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10081  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Mad Tracks this week on: May 30, 2007, 01:28:49 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 30, 2007, 12:39:36 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 30, 2007, 12:27:25 AM

I played the PC demo many moons ago and I think this could be a perfect fit for the Arcade.  My only hangup is that I've read that they pulled out most of the races for add-on packs. 

ugh. MT looks neat but I'll wait to see if they decide to charge for those before I buy it.

Well, from the press release:

For about half the price of the full game, players will be able to add additional races and mini-games to "Mad Tracks" by downloading the Bravo and/or Encore expansion packs. Each expansion pack includes an additional 15 nail-biting races and action-filled mini games for 350 Microsoft Points each, extending the fun and offering a great value.
10082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: May 30, 2007, 01:00:07 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 29, 2007, 03:38:31 PM

Team Xbox review is out.  I'm pretty sure they liked it, but I was only able to read two paragraphs before the terrible writing gave me a headache.

That was a pretty worthless review.  It read more like a preview than anything.  You could have written that after playing the demo, and I wouldn't doubt if that's basically what happened.. 
10083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XBLA] Mad Tracks this week on: May 30, 2007, 12:27:25 AM
As mentioned on the News page, Mad Tracks is coming to XBox Live Arcade this week.  I played the PC demo many moons ago and I think this could be a perfect fit for the Arcade.  My only hangup is that I've read that they pulled out most of the races for add-on packs. 

Even though this is a cheaper and totally different type of racing game, I can't help but think that it was poor planning to release it concurrent with Forza 2. 
10084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Strategy games that give you troops on the walls? on: May 29, 2007, 05:01:29 AM

Quote from: Graham on May 29, 2007, 04:52:46 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 25, 2007, 01:30:06 AM

A bit more of a stretch...but, Rampart!  Woo, that's one I'd be willing to pay for if it showed up on the Wii's VC.
You can get this on Midway Arcade Classics #1.  With all the games on there, it's well worth it.  The controls take a little getting used to, but they aren't too bad.

And you can pick that up for $8 used and get 22 other games for free!  smile 
10085  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: South Park Niggers??? on: May 29, 2007, 04:56:42 AM
I don't think that a racial word like that is acceptable in a thread title. 
10086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Colin McRae: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] demo on: May 29, 2007, 02:34:28 AM

Quote from: Geezer on May 29, 2007, 02:30:27 AM

My favorite part of this demo is the pulled-back in-car POV.  The FoV feels "right" from this view and if I can get my projector room up and running, I can see the fun factor of this view projected on a 8-foot screen n front of me being absolutely off the scale.

Normally I dislike in-car views since I don't get a real feel for how the car is moving, but that pulled-back one is actually pretty nice.  I still prefer a behind-the-car view, but I could play like that. 
10087  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good ol' Jessica is back in GQ on: May 29, 2007, 02:28:00 AM
Yeah, I think she looks much better as a brunette.
10088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts expansion on: May 29, 2007, 02:25:18 AM
I can tell you that the reason I never bought the original CoH was threefold: WWII again, burnout on RTS games, and perhaps most importantly the fact that everything I read made it seem like it needed a high-end PC to run it (even though I just tried the demo out and it ran fine with medium settings on my crappy old rig). 
10089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I am amazed that I have 14 Virtual Console games. on: May 29, 2007, 02:09:05 AM
I only have a couple, and don't see myself buying too many more:

New Adventure Island
Donkey Kong Country (not as fun as I remember)
10090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 5-28-3007: YARGH!!!!! on: May 28, 2007, 11:57:39 PM
I picked up the XBox version of Star Wars: Republic Commando and played a few levels in that.  It's OK, but not even as good as much fun as I remember the demo being.  Stupid squadmates just stand there when those flying bug guys land right next to them and start attacking.  (obviously I didn't pick "uber fan" in the SW thread, since I don't even know what those guys are called). 

I downloaded a 14-day trial of City of Heroes/Villians and gave that a try again.  I only played CoH for a couple months when it came out, and I'm not sure there is enough there to get me to go back to it. 

Also played the Colin McRae: DiRT demo again a few times and some Arcade demos that have been sitting around for a while (Feeding Frenzy, Eets, Pinball). 
10091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/28) on: May 28, 2007, 11:20:18 PM
If I lived closer to my niece and nephew I would pick up Mario Party 8, but as it is I would just end up playing it mostly solo so I don't think I will.

If Forza 2 was the only racing game coming out this summer I would probably pick it up, but since DiRT is coming in a few weeks and then FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage after that, I will have to pass.  

So that's a long way to say: nothing for me this week.
10092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Ultimate Xbox 360 Racing Setup on: May 28, 2007, 03:43:09 AM
Hmm, if it's Forza 2 running on multiple monitors, they must have hidden the extra 360's because you need one running the game for each video output.  I'm not sure I would like being on the ground like that, but maybe the chair lifts up or something.  
10093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Colin McRae: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] demo on: May 28, 2007, 01:58:05 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on May 27, 2007, 09:58:05 PM

The demo is ok, nothing special. I guess what I've really liked about the Colin McRae series is having to make sure I don't mess up my car too bad between stages, and that's what's missing in this demo. I guess I've rent the game when it's released.

Obviously the demo is just three unconnected races with different vehicles.  I'm hoping that the career mode in this one is really in-depth.  I can see that there will be a ton of different races to compete in, so hopefully they are linked together well.

For those of you interested in the Microsoft wheel, they did just reduce the price to $129.99 in time for the Forza 2 release.  I'm not sure that I would play a game like this with a wheel, but some people like to. 
10094  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Geeks Assemble! aka Comic Book/Super-Hero help needed on: May 27, 2007, 04:08:58 AM
The Justice League had one, if you consider that a hero logo:

The ThunderCats logo was round...not really super hero related, though. 

Spawn sort of has one, too:
10095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dark Messiah of Might & Magic: Worth $10? on: May 27, 2007, 12:37:52 AM

Quote from: Gratch on May 26, 2007, 03:16:24 AM

Quote from: Purge on May 23, 2007, 07:26:34 PM

I'll give ya 10CDN for it, gratch! biggrin

I'd do that in a heartbeat, but I bought it through Steam and I don't think it's transferable.  frown

I thought that you could transfer Steam keys, although for the life of me I can't figure out how. 
10096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: Memorial Day Weekend Edition on: May 25, 2007, 11:45:05 PM
I will probably play a bit more of Crackdown.  I'm about halfway through the reset gangs and getting closer to all orbs collected. 

It's unfortunate that I have a three day weekend with nothing to do and there no new games out that I want.
10097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [POLL]guides for games on: May 25, 2007, 08:45:41 AM
If I get stuck at a certain point in a game, I have no problem with checking GameFAQs, but I've never bought a real guide. 
10098  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do You Carry A Knife? on: May 25, 2007, 02:59:58 AM

Quote from: Destructor on May 25, 2007, 02:50:13 AM

Quote from: ATB on May 25, 2007, 12:58:52 AM

Quote from: Blonco on May 24, 2007, 11:15:16 PM

It has a small button that you push and the blade comes flying out.  Its another term for switchblade.
Which are illegal, no?

I never thought they were illegal. Or is it considered a concealed weapon for some reason or another?

It appears that the wiki hivemind says they are illegal in one way or another (possession, selling, buying) for civilians in many states/jurisdictions, but legal for government and military personnel.  I had long ago heard they were illegal, although I thought that was more applicable to the out-the-front kind. 
10099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Strategy games that give you troops on the walls? on: May 25, 2007, 02:18:04 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 25, 2007, 01:30:06 AM

A bit more of a stretch...but, Rampart!  Woo, that's one I'd be willing to pay for if it showed up on the Wii's VC.

It's available on the PS3 Network, so I doubt we'll see it on either of the other systems.  It got pretty bad reviews on the PS3 for bad control, though.
10100  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What exactly does dual core mean? on: May 25, 2007, 12:56:07 AM

Quote from: Ridah on May 24, 2007, 11:48:32 PM

Another question, does my motherboard: support PCI express?

Doesn't look like it according to the details they provide.  PCIe is not the same as regular PCI slots. 
10101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thinking of selling my 360..Good price? on: May 25, 2007, 12:10:58 AM
Given your genre preferences, I can't really see why you would have picked up a 360 in the first place, but now that you have one I'm not sure why you would get rid of it before the RPGs and such start hitting this year.  Plus, have you seen screenshots from the new Ace Combat?  That looks freaking amazing, and I don't even play flight sim games. 
10102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Car porn (Forza 2) on: May 25, 2007, 12:01:43 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on May 24, 2007, 08:07:52 PM

I'm not sure when exactly I expected this title to be released, but recently on I noticed a release date of May 29th.   icon_eek  Does anyone know if this date still stands?  If so, I had no idea its release was so soon.  A friend of mine just mentioned a date of the 27th, but to me that sounds like a ship date if release date is the 29th, but if the 27th is in fact correct then I could have the game in my hands even sooner

Any word on what the actual release date is supposed to be?   drool

Considering the 27th is a Sunday and the 29th a Tuesday, I would say the 29th is the date you can probably expect it in stores. 
10103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Colin McRae: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] demo on: May 24, 2007, 01:39:48 PM
I agree with TML  on most everything he said.  I doubt the sim crowd will be all that satisfied, but I enjoyed the demo a lot and this will definitely be a day one purchase for me (even though FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage is supposed to come out the week after). 

The only slight disappointment is that it seems like Travis Pastrana is the featured voice/personality for the US instead of Colin McRae.  Not to slight Pastrana, but he's just so cheery and un-accented.  Tongue 
10104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Casino Royale Impressions on: May 24, 2007, 12:44:55 PM
Yes, this is true.  My original point, however, was that I didn't think the scene fit in very well for me and felt like a forced showcase of free running.  Obviously you guys liked it, and that's cool. 
10105  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Starting up WoW again on: May 23, 2007, 11:54:29 PM
I was curious...if I buy that new copy for $10 from Circuit City this week would I be able to apply that code to my old, lapsed account or would I have to start a new one?  I had a couple 60's and other mid-level characters on that old account.
10106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Colin McRae: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] on: May 23, 2007, 11:35:44 PM
Yeah, the Colin McRae series isn't punishingly realistic at all, and I'm guessing with all the different types of vehicles this time it will be smack in the middle of the range as they try to appeal to both rally fans and off-road ragers.  Thankfully I am both!  smile

And of course you will be able to try out the demo tomorrow morning on your 360 or PC, so you can judge for yourself. 
10107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Colin McRae: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] on: May 23, 2007, 01:31:45 PM
Lucious:  smile     drool

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10108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DiRT [360/PS3/PC] Impressions on: May 23, 2007, 01:19:59 PM
The demo is coming to Live and the PC internets near you Thursday morning!  To quote:
We think the demo is really going to wow a lot of people. It'll have a Super Stage crossover rally with Colin as your opponent, it's got buggy racing against 9 opponents which is absolute carnage and really shows off the car models, and then we have a hill climb with fantastic scenery and a Travis Pastrana time to beat. It's a great little package and it's out on May 24.

If you don't know what the game is, Colin McRae: DiRT (or just DiRT for us Americans, because we're dumb like that) is an off-road racing game with events like traditional timed rally, rally cross and hill climb, and vehicles ranging classic RWD rally cars to trophy trucks (and even Dakar-style Russian dump trucks).  You can check out some in-game footage over here (pardon the IGN link, but they're the only place I've seen with the videos).  Definitely check out the recent Crash one if you lust after vehicular carnage like me.  There is also a needlessly complicated official site, which has the trailer, screenshots and lots of other info. 

The game is coming out on 360 and PC in June and to the PS3 in another few months.  To say I'm psyched about it is putting it mildly.  smile
10109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubidays '07 Videos on: May 23, 2007, 12:39:00 PM
I've been reading about Splinter Cell: Conviction and saw the video, and to me it looks and sounds like they are just piggybacking on the controls and technology developed for Assassin's Creed and basing their gameplay around that.  Hell, some of their quotes are nearly the exact same:  "We use an active stealth system where you need to blend in with the crowd to disappear", etc. 

Sure, it's great to see innovation in a series, but with each Splinter Cell game it seems they are just getting further away from what they started out as.  Maybe instead of running a theme into the ground with yearly releases and then changing directions, they should start two different series' with opposing two year release cycles to keep them fresh. 
10110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / John Rambo (4) on: May 23, 2007, 02:35:24 AM
Apparently Stallone wasn't finished with his midlife crisis project of trying to reconcile characters that were run into the ground.  After hearing about the suicide scene that they filmed for First Blood, I can't help but think it would have been a much better way to end it. 

Check out this lenghty trailer, but beware that it shows some graphic violence.  I don't remember the other Rambo movies being quite so gorey, though I suppose that is the flavor of the day.

(and no, that first commenter who is using a Raz avatar is not me.  bastard)
10111  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What exactly does dual core mean? on: May 23, 2007, 02:21:50 AM
Multiple cores are not only good for multitasking in Windows, they are great for applications that are created to run on multiple threads.  Most games of the last couple years have been written with multi-threading in mind, which on a modern operating system should be able to take advantage of the multiple cores on these chips.  Offloading the processing of some of those threads to a second core will help speed up the application as a whole.  For example, in a recent game they may have simultaneous threads running for their sound, physics, AI, player input and another for the main game. 

So yes, you should see plenty of speed in your current crop of games and even better prospects for the future.
10112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: And the Joker could be... on: May 23, 2007, 01:24:29 AM

Quote from: DamageInc on May 22, 2007, 03:46:40 PM

Quote from: CrayolaSmoker on May 21, 2007, 10:40:41 AM

Quote from: Nth Power on May 20, 2007, 08:26:36 PM

I see a snail. Slithering on a razor blade...

Kurtz is that you?

The horror...the horror...
10113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Casino Royale Impressions on: May 23, 2007, 01:22:12 AM

Quote from: Brendan on May 22, 2007, 02:57:43 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 22, 2007, 01:16:30 PM

It's hard for me to call it a cool scene when I felt it shouldn't be in there.  I like watching parkour and free running a lot, but I'd rather watch some real guy do it than stuntmen in a fake setup with multiple cameras and takes, a set path, bad fighting, etc. 

The guy he chases isn't a stuntman - his name is Sebastien Foucan, and he's one of the original practitioners of Parkour.

And he also used a stunt double
10114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How the **** did Concrete Blonde never hit it bigger than they did? on: May 23, 2007, 01:12:20 AM
Doesn't do anything for me.
10115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 artwork on: May 23, 2007, 01:06:39 AM
Or you could just keep the other existing thread on the same topic updated...
10116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]POTC: @ World's End on: May 23, 2007, 12:55:17 AM

Quote from: Ridah on May 22, 2007, 09:35:32 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 22, 2007, 06:55:28 PM

I don't have a rental place near me, but this might be the game that pushes me to look into an internet site.  Any suggestions?

If you do sign up for GameFly, try to use the link from the front page ad to help the site a tiny bit. 
10117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best/Worst Voice Acting on: May 22, 2007, 01:28:08 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 22, 2007, 01:17:11 PM

Sam and Max (full talking CD version) was fantastic.

Yep, that "Full Talkie" version was an absolute killer.  It was the very first game (other than the Doom shareware) that I owned for my very own first PC.  Prior to that we had family Apples and such.  I still think of how hollow my life would be had that wonderful clerk at Walden Software not talked me into buying Sam & Max Hit the Road.  The very thought of it brings a tear to my eye.
10118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Casino Royale Impressions on: May 22, 2007, 01:16:30 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on May 22, 2007, 01:02:55 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 21, 2007, 11:11:09 PM

I enjoyed the movie, but the beginning made no sense to me.  Why the hell would you chase some dillhole all the way up that construction site instead of just sitting on the ground and watching where he goes?  He's at the top of a bare building, he's not going anywhere!  It just felt really tacked-on for the sake of showing some free running and no other reason. 

You have to admit though, even so that was one cool scene.  That guy he was chasing had some Super Mario moves.

It's hard for me to call it a cool scene when I felt it shouldn't be in there.  I like watching parkour and free running a lot, but I'd rather watch some real guy do it than stuntmen in a fake setup with multiple cameras and takes, a set path, bad fighting, etc. 
10119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 confirmed! on: May 22, 2007, 12:58:09 PM

Quote from: Hrothgar on May 22, 2007, 04:31:37 AM

Quote from: ScubaV on May 22, 2007, 03:41:06 AM

Anyone else notice in the FAQ that Blizzard is aiming for a Teen rating?  Ugh.  I mean I still want SC2, but the original was rated Mature and I think was better for it.  Understandably Blizzard wants the biggest market it can get, but I'm afraid SC2 will lose some of the flavor of 1 because of it.
Man, did I get the kiddie version?  icon_wink  Both Starcraft and Brood War sitting on my shelf have Teen ratings on them.

Yeah, those two, as well as StarCraft 64, all show up as Teen on the ESRB website.  Have no fear.
10120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Whate the Frell? Geometry Wars on the Wii and DS? on: May 22, 2007, 12:54:52 AM
I thought it was only $5 on the Arcade?

Although they did say that a new developer is "transforming it into a full-fledged game with an extensive single-player campaign".
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