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Since: 10.12.01
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.49
Gold Member Deals of the Week (Monday)
- Bioshock 2 DLC: Rapture Metro (400 pts), Sinclair Solutions Tester Pack (240 pts), Protector Trials (240 pts)
- Bioshock 2 Avatar gear: Big Sister Outfit (240 pts), Watchface Big Daddy Doll (160 pts)

Retail (Tuesday)
- Bakugan Battle Brawlers: Defenders of the Core
- Blood Drive
- Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 11 (standalone or with gun)
- CSI: Fatal Conspiracy
- Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Edition
- Fable 3
- Fighters Uncaged
- Grand Theft Auto IV Complete Edition
- Hasbro Family Game Night 3
- Monopoly Streets
- Rock Band 3 (standalone or w/keyboard; also, standalone instruments: mic, drum kit, very expensive pro guitar, keyboard)
- SBK X
- Shaun White Skateboarding
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2
- The Sims 3
- Tony Hawk Shred (standalone or with board)
- Universal Rock Band 3 Triple Cymbal Kit
- WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011

Demo (Tuesday)
- Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (limited time only, so get it now, I guess)

Games on Demand (Tuesday)
- Cabela's Alaskan Adventures
- Lost: Via Domus
- The Bigs 2
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Convinction

Rock Band DLC (Tuesday)
From here on out, the DLC will only be compatible with Rock Band 3.
- The Doors - The Crystal Ship
- The Doors - Hello, I Love You
- The Doors - L.A. Woman
- The Doors - Love Her Madly
- The Doors - Love Me Two Times
- The Doors - Peace Frog
- The Doors - People Are Strange
- The Doors - Roadhouse Blues
- The Doors - Soul Kitchen

If you buy Rock Band 3 this week, you also get FREEEEEEE songs by The Doors, available only through the in-game store:
- The Doors - Light My Fire
- The Doors - Riders on the Storm
- The Doors - Touch Me

Presumably these will be available for sale later on if you miss the present for the early adopters.

Fable 3 DLC (Tuesday)
- The Bloodstone Bludgeon and Gusket's Musket (free)

XBLA (Wednesday)
- Pinball FX 2 (free, but you pay for tables)
- maybe 3D Ultra Minigolf 2? not confirmed
- maybe Haunted House? not confirmed
- maybe Bloody Good Time? not confirmed
- get your act together, already

Hydro Thunder Hurricane DLC (Wednesday)
- Tempest Pack (400 pts)

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Ah god. Do I dare buy Rock Band 3 and WWE in the same day? I KNOW I'm buying RB3, but I do enjoy the WWE games. And do I get the keyboards? Or even the really expensive pro guitar? Maaaaaaaaan.

I was sad to learn that RB3 may not support Soundgarden and Red Hot Chili Peppers songs from previous games and DLC. Rumour has it that Guitar Hero signed Soundgarden to an exclusive deal, and they're working on Guitar Hero: Red Hot Chili Peppers. That would actually be pretty fun.

In other amusing news, RB3 will be getting a Billy Joel track pack born out of spite:

    "I've never allowed my music to be used in a game before," but an Entertainment Weekly review of NBC's The Office changed his mind. Alluding to an episode in which characters mention a Rock Band featuring Billy Joel, "the critic wrote something like, 'God forbid that ever should happen.' So I called my people and said, 'Get me (on) that Rock Band game.' Then I wrote the critic, saying that every time I get a check, I'll give him a little nod."
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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.54

Isn't the Red Dead Zombie DLC coming out tomorrow?

I was surprised they had an ad for it on RAW tonight, since it could effect RAW vs SD sales.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.88
    Originally posted by odessasteps

    Isn't the Red Dead Zombie DLC coming out tomorrow?
I think it is, actually, but Joystiq didn't have it listed and I didn't remember.
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.78
    Originally posted by KJames199
      Originally posted by odessasteps

      Isn't the Red Dead Zombie DLC coming out tomorrow?
    I think it is, actually, but Joystiq didn't have it listed and I didn't remember.


I just started playing so yes, it's there.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.65
I'll be picking up Raw vs Smackdown 2011 tonight. And I'm going to try and stave off an ADHD attack and write a review for it(!) next week.

I'll probably be back later tonight with initial impressions after I make a couple of finishers and characters.

(edited by El Nastio on 26.10.10 1323)


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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.88
Got Rock Band 3. Got Smackdown vs. Raw 2011. Didn't get any Rock Band peripherals, since they're apparently not out here yet.

Red Dead Redemption DLC (Tuesday)
- Undead Nightmare (800 pts)

Guitar Hero DLC (Tuesday)
- Little Nell - Time Warp
- Meat Loaf - Hot Patootie
- Tim Curry - Sweet Transvestite
- the Soundgarden songs from a few weeks ago can now be bought individually instead of just in a pack

Lara Croft & The Guardian Of Light DLC (Wednesday)
- All The Trappings (free for the first 30 days)

Rock Band songs that can't be exported into Rock Band 3:
- Black Sabbath - Paranoid (this couldn't be played in Rock Band 2 either)
- Iron Maiden - Run To The Hills (this couldn't be played in Rock Band 2 either)
- Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dani California
- Metallica - Enter Sandman (this couldn't be played in Rock Band 2 either)
- Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun

Rock Band 2 songs that can't be exported into Rock Band 3:
– AC/DC – Let There Be Rock
– Journey – Any Way You Want It
– Metallica – Battery
– Red Hot Chili Peppers – Give It Away
– Soundgarden – Spoonman

Rock Band 2 songs that can't be exported into Rock Band 3, but have been promised as free DLC in the future - "these songs consist mostly of bands formed by Harmonix employees, as well as bands based near Harmonix's headquarters" says Wikipedia - I bet when we get the DLC, they'll have Pro Guitar parts
- Abnormality - Visions
- Anarchy Club - Get Clean
- Bang Camaro - Night Lies
- Breaking Wheel - Shoulder To The Plow
- Libyans - Welcome To The Neighborhood
- The Main Drag - A Jagged Gorgeous Winter
- Speck - Conventional Lover
- The Sterns - Supreme Girl
- That Handsome Devil - Rob The Prez-O-Dent
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.19
So what'd you think of Smackdown vs Raw? I bought that along with the Fan Axxess pack and made the mistake of unlocking everything, and now I can't go back, I feel like an idiot.

All in all I like the game.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.65
    Originally posted by thefraserman
    So what'd you think of Smackdown vs Raw? I bought that along with the Fan Axxess pack and made the mistake of unlocking everything, and now I can't go back, I feel like an idiot.

    All in all I like the game.


Why do you regret unlocking everything right away?

Worked late last night, so I'll have to wait until this evening to sink some time into it. Really amped to try it out though,



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.19
(Since I messed up the quote)

Orinally posted by El Nastio:

Why do you regret unlocking everything right away?

Worked late last night, so I'll have to wait until this evening to sink some time into it. Really amped to try it




I unlocked everything just to see what they were, see what Kane's mask attire looked like, etc

I want to go back so I can unlock things and get the satisfaction of unlocking them manually.

Deleting a save file doesn't work.

(edited by thefraserman on 28.10.10 0015)


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#10 Posted on
I like SDvR2011 too, but the game has some glaring unforeseen problems.

1) You can't book title matches in exhibition mode or WWE Universe. Or if you can, I can't seem to figure out how. Even if you book a Championship Scramble, there's a screen that says regardless of the result, the title won't change hands. That's insane. I can't believe Yukes and THQ took away one of the most basic things you should be able to do.

2) The game slows down a lot during matches, especially when characters are running after a certain point. It isn't simulated fatigue from the wrestlers, the game just sloooows down.

3) You can still toss your opponent on the announcer's table, but I can't seem to figure out how to climb on top of it myself to dish out a move to break the table.

4) WWE Universe is a good idea in theory but it needs work. How unsatisfying is it to book a match, get pearl harbored at the start, have no energy while the CPU opponent is special, and get pinned immediately after taking a finisher? Very.

5) Finishers that automatically lead to pins are gone. For instance, the old games had Batista Bombs and Faithbreakers that include automatic pinning positions just like in real life. Now you have to go for a pin afterwards and it looks weird. Ricky Steamboat hitting a flying bodypress but then getting off the opponent so you have to go for a separate pin is retarded.

6) A bit of a minor point but they took away the ability to mount your opponent and pound him with punches or headbutts. That was a feature I always liked from previous games for dishing out extra punishment brutally.

There are other little problems but these are the ones that have really irritated me.

I also regret unlocking everything via purchase. I did it because I wanted Terry Funk, Ricky Steamboat, and RVD right away, but yeah, the satisfaction of going through every Road to WrestleMania and unlocking everything is now missing.

On the plus side, however:

BATISTA IS AMAZING in the game. This is the best looking rendition of Batista in a Smackdown vs. RAW game ever. He not only looks just about perfect, he comes to the ring in heel mode with the spotlight. He even has alternate douchebag street clothes! All that's missing is the ability to sit in a chair in the middle of the ring like a statue.

(edited by John Orquiola on 28.10.10 0551)

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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.65
    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    I like SDvR2011 too, but the game has some glaring unforeseen problems.

    1) You can't book title matches in exhibition mode or WWE Universe. Or if you can, I can't seem to figure out how. Even if you book a Championship Scramble, there's a screen that says regardless of the result, the title won't change hands. That's insane. I can't believe Yukes and THQ took away one of the most basic things you should be able to do.

    4) WWE Universe is a good idea in theory but it needs work. How unsatisfying is it to book a match, get pearl harbored at the start, have no energy while the CPU opponent is special, and get pinned immediately after taking a finisher? Very.

    5) Finishers that automatically lead to pins are gone. For instance, the old games had Batista Bombs and Faithbreakers that include automatic pinning positions just like in real life. Now you have to go for a pin afterwards and it looks weird. Ricky Steamboat hitting a flying bodypress but then getting off the opponent so you have to go for a separate pin is retarded.


1) Have you tried to book yourself into and win a MOTB match and cash it in?

4) Doesn't this happen in "real" wrestling?

5) I thought that they added a feature where you can press a button to choose to hold the pin or not. I know in Create a Finisher there are plenty of moves which finish in a pin.



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#12 Posted on
    Originally posted by El Nastio
    1) Have you tried to book yourself into and win a MOTB match and cash it in?

    4) Doesn't this happen in "real" wrestling?

    5) I thought that they added a feature where you can press a button to choose to hold the pin or not. I know in Create a Finisher there are plenty of moves which finish in a pin.


1) Nope. I hate playing MITB matches in these games. Tell me how it goes if you do.

4) Not nearly as frequently as it happens in the game.

5) Not that I've seen, especially since most finishers go into an animatic in one on one matches.

It seems like you can't switch titles because even exhibition matches turn out to be part of the cards booked in WWE Universe automatically. Exhibition and WWE Universe are not separate features. So far, I've found title matches only get booked and have the opportunity to change hands on PPVs, so they took away the ability to switch titles at a whim in exhibitions because of the WWE Universe feature.

In addition, the game determines who contenders are. On Smackdown, my game had Jack Swagger and Rey Mysterio wrestle in a #1 Contenders match for Kane's World Title. If you change the participants, it's no longer a #1 Contenders match and the storyline gets voided or pushed ahead to the following week. At Backlash, it was Kane v. Swagger for the World Title since I had Swagger beat Rey. When I tried to change the challenger for Kane, a screen came up that said if you switch the participants in the match, it's no longer a title match. So it's NEVER up to the player when the title is on the line. All you can do is go into My WWE and Superstar Management and switch the titles manually from wrestler to wrestler if you want a new champion. Horrible. The game takes away some fundamental control and decision making from the player, and that sucks.

Also, I should note that I formed the strangest and greatest tag team I could think of:

CM Punk and Jake "The Snake" Roberts! Punk saved him! This is going to be my Tag Team Championship combination.

(edited by John Orquiola on 28.10.10 1643)

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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    Also, I should note that I formed the strangest and greatest tag team I could think of:

    CM Punk and Jake "The Snake" Roberts! Punk saved him! This is going to be my Tag Team Championship combination.
You should be using storyline mode to book it so that Jake ends up dragging Punk down to his level into a nightmare world of booze and alcohol so that the team can be named CM Drunk.

That you haven't done this already is exactly the reason why people like AJ and myself aren't X-Box Live friends with you.
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.65
Work has been super busy so I STILL haven't made my dude yet that I want to use in WWE Universe. When I do I might try the MITB thing.

Did take a quick look at the Create a Finisher business. Looks better than the last one I tried (2009) but there's some moves that I'd love to make but they won't let me.

The top-rope Create a Finisher is on CRACK though. No way someone can spin that much.





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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.88
    Originally posted by El Nastio
    I thought that they added a feature where you can press a button to choose to hold the pin or not. I know in Create a Finisher there are plenty of moves which finish in a pin.
I don't know how many moves have this, but I did Rey's 619/springboard splash combo, and as Rey was diving onto the opponent, the symbol for the B button briefly appeared over Rey. Presumably if I'd hit it as opposed to going "durrr, what was that?" Rey would have stayed down and gone for a pin when he landed.
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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.57
    Originally posted by KJames199

    - maybe Haunted House? not confirmed



My brother actually created the demo that convinced Atari to give the greenlight for a remake of the original ... However, he only worked on the actual game for a little while before moving on to another project, so he can't personally speak on the quality of the finished product.

So I guess that means we'll have to download it and find out ;)



(edited by Alessandro on 28.10.10 1541)


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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.49
RE: SVR

Some fragmented ramblings.

John, I feel your pain. Whenever THQ giveth they also taketh away. It's like they're scared that you'll get TOO MUCH control over their game! Universe is a great idea, but the whole defending titles limitation really irks me too.

I like the custom match options, although they're still a little limiting.

After all these years, can they still not get the music to hit straight at the end of a match without the awkward standing about? I'd happily take that over the celebration cut scenes.

In my opinion it's a good game, but this far into the series it shouldn't be any less than a great game. I'm saddened that the decade old N64 No Mercy is still my favorite
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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.89
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions DLC (Wednesday)
- Cosmic pack

Rock Band Network DLC (Thursday)
- Amberian Dawn - Fate of the Maiden (160 pts)
- Bluefusion - Industrialized (80 pts)
- Cliff Lin - The Countdown (160 pts)
- Converge - Dark Horse (160 pts)
- Graveyard BBQ - Ride the Stache (160 pts)
- GWAR - Let Us Slay (80 pts)
- Lyrics for Monday - Runaway (80 pts)
- Madlife - Tantrums of a Giant (160 pts)
- Nonpoint - Bullet With a Name (160 pts)
- The Roman Line - Worst Case Ontario (160 pts)
- Ween - Gabrielle (160 pts)

XBLA (Thursday)
- Bloody Good Time
- Haunted House

Def Jam Rapstar DLC (Thursday)
- Black Eyed Peas -- My Humps
- Chamillionaire -- Ridin' Dirty
- Clipse -- Grindin'
- DJ Khaled featuring T-Pain, Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi, Lil' Wayne, Birdman, Fat Joe & Rick Ross -- I'm So Hood (Remix)
- DMX -- Party Up
- Dorrough -- Ice Cream Paint Job
- Eric B. & Rakim -- Paid In Full
- Fabolous featuring Ne-Yo -- You Make Me Better
- Flo Rida -- Low
- Geto Boyz -- Mind Is Playing Tricks On Me
- Gucci Mane -- Wasted
- Kanye West -- Can't Tell Me Nothing
- Lil' Wayne -- Got Money
- LL Cool J -- Around The Way Girl
- Luniz -- I Got 5 On It
- Maino featuring T-Pain -- All The Above
- Mims -- This Is Why I'm Hot
- New Boyz -- You're A Jerk
- Puff Daddy -- Bad Boy For Life
- Rich Boy -- Throw Some D's
- Shawty Lo -- Dey Know
- Soulja Boy -- Crank That
- The Pharcyde -- Passin' Me By
- The Sugar Hill Gang -- Rapper's Delight
- Timbaland featuring Drake -- Say Something
- Warren G. -- Regulate
- Young Dro -- Shoulder Lean
- Bangladesh -- Tango & Cash
- Cool & Dre -- Lavish
- Danja -- Wyld Money
- Nitti -- Playmaker
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#19 Posted on
More SVR thoughts...

The interference in Universe mode can get a bit out of hand. I like the idea behind the allies and rivals system for each wrestler, but sometimes you'll see a complete random run out during a match to distract the ref. I also find it neat to see the heels jump the babyface before the bell rings, but I've had it happen three times in a row on the same show and in the parlance of Carlito, 'that's not cool'.

I've also noticed that the CPU sometimes doesn't bother kicking out of pinfall attempts. I managed to beat Kofi Kingston with a reversal into a rollup about 20 seconds into the match. I thought this might be some kind of an aberration, after all, you see a flash pinfall in actual 'rasslin on TV every now and then... but it happened again shortly after. I had a 2 out of 3 falls match against Triple H and pinned him for the first fall in less than a minute after I rolled through on a vertical suplex (I do like the new 'hold B to pin' addition on certain moves despite my griping here).
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