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4521  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / F.E.A.R is not a factor for me! *spoilers* on: May 02, 2007, 01:51:11 AM
So, I took the opportunity to play through F.E.A.R while my WoW account is on a 72 hour ban ( crybaby). I was worried because of the complaints about repetitive environments and poor level design, I thought for sure I would be one of the people who gave up half way through out of boredom. However, the gameplay deserves all the acclaim it has received and the slo-mo effect is simply amazing, I've never had so much killing people in a shooter before, seriously. Every kill felt satisfying, and I'm quite sure this game has the best shotgun EVAR! Decapitation, limbs flying, clouds of blood... I was in gore heaven. I wish ammo wasn't as sparse for pretty much every weapon aside from the shotgun though, some of them got barely any attention from me. I also enjoyed the sound effects, the distortion of the sound when going between normal and slo-motion is great, it was awesome running up on an enemy and hearing them scream "FUUUUUUCK!" in slow-mo.

The thing I loved the most about F.E.A.R though was the creepy Grudge-esque story. Although the game isn't quite scary in terms of making you jump (although I did jump a few times), the terrifying imagery and hallucinations kept me very interested in what was going on besides all the shooting. One issue I had with the story though was trying to follow it, a lot of the information you learn is revealed through listening to voicemails and uploading data on the laptops, unfortunately there were occasions where I couldn't really hear the chatter and by the time I finished the game I had only a vague understanding of the entire story. Is there a website or something that summarizes the storyline?

Also, the ending was pretty sweet. The nuclear explosion was cool, and the surprise visit from Grudge girl in the helecopter was a nice touch. Also when you finish the credits there is something about the prototype being successful? I didn't quite understand that part.

Anyhow, overall I thoroughly enjoyed the game. The level design was definately an issue on occasion and lacked variety, but the excellently paced gameplay and creepy story kept me hooked till the end.
4522  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DS Game Recommendations for 9-Yr Old Girl on: May 01, 2007, 07:38:58 PM
I'd say the majority of the DS library is aimed towards that particular demographic, so you shouldn't have too much trouble  thumbsup
4523  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP]Silent Hill Origins(video) on: May 01, 2007, 06:30:17 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 01, 2007, 03:10:12 AM


they're kinda hawt.....

I would hit it...

But seriously, the game looks pretty good graphically so hopefully the controls work out well and deliver a good experience. If this game can manage to be as intense and scary as the console counterparts, it will be another reason I love my PSP more than my DS.
4524  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise Announced on: May 01, 2007, 06:25:07 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 01, 2007, 04:08:02 AM

I sure hope this doesn't suck.  I'm not optimistic about the whole Burnout in an open world thing. 

Yes, especially considering the NFS series didn't fair to well in an open world environment.
4525  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: PTR Patch Notes 2.1.0 for WoW on: May 01, 2007, 04:02:35 AM
If the arguement is simply that we don't have a decent 41 point talent spec, I agree. When I am healing, I split myself between Holy and Disc. So what? It doesn't change the fact that Holy priests are excellent healers, the only thing I would like to see is improved survivability overall. They can accomplish this by decreasing the amount of threat done by holy spells for 5-mans and raiding, and revamping the Disc tree for PVP healing. Pain Suppression should be much longer and the cooldown shortened, same with PI.

Sorry Blackadar, I simply think your exaggerating the core issues. In any of the guilds I have raided Kara with and the guild I now raid Gruul's Lair with, Holy priests are the main healers. That's just my experience, not sure what else to say. However, I would be interested in discussing resto Shaman as main healers as my shammy is reaching 70 and I would like him to be specced to heal since my priest is optimally geared for Shadow.
4526  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops on: May 01, 2007, 03:46:40 AM
I just got this game last week, so far the controls are very off-putting for me. They seem very loose, and controlling the camera can be troublesome. Is this something you eventually get the hang of or is it the same in the console versions as well?
4527  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Another Launch 360 dies - EDIT: Looks like it's getting replaced on: April 30, 2007, 06:32:02 PM
So approximately how long does it take from the moment you call them and they tell you a coffin will be arriving, to the moment you get your replacement?
4528  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Devil May Cry 4 Screens on: April 30, 2007, 06:26:39 PM
I didn't know DMC4 was going to take place in the Lost Planet world  icon_lol

It does look like the same engine though, doesn't it?
4529  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 65-nm Xbox 360 GPU coming in fall on: April 30, 2007, 06:24:29 PM
Caught this at Game Daily:

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According to a report in DigiTimes, which cites the Chinese paper Commercial Times, Microsoft will manufacture its Xbox 360 with a new 65-nanometer GPU starting this fall. According to the paper, a 65-nm version of the chip has already been sent out for production, which is expected to start in May.

This is the first time we've heard of the 360's GPU getting the 65-nm treatment. It was announced last year that Microsoft would shrink down its 90-nm CPU, but the new 65-nm Xenon chip is not expected until mid-2007. This unfortunately means that Microsoft's newly launched Xbox 360 Elite just missed out on receiving 65-nm chips.

The good news is that new Xbox 360 purchasers this fall/holiday will likely pick up a unit that incorporates a 65-nm Xenon chip and and 65-nm Xenos GPU. The result should be a unit that runs at cooler temperatures, consumes less power, and is ultimately cheaper to produce since more chips can be fit into one manufacturing run. This could potentially enable Microsoft to slash the price on its console right in time for the crucial holiday sales period.
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Less reasons to buy an Elite system. Still, its definately good news. If my 360 lives until these new versions come out I might sell my old one and buy the newer version.
4530  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2] Tomb Raider Anniversary screens on: April 30, 2007, 06:21:30 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on April 30, 2007, 06:01:59 PM

Meh, they're nice for what will come out on the PS2 but as said before they are very barren. After playing next-gen stuff like Gears of War levels like this become more apparent now.

Ah, good observation I hadn't noticed this.

Put me on the list of disappointed because there is no next-gen release though. I loved TR on the 360, I would have definately bought this one as well.
4531  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Odin Sphere on: April 30, 2007, 06:14:01 PM
I can't say I like how the game looks whatsoever, the environments are way too confined. Look at the characters, they take up a major portion of every screen. I'm also not digging the character designs. Who is one of those main characters, a blonde maid with a staff and some blue rabbit looking creature? Come on now...
4532  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo - still making a profit! on: April 27, 2007, 05:52:42 PM
I know this sounds evil, but the more popular the Wii and the DS become the more I am beginning to dislike Nintendo. I play the Wii and the DS today and still feel like their "unique" control schemes are quite the gimmick, and kids around the world are buying into it. I'm not saying there aren't any legitimately good games on both platforms, perhaps Twilight Princess and NSMB alone make it worth owning each system respectively, but I can't help shake the fact that a lot of these games simply aren't very good and do not fully utilize the unique control schemes of each platform. Seriously, on the DS nearly every game uses the dual/touch-screen setup simply for easier menu and inventory navigation. Ah well, it will be interesting to see how Nintendo is holding up two years from now when all the buzz has died down.
4533  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Upgrade issues with the Elite's HD on: April 27, 2007, 05:42:32 PM
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However, those who want to upgrade their 360s to the Elite system will have to order a migration kit from Xbox.com, free of charge, to carry out the data transfer.

Ok, so order it now since its free, buy your Elite system on Sunday, and await the arrival of the migration kit. Problem solved. Damn, they should give me some kind of Problem Solving Certification, I'm so good at it!
4534  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Double Shot this Week - EETS and Pinball FX [56k] on: April 25, 2007, 06:11:27 PM
That pinball looks really really real  eek
4535  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?? on: April 25, 2007, 06:09:25 PM
I think it is a welcome departure from the normal setting of the series, sales of CoD3 weren't as great as CoD2 so I'm sure they realized they need to take the series in a new direction to freshen it up a bit.
4536  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: PTR Patch Notes 2.1.0 for WoW on: April 24, 2007, 06:02:07 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on April 18, 2007, 04:15:41 PM

Quote from: Ridah on April 18, 2007, 01:54:38 AM

I completely disagree with all the negative opinions about priests. There are no better raid healers than a Holy spec priest, I specify raid because my friend has a holy spec Pally and he has much more survivability than I do as a healer. People seem to think that brute force is the key to every class but it's the resourceful ones who do better. What I'm trying to say is, while non-priest healers can compete with a holy priest in terms of raw heals, the priest has many more options that make them much more effective healers. Prayer of Mending, Prayer of Healing, Lightwell, etc. are all outstanding spells when utilized correctly.

As for shadow priests, again it's not about brute force DPS. My priest specced shadow mind blast crits for over 2k, which of course isn't as high as other DPS classes, but you've also got to take into consideration the dots, silence, fear, mind control, mana burn, etc. which make a shadow priest very useful in any PVP situation.

I'm sorry you don't do well with your priest, I kick ass all day with mine.

Simply put, a holy paladin heals just as well with grossly more survivability.  In fact, due to criticals (nerfed), they an get their heals off faster for the same healing amount and can last go longer.  The only advantage to a priest is AOE heals.  But in raiding, AOE healing isn't nearly as important as single target healing.  And paladins excel on single target healing - as I said, faster and longer with the same healing.  So, having played a holy priest for two years and 70 levels then having the opportunity to try a holy paladin at level 70, I can say that you're exactly wrong on raiding.  The level 70 priest, due to AOE healing, has the very slight edge on 5 man instances.  The level 70 paladin has the edge on raiding.

Combine that with the paladin/shadow priest combo, where the shadow priest acts as a mana battery for the paladin and you can see it becomes a big problem.  It's not that holy priests are "broken".  Yes, they do work and they can heal.  But little survivability, little DPS combined with only average healing and lower raid demand means it's a shitty class to play.  And very few holy priests wanted paladins to be nerfed because we knew that paladin nerfs would mean no holy buffs.  And the class needs a few buffs.  But then again, you wouldn't know that, since you're a shadow priest and your role is a support healer.

When you throw out Lolwell to try to support your arguments, you've already lost.  A heavy netherweave bandage is superior (1000!!! more healing, taking just 2 more seconds), have less of a cooldown and don't have the range limitations.  Both break on damage.  It's very telling that a holy priests' best and most useful 11/21/31/41 talent only happens when we're dead.

Any time a holy priest with good gear is in the same group as a holy palladin with good gear, the priest is the main healer. The priest's heals are just as big as a pally heal if not bigger, and if your simply talking about keeping a tank up, you can't forget a priest's inspiration which adds 25% to armor when you crit, your heal over time ticking for 5-600, on top of your greater heals. I agree that the pally has more survivability, and I agree that makes them better PVP healers, but I still see holy priests as the better raid/5-man healers.
4537  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saints Row - I was wrong on: April 24, 2007, 05:51:17 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 22, 2007, 02:03:10 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on December 18, 2006, 08:59:32 PM

Tom Chick reviewed it and scored it an A+eek

....and we scored it a 90%.  http://gamingtrend.com/Reviews/review/review.php?ReviewID=658


I believe it's the plus sign in Tom Chick's score that is confusing people, no one is arguing that is not a 90%/A title.  Tongue
4538  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Tom Clancy's EndWar on: April 24, 2007, 05:46:37 PM
We really need a new war in the world so game companies have some new material to focus on, cause this is getting old...
4539  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Oblivion] Completed main quest, have questions on: April 23, 2007, 06:55:37 PM
*Spoiler Alert*


So I completed the main quest last night in Oblivion, I was a little sad about Martin sacrificing himself and I think Jaffre got killed while helping me escort Martin to the Temple of the One, but I'm looking forward to moving onto the faction quest lines and becoming an Arena champion! I do have a few questions though. The count says that a new set of armor for me will be ready in a few weeks, does that actually mean a few game weeks?

Also, I would really like to play my character in a different way, is it possible to get my minor skills up to the level of my major skills and say, switch from being a melee character to a caster character?

What is the level cap?

When completing all of a faction's quests, what happens?

Can I still join all the different factions even though I've completed the main quest, even the Dark Brotherhood?

More questions still to come  biggrin
4540  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/23) on: April 23, 2007, 06:44:14 PM
Nothing from that list, might swoop up Viva Pinata though.
4541  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Command & Conquer 3 demo on Live on: April 23, 2007, 04:44:02 AM
And of course the game is for gold members only so I can't download it being a silver member  thumbsdown
4542  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DS Overclocking on: April 20, 2007, 10:21:52 AM
And the upside?
4543  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Public transportation too expensive? on: April 18, 2007, 06:13:01 PM
Screw it, time to get a crotch rocket  icon_twisted
4544  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: can anyone confirm this story please(FF13) on: April 18, 2007, 07:19:21 AM
In the latest issue of GI it says that Square says that the exclusivity of FF13 is under discussion, I haven't seen any confirmations though.
4545  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: PTR Patch Notes 2.1.0 for WoW on: April 18, 2007, 01:54:38 AM
I completely disagree with all the negative opinions about priests. There are no better raid healers than a Holy spec priest, I specify raid because my friend has a holy spec Pally and he has much more survivability than I do as a healer. People seem to think that brute force is the key to every class but it's the resourceful ones who do better. What I'm trying to say is, while non-priest healers can compete with a holy priest in terms of raw heals, the priest has many more options that make them much more effective healers. Prayer of Mending, Prayer of Healing, Lightwell, etc. are all outstanding spells when utilized correctly.

As for shadow priests, again it's not about brute force DPS. My priest specced shadow mind blast crits for over 2k, which of course isn't as high as other DPS classes, but you've also got to take into consideration the dots, silence, fear, mind control, mana burn, etc. which make a shadow priest very useful in any PVP situation.

I'm sorry you don't do well with your priest, I kick ass all day with mine.
4546  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Any mmo's coming out that are like.... on: April 18, 2007, 01:01:59 AM
Ah, wrong thread  Tongue
4547  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Public transportation too expensive? on: April 17, 2007, 07:52:50 PM
Not sure how it is in other states and cities, but in mine they pump the transportation system like there's no tomorrow. I live in the Bay Area, about 35 miles south of San Francisco. My girlfriend lives right next to SF, and while I don't mind the 25 minute drive all that much, it takes nearly a quarter tank of gas just to visit her and that's not cheap these days. So I was considering taking the Cal train from my house to hers, which would be awesome because it would be (assumingly) cheaper, and I could play my PSP during the trip. When checking out the prices for a one-way trip to her area, it's almost $10! That's just one way. It's cheaper for me to replace the quarter of gas I burned. Is the city just fluffing public transportation to take some cash out of the oil company's pocket and put it into theirs or what?
4548  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Too Human Footage on: April 17, 2007, 07:36:54 PM

Quote from: Turtle on April 16, 2007, 12:02:45 AM

I think they're trying to distance themselves from DMC and the like, while at the same time appeal to the Halo crowd.

That's the impression I get from the game. A DMC-style game in a Halo-style setting. Who knows, we may have a potential Devil May Cry killer here.
4549  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/16) on: April 16, 2007, 09:33:34 PM
I might pick up Pokemon: Pearl for my girlfriend (I'll definately give it a spin as well), Pheonix Wright puts her straight to sleep  icon_lol
4550  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oblivion - Help? on: April 16, 2007, 07:28:49 PM
When starting up Oblivion this time (I tried it before but lost interest somewhere during the fighters guild quests) I decided to go through the main storyline first and do the faction and side quests from there. I think I messed things up when I did the Allies for Bruma side quest (I though it was part of the main quest). I gained like 3 levels closing all those damn oblivion gates. Now, as it would appear, I am fucked because I have trouble with single enemy encounters. For a game that is so open-ended you sure don't have much control over the course of the game (I didn't exactly want to become a vampire either). Still, the world is beautiful enough to motivate me to at least complete the main storyline despite it's gaping design flaws.
4551  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oblivion - Help? on: April 16, 2007, 06:19:13 PM

Quote from: mytocles on April 16, 2007, 04:25:13 PM

Yeah it's been maybe 3 weeks or so since I played, and for me that is a lifetime, lol.  But I think I'm right in partially disagreeing on the whole keep-your-level-low thing.  It seemed to me that the game may ramp up to some degree, but it doesn't really keep up very well.  Maybe it does at the beginning, I don't remember, but once I started getting "stuff" and abilities, it seems to me that I could clear out a dungeon pretty much at will.  I'm not saying every enemy and every dungeon was a total cake-walk, but I maxed out my Sneak skills and garnered a few healing spells - and ranged weapons - and I'm afraid of no one anymore! Well, maybe the Oblivion Gate monsters, but you really don't have to tackle them very early.  icon_twisted

You make clearing dungeons seem so easy  crybaby I've been having a heck of a time getting through dungeons and Oblivion planes, I have to rest after each fight or I'll almost surely lose in the next encounter.
4552  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: WTB: PSP on: April 16, 2007, 04:22:06 AM
Just buy the sucker new for $170, it's an awesome deal. Or heck, the refurbished and used PSP's at GameStop are like $150. 
4553  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best PC game to test new PC graphically on: April 16, 2007, 04:21:09 AM
I don't see Titan Quest as a test of a PC's graphical capabilties, I mean come on weren't the environments not 3D? I personally recall it being ugly.

My suggestions are FEAR and Oblivion, you couldn't ask for two bigger system hogs.
4554  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I officially love the PSP on: April 15, 2007, 09:07:33 PM
So I ended up getting my PSP last week and have waited a full week to tool with the system and do some more gaming on it before giving my impressions. I went with a 1GB memory card, at $30 it was an awesome deal but I'm thinking perhaps I should have splurged and went with a 3-4GB card. Anyhow, I've been loading up pics and such and I love being able to set them as my background, those new Christina Aguilera pics at maximonline.com were killer slywink I've also put some HD game trailers on the PSP and love how great the videos look. Transferring files to the PSP, once you become familiar with the process and such is really simple. Also, getting the PSP to connect to my wireless network was again extremely simple, I had no trouble getting online and updating my system. I played with the web browser a bit but within 10 minutes I decided it was pretty lame, the screen is just too small for browsing web sites but I don't mark that against the system. As far as gaming, I bought Twisted Metal: Head On and Daxter. Mainly I've been putting most of my time into TM, which does great for it's first foray into the portable field, although the game doesn't quite stand up to the likes of TM: Black and the PSX titles. My single biggest gripe about the system is the left analog stick, there needs to be a way for the D-pad and analog stick to switch positions depending on which one you plan to use primarily in any given title. I don't know if it's just because TM is such a hectic game, but my left hand would get tired pretty quick when positioned on the analog stick, so I just stick to the d-pad. Is this a common issue with the PSP, the solution being to just ignore the analog stick for the most part and stick with the d-pad?

Other than that, I love the system. I love the technical quality of the system, the games, and the movies, and definately look forward to supporting this platform until the next generation of handhelds come out.
4555  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Too Human Footage on: April 15, 2007, 07:56:43 PM
Can we get a direct link to the footage? I'm having trouble finding it for some reason  icon_confused
4556  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WARNING - 360 Bricking Update for GHII on: April 15, 2007, 07:53:56 PM
Would that make Harmonix or whoever publishes GH2 responsible for replacing our systems if their update bricks it?
4557  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Casual Games- Should we cover them better here at GamingTrend? on: April 14, 2007, 05:13:48 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 13, 2007, 04:32:13 PM


Well, the Marvel TCG is coming from your example, but in short it is a question of manpower.  We need more people on staff to be able to review those niche titles.  I'd gladly request and provide them but I have to have somebody who can consistently churn out those desired reviews.

You mean you can't find a casual editor that can write casual reviews from time to time about these casual games?  icon_lol What are casual games anyways? Wii games?
4558  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oblivion - Vampirism on: April 14, 2007, 05:04:54 PM
Just checked another faq:

"To start off, you must talk to a prist about a "Cure for Vampirism". Or the
alternative could be to ask Vicente Valtieri, in the Dark Brotherhood. They
tell you to talk to Raminus Polus at the Arcane University. After speaking to
Polus, he directs you to Count Janus Jassildor in Skingrad, who also has been
searching for a cure"

Ok... is there a way I'm supposed to be able to talk to Raminus Polus besides getting high in the mages guild?
4559  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oblivion - Vampirism on: April 14, 2007, 04:56:02 PM
The instructions in that link don't tell you which church, it just says "the church". I've been to different chapels (are churches and chapels the same thing?) and the NPC that finally talked to me about Vampirism sent me to Arcane University, which I don't have full access to. Ugh, I haven't wanted to play Oblivion in days because I dont want to deal with all the stupid resting/feeding shit.
4560  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Too Human Footage on: April 14, 2007, 04:48:29 PM
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It's just been a bit of a disaster in development.

Is disaster the right word here? Silicon Knights is known for their delays, I figured the game was on a normal cycle rather than a disastrous one.
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