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HC_Chief
07-27-2001, 09:23 AM
Just purchased GranTurismo3...Must say, HOLY *&#$, this game kicks arse! :D

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<center><i><b>In-game</i> photos</b></center>

I also purchased the 'Rumble Pack' for a mere $4.99. It contains approximately 10 demos for up-and-coming games. I HIGHLY recommend purchasing this DVD! ATV (4x4 game) and StarWars: StarFighter are two of the coolest new releases - both are featured on this demo-pack.

Gauntlet is also featured - but this Gauntlet is more than just a re-visitation of the old arcade classic! The graphics are incredible - and the gameplay is intense.

Just wanted to give my fellow PS2 gamers a heads-up... the kick-arse titles are starting to flow into the stores! :D

Pretty soon, the Linux package <i>should</i> be developed and released in the US. It will have a hard drive, network card, keyboard and mouse - turning your console into a 128bit online gaming beast. :)

htismaqe
07-27-2001, 10:13 AM
Gauntlet: Dark Legends is AWESOME...highly addictive...

I though GT3 Aspec SUCKED...it's not a racing game, it's a "driving simulation"...

Graphics aren't everything, and the gameplay on this beast borders on hyper-boring...

Clint in Wichita
07-27-2001, 10:23 AM
I'm waiting for Resident Evil and Metal Gear Solid 2 to hit the shelves.

If you want a kick-arse racing game, check out Midnight Club Racing.

IMO Madden 2001 and SSX are still the 2 best games available.

HC_Chief
07-27-2001, 10:25 AM
"driving simulation"

Really? I always think of games such as Nascar and IndyCar(EA titles) for the PC as 'simulators'. They use real-world physics and model damage, etc. GT3 is in the arcade style - pretty & fun, w/o a big learning curve.

I really enjoy this one - and I'm not much on racing games usually.

"To each his own" I guess :)

bishop_74
07-27-2001, 11:16 AM
If you liked RPG's (Zelda) than you will like Dark Cloud. I really enjoyed it. Kept me busy for weeks. I want that Gran Turismo game, it looks incredible. I know the graphics are good, but how is the driving controll? Is it acurate and realistic?

HC_Chief
07-27-2001, 11:19 AM
bishop - I think so. I hear it is awesome if you use a force-feedback steering-wheel. I just use the DualShock analog controllers. Gotta be careful on those turns... and Rally-car dirt tracks! :)

bishop_74
07-27-2001, 12:09 PM
PS/2 ROCKS!!! Are you guys looking in to getting the X-Box and the game cube too??? I want one because the majority of the games will not cross platforms, but I don't want to spend another $300 on a dud sytem that is only going to have 50 games available for it.

KCTitus
07-27-2001, 12:21 PM
Before the Gran Turismo series came out, my biggest beef with 'racing' genre games was the fact that there was no skill involved. Basically all one had to do was mash down whatever button or control device that was the accelerator and then forget anything but left or right.

That's not so with any of the GT series. You have to drive the car and obviously since you cannot feel the G's or the wind in your hair, it's that much more challenging. While it may seem boring to some, taking the perfect line in a Viper on the Trial Mountain track, to me, is quite challenging.

Friends of mine that are not big 'gamers' like to challenge me to races and I'll take the Mini Cooper or something similar and I'll let them have the fastest car they want. About 8 out of 10 times I can beat them if the race is more than 5 laps.

I've found GT3 to be much more realistic as far as accelerating and braking than GT2. The graphics are excellent and are so good that most of the tracks that are in the previous version dont even look the same.

Unlike others, I cant stand the 'shoot em up' games that are very pervasive in most systems. Like Quake or Doom or whatever, that stuff sucks to me because theres no skill involved. Just run around and shoot.

htismaqe
07-27-2001, 12:27 PM
Thanks Bishop!

I've been looking closely at Dark Cloud and waiting for Destiny Warriors 3.

On a different note, I pre-ordered MADDEN 2002 yesterday! I can't wait until it hits. If you guys want to see how much better it's gonna be than last year, check this out:

They fixed the DBack animation so that they don't always end up out of position. They fixed the WR animation so they make more 2-hand grabs and less 1-hand grabs. They added a bunch of player movement for more realistic tackles, blocking, and rushing.

http://ps2.ign.com/previews/16228.html

I can't wait...

Rausch
07-27-2001, 12:27 PM
I was dissapointed with how LITTLE the games PS2 have gone a step above the DREAMCAST. One of the few upsides of Sega over the years is it's variety of game types. Sea man and games like it are highly addictive, and are different than anything out there. I had hoped Sony would go this route after Sea man stretched out the life expectancy of the Sega for about another year...almost dead now.


I loved GT3, and that's saying a lot after I HATED both 1 and 2...I love the graphics, i DO find it challenging, and i LOVE that I can buy my Civic SI on the game. My own car, and of course, just interested to see how far it would take me! :D

htismaqe
07-27-2001, 12:32 PM
Titus and HC:

What I disliked about GT3 was that not all cars and tracks were available right off the bat. Yes, the graphics are awesome and the physics are perfect.

But that lame-*** "campaign mode" just sucks. Personally, I would like to just drive cars and stuff and see how it feels. Having to drive over and over on "the oval" just to gain money so I can buy a better car is TERRIBLY BORING...

htismaqe
07-27-2001, 12:34 PM
Brad,

Be patient...the good titles are starting to come out just now.

If you look at the slate of titles for the Playstation 1 within 6 months after release, and compare it to the slate of available game 18 to 24 months after release, you'll see that the "variety" of games you spoke of wasn't unique to the Dreamcast...

Titus:

Unlike others, I cant stand the 'shoot em up' games that are very pervasive in most systems. Like Quake or Doom or whatever, that stuff sucks to me because theres no skill involved. Just run around and shoot.

Try playing against a human opponent sometime, there's certainly a fair amount of skill involved. Although, I make it a point to play these types of game on the PC only, not on the console.

Honestly, I've played just about every game out there. I play RPGs, sports, racing, fighting, shooters, action, everything.

The best games I've played so far for the PS2 are Gauntlet, Madden 2001, and SWING AWAY GOLF.

Rausch
07-27-2001, 12:39 PM
Don't get me wrong, I have a PS2 and a Dreamcast. Dreamcast had some amazing ideas (internet gaming, VMU units, mp3 capability, cable modem capability, and eccentric games) and I'd hoped that the PS OR X-BOX would pick up where they left off.

PS2 is gaining momentum, but so far not much. The garbage with hardware shortages almost led me to not purchasing one at all, and when I did the price tag and the poor DVD choices really ticked me off.


I hate Gates, but I'll probably but his product and help make him the first world dictator...:(

KCTitus
07-27-2001, 12:54 PM
Try playing against a human opponent sometime...

Parker, Im sorry I wasnt clear. I do play against human opponents in games like these--Quake in particular. The only 'skill' involved is keeping up with another guy and killing him.
After 30 minutes it gets very old. Run around and Shoot--what else can you do besides make your own maps?

I too have played a variety of genres and the only one that has really kept my interest are football and the GT series. My next door neighbors swear by Medal of Honor and Im hoping to check that out soon.

bishop_74
07-27-2001, 01:05 PM
MAn, I play thise 1st person shooters all day and I have played people that are REALLY good. Either they are skilled, or I am retarted...

htismaqe
07-27-2001, 01:07 PM
Titus:

Part of your problem is that you picked Quake over Unreal. Quake has always been graphically superior, but there's just nothing to it other than what you said -- twitch reflexes...

Unreal Tournament, on the other hand, features alot more challenge, with very good CTF modes, "storm the castle" modes, and more...in fact, Half-Life had some of the best MP modes ever...

Brad:

According to Sony, by the 3rd or 4th quarter of 2002 we should be able to use our PS2's to play online, trade saved games and memory card images over the Internet, play data files of various formats (MP3's for instance), and many other features. It just isn't mature yet. For one thing, they wanted to get it to market. The add-ons are the bonus and they didn't want to shoot their load all at once...

KCTitus
07-27-2001, 01:13 PM
Parker: I totally agree about UT and like the different multiplayer modes. Although it's part of the shootemup genre, UT is a departure because of the different games teams can play that's much more than just shooting the other guy--you actually have a purpose or a goal.

In GT3, although Im not sure how accurate this is, you can link up to 3 of the PS2's together and race against 5 other friends in one race. Obviously that would also require 3 TVs...not exactly practical.

One Arrowhead Dave
07-27-2001, 01:54 PM
I also swear by the Medal of Honor games. They are the first shooter games that I have ever owned, but I am a WW II guru.
MOH Frontline is coming out in the winter or early 02 for PS2 and after that a MOH combat flight simulator game will follow.

GT3 is pretty darn good.

Madden 2001 is awsome. My DBs have gotten burned a few times.

Nascar Heat is great and takes skill.

Sky Odyssey is a flight simulator/ game that is worth checking out.


I'm ready to jump on NCAA 2002 football soon!

HC_Chief
07-27-2001, 02:07 PM
NBA Street is friggin hilarious! It's a blast to play :D

Starwars: Starfighter is my next acquisition!

You can buy used games online for 10-20bucks less at http://www.ign.com :)

aturnis
07-27-2001, 02:50 PM
Gran Turismo Shman Turismo........I for one thought this game was HORRIBLE for all the hype it got. My very first race, I just picked a car, not the fastest or anything, just the first car that caught my eye, and I beat all the others by half a lap! and that was the computer! Although the graphics and lighting are amazing this genre in general has nothing to offer me. I think racing gets unbearably repetative.

FPS?! Only first person shooter I have ever enjoyed was MOH....good series if you ask me.....

Shoot em up just aren't my genre either.

RPG....I HATE them, don't understand why on earth you would just want to tell the guy which action to do to the enemy then watcha CGI of him doing it. Personally I like to challenge my reflexes and coordination.

Sports games are my favorite....I love the new EA games. Madden awesome, NHL (the best!), FIFA soccer awesome!

I also love the new games by EA where they are extremely unrealistic yet have the ultimate fun factor.

My most anticipated.....Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Resident Evil CV Project (comes out August 15th), Silent Hill 2, FIFA 2002, Madden 2002, NHL 2002, and so on.......

aturnis
07-27-2001, 02:56 PM
For those of you complaining about lack of games or lack of excentricity, here is the release list into early 2002.....

Sonyweb Release Date List (http://www.sonyweb.com/release/index.html)

bishop_74
07-27-2001, 08:44 PM
aturnis, yeah, turn based RPG suck arse, but the likes of Zelda and Dark Cloud do not fall in to that category. Dude, have you ever played Half-Life? By far one of the best games I have ever played... especially multi player. Or perhaps Rainbow six. We once stayed up for 30 hours straight planning and strategizing missions with six players at a time. That was REALLY fun. I guess it's no fun unless you have 3 or more REAL people to play with or against.

aturnis
07-28-2001, 02:23 AM
Hey, I guess your right.....I haven't played half-life or too many games as of late......and I do agree that the fun-factor could be seiously upped by more people in on the fun. None of my friends really play too many video games, they do, but just not alot, the 'gamers' at our school are all pretty much dorks so I'm not just gonna invite them over for a game. I do believe I'll be doing more gaming soon especially with all the great releases coming to PS2. And for the RPG's, I've only ever watched someone play one and that was one of the Final Fantasy games which I thought looked incredibly boring and just dumb..... I've never played the new Zelda's b/c I never liked N64....but if they are good maybe I'll try Dark Cloud.

Aturnis
-Notices that he sounds like a SEVERE gamer hater.........

Rausch
07-28-2001, 11:41 AM
As far as fun factor goes:


I love all the strategy games the most. Age of Empires/Command and Conquer/Risk types of games.



Conquest is best.....Man I love strategy/war/battle types of games where you get ta' out flank the enemy and totally destroy your friends!.....



I don't know, must be the German in me...



Haven't been able to play AOE online, got a cable modem now, and can't figure out WTF to do....:confused: :D

Nelson Muntz
07-28-2001, 11:47 AM
has anyone seen the game 'worlds scariets police chases' for playstation 1 yet? i just saw a promo on the show last night for it and was wondering if anyone had seen it

Fat Elvis
07-28-2001, 11:49 AM
I just can't play console games anymore. Compared to the games available for the computer--especially online games (my fav is Team Fortress Classic)-- console games have less appeal than the old pong games.

No going back.