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4921  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?
4922  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / A blurb about upcoming BC update for 360. on: June 16, 2006, 10:01:05 PM
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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.
4923  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!
4924  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).
4925  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?
4926  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Half-Life 2: Episode 1 Impressions on: June 12, 2006, 05:02:31 AM
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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...
4927  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.
4928  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished Fable TLC on: June 11, 2006, 01:26:00 AM
Yeah they are working on the sequel.
4929  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.
4930  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.
4931  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.
4932  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.
4933  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.
4934  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.
4935  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.
4936  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.
4937  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.
4938  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.
4939  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?
4940  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!
4941  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.
4942  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:
4943  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.
4944  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.
4945  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.
4946  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.
4947  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:
4948  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  :?
4949  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.
4950  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.
4951  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?
4952  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.
4953  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.
4954  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!
4955  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.
4956  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:
4957  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.
4958  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.
4959  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.
4960  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?
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