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7721  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Super Mario Bros. on: July 11, 2006, 04:05:28 PM
Just wanted to throw my two cents in here.  I just 100%ed the game last night, getting every coin in the game and unlocking every cannon, warp pipe, and alternate level, giving me three stars right next to my save file.  I absolutely loved every minute of the game and am still going to keep it to play multiplayer with my son.  Truly a very fun game.
7722  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (7/10) on: July 10, 2006, 04:05:25 PM
Quote from: "Misguided"
Quote from: "DiscoJason"
Probably Chromehounds and then also getting a used copy of Hitman and a new copy of Battle for Middle Earth as part of the Gamestop buy 2 games get one used coupon I have.


Jason, it's buy 2 used games, get 1 used free.


Bah, is it?  Crap.  Well, then I will either be buying Chromehounds or Middle Earth.  Probably Chromehounds.
7723  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (7/10) on: July 10, 2006, 02:20:15 PM
Probably Chromehounds and then also getting a used copy of Hitman and a new copy of Battle for Middle Earth as part of the Gamestop buy 2 games get one used coupon I have.
7724  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Yu-Gi-Oh!: Nightmare Troubadour - Any good? on: July 08, 2006, 07:26:54 AM
Thanks for the info.

I still need to know what levelling is for, though, if you could be so kind as to answer that question, too. smile
7725  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Yu-Gi-Oh!: Nightmare Troubadour - Any good? on: July 08, 2006, 03:46:57 AM
I picked this up the other day after reading this thread and have been enjoying it.  I win some and I lose some and overall so far I have enjoyed just playing with the starter deck.  I have bought some boosters and will start to try to play with the deck a bit.

One question I have is regarding EXP and levels.  I just got to level 2 and I have no clue what going up in levels does for me.  Any ideas?  Also, is there going to be more than just finding random people to duel on the map?
7726  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I think my DS Lite just bit the dust - UPDATED! on: July 03, 2006, 09:42:13 PM
I finally got my DS Lite back.  Took over a month, due to nobody springing to pay for more than air shipping between the U.S. and Japan and back, but I did finally get one that works.  Navy blue DS Lite goodness is back in my hands and I can work on getting those final coins in NSMB with my pretty screen.  Looks like they replaced it rather than repair it.
7727  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (7/3) on: July 03, 2006, 04:19:50 PM
Will probably get LotR:BfME II pending reviews.
7728  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prey Demo, today? on: July 01, 2006, 11:24:45 PM
Well, playing multiplayer knocked down my excitement a great deal.  It was just plain deathmatch (not sure if there are other modes besides this) and it was laggy and not that much fun.  I keep hearing the single player is short, so not sure I want to drop the money down for it after having played the multi.
7729  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prey Demo, today? on: July 01, 2006, 03:51:22 PM
So, I downloaded the demo this morning and played through it.  All I can say is "Wow!"  That demo rocked and turned this into a must-buy.  Definitely not your run-of-the-mill shooter, with the cool weapons, the portals, the wall walking, etc.  I bet multiplayer can get pretty hectic if you can constantly jump from wall to floor to ceiling.  Anyone else think this thing rocked?
7730  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: June 30, 2006, 09:10:14 PM
Quote from: "Turtle"
I won't give them any slack for a demo.  You release something to promote your game, you deal with the consequences.

I've seen plenty of companies who had made great games turn around and make crap, expecting their name and some visuals or similar mechanics to hold the game.


I've honestly hardly run into any demos that have sold me on a game.  They usually aren't very representative of how good a game truly is because how can you sum the total experience of a game in a level or two?  If they give you the first level as a demo, you are just doing the basics, so you probably think the game is boring.  If they give you a later level, then you don't have the basics mastered to properly play the level.  For me, the demo system just doesn't really work.
7731  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Switches in Kirby: Canvas Curse? on: June 29, 2006, 12:16:34 PM
Quote from: "Bullwinkle"


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Don't get too upset about it.


Oh.  Never mind.


Heh.  I only said this because I had the same experience both of you did. smile
7732  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [psp] Must-have games? on: June 29, 2006, 12:15:37 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
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If you want a great choice for free, download the 2.7 firmware (assuming you have no interest in homebrew) and track down the Japanese demo for Loco Roco.

Isn't there an English version out now?  Thought I saw that somewhere.  The Japanese version is fun, if you can figure out what to do smile.


Yes there is.  Go to the Sony PSP site on your PSP and go to the Games section.  Go down to Loco Roco and you can download the demo there.  Also, if you don't have wifi, I am sure you can just go on your PC to the site and download there and transfer, but this is how I did it.
7733  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: June 29, 2006, 03:27:28 AM
So far, the impressions on GAF are not favorable for Chromehounds.  kathode correct?  Although, most demos don't impress me, which is funny since that is their purpose.  Lost Planet is a big exception, though.
7734  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: June 29, 2006, 01:26:05 AM
Good god, why?!?!?!?!?!

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You can now download a demo of 'Chromehounds' from the Xbox Live Marketplace. This free demo is available in all Xbox Live regions EXCEPT the U.S. and Canada. Yes, you read that right...this demo is not available in the U.S. or Canada.


Since when are demos available everywhere except the U.S. and Canada?  Hopefully, we get it soon.
7735  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Switches in Kirby: Canvas Curse? on: June 29, 2006, 01:21:49 AM
The switches can be in later levels.  Don't get too upset about it.
7736  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP Games that I wish were available... on: June 29, 2006, 01:19:42 AM
Quote from: "Dimmona"
Lego Starwars 1/2 *need* to be ported over to the PSP.  Make it happen.



Lego Star Wars 2 is indeed coming out for PSP.  It is the platform I plan to buy it for.
7737  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Phoenix Wright: Adventure games rise from the ashes on DS on: June 27, 2006, 10:17:57 PM
Want to sell it?
7738  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / More PGR3 content to come on: June 27, 2006, 04:42:34 PM
More cars announced for Marketplace consumption for PGR3:

http://www.videogamesblogger.com/2006/06/27/project-gotham-racing-3-style-pack-announced.htm

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The PGR3 Xbox 360 Live update is called Style Pack, and will include 12 cars that focus more on looks rather than raw racing power. Costing you 400 Microsoft points, it’ll include:
Project Gotham Racing 3 (Xbox 360) * 365 GTB4 (”Daytona”)
* BMW M3 CSL
* BMW M6
* BMW MINI COOPER S
* BMW Z8
* Chrysler Firepower Concept
* Ferrari 430 Challenge
* Gumpert Apollo Coupe 4.2 V8
* Mercedes CLK DTM AMG
* Pagani Zonda F
* RUF R.K. Spyder
* Vanwall GPR V12
7739  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS Lite Thoughts After a Week on: June 26, 2006, 08:29:07 PM
Damn you for having a copy of Phoenix Wright!  It was one of those games around Christmas that I told myself I would get at the beginning of the next year and then suddenly it disappeared.  I always look for used copies and can never find them.
7740  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Need for Speed: Carbon on: June 23, 2006, 02:18:24 PM
I agree that the video is pretty lacking.  All I was able to surmise from it is that you will race on winding mountain roads.  Other than that, I get no sense of what the game is all about.
7741  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New DLC for GRAW on: June 22, 2006, 08:19:03 PM
For 1200 points, I am not sure I will buy it tonight.  Kind of low on money, so I guess it will have to wait.
7742  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: June 22, 2006, 07:31:15 PM
Quote from: "wonderpug"
If this turns out to be a solid game, it may just be a system seller for me.  tinyogre's ominous "wait for the demo" comment on OO has me worried, though.  Just have to wait and see.


I thought kathode said that on GT. smile  Still, you are right in that the ominous warning did shake me up a bit.  Still, sometimes a demo sucks balls, but the gameplay is good, which is why I hope a couple of reviews come out the night before release.
7743  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: June 22, 2006, 07:04:00 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
http://previews.teamxbox.com/xbox-360/1420/Chromehounds/p1/

Read this write up.  They also have a write up on the single player.


Yeah, I'm definitely sold now, unless the gameplay is horribly marred.  That persistent 2 month war thing sounds awesome.
7744  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: June 22, 2006, 05:42:22 PM
Well, I am seeing screenshots showing armor load outs and it looked like some kind of battle map with countries on it (not sure what all you can do on this), so I am hoping there is more than just blasting stuff.  Even if there was, as long as the game plays well, I would think that the multi should be tons of fun.
7745  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: June 22, 2006, 05:01:37 PM
I just watched a new trailer for this game at TeamXBox (Trailer #4) and holy hell does it look impressive.  Hopefully it doesn't play like crap.  Unless the reviews are incredibly horrible, this should be a Day 1 purchase for me.
7746  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Super Mario Bros. on: June 21, 2006, 09:47:31 PM
Wait...you beat it in 2 hours?  Did you take all shortcuts or something?  I guess I don't know how long it actually took me to beat it (I am now going back and getting the coins I didn't get and then going through the two worlds I just unlocked that I didn't go through the first time), but I know it was well over 2 hours.  I just don't know what to say to that...2 hours...wow.
7747  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Did anyone play Tony Hawk's American Sk8land [NDS]? on: June 21, 2006, 04:26:04 PM
I bought it when it came out and liked it a lot.  The cel shading looked nice on the DS and it played very well.  I also liked how you could download new challenges from online and also watch replays of people getting insane scores.  I thought it used Nintendo WiFi better than any game so far.
7748  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chromehounds - NOW WITH IMPRESSIONS on: June 19, 2006, 07:27:44 PM
Quote from: "Soulchilde"
Quote from: "kathode"
I would recommend waiting for the demo.


Is it me or does this seem,"ominous"?


Yeah, Kathode, what do you mean by this?  Have you played it and it sucks?  Inquiring minds want to know.
7749  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I dedicate this thread to our own Devil: on: June 18, 2006, 04:20:35 AM
There's enough love in every human being for a DS and a PSP...trust me.
7750  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The best game on the PSP - DJ Max Portable on: June 15, 2006, 09:45:57 PM
I imported this a good while back and think very highly of it, though I like Ouendan for the DS better.  DJ Portable Max is also very difficult.
7751  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Excited about Assassin's Creed on: June 12, 2006, 11:59:05 AM
Quote from: "ATB"


What does <3 mean?  I see it everywhere now..


Well, take a look at the shape of it and tell me if it reminds you of anything.  You might perhaps look in your lap for reference.
7752  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Phoenix Wright: Adventure games rise from the ashes on DS on: June 04, 2006, 01:54:52 AM
Quote from: "Misguided"

DJ, do what I did and go here



Oh, I've done this.  They just don't have any in my area ever for whatever reason.
7753  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Phoenix Wright: Adventure games rise from the ashes on DS on: June 03, 2006, 06:43:46 PM
I want it so badly, but can never find it used in my local stores and am not paying the premium on eBay.
7754  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / monster hunter: freedom impressions on: June 03, 2006, 11:32:19 AM
Quote from: "depward"

I got two Machalite ores from mining in my Kokoto Farm!  So yeah, try there I guess.



I have been mining there forever and still not gotten any of that ore.  I also tried a level 4 guild gather quest in the first world and, while I did come away with something called Dragonite, I did not come away with what I wanted.  I guess I am just unlucky.
7755  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / monster hunter: freedom impressions on: June 03, 2006, 03:21:20 AM
I'm still liking it a great deal, though I echo that it is most definitely not for everyone.  It very much feels like an MMO in that you will be doing some of the quests over and over again to get money and loot to improve your gear.  Since I like MMOs, that is kind of a plus in my book, but YMMV.

As far as weapons go, I am using the lance currently.  It is somewhat difficult to wield.  I have it up to Bonce Lance+ right now, which I suppose isn't very high.  Everyone else who posts seems to have improved their weapons much more before going through the quests, because I am on the Tier 3 quests and don't have the stuff to upgrade.  I need Machalite Ore and am not sure how to get it.  I guess I need to try mining in other areas besides the Forest and Hills.
7756  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Microsoft and Backwards Compatibility... on: June 02, 2006, 01:01:29 PM
A response from the Microsoft PR blog about this:

http://gamerscoreblog.com/team/archive/2006/06/01/535135.aspx

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Lots of talk about backwards compatibility online today.  We wanted to get to the bottom of it all, so we went right to the team working on the next back compat update.  We hear directly from them that they're in the testing phase of another update, and it should be out in the next few weeks.  We saw the list they're testing, and it looks like they're hoping to add at least a dozen titles.

Long before the launch, we thought we might hit a few dozen titles, and we all feel pretty good about the list of well over 200 titles on the back compat list today, including many of the games that you’ve asked for.  You all have heard us say the work isn't simple.  Many games did unique things to take advantage of the processing power of the Xbox, and that makes it difficult to emulate, especially when we then have to make new code work with existing (and future) compatible titles.

But rest assured, we're not done yet.

We know for a fact that there are lots of people who continue to care about backwards compatibility, including the "Emulation Ninjas" who are working full time on the updates.  And those of us posting on this blog.  And, of course, many of you.

Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming update…
7757  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (5/29) on: May 29, 2006, 05:33:15 PM
Nothing from the list this week.  Hoping to pick up Table Tennis, though.
7758  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / monster hunter: freedom impressions on: May 29, 2006, 04:34:35 PM
I finished off my last Tier 2 qquest and got the option to do the Felyne kitchen no.  When I was in there, the cat I hired asked for 3 knife mackerel, which I did not have.  So, I went out and did a quest and fished the mackerel I needed.  When I went back, he was takling about how you could catch insects with nets and I couldn't give him the fish, so I guess it is one of those things where you need to have it and what the cat talks about changes each time you come back from a quest.  I had the cat make me a meal which increased my stamina.  I assume it will only be for the next quest I do and I assume other food combinations will lead to other bonuses.

I complained a lot in that last post, but I actually do like the game, though it can be frustrating at times.
7759  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / monster hunter: freedom impressions on: May 29, 2006, 05:05:19 AM
Quote from: "depward"


A couple of questions: has anyone found out a way to perhaps expand how many items you can carry?  I wish I had more space so I didn't have to make a decision as to what to discard when I'm out in the field.  Also, I'm collecting and storing a good deal of items, including lots of herbs, berry sort of items, and so forth.  Should I just be selling these items?  And lastly (for right now anyway) - any opinions as to the most worthwhile Kokoto Farm upgrades there are?


I'll try to tackle some of these questions based on my playing experiences.  I  only have one quest left in the 2nd tier Chieftain quests, so I think I have some more time in than you.

I haven't seen any way to increase your inventory, but since they were nice enough to let you do upgrades with items in your item box, there really is no need to carry anything around more than what you need for your next quest.

You use herbs and blue mushrooms to make potions and the berries seem to be used to make ammunition for the gun, so if you never use the gun, then I assume you can sell them unless the kitchen cats use them (I haven't unlocked it yet).

With regards to upgrades to the farm, I don't have even enough points yet to do the 1000 point one yet, much less the other ones, but I think I am probably going to go with the mushroom one first, just to get mushrooms for crafting.

As more my updated impressions on the game, I have played it a good deal today and I both love it and hate it at the same time.  The controls can definitely get frustrating and the game could certainly do with some kind of target lock system, though I think there is locational damage so there would have to be a way to switch between areas if they had done it.

The game tutorial made it seem like you could sneak around, but monsters seem to spot me from way off, even when I am crouched and moving very slowly.  Just kind of frustrating that they put tools in there for stealth-based play and don't seem to be using them.

Sometimes the areas can be too small.  I had a quest to kill 10 of these charging boars and it was incredibly difficult to pull off because I was being attacked by 8 of these things at once and they don't give you any time to drink a potion while you are in there.  I would have to leave the zone and I am thinking that the health ont hese guys resets if you do that.  I know the health doesn't reset on the wyverns, but I think everything else might.  At any rate, constantly dodging 8 chargin boars was very annoying and I think it was mostly made difficuly by the cramped quarters of that area.

Killing a wyvern is a bitch.  This game is definitely not about rushing in and attacking these things and you really need to exercise some patience.  The controls make the battles a little more diificult than they should be.

Overall, though, I am enjoying the game, though it really is not for everyone.  The game is a lot of work where you have to do some grinding to get materials to upgrade your armor and weapons.  When I opened up the tier 2 quests, the first quest was to kill a wyvern and I kept trying and dying on it, thinking that since it was the first quest, I should be able to do it.  I was very wrong on that, so I went ahead and did all the other quests except one and then came back to it after I had done some upgrading and managed to kill the wyvern with my last continue.

One fear I have is that I have basically exhausted all the areas, though.  I think I have visited about 5 (counting the cat arena) and I am not sure if there are more or not.  Actually, I guess there are, because I had heard someone talk about a volcano.

At any rate, though sometimes I tell myself I am going to bring it back to the store and trade it in, overall I have basically been playing it non-stop today, so that should tell me that there is something about the game the has me hooked.
7760  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / monster hunter: freedom impressions on: May 27, 2006, 12:46:18 PM
Quote from: "depward"
Whoa, talk about insane difficulty ramping:

The quest after the first one you encounter and kill three blue rapter things (I believe it's "gather 7 special mushrooms") the difficulty went sky-high!  Now there are actual predators in practically EVERY zone!  Including like, six blue rapter things in one area and three of those charging ones in another.  Seriously!  Wtf!


Yeah, wait until you have to kill the Velocidrome.  I died so many times because it was him and then like 6 other velociprey all gangbanging me.
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