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7601  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Well, it's official now (360 elite) on: March 28, 2007, 03:27:31 PM
I don't care what new SKU Microsoft dumps on the market, just as long as it clears the way for a price drop in the Premium. If they keep prices where they currently are I'll gladly not own any 360. Personally there's absolutely no way I'd spend the extra $ for this.

Knowing Microsoft Canada, they'll double the additional $80 and try to justify it by throwing in a game that everyone knows costs them $10 to include. I fully expect this to debut on the CDN market with a $650 price tag. And no doubt Microsoft Canada Will jump up and down hollering hey it's cheaper than the PS3!
7602  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Nintendo holding back consoles? on: March 28, 2007, 04:13:34 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 28, 2007, 02:10:53 AM

Time for me to ease up on the Puzzle Quest, I have this irresistible urge to line up your post's smileys for an extra turn.

LOL...too funny.
7603  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Motorsport 2's Official Car List on: March 28, 2007, 12:02:20 AM

Quote from: gellar on March 27, 2007, 04:50:08 PM

They aren't running the AM V8 Vantage though, so that's a bit annoying.  That's definitely the 'sportiest' of the Astons.

Isn't that the car that Handsome Rob wanted to spend his loot on in the re-release of the Italian Job?
7604  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Nintendo holding back consoles? on: March 27, 2007, 11:13:27 PM

Quote from: deadzone on March 27, 2007, 10:24:27 PM

But the assertion is that they are holding a large supply of Wii's and are going to flood the market in April to keep their investors happy?  You guys don't think the investors are happy right now?  I guess you guys also assume that the Wii is going to stall sales-wise soon?  I don't think they are doing it simply because I don't think they have recovered from the initial sales.  I don't think they have enough stock to even stockpile for their April quarter.

As I stated in a earlier reply, it's not so much a witholding of current supply as it is deciding not to bump up production; i.e they probably don't have some secret warehouse stocked with Wii's. Nintendo stated a few months back that they were ready to increase production before quarter end, but that appears to not have occurred.

The 2nd quarter is often lower for console sales than the 1st and always lower than the 4th, whereas the 3rd is the lowest. Nintendo's in a unique position to buck the trend by not increasing production until these quarters and therefore having a supply and consumer demand that will continue to drive high sales.

 As you've stated there's a risk to this approach if in fact the sales would have been very high anyways. In which case Nintendo ends up selling less consoles than they potentially could have by year end. It's worth the risk for Nintendo because shareholders and stock analysts tend to gauge and rate publicly traded companies on a quarterly basis; avoiding a downward trend in a quarter is the key thing.
7605  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MOH: Vanguard Review IGN on: March 27, 2007, 09:52:13 PM
Yikes, Game Informer and 1UP both gave it a 4 out of 10!  icon_eek

1UP link:http://www.1up.com/do/reviewPage?cId=3158255

I don't hold much esteem for either of these sites, but none the less these are very low scores.
7606  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The "gamers" boycotting Capcom are pathetic on: March 27, 2007, 08:39:03 PM
Quite frankly the whole proposition of gamers getting incensed about this sort of thing is IMHO ridiculous. The console manufacturers are really the only ones to gain from exclusives. It may be an issue if multi-platform compromised quality, but Capcom made this a non-issue when they ported RE4 to the PS2 with minimal degradation in graphics quality.

The irony of this whole situation is that Capcom, with the success of the Wii, is probably now kicking themselves for not having the favourable relationship they previously enjoyed with Nintendo. When they took RE4 out of exclusively they seriously soured the relationship, and I've read that they aren't being offered license discounts/perks from Nintendo anymore. Whether the playstation fanboys like it or not, Capcom has to now max their multiplatform options if they're to maintain a healthy existence.
7607  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Nintendo holding back consoles? on: March 27, 2007, 08:10:06 PM

Quote from: deadzone on March 27, 2007, 07:32:03 PM

Nintendo more than likely recognized that they had a better chance of selling more units by supplying other stores that were not "Force Bundling" the Wii with all kinds of other stuff to inflate the price than they did with EB/Gamestop and others who did this.

This definitely appears to have been the case in at least my city in Canada as each EB store got a max of 15 units and yes, they did "force bundle" them. Senior management at EB apparently assured store managers that they weren't being short changed by Nintendo and that other retailers that had taken "unofficially sanctioned by Nintendo" pre-orders wouldn't have their supply honored. I tried to tell my favorite local EB Manager that this just wasn't true, which I knew to be the case since a friend of mine manages a Toys R Us store. As it turned out, Toys R Us stores got all of the 60 units they pre-sold and Walmarts got 45 - 60 units. There are more EB locations in my city but even if you add up all their numbers, they still got less units.

I think a lot of this goes to previous gen loyalty and corporate attitude and mentality. Just a year or 2 ago you couldn't walk into an EB store in my area and not have some salesperson make unsolicited, negative comments about the Cube. And Toys R Us and various other franchises sold far more GameCubes per capita than EB. Nintendo appears to have rewarded these franchises and somewhat shafted EB.
7608  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MOH: Vanguard Review IGN on: March 27, 2007, 07:35:03 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on March 27, 2007, 02:00:02 AM

it gets a 7.0 from wii.ign.com

Quote
Medal of Honor Vanguard was clearly designed for PlayStation 2 and upgraded for Wii. Games developed in this manner have a tendency to show barely-tweaked visuals and tacked on controls, but Vanguard looks notably sharper and plays significantly better on Nintendo's system. I've scored it lower than our sister site, though, because Wii is simply capable of so much more. Vanguard arrives on PS2 at the end of its life cycle, but it comes to Wii at the beginning and it barely scratches the surface of what's really possible.

What the freck? Scored it lower because of some missed potential? Am I a weird person for thinking that a good game should be called a good game regardless of "missed potential"? Baffling. Way to go IGN, you sure showed EA, you sure sent them a message you dolts. God, I am starting to hate every game media "journalist" site in creation, present company excluded because we tend to not pull bullshit out of our asses like that.

Wanted to come back and note, I don't really care about Vanguard, or the actual review score, but I am bothered at the choice of platform to air some silly grievance with EA.

I read the review and yes IMO the article was written from a very biased perspective. The reviewer constantly makes references to Call of Duty 3 throughout the review and for the most part comments that MOH:V is superior. However when all is said and done they actually scored it lower.

The reviewer continually praises the graphics over COD3 yet gives it the exact same ranking; 7. They did mention that it doesn't maintain as steady and a high a frame rate, but still gives the overall impression that the graphics are superior to COD3. Based on their comments and the rating they gave COD3, I would have expected an 8. Secondly, the replay is ranked lower than what COD3 was given, yet COD3 had no multiplay whatsoever. They make the comment that it doesn't have online, but also mention that the spit screen multiplay is quite good. I would have expected a 7 for this category.

I can understand how a reviewer could interject some personal bias or tilt into their game review, but this review seems to go out of it's way to arrive at a lower score. The proof will be in the pudding when I play MOH:V myself, but from what I read in this review the game sounds more like an 8 out of 10 as opposed to a 7.
7609  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Nintendo holding back consoles? on: March 27, 2007, 06:20:24 PM
I remember around the end of January Reggie Fils-Amis (probably spelt his name wrong) announcing that they were boosting production levels beginning in March to 1 million or more Wii's / month. From what Gamestop is saying, this didn't occur.

My only guess as to why they might not have done this, is possibly by holding off until April they could optimize manufacturing and be more cost effective. One thing you can always count on Nintendo for is to find a way to make more money.
7610  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Any games give you massive Castle Sieges? on: March 27, 2007, 12:56:44 AM

Quote from: Toe on March 26, 2007, 06:01:20 AM

Yeah, DaoC has them. Things I can think of off the top of my head they have.

Battering rams
Ballista (ground and mounted on keep towers)
Catapults (ground and mounted on keep towers, can use different types of ammo)
Trebucets
Boiling oil
Destructable (and repairable) walls
fix ladders that allow stealthers to get into castle

The castles come in various sizes from small towers to large keeps with multiple gates as well as outlying towers (which can be taken over independatly of the main keep and used to assault it). The side that owns the castle can spend PvP points to upgrade the keep (which are visible) as well as add NPC guards of various types. To take a keep the enemy has to kill the NPC keep lord which is rather powerful at which point the castle changes hands.



And add to all this some spectacular settings to strategically situate the keeps. I particularly liked Thidranki with it's 3 bridge access points; just loved camping the enemy bridges with my invisible Midgard ShadowBlade. slywink
7611  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Motorsport 2's Official Car List on: March 27, 2007, 12:32:29 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 27, 2007, 12:12:34 AM

Quote from: kronovan on March 27, 2007, 12:05:22 AM

The 1974 Lancia Stratos, dang I loved that car in Rally Trophy!   thumbsup

If it doesn't come with the Alitalia paintjob, you can bet I'll be looking to buy a custom designed one from another player in the in-game marketplace.

Shame on them if they don't, but very cool that you can buy it in-game just in case.
7612  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Motorsport 2's Official Car List on: March 27, 2007, 12:05:22 AM
The 1974 Lancia Stratos, dang I loved that car in Rally Trophy!   thumbsup
But where's James Bond's 1964 Aston Martin?  tear
7613  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Already at 6 million sold? on: March 26, 2007, 11:02:43 PM

Quote from: Devil on March 26, 2007, 10:45:06 PM

SAY IT!!!!

OK I'll say it for you. Who gives a crap if Nintendo's sold 6 MILLION Wiis, no one's announced a hockey game for it yet! What's so great about a Wii in every household if I can't use my Wiimote as a hockey stick damn it!!
Umm...that's what you wanted me to say...right Devil?  icon_confused

Oh oh...am I going to get busted by the thread derailment cops for this little outburst!?!?  paranoid
7614  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So..help me pick out some PS2 games on: March 26, 2007, 10:31:22 PM
Dragon Quest VIII is an excellent JRPG. It does however have some silly and humorous aspects that put some people off. It can be down right light and childish at times, which IMHO is part of it's charm.
If a great story is important to you, DQ VIII has one with the quality you'd expect from a Zelda game.   slywink thumbsup
7615  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/26) on: March 26, 2007, 08:40:56 PM

Quote from: Calvin on March 26, 2007, 07:56:21 PM

Quote from: stuntgibbon on March 26, 2007, 07:14:41 PM

Ended up being more of discussion on game design for other segments than Hannah Montana specifically, but you can go ahead and keep listing games.  It'll be thrilling!

I am so gratified it makes you happy, but it does nothing to change the fact when you turn to a discussion completely and utterly different from the thread topic-in a thread that is still getting traffic- courtesy is to make your own thread about it, not to try to throw in a smile and pretend to be obtuse about it-or to let us know how much more interesting what you are talking about is.  nod


Sorry... my bad; I've contributed to this thread derailment as well.  frown
I just wanted everyone to know why week in and week out I'm never planning on buying the latest release of 'Barbie's Wild Pony Adventure'.

Now...if Tim Shaeffer or American McGee could come up with a 'Pony's Wild Barbie Adventure' game, well...nuff said.
7616  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Doing well in the UK... on: March 26, 2007, 07:57:24 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on March 26, 2007, 07:52:16 PM

Quote from: javahead on March 26, 2007, 07:47:52 PM

I just can't afford $500 for a console.

I can, but nobody stocks the $500 version and according to itrackr haven't since about christmas.

I was told by a local EB Manager -a very strong fan of the PS3- that the 20 GB PS3 has officially been cancelled for distribution in Canada. I'm not sure if this is also the case for the US, but I wouldn't be surprised.
7617  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Doing well in the UK... on: March 26, 2007, 07:42:36 PM

Quote from: Dimmona on March 26, 2007, 06:49:47 PM

Looks like the PS3 has become UK's fastest selling console (beating the Wii).  I guess its not all doom and gloom for Sony...

Hey that's great that it's doing well in the UK, I really do want this to be a 3 console race generation and this should help Sony. Unfortunately it doesn't sound like the PS3 is selling too well in all parts of Europe.

Quote
According to French news site LCI, the PS3 launch at the Eiffel Tower was a complete bust with only 40 fans showing up to be the first to buy a PlayStation 3. Of the thousand units available, only approximately 50 were sold in less than 15 minutes and then the floating “store” closed up shop.

Link: http://wham.canoe.ca/ps3/2007/03/23/3814132-ca.html.

There's also some humorous content in rest of this article about the local Paris 360 marketing teams' attempts to disrupt the event.
7618  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/26) on: March 26, 2007, 07:13:33 PM

Quote from: Brendan on March 26, 2007, 06:15:38 PM

Quote from: stuntgibbon on March 26, 2007, 06:05:58 PM

I'm fascinated by the design challenges for games like that.  Like if you're presented with something like that, and you still have to design and produce the game...  now you have to figure out how to get into the mind of a 10 year old girl.   And what also is fascinating, is that the people who make these games are just like you and me.   Regular dudes that probably deathmatch, stomp hookers in GTA, rock out on Guitar Hero, spend weeks in WoW, etc.   (and probably had no clue wtf hannah montana was before the project came up.)    I'm somewhat relieved my projects AREN'T that difficult, but find them fun to look at and see what they came up with. 

Yeah, absolutely.  I design features that I don't personally use all the time, but there's a lot less subjectivity to it:  I can interview people who use my product, run usability tests, send out betas and get feedback, go on speaking tours to meet with user groups, etc.  My brain goes numb just thinking about watching Hannah Montana for research purposes.  Of course, girls have been wronged by the game industry:  for the most part, they get licensed crap that enforces stereotypes about horses and princesses and is only nominally "fun".  Many more adult women are stepping away from games targeted specifically at their gender, and toward games that are just, y'know, good games.

My daughter likes many of the popular TV programs targeted at girls her age and a bit older; she's 7.  But what I've found is that very few of the games themed on these franchises keep her attention for any length of time. Poor gameplay is no doubt the main issue, but not all of them have been that bad. And no surprise that we've mostly traded them in for the Nintendo franchises like Kirby, Mario and Pokemon. We've yet to trade in any game from any of these Nintendo franchises; she keeps playing them with enthusiasm.

I've also found my daughter and her friends really like the Star Wars games because they let them play more realistic, perhaps respectable, heroines. My experience with my daughters lack of long term interest in TV themed games has caused me to stop recommending them to friends.
7619  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/26) on: March 26, 2007, 05:53:08 PM
Medal of Honor: Vanguard (Wii) if the reviews are good. Otherwise I'll be picking up The Godfather: Blackhand.
I really want both of these right now, but I held off on getting the Godfather this weekend because I want to get a game my son can play as well.

I've got my hopes up for MOH:V, but I've got a great game to fall back on if it doesn't pan out.
7620  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Official Halo collectable miniatures game by Wizkids on: March 26, 2007, 05:05:31 AM

Quote from: jpinard on March 26, 2007, 04:41:37 AM

Well, I guess it's good to know it's not just me not knowing how to play with it right.

Jpinard,
I'm sure you're playing the game correctly. It's an unfortunate fact, but you can receive brand new Heroclix figures with bases that won't rotate.

I've read that some people have fixed this by using some lubricants; i.e. sewing machine (5 weight) oil. I haven't tried this myself, but whatever you do don't use WD40! The graphite will discolor the colors on the stat wheel, making it impossible to correctly read the stats.
7621  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anybody successful in getting coffee stains of out carpet? on: March 25, 2007, 03:47:15 PM
Sprinkling salt on any liquid that's spilled on a carpet will keep the liquid from reaching deeper into the pile where it's likely to adhere. After the salt is dry you can remove it and then go to work on the stain with one of the techniques other's have posted here.
BTW: this salt technique is particularly effective on red wine spills.
7622  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Any advice on how to pull an all-nighter? on: March 25, 2007, 03:37:43 PM

Quote from: the Nightbreeze on March 25, 2007, 01:37:19 AM

Keep eating every 1 1/2 hours.  A sandwich or so.

Eating frequently every 2 hours or so is very good, but I wouldn't eat anything as heavy as a sandwhich. Stick to fruits, vegetables and other easy to digest foods. Some exercise as someone else suggested definitely helps.
I agree about the splashing water in your face thing; doesn't help as much as some claim. However, splashing cold water in your eyes after spending countless hours / days working in front of a computer or video monitor really works wonders!
7623  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: No wife tonight-my movie pick. Rented Serenity. on: March 25, 2007, 03:22:48 PM

Quote from: Farscry on March 25, 2007, 03:36:30 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on March 25, 2007, 03:02:34 AM

Wasted your money, bro.

Dude, first Blade Runner, now Serenity?! What alien species are you? icon_wink

Yeah, I saw that Blade Runner comment a few days ago, but didn't write anything at the time. I mean come on it was a Ridley Scott film for Pete's sake. I know, know, he did make Legend!  saywhat  thumbsdown
But honestly, how can you not like a Ridley Scott SciFi film?
And now dissing Serenity; sheesh!
7624  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 10 Hardest to Beat Console Games on: March 25, 2007, 03:10:44 PM

Quote from: disarm on March 24, 2007, 07:33:58 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on March 23, 2007, 06:26:07 AM

Ninja Gaiden Black had the pussy option available to it, ergo it shouldn't even qualify for this list. The original? You'll take your limited continues, your insane difficulty levels and the need for a hell of a lot of luck right from the start, and you will like it!

if you're referring to the original NG for xbox and not the NES game, don't forget that NG:B doesn't just have an easier option...it also has an extra difficulty level at the top end.  think 'Ninja Dog' is too easy?  beat the game on lower difficulty levels and unlock the ridiculously hard option that goes above and beyond the challenge of the original version.  after that, give the missions a try...then come back and say that Black is easier than the original icon_twisted

Yup, it was this aspect of Black that got me confused in my earlier post; I thought the original XBox version had that feature. I never played the NES game and I'm not sure I'll be up for the frustration if it ever releases on VC.
7625  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Official Halo collectable miniatures game by Wizkids on: March 25, 2007, 03:05:27 PM

Quote from: jpinard on March 24, 2007, 11:57:59 PM

I have those Star Wars Heroclix things and they hardly work.  Do they move and click nicely for all of you?

The Star Wars miniature figures don't actually have rotating bases, but I hear you on the Heroclix. It's not uncommon to get figures with bases that won't rotate. The same can be true for the Mechwarrior figures but it's a bit less common.

Your best bet is to buy from a store that sells single, unboxed figures. There's a few in my city that sell them beginning at $1. It will cost you more, but you'll be guaranteed to have a figure that works. There's also apparently various trading sites on the Internet, but I personally haven't used any of them.

7626  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best "Trading Card" console game? on: March 25, 2007, 02:44:27 PM

Quote from: Qantaga on March 24, 2007, 08:24:17 PM

Quote from: EddieA
it's a lot of fun, and the random card draws make each battle different.

I'll echo this. I really enjoyed Baten Kaitos (I only played Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean, so I can't speak to Origins.) Take that with a grain of salt, because I'm not a big CCG player, but I spent a lot of enjoyable hours with this game.

Ditto on the 1st Baten Kaitos, an excellent game with a good card battle system. I haven't played the 2nd yet, but I've heard it's even better than the 1st.
There's also a Magic the Gathering game for the XBox that could be played online via Live, unfortunately it's not BC.
7627  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA: Vice City - Controls? on: March 24, 2007, 07:29:57 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on March 24, 2007, 12:18:11 AM

Open up your Control Panel, and open the "Game Controllers" applet.  Does your controller show up there?

Sometimes my controller (nYko) stops showing up there.  It's USB, I just disconnect it and reconnect it, and it shows up.  But sometimes, it's there and I need to recalibrate it.

Already checked that. My Logi is present in the game controllers applet and it's calibrated perfectly everytime I've checked. Something I haven't tried is holding the left analog stick all the way to the right while the game starts. I didn't think this would ever be necessary for a USB controller, but it used to work for gameport joysticks back in the day.
7628  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeff Green's blog mentions Company of Heroes 2 on: March 23, 2007, 11:39:09 PM
Hold your thoughts on this....I might be able to dig up...
7629  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA: Vice City - Controls? on: March 23, 2007, 10:18:18 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on March 23, 2007, 09:11:45 PM

Quote from: kronovan on March 23, 2007, 07:55:14 PM

Any ideas on what I can do to get this game working with a handheld controller?

I used the controller driving and the kb/mouse on foot and found the combo to be pretty good. Just have to drop/pickup the controller when getting ito or out of a car.

How did you do this? When I set the control mode to 'standard' my Logi controller is no longer recognized. Whereas when the control mode is set to 'classic',  my controller and I believe keyboard are recognized, but I can't stop the spinning when on foot!?

 I guess could always leave my controller plugged in and swap back & forth between classic and standard via the options menu when I get in & out of a car, but that seems like a hassle and it will breakup the game flow.
7630  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBox] Call of Duty 3 or Battlefield 2: MC - Which to get? on: March 23, 2007, 08:38:10 PM

Quote from: papasmurff on March 23, 2007, 07:52:31 PM

Having played both on the 360, If you are looking for off line play go with COD 3.  Battlefield 2 is more online team based and in my opinion the single player was weak.

Hmm....fraid this would be the case. The difference in price in my city between the 2 is significant; $20 for BF2-MC compared to $50 for COD3.  icon_frown Oh well... guess you get what you pay for.

Before I go out and spend the money, is COD3 really $30 better than BF2:MC?
Or put another way, is COD3 really that much better than BF2-MC that it's worth paying 2.5 X more for it?
7631  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 wii-like control stick? on: March 23, 2007, 08:34:20 PM

Quote from: Shkspr on March 23, 2007, 08:24:25 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 23, 2007, 02:09:03 PM

The PS3 controller, while it knows how you're currently tilting it, doesn't have the acceleration device inside that would let it be capable of knowing how fast you're swinging the stick.

Like they couldn't just swipe another company's technology and add the functionality in halfway through the console's life cycle. smile

I thought Sony did just that with their rumble technology....runs and ducks for cover.  icon_eek
7632  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA: Vice City - Controls? on: March 23, 2007, 07:55:14 PM
Yikes...either my post sucked or everyone played this on a console.  icon_confused

Anyhooo...I did some testing with my Logitech dual-axis controller. I have the problem that whenever walking on foot, my view constantly spins to the left when the left analog stick is in the neutral position. However, it works perfectly when I'm diving any of the vehicles; and I mean perfect! This constant spinning makes it more or less impossible to use my Logi controller.

I partially solved my control issues by creating a profile for my Nostromo N52 and using it instead of the keyboard. Unfortunately vehicle control really sucks in comparison to using the Logi controller. I've tried switching modes on my Logi -swaps the left analog stick with the digital plus pad- but nothing seems to prevent the spinning.

Any ideas on what I can do to get this game working with a handheld controller?
7633  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 23/Mar/06 on: March 23, 2007, 07:10:44 PM
My kids will be taking over the consoles this weekend, which means they'll also be taking over the HDTV that everything connects to.
So many sessions of Lego SWars II, SSX Blur and Super Monkeyball Dlx. Hopefully a few sessions of SWars BF II and maybe I'll be lucky enough to get in a session of NWN2 Sunday night.  icon_wink
7634  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XBox] Call of Duty 3 or Battlefield 2: MC - Which to get? on: March 23, 2007, 06:58:50 PM
I've noticed whenever I check the Major Nelson site for the top 10 most popular original XBox online games, that Battlefield 2:MC and Call of Duty 3 are usually on the list. I own almost all other games that are on the list except these 2 . I haven't played Battlefield since 1942 for the PC and I did play Call of Duty: BRO a bit on XBConnect. I enjoyed my online and  offline play time with both of these games.

 I have a mid-range spec'd PC so I'm also considering these games PC equivalents if the offline and online experience is much better. I was hoping to let my son play them as well which is why I'm looking at the XBox games. It's a bummer that neither of these is BC to the 360, but I figure I'll just trade them in and buy the 360 equivalent when I eventually get my 360.

My question is; of the 2 of these games which game is the better game for offline play and which is the better for online play?
The other question I have is; are the PC equivalents so far superior that I really shouldn't be considering the XBox games?
7635  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Top 10 Hardest to Beat Console Games on: March 22, 2007, 11:37:48 PM
I didn't play enough of the games in the list to comment 1 way or another. I'm glad F-Zero GX is in the list in the top 5 because it was brutal to beat. And I agree that the 1st Ninja Gaiden for XBox should be in the list and ranked higher.

I also think that the Genma Onimusha for XBox should be in this list. I know it's recognized as a real challenge because all the gamers in the local video game stores and rental outlets are amazed that I beat it.  icon_wink
7636  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Godfather Blackhand Review(s) on: March 22, 2007, 01:51:45 PM

Quote from: Hetz on March 22, 2007, 01:05:16 PM

I really liked the game on the 360. So much so, I am thinking of picking up the Don Edition on the PS3.

Anyway, the Blackhand Edition on the Wii looks good. I just don't know about the graphics and controls for my own enjoyment. The core game though should be solid and Wii owners will be in for a treat with this game.

If you have a Wii Hetz you might want to reconsider this, since so far the PS3 version is being scored lower than the Wii by most reviewers. The general buzz amongst reviewers seems to be that the graphics in the The Don's Edition don't even come close to using the capabilities of the PS3.

PS3 Rankings:
http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages2/937717.asp?q=Godfather

Wii Rankings:
http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages2/934379.asp?q=Godfather
7637  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone going to PAX this year? on: March 22, 2007, 01:24:25 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 22, 2007, 01:22:06 PM

Quote from: kronovan on March 22, 2007, 12:41:38 PM

For the past 2 years I've thought about taking my son to PAX. I'm in Vancouver so it's only about 2 hours drive. I'm about 90% sure that this year we're going to make it. I regret now not having gone in previous years because I now have the added cost of having to get my son a passport.

I had a question about about registration; is there a discount for early registration?
And if there is, what's the cut off date for early registration?

There is indeed a discount for early registration and I think it ends at the end of March.

OK good to know, thanks for the info Grue.
7638  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 Headset/voice communications on: March 22, 2007, 01:18:49 PM
Now this is a situation where you need your PC near your 360 so it can host your vent or teamspeak connection. Then you need to find other players that can do the same; gives you the option of using the superior voice quality.

Not such an easy thing when using XBox Live. This is more common amongst the XBConnect crowd, since they often have their PC's near their XBox or 360 to host the XBC connection. Of course you do end up giving up a lot of the Live features when using XBC, but it  may be worth it for the better voice comm.
7639  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone going to PAX this year? on: March 22, 2007, 12:41:38 PM
For the past 2 years I've thought about taking my son to PAX. I'm in Vancouver so it's only about 2 hours drive. I'm about 90% sure that this year we're going to make it. I regret now not having gone in previous years because I now have the added cost of having to get my son a passport.

I had a question about about registration; is there a discount for early registration?
And if there is, what's the cut off date for early registration?
7640  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Wanna try Vanguard? I have 20 trial keys. [all gone] on: March 22, 2007, 12:21:04 PM
I re-rolled the other day and created a Half Elf Disciple on the RP server. And sure enough some of the stuttering and fps drops that other posters had talked about were there. So from my experience the performance issues seem to be area specific. I didn't experience these on the Orc and Goblin's home isle, but most definitely did in the Shang village.

I really like many of the elements of this game, but think I'm going to hold off purchasing until there's some further optimization.
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