10/27/00 - Mailbag: Your Infrequent Friend
- by BenT
Welcome to the PDC Mailbag. Every week we toss in a bunch of letters from our readers and do our best to dazzle you with wit and wisdom. Roughly, that translates to copying/pasting your emails and writing the first thing that comes to mind. But hey, you take what you can get. If you have something you want to contribute to the Mailbag, send it to this address!
With no further ado... let's go!
Subject: MVC2 Review
While the review was through and pretty much spot on in every respect, I
feel the reviewer has dropped the ball when it came to the music in Marvel
vs. Capcom2. Sure I can see how the character select screen music could get
annoying (try thinking of it as a looped midi, it helps) the rest of the
sound track is really amazing stuff. My favorite level to battle in has
nothing to do with a cool background, seeing as its a foggy swamp level and
you can barely see anything anyway. I love it because of the music with the
minor vocals and the opening of the saxophone. It comes down to preference,
but I really did enjoy the jazz tone they set the game to, it was very
That's cool. We're all entitled to our opinions.
Mine is that MvC2's music eats a bag of hell. :) I could not believe that character selection music... yeesh.
From: Till Lindemann
Subject: Dreamcast Recording
Is it possible to record a game played on Dreamcast/PSX to a video tape? I
would really like to do it, so i could send the entire Resident Evil
storyline to my girlfriend since she doesn't have the RE games.
Sure. A game console is just like any other video source, after all. Knock yourself out.
In the review for Super Magnetic Neo, you guys wrote...
Lastly, something odd. Saving a game of Super Magnetic Neo overwrites the identifying picture that's chosen when one first formats a VMU... with the Crave Entertainment logo!
I'm not surprised by this at all. Crave Entertainment is a crappy company that puts out crappy games. I picked up Shadow Madness for the Playstation, hoping for a nice epic RPG. I also picked up Tokyo Highway Extreme, hoping for a nice, deep racer. Both times I was disappointed. I cannot believe that they have been able to stay in business for as long as they have. It's bad enough that they have to cheat the gamer, they have to rub their noses in it.
Geez, did they kill your firstborn or something? They did? No, that was me. Yeah, sorry. I was drunk.
But seriously, folks... Crave does have a pretty spotty track record. Still, they're trying hard, and they've brought us some cool(ish) Japanese games that we wouldn't have received otherwise, such as Super Magnetic Neo and Tokyo Xtreme Racer. And of course there's Ultimate Fighting Championship, the game that 9 out of 10 people who aren't PDC reviewers love to death. Anyway, I'm really digging Tokyo Xtreme Racer, so I, for one, am glad Crave is around. Mostly.
From: Laura McEnulty
Subject: Graphics program?
Hey Planet Dreamcast!
First off, great site! Anyway, I was wondering what demos will be on the next issue of ODCM.
And one more thing, wat graphics program do you use?
Thanks for the compliment. However, we have no idea what will be on the next ODCM. As they say in the Legend of Zelda, ITS A SECRET TO EVERYBODY.
As for the graphics, most everything on the site is done in Adobe Photoshop 5.5. Did you expect anything else? It's the standard, and it's great. I used to be a diehard Paint Shop Pro user, saying stuff like "Oh, this is easier, and it's all I require for my needs...". Then someone showed me the "Actions" feature of Photoshop, and I switched the next day. Actions are sexy and fantastic.
Subject: First of all I'd like to say...
First of all i would like to say that you guys are an excellent source of all information dreamcast(or whatever else)... I just ordered mine with crazy taxi and i was wondering what you guys thought would be a pretty cool game to go with it... i was a big fan of the whole beat em up genre but that appears to be pretty dead if Dynamite Cop's reviews say anything. I like some fighting games, but i really don't feel like dishing out for a pair of arcade sticks... Echo looks mighty good(i still have it on genesis), but i want something 2 player...
No question: Soul Calibur. It plays fine with the standard Dreamcast pad, so sticks are not a requirement.
Subject: ECW Review
I read your review of ECW Hard-core Revolution for dreamcast and I agree the
game was pretty bad, but it was much better the WWF Attitude game. The fact
that you incorporate your own opinion about ECW as a company is bullshit.
Because you don't know who they wrestlers are doesn't mean that they are no
names. 2/3 of the wrestlers in the game once wrestled in WCW and the WWF.
Example: Raven, RVD, Sabu, Justin Credible, and Mike Awesome. I just wanted
to say that you should review games fairly and keep your pointless comments
about something you obviously know nothing about to yourself bitch!
I'm sorry, the name "Justin Credible" is freakin' retarded.
From: David Thompson
i agree with you 100%! this could have been a much better game, but it
has that "rushed" feel to it. but i must admit, i do enjoy playing the
game anyway. the highs outweighs the lows. but you were right on point
with your review.
It's too bad Sega screwed this one up so badly. At least some people are enjoying it, though.
Subject: Sega Rally 2
I bough Resident Evil: Code Veronica yesterday, based on the review on this site. I don't have enough words to say how disappointed I am. It's probably the only DC game I've bought so far, that I'd rate as a total waste of money, brains and time.
Let's start with the bad. The REALLY bad. How's about the control method? I don't know about you, but I'm used to joysticks and game pads working, you know, naturally. I push left when I want to go left, I push right when I want to go right. Like in, say, Gauntlet Legends.
The "rotate until you guess you're about in the right direction, then advance/back off" might work well with a mobile camera system, that rotates with you, but with a fixed view it's just an unneeded annoyance. No, make that: it would be an annoyance on a keyboard. On a gamepad, can I have root canal instead, please?
And, yes, it's unneeded. With an analog joystick you can point in any direction. Just move the character in that direction, and spare me the rotation crap.
The very first combat was an exercise in futile frustration, and eventually in shouting obscenities at the screen. Not only can't you move while swinging a knife. (And god knows I'd sell my soul for a straffe move, but I'll settle even for just walking slowly.) You also can't turn faster than a few degrees per second. It takes about 15 seconds or so turn her around while trying to target anything.
The graphics. THAT is good? That girl walks like she's swallowed a 10 ft pole. It doesn't look like someone walking, it looks like some stiff robot from some 60's SF movie.
Etc. I can't believe this piece of garbage got a 9.5 rating. 'Nuff said.
And by now you're probably thinking "bah, another newbie with no eye to hand coordination." Let me assure you I've been playing fighting and shooting games for the last 15 years or so. First person and third person alike. I tend to stick to ones with normal controls, though, and skip the ones where the brain-dead user interface passes for a game challenge. I'm not THAT masochistic.
First, let me say that I also dislike Resident Evil. I can't stand to mess with the controls and annoying gameplay long enough to actually enjoy the story. That's unfortunate, because from what I've seen, the plotlines can be rather interesting.
However, we're in the minority. The RE series has many fans, and the writer for that review was among them. If you liked the past Resident Evils, then RE: Code Veronica is the greatest thing since sliced slabs of baked yeast. It all comes down to differences in taste. In retrospect, 9.5 seems a little high, but 9 would be about right. The game more than satisfies its intended audience, and these days that is usually enough.
From: Chris Rendon
I have no idea how to play any game online. Can I go through America
Online or is it a must that I go through your preffered user. I am really
excited about this new technology but have no clue on how to go about doing
it, please help with instructions.
You simply need a standard dial-up PPP connection to the Internet. Most normal ISPs offer this, but you can't use a provider like AOL.
Once you have your ISP account, boot up your latest Dreamcast browser disc and find the setup screens. Input the info, let the DC save it to its internal memory, and you should be good to go.
That's assuming you plugged the modem in, of course. And have electricity.
I thin kthe game is decent got for my bday but curious is it random what
you get or is there a way to tell and hope you get?
Yeah th ething gmae is no ttoo bad however I would not see if way there you get... you hope? Random.
Subject: (no subject)
I AT FIRST DIDNT LIKE MONACO GRAND PRIX BECAUSE OF THE NAMES , BUT AFTER
PLAYING AND SEEING THE COMPETITION GIVES ME , I CALL IT A REAL CHALLENGE,
LIKE CHAMPIONSHIP RACING FOR 64 THE ONLY GAME THAT TOOK ME TO THE LIMIT IN
RACING, NBA 2K HAD FLAWS IN ITS SOUND BUT A DECEIT GAME TO PLAY . I WAS
LOOKING FOR PLAY BY PLAY ANOUNCING IN MONACO GRAND PRIX AND IN NBA 2K ,
PLAYSTATION SOMETIMES WIN
OVER US BECAUSE OF LITTLE THINGS LIKE THAT, MAYBE SPORT GAMES NEED TO BE A
LITTLE LIVEIER , WHEN I PLAY GAMES ITS LIKE IM THERE AND IT BECOMES A
CHALLENGE TO ME AND OTHERS I PLAY WITH. COMPARE FORMULA 1 BY EIDOS WITH
MONACO GRAND PRIX AND YOURE SEE A DIFFERENCE IN IT . PLAY SHOOT OUT 98
WITH NBA 2K AND YOURE SEE WHAT I MEAN BY LIVEIER. DONT GET ME WRONG IM A SEGA
DIEHARD FAN WHO WANTS TO SEE SEGA BE ON TOP OF THE PLATFORM WARS. IVE BEEN
HERE EVER SINCE THE FIRST ROAD RASH WAS STARTED AND HAVE BEATEN ALL THE
EPISODES. THE BACKGROUND OF THE GUYS TALKING IN NFL2K , IS TO LOW WITH
THE AUDIENCE DRAGGING THE VOICES OUT HOPEFULLY IN THE NEAR FUTURE IT
COULD BE CORRECTED AND WHAT HAPPEN DAYTONA USA DELUXE FOR DREAMCAST.
THERES A LOT OF GAMES THAT PEOPLE WOULD BUY LIKE WWF VS WCW (THE SCHOOL
OF HARD KNOCKS) REMEMBER RUN AND GUN A BASKETBALL GAME THAT WAS PRETTY
GOOD WHEN IN TWO PLAYERS MODE WHERE PLAYERS REALLY REACT TO THERE SHOTS AND
ASSISTS. ROYAL RUMBLE WAS A GREAT GAME BUT NO BODY CAN GET KNOCK OUT THE
RING , WITHOUT BEING IN RUMBLE MODE, THE REST WAS OKAY. KNOW GAMEPLAY IN THE
FIELD OF BASEBALL TURN ALOT OF POTENTIAL BUYERS AWAY FROM IT. THATS IT , I
LOOK FORWARD TO NFL2K1 THIS WEDNESDAY ITS ALREADLY PAID FOR, AND LOOKS TO
BE ANOTHER HIT ON DREAMCAST. THANX FOR ONLINE FEEDBACK , HELPS US CUSTOMERS
TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THOSE AT SEGA. PLEASE GIVE ME A REPLY ANYTIME. IM
Now that you put it that way, absolutely.
Im out too.
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