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10001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/10) on: December 10, 2007, 02:52:39 PM
Nothing new.  I did, however, get hooked on Guild Wars this past week, so I might grab Factions or Nightfall.
10002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: end of an era: your ps2 top dozen on: December 09, 2007, 07:31:44 PM
Pretty easy for me.  Not in order:

-  Final Fantasy X
-  Final Fantasy XII
-  Shadow Hearts
-  Shadow Hearts:  Covenant
-  Disgaea
-  Xenosaga
-  God of War
-  Dark Cloud 2
-  Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven
-  Guitar Hero
-  Okami
-  Beyond Good & Evil
10003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy 12- Yay or Nay? on: December 09, 2007, 01:30:36 AM

Quote from: Canuck on December 09, 2007, 01:26:53 AM

You don't have to read it-you can watch it! Even better!  Basically they said: the main character sucks, the story is good but you're removed from it, you'll grind more than you've ever ground (sp?) in the history of FF titles, and you spend most of the game hacking and slashing and using hardly any summons or whatever the other things are because they take up all of your magic in one go.

Actually, that's really not inaccurate.  Vaan is whiny and annoying, most of the combat is melee (depending on your play style, of course), and it does require quite a bit of grinding.  What they probably fail to mention, however, is that the "support" characters are some of the best characters you'll ever see, and that the combat is so satisfying and fun that you'll hardly notice either the lack of direct spellcasting or the level grinding. 
10004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I finally tried Rock Band... on: December 09, 2007, 12:59:05 AM
If it makes you feel any better, that's happened to nearly everyone so far.  The strum mechanism on first-run guitars was crap, and supposedly the new batch is better.  We'll see.

Of course, mine didn't even make it long enough for the strum bar to break before the overdrive sensor crapped out.  smile
10005  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: December 09, 2007, 12:54:59 AM
Just finished, man what a ride!  I was just under 30 hours, which is about the perfect length for me.  Will post more thoughts later, but ME gets a solid A from me.  Wasn't perfect, but those guys at Bioware can certainly put together a hell of a game.
10006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy 12- Yay or Nay? on: December 08, 2007, 02:32:31 PM
Ignore the DQ VIII demo.  It nearly turned me off of FFXII as well, and I would have missed out on easily the best RPG in the past 5 years.  It is an incredible game, and one that anyone with even a passing interest in RPG's needs to play. The combat system takes some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, it really is the most intuitive, fun system the FF series has offered up yet.  There is a ton of customization with the License and Gambit system, and you're truly free to create characters any way you want.  I'm still not sure how on earth they managed to coax that level of graphics out of the PS2.  You'll truly be amazed.  I'm typically not someone that can spend 40+ hours with an RPG.  In fact. I can count the number of games that have received that much attention on one hand.  However, my final gameplay total with FF XII was nearly 80 hours.  It's one of those rare games that is so good, that the hours just seem to disappear as you play.

I almost skipped this game because of many of the same reservations you have:  screwy combat, lots of grinding, no turn-based system, etc.  Trust me, you'll truly be missing out if you don't give it a try.  Worth every penny and every minute I put into it.
10007  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: December 08, 2007, 04:32:05 AM
The 13-year-old in me snickers that I get an achievement for
Spoiler for Hiden:
getting some alien poontang
10008  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [WTF] Man with no face on: December 08, 2007, 12:15:04 AM
In the spirit of keeping GT a few intellectual and sophistication levels above the Gamefaq boards, can we please all agree never to resort to post-count smack again?  Thanks.
10009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! on: December 08, 2007, 12:09:23 AM
Bummer, no new unit for me.  However, the new DVD drive is significantly quieter than the previous one.  At least this one doesn't sound like a jet engine when it starts to spin.
10010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! on: December 07, 2007, 04:00:29 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 07, 2007, 03:48:15 PM

Maybe it'll be a new one!

Hope so.  Last time they send me back a refurb that was 6 months older that the one I had sent in.
10011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! on: December 07, 2007, 03:46:47 PM
I requested my coffin on 11/21, and got a voice mail from MS last night saying the repaired/new unit will be delivered today.  Pretty decent turn around time.  I am a little nervous, however.  When I logged into the Xbox site, there was no record of this repair ticket, and the only thing listed was my ticket from when I sent in my original unit back in August.  Will be interesting to see what I get today.
10012  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dragonlance Movie Interview on: December 07, 2007, 02:55:51 PM
Watch this trailer and weep.

I was pretty excited when I first heard about this, but I have absolutely no desire to see it now.
10013  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 07, 2007, 12:16:14 AM


10014  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick question for those who have returned defective Rock Band guitars on: December 06, 2007, 08:09:18 PM

Quote from: Purge on December 06, 2007, 08:05:53 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 04, 2007, 10:30:21 PM

EDIT:  Never mind, I found it after RTFM.

You are dead to us. Hand in your man-card at the door.

Technically, I didn't actually RTFM.  I just opened it to the back page to get the warranty number.  What's the ruling on that?
10015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: December 06, 2007, 07:31:31 PM

Quote from: jersoc on December 06, 2007, 07:24:13 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 06, 2007, 06:44:25 PM

I can get through ...Justice and Ride the Lightning on hard, but the beginning of Blackened absolutely kicks my ass.  I just cannot seem to wrap my head around that rhythm.

the intro would be a breeze if even 20% of those notes were ho/po's. i've gotten through the intro a few times, but then it repeats and i failed there. i don't really have much time to sit and play the same song over and over except for sat. so until then that will take a back seat. i've almost beat ride the lightening, but that solo kills me towards the end.

Hmmmm, looks like I need to try the guitar part tonight...
10016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: December 06, 2007, 07:18:00 PM

Quote from: rickfc on December 06, 2007, 06:49:02 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 06, 2007, 06:44:25 PM

I can get through ...Justice and Ride the Lightning on hard, but the beginning of Blackened absolutely kicks my ass.  I just cannot seem to wrap my head around that rhythm.

That's probably one of their hardest songs to play.  It's all down-picking, you just have to keep practicing...speaking of which, can you use the practice mode on DLC?

I was talking about drums, actually.  Keep forgetting the need to clarify that when discussing RB songs.  smile

On a side note, I find that practice mode for drums is pretty tough to use.  For me, it's extremely difficult to tell whether or not you're hitting the notes correctly when you slow the track down.  It all just sounds like random noise.
10017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: December 06, 2007, 06:44:25 PM
I can get through ...Justice and Ride the Lightning on hard, but the beginning of Blackened absolutely kicks my ass.  I just cannot seem to wrap my head around that rhythm.
10018  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick question for those who have returned defective Rock Band guitars on: December 06, 2007, 06:40:18 PM
Talked to EA this morning.  After recently dealing with MS' warranty nonsense, I had steeled myself for a drawn-out battle in order to get the exchange taken care of.   Much to my surprise, they were extremely nice, apologetic for the mistake, very efficient, and I'll have my new guitar (chose to go with the express replacement this time) by next week.  Overall, it was one of the more pleasant customer service calls I've had in a long time.  So kudos to EA for that, at least.
10019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick question for those who have returned defective Rock Band guitars on: December 06, 2007, 12:46:39 PM

Quote from: Punisher on December 06, 2007, 04:13:22 AM

Just went to get my status tonight and the RMA is now listed as canceled...WTF? Now I'm starting to get pissed. Also, yesterday the drum sticks broke and they weren't even being used that hard......

Those drum sticks suck anyways.  Just head to a music store and get some real ones.
10020  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Prince Caspian Trailer on: December 06, 2007, 04:07:58 AM
Didn't like the first one, and this doesn't look like much of an improvement.  Pass.
10021  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: December 05, 2007, 06:54:00 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 05, 2007, 06:38:04 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 05, 2007, 05:22:18 PM

Much funnier when I've actually played the game, unlike every review he's done since Peggle.

it's not always about you Big Love  Tongue

My wives would disagree.
10022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Culdcept Saga demo on: December 05, 2007, 05:24:20 PM

Quote from: KePoW on December 05, 2007, 05:21:50 PM

Gratch...disappointing to hear that, if it's truly the case in the retail game

Maybe I'm overly sensitive to it, since feeling like the AI was cheating was the sole reason I quit playing the first game.  YMMV, but I got the exact same vibe from this version.
10023  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: December 05, 2007, 05:22:18 PM
This week's target (no pun intended) is Assassin's Creed.  Brilliant, as always.  Much funnier when I've actually played the game, unlike every review he's done since Peggle.
10024  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Four Final Fantasy's in one month? on: December 05, 2007, 04:44:49 PM

Quote from: Destructor on December 05, 2007, 05:22:32 AM

The entire battle system of FF8 was broken, IMHO, and because of that it should be skipped. You're better off playing through FF7 again or something instead of 8.

I'd probably use the term "tedious" rather than "broken".  More than anything, the Draw system felt like a mechanic used to artificially lengthen playtime.  It's certainly not my favorite thing, but I'd still highly recommend the game to anyone with an interest in FF.  Once I figured it out, I really enjoyed the Junction mechanic, and some of the artwork and music is amazing.  The whole waltz sequence remains one of my favorite gaming moments.

Reminds me that I need to go back and actually finish it sometime.
10025  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Culdcept Saga demo on: December 05, 2007, 03:10:33 PM
OK, here's some actual demo impressions.   eek

Looks like this version of Culdcept suffers from the same problems as the last version.  Namely, the AI freaking cheats.  I was hoping it was just random bad luck , but the pattern is pretty much the same.  Both myself and the AI would level up multiple squares.  I would land on one of theirs nearly every time around the board, yet the AI would somehow manage the perfect die rolls and never land on mine.   In the game I played, I had five level 3 squares, and the AI had three.  Yet somehow I landed on the AI's Level 3 squares 9 times, and they landed on mine once.   It simply becomes an exercise in frustration, and the demo was quickly deleted.

As much as love the concept and would love to support more niche Japanese titles, I won't be buying this game.



10026  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 05, 2007, 02:10:28 AM
10027  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Culdcept Saga demo on: December 05, 2007, 01:50:23 AM

Quote from: warning on December 05, 2007, 12:34:51 AM

Quote from: jersoc on December 04, 2007, 08:02:37 PM

I don't understand how you can have a 360 and not have a gold account. So much MP goodness to be had. No way would I get as much use as I do now while having a silver account.

I have next to no interest in playing multiplayer.  Just not my thing so no gold subscription for me.

And yet... AND YET...

I love my Xbox 360!  How can it be?  Unpossible!  Tongue

Same here.  Rock Band is the only thing that got me to buy a Gold account, and I'm thinking that $50 probably could have better been spent elsewhere.
10028  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official Christmas Tree Picture Thread 2007 on: December 04, 2007, 11:03:34 PM
Our tree is never overly impressive, but is always special to us.  My family makes it a tradition to trade ornaments every year, so there's stuff on this tree that dates back 33 years.  There's stories that go with nearly every one of them, so it's fun to open the ornament box and start decorating. 



Santa Mouse (halfway down on the right) is the ornament I got on my first b-day, and has been the first ornament to go on the tree every year.   And yes, that is a Star Wars ornament section (Darth Vader even talks!).  smile  The Grinch & Abominable treetoppers were Mrs. Gratch's touch this year.

10029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick question for those who have returned defective Rock Band guitars on: December 04, 2007, 10:30:21 PM
I don't suppose any of you guys have a support phone number for EA?  The only contact info I can find on their site is the automated e-mail form.

EDIT:  Never mind, I found it after RTFM.
10030  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 9/07) on: December 04, 2007, 10:24:19 PM
+1 to KC for Warhammer Squad Command
10031  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 04, 2007, 07:46:58 PM
I know there's a LOLcat...er...hog caption here, but I can't think of one for the life of me.  So I'll just post the pic:

10032  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick question for those who have returned defective Rock Band guitars on: December 04, 2007, 06:36:22 PM
Thanks Grue.   I'm assuming your box was somewhat guitar sized?
10033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: December 04, 2007, 03:56:57 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 04, 2007, 03:53:57 PM

So far my main crew has been Ashley and Tali (grrl power!  icon_lol), poor Liara, Rex, Garrus and Kaiden have been mostly bopping around the Normandy as those 2 seem to be an effective combination so far.  The weapons available after you hit a million creds are very nice, maybe too nice  icon_wink

That's been my combination as well.  Tali is the only one that has high enough hacking and electronic skills to open stuff, and Ashley is a freaking tank.  Haven't run into too many problems yet, although a little behind you level-wise (32).
10034  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Culdcept Saga demo on: December 04, 2007, 03:54:37 PM

Quote from: DamageInc on December 04, 2007, 03:43:56 PM

I have to agree with Purge on this one.

They are not limiting you to the DEMO, they are just giving preferential treatment to Gold members. It's not like the DEMO will never be made available to everyone.
Paying members should get perks and that's just how it is. This is one of them.

I'm not necessarily against the model (don't really care either way).  I just don't understand why Culdcept Saga, of all games, would voluntarily choose to limit their exposure.  I can see making something like a GTA or Halo demo Gold-only.  This one just seems like a very strange choice.
10035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Culdcept Saga demo on: December 04, 2007, 03:24:42 PM
Thanks for the heads-up Eddie.  I somewhat enjoyed the PS2 game, and was interested to at least see what they did with the 360 version.  There's certainly some potential there, but only if they cut out the rampant AI cheating that was was so prevalent in the original.

I agree with Dante, and am baffled at the Gold-only demo.   A game like this needs all the exposure it can possibly get, and to limit the amount of people that can see the demo seems like a really bad decision.
10036  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeff Gerstmann fired from Gamespot for a review a publisher didn't like on: December 04, 2007, 02:30:34 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 04, 2007, 04:54:24 AM


I knew nothing about Kane & Lynch before this debacle.  I still know nothing about the game itself, other than the fact that I should avoid it at all costs, and should under no circumstances transfer money to anyone else in order to play it.  Bang-up marketing job Eidos!   thumbsup
10037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Four Final Fantasy's in one month? on: December 04, 2007, 02:39:25 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 04, 2007, 01:57:20 AM

130 hours ???!!!

There has never been a game in history that is worth 130 hours of your life.  That is rediculous.

I've put over 100 into both FF Tactics and FF Tactics Advance.  Loved every minute of it.
10038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Four Final Fantasy's in one month? on: December 03, 2007, 11:50:07 PM

Quote from: Canuck on December 03, 2007, 11:26:53 PM

I have a confession-I have never actually finished a FF game.  I beat FF Tactics but I played with a friend.  Played about 35 hours of FF7, 30 hours of FF9, and about 40 hours of FFX.  I never beat any of them though.  I'm wondering if it would be possible to go through and beat them all in the month of December.  Is it do you think?  If I start over from the beginning?  I don't have a job so that will help.  On the other hand I don't want to be sitting in front of the TV permanently for a month.  Is it possible to rush through them without doing too much grinding and very few sidequests and finish them in say 30 hours or 35 hours?

IIRC, first time through I beat FF7 in 35, FF9 in 45, and FFX in 40.  That's with a minimum of side quest, and just the requisite grinding to get all the way through.

That said, it would be a shit-ton of gaming for a single month.
10039  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Quick question for those who have returned defective Rock Band guitars on: December 03, 2007, 11:24:11 PM
I put in my RMA request a couple weeks ago, and today received my return box (just did the standard return, not the express).  The box is huge, and is obviously intended for the drum set.  It includes instructions on "packing your drum kit", but makes no mention of the guitar.  My guess is that they sent me the wrong return box, but I figured I'd see what other people had encountered with the return process.  The guitar will certainly fit in this box (it's huge), but I don't want to send it back if it's incorrect.

EDIT:  I love how there is absolutely no documentation on how to complete the return.  There are the extremely vague instructions on how to pack up the drum kit, 3 separate UPS labels (all with different tracking numbers), and that's it.   No idea which return label I'm supposed to put on the box, or what happens after I ship.  I assume they'll get it back and send out a replacement, but it would be nice to at least give me an idea of the process.
10040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/3) on: December 03, 2007, 06:23:14 PM
Nothing.

And CK's new avatar gives me a headache.  Make it stop!!
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