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January 5, 2005 at 4:54 pm #3681AnonymousInactive
This Xmas i mostly played:
Fable, good fun but very short, but still fun running about after completeing it.
also played a bit of metal slug on a neo geo cd emu for the DC, metal slug is a great game, the third one is out on the xbox right?
so what did u play?
January 5, 2005 at 5:02 pm #16815AnonymousInactive
Burnout 3 :D
i loved driving the dumpertrucks into mad crash junctions and wreaking havok
the 2 player race/ push them off the track was fun too
hours of mindless fun
January 5, 2005 at 5:06 pm #16816AnonymousInactive
donkey konga! my hands are bruised!
January 5, 2005 at 8:19 pm #16817AnonymousInactive
Total War. And I only bought it 3 months ago :)
January 5, 2005 at 8:20 pm #16818AnonymousInactive
Just about to finish Paper Mario 2. What a gem. Then ill sink my teeth into Sid Meiers Pirates. Oh the joy!
January 5, 2005 at 8:32 pm #16821AnonymousInactive
I haven’t really played much this Christmas…..hmmmmm…..
*makes doctors appointment*
January 6, 2005 at 1:07 am #16825AnonymousInactive
Burnout 3 and Counter strike: Source.
Just cant find enough hours in the day though.
January 6, 2005 at 10:37 am #16827AnonymousInactive
Got a load of decent games as presents over xmas then found myself spending a bit too much in the sales.
Over xmas though i managed to have a play on
Metroid Fusion GBA
LOTR: Third Age XBOX
I also made the mistake of buying Tales of Symphonia on the cube and Disgea: Hour Of Darkness and Star Ocean: Until The End Of Time on the PS2.
January 6, 2005 at 11:00 am #16828AnonymousInactive
I got a brand new Xbox for my birthday/Christmas present so I’ve been playing the fantastic Deus Ex 2: Invisible War over the holidays.
Sadly I won’t see much gaming up until after the exams at the end of January. :(
January 6, 2005 at 12:59 pm #16831AnonymousInactive
ive been playin a lot over christmas. got xbox live too, great. been playin, pro evo soccer, finished halo2, half life 2, MOH Pacific Assault also pulled out the old sega mega drive games again. all in all a good oul traditional gaming christmas.
January 6, 2005 at 1:36 pm #16832AnonymousInactive
Mainly been playinig Final Fantasy XI and Metal Slug 3.
Benn busy watching some anime also, The End of Evangelion and Death and Rebirth. class.
January 6, 2005 at 1:51 pm #16833AnonymousInactive
LOTR: Third Age XBOX[/quote:fb2c6e596e]
Would you recommend it? I’m a huge LoTR fan, I liked the EA Two Towers and Return of the King games.
January 6, 2005 at 2:25 pm #16834AnonymousInactive
Would you recommend it? I’m a huge LoTR fan, I liked the EA Two Towers and Return of the King games. [/quote:01efdf7b68]
Lets put it this way noopti, If you liked Final fantasy 10 then you’ll love it. The same team that when at Square-Enix obviously made FF 10 have been givin grant over LOTR’s third age. Even rolling footage should be able to give you an idea. regardless, I thought it was rather lacklustre, the music is great, as always with EA but the gameplay just doesn’t seeem to fit for LOTR’s, anyway if you se it on budget give it a go.
January 6, 2005 at 2:54 pm #16835AnonymousInactive
I thought all the reveiws for it said it was a let down too…
It seems lots of people have been playing Burnout. I wasn’t expecting much from it, but its definitelly won me over. Got PoP2 bt have barely played it yet. From what I have played, I’m not impressed, seems to be heavily combat based and less puzzly. Anyone else played much of it ?
January 6, 2005 at 3:17 pm #16836AnonymousInactive
PoP 2 is a clear indication that consumer demand will always win out over developer originality. The first, albiet last years iteration was great, nice and puzzly with a balanced imput of combat, whereas this years iteration seems to be geared more towards the teenage market.. /sigh.
January 6, 2005 at 3:42 pm #16837AnonymousInactive
finished HL2, played loads of Rome: Total War and some of GTA: SA & Dawn of War… dabbled with MOH: Pacific Assault and PoP2
January 6, 2005 at 3:59 pm #16838AnonymousInactive
1. Ridge Racer DS
2. Flat Out (Xbox)
3. Windows XP Pro Registry :confused: can be a game if your machine is in a bad enough way :D
January 6, 2005 at 4:56 pm #16839AnonymousInactive
For those of you playing Rome TW, I’ve heard there is going to be a patch released, probably in February thats going to make the battles much better due to much improved AI.
January 6, 2005 at 5:23 pm #16840AnonymousInactive
Im playing Pikmin 2 at the moment. Its damn addictive, but sometimes the pikmins AI and pathfinding can be a little annoying. Still a genius little game though.
Paper Mario was a charm, i finished it yesterday and it took me a total of 42 hours(no joke) to get through it. That really suprised me and better yet, you can continue playing after you finish it, so you can do any side quests, puzzles etc that were left. Nintendo really do know how to make games for die hard fans of their format.
POP2 didnt impress me at all and i loved Sands of time.
Medal of Honour Pacific assault is quite good, but many AI issues.. sigh
Sid Meiers Pirates is so far only ok, its gives the impression of open ended gameplay, but from what ive played so far, its seems a tad linear and repetitive, even early on..
Played a bunch of other stuff, none worth a mention really, but all in all, had a great gaming christmas, the magic never dies!
Btw, happy new year to all and i hope 2005 builds on last years success.
January 6, 2005 at 5:26 pm #16841AnonymousInactive
I got Rainbow Six 3 in my Xbox package and played it for a bit. Looks really good so I decided to leave it until my friend gets around to lending me his mic.
Anyone played the game with the mic? Just wondering if it adds anything to the game, in terms of fun, or if I should just forget about it and play ahead with the old controller.
January 6, 2005 at 5:36 pm #16842AnonymousInactive
I actually bought the game a good while back with the mi just to see what it would be like. Its quite good, but it doesnt always reckognise your commands which gets a tad frustrating. I do know that it is easier to play the game WITH the headset but i dont think it adds a whole lot to the overall experience. I think it might be a little gimmicky but id definitely give it a shot.
Its kinda funny if you have someone beside you as you roar GO GO GO over and over again! They make you feel like an idiot!
January 7, 2005 at 12:22 pm #16846AnonymousInactive
LOTR:Third age is a bit slow, not too far into it though.
January 7, 2005 at 12:24 pm #16847AnonymousInactive
Cheers, Paul. Looking forward to trying it out.
Its kinda funny if you have someone beside you as you roar GO GO GO over and over again! They make you feel like an idiot! [/quote:6cd0cdd4f0]
So it’s not “the incredibly immersive revolution that will add a whole new depth to games in 2005″… hmm. ;)
January 7, 2005 at 2:20 pm #16848AnonymousInactive
Its like FF? Is it turn based with random battles like the FF games? If so, I’ll give it a miss, I really am not a fan of turned based RPGs.
January 7, 2005 at 2:32 pm #16849AnonymousInactive
Its like FF? Is it turn based with random battles like the FF games? If so, I’ll give it a miss, I really am not a fan of turned based RPGs. [/quote:a6677fbe16]
yeah it is turn based, i watch my GF wee bro play if for an hour, on new years day… when i was very hung over… i do like rpg, but random battles do annoy, thats what stopped skys of arcadia from being a really really great game, instead it just a a really great game ;)
January 7, 2005 at 2:35 pm #16850AnonymousInactive
Can I hereby add (because, to my utmost shame, I forgot – and how could I ?!?)
4) Mrs Pacman
My mother in law (most definitely on the advice of my much-better half, I’d guess) got me one of those TV-plug-in NAMCO joysticks with built-in games for Crimbo – I love her so :D
January 7, 2005 at 4:15 pm #16851AnonymousInactive
yeah i got one too! Its like an xbox controller that you plug into the tv. It has so many classics, Mario, Duck hunt(theres a little gun nozzle on the top of the joypad!) pacman, space invaders, boulderdash, paper boy and so many others! There is 250 in total and im hooked!
I now love my sister dearly. :)
January 7, 2005 at 7:44 pm #16853AnonymousInactive
Well i tried to stop doing most ‘normal’ things this Christmas but failed terribly… so had to play late at night or early in the morning (when baby was either asleep or awake!) ;)
Chronicles of Riddick.. xBox very well designed.
Halo 2 .. xBox lost interest pretty fast
Fable.. xBox- nice but short & fell short of the hype
Prince of Persia 2 PS2 lost its fairytale approach
Burnout 3 PS2 delivered what it promised!
GTA SA PS2 my favourite of the series thus far.
Metroid Prime – GC – finally got my teeth into it..
Zelda Wind… – GC – only just beginning this..
Overall I felt this years Christmas offerings were better than last year. (although I know I am playing one year old GC games… but just could not get to them last year!)
January 7, 2005 at 9:53 pm #16854AnonymousInactive
Halo 2 .. xBox lost interest pretty fast[/quote:488a08366f]
May I ask why?
January 7, 2005 at 11:49 pm #16856AnonymousInactive
Got around to finishing Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
January 8, 2005 at 12:06 am #16857AnonymousInactive
May I ask why?[/quote:93c4821561]
You certainly may…
Well this is a matter of personal opinion… BUT for me Halo 2 was more Halo 1.2…
Now I understand the ‘If it aint broke – don’t fix it’ adage but to be honest I just flew through the missions not being grabbed by anything…
Now I have to say Halo (the original) I enjoyed hugly and was gripped pretty much all the way through… BUT this version .. well I suppose it was a major sense of Deja Vu… it was like seeing all the same magic tricks over again.
Now the games visual presentation was flawless (but the character voices in cut scenes was (again) quite poor – I had to turn subtitles on!)
In the original Halo the Flood seemed to to have a place in the game which was pretty well explained and given a context. In Halo 2 (I) felt they were just thrown in there pretty much on an ad hoc basis where ever they felt they needed to break up the Human v Covenent battles.
Finally (and I know maybe most people won’t agree with me on this) I wanted to play the Master Chief.. me and him, well we were old buddies after all we had been through in our first field trip together… I did not want to play a Covenent character – much less an’Arbiter’ … that just took me right out… I think they should have made that more of an optional story thread (but that’s just me and I know I am probably alone – being the purist that I am!)
I have to say that I did enjoy Chronicles of Riddick a lot more than Halo 2! But again thats just a matter of taste. However seeing as I was such a fan of the original Halo and considering the size of the Bungie team and their development budget and Microsofts resources I did feel let down by Halo 2 – for a game that had huge potential to extend the journey of the Master Chief into new unchartered territory I found him facing the same old same old.
But as an exercise in putting together nice graphics it was excellent (if not as good as HL2).
Hope that explains why Halo 2 didn’t grab me.
P.S. If I ever worked on a title like Halo 2 – I would be very happy with myself – but as a player I felt it did not reach it’s potential…
January 8, 2005 at 12:37 am #16858AnonymousInactive
I agree with your above statement Grifmike, but one or two things certianly caught my eye. Firstly, you say that in the cut-scenes the voice acting is poor?, surely not. Not that I am an expert in the art of vocal talent or anything of the sort but surely Halo 2’s voice talent is up to par?. Did you manage too see the special edition DvD Grifmike?, there are some extraordinary actors on there who lend their vocal presence to the game, but ofcourse as you said at the start, this is merely your opinion. I am just curious.
One point in which I agree totally is one of that which refers to the flood. They were in my mind simply not properly implimented into the game and the games story, in fact if I were to start a particular argument, one about how Halo 2’s story in general is quite ‘vague’ and ‘unsatisfing’ then we could be here for the long haul, but I won’t because for the love of God has that been discussed.
So, Grifmike I agree with your post, and in many ways feel the same as you. Halo Combat Evolved was, for me a journey of epic proportions. A Tour-De-Force, unfortunatly as you said it’s successor feels more like evolution rather than a Revolution.
January 8, 2005 at 12:15 pm #16860AnonymousInactive
Sorry I should clarify the issue of the sound – the quality of the acting was well up to par – its just that I found it very hard to actually hear what they were saying.
However I certainly thought there was good range and life in the voices – but just could not hear ‘clearly’ what exactly they were saying – thus ‘Subtitles on’.. (and it was not my TV!)
January 8, 2005 at 3:03 pm #16861AnonymousInactive
Yes, I agree. I found it very hard to understand what ‘Gravemind’ was saying, Something about this is not your Grave but you are welcome in it… so yes, that is an issue that Bungie may want to clarify in future outings.
January 9, 2005 at 4:49 pm #16874AnonymousInactive
January 10, 2005 at 3:16 pm #16887AnonymousInactive
This Xmas i mostly played:
My Consoles where back ‘home’ .
Now that I’m back its Paper Mario 2 then Metroid Prime 2.
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