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  • BrainwreckedTech 2:39 am on December 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Guitar Hero World Tour Vs. Rock Band 2 

    ghwt-vs-rb2 This holiday season brings us two band-based rhythm games: Guitar Hero World Tour, featuring the name that started this crazy thing, and Rock Band 2, from the people that actually did the coding behind what started this crazy thing. With the economy in a hole, where should you splurge your hard earned cash?

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    • Nigel Tufnagel 10:31 pm on December 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Can I hook up a Guitar Hero 1 guitar to a Rock Band? What do I need to buy to accomplish?

      Thanks!

      Nigel

      • brainwreckedtech 5:18 pm on December 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

        I think so, but compatibility has never been officially stated. As far as what both companies promise, backwards compatibility only exists within franchises. Harmonix attempted compatibility with 3rd party controllers, but there were some problems with the GH3 Les Paul Gibson guitar that Activision attempted to block (and made themselves look like a bunch of pricks in the process). There was never any directly-stated attempt for GH1 or GH2 instrument compatibility, though I don’t know why it couldn’t be done as I don’t think the controllers changed all that much from GH1 to GH3, and only the Les Paul gets mention of initial incompatibility with Rock Band 1.

        In this case, a rental is your best bet. If you don’t have a local outlet for game rental you could always sign up for a trial period at GameFly.

    • Matt 3:14 am on January 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Does anyone know if the RB2 guitars are the same as the GH:WT guitars when it comes to solos, meaning can you just tap the top notes without strumming or do you have to go up the neck like in RB1?

      • brainwreckedtech 8:39 pm on January 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I wouldn’t image Rock Band 1 forcing you to use the solo buttons near the base of the neck as compatibility with Guitar Hero guitars was a goal and Guitar Hero had no equivalent at the time. I know Rock Band 2 doesn’t force you to — Rock Band guitar or third party. Although there’s an achievement you won’t be able to get unless you have a Rock Band guitar — Flawless Guitar Solo (100% a guitar solo on Expert, using only the solo buttons) for 25G.

  • BrainwreckedTech 12:21 am on December 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    REVIEW: Mirror’s Edge 

    3 1/2 stars

     
    (out of 5)
     
    XBox 360 version reviewed

    Mirror’s Edge from DICE is a good example what happens when you take a great concept and shoddily execute it. Here we have unique “strong color” environments to run around in, unique controls to make otherwise-impossible moves possible, and some neat special effects like tunnel-visioning the player’s perspective as they move faster. And they’re all marred by one aspect that no one paid much attention to in game testing: WHERE THE HELL AM I SUPPOSED TO GO? I found myself dying more than any other in game in recent history due to making blind jumps, being rushed to make jumps, or being utterly confused as to where to go next during a police chase and having them catch up to me.

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    • Glo the Legend 12:27 am on March 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      This might be long…bullets in letter form I say

      A) It was easy to move around. I turned runners vision off, and it was still easy. This game was not confusing to me in the least, in fact, I wish it were more confusing.

      B) I agree, a lot of it was unrealistic, ie guys with guns would decide to hit you instead of shoot you, which would be the obvious decision for most people when they are trying to kill you. But, if you wanted this GAME to be more realistic, then you would have a 2 minute game, because you would die, first try, every single time. This is because most human beings, without any protection, would usually die when shot in the head. Is that fun? No. That sucks. One level that pissed me off was the one where you have to run out to the garage and jump onto the red catwalk, where an armed gunman was standing, shooting you. and you would have to disarm said gunman right when you climbed up the ledge. The reason why it pissed me off was because you would always die in midair, because you would get shot by the armed gunman, and there was nothing to prevent this. It was luck that you could make it up to said catwalk and disarm said armed gunman. Bullocks. Armed gunman.

      C) Faith is obviously magic, because she can heal herself when she is shot, simply by not getting hit for a short time after that. This has nothing to do with anything, and in fact she is not really magic, I just thought I’d let you know.

      D) You gave it 4/5 stars, and while although I gave this game 10/10 because I have become healthily obsessed with it (as opposed to unhealthily obsessed), I can’t disagree with any statement you made (except that it wasn’t hard to get around. Fuck, figuring out where to go, and making guesses was the best part. Just run where you would if you were being chased by armed gunman). So I guess the main theme that I am attempting to have you extract from this heap of jumbled, disorganized truth, is that you aren’t good at playing video games, all based on this one reveiw.

      Fun Fact: The phrase “armed gunman” was the most used phrase in this comment.

      • brainwreckedtech 9:48 pm on March 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Ah, the fanboyish 10/10, “you suck at video games,” and “my word is truth.” If you enjoyed this game, great, but I wasn’t the only who found the game infuriating at times. Check out Gamespot or Zero Punctuation some time, or even some of your on-line gaming friends. I don’t see how beating the game in one sitting equates to me sucking. Fun fact: I rated the game 3.5 out of 5, not 4 out of 5.

  • BrainwreckedTech 7:01 pm on May 23, 2007 Permalink | Reply
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    Microsoft Destroying Live? 

    XBox Live LogoIf you asked me a few months ago which of the next-generation consoles was the best, I would have adamantly said XBox 360, based on two factors: (1) Hardware that keeps the cost down by not trying to be the one-stop-solution to everything, and (2) online experience. Ask me now, and I’d have to say I really don’t know — Microsoft’s hardware still makes more sense, but they seem intent on destroying their own online experience.

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