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4761  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dead Rising impressions! on: August 09, 2006, 08:02:48 PM
Once my work shift is over I'll be sinking my time into some zombie killing action! Lets get the full-game impressions going!
4762  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ubisoft loves the Wii on: August 03, 2006, 10:52:03 PM
Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII, Monster 4x4 World Circuit and Open Season

Bleh  :?
4763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is there any interest in Dead Rising? on: August 03, 2006, 10:45:24 PM
I think a lot more people are interested in this one than it seems. I thought the game was a riot when I played it at E3, got it pre-ordered and can't wait to dig into it!
4764  Gaming / Analog Gaming / No More E3?! on: August 02, 2006, 01:21:40 AM
This sucks for me being on the retail front. I haven't read whether retail management will be allowed into the show or not, but I'm not paying for the trip for this new "evolved" E3. Fuck that, seriously. I liked the noise, the lights, the babes, and of course the games. I don't see why they couldn't just tone it down a bit in terms of booth setup, I mean I can see why some companies would complain when the booth next to them has a stage with a live musical performance going on. E3 to me has always been about excitement, but now its not there. There's no single event to be excited about any longer, now E3 will come and go and I don't think people will care as much anymore. Its just another trade event.

Ah well, I'm glad I got 5 consecutive years in while I could.
4765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox 360] Saints Row demo on the Marketplace! on: August 02, 2006, 01:05:39 AM
I haven't played a GTA game since GTA3, and much of it was because I couldn't stand the graphics. This'll be perfect.
4766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What the...Ninety-Nine Nights demo up in the marketplace! on: July 28, 2006, 05:30:57 PM
I normally don't play demos, but since I'm so on the fence with this one I think I should.
4767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Titan Quest patch 1.11 on: July 27, 2006, 06:03:45 PM
It says it implemented Time Smoothing which creates less hitches and blur when the character is moving... That's cool but it sounds like a pretty nice effect that should have been added before the game came out.
4768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lost Planet pushed to 2007!? on: July 26, 2006, 11:29:26 PM
In the GameStop system we have it listed in 2007 now.
4769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lost Planet pushed to 2007!? on: July 26, 2006, 03:55:16 PM
I was looking at release dates the other day and noticed Lost Planet is scheduled for Feb 2007... wasn't it supposed to come out in August? Has Capcom stated the reason for the huge delay?
4770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Next Gen Star Wars Trailer on: July 23, 2006, 06:52:39 PM
No way, that video was bullshit. There's no way the game is going to play and look like that, it was definately pre-rendered and if its not then those environment look like shit. Plus, there was no aiming mechanism, its obvious when the Jedi picks up that debri and throws it at the tie fighter.

I'll get excited when I see some in-game footage, assuming it doesn't look crummy like most other Star Wars games.
4771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prey on: July 19, 2006, 05:16:47 AM
Just beat the game, overall a cool experience but the storyline needed to be more fleshed out. I was very intriguied in the beginning but that tapers off a bit towards the end. The best thing about Prey is the art direction. This game has lots of creepy alien environments and many cool sights. However, the level design towards the end, a few levels in particular, were frustrating as hell. Way too confusing. The ending was also a bit of a let-down.

If I had to rate the game I'd give it a 7/10, definately worth a rental, not quite sure its worth a $60 purchase though.
4772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HDTV for gaming.. on: July 19, 2006, 12:12:22 AM
32' Sony Bravia for my bedroom, its a beaut!
4773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DS] Lunar: Dragon Song worth playing? on: July 17, 2006, 12:44:24 AM
I was feeling like playing an old school RPG so I decided to pick up Lunar for DS for only $20, I'm a HUGE fan of Silver Star Story and since this one is made by the original creators of the series, I figured it was a no-brainer. When I came up, I checked out a few reviews and it seems like its been getting overwhelmingly poor reviews.

Any of you guys play this one?
4774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prey on: July 17, 2006, 12:38:46 AM
Don't get me wrong I love the game, its just a few levels that had me frustrated. Destructor, did you notice the drop in frame rate in some of the later levels as well?
4775  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prey on: July 16, 2006, 08:29:33 PM
I'm nearing the end, I have to say that the game becomes pretty damn frustrating in its last few levels. Its not that the enemies become uber difficult or anything like that, but every fucking room you enter is some sort of level puzzle to figure out where to go, and much of it has to do with scouring every inch of the area until you find a door or control pad you missed. Not only that, but the frame rate seems to be much less stable than it was earlier in the game. It must have to do with there being bigger rooms and objects, but sometimes I wonder if its that Xbox 360 hard drive bug where the data becomes fractured or whatever the hell.

Does anyone remember how to clear the HD cache?
4776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prey on: July 16, 2006, 05:09:32 PM
Does that mean you get to take it back to work when you are done and sell it as new?

Yup slywink
4777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you playing this weekend? 07/14/06 on: July 16, 2006, 05:08:41 PM
I'll be finishing up Prey on the 360, a bit of WoW, perhaps some Lunar on the DS Lite.
4778  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prey on: July 14, 2006, 06:06:04 PM
I'm borrowing it from work right now but I may have to buy it to replay it again eventually.
4779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prey... on: July 14, 2006, 06:10:59 AM
Bingo. Can't justify $50 for another FPS'er even if it is nine kinds of shiny. Now if Titan Quest really is as solid as people say it is...

It is very pretty Diablo II with much higher resolutions and the same level of addiction.

I hate you.

Umm, your willing to pay the price for an old-school RPG wrapped in a shiny new package, but not an FPS? Contradiction much?
4780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prey on: July 14, 2006, 04:55:29 AM
Anyone else loving this game? Absolutely gorgeous graphics and level design, the puzzles so far aren't too difficult, I've been stuck for a good 15 minutes or so a few times but I eventually figure it out. I'm also liking the storyline, although its nothing new.

Anyone else get to the friggin cube puzzle yet? The one where your trapped inside a cube and there is seemingly no way out? What the heck do you do here?
4781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Psychonauts on: July 13, 2006, 11:55:26 PM
As soon as it becomes BC for the 360 I'm all over it.
4782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prey on: July 12, 2006, 12:15:21 AM
It took you one hour for impressions on the case?

Wake me up when there are some real impressions.
4783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Super Mario Bros. on: June 25, 2006, 05:37:23 PM
The reason you get called out is that you seem to hate just about everything. I'm sure that you can point to some games you genuinely like but I'm sure i'm not alone at being able to recall any of them. And to make matters worse, with you something is never mediocre- if it isn't great, then it's usually some abominable vile piece of trash that has no right to exist.

And that's not even the problem, he can't even back up his claims most of the time. That's why his posts are about as relevant as gibberish. Just ignore him.
4784  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / From the Front Page: Wii launch lineup on: June 24, 2006, 03:48:02 PM
Great, lets kick off the world's most innovative and original console with a lineup filled with sequels  :? I agree, the lineup is deceiving. Zelda isn't a true Wii game, its a GC port. Dragon Quest isn't a true dragon quest game, its another game with the same name, another Monkey Ball even though a new one is coming out on the GC almost the same time, Red Steel (does anyone really care about this game?)...

Metroid 3 would be awesome at least.
4785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Moto GP 06 - buggy at 1080? on: June 16, 2006, 10:30:40 PM
I've pretty much come to the point where I like my 360 set at 1080i, and if any games don't run well in that mode (ahem, Tomb Raider) then I won't play them. I've been playing around with Moto GP 06 for the 360 which was released last week and I've noticed there seem to be occasional frame rate issues and issues with the vertical sync. Anyone else notice this?
4786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A blurb about upcoming BC update for 360. on: June 16, 2006, 10:01:05 PM
Because, as Clanwolfer said, there are those of us with limited financial and spatial resources and I'm not going back and forth between two different Xboxes because Microsoft can't get their shit together. Plain as that. Also consider this - there are exactly zero games out now for the 360 that I consider must-owns. That's going to be changing in the next six to eight months, but right now I have no reason in the world to buy a 360. That's one of the reasons why I enjoyed the PS2 so much. I could play my PS games on it just fine.

I'm not throwing out the library of XB games I have just because Microsoft thinks I'll leap at anything shiny.

I never agree with that excuse. I don't feel like Microsoft holds any sort of responsibility towards us to make the 360 backwards compatible. Like I've said before, no one used to cry about the fact that you couldn't play SNES games on the N64, or Saturn games on the Dreamcast. If you want to play Xbox games, play them on your Xbox. If "spatial resources" are your biggest issue, then obviously you simply don't have room to own any new consoles (which sounds ridiculous to me). Not to mention the fact that zero games in the 360 library interests you, so why do you own one?

Sorry, I don't mean to take personal shots at your or anything but whenever people start demanding MS allocate more resources towards backwards compatibility it pisses me off because I paid $400 to play NEW games and have NEW experiences and I don't want anything to take away from that.
4787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Proof that Tim Schafer is the Man!! on: June 15, 2006, 06:43:35 PM
Sending! Even though I own the PC version, I'd love to replay it on my 360!
4788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone playing PDZ with the update? on: June 15, 2006, 06:37:08 PM
I've been interested in playing through the SP campaign, was it any good? (Sorry didn't want to create my own thread just to ask that).
4789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Did my 360 update? on: June 13, 2006, 03:20:50 PM
When I plugged my 360 into the net and booted to the dashboard, it said there was an update for the system which took around 20-30 seconds to apply. However, the dashboard looks exactly the same to me, so I was wondering if there was a way to tell if the update I downloaded was that BIG one everyone was talking about which came out last week?

Also, while I'm here, do those system updates include updating the BC list or do I go somewhere else for that?
4790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2: Episode 1 Impressions on: June 12, 2006, 05:02:31 AM
I just realized, this is the first game in which having a teammate along with me that I had to protect didn't feel like a chore.

That's because you didn't really have to protect her, she has infinite HP as far as I can tell. That or she's immune to grenades...
4791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Call of Duty 2 (360) save game bug? on: June 12, 2006, 04:57:37 AM
So there I am, starting to really get into CoD2 for the Xbox 360, when after loading the next mission it takes me back to the very first mission which is the training mission. I exit the training mission and attempt to go back to the mission I was supposed to go to, and its not there. What the fuck? :evil:  I only checked it out from my store, but if I had bought this game I would have went on a rampage.
4792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished Fable TLC on: June 11, 2006, 01:26:00 AM
Yeah they are working on the sequel.
4793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2: Episode 1 Impressions on: June 11, 2006, 01:16:55 AM
What a helluva ride! That was awesome, Episode 1 is a shining example of how an episodic release should be. Incredibly level design, KILLER soundtrack, and top-notch voice acting. The action sequences were great too, I don't know what you guys mean by not having any variation in the gameplay because it was there. Obviously there were no vehicles, but each chapter seemed to have its own feel to it, and a few decent puzzles thrown into the mix.

This game makes the Sin episode seem like shit, not just gameplay-wise but also graphically. After playing Sin I thought the Source engine had aged but playing Episode 1 reminded me of how beautiful it still is. This game simply MUST win level design and art direction awards.

Kudos to Valve for an awesome release, they've got me for the next two releases no doubt.
4794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend Gaming 06/10/06 on: June 10, 2006, 09:46:38 PM
HL2: Episode 1 and New Super Bario Bros. for me, possibly some coop Halo 2.
4795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hitman: Blood Money impressions on: June 10, 2006, 05:02:40 PM
I didn't bother finishing the game, I was uninspired by the time I reached the level where your in some sort of mardi gras party happening on the streets. Very repetetive gameplay, and not nearly as much freedom as it seems.
4796  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chronicles of Riddick. How did I miss this? on: June 10, 2006, 05:00:29 PM
I liked the production values of the game, but I couldn't stand the gameplay. I think it was because I couldn't decide when I was or wasn't supposed to stealth, and the stealth aspect didn't work well. I tried to love it a few times, but failed.
4797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 09, 2006, 06:50:21 PM
I think the EB and GS stores have all gotten their shipment of them in by now, we of course cant sell them until Sunday. I've cheated a bit though and opened mine and have been playing it in the store, and let me tell you the quality of the Lite is much better than the original DS. I held up the Lite to our DS demo system in the store to compare the screens and the Lite was so much brighter and clearer that it made the original DS seem like it didn't even have a backlight.

One thing I've been meaning to ask is whether they've mentioned if the DS Lite has improved sound over the original DS? On the Lite when you have surround sound mode on the games sound amazing.
4798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LotR: Battle for Middle Earth (360) - will this RTS work? on: June 08, 2006, 05:23:11 AM
How do the controls work on the 360?

From IGN:
The gameplay itself is wildly fun stuff. Using the Xbox 360 controller, players use the left analog to move a single cursor across the map. By using the A button, triggers, and the shoulder pads, everything else comes into play. For instance, by moving the cursor over any unit, it will preview that unit. In other words, the unit will light up as if you have selected them. To grab them, press A and it's done. You can double tap it to select the entire army, and then you can drag the cursor over them to confirm the selection. Or you can pick particular unit types if you want using the left trigger. The cursor moves across the screen exceedingly quickly; not as fast as a mouse, but very quickly. The right trigger pulls up options, too. Like for instance, when I was setting up an evil army, I called up seven Cave Trolls. You can stack the seven and set a rally point quickly and easily. Using the right trigger, I pulled up two commands, melee, and then "grab trees," and the seven sauntered off to different trees, stripped them, and prepped them as clubs. Needless to say, trolls with trees in hand do hefty damage against puny dwarves. You can also set up bookmarks using the trigger-initiated menus, which pop up on the lower left hand side of the screen. Another handy feature is the formation system. Press and hold the A button while moving and a formation grid appears, setting up archers in back, warriors up front, and giant trolls in their proper place. Proper placement of your units enables each to fight to their potential, while protecting more vulnerable or valuable units in back.

That's about all IGN has to say about it which doesn't quite indicate whether they work well or not.

The game sure is gorgeous though.
4799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LotR: Battle for Middle Earth (360) - will this RTS work? on: June 08, 2006, 12:53:57 AM
I missed this title for the PC and have recently become interested in the Xbox 360 version coming out in early June. Of course, the biggest hurdle of this game is working smoothly with the 360 controller. I read the IGN article and they seemed to indicate the controls worked, but they weren't gushing over it or praising it so that worries me a bit. Is anyone else interested in this game? I could really use a new RTS game, and it could be cool if it worked out well on the 360.
4800  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DS] Big Brain Academy impressions on: June 08, 2006, 12:44:29 AM
Eh, I went through the practice round and wasn't really impressed. I never played Brain Age so I can't say whether this one is more fun, but nothing stood out to me.
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