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  • I am very bummed.  As I'm sure many of you know; the Starcraft II beta was has begun.  I, yet again was not selected.  I guess I will just have to wait until the actual release.  I feel like this game is taking so long to come out that I'm slowly losing faith in it. 

    I started playing SC1 again last year getting ready for SC2.  But with all the push backs, I finished SC1 well before release.  I just hope that it can live up to all the hype.  I thought warcraft III let me down; I'll be very bummed is SC2 does the same.
  • I was a huge fan of Fallout 2 but I have yet to pick up a copy of Fallout 3.  I was wondering if some of you out there could compare the two?  Is 3 significantly better than 2?   Feel free to ignore this post and just compare, or you can just post here and let me know.  Much appreciated, thanks.
  • I am thinking of getting Spore for PC.  Currently my gaming is isolated to Viva Pinata and Call of Duty 4.  Yes, I know, what a combination, but I enjoy going back and forth between the two.  While I have been unable to break my addiction to COD4 online, I have significantly cut back on the hours I play.

    I have been reading a little bit about Spore and was wondering what everyone thought.  I used to go to gamespot to get reviews of games but they are just so unreliable anymore.  So if a couple of you could tell me what you think of Spore I'd much appreciate it.

    Thanks!

    ryan
  • Over the holiday break I visited my niece and nephew in Michigan.  For Christmas they received a Nintendo Wii and it was the first time I got to really experience what the wii could offer.  It was at this time that I decided that I would get a Wii for myself. 

    In late december I headed back to the DC area (home) and began to look for a Wii.  I visited every best buy, gamestop, and target within 20 miles and was unsuccessful at locating this glorious piece of hardware.  Moreover, no one knew when they're inventory would be restocked.  After days of searching both the internet and retail stores, I found a Toys 'r us associate who knew when the Wii would be restocked. 

    I got to the Toys 'r us roughly 36 minutes prior to opening and was the 23rd person in line.  They only had 15 Wii's... Now for those of you who think that 36 minutes was not enough, remember this is not an after launch console, nor is it at a ridiculously low price.  This is just a freaking system that has been on the market for over 12 months. 

    Needless to say, I am frustrated and confused.  The manufactures (Nintendo) must know that the demand remains high, and yet production has not been pushed.  I watch wiitracker religously to see how quickly they sell.  I refused to buy used (I'm just that guy) and I refuse to purchase a bundle of crap I don't want.  So I execute the only option I have...waiting.
  • There are some really cool features with the new dashboard.  Streaming Netflix videos directly to the Xbox is an amazing feature.  Having an avatar is entertaining as well.  But what confuses me is why they went from having a really navigable setup to what they have now.  I appreciated the simplicity of the old dashboard.  With the old dashboard you could see all of your options simply by using the left and right trigger.  Nothing was hidden beyond that.  Now I have to scroll to what I think may be the right selection and then flip through the pages to see if I was right.  I’m sure that I will get used to it, but my question is why it needed to change so drastically in the first place?  It seems to me that they could have kept the same simplicity while adding all of the other features.  If there were a way to hid some of the options, I’d be a lot happier.  But now there is just so much stuff that I don’t ever want to see.

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  • you should get mega man 9

    justin
    justin  Level 29JournalistIt's All RelativeExtra CommentaryWeblog CommenterAlways Right
    10/5/2008 2:10 pm
    • Was it good? Did you beat it. I thought about it yesterday while messing around on xbox live. Funny thing is; the thing thats holding me back is the craptastic d-pad for xbox controllers

      ryan
      ryan  Level 13
      10/6/2008 6:10 am
      • yea, for the 360, i think the dpad would make that game really really painful. thats why i got it for the ps3. i love the dpad on those controllers

        justin
        justin  Level 29JournalistIt's All RelativeExtra CommentaryWeblog CommenterAlways Right
        10/6/2008 6:10 am
        • I heard that the reason why the 360 ones suck so bad is because sony patented all the good technology.

          ryan
          ryan  Level 13
          10/6/2008 7:10 am
          • yup. im pretty sure thats what happened

            justin
            justin  Level 29JournalistIt's All RelativeExtra CommentaryWeblog CommenterAlways Right
            10/6/2008 7:10 am
  • 360 Controllers are just not that great.  The layout is fine, but the d-pad is unacceptably poor.  It is such a small part of the overall financial picture of Microsoft and yet a major contributor in the gaming experience.  It is frustrating when the pad doesn't even allow you to navigate the dashboard, let alone in games.

    ryan
    ryan  Level 13
    10/14/2008 7:10 am
  • Have you ever played Beyond Good and Evil? Its an original game by ubisoft, I think its on GCN, X box (origional) and PS2. Its pretty fun, although in my opinion the combat system is lacking.

    I'm a huge RPG fan myself, I don't know if you would put mass effect in the category of RPG (I do...kind of), but its really fun also.

    Zmonge
    Zmonge  Level 4
    10/25/2008 10:10 pm
    • I have not played Beyond Good and Evil.  I will check it out.  I'm always open to new (even if old) RPGs.  Thanks for the suggestion.

      I enjoyed Mass Effect though that one really lacked a good combat system too.

      ryan
      ryan  Level 13
      10/28/2008 7:10 am

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  • Final Fantasy X is better than Final Fantasy XIII
    Overall Comparison
    Let me start by saying I haven't finished FFXIII yet.  But I feel quite certain that even once I have completed it, FFX was the better game. 

    FFXIII is linear to the extreme.  Most JRPGs... more
    Let me start by saying I haven't finished FFXIII yet.  But I feel quite certain that even once I have completed it, FFX was the better game. 

    FFXIII is linear to the extreme.  Most JRPGs are linear but give the illusion of choice.  Talking to NPCs and going into and out of cities makes the story feel more free; less urgent.  however, in FFXIII there is no interaction with NPCs and no exploring.  The plot is constantly ongoing and it feels as though the characters never get a rest. 

    The battle system doesn't make it all up.  FFXIII has a great new battle system.  It is challenging and entertaining and can be quite complex.  This is a great plus for a game that makes you fight in many many battles on the linear path.  There just isn't a lot of variation.

    FFX and FFXIII have great stories where you begrudgingly become attached to the characters.  These epic stories drive the gameplay more than any other aspect.  For an RPG that is great but it should drive play along side entertainment and strategy; not despite it.

    Lastly, FFX allowed for development of characters as you would like.  Thus far, FFXIII has taken the character development in a linear direction.

    FFXIII plays out like a book being read to you. 
    FFX plays like a book being written by you.
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  • Warcraft 2 is better than Warcraft 3
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    Simply put, Warcraft 3 failed to live up to its predecessor. 

    W2 was an awesome sequel to the original and really expanded, not only the storyline and plot, but the playable units as well. ... more
    Simply put, Warcraft 3 failed to live up to its predecessor. 

    W2 was an awesome sequel to the original and really expanded, not only the storyline and plot, but the playable units as well.  It increased the strategy portion of the game and added a new frontier with water units.  It was a great game for its time and probably the best RTS until Starcraft.

    W3 lacked in nearly every aspect.  It's story was weak.  It focused so much on the heroes that it made the strategy feel awkward.  C&C does a good job or increasing the units abilities with experience but in W3 that balance is off.  I just ended up trying to kill everything with my hero to get its level up.   

    My hope is that Starcraft 2 does not do what Warcraft 3 did.
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  • Diddy Kong Racing is better than Mario Kart 64
    Overall Comparison
    Diddy Kong racing was awesome!  Like Mario Kart the game was entertaining as both a multiplayer and single player game.  It had all of the same great characteristics and charm. 

    However,... more
    Diddy Kong racing was awesome!  Like Mario Kart the game was entertaining as both a multiplayer and single player game.  It had all of the same great characteristics and charm. 

    However, unlike Mario Kart, DKR had an awesome story, challenges to unlock, and a sweet world to explore.  DKR also had multiple vihicle to use race with.  The boat was nothing special, but the plane was great. 

    Mario Kart was an awesome game and the levels in 64 were great, but it just didn't go far enough.  It failed to make the game deeper with a story line.  IMO it just wasn't as challenging as DKR either. 

    Both were great games, but DKR took cart racing to another level.
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  • Eternal Sonata is better than Lost Odyssey
    Overall Comparison
    Eternal Sonata is an oft over looked JRPG that has a lot of really good qualities.  Lost Odyssey is also a JRPG which is simply run-of-the-mill.

    ES has a wonderful story, top notch gameplay... more
    Eternal Sonata is an oft over looked JRPG that has a lot of really good qualities.  Lost Odyssey is also a JRPG which is simply run-of-the-mill.

    ES has a wonderful story, top notch gameplay and combat system, and has a little something for everyone, without making any particular piece boring.  The only down side to ES is it's incredibly childish fell.  The combat system alone makes up for this however.  Combat is active and very much skill based.  You can win or lose a fight based off of how well you know your characters and their strengths and weaknesses. 

    LO is quite predictably setup.  The combat system is familiar and it leaves little action within combat to chage the course of the fight.  The story is strong and meaningful but if you are not big into stories than LO is really overkill.  At some points you will have small chapters to read, and it reads like a book.

    Overall, ES wins of LO because it creates a desire to continue playing.  I will admit that i got about 70% of the was through LO before I simply quit.  But after beating ES last year, I have returned again to see if I could beat it again. 
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  • Mass Effect is better than Fable 2
    Overall Comparison
    Mass Effect has a wonderfully enthralling story that makes you want to continue playing despite the weak combat system.  Fable 2 has nearly no story at all and derives all of its entertainment from capabilities... more
    Mass Effect has a wonderfully enthralling story that makes you want to continue playing despite the weak combat system.  Fable 2 has nearly no story at all and derives all of its entertainment from capabilities outside of the main story line.

    Both games have significant weaknesses in my opinion.  However it is fable 2 that really fails in my mind to live up to expectation.

    Fable 2 allows for the exploration of a world and gives you the ability to become whoever you want to be.  Kill innocents, bad points.  Kill bandits, good points.  The problem is this formula is too simple.  There are no complex decisions in Fable 2 whatsoever.  Instead the game stays shallow.  This is not to say that it isn't fun.  Fable 2 is very entertaining for the first 8-10 hours, but after that you realize the simplicity and stop playing there.

    Mass Effect on the other hand has a very deep story that keeps you guessing.  The management of your characters status (good/evil) relies on making complex decisions and, in some case, forces you to make a decision in which you don't know if the outcome is for good or evil.  However, the combat system is so weak that it makes fighting nearly no fun at all.  If you are all about action and don't care much about the story, ME will bore you instantly.

    All that being said, ME has replayability that F2 just doesn't.  Both games needed 8-12 months more in development.  But in the end, it is F2 really disappoints. 
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