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1721  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect-I'm Cursed. CURSED I tell You! on: November 25, 2007, 09:50:56 PM
My January 2006 system is still going strong and has handled some 6 hours stretches of Mass Effect (knock on wood).
1722  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions: Release Day Edition on: November 25, 2007, 09:48:18 PM
Just finished today and I was happy. The ending is a good way to handle a trilogy and shouldn't leave anyone pissed off. I enjoyed the game a lot more once I got really good at combat. Of course by the end that was getting a bit easy, as I played almost all of the optional quests and ended at level 47 or so (took me about 30 hours + one or two of deaths/replays). I'm definitely going to replay as a female badass (I was a male paragon), but I think I need a break before that. My wife let me get it as an early birthday present, and I finished it before my birthday (oops  icon_biggrin). Plot stays consistently solid throughout the game, although I wish a couple of the recurring secondary mission characters/relationships had gone a bit further.
1723  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions: Release Day Edition on: November 23, 2007, 03:45:49 AM
I'm about 10 hours in and am enjoying it more. Combat was an issue for me at first, but once I got the hang of it (e.g. sniping) and got used to how you use the abilities with right trigger it became more managle and enjoyable. Plus, Unity is nice so you don't have to replay nearly as much if you hit a tough spot. I've only advanced the main quest a bit, been having fun with side quests in the Citadel and on other planets. But I'll get around to more of the main plot this weekend. Only did the one looking for the scientist/daughter of the starting quests. There are a lot of interesting quests that pop up in the Citadel that have kept me amused (although I could be easily amused...). As someone else said, I understand complaints about the combat and interface, but they don't seem any worse than in KOTOR or Jade Empire which didn't necessarily have killer combat... Overall it is keeping me playing longer than any game in a LONG time. Only Halo 3 has come close for me in the past year.
1724  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions: Release Day Edition on: November 21, 2007, 04:36:37 AM
Only finished Eden Prime so far, but enjoying it. As you say, combat is a bit clunkier than some games (e.g. Halo 3 which I've been playing), but cutscenes, conversation, story, etc are better. Haven't hit the main stuff yet so can't judge it too much. Interface for equipment and upgrades is a bit clunky, but it's not really a big deal. Can't imagine it bothering anyone enough to hurt their enjoyment of the game.
1725  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Wii $79.00; PS3 139. Xbox360 99 Vote at Amazon on: November 17, 2007, 03:50:24 PM
I could definitely go for the Wii (already have a 360, and who wants the arcade anyways?), Toshiba HD drive, or the 46" Samsung tv.
1726  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have you had multiple 360 failures? Are you articulate? on: November 09, 2007, 12:39:40 AM
I continue to be fine on my first that was purchased in January 2006  icon_biggrin
1727  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What did you play this past weekend? (11/5 edition) on: November 06, 2007, 12:56:27 AM
Pretty much just played some Halo 3 mp (team objective for the most part). Good times... Halo is meant to keep me busy until my birthday (Nov 30th) when my wife has been informed I am suposed to get Mass Effect.
1728  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: K-Mart's sale prices on games - some great deals on: October 30, 2007, 09:16:55 PM
Well, my kmart is sketchy as hell and frightens me... but for those prices I might give it a try. Sale prices actually posted anywhere online?

Oh, and if you get what the others scan for I'd be very interested in hearing what they were...
1729  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: how sad on: October 29, 2007, 01:10:12 AM
Ah, Bill's columns were always good, but couldn't compare to some of Rich's stories... I hope he and his family are well. I always loved the site and the contributions Rich made. I remember when it first started getting posted in gaming magazines too.
1730  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Highlander: The Source on: October 28, 2007, 02:16:09 AM
The other movie with him wasn't that bad... I definitely thought it was worth watching. Not amazing, but decent.
1731  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Music for warning - suggestions please! on: October 27, 2007, 08:35:46 PM
Some of my favorites...

A New Found Glory (Sticks and Stones)
Ingram Hill (June's Picture Show)
Jimmy Eat World (anything)
Three Doors Down (anything)
Bowling for Soup (A Hangover You Don't Deserve)
Juniper Lane (Sirens From a Mile Back)
1732  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Converting movies for Zune on: October 27, 2007, 07:51:10 PM
There a free one, or recommend paying for the free2dvd ($20).
1733  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Converting movies for Zune on: October 27, 2007, 05:52:47 PM
Hey, can anyone point me to a particularly good tool for converting movies to Zune movie files and a quick summary of the process (from dvd to zune).

Thanks!
1734  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlestar Galactica is on Live!!! on: October 26, 2007, 03:18:07 AM
Eh, I did the same thing with Speedball 2... one of those games that didn't live up to my memories...
1735  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3]MGS4 maxed out on Blu-Ray on: October 22, 2007, 02:32:59 AM
Am I the only one that really doesn't mind disc swapping as long as it is only between key points? If it is every 2 minutes like some old adventure games I understand, but if it is twice in a game (e.g. Blue Dragon) then I could care less if a game fits on one disc.
1736  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Buy a 360 HD-DVD player, get Heroes Season 1 Free! on: October 22, 2007, 02:29:24 AM
I think most are selling for about $140 used without movies. So pretty well.
1737  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Buy a 360 HD-DVD player, get Heroes Season 1 Free! on: October 21, 2007, 03:52:23 PM
Well, they didn't let me get the extra two movie, but my HD-DVD drive and Season 1 of Heroes are up on ebay now. I'm keeping the UPC and rebate to get the mail-in movies. Figure I'll break even + get 5 free movies (although I'm only really excited about a couple).
1738  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Team Fortress 2 on 360, any split screen multiplayer? on: October 21, 2007, 01:57:31 PM
Really? That's unfortunate. Split screen is annoying in Halo due to size, but better than no split screen.
1739  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Zune 30GB for $99 on: October 20, 2007, 12:59:44 PM
I ordered on the 15th too, but mine just says "Order is in".... so I guess it hasn't shipped yet?
1740  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Buy a 360 HD-DVD player, get Heroes Season 1 Free! on: October 19, 2007, 11:16:15 PM
Some people said that was a seperate 2 disc thing... the two in box for the Toshiba, but also 2 from best buy for any. Who knows though.

Oh, and if I did it I'd sell the drive and heroes (since I just watched it on netflix). But that would net me 5-7 free movies...
1741  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Buy a 360 HD-DVD player, get Heroes Season 1 Free! on: October 19, 2007, 08:57:29 PM
Plus there is some debate about maybe getting another 2 movies free instantly with it...
1742  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Zune 30GB for $99 on: October 17, 2007, 11:44:42 PM
My wife and I ordered one from woot on the 15th so hopefully it'll be here by the end of the week
1743  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is it safe to buy a 360 now? on: October 14, 2007, 01:05:55 PM
I say, safe? Not entirely. Worth it absolutely. As for Elite, only if you expect to be storing/downloading a lot of non-game stuff.
1744  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: New hdmi 360 with 5 games for $399 on: October 13, 2007, 01:42:28 PM
Yeah, it says sold out. Too bad, I would have bought and flipped the stuff I didn't want too for such a good deal.
1745  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA To Purchase Bioware/Pandemic! on: October 12, 2007, 12:26:26 AM
But look at the rest of those companies... all of them used to be the most innovative and interesting companies... now most of their IPs have been discontinued
1746  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Conan demo on Live on: October 08, 2007, 01:03:05 PM
Different game.
1747  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest coming to XBLA Wednesday on: October 06, 2007, 02:01:47 PM
What's the pricing going to be?
1748  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Finding Halo 3 on: September 29, 2007, 07:04:57 PM
Huh. Dunno. I know Circuit City and Gamestop by my house were both sold out. Guess I had bad luck.
1749  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Finding Halo 3 on: September 29, 2007, 04:58:48 PM
For anyone who hasn't gotten it yet, I know most of the major stores by me were sold out. Places that do have it around me are Radio Shack and Blockbuster.
1750  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN gives Eternal Sonata an 8.3 on: September 16, 2007, 01:27:17 PM
It's got an 80 at metacritic right now with 10 reviews. So doing about the same as blue dragon there, but with less at the very high end and none below 70.

http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/xbox360/eternalsonata
1751  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blue Dragon Getting Some Poor Reviews on: September 12, 2007, 03:34:29 AM
Yeah, but you can learn to ignore both the boss music and marumaru... plus, they are very "anime", so it somewhat fits the style.
1752  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blue Dragon Getting Some Poor Reviews on: September 11, 2007, 03:35:06 AM
I did most of the side-quests, but didn't go back to places to find treasures I couldn't access earlier. And didn't do a few things such as finding the dragons. Plus I don't think I spent as much time leveling up as most people.
1753  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blue Dragon Getting Some Poor Reviews on: September 10, 2007, 08:31:39 PM
Hehe, congrats on the many achievements... glad to know it would have taken me over 30 more hours to get them though... makes me feel ok about not doing so.
1754  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blue Dragon Getting Some Poor Reviews on: September 10, 2007, 12:56:08 AM
Finished it! Had a good time... I'll give more thoughts later through. Just wanted to let you know that I did manage to finish with about 90 achievement points... You don't even get any for beating the game :-p. Despite that I enjoyed it though. Not sure I have the drive to load a save point and play another 20 hours with no real point other than to try to get some of the achievements. In the end I think my characters were in the low 50s for level and I had about 43 hours (+ a couple from redos). Overall I'd give it a 8.0 or so. Enjoyed it, and I played through, but I wasn't blown away.
1755  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF Blue Dragon on: September 09, 2007, 11:24:29 PM
pm sent
1756  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: 360 Bioshock for sale $34 shipped on: September 06, 2007, 12:21:04 AM
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1757  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: 4gb iPod Nano Still For Sale!! on: September 06, 2007, 12:17:05 AM
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1758  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blue Dragon Getting Some Poor Reviews on: September 05, 2007, 11:12:05 AM
Um, I think it took me about 24-25 hours to get to disc 3 maybe? I'll have to see if I have a save back further for a better number.
1759  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blue Dragon Getting Some Poor Reviews on: September 04, 2007, 10:53:41 PM
I'm a fair way into the 3rd disc now and still enjoying it. Not quite sure what I'm supposed to do right now except that there are a bunch of new places to go and things to fight so I'll just work on them I guess. Now it is open-ended and traveling is trivial across the larger map, though the on-location minimap is still poor. I think I may be underpowered, but it hasn't been a problem except one random boss that came up recently (and that I can ignore for the time being). My guys are upper 30s right now I think.
1760  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying in September? on: September 03, 2007, 12:34:08 AM
Eternal Sonata and maybe Halo 3. Probably grab Stranglehold someday, but maybe after a price drop.
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