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4761  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I officially love the PSP on: April 03, 2007, 03:28:06 AM
Now, before I begin on explaining why I've become a PSP lover, I have to bash my DS Lite a little bit. See, I've owned a DS Lite since it was launched. Since it's release, I've played a multitude of games on the platform only to be continually disappointed. I'm not saying there aren't good games on the system because obviously there are, I just don't think they are the right type of games for me and the games that appeal to me are far and few in between. I own NSMB, Brain Age, Animal Crossing, PotC, Metroid, and Pheonix Wright (might be forgetting a few since I rarely play them). Most of these games have been highly praised by this community and the gaming community in general, but with the exception of Mario, I've grown bored of these games within hours of starting them. I'm also not a fan of the DS hardware which, in my opinion, is decidedly lackluster. The dual/touch-screen setup is rarely utilized in any way that is evolutionary to the standard controller layout. Metroid, which I do agree utilizes the DS setup to a great extent, still fails sell me on the controls. I still find aiming to be slippery, and my hand cramps up pretty quickly. Not to mention the DS hardware can't do 3D worth a damn, and I'm sorry but when there is a competing portable that can do PS2-level graphics, I have a hard time feeling satisfied with the SNES-level quality of the DS. Now, I don't entirely hate the DS, I still find it to be a great platform for RPG's and platformers, but I really feel like the system is aimed at the younger audience and those who pride themselves in playing obscure Japanese titles. I don't fall under that demographic. 

So, this brings me to the story of how I fell in love with the Sony PSP. My friends and I went out of town this weekend, requiring a 4 hour drive to and from our destination. I was happy to find out one of my friends had brought along his PSP, since I never quite gave the portable the time of day to get to know it, I figured this would be a good time to dive in and see all that it has to offer. Basically, I ended up being glued to the screen for the duration of my time in the car. I played a few games, including NFS: Most Wanted and GTA: Liberty City Stories. I was blown away at the quality of the graphics in these games, as far as I could tell the games looked nearly just as good as their PS2 counterparts, not to mention offered just as much content and extras. The PSP is a freaking portable console, it really is. Then I watched a few movies, I watched The Island and Click, again I was blown away. The PSP's screen is like a mini HDTV! The quality of the movies was astounding, plus I was wearing a nice set of headphones so it seriously felt like I was watching a movie on my home theater setup. Between the games, movies, listening to music, and messing around with the PSP's internet capabilities, I couldn't believe the system was being sold for not even $100 more than the DS. The PSP has restored my faith in portable gaming when I was beginning to think I simply didn't enjoy portables. The PSP definately has its share of flaws, the load times in the games were much longer than an average DS game, and the analog stick isn't perfect, but for the most part I enjoyed everything about it. With all the good games slated to come out for the PSP and the PSP's interactive potential with the PS3, I think I'm going to be doing a lot of my gaming on this little wonder =)

4762  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] Core system (finally) $169.99 on: April 03, 2007, 03:02:55 AM
Fucking awesome, I was already planning to buy a PSP at the end of the week  icon_cool
4763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Buying an X-BOX 360 this week! on: April 02, 2007, 06:30:37 PM
Eh, this kind of sucks. Even though we would take small shots at eachother from time to time, I still enjoyed his non-fanboy contributions.
4764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/2) on: April 02, 2007, 06:25:11 PM
I'm not planning on purchasing anything new, but I'm planning on picking up a PSP this upcoming payday and a few games.
4765  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / WTB PSP on: April 02, 2007, 04:26:53 AM
Anyone selling their PSP's (in like-new condition)?
4766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] How loud is it really? on: April 02, 2007, 02:37:45 AM
Very, very loud. And unlike the PS3, it's a very high pitched whine, so you'll be able to hear it no matter what enclosure you use to keep it in, and over the volume of most of your games unless it's turned up VERY loud.

Eh, I'd say that is a bit exaggerated. It's kind of funny to be debating the volume of the system because I suppose it's a little different for everybody taking into consideration how well your hearing is, how sensitive your ears are to certain pitches, the type of room your in, etc. However, overall the system has never been loud enough to distract me and while I'm playing games or watching a movie , I rarely notice it. When loading levels I hear it, there's usually not much else to pay attention to besides the sound of the DVD in the drive spinning though *shrug*
4767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Splinter Cell: Double Agent is a crappy game on: March 30, 2007, 09:47:27 AM
I'm sorry, but being the huge Splinter Cell fan that I am, I have to let it be known that Double Agent is the worst contribution to the series yet. I've been trying for the past two weeks to love it or, heck, even just like it. As hard as I try though, I simply become increasingly discouraged as I progress through the campaign. Lets start with the graphics: These are not "next-gen" graphics by any means, this is Chaos Theory with SM 3.0 enabled (I played the PC version, even bought the collector's edition). Supposedly the engine has been upgraded from Chaos Theory, but I don't see it. The textures are butt-ugly, the character models are stiff, the lighting and shadows are nothing special.  If you play the game at the brightness settings recommended (I used the in-game calibration), in some of the darker areas you can't see well. I know there is night-vision, but it's blurry to me and I have trouble navigating with it. This game should have been released 6-12 months later with a major facelift.

Then there is the level design itself. Initially I just thought the old stealth exploring skillz had become rusty since Chaos Theory, so making my way through the first level (you know, the one where you have to disarm the nuclear warhead) I blamed myself for not knowing where in the world I was going and constantly back-tracking. After that they take you to the JBA base, and it was there that I realized the 3D map is fucking retarded and similar to what I assume staring at the blueprints to Osama Bin Laden's underground lair would be like. The map is almost completely useless for me, it's incredibly difficult to utilize and make sense of. After that you reach the snow level. Fun! No clue where the heck I'm trying to go, every corridor on this boat looks the same, I dunno who keeps spotting me (the majority of the time you are in light, so there's not much lurking), this map isn't helping me find the damn stupid captain... It must have taken me 3-4 hours to finish this mission (including all the dying and reloading my saves/checkpoints). Every mission is the same story, and just got back to the JBA base for the second time, and this map is doing nothing to help me find where the furnace is to dump this body. That's about when I called it quits.

Lets also talk about the poor controls. I don't remember whether the controls were this troublesome in Chaos Theory, but here Sam Fisher is similar to a spy with down syndrome. The control scheme is simply mediocre, I fall out of my stealth position accidently too often, it feels clunky (imagine a heavy mix of RE4 with a small dash of Ninja Gaiden), pulling out and putting away gadgets and weapons does not feel seemless, and so on. On top of it all, the story just isn't compelling whatsoever, at least not at this point.

I know people here have enjoyed it, I know it got good reviews, but for whatever reason I'm seeing these glaring flaws that apparently others are willing to overlook, and I reached my limit for withstanding poor quality in a game. Me quits  icon_frown
4768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft prepping component to HDMI adapter? on: March 30, 2007, 09:21:37 AM
I believe it's the AACS license that forces them to restrict it - but AACS licensing does restrict them to restrict it over component.  It's a loophole in the legalese that one can avoid inflicting ICT through VGA.

What in the hell did you just say? Were you just talking about my mother?
4769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA IV Countdown on: March 30, 2007, 02:57:13 AM

Quote from: Hetz on March 30, 2007, 12:16:38 AM

I dunno, I'm sure it will be cool and all....but this trailer sure was a letdown, IMO.

It was a 20 second trailer that basically showed off the real-time shadows and lighting, not much basis to get excited or let down over IMO.
4770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA IV Countdown on: March 30, 2007, 02:53:39 AM
That trailer was short but fucking awesome, there was way more detail in the city and tons more people and cars on the screen. Incredible lighting and shadows as well. Perhaps the "hook" of this game is modern day, not centralized around a particularly culture. We shouldn't be comparing this to GoW and such though because of the nature of the game world, GoW wouldn't look as great if it did if there were a dozen vehicles and 50+ people walking around.

Now to see what new features they will be implementing...
4771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eidos Delays Release Of All Major PS3 Titles Until 2008 on: March 30, 2007, 02:43:39 AM
No biggie, we should see them on the 360 on schedule.
4772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Well, it's official now (360 elite) on: March 28, 2007, 07:55:03 PM
Lets also try not to forget that this is the first video game console to bring this form of entertainment to us in such an accessible manner, MS is treading a lot of new water here and though the system may not be perfect, at least we have all that extra content to access if we want it. I'm sure when Sony's stuff starts surfacing, pricing and such will become more competetive.

As far as the 360 Elite system goes, you don't have to buy it, if you think it's a rip-off then stick to the premium. At least all the additional hardware is an option, something Sony can't say the same about. I'm still have like two months on my Costco return, think I'm gonna have to exchange it for an elite system.
4773  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Planet Earth - New Discovery Mini-series on: March 28, 2007, 04:50:46 AM
If this show wasn't in HD would any of you still bother watching it? slywink
4774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / When will the new XBL content be available? on: March 28, 2007, 04:47:34 AM
Read the news story on the front page, wish to know how soon I get to watch Braveheart in HD!
4775  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown Vs. Saint's Row on: March 28, 2007, 04:45:07 AM
Yeah, I really should pick up Saints Row, seems like I really good game I missed out on.
4776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Crackdown Vs. Saint's Row on: March 27, 2007, 09:39:16 PM
So, I've put a decent amount of time into Crackdown now and it seems like a well-done game, although a bit shallow. There isn't a true storyline to the game and as far as missions, your basically on the sole mission to take out the leaders of the three dominating gangs of the city. There are also the "side-mission" style goals, which are collecting the agility and hidden orbs, as well as the races. On top of that, your character is constantly growing stronger. So, how does all this compare to the other GTA-inspired game on the 360, Saint's Row? I haven't played SR myself, but I would love to see what people who have played both think about them in comparison, and which one they think is better.
4777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The "gamers" boycotting Capcom are pathetic on: March 27, 2007, 09:18:01 PM
The irony of this whole situation is that Capcom, with the success of the Wii, is probably now kicking themselves for not having the favourable relationship they previously enjoyed with Nintendo. When they took RE4 out of exclusively they seriously soured the relationship, and I've read that they aren't being offered license discounts/perks from Nintendo anymore. Whether the playstation fanboys like it or not, Capcom has to now max their multiplatform options if they're to maintain a healthy existence.

I don't see Capcom kicking themselves though, from what we've seen the software on the Wii isn't selling that well. Nintendo's games are the only ones making any sort of splash on the sales charts, the rest just seem to sink.
4778  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot Drops a 7.8 on Crackdown on: March 27, 2007, 08:22:54 PM
I just finished taking down the first gang, the Los Muertos (sp?). So far I'm having a lot of fun with the game but I really don't see myself replaying the game once I've taken down the last two gangs.
4779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Doing well in the UK... on: March 27, 2007, 08:12:03 PM
I like what I see coming up in the future, and I am not talking about R&C, FF-whatever and Metal Gear I think I've played this same game 3 times before. I am talking about games like LBP and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. I think stuff like that will make PS3 more compelling, not series re-treads.

Agreed, I could give a damn about the next FF and MGS, I'm looking forward to the original upcoming releases which I've been growing more excited for.
4780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The "gamers" boycotting Capcom are pathetic on: March 27, 2007, 08:01:09 PM
I apologize for my comment about Richard suggesting we sign, I was just angry at the whole thing at the time. It's really a sad day though when gamers don't want other gamers to experience a game because they want it to stay on their "favorite" platform.
4781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The "gamers" boycotting Capcom are pathetic on: March 27, 2007, 03:26:22 AM
I couldn't believe the story I read on the front page about gamers actually boycotting Capcom for releasing DMC4 on the 360. This is so disrespectful to the gaming culture as a whole, every one of those bastards who have signed the petition seriously deserve to be banned from gaming altogether. How can you deny other gamers out there of enjoying a game because of your own selfish and biased feelings towards other consoles?

I don't understand why Rich Newman from the GT staff wrote this either:

"If you'd like to read the original article on this subject, or want to join the petition, you can visit the original story here.[/quote]

Are you suggesting we sign it?  thumbsdown
4782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Marvel: Ultimate Alliance discussion on: March 23, 2007, 01:03:20 AM
I wouldn't play through the game in SP mode, i thought it was awesome with 2-3 people cooperatively. I agree that most of the game is a button mash, but that's kind of the point. Its easy to just jump in and start playing, I also enjoyed unlocking new costumes and upgrading the characters. If you gave up within the first hour you didn't even get to use some of the higher level powers of each character, not to mention dig into the story (which is suprisingly good) or see any of the cool cutscenes between the acts. Not sure what you were expecting in an arcade style beat 'em up RPG.
4783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Lost Planet impressions on: March 23, 2007, 12:58:03 AM
I'm at the end of mission 6 I believe. So far the bosses are really fucking stupid. I mean seriously, this is more of a battle with the controls and camera than it is with the boss itself. Nice character models and explosions but the level design is horridly repetetive, the control scheme is lame as hell, the grappling hook is pointless, the cutscenes do barely anything to pull you into the story, the main character sucks... The mechs are decent but SO clunky to control. If there's 11 missions then I'm a little more than half way through, to me all the difficulty comes from the controls and the camera. I do enjoy the intense action, but that's about the only thing keeping me going, and I probably won't play the whole way through, the frustrating boss battles just aren't worth it.

As a disclaimer, I don't mind difficult games. I mind games that are difficult because of asinine reasons. I have no trouble cruising through the levels, it's the bosses that are pulling the game down, even though they are pretty impressive. 
4784  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Marvel: Ultimate Alliance discussion on: March 22, 2007, 08:28:21 PM
OMG I would buy that in a heartbeat...  drool
4785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick question about Crackdown's coop on: March 22, 2007, 08:27:32 PM
I was in GS today trying to choose a good coop game, I think they were completely sold out of Lego Star Wars 2. How is NFS: Carbon's coop? I know it has a coop mode, but is it any good?
4786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 versions... on: March 22, 2007, 08:15:55 PM
I just put a reservation down on the Legendary edition, just FYI. GameStop appears to still me taking pre-orders, it's a $25 minimum. I don't plan on keeping it, just ebaying it.
4787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Marvel: Ultimate Alliance discussion on: March 22, 2007, 06:47:29 PM
M:UA has become the multiplayer game of choice between my friends and I, we had a blast making our way through the game on normal and are now working on a second play through on hard. I was wondering though, what is there to unlock in hard mode that we haven't already unlocked in normal? We have all the characters except for Silver Surfer, Black Panther, and Dare Devil. Actually, the line-up of characters overall seems pretty sad doesn't it? I mean, they give us lame characters like Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and Luke Cage, when we should be getting Cyclops, Gambit, and Nightcrawler. The gameplay, while simple, remains entertaining thanks to the large number of playable characters. Whenever one of us would get tired of our main, we would give a new character a spin. I wish there was a bit more customization for the characters. Having four costumes to choose from is nice, but the color pallette appeared really dark to me. My main character was Wolverine, I was really anticipating unlocking his yellow and blue costume but was disappointed in the lack of vibrance in the colors. I think the main thing that makes this game really attractive is the smoothness of the multiplayer, its so easy for a second, third, or fourth player to jump in and start wreaking havoc.

Anyone else play this a lot MP?
4788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Rumor]XBOX 360 Price Drop, Core Canceled, HDMI in May on: March 22, 2007, 06:36:32 PM
Does anyone else think that this generation could become the most expensive in a long time. The 360 is approaching 18 months on the market and we don't even have a hint of a price drop. The PS3 is pricey and will continue to be there for a while. Game prices, aren't at an all time high, but for a disc based media they sure are. Games cost a lot more to make too, and that obviously has negative ramifications as well as positive. I don't think the sky is falling, but there has to come to a point where people just say no thanks, I'll take my disposable income elsewhere and find entertainment for less elsewhere.

I disagree, it's not just gaming that has become more expensive, it's everything if you look at it all. Hell, my cell phone was only $100 cheaper than my 360. To buy an HD DVD or Blue-Ray player for your movies, your also spending as much for a console if not more. Movies cost in the $15-25 range, and the amount of entertainment you get from a movie for the price doesn't scale like games. If you want music, you have to buy a $200 iPod or some other MP3 player, just to spend $10-20 on albums where 50% of the content is crap.

4789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Resistance: FoM Update on: March 21, 2007, 08:06:11 PM
Where is the update that fixes the graphics and physics engine?
4790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hironobu Sakaguchi Wants Final Fantasy on the 360 on: March 21, 2007, 08:04:16 PM
The other regions of the world could EASILY overshadow north america when it comes to sheer market footprint, however there is just way too much disposable income here.

I don't get what that means...
4791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hironobu Sakaguchi Wants Final Fantasy on the 360 on: March 21, 2007, 07:58:39 PM
I don't think anyone seriously expected the 360 to perform well in Japan. Even if it had more games like Blue Dragon being released on a regular basis, the Japanese obviously prefer their own shit whether it's better or not. The point is, however, that even though the PS3 numbers aren't as low as the 360's, relative to it's predecessor (the PS2, obviously) the PS3 is also a failure. The only difference between the 360 and PS3 in Japan is the level of failure.
4792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick question about Crackdown's coop on: March 21, 2007, 06:45:45 AM
Too bad, would have bought it too.
4793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good news for XBOX 360 dogfighting lovers (not that kind of dogfighting) on: March 21, 2007, 06:44:01 AM
They sell at least 500k per iteration, AC4 on the PS2 reached greatest hits status. Not sure how AC5 did though.

I was exaggerating a bit calling it huge though, hehe.
4794  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A prayer to the Lord my God--PLEASE get rid of Sanjaya Malakar on: March 21, 2007, 03:27:38 AM
However, isn't American Idol an international phenomon?  I am pretty sure Sanjaya has the entire country of India voting for him each night.

Considering it's called American Idol, I would have assumed you would have to live in the U.S to vote?
4795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hironobu Sakaguchi Wants Final Fantasy on the 360 on: March 21, 2007, 03:20:59 AM
Secondly, the only place that the 360 is doing very well in is North America. In Japan it is an utter disaster and in Europe, it's not exactly setting any records. So while, yeah the 360 might be on top here, it's probably going to end up in third place, worldwide.

And the PS3 isn't doing spectacular in all three of the territories, so I don't see Sony having that advantage over MS really. The FF games sell just as well in the U.S as Japan, so it would make sense to put the game on the platform with the biggest install base.
4796  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good news for XBOX 360 dogfighting lovers (not that kind of dogfighting) on: March 21, 2007, 03:15:30 AM
Wow, and exclusive? This is huge for MS.
4797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Quick question about Crackdown's coop on: March 20, 2007, 08:27:36 PM
Is the coop mode only available on XBL or can my buddy and I do coop on one console?
4798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Devil May Cry 4 on 360! on: March 20, 2007, 08:20:31 PM

Quote from: Hetz on March 20, 2007, 08:15:00 PM

Quote from: Ridah on March 20, 2007, 08:12:40 PM

Wow, this is huge for MS.

No, Final Fantasy XIII would be huge. This, not so much. Practically everyone thought it would with Capcom being so close to MS now anyway.

No, FF12 would be devastating. DMC is just huge.
4799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Devil May Cry 4 on 360! on: March 20, 2007, 08:12:40 PM
Wow, this is huge for MS. The DMC series may not be huge system sellers, but it is most definately one of the games people were anticipating on the PS3.

So yes, Xbox Fanboys can squeal like little school girls that Devil May Cry 4 will be out on the 360. Some people are acting like it's exclusive to the 360 or something the way they are (over)reacting. It's still coming to the PS3 and PC as well, ya know...this isn't that big a deal btw outside of the 360 fanboy circle jerk crowd.

Your the only one overreacting in this thread bud...
4800  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post a Pic of Yourself! on: March 19, 2007, 07:46:15 PM

Me at E3 a few years ago. I miss E3  crybaby
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