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2081  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher: Enhance Edition on: February 19, 2008, 10:02:46 AM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on February 19, 2008, 02:31:01 AM

Sweet, I love the support the game was given.  I was worried there were going to be no free updates...but looks like I can't read the press release that was sent to me frown Tongue

Well, he doesn't say the download will be free. It could be released at a reduced fee to current owners. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
2082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can Mistwalker Still Pay Off for Microsoft? on: February 18, 2008, 04:29:22 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 18, 2008, 07:03:23 AM

Quote from: EddieA on February 18, 2008, 06:30:06 AM

I don't get why they chose Artoon as their first partner, but teaming up with Feel Plus (made up of many of the former team who did the Shadow Hearts series) was a great idea.  I don't think they've announced who is developing their next big game, Cry On, but hopefully, they'll find a good team.

I believe Cry-On is Cavia (developer of, er, Bulletwitch). 

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Abandon ship! Every man for himself! Women and children be damned!!!!!
2083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 vs PS3 2008 console war-the *other* front on: February 18, 2008, 06:58:04 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 18, 2008, 01:38:13 AM

MS>Sony this year. 

I'll go Sony>MS, just to be the voice of dissent. With the Blu-Ray win, the rollout of Home, LittleBigPlanet, and games such as Resistance 2, FF13, Metal Gear Solid 4, White Knight Chronicles, Gran Turismo 5, Killzone 2, and Infamous, Sony has serious ammunition in its 2008 arsenal.

MS has Halo Wars (which I doubt will have nearly the same draw as Halo), Too Human, and possibly a Gears of War 2?



2084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Losing Interest in Rogue Galaxy. Worth Continuing? on: February 18, 2008, 06:22:31 AM
I'm about 15 hours into Rogue Galaxy, and I'm beginning to lose interest. As is typical of a Level 5 game, Rogue Galaxy is very streamlined, has  nice graphics for a PS2 title, and is littered with tons of extra content. The factory and insect collecting are probably two of the best implemented and enjoyable side features I've ever experienced in an RPG. But the game is starting to wear on me. Random battles seem far too frequent, the levels are convoluted and somewhat boring, and I haven't seen a villian of any lasting appeal. The game feels antiseptic.

I just finished the "mafia" planet, picked up Deego, and saw the first tablet get stolen by the Daytron Corporation.  I'm hoping the storyline picks up speed, or a better villian is introduced, otherwise I see myself giving up on Rogue Galaxy. I'd appreciate any final impressions any of you may have had on the game. Is this a slow burn RPG, or does it never really click?

It seems strange the Jeanne D'Arc, a level 5 SRPG, seems to have a far richer story and character set than their 60 hour epic RPG.
2085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360...Discontinued? on: February 16, 2008, 10:49:07 PM

Quote from: mikeg on February 16, 2008, 10:19:46 PM

I am sure it is a mistake, but honestly, it wouldn't bother me much.  Once this gen of consoles is done I am 1000% officially done with gaming.  Time to move on.  For me anyway.  I will play what comes out for these and enjoy the hell out of them most likely, but over the past 2 years my interest has waned almost to the point where 2 hours a week is all I can stand. 

Again, I see no way this could be true, but hey, MS has got to be losing a ton on these poorly designed pieces of crap and who can blame any business for bailing on something that 1) makes no money, and 2) is costing them even more in repairs?!

Mikeg, what about gaming has caused you to burn out? Maybe you just need to try different types of games, or take a small hiatus. It seems extreme to say you are done with gaming.
2086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can Mistwalker Still Pay Off for Microsoft? on: February 16, 2008, 10:23:03 PM

Quote from: warning on February 16, 2008, 04:48:29 PM

Nah you're not alone Metallicorphan.  I loved Blue Dragon too but I can completely understand why other people wouldn't.  It's a very niche-kinda game and it happened to work well for me.

I played through the first disc of Blue Dragon and definitely enjoyed it. My one regret was how damned easy the game was up to that point. With the exception of one boss battle I mowed down all of the enemies easily, and that was without any grinding whatsoever. It made all those wonderful skills useless because I never needed to use them.

I ended up getting distracted by a different game, but i plan on going back. I'm trying to decide if I should install the difficulty patch, or if that just makes the game absurdly hard. I don't want an exercise in frustration, but the combat was somewhat tedious because it was so laughably without challenge. If they could have just have found some middle ground, the game would have been significanty better

Other than that, I loved the graphics, setting, and many of the other aspects of the game.

2087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Things you never want to do again in a game on: February 16, 2008, 03:47:19 AM

Quote from: warning on February 16, 2008, 02:47:15 AM

I never want to see this in a RPG again:

Quote
...

You forgot:

"!" , "?" and "?!"

I also love how they only put about 4 words on the screen at a time, so you need to press "x" several times just to read one complete sentence, even though there is ample screen real estate to get everything on the screen at once:

"We need to flee this"
<press X>
"area or we will be"
<press X>
"overrun by the enemy hordes"
<press X>
"!"
2088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Things you never want to do again in a game on: February 16, 2008, 01:10:36 AM
-fight my way through another sewer level
-play another hero with amnesia
-fight boss battles that are ridiculously hard
-fight boss battles that take away all the weapons and skills I collected throughout the game
-play a hero with amnesia who fights his way through a sewer to reach a ridiculously hard boss battle, where the boss takes away all the weapons and skills I collected throughout the game
2089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [NPD] January Sales Figures on: February 15, 2008, 08:43:25 PM

Quote from: gellar on February 15, 2008, 08:13:58 PM

Yeah it seems PS3 buying habits are falling inline with PS2 buying habits, which is the exact opposite of the 360 market.  If I recall, PS2 releases had "long tails" meaning while they may not have gigantor first week numbers, they sell very well over the life of the console.  PS3 titles are starting to appear the same way.  This is in contrast to most 360 titles who need to have a big first week or else they are doomed.

gellar

Yeah, this definitely seems to be a trend that is shaping up. I don't recall, did the Xbox suffer from the same dramatic dives in sales after the initial week?
2090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can Mistwalker Still Pay Off for Microsoft? on: February 15, 2008, 08:15:55 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 15, 2008, 08:05:47 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on February 15, 2008, 08:01:07 PM

I think the one thing we need to remember is that JRPGs usually post small sales numbers. Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest are more the exception to the rule. Wild ARMS, Suikoden, SMT, Rogue Galaxy, Shadow Hearts, .Hack, Xenosaga, etc, all post relatively modest numbers in comparison to a very small handful of powerhouses.

That's why I think the Wii could end up being the JRPG platform of choice.  I think the increased expectation of production values is going to make it difficult to justify economically unless PS3 really takes off in both US and Japan.  360 exclusive JRPGs are just asking to lose money and I'm not sure that the 300k Japanese sales that most "successful" PS2 JRPGs got in their home country will pay for the increased budgets. 

Multiplatform might help but that brings it's own increased costs too, especially for Japanese developers who aren't necessarilly as efficient in working in a multiplatform environment (or even dealing with DirectX). 

This is also why I believe FF14 will go multi-platform, just as SquareEnix is already spreading the risk on The Last Remnant. Development costs are becoming prohibitive, especially on something as grand as a FF title. Of course, if The Last Remnant tanks on the 360...
2091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can Mistwalker Still Pay Off for Microsoft? on: February 15, 2008, 08:01:07 PM
I think the one thing we need to remember is that JRPGs usually post small sales numbers. Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest are more the exception to the rule. Wild ARMS, Suikoden, SMT, Rogue Galaxy, Shadow Hearts, .Hack, Xenosaga, etc, all post relatively modest numbers in comparison to a very small handful of powerhouses.

2092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: February 15, 2008, 07:46:20 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 15, 2008, 03:38:09 PM

 
Honestly, when I read about the dreams a few months ago, I thought that would be the death of this game for me.  Reading "short stories" in the middle of play?  No thank you.  But many of them are quite well written.  And they do such a great job of keeping them kinetic with backgrounds and sound effects and, most importantly, word movement.  It's elegant and interesting.

I had the exact same reservations when reading the previews. I like to play my games, thank you. Now that I actually have Lost Odyssey the stories are one of the game's highlights for me.
2093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can Mistwalker Still Pay Off for Microsoft? on: February 15, 2008, 07:39:31 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 15, 2008, 07:31:17 PM

I voted for Option 1.  I think their handling of Mistwalker has been extremely bungled, moreso in the US than in Japan.  I don't think they could have reasonably expected to do much better with the titles in Japan than they have. 

In addition to what you noted I would add:

1) Blue Dragon's release.  Eight months between Japan and US was way too long and, even worse, right when the software season really started picking up in late summer.  If you want people to give a 50 hour JRPG a try on a platform not normally associated with the genre, then showing it out in a 45 day window that also saw the release of Madden, Bioshock, Halo 3, etc was a very poor move.  BD should have been released in spring or early summer.


Good point. I forgot about the terrible release timing.
2094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can Mistwalker Still Pay Off for Microsoft? on: February 15, 2008, 07:37:18 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 15, 2008, 07:31:17 PM

I voted for Option 1.  I think their handling of Mistwalker has been extremely bungled, moreso in the US than in Japan.  I don't think they could have reasonably expected to do much better with the titles in Japan than they have. 

In addition to what you noted I would add:

Barring strong sales in the US for LO, I don't see MS gaining anything from Mistwalker anymore and vice versa.  The Japanese market is pretty much dead to them and the US 360 market seems to be sending the message to JRPG creators that they aren't interested. 

At this point, I think Mistwalker would be better paring up with Sony and working on some PS3 JRPGs. 

So Kevin, do you think Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest would sell poorly on the 360 if it was released either as an exclusive or simultaneously with the PS3? If you believe even FF would have a poor showing, then I agree that the 360 is dead to JRPGs. However, if you think sales would be strong, then maybe it is a good idea to try and recreate that "lightning-in-a-bottle" via Mistwalker. How many FF titles did it take before North America really backed the series? 3 or 4?
2095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [NPD] January Sales Figures on: February 15, 2008, 07:29:22 PM

Quote from: Farscry on February 15, 2008, 07:03:57 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 15, 2008, 06:49:29 PM

Quote from: ATB on February 15, 2008, 06:17:33 PM

Do you think the PS3 ourselling the 360 had anything to do with the 1st party or 3rd party exclusives?  It definitely did not.

Do you think that 360 outselling the PS3 last year had anything to do with 1st party or 3rd party exclusives?

What PS3 exclusives showed up in January or the last week of December to boost sales?

Its rare that one title will completely change the hardware sales trend of a console for any prolonged period of time. However, multiple exclusives have a cumulative effect. You can already see it on various forums. In the beginning everyone was trumpeting how the PS3 had absolutely no good software. Not one good exclusive that couldn't be purchased on a 360 with the exception of Resistance. The release of Ratchet and Clank, Uncharted, and Heavenly Sword , all three of which are exclusives, has started to muffle that grumbling. Further exclusives will help shift that balance even further.
2096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Can Mistwalker Still Pay Off for Microsoft? on: February 15, 2008, 07:09:41 PM
Mistwalker has released their two flagship titles into the 360 marketplace, and I think its safe to say that sales are less than expected. While Blue Dragon caused a massive temporary sales bump in Japan, hardware sales quickly declined once again. Lost Odyssey pushed out even less hardware in Japan, but this is arguably because those interested in a 360 and JRPGs grabbed one when Blue Dragon appeared on the market. In The United States Blue dragon was practically stillborn, but Lost Odyssey may yet have hope.

From what I've read, MS funneled a fair amount of time, money and effort into the Mistwalker initiative. In your own opinion, was it worth it?

I believe Microsoft fumbled the ball on a few counts. First, they released a horrible demo of Blue Dragon. There were so many other locations and narrative spots where they could have highlighted the strengths of the title, but instead they picked an area that was lukewarm at best. With Lost Odyssey they didn't make that mistake, but they failed to advertise/push home the Final Fantasy lineage of the game. Also, the marketing initiative behind both titles was substandard, although I would definitely say that they started moving in the right direction with Lost Odyssey's commercials.

Mistwalker  dropped the ball on the design of Blue Dragon because it was too damned easy, and it started off at such a lethargic pace. They really should have done a better job front-loading some of the more interesting aspects of the game. As it stands, many people lost interest before the game blossomed in the later discs. Lost Odyssey, on the other hand, comes close to the quality North American gamers expect in a Final Fantsy title.

Personally, I still believe Mistwalker can be a vital beachhead for MS into diversifying the Xbox 360's landscape. Both of these titles were very solid efforts, and it shows that Mistwalker can be a true powerhouse with a little more experience, and perhaps some better outsourcing. I still think it would be in Microsoft's best interests to be the exclusive console of Mistwalker's flagship titles. Allow them to still stretch their wings with smaller games on a non-competing format such as the DS, but anything on a home console should have an MS label. In short, Mistwalker is the best possible counter MS has to SquareEnix.
2097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [NPD] January Sales Figures on: February 15, 2008, 06:28:29 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on February 15, 2008, 06:19:59 PM

Quote from: ATB on February 15, 2008, 06:17:33 PM

Do you think the PS3 ourselling the 360 had anything to do with the 1st party or 3rd party exclusives?  It definitely did not.


I think it was Blu-Ray.

If I get a BR player, you can be sure it'll also be a PS3, so that I can also play the exclusive games on it.

 icon_lol
2098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [NPD] January Sales Figures on: February 15, 2008, 06:03:55 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on February 15, 2008, 02:43:56 PM

Ok so one game was by them the rest of the big hits that pushed them to number #1, at least int he US, they had nothing to do with. My point is still proven. You don't need to be a huge 1st party to succeed. Nintendo is arguably the biggest first party company and they got their butts kicked for two generations by Sony.

Nintendo got their butts kicked because they didn't follow Sony's model of having a strong internal team coupled with strong exclusive 3rd party support. The combination is what made Sony such a beast, and MS only has one side of the equation. And Sony's publishing strategy had alot to do with their own success. You've obviously spent no time looking into them. Gran Turismo 3 sold 15 million copies (basically tying GTA) and the entire series has sold over 30 million copies, The SOCOM series sold over 4 million copies, God of War series sold over 4 million copies, The Twisted Metal series over 3 million copies, Hot Shots Golf series sold over 2 million copies, etc.

Basically Sony exclusively published and/or developed (bold=over 1 million in sales):

The SOCOM series
The Syphon Filter series
God of War Series
Sly Cooper Series

Wipeout
Hot Shots Golf Series
Rogue Galaxy
Gran Turismo
Twisted Metal series
The Ratchet and Clank series
The Jak and Daxter series

Ico
Shadow of the Colossus

The 989 Sports line which included:
NCAA GameBreaker 2001
NFL GameDay 2001
NBA ShootOut 2001
Cool Boarders 2001
NCAA Final Four 2001
NCAA GameBreaker 2001
NCAA Final Four 2001
NHL FaceOff 2001
NBA ShootOut 2001
MLB 2002
NFL GameDay 2002
NBA ShootOut 2002
NCAA Final Four 2002
MLB 2003
NFL GameDay 2003
NCAA GameBreaker 2003
NHL FaceOff 2003
NBA ShootOut 2003
NCAA Final Four 2003
MLB 2004
NFL GameDay 2004
NCAA GameBreaker 2004
NBA ShootOut 2004
NCAA Final Four 2004
MLB 2005
NFL GameDay 2005
MLB 2006
Gretzky NHL
NHL FaceOff 2005
NBA 06
Gretzky NHL 06
MLB '06: The Show

and the list goes on, but I'm too lazy to continue...


Now with the Playstation 3 Sony has definite exclusive rights to the next Uncharted  (They own Naughty Dog, the makers of the Jak series and Uncharted), The next SOCOM (They own Zipper), Warhawk (They own Incognito), The Motostorm 2 (They own Evolution Studios), The next God of War (They own Sony Santa Monica), Hot Shots Golf (They own Clap Hanz), Killzone 2 (They own Guerilla) and the newest Gran Turismo (They own Polyphony)

And don't forget that they have exclusives wrapped up in titles such as White Knight Chronicles, Final Fantasy 13, Metal Gear Solid 4, and Resistance 2.

Put another way, if Sony and MS see 3rd party publishers spread 90% of their titles across BOTH consoles, the number one differentiating factor becomes that exclusive 10% they have under contract, and any internal development. MS doesn't have the development infrastructure that Sony maintains, nor do they have the strong relationship with Japanese publishers that Sony holds. That's why the 360 needed to sprint out the door before Sony development could be brought fully online.
2099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [NPD] January Sales Figures on: February 15, 2008, 07:39:31 AM
I've been droning on about how MS will end up in third place this generation because they've failed to build a strong set of internal development houses, and I think 2008 will be the year things finally begin to disintegrate for MS. They just can't seem to get their act together. The had a chance to lock up exclusives for games like Crackdown 2 and Saint's Row 2, but they failed to move. Bungie is now independent. Bioware was purchased by EA. Bizarre Creations is now owned by Activision. FASA is lost.

Nintendo and Sony are leviathans when it comes to first party software, and Sony has a larger percentage of the heavy-hitting 3rd party software in their corner. MS seems to just stumble along, throwing money at projects like the Zune and a Yahoo acquisition, instead of focusing on the Xbox. Imagine what type of studios and exclusives MS could purchase with even a quarter of the money they are willing to throw at yahoo. The could practically buy their way into first place and insure a strong start for the next-gen Xbox.
2100  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Which of these HDTVs Would You Choose? on: February 14, 2008, 05:32:32 PM
And the winner is:

The Samsung LNT4665F. The Sharp and Samsung seemed to give almost identical image quality, so I decided to go with the Samsung for three reasons:

1) I prefer the styling of the Samsung slightly over the Sharp.
2) The AVS forums have reported rather noticeable banding issues with the Sharp 2007 line. The Samsung is sold directly through Amazon instead of a 3rd party. I don't want any issues if I need to return the set.
3) 15,000:1 contrast and slightly better off-center viewing


So while the Panasonic 50 inch is my favorite, I simply cannot justify the $500 price escalation in my current situation. Plus the Panny consumes significanly more energy, so in the long run the Samsung is much less expensive. Hopefully I made the right decision. As someone else here pointed out, each of these sets is a great TV. Thanks for all your help, everyone! I appreciate your time!
2101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: February 14, 2008, 05:01:29 PM
JuniorDan:

I think you should put spoiler tags around your description of the stories and how they end. I know you tried to be vague, but it still gives away too much. Its similar to telling someone who is about to see Empire Strikes Back for the first time "I still can't believe the good guys lost."  Yeah, you didn't give away any detail but....



BTW, I agree with you on the early combat. I was really worried about the lack of differentiation among the enemies. Luckily the variation seems to be getting better.
2102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: February 14, 2008, 05:22:32 AM
Way, way better than Blue Dragon. Fans of Final Fantasy will definitely enjoy Lost Odyssey.

As others have stated, the Thousand Year Dream stories are wonderfully translated. They are a definite highlight of the game, and I'm surprised to  see how much I'm looking forward to each new discovery.
2103  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Which of these HDTVs Would You Choose? on: February 14, 2008, 12:18:23 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 14, 2008, 12:09:42 AM

(written before your last post)

Don't get the 42".  If you're already eyeing 46 and 50" sets, I don't see how you could get a 42" and not get TV envy every time you came across a bigger set.  I don't think there's any way you're going to be disappointed with the way the "lesser" LCD sets look.  IMO the "if you like CRT you'll like plasma" is gibberish to get you to spend more money.

Go with the 46" Aquos or Samsung.  They were my two finalists and in the end I liked the Samsung best.

Thanks for your help, wonderpug.
2104  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Which of these HDTVs Would You Choose? on: February 14, 2008, 12:05:11 AM
Made another visit to a local Best Buy. The store associate there was very informed and an AVS forum junkie. He was also kind enough to rearrange one of their viewing rooms to match the exact measurements of my loft. As if to mock me, the viewing room was originally laid out with the exact Panasonic 50" I've been drooling over. That set is definitely the largest size I would go with in a room of my size. So now I knew my top end was 50".  He then grabbed a 42" TV and hooked it up. The 42" is definitely a nice size, but it is on the very edge of what I'd consider acceptable. Based upon that, he recommended moving up to a 46" set since most customers eventually suffer from "size remorse".

So now the Panasonic 42" plasma is definitely out. And if I'm going to be fiscally responsible, (I just bought a home and my better half just had surgery) I should take the Panasonic 50" off my list. I can get either a 46" Sharp or Samsung LCD and save roughly $600 over the 50" Plasma.

So I'm now down to the Samsung or Sharp. Among Samsungs, at the moment I'm leaning toward the Samsung LNT4665F over the LNT4661F. I really prefer the look of the 65F over the 61F. The Sharp would still be the Aquos LC46D62U.

OR I could wait and see if the Panasonic  50" drops in price again... but I really doubt that will happen before they are out of the retail chain.  retard

So, what option would you take:

A) 46" Samsung with an 8ms response time and a 15000:1 contrast ratio.
B) 46" Sharp Aquos with a 4ms response time, "finemotion" (a feature that mimics 120Hz) but only 10000:1 contrast.
C) Pray that the set of my dreams drops in price again by at least ~$300-400. (knowing that it is already being phased out of the marketplace)

2105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Professor Layton and the Curious Village Impressions on: February 13, 2008, 10:05:42 PM

Quote from: kathode on February 13, 2008, 08:18:53 PM

Today's Penny Arcade is pretty funny and relevant.  I'll only link it because it contains quite a bit of NSFW language.

http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/02/13

That Penny Arcade was brilliant. And Kathode, damn your company for canceling a PSP version of Oblivion.  I'm holding you personally responsible for no good reason whatsoever. mad
2106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: *Spits out drink* Bioware working on new KotOR!!!! on: February 13, 2008, 10:02:51 PM
Why isn't Sonic or Jade Empire on that analyst's list.
2107  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Which of these HDTVs Would You Choose? on: February 13, 2008, 09:49:19 PM
Update:

Well, The Sony is out. I just don't like the overall appearance of the TV after seeing it in the stores. And of the 3 units I saw, 1 had clouding.

By far my favorite TV is still the Panasonic 700u, but I can't shake the feeling that I'll regret a 42" TV a year or so from now. The fact that the Best Buy rep said the #1 reason for buyer's remorse was "choosing a set that was too small" didn't exactly give me a warm, fuzzy feeling. The 50" Panny plasma would be my next choice, but my fiancee just went in for a surprise surgery yesterday, and that extra $1000 for the 50" would probably be better spent on her deductible.  crybaby  Grabbing a 46" Sharp Aqous or Samsung seems like a good middle ground. I'm just absolutely frozen on if I should choose a smaller TV with a visibly better picture, or a larger TV that still has excellent picture overall, but is not quite as good as the Panasonic.

Also, I just learned from the associates at Best Buy and Circuit City that the Panasonic 700 series is now on clearance across the country, so supplies may be drying up soon. They already dropped the price from $3500 to $2799, and said they could price match down to $2199. (Apparently a nearby store is also clearing them out.)

A new question to all of you. For gaming, am I better off going with the Plasma or LCD? I do know that burn-in is really no longer an issue on plasmas, and I never game for more than ~90 minutes at a time anyway. Also, the Samsung has an 8ms response time, while the Sharp has a 4ms response time. Would this difference noticeably reduce pixelation or blurring? The reps at Best Buy and Circuit City both stated that if I'm used to a CRT HDTVs visuals, I would find the Plasma a better fit over an LCD.  Is that gibberish, or an actual valid point?

<whew!> Good grief! I miss the days when a TV was just a TV.






2108  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Which of these HDTVs Would You Choose? on: February 13, 2008, 01:42:30 AM

Quote from: Purge on February 13, 2008, 01:09:27 AM

That being said, all the Sony LCD's are made by Samsung, so you could save yourself some money by going with the cheaper Samsung.

Is that true? Even the XBR LCDs?  I knew Samsung was now producing the Sony PSP screens, but I didn't realize Samsung was making their LCD TVs. I do remember a joint venture they planned in the past, but I never kept up to see if it was implemented.
2109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: February 12, 2008, 11:13:00 PM

Quote from: EddieA on February 12, 2008, 10:49:07 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on February 12, 2008, 08:38:07 PM

Based upon the trailer you linked to, I think the better question would be is the combat that damned easy? The enemy did 0-1 point of damage, and your party was doing 500-1000 points of damage. Why bother allowing battles that one-sided to even exist?

I'm assuming they took a high-level party into an early dungeon for some reason.  Everything I've heard about the game says it is on the difficult side, and each area has a level cap.



Just as long as it isn't Blue Dragon easy. That was ridiculous. And then with the patch they went completely in the opposite direction.
2110  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Which of these HDTVs Would You Choose? on: February 12, 2008, 10:50:24 PM

Quote from: DrJones on February 12, 2008, 10:38:28 PM

Do you notice reflections on your current Sony CRT?  Is this your model: KD-30XS955?

Yes and Yes. Until we put up drapes the TV was unwatchable for about 5 daylight hours due to glare. It really is like a Rolls Royce of the CRT generation. But, yeah, daytime viewing could sometimes be...problematic
2111  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Which of these HDTVs Would You Choose? on: February 12, 2008, 10:08:46 PM

Quote from: DrJones on February 12, 2008, 09:19:34 PM

Depends on what you are watching and your lighting in the room.  I currently have the 50" Panny you are looking at.  It has an awesome picture for movies and sporting events.  You can see reflections if you have alot of light in the room. In a darkened room it is like looking through a window for HD content. 

Well, the room has ceiling can lights on a dimmer switch. The room also has two large windows covered by blinds and drapes, but they are tan so morning and afternoon light does filter into the room. The windows are to the side of the TV.

I think part of my problem with the glassy surface is movement. What I mean by this is that when my girlfriend and I are relaxing and stationary, I don't seem to have a problem with reflections. But when she starts to move it pulls me out of the movie and my eyes are drawn to the reflection in the glass. I'm not really explaining this well, but hopefully you understand what I mean. The problem is that the Panasonic outshines the other TVs. I've seen and compared them at Best Buy and Barretts, and it both cases it was apparent that the Panasonic was best in class.

I'm just really, really concerned about how I would react to the glossy finish on the Panny in the long term.

Your comment about the "off-axis" viewing is interesting. Unlike my friends who sit directly in front of their televisions, I tend to sit at an angle, resting against the side of the couch. If optimal viewing is perpendicular to the set, I sit about 20% from perpendicular. Probably doesn't mean much since that isn't a drastic angle, but I though that was an interesting point.

In terms of what the TV will be used for in order of usage:

1) anime
2) PS3/Xbox360
3) movies
4) sports (usually just football or UFC)

I really don't watch much cable television.
2112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: February 12, 2008, 08:38:07 PM

Quote from: depward on February 12, 2008, 06:56:49 PM

Question:

Here's a video of a part of LO - don't worry, no spoilers here, just a 10 minute gameplay vid from the middle of the game:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWcZpqrT7sY

My question is - is the loading time this bad?  If you watch the video, the battle "starts" at 0:11 in and the individual isn't able to actually select any battle commands until 0:36 in... which makes it 25 seconds.  I'm guessing you're able to just mash the "A" button through some of these sequences, right?  Also, this random battle essentially ends around the 2:15 mark... is this the amount of time spent, on average, for a random battle for LO?


Based upon the trailer you linked to, I think the better question would be is the combat that damned easy? The enemy did 0-1 point of damage, and your party was doing 500-1000 points of damage. Why bother allowing battles that one-sided to even exist?
2113  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Which of these HDTVs Would You Choose? on: February 12, 2008, 08:25:54 PM


The 14x12 room is our upstairs loft, which acts as out entertainment area. The couch is ~8-9 feet from the entertainment center. It currently holds a fantastic 30" Sony WEGA Superfine Pitch CRT HDTV that is definitely too small.  smile  We'll move this TV to the basement.
 
2114  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Which of these HDTVs Would You Choose? on: February 12, 2008, 08:13:34 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on February 12, 2008, 07:13:34 PM

For what it's worth, I got a Sony Bravia 52" W3000 LCD about 3 or 4 months ago and I don't have the clouding issue that has been reported on the AVS forums. Stunningly beautiful TV too.

My local Circuit City is clearing out the Sony Bravia XBR KDL-52XBR4 52" 1080p LCD HDTV for $2450. This is an amazing price since the cheapest I've seen it on Amazon is $3000. Unfortunately, it is out of my price range, especially when factoring in taxes.
2115  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Which of these HDTVs Would You Choose? on: February 12, 2008, 08:08:48 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 12, 2008, 07:03:08 PM

Any reason you're throwing two different sizes into the mix?  The Samsung 65f has a 52" version that's cheaper on Amazon than the 50" Panasonic.

I really love Panasonic TVs. They are about the only company I'll pay a premium to own. And unfortunately their sets jump from 42" to 50". Honestly, the 42" Panasonic 700u seems perfect for me, but my friends and several of the people at AVS are adamant that I'll regret buying a TV that small.
2116  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Which of these HDTVs Would You Choose? on: February 12, 2008, 06:36:07 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 12, 2008, 06:27:07 PM

I looked at all four of those lines, did my time looking through the AVS forums, looked at all the reviews, looked at the sets in person.

The Samsung was for me.  Got it a few months ago and love it.  Phenomenal picture quality.

I got the 4665f instead of the 4661f, but they're practically identical.

Yeah, the 4665f seems to have a few more calibration options, better contrast, and a glossier screen. I really can't make up my mind on the glossy screen, which is why I'm still on the fence with the Panasonic. I love Panasonic build quality and picture performance, but I'm concerned about its glass-like screen.
That and a $500 premium to jump from 46 to 50 inches.
2117  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Which of these HDTVs Would You Choose? (and the winner is...) on: February 12, 2008, 06:22:39 PM
I'm looking for a new HDTV, and have selected the following sets as the finalists. I would appreciate any feedback on what company or set you would vote on as the winner. The set will be in a room that is 14x12. Feel free to chime in on a set I may have overlooked.

1) Sony KDL-46V2500 46" Bravia V-Series 1080p LCD HDTV
Price: $1550
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-KDL-46V2500-Bravia-1080p-HDTV/dp/B000HGSL4E/ref=pd_bbs_sr_4?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1202835399&sr=8-4

2) Sharp Aquos LC46D62U 46" 1080p LCD HDTV
Price: $1450

http://www.amazon.com/Sharp-Aquos-LC46D62U-1080p-HDTV/dp/B000HKHLPA/ref=pd_bbs_sr_3?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1202835399&sr=8-3

3) Samsung LNT4661F 46" 1080p LCD HDTV
Price: $1625

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-LNT4661F-1080p-LCD-HDTV/dp/B000N50S5Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1202836935&sr=1-1

4) Panasonic TH-50PZ700U 50" 1080p Plasma HDTV
Price: $2175
http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-TH-50PZ700U-1080p-Plasma-HDTV/dp/B000QDBYII/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1202837240&sr=1-2

A few notes: 
1) I have no preference over Plasma or LCD. The Panasonic I chose is a 50", but I don't know if that is worth the $500 price premium over a 46" set. Unfortunately, the next step down for Panasonic is a 42" set and that seems slightly too small. My one concern is the how glossy the screen is on the Panasonic. It is almost identical to the shine you see on a PSP. Without a doubt, however, the Panasonic has the best picture.

2) The Sony Bravia looks very nice, but Sony has had huge problems with clouding on their recent sets. The AVS forums are rampant with people reporting the problem on the V series, W series and XBR series. Also, my current Sony HDTV needed repair after 60 days, so I'm slightly concerned about their recent build quality.

2) The Sharp set looked beautiful, but there are reports of "banding" on many Aquos sets. Also, Sharp has always been a second tier company to me, even though people rave about their screen quality. I've never owned any of their products, so I have no personal background on them at all.

3) Samsung seems to have beautiful screens, but I've seen many reports of substandard build quality and horrible customer service. My friend says "They have the look of a Lexus and the build quality of a Ford."  Of course, he had two sets go out on him, so he might be somewhat...skewed.

Thanks for any suggestions!
2118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/11) on: February 11, 2008, 01:59:45 PM
Lost Odyssey- I'm placing my vote for more JRPGs on the Xbox 360.
RPG Maker XV- I'm considering this "game". It actually looks very cool and reminds me of my old favorites such as Suikoden 2 and the earlier Final Fantasy games. I've always wanted to build my own RPG.
2119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My home will never be the same on: February 04, 2008, 12:52:13 AM

Quote from: gellar on February 02, 2008, 06:57:10 PM


I am f'ing terrified.  My place is not remotely close to childproof and there are a LARGE NUMBER OF NICE THINGS that can easily be broken by a four foot tall terror.  This is not good.

gellar

I feel your pain. I'm having a home built and I'm somewhat anal about keeping MY things in like new condition. Plus I have tons of expensive items. (HDTV, PS3, Xbox360, etc.) My fiancee wants to invite her family over when the house is built. She is Mexican and her two brothers and three sisters have 14 ^%$#%$ children.  Half of them are absolute terrors that run around like little demons.

When a few of them came to visit us at the townhome we are renting, the night ended with fingerprints on my HDTV screen and the blinds on three windows severely bent. I almost went into a blind rage. I'll be twice as bad with a home I actually own.

Seriously, I think there is going to be a big blowout over this issue when the home is finished.
2120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone here actually complete Indigo Prophecy? on: February 04, 2008, 12:41:20 AM
I tried so hard to get into the game, but it never really caught on with me. The black detective was too much of a stereotype, the female detective's bout with claustrophobia was ridiculous, and the lead character had almost no charisma.
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