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9401  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Infinite Magazine Subscriptions? on: March 24, 2007, 05:41:12 PM
"Bob Porter: I looked into it more deeply and I found that apparently what happened is that he was laid off five years ago and no one ever told him about it; but through some kind of glitch in the payroll department, he still gets a paycheck.
Bob Slydell: So we just went ahead and fixed the glitch.
Bill Lumbergh: Great.
Dom Portwood: So, uh, Milton has been let go?
Bob Slydell: Well, just a second there, professor. We, uh, we fixed the *glitch*. So he won't be receiving a paycheck anymore, so it'll just work itself out naturally.
Bob Porter: We always like to avoid confrontation, whenever possible. Problem is solved from your end. "

I can't say that I've ever had a magazine keep coming after I cancelled it, but I guess if you really don't want to keep receiving it you will have to write or call them.  Usually inside they have an 800 number listed on the page with the publication small type.
9402  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Oblivion Patch Out! on: March 24, 2007, 05:35:09 PM
Quote
Fixed issue where stolen items would lose their stolen status if the player character was female.

Ha ha!  We will no longer fall for your feminine wiles!
9403  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Netflix problem. Any input? on: March 24, 2007, 04:28:52 PM
It may also be worth bringing up the possibility of mailroom theft to your boss or whomever is in charge of that sort of thing.  Like you said, you can't prove that it happened but I'm sure they would like to know if something like that was going on.
9404  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyon heard anything good about Earth Defense Force (360)? on: March 24, 2007, 04:16:32 PM

Quote from: Misguided on March 24, 2007, 02:22:23 PM

Are the levels locked to start? If so, can you unlock them by playing coop or do you have to play 1p first?

The levels unlock one at a time as you beat them in any difficulty.  Unfortunately I don't have a second controller and I can't completely start a co-op game without one, so I'm not sure about that.  From what it looks like you can either start a separate co-op campaign save where you guys unlock them as you go or you can use your single player load and select levels you have unlocked there (and unlock more). 

There is also a Battle Mode, which I think is just a bit of 2 player deathmatch.

One bit if an annoyance that I just found out this morning is that the game does not automatically save your progress as you complete missions.  So I am back to the only save I made, having only completed one mission on one difficulty.  frown  Save your games, kids! 
9405  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyon heard anything good about Earth Defense Force (360)? on: March 24, 2007, 08:54:48 AM
Well, since my computer probably can't handle Stalker at decent settings and I was too impatient for more impressions here I picked this one up tonight.  I've put in a couple hours and completed the first 8 missions in two difficulties, so here are my impressions.

The plot is generic sci-fi with some decent, if silly, voice-overs and a general design that seems straight out of the 50's.  I am a big fan of the old sci-fi movie setting so this makes me happy.  Flying saucers, giant bugs, robots and monsters all attacking cities...what's not to love?

The action is fast and furious with enemies swarming the ground, the sky and crawling over buildings.  As you kill those evil alien bastards they will sometimes drop icons that you pick up (yes, floating 2D icons).  Some of them give you instant health while the others will be tallied at the end of the level to increase your max health/armor or give you a new weapon.  You never know what kind of weapon it is when you grab the icon (it just says "Weapon"), but there are a bunch of different weapons in seven different categories and the higher powered ones will only be found on higher difficulty levels. 

Even though you get a huge arsenal, you can only select two of these weapons for each mission so you need to choose wisely.  It makes most sense to take two different kinds of weapons, like an assault rifle or shotgun matched with a missle or grenade launcher, depending on what type of enemies you are going to be fighting.  You get unlimited ammo so mostly you concern yourself with the range, damage and reload rate of the weapons when you choose them and then just hold down the trigger when you encounter the swarms of aliens.  It's also kind of fun since you can blow up all of the buildings with a single rocket or grenade.  Lots of stuff constantly blowing up!

There are supposedly 53 missions and each of those has 5 difficulty levels that can be selected at the beginning of play.  You can go back and replay any mission at any time on any difficulty level to increase your health/armor or try to find more weapons.  On the mission select screen it shows which difficulties you have completed each level with little ribbons.  So far the goal of each mission is pretty much just to eliminate all enemies, but they often come in multiple waves or change things up.  The mission areas are quite large and I have yet to run into an edge or invisible wall, and as mentioned you can blow up pretty much everything around.

You start the missions with 5-10 squad mates who will fight along side you and make constant comments (although not too annoyingly, for the most part).  You can also find other fireteams while on a mission and get command of them by just walking near their commander or each of the individuals.  You don't give direct orders to these guys, they just sort of follow a path to the enemies or follow you around and shoot once you make contact.  It keeps things very simple and fast paced while still giving you some help. 

I haven't gotten any vehicles yet, but there are supposed to be 4 kinds you can use later on: a tank, ahelicopter, a speeder bike thing and a little mech. 

There is some slowdown, especially if you fire a rocket/grenade into a large group of enemies.  Sometimes it goes smoothly and other times it can really chug.  This may bother some people, but it doesn't detract from the game too much for me.  Some animations (like on the ants) could be smoother, especially bugs crawling around the buildings or when they get knocked around. 

The game is far from perfect, but considering it is a "budget" release (although still $40) it does a lot of things very well and is just a hell of a lot of fun.  If you like non-stop action and/or old sci-fi movies I think this one is worth a try.  Just don't pick it up for easy Achievement points, as they are pretty weak

Umm, sorry this is so long.  Sometimes I get a bit too verbose. 
9406  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next week's XBLA title: Jetpac Refuelled on: March 24, 2007, 08:12:00 AM

Quote from: Shkspr on March 24, 2007, 05:56:43 AM

Yeah, I know.  I tend to play the other 10%. Tongue

Ah, so that would be the ones with hacking and slashing then, eh?  slywink
9407  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: virtua tennis 3 impressions anyone? on: March 24, 2007, 08:11:04 AM
Check out this thread over in the Sports forum.  Yeah, I pretty much forget about that one, too.  smile
9408  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anybody successful in getting coffee stains of out carpet? on: March 24, 2007, 04:56:46 AM
Cover the spot with a dead body.  Nobody will even notice the coffee stain. 
9409  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Virtua Fighter 2 on the Wii VC? SUH-WEET! on: March 24, 2007, 04:39:53 AM
Hehe, I actually have this one on the Genesis.  A few years ago when I bought a few bundles of Genesis games off eBay I got this one included.  Not bad for a Genesis game, but certainly doesn't compare to the arcade. 
9410  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 23/Mar/06 on: March 24, 2007, 04:27:45 AM
I have been trying to decide on a game to purchase, but I figured that Stalker might not run so well on my aging system so I picked up Earth Defense Force 2017!  How can you not love blowing up countless hordes of giant bugs, aliens, robots and monsters? 

I will also probably put in some time with SSX Blur and try to open up the third peak. 
9411  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox live down..... on: March 24, 2007, 04:20:17 AM
It's not going down until next Tuesday, so you have plenty of time for that.  smile
9412  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Nintendo ruins online play (now official) on: March 24, 2007, 04:19:34 AM
I agree that this could be slightly helped if they had a method for copy/paste entering the code information from the My Nintendo website that I can access from any computer. 
9413  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBox] Call of Duty 3 or Battlefield 2: MC - Which to get? on: March 24, 2007, 02:16:08 AM
I can't offer much opinion on those two games on the XBox, but if you have a Circuit City nearby Call of Duty 3 is on sale for $40 this week (as well as the 360 Gold version, for those interested). 

Of course, used XBox copies of Battlefield 2 are only $13 at EB/GameStop, and from my scientific calculations $13 is less than $40.  slywink
9414  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kimmel Last Night - Voicemail? on: March 23, 2007, 04:00:29 AM
I followed your link, watched a few and thought they were pretty cheesy, fake and not funny.  Sorry.

I also have to say that ABC's old episode viewer often causes me problems and has shit for download speeds even though I have an 8Mb cable connection.  I haven't bothered to try their new one since I have to install some web app, screw that. 
9415  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Motorstorm Downloads - New Tracks, Modes on: March 23, 2007, 01:59:08 AM
This is totally not a dig on Sony or the PS3 or Motorstorm or anything, but any time I see the "and thereafter on a regular basis" it usually means they might put out one more set of content before they pull those junior modellers and programmers on to their next game or expansion. 
9416  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WTF? Gamers Boycott Capcom for Multi-platform Devil May Cry on: March 23, 2007, 01:53:13 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 23, 2007, 12:25:59 AM

I signed it.

What the hell.

It's that kind of firey dedication that will bring those corporate fat cats to their knees!  slywink
9417  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyon heard anything good about Earth Defense Force (360)? on: March 22, 2007, 03:30:09 AM

Quote from: jblank on March 22, 2007, 03:25:40 AM

I'd still get it. Played through a level or two tonight and its pretty damn fun.

Cool, I'd like to hear some more real-user impressions after you've spent some time with it! 
9418  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyon heard anything good about Earth Defense Force (360)? on: March 22, 2007, 01:21:07 AM
As ATB mentioned, GameSpy gave it a 4/5 and said it would be rated higher but it was a bit of a step back from Earth Defense Force 2 (Japanese PS2). 

I'm a fan of the cheesey old school sci-fi setting and it sounds like it might be a good bet for $40. 
9419  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good news for XBOX 360 dogfighting lovers (not that kind of dogfighting) on: March 21, 2007, 04:42:51 AM

Quote from: Ridah on March 21, 2007, 03:15:30 AM

Wow, and exclusive? This is huge for MS.

Haha, those 150 sales are really going to put them over the top.  slywink  Or maybe these games are more popular than I give them credit for, but I don't know a single person that plays them. 
9420  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What the heck is Nintendo thinking? A cook-off Wii game! on: March 21, 2007, 04:40:11 AM
My biggest problem with the Wii (beyond the lack of games) is the true inconsistency and frustration with trying to get the wii-mote to give reliable input.  Every time I have played a game, whether by myself, with gamer friends or with total non-gamers like my parents, there have been instances of the controller giving inconsistent, confusing input and that only leads to people questioning whether it was an error on their part, or the game, or the controller, or who knows what. 

If you want something like this to appeal to the casual non-gamers, it had better be easy to use, idiot-proof and give some useful fucking user feedback.  My mom shouldn't have to wonder why the system is detecting her backswing as a half-assed full swing or why you can't get the damn game to detect a normal soft putt, it should just work.  Lord knows that if it doesn't work as expected or makes them feel stupid it is going to get set aside like a broken appliance. Even for someone like me who has a software background it is frustrating.  It comes off as extremely shoddy work and from everything I read it seems to be omnipresent in nearly the whole library. 
9421  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Devil May Cry 4 on 360! on: March 20, 2007, 04:17:04 AM
They have previously put Devil May Cry 3 and the Onimusha games onto the PC (although usually late) so no big surprise there.  I hope this one turns out to be really good, and I'm glad that I'll get the option to try it on my 360 (because I'm sure I won't be able to afford another system this year).  
9422  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii yellow light question on: March 20, 2007, 02:34:49 AM
Yeah, had I actually purchased the Wii instead of receiving it as a gift I would be pretty pissed about the state of releases, too. 

Even in the most recent issue of EGM they had a special Wii preview section and most of the write-ups made almost all of the forthcoming games sound very mediocre (except something like Paper Mario).  And there just weren't that many original games there to begin with. 
9423  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/19) on: March 20, 2007, 01:44:52 AM
No must-buys for me this week, but I'm waiting to see on Earth Defense Force 2017, Stalker and Godfather: Blackhand. 
9424  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weeken Recap 3-19-2007: The Hangover Edition on: March 20, 2007, 01:34:54 AM
I played some SSX  Blur and after much frustration passed the damnable slalom part of the tournament to unlock the second peak (yes, I suck).  I also introduced my friend and his wife to Wii Sports and had a ball.  Auto Assault is having a free 10-day account reactivation so I tried that out again to see everything they've changed and updated, but the core game still isn't as fun as it should be. 

For movies I watched Casino Royale and Season 1 of The Tick.  Good stuff. 
9425  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I have a new must, must, must have game... on: March 18, 2007, 10:58:34 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 18, 2007, 10:51:47 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 18, 2007, 07:36:56 PM

It is going to be multiplatform on the PS3 as well, just for general info. 

Didn't they say the 360 version was going to have a better AI for the crowd? or did they figure out how to translate that to the PS3?  Plus I think there's supposed to be a PC version as well.

I wouldn't take anything a producer says more than a year before release too seriously, especially if it was being showcased on one platform at the time.
9426  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I have a new must, must, must have game... on: March 18, 2007, 07:36:56 PM
It is going to be multiplatform on the PS3 as well, just for general info. 
9427  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I begin my new amp build... on: March 18, 2007, 06:41:37 PM
Keep us up on the progress, Kratz.  I'm interested to see where it goes from here. 
9428  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jack(ass) Thompson sued by Take Two on: March 18, 2007, 06:36:39 PM
Thompson responds.
9429  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Which SouthPark Charater are You? on: March 18, 2007, 03:15:34 AM
I got Officer Barbrady.  I'm not flattered.  frown
9430  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: $129 Halo 3 Legendary Edition on: March 18, 2007, 02:53:40 AM
Oops, duplicate
9431  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SSX Blur Review(s) on: March 18, 2007, 02:39:28 AM
So is anybody still playing this one?  I picked it up last weekend and I have to say that I have a very strong love/hate relationship with it.  I love the feel of just carving down the mountain (to the point where I wish you could just do a true freeride) but other things like the Slalom and inconsistent tricks are extremely frustrating. 

I honestly can't believe that slalom course you are required to beat just to open Peak 2.  Once you go too fast or lose control at the halfway point with those moguls you are just screwed and might as well restart.  I was inventing new swear words like I was blowing bubbles. 

I don't have too much trouble performing Uber Tricks when in the half-pipe, but they work only 1/4 of the time (if that) when I'm actually going down the slopes.  I wish there was just a simple on-screen indicator after I push 'A' so that I knew it was taking my input for an Uber.  User feedback = good.  I guess I will have to try releasing 'A' right after I input it like you suggested, wonderpug. 

The regular tricks tend to be a bit more of a toss up for me.  Many times it doesn't seem to do what I want so I end up just flailing my arms like a spaz.  Button mashing for the new generation, I guess.   icon_frown  Also, what is with not being able to start a spin if you are in a grab? 

I've noticed that when I do some Challenges (slopestyle, type I think) it ports me to another part of the mountain that is more wide open, very long and no signs or rails or anything.  Is there a way to just go to those areas when I want to? 
9432  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I begin my new amp build... on: March 18, 2007, 02:20:43 AM

Quote from: CrayolaSmoker on March 18, 2007, 02:07:01 AM

Quote from: the Nightbreeze on March 18, 2007, 12:38:32 AM

I bet it's really the logic board on his robotic girlfriend.

Looks too high powered for girl logic.  icon_wink

And not nearly enough resistors!   icon_biggrin
9433  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: 48 Hr Madness deals - Supreme Commander, other on: March 17, 2007, 10:22:25 PM
Heh, yeah that's their regular price for Silverfall but I thought I'd throw it in there since it's cheaper than EB and there is quite a bit of talk about it in the PC forum. 
9434  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 versions... on: March 17, 2007, 09:16:45 PM
Yeah, I agree that the UT2004 CE was an awesome package and one of the very few I've bought. 

I also thought that the World of Warcraf CE was quite comprehensive, including the huge hardcover art book, behind the scenes DVD with cinematics, cloth map, soundtrack CD, game on CD and DVD as well as the in-game pets.  And that was $50 less than this Halo Legendary edition. 
9435  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Storm Sewer Overflow on: March 17, 2007, 09:06:18 PM
I can't believe in that first one that the people in cars continued to drive right through that as it was "errupting".  Dumbasses. 
9436  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / 48 Hr Madness deals - Supreme Commander, other on: March 17, 2007, 09:02:03 PM
GoGamer is currently running a deal for Supreme Commander for $32.90.  Other deals:

Europa Universalis 3: $24.90
Gothic 3: $19.90
Fallout Collection: $14.90
Silverfall: $34.90

As usual, support your friendly neighborhood GT and use the link provided up top or the one from the front pagesmile  (currently links to the PC New Releases)
9437  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sex Station Seven on: March 17, 2007, 07:15:05 PM
Heh, I just did it from Google using quotes aound the phrase "Sex Station Seven" to get exact results and Gaming Trend NEWS is the third link!  Heh, trying to blame us forumites when it's all the staff's fault!  Tongue
9438  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I feel like punching somebody in the face... on: March 17, 2007, 05:15:31 PM
Shamrocks and shenanigans, y'all.  slywink
9439  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night to the 360? on: March 17, 2007, 04:25:10 PM

Quote from: Farscry on March 17, 2007, 03:30:50 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 17, 2007, 01:27:25 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 17, 2007, 07:38:07 AM

I'm glad to see that they did some graphical improvements.  I have a hard time going back to some of these 2D games when the main characters seem to have 3 frames of animation.  Hopefully that is one of the things they upgraded.

Castlevania: SoTN always had lots of animation for its attacks, and movement in general. Take a real close look at his cloak when you move around, and you'll see what I mean.

I'll ditto this; SotN had some of the best 2d animation I've ever seen in a video game. Very slick, very detailed. And the soundtrack is still one of the best ever too. icon_biggrin

Well, the only recent footage I've seen of the game (over here) still looks pretty stilted and non-fluid to me.  That standing jump and swing of the whip is just painful. 
9440  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TMNT: The Movie on: March 17, 2007, 03:17:45 PM
I might rent it when it comes out on DVD for old times' sake. 
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