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2161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV: Doctor Who *finally* comes to the US on: January 13, 2006, 02:52:40 AM
You should... acquire... the Christmas Special. The new Doctor looks very promising.
2162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV: Doctor Who *finally* comes to the US on: January 12, 2006, 11:21:35 PM
It's excellent. Far more accessible than the old show, but retains the quirkiness, humor, and spirit of the old show. It far exceeded my expecations.
2163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / TV: Doctor Who *finally* comes to the US on: January 12, 2006, 10:41:44 PM
On the Sci-Fi channel!

2164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Way behind.... Metroid Prime (and Echoes!) on: January 02, 2006, 06:01:24 AM
I am 16% through Metroid Prime Echoes now. Loving it so far. Shockingly, I haven't yet used a walkthrough! I like the subtle graphical improvements, and really like the improvements to the scan visor. More fun stuff so far.
2165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Way behind.... Metroid Prime (and Echoes!) on: December 30, 2005, 07:57:30 AM
Yeah I was screaming at the Omega Pirate and took several tries to beat him, and then did it barely.

MP was similarly very frustrating for me, but in the end I won that fight fairly easily the time I beat it. (shrugs)

I think MP would have benefitted from an "EASY" difficulty level. Some of us don't want THAT much challenge from a game. Still, I loved it overall.
2166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Way behind.... Metroid Prime (and Echoes!) on: December 30, 2005, 04:54:38 AM
Definitely a possibility, but this is a case where I love the series so much I want a new copy to support the developer. (It being $20 now helps too. smile )
2167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Way behind.... Metroid Prime (and Echoes!) on: December 30, 2005, 04:41:19 AM
For the curious, I believe I finished at 72%. I think at 75% you get a "better" ending (Samus sans helmet?) and at 100% get the "best" ending.

As an aside, I went to my local gamestop tonight (while running another errand) looking for MP2. They had it USED for $45! Yikes! It's $20 new on their website! [sarcasm] I just can't wait for all the EBs to become Gamestops!! [/sarcasm]
2168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Way behind.... Metroid Prime (and Echoes!) on: December 29, 2005, 10:08:43 PM
LOL. I doubt there are many (if any) games I could finish these days without I get frustrated too easily nowadays, since my game time is limited and would probably move on, if I couldn't get a quick answer. smile
2169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Way behind.... Metroid Prime (and Echoes!) on: December 29, 2005, 09:27:01 PM
I am very pleased with myself as I just finished Metroid Prime. This was the oldest GCN title in my backlog and with the week off, I was determined to finish it. I went from 35% to 71% complete and finished it. (Boy I must have missed a ton of missile expansions, power bomb expansions, scans etc.) A truly spectacular game that while successful sales wise deserves to be even more so. The Omega Priate boss and Metroid Prime were both very VERY hard. With both, I was getting pretty frustrated before I finally managed to knock them off. Meta Ridley was my bitch. Aside from some frustrating difficulty at times, I just loved this. An amazing first effort from Retro.

Bring on ECHOES~!~!~!~!~! smile
2170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fire Emblem Path of Radiance rant on: December 27, 2005, 04:42:35 PM
Not likely, I have to many friends/brothers who will likely borrow it before I ponder chucking it.
2171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fire Emblem Path of Radiance rant on: December 26, 2005, 05:49:26 PM
Well, I finished the game last night. I don't really get why the final boss battle was so much easier than the fight I complained about above, but whatever. A truly great, fun game, and aside from chap 27, I loved it. Highly recommended.
2172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Should Nintendo save the new Zelda for the Revolution? on: December 25, 2005, 01:19:40 PM
Quote from: "Sarkus"
Except he doesn't address the real issue about ports - namely the fact that games designed for much more powerful and multi-processor systems will not be easily portable to the Revolution with it's one processor, lesser memory, and less-capapble graphics solution.

Oh, no argument from me that that is a big concern. I was merely stating that the new controller would hopefully not be a detriment to 3rd party porting.

I think Nintendo hopes that their "souped up X-Box" will be good enough for these ports to work in a non-HD environment. I'm somewhat dubious.

Ultimately, as you noted, to guarantee themselves 3rd party support, they need some killer apps with the new controller that gives them a larger % of the installbase than they have had in the previous 2 generations. Then even if the Rev can only do Pong graphics, they will get the 3rd party support. It all comes down to whether playing with the new controller is as fun as Nintendo claims and prays it will be. I'm somewhat dubious.
2173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Looks like MS are not the only ones late with dev kits.... on: December 25, 2005, 01:13:52 PM
I must admit I would find it interesting to see what would happen if the King of the castle, Sony, released that far behind Microsoft.
2174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Looks like MS are not the only ones late with dev kits.... on: December 25, 2005, 03:21:11 AM
I think that Nintendo only ever claimed they wouldn't come out significantly after Sony did. Then, when Sony talked about Spring 2006, Nintendo backed off that claim. Looks like they will still live up to their original claims if Sony delays till late in 2006, which seems possible.

I would think Sony would really have to get the hype train rolling early next year if they are going to do a Spring release.
2175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fire Emblem Path of Radiance rant on: December 23, 2005, 10:34:50 PM
While I found the end of SS to be hard, I didn't find myself replaying whole chapters because of one "extra" fight that was nearly impossible to win. that really took place after the fight was over. (Tried to be vague so as not to spoil.) 99% of my frustration with that segment of Path would have been eliminated if they had just given me a save right before the "extra" fight. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

Having said that, I have finished the chapter and bypassed that (thankfully) optional fight and am now on chapter 28. Great, great game, but that one segment has really cheapened the game as a whole for me.
2176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Should Nintendo save the new Zelda for the Revolution? on: December 23, 2005, 10:32:10 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
Off topic, but will PS3 be able to play PS games?

I believe it will be.
2177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fire Emblem Path of Radiance rant on: December 23, 2005, 04:00:17 PM
I have been loving this game and I still fully intend to continue and finish it, but there is a glaring stinky fault in this game that just irritates me.


Spoiler for Hiden:
It is so frustrating that I have to complete all of chapter 27, and then there is a fight with the Black Knight that by all accounts in walkthroughs, I have to be lucky in order to have a chance of winning. Also, my lone support character is chosen for me and it's Mist, who I never have used, which further gimps me for this battle. If I am going to be stuck with Mist, then the game should have been forcing me to level her up, instead of giving me the freedom to gimp myself this way. But, most frustrating is the fact that I don't get to SAVE right before this battle. So, anytime I want to reattempt this battle I have to play through an entire chapter over again. What the hell?

This battle is (thankfully) optional, as it turns out, but I am so irritated at the lack of saves, that I will probably never even attempt it again, which is too bad and is seriously clouding my overall opinion of this game.

BAD BAD game design by Intelligent Systems/Nintendo. Why do some developers insist on putting in features bound to annoy gamers?

(pant pant) Thank you. Rant over.
2178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Walmart Bundles online on: December 20, 2005, 03:28:07 PM
As an until now silent observer of the recent trials and tribulations of msduncan's 360 adventure, I offer congratulations and plead with you to simply enjoy the fact that you have "won" and will now be able to enjoy your new toy on X-mas day. As others have said, I am sure you will be able to recoup most of your money (at worst) on the extra crap you had to get. I hope the 360 will live up to the agony you endured to get it.
2179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So I fired up Final Fantasy V last night... on: December 20, 2005, 03:07:33 PM
Keep in mind that FFV and VI will be released for the GBA next year (I believe in a 2in1 game cart).

EDIT: Nope apparently they will be released seperately.
2180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Trace Memory impressions on: December 18, 2005, 11:42:55 PM
Well, I got this for X-mas from my brother (who is about to leave town over the holidays) on Friday. The big knock on this game is that it's short, and I am forced to agree as I have already completed it.

It was a very fun PC styled adventure game as billed. It truly does utilize just about every imaginable aspect of the Nintendo DS in its puzzles, and some of them were just cruel in how clever they are (I confess I did have to use a walkthrough about 3 times). If not for its criminally short length, it would be an easy recommendation. As it is (only about 5-6 hours long at most) I say wait until it's VERY cheap. Fun game though.

(Hopefully I'll get a little more time from his other present, METROID PRIME PINBALL~!)
2181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox360 - Price Drop Discussion on: December 16, 2005, 08:45:16 PM
[derail on]

Yes! The DS has completely unoriginal games! They are all ports! Like Trauma Cent... er... Nintendogs... er.... Metroid Prime Pinba... er... Phoenix Wright er.... Meteos... er.... Kirby Canvus..... er... Completely the same games I've played on every other Nintendo system...

[derail off]
2182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox360 - Price Drop Discussion on: December 16, 2005, 03:45:01 PM
I can't imagine why they would even think about dropping the price until the PS3 or Rev come out.
2183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Revolution has begun...(IGN chan, specs, launch date?) on: December 06, 2005, 10:57:38 PM
I'm not predicting anything, but I am wondering... While I am sure the Rev. will have greatly inferior graphics to a PS3/XBox360 when those systems' games are played on an HD set. Will the Rev look that much worse than a PS3/XBox360 on a NON-HD set?

My guess is Nintendo thinks the answer to that is "no". And, like it or not, the vast majority of the world is not going to be hooking this gen of consoles up to an HD set. I think this is how Nintendo is cutting costs around graphical power, without really being at a serious competitive disadvantage with the other 2 (in their minds). Again, I'm just speculating here.

I also think that Nintendo firmly believes that they can attract the non-gamer AND cater to existing gamers without alienating either group. I am not sure if I agree with them on that score, but I'll bet they believe it.
2184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone played the GBA version of Pirates of the Caribbean? on: December 04, 2005, 05:04:45 PM
Glad to help. smile

I was curious as I didn't even know there was a GBA port till I saw your post.
2185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone played the GBA version of Pirates of the Caribbean? on: December 03, 2005, 05:11:29 PM
Gamespot didn't think much of it.
2186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / M and L: partners in time! on: November 30, 2005, 03:03:52 PM
I have one question. Does it take as long to save in this game as it did in Superstar Saga? That is my main annoyance with that game. (Almost finished with it. I'm in the last "dungeon".)
2187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (11/26) on: November 21, 2005, 03:22:23 PM
Maybe Gothic II Gold.
2188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV on: November 18, 2005, 04:15:42 AM
Agree with those who had valid reasons for widescreen. I primarily watch sports on TV, and it's frankly appalling to me how much of it (especially college footbal. *ahem* ABC *ahem*) is NOT in HD. In a year or two I will get a much bigger (and much wider) HD TV. I hope the prices will be even lower by that time! It'd be cool if the HD TVs could be priced lower than the game consoles! Tongue
2189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV on: November 18, 2005, 03:40:49 AM

Yep, and that was my main reason for going with a normal TV for my entry into HD. For me, it was a nice choice, since there is even less HD content available than even I guessed. I am sure that's the last non widescreen TV I will ever buy, and there are times I wished I had bought a widescreen (and bigger) TV, but it will wait for a year or two. smile

Edited to add, ThinJ mentioned the AVS Forums. This is an essential forum for anyone looking to make an informed decision about buying virtually any piece of audio/video equipment.
2190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV on: November 17, 2005, 10:40:49 PM
I have the 32" (non-widescreen) version of that Sony, and I love it. Keep in mind when deciding on Normal vs widescreen that a 32" TV gives you a widescreen picture equivalent to a 29" widescreen. Whereas, a 30" widescreen's SD pictures is equivalent to around a 24" regular TV. Just something to consider.
2191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Mario Kart DS review [ign] on: November 15, 2005, 03:45:49 PM
I believe there is a little app on your computer (that comes with the dangle) where you have to give permission to allow any DS'es to use your dangle. So, once you've allowed yours once, it will have access. I believe you can allow multiple DSes access to it.
2192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Handheld Help (DS or Improved GBA SP) on: November 13, 2005, 10:35:39 PM
I would say that unless money ($50 delta between them) is a BIG issue, it's a no-brainer to buy the DS. Honestly, the SP upgrade is great, but way too late.

And I only own 2 DS games! (X-mas will change that.)
2193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS wi-fi dongle adapter available on: November 13, 2005, 04:51:29 PM
IGN says the dangle will go to retail when Metroid Prime Hunters is released next year. (rumor)
2194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Should Nintendo save the new Zelda for the Revolution? on: November 11, 2005, 03:48:51 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
I thought all the speculation with the Revolution controller was that Nintendo would be releasing "shells" to make it similar to the current Cube controller so that 3rd party ports can be easily played on the system.

Bingo...speculation.  Show me where Nintendo has agreed to this.

Here. From Reggie's recent speech:

We know freehand control also raises a logical question: won't an advance this dramatic cause difficulty for the porting of games between systems? The answer is little difficulty at all. If you want to retain your original control scheme, we make that easy by supplementing our new control system with a traditional controller expansion, if you will. It's a classic looking device that will hold the basic Revolution controller and allow game manipulation in traditional ways -- if that's what the developer chooses. In short, you can have it both ways. Familiar or revolutionary. One hand or two. Today's games or tomorrow's.

Full speech is here.
2195  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Cheap video card? on: November 11, 2005, 02:39:26 PM
Your best bet is probably a GeForce 6600 ($130-160 or so) depending on the flavor, or one of the new fangled GeForce 6800 GS cards that I think retails for around $200.
2196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Super Mario 64 DS - which control scheme? on: November 09, 2005, 10:58:25 PM
I've used the default mode with the gamepad and buttons. It isn't perfect, but I find the "momentum" based system works suprisingly well. My brief dabblings with the touch screen didn't work too well.
2197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Should Nintendo save the new Zelda for the Revolution? on: November 07, 2005, 03:55:39 PM
I don't think there is any doubt that, at this point, it's the right business move for Nintendo. But, I will be irate if they make it a Rev title.
2198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I wants me some Fire Emblem impressions!!! on: November 03, 2005, 04:34:24 PM
I am on chapter 21. Chapter 19 was really hard to get through without losing someone, but I finally did it. Chapter 20 was pretty easy. Chapter 21 looks to be hard.

I took a few days off to finish off FE: Sacred Stones, which I did, and wow those last couple chapters were tough. I was glad to know when I was on the final chapter, as I allowed myself to lose a couple characters on it. Once I finish off Erika's specific chapters, I will be happy to retire that great game.

Anyway, based on how FE:SS ended, I expect the end of PoR to be brutal. Still loving it! smile
2199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Famitsu] Super Mario DS on: November 03, 2005, 02:36:09 PM
Has there been any hint about when this sucker is coming out?
2200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion isn't coming until Q2 2006 on: October 30, 2005, 05:44:37 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"

Oh I agree. I know Oblivion will still sell well, but Zelda you need to remember hasn't had ANY ads for it yet.

Wait, Nintendo markets their games?  Tongue


There has been virtually no marketing for it at all yet, whereas Oblivion has had ads running for MONTHS already. They now also have billboards and taxicab/bus ads for the game in New York City and Los Angeles. That isn't cheap.

Any delay is going to hurt them much more than Zelda being delayed hurt Nintendo. For one, Zelda is a much bigger name than the Elder Scrolls, so it will sell like hotcakes no matter when it comes out, and two, Oblivion has already had lots of money sunk into the advertising of the game, based on it coming out in November/December.

All very good points. I am sure Bethesda WILL get hurt to some degree financially, if in fact, they delay Oblivion to 2006. And of course, there will be some illwill among the hardcore gaming dorks like us who will feel betrayed/angered/saddened by being acutely aware of all the emphatic claims that it would be out this Nov/Dec. Still, Bethesda isn't a small developer/publisher and while TES may not be the same brand as Zelda, it is still probably their top dog, and I think it will still do very very well for both console and PC whether in 2005 or 2006. I really think they will be fine and getting it out now would merely be a "better" scenario for them. Getting out late will be "worse" but not a disaster IMO.

Hey, hopefully, the game is still on track. We still haven't offically heard it's delayed have we? Keep your fingers crossed. smile
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