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4401  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Blazing Angels - Mar.24th on: March 16, 2006, 02:23:53 PM
I can't get a clear vibe of what this game is supposed to be. If it is a high-flyin' action-y game, which it appears to be, I may give it a whirl. But I'm not sure if it really is that or something a bit more serious.
4402  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rare's next game: Viva Piņata for 360? on: March 16, 2006, 12:14:59 PM
Kameo was an N64 title as well.

Yeah this looks like a cross between Pokemon and Animal Crossing, complete with TV show on Fox and merchandise coming out our ears...
4403  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Amped 3? on: March 09, 2006, 06:27:40 PM
Thanks for the input, fellas. The reason I was looking at this was because I thought my son would like it, but I needed to give it a spin to see how "mature" it was. I think it'll be fine, based on what I've seen so far. I see there are some two-player events where you are tied together. That sounds like a blast.

I love the Burnout-esque "crash junctions" where you are trying to bash yourself up in creative ways. I know he'll love that too, as well as simply the free-roaming aspect.
4404  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Amped 3? on: March 09, 2006, 06:03:40 PM
Why was there so little discussion of this game?

I've only spent a few minutes with it, but it looks good, has a completely sick sense of humor, great art style, what may turn out to be one of the most remarkable sountracks I've ever heard in a game, and seems like it will be fun to play (and that's considering I don't have a particular interest in this kind of game). It seems like there is an absolute ton of stuff to do and Ive only seen the first resort.

Comments? Does it get too hard or otherwise become sucky somehow?
4405  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Burnout Revenge 360 on: March 09, 2006, 06:00:52 PM
I don't understand the comments about the load screens. They don't seem bad at all to me.

I'm up for some live racing when I'm not playing WoW.

My gamertag is Banfilidh
4406  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GRAW - Out Tomorrow in Many Stores on: March 08, 2006, 02:08:32 PM
Quote from: "Sarkus"
Looks like a street date/miscommunication scenario.  Games will show up in the GameStop system with an actual ship date but it's not always clear if there is a street date as well.  It's possible that either corporate didn't know there was a street date or they didn't make it clear to stores.

As for stores telling everyone the date in their computer, that's why I always told people to wait for the automated phone message.  I can't remember a time when the game beat the phone message.


Sarkus, what happened in this case was that we received an email late last week saying the game would arrive in stores on the 7th, which left us confused, since that had been listed previously as the ship date. Honestly, I think that was simply a typo.

As far as I can remember (I've had the last couple of days off), there was no street date on this one.
4407  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Spore! on: March 08, 2006, 12:13:24 PM
I sat totally enthralled through this thing for 35 minutes yesterday after I saw it on Qt3. Simply amazing.

Quote from: "gameoverman"
In fact, as I recall, those 3 legged creatures advanced to the point where he had a small city of them.


He took them into space

Quote from: "Autistic Angel"
I wonder if you *have* to eventually walk on land, or if you could create a purely aquatic species that could create domed water-filled cities on land.

-Autistic Angel


Good question. I'd also like to know if you could make a race of pacifistic herbivores.
4408  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GRAW - Out Tomorrow in Many Stores on: March 07, 2006, 04:00:24 PM
Quote from: "denoginizer"
I believe EB is giving an additional 20% on all trade-ins toward 360 games.


This is correct. If you have 360 games t trade in, you can instead do the trade in 2 360 games, get a new one free, which is back on. That should rock for...say...Oblivion collector's ed.
4409  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Burnout Revenge 360 on: March 06, 2006, 01:03:31 PM
Quote from: "disarm"
i'll be picking up Burnout this week for certain...didn't get to play the previous ones much due to not having a console before my 360, but it was always a blast when i had the chance.


Same here. Back in the fall, before I started working there, I used to go into Gamestop on my lunch break and play Revenge on PS2 when it was in the interactive. I've been waiting for this for quite some time.
4410  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gothic 3 for the 360? on: March 06, 2006, 01:02:01 PM
Loved the first one...never got far in the second. I'd give it a go.
4411  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS Lite on: March 03, 2006, 06:15:29 PM
Quote from: "Starshifter"
I'm definitely getting one of these.  Hopefully, I can get a good trade in value for my existing blue DS.


Just be careful. Trade-in values could change as the release of the new ones get closer.
4412  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS Lite on: March 03, 2006, 04:56:48 AM
Does it feel solid, fragile, cheap, slick, etc?
4413  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo can botch a launch too!! on: March 03, 2006, 12:57:59 AM
Quote from: "DiscoJason"
I'm still trying to figure out if the place I imported mine with is going to be able to get a navy blue one when the 11th rolls around.  And not at some crazy price.


That navy is really nice looking. I hope they bring that color here.
4414  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS Lite on: March 02, 2006, 06:34:49 PM
For screen comparisons, see here

Good stuff
4415  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / More Xbox 360's on the way (3/22) on: March 02, 2006, 12:47:27 PM
Yeah, I think if you plopped down your money last summer and then had to wait a long time you have every right to be upset. OTOH, most of our customers were very patient and the ones that found systems elsewhere got their money back from us, so in essence they had a backup plan.

Up until early November, we were expecting to have most preorders filled at launch for our store. That obviously didn't happen.

I don't think there should be any hesitation to preorder at Gamestop provided you do so early in the process. Regardless, I have a feeling that the PS3 will be handled quite a bit differently in light of how this whole thing went down.
4416  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / More Xbox 360's on the way (3/22) on: March 02, 2006, 05:39:13 AM
Unless there's some region to region variation, that info is wrong.
Those systems are due on 4/1.

The 3/22 date is when all current preorders are supposed to have been filled.
4417  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Longest PSP Loading Screen EVAR!! on: March 01, 2006, 12:31:27 PM
Quote from: "Dimmona"
Edit: Ok, so they measured from bootup until first match of the season mode... I guess I can buy that but I still don't remember that much delay.  Still, there are games that are much, much worse.


Such as? I haven't played soem of the games known to have long load times (Madden, GTA, Midnight Club come to mind). I've had around 10 different PSP games and the only one that was even mildly annoying was X-Men Legends II and that had more to do with load frequency than duration.
4418  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Downloading Japanese 360 demos from Live marketplace on: March 01, 2006, 11:57:36 AM
Quote from: "Turtle"
Just did this, couldn't find a demo of 99 Nights


It isn't up yet.
4419  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Good "short" games? on: February 28, 2006, 06:02:26 PM
Quote from: "Koz"
Moonbase Commander is a great TBS that you can play a game of in 20-30 minutes.


Fantastic Game(TM).
4420  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Downloading Japanese 360 demos from Live marketplace on: February 28, 2006, 02:31:38 PM
Thanks Hetz!
4421  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Downloading Japanese 360 demos from Live marketplace on: February 28, 2006, 12:55:54 PM
I know it is supposed to be possible to download Japan-only marketplace content by creating a new gamertag. Has anyone done this that can walk me through it?  The Ninety-nine Nights demo is supposed to be available very shortly and I want to try it.
4422  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I got Kameo today on: February 27, 2006, 11:55:31 AM
Quote from: "rrmorton"
Devil, here's a card for a good therapist I know. You need to talk out that unhealthy fixation you've developed on Major Ruin. He's a video game character, man, and he only lives in one game. Nothing more. Let him go, brother, that's all I ask... Open your palms and drop the gamepad and let him go...


ROFL

Arkon is right, though. In fact, Major wouldn't be close to my first choice for that task. I'd use Deep Blue or Kameo.
4423  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] Exit is a good game on: February 27, 2006, 11:52:07 AM
To me, the trial-and-error component is just part of this kind of game, though the fact you can't see the entire screen at once and having that cause problems is a legitimate complaint.

Totally agreed on the voice sound bytes. I wish we could turn them off. Not going to let that mar a rare puzzle experience though.
4424  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I got Kameo today on: February 26, 2006, 04:29:23 PM
This is the exactly the kind of thing that some people complain about with Kameo. You can't use multiple approaches to the problem. Try Major Ruin and you'll be fine.
4425  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / How I made 300 gold in WoW at level 36 on: February 26, 2006, 01:38:50 AM
Quote from: "Zarkon"
What server?


I'm on Kul Tiras.
Snagged a great buy a while ago. A set of Thorium shield spike plans for 2g.
4426  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / How I made 300 gold in WoW at level 36 on: February 25, 2006, 05:44:15 PM
I've got about 100g at level 35, with several blue items sitting in the bank to auction, and a few others that I am hoarding foor my own use in the next 5-10 levels.

Sold a set of Frostguard plans for 50g last night, which made me pretty happy. I can't believe the two items listed above sold for 100g, but then I'm playing on a new server.
4427  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I got Kameo today on: February 25, 2006, 05:25:05 PM
I don't know which boss they are referring to (I'm about 2/3-3/4 of the way thorugh) but the game isn't remotely hard (this coming from a console and platforming n00b. The only spot I found frustrating was navigating along the ice paths in one village.
4428  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] Exit is a good game on: February 22, 2006, 03:18:52 AM
Quote from: "Moatman"
I haven't tried the second batch of 10 missions yet


Interesting...that second set of 10 was not ut yet a couple of days ago, so they are adding them in a hurry. There are over 100 extra in Japan already. I presume we'll get the same ones. just localized.
4429  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] Exit is a good game on: February 21, 2006, 07:43:07 PM
Quote from: "corruptrelic"
For some reason I was thinking this was a topic about Sony exiting the handheld market.


You know...it's funny.

I like Exit a lot. Still, I think it would have been just as good or better on the DS. Map on the top. Play field on the bottom. Touch an item to pick it up or use it. Touch rope or stairs to climb. Use the stylus to order companions around exactly like the "click" mechanic in the game, etc.
4430  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Intercooler on: February 21, 2006, 02:40:23 PM
I don't know...makes more sense than the stand with the fan built into the bottom from Pelikan.
4431  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] Exit is a good game on: February 21, 2006, 02:39:24 PM
What Jason said.

Classic side-scrolling puzzle with very slick presentation.
If you enjoyed the movement mechanics/jumping style of circa-80s Prince of Persia, you really should pick this up.
4432  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gamecube Component Cables on: February 20, 2006, 02:00:14 AM
Pretty sure we have them at Gamestop. They have a bunch of different connectors for GC, Xbox, PS2, etc. I know the S video ones support GC.
4433  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Question about Xbox 360 HD resolutions on: February 19, 2006, 02:47:34 PM
With my LCD monitor 720p is definitely the way to go because there is less tearing than with 1080i. Aside from that, the differences shouldn't be very noticable. Pick the one you think looks better and run with it.
4434  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Full Auto impressions on: February 18, 2006, 08:43:41 PM
No, I don't feel the graphics are inferior at all. I think you have to bear in mind the destructibility of the environment, which is absolutely amazing. I think that is worth sacrificing a little bit in terms of the other visuals (e.g. the cars aren't as nice as NFSMW).

However, Full Auto has some game stopping issues. This game was rushed and needs a patch in a serious way.

The biggies I've encountered:

1) Slowdown, even in single-player. It's pervasive and inexcusable.

2) I have now, on two separate occasions on different tracks, accidentally passed THROUGH one of the artificial track barriers. This basically amounts to there being a hole in the geometry. When this happens you CAN NOT simply pass back through the barrier and continue your race because the barrier is two way. This is posiitively deplorable from a Q&A standpoint.

Bear in mind something when reading my comments:

I like the game. If you care to look back at the thread on the demo, you'll see I'm one of the few that wanted the game MORE after playing the demo. There's a very fun game here, waiting to be found, but there are some serious issues.

I would avoid this one for the time being and hope they fix it, or at least realize it has some flaws going in. I'm still having fun with it, as is my son, but it could have been better. If they make some fixes, this could become pure, shriek-inducing fun. (edit: I take it back...it's shriek-inducing fun even with the problems. The insane stunts/wrecks I've already seen are simply amazing).
4435  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Zuma - the suffering on: February 18, 2006, 02:49:37 PM
You're playing on 360, yes? I don't like the control scheme on the 360 version at all where the frog moves when the stick recenters, requiring you to hold the stick absolutely still. I f you could turn off the springs to play the game it would be so much better.
4436  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Full Auto impressions on: February 18, 2006, 02:45:29 PM
Oh, I forgot that. I have seen the framerate slow to an absolute crawl when playing head to head. We're talking a momentary side show. That was really surprising. While I don't mind a bit of graphical slowdown in a racing title this arcadish (NFSMW has PLENTY of it but I don't generally hear people complain) this was severe.

Yes, I am playing in a widescreen configuration. I have not seen anything anywhere near as bad when there was a single player.

I plan to spend some more time with it today.

I forgot to mention, the instant replay mode in the game didn't seem anything like what was shown in the developer interview I saw recently. Yes you could slow down time, but I couldn't figure out how to move the camera. I might have been missing something. (edit: I was missing something, my bad). You have to hit a button to pause then you can swing the camera.
4437  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Full Auto impressions on: February 17, 2006, 11:22:07 PM
Interesting...

Overall not bad. The explosiveness meter is off the scale.
The feel is improved a bit from the demo and the cars have more weight than I remember, but largely the same.
Sounds are better but still tend to be muddy, much like the on screen action.

Some of the events I've tried so far are pretty tough. It doesn't take a lot to send your car careenng out of control.
4438  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Full Auto impressions on: February 17, 2006, 12:50:08 PM
I've got it, but promised my son I wouldn't play until we both could, which will be this afternoon. Looking forward to seeing how it has improved since the demo.
4439  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS Lite vs Nintendo DS - comparison shots... on: February 17, 2006, 12:47:25 PM
Quote from: "weleavefossils"
does the GBA game stick out some?  cause I don't like the idea of that.


yes
4440  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 to launch in September? Plus PS3 online info. on: February 16, 2006, 05:57:46 PM
Quote from: "warning"

Well Kevin Grey a few posts up makes a pretty good point - how much did we know about the 360 7 months before launch?


I may well by mistaken on this, but I think we knew the price and release date. Anybody remember if that's true or not?
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