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10001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Populous is coming to the DS! on: September 20, 2007, 03:37:16 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on September 20, 2007, 03:36:31 PM

Fuck yeah!
I hope it actually comes out, though, unlike Disciples and Jagged Alliance 2.

Yeah, whatever happened to these?  Are they still in the works?
10002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP new buyer questions on: September 20, 2007, 01:46:40 PM

Quote from: Xmann on September 20, 2007, 01:19:59 PM


-How about screen protectors?   Does most use them?   Whats a good one to get without blurring the screen?

I picked up a used unit from Gamestop, and whoever originally owned it had some kind of clear protective coating put over the entire front of the unit.  Wish I know who did it, as it does an awesome job of protecting the thing and I'd highly recommend it.  Any smudges just wipe right off with a slightly damp paper towel, and it's very scratch resistant.

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I've read good stuff about Syphon Filter and KillZone Liberation.   I know alot are liking some of the rpg's, but they don't interest me for the PSP.

Dunno if that includes SRPG's, but Jeanne D'Arc is easily the best game I've played this year on any system.
10003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]Lost Odyssey videos on: September 20, 2007, 01:13:05 PM

Quote from: mikeg on September 17, 2007, 11:29:31 PM

Off my list unfortunately.  One, the graphics were very mediocre to me and it being turn-based took it from being a possible play to a never play.  Just can't stir up even an ounce of interest in anything turn-based.  Until these vids I had no clue.  Glad I watched them.  One less game to fret over.

But those who dig that stuff, looks like you have a big one coming.

Exact opposite for me, and I think that looks absolutely amazing.   Most real-time combat systems are far too frenetic and twitchy for my tastes, so this looks like it'll be perfect. 
10004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ASH, FFTA2, White Knight videos on: September 20, 2007, 11:58:49 AM
I'm disappointed they didn't spruce up the FFTA2 graphics a bit, but that's not a major concern.  I love the gameplay, and it looks like that has stayed perfectly intact.

ASH looks very, very cool.  Do we know when it's due to arrive in NA?
10005  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jackass Thompson in GTA IV? on: September 19, 2007, 05:29:18 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on September 19, 2007, 05:20:39 PM

and after he is dead,i would switch to baseball bat and just keep plumeting and plumeting and plumeting icon_twisted

Plumeting?   icon_lol
10006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect -- 82 Days Away on: September 19, 2007, 12:09:40 PM

Quote from: Turtle on September 10, 2007, 02:07:34 AM

They're innovating in small ways, but I also think they're taking a small step back by going for a more shooter type of combat.

In the latest video, I've noticed the "target lock" is gone and you generally shoot toward the reticle, makes me wonder if the abandoned the idea that your stats still govern hits and such.

For the three of us that are dreadful at console shooters, I give this design decision a hearty  thumbsdown thumbsdown thumbsdown.
10007  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hillary's legal mandate for health insurance- WTF?!?!?!? on: September 19, 2007, 11:31:57 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on September 19, 2007, 01:45:13 AM

...I am currently paying $1000/ month for me, my wife, and two kids. ..

Ouch.  Makes me realize how good (and cheap) my insurance is.
10008  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Song Set Leaked? on: September 19, 2007, 02:16:56 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on September 19, 2007, 01:22:30 AM

Quote from: Gratch on September 18, 2007, 01:48:35 PM

Looks pretty hit & miss to me.  Tiers 4, 5, 6, & 8 (especially 8 ) rock.  Tiers 2, 3, & 7 (with the exception of Cult of Personality) are already putting me to sleep.  With Slipknot, Disturbed, and Muse, set 7 looks like it'll be the stinker of the group imo.

Muse?  Stinker?  BLASPHEME!!!!!

Seriously, have you seen the video for Knights of Cydonia?  Any vid that features a hottie in Wilma Deering's old skintight space pilot suit has a thumbs up from me.  biggrin

Love the video, but thought the song was complete ass.   Just not my thing, I suppose.
10009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Song Set Leaked? on: September 18, 2007, 01:48:35 PM
Looks pretty hit & miss to me.  Tiers 4, 5, 6, & 8 (especially 8 ) rock.  Tiers 2, 3, & 7 (with the exception of Cult of Personality) are already putting me to sleep.  With Slipknot, Disturbed, and Muse, set 7 looks like it'll be the stinker of the group imo.
10010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Song Set Leaked? on: September 17, 2007, 06:05:14 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 17, 2007, 05:09:50 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 17, 2007, 04:55:08 PM

It's still a day 1 purchase, that would just irritate me if I get less songs because I don't know anyone else who plays.
Not planning to play it online?

Maybe.  I don't do much multi-player, so it depends on whether I feel like reupping on XBL for one game.
10011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap (9-17-07) on: September 17, 2007, 04:57:55 PM
I finally gold-starred Heart Shaped Box on Expert in GH2.  I'd missed it by one note on 3 separate occasions (once on literally the last note of the song), so I was glad to finally get all the way through.  I was surprised, however, that a completely perfect run-through only gave me a score ranked #897.  I apparently need to used my star-power more judiciously.

Oddly, I now have 2 gold-stars on Expert (Heart Shaped Box & Salvation), but none on hard.
10012  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Song Set Leaked? on: September 17, 2007, 04:55:08 PM
It's still a day 1 purchase, that would just irritate me if I get less songs because I don't know anyone else who plays.
10013  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I hate seeing my team lose, but I hate it more on: September 17, 2007, 02:47:37 AM
Words cannot begin to describe the loathing I have for Mike Shannahan and the Broncos.   icon_evil
10014  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Song Set Leaked? on: September 17, 2007, 02:46:18 AM

Quote from: Darren8r on September 17, 2007, 02:05:59 AM

I think they mean when you play through the game in Co-op mode, the encores unlocked will be different, I assume it will be an insentive to play Co-op mode. You will then get more songs you cant get by yourself.

That would be incredibly lame.  So those of us who don't happen to have any gaming friends get less songs?  Just another "brilliant" gameplay decision to go along with boss battles and power-ups. 
10015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Song Set Leaked? on: September 17, 2007, 01:51:08 AM
So are those "Co-op encore" songs available in single player?   I'm confused...
10016  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: College football....First HUGE upset of the season on: September 16, 2007, 06:31:36 PM

Quote from: gellar on September 16, 2007, 04:17:36 AM

Yeah that was complete and utter destruction.  There is absolutely nothing to explain that level of asskicking, considering the Utes two best offensive players COULDN'T EVEN PLAY.

Top three offensive players, actually.  Our QB, #1 running back, and #1 wide receiver were all out.  Oh, so were 2 of our starting O-lineman.
10017  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: College football....First HUGE upset of the season on: September 16, 2007, 04:15:34 AM
Formerly 11th ranked UCLA got pounded by my Utes, 44-6.   Awesome, awesome game.   icon_biggrin
10018  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stardust [2007] on: September 15, 2007, 05:18:43 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 15, 2007, 03:35:26 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 15, 2007, 03:28:16 PM

Unfortunately, it has completely tanked at the box office.  $35 million revenue against a production budget of $70 million, last I checked.  frown

I think Paramount only paid a small fee to distribute it so they had no interest in the movie's success. 

Which would explain the lack of any sort of promotion at all.
10019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: psp: srpg paradise! on: September 15, 2007, 05:15:29 PM
Jeanne D'Arc has been my gaming surprise of the year so far.  For me, the lack of job variety is offset by the fantastic level design and even better story.  My only small gripe right now is that it's easy to power-level, which can make the game very easy.  I'm about 2/3 of the way through (just finished Mission 27), with all my characters at 50-55 level.  Even the big stage bosses have been 8-10 levels below me, and haven't been a huge challenge.   Minor nitpick, though and one that could have easily been avoided had I not spent so much time on free combats.

With all this handheld RPG and SRPG goodness, I haven't even turned on by "regular" consoles in months.  Between Jeanne, Brave Story (which I've barely scratched the surface of), Luminous Arc, and Etrian Odyssey, I'm a happy gamer right now.  Adding FFT and Disgaea to the mix just makes things that much better.  I can't wait to dive back into FFT again.

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I've got Jeanne D'Arc coming from Amazon and I'm seriously looking at the FFT port as I never played the original.

Definitely pick up FFT.  It's easily one of the best SRPG games ever made.
10020  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stardust [2007] on: September 15, 2007, 03:28:16 PM
Saw it a couple weeks ago, and thoroughly enjoyed it.   It won't blow you away, but it's a solid, fun, exciting movie that gets nearly everything right.  Some of the storyline transitions were a bit tough to follow, but that's a very small gripe in an otherwise great film.  BTW, Deniro is farking hilarious.  One of his scenes had me laughing harder than I have at a movie in years.

Unfortunately, it has completely tanked at the box office.  $35 million revenue against a production budget of $70 million, last I checked.  frown
10021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: IGN gives Eternal Sonata an 8.3 on: September 15, 2007, 03:22:59 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 14, 2007, 04:23:11 PM

The other comments I've heard about the game:

- Awful story

- Mundane and boring dungeon design

These two factors take it from a release day game to a "maybe sometime down the road" game.  With my increasingly limited gaming budget, I just can't justify dropping $60 on a game that I might like.  I want to support the quirky JRPG, but can't do it when I know there's a some games coming up that are no-brainers for me (i.e. Mass Effect, Rock Band, etc.).

I wasn't crazy about the demo anyways.  It looked nice, but both the combat system and the sheer ridiculousness of the game's concept turned me off. 
10022  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: September 14, 2007, 11:20:46 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 14, 2007, 09:40:42 PM

the don't seem to work for me in firefox.  nor when i use the ietab extension.  it has to be virgin ie6 or nothing apparently.

Works fine for me.  :shrug:

I actually rather enjoyed TR:  A, but that was funny as hell.
10023  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Watches on: September 14, 2007, 05:28:37 PM

Quote from: Canuck on September 14, 2007, 01:52:36 AM

Not too expensive (relatively).  The Seiko is 73,000 yen and Orient 45,000 yen.  So that would be about $650 and $380 respectively.

Apparently your definition of "not too expensive" and mine are vastly different.  slywink
10024  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP]Crisis Core:Final Fantasy VII intro(look familiar?) on: September 14, 2007, 05:26:19 PM

Quote from: depward on September 14, 2007, 03:26:45 PM

Gameplay vid (blurry, but has a cutscene + gameplay) http://youtube.com/watch?v=q2Byz6nJq4o

Wish I knew what the heck was going on there.  Looks very cool, but I can't tell if it's an extremely fast turn-based system or a more real-time, action-RPG style.
10025  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 14, 2007, 06:28:36 AM










10026  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: August NPD Sales - Nintendo dominates, 360 up, PS3 down on: September 14, 2007, 03:42:01 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 14, 2007, 03:36:56 AM

Quote from: Gratch on September 14, 2007, 03:32:29 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 14, 2007, 02:36:57 AM

Also, looks like Blue Dragon did just over 50k.  Talk about a bomb!  That's worse than Enchanted Arms did it's first month! 

Ouch.  I'm curious how many gamers were initally interested, but opted not to pick it up after seeing the mediocre reviews and horrible demo.  That's certainly what happened with me.

Creates somewhat of a Catch-22.   JRPG fans won't plunk down cash for mediocre/bad games, which in turn means publishers won't keep bringing JRPG's to the system because of poor sales.  We're all hoping for the next Final Fantasy, but chances are it won't get made unless we buy the BD's and Enchanted Arm's that keep getting released.

I maintain that a June release with no demo would have scene sales of BD in well excess of 300k.  I think it would have even reviewed better then as well. 

I agree.  The game could have been the bees knees, and still been buried under the big August releases.  There's a couple games that fit that mold pretty well.  Jeanne D'Arc is a wonderful little game, but had no chance competing with the likes of Bioshock and Madden for people's console dollars.
10027  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 14, 2007, 03:34:13 AM

Quote from: Enough on September 14, 2007, 12:13:23 AM




I'm so going to hell for laughing at that.
10028  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: August NPD Sales - Nintendo dominates, 360 up, PS3 down on: September 14, 2007, 03:32:29 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on September 14, 2007, 02:36:57 AM

Also, looks like Blue Dragon did just over 50k.  Talk about a bomb!  That's worse than Enchanted Arms did it's first month! 

Ouch.  I'm curious how many gamers were initally interested, but opted not to pick it up after seeing the mediocre reviews and horrible demo.  That's certainly what happened with me.

Creates somewhat of a Catch-22.   JRPG fans won't plunk down cash for mediocre/bad games, which in turn means publishers won't keep bringing JRPG's to the system because of poor sales.  We're all hoping for the next Final Fantasy, but chances are it won't get made unless we buy the BD's and Enchanted Arm's that keep getting released.
10029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinite Undiscovery screenshots on: September 12, 2007, 01:30:22 PM
I typically dislike Tri-Ace games, and that ridiculous name isn't doing this one any favors.

Graphics are nice, though.
10030  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 11, 2007, 08:55:30 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 11, 2007, 01:24:47 PM

New additions:

  # Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" [master track]
  # Red Hot Chilli Pepper's "Dani California" [master track]
  # KISS' "Detroit Rock City" [master track]

Not bad.  Not great, but certainly not terrible.

I keep hoping they'll throw us black/speed/death/whatever metal fans a bone and give us at least one track that we can growl along with instead of singing.  Some Opeth would be sweet.
10031  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ninja Gaiden 2 Screens on: September 11, 2007, 08:52:57 PM
It's been a while since I played it, but I don't remember the NG1 being that over the top with the gore.  Am I just remembering wrong?

EDIT:  I kannt speel
10032  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm a Dad! on: September 10, 2007, 09:45:50 PM
Congrats Eco-Logic!!
10033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP or PS3 on: September 10, 2007, 06:48:17 PM
If you like SRPG's, Jeanne D'Arc (PSP) is easily my Game of the Year so far.  It'd be an awesome strategy title on any platform, but is near perfection on a handheld.
10034  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap (9-10-07) on: September 10, 2007, 06:17:25 PM
Only managed to get in a couple levels of Jeanne D'Arc between football games.
10035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Game Ever Thread on: September 10, 2007, 06:16:09 PM

Quote from: Canuck on September 10, 2007, 04:25:05 PM

Final Fantasy Tactics.  Fun game, interesting story, shocking ending (for me anyways).

FF Tactics Advance is a very close #2 on my list.  It and FFVII are the only games that I have ever put more than 100 hours into.
10036  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Game Ever Thread on: September 10, 2007, 03:43:53 PM
Easy, Final Fantasy VII.   It's the sole reason I ever became a gamer.
10037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 09, 2007, 03:29:49 PM
Bummer, but certainly not a deal breaker.  All my play will be solo anyways, so I'm not too worried about cords running across the room.
10038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP]Crisis Core:Final Fantasy VII intro(look familiar?) on: September 09, 2007, 03:28:00 PM
Mmmmm, purty. 
10039  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Ocean 4 - first details and screens! on: September 08, 2007, 06:45:15 PM

Quote from: Calvin on September 07, 2007, 06:50:31 AM

Just wanted to say how much I am enjoying this conversation about JRPGs and the US market and all that guys, really good ideas, information, and speculation-fun to read.

I'll echo Calvin here.  Anytime Kevin, Dante, and Eddie get into an RPG discussion, it's fun for the rest of us.  smile
10040  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your [other] hobbies on: September 08, 2007, 06:20:34 PM

Quote from: Ridah on September 08, 2007, 05:42:12 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 08, 2007, 05:10:31 PM

Hobbies have become tougher since I've gone back to working 60+ hour weeks.  I still play soccer quite a bit (2 indoor and 1 outdoor game every week) and have been trying to catch up on some "modern classic" books (just finished Farenheit 451 and am halfway through 1984), but that's about it.  Most of my free time this summer has been spent trying to get my yard in shape, but since I hate yardwork I'm not considering it a hobby.

Hell man, if your working 60+ a week can you not afford to hire some of those Hispanic yard workers to maintain your yard? We have a few guys that mow the lawn every Friday, I think we pay them like $70 a month.

My retired father-in-law decided that our yard was his project this summer.  It's great because he has designed and paid for all the improvements, but part of the deal was that I would help him do the work.  Considering I'm getting a new 16' X 16' covered deck, brand new sprinkler system, and a ton of landscaping for free, I shouldn't complain a bit.  smile
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