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4321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Devil's Right : PSP pwnz DS. on: May 22, 2006, 01:34:37 PM
Quote from: "Tebunker"
It's why I like my current job so much, my customers actually appreciate my knowledge and use me as a resource


Most of mine do too, and I find it quite gratifying. It makes the ones that don't stand out that much more sometimes.
4322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3: We're Sony. You know you'll buy it anyway. on: May 22, 2006, 11:36:58 AM
Wait til the PS3 launches and the games look worse than 360.

Fanboism? No. Just take a look at the stuff coming out on 360. The games already look substantially better then the launch titles did. I expect the same thing will be true for PS3 and 360 titles like Gears of War will look better than PS3 launch titles simply because the developers will have had much more time wiith thhe final hardware.

This might actually be a pretty good reason to limit production initially. The hardcore fans are going to buy the system the first chance they get. A lot of other folks will be shut out of a purchase for a few months, and by then, just like with the 360, the games should start to improve.
4323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Super Mario Bros. on: May 22, 2006, 11:04:37 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
Well, from my playtime, I'd probably give the fun factor of the game about a 5.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Out of 20.
Yes, yes... feel the hate flow through you...


ROFLMAO
4324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Devil's Right : PSP pwnz DS. on: May 22, 2006, 03:19:08 AM
Some weeks ago (long before E3) this guy is in the store with his kid and starts asking about the PS3. How is it going to be, he wants to know. I tell him we really don't know just yet but that it will probably be on par with 360. But are the games on PS3 going to be better, asks the kid. I repeat that we don't know because there are no PS3 games yet (only some lousy screens and FMV stuff, no real footage...especially back when this happpened).

Said guy left me stunned when he turned to his kid and proclaimed that I obviously had no idea what I was talking about.

Whatever.

It's surprising how many people seem to have finally caved in on buying a 360 after hearing what the price on the PS3 was going to be. Not hordes, mind you, but more than I expected.
4325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New PSP games for trip? on: May 21, 2006, 12:30:16 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
Quote
My only gripe is how long games can get when playing through the "unlock a skin" mode.

That killed Lumines for me too.  I didn't want to play 10+ minutes to get through the first few levels over and over.  I think Lumines is to slow in that regard.  Tetris seemed to get harder a lot faster, and was more addictive because of it.


I'm waiting to see if they include the ability to start at a particular skin with Lumines 2.
4326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / my DS CAN in fact swim-INSANE UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on: May 19, 2006, 01:43:59 PM
Is it hard to open the thing up completely?
4327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / need help picking out my next DS game on: May 19, 2006, 01:42:36 PM
Wow, I just watched this vid for the next one (Portrait of Ruin) and I gotta say it looks like the enemies are creative. Looks like fun and I bet my son would love it too. I'll have to keep an eye out for this at the store.

Dang, too many good DS games...I just picked up Tetris DS yesterday.
4328  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your favorite X360 game? on: May 19, 2006, 01:11:07 PM
I'll have to go with Burnout Revenge.
If I could find a code to keep the heat level for NFS at 3 it would be really hard to top it, though. Once it hit 4, though, it became more work than fun and it was either put my fist through the monitor or quit.
4329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / need help picking out my next DS game on: May 19, 2006, 01:08:06 PM
I'm an explorer by nature. E.g. playing WoW I'm always heading up into the mountains hoping to stumble across some cool hidden thing. I really liked all the hidden areas of the Loco Roco demo.

How twitchy/hard is Dawn of Sorrow. I'm what you might call a hardcore casual gamer. If it takes a high degree of skill/speed I'm going to get into trouble.
4330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Most anticipated games? on: May 19, 2006, 11:48:57 AM
No particular order:

Loco Roco (PSP)
Ninety Nine Nights (360)
Magnetica (DS)
Mario 3 vs 3 basketball (DS)
Every Extend Extra (PSP)
Elite Beat Agents (DS)
Spore (Every known platform on the planet and a few we haven't encountered yet)
4331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / need help picking out my next DS game on: May 19, 2006, 11:44:54 AM
Is it the kind of thing that would be hard to appreciate if you'd never played acastlevania game before?
4332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / need help picking out my next DS game on: May 18, 2006, 11:43:15 AM
I'm a big fan of Meteos, personally. But if you aren't sure, pick it up used. Then if you don't like it, take it back.

Would someone explain the Castlevania thing to me? It's a side-scroller, right? Everyone is raving about it, but what's so special?
4333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New PSP games for trip? on: May 17, 2006, 06:11:01 PM
As an aside, the first MGA is a poor choice for traveling if you expect to be in bright conditions. The colors are very dark.
4334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New PSP games for trip? on: May 17, 2006, 02:56:14 PM
Hot Shots is also good for travel, because the bright colors work under a variety of lighting conditions. Darker games are hard to play, say, in a car when there's sunlight.
4335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New PSP games for trip? on: May 16, 2006, 08:27:04 PM
Oh! If you don't mind upgrading to 2.7, get your hands on the Loco Roco demo. It's free and could easily provide an hour or more of entertainment.
4336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Recommend an Xbox game for my 360 on: May 14, 2006, 12:55:39 PM
Fable has some framerate issues in isolated spots, some sound pops, and remains the only game to ever lock up my 360, but those issues were all minor.
4337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Recommend an Xbox game for my 360 on: May 14, 2006, 03:45:25 AM
Heya Don!
Howya been?

Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge

Hard to find a better game for 30 bucks, but lucky you, you can get it for 3.
4338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lots of new content on Marketplace now! on: May 14, 2006, 03:10:34 AM
Quote from: "DiscoJason"
I think it could also be called part Animal Crossing as well.  I am definitely interested in it.


Yeah, I've been billing it as Animal Crossing meets Pokemon. I think this one, especially with the huge marketing push coming behind it (in case you haven't heard, there's a companion tv show), could be huge.

What concerns me is that it is on 360 and this isn't a typical xbox type of game. I think it's exciting that Microsoft wants to branch out into more family friendly titles, but I wonder how well it will be received.
4339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Good games for PSP? (more info within) on: May 12, 2006, 08:52:59 PM
It's funny, I'm REALLY enjoying Battles of Prince of Persia for DS so far, a game that was widely panned. The interface is really annoying, but while the interface is intrusive/non-intuitive, I like the actual gameplay in the early going (three scenarios down).
4340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Good games for PSP? (more info within) on: May 12, 2006, 08:31:08 PM
I haven't played that much of it (hence my comment). It is a small squad tactics game with some RPG elements (your characters earn xp and can spend them on various powers and items). It has basic elements such as facing, zone of control, and terrain bonuses.

If you like TBS and LotR then my guess is you'd enjoy this one. There's some novelty to commanding familiar characters. The game looks pretty good, though identifying characters at a distance can be tricky. The cut scenes introducing each battle are very well done (i.e. movie clips) just as one would expect (the music too).

I only played a few of the battles and there was some decent variety, from kill all to escape, etc.

The biggest knock I can give is that while I enjoyed fiddling with it, it just didn't compel me to continue playing it. Bear in mind this is not unusual for me and I have quite a few games that I have barely scratched the surface of. I tend to play my games in a streaky fashion where I focus largely on one or two at a time.

I don't think this one sold that well. It should be available used for about 25 bucks, which isn't a bad buy-in price if you like TBS.

I'll post my initial remarks from an OO thread below:

Posts are separated by --
If you look at the very last post that was probably why I put it down in the first place and just didn't feel compelled to go back.

Ok, went through the tutorial (same as the first mission) and the first two Fellowship missions on easy difficulty. You can also play the entire campaign as the host of Mordor and destroy the Fellowship.

The presentation is very nice. Characters and backgrounds look good. Music is pretty, nice ambient sound effects. There are cutscenes from the movies between missions that introduce the mission for you. They are a bit chopped together (they cut from scene to scene), for instance one moment showing Elron talking to the counil and saying someone has to bear the ring to Mt Doom and the next showing the Fellowship in a Blizzard electing to take the pass through the Mines, but they look great otherwise (letterboxed presentation) and so far do a good job of introducing each encounter.

The interface and issuing commands is simple but reasonably effective. The camera (controlled with analog stick) isn't perfect (not entirely free roaming) but not bad, especially for this sort of game. Movement is conducted with they d-pad. Shoulder buttons do various things based on context, but generally used for selecting characters and targets. Face buttons are used to bring up stats, select skills and such, plus the obligatory confirm orders. My only real interface gripe (and it is trivial) so far is that the X button exits from the hero upgrade screen to the main map and I keep hitting it when trying to buy skills.

Missions are rewarded based on rounds to complete them as well as survival of your characters. Characters receive experience based on their performance and it should be noted that even characters not in a given scenario earn a little bit. They gain levels with enough xp, unlocking new skill choices (I just got Frodo a stealth ability and Gimli an attack with a high chance to stun). These skills use up a mana-type pool (blue bar and all).

First mission is deal X damage to the witch king (X varies with difficulty level). I actually did quite poorly the first time through on this mission (even on easy) by allowing Aragorn to get taken down, which let the wringwraiths get in Sam and Frodo's faces. Because of zone of control, they couldn't then use their ranged attacks (they throw rocks) at the Witch King. I did much better the second time.

Second mission is in the Mines of Moria where you must get off the bridge past a cave troll while Gandalf holds off the Ballhog...I mean Balrog. The Balrog was quite impressive looking in my opinion. Completing that one openened up an optional mission which is a defeat all, so the objectives are quite varied so far.

The stunning skill I just obtained probably would have been a big help in that mission because you could have stunned the troll and run past (you can't just move past him because of zone of control). The skill effects are relatively understated so far, but to me that is in keeping with the style of the stories. This isn't Final Fantasy and shouldn't look like it.

I forgot to mention there are separate movement and combat phases. All orders are issued for a phase then it all plays out at once. Combat resolution is fast, almost too fast as it is a bit hard to keep up with the camera jumping from character to character at first.

Overall impression thus far is very positive. The presentation is slick. I can't really evaluate it critically as a strategy game because in all honesty I don't play them a tremendous amount. My instinct is that this is a light, easily approachable game that does have some depth to it (there are terrain effects, zones of control, etc), but that hardcore strategy types will probably consider it fluffy. There are an array of stats Strength, Agility, etc. for each character and you can upgrade these with skills, lending it a distinct RPG feel (which is certainly appropriate). It remains to be seen whether you end up having enough cash to buy everything or whether the choices you make will really have meaning on how your heroes/bad guys play down the road.

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The battlefields have some variety, with raised areas that give accuracy bonuses to ranged, for instance. The manual indicates there is stuff like mud that has other effects (e.g. decreased speed) but I haven't seen that initially. I know that one of the missions I have yet to do has columns you can hide behind (this is mentioned in the tips given before starting the mission).

One other thing I forgot to mention is that although the back of the box says "Build a massive army" the missions at the start present more of a squad-based game on very small maps, which fits with the opening of first movie. I'm interested to see how the later stuff will play out (e.g. Helmsdeep). The focus seems to be on the major characters so it wouldn't surprise me if the game handled the AI for the bit players in the larger scale events, but we'll see.

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So I didn't realize this before, but the optional defeat all mission I opened up is the first I've seen where I have a) grunt troops in the form of a gondor soldier and 3 gondor rangers and b) get to choose which heroes I want to use (you pick two...I went with Gimli and Aragorn).

There are 2 cave trolls (on opposite sides of the map naturally) and 5-6 goblins which come in from the sides. I focused on the trolls initially, which left me getting picked apart from the gobbos. I actually did ok, losing only the soldier (nasty crit from one of the trolls) until Gimli fell on the very last round (I knew I should have used that leaf of dried stuffamabob I'm carrying).

The mission that follows this has a victory condition wherein Frodo must survive. That should be interesting. I'm very reluctant to spend my winnings on healing items rather than permanent skills.

Some minor niggles:
It seems that with some skills you can use, the game won't automatically target the right spot. For instance, I use Dunedin Wrath, which adds damage to Gimli's melee attack and the targeting cursor gets put one spot behind where it should be and the map displays the red I can't attack here image. Not a big deal, you just have to bump the cursor over, but it is annoying.

It can be a bit hard to tell what things on the screen are when they get a moderate distance from you. I would bounce between characters to make sure I was moving toward the right thing when in the movement phase.

I don't want to make a big deal out of this, but thought I should mention I've seen at least one instance where an object that appears to block LOS can be shot through. There are definitely objects that can't be (I used a column in this mission to protect a ranger with a sliver of health). This was a stone block that I guess was intended to be decorative. It should have been made smaller or solid, IMO.

One cool thing I noticed is that the stance animations change when your characters get wounded. They kind of slouch or slump depending on the character, which is neat.
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A word of warning:

Either I'm totally whacked or, in one of the most baffling design decisions I've ever seen, you can't access the pause menu from outside a battle (i.e. at the shop screens). Moreover, there is no autosave. Without thinking about it, you could easily exit from the game and lose all your progress.

If I'm missing something, someone let me know.
4341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metal Gear Acid 2 on: May 12, 2006, 08:16:06 PM
All I can say is they've never bothered me....the only time it gets to be a nuisance at all is when reloading repeatedly after buying card packs from the card shop and getting junk....not that I'd EVER do such a thing....  :twisted:
4342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / E3 killed my 360 on: May 12, 2006, 06:00:48 PM
Every warranty I've ever seen from anybody (Gamestop/BB/Circuit City etc.) has always been tied to the serial number you bought. It gets you a replacement, then you can purchase a new warranty for that if you choose. A lot of the time this is a waste, but on certan items it can be a godsend. For instance, I got one on my PDA and got a replacement when I dropped it.
4343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Good games for PSP? (more info within) on: May 12, 2006, 05:57:51 PM
Actually, Metal Gear Acid 1&2 are really nifty TBS games for PSP. There's also Field Commander, which is coming out soon and looks good. LotR Tactics is decent, but not as engaging as I had hoped.

FYI, there are several really good TBS games on DS (Advance Wars, Age of Empires, Battles of Prince of Persia). While many reviews panned BoPP, it may turn out to be my favorite of that group.
4344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So, uh, how bout the PSP? on: May 12, 2006, 03:43:27 PM
Quote from: "depward"
Yeah, I love Lumines, but I wish that I could just start at "Shake your Body" instead of having to get to it AND unlock skins.  Glad to hear Lumines 2 fixed this.


I don't know if they have or not, which was my point. If they have, it's a definite buy for me, if they haven't I may pass on it.
4345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Both versions of the PS3 are 'identical'? on: May 12, 2006, 01:20:40 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
One issue I have heard mentioned about the WiFi on the core version.  No WiFi means no interconnectivity with your PSP with the planned features of some games.


I don't see why you couldn't connect via usb.
4346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So, uh, how bout the PSP? on: May 12, 2006, 11:33:41 AM
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"

Every Extend Extra
Lumines 2
LocoRoco WILL rock


Those are three biggies for me, especially E3 and LocoRoco. What would make me very excited about Lumines would be hearing that you could begin a game from any unlocked skin (the lack of which being what caused me to put the first down).

I was hyped for field commander at one time, but I have a DS these days and am getting my TBS fill from Advance Wars, Age of Empires, and Prince of Persia.
4347  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / E3 killed my 360 on: May 12, 2006, 11:29:09 AM
Quote from: "Sarkus"
Call and ask for the district manager.  Explain the situation - they should not have cared about the remote or the HDD.  What they should have done is opened the new one and swapped the decks with you, keeping the new HDD and letting you keep yours.  All MS cares about is that they send back a box with all the parts.

As for the extended warranty, that's pretty much how it works everywhere - it's a one use only deal.


I agree completely with what Sarkus said above.
4348  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I think my DS Lite just bit the dust - UPDATED! on: May 12, 2006, 02:32:36 AM
Make sure you leave the battery out for literally a minute or so, to make sure any residual power is gone.
4349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metal Gear Acid 2 on: May 12, 2006, 02:31:23 AM
The 2nd is hands-down better than the first (with the possible exception of story, but I'm not far enough into 2 to know) and I enjoyed the first. More in-depth strategy (e.g. trap and linkage cards), much more fluid gameplay (CQC/opening doors/picking up items while moving), color palette is more conducive to playing in brightly lit conditions, being able to choose from 3 bonus missions on each map, better quality visuals on special cards...I could go on.

Great game.

I also have AoE and it's neat, but a much more conventional strategy game.
4350  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DS] Hotel Dusk: Room 215 on: May 11, 2006, 03:28:45 AM
I'm really digging several of the vids on that page. Elite Beat Agents, Magnetica, and the Mario basketball look fantastic, IMO.
4351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DS] Hotel Dusk: Room 215 on: May 11, 2006, 02:40:45 AM
Check out this video: http://e3src.nintendo.com/games/ds/hotel_dusk_room_215/

This looks fantastic.
4352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I think my DS Lite just bit the dust - UPDATED! on: May 10, 2006, 03:58:27 PM
Have you tried removing the battery for a minute? No idea how hard that might be to do.
4353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New WoW alliance race at E3 on: May 10, 2006, 03:11:42 PM
They aren't Draeni.
It appears they are Eredar

Scratch that...
Appears they are Draenei after all
4354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lots of new content on Marketplace now! on: May 10, 2006, 02:03:59 PM
But what's funny is that some downloads seem to work much better than others...as if they were on different servers.
4355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lots of new content on Marketplace now! on: May 10, 2006, 12:20:15 PM
Quote from: "metallicorphan"
lost planet was really good,i was really impressed with it

for some reason though i had trouble downloading the shadowrun trailer...it just stuck on 6%...anyone else have this problem?


had that same issue with Viva Piņata. I think that's just the server being overloaded, but not sure.
4356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is Sony done with PSP? on: May 10, 2006, 12:19:18 PM
Quote from: "Tebunker"
wasn't there some news a few months back that Sony was discontinuing the current SKU, which is why it's marked EOL, and is introducing a new sku at a lower price point without as much stuff included?


There is a core system now that is just the psp and ac adapter for 199. Been out for a while, but I haven't heard anything about the original bundle being discontinued.
4357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How can you not remember Mercury? on: May 09, 2006, 08:45:01 PM
Mercury was a game I was really interested in, but the reports of the difficulty steered me away.

The screenshots for Mercury Meltdown look NOTHING like the original game...very cartoony.
4358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 pricing on: May 09, 2006, 01:54:43 PM
Actually, I don't think the price is insane at all.
Whether you agree or not, for Sony the PS3 is about more than games. It is about Blu-Ray. I think when BR players start showing up on the market, the PS3 will look pretty attractive price-wise. The problem is really that it's a big pill to swallow for those consumers that just want to play games.
4359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So Fasa has something Shadowrun related in the works on: May 07, 2006, 07:35:18 PM
Quote from: "Soulchilde"
I doubt seriously if it is a MMO.  A Shadowrun MMo would be rather difficult to pull off.   Especially, with the Decker class.


Actually, I could see them doing that in such a way as to be really cool.
Imagine it like doing a corpse run in WoW, where everything is the same but looks different. You can see stuff but can't interact. Add in ICE and other stuff only visible in cyberspace and combat in the cyber-realm and it might be pretty wild. I could see fights taking place in the same locale in real and cyberspace.
4360  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS Lite - Out in US June 11th - (for $129) on: May 05, 2006, 06:38:47 PM
The original isn't currently cheaper, though I wouldn't be too surprised to see a drop, depending on how much stock is out there.
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