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2281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Grim Outlook for Square-Enix - Lower earning estimate on: April 19, 2006, 07:40:54 PM
If you look at their relatively recent portfolio, the company has released a significant amount of mediocre titles:

Romancing Saga
Musashi
Fullmetal Alchemist (1 and 2)
Drakengard (1 and 2)
Final Fantasy X-2

Dragon Quest 8, FFXII, FF Online,  and Kingdom Hearts 2 will go a long way to rehabilitating the company. I think we are in tail end of their slump.
2282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What to play next: Wild Arms:ACF or Suikoden 5? on: April 08, 2006, 10:14:49 PM
After how terrible Suikoden 4 turned out to be, I was shocked at the turnaround in the new title. Although the graphics are relatively spartan, the storyline and characters have some real depth.

WILD ARMs, on the other hand, was....unpleasant. I'll leave it at that.
2283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Revolution Specs on IGN - Less Powerful than the Xbox 1 on: April 01, 2006, 04:40:37 AM
This doesn't change anyone's real estimate about the next generation consoles:

-Nintendo falls to a clear third position
-MS gains ground on Sony
-Sony remains king of the next generation
2284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Valkyrie Profile Sequel Official Site on: March 29, 2006, 10:30:28 PM
The Japanese really know how to put together a preminum/collector's edition of their games. American collector edition games, by comparison, usually suck.


If Valkyrie Profile on the PSP sells well, I definitely think the PS2 game is assured for the North American market.
2285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] Generations of Chaos problem... on: March 29, 2006, 10:04:39 AM
I enjoyed the game for about 15 hours, and then I simply got burned out. Its definitely a good game, but it can become repetative.
2286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden V impressions on: March 26, 2006, 01:05:13 AM
I've put a whopping TWO hours into the game, but as of this moment I'm happy to report that Suikoden V seems to be much better than the last game. The initial characters are interesting and the story already shows signs of great promise. The graphics are not nearly as bad as I had feared. Although the environments are somewhat sparse, the character models and animations are all well done.

I think the reviews placing this game around the 80% marker are probably fairly accurate.  If you were burned like I was on Suikoden IV, don't turn a blind eye to the newest game. It seems to hold great potential.
2287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP]Am I the only person excited about Generation of Chaos? on: March 11, 2006, 06:37:18 PM
Nth Power,

Take a look at the strategy guide. It should definitely help you make an informed decision.
2288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP]Am I the only person excited about Generation of Chaos? on: March 08, 2006, 01:44:43 AM
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Ditto on the thanks Dante. It looks like a free pdf guide will be available from NIS America's site in a couple of weeks. It was written by the fine folks from Double Jump Books. It is supposedly 80 freakin pages as well


That would be great. I love Double Jump.


Some other points:

-Caves can be searched only when a general is on the hex. Use the "search" function and one of two things will happen. Either an event will take place and you will receive a random (sometimes rare) item, or a battle will take place. Save before searching because the items generate randomly and some are VERY cool.

-Captured generals drain your money for the expense of feeding/clothing/guarding them. Only keep generals that you plan on converting or you will quickly start to run a deficit.

-When trying to convert a general it is important to hold conversations with them. Frequency of conversations coupled with duartion of imprisonment appears to be very important. Don't be discourage by those low conversion possibility estimates.

-There are different types of super moves that can actually stop enemy generals from performing their own moves.  If you don't have these moves you can buy them.

-Airports, airports, airports!
2289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams this week! on: March 08, 2006, 01:21:56 AM
I loved the fact that the Onimusha games were so easy. I don't have the pinpoint reflexes necessary for games like Ninja Gaiden or the original Devil May Cry 3.

I play for the environments, interesting enemies and story.
2290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP]Am I the only person excited about Generation of Chaos? on: March 07, 2006, 12:31:42 AM
The game continues to impress me, but they really dropped the ball on a tutorial or a proper manual. Examples:

-If you give a weapon, healing herb, or armor to a general as a gift (ala Romance of the Three kingdoms) he cannot equip it or use it, even though he accepts it and his loyalty increases. To equip treasure or items, a general must equip it through the stat screen while in a city.

-The key to stopping enemy generals from unleashing their super moves on your troops is to increase your armys speed. Attacks momentarily stun any general, and if enough blows hit consistently and swiftly, the enemy cannot properly use special moves.

-Creating airports is vital to quick troop movement, as is the transformation of land.

-Stats, gifts and city improvements carry over from one scenario to the next. Thus it is vital to level up your generals and kingdom.


This game will die on the vine due to a substandard tutorial.
2291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP]Am I the only person excited about Generation of Chaos? on: March 05, 2006, 02:04:51 PM
Loading times take about 10-15 seconds when entering a battle. When switching between various screens there is sometimes a 2-3 second delay as the menu loads.  There can also be a very brief delay when scrolling through a list of items or names.

Saving takes about 15 seconds. I'm still early in the game, but I definitely have NOT seen any long, minute long delays.


You do have to sit through an early, boring intro movie that lasts about 5 minutes. Then you are dropped into the game- without a tutor. (well,  I haven't seen one)
2292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP]Am I the only person excited about Generation of Chaos? on: March 05, 2006, 05:02:37 AM
On Wednesday I picked up Generation of Chaos, hoping that the game would meet my expectations and satisfy my craving for a solid strategy game on the PSP. I'm happy to say that the game is truly quite excellent, although you would never know that in the first hour of gametime.


For those of you with attention deficit disorder, I'll give a brief rating breakdow now. smile

Gameplay: C (during the first hour) B (after learning the necessities)
Graphics: B  
Music: A
Manual: D
Save System: A  
AI: A
Storyline: C


Gameplay: Generation of Chaos is a strategy game that places you in command of a kingdom that is embroiled in war.  Under your command are various generals, all of whom have a set of statistics and specializations that increase in levels as they engage in battles. Besides your initial list of generals, you also have the ability to search for hidden generals, hire mercenary generals, or persuade enemy generals to join your cause either through bribery or after they become your prisoner when losing a battle. Generals have special affinities to various attributes, so it is important to have a diverse stable of leaders. Some fight better at night, some do extra damage in fog, other are resistant to magic, etc.  In addition each general has a set of divers skills to use in battle. They may be offensive (tornado, earthquake), or defensive (cure, shield). Generals also have super attacks. These attacks are "charged" as your troops or leader take damage. When a certain threshold is reached, they can unleash these attacks and do massive damage on the field. An interesting point to these attacks is that you can store several of these attacks and carry them over into harder battles.

The strategic portion of the game involves research, building new forts, clinics and factories, fortifying towns, establishing alliances, searching for hidden generals and items, shopping for weapons, and recruiting soldiers. All of this is completed on a world map that is littered with the various settlements, all of which are conected by a series of roads. These roads are used for all troop movement. Thus it is imperative to set up chokeholds and forts at strategically placed positions to thwart enemy advancement to into your territory.  Forts also become important as a means of recruiting fresh troops when you are far from friendly cities. They also serve as an excellent means of defense if you are forced to retreat from battle, as each fort comes equipped with a sentry garrison.

Actual battles take place in real-time, although you are given the option to pause when issuing orders. At the start of battle the commander can set up various formations and operations which can be adjusted as the tides of battle fluctuate. Unfortunately, at times the sheer number of units on the screen make it difficult to truly move in the manner desired. Bottlenecks can be a rather common occurence. A battle ends when one of the generals is captued, someone successfully retreats, or if they manage to break through the enemy lines. Captured generals may be released, executed or hired (assuming their loyalty is low)

graphics: The graphics in generation of chaos are similar to what you've seen in just about any other Nippon Ichi game. Of course the small size of the PSP screen makes everything look quite vibrant and detailed. Spell effects are nicely animated and character portraits are attractive.

Music: The music is wonderful. A diverse number of symphony pieces keep everything fresh. Music changes based upon the screen you enter.

Manual: Horrible. This is a complex title and the manual is only 30 pages, half of which are useless, tiny pictues.  Only the broad strokes are covered, and my first few hours with the game were somewhat frustrating because certain things were not well explained.

save sytem: You can save anytime, anywhere other than in battles. Since battles only last for about 5 minutes this isn't a problem.

AI: The game has a great deal of complexity, and the AI does an excellent job of pressing its attacks. In one particular battle my fortess was attacked by four separate armies during the same turn. Luckily my strongest general was stationed there. Even with his S ranking by the end of the battle he was the last man standing. His army was completely decimated, and only 10% of his hit points remained. If not for a series of super attacks that he had stored the fortress would have fallen into enemy hands, along with three of my best generals. Reinforcemnts arrived a single turn before the enemy staged another assault.  

Storyline: The storyline is generic. Conquer the world-look for the lost artifact-avenge the death of friend. Nothing new here. After each map a set of cut scenes drive the story forward, but the dialogue is forced and rather bland. Voiceovers range from excellent to atrocious.

Generation of Chaos has exceeded my expectations as a strategy game.  It is by no means perfect, but it does just about everything reasonably well. There are multiple layers of complexity that I did not even touch upon in this review, so be warned that the game will take some dedication upon the part of the player. My only true complaint with the game at this point is that the story is such an afterthought and the generals could have been given more personality.  Despite these deficiencies I urge any strategy fan to seriously consider this title.
2293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP]Am I the only person excited about Generation of Chaos? on: March 01, 2006, 12:26:17 AM
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I'm having a hard time figuring out how much control you have over your generals' armies. Are the army battles just a fun and different way to animate the battles between generals? Or do you actually get to control things like their formation and tactics?


I'm not sure exactly how much control you have, but Liquid Sky states "... know that ordinary grunt soldiers follow orders during this mode, while the commanders can be directly controlled and can even pull off their own special attacks. The tactics and fighting styles you set up for your combat force is essential in dealing with the opposing forces."

From RPGFan:

"The commander is able to issue orders on the fly, changing formation or striking directly at the opponent's commander. As the troops battle it out, the commander can expend his limited SP into doing special abilities. Damaging the enemy, healing allied troops, and buffing or nerfing the enemy are all possible, and more. Sometimes commanders will have to withstand several battles on a single tile, so you might not want to blow all of your SP on a single battle before your next turn."

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Doesn't this come out tomorrow?


Yup.

This part of the preview from Yahoo! games sounds very interesting:

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The board game-style strategic layer in Generation of Chaos takes some getting used to, since you have numerous menu options that aren't immediately clear. Terraforming the land, reinforcing your strongholds, shopping for new equipment, maintaining the loyalty of your forces--these are all considerations as you take turns marshaling your troops in an effort to take out enemy generals and claim their land as your own.
2294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP]Am I the only person excited about Generation of Chaos? on: February 28, 2006, 02:10:20 AM
http://www.gamerankings.com/itemrankings/launchreview.asp?reviewid=659581

I feel so lonely. And cold.
2295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So, anyone playing Tale of Legendia? on: February 28, 2006, 02:06:14 AM
Wait for it to hit $30. Tales of Legendia, thy name is mediocre.
2296  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MS Saga on: February 25, 2006, 03:23:13 PM
Thanks! Any other info would be appreciated. I'm still on the fence until one or two people have put a few hours into the game. If it wasn't for my love of mechs this title would be completely off my radar due to the lukewarm reviews.
2297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MS Saga on: February 21, 2006, 06:37:19 PM
Can anyone report on the save system?  I'm hoping it is rather liberal.
2298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / BET On Soldier on: February 09, 2006, 01:55:17 AM
Actually it was surprisingly good.
2299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden V coming March 28 on: January 26, 2006, 10:42:59 PM
Suikoden is dead to me. Suikoden 3 was average and Suikoden 4 completely sucked.
2300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Baten Kaitos 2 coming to US on: January 17, 2006, 05:43:55 AM
If I'm not mistaken, combat is becoming even quicker.  Like Gratch, I was unhappy with how fast the late game forced you to make decisions.
2301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 $500!?? on: January 12, 2006, 03:06:52 AM
There is absolutely no way the system will come out at $500.  Next year the premium Xbox 360 will drop to either $349 or $299.  Sony will not want to be $200 over the price of the MS console.

IMO, the sytem will be $399.
2302  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Random encounter frustration on: January 04, 2006, 02:59:05 AM
I wish more games would employ the Xenosaga I method of battles, whereby each battle allowed you to multiply your experience by 5 or 10 times depending upon how you played that particular encounter.  I always made sure I was getting the experience bonuses, and then I could skip a bunch of unwanted combat.
2303  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / RPGs for trade on: December 28, 2005, 12:32:44 PM
Gladius is the Xbox version.
2304  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / RPGs for trade on: December 26, 2005, 02:20:34 PM
Looking to trade for one or more of my RPG titles. As a free bonus I'll throw in a copy of the Dragon Quest 8 demo if requested. This does not have to be a 1-for-1 trade. Since many of the games I'm requesting are newer, I'm willing to do a 2-for-1 trade also.

All games are in near perfect condition with box and manual. (I'm a religious zealot for keeping my games new)

FOR TRADE

Phantom Brave
Suikoden 3
Suikoden 4
Baten Kaitos
Gladius
Unlimited Saga

Looking For:

GAMECUBE

Battalion Wars


XBOX

Timesplitters 3 (Xbox only)


PC

FEAR
Knights of the Old Republic II
Dungeon Seige 2
Civilization 4

PLAYSTATION 2

Shadow of the Colossus
God of War
Genji
2305  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Armored Core: Formula Front (PSP) on: December 18, 2005, 03:44:33 PM
Gamespot just posted a very level-headed review of the game. They gave it a 7.5. The reviewer notes that controlling the mech in manual mode can be very difficult. I also felt this way initially until I realized that I needed to buid a mech that centered around the type of pilot I actually am. In other words, since I have the reflexes of a sloth, using close range weapons and  quick-fire missles wasn't doing me any good. I was getting slaughtered in over 75% of the matches. Frustrated, I took a step back and thought "what type of mech would I TRULY use if I was a pilot?".  I needed to stick to sniper rifles, long-range missles and options for decreased lock-on times. I needed increased jumping capabilities to flee from a quickly approaching enemy.  Once I built a mech that mirrored my abilities, I won 7 matches in a row. I need to reiterate that this is a relatively complex strategy game. All those stats you see in the garage are there for a reason.

http://www.gamerankings.com/itemrankings/launchreview.asp?reviewid=652580


Game Freaks gave it a 5.9, ripping the game because "I regret to report the rest of the PSP crowd that Armored Core: Formula Front isn't the action game you're looking for."

Again, the game isn't even designed as an action game. It is a strategy/simulator title, that allows for action elements if you decide to jump in the cockpit.

http://gamefreaks365.com/modules.php?name=Sections&op=viewarticle&artid=778
2306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Armored Core: Formula Front (PSP) on: December 18, 2005, 09:30:54 AM
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Is there any PS2 connectivity?


None that I'm aware of, but the manual is very poor for a game with this much complexity. It weighs in at less than 30 pages, and much of that is pictures.

I just finished my first league. It consisted of six teams and I had to work my way into the #1 position. <minor spoilers> In the final battle the enemy mech had a devastating mortar weapon which was knocking my mech all over the arena. Luckily I had a sniper rifle so I pulled back and picked away at him from a distance. Still, the winner wasn't decided until the final few seconds, and I walked out battered with only 6% of my hit points remaining. The new league has 29 teams and I've just entered into it with several new AI routines and a few new weapons.

One point that disappoints me is that when you die you get a chance to just replay the match. I would have preferred that you lose your mech or were forced to spend credits to repair it. It takes away from the tension of the combat.

With a proper storyline and harsher consequences for losses, this could have been an A+ title.
2307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What would your perfect game be? on: December 17, 2005, 09:36:44 PM
A massively multiplayer game where people actually role-played all of the time. A game without assholes and immature idiots whose only goal in life is to make other people miserable. A game where I never see an avatar with names like "phat-kok" or "2cool4u".
2308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Armored Core: Formula Front (PSP) on: December 17, 2005, 08:15:15 PM
It does have wireless head-to-head play/wi-fi-compatability.
2309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Armored Core: Formula Front (PSP) on: December 17, 2005, 06:36:14 PM
Yesterday I picked up Armored Core: Formula Front for the PSP, and now that I've put about two hours into the game I thought I'd share some of my initial impressions.

First, the original version of the game was roasted in the Japanese press and by several US sites that imported the title before it was officially released in America. Their main reasoning for such a harsh verdict was that once you spent all of your time building these wonderful mechs, you couldn't actually fight in the arenas manually. Instead, the various AI chips you built automatically played the arena games for you, and you were forced into the role as a spectator for the duration of the contest. With the official US release this has been changed. Before a match begins you now have the option of choosing manual override (you control the mech) or automatic (where the AI fights and you watch). This should please alot of people because those who are looking for a pure strategy game can choose one option, whereas speed junkies can choose the alternate option.

Okay, on to the game itself. Armored Core: Formula Front is basically one gigantic mech garage game, wrapped around a rather simplistic league match system. The true heart of the game is when you build and customize mechs from hundreds of options divided into categories such as: head, core (chest), arms, legs, boosters, FCS, generators, radiators, extensions, back and front optionals, etc.  It amazing how many build options they wedged  into this game. Besides all of the obvious customizations there are multitudes of smaller ones that can dramatically change the outcome of an arena bout. You can find equipment that reduces lock-on times, increases stability when hit, improves reload rates, enhances radar readouts, cancels enemy missle-lock ons, and dozens of other small yet vital ways to adjust your particular loadout. Then you can even "fine-tune" almost every part by redesigning them in the parts tune lab, which allows you to incrementally adjust a modules inherent characteristics (weight, cooling, energy consumption.)

Next there is the AI tuner, which sets and alters the AI's basic characteristics. For the people playing this game as a pure strategy title this is one of the most important aspects of the game. Here you add intelligence points to categories such as enemy assessment, terrain assessment, attack execution, defense execution, energy management, overall piloting, weapon utilization, combat style and temperature management.  I'm happy to report that this aspect of the game works very well. As a test I threw a bunch of points into the defensive categories, but very few into enemy analysis and weapon proficiency. When I sent my mech into the arena he was elegant and swift, easily dodging many enemy assaults. Unfortunately he couldn't shoot his way out of a brown paper bag.

The graphics in Formula Front are absolutely beautiful, easily some of the best I've seen on the PSP. The mechs look spectacualr and are intricately detailed. All of the design screens are wonderfully detailed and animated, so the game consistently feels vibrant and alive even when just poking around in the labs. The various arenas are somewhat less detailed, but I think this was a necessary sacrifice to keep such a high level of mech and weapon burst detail.  I don't think anyone will complain about this aspect of the game.

The music is basic electronica which can be turned on or off at the player's discretion. There is no voice acting in the game.

Actual combat, as stated earlier, can be manual or automatic. In manual mode you merely watch the battle, change the camera angle if desired, and then wait for the after battle statistics. In this mode you basically design, build and manage a group of mechs as the AIs you create do the grunt work. If you decide to become a mech jockey, I'm happy to report that the controls are responsive and fluid. (to the extent of how well you designed the mech)

Overall I would rate the game a solid 80%. Add 5 points to that if you are a gamer who could spend all day tricking out his stable of hardware. There are two basic faults with the game. First, there is no true storyline to the game. I would have enjoyed a more fleshed out world with a higher degree of personality, but realistically this game is meant as a simulator. Thus, all of the enemy orqanizations feel somewhat faceless and similar.  Most world information is given to you via news clips or e-mail  that you receive and read. Second, you have so many mechs (5 on your team) and so many readily available parts to choose from that the level of upward progression feels somewhat stunted. In others words, most of the goodies are available 30 seconds into the game.


<edit> I forgot to mention that one other cool aspect of the game are the AI routines that you win. Before sending a mech into battle there are 30 second slots that you can fill with specific commands. Three examples are "Zig-Zag and close on target", "Attack with hand-to-hand weapons only" and "Keep distance and fire with long range weapons". There are hundreds of these routines (think of them as cards) to collect. You then need to determine in which 30 second timeslot t to place each routine. When the AI mech goes into battle he will fight according to the parameters of these routines. If you choose NOT to fill these slots, the AI chooses what it believes is the best path to victory.
2310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Revolution has begun...(IGN chan, specs, launch date?) on: December 08, 2005, 09:14:45 PM
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The majority of people who are hardcore gamers are going to have either a xbox360 and a revolution, or a ps3 and a revolution.


Hardcore gamers will have all three systems. There are always enough exclusive titles for this group to rationalize the purchase of all three systems.
2311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My Christmas Prediction on: November 30, 2005, 04:10:56 AM
This opening salvo is much less important than how MS handles the launch of the PS3.  In my opinion they need to hold two killer apps (Halo and one other title) and then also drop the price of the Xbox by about $50 when the PS3 launches. And at that point be damned sure that there are Xbox 360 units next to all those "sold out" PS3 signs.

Remember, if MS had sold 10 million units on day one the console would be a disaster if those ten million people rarely bought software.  The number of consoles sold is much less important than the amount of titles purchased per system.

MS has shown that their next system is in high demand. The developers are on board but it will take time to grow the library. In the short term, with the exception of a small number of harcore gamers, most people will only be interested in purchasing one or two titles. There just aren't enought software choices. This makes the system a massive sinkhole while in its infancy.

They won't fret over initial "lost" (I prefer postponed) sales because the harcore gamers are going to buy the system at some point anyway. And these are the people who drive the console's profitability due to the number of titles they consume. It might be better to grab some of these people as costs go down and software availability rises. The name of the game is sustained demand.
2312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EGM Review Scores - Jan 2006 Issue on: November 27, 2005, 06:51:37 PM
Those scores for kameo and Condemned are simply absurd. I don't even really enjoy the genre in which Kameo resides, but I'm willing to admit that it is a fantastic game. Both titles deserve a rating in the 8-9 neighborhood.
2313  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Explain SLI to me on: November 24, 2005, 10:31:22 PM
Nvidia has a list of supported games on their website. It is quite substantial.
2314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Magna Carta Impressions on: November 24, 2005, 10:28:26 PM
Thanks for the battle details, semiconscious. I bought this game and Dragon Quest VIII together, and while I've been devoting my time to DQ8 I did enjoy the few hours I spent sampling Magna Carta.

Now that you've spent considerable time with the game, how do you feel about the difficulty level? I'm concerned because the fights seem relatively complex, and there does not really seem to be an easy way to power level your characters. Or is that not even really necessary?
2315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Civ 4 demo on: November 24, 2005, 08:01:04 PM
Strange...on my midrange system the game crawled at 1024x768x32. I was getting about 6 frames per second after the second turn. So I can lay Doom 3 on this setup, but not Civ 4.  <shrug>


AMD Sempron 2800
512MB  DDR 400
Geforce 6600GT
Win XP Home
2316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PC Gaming has ruined my Xbox 360 fever. on: November 20, 2005, 03:43:30 PM
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Seriously, I understand the original intent of this thread, which is that the leaps and bounds of the 360 are not that different than the newer PC games and video cards. Sure the 360 looks good on an HDTV, and sure some games play and look better on either a PC or 360, but the different is not vast enough that the 360 looks like the second coming.


This sums up my point well. I was really hoping to experience that awe factor that some of my console-only friends are experiencing. Unfortunately AMD and Nvidia ruined it for me.  frown

However, once a system has 5 exclusive games under its banner that I desire, I'll give in and make the purchase.  At the moment the 360 has three games: Kameo, Condemned and Perfect Dark Zero. It shouldn't be too much longer until they hit that magic #5.
2317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My thoughts on all the XB360 games that I have played on: November 20, 2005, 03:35:56 PM
Three quick questions for you, Hetz, to satisfty my curiosity:

-Which game do you feel should be considered the best overall release game   of the titles you tested? From my very limited playtime I felt Kameo deserved that honor


-Do you feel that Rare has redeemed themselves with the release of Kameo and Perfect dark Zero?


-At this point which game to you think will hold your most memorable Xbox 360 experience?


I'm delighted that you're having so much fun!  I really hope MS has a home run on their hands with this next console.
2318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PC Gaming has ruined my Xbox 360 fever. on: November 20, 2005, 03:09:02 AM
I'm hoping that this next generation of consoles will eventually give us games that have actual gameplay that mirrors the cut scene quality we've always watched in games like Final fantasy X.

Remember when Sony boasted that the PS2 was capable of Toy Story quality  gameplay? Hopefully we've finally reached the point where this will be true.
2319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PC Gaming has ruined my Xbox 360 fever. on: November 19, 2005, 08:31:54 PM
I think some of you are missing my point. I'm not trying to compare prices or make an "either-or"  comparison. I'm merely stating that high end pc user will not see anything that makes them feel like we've truly entered a new generation of graphics.  In other words for the Xbox/PS2/Gamecube owner this is truly a new horizon. For the PC enthusiast it is year old graphics. I'm certain the second generation games will push the envelope further, but for the moment there is no awe factor.


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I have a AMDX2 4400+, 7800GT SLI system and COD2 looks and runs better on the Xbox 360, end of story.


I'm shocked you think this is true. What type of monitor are you using? On a Mitsubishi DiamondPro 930SB there is a definite advantage over the Xbox 360.  Your system can easily run CoD2 at 1600x1200 w/AA.  But, as you stated, these things can be slightly subjective.
2320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PC Gaming has ruined my Xbox 360 fever. on: November 19, 2005, 06:58:30 PM
Today I was at my local Best Buy and EBgames, and got to try the Xbox 360 on a few different television setups (LCD, DLP, Plasma).  I tried out King Kong, Kameo, Call of Duty 2 and Perfect Dark Zero. While I readily admit that the system is impressive, I noticed that unlike the people around me, I wasn't really awed by anything I was seeing.

All of these games look slightly less attractive than things I've been playing on my high end PC for the last year. After seeing games like Doom 3, Half-Life 2, and Fear on a PC at 1600x1200, the Xbox 360 really had no impact with me.

When the guy next to me made a comment on how unbelievable the graphics were, I replied "Yeah, they are nice." And that about sums up my Xbox 360 experience- nice.

There is no doubt that it is a light year ahead of the first xbox, but it still doesn't quite match a high-end PCs offering in terms of eyecandy. So when you see all the hyperbole about "best graphics ever!!!!" in various forums, just remember to qualify it with "....on a console" in the back of your mind. I applaud Microsoft's efforts, and I know I'll buy an Xbox 360 eventually, but somehow I feel like my PC Gaming roots, coupled with a powerful system, make every console somewhat anticlimactic.  I really wanted to get caught up in the 360 fever, but a big part of that centers solely upon graphics. Damn the Geforce 7800GTX. Damn AMD. Damn Crucial Ballistix memory. They've ruined my innocence and made me another jaded PC Gamer.

I hope all the new 360 owners really enjoy their system. I'll join you someday. In the meantime, if any of you need me I'll be playing FEAR and Civilization 3.
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