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16961  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console Duldrums? on: August 29, 2005, 02:52:54 AM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Depends on the system. Xbox is pretty much dead- the only notable exclusive I can think of still to come is Half Life 2 which most of us have already played.  


The exclusives are bare, that is true.

However, crossplatform gaming is still better on the box.

Rainbow Six Lockdown, Dynasty Warriors 5, Spiderman Ultimate and Burnout Revenge all have me wondering if anyone can recommend a Gamefly-like service in Canada.

Thing is, since my xbox is going to the ex and henceforth it will be known as the ex-box, I'm getting a x360. (:shock:  ooo, double entendre!) Since I've made that commitment, I'm not shellin' out money for xbox games that devalue faster than I can beat them.

Burnout Revenge is now paid off (trade 3 at EB), and it's the x360 version too. smile Traded in Ninja Gaiden, Burnout 3 (lost save games due to warranty repair) and Dynasty Warriors 4.

I'm not buying DW5 either, they've got a special edition coming for the x360.

Update: here's a list of games I'd like to at least rent for the Xbox assuming they all come out this year... well, there's one in there I wouldn't touch.. I bet you could figure it out though slywink The order is based on release date from EBGames.com (hence all the 'with Bonus!' statements).

Rainbow Six: Lockdown with Bonus!
Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks with Bonus!
Kingdom Under Fire: Heroes with Bonus!
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse with Bonus!
Ultimate Spider-Man with Bonus!
Far Cry Instincts with Bonus!
Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects with Bonus!
HALF LIFE 2 XB
Brothers In Arms: Earned In Blood
Call of Cthulhu
Serious Sam II with Bonus!
Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge
The Warriors
Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland
SSX ON TOUR XB
Battlefield Modern Combat
Bully
25 To Life with Bonus!
Spartan: Total Warrior
Star Wars Battlefront II
Sea World: Shamu's Big Adventure
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One
James Bond From Russia With Love XB
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Sims 2
Painkiller
America's Army: Rise of a Soldier
Gun with Bonus!
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness XB
Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows <<-- thought this was cancelled
True Crime New York City
AEON FLUX XB
SHADOW THE HEDGEHOG XB
Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure with Bonus!
Peter Jackson's King Kong
Prince of Persia 3
16962  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / AC2 Implodes; Gamers ask, "What's AC2?" on: August 27, 2005, 09:02:07 PM
I loved Asherons Call (1). It was so much fun, and the world changed every 4-6 weeks. Where is WoW's updated content? ::sigh::

ah well.
16963  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I am a sucker for average to just above average games on: August 27, 2005, 08:57:00 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
Speaking of timesplitters, did anyone ever play the new one? Timesplitters Future Perfect?


Co-op is a blast on FP. I love how the second character is the "guide" for that time level.  You get different weapons and skills, and frankly some of the dialog in the game is just a-frickin-mazing. smile

I'm waiting for a used copy to fall into my hands. I don't know if the game changes like the Timesplitters2; TS2 would actually change based on difficulty level (so if you played on easy you couldn't open certain sections of the map, making the game play COMPLETELY different on harder settings).
16964  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The mediocre hulk - how is it? on: August 27, 2005, 08:51:13 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
No impressions here (Hulk doesn't interest me) but I don't know why you assume a title with a Game Rankings score of 86% is mediocre.


80-90% is an average game, as 70-80% is low grade, and 90-100% is considered above average.

oh, to help us all out on the word mediocre (which isn't a BAD thing) :

Quote
1: moderate to inferior in quality; "they improved the quality from mediocre to above average"; "he would make a poor spy" [syn: poor, second-rate]
2: of no exceptional quality or ability; "a novel of average merit"; "only a fair performance of the sonata"; "in fair health"; "the caliber of the students has gone from mediocre to above average"; "the performance was middling at best" [syn: average, fair, middling]
3: poor to middling in quality; "there have been good and mediocre and bad artists"


86% his high average, but since the graphics and the overall story arc leave a lot to be desired, at least according to the one review from a "reputable professional reviewer" *cough*IGN*cough*; I'd prefer to ask the people I associate my tastes with more directly.
16965  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The mediocre hulk - how is it? on: August 26, 2005, 06:55:39 PM
I'm all for smashy-smashy, but I'm thinking I don't wanna trade in Burnout 3 and GTA:SA for a "maybe". Hrmm... anyone play it? Or should I hold off for the next Burnout ?

Oh, and can you set off nukes in the Hulk? (try finding any OTHER thread with nukes and games in the body . . . slywink )
biggrin just teasin' .. heh.
16966  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Damn you McDonalds, damn you to Hell !!! on: August 26, 2005, 04:07:47 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Quote
syrup injected buns dont really appeal to me!

Well when you put it THAT way.  *shudder*


Memories of Tossing Salad?? slywink
16967  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Finch Ave Toronto Canada collapses (56k warning) on: August 25, 2005, 02:31:02 PM
They're so trendy there, they get EVERYTHING first. Even the apocalypse starts in Toronto. They truly are the centre of the universe. slywink
16968  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Pictures of the storm last Friday here in Ontario on: August 25, 2005, 02:13:34 PM
Orgull!!!! It's ME!! (Stabbetty). Woot. smile good to see ya buddy!!

Last month in Manitoba we had the entire sky light up like noon for 4 hours... at 1am. The lightning would NOT stop, it was crazy. it was going off around my house at 80-90 BPM (bolts per minute).. or at least, it felt that way.

No tornados though. I imagine it'd suck to have a tornado hit a mushroom farm right before tearing down your street... I mean, shit EVERYWHERE! slywink

I would have loved to have seen that storm first-hand. I tend to sit out in sun-rooms and watch rainstorms.
16969  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Paypal and Mail Donations for GT Now Accepted on: August 25, 2005, 04:37:42 AM
yowza.

And to think my dime has made a mark.

I feel... endeared to this site. Enjoy the dime, my friend. smile
16970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 23, 2005, 07:11:24 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
Quote from: "Dimmona"

1. why compromise the utility and usefulness of having a HDD in every unit and requiring developers to make use of it? and 2. why the bait and switch?


Now, maybe I've read too much into this, but MS doesn't get to be that rich by buying the footprint they want, but a larger footprint so that if they don't get it, they've still got more than they initially were targetting.

Hardcore gamers are going to play X360, or NOT. It really doesn't matter. People still buy the PStwo even though it doesn't support the HDD. People still buy new gamecubes, even though it doesn't support their proprietary HDTV cable (anymore).

So to answer the questions :
1.) The practicality of the removable HDD means that if the HDD was required you couldn't play games while the disk isn't present.

2.) They didn't even have Beta Kits at E3. In a production cycle this big, some stuff isn't hard-fast yet. They make decisions every day which can change final product. ::shrug:: It's not nice; I'd go sofar to say DAMMIT JERKS, but really what does that help? They're going to sell their product as they see fit.

I've grown complacent in this. I feel more cheated by Sony's FMV from E3 "of actual gameplay". :/
16971  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tipping? on: August 22, 2005, 10:34:37 PM
Quote from: "SuperHiro"
... I would attempt to squeeze a [...] hostess/manager.


Pervert. Tongue

As to tipping; base service gets 15%. If they actually do bare minimum (15 "flare" items) I'd go up.

I've left a dime taped to a piece of paper that clearly marked "TIP". Right below it I wrote : Maybe a different profession would suit you. This one certainly doesn't.

I also tip for other than food services, and if it's a tough night, I'll raise the tip and ask the waiter to share the tip with the dishwashers. Hey, I used to be there. <shudder>
16972  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Not sure why I liked this short film. on: August 22, 2005, 10:29:25 PM
The first thing I thought of was training grounds. I wouldn't say causality, it's just an element in the mix. He's obviously not concerned about the immediate result, but finding the rythym of life and a happy balance. I figure the representation of the DJ is an angel, and as rough as the entrance is, he's been given a mission to fix this world, one street corner at a time. Now, that's not to say I've got a strong religious background; I'm consider myself a god-fearing full-time heathen.

Also, the second thing to pop into my head is "The Incredible Machine : Sims edition".

The third thing is "Fuck, I've had days at work like this...." biggrin
16973  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Does it really smell like fish? on: August 22, 2005, 10:15:34 PM
Wow. Imagine how many IBM SAN storage Sharks filled with porn would fit in that room. I'd say maybe 3 sharks with the right ventilation.... hrm... 60 Terrabytes ?

Speaking of Tara-bites; not fish ... plain yogurt scent is considered "healthy" and "normal". It really depends on diet and ... condition. slywink

Oh, and if there's a fin in the way, I'd watch out for salmon-Ella.
16974  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [X360] Good News! Oblivion will NOT require the hard drive. on: August 22, 2005, 02:27:05 PM
Quote from: "Rowdy"
... with Live becoming more and a more a part of the core as opposed to an optional add on.  You're kidding yourself if you don't think MS has designed the box to be an online gaming gateway.  If you don't intend to take advantage of any of those features, why spend the money?  ...


How many people have 4x4 vehicles, and how many truly go off-roading? Just because the technology has been developed doesn't mean the pricepoint is overly inflated for it. You may be paying extra for that feature, however given that Live service is consumer-paid (Live kit, server maintenance, etc) the cost on the developer is significantly less. Also, they don't need to reinvent the technology every time they create a new game.

EGM a couple of years ago (sometime between 2000-2002) put out a "cost to get game to market" and piracy only cost (on average) $1.25 extra on the price. The levels of marketing and packaging and shipping add significantly more. I doubt the development of "deathmatch with stats tracking" is driving both cost and development time through the roof.
16975  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Which 360 Market share do you fall into? on: August 22, 2005, 02:10:30 PM
I'm getting the MSHFT Decadence option, although I put MSHFT option originally. I need me some recharging and second controller.
16976  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Which 360 Market share do you fall into? on: August 19, 2005, 09:52:12 AM
This isn't a flame-topic, please keep the "M$" bashing to a minimum. Also, the scope of discussion doesn't extend to what options Sony or Nintendo may offer; that is all subject to change after all.

The prices do not include games, that's too "all over the place" to try and poll out. That, and extra controllers.

Yes, with MS's bait-n-switch marketing I suppose the360 is still subject to change too. slywink
16977  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 19, 2005, 09:38:56 AM
Quote from: "-Lord Ebonstone-"
Quote from: "Hetz"
I wasn't defending it, just pointing out that nobody should listen to what that guy has to say about the 360, since he is NO LONGER A DEVELOPER and has nothing to do with making games for the 360 or anything else for that matter.

This is quite a paradox, because if I can't listen to you because you're not a developer for the XBox 360, then how will I know not to listen to people who aren't developers for the XBox 360?


now *THAT* is a bait, buddy. Hetz isn't using supposition, even blatant name-dropping, to give credence to his opinion.  

BACK ON TRACK :

MS is teh suxxor. LE is right, the world is coming to an end, and Sony will save us all. slywink Just teasing, LE. I agree that MS has encouraged assumptions and then slammed us with a 180 degree turn on the 360. As I see it, MS is more flexible than Sony. They changed up their controllers. We had to bitch a WHOLE LOT, but they did it. I hope they're realizing what they've done, and maybe cut the gamers some slack.


The wireless controllers should be standard, period. They should COME WITH A CABLE to use as wired controllers. The battery pack can be sold separately (as batteries DO cost a lot of money).  The HDTV cable should come with the system. Period. The Hard disk is mostly for Xbox1 compatibility, and a nice place to store your MP3s, save games, etc. It is an added cost, and I'm ok with this. I doubt that Oblivion will make that much of a difference, and frankly the hard disk seeks aren't missed. For gods sake, don't go with maxtor for the drives. puke The remote control (included with the 399 deal) is a welcome thing; I hope they use a well-known DVD signal so that universal remotes can be programmed to control the DVD playback functions.

The Xbox360full package should also come with a CD with driver / software support for Windows XP Home/Pro that allows us to have the same benefits for streaming audio / video to the xbox360.
16978  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [X360] Good News! Oblivion will NOT require the hard drive. on: August 19, 2005, 09:08:24 AM
Quote from: "farley2k"
I wasn't worried about Oblivion.  I figure it, like every other game won't need the HD - which makes the HD useless - $100 extra for a memory card.


you get a lot more than the hard drive.
The remote, the cordless controller, the HD cables.

that's worth more than 100US. I managed to get my Monster HD cables (incl. audio) for ~60US for the Xbox. I'd rather not have to go 3rd party again. (let's just hope the quality is higher than the "breakout box" MS was selling)
16979  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OMG - I'm a beta tester, I'm a beta tester!!! on: August 17, 2005, 09:59:56 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
Very nice!!

I Beta-d XBox Live. That was fun.

I have nothing more to add!


I miss Re-volt.
Did you get the orange live memory card and "I've got great hands" shirt too? slywink
16980  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 17, 2005, 09:58:39 PM
Quote from: "Tebunker"
Show off a wireless controller that only comes with the 400 dollar unit, or is a separate 50 dollar upgrade, when you were showing it off at e3 as a strength of the machine.

I will say, the 400 dollar unit is a superior value, but they shouldn't even have the 300 dollar unit. That's what upsets me, don't jerk my chain, just show me the 400 dollar set, tell me it's the only one, and then I feel better about how the company is treating my intelligence.


Totally agree with you on both points. If this mammoth is going to cost me 400, sell it at 400. Don't cut it down to a bare minimum and offer the "entry model".

Another point... it's 400US WITHOUT THE CHARGE kit. So you're using batteries on that wireless controller. Pony up more moolah for the charge-n-play kit.
16981  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 17, 2005, 09:54:09 PM
Quote from: "ATB"
When's the CG contest going to hit that's giving away a 360? biggrin

On an unrelated note: Ever notice how Knightshade is the finest specimen that humanity can offer? He's great.

AGTfox is also exceedingly great. In fact, his greatness is only outshone by his generosity and machissimo.


First of all : not going to happen. CG is not a company that gives. They take, and take, and take....

Secondly; the only difference between a brown-noser and a $hithead is depth perception... don't be a pain in the ass. slywink
16982  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Untold Legends 2 on: August 14, 2005, 06:35:47 PM
They should port over Nightcaster. Or Sudeki.

Ooo, wait... Aqua Aqua, or Top Gear Daredevil.  puke
16983  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / @#$%%$# It's on STEAM!!?!? on: August 14, 2005, 03:04:17 PM
Quote from: "Graham"
If I want to play a game, then I don't want to be forced to put something on my PC to play it.  I also like to have a physical copy of the game without having to make one myself.  If the add on is download only, I'm not going to buy it.


Yeah. Take that one step further.
You shouldn't even HAVE to install the GAME on your hard drive.
Hey. Just buy a disk that doesn't install; the game just runs off the disk.
No hard drive seeking required. OR, you could even cut it up onto floppies (READ ONLY mind you).  :roll:

Man does this remind me of the whole DirectX vs OpenGL bullshit that people used to care about. Steam is there, people use it. I'm more bothered Sony's PlayOnline software than Steam (as it locks your system to fullscreen and if ANYTHING popped up it kicked you out of the game).
16984  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Untold Legends 2 on: August 14, 2005, 02:57:39 PM
I gotta tell ya, Untold Legends should be called Uninspired Legends. or Unwanted. It's a toss-up.  :evil:
16985  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hold the Phones guys, Xbox 360 Hard Drive not included? on: August 14, 2005, 02:55:56 PM
Quote from: "EddieA"
I don't really see what the appeal of a non-hard drive version would be, though.  Unless it's much less expensive (more than $50 cheaper), what would be the point?


One speculative answer : Static NV RAM is easier to access, no seek time. If the price keeps coming down, who knows... MS is in bed with the biggest Static RAM company in the world. ( forgot their name; it was big news about a year ago).
16986  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 14, 2005, 02:49:22 PM
Quote from: "mikeg"
No TV I can afford can play at 1280.  My current TV is not even HD and I will not be able to afford one of them for a very very long time.  No way I can justify it for gaming, that's for sure. [...] then I will just wait til next Summer and save up some more money and upgrade or build me a new rig and go that route.


The thing about buying one of the new TV's is you won't be upgrading it every 11-20 months. It's not just for the Xbox360 either. Upgrading your PC to play a handful* of games is a bigger money sink than investing in your set.  As to web browsing, email, porn, etc, your PC likely doesn't *need* the upgrade.


That handful keeps getting smaller and smaller. With services like GameFly and buying only the must-have titles, I'm guessing you could save up for a decent home theatre for the same cost as a "new rig" which will load web pages that say "PC version cancelled; buy NOW on X360/PS3" a lot faster. slywink

My 2cents.
16987  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Pre-Release Thread on: August 12, 2005, 12:39:11 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
Good idea-hopefully when the XBox version of 06 comes out we will have more info on the 360 version and I can make a decision. Either way, my near hysterical excitment for 360 still burns brightly smile


I'm all aflame with X360 anticipation myself. I can almost smell the new-electronics scent from the box, and the taste of the styrofoam packing.

err, I mean... uhm. ::munch:: ::munch::
Fou faw nuffin. Go back foo fwat fou were dooin.

Can't wait for Amped3. God, Amped2 was such a well-done game, with exception to the textures on the characters.
16988  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Need an action rpg recommendation for Xbox on: August 12, 2005, 12:32:30 PM
Quote from: "Nick Bean"
Ha, i'm 6'4".   biggrin


Nice. Prey on my weaknesses. I'm all about self-improvement right now, so it doesn't bother me much. I'm a short (5'10"), strong mofo who's pretty happy with himself. I just hate you tall bastards gettin' in my way at the movies. slywink

As to the RPG thing, I'd say I enjoyed the first baldurs gate to the second one.
16989  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ninja Gaiden on: August 12, 2005, 12:27:49 PM
I found the hurricane pack that added the counter was easier, even though the game was "harder". By changing the game mechanic, it seems to have become more balanced.

NG is awesome, regardless of the flavor. When you get REALLY good at it, you'll want to walk around at almost no health with the fully upgraded wooden sword.  :twisted:
16990  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Need an action rpg recommendation for Xbox on: August 11, 2005, 04:13:23 PM
It can be if you turn off all the autopause functions.
16991  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 to launch on November 4th at $299.99 per Wal-Mart on: August 10, 2005, 08:50:15 PM
Wow. I didn't read the 5th page of posts. Acrid smoke wafting from the remains of a decent discussion is choking this out. We've had 4 mods drop a line in. I'd like to cheer things up.

It's good to play together.  :lol:

I WANT CRIMSON SKIES2 DAMMIT!!

oh, and some SCUMM based games from Lucasarts. We need us some Sam 'n' Max. And Full Throttle. and Day-o-da-tentacles. Multiplayer. Speaking of LA, I'd like to see a Giants: Citizen Kabuto game from Planet Moon make it to the X360. That was too much fun on PC.
16992  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 to launch on November 4th at $299.99 per Wal-Mart on: August 10, 2005, 08:39:33 PM
Quote from: "depward"
I'm sorry, I've owned an Xbox twice.  I've bought "Xbox only" games such as Voodoo Vince (killer app!), Shenmue II, and Otogi.  I prefer greatly the "Cube only" and "PS2 only" games far more than the "Xbox only" ones.  Live is a great asset to Microsoft, but I see that playing field being quite level when the next-gen consoles are released.  What else is there?

Not too much.

So please, don't berate me just because I don't want a 360.  And your whining about Mario 128 and Super Smash Bros. sounds like you haven't even tried playing any of the newer Mario games or the Cube Smash Bros. because they're just too darn "kiddy" for you.  And that's sad.

*Forgot to add - the 360 gets FFXI with updated graphics!  Great!  Except I can renew my account and get a patch for the PC version that I have already.  Bummer.


I will NOT berate you for not wanting a 360, and your opinion is as valid as mine. I would like to point out that games like Crimson Skies, MechAssault, and the Halo series (whether or not you like it) and PGR step up and say "quality" first party games.

The new system is tackling the RPG famine that the XBOX was subjected to. They've given Live free to people to use on weekends. They've addressed every gripe point that makes sense.

You mention that MS has lost their online advantage. Has Sony announced a consistant system across all games (so you have a gamertag)? Have they announced integration and interaction online with something other than gaming? Not really, no. They've been saying "Look at our REAL*cough*prerendered*cough* Gameplay movie."

Nintendo has said : look, we have a box here. It will play all the games you've loved from the past. Oh, but you're going to have to pay for them again. (so basically business-as-usual). To be fair, they're trying to draw focus back to current gen. And yet, have very little to show for it. Nintendo's Metriod travesty (adventure game my ass), the lacklustre Zelda games (although good, not the second coming) leave a lot to be desired. I own a GC, bought it used for 10 bux (canadian). I don't regret that purchase, and will keep it.

Does it get the same play time as my Xbox? Not even close. Did I enjoy Mario Party? Yeah. Do I go out and buy new GC games? Never. Always used, and easy to find. Even RE4 was easy to find a week later for $20 cheaper.

I see the Xbox360 as a real contender to Sony's current market share. Sony's first-gen games are going to be going up against MS's second gen stuff; you know, the games where devs are starting to tap into the power of the system and are in the "groove".  I can't see why, at $299 why I wouldn't want a system that has more power than my PC, and replaces the entire entertainment section that my desktop PC has had to fulfill. Plain and simple, it's going to be a good year.

MS can screw it up; but if they do it will be controlled and recovered. They've finally started to get into the groove themselves, and frankly there is a LOT of potential.

Sony's PS3 may be in my future (price-dependant), however the Revolution is less likely to be added to my collection at initial release. I want to see a bountiful library of fun and innovative games worth my dropping phat cash.

My name is Purge, and I am not a fanboy.
16993  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Releases - 8/9/05 on: August 09, 2005, 02:39:30 PM
"why do we always come here?
"I guess we'll never know!
It's like a kind of torture, to be forced to watch the show!!"

Muppets, Kung Fu Hussle (Bhuddist Palm ROFL)

Maybe TC. Uhm, does anyone else think it's wrong that everytime Liono faced his Mummy that he'd climb up, hold the hilt of his sword at crotch level, call out to the "Thundercats HOOOO" and watch the blade grow??

At least Optimus was never caught "Fillin' Bumblebee's gas-tank" behind a Circle K.
16994  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Wacky Brits to get RFID License Plates on: August 09, 2005, 02:31:28 PM
Mine is shouting "Shove a Radio up my car's rear end? I've already got the stereo cranked!!"
16995  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's August: 2005 nearly 3/4 over: What's your GOTY? on: August 09, 2005, 02:29:07 PM
I'd pick Jade Empire over KOTOR2 any day of the week. If we were comparing HGOTY (h for half-finished or half-assed) then my money would be with KOTOR2... it had me at hello, and lost me 1/2way.

Didn't Half-Life2 come out this year or was it last year? I don't recall, but that game sucked me in big-time. WoW was a Mid-Jan start for me, I enjoyed that too much for quite some time. Then.... it waned.

Phantom Dust is definately Sleeper hit for me; given the dialog is about as horrible as it gets, the game and the gameplay mechanics are incredibly balanced, challenging and stunningly beautiful. I hope to see a Phantom Dust 2 in the X360 lineup.

GTA SA was meh.

Yeah, I'd say Jade Empire. sofar. It doesn't have an unstoppable crowning though, and there is much left to game.  Oh, and it's beginning of 8th month.. that means we're ALMOST 2/3, not at the 3/4 mark. slywink
16996  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dead or Alive and Mortal Combat questions on: August 09, 2005, 02:21:31 PM
I'm not much of a Mortal Kombat guy. I found the style switching to seem a little gimmicky and so I truly never enjoyed it. DOA: U does have legs, even though I traded it in two weeks ago ( as I never play it online anymore).

I'm thinking the MK series may have a longer singleplayer shelf time, however if unlocking costumes is up your alley, I'd suggest DOA. IMHO, it's a better fighting game.
16997  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 to launch on November 4th at $299.99 per Wal-Mart on: August 09, 2005, 01:34:36 PM
Quote from: "Gratch"
I think there's a big difference between "microsoft haters" and "not remotely interested in even a single X-Box 360 launch title".  Just like the PSP, I think the 360 has great potential, but until they release some games that I'm interested in, I could care less about it.


Or, you might just mean you *couldn't care less*. slywink I see enough promising titles, and since the ex-box is going to the ex-wife I need a replacement. With games like PGR3 and Ghost Recon, I can see myself satisfied for quite some time. With any luck, the Fable(d) best RPG ever may actually LOAD faster on the 360.

And once again, I'd REALLY LIKE A CRIMSON SKIES SURPRISE LAUNCH TITLE, MS!!!
16998  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead or Alive and Mortal Combat questions on: August 09, 2005, 01:09:22 PM
Quote from: "Xmann"
I pretty much just push the punch and kick buttons and somehow get some occasional combos off.  I was doing ok till i hit an opponent in the story who i'm assuming is sorta a Boss and he kills me everytime without a challenge.  So my question for those with experience is how complex is it to learn some moves and combos and get decent with the game?  I realize it takes practice but if it means learning a 10 key sequence then i think i'm over my head.  


K, Xmann, here's what you do.

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Select, Start.

no, wait, that might be wrong.... slywink

Go into the practice mode, and choose a character you want to learn. Once you're in the dummy mode (where you can punch and kick an opponent) hit start, and in the menu there should be a "training" or "practice" option (I don't remember offhand which one it is). Also note that in standard battles you can always pause and see the complete moves list too.

They will take you through EVERY move the character has. Just note that some moves (only 3 or 4 of them) where they indicate a direction, you need to be coming OUT of that direction. (for instance, if it says down, X, X, Y they may want you to crouch FIRST, and then as you let go and are STANDING UP you hit X, X, Y).

Unlike Tekken, the moves in DOA:U aren't like programming a 15 string combo. The longest combo in the game is Ryu Hyubasa's spinning upside-down piledriver move, most of which is full-circle moves (so the string would be up, upright, right, rightdown, down, downleft, left, left up etc etc..)

Each character has a training mode, and some of the training modes may unlock costumes or characters (it's been a while since I played it).

Good Luck  biggrin
16999  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Need an action rpg recommendation for Xbox on: August 09, 2005, 11:35:16 AM
Nightcaster 1 was fun; I'm not a big fan of 2 though. I guess when your selection is slim (nightcaster1 was a release title) you tend to overlook flaws.

for Action RPG, I'd say Sudeki is definately a fun game. It could have been more, and I could have been 6'4". :/
17000  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Couple Xbox Games i just bought, check them out. on: August 09, 2005, 11:33:14 AM
new legends is a solid 6 game. I got 15 minutes from the end, and then never finished it (there's a tower, a bridge, and some arse with a flaming sword... it's all I remember). Textures are washed out, and the gaming is completely uninspired.

THPS2x is a great game, when 3 came out most forum boarders seemed to swear by 2x instead.

Rallisport Challenge is a great game.

Oni was a fun game (it's a Bungie title) with a colourful heroine.

Maximum chase is unknown to me, Diablo 1 & 2 are great if you haven't played em.
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