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5201  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Okami vs Zelda ? on: November 09, 2006, 01:33:27 AM
Is it even fair to make a comparison of these two games?  If so, I can't do it because I've never really had much of an opportunity to play any of the Zelda games as I've never really owned a Nintendo system (only a Gamecube for two days and then I returned it as I got frustrated playing OoT).  I'm curious though as to what people who have played both extensively think.  I just picked Okami a few days ago in Akihabara (for 6,800円  crybaby) and so far for me it has been 5 hours of pure unadulterated JOY.  For me this could be my Game of the Console I think.  Someone told me that you don't even really get into the full story until the 8 or 10 hour mark.  So how about it?  Does it out-Zelda Zelda?  Or is it a different kind of game that has its own good points?
5202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 09, 2006, 12:09:36 AM
Here are some pics from Bic Camera in Tokyo of one of the PS3 stands.  This maybe old news to everybody in America if EB Games have their stands up already (which they probably do).  Again forgive me if that's true.



First pic.  They're playing a demo of Ridge Racer right now.  It looked alright I guess.  You can see on the sign that they're on sale starting 11/11.  I suspect the 9:30-10:00 part is approximately how long they'll be available before you're screwed for the next 4 months.



Second pic.  Games.  It shows the price of the PS3 on the sign on the right.  The 20 gig one is priced at 49,990円.  Suspiciously enough there didn't seem to be a price for the 60 gig unit.  The launch games (according to the stand) look like it's: Ridge Racer 7, Genji, Gundam, Resistance, some sort of golf game (not Hot Shots), and that bloody domino type game that they are always playing on tv here with all the Kanji written on them.  Hardly the type of game I'd want to show off on my new PS3.  Maybe my PS One.  There might also be the Sonic game as well.  I don't see the game on the stand in my pic but it was playing on the TV.



Third pic.  Close up of the game cases themselves.  They're shorter and wider than the old PS2 cases and they're clear plastic.  Sorry if this is old news to everybody but it was new to me so I thought I'd post it! smile
5203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 08, 2006, 11:49:52 PM
Two days until the release in Japan!  If it wasn't for the fact that it won't play Region 1 (that's Canada and America right?) encoded movies then I would probably be standing in line with everybody else on Saturday.  Well that and the fact that I'd have absolutely zero chance of getting one.  And the fact that I have to work on Saturday.  mad
5204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: November 07, 2006, 02:38:52 PM
Well I picked this game up in Akihabara today.  It was a split between buying this or buying a Gamecube and a memory card and Zelda:WindWaker.  I went for the cheaper option.  I'm about two a half hours in and lovin it so far!
5205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3's on Ebay on: November 06, 2006, 12:29:20 AM
Looks like they're being pre-sold at about $1500 dollars.  Damn that is some pretty sweet profit!  Pretty decent way to get a PS3 for yourself free (if you're willing to give up your first one)
5206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need advice on which console system to buy on: November 06, 2006, 12:20:11 AM
On the plus side, I think the PS3 is coming out for 49,000 yen which is only.... $415 US!  You could pick up a free game with the difference.
5207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need advice on which console system to buy on: November 06, 2006, 12:18:00 AM
Remember that while the PS3 is region free on the games side, there is still region protection for movies.  Which means if you want to use the PS3 for a Blu-ray player, you're going to be stuck watching japanese hentai movies.
5208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I dropped a UMD into my bathtub - is it going to work!? on: November 05, 2006, 09:32:49 AM
Just out of curiosity, what would happen if you dropped a DS game into the bathtub?
5209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 05, 2006, 01:04:48 AM
Well I'm excited about the new launch! Even though I'm not getting a PS3.  Still it's always fun when a new console comes onto the market isn't it? smile  I just read that the PS3 is being released here this Saturday in Japan.  I thought it wasn't coming out till December here.  Unfortunately I have to work on Saturday so I won't be able to go out and take pictures of the RIDICULOUSLY long lines outside of BIC Camera.
5210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 04, 2006, 02:42:01 PM
I always had you written off as an Xbox 360 whore Hetz! I guess I was wrong.  You're just a console whore!
5211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Famitsu reviews the first batch of PS3 launch games... on: November 02, 2006, 12:53:59 PM
I can't believe that I've been in Japan for over a year and a half and I have still yet to actually SEE a Famitsu magazine.  What the hell do they look like?  Does it say "FAMITSU" in Katakana on the front?
5212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I want to play through all the major PSX RPG's on: November 02, 2006, 12:50:57 PM

Quote from: warning on November 02, 2006, 03:08:26 AM

So I finished Grandia last night!  Woot!  One game down and only 35 games to go!

You can read my write-up on Grandia at RPG Rewind but be warned there are complete spoilers for Grandia so if you haven't played it but intend to you should avoid my site.

My copy of Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete arrived from Ebay earlier this week.  I hope to get started on it by the weekned after I write up a brief review of Grandia.

Onward!

So it took you about five weeks to finish a game?  Remind me to check this thread again in about 3 years! lol
5213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Want Exclusives? Then You Want Microsoft for the Next 7 months on: November 02, 2006, 12:42:07 PM
Why bother getting Ridge Racer 6 when you can get Ridge Racer 7?  I'd take any FPS games off the list as they all play on the PC and they should all be played on the PC anyways.  Unless of course your console has mouse and keyboard support in which case I suppose it's ok.
I also have to agree that the Xbox 360 has been out for almost an entire year now so I would HOPE that it's list of exclusives would be significantly longer than other non-released consoles.
5214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New PS3 Game Pics - Wow on: October 29, 2006, 10:00:38 AM

Quote from: kathode on October 29, 2006, 05:52:18 AM

They look nice.  A far cry from $600 nice, but nice.

In these days of paying close to $600 to get the next top of the line graphics card (probably with a 2 year lifetime), I don't see how some people can balk at $600 for an entire console.

Don't get me wrong-I agree that $600 is a lot of money-which is why I don't have a $600 Nvidia card.  But there seems to be a lot of hypocrisy around here when it comes to dishing out cash for the computer and dishing out cash for the console (not calling you a hypocrite Kathode, just making a general observation about what I notice on these forums.)
5215  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Prediction: Wii Sells Even Less than the Gamecube on: October 28, 2006, 11:07:09 AM
Hmm yeah I have to agree about the HDTV thing.  I don't have any proof to back it up but I think most people are going to go HDTV nowadays.  Now they obviously arent all going to be buying $3000 plasma tv's but you don't have to anymore.  My tv is HD (kind of-it isn't the full HD im sure but whenever I watch Discovery HD it goes to a better resolution) and it only cost a little lesss than $400.  And it's 29 inches too.  Hell here in Tokyo, whenver I go into an electronics store, there are no longer any old TV's on display anymore.  All they have is the flat panel kind.
5216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII reviews on: October 28, 2006, 10:55:53 AM
Didn't everybody have a terrible impression of the demo?  I wonder what was changed.
5217  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo is making money. Lots and lots of money on: October 27, 2006, 12:48:19 PM
These two headlines just happened to be in the business section of my Yomiuri Shimbun today: (they aren't verbatim because I threw out the paper)

Quote
Nintendo's profit soars 48%


Quote
Sony profits down 90%

Apparently that little battery fiasco is going to cost them a small hit of 55 billion yen.

5218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: F.U.R. - F.U.R. [Console Gaming Forum] on: October 27, 2006, 01:54:34 AM
I'd like a better accronym.
5219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo is making money. Lots and lots of money on: October 27, 2006, 01:44:12 AM
Holy crap the PS2 is outselling the Xbox 360?  I guess that makes sense what with all the great games coming out for the PS2 lately.
5220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stronghold Legends Impressions. on: October 25, 2006, 05:09:37 PM
Just out of curiousity Kobra, how many games do you go through in a month?  That is one hell of a hobby!
5221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA now offering cheat codes as microtransactions on: October 25, 2006, 05:06:08 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 25, 2006, 12:35:10 PM

100 points = $1.25

So basically to get all those cheats, it would cost approximately another $25 on top of what you already paid for the game.  That is just sad. Can you keep reusing the cheat or once that $50,000 dollars is gone do you have to send in another $1.25?
5222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA now offering cheat codes as microtransactions on: October 25, 2006, 05:28:08 AM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on October 24, 2006, 05:41:42 PM

EA is now offering the following for the Godfather:

Name: MobFace Apparel Bundle – 5 Items
Available in: All regions
Price: FREE
Dash Details: Limited time offer, free Mobface Bundle, download now before its too late! Be the best looking mobster in the neighborhood with a stylish bundle featuring a leather jacket, two hats, and two glasses. Choose from several variations for each item. The best thing is, it won’t cost you nothing! Just get the bundle then go to your favorite tailor shop in-game to find your new items.

Name: The Don Collection
Available in: All regions
Price: 800 Points
Dash Details: Become a "made man" with the ultimate collection of weapons, money and in-game items. You will receive all 5 Level-4 weapons upgrades, $50K, $100K and $250K in-game money downloads. Additionally, you'll receive the MobFace apparel bundle, Favor Pack with 3 new missions and the Buddy Crew upgrade. All items sold individually on Xbox Live Marketplace!

Name: Level 4 Revolver - Black Widow
Available in: All regions
Price: 100 Points
Dash Details: Get the ability to buy the most powerful revolver in the game. One bite from this beauty stings worse than any venom. Look for the special arms dealer at the Continental Club in Little Italy. At $300,000 it provides great bang for your buck.

Name: Level 4 Pistol - Herzstopper
Available in: All regions
Price: 100 Points
Dash Details: Your chance to get the most powerful pistol in the game is just one stop away. For $400,000 you can be a real Romeo, stopping hearts all over town. Rendezvous with the arms dealer at the Full Moon Nightclub in Brooklyn. Good luck, killer

Name: Level 4 Magnum - Annihilator
Available in: All regions
Price: 100 Points
Dash Details: You want the most powerful Magnum in the game? You have to get the right to buy it first. You won’t regret it, though. For $500,000 and a trip to Hell’s Kitchen you can pack some serious heat. Look for the arms dealer at Poppy’s Westside Nightclub

Name: Level 4 Tommy Gun – Spectre Minigun
Available in: All regions
Price: 100 Points
Dash Details: Get the ability to buy the most powerful Tommy gun in the game. It’s one of the best weapons you can own, but top-of-the-line firepower comes at a price - $750,000 to be precise. Only one arms dealer in the city sells this baby. You can find him at Jay Sizzle’s Steakhouse in Midtown.

Name: Level 4 Shotgun – Lupara Semi-automatic
Available in: All regions
Price: 100 Points
Dash Details: Be the proud owner of the most powerful shotgun in the game. The arms dealer who specializes in the Lupara hangs out at Joe Foley’s Bar in New Jersey, but it’s worth the trip out of the city. Bring $600,000 along with you to pick up this gun

Name: Hired Assassin
Available in: All regions
Price: 250 Points
Dash Details: Give yourself some extra muscle by getting the ability to buy the most powerful crew member in the game, regardless of your current rank in the Corleone family. It’ll cost you $10,000 to add him to your team, payable to special crew dealers

Name: In-Game Money - $50K
Available in: All regions
Price: 40 Points
Dash Details: Add $50,000 to your game portfolio. It’s not a fortune, but it’s nothing to shake a stick at either. The money will be added directly to your in-game bankroll once you return to gameplay. This is a one-time offer; it cannot be purchased multiple times.

Name: In-Game Money - $100K
Available in: All regions
Price: 75 Points
Dash Details: Fatten your wallet with $100K. Maybe that’ll help you on your way to buying that new Tommy gun you’ve had your eye on. The money will be added directly to your in-game bankroll once you return to gameplay. This is a one-time offer; it cannot be purchased multiple times.

Name: In-Game Money - $250K
Available in: All regions
Price: 150 Points
Dash Details: Add $250,000 to your game portfolio. Now we’re talking some serious cash. The money will be added directly to your in-game bankroll once you return to gameplay. This is a one-time offer; it cannot be purchased multiple times

Name: Level 4 Weapon Bundle
Available in: All regions
Price: 400 Points
Dash Details: Get the ability to buy five of the most powerful weapons in the game. You still have to buy the weapons separately in-game from arms dealers, but if you do, you’ll have one of the most feared arsenals in the mob world. Check the individual weapon descriptions for arms dealer locations.

Name: Favor Pack – 3 Favor Missions
Available in: All regions
Price: 250 Points
Dash Details: Favors are the currency of the mob world. You do something for somebody, they owe you big. Get three additional favor missions that are available exclusively on Xbox Live Marketplace. Get over 100% game completion! (Note: All three missions have in-game prerequisites which you can view at http://godfather.ea.com.)

 

Maybe somebody could educate me about this.  Are 100 points equal to $1.00?
If I were to use all of these cheats (which previously have always been free) how much more would it cost me  on top of what I already paid for the game?
5223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First PS3 Ad? on: October 20, 2006, 01:29:46 PM
Weren't the XBOX 360 ads just as ridiculous?  It seems like these days it's not cool to show the actual games in motion.  People looking at the sky or a green X being slashed on the screen is enough.
5224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA now offering cheat codes as microtransactions on: October 17, 2006, 01:20:22 AM
Yes but could you do that with a code in older versions?  I'm going to go check that out now.
5225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Interesting poll in Famitsu Weekly on next-gen systems on: October 17, 2006, 12:44:58 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on October 16, 2006, 01:08:48 PM


Now it's got me wondering if they have American-made cars in Japan..  icon_biggrin


Actually no they don't and who can blame them? US cars are trash compared to Japanese cars.  Heck even Americans are buying Japanese more than American these days! A status symbol car for Japanese is usually German, either a Mercedes or a BMW.  You see lots of those over here.  You can even see the odd Volkswagen as well.
5226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA now offering cheat codes as microtransactions on: October 17, 2006, 12:37:13 AM
Can we still go to Gamefaqs and get codes for free or has EA removed that ability?  Say all you want about how it's your choice to buy the code but if you cant still look it up on the internet then they're not really giving you much of a choice anymore.  Perhaps there'll come a day when you can no longer input codes into your games?  Cheats either have to be unlocked through gameplay or activated through some main server after you pay for it.
5227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Interesting poll in Famitsu Weekly on next-gen systems on: October 16, 2006, 07:45:58 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on October 16, 2006, 07:19:27 AM

the japanese people want to swallow their pride and admit that japan arent the only ones on the market...IMO xbox 1 took both ps2 and the cube to the cleaners
Roll Eyes

Actually it wasn't just the developers in that previous poll.  I went back to Bill's blog and found where he sourced it.  Here's the actual article: http://www.next-gen.biz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3403&Itemid=2

From Bil's blog:

Quote
Then there was the article last week about Famitsu's latest survey where about 80% of everyone just don't give a damn about the PS3. Here's a brief summary of the poll results.
Gamers (216 participants)
Here’s what gamers said are the consoles they’re most interested in buying:
73.6%: Wii
16.7%: PS3
9.7%: neither

Retailers (85 participants)
Of retailers, here are the consoles they find most appealing:
65.9%: Wii
18.8%: neither
15.3%: PS3

Game makers (33 participants)
69.7%: Wii
27.3%: PS
33%: neither
5228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 warranty -- worth it? on: October 16, 2006, 05:37:32 AM
Is nobody bother by the fact that for a $400 or $500 dollar machine, you only get a measly 3 month warranty?  What happened to the good ol' 1 year warranties?
5229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Interesting poll in Famitsu Weekly on next-gen systems on: October 16, 2006, 05:30:58 AM
Wasnt there a famitsu poll a while back that suggested that the Japanese were way more excited about the Wii than the PS3?  Looks like the PS3 is gaining some ground-either that or the Wii is losing it.
5230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Chaos League becoming one of those "Rare" titles. on: October 14, 2006, 06:31:58 AM
Ehh?  What the hell are you guys talking about??  retard
5231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xenosaga impressions on: October 14, 2006, 06:28:23 AM
What's so bad about the second game?  Looking at Gamerankings, Gamespot basically gave the exact same score for every game and it seemed to do well enough with other reviewers as well.
5232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xenosaga impressions on: October 14, 2006, 12:23:22 AM
What do you think about the Xenosaga series?  I've owned the first game for at least 3 damned years and the furthest I've gotten in it is 1h 27m!!  Last night I got inspired to play through it again and beat it this time.  I'm still in the tutorial but I'm hoping that I'll like it enough to go out and get the next two in the series.  For those of you that have played, what do you think?  I love the idea of a continuous story over three chapters, a trilogy if you will.  I know there are some long cutscenes but that doesn't really bother me as long as the story is good.
5233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Online Service - more details on: October 14, 2006, 12:17:36 AM

Quote from: Darren8r on October 13, 2006, 11:35:00 PM

Quote from: papasmurff on October 13, 2006, 09:49:31 PM

Well, I am interested to see what MS does with the live service after this comes out.  I wonder if they will make live free and or with this new update that happens next tuesday, what Cool things they will add.

Not a chance, M$ is making to much $$$ from that service.

Really? I don't know about that.  I mean that only amounts to $4 per month per user.  They're basically providing the same service as companies like Blizzard who charge $15 per month.  I can't imagine that Online service is their bread and butter.
5234  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The DDR series has changed my life on: October 13, 2006, 02:01:09 PM
Woah wait- You mean video games can be good for you???
5235  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Okami impressions on: October 13, 2006, 01:59:02 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 13, 2006, 01:23:13 PM

For anyone intersted, Okami sold 87k last month which is decent if not really a hit.  It will likely end up selling more in North America than Japan. 

I actually can't find it ANYWHERE in japan!  I havent actually asked for it but I never see it on the shelves.  I asked a couple of kids what they thought of Okami (I'm assuming that's what it's called in Japan) and they had no idea what I was talking about!
5236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Medieval 2 Total War demo on: October 11, 2006, 07:50:36 AM
Well I'm just so amazed that it ran so well on my laptop!
Most of the settings are medium but I have the resolution quite high and it really looks fantastic!
5237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Medieval 2 Total War demo on: October 10, 2006, 09:26:59 AM

Quote from: Kobra on October 10, 2006, 03:50:47 AM

Holy mother of god.. I tried this..  Maxed settings it looks AMAZING and runs smooth as SILK!

One thing that blows me away, each unit seems to have their own movements. I ordered my calvary around, and watched in awe how each one seemed to have its slightly own agenda, nothing was uniform fake like most games.

 thumbsup thumbsup

Wow you must have some setup to have it maxed out and still run like silk.
5238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NBA Live 07 backlash (with funny YouTube glitch videos!) on: October 10, 2006, 09:25:37 AM
I don't know...you might be able to get $45 worth of laughs playin the game with a buddy.  You could have a competition to see who finds the most bugs.
5239  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Paraworld Impressions on: October 08, 2006, 11:53:20 PM

Quote from: Kobra on October 05, 2006, 03:21:31 AM

Where does he say "Its a pretty good RTS"?  All I am reading are more glowing comments on that blog, unless there is some fine print I am missing that your eyes are picking up, it sure sounds all glowing to me....

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I was hoping to have Paraworld impressions up today, but they're not ready. The reason they're not ready is because I'm playing the game almost like an RPG, where you spend huge amounts of time just exploring.

This has never happened to me before.

The game world is so vibrant and so beautiful that I don't want to miss a single thing.

I'm just saying that compared to his previous comments (in June maybe?) that it's a bit underwhelming.  That's great that he loves exploring a beautiful map but that doesn't make it the greatest RTS of all time.  He hasn't really talked about it since, which is something I wish I could say for that goddamn Dwarve game that he keeps going on about endlessly.


5240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Paraworld Impressions on: October 04, 2006, 11:39:36 PM

Quote from: Kobra on October 03, 2006, 04:37:36 PM

Bill Harris evidently got his copy.  nod

http://dubiousquality.blogspot.com/2006/10/paraworld.html



He didn't really say that much though.  I think maybe the game is not quite as good as he was predicting.  I wonder if he'll mention it again in his blog.  According to some of his previous entries, he was predicting that this game would be the second coming of Christ.  Then he gets it and basically says "it's a pretty good rts" and sort of sweeps it under the rug.
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