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2921  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GTA Series - Why am I avoiding these games?? on: March 08, 2006, 05:44:02 PM
No.  I think they are good games but they are overrated really.  Sometimes the mechanics are not great - say cops forgetting you, or remembering you when they shouldn't.

The graphics are ok but not cutting edge so don't play them for that.

The main excitement is that the game is very open.  You can do a lot of stuff and go about anywhere.  That freedom is impressive.  Still that is the main attraction so if that doesn't interest you I would skip them.
2922  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams this week! on: March 08, 2006, 02:06:52 AM
My copy should be in tomorrow.  I will post impressions after I have gotten a bit of time with the game.
2923  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Doom Movie on: March 07, 2006, 07:47:10 PM
I am about half way through it and I have to say it is better then I expected.  Maybe it is because I watched Alien Vs. Predator over the weekend but Doom is looking good.

First off I actually know the names of the characters!  There were characters in AvP who died without the audience ever knowing their names!  At least I know who dies in Doom.

The costumes are good, the sets are good, and while the story isn't great it is Doom so I wasn't expecting a story.  

Perhaps by the end I will feel differently but as of right now it is a good video game adaptation.
2924  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gothic 3 for the 360? on: March 07, 2006, 07:30:55 PM
Quote from: "Calvin"

Yeah, but after two games and expansions with the same SHITTY ASS CONTROL scheme I have doubts they will actually do it properly smile I actually saw the GOthic 2 gold pack in a store yesterday for 20 buckeroos and almost bought it, but the terrible control memories made me stop. Is there any reason to try Warning?

I am suprised by that complaint.  Not becuase the controls were good but becuase you can change them.  I never encountered the control scheme becuase I heard it was terrible so I changed it before I even started the game.
2925  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams this week! on: March 07, 2006, 05:22:19 PM
Yea!!!  I love the Onimusha games.  I am very excited about this one and it has been getting really good reviews - 8.8 from IGN, 4.5 stars from Gamespy, 8.0 from Gamespot

I am very excited.  It has been just a kick butt time for the PS2 lately.
2926  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] First Official Oblivion Review! on: March 02, 2006, 02:28:24 AM
And another thing (I think I am feeling bitchy smile)

Does anyone seriously expect anything but great reviews for this game?  How many huge, titles are given terrible reviews (even if the game is just average)

In some ways the bigger the release the less usefull reviews are.  They simply can't criticise the game.
2927  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] First Official Oblivion Review! on: March 02, 2006, 02:24:16 AM
I know this is common practice but I don't like reviewing games before they are finished.

Anyone who has been on-line for awhile has seen glowing reviews of games only to find that the reviewer didn't have the finished game, didn't finish the game, etc.

I remember that hardly any of the reviews of KoToR2 mentioned how the end  of the game was missing tons of content, and basically an ending since they didn't have the finished game.  As a gamer I felt very screwed by that.

I am not saying this review is the same but I think it is a diservice to gamers to review the unfinished game.
2928  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DQ8: Specialization question on: February 27, 2006, 08:54:29 PM
Quote from: "kathode"

So just wondering if it's not just better to go with everything instead of trying to concentrate on one weapon type.  Or should I just grab weapons as they come available and then start pouring on the skill points?

It has been said but I will say it again - specialize.  You get skills based on number of points in a certain weapon so the more you specialize the more powerful you will be.

Each weapon has a special attack unlocked at 100 points but you only get around 250-300 points (depending on how much you level) so you can either have three weapons with their best attack or none if you spread them all around.  

Plus the fact is certain weapons are better.  For example you will never find a scythe as good as the best ax.  There just isn't one.  So it would be kinda silly to raise Yangus's scythe skill to much becuase in the end you will be using an ax.   All of the characters have that to some degree.

Of course nothing will really prevent you from finishing the game it will just be easier if you specialize.
2929  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Play Xvid, Divx, etc. on your XBOX 360 on: February 27, 2006, 04:54:02 PM
Saw this article about a program called Transcode 360 which should allow playing of several different formats of media on the 360.  Here is the home page of the software.

I don't have a 360 but I use my modded Xbox to watch a lot of TV so it makes me happy to see that the 360 will eventually be able to take the role over.
2930  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Spidey's got a new costume... [Spoiler] on: February 27, 2006, 04:26:22 PM
Quote from: "Dafones"
Guess I'm not the only one. Some fan came up with a photoshopped version of the black suit picture Sony released that's closer to what was in the comics.

It's not perfect - 'cause it's not a perfect photoshop job - but just seeing the white logo, crude as it is, seems "right" to me. I hope there's a little more work on that suit.

That looks so much better!  I actually like that whereas the other one just looks stupid.
2931  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Disgaea 2 & Suikoden V - A few thoughts on: February 27, 2006, 01:52:58 PM
I want a less complicated version of Disgea not more.  The first game was already so complicated that I never finished it adding more stuff won't help.

What would be perfect is this game trimmed down and made to run on a handheld.  That would be great.

As it is, I will skip D2 like all their games becuase I just don't have time.
2932  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / grandia/legendia impressions? on: February 22, 2006, 01:57:37 PM
I don't think the story is very strong.  From Penny-Arcade

Every moment of the game where you are not directly involved in combat is torture. Things begin in a way that is heartwarming but not unctuous, with a party of somewhat novel construction and a mystery gently provided. The execution from there on out proceeds much like a actual execution, with the eventual death of the human brain.
2933  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Fight Night 3 impressions on: February 21, 2006, 03:28:28 PM
From the IGN review

All of that aside, the computer AI is what keeps the single-player experience from being fun. There's always the challenge of beating the game, but the computer is so easy to beat, even on hard, that there's no real motivation to play a second career mode except to try a different weight class. Once, our boxer just stood there and didn't throw one punch the whole round, and the computer opponent landed about seven jabs and a hook and missed about 30 punches and caused no significant damage. That's just silly. Speaking of silly, it was no great challenge to knockout heavyweight Muhammad Ali in the fifth round, on hard, with featherweight Manny Pacquiao, even though the Filipino stallion is less than half the size of Ali. Next year we really hope to see the AI and difficulty settings improved.

I play SP most of the time so this pretty much says no play for me.
2934  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Intercooler on: February 21, 2006, 02:50:19 PM
See now if the 360 would have been made by Nintendo there would already be talk about how they will have a new version (with my colors) which has a better fan in it.
2935  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What is the big deal about Mother 3? on: February 17, 2006, 09:47:08 PM
Hereare screenshots.  Look at them.... this is an ugly, ugly game.

So what is the appeal?  None of the previews talk about why I should be interested they just go on about how hard a time the game has had long history...(but apparently no graphics update)

Has anyone played the first 2 games and have some insight into why this game is even being mentioned?
2936  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I guess we now Black is has been leaked on: February 17, 2006, 04:57:53 PM
story here

I know it is bad of me but I find it funny when stuff like this happens.
2937  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Lara Croft Announced? on: February 17, 2006, 02:46:46 PM
Here are about 18 pictures of her doing her tomb raider poses.  

I like her! She fits the role for me.
2938  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 to launch in September? Plus PS3 online info. on: February 16, 2006, 08:46:10 PM
Quote from: "Purge"

4) PS3 Online strategy : Follow the leader, and claim yours is better.

Isn't that pretty much the strategy of every company who creates something after someone else does?

Hell wasn't the Colgate toothpaste strategy to follow the leader (Crest) and claim theirs was better?

Who doesn't do that?  

The question is whether it will be better but that remains to be seen.  

As for the whole "Sony hasn't done it in the past" well MS hadn't created a console in the past but people seem to like what they did with the Xbox.  So it does seem possible for companies to branch into new areas. smile
2939  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Movie studios scaling back UMD movies on: February 16, 2006, 07:57:35 PM
Quote from: "Sarkus"
In defense of Andrew, I've also seen that 10 million number for the PSP.  I believe they announced that last November or so.  In the US, the NPD numbers indicated only a small DS lead during the holidays - rather suprising when you consider the DS bundles and the large price difference.

I guess I don't consider it to be that suprising.  When you look at *all* the Nintendo handhelds the numbers are much different, but people for some reason only focus on the DS.  

The PSP isn't only in competition with the DS.  It also is competing with the GBA SP, GBA SP (with better light!), and the GBA micro.   I don't know if Nintendo's strategy of having a new/redesigned handheld every ten minutes is right or not but in order to compare the two companies equally you have to take all the N's handhelds into account.
2940  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Movie studios scaling back UMD movies on: February 16, 2006, 06:33:30 PM
Quote from: "Andrew Mallon"
Those numbers are way off. Sony has sold-through at least 10 million units worldwide and shipped around 15 million. DS has sold through 2-3 million more worldwide than the PSP.

Link?  Not that I believe Variety is infallible but I like facts.
2941  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Outfit Trailer/Demo News on: February 16, 2006, 06:31:06 PM
I was a little disappointed.  It looks to be pretty much like Mercenaries in WW2.  Not much inovation just better graphics.  Is that all the "next gen" will be offering?
2942  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 to launch in September? Plus PS3 online info. on: February 16, 2006, 06:28:19 PM
Quote from: "Misguided"
Quote from: "warning"

Well Kevin Grey a few posts up makes a pretty good point - how much did we know about the 360 7 months before launch?

I may well by mistaken on this, but I think we knew the price and release date. Anybody remember if that's true or not?

I would say not.  

Via Shacknews I found that it was only on March 9th that MS even offically announced the 360, so I cannot imagine that anything hard was nailed down by April (7 months before launch)
2943  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Opera Web Browser add-on for DS announced (and W11 WIFI!) on: February 16, 2006, 03:13:13 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
Which would be a big deal if they'd get out even a handful of games that were better than "really good".

Can I start doing this again?
The worse graphics on the DS would be a non-issue if they'd get out even a handful of games that were better than "really good".

There are great games for the PSP if you like them. biggrin

Of course there are.  

Great games exist for every system if you like the games on the system.

It is kinda a paradox.
2944  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Movie studios scaling back UMD movies on: February 16, 2006, 03:10:51 PM
Apprently they don't actually sell as well as hoped.

When a system has a lack of great games and now a lack of support for its other main feature I wonder if it will be around in a few years?
2945  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Lara Croft Announced? on: February 16, 2006, 03:08:43 PM
I think she is very, very beautiful.  

Yeah anyone that calls her fat is obviously a freak.
2946  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ridiculous Black Metal Pictures - very funny on: February 16, 2006, 01:55:36 PM
I have no idea who any of those bands are...and that makes me happy.
2947  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Lara Croft Announced? on: February 15, 2006, 05:45:24 PM
The pic at worthplaying is better
2948  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Selling my Xbox for a PS2 name me some must haves! on: February 14, 2006, 02:54:58 PM
Quote from: "Qbe"
Quote from: "Poomba"
Dragon Quest 8 is the system seller for me, I'm grabbing that one right away.

What about this Lego Star Wars game I keep hearing about, sounds like it's getting a lot of praise.

Dragon Quest VIII is the PS2's best game.  It should be your first purchase.  Period.

Lego Star Wars is a lot of fun.  I haven't seen any of the newer Star Wars movies, nor do I care to, nor have my sons, but we all have a great time with the game and my boys love the fact that they can play it together.

 And I happen to have DQ8 for sale so you can even get it cheaper than new!
2949  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / I can't take it anymore on: February 13, 2006, 08:33:18 PM
I think each has their strengths and weaknesses.  
For example

I don't think OO would have a 4 page thread about Dragon Quest 8.  But I also don't think GT would have a 10 page thread about Gothic 2.  

Each place is different enough I think to compliment each other without drawing down.

What I find really interesting is how the responses and tone of a thread can be vastly different between the two sites even if the starting material is the same.
2950  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 sucks. You know it is true. on: February 13, 2006, 07:10:15 PM
Quote from: "Starshifter"
Quote from: "warning"
Sucks to be the only one right.   :wink:

BOOOOO!!!! biggrin

Now go back to playing that uninteresting, drag-on forever, annoying character, billion random encounter, graphically blah, zero tension game they call DQVIII. :wink:

Whoa!  DQ8 is a beautiful, incredible, wonderful, nearly perfect game.  Don't be bashing DQ8 just to make yourself feel better that Leon can't walk and chew gum (or shoot)
2951  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 sucks. You know it is true. on: February 13, 2006, 06:16:18 PM
Quote from: "warning"

Yeah I realize I'm in a minority on this one.  Sucks to be the only one right.   :wink:

I say that so often at work it should be my email sig.


I just hope they take my advice and really ramp up the tension for Resident Evil 5: Your character's shoes are tied together and one arm is duct taped to your back.  Your only weapons are a Bic lighter and a toothbrush.

Think of the tension!   Tongue

Is it one of those child safty Bics?  I can never light those things...that would be tension!
2952  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 sucks. You know it is true. on: February 13, 2006, 05:36:13 PM
Quote from: "Starshifter"

Here's hoping the developers don't listen to apparently the vocal minority and keep the same controls for RE5.


Judging from the number of awards it got last year, the very strong sales, the ports to the PS2 and the PC I would guess that Capcom will stick with the formula.
2953  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 sucks. You know it is true. on: February 13, 2006, 04:39:14 PM
Their are two changes that I think seal the deal for me.

1. no ribbons.  Yeah it is still a save point system but I can save as much as I want.  The other RE games really, really pissed me off with limited saves.

2. restarting at the nearest load when you die.  If you die you don't have to redo tons of stuff you are usually right near where you bought it and you know what is coming.  Thus I have never had to go through a section more than 2 times.
2954  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 sucks. You know it is true. on: February 13, 2006, 04:35:57 PM
Quote from: "warning"

(not directed specifically at farley) Okay basically here's my beef with RE4.  Remember the old RE games?  Remember how they controlled.  Now RE4 is different.  They changed the control scheme right?  Why did they do that?

Seriously why did they do that?  Presumably to make the game more fun.  Presumably to fend off complaints from players that they felt like they were steering a boat instead of moving a character.  Okay - sounds good to me.  Except that they changed the previously clunky control scheme to a control scheme that is still clunky, only less so.  Why not go all the way and give us a control scheme that allows for more options, more strategizing, more freedom of movement and find other ways to make the game scary?  Why the half-assed job of "improving" the controls?

Maybe I'm not jaded enough but I believe that developers can make a game more tense without giving you inflexible controls.

Why not go even further?  Wouldn't it be more tense if my character had his shoelaces tied together and one arm pinned behind his back?  Except we would think the developer was on drugs if they tried to foist that sort of artificial crap on us.  Yet we accept being unable to walk and shoot a gun at the same time?  Not getting it.

I agree with you, really I do but I have found after 4-5 hours with the game that I don't care.  I have figured out how to work with the control scheme and am really enjoying the game.
2955  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 hacked! on: February 13, 2006, 03:56:00 PM
Quote from: "Calvin"

Huh, its really cool what people do when they just randomly decide to hack stuff. Neat.

Yes it is cool.  I am always amazed at people who can figure this stuff out.  I certainly appreciate their efforts.
2956  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 360 hacked! on: February 13, 2006, 03:40:23 PM
Here is the link

Here is the information about what this means.

With read and write support to the Xbox 360 harddisk and memcard it means you'll be able to share gamesaves over the internet, has a gamesaves database and upload script waiting to be used :-)
You can connect your Xbox 360 HD on your PC via an SATA controller, the memorycard can be connected via USB (see how here or here).
The Xbox360 saves are usually in /content/<profileID>/<titleID>/ of partition3 on your Xbox 360 HD. Xbox 360 gamesaves can be transfered to another Xbox 360 console and profile, but all 'LIVE achievements' will be disabled of course (achievements are linked to the LIVE profile). A dumbed down version of xplorer360 made specially for gamesaves manipulation will be released soon which should make it easier for beginners to find their gamesaves.

Also interesting - this tool will allow you to move over your old Xbox 1 gamesaves to your Xbox 360 (they will probably have to go somewhere in /partition3/H2/TDATA and /partition3/H2/UDATA), something that was impossible up to now.

The part I find neat, cool, great is that you can move your Xbox 1 saved games over!  I like the 360 a lot more now.
2957  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 4 sucks. You know it is true. on: February 13, 2006, 01:49:53 PM
Quote from: "warning"
Maybe they are a staple but why should they be?  I thought this game was supposed to "be different" from the previous RE games.  And I don't buy the argument that having better controls would make the game too easy.  There are plenty of FPS games that are quite difficult.  You make the enemies tougher or make more of them or give them laser beams coming out of their eyes or something.  Having poor/clumsy controls as a way to artificially ramp up the difficulty is just silly.

It seems then that your problem is with all survival horror games not RE4.  RE4 is actually quite good for the genre.  Comparing it to FPS is a disservice to the game because that isn't what it is.

Have you ever played Fatal Frame?  That game has clunky controls!  Trying to take a photo of a ghost while pisssing yourself is really hard!


I know they add to the tension but I'd rather have the tension increased by the atmosphere, the monsters, the plot.

System Shock 2 is a great example.  I can't think of a more tense, scary experience than playing through SS2.  Yet the controls were never a problem for me.  If they'd purposefully left out strafing or moving while shooting I'd have been righteously pissed because that would be an artificial way of increasing the challenge.

Design a game that's good enough and scary enough in its own right.  You don't have to hamstring the player with clunky controls.

Yes, SS2 is a great example!  Remember the stupid, shitty weapons degrading?  Remember all the bitching about that artificial way of increasing the tension?  No?  Probably because I believe they removed it in on of the patches and I know there was a fan based mod that removed it.

So, even your great example used artificial ways of increasing the tension.  Perhaps overtime the memory has faded of that cheesy bit in the game.  I think RE4 is that way too, the good parts will overwhelm the bad and they will become something you don't think about.
2958  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 4 sucks. You know it is true. on: February 13, 2006, 12:31:53 AM
This game reminds me a lot of Metroid Prime.  It doesn't feel like the control you expect or want but somehow it works for the type of game it is.  

I was very, very fustrated by the controls...and I am still don't love them but I can now clear out rooms of French hicks with a few blasts and I am even able to get in a few head shots.  

What I like about the game is that

1. there are no more ribbons for the saved points.  So while it is annoying it is no different that most console games.   Ninja Gaiden - save points, Dragon Quest 9 - save points, Devil May Cry 3 - save points.  The list of games with save points is far longer than the ones that save anywhere.  

2. monsters don't seem to respawn.  Which means if I am really wanting to save I can run back to my last save and not worry about having to fight through more monsters.  I find that very refreshing.

3. Lots of bullets.   I have been able to kill every bad guy so far and I still have ammo.  In other RE games I always had rooms I need to just sprint through to save ammo.  I hate that.  I want dead zombies.  I don't want to run around the slow moving freaks.

The thing is more of your complaints are competely spot on correct.  They are ways the game is harder than it has to be.  However I think they were all intentional and add to the tension in the game.  

I am also a gaming wimp and I have been able to keep going without much fustration.  In fact I expect to restart at least twice when facing the first big boss and I managed to beat the fish on the first try.  I was shocked.

Keep going, I have found the control scheme more and more comfortable (if never really great)
2959  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS/FT: Dragon Quest 8, and MP (sold) on: February 12, 2006, 02:48:54 AM
It is a bit misleading I guess becuase I can't think of anything I want in trade but I am happy to sell for reasonable prices.

PM me if interested and we can talk!
2960  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF7 Advent Children voice actors, details on: February 10, 2006, 05:28:09 PM
I wonder if the story will make sense.  I watched the subtitled version which floated around the net a few months ago and I was just silly.  

sure looked pretty though.
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