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9401  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rate these bc xbox games on: October 14, 2007, 05:51:42 AM
Black is a great shooter and absolutely worth the price you can get it for these days.  It truely is gun-porn, and I loved just shooting the crap out of everything.  My only complaint is the unskippable, boring breifings between missions.  I really hope Criterion is working on a new game in the series. 

I like platformers in general, but Conker didn't hold my interest that long.  Some of it's humor is good fun, but a lot of it is immature crap (both figuratively and literally). 
9402  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demo 3 Pack at GT - TimeShift, COD4, Unreal Tournament 3 on: October 14, 2007, 05:41:15 AM
Yeah, I was happy with the performance of UT3 on my crappy old system, but I was less than impressed with the gameplay.  Overall it felt pretty much exactly like the game we were playing 4 years ago.  It went from a really exciting upcoming release to a wait-and-see until some mods and things come out. 

Oh, well.  I've got plenty of other gaming goodness to keep me busy for a few months. 
9403  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orange Box [360] - Thoughts and Impressions please. on: October 13, 2007, 01:49:55 PM

Quote from: mikeg on October 13, 2007, 12:32:02 PM

rented the game yesterday and I can't play.  Motion sickness again.  Just like The Darkness.  I was sweating like a pig after about 10 minutes and stomach was completely turned over.  Glad I only rented. 

Some games do it to me and some don't.  Played the entire Halo 3 campaign and never a flutter, but this one tears me up for some reason. 

Quite a sweet package deal nonetheless.

Have you tried general motion-sickness cures like Dramamine or ginger root? 
9404  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any Vizio HDTV owners? on: October 13, 2007, 09:39:08 AM

Quote from: walTer on October 12, 2007, 05:30:25 PM

Even NASCAR looks good in HD   eek

It may look good, but it's still no fun to watch.  slywink
9405  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 12/Oct/07 on: October 13, 2007, 09:02:17 AM
I've got way too many games to try and play this weekend:

FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage
Half-Life 2: Episode 2
Portal
Team Fortress 2
Halo 3 (which I still haven't touched...)
Stuntman: Ignition
Fear Gold

And then all the new demos for CoD4, UT3, PGR4, etc.  Sheesh!
9406  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA To Purchase Bioware/Pandemic! on: October 13, 2007, 08:33:53 AM

Quote from: kathode on October 12, 2007, 09:15:30 PM

While I agree with you that it sounds like they will be pushing for faster and bigger development, I think the numbers might be misleading.  I think when they say "4-5 games" what they mean is "4-5 SKUs" which means that Mass Effect and a theoretical Mass Effect PC would be two games, not one.

Yeah, I believe their other quote was "10 properties over the next 5 or 6 years", which is only one actual game per studio per year, but they could end up on multiple platforms (like Mercenaries 2, which will be on 360, PS3, PS2 and PC).
9407  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Virtua Fighter 5 demo [360] on: October 12, 2007, 01:56:52 PM
The demo for Virtua Fighter 5 is now available for download on the XBLMarketplace.  Not sure if the demo allows online play, but I know the full game does. 
9408  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA To Purchase Bioware/Pandemic! on: October 12, 2007, 09:22:07 AM
There's an interview with a couple of the heads of Pandemic over at Gamasutra, but of course it's full of a lot of company-building BS and rhetoric.  The real outcome of this won't really be known for a couple years, I would think.  I'm certainly not seeing it as a positive thing, though. 
9409  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Got red rings, then not. on: October 12, 2007, 07:58:26 AM
Just be aware that if you are outside the standard 1 year warranty period and are counting on the 3 year "red-ring" warranty, if you send it back and they do not get the red ring you can be responsible for payment of regular repairs.  Or so they told me when I sent mine back. 
9410  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: so.....this thing called half-life 2 episode 2 (and portal?) on: October 11, 2007, 06:38:39 PM
I just bought the boxed version and besides the shock of the hunter's vest orange plastic box I can't believe that there is no manual at all.  One single reference card and that's it.  That just seems a bit chintzy to me.  One box.  Five games.  No manual.  Oh, well. 
9411  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battalion Wars 2 shots and details on: October 11, 2007, 06:33:22 PM
I certainly like the art style in this game, though I never played the first one.  Kind of reminds me of Cannon Fodder or something. 
9412  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest coming to XBLA Wednesday on: October 11, 2007, 04:02:29 PM
So I tried out the demo for about 15 minutes and decided that this was worthy of my 1200 points.  Of course I just got 1600 points for $5 with that Halo 3 deal, but it seems worthy nonetheless.  Lots of fun so far, and I like puzzle games where it's not timed.
9413  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest coming to XBLA Wednesday on: October 11, 2007, 02:54:14 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 11, 2007, 02:25:14 PM

did they toss out a demo on XBLM too?

Every XBLA game has a free demo.  It's part of the deal.
9414  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Double Wires - Your newest time waster on: October 11, 2007, 02:46:19 PM
Hehe, no prob.  I'll give you a hint for Cat with Bow Golf: click on your cat and then drag backwards to fire the arrow in the opposite direction.  smile
9415  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What color is the non-grey NES Zapper gun, red or orange? on: October 11, 2007, 02:23:44 PM
If you think that is actual plain red, you fail at Kindergarten. 
9416  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Double Wires - Your newest time waster on: October 11, 2007, 02:20:44 PM
Myto, basically all you have to do is click your mouse where you want him to shoot-out one of the wires.  You want to aim at a piece of the "ceiling" that is in front of him, and then maintain your momentum and keep swinging like Spider-Man. 

This guy has done some other games that entertained me a while back, like Cat with bow golf, Egg Way, and War of the Hell (I didn't make up the names...).  I can't read a damn thing on the site, but just click on the pictures and try them out. 
9417  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: BEST YOUTUBE. MUSIC. VIDEO. EVER. on: October 11, 2007, 12:35:02 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 11, 2007, 12:16:34 PM

Quote from: Darkstar One on October 10, 2007, 11:57:05 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUns1b7Khw4

End of discussion.  Thanks.   You may now cease posting any further music videos on Youtube, as nirvana has now been reached.

Seriously though--this gives me chills watching it.  Just...wow.

Questions:

1. Who is the first guy singing?

2. Why is GE Smith on the stage? Was this for Saturday Night Live?

I know GE used to tour with Dylan for a couple years, playing guitar.  Looking at his wikipedia page, it looks like he has been involved in quite a few things. 
9418  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orange Box [360] - Thoughts and Impressions please. on: October 11, 2007, 09:22:57 AM
I like some of you to try out Team Fortress 2 on the 360 and let us know how it compares to playing it with a mouse and keyboard, or if you see any detriments to playing that way.  I'd like to be able to play these games on my HDTV with full details on because I'm sure it would look better than my crappy PC, but I don't want to end up with a version of TF2 that is basically gimped. 
9419  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: so.....this thing called half-life 2 episode 2 (and portal?) on: October 10, 2007, 05:16:36 PM
Wal-mart is also into the pricematching thing, apparently. 
9420  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: so.....this thing called half-life 2 episode 2 (and portal?) on: October 10, 2007, 04:30:48 PM

Quote from: Fellow on October 10, 2007, 04:23:22 PM

Out of curiosity, are they ever going to be selling Episode 2 separate from the Orange Box? I'm one of those very few weird freaks that really doesn't want all that extra jazz that comes with it.

You can download it seperately via Steam.  Click on the Orange Box thing and then select just Episode 2.  You have to pay $30 for it, and you can get the whole kitnkaboodle Orange Box for $38 at Circuit City this week so if you would get any enjoyment out of the other stuff it's worth going that route I think.  They also have free shipping online, I believe.  
9421  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] What we've all been waiting for! on: October 10, 2007, 04:12:00 PM
I guess that's why I don't have a DS, because I certainly haven't been waiting for this.  slywink
9422  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Shangri-La Diet? on: October 10, 2007, 03:18:18 PM
Yeah, I kind of figured that drinking oil and no food might loosen things up "downstairs", as they say.  So you think your body adjusted to that after a couple days?
9423  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you react to In-Game Advertising? on: October 10, 2007, 01:43:35 PM

Quote from: Purge on October 10, 2007, 01:28:50 PM

... product placement has been important to any media outlet (besides gaming) for the past 75 years (easy). "and now a message from our sponsor" wasn't something invented in the 21st century.

That's funny, because I don't remember seeing any product placement in the last dozen books I read, and they were all written within the last 75 years even.  
9424  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Gods & Heroes Rome Rising is dead on: October 10, 2007, 09:25:51 AM
That's too bad since it looked like it had some original elements and a theme not seen in other MMO's, but I never did get the damn beta to work without crashing or missing models and textures. 
9425  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Conan demo on Live on: October 09, 2007, 07:21:01 PM
You guys are pretty harsh on this one.  I went in with pretty low expectations and was pleasantly surprised by a fun action game.  I don't think I would buy it at full price right now, but certainly rent it or buy cheaper when things slow down. 

Quote from: leo8877 on October 09, 2007, 03:33:54 PM

Also, what's up with that camera?  Was there really no way to control which way it points?

Yeah, the camera is stuck in place and that kind of annoys me, similar to God of War and such.  I also noticed the shimmering shadows on the close-up scenes, but that's not a huge deal to me and something that could potentially be smoothed out.

Quote from: leo8877 on October 09, 2007, 03:33:54 PM

I kept trying to do combos also and I couldn't get the button presses down just right.  Maybe I just suck.  It became a button mash fest quite quickly for me.

I was able to pull off a few combos by doing X, X, Y and such, but if you look in the menu you can see that you buy/upgrade to more combos using the red orbs (once again, like in God of War) so I think it would gain some more depth over time.  I also had a couple situations where a big button would show up over an enemy's head, and I think it was for a finishing move but I never hit the right one so I didn't get to see. 
9426  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Gotham Racing 4 on: October 09, 2007, 03:12:38 PM
The PGR4 demo is now up in the XBox Live Marketplace.  1.27GB, 3 cars, 2 bikes and 2 tracks, apparently. 
9427  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/8) on: October 08, 2007, 02:05:09 PM
The Orange Box [PC] for sure, and then maybe sometime in the future I will buy Sega Rally Revo on the PSP since it was developed by Bugbear.  
9428  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you react to In-Game Advertising? on: October 08, 2007, 01:37:34 PM
I can't think of a single instance where it doesn't annoy the crap out of me and detract from the game, unless it is fake advertising.  Even seeing the EA logo in the Simpsons Game demo pisses me off.  That doesn't need to be there. 

The above example of Crackdown was another time when it was a terrible choice, as it didn't fit the mood of the game or the gameworld.  It immediately throws me out of the game experience, which is a big negative to me.

About the only time it may be acceptable is in a sports game, but even in Fight Night 3 all the over the top Burger King placements were waaay too much.  Thankfully I don't play sports games much at all.  Put actual car and parts manufacturers in a realistic racing game, and that's the extend of what I want to see. 
9429  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]The Simpsons Game Demo Impressions on: October 08, 2007, 01:29:55 PM
Man, while I love the visuals and the references to the show and everything, that was an annoying freaking demo.  I wasn't even able to damage the damn Lard Lad, though I did pop open his flap a couple times.  Trying to aim with Bart was near impossible since the lockon always picked the stupid Krusties instead of Lard Lad and I just had to keep running around behind the fucker while getting zapped by lazers and bonked by robots.  I would love to have a free-roaming game in that world, but with boss battles that annoying and difficult it just went down in my book.  Not much fun. 
9430  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Conan demo on Live on: October 08, 2007, 12:38:15 PM
Well it was a short demo that can be completed in 10-15 minutes.  It's quite a bit like God of War -- with the red and green orbs even -- but for some reason I find this a little more appealing.  I have to admit I got bored with the first God of War pretty quickly.  The combat here was smoother than I expected and I could see myself actually trying to use combos and such.  I had trouble blocking or doing the quick parry thing, though.

There is violence aplenty with de-limbing, beheadings, and guys getting stuck on spikes, so keep the young'uns away.  One thing I liked was that you can pick up the weapon of any fallen enemy.  Dual wield a couple smaller swords or grab one of the huge two-handers.  I'm expecting many more types of weapons in the full game.  You can also throw barrels at guys or just grab them and slam them to the ground like a sack of potatoes. 

Of course Ron Perlman voicing Conan helps.  smile
9431  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]The Simpsons Game Demo Impressions on: October 08, 2007, 11:38:24 AM
The Simpsons Game demo is now available on the Live Marketplace as well.  Downloading now.  Or after the Conan demo, actually.  slywink
9432  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Conan demo on Live on: October 08, 2007, 11:36:50 AM
The demo for the soon-to-be-released Conan action game is now available in the Live Marketplace.  For those who don't know, this is a violent action-adventure game in a similar vein as God of War, based off Robert E. Howard's Conan books and Frank Frazetta's artwork.  It's developed by Nihilistic Software.

Demo is 484 MB, impressions after I get it downloaded and play it. 
9433  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Team Fortress 2 on: October 08, 2007, 06:44:09 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 08, 2007, 04:25:51 AM

<sigh> and the spy is already being rendered not fun by the lack of friendly fire damage- earlier on I watched a team just rip into each other every chance they got to see if there was a spy amongst them.

No offense, but did it really take you more than a second to realize this is the easiest way to root out a spy?  I'm not even playing the game yet and I could tell you that. 
9434  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]New Too Human Trailer on: October 07, 2007, 06:22:48 PM
Metallic, there's a new one that just went on the Marketplace a couple days ago and it has a bit of footage from Silicon Knights' workplace and such.  That's the one Bullwinkle was referencing.  Hopefully all is clear now. 
9435  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is Bill Harris talking about? (car accident story) on: October 07, 2007, 03:39:41 PM
If you ran out into the middle of traffic to save a painting you loved, you deserve to get your dumb ass run over. 
9436  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 40GB Ps3 399.99 Are you in? on: October 07, 2007, 03:38:14 PM

Quote from: Misguided on October 07, 2007, 03:32:49 PM

Quote from: Destructor on October 06, 2007, 01:12:39 AM

The part I don't get is this - BC is currently (on the 80GB models) via SOFTWARE. Which means it's a bit of programming code on the HD somewhere. HOW in the bloody hell does REMOVING THAT save them money!?!?

According to a thread on Qt3, the original PS3s had 2 chips. The 80Gb still has one of those two, so it is apparently not just software, but a hybrid solution. The new models have removed both chips, thus removing PS2 compatability.

Personally, I have a hard time believing that this chip is so expensive as to justify removing this feature.

Great scott, Marty!  We've gone back in time!
9437  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do I want a PSP? on: October 07, 2007, 03:31:38 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on October 07, 2007, 03:10:07 PM

Thanks again guys.  Ok, I'm nearly sold and am considering the Daxter bundle.  How good is Daxter, the game?  and how much memory is 1 GB.  Doesn't make sense to buy the bundle if I'm just going to have to buy another memory card and/or I'm not going to like the game.

Daxter is a great game and you should play it if you enjoy action-platformers at all.  It's really like a full PS2 game on a handheld.  

1GB will be more than enough to hold all of your save games, demos, trailers and some music and stuff.  Of course if you want to rip your whole music/video collection to it then you might end up buying a bigger card.  Just think that when the PSP first came out the big pack came with a 32MB card, so 1GB is quite a step up.  
9438  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher on: October 07, 2007, 03:16:45 PM

Quote from: ScubaV on October 07, 2007, 03:04:51 PM

Just found this on the forums: http://www.thewitcher.com/forum/index.php?topic=2065.0

It will be rated MA in the US, but will be a censored version without nudity and possibly finishing moves?  Anyway I'm considering getting a UK import which will not be censored in any way.  Anyone have a site they recommend for importing UK games?  Or could I possibly get it from Canada?

Well that's lame.  GoGamer often has import versions of games. 
9439  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]New Too Human Trailer on: October 07, 2007, 02:36:39 PM
To be fair, that's the trailer that is on the Live Marketplace right now and the original post was regarding this video at GameTrailers.  But I still thought that the video on Marketplace wasn't that bad.  At least it quickly showed the different classes you can choose for your hero. 
9440  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]New Too Human Trailer on: October 07, 2007, 05:48:37 AM
Ceekay, I think it's a mix of action-adventure and rpg-lite.  I think it looks pretty good.  Of course I wish Denis Dyack would have shut his mouth previously and just let the game speak for itself, but hopefully they can overcome that. 

However, with games like this I would give anything to have them give me the option to stick the camera behind my character instead of using their "smrt camera" that changes all the damn time.  Sure, that works for movies but I'm controlling my character and would like to have a consistent frame of reference for my controls, thankyouverymuch.  Give the player options, you dillholes!
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