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4801  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / LotR: Battle for Middle Earth (360) - will this RTS work? on: June 08, 2006, 05:23:11 AM
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How do the controls work on the 360?


From IGN:
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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.
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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.
4802  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.
4803  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.
4804  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dragon Quest Monsters for the DS [Scan] on: June 08, 2006, 12:41:33 AM
Now that I have my DSL, I'm looking forward to anything even remotely promising for it. I hope this one turns out excellent.
4805  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Super Mario Bros. on: June 07, 2006, 02:18:31 AM
I've only played through the first world so far and all I have is this game is flipping sweet! All you guys who said the graphics suck are smoking dope and dellusional IMO, this looks better than most of the PSP games I've seen. Just got my DS Lite today, PERFECT game to start the DS off with. I'm loving the level design is well, it feels so classic. And huge Mario? Awesome.
4806  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles - good multiplayer game? on: June 05, 2006, 12:31:15 AM
I've been reading reviews for FF: CC and it seems like a mixed bag. Some reviewers love the multiplayer, some say its boring and repetetive. Also, having to have a GBA for each player seems like a pain, I can borrow a few from my friends if I really want to get into the game, but is it worth it?
4807  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Countdown to DS Lite: DEAD PIXEL? AUGH! PG 3 on: June 05, 2006, 12:27:30 AM
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As someone who owns one I can tell you that it really isn't that big of a deal. In fact I gave mine away to my girlfriend.


If your willing to just give your DS away your obviously not the type of person who would be excited for the DS Lite.

Personally, I've owned a DS before but traded it in, but I'm definately picking up the Lite. Can't wait!
4808  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hitman: Blood Money impressions on: June 03, 2006, 05:18:59 PM
I'm about 8 missions into into it now, unfortunately the game is quickly becoming stale. Each mission is basically the same formula: They give you a few marks to kill, maybe something to retreive, and you have to figure out how to kill the marks without being caught.  Also, the sneaking aspect of the gamepay is hugely under-developed, I almost never need to sneak, even when I'm coming up behind someone to strangle them, I simply run up and do the deed. Its also too easy for your cover to accidently be blow, resulting in gunfights. Which brings me to another complaint - Why even have guns in this game? If you ever get into a situation where your cover is blown and someone is shooting at you, tons of backup arrive within seconds so there's no point in even attempting to survive a shootout. There may be a few rare occasions where the incident is isolated and once you've killed your attacker your suspicion meter goes back down, but 90% of the time you attract his buddies.

I'm not sure how far from completing the game I am, but unless some of the missions I have left to do turn out to be really good and unique from the rest, this game will become a victim of repetetive gameplay and an under-developed game engine.
4809  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / E3 Critics awards are out.... on: June 02, 2006, 12:15:15 AM
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If only I could play my Xbox library on the 360...


Why don't you just play your Xbox library on your Xbox?

The only category I completely disagreed with was for Best Fighting Game. Heavenly Sword? Give me a break! I know its just opinionated but I thought HS looked somewhat lame, how did it beat out a Tekken or Virtua Fighter game?  :idea:
4810  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Microsoft and Backwards Compatibility... on: June 02, 2006, 12:10:04 AM
Backwards compatibility really isn't a big concern for the console makers, it simply isn't a feature that sells consoles. I don't see why everyone gets so pissed off about it either, its not like once you get the 360 you have to get rid of your Xbox. So it makes your entertainment area a bit more cluttered, big fucking whoop. It wasn't a big deal when the N64 wasn't playing SNES games and the Dreamcast wasn't playing Saturn games, it isn't a big deal now and MS knows it. I prefer that Microsoft be working on a good next-gen lineup of games and not worrying about last generation.
4811  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Target and Walmart Break DS Lite Street Date on: June 01, 2006, 03:23:24 PM
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It's $70 for the DS by itself. You can apply it toward whatever you want, but the smart money is using it to upgrade to the Lite.


Actually, its $70 if you put it towards a DS Lite. Otherwise its just the regular $50 value for your DS.
4812  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Target and Walmart Break DS Lite Street Date on: June 01, 2006, 07:12:30 AM
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Wal Mart does this all the time. I know they did it with Kingdom Hearts 2 and cost my local Gamestop a ton of preorders that got cancelled. But what are you gonna do, they're Wal Mart and no one is going to take them on. The other side of the coin says you gotta ask Nintendo what are they thinking shipping Wal Mart all these systems 12 days before the release date. Sounds like to me that Nintendo wanted them to be sold.


What I don't understand is why they don't give us the go-ahead to sell our systems if competing stores around us have begin selling them. I can understand not wanting to be the first company to break street date, but once a Best Buy or Target does it, we may as well follow suit, I don't think we would catch any heat from Nintendo for it. GameStops and EBs are supposed to be getting them as early as 6/2, its gonna be shitty having to hold on to them for another week.
4813  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hitman: Blood Money impressions on: June 01, 2006, 07:03:44 AM
Ugh, I've been stuck on the Opera level for almost three hours now. Gotta admit though, this is the most fun I've had being stuck in a while. Any tips, Knightshade?

Spoiler for Hiden:
I already killed the actor by replacing the prop gun with the real one. How do I kill this next guy when he's surrounded by so much security? I suspect I need to kill the lights somehow but I can't figure out now.
4814  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Target and Walmart Break DS Lite Street Date on: June 01, 2006, 02:30:21 AM
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When I got mine today, I pointed at the case and said "I want one of those DS Lites". She looked at me and said, "They're not lights, they are gaming systems" I said, "Yeah, I know, they are the new Nintendo DS LITEs as in L-I-T-E." Finally she caught on and opened the case for me.

Then some young clerk tried to talk her out of selling it to me. He almost had her convinced, but she told him there was no street date on the box.


Ugh, poor management. I hate when other companies break street dates, at GameStop they are very strict about not breaking street date so when other companies do, it hurts our numbers because people will come in and cancel their pre-order  :evil:
4815  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Preview on: June 01, 2006, 02:27:09 AM
I'm a huge fan of the C&C series... but this one looks a bit too similar to Generals, and the funny thing is a lot of the features they are flaunting are the same ones they were flaunting for Generals. I sense rehash  :?
4816  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hitman: Blood Money impressions on: June 01, 2006, 02:15:38 AM
This is my first foray into the Hitman series, I didn't have any sort of expectations for the game going into it although I know its been a decent series. I brought home the 360 version today and played through the first mission, so I have some early impressions to give.

First of all the game looks pretty good graphically. Actually, I was worried the game was going to look average or less for a 360 game since it was released on the PS2 and Xbox as well, but it seems they actually put some work into increasing the resolution and making a better character model. Also, thankfully, playing in 720 and 1080 modes doesn't cause any sort of frame rate issues like Tomb Raider: Legend does. The special effects kinda suck, like explosions and blood splatter when you shoot people.

So far the game is fun, but sometimes it feels a bit unforgiving. Its probably just because I'm brand new to the game, but it seems very easy to screw up your mission. On normal difficulty you are given 7 saves per mission which is enough but definately makes you think twice about whether you want to save or not. I like that there are so many different ways to take someone out, the controls can feel clunky occasionally but for the most part the camera works out and you can control your character pretty smoothly. I read through the instruction booklet and it seems like the missions will offer a good amount of strategy in terms of how you kill people, who you decide to kill, and covering your tracks because apparently you gain notoriety by leaving witnesses and such which makes your future missions more difficult.

So anyhow, only about an hour of impressions so far and I'm liking it. IGN rated it an even 8.0, so it might be worth playing the whole way through. I'll post again when I have a few more hours of play time.
4817  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MGS2: Sons of Liberty... I tried on: June 01, 2006, 01:50:00 AM
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I enjoyed both series, but for me, MGS gameplay was pulling teeth just to get the cool story.


That about sums it up for me.
4818  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are your gaming habits? on: May 30, 2006, 10:15:08 PM
Lately I've been trying to establish what I feel are my own personal gaming habits. Usually I'll have 3-4 days in a row where I do some heavy gaming (2-6 hours in a day is heavy for me), but then when the weekend rolls around I don't get to play anything for another 2-3-4 days. I want to see how other people incorporate gaming into their lifestyles.

My obligations: I work full-time, 45 hours a week as a store manager at an EB. I usually have tuesday and friday off, work all day saturday and most of sunday. Other than that, currently I don't have school and I'm living at home. I'm in a somewhat serious relationship which demands time from me, but typically there's 3 nights out of the week where I'm free to do what I want. I also like to work out about an hour a day.

My common gaming habits: The weekends are usually out for me. I always have friday off, but I use that day to catch up with my friends that I haven't seen all week. Usually it involves going out to eat, working out, and doing some kind of friday night activity. I always work from 1-9:30 on saturdays so there goes that day, and then I work 10-7:30 on sundays, I have to be at work by 8:30am on monday so really its a very small window on sunday night to do anything so I normally just eat dinner and see a movie with my GF.

Three nights out of the week, or even M-THU, I can do my gaming. Usually they are 3 hour stints altogether, so at the end of the week I've done perhaps around 10 hours of gaming.

How about you guys?
4819  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Ninety-Nine Nights preview on: May 30, 2006, 09:55:05 PM
I didn't understand if that article was your impression of your experience with the game at the show or an actual preview of the game. By the time I was done reading all seven paragraphs I learned about the game trying to be emotional, something about playing as humans you get to kill goblins, and it will be in high-def which I think is common knowledge about any 360 game. Did you actually play the game on the floor? I got to play for about 5 minutes which was enough time to realize the game is quite chaotic, however I'm worried a bit about the gameplay becoming repetetive. I guess we'll just have to see, I have mine pre-ordered as well.
4820  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MGS2: Sons of Liberty... I tried on: May 30, 2006, 09:46:03 PM
I played the original MGS as well, way back when it was on the PSX. It just seems like MGS2 is very dated compared to today's standards.

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Bah. Splinter Cell wishes it was MGS.


Actually, I see it the other way around. I don't think SC attempted to create an epic storyline, but give you some really good stealth gameplay with a storyline to tie all the missions together. In MGS, it feels like there's this deep story, but the gameplay struggles to keep you involved from cutscene to cutscene. Don't get me wrong, I love cutscenes, but sometimes I have to wonder if I've been watching more than I've been playing.
4821  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / X-Men 3 on: May 30, 2006, 08:18:28 PM
I LOVED the movie, I absolutely enjoyed it. Huge X-men fan, this one felt authentic. Did Cyclops really die? We don't know for sure, keeps you wondering just like the comics like to do slywink Can't wait to see it again next weekend!
4822  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MGS2: Sons of Liberty... I tried on: May 30, 2006, 08:14:56 PM
I haven't owned a PS2 in a while, so my friend recently let me borrow his in order to catch up on some of the so-called classics I missed. Of the stack of games he gave me, which included MGS2, MGS3, God of War, and Shadow of the Colossus, I decided I would try to play through the MGS games so I knew what was going on when I picked up MGS4 for PS3.

I put about 3.5 hours into it, I really tried to like it, but I'm simply not having a good time with this game. The graphics now are very outdated, but besides that the level design is weak so far, the camera is WAY to close in most of the time making me feel claustraphobic, the dialogue is cheesy as all hell, and the cutscenes are too long. I'm not exactly feeling the voice acting and sound effects either. It seems like the storyline is very detailed and involving, but honestly if all I was looking for was a story I would read a book. I need gameplay. It feels like Splinter Cell-lite.

Ah well, I tried to love it, but I think I'll pass on MGS2. I'll give God of War a spin.
4823  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Your LONG Weekend of Gaming? on: May 30, 2006, 08:08:06 PM
Didn't get to play any games here either  :cry:
4824  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / World of Warcraft to PS3? on: May 23, 2006, 08:44:08 PM
I don't see WoW being a huge score as a console exclusive, I really don't. First of all, the graphics would need a serious overhaul which I doubt will happen. If you think FFXI looks like shit on the 360, a year down the line WoW will look utterly horrible... especially on PS3.
4825  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Table Tennis Impressions on: May 23, 2006, 08:40:58 PM
Don't buy this game unless you plan on playing it extensively online, the single player is worth nothing more than honing your skills.
4826  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XB360: Living up to it's spec's? on: May 23, 2006, 08:38:48 PM
Remember when the PS2 first came out? I couldn't help but laugh at it through its first year because Dreamcast games like Shenmue and Skies of Arcadia looked better than anything it had to offer. The first year for any console is always the training and learning year for developers, its the second generation that really begins to tap into the console's power, and the third and fourth generation that pushes it to its max.

Games like Halo 3, Mass Effect, and Bio Shock will show off what the 360 can do. Really the smartest way to go about it with any new console (with the exception of Nintendo and previously Sega as well) is to skip the first year. Why? Because for the most part there are no must-own titles, or at least not many of them, that first year. Also, the first few versions of the hardware are buggy as hell.
4827  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / World of Warcraft to PS3? on: May 23, 2006, 05:37:40 PM
Not only that, but the 360 architecture is much more similar to a PC's than PS3, why would they want to release it there?
4828  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Devil's Right : PSP pwnz DS. on: May 23, 2006, 12:01:50 AM
Fanboyism is like a disease... I hired a friend of mine to work as a sales associate at my store and its incredible how biased he is in his opinion of the 360 and the PS3. He absolutely shuns the 360, he calls himself a " PS Guy". He has his own solid points: PS3 will have MGS4 and FF13, and I tell him I'm personally looking forward to more 360 titles at this point because most of them are original titles and not just another sequel. He loves to completely close his mind to the fact the there are original and very promising 360 titles by saying its just more of the same and don't really stand out. Kinda contradictory when his two examples of why he wants a PS3 is two sequels. What surprises me is that he's otherwise a very open-minded person... except when it comes to video games. That's why I call it a disease  :?
4829  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tomb Raider: Legends frame rate issues on 360? on: May 20, 2006, 01:21:34 AM
Before my 360 died on me I was playing TR on a standard TV. I'm trying to finish up the game now that I have my replacement system, I also ended up buying an HD TV, however I've noticed that this game doesn't seem to be high-def friendly. I'm playing in 720, and it seems like the frame rate is lower than it used to be. I could have sworn I read about frame rate issues with playing TR on high def... I've scoured the official forums for an answer but came up with none. Anyone know?
4830  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you playing this weekend? 05/19/06 on: May 20, 2006, 01:19:02 AM
Finishing up Tomb Raider: Legends (my 360 died on me 60% of the way through) and will probably attempt to play through Call of Duty 2 on 360.
4831  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is Halo 2 SP worth playing? on: May 19, 2006, 05:56:40 PM
Sounds like its worth playing through then. I've also read the Halo book they have out (or are there multiple?) so I would really like to see what events take place in Halo 2.

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So what would you do? Bring yourself to play the last 3 levels, replay the whole thing on the shiny 360 with at least a texture benefit, or just go read about the ending somewhere and forget about it? Note that gaming time runs at a premium.


I would just play through those last three levels if I were you, I don't think playing it on 360 is going to make a huge difference.
4832  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is Halo 2 SP worth playing? on: May 19, 2006, 08:26:35 AM
I was a huge fan of the original Halo's single player campaign, I didn't bother with the multiplayer. When Halo 2 came out I no longer owned an Xbox, but I heard the SP campaign wasn't so great. I would definately like to go through it though some time before Halo 3 is released, so what did you guys feel about the SP campaign of Halo 2 compared to the first one? Any good?
4833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your favorite X360 game? on: May 19, 2006, 08:24:28 AM
Tomb Raider: Legends for me. I didn't enjoy Oblivion as much as I thought I would, Kameo was fun but not necessarily my ideal type of game, X-men 360 is pretty cool, but overall experience I gotta hand to TR.
4834  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Peter Moore: The Space Ghost interview on: May 19, 2006, 05:09:57 AM
Cool! I was actually there at the front of the stage while he was being interviewed, and after they picked two lucky people from the crowd to be interviewed by Space Ghost and I was one of them =)

LOL! In the beginning of the video do you hear a guy saying "too much light! too much light!" That's me! =)
4835  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / my DS CAN in fact swim-INSANE UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on: May 18, 2006, 05:51:47 PM
Heh, that brings up an interesting story. Back when the GBA first came out, I had bought Advanced Wars and another game which I played a lot. All of a sudden one day I couldn't find my Advanced wars game, I found it a week later when I was wearing a pair of shorts that had just been cleaned in the laundry. It was in the short's pocket the whole time. The interesting thing is, the shorts had been through the washing machine and the dryer... and the game still worked! I was so impressed it was almost worth losing the game for a week  :lol:
4836  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / X-men 360 impressions on: May 18, 2006, 05:42:44 PM
I got to play this game a bit early because we recieved it in the store a week before its street date, I was able to beat it in around 8-12 hours so the game is extremely short. The events in the new game are supposed to take place right before the movie, it'll be interesting to see how certain main events in the storyline in this game lead into X-men 3.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this X-men game, I was interested in it from the screenshots (and somewhat desperate for a new 360 game) but knowing it was based off a movie I was a bit skeptical. The first thing I didn't realize was that the game is based around just three characters: Wolverine, Nightcrawler, and Iceman. They each have their own levels as opposed to you being able to choose which character you wish to use in each level. Much of this has to do with the way each level is designed, as each character plays in much different ways. Wolverine is the melee character, you basically claw your way without too much thought through huge onslaughts of enemies. His range of attacks are limited leaving the gameplay feeling repetetive at times, but surprisingly still satisfying. Some of Wolvie's oldest foes make an appearance, including Sabertooth, Lady Deathstrike, and Silver Samurai.

As for Nightcrawler's levels, they are designed much differently due to the fact that he can teleport. This is the first game since X-men: Clone Wars 2 on the Genesis that I've played where they got Nightcrawler's teleporting right. Teleportation is an important aspect of traveling and combat for this character, and with the exception of a few areas teleporting exactly where you want to is very easy to do. Remember the opening scene of the X-men 2 movie where Nightcrawler kicks all sorts of ass? Imagine that sequence, and you have a good idea what combat is like for Nightcrawler in this game. Its not quite as cinematic, but its really badass nonetheless. Storm and Colossus also make appearances in Nightcrawler's levels as supporting characters.

Iceman seems to have gotten the short end of the stick in this game. He has maybe 1/3 of the missions the other guys have, although he does play a significant part in the story. Basically, playing as Iceman is like playing a flying game. Iceman is constantly creating an ice slide which has him sliding high into the skies and speeding through tunnels filled with obstacles. While probably considered to least fun of the three characters, its still a welcome break to play as Iceman when his levels come up because of the complete change in style. Basically, Iceman has a few projectile attacks at his command so you find yourself in a bit of aerial combat. You also get to have a big showdown with Pyro which I really enjoyed.

The gameplay is very limited overall. Wolverine and Nightcrawler can perform combos but not many of them, and you don't learn any new attacks as you go along so your stuck with the same set of attacks from beginning to end. There is an upgrade aspect to the game which really is completely useless. After each level you are given points which you can use to increase a character's abilities in certain areas, such as Strength for Wolverine, Health for Nightcrawler, and increasing the damage that Iceman's Hail Storm attack does. However, there are no significantly noticeable differences if you decide to upgrade certain areas more than others, so it feels like the feature was thrown in as an afterthought.

As far as the storyline goes, the game doesn't present you with FMV or CG cutscenes but rather lightly animated images narrated by the characters. It has much of a comic style feel to it and although this game is supposed to be based on the movie rather than the comic, I welcomed the style because it felt fresh. I tend to not enjoy cutscenes very often anyhow because they commonly are low quality so this comic style felt like a cool design choice. Also, a few of the actors from the movie including Hugh Jackman do the voiceovers for the characters so the game feels very authentic, which is a big plus in my book.

As far as the rest of the game comes together, it has its high points but for the most part it doesn't standout as a great game in any respect. The graphics are nice on the 360 but not the best, the lighting and shadows are lacking but the character models are gorgeous. The sound effects and musical score borrow from the movies so it sounds much like the movies do. In terms of level design, this may be where the game falls short of being a good/great game. For the most part the level design is stale and uninspiring, not to mention cluttered and condensed. There are a few moments where the level design stands out, if the development team had put as much time into the rest of the levels as they did those few awesome ones, the simple combat engine could have easily been overlooked. Alas, I'm sure they were working on a deadline thanks to the release of the movie just a few weeks later so we've got what we've got.

I definately recommend this game to X-men fans, I personally am a huge X-men fan so I enjoyed myself the whole way through. However, those who aren't into the X-men movies and comics may find the allure of this game not strong enough to warrant a play through. At its core, its just an average action game, and considering the short length, as much as I love X-men its very hard to recommend this game beyond anything more than a rental.

My score: 7/10
4837  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Super Mario Bros. on: May 18, 2006, 05:44:06 AM
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The game gets substantially better after World 1. Level design improves, the new monsters you see actually have a chance to look cool, there are more secrets to be had, etc.


... Those harsh impressions you gave before were from only playing through the first world? Remind me not to read your impressions anymore, discounting a game based off very early impressions is just plain stupid.
4838  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The beginning of the end for E3? on: May 17, 2006, 06:59:57 PM
I've been attending the E3 show since I turned 18, 2006 was my 6th consecutive year in a row. Every year is basically the same story, to me it didn't seem louder or toned down, although it definately wasn't as crowded as last year. I do agree that a few booths need to turn down the volume, I had a hard time playing WoW: Burning Crusade with the speakers screaming in my ears. They definately are making an effort to tone down the booth babe's costumes though, while I was in the media registration room a model dressed up as Wonder Woman was arguing with someone from the show, he wouldn't let her wear her costume (which I admit was pretty damn revealing).

As far as the appeal of the show, I don't know why a select few choose to complain about it every year. I understand that its an industry event but that doesn't mean we should all have to show up in suits and ties with our notepads ready to take notes. To me the show is about having fun, getting together with a bunch of other gamers who are there to have a good time and gawk at all the new games, and basically just become recharged about the industry as a whole so when I go back to work I'm pumped up about the games and gaming in general.

Let the GDC be the watered down version of E3, I like my E3 how it is.
4839  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / When your 360 breaks... on: May 06, 2006, 03:27:17 AM
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I just had the same problem about a week and a half ago I talked to microsoft and they sent me a box to send my unit in they told me about 7-10 working days I should get my xbox360 back by the way mine was a launch unit they did'nt even ask about when I bought it they just said they would make sure and fix my xbox360 or send me a new one now thats taking care of the customer in my book.


That's a run-on sentence if I've ever seen one!

I'm glad the process is smooth... do they end up giving you a brand new system? I would hate to run into similar problems again in the near future. Also, is there a warranty available for purchase through MS?
4840  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / When your 360 breaks... on: May 05, 2006, 06:45:34 PM
I was playing Tomb Raider and all of a sudden the graphics became distorted. The issue began to worsen to the point where now I don't even get an image, so I've come the conclusion my Xbox is broken. I bought it about two months ago and I know there is a 90 day warranty through Microsoft, but my question is how long does this replacement process take? So far I've had a poor experience with their tech support, they transferred me two times and during the second one they hung up (after holding for 10 minutes  :evil: ) I'm about to call again... when can I expect to have a new 360?
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