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7241  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
7242  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.
7243  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/4) on: June 04, 2007, 02:59:24 PM
Tomb Raider Anniversary is very temping, but I really can't decide on which system I should get it for; PS2 or PC. I played the original and it's 2 sequels on the PC, but I enjoyed the controls on the XBox version of TR: Legends better than any of these. Decisions....decisions...
7244  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good Jet sims? Vietnam? on: June 02, 2007, 03:29:17 PM

Quote from: El-Producto on June 02, 2007, 01:26:05 PM

I know it's not a jet sim per se, but if you are set on Vietnam, there is a fairly new helo siim   http://www.evolvedgames.com/whirlwindvietnam.htm.

I haven't checked it out myself, I just picked up Enemy Engaged 2.  Otherwise you could get one of those old EA sims, US Navy Fighters and fly the F4 slywink

I've always wanted an F4 sim, it's been one of my favorite jets for a long time.

If you want to fly a phantom in a jet sim, Wings Over Vietnam is a must buy. The F-4 is the featured jet in that sim and it's superbly modeled having by far the most challenging and realistic flight model. Even the wild weasel variant (F-4j) is available to play. Plus the fact that you get to do some serious mud moving in an Intruder (A-6) or Thud (F-105); nuff said. smile
7245  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] 4.7 Million Wii VC titles sold on: June 02, 2007, 03:20:21 PM

Quote from: Destructor on June 02, 2007, 05:32:59 AM

Quote from: JSL on June 02, 2007, 03:58:47 AM

I still have not bought anything on the VC. The pricing is ridiculous, but what really stops me from getting anything is not being able to transfer the games to another Wii if I ever had to. I am sure I will break down eventually though.

Well, technically Nintendo keeps track of all of your purchases. If you keep your Wii number handy, and you have to send in your console for repairs, you should be able to tell Nintendo this and they'd be able to transfer them or give you credit somehow.

I also believe there's an option to register your Wii with Nintendo so that VC game purchases will automatically be registered. I can't remember if this is an option in the Wii configuration or an option on the nintendo.com website.
7246  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] 4.7 Million Wii VC titles sold on: June 01, 2007, 06:21:22 PM

Quote from: Laner on June 01, 2007, 06:12:21 PM

And Zelda II is what they celebrate with?  Ugh.

I've never played Zelda 2 so I can't really comment... but my gut tells me that a celebratory offering of Super Mario RPG or Paper Mario 64 is more in order here.  slywink

With an average medium price for VC games of about $7.50, that
amounts to about 35.2 million in total cash sales in just over 6 months!

So-o-o-o on that note...how long until the money printing DS get's posted in this thread? smile
7247  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii VC]japanese VC line up for June on: June 01, 2007, 03:26:58 PM
I personally was never thrilled with F-Zero X on the N64, at least not the way I was with F-Zero FX for the Cube or the F-Zero's for the GBA; believe these were the same as the SNES versions.

Paper Mario 64 and Breath of Fire 2 would be excellent additions to the VC library. Both of these will be day 1 purchases for me when they're available to N.A.
7248  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii Console & Control Issues? on: May 31, 2007, 10:53:51 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 31, 2007, 10:38:17 PM

Do you have any light sources or anything reflective like a window or a glass cabinet near your TV?  Try using the Wii remote calibrator and you can see if it's picking up any extraneous IR sources, and you can try to drop the sensitivity so they get ignored.

I ditto this...it's the only thing I know that can cause the error you're describing. My HDTV is stored in a cabinet that has retractable doors that can be used to shield the sides of the screen from light. Therefore I don't run the risk of light sources interfering with the Wii sensor bar and have consequently never encountered this problem.

I've had my Wii for over 6 months now and the only error I've ever had was 1 system lockup that occurred while playing POP - Rival Swords; damn that prince, his wild antics are too disruptive! smile
7249  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Party 8 on: May 31, 2007, 08:05:16 PM

Quote from: Devil on May 31, 2007, 03:23:52 PM

Where's the talk?

Reviews are hammering it, but I need forum feedback!!

I wouldn't hold much stock in reviews when it comes to Mario Party games as many reviewers seem to miss the point. They seem to put the mini-games under a microscope and apply a review criteria that they'd use for a Capcom or Konami greatest hits collection. Which is a problem because those collections are usually comprised of what were AA and AAA quality games back in their day.

The review average so far for MP8 is about on target (71%). In fact after 9 reviews MP8 is only 5% lower than the highest ranked MP game ever; the original N64 game. I really wish GT would post a review because I thought this sites review of Mario Party 5 was one of the best I've ever read.
I'm going to buy this game for my kids and I have no doubt they'll have a blast playing it.
7250  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] New, FANTASTIC Phantom Hourglass pics [UPDATED! Get in here!] on: May 30, 2007, 07:12:25 PM
Those screen shots look very good indeed, by far the best images I've seen on the DS yet. I'd preorder it today, but EB is the only store that takes preorders in my city and they failed to honor my LOZ:TP preorder. Hope there's lots of copies around when it releases.  paranoid
7251  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good Jet sims? Vietnam? on: May 30, 2007, 06:56:10 PM

Quote from: disarm on May 30, 2007, 01:42:07 AM

have you ever played MiG Alley?  it's a jet dogfighting sim set in the Korean war...not quite the era you're looking for, but a great flight sim in any case.

Although Mig Alley was an outstanding flight sim in it's day -still has one of the best dynamic campaigns to this day- it's definitely showing it's age. I still have it installed and occassionaly play it, but I much prefer the Korean war mods that were created for Wings Over Vietnam and other sims. MA had a significant patch created for it by a user mod group named BDG, but unfortunatley online play is still completely pooched. Despite the excellent work of the BDG group the sim is prone to random crashes which unfortunately can pooch a lenghty campaign. The BDG group is also no longer creating mods for it and the original developer -Rowan- went out of business long ago.
7252  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Colin McRae: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] demo on: May 30, 2007, 08:32:13 AM

Quote from: Farscry on May 30, 2007, 03:51:08 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 30, 2007, 02:44:23 AM

I really really don't understand why the sport isn't more popular in America, it's so much more fun to watch than NASCAR.  Better crashes, too.

Hell, watching golf is more exciting than NASCAR. Circuit races are great but not as fun on tv; rally races are great. I love rally racing sims, sounds like this one's good as long as they didn't make the controls too far from simulation.

Well...if you like left hand turns, NASCAR is very exiting!  Roll Eyes
7253  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rejected Wii Play games. (NSFW due to some content) on: May 30, 2007, 04:31:43 AM
Damn, I really want to play some of those games! I'm so IN if a collection like this makes it to retail.  icon_lol
7254  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Shadowrun Impressions on: May 29, 2007, 10:57:29 PM
I went looking for the PC version of this game on the futureshop.ca website. It's not listed on the front gaming page, in fact it's not even listed on the front page of the PC games or 360 games section. This is quite rare for a newly released game of this caliber. It's as if they've decided before hand that this game won't be a seller.   icon_eek
7255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: KOTOR II Fans - Check This Out on: May 29, 2007, 09:24:28 PM
I just checked the site, there's only 27 bugs left to squash. At this rate this will be releasing in mid summer.  slywink thumbsup
7256  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good Jet sims? Vietnam? on: May 29, 2007, 09:08:24 PM

Quote from: Kratz on May 29, 2007, 05:29:31 PM

I haven't played one since Lock-On, which I thought was pretty good... I mostly liked the A10 missions.

I was particularly interested any good vietnam jet sims.

Kratz,

IMHO the best Vietnam era jet sim is Wings Over Vietnam by Third Wire Software. This sim was developed by TK, the famed developer that previously worked on LongBow 2 and European Air War. You can get it in retail or purchase it from the thirdwire.com site; last time I checked it was $29. This games is definitely a simulation, but it's not as deep and detailed as LOMAC or Falcon AF; which IMO is a good thing. If you're looking for an equivalent to either or those, I'm afraid you're SOL in regards to a Vietnam theme. This game is supported very well by the developer; they've released no less that 3 major patches many of which have added additional features.

The user community support for WOV is just mind boggling, including a massive amount of free and some very high quality pay-for add-ons; Yankee Air Pirate being the most significant. There's also multiplay capabilities via HyperLobby, but to the best of my recollection it's limited to dogfighting and 2 player co-op missions. Another thing to consider about Vietnam era sims is that you won't get the advanced BVR radar and IR weapon capabilities that you have in a modern sim like LOMAC or Falcon AF. BVR weaponry was very new in the Vietnam airwar and wasn't terribly reliable. These limitations are modeled realistically in WOV and make for a challenging game.

If you want more info on the game, the forums on combatace.com or simhq.com are excellent sources. If you plan on playing it and want to get into some multiplay, PM me. I personally love going up against Mig 19's and 21's in my CF-5A  smile
7257  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I am amazed that I have 14 Virtual Console games. on: May 29, 2007, 03:46:47 AM

Quote from: EddieA on May 28, 2007, 10:00:34 PM

Actraiser was extremely impressive when it came out.  One of my most vivid gaming memories is that of my first descent to the planet in Actraiser (Youtube video here - about 20 seconds in)

Damn, that game looks does look very impressive! I love the Tree Ents that you can climb on in that platforming stage. I still think I'm going with Legend of the Mystical Ninja before this game, mostly because it has mplay. Of course I won't be getting either of these 2 until I've 1st downloaded Streets of Rage 2. smile
7258  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 29, 2007, 02:04:55 AM

Quote from: gellar on May 29, 2007, 12:59:49 AM

Go Not Anaheim!

gellar

I just hope Anaheim has one of their famous 3rd periods like in the last series. As in...hey where'd the Ducks go?
7259  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 29, 2007, 12:26:12 AM
Woo hooo!  power play Goal by the Sens and the games not even 2 minutes old!
Followed up by a great penaltly kill by them. smile
7260  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/28) on: May 28, 2007, 11:45:53 PM
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!
7261  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I am amazed that I have 14 Virtual Console games. on: May 28, 2007, 11:16:07 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 28, 2007, 10:39:40 PM

mario rpg(again,i wish!!)

If it's Super Mario RPG you're referring to, it's been reported to be an eventual VC release for both NA and Europe by a number of sources. I mostly go by vc-reviews.com which I've found to be a credible source for VC info; good reviews too.  icon_wink

BTW: vc-reviews doesn't just pull their release list out of their asses hats, here's their official statement:
Quote
These are all the games that are coming to the Virtual Console soon. They are not just ones we made up from wishful thinking; they are either confirmed or at least credible rumours.
7262  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 28, 2007, 09:51:36 PM
BUMP

Kicked this to the top in anticipation of the start of the final series tonight. Hell...this thread was almost falling off the front page. Is hockey that dead to everyone? paranoid

Anyhow... GO SENS GO!!!
7263  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I am amazed that I have 14 Virtual Console games. on: May 28, 2007, 06:03:42 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 28, 2007, 05:43:57 PM

28 May - Actraiser - Super Nintendo
28 May - Kid Chameleon - Sega Megadrive
28 May - JJ & Jeff - TurboGrafx-16

Thanks Purge.

Not a very good VC week unfortunately, especially coming on the heels of last weeks knockout releases.  I've been told to avoid JJ & Jeff at all costs and that Kid Chameleon had very bleh graphics even for it's time and so-so gameplay.
Actraiser however makes up for the other 2 and it's a game I'm very much looking forward to; coworker said it was extreme eye candy back in the day. I'm just not sure I'll buy it instead of The Secret of the Mystical Ninja.
7264  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/28) on: May 28, 2007, 05:32:28 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 28, 2007, 02:33:36 PM

Didn't realize Mario Party was coming out this week.  Gonna have to find some piggy banks to bust open to get that as well.

Same here, I'd completely forgotten about it. I traded in Mario Party 4 some time ago and promised my kids I'd buy them a newer Mario Party. My kids are going to be thrilled about this on Friday. Thankfully pay days on Thursday. smile
7265  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I am amazed that I have 14 Virtual Console games. on: May 28, 2007, 05:25:31 PM
I have 9 VC games and yes the only game I regret buying is also Dungeon Explorer, but for $6 I not crying. I've been very surprised at the quality and overall fun factor of the games I've bought. I've also been surprised at how difficult many of them are. I didn't personally own any of the 16 bit systems so most VC games are new to me. In fact other than Super Mario 64, Star Fox 64  and Donkey Kong Country all are 1st time experiences. Here's the games I own:

Donkey Kong Country
Super Mario 64
Super Mario World
Gunstar Heroes
Ninja Spirit
Star Fox 64
Bomberman 93
Toe Jam and Earl
Dungeon Explorer

I'm planning on buying Streets of Rage 2 and Secret of the Mystical Ninja within the next 2 weeks.

BTW: Does anyone know what this weeks VC game release are?
7266  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Colin McRae: DiRT [360/PS3/PC] demo on: May 27, 2007, 04:42:28 PM
I haven't raced a Colin McRae game since CMR2, so this holds some interest for me. I don't have a 360 or PS3, so I'd have to get this for the PC. I prefer realistic rally racing simulation games for the PC; Rally Trophy being my favorite.
I'm wondering if this game, like some other middle of the road racing games before it, will be open enough for the mod community to tweak it's realism. I remember the good work that was done back in the day for Mobil 1 Rally. If it can't be tweaked, this might be a game I pick up when I eventually get my 360.
7267  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Big Screen Theatre flicks on: May 25, 2007, 06:32:27 PM
I'd love to see the 60's JamesBond films on the big screen. I've been watching the new, enhanced MGM re-release of these films on DVD and I've been knocked out by the quality. Seeing a restored and enhanced Goldfinger, Thunderball or From Russia with Love in 70 mm would be awesome!
7268  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII is 10 years old - replay anyone? on: May 25, 2007, 06:14:02 PM

Quote from: Calvin on May 25, 2007, 02:56:14 PM

i have the pc version but it just looks like shit.

Hmm...sounds like you played it on a PC that didn't have a Voodoo video card. I've seen it on the PS1 and it definitely looks better on my legacy gaming rig with it's Voodoo5.
7269  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My first flight!! on: May 24, 2007, 08:06:24 PM
I mistook this as your 1st flight where you're the person behind the flight yoke.

Anyhow...welcome to the safest mode of transport in existence. I have to fly frequently for business, but I love being airborn so no complaints here. Chicago's a great city and O'Hare's a big airport, so leave yourself some time to get around and explore. smile
7270  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thinking of selling my 360..Good price? on: May 24, 2007, 07:40:51 PM

Quote from: Arclight on May 24, 2007, 06:40:58 PM

I like story driven RPG's...
I like a well done adventure game.
I like well done actiony RPG games...
Flight Sim
Flight sim combat
I love MMORPG's...........
umm...
Can't think of anymore right now....

You're right about these game types being in very short supply on the 360 and I doubt we'll ever see many true flight sims on it. Something to be aware of however, in the 2nd 1/2 of the 360's life cycle, RPG, adventure and some MMORPG's will likely start to appear just as they did for the XBox. That being said, the 1/2 point of the life cycle doesn't start until Nov. 15th.

I also favour the game types you've listed although I can also enjoy a good shooter, hockey and soccer game. I'm holding off on buying my 360 until the Fall when as least some good story-based RPGs' will be releasing. There's also the possibility of the new, better quality 65nmn chip SKU's arriving by then.
7271  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dark Messiah of Might & Magic: Worth $10? on: May 24, 2007, 05:43:52 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 24, 2007, 05:35:32 PM

Krono... when you get tired of it, I'll buy it from you. It's not the picking it up that's the problem, it's the unexpected outlaying of cash for home repairs. frown


Purge,

NP I hear you. I'd be more than willing to sell you my copy when I'm finished with it. I'll PM you when I'm near completion. smile
7272  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dark Messiah of Might & Magic: Worth $10? on: May 24, 2007, 05:33:37 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 24, 2007, 12:31:15 PM

I didn't. Unexpected plumbing issues where the bathroom sink is a trainwreck. frown

I checked the futureshop website and the deals still on, so you can still pick up a copy today. Originally the listing on the website said the instant rebate ends today (May 24th), but I can't see any date restriction now. That being said, the copy I picked up was the last copy at 1 of the biggest futureshops in my city.  paranoid
7273  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dark Messiah of Might & Magic: Worth $10? on: May 24, 2007, 04:34:30 AM
Got my copy today at Futureshop for $10. Many thanks for all the feedback on this.
7274  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII is 10 years old - replay anyone? on: May 24, 2007, 04:25:52 AM
Just amazing it's been 10 years and we still haven't got FF XVII ! What's wrong with that Squeenix sequels assembly line; they've really been slipping. smile
On a serious note...I only played the PC version, despite the bugs it was still a great game.
7275  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 23, 2007, 09:24:20 PM

Quote from: Kratz on May 23, 2007, 06:12:08 AM

Gimme a fuckin' break.

Here you go...C-R-A-C-K!!!...as in the collective sound of the Ducks' breaking their sticks over Chelios' head!  icon_twisted
7276  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dark Messiah of Might & Magic: Worth $10? on: May 23, 2007, 07:48:50 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 23, 2007, 07:26:34 PM

I'll give ya 10CDN for it, gratch! biggrin

Purge,

You can buy it for that price online until tomorrow at futureshop.ca.
I probably should have posted this in the Deals forum,  but the promo is for just a few days. Also available in store for that price.
7277  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] Console to get VoIP chat on: May 23, 2007, 01:32:34 PM

Quote from: Destructor on May 23, 2007, 01:16:08 PM

Will this be the feature that brings the PSP to sales levels like the DS? I highly doubt it, but it's a neat feature in of itself. Oddly enough, via the BBC News:

Quote
Owners of Sony's PlayStation Portable (PSP) handheld console will soon be able to make voice and video calls over a wireless internet connection.

Using a soon-to be-released camera and microphone, gamers will be able to call other PSP owners and some BT phones. The software has been developed by BT and will eventually allow PSP users to call PCs, fixed lines and mobiles.

Initially the service will only be available in the UK and will only work on home or BT wireless hotspots. Currently, there are around 2,000 of these situated in airports, railway stations, hotels and fast food restaurants.

Kinda cool, no? I don't see myself ever using it though.

I really like the idea. It got me thinking; with a built in microphone and WiFi there's no reason this couldn't be done with the DS as well.
Kudos to Sony, or the 3rd party, for coming up with this for the PSP.
7278  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 23, 2007, 03:58:17 AM
What a cheap, bullshit move by Chelios on Moen to sleaze out a penalty! Between him and Bertuzzi I have plenty enough reason to hate the Wings; good riddance!
If ever there was a player that deserved a Lifetime ban for unsportsman like conduct, Chelios fits the bill. God I hope this is his last season.

I hope the Ducks fuck up in the 3rd period of their games against the Sens the way they did tonight. Keep doing that Ducks and the Sens will bring the cup home!

GO SENS GO!!!
7279  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 23, 2007, 02:53:53 AM

Quote from: ScubaV on May 22, 2007, 08:11:41 PM


Also, what's with all the hate? What did Detroit do to you?

Having bought a few Stanley Cups before the salary cap, they deserve all the hate they get.

Tonight Hasek looks like a suffocating fish out of water the way he's flopping around on the ice. Great to see him get burned for his antics. Can't deny he's got some good net-minding moves but he's been a fluke for too long.
7280  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dark Messiah of Might & Magic: Worth $10? on: May 22, 2007, 09:38:37 PM
I know that Dark Messiah of Might and Magic only received luke warm reviews. If I recall correctly much of the negative was that the game out of the box was quite bugged.

My question is: has the game been patched to the point where it's now playable and is it worth $10 CDN ($9 US)?
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