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2081  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Gah! Job Related. Which new job would you take? on: December 22, 2006, 06:56:00 AM
I recently lost my job. After a few weeks of searching I've been made offers from two different companies. Both jobs are the same position, pay scale and benefit grade. The difference is in the way shifts are handled, and the span of control (# of employees working for me):

Job 1-

2 hour meeting on Monday from 4 PM until 6PM
3 day work week- 12 hour shifts Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 6PM until 6AM.
Span of control= 14 employees

Drive time until I can move= 3.5 hours per day (The drive is mostly country roads. No heavy traffic. I cannot move until June 30th due to my lease agreement.)


Job 2-

9 hour days Sunday through Thursday. 11PM until 8 AM.
Every other Saturday is mandatory eight hours.
Span of control= 25 employees

Drive time= 1 hour per day. (Again, country roads, no heavy traffic.)


To you, which is less stressful? Would you prefer 3.5 days off per week, but a much longer workday and drive? Or would you prefer a few hours of free time every day, but you would only have a full weekend free every other week?

2082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Microsoft extends Xbox 360 warranty to 1 year. on: December 22, 2006, 04:16:51 AM
http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=134888

Hopefully it is true:

The 360 Warranty will be extended to a one year warranty.

Anyone who has had repairs done within the past year will can receive a refund.

2083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Analysts call sales "Disappointing" on: December 22, 2006, 04:14:03 AM
Eternal Sonata better do reasonably well in the US. I think alot of Japanese developers will be watching sales numbers on that title, to decide if they should produce RPGs for the 360. The game looks absolutely fabulous- much better than Blue Dragon, in fact.
2084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Analysts call sales "Disappointing" on: December 21, 2006, 09:15:58 PM
Just wanted to add another point-

Mass Effect, Eternal Sonata and Blue Dragon all release for the 360 this year. Microsoft's RPG fans will have an excellent 2007.
2085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Virtua Fighter 5 announced! on: December 21, 2006, 08:52:19 PM
Well, MS is definitely doing a full court press on Sony. They come out one year earlier, hold a price advantage, hold an online advantage, and:

-Simultaneous release of GTA for this generation.
-The next Splinter Cell moves to Xbox 360 exclusive territory

No Longer PS3 exclusives:
-Virtua Fighter 5 (although a 6 month lag will probably dampen sales)
-Bladestorm
-Fatal Inertia
-Assassin's Creed
-Armored Core 4 (yes, way back in the day this was supposed to be PS3 only)


Rumor Mill:
Metal Gear Solid 4 arrives on the 360

Then you have MS releasing a number of high profile titles in 2007, such as Halo 3, Blue Dragon, Lost Planet, Too Human, Forza Motorsport, Bioshock, Mass effect, Eternal Sonata, etc.  I still maintain that Sony will win this generation, but it will be a bloody, battered win.


2086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 - Analysts call sales "Disappointing" on: December 21, 2006, 08:25:12 PM

Quote from: Kobra on December 20, 2006, 07:54:50 PM

I've changed my predictions a bit;

Xbox360:   Will dominate this generation, with true next-gen gameplay and graphics, upcoming exclusives, and a super strong lineup with a fantastic pricepoint.  This is based on developers I know that are almost completely dropping the PS3 and switching to the Xbox360, and my overall opinion where Microsoft positioned the product.

PS3: Sony dropped the ball, big, and probably won't recover their leadership.  The PS3 is above the pricepoint for most consumers, doesn't offer the power it promised, and has many other issues.  Worst of all, they are losing developer support and confidence.  The PS3 will likely struggle for several years.

Wii: I feel this is a "Fad" more than anything, especially this Christmas.  But soccer moms have very short attention spans, after the holidays I suspect it will all peter out, then people will be left with previous generation graphics and a gimmicky controller that isn't fully realized for quite awhile in mainstream games.  Thereby it will feel "Tacked on" to titles ported down to it, and not really innovative.  Next year more people will step up to HD, and in the process, demand HD consoles, and the Wii can't deliver that.



2007 will determine the overall fate of the 360. If titles like Halo 3, Crackdown, Bioshock, Forza 2, Mass Effect, Too Human and Blue Dragon don't accelerate sales, nothing will. Unfortunately, MS just can't seem to break out of their regional-superpower status. In November they sold about 725,000 consoles. That is a very good number, but over 500,000 of those units were sold in the United States. I'm certain that the 360 will do better than the original Xbox in final sales, but I think the number will only be 2 or 3 million units higher- not nearly the increase desired. It is, however, good to see that MS is no longer losing money on each 360 manufactured.

The success of the PS3 will be largely determined by how quickly they can drop the manufacturing costs and sales price of the system. Sony will really need to worry about a one-two punch from MS next Christmas. If Microsoft ties a price reduction to the release of Halo 3 it could steal much of Sony's thunder next Christmas, especially if they are still $100-$150 more expensive than the Xbox 360. It also doesn't help that MS keeps stealing away Sony exclusives. Despite this, anyone who is counting Sony out isn't looking at the number of games in development, or the sheer power of Sony's first party development team.

I don't think the Wii will be a "fad" console, but I do think a dramatic sales reduction will occur within the next two years. Lack of 3rd party development, increased HDTV penetration, and its increasing gap in graphics quality will make the Wii look like an "old" console quickly. Nintendo will probably become even more of a niche player by the end of this generation, but the console will still be profitable.
2087  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reflections: Was this a good year for you? on: December 20, 2006, 06:52:28 AM

Quote from: DarkEL on December 20, 2006, 01:05:49 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on December 19, 2006, 09:17:53 PM

Quote from: DarkEL on December 19, 2006, 08:37:59 PM

WORST YEAR OF MY LIFE.



Dude, you can't just leave it like that. (Unless you're being sarcastic  icon_wink)

Nope - this was literally the worst year of my life. I'm counting down the days till it's over and I can have a better year.

Bad because......?
2088  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reflections: Was this a good year for you? on: December 20, 2006, 06:51:11 AM

Quote from: Grievous Angel on December 20, 2006, 03:34:45 AM

2006 pretty much sucked, really. I got divorced in June after making it through the 6 most emotionally painful months of my life. I then got into consecutive relationships with married women separated from their husbands, and in the end they both decided to get back together with the husbands. I was cast aside pretty easily in the first one, but I can at least take comfort in the fact that the second one really could have turned into something good if circumstances had been otherwise.

On the positive side, my move to Georgia went well, my employer is satisfied with the job I'm doing working from home, and I'm slowly but surely getting used to being single. My cooking is improving with every entree, at least. I get to see my daughter pretty often, and my relationship with the ex is good. I've pretty much abandoned the idea of being in a relationship again, so if I can just concentrate on being the best daddy I can be for her, things will get better.

Sorry to hear about the marriage and relationship problems. Its good to see that you and your ex-wife didn't break off relations completely. My one saving grace is I have a wonderful woman who is extremely committed to our future.
2089  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reflections: Was this a good year for you? on: December 19, 2006, 09:19:47 PM

Quote from: JLu on December 19, 2006, 08:08:24 PM

Sorry 2006 was rough for you Dante.  Hope that 2007 is better.

For me personally, 2006 has been a fantastic year.  I married my wonderful wife, we bought our first house together, and my job is no longer at a company which had twice-a-year layoffs.  Of course all those events took place over a four week period, which was a mite stressful, but all worked out quite well!


YOU! You're the one that stole all my mojo!   mad


Glad to see you had a great year.
2090  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reflections: Was this a good year for you? on: December 19, 2006, 09:17:53 PM

Quote from: DarkEL on December 19, 2006, 08:37:59 PM

WORST YEAR OF MY LIFE.



Dude, you can't just leave it like that. (Unless you're being sarcastic  icon_wink)
2091  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Reflections: Was this a good year for you? on: December 19, 2006, 08:00:24 PM
I didn't see a forum topic covering this, so I thought I'd start one. Looking back on 2006, was this a good or bad year for you?

For me, this was a very poor year. It started out well, but by August everything went to Hell in a handbasket. I had two important resolutions for the year- relocate and reduce my debt levels. I failed to achieve either goal. I also lost my job, my home was broken into, my car engine completely crapped out on me, and a chronic illness that I have has returned to kick my ass in the last few weeks of this year. Overall, I can't say I'll miss 2006. It left me mentally, financially, and physically fatigued.


Resolutions for 2007:

-Pay off my two biggest credit cards
-Relocate
-Get an actual CAREER, as opposed to just another job.
2092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii + bedroom = bad idea on: December 19, 2006, 07:43:15 PM
If I had a Wii in my bedroom, I'd be making sweet, sweet love to it. 


Alas, my affair with Nintendo must wait until my birthday in May



2093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Continuing Blu-Ray/PS3 value discussion to avoid derail from Motostorm threa on: December 18, 2006, 03:13:06 PM
For me Blu-ray is the winner. Once I buy a PS3 I know I'll never be without one again, so getting Blu-ray movies is an obvious choice in my home. If HD-DVD does eventually win I'm certain they'll have players that support both formats, so I'll just buy one of those when the price is justifiable. Either way I don't see Blu-ray going the way of Beta.

2094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Motorstorm Impressions on: December 16, 2006, 05:42:01 PM
Nice, Hetz. I hope you enjoy the game. My friend is placing his order on Monday. Maybe we can do some online destruction together.
2095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The evil empire may be expanding. on: December 16, 2006, 05:34:53 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on December 16, 2006, 06:54:56 AM

this would be bad,i think ubisoft have done some great games...playable games...not just great graphics and shallow gameplay like EA...but if EA buy ubisoft,what the hell will the french have then?,LOL

Vivendi?
2096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The evil empire may be expanding. on: December 16, 2006, 05:34:03 PM
EA acquiring Ubisoft is one of my top 10 nighmare scenarios. Unfortunately, I see the purchase as a foregone conclusion. Ubisoft has too many good franchises to pass up.
2097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 buyers remorse? on: December 16, 2006, 05:21:13 PM

Quote from: Hetz on December 16, 2006, 04:39:11 PM

Nope, not by a long shot. Motorstorm arrives around Noon today and I couldn't be more excited!  thumbsup

Honestly, why did you buy it, if you really didn't want it? I would return it if I was you. Take it back and get your wife something nice!  thumbsup

I agree with Hetz. The PS3 isn't going to disappear. If you are nervous, just buy one late next year when you are confortable with the library.
2098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Down time on new releases? on: December 15, 2006, 06:05:16 PM

Quote from: Lee on December 15, 2006, 05:52:15 PM

Isn't Blue Dragon slated for a Dec 31 release? Can't wait for that one.

No. If you've seen 12/31/06 or 1/01/07 it is usually a placeholder. A US release date has not been announced.
2099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Regarding the Japanese Blue Dragon Sales Numbers on: December 11, 2006, 07:05:02 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 11, 2006, 06:34:30 PM

The thing to realize about Japanese sales numbers is that they tend to be very top heavy, far more than even American sales.  Most Japanese games sell the majority of their units in the first week (and sometimes days on the shelf).  Blue Dragon may have longer legs than most, though, if it motivates more people to buy the console. 

Otherwise I don't really have much of an opinion on numbers one way or the other.  No matter how many thousands of perent it spikes, the overall numbers are still so tiny that I can't see it making any difference at all yet.  But they've also got Earth Defense Force X (popular Japanese franchise) and Lost Planet hitting in the next couple of weeks, so maybe that will help keep the numbers elevated.  I just can't see a console with an install base of less than a million (and 360's Japan base is dramatically smaller than even that) being a factor in that market. 

Re: buying Mistwalker- after the Rare debacle, I think they should avoid it.  Just keep the pot sweet enough that they want to stay working with MS.  If the 360 never takes off at all, I could see Sakaguchi getting frustrated that his games aren't being enjoyed in his home market.  If Mistwalker was 360 owned then that might be enough to cause him to walk.  But if they just have some exclusive development deals with MS, then that leaves them free to explore using the DS, Wii, or even PS3 to scratch that home market itch while still keeping product in the pipeline for the 360. 

Good points. Grabbing the exclusive flagship title(s) but leaving the house free to develop for other consoles may help all parties involved. MS saves money and has a heavy-hitting exclusive franchise, and Mistwalker can devlop for all consoles.
2100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Regarding the Japanese Blue Dragon Sales Numbers on: December 11, 2006, 06:17:05 PM
So Blue Dragon has just been released in Japan and it has already moved 70,000 units and 27,000 consoles. In my opinion this is VERY good news for MS. Their usual console sales average between 1K to 2K per month. Basically, Blue Dragon just sold 1 year of consoles in less than a week. Now, I'm certain those sales will fall dramatically within the next week, but hopefully it gives a few more months of sales above 2000 units. This would mean that 1 game caused a system sales spike of a few thousand percent, followed by a relatively sustainable increase of over 20%.

Granted, the sheer numbers involved are relatively small, but it shows that the 360 could be a feasible machine in Japan if they cater to the desires of the Japanese consumer base. Blue Dragon 2 has already been green-lighted, but the console has not been announced. MS should tie Mistwalker up in exclusives, or buy the company outright. If Lost Odyssey and Cry On perform well, I would dare to say they may be on the road to becoming the next Square Enix. Microsoft should take advantage of their ground floor leverage, as interviews have already shown that the working relationship between Mistwalker and MS is a good one.

MS can never have the #1 console worldwide without a strong presence in Japan. Mistwalker could be their first Ace of Spades.


Out of curiosity, if you were at the helm, would you try to buy Mistwalker, or just tie them up in exclusives for the remainder of the generation. I'll tie some random, imaginary numbers to the mix. 500 million to buy (more expensive than Rare) or 100 million to tie up their development cycle for this generation. (I have absolutely no idea how much money is shelled out in exclusive deals. I'm assuming the amount necessary is weighed against the estimated sales loss on the PS3/Wii + some extra percentage thrown in)
2101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hetz, is Motorstorm (JPN) playable in the US? on: December 11, 2006, 04:16:12 AM
If the text is in English that is good enough.

Thanks!

2102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Will the 360 Become a Respectable RPG Console? on: December 11, 2006, 03:28:17 AM

Quote from: Farscry on December 11, 2006, 03:13:07 AM

I know this is a bit of a thread rez here, but I ran into something I found rather curious. Apparently, there actually have been more rpg's announced in development for the 360 than the PS3 so far (this is "officially announced" titles).  Here's the list that RPGamer (a fairly comprehensive resource site for console rpg's) has for upcoming titles. This honestly surprised me (I just assumed the PS3 had more announced than the 360 so far):

360
Blue Dragon
Cry On
Eternal Sonata
Fable 2
Far East of Eden: Tengai Makyou Ziria
Infinite Undiscovery
Lord of the Rings: The White Council
Lost Odyssey
Magna Carta 2
Mass Effect

PS3
Final Fantasy XIII
Final Fantasy Versus XIII
Lord of the Rings: The White Council
Makai Wars
Shin Megami Tensei RPG
White Knight

I think its safe to assume that a new Suikoden and Dragon Quest will be announced for the PS3 at some point. Now if SquareEnix would stop being such bastards...
2103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hetz, is Motorstorm (JPN) playable in the US? on: December 11, 2006, 02:21:37 AM
As you know my friend has a PS3 and he is looking to grab a new game soon. Do you know if the Japanese version of Motorstorm is:

1) Playable on the US PS3
2) Has English voiceovers or script


thanks!
2104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Sales Numbers for November on: December 11, 2006, 01:59:26 AM

Quote from: Hetz on December 11, 2006, 01:05:56 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on December 11, 2006, 01:00:47 AM

Units sold. Not units shipped. 8.25 million units shipped through October.

8.25 million shipped? Where did you get that number from?

Oh and in everyone but Nintendos PR's, units sold = units shipped.

Hmm. I suppose I could be wrong about how MS defines "shipped/sold". However, they usually differentiate. Example from MSN in July:

"The Home and Entertainment division announced today that approximately 5 million units [of the xbox 360] were sold in the last fiscal year. 1.8 million of those were shipped during the fourth quarter."

Now, if your graph above is correct, from July through the end of November the 360 sold only 1 million units worldwide. That would be only 250,000 per month worldwide. They cleared that number in the US alone, and doubled it in November. 


2105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Sales Numbers for November on: December 11, 2006, 01:47:28 AM
Quote
8.25 million shipped? Where did you get that number from?

Sorry, actual number is 8.05 million shipped. Although, I must point out that is numbers shipped to MS, not to retail. My memory is degrading as quickly as my moral compass. smile

Go buy stock in Microsoft, ATI, Flextronics, Wistron etc, or read a bunch of the crap they release. Actually read all that f!cking paperwork they send out, or the paperwork you can request. You need to dig, but it is available. I used to keep better track, because I planned on doing a competitive analysis on the 360 for my International Business class. Unfortuantely, the professor decided to pick the company for each team, and I got stinkin'  DHL.

Off topic, but I REALLY wish I knew where nextgenwars was getting its information. Their numbers on the PS3 and Wii aren't that far off (both ARE under-reported), but I have no idea how they are getting that Xbox 360 number. Its just too high...by more than afew hundred thousand. Unless everything I've researched is completely borked.

In any event. MS will maintain their lead through 2007, but the Wii or PS3 should pass them in 2008.
2106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Sales Numbers for November on: December 11, 2006, 01:00:47 AM
Units sold. Not units shipped. 8.25 million units shipped through October.
2107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Sales Numbers for November on: December 11, 2006, 12:51:11 AM
Those Xbox 360 numbers are way off. At the end of september MS had already announced in their corporate papers sales of 6 million units. In the US alone they've sold more than 700,000 units in October and November. The 360 is over 7 million as of November.

From the earnings report:
--The company announced $10.81 billion in revenue, an 11% increase over the same quarter of the prior year.
--Microsoft reported that the revenue of its Entertainment and Devices Division demonstrated 70% growth over the previous year.
--The Xbox 360 has sold 6 million consoles worldwide to date, and Xbox Live passed the four million member mark during the quarter. The Xbox 360 has also achieved record cumulative attach rates for software and peripherals in the United States.


The 360 will definitely achieve sales of 8.5 million by December 31st, even if everything goes south. 9 million is very possible. 10 million is a longshot.
2108  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 11/06) on: December 11, 2006, 12:47:42 AM
+1 to DamageInc

Excellent transaction!

Payment arrived immediately and communication was excellent.
2109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 -- Keep it or sell it? on: December 09, 2006, 05:43:01 PM

Quote from: msduncan on December 09, 2006, 02:35:14 PM

Thanks for all the advice guys.

I'm still mulling this over and trying to decide what to do.   My wife says she genuinely doesn't mind if I choose for her to give that to me.   I don't think she's bluffing.    She's just been as busy as she could be this holiday season trying to get everything together for our trip while also getting the kids' christmas ready.

Anyway, that being said:   would it make a difference in anyone's advice if I said that I don't currently own a PS2?    I could fill the empty spaces during the long dead period for PS3 games with stuff like Kingdom Hearts and Colossus, and Bully....?    Just a thought.

I ponder this still.

No! No! NOOO!  Are you really thinking of using a PS3 as your primary gaming machine to play Playstation 2 titles? That is like putting 50,000 miles on a corvette while driving at speeds around 10MPH. Why wear and tear a $650 machine when you can get a PS2 for 99 dollars? Hell, buy a PS2 and 15-20 games.

2110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect X06 demo footage on: December 08, 2006, 11:29:33 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 08, 2006, 09:21:23 PM

Haven't watched the video yet (will tonight) but Mass Effect is probably one of my top three most anticipated titles for next year.  However, I was very disappointed with Jade Empire, so I'm hoping that turned out to be an anomaly and that ME will maintain the excellence of their other titles.   


Why the hate for Jade Empire, Kevin? I really enjoyed that game, although I wish they had fleshed out the world with more details.
2111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 -- Keep it or sell it? on: December 08, 2006, 08:09:07 PM
Msduncan-

Don't listen to any of us. Make a list of all the PS3 releases that will be available in the next 3 months. Mark down the ones you MUST have that are not available on the 360. Now take that list and decide if those games are worth a $650 investment.

Then take a look at all the games you plan to buy for the Wii and 360. Look at the time sink you'll invest into those systems. Now, are their enough games and TIME to warrant the purchase?


Good luck on your decision!
2112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Line for BD in Japan...world ending soon on: December 08, 2006, 06:55:15 AM
Stupid Japanese get all of the cool extras....
2113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Sales Numbers for November on: December 08, 2006, 06:45:33 AM
It will be interesting to see how Sony plays out 2007. Both the Wii and 360 have lower price points and higher market penetration. It is already relatively easy to grab a premium Xbox 360 for $300-$350, and I expect that trend to continue throughout next year. That basically means you have two new consoles available for roughly 50-60% of the cost of a PS3, and this discrepancy will probably remain constant.  MS is making a slight profit on every unit sold, whereas Sony is taking a bath, and cannot afford to be as elastic with their pricing model.  The Wii has intense positive buzz, and MS has a large library and big guns like Halo 3, Mass Effect and Blue Dragon due out next year. Plus, once you leave the hardcore crowd behind, it is hard to justify such a huge gap in price unless a customer is also specifically looking for Blu-Ray.

Distilled, a new customer can get a 360 or Wii, and 5-7 games, for the price of a PS3. Or a customer can buy a Wii and 360 for the price of a PS3. That is not an easy disadvantage for Sony to overcome until their powerful exclusives arrive in the marketplace. And most of those are outside of 2007. Sony really needs to pray that their brand awareness and mind share are running full tilt, because on paper they should be in third place for most of next year.

Having said that, I have absolutely no doubt that the PS3 will have the highest market share by the end of this new generation, but it will be a long and bloody uphill battle. I definitely don't see the PS3 being nearly as profitable as the PS2. And I still think the Wii will lose its legs in 2008.
2114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Sales Numbers for November on: December 08, 2006, 01:09:57 AM

Quote from: Ridah on December 08, 2006, 01:05:48 AM

Yeah I'm surprised with those GBA sales more than anything, when I was working for EB/GS we hardly sold any of the GBA's we had. Stocking stuffers perhaps?

As far as the 360 sales, with 500k (just in the U.S, right?) this month does that put it at 8.5-9M range world wide?




Hitting 10 million is definitely possible. However, if Nintendo can keep the Wii flowing, MS may just come in shy of that number.
2115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Sales Numbers for November on: December 08, 2006, 01:07:05 AM
It looks like MS hit roughly 700,000 units worldwide, so they may just make that 10 million mark if they can keep this momentum through December. Blue Dragon in Japan should create a sales spike in that region, and increased rebates and sales in North America should boost sales here. NDP is estimating 1-1.5 million units will be sold in the US during December. That high end number sounds a little too optimistic.

The PS2 is just a beast. Long live the king!

2116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Line for BD in Japan...world ending soon on: December 07, 2006, 08:01:09 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 07, 2006, 07:52:16 PM

Quote from: Arkon on December 07, 2006, 07:47:15 PM

Has anyone seen any reviews on this yet?  I am eagerly awaiting the US release of Blue Dragon.

Famitsu (Japanese pub) gave it 37/40 but no one should ever give their reviews any credence.  However, initial impressions are very favorable with the game giving off a very charming old school vibe.  Does sound like it's perhaps a bit technically unpolished, especially on framerate, but hopefully MS will let them iron that stuff out before US release. 

Has MS given any information on a US release date? Its showing 1/1/07 at EB games, but that is just a placeholder. The last information I heard was they were holding it until after the release of Mass Effect, which was scheduled for April.  Now that it looks like Bioware's new title will miss its ship date, I'm wondering if this may become a first or early second quarter release stateside.
2117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot 360/PS3 Graphics comparison on: December 07, 2006, 07:50:47 PM

Quote from: Windows95 on December 07, 2006, 04:38:09 PM

You can notice a pretty big difference with some of the titles.  Look at theses two captures.  Notice how the 360 shot has more colors, a finer image and more detailed background?  The PS3 is still pretty damn impressive, but I think I'd gave to give the win to the Xbox.


But seriously, I think comparing ports isn't really the best way to go.  The PS3 is going to take time to get established and look its best.  I kind of think this is like the Nvidia vs ATI arguments.  At the end of the day, you're going to have some fine looking games with either hardware and each will have its nitpicks.  I love my 360 and I'm sticking with it, but I also think the PS3 has some pretty decent hardware and could easily give my console choice a run for its money.

That is THE funniest post I've seen all year! Bravo!

You owe me a cup of coffee for the one that I just coughed out all over myself.
2118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Line for BD in Japan...world ending soon on: December 07, 2006, 07:46:49 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 07, 2006, 07:43:31 PM

I am kind of embarrased to say this.  But WTF is Blue Dragon?


HERESY!

http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages2/927950.asp

2119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops on: December 07, 2006, 02:27:18 PM

Quote from: The Grue on December 07, 2006, 02:19:09 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 07, 2006, 01:30:50 PM

Then again, I play these games with as much stealth/CQC as possible.  I'm very pleased that the game really rewards you for stealthy, non-lethal methods. 

Well, I had stealthed my way around and was trying to sneak up behind a guard and he heard me.  How do I snap a neck in this game?  I guess I should break down and read the manual.  It seemed like there is a little tutorial in the game, but they never told me how to move stealthy or snap a neck.


I don't have the game, but I'm guessing you need to gently move the controller to enter "sneak" mode. In other MGS games, pushing the movement stick too quickly or too far in one direction took you out of stealth mode.
2120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops on: December 07, 2006, 02:04:31 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 07, 2006, 04:05:30 AM

This is one of the few PSP games to actually look more impressive in action on the handheld than it has in screenshots and videos on the net.  The lack of ghosting is marvelous- severe ghosting has been a big detriment on many PSP games to me, particularly otherwise stunning games like Syphon Filter. 

Also, load times are practically nil!

If the load times are indeed almost nil, it further cements my belief that the whole load time issue on the PSP is, in large part, the developer's fault. I'm not saying that optical media doesn't have issues, but I've played more than one game that seemed to push the PSP hardware, yet still manage to have negligible load times. Then you have games like Spectral Souls which have a 5-10 second load screen for just about every move you make and every screen you enter.

I'm glad to hear that the game shines! I really love the MGS series! 3 great Snake games on the PSP= portable heaven

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...but I think I'm going to switch to the config that has you using the buttons for camera control and the D-Pad for actions.

You don't use the analog stick for movement? Or by actions do you mean equipping weapons, opening doors, etc.

Also, is there a lock-on targeting function ala Syphon Filter? I have these terrible nightmares of sneaking up behind a guard and shooting the ceiling instead of the back of his head.  smile

Also, PLEASE tell me David Hayter returns as the voice of Snake. It just wouldn't do to have Tom Chick or some other scrub do a fill-in.
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