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2201  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I want to play through all the major PSX RPG's on: March 12, 2007, 12:39:28 PM
I'm interested in reading your reaction to Suikoden II. Three of my friends consider it to be the best RPG of all time.
2202  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Silverfall Impressions on: March 11, 2007, 08:19:15 AM

Quote from: EddieA on March 10, 2007, 09:20:37 PM

It looks like a lot of fun, but I am getting very poor performance from the demo.  It does not seem to be a video problem, as the game will occasionally be perfectly smooth.  However, most of the time, the game is thrashing the hard drive, leading to a lot of chugging and jerkiness.  My computer runs pretty much everything at high detail with no problems, so I am hoping there is a solution to this.

I had the exact same problem. My WD Raptor drive was growling and spitting during the demo. My framerate sometimes dropped into single digits due to all the HD chugging. The game hinted at greatness, but it kept stuttering so I gave up on it. I was frustrated to see that I could run Oblivion like butter, but Silverfall couldn't inch past 1024x786.

Kobra, how do you think my specs would hold up in the final release:

AMD 3700+
2 Geforce 7800 GT OC 256mb x2 (SLI config)
1 GB Crucial Ballistix RAM
WD Raptor HD 10,000RPM
2203  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Portable or Console- Which is Your Bigger Timesink? on: March 11, 2007, 12:45:49 AM

Quote from: Canuck on March 11, 2007, 12:41:55 AM

I'm currently playing exactly 0 games for my DS/PSP and 0 games for my PS2.  And it's been that way for a good two months now. I just ordered Pirates for the PSP so that should get some playtime as soon as it arrives.

Pirates on the PSP is an excellent port. It exceeds the xbox version in every way.
2204  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gah! I Just Turned on My PSP and... on: March 10, 2007, 11:57:11 PM
Apparently the 1 year warranty doesn't cover dead, light, or dark pixels on the LCD.   thumbsdown
2205  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Portable or Console- Which is Your Bigger Timesink? on: March 10, 2007, 08:34:34 PM
At times I really wish their was NOT so much good content across all this hardware. Or I wish there weren't so many choices in gaming devices.  I own an Xbox, PS2, Gamecube, Xbox 360, PSP and DS. Later this year I'm certain I'll get a Wii and PS3. Even though the Gamecube and xbox don't have many good releases at this stage, that still leaves me with six devices tugging at my wallet.

In terms of use:

1) PSP
2) DS
3) Xbox 360
-PC- (until I upgrade, then probably back to #1)
4) PS2
5) Xbox
6) Gamecube
2206  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gah! I Just Turned on My PSP and... on: March 10, 2007, 04:33:49 PM
...EIGHT pixels are dead, scattered across the screen. It figures that I just posted a topic about my love for the PSP and now it bites me in the ass!

I know the hardware has a year warranty, but are dead pixels covered under that? Also, has anyone here actually turned in a PSP for rework? I'm hoping they aren't like the tag team of gorillas and barbarians over in the Xbox 360 refurbishing department. 
2207  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Portable or Console- Which is Your Bigger Timesink? on: March 10, 2007, 04:24:50 PM
So for those of you who own portable gaming units and home consoles, which gets more of your gaming time? In the past it has always been consoles for me, but recently I've probably spent twice as much time on my DS and PSP.  With the release of fantastic games like Hotel Dusk, Super Robot Taisen, Metal Gear: Portable Ops, and several other key titles, these little pieces of hardware are constantly with me.

Even though the PSP doesn't get much attantion, it is currently my hardware of choice. The release of Pirates!, Portable Ops, Ratchet and Clank, Killzone:Liberation, Jewel Summoner and Daxter have given me a great library of titles to complete. I'm also looking at importing Dai Senryaku Portable from Play Asia.  The xbox version of Dai Senryaku VII is one of my favorite games from that console, and I've seen no news of a US release for this little PSP gem from Japan.
2208  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Willing to Pay to *Borrow* GTA:LCS for PSP on: March 10, 2007, 01:38:27 PM

If my buddy still has it, I'm certain I can get it to you for free. All that I ask is you pay the return shipping. He'll be back in town on Monday morning, so I can ask him then.
2209  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: blue dragon-august release on: March 07, 2007, 11:19:36 PM
I'm with Kevin on this one.

I'm disappointed in how this year is turning out for the 360. Late last year it looked like Crackdown and Lost Planet would be incredible, and Bioshock, Mass Effect, and Blue Dragon would all be out by summer. Instead, Lost Planet turned out to be average, Crackdown was good, but didn't live up to the hype, and Bioshock and Blue Dragon are coming out much later than expected. Culdcept Saga is also a buggy mess that apparently isn't getting nearly the rework needed for its North American debut. (The Japanese release was filled with an atrocious number of bugs.)

Good for my wallet, but bad for a system that needs to take advantage of the current PS3 library weakness. Even Eternal Sonata, which looks to be an incredible niche RPG, has disappeared from the Gamestop website after having been tentatively scheduled for May.

Eternal Sonata:
2210  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PSP- Is Lord of the Ring Tactics Worth $15? on: March 07, 2007, 05:35:31 PM
I've finished the Metal Gear Acids, Super Robot Taisen, and just about every other tactics/SRPG that has caught my attention. The one holdout has been LotR tactics for the PSP. Reviewers seem to be very hot/cold on the game, so I've been hesitant to pull the trigger. Would any of you suggest it as a purchase for $15?
2211  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Media Create #'s for 2-19 through 2-25 on: March 02, 2007, 11:57:38 PM
Jeez...the Wii outsold the PS3, PS2 and xbox 360 double.  Nintendo must have sold its soul to the devil, because the hardware and software lineup just doesn't justify these numbers.
2212  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: April EGM Scores and Rumors on: March 02, 2007, 11:54:43 PM
I'm hoping Armored Core is better than the reviews are claiming it to be. Every single review I've read has blasted the game, but people on various forums who have played the demo have been posting that it is a very solid game. 

I'm not sure which way to go on this one, and unfortunately I can't grab the demo to decide for myself.
2213  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] Marvel Trading Card Game - 60 minute shakedown... on: March 01, 2007, 10:41:48 PM
Dreamshadow, how is the overall graphics presentation? Is it washed out and slightly muddy like Warhammer?  I enjoyed Warhammer, but the overall presentation was very amatuerish and cheap.  Also, is there a way to SLOW DOWN the scrolling of the text. In the gamespot video some of that storyline text was flying across the screen incredibly fast. I was wondering if it really moves that swiftly, or if they were just bypassing it in the video.

From one forum I got the impression that the cards online are already in the actual game, so there is no need to buy extra decks unless you want to skip the long storyline. Is this true, or is the game actually gimped?

2214  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: MASSIVE Best Buy Clearance - $1.99 games! on: February 28, 2007, 04:12:38 AM
I snagged 1 copy of each:

Moto GP 2006 (360)
Valkyrie Profile Lenneth (PSP)
Monster Hunter Freedom (PSP)
Onimusha Dawn of Dreams (PS2)
Oblivion CE (360)

There were a few more I wanted, but two Ebay vultures were literally throwing EVERY game in their cart. They either thought all the titles were on sale, or they were filling up the carts to take them to some corner of the store so they could sort through things at their leisure.
2215  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft's new strageties (and they love Nintendo, too!) on: February 26, 2007, 11:35:41 PM
Microsoft's main problem is that they lack any real heavyweight first party gaming franchises outside of Halo. They really need to nurture Fable, maintain Halo, and create a few other games that can become franchises- preferably one or two geared toward a younger audience.

Sony and Nintendo are in a position to hammer MS with their internal exclusive content, especially since third parties are increasingly going multi-console to dilute their risk and increase their profit potential.
2216  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Absolutely Hilarious Video mocking Sony on: February 24, 2007, 03:40:04 PM

Instead of constantly focusing on Sony, I think the question everyone should be asking is "Why isn't Microsoft doing better?"  It has the best online service, the largest and most diverse gaming library, and a substantial number of solid titles in the pipeline. Despite all this it is getting crushed in Japan, performing lukewarm in Europe, and remains strong only in North America.

I still foresee the Wii dropping like a rock in 2 years, and Sony cleaning house once their first party software starts rolling out in full force. Once the marketplace truly acclimates to high-def television and next-gen graphics, the Wii will look prehistoric.

My crystal ball says this generation will end up:

1) Sony
2) Nintendo
3) MS (due to no respect or love from Japan)
2217  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jan Sales Numbers - Wii Wins! on: February 22, 2007, 02:09:39 PM
Kevin Grey wrote:
GoW and Vegas I'm not too sure about- Gears should definitely be over 2 million sold now.

<edit>Gears of War broke 2 million on December 15th. It recently passed the three million mark.
2218  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 11/06) on: February 20, 2007, 01:42:36 PM
+1 to Gratch for a smooth trade.
2219  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War Climbs the Ranks of ATB's Top 10 Games of All Time on: February 14, 2007, 06:52:50 AM
Until ATB posts his Top 10 Games of All Time list for review, I refuse to give his opinion any credibility.
2220  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Moisturizer? on: February 12, 2007, 04:58:20 PM
Moisturel for the win. More expensive, but well worth the price.
2221  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 12/Feb/07 on: February 12, 2007, 04:06:08 PM
I put several hours into Romance of the Three Kingdoms 11.  There are still many areas for me to test, but I think this may be the best game in the series yet. I love the new cell shaded look, the AI seems better than the last two installments, and it definitely has a much more user-friendly interface. They've taken away some of the RPG elements and moved the game back toward its strategy roots, but interaction with officers still plays a central role in the core gameplay.

I also spent more time with Hotel Dusk. This is just a fabulous game that I'm glad I gave a chance. The first hour didn't grab me, but since then it has improved in almost every way.
2222  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ar Tonelico, the latest RPG by Gust - A few thoughts on: February 11, 2007, 06:56:42 PM
Any more comments about this game? I'm on the fence about the purchase, and would appreciate more imput from anyone playing it.
2223  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So if I got a PSP, what do I need on: February 11, 2007, 03:37:54 AM
Absolutely grab the Logitech protective case. That investment has saved me more than once.

In terms of RPGs:

Valkyrie Profile Lenneth
Tales of Eternia
Jewel Summoner (Next week)

Both Metal Gear Acid games are awesome, and you definitely cannot go wrong with Pirates!
2224  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ar Tonelico, the latest RPG by Gust - A few thoughts on: February 09, 2007, 02:02:16 PM
My concern is that the major gaming sites are saying the combat is far too easy. Invariably this means the game will get boring rather quickly. And as Gamespot mentioned, what value is there in creating a complex alchemy system if you never really have a need for better weapons?

From Gamespot:

While your reyvateil is singing her song her magic power is drained, and when she has no more power she'll automatically cast the spell. You can interrupt the song at any point to activate the spell, but the longer you let a spell charge the more powerful it will be. As a result you'll spend most battles just biding your time as your magic charges up, and then unleashing a superpowered spell to wipe out all of your enemies in one swift blow. The songs are all ridiculously overpowered, so there's very little challenge to be found, even in the boss battles. It also takes a long time to resolve each battle, because you end up having to wait forever for your magic to charge up while your other characters use their meager attacks to pick away at enemies and bide time.

There are more than 300 different items to create in the game, but because there's so little challenge to the game you'll rarely find yourself in need of any items at all. Sure, it might be nice to have a bit stronger sword than the one you currently have, but with your magic taking care of all of your enemies there's no reason to even bother making a new weapon, and it's certainly not worth the time you'll spend running around collecting the required ingredients.

2225  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good XBox games I might have missed (and are BC) on: February 08, 2007, 01:36:36 PM
2226  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking for Yggdra Union [GBA] on: February 08, 2007, 02:29:15 AM
FYI, the game has been reduced to $19.99 at Gamestop. I don't think it is YMMV because both stores by my house had them tagged for that price.
2227  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Is Armored Core 4 worth any hype? on: February 08, 2007, 02:20:31 AM
From what I've read:

+beautifully textured mechs
+superb customization capabilities
+solid AI

-environments are spartan and lack complex textures
-environments are "boxed in" and claustrophobic
-boring, repetative mission design
2228  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Romance of the Three Kingdoms AND Suikoden Questions on: February 05, 2007, 10:17:27 PM
Suikoden, in order or greatness:

Suikoden 2
Suikoden 5
Suikoden 3
Suikoden 4

Suikoden 4 is quite horrible. Suikoden 3 and 5 change spots on the list depending upon which gamer you ask. There is nothing frustrating about the Suikoden games in terms of combat. You can usually turn on auto-resolve through most of the battles.
2229  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: F/S: BFME2, Knights of the Nine (Oblivion expansion), TLJ on: February 04, 2007, 06:04:23 PM
Message sent for KotN.
2230  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qarls Texture Pack 3 - Oblivion on: February 03, 2007, 06:07:55 PM

Yeah, he does great texture work. Also, there really isn't much of a performance hit at all. Bethesda needs to hire him. He along with Rhedd (with Rhedd's Heads) in Morrowind have made Bethesda look kind of silly. Their work didn't cause much (if any) performance loss and looks 10x better than what was produced by Bethesda.

You're right, Hetz. Actually, I think some of these modders would work for free if they could just get their name in the manual, a free copy of the game, and some heartfelt thanks. And I don't necessarily understand the whole "limited time/limited budget" argument. Some of these modders make these adjustments very quickly, and they are HUGE improvements in the game. It seems like a worthwhile investment for a game that took years to develop to take a few extra weeks and make such changes.

I REALLY wish someone would do a Rhedd's Heads type of mod for Oblivion. Oblivion's face models are just horrid, so I'm rather surprised that the modding community hasn't started adjusting them with their usual zeal. I was certain the face models would have been one of the first changes since they are so strikingly...ugly.
2231  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Qarls Texture Pack 3 - Oblivion on: February 02, 2007, 01:13:53 AM
Hetz, your post had perfect timing. Later tonight I was going to start searching the Net for a good Oblivion texture mod. Wow! That was easy!

With this and Francesco's Leveled Creatures and Items Mod, I'm well on my way to a great experience in Oblivion. Now if someone would just make
a great mod to replace the all those awful NPC heads in Oblivion...
2232  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GalCiv 2 - Dark Avatar GOLD on: February 01, 2007, 08:37:29 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on February 01, 2007, 03:19:41 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on February 01, 2007, 02:54:24 PM

The version of Dark Avatar that I preordered said I'd be receiving a copy of the game on CD after its release.  I have no idea if that's a full retail package, or just a CD in a paper sleeve.

I don't know for sure, but I am going to guess it includes a disc, manual, and perhaps maybe even a box.  (that would be cool if I'm right for once)

If it is like the release of the Altarian Prophecy expansion he will only receive the disc. It definitely did not come with a box.
2233  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP shipments drop 75% on: January 30, 2007, 08:37:18 PM
The PSP is in a difficult position. Justifying a price drop is not easy because the system already has a larger worldwide install base than the Xbox 360, but almost evey title on the PSP sells below 50,000 or 100,000 units. Many can't even break 20,000 units sold. So if you drop the price but software sales remain flat, all you are doing is losing more money at a faster rate.

Unfortunately for the PSP:

1) It just looks too damned fragile. Even if the PSP was the same price as the DS, many parents would probably still choose the DS. Nintendo's offering looks like it won't break after a week in a child's hands. It has that dull plastic interior. The case closes. A kid can fit it in their pocket easier.

2) If a parent takes time to look at the software, Nintendo probably wins again for two reasons- less expensive titles, and less adult titles. The PSP shelving units display many more adult games like Gangs of London, Grand Theft Auto, Dungeon Siege: Throne of Agony, Killzone, SOCOM, etc.  Nintendo moves in the opposite direction with titles like Mario, Nintendogs, Pheonix Wright, Brain Age, Elite Beat Agents, etc.  Add in the fact that the games are $5-$10 less expensive on the DS, and I'm fairly certain which direction many parents will choose.

3) UMD movies are/were too damned expensive. Sony killed that market before it even made it out of the womb.

4) The hacker community is mauling the PSP. Its been along time since I've seen such an active hacking environment surrounding a piece of gaming hardware. Go into the newsgroups or grab a bittorrent client and many Sony PSP games are available for download.

5) Sony advertising sucks. Stop pushing the PSP a personal media player, and focus on its core gaming functions. The PSP will never compete against the video ipod, so just stop trying.

6) Downloadable games ONLY if you have a PS3? Serious, WTF?

Price is only one of the PSP's problems, and I'd say it isn't even the biggest one. Software sales, not hardware sales, are the PSP's Achille's Heel.
2234  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Vista Impressions/Gaming Issues on: January 29, 2007, 05:48:37 PM

Quote from: Hetz on January 28, 2007, 12:45:29 PM

Ok, with a full day of the new OS under my belt, I have developed a love/hate relationship with it. I LOVE the new O/S. It really feels and acts much differently than XP.....and when programs work, they work beautifuly. I HATE though, the driver issues and some games not working at all (probabily due to the driver issues).

Give it 6 months or so and this O/S will leave XP in the dust. Right now though, it's still a work-in-progress.

Sorry to hear about all your problems, Hetz. I'm glad you're taking everything in stride. Some gamers out there are frothing at the mouth making absolutely ridiculous posts.

I understand your frustration, however. Vista is late to the market so you would think that larger companies, especially companies like nvidia, would have their act in order. I could understand if something small like my Nostromo gamepad didn't work in Vista, but a major video card? Come on...everyone knows gamers are early adopters.
2235  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pirates PSP on: January 29, 2007, 06:20:09 AM

Quote from: shon on January 25, 2007, 07:34:32 PM

Got it yesterday and played around for about 30 minutes.  I have played the pc version and it is a pretty good port.

The graphics are good although a little small while on the seas.  The cutscenes and the inside locals are really sharp.  When sailing the ship the graphics are a bit small but well done.  I have only seen the lightning cloud pass by once but that was really cool.
The map is on the start button and is very crisp and easy to read.

The loading times are very good but when you are in a sword fight and you win it loads(about 2 seconds) to show you sending your opponent going over the rail, which is not much but a little annoying.  You can save at anytime which is great. 

Controlling the ship is a little tricky with the analog stick so I usually use the dpad and it works quite well. I haven't done any land battles yet so I will update impressions later when I get more playing time.

Overall it is a very polished game and I like it alot. 

The left trigger zooms in the view by 3 different magnifications while on the sea.
2236  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hotel Dusk : Room 251 Anyone find it yet? on: January 25, 2007, 10:05:24 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 25, 2007, 07:40:56 PM

Just read on QT3 that pressing one of the shoulder buttons will advance dialogue.  Very happy to learn that!

That puts my mind at ease, although it must be strange using the shoulder buttons when you are holding the DS like a book. That isn't a complaint! Anything is better than slow text.

Thanks for the update, Kevin.
2237  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hotel Dusk : Room 251 Anyone find it yet? on: January 25, 2007, 11:38:09 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 25, 2007, 05:10:45 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on January 25, 2007, 04:05:23 AM

How slowly does the text move across the screen? I've seen people on a few forums complain that it is too slow. Can you press a button to make all the text appear instantaneously?

I've only played about an hour but it's my chief complaint with the game.  It's not quite painful (and I don't think there is an option to tap and make it instantaneous) but it is annoying and the first thing I did was check the Options menu for a text speed slider but there isn't one.  Not a deall breaker though. 

It probably won't be a deal breaker for me, either. But after watching the text crawl across the screen in Grandia 3 I think I'll hold off on playing the game until my frustration level resets.

Do Japanese gamers read...slower...than...Americans? Or do they just think we're stupid?
2238  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GoW sells out... in Japan!! on: January 25, 2007, 04:13:38 AM
So they sold out 10,000 copies? Good but hardly fantastic if accurate.
2239  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hotel Dusk : Room 251 Anyone find it yet? on: January 25, 2007, 04:05:23 AM
How slowly does the text move across the screen? I've seen people on a few forums complain that it is too slow. Can you press a button to make all the text appear instantaneously?
2240  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Glimmer of hope for the 360 in Japan... on: January 25, 2007, 03:59:41 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 25, 2007, 01:08:56 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on January 25, 2007, 12:26:01 AM

Good point. I think that will depend on how Blue Dragon sells in Europe and North America. If it sells a couple million copies worldwide, Japan will be less of a problem. If it does a few hundred thousand sales then I agree with you. SquareEnix will look at that number, look at Enchanted Arms, and write off the 360 as a JRPG-hostile console. I don't think it will affect Capcom or Koei  because their bread and butter is action titles.

I will be very interested in how Lost Planet does- I think they expect to sell a million copies (and that may even be what they have shipped initially) but my general feeling is that the buzz isn't where it should be for that and not even as strong as DR was last summer.  If DR turns out to be the high water mark for Capcom titles on 360 then I expect they'll turn multi-platform real quick as well as take a more signficant look at the Wii. 

I believe there was an announcement that they shipped 1 million units. However, if Lost Planet hits 500,000 units sold I will be amazed. I think Capcom saw the massive number of downloads on Live and expected that to translate into real sales.

From what I've read developing for the Wii is 1/2 to 1/4th the expense of developing a PS3 or 360 title. That alone makes it attractive. Then add the fact that the Wii has a higher install base than the PS3 and is selling better than it in almost every region, and the financials become clear.

And let me state that as a graphics whore this infuriates me. The last thing I want is for the Wii to outperform the PS3.
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