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2121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official November NPD Numbers - DS, Wii Lead, 360 Very Respectable on: December 14, 2007, 02:19:26 AM
Uncharted and Ratchet and Clank deserve so much better than their current sales. What a tragedy for the developers of these exceptional games.
2122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I Turn on My SuperNES only to Learn I have Red Ring Phobia on: December 12, 2007, 05:00:27 PM

Quote from: kathode on December 12, 2007, 04:55:35 PM

The SNES is almost completely solid-state.  Much less to worry about breaking down when pretty much nothing moves other than the power buttons smile  I do remember blowing on many a NES game, trying to get it to work, though.

Ha! I had to do that with Romance of the Three Kingdoms just the other day! My girlfriend was looking at me like I was crazy.
2123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I Turn on My SuperNES only to Learn I have Red Ring Phobia on: December 12, 2007, 08:20:31 AM

Quote from: Ridah on December 12, 2007, 06:59:22 AM

Consoles these days just have way more going on than consoles of the past so it was inevitable that reliability issues were going to crop up. I mean, if you took a look inside an SNES how many components would you find? One mainboard? Those old systems are way more hollow than the new ones even.The PSX and PS2 had a lot of issues and a lot of it had to do with the disc drives as well as cases of overheating.



I see your point, but I've never been a big believer in the idea that increased complexity=increased unreliability. Superior engineering and design go a long way. It isn't the "more going on" that is the biggest fly in the ointment, it is the cost cutting measures to drive that lower price point.

My newest gaming rig is far more complex than the PS3 and 360, and I'd still bet it will outlast either of them because I chose the premium parts and manufacturers.

Incidentally, have there ever been any poor quality Nintendo consoles? I cannot recall any major complaints with any of their products. The Big N seems to have their house in order.  My N64, Gamecube and DS have all been superlative-not one replacement ever needed.
2124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I Turn on My SuperNES only to Learn I have Red Ring Phobia on: December 12, 2007, 05:48:40 AM
Well, if there was ever a reason for mandatory backward compatibility, Microsoft just gave us the reason with the xbox 360.  Hopefully their next console will be well manufactured and have full backward compatibility so that we can all play the games we love.

I have faith that MS learned a few significant lessons after taking a 1 billion dollar hit in the crotch.
2125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I Turn on My SuperNES only to Learn I have Red Ring Phobia on: December 12, 2007, 01:36:09 AM
I still own about 15 games for my Super Nintendo system, and periodically I will go back and replay some of my favorite games. Tonight I pulled the system out to play Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and I had a strange epiphany. I have never, not once, worried about the system breaking down. In fact, I've always imagined myself revisiting a few of these games decades down the line whenever nostalgia overcomes me.

I suddenly thought of my Xbox 360 , and how I just don't trust the system. At all. I absolutely love the console, but whenever the system hiccups or stutters I feel a slight uneasiness in my stomach. Every time I do a software update and hear the system make that abrupt restart, I wince. I'm not even certain it is worthwhile to collect Xbox 360 games, because I just can't see any revision being truly rock solid when I want to power it up 5, 10 or 20 years from now.And I've only had ONE RRoD. I can't even imagine the paranoia lurking in the hearts of gamers who have gone through 4 or 5 systems already.

Yesterday I received my PS3 from Amazon, and for the first time I've had the 360 and PS3 sitting side-by-side. The disparity between the two systems is immense, and stands to highlight that Sony is still a hardware company at its core, while MS is still best at software as seen by the striking superiority of Live. The PS3 is ultra quite, generates very little heat, and just feels more substantial.  Meanwhile, my Falcon version of the Xbox 360 is still relatively loud and does a nice job of warming up my living room on these cold winter nights.

And I know I'm not alone. A few weeks ago my friend burned out his second 360 in 10 months. He has now vowed to buy most multi-platform titles on the PS3, which is quite a departure for him since he hates the PS3 controller as much as I do.

I find it somewhat strange that turning on my SuperNES made me slightly bitter toward Microsoft and their lack of due diligence. I want to turn on my Xbox 360 in 10 years and replay some of my favorite gaming moments. It is a shame that I feel like I'll need to search Ebay for a replacement in order to do so. Meanwhile, I'm certain my Super Nintendo will still be chugging along.
2126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Precursors...space rpg/fps on: December 12, 2007, 12:23:04 AM
I just hope their website isn't a reflection of the game's English translation:

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There are screenshots of "Precursors" in this section of galery. The section always renewing, so take look into it frequently.

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There is set of art in this section. Share about it.

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2127  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon December Sale- Buy 40GB PS3 Get BR Remote & Stranglehold CE Free on: December 09, 2007, 01:07:11 AM

Quote from: Calvin on December 08, 2007, 11:32:41 PM

I think the gimp no PS2 BC 40gb version is a total waste of a SKU, but otherwise it seems a good value.

Although I understand both perspectives on this issue, you can buy a dedicated PS2 for the same price as a PS3 with backwards compatibility. Why put PS2 gaming mileage on a $500 console when you can just have a PS2? Unless you are hurting for space, of course. Put another way, if you rely on PS3 BC and your system dies, you can't play ANY games. With a dedicated PS2 and PS3 you can still get your groove on if one piece of hardware pulls a 360 on you.  smile

There are a number of ways to look at the situation. I don't think you can go wrong choosing either route.
2128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any Recommendations for a 3rd Party PS3 controller? on: December 08, 2007, 09:55:11 PM
I've never liked the Playstation controller, so I'm looking for an alternative. I'd love to see a company release a gamepad with the analog sticks staggered like those on the Xbox 360, but I know that will forever be a fantasy.

I'm considering the Logitech Cordless Precision Controller. Has anyone used this controller, or perhaps its PS2 brethren in the past? Any better choices out there?


I'm also looking at the new Thrustmaster Run and Drive controller:
http://www.cinemablend.com/games/Run-N-Drive-PS3-PS2-And-PC-Screenshots-And-Overview-3481.html
2129  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Amazon December Sale- Buy 40GB PS3 Get BR Remote & Stranglehold CE Free on: December 08, 2007, 09:31:44 PM
Amazon has begun their Video game "10 deals in 10 days" promotion

Currently you can get a 40Gb PS3 with a free BR remote, the Spider-Man 3 pack-in, and the Collector's Edition of the game Stranglehold (which includes the movie Hard Boiled) for $399. As usual, shipping is free and no taxes. Also remember that you can get 5 free Blu-Ray movies via the ongoing mail-in promotion.

Stranglehold is a relatively entertaining game albeit somewhat mindless. A few of the levels are exceptionally fun, however. For those of you with an Xbox 360, you can try the demo. If you don't like the game you can always get about $35-$40 for it via resale. A fairly good deal overall. With the money you save on taxes, you can even grab the extended 2 year warranty for $29:


http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000176361&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=09CG62VP78S4AQTQJP9E&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=338238801&pf_rd_i=409566


I decided to jump on the deal. I had alot of fun during the hour I spent playing Stranglehold at my friend's house. And I highly doubt the two games I REALLY want (Uncharted and Eye of Judgment) will be offered as part of a promotion.
2130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Culdcept Saga demo on: December 05, 2007, 12:04:09 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 04, 2007, 07:55:26 PM

Quote from: The Grue on December 04, 2007, 07:51:15 PM

Why are we arguing this whole silver/gold thing?  It isn't like the demo will never come out for silver members.  Everyone will get to play it.  The people who subscribe to the XBox magazine got it even earlier.  Should gold members bitch?  This game will not be out for a few months, I believe, so everyone will have plenty of time to play it.
... But even though Live has the little advertising windows, going Gold exclusive doesn't really give Namco any benefits that aren't outweighed by the fact that a certain portion of 360 owners are cut off from the demo now and may or may not be aware when it becomes "unlocked" later.

As far as releasing a demo this far out- that's a mistake too IMO and one of many that has been made on Culdcept since it's initial horrendously buggy Japanese release. 

I agree that releasing the demo this far out is probably a poor decision. For some potential borderline purchasers, you run the risk of having the game disappear off their radar before it is ever released.

Also, in response to Purge, I have no problem with Gold members being able to download their demos slightly earlier than Silver members. Give paying customers 72 hours to grab their demo before the Silver hordes devour the resources. I won't become a Gold member because my experience during the trial period was awful. It seemed like I was a magnet for every dysfunctional teenager that had to scream, yell, use profanity or whine whenever things didn't go his way. I did have a few good experiences, but they were outweighed by a ratio of about 4 to 1.
2131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Culdcept Saga demo on: December 04, 2007, 01:37:13 PM

Quote from: EddieA on December 04, 2007, 01:02:39 PM

A demo for Culdcept Saga is up on XBox Live now.  It's restricted to Gold members for some reason, so I can't check it out.

That is total bullsh!t. A niche game trying to make their potential player base even more niche? What Einstein came up with that idea?
2132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Prediction: Wii Sells Even Less than the Gamecube on: November 27, 2007, 04:29:45 AM
I didn't start this thread. My predictions are always correct. Which one of you rat bastards was posting under my user name back in 2006?! 
2133  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 9/07) on: November 26, 2007, 04:02:43 AM
+1 to Vinda-Lou. Game arrived in excellent condition.
2134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This is the Way Customer Service Should Be on: November 26, 2007, 03:52:17 AM

Quote from: Ridah on November 26, 2007, 03:20:00 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 26, 2007, 03:11:15 AM

Quote from: Ridah on November 26, 2007, 01:39:01 AM

I thought you could tell a Falcon unit if it had HDMI output?

they started putting HDMI outputs on the non-elite 360's before they started putting out the Falcon.

But as far as the non-elite systems go only the Falcon models have HDMI, no?

From what I've read at other forums, several runs of HDMI enabled non-elite systems are still non-falcons.
2135  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FT: (360) Marvel Ultimate Alliance/Forza Motorsport 2 Combo on: November 26, 2007, 02:19:09 AM
Both of these games came bundled with my new 360. I've already played them, so I'm looking for a trade. The games are in perfect condition, with manuals, and are bundled in one case. Both games are very entertaining, and to be clear you receive BOTH games for one of the titles listed below:

Looking for:

PC:
Galactic Assault
NWN 2 w/expansion
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare


DS:
Panzer Tactics DS
Dragon Quest: MJ

PSP:
SOCOM: Tactical Strike
D&D Tactics

PS2:
Wild ARMS 5

360:
Mass Effect (would like a copy for my nephew)
Conan
Blacksite: Area 51
Jericho

PS3:
Folklore
Uncharted
2136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This is the Way Customer Service Should Be on: November 26, 2007, 01:32:36 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 26, 2007, 12:44:49 AM

A little off topic, but what on the box details it as a Falcon system?

You apparently need all three of the following:

lot 0734 or later
Team: FDOU
Then you need something manufactured after 8/19/2007 (?)  I'm trying to remember that date from my discussion earlier this morning.
2137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / This is the Way Customer Service Should Be on: November 26, 2007, 12:25:03 AM
As mentioned in my previous topic, my Xbox 360 died while playing Mass Effect. I couldn't find my extended warranty receipt through Gamestop, but I went back to a local store hoping they could help me out. After making an extended phone call to some corporate help line, the store manager informed me that my extended warranty expired several days ago. I thanked him for his help, and mentioned that at least I could still get a replacement through MS.

The manager hesitated for a moment, and then mentioned how he knows I'm a regular customer, and that he would hate to see me put through the hassle of dealing with a repair center. He asked me to wait a moment, grabbed his phone, and called his district manager. I heard him mention that I've always been a courteous and faithful customer, and he asked if there is anything that can be done to assist me.

The conversation between them lasted for about two or three minutes, and then the store manager smiled and gave me the thumbs up.
After hanging up the phone he says "Since the warranty just expired, and since we appreciate your business, the District Manager said he would leave the decision up to me if I want to make the exchange. Let me grab you a new system."

Not only did he spend a half hour troubleshooting my problem, but then he even went out of his way to check the box labeling of all 5 of his Xbox systems to make sure I got the new Falcon version. So now I'm the proud owner of a brand new Falcon system with an HDMI input (unlike my old system), along with the included copies of Forza and Marvel Ultimate Alliance.

It looks like customer service is still alive and well in some GameStop stores. I'll be certain to give this guy more of my business since I can now happily play Mass Effect without waiting several weeks.
2138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect-I'm Cursed. CURSED I tell You! on: November 25, 2007, 03:39:18 PM

Quote from: Misguided on November 25, 2007, 02:03:09 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on November 24, 2007, 03:47:33 AM

BTW, I bought an extended warranty at EBGames last year when I purchased the console in November 2006. I just can't find my warranty receipt to verify what DAY in November I made the purchase. I'm assuming Gamestop will have this warranty in their database? Correct?

If you can't find the receipt, they can track down the warranty info (via phone) based on your serial number.
It can take a little while, especially this time of year, but it can certainly be done.
Giving them as much info as possible will help.
For instance, if you're sure it was November '06 that will be a big help.
Also, knowing which store it was purchased at will be very helpful.

Thanks for the info. I know the store and the month, so hopefully I won't make their job too difficult. I'm praying that I'm not outside my extended warranty window. If I am it is only by a few days or weeks and that would be frustrating. I'd still be covered by MS, but I don't want to wait through the process or end up with a refurbished unit.
2139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings [DS] on: November 25, 2007, 05:28:51 AM
I can't get into the game at all. Combat is far too easy, the graphics are somewhat lackluster, and the overall ambiance is more childish than I anticipated. Might be worth admission at $19.99, but definitely not at full price.
2140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect-I'm Cursed. CURSED I tell You! on: November 24, 2007, 05:14:09 AM

Quote from: gellar on November 24, 2007, 04:27:51 AM

COINCIDENCE?
* gellar puts on his tinfoil hat.


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2141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mass Effect-I'm Cursed. CURSED I tell You! on: November 24, 2007, 03:47:33 AM
5 minutes into Mass Effect I got my first Xbox 360 failure. I'm disappointed because this is the game I've been waiting all year to play.

Luckily it is of the "three ring" variety so I'll be fine. Anyway, I called up my friend and told him about my bad luck. He graciously invited me over to join him in playing Mass Effect at his house. 30 minutes into the game his Xbox 360 gives him three red lights. We've dubbed our misfortune the the "Mass Effect Effect".  It also goes by the term "The Kevin Grey Karma Ripple", as he was the last person I poked fun at who had this exact same problem.

BTW, I bought an extended warranty at EBGames last year when I purchased the console in November 2006. I just can't find my warranty receipt to verify what DAY in November I made the purchase. I'm assuming Gamestop will have this warranty in their database? Correct?


Oh, and to any of you playing Mass Effect-----> A plague of locusts upon you!

2142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Place Your Bets! Will He Get the House Loan! on: November 18, 2007, 08:48:46 PM
Well I had a chance to speak to him today, and I backed out of the bet based upon what was said here. No sense in losing $100 if the odds seem stacked against me.  icon_cry

Yesterday and this morning he was out talking to the builders in his area, and it seems like they really want to lower their inventory on homes ASAP. A second builder was willing to lower one of their inventory townhomes from $175,000 to $156,000. I asked him if part of the reason for buying a home was to eventually get an equity loan and pay down his credit cards. He mentioned that his three reasons were: 1) He'd prefer to get some equity as opposed to throwing away so much money every month. 2) Pay off his credit cards 3) They want to have a child within the next two years, and he really wants a "home" instead of just a "place to hang a hat".

I'm still guessing that his MAIN reason is the credit cards, and I told him it might to wise to speak to a financial planner first before locking into a home. Unfortunately the builder seems to have gotten it into his head that since the townhome price has been dropped by $19,000 he will already be in good shape toward getting an equity loan in the near future. The area he is looking at is growing at a healthy rate, but it just seems like the math is too simple there.

I do see his frustration at paying such high interest rates. He told me today he has $21,000 in credit card debt at 19%-25% interest rates. This was mostly due to medical expenses related to his car accident. By getting a home equity loan he believes he would actually end up having moderately lower monthly payments which he could roll back into the loan's principle. It just seems TOO easy to me, and I'd hate to see him get burned. Who knows what these appraisers will do, and it seems like everyone I know complains about their property taxes rising significantly every year.

In any event, he is one of my closest friends so I really hope he makes a calm, rational decision. I'm ashamed to say that for selfish reasons I hope he backs out.  The area he would be moving to is 35 miles further away from my house, and I'd really miss our gaming sessions and spontaneous dinners that occurred two or three evenings a week.
2143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Uncharted:Drakes Fortune on: November 18, 2007, 12:37:59 AM

Quote from: Pharaoh on November 17, 2007, 11:34:10 PM

As the end credits roll, I have to say, Naughty Dog really fucked up the second half with this one. They really got close.

They crafted a beautiful game, with a decent combat mechanic, but they royally fucked up the plot and pacing as the game moves forward. What starts as a great Indiana Jones esqe treasure hunt quickly devolves into literally running around in circles in the island, fighting respawning waves of troops who never are explained how they got there or why. Every step you make in the game, the waves of mobs are always there too, even to the point of ruining both the climax and epilogue. The end boss "level" is absolutely punishing, not rewarding the player for skill or tactics, but rather just a trial and error gunfight clusterfuck with too few savepoints.

And yes...it always succumbs to the worst fucking story crutch in the history of gaming. Nazis. Oh no, not just the cool sub in the middle of the jungle...it gets worse.

First Half of the Game - 9.5
Second Half of Game - 8.5 - 1.0 from Tears of being let down = 7.5

Overall = I want a sequel from a real writer, less stupid combat, more puzzles and great cutscenes.



What is it with developers ruining the later parts of their games? Uncharted, Assassin's Creed, Vampire: The Masquerade, Gears of War, etc.  I can name  so many games that start out with wonderful pacing, and then end with waves of enemies, a disintegrating storyline,  and/or obscenely hard bosses.

2144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]Uncharted:Drakes Fortune on: November 17, 2007, 09:16:41 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 17, 2007, 06:08:28 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on November 17, 2007, 04:22:49 AM

All the enthusiasm sent me out looking at several reviews, and unfortunately, they all seem to mention the same problem that's been plaguing all the good PS3 releases: they're really short.  I value quality over quantity just like the next gamer, but when games like Heavenly Sword can be played from start to finish over a casual weekend, it's hard to justify a $60 price tag.
-Autistic Angel

Er, PS3 releases?  Welcome to next gen, period.  Call of Duty 4 was only 6-7 hours whether you played it on 360 or PS3 (albeit an awesome 6-7 hours).  Gears of War took me about 7-8 hours and one hour of that was the stupid final boss.  Most of the reviews I've seen for Uncharted mention 8-10 hours which is frankly the norm for most next gen titles and isn't even considered short anymore. 

Also, R&C Future was 12-15 hours which is "long" these days. 

I don't want to derail the thread too much, but as I've become older and gained more responsibilities, I've discovered that I really prefer my games to be tightly woven, shorter experiences. I've noticed that once I reach hour 7-8 in an FPS, or hour 20-25 in a JRPG, I'm usually burned out on the game. There just seems to be too much filler or reused elements if gameplay exceeds these timeframes.

Several years ago, I used to look at a JRPG and loved to see the words "over 80 hours of gameplay!". Now when I see those same words I'm cynically thinking about the 40 hours of that gameplay centered upon mindless grinding or boring recipe collection.

Taken another way (for you JRPG fans) I have passed the point in my life where I'm even willing to consider the thought of recruiting all 108 Stars of destiny in a Suikoden game.
2145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Atlus supporting the 360 now on: November 17, 2007, 09:02:07 PM

Quote from: EddieA on November 17, 2007, 08:58:13 PM

In addition to The Last Remnant (which is for 360 and PS3), Square Enix also has the 360-exclusive Infinite Undiscovery.  There's also Star Ocean 4, but they haven't announced its platform yet.

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A next-gen Persona would be shweet.
Atlus announced a few months ago that they are working on a Persona game for the PS3.

Now that Atlus is supporting the Xbox 360, maybe Persona will find a way over to Satan's console.....
2146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Place Your Bets! Will He Get the House Loan! on: November 17, 2007, 08:38:33 PM

Quote from: gellar on November 17, 2007, 08:27:11 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on November 17, 2007, 08:22:04 PM

I would say it depends on the type of loan they're after.  Also, all that debt plus their credit score means their interest rate will be terrible.

Yep... can they get a loan?  Probably... but it's gonna suck hard.  It's certainly not a loan I'd want.

Here's a tip regarding home buying, folks.  Your house is not going to appreciate further than your credit card interest rates are running.  PAY THOSE FIRST, THEN CONSIDER HOUSE.

gellar

Gah, it isn't looking good for me. My nephew is a loan officer, and he thinks they'll probably get a loan, but somewhere around 7.xx percent.

Truthfully, even though I'm betting against him I do hope he gets what he wants. I can see his point to some extent. He hates paying so much for rent when he could be gaining equity in a home for the same expenditure. Also, another of our mutual friends has an interior design business, and he said he would install hard wood floors and other upgrades at cost. I'm guessing after a couple years he would reappraise and take out an equity loan to pay off all his credit cards. I'm guessing this, he never actually stated it. But I saw one of his card statements and it was outrageous-- $7,000 balance at 24.99%. He said he missed a payment by two days, and the card went from 1.2% to 24.99%. OUCH!

Still, I don't know...I just looked at the market and for a 30 year fixed it is 6.24%. If he gets charged slightly over 7% that seems like rape to me. I told him to keep renting. No lawn care, broken items are fixed for free, move whenever you want, etc, etc....

Of course, I know little about home purchasing or the market. I just need to decide by tomorrow if I should place my bet. smile
2147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Place Your Bets! Will He Get the House Loan! on: November 17, 2007, 07:34:49 PM
Okay, my friend and I got into an "argument" about finances and he eventually told me to "put my money where my mouth is."  The bottom line is that he and his fiancee want to buy a townhome, but I feel the cards are really stacked against them. In fact, I told him he is wasting his time shopping the market. He wants to make a bet of $100 that he'll get the loan. We thought we'd have some fun toying with his future. If I lose this bet I lose my budget for Mass Effect and COD4. So this is SERIOUS STUFF! 

The details:

Their combined income: $95,000

Total combined debt:
Credit Cards: $1300 per month (he had some serious medical problems)
Rent: $1250 per month
Car Loans: $450 per month
Student Loans: $270 per month

Total monthly net pay: $~5100


To BIG negatives against them:

Her credit rating: 675-685
His credit rating: 590-610

and they have both been at their jobs under a year (but they have been consistently employed)


The townhome is $170,000, but the construction company currently has a special selling their "inventory homes" at 10% off, so the selling price would be $153,000. They only have $2000 saved, so I'm guessing it would be a no money down loan.


So, should I bet my Mass Effect Money?! Need any more details? Don't fail me Gaming Trend!!!!!!
2148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Atlus supporting the 360 now on: November 17, 2007, 01:30:53 AM
Excellent News! Operation Darkness looks sweet.
2149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: October NPDs on: November 16, 2007, 09:27:43 PM
Although it is currently fashionable to jump on the bandwagon that is trumpeting that Sony has failed this generation, I think it is still far too early to make that claim. First, Sony has finally made their console price competitive. Second, they still have an amazing stable of first party developers, and as witnessed by Halo and GTA, one title can really catapult a system. Sony is far more likely to find that "magic-bullet" than Microsoft. With the exception of Bungie (who is now "independent") MS has an anemic development stable in contrast to Sony. Third, Sony still has unreleased exclusive behemoths such as Gran Turismo, Final Fantasy, God of War, and Metal Gear Solid.

It also needs to be restated that outside of North America is a very different story. Sony is outselling MS in Europe, and trouncing it in Japan. There is absolutely no indication that this trend will end.

Sony will clearly not retake their #1 title this generation, but I still maintain that they will overtake MS and be the second best selling console of this generation. If you look at the disparity of available software between Sony and MS, Microsoft should be manhandling the PS3. If it hasn't happened by now, chances are it will never happen. Microsoft is in full stride and has already released its flagship title. For all intents and purposes, Sony has only now entered the competition and brought itself down to fighting weight.

If anyone should be worried it is MS- lackluster European sales, abysmal sales in Japan, a massive 1 billion dollar hit on hardware, and the inability to swiftly increase sales in North America despite numerous AAA releases. They are still a regional power that had their eyes firmly set on first place this generation.
2150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 16, 2007, 12:45:23 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 16, 2007, 08:38:12 AM

so, is it just me or is anyone else finding the enemy AI lacking?  I'll get into a fight, jump up on the roof, wait for them to climb up and just whack them as they repeatedly try and climb up, or I'll find a couple of guards, assassinate one without the other noticing, hit blend, wait for the other guy to go 'someone killed bob!  oh no! ok, I spent my 5 seconds looking around, let me go back to the same exact spot as be-urk!'.  Heck, I walked up to a guy standing in front 6 or 7 other soldiers, killed him, and then walked away as they other guys slowly walked up to do their 5 second look and then return to formation without the captain standing in front of them.  It seems about the only people I can't just walk up to and kill are the Templars, and with them I'll just do the roof trick until they're dead.  No roof nearby, OK, I'll run away a bit, let them catch up, run a bit more, and eventually I'll find a building to climb.

Yeah, the enemy AI is a little bit dubious at times but I still find it to be slightly above average. It seems to be coded with almost the exact same constraints as the AI in Metal Gear Solid.

I really wish that instead of just jumping in a stack of hay for 10 seconds to lose your pursuers,  you had to actually make it back to a safehouse where you could change clothing. It would be fine to *hide* in the hay, but you would have to sneak past continuously alerted guards until you made it to a safehouse. Only after you actually changed your identity could you walk around freely.

I definitely don't like how I can kill one guard, run past his friend, lose pursuit in 20 seconds, and then walk past the same pursuing guard(s) dressed the same as I was less than a minute ago. There is no real sense of urgency because you know you can always get away in a matter of seconds.




2151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed Reviews on: November 16, 2007, 01:46:41 AM
I grabbed the game at Frys today for $39.99.  I'm glad I got it at that price because I'm fairly certain that this game won't live up to the GotY expectations I had hoped for. A quick distillation of my opening impressions:

+Wonderful graphics
+Fluid controls
+Interesting storyline

-The sci-fi aspect can be too intrusive
-The towns are bustling with people, but the overall feeling is very antiseptic. Not much is happening.
-The sidequests lack depth, and do seem like they will get repetitious.

I also wish there was a way for the camera to continuously stay over the shoulder. Perhaps a right bumper toggle. When jumping around the city you can suddenly find the camera facing you, or giving you a side view of the action. You can press the right analog stick to reorient the camera behind you, but it snaps back so quickly that it can be momentarily disorienting.

Overall it seems like a very solid game, but from my initial impression a score of about 80% seems fair.
2152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: October NPDs on: November 16, 2007, 01:11:28 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 16, 2007, 12:14:02 AM


R&C is a total bomb, just like everything else on Sony's platform.  I'm sorry but barring a miracle boost from the November $399 SKU, the PS3 is completely dead and unrevivable. 


I'm fairly certain Sony is now going to get some serious traction. I'm expecting 400,000 or more units to move in November. The real question is will the PS3 suffer from PSP-itis? (Hardware will fly off the shelves, but games sales will remain soft.)
2153  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FT: The Darkness (Xbox 360) *sold* on: November 15, 2007, 11:27:06 PM
This was definitely one of the better FPS I've played this year.

Excellent Condition. Complete with case and manual. Will send with delivery confirmation. Looking For "like new" versions of:


PC:
Two Worlds
Bioshock
Galactic Assault

DS:
Panzer Tactics DS
Dragon Quest: MJ

PSP:
SOCOM: Tactical Strike
D&D Tactics
Warhammer: Squad Command

PS2:
Wild ARMS 5





2154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It Finally Happend- the dreaded Red Rings of Death! on: November 15, 2007, 04:35:09 AM
I'm sorry to say this, Kevin, but you had it coming. Did you think your Xbox 360 wouldn't find out about the way you were defending Uncharted for the PS3?  That little white box is a cruel mistress....
2155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command on: November 13, 2007, 11:50:48 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 13, 2007, 06:28:15 PM

Mine showed up today in the mail.  On the third mission so far.  It's been so easy a 5 year old could win without losses.  Hoping it gets challenging.  It makes the demo level look like Diablo in Hell slywink

I hope that changes. There are only 15 levels. Is there a difficulty selection when you start the game, or do you need to unlock hard mode?
2156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SOCOM: Tactical Strike (PSP) impressions on: November 12, 2007, 01:38:19 AM

Quote from: Turtle on November 11, 2007, 09:08:44 PM

Dante, in Liberation you can change difficulty settings at any time, or I think at mission starts and it'll take affect for the rest of the game.  I had to switch to easy at the beginning of Chapter 2.

Ugh, I really need to get a new PSP soon.

Yeah, thanks. Changing the difficulty on the Boss got me past that problem. All games should have that option!
2157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SOCOM: Tactical Strike (PSP) impressions on: November 11, 2007, 05:50:33 PM
That was a great description of the gameplay. Blackjack. Thank you! Looks like I'll be putting this one on my list of purchases.

I'm currently finishing off Killzone: Liberation which I though was fantastic until (minor spoilers.......)  you get to the map where there is a "mech" boss that shoots missiles, grenades, and has an immensely powerful Gatling gun. Oh, and to add injury to insult he also lobs out spider mines. I'm about to trade-in the game in frustration because I haven't even come close to killing him.

Up until this point it was one of my favorite titles in a long time. When I exited the game yesterday to try out Silent Hill Origins, I noticed that you can change difficulty settings. I'm not certain if this will carry over in my current game, or if it will only apply to future games. Guess I'll find out tonight. This huge difficulty spike really has me furious, however.
2158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SOCOM: Tactical Strike (PSP) impressions on: November 11, 2007, 06:00:44 AM
Blackjack,

Is this basically a SOCOM version of a Rainbow Six:Vegas style game? And BTW, thanks for helping me dodge SWAT. Ya took a bullet for the team!
2159  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: If you want a 40GB PS3... look at Dell on: November 06, 2007, 06:43:55 PM
Says Canadian cutomers only.

<edit> Yup. just tried to buy one with my credit card and Dell account. No luck. You may want to adjust the thread title.
2160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Turn Based sSrategy-Fantasy Wars Arrives on Shelves Wednesday on: November 06, 2007, 05:55:13 AM
For those of you who enjoy turn based strategy, Fantasy Wars will be on shelves Wednesday. I was very impressed by the demo and I'm hoping the game does well. If you enjoy the demo, please support the game. The closest thing I can compare the game to is a modern day Fantasy General with a look similar to Warcraft.

My friend already purchased and downloaded the game over a week ago, and he informed me that the AI does a very good job as the game scales into the more complex maps.

http://browse.files.filefront.com/Fantasy+Wars+Official+Demos/;1986099;/browsefiles.html

http://www.gamerankings.com/itemrankings/launchreview.asp?reviewid=774178

I know most people are hyped over games like Call of Duty 4 and Mass Effect, but those titles are already definite blockbusters. Games like The Witcher and Fantasy Wars are the one's that really need to be purchased early in their release cycle to promote further development of their ever decreasing niche. 
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