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3161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sudeki is Gold on: July 21, 2004, 04:21:29 PM
I admit I only read the IGN review but it seems like the demo was actually a good indication of what the game is like.  Combat great and fun but not much story or other stuff.

Oh well I will probably pick it up or rent it just becuase I am an RPG junkie.
3162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Spiderman 2 - What good are all the combos? on: July 08, 2004, 03:51:12 PM
I love the game, really but I have to say I hope they work on the combat in the next game (and I really hope they make another game with this engine becuase it is very good)

I have bought every possible upgrade but combat is still a button mash.  I Maybe I am doing it wrong but I have never gotten a combo pulled off by choice.  I get one I try that button combo until I am almost dead and then give up and button mash.

That and how in the hell do all these criminals get so quick?  It is about impossible to hit those guys with webbing after you get close.  They can dodge a ton of times!  Come on!  Are they all superheroes too?
3163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Preview Discussion: Spider-Man 2 on: June 25, 2004, 03:00:22 PM
Anyone catch the "making the game" show on MTV about Spiderman 2.  Lots of good interviews with the development team, tha actors, and even Stan Lee.  

It also showed lots of game footage.  I am very excited about the game now.  Only a few more days!
3164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Preview Discussion: Spider-Man 2 on: June 21, 2004, 07:57:58 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
The PC version is different than the console versions, simple as that.  Activision confirmed that the PC version is for younger aged people than the console version.  So, basically, the only way you'll get the GTA3 like gameplay is if you get it on the consoles.

LOL!  So GTA3 like gameplay is for the younger aged  

It is nice to have a clear choice though.  Not much chance of my getting the PC version.
3165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Preview Discussion: Spider-Man 2 on: June 21, 2004, 06:17:52 PM
Does anyone know what the deal is with the console version vs. the PC version?  A demo was released for the PC which sounds completly unlike what is described in the console preview.  I also seem to remember that two different companies are making the different versions.  So what is going on?

Now as to the specifics of the preview - how is the main story?  Does it just basically re-do the movie?
3166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tales Of Symphonia GOLD! on: June 21, 2004, 06:04:20 PM
At least according to Gamershell

I am sitll on the fence about the game since it is more of an action RPG, and I would have to dig out the Cube, dust it off and plug it in to play but I do like those Japaness RPGs.

Is anyone planning on rushing out to get it?
3167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Review Discussion: Full Spectrum Warrior on: June 18, 2004, 08:35:53 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Well, the camera issues will subside a bit by the time you reach about mission 4., so you should be out of the woods soon.

Yeah, but I bet the missions get harder.  So it is out of the woods and into the fire.
3168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Review Discussion: Full Spectrum Warrior on: June 18, 2004, 05:24:21 PM
And about the review - I would have given something slightly lower on the camera.  I find that sometimes when I am say 3 quarters of the way along a wall it is really hard to get  a good angle to see how far to move the team so my leader looks around the wall.  Perhaps not a big deal but sometimes it is annoying.

I also am almost sick (and I am only on the 2nd mission!) of the "yo, Bravo!" comments that the guy makes - every time!  Why can't he make comments once out of every 3 times or something.

My wife was sitting in the same room reading and had to leave.  She said "I am sure that while playing you don't notice the repetition but it is really annoying."
3169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Review Discussion: Full Spectrum Warrior on: June 18, 2004, 05:05:38 PM
It is a lot of work but I must admit it is one of the main things I end up searching the net for so I bet it will be popular.
3170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Review Discussion: Full Spectrum Warrior on: June 18, 2004, 02:35:03 PM
Maybe you need a cheat section for games that have these hidden goodies.
3171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hilarious PA Strip Today (Zelda: Four Swords) on: June 17, 2004, 06:04:51 PM
Quote from: "Laner"
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
The one time I laughed was when the GBA first came out and Tyco (I think) was sitting there playing with it and each panel had more and more light in it. That one was spot-on.

It's usually the sublte "secondary" joke that makes for the good strips... the main plot (as it were) is rarely worthwhile.

Such as this one...

The dialogue isn't the funny part - it's the fact that those huge things are supposed to be the Xbox controllers.

I found the dialogue pretty darn funny in that one!  Perhaps because I did find the alien spaceship levels to be rather repeditive...
3172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS2] HDLoader - play PS2 games from hard drive on: June 16, 2004, 08:36:37 PM
Ok so it does appear a lot better and easier to use than I thought.
3173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN reports XBox 2 to debut Nov. 2005 on: June 16, 2004, 06:13:48 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"

Ask Sony. People are still buying PS2's and it's nowhere close to the XBox in terms of horsepower under the hood. The games are always the thing, and there are never any good ones until the console's been out a year, IMO.

I love my PS2 but I do think it was a special case.  I think when it came out there wasn't any other choice really.  They also started way, way ahead of the other companies.  

Now that the market is tighter and real competion exists I think we won't see another situation where a console sells so strongly based on name recognition alone.
3174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN reports XBox 2 to debut Nov. 2005 on: June 16, 2004, 06:11:59 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
But I really have trouble with them shortening the life expectancy of the consoles just to get a chance at the number 1 slot. That pisses me off royally.

I think the life expectancy of consoles has to drop with more competition.  I mean, it just isn't MS doing it - it is an unavoidable product of having 3 big consoles.  Sales are tougher to get so the need for improvement and new stuff gets more important.  The shelf life goes down.
3175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS2] HDLoader - play PS2 games from hard drive on: June 16, 2004, 06:08:02 PM
One thing it did mention was that you needed the PS2 HD and broad band adapter.

I bet you could put a bigger HD in but I think you would have to buy their HD kit (currently only sold with FF11 far as I know) to get the special connectors to the PS2.

So the initial outlay is more that just for their fairly reasonable software...more like $100 plus their software.
3176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / IGN reports XBox 2 to debut Nov. 2005 on: June 16, 2004, 06:04:18 PM
It does give them quite a leap on the other next generation systems.  

I wonder if it would be a good idea though since that would virtually guarantee that Sony could put out a more powerful machine.  One of the big selling points of the Xbox is that it is the most powerful console...without that jewel in their crown will customers flock to it?
3177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Soooo... are we getting a cel-shaded "Wind Waker 2" on: June 14, 2004, 07:22:11 PM
Moved to Road to Gold since ....well it isn't out yet....
3178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What current consoles do you own? on: June 14, 2004, 02:19:55 PM
wow we are sad!  I figured I would be one of the only ones with all the systems but apparently we all have too much money to spend and can't stand not being able to play all the games!

3179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [GBA] Ultimate Card Games - WOW on: June 03, 2004, 07:23:05 PM
After calling all around I finally found it at Gamestop - the last choice for gaming (maybe that should be there slogan!)  

I think I was mostly lucky though.  I imagine most people will have to order it.

What makes no sense about that is the kid at the store said "we just can't seem to keep these in stock!"  Now I am no marketing guy, but it seems to be that if a game consitently sells out then it would be smart to order more copies of that.  Now maybe that is just stupid - trying to supply what there is a demand for.  

Oh well I am in gaming heaven.
3180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [GBA] Ultimate Card Games - WOW on: June 03, 2004, 01:23:26 PM
I think I may have found the perfect game.  Last night I picked up Ultimate Card Games and I have to say it is incredible.

First they have a ton of games.  Spades, Hearts, Cribbage, Canasta, Eucre, 15 types of solitare, and several kinds of poker.  That alone makes it a great great game becuase it plays to the strengths of the GBA - quick games.

However they didn't just make it fluf.  They put in a lot of backgrounds, a lot of music, and a 3d face creator which alctually has more variate than most PC games.  I was able to create a player who actually looks like me, something I couldn't do it KOTOR (last game I remember that let you pick your characters looks)

They also included a *spectacular* save system which basically auto saves after each hand so you can play for under a minute at a time if that is all you have available.

Check out the IGN review for a ton more details.

If you have any interest in playing card games this is a must buy game.

3181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: Front Mission 4 [PS2] on: June 02, 2004, 01:24:17 PM
Well it seems that IGN hated it.  The review isn't very flattering.

I will say that most of his complaints seems stupid to me.  If someone acutally thinks that a turn-based game is going to have action sequences like the opening movie, well they don't play may TB games.  

Some of his stuff though, especially about the dumb AI make me a bit sad.  That and the battle lasting for 100 rounds.  That is just too long.  They should have more battle on smaller areas.

Oh well I am still looking forward to it and can't wait to see other reviews.
3182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: Shinning Force [GBA] on: May 26, 2004, 03:18:39 PM
Apparnetly Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon is to long to fit, but since there are not any other Shinning Force games for the GBA I didn't think there could be much confusion. smile

Dispite being out in Europe for a month I haven't seen many reviews.  However this one seems pretty good.  It is a heck of a lot better than the mostly useless review in EGM.   Their mini reviews told you practically nothing about the game, what changed, what stayed the same, etc.   However they all gave it high marks which is good.

I am just happy to have another Strategy RPG on the GBA.  I am also to see remakes of these classics.  The GBA is perfect for this kind of thing and I hope there are a ton more!
3183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: Chronicles of Riddick [Xbox] on: May 26, 2004, 02:16:09 PM
I am still confused by what is so exciting about it.  It is just a FPS as far as I can tell.  Perhaps a good one but nothing about it says "inovative" or special really.

I mean it may be wonderful, but I must admit I still find FPS on the Xbox to be a chore and would prefer them on the PC.
3184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Discussion: Front Mission 4 [PS2] on: May 26, 2004, 02:13:15 PM
I am very, very excited about this game.

I read that review and I couldn't help but they even like the genre?  To much stuff to keep track of?  To much to remember?  That isn't a negative to these types of games.

I fondly remember printing out FAQs for FM3 about which arm/leg gives teachs which special skill when worn with which was a complicated and fun challenge.

I just hope the stuff in FM4 is as deep and rewarding.
3185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Thief 3 vs. Full Spectrum Warrior on: May 26, 2004, 01:25:02 PM
It really isn't a choice.  

If you enjoyed the first 2 thief games you know exactly what you will be getting so go with Thief.  However it sounds like you don't have a lot of love for the Thief series so all the glowing reviews in the world won't change the basic gameplay (which you say you don't like that much)

Meanwhile FSW seems like a new type of gameplay.  It actually appears inovative rather than just more of the same.  That comes with greater risks so it may suck a lot but at least it is trying something new.
3186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gladius... on: May 25, 2004, 01:24:45 PM
I love the game...I really wish I could finish it.  However if I hear For Nordog! one more time I may destroy the disk!!!  :twisted:

I think cool rallying cries or yells are neat - once in awhile!  Like very third attack.  That stupid brother would scream every time he scratched his butt.
3187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fallout BOS worth $30? on: May 24, 2004, 02:54:05 PM
No.  It isn't even worth that.  It was so bad in so many ways that I wouldn't recommend buying it for more that $20 - which it will be at soon considering how bad it stunk.
3188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden II on: May 20, 2004, 06:16:09 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
On a similar topic - What would you guys recommend as a nice little starter turn-based RPG? The less random battles, the better! biggrin

What system?

The PS2 - Final Fantasy 10 is a good start.  It does have random battles and they are too frequent but it is pretty easy really and all the text is voiced over so not a lot of reading.   Plus it is cheap now.
3189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Suikoden II on: May 20, 2004, 02:52:31 PM
Do yourself a favor and get a FAQ here.  There is all sorts of stuff you might miss at the beging of the game which make it more fun.  

Why get fustrated?  It should be enjoyed.  Us the FAQ and if eventually the game really hooks you enough that you don't want to use it stop then.
3190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ninja Gaiden...Not so Hard on: May 20, 2004, 02:42:21 PM
I am happy some people find the difficulty ok.  Personally when reviewers say a game is very hard I don't even pick it up.  I know my limitations and I know I would a. suck at this game and b. I would come to hate it because of that.

Still there is a nitch for games like this and I think it is undeniably a great game.

Of course I am waiting for the perfect marriage of this level of difficulty for those that want it, and lower levels for people like me.  While a lot of games have easy settings they are usually rediculously easy.  What would be great would be a menu where you can pick or use sliders to decide what is harder.

For example in Oniumsha 3.  I eventually switched to easy, but not because most of the game was too hard but because the bosses were.  If I could have just lowered the difficulty of the bosses and not all the other creatures I would have found my perfect level of difficulty.  Unfortunatly by switching to easy after a fustrating boss fight I have had no challenges in the rest of the game.
3191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Suikoden II on: May 18, 2004, 02:15:33 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
What's the deal with this game? Is it good, rare or both?

My local EB had a mint used copy and I might pick it up.

No it sucks.  Don't buy it.  

Now where do you live? *quietly plans road trip*
3192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy XII battle info on: May 18, 2004, 01:48:48 PM
I think I have to agree with Gabe at Penny Arcade

FF XII was actually one of the first games I checked out at E3 this year. I admit I am a recent convert to the series. I only got into Final Fantasy games with X, and even then I played it nearly a year after it actually came out. I loved X so much though that I went out and purchased the rest of the games in the series and have been slowly working my way backwards through them. Besides the great stories in each game the thing I really loved about them was the combat. I liked seeing all my characters lined up on one side of the screen with the crazy vegetable monster or whatever on the other side. Each game had its new features. Things like Materia or the Sphere Grid were super compelling additions to the game, but they simply complemented the already familiar style of combat.

Like Tycho said, I'm still going to buy FF:XII. I'll play it just like I played and enjoyed Crystal Chronicles, tactics and even XI. While I was playing all those spin offs I always expected that eventually Squareenix would deliver XII and I'd get to play a real Final Fantasy game again. Now that I see XII is some kind of .Hack style MMO game without either of the M's or even the O, I can't help but fell disappointed. It seems to me that the people who want that sort of combat already have their game in XI. Meanwhile the rest of us who enjoy the classic FF combat have been patiently waiting for its return since we loaded up X-2 and let out a long sigh.

Obviously it still looks incredible and I'm sure it's got an amazing story that will pull me in and hook me for the entire game. I don't think it's going to be a bad game. It's just another spin off like Crystal Chronicles that I'll play and enjoy while I wait for the next real Final Fantasy game.

Quite honestly why I know a lot of people bitch about the FF combat of random battles, characters lined up, turn based, etc. - the games still sell millions! so why screw with it?  To please who?  Fans?  No they already love the games.  Non-fans?  Why please non-fans at the risk of pissing off fans?  To sell less copies?

I know some people love change but quite honestly I love formulaic - if I love the forumla.   I don't want something different, I want more of the same.  That is why I watch serieses on TV, why I read the same authors in books, and why I like to go to the same resturaunts.  Not all the time mind you but when I want a certain thing (TV, book, food, or video game) I want to know that I will get it if I go to a certain outlet.  I don't want to go to Outback and find out they are now only serving vegitarian food - no matter how good.  I want a steak.   Similarly I don't play FF because I want real time action combat (for that I play Zelda, or Onimusha, or any of the millions of games that already do that!).  I play it because I want the screen to shatter at random times and to hear the battle music!

I will still buy it.  I may even love it but like Gabe "It's just another spin off like Crystal Chronicles that I'll play and enjoy while I wait for the next real Final Fantasy game."

And the saddest news no signature Final Fantasy victory music as you collect your gil and cure potions after you win  I loved that music!
3193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The State of Breasts in Gaming on: May 13, 2004, 07:39:25 PM
Quote from: "ATB"

Have you ever bought a game because of pixelated boobies? I know I haven't...well maybe Leisure Suit Larry way back in the day...and i was just a kid...and they had that 'unbreakable' security feature (asking you questions about stuff that happened in the 60's and 70's) to prevent young morons like myself from accessing it...

Personally no, but I also haven't ever bought a pair of shoes because Michael Jordan's name is on them, or a soft drink becuase a specific band said to.

The target market though is not people over 30, it is (for video games) I would bet more like 12-18 year olds (and how old were you when you bought Leiasure Suit Larry? - exactly)

And to be honest I don't even know that this kind of marketing works, but  I figure people in the marketing department do know or at least it is their job to know and they seem to be saying breasts sell.
3194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / First Phantom pics on: May 12, 2004, 07:46:29 PM
Right here  

Isn't it...well I guess ok....

I am just amazed it is real, or at least that they actually bothered to make a box to pretend with! smile
3195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Zelda Game - Old Link (Circa SpaceWorld years ago) on: May 12, 2004, 06:52:54 PM
and I really can't wait for today's updates so we can get on with discussing more exciting stuff!
3196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Zelda Game - Old Link (Circa SpaceWorld years ago) on: May 12, 2004, 06:51:00 PM
Quote from: "Dimmona"
Umm... I am at a complete loss for words...
Apparently original 1st party published Gamecube franchises like Animal Crossing, Eternal Darkness, Pikmin, Wario Ware, Final Fantasy:CC, Custom Robo, etc. aren't considered innovative.

Sure mention the good ones. :lol:


I guess I'd really like to know what your definition of innovation is, and how Microsoft and Sony are doing a better job.  Geez, it's like the whole PS2/Xbox/Gamecube fanboyism all over again...

I never said the others were better so it is hard to equate this with fanboyism of any one company.   Tongue

However I do think that the other two let their 3rd party developers push the envelope a bit more than the big N does which allows for greater inovation.   Now they could do more but out of the big three I think it is hard to argue that Nintendo has a reputation for invation.
3197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Zelda Game - Old Link (Circa SpaceWorld years ago) on: May 12, 2004, 06:16:30 PM
Quote from: "Belgedin"

As opposed to what? No other company on the planet is as innovative as Nintendo. Stick it in your ear.

First of all stick what in my ear?

Second like everyone here I am entitled to my opinion.  Yours is no more valid than mine.  If you can't stand reading other people's opinions you really shouldn't bother coming into a public board.
3198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Zelda Game - Old Link (Circa SpaceWorld years ago) on: May 12, 2004, 05:36:39 PM
Quote from: "Dimmona"

Let me get this straight... they've shown 30 seconds of video showing almost no gameplay and you're already judging the game on innovation!?  Almost every Zelda game they've created in the past has been innovative in some way, so it stands to reason that this one will be as well.  But to judge it on a 30 sec E3 trailer is ludicrous...

I am not judging the game I am judging the inovation of Nintendo.   And it sucks.  They milk every franchise they have to death and generally don't do squat for inovation.
3199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Zelda Game - Old Link (Circa SpaceWorld years ago) on: May 12, 2004, 02:44:26 PM
Now that I think about it more my excitement is flagging.  Not because it doesn't look good but because it shows no inovation at all.  I mean shocking suprise - another Zelda game!

While I think this will please fans who already own a Cube I don't see this as selling more.
3200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The State of Breasts in Gaming on: May 12, 2004, 02:36:41 PM
Quote from: "ATB"
So...what's the point?  Well, I think I know the point, but really, is there anyone who has ever said "KOTOR was almost a magnificent game. I was just so disapointed that there were no HUGE BREASTS on Malak!"

It's preposterous.

The point is sales.  These games are driven by profit.  If they don't make money they don't keep making games.  

Now some marketing genius has pretty much found that games with huge breasts on some women characters sell better.  While it isn't true of all games it is true of a lot so when making a new game it is better follow the working pattern.
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