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Discussion in 'General Video Gaming Chat' started by davenich, May 8, 2003.

  1. davenich

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    I bought a GC over the weekend, with Zelda and Metroid Prime, and just thought I'd post a few comments:

    Linked up to my 32" WS via RGB @ 60Hz, MP looks outstanding and yesterday prompted me to give a standing ovation (first time ever for a video game, and I've been playing them for well over 15 years). The section that roused me from the sofa was the first countdown timer. I wasn't expecting it having just beaten the first big sluggy type thing (not very descriptive I know, but if you've played, you'll know), and was completely taken by surprise when I got acid over my visor as well. I died before I could complete the level, but when I got the continue screen, I realised that my heart was going a mile a minute and that I had been panicking for the previous five minutes! It reminded me all over again why I liked gaming! The control system is a little bit quirky, but I'm sure it will click in after a few hours of play.

    Zelda is still a bit of a mystery to me. I haven't played a Zelda game before and I've only dipped in for a couple of hours, but so far I can't see what all the fuss is about. Maybe I'll leave it for a while, play MP to death and come back. Actually, I've still failed to get into Halo on Xbox as well, so I might give that a hammering as well! It's a bit annoying, as they're both supposed to be the pinnacle of gaming, and I seem to not enjoy them!! I've got a free gaff coming soon, so maybe that'll give me a good few hours to immerse myself and see what happens.

    BTW: If anyone is wondering if it's worth upgrading your connections for the standard AV leads free with your console to RGB, rest assured that it is most definitely worth a couple of Ayrtons for a spangly pristine picture, compared to the muddy mess you've previously been squinting through!:)
     
  2. RL123

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    Glad you bought a GC and Metroid/Zelda. Both are incredible games without equal IMO (certainly compared to the trash released in 2003 so far)

    If I was you, play through Metroid then when it's finished with, put it away and then start Zelda. Both are mighty fine games and should be played individually; not together.

    Zelda takes a while to get 'into' but is so, so good. It's probably the best game I've ever played and I've been playing for about 13 years now.

    Metroid is a stunner of a game too and is more of an adrenaline rush (like you've experienced I guess :)).

    Give them both time and you'll enjoy both IMO. After you've finished pick up Eternal Darkness, Resi Evil, and Monkey Ball and you'll never touch any other games (Halo is worth playing through first though)
     
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    Trust me Zelda is very immersive you will get drawn in. Ive only played a couple of Zelda games. But it is so detailed you will love it.
     
  4. James45

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    Now get yourself Pikmin from the new Player's Choice range (19.99) and pick up a copy of Super Mario Sunshine.

    Eternal Darkness also gets my recommendation for the darker side of the cube, excellent scary horror game, better than both resi evils available for the cube.
     
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    Great advice 2 excellent games, id also get something for a quick arcade game something like star wars.

    must get back to pikmin
     
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    Don't worry about the Metroid controls - they seem perfect after a couple of hours.

    I have my reservations about Zelda too. I've loved every other Zelda game but this seems a little more american kid focussed than previously.

    I'm still enjoying it (apart from the sailing - when you only have an hour or so to play, the last thing you want is to be wasting 15 mins of it on the water)

    I've no doubt I'll finish it but for the moment it's inferior to OOT.

    Have fun!
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    yep I'm starting a new Pikmin game tommorrow. And as damn fine as star wars is, I found it horrendously difficult. The mission to take out the two star destroyers took me something like two months of repeating to complete and the next mission (escort the millennium falcon) is bordering on impossible.

    Davenich get yourself a wavebird controller as well, possibly the best piece of console hardware ever.

    My favourite pick up and play title at the moment is Ace Golf, £20 from HMV, excellent value.
     
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    Oops!

    I forgot about Mario...I'll get me coat and won't come back :D
     
  9. davenich

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    I really shouldn't be buying any more games at the mo, which is why I bought Zelda - hopefully I can become engrossed to the level of addiction, and play WW until complete, and then whack into the bonus disc! Maybe by that time I'll have saved a bit of cash and can afford to buy all the above games!

    P.S I've played the Resi games on PSX to death, is it worth getting both the GC games or just Resi 0?
     
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    Eternal Darkness is very good, I still prefer Resi Evil, ED never really scared me, also it is a lot easier than Resi Evil.

    I am one of the few who also dislike Zelda, I prefer my RPGs to have more meat and not be so simple.

    I would also recommend Super Monkey Balls, very nice little game.
     
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    Prefered eternal darkness to resi evil (have both of the new cube versions) but the resi evil 1 remake imo is much better than resi evil zero (i can't stand the team co-op aspect, how's it scary if there's two of you?)

    Sinzer how could the bathtub bit not scare you? I've not jumped like that since the zombies hands burst through the window in PSX Resi Evil 2
     
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    For an FPS MOH is great and with multiplayer wont be wasted when you have finished it, SMB is very addictive and SMB 2 even more so!!!!
     
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    Agreed - First time i played ED, was on my own in pitch dark flat with sound system turned way up. Never crapped myself so hard!
     
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    Zelda: WW certainly took a different approach compared to OOT (not just in terms of graphics) but to me it still has its special moments and is a worthy game in its own right. Yeah the sailing and the Tri-Force bit can be annoying (no spoilers see? ^_^) but the overall package is sound.. Prog.scan, Pro Logic 2, top animation and presentation and the all important gameplay. OOT may have been more immersive as a whole because its events interlinked so well, whereas the sailing fragments the gameplay somewhat in WW...

    Have no doubt though that the Wind Waker was against one of the finest games ever made as a package and if ther are only minor things to pick on the Wind Waker has done very well indeed while pushing the Zelda franchise into a new direction. Now if only more sequels from other companies decided to take an equally large risk with their games...
     
  15. Sinzer

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    Heehee, never liked OOT either. Guess I will just have to live with the Zelda of the past, those 2D puzzles were fiendish. 3D is just too easy and most of the puzzles are not thought provoking they are just annoying ie you know what to do, but have to carry things back and forth just to complete.

    Playing Morrowind on the PC at the moment and Breath of Fire on GBA, and they are much more my type of RPG.
     
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    I like my action RPGs as much as my turn based ones. XenoSaga is next up to complete after Zelda: WW and Breath of Fire V... If you've got a PS2 you have to get this game ^_^ It probably has the most unique battle system I've used for some time seriously merging real-time and turn based strategy. After that Suikoden III is waiting there patiently as Star Ocean III has been pushed back to early 2004 >_<

    Also, to think FF:CC is actually finished but held back by Nintendo to fill in the Xmas slot... Annoying.
     
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    I need an import PS2, but I simply don't have the money at the mo :(

    Sorry hijacking thread :p will stop now!
     
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    With halo, get your mates round. The single player is really fun for about fifteen minutes, until the levels start to feel like they've been literally just repeated over and over, but we play that game for hours and hours in multiplayer, especially system link. The vehicles and ease of throwing grenades make it pretty hairy sometimes. If it wasn't for the multiplayer, I wouldn't even touch that game, but it really is fantastic with friends.
     
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    ...that having spent most of the last month sailing around discovering new islands and generally fannying around on my boat, I can hereby declare that Wind Waker is an absolute corker of a title.

    After a month or so playing Metroid Prime (couldn't be bothered to beat it, Meta Ridley was doing my crust in!), I decided to go back into Zelda, and see if I could find out what all the fuss was about. Did I find out? Oh god, yes! I proceeded to spend any free time I had playing... before work in the mornings, lunchtimes, and for a good 3 or 4 hours every evening. While these hours would be pretty poor if I was an unemployed/student, as I'm sharing a living room with a non-gamer and am gainfully employed, that's as many hours as I can fit without getting into arguments over telly usage!

    Yes, sailing over more than a square of the map can be rather tedious, especially annoying when sharks are involved, but I found the whole enterprise to be a great deal of fun. Bosses, a little too easy, perhaps, but I'm determined to go back and have another run-through, now that I've got my lovely picto box to play with. I think I'll just have a dip into OOT first;)

    PS Any hints on Meta Ridley? It simply bugged the hell out of me!

    PPS I had a sesh on Halo with a mate and am beginning to get it, but I hate the control system, why the hell can't I use the left stick for turning? I know most other people seem to like the standard set-up, but it's just not intuitive for me.
     
  20. tryingtimes

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    I know what you mean re: playtime - add a wife and child and the tour de france into the equasion and it equals about 3 hours a week! I always forget what I was looking for in Zelda and what people have been telling me. doh
     
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    Post it notes - the way forward. I'm sure I forgot a couple of side-quests while I was in the middle and got distracted, but no real loss. Especially as I know I'll be back soon!
     
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    I was getting in about five hours a day of Zelda WW, just couldn't stop playing it. Truly amazing game and utterly addictive. On the other hand I booted up the bonus disc upon its completion and couldn't stand to play OOT for more than 30 mins. Zelda really couldn't have improved more between OOT and WW.

    Meta Ridley is pretty easy once you get the timings right, its been ages since i beat him. Actually saying that I think there's a thread on here asking the same thing, do a search. Metroid Prime is the next boss and I still haven't bothered killing it to complete the game... now that is hard!!
     
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    I had a little play of OOT last night; first impression is that after the flawless 3D of WW, it seems rather clunky. It should be taken into account that this is a straight port of a 5 year old N64 game, so we'd expect a difference given both the hardware involved and general programming developments. The camera isn't as user friendly as WW, and the graphics do seem to be rather flat, especially textures.

    Having said that, there's a definite feel to the game which is pure gaming gold, a certain precision to the characters and the storyline which I hope won't tarnish as I progress through. Assuming that it'll take me as long to complete as WW, and with Master quest to whack into as well, I reckon I'll be in the land of Hyrule for a good couple of months yet...

    Then I might have to get Link to the Past for the GBA!!
     
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    You should also look into Ikaruga and Skies of Arcadia. Be warned though... don't expect to complete Ikaruga any time soon. I've had it since April, and have only managed to get past the first 2 levels/worlds, and I think there's 6 in total.

    It's very possible that it's the hardest game EVER made! :eek:

    Oh, and don't forget all these upcoming games. (good bye life for the rest of the year! :) )

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    Now all we need is for Pro Evo 3 to get a US/European relase when it comes out!
     

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