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10521  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/360] Rock Band on: July 05, 2007, 02:50:30 PM
My understanding is that, unfortunately, Welcome to the Jungle was just a demo song and they haven't actually licensed it for the game.  frown
10522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: July 05, 2007, 02:46:18 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on July 05, 2007, 02:36:27 PM

Quote from: Scoop20906 on July 05, 2007, 12:16:54 PM

Just played the demo and it left me wanting to play this game MORE.

BUT!!

For those of you playing it, is it worth the $59.99 price tag or should a wait for the price to drop or get it through a trade?

All opinions welcome  icon_wink

I'm liking it, but I would wait for a price drop.  The game's charm can wear off after the initial village of Spree.  I 'm sure Overlord will refine some of the gameplay mechanics

My thoughts as well.  For me, the moments of sheer fun and utter controller-throwing frustration have been pretty evenly balanced so far.  While the concept is great, it's hamstrung by some major (imo) issues, lack of an in-game map being the biggest one. 

As excited as I was for it, I'm now really on the fence as to whether or not I want to continue playing.  frown
10523  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 05, 2007, 12:06:15 PM
10524  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what is everyones plan for July 4th? on: July 04, 2007, 11:07:24 PM
Mrs. Gratch just headed off to the city park to spend the 4th with her parents, all the nieces & nephews, and about 10,000 other strangers.  I really didn't feel like a) being around that many people tonight, or b) fighting traffic to get home at midnight, then try to get up and work at 5am.  I suppose I should have been the good husband and gone along, but I'd really rather just spend the night at home with Baldur's Gate II.  If that makes me awful, then so be it.
10525  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: July 04, 2007, 04:07:51 AM

Quote from: Chaz on July 04, 2007, 03:50:04 AM

You need to go to the Heaven's Gate area.  I got to the same part, and realized that I probably wasn't in the right spot.  Then I wandered around Spree for a bit, because I knew one of my quests was "Find an entrance to Heaven's Gate", and figured that the Heaven's Gate area on my teleport list was a glitch.  Head in there, and all will become clear.

Yep, that did it.  Went to Heaven's Gate, and just got the blue hive out of the cave (which is a seriously annoying level, btw). 

I still somewhat enjoying the game, but I have to admit it's charm is wearing a bit thin.  Smashing up the halfling stuff was a blast, but the last two areas have been much more puzzle intensive, and not nearly as much fun.  Getting back to causing more mayhem would certainly be a good thing.
10526  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/360] Rock Band on: July 04, 2007, 01:56:14 AM

Quote from: motodd on July 04, 2007, 01:49:30 AM

Quote from: Gratch on July 04, 2007, 01:34:42 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on July 03, 2007, 11:39:55 PM

Here is the first footage of not only the game but video of people playing it (some of the developers at Harmonix). For people who had doubts about this game, you can now only say one thing: BAD ASS.

http://www.gamespot.com/video/938870/6173535/rock-band-gameplay-movie-1

The group playing is two on guitar, one on drums and one singing. The drum set looks incredibly awesome to play. Also, it appears they are playing the Xbox 360 version because it looks like the guitars they are using are the 360 Guitar Hero guitars.

Anyone else having trouble getting that video to play?  Almost seems like they yanked it.

Youtube version
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ITe-Zk0M4w

All kinds of awesome!!

Thanks, that looks like an absolute blast!

I really hope they flesh out the single player mode.  I don't really have any gamer friends (offline, that is), so the whole "party" aspect of it is lost on me.

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Actually I can say something other than bad ass - that drum looks neat but that better be on easy.  That looks boring as hell for anyone who has actually played a set.  :/

True, but Welcome to the Jungle isn't exactly taxing on a real kit either.  I'm an extremely novice drummer, and I can play along with that song pretty well.
10527  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Metroid Wii: No online play. on: July 04, 2007, 01:43:27 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on July 04, 2007, 12:50:50 AM

To me a shooter with no multiplayer is a rental.  I cannot justify spending $50 just to play through a campaign and then be done with the game.  It amazes me that Nintendo can release the same games over and over virtually unchanged and people continue to lap them up.  Someone above posted that no multiplayer is a good thing.  I guess it's good if you want the Gamecube version with some waggle tacked on.  Personally I was hoping they would (gasp!!!) push the envelope a little bit.

Believe it or not, there's plenty of us who buy a game ONLY for the single-player experience.  In fact, I'll actively avoid games that are mainly multiplayer focused.  I have zero desire to game with other people, and want something that is engaging and fun for a single player.

If Nintendo put all their effort and resources into creating a truly great single-player Metroid experience, I'll be all over it.  Assuming I can find a Wii, of course.  smile
10528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/360] Rock Band on: July 04, 2007, 01:34:42 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on July 03, 2007, 11:39:55 PM

Here is the first footage of not only the game but video of people playing it (some of the developers at Harmonix). For people who had doubts about this game, you can now only say one thing: BAD ASS.

http://www.gamespot.com/video/938870/6173535/rock-band-gameplay-movie-1

The group playing is two on guitar, one on drums and one singing. The drum set looks incredibly awesome to play. Also, it appears they are playing the Xbox 360 version because it looks like the guitars they are using are the 360 Guitar Hero guitars.

Anyone else having trouble getting that video to play?  Almost seems like they yanked it.
10529  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: July 04, 2007, 01:19:39 AM
This game really suffers from not having any sort of map or objective markers.  I just spent the better part of an hour wandering around the goddamn Elven forest trying to figure out where the hell I'm supposed to go next.  There's one spot where my advisor guy says something about "Boy, it would be nice to have some blues.", but I have no frakkiing idea where the hell I'm supposed to find the blue hive.  My guess is that I need to find it before I can proceed (there's a gate switch just across some water from where the advisor is taunting me), but I honestly have no idea where it is.  I finally just turned the game off in frustration.   icon_evil

10530  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One Red Ring of Death? on: July 03, 2007, 01:09:54 PM

Quote from: Laner on July 03, 2007, 11:42:54 AM

Did you note the error code given? 

http://forums.xbox-scene.com/index.php?showtopic=484726

Crap, I didn't think to check.  Keeping my fingers crossed...
10531  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / One Red Ring of Death? on: July 03, 2007, 03:45:20 AM
I'd been playing my 360 for most of the afternoon today.  Watched two movies, played some GHII, then went to fire up Overlords.  When I turned the system back on, I got one red ring (bottom right), along with a System Error screen.  Turned it off, booted it up again, and it started just fine.  Played about 45 minutes of Overlord with no problem.

This is pretty much my first real glitch.  I've had GHII disc errors twice, both of which were fixed with a simple reboot.  Given that I was using the system for such a long time today (probably more than it had been used in one stretch before), I'm not sure if it's something I should be worried about, or just a minor blip.  I hate feeling like I'm walking on eggshells with this thing, but it is a good reminder to call and renew my warranty.
10532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: July 02, 2007, 09:46:48 PM
Quick question.  When you teleport from your tower using the Tower Heart, there's always a number to the left of the location.  I thought it might be how many quests are in that area, but that hasn't seemed to match up.  Anyone know what that number means?  Stupid manual doesn't mention it anywhere.
10533  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/2) on: July 02, 2007, 03:32:03 PM
Nuttin
10534  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what is everyones plan for July 4th? on: July 02, 2007, 01:30:23 PM
I've got today, tomorrow, and Wednesday off.  Will probably see both Ratatouille and Die Hard sometime over the next couple days, but that's the extent of ourbig plans.

I've got some major meetings on Thursday morning, so I'll probably be in bed with earplugs at 10pm on July 4th.
10535  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Indigo Prophecy] I'm not sure what I just "played" was a "game" on: July 02, 2007, 01:24:49 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on July 02, 2007, 03:51:17 AM

I liked Indigo Prophecy quite a bit despite its faults, but it's got nothing on Dreamfall.  Unless you just outright hate the idea of a semi-interactive story, you should try that one out sometime!  icon_cool

+1.  Dreamfall had some weak points in it's gameplay (combat system, ugh), but it's story and characters will blow you away.
10536  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist -- A Rare Gift for Obfuscation (6/29/07) on: June 29, 2007, 05:27:56 PM
Another 5-day weekend for me!   icon_cool

Will try and put a good chunk of time into Overlords, as well as trying to break the 11 million mark in GHII.  Might also give Vampire The Masquerade:  Bloodlines another shot.  Picked it up off Steam a couple weeks ago, and barely got through the demo before getting distracted by other games.
10537  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Few console owners using multimedia capabilities, says study on: June 29, 2007, 01:54:29 PM
I tried streaming music from my PC to my 360 once, but thought the interface was extremely clunky and never went back to it.
10538  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: June 29, 2007, 01:35:36 PM
There was an interesting teaser bit about American McGee's "Grimm" coming exclusively to GameTap.  Details are still pretty scarce, but it looks like a reimagining of the Brother's Grimm tale.

I absolutely loved what they did with the Alice game, so I'll definitely be keeping an eye on this one.
10539  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Few console owners using multimedia capabilities, says study on: June 29, 2007, 11:56:35 AM
I still use my standalone DVD player because I don't want to risk putting any additional wear and tear on my 360.  The thing is fragile enough as is.
10540  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 29, 2007, 03:33:39 AM








10541  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: June 29, 2007, 03:23:55 AM
Was able to put in a couple more hours tonight.  Rampaging and pillaging my way through the Shire was an absolute blast.  Sweeping my minions around the room in a path of destruction whilst chucking fireballs brings an evil smile to my face.  I'm not sure how long the novelty will last, but it's great fun so far.

A couple minor gripes:

1.  The lack of any sort of map certainly makes things confusing at times.  Many of the rooms look the same, and you are forced to pay very close attention to where you're going.

2.  Checkpoint save system.  Blech.   icon_mad

3.  Seems like the minions are sometimes unresponsive.  I'll tell them to sweep around a room, and only half of them will go, or they'll take a completely different route, or they'll just stand and look at me.  Will probably get better as I become more familiar with the controls.

A question as well.  I just got my first batch of Reds, and there's a Red "hive" it says I'm required to move before proceeding.  It requires 10 Reds to move, but there are only enough red orbs to summon 8.  I can't continue until I move the hive, but I can't move the hive until I can find more red orbs.  Am I missing something?
10542  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Screw "Nintendo is making money" they're almost as "big" as Sony... on: June 28, 2007, 09:13:13 PM
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Square Enix, another Japanese software major, has no plans to develop titles for the PS3 until sales improve enough to make the steep development costs financially worthwhile.

Wow, I hadn't heard that before.  That's a big, big deal.

It'll be interested to see how many systems FFXIII moves, and if that will have any effect on future SE development.
10543  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: June 28, 2007, 03:36:29 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 28, 2007, 02:51:42 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 26, 2007, 09:01:39 PM

Nice review Ron!  smile 

After reading that and glancing at my backlog it dropped down to a 'day one' purchase to 'sometime next year' playthrough.

It normally would be for me as well, but I'm having such buyer's remorse on my 360 (it's basically a $400 Guitar Hero box right now) that I had to get something to play.  smile

Was only able to put in about an hour last night, so no real impressions yet.  Should finally get some gaming time tomorrow, so I'll put up some thoughts then.
10544  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blue Dragon release date(UK) on: June 28, 2007, 03:34:07 PM
Saying Blue Dragon is "sort of an RPG" would be like saying Halo is "sort of an FPS".  slywink

BD will be very similar to the old Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest games in many respects.  It's being developed the original Final Fantasy creator, and from the previews I've seen, looks like it has a very old-school JRPG feel.
10545  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution on: June 28, 2007, 03:15:29 PM

Quote from: warning on June 28, 2007, 02:58:57 PM

http://ir.take2games.com/ReleaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=251368

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2K, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today that it will publish Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution, the first next generation game designed by world famous game designer Sid Meier. Slated for a spring 2008 release for next generation consoles and handhelds, Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution is being developed by Firaxis Games™, 2K's world-renowned development studio.

Wii and DS seem like a no-brainer due to their input methods.  Sounds potentially great but I wonder what differences there will be between this and the PC versions?

Awesomeness.  Hell, I'd love just a straight port of Civ II on DS.
10546  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1up reviews The Darkness (and assorted pleasantries...) on: June 27, 2007, 06:30:15 PM

Quote from: Chaz on June 27, 2007, 06:12:02 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 27, 2007, 05:54:01 PM

Quote from: Chaz on June 27, 2007, 02:58:32 PM

I just found out that the voice of Jenny is provided Lauren Ambrose, who also played Claire on Six Feet Under.

Cool Points +1

Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle) did the voice work for all the creatures as well.  Haven't heard it yet, but it's supposed to be pretty amazing considering they didn't do any kind of special effects or processing on it.

There's no post effects on that dude's voice?  Okay, now that's fairly impressive.

Patton can do absolutely incredible and bizzare things with his voice.  Check out Adult Themes for Voice sometime for a complete head-trip.
10547  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1up reviews The Darkness (and assorted pleasantries...) on: June 27, 2007, 05:54:01 PM

Quote from: Chaz on June 27, 2007, 02:58:32 PM

I just found out that the voice of Jenny is provided Lauren Ambrose, who also played Claire on Six Feet Under.

Cool Points +1

Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle) did the voice work for all the creatures as well.  Haven't heard it yet, but it's supposed to be pretty amazing considering they didn't do any kind of special effects or processing on it.
10548  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DIE HARD 4!!! on: June 27, 2007, 03:17:56 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 27, 2007, 02:35:49 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 27, 2007, 02:17:07 PM

After re-watching the first three films, however, I honestly have no idea how a PG-13 Die Hard is possible. 

maybe I'm massively de-sensitized to violence, but I'm having trouble figuring out how the other ones got an R rating.   I blame FX  icon_wink

F-bombs every other word probably have something to do with it.
10549  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DIE HARD 4!!! on: June 27, 2007, 02:17:07 PM
I got a free ticket with the Die Hard DVD boxset I bought last weekend, so it's a no brainer for me.  I love the series, and am pretty excited for this one.

After re-watching the first three films, however, I honestly have no idea how a PG-13 Die Hard is possible. 
10550  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ratatouille on: June 27, 2007, 02:15:10 PM
While the previews for Ratatouille do absolutely nothing to get me interested, Brad Bird and Pixar can do no wrong in my book.  Probably not a Day one showing, but I'm sure I'll see this one during it's theater run.
10551  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ratatouille on: June 27, 2007, 11:47:47 AM

Quote from: mytocles on June 27, 2007, 06:49:05 AM

Was wondering though, about one quote... "Easily the best Pixar film since A Bug's Life, Ratatouille is deliciously delightful, wonderfully sweet and drop-dead gorgeous."

Does anyone think that the last, best Pixar film was "A Bug's Life"? Seems to me, though very good, that just about every one since then has been as good, or better.  icon_confused

Yeah, that's kind of strange.  I think "Bug's Life" is easily the weakest of all the Pixar movies, and it seems strange they would use it as the basis of comparison.
10552  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap Revisited on: June 26, 2007, 09:15:05 PM
After a couple dry months, their release schedule the last month has been absolutely fantastic.  My 1-year "special" subscription is up in October, and I'll definitely be resubscribing.  There's a ton of old games on there that I never got a chance to play the first time around.   It is absolutely worth the minimal subscription fee.
10553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlords on: June 26, 2007, 09:01:39 PM
Nice review Ron!  smile 
10554  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I've never watched Red vs. Blue on: June 26, 2007, 05:50:37 PM
I thought Red vs. Blue was hilarious, but haven't watched it in a long time.  Should probably catch up.
10555  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/25) on: June 25, 2007, 07:05:31 PM

Quote from: depward on June 25, 2007, 06:26:57 PM

I'm out on Grim Grimoire - this is a dealbreaker for me (taken from IGN):

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Battles that last 45 minutes or more aren't unheard of in Grim. Heck, when I got to one of the final showdowns, I was spending 80 and 90 minutes trying to take out a stubborn group of hell spawn. For the most part, I didn't mind the lengthy gameplay sessions, but I don't have a life and get to play these things at work. If you don't get to game for 10 hours a day, you're going to have a sticking point with Grim.

Namely, there's no way to save mid-battle.

Crap, that means I'm out as well.  Carving out 45 minutes in one sitting is a major stretch for me, and 90 minutes is pretty much impossible.  Oh well.
10556  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/25) on: June 25, 2007, 06:26:25 PM

Quote from: Calvin on June 25, 2007, 05:42:39 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on June 25, 2007, 05:09:17 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 25, 2007, 04:34:14 PM



EDIT TO ADD: Carcasonne is coming to XBLA this week!   I will get that.  I think Carcasonne will be more accessible and a bigger hit than Catan was.

Ohhhhhh!  In for Carcasonne! 

I have the demo of Overlord but haven't fired it up yet, I'll try it out and see if it is worth my cash.
Man this sucks-Carcasonne looks really good and like something I might enjoy, but I purchased Catan and all of you just stopped playing it that same week. I still have yet to get in a multiplayer game.

Same here.  I tried playing some MP Catan a few times (both with the GT/OO crew, and against random people), but it was always really flaky.  Horrible lag, timeouts, dropped connections, etc.  Consequently, I haven't even fired it up for over a month.

As interesting as Carcasonne looks, I'm afraid it would end up the same way, so I'm passing on it for now.
10557  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/25) on: June 25, 2007, 02:24:07 PM
Overlord, and possibly Grim Grimoire
10558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 1up reviews The Darkness on: June 25, 2007, 01:59:27 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 25, 2007, 03:09:44 AM

Quote from: Eightball on June 25, 2007, 12:08:10 AM

I promise if you start playing Baldur's Gate 2, you won't have any such backlog issue.

Promise!

I decided to put that play through off for a bit, but I am planning a Baldurs Gate-Planescape-Icewind Dale mega marathon at some point.

That's nearly a Warning-esque undertaking.  Good luck.
10559  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sunday Skin (for Men) 6-24-2007: KD's Retirement Celebration! (NSFW) on: June 24, 2007, 12:57:03 PM
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* CeeKay cues up 'Thanks for the Memories'

Shouldn't that be thanks for the mammaries?
10560  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 3/07) on: June 22, 2007, 09:59:16 PM
+1 to jblank for a second round of DVD's
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