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7281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 14, 2006, 01:52:41 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 14, 2006, 01:03:48 PM

'Tatooed Love Boys'.   thumbsdown

Tattooed Love Boys was one of my favorite Pretenders songs when I was a kid.  I loved it when the guitarist would hit that Wiii Wiii Wiii Wiii and then go into the duh duh duuuh duh duh duh duh duh.  I thought it was the coolest thing ever.  So, getting to play that song in guitar hero ranks very high with me.
7282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/13) on: November 14, 2006, 03:09:33 AM
This, folks, is the main reason I self-limited myself.  As I stated in another thread, I am limiting myself to owning one DS, one PSP, and one home console game at any time (Wii is exception, but it is launch and once that is over then it will fall into my one home console game at a time rule).  So, right now I have Children of Mana, Loco Roco, and FFXII to play.  I just beat Loco Roco, so I will go get another PSP game.  It takes a lot of self-restraint to do this as I would just go buy all the big games, but what that did was make me play all of them only a little bit and I would never finish any of them.  Sure, I want Final Fantasy III this week for the DS, but I need to finish Children of Mana first.  I really want Viva Pinata, but I need to finish FFXII first.  It is going to save me a ton of money in the long run and I am glad I finally figured this out and put this rule down on myself.
7283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/13) on: November 14, 2006, 01:27:59 AM

Quote from: mikeg on November 14, 2006, 12:21:37 AM


Must be nice to be rich.  Good for you man.  As for me, nothing.  Trying to figure out how I can afford Rainbow Six Vegas next week.  Then that is it for me for the rest of the year.


You know, the money itself of Hetz' monster purchase doesn't concern me near as much as how in the hell he can ever hope to play all those games.

As for me, it's all Wii this week and I will be picking up Zelda, Super Monkey Ball, Rayman, and maybe Red Steel, but might change that over to Marvel Ultimate Alliance since I never got it on 360 and am interested in using the wiimote for it.  Basically, if there are any reviews out for those two games, I will be all over them trying to make my final decision before Sunday.

I also might get a PSP game since I just beat Loco Roco.  Part of me just wants to sell the thing, but I see Metal Gear off in the future and it is about the only thing that holds me back now that I have played Loco Roco.  If I did get one, it would probably be Gitaroo Man.
7284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Gears of War-Impressions on: November 13, 2006, 01:25:09 AM
I don't have any impressions yet as I don't have the game, but I just found out I won a copy from a blog I read, so I should get it this week.  This is good because I really wanted this game, but my self-imposed one home console game at a time rule is in effect and I chose something else over it.  I will post impressions when I get the game later this week.
7285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Launch Thread on: November 12, 2006, 06:47:00 PM

Quote from: Hetz on November 07, 2006, 01:16:29 AM

Not long now!  icon_smile

This reminds me of Linus in "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," for some reason and I hear his voice in my head when I read it.

Anyway, I pre-ordered it from Gamestop and was about 7th in line.  I have the system, Twilight Princess, Super Monkey Ball, Rayman, and Red Steel reserved.  So, I need to go score another controller and nunchuk and also get some component cables, assuming they are available at launch as has been hinted at.  I am still not totally convinced about Red Steel, so I may change that over to another game.  The 19th can't come soon enough.
7286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 12, 2006, 05:15:25 AM
Very slowly progressing through Tier 7 on Expert.  Managed to finish Madhouse and Carry Me Home.  Carry Me Home is one crazy fast song.

Edit:  Right after posting this I beat Laid to Rest.  Damn that song is fast.

Edit +1: Now Psychobilly Freakout.  I kind of cheated a bit to beat it, but hey, it still counts.

Edit +2:  Having a good night as YYZ was a piece of cake compared to those 4 before it.  Now for Tier 8.

Edit +3:  Beat Misirilou first try.  I can double pick very well and the fingering is really easy.  I only made it through 68% of Hangar 18 though.  Heading back in for more.

Edit +4:  I am in a groove.  Beat Beast and the Harlot first try.

Edit +5: Hangar 18 done.

Edit +6: Institutionalized done.  Time for some Freebird action.
7287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Launch Thread on: November 11, 2006, 09:57:12 PM

Quote from: Hetz on November 11, 2006, 09:08:57 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on November 11, 2006, 08:27:18 PM

there was nothing in that Motorstorm build that couldn't be done on the 360, it was not impressive at all.

Then why hasn't someone done it on the 360?  confused

Because Motorstorm was developed for PS3 and not 360?  It isn't like the 360 isn't capable.  Gears of War is better looking than all the launch PS3 games.
7288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 11/10/06 on: November 10, 2006, 05:17:50 PM
Not too much time to game this weekend as I need to go to Montgomery, AL on Sunday for work.  I will try to play some GH2 and FFXII, though.  Oh, and on the portables, Children of Mana and Loco Roco.  So, I guess I will get some gaming in after all.  icon_smile
7289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 10, 2006, 05:43:50 AM
I am absolutely loving the game and just started playing it tonight because I have been out of town.  I started on Expert and made it through all the songs on Tier 5, except Freya on my first try.  Freya took about 5 or 6 tries before I made it through it.  Crazy on You took quite a few tries, too, but I am now on Tier 7, but need to stop because my wrists are killing me.  I love the song selection and I also played a little co-op with the missus, which she enjoyed greatly.  I love it more than the first Guitar Hero and that says a hell of a lot, because I loved the first one so much.
7290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: OK Gear-Heads... Fall In! [Gears of War] on: November 06, 2006, 05:08:35 PM
I will be in once I finish FFXII and Zelda.  In other words, once you guys are tired of multiplayer, I will finally get the game.
7291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap: Knightshade is a Psycho Edition on: November 06, 2006, 03:25:31 PM
Played FFXII, Loco Roco, Contact (and then finally got tired of it and traded it in), Guitar Hero, and Children of Mana.
7292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WTFPS2 on: November 06, 2006, 03:24:16 PM
I've been playing Okami, FFXII, and GH2 as well.  I haven't played my 360 in a while, except for Arcade games.  I know I am not a graphics whore, though, because a Wii is in my future.
7293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finally beat Cowboys From Hell on Expert on: November 06, 2006, 03:23:11 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on November 06, 2006, 02:35:34 PM

I can 5 star/100% Cowboys from Hell on Expert while strumming with my teeth!

What the hell it's not like you guys can verify it or anything. slywink OK, well I beat it on medium and will never come close on hard.

Hey, just go all old school Activision and take a picture and send it to me.  I will send you a patch.
7294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/06) on: November 06, 2006, 03:21:43 PM
Guitar Hero 2 and Elite Beat Agents.
7295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finally beat Cowboys From Hell on Expert on: November 06, 2006, 02:17:09 AM
I went to Best Buy and they had a Guitar Hero 2 demo with 10 songs on it there.  I played a few of the songs and passed them on Expert my first time through, so I got home and said to myself that today is the day I am going to beat Cowboys From Hell on Expert.  So, I went home, put in GH and loaded up the song.  I haven't even tried playing that song in half a year or more, but I sat there and played it about 12 times before I finally got through.  I jumped up and down and immediately sent out an email to Bill Harris prodding him into matching my feat.  Let's see if he can do it.
7296  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How common is it for games to not be able to go into "sleep mode" on the PSP on: November 05, 2006, 05:22:44 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 05, 2006, 05:13:45 PM

Incorrect.
Just slide it up and then let it go.  It'll go to sleep.  What you are doing is a hard power-down.
Correct. Now you will know the power of sleep mode.  I would commit suicide if I had to sit through the complete boot up each time.  The load times on the PSP itself are usually bad enough.
7297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need advice on which console system to buy on: November 05, 2006, 04:31:01 PM
As far as I know, the Wii is not region free.  The 360 can be region free, but it just depends on the publisher of the game itself.  Some games are region free and some are not.  With the PS3, I thought it was region free, but not sure if it is more like the 360 or if it is like the DS where it is truly region free.
7298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How common is it for games to not be able to go into "sleep mode" on the PSP on: November 05, 2006, 04:27:45 PM
Is this the only game you have that does this?  No other PSP game I have played does this.  I just pop it into sleep mode and it comes right out.  I assume you've played more PSP games than Dungeon Siege, right?  What I mean to say is you know how to put it into sleep mode, right?  Seems odd that this one game would do this, but stupider things have happened.  If it really is just this game, it would be a reason for me not to buy it right there.
7299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 Legendary Pre-order on: November 05, 2006, 03:42:07 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 05, 2006, 01:25:16 AM

Its a -5 to CHA Master Chief Helm of Money-Sinkage.

I LOLed.
7300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I can't believe I just bought a faceplate for the 360 on: November 03, 2006, 08:38:49 PM
If I saw one for $4.50, I would probably bite.  $20 is ridiculous, though.
7301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pulling Eject on Nintendo Wii Purchase on: November 03, 2006, 07:51:42 PM

Quote from: Devil on November 03, 2006, 06:25:41 PM

IN and IN!

How can I hammer something without first hand experience?  icon_wink

Plus, you'll contribute to Nintendo making money.

As for me, I think you guys know I am IN!!!  Got mine pre-ordered along with 4 games.
7302  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] New Super Smash Brothers Trailer on: November 03, 2006, 07:49:44 PM

Quote from: Misguided on November 03, 2006, 07:42:16 PM

But is this the sort of game that appeals to people who don't even play fighting games because of the chharacters?

I hate fighting games and still like Smash Brothers.  It's just a fun game that doesn't require you to memorize 20 button combos.
7303  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 3/Nov/06 on: November 03, 2006, 07:48:40 PM
FFXII, bitches.  I will also get some handheld action in, probably in the form of Contact, which I don't necessarily enjoy a great deal, but still somehow can't stop playing it when I turn my DS on.
7304  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Site RSS feed? on: November 02, 2006, 08:39:55 PM
And the nice thing about the feeds is you can still build ads into them.  There are a number of feeds I subscribe to that throw the ad right in the mix there.  So, you don't have to worry about generating revenue through the site via advertising.
7305  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I caught one of my local Gamestops in a lie on: November 02, 2006, 08:36:02 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 02, 2006, 08:26:26 PM

And normally once you've become a 'regular' customer, the bullshit from the employees (like the original poster had) stops. The crew there sorta jokingly asks me if I want to preorder anything else for example whenever I make a transaction. They're required to do it, but they know that odds are I won't be doing so.

Sadly, even though I frequent this one Gamestop regularly and have demonstrated that I know more about gaming than they do, time and time again, they still pester me.
7306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 02, 2006, 06:41:42 PM

Quote from: Hetz on November 02, 2006, 06:26:06 PM

I JUST PICKED UP GUITAR HERO 2 AT TARGET!!!

They have the game only version out for sale now!

GO! GO! GO!

Lots of people are finding it today there. They had just 2 copies left when I left. smile

My problem is that I want the one with the guitar, so I have an extra for me and my son to rock out with each other.  I guess I have to wait until next week.
7307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I caught one of my local Gamestops in a lie on: November 02, 2006, 05:51:12 PM
I only pre-order a game I know is going to be good (Guitar Hero 2, Final Fantasy XII, etc.)  Otherwise, I need to read reviews (not for the score, but the content of the review) to determine if a game I thought I might like is still worth getting.  From what I have seen, I do think Gamestops and EBs use pre-orders to gauge how many units they need to order on less popular titles.  For something like a Gears of War, they are going to have some extras.  But for a Contact on DS or something like they, they usually don't order more than they have pre-orders for and if they do, it is only like 1-2 units extra, from what I have seen.  Is it Misguided that works for Gamestop on these boards?  Maybe he can comment on whether my perception is reality.

At any rate, the only real reason I go to Gamestop still is because I don't feel like going to a larger store to get my game.  However, I am starting to realize that I think it actually takes more time for me to get a game in a Gamestop because there are only 2 people in there tops and if people have trade-ins, which they usually do, it backs things up.  So, I think the Best Buys and Targets might start getting my stuff unless I have some trade-in credit, because I really am tired of constantly being badgered about preorders.
7308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 02, 2006, 05:31:21 PM

Quote from: JodoKast on November 02, 2006, 05:20:52 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 02, 2006, 04:42:42 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 02, 2006, 04:04:04 PM

I'm sure they didn't- the original Japanese release wasn't widescreen- that feature was added to the US version.

Ah, that explains the bars on the side.  I guess the bar at the bottom is in case you have subtitles turned on.

I always turn on subtitles and they are in that black area below the cinematic.

And that wraps up all the mystery there.  icon_biggrin
7309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 02, 2006, 04:42:42 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 02, 2006, 04:04:04 PM

I'm sure they didn't- the original Japanese release wasn't widescreen- that feature was added to the US version.

Ah, that explains the bars on the side.  I guess the bar at the bottom is in case you have subtitles turned on.
7310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA now offering cheat codes as microtransactions on: November 02, 2006, 04:36:53 PM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on November 02, 2006, 04:31:16 PM

Are you sure? The article I read implied that there was no way to unlock the content other than buying it.

Here is an exmaple one:

Quote
Autosculpt Exotic Body Kit
Shape your exotic car to your unique specifications by unlocking this Exotic Car Autosculpting kit. This kit includes 13 Autosculpting kits and allows you to sculpt front and rear bumpers, skirt, chop top, and hood. Many of the items in this bundle can be achieved without purchase by progressing through Career, Challenge Series and Reward Card. Visual upgrades apply only to cars in My Cars and can be used in Career

They say that many of the items can be achieved without purchase through the game.  Now, it is interesting that it isn't all of it, which seems to imply that some of the content you cannot get through normal means, which means they are mixing the two and that isn't too cool.  One of the other pieces of content is to get the stuff that comes in the Collector's Edition.  You wouldn't get the videos or whatever, but you get the tracks and cars and everything and for a cheaper price than the Collector's Edition's extra cost (again, you don't get whatever videos they offer).
7311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA now offering cheat codes as microtransactions on: November 02, 2006, 04:28:54 PM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on November 02, 2006, 04:21:13 PM

Can anyone confirm this? I saw over on GAF that EA is offering marketplace content on NFS: Carbon. The catch is, however, that all the content i included on the actual game disk, but you have to pay to unlock it (up to $50 for all the content). I don't like where all this microtransaction stuff is going...

This content is just like the Godfather and Tiger Woods content.  You are paying to unlock things from the get-go that you could earn yourself if you played the game.  If you wanted to pay for it all and not earn it through the game, it would cost you an additional $50.
7312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II Impressions - (spoiler: it kicks ass) on: November 02, 2006, 04:02:08 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 02, 2006, 03:53:52 PM

How'd you get your copy so quick??  I won't have mine until Friday and its embargoed until Tuesday!

Some Wal Marts and Targets have broken street date.  Bill Harris now has a copy that a friend picked up at a store.
7313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Impressions on: November 02, 2006, 01:09:41 PM
I beat Okami last night and so gave FFXII a whirl.  I only played up the first save point as I didn't have any time to really play.  So, impressions so far are that the cinematics were nice.  One thing I didn't like was that during cinematics and cut scenes, there is a huge black bar at the bottom.  Kind of annoying.  Is this happening with everyone who has 16:9?  Also, the cinematics had black bars on the left and right as well.  The graphics look really bad on my HDTV.  I am coming off playing Okami, which just looks beautiful and then I come to this with jaggies galore.  Can't say much about the battle system as I barely got into it since this is basically a tutorial stage I am in.  That is all for now.
7314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My console gaming pet peeve on: November 02, 2006, 01:57:04 AM
For some reason I don't recall the Zeldas doing it.  Anyway, I just beat the game and the final boss made up for this stupid design decision.
7315  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Site RSS feed? on: November 01, 2006, 08:38:19 PM
I never go to the main site.  I only use the forums.  However, if you added RSS feeds for the site, I would actually read the content you post.
7316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: R6 Demo on: November 01, 2006, 08:16:34 PM
I downloaded it this morning, but didn't get a chance to play.  I will probably give it a whirl this weekend.
7317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii to have 4 million consoles by the end of the year on: November 01, 2006, 07:41:54 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 01, 2006, 07:25:12 PM

Okay, now I'm confused over what I posted myself.  icon_biggrin

Howabout this: There will be so many consoles available before the end of the year that they might not completely sell out. You won't have to wait 6 months for the preorder lists to empty before being able to hit your local gaming store and just picking one up.

Better?

In the end, there still might be shortages, but it won't be because there's less than 500k units worldwide available. It'll be because people want the thing, and no matter how many are made, they can't keep up with demand.

I am on board with this sentiment.
7318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are we sure Wii won't be a hit with non-gamers? on: November 01, 2006, 06:54:46 PM

Quote from: raydude on November 01, 2006, 06:43:44 PM

All I know is this:

I showed my wife, who doesn't play video games, the E3 clips for the Wii. I said "I want one." She said "Forget you, I want one for myself!"

This Wii could jump-start us into being a gaming couple.

Your wife is hot.  Hopefully mine becomes hot as well.  She definitely has seemed a little interested in the Wii due to what I have said about the controls.  I am hoping once she tries it, she might like it.  She does play some XBox Live Arcade games from time to time, like Zuma.
7319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii to have 4 million consoles by the end of the year on: November 01, 2006, 06:52:51 PM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on November 01, 2006, 06:31:16 PM

Quote
Nintendo expects supply will be outpaced by demand, based on retailer orders, intense consumer requests and placement on numerous "gotta have it" holiday lists.

Am I missing something? Isn't Nintendo basically saying there that they're expecting to have shortages?

And now I know why I was confused about what Destructor said.  That was the statement I was thinking of when I initially answered: that supply would be outpaced by demand and thereby would mean there might be shortages of the unit.
7320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii to have 4 million consoles by the end of the year on: November 01, 2006, 06:07:48 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 01, 2006, 06:01:03 PM

What I meant to say was that unlike the 360 and PS3 launches, there will (in theory) be more consoles available than people buying them. You may actually be able to walk into a store before Christmas and find one, instead of getting one off of eBay for 3 times retail.

Sorry, I misread your statement.  I had another article I read on the brain which stated that demand might outweigh supply on Wii and it caused me to misread your statement.
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