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7281  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
7282  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.
7283  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.
7284  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.
7285  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.
7286  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?
7287  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.
7288  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
7289  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.
7290  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...
7291  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
7292  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.
7293  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
7294  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.
7295  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
7296  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.
7297  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
7298  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.
7299  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
7300  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
7301  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
7302  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
7303  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
7304  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
7305  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?
7306  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
7307  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!
7308  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.
7309  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!!!
7310  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.
7311  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
7312  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?
7313  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.
7314  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!
7315  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.
7316  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
7317  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.
7318  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
7319  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
7320  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.
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