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Matt

The Gamer Thread

Starting with Outrun Online, which is coming to 360 and PS3 through the online marketplace

http://www.joystiq.com/2008/12/18...utrun-online-arcade-for-xbla-psn/

Mmm, Testarossa Spyder.

Sav

I have Outrun for PS2, a very fun game. Wears a bit thin after a while though, which I suppose is the point.

Last game I brought was Midnight Club LA for PS3, which was surprisingly good. I thouht I would try something a little different after so many NFS games. Now waiting for 'Supercar Challenge' on PS3 to see if it is any good..
spooner

I've been doing a lot of Mario Kart online recently which is great fun.
him

Have you heard that Race Pro is finally making its way to the Xbox 360 too?

http://www.gamersyde.com/news_7413_en.html



Not for the graphics whores, but as a hardcore sim it supposedly blows Forza2 away (and by extension Gran Turismo)
Matt

Oh yes, one I'm looking forward to after GRID seemed toned down for idiots. I do think those are decent enough graphics, though and I'm a stickler for looks in most cases.
BeN

Damn. All awesome games...
Matt

Picked up the new NFS today for £25 in Blockbuster's sale. It's not great by all accounts, but the short play I had on it when I got in seemed good enough to me. I like the level of customisation options, including being able to sculpt the stock bumpers and skirts to make them a bit wilder. The different front and rear wheel option is pretty neat, too.



Some great cars in it too; Veyron, Zonda F, Scirocco, Escort Cosworth () the last and current M3 and many others. I upgraded to the collectors edition online and that added the Z4M and an SL65 AMG, so those are nifty to work towards owning.
BeN

Oh dear Matt. It looks like your car is made up of junkyard bits....
Matt

These are a little less junk status...

I think it's pretty neat having the new Megane in it; it's a great shape.



I lost this when the Police busted me.

BeN

The background graphics look neat. It's almost like a real city.
Blarno

Me? I'm looking forward to Guitar Hero: Metallica.


If it's 360 and PS3 only I won't be happy...
him

It is out on Wii too...

http://www.gamersyde.com/news_7421_en.html
Blarno

That'll do for me then!
him

Blarno wrote:
That'll do for me then!

Track List for Metallica - http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/full-gh-metallica-track-list-aired
Matt

Had a bit of a play on Forza 2 tonight and it's still great 18 months on. Bought another S2000 and gave it some choice upgrades and a custom paint job.



Checked out its telemetry on the replay and by freeze-framing, saw it pass the 10K threshold. That'd be pretty exciting in a real S2000.

Tim

I've gone back to playing Forza 2 having completed all the latest shooters.
It's still a great game.

My paintwork personalisation has stretched to a couple of white door mirrors.
him

This looks nice -

http://www.fanatec.de/html/index.php?id=250&lang=en
http://www.911wheel.de/
DradusContact

Anyone got Resident Evil 5?  Its the shizz.
Matt

I want this game

http://www.xbox.com/en-GB/games/a/alpinelegend/default.htm
him

Hatton VS Pacquiao "preview"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNvgrCN-YmM
Matt

Just got a bargain at Morrisons; Guitar Hero 3 - Legends of Rock with two wireless controllers on the PS2 for £30.

Sav

There are not too many racing games on PS3 at the moment.  

Supercar challenge looks good though: http://www.gamesradar.com/ps3/supercar-challenge/g-2009030295922698033

So does Superstars V8 Racing: http://www.gamesradar.com/ps3/sup...s-v8-racing/g-2009051410725200021
DarthBalls

I don't know if it's just me and Blarno who have a Wii but recently I've been playing:

House of the Dead Overkill (complete with 'Hand Cannon' gun for the Wii remote)
It's been years since I played an 'on rails' type shooter but this is brilliant. One of the most fun, violent and funniest games I've ever played! My PS3 owning brother agreed too! The story for the game is like a Tarantino zombie movie gone insane. It has plenty of weapons upgrades and other features, 3 sub-games and an unloackable 'Dual Wield' mode for using with 2 guns. Up to 4 can play too.

Manhunt 2
Another great use of the Wii remote system with the execution moves being about the most 'inventive' way yet. This game relies on stealth and planning to kill people without being noticed so I got a bit frustrated with it!  This game is only about £8 as well.

Call of Duty - World at War
Great with the Hand Cannon or Wii Zapper gun - much more intuitive to control than the PS3 version.

I also got Need For Speed Undercover but haven't had much time to play it yet.

I'm quite pleased to see that the Wii remote system is now being adopted for more adult and violent games as it lends itself very well. The next game I want to get is Madworld where the aim is to kill opponents in the most inventive and elaborate way. I'd love a GTA game for Wii.
Humphrey The Pug

I have a Wii but just don't get it I'm afraid, they are very clever how they work and the balance board thing is brilliant, even though it puts me at half a stone heavier than the scales at the gym!

Tina loves it and does the Wii Fit thing daily.

I'll stick with the 360
Blarno

I've just got GTA:SA for the PC, complete with SAMI and various car skins that I have yet to install. It's impossible to play without a gamepad, so I coughed up 7 beans for a cheapo USB PS2 copy off the 'bay.

I reckon GTA with a Wii controller would be pretty cool, especially combat.
Matt

Need for Speed: Shift on 360 and PS3 has a pretty tasty package this season, especially as it's going back toward the sim route at long last.

If nothing else, Spa Franchorchamps is in it

http://investor.ea.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=386607

him

Matt wrote:
Need for Speed: Shift on 360 and PS3 has a pretty tasty package this season, especially as it's going back toward the sim route at long last.

http://www.gamersyde.com/news_7899_en.html
Matt

This new Sky Player being previewed on Xbox LIVE has taken my fancy - if you can 'pay as you view' for Premier League games, I'll do it that way rather than stump up £33/month for all of Sky Sports.

Watching the game in a lobby with the avatars is pretty darn sweet, too.






BeN

Looks awesome.
Matt

Forza 3 announced and teased with some sexy in-car shots...





Also, Metal gear Solid announced for 360 and a Facebook app for the Xbox Dashboard.

Now there's a new motion-sensor camera, introduced alongside Steven Spielberg.

E3 is great for us 360 owners
DradusContact

IS that tonights announcments?  I got an email saying there would be big news tonight.

I knew they couldnt keep metal gear PS3 exclusive.  If the 360 gets Killzone the argument for me bothering with a ps3 is pretty slim.
Matt

Killzone is a Sony published game, isn't it?

Dradus, updates here

http://www.joystiq.com/2009/06/01...-from-microsofts-e3-2009-keynote/
Matt

This game is making me wish away summer!






http://forzamotorsport.net/en-us/game/default.htm
him

720P images :-





























It does look great, and still runs at 60fps!
BeN

Cannot wait...
him

720P trailer here too...
DradusContact

The 360 outputs at 1080p, yet none of the games can run at it.  Annoying really.
him

DradusContact wrote:
The 360 outputs at 1080p, yet none of the games can run at it.  Annoying really.

Neither it or the PS3 can hope to run complex 3D games natively at 1080P.

Maybe the next generation will be able to?
Matt

There is a copy of the 599 pic at 1080, even though the link has it as 720.

That was on the official Forza site.

IIRC, only 3 360 games are 1080 native, despite the boxes of most new games saying they're 1080p.
Matt

Demo car selection video

http://www.gametrailers.com/user-...za-3-e3-demo-car-selection/319810

SUVs are a pretty cool inclusion, especially as I've just seen someone driving the ML55 and it appeared to be a tricky beast to steer, unless the bloke playing it wasn't handy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQV3CE6brFA&fmt=18
Matt

Looks like Turn 10 have cracked photo-realism



http://gamersyde.com/news_8085_en.html
BeN

It looks bloody awesome. Can't wait.
Matt

A new racing game has creeped out onto Xbox Live as a demo.

Superstar V8 Racing is out in a couple of weeks and from the demo, whilst it isn't the greatest looking game and the damage is a bit weak, it does evoke memories of the proper Toca games. If they could get the Toca license that Codies don't bother with then it'd be a real treat. Plenty of cars and you can drive any of them in the demo.

him

Forza 3 Le Mans lap video - http://www.gamersyde.com/news_8095_en.html
Sav

I pre-ordered Superstar V8 Racing last week for PS3, I hope to recieve it on Friday.
Matt

I'll be interested to read your thoughts on the whole game, Sav, especially as the demo seemed to be good fun.
Sav

Will do Matt. I haven't actually brought a game in ages, due to the lack of driving games on PS3. The game should be fun, with all those V8 saloons. Rather worryingly though, their seems to be few reviews of the game.
Matt

I think it's because the game isn't based on a series known to the wider UK audience, is all.
Sav

Probably true, and that is a good thing. I found GRID to be watered down for the masses, unlike old Toca's. Hopefully this game concentrates on racing and little else.
Sav

Superstars V8 Racing is brilliant, you can have excellent battles with your opponents, the cars handle quite realistically (compared to other games). Try turning and braking into a corner, and the rear end will suddenly start to slide. That never happens on GT5 Prologue. Generally, smooth inputs are rewarded.

Beating everybody else and going faster becomes quite addictive, which is what a driving game should be about. Street racing games are okay up to a point, but can get tedious and repetitive.

It appears that the developers did not have a lot of time or a lot of money to make the game. This is evident in the cheap looking menu's and dodgy graphics, a lot of my PS2 games looked better. However, the gameplay is excellent. The car line up is brilliant, with BMW 550's, E39 M5's, C63 AMG's, RS4's, Jaguar S-Type R's, Cadillac CTS-V's, Chrysler 300C's and others.

The track line up is equally good, Algarve is an amazing track. Their is a 'training' mode, which is often referred to 'time trial' on other games. It allows you to practice your technique's and fine tune your car. I have just started the championship mode, its fairly easy at the moment. But I will have to see how hard it gets...

All in all, a great game. Well worth buying, this should keep me entertained until the new NFS (which is not going to be a street racing game, but a proper racing game) and Gran Turismo 5.
Matt

Ideal, I shall be looking out for this.
Matt

New Forza screens

http://www.gamersyde.com/news_8173_fr.html
Matt

Kodu, a 400 MS points game builder for the 360. Looks like fun.

http://www.joystiq.com/2009/07/02...kodu-microsofts-diy-game-builder/

It's on UK XBL under the Community Games section in the Game Marketplace.
Matt

Several SUVs and luxury sports saloons have been revealed today.

A zip file at the bottom of this link has a set of nice pictures.

http://gamerscoreblog.com/press/archive/2009/07/14/TT980987.aspx
him

This takes me back :-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfY9Sqe4reM
him

"Compact" cars in Forza 3

http://www.gamersyde.com/news_forza_3_compact_cars-8309_en.html









I haven't shown the front as it looks awful even in a game...
Matt

Just beat me to it!

http://www.forzacentral.com/forum/showthread.php?t=32030

Some great cars there

2009 Alfa Romeo Brera Ti
2009 Alfa Romeo Mito
2010 Fiat 500 Abarth SS
2009 Ford Fiesta Zetec S
2009 Ford Focus RS
2009 Lotus Evora
2009 MINI John Cooper Works
2009 Renault Twingo Renault Sport Cup
2008 Saab 9-3 Turbo X
2009 SEAT Ibiza Cupra
2009 Vauxhall Corsa VXR
2009 Volvo C30 R-Design
Matt

The Veyron has been confirmed for Forza 3

http://www.autoblog.com/2009/09/0...gatti-veyron-joins-forza-motorsp/

him

As impressive as that is, the wheels look wrong for me, they are proud of the body where they should be inset slightly.  It makes it look like a toy rather than a "real" car!  

Still a nice addition to an already impressive roster of cars...
Matt

They used that $300,00 dollar scanning machine, so it seems odd that the wheels are proud. Maybe they've fiddled with the set-up in game, especially as it oversteers so readily in the video.
him

Very current - http://www.gamersyde.com/news_the...a_is_also_in_forza_3-8545_en.html

him

And for the PS3 owners :

http://www.gamersyde.com/news_gra...5_gets_a_new_trailer-8544_en.html

Not in game (as the Forza 3 footage is) though...
Matt

I had a strong feeling the 458 was going to be in FM3 when it was revealed, because they used animated footage of Mugello in the first video and it had only been in Forza before that as far as I know.

Don't buy NFS Shift by the way. The controls are broken out of the box and whilst the tuning solutions on the web help, they don't make a Veyron drivable with 15 others attempting to kill you on the Nordschleife. Bloody hateful game.
him

Forza 3 Demo is great so far ( I have only had a couple of goes though)...

The 911 RSR is a very "biddable" car with all the assists turned off,  I am impressed!

It seems a touch easier than Forza 2 perhaps, or maybe that is because the "feel" of the game is better?

Oh, it looks great too!
Matt

Love the demo. The Mini gets a little out of hand on the downhill s-bend before the hairpin if you lift off the throttle, whereas the Evo remains planted pretty much throughout. The R8 is a live-wire for a 4WWD, too.
him

The Audi is indeed a little lairy...   I just pipped your time though!  

(though no doubt you will get that back PDQ)

You haven't set a time with the RSR yet?

Good fun, shame there is no system-link in the Demo!
Matt

I wasn't particularly serious in the demo - I kicked the handbrake around the last corner on lap 2 for shits and giggles!
Tim

I dug out my copy of Forza 2 in anticipation of the new one coming out.

Didn't realise there was a playable demo out. I must have a go of it over the weekend.
him

Matt wrote:
...I kicked the handbrake around the last corner on lap 2 for shits and giggles!

Surely that is the fastest way round any corner?

Oh, and TimR, can you let us know your Gamertag so you can join in the "unofficial" MF lap time competition.  
Tim

"him" wrote:
Matt wrote:
...I kicked the handbrake around the last corner on lap 2 for shits and giggles!

Surely that is the fastest way round any corner?


Surely the quickest way for Matt is sideways under power.
It's just what happens in the next 250 yards that may be a problem


"him" wrote:

Oh, and TimR, can you let us know your Gamertag so you can join in the "unofficial" MF lap time competition.  


My Gamertag is STRIMMER53.
him

TimR wrote:
My Gamertag is STRIMMER53.

Thanks, I have added you.

My tag is MELIAMMA...
Tim

Can you send a friend request or something?

I'll have forgotten by the time I'm online next (getting on a bit you know, young man).

Oh and the missus occasionally uses my sign in to play games against her little brother
him

TimR wrote:
Can you send a friend request or something?

Done... and I am not as young as I "sound"  

Tim

"him" wrote:
TimR wrote:
Can you send a friend request or something?

Done... and I am not as young as I "sound"  



I was only being polite. Someone told me you were 57

If the missus is using it then I'm not as female as I sound
him

TimR wrote:
I was only being polite. Someone told me you were 57

I expect they said I looked 57...
Tim

Oh no. It was definitely that you were 57.

They said you looked 157
DradusContact

No puma yet again!
him

In the game, or you have forgotten where you parked yours?
Tim

Perhaps it's in the garage because he went for a big jump
Sav

I brought NFS Shift the other day and I like it, I cannot vouch for the online experience because I don't do online gaming. But for once the production cars actually feel fast as oppose to only feeling fast when you have some Skyline with about four turbo's like in previous NFS games.

The cars are fun to drive, the graphics are good and the track choice is decent. I currently have a BMW 135i M Sport in career mode. The only aspect I dislike about the game is the controller settings (for PS3 at least), their is only a choice of three configurations - no custom setting allowed.

Still, I haven't brought an NFS game for years and this was a pleasent surprise and a good game in its own right.
Matt

TimR wrote:
"him" wrote:
Matt wrote:
...I kicked the handbrake around the last corner on lap 2 for shits and giggles!

Surely that is the fastest way round any corner?


Surely the quickest way for Matt is sideways under power.
It's just what happens in the next 250 yards that may be a problem


Bravo. I'm just glad I can laugh about it!
him

Matt wrote:
Don't buy NFS Shift by the way. The controls are broken out of the box and whilst the tuning solutions on the web help, they don't make a Veyron drivable with 15 others attempting to kill you on the Nordschleife. Bloody hateful game.

I just tried the DEMO, and played it enough to unlock the Zonda hoping it would be better than the crappy handling cars up to that point...  but no!

The handling model is indeed shite, and although it perhaps looks more "realistic" than the bright shiny Forza3 DEMO, the handling was not a patch on it.  Also the sub 60fps framerate is noticeable.

I am going back to playing Forza3 and maybe some TrialsHD!  
Pete

Its only 19 days til Forza3, me and my mate both bought 360s for FM2, so were sitting waiting for 3 so we can race each other to finish.

Also, I got Colin Mcrae DiRT2 the other week. The Grafix and damage models are very good, but theres a bit to much driving raid trucks for my liking, and a few to many *cool* Americans

Not enough mention of Colin imo...

The handlings not made as easy as say GRID, but its not too bad. I just cant do the stuff I used to do in CMR2005.

It also nice driving against real people (albeit racers you will never of heard of until you use Google) who react to you, and talk to you, although I can imgine it will get repetive.

All in all so far its a good game, im only experiancing slight buyers remorse over the $109 price..
Matt

I've got TrailsHD, although I played it the weekend I got it and haven't really touched it since. It is fun, though.
DradusContact

Pre-ordered the special edition of Forza 3 yesterday.

http://www.game.co.uk/Xbox360/Rac...with-Exclusive-ingame-M3-E92-BMW/



You get 5 exclusive cars and an exclusive M5
Tim

I've been battering my way through the bits of Forza 2 I hadn't done - all the long distance races and the arcade stuff.

Dunno if any will carry over to FM3 though.

Has anyone got some laptimes for the various cars in the FM3 demo that I can have a go at?
him

TimR wrote:
Has anyone got some laptimes for the various cars in the FM3 demo that I can have a go at?

If you play the DEMO you can change the leader boards to only show people on your friends list.

I think I have a 1:04.?? with the Porsche 911 RSR from memory?
DradusContact

Have you seen the most difficult settings?  No ABS or TC, which is suicide.  But worse than that, manual transmission with a clutch!
him

DradusContact wrote:
Have you seen the most difficult settings?  No ABS or TC, which is suicide.  But worse than that, manual transmission with a clutch!

Yup, my time is set with all the assists off, barring the clutch (manual transmission)...

It is much a much better game that way!  
DradusContact

I turn off the Stability control, but you need abs and tc when your driving something thats rwd pumping out 500hp.  I do anyway.  I think if you had a wheel with pedals if might be easier.
him

DradusContact wrote:
I turn off the Stability control, but you need abs and tc when your driving something thats rwd pumping out 500hp.  I do anyway.  I think if you had a wheel with pedals if might be easier.

I have the MS wheel, but not set it up for the DEMO yet, I will when the full game comes out I expect.

Finesse man!!!  
DradusContact

Its too much to concentrate on, when your not in the car, doing everything with your hands is not how your meant to drive a car!  If you kick my arse a bit i'll get some gold membership, perhaps we can have a mini motorforum tournement when it comes out?  Must be a good half dozen at least on here with 360's.
Matt

Forza 3 with all controls off bar ABS for me. I quite like the clutch, too, so I'll probably use that in career mode this time, rather than auto with STM and TC on.
him

Matt wrote:
Forza 3 with all controls off bar ABS for me. I quite like the clutch, too, so I'll probably use that in career mode this time, rather than auto with STM and TC on.

It seems to be working for you Matt, I can't beat that lap time of yours without trying switching on the ABS!  

Times with the 911 RSR at time of posting

1) 1:04.008 - motorforum (Matt)
2) 1:04.339 - MELIAMMA ("him")
3) 1:09.153 - DradusContact (unsure who that is...)  

No time from TimR or Pete as of yet...

By the way, is anyone's GAMERTAG "Sky Shadow 1800" on here, I have a friend request from them, but don't like to add people unless I know who they are?

My children use the Xbox, so please excuse my slight paranoia...  
Matt

Heh, I saw I was slightly behind you, so I went back and tried the lap again. I'm not usually competitive!

I've already got a couple of paint ideas in my mind to create and sell in my storefront. Can't wait.
BeN

Dammit. I haven't got my Forza 3 yet. Wait for me to join the party....

DradusContact

"him" wrote:
1) 1:04.008 - motorforum (Matt)
2) 1:04.339 - MELIAMMA ("him")
3) 1:09.153 - DradusContact (unsure who that is...)  



My name is Mat its no secret  

I didnt realise the scoreboard for the demo went on live, might have to try a bit harder tonight!  Quite excited about potentially having some forum races.  A destruction derby, 'last man standing' type race could be funny  
Tim

"him" wrote:


1) 1:04.008 - motorforum (Matt)
2) 1:04.339 - MELIAMMA ("him")
3) 1:09.153 - DradusContact (unsure who that is...)  

No time from TimR or Pete as of yet...


I'm quietly practising offline so I can leap to the top of the leaderboard.

Or something.
DradusContact

Managed to get a 1:03 tonight in the porka, though i did have abs and tc on.  i did a 1:04 with everything off (but had to be auto, cant hack manual)
Tim

Can't get near the Xbox as the Mrs is playing Halo 3 ODST online against her little brother at the moment

Still, it gives me time to catch up on some internet porn.


And cars.

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