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7281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/25) on: August 25, 2008, 05:04:17 PM
mercs 2.  360.  day one, with just enough time to play it before a trip on monday.  IU is awaiting reviews and for me to push through lost odyssey. 
7282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBL/PSN]Star Wars :The Force Unleashed demo Impressions on: August 21, 2008, 09:52:15 PM
only got a few moments with the game before my boss came into the office  ninja.  he joked about it though and he knows how burnt out i am so it's not going to be a big deal.  i didn't stay long though as i really just wanted to see it for a moment anyways.  played just long enough to through a tie at some storm troopers.  not very good at that yet though. 

saw a few moments of euphoria engine goodness, and it looks/feels pretty cool.  looking forward to giving this a full turn at home.
7283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Alone in the Dark vastly improved on: August 21, 2008, 09:47:50 PM
cool.  i really hope they get all of the important stuff into the 360 patch.  i've been holding on to my rental for some deluded hope that i might get past the damn "when bats attack" drive through the park bit. 

i hope they just forgot to mention the pc patch for both people who bought that version and haven't tossed it out yet. 
7284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBL/PSN]Star Wars :The Force Unleashed demo Impressions on: August 21, 2008, 06:52:00 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 21, 2008, 06:40:04 PM

Quote from: papasmurff on August 21, 2008, 06:33:27 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 21, 2008, 06:22:08 PM

3)anyone know if there is any kind of Online?...hopefully there will be a decent amount of DLC

Last I saw somewhere...there won't be an online

hmm,not that suprised really about no online mode,just thinkiing of a way to extend the game,as i can see right now that this will be a playthrough on one or two difficulty levels and then i'm done(still wont be as bad as Lost:via domus though,LOL).. i hope its a decent size story

never did play jedi knight 2 icon_frown

too bad it's so damn hard to find nowadays.  were i not in possession of one of the CE copies (with flashing light saber keychain) i would send you mine. 

jedi academy is also somewhat hard to find these days, but well worth it if you can get a copy.  not only did you have the dismemberment code, you could also choose whether to use one or two sabers or the staff saber darth maul used. 
7285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX 360 controller redesign on: August 21, 2008, 05:36:23 PM
just think of how he plays the drums. 

7286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pre-order Banjo Kazooie N&B, get original free on: August 21, 2008, 05:25:34 PM
very likely in because of this deal.  it sounds almost fun enough on it's own, and i would love to play bk on xbla. 
7287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBL/PSN]Star Wars :The Force Unleashed demo this thursday?..really this time on: August 21, 2008, 05:23:54 PM
it's always amazed me that whenever lucas put saber on flesh contact in the movies, someone lost a limb.  in the games, we get nothing. 

full dismemberment code was a blast though.  throwing a saber through a group of troopers was such a fun visceral experience and it was something to see how many limbs littered the ground afterwards. 

damn, i may have to go back to jedi outcast or academy just for that.  force jump, force pull a trooper up, land and wait for the body to hit.   icon_twisted

if this hits the same sweet spot as those games, this will definitely move up to my buy list, length be damned
7288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Too Human Impressions on: August 21, 2008, 05:17:30 PM
if it weren't for merc2 hitting the shelves before you know it, i might have grabbed this.  they really should have released this early july for a good reception.  mid to late august means it's so close to the fall onslaught (something overlord pulled off pretty well last year)

at least it sounds good and that the reviewers may have been in a tough mood when they reviewed it.
7289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/18) on: August 20, 2008, 09:02:49 PM
yeah, it's pretty annoying.  instead of getting it a few days earlier and having the whole weekend to blow S up, now it's about going out into the sunday shopping crowd and getting fewer hours to play with it.
7290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 160 gig on its way/PSP the 3rd also on: August 20, 2008, 09:01:11 PM
sony really hurts themselves with this move as they could entice the download market much more by advertising how easy it is to swap the drive.  put in the 40gb and then partner up with hdd makers and offer a discount on a much bigger one.  directly challenge MS' expensive single option and get that price down.  and seriously consider adding an older game like uncharted or ratchet & clank in the bundle without jacking the price like they did with the motorstorm bundle.

and a new psp?  methinks this has more to do with getting the already hackable psp's hardware replaced with something more resilient.  aka pandora proof.  this is not news to me, frankly, as the hackers had already uncovered references in the firmware updates to a new motherboard months ago.  they are also the ones who found similar references to the psp slim before it was announced. 
7291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX 360 controller redesign on: August 20, 2008, 08:52:44 PM
damn that design pic looks stupid.  not only can you not use the pad for analog games, but you can't use the buttons with the d pad.  nevermind the mindfrack of swapping left hand movement, right hand view/action. 

oh well, i guess we'll just have to mod our own stuff if we want a decent d pad for anything other than slow games. 
7292  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firefly on Blu-Ray Official on: August 20, 2008, 04:53:23 PM
let's see if this gets past the logical purchase sensors. 

dvd set, $25 when i got it on sale.  looks good enough upscaled on a 1080i hdtv. 
bd set, $90 with no likely good sale price for some time.  will look better, but not leagues above what i have.  plus, like ceekay says, it hits dead center in the middle of a hugely expensive game season. 

no deal.  not enough extras to warrant a purchase any time soon. 
7293  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your first post at Gaming Trend was... on: August 20, 2008, 04:49:27 PM
i think i just ignored the "where is gg" threads in lieu of getting restarted in the san andreas threads.

GTA: SA Impressions       on: October 25, 2004, 05:24:14 PM
i'm not expecting any real impressions yet.  just oohs and ahhs.  do please throw us a bone if you can though. 

stuck at work for another 40 mins or so.  then an hour drive.  than waiting until they sell it.  then waiting until the guy i got buying my copy gets over to my house.  i should have a copy later tonight,  play it for 10 minutes and then have to go to sleep.  blech!

lucky bastiges.

most of my first posts were about SA, halo 2 (??) and r&c: uya. 

ah good times. 
7294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBL/PSN]Star Wars :The Force Unleashed demo this thursday?..really this tim on: August 19, 2008, 05:37:12 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 19, 2008, 12:01:09 AM

Quote from: Caine on August 18, 2008, 04:50:34 PM

would have to be the week my isp is down.  damn cable service transition had to totally cut off the old one before the internet access is back up. 

if this does hit this week, i will have to bring my system to work and hook it up to a monitor just to download the demo.   ninja

don't worry, we'll play it enough for you too.

oh good then, i can go back to sleep. 
7295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 5 months left! what are you buying? on: August 19, 2008, 05:35:09 PM
first day or close enough
Fallout 3 - my most anticipated game of '08 left
Fable 2 - moved up from the maybe list.  'nuff said
Mercenaries 2 - 1/3rd of the first big reason i bought a 360.  let's hope it earns the silver medal behind gta4
Far Cry 2 - wide open world in africa.  something unique and it looks great
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky - loved the first, this is a great way to revisit the game world
Aliens: Colonial Marines - this one came out of nowhere and granted a wish i have had since aliens online and only briefly glimpsed in the avp games. 

interested in, but wait for reviews/sales
Ghostbusters - very likely to get bumped up. 
Batman: Arkham Asylum - if it releases this year, that is.
Rock Band 2 - while i love rb, i am not that great at it. 
Saints Row 2 - looks like a great take on the sandbox genre, but i think mercs 2 will be a better fit for now.
Force Unleashed - very much looking forward to the demo on this to make my final judgment.
Infinite Undiscovery - looks/sounds good, but i have vowed to finish lost odyssey before picking up another jrpg to sit on the shelf.
Resistance 2 - still have R1 to finish up.
Gears of War 2 - while i will miss the mp launch goodness, i never really dug the first one.
Dead Space - feels like bioshock in space, but i think i will end up waiting a bit on it.
Spore - beware of the hype.  i am holding my self back from this for a bit.
Shaun White Snowboarding - one of the few wii games i am actually looking forward to. 
Tomb Raider: Underworld - loved TR legend, but this one gets bumped back to next year for me.
yakuza 2 - need to find/play yak 1, but this sounds pretty cool
persona 4 - it would be stupid to get this as i still haven't unwrapped p3:fes, but you never know. 
Mirror's Edge - not sure how much fun this is just yet.
Colonization - another sid production, but i never seem to get enough playtime with the pc these days and have barely touched civ 4 bts
The Last Remnant - see note about jrpg and lost odyssey.
Sacred 2 - could be a great thing until d3 comes, but there's been very little news about it, so i am a little wary.

only ~350, so much less than last year around this time.  but there's a lot of maybe's to consider. 
a tough year to be sure.
7296  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Hands-On with Fable II on: August 18, 2008, 09:48:14 PM
sweet.  nice write up again Ron.  i'll let it all sink in and then ask some questions later. 

i wonder how much of the world will be altered by your actions, these so named "dynamic areas".  worth a second play through i would bet.  any word on how large the world is?  how open it was when you were running around?  any glitches in the graphics at this point?  were there dynamic environmental sounds?  background music?  how alive did the world feel; animals, realistic lighting and shadows, character animation?

it's going to be good.  another game to squeeze into the fall 08 madness with mercs and fallout. 
7297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/18) on: August 18, 2008, 09:18:06 PM

Quote from: Big Jake on August 18, 2008, 05:51:32 PM

Booty for me.  Too human, like Tales next week, is gonna wait until a price drop, becuase next week s certain monster release its getting ALL of my time once it's out.  drool

care to spill the beenage?
7298  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Better not smuggle an onion into a German Burger King... on: August 18, 2008, 05:08:36 PM
hehe.  kind of offbeat visual style.  i like it.
7299  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target Clearance watch - August on: August 18, 2008, 04:56:22 PM
yeah, it's all very ymmv with target prices/selection.  the other store i went to had bully for the wii @ $35.  what's up with that?
7300  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: F/S: FFIV (DS), Civilization Revolution (360), more on: August 18, 2008, 04:53:01 PM
ygpm re oblivion.  i've been hankering for this recently, and my pc is whacked right now.
7301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBL/PSN]Star Wars :The Force Unleashed demo this thursday?..really this time on: August 18, 2008, 04:50:34 PM
would have to be the week my isp is down.  damn cable service transition had to totally cut off the old one before the internet access is back up. 

if this does hit this week, i will have to bring my system to work and hook it up to a monitor just to download the demo.   ninja
7302  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: August 18, 2008, 04:47:44 PM
wow, that looks pretty good.  should be a lot of fun. 
7303  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/18) on: August 18, 2008, 04:40:23 PM

Quote from: Farscry on August 18, 2008, 02:41:04 PM

Galaga Legion is on my "try" list. Too Human quite interests me, so I'll throw it on my GameQ and probably try it out later this year or early 2009. icon_wink

same here.  oddly enough, Commando: Steel Disaster looks like a portable metal slug clone and is only $20, the perfect spot for cheap ds games.  wait for reviews though, as i still have a # of games to budget for.
7304  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coooool weather on: August 15, 2008, 06:50:26 PM
94 in seattle area today.  i really hope this lasts through to next weekend.  especially out on the coast.  i would love 70-80 degree weather with no clouds. 
7305  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Condemned 2: Bloodshot (PS3) - $19.99 on: August 15, 2008, 06:47:23 PM
i didn't check the ps3 version but gamestop had the 360 for this same price.  pretty good game if you like getting punched in the dark by enemies you can barely see.  biggrin
7306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sword of the Stars: A Murder of Crows Expansion Announced! on: August 15, 2008, 06:44:08 PM
i can agree with the first half hour disappointment.  i had slowly expanded out from earth and had made some of the fleets pretty decent sized for that phase of the game but it was all very droll and boring.  build, assign, move, next turn, rinse repeat.  occasionally, a colony ship would land on a decent planet and i would name it.  unfortunately, my 2 year old hit the power button and killed my empire before i found any enemies to fight.

i really need to give this game a fair shake again.
7307  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Can't make this stuff up... Frédéric Bourdin on: August 14, 2008, 09:25:02 PM
damn what an interesting bit.  you really wonder about that barclay family though, and it makes the whole thing seem like a hollywood movie.
7308  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Banking help: stopped checks from customer on: August 14, 2008, 08:26:13 PM
so it's not just the recent purchase but one from last year?  how is it possible for this guy with an unresolved balance due get a purchase via check?  methinks your accounting people are in for a ass chewing. 

good luck with this, but at this point, i think you are SOL on every seeing any of that money returned.

too bad he picked the items up.  with a delivery address, you might have had a shot of recovering the items and/or busting him on the spot.  by now, he knows the gig is up, so he would be stupid to call/visit.  if he is that dumb, play along and get the cops involved. 
7309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bionic Commando Rearmed Impressions on: August 14, 2008, 06:55:48 AM
ok, the d-pad is really getting me annoyed.  both against a boss and again in 06 i was constantly getting screwed by hitting the wrong grapple at the wrong time.  it's just too damn unreliable.  if i'm trying to swing at an angle, it's a good chance that i'll grapple straight ahead instead.  getting the timing down for an angled swing followed by a vertical hang stopped me from getting past the boss in 02.  it's frustrating.

i am really hoping that i'll get adjusted to the 360 controls, or i will be pretty much done with this game. 
7310  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: August 13, 2008, 08:25:08 PM
btw, i find it odd that his "top 5 games of all time" include spider man 2.  other than portal and silent hill 2,  i can't make out the last one.
7311  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: August 13, 2008, 08:17:55 PM
that pudding comment was priceless. 
7312  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: LucasArts Embargoes "Clone Wars" Reviews on: August 13, 2008, 07:36:14 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 13, 2008, 05:50:35 PM

I have absolutely zero desire to see this movie.  None.  Not even a little tiny bit.  The potential for cool was there (i.e. the Clone Wars cartoon series was awesome), but every single thing about this film just screams "epic fail".

a big +1 to everything you said.  if LF felt it necessary to add a baby jabba to add some kiddie appeal, then i really have no desire to see this.  the preview i saw last even had a clip of it and was the beginning of the end for me.  no way i'll even bother;  i have better movies to go see instead.  a gay jabba in the movie is probably the last thing anyone wanted to see and is not something i ever expected to write about for that matter.  they must be out of their FN minds. 

shame really as i liked the original animated cartoon and have them on dvd.  i'll go watch that instead.
7313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bionic Commando Rearmed Impressions on: August 13, 2008, 07:27:28 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 13, 2008, 07:24:00 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 13, 2008, 06:51:49 PM

depending on reviews I may end up grabing the pc version.

And you'll be charged more for doing so (if I remember right).

$15 for the pc version, apparently for "market reasons".
7314  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [XBLA] 1600 Marketplace Pts for $15 at Target on: August 13, 2008, 07:23:39 PM
they've gotten better with their text.  i grabbed two and had no problems reading either one.  they are more resistant to being scratched off too.

i'm glad they have these as i much prefer a download service to not have access to my CC number. 
7315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Siren: Blood Curse on: August 13, 2008, 07:20:12 PM
from what i have seen elsewhere, the disc release is not likely to hit US shelves any time soon.
7316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need Wii Sports Boxing tips! on: August 13, 2008, 07:18:07 PM

Quote from: Purge on August 13, 2008, 12:58:51 PM

turning the controller sideways and lifting it does an uppercut. Remember that your actions need to be exaggerated.

don't forget to have someone video tape it so we can all see.   icon_twisted
7317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/11) on: August 13, 2008, 07:16:27 PM
just a quick note for others looking at BC:R.  tearing issues apparently hamper the 360 version, and the well known limitations of the Dpad are noticeable.  the ps3 version also offers remote play.  no word on tearing there yet as the psn likes to make us wait an extra day.

core gameplay is good however, regardless of which version.
7318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Miyamoto 'Banned' From Talking About Hobbies on: August 13, 2008, 07:14:16 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on August 13, 2008, 07:04:10 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 13, 2008, 06:56:57 PM

so, what happens if he gets into S&M?

Or what happens if he gets into narcotics?

do you forget that the big N has had a thing for magic mushrooms for a long time?
7319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Conan worth $20? on: August 13, 2008, 07:12:56 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 13, 2008, 06:31:30 PM

If you're into the Conan world, it can be mindless fun.  I enjoyed it and would say it's worth $20, as long as you know what you're getting into.

+1 to this.  i got it @ the same price and have no regrets doing so.  i enjoyed the demo enough to play through twice.  have you tried the demo?  it's a pretty good representation of the gameplay
7320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bionic Commando Rearmed Impressions on: August 13, 2008, 07:11:23 PM
for the first time ever, i really regret getting this on xbla.  had i read about the psn version and remote play, i would have got that version instead.  plus, the damn d-pad is so wonky and the analog so loose that it makes some of the directional swinging a big pain in the ass.  the only + to getting the 360 version is the discount on points cards i got so it makes the game $7.50 instead of 10. 

overall, no tearing that i could notice (1080i over component) and the graphics look nice.  has all the nuances of the original with a nice layer of polish.  plus, i like that it saves progress after every full stage. 

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