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3161  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.
3162  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.
3163  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.
3164  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.
3165  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?
3166  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....
3167  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!

3168  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.
3169  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.

3170  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.
3171  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!
3172  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.
3173  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.
3174  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.
3175  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.
3176  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.
3177  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.
3178  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.
3179  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.
3180  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*
3181  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!
3182  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.
3183  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
3184  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!
3185  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.
3186  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.
3187  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.
3188  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.
3189  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.
3190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Best pictures of the PSP and Nintendo DS on: May 11, 2004, 08:57:28 PM
If you are excited about either of these head over to Gamershell for the best pictures I have found of them.  I am really quite amazed at the photos they have.

Nintendo DS link

PSP link
3191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo DS article in USA Today on: May 11, 2004, 08:49:42 PM
Well here is one description of its uses.

Nintendo announced today that they will release a new Metroid game on Nintendo's new handheld, Nintendo DS. The game shown looked very sharp and almost looked as good as a GameCube version of the game.

The top screen will show a map of all of the character's moves, while the bottom screen shows the in-game action. Even more impressive is that the player can touch the touch sensitive screen and point to where he wants Samus to shoot.

Not much more was revealed about the game, but it will be playable on the show floor this week at the E3 conference. We'll have more during the week.

Sounds cheesy to me.  I don't see the stylus as a real good tool for aiming.
3192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Zelda Game - Old Link (Circa SpaceWorld years ago) on: May 11, 2004, 08:46:19 PM
Quote from: "dandylife"
I hope the item system in this new Zelda will be worthwhile.  Wind Waker became very boring to me by the time I got to the end.  Besides the main arsenal of items and weapons, the only rewards I ever got for completing quests and killing enemies in WW were ruppies, health, and magic.  Or powerups to increase how many of those I could hold.  Yawn.

How about an item system more in line with an RPG?

that wouldn't be very Zelda like would it?  I mean none of the games really have an item system like an RPG.
3193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Zelda Game - Old Link (Circa SpaceWorld years ago) on: May 11, 2004, 08:40:16 PM
Quote from: "Dimmona"
lol, how appriopriate that the PSP picture doesn't exist slywink

I am digging.  Apparently the gamershell link won't allow just displaying the image.  You need to right click and go to open image....I just can't find another pic which is as good...yet...
3194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Zelda Game - Old Link (Circa SpaceWorld years ago) on: May 11, 2004, 08:35:02 PM
Quote from: "kathode"
PSP definitely came across better then the DS to me.  The DS design looks a little dated, while the PSP is slick and the features and games they listed sounded pretty hot.  It's all just a matter of opinion though.  

Yeah I mean look at them both

See if this image works better

Now I admit the PSP is a much closer pic but it just looks slicker.  The DS looks like NES era gray plastic!
3195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Zelda Game - Old Link (Circa SpaceWorld years ago) on: May 11, 2004, 08:29:06 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Wish I could tell you I was lying, but I'm not.

After the pics and the movie link I am slightly better.  I still think the cell-shading was a brilliant and artistic move that set Wind Waker above any game I played last year but at least there will be a new Zelda so I'll take what I can get.
3196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Zelda Game - Old Link (Circa SpaceWorld years ago) on: May 11, 2004, 08:27:21 PM
Quote from: "kathode"
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Wish I could tell you I was lying, but I'm not.
This is easily 100x better then another cel-shaded version smile

Obviously you are a uncouth, creiten.  Tongue
3197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / New Zelda Game - Old Link (Circa SpaceWorld years ago) on: May 11, 2004, 07:21:32 PM
I have decided to simply believe you are lying.  It is much easier than coping with the fact that they might not do another cell shaded version (which I loved completly wholey, and unabashedly)

You are just trying to make me feel bad... :evil:
3198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo News from Pre-E3 Conference on: May 11, 2004, 07:17:21 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
New GAMECUBE game.  Shigeru Miyamoto came out with sword and shield in hand just like Link ended the promo with.  He talked for a few seconds and then left.


That really, really sucks.
3199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo News from Pre-E3 Conference on: May 11, 2004, 07:16:24 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
Quote from: "Rob_Merritt"
Old link? As in not cartoon shaded link or bread and cane Link?

That is correct.

He was riding a horse and battling in 3rd person.  No cel-shading at all.

Fingers crossed you are talking about a GBA game.  

I loved the cell shading for Wind Waker and if they toss that cool direction for the next Cube game I will be pissed.
3200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nintendo News from Pre-E3 Conference on: May 11, 2004, 07:14:42 PM
Quote from: "AgtFox"
HOLY SHIT!  New Zelda will be OLD LINK and it looks like a brand new engine.  It says "Coming Soon"

For the GBA? As said "New Zelda on GBA Minsk Mask or something like that."

It would have to have a new engine wouldn't it since there hasn't been a specific Zelda game for the GBA has there?  4 swords is just the one for the SNES re-done, right?
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