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14881  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MGS = SC? on: March 18, 2006, 06:47:42 PM
As I look at some of the venerable PS2 franchises, I've naturally come to Metal Gear Solid.

It's intriguing and I find lots of cutscenes a bonus, not a drawback.

Questions about MGS

1. Metal Gear Solid 2 is very highly rated on Gamespot.  Typical question: If I haven't played a MG game since MG2 on the NES, will I be lost if I pick up with Part 2?

2. MGS2 was redone for the Xbox and subtitled substance.  If I'm going to pick one up, which should I get?

3. Is MGS just a sneaking game like Splinter Cell?

Thanks again.
14882  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where are you from?? (Time for one of these threads) on: March 17, 2006, 12:44:59 AM
Quote from: "warning"
Quote from: "pr0ner"
Shouldn't this be in Off-Topic?

Wow I suck.  And I even posted in the dang thread and didn't notice where it was.


No one apparently caught on to my CONSOLE locales as an indicator that it was in the wrong thread.

My humor is just too sophisticated....slywink
14883  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where are you from?? (Time for one of these threads) on: March 16, 2006, 04:07:12 PM
I'm formerly from XBOX CONSOLELAND but now I'm happily living in PS2 CONSOLE GAMING LAND.

14884  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy 12 Intro and Commercial on: March 16, 2006, 02:47:44 PM
Are the FFX games standalone or do you have to have played them all to get what's going on?
14885  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Beyond Good & Evil 2 rumors on: March 16, 2006, 01:21:46 PM
Does that fact that I traded my copy away make me a bad person?
14886  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Beyond Good & Evil 2 rumors on: March 16, 2006, 12:08:16 PM
It's funny how many people had problems with the final boss.  It wasn't that hard people smile
14887  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Japanese RPGs on: March 15, 2006, 09:44:21 PM
If you like those, there are a ton of games like them you'll enjoy.
14888  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Japanese RPGs on: March 15, 2006, 07:48:25 PM
Thanks for the answers guys...At risk of turning this into a recommend games for me thread, what are some you would recommend?

I'm planning to get DQ8 already as well as the other Shadow Hearts games (unless this one tanks it up).  What are some others?

There just seem to be so many established franchises that I can't keep them apart.
14889  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Beyond Good & Evil 2 rumors on: March 15, 2006, 04:52:54 PM
Not to mention he now has clout thanks to King Kong.

BG&E was a masterpiece and if this turns out, then it's great news.
14890  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Japanese RPGs on: March 15, 2006, 04:34:35 PM
Ok. Ok. Ok. I'm late to PS2 so what.  Shut up about it :cry:.

My second game to play is Shadow Hearts as I've heard great things about the subsequent titles.

I'm about 3 hrs into it and TOTALLY HOOKED.

Sure the writing at times is just plain bad, but I'm riveted.

Questions about JRPGs.

1. What are the hallmarks?  Beyond the artwork
2. Do lots of japanese characters want to molest the heroines?  smile  :shock:  It's one of the weirdest things I've ever seen in a game...Unusual and uncomfortable Tongue frown
3. Is the FF series considered JRPG?  If so, is it worth playing this late in the cycle? Will I dig it?

That's all for now.
14891  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / And here, I thought I WAS out of control on: March 15, 2006, 02:17:34 PM
I bet he just buys every game that comes out so that he can have a full catalog that encompassess gaming history.

I'd love to check that room out in person.

That's a gamer's Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory right there.
14892  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / King Kong blooper reel on: March 15, 2006, 02:15:02 PM
Very unfunny.

Peter Jackson looks great without all that extra weight. Good for him.
14893  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 - Officially Delayed Until November in Japan on: March 15, 2006, 01:40:00 PM
- 60GB HDD 2.5" with pre-installed Linux OS will be included?
- Dev kit specs fix as of today
- Final PS3 development kits will be sent to developers in June
- 10.000.000 BD-ROMS manufacturing capability per month @ cost around same as 2-layer DVD
- Every PS3 game will be on a Blu Ray Disc, in an attempt to prevent piracy
- Price will not be less than 50.000YEN (~$425USD)
- PS3 will have HDMI support from launch
- Sony plans to produce 1 million PS3s a month; 6 million PS3s for FY2006 (by the end of March 07)
- basic" online service free, no details yet (could be XBLS for PS3)
- Full backwards compatibility, hi-res and texture filtering for all titles (akin to what the Xbox 360 does to Halo)
- The online service will be working off of GameSpy technology

Thats hot.  Real hot.
14894  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero question... on: March 14, 2006, 05:57:42 PM
Quote from: "Bob"
Quote from: "shon"
If you play it without headphones you hear the click of the strum bar but with headphones that goes away and gives you more of a guitar like feeling.

Not if you turn it up really loud. Volume is the difference between rocking and ROCKING!


Cranked up on the surround sound system there's no clicking....
14895  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Super Mario Kill Bill on: March 14, 2006, 01:57:05 PM
NEver saw kill bill.

IF that's the quality of fight scene, glad I never bothered.
14896  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / General "can't find 360" grumbling on: March 13, 2006, 09:10:48 PM
From Cheap Ass Gamer:

The Xbox 360 Premium system, without a bundle, is available at

399.99 and free shipping.

14897  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero question... on: March 13, 2006, 08:56:52 PM
I was wondering the same thing...but from ther perspective of someone who can't play guitar.

I'd bet guitarists would find the game quite easy.
14898  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / He's no good to me bricked. on: March 13, 2006, 08:55:41 PM
Quote from: "Doopri"
that guy must get all kinds of lovin

14899  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / LEGO my... Nimitz? on: March 13, 2006, 07:28:41 PM
So how do they do it? do they machine their own legos or cut ones that already exist into appropriate pieces?

I'm betting the life boats aren't standard issue...
14900  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / General "can't find 360" grumbling on: March 13, 2006, 07:26:14 PM
There's a great system out there called The 'PlayStation 2'.  I know I know. Weird. I just got one and would totally recommend it.
14901  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Songs you heard for the first time in GH that you dig on: March 13, 2006, 07:23:36 PM
However, playing some of them in guitar hero has given me a new appreciation for the giutar work in them.

Ditto.  It's shocking- even with five buttons- to see how complicated these songs are...

I haven't purchased any of the unlockable songs...instead I blew 8 grand on the grim reaper. He's meh.
14902  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Songs you heard for the first time in GH that you dig on: March 13, 2006, 05:54:32 PM
I'm almost done with the Medium difficullty and have been very impressed by the song selection.  

I pretty much stopped buying mainstream music after high school and when I became a Christian I pretty much focused my attention in the genre picking up a few secular artists (I love Avril Lavigne  :oops:) here and there.

But prior to that I was a 'headbanger' and still make it a point to jam to something at least once a week. slywink

That said, a lot of the songs in GH are new to me.

I've heard of a lot of the bands, but not the songs.

There's the SUM41 song that is just awesome.

There's that Ace of Spades song that is really good too.

Infected by Bad Religion is another one I'd never heard but really like.

But I wonder, if I had heard the song on the radio (rather than 'playing' it, if I'd like it).

Any gems you've turned up that you really enjoy listening to/playing over and over?

The only real DOG that I've heard is 'Take it off' by the Donnas. Blech.
14903  Gaming / Analog Gaming / I now love Gamespot on: March 13, 2006, 03:49:10 PM
Yeh when they went pay is when the bashing really started. But they have tons of free audio and video dig em.
14904  Gaming / Analog Gaming / I now love Gamespot on: March 13, 2006, 10:52:12 AM
I love their Hotspot podcast and have taken a brief look at their live show On the Spot which looks good too.

Through the Pcasts I've gotten to know some of there personalities, and these folks really know their gaming.

It was fashionable years ago to be anti-gamespot, but I kinda really dig them now...

Chances are most of you have been hitting that site with more consistency than I have, what say you?
14905  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Controller Broken Angry on: March 10, 2006, 06:32:00 PM
For the first time in my life I have raged so hard at a game that in the process of slamming the contoller down, I broke it.

PoP:TTT: Dual boss battle: Guy with the Axe & Guy with the Sword.

I spent close to 3 hours trying to beat this at about the 2 hr mark I threw my controller down so hard that it tore away from the quick rip on the cord.

I plugged it back in and the rumble pack is on full time now.  Into the trash it goes.

I had no life upgrades- in fact I didn't know there were any in the game until I read in a gamefaq guide (searching for tips on how to beat them).

I can imagine that if I had the 4 (FOUR!) life upgrades that I missed throughout the game, I could have taken them in 5 or so tries.  So mad.

I finally beat them and have moved on.

ATBs top 5 Angry Gaming Moments this generation: (I don't think there are any spoilers)

1. POP:TTT Dual Boss
2. BtVS: Hell level (could not get past the jumping puzzle)
3. Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance. I can't remember the specifics, but I kept dying at this one part and I remember being SUPER hot under the collar
4.Jade Empire: Final boss.  Didn't like the game to begin with but had to finish it to justify the $$$.  This frustration combined with his superattack or whatever it was made it just not worth it. Played the whole game with grand master on the fights...changed the final boss to easy.
5. Mercenaries: I took down the Ace of Spades, but clipping issues put him under the nuke pad so I couldn't retrieve him.  I tried the level 2 more times and then used GOD mode to get my rightfully earned (and pathetic) end cinematic.
14906  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 09, 2006, 10:50:07 PM
Quote from: "Nth Power"

Poor bear frown
14907  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 09, 2006, 01:38:48 PM
Quote from: "dbt1949"

 :shock:  That has to be a photoshop job right?

14908  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone ever order used games at on: March 09, 2006, 01:37:24 PM
I've had good and bad experiences- all the games I received worked, but a couple had scratches all over the place.

I handle my games with kid-gloves and make sure they never get damaged and was disappointed in the quality.

However, that said, they did work just fine for the most part.

If you want AMAZINGLY scratch free games that have perfect manuals and box contents try buying used from  I was absolutely blown away.
14909  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Now I've read it...OXM is retarded... on: March 09, 2006, 01:33:41 PM
I find it a chore to read through OXM in the new format and thus have decided not to renew at the end of the year.

It seems that the mag has gone from a slightly skewed fanboi mag to one that's over the top in praising everything that xbox does.

I predicted that once Rob Smith took over it would go down the drain- far more ads far less content far fewer interesting articles.  True, he's probably made it a dozen times more profitable, but probably half as enjoyable as a reader.

Francesa has inherited a sinking ship as far as I'm concerned, content quality and impact wise.

If only Steve Bauman had taken over- true, spelling and proofing mistakes would be on the increase, but the magazine would turn into a gem of a periodical.
14910  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GTA Series - Why am I avoiding these games?? on: March 08, 2006, 06:30:08 PM
I've never played any of them either and probably never will. Just doesn't appeal to or interest me.
14911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What'd You Name Your Band? on: March 07, 2006, 08:09:13 PM
My first band in Guitar Hero was Canvas Colors.  The name for a 'band' I was very briefly in in high school back when I played a little keyboards...

Second Band was Limozeen (thanks SB!)

Third Band and current one for Medium difficulty featuring Jonny Napalm is: Burnin Urine.  That was always going to be my band and our first album was going to be Into the Cup.

Sadly I have no talent so GH is my only way to achieve rockstar glory.
14912  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Crap! Mass Effect is going to suck on: March 07, 2006, 04:24:52 PM
What about them did you like?

I thought the fighting was the best part of JE, but that's not saying much.

It became far too formulaic and there wasn't enough variety...
14913  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Crap! Mass Effect is going to suck on: March 07, 2006, 03:10:45 PM
Hopefully the Jade Empire  'elements' = real time fighting and not the suck butt rock paper scissors mechanic.

Oh and I loved the combat in KOTOR...TB fighting hearken's back to Pool of Radiance (the original) for me.
14914  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero Questions: With New Questions! on: March 07, 2006, 02:52:29 PM
1. What is the deciding factor on the star rating for your performance: Is it the score or the note %age? I think it's the latter, but am not sure

2. This question may be redundant: but what do you focus on the most. Score or note %age?
14915  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero 2 coming!! on: March 07, 2006, 03:46:03 AM
AC DC is a must.  They should do a whole AC/DC game.
14916  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero 2 coming!! on: March 06, 2006, 08:14:46 PM
Quote from: "Gratch"
Seriously, this is the best gaming news I've heard in months.   biggrin

 depending on what their definition of 'metal' is.

Why Jethro Tull of course...
14917  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: March 06, 2006, 07:29:15 PM
+1 to Kevin Grey.
14918  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero 2 coming!! on: March 06, 2006, 07:11:35 PM
we'll see a further "five or six" titles by the middle of 2007.

Awesome.  Hopefully they won't be full priced.

He also confirmed that genre spin-offs including Country Rock for the US and a Metal edition are on the cards.

I'd by a Christian version, but I don't think they'd move enough units...

This is fabulous news.
14919  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero Questions: With New Questions! on: March 06, 2006, 02:53:37 PM
So out of the gate for my PS2- as my first PS2 game- I purchase Guitar Hero.  One of the most fun games ever.  Really and truly.  

Questions though from the rythm impaired:

1.  What is the best way to hold the guitar so that you can hit all five frets?  I've just moved up to medium (4 frets) and am already having a bear getting my pinky to do what it needs to.  What about with 5?  Do you hold it so that your index does the red and the green and your fingers match up 1 to 1 with the others?

2. When's the best time to use star power (assuming you're not in trouble)? On long notes or on lots of single notes?

3.  Does the whammy bar get you more points on non- star power long notes?  Or at all?  I'll stop going to it so often if it doesn't.

4. Have sequel's been announced? Red Octane is sitting on a cash cow with this.  Imagine an alternative, Christian, Punk, acoustic or whatever else version of the game.  Now imagine they put out limited edition guitars.    Or came out with Drum hero.  

5. Has this game been selling well enough to merit a sequel?

14920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / One More PS2 Memory Question on: March 03, 2006, 09:30:39 PM
Is it acceptible to buy non Sony memory?

They have 8 mb at BB for 24.99 and a 16 mb MAX at bb for the same price.

Blue shirt said non-sony memory may not save all games.


Oh and Guitar Hero is waiting to be played!
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