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2201  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Did anyone here ever play Capcom's Haunting Ground? on: April 12, 2007, 09:23:17 PM
This one completely flew by my radar when it was released some time ago, and I've seen it on sale at my local gamestop for $17.99.  I've debated picking it up, but was hoping to hear a few comments from forum members first.

The -one- thing holding me back from a purchase is that it is often compared to Clock Tower 3. I couldn't stand that game simply because the bosses appeared ever 30 seconds to chase you around the environment. It totally killed the gameplay for me because it was impossible to search any room without constantly being interrupted. It also destroyed any sense of growing dread because you KNEW the boss would try to ambush you within a few moments. Every. Several. Seconds.

Did they temper this in Haunting Ground?
2202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 20GB PS3 Officially Discontinued on: April 12, 2007, 09:12:41 PM
I still believe the upcoming titles like Final Fantasy, Metal Gear and Ratchet and Clank will put PS3 sales through the roof. The problem isn't $600 as a price point- the problem is not being able to justify that price point with a few blockbusters in the library.
2203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Casual Games- Should we cover them better here at GamingTrend? on: April 12, 2007, 09:05:06 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 12, 2007, 05:12:41 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 12, 2007, 01:46:20 PM

I would much rather see more niche titles reviewed. (Puzzle Quest, Custom Robo Arena, etc.)

Well, PQ is on the front page as of several moments ago.  http://gamingtrend.com/Reviews/review/review.php?ReviewID=820

I'm aware that you review some niche titles, which is wht I added Puzzle Quest to the post. My point was that I would prefer to see this trend increased. Its easy to find a several dozen sites reviewing God of War II, and while I definitely appreciate GamingTrend adding its voice to the mix, I'd much rather see you review something like Warhammer: Batte for Atluma or the Marvel Trading Card Game. Even weeks after these games released only a handful of sites had any useful information on them. For a long time the only valuable information on Warhammer was a couple of user posts in various forums.
2204  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Ban announcement on: April 12, 2007, 02:07:50 PM
This particular ban makes me somewhat uneasy. Hetz certainly took his fanboyism of the PS3 to an extreme, but I never recall him being truly caustic in his posts. If Hetz repeatedly used profanity, racial slurs, or engaged in true attacks on another forum member, I'd be in full agreement with a ban. If all of his posts were ignorant and useless I'd be in favor of a ban. Even that isn't true because he often posted helpful/worthwhile information. Hetz seems to be mostly guilty of poor sarcasm coupled with overzealousness.

I'm not so sure those are good reasons to remove someone from the forum. I considered Hetz to be the black sheep of the family. Even though he got on your nerves and tended to be out of line, you still invited him to Christmas dinner.
2205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Casual Games- Should we cover them better here at GamingTrend? on: April 12, 2007, 01:46:20 PM
I would much rather see more niche titles reviewed. (Puzzle Quest, Custom Robo Arena, etc.)
2206  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 3/07) on: April 12, 2007, 01:37:52 PM
+1 to Kobra for an smooth trading experience.
2207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I ROCK!!!! on: April 07, 2007, 07:56:58 PM
<SHAKING FIST ANGRILY> Damned whipper snappers and their devil music!!
2208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I officially love the PSP on: April 04, 2007, 10:22:32 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on April 04, 2007, 08:46:26 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 04, 2007, 05:30:13 PM

Yeah, the PSP is definitely my portable of choice for these reasons:

Metal Gear: Portable Ops
Armored Core: Formula Front
Metal Gear Acid
Metal gear Acid 2
Valkyrie Profile
Tales of Eternia
Killzone: Liberation
Pirates!
Jewel Summoner
Dungeon Siege

I'm also REALLY looking forward to:

Dungeon & Dragon Tactics
Jeanne D' Arc
Final Fantasy Tactics
Generation of Chaos 2


Having said that, I really enjoyed Pheonix Wright, Hotel Dusk, Custom Robo Arena, and the Super Robot Taisen series for the GBA/DS.

to add to dante's good taste in games:

monster hunter: freedom
daxter
ratchet & clank: size matters
gurumin (the best psp game you never played)

i love my ds as well, but good psp gaming is very good gaming...

Monter Hunter Freedom was excellent on the PSP. I totally forgot about that title.
2209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I officially love the PSP on: April 04, 2007, 05:39:08 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on April 04, 2007, 01:30:25 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 04, 2007, 12:09:25 AM

Quote from: ras752000 on April 03, 2007, 10:13:12 PM

Hmmm . . . were there not "the psp is dead" threads a couple of weeks ago?  slywink 

Pff... there have been "the PC is dead" threads for over a decade.

PC is dead frown  I kid, kid Tongue  Also, does the Carnage Heart game require extensive knowledge of Japanese or is it pretty self explanatory?

You won't understand the story, but within a few hours the actual gameplay should be relatively straightforward. Many of the screens have English numbers and letters to help you divine what is happening.

As you can see in this link, there are English Words like Damage, Heat, Hit Ratio on the combat screen, and many of the AI functions are in English. Learning to navigate the screens will be your biggest initial hurdle.:

http://www.genki.co.jp/games/carnage/system2.html

http://www.genki.co.jp/games/carnage/movie.html



Plus here is a translation. (I wish the story was translated, but the guide doesn't cover that):

http://www.gamefaqs.com/portable/psp/file/932352/45609
2210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I officially love the PSP on: April 04, 2007, 05:30:13 PM
Yeah, the PSP is definitely my portable of choice for these reasons:

Metal Gear: Portable Ops
Armored Core: Formula Front
Metal Gear Acid
Metal gear Acid 2
Valkyrie Profile
Tales of Eternia
Killzone: Liberation
Pirates!
Jewel Summoner
Dungeon Siege

I'm also REALLY looking forward to:

Dungeon & Dragon Tactics
Jeanne D' Arc
Final Fantasy Tactics
Generation of Chaos 2


Having said that, I really enjoyed Pheonix Wright, Hotel Dusk, Custom Robo Arena, and the Super Robot Taisen series for the GBA/DS.
2211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I'm Cursed and Shall Never Get to Play Puzzle Quest on: April 04, 2007, 05:17:21 PM
Look at the $#%@ response the customer service department sent me concerning my order:

"We're sorry to hear about the problem. Your order shipped First Class on 03/23, via the USPS. Deliveries generally take 4-14 days, but are not guaranteed. The Post Office will not process a trace/claim until 30 days after shipping. Please contact J&R again if the package isn't received by 04/23, so that we can start the claim procedure. Hopefully it will arrive before then."


They want me to wait a full MONTH before they'll even begin the refund or replacement procedure. I've never had a package take more than seven days to reach my location. (New york to Illinois)  To make me wait a full 30 days is ridiculous. Looks like I need to go complain to Amazon.
I even spoke to my postman today and he commented that after 14-15 days the item is basically lost in a black hole forever.  Nice.
2212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLM]armoured core 4 demo now up on: April 04, 2007, 12:46:55 PM
Carnage Heart. No region protection:

http://www.play-asia.com/paOS-13-71-9f-49-en-15-carnage%2Bheart-70-1eiy.html
2213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I'm Cursed and Shall Never Get to Play Puzzle Quest on: April 04, 2007, 01:44:15 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on April 04, 2007, 01:31:03 AM

Am I missing something? When I look up both the DS and PSP version of Puzzle Quest on Amazon, the pages for both say they are in stock.

The second vendor I ordered from was via the Amazon website, but not actually fulfilled by Amazon.  In retrospect, I should have just been patient and waited for my original Amazon order, but the game called to me with its siren song.  smile
2214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I'm Cursed and Shall Never Get to Play Puzzle Quest on: April 04, 2007, 01:40:30 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 04, 2007, 01:33:27 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 03, 2007, 11:58:57 PM

A few forums have been buzzing about the DS/PSP game Puzzle Quest. Being a strategy game whore I immediately pre-ordered it from Amazon.
I know the title of the game is a bit misleading, but the game isn't really a strategy game.  It's more of a puzzle game...with quests.  Tongue

Yeah, I guess strategy game isn't the best term. I have played the PC demo, so I'm certain I'll love the full game. I really want it for lunchtime at work.
2215  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm Cursed and Shall Never Get to Play Puzzle Quest on: April 03, 2007, 11:58:57 PM
A few forums have been buzzing about the DS/PSP game Puzzle Quest. Being a strategy game whore I immediately pre-ordered it from Amazon. On release day their website changes from "In stock" to "1-2 week wait". I confirm with their customer service that I won't get the game for at least 10 days. I cancel my preorder and hit the local phone book.

Undaunted, I call my local Gamestops and discover that one store has a PSP and DS version available. I ask them to hold the PSP version until my work day is over, and the employee kindly says "no problem."  Later that night I arrive and.....someone at the shift change sold my copy. So I'm out of luck again. No one within 75 miles has the game.

Frustrated, I return to Amazon and look through all the vendors, and place a NEW order with a site that has the game IN STOCK. On March 23rd they ship out the game! First Class Mail! A breathe a sigh of relief and wait....

....and wait

....and wait

April 3rd. Now it looks like my copy was "lost in the mail".  I'm trying to get their customer service department to replace the game, but the title is "Sold out" and it will be at least 2 weeks before they get replenishment stock.


I can't remember the last time I was this frustrated.

2216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLM]armoured core 4 demo now up on: April 03, 2007, 11:19:45 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 03, 2007, 09:40:11 PM

There was a game I REALLY loved on the playstation but I can't for the life of me remember or find it's name.  You built your mechs from parts like a lot of these games, but then you programmed the AI for them and sent them into battle.  You couldn't actually control much at all during the fights, it was your AI that did the work.  The game wasn't very accessible to the average gamer since it required some pretty hardcore programming but it was a blast to me.  Anyone remember that game?

In regards to the AC series, the first couple were really fun for me then it kinda went downhill.  Kinda like a really customizable version of the Sega arcade game Virtual On

Armored Core: Formula Front works exactly like that. Its a very good game for the PSP that is often overlooked. It has lots of options, a relatively steep learning curve, and the ability to design your mechs and let the AI fight in the arena, or you can control the mech yourself.


Damn, Japan really is the land of PSP heaven. Carnage Hearts Portable, Dai Senryaku Portable......
2217  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Enchanted ARMS- Caution to PS3 owners on: April 03, 2007, 12:53:06 AM

Quote from: Turtle on April 03, 2007, 12:47:17 AM

Such is the problem with any port done solely for profit under strict deadlines.

Besides, Enchant Arm really wasn't that good of an RPG.

I'm guessing the project manager calculated the following:

current low PS3 install base + mediocre xbox 360 sales data + review data + estimated market = reduce porting funds.
2218  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Enchanted ARMS- Caution to PS3 owners on: April 03, 2007, 12:27:29 AM

Quote from: Brendan on April 03, 2007, 12:25:31 AM

Quote from: Gratch on April 03, 2007, 12:24:32 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 03, 2007, 12:23:02 AM


A link to an Armored Core 4 review?

Hilariously, it's apparently true for both games.

In defense of the PS3 Amored Core, you really need to be looking -hard- for a serious difference between the two versions once you calibrate your screen. AC just moves so fast that details are lost. The same isn't true in an RPG.
2219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Enchanted ARMS- Caution to PS3 owners on: April 03, 2007, 12:25:09 AM

Quote from: Gratch on April 03, 2007, 12:24:32 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 03, 2007, 12:23:02 AM


A link to an Armored Core 4 review?


Damn, you noticed my mistake just as I was fixing it.
2220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Enchanted ARMS- Caution to PS3 owners on: April 03, 2007, 12:23:02 AM
For those of you who own the PS3 and Xbox 360:

Grab the xbox 360 version of Enchanted ARMS- NOT the PS3 version. I know a few people who own both, and the ALL state that the further you move through the game, the less refined the PS3 version becomes. Textures are poorer than the 360, the washed out effect increases, and the framerate starts to dip. It seems like the port started out well, but then got rushed toward the middle and end. There are a few comparison shots and reviews at various forums from people who own both. About the only thing that seems to have been truly improved are the load times. Save your PS3 RPG money for Oblivion.

An article confirming what I've been told:
http://www.gamebrink.com/playstation-3/1925-Enchant_Arm-reviews.html

Plus, the 360 version is $20-$30 less, so you'd need to enjoy pissing money away to go with the PS3 version.
2221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Armored Core 4 Impressions (PS3 AND Xbox 360) on: March 24, 2007, 08:36:23 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on March 24, 2007, 07:39:51 AM

when you say constantly straffing from near hit missiles i think off lost planet

Spoiler for Hiden:
last level of lost planet to be exact


am i right?

I'm not finished with Lost Planet, so I can't be certain. However, except for the missions where you need to shoot down enemy missles, most of the time you need to be CONSTANTLY moving. Enemy missle and laser fire comes in frequently and from all directions. I usually jump jet above the frantic mess, but From Software was kind enough to put in an artificial ceiling where your mech can actually jump TOO high, and then you lose the mission because it says you left the combat area. So you need to watch your altitude as well as your perimeter.
2222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Armored Core 4 Impressions (PS3 AND Xbox 360) on: March 24, 2007, 06:46:01 AM
Today a friend and I grabbed copies of Amored Core 4. His copy is the PS3 version, while mine is the xbox 360 version.

I'll just skip to the chase and say that the game is definitely not worth $60.

The graphics are solid and sometimes beautiful, the customization screens are fabulous, the controls are infinitely better than previous titles, and the overall production values are actually quite high. Unfortunately, the Achille's Heel of Armored Core 4 rests squarely on the shoulders of the godawful missions. Quite simply, they are far too short. I played the first 13 mission and none of them lasted over 90 seconds. Some were as short as 30 seconds. If this was a game for the PSP or DS I could understand that design decision, but on an actual console it is laughable. Missions this short have absolutely no sense of dramatic buildup. You are simply dropped into a hotzone, and you come out with all guns blazing in an environment that is claustrophobically small due to invisible walls that keep you from exploring all that wonderful cityscape featured in the graphic engine's respectable draw distance.

This alone makes the game one of the most frustrating I've ever played, because the actual combat is wonderfully dynamic and incredibly fast paced. Unlike Western mech games, the mechs in Armored Core are supremely agile and move with incredible grace and fluidness. You'll spend most of your combat time boosting and strafing, narrowly missing the streams of missles and plasma fire that snap past your cockpit as you return fire with your own stable of deadly weapons. Unfortunately, just as you acclimate to the speed and feel your adrenaline kick in, the mission ends. Or you get killed because you accidentally boosted to an area outside the boundaries of the cramped mission landscape. In another strange design choice, several mission have you take these super agile mechs and just -STAND- on a waterefront or bridge and shoot down waves of incoming enemy fire. Compounding this frustration is the fact  that these are some of the LONGER missions.

After completing a mission, you are rewarded with money, various upgrades, and a ranking. After that it is back to the wonderful customization screens which allow you to change just about any possible area of your mech. There are a significant number of upgrades available for your mech, and a player could easily spend hours just cylcling through choices in weapons, radar, jammers, emblems, color schemes, etc. It is truly a tweaker's heaven. Its just a shame that an hour of tweaking is rewarded with less than one minute of gameplay. So, in essence, Armored Core 4 can be divided into 85% of your time will be in loadout screens, 5% will be watching obtuse storyline elements, and the remaining 10% will be in combat.

In regards to the differences between the PS3 version and the Xbox 360 version, the most obvious was the framerate. In scenes with intense firefights the 360 verion was visibly smoother than its PS3 counterpart. This is not to suggest that the PS3 framerate drop was crippling to the gameplay, as even with that difference both versions remained very playable. Also, as seen in various Internet videos, the PS3 version is slightly more washed out and brighter compared to the very DARK screen on the Xbox 360. In fact, on the 360 I had to turn up the brightness toggle several steps to make myself comfortable with the screen. Graphically both games are nearly identical, and despite reports that the PS3 version suffers from more jaggies, neither my friend nor I saw any true difference. As I had mentioned in a different thread, buy the game based upon your controller preference.

Speaking of which, despite my contempt for the sixaxis controller in comparison to Microsoft's offering, both games were responsive to any and all commands. You have the option of choosing from a few preconfigured mappings, or you can remap ever single button on the respective gamepads. At first I remapped by weapons to the trigger buttons, but I soon discovered that boosting and strafing is SO important that I returned them to their default face button settings. 

Overall, Armored Core 4 is another one of those games with a few moments of brilliance inevitably hampered by several poor design decisions. This game would have been superlative if From Software created missions that were something more robust than 1 minute ADD sessions of high tech combat.

Buy this game if:
-You love tweaking mechs and don't care about combat
-You are a complete mech junkie that can look beyond some very large design flaws

AVOID this game if:
-You hate frantic gameplay that demands swift response times
-You can't stand tweaking and retweaking your vehicle in a garage
-You want complex gameplay missions that slowly build in intesity and length
-You are looking for the next Mechassault, Mechwarrior, or Chromehounds
2223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Austrailia: PS3 launch?... whatever on: March 23, 2007, 01:19:13 PM
The initial European launch is definitely not going well. Nearly 1000 people were anticipated at the Eiffel Tower and only 50 showed up. Other stores are reporting that many of those people you see standing in those lines in the photographs weren't even there to buy a PS3. They were there to demo the store units or waiting to see if they would win a FREE unit in one of the various raffles.

More news:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070323/lf_afp/lifestylegameplaystationcompanysony_070323030441


Sony will still have its day in the sun, but for now it looks like their Fortress Europe is folding like the French.
2224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / WTF? Gamers Boycott Capcom for Multi-platform Devil May Cry on: March 22, 2007, 10:54:22 PM
Proof that the IQ some gamers (1024 of them to date) can be a negative number:

http://www.petitiononline.com/capcompe/petition.html
2225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 22, 2007, 02:23:41 PM
how damaging to the gameplay is this bug? The developer says insignificant, but I'd expect him to tow the line.
2226  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hironobu Sakaguchi Wants Final Fantasy on the 360 on: March 21, 2007, 10:07:47 PM
Capcom and Mistwalker have slowly been increasing the level of "street cred" the 360 has in Japan, and this is quite a turnaround after the absolutely abyssmal suicide attempted by the original xbox console's marketing team. This last Tokyo gameshow was the first where interviewed attendants actually commented that the xbox name could become a solid and respected niche by the end of this generation.

I think that is the goal of Microsoft at this point, and getting SquareEnix on board would absolutely solidify that position.

Having said that, people are oversimplifying the problem. The real question is how many potential customers are available on the 360 who play RPGs and will not already own a PS3 upon release of the next title. That is going to be a significantly smaller number than most would probably expect. Then factor in development costs associated with moving to a second platform, manufacturing costs associated with putting a game on 5-7 discs, along with any money Sony may throw at SquareEnix to stay exclusive.

My guess is that FF will stay exclusive, but SquareEnix will begin investing more heavily in the 360 with, perhaps, another Kingdom Hearts or new RPG.
2227  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: (Xbox 360) Splinter Cell: Double Agent and Saint's Row on: March 20, 2007, 11:17:49 PM
Both are sold pending confirmation.
2228  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / (Xbox 360) Splinter Cell: Double Agent and Saint's Row on: March 20, 2007, 09:55:40 PM
Looking for excellent, complete used copies of the following:


Rogue Galaxy
Ar Tonelico
Warhammer: Mark of Chaos
Marvel Trading Game (PSP)


Get BOTH games for 1 of these:

Crackdown
Silverfall


Item will ship to you with delivery confirmation. All items are in excellent condition and have the original case and manual.
2229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Armored Core 4 (Note to People with PS3 and Xbox 360) on: March 19, 2007, 08:47:52 PM

Quote from: bluntman72 on March 19, 2007, 08:33:00 PM

I am interested in this but I have never played Armored core before so I am not sure how the game is. it looks cool and I am in the mood for a decent mech game.

and since I am holding off on a PS3 until a must have game comes out or I have money to burn and do a stupid impulse buy so I will go with the 360 version.

You'll find that Armored Core consistently gets middling reviews. The game is something of a niche title, because it really is a paradox. On one hand you have tons of options and tweaks available for your mech, so you can spend hours in the garage tweaking everything. On the other hand, after being so methodical in the garage, you are suddenly cast into combat that is fast, disorienting and sometimes frustrating.  The game has a definite learning curve, the controls can work against you, and going out with the wrong payload usually means mission failure.

The game is definitely not Chromehounds or Mechassault.
2230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Armored Core 4 (Note to People with PS3 and Xbox 360) on: March 19, 2007, 08:27:12 PM
For those of you with both a 360 and a PS3, I wanted to send out a friendly reminder to investigate which version is better for you. There are clearly some differences between the two, and although I'm sure most of it can be recalibrated through contrast/brightness settings, be aware that out of the box the experience is different:

comparison:
http://www.gametrailers.com/player.php?type=wmv&id=17890

The 360 version is MUCH darker, while the PS3 is significantly brighter but suffers from some wash out. Both need obvious adjustments in the options menu. The 360 version also has slightly less jaggies, but to be fair in a game moving this fast it will probably be hard to tell the difference. Also, it is being reported that the 360 version runs at a better overall framerate, which really isn't surprising. From Software simply has more experience coding for the 360. Apparently they had some slight difficulty keeping the framerate up on the PS3, so some of the reflective surfaces, flaring effects and distortion effects were removed or toned down in the PS3 version.



Japanese Translation:
PS3 - Big Oval on the Left side: "No reflection in the glass."
360 - Big Oval on the Left side: "Reflection in the glass."

PS3 - Top Left Oval: "No lighting from the booster flares below."
360 - Top Left Oval: "Lighting from the booster flares."

PS3 - Big Oval close to the bottom: "No contortion (blurring) effect from the boosters."
360 - Big Oval close to the bottom: " Contortion (blurring) effect from the boosters."

PS3 - Bottom Oval: "Jaggies."
360 - Bottom Oval: "Less jaggies."

Overall I think your PRIMARY concern if you own both consoles is to go with the controller you prefer, as Armored Core is a twitch game. This game moves quickly so some of the extra details in the 360 version will be missed unless you have a hawk's eye. However, if  you feel that both controllers are relatively equal, the tip seems to go to the 360 based upon info from our friends in the East. Just be sure you turn the brightness waaaaaaaaaay up.  Also be aware that this game has a relatively steep learning curve.
2231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/19) on: March 19, 2007, 07:57:09 PM
Puzzle Quest-Definite
Custom Robo Arena-Waiting on reviews (worried about the controls for a twitch game without an analog stick)
Armored Core 4-Definite
2232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: March 16, 2007, 06:36:02 PM

Quote from: EddieA on March 16, 2007, 06:32:49 AM

GameDaily has a PC demo available here that lets you play up to level 7.  It seems like a lot of fun, and I'd probably register it, but there's no mention of registering the game in the demo.


Thanks! That demo sold me on the game. I ordered the PSP version from Amazon after a false start at Gamestop.
2233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My initial Xbox360 impressions. (Late to the party) on: March 12, 2007, 07:17:54 PM
Kobra, I absolutely agree with you that the 360 controller is probably the best on the market. I really wish Sony would shift their analog sticks to mimic the MS design.
2234  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Willing to Pay to *Borrow* GTA:LCS for PSP on: March 12, 2007, 07:13:27 PM
Sorry, Kevin. He no longer has the game. His original PSP went in for warranty work, and his replacement's revision wouldn't allow for homebrew. He dumped GTA as a trade toward Lost Planet.

Wish I had better news.
2235  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Hall of Fame Traders Look Here on: March 12, 2007, 12:43:06 PM
Someone better grab Phantom Crash. that was a damned fine game.
2236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Silverfall Impressions on: March 12, 2007, 12:41:12 PM

Quote from: Kobra on March 11, 2007, 04:00:58 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on March 11, 2007, 08:19:15 AM

Kobra, how do you think my specs would hold up in the final release:

AMD 3700+
2 Geforce 7800 GT OC 256mb x2 (SLI config)
1 GB Crucial Ballistix RAM
WD Raptor HD 10,000RPM
WIN XP SP2

You'd eat it up.  Like I said the Demo was a festering pile of poop in performance compared to the full game. I read the demo was actually beta code, that makes sense.

Hetz's shots do indeed show the great graphics.  The first one the guy is a Technological-Shadowknight, thats one of the undead pets. I have that pet with 1 point in it, and it isn't nearly that big.  Nice to know they get big when you point them up.  icon_biggrin  The second picture has my EXACT party makeup right now.

The Dark Elf named Danseslane is a good tank, for casters he is a nice meatshield.  Morka is a nuker/healer combo that is very effective in either or both roles.

Okay, if performance is improved I may bite on this one next weekend. Thanks for the update, because I'd dismissed it completely.  (when will developers/publishers learn that a poor demo is worse than no demo at all.)
2237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I want to play through all the major PSX RPG's on: March 12, 2007, 12:39:28 PM
I'm interested in reading your reaction to Suikoden II. Three of my friends consider it to be the best RPG of all time.
2238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Silverfall Impressions on: March 11, 2007, 08:19:15 AM

Quote from: EddieA on March 10, 2007, 09:20:37 PM

It looks like a lot of fun, but I am getting very poor performance from the demo.  It does not seem to be a video problem, as the game will occasionally be perfectly smooth.  However, most of the time, the game is thrashing the hard drive, leading to a lot of chugging and jerkiness.  My computer runs pretty much everything at high detail with no problems, so I am hoping there is a solution to this.

I had the exact same problem. My WD Raptor drive was growling and spitting during the demo. My framerate sometimes dropped into single digits due to all the HD chugging. The game hinted at greatness, but it kept stuttering so I gave up on it. I was frustrated to see that I could run Oblivion like butter, but Silverfall couldn't inch past 1024x786.

Kobra, how do you think my specs would hold up in the final release:

AMD 3700+
2 Geforce 7800 GT OC 256mb x2 (SLI config)
1 GB Crucial Ballistix RAM
WD Raptor HD 10,000RPM
WIN XP SP2
2239  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Portable or Console- Which is Your Bigger Timesink? on: March 11, 2007, 12:45:49 AM

Quote from: Canuck on March 11, 2007, 12:41:55 AM

I'm currently playing exactly 0 games for my DS/PSP and 0 games for my PS2.  And it's been that way for a good two months now. I just ordered Pirates for the PSP so that should get some playtime as soon as it arrives.

Pirates on the PSP is an excellent port. It exceeds the xbox version in every way.
2240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gah! I Just Turned on My PSP and... on: March 10, 2007, 11:57:11 PM
Apparently the 1 year warranty doesn't cover dead, light, or dark pixels on the LCD.   thumbsdown
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