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2241  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Portable or Console- Which is Your Bigger Timesink? on: March 10, 2007, 08:34:34 PM
At times I really wish their was NOT so much good content across all this hardware. Or I wish there weren't so many choices in gaming devices.  I own an Xbox, PS2, Gamecube, Xbox 360, PSP and DS. Later this year I'm certain I'll get a Wii and PS3. Even though the Gamecube and xbox don't have many good releases at this stage, that still leaves me with six devices tugging at my wallet.

In terms of use:

1) PSP
2) DS
3) Xbox 360
-PC- (until I upgrade, then probably back to #1)
4) PS2
5) Xbox
6) Gamecube
2242  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gah! I Just Turned on My PSP and... on: March 10, 2007, 04:33:49 PM
...EIGHT pixels are dead, scattered across the screen. It figures that I just posted a topic about my love for the PSP and now it bites me in the ass!

I know the hardware has a year warranty, but are dead pixels covered under that? Also, has anyone here actually turned in a PSP for rework? I'm hoping they aren't like the tag team of gorillas and barbarians over in the Xbox 360 refurbishing department. 
2243  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Portable or Console- Which is Your Bigger Timesink? on: March 10, 2007, 04:24:50 PM
So for those of you who own portable gaming units and home consoles, which gets more of your gaming time? In the past it has always been consoles for me, but recently I've probably spent twice as much time on my DS and PSP.  With the release of fantastic games like Hotel Dusk, Super Robot Taisen, Metal Gear: Portable Ops, and several other key titles, these little pieces of hardware are constantly with me.


Even though the PSP doesn't get much attantion, it is currently my hardware of choice. The release of Pirates!, Portable Ops, Ratchet and Clank, Killzone:Liberation, Jewel Summoner and Daxter have given me a great library of titles to complete. I'm also looking at importing Dai Senryaku Portable from Play Asia.  The xbox version of Dai Senryaku VII is one of my favorite games from that console, and I've seen no news of a US release for this little PSP gem from Japan.
2244  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Willing to Pay to *Borrow* GTA:LCS for PSP on: March 10, 2007, 01:38:27 PM
Kevin-

If my buddy still has it, I'm certain I can get it to you for free. All that I ask is you pay the return shipping. He'll be back in town on Monday morning, so I can ask him then.
2245  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: blue dragon-august release on: March 07, 2007, 11:19:36 PM
I'm with Kevin on this one.

I'm disappointed in how this year is turning out for the 360. Late last year it looked like Crackdown and Lost Planet would be incredible, and Bioshock, Mass Effect, and Blue Dragon would all be out by summer. Instead, Lost Planet turned out to be average, Crackdown was good, but didn't live up to the hype, and Bioshock and Blue Dragon are coming out much later than expected. Culdcept Saga is also a buggy mess that apparently isn't getting nearly the rework needed for its North American debut. (The Japanese release was filled with an atrocious number of bugs.)

Good for my wallet, but bad for a system that needs to take advantage of the current PS3 library weakness. Even Eternal Sonata, which looks to be an incredible niche RPG, has disappeared from the Gamestop website after having been tentatively scheduled for May.


Eternal Sonata:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8F1IAF5HKOc
2246  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP- Is Lord of the Ring Tactics Worth $15? on: March 07, 2007, 05:35:31 PM
I've finished the Metal Gear Acids, Super Robot Taisen, and just about every other tactics/SRPG that has caught my attention. The one holdout has been LotR tactics for the PSP. Reviewers seem to be very hot/cold on the game, so I've been hesitant to pull the trigger. Would any of you suggest it as a purchase for $15?
2247  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Media Create #'s for 2-19 through 2-25 on: March 02, 2007, 11:57:38 PM
Jeez...the Wii outsold the PS3, PS2 and xbox 360 combined...by double.  Nintendo must have sold its soul to the devil, because the hardware and software lineup just doesn't justify these numbers.
2248  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: April EGM Scores and Rumors on: March 02, 2007, 11:54:43 PM
I'm hoping Armored Core is better than the reviews are claiming it to be. Every single review I've read has blasted the game, but people on various forums who have played the demo have been posting that it is a very solid game. 

I'm not sure which way to go on this one, and unfortunately I can't grab the demo to decide for myself.
2249  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] Marvel Trading Card Game - 60 minute shakedown... on: March 01, 2007, 10:41:48 PM
Dreamshadow, how is the overall graphics presentation? Is it washed out and slightly muddy like Warhammer?  I enjoyed Warhammer, but the overall presentation was very amatuerish and cheap.  Also, is there a way to SLOW DOWN the scrolling of the text. In the gamespot video some of that storyline text was flying across the screen incredibly fast. I was wondering if it really moves that swiftly, or if they were just bypassing it in the video.

From one forum I got the impression that the cards online are already in the actual game, so there is no need to buy extra decks unless you want to skip the long storyline. Is this true, or is the game actually gimped?

Thanks!
2250  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: MASSIVE Best Buy Clearance - $1.99 games! on: February 28, 2007, 04:12:38 AM
I snagged 1 copy of each:

Moto GP 2006 (360)
Valkyrie Profile Lenneth (PSP)
Monster Hunter Freedom (PSP)
Onimusha Dawn of Dreams (PS2)
Oblivion CE (360)

There were a few more I wanted, but two Ebay vultures were literally throwing EVERY game in their cart. They either thought all the titles were on sale, or they were filling up the carts to take them to some corner of the store so they could sort through things at their leisure.
2251  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft's new strageties (and they love Nintendo, too!) on: February 26, 2007, 11:35:41 PM
Microsoft's main problem is that they lack any real heavyweight first party gaming franchises outside of Halo. They really need to nurture Fable, maintain Halo, and create a few other games that can become franchises- preferably one or two geared toward a younger audience.

Sony and Nintendo are in a position to hammer MS with their internal exclusive content, especially since third parties are increasingly going multi-console to dilute their risk and increase their profit potential.
2252  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Absolutely Hilarious Video mocking Sony on: February 24, 2007, 03:40:04 PM


Instead of constantly focusing on Sony, I think the question everyone should be asking is "Why isn't Microsoft doing better?"  It has the best online service, the largest and most diverse gaming library, and a substantial number of solid titles in the pipeline. Despite all this it is getting crushed in Japan, performing lukewarm in Europe, and remains strong only in North America.

I still foresee the Wii dropping like a rock in 2 years, and Sony cleaning house once their first party software starts rolling out in full force. Once the marketplace truly acclimates to high-def television and next-gen graphics, the Wii will look prehistoric.

My crystal ball says this generation will end up:

1) Sony
2) Nintendo
3) MS (due to no respect or love from Japan)
2253  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jan Sales Numbers - Wii Wins! on: February 22, 2007, 02:09:39 PM
Kevin Grey wrote:
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GoW and Vegas I'm not too sure about- Gears should definitely be over 2 million sold now.

<edit>Gears of War broke 2 million on December 15th. It recently passed the three million mark.
2254  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 11/06) on: February 20, 2007, 01:42:36 PM
+1 to Gratch for a smooth trade.
2255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War Climbs the Ranks of ATB's Top 10 Games of All Time on: February 14, 2007, 06:52:50 AM
Until ATB posts his Top 10 Games of All Time list for review, I refuse to give his opinion any credibility.
2256  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Moisturizer? on: February 12, 2007, 04:58:20 PM
Moisturel for the win. More expensive, but well worth the price.
2257  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 12/Feb/07 on: February 12, 2007, 04:06:08 PM
I put several hours into Romance of the Three Kingdoms 11.  There are still many areas for me to test, but I think this may be the best game in the series yet. I love the new cell shaded look, the AI seems better than the last two installments, and it definitely has a much more user-friendly interface. They've taken away some of the RPG elements and moved the game back toward its strategy roots, but interaction with officers still plays a central role in the core gameplay.

I also spent more time with Hotel Dusk. This is just a fabulous game that I'm glad I gave a chance. The first hour didn't grab me, but since then it has improved in almost every way.
2258  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ar Tonelico, the latest RPG by Gust - A few thoughts on: February 11, 2007, 06:56:42 PM
Any more comments about this game? I'm on the fence about the purchase, and would appreciate more imput from anyone playing it.
2259  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So if I got a PSP, what do I need on: February 11, 2007, 03:37:54 AM
Absolutely grab the Logitech protective case. That investment has saved me more than once.


In terms of RPGs:

Valkyrie Profile Lenneth
Tales of Eternia
Jewel Summoner (Next week)

Both Metal Gear Acid games are awesome, and you definitely cannot go wrong with Pirates!
2260  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ar Tonelico, the latest RPG by Gust - A few thoughts on: February 09, 2007, 02:02:16 PM
My concern is that the major gaming sites are saying the combat is far too easy. Invariably this means the game will get boring rather quickly. And as Gamespot mentioned, what value is there in creating a complex alchemy system if you never really have a need for better weapons?

From Gamespot:

Quote
While your reyvateil is singing her song her magic power is drained, and when she has no more power she'll automatically cast the spell. You can interrupt the song at any point to activate the spell, but the longer you let a spell charge the more powerful it will be. As a result you'll spend most battles just biding your time as your magic charges up, and then unleashing a superpowered spell to wipe out all of your enemies in one swift blow. The songs are all ridiculously overpowered, so there's very little challenge to be found, even in the boss battles. It also takes a long time to resolve each battle, because you end up having to wait forever for your magic to charge up while your other characters use their meager attacks to pick away at enemies and bide time.

Quote
There are more than 300 different items to create in the game, but because there's so little challenge to the game you'll rarely find yourself in need of any items at all. Sure, it might be nice to have a bit stronger sword than the one you currently have, but with your magic taking care of all of your enemies there's no reason to even bother making a new weapon, and it's certainly not worth the time you'll spend running around collecting the required ingredients.

2261  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good XBox games I might have missed (and are BC) on: February 08, 2007, 01:36:36 PM
Deathrow.
2262  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking for Yggdra Union [GBA] on: February 08, 2007, 02:29:15 AM
FYI, the game has been reduced to $19.99 at Gamestop. I don't think it is YMMV because both stores by my house had them tagged for that price.
2263  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Is Armored Core 4 worth any hype? on: February 08, 2007, 02:20:31 AM
From what I've read:

+beautifully textured mechs
+superb customization capabilities
+solid AI

-environments are spartan and lack complex textures
-environments are "boxed in" and claustrophobic
-boring, repetative mission design
2264  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Romance of the Three Kingdoms AND Suikoden Questions on: February 05, 2007, 10:17:27 PM
Suikoden, in order or greatness:

Suikoden 2
Suikoden
Suikoden 5
Suikoden 3
Suikoden 4

Suikoden 4 is quite horrible. Suikoden 3 and 5 change spots on the list depending upon which gamer you ask. There is nothing frustrating about the Suikoden games in terms of combat. You can usually turn on auto-resolve through most of the battles.
2265  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: F/S: BFME2, Knights of the Nine (Oblivion expansion), TLJ on: February 04, 2007, 06:04:23 PM
Message sent for KotN.
2266  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qarls Texture Pack 3 - Oblivion on: February 03, 2007, 06:07:55 PM

Quote
Yeah, he does great texture work. Also, there really isn't much of a performance hit at all. Bethesda needs to hire him. He along with Rhedd (with Rhedd's Heads) in Morrowind have made Bethesda look kind of silly. Their work didn't cause much (if any) performance loss and looks 10x better than what was produced by Bethesda.

You're right, Hetz. Actually, I think some of these modders would work for free if they could just get their name in the manual, a free copy of the game, and some heartfelt thanks. And I don't necessarily understand the whole "limited time/limited budget" argument. Some of these modders make these adjustments very quickly, and they are HUGE improvements in the game. It seems like a worthwhile investment for a game that took years to develop to take a few extra weeks and make such changes.

I REALLY wish someone would do a Rhedd's Heads type of mod for Oblivion. Oblivion's face models are just horrid, so I'm rather surprised that the modding community hasn't started adjusting them with their usual zeal. I was certain the face models would have been one of the first changes since they are so strikingly...ugly.
2267  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qarls Texture Pack 3 - Oblivion on: February 02, 2007, 01:13:53 AM
Hetz, your post had perfect timing. Later tonight I was going to start searching the Net for a good Oblivion texture mod. Wow! That was easy!

With this and Francesco's Leveled Creatures and Items Mod, I'm well on my way to a great experience in Oblivion. Now if someone would just make
a great mod to replace the all those awful NPC heads in Oblivion...
2268  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GalCiv 2 - Dark Avatar GOLD on: February 01, 2007, 08:37:29 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on February 01, 2007, 03:19:41 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on February 01, 2007, 02:54:24 PM

The version of Dark Avatar that I preordered said I'd be receiving a copy of the game on CD after its release.  I have no idea if that's a full retail package, or just a CD in a paper sleeve.

I don't know for sure, but I am going to guess it includes a disc, manual, and perhaps maybe even a box.  (that would be cool if I'm right for once)

If it is like the release of the Altarian Prophecy expansion he will only receive the disc. It definitely did not come with a box.
2269  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP shipments drop 75% on: January 30, 2007, 08:37:18 PM
The PSP is in a difficult position. Justifying a price drop is not easy because the system already has a larger worldwide install base than the Xbox 360, but almost evey title on the PSP sells below 50,000 or 100,000 units. Many can't even break 20,000 units sold. So if you drop the price but software sales remain flat, all you are doing is losing more money at a faster rate.

Unfortunately for the PSP:

1) It just looks too damned fragile. Even if the PSP was the same price as the DS, many parents would probably still choose the DS. Nintendo's offering looks like it won't break after a week in a child's hands. It has that dull plastic interior. The case closes. A kid can fit it in their pocket easier.

2) If a parent takes time to look at the software, Nintendo probably wins again for two reasons- less expensive titles, and less adult titles. The PSP shelving units display many more adult games like Gangs of London, Grand Theft Auto, Dungeon Siege: Throne of Agony, Killzone, SOCOM, etc.  Nintendo moves in the opposite direction with titles like Mario, Nintendogs, Pheonix Wright, Brain Age, Elite Beat Agents, etc.  Add in the fact that the games are $5-$10 less expensive on the DS, and I'm fairly certain which direction many parents will choose.

3) UMD movies are/were too damned expensive. Sony killed that market before it even made it out of the womb.

4) The hacker community is mauling the PSP. Its been along time since I've seen such an active hacking environment surrounding a piece of gaming hardware. Go into the newsgroups or grab a bittorrent client and many Sony PSP games are available for download.

5) Sony advertising sucks. Stop pushing the PSP a personal media player, and focus on its core gaming functions. The PSP will never compete against the video ipod, so just stop trying.

6) Downloadable games ONLY if you have a PS3? Serious, WTF?


Price is only one of the PSP's problems, and I'd say it isn't even the biggest one. Software sales, not hardware sales, are the PSP's Achille's Heel.
2270  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vista Impressions/Gaming Issues on: January 29, 2007, 05:48:37 PM

Quote from: Hetz on January 28, 2007, 12:45:29 PM

Ok, with a full day of the new OS under my belt, I have developed a love/hate relationship with it. I LOVE the new O/S. It really feels and acts much differently than XP.....and when programs work, they work beautifuly. I HATE though, the driver issues and some games not working at all (probabily due to the driver issues).

Give it 6 months or so and this O/S will leave XP in the dust. Right now though, it's still a work-in-progress.

Sorry to hear about all your problems, Hetz. I'm glad you're taking everything in stride. Some gamers out there are frothing at the mouth making absolutely ridiculous posts.

I understand your frustration, however. Vista is late to the market so you would think that larger companies, especially companies like nvidia, would have their act in order. I could understand if something small like my Nostromo gamepad didn't work in Vista, but a major video card? Come on...everyone knows gamers are early adopters.
2271  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pirates PSP on: January 29, 2007, 06:20:09 AM

Quote from: shon on January 25, 2007, 07:34:32 PM

Got it yesterday and played around for about 30 minutes.  I have played the pc version and it is a pretty good port.

The graphics are good although a little small while on the seas.  The cutscenes and the inside locals are really sharp.  When sailing the ship the graphics are a bit small but well done.  I have only seen the lightning cloud pass by once but that was really cool.
The map is on the start button and is very crisp and easy to read.

The loading times are very good but when you are in a sword fight and you win it loads(about 2 seconds) to show you sending your opponent going over the rail, which is not much but a little annoying.  You can save at anytime which is great. 

Controlling the ship is a little tricky with the analog stick so I usually use the dpad and it works quite well. I haven't done any land battles yet so I will update impressions later when I get more playing time.

Overall it is a very polished game and I like it alot. 


The left trigger zooms in the view by 3 different magnifications while on the sea.
2272  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hotel Dusk : Room 251 Anyone find it yet? on: January 25, 2007, 10:05:24 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 25, 2007, 07:40:56 PM

Just read on QT3 that pressing one of the shoulder buttons will advance dialogue.  Very happy to learn that!

That puts my mind at ease, although it must be strange using the shoulder buttons when you are holding the DS like a book. That isn't a complaint! Anything is better than slow text.

Thanks for the update, Kevin.
2273  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hotel Dusk : Room 251 Anyone find it yet? on: January 25, 2007, 11:38:09 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 25, 2007, 05:10:45 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on January 25, 2007, 04:05:23 AM

How slowly does the text move across the screen? I've seen people on a few forums complain that it is too slow. Can you press a button to make all the text appear instantaneously?

I've only played about an hour but it's my chief complaint with the game.  It's not quite painful (and I don't think there is an option to tap and make it instantaneous) but it is annoying and the first thing I did was check the Options menu for a text speed slider but there isn't one.  Not a deall breaker though. 

It probably won't be a deal breaker for me, either. But after watching the text crawl across the screen in Grandia 3 I think I'll hold off on playing the game until my frustration level resets.

Do Japanese gamers read...slower...than...Americans? Or do they just think we're stupid?
2274  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GoW sells out... in Japan!! on: January 25, 2007, 04:13:38 AM
So they sold out 10,000 copies? Good but hardly fantastic if accurate.
2275  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hotel Dusk : Room 251 Anyone find it yet? on: January 25, 2007, 04:05:23 AM
How slowly does the text move across the screen? I've seen people on a few forums complain that it is too slow. Can you press a button to make all the text appear instantaneously?
2276  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Glimmer of hope for the 360 in Japan... on: January 25, 2007, 03:59:41 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 25, 2007, 01:08:56 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on January 25, 2007, 12:26:01 AM

Good point. I think that will depend on how Blue Dragon sells in Europe and North America. If it sells a couple million copies worldwide, Japan will be less of a problem. If it does a few hundred thousand sales then I agree with you. SquareEnix will look at that number, look at Enchanted Arms, and write off the 360 as a JRPG-hostile console. I don't think it will affect Capcom or Koei  because their bread and butter is action titles.

I will be very interested in how Lost Planet does- I think they expect to sell a million copies (and that may even be what they have shipped initially) but my general feeling is that the buzz isn't where it should be for that and not even as strong as DR was last summer.  If DR turns out to be the high water mark for Capcom titles on 360 then I expect they'll turn multi-platform real quick as well as take a more signficant look at the Wii. 


I believe there was an announcement that they shipped 1 million units. However, if Lost Planet hits 500,000 units sold I will be amazed. I think Capcom saw the massive number of downloads on Live and expected that to translate into real sales.

From what I've read developing for the Wii is 1/2 to 1/4th the expense of developing a PS3 or 360 title. That alone makes it attractive. Then add the fact that the Wii has a higher install base than the PS3 and is selling better than it in almost every region, and the financials become clear.

And let me state that as a graphics whore this infuriates me. The last thing I want is for the Wii to outperform the PS3.
2277  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Glimmer of hope for the 360 in Japan... on: January 25, 2007, 03:36:46 AM

Quote from: Hetz on January 25, 2007, 01:39:58 AM

In Japan:

#82   Lost Planet: Extreme Condition   X360   Capcom   

For The Week: 6,750 sold
Total Units: 48,500 sold

 icon_neutral
   

For the USA, I think it will be a good seller, but not stellar.

The really sad part of that is by selling 48,000 units Lost Planet has moved into the 6th best selling game EVER  on the xbox 360.

The top 5 are:

1)Blue Dragon
2)Dead or Alive 4
3)Ridge racer 6
4)Dead or Alive Xtreme 2
5)Dead Rising
2278  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Glimmer of hope for the 360 in Japan... on: January 25, 2007, 12:26:01 AM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on January 25, 2007, 12:19:31 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on January 25, 2007, 12:07:50 AM

No, my point was that you said that Blue Dragon was a brick, but the sudden change in hardware sales compared to ALL of 2006 clearly says otherwise. Its release week moved more hardware units than the previous 10 weeks combined. And whereas before the release of Blue Dragon hardware sales had been below 3,000 per week for MONTHS, it suddenly spikes dramatically. In the week of its release they moved almost 40,000 units, and the number has stayed above 8,000 units since then. (100%+ above the yearly 2006 average). I believe last weeks sales were right around 9,000 units.

Those harware sales will obviously begin to drop, but it shows that exclusive software will be the only possible saving grace of the 360 in Japan.

I understand what you're getting at but at some point you still have to say 100%+ of next to nothing is still next to nothing. It's a blip on the radar. If anything Blue Dragon is more damaging to the 360, because it basically says to Japanese developers, "Look, the creator of Final Fantasy can't help the 360, so we shouldn't even try."

Good point. I think that will depend on how Blue Dragon sells in Europe and North America. If it sells a couple million copies worldwide, Japan will be less of a problem. If it does a few hundred thousand sales then I agree with you. SquareEnix will look at that number, look at Enchanted Arms, and write off the 360 as a JRPG-hostile console. I don't think it will affect Capcom or Koei  because their bread and butter is action titles.
2279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Glimmer of hope for the 360 in Japan... on: January 25, 2007, 12:07:50 AM

Quote from: Hetz on January 24, 2007, 11:32:51 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on January 24, 2007, 11:16:51 PM



Man, you really do pick and choose your numbers. The week of January 6th 2006 makes your point? The FIRST week of 2006?

How about February 13th to February 19th? 1,314
How about September 25th to October 1st? 2,195
or September 18th to September 24th? 1,416
or August 14th to August 21st?  1493
or the last week of June?  1897
2nd week in April? 2321

Since we are not at any of those dates in 2007 yet to compare...what the heck are you trying to prove? I picked the SAME time last year and compared it to the SAME time this year. That is the fairest way to do it. You are picking #'s from all over the map. Picking dates from nowhere near the same time of the year doesn't mean anything and is silly.

No, my point was that you said that Blue Dragon was a brick, but the sudden change in hardware sales compared to ALL of 2006 clearly says otherwise. Its release week moved more hardware units than the previous 10 weeks combined. And whereas before the release of Blue Dragon hardware sales had been below 3,000 per week for MONTHS, it suddenly spikes dramatically. In the week of its release they moved almost 40,000 units, and the number has stayed above 8,000 units since then. (100%+ above the yearly 2006 average). I believe last weeks sales were right around 9,000 units.

Those harware sales will obviously begin to drop, but it shows that exclusive software will be the only possible saving grace of the 360 in Japan.
2280  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Glimmer of hope for the 360 in Japan... on: January 24, 2007, 11:46:55 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 24, 2007, 09:35:32 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 24, 2007, 09:27:42 PM

I think claiming that one game launch in Japan determines the fate of the 360 is about as accurate as saying a horrific system launch in... the world... determines the fate of the PS3.

That one game is the equivalent to Gears of War or Halo over here.  And it isn't just one game- there are also the relatively Japan-friendly Enchanted Arms, Culdcept Saga, Phantasy Star Online, Lost Planet, Earth Defense Force X, DOA4, Ninety Nine Nights, Ridge Racer 6, DOAX2, and a few others.  What's going to magically change in the future to suddenly make it stronger?  Lost Odyssey?  Probably will be a similar short lived bump as what we saw with Blue Dragon.  It isn't launch anymore- it's one year later. 

For reference, don't you think if the PS3 is selling at 1/3 of the rate of 360 in North America at the end of 2007 then it will be considered a failure?  That's the ratio that the PS3 (which ain't doing very well itself over there) is outselling the 360 in Japan.  And the Wii is doing 10 times what the 360 is doing over there. 

The problem, however, is that many of those titles turned out to be merely average (Phantasy Star Online, Enchanted Arms, NNN, RR6, etc.) They need 3 or 4 more versions of an exclusive Japanese Halo-esque blockbuster. Blue Dragon was one, Lost Odyssey may be two, but I'm not sure where the others are being developed. And getting Resident Evil 5 is great, but it won't really move any systems because it will be available on the Sony console.

Capcom and Koei are clearly behind the 360, but Square-Enix and Konami don't seem to be very endeared to the system. I still think Microsoft should take some of that Vista money and tie up a few more exclusives.

And I do think the tide is slowly turning in Japan. Whereas the last xbox was seen as a disaster in Japan, interviews at the Tokyo Game Show showed that many consumers are actually starting to believe that the 360 might have a chance at becoming a solid niche product. If MS can change the average Japanese gamer's mindset from thinking "xbox=disaster" to "xbox=fairly cool niche product", that will be a sizeable win for the company. I still think it will be two more generations before the xbox becomes a serious contender in Japan.
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