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There is a nice list of playables on this months demo disk.

Here's the list of the playable demos.

  • Final Fantasy X-2
  • NCAA Gamebreaker 2004
  • NFL Gameday 2004
  • Castlevania : Lament of Innocence
  • XIII
  • Need for Speed: Underground (this game is pretty!!)
  • Secret Weapons Over Normandy (another very cool game from Lucus Arts)
  • I-Ninja (seams like a really cool game IMO)

By the way, they gave SOCOM II, Prince of Persia, ROTK,

Ratchet & Clank, Final Fantasy X-2, ESPN NBA Basketball, FIFA 2004

all FIVE of FIVE Stars.

Not a bad holiday line up?

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Originally posted by EdR@Oct 27 2003, 08:59 PM

Need for Speed: Underground (this game is pretty!!)

 

Does it play as good as it looks?? yet another game I'm looking forward to!

After reading your question I jumped back into EA's Underground to get a better feel of the game before giving my opinion on its game play.

 

The demo only has one play able car but at least they hook it up for you before sending you out to race. It comes as a stock Mistu Eclipse and on the selection screen they ask you to hit X to upgrade and poof they give it a tricked out Fast and Furious type paint job, rims, neon, spoiler, carbon fiber hood. (Opps I almost forgot the NOS) This upgrade also effects you cars attributes so it not just a visual thing, it really helps.

You name it, they got it.

One might even say its PHAT. 8)

 

In the demo you can only race two races one race from the two different modes if you will.

 

There is the "Drag- City Streets. Straight Line. All out." and these races are all about the cars true power and your timing with the shifter since in this mode you are not allowed to go auto. (Who does that anyway?)

The main thing here is to avoid the traffic at intersections, construction, trains, and your opponents, which consists of a Toyota Celica, Supra and a Ford Focus

(I think) all hooked up as well.

Time your shifts wrong and waste your NOS too early and you are a goner.

 

Then there is "Circuit- Rule the streets. NFS-style " which is the typical lap-based races that allows you to find the best route through open city courses. I have only found 2 short alt routes other then the one the other racers are taking. I am sure the final will have more then that. Also I have yet to truly explore all the nooks and cranes of this race so there might be more then just 2.

 

The demo only allows one lap. But that one lap is filled with some truly heart pounding racing + great car sounds and visuals that we cannot even begin to truly appreciate from the screenshots. The sound is right out of Fast and Furious the car sound as well as the soundtrack. I am really enjoying this demo. And to think this was on my list to rent. Not any more this is going to be a keeper for me since I have always enjoyed the NFS titles. Did I mention the true reflections of the lighting off the wet streets? Now that is sweet. If you like NFS type fun racers, imports and the lifestyle surrounding them, I am pretty sure you will like this one.

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I do own MC II for xbox and have also enjoyed that. The speed is very similar but there does not seem to be any type of drafting in this game. The cool Blur effect of the NOS is there but there is a camera shake effect as well to really get you car sick. :) But from what I have seen from this preview is that the freedom you might be used to is no longer there.

In these modes anyway. You go for the most part where they want you to go, but you look great getting there.

 

It would be a shame if they did away with the cops being that this is an underground racing circuit. It would only make sense if they applied them somehow. I am sure they will don?t you think? Also I think that with the PS2 version going online consists of taking your own vehicle one that you modified yourself unlike the generic cars of MC II. Though I am not sure how limited the moding options are and how different they will all look an feel? And one other thing I am unsure of is how many can race together online?

And whether you can face for pink slips or not? That would be a cool option. If you get it what system are you going with?

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Originally posted by Buck+Oct 31 2003, 12:17 AM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Buck @ Oct 31 2003, 12:17 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-adamsappel@Oct 28 2003, 10:43 AM

I think you're probably better off getting the PS2 version

If it supports the Logitech wheel I'll definitely get it for the PS2. [/b]

Buck,

 

Do you have the Driving Force or the older GT Force (either blue or red)?

 

I've tried two Driving Forces and both were off centered to the right - one worse than the other. Calibration in the GT3 menus didn't fix it. I got a refund.

 

I've done some research and was told the older GT Forces had less defects. I've been contemplating getting one (I found a store that still carried them) but have been hesitant. I might as well wait for the 900 degree wheel to come with GT4.

 

Anyway, thoughts?

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I use the older model (PC version) and have absolutley no problems with the calibration on it. If you can find one cheap enough I'd recommend it, but you're probably better off saving that money to put towards the 900 degree wheel.

 

Here's hoping that more than just GT4 will support the new wheel.

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I've got the 'problem model' Driving Force, and don't have any real problems with it, by the way.

 

There is a known bug where you can't change gear at full lock in GT3, but thats not a big deal for me as I don't find myself at full lock terribly often anyway in that game - trying to do so normally just sees me facing backwards on the track...

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Originally posted by Buck@Oct 31 2003, 02:00 AM

I use the older model (PC version) and have absolutley no problems with the calibration on it. If you can find one cheap enough I'd recommend it, but you're probably better off saving that money to put towards the 900 degree wheel.

 

Here's hoping that more than just GT4 will support the new wheel.

Yup. The red PC model is the one I found still available. Only 70 CDN. However, unlike the newer, more problematic Driving Force, it doesn't have a lap attachment - which, for me, is a must. For the sake of inquiry, does the in-game calibration menu in GT3 do anything for your wheel? Anything at all? Because having 2 defective wheels that refused to be calibrated makes me wonder if something is up with my PS2 unit.

 

I've got the 'problem model' Driving Force, and don't have any real problems with it, by the way.

 

There is a known bug where you can't change gear at full lock in GT3, but thats not a big deal for me as I don't find myself at full lock terribly often anyway in that game - trying to do so normally just sees me facing backwards on the track...

 

That's not all, iain. Don't know if you've noticed, but you've only got 75% max braking power - even when you push the pedal through the floor. Logitech knows about both of these, of course, but refuses to admit they didn't do a very good job. The shifting bug has never an issue for me, either. I can't think of a situation where I am at full lock (mid corner) and need to shift. That doesn't sound like smooth driving at all.

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