tapedeck

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  1. Examples of developers p...

    Examples of developers picking on Wii....We've had Sega doing it recently and people at ID software etc...Just what is their problem?? Is the industry really creatively stiffled by the Wii? You would think that the development costs and user base alone would mean that everyone would be pretty much happy with the little wonder. Surely the Wii will bring: An expanded audience meaning more future players. More opportunity to sell something unique as more people become gamers. A greater understanding and appreciation of the craft of gaming. A larger pool of developers in the future due to a vast userbase. The industry's development side is still full of "hardcore" gamers, computer science graduates etc...And an expanded audience will only further the industry into new avenues. (Similar to films...many genres creating many more fans meaning many more film developers.) The interactive entertainment industry needs to grow internally and something like the Wii or DS could spark interest in those never associated with gaming. If this industry is to be taken seriousy there needs to be more people in it. Afterall, (when compared to the film industry) gaming is still in it's infancy. I wonder if one day we will see something similar to the Oscars in regards to gaming. Award going to best AI, Best use of frog in spaceship etc...Who knows?!
  2. Examples of developers p...

    Although it's not instantly apparent from some comments on forums, life does indeed have priorities over gaming and I'm loving the way the Wii fits into my "grown-up" (read: working) lifestyle. Granted, I grew up on games and still drool at any news about Nintendo's new titles but the Wii's accessibility is keeping me interested in gaming. I study gaming at university too, so its kind of ironic that I feel more and more alienated from the industry...Maybe I've "over-gamed" myself.. I already suffer from stylusitis from the DS...God knows what's next!
  3. Examples of developers p...

    Good comments guys, I totally understand the angles your drawing and discussing. The Wii is sheer potential for the industry. That shouldn't wane in time. Just like the DS, we are still seeing refreshing software. It would be horrible for the industry (and, thus developers) to think back in ten years and think "we never even tried...". Granted we are talking businesses here with an aim to make money. But like all businesses risk must be involved in order to succeed. I hope more developers take a risk to design NEW software in the vein of the Touch generations! model. Ideally I'd like to see a games store becoming like a book store. with software offerings ranging from Shakespeare audio books on the DS to Epic RPG's like Oblivion. We are seeing the model already with the VC. Nintendo are offering the whole picture. Hanging it up hoping artists copy. At the moment we see little evidence on the Wii front. Yet look at Ubi Softs new IP's (Spelling master etc)...Hopefully this will broaden the entire industry into not only seeing the next release as an FPS, RPG, MMORPG, SHOOTER, RACER.... Bring on the change. It seems standard that Nintendo should produce something different. But this time it's not shoulder buttons. It's the entire electronics entertainment business model.
  4. I'm sick of seeing old ports given headlines yet thoes headlines are mostly showing pictures from their prior releases... Case in point: On the 12/06/2007 jeuxfrance.com posted !new! Driver Wii screens picked up from Ngc France. Fair enough you may think. Well below is one of those screens posted: I wasn't a big fan of the screens posted as they primarily focused on cut scenes with only a couple of shots seemingly in game. Yet what does frustrate me is when this is seen as news, yet if we rewind to 2005. Monday October the 21st to be exact; we see this posting: http://www.pro-g.co.uk/ps2/driver_4/screenshot-19.html Now, the pictures are EXACTLY the same, which just infuriates me. It sparked my interest and seems to be happening frequently with the Wii. We see re-released software for the system yet we are shown other, older systems shots. It's shocking and not a good indication of how the final software will even turn out. (Or how far into developmet it is.) It's a joke when this happens and publishers should be named and shamed. I urge people to look closer at these 'Wii-makes'. From Resident Evil 4 to Scarface we are probably being given shots from eons ago. Now, I know in some cases this can be a good point. If only to show readers what the game will look like - Yet it's when it is a BLATANT lie...like the above example that it is wrong. Just thought I'd highlight the point.
  5. Alleged Wii pics that we know aren't real..

    was a major goof up...changed now!
  6. Boogie

    Seems like EA have really grasped the power of the Wii. It's looking good. I hope its an exclusive for a long time. Having enjoyed Singstar and seeing the sheer joy it brings to party's I hope this is in the same vein. I'm yet to be convinced by the motion controls as it seems a little too far-fetched. (Ala trying to get characters to dance). Or am I missing something there? I'm really intrigued by the video editing mode. There doesn't seem to be a WIFI sharing option; which would be brilliant post party. Yet another Wii title by EA I'm looking forward to!: peace:
  7. Manhunt 2

    I still stand firm by my notion that The Godfather is an astounding example of what motion control can bring to a game. (Remake or not.) For EA to get the gameplay controls spot on the first time around was astonishing. (IE threatening buisinesses.) The Godfather remains one of my favourite Wii games simply due to the tactile, robust and consistant controls. I'm glad there is a sequel in development, the Wii deserves to be a part of it. Maybe by then we will see all of the elements already in place really get the attention they deserve instead of the game being judged as a remake. Considering Manhunt 2, Scarface and No More Heroes will have come and gone by this time next year, I hope franchises will constantly evolve on the Wii thanks to the ideas and implementations of other developers controls. I'm sick of sequels just having a "tighter" camera or a "workable" targeting system surounding new missions. The Wii is slowly doing its job. Evolving the way we play and revitalising franchises both old and new. Just my two pence.
  8. FIFA 2008

    Genuinely excited for this now. The Eurogamer interview also mentioned that the more traditional viewpoint will be present. (Whoop whoop for old school). The developers also seem genuinely excited to be working with the Wii due to the creative drive the console seems to add to the franchise. I also like the fact they have been taking a leaf out of Nintendo's book by looking at ways of educating the player. Most people will cite the XBox graphics quotes and the fact Strikers includes co-op online yet FIFA won't - But I think they will be missing the point. As a first step onto the Wii...EA have to be applauded for their embrace of the platform and the ideas put into play. If you need to see just how much love the Wii is getting; look at the first FIFA for the XBOX360... Your move Konami... This is still twisted logic. The Pro Evo franchise sells extremely well in the UK yet Konami didn't even release it on our shores to see if it would sell here. This is a ridiculous notion when you look at the original XBOX which, sold about 3 systems in Japan. And did Konami release WE on the XBOX? I dont recollect it. But THEY DID eventually release Pro Evo for the XBOX in the UK. Which is illogical when they had WE6 FE code fully running on the Cube. Were Konami just too boozy, lazy, greedy or possibly all three to convert to PAL? There are many reasons...I think. (However, I digress. It's still a sore point)! But I'll leave it for someone else to dwell on now. Endex.
  9. FIFA 2008

    The only chance of getting ISS is in one place. The Virtual Console. Yet with old players (Like Konami's Alan Shelia!) I doubt it will happen.
  10. Although the entire game was memorable, for me it had to be the enormous guys without any eyes. The entire cast of characters were superbly designed - Having a welcomed realistic tone to them making Zombies seem archaic. Yet these large horrors scared the bejeezus out of me! Why were they blind? How do I kill them? WHAT IS HAPPENING!! Just some of the things that ran through my mind the first time I came across one of those! The animation on them was fabulous, they lumbered about with their wolverine- like claws hanging waiting to stab into you. Sublime, utterly sublime.
  11. FIFA 2008

    Strikers does work extremely well...In the context of its genre. It's more like a brawler with its TACKLE! PASS! SHOOT!! ethos. (Probably in that order!) Pro Evo's intracies could indeed be difficult to map onto the wii-mote...Yet if 'bassy' is just 'mapping' this insinuates it's merely a port with updated rosters. Now that the PS3, XBOX 360, VISTA gaming platforms are in swing I'm sure Pro Evo will go "next gen" rather than simply a higher resolution (ala XBOX 360 Pro Evo 6). The Pro Evo engine has been held back by the PS2 version selling like hot cakes for a few years now. Even the PC versions have been held back graphically. I really think this years version could be the last of the "current gen" versions. IE High Resolution on 360, PS2 version being normal, and Wii version being similar to the PS2 version - Maybe crisper? (Oh, doesn't M$ still have the rights for the Next Gen version of Pro Evo? - Leaving the PS3 version non-existant?) It will be interesting to see what 'bassy' makes Pro Evo like for Wii. I'm just glad it's being talked about considering we got SHAFTED on the Gamecube having only got Pro Evo (2?). I dont think I'll ever get over that - For that matter I don't think the good ol' cube got over it...In Europe anyhoo. Oh well, until then...Strikers feeds my footy addiction.
  12. Manhunt 2

    Manhunt is, technically a brand new game (ok, I know it's a sequel but its a Nintendo 1st) but the Godfather, Scarface, Resi are all remakes...and they are gaining mucho interest. This will probably sell vastly in America...Probably just because of the interest it will garner. It could even change the perception of the Wii to many people. It will be interesting to see jut how the game is covered by the media. Or if it is picked up at all...considering the Wii is the media's success story right now.
  13. FIFA 2008

    This could be the beauty of the Wii, having a FIFA which is unique yet offers a Pro Evo game which is more akin to the traditional setup. - Something for everyone. I don't know if anyone is aware of this but, according to this months NGamer magazine, producer of Pro Evo Shingo "seabass" Takatsuka has, apparently had some trouble mapping the controls to the wii remote. The publication responds with humour stating they are sure he will work it out. Interesting.
  14. My Sims

    Cant remember if this was stated before by anyone at EA, but the line about considering online for the future is dissapointing as it surely means there will be nothing in the current version? Yet there is a NO COMMENT section on the online specific question...I'm confused. If its online I'll get this straight away. Offline I'm not so sure ~ As it probably wont last too long...Ala Animal Crossing on the GC compared with AC:WW on the DS
  15. Mario Strikers Charged Football

    There does seem to be a large problem as players get to the Crystal cup knock out stages...It's like Next Level wanted the game to last longer so they just upped the AI through the roof all of a sudden. Cheap tactics for sure, yet the game still seems to draw you back as it begs to be played due to the simplicity of it all. I've had a few friends, both male and female play this and they have all thoroughly enjoyed it - But then again they haven't played the Road To Strikers Cup section! From what I've read in a few forums, without the competitive online element - I feel this would be collecting dust already in many a gamers collection - Wholly due to the horrific AI fluctuations in the single player mode. Today just could be the day I beat that damn Crystal cup final. (Sigh). Strikers is like a love hate relationship:love:
  16. Mario Strikers Charged Football

    Cheers Pig...I guess making them watch the replay is the best way of slamming payback in their face. I guess I'll have to keep practising Now I just need to work out the timing of slamming a hammer bro. Peace out
  17. games you enjoy, that could embares

    I still have a HUGE soft 'spot' for my favourite childhood game ever...Cool Spot. 1994-1997 was a fantastic time for 2D platformers with Aladdin on the Megadrive/SNES. The Earthworm Jim franchises, Sonics and Marios and the Donkey Kong Country games. But somehow, even though I loved all of those games, I hold Cool Spot dear to my heart. The character design and music is something I still love today. Imagining this little spot running around like some sort of borrower created infinate gaming opportunities. Oh well...Cool Spot will never return. Dave Perry (and Virgin games...whatever happened to them!!) are more into their hardcore shooters and ever since MDK it looks like thats the direction Shiny (some remaining staff members of the Cool Spot team) are always going to take. So yeah, taking the character design from the red spot on a 7UP bottle may seem supid yet Spot was always infinately better than fido dido ever was...And his game was better than fido didos too. So there lol! More golden oldies please...
  18. Manhunt 2

    Quoted from the IGN Wiik in review: Big developers heading to Wii. Manhunt 2 will test the water for adult titles on Wii. so if it doesn't sell....Wii will be buggered when it comes to adult themed games? Fair enough IGN - But by this reckoning...Putting one M rated title as the focus of the entire future of 'adult' content on the Wii seems somewhat confusing..Especially when said console is less than a year old and it's ONE game! What if Rockstar balls it up? What then? It seems that an adult Wii game at the moment simply means 'Manhunt 2'. This not only grates on me as gaming should be a broad spectrum yet in the same vein isn't Brain training on the DS aimed at adults (advertising in TIME, readers digest publications etc)? Yet, frustratingly this never paved the way for more adult titles for the DS..Different genre I guess..but then what is classed as a MATURE genre? I feel there is a fundamental problem with identity in the industry. A recent article on Nintendojo.com mentioned VC sales and how the Mario, Zelda (Nintendo) franchises were the most popular downloads..Yet if we want more "elusive" titles on the VC we need to buy more of the elusive titles that exist. Makes sense right? But surely the massive uptake of the Wii should guarantee that these niche titles sell? Just give it time. It's not only us 'gamers' buying the Wii, evidently. Maybe the above IGN statement shows that the industry itself still sees Nintendo in a certain light and even with the sheer amount of Wii consoles sold, mature titles just "wont" sell on the Wii. We have seen this with the DS. it's the most popular device of recent times yet still lacks mature (read: Adult themed?) games. Either way...I'm looking forward to Manhunt 2 (on its own merits) :¬) I'm just confused as to why IGN would imply that developers see Manhunt 2 as the proving ground for Wii. Here's hoping Rockstar (and the sales) deliver.
  19. Mario Strikers Charged Football

    I've been playing and playing this solid, only to come up against Diddy kong time and time again...I wont speak a word about the rest. Anyways, Online is a different beast, Waluigi players who create walls and walls and hammer spammers and happy tounge wagglers and...and...and... Good lord it's insane online! Like others on here I've started playing this on its hardest setting with hope to conquer some online t*!!*s. But its just so darn harsh when players resort to the same tactics over and over when things start to become like a normal match. It's a little like real football in that regards. When things are going bad you pass to your best player...or you repeat your crosses against poor heading teams etc...So I guess my complaints are redundant. I hope the readers of N-Europes Strikers forum can create a top tips guide to help the online battles becoming stale. That's my bitchin' over!...You can tell Ive just come offline with a 13-5 humping due to 12 hammer goals..
  20. ScarFace: The World is Yours

    Having played the Godfather to death (even my fiance loved it. Incredibly..Ive never seen her so violent)! I'm really looking forward to this now. Having seen what the Wii can bring to the sandbox genre, I was hoping there would be more gesture based actions considering the Godfather had me so enraptured by its sweet gestured world that, at times, it seemed to be pushing the walls of virtual reality. But its good to see the Scarface game getting the reviews it probably deserves. A lot of time has been spent reworking the graphics and controls for the Wii and I salute Sierra for their uptake and risk taking by putting a title like Scarface out so early in the lifecycle of the console. The last few lines of the IGN review (Vice City, eat your heart out) is also notable as GTA still seems to be the sub concious of what every gamer seems to weigh the sandbox genre through. Vice City is indeed 'still' fabulous yet even I thought the scope and sheer balls of EA's gesture based Godfather shot it down and made it seem archaic. Bring on Scarface I say :¬)
  21. FIFA 2008

    Hey fellow ppl, LTRFTW, I'm getting a sensi soccer vibe from the previews given so far. I dont know if the top-down view will suit me personally but in the context of the controls I think it will work . Who knows. Maybe playing is indeed believing! Anyhoo, the throw ins and free kick scenarios are sounding brilliant (on paper). Lets hope there are some goalkeeper/penalty suprises too (maybe building on strikers charged goalkeeping situations). The FIFA franchise has been relying on yearly 'gimmicks' for too long now. Relying on ever-increasing button usage, new moves, off the ball controls, new free kick plays...every year this happens...And some people are already saying the Wii version will be gimmicky..hmmm, with this logic hasn't the entire licence been using gimmicks to compete with PES recently? Hopefully this will be the 'gimmick' that really sticks. Just my two cents...What does everyone else think?