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2161  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / PAR Files on: November 02, 2007, 08:59:36 PM
A quick question about PAR files, since I've never used them before-

My friend sent me some MP3 files on a series of lectures, and the 3rd MP3 is corrupt. He also sent along some PAR files, which I know can be used to correct the file. I used a freeware program called NewzToolz to repair the MP3, but now I'm uncertain which file is the repaired file:

Lecture-Criminal Psychology-Oct 17.mp3  (12.8mb)
Lecture-Criminal Psychology-Oct 17.mp3.1  (12.2mb)

Is the file with the ".1" the corrected file, and I simply need to rename it by deleting the extra extension so that the computer sees it as an actual MP3 file.?  I'm confused on this issue because it is smaller than the original file.

Or is the ".1" my original broken file archived?

Thanks!
2162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Culdcept... DS!! on: November 01, 2007, 09:56:30 PM

Quote from: Misguided on November 01, 2007, 03:28:59 PM

One of the sites reporting on the DS version said the 360 version was due in Jan for 40 bucks...no idea
where they got the info from, though....where was it...

Ah, here it was...at Siliconera

I'm really anxious to find out more about these.

I'm glad to see this. About two months ago the game was no longer on Namco Bandai's site, and Gamestop just had the 1/1/08 placeholder. Now Namco Bandai has the game up again, and Gamestop is showing 1-15-08.  Good to hear, as I really wanted this game on the 360!
2163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Culdcept... DS!! on: November 01, 2007, 02:12:11 AM
I'm almost certain the 360 version is dead. I really wish this was being released for the PSP instead of the DS. I'd like to see better eyecandy.
2164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii...I'm Not impressed, but... on: October 31, 2007, 10:39:32 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on October 31, 2007, 10:29:53 PM

I agree with Laner.  You probably would get alot of fun out of Wii Sports (I know my wife and I have.)  But that's about it.

I have been able to coax my wife into playing co-op Gears of War, Crackdown, and hopefully Halo 3 soon. She seems to enjoy the games that can be played co-op over 2 360's but not split screen.  Maybe a second 360 and having her own screen might help.  It did wonders for us.

Maybe a 360 Core instead of a Wii?  Just a thought.





I think I'm misunderstanding you here. Was the split screen confusing her, or just distracting her? Or both?
2165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii...I'm Not impressed, but... on: October 31, 2007, 10:35:11 PM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on October 31, 2007, 10:01:16 PM

Don't bother with the Wii or Eye of Judgment.  Sounds like she's just not interested in gaming. I think your time and money would be better spent trying to find a different activity that you both can enjoy together.


Yes and no. There are definitely many games that she has no interest in, but she does seem to like first person games due to their level of immersion. She'll try to play them (Fear, Bioshock, etc) but she is simply not coordinated with the controller.

It is hard to explain her problem. The best distillation I can give is that she is good at using the left analog stick, or the right analog stick, but not both at the same time. I even made the mistake of joking that she "probably had a hard time patting her head and rubbing her belly at the same time." THAT wasn't a good idea.

I also know she would love to make some connection with me and my gaming hobby, but I need to find the right title and control scheme. I thought FPS on the Wii would be easier. Is this not the case?

2166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii...I'm Not impressed, but... on: October 31, 2007, 10:26:59 PM

Quote from: Laner on October 31, 2007, 10:15:59 PM

I wouldn't count on the Wii being a panacea for this either.  While Wii Sports is brilliant in that it can be played with broad gestures, there are plenty of other Wii titles that still require precise movements and therefore elicit the same frustration.  Both my sister and my wife became thoroughly annoyed with Wii Play and Super Monkey Ball for this very reason - and those are supposedly "non-gamer-friendly" titles!

Damn. And Wii Play was one of the titles I had my eye on.
2167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wii...I'm Not impressed, but... on: October 31, 2007, 09:52:20 PM
I have absolutely nothing against Nintendo or the Wii. The system is simply not for me. I love true HDTV, and the games I play are simply not a large part of the Nintendo stable. However, I'd really love to play some video games with my girlfriend. The problem is nothing I've shown her has been a success. So far I've experimented with:

Gears of War
Bioshock
Ratchet and Clank (PS2 versions)
Sly Cooper
Catan
Viva Pinata
Eternal Sonata
Culdcept
Top Spin

I've had no luck in keeping her entertained. Part of the problem is that she is simply godawful with a controller. For example, she seemed to really like the idea and atmosphere of Gears of War, but she spent more time shooting the ceiling, the floor, or me, instead of the enemy. I could see her frustration rising as she played, and even an hour later she still had SMD. (Severe Movement Disorientation)

I'm wondering if I should invest in the Wii as my last great hope. Considering that I have little enthusiasm for the system, I'd really be purchasing it as a "spend time with the lady" console. That is a considerable sum of money to spend, especially since software cannot be returned. But it would be worth it if she enjoyed herself. From any of your personal experiences, does the system really good for couples? Have you been able to win over your partner with the Wii?

Or should I place my hopes on The Eye of Judgment when I grab a PS3 next week? (She does enjoy card games, although she has not tried anything as complex as EoJ.)

2168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]typical.....MGS4 delayed on: October 31, 2007, 09:27:02 PM

Quote from: madpeon on October 31, 2007, 09:02:19 PM

Quote from: jblank on October 31, 2007, 06:48:17 PM

Quote from: StitchJones on October 31, 2007, 06:44:09 PM

No MGS4, No Finial Fantasy, no exclusive GTA IV....  Why would would i even consider getting a PS3 before mid year next year?

Arguably the best Blu-Ray player on the market?
Ratchet & Clank?
Etc, etc, etc.

There are many reasons to buy one. I probably play my 360 65/35 over my PS3, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth having now.



Not looking to add fuel to the fire, but could you elaborate on some of those 'etc's   Tongue

I've been thinking long and hard about picking up a PS3, but the best reason I can come up with is buying now so I can get guaranteed backwards compatibility. That, is a pretty weak reason.

These games all look excellent:

Ratchet and Clank
Heavenly Sword
Folklore
Eye of Judgment
Uncharted
Resistance: Fall of Man
Haze
Warhawk

<edit> For me a system must have 3 excellent exclusives before I'll invest my money. Ratchet and Clank, Eye of Judgment, and Folklore have "green-lighted" the PS3 in my opinion. Just waiting on the $399 version to hit stores.
2169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Eye of Judgment out Oct 24 - card-based game (think Magic) for the PS3 on: October 26, 2007, 08:04:50 PM
Is the consensus that this game will become rare? Or should I be safe waiting until after Christmas to pick it up? I don't even have a PS3 yet, but this title is the third "must-have" title for the console. Now that the PS3 is on my list since it passed my minimum game requirements, I know I'll grab  one for Christmas.

I just don't want to be paying $150 for EoJ on Ebay in 3 months.

2170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command on: October 26, 2007, 07:08:49 AM
Regarding the camera, you can easily see what the enemy is doing by cycling through your soldiers during the computer's turn using the shoulder buttons. The camera will shift to each unit very quickly, giving you some fairly solid situational awareness. You can also hit the "select" button and watch a satellite view of all known enemy movement.

Regarding how to set your soldier's facing:  Simply press and hold the O button over your selected unit. Move the d-pad in the direction you wish them to face while holding the O button. The soldier will rotate his facing accordingly without moving. Once you are happy with his cone of view, tap the O button to confirm.


I loved the demo, but it locked up on my PSP once. First time every for a PSP game. Considering this is a demo and not the actual UMD I'll give them a pass. This is now a first day purchase for me, but with only 15 SP missions I'm wondering how long the fun will last.
2171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 may be losing in sales.... on: October 26, 2007, 06:52:31 AM
1) My Sony HDTV was having some issues, so I called Sony during my warranty period.  My call was answered in about two minutes, and a repair technician was at my house 48 hrs later.

2) I purchased a PSP that had at least a half dozen dead or frozen pixels. After a 10 minute phone conversation Sony had my system replaced in 7 days with a brand new unit.

I think Sony's customer service is stellar. Now Samsung, on the other hand...
2172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Front Mission DS Impressions (?) on: October 25, 2007, 02:37:09 AM

Quote from: Lee on October 25, 2007, 12:24:21 AM

Ok, played a bit more and read the manual.

Spent a lot more time messing around in the store and outfitting my Wanzers (I really hate that name, I will just call them mechs). That part is

I hate the name "wanzer" also. I keep wanted to read it as "wanker", as in "You bloody WANKER!"

I'm enjoying the game so far, but I agree that there is something slightly off with using the d pad for movement.
2173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jericho on: October 24, 2007, 07:02:07 PM
I enjoyed the Xbox 360 demo, with the exception of the timed button sequences. Luckily, if you fail it just sends to back to retry the sequence. It doesn't send you back to some distant save point. I had no problem controlling my squad mates, the AI seemed average, and the graphics were slightly above average.

I definitely don't see how it earned a 3. However, the demo was very short so perhaps the problems show up later.
2174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Toshiba and Microsoft set to bring HD DVD integrated 360 to market on: October 22, 2007, 11:28:55 PM
There is no way in Hell ANY version of the Xbox 360 would be sold under the Toshiba name.

2175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I Must be Dreaming; There's a 360 in My Living Room! on: October 22, 2007, 07:14:14 PM

Quote from: kronovan on October 22, 2007, 06:35:49 PM

After buying a 2nd controller for my 360 I thought I had stopped the hemorrhaging of my wallet. Well apparently, at least according to my daughter, Electra is not to be played in Marvel Ultimate Alliance without the correct accoutrement's.  So our household is now the proud &/or embarrassed owner, depending on who's opinion is considered, of the latest and hottest in the line of 360 controllers.



I hope all you GT'ers can deal with your jealousy.  Roll Eyes

Still looks better than the puke green Halo controller.   smile

Congrats on your purchase. Don't forget to check out some demos on Live.
2176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: September NPD Results (US) - 360, Wii, DS ~500K. Sony dead in the water on: October 21, 2007, 11:39:21 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 21, 2007, 05:20:37 PM

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After seeing those numbers I hereby proclaim the JRPG dead on the 360 unless Lost Odyssey performs a miracle. The 360 looks increasingly like a console that can only support sports titles, action titles, and a glut of FPS.


Why do we have to keep proclaiming that things are dead? I don't see the logic in saying JRPGs are dead on the 360 just because they aren't selling well, it's simply a niche market at the moment that perhaps over time will increase in popularity.

Well, to the best of my knowledge, no JRPGs have been announced for the 360 in the last year. I believe that Lost Odyssey, Infinite Undiscovery and The Last Remnant are the final items in the pipeline. Cry On really isn't a true RPG.
2177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: September NPD Results (US) - 360, Wii, DS ~500K. Sony dead in the water on: October 21, 2007, 03:21:55 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 21, 2007, 04:12:10 AM

For anyone curious how the JRPGs on the 360 faired:

Eternal Sonata:  37k
Blue Dragon:     33k

So after two months, BD still hasn't made it to 100k. 

On the PSP, Jeanne D'arc with only 16k.  It was it's second month on the market but still....

Also, interesting, the Wii/360 software disparity isn't nearly as big as most would expect.  Outside of the Halo 3 outlier (and that is one helluva an outlier), they both had three titles with over 100k (not including Wii Play).  In terms of overall revenue, Xbox 360 has 7 titles in the Top 25 and Wii has 6 titles.  Going out to the Top 50 widens the gap a bit with 14 on the 360 and 10 on the Wii.  Third party titles account for 50% of the Wii titles in the Top 25 and Top 50 (360 is of course much more oriented to third parties). 


Well, Enchanted Arms (which has sold about 65,000 units), Eternal Sonata and Blue Dragon are very solid RPGs. Each of them performed poorly. It looks like the Xbox JRPG fan base is somewhere around 100,000. Not good news for Lost Odysssy. Of course, that title looks similar to Final Fantasy, so perhaps it will do better.

After seeing those numbers I hereby proclaim the JRPG dead on the 360 unless Lost Odyssey performs a miracle. The 360 looks increasingly like a console that can only support sports titles, action titles, and a glut of FPS.


BTW, I heard Katamari is bombing.
2178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo Wars?! Why not... on: October 20, 2007, 11:51:03 PM
...why not a Halo RPG?  I really think Halo sales would translate better into an RPG instead of an RTS title. It would be especially cool if they gave it a little Suikoden flair, and you took advantage of some turn-based army battles during the gameplay. If you've read any of the books, Halo does have an expansive backstory.

Personally, I would have really enjoyed seeing Bioware or Obsidian tackle something like this.

Incidentally, how would you handle combat? Real-time first person? Real-time third person? Turn-based? Personally, I would avoid first person to give the title a more pronounced division from regular Halo. 
2179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: September NPD Results (US) - 360, Wii, DS ~500K. Sony dead in the water on: October 19, 2007, 07:45:27 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 19, 2007, 07:38:46 PM

Wasn't Oblivion for the PSP cancelled? I've heard nothing about it for months. icon_surprised

Answering my own question, I don't see it listed anywhere on the Bethsoft website or at Gamestop. I guess it is all over for the PSP version. Did Oblivion sell poorly on the PS3?     #$@%
2180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: September NPD Results (US) - 360, Wii, DS ~500K. Sony dead in the water on: October 19, 2007, 07:38:46 PM
Wasn't Oblivion for the PSP cancelled? I've heard nothing about it for months. icon_surprised
2181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Etrian Odyssey 2- new website on: October 18, 2007, 08:18:30 PM
My party has a survivalist, medic, alchemist, dark hunter and bard. I traded out my protector for the Dark Hunter. So far it seems like a good decision.
2182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 barely outsells Wii for September in ... on: October 18, 2007, 08:13:43 PM
Damn, Halo 3 sold almost 200,000 units. How in the HELL did that happen? Isn't that like twice the population of Canada?
2183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Namco confirms a Summer release for Culdcept Saga on: October 18, 2007, 08:08:26 PM
Last I heard was March 2008.

I'm still betting that this game never makes it stateside. I hate to say it, but the niche is far too small among the Xbox crowd. It would probably sell very well on the Wii, however.
I'm becoming increasingly convinced that the days of JRPGs and niche titles like Culdcept and Katamari are coming to a close on the 360 platform.
2184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SCEA CEO-PS3 short term sacrifices for long term wins on: October 18, 2007, 07:24:55 PM
The Playstation brand is very much still in the game, especially with the new price drop and the upcoming library. Ratchet and Clank, God of War, Final Fantasy, Metal Gear, Gran Turismo, and other titles with such pedigrees ensure the PS3 will not fail. Plus I still believe that Sony has the strongest internal development among the Big Three.

Going forward, just about every 3rd party game will be on both the PS3 and the Xbox, so that becomes a wash. Exclusives will generate the excitement and loyalty, and Sony's development teams are far, far stronger than the MS camp.

I love to see an American company in the console arena, but I still think that by the end of this generation MS will be in last place.
2185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SWAT: Target Liberty (PSP) impressions on: October 18, 2007, 07:10:10 PM
It looks like this version of SWAT has a storyline from the writers of the FX show "The Shield". Very cool, as this is one of my favorite television programs. If SWAT plays as well as Killzone:Liberation, it is a must have for me.

Keep us informed, Blackjack!
2186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Etrian Odyssey 2- new website on: October 18, 2007, 06:59:57 PM
Does Etrian Odyssey get better? I'm level 8 and moved on to the second floor finally. Not really seeing any strategy or storyline yet, and I haven't  really discovered anything interesting. I also think I made a mistake by adding a bard to my party. She seems useless. By the time she casts any of her party enhancements or shields the battle is practically over.
2187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: And....a new PS3 SKU for the US on: October 18, 2007, 06:36:15 PM
Is the 20GB PS3 a collector's item now? I went and Amazon and a new 20 gig console runs from $560-$900(!). How ridiculous. I thought I might pick one up, assuming it would drop in price to a $350-$399 price point.
2188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA To Purchase Bioware/Pandemic! on: October 11, 2007, 10:00:14 PM
Well, I guess Bioware will eventually be beaten down into an internal EA developer that does RPG movie licenses.

Thank God we still have Bethesda.
2189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Folklore on: October 10, 2007, 06:43:14 PM
They've got machines that actually feed you?  And here I've been chewing my own food food like a sucker....

Wow, it isn't that difficult to return to the review pages.
2190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me Pick the Next RPG I Should Play (and avoid) on: October 10, 2007, 03:00:24 AM

Quote from: JCC on October 10, 2007, 01:10:15 AM

I loved the combat in BK (the first one) until the timers became too short (which didn't take long). I thought the story was bad and the voice acting beyond horrid, but the graphics were fantastic. But, sadly the combat became to frantic with the timers and I gave it up. I thought it was lame you couldn't turn the timers off entirely, since I felt they served no purpose. The combat would have been perfectly fun to me without a timer.

Question for the FF experts: Which game is better, Final Fantasy X or Final Fantasy XII. Based on what I have read from forum people, I would guess XII, but X seems to have gotten higher review scores.... well from Gamespot anyway....


I agree with the timer really dragging the game down. I loved everything else, but the final several hours were way too frantic, and I had no time to think about the cards I wanted to use. Finally hit a wall and traded it in, although it was fun while it lasted.
2191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me Pick the Next RPG I Should Play (and avoid) on: October 10, 2007, 02:58:35 AM
BTW, I just finished Enchanted Arms, which turned out to be a surprisingly fun RPG. Considering that it came from a development house not known for RPGs (From Software) I was surprised at how well the game's combat system was laid out. The strategic grid layout was a nice design choice, and collecting your army of golemns was somewhat addictive.  The story also had a few entertaining twists, but I wouldn't rate it as anything superlative.

A good, solid "75%".

2192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me Pick the Next RPG I Should Play (and avoid) on: October 09, 2007, 01:06:24 AM
I'm guessing that the 20 hours of storytelling in Lost Odyssey is probably split up among multiple endings. So the average person may only see a portion of those elements depending upon their choices.

2193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me Pick the Next RPG I Should Play (and avoid) on: October 09, 2007, 12:22:01 AM

Quote from: Gratch on October 08, 2007, 11:52:16 PM

Sounds like we have similar tastes (my 2 faves are also FFX & Shadow Hearts), and I'd definately recommend Final Fantasy XII first.  I typically burn out 30-40 hours into RPG's, but FFXII kept me going for nearly 80.  It's really an incredible game.  If you can handle the ridiculous encounter rate, the Digital Devil Saga games are also very good.

As far as ones to avoid, I'd stay far, far away from Shadow Hearts: From the New World.  (Eddie will disagree with me here, but I'm sticking to it!  smile) Especially if you enjoyed the first two.  The combat is somewhat fun, but the characters and story that made Covenant so amazing are replaced by a whiny teenage lead and a complete and utter snoozefest of a story.  I also didn't care much for Rogue Squadron, but I'm not big on action-RPG's in general.

SH:Covenant was an incredible game, and I'm really disappointed to see so many people agree that SH: From the New World pales so badly in comparison. I absolutely loved the characters and cut scenes in Covenant, and was thrilled to see that you could go back and watch them after the game. I really wish RPGs would tell stronger stories. This is part of the reason why I'm willing to give Lost Odyssey a chance despite the rumors that it is massively slanted toward "watching the game". If someone could someone fuse the tightly-wrapped, detailed stories in adventure games (minus the obtuse puzzles) and RPGs I'd really be ecstatic.
2194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me Pick the Next RPG I Should Play (and avoid) on: October 09, 2007, 12:14:39 AM

Quote from: Farscry on October 08, 2007, 11:56:46 PM

The only console rpg from the PS2 generation I'd recommend higher than FFXII is Dragon Quest 8, which you don't have, so chuck another vote onto the FFXII pile. icon_wink

I played Dragon Quest 8 and really enjoyed it, but not quite as much as FFX or SH: Covenant.

My friend is pushing me toward Persona 3, but I'm thinking I should probably play Persona 2 first.
2195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Help me Pick the Next RPG I Should Play (and avoid) on: October 08, 2007, 11:34:28 PM
I have a large backlog of unplayed RPGs in my closet, and I could use some help choosing the next RPG I should play. I'd also like to hear which title you would absolutely avoid.

I'm really looking forward to something character and/or story driven this time around. For a point of reference, my favorite console RPGs over the last several years have been FFX, Shadow Hearts Covenant, and KotOR. Here is what I have:


PS2
Persona 3
Nocturne
Valkyrie Profile 2
Shadow Hearts: From the New World
Metal Saga
Devil Summoner
HACK:Rebirth
Final Fantasy XII
Rogue Galaxy
Magna Carta
Digital Devil Saga 1
Digital Devil Saga 2
Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter
Romancing Saga

Gamecube:
Tales of Symphonia
Baten Kaitos Origins

Xbox 360
Blue Dragon (stopped after 10 hours to wait for difficulty patch)

PSP:
Valhalla knights
Jewel Summoner
Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth
Tales of Eternia

Playstation:

Vagrant Story
Parasite Eve
Persona 2
2196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3: Over $300 million in one week on: October 04, 2007, 10:44:46 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on October 04, 2007, 10:09:19 PM

That 2001 list for the PS2 I think is what helped propel the PS2 to the win last generation( at least in the US). Especially GTA III which was this "out of left field" mega hit that helped Sony seriously mute the launches of the XBox and Gamecube.

I think 2007 is Microsoft's best chance of really hammering Sony, at least in North America. Even if Sony does release a $399 PS3 it still can't match Microsoft's current release schedule, and MS will just lower the price on the 360 again. I don't see the Xbox having so much open territory next year as the Sony software machine comes alive.

2197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3: Over $300 million in one week on: October 04, 2007, 08:38:29 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 04, 2007, 08:33:01 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 04, 2007, 08:15:36 PM

That list is skewed, Kevin, because many of those titles did not appear on the same platform, and it looks like you are taking all of 1998 into consideration based upon your preface. You have games in there that are exclusive to the PC, the Gamecube and the PS2. If the games on that list were ALL appearing on one console (but some could still be multi-platform) I would agree with you. I'm referring to one console having such a large and diversified holiday gaming list.  I think the PS2 might be the only challenger to the 360.

Well, I mentioned the whole year only in response to bringing a summer release like Biioshock into play when discussing great holiday lineups.  Although just holiday releases in 1998 were pretty amazing.  Good point on platform but, again, that was in response to KD who listed GTA 3 and Halo which were on separate platforms in 2001. 

I will say that the PC lineup from 1998 alone trumps the 360 lineup from this year and I don't think the 2007 PC lineup remotely compares.  Quake Wars, Orange Box, Crysis, and Hellgate combined won't have the impact of just Half Life.  Thief, despite not getting blockbuster sales, is certainly one of the most influential games of the last decade elements of which have been cribbed in far more successful games.  Baldur's Gate 1 is also one of the bigger PC RPGs in the last decade as well. 


Is there anyplace we can actually quickly see what releases took place over what platforms in a historical timeline? There must be some crazy gaming zealot who has posted this info on the Internet.

2198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3: Over $300 million in one week on: October 04, 2007, 08:27:15 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on October 04, 2007, 08:23:10 PM

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I wouldn't say the same about Sara Lee and General Motors.

Damn it Dante!  You just ruined my EZ-Bake Oven in the GM Vehicle program....back to the drawing board.



Mmmmmmm........EZ-Bake.........


When I was young I'd force my cousin to bake for me at every family event.  Yes, violent persuasion was often involved.

Yeah, I said it.......don't get between me and my #$@! chocolate cake.
2199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3: Over $300 million in one week on: October 04, 2007, 08:15:36 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 04, 2007, 05:59:18 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on October 04, 2007, 05:49:02 PM

I would add Bioshock and PGR 4 to the list too.

Is Bioshock part of a holiday lineup since it was released in August?  Because then things get real fuzzy.  If you want to look at a "Greatest Lineup In History" then I think 1998 easily holds the crown but not everything was released in the holidays (ie Starcraft came out in the Spring). 

Signficant 1998 releases:

Half Life
Starcraft
Fallout 2
Grim Fandango
Thief
European Air War
Metal Gear Solid
Final Fantasy Tactics
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
I-War
Resident Evil 2
Heretic 2
Redguard (personal favorite of mine)
Freespace 1

and a lot more. 

Of those, I know that HL1, Thief, Grim Fandango, Fallout 2, Zelda, and MGS were all holiday games and just those cream just about every other year IMO. 

EDIT- Doh!  Add Baldur's Gate 1 to the incredible holiday lineup of '98. 

That list is skewed, Kevin, because many of those titles did not appear on the same platform, and it looks like you are taking all of 1998 into consideration based upon your preface. You have games in there that are exclusive to the PC, the Gamecube and the PS2. If the games on that list were ALL appearing on one console (but some could still be multi-platform) I would agree with you. I'm referring to one console having such a large and diversified holiday gaming list.  I think the PS2 might be the only challenger to the 360.

And to throw mud in the faces of the "PC gaming is dead", I would say 2007 comes very close to matching 1998 in quality. Especially if The Witcher knocks it out of the park. (I know, I know, it won't be Baldur's gate, but...)

As for Ridah's post that the Wii and 360 aren't competing for the same customers/market, I think that is an argument that is simply not true. There are limited developer budgets and they are most definitely pitting the Wii, PS3 and 360 against one another when looking at future title creation. If powerful publishers and developers like SquareEnix start orientating to the Wii, Sony investors will not be pacified by the non-compete argument. It is simply lip service. I'm quite sure Sony and MS are studying and charting all of Nintendo's moves. I wouldn't say the same about Sara Lee and General Motors.
2200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3: Over $300 million in one week on: October 04, 2007, 04:01:00 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 04, 2007, 03:25:44 PM

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Initial reports from retailers worldwide show console sales have more than doubled compared with the weekly average before the launch of “Halo 3.” With games such as “Halo 3,” “Madden 08” (EA Sports), “Mass Effect” (Microsoft Game Studios) and “Rock Band” (Harmonix), Xbox 360 has the greatest lineup in the history of video games and is the only console where consumers can play all the year’s biggest blockbusters.

Greatest lineup in the history of video games?  That's some funny shit.


Yeah, I definitely wouldn't go that far, but MS probably has the finest Fall/Winter release schedule in the history of video gaming. Obviously you have the real heavy hitters, but there is something for just about everyone being released.  I'm sure MS will also use their standard tactic of offering rebates during the holiday season. If they can't win Christmas with their Fall/Winter release lineup and price incentives, then to me it shows that games really can't save a console.


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