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7841  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: BBC uses Wii for their news stories on: February 15, 2007, 12:12:52 AM
Sure...I bet that reporter just wiimoted out of her latest session of Donkey Kong Country.  Roll Eyes
7842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which version of Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 are you buying? on: February 15, 2007, 12:07:22 AM
I don't have a 360 but I do have a PS2 and a XBox. I'm not a serious hardcore soccer fan any more, although I did play the sport for 8 seasons when I was a kid.

My question is; am I better off getting the PS2 version of WE 2007 or would WE 9 for the XBox suit me just as well? I had WE 8 for XBox and put quite a lot of time into it and enjoyed it, but without on-line play I eventually grew tired. In my city I can pick up WE 9 pre-owned for a lot less bucks than WE 2007.

I do have concerns that the WE 9 user community on Live will drop off rapidly now that WE 2007 is out for the 360. Should I be concerned about this?

On another note, for a non hardcore fan like myself would FIFA 2007 (XBox or PS2) be just as good a choice?
7843  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War Climbs the Ranks of ATB's Top 10 Games of All Time on: February 14, 2007, 12:20:35 AM

Quote from: Destructor on February 13, 2007, 11:52:12 PM

Quote
Pros: Graphics that rival the PS3; incomparably immersive cinematic flow; riveting plot.

The fuck? Okay, look, yeah, the PS2 could do some impressive things for its time, but 'graphics that rival the PS3'? I want some of what they're smoking.

Yup, I agree it's an over exaggeration. But what I think the reviewer's trying to say is that the game really pushes the envelope for PS2 graphics and visuals. Similar to the way that Resident Evil 4 did for the Cube.
7844  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Level 5s first DS game on: February 13, 2007, 09:57:01 PM
That looks very cool indeed. It has a visual style that's almost like a Miyazaki anime.  thumbsup
7845  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War Climbs the Ranks of ATB's Top 10 Games of All Time on: February 13, 2007, 09:25:19 PM

Quote from: ATB on February 13, 2007, 07:59:27 PM

GoW III maybe what gets me to buy a PS3*.  If this game this gen's graphic engine, my eyes would pop out and my brain melt.

Well according to yesterday's review at gamespy, the graphics in GOW II are already approaching PS3 quality

Quote
Pros: Graphics that rival the PS3; incomparably immersive cinematic flow; riveting plot.

BTW they gave it 5 stars out of 5

The link: http://ps2.gamespy.com/playstation-2/god-of-war-2-divine-retribution/763910p1.html
7846  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamespot needs to adjust their Wii review section on: February 13, 2007, 09:11:24 PM
I'm afraid the Wii section is just 1 of many things GameSpot needs to adjust.  icon_confused
7847  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 12/Feb/07 on: February 13, 2007, 05:27:16 AM
We played way too, too much Dragon Quest VIII. This has got to be the best multiview game I've played other than Zelda TP and KOTOR; i.e 1 person plays and multiple persons sit back and view. icon_biggrin
7848  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The best system no one ever purchased: the Gameboy Micro on: February 13, 2007, 05:02:41 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on February 13, 2007, 02:25:28 AM

Quote from: kronovan on February 13, 2007, 12:28:10 AM

So in order for her to trade Pokemons with her brother and friends I had to purchase the Micro Link cable and a Micro adapter. The same is true for the Micro and the GBA wireless adaptor.

Umm Yeah.


Spoiler for Hiden:
Nintendo is making (lots of) money.

LOL  icon_biggrin Yup you're right denoginizer, Nintendo is definitely making a lot of money and sometimes in quite clandestine ways. But to be fair the link cable and adaptor did only cost me about $20. Plus even as early as a year ago the Micro had already seen 2 price drops, so it really didn't cost me a cent more than a GBA SP. And even better, wait and hold for the big clincher, I could get one with a pink ladybug skin. Which was real important at the time since the coral pink GBA's were no where to be found and damn it my daughter wanted one! Of course as I played it at the airports on my way home I umm...swapped out the ladybug skin for the cool black one.  icon_cool
7849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest VIII - 8 tips for a newbie on: February 13, 2007, 01:38:21 AM

Quote from: Farscry on January 12, 2006, 07:56:45 PM

2 )  Don't sell your old stuff.  Almost everything can be combined with something else to either make a more useful item or one that will sell for more than the original two items would together.  If you need cash, sell monster coins or things that aren't as needed for combining.

Doh! Yeah sure, now someone starts a thread like this just after I convinced my son to sell his copper sword and starting sword.  There's nothin like bad fatherly advise retard
7850  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War 2 in 720p? (confirmed false) on: February 13, 2007, 01:19:01 AM
Quite honestly the 1st GOW looked so damn good in just 480p widescreen that I'll happily take this 2nd version at the same visual level.
7851  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/12) on: February 13, 2007, 01:11:35 AM
Nada.

I've really got to save up for upcoming Wii games as I'm down to only 3. I also just bought FF III, Super Monkey Ball Deluxe, Dragon Quest 8 and I'm still looking for Hotel Dusk.
7852  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fire Emblem games for the GBA on: February 13, 2007, 12:55:10 AM
Neither game is a sequel / prequel so you can play them in either order. Both are excellent games so get playin and enjoy the gaming goodness.  finger
7853  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The best system no one ever purchased: the Gameboy Micro on: February 13, 2007, 12:28:10 AM

Quote from: juniordan on February 12, 2007, 10:15:36 PM

I never saw the sense in the micro. especially if you have a Cell Phone. Screens are the same size and I don't have to change cartridges. its all saved on the phone.

Well the reason to own a GBA Micro over a cell phone is that it gives you access to the GBA library of games. Which IMO is the best handheld gaming library in existence.

Anyways...I bougth a micro for my daugther's birthday last year while I was away on business. And of course being the curious cat I am, I opened it and tested it out. I was very surprised by how easy it was to view the screen -much better quality than my GBA SP- and how easy it was for me to use it considering I have large hands. Of course it fits my daughters hands that much better and is more comfortable for her than a GBA SP. The layout of the buttons on the micro is excellent which is why it can accomadate different size hands.

My only complaint with it is that it doesn't support the same GameCube link and GBA link cables that the GBA & GBA SP's support. So in order for her to trade Pokemons with her brother and friends I had to purchase the Micro Link cable and a Micro adapter. The same is true for the Micro and the GBA wireless adaptor.
7854  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Factor 5 and the Money Hat on: February 12, 2007, 09:55:10 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 12, 2007, 06:50:03 PM

Not really true.  They did indeed move.  They were essentially second party to Nintendo, and they were deciding to move to Sony or MS, so MS was certainly "in the running". 

Absolutely correct. In fact last console gen Factor 5 designed the Dolby ProLogic II API and toolset for the GameCube. They initially used it in Rogue Squadron II, after which Nintendo purchased the rights from them and made it available in their dev kits.

They were an important and valuable partner for Nintendo and one I'm sure Nintendo regrets loosing. But obviously if they didn't think the 360 was powerful enough they wouldn't have even given the Wii a 2nd glance.  icon_frown
7855  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War 2 in 720p? on: February 12, 2007, 07:24:34 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on February 12, 2007, 06:47:34 PM

It probably works in the same way that Halo 2 looks a bit better on the 360 than on the regular XBox.  There is probably some extra data on the disk or they will be downloading something to the PS3.

Sony is smart to do this; MS missed out by not doing anything to make the later XBox titles worth getting for the 360.

How does Halo 2 look better on the 360, is it upscaled to 720p? And if so don't the textures look quite poor as a result of this. Currently Halo 2 is running on my XBox at 480p 16:9 and it looks excellent on my HDTV.

Perhaps MS didn't implement 360 enhancements for later XBox games because they knew in advance they had no intention of making them backward compatible.
7856  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ar Tonelico, the latest RPG by Gust - A few thoughts on: February 11, 2007, 07:37:00 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on February 11, 2007, 06:56:42 PM

Any more comments about this game? I'm on the fence about the purchase, and would appreciate more imput from anyone playing it.

With a possible 50 hours of gameplay as stated in the GT review it would make more sense to purchase than rent since it would require a number of rentals to complete it.
From what's been said in reviews it's probably worth getting if you don't mind the simple combat. I'll probably eventually buy it, but not before I play through my existing list of PS2 RPG's. But hey, if you've already played all the other great PS2 RPG's then it sounds like it's worth it.
7857  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Getting a Wii what do I need on: February 11, 2007, 04:53:23 PM

Quote from: drifter on February 11, 2007, 04:28:59 PM

Got mine was number 18 in line about 40 minutes before store opened.  Luckily I had told my wife to go ahead and buy two nun-chucks and two wiimotes when she was at an out of the way Wal Mart as they only had 6 controller come in with 64 consoles.

Wii Sports is very cool (even if my wife did beat me up in boxing)

Excite monsters trucks are fun (son is playing it now)

Haven't opened Zelda yet.

Got a 512 SD memory card for $19 too.

What cable is everyone referring to?

A component cable that will allow you to connect your Wii to a TV with component inputs. The quality of the graphics are significantly better especially if you have an EDTV or HDTV that can accept a progressive scan signal.
7858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: tool for recording gameplay? on: February 11, 2007, 12:42:02 AM
FRAPS is a must have PC utility IMHO. Only because it often reports frame rates more reliably than  the counters included in games. So if you want to tweak game performance this is an invaluable tool  And yes it records game video very well.
7859  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Viva Pinata is for Girls on: February 11, 2007, 12:23:51 AM

Quote from: Bulletproof on February 10, 2007, 10:03:46 PM

i certainly didn't mean to offend anyone. I think it is more of a statement about how disconnected senior management is with their products...

I'd actually cut Mr. Bill a bit of slack on this one for the following reasons:

1. He has 2 kids at home, 1 of which is a daughter. I can well imagine that the Gate's household has a 360 in the family room **cough family theatre** and there isn't much that's appealing to his daughter. Personally I'm not planning on purchasing a 380 until Mass Effect or a price drop, but if my daughter gets wind of this game it'll probably be much sooner. Not that my sons and I won't enjoy playing it.  icon_wink

2. He isn't a gamer and openly admits it; come on his idea of hardcore gaming is being pawned in
on-line session of Project Gotham.

3. His comments reflect Microsofts' efforts to reach out to other gamers other than their XBox & 360 base. IMHO this is a good thing as there's currently too much shooting balls, hoops, pucks and bullets on the 360.

7860  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Official Halo collectable miniatures game by Wizkids on: February 10, 2007, 11:14:09 PM
Well...My family and I have SW: Minitatures, Heroclix and MechWarrior and I must say all 3 are excellent. My days of tabletops and Pen & Papers go back to the early 80's when I was a DM at a College D&D club with 70 members strong.
So these WizKids games are just a way to continue a tradition with my family that began for me many, many moons ago.  icon_biggrin
7861  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Cool Gamer's Wives on: February 10, 2007, 11:09:59 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 24, 2006, 02:55:26 PM

And she bought me a shirt.

It has a picture of a GC controller and it says 'I have control issues.'  And....IT GLOWS IN THE DARK.

Damn! I want one of those shirts!  nod
7862  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Anyone Still Play COD2 MP? on: February 10, 2007, 10:20:18 PM
Are you referring to the 360 version or the XBox version?
7863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Getting a Wii what do I need on: February 10, 2007, 10:15:09 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 10, 2007, 06:21:08 PM

Don't forget the classic controller if you're planning to dive into the Virtual Console stuff.

I actually prefer a GameCube controller to the Classic controller; especially the Wavebird wireless. There's very few VC titles that won't work with a GC controller.

Component cables are an asbolute must have IMHO. I have the Nintendo cable and I'm very happy with it, but I have heard that the MadCatz is also a good cable. I have a MadCatz component cable for my PS2 and It's perfectly fine.
7864  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Do you play MMOs from 1st or 3rd person perspective? on: February 09, 2007, 04:14:40 PM
I've always played AO and DAoC 3rd person. Only because I'm such a ham I couldn't bare not being able to see myself emote.   Tongue
7865  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Jedi Knight II Jedi Outcast on: February 09, 2007, 04:08:45 PM
Great to hear that this game is still going strong. I use to play the XBox version of Jedi Academy on-line. I never did pick up Jedi Outcast or Academy for PC, but always wanted to.
With the information that it's still being played I think I'll pick up Outcast; I know of a web site that sells it for the lofty price of $12.99.    icon_wink
7866  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Final Fantasy III Friend Codes on: February 09, 2007, 01:51:12 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on February 07, 2007, 10:09:41 AM

I will add mine tomorrow biggrin

Great ROTC1983.
Once you post your code I`ll enter it and send you some mail..
7867  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii going Mature... on: February 08, 2007, 08:47:47 PM

Quote from: rrmorton on February 07, 2007, 07:13:58 PM

Yeah, I'm all for the M rating, but this I have no interest in. The first game looked like violence porn. I can think of a dozen games I'd rather see getting sequels. Eternal Darkness 2 with a wii remote flashlight comes to mind.

I agree I have no interest in playing a game like this and would much rather see  games like ED make their way to the Wii. I also thinks it's a mistake on behalf of Rockstar to bring a game like this to the Wii. Only because the Wii has had strong sales to new / casual  gamers and games like this are much more appealing to traditional / hardcore gamers. I also think a game like Manhunt 2 could really turn casual gamer away from considering future M rated games.
7868  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Guitar Hero on: February 08, 2007, 08:15:13 PM
I found the quote from Activision CEO Mike Griffith during the conference call very interesting:

Quote
The key difference in our strategy versus the prior cycle, is that in addition to full support on Sony and Microsoft platforms, we will aggressively target the Nintendo platforms consistent with our multi-platform strategy and Nintendo’s expected growth. In fiscal 2008, we will double our offerings on the DS and the Wii, including Spider-Man, Shrek, Transformers, and Guitar Hero.

Looks like 2008 is shaping up as a big year for the Wii in terms of 3rd party releases. I know this is only 1 game publisher, but their influence on the game industry is signficant and can't be denied. I've no doubt other game developers and publishers will follow suit.

BTW Freaking fantastic that GH is Wii bound!!!  dude
7869  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good XBox games I might have missed (and are BC) on: February 08, 2007, 07:39:22 PM

Quote from: godhugh on February 08, 2007, 07:10:44 PM

I'm thinking about heading to another GS and seeing if I can find Baldurs Gate: Dark Alliance 2 since I have some money left on my gift card.

Yeah, I forgot to include Baldurs Gate: DA 2;  great action-RPG that was lots of fun especially in 2-player co-op. It's a shame that the orginal BG:DA isn't BC as it was also an excellent game. Anyhow... you can't go wrong with the choices you made.

Another game I forgot to list was Tony Hawks 4 which is BC and will run in glorious 720p; the best Tony Hawks game IMHO.
7870  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good XBox games I might have missed (and are BC) on: February 08, 2007, 06:23:37 PM
I'll second all of these:
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 1 & 2
Jade Empire
Fable: Lost Chapters
Crimson Skies
Halo
Doom 3
Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow and Chaos Theory
Lego Star Wars II

You can't go wrong with any of these and all are Backward Compatible.

I'd also add Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and Star Wars Battlefront II. SWBF II in particular is a must have game IMHO as both the offline and on-line play are excellent.
7871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [FF3] Run Command! What Run Command? on: February 08, 2007, 12:54:29 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 08, 2007, 12:37:53 AM

I missed my chance to try and convince you you have to pump your arms as if you were running as the game uses the microphone to detect the air rushing over the DS as you pump your arms.  icon_frown

Hey I already tried that! But I was thinking more along the lines of out flying Bahamut   Tongue
7872  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [FF3] Run Command! What Run Command? on: February 08, 2007, 12:03:42 AM

Quote from: egrudzin on February 07, 2007, 11:59:39 PM

The battle menu is longer than what fits on the screen.  You can scroll down and the Run command is at the bottom of every menu (if you press up at the top of the menu, it will wrap around to the bottom).  It's kind of a dumb interface thing.  They could have fit all the commands on the screen pretty easily.

Doh! I knew it would be something silly I was overlooking.  retard

Many thanks for the response egrudzin.   icon_biggrin
7873  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [FF3] Run Command! What Run Command? on: February 07, 2007, 11:50:53 PM
I've just started playing FF3 and I've reached the peak of the mountain where I confront the dragon Bahamut. I tried to fight him once before I realized it was no go and all my party consequently died.
So being stumped I found a guide that suggests the following action: RUN AWAY! USE THE FRIGGIN RUN COMMAND! I have no such option on any of my menus. I've tried the run button combo of pressing: 'B' while moving the + pad. But my party is always placed into a no win battle.
What is the run command that my guide is referring to?
7874  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Final Fantasy III Friend Codes on: February 07, 2007, 09:10:05 AM
Friend Code: 249 199 655 360
7875  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "How a PlayStation speculator misread the market and lost" on: February 07, 2007, 01:41:57 AM

Quote from: Hetz on February 07, 2007, 12:48:16 AM

Nintendo sold out everywhere this year due to the low price and the 'Nintendo' factor. They have a legion of fans that will buy anything with Nintendo stamped on it. They have the most hardcore fanboys of any console.

Not to misquote you Hetz, but I only included a portion of your comments as I don't want this thread to become too long and unreadable.

Anyways... in regards to the legions of Nintendo fanboys you refer to, if they do in fact exist, they must have gone into hibernation for the release of the GameCube. I've bought the last 3 generations of Nintendo consoles on launch day -yes you can call me a fanboy- and I can tell you that the Cube was anything but scarce. I walked into a big box store at noon on release date to be greeted with a stack of Cubes, whereas today that same store has notices posted in their window stating they have no Wii's available! If I recall correctly at the end of 2001 Nintendo hadn't even sold a 1/2 million units in NA! I'd say the success of the Wii has more to do with Nintendo giving the gaming public what they want similar to what Sony did with the PS2.

I'm not disagreeing that the PS3 will continue to sell; I still think the PS3 may very well eventually win this console gen. But what I'm saying is that Sony needs to shed the cocky and arrogant attitude they've built up over time. And Mr. Levitins comments' are just another example of that attitude. Trying to brush off the crash in the PS3 eBay market due to the fact they shipped 1.1 million units isn't exactly facing reality.
7876  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "How a PlayStation speculator misread the market and lost" on: February 07, 2007, 12:05:33 AM
I love the level of denial in the Sony employee's statement

Quote
"I think a lot of people expected us just to ship on Nov. 17, so that no one would be able to buy them through Christmas and you'd see the insane eBay auction prices building up," said Matt Levitan, marketing and public relations manager for Sony Canada, who also said the company had shipped 1.1 million units to North America by the end of December. "We spoiled a few plans for people looking to make a big profit on the PS3."

He talks as if there wouldn't be insane auction prices for Wii's or 360's if that volume of units were shipped by Dec 31 in their respective launch years. In the case of the Wii we know that Nintendo delivered more than that number to NA, yet there were still no where to be found. And Even though MS didn't deliver that many 360's to NA by Dec. 31, 2005, based upon how scarce they were until March I'd be surprised if they would have been as easy to locate as a PS3 was last December.

I'm afraid Mr. Levitin needs to wake up and smell the roses. As far as I'm concerned his comments are just another example of spin doctoring by Sony marketing.
7877  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: wiikly VC update a good one too on: February 05, 2007, 06:34:29 PM

Quote from: kronovan on February 05, 2007, 06:01:15 PM

what's it's level of difficulty/maturity, i.e. could a 10 year play it?

Oops, meant to say 10 year old  icon_confused
7878  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: wiikly VC update a good one too on: February 05, 2007, 06:01:15 PM
Super Mario Advance sounds really good especially considering it supports 2 players. I didn't pick it up for the GBA so I'll be purchasing it just as soon as I complete Mario 64.
Gain Ground also sounds interesting, did anyone here ever play it on the Genesis? And if so, was it good and what's it's level of difficulty/maturity, i.e. could a 10 year play it?
7879  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist, Fools! 2/Feb/07 on: February 02, 2007, 09:08:07 PM
I'm away for the weekend so any gameplay will have to be on the DS. After not being able to find Hotel Dusk yesterday I bought FF III instead; yeah! So that will be my gameplay for the weekend   icon_cool
7880  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Virtual Console Releases for 1/29 on: February 02, 2007, 08:33:01 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on February 02, 2007, 08:22:23 PM

Anyone know why the original Metroid isn't on Virtual Console?

The original Metroid Prime is currently available for the GBA as 1 of the titles in the Classics series. So possibly Nintendo doesn't want to redirect any sales away from the GBA game to a VC release. Although they did release the original Legend of Zelda which is also a classic series game.
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