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2081  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.
2082  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
2083  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.
2084  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.
2085  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.
2086  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.
2087  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
2088  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?
2089  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.
2090  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.
2091  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
2092  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.
2093  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.
2094  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?
2095  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.
2096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Super Mario Bros. on: May 25, 2006, 01:30:52 AM
Dimmona THANK YOU for telling me that. The lack of save anywhere has kept me away from the game for almost a week. Now that I know that I will be able to save anywhere eventually, I am much MUCH happier!!!! smile
2097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / need help picking out my next DS game on: May 19, 2006, 01:20:59 PM
Just a warning, I am a Zelda/Metroid whore and Castlevania DS hasn't really done much for me. I plan to retry it again at some point, but for whatever reason it just seems too "slow" paced for me, yet I still found it kind of hard.
2098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Most anticipated games? on: May 19, 2006, 11:47:55 AM
You know if there is bad one thing that Nintendo did at E3, it pretty much got me way less excited for the game I have been dying for over the past *3* (including this year's) E3s. I was so psyched to play Zelda until this E3. Now, my anticipation has been dulled due to the uncertainty of which version I should play. I am going to have to wait for reviews before I decide on getting the cube version or waiting till I have a Wii.
2099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / need help picking out my next DS game on: May 18, 2006, 12:15:07 AM
Mario Kart. It is by far the best game for the DS and I am including the new Mario Bros in that comparison. (although it's great too!)

I almost didn't buy MK because of my general malaise for the cube version, but I am so happy I caved to the high review scores. It is a fantastic game.
2100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Super Mario Bros. on: May 17, 2006, 12:30:05 PM
I'm complaining about the saving because in every other handheld mario I have been able to save on the world map.

And no I can't just put it in sleep mode when I want to play a Sudoku puzzle before bed.

While I like the game more than LE, I think a lot of his complaints are valid - particularly nothing new being really added. I vehemently disagree about the graphics. I think the game looks fantastic.

I continue to be baffled that no review has mentioned the save system. That is just poor reporting.
2101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Super Mario Bros. on: May 16, 2006, 10:31:26 PM
Hmm replaying castles does not allow you to save your game. Nor does unlocking new areas via alt routes. This save system is going to cause me issues later on I think. Just a horrible. horrible lazy decision by Nintendo. BOO. BOO I say!

(The game is wonderful, otherwise.)
2102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Super Mario Bros. on: May 16, 2006, 04:53:41 PM
Picked it up at BB today at lunch. The game itself seems great after around an hour, but I can't believe you can't save anywhere you want. Very very lame given all of the recent Mario games let you - particularly all the SM Advance games. From what i have seen you only can save when clearing castles (mid way and at the end of each world) and when you buy a path via star coins. Not a huge factor, but definitely a negative for me.

I'm shocked that the controls are so simple (you only use 2 buttons). Anyway, had fun so far, but I am ass at unlocking hidden stuff, so I am sure I will have to read some walthroughs to start really getting to the meat of the game (the secrets). So far I cleared the first world. Definitely most reminiscent of the original SMB to me.
2103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (5/15) on: May 15, 2006, 01:29:34 PM
I am sure I won't be able to resist the call of Mario. I really need to finish other DS games first, but who am I kidding?
2104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / NEW ZELDA GAME ANNOUNCED!!!!!! FOR THE DS!!!!!!!!!!!!! on: May 11, 2006, 06:52:50 PM
I'm a little worried about full touch screen control to be honest. I hope they offer an alt control scheme... This may be the first Zelda where I wait for reviews or at least impressions on how the control works.
2105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ok, Im excited now for the Wii on: May 11, 2006, 02:19:57 AM
IGN reports that in addition to Zelda:TP, Metroid 3 is confirmed as a launch title. That's pretty strong to have 2 heavy hitters at launch. (and who knows, maybe more?)

However, let the complaints begin... No online multiplayer. I am shocked at this omission.
2106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ok, Im excited now for the Wii on: May 10, 2006, 07:58:15 PM
I think he's getting it cause he's worried if he doesn't Nintendo may not make money.
2107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo E3 Press Conference on: May 09, 2006, 11:24:16 PM
They didn't say that specifically during the press conference (unless it happened during one of my brief drops) but they have repeatedly said in interviews in the past that yes you can.
2108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Microsoft E3 Press Conference on: May 09, 2006, 07:46:41 PM
IGN says it's 2007, episodic download content, and maybe not an exclusive. (GTA4)
2109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo E3 Press Conference on: May 09, 2006, 07:24:47 PM
$250 seems awfully high for me. And Nintendo has NEVER come out with that expensive a system before. I hope it is $200 or less, or I think it will not do well.
2110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [GC] Paper Mario sequel announced on: May 09, 2006, 06:52:02 PM
Either way, I'm thrilled!
2111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo E3 Press Conference on: May 09, 2006, 05:44:15 PM
No price? BOOOOOOOOOOOOO! That's the reason I watched. BOOOOOO!
2112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sony Press Conference on: May 09, 2006, 02:55:41 AM
Hmmm. IGN has an article discussing what the PS3 controller does in comparison to Wii. They seem to dismiss the PS3 control as being tilt only, but I thought Sony indicated it would do more....Did IGN screw up? (shocker)
2113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sony Press Conference on: May 09, 2006, 02:41:57 AM
I'm really surprised that Sony is coming out at a price point $100 higher than the 360. M$ can actually consider NOT cutting the price now for this holiday. And if they do, they could be $130 or $150 cheaper than Sony.

Sony must have a lot of confidence in their "killer apps" to keep them atop the mountain. There is a lot of power in their library. The PS2 was arguably the weakest system powerwise and they still crushed Nintendo and M$. But they were also first.

They should have offered a non-BluRay version or something, especially since BluRay will be worthless with no HDMI port.

Nintendo better have something up their sliive, or M$ may become the new kings of the castle.
2114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS Lite - Out in US June 11th - (for $129) on: May 04, 2006, 05:47:37 PM
Thanks all! Glad to hear gamespot was wrong.
2115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS Lite - Out in US June 11th - (for $129) on: May 04, 2006, 12:35:20 PM
Sigh... IGN and Gamespot agree it's out in the US (white only) on June 11th, but they don't agree on price. IGN says $130, Gamespot says $150. Anyone know who's right? Heaven forbid Nintendo put info up on their own website....

Edit: Gamespot was wrong. It's $129.
2116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mario - new moves, new powerups on: May 02, 2006, 03:11:28 AM
You know, the more I think about this game, the more I think, why do all 2D games have to be hand held only? Why in the hell couldn't Nintendo make a 2D Mario for the cube too (or the Wii)? I'm not against the 3D games - far from it! But, damn, they could have put this out for the cube and it would have sold billions too... wouldn't it? It surely would have been a bigger system seller than Sunshine was...

PS - The game looks awesome.
2117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo changes name of Revolution to..... on: May 01, 2006, 10:01:02 PM
I would rather the name be something else, but I doubt Nintendo would create a phony name just to get a firestorm only to say "fool you" at E3. I think this is wishful thinking.
2118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo changes name of Revolution to..... on: April 30, 2006, 07:21:01 PM
Nintendo's new name has already entered my vocabulary. My girlfriend and I were leaving the grocery store and I really needed to piss bad and I said, "We need to hurry home. I've got to take a wicked Nintendo."

I hope that's what their marketers intended.
2119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / EA on Madden for the ... ugh... Wii on: April 29, 2006, 05:07:15 AM
Very interesting interview with EA on IGN. I swear this may be the single greatest football game ever made... or quite easily the worst.
2120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo changes name of Revolution to..... on: April 28, 2006, 12:06:55 PM
I don't know if I (or anyone else) will ever warm up to the "Wii" name, but I do find it amusing to hear everyone clamor they return to "Revolution". Wasn't everyone mocking that code name when it was announced?

I still *hate* Wii. It's a marketer's dream due to all the plays on it you can make in advertising, but it's a stupid, stupid name.
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