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4921  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / OXM and their "10" on: April 12, 2006, 05:16:26 AM
All of this just comes to show that the best review is a review that does not give a score. Knightshade, the fact that you give games scores and then bash another publication for giving a score that you disagree with is contradictory. If you want to take a stand, remove the numerical scoring system GT uses and hope other publications begin to follow suit. I used to feel the same way about many publications giving games perfect scores when the game was far from perfect, but then I came to the realization that the numerical score is really only the most basic generalization of what to expect from the game. So while some of the technical aspects may be marred in the game as you've pointed out, the game itself may really be the perfect boxing game (in comparison to the others that are available).

When you think about it, there's no such thing as 100% perfect, there's always a tiny, insignificant flaw somewhere in the game, so if you can't ever rate a game perfectly how do you judge how far it is from perfect? The point being: Ignore the score and read the review for the real lowdown, then you be the judge.
4922  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS Lite on: April 12, 2006, 01:06:20 AM
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I just got mine today. I ordered form www.gamechoiceclub.com Got the DS Lite in 4 days. Not bad from Hong Kong to Canada.


Hmm, not that I don't trust you but I'm still skeptical of the site. Besides the grammar errors and poor description of the product, it says "Note that If dead pixels found, there is NO replacement and no refund, the sale is final.". So basically there is no warranty.
4923  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion makes record-breaking sales on: April 11, 2006, 09:23:43 PM
Well, that's what you get for the poor story title, I didn't even notice it. Edited the original post.
4924  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wal-Mart controls what games you play on: April 11, 2006, 09:20:56 PM
Publishers should threaten Wal-Mart by refusing to release future titles at their stores of they reject a single title of theirs. Imagine how many people would stop buying their games at Wal-Mart if you couldn't pick up anything from Konami, Capcom, or even Microsoft?
4925  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS Lite on: April 11, 2006, 09:17:05 PM
That's so strange that you would make this thread today because I was considering the exact same thing. I'm dying for a DS, yesterday at work in one of our shipments we recieved Metroid Prime Hunters, Animal Crossing, Worms, and Age of Empires for DS and I was basically asking myself what the hell I was doing without a DS. I almost bought one that day but, like you, it seemed foolish after holding off this long on not getting a DS, to get one right before the new model was about to release. The only thing that keeps me from buying one right now is my current backlog of 360 and GC games!
4926  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Oblivion makes record-breaking sales on: April 11, 2006, 06:20:53 PM
From the front page:
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Curious how that little game from Bethesda is selling? Does it seem like everyone on Xbox Live is playing it? You know the one I'm talking about - Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion! Well, according to this release Oblivion has sold over 1.7 million copies already! Check it out:

In North America, Oblivion has become the fastest selling game released on the Xbox 360. The NPD Group Inc reports Oblivion PC as the best selling PC game, while the Oblivion Collectors Edition is ranked number 2. NPD reports that Oblivion represented approximately 13% of all PC game sales in the first week of its release, more than four times the sales volume of the next best selling title. (The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind®, the highly-regarded predecessor to Oblivion, remains one of the top 25 best selling PC games nearly four years after its release, according to NPD). European results have been similarly strong with Oblivion quickly becoming ranked the number one selling title in the UK, Germany and France.
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I love hearing this kind of news, its beneficial for both the PC and the 360 to have this game turn out so well, and in turn sell so well. Congrats, Bethesda! But more imortantly, congrats to us gamers who got an excellent game!
4927  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A GREAT READ on: April 11, 2006, 06:13:30 PM
Is it so hard to put some thought into the title of the thread?  :shock:

I liked the article because it completely trashes "fanboyism" and basically shows you how moronic and idiotic it is, seriously who really gives a fuck about which console maker "wins" the "war"? I admit, back when the Dreamcast was released I spent a lot of time in message boards representing the DC in the DC Vs. PS2 "war" that was going on. But then again, at that time I was 15-16, and I was in the library cutting class to hit the forums. Its definately an adolescent teen thing.
4928  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN's Oblivion head to head article... on: April 10, 2006, 11:30:08 PM
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I also like many of the 'fixes' I can get now on the PC. Like adjustments for how fast my armor gets banged up, more wildlife, better looking water, blood that stays around longer, etc.


While that may be true, in reality the two games we are comparing are the two games you get out of the box. I think its safe to say a majority of those who buy Oblivion aren't playing it with the intention of playing it for more than a few months. let alone with the intention of tweaking the game. I personally won't play the game any longer once I beat the main quest and perhaps a few of the faction line quests. If I bought games with the intention of playing it for months or years because of new content, I'd probably just stick to MMO's.
4929  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (4/10) on: April 10, 2006, 11:23:23 PM
Tomb Raider 360 here.
4930  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 price rumor: $600!? on: April 10, 2006, 03:17:43 AM
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Sad but true, but I must admit that I am seeing light at the end of the tunnel of this addiction. Overall interest in all things gaming is quickly waning. I think the old mid-life crisis is on its way or something.


Wouldn't that mean you would want to splurge and become "that cool older guy" that owns the hard to afford, hard to find PS3? slywink
4931  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN's Oblivion head to head article... on: April 10, 2006, 03:11:21 AM
I disagree with IGN's closing comment. I own both versions and I stick to the 360 one. Why? I have a well-equipped PC and the performance is horrible, the game plays like shit in any other instance besides indoor areas with minimal lighting, and I have to turn most of the effects low or off. So really, IGN's point about the PC version having the graphical advantage is a bad one I would say. Think about it: 100% of 360 owners can play the game with excellent performance and all effects on (and the loading times are BARELY longer than the PC version, I hardly notice a difference), and much less than 100% of PC version owners can play the game with excellent performance and all effects turned on. So who really wins the graphical battle here?

Also I think the 360 controls better than the PC version and the first thing I realized when switching from PC to 360 was that the game was tailored for the 360 controller (especially navigating the menus!). The only area in which the mouse/keyboard combo is better than the 360 controller is a few instances when your trying to aim spells, other than that its the 360 controller by quite a bit.

I just feel like the IGN guy blew things out of proportion without listing any of the downfalls of the PC version. Both have their strengths, but I personally found the 360 version to be the better one.
4932  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN's Oblivion head to head article... on: April 09, 2006, 11:50:20 PM
I don't subscribe so I just wanted to ask anyone who does: Which version won? Would you mind posting the closing comment?  Tongue
4933  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 price rumor: $600!? on: April 09, 2006, 11:45:47 PM
The sad part about this is the system is still going to sell out completely, it doesn't matter what price they release the console the first year, Sony will sell every single unit in record time, I can say this in confidence because I probably get about 5-10 questions per 8 hour shift at GameStop asking if we are taking pre-orders on the PS3.

The 360 is gonna face stiff competition against the PS3 the first year (although software sales on the 360 will probably be higher) but I think after that its going to level out a bit and be a close battle for the first-place position this generation.
4934  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Bouncy-est on: April 09, 2006, 11:34:14 PM
I thought Dirge was going to be more real-time action oriented in terms of gameplay rather than FPS?

Almost every game Square has released outside of the RPG genre has been mediocre, so I'm not excited at this point.
4935  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So much for Revolution not being "powerful" enough on: April 09, 2006, 11:31:12 PM
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The thing is the Revo will be totally reliant on those things to draw people to it. Those things you mentioned are gimmicks for the PS2.


This is the point I agree with. For most games where you have to use any peripheral besides the standard control pad, its just a gimmick and the majority of your gaming time isn't spent on that particular peripheral. If Nintendo is expecting us to spend most of our time using their new controller, they are taking a risky bet. If they are expecting 3rd party developers to embrace the idea and create games around this unique control model, they are downright stupid (in a business sense, I would like to clarify). Besides Nintendo's games, I can't see any software utilizing the controller, especially in this day and age where the smarter move is to release a game multi-platform rather than exclusively, because most surely any game made to utilize the Rev controller will have to be exclusive.

And yes, the personal attacks on people's physical fitness because they don't want to swing that controller on end is quite inane...
4936  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 price rumor: $600!? on: April 07, 2006, 04:05:21 AM
I remember seeing ads in the paper for people selling Nintendo 64's for $800 when there was a shortage, at least rip-off prices haven't gone up slywink
4937  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 price rumor: $600!? on: April 07, 2006, 12:10:36 AM
From IGN:

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The word is out. Yesterday, Vice President of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe George Fornay let the PS3's European price slip. According to Fornay, the PS3 will cost between 499 and 599 euros. That translates to between $613 and $736 for us in the States.

Sony has been saying that the PS3 will be expensive for months now, and Fornay followed up his blunder by insisting that these price points are a quality deal for a Blu-ray player. Nevertheless, all previous attempts at selling videogame consoles at this price point have been rather dramatic failures, even when the systems incorporated 'new' multimedia features.

There may be some hope for lower price points in America. The European market generally gets screwed in consumer electronics, like the $299 iPod selling in Europe for 299…euros. That's a huge difference. Will we see the PS3 launch in the States at $499? Let's hope so, or else we'll be looking at the 360 to carry the industry for the next 5 years.

Sony has recently stated that Fornay was making completely personal statements and speculation, and that the announcement is in no way official. On the other hand, they said the very same thing after Sir Howard Stringer, President of Sony, let slip to Variety, of all places, that the PS3 would be delayed until this fall. It would seem that Sony executives need a refresher course in minding their tongues when speaking to the press.
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$500 would be pushing it BIG-TIME for me, seriously who the hell wants to pay half a grand for a console? There's no way I'd pay any more than that. Luckily for us in the States that its true electronics are overpriced in Europe, so hopefully the North American price point will be much lower. Still, things are looking pretty grim for those not hoping to have to pay more than they did for the 360. If Sony doesn't pull off a phenomenal list of games the first year I'll be waiting for the price drop before I buy the system (ah, who am I kidding I'll still buy one on launch day because I work at a game store and I won't be able to help myself  :cry: ).

This is my theory: Sony will release the PS3 at $499, of course we know they are only shipping 1 million units world-wide so the first shipment will sell out immediately (because we are, in fact, a nation that spends more than it earns!) and shortages will plague retailers for the following 4-6 months. The huge demand for the system will motivate those who normally wouldn't put down $500 for any video game console to buy the system so it will continue to sell out and the shortage will carry on until close to if not right into the next holiday season at which point Sony will announce a price reduction of $50 or perhaps release a stripped down system at $400.

That's just my theory  :roll:
4938  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MS pwns Lionhead on: April 06, 2006, 11:45:25 PM
It's on the main page, but I thought I'd go ahead and create a thread for us to speculate in. My question at this point is: What did Microsoft really buy? Lionhead has so far only put games out on the PC and Xbox, right? So was their motivation to keep Lionhead's games exclusive to their platforms even though traditionally they already have been? Fable 2 on 360 would be hot, I have to admit.
4939  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [GC] How is Baten Kaitos? on: April 06, 2006, 07:19:31 AM
I just picked up Baten Kaitos for the GameCube because I had heard a lot of positive things about it, but I wanted to hear from some of you guys on how it is compared to other RPG's on the PS2 and such?
4940  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tomb Raider: Legends IGN review up on: April 06, 2006, 07:11:36 AM
I'll probably just purchase it myself as long as its a good experience while it lasts, not to mention there should be some nice new costumes to download for Lara down the line  :wink: She looks sexy as hell in the screenshots.
4941  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tomb Raider: Legends IGN review up on: April 06, 2006, 03:39:00 AM
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Closing comment:

Though it's still tough to believe, Eidos' changing of the guard was the right one to make. Over the years Tomb Raider had become an regular indusry joke, and TR: Angel of Darkness was the epitome of Core's unfortunate demise. Tomb Raider: Legend, on the other hand, is an example of focused design, priorities, and good mechanics winning out over fancy cutscenes (Though Legend has its share of those too).

If you've been pining for a good adventure, Tomb Raider: Legend is waiting for you. The cliffhanger story is well put together. The action is simple and effective. The controls not only work, they're fun. And Crystal D has developed a bunch of great new locales filled with imaginative monsters, beasts, and bad guys to slaughter. Best of all, the sense of discovery and adventure is captured with a fresh sensibility.

8.5 Presentation
Slick James Bond-style iconography, clean interfaces and quick menus. Overall, an impressive presentation.

8.0 Graphics
Highly improved, sleek, and more believable character model; several beautiful levels, competent special effects, and great cutscenes.

8.0 Sound
The dynamic music is good. Not top 10 FM radio, but workable. The smartly edited and well-written dialog is skillfully delivered.

8.0 Gameplay
A well-rounded adventure game replete with working controls, smooth animations, competent combat, and great balance.

8.0 Lasting Appeal
A nine- to 12-hour single-player offline game, but you can replay any level as a time trial, and a bucketload of collectibles (gold, silver, bronze) will keep completists happy for several hours more.

8.2 Overall
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Sounds good to me!
4942  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tomb Raider Legend demo on Live today on: April 05, 2006, 05:50:46 AM
I attempted to download the demo too but had no luck, all that was available were a few trailers. When's this supposed to be available?
4943  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tomb Raider Legend demo on Live today on: April 05, 2006, 02:04:36 AM
Ooh sweet! Let the demo impressions roll in!
4944  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] First Oblivion Mod up on Live on: April 05, 2006, 02:03:29 AM
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figured there would be things like this since when you go to the PC download site there is a link for putting in promo codes etc... curious to know if things like this will be done for the 360 version.


If they don't happen to have any I'd be willing to hook you up with my promo code, I don't play my PC version. Anyone else who is interested send me a PM as well and I'll grab a few more codes for tomorrow. I know for a fact the packet of coupons will never be fully distributed in the store.
4945  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo Revolution Preorders - When? on: April 04, 2006, 11:22:14 PM
GameStop isn't officially taking pre-orders for Revolution or PS3, the word seems to be that we'll start taking them after E3. It should be a $50 deposit like the 360 pre-orders were.
4946  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] First Oblivion Mod up on Live on: April 04, 2006, 11:19:06 PM
Just FYI, in GameStop we have these coupons that came in today that lets you download the Horse Armor Pack for free on the PC (I took one for myself thinking it was for the 360 as well). Your supposed to get it only when you buy the actual game but we got a packet of like 30-40 so I've just been giving them out to anyone who is interested.

As for my views on the mods, I probably wouldn't download any that didn't come from Bethesda themselves anyhow because frankly I don't trust unofficial additions, so paying for various mods is something I would have to deal with on both platforms (and I own the game on both platforms).
4947  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I'm an Addict. on: April 04, 2006, 07:12:08 AM
Sounds more to me like your addicting to buying games than playing them.  :shock:
4948  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / GameStop easter week sales on: April 03, 2006, 09:04:36 PM
I bought three Xbox 360 games and three GameCube titles yesterday for under $120  biggrin  Cool  Remember with the buy 2 get 1 free you can also use your GameStop card to stack the 10% off discount.
4949  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (4/3) on: April 03, 2006, 08:44:26 PM
Nothing for me this week, waiting for Tomb Raider next week myself.

I'll give Commandos a whirl though.
4950  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] First Oblivion Mod up on Live on: April 03, 2006, 08:41:49 PM
Considering I don't own a horse and don't see why I would ever want one when I can fast travel everywhere, I don't see a need for this mod. I sure could use a pack mule though.
4951  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is King Kong 360 worth playing through? on: April 03, 2006, 08:50:24 AM
I have Kong for the 360 for a few days and have put about half an hour into it tonight. So far I'm not very impressed with it technically- the graphics seem subpar and the audio doesn't exactly jump out of my surround sound setup - and the gameplay itself doesn't quite me on. Is the game worth playing through? I was thinking of putting 2-3 hours into it tomorrow and putting it aside just so I can say I played the game. About how long does it take to complete?
4952  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 backwards compatible list updated(dont get excited) on: April 03, 2006, 08:46:18 AM
Does the 360 clean up the frame rates in games that were choppy on the Xbox?
4953  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / GameStop easter week sales on: April 02, 2006, 09:58:40 PM
I don't know all the details but some games are getting price reductions, some are buy two get one free, trade any two 360 games get new one free, etc.
4954  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tomb Raider Legend demo impressions on: April 02, 2006, 09:56:37 PM
Awesome, I'm glad you guys are liking the game because I've been optimistic about it myself. Can't wait to pick it up for 360 next week, it'll be my first 360 game purchase!
4955  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Far Cry Intincts Predator review up at IGN on: April 02, 2006, 09:44:21 PM
I ended up deciding not to get this game. I agree with the sentiment that I bought the 360 for some new shit, not rehashes and ports. Also, IGN put down the single player portion of the game so that pretty much sealed the deal for me.
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