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9841  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: COD4 demo is out. on: October 13, 2007, 04:37:56 AM
i always like to play with the enemy weapons.  it makes the game take on more of a vietcong feel, where you are not likely to hold on to your issued weapon for long. 

plus, there's a dragunov. that will be fun in mp.   ninja
9842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN update - R&C demo and everyday shooter impressions on: October 13, 2007, 04:35:56 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 13, 2007, 04:26:43 AM

Quote from: Tebunker on October 13, 2007, 03:10:40 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 13, 2007, 02:09:59 AM

From what I understand no one actually played the mp in previous R&C games so I can understand why Insomniac saw it as a waste of resources.

Quote from: Tebunker on October 12, 2007, 11:26:50 PM

If nothing else it seems like a step back.

Outside of the removal of mp, what's a step back about it?  I've heard they are trying to bring in a bit more platforming than UYA had but that's a plus in my book.  I can certainly see how it doesn't look to be a step forward outside of the visuals but I haven't read anything to indicate the series has regressed at all. 

it feels like a step back because it doesn't feel as developed as the last 2 games. It really seems like a step back to the very first Ratchet and Clank. It actually feels like they just added High Def and mailed it in. There doesn't appear to be anything new to make it worth $60. If I want that kind of experience I'll buy one of the older games and save some money.

I am not saying that they have to change the whole game like they did with the horrid "deadlocked"or whatever it was called, but I get the feeling that this is a cashed in next gen game like several EA games have been. So in the end, it's lacking features that it's predecessors had, and it seems like some of the mechanics have been changed for the worse. I gather this not only from the Demo but also from all I have read on the game.

Again, what features, other than MP, from the previous games have been removed?  What mechanics have been changed for the worse?  I can see it not moving the series forward but damned if I see any regressions (at least based on the demo and what I've read of the full game). 
other than the two things i mentioned above, (mp and weapon leveling changed) this plays exactly like the early part of 2 and 3. 
9843  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: New hdmi 360 with 5 games for $399 on: October 13, 2007, 01:47:56 AM
i looked at the site and it's nowhere to be found.  i wonder if this is a repeat of last year's 360 for $360 deal they had that never gelled.  this sounds too good to be true as the games included add up to 270 by current prices.  hell, for that price, i'd buy a second one.  could easily turn most of it over and pay for half of it.
Forza 60
two worlds 60
bioshock 60
orange box 60
mua 30
9844  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest coming to XBLA Wednesday on: October 13, 2007, 01:37:52 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on October 13, 2007, 01:22:01 AM

Quote from: The Grue on October 12, 2007, 08:34:51 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on October 12, 2007, 06:59:03 PM

I messed around with this last night and thought it would make a great portable game.

So today I bought the PSP version for $15 on my lunch hour.

Well, now you get to deal with a bug where your companion's special move thing doesn't work.

Which I probably would have never noticed if you hadn't pointed it out.

i wouldn't worry about it over much.  the companions bonuses are tied to specific circumstances and for that reason, they aren't in play all that often.  the big thing to take note of is whether the bug affects the mounts.  those bonuses can be quite noticeable, especially some of the higher level ones.  it should be easy to test with the right situation though.
9845  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN update - R&C demo and everyday shooter impressions on: October 13, 2007, 01:32:41 AM
if it's anything like 2 and 3 in this regard, then it will have a higher difficulty which is unlocked and damn near impossible until you have gone through the game once and maxed out your life and weapons.  i think #3 had another level of weapon upgrades in that mode as well.  of course, they are now saying that the weapon system is similar to ffx, so that may change things a bit.  i'm not sure how that will affect the gameplay if you have to buy your upgrades instead of just leveling up through use.  i did accumulate quite a bit of cash in the demo and more than i remember getting in the first level of the earlier games, so maybe they increased the payouts to match.  as long as they give you a good arena to fight in and a bunch of side games/weapons to collect, then i'll be happy.  coop would have been great, but i can live without it for now. 
9846  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: COD4 demo is out. on: October 12, 2007, 08:47:35 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on October 12, 2007, 06:30:45 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on October 12, 2007, 04:32:50 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on October 12, 2007, 04:25:17 PM

Cant even  install it. First time i downloaded it from GamersHell . After spending all that time getting it said it was 0 bytes.

So then i downloaded it from FileFront. Its over a gig but when I click it it says its not a valid win32 application.

So guess I wont be trying that demo out.

PM incoming with a link. smile  You know I've gotcha covered.

Thnx KD but your copy did'nt work either frown It must be a problem on my end. Same as before, when I click the exe to install it says its not a valid win32 application

sounds like you are getting a truncated file.  exact file size i see is 1,473,748,992 bytes.  if you have less, that would explain it.  you are running xp right?
9847  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN update - R&C demo and everyday shooter impressions on: October 12, 2007, 08:43:16 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 12, 2007, 08:13:33 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on October 12, 2007, 08:09:15 PM

been stuck on 86% for ages now..never really played any other R and C games,but the way people have been going on about this,i cant let it pass without me inspecting it

I'm not sure you can really "get" R&C just off of one level. 

not the full experience no, but it does give you a good taste of what the core gameplay is.  shooting cool and crazy weapons at odd enemies and blowing the S out of the environment. 

as i put it earlier, if you played and didn't care for the first three games, you probably won't be swayed into picking this up.  if you loved them, then you'll probably love this one.  i read one of the dev interviews and they basically said they only planned to stick to the formula of the first 3.  no mp this time around either.  the animation is great.  more detail all around.
9848  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Through the Portal (Warning: Spoilers) on: October 12, 2007, 05:55:17 AM
flash version

fun, stuck on level 36. tricky timing i haven't figured out yet.
9849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: COD4 demo is out. on: October 12, 2007, 05:53:53 AM
sp only.  i grabbed a real slow source.  it's still at ~70%
9850  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / COD4 impressions (demo on pg 1, game on pg 2) on: October 12, 2007, 04:44:44 AM
the usual suspects.

ripped from charlie oscar delta
9851  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crysis Beta on Fileplanet on: October 12, 2007, 01:11:48 AM
good to know that the system i put together for oblivion will work nicely with this one.  i won't be doing the dx10/vista route as i don't have the money to spend on a video card considering what the 1900 cost originally, but the differences won't be that big.
am i to assume that this is for the mp?  i really look forward to the sp game and some of those big battles they've showed us.
9852  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game Informer Scores for November on: October 12, 2007, 12:32:40 AM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on October 12, 2007, 12:17:31 AM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on October 11, 2007, 09:43:17 PM

Two Worlds..... 4/2

Fuck them. They're wrong.

agreed.  while the 360 version gets a hit from the frame rate issues, the pc version is fun, stable, good looking graphics, and a lot of game to play.  i would have put it at a 8 for the pc version.  it's much better than your regular 4/10 game.  oh well.  reviews are like a box of chocolates.  every once in a while, you like one everyone else seems to hate. 
9853  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN update - R&C demo and everyday shooter impressions on: October 12, 2007, 12:27:29 AM
ok.  the ps3 ate my first post, so i'll get to the meat of it.  if you liked the previous games, you'll like this one.  if you didn't, then there isn't a whole lot changed, good or bad, outside of the graphics.  the game is much better looking in motion than in the screenshots.  i played both 2 and 3 and liked 2 a lot more.  this plays out pretty much the same.  i suspect it will get hit in the reviews if the demo is indicative of the full game.  i liked the length of the demo and unlike a few others, i'll probably replay it at some time before release.  not sure it will get the love it deserves though as there is so much coming out this season and i will definatey be into mass effect to the hilt when that game is out. 
i assume this will be full price too, which makes it less enticing.  i wonder if this will have the same length as the 2nd one did.  a second difficulty for instance.   

1.6gb demo took ~9 minutes to install.  downloaded in about half an hour. 
9854  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA To Purchase Bioware/Pandemic! on: October 11, 2007, 11:28:24 PM
it also means the pc version of mercs 2 is likely dead.  ea only seems to bring sports games to the pc any more. 

hooray for corporate ownership.  in a year, the honeymoon will be over when ea learns it can take anything it wants from it's new acquisition.  bioware will get pressed to make a sims rpg and endless sims rpg expansion packs.  pandemic will just cease to be someday.
9855  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSN update - R&C demo and everyday shooter impressions on: October 11, 2007, 11:17:49 PM
as i stayed home today because of the flu, i checked the psn a few times to see if ES was released.  i wasn't expecting r&c demo though.  it's quite big, so hopefully it's decent length for a demo. 

after watching a trailer for everyday shooter, i decided to pick it up.  so far, i like it.  you have to grab the points you earn, which makes you choose between killing and grabbing stuff as you move a bit faster when you aren't shooting.  also, you shoot faster when you aren't moving, whch is an interesting mechanic to use.  overall, it's easier to avoid stuff than gw, at least through the 4th level.  the music and style change quite a bit between levels and i really like the second level for that.  the trick to getting high scores is the multiplier.  each lvel is different and it really helps to figure out the best way to trigger it.  in most cases, you get points where you wouldn't get them otherwise or you increase the value of the points you would have got by just shooting the whatever.  after you die, whatever points you earned are added to a pool and can be used to unlock extra lives, single levels, and some odd visual mods.  it looks lik there's a boss towards the end, but i haven't got anywhere close yet. 

9856  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest coming to XBLA Wednesday on: October 11, 2007, 05:32:37 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 11, 2007, 04:37:00 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 11, 2007, 02:54:14 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 11, 2007, 02:25:14 PM

did they toss out a demo on XBLM too?

Every XBLA game has a free demo.  It's part of the deal.

Carcasonne didn't (or was it Catan?)

Is it a problem, by the way, that I played against the second guy enough times to get to level 6 before moving on?  Will that help or is the game leveled?  Is there a level cap?

level cap is 50. 
spoilerish question.
Spoiler for Hiden:
is it still possible to get insanely strong red attacks as the warrior/mage?  i one shotted the end boss because my big attack was so strong.  it's also how i was able to level the mount up to 50.
9857  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finally Disaster Day of Crisis Screens, some good, some not so good (Wii) on: October 11, 2007, 04:44:29 AM
quite a bit of detail in the first shot.  looks good. 
9858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassins Creed Limited Edition on: October 11, 2007, 04:37:25 AM
i'd put him in the garden, right next to that 9' big daddy statue i 'acquired' from gamestop.
9859  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassins Creed Limited Edition on: October 10, 2007, 05:46:43 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on October 10, 2007, 05:15:33 PM

Personally, I'm interested in Assassin's Creed *despite* Jade Raymond's involvement.  I don't know how skilled a producer she is, but as a PR spokesperson, she makes Alan Greenspan seem saucy and charismatic.

Some developers turn out games that speak for themselves.  Others speak about their projects so passionately that you can't help but get swept up in their enthusiasm.  Raymond accomplishes something unique: she takes a game that already looks dynamic, polished, and exciting to play, and talks about it in such a dry, mechanical fashion that by the time she's finished, you can't quite remember why it used to look like fun.  I think Ubisoft really made a mistake when they hired her over Buzz Killington.

-Autistic Angel

i read your post as the guy who does the Zero Punctuation reviews.  you wouldn't happen to be in australia would you?  ninja
9860  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: October 10, 2007, 05:43:04 PM
that was a great bit.  the whole thing was one big pile of kickass.
9861  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: had my tooth pulled on: October 09, 2007, 09:14:20 PM
let the vicodin laced posting commence.  it will be like having jpinard post here.
9862  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you react to In-Game Advertising? on: October 09, 2007, 08:22:29 PM
the best fake ad was the one true crime put in to mock gta, and then when rockstar did it in san andreas. 

overall, i rather prefer the fake ads in gta style games as the whole thing is fictitious.  if they're going for realism ala r6, then real ads can work.  i just don't want to see the same damn ad on every corner.
9863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bladestorm demo on: October 08, 2007, 05:46:47 PM
haven't had time to try out the download.  i used to like the dw series, so this warrants a look at least.
9864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassins Creed Limited Edition on: October 08, 2007, 05:41:32 PM
don't get all worked up over it.  it's only 3 inches high.

i think i need to read some previews if i want to keep hyped up for this. 

oh, you also forgot the conan statue in your poll.  he could put up a fight.  now we just need a healer.
9865  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oh Snap! Phantom Hourglass is Must Own! on: October 08, 2007, 05:26:18 PM
i got the first prize from the shooting range and close enough to the point total for the second one.  i can probably get that with a bit more practice.

what really annoys me is the salvage rewards you get.  so far, i've got a duplicate set of the same three pieces.  same goes for the random bits you get.  i keep getting the same damn things.  having the extra health on the ship really helps when you go into a new map and haven't found the warp spots.

i just made it to iceland with the feuding natives. 
9866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: File this under huge rumor, probably not true, But Microsoft would be dumb i on: October 05, 2007, 10:42:57 PM
hmmm.  so the change is true but fundamentally changes nothing.  super. 

we need a new myth and a 360 sequel to oni. 

now maybe they can finally get halo ds out.  biggrin
9867  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 40GB Ps3 399.99 Are you in? on: October 05, 2007, 10:38:01 PM
bc completely nixed.  press release

The new model is no longer backwards compatible with PlayStation®2 titles, reflecting both the reduced emphasis placed on this feature amongst later purchasers of PS3, as well as the availability of a more extensive line-up of PS3 specific titles (a total of 65 titles across all genres by Christmas).

this is just for the european market at this point, but i doubt the US will be far behind.

btw, isn't €399 still quite a bit more than the 360 and wii over there?
9868  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 Game Variants... on: October 05, 2007, 09:14:55 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on October 05, 2007, 08:58:58 PM

What's Rocket Race?  Sorry, I haven't had a chance to play anything for a week and it's killing me.

the variant we played. teams of two, mongooses only.  rockets with unlimited ammo and no other weapons on the level.  invulnerable to any attack except assassination.  one person drives, the other sits in the back and tries to keep the other players from reaching a random point which moves after it's hit.  rocket blasts damage the mongooses, but mostly just send it flying.  it takes a while to kill the vehicle so most the time, you just go tumbling through the air, end over end. 

whichever team gets to x points wins.  we played to 10 on valhalla.  great fun. 

that about sums it up.
9869  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: yup, another trip pimping thread. Houston in october on: October 05, 2007, 08:34:08 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on October 04, 2007, 05:26:44 AM

What or who is a "bil"?

brother in law. 
9870  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marion Jones, Steroids, and me. on: October 05, 2007, 08:32:01 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on October 05, 2007, 05:35:45 PM

Quote from: mikeg on October 05, 2007, 05:00:13 PM

As she should.  The saddest part of the whole thing to me is there are alot of people out there who got beat by her steroid-enhanced ass and never got to win what they should have and now their shot is gone forever.  Cheaters suck. 

Yes she absolutely should.  I would never argue that.  Keep in mind however, it is widely believed that a metric ton of track and field athletes enhance.  If they all came clean, I think it might make people's eyes pop outta' there heads when they saw the actual numbers.

speaking of which, whatever happened to the supposed list of buyers after that monster bust a while back?  i thought they would just go crazy with arrests and have a huge press conference about it. 
9871  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "The Cortana Chronicles" (No 'Halo' Spoilers) on: October 05, 2007, 08:28:14 PM
it comes as a surprise to noone else but me that she also did the voice of cate archer from NOLF.  i should go back and play the first one again. 
9872  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gametap for $60/year on: October 05, 2007, 08:22:50 PM
tempting.  i could use this for jericho. 

damn i wish they did this for the 360.  gamefly is good, but slow.  plus, it's more expensive than this is.
9873  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: I see no Deals for 360 Orange Box. You know of any? on: October 05, 2007, 08:19:40 PM

Quote from: Purge on October 05, 2007, 02:41:56 PM

Is there someone who'd be willing to buy this for me and ship it up to de Kanadas?

Our money is worth a lot now, but apparently we still need to pay an additional 15% because our retailers need more money.

i'd do it for you purge, but it won't be much of a deal considering that the tax is ~$5, then shipping, plus the delay.  maybe someone in a sales-tax-free state could help you out.
9874  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX 360 new chip on: October 05, 2007, 08:12:55 PM
well that's good to know.  somebody at work is looking at grabbing one and really wants to avoid the 90nm if he can. 
9875  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX 360 new chip on: October 05, 2007, 07:12:10 PM
unfortunately, the 65nm doesn't appear to be in all of the halo 360's, just the more recent lots, 764?  not sure where i read it in detail so the first two digits are fuzzy.  sorry about that.  also note that the cpu is the only piece using the 65 die at this point.  the gpu is also a big part of the heat issue.  from what i've read, the new units do run quieter and cooler, so there is an improvement.  unfortunately, you can't check the lot until you open the box.  just get the newest build date you can find.

as far as the size, i've got the elite and while i don't think i'll use it for video, it's nice not having to worry about demo space.  now that they all have hdmi, it's not worth it.  certainly not with the smaller cpu.
9876  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oh Snap! Phantom Hourglass is Out! Impressions abound! on: October 05, 2007, 06:38:44 PM
through the second boss and about to go after #3.  i have liked the sailing and optional side quests you can do.  in most cases, it's not game altering, but the golden frog thingy is very helpful.  and the puzzle to get the item was pretty cool too. 

i've spent a bit of time fishing too, and i'll always drop a line if my course is close enough to the shadow.

since i've got the shovel, half of every island looks like a warzone after i leave it.  biggrin
9877  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 Game Variants... on: October 05, 2007, 06:29:56 PM

Quote from: disarm on October 05, 2007, 06:19:21 PM

Quote from: CSL on October 05, 2007, 04:11:00 PM

My idea for a custom match...

Name: Laser Tag
Game Basis: Team Slayer

Rules: The inspiration for this match is Unreal Tournaments Instagib. All players start with Spartan Lasers with infinite ammo, no grenades, and no other weapons on the map. If at all possible their will be a custom powerup that increases your overshield by *3 and makes you faster for 60 seconds.

Haven't made it yet though.
as someone who loved playing UT instagib, i think something like that could be a lot of fun.  the only problem is that the slow firing time of the spartan laser would make it incredibly difficult for some people.  if there were a way to make a precision, 'one-shot kill' weapon that didn't have to charge before firing, i think you could have a much better game.  the trick is to allow instantaneous firing, but making sure there is a little delay before you can fire a second shot.  i don't know if that can be done though...
sniper rifle?

same goes for me kepow.  i'll gladly join up with a ranked mm game. 

btw, where's the love for coop?  i had a ton of fun going through legendary that way.  even the most hated level wasn't that bad with 4 people.  easier, in fact. 
9878  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 Game Variants... on: October 05, 2007, 06:26:53 PM
i'm just as much a fan of the "whacky and crazy" modes as the next guy, as i like to mix up the norm once in a while.  i also like the ranking system and while i haven't played full ranked games, i do like the social matchmaking we get going once in a while.  at least when it works and the other team doesn't bail out on us.  we had a bad night of that recently and it took a lot of the fun out of playing. 

my point?  there are people playing who can just as easily play against strangers who i'll never see again, odd variants of pirate zombies on the high seas, and the mass chaos of a rocket race, shotty sniper, team rockets, and the old standby's ctf and dm.  it's all good fun.  if i stopped enjoying it, i'd just go back to playing an rpg or something.
9879  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oh Snap! Phantom Hourglass is Out! Impressions abound! on: October 04, 2007, 05:39:12 PM
i haven't got that far in it yet to get to the ocean king temple, but it looks like it's coming up soon.  still in the fire temple with the boomerang.  i like it, but i really hated a moment when two flames are shooting at you and you have to hit two switches with it before they get you.  it seemed like they were always firing just far apart that i couldn't get a hit off before they got me. 

i like the sailing mechanic, even if it isn't as action oriented as i hoped it would be. 

so far, so good though.  the guide is pretty monstrous and is great quality.  glad i went that route as i would not normally get a guide for a zelda game.  i think that will help with the ocean king temple and i won't get annoyed by it.
9880  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect -- 49 Days! on: October 03, 2007, 10:05:08 PM
i guess it depends on the size and quality of the book.  if it's a skimpy little thing like we used to get in the big box days, then i'll pass.  not worried though.  they look decent enough, but not the stuff that will sit on my gaming shelf outside of the box the way the big daddy does.  he makes a pretty kickass bookend. 
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