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2721  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gamespot reviews F.E.A.R. on: October 14, 2005, 01:56:37 PM
Quote from: "greeneggsnham"
After reading this, combined with the other positive buzz, I'm definately doing to have to grab the demo when I get home tonight. If for nothing else, to see if it will run decently on my machine.


One thing to keep in mind if you play the demo is that the final version has been tweaked.  The demo ran terrible on my machine but the IGN review gives me some hope -

Quote
The first thing you'll notice is how nice it looks. The proprietary engine is the product of years and years of development, and it's got more bells and whistles than a Rose Day Parade. The list of features is as long as my arm, and they're all fairly clearly explained in the options menus. You can tell the game to auto-detect the best settings, then run a brief benchmark to determine how well it's going to play. Or you can tweak dozens of different toggles and sliders to your heart's content. The review rig's auto-detect settings, with 3.0GHz P4, 1GB of RAM, and a GeForce 6800GT OC at 1024x768, had 4xAF (anisotropic filtering, to make textures look nicer), but no AA. (I was able to sneak 2xAA in, but I don't know if the game would perform well across the board with that).

Soft shadows were also off, but almost everything else was cranked to the max, and the benchmark ran at an average of 39 frames per second. For what it's worth, I used my home rig to play the game (which went gold about three weeks ago) at my place of residence, and I tested multiplayer on my game rig at work, which has similar specs but twice as much RAM.

Anyhoo, FEAR looks like it has indeed been optimized since the single-player demo was released.



So don't be to discouraged if it runs like a hog.
2722  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Quake 4 Review on: October 14, 2005, 12:42:47 PM
Quote from: "Lockdown"
That's the picture!  Is that picture from Quake4 or from Half Life 2?

...and yes, I am very easily amused... especially after an Astros WIN.

LD  :wink:



That is quake  4 - at least a quake engine game.



I will still pick it up even with somewhat disappointing reviews.  Heck it isn't like there are so many FPS with SP anymore anyway.  Even if I bought all of them released this month that is only 4 games.
2723  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 17.6 Million to begin developing games for PS3 - Yowza! on: October 13, 2005, 08:44:55 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Link to story:
Quote
The industry insider went on to say, “Kutaragi has said, ‘Please develop suitable software for PS3 - this software must not be of the same standard as PS2 software.’ Developing software for the PS3 from scratch will require an initial investment of at least 2 billion yen [US $17.6 million] [not including development costs]. There are not many software companies that can easily afford that kind of money.”



More thoughts/questions.

1. What does "from scratch" mean?  Will all developers start from scratch?

2. Will development of "software" be a one time thing?  So for example will Square be able to use that 1 piece of software for every game?

3. If #2 is yes then can I simply buy (or license) that "software" from another company?
2724  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 17.6 Million to begin developing games for PS3 - Yowza! on: October 13, 2005, 06:16:26 PM
Out of curiosity, now much is the "buy in" to develop for the 360?  Without some numbers to compare I have a hard time telling how important this is.
2725  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN Reviews F.E.A.R.!!! on: October 13, 2005, 12:49:25 PM
Wait a minute....IGN reviews a game before release and says it is great?!  That never happens, FEAR must actually be incredible!  Oh wait, IGN reviews everything as great when a big publisher lets them have early copies.
2726  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XB360 System shortages? on: October 11, 2005, 07:50:02 PM
We already have a pretty niffty 2 page thread about this


But it is interesting.


It looks to me like they are trying to create a sense of deprivation so people will be more likely to pre-order and consider themselves lucky.

Why would MS want to risk selling less consoles (after all if people don't think they can get one maybe they will just wait until after the holidays)?  Easy - bundles.  I bet they make a lot more money off bundles because really the console itself isn't the big moneymaker it is the games and peripherials.
2727  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Here is my top 9 FPSers, what are your's? on: October 11, 2005, 05:59:37 PM
Since #4 is a console game it could be argued that this is ok in console gaming but statistically I think the evidence says it is a PC thread - besides I haven't ever gotten to move something so I want to try it out.
2728  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (10/10) on: October 11, 2005, 12:32:36 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Quote from: "depward"
Did you happen to preorder at Capcom to get the neato pointy-finger stylus?   biggrin

Ugh.  I hate you.

And no I didn't.



I looked at it but it just didn't seem worth it.  You pay for shipping, and it was within 7-10 days.  So basically you are paying $5 more and getting the game later so get the different stylus.  Plus it won't fit in the normal holder so the likelyhood of losing it seems high (heck I already lost one of the normal ones!)
2729  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - this week? on: October 10, 2005, 01:16:29 PM
This game just seems to keep getting moved up.  At first I remember it was november, and then late October now when I look at Ebgames it says Oct. 11!

Is that accurate?

It was when I read a preview of the Japanesse version that I bought a DS to begin with so I am pretty excited
2730  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fire Emblem: SS - when does it become hard? on: October 08, 2005, 03:18:01 PM
Quote from: "warning"

Wow that surprises me.  I thought Easy mode was actually easier.

My bad.

Did you play the first Fire Emblem for GBA farley?  I thought it was painfully hard but actually liked it.  I'm wondering if I should play The Sacred Stones on Hard now and I'm wondering what the difference between Hard and Normal is.


Yes I did, and it pissed me off!  I quit at a fight where some pirates came to your ship.  I was obsessed though with getting through with all my characters  which I realize now is not the way the game is meant to be played.  

I was fully prepared to let some of my characters die in this one but so far I haven't really felt that anyone died because of need (to save the team or something) but only becuase I was really stupid (things like not checking the distances enemies can come, not having healing items in their inventory, etc.)

The main things that make this easier are that you can go back to shops, and you can train at the tower.  This means that I don't have to risk much when leveling up a new low level character.
2731  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fire Emblem: SS - when does it become hard? on: October 08, 2005, 12:19:01 AM
Quote from: "warning"
Quote from: "farley2k"
I did start on easy mode

Is easy mode ever supposed to get hard?  Seems like it would defeat the purpose.

The first one was a bitch for sure.  I think I'm going to play the Sacred Stones on medium difficulty.


I am not sure.  Most of the information I have read (like the strategy guide) says that easy most just forces the tutorial on the player.  It doesn't say that your characters are stronger or the enemies weaker.
2732  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fire Emblem: SS - when does it become hard? on: October 07, 2005, 07:18:33 PM
I am in chapter 11 (following the woman's story) and so far the game has been a breeze.  I did start on easy mode but I haven't had to restart any fights except if I lost a character I loved.  I am also a person who quit the first FE game for the GBA becuase I found it too hard.  

Right now any one of my horsey guys  biggrin can pretty much take on a map without any help, Ross is a pirate who can mop the deck with everyone and anyone, and most of the rest can hold their own.


However,  I am sure that this game will be driving me nuts soon, I just wonder how soon.  So when does it get really hard?
2733  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So depressed..... on: October 06, 2005, 08:42:32 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"

That's really weird. I'd suggest you go visit your Xbox's Dashboard and see if there's any saves left on your HD at all.

I haven't heard of this issue before though. Normally if the HD goes, it just goes. It won't let you resave or recreate any saves.



That is what I thought but the only option is that my wife somehow deleted the saved games and well...she can barely turn on the TV.  She still hasn't figured out to hit the small button to turn on the Xbox and the big button to open the tray...so unless she blindly blundered on it I don't think she could have done it.
2734  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So depressed..... on: October 06, 2005, 06:41:37 PM
It is the cats....those b#@%ards......they are annoyed becuae I don't clean the litter box enough.

It could be the first sign of a failing HD which would suck.  I did buy the Xbox used though so I have gotten pretty lucky with it.
2735  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS - Does any game need the dual screen? on: October 06, 2005, 05:18:21 PM
Now with those games would you say it significantly changed the gameplay such that the game could't be pulled off without the second screen or is it just neat and maybe helpful?

It seems to me that all the game so far could be pulled off without the second screen but it is a gimick to use it.
2736  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So depressed..... on: October 06, 2005, 05:16:15 PM
Last night I start up my Xbox to play some Ninja Gaiden.  I am actually enjoying the game a lot now that I can be a wimp a.k.a. Ninja Dog.  The difficulty is about right for me.  

Anyway when the game starts I only have choices for New Game or Options....no Load Game!  This is pretty annoying because I had just got to the monestary basement.  However since the slicing and dicing has been fun I am not too hurt.

Then a chill gripped me as I wondered if this was the only game with missing saved data.

I then booted up Indigo Prophecy and to my horror it was trashed as well.   Now this is just a huge blow becuase I had put probably 5-10 hours into the game!  I was pretty far and some of the action sequences were annoyingly hard.

I quickly booted to the dashboard to check and sure enough all my saved games were gone.  Mercenaries, Pyschonoughts, SSX, X-men, Buffy, Full Spectrum Warrior, etc. etc.  Now sure most of those games were rented but I liked having the saved games in case I ever wanted to go back to finish them!


What doesn't make sense is that the HD appears fine.  I can make new saves and start them, and everything else seems ok.  Now I would be upset if the HD was totally trashed but I could understand it.  It would make sense.  Having only one part of the HD errased makes no sense.


Mostly though I am just depressed.  I feel overwhelmed by the prospect of working my way back through Indigo Prophecy.  You can't really skip conversations and while the story is good I have a lot of stuff to redo!  Damm this is depressing.
2737  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DS - Does any game need the dual screen? on: October 06, 2005, 04:45:43 PM
I am still waiting for a game which really needs the dual screen.  A few games have come out which really take advantage of the touch screen - games like Kirby, Ouendan, etc. but nothing has really used the second screen in a meaningful way.

The new Castlevania uses it for a map, and that actually seems to be about the most common use.  Well that is fine, but hardly necessary.  


I was hoping that the unique things about the DS would bring out some unique game development and I guess half of it has with the touch screen use but from what I see they should have made that screen bigger and dumped the second screen altogether.
2738  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bioware 2005-10-04 on: October 04, 2005, 06:41:34 PM
From the screen shots...it is a 3rd person shooter where you can never actually see what your character is aiming at but he looks cool?

Maybe it will become more interesting as time goes on.
2739  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioware 2005-10-04 on: October 03, 2005, 01:37:01 PM
Quote from: "EddieA"
On Bioware's home page, there's a little flashing sign reading "2005-10-04".  Presumably, they will be announcing something then.  Hopefully, it will be their unannounced console title, but given the lameness of these recent countdown events, it will probably be another NWN module.


It will be Jade Empire for the PC!  That is my guess.
2740  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ubisoft officially jumps the shark on: September 29, 2005, 08:10:58 PM
Dancing games are quite popular.  I can't tell enough about this game to know if it is like Digital Dance Revolution or not but that type of game is popular.

One of my co-workers son is in a DDR "club" at Notre Dame!  I have seen web sites dedicated to how DDR helped people lose weight.  It is freaky how popular this is.

Seems like a good idea to jump on the bandwagon really.
2741  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lost in Blue on: September 28, 2005, 08:59:33 PM
The 1up.com review is very cute and entertaining.  And he seems to hate the game.
2742  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] 1.50 Downgrader now available! on: September 28, 2005, 05:45:04 PM
Quote from: "Destructor"
Quote from: "farley2k"
I am excited about this.  I have been dreading the next new game I buy for the PSP becuase I would lose Sam & Max....now I don't have to!

The best part? There are other 'programs' out there that trick your UMD games into thinking that you have a 2.0 PSP. Thus, as long as the game in question doesn't use any of the 2.0 advanced functions (which might happen eventually), you won't have to worry about ever upgrading.



That would be great!  Do they have a browser though?  That is the real functionality of 2.0 that I was interested in.
2743  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gaming Hours Per Week? on: September 28, 2005, 02:33:56 PM
I pretty much have the same amount of game time as you.  

Sometimes it feels like fighting to get any time to play.  Last night I really wanted to play some Indigo Prophecy but after making supper, walking the dog, picking up the house, and paying bills I just didn't have the energy.

Tonight is trash/recycling so that will mean cleaning the litter boxes, taking out trash, sorting the recycling and putting it out, and then maybe (fingers crossed) an hour or so for gaming.


My totally unscientific guess is that people who have a lot more time don't have a house (so no lawn maintance), don't have kids, or are in school.  I had a lot more time before I owned a house and when I was in school.  I shudder to think how much my time will be cut back if/when I have kids.
2744  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I would like to be able to afford a 4 billion dollar loss on: September 28, 2005, 02:29:41 PM
Quote from: "Calvin"
Quote from: "Dimmona"
4 years, billions of dollars of losses, and people are still playing the "oh it's all part of MS' plan to gain market/mind share, they'll make it all back someday, ITS AMAZING HOW FAR THEY'VE COME ALREADY" card.

You guys crack me up.


 :roll: I know you understand basic business expansion principles, so please don't throw that stuff out there. 4 years is nothing in a business expansion cycle-it is far far too early to tell what the result will be. And yes, to Microsoft 4 billion is not prohibitive losses-whats that? Nintendo made a few million last year!! Yay!! Cookies for all!




The only thing that makes me roll my eyes is that everytime a lose is reported for any other company it is heralded as doom and gloom whereas MS is so good at spin it becomes good for them to lose money!

I understand it takes money to make money...so does Sony but people don't have a hard time seeing terrible things for them when they report losses.
2745  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] 1.50 Downgrader now available! on: September 28, 2005, 02:25:10 PM
I am excited about this.  I have been dreading the next new game I buy for the PSP becuase I would lose Sam & Max....now I don't have to!
2746  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lunar: Dragon Song on: September 28, 2005, 01:05:28 PM
I am still interested but I have to say that the reviews are not inspiring.  

I will probably get it but not until I have finished some other games.
2747  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which one? on: September 27, 2005, 02:56:50 PM
Quote from: "ras752000"
Well, I got the greenlight again . . . with a little disposable income.  I've been enjoying all of your reviews and feedback on these games, but I was wondering if you could weigh-in and help me decide which one I should get out of the below.
1. Madden 06 PSP
2. Advance Wars DS
3. MLB PSP
4. Wipeout Fusion PSP
5. . . . or wait next week for Castlevania DS.
???


Doesn't a lot of this depend on your tatstes?  I mean just on scores from reviews they are all about the same so they are all good games so more information would be needed.
2748  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP 2.0 firmware finally cracked... on: September 27, 2005, 01:07:05 PM
It seems great until reading about it.  I supose it is the first step but until it can play Sam & Max I will stay at 1.50
2749  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (9/26) on: September 26, 2005, 07:51:24 PM
Lost in Blue and Lunar for the DS - after I see reviews.  I am really excited about LIB becuase it seems to make some interesting use of the touch screen and the two screens but it could be terrible.  The risk is so much higher with inovation.
2750  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] Hot Shots Golf - annoying but I can't stop playing! on: September 26, 2005, 05:16:05 PM
Quote from: "rrmorton"
Wow, impatience is not a virtue. It's golf. I really like the pacing of unlockables in PSP HSG. I've stuck with the first character the whole time and I've got my rank up to HSG King and about 95% item completion. After that, I'll move on to the next character and start all over. Fun shit!


Your crazy! smile

I wouldn't mind if it was more like Mario Golf for the GBA - where you played one character and the courses unlocked as you won tournaments.  

It just is annoying to play the first 2 courses 20 or so times to get another course unlocked.  

At least it is to me, others may be crazy...I mean find that fun.  :roll:
2751  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best time to enter "everytenminutes" points? on: September 26, 2005, 03:55:57 PM
Yeah the whole 4 AM thing doesn't help much but I figure that at least there wouldn't be people awake (well many anyway) so it would only be us freaks who were worried about odds who put them in for some weird time like 4:10 AM.  


I am still trying to figure out the odss for different numbers of caps.  I am thinking puttting in more is better.
2752  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best time to enter "everytenminutes" points? on: September 26, 2005, 03:25:13 PM
I looked in the recycling bin at work today and found 5 caps for points in the everytenminutes.com Xbox 360 give away and I was wondering when the best time to use them was.

Part of me thinks I should go for something like 4AM when no one will really be awake, but I figure lots of people will think that....but any close times have thousands of people already entered so the odds seem to suck.


And then there is the question of how to distribute the points.  Should I put all 5 in one drawing?  Or in 5 different ones?  Any folks good at stats who could say which one is statistically better?



Since I loath Mt. Dew (and most Pepsi products) this may be my only chance so I want to make the most of it!


Thanks,
2753  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / [PSP] Hot Shots Golf - up for trade on: September 26, 2005, 02:56:09 PM
I am tired of this game so I am ready to trade it.  Any offers will be considered.

I have a PS2, Xbox, Cube, NDS, PC, and PSP (yeah I am a bit of a game console whore) so pretty much anything is possible.  

Thanks,
2754  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] Hot Shots Golf - annoying but I can't stop playing! on: September 26, 2005, 02:54:01 PM
I really dislike the way they unlock stuff in this game.  Well two parts anyway - characters and courses.

You spend tons of time with the first two characters before you even see another possiblity which means that the character is pretty upgraded and loyal, etc.  Naturally at that point you really don't want to swap so in fact by making it take so long to get new characters I find that don't want to change.

Courses are even worse.  I have played the first two so much I want to puke.  I hate them by now.  Why not have all the courses available after 1 win in a tournament on the previous course?  


Even with that I do love the mechanics of the game and the gameplay.  So I downloaded a saved game with all courses and characters unlocked but then everything is unlocked so it is just a bunch of open tournaments....which is dull.

So I am bored one way or bored the other....I love the game, really I do but I think it is time to trade it off.
2755  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? on: September 21, 2005, 08:50:35 PM
Quote from: "Zarkon"
Forum talk is that the Xbox version is better.  I don't know which version I'm getting yet either.


I believe you are talking about Indigo Prophecy since that is the post right before yours...if not ignore this.

Where were you hearing that?  I would love to hear some comparisons.  My PC should be able to make it look prettier (higher resolution) but I love sitting on the couch playing games on the bigger screen.  So if the Xbox version is actually better I will definitly be picking that one up.
2756  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? on: September 20, 2005, 06:24:18 PM
Quote from: "Calvin"
Quote from: "TheMissingLink"
Quote from: "Dimmona"
I haven't been following Ninja Gaiden:Black that closely - is it just NG + the hurrcane packs + an easy mode?  Or did they add more to it than that?


It actually tempts me now that there's a n00b difficulty level biggrin


Ditto smile



I am tempted as well.  I am worried however that the "easy" mode for a game which was very, very difficult will just be difficult....which will still spank me all over.
2757  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? on: September 19, 2005, 07:04:28 PM
I may pick up Indigo Prophecy but I can't decide what to get it on since I have an Xbox, PS2, and PC.  

Has anyone heard anything about load times?  I prefer the Xbox if it loads fast but the PC may win out if the game loads slow on the consoles.
2758  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just saw the TeamXbox ingame movies of Gears of War... on: September 19, 2005, 03:39:52 PM
Quote from: "Scott"
I hope the XBox 360 and PS3 offer some new experiences, but so far its just prettier graphics.  Maybe with more power we'll see some new stuff down the road.



I doubt we will.  Look at games you fine inovative with new experiences - are they ever the resource hogs?  Usually they are not that graphically intense or needing that much horsepower.

The best examples I can think of are PC games but stuff like Darwinia, Mount and Blade, or Katamari Damacy for the PS2.  They are not held back because of power.
2759  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Liberty City Stories = Slaps on the face for Jack Thompson on: September 16, 2005, 04:20:59 PM
Quote from: "Darren8r"
Awesome. I want a psp now.

And I hope "JT" doesnt get his underwear in a knot.


Apparently he is rather annoyed
2760  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] Field Commander - announced on: September 16, 2005, 02:49:29 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"



Well CG seems to think Release Date: 02/28/06


So not soon but not as far away as say Suikoden 1 and 2 in english.
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