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#421 Manatee

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 03:36 PM

Mercenaries 2 gets a solid yellow, it helps, but not enough to be green. The loads are still atrocious.

I can add that installing to the HDD annihilates any mid level loading in LSWII and fixes a game killing bug in Episode 6, when it goes from one layer to another on the DVD.


#422 GM80

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 05:30 PM

Installed All-Pro Football 2K8 today...

I'm going to mark it yellow for now. If you could actually time some sections of the game (start up, loading a career/game, etc.) that would be great :)


I was thinking perhaps there could be some indicator on the list for improved in-game performance, not just loading times. A plus sign, maybe? The game's loading times may only warrant a yellow listing, but there's a remarkable improvement in performance during actual gameplay as a result of the install that could be noted as well.

IMHO, of course ;)

#423 SynGamer

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 02:41 PM

Mercenaries 2 gets a solid yellow, it helps, but not enough to be green. The loads are still atrocious.

I can add that installing to the HDD annihilates any mid level loading in LSWII and fixes a game killing bug in Episode 6, when it goes from one layer to another on the DVD.

If you could get some numbers for LSWII, that would be great. If the load times are improved enough, i'll mark it green.

I was thinking perhaps there could be some indicator on the list for improved in-game performance, not just loading times. A plus sign, maybe? The game's loading times may only warrant a yellow listing, but there's a remarkable improvement in performance during actual gameplay as a result of the install that could be noted as well.

IMHO, of course ;)


We already have quite the legend, but i take game performance into consideration when doing all of this. Most games which show an improved in-game performance are yellow or green. The load times are simple a base for determining initial performance :)

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#424 KaneRobot

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 05:24 PM

Burnout Paradise should be white. Only one minor improvement, the rest was essentially the same, within 1-2 seconds.

*30 seconds to EA/Criterion logos off disc, 27 off HDD.

*43 seconds from title screen to news screen off disc, essentially unchanged off HDD.

*18 second load time on news screen off disc, essentially unchanged off HDD.


If anyone has Burnout Revenge, please test it. I'm thinking about buying it again, my only gripe about it was the load times...if the loading is improved off the HDD I'll pick it up.

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#425 Dr. Pizza

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 03:29 AM

Burnout Paradise should be white. Only one minor improvement, the rest was essentially the same, within 1-2 seconds.

*30 seconds to EA/Criterion logos off disc, 27 off HDD.

*43 seconds from title screen to news screen off disc, essentially unchanged off HDD.

*18 second load time on news screen off disc, essentially unchanged off HDD.


If anyone has Burnout Revenge, please test it. I'm thinking about buying it again, my only gripe about it was the load times...if the loading is improved off the HDD I'll pick it up.


Good News, i own that game, but i didnt like it as much as Burnout 3.

Bad News: Wrong console, i own the PS2 version. :P


#426 The 7th Number

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 09:13 PM

I was thinking of installing gears of war 2. Im not so worried about load times though. I just hate the pop in at the begining of levels and other areas. Does installing help that?

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#427 SynGamer

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 09:32 PM

I was thinking of installing gears of war 2. Im not so worried about load times though. I just hate the pop in at the begining of levels and other areas. Does installing help that?

No. If anything, i've noticed MORE popin with installed games than when running them off the HDD. But the silent DVD drive usually quicker load times are well worth it.

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#428 Wolfpup

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 07:14 PM

Anyone know WHY Crackdown can't be installed? I just stuck it in to install it to play it this afternoon and got that message. I'm like..."HUH?"

It's such a small list of games that can't be. Seems so weird. Guess I get to experience the joy of Blender360 for this :-/

#429 spree4567

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 10:36 PM

Anyone know WHY Crackdown can't be installed? I just stuck it in to install it to play it this afternoon and got that message. I'm like..."HUH?"

It's such a small list of games that can't be. Seems so weird. Guess I get to experience the joy of Blender360 for this :-/


There's nothing official from Microsoft but most believe it's because of the Halo 3 beta included on the disc

#430 Wolfpup

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 10:56 PM

Oh weird. I knew early copies included that, but I just picked it up a couple of months ago, and it didn't say anything.

Anyway, the game's pretty cool so far. I don't want to play the bad guy, and getting to play a superhero of sorts is almost as much fun as I'd hoped. Needs better than control and the missions interface stuff is more confusing than it should be, but it's pretty cool so far. (And it controls better than GTA at any rate.)

#431 ZForce915

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 02:51 AM

I was thinking of installing gears of war 2. Im not so worried about load times though. I just hate the pop in at the begining of levels and other areas. Does installing help that?


What "pop" are you talking about? I installed the game right away and the load times were good and the quiet drive was very nice so I recommend the install.
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#432 Bloodbooger

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 03:04 AM

What "pop" are you talking about? I installed the game right away and the load times were good and the quiet drive was very nice so I recommend the install.


Pretty sure he's talking about the texture loading, it's real noticeable on the playable characters as you start a level.

This is the main reason I'd want to install Mass Effect, a lot of textures weren't loading up in time for the videos.

#433 007

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 03:07 AM

I don't think it helps with Mass Effect, unfortunately. Could be wrong, though.

With the texture stuff, though, Gears 2 had almost no issues after I installed it... as opposed to Gears 1, which made the texture stuff MORE noticeable. It was odd.

#434 shady859

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 04:53 AM

Bully :applause:

I broke Bully out of my backlog and started playing it today for the first time. Load times were insanely annoying I was getting pissed and then I remembered this. I've only got a 20gig so I never really messed with it. I've gotta say that i'll be checking out installing whatever my current most played game is on the HD from this point on though. I went from sitting around all the time to not having time to read alot of loading screens! Loving the improvement and the game is pretty darn fun haha.

#435 Cypher_VR

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 06:19 PM

You're in the movies is 5.8 GB on the HDD

#436 fart_bubble

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 01:41 AM

no difference or I at least didn't notice any thing different on Ace Combat 6
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#437 Dr. Pizza

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 10:26 AM

I have not tested this game, but you are missing COLLEGE HOOPS 2K8 ON THAT LIST!

Also, im going to see if the Xbox 360 board on GameFAQs would be willing to trade information back and forth with us. =) maybe we can get the word out about what games are better or not for the HDD.


#438 SynGamer

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 04:01 PM

I have not tested this game, but you are missing COLLEGE HOOPS 2K8 ON THAT LIST!

Also, im going to see if the Xbox 360 board on GameFAQs would be willing to trade information back and forth with us. =) maybe we can get the word out about what games are better or not for the HDD.

I don'ts gots thats game :(

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#439 Dr. Pizza

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 05:00 AM

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Tales of Vesperia - Loading time improved a bit, not much, but the great thing is the skit. It helps to appear very quickly. Usually using a disc it's going to be depended on your dvd drive, if it's still strong it will be fine, but if not a lot of skits will not appear/miss.

Gears of Wars 1 and 2 - loading time no change, sometime even faster from the DVD drive. The AI helping you (assuming you play on campaign mode) will be slow, unresponsive, left behind, pop up here and there, etc, they are a mess if you play from HDD.

Winning Eleven 2009 - loading in "Champion's League" screen is faster, not too big different but big enough for you to be able to take notice. Other than that, no more benefit.

Left 4 Dead - AI is playing waiting game a lot more than you, when you advance, then they will. On disc, they are usually more aggressive. Zombie appear quicker on horde mode.

Thats all I can remember right now

But IMO, there is NO difference in Tales of Vesperia at all.

So white for every game listed, except Winning Eleven 2009. id give that a Yellow.


Also, i dont know the performance yet, but College Hoops 2K8's size is 6.4 GB.

So please put that down.


#440 GunstarRed

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 07:54 AM

Looks like I have to be the one to report all the girly games around here. First HSM3 and now this:

Disney Sing It!.................................[6.4 GB]

The videos seem to load faster, but they didn't take that long to begin with, so maybe a Yellow rating.

Let's go, G.N.O.!

#441 Dr. Pizza

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 12:32 PM

Also, College Hoops 2k8, NOT 2k7, but 2k8, is a SOLID GREEN!

Loading a Basketball game normally, about 15 seconds.

With the game on the Hard Drive. 5 seconds!


#442 DreadZer0

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 03:08 PM

Juiced 2 - No noticable load improvement, graphics deteroration sometimes like characters + graphics not loading.

Import Tuner Challenge - Slight improvement, about 1 second.

Saints Row 2 - Load times decreased by about 1/3 - 1/2 , no random freezing.

#443 SynGamer

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 03:47 PM

Thanks for all the updates and additions everyone. If you could get solid evidence of load times, that's be great. Having actual times helps determine the performance rating of games. For example, if you say a game loads in half the time, that looks like a green rating, but if the game only takes 2 seconds to load off of the DVD drive...that's a 1 second improvements :P

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#444 Dr. Pizza

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 04:01 PM

I give you my word, i dont feel like recording footage of it. -_- After all ive been helping out alot lately. havent i? :P


#445 SynGamer

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 04:51 PM

I give you my word, i dont feel like recording footage of it. -_- After all ive been helping out alot lately. havent i? :P

I'm not asking for recorded footage, just times. DVD - 10 seconds, HDD - 5 seconds. This is what everyone has been posting and i want to make sure we are getting accurate reports :) You included times for College Hoops 2K8, which is great, i was just saying in general that i'd like numbers to back up peoples claims.

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#446 whitereflection

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 11:24 PM

Sorry if this has been talked about before, but do games consisting of multiple discs have to be installed simultaneously? For example, Lost Odyssey is over 20 gigs. Can I install one disc, uninstall it when I'm done with it, and install the next?

#447 KaneRobot

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 11:48 PM

Call of Duty: World at War should be yellow, or arbitrarily green if the level loading time warrants that categorization. Regardless, there is a noticeable improvement.

Loading company logos - 7 seconds off disc, 5 off HDD.
Loading title screen when save/quitting in game - 5 seconds off disc, 3 off HDD
Loading first level - 16 seconds off disc, 10 off HDD.
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#448 SynGamer

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 11:59 PM

Sorry if this has been talked about before, but do games consisting of multiple discs have to be installed simultaneously? For example, Lost Odyssey is over 20 gigs. Can I install one disc, uninstall it when I'm done with it, and install the next?

Yes, you can install one disc at a time.

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#449 Droenixjpn

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 03:28 AM

I'm surprised no one has said any load times for Fallout 3 yet, I'm installing the game to my HD right now, so I may get back to you on that.

#450 metalgearray

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 04:37 AM

If anyone has Burnout Revenge, please test it. I'm thinking about buying it again, my only gripe about it was the load times...if the loading is improved off the HDD I'll pick it up.


I have the standard 20gb HDD, so I can only have one game installed at a time. But I'm bored, so I deleted COD:WaW and installed Burnout Revenge.

DVD - 8 sec until intro screen
DVD - 21 sec - Sunshine Keys - Burning Lap forwards
DVD - 20 sec - Motor City - Crash - Cars Attacks

HDD - 5 sec until intro screen
HDD - 10 sec - Sunshine Keys - Burning Lap forwards
HDD - 11 sec - Motor City - Crash - Cars Attacks

So as you can see, it makes quite a big difference! I need to get a bigger hard drive so I can keep all my games installed. I never minded the load times in this game though, because unlike most games, it plays music during the loading screens.





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