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17201  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / ZZZZZzzzzzZZZZzzzzz on: August 03, 2004, 04:17:46 PM
A month of no activity... time to archive.  Cool
17202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport on: August 03, 2004, 04:16:16 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Quote
I read somwhere that all of the tracks will have no repeating textures on them.
That is correct.  When you skid against a rail, the paint transfer stays forever.  Same with marks in the pavement, damage to the car, and more.   I am writing a preview on the title where I'll see if I can't shed some light on some other goodies. smile


Hurry the hell up, ya smarmy bastard. Give us the goods!
... and tell us how the car mods work ^^;
17203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR 2 Trailer Up on: August 03, 2004, 02:54:25 PM
Quote from: "jimmyorr99"
i dont know, alot of jedi action would kind of go against the original movies, dont you think, they were made so tehre would be one colassal jedi battel per movie, a movie full of jedi battles would be kind of a mistake.


I'm not sure that argument stands up, after the "Greedo shoots first" fiasco. I'm thinking the Star Wars Movie franchise has been flogged to death, and at this point there is no climax at all. That's why this prequel notion falls flat on it's face.

They should have either continued the story from the point where the twins were born, or, like KOTOR, introduced a new cast of characters in a different time that doesn't land adjacent to the commercial juggernaut that is Ep4-6.
17204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I like Sudeki on: August 03, 2004, 02:46:12 PM
Quote from: "farley2k"
It drove me nuts to be one of the melee fighters and never be able to pull of combos.  I would get the first two hits and then some monster would hit me from behind!   It was maddening and sucked a lot of fun out of it.


I had no problems with that... also, if you pull the combo off the bottom bar flashes... keep hitting the last key to extend the combo. VERY effective with TAL: XAA and AXX ... and I love the one where he spins sideways; it just DECIMATES the mobs. smile That is the only one I get interrupted in, and that's about 20% of the time. I tend to isolate one mob before using it.

Quote from: "farley2k"
And then the voice acting...."Do you feel lucky, punk?  Statistically your chances are not gooo."  Wow, so bad, so very, very, very bad.


Sudeki has different voices for most people; whereas other games (*cough*KOTOR*cough*) has 3 or 4 people who play all the NPCs. I woundn't be handing out awards for the voices in Sudeki, however given exception to a couple of REALLY BAD/ANNOYING voice acting moments, I'd say voice is mediocre-to-good.
 
Quote from: "farley2k"
The puzzle elements were just pathetic.  Gee a big crate!  I wonder who should try to move it...a vine covered wall...whatever will I do?


The blatant use of the 4 char's extra ability (TAL-Move shit, AILISH -See Shit, BUKI-Climb Shit, ELCO-Hover over Shit) was about as blatant as the spider-tracks in Metriod Prime. Not impressive at all; just a more complex version of red key for red door. Totally on you with this one, buddy.  biggrin  

Quote from: "farley2k"
All in all it was a "C" game and with so many "A" games out there I just couldn't see wasting my time.


I have it rented and am enjoying this B+ game.  Initially it feels like a C, but it DOES get better. smile If I bought this game used I wouldn't feel bad dropping 35-40US on it; buying at full price with the barrage of A titles coming out would definately make me hesitate.
17205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What the hell happened to the Xbox Media Centre ? on: August 03, 2004, 02:07:34 PM
Quote from: "EngineNo9"
yeah, they sort of forgot about this cool feature with the release of their piece of crap karaoke music thing.  

My main complaint is that I want to be able to rip my CDs using Live to access the CDDB to get the info put in there automatically.  Nothing sucks like trying to enter in that info manually using a controller!


That's EXACTLY how I justified the Karaoke kit; that and my wife wanted it. She doesn't use it, thankfully, but if I try to get rid of it she'll kick my ass.  :roll:
17206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 Demo? Rumors on: August 01, 2004, 08:18:58 AM
Quote from: "Graham"
According to the G4TechTV show Pulse, looking at the "ilovebees.com" site indicates that a two-level demo of Halo 2 will be coming out on Aug. 24.

EDIT: Well, I can't say for sure that this is happening, but there is a countdown timer that is counting down to August 24, and this is something that someone translated from the messages on there.  However, there isn't anything that I can say will happen for certain.


Nobody knows; G4 is the same as everyone else. They know SOMETHING is happening Aug 24; they don't know what.

It's a milestone in the games' plotline (or so it would seem) so it's likely an event that may happen on the web, or a hidden module on the OXM disk. I maintain it's unlikely to be a demo slywink
17207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What the hell happened to the Xbox Media Centre ? on: August 01, 2004, 08:14:13 AM
I can feel the love.

Bastard.

No, seriously. Call your MS people up and get some answers dammit.
17208  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I like Sudeki on: August 01, 2004, 08:13:08 AM
Got it rented right now; I don't think I would have felt bad about this game if I had purchased it. It's a pretty good game; I don't know why Tim didn't like it.

As for the bad voice acting : play a KOEI game sometime. This is great inflection and tone compared to "THIS VICTORY.... shall belong to WUUUUUUU!!!"

I'd say that KOTOR had worse voices based on the lack of variety. Threee people did the voices in KOTOR for the extras. In Sudeki you could make a drinking game outta finding Rasta, German and British accents.

As of right now, I'm Buki and Ailish and we're heading off to some northern city for the second crystal. (dunno how far that is).
17209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR 2 Trailer Up on: August 01, 2004, 08:07:26 AM
Uhm, because Lucas is involved.

'nuff said.

Trust the owner of the property to treat it worse than his guests.
17210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport on: July 30, 2004, 03:38:04 AM
I love me some modz, yo.

smile It *is* about time someone stepped up to the plate and challenged Polyphony. I've enjoyed playing Gran Turismo, but the new one; 500 cars?? How many of those are mediocre cars? I like buying some older cars I've had (like a 90 Prelude SR 4WS) but I suspect they're inflating their numbers by including the Si model (bottom end) etc.. I dunno.

The problem with PGR2 (well, 2 of them) is :
1 - streets feel dead; there are no people around.
2 - since you can't really change the car, it doesn't feel like it's really yours.

I've always hated the prepackaged model (GT for instance, or Sega GT) where there's no user decision.If you can afford Turbo boost package 3, shit you're gonna take it cuz there's only benefit and no loss. You don't select between parts, you just go from

good - better - even better - way awesome - the best part(s).

 When you play a game, it's all about your interesting decisions, like "do I want to sacrifice a heavier mod for more low-end torque" or "These wheels don't have all the *GO* power, but DAMN they got *SHOW* power".

The detail they showed with the neon is amazing. I really can't wait to see how Forza turns out.
17211  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / What games for 3 players? on: July 30, 2004, 03:27:02 AM
Quote from: "Balshazaar"
I have to second Kung Fu Chaos.
You should be able to pick up a copy for under $10 somewhere.


Cleared it 100% ... god I love the Waterwhirl level. I almost peed myself laughing so hard. 4 people, on the highest speed. Twitch gaming at it's best.

It's too bad they cancelled the sequel. Or that it only sold 12 copies.
17212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / KOTOR 2 Trailer Up on: July 30, 2004, 03:23:58 AM
Ooo, that force grip with the breaking neck sound is gonna sound GREAT in my home theatre room... <drool>
17213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / driving games on: July 30, 2004, 03:20:39 AM
I hate to say it, but VC is the better of the two. I'm not a big fan of the GTA series (read: begin flame here), but it's significantly better than Driv3l. As for RACING games, neither is good. Tongue
17214  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The official Nintendo DS design, link inside on: July 30, 2004, 03:18:18 AM
It's gonna get mighty expensive to play 4 player Zelda games on the cube with 4 of these puppies...  :roll:
17215  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What the hell happened to the Xbox Media Centre ? on: July 30, 2004, 03:16:20 AM
I've got a non-modded Xbox, a live account and XP .... where the hell is this fabled media centre that was announced at the beginning of this year? I mean, MS wouldn't shut up about their Karaoke (which doesn't even support standard Karaoke CDs  :? ), and the promise of being able to actually transfer music in its proper format to my Xbox, and able to stream video  was something I was really looking forward to.

Any inside info on this, Ron?
17216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo 2 Demo? Rumors on: July 30, 2004, 03:10:24 AM
I suspect it won't be a game demo; it will be a hidden easteregg on the disk with more information on the bees storyline... maybe a distress call from the special mission that the site refers to (the one that refers to us having hacked their transmission signals).

A playable demo? I think not. They've got a sexy virgin game and their gonna let us play it 3 months in advance? Not likely. It's going to be something to build on the intensity instead. They want this game to double their Xbox footprint and if they do it right, they might just get what they wanted from christmas.

I really hope Halo2 will not dissapoint. I don't wanna be backtracking through previous levels... unless of course, they let us play the COVENANT INVADING EARTH.... wOOt!!
17217  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Doom 3 Xbox or PC? on: July 30, 2004, 03:03:54 AM
I can see the crouching thing happening to me too.  Cool
I hated the variable speed introduced with the mousewheel in Splinter Cell PT on PC... but you are absolutely right on FPS's, with rare exceptions I do prefer them on PC.

I hate having my left hand cramp up after an hour or two of gameplay though. <sigh> ah well... as long as the cramping goes away before Nov. 9th, I'll be fine  :lol:
17218  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Gladius Multiplayer? on: July 28, 2004, 02:32:21 PM
Oh yeah! That's right, it does.
Since most of the game is in combat (which isn't that fast; think Final Fantasy Tactics) the other player has some significant play time. If I'm not mistaken, they get a different colored circle around their characters too.

Anyways, it's a really good game. Some of the challenges aren't the best, but it seems to have a lot of variety.
17219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New BC Info! on: July 28, 2004, 04:31:13 AM
Quote from: "phormio"
I've been looking forward to Fable and B.C. since they were announced (which seems like a long time ago for both). I remain cautiously optimistic.

However I have to admit I never thought I would see the line "ogle hot Cro-Magnon chicks" in a game description.


I'd be careful ... I think she could take you. That, and she might just be your great^4.8Billion-grandmother.

Shame on you for harassing old ladies. You should be ashamed of yourself. Oh, BTW, I think your great^4.8Billion-grandmother is kind of a hottie.
17220  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New BC Info! on: July 28, 2004, 04:26:51 AM
Quote from: "ingrin"
Quote from: "Dimmona"
Peter's got a lot to atone for after the atrocity that was Black & White...

Since I am apparently the only person who loved Black & White, I am also one of the few completely confident in Fable, the Movies, and BC.


You're not the only one. I was pissed about EA delaying the fix for it; but B&W was truly a great game.
17221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Doom 3 Xbox or PC? on: July 28, 2004, 04:20:33 AM
Quote from: "stiffler"
There are peripherals just like the ones you envisioned:

Nostromo SpeedPad n52
The Claw


MS released something called the Strategic commander, and it was a terrific replacement for FPS WSAD controls with one minor problem... the snapback to centre would have to be tightened up big time.

The controller had 6 macro buttons that could be programmed into 4 groups (three alt-buttons), and it shifted on it's well-weighted base. It was intended to use to scroll around maps in RTS games which is why it's snap-to-centre was so lax.

One helluva controller though with the mouse in the other hand. too bad they never released it with a mouse for Xbox gaming.. <sigh>
17222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Doom 3 Xbox or PC? on: July 28, 2004, 04:10:56 AM
Quote from: "jimmyorr99"
pc man, imo fps's were made for the pc. i think the wasd controls and the mouse moving your head is more practical then the double joystick, but maybe its because im a pc fanboy  biggrin



WSAD is soooo limited. It's a digital switch. 1 or 0; not varying speeds. I've got a feeling Doom3 is going to incorporate more stealth in it; I'm leery of running around at full speed allatime.

Also, hardware inconsistancies and driver problems were also made for the pc. If you can have software tailormade for your console, it's not all bad. Plus the 5.1 sound setup and the 51" HD screen I'll be playing it on (or I could use my small TV ... 30" VVega 16:9)... both of em beat out my 19" monitor by a landslide.

Sounds like I'm saying console; I probably am. I dunno, I've got a lot of work in August (we's transitioning hundreds of servers from Toronto to Winnipeg due to an aquisition) and I likely won't have the time. Sept has Fable in it (and HL2) so I may just hold off until I can compare em directly.
17223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Doom 3 Benchmarks on: July 28, 2004, 03:59:23 AM
Quote from: "stiffler"
I understand your frustration, Purge, but I think you have to look at why they are doing this.  Doom 3 is made for high-end machines.  The technology is the selling point.


Not really frustrated, just annoyed that they didn't show a mid-high-end card; rather than showing $500US+ video cards that are hard to get as of yet.

Quote from: "stiffler"
Not the innovative game play or the fantastic story (try not to laugh, okay), but for the "wow" factor and eye candy.  As mentioned elsewhere, Doom 3 is basically a glorified technology demo for the engine itself.


The tech has to be first with iD... they make big bank renting their engine out. Quake3 didn't do so well in the rent dept. There were a few big games, but nothing like Quake2 in terms of adoption.

Quote from: "stiffler"
The hardcore community that cares about these benchmarks are probably all in the 15% you mention..


Bud, I lived in that 15% up until the Xbox was released. Hell, I had the Diamond Monster 3dfx; with Monster II I had the 12MB SLI's. I've dropped big coin on systems in the past; I've grown weary (and wary) of the NEXT BIG GAME (buy buy buy). One game is not enough to justify the cost; otherwise I'd have Steel Battalion right now.

Quote from: "stiffler"
I think your system will do just fine with the game as long as you don't go crazy with the AA/AF.


Being a longtime tech / video game junkie, I know it is. I just wanted to see some numbers. smile

Quote from: "stiffler"
I am much more interested in HL2 because I think it will be more interesting but I will buy Doom 3, even if it doesn't run as well on my card.

It's all about marketing.  Nvidia has a nice little feather in their cap.


Bah. One game using OGL vs. the landslide of DX games. I dunno, it's a small feather as far as I'm concerned. Also, since two of the three console mfgrs are going ATI with their next console, Nvidia is crying in their chocolate milk right now.

I'm with you on the interesting HL2 story; although apparently Doom3 has a story to it and it is told in a much more survival-horror kinda way.

I'm likely going to wait for the Xbox release; I prefer co-op games anyways.
17224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox] Fable coming soon, quotes from preview on: July 27, 2004, 01:04:55 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Well, I'll be reviewing Fable.  I was badly burned by Black and White (stuck with the 'to complete the game, start over at the beginning after patching' bug)


To be fair, they have a publisher who was pushing hard for release. They had the patch ready a week after release (and tested) and EA delayed it almost 4 weeks for their "testing" which didn't require any changes.

B&W is still a great game, once patched.

As for the release date I think Sept is when it's coming out; they've already cut multiplayer to ensure they make the delivery time. As it stands it doesn't matter to me if it slips a week or two.
17225  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / What games for 3 players? on: July 27, 2004, 12:53:49 PM
Kung Fu Chaos.
great 3 player game. smile
17226  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Gladius Multiplayer? on: July 27, 2004, 12:52:35 PM
I dunno if it's multiplayer; I don't think so.

Played it when it first came out; wicked awesome game once you get past the "training" section.

Waiting for a bargain basement sale to pick it up.
17227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Doom 3 Benchmarks on: July 27, 2004, 12:47:04 PM
Weak.

I wanted to see a system that cost less than 2gs running the game.

I've got a P4 800fsb 3.0Ghz, 1 gig of RAM and an ATI 9800Pro
Nothing that breaks the bank, but enough to make a showing.

Their hardware comparison speaks to a crowd of less than 15% of the PC gaming market. If this was supposed to help NVidia's marketting I hope it does the job. Since most of the games I play are DX, this doesn't really sway me. I'll take HL2 over Doom3 any day.
17228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rent it? Buy it? Wait? on: July 16, 2004, 07:21:00 PM
I've done the same.

No seriously, I keep meaning to play Splinter Cell 2; I just never do. I bought Amped 2 for 10$ canadian (that's about 7 bux US); same thing with PGR2 ... I'm halfway through both and still rarely start em up.

Damned KOEI games... Dynasty Warriors 4 and Samurai Warriors. And now Doom3, Sudeki, Worms 3d (which will get pushed back until Worms Forts is released Tongue )
17229  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I went for something else... on: July 14, 2004, 04:56:05 AM
To me, GG has deteriorated to a popular weblog for the past 2 years or so. It's stagnant and the posts/content isn't really relevant to the topic of PC gaming. I mean, release dates? Hello...

The forums are fine and I respect GG; I just don't bother with it anymore. Not enough hours in the day.

As for CG, I don't like game specific sites, PC gaming is meh (see below), so I chose Something Else.

Consolegold with platform specific format wouldn't be bad, but I don't know that segregating that information is required. Also, it's very done (/em looks to IGN and shudders).

The thing is, I want to see info on more than one platform at a time. oooo... profiles. That'd be nice. Selecting your game platforms (e.g. I currently have no use for GBA's, Phone-gaming-tacos, PSPs, etc...) so I could filter the news to exclude the explict mobile-only articles etc.  

Also, rather than having a daily wrap-up as a news article, I'd like to see it as its own section, where today's wrapup is presented on the front page and once again is filtered on my preferences. Being able to browse through previous ones would be nice, and even having a searchable news archive.

PC comments--------------
The problem with going for PC gaming in CG is that it doesn't fit... PC game news muddies the water when it comes to relevant info. What I mean by that is, are you planning on going into hardware reviews, performance testing, covering "Gameplay", etc? What about the latest graphics chip competition, and worrying about new driver updates, blah, blah, blah.... It's apples and oranges my friend; I'm happy with the abundance of CG's apples.
-------------------------------

[sigh] I know, I give you work. Sorry Tongue

Oh, and good job with the site. ^^ No complaints about it, except that PJ guy. He's got shifty eyes; I wouldn't trust him around my beer.  :twisted:
17230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OXM Sudeki Demo on: July 14, 2004, 04:35:50 AM
Quote from: "Graham"
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Of course there's also the fact that, other than Morrowind, KOTOR is the only other RPG on Xbox.


Well, there was Metal Dungeon.  However, it was pretty much universally panned by all reviewers.


could it be because it was basically a rough interface to a table-top dungeon crawl? The game mechanics are fine in the game, but when you move backwards and your char's animation shows you walking forward, it tends to put a 4.99 budget tag on the product.

Oh, and the opening movie was horrid. Tongue
17231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What current consoles do you own? on: June 14, 2004, 01:23:08 AM
Xbox. Still can't bring myself to buy a PS2... Koei teases me with Empires though. I'll just have to wait for the port.
17232  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Harry Potter: Prisoner of Azkaban? on: June 14, 2004, 01:00:51 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Hmmmm....maybe this time I'll wear pants.  That might help too...


Or at least wear GUY'S underwear. Tongue

<shrug> couldn't resist. :wink:
17233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tenchu rated higher than Ninja Gaiden on: June 14, 2004, 12:51:56 AM
Ninja Gaiden isn't a ninja simulator; it's the best sidescrolling-to-3d-action conversion I've played in a looooong time. It would be like trying to compare Starfox (a 3D version of ye olde Gradius) with something like Wing Commander Privateer. They have the "space combat" in common, and it pretty much stops there. (I've loved both, and I'm doing WCP a grave injustice by putting it in the Tenchu side of this discussion)

As far as overall measurement in scoring goes; there is no comparison to the presentation, sound, controls and polish. Ninja Gaiden has shown what happens when a developer is given license to make the game they wanted to make, and not had to compromise. It's taking the DOA fighting engine (look at the combo presentations; it's given to you ingame) and applying it to a genre that generally has "A" for Attack, "B" for jump. The camera is VERY responsive; if it's at the wrong angle you can fix it with a button press. There is no sluggish or wildly obtuse procedure to look where you want to. It's too bad the camera didn't know which way you wanted to be looking automagically, but it's still great as-is.

I'll grant you this, NG doesn't provide the ninja experience that Tenchu does with all the sneaking and silent killing, but that wasn't it's aim. It was shooting for "ninja badass vs. the world".

Tenchu 3, IMHO, doesn't do the ninja experience justice either. It felt like a poorly repackaged Thief, or a shoddy mockup of Splinter Cell. Now, that's not to say I didn't like the Tenchu franchise; I *loved* Tenchu for the PS1. This one felt more like I was on rails. I didn't play very far in to it, mind you, as the "just another port" graphics pasted on a 51" widescreen TV was almost nauseating.

Let's have a peek, shall we?



VS.



Yeah, I was wondering... is her left hand holding the dagger behind the head of the guy against the wall behind her on the right side? Oh, and the texture for the brick wall would be a perfect addition to the Windows 3d maze screensaver.

 So if you were hung up on sneaking around and killing people, check out any number of grade "A" games out there that let you do it. Splinter Cell 1 & 2, Thief DS, the upcoming Ghost, etc ...

If you love ninja games of all types, Ninja Gaiden is the better game, albiet less "realistic". If you need your ninja sim fix and you can't go without, go see Tenchu. Just make sure you're wearing beer-goggles.  :wink:

And yes, those are biggest damned 2 pennies I could find.  Cool

[edited for grammar ]
17234  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Booth Babes- Methinks Thou Can Do Better on: May 19, 2004, 06:31:00 PM
Quote from: "aledromo"
To invoke the sagacious George Carlin, in response to those who would censor broadcast content: There are two knobs on the radio.


ooo, who are the two knobs? I know Howard Stern has to be one of em.. Did Springer move to radio ?  :wink:

I dunno about the booth babes thing, I'm glad this simmered down. Fact is, we buy games with TONS of advertising/marketing/packaging crap for relatively little data. E3 more posturing and marketting of multimillion/billion dollar companies, and ultimately will bring out the audacity in companies.

Sex sells. <shrug> There are some pretty girls at E3; I find that their presence pales in comparison to the day-to-day exposure given to the female form. I mean, this is the prince's ball and everyone dresses up. Think about how many pearly white teeth are trained on you while buying a slurpee or picking up your groceries.

Even in the seediest 7-11 you have beautiful magazine women; often right beside the porn mags. It's hard to get worked up about a PR event with attractive women when you get this S*it piped into your house at 200+ channels, every minute of every day.

I'm impressed with the number of shots you guys got in this year... next year go booth-to-booth with multiangle, and then build a CG VRML e3. Ooo, and can I get it supersized to go?

GJ guys~!
17235  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / We should designate a Night as ConsoleGold game night. on: May 05, 2004, 11:36:13 AM
I've got the demo for TOCA; although the game needs some polish on it, it's a very solid racing game. I could go for a round of that on live. smile
17236  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Live Starter Kit 3.0 for 24.99 CAD on: May 04, 2004, 01:01:32 AM
Real Canadian Superstore is clearing them out at 24.99

I was a beta tester and was still able to use the card as renewal. I called MS to confirm (as my contract was due to renew on 12.14.2004, and jumped to start at 4.25.2004 and end 4.25.2005) and sure enough there was a $50 credit on my account for my unused live renewal from last december.

Plus, second headset as a spare to my original. Woot.

FYI: the kit normally sells for 79.99 CAD
17237  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow multiplayer sign up on: May 04, 2004, 12:57:03 AM
I'm no super player, but I get bid'ness done.

 smile Gamertag - Purge
17238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / what will sell the Xbox2? on: May 04, 2004, 12:54:24 AM
I don't think MS got big by resting on it's laurels. Even if it has to buy Sony.  :twisted:

Actually, I think the fact the Son-of-Xbox is going to be powerful in more ways than just in the horsepower fashion will make a difference. Interoperability with the PC world, (LIVE is going to be on PC as well), Media Center stuff, possibly the HDD will be a port/addin much like an iPod. These are good things that I look forward to.

The only nice thing about the HDD IMHO is the relatively small game caching, ripping of music, and the downloads. The fact that the ripping took too damned long, and the current downloads aren't exactly breaking the space in the 'box leads me to believe they're going to go away from the 11ms HDD for faster game caching. That's not to say that it won't have a HDD, but lets face it, long load times and chugging bother people.

Pirates of the Caribbean, which was a buggy app to begin with, relied on the HDD caching. The game needed to run for 45+ min before the performance of the game was "acceptable". Ninja Gaiden did it better, but initially I found the load time to be annoying.

Frankly, if the PS3 is a better system than Son-of-Xbox, I'll switch, or have both. I just want great games, and a solid product.
17239  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ninja Gaiden: What's the deal with Alma? on: May 04, 2004, 12:40:55 AM
I read a similar message in an FAQ somewhere... I fought Alma the first time, and beat her without missing a beat.

I tried her again, and found her much more difficult. It might be a rhythm thing; if you mess with her fighting patterns quick enough you can basically control the battle. If you don't, well, she's *very* capable of handing you death and humiliation.

I found that the third boss wasn't too tough either (airship), but the the bloody 2nd level boss schooled me a few times. And the two worms; yeesh.

The one worm was easy enough, especially with Unlabored Flawlessness.
Trigger the sweep attack, bird jump off the wall and pummel the ground. Wash, rinse and repeat. Unfortunately with the two worms, no wall.
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