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2041  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Late (again) to the party: Prince of Persia The Sands of Time on: August 15, 2006, 03:05:19 AM
Well I did win the game tonight. The ending was quite good - very clever. I do think that one hard fight did leave a bit of a sour taste in my mouth for the game. Still it was very good, and at times great. I'm glad I played it, but I'm not in a big hurry to try either sequel in the near future.
2042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Late (again) to the party: Prince of Persia The Sands of Time on: August 15, 2006, 12:28:23 AM
Ok, here's what happened today. On attempt # 50 or so, I finally, FINALLY won the fight! Believe me when the last dude went down, I was thrilled. I did a little happy dance. After the cut scene where you put your sword away, I looked to see if the bit-... er... girl was still alive, and she was. I then ran to a fountain and replenished my health. Then I paused the game and went upstairs for about 3 minutes to do something on the puter (brag to a coworker I had finally beaten the fight). So I go back down and unpause it, and am running around while waiting for the elevator ride to finish. I notice that I can no longer see the girl. No body, no nothing. No sign of her. So, I'm wondering where she went to while I run around aimlessly waiting for the lift ride to end. Then.... BAM! "No wait. That didn't happen!" "RETRY, QUIT" WTF?! ARGRGRGRHGHRGHRGHRGHRGHRGH! I went back upstairs to vent to my coworker and resist the urge to smash the disc into tiny pieces. Of all the times for the game to bug out on me! Needless to say, I needed a valium. Well, not really...

Thankfully, I must have simply gotten better at the combat, since I won it again on my 2nd or 3rd try after that. This time the game decided to operate normally. I now have the sword of bad assness, so fighting is less of a hassle now. (Although I still managed to die fighting a couple times later from being careless.) Of course as soon as they make combat less annoying they immediately make the platforming become annoying by taking the dagger away. I was more than a little irritated replaying this one platform section over and over again - one that had 3 sections where you had to stand on a ledge/pole hacking away at stupid sand birds. (And what is the point of those other than to waste time?) I would have never stuck with this game if I had had to go long without the dagger.

Anyway, I am at 95% complete now and just got the dagger back (sniffle), so I am close. I will try to finish this sucker later tonight. Thanks for all the fighting suggestions.
2043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Too Human on: August 15, 2006, 12:20:02 AM
I wish they would ditch Too Human and freaking make Eternal Darkness 2! I would buy whatever console it was an exclusive for, no questions asked!
2044  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii or Xbox360? on: August 14, 2006, 03:53:28 AM
There are many, many arguments to be made for one console over another, but putting all of them aside, I think you should wait to decide until you know:

How much will the Wii cost and how hard will it be to get?

Will Microsoft drop the price or make a bundle on the 360 for the holidays?
2045  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Late (again) to the party: Prince of Persia The Sands of Time on: August 14, 2006, 03:39:12 AM
My issue isn't so much with winning the fight, but keeping the girl alive. (She is so useless.) If I fight away from her, she seems to last longer, but inevitably she'll eventually get the attention of one or more monsters and she gets damaged, since I can't always get to her right away. But, if I try to keep the fight close to her, then the monsters are always right around her and she goes down even more quickly, not to mention I have to fight with the camera even more in the confined space (I forgot to mention the camera as one of my "bad" qualities... I am often fighting with it...). Anyway, I am trying to use vaults for the hammer dudes, and wall jumping for everyone else, along with the freeze move when things get tense and frantic, but keeping the girl alive seems to be beyond my capabilities. Now I have tried it a good 25 times, and I just can't seem to do it. I'll have to give it another shot tomorrow.
2046  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Late (again) to the party: Prince of Persia The Sands of Time on: August 14, 2006, 12:54:01 AM
This one has been in my backlog for quite a while. I recently was figuring out which game I needed to pick up and this seems to be the best received of my unplayed cube games, so I have been having at it for a week or so.

The Good: Graphics are nice, both technically and stylistically. The platforming/speical moves are neat, original, and fun. I really enjoy the process of figuring out how to clear each area. The dagger/time mechanic is quite cool and makes an unforgiving margin of error completely manageable. The dagger is really quite a brilliant solution for modern games, since we don't generally tolerate such "insta-deaths" now like we did "back in the day".

The Bad: Voice acting isn't so hot. I find the Prince himself to be a pretty annoying little twerp - which is saying something since I gather that this is the game where I am actually supposed to like him. (I hear he becomes more annoying in the 2nd game.)

The Awful: The combat. I hate it. Everytime I get into one of these fights, I just cringe and know that I am about to replay the section over and over again. It starts off being trivially easy - which isn't particulalry fun. Then it gets much harder and is even less enjoyable. The stupid girl is the most incompetent archer on Earth. I can't even count the # of times she has hit me and prevented me from landing a killing blow. Not to mention that she hasn't mastered the art of running away from the melee characters coming after her. With her out of the game, I could probably handle the fights, but I'd still hate them. As for just getting the prince through them - I find it very annoying. The controls are always my biggest opponent. The manual talks about how you simply aim towards the opponent you want to strike, but my experience is that the game pays little mind to where I am aiming. I am constantly trying to land a killing blow and instead end up freezing someone who I didn't intend to. I could go on and on about other issues like how hard it can be to get up when you are knocked down and then surrounded, but I won't go on forever.

Anyway I am at the 81% complete phase and have a fight I just don't think I can get by. It's the "We're here at last" stage with the elevator ride from hell where you have to kill like 30-40 of these jerks. I can not even get close. If I manage to do ok and kill many of them, the girl dies. If I go out of my way to protect her, I can't even survive long. I may have reached the breaking point tonight, as I have tried this fight around 20 times, and haven't even been close to getting by it. I assume I am just unskilled at this aspect of the game, but I just loathe it. If anyone has any tips beyond what you get in the manual and from faqs, (I know how to block. I know all the special moves, etc.) then I'd love to hear them, but at this point, it looks like I may never finish the game.

So, I am not as enamored as most seem to be with this game. I really wish there was much less combat. It's sad that Ubisoft released this and Beyond Good and Evil at the same time, and BG&E was overshadowed by this game, since it is far, FAR superior to PoP.
2047  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: New Forum Feedback in HERE please on: August 12, 2006, 05:42:07 PM
Profile - Modify Preferences - Look and Layout Preferences - Current Theme (BlackDay)

I'm using this theme but it isn't black and gold at all. More blacks and greys.... Is it gold for everyone else?
2048  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: New Forum Feedback in HERE please on: August 12, 2006, 03:40:07 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 12, 2006, 01:25:43 PM

Well, you have a BlackGold replacement, so I'm happy. biggrin

There is? How do I get it? I only see Black/Grey as a theme option. How do I get black and gold?
2049  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Two Part Question: GBA Games on DS and M&L Superstar Sag on: August 09, 2006, 07:35:30 PM
I'll also take Paper Mario 2 over either M+L game. Haven't played Super Mario RPG or Paper Mario 1, but will hopefully get a chance with the Wii some day. smile
2050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Two Part Question: GBA Games on DS and M&L Superstar Sag on: August 09, 2006, 02:20:02 PM
I'll give slight agreement with the consensus that the GBA game is better. I will note that I found it to be much, much harder than the DS one, so it also had a high frustration factor for me. But, I still enjoyed it and recommend it.
2051  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Would you Buy the Wii for $229? on: August 08, 2006, 06:51:51 PM
Quote from: "pr0ner"

Oh, and is Wii's online wireless only, or can I plug a wire into the back?  With a one bedroom apartment, wireless still hasn't become a need for me.

I believe they've said it's wireless out of the box, but that they will sell some sort of adaptor for wired connectivity.
2052  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Would you Buy the Wii for $229? on: August 08, 2006, 03:20:48 PM
Really hard to argue with the quality of the Wii launch lineup. With a Metroid and Zelda they have 2 of their strongest franchises at launch. Pretty unprecedented. It's like if the PS3 announced an enhanced version of FF12 would be released on the PS3 the same day as the PS2 release, and announced the PS3 would have a new GTA game and FF12 at launch.
2053  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Would you Buy the Wii for $229? on: August 08, 2006, 03:05:05 AM
Almost certainly in at $229, though I am still hoping it will come out for $199 or less. (A $229 price bundled with something would be nice.) I am not preordering, or camping in line for one, but if I can walk into a store and buy one, and Metroid Prime 3 is a launch day title, then I am in.
2054  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best not-pressing-start video in a game? on: August 07, 2006, 02:49:33 PM
I always enjoyed sitting a little while at the Skies of Arcadia: Legends title screen just because the classical music that plays there is quite good. Does that count?
2055  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone Played Trace Memory? on: August 04, 2006, 06:37:49 PM
If you like classic PC point and click type of adventure games, it's pretty decent. It has some truly clever puzzles that make use of the unique features of the DS. It is definitely very short. I finished it in an afternoon.
2056  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ubisoft loves the Wii on: August 03, 2006, 06:41:27 PM
Seven launch window titles. Info here.

EDITed for clarity
2057  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV for gaming.. on: July 25, 2006, 12:13:01 AM
Quote from: "hornysax"
I also read somewhere on GT that cables count, so I made sure to pickup an expensive Monster HDMI cable from Best Buy instead of cheaping it out at Walmart.  GT saves you time and money!

Someone at GT led you astray. Unless you have to use an extremely long cable, or are using the cable in an area VERY HIGHLY susceptible to outside interference, buying expensive cables is a waste of money. Even if you do buy a quality cable, Monster is a serious rip off.
2058  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV for gaming.. on: July 22, 2006, 01:35:28 AM
Hornysax, I have been pining for the 50" model of that TV. The odd thing is, that I am not in the market for an HD TV right now.... I think... (?)

Anyway, I am sure you will absolutely love it. Panny plasmas are supposed to be the sweet spot for premium picture quality for the price.
2059  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV for gaming.. on: July 21, 2006, 08:19:15 PM
Uh oh! Looks like someone downloaded the AVIA disc! POLICE! POLICE! Tongue

For those who are interested in calibrating your TV this way, (and I recommend it as well), you should keep in mind that some TVs have multiple picture settings for different inputs, so you need to propogate those settings to all the input modes you use (if your TV is like that).
2060  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo Power: Any Good? on: July 20, 2006, 01:52:24 PM
I had this for a year a couple years back when subbing for a year got you the Zelda collectors disc. I thought it was pretty bad. It's not just that it's simply an ad for all product Nintendo, but it isn't even a very GOOD ad.
2061  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV for gaming.. on: July 19, 2006, 06:39:51 PM
Quote from: "hepcat"
what do you guys think of this:

Sony 42" HDTV (KDF-E42A10)

I can't comment on that specific tv, but a couple of my coworkers have older Sony 42" and 50" RP-LCDs and love them. The only tech I am down on is the RP-CRTs, and that may be because i have a very cheap RCA model myself that my girlfriend was given for X-mas. I have looked at some of the better RP-LCDs lately and think they look very nice.
2062  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV for gaming.. on: July 19, 2006, 02:24:10 PM
Quote from: "corruptrelic"
With all broadcasts being mandated to be in HD

There is no such mandate. The actual mandate is that all broadcast stations be broadcasting digitally. Digital broadcasting doesn't mean everything is in HD. This mandate will have no effect on cable stations. I am sure after 2009 more and more stations will be moving to HD, but the mandate is for something different. Oh, and don't be shocked if the date gets moved again. There have been other "final" dates as well....
2063  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Late to the party: God of War on: July 18, 2006, 06:54:52 PM
I finished this last night. I understand the raves for this one, since its production values are spectacular. The audio in particular is just fantastic. I was very surprised by how short the game was. I think Beyond Good and Evil took me significantly longer to finish. Still, it was a very fun, rated M, action/adventure title. A great game.

Having said that, it's a bit overrated. There are a lot of annoying parts in this game. Most people complain about Hades (and with good reason - it was dreadful). But, I hated a lot of the timed puzzles, and all the balance beam crap too. Climbing those 2 spiked towers in Hades nearly tried my patience to the breaking point. I remember how happy I was last night when I cleared the first tower. Then I saw there was a 2nd one and uttered a moan of despair.

One thing I was surprised about was how few boss battles there were. In the opening level you finish with the great hydra fight, and then you play through the bulk of the game before fighting the next boss! (The big minotaur which was also quite fun!) The ending boss fight(s) with Aires were pretty disappointing. Basically just a normal fight that took longer. Fighting the Kratos clones to protect your family was a nice twist.

Still the good - or great - far outweighs the negatives for me. I had a blast 95% of the way through. While the game is short, I was about ready for it to end, so I won't knock its length. I thought some of the combat waves maybe went on a bit too long, but that's a minor quibble since the combat was so well done and fun to play. Definitely a great game, around an 8.5/10 for me.

Now I am going to try God of War ripoff Spartan: Total Warrior. I expect to be underwhelmed! smile
2064  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Some Interesting EGM rumors - Square Enix Specific on: July 18, 2006, 01:44:46 PM
Rumor #1 makes no sense at all. Why would they possibly develop a 360 verison of anything and only release it in Japan where noone has one?
2065  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (7/17) on: July 17, 2006, 04:41:17 PM
Quote from: "Autistic Angel"
I have a copy of the never-before-played Eternal Darkness for the GameCube arriving early this week.  Does that count?

One of the greatest games ever! Have fun!
2066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metroid Prime 2 Echoes? on: July 13, 2006, 12:46:31 AM
Well it took me a while, but I finally finished this today. I thought it was great, but I definitely prefer the first one. This game was just much harder than MP1. The graphics were slightly better in 2, and the scanning was done much better with bigger targets to scan and better color coding of what was important, and the morph ball was used to much better effect in 2. Otherwise, I prefer 1.

My main problem with 2 is that the difficulty was so much harder that my frustration level was sky high. I got frustrated at points in the first one too, but this one was far worse. I also was befuddled by the fact that there seemed to be fewer save points in this game! (I HATE SAVEPOINTS!) I really wish Retro would employ more of a Zelda like save/continue system where you could save at anytime. If you died or relaoded you can start back at the save point but with any progrss (items picked up) preserved. That would be a major improvement for me.

I thought the light/dark thing was a mixed bag. Sometimes the constant damage in the dark world just stressed me out to the point  of irritation. Plus you ended up wasting several minutes at a time sitting in the light spots recharging. They really should have put in a change where if you're idle (not moving or being attacked) you regenerated health much more quickly. The puzzles between light/dark worlds were pretty neat ala Link to the Past. I did think between the 2 worlds there was a bit too much backtracking. I know it's a Metroid staple, but I thought it was a bit excessive this time around, and I got genuinely sick of trapsing through a lot of these areas over and over again looking for things I missed.

Some of the boss fights were just brutal. One early one for the boost ball was a fun fight, but the boss just hit way too hard. I was maxed on energy tanks when I fought it, but I still had to replay several times to win it. The Ing Emperor was just a monster. I played it around 8 times before beating it and I was very close to dying myself when I finally, BARELY beat him. In particular I hated the first of the 3 parts where it's so tedious  trying to shoot all the tentacles and you get such a narrow window of time (and aim) to actually do damage.

I will say kudos to Retro for letting you continue AFTER killing the Emperor when you die at the hands of Dark Samus. Without that feature, I may not have ever finished the game. DS wasn't too bad, but it took me a couple tries to get the hang of catching the phazon and firing it back at her, so I needed the continues.

Still, a great game and one of my favorites for the cube. The morph ball puzzle increase was a boon and I really enjoyed a lot of the puzzles and boss fights involving the morph ball. MP3, more than anything else, is probably the reason I'll get a Wii, barring disastrous reviews. Now I need to give MP: Hunters a try!!! I really hope they put out a 2D Metroid for the DS.
2067  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Super Mario Bros. on: June 28, 2006, 02:59:32 PM
Dafones, I did the exact same thing whenever I needed lives. smile
2068  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS Lite Thoughts After a Week on: June 27, 2006, 07:57:10 PM
I could have sworn that I read a while ago that PW WAS going to be reprinted/reissued, but I still have never seen it anywhere.
2069  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (6/26) on: June 26, 2006, 02:08:27 PM
I'd like a Sudoku DS game. Gridmaster I am out on since it only has a limited # (400 I believe) of puzzles. Sudoku Mania originally was scheduled for 6/23. Now it's scheduled for 6/30 (according to EB) so I will keep my eyes open. It promises unlimited puzzles, but I'd still like a review first.
2070  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Circuit City DS/GBA/XBox/GC/PS2 Clearance Sale on: June 24, 2006, 09:41:32 PM
Went to another CC today where the DS/GBA stuff was all a jumble, but did find an Advanced Wars DS. The dude ringing it up was taken aback when it rang up for $9. Heh. My cup now runneth over with portable gaming goodness.
2071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / From the Front Page: Wii launch lineup on: June 23, 2006, 06:08:17 PM
I think there is supposed to be 20 launch titles or so in all. Hopefully some of those will be good too.
2072  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Circuit City DS/GBA/XBox/GC/PS2 Clearance Sale on: June 23, 2006, 12:38:43 AM
+1 (Tales of Phantasia and FFIV). Picked up both for under $19. I really wasn't even that interested in Tales, but for $9 it's hard to go wrong. I also had the last copy of  Advance Wars DS, but it was open and didn't have a cart in it. Oh well. Thanks for the info! smile
2073  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS Browser announcement on: June 22, 2006, 04:31:26 PM
So what do Japanese games that sell for 3800 yen typically sell for in the US?
2074  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Friday Nite DS Lite Review on: June 17, 2006, 03:36:55 PM
I have the same case as Misguided and it's great. I like it even better for the DS Lite. I always had to cram the original DS in there, but the Lite goes in much more comfortably.
2075  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ultimate Sequel Question on: June 16, 2006, 01:41:46 AM
1. New Ultima after Serpent Isle (or hell just a new, great Ultima)
2. New Thief game more like 2 than 3
3. Eternal Darkness
4. How about a (single player) Autoduel sequel?

Ok I must go and cry now.
2076  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero = YES on: June 12, 2006, 01:13:48 AM
I have played it and it's quite fun, though as I have said before, it's really just DDR with cooler music and a cooler controller minus the exercise.

Having said that, I want to get it, but I am holding out for a price drop! smile
2077  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 11, 2006, 11:28:19 PM
Further impressions: I love it. It's sleek and the screens are megaawesome. One thing I noticed is it doesn't pay to overdue it with the brightess setting. I've ended up on setting 2 for now. I noticed when it's very bright, the picture is so sharp it actually brings out some flaws in games that I never really noticed before. These screens are so superb, I love them.
2078  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 11, 2006, 04:09:57 PM
I went to Best Buy and they had many many DS Lites, so no lines or shortage around here. I picked one up and I am impressed. I did a check for dead pixels during set up and didn't see any. I went brightness setting 3. (4 is only supposed to last 5-8 hours I think). One was way too dim and 2 looked a lot like the DS's setting. Anyway, I loaded up Super Mario and WOWZERS. The difference is unbelievable. Seriously, it's like night and day. I even put it back in my DS just to be sure the difference was as big as I thought and WOW. Awesome new screens. Hope the battery life on setting 3 isn't too bad.

It's considerably lighter and smaller than the other model and looks sleeker. I always thought the DS itself got a bad rep for design as I thought it always looked neat, but whatever, the Lite is cooler looking. I also like where the LEDs are (on the spine of the clamshell). Much more visible. Thumbs up from me, now I am letting it charge! smile

ATB, if mine had (or ends up having) a dead pixel, I would return it. If they refuse then politely raise hell.
2079  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 10, 2006, 09:19:53 PM
Does anyone know how the battery life of the DS Lite compares to the orignial DS?
2080  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 04, 2006, 09:55:29 PM
Will probably be getting one soon after release. My girlfriend gave me the perfect excuse (at the expense of me almost killing her) by losing the DS I gave her for X-mas. When may depend on how often we are both vying for our one DS over the next week.
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