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2281  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Tuesday - 03/15/05 on: March 15, 2005, 08:56:08 PM
Also today:

Red Dwarf seasons 5 and 6!!!!!!~!
2282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Summoner 2 - another solid Cube title, any others? on: March 08, 2005, 05:17:47 PM
My faves:

Eternal Darkness
Metroid Prime
Skies of Arcadia: Legends
Super Smash Brothers Melee
Mario Sunshine
Simpsons Hit and Run and Simpsons Road Rage
Star Wars Rogue Leader
Soul Calibur 2
Lord of the Rings TTA

Currently playing Resident Evil 4. It's gorgeous, but I am not sure the game is great yet, but I am early on.
2283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Iwata pretty much concedes next generation, kinda sorta on: March 05, 2005, 05:36:13 PM
Quote from: "Sarkus"
but it means they may very well become the Apple of video games - respected and known for quality, but only a fractional player.

I think they already ARE in that role. And, as long as they are profitable at it, they will continue to revel in it.

Having said that, when I read Iwata's comments last night, I had a sinking feeling. I see me playing my cube throughout the next generation, unless Revolution is better than I fear it will be, or unless MS or Sony actually come out with games I want to play.
2284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Birthday gaming Haul!!! on: March 02, 2005, 10:38:43 PM
So every X-mas and birthday I always list a bunch of games I want for my family and usually maybe get 1 or 2 of them. Well yesterday, I got FIVE of them! I was actually somewhat appalled at the onslaught of games I received. If I could quantify my (already considerable) gaming backlog with a number, today I would have to add an exponent to it! Here's what I got:

Resident Evil 4 - (used with no manual... grrrr.)
Mario Kart Double Dash - FUN!
Need For Speed Underground
Mario Golf
Spiderman 2

2285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GCN controller on the PC? on: March 02, 2005, 10:35:44 PM
Got my adaptor this week. I only have had a brief time to fool with it, but after some minor frustration and reconnects of the USB port, I got it working perfectly. Yes, both analog sticks are supported!!!

Thanks for the link GatorFavre!!!
2286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Eternal Darkness: what a cool game! on: March 01, 2005, 06:39:12 PM
One of my favorite games EVER, and reason enough on its own why the cube rules!!!! smile

Have a blast! Remember if you win on all 3 colors you get the "final" ending. smile
2287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / For the love of god: Help me find an RPG on: February 25, 2005, 03:21:48 PM
Honestly, looking at what you like in this generation, I would suggest looking at some more PC RPGs.
2288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just bought an N64.. on: February 17, 2005, 08:53:27 PM
When my gamecube to USB adaptor arrives, I am going to play MM emulated so I can bypass that HORRIFIC save game system. I am very excited about it!
2289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy Tactics Advanced on: February 17, 2005, 04:48:04 PM
I found this used at an EB a couple nights ago (my first sighting of this game in ANY store in weeks) and picked it up. So far I have... read the manual. lol. I tried to start it last night, but when they were trying to explain to me how to snowball fight, my eyes were drooping and I had to go to sleep. smile

I'll post some impressions when I actually get a chance to try it out!
2290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: this may help on: February 14, 2005, 08:12:40 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"

Same here on the store as a whole. One question though - does this support both analog sticks of the PS2/Cube? Would make for a nice controller...

I'll let you know when mine arrives. Rest assured I will be quite angry if it does not.
2291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GCN controller on the PC? on: February 14, 2005, 04:51:44 PM
But the Dreamcast sold in much larger #s in Japan than the XBox ever has. The X-Box has like NO presence in Japan at all.
2292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GCN controller on the PC? on: February 14, 2005, 03:30:06 PM
My guess is that it's a Japanese product. The X-Box is nothing in Japan.
2293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My new little system, again... on: February 14, 2005, 04:42:21 AM
Have fun with the cube! I just got done playing mine for around 3 hours! smile

If you haven't tried it, make sure you get Eternal Darkness! Awesome game.
2294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GCN controller on the PC? on: February 14, 2005, 04:40:45 AM
Thanks! smile
2295  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
2296  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?
2297  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
2298  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
2299  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
2300  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
2301  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
2302  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!
2303  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
2304  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.
2305  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?
2306  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.
2307  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.
2308  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...)
2309  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.
2310  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.
2311  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....
2312  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
2313  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
2314  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?
2315  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
2316  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
2317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What should I play next? on: January 05, 2005, 10:19:22 PM
Paper Mario!!! Paper Mario!!!! Paper Mario!!!!
2318  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!!!!
2319  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.
2320  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
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