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2281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GCN controller on the PC? on: February 14, 2005, 04:40:45 AM
Thanks! smile
2282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GCN controller on the PC? on: February 14, 2005, 01:49:50 AM
Does anyone know if there is such a product as a Gamecube controller to USB adaptor? I would really love to use a GCN controller on my PC as a gamepad. Anyone heard of such a thing? Thanks! smile
2283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just won Vampire Bloodlines and... (*minor spoilers*) on: February 13, 2005, 10:52:36 PM
Quote from: "Gryndyl"
The title of this thread drives me insane everytime I see it  :?


er... why? Would you like me to rename it?
2284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just won Vampire Bloodlines and... (*minor spoilers*) on: February 10, 2005, 10:34:24 PM
The first half of VTM:B certainly does not have an overabundance of combat. The 2nd half is almost entirely combat centric. Having a lot of combat isn't in and of itself a bad thing for an RPG, but in Vampire's case - where the combat is very clunky and a poor mix of action and stats - coupled with the fact that combat tended to drag my framerate down close to 0 fps - made the 2nd half extremely frustrating for me. (How's that for a run on sentence?!)

I would probably agree that as a whole, VTM:B is below the norm in combat density, but not in the 2nd half or final 3rd of it! smile
2285  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Netflix delays shipping of high volume customers on: February 09, 2005, 03:29:51 PM
This policy cost Netflix one customer (me) last year. You can't tease me with ultra-quick turnaround time at first and then take it away. Oh well, I just wanted to go thru DS9 anyway. Once I finished it, I cancelled. smile
2286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy Tactics Advanced on: February 07, 2005, 10:45:01 PM
Ok, now that Zelda is out of my GBA backlog, I am very interested in trying to track this one down. (It seems to have become quite scarce since the FF1-2 GBA game came out.) Anyway, I know I have read several people around here talk about how it's their favorite, most addictive GBA game. Could some of you fans please explain why it's so great to me? My guess is it's a Japanese styled turn based RPG. What makes it so special and so much better than the others? (I'm not disputing the claim, I am genuinely interested in what makes it so great!) Thanks! smile
2287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any Zelda impressions? on: February 07, 2005, 10:41:46 PM
I finished it this weekend. Definitely a great game, and the prettiest I have seen on the GBA. (I played a bit on a friend's DS this weekend, and it looked beautiful.) I thought the end boss was challenging and satisfying when I beat him. I did get a little tired of the whole charge your sword and split Link into 4 Links deal. I thought it was overdone at the end. It's almost like Nintendo is obsessed with subconciously SHOVING Four Swords down our throats... but I digress. Not as great as Link to the Past, but still highly recommended. smile
2288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP Launch Details March 24, $249 on: February 04, 2005, 06:52:53 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
Oh yeah - I can pass the puck around with the best of them. Putting it in the net is another story. 60 shots on net with no goals is pretty much how I play.


Heh... sounds like me and my brother playing... well, every NHL game after NHL 98 for the PC! smile
2289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Thinking about getting a Gamecube... on: February 03, 2005, 09:07:48 PM
The Wavebird (the wireless GCN controller) is my favorite video game controller ever. I think it should be comfortable for an X-Box user, though smaller. (The first time I played an X-Box, I found its controller very comfortable in large part due to the similarity to the cube controller. As opposed to the Sony controllers which I hate...)

Definitely be sure to get Eternal Darkness! Fantastic game! All the others mentioned in the thread are great too!
2290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finally beat Thief Deadly Shadows (XB) - end impressions? on: February 01, 2005, 04:13:21 AM
Yes the ending was too easy. The city sections in general were (to me) the weakest points of the game. Not that they were unfun, but I would have greatly preferred a few additional "proper" missions to the somewhat repetitive and quirky AI filled city sections.

Still, I thought Thief 3 was great, and a fitting end to the series. Just thinking about it makes me sad. The Thief series are the only games I have played as an adult that really moved me and excited me like games did when I was a kid. I still love tons of other games and remain an avid gamer, but Thief was really something special.

For any around here that have only played Thief DS, for the X-box, I cannot recommend highly enough that you get the first two games for the PC. Just amazing stuff. The Thief 2 mission, Life of the Party, is just amazing, and something I will never tire of experiencing!!!!

VIVA GARRET~!~!~! smile
2291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / *REALLY* stupid Burnout 3 question on: January 31, 2005, 09:09:08 PM
Hmm, thanks guys. That's very odd, as they definitely were blacked out on the PS2 yesterday. Maybe the 2nd controller wasn't plugged in properly or something...? Thanks for the replies.
2292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / *REALLY* stupid Burnout 3 question on: January 31, 2005, 05:54:20 PM
So does this mean I need to unlock the other multi-player modes? If so, how?
2293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / *REALLY* stupid Burnout 3 question on: January 31, 2005, 03:08:27 AM
Ok, so I bought my girlfriend Burnout 3 for her PS2 today. We had a lot of fun playing it. But, one thing we couldn't figure out (thru the manual or online) was how to play 2 player split screen. In the Multiplayer options, only one game style was available (I think it was "Crash", but it was the last option for sure), and I couldn't figure out how to get it to let us both select a car and play at the same time. Am I completely stupid? (Don't answer that! smile ) Do we have to actually unlock other modes to be able to do the split scree 2 player action? (I know the reviews SAY it has this mode, so I am quite puzzled...) Thanks guys.
2294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any Zelda impressions? on: January 29, 2005, 04:36:38 PM
Quote from: "warning"
 This could be the first Zelda game I play more than a couple hours.


Hmmm really? How odd! smile

I hope you have tried A Link to the Past, which Minish Cap is basically aping for most of the game. If you haven't, and you enjoy MC, I highly recommend you buy it for the GBA next! It's one of my all time favorite games, and I have hooked up the SNES many times after its heyday just to replay it. The GBA version is excellent.
2295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Paper Mario2] Impressions on: January 27, 2005, 09:32:30 PM
Quote from: "AttAdude"
Is it good all the way through tho.  I rented it while i was sick one day, and got the impression that it might well be one of those RPGs that are nifty but suck in the long run.  By the way how long is the game?


Yes it is definitely good all the way through! What's great about the game is that the chapters are all radically different from each other. My sole complaint is that in Chapter 7 you have to do a lot of backtracking, but even that isn't too painful. A teriffic game! (around 45 hrs for me to finish, but i left a lot of troubles on the table...)
2296  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Infinity Engine Games-Windowed on: January 23, 2005, 06:46:14 PM
Torment can be played in a window, though I think I edited the shortcut to do it.
2297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Now that the dust has long settled, Zelda Wind Waker sales on: January 20, 2005, 04:33:26 PM
There is a hint on how to get the warp song, but it is easy to miss and it is well before you get the bow, so by default, you can't act on the hint right away. When you get the initial wind song at the altar next to the smashed altar, the wind god tells you about his brother and hints at getting a song from him. A lousy clue, but it's there.
2298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just won Vampire Bloodlines and... (*minor spoilers*) on: January 19, 2005, 04:00:29 AM
I had to use god mode to do it. What a total disaster this game is. Despite its myriad of technical problems and flaws, I loved the first half or so of this game. Yes, the clunky combat, piss poor framerate, and graphical/sound glitches were maddening, but WOW, the game was teriffic. Great writing, awesome quests with multiple solutions, a fascinating universe, and multiple methods of playing the game and molding your character. Sure there were no moving cars in the city, along with tons of other minor problems that indicated them running out of time. But I was having so much fun, I didn't care. Great RPG goodness until...

... the 2nd half of the game. It's COMBAT COMBAT COMBAT COMBAT COMBAT COMBAT COMBAT COMBAT COMBAT COMBAT and nothing but COMBAT. Wow, it is so clear that this game didn't get properly finished. All the hordes and hordes of enemies you had to kill... it just became excruciating. Of course all these massive battles dragged my frame rate to around 2fps, which is why I finally relented and turned on god mode. I was getting more and more disgusted with the game by the minute, but I had invested so much time, I had to see at least ONE of the endings. It's really a shame. Troika clearly has great game ideas and designers, but they just CAN'T get the technical side right, and/or they constantly get pushed to release too early. A shame.

I hope Troika gets it right some day, cause that would truly be something. Until then, Vampire Bloodlines, starts off as a flawed masterpiece, but descends into dreck....
2299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any Zelda impressions? on: January 12, 2005, 02:43:48 AM
Just finished the first dungeon, and I am having a lot of fun! It is the classic Zelda - Link to the Past style, but already they have thrown in some new wrinkles to the gameplay. Interface wise, it's a lot like the GB/GBC Zelda games. The R-switch is a context-sensitive switch as an addition to the GB controls. Great fun! Very pretty! Even the low-res GBA stuff looks pretty nice on the GBPlayer on my TV. The death animation for monsters is quite cool! So far, a must for Zelda fans! smile
2300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any Zelda impressions? on: January 11, 2005, 06:58:20 PM
To answer my own question, yes I was able to pick this up today from an EB. Played for about 20-25 minutes and so far so good. Classic Zelda forumla. The graphics look great, possibly the best I have seen so far on GBA. I will give it the real litmus test tonight on the GBPlayer on the TV. The world does seem a bit small compared to other Zelda games, but I imagine I will be spending a lot of it shrunk down so that will make it bigger than it seems. I'm just happy to have some new Zelda action! smile
2301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Any Zelda impressions? on: January 11, 2005, 04:40:06 PM
Minish cap comes out today right? I may try to pick it up, but I can't remember if it shipped yesterday or ships today. Should stores have it today?
2302  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 - 9.8, 5/5, *9.6gs*...temptation official! on: January 10, 2005, 07:30:32 PM
Wow. I am a big fan of Greg K's reviews and the way he gushed over it has changed me from "indifferent" to "interested". Just what I need ANOTHER game to add to the cube backlog. (whimper)

And I am for sure picking up Zelda for the GBA this week. Damn, I need about 10 hours added to each day for gaming! smile
2303  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap - reivewers are stupid on: January 09, 2005, 01:09:40 AM
I'm definitely IN on this one. EB had a demo which I fooled around with for about 15 seconds. After that completely thorough evaluation, it looks good! smile
2304  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What should I play next? on: January 05, 2005, 10:19:22 PM
Paper Mario!!! Paper Mario!!!! Paper Mario!!!!
2305  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What adult type games like Resident Evil 4 are Cube bound? on: December 31, 2004, 05:14:33 PM
Expensive? The most I have seen Eternal Darkness for in the past two years is $20 (except for the odd sighting for full price at somewhere like Toys R Us)! I routinely see it new for $10! How cheap should it be, free?! smile

ED would be worth it for $100!!!!
2306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What adult type games like Resident Evil 4 are Cube bound? on: December 30, 2004, 02:32:09 AM
Eternal Darkness is a superb, masterpiece of a game. It really is one of the real reasons to own a gamecube.
2307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Demo and Source impressions on: December 28, 2004, 11:10:50 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"


If you are still looking to check out/form further opinions on the Source engine based on Vampire you are in for a dissapointment.  It simply isn't as polished or optimized as it was for HL2.



That my friend is an understatement! smile

I am having a blast playing Vampire, as the quests and writing are top notch, but oh my does it ever run like pure sludge in the outdoor sections. Really, aside from the faces, you would never know it's the Source engine. I can't even be sure that the sound stuttering in this game is to be blamed on the known Source Engine issue, since this game seems to need to thrash my poor hard drive at all times. It's amazing how much better the HL2 demo performs and looks in comparison to this game running on what is supposed to be the same engine. My system is quite old and showing its age with this game, but it does meet or exceed the min/recommended requirements on the box, so I do find it a bit frustrating. Still, although it is marred with many flaws outside of the poor engine performance, it is one DAMN GREAT game, that I am having an (agonized) unholy amount of fun playing....

If anyone knows any magic .cfg changes I could make to get it to stop thrashing the hard drive at all times, please let me know (or provide a link)! smile
2308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Demo and Source impressions on: December 26, 2004, 11:35:11 PM
Quote from: "Louis Cypher"
Did you forget what you wrote?

Quote
I got to finally check out the HL2 demo. Keep in mind, I wasn't evaluating the game. I already know that the game has very little interest for me, and that I really wouldn't have much fun playing it


Actually, I had forgotten about that. That was not worded very well by me. I was merely pointing out that I was checking out the demo to check out the (much lauded) engine moreso than the game. I haven't been all that crazy about playing HL2 (I didn't love HL) but I was very excited to try out the demo so I could see what everyone was raving about. I don't have any particular neagtive opinions towards the game or Valve, so I was mad that someone said I went in wanting to hate it. Note, I didn't really think Doom 3 was all that great a game either, but I did think that a lot of its environmental (ie. walls, floors, etc.) graphics look better than HL2 (at least on my system). Anyway, I was impressed by the game's performance, but there were a couple aspects of the demo that disappointed me (given the tons of hype the engine has received). I promise I don't have any sinister motives to denigrate the game or the engine.

Speaking of the Source engine, I got Vampire for X-mas and am now ready to fire it up for the first time! smile
2309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Demo and Source impressions on: December 26, 2004, 05:07:37 PM
I think there may be something to the non DX9 theory in regards to the texture quality (and remember i am pretty much only talking about walls, floors, etc.). My buddy whose favorite game of all time is Half Life and who absolutely loved the sequel has an even older card than mine and he agreed with me that Doom 3's wall textures looked much better. Of course since I am only here to trash the game since I already decided ahead of time to hate it (thanks to the enlightened poster who pointed that out. After all I did completely trash the game by daring to say I thought Doom 3 looked a little better), I might as well stop contributing to this thread. Whenever I get a new PC (with the current gen of vid card) I am sure I will look at HL2 again.
2310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LOTR: TTA (More impressions please!) on: December 23, 2004, 11:50:47 PM
I just got to the Eastern Moria and I am having a blast! Yes, this is a dumb RPG all the way, but wow what a teriffic use of the license! ME LIKEY~! smile
2311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Demo and Source impressions on: December 22, 2004, 09:58:04 PM
Quote from: "ChrisGwinn"
I have a HL2 icon on my desktop.

What video card do you have?  I remember being really impressed by the texture work in HL2, and I'm wondering if it's because of all the magic bells and whistles on my 6800.


Mine is a GeForce 5600. Not cutting edge, but completely DirectX 9 compliant. Please don't misconstrue my comments as saying I thought HL2 was ugly. It was FAR from that. It's just after hearing the massive hyperbole for the engine (which in regards to animations, physics, and faces [EDIT: and FPS] was quite deserved) I was very disappointed to look at extremely blurry looking walls. (Even with textures set to High)

I'm glad to see Steam is configurable to be less obtrusive if the effort is put forth. I very definitely didn't look into configuring it at all, aside from making sure it doesn't run everytime Windows starts.
2312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Recommend a GBA game for a long plane ride on: December 22, 2004, 09:53:14 PM
Quote from: "Teggy"
Would A Link To the Past be a good choice? I've never played any of the Zelda games.


Oh my yes. One of the best games ever made and for my money far superior to the other great games listed so far in this thread (that I've played)!! BUY NOW~! smile
2313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Recommend a GBA game for a long plane ride on: December 22, 2004, 06:13:36 PM
I see Golden Sun 1 still pretty often in stores. Particularly used. I can recommend Mario & Luigi superstar saga as well. Great stuff!
2314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Demo and Source impressions on: December 22, 2004, 05:32:29 PM
There is a main Steam window, where I select "Play Games". Then there is a lit of games including the HL2 demo. Then when I click on HL2, it brings up a 3rd window telling me it is starting the demo. When I exit the game, all 3 windows are still there. There may be a way to clean it all up, but I am not sure how to do it.
2315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Demo and Source impressions on: December 22, 2004, 04:48:10 PM
I  got to finally check out the HL2 demo. Keep in mind, I wasn't evaluating the game. I already know that the game has very little interest for me, and that I really wouldn't have much fun playing it. I was purely interested in evaluating it as a tech demo and seeing how well (or poorly) it ran on my aged (and fading) machine. So, anyway, first off: Steam. While it was easy to create my account and I was grateful to not have to give them all sorts of info (only an emal addy) I must say that I don't like the fact that I have to have *3* Steam Windows open (and they stay open) just to launch one game. Irritating. Is there no way for me to have a HL2 icon on my desktop to click on? Weird.

The game (or engine). Honestly, I was not very impressed. Yes, the first image I see (the zoomed in face) was awesome. The faces are, without question, far beyond anything I have ever seen before. The overall frame rate is much much better than Doom3. But, I was suffering from the well known sound stuttering problem. Downgrading sound quality to Low helped, but did not eliminate the problem. It did seem limited to situations where voiceovers are happening, but I was stuttering a lot and it was irritating.

I was very very underwhelmed by the textures on walls both inside and out. Even when I jacked the quality to high and boosted antialiasing (which by the way required a *5* minute load and then slowed my performance to a crawl as the HD was constantly chugging) the walls were flat out ugly and blurry (though better than on Medium). (I hit my only load zone at this point, and the wait was excruciating. I stopped counting at 40 seconds. I didn't encounter one with everything set at default, so I am sure this was a worst case scenario.) No question in this regard Doom 3 looks MUCH better. I was impressed when I stepped outside since there was all sorts of stuff going on and my framerate, while not smooth was pretty good. Certainly if the Doom 3 engine tried this, it would have chugged to a halt. (Note, I had reset AA to off and Textures to Medium at this point). Still, there are some crappy lo-res textures in this game and they look ugly. I think I care much more about texture quality than I do polygon count as far as what pleases me graphically. So, I would conclude that I actually prefer the way Doom 3 looks to Half-Life 2. The faces were (as mentioned) incredible though.

The Physics. They're ok. Certainly better than any other game I've played (Yes, in the demo you get to play with the gravity gun.) Setting things on fire was fun and hurling objects around was nice. However, one thing that really bothered me, was I killed one of those crab head dudes, and he fell and his head vanished into a crate. Even Thief 3, which had a pathetically bad "realistic" physics engine, managed to get this right. Not that most games do it right. But most games don't get the hype that the Source engine does, so I was disappointed to see it.

So anyway, I was a little disappointed with it overall. It looks good and runs well (minus the stuttering), but I think I actually prefer Doom 3's gfx to it. Oh well... There's my thoughts. Feel free to be apalled by them.
2316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GBA - Anything on the horizon? on: December 21, 2004, 04:29:30 PM
True, but (as you mentioned) we finally get a new Zelda for it next month! ME EXCITED~!~! smile
2317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is Resident Evil 4 coming to Xbox? Have heard rumors. on: December 20, 2004, 01:27:40 AM
It has been announced that it will come out for the PS2 at the tail end of 2005. I haven't heard anything about the X-Box.

[Edited because I forgot what century I was living in...]
2318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The games you've been playing on: December 06, 2004, 06:53:26 PM
I just finished Paper Mario last week. (A superb game that I hope sells 1 gagillion copies!)

Lots of World of Warcraft

This week I should start up Tales of Symphonia.

I also want to get back to Metroid Prime so I can pick up the sequel some time before 2007.

Mario & Luigi Superstar Sage in fits and spurts.

I asked for a bunch of stuff for X-mas, so the backlog isn't going to get any smaller....
2319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How will thief 3 run for me? on: December 05, 2004, 11:23:21 PM
I can't give you a performace comparison, cause I only played the game itself - not the demo. The demo was released after the game, so I would guess they play pretty similarly.

If you want to know how good the game is, I thought it was great - a flawed masteripece. The missions themselves were great. The city sections were a good idea, but I think they missed the mark in execution. In any event, it was a fitting end to one of the best gaming series, EVER~!
2320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How will thief 3 run for me? on: December 05, 2004, 06:01:16 PM
I played it on an Athlon 1400, 512M, and GeForce 5600 FX. My vid card is a bit better than yours, but otherwise your system should be faster. While it wasn't sily smooth, it was more than acceptable for me. Turning Anti-Aliasing off will help a lot.
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