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Old 04-28-2006, 11:35 PM   #1066
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Brain Age on the DS makes my brain tired. I can only count to 6.
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Old 04-29-2006, 12:22 AM   #1067
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I recommend King of Fighters to any fighting game fan who wants to play another 2D fighter. Capcom vs. SNK adds a lot of flavor and the fighting system in the KOF games is sick. I only really play this series when I go to the arcades, but I plan on owning a copy in the near future. Do you still own a copy from your review?
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Old 04-29-2006, 12:57 AM   #1068
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I have a crappy KoF game for the Dreamcast and 2 or 3 for the Saturn. They've always been fairly mediocre compared to Capcom fighters. Capcom is better than SNK. Just imagine if it were the Capcom Neo Geo!
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Old 04-29-2006, 01:20 AM   #1069
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About the NEO-GEO I have seen about 10 Neo-Geo's at our local game store. Since they are an import, why are they so popular in a used and new Game Store?
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Old 04-29-2006, 05:03 AM   #1070
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Neo Geos can play games from any region, so it doesn't matter if you get a Japanese unit. Well all of your text and voice will be in Japanese, but nobody cares about stuff like that. If you get a Universe BIOS installed you can switch regions with ease and play Japanese games in Engrish. The Neo Geo has an incredibly rabid following.
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Old 04-29-2006, 08:48 AM   #1071
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Icarus, it is very annoying trying to reason with ones self why the US never got half the good games it deserved. I get so fed up sometimes that a vein pops out on my head and I have to lay down for a while. It is futile
Definitely futile, like trying to reason with people who like rap music -- you know you're right but you just can't win.
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Old 04-29-2006, 04:05 PM   #1072
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king of fighters 2002 and 2003 kick ass. mark of the wolves is good too.
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Old 04-29-2006, 06:20 PM   #1073
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The one I have for the DC is Millenium. It is one of my first reviews.
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Old 04-29-2006, 06:27 PM   #1074
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EB Games has KOF for PlayStation. I bet in a month or two they will get rid of it. I'm going to buy it.
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Old 04-29-2006, 07:58 PM   #1075
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Wrap up:
Yeah. So, like, ths game is really rare and stuff and is good for collectors and the such. I like Magician Lord better, though. And so do you. They should rename this game "Tinkle Tale" and release it on the Nintendo Wii (Haha LOL OMG ROTFLMAO OMG LOL HAHAHAHAHA me so clever!!!) I also want to say that I am very lazy right now.
I love your reviews Joe, they make me laugh a bunch. I like how you do the ROFL LOL LMAO thing, picturing doing weird **** like that is too funny.
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Old 05-02-2006, 05:08 AM   #1076
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Brain Age
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After a few days you will literally only play for minutes a day.

Brain Age is supposed 2 make u more better at being smart as u can c it workz. Anyway they say as your brain ages, it gets worse and instead of driving like a something cool and fast, it drives more like a Ford... which is bad. This game is based on theories that say exercising your brain to make it better and more useful as well as improve overall thinking.


Up to four people (like the forum members here at Magic Box) can
have different profiles on the same card. The current brain age is
displayed for all to see. Lower is best. 20 is the best you can get.


Graphics: 2/10
The graphics in this game, of course, are completely minimal. They don't need to be anything special. The game has a little over 4 colors and a polygonal doctor who looks little to nothing like his real life counterpart. The text is clear as are other things, limited only by the LCD technology used in the DS. You can create your own stamps which adds a little flavor to the graphics... I guess.

Sound: 5/10
Not much here, either. No voices or anything. You can touch bicycles, people, trains, rocketships and the like to hear sounds that are associated with them. Freakin' WOW! The game is in stereo despite the fact that you must hold the DS sideways as you play. So you'll hear sound from directly ahead of you and ever-so-slightly above directly ahead of you. The music is adequate and is typical for what you'd expect from a game like this. Dolby Digital 5.1 is not supported. Bad Nintendo. Bad!


The game will randomly ask you to draw certain things for reasons
I have yet to decipher. The game can not tell how or what you draw, so you
are not judged even if you are horrible.


Gameplay: 7/10
The game is pretty fun when trying to solve moronic stuff you learn in the first grade. It never really moves beyond the second grade... well maybe it does if you count Sudoku. The game relies entirely on speed, so errors are counted as seconds added onto your final time. But you can run into problems. Once during the "stroop test" where you're supposed to say outloud the color of the word instead of what the text spells (ex: the correct answer to Yellow is "red"), the color of the word was red, and I said "red" outloud in my perfectly enunciated American non-accent. The screen said "Try Again". Just for fun I said "Orange" (which is not an option for any of the colors at all) and the game marks it correct. That wastes time and lowers my score even though my initial answer was correct. The voice recognition is only a bit shoddy, but the handwriting recognition is REALLY BAD. One test requires you memorize two pages of words and then write them on the screen in a frantic hurry as if you needed to go diarrhea but can only access the toilet after getting all of the words correct. One word was "hive". I kept writing "hive" with my perfect penmanship but the game kept seeing it as HLVX. What the hell? I spent over a minute trying to get this one correct. It has a very difficult time distinguishing between i's and l's as well. Writing the word "lion" proved to be a nightmare. So you get a low score despite being able to remember bunch of words that you never had a chance to write due to time running out. You can always take confidence that you're much better than the game says you are.


The game can even be used by people who are "different" like left-handers as
shown here by fellow forum member Vicviper (a lefty) trying his very best at math.


There are lots of different tests and training activities that can be unlocked either based on time or skill (I haven't really figured that part out yet... seems random). Some of the tests include counting people moving in and out of a house. The final problem in this one has a ton of people moving in and out so fast that guessing is your only option. The screen blurs quite a bit during this. You are rated on your speed, and the ratings go from a person walking (walking speed) to a rocket ship flying through space. obviously, the faster the better. I have never gotten anything but rocketship speed on the syllable count. That, the stroop test, calculations x20, and counting from 1 to 120 are the easiest tests. You also get to read out loud from boring "classics". The poly-doctor LOVES to sneeze over and over blaming his allergies. God damned asswipe. He loves to give the same useless tips over and over and over, like how you can say "Glasses glasses" at the title screen and his poly-head may do something crazy. It's crazy, alright. Say it and his glasses pop up and his mouth opens like he wants to give you a violent blow job. Nasty. The Sudoku portion is really fun. I always get train speed on solving those puzzles. This part of the game is actually kind of addicting for me. Fortunately when you write simple numbers, the game recognizes them pretty well. And this sure beats doing the sudoku puzzles in the newspaper! I haven't quite made it up to the final boss yet, but I have unlocked and solved a few of the advanced puzzles.


Six.

Wrap up:
Pretty fun game, if inaccurate at times. It certainly won't damage your brain and most likely will help improve simple fast thinking, but I don't think it will improve overall general thinking like the game suggests. Some of the tips offered by the game may be hazardous to your health, like reading all of the signs and billboards as fast as you can while driving to work and counting the syllables. It also suggests you count the number of strokes while brushing your teeth. Make up your own "strokes" joke here.
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Old 05-02-2006, 08:51 AM   #1077
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It doesn't sound all that fun. I mean it looks like it might be interesting for awhile but it just seems like a novelty. Your Statue of Liberty drawing looks photorealistic! You've got mad drawing skills! I wish I could draw like you.
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Old 05-02-2006, 01:42 PM   #1078
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If anyone believes Joe's brain age is 20 then you would also believe that Nindalf, Alucard and I were all in the same room with Joe using his DS to train our brains.

The daily training starts out rather easy but after time you can open hard modes of some of the games. Like for example the game head count which Joe described as people moving in and out of a house. On the hard mode version people also move in and out of a chimney besides the normal door. I just, yesterday, opened triangle math which is fresh compared to the basic calculations math. I'm looking forward to bringing this to my next family function and testing some family members. I think it would be fairly entertaining.
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Old 05-02-2006, 09:08 PM   #1079
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How you drew your name with the stylus is pretty skillfull, mine would end up something like Nindalfs (not too great, not to be confused or quoted and backfired)
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Old 05-06-2006, 10:20 PM   #1080
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OutRun 2006 - Coast 2 Coast
8/10
Xbox


At a glance, the box looks just
like regular OutRun 2.


Yeah! Sega updated their OutRun 2 game. In the arcades, both this game and OutRun 2 used the Chicano arcade board or whatever it is called, which is based on Xbox technology but with a bit more memory here and there. The game changed a few things. For one it doesn't penalize you as much for hitting walls and running off of the road. Another thing that seems to be added are 15 new stages that didn't seem to be there before. Also a few new tunes and whatnot. All for a low price of $29. This review is of the super rare (in the US) Xbox version. Only special people are allowed to have this version.


"Slipstream" is a new feature which can give you a boost of speed. Word.

Story: 38/10
What makes the story better than regular OutRun 2 which I only gave a 37/10? The addition of Flagman, of course! Flagman is here to guide you through some obstacles in the Coast to Coast mode. He is also very fat. Everyone loves fat people because they make you feel better about yourself, and rightly so!


You can even race as a baby-blue convertible if you are a girly-man!

Graphics: 9/10
More of an 8.8, really. The graphics are damn near as good as regular OutRun 2, but they removed the anti-aliasing, lowered the texture resolution, and got rid of most the glowing "sheen" and the such. The result is a game that looks fantastic, but a bit more jaggy and muddy than regular OutRun 2. The Playstation 2 version supposedly looks even worse, though I haven't seen it. But with much less video memory, it really can't hope to look as good. The Xbox version almost seems to be based on the PS2 version, which is stupid since the graphics code already existed for an Xbox version. Why waste time porting it? Even so, the Xbox version gets rid of the frame droppage that occurred in one or two spots in regular OutRun 2. The entire game is now silky smooth. The PS2 version supposedly has a few places where the frame rate drops to 30fps. Once again the game supports 16:9 and 480p and the drawing distances are incredible. When you complete a stage, you get a sign to how well you have done... like a flock of birds all flying the same speed as your car is driving (192mph birds?), jets from After Burner, or even an evil dragon from Panzer Dragoon. Kick ass! For some reason your female companion's arms are long enough to be her legs. Looks really awkward.


Let's see... Niagra Falls without a reflection in the water. And to the right,
what is that up near the corner? Why it's the Space Needle! Of course!


Sound: 7/10
The game has the exact same music as regular OutRun 2. Oh sure, it has a few new tunes, a couple of which are actually decent, but most of the new stuff is pretty boring. For some reason the original OutRun arcade tunes are filed under "Remix". You get the same exact Euro-remixes as well. There are no new arrangements of the classic OutRun tunes anywhere here. The Dolby Digital sounds are slightly improved, as you can hear cars that you pass through your surrounds. When you pass large truck-type vehicles it sounds like a... ummm... a weird "bong" type of sound and it occurs when the vehicle is still halfway on the screen. Fools!


New particle effects have been added when you rub against something. It is best
to use a wall or another vehicle to stop from fishtailing after finishing a slide.


Gameplay: 8/10
Pretty much the same as regular OutRun 2 with the differences mentioned in the first paragraph as well as a few new things. First of all is the ability to unlock continuous 15-stage games of both OutRun 2 and OutRun 2 SP (SP is the arcade version of OutRun 2006). These are relly cool, but you'd better use fast car. You also have to buy everything in the game, from new music, to new tracks, to the endings in the arcade mode. And you can only see the endings if you play OutRun in the OutRun2 SP mode which is NOT in the single player mode, even though it is single player. That being said, the menu system isn't as well laid out as regular OutRun 2. In fact it can be kind of confusing at first. And unless you play in the Single Player mode, you can't listen to half of the music that you buy. You can buy super-turbo-charged versions of all the cars now, but to me it just isn't OutRun unless I am using a red Testarossa. What this version doesn't have are the extra tracks from Super GT and Daytona 2 that were in regular OutRun 2. And the back of the box says that you can race on the original OutRun tracks, but they are nowhere in here and I have unlocked everything. The arcade version of OutRun isn't in here, either. But you can play the OutRun 2 tracks with SP rules and cars. Maybe that's what they meant? Who the hell knows? All of those heart challenges are back and they are really tough once again, though not quite as tough as regular OutRun 2. But the meat of the game is still the arcade modes.


Meteors crashing in New York City! Awesome! Or is King Kong taking a massive dump?

Online:
This game can be played online. But who gives a rat's ass? Certainly not I. If I'm going to be doing something online, it's gonna be downloading hot porn, not playing videogames with other losers.


Comparison shot. This isn't the best example, but it is a decent one, I suppose.

Wrap up:
The first OutRun 2 was pretty cheap at $39.95. This one is even cheaper at $29.95. Get the Xbox version because it is better. And don't let the fact that the likes of EB/Gamestop and Best Buy don't carry the Xbox version "force" you into buying the PS2 version. The only advantage of the PS2 version is the ability to trade game save data with the PSP version. Out Run is always a good game. Now if someone would kindly donate me a complete copy of OutRun 3D for the Sega Master System, I'd be happy!
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