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10001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/11) on: February 11, 2008, 01:59:23 PM
Lost Odyssey, and I'm sure I'll pick up Sam & Max off Gametap as well.
10002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: February 07, 2008, 06:29:41 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on February 07, 2008, 05:28:14 PM

I don't see why RPG gameplay must be packaged separately from action-oriented gameplay.  Why can't a game be interesting and fun to play.  I like to play my games, not watch them while navigating menus and rolling virtual dice. 

See, I'm on the exact opposite side   I much prefer the style of the old-school turn based system and it is the main selling point of Lost Odyssey for me.   If it were an action-oriented game, there's no way I'd buy it.  Maybe I'm just getting old, but the gameplay of most action-RPG's feels way too twitchy for me and I tend to get frustrated and/or bored with it very quickly.  Something like the Ninja Gaiden/JRPG combo you described sounds spectacularly awful, imo.  I much prefer a game that will reward me for the strategy of how I build and deploy my skills rather than simply the speed of my reflexes and how well I can aim with a thumbstick.   

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Part of the problem - with regards to varying scores -  is that the JRPG is such a cliche-ridden genre (both in terms of story and gameplay), that people fully expect them to be the same old, same old.  Which some people find familiar and comforting, and others find tired and hackneyed.

Well said.  I'm in the former camp, but I'm sure there's plenty of people in the latter.
10003  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sci-fi book suggestions on: February 07, 2008, 04:30:36 PM
I just picked up Ender's Game and Neuromancer yesterday.  I'm a bit embarrassed that I haven't read them before.   icon_redface
10004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: February 07, 2008, 01:04:17 PM

Quote from: EddieA on February 07, 2008, 07:23:53 AM

Gametrailers video review - 8.8/10.

I usually tend to agree with Gamerankings, and thought that was a damn fine review.  I find it interesting that the same things that IGN and Gamespy points out as glaring weaknesses (mainly story and voice work) are highly praised in the Gametrailers review.  Are we sure everyone played the same game?  slywink
10005  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: February 07, 2008, 12:22:26 AM
Some encouraging, some not so encouraging.  Will still be a day one purchase for me.
10006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: February 06, 2008, 03:30:39 PM

Quote from: The Grue on February 06, 2008, 03:12:19 PM

when I get back into town I am anxious to play it on drums.

I love the actual song, but trust me, you'll be extremely disappointed with the drum track.  Here's the review I submitted last night for our DLC content review project on OO:

We Care A Lot - Faith No More
This drum track is - so far - the absolute worst of any song in the game. Yes, even worse than 29 Fingers. 90% of the song is 3-5 bass kicks followed by a single snare hit, repeated over and over again. That's it. There's a couple double tom hits thrown in but this song offers absolutely zero challenge. I actually played it twice just to make sure I accidentally didn't choose Easy. This is first DLC that I feel was a complete waste of money, and I highly un-recommend it.

 thumbsdown thumbsdown thumbsdown thumbsdown
10007  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GameStop hustles used games and makes big money on: February 06, 2008, 01:33:03 AM

Quote from: DragonFyre on February 05, 2008, 09:22:37 PM

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As soon as the next gen lock software to hardware, they are screwed.  Meaning there are real discussions about tying your game to your system.  First time you boot, they are tied together.

When that happens, I stop buying games.

I wouldn't stop buying completely, but would buy far, far less than I do now.  The only reason I ever purchase games I'm 'on the fence' with is because I know I can sell them somewhere if I don't like them.  If that weren't the case, I'd maybe buy 3-4 games a year and never take a chance on a game I might have interest in.
10008  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Create your own ROCK BAND SHOES on: February 05, 2008, 04:34:30 PM
LOL, that is awesome!!
10009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/4) on: February 05, 2008, 01:04:51 AM
Faith No More for Rock Band, and that's it.
10010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: February 04, 2008, 04:45:17 PM
All over Faith No More, but will pass on the other two.
10011  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 03, 2008, 10:48:31 PM




























10012  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next two weeks Rock Band DLC on: February 01, 2008, 09:00:27 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on February 01, 2008, 07:57:25 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 01, 2008, 12:29:55 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on February 01, 2008, 10:09:39 AM

Disarm:  How about 'The Perfect Drug'?  'Sin' and 'Only' might both be good also, and there's still 'March of the Pigs' and 'Reptile' as well.

Ahem...

March 18 - NIN Pack
Nine Inch Nails: March of the Pigs
Nine Inch Nails: The Collector
Nine Inch Nails: The Perfect Drug

Didn't see that.  And YES! biggrin

Whew, I was afraid my sarcasm meter needed to go back to the shop...
10013  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next two weeks Rock Band DLC on: February 01, 2008, 12:29:55 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on February 01, 2008, 10:09:39 AM

Disarm:  How about 'The Perfect Drug'?  'Sin' and 'Only' might both be good also, and there's still 'March of the Pigs' and 'Reptile' as well.

Ahem...

March 18 - NIN Pack
Nine Inch Nails: March of the Pigs
Nine Inch Nails: The Collector
Nine Inch Nails: The Perfect Drug
10014  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next two weeks Rock Band DLC on: January 31, 2008, 07:02:53 PM

Quote from: The Grue on January 31, 2008, 06:58:36 PM

I would love to see an Anthrax pack, though. 

Got the Time would kick all kinds of ass.
10015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next two weeks Rock Band DLC on: January 31, 2008, 06:55:15 PM

Quote from: jersoc on January 31, 2008, 06:34:30 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 31, 2008, 05:26:10 PM

Quote from: jersoc on January 31, 2008, 05:20:43 PM

mmm, more metal music. after working man, BRING IT ON!

Yeah, but good metal please.  An Opeth pack would be dreamy.

NIN(ok, not really metal, but sorta close), IM and metallica aren't good? I think you're a bit picky here.

LOL.  I love NIN, but their music is nothing even close to resembling metal.   Metallica has some good metal songs, but Fuel is certainly not one of them.  Now, if they released Master of Puppets, it would be a different story.  smile  I've never been a fan of Iron Maiden (or any of the screechy 80's metal bands for that matter), so I don't get too excited about that.

10016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pirates of the burning DS on: January 31, 2008, 06:36:26 PM
90%?  Damn, I'm apparently one of the 10% then, cause I've never even heard of an R4 chip.

 Roll Eyes
10017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next two weeks Rock Band DLC on: January 31, 2008, 05:26:10 PM

Quote from: jersoc on January 31, 2008, 05:20:43 PM

mmm, more metal music. after working man, BRING IT ON!

Yeah, but good metal please.  An Opeth pack would be dreamy.
10018  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Calling All Market Watchers: Refi Now or Wait a little longer? on: January 31, 2008, 03:27:18 PM
I'm in the exact same boat.  Refi'd out of an interest only in August (long story as to why I was in that to begin with) into a 30-year at 6.625.  Talked to a couple guys yesterday who offered 5.5% on a 30 year, and it's definitely tempting.  It would take me about 5 years just to recoup the costs of the last 2 refi's, but would save me another 40K over the long haul.  Since we've decided to stay in this house for good, I'm thinking it might be time.

None of the lenders I talked to seemed very optimistic about the rate dropping much further, but that could also just be a pitch to get me to do it now.
10019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next two weeks Rock Band DLC on: January 31, 2008, 03:20:04 PM
Love NIN, so those are a must buy.  Might pick up the thrash stuff too.
10020  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Composer Yasunori Mitsuda interview on: January 30, 2008, 07:57:59 PM

Quote from: Calvin on January 30, 2008, 06:46:19 PM

I am intrigued about this FFIX piano strings thing-going to look for it.

I picked up most of my FF soundtracks off E-bay.  Places like Amazon will charge upwards of $50 for the CD's, whereas you can typically get them off E-bay for under $20.  Haven't seen them on any DL services, but I haven't look particularly hard.

Just FYI, there's either piano or full orchestra arrangement CD's for many of the FF sountracks.  The favorites from my collection would be (link goes to more info on each):

FF IV - Celtic Moon
Final Fantasy VI piano collection
Final Fantasy VII piano collection
FF VII Reunion Tracks - Includes an awesome orchestral arrangement of "One Winged Angel"
FF VIII piano collection
FF VIII - Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec - Orchestral arrangement of FF VIII tracks.  One of my favorites.
FF IX Piano Collections
FFX Piano Collection - Probably the weakest of all the piano versions, imo.
FF Potion - Includes some vocal, some orchestral, even some guitar versions of tracks from FF 1 to FF IX.  There's 2 volumes, but Potion 1 is far, far better than Potion 2.
-  The FF Tactics Advance soundtrack comes with 2 discs.  One is the original sound files from the GBA game, the second is a full orchestral version, which is very well done.

So...there's a bunch of info you probably don't need.  smile
10021  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My namesake is getting his own show on: January 30, 2008, 05:43:06 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 30, 2008, 04:32:18 PM

Reading several of Goodkind's truly reprehensible interviews has well and good turned me off of his series forever

That's a problem as well.  Goodkind is a pompous a-hole of the highest order, and it's tough for me to overlook that as I'm reading his stuff.
10022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: January 30, 2008, 03:10:04 PM
Thought this preview was very interesting, and presented some info I hadn't heard before.  Some of it was a little concerning, like:

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Encounters are random and frequent, in the manner of classic Final Fantasy, but can be as brutally challenging as what you might encounter in a Shin Megami Tensei game. Once you're beyond the game's first few hours, most areas have one or two possible random encounters that can easily one-shot your entire party.

I really enjoyed the SMT games, but the brutal difficulty and ridiculous encounter rate ultimately made me quit.  Since I tend to enjoy games more for story and characters rather than a huge challenge, I prefer my games to lean more towards too easy than too hard.   Not a deal-breaker, but certainly an area of concern.

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The puzzles in Lost Odyssey are fairly typical for RPGs but not especially well-designed, and sometimes have solutions that don't really make a whole lot of sense. The rigorous combat that's easy to relish when you're making a straightforward trip through the dungeon begins to feel like a punishment then.

Looks like I'll be dropping the extra $20 for the guide, as I hate obscure puzzles.  Regarding the short stories (Eddie linked to one above):

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The stories are written powerfully and can be incredibly moving, usually evoking deep sadness. If you're a gamer who turns to games to escape real-life difficulties, Lost Odyssey may be too much for you. It's a bleak and frank title about the frailty of human nature in a way that no one has any reason to expect a video game to be.

Sounds like these stories will be a fantastic touch, and I'm really looking forward to reading them.   They also make no mention of any technical issues, which is encouraging.  I would think that if the load times were truly horrible, they would have made at least some mention of it.

10023  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My namesake is getting his own show on: January 30, 2008, 12:40:30 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 30, 2008, 12:01:36 PM

Gratch, have you read the rest of them? I thought you stopped at 6?

I read the first 8 (up through Naked Empire).  Really liked them through Soul of the Fire, but the series took a pretty awful turn after that.  I've read the synopsis for the remaining books, but have had zero interest in actually slogging through them.
10024  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My namesake is getting his own show on: January 30, 2008, 03:36:42 AM
Apparently, Sam Raimi is doing a "Sword of Truth" TV series for ABC.

I'm a bit conflicted, as I loved the first 5 books in the series.  Unfortunately, the series it went careening on a cliff in a huge ball of flame, and landed as a horrid, steaming pile of shite for the rest of the books.  Maybe they'll have the good sense to either wrap up the TV series or get take the story in a different direction than the mess Goodkind created in the latter volumes.

On the plus side, we'll finally get to see "Grrrrrratttttch Luuuuuurrrrrgggg Rrrrrrrriiiiiiccchhhhharddddd" in living color.
10025  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 30, 2008, 03:23:51 AM
10026  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are Coheed & Cambria any good? on: January 30, 2008, 03:00:45 AM

Quote from: warning on January 29, 2008, 10:42:49 PM

If I could somehow edit out the singer's awful voice I think I might like them.

That about sums up my feeling on them too.  Good music, horrific singer.
10027  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: January 30, 2008, 02:59:10 AM

Quote from: EddieA on January 30, 2008, 01:15:41 AM

GameTrailers has a nice new video preview here.  Also, there are some videos of the short stories featured in the game posted on Youtube.  I read one of them, and it was very well done.  I'm not sure if any of them contain spoilers, but the one I read didn't - Little Liar.

Unlike Mistwalker's previous game (Blue Dragon), every preview I see for Lost Odyssey just gets me more and more excited.  It looks to be combining elements from two of my favorite RPGS:  with an world that looks very much like FFXII, and a combat system reminiscent of Shadow Hearts.  That short story is a very nice touch as well.

Do want!!   drool drool
10028  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's upcoming for the DS? on: January 29, 2008, 10:19:22 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on January 29, 2008, 10:01:12 PM

Sweet...Xenosaga I am looking forward to (if it comes to the states).  Was Xenosaga 1 Xenogears or is it possible someone can enlighten me on the numbering system smile

I don't think there's any 'official' connection between the two, although I've heard it said that the Xenosaga games were a prequel of sorts to Xenogears.  The plot is so confusing that I couldn't figure out how to connect them anyways.
10029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's upcoming for the DS? on: January 29, 2008, 08:40:40 PM

Quote from: EddieA on January 29, 2008, 08:21:55 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 29, 2008, 07:35:17 PM

I was also interested in both the Xenosaga and Baten Kaitos DS games I heard about ages ago, but haven't heard any updates in a long time.

Xenosaga 1 + 2 for the DS was released in Japan, but not in the US, and Baten Kaitos DS appears to be dead. 
Well, that sucks.

I forgot about ASH.  That one does look very cool.
10030  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Composer Yasunori Mitsuda interview on: January 29, 2008, 08:19:29 PM

Quote from: Farscry on January 29, 2008, 08:04:00 PM

IX had more weak pieces than the other three listed here, but its really strong pieces were utterly wonderful.

Be sure to check out the FFIX Piano Collections CD.  Some of the renditions on there are amazing.  There's one for FFVII as well, but it's not nearly as strong.
10031  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's upcoming for the DS? on: January 29, 2008, 07:35:17 PM
Really the only reason I'm hanging on to my DS is for Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.    I was also interested in both the Xenosaga and Baten Kaitos DS games I heard about ages ago, but haven't heard any updates in a long time.  And what ever happened to the Disciples games?
10032  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Composer Yasunori Mitsuda interview on: January 29, 2008, 06:13:07 PM

Quote from: Calvin on January 29, 2008, 05:44:27 PM

Who did FFX and XII? Cause that guys a friggin genius.

Nobuo Uematsu did most of the work on FFX.  He is the long-time composer for the FF games, all the way back to the original game.  Interestingly, FFX was the first FF game that he had help on the soundtrack and didn't compose the whole thing by himself.  I personally think FFX was one of his weaker efforts, but that's akin picking the worst Ferrari.  smile  He now does work with Mistwalker (Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey, etc.).

Hitoshi Sakimoto did FFXII.  He also worked on both of the FF Tactics games, as well as Vagrant Story and a few others.
10033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Composer Yasunori Mitsuda interview on: January 29, 2008, 05:34:32 PM

Quote from: depward on January 29, 2008, 04:38:36 PM

I believe he did Shadow Hearts 1 & Shadow Hearts: Covenant (2) music... but I don't see him listed for the third (from the new world).  I think the overall consensus is that Covenant is the best out of the three by a long shot.  I know I loved that game so (soundtrack, story, characters, goddamn everything).  I know some people liked From the New World... but I was a little let down.  The first SH is good, although a bit of a step back in terms of graphics and such from Covenant and FtNW.

He did all the music for SH1, and collaborated with a couple other composers for 2.  Wasn't involved with 3, iirc.

I'll echo Dep's sentiments on the SH games.  Covenant is definitely the best of the bunch, but loses some of it's impact if you didn't play the first game.  I really disliked the third game (From the New World), but your mileage may vary.

Some impressions of SH:  Covenant
Impressions of SH:  From the New World

Coincidentally, the reason I ever played any Shadow Hearts games to begin with was because I had heard Mitsuda worked on the soundtrack.  Certainly glad I did.

And since I'm sure it's been a while, here's one just for Dep. slywink

10034  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Cthulhu on: January 29, 2008, 04:30:42 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on January 29, 2008, 04:02:39 AM

http://cthulhuthemovie.com/

Veeeery interesting

Yeah, but...Tori Spelling?
10035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Composer Yasunori Mitsuda interview on: January 29, 2008, 04:26:15 AM
Thanks Eddie, that was a great read.  Mitsuda is far and away my favorite game composer, and it's good to hear he's working on new stuff.   I'm a sucker for nearly everything he's done:  the Chrono Series, Xenogears & Xenosaga, Shadow Hearts, Tsunugani, even Sailing to the World...they're all incredible soundtracks.  Heck, I've even got an 18 hour playlist that is nothing but his game tunes.  smile

I wasn't crazy about the KiRite collaboration with Sato, but I will forever tout the Xenogears Cried disc as one of my all-time favorite albums - game or otherwise. 
10036  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/28) on: January 28, 2008, 03:28:46 PM
The Smashing Pumpkins Rock Band DLC, and that's it.
10037  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Is there any sort of trial/demo for FFXI? on: January 28, 2008, 04:53:03 AM

Quote from: Farscry on January 28, 2008, 04:08:42 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 27, 2008, 11:52:06 PM

Once in a while I think about going back and playing FFXI.  Then I think about the entire day (literally) I spent trying to get into a group, and the feeling goes away.

I loved FFXI when I first tried it despite the horrifically poor controls on the PC. Then I got to around level 8 or 9, and discovered the joys of having grouping required to make any meaningful progress. I quit for much the same reason you did.

I love grouping in mmo's. But finding a decent (or, sometimes, ANY) group to join is such a crapshoot that I simply can't play an mmo that isn't both solo- and group-friendly.

Well, that certainly changes my mind.  I like to play 99% solo, so forced grouping would kill my interest in any game in about 2 seconds.  Thanks for saving me the $3.  smile
10038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII: Voices of the Lifestream - must download for soundtrack f on: January 28, 2008, 12:34:34 AM
Thanks for the heads up.  I've typically avoided the fan remix albums because so many of them have been absolute shite (never, ever subject your ears to the Chrono Cross OC Remix album.  ::shudder:smile, but this one looks like it has potential.   If nothing else, it'll give me something to listen to at work tomorrow.  smile
10039  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How much do demos factor in your purchase? on: January 27, 2008, 04:54:32 PM
They weren't nearly as big a deal when I had more disposable income.  These days, however, I'm forced to be much more selective about what I buy, and demos play a big part in those decisions.   Can't think of many games that the demo has swayed me into a purchase, but there have been plenty that steered me away.  Most recently, I have passed on both Blue Dragon and the new Burnout (two games that would have typically been Day 1 purchases) simply because of bad demos.  I can't justify dropping $60 on a game that I don't enjoy the demo.
10040  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Is there any sort of trial/demo for FFXI? on: January 27, 2008, 04:44:53 AM

Quote from: depward on January 27, 2008, 02:30:54 AM

Gamestop has like, a $2 or $3 "30 day trial" they sell at their b&m stores...

I'll give that a shot.   I'm really only giving it another shot because it's a Final Fantasy game, and don't expect I'd play much longer than a month or so.
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