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7241  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: May NPD via our friends at Neogaf, Bloomberg, will keep updating, PS3 not go on: June 15, 2007, 06:05:37 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on June 15, 2007, 03:47:03 AM

I agree with Jumangi.  There is no way anyone could call the 360 a clusterfuck.  I still maintain that over time Wii sales will fade and the HD consoles will start to dominate.  The reason Microsoft hasn't dropped their price is because they still see Sony as their main competition in the long run, not Nintendo.


Maybe that is a mistake.  I guess we'll know in 3 years or so.

Bzzzz...WRONG! Umm....Microsoft doesn't have 3 years left to go, only 2 and 1/2. Why? Because Microsoft so arrogantly decided that console life cycles are now only 4 years long. An asinine and arrogant decision that they'll no doubt eventually regret.  Thanks MS for prematurely obsoleting my XBox so you could show us that your latest and greatest can't even outsell  the wee bit underpowered Wii. Job well done Microsoft!  finger
7242  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: May NPD via our friends at Neogaf, Bloomberg, will keep updating, PS3 not go on: June 15, 2007, 05:44:28 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 15, 2007, 04:33:40 AM

Quote from: Sparhawk on June 15, 2007, 04:25:19 AM

I don't think even Hetz at this point would be hyping the system...

I hear he was last seen handcuffing himself to his PS3 in protest of it not selling well  slywink

Oh yeah...I read about that too. But I also read that he was free falling from a bridge with that PS3 chained to him.  eek
7243  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: May NPD via our friends at Neogaf, Bloomberg, will keep updating, PS3 not good on: June 15, 2007, 05:09:42 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on June 15, 2007, 01:42:52 AM

Actual Software Numbers:
314k WII MARIO PARTY 8
...
217k 360 FORZA MOTORSPORT 2
...

I've got to toot my horn a bit on the sales predictions I made for these 2 games last month in a thread:
http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php/topic,20400.0.html

Quote
Just a bit off topic -my apologies- but based upon how many people here are saying they're buying Mario Party 8 or Forza 2 this week, I'm predicting that both of these games do in excess of 1/4 million in NA sales before the end of May; maybe even 1/2 million!

OK I was a bit shy on the Forza 2 prediction, but damn it I was close. Yeah, yeah I know...the 1/2 million was a bit of a stretch.  Roll Eyes

I can't believe someone who posted earlier was disappointed in the Forza 2 sales. As far as I'm concerned they're outstanding considering that number is for just for the last 4 days in May.

I believe this is the 1st month since December that the PS2 has fallen below 200K in sales. Which causes me to continue to believe that PS2 sales will eventually distribute to the Wii and not the PS3 or 360.
The PSP sales are impressive. As I've said before, as ironic as it may be, the PSP is shaping up to be Sony's saviour this console gen.
7244  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Has MS Finally Changed 360 Cooling? on: June 13, 2007, 07:30:36 PM
I love sites like engadget.com where the readers are well informed. If you read the readers comment's following the article, absolutely everyone who posted is well aware of the issues, details and causes of the overheating problem. Even those few in denial are admitting the flaws.
The amazing thing is that if Microsoft called a press conference today I have no doubt that Peter Moore would stand up and claim there's absolutely nothing wrong in the design and manufacturing of the 360. Good to know there was someone to so quickly fill the void of ASSinineness that Kutaragi left behind.

As far as I'm concerned the 65nm 360's can't arrive in stores soon enough.
7245  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prince of Persia Classic: Anyone Get it? on: June 13, 2007, 06:55:25 PM
I downloaded the original on Gametap, does that count?  icon_confused
7246  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Soul Calibur IV 'announced' on: June 13, 2007, 06:00:51 PM
Based upon the success of SC2 on the Cube, I think Namco is making a mistake by not bringing SC4 to the Wii. IMHO Dragon Ball Z and Mortal Kombat have demonstrated that a fighting game can be done well on the Wii. Perhaps we'll see it released after the PS3 and 360 versions.

In regards to the 360 and PS3's D-pads, I can't comment about the PS3's, but I have used the PS2's D-pad now for many of the fighters on Gametap and have found it to work quite well. So if the PS3 is similar I would think it should work fine. I agree with others that the 360's D-pad is far from the best. I have found it to be OK when I recently played Street Fighter Anniversary and SC2, but I did find the D-pad on my Xbox Logitech wireless to work better.

Regardless of any of the above controllers, IMHO the D-pad on the Wii's classic controller is far superior to any of these. In fact after having used the classic controller last weekend in MK:A I can say the controller really rocks for fighting games. I still prefer to waggle my wiimote smile and shake my nunchuk, but the classic is a really nice option to have.
7247  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Sony's current marketing...issues... (somewhat NFSW) on: June 12, 2007, 03:14:20 PM
Proof that Kutaragi has a secret yakuza army at work in the depths of Sony. They're secretly arranging the funding for projects like this so there's legitmate ammo for those that preach hate towards video games and the companies that create them.
Where...and how...will Krazy Ken and his secret army strike next....<shivers>
He'll have his revenge yet.
7248  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: All-Time Gaming Surprises (via Clay's suggestion) on: June 12, 2007, 04:18:43 AM
Interstate 76
Just after I got back into gaming after being away from it for about 7 years, I picked up a big bulky copy of PC Gamer and there in was an I76 demo. As soon as I fired it up I new I had to have it. I couldn't even run it properly in 3D mode until I got my Voodoo 2 or 3; can't remember which one it started to work with. Anyways 3D or software rendered the game was an absolute blast.

Panzer General
I remember playing the Avalon Hill board games as a kid and always wanted a video game experience like them. I tried a number of games on the C64 and Amiga that were supposed to promise similar game play, but they always left me wanting. Panzer General was the 1st that really gave me the enjoyment of a deep war board game. If I recall correctly, it was also one of the 1st strategy games that came on a CD-ROM which allowed it to have some cool animations when your troops got blasted.

Amber; journeys beyond
This was a point and click adventure game that you could play on the PC or MAC. It was short, but the art work  and story were just amazing. The puzzles were so inventive and clever, I don't think they've ever been surpassed in any game since.
7249  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wait a minute? So now you don't need friend codes to play online? I am confused on: June 12, 2007, 03:29:24 AM
The way I read this is that EA will be providing their own servers for Madden 2008 Wii. Which is what they did for PS2 releases and initially for a few XBox games. Hosting you own server for online multiplay in the Big 'N' universe isn't exactly new, as that's what Sega did with PSO for the Cube. From what I understand, only games that want to use the online service developed by Big 'N' and Gamespy will require friend codes.
If I were to speculate, I'd say  this won't be the last time Big 'N' bows to pressure from big game dev's / publishers that aren't thrilled with the friend code system.
7250  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games returning to the Mac... on: June 12, 2007, 12:17:52 AM

Quote from: Laner on June 12, 2007, 12:01:51 AM

Playing through Parallels is painful.  I'm attempting to play Baldur's Gate 2 on my MacBook (1.83Ghz Core Duo, 2GB RAM), and it is *sloooow*.  And this is almost a 10 year old game, without 3d acceleration.

This is exactly what a coworker experienced with Parallels for virtually any game he tried; far too slow to be playable.
OpenGL support, from the best of my recollection, has been on the MAC for quite some time. I believe this is the API that games like Neverwinter Nights 2 and WoW have used. Unfortunately OpenGL now only constitutes a minority of the games on the PC, so Apple has a steep hill to climb in luring 3rd party support.
7251  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Triumph of the Wii: How Fun Won Out in the Console Wars on: June 11, 2007, 08:42:14 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on June 11, 2007, 07:31:15 PM

i hardly touch my Wii now(last turned it on 2 weeks ago to see the VC titles).....maybe if they brought some decent games out for it....maybe that would change

Having almost played POP:RS to completion -damn that last boss- currently unlocking the crypt in MK:A and my ongoing game play with DBZ: BT2, SSX Blur and a slew of VC titles, the Wii is about the only console in my home that's on these days. I don't own a 360 or PS3, just a XBox and PS2, so that might be the difference between myself and others. Although there are still great games coming out for the PS2 as many threads in this forum would attest. I just prefer the gameplay on the Wii more.
7252  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/11) on: June 11, 2007, 04:51:45 PM

Quote from: Destructor on June 11, 2007, 04:22:11 PM

And now updated with VC games. Man, was Sonic 2 a classic..

Since Sonic 2 and all of the other VC releases this week are also available on Gametap, I'll download them there. I played a number of classics on Gametap this weekend since I now have my PS2 controller plugged into my PC and I was very surprised at how well they played. Suffice to say that for now on in I'll be downloading all of my Sega Genesis classics from Gametap as opposed to VC.
7253  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps2] tomb raider: anniversary impressions on: June 11, 2007, 03:34:44 PM
I just downloaded the PC version this weekend from Gametap and I'm very impressed; excellent game! I've been playing it using my new PS2 -to- USB controller adaptor and can say that the PC version plays perfectly with the PS2 controller. smile thumbsup
7254  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/11) on: June 11, 2007, 03:26:30 PM
Since I just subsribed to Gametap I don't think I'll be buying much until summers end. Depending on what the VC releases are this week, I might buy 1 or 2 of them. Scarface for the Wii is very temping as the initial review scores are favourable; sounds like another game that's got the controls right.
7255  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [WoW] 3-Day banned again! on: June 09, 2007, 03:31:57 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 09, 2007, 02:14:52 PM

Before I quit playing on the WoW RP server I had a good time pretending that my dwarf was Canadian. 

"What's this all aboot, then, eh?" 

LOL. Well that fits, since any good dorf is usually side questing for their next tankard of ale.  nod 
For whatever reason my dorf alts usually sound Scottish.

"WOT! Are ya saying I kenna have any of yeer ale?!  Well then...let me aquaint ya with me fine axe!"
7256  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 8/Jun/07 on: June 08, 2007, 10:36:56 PM
Considering I'm 85% of the way thru POP:Rival Swords on the Wii, I'm hopeful I'll complete it this weekend. God I hope the Grand Vizier doesn't turn out to be an uber prick.
I'm going to download Tomb Raider: Anniversary for PC and get a start with it.
Also going to unlock some more of the crypt in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon on the Wii by waggling mii Wiimote.  icon_lol
And if I need a quick relief from serious gaming I'm going to fire up Donkey Kong Country 2 or Gunstar Heroes on VC.
7257  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps2] tomb raider: anniversary impressions on: June 08, 2007, 09:24:03 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on June 08, 2007, 07:22:41 PM

Quote from: kronovan on June 08, 2007, 07:03:06 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on June 08, 2007, 06:19:42 PM

Grab a USB adapter to use your PS2 controller on your PC.

Kevin that's an awesome idea, but where do you get such a device?

I got mine at Radio Shack but it was a couple of years ago so I don't know if this is the same one, but mine works great.  Not available online but check their inventory to see if it's in stock at a store near you.

Kevin,

Many thanks for the info; it lead to me finding an adaptor. Radioshack Canada's stores are now Circuit City Source stores and I always forget to check them for things like this. I found one -Sector 7 brand- but unfortunately it was about $5 more than the one you listed. It does however come with WinXP drivers on a mini-cd and it has a 1 year warranty. All things considered, it's still much cheaper than buying a new USB gamepad.
7258  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer Beta Sign Up is open on: June 08, 2007, 07:25:41 PM
Fraid I'm going to pass on this one. After taking a Hunter to a high level in DAoC and hitting the wall in character in-balance and nerfs, I've lost all faith in Mythic. I'm also no fan of their customer support, or lack there of.
I really like Warhammer but not enough to overcome my dislike of Mythic.
7259  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps2] tomb raider: anniversary impressions on: June 08, 2007, 07:03:06 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on June 08, 2007, 06:19:42 PM

Grab a USB adapter to use your PS2 controller on your PC.

Kevin that's an awesome idea, but where do you get such a device?
I did a search at stores in my city and none of them seem to have this adaptor. I also live in Canada, so I'm a bit limited for online stores that will ship to me.
7260  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] New Smash Brothers info? on: June 08, 2007, 05:59:39 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 08, 2007, 02:41:55 PM

Quote from: Destructor on June 08, 2007, 01:11:32 PM



Personally, I'll be using either the Classic Controller or a Gamecube one (if I want rumble). No way I'm doing any kind of waggles to play a fighting game.

Actually, the waggle in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon is surprisingly effective.

I agree. I'm currently playing MK:A and for the most part the controls work very well. I haven't tried, or felt the need, to use the classic controller yet, but I'm intrigued enough to give it a go. I still think the fighting controls are superior in DBZ:BT2, but MK:A is still a good effort by Midway.
If the developer of DBZ:BT2 and Midway can get the Wiimote & nunchuck right, I have no doubt that Big 'N' will come up with something kick-ass for SSB:B.
7261  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps2] tomb raider: anniversary impressions on: June 08, 2007, 05:33:45 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 08, 2007, 05:16:50 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on June 08, 2007, 05:14:16 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 08, 2007, 04:13:51 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on June 08, 2007, 04:00:29 PM

As much as I'm enjoying Anniversary and would like to see a Tomb Raider 2 remake (doubtful I agree), I would still rather get a sequel to Legend.  It was one of my favorite games of last year.  Loved it.  Had some issues but I think those can be easily addressed in a sequel. 

plus they can't leave us hanging!

what 'hanging'? i hated the game so much i quit about halfway - no hanging here...

the ending left some plot threads wide open and all but screamed 'to be continued'.  too bad you didn't like the game though.

I really liked TR:Legends on the XBox, in fact I'm currently on my 2nd play through and I just started to play the PC version. I'd definitely be IN for any sequel.

I still haven't decided on what system I'll get TR:Anniversary for. TR:L for PC looks drop-dead gorgeous on my gaming rig, but I don't like the control via my Logitech gamepad or mouse & keyboard. I appreciate the feedback here by those that are playing the PS2 version. From what I'm hearing and reading the graphics are very good for a PS2 game. I also have to consider that my kids will be playing it, so the PS2 controller would be a plus.
7262  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [WoW] 3-Day banned again! on: June 08, 2007, 05:07:12 PM
I guess I have a different perspective on things. I go back to the Pen & Paper RPG days when everyone sat at a table, got drunk and tried their damnest to out-silly the other person with their truly terrible medieval accents. In the better groups it was like writing a collaborative fantasy novel; a lot of work but also a great amount of fun. I see MMORPG's as a continuation of this gaming legacy and see little or no point in spending your hard earned cash every month unless you're going to make an effort to role play on a RP server. 
There is a after all a reason why these games are called Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games.

Anyhow, back on topic...I can sympathize with anyone who's gotten the bad end of the Ban stick. This just seems to be an unfortunate consequence of MMORPGs with large populations. I remember when this occurred in the early days of EQ and I'm not at all surprised if it's occurring in WoW.
7263  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Writings on the Wall: Sony & MS are You Paying Attention!? on: June 07, 2007, 07:50:43 PM
I just read the Next Generation article that's quoted on the GT news page.
Here's the link to the article on the GT front page:
http://gamingtrend.com/News/news.php?NewsID=9312

And here's the link to the actual Next Generation article: Console Price Cuts: The Evidence
http://www.next-gen.biz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5883&Itemid=2

It makes you wonder if Microsoft and Sony are even paying attention to such blatant historical evidence...or are they residing in their respective fantasy worlds. Based on the statistics and market trends this article illustrates, it's very apparent that both MS's and Sony's new gen consoles are very overpriced. It's also obvious they need to issue price cuts; not at Christmas, not next quarter, not next month, but NOW!
If this isn't a case of writing on the wall in big, bold letters staring Harris and Moore in the face, I don't know what is!
7264  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Great Canadian Wii Hunt or Gone in 160 Seconds on: June 07, 2007, 03:01:39 PM
Yesterday I did my weekly wii-kly rounds of checking Canadian retail sites for Wii's for a friend that now lives in the Bay area and who's had no luck locating one in SF. So I did the usual check of futureshop.ca, bestbuy.ca and toysrus.ca, and low and behold to my amazement there's 7 Wii's in stock at futureshop.ca. This was a 1st as I've never seen anything listed other than a big '0' or 'Not in Stock'. So I immediately place my order and nab one; yeah my friend will no longer go for want! smile  As soon a I completed my order I noticed the stock was now at 3.

I immediately holler over to a coworker who's just walked into room and he jumps on the futureshop site and...and.... nada, zilch, zero; not a single Wii left! I figure about 2-1/2 minutes transpired before the stock was completely depleted; hence the name of my post. You here about sell rates like this being boasted about by Big 'N' brass, but it's always amazing when you see it with your own eyes.  icon_eek
7265  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3 Red Rings to round out my week on: June 07, 2007, 02:42:17 PM

Quote from: Misguided on June 07, 2007, 03:21:46 AM

Quote from: Blonco on June 07, 2007, 01:23:15 AM

I have been really nervous about buying a 360 because of the issues everyone has had.  I would really like to pick one up to be a companion to my PS3.  Has anyone heard if the new elite edition has had similar issues.

Personally, I'd wait til the expected 65nm processor revision this fall

Which is what I'm doing, but the more and more I hear of the significant failure rate the less confident I am that the 65nm SKU will be any better. I'm definitely not buying one until there's a price drop so that I can use the savings to buy a 3 year replacement warranty.  paranoid
7266  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Name a game you love that gets zero respect on: June 06, 2007, 08:01:35 PM

Quote from: JSL on June 06, 2007, 07:52:31 PM

Quote from: depward on June 06, 2007, 07:44:56 PM

You know what game demands respect?  Windjammers for the NEOGEO.  One of the most fun games I've played.  Would be PERFECT for a Xbox Live, PSN or Virtual Console title.  But noOoOoOoO

Your wish might be granted as they are releasing Neo Geo games on the VC later this year.

Really...when was that announced? I've heard mention of that before, but I thought it was only a flippant rumor. If it's now been confirmed that's fantastic!! Fatal Fury would be a nice VC addition and SF:3rd Strike with a classic controller would be sweet indeed!

[Edit] Which in keeping with the theme of this thread, leads me to say that 3rd Strike is a far too unappreciated SF game. By far my favorite in the entire SF series.
7267  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Space Force 2: Rogue Universe on: June 06, 2007, 07:46:32 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on June 06, 2007, 06:19:41 PM

Jason Ocampo (of Gamespot) reviewed it.

Review is on the short side, but it's a pretty good read I guess.

7.5/10

Considering it's GS that gave it a 7.5, it's probably a decent game and very likely worth playing. GS scores are so tight these days, a game scoring 7.0 or higher usually warrants some consideration.
I don't even bother with demos for space or flight sims anymore as support for 3rd party input devices is usually pooched but often working in the finished game. If the price is as low in my neck of the woods as others have reported and some other favourable reviews come in, I'll probably give this a whirl.

BTW: For anyone getting killed from the get go. I've found it helpful to use a voice command utility in space or flight simulators. Just too much flying by the seat of you pants to be fidgeting with a keyboard. A hotas with lots of mappable buttons is even better, but unfortunately costly.
7268  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft trying to kill PC gaming? on: June 06, 2007, 06:16:03 PM
I can agree with some things in the article. Definitely agree that making already released Xbox or 360 games dependend on Vista and DirectX 10 is one of the stupidest things MS has done in some time. They should do what Bioware did with JE and release Halo 2 so that it runs on what people currently have, not what they might have 3-6 months from now; I mean WTF!! The comments about the state of support on Shadowrun leads me to believe that FASA's status as a MS game studio is very tenuous at the moment. And all of this article reminds me that Ed DeVries (or was it DeFries) is sorely being missed at the games division.

And yes Games for Windows Live should be called Win Live or maybe even Vista Live; the current name is just a marketing nigthmare. I also agree that the right and honest thing to do with Win Live would be to make it a socketable API that other services such as Xfire and Steam could plug into. But  based upon the ca$h cow that Live currently is for MS, I'm quite sure we'll never see this.

I ditto some others here that we're not going to see other OS's make significant inroads on PC gaming. Having watched DirectX over the years handedly beat Glide, OpenGL and the short lived VMRx API's I don't see any real competition to it in the foreseeable future. DirectX is why developers have stuck with Windows and the delivery of XNA has only strengthened this further. If there's one thing MS gets right its the dev tools and game Dev's love to use them. IMHO this is the reason why the XBox was able to build up such a large catalog of games; god knows it certainly wasn't the market share.
7269  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap - free version on: June 06, 2007, 04:41:04 PM
I've gotta say, I just used the Gametap free service to download TR: Legends and damn I'm really impressed with it!
It did take about 20 hours to download but it is after all 4.7 GB's.
I love the look and feel of the service's gui; more functional and better looking than any of the console dashboards I've used. And I really like that it will run in a perfect widescreen resolution and aspect on my HDTV.

I have a question; if you upgrade to the full product, are there limits to the number of games or total GB's you can download per month?
7270  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ranked Matches and Game Snobbery: Adventures of a low level GRAW2 Player on: June 06, 2007, 04:21:06 PM
And that sir is exactly why I'm not a big fan of Live. Too many immature people with major attitude. Has anyone ever told these people children that it's just a game and not the freaking Beijing Olympics. I'll gladly use the service for downloadable content, but I'll think twice before engaging in online play that isn't coop.

Personally I'm just not a good enough FPS player to even begin being ranked, so it isn't much skin off my back. But I've seen my son in tears after he's been booted from 1 SW:BF2 game after another only because he's beating players that think they're the uber'est Jedi's.

BTW My 10 year old son doesn't trash talk, doesn't swear, sticks with his team and generally behaves better than many of the so called adults on Live.
7271  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Name a game you love that gets zero respect on: June 06, 2007, 01:38:40 PM
[Wii] Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2
It has some of the best controls I've ever experienced in a fighting game; keeping in mind I haven't played MK: Armageddon for the Wii yet. The depth and variety of content in this game is just mind boggling.

[DS] Mechassualt: Phantom Wars
It may have a few issues here and there with graphics clipping, but overall it's a good solid mechassault game. The security hacking in it is very cool. Sound and voice acting were also very good. Sometimes it's the little things, and in keeping with that this game has the best manual I've ever seen for any DS game.

[PC] Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines
I have to agree with others here that this is a very underappreciated game. Admittedly it was pushed out the door to early, but once patched this game is amazing.
7272  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [DS] Survival Horror Shooter in the Works on: June 05, 2007, 05:05:25 PM
I just saw this news article over at GameSpot:

http://www.gamespot.com/news/6171962.html?om_act=convert&om_clk=newstop&tag=newstop;title;6

Apparently the recenly founded studio Renegade Kid has started work on a survival horror game for the DS.  The 2 founders of this studio worked previously on Turok 2, Area 51, Stubbs the Zombie and The Red Star. Which sits real well with me because, other than Area 51,  I really liked those games. In fact I'm currently playing The Red Star and enjoying it very much. smile thumbsup
7273  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gametap - free version on: June 05, 2007, 02:22:59 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 31, 2007, 11:46:50 PM

Tomb Raider : Legend is not an old game.  smile

Neither is Scrapland, although it was a dissapointment.
7274  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: All-time PC gaming disappointments on: June 05, 2007, 12:34:03 AM
GTA:VC for the PC was my biggest dissapointment. I finally got it a few months ago and played it for about 5 hours before I stopped and then eventually uninstalled it. Maybe if I'd played the original on the PS2 or played the XBox release, but the PC version did nothing for me. The controls were just crap as you either had to go strictly keyboard or gamepad when what I really wanted was keyboard for on foot and gamepad for vehicles. And to make things worse the keyboard vehicle controls were complete, utter crap as were the gamepad for on foot control! Don't know why Rockstar couldn't get this right; Crytek certainly got it right for Far Cry.

Plus the fact that the story wasn't appealing to me in any way at all. The camera perspective and control was also very poor; even after I applied a 3rd party patch that was supposed to help with them. Overall quite a dissapointment considering all the hype and high scoring reviews it got and all the "oooh the controls are so uber in the PC version" I've heard.
Thank god I only payed $10 for it.
7275  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Time Ace on: June 04, 2007, 11:37:22 PM

Quote from: Hrothgar on June 04, 2007, 11:23:53 PM

I'd only heard of this because it was the June "shame of the month" in EGM.  It got 3.0, 4.0, 3.5 scores. 

Some comments:

"...people who might want to try the multiplayer mode, please reconsider."

"...a game with some of the worst 3D graphics in recent memory"

"an autoengaging autopilot with knack for tossing you into buildings if you stray too far from the preset flight path."

It didn't sound like much fun.

Oh crap! Well that's why I always wait for at least a few reviews. Mind you these review scores are from EGM; a publication I have little or no respect for. But in all fairness, if a games at least good usually 1 of the EGM reviewers will score it 7.0 or higher.
I'm just too fed up with EGM's reviews where the variance between reviewers is as much as 4.0 points. It's like reading reviews written by someone simultaneously suffering from schizophrenia and mutliple-personality disorder.
7276  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Party 8 on: June 04, 2007, 11:11:49 PM
I bought it yesterday and really didn't get much of a chance to play it as my son and daughter took to it like Mario to Italian, designer coveralls. And I'm not ready to buy 2 additional Wiimote quite yet; this game might push me though.
From what I could see of the game play, it's a good Mario Party game. It definitely appears to be better than Mario Party 5, which is the last entry in the series that I bought.
7277  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/4) on: June 04, 2007, 10:57:08 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 04, 2007, 10:49:45 PM

I'm waiting on the Wii version of Tomb Raider: Anniversary.

Has a release date for the Wii version been reported yet?
7278  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Time Ace on: June 04, 2007, 10:53:00 PM
Sounds very cool and it's got the Konami label on it. I'll wait for a few reviews, but I'm thinking I'm probably in for his one! I never played the original, so this will be a very fresh experience for me.
7279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Japan: 5 to 1... on: June 04, 2007, 08:15:51 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on June 04, 2007, 07:14:10 PM

Nintendo hasn't won Japan until some of the obscure, niche RPGs start getting announced. When the Atlus support is full blown, and we see a better variety of titles then I may call it a game.

I couldn't agree more. The real measuring stick is when all the JRPG's and 3rd parties that fled the N64 for the greener pastures of the PS1 come home to Big N's Wii. I can't see how this won't eventually happen once the PS2 sails into the sunset. Unfortunately it appears the PS2 has some ability to rotate the Earth backwards and prolong the sunset.  Roll Eyes  But all in time...

[Edit] BTW those May DS sales figures for Japan are just insane!  eek
7280  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Godfather Gameplay: Similiar to the GTA Franchise? on: June 04, 2007, 03:37:49 PM
The only GTA I've played, other than the original on the PC, is Vice City. After about 5 hours of getting the run around and getting arrested, I gave up. Just a bit too frustrating and not enough to it for me I guess. I also didn't find the story at all appealing.

I tried to get into the Godfather on the XBox and PC but I quit playing both times after about 3 hours. I then rented it for the Wii and I can say the Blackhand edition is far more enjoyable; played it for about 16 hours before I had to return it. I was tempted to run out and buy it immediately, but honestly I felt a bit guilty about the enjoyment I was having doing too many evil deeds; still plan on buying it eventually.
From what little I played of GTA I can say they are somewhat similar, but the story from the get go is far superior in the GodFather.
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