that 40.
14917  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saints Row Impressions...b1#$@! on: August 31, 2006, 05:44:21 PM
Does anyone know how to recruit more homies?  I'm stuck at one and trying to get through the last drug trafficking activity is a bitch without one.
14918  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Enchanted Arms First Impressions on: August 31, 2006, 04:13:03 AM
Thanks, Dante for the impressions.  I'm very on the fence about this one.  You're nudging me over, though.
14919  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saints Row Impressions...b1#$@! on: August 29, 2006, 10:42:06 PM
How do you advance time in the game? In GTA you just saved your game, but I need to buy some pipe bombs before a mission, and I'm getting tired of waiting around for the gun store to open.

I'm sure there's something obvious I'm missing.  Help.
14920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Delightfully Strange: A Love Letter to the DS on: August 29, 2006, 02:22:42 PM
Similarly that is why I'm interested in the Wii.  It seems to sparking the creativity in designers, so hopefully it will lead to more great games.
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