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2121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Gears of War-Impressions on: November 07, 2006, 10:33:45 PM
Just finished playing for about 90 minutes at my friend's place.

+ Graphics are amazing, although people with high-end computers will not be nearly as impressed as everyone else. To a degree, playing Doom 3, Quake 4 and FEAR on a high-end PC ruined the awe factor of the next-gen consoles for me.

+ Controls are fabulous

+ Environment is wonderfully moody and gothic


- A.I. of your team is can be very suspect. At times they will run straight into enemy fire, have a hard time hitting the broad side of a barn, and they will make poor use of the surrounding cover. Other times they react very well to the situation at hand. So far, it seems like they do a better job at lending suppression fire as opposed to actually making the kills. The AI seen in FEAR is definitely a step above GoW.

-Melee has a higher learning curve than I expected

-I would have liked a few female fighters to be on the ground with you, but apparently the opposite sex can't fire a gun to save humanity.


90 minutes in I'd rate it an 8.5
2122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: G.o.W. on: November 07, 2006, 04:52:31 PM
From 1up:

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You can always find reasons not to give a game a review score of 10. Control issues (Gears of War has that). A.I. problems (that, too). Bad dialogue or story telling (yes on both). Linear levels, online lag, limited modes (yup, yup, and yup). But as I was playing through the game, I found one consistently good feature: It was constantly impressing the hell out of me.

I'm sorry, but any game with control issues, A.I. issues, poor dialogue, a cliched story and limited multiplayer modes does NOT deserve a 10.

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Your partner, Dom, dies...A LOT...especially on the Hardcore difficulty setting. He is a constant liability, crying for you to revive him when enemies are all about, firing at the only other human that's standing around (which happens to be you). And on one late stage, Dom just flat-out refused to follow me into a train station packed with bad guys -- he got hung up in an alley and would not leave.

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The story is ambitious (the underground-dwelling Locust burst through the Earth's crust to wipe out humanity), cliché-ridden, and you can tell how the story's going to end before you even reach it

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My biggest complaint, however, is with the multiplayer options. What's there is a lot of fun, but that fun isn't going to last very long until downloadable content comes along...

Other games would have been hammered for these reasons. How is it that this title gets a pass? I'm sure the game is great, but a ten should have less major or minor missteps.

2123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Microsoft to show/sell TV shows/movies to Live on: November 07, 2006, 03:41:38 AM
I'm assuming this means all of these movies can be moved over to the new MS Zune.  With Vista, the 360 and the Zune, Microsoft is definitely doing a full court press.
2124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Xbox 360) Looks like Culdcept Saga is coming to the U.S. on: November 07, 2006, 01:33:45 AM
I did play the PS2 version and I really enjoyed it. I do recall the AI getting the exact roll it needed often enough that things seemed a little suspect, but I walked away from the game with a smile on my face.
2125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / (Xbox 360) Looks like Culdcept Saga is coming to the U.S. on: November 07, 2006, 01:20:09 AM
http://www.siliconera.com/index.php/2006/10/16/a-look-at-culdcept-saga/#more-2060

The website got these screenshots directly from Namco Bandai. If you look at the screenshots, everything is translated into English. I think this all but guarantees that the title is set for a US release. This is my third most anticipated games behind Mass Effect and Bioshock.
2126  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Warhammer 40k - Am I nuts? on: November 06, 2006, 04:24:48 PM
Lord Ebonstone-

How is the Liber Chaotica book? I have no interest in actually playing Warhammer outside of the video games, but I've read titles like The Inquisition War Collection and thought they were fabulous. The way Chaos is portrayed in Warhammer is really entertaining.

Is the book guidelines for playing, or is more like an encyclopedia with descriptions and stories?
2127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a new gaming rig, but should I wait? on: November 05, 2006, 06:49:02 PM
I haven't done any research on Widows Vista. Will games that run on XP be compatible with Vista? Or do they need to be patched or run in some form of shell?
2128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dungeon Siege Throne of Agony for my PSP - WOOOHOOO!!! on: November 04, 2006, 04:46:53 PM
I got a totally different perspective on the game. I found it to be completely mediocre. It gives you about the same quality of gameplay as Untold Legends, but it feels slightly less refined. The story is also a complete throw-away, although I suppose that is par for the course. The mere fact that no major review sites wrote about it should have been a huge warning flag in my book. Add in the fact that the average user rating is between a 4, 5, and spikes at 8, you get a rather bleak picture of a game that is clearly hit-and-miss.

I bought it because I was a Dungeon Siege whore, but this game just didn't fit the bill.
2129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 XMB Walkthrough, Flash Player coming to PSP on: November 04, 2006, 03:11:48 AM
Damn. I'm at 2.8, and going back to 1.5 isn't an option since I like to switch between games and movies on a whim. Too bad you can't dual boot.  icon_frown
2130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Live On Gamespot on: November 04, 2006, 03:07:55 AM
I don't understand all the hate for Genji. If people liked Onimusha they should enjoy Genji.
2131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: F.U.R. - Final Fantasy XII [PS2] on: November 04, 2006, 02:15:54 AM
I'm not going to repeat all the obvious reasons why I love the game. Instead I'll point out what drives me crazy:

I know this is being nitpicky, but I absolutely hate the use of those damned smiley faces. It is completely contrary to the tone and mood of the game. I prefer my RPGs to have those beautiful portraits that preface the conversation capsules. If not that, then just put the name. But for the love of all that is holy, no smilies.  icon_evil

I dropped it 1 full point for this reason and for the control scheme.
2132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 XMB Walkthrough, Flash Player coming to PSP on: November 04, 2006, 02:04:40 AM
That is all well and good, but when can I rip a movie that takes advantage of the full PSP screen? I hate how they crippled movie playback, and using the zoom function just makes things blurrier.
2133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need.... 360.... SO badly... on: November 04, 2006, 02:01:18 AM
Hey, look we both had 169 posts. That just will not do....<adds post>....now I'm better than you! thumbsup
2134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need.... 360.... SO badly... on: November 04, 2006, 02:00:28 AM
Don't forget that DOAX2 now has seperate physics for each jiggly breast.   :icon_eek:   THAT is money well spent.
2135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Want Exclusives? Then You Want Microsoft for the Next 7 months on: November 03, 2006, 10:26:04 PM
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Culdcept is one of my most wanted 360 titles.  Glad there's interest here; 4-player online battles will be a riot!

Look me up for some online play if the game comes stateside.  ninja
2136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Want Exclusives? Then You Want Microsoft for the Next 7 months on: November 03, 2006, 09:17:54 PM
I've got my fingers crossed for a US Culdcept release. Having said that, I've probably doomed the title to complete obscurity in Japan.
2137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Want Exclusives? Then You Want Microsoft for the Next 7 months on: November 03, 2006, 09:11:31 PM
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Splinter Cell 5 was announced at X06 as a 360 exclusive.

I heard about the announcement, but I still belive we'll see it on the PS3, even if it is a later release. For example, Enchanted Arms was supposed to be "only on Xbox", was published by MS in Japan, and now it is scheduled for Sony's machine. Splinter Cell just seems too important a title for Ubisoft to allow it to remain exclusive.

It would be wise of MS to lock it in as an answer to Metal Gear Solid. (Although I don't even know if it is possible for their releases to coincide.)
2138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pulling Eject on Nintendo Wii Purchase on: November 03, 2006, 08:54:06 PM
out. I'm not impressed with most of the launch titles.
2139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Touch Detective Impressions (DS) on: November 03, 2006, 08:50:56 PM
You can save anywhere.
2140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Want Exclusives? Then You Want Microsoft for the Next 7 months on: November 03, 2006, 05:20:13 PM
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I'll just add that the 360 is getting Crackdown early next year and supposedly the next Splinter Cell game later as exclusives.

I'll be very surprised if Ubisoft makes the next Splinter Cell a 360 exclusive. This title is one of there cash cows, and I couldn't see them dropping it from the PS3.
2141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I caught one of my local Gamestops in a lie on: November 02, 2006, 09:36:15 PM
What really bothers me about the EB/Gamestop preorders is that they pass NO savings on to you. Not even a stinking 10%. You're preorder helps them reduce operating costs, but they refuse to share that savings with you. Do you realize how much money they get to use for a full year while you wait for Halo 3?

I rarely see a reason to preorder through EB or Gamestop. Even for niche titles it is just as easy to do it through GoGamer, Amazon, Play Asia, etc, and they actually give you a DISCOUNT for preorders. Or places like frys, Best Buy or Circuit City put the game on sale during the first day or week. You should see how pissed our local store was with the number of FF XII preorder cancellations due to the $38 Circuit City sale.
2142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Want Exclusives? Then You Want Microsoft for the Next 7 months on: November 02, 2006, 04:28:58 PM
Oh yeah! DOAX2... now with independent breast physics...(for real)
2143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Want Exclusives? Then You Want Microsoft for the Next 7 months on: November 02, 2006, 04:21:44 PM
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Man, I hope not.  I also think it's a mistake.  It's not even guaranteed that Blue Dragon will be a titan here to begin with- it's obviously a take on Dragon Quest and that series just doesn't have much sway over here right now.  A Sakaguchi/Toriyama team up means a lot in Japan, but those names are largely lost on most American RPG fans. I think they'd do better here to get their RPGs out in a timely and regular fashion.  RPGs are always sparse early in a console's life and getting some significant RPGs out before PS3 RPGs hit would probably help them a lot.  It's very possible that we might start seeing a few PS3 RPGs by next holiday season, but certainly not before then.


I agree that putting RPGs out in a consistent fashion would be the best strategy. However maybe they ARE staggering them in this fashion. After all, you have Mass Effect before summer. That would give RPG fans enough time to digest that title before Blue Dragon hit. (Even though I believe the audiences for JRPGs and WRPGs are not the exactly the same.)

Even if Sony has no strong RPGs for next Christmas, you know their marketing machine will be in full gear announcing the massive library coming in 2008.

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Plus, Lost Odyssey is supposed to hit Japan in the first half of next year, so it would make a lot more sense to plan for that to be their big US RPG release of the next holiday season.

If this is true then I agree that a better scenario would be Mass Effect in April/May, Blue Dragon in late July, followed by Lost Odyssey for Christmas. I sure hope these games live up to my expectations. My hope and dreams for the Xbox 360 JRPG offensive rest in the hands of Mistwalker. smile  Remember, they also have the action RPG Cry On. 
2144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Want Exclusives? Then You Want Microsoft for the Next 7 months on: November 02, 2006, 03:58:29 PM
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Devil May Cry 4 is a PS3 exclusive.

I heard end of 2007 for this. Has it been moved up? I tried to limit the timeframe to May, as moving past that date made alot of titles highly questionable. This is also why I left off Unreal Tournament 2007 (Now scheduled for late June) and Enchanted Arms (Late 2007).

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Is anyone else worried that Gears of War is the Brute Force of the 360?  That game had a major "Halo" push at the time and then fell like a stone covered in concrete.

I think this will be a good game, but I don't think it can possibly live up to the hype. I see a huge opening run for the Gears of War, and then it drops off quickly within a month or two. The storyline and/or single player experience will be its Achille's Heel. I hope I'm wrong.


I've also heard more than once that Blue Dragon for the 360 will be held until early October for a U.S. release, followed by Halo 3 in November. This gives Microsoft "two titans" for the holiday 2007 season. If this is true, Blue dragon better get some damned added content since it would be held almost a full year after the Japanese release.
2145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Want Exclusives? Then You Want Microsoft for the Next 7 months on: November 02, 2006, 06:26:10 AM
Looking to May 2007...

As expected, the Xbox360 and the PS3 share many of the same games cross platform. However, if you look at the exclusives, the Xbox 360 has the strongest exclusive library and releases over the next 7-8 months.  I'm personally disappointed with Nintendo, and have decided to bench buying a Wii until probably next summer. I have interest in only two Wii titles that are exclusives: Red Steel and Trauma Center. There is nothing else even on the radar that isn't multi-platform. Once again it seems that 3rd parties are not putting their full weight behind the Big N.

The 360 has a year on the competition, but the next 6 months look especially strong for the 360, with several heavy hitters arriving by April if the dates hold. It is a shame that Lost Planet and Forza Motorsport 2 were not ready for Christmas as intended, because I think they could have greatly added to the 360 momentum if the were released in early December. Sony looks somewhat weak on early good exclusives, but Resistance: Fall of Man and Heavenly Sword looks promising. They still manage to have a much better library than the Wii despite all the positive press on Nintendo's machine. The Wii just has too many current generation multi-platform titles and licensed games in its lineup, and they don't even have half the number of cross platform games that the PS3 and Xbox 360 share.

Obviously, dates are subject to change, and I filtered out some titles like Assassin's Creed which have been pushed back even further than reflected in this link.  I also pulled out any titles that would go cross platform before May. (Oblivion, for example)  http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=126895

MS has:

Kameo
Saint's Row
GRAW
Dead Rising
Chrome Hounds
Perfect Dark Zero
Condemned
Enchanted Arms
Full Auto
Prey
Quake 4
99 Nights
Project Gotham Racing 3
Rumble Roses XX
Ridge Racer 6
-----UPCOMING-----
Gears of War 11/07/06
Viva Pinata 11/09/06 (Expect this to get drowned out by Gears of War. Not sure what MS was thinking releasing it in the same week.)
Dead Or Alive X2 11/20/2007
Lost Planet-January 2007
Alan Wake- January 2007
Forza Motorsport- February 2007
BioShock-April 2007
Mass Effect-April 2007
Too Human-April 2007



Sony has:

Genji: Days of the Blade
Fatal Inertia
Full Auto 2
Mobile Suit Gundam
Motorstorm
Resistance: Fall of Man
Ridge Racer 7
Untold Legends: Dark
Lair
Heavenly Sword
Eye of Judgement
Virtua Fighter 5


Nintendo has:

Elebits
Rapala Trophies
Red Steel
Super Monkey Ball Bananna Blitz
Super Swing Golf
Trauma Center: Second Opinion
Warioware
GT Pro
Excite truck
Rayman (Reported in the forum as significantly different than the other console releases)
Tony hawk: Downhill Jam
Zelda:Twilight Princess


Please feel free to point out any titles I may have missed that are coming out by May 2007, and are exclusive to that particular console.
2146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I want to play through all the major PSX RPG's on: November 02, 2006, 03:17:15 AM
Excellent job! Keep going!

In the immortal words of the Simpson's:
"Forward not backward! Upward, not forward! And always spinning...spinning..."
2147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Touch Detective Impressions (DS) on: November 01, 2006, 05:45:59 AM
I just finished the game. I found the fourth episode to be the weakest of the bunch, but also the funniest. I tossed around the idea of trading the game in, but I think I'll keep this in my library. It really is an outlandish title that deserves better scores than it received.


2148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 01, 2006, 12:47:37 AM
I love the game with one glaring exception. It appears that this game has a darker tone and atmosphere than previous titles. So why did they fuck that up by placing little smiley faces over everyones' heads? I'm especially upset that instead of a nice  portrait next to the dialogue box of the character that is speaking, we get an icon that looks like this---> nod

Whover had that idea is an idiot. I'm also surprised that nobody else appears to be bothered by this detail.
2149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Considering a 360 vs P3 on: October 31, 2006, 02:20:26 AM
Well, the Xbox 360 is an excellent choice for action and sports games. The PS3 will inevitably have more RPGs, but the 360 has a strong line-up already out or in development:

Oblivion
Enchanted Arms
Mass Effect
Blue Dragon
Eternal Sonata
Infinite Undiscovery
Lost Odyssey
Fable 2

Either console is a good choice.

<edit> I know nothing about the Dell 2007FPW, but VGA cables should give you an excellent picture.


2150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/30) on: October 30, 2006, 02:46:31 PM
FFXII
1701 A.D. (This game was never even on my radar, but the demo was sweet.)


I also had my heart set on Yggdra Union, but I see that has been pushed back by 2 weeks.  mad
2151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Touch Detective Impressions (DS) on: October 29, 2006, 05:02:33 PM
Can I give you a hand? I just finished the 2nd case.
2152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII reviews on: October 28, 2006, 01:47:47 PM
How many people her think the collector's edition is worth the price of entry, considering that it is $20 more expensive than the Circuit City standard version? I'm going back and forth on this one.

The CE contains:

-A VERY beautiful steel tin
-History of Final Fantasy featurette
-Art gallery
-US and Japanese trailers
2153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Prediction: Wii Sells Even Less than the Gamecube on: October 28, 2006, 01:29:10 PM
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f they sell through all of those machines they'd have almost the same install base as the 360, which, unfortunately has been selling Poorly and has been routinely outsold by last gens PS2. It's a shame because the 360 gets a lot of stuff right and is a blast to play with.

I'm also somewhat surprised by the 360's mediocre performance, but I think games like Fable 2, Gears of War, Halo 3, Blue Dragon, and Lost Planet will be some real system sellers. On paper they are doing alot of things right, but the overseas gaming community still seems to treat MS as the red-headed step-child of the family.

Nintendo, on the other hand, has some strange built-in voodoo mystique that neither Sony nor Microsoft have been able to recreate.


2154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Prediction: Wii Sells Even Less than the Gamecube on: October 28, 2006, 05:35:34 AM
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You mean worldwide?  Worldwide I think it'll be on par with the GCN, maybe a little lower or a little higher.  If we take Asia out of the picture, I agree with you.


I'm sorry, I should have been more precise. Yes, I am referring to final, worldwide sales. I'm anticipating an explosive start with a significant slowdown after 2-3 years. I just don't see the system having the legs of the PS3 or 360.

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HDTV is for nerds and people with too much money that buy the best of everything. The average joe knows nothing about resolution output.

I'll give you this for the moment, but the new generation of consoles has a 5 year or longer lifespan. Within 2 years the HDTV scene will be far different. You can already buy a decent set for under $500.

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Third party support will be the make or break factor for the Wii. The GC had hardly any in it's final years and that hurt Nintendo really badly. As far as sales predictions go, I think it will do tremendously in Japan and be only slightly better than the Cube in Europe and the US.

Third party support is already somewhat precarious. Many of the future titles you see announced in the gaming magazines have "Platform: PS3/Xbox 360" or "Platform: PS3/Xbox360/PC". I think much of this is due to the sheer lack of horsepower under the Wii hood, and perhaps the growing stereotype in North America that Nintendo is the "Kiddie Console".  I personally don't feel that way, but many average people equate Nintendo with Mario and Pokemon. There simple fact that the Wii lacks many of the perks that adults desire simply reinforces this perspective.
2155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My Prediction: Wii Sells Even Less than the Gamecube on: October 28, 2006, 04:05:57 AM
Okay, don't point fingers and call me a hater or a fanboy, because I know that I'll own all three next-gen consoles, just like I did for the current generation. However, the more I read about the Wii, the more I believe it will have an impressive start, but eventually fall well behind the 360 and PS3. i WANT to belive in Nintendo, but my spirit is weak. Here is my reasoning:

1) Graphics- Graphics are becoming an increasingly important aspect of gaming, and with each passing generation we become further acclimated to an ever rising standard of graphics. Once the PS3 and 360 have more development time under their belts, the disparity between these two consoles and the Wii in terms of graphic performance will increase dramatically. You will never see anything that looks like Gears of War or Metal Gear Solid 4 on the Wii, and these games are still early in the development lifespan of the consoles.

Also, people love to point at the PSP vs DS sales disparity, and use it as the flagship for the "graphics don't matter" argument. First, the PSP is $70 more expensive. Second, the PSP is more fragile, and once a parent holds both in his or her hands the DS is usually the handheld of choice for kids. Third, we expect less out of mobile electronics. People don't expect bleeding edge graphics on a portable system, just like they don't expect audiophile quality from an ipod, or cell phones that are static free and never drop a call. Home consoles are within a different category, and the expectations are higher.

2) HDTV and Multiplayer: Nintendo has no answer to Live, HD-DVD/Blu-ray, 780p, 1080i, or 1080p.

3) The Wii controller- Play magazine and several other reviews I've read on the Wii controller talk about some substandard response time or the onset of Carpal Tunnel as the player uses the controller. Play Magazine reports "...other titles required repetitive motion that while intriguing, may not hold up for extended play sessions. Marvel Ultimate Alliance, for example, requires players to flick the Wii remote in order to get their hero to perform a basic attack. The game requires a near endless series of attacks, and flicking constantly proves to be less than an exciting endeavor."  I've seen other reviewers report the same "Wii fatigue" in games like Red Steel and Batallion Wars 2.

Finally, here is one problem with the Wii controller that I never anticipated. My step-brother won't buy the system for his kids because "I don't want them jumping around the living room swinging a controller at my lamps. They're already hyper enough without something to swing in their hands." I wonder how many other parents will feel the same way? (Admittedly, probably a small percentage)

4) 3rd Party Support- No Assassin's Creed. No Grand Theft Auto. No Guiter Hero, Stranglehold, Elder Scrolls, Dark Sector, Armored Core or a host of other titles I can list off the top of my head. Rember all those great Capcom games that were going to be Gamecube exclusives? It never happened, and I doubt third parties are going to show the Wii a whole lotta love once the infatuation with something slightly different is over.

5) "Its the perfect second console"- This is the mantra I hear again and again from the Nintendo camp, but I wonder if it holds water. The core 360 is not that much more expensivethan a Wii, and the 360 will have far more quality exclusive titles in its camp as the generation continues. Fable 2, Halo 3, Halo Wars, Gears of War, Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey, PGR3, Mass Effect, Infinite Undiscovery, Culdcept Saga, Forza Motorsport, Lost Planet, etc, etc, etc.  My crystal ball sees the Wii having a handful of far quirkier titles than the 360, but not nearly as many exclusives.


I hope the Wii does well. I know I'll have one. But I think Nintendo's future after this generation will rest in handhelds.
2156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Touch Detective Impressions (DS) on: October 28, 2006, 02:57:13 AM
I'm still enjoying it, but WOW, there are definitely one or two head-scratching puzzles. Be absolutely sure you pay attention to those little comments she makes on the top screen. Her thoughts give hints on what to do next, and they are easily missed while you focus on the bottom screen.

It is important to realize that part of the game takes place in a dream state, and much like real dreams eveything is not logical during these play sequences.
2157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Touch Detective Impressions (DS) on: October 26, 2006, 07:47:29 PM
Do the later investigations get better or worse?
2158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Touch Detective Impressions (DS) on: October 26, 2006, 07:24:08 PM
Yeah, I bought Touch Detective because I enjoy adventure games, and I love to support Atlus. They bring out some games that would otherwise probably never see an American release due to their niche status.

I still feel that Pheonix Wright had more personality than Touch Detective, but I'm enjoying this title better than Trace Memory.
2159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Touch Detective Impressions (DS) on: October 26, 2006, 07:18:54 PM
I thought I'd post a few impressions of this new DS game now that I've completed the first investigation.

I love the graphics style, as it is very reminiscent of the golden years of PC adventure gaming. Everything is beautifully designed with vibrant colors and wonderful attention to detail. The cast of characters is nicely modeled and indeed strange. There is a definite Tim Burton feel to the characters, and many of them have some rather entertaining things to say.

I'm happy to report that the touch screen interaction works flawlessly, and navigation around the environments is very simple. The stylus is used for everything.

Now, the biggest complaint reviewers have had with the game is the rather obtuse puzzles. If the first investigation is an indicator of difficulty, those people with experience playing PC adventure games will have little problem with most of the puzzles. It is true that some are vague, but the number of items in your inventory is rather small, and there are limited areas in which you travel. So, even if you are forced to click on everything and try to combine various items, the number of cominations is not as staggering as those seen in certain PC games. In fact, I would  say that most experienced adventure game enthusiasts will blow through 90% of the puzzles. (for everyone else be warned that there is currently no walkthrough available on the Internet)

Obviously, the best part about the game are the characters. They truly are a motley bunch, and each has something rather humorous or ominous to say. Most are not fleshed out, but it is always entertaining to meet someone new. This is definitely the first game I've ever played where a skeleton was concerned about my eating habits. As always, the Atlus translation is very professionally done. I really wish I could be more attached to the characters, but conversations and background details are limited, and the story moves along at a brisk pace.

Overall, I think adventure fans will be pleased with this purchase, especially since it comes in at only $29.99. The sweet spot for most people, however, is probably $20.
2160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do I want the 360 HD-DVD Add On? on: October 26, 2006, 06:42:50 PM
I won't buy it just because I'm concerned about the wear and tear on my 360. We already know that the systems are not exactly masterpieces of design and manufacturing, so I'm concerned about using it for an extra 8-10 hours per week for movies. (This is assuming that, as I understand it, the 360 does most of the heavy lifting i.e. processing)

Having said that, the current crop of HD-DVD movies apparently look much better thab the Blu-Ray.
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