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7281  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.
7282  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
7283  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
7284  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
7285  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
7286  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
7287  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
7288  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?
7289  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
7290  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!
7291  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.
7292  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!!!
7293  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.
7294  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
7295  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?
7296  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.
7297  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!
7298  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.
7299  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
7300  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.
7301  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
7302  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
7303  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.
7304  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.
7305  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
7306  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.
7307  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.
7308  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!!!
7309  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.
7310  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)?
7311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] 80GB Model Confirmed! on: May 22, 2007, 01:30:53 PM
Hey wait a minute...I see the marketing logic, it's 2 PS3's for the price of 1!
PS3 60GB + PS3 20GB = PS3 80GB. Good one Sony.  finger
7312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] VC Info for 5/21 on: May 22, 2007, 01:15:33 PM
Whoah! This is is a very strong VC release week. I never played SofR2, but many of my co-workers have said this is probably the best beat 'm' up ever released. And DKC2; nuff said. I'm IN for both of these.
7313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo's Third Quarter Release list - Metroid in August on: May 22, 2007, 12:52:14 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on May 22, 2007, 03:08:37 AM

I just noticed that there are several third party titles missing from that list, like Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition (may be a June release), Manhunt 2, Alien Syndrome, and Dewey's Adventure. So I wonder why Nintendo even bothered publishing it? I was reading elsewhere that Nintendo didn't put any M rated titles on the list, interesting no? I dunno, doesn't seem to make any sense to publish a half done release list.

There's definitely some games missing from this list. MP3 and BW2 are day 1 purchses for me. Strangely Space Tycoon also gets my interest, although I know nothing about it.
Lot's of ds titles to like. smile
7314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best/Worst Voice Acting on: May 22, 2007, 12:28:42 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on May 21, 2007, 09:53:45 AM

Bad voice acting:  Resident Evil (the original)

Ditto! So bad it's funny. The voice acting in any of the Dynasty or Samurai legends games as the closest runner up for worst.
7315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii - Choose me a game for my Birthday on: May 20, 2007, 03:38:06 PM

Quote from: Tals on May 20, 2007, 03:19:31 PM

OK the winner, coming out of nowhere and destroying the opposition - well not really but the one which appealed and won was SSX Blur, i'm a skier myself so the thought of Skiing/boarding on the Wii appealed. Only played a few hours so far but I think I will really like this one. I'll post impressions properly in the sports area once i've played it properly. For once the graphics arn't bad as well!!

Tals

Good choice it's a very good game, in fact I'm also playing it today. slywink thumbsup
7316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: April NPD numbers... on: May 18, 2007, 08:03:11 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on May 18, 2007, 03:46:10 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on May 18, 2007, 03:19:14 PM

So the question of can the market support three current-gen systems is still up for debate it seems. 

Actually, I think the more relevent question is not whether the market can support 3 game system but whether the market can support any game system that costs $400+ dollars.

I agree, the price is the issue and a big factor in the PS3 and 360's sales numbers slipping. Even the last console gen market -roughly 140 million- was easily big enough to support 3 consoles. If you distribute those numbers evenly you've get about 47 million per console. Most manufacturers start turning profit by at least the 20 millionth unit; was even true for the expensive to build XBox.
7317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: April NPD numbers... on: May 18, 2007, 07:45:50 PM
I refuse to get excited about Wii sales numbers until I can use my Wiimote as a virtual hockey stick to cross check Todd Bertuzzi's virtual head through virtual plexi glass.  icon_twisted
7318  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Sigil is consumed by SoE (Vanguard) on: May 18, 2007, 09:49:19 AM

Quote from: Destructor on May 18, 2007, 02:35:38 AM

And now there's an interview with Brad McQuaid up. It's not as 'doom and gloom' as the other ones, but it's still an interesting read. One thing that caught my eye:

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f13.net: Ok, here's a loaded one. A number of people have said there was one QA member up through at least beta 3 or 4. How did an MMOG survive with one person dedicated to quality assurance.

Brad McQuaid: The original plan was to use Microsoft's vast testing facility. We were to keep a small testing team at Sigil -

f13.net: But one?!

Brad McQuaid:: No. A small team that was very close to the dev team and use the massive facility at Microsoft. When that relationship went south and we were scrambling for money, we simply did not have the room to grow.

Go take a read if you're interested.

I'm sorry but this is just complete unadulterated bullshit! Just about everyone in the MS sphere of influence knows about the McCarthy dev model. This model recommends a ratio of 2 QA per 1 developer. Of course very few dev teams achieve this and often settle for a 1:1 to relationship. But for complete freaking sake Mr. Quaid, 1 person for all of QA!  And at most a lick and promise from MS that you'd get external QA resources!! What total BS! It's just plain knowledge that you never rely on external QA resources.

[Edited] Toned down a bit of the language and removed some content. This whole situation at Sigil has got me worked up to the point where I've got to be careful how I even respond in this thread.
7319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New PS3 RPG - Folklore (coming out this Fall!) on: May 18, 2007, 09:03:07 AM
When this releases there'll be a spike in Japan PS3 sales; mark my words.
7320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: April NPD numbers... on: May 18, 2007, 08:43:56 AM

Quote from: Brendan on May 18, 2007, 07:40:16 AM

Quote from: Ridah on May 18, 2007, 07:11:20 AM

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Sony's already started to make the necessary changes and I'm sure Mr. Moore can be jetisoned from the 360 ship as easily as Krazy Ken was tossed from the good ship Playstation.

Why would MS want to get rid of Moore? That guy is awesome, I've always perceived him as being passionate about his job.

Additionally, all of the actual press on Kutaragi was that the guy hung on for years too long because of his political savvy.  They were only able to get rid of him after he'd killed the flagship product, not beforehand.

All of the game console manufacturers IMHO struggle with their change management models. Their markets change so fast that simple mistakes can end up being large blunders. They generally have a 5 year window to make effective and strategic decisions and god forbid if they don't. Even the major personalities we come to criticise and despise all have their pluses. I'm critical of many of these game industry icons, but I still appreciate what they've contributed. When we look back 10, 20, or 30 year from now I'd bet we appreciate the following:

  • Yamauchi (Nintendo): Always realized that they were 1st and foremost a gaming company; they did in fact start out in post WWII war Japan as a game card manufacturer. Yamauchi realized that the software (games) was a continuation of this tradition and as a result they never failed to turn profit with their games under his direction; this ethic continues in Nintendo to this day. He also gave Miyamoto all the rope he wanted...and shigeru responded by never hanging himself once.

  • Kutaragi (Sony): Realized very early that optical media was the way to go and was he ever freaking right. The rest is legend, but his insistence on this led to Sony singlehandedly stealing just about every significant game dev from the Nintendo camp,  which at the time still insisted that the memory cartridge medium was the way to go.

  • Moore: (Sega/Microsoft): Realized the importance of online play and online communities. He had visions about players seamlessly playing and communicating online. I believe Moore even had some hand in Team Sonics creation of the 1st ever online RPG; Phantasy Star Online. Of course his influence in the creation of Xbox Live is well known and appreciated by all of us.

Even though these individuals contributed so much, they all reached a point where they were more of a detriment than an asset to their respective companies. I'm afraid Moore is reached this point now with Microsoft.
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