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9801  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: finished gears of war...was it cut? on: November 20, 2006, 03:49:25 PM
As far as the storyline goes, CliffyB did mention that they didn't want to throw lots of story exposition down the player's throat and that more details about the world and stuff are in the supplemental materials (manual, art book, online, etc).  Not that it stopped them during that long-ass helicopter ride and setup in the beginning. 

But do I think things got cut?  Sure.  It's hard to feel any different when some elements didn't quite fit together and things that could have been awesome (like fighting that Brumak) just didn't show up.  That is the price you have to pay for trying to be the first-party system hit for the holidays.  Hopefully all the other goodies will show up in downloads, an expansion or the inevitable sequel. 
9802  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Halo 3 info on: November 20, 2006, 03:36:57 PM
It will also be on the Marketplace soon after, although likely first only for Gold members like they have been doing lately. 
9803  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/20) on: November 20, 2006, 03:36:06 PM
Nothing for me this week. 
9804  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: VGCats and Zelda Comics on: November 20, 2006, 02:29:08 AM
You got a link or image for any of those GAF parodies?  I like the funny any which way it comes. 
9805  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Silverfall on: November 20, 2006, 01:31:22 AM
I'm interested to see if this one turns out well.  They released a French demo at the end of last week, so hopefully the English language one hits soon.
9806  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I am playing with my Wii now :) who else has it? on: November 20, 2006, 01:29:49 AM

Quote from: Canuck on November 20, 2006, 01:23:36 AM

No they're both bowling.

Just like Excite Truck is the same as driving a high-speed off-road race or Tony Hawk Downhill is the same as skateboarding down a huge hill.  And lets not even get into Red Steel or CoD...
9807  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - totally missing from ads - Wii everywhere on: November 19, 2006, 11:53:16 PM
They did put out that FF Crystal Chronicles game on the Cube, and the GameStop site is showing a sequel (The Chrystal [sic] Bearers) for next holiday season, although we all know to take that date with a huge grain of salt. 
9808  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Company of Heroes - $20 on: November 19, 2006, 09:56:51 PM
I just saw this on the back page of this week's Best Buy ad.  An incredible deal for what has been hailed as one of the best PC games released this year (although I haven't actually bought it yet...).

In the same ad for $19.99 they have Civ 4 and some 360 Platinum hits: PGR3, NFS: Most Wanted, Kameo and Perfect Dark: Zero.  They also have a 60-day subscription to WoW for $19.99 and The Sims 2 Pets for $12.99. 

EDIT: A note to mention that these prices are only good up through Wednesday because of Thanksgiving and the following 2-day sales. 
9809  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 - totally missing from ads - Wii everywhere on: November 19, 2006, 09:34:21 PM
I think the reason the PS3 isn't in most ads (or any, from what was with my Sunday Paper) is because it was on the cover for most of last week's, and the Wii is just launching today so it gets the cover. 

That isn't to say that they shouldn't at least have games and accessories inside with the other console stuff, but maybe they just figured that if they sold out of PS3s as planned it is better not to advertise for something they won't have in stock. 
9810  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I am playing with my Wii now :) who else has it? on: November 19, 2006, 09:02:58 PM
I think the thing with the numeric code is that it allows each console to set up it's account while still letting all the little Johnnies and Sallies out there to still use their real name (or chosen name) for their Mii without having to do something like "J0hnnY3GT" so that it can be unique.  They are going after a broader market set than XBox Live and PS3 and kids and parents might not understand why they should have to do that.   
9811  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Prestige movie looks awesome on: November 19, 2006, 08:37:33 PM
So I finally got around to seeing this one last night and while I did really enjoy it, I couldn't believe the major deviations from the book.  It was like they took five main ideas from the book and then rewrote everything around them.  I liked how the movie played out and I think the dramatic tension and payoff was perfect for a movie, but they stripped out and/or changed so much that it was hard to discuss it with my friend who hasn't read the book yet. 
9812  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finally after weeks of waiting I finally have it!!!!!!!! on: November 19, 2006, 07:54:54 PM
So are all of these available now or are they only selling one title at a time like I remember used to happen with toys in Happy Meal type things?
9813  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: pgr3 on: November 19, 2006, 06:35:01 AM
I was thinking of pulling out PGR3 again, but I would never be competitive in a tournament.  I'd get knocked out before the starting flag.  I probably wouldn't even be competitive if the only other contestants were the people in this thread.  icon_wink
9814  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Rising is SO good. on: November 19, 2006, 01:33:46 AM
If they had options for a decent save system and killing the timed thing I would have been all over this.  Unfortunately that was a no go.  
9815  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX 360 Problem on: November 19, 2006, 01:30:36 AM

Quote from: stiffler on November 18, 2006, 10:38:44 PM

Still waiting for them to refund my MS points so I can rebuy all my Arcade titles.  It's been a few weeks, three I think, and last night they added 490 to my new silver account.  I can only guess they do them in some odd increment because I'm pretty sure 490 points won't cover the dozen Live Arcade games I bought.

I understand why they did this, to avoid just copying your games for you friends, but I don't have to like it.

Those games should be tied to your account...can't you just re-download them? 
9816  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot Red Steel review uh oh on: November 19, 2006, 01:25:10 AM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on November 19, 2006, 01:20:02 AM

Quote from: Misguided on November 18, 2006, 04:38:55 PM

Quote from: Kobra on November 18, 2006, 04:33:17 PM

Ouch, Wii isn't faring well outside of Zelda, and rumors are, the GameCube version controls better anyway.

Once again, I honestly believe the Wii is different enough from the GameCube to ever be a giant success.

I beg to differ

I also think the poor scores for Excite Truck may be unwarranted. An Opposing viewpoint from Tom Chick on Yahoo
Chick only likes Excite Truck since it's from the same developers as the abysmal Test Drive: Eve of Destruction, which was reviled for the shoddy piece of crap it was by everyone but Tom.

He has his brain farts -- this obsession with shitty racers being the most recent in the long decline which began with him panning Deus Ex.

I enjoyed Test Drive: EoD, and I know a couple other people around these parts did, too. 

Excite Truck looks like a very different kind of game and not my style at all.  I haven't played it, but from the videos it looks very arcadey, with the truck pivoting on a central axis and just sliding all over hell with no real friction.  It seems to also have been roundly knocked for being pretty shallow with not many tracks or other options. 
9817  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prediction - the sixaxis will be redesigned within six months on: November 18, 2006, 09:11:25 PM

Quote from: Calvin on November 18, 2006, 08:37:52 PM

Yeah, yeah-my point was that I called them out on it firstishish biggrin

We'll have to go back through the archives to see about this...  icon_wink
9818  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Launch Thread on: November 18, 2006, 07:15:11 PM

Quote from: GatorFavre on November 18, 2006, 04:24:58 AM

Quote from: mirage775 on November 18, 2006, 04:23:42 AM

I must be gettin old.... I used to be on top of things in the gaming world, but I have to say, I have no clue what the Wii is?? retard  I saw a commercial this afternoon about it being Nintendo related, but I still haven't checked it out.  And something else, these damn systems are getting too pricey for my taste...   icon_frown

The Wii is only $249. 

Heh, only $250.  That's still $50 more than the Cube launched for. Remember last gen when everybody was waiting until the PS2/Xbox prices dropped down from launch prices of $300?  Now that is considered a sweet deal for a 360 and the PS3 probably won't hit that price for a couple years. 
9819  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Casino Royale Impressions on: November 18, 2006, 04:31:00 PM
Damn you bastards, I hardly ever go to opening weekend movies, but you're really making me want to put up with the packed, noisy theater so I can see this one.   icon_mad
9820  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBOX 360 HD-DVD Add-On Impressions on: November 18, 2006, 04:22:09 PM
Taken from some Wikipedia articles:

Quote
In terms of major studios, HD DVD is currently exclusively backed by Universal Studios and The Weinstein Company (through Genius Products) and is non-exclusively backed by Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., New Line, HBO, DreamWorks, Image Entertainment, Magnolia Pictures, Brentwood Home Video, Warner Music Group, Ryko, Goldhil Entertainment, and Studio Canal.

There are some important studios there, but only two are exclusive and you will also notice a lack of others that support only Blu-Ray so far (such as Sony's labels, obviously, and Disney/Pixar)
9821  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Superman demo out on: November 18, 2006, 07:39:41 AM
The good news for those of us who like to use our powers for awesome (destruction)...the full game apparently has a mode that allows you to play the Bizzaro version so you can go nuts on Metropolis.  Not that I will ever buy this game, it seems like it would have been mediocre at best a few years ago.
9822  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prediction - the sixaxis will be redesigned within six months on: November 18, 2006, 05:44:23 AM
The funny thing is that their original "boomerang" style was kind of similar to Microsoft's Sidewinder Freestyle Pro that they released for the PC a number of years back.  And that one actually contained the tilt-sensing stuff (but didn't have dual analog sticks, since that wasn't the norm back then).  The world is a weird, backwards place.

9823  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: $100.00 Xbox Core system On ThanksGiving! on: November 18, 2006, 03:48:29 AM

Quote from: Calvin on November 17, 2006, 08:57:03 PM

Quote from: depward on November 17, 2006, 08:13:02 PM

I'm going to try my luck, but seeing as how I never seem to get lucky with these sorts of things I doubt I'll get one.  But I'll post here and let you all know if I do!   nod
I should make sure my one step shopping is setup!

Actually, follow the link a couple posts up and read there.  On that page it actually says:

Quote
blah, blah, blah...pictures, etc...

When you proceed to checkout, do not use 1-ClickŪ ordering. If you do so, you will not be directed to your Place Order page as you check out, and you will be unable to confirm that the promotion has been attached to your order.
9824  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 Cable Comparison - RF/SVideo/Component/480p/720p/VGA/ on: November 18, 2006, 03:42:42 AM
Too bad they took pictues using an external camera instead of capturing the video data itself.
9825  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot Zelda Review! on: November 18, 2006, 03:38:19 AM
I think as far as Zelda goes, you either know you are going to buy it already or you don't care.  My only interest in reviews is how the Cube version stacks up against the Wii once they finally release it. 
9826  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Play List 17/Nov/06 on: November 18, 2006, 03:36:32 AM
I'll probably be playing the only two games I've bought recently (and will be buying for the near future): Gears of War and BF2142. 
9827  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prediction - the sixaxis will be redesigned within six months on: November 18, 2006, 03:14:49 AM
I can't believe they didn't at least move the left analog stick into it's proper spot since we are no longer in the days of PS1 and it is the main control used.  Dillholes.
9828  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ebaum's World had some good videos on: November 17, 2006, 03:09:28 AM
I'd say it takes as much skill as a lot of things.  Control, timing, accuracy, etc.  If you think it takes no skill I suggest you try to do it and see for yourself.  icon_smile
9829  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: $100.00 Xbox Core system On ThanksGiving! on: November 17, 2006, 02:53:00 AM
The core system also comes with a wired controller, so you can add another $40-50 if you want a wireless controller. 
9830  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer: Mark of Chaos Reviews / Impressions on: November 17, 2006, 02:48:36 AM
I see they just released a patch (with new maps) and a scenario editor for this one. 
9831  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Amazon $100 Core 360 on: November 16, 2006, 03:56:29 PM
The weird thing is that the site says voting will end on Tuesday at 9pm...does that mean this is for next week's sale or something?  My vote went through and the numbers have seemed to change even over the last half hour. 
9832  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Excite Truck: 6.8 at Gamspot on: November 16, 2006, 03:53:18 PM
Yeah, I really can't believe how awful GT Pro looks.  It almost looks like an N64 game that got ported (badly) to GameCube or something. And it's coming from Ubisoft, which usually doesn't put out pure shit. 
9833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 16, 2006, 05:49:09 AM
I was just by my local Best Buy and sitting outside were about 15 lawn chairs with numbers on them and nobody sitting in them.  I'm thinking either the store set them up and nobody is waiting yet, or maybe people just decided that it was too cold, rainy and windy to sit outside for another two days and left their chairs there.  A little odd, either way. 
9834  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Christmas starting earlier again on: November 16, 2006, 05:22:57 AM
Well at least the station waited until "ROCKTOBER!!!" was over.  icon_wink  Yeah, that one never gets old. 
9835  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So you think you know everything on: November 15, 2006, 03:57:27 AM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on November 15, 2006, 03:52:02 AM

(From memory so it might not be right):

$1.19 is the most amount of money you can have without being able to make change for a dollar. Anyone want to figure out the coins you would need?

3 quarters, 4 dimes and 4 pennies sounds about right for that amount. 
9836  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Plastic Ono Band Wins Against Pink Floyd! on: November 15, 2006, 03:52:23 AM
I think it goes without saying that any list of this kind is usually entirely subjective and half filled with shit. 
9837  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DVD Tuesday - 11/14/06 on: November 14, 2006, 03:55:11 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on November 14, 2006, 02:24:27 PM

There's also the double-disc SE of The Green Mile which shall find itself upon my Christmas list tootsweet. For those of you into giant monkeys, the LOTR-style EE of King Kong hits as well. If anyone can explain to my as to why a giant ape story deserves a four hour film then kudos to you. The original version clocked in at a lean 100 minutes and it remains one of the best films ever. Peter Jackson's love-fest to the big guy? Not so much.

I agree.  I thought the new version was too long and full of unnecessary special effects and crap as it was, I can't imagine why they need to add 38 minutes more of that.   saywhat

I think I'll be adding Who Killed The Electric Car to my queue and that's about it. 
9838  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War MP server disconnections: this seems to work on: November 14, 2006, 02:13:14 AM
I see a note that Epic is currently working on a patch for the matchmaking and some other things.  Hopefully it doesn't take too long. 
9839  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viva Pinata? on: November 14, 2006, 02:08:04 AM
Save the Pinata!  icon_biggrin
9840  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Identify these games! [Forum Game] on: November 13, 2006, 11:20:23 PM
The only game I remember from back when we had a TI-99/4A was some sort of magic hat math "game".  Of course, I was only born a couple years before that was released so I couldn't have been very old when we got it.  I also remember my brother messing with the voice synthesizer add-on thingie. 
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