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7881  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted : Drake's Fortune on: May 21, 2007, 04:42:39 AM
Yeah, but there was some really piss poor screenshots floating around the net that were just plain washed out, I have no idea how those shots got through quality control because the game looks amazing.
7882  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted : Drake's Fortune on: May 21, 2007, 03:29:57 AM
It looks better than the Gears of War AI.  slywink

AI isn't worked on last, but it's usually the last system to really look good.  Game AI is a very difficult thing to pull off well.

Anyone else think the screenshots for this game are misrepresenting this game's graphics.  Many of the screenshots I see are way too bright and it washes out the game's graphics.

What I really like about this is that it has Gears of War's combat without the baggage of being "hardcore" along with Tomb Raider/Prince of Persia's adventure and exploration.
7883  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 Beta on: May 21, 2007, 12:53:40 AM
They definitely need a setting where you can automatically mute everyone except friends at the start of a match.  To go along with the party feature.
7884  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Half-Life 2...buy it again! (because you have to) on: May 20, 2007, 07:09:34 AM
Yep, it only affects the boxed version.  The reason being was that stores were seriously undercutting the price of the boxed versions of digitally distributed games, both in a way of undercutting online distribution, and simple because they could use these games as loss leaders to draw in people to buy other things.

Also, episode 2 was slated to sell around $20-$30 right?  For most store execs, when they see that price point on a game, they immediately think bargain bin trash and they'll treat it as such unless the press is huge.

One good thing to note about this is that they're giving you three seperate CD/Steam keys.  One for HL2, one for Episode 1, and One for episode 2.  Thus, even though you are forced to buy all three, you can at least give away or sell the ones you don't want.  Not much consolation, but there's a lot of companies that wouldn't have done the same.
7885  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 confirmed (finally)? on: May 19, 2007, 07:51:34 PM
Good art direction and stylization, to me, is a lot better than realism.

That said, I'm done with this kind of game.  C&C3 was a hard lesson on this, and the old style base building, arbitrary rock paper scissors balance just gets annoying.  Already I could see that too much of the strategy in the game is in the building of units.

Of course, that's not a knock on Blizzard, that's their style of game and they're very good at it.
7886  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HEROES - 5/14/07 on: May 19, 2007, 06:05:05 AM
That scene needed some queen playing in the background.  slywink
7887  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Sigil is consumed by SoE (Vanguard) on: May 18, 2007, 11:21:18 PM
Man, I am so going to be careful with any game studios I work at.

Kind of makes me want to create/join a small studio, one that slowly works up to bigger games.
7888  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New PS3 RPG - Folklore (coming out this Fall!) on: May 18, 2007, 11:14:45 PM
Yeah, the game probably won't sell systems, but, it'll certainly add to the list of games which will get people interested.

I have no doubt Sony chose the motion sensing controllers late in development both in response to the Wii, but more likely because they needed something to replace the rumble feature they lost due to the lawsuit.  Actually, that lawsuit was just settled and Sony and that company are announcing partnerships on future products, could be interesting.

Frankly, I don't care if one company steals ideas from another.  All I'm interested in is how well those features are implemented.  If you think about it, it only adds value for us consumers.  One problem with Sony's implementation is that the dual shock controller simply wasn't designed for motion sensing, it's clear it was added late into the system's design.

Instead, what if Sony had designed motion sensing to be in from the beginning?  Well we might have seen something like the boomerang controller, but could be broken into two pieces much like the wiimote and nunchuck.  But each half having motion sensors and an analog stick and buttons.  The handles would be longer and thicker like the wiimote, so that it can be held in various ways.

For example, the xbox1 and 360 would not be the same console today if they hadn't stolen Sony's dual analog stick design.  That's one to think about eh?  Two analog sticks may seem common place now, but back when it was introduced it was a very new thing.  Just like the Wii's motion controls are new, I suspect game consoles will be using it quite a bit in the future.  The next innovation in controllers is likely to be integrated force feedback and a small screen in the controller.

Anyway, as above, why complain that Sony stole an idea when frankly all it means is that we'll get serious games that use the motion controls, and not to mention games with more graphical goodies and hopefully gameplay elements.  Not that the Wii is bad, I enjoy mine, but looking at its line-up, it's lacking a lot of mature and serious toned games.
7889  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New PS3 RPG - Folklore (coming out this Fall!) on: May 18, 2007, 08:21:03 PM
Or, you know, they realized that it's a damn good idea to use such functionality since they built it into their controll.  I mean, wow, a company actually promoting some functionality they put into their system?  Who'd have thought?
7890  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MGS4 On 360...Just Maybe on: May 18, 2007, 08:09:57 PM
Most likely it's, "Sony hasn't paid us enough to keep MGS4 exclusive."  This wording is part bargaining chip, party cautious statement that it may be on the 360.

Frankly I wouln't be surprised if it was considering MGS2 substance made it to the Xbox1.

Despite the MGS series being on the Playstation primarily, it's never really been a platform specific game since its roots lie in many different systems, even the PC.

If anything, it just goes to show that games cost so much to develop these days that unless you're a first party studio, partially owned, or wholly funded by one system maker, it's best to put it on both systems.
7891  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New PS3 RPG - Folklore (coming out this Fall!) on: May 18, 2007, 10:07:49 AM
certainly looks like Sony is coming on strong with their traditional strength, the japanese RPG.
7892  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Catan Tonight 10 PM Est? on: May 18, 2007, 05:42:00 AM
Someone needs to get some of the Fantasy Flight games up on consoles.  The Sony guys could really promote the playstation network if they landed a deal to get those games on the PSN.

Board games, or at aleast games in the board game style, are a real untapped market for casual games.  They're really great games, but with the time and need to find a ground of people, they're difficult to gather together to play.  Internet play can fix that.
7893  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3...latest artwork on: May 17, 2007, 01:05:38 AM
You're not the only one who hopes this is a bit like STALKER, that game handled the post apocalyptic atmosphere amazingly well.
7894  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New 'Heroes' spin-off/miniseries for Season 2 on: May 16, 2007, 05:56:03 PM
Well, in NBC's defense they still have the entire season of Heroes at their website available for free viewing.  It's good quality too.
7895  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: There is a very popular video game sound in 28 Weeks Later on: May 16, 2007, 05:52:07 PM
The sounds from Alien and Aliens are also pretty common.  Various klaxon sounds have been in use for a while, along with door openings and beeps.

The metal gear one is very distinct to Metal Gear, so it's likely it was included by a fan.
7896  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony is not making money on: May 16, 2007, 05:43:08 PM
Um, the PS2 was around for how many years now?  It's a very profitable system and games are still coming out for it.  I recall they wanted to keep it around for 10 years too, the same with the PS1.  It's kind of a how much value will you get out of your system thing.

10 year lifespan is actually a very good target to shoot for with a console company, the longer a console is on market, the more money it makes and the cheaper it is to make media and games for it.  Also note that doesn't mean that there won't be a PS4 before that 10 years is up, it just means they want to keep the PS3 out there and selling for that many years.  Good backwards compatability in a next gen console is important for that because it provides incentive for people to still buy games for the older system and for people to upgrade to the new one.  As you already can see with the PS2 still being popular, it's not a bad idea.  I find it funny how a good business decision is spun by people to sound like such a bad anti-gamer, sony kicked your dog kind of statement.

I also find it funny that people are now doing the whole substitute dollar sign for Sony now instead of MS.  Hell, I even found it funny when they did it for MS.  I mean, duh.  These companies want to make money.

It's pretty damn clear that Sony is going to post a loss.  So has MS, so has any company that makes high end console systems.  I recall there was an article saying how despite how the 360 is clearly pulling ahead, it's still posting a loss for MS.  The main thing is, these two companies both have ridiculous piles of cash and other markets to draw from, and it's clear that both companies are willing to spend to keep in this gaming market.  That's a very good thing for us gamers.  If you really think about it, I'm sure a lot of the features for the 360 that were added later, and a lot of the 360's problems wouldn't have been fixed if it weren't for the direct competition of the PS3.  Honestly, if there was no one else besides Nintendo competing, it's likely MS wouldn't have bothered extending its warranty.  Why?  Because when their 360 breaks and they're forced to buy a new console, they start to wonder

Will Sony pull ahead?  Who knows.  But despite things being pretty bad for Sony, it's not all doom and gloom.  They've got other products, and as said above they have a longer term strategy with the PS3, not to mention a strategy not solely focused on gaming (which is a problem)

The clear failure here was a short term strategy.  The expensive components, the bluray player, all were very long term, perhaps too long term which pushed the price up to $600, that's seriously bad for the short term.  This means they rely on exclusives even more.  But the problem with this generation is that games cost so much that they can no longer rely on third party exclusives.  So what does that mean?  More first party, or third party fully funded development.  MS already hit upon this with Bungie first party titles, and Gears of War for third party funded games.  Sony has yet to announce it's big first party games, or any third party funded games.

I suspect we'll see a lot of new things from both Sony and MS when the summer game convention scene is upon us.  I'm actually not too interested in the PS3 stuff, I'm more interested in the PSP stuff now that it's gaining steam.
7897  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3...latest artwork on: May 16, 2007, 06:08:17 AM
Looking good actually, it's moving a bit from the classic fallout style, which is bad and good.  The more realistic style can really emphasize the world actually being post apocalyptic, rather than just one barren wasteland that seems more like a fantasy universe with lots of desert.  However, I do hope they keep fallout staples such as quirky humor and pipboy.
7898  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo and Bungie take shots at eachother on: May 16, 2007, 02:36:29 AM
Along with a few execs who left under quieter circumstances.

In fact, anyone else notice how Sony's PR stupidity has been little to nothing nowadays?

Anyway,  that Miyamoto comment is taken way out of context.  In fact, the actual quote is much larger, than the few sentences that's posted.  But yeah, basically he says he chooses not to follow trends just to follow trends, and prefers to make just good games regardless of trends.
7899  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/14) on: May 15, 2007, 04:35:13 AM
Innocent Life: A futuristic harvest moon.

I was looking for a game like this for my PSP.
7900  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of...Golf? on: May 15, 2007, 04:33:27 AM
Golfing for Locusts, the goal is to put the grenade into the locust hole in as few swings as possible.

That, my friends, would be a very cool mod.
7901  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Square Enix Party; a Few Surprises on: May 14, 2007, 08:04:53 PM
By the same logic that KH:CoM was on GBA/DS, Kingdom Hearts itself is on the PS2 and there's a good track record of PS2 game engines getting ported over to the PSP.  Also they can use a lot of art assets from the PS2 version, simply scaling them down for the PSP, much in the same way they're using a lot of assets from God of War in the psp version.
7902  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Japan sales 4/30 - 5/06 (wow!) on: May 14, 2007, 01:16:57 AM
Yep, wait a while, maybe even years to see how things turn out.  Frankly I'm not looking for a "winner" in this generation of consoles.  I'm looking for fun games and features.

A system doesn't have to "Win" to be successful and profit.  Remember that before nintendo got strong with the DS and Wii, they were still doing well with the gamecube despite it not "winning".

For example, everybody loves to bash the psp, but it's actually a financial success.  It's making money, maybe not as much as the DS, sure, but it's still making money.

Likewise, forget the PS3.  Do you realize that the PS2 is still going very strong?  In fact, it's probably the overall winner of this and the last console generation.  It's certainly not the "winner" in many people's minds, but it's still making money for sony, game sales for the PS2 are still going on strong.

My suggestion to people is stop looking for the winner, and start looking for what you like.

(Award for the most abuse of quotes goes to my post)
7903  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Pax will never hold a candle to E3... on: May 14, 2007, 01:07:24 AM
Not to mention, PAX was never trying to be E3.  It may have been advertised, alluded to, or fan hyped as an E3 replacement, but it always seemed more casual.
7904  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Square Enix Party; a Few Surprises on: May 13, 2007, 11:55:01 PM
1up podcast, they were at the press event, couldn't talk about it exactly, but they pretty much gave it away by saying something like "oh yeah, you know the new kingdom hearts is coming out" yeah look for it on a handheld maybe... <then a lot more softly> maybe on the psp?  But who knows?"

It's also the general consensus amongst the better of the "rumor" sites like Kotaku and such.
7905  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Square Enix Party; a Few Surprises on: May 13, 2007, 05:55:37 PM
No, the new Kingdom Hearts is definitely being put on a handheld.  So far all signs point to the PSP.
7906  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gee, I guess if you're patriotic it's ok to be an anti-game a-hole. on: May 12, 2007, 03:39:58 PM
Has he been disabarred yet?  If he hasn't already, then it's likely the courts are so tired of him filing frivolous lawsuits
7907  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Halo3 beta vids... on: May 12, 2007, 03:31:55 PM
I still say it's a huge missed opportunity if they don't put in some sort of Humans Vs. Covenant multiplayer gametype where you can be different classes of human and coveneant.
7908  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Halo3 beta vids... on: May 12, 2007, 09:05:25 AM
Keep in mind that they're still using a lot of Halo 2 art assets as placeholders.
7909  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EDIT:the square enix remake thread on: May 11, 2007, 02:03:59 PM
You guys know that the rumored FF7 remake wasn't a remake and is instead Crisis Core, a prequel action-rpg about Zack, the soldier who trained Cloud and once journeyed with Sepheroth (and even met Aeris).
7910  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Last Remnant, a new Square Enix RPG on: May 11, 2007, 07:18:49 AM
Good to see someone finally giving Dynasty Warrios a run for their money.
7911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]saints row scrapped/[360+PS3]saints row sequel confirmed on: May 11, 2007, 07:18:21 AM
Not a PS3 negative thing at all, just a matter of more rising development costs and time.
7912  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Condemned 2 announced on: May 11, 2007, 12:33:03 AM
Give me a Fear 2 and I'll be interested.
7913  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Atlus USA, how I love you on: May 11, 2007, 12:27:02 AM
Quote
Discover A Magical Fairy Companion! The more time you spend training your fairy partner, the richer your interactions will be with her, and the more she can assist you on your quest. You can even enter her in the great Fairy Contest her performance as she competes with other fairies in a tournament of skills depends on how well you have prepared her!
Cultivate Intimate Relationships With Your Allies! With the Friendship and Personality Rating System, your personality can either limit or enhance your interactions with others; the outcome of your encounters depends entirely on your behavior! Mold a protagonist as ill-tempered or good-natured as you desire. And if you're brave enough, reveal your true feelings to a companion; if they come to feel the same way about you, you'll be rewarded with a bonus hand-drawn character-specific ending animation that puts the icing on the cake!

Is it me, or do these two bullet points make this sound like a hentai game?  I mean, Ar Tonelico was bad enough. Tongue
7914  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: the final fantasy milking continues on: May 10, 2007, 04:45:14 PM
Well a podcast basically confirmed that there is a Kingdom Hearts game coming to the PSP, they said they couldn't talk about it but the guy pretty much gave it away with hinting.
7915  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: As much as I like the PS3 on: May 10, 2007, 04:41:37 PM
Perhaps you should try some of the PS2 games coming out?  There's Odin sphere for action RPGs, looks pretty good.  Not sure what else but I recall the PS2 release list was still very healthy.

Plenty of older titles too.

Oh and they settled the rumble lawsuit not too long ago, so expect to see a new design of the PS3 controller including both rumble and motion sensing.  Hopefully they'll update the controller design in general because the Dual Shock 2, while great, isn't for everyone.
7916  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hellgate: London subscription 'bonuses' announced on: May 10, 2007, 11:51:54 AM
Well it looks like you can still go through the single player game co-op.  That's all I wanted really.
7917  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Last Remnant, a new Square Enix RPG on: May 10, 2007, 11:45:57 AM
Last thing we need is another character with a mullet.  Tongue

Although with Dissidia, I think it's a waste of FF characters, but if the fighting game is good then I'll still pick it up.  Square does have a good track record with fighting games like Ehrgeiz.
7918  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Last Remnant, a new Square Enix RPG on: May 09, 2007, 05:22:15 PM
Man, you guys are reading way too much into this.

It's likely the Conquerer character is a more straightforward fighter type, probably similar to God of War.

Rush Sykes sounds like an anime character name, so it's likely his plot will be twisted with way too much dialogue and exposition.  slywink
7919  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: dbt - UFO:E - What's the scoop? on: May 09, 2007, 11:18:44 AM
Any time a scientist or tech is actively working on something you lose money from them daily.

There's a $400,000 bonus when you destroy enemy bases.

Capture any UFO you can and sell off the artifacts.  Selll all of the artifacts you've already researched, but keep 1 of each of the ones that are unidentified.

WHen you finally research plasma weapons, you'll notice you have a huge stockpile of them in base since you can't sell them until you research them (stupid idea).  You can also turn this stockpile into your main weapons cache, just sell off a majority of it.  The great thing about plasma weapons is that since the aliens use them, simply going on a mission will replenish your supplies and give you new rifles, saving you the money of manufacturing laser rifles and ammo.

They really don't do a good job of letting you know what you need to do to make money in the game.  Hell one person tried making bases in other countries and shooting down everything he could get his hands on, but they still lowered his monthly income.
7920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] GRAW2 Remastered maps pack... on: May 09, 2007, 11:07:27 AM
I'm thinking, "Hey?!  How do we make these people pay for more content without actually doing anything?"

Those remasterings are probably nothing more than a lighting change.  No thanks.
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