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CAG Foreplay #40: Enjoyment is the Point (4/17/08)


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#31 cicada17

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Posted 19 April 2008 - 03:58 AM

Fine Shipwreck, blame me for your purchase of Meet the Robinsons. I thought the game was relatively good, but I did see the movie, so that helped. The best parts of the game were the boss battles and the all powerful Havoc Gloves. Using the Havoc Gloves at certain locations allowed a "Dig Dug" type mini-game to ensue. These levels were actually quite clever and involved quite a bit of strategy. PLAY IT!!!!
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#32 Trenchalicious

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Posted 19 April 2008 - 05:55 AM

Cool.... downloading!
1 CENT AUCTION STARTS: XBOX 360 & DS Game @ My ebay auctions!

#33 meager

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 03:07 AM

Do you really think GT4 Prologue is anything more than the most expensive beta test ever?

#34 terpkristin

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 03:04 PM

Great show, glad you're back in action!!! :)

I have to agree with the Haribo lovers here, they are fantastic gummy bears. But my real weakness comes with the gummy cola bottles...it's a darn good thing I don't frequent the candy shop which is the only place I've found them in bulk locally. Of course, I've never tried Blueberry Hill ones (never heard of 'em) so I may be missing out.

Highlight of the show was hearing that other people drink Big Red. As far as I know, it isn't sold around here (northern Virginia), I've only gotten it in Kentucky and Texas, but when I brought it home once people thought I was nuts.

Glad to see my bank account seems safe this week...guess we'll see what happens next week. :D

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#35 Mr. Wiggly

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 01:14 PM

Do you really think GT4 Prologue is anything more than the most expensive beta test ever?


That's actually not an unfair question, imho. They're clearly still having issues with online as this weekend they had some issue about having to clear your cache to race online. I've played several of the GT games and for the last one, I broke down and bought one of those Logitech Driving Force Pro wheels. Thankfully, it works for the PS3 and it pretty much forces me to buy future GT games just to justify its existence in my house. It sure does make the games more "fun" to play, as using the controller is just awful. As someone mentioned earlier, the license tests (and all the frustration that went with them) are no more. The main restriction now is that you have to finish all the C class races before you can go to the B class, and so on. The challenge levels are pretty much the same as previous games as your starting car can get you through the races, but to come in first on the final race, you have to be awesome or, if you're like me, you have to buy a faster car. It certainly feels a lot smaller than GT4. The tuning/customizations aren't there and there are less cars and tracks. The AI, at least for me so far, doesn't seem improved. Mostly the AI cars will stay on their lines and don't really react to your presence, and you can still do the cheap bumper-car trick to get around corners because of the lack of damage. On the good side, the game looks awesome. I thought GT4 looked great, but now my eyes burn when I look at it. Plus, the in-cockpit view is amazingly cool. It feels like the old Test Drive games of yore! They still haven't mastered curved lines on the tracks though. Am I the only one who notices the straight white lines on the sides and middle of the roads? Also, the people on the side of the road move a little bit now, and they aren't 2D cardboard standups, but they're still unconvincing. Clearly, most of the processing power has gone to the cars. The physics and the details are really amazing. I love watching the suspension move around as you go over the bumps and hills on the courses. And experimenting with speeds and lines and angles is really satisfying. Changing your approach to parts of the course really have tangible effects and are definitely key to winning some of the more challenging races. This is not Burnout, however. Unless you have a racing wheel and you're into a realistic driving experience with cars you'll never get to try in real life (or you're heavily into car porn) you can safely take a pass on this.