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  • Banjo-Tooie

  • Martin85 01/05/2009

    The review doesn't go into the reinstated features such as Stop N' Swap, and it doesn't mention that this is the one that most people haven't played. A lost gem. Which surely makes it a more interesting purchase? Reply 0
  • Face-Off: The Chronicles of Riddick

  • Martin85 21/04/2009

    Nice to see the PS3 getting closer to the 360 as time goes on. I wouldn't have a problem playing the PS3 version. Which is elementary, since I won't be getting this game, anyway. Reply 0
  • BioShock 2

  • Martin85 21/04/2009

    @AgentCool



    I never had that problem. On my first (and only) play through of BioShock, I was sent back to a Vita Chamber all of four or five times. I found that imaginative use of plasmids and the environment (hacking sentry bots and turrets and so forth) allowed me to tackle Big Daddies well enough. Early on it was tough, but I still usually won without dying.
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  • Martin85 20/04/2009

    @aaronali



    I agree. Rapture almost out-stayed it's welcome first time round. When the game ended, it was just about right, and I wasn't hankering for any more running around in that setting. I was hoping for the sequel to go somewhere else, or perhaps chronicle the days leading up to the first 'outbreak'. Or something. But even then I'd rather they just didn't bother, and left it at one game. I find what they have proposed in the actual BioShock 2 to be rather uninspiring. They've already touched on Randian philosophy, and rather than explore that further in a different setting, they're now talking about going into different philosophies. In my opinion, this has a large potential to negate much of the intricate plot of the first game.



    Ultimately, there's many pitfalls that BioShock 2 needs to overcome in order to be a proud entry to the series, rather than just a decent but pointless game that everyone wishes never got made. They created something so great with the first game, I think they'll just end up undoing it all with this sequel.
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  • Martin85 20/04/2009

    "no, we don't want a retread of bioshock. but consider: it is an amazing world to be in, why not revisit it. plus, they're inventing completely new areas for the bulk of bioshock 2, and they're exploring a new (undisclosed) philosophical touchstone for the new storyline. they want to incorporate ryan and objectivism, but go beyond that. they are integrating more thoughtful puzzles and are emphasizing a more open style of gameplay and mission trajectories. it doesn't sound like they are thinking retread one bit."



    That may all be true (or not, as it may turn out), but that doesn't solve the issue of just how much of an instant-classic BioShock was, and the fact that it was all rather self-contained. BioSock didn't particularly call for a sequel of any kind. In my opinion it should have been left at that, and all the screen shots and videos don't particularly inspire much confidence. This game needs to be utterly amazing just in order to not be a disappointment, in my eyes. That's an extremely tall order. I imagine that it'll ultimately be a pretty good game in it's own right, but a bit of a smudge on the legacy of the original. We'll see. I'm open to the possibility of it being astounding, but I just don't see it happening. The freshness of Rapture is gone, new environments or not, and I don't particularly think the new features sound like they add much. An 'amazing' sequel needs to be more than tweaks and refinements, especially if the preceding game was BioShock.
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  • Martin85 20/04/2009

    I'm apprehensive about this. I think it has a massive potential to be a let-down, even if it's very good. Even if it's as good as the first game, that won't be enough, for me. I don't just want a re-run of the first BioShock. Reply 0
  • E74 is not "RROD replacement" - MS

  • Martin85 21/04/2009

    "Doesn't the old games question rest rather heavily on Microsoft's future policy on backwards compatability?



    My Xbox still works, as far as I know, but it hasn't seen the light of day since the 360 turned up as I have absolutely no earthly use for it. All the Xbox games I've wanted to play have worked just fine on the 360."



    No. While the 360's BC might be good enough for you, there's lots of games I like which either 'work' but do so with horrible glitches, or don't run at all. Since emulating anything means emulating it on a system which is several orders of magnitude more powerful, the 360's BC leaves much to be desired. In fact, it's a miracle that any old Xbox games are successfully emulated *at all* on the 360. So a huge pat on the back for the team that worked on the 360's BC. The problem with your proposal is that technology is currently plateauing somewhat. Let's say the 360 is twice as powerful as the original Xbox, the 360's successor will not be twice as powerful. And so emulating the 360 will be an extremely daunting task. Probably impossible. So that leaves them with hardware BC, and you know they probably won't do that.



    So no, the prospect of BC on the next Xbox doesn't solve the issue, for me. Besides, what of all my XBLA purchases and so forth? They probably won't be transferable and playable over to the next Xbox. So my 360 needs to work for the next decade or so.
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  • Martin85 20/04/2009

    I agree with Darren - one year is not 'good going' for any console, now matter how much you use it.



    "If this really was a minor issue that affected a few users as Microsoft seem to like implying then we certainly would not be discussing them some three and half years after the 360 launched!"



    True. Also, if it was such a minor issue, then MS would never have announced such an unprecedented retro-grade 3 year extended manufacturer's warranty. As I said earlier, in my opinion the extended warranty is little more than a thinly-veiled product recall, and a way of putting to rest a massive and highly embarrassing lawsuit that would have otherwise happened. As it is, they are on damage-control, trying to minimize the amount of corporate embarrassment, and characterizing their actions towards extending warranties as some sort of benevolent act to the 'minority' who have experienced technical malfunctions with their Xbox 360s.



    The truth of the matter is that *many* 360 owners (the majority of, in my experience through 360 owners that I know) experience hardware failure well before their console's second birthday, which is a fucking disgrace. It's absurd that people should be 'counting themselves lucky' that their 360 managed to last a year or more, and reflects just what a shit product it is. Any working Xbox 360 is effectively a ticking time bomb. The Xbox 360 was seemingly designed by pigeons.
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  • Martin85 20/04/2009

    "Despite what martin85 claims we dont have any idea how big the E74 is"



    I didn't claim any specific 'size' of the E74 issue, and my huge rant was about Xbox 360 hardware failures in general, not just the E74. In my opinion it's gone far beyond the point of denial - the Xbox 360 is a heap of shit. It's made out of old recycled foreskins, that's what I heard... :-P
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  • Martin85 20/04/2009

    Yeah for me that's the sorest point of this whole scandal. The annoyance of having to send it back once or twice every year is a very real one, but what of in years to come, after the 360 is put to bed as a retail product and the warranty is long gone? It's a damn shame, because it's a fucking excellent games machine. I love my 360. Reply 0
  • Martin85 20/04/2009

    "At least MS isn't refusing that there are errors/problems with their console."



    Well, are they not more or less refusing that there's any problems by making statements such as the following..



    "The team is aware that a very small percentage of our Xbox 360 customers have reported receiving an error"



    ..?



    Tantamount, in my opinion. A statement such as the above does not correlate *at all* with MS' unprecedented extended manufacturer's warranty, which in my opinion is a thinly-veiled product recall.
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  • Martin85 20/04/2009

    "The company maintains that "a very small percentage of our customers" (same wording then and now) have suffered console death at the hands of E74."



    Outright lies. Nigh-on every single Xbox 360-owner I know (and I know a lot of 360-owners!) has had their console die from RRoD or E74. He may want to spout some shit about "only a very small percentage of our customers" falling foul of the E74 error, but he's a twat. Everyone knows that nearly all 360s bite the dust within a year or so. The only surviving 360 I know of that is older than a year and a half is one that is seldom used. The Xbox 360, as a machine, is an absolute heap of shit. Wonderful console on the games front, but it's less reliable than even the Dreamcast, and I never thought I'd ever get to say that about any console.



    What I find the most sad about the 360's awful design is that even if you manage to have a working 360 for the console's actual life-span, what of afterwards? I have a small collection of vintage consoles, all of which work. I've had my original Xbox for over 7 years, and my PS2 and GC for a similar length of time. All of which still work perfectly. Not to mention my SEGA Saturn, which has been my trusty steed for some 14 years, and still works perfectly. I've had to replace the battery a couple times (in order to store saved games on the console), but other than that it has been an absolute diamond. I've had my N64 since 1997, and I know mates who have original PlayStations which still work fine.



    I know modern consoles are more complicated, but the 360's unreliability is fucking insane. It's like they manufacture it from recycled Walker's crisps or something. They apparently just shite them out of the factories. In ten years, what's the chance of dipping back into my Xbox 360 collection? Not to mention all the Xbox LIVE Arcade games and stuff that I've bought from the Marketplace? It's an utterly unforgivable state of affairs, and the 3 year extended warranty for RRoD and the E74 malfunction are certainly not 'gestures of good will' as some are suggesting. It's something MS simply had to do in order to avoid a class action lawsuit, the scale of which would probably have been unprecedented in consumer electronics history. The money they're losing through the extended warranty may seem colossal, but trust me it's minuscule in comparison to what they would have lost through the courts.



    Never before have a company sold such a piece of shit and gotten away with it. Every time they deliver that bullshit line of "Only a very small percentage of our customers have had consoles die on them" or something to that equivalent, it makes me cringe. I can't believe they could lie like that in a public statement. *Nearly everyone* I know with a 360 has experienced some form of Xbox 360 hardware failure. A few of my mates have been through several of them. My mate Graeme is on his 6th! What an absolute fucking wet fart of a console.
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  • BioShock 2

  • Martin85 20/04/2009

    Looks the same as the first game. Reply 0
  • OutRun Online Arcade

  • Martin85 15/04/2009

    I've noticed a touch of slowdown, occasionally. Why should OutRun 2 slowdown on the 360? Reply 0
  • Martin85 15/04/2009

    "woodnotes wrote:



    So many classic SEGA games that could do with an update. Even Crazy Taxi would be a natural fit for XBLA, especially with leaderboards."



    +1



    Crazy Taxi is absolutely fucking perfect for XBLA. I'd also like to see Outrigger, and the arcade version of Virtua Fighter 2 would be sweet. The arcade version has only been ported once to a console in relative arcade-perfect form (even then not quite perfect), and that was on the Japan-only SEGA Ages line on PS2. Would be sweet to have VF2 on there. If Mortal Kombat can be on there, and Street Fighter II can be on there twice, then surely SEGA have got to represent with a spanking arcade-perfect port of VF2 to XBLA!
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  • Rare dates Banjo-Tooie for XBLA

  • Martin85 15/04/2009

    I'm looking forward to this. I had hoped it would arrive during the Easter holidays. Oh well. I have this one my N64 (twice!), but the frame-rate dives a fair bit. It pushed that machine quite hard. It'll just be nice to play it in a lovely clear resolution, with an updated HUD, reinstated Stop N' Swap, and a solid frame-rate. This one has more mature humour than the first game. It even has a gay bar! In fact, the adult humour in Nuts & Bolts is toned down from 'Tooie levels, back to the level of the humour found in the original game. Reply 0
  • BG&E2 inspired by September 11

  • Martin85 03/04/2009

    He talks like a bit of a twat. Oh, you're so sophisticated and poetic, Ancel.. *sigh* Reply 0
  • Wolfenstein

  • Martin85 30/03/2009

    Looks and sounds quite crap, to me. Reply 0
  • GDC: Hideo Kojima Keynote

  • Martin85 28/03/2009

    So Metal Gear was born because of the MSX2's shortcomings? Interesting. Reply 0
  • ASA dismisses Govt. ad complaints

  • Martin85 24/03/2009

    I don't personally see any problem at all with the ad, and think that those who do are being very uppity indeed. I'm steadfastly against any form of political correctness, and think that this 'PC' nature that society has picked up over the last ten years has become the bane of our modern existence. You know I had a job once where I wasn't allowed to ask for a black coffee, I had to say "coffee without milk". Pathetic.



    Anyway, yes this advert targets video gaming, even if they deny it. Who cares? Why shouldn't they be able to target video gaming? I mean, it's a fair statement, isn't it? Kids shouldn't be cooped up in their rooms all day everyday playing computer games. It's just common-sense, and it's aimed at parents of young children. I have no problem with this ad, and feel sorry for the people involved. They must be thinking "Bloody hell, not again. Some niche corner of the community are having a go at us for 'unfairly targeting them'. Pricks".
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