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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 02, 2012, 06:28:14 PM
I picked up Mass Effect 2 with a gift card I got this Christmas.  I can't afford all the DLC (which would run about $50 - on a game that cost me $20), so I could use some help narrowing down what to get and what to skip.  Reviews on the DLC are all over the place.

I don't feel much need for the appearance packs or weapon packs.  I'm buying new, so I don't need the Cerberus Network, and I played ME1, so I'll skip the motion comic dealy.

That leaves the actual content packs.

Arrival
Lair of the Shadow Broker
Overlord
Kasumi - Stolen Memory


All of that would still be $30 worth of points, which is more than I can spend right now.  I need to skip one of these.  If I assume that Shadow Broker is a given.  Which of the others should I pass on?
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii games for little kids on: January 02, 2012, 04:31:56 AM
My kids were playing Mario Kart and Super Mario Sunshine on the Gamecube by 3-4.  They didn't find them frustrating at all, as they had no concept of 'winning'.  The whole goal, for them, was to run/drive around in circles and act silly.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: All sorts of awesome: smear campaign against Penny Arcade on: December 28, 2011, 05:23:41 PM
The business owner made some mistakes.  From what I've read about him, the guy is an art teacher selling a product he made for disabled kids.  He doesn't seem to know much about running a business.  I think he just learned that.

Unfortunately, the asshole he hired to do his PR may have sunk his business (which really does seem like a worthwhile endeavor), and will end up walking away with nobody the wiser.   People will remember the controller, not the soon-to-be-changed name of the marketing business run by this con man.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/26) on: December 28, 2011, 03:12:09 PM
I got a small gift card for Christmas that I just turned into a behind-the-times copy of Mass Effect 2.
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 vs PSP on: December 19, 2011, 03:45:02 AM
Thanks.  I'll read up on those.  I really did miss a lot of good games!
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 vs PSP on: December 18, 2011, 11:43:08 PM
Well, that's 'used - like new', and the shipping came from Prime, but here.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 vs PSP on: December 18, 2011, 11:27:48 PM
Interesting timing, as Amazon warehouse deals has this for $3.44 shipped today.  Thanks!
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 12/16/11 on: December 18, 2011, 04:22:43 AM
Assassin's Creed 2 for me this weekend, assuming I get any free time during the pre-holiday craziness.
89  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking for some PS2 titles. on: December 17, 2011, 11:45:26 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 17, 2011, 09:14:07 PM

At one point, I had a bunch of the PS1 FF games in a box in the basement.  We're doing some major remodeling at the moment, but I'll send FF 7, 8, & 9 your way if I can manage to find them.

Hey, that would be fantastic, thank you.  I have a lot of FF catching up to do!
90  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking for some PS2 titles. on: December 17, 2011, 04:03:45 PM
At this point, my budget is spent. 
91  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking for some PS2 titles. on: December 17, 2011, 04:13:54 AM
Got God of War and Sly, and may be in talks for some Final Fantasy.
92  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking for some PS2 titles. on: December 16, 2011, 02:50:47 AM
I just made a deal for DQ8 and the PSX card.  Still looking to get a couple more items, at least until my budget for this gives out.
93  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking for some PS2 titles. on: December 15, 2011, 04:07:51 PM
I have very few 360 games, and most of them are my kids'.  I think the only one I own that I don't play is Forza 3 (came free with the system), so I pretty much have to do cash.
94  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking for some PS2 titles. on: December 15, 2011, 03:29:23 PM
Thanks to some excellent advice, I'll be getting a PS2 for Christmas.  I'm looking to get my hands on a few games.  I haven't touched a Sony system since midway into the PS1 era, so I haven't played a thing.  

I already have Final Fantasy XII, Shadow of the Colossus and Okami.

I'm looking for:

Final Fantasy X
Persona 4
Dragon Quest 8
Ico
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus
God of War
Champions of Norrath
Other Final Fantasy titles, including PS1 games (7, 8, 9, Tactics)
PS1 memory card or an extra PS2 controller.

I haven't got a huge budget left after buying the system, but I'd like to pick up a few titles, and figured I try here before I headed to Amazon.  As always, I haven't got much to trade (I don't buy many new games), so it would have to be cash.
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Push to Get Rid of Cable on: December 15, 2011, 12:44:16 AM
I've been cable-free for about a year and a half.  Netflix + Amazon Prime streaming give me more to watch than I have time for.  With broadcast TV I rarely ever bothered.  Of course, I don't watch sports at all, so that isn't a factor for me.  The main thing is that a month of Netflix plus an entire year of Prime cost me less than what I used to pay for one month of cable.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 vs PSP on: December 13, 2011, 10:14:17 PM

Quote from: Qbe on December 13, 2011, 09:47:51 PM

Dragon Quest VIII is also worth every penny. 

Yep.  That's on my short list, along with Persona 3, Persona 4, and Final Fantasy X.  Possibly Ico.  Shadow of the Colossus and Okami are already on order.

I'll look into the wireless controllers down the road after I have a handful of games on hand.  I'm a little cautious, as I had enough issues with them on the original XBox that I quit using them on that system (nasty input lag.)
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 vs PSP on: December 13, 2011, 05:44:52 PM
Well, I done did it.  The PS2 arrived today.  I gazed at it longingly, then put it in the closet to be wrapped and put under the tree, where it shall tease me for the next couple of weeks.  Still, I can spend that time finishing research on games and picking out a couple to keep it company under there.

So, thanks for all the advice. 
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 12/9/11 on: December 10, 2011, 03:54:45 AM
If the kids give me any gaming time this weekend, it will either be spent finishing up Halo CE: Anniversary or Assassin's Creed 2.  Yes, I'm behind the times.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 vs PSP on: December 10, 2011, 02:53:20 AM

Quote from: Gratch on December 09, 2011, 08:14:02 PM


FF XII is one of the finest RPG's ever created, and I thoroughly enjoyed FF X as well.  Hit me up if you do get a PS2...I'd be happy to donate my FFXII to a good home.  smile  The first two Shadow Hearts games were also superb, as were the first and third Xenosaga titles, and the Baldur's Gate games were very fun hack-n-slash'ers.  There's also a ton of RPG's that I wasn't personally crazy about, but are very popular:  Dragon Quest VIII, Suikoden III & IV, the Persona/Shin Megami Tensei games, Champions of Norrath, Kingdom Hearts, Rogue Galaxy, Star Ocean, Dark Cloud 2, the .hack series...the list goes on and on.

Thanks for the list - I've used it as a starting point for researching available games.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 vs PSP on: December 09, 2011, 09:52:12 PM
Well, alrighty.  It sounds to me like the PS2 is a hands-down winner on this.  Thanks for all the input.  Time to make it happen.  Adding a memory card and spare controller to the list.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 vs PSP on: December 09, 2011, 08:24:43 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 09, 2011, 08:14:02 PM

The only reason I might lean towards the PSP is because the games might be easier to find, since many of them are available via download from the PSN store.  I imagine the only way you could get some of the PS2 titles is through E-bay, and I have no idea how crazy the prices are. 

Amazon.  I have prime, and used titles are anywhere from $0.01 up to $15, depending (and obviously not counting the occasional titles that, for whatever reason, sell for $150.)
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 vs PSP on: December 09, 2011, 06:37:42 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 09, 2011, 06:17:40 PM

If you're an RPG fan (especially JRPG), you're in a for an ridiculous amount of absolutely incredible gaming.  

I am.  Other than XIII (which I finished on the 360 last week), I haven't seen a Final Fantasy since 7.  I miss them.

Quote from: corruptrelic on December 09, 2011, 06:34:22 PM

Too bad you couldn't hold off another two months for the PSP Vita.

I saw the Vita, but it is double the price of the PSP, and much, much higher than the PS2 (which is $99 new right now.)
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS2 vs PSP on: December 09, 2011, 05:57:01 PM
Yeah, you read that title right.

Someone is going to get me a Christmas gift.  These are my two options - a PSP, or a Playstation 2 (yes, that's a '2'.)  The thing is, I haven't owned a Sony system of any sort since the PS1 toward the end of the last century.  That means that any games I get for either will be new to me.  Not only that, but they've been around long enough that used games can be had for a pittance (especially for the PS2.)  Either option would give me a gaming option when the kids take over the living room every evening for their own gaming time, which is what I'm looking for.

The PS2 would go in my bedroom, and the TV in there isn't HD anyway, so that wouldn't be a factor.  The PS1 compatibility would be nice, too.

I don't have any sort of a portable system, which would make the PSP nice, and I do have wireless, but I don't travel much.  The PSP would be used almost exclusively inside the house, mere feet from where the PS2 would be hooked up, so the portability isn't a huge deal (nice, but not huge.)

So, is there any particular reason that I should absolutely choose one over the other?

104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's time for another Xbox 360 Dashboard update- Now with entertainment lineup! on: December 07, 2011, 03:50:20 AM
I'm not liking the new Netflix interface.  For one thing, Recently Watched is gone, which is a huge pain, as I use it to get quick access to whatever series I'm watching.  The start key is no longer 'pause', but brings up the menu bar.  You can then choose pause, but it adds another step when trying to answer the door or phone, all to give easier access to fast forward, rewind, and stop, which I don't use at all. 

Also, for whatever reason, Netflix just scrambled the order of my instant queue.  Whether its related or coincidental, I dunno.
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's time for another Xbox 360 Dashboard update- Now with entertainment lineup! on: December 05, 2011, 04:13:06 PM
I'm still hoping they get around to adding Amazon video integration.  I'm a Prime customer already, so I get if for free, but never use it as the current Media Center streaming process is a pain.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 12/2/11 on: December 04, 2011, 04:05:12 AM
I finished my first Skyrim play through a few days ago (imagine that, me playing an Elder Scrolls game), and won't be starting another character until the first round of patches are patched and the first round of polished plugins comes out.  Sometime this spring, perhaps.

I just finished Final Fantasy XIII.  I didn't hate it like many did, but by the time I finished the story at 90 hours, I didn't have the oomph left to go do much of the end-game stuff.

Starting up Assassin's Creed II now.
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo - What am I missing? on: December 02, 2011, 04:46:34 PM
I enjoyed the city sections.  I found them atmospheric and immersive.  The gameplay was dull in the city, true, but to me, at least, the atmosphere and immersion can be just as compelling as exciting combat sequences.  The way it was used between the scripted, linear segments was refreshing.  It let you take a breath and take your time between the more intense segments.  I found it refreshing compared the nonstop go-go-go of the other titles.

Of course, a lot of people don't like directionless, low-intensity wandering in games.  If you don't, then ODST would likely be a chore.

One reason ODST got knocked a lot, though, was its multiplayer.  As was mentioned before, Halo is like Call of Duty - its big draw is its multiplayer.  ODST didn't really have any.  It came with free access to Halo 3's multiplayer (which fans already had), and added one new mode (firefight.)  While fun, ODST's firefight mode didn't have any matchmaking utility, which killed it.
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo - What am I missing? on: November 28, 2011, 03:18:56 PM
The Library was really, really repetitive, but when most people are remembering 'cut and paste', they're probably remembering a level called 'Assault on the Control Room'.  I did the PC version strategy guide for Gamespot.  Here are some excerpts from the guide for that level:

Quote
This level is a huge one. You will fight in a variety of environments, from wide open expanses of snow to close underground spaces to big round rooms (lots of these).

Past a short hallway is a distinctive big round room full of Covenant troops. Clear it out and continue out the far side.

Another short section of hallway leads to a big round room very much like the one on the other side of the bridge.

Here you will encounter another big round room

Inside you will findů you guessed itů another big round room. This one has a pair of Blue Elites, and you will find a pile of supplies on the ground near the exit.

You will enter another big round room full of Grunts. You know what to do. Go down the exit ramp on the far side.

The Big Round Room around the corner has a pair of Hunters in it;

When you are finished, go on through the door to the big round room (Jackals and Grunts, this time) and down the ramp into the elevator. Guess what's at the bottom? It's a big round room, this time with an Invisible Elite, Jackals, and Grunts.

Ah, and then you leave the big round rooms.  You do 343 Guilty Spark.  You do The Library.  After that, you get to turn around and backtrack through Assault on the Control Room backwards:

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Does this area look familiar? That's right; it is one of the big, round rooms you cleared out earlier. Clear it out again

The next big round room is full of Flood.

The next Big Round Room (tm) starts off with a couple of Warriors followed by Carriers.

This time, the big round room is full of Sentinels. Take them out with your assault rifle and step into the beam. Enjoy the cutscene.

I do love Halo, but that stretch, with the Library in the middle, was tedious.
109  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon Black Friday Deals Week on: November 25, 2011, 09:32:29 PM
Folks are just blindly adding everything to their cart to 'reserve' it, then deciding whether they want it or not.
110  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF a few DS games on: November 23, 2011, 05:25:49 PM
Thanks for all the offers and so forth.  What's left now I'll be getting from Amazon.
111  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF a few DS games on: November 22, 2011, 08:29:42 PM
Advance Wars acquired, still looking for the other three.
112  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / LF a few DS games on: November 18, 2011, 11:51:57 PM
The kids are each getting a 3DS for Christmas this year.  We're getting them Lego Star Wars III 3DS new, plus several regular DS titles (they haven't owned a handheld since the GBA, so they're all new to them.)  

I've been digging through reviews and am planning on buying some of these used on Amazon, but with used games, trusted folks are better than strangers.  Besides, we're working with a very, very limited budget here, and I'm hoping to save a few bucks.

Specifically, I'm looking for:

Mario Kart DS
Animal Crossing: Wild World DS
Kirby Super Star Ultra DS
Advance Wars: Dual Strike DS

I prefer everything, as they are gifts, but can live without the box if absolutely necessary.

It might be a few days before I can get payment sent (until I hit the bank and make a deposit - and the bank is a 60 mile round trip for me.) - no longer an issue.

If you check my Trader Profile you'll see I only have two recent trades, but carry a +104 from before the change to the new system.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Impressions, tweaks and more! on: November 14, 2011, 07:19:55 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 14, 2011, 06:21:52 PM

Quote from: Blackhawk on November 14, 2011, 04:43:31 PM

I'm the same way.  I bought a horse, but generally don't bother with it.  It is a pain to dismount every time I see something cool to pick up or fight, and the horse is a pain in combat.  It doesn't help when every enemy charges the horse and ignores me.  It might sound great to have an equine tank, but I have to scramble to keep him alive in each and every fight.

If the health of the horse works the same way as your companion NPCs do, it can't 'die' unless it gets hit further once it falls over (by you, as NPCs will ignore it at that point). Just watch your AoE spells and such so you don't roast it to death.

Only in theory.  I've had my horse die three times now to NPCs, my follower twice.
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Impressions, tweaks and more! on: November 14, 2011, 04:43:31 PM
I'm the same way.  I bought a horse, but generally don't bother with it.  It is a pain to dismount every time I see something cool to pick up or fight, and the horse is a pain in combat.  It doesn't help when every enemy charges the horse and ignores me.  It might sound great to have an equine tank, but I have to scramble to keep him alive in each and every fight.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo - What am I missing? on: November 14, 2011, 03:42:52 PM
Ya know, I enjoy Halo.  After reading this thread last night, I woke up this morning and sat there trying to figure out why it is that I like it so much.

Part of it is my kids.  They think it is the greatest thing ever.  Every present giving day for the past two years has involved Halo Mega Bloks sets (think Lego.)

Then I think I hit on it, why it is that it appeals to me.  Halo is like Star Wars.  It isn't complex.  The plot isn't amazing.  The characters aren't deep with complex motivations, and yet the thing still goes down smooth.  In a day and age when games either try to be dark, gritty, and shocking (and usually come off cheesy because of it) or try to stuff convoluted plots with deep moral issues into a setting that doesn't support it, it is nice, sometimes, to have a simple white hats vs black hats, save the world type game.

Of course, it helps if you've played the series from the beginning and seen the background being built up as you go.  For instance, knowing that Reach

Spoiler for Hiden:
Is doomed from the beginning, and that no Spartans are left afterwards.  It is like playing an Alamo game.

changes the feel a bit.  People who'd played the previous games knew that going in, while someone playing it first would miss that context and backstory.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo - What am I missing? on: November 14, 2011, 06:26:53 AM
While I agree that they should have more of the story in the actual game, this may help.  GameTrailers just did a four part retrospective on the series.  The first three deal with the history of the games themselves, while the fourth (linked) deals with the story (with some spoilers if that's an issue.)  It's enough to at least let you know what's going on. 
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just bought the kids 3DSs for Christmas. What else do I need? on: November 12, 2011, 05:27:11 AM

Quote from: Purge on November 12, 2011, 03:19:22 AM

Peggle Dual Shot (for your wife Tongue)

Ex-wife, so she can buy her own peggle.   slywink
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just bought the kids 3DSs for Christmas. What else do I need? on: November 11, 2011, 10:27:48 PM
One of the big pluses here is that we never owned any of the DS series systems before, so we're not limited to 3DS titles only.  The whole back library of DS games would be a huge step up for the kids who are still playing their GBAs.  I'll probably only pick up one or two actual 3DS games, then grab a bunch of used DS titles.
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just bought the kids 3DSs for Christmas. What else do I need? on: November 11, 2011, 09:44:28 PM
The title says it all - Christmas this year is going to be a pair of 3DSs for the kids, 8 and 10.  Their mother and I agreed that I'd buy the systems, and she'd buy the accessories and an initial set of games.

I haven't owned a hand held since the GBA.  What else might I need?  I know screen protectors are considered a must, and I've been looking at the Nerf armor.  What else might I need?  Extra styluses... styli... whatever?  I'm trying not to spend too much on the accessories, since that is the game budget as well.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: October 10, 2011, 06:36:45 PM

Quote from: hepcat on October 10, 2011, 05:08:02 PM

Okay, who deleted a post and brought the site down?

It was Gandalf and Yoda.  They got tired of our jackassery.
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