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Title: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Swish on April 04, 2007, 12:52:47 AM
It just hit me - no one has put up the most obvious thread title for the Video Games subforum. I'll see to that.

So, yeah, what's everyone been playing lately and what do you think of said game(s)?

Chrome Hounds
I'm yet to figure out whether I genuinely like it, or whether my vision is clouded by how awesome robots are. Especially fully customisable robots in From Software games.

Crackdown
I'll never tire of making things explode.

IndestructoTank!
I just thought I'd plug this rising Newgrounds legend I was a part of. Originally it was a clone of Heavy Weapon, but the physics were a little over the top when I tested it in the early stages, and I said to Tony I wasn't even using the guns most of the time because bouncing was so damn fun. From there it snowballed, and now it's great fun and quite original if I do say so myself.

Final Fantasy XII
Does anyone else find this game horrendously boring? Kudos to them for the Gambit system - it's quite clever - but everything is just such a thankless chore.

Hitman: Blood Money
I'm still playing it. Got back into it the other day. Pulled off a sweet Silent Assassin run of A New Life. I love it when a plan comes together.

Phoenix Wright Ace Attourney: Justice For All
It's like they heard me, even though it was made long before I played the first one. It's everything I asked for - more of the same, but with more focus on interrogation and a case where
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
. Awesome.

Well?

What about you?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on April 04, 2007, 02:12:06 AM
uh well im currently playing the waiting game

JUST 30 SOMETHING DAMNED DAYS LEFT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sorry im better now

ps i dont find ff12 boring, if i had it here i would STILL be leveling my charectars.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on April 04, 2007, 03:18:21 AM
Because of work, I'm kind of stalled on my video game playing.  However, I'm on hour 60 of Dragon Quest.  It's a loooong game. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on April 04, 2007, 03:20:17 AM
but fun isnt it.   I assume this is the dragon quest for ps2 that came out recently.  the one with the king and princess thats been turned into a monster and a horse respectively?  I got all the way to the end (i think) and then ff12 came out and i broke my own rule and became distracted. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: BEERxTaco on April 04, 2007, 03:45:42 AM
Been running Nascar Sim Racing for the last couple years even though it's incredibly flawed... looking forward to the ARCA sim coming out this month. We have a regular league and run full schedule 3 nights a week.

BTW I don't expect any of you to know what I'm talking about lol...
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on April 04, 2007, 03:56:02 AM
As per Minnesota's recommendation, I'm currently playing GTA: Liberty City Stories on PS2.  Pretty fun, not nearly as good as San Andreas, but it's fun running around the old Liberty City map on new missions.  I'll be getting Vice City Stories next.

And even though I've slowed down playing it so much, I still pop Guitar Hero II in occationally.  Still stuck at 32 / 40 songs in Expert mode, and I don't really expect to get any further.  Just trying to get as many stars as I can on songs I've already beat.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on April 04, 2007, 04:28:13 AM
but fun isnt it.   I assume this is the dragon quest for ps2 that came out recently.  the one with the king and princess thats been turned into a monster and a horse respectively?

Yeah, I love it.  I've been boosting my stats in the monster arena and trying to pick up stray mini-medals.  It's sort of distracted me from the main quest.  I did kick ass in the casino though: I have about 500,000 tokens!
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on April 04, 2007, 04:33:09 AM
yeah ive screwed up my charectars kinda, i gave them the wrong stats.  The spear guy i gave hammers too and was later told spear is better for power leveling because he has an ability that destroys the metal slimes. 

and i suck at the casino
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on April 04, 2007, 05:49:11 AM
I just got the sequel to Runaway for my B-Day (An awesome point and click adventure!) so I'm finishing up the first one so I know where the story picks up. :^) I also snagged Final Fantasy 3 for DS (Awesome so far!), Sonic and the Secret Rings (Also awesome so far!) and I've been hooked on Civcity: Rome. I love a good city builder, and ANCIENT city-builders are better still. :^)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Swish on April 04, 2007, 06:06:47 AM
Oooh. A mate of mine has Sonic and the Secret Rings and also attests to its greatness, but I can't afford anything new at the moment.

I must say, I do like me some Dragon Quest VIII, but I've not played it in ages. Xenosaga III rudely tore me away a good while ago, and now I can't get back into it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RandyMistie on April 04, 2007, 07:28:29 AM
PC games for me, but...

Neverwinter Nights: the first one, the sequel sucks balls.  With all of the custom content and 4 years of patching/adding content and the two expansions, NWN1 is in a nearly perfect state finally.  The graphics are dated, sure, but still servicable.  Super fun to play at a LAN party.  Tons of player made mods to play, so there's always something to do.

Oblivion:  Lots of coolness.  It's like the holodeck, or sumthin'...

EVE Online:  I have been playing this boring-ass MMO for over two years and every time I quit I keep going back.  There is something about it... it's like-- hypnotic.  The system is so far removed from any other MMO out there and the ship combat is pretty amazing, except that I suck at it, so I die alot.  It's a strange dynamic we EVE fans have with the game.  When you plot a course to a distant system and for the next two real time hours you are watching your ship jump in and out of warp, through jump gates... and you realize you are just spending two hours watching a spaceship whoosh around... but there is this realism to it... I don't know, I don't think any EVE fan can explain the appeal of the game.

That's all for me.  I barely have the time to play those as it is, though.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on April 04, 2007, 08:36:44 AM
Mmm. Oblivion. Want an MMORPG but hate the idea of meeting someone new? Oblivion has all the addiction and none of that darned human-to-human contact going on. :^)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: BEERxTaco on April 04, 2007, 08:40:19 AM
I'm still waiting for Duke Nukem Forever...
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on April 04, 2007, 08:41:10 AM
I'm still waiting for Duke Nukem Forever...
Wasn't that supposed to come out in like- '99? :^)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on April 04, 2007, 08:59:28 AM
Unfortunately, when Burning Crusade came out, I was sucked back into Azeroth, so I'm mostly playing World of Warcraft. (I had about a year and a half break from it though, so it still feels new.)

When I'm not playing WoW, I'm flitting between Urban Rivals (online game), Kingdom of Loathing, Europa Universalis III, Rogue Galaxy, Command and Conquer III, Titan Quest and, cough, the Sims 2.

Next week though, I'll be playing Marvel Ultimate Alliance since they just announced a downloadable expansion for it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Minnesota on April 04, 2007, 10:06:03 AM
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories   - Definitely worth the 20 dollar price tag, graphics/game play are far superior to the original Vice City.

NHL 2K7 - Another great game by 2K sports
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on April 04, 2007, 10:20:42 AM
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories   - Definitely worth the 20 dollar price tag, graphics/game play are far superior to the original Vice City.

And I can probably get it cheaper if I buy it used.

when I first started playing Liberty City Stories, I completely knew my way around already, just from playing the original so much.  But it surprised me because I haven't played it in years, but I still remembered all the streets and locations. It was like going home....
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MarkAndrew on April 04, 2007, 10:32:20 AM
Supreme Commander with some sporadic Magic The Gathering: Online and City of Heroes.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: BathTub on April 04, 2007, 10:52:48 AM
I would play SC if my computer could run it. loved TA.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Minnesota on April 04, 2007, 11:09:21 AM

when I first started playing Liberty City Stories, I completely knew my way around already, just from playing the original so much.  But it surprised me because I haven't played it in years, but I still remembered all the streets and locations. It was like going home....

Yup, its really a testimat to the level design in Liberty City. I too had that instant playability in Liberty City Stories. Unfortunately the level design isn't nearly as good in Vice City (in my opinion), but with the improved graphics at least you can see the city better than in the original.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: BobEvil on April 04, 2007, 06:55:03 PM
Neverwinter Nights (anyone?), Valkyrie Profile 2 (Lezard might be the coolest character ever), and New Super Mario Bros.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RandyMistie on April 05, 2007, 07:24:16 AM
Neverwinter Nights (anyone?), Valkyrie Profile 2 (Lezard might be the coolest character ever), and New Super Mario Bros.

Yes, BobEvil, my post (above) mentions NWN1.  We play multiplayer as often as we can.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Raven on April 05, 2007, 08:05:23 AM
I'm currently about an hour from finishing God of War II on God mode (Hard) then it's on to Titan mode (Very hard) and the bonus areas.  I hate being anal retentive.  Then I think I'll take a crack at Bully, waiting for GTA IV to come out.  Maybe on the above recommendations I'll check out the two GTA stories games too. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Johnny_Short_Torso on April 05, 2007, 09:27:38 AM
I got a bunch of Xbox Live Arcade Games lately, but some of my favorite 360 games, arcade and actual disc-games are:

Castlevania: Symphony of the night
Feeding frenzy
Robotron 2084
Doom

Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
Burnout: revenge
Call of duty 2
Crimson skies
Dead or alive 4
Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter
Lord of the rings: Battle for middle earth 2
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Nunyerbiz on April 05, 2007, 09:42:27 AM
The only remotely "modern" game I still play is the occasional game of Madden 2007. I finally got burned out on World of Warcraft a couple of months back and the expansion wasn't enough to keep me interested.

I still have a couple of old school titles hanging around that I play once in awhile. I reinstalled X-Wing Alliance a couple of months back and play it on occasion... and I keep an old Windows 2000 PC around just to keep my ancient High Heat 2002 baseball franchise alive. (It doesn't run on WinXP).

Having reached my mid-30's... I think I've reserved myself to the fact that I'm not going to keep up on the latest consoles and/or video cards anymore. Geting old is a bitch that way...
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on April 05, 2007, 09:45:49 AM
Medieval 2: Total War
Oblivion sometimes
Doom 3
Ghost Recon 2
Soul Calibur 2 when my friends are over. I use the samurai guy, which is so out of character for me I think it started raining blood when I selected him and decided I liked him.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on April 05, 2007, 10:17:54 AM
And I forgot DDR Universe. Gotta try to stay in shape! OK. To GET in shape. :^) The graphics are real perdy. The colors are bright and that's all that matters in DDR because all you see is arrows. For all I know, your dancer does a little striptease while you dance. :^)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: the long undertow on April 05, 2007, 10:40:52 AM
I play a little Guitar Hero 2 a few times a week, and Puzzle Quest if I have some time to kill.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RandyMistie on April 05, 2007, 10:44:33 AM
I play a little Guitar Hero 2 a few times a week, and Puzzle Quest if I have some time to kill.

I LOVE the commercial for Guitar Hero II!  Epic animation and artistic style!  Very cool.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: La De Da on April 06, 2007, 08:47:42 AM
I went from playing GTA: SA to playing Metal Gear.  I'm still playing City of Heroes, getting ready for the next big thing (http://www.cityofheroes.com/feature_update_issue_9c.html).
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: nanites_r_us on April 06, 2007, 04:03:21 PM
lately i've been playing a lot of War Rock it's a free to play FPS that's actually pretty good. the graphics for it are great and as far as i'm concerned it's addicting. here's the site if anyone is interested   http://www.warrock.net/   . i've also been tossed back into WoW  due to burning crusades. though i don't play it as much as i used to... probably due to the fact that all my meaningful characters are LVL's 65-70.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Shinigami on April 11, 2007, 11:32:21 AM
Chrome Hounds
I'm yet to figure out whether I genuinely like it, or whether my vision is clouded by how awesome robots are. Especially fully customisable robots in From Software games.

On the Japanese site for that game they have downloadable paper models of many of the robots.  They're pretty damn cool.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on April 11, 2007, 05:34:52 PM
Why can I not stop playing Wario Ware: Smooth Mooves on the Wii?  I think it's because it's so simple that I won't put it down until I beat 100% of it.   Stupid OCD...

I suppose I will have to stop on Friday when I return the game to the video store.  Then I can start on Super Paper Mario.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Variety of Cells on April 11, 2007, 06:15:01 PM
Just got super paper mario it today.  I'm entertained so far.  I do enjoy me some metadiegetic humor, and there's a lot of that here.  The whole game seems to be conscious of itself, and plays with that a lot.  I only hope that it gets harder.  I haven't died yet. 

Well, technically I did.  But that's because I was being a smart ass and when they ask you "Will you save the world?  You're our only hope!"  I kept saying "I don't want to" just to see how many times it would take before they forced me to save it anyway.  Well, the game designers are a bunch of smart asses too, and if you say 'No' too many times then it just says game over.  Which is funny, and I respect it, but they make you go through the whole long introduction again.  Smartass game designers.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Swish on April 11, 2007, 08:51:02 PM
I just started Breakdown for the original Xbox. Bought it on impulse because it was going cheap.

I can only describe it as what would have happened if Half Life was made by the Shenmue team.

Bad checkpoint locations though. It can get annoyingly fail-repteat.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on April 12, 2007, 01:24:05 PM
Well, technically I did.  But that's because I was being a smart ass and when they ask you "Will you save the world?  You're our only hope!"  I kept saying "I don't want to" just to see how many times it would take before they forced me to save it anyway.  Well, the game designers are a bunch of smart asses too, and if you say 'No' too many times then it just says game over.  Which is funny, and I respect it, but they make you go through the whole long introduction again.  Smartass game designers.

I did the same thing.  So far it's really easy, but still plenty of fun.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on April 12, 2007, 05:15:22 PM
Oh, Super Paper Mario. Sweet, sweet Super Paper Mario. How did I ever have fun before you were released? :^) I beat Paper Mario 2 (Finally) earlier today and instantly melted away the next 3 hours playing Super Paper Mario. I'm a long-time addict of Paper Mario games, and while this is a departure from the previous 2 RPG-Style Paper Marios, it becomes something else that's maybe even better. I like it a lot. I can tell from past experiences with games that I won't rest until I've seen every area in both 2 and 3 dimensions.  It's SO addictive, I spent most of my day off (I QUIT MY OLD JOB! YAY!) NOT posting on these forums!!!! :^)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Dim of the Yard on April 12, 2007, 05:35:26 PM
Psychonauts.

... I have a lot of video games to catch up on.  I'm still only halfway through this one.  College seems to get in my way more often than not.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Hobbit on April 12, 2007, 05:50:19 PM
Warhammer 40,000:  Dark Crusade (expasion to Dawn of War).  I've finished with Chaos (my tabletop 40K army), and now I'm working on Imperial Guard.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Variety of Cells on April 12, 2007, 06:56:21 PM
Oh, Super Paper Mario. Sweet, sweet Super Paper Mario. How did I ever have fun before you were released? :^) I beat Paper Mario 2 (Finally) earlier today and instantly melted away the next 3 hours playing Super Paper Mario. I'm a long-time addict of Paper Mario games, and while this is a departure from the previous 2 RPG-Style Paper Marios, it becomes something else that's maybe even better. I like it a lot. I can tell from past experiences with games that I won't rest until I've seen every area in both 2 and 3 dimensions.  It's SO addictive, I spent most of my day off (I QUIT MY OLD JOB! YAY!) NOT posting on these forums!!!! :^)

Does it get harder?  I only got to play for a few hours and I'll be busy shooting a film all weekend.  But I'm curious to know if the difficulty increases.

I also pose this question.  I never got around to playing the other Paper Mario games, but which do you enjoy more, Paper Mario or Super Mario RPG?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on April 12, 2007, 08:06:12 PM
If you're in it for the challenge, Super Mario RPG is tricky on a near-Final Fantasy scale. Both series have an awesome sense of humor going for it. I'm partial to Paper Mario because I'm addicted to finding secrets and Paper Mario constantly rewards you for it. The paper Mario games (Especially part 2) are packed with enjoyable side-quests and easter eggs. If you're in it to win, you can tear through Paper Mario without much trouble, but if you're in it to get EVERYTHING, I'm going on 45 hours on Paper Mario 2, I finally beat it, and BEATING THE GAME unlocked some extra sidequests and more fun stuff to try. I love that in a game.

As for Super Paper Mario, 3 hours in, it's still a teeny bit on the easy side, but if it follows the difficulty level of the other Paper Mario games, the difficulty will probably spike significantly about halfway through.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: danmanx on April 13, 2007, 03:31:33 AM
I've been playing World of Warcraft quite a bit.... ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on May 20, 2007, 11:46:56 PM
Me and Tyrant finally sat down and played the tar out of Marvel: Ultimate Alliance this weekend for the Wii.

Once you get the hang of triggering your superpowers, the game is ten tons of fun and it keeps on coming. After 2 days of near-constant play, I don't think we're even halfway through. Multiplayer is a must. I can't imagine it being as much fun in single-play mode. But grab a friend or three and pick your favorite superheroes.

I especially like that they didn't focus the game ENTIRELY on the big Marvel properties. Sure, you got your Wolverine and your Spiderman, but you also have characters like Deadpool and Ms. Marvel. And they didn't skimp on the less popular characters either. Deadpool has a full arsenal of Deadpool-esque lines that he belts out at random, and certain conversations that are exclusive to him.

So if, like me, you bought this game when you got your brand new Wii, but were so distracted by Zelda you forgot you had it, grab a friend and play it! You'll be glad you did. NOW I just have to decide if its worth it to get the new Gold edition for the Xbox 360. Might be worth it to play through as The Hulk... :^)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: dignan on May 21, 2007, 11:43:26 AM
I'm on World 3 of Super Paper Mario.  It's a fun game, I just haven't had a ton of time to play it.  I imagine once the tv season is all over, I'll be able to devote more time to playing. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Quicksilver on May 21, 2007, 05:39:45 PM
here, I have a 360 a bunch of games and what do I play,......halo 2 online.  I'm so damn busy I dont have time to play new games that require thought, I own them but dont get the urge to play, when I've only got about an hour before I've something to do. For months now I had been awaiting C&C 3, and I havent bought it, now that its out. Halo is like playing basketball or football, once you learn, you know it, and somehow it never really gets old.

Being an adult sux.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on May 21, 2007, 05:41:46 PM
Re: Marvel

Yeah I got it before launch day.  Definitely not as fun with 1 player.  But I beat it without much trouble.

I'm done with Super Paper Mario and I'm doing all the extra mini game stuff.

Mario Party will be my next game I tackle.  (Also more fun with friends.  Just kina sad by yourself.)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on May 21, 2007, 06:58:43 PM
I'm into Medieval 2: Total War these days, and I was into Rome: Total War before it (though Rome was my favorite).

(http://www.winsoftware.de/newsbilder/Medieval2.jpg)

I think the Total War formula is pretty golden as strategy games go; the big campaign screen is a deep, complex turn-based system not unlike Civilizations, and when a battle is triggered it zooms down into an equally well-developed real time battle mode and returns you to the campaign screen afterwords. Best of both worlds. What I love best about it is how realistic it is (for a video game). As far as I know, it's the only game where units of soldiers will actually break from the battle, cease obeying commands and flee in terror if they get their asses handed to them too hard.

It's a great experience. The battle in the screenshot is English vs. French, and having played battles like it I can almost hear the pollaxes of the English knights making the sickening *thwack* noise unique to blunt weapons.

On a related note, I would hate to be a soldier in an army commanded by myself, at least not in one of the cheap mercenary units I hire for the sole purpose of soaking up projectiles and jumping in front of cavalry charges.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 21, 2007, 08:27:05 PM
I'm just finishing up Jump Ultimate Stars.  It's loads of fun even if it is an inferior Smash Bros type game.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on May 22, 2007, 05:20:47 AM
I've been alternately cursing at, and playing Puzzle Quest for the DS.  It's kind of an RPG, yet to fight bad guys, you take turns playing Bejewelled.  Getting a string of a certain jewel gives you powers which you can use to boost your own stats or to attack the other guy.  I'm enjoying it, but because the board you play on is completely randomised, the fights can be very unfair at times.
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Post by: eclipt1c on May 23, 2007, 11:28:33 AM
Ahhhh... Total War.  Rome pretty much ruined all RTSs for me.  I used to love Age of Empires games but now I can't play them.  Civilization games are really fun though, but when my units attack, I wish that I could zoom down and control them ala Total War.

I've been soaking hours with Medieval since it came out.  I suppose sometime I should finish the last Zelda level...
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Post by: krypton on May 26, 2007, 06:10:47 AM
Currently I am spending all my time and money on PoxNora (www.PoxNora.com), a cool java turn-based strategy game (supports Mac and PC).  And pretty much losing every game lol.  But sooo much fun.  Playing Marvel Trading Card Game and Puzzle Quest on DS.

My only console is a PS2, so I am occaisonally playing FFXII.  And I am STILL playing Black (especially after a horrible day in the cubicle farm).
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Shaggy on May 26, 2007, 07:26:38 AM
Right now I am spending a lot of time with the following games:

Freelancer (PC - picked it up for $10 and was pleasantly surprised)
Super Paper Mario (Wii - it's good fun, but I figured I'd be playing it more; ,maybe it's just all the other games I have going right now)
Adventure 2 (Atari 5200 - this just came out and if you never found a reason to get an ATtri 5200, there is now. Awesome sequel to the original Adventure found on the Atari 2600)
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Post by: Hebs on May 26, 2007, 10:12:35 AM
As of just yesterday,  Sly Cooper and Nancy Drew.  Word.
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Post by: Oceaniclost on June 03, 2007, 05:10:48 AM
Just started Mario Party 8 and Trauma Center: Second Opinion
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on June 03, 2007, 02:49:50 PM
Mario Party 8 as well.
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Post by: Chaos on June 03, 2007, 09:11:32 PM
My video card has been giving me hell lately - last month the cooling fan on it blew out, so my system now locks up for 10-30 seconds at a time every minute or so when I try to play anything with 3D graphics. So until I can afford to pick up a new card (which will take some doing, because I'm still on AGP), I've been rediscovering the golden / moldy oldies.

Right now, I am replaying Fallout 2 (mmm... post nuclear), and when I get bored of that I open up M.A.M.E. for some classic Street Fighter action.

I'm also about halfway through Final Fantasy 12 on the PS2 (my only console - again, me=poor).
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Post by: RobtheBarbarian on June 03, 2007, 09:21:31 PM
My barbarian is stuck in the Paradise plane on Oblivion at the moment. He has the Blood of the North ability so I'm good for health, but I hope I can finish it before he runs out of repair hammers and soul gems...
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Swish on June 04, 2007, 09:08:50 AM
I picked up Eledees (formerly Elebits) for the Wii not so long ago and I've loved every minute of it. It's kind of sad to think that it obviously won't catch on.

For those who aren't in the know, it's like a combination of Garry's Mod and Katamari Damacy. In a sentence: Throw stuff around with a Half Life 2-esque Physics Gun to unearth and capture little creatures which in turn enable you to throw bigger stuff around with the Physics Gun.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Minnesota on June 04, 2007, 11:18:41 AM
(finally got my 360 last week so I'm finally part of the next gen :) )
Rented Gears of War. Pretty sweet game, definitely worth the 14 or so hours it took to beat it.
I also rented Madden 07 and was very disappointed, I'm praying that the new 2k football will have easily updateable rosters because Madden feels very last generation at the moment.
I ordered Project Gotham Racing 3 off of Amazon (marketplace) for 6 bucks ... it was cheep not really sure what to expect from it.

I'll give this thread another read through and search for all you'all's 360 recommendations ... thanks in advance ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on June 05, 2007, 05:43:45 AM
I've been alternating between Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga for the DS and the Marvel Trading Card Game on the PC.  I know, I've sunk to new nerd lows, but I can't help myself!
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Post by: James of LinHood on June 05, 2007, 07:34:30 AM
I'm currently in the middle of Prince of Persia: Two Thrones for the X-Box.  Once I get done with that I'm going to finish Resident Evil 4 for the GameCube.  Then I'll probably get around to beating Condemned: Criminal Origins and King Kong for my 360.
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Post by: Invader_quirk on June 05, 2007, 08:10:04 AM
I just caught Dialga in Pokemon: Diamond. Best Pokemon game yet. I've been spending hours leveling up my party.
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Post by: Mr. 420 on June 05, 2007, 04:08:43 PM
Playstation 2: God of War and Guitar Hero 2

Xbox: Fable and Stubbs the Zombie
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Post by: Pak-Man on June 06, 2007, 12:28:16 AM
The virtual console has me all hooked on Actraiser all over again. It's good to be god! :^)
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Post by: Don W on June 06, 2007, 09:59:12 AM
The virtual console has me all hooked on Actraiser all over again. It's good to be god! :^)

That was such a great game. I'm going to have to purchase that as soon as I can break my addiction to Xevious and Gyruss on Xbox Arcade.
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Post by: SwiftJ on June 06, 2007, 10:38:22 AM
I've been playing a lot of Catan on XBLA.  Also, Sam & Max on the PC when I'm not playing LOTR Online.
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Post by: k1 on June 14, 2007, 07:11:13 PM
I'm in the process of trading away a bunch of games to make room on my shelf for new games using Goozex.com  (kind of like LaLa.com for games)

Couple of my firends use it and enjoy it, so I gave it a shot today.  I ended up getting 2 games swapped within about an hour.

Anyways, if you're interested here's a link
http://www.goozex.com/trading/asp/join.asp?idr=4845426379
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Post by: k1 on June 29, 2007, 04:42:12 PM
I'm playing The Bigs for the Wii.

It's pretty fun.  I'd prefer it had online (like the other versions) and I would have liked a deeper roster than 3 starters, 3 bench guys, and 3 relievers.

But once you get the hang of the controls for the wii-mote it's fun.  I even got my wife to play the home run derby against me.
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Post by: Hank_Peters on June 29, 2007, 05:11:36 PM
Up to the point where I had to return it, Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition. Super Paper Mario and some Shadow of the Colossus on the side.
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Post by: Hebs on June 29, 2007, 05:16:24 PM
Played Wario SMOOTH MOVES last weekend at my best friend's house.

AMAZING! 
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Post by: Hank_Peters on June 29, 2007, 07:12:24 PM
Far and away the best WarioWare game since Twisted.
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Post by: SharpMonkey on July 04, 2007, 01:59:14 AM
Overlord for PC and it's a blast.  System reqs are a bit steep, but I'm getting by with the low graphic settings...  I'd recommend it to anyone who digs evil!   >:D
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Post by: Thom_Serveaux on July 04, 2007, 11:06:11 AM
Disgaea: Hour of Darkness
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Post by: k1 on July 24, 2007, 05:32:08 PM
Still playing The Bigs on the Wii.  But I took a break for a few minutes to play Guitar Hero 80's.
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Post by: Mr. 420 on July 26, 2007, 01:39:26 PM
Guitar Hero 80's and Marvel Ultimate Alliance($20 at walmart)
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Post by: Minnesota on July 26, 2007, 02:01:58 PM
bought Dead or Alive 4 (xbox360) yesterday... very cool game ... thought it was funny that the Halo soldier is in the game, plus you can fight on the Halo space ship. Games like DOA4 help to justify my 360 purchase.
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Post by: jewishcarpenter on July 26, 2007, 02:30:14 PM
I keep juggling through so many different games these past few months here's my list that I'll play for a bit and switch to another till i get back to it in the rotation

Wii:
Super Paper Mario
Super Mario World
Pikmin ( just got it and it's pretty fun, wasn't sure what to expect)

XBox 360:
Call of Duty 2 & 3
Dead Rising ( I'd play it a lot more if the save points weren't such a huge pain in the ass).

Playstation 2:
God of War 2 (not nearly as cool as original God of War, my interest in this game is definitely fading )
Parappa the Rapper (Chop, Block, Punch!)

PC:
Day of Defeat: Source (pretty fun if you get to know the regulars on a server)
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Post by: Kzinistzerg on July 26, 2007, 06:26:15 PM
Hmmm, well been playin'...

Starcraft Broodwar on Bnet
Warcraft III TFT on Bnet
Oblivion + Shivering Isles (actually, not so much playing it, as trying to make it not FREEZE and CTD every damn minute!) (well, and some modding)
Assault Tech 1 (Battletech game, demo)
Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries
Bejeweled 2
Tetris

And, occasionally, some Battlezone II.
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Post by: Hebs on July 27, 2007, 07:43:57 AM
Bejeweled 2

For a second I had flashbacks to the "Bedazzler" haha
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Post by: Kzinistzerg on July 27, 2007, 09:09:35 AM
Nah, I never considered making my clothes extraordinarily tacky fun...
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Post by: k1 on July 27, 2007, 05:54:38 PM
I'm no longer playing Guitar Hero 80's.  I'm back to The Bigs. 

GH 80's only had about 3 songs that I actually enjoyed playing and would maybe consider playing again.  Luckily I was able to pawn it off on Goozex.com for 950 points towards a new game!  (Save those for Mario Strikers perhaps...)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Hank_Peters on July 27, 2007, 08:41:31 PM
I just bought Ultimate Quake, and I plan on reliving some fine FPS action. Also, I suggest everyone with a Wii to download Shining Force, NAO.
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Post by: RobtheBarbarian on July 28, 2007, 10:02:56 PM
Still playing Medieval 2: Total War. I've just sailed an army up to Scotland to have a little chat with the Scots about their decision to siege Antwerp.
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Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on July 28, 2007, 10:46:32 PM
Lego Star Wars Original Trilogy.....but I'm taking a break.  Got through the saga but I don't feel like bounty hunting yet.

I'd get "Destroy All Humans II" if it came out for PC....but I'm not buying a whole game system just for that.

Other than Diablo/Hellfire/Diablo II, I haven't been into video games since Atari 2600.   ;)
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Post by: Pak-Man on August 03, 2007, 12:44:30 AM
Many years ago, in a used game store, I stumbled on a copy of Mario's Picross for the original Gameboy, not knowing that it would lead to an addiction that would haunt me to this day. For years I've been forced to satisfy my addiction with Games magazine and http://www.conceptispuzzles.com (Highly reccomended, BTW). Finally, this week, Picross was released for the DS, with tons more puzzles and tons more downloadable classic picross puzzles. Then I stumbled into the Classic Gaming Expo and picked up an import copy of Mario No Super Picurossu (Mario's Super Picross). Almost made off with Mario's Picross 2 imported from Japan for the Gameboy Color, but the box ended up being empty and the dealer didn't know where it went. Nevertheless, I'm playing Picross. Lots and lots of sweet, wonderful Picross. :^)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Hank_Peters on August 03, 2007, 08:48:44 AM
I never understood how Picross worked. Could someone explain it for me?
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Post by: Variety of Cells on August 03, 2007, 09:19:40 AM
I never understood how Picross worked. Could someone explain it for me?

http://media.ds.ign.com/media/876/876330/vids_1.html (http://media.ds.ign.com/media/876/876330/vids_1.html)

click on watch now under how to play.
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Post by: tommyzDad on August 04, 2007, 11:30:53 AM
I'm playing mostly Day of Defeat Source. Other games I've installed: ArmA: Armed Assault; Civ IV; Rising Sun; LOMAC; IL-2; Medievel 2 Total War. Yeah, I have most of the genres.
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Post by: mrbasehart on August 04, 2007, 04:17:55 PM
I just got my XBox 360, so I've been playing Dead Rising, Fight Night, and Crackdown.  I haven't received my HDMI cable yet, so Dead Rising was a little tough to figure out, so I've been mainly concentrating on Crackdown.  It's a decent game, it feels very much like Grand Theft Auto crossed with the recent Spider-Man games.  Just without the cool swinging.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Steve-O on August 04, 2007, 10:11:09 PM
I just polished off King's Quest III.  Moving on to Leisure Suit Larry I.  No, seriously.

I recently rediscovered my love of the old Sierra Adventures, and since there were a few that I had never gotten around to playing, I spent some time locating a copy of every single adventure game they released (though I have yet to dig up Woodruff and the Schnibble.)  Now I'm playing through all of them in order of release, and having a nostalgic blast.

I did take a break for a couple of days to play through Wing Commander I, though.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on August 05, 2007, 01:36:19 AM
I just polished off King's Quest III.  Moving on to Leisure Suit Larry I.  No, seriously.

I recently rediscovered my love of the old Sierra Adventures, and since there were a few that I had never gotten around to playing, I spent some time locating a copy of every single adventure game they released (though I have yet to dig up Woodruff and the Schnibble.)  Now I'm playing through all of them in order of release, and having a nostalgic blast.

I did take a break for a couple of days to play through Wing Commander I, though.
You DO know Sierra recently released entire collections for Space Quest, Kings Quest, Police Quest, and Leisure Suit Larry for $20 a pop, right? They even work with modern-day computers. :^)
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Post by: Erogath on August 05, 2007, 04:52:08 PM
World of Warcraft while at home, otherwise at work I just picked up a nintendo DS and almost have Children of Mana beat.  Frankly I'm not impressed with it, hoping the new one for the xbox360 will be massively improved ^_^
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Post by: Hank_Peters on August 05, 2007, 08:37:31 PM
I just polished off King's Quest III.  Moving on to Leisure Suit Larry I.  No, seriously.

I recently rediscovered my love of the old Sierra Adventures, and since there were a few that I had never gotten around to playing, I spent some time locating a copy of every single adventure game they released (though I have yet to dig up Woodruff and the Schnibble.)  Now I'm playing through all of them in order of release, and having a nostalgic blast.

I did take a break for a couple of days to play through Wing Commander I, though.
You DO know Sierra recently released entire collections for Space Quest, Kings Quest, Police Quest, and Leisure Suit Larry for $20 a pop, right? They even work with modern-day computers. :^)
...installed with DOS Box.
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Post by: Steve-O on August 05, 2007, 10:52:00 PM
You DO know Sierra recently released entire collections for Space Quest, Kings Quest, Police Quest, and Leisure Suit Larry for $20 a pop, right? They even work with modern-day computers. :^)

Of course I do, you silly (Pak) man!  And they all work with modern computers if you have the capabilities to install DOSBox (i.e., opposable thumbs.)

As it happened, I already own copies of nearly all of those.  I did end up buying the Space Quest collection, since there were a few in that series I'd never bothered with.  But that didn't help me a bit in obtaining Gold Rush!, or Manhunter, or Willy Beamish.

It should be noted that Vivendi doesn't give a rat's ass for Sierra's storied history, as I believe they flubbed every one of those collections in some way.  The original Space Quest I EGA is not included in the Space Quest collection, for instance, despite the fact that its uncompressed size clocks in at a massive 652 KB.  Weak.  I was annoyed at even giving them my paltry 20 bones, save for the thought that perhaps in some way some tiny bit of the take would trickle down to the original authors.
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Post by: Pak-Man on August 06, 2007, 02:44:12 AM
It should be noted that Vivendi doesn't give a rat's ass for Sierra's storied history, as I believe they flubbed every one of those collections in some way.  The original Space Quest I EGA is not included in the Space Quest collection, for instance, despite the fact that its uncompressed size clocks in at a massive 652 KB.  Weak.  I was annoyed at even giving them my paltry 20 bones, save for the thought that perhaps in some way some tiny bit of the take would trickle down to the original authors.

I'll agree with that. I first heard about it when it showed up at Amazon,com in late '05. Vivendi refused to confirm or deny the collections were being released while the date kept being pushed back further and further. When they were finally released, they didn't even give it a passing mention in their newsletter or advertise it. They just kinda showed up in stores one day.

But I can forgive all that. What I can't forgive was that there were no hard-copies of the instruction manuals. Would that have been too much? Especially in game series where the instruction manuals were actually necessary to win. I have to either print out a couple hundred pages, or figure out which pages I need for copy protection before I can play some of those old gems. And while I'm at it, I'd love to see Lucasarts give some of their old SCUMM games some love. I'd like to play the Indiana Jones games, and it's been ages since they've been rereleased. I'm just glad I scooped up the Monkey Madness collection while I could. :^)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: cRaZyBrOs2 on August 06, 2007, 09:19:35 AM
Well...I can't reply to that, but I can say I'm playing some serious Call Of Duty 3 and Guitar Hero 2. ROCK BAND FTW! ;D
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Post by: Hebs on August 06, 2007, 11:28:13 AM
Well, whether it's geeky or not , I'm a big fan of the Nancy Drew PC games - woohoo!

(http://www.thediamondgames.com/images/nancy-drew-danger-on-deception-island-screenshot-1-bfg.jpg)

This is right before you have to disarm the bomb!     AGAIN!

In later games, they even make a (less than successful attempt) to throw in the Hardy Boys, but even their very talented team of 3d artists can't mask their femininity.
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Post by: Steve-O on August 06, 2007, 12:22:08 PM
But I can forgive all that. What I can't forgive was that there were no hard-copies of the instruction manuals. Would that have been too much?

I suspect so.  Manuals = printing costs, which means they get a little less profit out of these obvious cash grabs.  Personally, I'm just glad they bothered to include PDFs at all.  It means a little less time waiting for the overtaxed replacementdocs servers.

By the way, you can frequently find the copy protection questions distilled down to the bare minimum on gamefaqs these days.  Or, if you have a portable device with a PDF reader, you could always use that for reference.

*sigh*  I miss the olden days when you'd get all sorts of crazy crap in your game box.  Posters, maps, fake pills, fake newspapers, ankhs, 3-D glasses.  The golden age of gaming is long gone, I'm afraid.
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Post by: Pak-Man on August 06, 2007, 12:31:36 PM
http://www.telltalegames.com/store/samandmax-s1-file
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Post by: Steve-O on August 06, 2007, 12:48:18 PM
http://www.telltalegames.com/store/samandmax-s1-file

Sweeeeeeeeet,

May they sell half a million of them, and inspire some of the other game publishers to pull their heads out.
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Post by: mrbasehart on August 06, 2007, 02:32:39 PM
http://www.telltalegames.com/store/samandmax-s1-file

Sweeeeeeeeet,

May they sell half a million of them, and inspire some of the other game publishers to pull their heads out.

There's an interesting looking Adventure game on the horizon called A Vampyre Story, it's by (yet another) one of the former LucasArts guys.  The website's a little out of date, but they have some very nice screen shots posted there:

http://amegames.com/vs/gallery.htm (http://amegames.com/vs/gallery.htm)
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Post by: Steve-O on August 06, 2007, 02:39:23 PM
[There's an interesting looking Adventure game on the horizon called A Vampyre Story, it's by (yet another) one of the former LucasArts guys.  The website's a little out of date, but they have some very nice screen shots posted there:

http://amegames.com/vs/gallery.htm (http://amegames.com/vs/gallery.htm)

Wow.  That looks promising.  The art design is indeed very LucasArtsian.  Those storyboards are pretty lame, though.  Hopefully, they're from early on in the process.
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Post by: viewtifulsteve on August 09, 2007, 11:50:36 AM
God Hand. http://youtube.com/watch?v=cIhguaHzspY
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Post by: Hank_Peters on August 09, 2007, 02:26:12 PM
Perfect Dark beaches.

In all of its 3fps glory.
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Post by: Crusader on August 14, 2007, 08:06:34 AM
...the fun times...regarding the craptastic framerate of Perfect Dark, how I do remember that. Also, if you didn't have the 4meg expansion pack, didn't you only have access to something like 13% of the game? I remember some silly statistic concerning that.

I haven't been really playing much lately. Some MarioKart across any Nintendo platform is a must, but besides that I'm eagerly awaiting the release date of the second chapter of Half-Life 2 so I can do some battling w/ the Hunters.

Then it's onto Warhammer Online and the full scale RvR next summer.
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Post by: Mr. 420 on August 14, 2007, 01:17:34 PM
Playing my brand new 360 and dead rising, rumble roses xx, and perfectly dark   ;D
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Post by: Minnesota on August 14, 2007, 01:32:17 PM
all three of those games were a disappointment for me
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Post by: Mr. 420 on August 14, 2007, 01:39:24 PM
I must say i didnt expect much from rumble roses and thats what I recieved....but I have absolutlely loved dead rising so far (but  i am a HUGE zombie nerd...so I maybe biased)....havent got too far into perfect dark yet...but if its half as good as the 64 version then you wont here me complain
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Post by: jewishcarpenter on August 14, 2007, 01:39:39 PM
Dead Rising's save points were a huge disappointment to me but the game play is pretty fun.
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Post by: mrbasehart on August 14, 2007, 02:52:29 PM
I completed Crackdown - which is surprising to me, as a I generally suck at games like that - and I've moved onto Fight Night: Round Three.  I can't quite get the hang of this thing called "blocking", so I'm not the best at it.  I'll feel much more comfortable when my copy of Enchanted Arms arrives and Blue Dragon is released.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Brak on August 14, 2007, 03:14:20 PM
I tried out Enchanted Arms and for some reason i didnt like it much. It must just be the style that they had set it up as. A lot of time reading the dialog from the characters and i got confused by the fighting system.  I was glad that i had just rented it instead of actually buying it.  (hopefully you dont feel the same way i did since you bought your copy)

I really really liked the demo for Blue Dragon.  That looks like a lot of fun.  the only thing i got annoyed with was the music was very repetitive, maybe it wont be as bad with the fully version. And i was surprised with myself for liking it so much since im not totally into cute japanese stuff. its on my to buy list.   

Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Beowulf on August 19, 2007, 06:56:21 AM
I'm playing through Scarface the Game (surprisingly good), while simultaneously swearing at Resident Evil 4 on the PC.  No mouse support my angry fat ass...
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on August 19, 2007, 08:23:13 AM
I tried out Enchanted Arms and for some reason i didnt like it much. It must just be the style that they had set it up as. A lot of time reading the dialog from the characters and i got confused by the fighting system.  I was glad that i had just rented it instead of actually buying it.  (hopefully you dont feel the same way i did since you bought your copy)

Well, I've played through about 20% of the game so far, and it's not a great game.  I quite like the fighting system, as it sort of reminds me of the old Shining Force games, or Heroes of Might & Magic.  On the whole though, it feels very much like a sub-standard Final Fantasy game.

I also played the demo for Stranglehold the other day and was impressed.  The level was lots of fun, though it may become slightly repetitive.  You can definitely feel the John Woo influence.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on August 19, 2007, 01:07:35 PM
while simultaneously swearing at Resident Evil 4 on the PC.  No mouse support my angry fat ass...
I agree, probably the most ridiculous thing I've ever wasted $20 on (that's a lie), next to the $30 I wasted on the Wii edition. I keep hoping when I buy a different edition for this game it will be more awesome than the first version I played, but after I play the newer version I just wish I had stuck to the PS2 version and left it at that. I love Resident Evil 4, but Capcom keeps screwing up every time they try something new with it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Variety of Cells on August 19, 2007, 02:31:51 PM
while simultaneously swearing at Resident Evil 4 on the PC.  No mouse support my angry fat ass...
I agree, probably the most ridiculous thing I've ever wasted $20 on (that's a lie), next to the $30 I wasted on the Wii edition. I keep hoping when I buy a different edition for this game it will be more awesome than the first version I played, but after I play the newer version I just wish I had stuck to the PS2 version and left it at that. I love Resident Evil 4, but Capcom keeps screwing up every time they try something new with it.

I like the Wii version a lot....though I hadn't played any others.  What do you find wrong with it?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on August 19, 2007, 06:48:47 PM
I just cannot for the life of me ever get used to the controls. I'm not sure if I missed the boat on the learning curve and I'm just too dumb to play it on my Wii.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Variety of Cells on August 19, 2007, 07:42:34 PM
Ah, good.  Just making sure I wasn't getting short changed some how by getting the Wii version.  I picked up the controls pretty quickly, and to me they feel incredibly responsive.  It sounds like you probably played RE4 a lot for the PS2, and it's completely understandable that you would have trouble adjusting to the new controls. 
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Post by: marsdemartini on August 19, 2007, 10:23:03 PM
playin' GUITAR HERO II for Xbox 360 like a crazy person... gamertag: Steve Vai 87
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Post by: ChrisHanel on August 19, 2007, 10:27:00 PM
Guitar Hero II on the PS2 - Got 4 stars on Free Bird on Expert, going back and trying to 5-star everything. My tag on ScoreHero is "SomeKindofRobot" but  I haven't updated it in forever.

Mario Strikers: Charged - I love this game. And hate it. But only because I love it. Damn evil game.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Cosmic Muse on August 20, 2007, 02:23:19 PM
At this moment I'm playing a game called Virtual Villagers, but my game of choice is the Sims 2 for the PC. Can't wait for Bon Voyage.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Hank_Peters on August 20, 2007, 02:41:46 PM
I'm trying to play through all the Prime games before Corruption comes out. Shining Force is hindering my progress though.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Hejira on August 21, 2007, 08:01:21 PM
I'm playing the waiting-for-Corruption game. It's neat. I have the PAL region expansion pack, which extends the game life an extra 2 or 3 months.  :grr: At least I'll have a few months of putting Master Chief's helmet on my cat's head to keep me busy.

But seriously, I've gotten back into Sims 2 something severe. There's a Zombie Apocalypse (http://www.moreawesomethanyou.com/smf/index.php/topic,6720.0.html) mod that gives zombies an 'Eat Brains' interaction...and it turns other sims into zombies if they succeed and it affects townies AND it's autonomous. Now I have to max my sims' Body skill or use some downloaded weapons instead of getting so bored they just breed like rabbits.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Minnesota on August 21, 2007, 08:24:12 PM
Currently addicted to Ridge Racer 6 (x360). This is the second racing game I've bought for 360 (PGR4 is the other) ... the controls are perfect, racing games are one of the few strengths of the 360 controller over the playstation controller
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on August 21, 2007, 08:49:12 PM
Well, I'm back to playing Rome: Total War because I prefer it's warts over Medieval 2's. The developers tried redesigning the combat system when no majority of the players actually suggested they do so and they pissed it right down their leg.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Beowulf on August 23, 2007, 04:03:27 AM
Medieval 2's combat wasn't bad, just worse then in Rome.  Everything else about the game was improved though, my favorite new thing being how useful assassins are now.  I wiped out the entire bloodline of French kings using nothing but diplomats, merchants, princesses, and assassins.  No combat required.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: James of LinHood on August 23, 2007, 04:08:33 AM
I'm playing Bioshock.  It rules.  If you own a 360 or a PC that can handle it, get this game.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: BathTub on August 23, 2007, 09:31:58 AM
Heh is the authentication server back up yet?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on September 11, 2007, 08:49:43 PM
I've just completed Enchanted Arms.  From about a third of the way in, I knew I wasn't enjoying it as much as other RPGs I've played, though I kinda ploughed on because of wanting to find out what happened and a sense of achievement of finishing it (those achievement points are a devilishly good idea).  There's a lot of repetition in the game, the voice acting is terrible, and the graphics really only so-so for a next-gen console.  Saying that, the combat system was quite nice - sort of like an extremely pared down version of the Shining Force system - and the acting was so terrible, that it was actually quite fun to listen to.  5/10.

Next on my list is the equally mammoth Blue Dragon.  *shudder*
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Mr. 420 on September 18, 2007, 10:45:32 AM
Playing Perfect Dark, Shadowrun, Ms. Pac-Man, Paperboy, and Doom all on X-box Live...my gamertag is mst3k 420, I ll accept most english speaking people as friends but if you fuck with me expect the same...
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on September 18, 2007, 10:48:02 AM
Playing Perfect Dark, Shadowrun, Ms. Pac-Man, Paperboy, and Doom all on X-box Live...my gamertag is mst3k 420, I ll accept most english speaking people as friends but if you fuck with me expect the same...
Did they release the old Perfect Dark for the 360 or is it Perfect Dark Zero?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Mr. 420 on September 18, 2007, 10:58:00 AM
Playing Perfect Dark, Shadowrun, Ms. Pac-Man, Paperboy, and Doom all on X-box Live...my gamertag is mst3k 420, I ll accept most english speaking people as friends but if you fuck with me expect the same...
Did they release the old Perfect Dark for the 360 or is it Perfect Dark Zero?

Still have mine for the 64 but its only perfect dark zero on the 360....the online play makes up for the lacking single player mode..big time
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on September 20, 2007, 09:03:17 AM
I'm playing Mario Strikers for the Wii.  Kinda like NHL Hitz mixed with the weapons of Mario Kart.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on September 20, 2007, 06:44:18 PM
I'm on the second disc of Blue Dragon.  It's a gorgeous game with a lot of cut-scenes, but that's okay 'cause they're actually quite neat.  Everything else is pretty routine though.  I suppose it's a nice way to mark time until :slobber: Mass Effect comes out.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: eclipt1c on September 20, 2007, 07:02:52 PM
Try Eternal Sonata, the demo was pretty good and it got good reviews unlike Blue Dragon.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Cosmic Muse on September 22, 2007, 03:10:09 AM
I am eternally playing The Sims 2 with every single Expansion Pack and Stuff Pack for it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on September 22, 2007, 05:09:53 AM
Try Eternal Sonata, the demo was pretty good and it got good reviews unlike Blue Dragon.

I will be, but it's not out until Januaray over here.  There's a few 360 titles I'll probably be getting in the mean time:  Mass Effect, Smackdown vs Raw, Fable 2.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Mr. 420 on September 23, 2007, 04:12:03 PM
Picked up and can't put down Crackdown for the 360....I won't have a problem putting it down on the 25th tho ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: DarthChimay on September 26, 2007, 11:36:49 PM
Let's see... I'm playing:

Metroid 3, Blue Dragon, Persona 3, and Guitar Hero (all of them through Rock the '80s).

Waiting for:

Mass Effect, Beautiful Katamari, Jericho, Half-Life 2 Episode 2, Portals, Conan, Manhunt 2, Super Mario Galaxy...

So many games, so little money.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: CireDark on October 04, 2007, 03:58:15 PM
Guilty Gear: Accent Core
King of Fighters: 2006
Mortal Kombat II: Online
We Love Katamari
and Flow

I have very strange tastes in Video Games
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Minnesota on October 04, 2007, 04:15:23 PM
NBA2K8 ... graphics look great, but I would recommend renting it first. The 360 control scheme leaves something to be desired and NBA2k8 feels more "sim" than other years. The games I played against the computer I lost. Ironically I was able to take it online and win most of the games ... so it appears that others are having difficulty with the new set up as well. Anyway, maybe I'll adjust, maybe I wont but give this one a rental first (360 version is the one I played)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on October 04, 2007, 04:23:16 PM
...

Trauma Center: Second Opinion

This game is so much fun! It's basically an expanded port from the DS, but there are a few upgrades here and there for the Wii. I can't believe how fun it is to perform fake surgery. I still get excited when i get to cut someone open at the beginning of each level. There's all sorts of drama going on with the storyline... real soap opera kind of stuff. But other than that, everything is pretty straight forward.

It's managed to bump Super Paper Mario to the back of the line for that last coupla' days. So that's something!

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RoninFox on October 04, 2007, 05:14:23 PM
Been going back to play Smackdown vs. Raw 2007 to prepare for the new one coming out soon.  Every now and then I'll pull out Super Paper Mario again.  I can't wait for Harvey Birdman for Wii though.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Variety of Cells on October 04, 2007, 08:06:15 PM
...

Trauma Center: Second Opinion

This game is so much fun! It's basically an expanded port from the DS, but there are a few upgrades here and there for the Wii. I can't believe how fun it is to perform fake surgery. I still get excited when i get to cut someone open at the beginning of each level. There's all sorts of drama going on with the storyline... real soap opera kind of stuff. But other than that, everything is pretty straight forward.

It's managed to bump Super Paper Mario to the back of the line for that last coupla' days. So that's something!

-Rude

In case you don't know, and I think that you do, there's a sequel coming out in the near future with two player co-op.  Second opinion was great, but I beat just about all if it in a rental on normal difficulty.  Though I'm still excited for this sequel.  I might actually buy it this time.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on October 04, 2007, 09:05:25 PM
Quote from: varietyofcells
...there's a sequel coming out in the near future with two player co-op.

Yeah, i've seen a few screen shots from New Blood. It looks basically the same, although i hear that there will be actual voice-over work... as opposed to reading all the drama at the bottom of the screen. The two-player option sounds great, but i rarely have anyone who hangs out here just to play video games. But the online functionality and leader boards sound cool.

I think a big part of the fun in this game is just how easy it is to play. Nothing is super difficult to the point where i've wanted to give up. And each level is straight-forward without too many complicated puzzles or nonsense that a lot of games lean towards. I've always feel cheated when i learn that i missed out on a big chunk of a game or extra levels because i hadn't magically figured out, somehow on my own, that i was supposed to "do this and then that, and found the hidden whazzit on the third level, then return to the ninth level and put it inside the whoozzit and turned it clockwise to unlock the bullshit." Ya' know?

So Trauma Center may be kinda' easy, but it's right up my alley!

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Variety of Cells on October 05, 2007, 12:43:42 AM
Quote from: varietyofcells
...there's a sequel coming out in the near future with two player co-op.

Yeah, i've seen a few screen shots from New Blood. It looks basically the same, although i hear that there will be actual voice-over work... as opposed to reading all the drama at the bottom of the screen. The two-player option sounds great, but i rarely have anyone who hangs out here just to play video games. But the online functionality and leader boards sound cool.

I think a big part of the fun in this game is just how easy it is to play. Nothing is super difficult to the point where i've wanted to give up. And each level is straight-forward without too many complicated puzzles or nonsense that a lot of games lean towards. I've always feel cheated when i learn that i missed out on a big chunk of a game or extra levels because i hadn't magically figured out, somehow on my own, that i was supposed to "do this and then that, and found the hidden whazzit on the third level, then return to the ninth level and put it inside the whoozzit and turned it clockwise to unlock the bullshit." Ya' know?

So Trauma Center may be kinda' easy, but it's right up my alley!

-Rude

What level are you on?  it does get quite challenging toward the end, especially if it's not on easy.  That's how I personally like to play.  If I don't lose numerous times, I don't feel like I was challenged. 

Right now I'm playing Fire Emblem for gamecube.  I got it cheep, and I wanted to play it before the Wii version comes out.  Fun so far, despite the lackluster presentation.  Though the rare FMVs are amazing.

I'm also still slowly strolling through metroid prime 3, taking in the sights and trying to get everything. 

And I bought Sin and Punishment.  What an intense game.  It's a N64 game that was never released in the states, but they localized it and released it on the virtual console.  You have an aiming reticule that you move around the screen with the joystick, and you move your avatar left and right with the d-pad while shooting with L.  Forward motion is controlled for you like a gun-con, but you can jump and roll out of the way of enemy fire.  Man is it ever fast.  And even though it's blocky N64 graphics, some of the stuff where you end up flying around blew me away.   If you are looking for something on the VC, buy it.  It's completely worth the 12 bucks.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Kzinistzerg on October 05, 2007, 09:26:43 AM
So far, morrowind has been my main addiction. Haven't time for anything else, really...
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: DarthSeaBass on October 09, 2007, 02:27:28 AM
Well due to the fact that my old graphics card died (Gforce 6800) And the guy i took it to to replace it put a 5500 in until i can get the funds together for a new card i'm kind of stuck playing oldish games.

so right now i'm playing... farcry, tomb raider legend, and hl2 (in preperation for the orange box) and guild wars.

otherwise i'd be playing battlefield 2/2142, s.t.a.l.k.e.r, oblivion and sup com.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Kierewiet on October 09, 2007, 03:32:39 AM
Just got my hands on some Medal of Honor: Airborne. Sweet ol' war.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: OTC316 on October 10, 2007, 05:21:18 PM
Halo 3, Stranglehold (I'm too big of a Hong Kong action film fan to miss that one.), Guitar Hero 2, Lord of the Rings Online, and City of Heroes.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: BladesGirl on November 01, 2007, 06:07:45 AM
EverQuest
Guild Wars
Diablo 2
Sims 2
Caesar IV
Civ IV
Pharaoh/Cleopatra
Emperor
Caesar III
Children of the Nile
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on November 01, 2007, 08:35:39 AM
Since I've had a little bit of spare time the last night.

Portal (this game is short but great)
Day of Defeat: Source
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on November 01, 2007, 01:38:19 PM
Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations
Oblivion
SimCity 4
Picross DS
The Sims 2
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: skenderberg on November 01, 2007, 03:36:36 PM
Mask of the Betrayer

and

The demo for Hellgate: London

Yep, I'm mostly a PC RPG man.  I just picked up my copy of The Witcher today.  Looks like it'll be cool.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Winterkid on November 02, 2007, 02:39:19 PM
Been a LONG time since I've browsed the forums in here, but I've been busy, mourning, outraged and finally disillusioned... Been a rough year...

Anyways, I've been playing the following in random bursts...

Postal 2 and Apocalypse Weekend expansion
Neverwinter Nights (online)
Quake 4
Doom 3 and Resurrection of Evil expansion
TRON 2.0
Indigo Prophecy
Need for speed: Most Wanted
Heritage of King: The Settlers (Settlers 5)
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Plastic Self-Cleaning Duck on November 03, 2007, 07:42:37 PM
Anyone else seen the TV ad for the new Lego Star Wars  (http://www.lucasarts.com/games/legostarwarssaga/) game?    ;D   :clap:

It's in "Gallery".  Worth it just for the few seconds of Vader killing Jar Jar.   ;D

Doesn't seem to be available for PC though....   >:(
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Shadow on November 04, 2007, 01:39:39 PM
Got hooked on Guitar Hero II over the weekend.

I suck at it but man is this game fun.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on November 04, 2007, 01:57:18 PM
Anyone else seen the TV ad for the new Lego Star Wars  (http://www.lucasarts.com/games/legostarwarssaga/) game?    ;D   :clap:

It's in "Gallery".  Worth it just for the few seconds of Vader killing Jar Jar.   ;D

Doesn't seem to be available for PC though....   >:(

My friend played a demo somewhere.  Said it was cool.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Shadow on November 04, 2007, 02:14:07 PM
Anyone else seen the TV ad for the new Lego Star Wars  (http://www.lucasarts.com/games/legostarwarssaga/) game?    ;D   :clap:

It's in "Gallery".  Worth it just for the few seconds of Vader killing Jar Jar.   ;D

Doesn't seem to be available for PC though....   >:(

My friend played a demo somewhere.  Said it was cool.

I played through both Lego Star Wars games and they are indeed great.  They are also supposed to be working on Lego Indiana Jones and Lego Batman.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on November 06, 2007, 01:45:39 PM
i bought the simpsons game.  it was short but a heck of a lot of fun.  wether you liked the simpsons or not it was pretty good.  the fact i like the simpsons makes it near godly.  its basically a brand new episode with playable levels thrown in. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Brak on November 06, 2007, 02:28:20 PM
nice! ill have to go check that out, i seemed that they reviewed it pretty well at some sites i checked out, i need to see if they have it at Hollywood to rent
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Hank_Peters on November 11, 2007, 10:39:16 AM
Zack & Wiki has been royally kicking my ass, and I have never enjoyed it so much. If you must buy a Wii game before Galaxy, make it this gem.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on November 11, 2007, 05:51:53 PM
I just ordered a copy of Smackdown vs Raw 2008.  I'm such a mark...  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RoninFox on November 11, 2007, 05:53:14 PM
I just ordered a copy of Smackdown vs Raw 2008.  I'm such a mark...  :)

Which system are you going for.  I'm intrigued enough to try the Wii controls, but I'll probably end up with a 360 version for familiarity.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on November 11, 2007, 06:21:47 PM
I just ordered a copy of Smackdown vs Raw 2008.  I'm such a mark...  :)

Which system are you going for.  I'm intrigued enough to try the Wii controls, but I'll probably end up with a 360 version for familiarity.

I'm also intrigued by the Wii controls.  I've also heard good things about the TNA Wrestling game that's coming out sometime.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RoninFox on November 11, 2007, 06:51:14 PM
I just ordered a copy of Smackdown vs Raw 2008.  I'm such a mark...  :)

Which system are you going for.  I'm intrigued enough to try the Wii controls, but I'll probably end up with a 360 version for familiarity.

I'm also intrigued by the Wii controls.  I've also heard good things about the TNA Wrestling game that's coming out sometime.

I'll have to give that a try too.  The long term playability of a wrestling game for me is the Create a Wrester mode, hopefully TNA does a good job.  Even though I am a huge wrestling fan (listening to Wrestlecrap Radio as I type this) I can't keep interest in a wrestling game unless I can put myself and all my friends and a few odd characters of my own design into it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Crazy_88s on November 11, 2007, 06:55:32 PM
I recently started playing "Shadow of the Colossus". Great game.  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on November 11, 2007, 08:00:40 PM
I just ordered a copy of Smackdown vs Raw 2008.  I'm such a mark...  :)

Which system are you going for.  I'm intrigued enough to try the Wii controls, but I'll probably end up with a 360 version for familiarity.

I got the 360 version.  I really enjoy the Season Mode, although I really wish I could play as a dyed-in-the-wool heel.  That would be awesome.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Hank_Peters on November 12, 2007, 03:37:56 AM
I heard rumors that THQ might be updating WWF No Mercy, so I think I'll just hold out for that one.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RoninFox on November 12, 2007, 04:27:21 AM
I just ordered a copy of Smackdown vs Raw 2008.  I'm such a mark...  :)

Which system are you going for.  I'm intrigued enough to try the Wii controls, but I'll probably end up with a 360 version for familiarity.

I got the 360 version.  I really enjoy the Season Mode, although I really wish I could play as a dyed-in-the-wool heel.  That would be awesome.

You can't?  Do you have a face/heel option at all?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on November 12, 2007, 08:48:19 AM
I just ordered a copy of Smackdown vs Raw 2008.  I'm such a mark...  :)

Which system are you going for.  I'm intrigued enough to try the Wii controls, but I'll probably end up with a 360 version for familiarity.

I got the 360 version.  I really enjoy the Season Mode, although I really wish I could play as a dyed-in-the-wool heel.  That would be awesome.

You can't?  Do you have a face/heel option at all?

I actually haven't received the game yet, I was just going by the past Season Modes, where the options for being a heel were very limited.  I do remember one time where I became the ECW champ and then conquered the WWE though, that was pretty sweet.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RoninFox on November 12, 2007, 01:04:34 PM
I just ordered a copy of Smackdown vs Raw 2008.  I'm such a mark...  :)

Which system are you going for.  I'm intrigued enough to try the Wii controls, but I'll probably end up with a 360 version for familiarity.

I got the 360 version.  I really enjoy the Season Mode, although I really wish I could play as a dyed-in-the-wool heel.  That would be awesome.

You can't?  Do you have a face/heel option at all?

I actually haven't received the game yet, I was just going by the past Season Modes, where the options for being a heel were very limited.  I do remember one time where I became the ECW champ and then conquered the WWE though, that was pretty sweet.

Yeah, for the most part I'm disappointed at how cheesy the season mode becomes, even by WWE standards, not to mention how repetitive it usually is.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Doctor Who? on November 12, 2007, 05:45:03 PM
Star Wars Episode one Racer
For some reason watching the rifftrax made me want to play this game again.  You know what it's still a pretty fun racer.
I still don't understand why ice would effect the handling of a pod racer though.

Final Fantasy XII
I just started playing this and I am only two hours in but so far this is the most casual player friendly FF yet.
Also it's the only FF game since 8 where I have cared about the story.
This game is awesome so far.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on November 13, 2007, 05:17:00 PM
I've been playing Peggle over on PopCap Games while I'm at work.

Guitar Hero 3 on my Wii when I'm at home.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on November 13, 2007, 06:10:12 PM
...

Argh! What's the point of pre-ordering something if it doesn't arrive on the day of release? Here i am... i finally have some free time on my hands, but no copy of Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles.

Damn you Amazon!

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Hebs on November 13, 2007, 06:15:01 PM
Mille Bourne.

Freakin' love that game.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RoninFox on November 13, 2007, 11:12:20 PM
Just picked up Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games.  Great party game if you have a fun group, though the table tennis event is frustrating as all hell.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on November 14, 2007, 05:33:07 AM
I've played Smackdown vs Raw 2008 for about 8 or so hours now, and it's a decent game.  The integration of General Manager mode with Season Mode and the heightened RPG elements of both of those two give the game a little more depth.  The actual wrestling is pretty decent too, with the controls feeling a little more natural than they did last year - except for running, which is slightly annoying - and it also provides a better flow to your offense.  The graphics are nice too, with almost all of those hideous collision detection problems gone and a greater detail to the all around game. 

However.  The 24/7 mode isn't finished.  The storylines tangle themselves up, making less sense than their real-life counterparts, the cut-scenes repeat themselves, and make no sense (you could be feuding with Randy Orton, but you'll be shaking his hand).  It can really destroy the illusion.  And while normal matches are relatively good, ladder matches are still broken - the act of holding down the left or right stick until the metre drains still takes far too long and is unbalanced to the point of unfairness.  I spent 20 minutes destroying Batista - which was nice - until all his limbs were red, I threw him out of the ring and climbed the ladder, about 20 seconds later, he climbed the ladder, suplexed me off it and got the case in about the same time it took me to drain it a third.  Very frustrating. 

That said, I think it's an overall improvement over last year's game, but they're still got lots of room for improvement.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RoninFox on November 14, 2007, 01:40:34 PM
I've played Smackdown vs Raw 2008 for about 8 or so hours now, and it's a decent game.  The integration of General Manager mode with Season Mode and the heightened RPG elements of both of those two give the game a little more depth.  The actual wrestling is pretty decent too, with the controls feeling a little more natural than they did last year - except for running, which is slightly annoying - and it also provides a better flow to your offense.  The graphics are nice too, with almost all of those hideous collision detection problems gone and a greater detail to the all around game. 

However.  The 24/7 mode isn't finished.  The storylines tangle themselves up, making less sense than their real-life counterparts, the cut-scenes repeat themselves, and make no sense (you could be feuding with Randy Orton, but you'll be shaking his hand).  It can really destroy the illusion.  And while normal matches are relatively good, ladder matches are still broken - the act of holding down the left or right stick until the metre drains still takes far too long and is unbalanced to the point of unfairness.  I spent 20 minutes destroying Batista - which was nice - until all his limbs were red, I threw him out of the ring and climbed the ladder, about 20 seconds later, he climbed the ladder, suplexed me off it and got the case in about the same time it took me to drain it a third.  Very frustrating. 

That said, I think it's an overall improvement over last year's game, but they're still got lots of room for improvement.

Sounds like I'll still find it worth my time.  I doubt they'll ever have all their bugs fixed, but as long as they get a little better each year I'll be satisfied.  I'll just have to try renting a couple versions first, to see what system I want it for.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MontyServo on November 17, 2007, 02:24:42 PM
I just started Super Mario Galaxy, which so far seems fantastic.

I've also been playing Lego Star Wars Complete Saga for Wii.  Lots of fun. I can't wait for Lego Indiana Jones next summer. 
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Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on November 18, 2007, 05:48:10 AM
I've played Smackdown vs Raw 2008 for about 8 or so hours now, and it's a decent game.  The integration of General Manager mode with Season Mode and the heightened RPG elements of both of those two give the game a little more depth.  The actual wrestling is pretty decent too, with the controls feeling a little more natural than they did last year - except for running, which is slightly annoying - and it also provides a better flow to your offense.  The graphics are nice too, with almost all of those hideous collision detection problems gone and a greater detail to the all around game. 

However.  The 24/7 mode isn't finished.  The storylines tangle themselves up, making less sense than their real-life counterparts, the cut-scenes repeat themselves, and make no sense (you could be feuding with Randy Orton, but you'll be shaking his hand).  It can really destroy the illusion.  And while normal matches are relatively good, ladder matches are still broken - the act of holding down the left or right stick until the metre drains still takes far too long and is unbalanced to the point of unfairness.  I spent 20 minutes destroying Batista - which was nice - until all his limbs were red, I threw him out of the ring and climbed the ladder, about 20 seconds later, he climbed the ladder, suplexed me off it and got the case in about the same time it took me to drain it a third.  Very frustrating. 

That said, I think it's an overall improvement over last year's game, but they're still got lots of room for improvement.

Sounds like I'll still find it worth my time.  I doubt they'll ever have all their bugs fixed, but as long as they get a little better each year I'll be satisfied.  I'll just have to try renting a couple versions first, to see what system I want it for.

The Season Mode is decent, but Raw and Smackdown have exactly the same storylines running through them each year, only with different wrestlers.  It's massively disappointing, as Season Mode was my favourite part of the game.  And you really can't play as a heel.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on November 18, 2007, 06:15:36 AM
I remember renting Raw vs Smackdown two thousand something, and the thing that struck me about season mode was that no matter what kind of wrestler you played as (cruiserweight, lightweight, heavyweight...) they still made you fight the same guys, i.e. you'd have to fight Batista and the Undertaker even if you chose to play Rey Mysterio instead of Kane. I played season mode with a light heavyweight, and if I'd chosen anyone lighter I wouldn't have been able to move 85% of the guys they made me fight. The Smackdown games for the PS2 (or the one I played at least) would actually sort of calibrate career mode to your character so you'd fight guys closer to your class most of the time, except in the case of an important fight or a feud or something.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RoninFox on November 18, 2007, 04:45:40 PM
I remember renting Raw vs Smackdown two thousand something, and the thing that struck me about season mode was that no matter what kind of wrestler you played as (cruiserweight, lightweight, heavyweight...) they still made you fight the same guys, i.e. you'd have to fight Batista and the Undertaker even if you chose to play Rey Mysterio instead of Kane. I played season mode with a light heavyweight, and if I'd chosen anyone lighter I wouldn't have been able to move 85% of the guys they made me fight. The Smackdown games for the PS2 (or the one I played at least) would actually sort of calibrate career mode to your character so you'd fight guys closer to your class most of the time, except in the case of an important fight or a feud or something.

That's one of my main complaints about the last few versions of this game.  The worst is that you'll usually get stuck fighting not only the same kind of person, but the same damn person over and over again.  I'm sorry, I just can't have that much fun when you keep sticking me in the ring with Chris Masters (Thank the wrestling gods he's finally been released).
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on November 19, 2007, 05:15:21 AM
I dunno, I kinda enjoyed pummeling Chris Masters with a barb-wire two-by-four that I'd set on fire.  Seemed somehow...natural.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RoninFox on November 19, 2007, 05:16:36 AM
I dunno, I kinda enjoyed pummeling Chris Masters with a barb-wire two-by-four that I'd set on fire.  Seemed somehow...natural.

I'm not saying I didn't enjoy beating the living hell out of him when I first got the chance...just that I wanted to move on to someone worthwhile afterward.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RoninFox on November 19, 2007, 07:08:03 PM
Alrighty, just rented the Wii version of the new Smackdown vs. Raw...and I think I'm already done with it.  The Wii controls are completely wrong for a wrestling game, you can't get the timing right, and even when you're winning the game comes off as dull.  The create a wrestler mode is limited and cumbersome to use.  The "Main Event" mode which I guess takes the place of the "24/7" mode in the other versions of the game is flat, oversimplified, and uninteresting...though it did lead to me getting a text message from Umaga that read "Uuuuaaaaagggggghhhhh!"  that was fun.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on November 23, 2007, 08:05:48 PM
I sat down with my cousin last night and played through the first half or so of Halo 2 on Heroic. We mainly discussed the comparative lameness of the single player in 2 versus the first game. My main complaints:

a) By humanizing the Covenant and showing them to be, at their heart, an incompetent bureaucracy ruled by deluded, wrinkled freaks wearing drag queen costumes, Bungie simultaneously removed my awe of the Covenant military machine, the assumption that the Master Chief is humanity's last hope and killed my motivation to fight them. I end up wondering how these clowns managed to kick the UNSC's ass this far. Not expecting to find humans on Earth is like walking into a room and being surprised that there's air in it.

b) The Covenant levels consist of you playing a character you care about slightly or not at all fighting enemies you have no personal concern for in places that either don't matter or you don't understand.

c) The new Coventant races. The inspiration for the design of the original aliens wasn't immediately apparent, but the Brutes and Drones are neither interesting or original (Predator-Wookie hybrids and generic giant bugs, respectively).

d) We as Americans have seen far too many things like the Flood in movies and games for them to make a compelling main enemy. The fact that they show up everywhere makes them even more of a lame nuisance.

e) Do we fight to save Earth, humanity's last sanctuary, like we were all pumped up to do? No, they drop us with no ceremony or explaination on ANOTHER Halo ring after the third level and let us deal with the Covenant's comical internal struggles! Awesome!

I could go on is what I'm saying. Of course these criticisms are beside the point, because the focus of this game is obviously multiplayer.  ::)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on November 24, 2007, 11:07:30 AM
...

Just downloaded Splatterhouse from the Virtual Console. It's an old game, but it's a lot of fun!

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: GregMcduck on November 24, 2007, 11:09:23 AM
I finally bought Final Fantasy XII, making my way through that this morning.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Thom_Serveaux on November 26, 2007, 11:26:46 PM
Just dusting off some of my old Gamecube titles.  Spent most of yesterday and today playing Luigi's Mansion.  The first time out, I didn't do so hot.  I ended up with only about $63 Mil and a 'D' Rank.  My 'mansion' looked  like a duplex with delusions of grandeur.  The second time, I consulted a Walkthrough, and fared a bit better.  I ended up with about $95 Mil and an 'B' Rank. I'd probably have gotten an 'A' Rank if I'd managed to do a better job tracking down those $#@!&^%& Gold mice.  For now, though, I'll have to rest and recuperate as the joints in both hands are stiff, as well as most of the joints up my entire right arm & shoulder as well....
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on November 27, 2007, 08:31:48 AM
Quote from: Thom_Serveaux
Just dusting off some of my old Gamecube titles.

That reminds me... has anyone tried using Gamecube games in their Wii? I figured that would be a cheap way to get a nice collection of some old decent games. Maybe from eBay or something. But the last thing i want to do is try loading one of those little discs into my system only to hear clicking and whirring noises before it all goes to black...

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Variety of Cells on November 27, 2007, 08:46:02 AM
Somehow, playing gamecube games managed to break my first wii, but I got that one pretty early.  After they sent me another free of charge, I haven't had a problem playing gamecube games.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: eclipt1c on November 27, 2007, 02:57:53 PM
I haven't had any trouble playing Gamecube games on my Wii, and never heard of them messing a Wii up.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on November 27, 2007, 03:13:45 PM
Is it possible to extract my game save files  from gamecube onto my wii or am I forever stuck with having to use a memory card to save anything for a gamecube game on my wii?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Steve-O on November 27, 2007, 03:32:11 PM
That reminds me... has anyone tried using Gamecube games in their Wii? I figured that would be a cheap way to get a nice collection of some old decent games. Maybe from eBay or something. But the last thing i want to do is try loading one of those little discs into my system only to hear clicking and whirring noises before it all goes to black...

I've played several of my old 'cube games on the Wii, and haven't had any problems at all.  Works like a charm.

By the way, I highly recommend Donkey Konga if you can still find the bongo controllers (I was able to get mine at the local Gamespot for about 6 bucks a piece.)  It ain't Rock Band, but at least you'll be able to take out your frustrations about not having a Wii release by banging the crap out of something.

(Deliciously lowbrow innuendo in 5... 4...)

Is it possible to extract my game save files  from gamecube onto my wii or am I forever stuck with having to use a memory card to save anything for a gamecube game on my wii?

It's definitely not possible now.  I imagine it would be doable with a firmware upgrade, assuming that the Gamecube compatibility is in software and not running on old Gamecube parts.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RoninFox on November 27, 2007, 04:13:05 PM
I play Gamecube games on my Wii all the time, comes it being the system hooked up to the good tv and being a Starfox fanatic, and it always works perfectly.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on November 28, 2007, 06:02:52 AM
I think I played 007 Nightfire on my Wii, but that was when it first came out.  (So I'm a littly fuzzy as to if it was on the cube or the wii...)

I'm currently playing Ghost Squad on the Wii with the Zapper.  Good arcade-y fun.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on December 04, 2007, 12:21:50 PM
Taking a break from Rock Band to play Pain on the PS3.  This game is so retarded.  Retarded, but kinda fun for a few minutes at a time.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Minnesota on December 04, 2007, 12:53:14 PM
Been playing Burnout Revenge for the last several days, great game. Xbox 360 is easily the best 'racing game'-console ever.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: killeroo on December 04, 2007, 01:05:41 PM
I've been playing the original Fallout in anticipation of the new one coming out in '08. Being a huge fan of Interplay/blackisle, I can't believe I missed this game the first time around. It's awesome.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on December 04, 2007, 04:24:33 PM
I rented Medal of Honor: Airborne. It's not that bad. It's got a couple of twists that keep it from being yet another rehash of the same game (to a degree), like the system that upgrades your weapons with various goodies as the game progresses. My main problems with it are a) the game gets controller-throwing frustrating in the last two levels, mostly due to b) the checkpoint/respawn system which saves your mission progress but not your actual gameplay progress so that when you die and respawn at the checkpoint, you don't lose any mission progress but all the enemies everywhere on the map are back as well (this makes antisniper tactics virtually pointless because even if you kill all the snipers, the odds are still good that something else will kill you and you'll reload at the checkpoint with all the snipers back again).
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on December 04, 2007, 06:22:13 PM
I've been playing the original Fallout in anticipation of the new one coming out in '08. Being a huge fan of Interplay/blackisle, I can't believe I missed this game the first time around. It's awesome.

Yeah, I can't wait for this one. 

I've been playing Mass Effect - just completed it a second time - and Saints' Row, which I got via rental.  It's not bad, and quite funny in places.  I just earned the achievement of killing 50 citizens with a baseball bat.  Does that make me a bad person?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: killeroo on December 11, 2007, 09:51:04 AM
Moved onto Fallout 2. Let's hope it's less buggy than the first one. I never did get to fight the master because the game kept crashing on the elevator down to his level. Feh. Had to watch the ending on youtube.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on December 11, 2007, 10:11:09 AM
Moved onto Fallout 2. Let's hope it's less buggy than the first one. I never did get to fight the master because the game kept crashing on the elevator down to his level. Feh. Had to watch the ending on youtube.
I feel your pain, I installed System Shock 2 onto my computer last week updated everything and applied some patches that re-textured and re-skinned the game to make it look somewhat decent and after I went through all that trouble the game crashes about 30 seconds into it everytime. I really wanted to play it too,
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Halifirien on December 11, 2007, 01:09:22 PM
I'm alternating between a few titles right now.

1) Final Fantaxy XI - I've been playing this one for about three years, and I see no signs of stopping.
2) Silent Hill Origins (PSP) - I just got this one over the weekend. I'm a fan of the series, so I like having a portable version that looks this great. Supposed to be pretty short, though.
3) Mass Effect - I'm still running around the council area near the beginning, but I'm sure it'll pick up when I leave on the Normandy. Pretty cool game so far.
4) The Orange Box - The cake is a lie!
5) Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions (PSP) - Loved the PS1 version, and I'm loving this one.
6) Advance Wars: Dual Strike - The old reliable. Too much strategy awesomeness for one man.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on December 11, 2007, 01:15:45 PM
4) The Orange Box - The cake is a lie!
So far that's been the best game I've seen come out in a long time as far as everything you get for the price and the quality of the games. I love the Orange Box, everyone should get this that has a 360, PS3(not out til next year), or PC.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Halifirien on December 11, 2007, 01:26:38 PM
I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed Portal. The puzzles are trippy enough, but when you throw in heavy doses of dark humor... sweet. I still have to go through and play some of the advanced puzzles. Getting the garden gnome achievment on Episode Two was rough and I had to step away from the disc for awhile, but I'm starting to get back into it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Hank_Peters on December 11, 2007, 01:52:18 PM
I think I'm the only person in the whole world that hated the original FFT, and loved the new one for the GBA. Although either way I'm not that much of a Final Fantasy fan, unless you count the 2-D entries. That being said, I picked up Chocobo Tales for a stellar $15 a few days ago, and I can't really say I'm disappointed yet. The game is overtly simple and puts too much focus on mini-games for story progression, but I don't mind using it as a diversion from Animal Crossing.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on December 11, 2007, 01:55:36 PM
I'm currently gritting my teeth through the frankly awful cut-scenes in Eternal Sonata.  There are so many of the bloody things that it gets downright tedious.  If only everything else about the game wasn't wonderful, then I could take it back, but it looks and sounds bloody gorgeous.  And the interludes where you learn about Chopin's life and works is so utterly bizarre that I find it kinda endearing.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Crazy_88s on December 12, 2007, 01:17:57 AM
Halo 3, Ace Combat 6. love 'em both.  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Hank_Peters on December 12, 2007, 02:41:15 PM
I'm killing time with a new town in Animal Crossing: Wild World.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on December 30, 2007, 02:00:21 AM
Crackdown on my 360 I found it for $20 and it's surprisingly entertaining after you start building up your skills.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on December 30, 2007, 07:41:30 AM
Crackdown on my 360 I found it for $20 and it's surprisingly entertaining after you start building up your skills.

When you've mastered the running and jumping skills, there's nothing better than sprinting around the city.  I barely used a car afterward.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Variety of Cells on December 30, 2007, 08:27:55 AM
Geometry Wars for the Wii. 

I love arcade games, and it's hard to get much more arcadey than Geometry Wars.  I'd be happy with just two or three levels, playing them over and over, trying to get a high score, cause they don't end.  They just keep going, and I love that feeling when you're out of lives but you're just about to reach the high score and enemies are swarming around you but you don't quite know if you want to use your last bomb.  But it's a huge game with a ton of different levels in it.  If you like arcade games I definitely recommend it.  It's pretty in its own way too.

Oh, but get a classic controller before you buy it. 


And Bioshock.  It's the first game that has made me felt guilty about the choices I made in a game.  Not because I chose to do evil, but the game successfully blurred the lines between evil and good so that I wasn't quite sure what was right and what was wrong, just like in real life.  I think I'm about half way through, and I love it so far.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on December 30, 2007, 03:03:17 PM
...

(http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/4349/swob3.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)

So freakin' addicting!

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RoninFox on December 30, 2007, 03:04:33 PM
I picked up this game on Steam yesterday called Half-Life. I don't know if any of you have heard of it. It's pretty good. I think it won some awards?

That's a new one on me, I've been playing this weird Diablo game myself, you know about that one?   ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on December 30, 2007, 04:08:34 PM
(http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0S0200PMnhHZUQBIiqjzbkF/SIG=11uq9khjo/EXP=1199145871/**http%3A//www.bosken.com/images/athf_znpa.jpg)

If it was just the game, I'd feel like it was a rip-off (Not for me. I got it as a present), but the extras are so nice and the cut scenes so lovingly-made that it makes the game worth playing through. When a game comes packed with 4 full episodes of ATHF (One of them brand new!) and it makes me laugh, it's hard to fault it too much. Heck I just liked playing around with the menus to hear the little easter-eggs scattered throughout. And it didn't suffer from the old "We're in a Video Game so we can't say that" problem that other adult-toon-to-video-game adaptations have suffered from. The humor is true ATHF. :^)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on December 30, 2007, 05:16:11 PM
...

So freakin' addicting!

-Rude

Rude, have you unlocked this guy yet?

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

And I've been alternating between Hellgate, Gal Civ: Twilight of the Arnor, Disgaea, Rock Band and Assassin's Creed.

I need to actually finish something so that I can start Mass Effect....
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on December 30, 2007, 05:25:31 PM
...

So freakin' addicting!

-Rude

Rude, have you unlocked this guy yet?

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
OK. That rocks. Is he unlockable in the seperate versions, or do you have to pick up the complete saga version? If so, I might just have to plunk down some more $ on this one. :^)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Hank_Peters on December 30, 2007, 05:55:21 PM
I've been playing nothing but Animal Crossing: Wild World and Quake III Arena for the past week.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RoninFox on December 30, 2007, 06:57:54 PM
I picked up this game on Steam yesterday called Half-Life. I don't know if any of you have heard of it. It's pretty good. I think it won some awards?

That's a new one on me, I've been playing this weird Diablo game myself, you know about that one?   ;)

Diab...lo...?  Trying to pull a fast one on me, eh? You and your made up games.

Guilty as charged.  Heh, too bad you figured it out so fast, I was going to claim there was a sequel.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on December 30, 2007, 08:02:52 PM
I've been exploring Assassin's Creed.  I haven't gotten very far into yet, but I like what I see at the moment.  The suspicion metre seems a little too twitchy though.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on December 30, 2007, 08:19:29 PM
...

So freakin' addicting!

-Rude

Rude, have you unlocked this guy yet?

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
OK. That rocks. Is he unlockable in the seperate versions, or do you have to pick up the complete saga version? If so, I might just have to plunk down some more $ on this one. :^)

Just the saga version. The first game allowed you to unlock some Episode 4-6 characters and the Orignal trilogy allowed you to make your own character.

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on December 30, 2007, 08:22:10 PM
(http://www.ripten.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/conan_360_preview_3.jpg)

Conan for the 360. An average superbloody hack 'n slash with the instrinsic bonus of it having fucking Conan in it, man.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on December 30, 2007, 08:26:09 PM
...

So freakin' addicting!

-Rude

Rude, have you unlocked this guy yet?

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
OK. That rocks. Is he unlockable in the seperate versions, or do you have to pick up the complete saga version? If so, I might just have to plunk down some more $ on this one. :^)

Just the saga version. The first game allowed you to unlock some Episode 4-6 characters and the Orignal trilogy allowed you to make your own character.

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Here ya go:

[yt=425,350]YDPnFarSxnQ[/yt]

There's also this!

[yt=425,350]dmLaCvTmYJA[/yt]

I can't wait for both.  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on December 30, 2007, 08:39:59 PM
Oh, I just completed Saints Row.  Pretty entertaining game, I'm not sure whether to go through it and play all the side missions though.  They seem a little dull on their own.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on December 30, 2007, 09:01:22 PM
Quote from: Compound
Rude, have you unlocked this guy yet?

Actually, that was the first bonus character that i unlocked. And it was really just by mistake... i was wondering around the Cantina and found a bonus door. Once i watched a trailer for the game, it unlocked him. I don't even think that i had started to play the game at that point~

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on January 01, 2008, 08:46:45 PM
Bubble Bobble on my Wii, finally!!!!!!
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on January 01, 2008, 11:31:24 PM
Doom 3. This game scares me. I love it.

If you find a locker later in the game with the code 666 written on a sticky note stuck to it, move on. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: gbeenie on January 02, 2008, 01:10:38 PM

There's also this!

[yt=425,350]dmLaCvTmYJA[/yt]


Holy frijole! That looks terrific!
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mlcorcoran on January 02, 2008, 01:29:07 PM
last game bought: Guitar Hero 3 for ps2

Last game played: Super Mario Galaxy for Wii (I finished it with all 121 stars for both Mario and Luigi)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on January 02, 2008, 02:52:00 PM
My brothers, in an effort to ensure I never want to leave my Wii again, got me Zack and Wiki for Christmas. Old School adventure gaming plus new school hidden bonus goodies? Sign me up! :^)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: KingOfShippers on January 02, 2008, 05:47:59 PM
Currently Playing:

Rogue Galaxy
Final Fantasy IX
Final Fantasy XII
Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess
WarioWare Smooth Moves



Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Thom_Serveaux on January 02, 2008, 08:20:05 PM
Digimon Data Squad, based on the latest season in Japan 'Digimon Savers'  Loved the anime, and the game....

...

Well like my parents would sometimes say, "I'm not mad, just very disappointed..."  The digivolution system was complete;y overhauled, unfortuantely, this wasn't an improvement.  The requirements that were needed for each specific  'digivolution' centered mostly around either specific stats, such as agility/speed, defense, luck, etc, or having to defeat a specific number of a particular class (Rookie, Champion, Ultimate, Mega) or type(Vaccine, Nightmare Solider, Metal, Darkness, etc)  which kinda makes sense, some of the others, though, were a bit odd.  In some cases, you had to have a certain amount of bits(money) or walked at least a minimum number of steps.  Or you have to have used the escape, attack, guard or support commands a certain number of times. or opened a certain number of chests. The battle command system is unusual, to say the least, in that the screen displays each of those 4 options, but with a twist.  The 'twist' is that depending on your digimon's emotional state, he/she will want to perform certain actions more than others....

Quote
"A thing to note is that, the number and the type of command on
display also depends on the Digimon's emotion (eg. tense, strong,
caring, anger). So it is important for you to alter its emotion to
get the right command that you need during battles. This can be done
by selecting support command."

Essentially, you then either pump up their ego, to lessen their sympathy, scold them to increase it, taunt them, to increase their courage when they want to run away (some digimon are incredibly prone to do this), and so on...

Quote
"Normally a tense character will have a
majority of attack command, a caring character with majority of
guard command, and strong character with a balance set of command.
Sometimes, really tense character can also display really powerful
attack."

In addition to neding stats like tension, etc to be at certain levels, is the one reqirement that is far and away the most frustrating, and annoying.  To get your digimon to be able to digivolve into many of the more powerful forms, you have to be either 'good friends' or worse yet 'very good friends' with your digimon, which basically means, even though you're the tamer, you have to let them have their way and let them do what they want, even if all they want to do is run away all the time.  (as I said before some types, like the 'Vaccine' digimon, who have a lot of support/healing skills/abilities are annoyingly prone to do so)  The only help then is to try and prod or provoke them and increase their tension/anger levels so they want to attack.  If you aren't a HUGE fan of the series, I'd steer clear, and if you are, I'll warn you that if you don't have a lot of patience with your digimon, your anger and tension levels may be the ones on the rise.  This one is at best a rental, and then only if you're a fan....

2 out of 5

(FYI,  it's now 2535, and man IS still alive, and HAS survived, it seems...) :rimshot:
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Hebs on January 05, 2008, 11:46:42 AM
The Star Wars Lego series is fun so I'm sure the Batman one will be just as great - woohoo!

Andy got me Cookin' Mama for DS.  I got really really sick these last 5 days and the whole time I was in bed I just made food all day haha.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Steve-O on January 05, 2008, 10:31:09 PM
Andy got me Cookin' Mama for DS.  I got really really sick these last 5 days and the whole time I was in bed I just made food all day haha.

Ah. So he's got you in training, then?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Hebs on January 06, 2008, 09:07:08 AM
Andy got me Cookin' Mama for DS.  I got really really sick these last 5 days and the whole time I was in bed I just made food all day haha.

Ah. So he's got you in training, then?

Haha, I hear they are coming out with "Cleanin' Mama" and "Stop Talkin' Mama"

I'm kidding, haha, he's the one that does all the cooking :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: GregMcduck on January 06, 2008, 10:48:13 AM
So, I started playing Okami again, which I stopped playing after the first level for some real life reason and just forgot about it.

I remember this being better then it is.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: James of LinHood on January 06, 2008, 05:43:53 PM
I just beat Mass Effect.  It has just over 25 hours of gameplay if you explore and complete every side mission.  It's a pretty fun game.  I'm going to play through it again just for kicks.  If you like RPGs (Especially KOTOR) you'll love Mass Effect.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on January 06, 2008, 06:37:59 PM
I just beat Mass Effect.  It has just over 25 hours of gameplay if you explore and complete every side mission.  It's a pretty fun game.  I'm going to play through it again just for kicks.  If you like RPGs (Especially KOTOR) you'll love Mass Effect.

Really? It took me over 40 hours to complete it, both times! :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on January 06, 2008, 10:31:32 PM
...

Yeah, 25 hours seems kind of short... especially when you include side games and everything. I can't speak for Mass Effect personally though. But just in general, that would be considered a pretty short game.

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Halifirien on January 07, 2008, 12:08:06 AM
After a few months away from it, I finally dusted off my copy of Oblivion and started playing again. I'm near the end of the main storyline, but I still have Fighter's Guild, Arena and Dark Brotherhood quests to do... not to mention "Knights of the Nine" and "The Shivering Isles" waiting when I finish up the main game. Now that I'm back into it, I can't figure out why I stopped playing in the first place. I love this game.

Oh, and PacMan Championship Edition rocks my socks.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: James of LinHood on January 07, 2008, 06:16:06 AM
I just beat Mass Effect.  It has just over 25 hours of gameplay if you explore and complete every side mission.  It's a pretty fun game.  I'm going to play through it again just for kicks.  If you like RPGs (Especially KOTOR) you'll love Mass Effect.

Really? It took me over 40 hours to complete it, both times! :)

Hmmm...  Well, I didn't explore every single planet/star system.  I didn't find those Surveying Rocks and Finding Artifacts missions that entertaining so I never did complete those.  If you did that I'm sure it extended your time considerably.  I got the Completionist achievement so I'm assuming I completed nearly every mission in the game.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on January 10, 2008, 08:24:33 PM
I'm going to look like a complete perv, but I just received DOA: Extreme Beach Volleyball 2 through my rental company today.  I haven't played it yet, but this game might involve getting achievements I might be a little red-faced about.  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on January 10, 2008, 08:31:51 PM
...

Yeah, 25 hours seems kind of short... especially when you include side games and everything. I can't speak for Mass Effect personally though. But just in general, that would be considered a pretty short game.

-Rude

I'm playing Heavenly Sword.   Now THAT is a short game.  I'm about 5 hours in and I'm almost done with the game.

Next up will be either Drake's or Ratchet & Clank. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on January 10, 2008, 08:43:27 PM
I bought Call of Duty 4 for the PC, took my time playing it and still beat it in about 5.5 hours. Amazing game though.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Cibernético II on January 10, 2008, 10:58:25 PM
I'm playing like a thousand games. I can do that because I'm unemployed.

PS2:
Fire Pro Wrestling Returns. So awesome. Hours and hours of wrestling simulation fun. If you could only have 1 wrestling game for the rest of your life, it would have to be this one.
Guitar Hero Just now getting to the point were I will only play songs on hard.

Wii:
The Simpsons Game
Mario Party 8
The Godfather: Blackhand Edition

Virtual Console:
Shining Force: Great game. Very satisfying and addicting
Super Castlevania IV: One of the best SNES games ever
World Heroes: Not very good. A mediocre Street Fighter clone that was much better in memory than reality. Kinda wish I hadn't bought it.

DS:
Picross: Addictive and great for quick play
Phoenix Wright Really cool, innovative game
Brain Age Exercise the brains
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RoninFox on January 10, 2008, 11:11:05 PM
Haven't tried any of the Fire Pro Wrestling games.  Anything you can compare it to?  I might have to pick up one of them sometime.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RoninFox on January 11, 2008, 11:17:39 AM
Well I know what I will be playing today, and hopefully for a few days to come.  My copy of Harvey Birdman for Wii just arrived.  Thank you Amazon.   ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Cibernético II on January 11, 2008, 02:16:34 PM
Haven't tried any of the Fire Pro Wrestling games.  Anything you can compare it to?  I might have to pick up one of them sometime.

There's really no other game like. You can only compare it to previous versions of Fire Pro. It's not an arcade style button masher like most of the WWE games. It's more like professional wrestling simulator. You can create events, PPVs, belts, leagues, tournaments, promotions and their logos. There are hundreds of wrestlers based on real wrestlers from around the world already in the game (although mostly from Japanese promotions). An incredibly indepth CAW with thousands of moves and the ability to edit your CAWs right down to their fighting strategy/CPU logic. The sprites are 2d and the whole scale of it might be a little overwhelming for some players, but $15 its a must buy
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: GregMcduck on January 11, 2008, 02:17:19 PM
Fire Pro Wrestling has a really steep learning curve, but once you got a hang of it, it's wicked fun.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RoninFox on January 11, 2008, 02:36:25 PM
Sounds a bit like an upgrade of the Extreme Warfare series, it was a sim using pull down menus and such.  You had stats for the wrestlers you hired or trained and booked events, decided who fought who when for what in what kind of match, who won and how, then you got results like ratings and ticket sales based on how good the event was.  Is it anything like that, or is it "kayfabed" and the matches treated real.

Incidentally, Harvey Birdman is fun so far, but I'm already half way through the game.  WAAY too short, and the lack of Stephen Colbert is disappointing.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: ItsBurgertime on February 19, 2008, 07:04:40 PM
Los Odyssey! pretty amazing solid old school turn base RPG. high recommend it... and for those achievement mongers out there... s'a pretty simple 1000
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Sheik Yerbouti on February 20, 2008, 12:42:10 AM
I'm currently in the middle of playing Bioshock.  Yeah, I know I'm behind the times but I just built a new PC that could handle the graphics.  Best FPS I've played since Half Life 2.  Gorgeous game, good story and the art deco design is great to look at, although overall I think HL2 is still better.  Telekinesis is no substitute for the gravity gun.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: orionpaxxx on February 20, 2008, 04:37:14 AM
Been playing a lot of Rock Band on the PS3 because its a game my wife and I can play together. She will sing or do drums. She's better than me on drums. But I have been getting into Mario Galaxy on the Wii and Lego Star Wars on my 360. Yes we have all 3. Its hard to get things accomplished when I am home lol  :D
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Post by: Canis Firebrand on February 26, 2008, 11:38:47 AM
Currently playing:

Call of Duty 4 - 360
Halo 3 - 360
Assassin's Creed - 360
Rock Band - 360
Drake's Uncharted - PS3
Professor Layton and the Mysterious Village - DS
Altair's Chronicles - DS
Halo 2(for the achievement points) - PC
Hellgate: London - PC
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Post by: BathTub on February 26, 2008, 07:22:24 PM
Supreme commander
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Post by: Gaseous Snake on February 26, 2008, 07:54:54 PM
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
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Post by: Compound on February 26, 2008, 08:12:39 PM
Flipping between Lost Odyssey, Culdecept Saga and Disgaea right now. There's a number of titles coming out in March that I'm looking forward to though.
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Post by: DixieRoadrash on February 27, 2008, 12:41:34 PM
I'm playing NeverWinter Nights again now that I have all the expansions, and I'm playing through Fable a second time. This time as the evil hero. I always play games once they're old news.

(Fable 2 comes out in Nov. only for 360 though. Excuse me while I go pout)
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Post by: skenderberg on February 27, 2008, 12:52:13 PM
I'm playing NeverWinter Nights again now that I have all the expansions, and I'm playing through Fable a second time. This time as the evil hero. I always play games once they're old news.

(Fable 2 comes out in Nov. only for 360 though. Excuse me while I go pout)
We'll get it on PC eventually if it does well enough on the 360.

I'm working my way through Two Worlds right now.  It's like a very watered-down Oblivion.  Or Gothic III, without the personality and show-stopping bugs.
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Post by: orionpaxxx on February 27, 2008, 02:23:30 PM
Freecell....I'm offshore and that is all my work computer has lol
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Post by: k1 on February 27, 2008, 03:07:10 PM
Bouncing back and forth between Rock Band, Lego Star Wars (Wii), and Rayman Raving Rabbids 2.

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Post by: hare.29 on February 27, 2008, 03:09:01 PM
Civ III
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Post by: mrbasehart on February 27, 2008, 05:22:13 PM
Nintendo is reminding me that I suck at video games on Metroid and Mario for the Wii.
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Post by: RVR II on February 27, 2008, 05:25:22 PM
I might break out the ol' PS1 fer sum Namco Classics for some Dig Dug! AWW YEUH!! 8)
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Post by: BeautifulMind on February 27, 2008, 05:28:47 PM
WOW last time I played anything.
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Post by: OTC316 on February 27, 2008, 09:01:38 PM
Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law on the Wii
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Post by: ig400 on February 27, 2008, 09:06:28 PM
i just got Lost: the game for the 360... ugh i have to listen to a mock Locke and Sawyer
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on February 28, 2008, 04:22:42 AM
i just got Lost: the game for the 360... ugh i have to listen to a mock Locke and Sawyer

I'm slightly intrigued by the game even though it's probably going to be awful.  Let us know how it is.
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Post by: Nick on February 28, 2008, 08:15:08 AM
I just finished Bioshock.

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
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Post by: ig400 on February 29, 2008, 10:44:15 PM
i just got Lost: the game for the 360... ugh i have to listen to a mock Locke and Sawyer

I'm slightly intrigued by the game even though it's probably going to be awful.  Let us know how it is.

fineshed in under 5 hours and had an OK ending

Final verdict 2 out of 5

not worth buying, in fact I'm trading it in tomorrow
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Post by: Nick on March 03, 2008, 08:59:52 AM
Frontlines:Fuel of War

I finished it over the weekend and I had a fairly good time playing it. It's primarily meant to be a multiplayer game, but I refuse to play multiplayer on the basis that its not all that enjoyable to me. Anyway the single player story was actually pretty good for a game that focuses on the online aspect. Though it is frightening to me in the fact that it almost seems like a plausible and likely future. The gist of the story is that the world is running out of oil. Most of the superpowers have banded together to secure the remaining world's supplies of oil. The U.S. and its NATO allies make up most of the coalition, with Russia and China forming the bulk of the Red Star Alliance. Both alliances have strategic antimissile shields, making Nuclear war irrelevant and bringing conventional war back into a more important role. The gameplay itself is pretty fun(when of foot) and similar to those who've played the Battlefield series of games. My two main complaints with the game stem from bad friendly AI and atrocious vehicle control. Allies in the game are pretty much useless. I saw one of my bot teammates fire three rockets at an enemy shoulder, and not hurt them! Apparently my character was the only one who learned to aim in boot camp.There are even times in the game where I'm taking on the entire Russian army, Rambo 3 style, with no backup at all. My allies seem content just to hang back at base and pick their nose I guess. Controlling vehicles are an absolute pain in the ass. Tanks frequently get stuck on objects like fire hydrants(WTF?) and are almost impossible to turn when your fighting another enemy tank. There only real purpose it seems is to provide you with mobile armor while you get close enough to use the handy-dandy rocket launcher. On the other hand the little remote control tanks and choppers of doom are pretty sweet(Radioshack must have gotten a military contract :).) All in all a pretty good game. If your only into single-player its only worth it as a rental, but if your big into multiplayer than I guess it would be a pretty worthwile purchase.
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Post by: KingOfShippers on March 04, 2008, 09:24:20 AM
Currently playing the Simpsons Game and i'm about three hours in, but i'm about to turn it off as the camera quickly turned out to be the biggest enemy in the game
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Post by: Pak-Man on March 04, 2008, 10:23:55 AM
All the anticipation for Smash Bros. has me looking to the classics. I've been playing Kirby Adventure, Mario World, Metroid, Zelda, F-Zero, Star Fox, and just about every other game featured in Smash Bros. in small bursts. :^)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Fortis on March 04, 2008, 12:00:11 PM
Curiously, I haven't really been playing anything, I've been spending all of my time with the Check Mii Out channel for the wii...which is weird, because I just thought it was a gimmick when it came out. But I'm actually making Mii's now...I did pretty good on the contest for making a friendly witch/wizard...I made Dumbledore, because even though Gandalf is the coolest wizard ever...Dumbledore looked funny in the purple shirt I made him in :snicker: not suprisingly, the top 50 people were all Harry Potter...

Oh, and I had no idea you can only make 100 Mii's! I've only made like 20, but everybody who plays my wii has to make a mii for themselves...I require it, so now I'm all filled up. Dang.
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Post by: Steve-O on March 04, 2008, 03:00:58 PM
Oh, and I had no idea you can only make 100 Mii's! I've only made like 20, but everybody who plays my wii has to make a mii for themselves...

Over 80 people have played with your Wii?  I'm green with envy.
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Post by: MSTJedi on March 04, 2008, 04:08:56 PM
Currently playing Tales of Symphonia on the Gamecube. Yes, I have yet to step into the current generation of consoles, but who has $250 just laying around? Anyway, the story started out pretty lame, practically a knock off of FFX's plot, but as it's progressed, it's gotten a lot better.
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Post by: Compound on March 04, 2008, 04:48:09 PM
Oh, and I had no idea you can only make 100 Mii's! I've only made like 20, but everybody who plays my wii has to make a mii for themselves...

Over 80 people have played with your Wii?  I'm green with envy.

80 is a slow weekend for me. Innuendo five!
(http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/8738/scrubs227ie7.jpg)
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Post by: DarthChimay on March 04, 2008, 04:54:54 PM
You sure he meant quantity and not age?
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Post by: Rude on March 04, 2008, 05:04:04 PM
Quote from: DarthChimay
You sure he meant quantity and not age?

(http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/9704/wiiwf0.png) (http://imageshack.us)

"Hey Billy, since Grandpa's already here on your bed and everything. Why don't we play with your Wii?"

-Rude
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Post by: DarthChimay on March 04, 2008, 10:22:43 PM
Quote from: DarthChimay
You sure he meant quantity and not age?

(http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/9704/wiiwf0.png) (http://imageshack.us)

"Hey Billy, since Grandpa's already here on your bed and everything. Why don't we play with your Wii?"

-Rude

I don't know whether to be disturbed more by A) the incestual creepiness of this picture or B) the exponential difference in exposure to sunlight per generation this picture shows us.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Fortis on March 05, 2008, 12:58:19 AM
Well, no, 80 people have not played me wii...er nintendo wii. But a bunch of people (more than 20) have all made several Mii's of their own...

I'm terrified by the crazed look that old guy has. And it pains me to see a little kid look down to see what buttons he's pushing when his Grandpa is pwning him...did I use that right "pwning him?" I've never used that word before, but I thought it appropriate given the gaming environment.
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Post by: Quicksilver on March 05, 2008, 05:56:18 AM
That picture is priceless! 

I think a total of 5 people have played with my 360. I did have a 360 threesome with two girls though, but one was my girlfriend and the other her sister.......the thought is only slightly less creepy than that picture.


never mind, a lot less.
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Post by: Compound on March 05, 2008, 08:06:58 AM
(snip) I did have a 360 threesome with two girls though

Achievement unlocked! High five!

(http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/8738/scrubs227ie7.jpg)

Ugh. Watching too much Scrubs... (And on topic: waiting to pick up DoW: SoulStorm on Friday. )
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Post by: Nick on March 05, 2008, 09:16:31 AM
Yay! Another Dawn of War fan. I'll be getting it as well.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Fortis on March 05, 2008, 10:48:20 AM
your cup avatar makes me sad for some reason warrior...he just looks like he carries around a lot of pain inside him. Its sad.
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Post by: Pak-Man on March 05, 2008, 10:49:57 AM
Amongst the smattering of classics I mentioned, I'm also finishing up the last case in Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations. The last of the Phoenix cases is proving to be my favorite yet, :^) After this I can get myself Appolo Justice with a clean concience. :^)
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Post by: Fortis on March 05, 2008, 11:23:59 AM
so the Phoenix Wright games are good Pak? Have you played Hotel Dusk? I'm still debating on what games I should get for my DS...

I've been playing a lot of Super Mario Bros. 3 on the virtual console for the Wii. Its good to play it again. I mean I had it for gameboy, but they changed all the back grounds and stuff to try and make it look not dated, but I like the original better.
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Post by: Pak-Man on March 05, 2008, 11:28:48 AM
If you love a good point and click, the Phoenix Wright games are the bomb. Probably my favorite series on the DS. The mysteries are always intriguing and the facts are presented so that you never know quite what's going on until just when you're supposed to. :^)

I have Hotel Dusk, and it's been sitting on a pile of games I've been meaning to play for a while now. Maybe when I finish up Phoenix Wright I'll check in to Hotel Dusk. :^)
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Post by: Fortis on March 05, 2008, 11:33:45 AM
hmm...I'm going to have to check them out, I love a good mystery. It was mostly the art direction that kept me from playing them, but you can't judge a book by its cover I guess. Maybe I can find them on goozex.
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Post by: Nick on March 05, 2008, 01:24:35 PM
your cup avatar makes me sad for some reason warrior...he just looks like he carries around a lot of pain inside him. Its sad.

Sad? I don't think Mastershake feels much pain. He does dish it out though.

[yt=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcE3gq5qHbc[/yt]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcE3gq5qHbc (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcE3gq5qHbc)
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Post by: Gaseous Snake on March 05, 2008, 10:00:30 PM
I'm playing a little bit of Silent Hill 2 before i get Silent Hill Origins tomorrow. It's finally been ported to the PS2 so I'm pretty excited.
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Post by: jewishcarpenter on March 06, 2008, 07:46:13 AM
I'm playing a little bit of Silent Hill 2 before i get Silent Hill Origins tomorrow. It's finally been ported to the PS2 so I'm pretty excited.
Check out this review (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/editorials/zeropunctuation/2791-Zero-Punctuation-Silent-Hill-Origins) of it when it came out for the PSP, but don't let it stop you from playing it. This guy tears everything apart.
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Post by: DarthChimay on March 06, 2008, 10:56:09 AM
I love Yahtzee, but I dread the day he reviews anything I've worked on.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Cosmic Muse on March 06, 2008, 03:51:31 PM
Well, at this moment I'm trying to play The Sims 2: Castaway but it's on my 7 year old, slow as molasses PC I use for internet surfing because my stupid laptop is on the fritz. I was told it's cheaper just to buy a new gaming PC therefore reducing this expensive technological wonder to nothing more than a high priced door stop.
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Post by: Gaseous Snake on March 06, 2008, 08:55:17 PM
I've started Silent Hill Origins. I remember at the beginning of its development it trying to be like Resident Evil 4. I'm glad it's back to endless amounts of locked doors.
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Post by: Nick on March 07, 2008, 08:49:59 AM
Just Finished Portal.

All I can say is.... Awesomeeee!!! :o
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Post by: k1 on March 09, 2008, 07:15:04 PM
I know what I want to be playing:

Diabolik: The Original Sin for the Wii!
http://www.nintendowiifanboy.com/2008/03/08/diabolik-the-original-sin-will-attack-european-wiis-this-fall/ (http://www.nintendowiifanboy.com/2008/03/08/diabolik-the-original-sin-will-attack-european-wiis-this-fall/)

(http://www.blogsmithmedia.com/www.nintendowiifanboy.com/media/2008/03/diabolik_cs_0308.jpg)
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Post by: Quicksilver on March 09, 2008, 07:33:16 PM
Does anyone here still play halo3?
I hate to admit that's pretty much all I play, but I dont really have time for games, halo is like playing football.
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Post by: Halifirien on March 10, 2008, 05:16:34 PM
I dusted off Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions and jumped back in. I'm on the fourth chapter and just finished unlocking Cloud over the weekend.

I bought Army of Two today and played through the training mission. I'm enjoying it, but I don't want to get too far in it until my buddy can come over and join me. I'm a big fan of co-op games.

Now, if only my Smash Bros. Brawl game would arrive from Amazon. I should get it tomorrow or Wednesday...
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on March 10, 2008, 05:22:41 PM
I bought Army of Two today and played through the training mission. I'm enjoying it, but I don't want to get too far in it until my buddy can come over and join me. I'm a big fan of co-op games.

I have my eye on that too. Lemme know how you like it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Halifirien on March 10, 2008, 05:55:55 PM
I have my eye on that too. Lemme know how you like it.

The bit that I've played handles very much like Gears of War. It's instantly familiar, which is a good thing. The one-player game allows you to issue squad-type commands to your A.I. partner, and so far he's pretty decent about drawing fire so I can flank enemies and shoot them. The true test will be when my friend is over so we can play split-screen co-op. I have a feeling he'll abuse the "disaproval" button and constantly smack me and head-butt me whenever he gets a chance. He'd better hope there's no friendly fire...
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Post by: GregMcduck on March 25, 2008, 05:45:10 PM
So my cousin gave me all his N64 games, and I've been playing around with WCW/nWo Revenge, which turns out to be one of the best wrestling games I've ever played. The controls are smooth, the roster is huge, and the move animations are awesome for this technology.
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Post by: La De Da on March 25, 2008, 09:10:22 PM
Smash Bros. Brawl, but I'm trying to get No More Heroes out to the way.
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Post by: BathTub on March 26, 2008, 11:40:10 AM
On a CIV 4 binge at the moment.
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Post by: Compound on March 26, 2008, 12:00:00 PM
With my ferret-like attention span, here's what I've played for at least an hour in the past week:
Command & Conquer 3
Super Smash Bros
Wii Play
Culdecept Saga
Final Fantasy Tactics
Wild Arms XF
Hearts of Iron 2
Sins of the Solar Empire
Atlerier Iris 3
Rock Band
Devil May Cry 3
Armageddon Empires
and some Mahjong game that I fiddled with while working on the Beowulf disc.
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Post by: Hank_Peters on March 27, 2008, 04:34:22 PM
I bought the MGS Esssential collection and Pikman, but I don't have time for those in the weekday.
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Post by: The_Flash on March 27, 2008, 09:58:53 PM
I've been playing R6: Vegas 2 this past week.  I'll be glad to play some co-op with anyone who wants to. 

My XboxLive name is "ScarletSpeedstr".
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Post by: Rude on March 27, 2008, 10:04:19 PM
...

I downloaded the VC version of the original Metroid... awesome game. Remember, until my girlfriend bought me a Wii for my birthday... the last game console i owned was the Atari 2600. So i'll be playing that until Obscure: The Aftermath and Harvey Birdman arrive by mail. Fun times.

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on March 28, 2008, 10:24:10 AM
I hope you're renting Birdman, Rude. It's rather short.
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Post by: Halifirien on March 28, 2008, 03:36:49 PM
My Box got the red ring o' death, so I'm playing Crisis Core on the PSP. Very much an action-oriented RPG, but fun so far.
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Post by: Insert Coin(s) to Continue on March 29, 2008, 10:59:39 PM
I'm playing through The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess right now. Very interesting game. The graphics don't hold up against other games in this generation and the music is embarrassingly bad for a Zelda game, but the art direction and the sheer power of the game make up for that.

The only thing I have a problem with is this damn story Nintendo keeps using over and over. You know. The light world is being taken over by the dark world, so you have to enter the dark world and slay the dark beasts, returning the light to all corners of the world. They used the SAME STORY for Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Any others I'm missing?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on March 29, 2008, 11:20:14 PM
You're also missing Animal Crossing : The Dark Age and Barbies' Horse Adventures.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on March 30, 2008, 01:18:41 AM
...

Pretty much the same story for Super Paper Mario too.

-Rude
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Post by: Chaos on March 30, 2008, 06:28:57 AM
Don't forget "Street Fighter: Light vs. Dark" and "Invasion of the Dark World." ;)
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Post by: Hank_Peters on March 30, 2008, 03:20:47 PM
So my cousin gave me all his N64 games, and I've been playing around with WCW/nWo Revenge, which turns out to be one of the best wrestling games I've ever played. The controls are smooth, the roster is huge, and the move animations are awesome for this technology.

Trust me, if you though that game was good, you need to get WWF: No Mercy. No other wrestling game has even gotten close to the greatness of this game. It's in the top three of my favorite fighting games of all time.
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Post by: DarthChimay on March 31, 2008, 11:14:27 AM
Sins of a Solar Empire. Very good game, if you like RTSes.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on March 31, 2008, 06:21:09 PM
Recently dug out Oblivion again and spent the last couple days sifting through the thousands of interesting mods out there.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Fortis on March 31, 2008, 08:15:30 PM
Super Metroid...best Metroid game ever!

and...Fine tuning my samus skills in Brawl
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Post by: mrbasehart on March 31, 2008, 08:31:30 PM
Tex Murphy: Under a Killing Moon.  The FMV is pretty basic and the controls are awkward, but it's still pretty cool.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: La De Da on March 31, 2008, 10:13:33 PM
Earthbound.  Pounding hippies, some cult members that love blue, and using a teddy bear for protection. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 01, 2008, 07:52:45 AM
Recently dug out Oblivion again and spent the last couple days sifting through the thousands of interesting mods out there.
Do you have it on PC or for your 360?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Quicksilver on April 01, 2008, 05:06:12 PM
currently playing Front lines on 360.

This game flat out rattles me to the core. There's nothing like flying in a chopper with 3 other people in my squad shooting down attack choppers and gunning down people parachuting, all while evading AAA fire.

Sorry, the game is crazy.

Kush4200
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on April 01, 2008, 11:42:54 PM
Professor Layton and the Curious Village. Just a story tied together with brain teasers, a-la 7th guest... But I can't pull myself away from it. I just have to solve another puzzle! Why aren't I solving one right now?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on April 02, 2008, 05:52:16 AM
Recently dug out Oblivion again and spent the last couple days sifting through the thousands of interesting mods out there.
Do you have it on PC or for your 360?

PC. My friend has it or 360 (and it was that which introduced me to the game) but I got it for PC because I wanted a mod that changed the leveling system. Gameplay and immersion always comes first for me; if I want a rediculous challenge instead I'll go outside and roll a giant boulder up a hill.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 02, 2008, 08:34:44 AM
Recently dug out Oblivion again and spent the last couple days sifting through the thousands of interesting mods out there.
Do you have it on PC or for your 360?

PC. My friend has it or 360 (and it was that which introduced me to the game) but I got it for PC because I wanted a mod that changed the leveling system. Gameplay and immersion always comes first for me; if I want a rediculous challenge instead I'll go outside and roll a giant boulder up a hill.
Well if you have the computer to run this stuff you might want to check out some of these (http://www.rpgbanana.com/skins/games/827) to improve the aesthetic aspect of the game. I have no clue how to install skins and textures for this particular game but they usually leave some sort of installation instructions. I personally like the look of this (http://www.rpgbanana.com/skins/27674) and someone even made Sauron's armour (http://www.rpgbanana.com/skins/27928) which is pretty damned cool. They have some other cool skins on there as well.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Jinto on April 02, 2008, 08:37:29 AM
Tex Murphy: Under a Killing Moon.  The FMV is pretty basic and the controls are awkward, but it's still pretty cool.

Awesome, another Tex Murphy fan. Have you played all the games in the series?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Jinto on April 02, 2008, 08:46:37 AM
I've recently played The Art of Theft:

http://new.bigbluecup.com/games.php?action=detail&id=955 (http://new.bigbluecup.com/games.php?action=detail&id=955)

It's an action game built on the free Adventure Game Studio engine, which is used to make old adventure game style games (low res, but still fun!) .
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: stansimpson on April 04, 2008, 04:51:46 AM
The only thing I have a problem with is this damn story Nintendo keeps using over and over. You know. The light world is being taken over by the dark world, so you have to enter the dark world and slay the dark beasts, returning the light to all corners of the world. They used the SAME STORY for Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Any others I'm missing?

You forgot the most obvious one of all...  Zelda: A Link To the Past!  (Maybe that's what you meant when you mentioned TP twice).  You should submit that recurring theme to www.tvtropes.org (http://www.tvtropes.org).
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 07, 2008, 09:19:57 AM
I finally found a used copy of Halo 3 Limited Edition for $23 and spent a moderately small portion of the yesterday playing the whole game. The difficulty curve on it is pretty strange most of the game is pretty easy except for a few parts where I spent 15 minutes just cursing at my tv. I'm glad I didn't spend anymore than $23 on the game. It was fun, maybe not $23 bucks worth of fun but then again I have yet to play anyone the game online since the short period of time I let bettertomorrowamy kick the ever-loving shit out of me when I briefly borrowed the game from my brother right after the game came out. I still hate playing first person shooters with a game controller and will always pick a mouse and keyboard if I have the option.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Fortis on April 07, 2008, 09:42:39 AM
The Legend of Zelda...Decided to try and beat this since I never have before. I beat 4 dungeons last night...it wasn't that hard. Hmm, bet master quest is though.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: TeamRAD on April 07, 2008, 06:49:26 PM

I'm currently playing:

Mario Kart 64/Super Mario Kart/Double Dash (prepping for the launch of Mario Kart Wii)
Shark! Shark! (Intellivision)
Smash Bros. Brawl
Burgertime (Arcade)
Rock Band (360)

Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: DarthChimay on April 09, 2008, 01:15:39 PM
Right now, I'm playing through Tomb Raider: Anniversary again. Already played it on PC and on the Wii, and just rounding out the fun with the 360 version. It's fun to be obsessed.
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Post by: stansimpson on April 10, 2008, 08:11:29 AM
Smash Brothers Brawl (Wii)
Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)
Rock Band (360)
CoD4 (360)

TBA:  GTA4
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on April 14, 2008, 04:34:49 PM
Harvey Birdman demo on PSP (forgot I downloaded it)
Lego Star Wars on Wii
Rock Band (still) on PS3

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Post by: bettertomorrowamy on April 14, 2008, 05:35:51 PM
Who's staying up for the Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack?
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Post by: mrbasehart on April 14, 2008, 06:14:56 PM
A friend of mine has booked two days off of work for when GTA IV comes out...  Does anyone else get that excited for the release of a game?
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Post by: DarthChimay on April 14, 2008, 06:42:50 PM
A friend of mine has booked two days off of work for when GTA IV comes out...  Does anyone else get that excited for the release of a game?

I did, but I kept getting burned. Or maybe I just set my expectations waaaaay too high to be able to like the game. Most recent case in point, Mass Effect.
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Post by: OTC316 on April 14, 2008, 07:59:46 PM
A friend of mine has booked two days off of work for when GTA IV comes out...  Does anyone else get that excited for the release of a game?

I actually considered doing that when Age of Conan finally releases, but it got pushed back so many times I won't beleive it's out until I actually see it on a shelf.
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Post by: mrbasehart on April 14, 2008, 08:37:16 PM
A friend of mine has booked two days off of work for when GTA IV comes out...  Does anyone else get that excited for the release of a game?

I did, but I kept getting burned. Or maybe I just set my expectations waaaaay too high to be able to like the game. Most recent case in point, Mass Effect.

I really loved Mass Effect.  Actually, that was a game I was excited for.  I still only ordered it online though...  The only games I get excited about nowadays tend to be by Bioware or Lionhead.  I'm looking forward to Fable 2, especially.
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Post by: Fortis on April 14, 2008, 10:21:49 PM
Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past: Suprisingly, I've never beaten this game, but it and Zelda: Four Swords adventures are the only zelda games I have yet to beat, and I made a goal that I would beat every zelda game before my mission.

Since I made that goal, I have beaten the Legend of Zelda for NES, and Zelda II for NES. I feel I've made great progress.

Oh, and A Link to the past is an awesome game, and the only reason why I have never beaten it before now, is because I always run out of magic on the last dungeon, and am too lazy to go out and get more. So a few months pass, and I've forgotten everything about the game...so I start over.
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Post by: DarthChimay on April 14, 2008, 11:34:19 PM
A friend of mine has booked two days off of work for when GTA IV comes out...  Does anyone else get that excited for the release of a game?

I did, but I kept getting burned. Or maybe I just set my expectations waaaaay too high to be able to like the game. Most recent case in point, Mass Effect.

I really loved Mass Effect.  Actually, that was a game I was excited for.  I still only ordered it online though...  The only games I get excited about nowadays tend to be by Bioware or Lionhead.  I'm looking forward to Fable 2, especially.

I was loving it until the first time I had to get in the vehicle. And that really killed the game for me. Maybe if there had been a better tutorial on using it or something... though, I've noticed that since I've been working on games, my bar has been set really, really high in weird ways, and incredibly forgiving in others. Mass Effect just seemed rushed in a lot of ways.
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Post by: RobtheBarbarian on April 14, 2008, 11:37:34 PM
That goddamn vehicle. Luckily it didn't bother me enough to ruin the game for me, but I absolutely know what you mean. I remember one time the APC had slid down a little bank and was idling 10 feet from a river of lava. I sat there not knowing what to do because I knew that the forward-backward controls change depending on which way the camera is facing (even if it's only a few degrees off-center). One direction on the joystick would send me back up the bank and back to the road, and the other would make my APC chug in reverse down the bank and into the lava. I chose the wrong direction.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: DarthChimay on April 14, 2008, 11:55:44 PM
That goddamn vehicle. Luckily it didn't bother me enough to ruin the game for me, but I absolutely know what you mean. I remember one time the APC had slid down a little bank and was idling 10 feet from a river of lava. I sat there not knowing what to do because I knew that the forward-backward controls change depending on which way the camera is facing (even if it's only a few degrees off-center). One direction on the joystick would send me back up the bank and back to the road, and the other would make my APC chug in reverse down the bank and into the lava. I chose the wrong direction.

I still get it confused from time to time. And then I loathe waiting for the shields to refill. It takes over 3 minutes, which is an eternity in game time. Utterly ridiculous.

But, it wasn't just the vehicle that irritated me. It was also the inventory "system," the overly repetitious missions, the whacked out difference in difficulty between normal enemies and the bosses, the blandness of the environments that weren't on the main path, the surprising number of A bugs I ran into (bugs that stop any progression in game play), and the overall lack of polish in a lot of areas. Of course, I might have just been expecting too much going into the game, which is unfair to the developers, but it just felt like it really needed another few months of QA to really beat it into shape.
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Post by: Pak-Man on April 15, 2008, 09:53:30 AM
A friend of mine has booked two days off of work for when GTA IV comes out...  Does anyone else get that excited for the release of a game?
I might take off a day or two when Spore comes out. :^)
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Post by: k1 on April 15, 2008, 03:04:46 PM
A friend of mine has booked two days off of work for when GTA IV comes out...  Does anyone else get that excited for the release of a game?
I might take off a day or two when Spore comes out. :^)

me too.  I heard rumors that it may FINALLY be coming out.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on April 15, 2008, 05:37:50 PM
A friend of mine has booked two days off of work for when GTA IV comes out...  Does anyone else get that excited for the release of a game?
I might take off a day or two when Spore comes out. :^)

me too.  I heard rumors that it may FINALLY be coming out.


I read somewhere that it's September 5th. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mlcorcoran on April 17, 2008, 01:19:44 PM
thanks to the wonders of the Wii Virtual Console, I am playing the Legend of Zelda series in chronological order, from the original to the N64's Ocarine of Time

right now i'm workin on Zelda 2: the Adventure of Link (NES) which is one of the most obnoxiously difficult games i've ever played.
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Post by: eegah on April 17, 2008, 08:38:47 PM
Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 on the Wii (pretty cool interface, btw)

Half-Life 2 on the PC
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Post by: Gaseous Snake on April 17, 2008, 10:35:39 PM
Playing through Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence again.
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Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 19, 2008, 05:15:41 PM
I finally broke down and spent  $20 for Shadow of the Colossus and all I can say so far is "Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn." It's awesome, but the controls piss me off from time to time. Next game I have to find is ICO in good condition for under $30 if that's possible.
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Post by: k1 on April 19, 2008, 05:24:00 PM
I finally broke down and spent  $20 for Shadow of the Colossus and all I can say so far is "Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn." It's awesome, but the controls piss me off from time to time. Next game I have to find is ICO in good condition for under $30 if that's possible.

http://product.half.ebay.com/ICO_W0QQprZ5233QQtgZinfo

Just over 30.
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Post by: Compound on April 19, 2008, 05:44:55 PM
Well, I'm ignoring all the new stuff I bought and I'm playing Hearts of Iron 2.  I have other things to play but I can't stop fighting WW2...
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on April 21, 2008, 07:33:20 AM
I finally broke down and spent  $20 for Shadow of the Colossus and all I can say so far is "Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn." It's awesome, but the controls piss me off from time to time. Next game I have to find is ICO in good condition for under $30 if that's possible.

I wonder why that game is so expensive?  It's such an old title, I would think it would be populating the bargain bins at the re-sell shops. Don't get me wrong, I loved the game, but it's not like it has a lot of replay value.

Anyways, I've been playing Burnout: Paradise all weekend.  Pretty good game.  The developers get major props for not just churning out another clone of the series, and doing something new with it by offering the "open world" environment.
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Post by: Nick on April 21, 2008, 09:00:51 AM
Playing Condemned... and now I'm afraid of the dark again. :speechless:
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Post by: k1 on April 21, 2008, 02:21:00 PM
I finally broke down and spent  $20 for Shadow of the Colossus and all I can say so far is "Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn." It's awesome, but the controls piss me off from time to time. Next game I have to find is ICO in good condition for under $30 if that's possible.

I wonder why that game is so expensive?  It's such an old title, I would think it would be populating the bargain bins at the re-sell shops. Don't get me wrong, I loved the game, but it's not like it has a lot of replay value.

I've seen it in the bargain bin at Toys R Us a few times for $10.  I think that was around November?  It was awhile back.  If I stumble across one I'll snag it.
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Post by: jewishcarpenter on April 21, 2008, 03:09:53 PM
I finally broke down and spent  $20 for Shadow of the Colossus and all I can say so far is "Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn." It's awesome, but the controls piss me off from time to time. Next game I have to find is ICO in good condition for under $30 if that's possible.

I wonder why that game is so expensive?  It's such an old title, I would think it would be populating the bargain bins at the re-sell shops. Don't get me wrong, I loved the game, but it's not like it has a lot of replay value.

I've seen it in the bargain bin at Toys R Us a few times for $10.  I think that was around November?  It was awhile back.  If I stumble across one I'll snag it.
Yeah get me a copy too, pretty please. The more I think about it, the more $30 bucks is still way too much for a damned game.
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Post by: Raven on April 21, 2008, 05:09:31 PM
The controls take a while to get used to but I've played through Shadow of the Colossus a couple of times. 
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Post by: Fortis on April 22, 2008, 12:16:14 AM
Trying to finish Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures for Gamecube. Not a very remarkable game, but its pretty fun. It is the last of my quest for beating every Zelda game before I leave on my mission.

I just beat A Link to the Past last night, time to move on to this. It has been quite the endeavor, and I just hope a Zelda game comes out in two years for me to play when I get back. That would rock. Does not having beaten Ocarina of Time: Master Quest count? Because, if that counts, then I have to beat Legend of Zelda: Master Quest, which would make my goal impossible to accomplish before I leave.

I'm just sticking to Four Swords being my last one.
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Post by: Gaseous Snake on April 22, 2008, 12:26:20 AM
The controls take a while to get used to but I've played through Shadow of the Colossus a couple of times. 

I was showing this to my friend today on the PS3. The upscaling really makes it pretty. But the controls made me look like it was the first time I had ever played it when going after colossus number one.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on April 26, 2008, 02:00:46 PM
I've been playing through the Final Fantasy games, starting with 1. (The Dawn of Souls remake for GBA.) After finally beating part one, I'm on 2 now. I'd played FF1 back when it was originally relased, but this is my first time delving into part 2. The Elder-Scrolls-ish leveling up is taking some getting used to, but the game has a nice coherant story going for it. I'm enjoying it a lot. :^)
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Post by: Fortis on April 26, 2008, 10:20:55 PM
Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures...even though it looks like a simple kiddy game. This game is hard!
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Post by: Variety of Cells on April 27, 2008, 09:20:28 AM
The World Ends With You for the Nintendo DS. 

I've been playing for about 7 hours and they are still introducing more crucial play mechanics.  It's an action RPG where two characters fight on separate screens at the same time.  You use the arrow buttons to attack in combos on the top screen, and you use stylus to do magic attacks on the bottom.  It's really schizophrenic at first, but once you get the hang of it it's really fun.  It's an action RPG where the combat is actually challenging instead of just mashing attacking.  Not finding it hard enough?  Then at any time during the game you can change the difficulty and reduce your level to make the battles harder and more interesting, and as a reward they drop money more frequently based on how hard you make it for yourself. 

Oh, and noooo random battles.  At all.  Even if there are enemies around you, you chose when to fight them.

The combat is interesting enough in itself.  But guess what?  You aren't a knight in medieval times trying to save the world.  The story is actually seems really fresh and original.  Set in more modern times, you seem to be trapped in some game with other people and forced to complete an objective each day by a certain time limit or else you'll be erased.  I find all of the dialouge very interesting and so are the characters.  Yes, it's all done in anime sprites, but it looks really good, and it's not cutesy. 

You can stop reading now, I'm sure that's enough to interest at least some of you.  But just take note that I actually have more to say about this game.  It's incredibly deep for a hand held RPG.  They have taken a bunch of traditions in RPGs and put new twists on them, twists that actually make the game more interesting.  For example, equipping clothing and accessories.  It's no longer just better stats = better equipment.  There are 15 different brands of clothing in the game, some more expensive than others, that you purchase at different outlet stores.  But trends are changing all the time.  So if you are wearing a brand that is in style at the time, you will get stat boosts.  If you are wearing brands that are out of style, you will be penalized.  The spells you have have the same Brands as well.  So it helps to have an array of different clothing.  I won't even get into the relationships you have to build with different shop owners to unlock the special abilities that each piece of clothing has.

And finally I'll mention food, because they way they do it is really interesting.  They still use the tradition of eating pizza and hamburgers to increase your health, but instead of replenishing, food provides a permanent stat boost.  But the catch is, you can only eat so much food in a real day.  You get 24 bites a day, and each food product takes up so many bites depending on how big it is.  If you use up all 24, then you'll have to wait 24 actual hours until you can eat again.  Also, the stat boosts aren't instant.  You need to digest the food first.  And you do that you need to exercise, in other words you need to fight.  One battle for every bite, and then once you fight enough you'll get your stat boost, like defense plus 1 or whatever.

Anyway... it's a great game.  I'm addicted at the moment.  Grinding and leveling up are fun now because there are so many little goals to get to besides just waiting for the next level.  There's a whole bunch more stuff I left out, like how you read people's minds, but you can go read a review to find out more.

Anyone else enjoying this?
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Post by: squeezy on April 27, 2008, 10:19:31 AM
I've been playing Gears of War and COD 4 on my PC these past few weeks.
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Post by: studiotriton on April 28, 2008, 02:24:00 PM
ive been hooked on everquest 2 for quite some time now, but grand theft auto 4 is supposed to come out tomorrow, so im all over that
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Post by: Raven on April 28, 2008, 02:28:34 PM
Broke out my copy of Hitman Blood Money to finish.  I started playing it a while ago and never got around to finishing it. 
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Post by: mrbasehart on May 04, 2008, 09:01:23 PM
I just "acquired" a copy of the adventure game, Beavis & Butthead in Virtual Stupidity.   I caught the tail end of the B&B phenomenon, so the game's completely new to me.  I've only played it a little, but I can tell that above all else, it'll be hilarious.
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Post by: Queen Shadowrama on May 05, 2008, 08:40:19 AM
I picked up Mario Kart Wii and Okami for Wii on Saturday, and both games are really fun. I was quite skeptical about the Wii Wheel for Mario Kart, but I'm surprised by how easy it is to use. Really fun game.

But Okami...wow. I've heard good things about this game for a while, but I was not prepared for the level of awesome that this game would be. This game has the most beautiful art direction I have ever seen in a game, hands down. I got it at the worst possible time too, because exams are coming up and I can't make myself put the controller down!
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Post by: Compound on May 05, 2008, 08:56:22 AM
Over the weekend, I played the following:
* About an hour work of Rock Band/Guitar Hero- I've been muddling along in Hard, trying to work up the enthusiasm to play some of the set list songs again. (I've been mostly playing the DLC stuff on Hard as I actually like those songs. But I just don't want to play some of those songs again.)  So, as a lark, I decided to see how I'd do on Expert, and I managed to finish a song or two up on that level. Woot.

*Spent a little time in gangland, playing GTA IV. Oddly enough, I've been spending more time playing Saint's Row, which I picked up at the same time. I think GTA may be a little too realistic for my tastes. I need the slightly cartoonistic stuff to distract me from the fact that I've just driven over 5 people in the last 30 seconds.

*My copy of Persona 3:Fes arrived, so I'm revisiting those suicidal, demon-summoning Japanese teenagers.

*Played a game of Hearts of Iron 2 up through the beginning of 1942. I'm playing the Soviets and so far the Germans have done everything wrong while the Japanese have done everything right. It's been a pretty interesting game so far and I'm not looking forward  to slogging my way through Japan's puppeted China. So many troops... (shudder)
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Post by: kr00t0n on May 06, 2008, 04:23:52 AM
I'm currently alternating between Thrillville: Off The Rails, Audiosruf and The Witcher on my PC, and if the fiancé is sleeping (pc is in the bedroom), then I am busy with Final Fantasy X for the second time on my PS2 :)
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Post by: Pak-Man on May 06, 2008, 10:07:37 AM
Having conquered Final Fantasy 1 and 2, I move on to 3 (The DS 3. Not the part 6 3. :^)) It's all part of my plan to make it through the entire FF series, start to finish (Not counting 11, which can't be beat persay). Part 3 will be the last FF game that's completely new to me. I've played at least some of 4 - 12 before.

The thing that's easy to forget about part 3 is that it's an NES RPG wrapped up in a modern game's skin. I have to remember to level up and it's not always clear where I have to go next, but I love the job system (FF5 remains my second favorite FF game under part 4.) and the souped up graphics are pretty on my DS. :^)
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Post by: Compound on May 06, 2008, 11:38:50 AM
Pak? Are you going to delay playing IV until after it gets re-released on the DS?
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Post by: Rude on May 06, 2008, 11:58:38 AM
...

(http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/3963/phoenixwrightaceattorneia8.png) (http://imageshack.us)
Phoenix Wright - Ace Attorney

Other than Mario Kart Wii. I finally got my greasy little mits on a copy of the first Phoenix Wright game for the DS. Lots of fun... and i already have the next one on order.

OBJECTION!

-Rude
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Post by: Pak-Man on May 06, 2008, 11:22:46 PM
Pak? Are you going to delay playing IV until after it gets re-released on the DS?
I might just give IV a second run-through. I want to try the extra dungeon in the GBA remake, and then I really wanna try the new version they're cooking up. :^)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on May 07, 2008, 11:53:54 AM
I'm online in Rainbow Six Vegas 2 these days, if anyone wants to join me in hunting for the majestic Great Plains Terrorist and the cunning White-Skinned Mercenary.
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Post by: jewishcarpenter on May 07, 2008, 09:01:51 PM
Crysis - The gameplay isn't that great, it saps your computer for all it's worth, but it looks AMAZING. Here's a screenshot I took.
(http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f356/jewishcarpenter/crysisscreenshot.jpg)
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Post by: mlcorcoran on May 09, 2008, 06:59:42 AM
thanks to the wonders of the Wii virtual console, I am playing the entire Legend of Zelda series, in order of release
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Post by: Gaseous Snake on May 16, 2008, 01:01:31 AM
Sonic the Hedgehog 2006  :gouge:
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Post by: Fortis on May 16, 2008, 02:25:46 PM
some WiiWare games...pretty shallow, except for the final fantasy one. WiiWare has a lot of potential, I'd like to see what they do with it. But they are really going to have to come out with some hard drives for the wii as I've only 25 blocks left.
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Post by: RoninFox on May 17, 2008, 03:37:02 AM
My roommates gave me Iron Man for Wii.  Normally don't go after movie-related games, but so far this one is pretty fun.  They made good use of the controls, for the first time in a long time its easy for me to aim a gun in a video game.
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Post by: Thorns of Crimson Death on May 17, 2008, 02:17:51 PM
I just "acquired" a copy of the adventure game, Beavis & Butthead in Virtual Stupidity.   I caught the tail end of the B&B phenomenon, so the game's completely new to me.  I've only played it a little, but I can tell that above all else, it'll be hilarious.

NICE.  I bought this game when it came out and it's fun.  It's your basic point and click game with mini-games thrown in to keep it interesting.  All around though, with the humor, it's a very fun game to play.
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Post by: CM916 on May 17, 2008, 11:21:08 PM
I'm on a laptop, mostly without internet so generally:

Emperor: Battle for Dune

Despite being based on the riffable 80's movie material and the reasonable Dune 2000 game, I think it has some of the greatest storyline movies and mission maps Westwood ever produced. I know I've never had a Red Alert mission take four hours if I failed to annihilate the enemy in the first three minutes.
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Post by: CM916 on May 17, 2008, 11:31:34 PM
They made good use of the controls, for the first time in a long time its easy for me to aim a gun in a video game.

The last console FPS I played and felt confident at was Goldeneye on the N64 before the days of dual joysticks. Friends have all but begged me to at least try but computer versions have ruined their efforts. For an example, let's look at HALO: When I entered a tournament on a console, I came in 3rd to last only because the organizers had no idea what they were doing, on my computer, I was a clanless allstar who disrupted random servers for many years with the screenshots to prove it.

it also pissed me off when everyone was so impressed with the one-hit kill "melee" combat of Halo 2 when I had been playing Aliens vs Predator for years, a game where the aliens had no ranged attacks whatsoever. They required speed and skill to defeat well-armed marines and ridiculous predators.
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Post by: RobtheBarbarian on May 18, 2008, 08:26:23 AM
it also pissed me off when everyone was so impressed with the one-hit kill "melee" combat of Halo 2 when I had been playing Aliens vs Predator for years, a game where the aliens had no ranged attacks whatsoever. They required speed and skill to defeat well-armed marines and ridiculous predators.

Man, I loved AvP2. I was always a drone. It's hard to be impressed with anything Halo has done with memories of me, as an alien, stalking a guy playing a Marine for about 100 yards and biting his head off from behind when he stops to open an ammo chest. 
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Post by: Compound on May 18, 2008, 07:34:10 PM
Finished  "The World Ends with You" yesterday. It's a fun, quirky little RPG from Square-Enix set in modern Japan involving fashion, pins, dead folk , cell phones, food and frogs. No, that doesn't make much sense outside of the context of the game, but despite that it's a lot of fun to play. Now, back to my demon hunting sudicial Japanese teens in Fes...
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Post by: Cosmic Muse on May 22, 2008, 01:21:47 PM
I'm still playing the Sims 2 but I really want to play Black & White 2. My only problem is that my PC has an inferior graphics card that doesn't support shading so it refuses to be played.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Thorns of Crimson Death on May 22, 2008, 02:31:01 PM
I'm still playing the Sims 2 but I really want to play Black & White 2. My only problem is that my PC has an inferior graphics card that doesn't support shading so it refuses to be played.

I have this game too, it's much better than the first installment but it does take a lot out of your system to run at all, as you mentioned.  Hope it works out for you at some point.
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Post by: SmilinJackRoss on May 25, 2008, 08:06:04 AM
I'm doing some Super Stardust HD.  A downloadable game from the Playstation Store, for 10 bucks, and it's worth every penny.  Very simple shooter kinda like asteroids, check it out if you get the chance.
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Post by: Fortis on May 27, 2008, 10:25:05 PM
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life As a King for wii, downloaded it from the WiiWare service...wow, I'll be the first to say that the gamecube Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles was a big let down...but this game is great. The premise is that you are a King, you find a castle, and have the ability to build stuff instantly.

Your job is to build a kingdom, you can only build a little bit at a time, and you can only build stuff in certain places. You hire adventurers to go and defeat dungeons for you, and you raise everybody's morale by talking to them, when their morale is high, they pay more tithes to the kingdom.

I've also noticed that based on where you build stuff, can affect people's lifestyles in the game. The people in the neighborhood with a bakery are extremely happy, all the time. The people near the armory, all raise children who want to be warriors, and if I build stores that make items such as swords, armor, or useful items, if I build them far away from everybody, they actually make more powerful stuff, to try and bring in business.

For fifteen dollars, this game has more value than most fifty dollar games. Its kinda boring at first, but if you stick with it, it gets way awesome, and way fun. I highly recommend it.
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Post by: Variety of Cells on May 27, 2008, 11:20:13 PM
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life As a King for wii, downloaded it from the WiiWare service...wow, I'll be the first to say that the gamecube Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles was a big let down...but this game is great. The premise is that you are a King, you find a castle, and have the ability to build stuff instantly.

Your job is to build a kingdom, you can only build a little bit at a time, and you can only build stuff in certain places. You hire adventurers to go and defeat dungeons for you, and you raise everybody's morale by talking to them, when their morale is high, they pay more tithes to the kingdom.

I've also noticed that based on where you build stuff, can affect people's lifestyles in the game. The people in the neighborhood with a bakery are extremely happy, all the time. The people near the armory, all raise children who want to be warriors, and if I build stores that make items such as swords, armor, or useful items, if I build them far away from everybody, they actually make more powerful stuff, to try and bring in business.

For fifteen dollars, this game has more value than most fifty dollar games. Its kinda boring at first, but if you stick with it, it gets way awesome, and way fun. I highly recommend it.

It does sound sort of interesting, and I am a big fan of Final Fantasy.  But all the downloadable content kinda turns me off.  What are your feelings on that aspect of the game?  I had decided not to buy it... but hearing a fan of Rifftrax likes it is making me give it a second thought.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Fortis on May 28, 2008, 01:43:11 PM
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life As a King for wii, downloaded it from the WiiWare service...wow, I'll be the first to say that the gamecube Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles was a big let down...but this game is great. The premise is that you are a King, you find a castle, and have the ability to build stuff instantly.

Your job is to build a kingdom, you can only build a little bit at a time, and you can only build stuff in certain places. You hire adventurers to go and defeat dungeons for you, and you raise everybody's morale by talking to them, when their morale is high, they pay more tithes to the kingdom.

I've also noticed that based on where you build stuff, can affect people's lifestyles in the game. The people in the neighborhood with a bakery are extremely happy, all the time. The people near the armory, all raise children who want to be warriors, and if I build stores that make items such as swords, armor, or useful items, if I build them far away from everybody, they actually make more powerful stuff, to try and bring in business.

For fifteen dollars, this game has more value than most fifty dollar games. Its kinda boring at first, but if you stick with it, it gets way awesome, and way fun. I highly recommend it.

It does sound sort of interesting, and I am a big fan of Final Fantasy.  But all the downloadable content kinda turns me off.  What are your feelings on that aspect of the game?  I had decided not to buy it... but hearing a fan of Rifftrax likes it is making me give it a second thought.

I've only gotten a few of the downloadable content stuff. Its just add on stuff that isn't needed at all for the game. I looked at the stuff that you can download for it, and its just new sets of clothes for your character, and some new dungeons that you can't get otherwise. Totally not even needed for the game at all.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Gaseous Snake on May 30, 2008, 02:33:30 AM
Picked up three new (used) PS2 games at our town's new Gamestop. God Hand, Resident Evil 4, and Zone of the Enders: 2nd Runner. Currently I'm playing none of them. Why? Because my controller died. So now I'm going to go get a new controller and it'll probably be the wireless Logitech one.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on May 30, 2008, 08:18:20 AM
I love Resident Evil 4 almost as much as the Silent Hill series.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Gaseous Snake on May 30, 2008, 10:55:45 AM
I wish all Resident Evil games were like 4. I don't get very far with tank controls.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on May 30, 2008, 11:07:29 AM
Well Resident Evil 5 will be quite similar except you get to kill Africans this time instead of Europeans.
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Post by: Minnesota on June 06, 2008, 10:24:32 AM
(http://img.qj.net/uploads/articles_module2/75523/vf5_ps3_cvr_sht_qjpreviewth.jpg)

Pretty sweet game. It took awhile acquainting myself to the d-pad and an analog option would be prefered... but once I got into the game playing 15 straight matches I realized I was addicted. Best 20 bucks I spent in a long time.
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Post by: rockyoumonkeys on June 06, 2008, 10:53:53 AM
Lego Indiana Jones.

though it's slow going. it just doesn't do it for me like Lego Star Wars.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on June 06, 2008, 10:59:31 AM
Lego Star Wars was cool because of all the characters available to you.

Do they let you be Lego Short-Round?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: DarthChimay on June 06, 2008, 11:01:38 AM
Lego Star Wars was cool because of all the characters available to you.

Do they let you be Lego Short-Round?

Yep. And Lego Willie.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on June 06, 2008, 11:05:29 AM
Lego Star Wars was cool because of all the characters available to you.

Do they let you be Lego Short-Round?

Yep. And Lego Willie.

And Lego Willie's screams can shatter glass.
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Post by: DarthChimay on June 06, 2008, 11:07:02 AM
Lego Star Wars was cool because of all the characters available to you.

Do they let you be Lego Short-Round?

Yep. And Lego Willie.

And Lego Willie's screams can shatter glass.

It can also make me giggle like a maniac.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: rockyoumonkeys on June 06, 2008, 11:12:43 AM
i'm not that far, but there's like 60 unlockable characters, and considering the ones i've seen so far (like those jungle dudes at the beginning of Raiders), i imagine that just about every remotely significant character in the series is playable.
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Post by: moviesign on June 07, 2008, 06:55:20 AM
I too am playing Lego Indy co-op with my fiancee (she always gets to be Indy; it's not fair) and we're enjoying it quite a bit. Of course, we haven't gotten to Screamin' Lego Willie yet. Can't wait.

I'm also playing some Ninja Gaiden 2, Grand Theft Auto 4, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and a second playthrough of Metal Gear Solid 3 in preparation of MGS4 next week. And no, I really don't have that much free time. That's why I'm only about 4% complete on any game. I really need to learn to focus.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Minnesota on June 07, 2008, 07:20:14 AM
Playing House of the Dead and Link's Crossbow Training. LOVE the Wii Zapper!

(http://www.gemaga.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/house112607.jpg)
(http://www.gamepad1.com/shop/images/uploads/zappejbgbr.jpg)

Next up is Time Crisis 4 for PS3... just need to find time to play it.
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Post by: doggans on June 07, 2008, 09:51:44 AM
I spent the second half of yesterday playing through Penny-Arcade Presents: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness Episode One.

'Twas a lot of fun. There's nothing quite like beating up mimes, hobos, and Fruit Fuckers.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Fortis on June 07, 2008, 12:00:33 PM
Playing House of the Dead and Link's Crossbow Training. LOVE the Wii Zapper!

(http://www.gemaga.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/house112607.jpg)
(http://www.gamepad1.com/shop/images/uploads/zappejbgbr.jpg)

Next up is Time Crisis 4 for PS3... just need to find time to play it.

Link's crossbow is extremely addicting...as for myself, I too am playing Lego Indy for Wii...I've been taking it slow and am only on the third level, but it is pretty good, I'm enjoying it.
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Post by: Compound on June 09, 2008, 08:03:31 AM
Playing House of the Dead and Link's Crossbow Training. LOVE the Wii Zapper!


Minn, speaking as someone who was trying to use the Zapper, go out and find one of these:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31d-tbiJKWL._SL500_AA280_.jpg)

It's the Nyko Perfect Shot. It's around $15 and I found it to be much more enjoyable to use than the zapper.

Oh, and I spent the weekend playing Lego Indy. I should be getting all 1000 points of achievements in the next day or two. I'm at 100% and just have to grind for the remaining things.
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Post by: rockyoumonkeys on June 09, 2008, 08:46:12 AM
i'm mostly done with Lego Indy, and it isn't even half the game Lego Star Wars was.

Not just because it has half the episodes, but it seems like there's just less stuff. not that many extras. no gold bricks to collect.

don't know what's next. i may try that Penny Arcade game. i can't wait until the Strong Bad game comes out for the Wii.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on June 09, 2008, 09:09:29 AM
Next up is Time Crisis 4 for PS3... just need to find time to play it.
I bought my roommate that for the holidays, prepare to be pissed off.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on June 09, 2008, 09:11:05 AM
Playing House of the Dead and Link's Crossbow Training. LOVE the Wii Zapper!


Minn, speaking as someone who was trying to use the Zapper, go out and find one of these:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31d-tbiJKWL._SL500_AA280_.jpg)

It's the Nyko Perfect Shot. It's around $15 and I found it to be much more enjoyable to use than the zapper.

Oh, and I spent the weekend playing Lego Indy. I should be getting all 1000 points of achievements in the next day or two. I'm at 100% and just have to grind for the remaining things.

There's no way to use the nunchuck attachment with that gun right?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on June 09, 2008, 09:35:05 AM

There's no way to use the nunchuck attachment with that gun right?

There's a 'chuck slot on the bottom, IIRC. Let me check....

Yep. From Nyko's website:

(http://www.nyko.com/img/nyko/products/highlights/PerfectShotWii3.jpg)

Pass-Through Port
The accessory pass-through port allows you to use the Perfect Shot and nunchuck or other accessory simultaneously.
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Post by: Rude on June 09, 2008, 09:55:22 AM
...

I have to say that i also find the Zapper totally annoying... it's just unwieldly. The Nyko Perfect Shot feels much better, and more natural, when playing shooters like Umbrella Chronicles or House Of The Dead.

Besides the Wiimote itself, i've found most of Nintendo's controllers kinda' off in one way or another. For example, the classic controller plugs into the Wiimote. So you have a Wiimote just dangling from a cord somewhere, and it's always in the way because it plugs into the back of the controller, between your hands, rather than into the front... where it would be out of the way.

Anyway, i just bought a wireless nunchuk from Nyko and it's amazing. It just seems like this is the way the Wii should have been right off the bat... completely wireless.

/End of Rant.

-Rude
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Post by: PsypherPunk on June 09, 2008, 11:30:05 AM
I finished Bart vs. the Space Mutants! Tra-la-la-la-laaaa! It only took me 17 years too!  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: James of LinHood on June 09, 2008, 11:35:34 AM
I'm finally getting around to getting 100% on Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga for the 360.  I'm at 95% now.  Almost there.....almost there.....
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Fortis on June 09, 2008, 12:47:00 PM
...

I have to say that i also find the Zapper totally annoying... it's just unwieldly. The Nyko Perfect Shot feels much better, and more natural, when playing shooters like Umbrella Chronicles or House Of The Dead.

Besides the Wiimote itself, i've found most of Nintendo's controllers kinda' off in one way or another. For example, the classic controller plugs into the Wiimote. So you have a Wiimote just dangling from a cord somewhere, and it's always in the way because it plugs into the back of the controller, between your hands, rather than into the front... where it would be out of the way.

Anyway, i just bought a wireless nunchuk from Nyko and it's amazing. It just seems like this is the way the Wii should have been right off the bat... completely wireless.

/End of Rant.

-Rude

I agree, after buying Link's Crossbow, my wii zapper has been used once, and now its in the corner of my bedroom under a bunch of clothes. I actually find that using any gun shell at all hinders my movement and aim. Especially when playing online with medal of honor. I've been waiting for somebody to say the wireless nunchuk is good, I may have to get one.

I actually haven't had a problem with the classic controller...I see your point though.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Gaseous Snake on June 09, 2008, 08:27:47 PM
Playing House of the Dead and Link's Crossbow Training. LOVE the Wii Zapper!


Minn, speaking as someone who was trying to use the Zapper, go out and find one of these:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31d-tbiJKWL._SL500_AA280_.jpg)

It's the Nyko Perfect Shot. It's around $15 and I found it to be much more enjoyable to use than the zapper.

Oh, and I spent the weekend playing Lego Indy. I should be getting all 1000 points of achievements in the next day or two. I'm at 100% and just have to grind for the remaining things.

The Perfect Shot is great for both aiming and Oceloting.
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Post by: Queen Shadowrama on June 09, 2008, 08:42:11 PM
Lego Indiana Jones. Pretty darn fun. Maybe not as epic as Lego Star Wars, but I mean, it's still Indiana Jones in Lego form for crying out loud!  ;D

But last week, after a year and a half of not playing, I have restarted the virtual crack rock that is World of Warcraft. I have literally been playing from the moment I wake up until like midnight for the past week. This is why I quit the first time for crying out loud! In a few days I'll have to decide if I want to actually pay for it, as my 10 day free trial of Burning Crusade will expire. I haven't gotten anything done in real life, I've been ignoring my family, and my shoulder hurts from straining myself at the computer...and yet, i still want to play.

Good God what have I done?  :P

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Post by: BathTub on June 09, 2008, 08:45:20 PM
Quote
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31d-tbiJKWL._SL500_AA280_.jpg)

I love that it had that orange ring at the end, just so no one thought it was a real white plastic pistol.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Minnesota on June 11, 2008, 11:30:03 AM
(sigh) ... well, since you guys twisted my arm, had to go out and get a perfect shot 8) ... love it. Works great with House of the Dead. The accuracy is spot on and the pistol is a more natural fit. However, I still love the Uzi design of the Wii Zapper, so I suppose it will depend on the game and my mood when selecting a controller.

I hope the classic controller is okay for what I'm gonna use it for. I put in a 40 dollar Amazon order four days ago for that and a copy of this game
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51aCTUkcMyL.jpg)

It's supposed to be a good clone of RBI Baseball (aka the greatest game EVER). I'm completely psyched to try it out. My love for RBI is such that if the 'classic controller' disappoints, then I'll end up ordering the PS2 version of the game  >:D
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Thorns of Crimson Death on June 11, 2008, 03:20:23 PM
(sigh) ... well, since you guys twisted my arm, had to go out and get a perfect shot 8) ... love it. Works great with House of the Dead. The accuracy is spot on and the pistol is a more natural fit. However, I still love the Uzi design of the Wii Zapper, so I suppose it will depend on the game and my mood when selecting a controller.

I hope the classic controller is okay for what I'm gonna use it for. I put in a 40 dollar Amazon order four days ago for that and a copy of this game
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51aCTUkcMyL.jpg)

It's supposed to be a good clone of RBI Baseball (aka the greatest game EVER). I'm completely psyched to try it out. My love for RBI is such that if the 'classic controller' disappoints, then I'll end up ordering the PS2 version of the game  >:D

Second.  RBI was AMAZINGLY FUN even though my friends and I had a helluva time navigating the Japanese menus initially.  One of those friends has this game and says it's great, so have fun with it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: BathTub on June 11, 2008, 06:40:05 PM
ROCK BAND!
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Post by: La De Da on June 12, 2008, 10:25:18 AM
WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2008  I know nothing about wrestling past 2001. At least the story keeps me laughing.

Still playing Rock Band, so if you up late 11 PM CST, hit me up.  Still can't get out of Easy though. *L*
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on June 12, 2008, 02:15:39 PM
WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2008  I know nothing about wrestling past 2001. At least the story keeps me laughing.


The 2008 version is a better game for wrestling, but the story mode really sucks...  2007 had at least some different branches you could go down. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Janitor on June 12, 2008, 02:26:19 PM
I'm currently at the beginning stages of a Wii Fit. And man am I sore. Although I have to wear about 50lbs of gear when I'm at work, and there's a lot of walking and even more stairs, these yoga poses are kicking my butt!
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Post by: SmilinJackRoss on June 13, 2008, 08:14:05 AM
Just got my hands on Uncharted, and played for about an hour last night.  A really fun game, has a very epic adventure feeling to it.  the music and the voice-acting are top notch.  The graphics are great too, better than GTA & Rock Band, which are the only other games I've played on my PS3.  So far the puzzles are pretty easy, but I'm really looking forward to what else this game will be throwing at me.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on June 13, 2008, 04:09:26 PM
Quote from: Fortis
I've been waiting for somebody to say the wireless nunchuk is good, I may have to get one.

Better hurry up... at least if you want Nyko's version.

Nintendo sues Nyko over Kama Wireless Nunchuck (http://www.nintendowiifanboy.com/2008/06/13/nintendo-sues-nyko-over-kama-wireless-nunchuck/)

Quote from: www.nintendowiifanboy.com
That Kama Wireless Nunchuck we're giving away may become something of a collector's item in the near future. Nintendo has sued Nyko, manufacturer of the device, claiming that the Kama violates Nintendo's patents for the original Nunchuk, imitating the controller in "novel shape, design, overall appearance and even the color and materials used in the Nintendo Nunchuk controller."

Nyko spokesperson C.C. Swiney told Bloomberg that they do not believe that they have violated Nintendo's patents with the Kama, but that they are "still examining this." We've had a look at both controllers ourselves, and we think they're actually pretty different. If you look closely at the Nintendo Nunchuk, you can see that it has a cord coming out of it.

Could Nintendo have their own wireless Nunchuk on the way? Or have they decided to start cracking down on third-party controllers now after over 20 years for some other reason? Is the Kama really that similar to the Nunchuk?

-Rude
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Post by: k1 on June 13, 2008, 04:56:07 PM
The funny thing about all that is that Best Buy sells a generic knock-off nunchuck that looks EXACTLY like the real one only a little fatter.

Not gonna sue them?  (I can't remember the company who made it, just a plain white box pretty much)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on June 13, 2008, 07:40:03 PM
...

Well, i have to admit that the Nyko Kama looks almost exactly like a Nintendo nunchuk. In fact, that's one of the main reasons why i bought it. I mean, besides the obvious fact that it's actually wireless. I've seen a few "wireless" nunchuck adapters that require you to wrap the cord up inside the unit itself, and then play with a big plastic square under your hand. Ugh... WTF?

Anyway, Nintendo doesn't stand a chance of selling their extra nunchuks as long as the Kama is on the market. But they better get their ass moving and develop their own truly wireless nunchuk soon!

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on June 13, 2008, 07:58:34 PM
After reading another preview of Fallout 3 in my new gamestm magazine, that certainly looks worth a pre-order from me. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Steve-O on June 13, 2008, 09:46:49 PM
the Kama violates Nintendo's patents for the original Nunchuk, imitating the controller in "novel shape, design, overall appearance and even the color and materials used in the Nintendo Nunchuk controller."

Novel, my ass.  Apart from the color, the first thing I thought when I saw the Nintendo nunchuk was how much it looked like my trusty old Epyx Joystick from 1987:

(http://i26.tinypic.com/2psrrds.jpg)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Gaseous Snake on June 14, 2008, 08:16:58 PM
Been playing Persona 3 FES and Metal Gear Solid 4. Persona's good, MGS4 is awesome.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on June 14, 2008, 09:53:47 PM
...

(http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/483/phoenixwrightaceattornejr1.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)

I've finally moved on to the second game in the Ace Attorney series: Justice For All. I love this stuff...

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: La De Da on June 15, 2008, 09:08:57 AM
The 2008 version is a better game for wrestling, but the story mode really sucks...  2007 had at least some different branches you could go down. 
I never played a wrestling game before, Too bad GameFly doesn't send manuals with the game, but after a few days, I started to get the grasp of it.  As far the 24/7 mode, each one of the plots made me look like jerk in some way, be it taking another "Superstar" Diva away or "letting" my teammate get ambushed and not stopping it.  I don't know if I'm a bad guy or good guy half the time.  That and achievements can be only unlocked on "Legend".  Blah.

July 22 and 29 can't come fast enough.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on June 15, 2008, 09:20:44 AM
The 2008 version is a better game for wrestling, but the story mode really sucks...  2007 had at least some different branches you could go down. 
I never played a wrestling game before, Too bad GameFly doesn't send manuals with the game, but after a few days, I started to get the grasp of it.  As far the 24/7 mode, each one of the plots made me look like jerk in some way, be it taking another "Superstar" Diva away or "letting" my teammate get ambushed and not stopping it.  I don't know if I'm a bad guy or good guy half the time.  That and achievements can be only unlocked on "Legend".  Blah.

July 22 and 29 can't come fast enough.

There is an easy way to beat the 24/7 mode, and for the achievement.  Check it out over on Gamefaqs.  I wish I would've known how to do it beforehand, would've probably saved myself about 15-20 hours playing time! :)
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Post by: Doktor Sleepless on June 16, 2008, 05:08:47 PM
Ninja Gaiden 2.
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Post by: k1 on June 16, 2008, 05:28:34 PM
Spore Creature Creator demo.  (With a brief interruption for some online Mario Kart with other board members.)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: spaceforarent on June 17, 2008, 11:35:01 AM
I just downloaded this puzzle game called Echochrome for the PSP. It's kinda cool but incredibly hard (I can only beat a few levels)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on June 17, 2008, 11:50:22 AM
I've become re-emerged in the frantic world of Pokemon Pearl. For those that don't know, despite what the toons and toys would have you believe, Pokemon is, at its heart, a very complex and intensely strategic RPG. I always think I've broken away, then I start playing again. :^)
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Post by: Thorns of Crimson Death on June 18, 2008, 06:56:22 PM
So I finally broke down and bought Rock Band for my 360.  I really like how the guitar feels/works but still need to master the solo buttons.  The drums are a blast as well and I'm catching onto them fairly quickly.  I haven't gotten around to try the vocals out yet but probably will over the weekend with a friend.

The only gripe I have is this:  I bought GH3 the day it came out and there are a good deal of songs in this game as well as that so I feel kind of jipped in a way in that respect.  I haven't gotten back on LIVE yet but what are the good DLC tracks/packages available?  I need more METAL in this game.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: orionpaxxx on June 18, 2008, 06:59:40 PM
There are 3 downloadable Metallica songs some Death Metal, some Nu-Metal, Judas priest, Motley Crue. I kinda wish there was more Hair Metal tho.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Thorns of Crimson Death on June 19, 2008, 12:49:08 PM
There are 3 downloadable Metallica songs some Death Metal, some Nu-Metal, Judas priest, Motley Crue. I kinda wish there was more Hair Metal tho.

Thanks bro, I just checked out the Wikipedia page for it and I'm definitely liking what I'm seeing.  They have fucking AT THE GATES and THE HAUNTED.  Granted, they're both technically the same band with a couple line-up changes but, DAMN.  Lots of Boston and other great bands.  I'm starting to like this game more and more  >:D
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on June 19, 2008, 07:14:52 PM
...

Virtual Console: Metal Slug, baby... yeah!

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on June 19, 2008, 07:18:39 PM
...

Virtual Console: Metal Slug, baby... yeah!

-Rude

I think I would love that game, but I die every 5 seconds! :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: La De Da on June 20, 2008, 10:35:47 AM
Virtual Console: Metal Slug, baby... yeah!
-Rude
I might as well make some use out of GameTap outside of Sam and Max episode and Street Fighter Alpha 3 s and give that series another run.

Hopefully that $600 government Band-Aid will come in today so I can get Metal Gear Solid 4... oh and that $400 bread maker/Blu Ray thing. If not, Team Fortress 2 on the PC becasue it's free for the weekend.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on June 24, 2008, 08:38:22 AM
Just beat Uncharted last night.  A very very solid game...I really enjoyed it.  And even though it doesn't really break any new ground, or for that matter do anything at all novel, I actually admire it's restraint.  The combat system works great, and even though the puzzles were WAY too easy, they were still interesting enough to keep me going.  At it's core, I got the feeling all they wanted to do was make a simple game that ran smooth, had great production value (music and voice acting), and showed off the PS3 graphics capabilities.  And, most importantly, was actually fun to play. 

I think they succeeded marvelously, and I'm hoping Naughty Dog puts together a sequel soon.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on June 24, 2008, 09:02:40 AM
I finally got my 360 back from the repair shop, and I went out and bought Lost Odyssey - it's been ages since I played an RPG - but my brother still has my hard-drive, so I won't be able to play it for a little while!
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: kodiakthejuggler on June 24, 2008, 09:06:38 AM
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Virtual Console: Metal Slug, baby... yeah!

-Rude

YES!!!!!!

Endless quarters...

I can only imagine how much money it'd take to win that game in an arcade...
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on June 24, 2008, 09:20:58 AM
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Virtual Console: Metal Slug, baby... yeah!

-Rude

YES!!!!!!

Endless quarters...

I can only imagine how much money it'd take to win that game in an arcade...
Yeah I bought the Metal Slug anthology for the Wii, quite fun although shaking the controller to throw grenades gets annoying.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Lil_Otik on June 24, 2008, 09:06:17 PM
I'm play Patapon. It's a rhythm game that'll eviscerate you halfway through playing it. I love it, but  trying to master the Miracle song will take me awhile.

When my pal, Amanda, is over, we play BioShock and Beautiful Katamari. Amanda heard me talk about BioShock so much, she decided to see what's it about. It's like how we (well, back in high school we got together more than we do now) all used to play Silent Hill together, although back then we passed the controller to Amanda (because we were scared silly), now she passes the controller to me because she's scared silly and she has trouble with the controls.

We play Beautiful Katamari because the controls are simply enough for my pal Amanda to use. She was never good at Halo. And, well, neither was I, that's why I liked using the shotgun. A good aim at the head stops the fight pretty well, as long as I can aim for the head, I mean.

I'm planning on replaying Mass Effect, this time playing as Renegrade. That'll probably have some really awesome choices.
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Post by: Doktor Sleepless on June 24, 2008, 10:01:49 PM
I finally got my 360 back from the repair shop, and I went out and bought Lost Odyssey - it's been ages since I played an RPG - but my brother still has my hard-drive, so I won't be able to play it for a little while!

That game is fun. Exactly like a Final Fantasy.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on June 25, 2008, 06:05:18 AM
I finally got my 360 back from the repair shop, and I went out and bought Lost Odyssey - it's been ages since I played an RPG - but my brother still has my hard-drive, so I won't be able to play it for a little while!

That game is fun. Exactly like a Final Fantasy.

Well, good.  I like J-RPGs, as long as they're not too silly.  I'd really like to see another Knights of the Old Republic though. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: DarthChimay on June 25, 2008, 10:51:40 AM
I finally got my 360 back from the repair shop, and I went out and bought Lost Odyssey - it's been ages since I played an RPG - but my brother still has my hard-drive, so I won't be able to play it for a little while!

That game is fun. Exactly like a Final Fantasy.

Well, good.  I like J-RPGs, as long as they're not too silly.  I'd really like to see another Knights of the Old Republic though. 

No kidding. I keep hearing rumors that they're doing a KotOR MMO, but I kinda hope not. I've yet to play an MMO that I found entertaining. I mean, I don't mind grinding - in fact, I kinda like it - but I don't want to hear a bunch of 13 year old boys talk about... well, whatever they talk about in that strange sanscrit language they use. Also, it'd be cool if Obsidian did the next KotOR. I loved part 2, both times I played through it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on June 25, 2008, 10:55:20 AM
I finally got my 360 back from the repair shop, and I went out and bought Lost Odyssey - it's been ages since I played an RPG - but my brother still has my hard-drive, so I won't be able to play it for a little while!

That game is fun. Exactly like a Final Fantasy.

Well, good.  I like J-RPGs, as long as they're not too silly.  I'd really like to see another Knights of the Old Republic though. 

No kidding. I keep hearing rumors that they're doing a KotOR MMO, but I kinda hope not. I've yet to play an MMO that I found entertaining. I mean, I don't mind grinding - in fact, I kinda like it - but I don't want to hear a bunch of 13 year old boys talk about... well, whatever they talk about in that strange sanscrit language they use. Also, it'd be cool if Obsidian did the next KotOR. I loved part 2, both times I played through it.

Yeah, and MMOs can be a neverending addiction that swallows a social life.  Basing one on some of my favourite RPGs sounds like a recipe for my disaster.  :)

Fallout 3 looks good.  And the guys behind KoTor 2 have their own RPG coming out called Alpha Protocol, which at least sounds promising.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: DarthChimay on June 25, 2008, 11:00:45 AM
I finally got my 360 back from the repair shop, and I went out and bought Lost Odyssey - it's been ages since I played an RPG - but my brother still has my hard-drive, so I won't be able to play it for a little while!

That game is fun. Exactly like a Final Fantasy.

Well, good.  I like J-RPGs, as long as they're not too silly.  I'd really like to see another Knights of the Old Republic though. 

No kidding. I keep hearing rumors that they're doing a KotOR MMO, but I kinda hope not. I've yet to play an MMO that I found entertaining. I mean, I don't mind grinding - in fact, I kinda like it - but I don't want to hear a bunch of 13 year old boys talk about... well, whatever they talk about in that strange sanscrit language they use. Also, it'd be cool if Obsidian did the next KotOR. I loved part 2, both times I played through it.

Yeah, and MMOs can be a neverending addiction that swallows a social life.  Basing one on some of my favourite RPGs sounds like a recipe for my disaster.  :)

Fallout 3 looks good.  And the guys behind KoTor 2 have their own RPG coming out called Alpha Protocol, which at least sounds promising.

Chris Avellone was behind one of my favorite RPGs, a game I consider one of the greatest ever made:

(http://infostore.org/info/1998549/pst.jpg)

Needless to say, I'm stoked for Alpha Protocol. And, yeah, Fallout 3 looks delicious. I even want to splurge on the collector's edition, which comes with a lunchbox and a Fallout Boy bobblehead.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on June 25, 2008, 11:07:27 AM
I finally got my 360 back from the repair shop, and I went out and bought Lost Odyssey - it's been ages since I played an RPG - but my brother still has my hard-drive, so I won't be able to play it for a little while!

That game is fun. Exactly like a Final Fantasy.

Well, good.  I like J-RPGs, as long as they're not too silly.  I'd really like to see another Knights of the Old Republic though. 

No kidding. I keep hearing rumors that they're doing a KotOR MMO, but I kinda hope not. I've yet to play an MMO that I found entertaining. I mean, I don't mind grinding - in fact, I kinda like it - but I don't want to hear a bunch of 13 year old boys talk about... well, whatever they talk about in that strange sanscrit language they use. Also, it'd be cool if Obsidian did the next KotOR. I loved part 2, both times I played through it.

Yeah, and MMOs can be a neverending addiction that swallows a social life.  Basing one on some of my favourite RPGs sounds like a recipe for my disaster.  :)

Fallout 3 looks good.  And the guys behind KoTor 2 have their own RPG coming out called Alpha Protocol, which at least sounds promising.

Chris Avellone was behind one of my favorite RPGs, a game I consider one of the greatest ever made:

(http://infostore.org/info/1998549/pst.jpg)

Needless to say, I'm stoked for Alpha Protocol. And, yeah, Fallout 3 looks delicious. I even want to splurge on the collector's edition, which comes with a lunchbox and a Fallout Boy bobblehead.

You had me at "lunchbox"
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on June 27, 2008, 09:10:55 AM
Okay, so I've played through the first disc of Lost Odyssey, and I must say, it's perhaps the most profoundly depressing RPG I've played in a while - from the "dreams Kaim has, to his demeanour, and the death of his daughter - it's unending.  And quite funny, as misery piles upon misery.  It has the same problems as other J-RPGs too, like silly character design.  Check out what the Queen wears:

(http://store.catchplay.com/catalog/game/news/200711/20071113/lost%20odissey/big/06.jpg)

It's like a fetish model as a chronic over-accessorizing problem.  I'm going to complete it, but it doesn't touch Mass Effect as a game.

EDIT: Oh, and I've been playing Star Wars Lego: The Original Trilogy, and the Lost game will be delivered tomorrow.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Doktor Sleepless on June 27, 2008, 10:33:27 AM
I'm on the fourth disc, but i stopped playing cause I have a bajillion movies to watch still.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rattrap007 on June 27, 2008, 01:37:31 PM
Just got Bad Company the other day..
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: DarthChimay on June 27, 2008, 02:37:04 PM
Well, I've got my PS3, so I've finally started playing Metal Gear Solid 3. Unfortunately, I got the Limited Edition MSG4, which isn't backwards compatible, so I've been racing through MSG3 on my PS2. Soon I'll be able to start part 4.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on June 27, 2008, 07:37:59 PM

Chris Avellone was behind one of my favorite RPGs, a game I consider one of the greatest ever made:

Ah. I remember Chris from back in the days when was drawing stick figures and making fun of Champions.

Me? I'm playing Dangerous School Girls in Trouble! - a board game/RPG set in small New England town in the 1920s. It's not exactly the deepest mined genre in gaming...

My copies of Operation Darkness (a strategy RPG set in WWII, with lousy camera controls, werewolves,vampires and a dragon summoning Furher) and Final Fantasy  Tactics A2 are in the mail. And GH:Aerosmith drops on Sunday. So I've got plenty to occupy me for the 4th.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on June 28, 2008, 02:47:22 PM
Okay, so I've completed the Lost game.  It's pretty short at 6 or 7 hours, but as a fan of the show, I kinda liked it.  Only one or two of the actors do their own voices, which can be a little jarring, but it's authentic look helps create the right atmosphere.  Oh, and typical Lost:

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: a pretty girl is like on June 28, 2008, 02:57:15 PM
We just downloaded the new Dr. Mario for the Wii.  So far my wife is handing all of us our asses. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Thorns of Crimson Death on June 28, 2008, 10:55:46 PM
Okay, so I've completed the Lost game.  It's pretty short at 6 or 7 hours, but as a fan of the show, I kinda liked it.  Only one or two of the actors do their own voices, which can be a little jarring, but it's authentic look helps create the right atmosphere.  Oh, and typical Lost:

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

I know this isn't the T.V. thread but I honestly hope that the show LOST causes cancer.  I'm honestly on the brink of killing arrogant douche-bags at work talking about this bullshit show on lunch break.  No offense to you personally on this, of course, I'm a jaded fuck.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: kodiakthejuggler on June 29, 2008, 08:16:51 AM
Okay, so I've completed the Lost game.  It's pretty short at 6 or 7 hours, but as a fan of the show, I kinda liked it.  Only one or two of the actors do their own voices, which can be a little jarring, but it's authentic look helps create the right atmosphere.  Oh, and typical Lost:

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

I know this isn't the T.V. thread but I honestly hope that the show LOST causes cancer.  I'm honestly on the brink of killing arrogant douche-bags at work talking about this bullshit show on lunch break.  No offense to you personally on this, of course, I'm a jaded fuck.

I feel that way about reality shows. Especially American Idol.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Thrashalla on June 29, 2008, 01:31:11 PM
Diablo III's announcement got me riled up, so I dug out 1 and 2 have have been working through the first one this weekend.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Fortis on June 30, 2008, 02:37:59 PM
Been playing a lot of Medal of honor: heroes 2 online for wii.

I used to be pretty good, but now I get worked every time, but I feel bad going on the games for noobs only because I win every time...ah well, its always fun killing noobs.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on July 05, 2008, 03:25:54 PM
Superman Returns: The Videogame.  From EA before they started to get interesting, this is a really poor attempt at transposing the Spider-Man games to another character.  Flying isn't as fun as swinging.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Action Batch on July 05, 2008, 03:29:52 PM
Superman Returns: The Videogame.  From EA before they started to get interesting, this is a really poor attempt at transposing the Spider-Man games to another character.  Flying isn't as fun as swinging.

I will 100% agree with that, Spider-Man 2 for the XBox was a top 10.

If for nothing else the chance to hear Niecy Nash (Officer Rainesha Williams from Reno: 911) spouting out random comments. And the gameplay was fun and exciting.
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Post by: mrbasehart on July 05, 2008, 03:37:22 PM
Plus the random Bruce Campbell comments when you collected the ? icons.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Action Batch on July 05, 2008, 03:46:34 PM
How could I forget Bruce!?!?!

That was awesome too!
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on July 05, 2008, 05:32:43 PM
After cleaning out my parents basement, I'm playing a little Revolution X (PS1) and a whole lot of We Heart Katamari.


Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Fortis on July 05, 2008, 05:57:02 PM
The new mafia x-men game has gotten me into the mood for xmen. So right now I'm playing through Marvel Nemesis again. Got bad reviews, but it is a thoroughly fun game.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Halifirien on July 10, 2008, 01:10:54 AM
I've been playing Final Fantasy Tactics A2 and the Xbox 360 version of Bully. I just finished Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on July 10, 2008, 02:14:56 AM
Viva L'revolution!
http://www.amazon.com/2K-Games-Meiers-Civilization-Revolution/dp/B000WMEEC6/ref=pd_bbs_sr_3?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1215680759&sr=8-3

So I was saying to myself, "Self? Is there ANYTHING out there that can overpower the addictiveness of the Pokemon craze I've found myself in lately?" Then I picked up Civilization Revolution for the DS. It's pretty much Civilization, which is a good thing. Certain elements are stripped down to make it more console-able. You don't get to play with your workers, for instance. Roads are purchased and instantly link your cities. But it's still the same old strategy of build your cities near resources, research the civilizations that will propel you to the victory of your preference, and find yourself in that old "One more turn" frenzy for the next couple hours. The DS version also has a nifty "Game of the Week" where you can connect to the web via wi-fi and get a specially-designed map to play with. I haven't tried the multiplayer out yet, but I don't see how it can be anything but fun. And the best part is I get to take it with me everywhere. Long plane rides are gonna fly by from now on. :^) It also came out for the Xbox 360 and PS3, and I'm going to get a home-console version when I have the money, but the DS version doesn't seem to suffer at all from being a DS port. Buy it! :^)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on July 10, 2008, 11:18:06 AM
I played to completion 2 games of CivRev last night on the 360. I've got some minor grips, mostly about map size (I like to play on huge maps in most Strategy games)and I'm not fond of the diplomacy part of the AI (even my friends go to war with me. A lot.) but I'm enjoying it a lot. And Pak? We get the map of the week as well.

A note to the 360 and PS3 folks: Be careful where you pick this up.  Take2 has put codes in the box for upcoming DLC, but the codes vary by store. Details:

Quote
GAMESTOP/EB:
Xbox 360 and PS3: Pack-in card redeemable online for a Voucher or Token code for Wonder & Artifact Pack: The Mythic. Included are: Ancient Wonder: Lighthouse of Alexandria, Medieval Wonder: Leaning Tower of Pisa, Industrial Wonder: Scotland Yard, Modern Wonder: SETI, Artifact 1: Camelot, Artifact 2: Tower of Babel

TARGET:
Xbox 360: Pack-in card redeemable online for a Token code for Wonder & Artifact Pack: The Eternal. Includes the following Wonders and Artifacts: Ancient - Trajan's Column, Medieval - University of Sankore, Industrial - Eiffel Tower, Modern - Cristo Redentor, Artifact 1 - Pharoah's Needle, Artifact 2 - Tesla's "Peace" Ray

BEST BUY:
Xbox 360 and PS3: Pack-in card redeemable online for a Voucher or Token code for Wonder & Artifact Pack: The Iconic. Includes the following Wonders and Artifacts: Ancient - Coliseum, Medieval - Taj Mahal, Industrial - Statue of Liberty, Modern - Sydney Opera House, Artifact 1 - Terracotta Army, Artifact 2 -Sphinx

CIRCUIT CITY :
All platforms: Aiden Hughes Lincoln poster, 16x20, folded (check out the art here.)

WHAT IS THIS STUFF?
Want to know exactly what each wonder or artifact does, so that you can get the DLC you are most interested in? Here's a run down of every item's purpose!
WONDERS
Lighthouse of Alexandria - your Galleys will be able to sail into open water
Colosseum - your units will upgrade faster
Trajan's Column - your Legion units all receive +1 attack
Leaning Tower of Pisa - you receive a larger cut of the profits when enemy Caravans arrive in your cities
Taj Mahal - all building produce +1 culture
University of Sankore - desert regions provide +1 trade
Scotland Yard - your great people cannot be kidnapped by enemy spies
Statue of Liberty - all cities in your civilization immediately receive two free population
Eiffel Tower - all buildings provide +1 science
SETI - your spaceship will travel faster
Sydney Opera House - settled Great Artists double the culture production of their resident city
Cristo Redentor - Cathedral buildings will prevent your cities from flipping

RELICS
Court of Camelot - all your Horsemen units will immediately be upgraded to Knights
Tower of Babel - you will instantly be put in contact with all the nations of the world
Terracotta Army - all your soldiers receive the Scout upgrade
The Sphinx - you can immediately choose to switch to any government type
The Pharaoh's Needle - you instantly receive knowledge of an advanced technology
Tesla's "Peace" Ray - all wars immediately end

Presumably, they'll be selling the other packs as downloads.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on July 10, 2008, 11:23:11 AM
Yeah, the smaller maps are kind of a bummer (I assumed the consoles would have bigger maps, but I guess not...) and I do miss tinkering around with roads and mines in-between wars. It's not QUITE as intricate as the PC Civ games, but in the thin realm of console turn-based strategy, it's the best there is. :^)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on July 10, 2008, 11:27:12 AM
Hmmm. Isn't there a "Manage workers" option on the city screen? I saw one there last night, but didn't really fiddle with it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on July 19, 2008, 09:08:49 PM
...

I picked up Paper Mario on the virtual console. I really enjoyed Super Paper Mario for the Wii, and this seems to be just as much fun. Although i can't say that i enjoy the turn based fighting... Otherwise, it's been a blast so far.

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 20, 2008, 08:09:26 PM
I'm playing Osu!  Takete!  Ouendan! 2, Zack & Wiki (but I haven't picked it up in weeks and I'm on the last level and I hit a big stumbling block) and I'm getting through the very dissappointing Suikoden IV.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on July 21, 2008, 10:17:59 AM
Every so often. I like to plug my all-time favorite into the old SNES:

(http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/e/ea/Earthbound_Box.jpg)

It's the RPG that dares to have a sense of humor about itself. All these years later, it still brings a smile to my face. :^)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on July 21, 2008, 07:50:47 PM
So I completed Superman Returns, though I used a couple of cheats to barrel through it a bit more quickly.  A couple of things spring to mind: none of the action contained within remotely connects with the Superman Returns movie, bar some unrelated cut-scenes which are basically rehashes from the movie (but give away no spoilers).  Another thing that bugged me was the game gives you hardly any freedom to explore the city, throwing up mandatory fights every couple of minutes or so.  The game mechanics are pretty good, and Superman handles pretty well, but the graphics are poor and the fighting repetitive.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: DarthChimay on July 22, 2008, 10:34:20 AM
Ico, one of the most beautiful games ever produced. I love the whole "dragging the girl around" mechanic. The only game I've ever played where escorting works and is fun. I can only hope to make a game like that some day, not that an American developer would take a chance like that.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Fortis on July 22, 2008, 10:36:57 AM
Metroid Prime 3...I'm playing it through again, but this time on Hyper difficulty........ITS SO HARD!

There are triple the amount of bad guys, and they do triple the amount of damage. Boss fights are actually easier now than walking around.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on July 22, 2008, 12:46:33 PM
Ico, one of the most beautiful games ever produced. I love the whole "dragging the girl around" mechanic. The only game I've ever played where escorting works and is fun. I can only hope to make a game like that some day, not that an American developer would take a chance like that.
I still can't find a cheap copy of that game.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: DarthChimay on July 22, 2008, 02:48:33 PM
Ico, one of the most beautiful games ever produced. I love the whole "dragging the girl around" mechanic. The only game I've ever played where escorting works and is fun. I can only hope to make a game like that some day, not that an American developer would take a chance like that.
I still can't find a cheap copy of that game.

It's a pain to find, but totally worth at least $30.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on July 25, 2008, 11:55:10 PM
Ever since it came out, I've been stuck about 20 minutes into Jade Empire. Every few months I'd start up a fresh game, get killed by bandits after 20 minutes of play, remember why I haven't played it very much, and give up. Today I pressed through the initial battle, and now that I've made it that far, everything has opened up and I finally feel like I'm in a Bioware RPG. The story is riviting, the characters are compelling, and the combat system isn't so bad when you get the hang of it. It turns out this game is right on par with Knights of the Old Republic or Mass Effect. Coincidentally, it seems to be out as a download in the Xbox marketplace this week. If you have an Xbox or Xbox 360 and some cash to spare, I'd highly reccomend it. Just bare with the combat system until you get a knack for it and be prepared to struggle through the beginning. Once you get going it's very much worthwhile. :^)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on July 26, 2008, 06:56:50 AM
Ever since it came out, I've been stuck about 20 minutes into Jade Empire. Every few months I'd start up a fresh game, get killed by bandits after 20 minutes of play, remember why I haven't played it very much, and give up. Today I pressed through the initial battle, and now that I've made it that far, everything has opened up and I finally feel like I'm in a Bioware RPG. The story is riviting, the characters are compelling, and the combat system isn't so bad when you get the hang of it. It turns out this game is right on par with Knights of the Old Republic or Mass Effect. Coincidentally, it seems to be out as a download in the Xbox marketplace this week. If you have an Xbox or Xbox 360 and some cash to spare, I'd highly reccomend it. Just bare with the combat system until you get a knack for it and be prepared to struggle through the beginning. Once you get going it's very much worthwhile. :^)

I found it initially difficult too, but after you get used to blocking and attacking at the right time, you can breeze through it.  I didn't think it was as good as their other RPGs though. 

I just completed CSI: Hard Evidence for the 360.  I don't know why, but I love these CSI games, though I think I'll stick to the PC versions in future, as the mouse feels more natural for those sorts of games.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Thom_Serveaux on July 27, 2008, 03:44:56 PM
Dusted off Paper Mario & The Thousand Year Door.  currently looking to get either the Wallace and Grommit zoo game or Snoopy & The Red Baron for the PS2... Anyone else played these/ I'm having a hard time deciding...
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on July 31, 2008, 05:28:43 PM
After CSI, I received Jumper: Griffin's Story in the mail.  Good Lord, it blows.  The visuals, apart from some nicely rendered cut-scenes, are awful, and look like they belong on the Dreamcast, or the PSOne.  And the combat... it's kinda neat that you can jump around the side of people to attack them, but when they can whip around and guard faster than you can jump, combat becomes a game of chance.  I breezed through a lot of the game, and then got totally stuck on a relatively worthless battle because of this. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: kodiakthejuggler on August 01, 2008, 10:41:48 AM
I'm playing Final Fantasy 7 on my PS3 for the first time since upgrading from PS1.

It's nice not having to keep a bloody memory card plugged in. And the game's still as addictive as it ever was. I put in 2 and a half hours last night. Good times!
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: La De Da on August 01, 2008, 10:41:26 PM
Soulcalibur 4 for the PS 3 and Final Fantasy 4 DS.  Maybe if I have time, Dig Dug 4, Sim City 4, Donkey Kong 4....
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on August 01, 2008, 10:51:37 PM
It was a good month for part 4s. :^) How is Soul Calibur 4? I'm assuming, if I liked SC1-3 (And Soul Edge) That I'll like this one too. :^)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on August 02, 2008, 09:39:58 AM
It was a good month for part 4s. :^) How is Soul Calibur 4? I'm assuming, if I liked SC1-3 (And Soul Edge) That I'll like this one too. :^)

I really enjoy Soul Calibur 4. The graphics are amazing and the Combat system is one of the best ive seen on my Xbox360 (We need more good fighting games!) The story is a little less in depth then previous soul caliburs but it will do.. it will do :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Queen Shadowrama on August 02, 2008, 10:26:44 AM
I recently got back into the crack-like/non-game known as Animal Crossing: Wild World for the DS. I don't know why...I hadn't played my file in like two years...now I'm addicted again. Must...grow...hybrid...flowers!
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on August 02, 2008, 11:22:04 AM
What's a good RPG for the PC from the last 2 years or so? I've been looking for a good one to kill some time with until Fallout 3 comes out in October...
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on August 02, 2008, 11:38:47 AM
What's a good RPG for the PC from the last 2 years or so? I've been looking for a good one to kill some time with until Fallout 3 comes out in October...

Mass Effect is a pretty good RPG. Its also first person shooter so it mite not be exactly what your interested in.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on August 02, 2008, 12:15:17 PM
Oblivion, of course. I also very much enjoy the Freedom Force series. :^)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on August 02, 2008, 01:55:22 PM
Oblivion is a MUST have for rpg fans.... And also if people havnt tried the shivering islands expansion its definetly worth it. It has ALOT of content. a new world. and plenty of fun
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on August 02, 2008, 02:53:40 PM
I've been playing Stranglehold today - good, repetitive shooty fun - and Indiana Jones Lego, which is awesome. 
Title: Lunar For the PS1
Post by: darkchashy on August 03, 2008, 05:40:18 PM
I wish I had got the sequel when it was out but the first one was pretty good to. Can anyone point me to where I could watch the bloopers for eternal blue
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Thom_Serveaux on August 03, 2008, 06:00:48 PM
Have Thrillville: Off The Rails collecting dust in a drawer, may take it out and u/l onto my hard drive this week.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on August 04, 2008, 07:36:10 AM
I just finished GTA4 this week (fun game overall, but a little disappointed in how soon it ended, how little of the BD space they used towards game content, and how little the possible ending story arcs differ from each other). I started up Enchanted Arms last night, but I only had enough time to get through the intro before it was too late, and I didn't really play any content yet.

I also played through some demos in the last couple of days. Conan was a lame God of War wannabe, but Lego Indiana Jones was indeed pretty fun, and I'll probably be picking up a copy as soon as it goes on sale for a reasonable price. I absolutely refuse to pay $50 or more for a single game that isn't Fallout 3 or Final Fantasy 13 - $30 is my limit and I can usually get most of the games I want for around $22.50 if I just wait a few months... our Wal-Mart here is always desperate to make room on their shelves for the new stock and they start slashing the prices pretty quickly. I got my copy of FF12 there for $24.95 when everywhere else was still charging the original $60.
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Post by: mrbasehart on August 04, 2008, 07:38:17 AM
I've completed Enchanted Arms.  It's really not very good, copying too much from Final Fantasy but having an even worse storyline/script. 
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Post by: La De Da on August 04, 2008, 08:27:34 AM
if I liked SC1-3 (And Soul Edge) That I'll like this one too. :^)
Basically.  That and you can fight on line, as long as both players have a connection.  Fighting games and lag do not mix.  Other then that, a lot of old and a few new.  As far as Story mode, you can beat it with one character in 5 minutes, with everyone in 2 hours.  They should have made Story mode longer.  At lease as the Arcade mode long that is.  One thing I would change is putting Capt Kirk in there.  It would make just as much sense putting Vader in there.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on August 04, 2008, 08:43:23 AM
I've completed Enchanted Arms.  It's really not very good, copying too much from Final Fantasy but having an even worse storyline/script. 

Yeah, I've heard similar things from other people. But I've also heard people who said they really enjoyed it for its kookiness. I'm a die-hard J-RPG fan, so these types of games usually appeal to me and my wife because we get a kick out of the horrible dialogue and animation style. They fall under the "so bad they're funny" category.

Plus, it's an RPG with lots of extra stuff you can do gathering all the golems, and I picked it up for $19 because nobody else would touch it... so it's hard to go wrong with that in terms of a void filling game to hold me over until something actually good comes along. October, October, October... :)
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Post by: a pretty girl is like on August 04, 2008, 08:57:59 AM
Chocobo's Dungeon for the Wii.  Look past the cutesy presentation and you'll find a pretty deep turn-based rpg.  The jobs system and the weapon upgrading are both a little too complicated for a simple kids game.  I get the feeling that it won't be a very long rpg though.
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Post by: jewishcarpenter on August 04, 2008, 11:41:46 AM
Mario Kart for the Wii, I'm playing 150cc after completing all the 50cc and 100cc races. I'm getting my ass kicked.
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Post by: SmilinJackRoss on August 08, 2008, 08:16:40 AM
I just downloaded the free demo of Eden from the Platstation Store.  It's a totally psychidelic little platformer that is pretty simple (there's only like two buttons) but pretty tricky to get through.  I still haven't beat the demo, even after playing it for a few hours.  I'm pretty sure I'm gonna go ahead and buy the full game. 

Some gameplay video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzX64KAunX0)
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Post by: Axnollouse on August 08, 2008, 11:34:23 AM
Currently I'm plugging away at: Rock Band, Prey, Braid and Mass Effect (for a second time) on my 360. On my PSP I am playing God Of War and Daxter. On my Wii I'm working on Metroid Prime 3 and Super Mario 3. Finally on my computer I am just playing C&C Red Alert 3 Beta.

I think I play too many games at once
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Post by: mrbasehart on August 08, 2008, 07:14:04 PM
Currently I'm plugging away at: Rock Band, Prey, Braid and Mass Effect (for a second time) on my 360. On my PSP I am playing God Of War and Daxter. On my Wii I'm working on Metroid Prime 3 and Super Mario 3. Finally on my computer I am just playing C&C Red Alert 3 Beta.

I think I play too many games at once

You maxed out Assassin's Creed? That's pretty awesome, congrats.  I don't know if I've got the patience to find all the flags :)
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Post by: Axnollouse on August 08, 2008, 08:14:25 PM
Maxed out in one playthrough. That sucked. A lot. The flags weren't really bad in most areas but in The Kingdom is where it sucked the most.
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Post by: Chaos on August 09, 2008, 06:42:45 AM
On the advice of several people here, I am currently enjoying Oblivion. I never got into this series much because I was no good at the Wizardry type games (I always ended up getting swarmed and ticked off). I tried to play Morrowind several years back, and enjoyed the advancement system, but my computer was pretty crappy and I could never play for more than 10 minutes before I got major slowdown and the game started to become unplayable, so I never even made it out of the first city before I got sick of it.

Oblivion is fun. I've spent about 15 hours playing it and haven't even started on the main mission storyline quests - I've just been working on advancing in the mage guild and exporing. To whichever of you first suggested it, thanks! This should easily hold me over until October (along with Lego Indiana Jones for when I want to play the PS3 instead of the PC).
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Post by: jewishcarpenter on August 09, 2008, 03:34:50 PM
Hey Chaos, did you get Oblivion for the PS3 or computer?
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Post by: mrbasehart on August 09, 2008, 04:28:40 PM
I'm still totally sucking at Stranglehold.  I've managed to worm my way to the chicago level, but the guy with the laser beams in his apartment is pissing me off as they seem to keep coming on exactly where I stand. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on August 09, 2008, 05:32:57 PM
Im kicking butt at Soul Calibur 4. I am trying my best to beat Dead Rising and save everyone possible. I still love Rock Band and Guitar Hero.
And Im happy your enjoying Oblivion. After your done beating it one time GET THE EXPANSION!!!!

:)
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Post by: mrbasehart on August 09, 2008, 07:26:09 PM
I've completed Assassin's Creed though.  Woo-hoo! I don't think I have the patience to go and find all the flags/templars though.
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Post by: Chaos on August 10, 2008, 10:45:14 AM
Hey Chaos, did you get Oblivion for the PS3 or computer?

I got it on the PC.

When I'm playing games like that just for fun I like to have an unlimited life code turned on so I don't have to spend hours upon hours walking around carefully and hiding from everything. So until someone cracks the PS3 so you can install and run 3rd party software at the same time as the game software, I'll only be playing it on the PC.

I must say, I really am enjoying it. I've gotten past the apprentice level of the mage's guild now, and I just finished the vampire hunter mission, which was fun. Sooner or later I might even go do one of the storyline missions. ;)
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Post by: Chaos on August 10, 2008, 10:48:18 AM
I'm still totally sucking at Stranglehold.  I've managed to worm my way to the chicago level, but the guy with the laser beams in his apartment is pissing me off as they seem to keep coming on exactly where I stand. 

I've been having trouble with this game, too. I'm really only used to playing FPS or FPS-style games on the PC. I just can't get the hang of moving around quickly in the world when I have to turn using an analog stick - it's so frickin' slow, it drives me crazy. I just got done with the 2nd mission last week and I'm taking a bit of a break from it, but I'm hoping to push on through to the next mission soon. It's a fun game, and I like how much of the terrain you can mess around with and use to your advantage, I just wish somebody would come up with a way to make FPS-style movements more effective on the console.
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Post by: jewishcarpenter on August 10, 2008, 10:53:46 AM
Hey Chaos, did you get Oblivion for the PS3 or computer?

I got it on the PC.

When I'm playing games like that just for fun I like to have an unlimited life code turned on so I don't have to spend hours upon hours walking around carefully and hiding from everything. So until someone cracks the PS3 so you can install and run 3rd party software at the same time as the game software, I'll only be playing it on the PC.

I must say, I really am enjoying it. I've gotten past the apprentice level of the mage's guild now, and I just finished the vampire hunter mission, which was fun. Sooner or later I might even go do one of the storyline missions. ;)
I don't know how high end your computer is but I'd suggest looking into some of these mods and skins they have here (http://www.rpgbanana.com/games/827). Some of my favorites to install on there (it's a little tricky at first, but you get used to it quickly) are the Operation Optimization mod, Phoenix Equipment (flaming weapons & armor, it looks pretty awesome), Natural Environments mod which also gives the game a different look (I thought it looked a lot better, but that's my opinion. Figured I'd just throw that your way as something to look at if you wanna play around even more with the game. I also liked flying around as Sauron on top of a dragon wreaking havoc to all those below me.
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Post by: Chaos on August 10, 2008, 12:57:12 PM
I'll have to check those out. Thanks. :)
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Post by: Destin on August 10, 2008, 02:49:23 PM
I'll have to check those out. Thanks. :)
Dont forget to get the expansion!!
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Post by: Chaos on August 10, 2008, 03:19:12 PM
I'll have to check those out. Thanks. :)
Dont forget to get the expansion!!

I usually prefer to finish the standard game before I go arsing about with patching and installing expansions (unless a patch is actually required due to shoddy programming to prevent the whole thing from blowing up your computer, of course). I've had a few issues with games not working properly for me once I've patched, or losing progress on save games and having to start over, so I prefer to play through the initial game first. I fully intend to grab the expansion once I'm done, though. :)
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Post by: Destin on August 10, 2008, 03:39:11 PM
The exapansion (for the computer atleast) Is more like a addon. You get a portal in the middle of no where that sends you to land of chaos... etc etc... Its not technicly a addon to the main story and it could even be done before you complete the game. Ofcorse its your preferences ;). But theres alot of fun and insane items to get in that world! Also the Crusaders of Nine or whatever patch that is gives you some great items if you choose to be and stay on the "Good" Side
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Post by: Chaos on August 10, 2008, 03:44:49 PM
I'm technically good only because I haven't killed anybody I'm not supposed to - I can't manage to kill the guards yet, so I don't get on their bad side. But I have no qualms whatsoever about stealing from people and other such nefarious acts. My sneak is up to 60-something already, and I don't even have 24 hours of game time banked. Illusion, too, thanks to keeping camo up pretty much non-stop. ;)
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Post by: La De Da on August 11, 2008, 02:23:47 PM
Lego Indy.  I got 100 % on Lego Star Wars, so why go for the gold on this one.  Oh and, I'm playing still Final Fantasy 4.  On the final part of it, so might be another week. :p
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Post by: mrbasehart on August 11, 2008, 05:01:48 PM
Lego Indy.  I got 100 % on Lego Star Wars, so why go for the gold on this one.  Oh and, I'm playing still Final Fantasy 4.  On the final part of it, so might be another week. :p

I found Indy much easier than Star Wars: The Original Trilogy.  Haven't played the first one yet though.  Lego Batman looks awesome!

Oh, and I'm on the final boss for Stranglehold.  I've found jumping around like a lunatic works really well.  :)
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Post by: TVsAdam on August 11, 2008, 06:54:08 PM
I tend to have a bunch of different games going on a bunch of different systems, so right now I'm playing:

-Rock Band and Halo 3 on the 360.
-Fable on PC, though I occasionally pop in Oblivion; I'm trying to chip away at that mammoth game over time.  I also tend to frequent Call of Duty 4 multiplayer.
-Kingdom Hearts 2 on PS2, although it's been a while since I picked that one up.
-Final Fantasy IV on the DS.

I'm spending most of my time with the FF4 remake at the moment.  I was 9 when that game came out for the SNES and I played it for the first time, and I've loved it ever since.  The DS remake is pretty great so far (I'm maybe a quarter or a third of the way in), though the pace seems a little sluggish.

Is my nerd status confirmed yet?
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Post by: k1 on August 11, 2008, 07:55:40 PM
PS3: Rock Band (and contemplating starting Uncharted over again since I'm only 1/3 through so I can get the trophies)
Wii: Zack & Wiki, Lego Star Wars (still), Strong Bad, Mario Kart, Boom Blox
PSP: collects dust
PC: Free Cell at work.  Peggle at home.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on August 11, 2008, 08:22:06 PM
Normally I get some game time while I'm working, since I work from home. But lately I've had a lot of pointless conference calls that I have to be on, but don't have to talk, so I've been banking a lot of hours playing Spider Solitaire. :P

I think I'm getting disturbingly good at it, actually. 80 wins, 23 losses.
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Post by: mrbasehart on August 12, 2008, 06:30:13 AM
PS3: Rock Band (and contemplating starting Uncharted over again since I'm only 1/3 through so I can get the trophies)
Wii: Zack & Wiki, Lego Star Wars (still), Strong Bad, Mario Kart, Boom Blox
PSP: collects dust
PC: Free Cell at work.  Peggle at home.

Peggle is computer crack.  I just had to keep playing until I'd completed all the challenges.  Stupid, wonderful game.
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Post by: SmilinJackRoss on August 12, 2008, 08:47:55 AM
I ended up buying the full game of PixelJunk Eden form the PSN store.  I've been playing it non-stop.  If you have a PS3, it's probably the best $10 you can spend.  I even like it more than Super Stardust HD.  Which is saying something.
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Post by: Chaos on August 12, 2008, 10:13:58 AM
I ended up buying the full game of PixelJunk Eden form the PSN store.  I've been playing it non-stop.  If you have a PS3, it's probably the best $10 you can spend.  I even like it more than Super Stardust HD.  Which is saying something.

Strangely, Eden didn't do anything for me. I think I'm addicted to buttons, or something. Simple games just don't interest me anymore. ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on August 12, 2008, 10:46:43 AM
Strangely, Eden didn't do anything for me. I think I'm addicted to buttons, or something. Simple games just don't interest me anymore. ;)

 ;D

I'll admit it's not for everybody.  It's an insane contrast going from, say, GTA IV to this.  Which is maybe why I liked it....GTA overloads the senses, the amount of buttons and controls and graphics and voicework, it's all very intense (and, don't get me wrong, very enjoyable).  But Eden is a game that reminds me of my childhood gaming experiences with the Commodore 64.  There's simple rules, controls, physics, and graphics, but it's wrapped up in a wonderfully modern package.  I guess it's kind of like Peggle in that respect.

I'm simply having a blast with it....that being said, I'm eagerly anticipating Red Faction: Guerilla, Star Wars: Force Unleashed, and Little Big World as well, so my tastes in games kinda run the gamut.
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Post by: mrbasehart on August 12, 2008, 06:16:04 PM
Did you know that Capcom are releasing Megaman 9 onto digital distribution? It's a brand new Megaman, but the graphics and design were made as if it was still going to put out for the NES.  It looks pretty interesting.
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Post by: Chaos on August 12, 2008, 09:38:20 PM
Did you know that Capcom are releasing Megaman 9 onto digital distribution? It's a brand new Megaman, but the graphics and design were made as if it was still going to put out for the NES.  It looks pretty interesting.

That's... weird.

Still, I'd give it a shot. I'm very nostalgic about some NES games. Especially Mega Man. I still hear the intro music for MM2 in my head sometimes. :P

Also, I'd like to send out a nice big SCREW YOU to those of you who made mention of Peggle. I'd missed this one from PopCap, and now I'm frickin' hooked. I just spent the last 3 hours playing through all 50 of the non-master level stages in one sitting. :P
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Post by: mrbasehart on August 13, 2008, 04:16:21 AM
Did you know that Capcom are releasing Megaman 9 onto digital distribution? It's a brand new Megaman, but the graphics and design were made as if it was still going to put out for the NES.  It looks pretty interesting.

That's... weird.

Still, I'd give it a shot. I'm very nostalgic about some NES games. Especially Mega Man. I still hear the intro music for MM2 in my head sometimes. :P

Also, I'd like to send out a nice big SCREW YOU to those of you who made mention of Peggle. I'd missed this one from PopCap, and now I'm frickin' hooked. I just spent the last 3 hours playing through all 50 of the non-master level stages in one sitting. :P

Agreed.  Peggle is awesome.  I'm lucky that I completed the bloody thing, otherwise I'd still be playing it.
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Post by: jewishcarpenter on August 13, 2008, 10:45:30 AM
I bought the Mega Man Anthology for the XBox last year and this game is so much harder than I remember it being. I got pissed and stopped playing it.
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Post by: Fortis on August 13, 2008, 12:40:23 PM
Metroid Prime 3: On Hypermode difficulty. I've never had such a hard time playing a game before...well maybe Zelda II.

But seriously, boss battles last upwards of an hour long, and they are three times as devastating as normal mode...so hard. Luckily I'm on the second to the last boss battle...if I can just keep my thumb mashing stamina over an hour I might be able to beat Ridley...wish me luck. I shudder to think what the last boss battle is going to be like, if it goes over an hour...I quit. well...maybe not, but I might stop playing for a couple days.
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Post by: Chaos on August 13, 2008, 04:42:15 PM
I still don't get the whole "Zelda II is hard" thing. I never had any trouble with it, even as a kid.
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Post by: mrbasehart on August 13, 2008, 05:01:35 PM
You think you guys got problems... I've been struggling on my Live Arcade version of Sonic the Hedgehog...

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Post by: Chaos on August 13, 2008, 08:50:37 PM
I never cared for Sonic. The whole reason Sega made that game for the Genesis in the first place was to cover up for their poor graphics compared to the SNES (by having the character move so fast, you couldn't make out the crappy detail). ;)

This evening I finished all of the master levels of Peggle and am now working on the challenge levels. I've gotten 400K on a couple of the levels, beaten all but one of the master level duels, and am currently working on the multi-stage challenges. Yeesh, those things are nasty.

Speaking of the SNES, I also spent some time at work today starting up a new game of Chrono Trigger, which I've been thinking of doing for awhile now. I like to dust it off every now and then and revel in its sheer awesomeness.
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Post by: Fortis on August 13, 2008, 08:51:46 PM
I still don't get the whole "Zelda II is hard" thing. I never had any trouble with it, even as a kid.

Well I'm also one of those people that thought Zelda I was hard. Even though I love video games, I struggle with them, it takes a lot for me to beat stuff...but I think I like it all the more because of it since it is such a challenge.
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Post by: mrbasehart on August 13, 2008, 09:16:21 PM
I never cared for Sonic. The whole reason Sega made that game for the Genesis in the first place was to cover up for their poor graphics compared to the SNES (by having the character move so fast, you couldn't make out the crappy detail). ;)

This evening I finished all of the master levels of Peggle and am now working on the challenge levels. I've gotten 400K on a couple of the levels, beaten all but one of the master level duels, and am currently working on the multi-stage challenges. Yeesh, those things are nasty.

Speaking of the SNES, I also spent some time at work today starting up a new game of Chrono Trigger, which I've been thinking of doing for awhile now. I like to dust it off every now and then and revel in its sheer awesomeness.

Chrono Trigger was awesome.  I know they're planning on releasing it on a DS soon, so my old portable my get a little dusting off in the near future.
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Post by: Chaos on August 14, 2008, 05:54:50 AM
If they do, I might have to finally break down and buy the DS. I love that fucking game. Most definitely the best "golden age" RPG ever.

At least if I broke down and bought a DS, I would have an excuse to get all of the re-released Final Fantasy games, too.
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Post by: Variety of Cells on August 14, 2008, 06:26:59 AM
If they do, I might have to finally break down and buy the DS. I love that fucking game. Most definitely the best "golden age" RPG ever.

At least if I broke down and bought a DS, I would have an excuse to get all of the re-released Final Fantasy games, too.

It's not an if, it's just a when.  It has been confirmed.  http://na.square-enix.com/ctds/ (http://na.square-enix.com/ctds/)  Seems go be a pretty straight forward port, which i'm cool with.

Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on August 14, 2008, 07:50:53 AM
If you ask me, there's not much point in releasing a game on a new system if you're not going to AT LEAST overhaul the graphics. Adding in new content (or at the very least, putting back in the stuff you took OUT from the Japanese version when you ported it to the US the first time) is preferable. I enjoyed what they did with the Final Fantasies that got ported to the GBA, and like even better the sound of (though I have not personally seen) the updates they did to the Final Fantasies for the DS. It seems stupid to me to pay perfectly good money for a game that I can already play on my TV, if I have to play it on a tiny screen and it's exactly the same. If it's just an identical port, I won't be buying it.
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Post by: Variety of Cells on August 14, 2008, 08:10:54 AM
well i doubt it will be exactly the same.  They will probably add in the playstation animated scenes, and will most likely do something or other with the top screen. 

There are also quite a few people who don't own the original snes game, which isn't exactly that easy to find.  They also most likely don't own a ds.  So it's a chance for a new generation to experience what the older generation thought was one of the best video games. 

And some people feel guilty about downloading roms....
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Post by: Chaos on August 14, 2008, 08:14:16 AM
Those people are silly. :)
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Post by: TVsAdam on August 14, 2008, 10:44:39 AM
If you ask me, there's not much point in releasing a game on a new system if you're not going to AT LEAST overhaul the graphics. Adding in new content (or at the very least, putting back in the stuff you took OUT from the Japanese version when you ported it to the US the first time) is preferable. I enjoyed what they did with the Final Fantasies that got ported to the GBA, and like even better the sound of (though I have not personally seen) the updates they did to the Final Fantasies for the DS. It seems stupid to me to pay perfectly good money for a game that I can already play on my TV, if I have to play it on a tiny screen and it's exactly the same. If it's just an identical port, I won't be buying it.

If I remember correctly, the big selling point for the DS Chrono Trigger (apart from it just being Chrono Trigger, which is probably enough for most), is that there's a new translation.  I think.  I could be wrong about this, but I'm pretty sure I heard that.

Apparently a sizeable chunk of the original dialogue is missing from the US version; Japanese characters say more in less space than English ones, so text had to be trimmed in order to translate it and still fit it on the cartridge.  There's retranslation projects for the Chrono Trigger ROM floating around out on the internet somewheres, but I've never actually seen one.

Also, while we're talking about DS RPGs in general, the upcoming DS remakes of Dragon Quest IV through VI are great reasons to own a DS if you're an RPG fan. DQ4 was years ahead of its time and easily the best NES RPG, and it's still one of my favorites of all time.  DQ5 and 6 were never released in the US before this (aside from translated ROMs), so this is a first for many of us to play these.

Now if only they'd get around to translating the Earthbound sequel...
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Post by: Chaos on August 14, 2008, 03:25:51 PM
I'm probably in a slightly more unique position than most, because I *have* played the ROMs, and the translations, and in some cases even the imports. In college, I played the original, Japanese Final Fantasy 5 with a friend of mine who was Japanese. I could afford the games, which he couldn't, but he could translate them... so we played them together and had fantastic, drunken fun doing it. Not an experience that many get to have (though I highly recommend it, if you have any poor Japanese friends laying around).

Unfortunately the only group that was ever working on a Japanese translation ROM for Chrono Trigger never finished it (it was sitting at like 65% and they released a partial, but it wasn't much better than the US version). Also, and this was a truly tragic thing for me, there was a group working for quite a long time a 3D re-rendering of the entire Chrono Trigger game to be a PC version with really high end graphics, but the same game underneath. Sadly, Square finally got wind of it about 6 or 7 years ago and shut them down (even though at the time, they weren't doing anything with ANY of their old games).

But yeah... IMO ROMs are a good thing, for games that are not commercially available. The incredibly high popularity of Square ROMs is at least partially responsible for them making an effort over the last 5 years to start getting the Japanese only ones to the US, make a couple of new offshoot ones (Tactics Advance, Chrono Cross, the chocobo games, etc.), and port the old ones to new systems. And if nothing else, it lets you have a chance to play games you wouldn't otherwise get to (like Star Ocean, and Tales of Phantasia... both amazing Super Famicom games).
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Post by: darkchashy on August 14, 2008, 09:46:05 PM
Just got arcanum: of steanwork and magick. remembered hearing about it as a kid and picked it up. The average review for it read like this. "The graphics are choppy, the story's just ok, sometimes it causes slow down on even high end machines. the spell systems not that great and the music gets repetative and it's a great game" so I couldn't resist.
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Post by: k1 on August 14, 2008, 10:05:30 PM
Just got Guitar Hero Aerosmith through Goozex.com

So far it's fun, but I am an Aerosmith fan.
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Post by: TVsAdam on August 15, 2008, 06:38:19 AM
Just got arcanum: of steanwork and magick. remembered hearing about it as a kid and picked it up. The average review for it read like this. "The graphics are choppy, the story's just ok, sometimes it causes slow down on even high end machines. the spell systems not that great and the music gets repetative and it's a great game" so I couldn't resist.

I kept meaning to pick this up and never actually did.  Your impressions would be much appreciated.
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Post by: Destin on August 15, 2008, 06:53:56 AM
Arcanum had a great concept and definetly a good promotions department (Adds were everywhere) But like the reviews said I think it fell short in almost every way. The gameplay had a junk AI (not sure after patches) The combat system was a bad clone of other games. And while the story was OK and had time worked on it I would give the overall rating of the game 4 out of 10
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Post by: mrbasehart on August 15, 2008, 06:58:35 AM
Anyone ever play Snatcher on the MegaCD? I always wanted to, but I couldn't afford it when I was younger.
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Post by: Pak-Man on August 15, 2008, 07:00:54 AM
It's been a while, but I recall it being a pretty decent point and click with very light shooting elements added in. One of the better of the "FMV Games" of the day. My brother, who's played it more recently, swears by it as one of the best Sega CD/MegaCD games ever.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Variety of Cells on August 18, 2008, 08:35:30 PM
If you ask me, there's not much point in releasing a game on a new system if you're not going to AT LEAST overhaul the graphics. Adding in new content (or at the very least, putting back in the stuff you took OUT from the Japanese version when you ported it to the US the first time) is preferable. I enjoyed what they did with the Final Fantasies that got ported to the GBA, and like even better the sound of (though I have not personally seen) the updates they did to the Final Fantasies for the DS. It seems stupid to me to pay perfectly good money for a game that I can already play on my TV, if I have to play it on a tiny screen and it's exactly the same. If it's just an identical port, I won't be buying it.

Here's the news...

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August 18, 2008 - Today Square Enix announced its remake of the beloved Super Nintendo RPG Chrono Trigger will land on your DS November 25. Originally released in 1995, Chrono Trigger DS has been updated for dual screen presentation and touch screen controls. The portable version will also include a new dungeon and an Arena mode.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on August 18, 2008, 11:51:33 PM
I've found that if I can take an RPG with me, I'm more likely to actually beat it. Long plane trips and breaks at work make for an excellent excuse to gain a level or two here and delve into a dungeon there. I get a lot more bang for my buck from the Square games on the GBA/DS than I ever did on consoles.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on August 19, 2008, 01:30:42 AM
Double-Posting for my more on-topic post:

In preparation for Mega Man 9, I've decided to old-school myself by attempting to beat Mega Man 1-8. "Attempting" really is the operative word, here. I had forgotten just how relentless these games are. Unforgiving instant-death traps at every turn and a constant slew of enemies waiting to push you right into them. Let's not forget the disappearing/reappearing block-jumping puzzles! Or the moving platforms that dump you into the abyss if you don't jump at just the right moment. And IF you make it past the traps, the rest of the level becomes an intense struggle to just stay alive so you don't have to do them AGAIN! I had always thought I'd outgrown the childish tantrums that inspired me to throw my controller across the room. I was wrong. They just stopped making games that inspire it. :^)

Yet I know I'll keep pressing on. My blood pressure will have raised a few hundred points by the time I make it through, but by golly, I made it through then, I can make it through now!
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Raven on August 19, 2008, 01:33:26 AM

I had always thought I'd outgrown the childish tantrums that inspired me to throw my controller across the room. I was wrong. They just stopped making games that inspire it. :^)


Word.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on August 19, 2008, 06:38:40 AM
I might have to do the same myself, actually. The only Megaman game I've played for a good 10 years was Megaman 2 on my NES emulator. But the last time I played that, I still managed to beat the Quickman laser traps without using Flashman's freeze, and getting through Heatman's block traps without using the "item 2" jet thingie. I guess I was just built to be a platform gamer. :P

Speaking of which, I'm having immense fun right now playing Bionic Commando Rearmed. They really did a fantastic job of capturing everything good about the original, and modernizing it to make it more fun. I can't wait to play the modernized sequel after getting a taste of the enhanced original. This is $10 very well spent as far as I'm concerned (which, I assure you, is high praise, as it's the only downloadable game I've EVER purchased in my entire life).
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on August 19, 2008, 08:40:52 AM
From what I remember playing Mega Man is that if you beat the bosses in a certain order depending on if your current weapons is his weakness. I remember the flier's never liked any wind or tornado gun and Freeze would get its ass kicked by fire. So im sure if you look it up there should be a guide or something to help out anyone thats having a hard time.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on August 19, 2008, 08:42:16 AM
Speaking of which, I'm having immense fun right now playing Bionic Commando Rearmed. They really did a fantastic job of capturing everything good about the original, and modernizing it to make it more fun. I can't wait to play the modernized sequel after getting a taste of the enhanced original. This is $10 very well spent as far as I'm concerned (which, I assure you, is high praise, as it's the only downloadable game I've EVER purchased in my entire life).
That looks awesome, I'll have to pick it up.
http://www.youtube.com/v/cqECtTE4Opk&hl=en&fs=1
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on August 19, 2008, 12:39:40 PM
My only regret about BCR is that the multiplayer is local host only. I don't have any friends who live nearby who have a PS3, but I'm itching to try out the 4 player melee battle mode. Tragic!
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: La De Da on August 20, 2008, 12:14:58 PM
This week, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.  It reminds me a lot of Pitfall.  That is, if Pitfall had guns. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on August 20, 2008, 12:43:19 PM
This week, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.  It reminds me a lot of Pitfall.  That is, if Pitfall had guns. 

Fun game, but it's kinda short.  it only took me about a week to beat it.  I'm hoping they do a sequel sometime soon...

On a side note, Emily Rose (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2448361/), the woman who does the female voice in the game, is smokin'.

Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: DarthChimay on August 20, 2008, 04:40:08 PM
This week, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.  It reminds me a lot of Pitfall.  That is, if Pitfall had guns. 

Fun game, but it's kinda short.  it only took me about a week to beat it.  I'm hoping they do a sequel sometime soon...

On a side note, Emily Rose (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2448361/), the woman who does the female voice in the game, is smokin'.


The parts I enjoyed the most were the more Tomb Raideresque bits, with the climbing and whatnot, though I thought the vine swinging felt a bit broken. All in all though, a pretty decent game, but maybe not $60 decent.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on August 20, 2008, 07:50:54 PM
This week, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.  It reminds me a lot of Pitfall.  That is, if Pitfall had guns. 

Fun game, but it's kinda short.  it only took me about a week to beat it.  I'm hoping they do a sequel sometime soon...

On a side note, Emily Rose (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2448361/), the woman who does the female voice in the game, is smokin'.


Tomb Raideresque

Did someone say Dangeresque?  Oh. Nevermind.  My bad.

(http://www.in-guild.com/img/profilepics/dangeresque.gif)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on August 21, 2008, 07:10:12 AM
The parts I enjoyed the most were the more Tomb Raideresque bits, with the climbing and whatnot, though I thought the vine swinging felt a bit broken. All in all though, a pretty decent game, but maybe not $60 decent.

Yeah, luckily I got mine used for ~$35, and I sold it on half.com for about the same price.  I'm usually not really willing to pay full price for a game.  GTA IV being the one exception so far.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on August 21, 2008, 08:04:49 AM
The parts I enjoyed the most were the more Tomb Raideresque bits, with the climbing and whatnot, though I thought the vine swinging felt a bit broken. All in all though, a pretty decent game, but maybe not $60 decent.

Yeah, luckily I got mine used for ~$35, and I sold it on half.com for about the same price.  I'm usually not really willing to pay full price for a game.  GTA IV being the one exception so far.

I'm totally with you on that. I absolutely refuse to pay more than $30 for a game, and if I'm patient, I can usually get it for closer to $20-$25. There are only 3 games on my current list that I intend to break that rule for... GTA 4 (already have it), Fallout 3, and Final Fantasy 13. I *might* break it for FF versus 13, but I'll more likely wait until I finish the normal FF13 and see if versus has gone on sale by then.

There's NO freakin' way I would ever pay $50-$60 for a game like Lego Indiana Jones or The Force Unleashed.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: La De Da on August 21, 2008, 08:43:33 AM
I normally get games though GameFly since I like to try games before I buy or like Lego Indy, it's cost too much for a game that I can 100% on in about 4 days. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on August 21, 2008, 10:22:44 AM
The parts I enjoyed the most were the more Tomb Raideresque bits, with the climbing and whatnot, though I thought the vine swinging felt a bit broken. All in all though, a pretty decent game, but maybe not $60 decent.

Yeah, luckily I got mine used for ~$35, and I sold it on half.com for about the same price.  I'm usually not really willing to pay full price for a game.  GTA IV being the one exception so far.

Badass website! Im buying 5 xbox games for under 40$!
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: DarthChimay on August 21, 2008, 10:24:31 AM
The parts I enjoyed the most were the more Tomb Raideresque bits, with the climbing and whatnot, though I thought the vine swinging felt a bit broken. All in all though, a pretty decent game, but maybe not $60 decent.

Yeah, luckily I got mine used for ~$35, and I sold it on half.com for about the same price.  I'm usually not really willing to pay full price for a game.  GTA IV being the one exception so far.

I always pay full price unless I can't get the game otherwise. I guess it's a solidarity thing.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on August 21, 2008, 11:46:14 AM
The parts I enjoyed the most were the more Tomb Raideresque bits, with the climbing and whatnot, though I thought the vine swinging felt a bit broken. All in all though, a pretty decent game, but maybe not $60 decent.

Yeah, luckily I got mine used for ~$35, and I sold it on half.com for about the same price.  I'm usually not really willing to pay full price for a game.  GTA IV being the one exception so far.

I always pay full price unless I can't get the game otherwise. I guess it's a solidarity thing.

Some places still sell a game for 50-60$. But then you can get it used and mint condition for 20-30$... Im buying a pizza with your solidarity
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on August 21, 2008, 11:47:56 AM
Also I have had many non used games that I needed to buy right when they came out.... GTA4 Special Edition. Soul Calibur4 Limited edition. Halo 3 Limited Edition (the one with the helmet)..... Anything with limited edition in it I guess:p

And I also rent aton! Some games you can beat in 4-5 days and not worth the 60$
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: DarthChimay on August 21, 2008, 12:14:44 PM
The parts I enjoyed the most were the more Tomb Raideresque bits, with the climbing and whatnot, though I thought the vine swinging felt a bit broken. All in all though, a pretty decent game, but maybe not $60 decent.

Yeah, luckily I got mine used for ~$35, and I sold it on half.com for about the same price.  I'm usually not really willing to pay full price for a game.  GTA IV being the one exception so far.

I always pay full price unless I can't get the game otherwise. I guess it's a solidarity thing.

Some places still sell a game for 50-60$. But then you can get it used and mint condition for 20-30$... Im buying a pizza with your solidarity

Yeah... I guess I just don't care for it because it affects my paycheck.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on August 21, 2008, 12:50:26 PM
I take it you're in the games industry in some way?

Solidarity is all well and good, but there's no law preventing people from buying and selling used games, or from stores reducing the prices of games that aren't selling well enough. And no EULA in the WORLD that says you can't sell your game that would also hold up in court. So the only reason to pay more for games is personal preference, which of course everyone is entitled to.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: DarthChimay on August 21, 2008, 01:55:53 PM
I take it you're in the games industry in some way?

Solidarity is all well and good, but there's no law preventing people from buying and selling used games, or from stores reducing the prices of games that aren't selling well enough. And no EULA in the WORLD that says you can't sell your game that would also hold up in court. So the only reason to pay more for games is personal preference, which of course everyone is entitled to.

Yes.

And I know it isn't illegal, nor should it be. I'm just saying that when the retailers resell used games, it's pure profit for them and they cut the games industry out of any of the profits, meaning we aren't getting paid for our work and this has had an effect.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on August 21, 2008, 02:22:37 PM
I take it you're in the games industry in some way?

Solidarity is all well and good, but there's no law preventing people from buying and selling used games, or from stores reducing the prices of games that aren't selling well enough. And no EULA in the WORLD that says you can't sell your game that would also hold up in court. So the only reason to pay more for games is personal preference, which of course everyone is entitled to.

Yes.

And I know it isn't illegal, nor should it be. I'm just saying that when the retailers resell used games, it's pure profit for them and they cut the games industry out of any of the profits, meaning we aren't getting paid for our work and this has had an effect.

Well you have to make a good game for people to buy it in the first place.... And if something can be beaten in one day then the company didnt make a good game in the first place. If it was released at 30-40$ it would have a better chance being bought legitimately. But then ofcorse its money before art right?? :p
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on August 21, 2008, 02:27:21 PM
I beat Portal in a couple of hours, less than that I think and that was a great game.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: DarthChimay on August 21, 2008, 02:57:39 PM
I take it you're in the games industry in some way?

Solidarity is all well and good, but there's no law preventing people from buying and selling used games, or from stores reducing the prices of games that aren't selling well enough. And no EULA in the WORLD that says you can't sell your game that would also hold up in court. So the only reason to pay more for games is personal preference, which of course everyone is entitled to.

Yes.

And I know it isn't illegal, nor should it be. I'm just saying that when the retailers resell used games, it's pure profit for them and they cut the games industry out of any of the profits, meaning we aren't getting paid for our work and this has had an effect.

Well you have to make a good game for people to buy it in the first place.... And if something can be beaten in one day then the company didnt make a good game in the first place. If it was released at 30-40$ it would have a better chance being bought legitimately. But then ofcorse its money before art right?? :p

Well, yeah, but those are all non-sequiturs in terms of what I was saying. I mean, doesn't everyone want to buy a good game, be it used or new? Also, length doesn't equal quality. Portal is short and brilliant. Call of Duty could be beat in one day, as could Gears of War. We try to make the best game possible, even if we fail at it. Wii games are released at the $30-40 price point, yet the used game market for them is just as big as for the other consoles. As far as your last question, I shouldn't even dignify that with an answer, but I will because I'm often a fool. And, yeah, it is money before art, if by money you mean food and shelter for the 20-100 people that work on a game. It also means the money that people pay for a game. People would rather buy Madden than Ico, which we deliver so that those people feel like they got their money's worth.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on August 21, 2008, 03:09:28 PM
Well then they better make a good game to feed there children... I reallt don't see many "Will Mod For Food" signs in downtown to often but I will keep a look out.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on August 21, 2008, 03:13:05 PM
Yeah, it is your duty to make a game deemed "good", Chimay. Stop dicking around, lives & mortgages depend on it AND make sure it doesn't take less than a day to beat otherwise it will not be deemed "good".
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on August 21, 2008, 03:21:15 PM
Another angle to consider with the whole "used games steal money from game designers" concept is that maybe those people who are buying them used just wouldn't buy the game at all if the only way you could get it was to buy it new at $60 without even getting a chance to try it first (and not being able to take it back or sell it to someone else if it sucks ass). It's the same flawed logic that people use to lambast piracy. The fact of the matter is that number of copies aquired from outside sources does NOT directly equate to lost revenue on a one to one basis, because some people simply won't play your game if they can't get it for cheap.

As I said earlier, there are LITERALLY only 3 games that have come out in the past 5 years or will be coming out in the next 2 years I would ever be willing to pay $60 for. If all games were that much, I would just stop buying games, and go play kickball or something.

Ooh, actually, that sounds like fun. My daughter's got a mean left foot. That should hold me over until The Force Unleashed finishes fucking downloading. Damn you, high server traffic! *shakes fist*
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: DarthChimay on August 21, 2008, 04:15:11 PM
Yeah, it is your duty to make a game deemed "good", Chimay. Stop dicking around, lives & mortgages depend on it AND make sure it doesn't take less than a day to beat otherwise it will not be deemed "good".

Now I know how Lucas feels... and it's kinda icky.

Another angle to consider with the whole "used games steal money from game designers" concept is that maybe those people who are buying them used just wouldn't buy the game at all if the only way you could get it was to buy it new at $60 without even getting a chance to try it first (and not being able to take it back or sell it to someone else if it sucks ass). It's the same flawed logic that people use to lambast piracy. The fact of the matter is that number of copies aquired from outside sources does NOT directly equate to lost revenue on a one to one basis, because some people simply won't play your game if they can't get it for cheap.

As I said earlier, there are LITERALLY only 3 games that have come out in the past 5 years or will be coming out in the next 2 years I would ever be willing to pay $60 for. If all games were that much, I would just stop buying games, and go play kickball or something.

Ooh, actually, that sounds like fun. My daughter's got a mean left foot. That should hold me over until The Force Unleashed finishes fucking downloading. Damn you, high server traffic! *shakes fist*

I don't know if it's true that people wouldn't buy the game at all if they couldn't get it used (or some other way). Not that there's really any way to know that for certain, as there isn't a market I can think of where that's true. To me and to others I talk to, the problem isn't the consumer, it's the way the retailer cuts the industry out of that profit. I hope y'all aren't getting the wrong impression; I'm not saying that other people should follow my lead or that I'm somehow morally better because I purchase my games at full price. And I agree that games should be priced differently than they are now. Some games should definitely not be $60, and I think the industry is getting better about that. I'm just explaining why I pay full price; y'all do what makes you happy.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on August 22, 2008, 02:23:00 PM
I just played the Force Unleashed demo last night. Frankly, I was underwhelmed.

The force effects look pretty nice the first time you use them, until you realize that they only bothered to make ONE animation for each effect. So every time you break a glass pane, it looks the same. Every time you blast open a door, it looks the same. Every time you chop a droid in half, it looks them same (which is especially stupid, because an overhead chop cuts the droid in half horizontally). So the entertainment value of playing with the force lasts roughly 45 seconds.

The force grip and throw mechanics are also extremely ungainly, especially for someone who is used to using a mouse as opposed to analog sticks. I imagine someone who has been a console gamer for most of their life might have less difficulty with this, but it's still very hard to get your throw to actually go where you want it to.

There's also no real way to dodge out of the way of things (you can do a sad little forwards dash, but it doesn't let you attack while doing it, and most of the things you would want to dodge are in front of you, not to the side), and you can't move sideways AT ALL. You can sometimes, automatically and with no way to control it, deflect shots that are fired at you, but there's no skill involved and when more than one person is shooting there's no way to deal with it.

All in all, putting the hype aside, I was very disappointed by what this game had to show in the demo. I certainly won't be spending any money on the final game, though I suppose I might end up borrowing it from a less skinflint-y friend for something to do on a boring weekend.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on August 22, 2008, 02:35:18 PM
I thought the forces unleashed demo was alright and not the ground breaking game that it was made out to be. I think later on in the game you can customize your character and lightsabers (hopefuly) And alot more choice in your decisions. I really thought it was more like KOTOR then maybe a Jedi Academy. But the demo did not really fully answer that so /shrug. I guess im going to have to buy it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on August 22, 2008, 04:47:26 PM
I thought it was ok.  I think if it hadn't been hyped as much it would've helped.

I did notice that the animations were the same as well.  I'll probably pick it up when it reaches a greatest hits price.  Or maybe ask for it for Christmas.

It just didn't grab me right away like Uncharted did.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: kodiakthejuggler on August 25, 2008, 11:41:37 AM
Just played the demo of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on my PS3. Damn demo is only one level, but it's fun!! Using the Force to hurl people hundreds of feet is something spectacular! Can't wait for this to be released! September 16, I think...
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on August 25, 2008, 06:15:28 PM
audiosurf is kicking my ass
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on August 25, 2008, 09:39:31 PM
Just finished up "Lost: Via Domus" on Sunday (except for 1 stupid 15 point accomplishment. Grrrr....) Been playing Too Human  as well (Which is better than the reviews said it was). But now, my long neglected PS3 gets some usage as  Disgaea 3 gets released tomorrow.

Dood.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Axnollouse on August 26, 2008, 08:56:34 AM
Personally I'm choosing Mercs 2 over Too Human . . . . . . mmmm mercs.

Now starts gaming season and my wallet is already crying.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on August 26, 2008, 09:24:20 AM
Yeah, there's a whole bunch out there in the next month or so.  I'll probably just rent a bunch.  Fallout 3 and Fable 2 will probably get my money though.  Tales of Vesparia too, whenever it comes out here.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: DarthChimay on August 27, 2008, 10:46:51 AM
Yeah, there's a whole bunch out there in the next month or so.  I'll probably just rent a bunch.  Fallout 3 and Fable 2 will probably get my money though.  Tales of Vesparia too, whenever it comes out here.

Mmmm... sweet delicious Fallout...

My money's also going to Force Unleashed, MK vs. DC (which is supposedly really good, for what it is), and Tomb Raider: Underworld. That last one... I must have it NOW.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on August 27, 2008, 11:10:46 AM
I have about $1200 worth of stuff that I'd like to buy between now and the end of the year, including Spore, Fallout 3, the WoW expansion, Sid Meier's Colonization, Lego Batman, Chrono Trigger DS, Rock Band 2, Guitar Hero World Tour, Starcraft II, Persona 4...

Sigh. I don't really need that other kidney...

Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on August 27, 2008, 11:11:05 AM
...

Just started Mass Effect. Yes... i know, i'm behind the times. But other than confusing a load screen for an auto-save screen (which set me back almost 2hours,) i'm really getting sucked into the storyline. It's almost a perfect mix of RPG and shooter.

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Axnollouse on August 27, 2008, 12:14:54 PM
Castle Crashers, even though its 1200 MS Points it is worth every penny! The game is such a throwback to the old 4 person arcade beat 'em ups its crazy! Its even got a leveling up system!

If you have a 360 you owe it to yourself to try this game out!

*goes back to being the Orange Knight and lighting stuff on fire!*
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on August 27, 2008, 02:35:28 PM
going back through Uncharted so I can be a cool kid and have some trophies.  Plus I never got very far in it to begin with thanks to Rock Band and Mario Kart.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: darkchashy on August 29, 2008, 05:39:39 PM
I have about $1200 worth of stuff that I'd like to buy between now and the end of the year, including Spore, Fallout 3, the WoW expansion, Sid Meier's Colonization, Lego Batman, Chrono Trigger DS, Rock Band 2, Guitar Hero World Tour, Starcraft II, Persona 4...

Sigh. I don't really need that other kidney...


Boy those are all good games 'cough' cough' your signature 'cough' I really like fallout to, I do 'Cough' 'cough' not how you spell goggles 'cough' 'cough' Starcraft and those crazy koreans huh, isn't that something.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Raven on August 29, 2008, 09:37:25 PM
I will be playing Mercenaries II asap.  I've been looking forward to that one for a long time. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on August 29, 2008, 10:23:07 PM
Aw, bloody hell. How did I not notice that?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Axnollouse on August 29, 2008, 10:29:42 PM
I will be playing Mercenaries II asap.  I've been looking forward to that one for a long time. 

I am getting this as well!

I will be bracing the Labor Day shoppers at my ex-circuit city (yea its my ex store now) to snag a copy when it opens!

and maybe grab a $3 movie when I am at it (I love the fact that I still have a friend there who sneaks me ads :p)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on August 30, 2008, 10:02:43 AM
Within the next week or two there are going to be acouple badarse games coming out

Mercenaries 2 Aug 31st
Spore Sept 7th
Warhammer Battle March Sept 2nd

Then the following 2 weeks
Zoids Assault Sept 9th
Rockband 2 (Game only for xbox360) Sept 14th
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Sept 16th
Armored Core: For Answer Sept 16th


Holy crap I better start saving up
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Thom_Serveaux on August 30, 2008, 12:24:32 PM
As I mentioned earlier in this thread I'd been trying to choose between Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron and Wallace And Grommit in Project Zoo (for the PS2).  I couldn't decide between them, so I picked them both up last week.  My one fear was that as can be the case with any game with/based on a carton show, that the gameplay gets 'dumbed down'  to appeal to the younger gamers, (i.e.  the Fairly Oddparent games).  Fortunately, that was not the case....
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: La De Da on September 01, 2008, 01:28:04 AM
This week it's Tales of Vesperia.  No clue on how to say "Vesperia", but much like Tales of Symphonia, it's fun action RPG.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: darkchashy on September 01, 2008, 02:48:06 AM
Gave up on Arcanum, the steampunk technology aspects that are it's selling point are extremely weak and your much better off choosing magic. Its a shame though. I might go back to it, but  Age of empires 3 is back in my computer and this time I think it's for good and I ordered half life 2 for the 360 so.....
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on September 01, 2008, 09:21:00 AM
I'm off in the Netherworld for the next week, playing Disgaea 3.  I also picked up a copy of Madden 08 yesterday. (It was $10. I'll forgo the current version if it saves me $50.) I'm also trying to wrangle a copy of Infinite Undiscovery out of Gamefly.

Next week? Spore.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on September 01, 2008, 11:15:20 AM
Next week? Spore.

I'm trying to decide if I want to use a vacation day when it comes out... otherwise it'll be a LONG day at work wanting to go home and play.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on September 01, 2008, 11:28:47 AM
K1, they are releasing it on Sunday, it that helps you.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on September 01, 2008, 11:57:39 AM
Could also Pre Order Spore from www.direct2drive.com I believe they will let us play at midnight on the shipping date. (not sure tho)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on September 01, 2008, 01:00:12 PM
That's true as well, although I've heard it'll take a few hours to undecrypt as well.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on September 01, 2008, 01:04:40 PM
That's true as well, although I've heard it'll take a few hours to undecrypt as well.

I heard that as well.  I had a gift certificate at GameStop so I used that for my pre-order.

K1, they are releasing it on Sunday, it that helps you.

Yeah, I was thinking of taking Monday off since I'm guessing I'll be up all night on Sunday playing.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on September 01, 2008, 03:26:35 PM
From my experience with Direct2Drive the most I have had to wait during uncompression would be 10 minutes. That may be different with someone else. And the Direct2Drive's servers are very very good. I was able to download 1mb a second with most games.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on September 01, 2008, 10:03:51 PM
I find it extremely difficult to nail down a really good RPG on the console systems. I can't think of anything since Final Fantasy 7 that actually captivated me and really delivered a strong story with lots of hours spent exploring and building up (without being too tedious). Final Fantasy 10 was good, but not fantastic, even with the added bonus of getting an actual story with voices.

Most of the modern offerings don't even ATTEMPT to take advantage of the increased disc space they now have available. Some of the games look good, but have major flaws. I've heard good things about Folklore, but by all reports the main game is FAR too short (a meager 15-20 hours), and the fact that there is no voice acting really sticks in my craw. We shouldn't be expected to shell out 60 bux in this day and age for a textie.

Aside from FF13, I do have at least some hope for a couple of the upcoming PS3 RPG titles. Valkyria Chronicles in particular looks interesting with its anime-style flat animation and mix of RPG and war sim action. I really like the originality of the idea of Eternal Sonata (a fantasy world invented in the mind of Chopin as he lies on his deathbed, with musical themes and even actual compositions of Chopin's intermixed throughout), and the battle system looks quite fun, especially how light and dark will have an effect on abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. Even though almost nothing tangible is known about White Knight Chronicles yet, the idea of fighting actual massive bosses in an RPG (not just whacking them with your sword the same as you do for any other enemy but actually battling them on an epic scale) seems like a fantastic idea and I hope it actually pans out that way in reality. I will probably end up shelling out some cash for these 3 sooner or later... I just hope they don't all turn out to be more disappointment.

We're really moving into a golden time for high profile titles over the next 6 months. The closer we get to games like Spore, Fallout 3, Final Fantasy 13, and the like, the harder it gets to actually wait that shorter amount of time. Can't it be December yet? PLEASE? :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: ChrisHanel on September 01, 2008, 11:15:38 PM
I'm currently playing Geometry Wars 2 and Castle Crashers on the 360. Both are XBL downloads and have leaderboards, look me up if you wanna compare scores.

XBL Username: JediMyndTrik
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Axnollouse on September 01, 2008, 11:25:26 PM
Hey Chris you play Grifball?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Variety of Cells on September 02, 2008, 06:28:41 PM
I find it extremely difficult to nail down a really good RPG on the console systems. I can't think of anything since Final Fantasy 7 that actually captivated me and really delivered a strong story with lots of hours spent exploring and building up (without being too tedious). Final Fantasy 10 was good, but not fantastic, even with the added bonus of getting an actual story with voices.

Most of the modern offerings don't even ATTEMPT to take advantage of the increased disc space they now have available. Some of the games look good, but have major flaws. I've heard good things about Folklore, but by all reports the main game is FAR too short (a meager 15-20 hours), and the fact that there is no voice acting really sticks in my craw. We shouldn't be expected to shell out 60 bux in this day and age for a textie.

Aside from FF13, I do have at least some hope for a couple of the upcoming PS3 RPG titles. Valkyria Chronicles in particular looks interesting with its anime-style flat animation and mix of RPG and war sim action. I really like the originality of the idea of Eternal Sonata (a fantasy world invented in the mind of Chopin as he lies on his deathbed, with musical themes and even actual compositions of Chopin's intermixed throughout), and the battle system looks quite fun, especially how light and dark will have an effect on abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. Even though almost nothing tangible is known about White Knight Chronicles yet, the idea of fighting actual massive bosses in an RPG (not just whacking them with your sword the same as you do for any other enemy but actually battling them on an epic scale) seems like a fantastic idea and I hope it actually pans out that way in reality. I will probably end up shelling out some cash for these 3 sooner or later... I just hope they don't all turn out to be more disappointment.

We're really moving into a golden time for high profile titles over the next 6 months. The closer we get to games like Spore, Fallout 3, Final Fantasy 13, and the like, the harder it gets to actually wait that shorter amount of time. Can't it be December yet? PLEASE? :)

Ummm Super Mario RPG just came out on Nintendo's VC... if you like square.  It's in two and a half of the three D's.... pretty advanced stuff... for snes.   Well, i'm enjoying it anyway.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: spaceforarent on September 02, 2008, 08:36:50 PM


Ummm Super Mario RPG just came out on Nintendo's VC... if you like square.  It's in two and a half of the three D's.... pretty advanced stuff... for snes.   Well, i'm enjoying it anyway.

It took me a minute to get what you're were saying, but once I did I laughed.

It really came out on the VC? I'll need to get that once I get my paycheck. One of my favorites from my childhood (acting like I'm so far past childhood)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on September 03, 2008, 08:35:01 AM
Final Fantasy 7. Best game Ever. The story, concept, and how it was made was excellent. Not many other Final Fantasies come close.

And I beat it 3 times. One time normaly. Second time with killing the ultimate weapons. Third time with 5 golden Chocobos, every weapon and materia in the game Mastered versions and more (Even knights of the round). Both Ultima Weapons killed  And finished off Sephiroth at lvl 99.

Great game! Great Game!

And I can't wait to play Final Fantasy 13 on my Xbox360 (Yes its coming to xbox!!!)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on September 03, 2008, 08:59:28 AM
Final Fantasy 7. Best game Ever. The story, concept, and how it was made was excellent. Not many other Final Fantasies come close.

QFT. I said something similar earlier.

Have you seen the concept trailers for Final Fantasy 7 revamped for the PS3? Apparently they're still strongly considering doing a port - redoing all of the in-game graphics and FMVs to be up to current levels of technology, but the core game will be the same, possibly with even more extra content and harder dungeons added. That would fucking rock.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on September 03, 2008, 09:25:53 AM
Have you seen the concept trailers for Final Fantasy 7 revamped for the PS3? Apparently they're still strongly considering doing a port - redoing all of the in-game graphics and FMVs to be up to current levels of technology, but the core game will be the same, possibly with even more extra content and harder dungeons added. That would fucking rock.
I'm still hoping for a revamp of Silent Hill for anything.  I'm not sure how to feel about Silent Hill 5, I hope these guys that took over the franchise don't drop the ball on this game.
http://www.youtube.com/v/iCTeR4tg86c&hl=en&fs=1
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on September 03, 2008, 09:33:21 AM
That would be cool. I never had a Playstation and didn't get a PS2 until just over a year ago, so I never got to play any of the Silent Hill games, but always liked the idea of them. Same with Resident Evil. I'd really love to see some of the MEGA iconic games from past systems revamped for the newer generation of systems (and players!).
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on September 03, 2008, 09:37:47 AM
Final Fantasy 7. Best game Ever. The story, concept, and how it was made was excellent. Not many other Final Fantasies come close.

QFT. I said something similar earlier.

Have you seen the concept trailers for Final Fantasy 7 revamped for the PS3? Apparently they're still strongly considering doing a port - redoing all of the in-game graphics and FMVs to be up to current levels of technology, but the core game will be the same, possibly with even more extra content and harder dungeons added. That would fucking rock.


I heard about a year ago when FF13 was leaked that they were going to make something like a Final Fantasy 7-2. But a total port and redoin the graphics would be amazing and would be the reason for me to buy a PS3.

Edit: They wanted to put alot of junk about the "Zack" character. Or whoever the not mentioned much friend of Cloud was.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: kodiakthejuggler on September 03, 2008, 10:57:17 AM
Final Fantasy 7. Best game Ever. The story, concept, and how it was made was excellent. Not many other Final Fantasies come close.

QFT. I said something similar earlier.

Have you seen the concept trailers for Final Fantasy 7 revamped for the PS3? Apparently they're still strongly considering doing a port - redoing all of the in-game graphics and FMVs to be up to current levels of technology, but the core game will be the same, possibly with even more extra content and harder dungeons added. That would fucking rock.


I heard about a year ago when FF13 was leaked that they were going to make something like a Final Fantasy 7-2. But a total port and redoin the graphics would be amazing and would be the reason for me to buy a PS3.

Edit: They wanted to put alot of junk about the "Zack" character. Or whoever the not mentioned much friend of Cloud was.

I will snatch that game up faster than a pizza at a weight watchers convention!!
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on September 03, 2008, 11:17:14 AM
Yeah, totally.

Here's the concept video:
http://www.youtube.com/v/cv8cYrGG220&hl=en&fs=1

I saw another video somewhere that put this side by side with the original for comparison, but I can't seem to find it again. On reflection, I think it may have been posted at gametrailers...
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: kodiakthejuggler on September 03, 2008, 11:29:02 AM
The game can be as pretty as Olivia Munn, but if the music isn't done right, I'm not gonna like it!  :speechless:
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Variety of Cells on September 03, 2008, 01:23:53 PM
Yeah, totally.

Here's the concept video:
http://www.youtube.com/v/cv8cYrGG220&hl=en&fs=1

I saw another video somewhere that put this side by side with the original for comparison, but I can't seem to find it again. On reflection, I think it may have been posted at gametrailers...

I'm pretty sure that was just a tech demo to show off what they could do on the ps3 (i think it was the ps3).  No plans to actually remake the game were made at the time.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Gaseous Snake on September 03, 2008, 02:27:39 PM
I keep switching between Prince of Persia: Two Thrones, Star Wars Battlefront 2, and Final Fantasy X-2.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on September 03, 2008, 03:04:18 PM
I'm pretty sure that was just a tech demo to show off what they could do on the ps3 (i think it was the ps3).  No plans to actually remake the game were made at the time.

Yes, note that I said they were "considering doing a port," not "they are working on this." Nothing has ever been confirmed, but the rumours that they are discussing it at both Square and Sony continue to circulate. That certainly doesn't mean it's true, but it doesn't mean it's automatically NOT true, either.

Then again, there are roughly 73 trillion facts on the internet, and EVERY SINGLE one of them is wrong, so... :D
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: La De Da on September 04, 2008, 08:55:59 PM
Final Fantasy 7. Best game Ever.
And every time I hear that, I tend to laugh it off.  Final Fantasy 7 is a good entry way if you never played a RPG and it's pretty good as RPGs go, but did God come down from heaven and worked on the game, no.  Don't forget, calling something the best tends to draw fire from people (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/editorials/zeropunctuation).

Besides, Final Fantasy 6 and 4 is a lot better.  Just my option though. :p
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on September 05, 2008, 05:02:41 AM
You know, you don't win an argument by saying that the other side is stupid or uninformed - you just make yourself look foolish.

Final Fantasy 6 WAS one of the best when it came out, and it still is, but newer technology on the newer system made them able to do even more with the later game. I think it's the fact that they actually utilized the new technologies available to them with the PSX to enhance the quality of the game that made it so great - later editions (even Final Fantasy X, despite being the first one with voice dialogue) did not do as much in terms of innovation and value-adding as FF7 did. In fact, I would go so far as to say that taking away the ability to traverse the entire world and use an airship to get to all sorts of corners of the globe is the absolute WORST thing Square ever did - the exploration and discovery is part of what made the Final Fantasy series so wonderful.

Speaking as someone who has probably played roughly 60% of the major RPGs from the last 20 years (and if you consider the fact that there have been more Japanese-only RPGs in that time than English, and I DON'T SPEAK JAPANESE, that's a significant number of RPGs that I've played), I still consider Final Fantasy 7 to be one of the greatest achievements in RPGs, and one of the best games I've ever played. The problem with a lot of those other RPGs is that they are TOO campy, or too narrowly focused, or too structured, or just plain too weird.

I'm hardly an ignorant consumer. I don't say that Final Fantasy 7 is a fantastic game because of lack of experience. In fact, my experience is what keeps bringing me BACK to Final Fantasy 7 over and over again, because so many other games leave me wanting more. And despite having beat it at least 10 times over the years, I STILL have fond memories of it, and still enjoy playing through it every single time.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on September 05, 2008, 06:10:20 AM
I've always liked the Phantasy Star series, on the Mega Drive/Genesis.  And the Shining Force series. 

The problem I have with the Final Fantasy series, though I still enjoy them, is the never-ending amount of cut-scenes.  It's a problem with most J-RPGs, that they feel the need to explore their feelings on every single minor point in the bloody game! Add to the fact that some of the translation/acting might not be the best, it becomes a might frustrating.  Some of the character designs are stupid, too.


Edit: Whoops, pressed send too soon.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on September 05, 2008, 07:27:39 AM
Well, I personally enjoy the cheesy J-RPG cutscenes, but that's probably just my background of enjoying things that are bad because they are entertainingly ridiculous. :)

We talked about this a few weeks ago when I said I was starting to play Enchanted Arms... I'm not even at the part of the game yet that most of the people online said it finally starts to get "good," and I'm still loving every moment of the horrible, horrible acting. It's a riot. Out of curiosity I actually switched to the Japanese voice acting, and I actually found it less entertaining, because the bad acting is just SO damn funny. And right now, I've just gotten into the docks in frozen Yokohama, so I haven't even really made much progress on the storyline yet.

I anticipate getting lots of hours of entertainment out of wandering around doing golem collection, too. If, that is, all of my time doesn't get sucked up by Spore. Which I'll be playing in about 4 hours as soon as my work shift ends, thanks to my friendly neighborhood game retail store not giving a shit about national release dates. ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on September 05, 2008, 09:51:41 AM
MERCENARIES 2 IS GRRRRRRRRRREAT!

And part of a balanced breakfest.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: La De Da on September 05, 2008, 05:04:05 PM
You know, you don't win an argument by saying that the other side is stupid or uninformed - you just make yourself look foolish.
I could if I tried harder. 

Calling "Final Fantasy 7 the best" is like saying the ham sandwich I had this afternoon was the best compare to other ham sandwiches I have ever eaten.  Adding the label "best" is pretty darn subjective when there was there was others that was just as great, if not better.  Seven is good, but there are some far better RPGs before it.  I didn't call you an ignorant consumer or you lack of experience with other RPGs, but I don't like best slap on something unless it truly is.  Heck, I can point out what great about Mystic Quest and say it's the best, but it's hardly that.  Call it a critical eye, but while Final Fantasy 7 was great for it and past it's time, but there was some flaws, game play and graphics, that could have made it better.  This isn't hind sight because I said the same back when it came out.

It's your opinion to call it the best, and your welcome to it.  Just like I have the opinion to say it great game..[/quote]
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on September 05, 2008, 07:32:35 PM
Damn you, Peggle challenge mode! 750,000 in one level? Poppycock!

682,720 is the absolute frickin' best I can do, and it's driving me NUTS!!!

I only have two more challenges to go. 750K on one level, and one of the specific 400K levels (40,000 P-Babies). How do you DO it?? ?? ?? :(
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on September 05, 2008, 08:10:04 PM
The one with the big dip.  If you can hit the multiplier bonus, maybe a purple, and hits lots of oranges with a full swing through the dip, it'll get you there.  Yes, I realize that's a LOT of luck, but that's how I did it.  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on September 05, 2008, 08:22:30 PM
That's the one I got 682K on. I can clear 550 on it pretty much every single time (unless I really screw up). That's with the spooky bonus for hitting both greens in one turn, the purple bonus, a long shot bonus on the first shot, orange bonus, and extreme slide all on the first shot. I end up with about 350K after the first shot if I've had a good bounce around in the dot area. But I just can't get to 750.

Apparently on the last level, if you can manage to clear the righthand side of the screen of balls without damaging the central spiral at all, you can then bounce off the top right wall, make a small hole on the right side of the central spiral with 2 shots, and then with 1 more ball drop right into the bottom of the spiral, and it will carry you all the way up the spiral and wipe out every single dot in it. I saw a video on YouTube where the guy got 13 million points on the level (he ended up with magic hat and triple score on the same shot - he must have done the level over and over until it worked out just the way he wanted). That's frickin' nuts.

Oh, and the level I'm not able to get 400K on is 4-2. The bastard. I can't quite clear 300K on it (my best is 298K so far).
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on September 05, 2008, 08:24:33 PM
13 million?!? Well, Peggle is like that... :) 

Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on September 06, 2008, 07:47:57 AM
The one with the big dip.  If you can hit the multiplier bonus, maybe a purple, and hits lots of oranges with a full swing through the dip, it'll get you there.  Yes, I realize that's a LOT of luck, but that's how I did it.  :)

Same here.

I beat all the challenges awhile back and I've been going for the 100% cleared ones now.  I've got about 5 left I think.  It takes a lot of luck and patience.  And a ton of "AAAAH ONE STUPID PEG LEFT!"
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on September 06, 2008, 07:50:43 AM
I did a lot of those, but the final levels were just too hard. 

I've been playing Open Season and Surf's Up on the 360.  Open Season is a fairly straight-forward platform game, though it features no platforming, while Surf's Up is actually a decent surf/ssx clone.  They're both decent looking, but certainly something one should rent, rather than buy.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on September 08, 2008, 01:42:59 PM
Ugh. I don't have time for this.

I'm really busy this week. I'm sitting at work with little thoughts of "spore!" popping in and out of my mind but I know that this week I'm really tight for time.

But that free time has disappeared. Steam was having a sale on the complete series of an older series this weekend, which I purchased for a song (despite having the originals) and I started reading an After Action Report to take my mind off of Spore... well, an old addiction is returning:

(http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/thumb/e/ea/256px-X-COM_UFO_Defense_manual_cover.jpg)

Once more into the breach...
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on September 09, 2008, 10:36:14 AM
Ive been playing spore. and more spore. and even more spore..... I think I have a problem :p
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on September 09, 2008, 11:28:19 AM
Sounds like a fungal infection to me...   :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on September 09, 2008, 03:07:21 PM
Sounds like a fungal infection to me...   :)

I sure hope not!  If that's what it is, then I've got it too!
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on September 09, 2008, 03:08:57 PM
Quote from: k1
I sure hope not!  If that's what it is, then I've got it too!

Why? Were you guys making out behind the school or something?~

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on September 09, 2008, 03:15:27 PM
Why are you all still posting? You're wasting valuable time that should be spent on SPORE!
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on September 09, 2008, 04:34:05 PM
Quote from: k1
I sure hope not!  If that's what it is, then I've got it too!

Why? Were you guys making out behind the school or something?~

-Rude

Shhh... you weren't supposed to tell!


Why are you all still posting? You're wasting valuable time that should be spent on SPORE!

Posting from work where I can only think about it rather than actually play it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on September 09, 2008, 07:42:07 PM
Why are you all still posting? You're wasting valuable time that should be spent on SPORE!

Ditto
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on September 09, 2008, 07:45:30 PM
I've been playing the pretty awesome Beautiful Kadamarci.  Not entirely keen on the control scheme, and cramps the hands up like anything, but the game is really fun.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on September 09, 2008, 08:29:36 PM
Kadamarci? On your Axe-Box360?

(I kid, but I've been playing the other ones on PS2 recently.)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on September 09, 2008, 08:35:55 PM
Yep.  And it's also bloody frustrating at times too.   :grr:
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on September 12, 2008, 08:42:44 PM
I checked out the demo for Star Wards: Force Unleashed the other day.  I thought it was pretty decent, though I wasn't too keen on the quick time action to the end of the demo (the result was pretty cool, though).  I still don't think it's worth anything more than a rental, but I'll certainly be checking it out.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: La De Da on September 15, 2008, 10:31:27 PM
Little bit of Rock Band 2, Spore (I'll post the user name and stuff later), and hopefully Force Unleashed later this week.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: spaceforarent on September 15, 2008, 10:36:37 PM
Little bit of Rock Band 2, Spore (I'll post the user name and stuff later), and hopefully Force Unleashed later this week.

A friend of mine got a copy of Force Unleashed a few days early, and she has been enjoying the hell out of it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on September 15, 2008, 11:36:29 PM
The local Walmart was having some freaky going-out-of-our-minds sale, so I picked up N+ and Chibi Robo for the DS for $15 total. N+ is every bit as awesome as the free version of N you can find online, but I can take it with me, and it's a good pick up and put down type game. Chibi Robo is not for everyone, but if your manhood isn't threatened by a cute little robot trying to breathe new life into a run-down park, there's a really cool game behind it all. :^)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: PsychosesMan on September 16, 2008, 01:02:39 PM
I got stuck in the middle of the third episode of Blood, so I've returned to Civilization IV.  Battle for Middle-Earth II and Mass Effect are also getting a couple hours of play occasionally.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on September 16, 2008, 02:15:07 PM
Finally getting around to beating Uncharted as well as Ratchet & Clank on the PS3.  I'm aiming to beat them both before RB2 is out next month.  Because Rock Band 1 is the reason I hadn't started them until about a little while ago...

And Mario Kart.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: PsychosesMan on September 16, 2008, 02:29:32 PM
We got Mario Kart Wii in my household as sort of a throwback to when my parents and I would play Mario Kart 64 together when I was little, but it turns out that now I'm much better than both my folks and they're not good enough to play any of the interesting courses without catapulting themselves into the abyss at anything over a 15-degree turn.  It was pretty disappointing.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: spaceforarent on September 16, 2008, 05:21:06 PM
Finally getting around to beating Uncharted as well as Ratchet & Clank on the PS3.  I'm aiming to beat them both before RB2 is out next month.  Because Rock Band 1 is the reason I hadn't started them until about a little while ago...

And Mario Kart.
let me know what you think of R&C. I'm a big fan of the series (even have the mobile game!) and want to know whether or not I'll be disappointed when I eventually get a PS3.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on September 16, 2008, 07:20:34 PM
Finally getting around to beating Uncharted as well as Ratchet & Clank on the PS3.  I'm aiming to beat them both before RB2 is out next month.  Because Rock Band 1 is the reason I hadn't started them until about a little while ago...

And Mario Kart.
let me know what you think of R&C. I'm a big fan of the series (even have the mobile game!) and want to know whether or not I'll be disappointed when I eventually get a PS3.

You won't.  Visually it's pretty sweet.  Gameplay-wise, it's the same old R&C.  I'm enjoying it quite a bit.  I'm at about 90% done at this point.

I haven't picked up the PSP games (but might get Size Matters now that it's on PS2) since I hate the way the camera works on Secret Agent Clank & Daxter on the PSP.  Stupid lack of a right analog stick...
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: spaceforarent on September 16, 2008, 09:31:56 PM
Finally getting around to beating Uncharted as well as Ratchet & Clank on the PS3.  I'm aiming to beat them both before RB2 is out next month.  Because Rock Band 1 is the reason I hadn't started them until about a little while ago...

And Mario Kart.
let me know what you think of R&C. I'm a big fan of the series (even have the mobile game!) and want to know whether or not I'll be disappointed when I eventually get a PS3.

You won't.  Visually it's pretty sweet.  Gameplay-wise, it's the same old R&C.  I'm enjoying it quite a bit.  I'm at about 90% done at this point.

I haven't picked up the PSP games (but might get Size Matters now that it's on PS2) since I hate the way the camera works on Secret Agent Clank & Daxter on the PSP.  Stupid lack of a right analog stick...

Well that's good to hear. Now I just need to save up to buy the PS3...

From the reviews I've read, Size Matters on the PS2 is a terrible choice (unless you don't own a PSP and really want to play it). Supposedly every "flaw" due to the limitations of the PSP are magnified on the PS2 version. I've got both the PSP games, but haven't tried Secret Agent Clank. Still getting around to it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on September 17, 2008, 07:36:37 AM
Finally getting around to beating Uncharted as well as Ratchet & Clank on the PS3.  I'm aiming to beat them both before RB2 is out next month.  Because Rock Band 1 is the reason I hadn't started them until about a little while ago...

And Mario Kart.
let me know what you think of R&C. I'm a big fan of the series (even have the mobile game!) and want to know whether or not I'll be disappointed when I eventually get a PS3.

You won't.  Visually it's pretty sweet.  Gameplay-wise, it's the same old R&C.  I'm enjoying it quite a bit.  I'm at about 90% done at this point.

I haven't picked up the PSP games (but might get Size Matters now that it's on PS2) since I hate the way the camera works on Secret Agent Clank & Daxter on the PSP.  Stupid lack of a right analog stick...

Well that's good to hear. Now I just need to save up to buy the PS3...

From the reviews I've read, Size Matters on the PS2 is a terrible choice (unless you don't own a PSP and really want to play it). Supposedly every "flaw" due to the limitations of the PSP are magnified on the PS2 version. I've got both the PSP games, but haven't tried Secret Agent Clank. Still getting around to it.

Good to know.  I'll probably skip it then.  Honestly I hate most games on the PSP.  They tend to have severe "leap of faith gaming" most of the time, or the camera decides to point at the wall rather than where I need it as I get mauled by whatever enemies there are.

I pretty much use the PSP for watching videos on remote play (or downloading new content from PSN on the PS3 remotely so it's ready when I get home).

Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: TVsAdam on September 17, 2008, 08:10:37 AM
I am currently playing the hell out of Dragon Quest IV on my DS.

Actually, I'm at work, but I'm loving the game so well that I'm wondering why I'm not currently playing the hell out of Dragon Quest IV on my DS.

Seriously, it's great. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: DarthChimay on September 17, 2008, 12:20:16 PM
Bought Force Unleashed, and all I can say is... wow. It's a fucking nightmare. Seriously, stay away from it. I bought it because I heard the story was good, and it is, but unfortunately, there's a game around it that is really one of the worst, most shoddily put together games I've dealt with since... well, since the last big AAA game was released. It seems like the bigger the game is, the more likely it will suck. If this trend continues, the games industry will bust again like it did in the early '80s.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on September 17, 2008, 01:55:57 PM
Bought Force Unleashed, and all I can say is... wow. It's a fucking nightmare. Seriously, stay away from it. I bought it because I heard the story was good, and it is, but unfortunately, there's a game around it that is really one of the worst, most shoddily put together games I've dealt with since... well, since the last big AAA game was released. It seems like the bigger the game is, the more likely it will suck. If this trend continues, the games industry will bust again like it did in the early '80s.

Explains why places like Toys R Us is giving you a $20 gift card if you buy it.  (Couple other places are doing similar things, but for less $)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on September 17, 2008, 03:14:00 PM
Forces Unleashed I still think is a great game. Its very lineiar and I thought there would be ALOT more choice. But over all I have enjoyed the game but I dont see much replay potential after I beat it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on September 17, 2008, 03:29:01 PM
I knew everything I needed to about that game from the demo, i.e. don't buy it. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on September 17, 2008, 08:00:50 PM
Whelp, I just bought Warhammer Online.... but I can't play it until tomorrow since it doesn't go live until then. D'oh.

Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on September 17, 2008, 08:03:25 PM
Whelp, I just bought Warhammer Online.... but I can't play it until tomorrow since it doesn't go live until then. D'oh.

Goodbye then.  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on September 18, 2008, 05:22:40 AM
Whelp, I just bought Warhammer Online.... but I can't play it until tomorrow since it doesn't go live until then. D'oh.

I missed the open beta, so I won't be playing this one. I refuse to play any MMO that I can't try first with zero commitment. There are WAY too many MMOs that completely suck ass to risk actually buying the game disc (which you can't return even if you use it once, of course) before you've tried the game.

Blizzard had the right idea on this one by letting you download the game for free and play it for 7 days (or whatever it is now) without even having to give a credit card number. I bet the get a LOT of otherwise reticent customers that way. There's a reason they've made more than a billion dollars from a fucking video game. ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on September 18, 2008, 08:36:02 AM
...

Heh. Castle Crashers is a lot of fun!

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on September 18, 2008, 09:02:16 AM
Whelp, I just bought Warhammer Online.... but I can't play it until tomorrow since it doesn't go live until then. D'oh.

Goodbye then.  :)

Yeah, I was arguing with myself as I was looking at the packaging. "I'd only be playing for about a month. And Lego Batman and Colonization come out next week.  And Fallout is next month. And Peggle Nights just got released! Plus I still need to finish Persona..."

But I still bought it.

(Besides, I won't completely disappear until Lich King arrives. )


I missed the open beta, so I won't be playing this one. I refuse to play any MMO that I can't try first with zero commitment. There are WAY too many MMOs that completely suck ass to risk actually buying the game disc (which you can't return even if you use it once, of course) before you've tried the game.

Blizzard had the right idea on this one by letting you download the game for free and play it for 7 days (or whatever it is now) without even having to give a credit card number. I bet the get a LOT of otherwise reticent customers that way. There's a reason they've made more than a billion dollars from a fucking video game. ;)

My usual rule of thumb is divide the cost by the length of time that I played it. If that ends up as less than a buck per hour of game, then I've made a good investment. I like the Warhammer setting. I like Mythic. And what I've heard from other players has been positive. I figure that the risk that I won't like it isn't really high on this one.

Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Axnollouse on September 18, 2008, 10:00:49 AM
I have DJed for MMO radio stations for years so I know this from experience.

Most if not all MMO's do a trial at some point. Keep an eye on www.mmo.com or www.SiRadio.com (being a station that at times has contests) or Fileplanet they all tend to have trials. They of course do this because its the best way for consumers to buy the game.

Also: Open Beta is the worst time to try out a game, thats when you get server issues, last minute patches
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on September 18, 2008, 06:55:41 PM
Also: Open Beta is the worst time to try out a game, thats when you get server issues, last minute patches

If you want to know what an MMO is really like, you NEED to see it at its worst, not its "for public eyes only" polished bits.

To date, my track record with MMOs stands as follows: 19 open betas, 8 closed betas, 3 alphas, 1 post release longterm staff playtester, 1 pre-release senior development staff. Oh, and I've actually played 3 of them for more than 1 year each. All but one of these were MMORPGs (one of them was Planetscape, which was an MMO but not an RPG).

I think I know what to expect from an MMO at this point. Thanks for the advice though. ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on September 18, 2008, 06:58:34 PM
That's a LOT of MMO's!  What's your favourite?

I've been playing Bully, or Canis Canum Edit, on the 360.  I kinda like it, though I'm only about 10% into the game.  I also have the Beowulf game, though I haven't played that one yet.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on September 18, 2008, 07:38:12 PM
That's a LOT of MMO's!  What's your favourite?

The only MMORPG I ever really liked was the one my company was working on (which unfortunately due to financing issues died during early alpha). Most of them just turn into grinds. The nearest thing I've ever come to an MMO that I actually liked even after playing to high levels was a MUD, the Discworld MUD to be precise. I played that game for over 7 years, and still play it from time to time. No graphical game has ever managed to beat the really good MUDs for quality, design, or immersion in my opinion (which, considering they have 3D graphics and gigs of disc space to work with, is pretty pathetic).

If I had to choose an actual MMO to call my favourite, I would probably have to go with Ultima Online, just because it was so much more like a MUD than the other MMOs of the time. Hell, EverQuest wasn't even an original idea - it was a BLATANT ripoff of DikuMUD, right down to the emotes that were programmed in from the start (it just had all of the good parts about DikuMUD stripped out, and the 20 hour camp times added in).

Warcraft definitely isn't even CLOSE to my number one MMO in terms of how long it engaged my attention, despite its commercial success (which I frankly to this day still cannot understand). Hell, I played Toontown Online for longer than I played Warcraft - and that was before Toontown had even added "dungeons.". ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on September 18, 2008, 11:32:08 PM
In honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day, I'll be playin' me some Monkey Island tonight.

Look behind you! A Three Headed Monkey!
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Mr.Quark on September 19, 2008, 11:12:29 AM
In honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day, I'll be playin' me some Monkey Island tonight.

Look behind you! A Three Headed Monkey!

I played the whole series again about a month ago. Monkey Island three is my second favorite adventure game, next to the first Sam and Max.

I'm currently playing through Bioshock for the fourth or fifth time, then it's on to the Fallout series to get myself psyched up for Fallout 3. I've been waiting for it for eleven years! I just hope it doesn't suck.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: DarthChimay on September 19, 2008, 12:21:32 PM
In honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day, I'll be playin' me some Monkey Island tonight.

Look behind you! A Three Headed Monkey!

I played the whole series again about a month ago. Monkey Island three is my second favorite adventure game, next to the first Sam and Max.

I'm currently playing through Bioshock for the fourth or fifth time, then it's on to the Fallout series to get myself psyched up for Fallout 3. I've been waiting for it for eleven years! I just hope it doesn't suck.

Ah, Guybrush Threepwood. I keep hoping they'll revive that franchise again some day, and also make that sequel to Full Throttle. Though, if I had to go with a favorite series, I'd have to go with the Gabriel Knight games.

Playing Braid, an amazingly beautiful little side-scroller. Imagine Super Mario with the time gimmick from Prince of Persia and then mix in some really poetic writing. The game is unbelievable. Quite the palatte cleanser from the drek that was Force Unleashed.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: La De Da on September 24, 2008, 03:17:53 PM
Mega Man 9 and Lego Batman (once it gets in.) this week.  Since I got 1000/1000 on both Lego Star Wars and Indy, there a good chance I'll get 100% again.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Axnollouse on September 24, 2008, 05:18:19 PM
Megaman 9: So good I am buying it twice! I got it for my Wii and once it hits the 360 I am going to get it for that.

Rock Band 2: So much fun, I am just doing the Challenges and those are so much fun to do. Also last night I got a full band together over XBL and we played all of Moving Pictures (minus YYZ being it doesn't let vocalists do it).

Duke Nukem 3D: It is just as much fun as I remember. The whole "rewind" thing really kicks ass and I love the fact that I can grab a clip from a friend and take over it whenever I feel like by pressing X. Really cool ideas thrown about in this game. I hope they add something to that effect into Doom 2 whenever that happens.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: La De Da on September 25, 2008, 09:15:36 AM
I might as well toss Duke Nukem 3D on the list since it got released on XBLA yesterday.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Invader_quirk on September 25, 2008, 12:38:31 PM
Games I'm playing:

Mega Man II
Mega Man 9
Virtual Boy Wario Land
Wario Land II
Wario Land: Shake It!
Donkey Kong Country 2

All are great.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: JoshWay on September 26, 2008, 08:20:50 AM
Playing Wipeout HD. Super fun.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on September 26, 2008, 08:28:29 AM
I'm currently dying alot at the end of Uncharted. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: JoshWay on September 26, 2008, 09:26:54 AM
Hey, k1 - I see your ID online playing Ratchet and Clank a lot. Is that you or the kid? I'm a big fan of R&C. It's silly but fun.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on September 26, 2008, 10:16:17 AM
Hey, k1 - I see your ID online playing Ratchet and Clank a lot. Is that you or the kid? I'm a big fan of R&C. It's silly but fun.

Yeah I'm a big fan too.

It's me mainly.  He tries to play, but just doesn't get it quite yet.  After about 5 minutes of running off cliffs or into a wall he says "Daddy's turn." and hands off the controller for a few minutes.

I picked up the game when it came out, but never took it out of the shrink wrap til a couple weeks ago.  (Mainly because of Rock Band and Mario Kart)  Now that I've beat that I'm back onto Uncharted until Rock Band 2 is out.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: JoshWay on September 26, 2008, 01:09:03 PM
The downloadable game, "Quest for Booty" is pretty good, too. I have yet to pick up Uncharted, but I want to.

The big countdown for me now is to Resistance 2.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: La De Da on September 26, 2008, 05:30:12 PM
Fall of 2009 is a long ways away.  Can't wait from the next R&C game myself.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on September 27, 2008, 08:01:27 PM
Those motherfuckers over at PopCap games have released a sequel to Peggle and now I'm going to be playing it for the next 4 days straight!
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: itsjuststeffnow on September 27, 2008, 09:27:45 PM
right now these are the ones i'm working on

lego batman
too human
final fantasy 4 (DS)
GTA4
Dead Rising
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: kodiakthejuggler on September 28, 2008, 10:09:01 AM
Tried The Force Unleased on my friend's Wii yesterday. It's almost a different game! Sure, the look is pretty much identical, but you go to totally different levels, fight different bosses, and Vader's helmet look much more like the real thing, as opposed to the cartoony looking one in the PS3 version.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on September 28, 2008, 10:25:19 AM
Tried The Force Unleased on my friend's Wii yesterday. It's almost a different game! Sure, the look is pretty much identical, but you go to totally different levels, fight different bosses, and Vader's helmet look much more like the real thing, as opposed to the cartoony looking one in the PS3 version.

Gameplay & control wise which is better?  The Wii version has been intriguing me, but sometimes they overdo the waggle with the wii.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Folly on September 28, 2008, 11:18:41 AM
OOo. I forgot Lego Batman came out. I need to track down a copy of that.

I've been going through Okami again, because it's a briliant game. I keep meaning to get back to Penny Arcade: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, too.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on September 28, 2008, 11:29:20 AM
Peggle Nights is insidious. They've added levels with more moving pieces, and different ways in which they move (sometimes moving faster and slower at different points in their path, even). I've already beaten adventure mode, aced half of the levels (a new medal you can earn on each level besides 100% clear, for scoring a certain high score on the level), got about ten 100% scores, and about 25 or 30 of the challenges (I love the ones with fireball, flippers, and pyramid with no extra balls - those are a TON of fun). My top score on adventure so far (only the second time through) was 30.5 million.

It's going to take me WEEKS to get all the challenges beat. The returning 750K challenge in particular is a real bitch, because the levels are much harder to get really high scores on than in the original Peggle. There's no Das Boot level here!

The new master is a lot of fun though, you can get over 100K points in a single shot before your ball even starts bouncing around if you get your aim just right.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on September 28, 2008, 04:52:38 PM
Clearly I'm nowhere near as good as you at the game.  :)

I've finished the Adventure mode too, and yes some of the new levels are ridiculously tough.  What's great is that they've pushed the challenge levels that much further, probably due to customer feedback, and now it's practically the main mode, and Adventure is basically practice for it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on September 29, 2008, 10:37:49 AM
Quote from: kodiakthejuggler
Sure, the look is pretty much identical, but you go to totally different levels, fight different bosses...

That's pretty cool... Although, i'm surprised to hear that since it seems like the storyline would have to be completely different. Does the Wii version not
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: itsjuststeffnow on September 29, 2008, 07:12:52 PM
OOo. I forgot Lego Batman came out. I need to track down a copy of that.

I've been going through Okami again, because it's a briliant game. I keep meaning to get back to Penny Arcade: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, too.

lego batman is the shiz!  i'm also trying to get some of the cooler toys from mcdonalds based on the game. 


anyone know where i can snag a copy of ninja turtles 2 the arcade game for NES?  as in where i can download it and play it on the comp cuz i dont have a NES anymore.  lol.  ideally i would like to just download it from my 360 and play it from there, but alas, i only have a silver account and i dont think i can do it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on September 29, 2008, 08:08:01 PM
If you have an Xbox 360, you can download the actual arcade-perfect version of the game. As far as the NES ROM, I'm sure it's out on the interwebs somewhere. :^)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on September 29, 2008, 08:44:22 PM
If you have an Xbox 360, you can download the actual arcade-perfect version of the game. As far as the NES ROM, I'm sure it's out on the interwebs somewhere. :^)

They certainly are.  And in amazing abundance if you know how to use a torrent program.  You'll also need an emulator to play it through, and they're easy to get hold of.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: itsjuststeffnow on September 29, 2008, 09:01:03 PM
If you have an Xbox 360, you can download the actual arcade-perfect version of the game. As far as the NES ROM, I'm sure it's out on the interwebs somewhere. :^)

They certainly are.  And in amazing abundance if you know how to use a torrent program.  You'll also need an emulator to play it through, and they're easy to get hold of.



i'm good at playing the video games, but when it comes to that stuff i'm pretty tech retarded.  but i'm sure i'll be able to stumble through it now that i know that i am able to find it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: spaceforarent on September 29, 2008, 09:08:40 PM
I recently started Half Life 2 again, in preparation for Left 4 Dead, which I just reserved today.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Axnollouse on September 29, 2008, 09:10:10 PM
Im just finishing up 100% Force Unleashed. I was blazing through the game on Sith Master just hoping I wasn't going to get the objectives list. I got the glitch on my first time playing on the final level :/

After that I might be playing some Mega Man on my 360

I recently started Half Life 2 again, in preparation for Left 4 Dead, which I just reserved today.

That game is going to own. We might need to set something up here so that people can get some co-op going when that game hits
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: The Triumvirate on September 29, 2008, 09:41:06 PM
I've mainly been into Rock Band 2 and Castle Crashers on 360.

I've also been playing Kirby SuperStar Ultra and Metal Slug 7.

All great stuff!
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: spaceforarent on September 29, 2008, 10:48:12 PM


I recently started Half Life 2 again, in preparation for Left 4 Dead, which I just reserved today.

That game is going to own. We might need to set something up here so that people can get some co-op going when that game hits

The sounds like a pretty good idea. Someone should start a thread about it, where people can list their Steam/Xbox live accounts like there are for every other game.

I guess that means I should work on fixing Steam on my computer
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Gaseous Snake on October 01, 2008, 10:14:10 PM
Picked up Silent Hill: Homecoming and it's so much better than 0rigins.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on October 02, 2008, 09:21:56 AM
Buzz! Quiz TV (http://www.us.playstation.com/PS3/Games/Buzz_Quiz_TV) arrived in the mail yesterday, so my wife and I invited another couple over to play some 4 player head-to-head hot quiz show action. 

This game is a lot of fun, but it probably wont interest the younger ADD generation.  In order to enjoy it, you have to like quiz games like Scene It, Trivial Pursuit, stuff like that.  But it's loads of fun, the questions are just about the right difficulty, and the ability to use and create your own custom quizzes is a real treat.  You can also play other people online, which I haven't done yet, but will try out soon.

My only criticism is I wish you could make your own custom characters, like in Rock Band or Tony Hawk.  But all you get are a dozen or so characters to choose from, then you pick their outfit, and that's it.  There's a one player mode, but it's pretty useless since I'm only going to play this game when I have friends over. But overall, a worthy purchase.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on October 02, 2008, 09:50:55 AM
Quote from: Gaseous Snake
Picked up Silent Hill: Homecoming and it's so much better than 0rigins.

A friend of mine at work was on the fence about that game because there were no reviews to be found online. I think the first one showed up after noon on release day. We certainly couldn't find any pre-release reviews from any of the major sites. For a new Silent Hill game it seemed like they just kind of snuck it onto the marketplace with no real marketing or anything... which usually doesn't say good things about the game itself.

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on October 02, 2008, 10:01:09 AM
Quote from: Gaseous Snake
Picked up Silent Hill: Homecoming and it's so much better than 0rigins.

A friend of mine at work was on the fence about that game because there were no reviews to be found online. I think the first one showed up after noon on release day. We certainly couldn't find any pre-release reviews from any of the major sites. For a new Silent Hill game it seemed like they just kind of snuck it onto the marketplace with no real marketing or anything... which usually doesn't say good things about the game itself.

-Rude
Decided to listen to Silent Hill fanboys rant on youtube, quite funny but they do make good points about it going the way of Resient Evil 4. Ditching the story line and making it an action game lacking originality by borrowing lots of things from the first few games that shouldn't be there. I'll probably play it anyways it just loses the priority I had on getting it. What  I need is to find a good golf game for the Wii.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Folly on October 02, 2008, 12:15:49 PM
I recently started Half Life 2 again, in preparation for Left 4 Dead, which I just reserved today.

You know, I have Orange Box and I still haven't played that? I just don't have the room on my hard drive, even after clearing stuff out. I LOVED Portal, though.

Then again, my hard drive might be in its death throes anyhow, so if I have to replace it with one with more gigs, I can finally play this.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on October 03, 2008, 08:34:27 AM
I got a pleasant surprise this morning when I logged onto PSN for the weekly update. I wasn't expecting to see much because I'd already looked at the UK PSN post from a few days ago and knew that we were just basically getting some Tomb Raider videos and the Bioshock demo this week (I hate sports games, so I never count any of those as updates).

So I logged in to get the Tomb Raider gameplay video, and to my surprise discovered that they had also dropped the demo for Eternal Sonata! I've been intrigued by the concept of this game ever since I heard about it, so I'm looking forward to playing it as soon as it finishes downloading (only 620 megs, too, a very reasonable size for a demo). Also, I'm starved for a good RPG on the PS3, as I have said many times before. So fingers crossed!

On another note, I have WAY too many damn games installed on my PC right now. Here's my current icon bar of installed games that I am actively playing:
(http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x197/ChaosFromOrder/myGames.jpg)
(Spider Solitaire is there so I can play it while I'm stuck on boring conference calls at work.)

And that's not counting the games that I have sitting on my shelf that for one reason or another I've never even gotten around to installing yet: Far Cry, Unreal Tournament 3, Sins of a Solar Empire, Spider-Man 3, and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. And considering it's only three and a half weeks until Fallout 3 comes out, and I may be getting either Eternal Sonata or Valkyria Chronicles (or both), it may be a while yet before any of these see light. Or before I finish any of my active PC games, for that matter.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on October 03, 2008, 09:33:54 AM
I've got Eternal Sonata on the 360.  It's pretty good, and is really strange.  Beautiful Chopin music, too.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on October 03, 2008, 09:38:24 AM
I really hate the huge list of titles being released that I would like to play but could not possibly afford to get them all because they're dumping them into the market all at once for the holiday season.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on October 03, 2008, 10:05:54 AM
Fret not. Come February there'll be a nice 5-6 month dry spell you can use to catch up. Always is. :^)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: La De Da on October 03, 2008, 12:27:50 PM
Unless they throw a curve ball like this year with Smash Bros and Mario Kart.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: KingOfShippers on October 03, 2008, 05:32:08 PM
Currently playing through Super Mario RPG on the Virtual console, I had no idea they released it until a couple days.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on October 03, 2008, 08:18:32 PM
So I played through the demo of Eternal Sonata this evening. They let you have a nice long chunk of time to tool around. I really had no freaking idea what I was doing, but it was interesting and fun.  I don't know what the story in the game is like though (which is important to me), because there was none in the demo - just, go find a boss and kill it.

It would have been nice if you could move the camera around. I was in a battle and it turned out there was a big guy standing in the corner where I couldn't see him. I went and killed the little guy, thought I had one, then the big guy ran over and wiped the floor with me because we were all facing the wrong way. Even when I changed the view to a wide angle shot, I still didn't see that he was there. I also would have liked to see the ability to choose from more special attacks during one fight (instead of just 1 light, 1 dark and that's it). It seems a bit weird to me to play a game in this day and age that only uses 3 buttons.

But it seemed like a reasonably fun game, and I definitely liked the music. My wife (the watcher, she never plays) said that it was the "least annoying RPG background music" she had ever heard. ;)

I may or may not pick this one up, I'm not sure. Definitely not going to pay full price for it though... I'll wait for it to show up in the bargain bin and then think about it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on October 03, 2008, 08:24:05 PM
The story makes absolutely no sense, but I still preferred it to the faux-depth of the Final Fantasy series.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on October 04, 2008, 05:30:43 AM
The thing I really miss about the Final Fantasy series since it went to next gen (well, last gen, PS2) consoles is the ability to wander around the entire world, and use the airship to actually fly around. I think the game loses something when you can't really explore every nook and cranny anymore, but you are just running around a series of defined rooms that just happen to be external instead of inside buildings. And the whole thing where you don't actually control the airship but just tell it where to go and then you're there... seems like a copout to me. I'd like to see them doing more to take advantage of the storage space they have available on the game disc (as I've said before).

I'm hoping that FF13 will be more of a callback to that style of world map, but I doubt it will be anything more than a shinier graphics version of 10 and 12 when all is said and done... which makes me sad. RPGs have SO much potential on these next gen consoles, and I haven't really found one that actually takes advantage of the new capabilities for anything other than flashy spells. It seems like a great loss to me.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on October 04, 2008, 06:03:51 AM
I'm playing the LittleBigPlanet beta.  It's pretty fun so far.  I'm hoping it's not like Spore where it's pretty fun at first but then gets old real quick.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on October 05, 2008, 06:24:44 AM
I'm currently depressing myself with my utter ineptness at Tiger Woods golf.  First round of golf? 30 OVER par! Stupid, retarded, thumbs...
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on October 05, 2008, 12:21:12 PM
I'm currently depressing myself with my utter ineptness at Tiger Woods golf.  First round of golf? 30 OVER par! Stupid, retarded, thumbs...
Is this for the Wii?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on October 05, 2008, 01:33:37 PM
Nah, the 360.  I have a Wii, but it's boxed up and I've played it for perhaps 3 hours in total.  I've discovered that I hate exerting myself for fun.   ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Shinigami on October 05, 2008, 03:25:27 PM
Nah, the 360.  I have a Wii, but it's boxed up and I've played it for perhaps 3 hours in total.  I've discovered that I hate exerting myself for fun.   ;D

That's too bad, you're missing out on a few gems like Boom Blox.  Plus I heard the newest Tiger Woods for Wii finally nailed motion controls.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on October 05, 2008, 03:46:37 PM
Nah, the 360.  I have a Wii, but it's boxed up and I've played it for perhaps 3 hours in total.  I've discovered that I hate exerting myself for fun.   ;D

That's too bad, you're missing out on a few gems like Boom Blox.  Plus I heard the newest Tiger Woods for Wii finally nailed motion controls.

Boom Blox is definitely fun.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: itsjuststeffnow on October 05, 2008, 10:02:22 PM
Nah, the 360.  I have a Wii, but it's boxed up and I've played it for perhaps 3 hours in total.  I've discovered that I hate exerting myself for fun.   ;D

That's too bad, you're missing out on a few gems like Boom Blox.  Plus I heard the newest Tiger Woods for Wii finally nailed motion controls.

Boom Blox is definitely fun.


i'm definatly gonna have to try that one then, i've been hearing alot about that
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on October 10, 2008, 09:55:31 PM
So after about 800 tries, I FINALLY passed the 750K in one level challenge on Peggle (bastard!).

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Which means I've now finally gotten all of the challenge trophies and am "100%" on the game!

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

If anyone is interested in seeing the shot that made it possible (not the final shot, that was boring, but the first shot that cleared most of the board), here's a link to the file (just dump it in your Peggle directory under userdata, and it will show up in your replays list).

http://www.filefactory.com/file/12bc09/n/5x-orange-multi_peg

I was trying 4 different methods to get the 750K. I just wasn't getting enough points on Das Bucket with a pair of spookyballs, so I decided to try using Warren and trying to get a spookyball + triple score. That wasn't working out either, so I tried going to the Pearl Clam level with Warren and trying to get flippers + triple score. I managed to get 400K on one shot, but just couldn't do anything else on the level to bring it up. So finally I just tried messing around with multiball on Das Bucket, and bang - crazy lucky, orange pegs going off all over the place, it was an awesome shot. I finished the level in just two more shots, the first one got another orange attack, and on the last shot I only had a single orange peg left (and I hit the bonus point peg, too).

The videos on YouTube make it look so easy to get crazy scores, but there really is a lot of patience and luck involved. Everything has to line up just right.

I think that was probably the hardest "achievement" trophy I've ever had to get in a video game. Of course, I've still got about a dozen challenges left to finish in Peggle Nights (bastard!), so... back to work! ;)

I feel like Fallout 3 is never going to come out. I shouldn't be playing this crap, I should be blowing peoples' heads off and setting off undetonated nuclear warheads to earn a penthouse apartment. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on October 11, 2008, 06:53:06 AM
Heh.  I was the same with Peggle.  Almost nothing until suddenly, BANG! everything fell perfectly like I'd just used the Zen shot.  I never completed it 100% though, as I never really liked the VS challenges.

I'm still playing Tiger Woods, though have gotten monumentally better.  I've even won some tournaments!
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: OmegaR! on October 11, 2008, 07:39:45 AM
Playing Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core. The cut scenes are great, taking a momentary break to post with my PSP
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: La De Da on October 11, 2008, 04:54:12 PM
Secret of Mana last week.  Maybe Secret of Mana 2/Seiken Densetsu 3 this week.  Each time I try to start playing it, I give up on it or move on to something else.  Since Infinite Undiscovery is coming in new week, looks like I forget about it again.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on October 11, 2008, 07:26:46 PM
Yeah, I could never manage to get through Seiken Densetsu 3 either. No matter how much I enjoy it when I start, something inevitably comes along to distract me long enough until something happens to the computer I've got it installed on and I forget to backup my emulator folder when I reformat or install my latest flavour of Linux. ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: darkchashy on October 11, 2008, 07:42:51 PM
Just finished everything in the orange box but Team fortess. Want to play more portal, also want to gut one of those 'Advisors' like a deer buck. Episode 3 can't come soon enough
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Ranika on October 11, 2008, 10:38:45 PM
GTA4. But only when my kid is asleep. He's a baby, but, still, I don't want one of his first memories being 'Watching Daddy Pick Up A Whore In A Video Game'.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on October 12, 2008, 01:19:16 AM
Armored Core: For Answer. My friend brought it over and it's actually pretty fun even though it's not usually my kind of thing. There's something oddly satisfying about fighting some wirey, hyperactive little mech and watching it get chewed apart by my two gatling guns.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: La De Da on October 12, 2008, 07:11:42 AM
Just finished everything in the orange box but Team fortess. Want to play more portal, also want to gut one of those 'Advisors' like a deer buck. Episode 3 can't come soon enough
The reason why the Orange Box is always on my XBox banner thing, is because of Team  Fortress 2.  My computer can't handle it, even though it runs Half Life 2, Episode 1 and 2 just fine.  Another reason why the PC market is having probelms, out side of the fact of pirates.  It is a lot of fun even though there's times you want to throw the controller at the TV. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on October 12, 2008, 07:21:03 AM
How was Lego Batman? I've been tempted to put it on my christmas list, but if it's as short as Lego Indy, then I might just settle for a rental.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on October 12, 2008, 07:26:03 AM
I think it's actually shorter. There are only 5 levels per episode, instead of the 6 in Indiana. I'm not sure about bonus levels though, because I'm only on the last level of the first chapter. Haven't had much time to play it lately. I know there are a couple of bonus episodes in Indiana (I've unlocked the young indiana one so far), but I'm not sure how many are in Batman. Probably a comparable number.

I'd wait for it to go on sale, if I were you. It's fun, but pretty much just more of the same that you got with Indiana.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on October 12, 2008, 07:30:46 AM
Yeah, I've actually "1000 pointed" Lego Indy, and because I'm not very good at games, it shows you how short/easy it was.  Still enjoyed it, though.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on October 12, 2008, 06:06:48 PM
I think it's actually shorter. There are only 5 levels per episode, instead of the 6 in Indiana. I'm not sure about bonus levels though, because I'm only on the last level of the first chapter. Haven't had much time to play it lately. I know there are a couple of bonus episodes in Indiana (I've unlocked the young indiana one so far), but I'm not sure how many are in Batman. Probably a comparable number.

I'd wait for it to go on sale, if I were you. It's fun, but pretty much just more of the same that you got with Indiana.

Not quite. There are 5 levels per chapter as Batman and Robin but there are also 5 more levels in each chapter where you play as the villians. So, 30 levels total (plus the Wayne Mansions and Arkham level, which are Lego City-esque levels and don't really count.) So, it's almost twice as long as Indy and it just a tad shorter than Star Wars complete.

I finished up the actual game over the weekend. (I still have some accomplishments to unlock, but I'm at 100%.)  It's enjoyable, but I dunno. It seems to be missing something. There's nothing wrong with it, but I felt rather frustrated at some points in the game. Still pretty fun though and I think I probably liked it a little more than I did Indy. I'll give it a B+.

Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Gaseous Snake on October 14, 2008, 05:03:33 PM
I traded in a few old games to finish off my Fable II preorder and picked up Assassin's Creed and Sneak King. I even got a free copy of the Fable II Pub games.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: La De Da on October 15, 2008, 01:54:17 AM
I think it's actually shorter. There are only 5 levels per episode, instead of the 6 in Indiana.
Five missions pre story, three stories.  The Batman side and Villian side has the same amount of missions, so there's around 30 missions plus two bonus missions.  Indy had six chapters for the three missions plus the bonus mission, so you got a little less with Indy.  Lego Batman is a lot of fun, but the whole Lego thing is starting to get a little bit old.

This week it's Infinite Undiscovery.  Might as well get this in before I get smashed over the friggn' head with game releases.  Friggn' bastards releasing too many great games at same time...
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Invader_quirk on October 15, 2008, 08:45:06 AM
Got World of Goo the other day. I highly recommend it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on October 16, 2008, 08:41:01 AM
Has anyone checked out Linger in Shadows yet?  it was only $3 on the PSN, so I thought I'd check it out.  They are very clear about the fact that this is not so much a game as it is an interactive exploration of moving art.  I dunno, I think it could have been done a bit better, but I like the idea of pausing the video and using your sixaxis to look around the terrian and discover things.  Even though it's way too short, I gotta give them credit for trying something new.  I just hope another developer sees it and is inspired to do something cool with it, or integrate aspects of it into another game.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linger_in_Shadows
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: James of LinHood on October 17, 2008, 07:21:45 AM
I'm mostly through Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.  Should finish it this weekend.  Here are my thoughts:


Pros

- Playing as a Sith just kicks all sorts of ass.  Lots of fun.

- The Force powers themselves are a ton of fun.  Hell, it's fun just using Force Push to smash open doors.

- The story is very good.  It's obvious that they didn't just cobble it together at the last minute.

- If you miss a bonus objective, you can go back and replay the mission.  The great thing is that you'll still have all your upgraded stats.  So, you can really tear through opponents the second time around.

-  If you can find them, the bonus Jedi and Sith costumes are really nice touches. 


Cons

- Loading screens galore.  The game has to load between every menu screen.  So, be prepared to wait 20 to 30 seconds between menus if you want to change your costume or lightsaber crystals.

- Powers like Lightning Shield and Lightsaber Throw are pretty useless because you only unlock those after you've unlocked better Force powers to begin with.  By the time I unlocked those I had already powered up Force Lightning, Force Grip, and Force Repulse.  Why would I even need to use the other powers?  That's right.  I don't.  They should have redone the order in which these powers are unlocked.  Oh well.

- Speaking of Force powers, using Force Grip for precision work is nearly impossible.  If you want to get some of the hidden holocrons you'll need to use Force Grip to stack some crates to get to a few of them.  The problem is that the game will misinterpret your commands 90 percent of the time.  So, it will make you throw that crate 200 feet away instead of placing it on the crate below it.  Extremely frustrating.

- There are times when the enemy will hit you, knock you down, and just as you're about to get up, hit you and knock you down again.  They'll repeat this a couple of times until you mash the buttons in just the right way to get out of the situation.  These situations should never happen in games.  No fun at all.

 - I don't know why they call this game The Force Unleashed if most of the enemies in the later stages can completely block your Force powers.  There will be times when you're running along, wreaking havoc with the Force, and then you'll run into 6 stormtroopers with shields that make them immune to Force powers.  LAME!

- You'll notice that once you get more than halfway through the game, the bonus objectives in the mission objectives screen won't work anymore.  It won't display the number of Force points you have or how many holocrons you've picked up.  This is a huge bug that should have been spotted and patched before they released the game.  Really, what the hell?


Bottom Line

If you're a hardcore Star Wars fan (Especially an EU fan) you'll probably enjoy this game.  Also, anyone who thinks they'd enjoy using Force Lighting to fry Stormtroopers to death or use Force Grip to fling Jawas 500 feet to their deaths will also probably like this game.

But if you're expecting a flawless game, beware.  If you're only a casual fan I'd suggest waiting until this goes down in price before picking it up.  The bugs and other issues with this game are not worth paying $60.00 for.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Cryptobotanist on October 17, 2008, 08:06:27 AM
I've mostly been playing Warhawk and Team Fortress 2 on my PS3.

I'm waiting for Bioshock and LittleBigPlanet to be released though. I can't wait to play Bioshock. I don't have a 360 or a computer capable of playing Bioshock, so I've never had the chance to play the game. I've been avoiding internet discussion and sites about Bioshock since I heard it was coming to the PS3 (for fear of someone spoiling the ending of the game) and so far I've been successful. I know next to nothing about the story.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on October 17, 2008, 08:19:12 AM
You return to your home planet at the end. Oops, sorry. ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on October 17, 2008, 08:52:16 AM
The princess is in another castle.  Dah! Sorry to spoil it.  My bad.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on October 17, 2008, 09:24:44 AM
The President offers to go out and grab a burger with you.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on October 17, 2008, 09:34:34 AM
Charlton Heston escapes from the monkeys but finds the Statue of Liberty and realizes he's on Earth.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on October 17, 2008, 09:39:42 AM
Big daddy was the name of his sled.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on October 17, 2008, 09:56:26 AM
Big daddy was the name of his sled.

Winner! :D
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Cryptobotanist on October 17, 2008, 10:28:22 AM
Big daddy was the name of his sled.

that was pretty damn funny, I have to admit :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on October 17, 2008, 11:01:54 AM
Big daddy was the name of his sled.

FTW!   :clap:
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on October 17, 2008, 11:03:18 AM
I'm getting Bioshock on rental tomorrow, incidentally.   :speechless:
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Axnollouse on October 17, 2008, 04:37:00 PM
I'm mostly through Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.  Should finish it this weekend.  Here are my thoughts:
And more stuff after this . . .

You didn't use the lightning shield? I used it all the time. You upgrade that sucker once and with its charge it is easy as hell to take out AT-ST on Sith Master. Once I got it i was using it for most bosses and electric based enemies. I will give you throw tho, that only has its place with Flame Troopers.

Finally the Holocrons: I never had to stack anything there was almost always a platform to jump off of or use Jump-Jump-Dash to get
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on October 18, 2008, 07:00:01 AM
Booya! I just kicked Tiger Woods' ass in his own game! Take that you billionaire living legend!

Now I just gotta win the whole damned thing.

Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: ninjacat11 on October 18, 2008, 11:16:11 AM
Dead Space.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on October 19, 2008, 12:58:08 PM
Strangely enough, I'm playing a ROM of the SNES game Shadowrun. I remember loving it back in the day and so far it's fairly entertaining.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on October 19, 2008, 05:50:11 PM
Saints Row 2, which I'm enjoying quite a bit.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on October 19, 2008, 06:38:41 PM
I downloaded WipEout HD off the PSN store.  It's ok.  There's this thing called "pilot assist", which is turned on by default when you first play the game.  It basically makes it so that when you are about to hit a wall, it bumps you back out without slowing you down.  It makes the races really easy & forgiving if you suck.  But if you turn the assist off, the game is substantially harder.  I guess I'll just have to get better at the game, but right now it's too easy with it on, but too hard with it off.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: James of LinHood on October 20, 2008, 06:24:04 AM
Saints Row 2, which I'm enjoying quite a bit.

Same here.  I'm really liking all of the additional customization elements that they added into this installment.  It's nice that you can now choose the general look for your gang as well as buy AND upgrade the look of your properties.  It's also helpful that your life meter automatically recharges after waiting a few seconds.  It takes some of the frustration out of the "You against 100 guys with AK-47s" type missions.

Also, whenever you kill rival gang members or blow up their cars your wanted meter won't be raised at all.  This is a very nice touch.  In fact, there are never really many police around in general.  I must have stolen about 50 cars so far and never has a wanted meter been triggered.

One thing that I find both nice and kind of a burden is the respect meter.  You have to fill it up to play the next mission.  To do that you have to earn respect by completing side missions and killing rival gang members.  It's nice because it forces you to actually explore the city and do these side missions.  The bad thing is that it can break up the flow of the story.  You can't just blow through the main storyline if you want to.  So, you'll find yourself doing side missions in between nearly every main story mission and it can start to feel like an obligation.

So, besides a minor complaint about the respect meter, I'm really loving this game.  I give it a thumbs up.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on October 20, 2008, 06:56:49 AM
Saints Row 2 is quickly climbing my "must buy" list, with all the good things I've heard about it.  I'm gonna be so broke this month with all the big games coming out.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Cryptobotanist on October 20, 2008, 09:23:51 AM
I just bought Blacksite: Area 51, and the game is actually pretty sweet. It's nothing revolutionary,  but it is fun. I don't understand why people can't enjoy a simple shooter game. Not everything can be Half-Life 2 and Bioshock.

Speaking of, I also just bought Half-Life 1, and the Opposing Force and Blue Shift expansions on Steam.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on October 20, 2008, 07:29:53 PM
Just loaded Zak, Loom, Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island 1&2, Indy 3&4, Sam & Max ,Day of the Tentacle ,Full Throttle, and The Dig onto my computer and I'll probably load them onto my Wii tomorrow if i can get my friend to come over and help me install the Homebrew Channel onto my Wii. I'd rather not mess up the installation process and fry my Wii.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Steve-O on October 20, 2008, 08:43:34 PM
Just loaded Zak, Loom, Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island 1&2, Indy 3&4, Sam & Max ,Day of the Tentacle ,Full Throttle, and The Dig onto my computer and I'll probably load them onto my Wii tomorrow if i can get my friend to come over and help me install the Homebrew Channel onto my Wii. I'd rather not mess up the installation process and fry my Wii.

Easy as pie, man.  I just did it myself.  ScummVM seems to have a tendency to crash from time to time on the Wii, but it's still pretty sweet to see pixellated Guybrush in lifelike high definition!
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on October 21, 2008, 11:54:49 AM
I've been playing the Ratatouille game for the 360.  It looks pretty great, but the game's pretty challenging, especially for the kids it should probably have been aimed at.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Steve-O on October 21, 2008, 04:23:31 PM
A week or so ago I started -- and finished -- Portal, and I have to say, I'm not sure what all the fuss is about.  I didn't find the gameplay to be as addicting or mind-blowing as others did.  Sure it had some funny moments, and the endgame was hilarious, but there's like three hours worth of content in the thing, and two hours of that is tutorial.

Glad I got it on the cheap and as part of the Orange Box, because I would have been burnt if I'd paid MSRP for it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: darkchashy on October 21, 2008, 07:58:41 PM
My brother finally got me into God of war. At first I was turned off by the difficulty. But then as I continued playing, I saw that it actually takes skill to defeat your enemies, rather then pressing the x button and blind luck. Quite a departure for hack and slash. Beautiful game to.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on October 21, 2008, 11:24:28 PM
Just loaded Zak, Loom, Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island 1&2, Indy 3&4, Sam & Max ,Day of the Tentacle ,Full Throttle, and The Dig onto my computer and I'll probably load them onto my Wii tomorrow if i can get my friend to come over and help me install the Homebrew Channel onto my Wii. I'd rather not mess up the installation process and fry my Wii.

Easy as pie, man.  I just did it myself.  ScummVM seems to have a tendency to crash from time to time on the Wii, but it's still pretty sweet to see pixellated Guybrush in lifelike high definition!
You try anything other than ScummVM on your Wii, like roms? I'm wondering what possibilities I have with this Homebrew Channel.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Steve-O on October 22, 2008, 03:03:25 AM
Just loaded Zak, Loom, Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island 1&2, Indy 3&4, Sam & Max ,Day of the Tentacle ,Full Throttle, and The Dig onto my computer and I'll probably load them onto my Wii tomorrow if i can get my friend to come over and help me install the Homebrew Channel onto my Wii. I'd rather not mess up the installation process and fry my Wii.

Easy as pie, man.  I just did it myself.  ScummVM seems to have a tendency to crash from time to time on the Wii, but it's still pretty sweet to see pixellated Guybrush in lifelike high definition!
You try anything other than ScummVM on your Wii, like roms? I'm wondering what possibilities I have with this Homebrew Channel.

You have many, many possibilities.  A world of wonder awaits.  PM me if you're interested in learning more about the nature of these wonders.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: spaceforarent on October 22, 2008, 09:29:39 AM
Just loaded Zak, Loom, Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island 1&2, Indy 3&4, Sam & Max ,Day of the Tentacle ,Full Throttle, and The Dig onto my computer and I'll probably load them onto my Wii tomorrow if i can get my friend to come over and help me install the Homebrew Channel onto my Wii. I'd rather not mess up the installation process and fry my Wii.

Easy as pie, man.  I just did it myself.  ScummVM seems to have a tendency to crash from time to time on the Wii, but it's still pretty sweet to see pixellated Guybrush in lifelike high definition!
You try anything other than ScummVM on your Wii, like roms? I'm wondering what possibilities I have with this Homebrew Channel.

You have many, many possibilities.  A world of wonder awaits.  PM me if you're interested in learning more about the nature of these wonders.

I don't have an HD tv, so my world of wonders is mostly in black and white. I've read a little about ways to fix that, but I haven't gone about trying them yet.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: James of LinHood on October 22, 2008, 09:33:34 AM
Just loaded Zak, Loom, Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island 1&2, Indy 3&4, Sam & Max ,Day of the Tentacle ,Full Throttle, and The Dig onto my computer and I'll probably load them onto my Wii tomorrow if i can get my friend to come over and help me install the Homebrew Channel onto my Wii. I'd rather not mess up the installation process and fry my Wii.

Easy as pie, man.  I just did it myself.  ScummVM seems to have a tendency to crash from time to time on the Wii, but it's still pretty sweet to see pixellated Guybrush in lifelike high definition!
You try anything other than ScummVM on your Wii, like roms? I'm wondering what possibilities I have with this Homebrew Channel.

You have many, many possibilities.  A world of wonder awaits.  PM me if you're interested in learning more about the nature of these wonders.

I don't have an HD tv, so my world of wonders is mostly in black and white. I've read a little about ways to fix that, but I haven't gone about trying them yet.

......

So, what does owning an HDTV have to do with the Homebrew Channel on the Wii?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on October 22, 2008, 10:07:37 AM
I think he was referring to Steve-O's claim of seeng pixelated Guybrush in lifelike high definition which was just a funny statement for playing games older than 10 years.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: James of LinHood on October 22, 2008, 10:10:36 AM
I think he was referring to Steve-O's claim of seeng pixelated Guybrush in lifelike high definition which was just a funny statement for playing games older than 10 years.

Well, don't I feel stupid.

Nevermind.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on October 22, 2008, 02:32:14 PM
Ratatouille was a pain in the ass.  I completed the game, shy of 5 charms - out of 525 - and I can't go back and get them.  To get the 1000 points, I'd have to play the entire game through again.  Grrrr!!!!

At least my rental company are sending me Lego Batman tomorrow.  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: spaceforarent on October 22, 2008, 06:42:12 PM
If you didn't understand what I meant, I'm guessing you're not completely up-to-date on the homebrew channels abilities. AKA I'm a bad person  :-X
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on October 22, 2008, 07:18:38 PM
World of GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!

I managed to get 24 goo balls on the "Chain" level (which is all but 1 of them, which OUGHT to be impossible, but isn't...). :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: itsjuststeffnow on October 22, 2008, 09:16:36 PM
Ratatouille was a pain in the ass.  I completed the game, shy of 5 charms - out of 525 - and I can't go back and get them.  To get the 1000 points, I'd have to play the entire game through again.  Grrrr!!!!

At least my rental company are sending me Lego Batman tomorrow.  :)

I hope you have a while to play it.  It has a ton of episodes, and i'm somewhat embarassed to admit it but i got stuck in a few spots.  The episodes aren't that long, but it has endless potential for replay.  Totally worth owning.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on October 22, 2008, 09:18:59 PM
Ratatouille was a pain in the ass.  I completed the game, shy of 5 charms - out of 525 - and I can't go back and get them.  To get the 1000 points, I'd have to play the entire game through again.  Grrrr!!!!

At least my rental company are sending me Lego Batman tomorrow.  :)

I hope you have a while to play it.  It has a ton of episodes, and i'm somewhat embarassed to admit it but i got stuck in a few spots.  The episodes aren't that long, but it has endless potential for replay.  Totally worth owning.

I was tempted to buy it, but there's too many good games out at the moment.  I put it on my rental list thinking I'd get it sometime in March next year :)

Oh, and I've been mainlining adrenaline, in the form of Burnout Paradise.  Jesus Christ, that game is awesome.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on October 23, 2008, 01:27:28 PM
Oh, and I've been mainlining adrenaline, in the form of Burnout Paradise.  Jesus Christ, that game is awesome.

I really liked Paradise for about 2 weeks, then I just got really bored with it.  Of course, that was when I got GTA IV, so everything was boring for awhile.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: itsjuststeffnow on October 23, 2008, 01:30:25 PM
Oh, and I've been mainlining adrenaline, in the form of Burnout Paradise.  Jesus Christ, that game is awesome.

I really liked Paradise for about 2 weeks, then I just got really bored with it.  Of course, that was when I got GTA IV, so everything was boring for awhile.

GTA 4 is bad ass.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: James of LinHood on October 23, 2008, 02:07:24 PM
Just getting into Fable 2.  I'm building up my gold and buying out a few businesses before I start getting into the main storyline.  Gotta have a steady cash flow first.   :P  Good times so far.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on October 23, 2008, 02:13:12 PM
Just getting into Fable 2.  I'm building up my gold and buying out a few businesses before I start getting into the main storyline.  Gotta have a steady cash flow first.   :P  Good times so far.

I'm getting that tomorrow.  Won't have much time with it though, as I'm back to work next week.   :'(
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on October 24, 2008, 09:11:49 AM
So I downloaded the demo for Valkyria Chronicles off PSN last night. This is a pretty fun little War Sim / RPG. The demo includes a tutorial as well as one skirmish mission that lets you get a really good feel for how the combat works. The game has the same cell-shading style of animation for the cutscenes and so forth that Eternal Sonata has, that makes it look sort of like a graphic novel anime come to life. Very vibrant colours, nice backgrounds, and the gameplay is pretty solid too. Obviously we can't tell anything about the story from the demo other than what is already known, that it's all about one country fighting off an invasion from another country.

It was fun. I'll definitely be picking it up, but I think I'll wait until I finish Fallout 3, in case it goes on sale by then.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Shinigami on October 24, 2008, 02:07:40 PM
I'm playing the recently fan translated Mother 3.  I like it a lot better than Earthbound thus far, a very solid RPG.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: La De Da on October 24, 2008, 05:34:12 PM
Mother 3 for me as well.

*Sigh* Fallout 3, on top of the new MST3K set, and Indy Rifftrax all on the same day.  I really don't know where to start.  At least the pain of under and over acting and very poor lip snyc of Infinite Undiscovery is over.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on October 24, 2008, 10:43:57 PM
I've been playing the new game "Move the contents of your 20 gig 360 to a 60 gig model using only a 256MB memory card." I don't recommend it. The game play is rather lacking.

And I'm overjoyed to see that I can't move my DOA or old Xbos game saves. Again. Grrr.....
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on October 25, 2008, 05:29:59 AM
Does the XBOX have USB ports? Because Wal-Mart has 4 gig memory sticks available for $20 right now. That should be big enough to move over pretty much any data you have. Unless of course you can't move them because the XBOX just doesn't let you access them, in which case I suggest you call Microsoft tech support and tell them what a shitty feature that is. ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on October 25, 2008, 08:34:54 AM
Nope. Microsoft went the "proprietary memory card/drive" route, which is better than the Wii's "Hard drive? Why would you need that?" policy but worse than the PS3's "Need a memory stick? Hop over to Office Depot and pick up any $9.99 flash drive" route. They've got a transfer kit available for moving the 20 gig to the 120 gig models, but it doesn't recognize the 60 gig model. Sigh.

Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on October 25, 2008, 10:15:28 AM
Nope. Microsoft went the "proprietary memory card/drive" route, which is better than the Wii's "Hard drive? Why would you need that?" policy but worse than the PS3's "Need a memory stick? Hop over to Office Depot and pick up any $9.99 flash drive" route. They've got a transfer kit available for moving the 20 gig to the 120 gig models, but it doesn't recognize the 60 gig model. Sigh.



That was a main reason for my choosing the PS3 over the 360.  (Buy a 60 gig and swap out the HD for any size you want really easy?  Ok!)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on October 25, 2008, 10:37:03 AM
Yeah, the good version PS3s (i.e. the non-40 gigs, which are pieces of shit featurewise) have an actual card reader interface (SD, Micro SD, and some much larger slot that I don't recognize) in addition to 4 USB slots which you can plug pretty much anything into. In addition to most brands of mp3 players (but unfortunately not mine), and flash drives of all kinds, it also recognizes external hard drives. And like k1 said, you can swap out its hard drive for any other hard drive (it uses laptop-sized drives, which are slightly more expensive than normal ones, but more compact, and the price of them is coming down anyway).

You'd think Microsoft, who, you know, WORKS WITH COMPUTERS, would have thought of some of this shit. ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Steve-O on October 25, 2008, 01:27:32 PM
They've got a transfer kit available for moving the 20 gig to the 120 gig models, but it doesn't recognize the 60 gig model. Sigh.

You sure about that?  This support article (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/937279/en-us), updated 8/20/08, seems to suggest that it does.  Maybe they've released an updated migration kit.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on October 25, 2008, 03:22:54 PM
Yeah, the good version PS3s (i.e. the non-40 gigs, which are pieces of shit featurewise) have an actual card reader interface (SD, Micro SD, and some much larger slot that I don't recognize) in addition to 4 USB slots which you can plug pretty much anything into. In addition to most brands of mp3 players (but unfortunately not mine), and flash drives of all kinds, it also recognizes external hard drives. And like k1 said, you can swap out its hard drive for any other hard drive (it uses laptop-sized drives, which are slightly more expensive than normal ones, but more compact, and the price of them is coming down anyway).

You'd think Microsoft, who, you know, WORKS WITH COMPUTERS, would have thought of some of this shit. ;)

Oh, they probably did, but then they figured they could make more money selling their own exclusive stuff rather than making it user friendly.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on October 25, 2008, 03:53:22 PM
They've got a transfer kit available for moving the 20 gig to the 120 gig models, but it doesn't recognize the 60 gig model. Sigh.

You sure about that?  This support article (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/937279/en-us), updated 8/20/08, seems to suggest that it does.  Maybe they've released an updated migration kit.

Yeah, but when I was researching the data transfer kit, when I checked the major forums, the general consensus was "Yeah, Microsoft says it works, but the software doesn't recognize the 60 gig drive." It's annoying to lose my Buffy saves and to have to unlock the DOA stuff again, but it's not the end of the world.  But all my DLC and Arcade stuff is successfully on the new machine and all the licenses are transferred, so I'm good to go. And the new box is whisper quiet. (I had a launch era 360.)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on October 25, 2008, 03:59:27 PM
Yeah, the good version PS3s (i.e. the non-40 gigs, which are pieces of shit featurewise) have an actual card reader interface (SD, Micro SD, and some much larger slot that I don't recognize) in addition to 4 USB slots which you can plug pretty much anything into. In addition to most brands of mp3 players (but unfortunately not mine), and flash drives of all kinds, it also recognizes external hard drives. And like k1 said, you can swap out its hard drive for any other hard drive (it uses laptop-sized drives, which are slightly more expensive than normal ones, but more compact, and the price of them is coming down anyway).

Yeah, I know. I have a 60 gig PS3 too. It's a great little piece of hardware, just disappointing in the games available.

Quote
You'd think Microsoft, who, you know, WORKS WITH COMPUTERS, would have thought of some of this shit. ;)

(Shrug) They thought of it but all three companies make a good profit on the peripherals. Just try to find a first party controller under $40 sometime.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on October 25, 2008, 04:25:33 PM
Yeah, the good version PS3s (i.e. the non-40 gigs, which are pieces of shit featurewise) have an actual card reader interface (SD, Micro SD, and some much larger slot that I don't recognize) in addition to 4 USB slots which you can plug pretty much anything into. In addition to most brands of mp3 players (but unfortunately not mine), and flash drives of all kinds, it also recognizes external hard drives. And like k1 said, you can swap out its hard drive for any other hard drive (it uses laptop-sized drives, which are slightly more expensive than normal ones, but more compact, and the price of them is coming down anyway).

Yeah, I know. I have a 60 gig PS3 too. It's a great little piece of hardware, just disappointing in the games available.

I refer to my 60 gig PS3 as "the tank".  That sucker is big and heavy.  Especially sitting next to my Wii.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on October 25, 2008, 06:07:38 PM
...

Is Half-Life 2 the longest game ever, or what? I've got Silent Hill: Homecoming and Dead Space waiting in the wings here.

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Thom_Serveaux on October 25, 2008, 06:27:39 PM
Just polished off Lego Batman...
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on October 25, 2008, 07:27:12 PM
Finished World of Goo this evening, and I only had to skip two of the levels, one of which I later went back and beat. Man, this thing makes the Peggle challenges seem like child's play. Some of the levels are crazy hard. Lots of fun though. I don't know if 6 hours of play was worth $20, but it was definitely fun. Now I need to go back and see how many extra goo balls I can earn... I've seen people on the scoreboard with over 700 (I've got about 300). Nutbars...
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Hebs on October 25, 2008, 07:41:50 PM
LEGO BATMAN



AWWW YEAH.

I love it!  Lego games always have a great sense of humor.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on October 25, 2008, 09:17:59 PM
I've just spent the day playing Fable II.  It's pretty great! I haven't really done much in the way of the main quest just yet, as I'm building my property empire - I bought up my entire home town - and doing a few of the side missions.  The combat is nice, although at the moment it's nothing much more than button bashing, and the CPU dog is bloody adorable.  I named mine Barney.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Nick on October 28, 2008, 07:27:23 PM
Just finished Dead Space. Probably one of the best gaming experiences I've ever had. Ever.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: BBQ Platypus on October 30, 2008, 09:57:10 PM
I just finished playing "Seven Days a Skeptic," the second in Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw's series of point-and-click horror adventure games.  I played "Five Days a Stranger" before it, and I must say that I liked this one better.  I thought it was scarier and the puzzles were challenging in a way where I didn't have to constantly look up the solution again and again (I only had to do it once).  This made the game feel more immersive while making me feel more self-reliant and clever.  He actually included some payoff to go with the suspense this time, which made it all the more satisfying.

I'll be downloading "Trilby's Notes" now just to see what happens next.  (Besides, I missed Trilby).
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RoninFox on October 30, 2008, 10:27:28 PM
For the past couple days I've been playing Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People for the Wii.  I already got through episode 1 and I'm most of the way through 2.

I love this game. Not only is it a perfect adaptation of Homestar Runner's style and humor but its a fun graphic adventure game that's making me all nostalgic for the old LucasArts games like Sam and Max Hit the Road and the Maniac Mansion games.  Good times.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: BBQ Platypus on October 30, 2008, 10:47:10 PM
And now I'm onto "Trilby's Notes."  My first impressions......damn.  This is really scary.  On par with Silent Hill 2.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on October 30, 2008, 11:35:40 PM
...

Blew through Silent Hill: Homecoming in a weekend. If i owned the game myself, it would probably be the first where i actually managed to score every achievement. It was kinda' fun seeing all the different endings. As it is though, i borrowed it from a friend and might as well return it now that i'm through. Next up is Dead Space and Fallout 3.

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: BBQ Platypus on October 30, 2008, 11:38:00 PM
...

Blew through Silent Hill: Homecoming in a weekend. If i owned the game myself, it would probably be the first where i actually managed to score every achievement. It was kinda' fun seeing all the different endings. As it is though, i borrowed it from a friend and might as well return it now that i'm through. Next up is Dead Space and Fallout 3.

-Rude

How does it compare to past entries in the series?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: La De Da on October 31, 2008, 07:16:23 AM
Fable 2, Fallout 3, and LittleBigPlanet next couple of weeks.   :( Too many good games in a short time frame.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on October 31, 2008, 10:34:28 AM
Picked up the demo for Mirror's Edge last night.

This may not mean much to people who don't know my playing style and limitations, but I absolutely loved this game. As I've said many times before, I am completely incapable of playing FPS games on consoles, because of the shitty-ass control scheme compared to the PC. I didn't feel that way at all with Mirror's Edge. The controls were crisp and smooth, and felt completely natural. Not only have they included an ability to turn around 180 degrees instantly (something that I have been griping about the absence of in console FPS games forever), but they've integrated it into the gameplay as a move you can actually use to reach higher areas (run off the wall, turn around, jump to the higher platform).

So I guess that means that I really CAN play FPS games on consoles, it's just that the controls in most of them suck ass. ;)

The demo includes an all-in-one tutorial, mini-mission, and demo fight. It teaches you simply and quickly how the various controls and moves work, lets you practice them, and then throws you into the real game environment to get a taste of how it all comes together. I was very impressed with this slick presentation.

I think I've found another "must have" for the PS3. Yayy! I can't wait to get the "never fire a gun" trophy. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on October 31, 2008, 12:04:44 PM
Fallout 3! I've only explored a little in the game, but it's pretty fantastic.  It seems something that's going to take a long time to see through, but I think it might be a real pleasure to do so.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on October 31, 2008, 12:10:57 PM
Picked up the demo for Mirror's Edge last night.

I DL'ed this demo last night, I can't wait to get home and try it out.  Ever since I saw the trailer for it months ago, I've been more excited about this game than any other.  Your notes on the demo are making me want to leave work early....
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on October 31, 2008, 12:20:08 PM
Quote from: BBQ Platypus
How does it compare to past entries in the series?

Well, before my girlfriend bought me a Wii... the last system i owned was an Atari 2600. So i haven't really had the chance to play any of the previous Silent Hill games. Maybe someone else can give you the lowdown on how it compares. But i really enjoyed it just on it's own... perfect game for the Halloween season.

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Steve-O on October 31, 2008, 12:27:40 PM
Speaking of which, I've finally gotten around to playing Resident Evil (the Gamecube remix, which is simply gorgeous.)  For me, it doesn't approach the level of creep that Silent Hill brings to the table, and the controls are miserably crappy, but the atmosphere is phenomenal.  I'm having a lot of fun with it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on October 31, 2008, 02:54:52 PM
Picked up the demo for Mirror's Edge last night.

I DL'ed this demo last night, I can't wait to get home and try it out.  Ever since I saw the trailer for it months ago, I've been more excited about this game than any other.  Your notes on the demo are making me want to leave work early....

It's also got a time trial mode with online leaderboard, but I wasn't able to try that mode out because my stupid PS3 is being bitchy about staying online again (I don't know why, but I perpetually have trouble with it dropping and not being able to reconnect until I restart the system, even though my actual internet connection never even blinks).

---

I finally got my copy of Fallout 3 after work today (damn you, Wal-Mart! *shakes fist*). My first impression after about 2 hours of play is that it's more like Oblivion than it is like Fallout. I see where the comments some early reviewers made about "Oblivion with guns" came from. It's actually a pretty enjoyable game, and the V.A.T.S. system is very useful (especially for someone like me, whose twitch aiming skills suck ass). It still doesn't really FEEL like Fallout to me yet, but we'll see how it goes once I get more into it.

So far, all I've managed to do is exit the vault, find Megaton, and disarm the bomb (which I did with a paltry 27 explosives skill). The interface, map, general gameplay, NPC interaction, and quest system are all essentially ripped straight from the Oblivion engine. A couple of the interfaces are actually less useful than the ones in Oblivion were: there is no hotkey system at all, you can't switch weapons without going to your menu, and direction / location indicators on your minimap are only one uniform icon that doesn't "fade in" to give a general indication of how close you are to it (in Oblivion, the map markers would start out transparent and get opaque when you got close to them, so you could easily tell if you were going to go way out of your way to explore a cave). I'm a little surprised to see these steps back in the interface without any real improvements in other areas.

Don't get me wrong, I like it and I'm having fun playing it. I'm just the kind of gamer that gets easily frustrated with an inconvenient interface. It feels less immersive instead of the more realistic I think they were going for, because every time I want to do anything, I have to stop the action and fuck around with the menus for 10-30 seconds, then go back to getting shot at. There really needs to be a swap weapon function - even the original Fallout games let you switch back and forth between 2 weapons. The absence of this feature is a glaring oversite IMO. If Bethesda doesn't patch this, I'm sure a community developer will as soon as modding becomes possible.

The lockpicking and hacking minigames are really fun. Oh! And don't waste your time getting bloody mess... a significant portion of the kills in V.A.T.S. mode result in critical death animations anyway. Be sure to spend your perks wisely, because we only get 19 of them in this game. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on October 31, 2008, 06:09:34 PM
I'm not sure there should be a swap weapon function, to be honest.  As you go further in the game, you pick up so many different guns - some in absolutely terrible condition - that you wouldn't want to accidentally swap to a bad version of the gun you're using.  If they snapped to automatically the best version, yes, but I have about 15 different types of gun at the moment.  I'd rather spend 20 seconds finding the specific one while the game is paused than frantically flip through a whole bunch of duds in a firefight.

Fire Ants are bitches to kill.  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on November 02, 2008, 09:04:11 AM
Actually, it turns out that there IS a weapon swap function, it's just not documented in the controls menu. When you are actually ON the weapons screen, you can hold down keys 1-8 and then click on the exact weapon you want to assign to that slot (on the PC - I have no idea if the console versions let you do anything to switch weapons - consult your manual). This has made it much less of a pain in the ass for me to stay in the fights.

As far as the story goes, from Megaton I took the quests to work on the research book, and went to the town of Minefield to stock up on explosives (and got a sniper rifle while I was at it - woo!). From there, I ignored everything else and went straight to D.C. to see how tough these super mutants really are. With a little careful planning, running around corners, trap setting, and liberal use of V.A.T.S., I've actually managed to take out about 30 of them, along with a handful of Brutes as well. I already completed the Galaxy Radio sidequest (the Museum of Technology is a BITCH if you're underleveled).

I've come to the conclusion that V.A.T.S. is overpowered. And so is a fully repaired hunting rifle (my current weapon of choice, due to having much better range than the numerous assault rifles the super mutants have left behind).

Oh, and the fatman nukes are fucking awesome. I got a launcher off of a random Brotherhood of Steel corpse (there was what appeared to be a scripted battle between the BoS and some super mutants, and despite me trying to help kill the mutants a handful of the BoS still ended up dead), and even though it was at about 15% durability, it still does 650 damage. Fun! If you can actually manage to scrounge yourself up a few of the nukes.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on November 02, 2008, 09:27:57 AM
Funnily, I did the exact opposite.  :)  I haven't gone anywhere near DC yet, and gone almost everywhere else.  I've done a few chapters of the research book, but one task will take me into DC, so I'll probably do that when I get home from work tonight.  The hunting rifle is awesome - it's just a pity that ammo is pretty scarce for it.  I took the Scrounger perk so I could find more ammo, and it seems to working out a little better now.  The sniper rifle is great, when not used in VATS, because auto-aiming on that thing is awful.  Science certainly seems to be more important in this game that it was in the previous ones, and that sucks because it's one of my lowest skill numbers - along with barter.  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: itsjuststeffnow on November 02, 2008, 07:03:06 PM
I cant decide if i wanted to put it here or in the aaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhhhhhh thread, but i went with this one seeing that i will have to play every single game i own.....AGAIN. 

Ok, so the ex-bf got his own 360 and called me and wanted me to delete his account from my 360 so he could have his prof.  So i tried to delete but at the same time keep my saves or transfer my saves to the new prof i created.  No, its gone.  AAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLL GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on November 02, 2008, 07:12:08 PM
Funnily, I did the exact opposite.  :)  I haven't gone anywhere near DC yet, and gone almost everywhere else.  I've done a few chapters of the research book, but one task will take me into DC, so I'll probably do that when I get home from work tonight.  The hunting rifle is awesome - it's just a pity that ammo is pretty scarce for it.  I took the Scrounger perk so I could find more ammo, and it seems to working out a little better now.  The sniper rifle is great, when not used in VATS, because auto-aiming on that thing is awful.  Science certainly seems to be more important in this game that it was in the previous ones, and that sucks because it's one of my lowest skill numbers - along with barter.  :)

Yeah, not many random enemies in the wasteland have hunting rifles (unless you have bad karma and get attacked by bounty hunters), but once you get into D.C. every 3rd super mutant seems to have them (the others have boards wif nails in 'em, assault rifles, and miniguns).

When I found the Brotherhood of Steel Outcasts in the wasteland, I couldn't manage to convince them to let me join them, so I took my revenge by breaking into their compound, stealing everything I could walk away with, and ambush slaughtering them all. Teach those bastards to reject me... ;)

The laser weapons in this game are fun but so far extremely underpowered compared to the other options. The laser rifle only does 16 damage fully repaired, versus the chinese assault rilfe at 44 and the combat shotgun at 50, both pretty easy to get ahold of. They don't zoom in very far either.

If you've set yourself up with a house in Megaton by making the "good" choice (or, I assume, with a suite in Tenpenny Towers by making the "evil" choice), I recommend you do like I did and make trips around the wasteland for any kind of junk you can find, and dump it all in a storage container in your house. I've made sure to have multiple copies of every piece of junk I've come across, just in case I turn out to be able to build something with it.

Once you find the plans (I think I got them in one of the power stations, but not positive), you can make some extremely powerful grenades fairly cheaply with Abraxo cleaner, Turpentine, Nuka-Cola Quantum, and a tin can (non-bent). They do 4-5x the damage of frag grenades, which is pretty damn powerful for how early you can get ahold of them.

The Rock-It Launcher and Railroad Rifle are fun but, ultimately, too ungainly to use well (especially since the ammo for the launcher is the only type in the game that weighs you down, because it fires any junk items you load into it). I got a recipe for a dart gun that paralyzes both of the target's legs so they can't run after you very well, but it doesn't do much damage and takes too long to reload, so you get shot up pretty badly if you actually try to use it. I'm still looking for a weapon recipe that's really useful - anyone found any good ones yet?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on November 02, 2008, 09:24:09 PM
Don't use any Nuka Cola - Quantum bottles.  Might be a side-quest spoiler:

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

I've got 4 Bobbleheads so far, though they weren't that hard to find.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on November 03, 2008, 05:24:54 AM
I've got 4 Bobbleheads so far, though they weren't that hard to find.

If you're willing to lockpick the sheriff's house in Megaton (and skilled enough), he's got a strength bobblehead on his desk.

Wish I'd known about the Quantum earlier. I've already wasted 10 of them on those badass grenades. Hopefully there will be enough left in the world for me to finish the quest. Thanks for the heads-up. I was about to go out hunting for more turpentine to make grenades out of the other 5 Quantums I've got in my house.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on November 03, 2008, 06:57:27 AM
I've been putting some hours into Bioshock for the past week...it's been awhile since I 've really gotten into an FPS, but this one is great.  I'm being kinda anal about it too, I'm being extremely thorough and exploring every inch of every level to get as many items as I can.  You can save whenever you want, and so I'll play a section, find out what's in store, then go back and play it again maximizing health & ammo, then save it.  This game kinda forces you to do that though, otherwise it can get really tough in parts.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on November 03, 2008, 09:12:39 AM
Manged to get 4 players on Rock Band 2 last night and we were kicking butt on Expert & Hard until we hit Battery on the Rolling Stone set.  All 4 of us failed multiple times and then all 4 of us failed at the same time.

Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on November 04, 2008, 08:28:05 AM
Just a heads up.

Are you going to buy Valkyria Chronicles? Can you wait until Sunday? If you can, Circuit City will have it on sale for $44.99.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on November 04, 2008, 09:17:24 AM
Just a heads up.

Are you going to buy Valkyria Chronicles? Can you wait until Sunday? If you can, Circuit City will have it on sale for $44.99.

Circuit City no existe en Canada. :(
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Post by: mrbasehart on November 04, 2008, 11:55:51 AM
I think I might download the demo first, but it seems like my sort of game.  LIke a steampunk X-Com.
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Post by: Edward J Grug III on November 05, 2008, 09:25:11 PM
I am currently half way through De Blob and early into Strong Bad 2 and Wario Land.
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Post by: BathTub on November 05, 2008, 10:57:18 PM
TF2, Rock Band, A 2v2v2v2 game of CIV (follow the progress here! (http://www.civstats.com/viewgame.php?gameid=1136))
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Post by: The Triumvirate on November 06, 2008, 08:55:01 AM
Rock Band 2
Fable 2
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
No More Heroes
The Typing of the Dead
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 12, 2008, 08:30:10 AM
Strong Bad 3
Castlevania (the first one)
Splinter Cell (the first one)
Dokapon Kingdom (with friends)
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Post by: Compound on November 13, 2008, 09:43:46 AM
Well, just finished up Saint's Row 2. (Great game, BTW. I had a lot of fun with it. Well, parts of the plot itself were unsettling, but it was still a fun ride.) Been playing Valykria Chronicles and Star Ocean as well. But now, the boat to Northrend has arrived and I'm heading back to Azeroth....
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Post by: JoshWay on November 13, 2008, 10:43:03 AM
Just finished Resistance 2. It was fun and I'll play it through a couple more times (on easy this time - I'm officially too old to bother with challenging video games).

It's an excellent game, though it's noticeably influenced by Half-Life 2, moreso than the first Resistance. There's even...

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Post by: BBQ Platypus on November 13, 2008, 09:10:29 PM
6 Days a Sacrifice.  The last of Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw's Chzo tetralogy, it follows its predecessor's excellent standards of adventure game puzzle-solving and horror.

Great, but I wouldn't call it as good as Trilby's Notes.
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Post by: James of LinHood on November 14, 2008, 06:32:31 AM
Working my way through Fable 2.  It's the first game in a long time that's made me stop playing Rock Band 24/7.
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Post by: La De Da on November 15, 2008, 02:50:18 AM
Still plowing though Fallout 3 and LittleBigPlanet, but I'll throw in Guitar Hero World Tour for good measure.  Too bad it still lacks all the other Guitar Hero songs from the past. 
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Post by: mrbasehart on November 18, 2008, 03:34:41 PM
Spider-Man 3.  What a stinky game.  Back to the rental company you go!
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Post by: spaceforarent on November 18, 2008, 03:49:02 PM
Left 4 Dead. Anyone on PC that wants to play, let me know
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Post by: Doctor Who? on November 18, 2008, 09:17:55 PM
I am working my way through Crackdown.

I know this makes me weird but I am having more fun with this game then I have had with any of the GTA games.
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Post by: James of LinHood on November 19, 2008, 06:18:38 AM
I finished up Fable 2 a few days ago and have moved on to finishing up Saints Row 2.  After that maybe I should get back to GTA IV and finally beat that game.   :P
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Post by: darkchashy on November 20, 2008, 05:07:52 AM
Just bought Fallout 3, gears of war 2 and two whole packages of roman noodles. Hopefully I can make them last the month...
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Post by: iv3rdawG on November 20, 2008, 08:19:35 AM
Dead Space (Xbox 360)
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Post by: Destin on November 20, 2008, 10:57:10 AM
I just got Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe. Its not the best but its a good fighter (I wouldve rather rented then bought the collectors edition)
Im still working on Fallout 3 but taking a break for a tiny while.
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Post by: DarthChimay on November 20, 2008, 10:58:32 AM
Just got Tomb Raider: Underworld. If you've loved Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider games, then I highly recommend it. If not, check out Legend some time and then work your way through. I love these games because of the level design, which is always superb.
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Post by: Compound on November 20, 2008, 01:04:01 PM
Dead Space (Xbox 360)

Keep the receipt. You'll want to price match next weekend. Hint. Hint.
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Post by: iv3rdawG on November 20, 2008, 01:07:36 PM
Hmm.
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Post by: Axnollouse on November 22, 2008, 10:51:35 AM
I am currently bashing my head into the wall while playing Call Of Duty: World At War. Play this game of Vet is like pulling god damned teeth, and some of these damned achievements make me want to punch my new kitten in the face. A lot. URRG!

On a side note I am also relaxing by playing Gears 2 on Insane here and there. At least I don't get nades thrown at me every 5 seconds.
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Post by: iv3rdawG on November 23, 2008, 08:00:29 AM
Fallout 3 (Xbox 360)
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Post by: CEL-Kali on November 24, 2008, 11:30:35 AM
Wrath of the Lich King.... And not rushing to 80.
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Post by: ig400 on November 24, 2008, 02:12:00 PM
EV Nova,  I'm still waiting for my three red lighted 360 to be repaired so i can get back to playing Fallout 3
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Post by: Chaos on November 24, 2008, 02:55:19 PM
Finally got my copy of Folklore in the mail this afternoon. I'll be playing it tonight after we finish watching the season finale of True Blood.
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Post by: mrbasehart on November 24, 2008, 05:18:50 PM
You'll have to let me know what Folklore is like, as it sounds kinda interesting.
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Post by: Chaos on November 24, 2008, 05:57:41 PM
I'm loving it so far. Unlike the demo, there actually is voice acting (but not across the board, there are still "comic book" style scenes as well as regular "click X to continue" text scenes). The animation in both the FMVs and the comic book scenes is crisp and beautiful. The musical score is appropriately haunting. The game itself is a Zelda-esque adventure / RPG blend. I got slightly further than the point where the demo ends, so I don't have much detail on the storyline yet, but it all seems interesting. The fact that it's based on Irish mythology is especially interesting to me, because I've always found their folk stories to be fascinating.

They did a good job of instilling that sense of surrealism that is so prevalent in Irish stories.

I would definitely say to go ahead and pick up a copy if you can manage to track one down, it's well worth it in my opinion.
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Post by: mrbasehart on November 24, 2008, 06:03:15 PM
I think I'll add it to my rental list.  Still looks a bit expensive to buy. 
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Post by: Chaos on November 24, 2008, 06:36:54 PM
Yeah, I don't think you're going to find the price going down, either. It doesn't seem to have been manufactured in any kind of large run (kind of like Valkyria Chronicles... what the fuck is Sony's problem with RPGs?), so it's a rare game. I've never seen it for sale in a store (not out here in Canada anyway), I had to get mine used from Amazon (got it like new for $45).
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Post by: mrbasehart on November 24, 2008, 06:42:06 PM
Still, that might be a bit of a bonus in a few years when it comes to selling it.  :)
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Post by: Chaos on November 24, 2008, 06:58:10 PM
True. :)

It would be nice to own something that went UP in value for once...
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Post by: mrbasehart on November 24, 2008, 07:00:11 PM
I have a PAL Genesis copy of Gain Ground which isn't badly priced now.  I wish I hadn't sold my copy of Streets of Rage 3 for about £10 years ago though.   :angry:
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Post by: James of LinHood on November 25, 2008, 06:36:36 AM
Finished up Saints Row 2 on Saturday.  Really fun game.  I wouldn't mind if they made a third one.

Then I decided to boot up Mercenaries 2.  After playing for about 30 minutes I discovered that it's one of the least fun games I've played in a long time.  The disc was quickly ejected and put in my "Don't play unless you want to hurt yourself" pile. 

So, I decided to finally finish up GTA IV.  Turns out that I have not played it since June.  Shows you how easily distracted I am.   :P
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Post by: SmilinJackRoss on November 25, 2008, 07:44:54 AM
Finished up Saints Row 2 on Saturday.  Really fun game.  I wouldn't mind if they made a third one.

I don't know why, but I got bored with that game almost instantly.  I played it for about 2 days, and I just couldn't get into it.  I sold it off.

Then I decided to boot up Mercenaries 2.  After playing for about 30 minutes I discovered that it's one of the least fun games I've played in a long time.  The disc was quickly ejected and put in my "Don't play unless you want to hurt yourself" pile. 

I downloaded the demo for this, and again I was instantly bored. 

I'm a big GTA IV fan, I love the game (despite it's glaring flaws), so I don't know why I can't get into any of the GTA clones that are out there.  The last one I really enjoyed was The Getaway on the PS2.  I liked how as your health went down, your character responded by walking slower and with a limp, or holding his shoulder, stuff like that. 

Anyway, I'm currently on the final level of LittleBigPlanet  I'm looking forward to making my second level, which I plan to be much longer and more intricate than my first, which was basically just a trial run for me, getting to know the ins & outs of the editor.
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Post by: mrbasehart on November 25, 2008, 09:25:24 AM
Just been playing Spider-Man: Friend or Foe.  It seems like a decent little game, though it's nothing really more than a button-basher beat 'em up.  I think I prefer Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, but this'll do nicely until that sequel shows up.
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Post by: darkchashy on November 25, 2008, 11:40:51 AM
Been playing Fallout 3. Disarmed the bomb and cleared out the fire ants. Now I'm at blood ties, Does anyone know where I can find Harold? It's not Fallout without Harold. Also Mass Effect is giving me sidelong glances and teasing me to give it another playthrough.
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Post by: mrbasehart on November 25, 2008, 11:45:31 AM
Does anyone know where I can find Harold? It's not Fallout without Harold.

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Post by: ig400 on November 25, 2008, 07:18:18 PM
I'll say

a little tip

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Post by: mrbasehart on November 25, 2008, 07:33:25 PM
I'll say

a little tip

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Post by: darkchashy on November 26, 2008, 05:56:05 AM
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I found Harold
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Post by: Chaos on November 26, 2008, 06:21:29 AM
You have choices. You don't hafta. :)
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Post by: La De Da on November 26, 2008, 07:35:56 AM
*Just remember SSF2T HD Remix is out today and spent too much on Thanksgiving stuff.* Friday I will be playing it. :p  And Chrono Trigger.
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Post by: ig400 on November 26, 2008, 08:50:26 AM
I'll say

a little tip

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such as?
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Post by: mrbasehart on November 26, 2008, 08:57:15 AM
Do people not know that the internet is searchable for things like this? ;)

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Post by: Chaos on November 26, 2008, 09:43:55 AM
Also, you don't have to go into the caverns to burn Harold, you can just burn him on the surface if that's what you intend to do.
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Post by: Ian M. on November 27, 2008, 10:22:21 PM
Lately, I've been addicted to MLB Power Pros and Fire Pro Wrestling Returns on the Playstation2. Both have very simple controls and amazing replay value.

MLB Power Pros was a breath of fresh air in today's world of overly complicated baseball games. And FPW is the perfect companion for the serious wrestling fan.
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Post by: mrbasehart on November 28, 2008, 05:46:35 PM
I've never actually played a Fire Pro game.  What make's them so good?

Speaking of wrestling games, I've got TNA iMPACT! coming soon.  It's meant to be ridiculously hard in places, so I might not have it for long.  That or I'll need to buy another controller due to the beating my current one will take in frustration.
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Post by: Ian M. on November 28, 2008, 06:57:06 PM
I've never actually played a Fire Pro game.  What make's them so good?

For starters, the roster is incredible. Literally over three-hundred real life wrestlers (mainly from Japanese promotions). Only problem is that they are all addressed by a fictional alias. I suppose this is done to save the developers from paying copyright royalties. Fortunately, the game is easily customizable. So I downloaded a complete wrestler listing off the net and renamed everyone to their actual ring name. It was a pain in the rear and took hours to complete, but it was worth it. Now the game looks as authentic as a Smackdown vs. Raw roster.

The graphics have a 2D old school look to it, but the gameplay has depth and strategy that those classic NES games could only dream about. Controls are more about timing rather than button mashing, so it's always possible to make a come-from-behind victory even when things look their worst (just like real pro wrestling).

And just about any wrestling move you can think of made it into the game. Whatever team worked on this project really did their homework.

As you can see, I'm starting to ramble because I love the game so much. If you own a PS2 and you're a wrestling fan, give it a shot.
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Post by: Chaos on November 29, 2008, 12:29:55 PM
"Fire Pro Wrestling Returns" is also fully compatible with the PS3 according to http://www.us.playstation.com/Support/CompatibleStatus as of system software version 2.40, so feel free to grab a copy to use on your PS3 even if you don't have a PS2. :)
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Post by: mrbasehart on November 29, 2008, 01:11:00 PM
TNA Impact is a piece of garbage.  I'm on the 2nd match of story mode, and I hit about 50 moves on the guy.  He whacks me maybe 5 times, and he gets the pin.  Ridiculous.  I mean, wrestling games I'm generally pretty decent at, but did Midway ever get any normal people to playtest this one?
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Post by: mrbasehart on November 29, 2008, 06:01:48 PM
Jeez, after cheap-shotting my way into the tag-team story (which seems to be the only tactic that works), you discover that the tag system is EVEN MORE ANNOYING THAT THE WWE's! Not only does the opposing partner break up falls and submissions, but your own doesn't seem to help in ANY WAY.  CAPS express my ANGER.    :angry: :grr:

 :)
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Post by: Chaos on November 29, 2008, 07:09:03 PM
So I figured I would rent Mirror's Edge this evening instead of buying it outright. I'm having fun so far (finished level 3, got several of the "chain move" trophies and whatnot, plus figured out how to flip off the cops, which is funny), but I'd definitely call this one a rent rather than a buy. I know I'll never be good enough to max out my time trial rating or find all of the hidden items or beat the game on hard mode, so no amount of playing it is going to garner me bragging / satisfaction in the form of advanced trophies, so I'm content to beat it and move on, having fun along the way.

I completely agree with what others have said about the disturbing lack of red markers in some areas. Having free reign to go about the level in different ways is all well and good, but if you can't even tell which way you're supposed to be heading to get to the next building, it's not exactly a fun time. Plus, getting shot a lot while you're wandering aimlessly around is less than entertaining...
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Post by: PsypherPunk on December 01, 2008, 03:30:07 AM
I finally threw in my lot with the current-gen, Fisher-Price-gee-tar-wearing mob and bought Guitar Hero: World Tour. Some great tunes, some odd ones and I don't think I'll ever get the image of Ozzy singing La Bamba out of my head; damned fun though.

Anyone else having serious trouble adjusting to wireless controllers? I keep finding myself flicking non-existent wires out of the way  ???
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Post by: mrbasehart on December 01, 2008, 07:11:22 AM
Okay.  I think I'm finally done with this stupid wrestling game.  After cursing my way through the awful tag matches, it leads me straight into the Ultimate X gimmick stuff.  It's fine on TV, but to play it's a fucking nightmare.  It's more broken than WWE's ladder matches. 
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Post by: Steve-O on December 01, 2008, 12:38:57 PM
Finally getting around to finishing up GTA: San Andreas.  GTA titles always take me forever because I like to savor the environment, prod around in every hidden corner of the game world, learn the ins and outs of every single vehicle, fish around for hidden packages and missions....  This usually results in me getting burnt out after a month or so and putting the game away for awhile.

Now I'm in the home stretch, and after all this time, I'm still marveling at what a fantastic experience this game is.  So detailed, so varied, and most importantly, so damned funny.  Young Maylay alone is so utterly brilliant as C.J. that I'm actually considering buying one of his crappy rap albums just to show my support.
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Post by: Chaos on December 01, 2008, 01:03:39 PM
Yeah, I agree. GTA:SA was by far the best of the series so far, and Maylay in particular was a great inclusion. C.J. is pure gold all throughout the game. My wife and I quote that game all the time for fun. When she tells a really long story, for example, I say, "That's so intrestin'... I'm just gonna lissen."
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Post by: mrbasehart on December 01, 2008, 05:17:18 PM
It made me enjoy gangster rap for the one and only time in my life.  :)
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Post by: iv3rdawG on December 01, 2008, 09:38:36 PM
Vice City is still my favorite.
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Post by: RobtheBarbarian on December 01, 2008, 10:08:59 PM
EndWar demo. Eh. Not a big fan of the rock-paper-scissors style of strategy games.  Not anymore at least; the Total War series has spoiled me.
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Post by: mrbasehart on December 02, 2008, 08:44:53 PM
While waiting for my next rental, I decided to boot up an old favourite: Smackdown vs Raw 2007.  I realised that I hadn't completed the challenges or some of the single player achievements.  It was pretty straight-forward, but the 1 on 3 handicap match was tough, and so was the 30 man Royal Rumble on Legend difficulty.  Lots of "stick and move".  :)

Looking forward to getting the new one at Christmas!
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Post by: La De Da on December 03, 2008, 03:27:24 AM
Wario Shake It and Battlefield: Bad Company.  *Shrug*  I just finished my second run though of Half Life and it's two Gearbox mods.
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Post by: CEL-Kali on December 03, 2008, 12:28:55 PM
Counter-Strike on some Gun Game servers. Hopefully when I get a new video card I can finally do Fallout 3. This Nvidia card sucks -.-.
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Post by: Nick on December 03, 2008, 05:32:43 PM
I delved into COD:4 Multiplayer, but left around the time a guy threw a grenade ACROSS THE FUCKING MAP, which happened to land near me. No time to react. I die. This doesn't just happen once. MLB might want to recruit some of these terrorists.
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Post by: RobtheBarbarian on December 03, 2008, 08:38:09 PM
Oh hell yeah. You just have to accept that.
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Post by: k1 on December 04, 2008, 05:34:38 AM
I delved into COD:4 Multiplayer, but left around the time a guy threw a grenade ACROSS THE FUCKING MAP, which happened to land near me. No time to react. I die. This doesn't just happen once. MLB might want to recruit some of these terrorists.

**Hank Steinbrenner grabs cell phone**
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Post by: Nekrose on December 04, 2008, 10:13:29 AM
Either Fallout 3 or CoD:WaW. Fallout 'cos it's awes, and CoD to play with people.
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Post by: James of LinHood on December 04, 2008, 01:58:29 PM
After not playing for months I've started playing GTA IV again.  I'm on the final mission now and....

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I turned off my 360 and have not replayed the mission yet.  I'll probably try it again tonight.  But first I'll look up the flight controls.   :P
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Post by: mrbasehart on December 05, 2008, 07:51:20 PM
I had no idea where to put this, so here's a good place as anywhere.  The Witcher is coming to consoles - woohoo! It's a game I'd love to play on the PC, but it's no longer powerful enough to run it.  2009 might be a great year for Western RPGs!
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Post by: Chaos on December 05, 2008, 08:23:56 PM
I didn't care for it, personally. I thought it was pretty poorly put together. Most of all in the controls department, but also in the fun and story departments. It was basically a one player MMO (all grind, no fun).

Also, http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/22-The-Witcher
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Post by: mrbasehart on December 05, 2008, 08:26:51 PM
Considering we seem to have similar tastes in video games, that's a little disconcerting.  I'll still have to give it a chance though. 

Western RPGs FTW! ;)
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Post by: Chaos on December 05, 2008, 08:41:20 PM
We seem to have extremely similar tastes, except that I honestly believe that jRPGs have a quaint and charming appeal (not all of them, mind, but some of them). That, and I've probably played a wider range and larger number of games over the years, because being formerly of the industry I tend to get a lot of them for free. The net effect of this is that I get bored easily and fail to be impressed by a lot of things that others will forgive. So it's entirely possible that you will like the game just fine, it just didn't meet my personal "good enough to slog through" minimum requirements. :)

I'm sure if I'd actually had to PAY for it I would have put in the time to get to the end, but since I didn't, I couldn't be arsed to finish it . ;)
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Post by: James of LinHood on December 08, 2008, 07:37:08 AM
I just started playing Condemned 2.  I just played through the first level and I really liked it.  I purchased the first Condemned with my 360 at launch and enjoyed the hell out of it.  The sequel has exceeded my expectations so far.  I'm enjoying that they've given you a lot more options in melee combat.  Combo's, throwing weapons, God of War type button pressing sequences to get past some of the trickier opponents, and environmental executions adds a lot more spice to the combat.

I also like that the collectible items are more intertwined with the main story this time around.  In the first one, they had dead birds and chunks of metal hidden throughout the levels for you to find.  Their purpose seemed to be solely for unlocking art shots and videos.  This time around you can find sonic emitters that you can destroy (which is what's causing the people you're fighting to become enraged psychos) and TV's that you can adjust the antennas on to learn more about your missions.

Depending on how many of those that you find (and how you perform during the mission in general) you'll be awarded a certain rating at the end of the level.  These ratings will unlock upgrades for your character.  For instance, the upgrade after the first mission increases how much damage your left hand can do.  I got the gold rating (the highest rating) so now my left hand does significantly more damage than my right hand.

At this stage of the game I was not able to try out any of the forensics parts yet as there are none available in the first level.  But I'm sure that I'll start stumbling across those in level two.

Thumbs up so far.
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Post by: mrbasehart on December 08, 2008, 07:46:49 AM
I've heard a lot of good things about the Condemned games.  How traditionally FPS are they?
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Post by: James of LinHood on December 08, 2008, 08:20:07 AM
I've heard a lot of good things about the Condemned games.  How traditionally FPS are they?

They rely almost solely on melee combat.  It's rare when you'll find a gun.  And when you do you usually only have a few shots before you run out of ammo.  Then it's back to swinging pipes and 2x4's.  A lot of the game is timing your blocks correctly so you can get an opening and smash your opponent's head in.  For that reason the games feel quite different from your traditional first person shooters.
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Post by: SmilinJackRoss on December 08, 2008, 08:54:07 AM
I've always wanted to play Condemned 2, but I haven't gotten around to it.  Maybe in a few months when there's a lull in video games being released, I'll find a cheap copy somewhere.

Next on my list of games to play is the new Tomb Raider.  But before I buy it, I need an excuse to give my wife so she doesn't think that I'm playing Tomb Raider just so I can gawk at a Lara Croft.  No, really...I read Playboy for the articles!
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Post by: Chaos on December 08, 2008, 09:08:36 AM
You people need to train your wives better or something. When I was going to download some extra characters for PAIN, my wife made me get the girl with the largest tits and shortest skirt, because she figured it would be more interesting to watch that way. :P
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Post by: k1 on December 08, 2008, 09:42:16 AM
You people need to train your wives better or something. When I was going to download some extra characters for PAIN, my wife made me get the girl with the largest tits and shortest skirt, because she figured it would be more interesting to watch that way. :P

Ha!  Yours too?   :highfive:

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Post by: mrbasehart on December 08, 2008, 05:20:12 PM
I have King Kong at home at the moment.  This is what happens when you add every single 360 game available to rent on your list.  :)
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Post by: DarthChimay on December 08, 2008, 05:37:42 PM
I've always wanted to play Condemned 2, but I haven't gotten around to it.  Maybe in a few months when there's a lull in video games being released, I'll find a cheap copy somewhere.

Next on my list of games to play is the new Tomb Raider.  But before I buy it, I need an excuse to give my wife so she doesn't think that I'm playing Tomb Raider just so I can gawk at a Lara Croft.  No, really...I read Playboy for the articles!

She doesn't look as.... cartoon-y as she once did. However, I will say this about the new TR - it is absolutely awesome, though I would wait until a patch comes out. There are some pretty serious bugs near the end of the game. I found one where I could reproducibly end up outside the world, hanging from a chain.
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Post by: Nick on December 12, 2008, 12:09:01 PM
Been playing Force Unleashed and probably the worst designed level ever designed. Ever.

Seriously, whoever designed the Star Destroyer level needs to be fired from LucasArts and never work in the industry ever again. It is absolutely frustrating. The targeting in the game is just terrible. It ruined what little enjoyment I was getting from the game.

To sum up the game.

Pros: Pretty good story.

Cons: Shitty gameplay. It's awful. Barely worth a rental.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Nick on December 12, 2008, 09:03:40 PM
My hatred of this game is complete. I am now fully intuned with the dark side.

Seriously. I fucking hate this game.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: TVsAdam on December 12, 2008, 09:23:18 PM
I've always wanted to play Condemned 2, but I haven't gotten around to it.  Maybe in a few months when there's a lull in video games being released, I'll find a cheap copy somewhere.


I actually just finished it a few days ago.  It's a bit of a disappointment, I feel, but mostly because of how silly the plot's getting.  On the other hand, the actual gameplay is worlds above the first title.  The combat system is improved, the forensics are a lot more fun, and there's no more wandering around looking for dead birds and bits of metal to add to your weird little collection.

That last sentence is weird if you never played Condemned 1.

Anyway, I found my copy brand new for, I think, $20 on eBay.  It's definitely worth that much, I'd say.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: DarthChimay on December 13, 2008, 01:56:43 PM
My hatred of this game is complete. I am now fully intuned with the dark side.

Seriously. I fucking hate this game.

Amen.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Cibernético II on December 13, 2008, 03:58:19 PM
Right now, I'm playing RE4 on the Wii again. PLaying through on professional and trying to beat all the levels with 5 stars in The Mercanaries.

And I used a walkthrough to get me through Phoenix Wright: Justice for All so I could get to playing Chrono Trigger which I just bought for the DS.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: wurwolf on December 13, 2008, 04:47:54 PM
Right now, I'm playing RE4 on the Wii again. PLaying through on professional and trying to beat all the levels with 5 stars in The Mercanaries.

RE4 is one of the few video games I love to watch other people play. I actually beg Onil and my daughter to play it so I can watch. I tried to play it myself a couple of times and got scared at the first chainsaw guy in the village and had to stop.

Right now I'm obsessed with Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility for the Wii. Love this game, and have logged in hours just having a farm and raising a family. I'm in Winter Year 3 and I've only gotten four rainbows completed.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on December 13, 2008, 06:37:58 PM
Right now, I'm playing RE4 on the Wii again. PLaying through on professional and trying to beat all the levels with 5 stars in The Mercanaries.

And I used a walkthrough to get me through Phoenix Wright: Justice for All so I could get to playing Chrono Trigger which I just bought for the DS.

So how is the control different on the Wii? I have it for the Gamecube, but now that we have a Wii, I'm wondering if it's worth it to upgrade.

Been playing Force Unleashed and probably the worst designed level ever designed. Ever.

Seriously, whoever designed the Star Destroyer level needs to be fired from LucasArts and never work in the industry ever again. It is absolutely frustrating. The targeting in the game is just terrible. It ruined what little enjoyment I was getting from the game.

To sum up the game.

Pros: Pretty good story.

Cons: Shitty gameplay. It's awful. Barely worth a rental.

Which version is this - PS2, PS3, 360, Wii?

Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Nick on December 13, 2008, 08:35:39 PM
360. I finally got past the Star Destroyer part. Not that it matters much. I just read Wookiepedia to spoil the ending so I wouldn't have to play this game anymore.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on December 14, 2008, 07:17:36 AM
I have to wait until Christmas to play the Wii version that I know I have (my wife goes present-crazy this time of year), but I already read the graphic novel. From what I heard, it doesn't give you the whole story that the game itself does, though.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on December 14, 2008, 08:43:53 AM
360. I finally got past the Star Destroyer part. Not that it matters much. I just read Wookiepedia to spoil the ending so I wouldn't have to play this game anymore.

Maybe your just really bad at the game. I was able to beat it on the second day because I am used to learning new types of controls. (Then I beat it on the highest difficulty for the 2nd time)

Anyways my Xbox360 is now being repaired because of another RRoD. But for right now I just bought Red Alert 3 and Gears of War (both for PC) Both gears really good. But wished gears of War was more of a first person shooter then the third person camera.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on December 14, 2008, 01:28:59 PM
Yeah, but it just wouldn't be the same game if you couldn't see how AWESOME he is at all times. ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Thrashalla on December 14, 2008, 02:29:21 PM
Been playing a lot of Fallout 3, and after a recent TV upgrade I have a feeling Gears 2 and TF2 are going to get some heavy rotation.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Nick on December 14, 2008, 03:02:46 PM
360. I finally got past the Star Destroyer part. Not that it matters much. I just read Wookiepedia to spoil the ending so I wouldn't have to play this game anymore.

Maybe your just really bad at the game. I was able to beat it on the second day because I am used to learning new types of controls. (Then I beat it on the highest difficulty for the 2nd time)


I hate that logic. "You must suck! LOL Imz 1337. Noob!" Really constructive. Now fuck off.

Well I'm glad for you. I'm glad you're the most awesome video game player to have ever lived. But it seems to me that you haven't read a single post I've written so let me rephrase it so you can understand.

The.Targeting. Is. Terrible.

There. Nice and slow for you. I'm not having trouble playing the game. There are a few very frustrating spots though. For instace, I beat Darth Vader last night and went on to fight against the Emperor. He knocked me down off the platform so I had to quit and start over. Low and behold I have to face Vader again. This game has an awful checkpoint system. I have to replay parts I've beaten 7 or eight times because I get really close to beating it only to die at the last second.

It doesn't help that it is impossible to target anything in this game. There have been many times in this game where I've had trouble aiming objects to throw at a fucking Rancor! And not from lack of effort, admit that this game has shoddy controls.

To sum everything up, it's a pretty good game but there are extremely frustrating spots that pretty much ruin the game. The star destroyer section comes to mind. And I must say the story is pretty good. Better than the prequel dreck we've gotten the past few years. And Vader finally got his balls back as far as being a villain goes.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Edward J Grug III on December 14, 2008, 03:11:39 PM
I bought Rotohex on Wiiware and it is REALLY addictive.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on December 14, 2008, 09:58:09 PM
360. I finally got past the Star Destroyer part. Not that it matters much. I just read Wookiepedia to spoil the ending so I wouldn't have to play this game anymore.

Maybe your just really bad at the game. I was able to beat it on the second day because I am used to learning new types of controls. (Then I beat it on the highest difficulty for the 2nd time)


I hate that logic. "You must suck! LOL Imz 1337. Noob!" Really constructive. Now fuck off.

Well I'm glad for you. I'm glad you're the most awesome video game player to have ever lived. But it seems to me that you haven't read a single post I've written so let me rephrase it so you can understand.

The.Targeting. Is. Terrible.

There. Nice and slow for you. I'm not having trouble playing the game. There are a few very frustrating spots though. For instace, I beat Darth Vader last night and went on to fight against the Emperor. He knocked me down off the platform so I had to quit and start over. Low and behold I have to face Vader again. This game has an awful checkpoint system. I have to replay parts I've beaten 7 or eight times because I get really close to beating it only to die at the last second.

It doesn't help that it is impossible to target anything in this game. There have been many times in this game where I've had trouble aiming objects to throw at a fucking Rancor! And not from lack of effort, admit that this game has shoddy controls.

To sum everything up, it's a pretty good game but there are extremely frustrating spots that pretty much ruin the game. The star destroyer section comes to mind. And I must say the story is pretty good. Better than the prequel dreck we've gotten the past few years. And Vader finally got his balls back as far as being a villain goes.

I had so much trouble aiming I beat it on the Highest Difficulty..... :) Its not really that frustrating theres just tricks to kill bosses and everything else. Just look it up or figure it out. Its not really hard :p Stop making excuses and maybe look up a thing or two. Oh and you can fuck off too :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Nick on December 14, 2008, 10:05:30 PM
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I had so much trouble aiming I beat it on the Highest Difficulty.....  Its not really that frustrating theres just tricks to kill bosses and everything else. Just look it up or figure it out. Its not really hard :p Stop making excuses and maybe look up a thing or two. Oh and you can fuck off too

Ok I'm only going to say this once.

I'm. Not. You.

Really. Last I checked I wasn't you. I had trouble with the game. I'm glad you do good with it. I'm glad you're the best fucking Force Unleashed player ever. It doesn't change the fact that I hated it. Now do seriously shut the fuck up and go away.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: James of LinHood on December 15, 2008, 06:52:09 AM
I have to wait until Christmas to play the Wii version that I know I have (my wife goes present-crazy this time of year), but I already read the graphic novel. From what I heard, it doesn't give you the whole story that the game itself does, though.

I've read the novel and played the game.  I'd say that the novel actually gives you more story than the game does.  Because the novel goes into a lot more detail about Juno Eclipse.  But other than that the story in the novel is identical to the game.  So, if you've read the novel there's really not a lot of reasons to play the game (Unless you play to unlock the alternative ending.  But even that might not be worth sinking 6 hours of your time into).

EDIT:  I just realized that you said you read the graphic novel, not the novelization by Sean Williams.  Nevermind.   :P
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on December 15, 2008, 06:42:40 PM
I have to wait until Christmas to play the Wii version that I know I have (my wife goes present-crazy this time of year), but I already read the graphic novel. From what I heard, it doesn't give you the whole story that the game itself does, though.

I've read the novel and played the game.  I'd say that the novel actually gives you more story than the game does.  Because the novel goes into a lot more detail about Juno Eclipse.  But other than that the story in the novel is identical to the game.  So, if you've read the novel there's really not a lot of reasons to play the game (Unless you play to unlock the alternative ending.  But even that might not be worth sinking 6 hours of your time into).

EDIT:  I just realized that you said you read the graphic novel, not the novelization by Sean Williams.  Nevermind.   :P

Yeah, it's not a comic book, it's a graphic novel. I know better than to read the novel first.

Funny thing, I was at my local Wal-Mart the other day and they had this playing on the Xbox 360 in the Electronics section. Last I checked it was a T game . . . and guess who was playing it - a kid who couldn't have been more than 8 years old. Yeah, real smart.

360. I finally got past the Star Destroyer part. Not that it matters much. I just read Wookiepedia to spoil the ending so I wouldn't have to play this game anymore.

Maybe your just really bad at the game. I was able to beat it on the second day because I am used to learning new types of controls. (Then I beat it on the highest difficulty for the 2nd time)


I hate that logic. "You must suck! LOL Imz 1337. Noob!" Really constructive. Now fuck off.

Well I'm glad for you. I'm glad you're the most awesome video game player to have ever lived. But it seems to me that you haven't read a single post I've written so let me rephrase it so you can understand.

The.Targeting. Is. Terrible.

There. Nice and slow for you. I'm not having trouble playing the game. There are a few very frustrating spots though. For instace, I beat Darth Vader last night and went on to fight against the Emperor. He knocked me down off the platform so I had to quit and start over. Low and behold I have to face Vader again. This game has an awful checkpoint system. I have to replay parts I've beaten 7 or eight times because I get really close to beating it only to die at the last second.

It doesn't help that it is impossible to target anything in this game. There have been many times in this game where I've had trouble aiming objects to throw at a fucking Rancor! And not from lack of effort, admit that this game has shoddy controls.

To sum everything up, it's a pretty good game but there are extremely frustrating spots that pretty much ruin the game. The star destroyer section comes to mind. And I must say the story is pretty good. Better than the prequel dreck we've gotten the past few years. And Vader finally got his balls back as far as being a villain goes.

I had so much trouble aiming I beat it on the Highest Difficulty..... :) Its not really that frustrating theres just tricks to kill bosses and everything else. Just look it up or figure it out. Its not really hard :p Stop making excuses and maybe look up a thing or two. Oh and you can fuck off too :)

Dude, take into consideration that not all of us have insane amounts of time to increase our gaming skills to godlike levels. Some of us just like the escape gaming provides from an otherwise busy life. So we have to play at measly Easy or Normal levels. Hell, I'm replaying Halo right now and having some difficulty with the Normal setting. Some of us have other things to do than sit and play games all the damn time.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: DarthChimay on December 15, 2008, 07:40:36 PM
360. I finally got past the Star Destroyer part. Not that it matters much. I just read Wookiepedia to spoil the ending so I wouldn't have to play this game anymore.

Maybe your just really bad at the game. I was able to beat it on the second day because I am used to learning new types of controls. (Then I beat it on the highest difficulty for the 2nd time)


I hate that logic. "You must suck! LOL Imz 1337. Noob!" Really constructive. Now fuck off.

Well I'm glad for you. I'm glad you're the most awesome video game player to have ever lived. But it seems to me that you haven't read a single post I've written so let me rephrase it so you can understand.

The.Targeting. Is. Terrible.

There. Nice and slow for you. I'm not having trouble playing the game. There are a few very frustrating spots though. For instace, I beat Darth Vader last night and went on to fight against the Emperor. He knocked me down off the platform so I had to quit and start over. Low and behold I have to face Vader again. This game has an awful checkpoint system. I have to replay parts I've beaten 7 or eight times because I get really close to beating it only to die at the last second.

It doesn't help that it is impossible to target anything in this game. There have been many times in this game where I've had trouble aiming objects to throw at a fucking Rancor! And not from lack of effort, admit that this game has shoddy controls.

To sum everything up, it's a pretty good game but there are extremely frustrating spots that pretty much ruin the game. The star destroyer section comes to mind. And I must say the story is pretty good. Better than the prequel dreck we've gotten the past few years. And Vader finally got his balls back as far as being a villain goes.

I had so much trouble aiming I beat it on the Highest Difficulty..... :) Its not really that frustrating theres just tricks to kill bosses and everything else. Just look it up or figure it out. Its not really hard :p Stop making excuses and maybe look up a thing or two. Oh and you can fuck off too :)

Dude, take into consideration that not all of us have insane amounts of time to increase our gaming skills to godlike levels. Some of us just like the escape gaming provides from an otherwise busy life. So we have to play at measly Easy or Normal levels. Hell, I'm replaying Halo right now and having some difficulty with the Normal setting. Some of us have other things to do than sit and play games all the damn time.

A lot of the reviews and chatter I heard about the game when it was first released had to do with the Star Destroyer level. It seems, from what I've read, the majority of people had difficulty with it because it was poorly designed. I haven't gotten that far myself, mostly because I loathe the game so much, but if I do get there, I'll let you know. And just because something was easy for someone to finish doesn't mean it was competently designed.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Nekrose on December 16, 2008, 06:43:27 AM
I'm playing nothing now, because ofcourse my fucking Xbox broke. I didn't even get the RROD so it's not under warranty anymore. Looks like I'm gonna have to send it in and pay for the repair. Thanks alot fucking microsoft, great christmas present.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: James of LinHood on December 16, 2008, 07:00:36 AM
Thanks alot fucking microsoft, great christmas present.

Microsoft is known for conspiring to purposefully make people's 360's break down right before Christmas.  It's all in their evil plan to take down Jesus.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on December 16, 2008, 08:34:09 AM
Thanks alot fucking microsoft, great christmas present.

Microsoft is known for conspiring to purposefully make people's 360's break down right before Christmas.  It's all in their evil plan to take down Jesus.

Well, if anyone could do it, it would be Microsoft. Would anyone really be surprised that Bill Gates is the Antichrist?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: James of LinHood on December 16, 2008, 10:28:13 AM
Thanks alot fucking microsoft, great christmas present.

Microsoft is known for conspiring to purposefully make people's 360's break down right before Christmas.  It's all in their evil plan to take down Jesus.

Well, if anyone could do it, it would be Microsoft. Would anyone really be surprised that Bill Gates is the Antichrist?

I'd be mildly surprised.  Then I'd quickly get over it and still buy the X-Box 720 when it comes out.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on December 16, 2008, 10:01:00 PM
I'm playing nothing now, because ofcourse my fucking Xbox broke. I didn't even get the RROD so it's not under warranty anymore. Looks like I'm gonna have to send it in and pay for the repair. Thanks alot fucking microsoft, great christmas present.

Mine is currently being repaired. I hope they send it back soon.

Also it doesnt take alot of time to be good at games. Your either good at it or your not. I know people who can play for ages and not be as good as someone with natural talent. Just calm your angry self down. Its not my fault people are bad at a game like force unleashed. Its really easy game concept for what I think most people would enjoy. And if you want to then throw violent opposition at me against me enjoying the game go ahead. Because im better then you... :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Doctor Who? on December 16, 2008, 10:37:20 PM
I'm playing lego Star wars the complete saga.

This game reminds me of the game I grew up playing on the NES and SNES.

It's can be hard at times but it is easy to learn,it is always fun,and anyone can pick up and play it.

I am having more fun with this then i have had with any game in a long time.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: FordPrefect on December 16, 2008, 10:44:49 PM
Yeah I love the Lego Star Wars games. Whenever I get either a Wii or a 360 I'll be getting the Indiana Jones and Batman ones.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on December 17, 2008, 01:13:33 AM
I am absolutely hooked on A Kingdom for Keflings. Sure, it's just resource management and city building, but they added in a technology tree and a tiny pinch of god-sim to make it something special. Also, it's cool to be able to use my avatar in-game. Worth the 800 points if you're into that kind of thing. :^)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Nick on December 17, 2008, 05:36:53 AM
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Also it doesnt take alot of time to be good at games. Your either good at it or your not. I know people who can play for ages and not be as good as someone with natural talent. Just calm your angry self down. Its not my fault people are bad at a game like force unleashed. Its really easy game concept for what I think most people would enjoy. And if you want to then throw violent opposition at me against me enjoying the game go ahead. Because im better then you...

Hmmm... the Troll is strong with this one.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: James of LinHood on December 17, 2008, 06:14:30 AM
I'm playing lego Star wars the complete saga.

I was playing this non-stop and got to about 90% overall completion before being distracted by a few other games.  I really should go back and get 100% completion on it.  Easy achievement points, after all.

If Lego could get the license to the James Bond franchise I think that a Lego James Bond game would be quite awesome.  They'd have a ton of backstory to draw from.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Doctor Who? on December 17, 2008, 08:50:15 AM
Yeah that would be so cool!

I got an NES today so as of now I am playing TMNT2,Super Mario Brothers,Duck hunt,and The Legend of Zelda.

These games are all just as fun as i remember and I have never played Legend of Zelda before so this is great.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on December 17, 2008, 11:50:36 AM
I am absolutely hooked on A Kingdom for Keflings. Sure, it's just resource management and city building, but they added in a technology tree and a tiny pinch of god-sim to make it something special. Also, it's cool to be able to use my avatar in-game. Worth the 800 points if you're into that kind of thing. :^)

I got all the achievements for this game except for one. (The last one is mental)

The online capability is fun but I have seen some peoples Towns utterly destroyed by some jerk walking around smashing everything.

And I really wish Xboxlive had alot more builder/strategy games. Something more like C&C.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on December 17, 2008, 12:46:58 PM
I'm playing lego Star wars the complete saga.

I was playing this non-stop and got to about 90% overall completion before being distracted by a few other games.  I really should go back and get 100% completion on it.  Easy achievement points, after all.

If Lego could get the license to the James Bond franchise I think that a Lego James Bond game would be quite awesome.  They'd have a ton of backstory to draw from.

Great idea. I think it mite be to long unless split up into volumes. Or tiny levels for every movie.

I also think it should be a rated M version with Blood and added Lego sex scenes. That would be the best lego game ever.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on December 17, 2008, 12:52:07 PM
Lego Band of Brothers or Lego Saving Private Ryan would be much more to my liking.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: DarthChimay on December 17, 2008, 01:39:08 PM
Me, I'd go with Lego Emmanuelle or Lego Seymore Buttz.

Or they could just do the Lego Bible: http://www.thebricktestament.com/ (http://www.thebricktestament.com/)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on December 17, 2008, 01:52:59 PM
Lego Band of Brothers or Lego Saving Private Ryan would be much more to my liking.

That battle of D day comes to mind. A poor lego soldier looking for the other part of his arm walking aimlessly around.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on December 17, 2008, 01:53:23 PM
What about something like Lego Halo?  :D
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on December 17, 2008, 01:54:32 PM
There are strong rumours it's going to be Harry Potter.  Which while kinda uninspired, fits perfectly into the format.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on December 17, 2008, 01:56:17 PM
There are strong rumours it's going to be Harry Potter.  Which while kinda uninspired, fits perfectly into the format.

Yeah I heard it was Harry potter aswell. I hope its a compillation of all the movies and not split up like how Lego star wars was originaly (until the complete saga was made)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on December 17, 2008, 02:49:33 PM
I just got Left FER Dead.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on December 17, 2008, 04:40:33 PM
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Also it doesnt take alot of time to be good at games. Your either good at it or your not. I know people who can play for ages and not be as good as someone with natural talent. Just calm your angry self down. Its not my fault people are bad at a game like force unleashed. Its really easy game concept for what I think most people would enjoy. And if you want to then throw violent opposition at me against me enjoying the game go ahead. Because im better then you...

Hmmm... the Troll is strong with this one.


Impressive . . . Most impressive.

In all honesty, I can't judge on the difficulty of TFU since I have yet to play it . . . dammit. In general, I'd say I'm a middling to mediocre gaming talent. I can usually beat the medium/normal difficulty on games, but every once in a while I'll run into a challenge. Most of the time, I don't even bother with the harder difficulties because I usually play for the enjoyment rather than a reason to chuck my controller across the room.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on December 17, 2008, 06:51:16 PM
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Also it doesnt take alot of time to be good at games. Your either good at it or your not. I know people who can play for ages and not be as good as someone with natural talent. Just calm your angry self down. Its not my fault people are bad at a game like force unleashed. Its really easy game concept for what I think most people would enjoy. And if you want to then throw violent opposition at me against me enjoying the game go ahead. Because im better then you...

Hmmm... the Troll is strong with this one.


Impressive . . . Most impressive.

In all honesty, I can't judge on the difficulty of TFU since I have yet to play it . . . dammit. In general, I'd say I'm a middling to mediocre gaming talent. I can usually beat the medium/normal difficulty on games, but every once in a while I'll run into a challenge. Most of the time, I don't even bother with the harder difficulties because I usually play for the enjoyment rather than a reason to chuck my controller across the room.

There is actualy a auto aim of sorts for throwing force objects. Then most objects can be electrified by force lightning and thrown for probably the best damage in the game. If you get that down you completed a majority of the game. Then force push/choke and lightning shield are amazing.

I usualy never get frustrated at a game unless it keeps crashing. Which all my PC games are doing right now (dying video card). But I have alot of patience for games im willing to beat to the death. Like on Civilization Revolution I never beat any other civilization game on King setting. But because it was so good I was able to push myself to try until I won.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on December 17, 2008, 08:42:24 PM
RRAAAARGH!!! Apparently I have about as much skill in my thumbs as someone with no hands.  After junking King Kong because it was too awful to continue - even for achievement points - I have been stumbling drunkenly around Dark Sector, while being killed about 3 dozen times.  It might be kinda fun, if I didn't stop dying every 5 minutes, but thumbs just refuse to line up the reticule properly, or move my character into a safe position, or perform the right button presses at the right time.  It's not like I'm even getting better either, as I've had the same problem with these types of games - that aren't on PC - for bloody years! I'm removing all my "action" games from my rental list now, and replacing them with the latest Barbie release.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on December 18, 2008, 03:38:56 AM
I played the demo of Dark Sector for a grand total of about 12 seconds. Holy crap, that game's controls sucked. Worst 12 seconds of a game I've ever played in my life. Like if Carrot Top made a video game about being Carrot Top, that would have been a better game.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Nekrose on December 18, 2008, 06:41:13 AM
Yeah that would be so cool!

I got an NES today so as of now I am playing TMNT2,Super Mario Brothers,Duck hunt,and The Legend of Zelda.

These games are all just as fun as i remember and I have never played Legend of Zelda before so this is great.

Street Gangs ftw.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: James of LinHood on December 18, 2008, 07:14:48 AM
There are strong rumours it's going to be Harry Potter.  Which while kinda uninspired, fits perfectly into the format.

I'd bet on this since Lego already has Harry Potter Lego sets out there.  I know that they also did Spider-Man Lego sets for awhile.  So, we might see a Lego Spidey game down the road, too.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Doctor Who? on December 18, 2008, 07:44:11 AM
Sorry to rain on your parade but it was Mega Blocks that put out the Spiderman sets so i don't think we will be seeing Lego Spiderman.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on December 18, 2008, 07:47:57 AM
Sorry to rain on your parade but it was Mega Blocks that put out the Spiderman sets so i don't think we will be seeing Lego Spiderman.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lego_Spider-Man
(http://www.nickdurron.com/09%20Spiderman2.jpg)
Pwnd.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: James of LinHood on December 18, 2008, 07:50:16 AM
Hehehe.   :D
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on December 18, 2008, 09:30:58 AM
...

Nice... although, this is from the very first paragraph of that article:

Quote from: Wikipedia
The line is now discontinued, as the rights to Spider-Man 3 sets have been sold to Mega Bloks.

So, maybe not so "pwnd."  :D

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on December 18, 2008, 09:35:38 AM
Nobody ever said Lego still made them. Doctor Who tried to say that Mega Blocks is the only one that ever did.

The Pwned stands. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on December 18, 2008, 09:48:33 AM
...

Ah... i see. I thought you were just debating how likely a Lego Spider-Man game might be.

It's become obvious that the facts in this case go much deeper than i originally believed. Therefore i would like to rescind my plea of "not so pwned," your honor.

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: iv3rdawG on December 18, 2008, 10:09:38 AM
Been playing Home. That one train puzzle game is pretty fun.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: darkchashy on December 18, 2008, 01:49:20 PM
Been playing me some Wichita Faro. They need to bring this game back!
http://www.gleeson.us/faro/
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on December 18, 2008, 03:59:25 PM
I wish I could say that I was playing LEGO Indiana Jones, but unfortunately I can't. I finally got a 360 today with my Christmas bonus. Wasn't even expecting one, but I was pleasantly surprised to say the least. Anyway, I got the Pro bundle with LEGO Indiana Jones and Kung Fu Panda (for the kids, I swear), but my wife is making me save it for Christmas and wrapped it up as soon as we got home. Oh well, it's only another week, right?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on December 18, 2008, 08:22:38 PM
Dude... SO whipped.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on December 18, 2008, 08:25:15 PM
Own a dog? Smear some food on the present and let him tear it to pieces.  Make sure he damages the box real good too, so it won't be rewrapped.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on December 18, 2008, 08:32:16 PM
Dude... SO whipped.

Well, I'm not one for confrontation and she knows it. So I'd rather wait a week instead of having to deal with her being in a bad mood. Plus I convinced her to let me open the Wii we got a few months back, which she had meant to be a Christmas present, so talking her out of it this time would've been even harder. If I'd known I was getting the 360 down the line, I would've let the Wii go because that's more for the kids, anyway.

Own a dog? Smear some food on the present and let him tear it to pieces.  Make sure he damages the box real good too, so it won't be rewrapped.

Seeing as 360s are notoriously fragile, anyway, I think I'll just wait. My dog is an outside dog for the very reason that he just can't seem to keep from chewing on things. That and he's too excitable and I've got a 22-month-old.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on December 18, 2008, 08:33:21 PM
The 360 is soooo awesome! *flaunts mediocre 360 skills*
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on December 18, 2008, 08:37:20 PM
Bite me.

Just one more week. 6 days, really. Just bide my time and try not to go nuts.

I've been wanting one ever since they came out, but I had to wait because, well, I have a family to feed this round of gaming systems. That and my credit cards have been delinquent for years. I keep seeing all these great games and biting my tongue but now (in 6 days), I'll be able to finally play them. Oblivion, Dead Rising, Gears of War, Halo 3, Mass Effect . . . Man, it's been a bitch having to know the awesomeness is out there and not being able to do anything about it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on December 18, 2008, 08:49:22 PM
Loose morals have always served me well in times of economic strife, I guess. ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Doctor Who? on December 18, 2008, 09:48:40 PM
...

Nice... although, this is from the very first paragraph of that article:

Quote from: Wikipedia
The line is now discontinued, as the rights to Spider-Man 3 sets have been sold to Mega Bloks.

So, maybe not so "pwnd."  :D

-Rude

Sorry i was just going by what I have seen while working at wal Mart and in that whole time never once saw a LEGO Spiderman set but i saw tons of Mega Blocks Spiderman sets,I had no idea Lego ever had the rights.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on December 19, 2008, 11:49:52 AM
I had no idea

That is why you fail. ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: BBQ Platypus on December 19, 2008, 12:36:11 PM
Own a dog? Smear some food on the present and let him tear it to pieces.  Make sure he damages the box real good too, so it won't be rewrapped.

I have an eight-month old puppy who does that even when there IS no food.  She's torn the wrapping off about four presents.  None of them contained anything of interest to dogs.  We had to re-wrap all of them.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: torgosPizza on December 19, 2008, 01:52:29 PM
Just thought everyone should know, today I killed some Nazi Zombies on COD: World at War with Mike on our 52" DLP TV in the Theater Room.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on December 19, 2008, 05:20:57 PM
Just thought everyone should know, today I killed some Nazi Zombies on COD: World at War with Mike on our 52" DLP TV in the Theater Room.

I played "shovel the snow out of my driveway" 3 times today and it's still coming down like crazy.  Although I'd rather be playing just about anything else at this point.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on December 19, 2008, 07:26:46 PM
Just thought everyone should know, today I killed some Nazi Zombies on COD: World at War with Mike on our 52" DLP TV in the Theater Room.

I played "shovel the snow out of my driveway" 3 times today and it's still coming down like crazy.  Although I'd rather be playing just about anything else at this point.


Why not just say "Screw it!" and stay in to play games.

Shoveling snow is definitely not something we have to worry about here in Texas. We do have to watch for ice on the roads sometimes, though. Kinda sneaks up on you out here. Then there's the morons who think they can still drive like normal during such times. Which is why I try to to stay in during those times . . . and play video games. See, it all comes together.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on December 19, 2008, 08:34:38 PM
Coming next year to XBOX Live Arcade: Sim Snowshovel. Only 1200 points!
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Doctor Who? on December 19, 2008, 08:37:49 PM
And  since it has the word Sim in it it is downloaded by 400 million teenage girls and is the best selling game of all time.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on December 19, 2008, 08:56:11 PM
So I was waiting on my new video card and HD to arrive today. I was working on my car all day and when I was finished I got a email saying that UPS dropped it off already. I try to call up UPS and they never give you a real life person to talk to. So I spoke to newegg and they filed a claim. Noteing that the truck driver who said he delivered it is full of sht because I was outside the entire day.

So my xbox360 is broken... My PC keeps crashing when I try to play games... And all I have now thats working is my Digital Cable and Wiener :(
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on December 19, 2008, 09:54:24 PM
Quote from: Destin
And all I have now thats working is my Digital Cable and Wiener

Well, at least your wiener is working. So you've still got something to play with. <snicker>  :D

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on December 20, 2008, 08:02:14 AM
Quote from: Destin
And all I have now thats working is my Digital Cable and Wiener

Well, at least your wiener is working. So you've still got something to play with. <snicker>  :D

-Rude

Just remember, playing with it for more than 2 hours can cause seizures.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on December 20, 2008, 08:23:54 AM
Just thought everyone should know, today I killed some Nazi Zombies on COD: World at War with Mike on our 52" DLP TV in the Theater Room.

I played "shovel the snow out of my driveway" 3 times today and it's still coming down like crazy.  Although I'd rather be playing just about anything else at this point.


Why not just say "Screw it!" and stay in to play games.


Because attempting to drive my car through the wall of snow that the plows dumped  at the end of my driveway probably won't work out as well as I'd hope?  And if I don't clear a path the mailman won't deliver my Netflix movies?  :D
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: BBQ Platypus on December 20, 2008, 10:20:49 PM
I just got finished with my last final exam of the semester yesterday, and I've been celebrating with a marathon session of Battlefield 2.  I gotta tell ya' - if there exists a better online multiplayer experience than BF2, I have yet to even conceive of it.  It has something for everyone - if flying around in a jet and dropping bombs is your thing, you've got the Chinese maps.  If you're like me and prefer vehicles and infantry grinding it out, there are plenty of city maps to choose from.

I've got a few favorite servers that I like to stick to - it saves me the trouble of having to FIND a good server.  I go with the 64-player size maps - preferably ones that have at least 40 people active inside them.  Then I usually choose either Support, Engineer, or Anti-Tank class.  I'm not particularly skilled, but boy howdy, is it fun.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Variety of Cells on December 21, 2008, 01:11:53 AM
This is the story of one man's battle with FAT32 in order to play Mass Effect.  It's a sad story... well it's about a sad man.  A sad, sad man; needlessly wasting his time.  It's quite epic.  So grab a chair, take a seat (for all of you who surf the internet standing up) and share in my frustration. 

I ordered Mass Effect online because it was only 30 bucks and I figured I would give it a shot.  I had heard good things.  It was taking an awful long time to ship.... so I decided to download the torrent and play it while I wait for it to come... I am impatient. On the other hand, it took 3 days to download and numerous headaches and even more time installing... so I'm kinda patient. 

I have a Mac.  A macbook pro.  I had bootcamp with windows xp.  It ran bioshock well enough, so I figured it could handle Mass Effect.  I don't much care for windows any more, which is where my problems began.  I downloaded the torrent using OSX, tiger.  I came to a slow realization over those three days of downloading that this 7 gig iso file was not going to fit on the four gigs of space left on the PC partition of my HD (Like I said, i don't much care for windows, so I only gave it as many gigs as i felt it needed at the time).  Even if i were to use an external hard drive, I still wouldn't have the 10 gigs needed to install the damn thing.  So, back to bootcamp to re-partition my hard drive.

Fuck.  bootcamp no longer supports tiger... you need leopard.  Stripes are out, and spots are in.  Tried to find an old copy of bootcamp... no dice.  So I caved to the gods of materialism and went out to buy the new cool thing (it is pretty new and cool by the way).  After completing the task of sitting and watching the progress bar for the torrent to download, which I find strangely entertaining...
:Rant:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
I was treated with another progress bar to install leopard.  Oh what fun.  It installs, I run bootcamp, install XP, and you guessed it, more progress bars!  Only this time, I get windows progress bars, which have no relation to how much time it's going to take to finish whatsoever.  And they are mixed in with periodic windows that require user input... so I get to sit and watch it go. 

And finally, that task is done.  Now this long winded story comes to an end as I restart in OSX, drag the iso file onto the new, larger PC partition, and get the the message, Error 0.

Thanks for listeni.... wait, what?  Error 0?  What the hell is that?  Is the file i spent 3 days downloading corrupted?  What's going on?  [Error 0 - an error message received most often when a file exceedes FAT32's 4 gig limit].  Oh... thanks forum post found from a google search.  Sooo what do I do now google....?  Not going to tell me?  Alright... I can figure this out...

So, the file is too big to be put on a FAT32 drive, but if I reformat as NTFS then I won't be able to write data to it form OSX.  Ok, I got it.  I'll partition part of an external hard drive in NTFS, then transfer it to the computer.... oh yeah, but I still don't have any way to get the file onto an NTFS drive.  Ummm.  fuck.  Any way I could email it to myself?  Doesn't look like it...  Compress it?  I don't know of any programs that can make 7.18 gigs less than 4.

Alright, this file needs to be smaller.  I need to cut it up.  Can I do that?  The short answer: yes.  The short answer excludes the half an hour it took to find two separate programs, one for XP and one for OSX, that both split and combine files in the same way.  But wait, I'm still going to need to combine those files in the future, and that's going to result in something over 4 gigs...

The eventual answer: Split the file, send it to my PC partition, reformat an external hard drive in NTFS, have the file rebuilt there, mount the ISO from that drive, and have it install on the FAT32 drive. 

"Why the hell didn't you just wait 4 more days for the game to come in the mail?"  Is that what I hear you asking?  I could have, and I thought about that, but I wasn't about to let those 3 days of cheering on that torrent go to waste. 

Oh, and the game's pretty good.

:EDIT:  Oh, I'd be interested to know if any of you have any other solutions for that situation.  It feels like there should have been something simpler...
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on December 21, 2008, 01:32:45 AM
Anyone else tried out Doritos: Dash of Destruction? For a totally-free game/Doritos commercial, it's actually somewhat decent. Not the best game in the world, but not the worst and it's free, so there's that. :^)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on December 21, 2008, 11:29:13 AM
varietyofcells

Did you try burning it to a dvd? That mite help
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on December 21, 2008, 12:15:51 PM
I'm assuming based on him going through such a roundabout method it was implied that he doesn't have a dual layer burner and/or discs, otherwise that would have obviously been the thing to do.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Variety of Cells on December 21, 2008, 01:12:27 PM
Correct.  The file was too big to fit on the 4.7 gig dvds that I have (and no, I don't have a dual layer burner), though that thought had also crossed my mind.

Anyone else tried out Doritos: Dash of Destruction? For a totally-free game/Doritos commercial, it's actually somewhat decent. Not the best game in the world, but not the worst and it's free, so there's that. :^)

Hmm, is it as good as Chex Quest?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: spaceforarent on December 21, 2008, 06:44:07 PM


Hmm, is it as good as Chex Quest?

wait, I didn't just imagine that game up?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on December 22, 2008, 07:16:23 AM


Hmm, is it as good as Chex Quest?

wait, I didn't just imagine that game up?

I found about 6 copies of it when I was cleaning out my parents basement a few months back.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on December 22, 2008, 09:32:39 AM
I'm working my way through Tomb Raider Underworld.  So far, they've done a great job of making a next-gen Tomb Raider game, it's very faithful.  They've nailed the feel of it, the controls, and especially the puzzles, which were always my favorite part of the games.  Good stuff.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on December 22, 2008, 10:27:03 AM
Medal of Honor: Airborne - Played through it yesterday, an easy game and like any other WWII game it was pretty fun. It got a bit ridiculous near the end though and some things they tossed in there had me groaning. Apparently they decided to throw historical accuracy/realism out the window or at least skew it really bad with the flak tower/amp'd up soldiers... it was still fun though.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Doctor Who? on December 22, 2008, 02:10:58 PM
I have gotten so hooked on lego Star wars i just clicked the keep it button on Gamefly.

I hope i get Lego Batman in soon.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on December 22, 2008, 05:01:00 PM
You might wanna space out your experiences with the Lego games, as the gameplay  is utterly identical, and it wears you down completely.  I'm not even sure I enjoyed Lego Batman, and it's probably the best of the lot.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Doctor Who? on December 23, 2008, 07:16:28 AM
Well i have the new banjo Kazzoie game ahead of it.

Also i have been enjoying my NES but can someone tell me why Duck hunt will not work on my HDTV?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Axnollouse on December 23, 2008, 07:30:12 AM
I have been working my way through both Sonic Unleashed and Far Cry 2.

Sonic Unleashed is not the worst game I have ever played (Eragon) but is a massive improvement over Sonic '06. And for some reason I don't mind the Ware-Hog levels. They play like a dumbed down God Of War and I LOVE God Of War. All in all its a decent rental.

Far Cry 2 = hot damn! I love this game. Once I got through the tutorial (which is horrible and I almost stopped playing it) I started to fully enjoy the game. The FIRST mission I played had me taking out a police chief, now the mission guy told me to blow up his convoy so I started to get my stuff when my buddy calls me and yes in the game they are called "buddies" and he told me that I should do it a different way and I would get more weapons! I was so in on this so I get some dirt on this chief so he diverts his convoy to the police station and a massive firefight breaks out and half the damn forest catches on fire and I am in the middle of it being surrounded by fire and explosions. I feel this is a great open world game to follow Fallout 3. Highly recommended.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on December 23, 2008, 08:54:54 AM
Well i have the new banjo Kazzoie game ahead of it.

Also i have been enjoying my NES but can someone tell me why Duck hunt will not work on my HDTV?
I can take an educated guess:

The old NES Zapper worked by blanking out all of the screen for a split second except for your target, which was changed to a white color. The light gun's sensor would be able to tell whether it was pointed at a white block, and that's how it knew you had a hit.

My guess is that either the screen on an HD set isn't shiny enough for the sensor to get its feedback, or that HD-White isn't quite the kind of white the zapper is looking for.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on December 23, 2008, 09:14:15 AM
...

My friend lent me an old copy of DOOM3. Thankfully it looks to be completely backwards compatible... which means that i can finally finish this game. Originally i had it on my PC, and it glitched out right towards the very end. Now it's payback time.

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on December 23, 2008, 09:52:41 AM
...

My friend lent me an old copy of DOOM3. Thankfully it looks to be completely backwards compatible... which means that i can finally finish this game. Originally i had it on my PC, and it glitched out right towards the very end. Now it's payback time.

-Rude
That game I never got really far in to. It scared the hell out of me, I'm sitting there fully realizing that none of it is real but i just couldn't push myself to play the game any further. Darkness in excess like that in games is just too much for me. I seriously almost had a heart attack in Half Life 2: Episode 1 waiting for the elevator in the basement in the dark. It probably didn't help that I was really high at the time.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Doctor Who? on December 23, 2008, 10:46:32 AM
Well i have the new banjo Kazzoie game ahead of it.

Also i have been enjoying my NES but can someone tell me why Duck hunt will not work on my HDTV?
I can take an educated guess:

The old NES Zapper worked by blanking out all of the screen for a split second except for your target, which was changed to a white color. The light gun's sensor would be able to tell whether it was pointed at a white block, and that's how it knew you had a hit.

My guess is that either the screen on an HD set isn't shiny enough for the sensor to get its feedback, or that HD-White isn't quite the kind of white the zapper is looking for.

Thanks alot.

It's not a big deal because i have an old SD set i can play it on i was just wondering why the game didn't seem to register my hits.

I had no idea how light guns worked.

Thanks again.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on December 23, 2008, 12:23:44 PM
Well i have the new banjo Kazzoie game ahead of it.

Also i have been enjoying my NES but can someone tell me why Duck hunt will not work on my HDTV?
I can take an educated guess:

The old NES Zapper worked by blanking out all of the screen for a split second except for your target, which was changed to a white color. The light gun's sensor would be able to tell whether it was pointed at a white block, and that's how it knew you had a hit.

My guess is that either the screen on an HD set isn't shiny enough for the sensor to get its feedback, or that HD-White isn't quite the kind of white the zapper is looking for.

Thanks alot.

It's not a big deal because i have an old SD set i can play it on i was just wondering why the game didn't seem to register my hits.

I had no idea how light guns worked.

Thanks again.

Also HDTV's have a Video lag.  That may play a little into it (Not sure if it lags on standard definition but for a xbox360 you need to setup a special video and audio lag settings in games like guitar hero for accuracy.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: James of LinHood on December 23, 2008, 01:58:49 PM
...

My friend lent me an old copy of DOOM3. Thankfully it looks to be completely backwards compatible... which means that i can finally finish this game. Originally i had it on my PC, and it glitched out right towards the very end. Now it's payback time.

-Rude
That game I never got really far in to. It scared the hell out of me, I'm sitting there fully realizing that none of it is real but i just couldn't push myself to play the game any further. Darkness in excess like that in games is just too much for me. I seriously almost had a heart attack in Half Life 2: Episode 1 waiting for the elevator in the basement in the dark. It probably didn't help that I was really high at the time.

There are some video games that scare the crap outta me too.  I was like that with Condemned.  It took me forever to beat it because I was scared of what was waiting for me in the next stage.  It's a wonder how I got through the whole thing.  I also stopped playing Doom 3 a little ways in.  Maybe I'll work up the courage to complete it someday.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Steve-O on December 23, 2008, 02:13:34 PM
Doom 3 was definitely freaky for a while. By the end of the game, I found that I was so used to dealing with the same five monsters and the game's formula of killing the lights, then opening the monster closets, that the game had become more tedious than scary.

Probably the scariest shooter I've played was Clive Barker's Undying.  Roughly the first third of the game was really terrifying.  Unfortunately, it seems like the design team just ran completely out of ideas after the Lisbeth boss fight, because it suddenly turns into a totally run-of-the-mill shooter with generic enemies and levels.  Still worth playing if only for those initial couple of hours.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on December 25, 2008, 05:18:12 PM
I got Smackdown vs Raw 2009 for Christmas, so I've been playing a little of that.  It's very similar to the previous edition, but the individual storylines for superstars are a neat mode.  For the next one, I hope they expand the number of people you can have personalized stories with, and have a fully fledged CAW Campaign too. 

I've got Littlebig Planet as well, so I'll be checking that out soon, and my brother gave me some Amazon vouchers which I just used to buy Valkyria Chronicles.  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Thrifty on December 26, 2008, 08:21:14 AM
I was recently moving through the Homestar Runner games for Wiiware.

Also was re-playing Civilization II.  Right now I'm locked in an intense nuclear war with the Indians.  I revel in the irony that THEY started the war.  I was sitting around minding my own business when Ghandi started attacking my civilians, and nuked Boston.  They now have the strategy of using the United Nations to force me into a cease-fire which they very quickly violate by nuking one of my cities.

But I'm just too strong for them.  The tide is turning on our decades long war and soon the entire Indian civilization will be subjugated under the reign of Thrifty the Cromulent, High Priest of the American theocracy.

Also I have Dragon Quest IV for Nintendo DS.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on December 26, 2008, 07:21:13 PM
I just bought Darwinia & Multiwinia on steam for $7.49. That damned game is addictive. Totally worth $7.49 and I haven't even played Multiwinia yet.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on December 26, 2008, 08:21:31 PM
I just bought the expansion for Medieval 2 Total War. I liked the original very much but never cared to upgrade it after I damaged my CD. But its working like a charm and I would suggest anyone to play the Demo if you like strategy games.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Kzinistzerg on December 27, 2008, 05:55:02 PM
Back to Morrowind and Starcraft, again. Playing SC on battlenet at night with friends, and working out the last BLOODY errors in my Morrowind game that won't let me load saved games. Damn!
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on December 27, 2008, 07:59:17 PM
Playing The Force Unleashed on the Wii. The graphics leave something to be desired, but the controls are pretty fun . . . so yeah, it's on the Wii.  Also playing Command and Conquer 3 for the PC. Fun game, but my computer is a bit behind the times, so I get the wonderful lag during fmv and I have to dial down the graphics quite a bit.

I'm waiting for a $25 gift card in the mail for GameStop so I can go pick up Mass Effect, the one game I'm really looking forward to right now (now that I have TFU*). After that I'll probably want to get GTA IV, and then Oblivion or Fallout 3.

* Every time I type that I subconsciously want to put the "S" in front of it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Jinto on December 28, 2008, 03:11:57 PM
I just bought Darwinia & Multiwinia on steam for $7.49. That damned game is addictive. Totally worth $7.49 and I haven't even played Multiwinia yet.

Darwinia is a gem of a game. I recently played it myself. Too bad it was so short.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Nick on December 28, 2008, 07:25:49 PM
I haven't played anything as of late, just came to drop the news that the Wii (http://videogames.yahoo.com/feature/console-wars-who-won-08-/1276642) is your God now.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Steve-O on December 28, 2008, 09:41:11 PM
I haven't played anything as of late, just came to drop the news that the Wii (http://videogames.yahoo.com/feature/console-wars-who-won-08-/1276642) is your God now.

"Now"?  My Wii has been my God since I was 13 years old.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on December 29, 2008, 07:19:48 AM
I haven't played anything as of late, just came to drop the news that the Wii (http://videogames.yahoo.com/feature/console-wars-who-won-08-/1276642) is your God now.

"Now"?  My Wii has been my God since I was 13 years old.

Wow, you actually managed to extend that little joke from your podcast / skit thingie a full year after it had been posted. Nice. ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Halifirien on December 29, 2008, 08:02:09 AM
I've been bouncing between Animal Crossing: City Folk and Fallout 3, with generous helpings of my reigning MMORPG addiction, Final Fantasy XI.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: James of LinHood on December 29, 2008, 08:22:04 AM
I just bought and beat Call of Duty: World at War in under 5 hours.  Talk about a short game.  And that was just my first time through.  I bet that if I did a speed run I could beat that sucker in under 4 hours, easy.  Good thing I picked it up for $35.00.  Totally not worth the full $60.00 price tag.

On the other hand I just bought the new Prince of Persia game.  Very awesome.  I was a fan of the last three.  Yet, this one is quite different from the others.  I've noticed a lot less puzzles and a bigger emphasis on avoiding the death traps.  The fights you'll have are sparse and are always one on one.  So, it's a back to basics Prince of Persia.

I'm probably about a third of the way through and I've put about 8 hours into it.  I'm loving the art style and the flow of the animation during the fights.  Very well done.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Steve-O on December 29, 2008, 12:55:37 PM
Wow, you actually managed to extend that little joke

That's what she said!

from your podcast / skit thingie a full year after it had been posted. Nice. ;)

Actually, I never stopped.  I've just spared the forum the full brunt of my dick joke mania.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on December 29, 2008, 02:15:45 PM
Riff Raff Theater, on the other hand, has continued to be fair game for your fixation. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: spaceforarent on December 29, 2008, 03:46:01 PM
here we go: I just got myself a PS3, so that means Resistance 1 (I'll buy 2 after I beat this one), Ratchet and Clank (including the downloadable one), Uncharted (came with the system, so I might as well play it)
Then Steam had a nice sale on games, so I bought Bioshock for $5.
And there's always interruptions for some Left4Dead.

Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on December 29, 2008, 03:58:56 PM
here we go: I just got myself a PS3, so that means Resistance 1 (I'll buy 2 after I beat this one), Ratchet and Clank (including the downloadable one), Uncharted (came with the system, so I might as well play it)
Then Steam had a nice sale on games, so I bought Bioshock for $5.
And there's always interruptions for some Left4Dead.



What's your PSN ID?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: spaceforarent on December 29, 2008, 04:01:36 PM
here we go: I just got myself a PS3, so that means Resistance 1 (I'll buy 2 after I beat this one), Ratchet and Clank (including the downloadable one), Uncharted (came with the system, so I might as well play it)
Then Steam had a nice sale on games, so I bought Bioshock for $5.
And there's always interruptions for some Left4Dead.



What's your PSN ID?


spaceforarent, same as on here
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: KingOfShippers on December 29, 2008, 04:16:52 PM
Started playing Mass Effect, and I must say it's fun as hell, I just got done with the missing survey team side mission. I must admit I find it hard to believe that someone would willingly impale themselves on giant spikes and get turned a cyborg-zombie, but maybe that's just me. I get done with that only to get back into the mako only to be attacked and killed by one of these giant worm thingd that just pops up on random worlds
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on December 29, 2008, 05:04:06 PM
Started playing Mass Effect, and I must say it's fun as hell, I just got done with the missing survey team side mission. I must admit I find it hard to believe that someone would willingly impale themselves on giant spikes and get turned a cyborg-zombie, but maybe that's just me. I get done with that only to get back into the mako only to be attacked and killed by one of these giant worm thingd that just pops up on random worlds

Darn you. Darn you all to heck. I want that game so bad I can taste it. But e-rewards is taking its sweet time sending me my $25 GameStop gift card for doing their little surveys.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on December 29, 2008, 05:39:48 PM
Started playing Mass Effect, and I must say it's fun as hell, I just got done with the missing survey team side mission. I must admit I find it hard to believe that someone would willingly impale themselves on giant spikes and get turned a cyborg-zombie, but maybe that's just me. I get done with that only to get back into the mako only to be attacked and killed by one of these giant worm thingd that just pops up on random worlds

Giant Worm things are hideous.  My only advice is that you try and avoid large expanses of flatland, as that's where they appear.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on December 29, 2008, 08:38:16 PM
Started playing Mass Effect, and I must say it's fun as hell, I just got done with the missing survey team side mission. I must admit I find it hard to believe that someone would willingly impale themselves on giant spikes and get turned a cyborg-zombie, but maybe that's just me. I get done with that only to get back into the mako only to be attacked and killed by one of these giant worm thingd that just pops up on random worlds

Giant Worm things are hideous.  My only advice is that you try and avoid large expanses of flatland, as that's where they appear.

There is also a distance you can go back and forth with your vehicle that will cause the worm to continuely go out of the ground and then back down. Its very easy to kill them that way. They wont even be able to shoot anything back at you :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on December 29, 2008, 11:34:11 PM
Finally got Rock Band 2.  I like the feel of a "career" in this one, slowly earning fans, opening up cities as your fanbase grows, it makes it more engrossing than just playing random tracks.  Thumbs up.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on December 29, 2008, 11:44:45 PM
...

The girlfriend got me Clive Barker's Jericho for Christmas. So that put DOOM3 on the back burner for awhile. I'm not a big fan of shooters, and this might as well be a rail shooter for all the freedom you have... but i'm actually enjoying it quite a bit. And it's a lot of fun after all the initial frustration eventually wore off.

Not to mention that i'm a sucker for Cliver Barker's sick vision of Hell and the damned. So the overall look and story kinda' sucked me in pretty quick. For all the bad reviews i'm actually having fun with it.

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Nekrose on December 30, 2008, 06:17:53 AM
I just bought and beat Call of Duty: World at War in under 5 hours.  Talk about a short game.  And that was just my first time through.  I bet that if I did a speed run I could beat that sucker in under 4 hours, easy.  Good thing I picked it up for $35.00.  Totally not worth the full $60.00 price tag.

It's not worthwhile unless you do it on veteren. They only really made the game for the online multiplayer. The campaign is just a sort of bonus.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on December 31, 2008, 11:28:06 AM
I've been playing Valkria Chronicles.  A game with no achievements or trophies, and yet I love it.  The story is actually pretty mature in its approach to war, and though some of the cut scene animation is a little primitive, the voice acting is excellent.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on December 31, 2008, 12:18:40 PM
I've been playing Valkria Chronicles.  A game with no achievements or trophies, and yet I love it.  The story is actually pretty mature in its approach to war, and though some of the cut scene animation is a little primitive, the voice acting is excellent.

I absolutely love the artistic style of that game. The missions are almost like an afterthought... I love them while I'm playing them, but every time what I'm really doing is pushing forward so I can find out what happens next. I call that a pretty big accomplishment, to make both the story AND the gameplay strong pulls that entertain you the whole way through.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on December 31, 2008, 12:22:09 PM
Yeah, and it has that way of completely making you forget the time while playing, too.  My last battle, where I took the Vasel bridge, finished at 5 in the morning!

Kicked their ass though.  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: BBQ Platypus on December 31, 2008, 06:59:06 PM
I'm playing Rise of Nations: Gold Edition right now.  Without a doubt my favorite RTS of all time.  And I've played a LOT of RTS games.

Though oddly enough, I've never played Starcraft - that's why I say "favorite" and not "best."  Starcraft is just about the only major RTS game I haven't played.  I mean, I've played all the Command & Conquer games except RA3, all the Warcraft games except the first one, Age of Empires, and Company of Heroes, but never Starcraft.  Weird.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on December 31, 2008, 07:01:54 PM
No love for the Total War series then?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: BBQ Platypus on January 01, 2009, 10:00:59 AM
No love for the Total War series then?

Never played it.  Sounds familiar, though.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on January 01, 2009, 10:02:58 AM
Ah, you should definitely check out Rome: Total War, if you're a fan of the RTS.  It combines turn-based empire building ala Civilization, with RTS battles.  It's pretty evocative too.  I don't like RTS, but I love the Total War series.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: BBQ Platypus on January 01, 2009, 10:11:14 AM
Hmm.  Sounds an awful lot like Rise of Nations.  Obviously, there must be something different about it, otherwise someone would've sued.  I'll investigate.

Edit: Just watched some gameplay videos.  It doesn't look anything like RoN.  RoN has a Risk-like campaign overmap where you attack other territories, and then it drops down into RTS mode.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on January 01, 2009, 12:18:23 PM
Medieval 2 Total War expansion pack added 4 entire new campaigns with unique units for each campaign. Im loving it! I already beat the Americas and have been working on the Teutonic era.
But Rome: Total war was really good. Mainly because of all the trainers. But I think Medieval 2 picks up everything they have learned and used in the series and gave us a good product. Yet frustrating at times, it being total war afterall.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on January 01, 2009, 01:58:37 PM
The most frustrating thing about Total War has always been the diplomacy, or the lack thereof. It's coded in such a way that the modders can't fix it, either, and when they try to simulate a change with scripts and such, it ends up being awkward and impractical.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: KingOfShippers on January 01, 2009, 03:47:38 PM
Stll playing Mass Effect just got done with a side-mission that required me to kill a Thresher Maw, took me a good ten minutes to bring the damn thing down so I could get to the marines it had killed. I'm loving all the side-missions, I think it been a good six or seven hours since I last touched the main story.

Also i'm playing Half-Life 2.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on January 01, 2009, 03:55:12 PM
Stll playing Mass Effect just got done with a side-mission that required me to kill a Thresher Maw, took me a good ten minutes to bring the damn thing down so I could get to the marines it had killed. I'm loving all the side-missions, I think it been a good six or seven hours since I last touched the main story.

Also i'm playing Half-Life 2.

Thresher Maw guide...... When you see one shoot out from the ground just reverse while you keep shooting. It will then do the animation to go back underground. Then rush forward shooting.... It will then do the animation of it coming out from the ground again..... then rush back.... you get the point? :)

The Maw is triggered by distance and if you keep him in that everlasting loop of going up and down he is easy pickings.... Why is this good to know? Your probably going to experience 10 of these things just adventuring around. And they are good exp? /shrug
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on January 01, 2009, 03:57:42 PM
The most frustrating thing about Total War has always been the diplomacy, or the lack thereof. It's coded in such a way that the modders can't fix it, either, and when they try to simulate a change with scripts and such, it ends up being awkward and impractical.

The AI for diplomacy is also wack. Your allies can betray you then your enemies wont want a ceasefire even if they are down to one city until you put a force 2-3 times theres around there city in order for them to "understand" you just rocked them
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on January 02, 2009, 06:36:38 AM
Stll playing Mass Effect just got done with a side-mission that required me to kill a Thresher Maw, took me a good ten minutes to bring the damn thing down so I could get to the marines it had killed. I'm loving all the side-missions, I think it been a good six or seven hours since I last touched the main story.

Also i'm playing Half-Life 2.

Thresher Maw guide...... When you see one shoot out from the ground just reverse while you keep shooting. It will then do the animation to go back underground. Then rush forward shooting.... It will then do the animation of it coming out from the ground again..... then rush back.... you get the point? :)

The Maw is triggered by distance and if you keep him in that everlasting loop of going up and down he is easy pickings.... Why is this good to know? Your probably going to experience 10 of these things just adventuring around. And they are good exp? /shrug

If you can manage to land the killing blow to them while outside of your vehicle, they are worth significantly more experience, too. You can take them down to almost dead in your vehicle, then get out and finish them off, and reap tasty huge XP rewards for doing so.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on January 02, 2009, 11:24:03 AM
Stll playing Mass Effect just got done with a side-mission that required me to kill a Thresher Maw, took me a good ten minutes to bring the damn thing down so I could get to the marines it had killed. I'm loving all the side-missions, I think it been a good six or seven hours since I last touched the main story.

Also i'm playing Half-Life 2.

Thresher Maw guide...... When you see one shoot out from the ground just reverse while you keep shooting. It will then do the animation to go back underground. Then rush forward shooting.... It will then do the animation of it coming out from the ground again..... then rush back.... you get the point? :)

The Maw is triggered by distance and if you keep him in that everlasting loop of going up and down he is easy pickings.... Why is this good to know? Your probably going to experience 10 of these things just adventuring around. And they are good exp? /shrug

If you can manage to land the killing blow to them while outside of your vehicle, they are worth significantly more experience, too. You can take them down to almost dead in your vehicle, then get out and finish them off, and reap tasty huge XP rewards for doing so.

And you are right!

I just started playing Dance dance Revolution since my GF got it. After afew songs im wailing in pain but its a good fun
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Thrifty on January 03, 2009, 04:28:21 PM
I just got the Nintendo DS remake of Dragon Quest IV for Christmas.  I'm playing that now, and I'm up to the bonus content in chapter 6.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on January 04, 2009, 07:08:19 AM
Still working on TFU. Good lord, what is the deal with the Death Star? It's like the whole friggin' Imperial Army is stationed right there and somehow is in my vicinity to shoot at me.

Been playing a little Harvest Moon (virtual console) on the Wii. It's pretty fun, but winter is a bit of a drag.

And most importantly, I FINALLY got Mass Effect yesterday. I also got a 2-pack of Marvel Ultimate Alliance and Forza 2. All for $2.04 (used a $25 gift card that finally came in the mail). All I can say is if you can, check around. Apparently GameStop's prices vary wildly from one store to the next. At my local store, Mass Effect is going for $14.99 and I found the 2-pack for $9.99. Another store I went to had the games for $19.99 and $17.99, respectively, and that was a copy of Ultimate Alliance alone.

I'm only into Mass Effect for a small bit, but I have one question about the graphics. Why the film grain effect? Before I found that option in the Options, I thought my TV was having issues. I'm using an SDTV, so maybe it works better on an HD setup. Just seems a little pointless to me.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on January 04, 2009, 07:10:16 AM
I'm only into Mass Effect for a small bit, but I have one question about the graphics. Why the film grain effect? Before I found that option in the Options, I thought my TV was having issues. I'm using an SDTV, so maybe it works better on an HD setup. Just seems a little pointless to me.

It does look pretty good on an HDTV.  I'd call it a "Ridley Scott filter", as it gives the entire game that slick look.  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on January 04, 2009, 08:57:00 AM
I'm only into Mass Effect for a small bit, but I have one question about the graphics. Why the film grain effect? Before I found that option in the Options, I thought my TV was having issues. I'm using an SDTV, so maybe it works better on an HD setup. Just seems a little pointless to me.

It does look pretty good on an HDTV.  I'd call it a "Ridley Scott filter", as it gives the entire game that slick look.  :)

I'm not much of a fan of the motion blur, either. That I recognize from KOTOR. Turned it off on that one, too.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on January 04, 2009, 09:27:04 AM
I'm only into Mass Effect for a small bit, but I have one question about the graphics. Why the film grain effect? Before I found that option in the Options, I thought my TV was having issues. I'm using an SDTV, so maybe it works better on an HD setup. Just seems a little pointless to me.

It does look pretty good on an HDTV.  I'd call it a "Ridley Scott filter", as it gives the entire game that slick look.  :)

I'm not much of a fan of the motion blur, either. That I recognize from KOTOR. Turned it off on that one, too.

You can turn it off in settings... =) It degrades the picture so it looks better... if that makes sense..  But I like it off
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RoninFox on January 05, 2009, 10:53:39 PM
A week ago my roommate's friend lent him Fable II and ever since then everyone in the house has been playing it at every opportunity.  Might have to go back and play the original now, its very addicting.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on January 06, 2009, 01:21:53 AM
A week ago my roommate's friend lent him Fable II and ever since then everyone in the house has been playing it at every opportunity.  Might have to go back and play the original now, its very addicting.

Fable 1 has a PC version that has extended content
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RoninFox on January 06, 2009, 01:25:56 AM
Thanks for the tip, I'll keep an eye out for that.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on January 06, 2009, 09:26:45 AM
But be warned: No controller support at all on the PC version. Don't know why.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on January 06, 2009, 11:08:34 AM
But be warned: No controller support at all on the PC version. Don't know why.

The Extended content is well worth any troubles. its called like Fable 1 The Lost Chronicles/Chapters and has a branched off story which is said to help describe Fable 2's ending a little more /shrug.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Nekrose on January 06, 2009, 11:37:15 AM
But be warned: No controller support at all on the PC version. Don't know why.

The Extended content is well worth any troubles. its called like Fable 1 The Lost Chronicles/Chapters and has a branched off story which is said to help describe Fable 2's ending a little more /shrug.
That's also on the consoles. Well, definately Xbox.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Thorns of Crimson Death on January 06, 2009, 04:41:36 PM
Fable II (second time around, being evil again...I can't be good in games where I'm free to do as I please)

Fallout 3

And my default: Rock Band 2

If anyone is interested in playing RB2 or Fable II with me my gamertag on Live is The MexXx so send me a friend request and let me know that you're from the forum.

Good luck, and happy gaming.  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RoninFox on January 06, 2009, 04:45:02 PM
More Fableness, I just kicked ass in the Crucible.

I love fighting the Hollow Men, not only are they incredibly easy to kill with a sword once you know how to do the flourishes, but you imagine you're mowing down hoards of Kevin Bacon.   ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Thorns of Crimson Death on January 06, 2009, 05:29:04 PM
More Fableness, I just kicked ass in the Crucible.

I love fighting the Hollow Men, not only are they incredibly easy to kill with a sword once you know how to do the flourishes, but you imagine you're mowing down hoards of Kevin Bacon.   ;D

HAHAHA NICE!  I thought that as well about the hollow men initially but now I envision hordes of (insert current female celebrity with an eating disorder).  They're especially weak against fire attacks so an augmented weapon with the fire stone works well but if you're like me you'll upgrade your fireball will power asap.  The area it encircles when level 5 is reached is MASSIVE and it will kill nearly any enemy the first time around.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Nekrose on January 07, 2009, 06:11:18 AM
Try not to perfect the crucible more than once. If you do you spawn outside with your legs stuck in the floor.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Thorns of Crimson Death on January 07, 2009, 07:39:05 PM
Try not to perfect the crucible more than once. If you do you spawn outside with your legs stuck in the floor.

sounds like a weird glitch.  I did it once and had no reason to go back again, but I'll try to warn my friends about it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: spaceforarent on January 08, 2009, 08:42:20 PM
well now I'm renting Resistance 2 until my copy arrives from Amazon...and yes I bought the special edition.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Nekrose on January 09, 2009, 02:28:42 AM
Try not to perfect the crucible more than once. If you do you spawn outside with your legs stuck in the floor.

sounds like a weird glitch.  I did it once and had no reason to go back again, but I'll try to warn my friends about it.
I wanted to max out all my skills and the Crucible is by far the fastest xp. 'Cos you can just keep going through and buying all the xp potions and for some reason you get atleast 5 times as much as you should from the potions in there. I think the legs in floor glitch happens because when you finish it. Instead of just leaving out the door, because you perfected it you have to open the chest again, but it can't give you two of the same weapon, so it just screws up. I'm quite surprised the testers missed it though.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Halifirien on January 12, 2009, 08:07:09 AM
I've been bouncing between Metroid Fusion on the Game Boy Micro in my bathroom and Metroid Zero Mission on the DS. It leads to a little confusion because abilities gained in one are not necessarily in the other, but I'm managing. I'm just a big sucker for the Metroid series. I bought Metroid Prime 3: Corruption over the weekend, but for some reason my Wii doesn't read the disc and I have to exchange it.

I also picked up The Last Remnant on the Xbox 360. I'm only an hour or so into it and the combat has a steep and unfamiliar learning curve, but it's starting to make sense.

Beyond that, it's regular bouts of Animal Crossing and tracking down the remaining bobbleheads for the last Fallout 3 Achievement.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on January 12, 2009, 09:04:23 AM
I played on the new CSI game for the PC for about an hour.  It's horrible.  I quite enjoyed the other ones, what with the gathering of evidence and such, but this one is just the player clicking the screen at random pixels, hoping they're important.  At least in the other one you could actually look round a room, rather than a static screenshot. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on January 12, 2009, 10:36:01 AM
Im playing Kingdom Under Fire Circle of Doom..... Its alright except for the game is very long. The quests have you running back to previous levels to get the kill count. And I didnt meen to pick the emo Vampire dude but he was the only one with dual swords I believe... overall i give it a 6 out of 10. It does look pretty.... The game not the vampire dude.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on January 12, 2009, 05:24:15 PM
Got a copy of Beyond Good & Evil from Goozex.com today.  Figured I'd give it a shot since I'd never played it before and there's a new one coming out sometime soon.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on January 13, 2009, 05:11:57 AM
Ooh, there's a new one coming out? I'll have to keep my eye out for that. It's a fun little game. A little short for my tastes, though.

I'm still on my first play through Mass Effect. I say my first because even though I'm not even done yet, I know I'll be playing it again.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on January 13, 2009, 09:14:43 AM
Ooh, there's a new one coming out? I'll have to keep my eye out for that. It's a fun little game. A little short for my tastes, though.

http://www.joystiq.com/2008/05/28/beyond-good-and-evil-2-revealed-at-ubidays-2008/

Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on January 13, 2009, 09:51:33 AM
Sweet. Pretty funny little teaser. Hopefully we'll hear more about this soon.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on January 13, 2009, 10:05:46 AM
I hope they keep the photography aspect of the game intact.  I always enjoy that sort of thing in games.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on January 13, 2009, 12:21:16 PM
I hope they keep the photography aspect of the game intact.  I always enjoy that sort of thing in games.

Ever play Dark Cloud 2? The photo side-questing to get inventions was addicting. I love a game that gets crazy with the minutiae. . . as long as they make it fun. It's why the GTA series is so popular, after all. Well, that and running over whores in a sports car you jacked from some schmuck a couple blocks back.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Thorns of Crimson Death on January 14, 2009, 01:28:58 PM
Try not to perfect the crucible more than once. If you do you spawn outside with your legs stuck in the floor.

sounds like a weird glitch.  I did it once and had no reason to go back again, but I'll try to warn my friends about it.
I wanted to max out all my skills and the Crucible is by far the fastest xp. 'Cos you can just keep going through and buying all the xp potions and for some reason you get atleast 5 times as much as you should from the potions in there. I think the legs in floor glitch happens because when you finish it. Instead of just leaving out the door, because you perfected it you have to open the chest again, but it can't give you two of the same weapon, so it just screws up. I'm quite surprised the testers missed it though.

Ah I gotcha, yeah going through it does helps max out your XP and the potions there do seem to yield more points.

I just went through it a second time and decided to get my dog back, even though if you take the money and buy every bit of property you do get him back, but it takes a while to do that.

Also I downloaded the new Knothole Island expansion for it.  New area, items that you can't find anywhere else, and quests.  For only 860 points, it's worth it for the content and if you're nearing close to not having any more quests to do.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: KingOfShippers on January 14, 2009, 02:29:42 PM
I've put aside Mass Effect for the time being,  and picked up Soul Calibur IV, story modes okay i guess, but compared II's story mode is still better. I just unlocked The Apprentice as well, and relized almost right off the bat that he massacres everybody else, I think he might just be the person i'll be using to piss of my friends with (formally it was Killik and Maxi in II) >:D.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on January 14, 2009, 03:55:28 PM
Well, I finished Mass effect. Probably could've put another 10 hours or so in if I'd finished all the side quests, but I got a little impatient. Next run through I'll take my time. Definitely going "renegade", but not sure whether to do male or female.

For now, though, I think I'll finish out The Force Unleashed. If I can get through the Death Star last time I played I was getting my butt handed to me. How many stormtroopers with jetpacks do they have just hanging around, anyway?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on January 14, 2009, 04:01:22 PM
...

If you use your same character from Mass Effect for a second run, you're allowed to keep a lot of the stats and whatnot... which makes going bad a lot easier, even if you bump up the difficulty.

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on January 14, 2009, 04:16:03 PM
...

If you use your same character from Mass Effect for a second run, you're allowed to keep a lot of the stats and whatnot... which makes going bad a lot easier, even if you bump up the difficulty.

-Rude

Theres a bug where you can turn in one quest over and over and over... for either good or bad karma.... tehe
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on January 14, 2009, 04:35:24 PM
...

And that quest would be...
C'mon man, spill it.

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on January 14, 2009, 05:02:43 PM
Do you really need to know? It's not like you get seperate achievements for being good and bad.  You can also pump those stats after the first completion into being a Renegade which gives an easy opening for the "evil" path through the game.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on January 14, 2009, 05:30:02 PM
...

Yes. Yes, i really need to know. I must know. Rather than simply discussing this game in a game forum, there's actually a horrible group of mercenaries that are threatening to kill my sister if i don't learn this particular secret for Mass Effect.

Of course, if you don't think that i really need to know... i suppose i could just let them kill her. But before i sentence her to death though, maybe i could get a list of other things that i really don't need to know. Just in case they ask.

...  :D ...

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on January 14, 2009, 05:38:02 PM
Do you really need to know? It's not like you get seperate achievements for being good and bad.  You can also pump those stats after the first completion into being a Renegade which gives an easy opening for the "evil" path through the game.

Actualy there are achievements for both paragon and renegade... Adn who wants to beat mass effect twice anyways? lol

Anyways if you want guides or tricks.... Always check out this site first.
http://www.xbox360achievements.org/game/mass-effect/guide/
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on January 14, 2009, 06:28:44 PM
...

Actually, i already have that website bookmarked. I just figured since you were here, and i was here, and it was mentioned... maybe you'd like to let on. But i can see no one wants to make this too easy for poor old Rude, so off i go...

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Nick on January 14, 2009, 09:09:16 PM
Here it is copied from Gamespot. (http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/rpg/masseffect/hints.html?tag=tabs;cheats)

Quote
Infinite Renegade/Paragon
On the planet Noveria, head to the hotel bar and look for a Turian named Lorik Quinn. Accept his quest to steal the data from his office. Once you get the data, the receptionist will ask you to get Quinn to testify. Tell her you'll do it, and then go talk to Quinn. From here:

1) Tell Quinn that he should testify (top left option).

2) When he refuses, select the Charm option (top left) for Paragon points or the Intimidate (bottom left) for Renegade points and end the conversation.

3) Talk to him again, and ask about the Matriarch.

4) When he gets done talking about her, select the "Other questions" option (bottom right).

5) Now, you'll have the option to ask him to testify again (top left). He'll refuse, and you'll be able to use the Charm or Intimidate option again to gain another 24 Paragon or Renegade points.

Repeat steps 3-5 until you have all the Paragon or Renegade points you want.


Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: ninjacat11 on January 15, 2009, 03:09:46 AM
LittleBigPlanet and Fallout 3.
I still have no clue how to make a level in LBP, but I'm starting to learn.

I've unfortunately been neglecting BioShock. I got it for Christmas and it is amazing, but I've never sat down to play it save one or two times.

LittleBigPlanet is like crack.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on January 15, 2009, 12:30:08 PM
LittleBigPlanet and Fallout 3.
I still have no clue how to make a level in LBP, but I'm starting to learn.

I've unfortunately been neglecting BioShock. I got it for Christmas and it is amazing, but I've never sat down to play it save one or two times.

LittleBigPlanet is like crack.

You want to know whats like crack?... Crack... :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on January 15, 2009, 01:48:52 PM
...

Drugs are like crack, too.

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on January 17, 2009, 07:10:09 PM
Huh.  So my rental company tell me I'm going to be receiving Mirror's Edge on the 360 today.  I open up the envelope, and what do I see? Ghost Recon: Advanced Warrior.  Something that's not even on my list! :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: bratpop on January 18, 2009, 09:16:01 PM
I had a few bucks, so I ordered the best game I could afford for a few bucks - Spider-Man 2. Which I totally won't have time to play when it gets here. I figure it should last about a year.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: BBQ Platypus on January 19, 2009, 01:08:25 AM
I'm re-playing the Command & Conquer games right now.

I had forgotten how goddamned cool Kane is.  FUCK YEAH KANE!

I'm a sucker for B-movie type cinematics.  Nothing but top-quality cheese of the most fun, enjoyable, cheesetastic kind.  Couple that with RTS gameplay and you've got yourself a game.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on January 19, 2009, 05:13:46 AM
Gauntlet:  The Seven Sorrows or something on Xbox marketplace.

Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on January 19, 2009, 06:10:42 AM
Thanks to Pak-Man's post in the Zombie Apocalypse thread last night, I had to go back to playing Mega Man 2 for the NES last night. I beat that, and now I'm playing Mega Man 3 today. It's not quite as good as 2 was, but the music is still pretty kicky. It occurs to me that these could actually be pretty cool modern games if some work was done on them... the whole proto man thing, even with no actual story behind it, is kind of neat to see unfold while you're playing.

It's impressive to think about how much Nintendo managed to do with so little disc space and graphical abilities back in the day (on some games, anyway).
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on January 19, 2009, 08:48:52 AM
I finally went through the other 3 acts of Left 4 Dead and that game kicked my ass royally. Played online with a few friends on expert on Blood Harvest, we had to turn it down to advanced on the last stage because it just kicked our ass so bad. A Tank killed me right before the end of the stage, the bastard.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on January 19, 2009, 10:26:37 AM
I am currently NOT playing 007: Quantum of Solace on the Wii.  I'm really disappointed with the single player mode.  (I should've got it on the PS3, but the idea of using the zapper was too appealing.)

Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on January 19, 2009, 12:17:08 PM
I just rented the new prince of persia. I think its far better then any previously because you dont fall to your death 90% of the time. only 30% of the time, and a hotty saves your ass everytime. I only completed the first unlocked power and im not sure how different the levels are from the first few. But i hope it gets more unique. Anyways its a good game.

Oh yeah Kingdom under Fire Circle of Doom is fucking god awful. Like if satan made a game with complicated plot and quests that dont tell you what to do or who to kill. or what to do next. you just sort of have to guess if you dont have a guide because the hints are so obscenely retarded and mismatched that it could be your grandma or a balrog at the end of hell.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: spaceforarent on January 19, 2009, 01:07:51 PM
I am currently NOT playing 007: Quantum of Solace on the Wii.  I'm really disappointed with the single player mode.  (I should've got it on the PS3, but the idea of using the zapper was too appealing.)



Oh yea, I forgot I had that zapper...I've only used it for the game it came with...and not for months
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on January 19, 2009, 02:02:03 PM
I am currently NOT playing 007: Quantum of Solace on the Wii.  I'm really disappointed with the single player mode.  (I should've got it on the PS3, but the idea of using the zapper was too appealing.)



Oh yea, I forgot I had that zapper...I've only used it for the game it came with...and not for months

Same here.  I bought one and then got another for Christmas in 2007.  Haven't used the Christmas one, and hadn't used the other one since probably a month before that.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on January 21, 2009, 05:10:13 AM
Crap.  I knew I shouldn't have booted up KotoR II.  Now I'm going to have to obsessively play it until I finish it...again.  Bye!
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on January 21, 2009, 11:23:49 AM
I've decided it's finally time to plow through Sam and Max: Season 2. I have some sort of psychological block  that makes me not want to finish a game until it has a sequel available. I have many-a-save for games I haven't finished yet waiting just before the final boss. But this season of Sam and Max has been so awesome, I can't put it off. I must know what happens to Bosco!
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on January 21, 2009, 02:03:11 PM
Crap.  I knew I shouldn't have booted up KotoR II.  Now I'm going to have to obsessively play it until I finish it...again.  Bye!

I know that feeling all too well. Played through both KOTORs more than I can say. Got caught in another go-round of Mass Effect myself. I figured I'd move on to something else before going back, but I couldn't help myself.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on January 21, 2009, 02:14:43 PM
Crap.  I knew I shouldn't have booted up KotoR II.  Now I'm going to have to obsessively play it until I finish it...again.  Bye!

I know that feeling all too well. Played through both KOTORs more than I can say. Got caught in another go-round of Mass Effect myself. I figured I'd move on to something else before going back, but I couldn't help myself.

Done it...again. :)

I need to back to Mass Effect and bang Williams.  Haven't done that, yet.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on January 21, 2009, 02:48:56 PM
Crap.  I knew I shouldn't have booted up KotoR II.  Now I'm going to have to obsessively play it until I finish it...again.  Bye!

I know that feeling all too well. Played through both KOTORs more than I can say. Got caught in another go-round of Mass Effect myself. I figured I'd move on to something else before going back, but I couldn't help myself.

Done it...again. :)

I need to back to Mass Effect and bang Williams.  Haven't done that, yet.

Yeah, I went for Liara the first time and now I'm going through as a female, so I suppose I'll go with Kaiden. I think I'll do a renegade male next time so I can go for Ashley.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on January 21, 2009, 02:51:05 PM
I did Liara as the woman too.  Kaiden's a whiny bitch.   ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on January 22, 2009, 07:30:19 PM
I bought Football Manager 2009 today.  It may be uninteresting to you guys, but I've spent years playing the franchise.  It also helps me fulfill my dream of Bristol City winning the Champions League.  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on January 22, 2009, 09:27:57 PM
I bought Football Manager 2009 today.  It may be uninteresting to you guys, but I've spent years playing the franchise.  It also helps me fulfill my dream of Bristol City winning the Champions League.  :)

Jesus tapdancing Christ, what is it with the British and these Football Manager games? It's essentially a frickin' excel spreadsheet game! I had to listen to those fuckers over at the UK Gamespot podcast talk about this thing for SEVENTY god damn minutes out of a two hour podcast last week because it was all I had to listen to on a long car trip, and then they fucking went on about it for ANOTHER twenty minutes this week!

This is not a knock at anyone who actually plays the games. I just can't stand people who go on for-fucking-ever without ever changing the subject. Diversify, damnit!
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: bratpop on January 23, 2009, 12:03:24 AM
Manager games are Japan's fault.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: La De Da on January 23, 2009, 03:28:39 AM
Street Fighter Alpha to Omega.  Got to get my thumbs in shape.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on January 23, 2009, 06:13:20 AM
I bought Football Manager 2009 today.  It may be uninteresting to you guys, but I've spent years playing the franchise.  It also helps me fulfill my dream of Bristol City winning the Champions League.  :)

Jesus tapdancing Christ, what is it with the British and these Football Manager games? It's essentially a frickin' excel spreadsheet game! I had to listen to those fuckers over at the UK Gamespot podcast talk about this thing for SEVENTY god damn minutes out of a two hour podcast last week because it was all I had to listen to on a long car trip, and then they fucking went on about it for ANOTHER twenty minutes this week!

This is not a knock at anyone who actually plays the games. I just can't stand people who go on for-fucking-ever without ever changing the subject. Diversify, damnit!

Heh.  I heard the same podcast, though Football Manager Live doesn't really interest me.  If you haven't understood yet, we like Football management games because we all think we can do better than the current managers of our supported teams.  They are superbly detailed too, making the whole thing seem a little more immersive.  Yes, I know it's basically just an interactive spreadsheet, but it works!  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: bratpop on January 23, 2009, 06:22:42 AM
I think all sports are ruined by the idea of managers and coaches. How stupid is a contest of athletics if you need some old, fat guy to dictate your every movie? I mean really. Who came up with that? I'm guessing an old fat guy.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Thorns of Crimson Death on January 23, 2009, 06:39:51 AM
I think all sports are ruined by the idea of managers and coaches. How stupid is a contest of athletics if you need some old, fat guy to dictate your every movie? I mean really. Who came up with that? I'm guessing an old fat guy.

I take it you don't watch sports at all, seeing as how ignorant this comment is ::).  If you're on an (American) Football team and lets say your position is Quarterback then you should be able to naturally call a play.  But if you're not as savvy as the likes of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger or any other marquee QB then how will you know that the defense won't pick up on what you're doing?  What audible will you call when the D gives you  a different look?  It's not as simple/idiotic to just let the team on the field for 60 minutes of playing time just do whatever the hell they want on their own.

I don't find the manager style games to be entertaining but some people do and that's why they were created.  But to say that "I think all sports are ruined by the idea of managers and coaches"  is just showcasing how much of a jackass you are.  :clap:
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on January 23, 2009, 06:46:41 AM
I think all sports are ruined by the idea of managers and coaches. How stupid is a contest of athletics if you need some old, fat guy to dictate your every movie? I mean really. Who came up with that? I'm guessing an old fat guy.

I take it you don't watch sports at all, seeing as how ignorant this comment is ::).  If you're on an (American) Football team and lets say your position is Quarterback then you should be able to naturally call a play.  But if you're not as savvy as the likes of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger or any other marquee QB then how will you know that the defense won't pick up on what you're doing?  What audible will you call when the D gives you  a different look?  It's not as simple/idiotic to just let the team on the field for 60 minutes of playing time just do whatever the hell they want on their own.

I don't find the manager style games to be entertaining but some people do and that's why they were created.  But to say that "I think all sports are ruined by the idea of managers and coaches"  is just showcasing how much of a jackass you are.  :clap:

Just look at how shitty the Cowboys have done lately. Buttloads of talent, but no leadership.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on January 23, 2009, 07:02:39 AM
C'mon guys, he's trolling kidding.  Don't be so easy to take his bait.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on January 23, 2009, 07:04:40 AM
No . . . bratpop is above trolling . . . never.  ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Thorns of Crimson Death on January 23, 2009, 07:34:50 AM
I think all sports are ruined by the idea of managers and coaches. How stupid is a contest of athletics if you need some old, fat guy to dictate your every movie? I mean really. Who came up with that? I'm guessing an old fat guy.

I take it you don't watch sports at all, seeing as how ignorant this comment is ::).  If you're on an (American) Football team and lets say your position is Quarterback then you should be able to naturally call a play.  But if you're not as savvy as the likes of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger or any other marquee QB then how will you know that the defense won't pick up on what you're doing?  What audible will you call when the D gives you  a different look?  It's not as simple/idiotic to just let the team on the field for 60 minutes of playing time just do whatever the hell they want on their own.

I don't find the manager style games to be entertaining but some people do and that's why they were created.  But to say that "I think all sports are ruined by the idea of managers and coaches"  is just showcasing how much of a jackass you are.  :clap:

Just look at how shitty the Cowboys have done lately. Buttloads of talent, but no leadership.

Not saying that there aren't shitty coaches out there, far from it, but if he's being serious then he must have had a lobotomy.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: swisscheeseandbullets on January 23, 2009, 08:18:50 AM
I'm playing Mario Kart on N64.  :D
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Nekrose on January 23, 2009, 08:43:33 AM
Since my Xbox broke, I've been playing... Runescape. (http://runescape.com) =/
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: TVsAdam on January 23, 2009, 10:29:40 AM
I'm just about to finish the Halo 3 campaign.  I'll be keeping the game handy for multiplayer purposes, but I'm trying to decide what to tackle next.  Here are my options, most of which were the product of a very game-friendly Christmas:

-GTA4
-Fable 2
-Gears 2
-Fallout 3
-Far Cry 2

What do you guys think?  I'm leaning toward Fable or Fallout, but I haven't finished the previous games in either series yet, so I feel like I should do that first...not because I won't get what's going on, but more out of my general tendency to do that.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RoninFox on January 23, 2009, 02:54:53 PM
I've been playing Fable 2 for awhile and I never played the first one.  I'm enjoying the hell out of it, but there are apparently a lot of advantages to playing the first one, including a chest you find in part 2 that you can use to pick up your Fable 1 character's equipment from.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on January 23, 2009, 05:18:11 PM
...

I'd vote that you start Fallout 3... awesome game.

I've just been playing Rock Band 2, and downloading new music to keep me interested. Anyone want to lend me their Rock Band 1 disc so i can steal all those tracks for free? I'll send it back with an obsolete free copy of Planet Earth on HD-DVD!  :D

Other than that i've been keeping an eye out for Bioshock. I've wanted to play that since it was released, and i see that a sequel is on it's way... so now may be the time.

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: spaceforarent on January 23, 2009, 06:14:37 PM


Other than that i've been keeping an eye out for Bioshock. I've wanted to play that since it was released, and i see that a sequel is on it's way... so now may be the time.

-Rude
Bioshock was $5 on Steam for a while, during some sale they were having. If you're planning on getting it for PC, I'd at least go check to see if it's still going on
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: TVsAdam on January 24, 2009, 06:29:56 AM
I've been playing Fable 2 for awhile and I never played the first one.  I'm enjoying the hell out of it, but there are apparently a lot of advantages to playing the first one, including a chest you find in part 2 that you can use to pick up your Fable 1 character's equipment from.

See that?  Right there?  That's AWESOME.  I love that kind of stuff.

...except I'm playing Fable 1 on PC, so any cross-game advantages, I don't get, unless they're plot-based.   :-\
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on January 24, 2009, 07:27:32 AM
So how does that work if you have your Fable game on the old Xbox and Fable 2 on the 360?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RoninFox on January 24, 2009, 07:40:35 AM
I'm not sure how it works for sure, since I haven't tried part 1 yet, I just know I found a chest that when I tried to open it gave me a message about inheriting from an ancestor and going to fable2.com for details...trying to look it up now, I can't figure it out at all.  I might be wrong here about what that means.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Nekrose on January 24, 2009, 01:38:12 PM
I'm not sure how it works for sure, since I haven't tried part 1 yet, I just know I found a chest that when I tried to open it gave me a message about inheriting from an ancestor and going to fable2.com for details...trying to look it up now, I can't figure it out at all.  I might be wrong here about what that means.
No you go on the website and there is a flash story thing you do, and from you choices you unlock different things, and that'll be in that chest.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RoninFox on January 24, 2009, 04:11:21 PM
Well damn. My idea was cooler.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on January 24, 2009, 05:30:37 PM
Well damn. My idea was cooler.

Yeah, but this way it's much more doable. Is that only for the PC version?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: bratpop on January 24, 2009, 07:32:24 PM
Spider-Man 2 makes me nauseous.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on January 24, 2009, 07:41:18 PM
Spider-Man 2 makes me nauseous.

No, Spider-Man 2 makes you nauseated. If it made you nauseous, you would be something that makes other people sick.

No, wait, you were right the first time. ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: bratpop on January 24, 2009, 07:45:14 PM
1 affected with nausea.  2 causing nausea.

Maybe in your country, people say "nauseous" to mean "nauseating," but I've never heard anyone use definition number 2.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on January 24, 2009, 08:03:39 PM
In England, where ENGLISH comes from, nauseous is an adjective describing something that causes nausea, and nauseated is a noun meaning to feel nausea. People have come to incorrectly use nauseous when they actually mean nauseated over the years. Just because it's common doesn't mean it's correct. ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: bratpop on January 24, 2009, 08:50:41 PM
Maybe, but as you can see, we corrected that little mistake. That's like calling something cautious because it causes caution.

Nauseating is much better, thank you.

Anyway, Spider-Man 2 gives me motion sickness.  :rimshot:
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: a pretty girl is like on January 26, 2009, 08:59:39 AM
Because we're nerds and stupid, whenever we're walking around Manhattan we like to point out the places with likely building tokens on top of them.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on January 26, 2009, 09:26:37 AM
Quote from: Chaos
...nauseated is a noun

Hmmm...  ;)

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on January 26, 2009, 11:43:59 AM

Other than that i've been keeping an eye out for Bioshock. I've wanted to play that since it was released, and i see that a sequel is on it's way... so now may be the time.

-Rude

Bioshock is great, I heartily recommend it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: TVsAdam on January 26, 2009, 01:27:29 PM

Other than that i've been keeping an eye out for Bioshock. I've wanted to play that since it was released, and i see that a sequel is on it's way... so now may be the time.

-Rude

Bioshock is great, I heartily recommend it.

Seconded.  Really a very good game.

Incidentally, of my long list from before, I went with Fallout 3.  I started last night and got out of the vault, but had to stop there.  Seeing the D.C. wasteland spread out before me at the cliff like that filled me with a weird combination of anticipation and dread for the hours to come.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on January 26, 2009, 01:31:11 PM

Other than that i've been keeping an eye out for Bioshock. I've wanted to play that since it was released, and i see that a sequel is on it's way... so now may be the time.

-Rude

Bioshock is great, I heartily recommend it.

Seconded.  Really a very good game.

Incidentally, of my long list from before, I went with Fallout 3.  I started last night and got out of the vault, but had to stop there.  Seeing the D.C. wasteland spread out before me at the cliff like that filled me with a weird combination of anticipation and dread for the hours to come.

Its a fun kind of dread... Try to make nice with everyone you can (except for raiders and mutants) You should be fine overall if you follow that. =)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on January 26, 2009, 01:33:00 PM
That was pretty much my feeling too. Seeing the scope of everything in a panoramic view all around you, with NO FUCKING IDEA what to do or where to go, it really makes you feel like it's happening to you for real (especially if it's 1am and the light are off in your gaming area). It's absolutely daunting, and amazing, and terrifying, and wonderful, all at once. Very few gaming experiences have hit me as hard as that moment when your eyes adjust and you look out upon the wasteland and think to yourself... "Well, I'm fucked." ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on January 26, 2009, 01:40:18 PM
Man, I have to get Fallout 3.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on January 26, 2009, 02:15:12 PM
Yes, you do.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on January 26, 2009, 04:13:25 PM
Definitely on my list of games to get . . . as soon as I get some income flow again.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on January 26, 2009, 04:26:00 PM
Yes, you do.

OK, done.  Just ordered it. 

Jeez, Chaos, you're persistent.  Maybe you could lay off a bit the next time I express interest in a game.  I'm not used to people putting so much pressure on me.  ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on January 26, 2009, 05:21:47 PM
It's pretty great, and the DLC for the 360 version will be coming out over the next 3 months, which looks really interesting.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on January 26, 2009, 06:49:51 PM
I'm much more psyched about some of the kickass mods the PC users are starting to put out. You just can't beat crowdsource gaming. :)

Yes, you do.

OK, done.  Just ordered it. 

Jeez, Chaos, you're persistent.  Maybe you could lay off a bit the next time I express interest in a game.  I'm not used to people putting so much pressure on me.  ;)

You should see me when I, like, actually use emphasis and persuasion. ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Nekrose on January 27, 2009, 12:54:35 AM
Finally gonna get to play Mirror's Edge. It's been looking at me for the past month since my Xbox broke. Getting Skate 2 today aswell.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: bratpop on January 27, 2009, 02:02:30 AM
Speaking of nausea....
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: TVsAdam on January 27, 2009, 06:50:41 AM
It's pretty great, and the DLC for the 360 version will be coming out over the next 3 months, which looks really interesting.

Yeah, I played for maybe three hours last night before having to physically tear myself away from it and go to bed, and it is pretty damn great.

At this point I should probably move my discussion over to the Fallout 3 topic, but whatever, I'm here now, so here are my very, very minor complaints so far.  Everything else is pretty much golden:

-God, that third-person view is awful.  Seriously, it's worse than Oblivion, and that was like three years ago.  Dude looks like he's floating above the ground.

...oh wait.  That was it. 

Other than the fact that I really wish I was playing it on PC (mouse and keyboard would be ideal for control), but my machine is a bit outdated and it looks so damn pretty on my tv.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on January 27, 2009, 07:19:04 AM
It's pretty great, and the DLC for the 360 version will be coming out over the next 3 months, which looks really interesting.

Yeah, I played for maybe three hours last night before having to physically tear myself away from it and go to bed, and it is pretty damn great.

At this point I should probably move my discussion over to the Fallout 3 topic, but whatever, I'm here now, so here are my very, very minor complaints so far.  Everything else is pretty much golden:

-God, that third-person view is awful.  Seriously, it's worse than Oblivion, and that was like three years ago.  Dude looks like he's floating above the ground.

...oh wait.  That was it. 

Other than the fact that I really wish I was playing it on PC (mouse and keyboard would be ideal for control), but my machine is a bit outdated and it looks so damn pretty on my tv.

I just had a 21" CRT monitor given to me because one of my wife's friends does tech support and was told to get rid of it. Anyway, this is a lot bigger than my old 17" CRT (both in screen and overall size) and I've actually thought of hooking my Xbox 360 up to it (it's hooked up to a 20" SDTV now). Anyone else around here use the VGA cords to do this? I'll have to get a couple adapters to make it work, but that's no biggie. There is a VGA cord from Intec at half the price, but I've read that the official Xbox cable is loads better. Any input on this?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on January 27, 2009, 08:27:29 AM
In my experience most "official" cables are heinously overpriced, and perform no better (and often times much WORSE) than the stuff you can buy online for quite cheap.

I got two 10 foot HDMI cables from monoprice.com for $5.50 each and only $7 shipping for the pair (and that was the international rate), whereas the PS3 HDMI cables are $30 for a 3 foot cable, and the ones I got online give an identical picture (I have the PS3 hooked up to the same 22" HD LCD monitor I use for my PC now).

Don't buy into the whole official cable scam. Find a reputable online dealer and get the cables dirt cheap (and with much more length to give you some flexibility in your setup). I'm not sure whether or not monoprice.com has VGA cables, but if they do, I highly recommend them.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on January 27, 2009, 08:49:19 AM
Whoa . . . $6.75 at monoprice. Before shipping, of course. Even with shipping, that's even better than the $20 Intec one. Plus $1.19 for the adapter to connect the two male plugs. I'll have to bookmark this one.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Nekrose on January 27, 2009, 09:04:21 AM
I use the Xbox VGA cable and it works fine. Only problem is that the speakers on the monitor are awful, but that can be solved with a 3.5mm gender changer.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on January 27, 2009, 09:07:21 AM
Yeah, monoprice is an awesome site for stuff like this.  I bought 2 HDMI cables for about $4 each, with shipping the total came to like $14.  Compared to the cheapest HDMI cable at Best Buy which is over $50!  Man, what a scam.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on January 27, 2009, 09:41:43 AM
I'm blazing through the Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People series right now. Every episode so far has been twice as good as the last. If it keeps this up, episode 5 could be the best game ever. :^)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on January 27, 2009, 10:11:01 AM
Ordered the cable.  ;D At under $13 total for a cable and adapter, you just can't beat that in any physical store.

I'm blazing through the Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People series right now. Every episode so far has been twice as good as the last. If it keeps this up, episode 5 could be the best game ever. :^)

I'd love to get those, but at $10 each, that's just a bit much all put together.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on January 27, 2009, 10:56:12 AM
Say folks,

Do you have a 360? Have you played Mass Effect yet? If not, good news. On the 10th of February, we'll see a 2 Disc Platinum Hits edition of Mass Effect appear, with the main game on disc one, and various other stuff on disc two. Documentarys, clips, etc. Oh, and Bring Down the Sky will also be on there.  And all for the low price of $20. It's a great deal, if you haven't already picked up the game.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on January 27, 2009, 10:59:20 AM
Say folks,

Do you have a 360? Have you played Mass Effect yet? If not, good news. On the 10th of February, we'll see a 2 Disc Platinum Hits edition of Mass Effect appear, with the main game on disc one, and various other stuff on disc two. Documentarys, clips, etc. Oh, and Bring Down the Sky will also be on there.  And all for the low price of $20. It's a great deal, if you haven't already picked up the game.

Son . . . of . . . a . . . bitch.

I just bought it for $15 a few weeks ago. Most of the extras are probably already available for download for free, but Bring Down the Sky is another $5. Oh well, same price, really. Once I get BDtS, anyway.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on January 27, 2009, 12:18:36 PM
Ordered the cable.  ;D At under $13 total for a cable and adapter, you just can't beat that in any physical store.

I'm blazing through the Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People series right now. Every episode so far has been twice as good as the last. If it keeps this up, episode 5 could be the best game ever. :^)

I'd love to get those, but at $10 each, that's just a bit much all put together.
I'm playing on the PC. Telltale offered me the whole series for $20 since I was a Sam and Max Season 2 customer. I HAD downloaded the first 2 on the Wii, so Telltale still has more of my money than they probably should, but getting a season pass on the PC means (If they keep doing what they've been doing) I can get the DVD with all the episodes on it when it comes out for free + Shipping. :^)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Thorns of Crimson Death on January 27, 2009, 05:56:25 PM
Say folks,

Do you have a 360? Have you played Mass Effect yet? If not, good news. On the 10th of February, we'll see a 2 Disc Platinum Hits edition of Mass Effect appear, with the main game on disc one, and various other stuff on disc two. Documentarys, clips, etc. Oh, and Bring Down the Sky will also be on there.  And all for the low price of $20. It's a great deal, if you haven't already picked up the game.

That's great news for me, a few of my friends swear by the game but for some reason I just never got around to even trying it out let alone buy it.  This will probably be one of my next purchases.  Thanks for the heads-up.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on January 28, 2009, 11:48:50 AM
Shining Force 2.  On emulator, because I can't find my Genesis or any of my old Sega tapes.

There's an awesome looking Genesis pack coming out for 360 and PS3 soon.  It's got the following games in it:

Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
Alien Storm
Altered Beast
Beyond Oasis
Bonanza Bros.
Columns
Comix Zone
Decap Attack starring Chuck D. Head
Dr. Robotnik's MBM
Dynamite Headdy
Ecco the Dolphin
Ecco II: The Tides of Time
E-SWAT
Fatal Labyrinth
Flicky
Gain Ground
Golden Axe I
Golden Axe II
Golden Axe III
Kid Chameleon
Phantasy Star II
Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom
Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium
Ristar
Shining in the Darkness
Shining Force
Shining Force 2
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
Sonic 3D Blast
Sonic and Knuckles
Sonic Spinball
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Streets of Rage
Streets of Rage 2
Streets of Rage 3
Super Thunder Blade
Vectorman
Vectorman 2

It's out in early February.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on January 28, 2009, 12:02:30 PM
Wow. That's a mighty comprehensive selection. Who needs Virtual Console anymore? (for SEGA games at least. :^))
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on January 28, 2009, 12:04:34 PM
I think it is every game that Sega have released on the Virtual Console.  Just cheaper.  :)

I'll certainly be getting it, when it comes out over here.  A pity that Nintendo will never do anything like this on any other system.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on January 28, 2009, 12:54:52 PM
I might have to pick that up for the Phantasy Star games, if nothing else. I've never played them, because I wouldn't have been caught dead with a Genesis in my house. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on January 28, 2009, 01:06:23 PM
I replayed Phantasy Star IV recently.  It's not as awesome as I remember, but the Shining Force games are.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on January 28, 2009, 02:00:45 PM
Finished SW:TFU last night. It's funny just how close I was to done, too (I was at the Death Star). But Mass Effect took my attention away for a while. Anyone who's played it can understand that. Now I'm curious as to how different the 360 version of TFU is from my Wii version. Aside from the huge difference in graphics, that is.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Nick on January 28, 2009, 02:04:42 PM
Been playing LOTR: Conquest.

It's nothing special, and it can get mind bendingly frustrating at times (creeks of death lol). Oh, and whoever at Pandemic thought that having Mages regenerate their own health, as well as their allies was a good idea should seriously reconsider their career.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on January 28, 2009, 02:12:37 PM
So, what I'm hearing you say is, play a mage? ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on January 28, 2009, 02:19:45 PM
...

I downloaded that demo and it bored the hell out of me. Totally and completely aimed at online multiplayers, which i definitely am not. So i'm biased, but still... yawn.

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on January 28, 2009, 02:27:26 PM
Yeah, it's just Unreal Engine Game Clone #3029658 as far as I'm concerned. :P
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on January 28, 2009, 02:48:36 PM
I downloaded that demo and it bored the hell out of me.

This.

And the narrator voice was the most irritating video game voice I've heard in a long time.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Nick on January 30, 2009, 11:52:05 AM
Been playing Cod: WAW, and thouroughly sucking at it.

I do good some games, but most I die. A lot.

It's frustrating as hell too. Sometimes I'll be locked on to a guy, shoot at him first. He'll notice me, turn, shoot me once, and kill me. When I look at the killcam it's like I'm not even shooting him which indicates that the game lags. Horribly. Also the game has the annoying habit of spawning you three feet away from where you just died, thus getting you killed again.

Yeah, it's just Unreal Engine Game Clone #3029658 as far as I'm concerned. :P

I read your argument earlier about all the unreal games and I'd just like to make a point. While I would love it if Companies made their own engines, games are so expensive to make nowadays it's just unfeasible for companies to do that. Games have to sell a tremendous amount of copies to break even. Plus the Unreal engine is still pretty good.

Another point, I looked all over the LOTR: Conquest box and didn't see any mention of the Unreal engine, though it could be so common place nowadays they don't bother to advertise it. They may have used a suped up version of whatever Battlefront was made on (If the original Battlefronts were made using the Unreal engine than this paragraph will make me look like a dumbass, but I'm used to that.

Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Chaos on January 30, 2009, 03:06:44 PM
I read your argument earlier about all the unreal games and I'd just like to make a point. While I would love it if Companies made their own engines, games are so expensive to make nowadays it's just unfeasible for companies to do that. Games have to sell a tremendous amount of copies to break even. Plus the Unreal engine is still pretty good.

Another point, I looked all over the LOTR: Conquest box and didn't see any mention of the Unreal engine, though it could be so common place nowadays they don't bother to advertise it. They may have used a suped up version of whatever Battlefront was made on (If the original Battlefronts were made using the Unreal engine than this paragraph will make me look like a dumbass, but I'm used to that.

I know it's expensive, but they could at least work a little harder to make the graphics look different and unique to the game instead of just minor surface changes to the character models. Every single game looks cookie cutter to me these days, they're all interchangeable.

It's just as likely that I'm wrong about the Unreal Engine being used on LOTR, but I was pretty sure I saw the logo shown during the trailer on PSN. I could certainly be thinking of another game trailer, though. Either way it looks just as lackluster and carbon-copied as all the other recent game. If they DID use a custom built engine, they just as well may have used the Unreal Engine and saved the effort. ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on January 30, 2009, 06:04:10 PM
I swear I heard on Bombcast that LOTR: Conquest was made with the same engine as Battlefront.  Anyways, I got Too Human coming tomorrow. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: bratpop on January 30, 2009, 11:50:07 PM
As I recall X-Play saying last year, the problem with the "old console games" packs is they focus too much on series and not enough on quality or variety. Considering a lot of sequels in the olden days were basically the same game, if you count each series as one game, the lists are a lot smaller. Also, not sure why it would have to be a next gen collection. They could put that stuff on the DS.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: bratpop on January 31, 2009, 12:08:33 AM
Okay, finished Spider-Man 2 and aside from its relative shortness, I'm fairly disappointed overall.

They built freaking New York City in full, and most of the missions are closed-in, old skool style levels typical of all boss battles. As with most boss battles, many of them involve taking advantage of the design to slowly wait out the battle. And surprisingly, nothing involved using the design to defeat the boss (turning on some big zapping machine, etc.). The only remotely open world level was the Rhino fight, and that was brief and mostly used as a tutorial. I guess what they say about tie-in games applies even when they're this good. Kind of hilarious meta-reference though, when you're doing the Mysterio challenge, the cardboard cutout audience is actually pointed out as fake, as if Mysterio did it.

More disappointing though is there are few unlockables. You collect all the hint markers and tokens in the game for nothing but a textual "award" in a pointless menu list. WTF is that? There are no cheat codes either. Nada (well one, but it's worthless). There are no unlockable costumes. Come on. Even the first game had unlockable costumes (my Greatest Hits copy won't let the MJ one work though). The least they could have done is allowed the unmasked Spider-Man costume from the last two levels. There are no comic book covers, concept art stills, galleries of any sort. Nothing. What kind of stinking reward is some arbitrary meaningless title? That's not worth bragging rights.

There's also not a heck of a lot of variety in the crimefighting. You wreck people's cars for yelling, you stop car thieves, you stop other thieves. I didn't even want to try to stop those mech Spidey-buster things in the middle of the street. I only got out of the mission they were in by letting them blow each other up. The whiny kids crying for their balloons is painfully annoying, and it's hard to catch the things to boot.

I will say as a fan of Reno 911, it's nice hearing Niecy Nash in the streets of NYC. And the Black Cat storyline was amazing, if a bit rushed. (At one point in the game, they have you leave her for about two minutes before meeting up with her again. And that happens a couple of times.)

They certainly improved the map and the mechanics over the first game, but the extras are far worse, considering you could replay the first game as Goblin, Jr. The thing that makes a sandbox game like San Andreas fun is there's plenty to do in the sandbox. A sandbox with no toys is pretty dull. Boo.

P.S. - A bit baffled by the inclusion of The Distillers in the game, as they are only playing over the end credits. What was the point of that? Cool version of the cartoon theme, but sort of arbitrary.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on January 31, 2009, 08:08:31 AM
Well, I got the VGA cable yesterday and I've been playing all my 360 games just to see what a difference it makes in the graphics. I even put in Halo 2 for a few minutes and even that looked a little better on my computer monitor over an SDTV. The only problem is having to switch the cable back and forth . . . but it's a small price to pay. And I can actually stay connected to Xbox Live since the 360 is close to the router and I don't have to string the cable across the room.

Oh, and I heartily recommend the Resident Evil 5 demo. Pretty sweet . . . and just damn pretty. In a dirty, blood-covered, virus-infested way.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: bratpop on January 31, 2009, 10:57:25 PM
VGA is that thing from the 80s, right?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on February 01, 2009, 01:21:36 AM
HDTV FTW
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on February 01, 2009, 02:44:03 PM
VGA is that thing from the 80s, right?

Basically, yeah . . . but since I don't have $500 just laying around for a HDMI-equipped HDTV, I'm going with what I got - a 21" CRT monitor.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on February 01, 2009, 06:23:44 PM
I've played about 4 hours of Too Human so far.  It's... okay.  The combat veers between amazingly easy and impossibly hard, with no real approach at a difficulty curve.  I don't mind the use of an analogue stick for the combat, but the automatic camera can be a pain in the ass, and you'll find yourself fighting that as much as you will the bad guys - who up till now are all remarkably generic and samey - it looks pretty great though, and the ability to almost totally customize the look of your character is awesome (and a feature I'd like to see in Mass Effect 2).  I also like the "not dying" thing, where your character, upon the loss of life, is carried to heaven by a valkyrie and then you put straight back into the action, with no progress lost in the game.  It's a pity you have to endure the same unskippable 30 second cut-scene everytime this happens though, because I've died.  A LOT. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on February 05, 2009, 12:20:54 AM
After beating Sam and Max Season 2 and the entirety of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, I decided it was time for an old school challenge. Having heard Castlevania: Order of Ecclasia had just that, and having a $25 gift card, I picked it up today. I am pleased. :^) I've defeated the lion's share of Castlevania: ________ of ________  games (I'll beat you one day, Symphony of the Night!) and I can say that, so far, this one is one of the most challenging. I'm digging the dual-button weapon combo system, and hey! Hot lead character. Bonus! :^) I can tell this one is going to daunt me for a long time to come.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on February 05, 2009, 01:04:46 AM
I just rented Afro Samurai. I was a big fan of the anime and I think this is a good rent (not a good buy) I think if I actualy try I could beat it in a day but I have to work on those stupid achievements :p
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Nick on February 06, 2009, 11:34:15 AM
Been playing the Halo Wars demo a little. The campaign is pretty good, the CG scenes in between missions is really cool. 

The skirmish could use some work however. I was playing the Covenant and all my UNSC opponent did was spam scorpions(the tanks). Sad thing is, that worked. I made a mixed force, but his tank force was still very effective. Even when I was able to stop them he just kept spamming them. I even hit his economy early on. Frustrating.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on February 06, 2009, 11:38:23 AM
Been playing the Halo Wars demo a little. The campaign is pretty good, the CG scenes in between missions is really cool. 

The skirmish could use some work however. I was playing the Covenant and all my UNSC opponent did was spam scorpions(the tanks). Sad thing is, that worked. I made a mixed force, but his tank force was still very effective. Even when I was able to stop them he just kept spamming them. I even hit his economy early on. Frustrating.

Is this going to be for the PC? I never trust a strategy game thats only for a console systems. Even tho Civilization Revolutions was a ammmmazing game (turn based tho)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Nick on February 06, 2009, 11:52:09 AM
I think it's a console only game, seeing as how it was built form the ground up to be a console RTS.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on February 11, 2009, 01:02:25 AM
So I decided to see why the bargain racks are always littered with these "Hidden Object" games and downloaded a demo of "The Spirit of Wandering". Am I missing something? It's more or less the same thing I go through every day trying to find things in the fridge. There's something like a story that ties together these where's waldo style puzzles. This one was pirate themed, so you mostly look for various jugs and scepters in cluttered areas. I played for a while and got a headache. What's the appeal of these games? Did I pick a particularly bad one?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Rude on February 11, 2009, 04:09:51 AM
Quote from: The Warrior
Been playing the Halo Wars demo a little....

I'd never played a Halo game before, so i also downloaded this demo... and was very disappointed. This is definitely not a Halo game for n00bs. More of a console version of Risk or something. Mostly a boring (for me) strategy board game with an overhead view. I assume it's a quick & dirty way to cash in on the Halo name, because if this is what all the hype is about... snore.

-Rude
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on February 11, 2009, 07:09:27 AM
Is the Halo Wars demo available for Silver members yet? If so, I got a download to make.

I finally downloaded Bring Down the Sky for Mass Effect. This is the first time I've used the MS point system and I have to say that I was a little annoyed to find that MS points are a little more expensive than expected. I've bought stuff on the Wii and the points make sense - 100 points = $1. But nooo, MS made it so 400 points = $5. Whatever.

I haven't gone all the way through the content yet, but so far, it's pretty cool. Definitely different from the other missions you go on. Those Batarians sure do like missile turrets, don't they? Oh, one thing that bothered me about ME when I first played it was how they don't capitalize the different races (asari, turian, salarian, etc.). Then I thought about it and when it comes down to it, we don't capitalize "human", do we? A subtle little touch that sets ME apart.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on February 11, 2009, 07:58:39 AM
I finally downloaded Bring Down the Sky for Mass Effect. This is the first time I've used the MS point system and I have to say that I was a little annoyed to find that MS points are a little more expensive than expected. I've bought stuff on the Wii and the points make sense - 100 points = $1. But nooo, MS made it so 400 points = $5. Whatever.

I've never understood the reasoning behind a "points" system is anyway.  The Playstation Network simply uses dollar amounts for everything.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on February 11, 2009, 08:05:29 AM
It's probably nothing more than an attempt to disguise how much you're paying for a particular Xbox product. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on February 11, 2009, 08:06:46 AM
It's probably nothing more than an attempt to disguise how much you're paying for a particular Xbox product. 

That was kinda what I was thinking....
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Axnollouse on February 11, 2009, 08:09:52 AM
or you get an issue like mine where you have 140 points
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on February 11, 2009, 10:14:53 AM
Yeah, I still have 100 Points left each on the Wii and Xbox Live. You can get themes for that much sometimes on XBL, but why would I pay for that sort of thing?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on February 11, 2009, 11:09:54 AM
Some of the Genesis games cost 600 points, and the NES games cost 500. You could get 1000 points and get a Genesis and a NES game. Or, if you have Final Fantasy, My Life as King, you can buy nifty add-ons. :^)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on February 11, 2009, 02:28:23 PM
Wow, that just reminded me that I haven't even played all the way through Harvest Moon yet and I downloaded that one quite a while back..

Also, my wife and I went to Circuit City and got an early V-Day present for me. Guitar Hero: Aerosmith for $60 (with controller) for the 360.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on February 11, 2009, 02:39:41 PM
That's on my rental list.  God knows why, I'm terrible at Guitar Hero.  :)

I've been playing Kung Fu Panda.  It's a decent little beat 'em up, with some exceptionally authentic graphics.  I also have Phantasy Star Universe too, which is meant to be decent, if you don't play it on-line. :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Dankbuds on February 11, 2009, 02:46:55 PM
  God knows why, I'm terrible at Guitar Hero.  :)
I can relate to that. I got GH1 and 2 when they first came out, I was able to play all the easy tracks to 5 star performances, and maybe one or 2 medium songs but after that forget about it... I don't know maybe my hands or too small or maybe I'm just not coordinated enough. It pisses me off though I hate not having atleast 700 Achievement Points on each game... It makes me feel like the game beat me (and those 2 games didnt just beat me... they embarrassed me).
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on February 11, 2009, 05:48:16 PM
Yeah, I'm a little apprehensive about that. I'm far from what you'd call a hardcore gamer, so I'm prepared to suck.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on February 11, 2009, 07:33:36 PM
I can do medium okay, it's just when it gets to moving your hand to reach the fifth button that I can't do.  The notes go by too fast! :)

Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on February 11, 2009, 10:28:33 PM
Finished Bring Down the Sky tonight. Pretty cool. I always hate when games give you a choice on what kind of extra-special bonus item you want, though. I always feel like if I choose the wrong one, I'm going to get gypped. I went with the quarian armor because, as Shepard says, that stuff is hard to find. Only now Tali's gone from the one with the worst armor to the one with the best (Colossus VI). I enjoyed shooting the batarian in progressively more harmful areas at the end. Nice touch there. I'm interested in how it plays out as a Paragon.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on February 11, 2009, 10:44:21 PM
  God knows why, I'm terrible at Guitar Hero.  :)
I can relate to that. I got GH1 and 2 when they first came out, I was able to play all the easy tracks to 5 star performances, and maybe one or 2 medium songs but after that forget about it... I don't know maybe my hands or too small or maybe I'm just not coordinated enough. It pisses me off though I hate not having atleast 700 Achievement Points on each game... It makes me feel like the game beat me (and those 2 games didnt just beat me... they embarrassed me).

Horrible OCD achievement getter like myself. Guitar Hero tho brought me back down to earth and realized that achievements arent really that important... Well atleast for the game you dont absolutely love.


ps. my gamerscore still pwns you....  >:D
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Dankbuds on February 11, 2009, 10:59:05 PM
ps. my gamerscore still pwns you....  >:D
Yeah, now that football season is over though I plan to catch up on the games I missed.(During football season I only play Madden since I'm ranked in the top 300 online on the 360)
But I'm not making excuses that's a nice score you got and it's higher than mine (At the moment)  ;)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: bratpop on February 12, 2009, 01:34:45 AM
I've never understood the reasoning behind a "points" system is anyway.  The Playstation Network simply uses dollar amounts for everything.
It's very forward-thinking of them to use "Microsoft Points" years before they officially replace all currency.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Nekrose on February 12, 2009, 09:40:21 AM
I've never understood the reasoning behind a "points" system is anyway.  The Playstation Network simply uses dollar amounts for everything.
It's very forward-thinking of them to use "Microsoft Points" years before they officially replace all currency.
It's so they can get more money out of you. Instead of just buying what you want, you have to buy a set number of points, which is always not quite enough for what you want or a bit too much.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on February 12, 2009, 09:43:49 AM
I've never understood the reasoning behind a "points" system is anyway.  The Playstation Network simply uses dollar amounts for everything.
It's very forward-thinking of them to use "Microsoft Points" years before they officially replace all currency.
It's so they can get more money out of you. Instead of just buying what you want, you have to buy a set number of points, which is always not quite enough for what you want or a bit too much.

Its more about a goal system that is shared with all Xbox360 games. But some of the goals can be insane as (Make all 50 characters lvl 120) Or even as easy (for goal wise) By just beating the game normaly you would be able to get 1000 points. But most likely in games where they force you to play 400 hours just to get achievements, there just trying to kill us.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on February 12, 2009, 10:07:33 AM
Also what im playing now is. Blitz2 the league (really good for a football game). And Dragonballz Bust Limit (really good fighter game if you like DBZ)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on February 12, 2009, 11:59:09 AM
Wait, are you saying that getting certain acheivements will get your microsoft points, which you can use to purchase things in the marketplace?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on February 12, 2009, 12:00:14 PM
Wait, are you saying that getting certain acheivements will get your microsoft points, which you can use to purchase things in the marketplace?

I thought that when I first got an Xbox.  You don't.  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on February 12, 2009, 12:48:21 PM
OK, so I have no idea what Destin is talking about then...
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on February 12, 2009, 12:49:19 PM
I think he got the terms "achievement ponts" and "microsoft points" mixed up.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RoninFox on February 12, 2009, 01:04:31 PM
Finally got back to playing a little Fable II after a break, and beat the main quest.  Wow, that really tries to play with your emotions at the end, doesn't it?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on February 12, 2009, 01:06:12 PM
Which ending did you pick?
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on February 12, 2009, 02:13:00 PM
Which ending did you pick?

I cheated and did all 3  >:D
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on February 12, 2009, 06:02:40 PM

Flair vs Bear:

http://www.gametrailers.com/player/45354.html (http://www.gametrailers.com/player/45354.html)

WARNING - It's kinda large.  And totally random.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RoninFox on February 12, 2009, 09:06:29 PM
I went for the sacrifice.  If I have time I'll replay it and go for the others.  I put a lot of time into making my character mostly pure and good, and I invested well to the point I was already sitting on a fortune, so there was no need to go for the wealth.  Maybe next time I'll just make a total bastard though.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Nick on February 12, 2009, 10:14:00 PM
I picked family. I missed my doggie. :'(

That and I really didn't give a shit about a bunch of nameless thugs and peasants that died building the spire.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: RoninFox on February 12, 2009, 10:19:24 PM
If I could go back, I'd pick the same.  Its just not the same playing without that dog running around.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Nekrose on February 13, 2009, 12:53:32 AM
I just picked one, got the achievement then turned my Xbox off. Loaded the game, picked another one, got the achievement, turned Xbox off. Loaded the game again and picked the last one.  ;D
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on February 13, 2009, 06:05:44 AM
If I could go back, I'd pick the same.  Its just not the same playing without that dog running around.

On Knothole Island...

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on February 13, 2009, 07:45:29 AM
Downloaded Flower last night off the PSN, but it was getting late so I only was able to play the first level....but this game is really cool.  You're a flower petal that is blowing around on the wind, and you use the motion senitive sixaxis controller to control the direction the wind blows.  The goal is to collect more flower petals, but I think that the point is the overall mellow experience.  It's super colorful, with really soothing music and simple controls.  It's great.

http://www.gametrailers.com/player/45485.html
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on February 13, 2009, 08:02:36 AM
If I could go back, I'd pick the same.  Its just not the same playing without that dog running around.

On Knothole Island...

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

This is probably the most helpful thing to the people who sacrifice there dog (Which I didnt)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Variety of Cells on February 13, 2009, 05:11:37 PM
House of the Dead: Overkill for the Wii

An original house of the dead game on wii with a whole lot of gore and more swearing per sentence than i've heard in a long time.  It copies the style of Grindhouse... and i mean copy.  The swearing and humor isn't always funny (though more often than not it's at least amusing), but shooting zombies is always fun.  There's a lot of content for a rails shooter, and it actually looks quite good.  I'm more than happy with my purchase. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on February 13, 2009, 09:33:16 PM
I might get one of those House of the Dead games for my Wii sometime. Even if I won't be able to play it until after bedtime.

I've been playing my Guitar Hero: Aerosmith and loving it. Of course, I'm still playing on Easy to cut down on the frustration factor. Even played "Even Flow" on the demo of GH III I downloaded. Now I'm gonna have to get all of them.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Steve-O on February 13, 2009, 10:29:08 PM
I've been playing my Guitar Hero: Aerosmith and loving it. Of course, I'm still playing on Easy to cut down on the frustration factor. Even played "Even Flow" on the demo of GH III I downloaded. Now I'm gonna have to get all of them.

One of us!  One of us!
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on February 14, 2009, 06:42:51 AM
I managed to grab an extra 60 points on Guitar Hero II, for buying all the guitars and finishes.  I basically cheated though, and started a new band and went through the medium campaign again.  I might do it again and see if I can get all of the buyable characters.  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on February 14, 2009, 04:10:44 PM
Currently playing Wii Music with my 2 and a half year old.  He's thoroughly enjoying it.  I'm enjoying watching him enjoy it.

Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Doctor Who? on February 15, 2009, 10:07:30 AM
Command and Conquer 3.

Boy this is fun and I can't believe how well they got it working on the XBox 360.

After a few missions controlling my army with the gamepad feels natural.

Good Job Westwood!
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on February 15, 2009, 10:38:43 AM
Command and Conquer 3.

Boy this is fun and I can't believe how well they got it working on the XBox 360.

After a few missions controlling my army with the gamepad feels natural.

Good Job Westwood!

I got this for $10 for my PC, but I think I should've gotten it for my 360. The video lag is annoying and I have to dial down the graphics to get it to work on my ancient machine.

I beat GH: Aerosmith last night (on Easy). The battle with Joe Perry was won by almost luck alone, I think.
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Post by: iv3rdawG on February 15, 2009, 03:00:09 PM
Left 4 Dead (PC)
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Post by: Axnollouse on February 16, 2009, 04:58:04 AM
Workin on Tomb Raider: Underworld until my live broadcasted drunken adventure in play 50 Cent: Blood On The Sand
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Doctor Who? on February 16, 2009, 05:47:31 AM
Command and Conquer 3.

Boy this is fun and I can't believe how well they got it working on the XBox 360.

After a few missions controlling my army with the gamepad feels natural.

Good Job Westwood!

I got this for $10 for my PC, but I think I should've gotten it for my 360. The video lag is annoying and I have to dial down the graphics to get it to work on my ancient machine.

I beat GH: Aerosmith last night (on Easy). The battle with Joe Perry was won by almost luck alone, I think.

I am renting the 360 version from Gamefly and while it does take a few levels to get used to it works really well.  Also no slow down and I don't have to worry about installing it it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: La De Da on February 16, 2009, 01:10:30 PM
I'm still stomping my way though Valkyria Chronicles, but it got move to the side starting tomorrow morning for Street Fighter 4 for the PS 3.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on February 16, 2009, 03:01:27 PM
For reasons that I'm not quite sure of myself, I've been playing Age of Empires 3 .

Tomorrow though, I'll probably bite the bullet and get the GTA IV download.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: bratpop on February 16, 2009, 10:47:54 PM
After watching XIII, I want to replay the video game. If only to hear the "dun dunnnn" piano soundtrack.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: darkchashy on February 18, 2009, 12:51:42 PM
I'm playing FIRST GAME OF 2009 TODAY!
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Post by: mrbasehart on February 18, 2009, 12:52:58 PM
Phantasy Star Universe.  What the hell is up with this game? Was it originally release episodically? There seems to be opening and closing credits after every chapter.  It's weird.  And ugly. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: bratpop on February 18, 2009, 11:08:13 PM
Started XIII again, and remembered the one thing I hated about it. LOAD SCREENS. Why does a level you're already on have to completely reload just so you can restart it? Also, stealth is hard. Also, I shot the bank teller and it was okay, but I shot the woman waiting in line and then it said I failed. I thought it said don't kill the bank staff. Funny.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on February 19, 2009, 06:02:45 AM
Found LEGO Batman on clearance at Target for $25 last week and now I'm playing nothing because my wife is always on the 360. Not that I'm complaining, really. She tends to be in a better mood when she's got a game to play.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on February 19, 2009, 09:27:55 AM
Just grab controller 2 and resign yourself to being Robin. :^)
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Post by: DarthChimay on February 19, 2009, 09:59:01 AM
Workin on Tomb Raider: Underworld until my live broadcasted drunken adventure in play 50 Cent: Blood On The Sand

This game would've been great except for the inane amounts of bugs (which I can sympathize with to an extent) and the lack of many of the features of the first two by Crystal Dynamics, such as the speed run. I wanted to love it as much as I did Legend, but I just couldn't. I get the sense the publisher got meddlesome.

I'm still stomping my way though Valkyria Chronicles, but it got move to the side starting tomorrow morning for Street Fighter 4 for the PS 3.

I just started VC the other night and I love it. It gets very hard, very quickly, but it's the kind of hard I like. Challenging without being BS (I'm looking at you Endwar).
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on February 19, 2009, 04:56:08 PM
Just grab controller 2 and resign yourself to being Robin. :^)

Unfortunately I don't have another controller yet, so that's not possible. Those things are expensive!
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on February 19, 2009, 10:18:35 PM
Im playing street fighter 4..... and I dont like it =(
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on February 19, 2009, 10:18:53 PM
Started playing GTA: IV: The Lost and the Damned.

Loved the opening. Riding around with a biker gang just feels right for a GTA game. Finish the opening missions, see the clubhouse and start the game itself and just as I walk towards the bike...

(Riiing)

"Hey, it's me, Joe. Wanna go play some air hockey?"

Dammit. The frigging man dates. Ten seconds in. Way to have not learned anything, Rockstar.

To make matters worse, Joe doesn't show up on the map, so I'm driving aimlessly around town for a half hour trying to navigate by steering towards his letter on the compass. Ugh.

I'll try it again in a couple of days, but less than impressed right now.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: AmandaGal on February 20, 2009, 01:50:35 AM
Oh sure, but if it was two hot chicks playing air hockey, you'd be all over it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Pak-Man on February 20, 2009, 10:22:46 AM
Im playing street fighter 4..... and I dont like it =(

What's not to like? Everyone feels like they used to, but with some extra moves, and there are some nifty new characters. Street Fighter 3 never grabbed me, but I'm loving 4 so far.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on February 20, 2009, 10:29:10 AM
Oh sure, but if it was two hot chicks playing air hockey, you'd be all over it.

Hey, I freely admit that games with scantily clad women will get my attention. After all, a quick look at my Gamercard shows that I've been playing a game about bikini-clad zombie killers. But after spending 20 minutes trying to figure out where the caller actually was, it simply became an exercise in annoyance. Which is kind of like a real date, I guess.

But I probably would buy Dead or Alive: Xtreme Airhockey.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SJP on February 20, 2009, 11:06:02 AM
Right now I'm sort of alternating between Elder Scrolls IV: GOTY Edition and A Vampire Story.  Well, I shouldn't say I'm really PLAYING Elder Scrolls right now; more like I'm letting my character build up his Athletics skill while I go about my daily routine. ;D

I like both games, but Vampire Story is very amusing in an offbeat way.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: La De Da on February 20, 2009, 11:16:57 AM
I just started VC the other night and I love it. It gets very hard, very quickly, but it's the kind of hard I like. Challenging without being BS (I'm looking at you Endwar).
There's a few tricky missions mixed in, but nothing too hard with some thought.  I'm not big on RTSs so some missions I had to reload a few times till I figured out what I was doing wrong, or I cheated and great a hint off of internet.
Im playing street fighter 4..... and I dont like it =(
Seth is one cheap SOB.  :p  That being said, Street Fighter is made with 2 players more in mind then the single player.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on February 20, 2009, 05:47:20 PM
Oh sure, but if it was two hot chicks playing air hockey, you'd be all over it.

Hey, I freely admit that games with scantily clad women will get my attention. After all, a quick look at my Gamercard shows that I've been playing a game about bikini-clad zombie killers. But after spending 20 minutes trying to figure out where the caller actually was, it simply became an exercise in annoyance. Which is kind of like a real date, I guess.

But I probably would buy Dead or Alive: Xtreme Airhockey.

You've got Onechanbara? Heh.  Despite the reviews, I still wanna play it.  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on February 20, 2009, 05:52:05 PM
Oh sure, but if it was two hot chicks playing air hockey, you'd be all over it.

Hey, I freely admit that games with scantily clad women will get my attention. After all, a quick look at my Gamercard shows that I've been playing a game about bikini-clad zombie killers. But after spending 20 minutes trying to figure out where the caller actually was, it simply became an exercise in annoyance. Which is kind of like a real date, I guess.

But I probably would buy Dead or Alive: Xtreme Airhockey.

You've got Onechanbara? Heh.  Despite the reviews, I still wanna play it.  :)

I read the IGN review today and they tore that game a new one. Don't think I could stand all the crappiness just for a little jiggly. That and getting it past my wife would be a chore.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Compound on February 21, 2009, 12:22:02 AM

You've got Onechanbara? Heh.  Despite the reviews, I still wanna play it.  :)

Yeah, I'm actually enjoying it quite a bit. It's not a spectacular game, but it's mindless fun.

Does it have faults? Sure. The ingame graphics are early 360-level. The manual is a joke that barely even covers what the buttons do. (Although D3 has released a free pdf manual/hint book that's very well done.) The porting over to the western world bascially consisted of adding subtitles, not character voices. The plot is nonsenscial and a lot of it comes in text based cutscenes. The achievements are very, very grindly. And if you don't like killing zombies, you'll get real bored, real fast. And the camera needs work. Oh, and the characters are dressed up in skimpy costumes for no reason whatsoever. But I'm still enjoying it. It's fun.

It's certainly not at the level of, say, Bulletwitch. I'm not quite sure why IGN and GamePro were so harsh on it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on February 21, 2009, 08:24:00 PM
I bought Noby Noby Boy and Flower on the PSN today.  Noby's very odd, and it hasn't really hooked me like the developer's previous game Beautiful Katamari, but it's got its own charm and I'll give it a bit more of a go before passing any kind of judgement on it.  Flower is gorgeous, and a perfect antidote to the glut of FPS shooters (all of which I could care less about).
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on February 24, 2009, 09:05:30 PM
So I've been playing a little more on the Sega Genesis Collection and something occurs to me -- most of the games I liked as a kid sucked! :)

Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
Alien Storm
Alien Syndrome (arcade)
Altered Beast
Beyond Oasis
Bonanza Bros.
Columns
Comix Zone
Congo Bongo (arcade)
Decap Attack
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
Dynamite Headdy
ESWAT: City Under Siege
Ecco the Dolphin
Ecco: The Tides of Time
Fantasy Zone (arcade)
Fatal Labyrinth
Flicky
Gain Ground
Golden Axe
Golden Axe II
Golden Axe III
Golden Axe Warrior (Sega Master System)
Kid Chameleon
Phantasy Star (Sega Master System)
Phantasy Star II
Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom
Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium
Ristar
Shining in the Darkness
Shining Force
Shining Force II: Ancient Sealing

Shinobi (arcade)
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
Sonic 3D Blast
Sonic & Knuckles
Sonic Spinball
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Space Harrier (arcade)

Streets of Rage
Streets of Rage 2

Streets of Rage 3
Super Thunder Blade
Vectorman
Vectorman 2
Zaxxon (arcade)

The ones in bold are really only worth an extended period of time, the rest only work with a really hefty dose of nostalgia. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on February 24, 2009, 09:12:13 PM
Well, been playing more of GH: Aerosmith and have GH III ordered from Half.com. I don't know if I'm just retarded or something, but I just can't seem to get the hang of hard mode. I've gotten to where I can get 5 and 4 stars on Medium, but Hard just tears me a new one every time. All I know is that I'd never heard the song "Dream Police" before this game, but now it haunts me in my . . . uh, dreams.

And who the hell thought that the red/blue chord is in any way natural? Using the pinky and middle finger at the same time without the ring finger? Okay . . . I usually end up moving my hand down to use my first and third fingers, but then that tends to mess me up if I have to shift back over to the green button too quickly. Oh well, maybe I just suck.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on February 25, 2009, 06:46:31 AM
MST, I know exactly what you mean.  I can't stretch my fingers fast enough to reach the fifth note, so when I move my hand to get there, I get utterly lost as to where my hand is on the neck afterwards.  For a few songs, I just ignored the fifth note, and found I could at least complete the songs adequately (with star power), but that's not really in the spirit of Guitar Hero.  :)
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on February 25, 2009, 08:20:17 AM
MST, I know exactly what you mean.  I can't stretch my fingers fast enough to reach the fifth note, so when I move my hand to get there, I get utterly lost as to where my hand is on the neck afterwards.  For a few songs, I just ignored the fifth note, and found I could at least complete the songs adequately (with star power), but that's not really in the spirit of Guitar Hero.  :)

I tried that, but with "Dream Police" there's a funky solo at the end that goes all over the place and includes the orange button too frequently to ignore it. I end up failing and then I can't progress through the Career mode any further. Oh well, I just started a new Career profile and started all over. Luckily all the stuff I bought from the first profile stays and I can just build on it from there.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on February 25, 2009, 09:06:23 AM
It sounds corny, but it just takes practice.  I used to be where you're at MSTJedi, but eventually, you'll keep getting better and better if you stick with it.  If you get to a song you just can't get through, step away from it and master some other songs.  Come back to it again and you might be surprised at how you've improved.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on February 25, 2009, 09:08:45 AM
MST, I know exactly what you mean.  I can't stretch my fingers fast enough to reach the fifth note, so when I move my hand to get there, I get utterly lost as to where my hand is on the neck afterwards.  For a few songs, I just ignored the fifth note, and found I could at least complete the songs adequately (with star power), but that's not really in the spirit of Guitar Hero.  :)

Practice Practice Practice. The reason why your not learning is that you probably dont want to fail a song. From now on work on only Hard and you will get the hang of it. Because expert is much much worse :p
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: mrbasehart on February 25, 2009, 09:10:15 AM
Meh.  That feels too much like work.  :) 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on February 25, 2009, 09:18:32 AM
I just got deBlob.  It's pretty fun.  Not amazing, but it is fun.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Nick on February 25, 2009, 10:01:03 AM
Meh.  That feels too much like work.  :) 

Exactly. I don't want to practice to play a friggin video game.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: MSTJedi on February 25, 2009, 12:47:56 PM
Meh.  That feels too much like work.  :) 

Exactly. I don't want to practice to play a friggin video game.

You know, that's the thought that first occurred to me. I mean, practicing on a real guitar to actually play a song is one thing. Practicing on a guitar-shaped controller to master a rhythm game is whole 'nother thing. That's not to say that the game isn't fun . . . just that I don't feel like I should put that much effort into it.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Destin on February 25, 2009, 01:19:29 PM
Meh.  That feels too much like work.  :) 

Exactly. I don't want to practice to play a friggin video game.

Its really not work. Some people that I know play a real guitar and enjoy rockband or guitar hero because of the song selections and some of the greater classic songs. Plus its sort of fun =P

We all play on expert by the way...
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Nick on February 25, 2009, 01:45:09 PM
Meh. Tried hard once or twice and said "fuck it". Medium's fun for me anyways.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: SmilinJackRoss on February 25, 2009, 02:02:28 PM
Meh. Tried hard once or twice and said "fuck it". Medium's fun for me anyways.

See, that's what's so great about it.  If medium skill level is your thing, then that's awesome.  You can put as much or as little time into it as you want, and you're always at a point in the difficulty where you're comfortable, but also have songs that challenges your skill level.  You don't need to be awesome at the game to have fun with it.  It's got "pick up and play" appeal to it with the easier levels, but it can challenge even the most hardcore player too. 
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: Axnollouse on February 26, 2009, 04:35:14 AM
As an Hard/Medium Guitar (Medium Drums, Expert Vocals) the only thing that gets me is the people who play on Easy after they have been playing for a year. I mean really if you have been playing for a year and you can only do easy I think it might be time to hang up the guitar. Not trying to be a prick but it is just the way I feel.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: k1 on February 26, 2009, 05:43:15 AM
I started on Medium on GH1, and with each new game coming out I bumped it out a level when I started.  I can beat most songs on Expert now, but there's definitely still some I can't.  For drums Medium is a piece of cake, but I really struggle on Hard.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: tgeorgic on February 26, 2009, 07:22:26 AM
good old games just added duke nukem atomic edition to their catelogue so i guess thats what i'll be playing through this weekend.  hopefully i can find some other people that like to play multiplayer.
Title: Re: What's everyone playing?
Post by: La De Da on February 28, 2009, 03:35:51 AM
Also playing Sega Genesis Collection on top of the already larg