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2081  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Well, that sucked. on: November 23, 2006, 08:02:22 PM
Same problem here. Completely frozen until 1:01, and then my browser opened "sold out"
2082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War Hits 1 million in 2 weeks and other 360 news: on: November 23, 2006, 04:08:05 PM
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@Engine no9,Laner,Ceekay and Dante rising

interesting read,just i have always seen the phrase posted like that..but let it go,then saw it again and again....thought there must of been something in your water or something...but if it came from the '60s,then that explains everything

Ceekay...i actually still consider my self to be a brit or english..if it were up to me i would cut the ties that bind us to europe

and yes,they have all been interesting wars...heres to the next 100 years, LOL

oh and i went back and capitalised 'Americans'
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Did you notice how metallicorphan completely dodged my remark about the pizza in his country? His silence speaks volumes. My fellow Americans, I tell you this:

The Brits have a fine country, filled with amazing people. They are one of the few countries we can always count on in a pinch. HOWEVER, they could not make a good pizza even if the Queen's life depended upon it. I know it. Metallicorphan definitely knows it. And now you know it. 
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if it were up to me i would cut the ties that bind us to europe

I think many Americans already feel that way. There is Great Britain, and then everybody else in Europe. And then the French.

2083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War Hits 1 million in 2 weeks and other 360 news: on: November 23, 2006, 03:57:51 PM
MS recently denied that Gears is a trilogy, but I don't see any way around the creation of at least 1 sequel. A million copies in two weeks practically screams for more titles.
2084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (PSP) Warhammer: Battle for Atluma on: November 23, 2006, 07:56:14 AM
Please keep us updated on your progress. I'm at the threshold of buying it, but I'd really love to hear more user feedback.


Is there a storyline attached to the game?

2085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resistance vs Gears of War - FIGHT! on: November 22, 2006, 06:25:03 PM
I played Resistance twice at a friend's home for a total of about 3, maybe 4 hours. I believe there are 30 or 31 levels, so I'm estimating that I got through about 25% of the game.

I'm about as far away from being a fanboy as you can be. I own all pevious gen consoles, and I'll end up in the same situation with this generation.
2086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resistance vs Gears of War - FIGHT! on: November 22, 2006, 05:46:35 PM
I've played both, and each is a very solid title. However:


Gears of War > Resistance

<edit> I'm not big into multiplayer, so that may slant my vote.
2087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War Hits 1 million in 2 weeks and other 360 news: on: November 22, 2006, 03:48:53 PM
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i could care less about either title'....LOL,why do americans always say this wrong?....its you couldn't care less...oh well

I blame our fractured educational system. The sun was in my eyes. I was distracted by all the voices in my head.  :icon_eek:

Ironically, this mistake is one of my biggest pet peeves, and I'm usually calling people out on it. Thanks for making me look like a hypocrite. BTW, I visited your country last year. Can ANYONE on that island make a good pizza?


<edit> And I'll ask you to capitalize the word "Americans" thankyouverymuch. We keep dragging you guys into interesting wars all over the world. The LEAST you can do is capitalize our damned name.</edit>
2088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War Hits 1 million in 2 weeks and other 360 news: on: November 22, 2006, 03:32:53 PM
Kevin, I've also read somewhere that European sales are somewhat soft, but I cannot find the article.  icon_frown

It does seem that MS is actually on target for their desired system sales, as Xbox Corporate Vice-President for Worldwide Marketing and Distribution Peter Moore announced back in 2005 that 10 million units sold could be reached between the first 12 and 16 months. SO they still have a few months to hit that 10 million.

http://www.totalvideogames.com/news/Microsoft_Sets_First_Year_Xbox_360_Sales_Target_7919_0_16.htm

They also met their goal of reaching 5 million units by June 2006. (The end number was about 5.2 million units.)

http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060427/3/2jr6b.html

But they got hammered on trying to sell 1 million units in Japan by mid-2006, and 1.5 to 2 million by this December.

http://www.afterdawn.com/news/archive/7103.cfm
2089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War Hits 1 million in 2 weeks and other 360 news: on: November 22, 2006, 03:16:46 PM
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The goal of this ad is to establish Marcus Fenix as the hero of the Gears of war trilogy.

Wow. Too Human, Mass Effect and Gears of War are all planned to be trilogies? If these titles come close to living up to the hype, MS has some significant firepower in their trenches.
2090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War Hits 1 million in 2 weeks and other 360 news: on: November 22, 2006, 02:01:08 PM
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Not to put a damper on all of the good news, but it's worth pointing out that they originally planned to have sold 10 million after one year (ie right now) which would exclude most of the 2006 Holiday buying season then revised that to to 10 million in 2006 which they still aren't going to hit.  So they are behind on their original projections.

Japan remains their problem with attaining that 10 million. By nation it is the second largest purchaser of video games, and MS can't grow that market to save its life. Even if Blue Dragon increased their hardware sales by 500%, that would equal about 10,000 units per month- 1/20th of the US adoption rate.

Fortress: Japan will always keep MS from toppling Sony is the hardware races. This is why I think they need to buy Mistwalker and continue doing a full court press on Konami, SquareEnix, Capcom and others to publish Japanese games for Japanese gamers on the 360. Halo and Gears just don't do it in that peculiar little country.
2091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War Hits 1 million in 2 weeks and other 360 news: on: November 22, 2006, 01:22:59 PM
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What, exactly, is this agreement?  What's keeping GoW off the PS3?  And for how long, anyway?  Can you find a link to any articles that reference it?

MS has first denial rights to an exclusive GoW sequel. I suppose they could turn down rights to publish the next title, but based upon these newly reported numbers I don't see that happening. What I do not recall is if the option for GoW 2 was for an exclusive window, or for complete exclusivity. But GoW (part 1) is definitely an MS only project. Epic has stated this in the past, and reaffirmed it at the Hollywood launch party along with the fact that the Unreal 3 engine will never appear on the Wii due to hardware limitations. They did not, however, reject the idea of developing for the Wii.

I'm more interested in the fact that Blue Dragon ate up 3 (almost 4) DVDs. This is still early in the 360 development lifecycle and a company has already hit 30Gb. What will a Final Fantasy production need?
2092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War Hits 1 million in 2 weeks and other 360 news: on: November 22, 2006, 08:40:45 AM
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I`ve only played about 4 hours of ANYTHING else since this came out. Great game indeed.

I must admit, I didn't expect Epic to pull it off. I had ominous pre-release reservations that the game wouldn't match the hype. Epic really knocked this one out of the park, and an exclusive GoW 2 for the 360 is now assured thanks to their contractual agreements with MS.
2093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gears of War Hits 1 million in 2 weeks and other 360 news: on: November 22, 2006, 07:26:16 AM
Congrats to Gears of War for hitting 1 million units sold in 2 weeks, making it the fastest selling original Xbox game of all time. This title deserves the praise and sales it has received.

http://gamerscoreblog.com/team/archive/2006/11/21/539037.aspx


Also:

-Koei has announced increased support for the Xbox 360, as Fatal Inertia and Blade Storm have been dropped from the PS3 exclusive list. This was already expected, but now there is an actual press release. Personally, I could care less about either title.

-There are growing reports that a 360 version of MGS4: Sons of the Patriots is in production for the Xbox 360. Hideo Kojima has refused to comment on the situation, so it is probably accurate. He has also, in the recent past, conceeded to magazines such as Game Informer that the series is far more popular in the US than in Europe or Japan, so a port to the 360 probably makes sense. However, I wouldn't expect to see this as a simultaneous release with the PS3 verion if true.

-Microsoft is pushing to hit 8 million units sold by December 31st of this year. Expect to see alot of sales on the 360 over the next month. According to the numbers I've seen, they are sitting at about 6.5-6.8 million units sold as of October 31st, so it looks like they want to sell 1 million units worldwide in December. I don't see this happening if Nintendo can keep the Wii in stock, but you never know...

-For you Blu-Ray haterz:
 
A Blue Dragon sequel is green-lighted. In the latest issue of Famitsu, producer Hironobu Sakaguchi confirmed plans for a follow up to the big Microsoft-published RPG. Apparently the 10 people who own Xbox 360s in Japan have been reported as being "rabidly enthusiastic" over the title, and this response was enough to spark confidence in the creation of a Blue Dragon II.

Blue Dragon ships on three DVDs, making it bigger than any Xbox 360 title to date. According to Sakaguchi, the game required compression technology to fit onto the three disks. In uncompressed form, the game's data takes up over 30 Gigs of space.
2094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console King of the holiday season on: November 22, 2006, 06:47:45 AM
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No idea where he got his numbers from but MS most recent announcement was having shipped 6 million I believe.  Considering his Wii and Sony numbers don't match their shipped numbers (and we obviously don't have NPD on those two yet) then I think he's probably just collating different rumors and without knowing his methodology or biases I wouldn't put any stock in it.

You are correct about the inflated numbers, Kevin. As of June 30th, MS announced that they had sold 5.2 million units worldwide.
Since then, US sales numbers have been:

july: Xbox 360 = 206,000
august: Xbox 360 = 204,000
september: Xbox 360 = 259,458
october: Xbox 360= 221,889

That gives you 6,090,889. Typically all other regions bring in about 40% of US sales on a monthly basis. So if the US had sales of 891,347 in the past 4 months x .40 (estimate for all other regions) = 356,538 additional units.

Total= 6,447,885

Obviously this number will be off, but I highly doubt it is off by over 740,000 as of November 1st. Saying the 360 is at 6.5-6.8 million seems like it would be more accurate. I'm not sure where nextgen wars is getting its facts. I also have not read about any sales spikes in other regions that would account for their number of over 7.2 million units.
2095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oooops.... on: November 21, 2006, 09:01:06 PM
Another Wii owner takes it in the crotch:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/67362032@N00/sets/72157594385230468/


Please be careful, guys. Especially those of you with children.
2096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Update Problem. on: November 21, 2006, 09:16:28 AM
Geez...xbox 360s that melted display cases and burned out, Wiis that have poor straps and system breaking updates, PS3s that can't even be manufactured in large quantities...

I remember when the world was much simpler.
2097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii be Trespassin' on: November 21, 2006, 06:26:58 AM
The Wii is the perfect opportunity for someone to remake the Xbox game Deathrow. THAT game would be fantastic on the new console.

http://www.gamerankings.com/itemrankings/launchreview.asp?reviewid=234171
2098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oooops.... on: November 20, 2006, 11:04:34 PM
I'm not so sure this is bullsh!t, and quite frankly I'm disappointed that many people here need to mock the guy's living arrangements and appearance. I doubt everyone here is a supermodel. And just because everyone isn't calling him a liar doesn't mean they are "morons."

A few other people have reported broken straps already, including IGN:

http://media.wii.ign.com/articles/745/745202/vid_1742357.html


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2 problems:

1. how HARD would it have to have been thrown to break the tv?

2. My guess is the Wii mote would break before the screen did

Depending upon the manufacturer, certain TV screens can easily be shattered, especially if the impact takes place toward the center of the screen.
2099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prediction : PS3 launch stumbles ... speculating created false market demand on: November 19, 2006, 08:57:40 PM
Aren't another 100,000 units due next week? That should drive prices down even further.

<edit> I still see systems going for over $1200. Making a 100% profit isn't bad at all. (although with purchasing tax, shipping and insurance the profit is probably around $500)
2100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 system and software - straight up impressions thread on: November 18, 2006, 08:23:26 PM
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just sayin, I respect your opinions about Resistance, Gears of War, and Viva Pinata since you've actually played them, but I don't give the same weight to opinions when you haven't

just to play devil's advocate, Resistance got 86, 9.1, and 9.5 from Gamespot, IGN, and GI respectively, which isn't that far off from what those three gave Zelda.  and yet when you played Resistance yourself, you didn't think it was that great.  see what I'm sayin?

Granted. thumbsup For the record, I would give Resistance about an 85%. It IS a good game, but just not as good as I expected.
2101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 system and software - straight up impressions thread on: November 18, 2006, 08:21:32 PM
Gentlemen, please...I think we can all agree that many things out there can look like ass even on HDTV, but just wait until porno hits 1080p and we all get to see nasty ass in high-def. You will all rue the day, gentlemen....You'll be WISHING your players downscaled to 480p. Maybe Sony is just looking out for our best interests.
2102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect gameplay trailer on: November 18, 2006, 08:14:00 PM
Mass Effect and Bioshock in the same month.  :icon_eek:
2103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 system and software - straight up impressions thread on: November 18, 2006, 08:08:31 PM
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have you personally played Zelda extensively?  if not, how would you know this?

Based upon the sceenshots, videos, and past history of  other Zelda games. Plus, I doubt that Gamespot, IGN, Yahoo! Games, Game Informer, GamersMark, Gamerz Edge, 1UP, Gamespy and others ALL got it wrong.
2104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 system and software - straight up impressions thread on: November 18, 2006, 07:23:15 PM
I got a chance to play Resistance at my friend's house yesterday, since I don't have a Hetz-type budget to buy my own system.

I think this game would have been much better if I had not played Gears of War first. There is no doubt that it is an excellent title, but it lacks the visual punch and hyper-visceral feel that was accomplished by Epic in GoW. This went completely against what I expected, because usually PFS are much more immersive. Also, the story is poorly delivered and lands just above being mediocre. The AI, as is par for the course today, ranges from brilliant to moronic. For example, one enemy just kept running into a wall while I shot at him. Despite that minor fluke, there are many shining moments in the game, and overall the Chimerans are a memorable nemesis. This game is getting high scores not because of its storytelling or technical achievements, but rather because it has excellent pacing and it creates a wonderful mood outside of the standard WW2 shooter.

The actual exterior design of the PS3 is godawful. I find the Wii to be the most aesthetically pleasing of the new consoles, with the xbox falling into 2nd place. The PS3 is just too heavy, too bulky, and the domed top makes it look like a George Foreman grill. I do love the fact that it is super quite and **BLACK**, as white clashes with every other piece of electronics in my living room.

Short answer: After playing two games on the PS3, the console is definitely not worth $600 at this point in time. The money is better spent on a Wii and Zelda, coupled with an Xbox 360 and GoW or Viva Pinata.
2105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone try the Zune? on: November 17, 2006, 07:10:32 AM
Test drove one at Best Buy today-

+Scratch and smudge resistant body.  (my biggest pet peeve of the ipod and Zen)
+Large screen size
+Intuitive navigation
+Solid construction

-Screen is slightly muddier than the ipod or Zen
-does not natively support Divx or Xvid


I'm probably buying one soon along with this case:
http://www.speckproducts.com/zune-toughskin.html
2106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ultimately, in a couple years, which console will have won this generation? on: November 16, 2006, 06:13:05 AM
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I predict the Wii, since they are the only one actively going after the non-gamer consumer... and they are, by far, a bigger market than gamers.

The non-gaming consumer will not buy nearly as many games as a regular or hardcore gamer. Console success is all about attach rates and software sales, and selling a system to someone who buys 2 or 3 titles during a console's lifetime is not an especially lucrative market. It will be interesting if Nintendo is actually able to grow the market, but if some of these non-gamers turn into serious gamers, they will probably migrate to the 360 and PS3.


I think this generation is that Last Stand of Nintendo in the home console market if the Wii performs below expectations. I'm hoping this is not the case, but I see it as a distinct possibility. There is no doubt that the first two years of release the Wii will be a hit. I'm far less certain about the years after that. Nintendo has already conceeded that they cannot compete with Sony or MS directly, so they chose to move in a different direction. If this attempt fails they have forced themselves into an even smaller niche.

Nintendo would still make piles of money if they focused strictly on software and the handheld market. I'd be very interested in seeing sales of Zelda and Mario if they were released on the next consoles produced by MS and Sony.
2107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I feel sorry for the PSP. on: November 15, 2006, 10:20:58 PM
I love the PSP, but there are several knocks against it:

1) There really should have been 2 analog sticks. Many good games suffer because controls are moved to the shoulder or face buttons.


2) Crippled movie ripping.  I'm still furious that I only get 2/3 of my screen real estate when ripping my own movie, unless I have 1.5 firmware, or I use the "zoom" function. Apparently this crippling feature was put in to maintain interest in buying actual UMD films. Well, that horse is now dead, so Sony should unlock full screen playback.

3) Sony made transferring movies to your PSP a royal pain in the ass. I should be able to just transfer my Divx and Xvid materials without REconverting them for the PSP.

4) Game prices. The average game is $5-10 more expensive than a DS title.

5) Movie prices. I'm certain that various studios had a hand in determining the MSRP for the UMD, but the street price should have been between $10-15 max. Even if other studios wouldn't follow suit, Sony should have released their extensive library at $10 per movie

6) Super-ultra high gloss screen. I've heard many people grumble about "seeing their own reflection" while playing a game on the PSP. At times it even irritates me, especially on games that have dark colored environments. 

7) Load times. This is not necessarily Sony's fault, as I've seen many games with superb graphics that have very tolerable load times. However, many developers have been sloppy when designing a game around Sony's optical media access time, and this has given the system bad buzz. For example, my friend calls his DS "the portable system I play while my PSP is loading."  Hyperbole to an extent, but the criticism is not unwarranted.


The PSP has a 20+ million install base, and it continues to sell at a healthy rate. The system is by no means a dog. I definitely foresee a PSP 2
2108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viva Pinata? on: November 15, 2006, 08:46:39 PM
This stupid %$^&%#  games is like electronic  $#%%$#  crack. I'm not getting anything   @#$%$#  done anymore.  %$!@#!@


BTW, I had an amazingly difficult time getting my quackberries to mate. Both were happy, all the requirements were met, there was space in the garden, but they would fly next to each other and then promptly fly away.  I chased those stupid birds down for about twenty minutes, and it wasn't until I got both of them to meet in the pond that they successfully romanced. Do they always need to be in a pond to initiate the romance, or was I just unlucky?
2109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ultimately, in a couple years, which console will have won this generation? on: November 15, 2006, 12:30:26 AM
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The DS/PSP battle proved that there's plenty of room for a system that bypasses the 'graphics are sexy' mindset entirely...

I think this is a misconception that won't hold up. People expect less out of portable devices than they do out of home products. MP3 players don't have the audio quality of a stereo, cell phones reception is of lower quality than land lines, etc.

There is no way the Wii will end up #2 worldwide in the long run. Nintendo lacks the third party support, the system will look increasingly archaic graphically, and they lack true HD support. Look through the list of upcoming releases by third parties and most say Xbox 360/PS3.

Nintendo will start out very strong due to the novelty factor, but they won't have the endurance to maintain momentum through the race.


Endgame:

PS3 by a wide margin for worldwide sales, much less so in North America
Xbox 360
Wii
2110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/13) on: November 14, 2006, 04:09:23 AM
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How much time do compulsive buyers actually have logged into most of their games?

90% of my titles have less than 2 hours invested. I typically only play two games at once. Many of those games I have unopened are RPGs (Digital Devil Saga 1 and 2, Nocturne, Valkyrie Profile 2, Shadow Hearts, etc). A couple months ago I grabbed all of my games and documented the estimated play time. If I played eight hours a day, seven days a week, and didn't buy another game, it would take me about 14 months to complete the games I have. Considering that I own a DS, 360, PS2, PSP, Gamecube and Xbox, there are still tons of games coming out that I still want to purchase. Thus, I made a decision to:

1) Hold off on a Wii and PS3
2) Not buy a game until it hits a price point of $30 for RPGs and strategy titles, or $20 for FPS and standard action titles.
3) Limit myself to games I only consider *above average*. The days of  purchasing an average game because "it was only $10" are gone. My time is too precious to play anything average.
4) Hold off on buying games that I KNOW will have expansions until the eventual Gold or Platinum pack arrives. For example, I waited on both Dawn of War and SWAT 4 because I knew expansions were in the works.
2111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viva Pinata? on: November 14, 2006, 02:39:32 AM
If Viva Pinata had been a Nintendo game, I'll bet it would score 9 or higher at many reviews sites.
2112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/13) on: November 14, 2006, 02:37:14 AM
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I bought 3 games during the big Toys R Sale.  Splinter Cell DA, Lego Star Wars 2, and Saints Row.


I have yet to take any one of them out of the box.


But it was 3 for 2  !!!!    paranoid

Been there, done that.  mad

Another down side:

Several of these games I purchased in the past I've finally managed to start playing. After spending a few hours with one, I realize I don't really enjoy the game. Now I've a got game that has practically no trade in value AND a I don't even like it.
2113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/13) on: November 14, 2006, 02:13:52 AM
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I always wonder what people that buy a tremendous about of games at full price, do with the games?  My guess, a lot of popping the game in for 5 minutes and saying; "This ain't bad, I will come back to it later." type of action goes on - where they just keep building giant backlogs that never improve and stacking up games to collect dust. Or do they sell them to recover some cash?

Yup, Kobra. This was me until last year. I'd purchase the game, test the disc, and then store it away for play sometime in the near future. The result is that I now have over 100 games that I have not even really touched, thus wasting over a couple thousand dollars when factoring the current selling price of these games.

Here is an example of how I would screw myself:

Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory retailed for $49.99. It would be on sale for $34.99 the launch week. I'd rationalize that I was SAVING myself $15. I'd buy it, test it, and store it on a shelf. It is still sitting there unplayed to this day. Now it can be purchased at Amazon for $9.00.
2114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / (PSP) Warhammer: Battle for Atluma on: November 14, 2006, 01:18:04 AM
A new strategy card game is coming out for the PSP this week. I didn't even know this game existed, the company has a somewhat dubious track record, and there is almost no press on the title. But it -is- Warhammer. And card games -are- cool. Is anyone prepared to take a hit for the team, buy the game, and inform the rest of the us grunts in the trenches if we should buy this obscure title? I'm a sucker for card games, but I am broken and penniless.


http://www.jvgames.com/g_war.htm

2115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viva Pinata? on: November 14, 2006, 12:59:02 AM
According to the managers of my two local EB Games, this title is actually selling better much better than they expected. One store already burned through two different shipments of the game, and after Gears of War this is currently his fastest selling 360 title. It has even surpassed CoD3 for daily sales.  :icon_eek:

That is just...wrong. I wonder if this will actually be a minor hit for Rare and MS.
2116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viva Pinata? on: November 13, 2006, 04:51:00 AM
I've been trying to find a game that i could enjoy with my girlfriend, but so far I have been unsuccessful. Do any of you think this game has the possibility of luring a non-gaming female into playing? My GF has truly tried to play Table Tennis and Gears of War with me, but she is absolutely terrible at handling a controller. In GoW she spent most of our co-op play running into walls or shooting at the ground, and although she said she was enjoying herself, I know that she was frustrated.

I really have no love for these type of Animal Crossing or Harvest Moon-esque games, but I'd be willing to play if I could find something that she might enjoy. So, basically, is this a game for non-gamers?
2117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: October Hardware Sales on: November 11, 2006, 08:13:40 AM
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It seems like every month some new hot game comes out (GRAW, Dead Rising, Saint's Row, Madden, Splinter Cell, etc) that is heralded as the killer app/system seller, everyone expects 360 sales to jump up for the month and yet despite the games selling really well, 360 sales stay remarkably consistent from month to month with nary an uptick.

I see your point. It will be interesting to see if Gears of War has any durability, especially since this is the first game that is supposed to be a true Killer App in the 360 stable. I still see it following the same trend you outlined, although with Christmas around the corner it will probably get a two month bump.

I personally find GoW to be a better game than Halo or Halo 2, but I don't think it will have even half the endurance of those two titles.
2118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: October Hardware Sales on: November 11, 2006, 12:43:22 AM
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And 360 continues it's trend of everybody buys what's hot the month it's out and immediately forgets about after that- Saints Row plummeted from 500k in sales in September to only 50k sales in October (Dead Rising saw a similar cliff-like drop from August to September despite Capcom heavily boosting advertising).

This isn't very surprising to me. The 360 user base is still relatively small, so selling 500,000+ units in one month probably saturates much of the market looking for many of these titles.

One slightly positive note for the 360 in Japan is that its sales are up almost 100% in the last 45 days. It is still a very small number, but at least they are headed in the right direction. The upcoming release of the Blue Dragon bundle for less than $250 should move some units. Also, worldwide sales should hit between 8-9 million by January 1st. That gives the 360 a healthy lead over the PS3, especially considering Sony's manufacturing slips. (current install base is estimated at 6.75 million units worldwide)
2119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Gears of War-Impressions on: November 09, 2006, 10:23:33 PM
I'm about half way through the game and I would rate it a solid 9. There is absolutely no doubt that this game raises the bar for next-gen graphic standards, but I still think the game falls short of a ten for the following reasons:

1) Disposable cast of characters- I have absolutely no emotional tie to any of my team members. In fact, I can't even remember all of their names. It would have been nice if there were a few more brief interludes where the developer tried to make a "Band of Brothers" feel to the game.

2) My pet peeve- My pet peeve about all of these tactical shooters (Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon, GoW, etc) is that nobody on your team ever dies. I'd love to see a game that transported in new recruits as your current members die. Then at the end of the game they would show a tally of how many men died under your command, and you could also watch a "replay video" showing the moment each soldier gave up his life for the cause.

3) Spotty companion AI- Overall the other member of my team perform admirably, but more than once I've seen them rush a machine gun nest, run in front of my line of fire while I'm shooting, or not use cover improperly. More than once they have also saved my ass so I'll tread gently here.

4) Grenades- They are underpowered, and the explosive radius makes it very easy for the Locust to evade harm. The only consistent use for grenades is to close holes and flush Locusts out from cover. I really wish there were shrapnel grenades in the game.

5) Not enough opening backgound on the enemy- I'd like to say that the enemies in GoW are superior to those seen in Halo, but I can't be sure. I know almost nothing about the Locust. The game does a substandard job making the adversary a 3 dimensional enemy.


Highlights of the game:

1) Beautiful visuals with almost no slowdow- I commend Epic on a fantastic job of coding for the Xbox 360. Despite the graphical splendor and sheer amount of chaos on the screen, slowdown is practically nonexistent. I've played games with far less detail that had much greater drops in framerate than anything I've seen in GoW. There is no question that this title is refined. Epic understands Microsoft's hardware.

2) War cam- I love the war cam. It makes everything seem twice as visceral.

3) Gameplay details- I love the introduction of the "Y" button to make you automatically view important scenes and the mini-game that is part of reloading your weapon. These small details really added to the game. I'm going to miss that "Y" feature in future action titles.

4) Adjustable difficulty- Thank you Epic for allowing me to adjust the difficulty at any stage. My girlfriend was getting really aggrivated when trying to the play the game on hardcore, so dropping down to casual without having to start a new game was wonderful.
2120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RIP CeeKay's 360: 11/05/2005-11/08/2006 on: November 09, 2006, 09:49:23 PM
Damn. I just bought my new Xbox 360, and I'm seriously considering getting a replacement via my Best Buy warranty in about 10 months even if it still seems to be functioning properly. It looks like many don't make it past a year, and knowing my luck it will crap out 1 week after my warranty expires.

nah.
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