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15281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Use of Walthroughs & FAQs AKA: Just Completed Shadow Hea on: March 22, 2006, 06:45:21 PM
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"Schlooop! SCHLOOP!"


precisely to what I was referring.

I'm on the final boss now and don't know that i'll be able to beat it with the powers and fusion limits I have.

<sigh>
15282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Use of Walthroughs & FAQs AKA: Just Completed Shadow Hea on: March 22, 2006, 04:47:19 PM
Quote from: "Rubyeye"
I am really liking it except there seems to be NO voice acting frown .  


Well it is 5 years old...so maybe they didn't have the budget to put in voice.

After a while I think the text works and it hasn't really impacted my enjoyment.

There are some cuscenes where I wish there wasn't voice acting, tho slywink.

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However, if I get stuck, and once I get frustrated after trial and error has failed, I'll go to a faq and get on with things.


That's typically my method too. I usually find that I typically have the right idea about passing a boss or finding something, it's just that I'm not doing it in the exact precise spot or something really simple.  I'm very rarely stumped.
15283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Use of Walthroughs & FAQs AKA: Just Completed Shadow Hea on: March 22, 2006, 04:15:12 PM
So I'm about to finish my first PS2 RPG: Shadow Hearts.  I've enjoyed the heck out of it, but near the end I acquired a power I didn't know how to use.  To the Internet and gamefaqs.com.

While searching for the answer I came across a BUNCH OF STUFF (powers, sidequests, items, etc) that I missed throughout the game.

So my question is: Is it prudent to play a game with the faq close by in order to 'maximize' a game (get everything and see all content) at the risk of getting spoiled or

Is it best to play it through, do the best you can, be surprised repeatedly, and not get all of the items or view all of the content?

I'm wondering now if my enjoyment is lessened because I haven't experienced the whole game...
15284  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Seeking Shadow Hearts: Covenant on: March 21, 2006, 10:34:29 PM
Anyone have it?
15285  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / April 2006 Wired Magazine on: March 21, 2006, 10:20:01 PM
Wired is by far my favorite magazine and the only one I read cover to cover every month.

This month's issue is guest edited by Will Wright.  There's 40+ pages of coverage on gaming and if it is presented like the rest of Wired's excellent writing it should be a very good read.

Just an FYI.

Edit: It's funny. The last thought I had last night was 'Did I put 2004 in the heading of that post?'
15286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / General "can't find 360" grumbling on: March 21, 2006, 07:28:39 PM
Does the linked Costco count as a bad bundle? Seems reasonable to me....but I'm not in the market for a 360...
15287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / General "can't find 360" grumbling on: March 21, 2006, 06:01:51 PM
Posted today at Cheapassgamer:

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11091580&whse=&topnav=&browse=&s=1
15288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (3/20) on: March 21, 2006, 01:19:49 AM
Where's the Metal Gear Solid (PSX) option? slywink
15289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console Game Shopping: Videogamesandsuch.com on: March 20, 2006, 11:14:59 PM
Anyone ever shop there?  They have a couple of old titles I'd like to get...I'm not sure if this a deals or console game thread...so...
15290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Oblivion - Character Creation/Description Thread on: March 20, 2006, 03:01:11 PM
Quote from: "Starshifter"
Hetz can't be the only one starting Oblivion topics!  :wink:

I'm curious as to what characters everyone is planning on creating.  I'm really struggling with this.  I have been reading the strategy guide over and over again on character creation.  This is a very important decision for me to enjoy a game.  If I don't like my character I will hate playing the game.

Right now I'm trying to decide on whether to lean towards a pure mage type or a combon melee/mage type, such as a spellsword.  I'm definitely going to customize as the stategy guide suggests.  I also need to come up with a background too.  It helps when playing the game.  I actually might play two games concurrently using two different characters; one game focusing on the main quest and one focusing on doing other things.  I do have this cool idea of playing a "good necromancer" type character who's main goal is to utilize the dearly departed in an attempt to convince existing necromancers to turn good.  With this character I would pretty much ignore the main quest and focus on gathering info on the undead and what can be done to unite them for the common good.  I wonder if this is feasible in the game?

So, what is everyone thinking about?  Race?  Type?  Character name?  What direction do you see you going with your character in the game?


Maybe your character can be the great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great
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grandson/daughter of your KOTOR characters...
15291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: March 20, 2006, 10:30:49 AM
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Where is the sense of URGENCY?


That is too funny.  We are such geeks smile
15292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Impressions on: March 20, 2006, 03:45:12 AM
Why 2 copies?  

You're a madmen.



'I've come to the right place then.'
15293  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Half a Terabyte...and counting on: March 18, 2006, 10:29:22 PM
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half a terabyte of data transfer.


Does that mean people are 'downloading' that much information from the site?

Or does that mean that you have that much information stored somewhere.

Either way: <whistles>.

Sounds like it's time for a contest.  How about a late to the platform contest for individuals who only recently purchased a PS2?


<cough>
15294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MGS = SC? on: March 18, 2006, 10:27:14 PM
So where's the best place to buy older titles without having to pay jacked up prices?

FFVII is boucoup dollars and I don't know that i'll get it.

What about Metal Gear Solid 1? Will that set me back big $$$ too?
15295  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.
15296  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.

MOVED!


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
15297  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.

smile
15298  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?
15299  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?
15300  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
15301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Japanese RPGs on: March 15, 2006, 09:44:21 PM
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If you like those, there are a ton of games like them you'll enjoy.


Like...smile?
15302  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.
15303  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.
15304  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.
15305  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.
15306  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.
15307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 - Officially Delayed Until November in Japan on: March 15, 2006, 01:40:00 PM
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PS3:
- GLOBAL RELEASE NOVEMBER 11th
- 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.
15308  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!


Absolutely.

Cranked up on the surround sound system there's no clicking....
15309  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.
15310  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 circuitcity.com:

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Xbox-...oductDetail.do

399.99 and free shipping.

NEVERMIND. Sold OUt.
15311  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.
15312  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


LOL
15313  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...
15314  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.
15315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Songs you heard for the first time in GH that you dig on: March 13, 2006, 07:23:36 PM
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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.
15316  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.
15317  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 content...so dig em.
15318  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?
15319  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.
15320  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
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