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Cube_166

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« on: 08-01-2003 12:36 »
« Last Edit on: 08-01-2003 12:36 »

So far so good. Just a couple of points,
1. In the Planet Express Building I searched all over and couldn't find the accusing parlour.
2. In the movie sequence leading up to the first mission Fry 'second's something. A perfectly good line that could have been given to scruffy in my opinion.

btw: this is not the same as the other futurama game threads, I'm discussing actual things from the game. Not wishes about the game or anything like that.
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'The point, Mister Stibbons, is that you suddenly seem to think everyone comes over all fratricidal when they go back in time. Now, if i'd met *my* grandfather I'd buy him a drink and tell him not to assume that snakes won't bite if you shout at them in a loud voice.'
M Jackson
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« Reply #1 on: 08-01-2003 13:32 »

Excellent first impression. Lovely smooth graphics, brilliant script and story. The cut scenes are fantastic! I liked exploring the PE building. I'm only on the Old New York level right now, so I can't give the whole game a mark yet. Although Frys levels are suprisingly tricky!
DanMan4040

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« Reply #2 on: 08-01-2003 16:01 »

Do XBOX games have encoding like DVD's?  confused
fry2006

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« Reply #3 on: 08-01-2003 16:53 »

Yep.
Cube_166

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« Reply #4 on: 08-01-2003 19:05 »

I'm onto Leelas levels now. I have to concur that the plot is well thought out, so far, and the levels are good but I just have to say that Leela is the most irratating character to control.
The Skoot

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« Reply #5 on: 08-01-2003 19:30 »

Farnsworth: Maybe my strategy of using a giant intergalatic spaceship to deliver one package at a time wasn't as successful as I'd hoped. Also, you three never charged anyone!

Well the humour's there!  big grin

They toned down the first crocodile bit in the Sewers level! No fair! I was waiting eagerly to hear everyone moan about the insane difficulty of that bit, and they only go and get rid of two of the crocs! I'm going to go sulk now  tongue.

So far the game's great. They've definately improved the camera, which was my main beef, and it's just a joy to play. A bit hard, but that's how I like 'em  wink.

Accusing Parlour t'ain't there, sorry. I meticulously searched that level back in March at the game testing evening, back before they had quite so many hints (and Hermes' paper shredder hurt you if you went near it, making you wonder what on earth just happened). I don't think we ever saw where it is in the building anyway, so placing it could've been quite hard.
M Jackson
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« Reply #6 on: 08-02-2003 06:10 »

I'm on the downtown level, I love the designs on Moms hoverbots, realy cool. The only level I haven't enjoyed is Old New York, as it was horribley frustrating, and a bit dull. Those pigs with dineamite on their backs, Grrrrrrrrrr possibly the most anoying enemy ever! And Cube, how much have you been playing!? Leela's levels already! There's a bright sunny world out there too you know!
Cube_166

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« Reply #7 on: 08-02-2003 06:18 »
« Last Edit on: 08-02-2003 06:18 »

Sun? wow, things have changed since I last went outside. Anyway: Benders great. Leela is kind of okay now that I'm used to it.
The Skoot

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« Reply #8 on: 08-02-2003 09:00 »

 
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Originally posted by DanMan4040:
Do XBOX games have encoding like DVD's?   confused

Xbox games are DVDs. You can't play them like the DVDs with movies on them though - they store data, not video. So if you were thinking of putting the game into a DVD player and playing the cut scenes that way, you can't.

J. Stewart Burns is officially god. The cut scenes are right up there with the best episodes, and the lines inside the levels are fantastic. My onlu gripe is the complete lack of Hermes and Amy - they could've been on the ship. I think this is going up there in my top five episodes  wink.
aslate

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« Reply #9 on: 08-02-2003 10:10 »

Ok, i'm so pissed that this isn't on the Gamecube, i saw it in the shops today after my holidays. The box looks great, but i fear i may have to obtain a copy via ***** to play it  frown
Cube_166

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« Reply #10 on: 08-02-2003 11:18 »

I've done Zoidberg's level and now I'm back to Bender. You've got to love this game  big grin
Kazzahdrane

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« Reply #11 on: 08-02-2003 13:32 »

I finished the game this morning. Haven't got all the Nibblers but it doesn't unlock any original content that I haven't seen in the game anyway. The ending is pretty good, and ties up the loose end in the opening movie (you'll see what I mean). I just wish the game had been longer, but I'm not surprised it was short.

Overall, I enjoyed playing the game a lot, the cut-scenes were really very very funny, it's so obvious that they were written by a staff writer, someone with full understanding of the characters and their habits.

Let's just hope it sold enough copies to warrant a sequel, or a tie-in with the movie if that ever comes out. Games would be a great way for Futurama to live on until FOX ger their act together and order more eps.

Oh, and the ending is....well I'm not spoiling anything by saying it's "final", as all the interviews with the game producers said that. But I'm sure they have a contingency plan in case they get to make another game. And I'm fairly sure the game is set after Devil's Hands, anyone else have any thoughts on that?
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #12 on: 08-02-2003 17:00 »

 
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Originally posted by aslate:
Ok, i'm so pissed that this isn't on the Gamecube, i saw it in the shops today after my holidays. The box looks great, but i fear i may have to obtain a copy via ***** to play it   frown

You're not the only one  frown

The Skoot

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« Reply #13 on: 08-02-2003 18:25 »

Is it just me, or is Leela's first level overly hard? I can't seem to get past the opening square.
Cube_166

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« Reply #14 on: 08-02-2003 20:33 »

No, that was the level I was on when I declared Leela the worst character ever, to control that is... Little tip, try running away from the explosive skeletons. I tried killing them for god knows how long.
emanon

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« Reply #15 on: 08-03-2003 01:20 »

Shit, I have to wait until the 8th August, damn this antipodean continent i live on!!!
Kazz

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« Reply #16 on: 08-03-2003 03:47 »

When i run away from the explosive skeletons they still explode at me, is there a certain way of doing it like useing Leela's rolls or jumping?

Where are the nibblers on the level? i think there's two
Kazzahdrane

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« Reply #17 on: 08-03-2003 04:04 »

The trick to getting past the explosive skeletons is to let them get near you and then jump in the opposite direction from the one they are running in. Leela's jump is pretty fast and the skeletons don't have the sintant turning circle tha the jump provides so they take tim to turn and Leela gets away a little bit. Get lucky and just as you get away they will blow up. Of course, if you have 2 suicide skeletons on your case, well, you're boned.
Cube_166

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« Reply #18 on: 08-03-2003 13:41 »

 
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Originally posted by Kazz:
When i run away from the explosive skeletons they still explode at me, is there a certain way of doing it like useing Leela's rolls or jumping?

Where are the nibblers on the level? i think there's two

Theres a nibbler in one of the rooms that opens up and theres another one that you have to jump on a crate, through a window, to reach.
Cube_166

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« Reply #19 on: 08-03-2003 19:54 »

Sorry about the double post.
I have just finished the game. I agree with whoever said that the ending is very... final... and that it ties up all loose ends. Just one quote though:
Bones

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« Reply #20 on: 08-04-2003 13:59 »

I'll repeat my request here, how do you get past the automatic red bullets on leela's breakout?
Kazz

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« Reply #21 on: 08-04-2003 14:26 »
« Last Edit on: 08-04-2003 14:26 »

You have 2 use the keycard on the door opposite the number room (u picked it up before you entered the room) & u have 2 turn the turret off. Im currently on the fry breakout level (after Leela's last laugh) but i got up to that number room (room 3 i think) but i couldnt work out the order of the numbers so i kept dying   frown
Bones

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« Reply #22 on: 08-04-2003 14:29 »

Thanks Kaz, i  got the key card but it didnt seem to do anything anywhere, now i know, fankoo
Kazzahdrane

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« Reply #23 on: 08-04-2003 14:47 »

Kazz, if you want help with a specific part of the game start a new thread for Game Help and I'll be happy to help.
Juliet

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« Reply #24 on: 08-04-2003 14:48 »

I renting the game now for PS2 and it was very nice of my brother to let me lend his P S2.

the game is very good. I'm up to where Fry was in the sweaer. The level is very hard.

SwanMan3000

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« Reply #25 on: 08-04-2003 15:54 »

i got the game the other day and i love it. I was cinacal (sic) at first just looking at pictures but its great. its amazingly funny but bloody difficult...i also think its got some great lines: i pawned it because of the reason everyone in america pawns things so i could buy a gun.
and do you know wat i like? fun. lmao anyway does anyone know a site where you can get free walkthroughs and cheats???
The Skoot

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« Reply #26 on: 08-04-2003 16:36 »

The game's only been out three days. I doubt the net is crawling with walkthroughs yet  wink.
Bones

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« Reply #27 on: 08-04-2003 19:50 »

You shouldn't need one yet, its not that hard, i think its just the right hardness, not so hard that it makes you feel stupid, not so easy you get bored, just right, and funny did i mention funny?
Bones

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« Reply #28 on: 08-05-2003 09:56 »

Kazz the code i think u are stuck on is 90 81 72 63 54 unless i'm confused and u r stuck on 11 22 44 88 16

they make sense once u know the answers, bloody maths!
Cube_166

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« Reply #29 on: 08-05-2003 10:26 »

Code for Bender: 0987654321
Code for Leela: 8442222448
1st Code for Fry: 1122448816
2nd Code for Fry: 9081726354

Benders Code counts down. Leelas is a mirror image. Fry's first is adding the two previous numbers Fry's second is the first number of the pair counting down from nine. The second number of the pair counting up from nought.
Kazzahdrane

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« Reply #30 on: 08-05-2003 13:20 »

The game is very easy, however a few rooms are bloody hard and make you lose a lot of lives, such as the level in Leela's level The Right Wing, where you must jump on the descending pillars, I lost a lot of lives in that level before I got the route figured out.
M Jackson
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« Reply #31 on: 08-05-2003 14:22 »
« Last Edit on: 08-05-2003 14:22 »

I'm stuck on that right now Kazz, i'll get there in the end I guess.
Anyway here's my verdict on the game...

The cut scenes are nothing short of a work of art! Often coming close to perfection! The lovely smooth graphics match the look of the show almost perfectly, whilst giving it a cool 3D enhancment. The story, characters, and script are all right on. The script could have been used as a normal episode of the show (it would need a bit of tweeking to fit into the normal 22 minute length though). Anyway, since this is an official licence I think we all knew that these elelments would be top notch anyway. So how is Futurama as a game?

Pretty bloody good actually! So what if it doesn't make a bold new statement and revolutionise gaming. This is retro platforming action in all of it's glory! Each of the 3 characters play in a different style. Fry's section is a blasting weapons based adventure. Bender's section wouldn't be out of place in Spyro the Dragon or Crash Bandicoot (the boulder chase sequence being the most blatent tribute/rip-off). But since you're playing as Bender you get loads of funny lines to remind you that this is still Futurama. "This gem has the power to heal....MY EMPTY WALLET! AH HA HA!" & "I laugh at your pain!"
Lots of people have complained about how difficult Leela is to control. I actually like her sections the most! This part of the game is a Tomb Raider style/ kung-fu fest. Leela also gets some of the best one-liners...(her health power-ups are bottles of vitamins) "Mmmm, pills taste like candy", "Wow, these are better than steroids!", "Another daily dose of vitamin Hi-Ya!". If you leave her stationary for too long you get "It's not polite to keep a lady waiting!".
What I am pleasently suprised by is how much of a challenge the game is. I thought it would be way too simple. But almost every level has had me stuck for a certain amount of time. I'm currently stuck on an Indiana Jones style section of Leelas level "The right wing". God it's tricky. At times the game feels overly harsh, and you may get frustrated from time to time. But you get there in the end. This is a good thing realy, you don't want to complete it on day one do you!?
OK i'm not going to let the fact that this is Futurama blind me into thinking it's perfect in every way. There are elements which needed more work. Some of the enemys are truely lame! The purple weasels on Bender's canyon levels taking the golden turkey award. Sometimes the camera gets trapped behind a wall (but this happens on almost every game at some point really). It's not a big problem though. I have the PS2 version, and sometimes when you enter a section with lots of activity and enemys all at once the frame rate drops for a few seconds and the PS2 makes a clunking noise. This may not happen with the XBox version? But this isn't the games fault really, the machine just can't handle it all the time.
I'd like to have seen Zapp and Kiff atleast once (loading screens don't count) and since even Hermes and Scruffy feature briefly, Amy should too.

But these are pretty minor problems. Futurama is a great fun retro game with a brilliant script and is truely essential for any fan. Here's hoping for a sequel.

8/10, 4****, or 80%  smile
The Skoot

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« Reply #32 on: 08-05-2003 15:42 »

That pillar bit isn't made any easier by the camera choosing to be a tricky bugger. It should swing round for you so you can see where you need to jump next. As it is, it stays stationary until you move it, which is criminal;y stupid.

Leela's in-game quotes are the weakest of the bunch IMHO. It's like they improvised at the recording, and there are scant few that I feel are really in character.
Cube_166

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« Reply #33 on: 08-05-2003 16:56 »

I like Fry's Wiggy Wam Wam Wozzle, the best out of all the in game comments. And I've got to the point where it has become the unoffical game slogan.
Oh yeah one thing I've been meaning to ask: Does everyone know that Nibbler is superintelligent now or what?
Juliet

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« Reply #34 on: 08-06-2003 07:33 »

Yay I'm playing Bender now and I'm so happy. Shame I have to send the game back to the shops

Rogan

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« Reply #35 on: 08-06-2003 07:41 »

tell me, will i be able to play the game on my PC with some kind of emulator, or something? Because i really don't play much games, and can't afford to buy a gaming console just for the sake of Futurama (because i'm already planning on buying a DVD player so i can have the entire show with extras and commentary)...
The Skoot

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« Reply #36 on: 08-06-2003 08:34 »

Get a PS2. It plays DVDs. Emulators are bad, mmkay?  wink
Juliet

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« Reply #37 on: 08-06-2003 09:15 »

ow my fingers hurt where I play Bender and I have to run away from the big rock. I also hate it when my fingers gets sweaty and slips over the control.

M Jackson
Professor
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« Reply #38 on: 08-06-2003 11:08 »

Yesssss I finally got past that part on Leela right wing level with the sinking pilars! I'm now on the inner temple, I got to the sun god but I only had 1 life left, so I didn't get much chance to work out exactly what I had to do. Oh and Juliet don't press the buttons so hard!
Kazzahdrane

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« Reply #39 on: 08-06-2003 13:16 »

The sun god is a standard platforming boss, and is easily possible to do without getting hurt once you realise how he works. Sorry if I keep sounding all pompous, but I am pretty good at platformers :-P
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