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7001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Underrated/"hidden gem" PS2 games? on: February 15, 2009, 07:25:00 PM
i'll throw out three mech games:

front mission 4:  while not as solid as fm3 by most fans, it was pretty good and gives you a lot of mech building srpg goodness
ring of red:  another that was pretty much overlooked and never saw huge copies sold, thus ending any chance at a sequel.  alternate history ww2 with mechs and a slice of action to a srpg game.  
r.a.d.  : a sure entry in the quirky japanese game thread, this one had you controlling your mech via remote control, complete with a little boy who needed to be protected in game and was your POV.  it was like a godzilla movie come to life.

and two of my favorite rpg's

summoner.  hyped up the A before launch, reviewed poorly against that hype and it's flaws, and most people simply chalked this up to 'crappy launch rpg'.  those of us who gave it time found a good story with some interesting twists, a combat system that got deeper the more you played and a pretty good game over all.
summoner 2:  i was actually surprised this got the funds to be made, but i'm glad it did.  it took much of the lost potential of the first one and improved on it, adding more characters, a larger story and a better combat system.  
7002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FEAR2 Impressions on: February 15, 2009, 05:23:05 AM
playing the ps3 version and my biggest gripe aside from the 'been there, killed that' feeling is that they didn't bother to code 1080i support into it so my older tv makes it look like an xbox 1 game.
7003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Aliens vs Predator on: February 15, 2009, 05:21:17 AM
review of the sequel don't give it a very good impression, even from a design point of view. 

zombies in nam?  wth? bad ai, bad graphics, bad controls.  eurogamer slammed it with a 2.  it has no redeeming qualities, which sounds like a badly managed product all around.  what did they do, let the B team handle this one?  it doesn't sound like it would even benefit from a few months of polish.  it's flawed all around.

don't they have the same people who worked on avp1 any more?  even rogue trooper wasn't all that bad, just generic.  but even generic games can be fun, just look at fear 2.
7004  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tales of the Black Freighter on: February 14, 2009, 07:02:26 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on February 14, 2009, 05:45:27 PM

I'm torn as to whether to buy this or not. I'm hoping that when Watchmen is released on Blu-ray, they re-interleve Tales of the Black Freighter with the main text.

i would buy this.  i also hope that they actually filmed out the original master plan and would splice it back in with a super long director's cut or somesuch. 

as it stands, the tale isn't great on it's own and really was only a counter-story to the main one.  as chaz points out, it was better when the panels were inter-leaved with the story as they purposefully drew them similarly.
7005  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So If I'm Going to Philly, Where Do I Go to get a REAL Philly Cheesesteak? on: February 14, 2009, 06:54:31 PM
not sure which store it was, but i had one at the little deli shop downtown, in that big food market near the marriott. 
7006  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5 Starts Tonight! (SPOILERS!!!) on: February 14, 2009, 06:50:07 PM
well that was kind of a wash-out episode.  not much going on and the fill-in-the-blank plot hole approach left me feeling a little let down.  i know why they did it, but it wasn't a good episode, especially coming from last week's.  they needed to explain ellen's existence and importance, but i always dislike the "18 months ago" approach to ret-conning your story.  i think most people who have been critical of the plot holes will not be satisfied with how this episode was done.  hell, i haven't been critical and i wasn't satisfied. 

looks like next week should be pretty good though.
7007  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The PSP2 and the Return of Sony on: February 14, 2009, 06:37:00 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 14, 2009, 02:40:18 AM

Quote from: Caine on February 13, 2009, 11:01:50 PM

now on the ds...chrono cross.... 

You know something the rest of us don't?  slywink

eh, yeah, i wish.  hell, port the whole first gen ps1 games if you want.  how about a little ds version of vagrant story
7008  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Important question. on: February 14, 2009, 06:22:35 PM
not sure what the trick is, but i do remember there being a 'display reset'  switch you used.  someone here had a problem with their hdmi connector flaking out. 

not sure, but did you use hdmi? 

if it's not easy to hook back up to your machine and then change the display to use component cables (ie, hook up both sets and change in settings) then this should do it:

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With the PS3 in stand by mode Press and hold the power button for 5 secs.. (until you hear the second beep) this cause the PS3 to reset the display properties back to 480i..follow the onscreen instructions to set it back up to 1080i
7009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FEAR 2 impressions thread on: February 13, 2009, 11:38:24 PM
thanks D.  looks like i will be sending this one back then.  oh well, maybe i will get kz2 early if gamefly breaks date too. 
7010  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Plane crash in Buffalo, NY on: February 13, 2009, 11:37:17 PM
so much for the x months without a airline fatality.  frown
7011  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: amazing half life fan video on: February 13, 2009, 11:34:45 PM

Quote from: shaggydoug on February 13, 2009, 10:47:13 PM


on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1UPMEmCqZo


I'd click the high quality if you can.

thanks for the link.  that was very cool.  they need to get it up on steam once they finish.  great amount of work here.
7012  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: REDESIGN STATUS UPDATE on: February 13, 2009, 11:17:12 PM
better late than never. 

thanks for the update on the update.  we'll keep the riffraff at bay  thumbsup
7013  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Circuit City liquidation]All PC games 30% off on: February 13, 2009, 11:14:40 PM

Quote from: Dan_Theman on February 13, 2009, 02:44:48 AM

40% off in the greater Cleveland area, as well.

I picked up The Witcher for $17.98 - I'd always meant to grab it, so I figured why not?
They also had a ton of Fallout 3's for anyone who's looking.

not sure if you grabbed the EE version or not, so on the chance you got the first release, don't forget to download the patch.
7014  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Missionforce Cyberstorm on: February 13, 2009, 11:10:37 PM
hell i would love a new earthsiege game as well. 

anyone remember playing this with two joysticks?  iirc, you could use one to control the legs and another to control the torso.  that was cool. 


too bad my copy was stolen a few years back.  i had it and the sequel, but not #3. 
7015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Square Enix to buy Eidos? on: February 13, 2009, 11:05:58 PM
squeenixos?

odd.  it seems that square is trying to emulate ea in their business model.

and what happened to tecmo?  shouldn't it be squeenixmo now?
7016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The PSP2 and the Return of Sony on: February 13, 2009, 11:01:50 PM
i hacked my psp a while ago and haven't even bothered to upgrade the cfw as so few games in the last two years have even been appealing to me enough to bother.  i still use it as a emu device for genesis games i have in my closet and for playing the psp games i've bought.  my newest game was patapon fwiw.  i'm not big into srpg's and even the clearance copy of ff tactics is still in the shrinkwrap.  really, aside from maybe the star ocean games (which i admit i would probably bail out on after a week's play) and loco 2, i haven't any interest in the psp.

since i dusted the thing off this week, i have used it to control my ps3 to get media streaming working and a quick review of mgs po.  that's it. 

now on the ds, i have dq4 to finish, dq5 coming soon, chrono cross and a whole stack of other games which look like fun should i want something new to play. 

3rd party games won this generation imo.  the price was the opening shot though and for sony, it drained a lot of the potential out of the system. 

7017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FEAR 2 impressions thread on: February 13, 2009, 10:45:01 PM
bingo.  it's why i never finished R1 actually.  it got to be a bit distracting and all. 

that said, i wonder if they did code 1080i for the 360.  i only rented it on the ps3 as my xbox is still in the shop and i don't expect it back until march.  if anyone can confirm 1080i, i'll send this back and just wait for kz2. 

it's especially distracting considering how much i tweaked my pc for fear 1 and how beautiful the game looked back then.  this just looks like a ps2 game at times.
7018  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: amazing half life fan video on: February 13, 2009, 10:39:47 PM
account suspended.  sucks to be them.
7019  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Chaser's War on Everything on: February 13, 2009, 10:30:52 PM

Quote from: Crux on February 13, 2009, 10:25:13 PM

The trojan horse one is comedy gold.

yup. 

at least the army base wanted to check. 
7020  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FEAR 2 impressions thread on: February 13, 2009, 07:22:12 PM
got a little time with it and it does seem a proper sequel to the first one.  hopefully it will open up a bit as the current level really comes off as too similar

my biggest gripe is the graphics.  apparently they didn't bother to code this thing for 1080i screens, so i get to see the game in all of its 480p 'glory'.  after finishing up mgs4 and playing the killzone 2 demo, the graphics are less than impressive in this mode. 

otherwise, it looks like fun. 
7021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can Home be salvaged? on: February 13, 2009, 12:03:21 AM
hell, i had the beta and all i ever did was spend an hour tweaking my avatar and walking around a beautifully sterile environment with other clones wondering what i was doing there. 

unless companies get going with good free home content, or at least stuff tied to your games, then it should be killed off.  i'm not paying for virtual crap, regardless of it's quality.  i've never bought a theme or a gamerpic, so why would i bother with a banner in a virtual home? 
7022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The PSP2 and the Return of Sony on: February 12, 2009, 11:53:14 PM

Quote from: jblank on February 12, 2009, 11:12:20 PM

Two  thoughts:

1)  Sony should stay FAR away from anything that is going to potentially cost $500


especially for a portable device, no matter how many cool gadgets they manage to stuff inside.  the ds' popularity proves that games win the war, not fancy everything-in-a-box designs.  

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Here's what the next PSP should be: an iPhone with buttons.
The next PSP should be a fantastic point-and-shoot camera and camcorder.
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i neither want nor require a gaming device to have a camera when my phone does this just fine, thankyouverymuch.  
The next PSP should be a top-quality GPS unit for both pedestrians and drivers. (Without buying an additional module.)
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this i could use, but again, many phones also do this now, so why bother with it in a gaming device?

The next PSP should have a touchscreen.
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why, just to be like the ds?  imo, outside of the quirky japanese games, the touchscreen is not the end-all, be-all of gaming control.

The next PSP should have accelerometers and a compass.
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not sure why these are useful in a gaming device.  iphone-ish features will not win over against the cost.

The next PSP should come with a great web browser.
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agreed here.  not that the existing browser is bad, but if they could improve it with chrome's speed and firefox's flexiibilty, then i would be happy.

The next PSP should be offered in two flavors: one with a phone inside, one without.
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imo, this the diversion point for sony:  do you remain a solid gaming device or saddle up with a service provider?  risky proposition considering the opposition.  iphone is the leader here and android phones are faltering it seems.  why tie your next gen with another big 'what if'?

The next PSP should be able to download and purchase games over-the-air via 3G or Wi-Fi, saved to copious internal flash memory. (Something the current PSP is finally seeing in part through the PlayStation Network, but perhaps Sony should abandon retail entirely. It's worked for the iPhone, Gamestop and Wal-Mart be damned.)
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agreed, but give users a second method of purchasing and transferring via pc, not just through 3g


The next PSP should be Sony's best mobile gaming device. (Although it need not be much more powerful computationally than the current PSP.)
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it should be more powerful, but not exponentially powerful.  the ps3's architecture proves one thing about that approach:  complexity does not necessarily equal better games.  

The next PSP should cost $500—or $200 when subsidized by wireless carrier.
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again, i would rather see a solid gaming device like the psp is now with a better push for 3rd party developers.  marrying this with a phone is not going to be easy to sell.  plus, such a device would have to shrink to be feasible as a phone.  the psp is huge compared to an iphone and even gutting out the umd drive would not shrink it enough to be a comfortable size

Sony needs to go all in. Convergence is a bear. A bear that, when you've just about wrestled it into submission, grows another couple of arms holding pico-projectors and a WiMAX chip. But it's where gadgets are going, like it or not, and while it may take another decade or two for all of the aspects to come into their own (see: the iPhone's horrible but heavily used camera) the opportunity exists for companies to rise to the challenge of making miraculous do-everything magic pocket lumps.

If anyone has the engineering talent to do it, it's Sony.


really, i am not fascinated by the idea of a psp turned into a phone.  why bother when the iphone pretty much fits his description anyways?  

here's a +1 to much of what depward said.  better download support, harder to hack, but easier to port your library of ps1 games (or even ps2, now that would be cool) and a 2nd analog. 
7023  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Aliens vs Predator on: February 12, 2009, 10:54:45 PM
saw that too about the rpg.  let's all hope that this isn't true.  could be bad news for obsidian as a developer.  i would be very annoyed if a:cm gets canned though.  that has the potential to be great.
7024  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are you doing with your tax refund? on: February 12, 2009, 07:29:50 PM
no check?  what about all of us who aren't getting a paycheck this year?  8 bucks less on taxes per check means diddle squat to me, but 500 bucks would have been helpful. 

damn dems



slywink
7025  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What are you doing with your tax refund? on: February 12, 2009, 02:48:59 AM
paying down debt brought on by bundle o' joy #2.  kids are expensive. 
7026  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Aliens vs Predator on: February 12, 2009, 02:10:49 AM
odd that it will be by the group who made the first one.  i'd be happy with either dev really as both were pretty fun, although different.

now, where the H is colonial marines?

apparently, pushed back to 2010.  nuts
7027  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Satellites were not meant to play bumper cars... on: February 12, 2009, 02:02:34 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 12, 2009, 01:49:38 AM

Quote from: Scuzz on February 12, 2009, 12:22:11 AM

I hope they had AAA...

if they took 15 minutes they could have signed up with Geico.....

you suppose they could insure my monolith?  it's only been used a few times.  low mileage too.
7028  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Satellites were not meant to play bumper cars... on: February 12, 2009, 01:36:25 AM
so i guess we are on the way to wall-e's portrayal of low earth orbit junk yard after all.  so much stuff, it can't help but smash into something eventually.
7029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Left 4 Dead DLC on: February 12, 2009, 01:33:58 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on February 07, 2009, 12:37:06 PM

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The latest edition of Gametrailers TV revealed that the recently-announced Survival Pack DLC, for L4D, will include Death Toll and Dead Air in Versus configurations, and Survival mode, which pits four human players against never-ending waves of zombies, across twelve maps.

The pack is free, and will arrive this "Spring."


Quote from: CeeKay on February 12, 2009, 01:30:50 AM


it will be late!?
7030  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] War World Demo Impressions - Hands down the Worst Ever on: February 12, 2009, 01:30:09 AM

Quote from: EddieA on February 12, 2009, 12:07:58 AM

I think we have a new candidate for worst XBLA demo.  The new Minesweeper Flags demo only lets you play for 30 seconds before quitting.  It almost makes War World's 45 seconds seem generous.  Seriously, though, WTF are these people thinking?

just do what i did.  play the time unlimited game that shipped with my pc.  biggrin

seriously though, 30 seconds?  that's beyond pathetic and a sign that the game will fail.  who will buy a full game of something just about everyone can play for free when the demo cuts you off before you can see if it's any different?
7031  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 11, 2009, 11:34:48 PM
hehe.
7032  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: My pink DS lite for your blue DS lite on: February 11, 2009, 10:20:24 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on February 11, 2009, 09:37:14 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 11, 2009, 09:10:06 PM

have you considered a can of spray paint?

I haven't really...I'm hesitant to use spray paint when:

A) I'm no handyman
B) Screens, buttons, electronics are involved

I may look into those "skins", though.

i know of some people who have pulled this off and posted the results.  i can't find any of them at the moment though, but the results were pretty good if you took precautions and disassembled the ds first. 
7033  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target Clearance 2009-01 on: February 11, 2009, 09:17:01 PM
did not see any of the games i was looking for, but far cry 2 for the ps3 has been marked @ 29.98, and they had several copies. 

mercs 2 for the ps3 was still labeled at 30 at this one
bia: hh for the ps3 was also 30.
7034  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: My pink DS lite for your blue DS lite on: February 11, 2009, 09:10:06 PM
have you considered a can of spray paint?
7035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FEAR 2 impressions thread on: February 11, 2009, 01:58:00 AM
i got confirmation that fear 2 is on it's way via gamefly, so i'll be taking the plunge with this one by the weekend.  anyone else looking forward to this?  the only review that i could read give it high marks for ai, it's bullet time mechanic and it's level of fun.  mp is a bit of a red headed step child again, but it looks to be a good follow-up to the first one. 

only thing not mentioned in the review is about the environments or length, so hopefully both of those things are better this time around.
7036  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: CoD:WaW map pack! on: February 11, 2009, 01:51:49 AM

Quote from: pr0ner on February 11, 2009, 01:47:33 AM

I wonder if you really know the best way to attack a tank, since tanks can be killed in about 5 seconds by someone on foot (and strategies for this have been posted multiple times on this forum), and cooperation isn't mandatory to make that happen.  You could always get in a tank yourself, too, you know....

Plus, the only time tank maps get voted when I'm playing is when they come back to back to back, and people want to play something different.  Makin gets voted off vastly more than any tank map.


tis true. and i hate that it is.  i love the stalking maps.
7037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help! Quick NWN 2 disks Question on: February 09, 2009, 08:18:23 PM
i think it was only one disk. not 100%, but pretty sure.  the cd version was pretty heavy iirc. 
7038  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5 Starts Tonight! (SPOILERS!!!) on: February 09, 2009, 08:12:54 PM
same here, plus i still had a hope that the whole dream sequence thing was a misdirection attempt, like last week's preview with the line about tigh's death.
7039  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Holy crap. I just realized it's been 10 years since I joined GoneGold. on: February 09, 2009, 08:10:09 PM
not sure when, but it was post '99, right around when ve3d exploded and iirc, op flash was on the horizon and i bought a uk copy to play it 6 months earlier.  i guess that makes it ~2000-2001 or so.  

and yes, it is odd to think of all the people you know who you have never met (or only briefly)
7040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Rising 2 Announced!!! on: February 09, 2009, 06:09:21 PM
maybe they can have a nod to ubisoft and have some rainbow squaddies show up as characters.  biggrin

glad to hear that this was finally announced.  now i can look forward to a good zombie game without feeling regret about not playing the first one much.
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