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10001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me Pick the Next RPG I Should Play (and avoid) on: October 10, 2007, 01:23:04 AM

Quote from: JCC on October 10, 2007, 01:10:15 AM

Question for the FF experts: Which game is better, Final Fantasy X or Final Fantasy XII. Based on what I have read from forum people, I would guess XII, but X seems to have gotten higher review scores.... well from Gamespot anyway....

I'd put them fairly equal, with perhaps a very slight edge to FFX.  Honestly, they're tough to judge against each other as they are very, very different games.  To me, FFXII felt very epic, as as if you were seeing a birds-eye view of a huge conflict without knowing a lot about the individual people involved.  It's certainly thrilling, but left me a bit ambivalent towards the characters themselves.  FFX felt much more focused around the happenings of a very small group of characters, and really focused on building them up.  I found myself much more emotionally involved in FFX, while I enjoyed the fast paced battles of FFXII better.  Both approaches worked amazingly well, but I very slightly preferred FFX.  If I were to make a movie comparison, FFXII is Lord of the Rings, and FFX is The Royal Tenenbaums.  Both brilliant, but for vastly different reasons.

Not sure if that helps, but there it is.  smile
10002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me Pick the Next RPG I Should Play (and avoid) on: October 10, 2007, 12:23:44 AM
I really enjoyed elements of Baten Kaitos as well.  The ridiculous turn timer eventually killed the card-battle system for me, but it was a fun game otherwise.
10003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Guitar Hero III on: October 09, 2007, 06:11:07 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on October 09, 2007, 05:54:52 PM

Quote from: Farscry on October 07, 2007, 04:39:37 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on October 05, 2007, 05:11:02 PM

I couldn't have broken my finger at a worse time.

Interestingly enough, this happened to m etoday.  crybaby

After reading this, and considering how bad I want Rock Band, I'll probably break both arms and get a bad case of laringitis on Nov 22nd... alll caused by an exploding television. Nov 22nd also happens to be my 29th birthday.

Hey, you could still work the bass pedal!
10004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 09, 2007, 03:41:55 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on October 09, 2007, 02:52:22 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 09, 2007, 01:17:50 AM

I never played the PS one, but loved the GB SP version. Those are different games, right?

marry the storytelling of ffxii to the gameplay of ffta, & you get an approximation of fft - all 3 games occur in ivalice, & all were directed by yasumi matsuno...

This is a good description.  FF Tactics is FF Tactics Advance with a story for adults.  FF Tactics is also significantly harder than it's GBA counterpart.  One of the biggest changes is that moves are permanent once they're made.  It's not like FFTA where you can make a move, see if you're in range, then cancel it and move again if it didn't work quite right.  Once you move, you're done.

FF Tactics requires much more precision and actual tactical skill to be effective.   I actually prefer the FFTA system, but ymmv...
10005  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Art- My wife's solo show this month in Houston on: October 09, 2007, 02:55:38 PM
Very cool.  Props for the Mr. Bungle shirt and title (Disco Volante).  smile
10006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 games for a 41-year-old gaming n00b? on: October 09, 2007, 03:14:47 AM
Good idea, I forgot all about golf games!  He's a big golfer, so that would be perfect.
10007  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 09, 2007, 02:52:35 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 09, 2007, 01:49:48 AM

ah, but you could have gotten the trifecta with one simple picture young grasshopper  icon_twisted

Let's see if I can read your mind...

10008  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 09, 2007, 01:15:42 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on October 09, 2007, 01:07:40 AM

New cutscenes are great I guess.  But if all of the map boards are the same I am going to pass.  I played through FF T on the PS1 twice.  Not really interested in doing it again.

Yeah, maps will all be the same.  Would have been nice to add a few, but I don't think they wanted to change the core gameplay too much.

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...since I can't get into Jeanne d'Arc AT ALL

Unpossible.  slywink

Actually, I know there were a few people that didn't like it due to the lack of any sort of job or class system.  FF Tactics will certainly not have that problem.
10009  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 09, 2007, 01:06:58 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 09, 2007, 12:28:14 AM

Quote from: Gratch on October 09, 2007, 12:02:35 AM

Ho.  Lee.  Shit.   icon_eek



well, there's a problem there-  I don't see a Ho, Lee or Shit in that picture.







Better?  slywink
10010  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 09, 2007, 01:01:15 AM

Quote from: Lee on October 09, 2007, 12:53:30 AM

What is that from? I thought it was the Road Warrior at first.

From the amateur-ness of the video, I suspected it's an actual IED explosion in Iraq.
10011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 09, 2007, 12:59:09 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 09, 2007, 12:55:27 AM

Quote from: Gratch on October 09, 2007, 12:41:00 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on October 09, 2007, 12:26:19 AM

Is this an exact remake of Tactics on the PS1 or a new story altogether?

Remake, with a few added extras.  The main addition is the animated cutscenes, which look amazing.

Damn straight they look amazing!

Check out this video!


That just makes me all kinds of giddy.  Sprinkling cutscenes like that throughout the game to help tell the story will be fantastic!

I've even got Wednesday off work, and will spend all day with this one.  smile
10012  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 09, 2007, 12:41:00 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on October 09, 2007, 12:26:19 AM

Is this an exact remake of Tactics on the PS1 or a new story altogether?

Remake, with a few added extras.  The main addition is the animated cutscenes, which look amazing.  They also added 2 new classes and a couple of unlockable characters.
10013  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me Pick the Next RPG I Should Play (and avoid) on: October 09, 2007, 12:32:27 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 09, 2007, 12:22:01 AM

SH:Covenant was an incredible game, and I'm really disappointed to see so many people agree that SH: From the New World pales so badly in comparison. I absolutely loved the characters and cut scenes in Covenant, and was thrilled to see that you could go back and watch them after the game. I really wish RPGs would tell stronger stories.

Part of the disappointment with New World stems from the fact that Covenant was just so damn good.  It would have been hard to follow it up no matter what, but what they did release was extremely sub-par in comparison.  One of the things I really liked about the first 2 SH games was that they bucked the RPG trend of "teenage kids save the world".  Yuri was quite the bad-ass, and his supporting cast was equally as strong.  The move to a whiny kid as the main character felt like a complete opposite, and really turned me off.  New World also really lacked a strong bad guy.  In the nearly 12 hours I played, I had no idea who I was fighting against or why I was fighting them.  There were some hints and vague references, but the evil characters were very poorly developed.  Again, a huge shift from the first two games.

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This is part of the reason why I'm willing to give Lost Odyssey a chance despite the rumors that it is massively slanted toward "watching the game". If someone could someone fuse the tightly-wrapped, detailed stories in adventure games (minus the obtuse puzzles) and RPGs I'd really be ecstatic.

I agree about Lost Odyssey.  If it's 20 hours of good storytelling through cutscenes, then I have no problem with it.  I have little faith, however, in the ability of an RPG developer to be able to do this.  Games that tell a truly compelling story with great characters are few and far between.

10014  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 09, 2007, 12:02:35 AM
Ho.  Lee.  Shit.   icon_eek

10015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me Pick the Next RPG I Should Play (and avoid) on: October 08, 2007, 11:52:16 PM
Sounds like we have similar tastes (my 2 faves are also FFX & Shadow Hearts), and I'd definately recommend Final Fantasy XII first.  I typically burn out 30-40 hours into RPG's, but FFXII kept me going for nearly 80.  It's really an incredible game.  If you can handle the ridiculous encounter rate, the Digital Devil Saga games are also very good.

As far as ones to avoid, I'd stay far, far away from Shadow Hearts: From the New World.  (Eddie will disagree with me here, but I'm sticking to it!  smile) Especially if you enjoyed the first two.  The combat is somewhat fun, but the characters and story that made Covenant so amazing are replaced by a whiny teenage lead and a complete and utter snoozefest of a story.  I also didn't care much for Rogue Squadron, but I'm not big on action-RPG's in general.
10016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Guitar Hero III on: October 08, 2007, 11:43:10 PM

Quote from: The Grue on October 08, 2007, 10:37:49 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on October 08, 2007, 09:36:54 PM

Ok, got clarification.  The 360 controllers (GH II and GH III) will work for all 360 content.  Once you try the GH III guitar, however, you'll want to ditch the old one slywink

Yahoo!  Can't wait to finally play the My Chemical Romance DLC with the wireless controller.

So you're the one...
10017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 08, 2007, 11:42:40 PM
Doesn't come out here until Wednesday.
10018  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What do I want for my birthday? on: October 08, 2007, 09:15:19 PM

Quote from: gellar on October 08, 2007, 07:41:19 PM

Quote from: Brendan on October 08, 2007, 07:39:47 PM

Alex Smith to not have been squashed by a huge DT?   crybaby

Actually I think I would have preferred just to have Norv Turner back.

gellar

Before yesterday's Chargers game, I would have said that's a distinct possibility.
10019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS2 games for a 41-year-old gaming n00b? on: October 08, 2007, 08:36:02 PM
My boss turned 41 on Saturday, and his wife bought him a PS2 along with Guitar Hero for his b-day.  He tried it at a party a couple weeks ago and absolutely loved it, so they took the PS2 plunge.  Now, this is a guy who has never owned a game system, and hasn't played a single video game (other than Guitar Hero) since the original NES.  He asked me for some suggestions on other stuff he should check out, and I was honestly pretty stumped.  Here's what we're working with:

-  Won't have a ton of time, so short-burst gaming will be a must
-  Has 3 young kids at home, so games must be at least somewhat age appropriate (i.e. no GTA or Manhunt games)
-  Not having the gaming background that most of us have, anything with overly complex controls is going to be an issue.  My guess is that any FPS will be out (I've been gaming for 30 years and still can't get the hang of them), and the simpler the controls the better.
-  He's not into anything japanese, so quirky RPG's or stuff like Katamari Damacy is probably out
-  He likes sports, but complex controls and a million different buttons might be a problems.

I know it's a tall order, but let me know if you can come up with any good suggestions.  I'm going to pick up a Burnout game for him, but racing games are about the only thing I could think of.
10020  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/8) on: October 08, 2007, 06:47:36 PM
Forgot about Puzzle Quest on XBLA.  I'll be picking that up as well.
10021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/8) on: October 08, 2007, 02:04:34 PM
Final Fantasy Tactics.   It's getting some awesome reviews so far. 

Between FF Tactics, Jeanne D'Arc, Luminous Arc, and the upcoming Disgaea PSP port, I'm in SRPG heaven!
10022  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 9/07) on: October 08, 2007, 01:37:39 PM
+1 to Laner for uber-quick payment on Zelda
10023  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you react to In-Game Advertising? on: October 08, 2007, 01:13:32 PM
I really only notice it when it's completely over the top.  In those cases, it's more annoying than anything.  Seeing ads in games does nothing to make it a more "real world" experience, imo.

Then again, I don't typically play the sort of games that use much.  Not much in-game advertising in RPG's.  smile
10024  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Guitar Hero III on: October 08, 2007, 01:18:38 AM
This may have already been answered, but will the wireless guitar that comes with GHIII be compatible with Rock Band (the 360 version)?  I wasn't planning on picking it up, but the couple previews I've read make it out to be a vast improvement over the Xplorer.  And wireless would be very nice, since Vader seems to really enjoy the "jump back-and-forth over the cord" game.
10025  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: lock up old threads on: October 08, 2007, 01:12:08 AM

Quote from: ATB on October 07, 2007, 10:26:13 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 07, 2007, 10:11:25 PM

Why lock the thread that was revived? Because it served no purpose? I can point to countless threads that don't serve any purpose and turn into CK spam threads. slywink

Like this one any moment.

And this helps...how?

Being able to resurrect a thread certainly isn't a bad thing.  There's been quite a few times where a bumped thread about an old game rekindled my interest in it.  I don't see why we'd need to put a restriction on it.
10026  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ASH, FFTA2, White Knight, Lost Odyssey videos on: October 08, 2007, 12:51:23 AM

Quote from: EddieA on October 08, 2007, 12:34:33 AM

RPGamer has some very positive impressions for ASH.

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addictive, challenging gameplay meshed to one of the most refreshing, original core SRPG systems in quite some time. While things may suddenly completely fall apart a bit further in, so far ASH is one of the best strategy RPGs I've played in years.

Neat.  I'm really looking forward to this one!
10027  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: DS games F/S - Now with added ZELDA! on: October 07, 2007, 11:21:41 PM
Bumped to add Zelda:  PH.
10028  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oh Snap! Phantom Hourglass is Out! Impressions abound! on: October 07, 2007, 11:20:48 PM
I put another hour or so into this today.  I know it's innovative, creative, and I should like it, but Zelda:  PH does absolutely nothing for me.   Every puzzle is an exercise in frustration, and having to restart that timed Ocean King temple twice certainly didn't do anything to help.  Even after playing a few hours, I still feel like I'm fighting against the controls.  It basically boils down to the fact that I don't find it to be very fun.

I knew I probably should have avoided PH, but it looked like it might be unique enough to break the string of Zelda titles that apparently everybody loves but me.  Glad I gave it a shot, but it just confirms once and for all that I need to stop buying Zelda games.

It's up for grabs in the trading forum, if anyone wants it.
10029  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gametap for $60/year on: October 06, 2007, 07:17:42 PM

Quote from: EddieA on October 05, 2007, 05:53:43 AM

I read over at Cheapass Gamer that, like last year, Gametap is offering a discount if you sign up for a full year - $60/year, or $5/month instead of $10/month.  I don't see it advertised at the site, but if you have a free membership and click on "Upgrade to Gold", the $60/year offer will be listed.

I'm pretty sure my subscription is up this month, and I'll probably renew with this deal.  Some of the games they're offering are $60 just by themselves, so it's kind of a no-brainer.
10030  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest coming to XBLA Wednesday on: October 06, 2007, 04:45:42 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on October 06, 2007, 04:28:37 PM

The cooldown timer actually is a good improvement.  The game is challenging but isn't savagely so.  If you guys have questions I can answer them....

The schizophrenic difficulty was really my only gripe about PQ.  I actually had to dial down the difficulty early on, but the final third of the game wasn't even a challenge.  I'll be interested to see how these changes affect things.  As long as they don't make it ridiculously hard, I'm cool with it.  I'm definitely going to get the XBLA version.  Having only played the DS flavor, I can't wait for the upgraded graphics.

How are the controls with an X-Box controller?  Both the DS stylus and mouse controls are perfect, but I'm a bit concerned about trying to use a gamepad.  Especially when you need to move fast.
10031  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sweeney Todd Trailer on: October 06, 2007, 03:36:21 PM

Quote from: Reemul on October 06, 2007, 03:14:22 PM

Hopefully that singing bit is the only bit in it (fingers crossed)

You do know this is a movie adaptation of a broadway musical, right?
10032  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest coming to XBLA Wednesday on: October 06, 2007, 01:56:55 PM
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One example of this is the spell timer. Some spells now have a cool-down time attached to them, so you can't necessarily cast them every turn; you have to wait from one to five turns for them to become available again. This makes the game fresh and interesting because a lot of the most powerful spells now have this tradeoff. You'll find improvements like this all through the game.

Can't say I'm crazy about this.  The early and mid-game were challenging enough without having restrictions put on what spells you can cast.
10033  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 06, 2007, 01:16:09 PM
I've been trying to avoid posting LOLcats, but this one was too funny to pass up.



/window seat please
10034  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 06, 2007, 03:46:28 AM










10035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Guitar Hero III on: October 05, 2007, 06:04:41 PM
It's becoming more and more tempting to plunk down the extra $$ for the new wireless controller.  I don't like the Xplorer's shape anyways, and this new one sounds very cool. 

I still hate the co-op only songs, but oh well.
10036  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (Quiz) Which candidate fits your views best? on: October 05, 2007, 03:35:28 PM
Top 3
Biden - 49
Hillary - 47
Obama - 47

Bottom 3
Thompson - 8
Ron Paul - 7
Tancredo - 7

Not terribly surprising.
10037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oh Snap! Phantom Hourglass is Out! Impressions abound! on: October 05, 2007, 12:03:42 PM
Played an hour or so last night (first couple levels of the Fire Temple), and am trying to decide if I like it.  My biggest problem is that I'm having a hell of a time getting it to correctly register my inputs.  Moving leads to sword slashes more often than not, the circle attack only registers about half the time, and somersaulting is completely hit and miss.  While it's not that big of a deal now, I can see where it's going to be a major problem later on.  There have been a couple times where being able to use the D-pad for movement would have been a godsend.  Getting stuck in a room with multiple enemies and trying to maneuver around them while attacking proved to be rather...interesting.

Still, it's pretty unique and I'll keep my fingers crossed that i get more comfortable with the controls as I play. 

10038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do I want a PSP? on: October 04, 2007, 11:12:35 PM
Too lazy to search on what games you like, but Jeanne D'Arc is the best game I've played on any system this year. 

I went with the old version, since you can find a used one for around $120.  There's not anything about the new ones that seems to be worth the extra $$.
10039  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Salad Fingers on: October 04, 2007, 10:45:44 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on October 04, 2007, 08:39:46 PM

That guy must have been high when he made those...

Ya think?
10040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oh Snap! Phantom Hourglass is Out! Impressions abound! on: October 04, 2007, 04:06:01 PM
I think I might give this one a shot.  I'm typically not a fan of Zelda games, but I just watched some gameplay videos, and it looks like this one is unique enough for a try.

Does anyone know if the free guide at TRU is offered in-store, or if it's only online?
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