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10001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 4-9-2007: Brought to you by Zombie Jesus! on: April 09, 2007, 01:33:39 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 09, 2007, 01:08:19 PM

I rented Vive Pinata and I continue to enjoy playing it, though I'm not sure why.  It seems confusing and like a lot of micro management and I'm not sure the best way to get money.  However, rumor has it that it's 19.99 at target this week, so I may buy it.

I have the same problem.  If there were an easier way to make money, the game would be a lot more fun.

I've been selling most of the pinatas I breed, but some of them take a ridiculous amount of effort.  There's also a few of them that it makes no sense to breed.  Fudgehogs, for example, require milk to get "in the mood", which costs $1,400.  So I would spend $2,800 on milk to breed a pinata that sells for $1,000.  Not much incentive there.

I also don't really understand some of the game mechanics.  For instance, it says 4 Raisants are required for the spider to show up.  So I go through the effort and expense to breed a couple extra Raisiants, finally get a total of 4, and the spider still won't come in.  I've seen him wandering around the outside of the garden a few times, but he won't step foot inside.

VP is a great game, but it can certainly be frustrating.
10002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect inches closer to launch on: April 09, 2007, 12:57:11 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 08, 2007, 10:54:30 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 08, 2007, 10:50:11 PM

So are they ever going to show some real freaking gameplay or what?  Everyone is drooling over this damn game and I have yet to see how it actually plays. 

They have shown gameplay.  *shrug*  What were you looking for specifically?  They've shown the tactical battle system, dialog system, planetary system, etc.

It looks too much tactical shooter and too little RPG for my tastes.  I'll still be there day one, but I'm not quite as drool as everyone else yet.
10003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 4-9-2007: Brought to you by Zombie Jesus! on: April 09, 2007, 11:51:49 AM
Had my first ever online console gaming experience with Gears of War on Friday.  It was certainly fun, but I'm not entirely sure it's my thing.  Will need to put in a lot more practice to become even a little bit competent.

Also put a couple more hours into Enchanted Arms.  I'm at about 9 hours now, and I'm not sure if I want to go any further.  Combat is somewhat fun, but this is still the most soulless, generic, cliched RPG I've ever played.  There's simply no hook at all to keep going.  I've heard it gets better around the 10 hour mark, however, so maybe a couple more hours.  Started putzing around with Viva Pinata on Saturday night, and before I knew it, 4 hours had flown by!  Such a great little game.

Spent the obligatory 3-4 hours with Puzzle Quest as well.  Up to 34th level now, and having an absolute blast.
10004  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Final Fantasy VII on: April 08, 2007, 09:47:09 PM

Quote from: mirage775 on April 08, 2007, 06:39:20 PM

I still have my copy, but it's not going anywhere  icon_wink

Try ebay, they used to be pretty cheap, last time I checked there...?

E-bay copies are usually $60+, but it's worth every penny if you haven't played it before.  FFVII is one of about 3 games that I will never, ever part with.

Now back to your regularly scheduled thread.
10005  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Laid off on: April 07, 2007, 06:45:41 PM
Damn, sorry to hear that DarkEL.  Good luck on the search.
10006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 07, 2007, 02:18:28 PM
Finally figured out a few of the capture puzzles, so now I have Giant Rat, Griffon, Giant Spider, Wolf, and Dragon Spider mounts.  I've been mainly using the Dragon Spider for the Fire Mastery plusses, and he's up to level 6.  Just got a spell (30th level) that doubles the amount of purple stars in play.  Combine that with my Divine Right spell that clears the board of stars, and it's an awesome combo.  I love how both you and the enemies have started being able to resist spells.  Makes the battles more interesting since you're not entirely sure your spells will have any effect.

Had an epic battle sieging a city this morning.  He was at 1 hp, and I was at 2.  I had used up all my mana for Stun and Thrust, and there were no skull plays available on the board.  He had enough mana to cast a spell that would kill me, so I had to do something to avoid sending the turn back to him.  Took a chance on a red mana match, which just happened to give me both an extra turn and enough mana to cast Thrust on a single skull for the 1 hp of damage I needed to win.

Stuff like this is why I absolutely love Puzzle Quest.  Easily the best game on the DS right now.
10007  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2] GH: I can't play "Heart Shaped Box" on: April 07, 2007, 04:40:22 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 07, 2007, 02:30:23 AM

Holy shit...

I just got to "Killing in the Name"... that cover sucks ass.  At first I thought it was just the singing... but after a while it revealed the whole package was bad.  Wow... talk about off.

I warned ye!!
10008  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Gears of War Friday Night 10 PM EST on: April 07, 2007, 03:10:58 AM
Bah.  Every time I try to join or accept an invite, I get a "Network connection to the host has been lost" message.  I can join other games just fine, but apparently can't hook up with you guys.  Bummer.  frown

EDIT:  Hey, that was fun!  I'll certainly need some practice before I know what the hell I'm doing, but getting at least a couple kills was pretty cool. 
10009  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Games You've Taken Time Off Of Work/School To Play? on: April 06, 2007, 04:10:50 PM
I do it all the time.  I very rarely have to take sick days for actual illness and we don't really do "vacations", so I schedule a lot of days off around game releases.  Most recently, I took 2 days off last week to play my new 360.    When I got my new PC last July, I took a full week off to play Oblivion.

I'll probably schedule one off for Mass Effect as well.  I'm not nearly as excited about the game as some (looks like too much shooter and not enough RPG for me), but I have a bunch of PTO to burn.  May as well use some to game, right?
10010  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NIN - Year Zero free listen online on: April 06, 2007, 01:27:09 PM
I've got to give credit where credit is due.  No matter how disappointing the album ends up being, the viral marketing for it is freaking brilliant.

I'm currently giving Year Zero another listen this morning, and it's 'clicking' a bit better than yesterday.  I'm still disappointed in the lack of any stand-out tracks, but I'm actually enjoying it a bit.  Maybe my expectations were just set a bit too high yesterday.
10011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: Jesus Christ the Savior is Risen Edition 6/Apr/07 on: April 06, 2007, 01:08:41 PM
Gonna give Gears of War MP a shot tonight and see how that goes.  I'm excited to finally be able to join some of the GT folks!   icon_cool

Will probably spend a bit more time with Enchanted Arms, and most certainly some Puzzle Quest.  I really wish PQ had a timer so I knew how many hours I've spent.
10012  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NIN - Year Zero free listen online on: April 05, 2007, 05:59:07 PM
After a couple listens today, I think I'll pass on Year Zero.  I'm a big NIN fan, but every song on this CD sounds exactly the same and there's not a single standout tune in the bunch.

I was hoping it would grow on me (I didn't like With Teeth on first listen either), but after 3 times through this morning I think I can skip it pretty easily.
10013  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 05, 2007, 05:48:52 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on April 05, 2007, 05:30:24 PM

How do you guys spend your gold?  Do you buy new equipment for your character or go for all the citadel upgrades first?  I don't know what to do.  I purchased the dungeon and the stable (to train mounts).  I'm now hesitant to purchase anything.  I would like to upgrade my equipment but I could really use those citadel upgrades.  Any thoughts???

On a related note, how the heck do you get lots of gold?  I'm currently a Level 11 Knight and I have only 1,100 gold saved up and I'm unsure how to spend it because I don't want to gimp my Knight.

I'm at level 27 now.  I've built all the citadel structures, so nearly all my gold goes into upgrading my stats at the temple.  I've bought a few things at the shop, but most of it goes to simply increasing stat points. 

I posted a money making trick a few posts up on this page.  I did it for an hour straight while watching TV and racked up 99,999 gold.  I suppose it's sort of an exploit/cheat, so ymmv on whether or not you want to use it.   
10014  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / NIN - Year Zero free listen online on: April 05, 2007, 01:56:06 PM
Listen to the entire album online.

Sounds a lot like what it really is:  Trent doodling on his laptop on the bus during the last tour.  Not a bad thing, mind you, but it's certainly not anything mindblowing.
10015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2] GH: I can't play "Heart Shaped Box" on: April 05, 2007, 01:53:45 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 04, 2007, 04:11:16 PM

I was going to start my comeback tour last night, but I figured I'd give the fingers one more day of rest.  It's kind of weird, the fingertips of my middle and ring finger are still numb, but at least they don't hurt.

Might be elbow tedonitis.  I have it pretty bad in both elbows, and when it flares up it decreases circulation in my fingers and hands.  It doesn't usually bother me much when playing games, but I have had it hit during some marathon GH sessions.
10016  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 04, 2007, 11:29:26 PM
10017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pokemon banned in Kansas schools - because it promotes evolution on: April 04, 2007, 07:59:53 PM

Quote from: Farscry on April 04, 2007, 07:53:21 PM

OMG

You can't make this stuff up!

New Article

Hilarious or sad, I'm not sure which.  I don't know if this belongs in the Off-Topic forum, but it's gaming related, so I'm putting it here. icon_biggrin

Please tell me that's a belated April Fools story.
10018  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who is your most hated musician or group? on: April 04, 2007, 05:19:04 PM

Quote from: JLu on April 04, 2007, 05:03:45 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 04, 2007, 02:49:06 PM

Quote from: Doopri on April 04, 2007, 02:22:03 AM

i HATE very few things.  most music and groups i can think of at least 1 song of theirs i like...

but i hate garth brooks

I was going to mention Garth, but I kinda figured he was just a given.  Same with Celine Dion.

I know they both sell a shit-ton of albums, but I don't think I've ever met a person that has actually said they're a fan of either one.

I like Garth Brooks.  Not quite sure I'd call myself a 'fan' per se, but I have his greatest hits album and enjoy most of it... 

I stand corrected.
10019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Portable Games Screens (PSP and DS) on: April 04, 2007, 04:13:10 PM

Quote from: Calvin on April 04, 2007, 04:04:55 PM

So heres the thing. There are more games I want to play now on a PSP, but the DS is getting some awesome RPGs in the future (but almost nothing now appeals to me whatsoever). This is quite a dilemma.

I'm in the same boat with my DS, and to a certain extent my 360.  There's only a couple things I enjoy playing now, but I'm keeping both because there's so much good stuff coming out in the future.
10020  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your Skill Level At Games on: April 04, 2007, 04:11:07 PM
Honestly, I'm pretty awful at most games.   I don't have the attention-span or patience for MMORPG's, don't have the twitch reflexes for console shooters or many action games, and don't have the tactical smarts for most strategy games.  I used to be pretty decent at PC FPS games, but that skill has certainly diminished with lack of practice.  I'll usually play games on Easy mode if given the choice, and am perfectly fine with that.  I can certainly enjoy a game without needing it to be a huge challenge.  Maybe that's why I tend to enjoy slower paced RPG games more that anything else.  smile

Oddly, I'm pretty good at Guitar Hero.
10021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 04, 2007, 03:05:18 PM
I really don't need to buy this game again, but you guys are making it awfully hard to resist!   finger
10022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Portable Games Screens (PSP and DS) on: April 04, 2007, 02:57:18 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on April 04, 2007, 02:54:00 PM

There is also FF7: Crisis Core coming for the PSP but that's not included in this round of screens. 

Wasn't that originally the cell phone game?  Surprised that one doesn't go to DS as well.
10023  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who is your most hated musician or group? on: April 04, 2007, 02:49:06 PM

Quote from: Doopri on April 04, 2007, 02:22:03 AM

i HATE very few things.  most music and groups i can think of at least 1 song of theirs i like...

but i hate garth brooks

I was going to mention Garth, but I kinda figured he was just a given.  Same with Celine Dion.

I know they both sell a shit-ton of albums, but I don't think I've ever met a person that has actually said they're a fan of either one.
10024  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Portable Games Screens (PSP and DS) on: April 04, 2007, 02:47:20 PM

Quote from: Calvin on April 04, 2007, 02:40:12 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on April 04, 2007, 02:39:05 PM

Quote from: Calvin on April 04, 2007, 01:44:51 PM

They look great, but which the heck scan is for which game?

All of the top row is FFTA2.

All but the far right of the bottom row is FFXII:RW and the far right is FFT for PSP. 

and only FFT is for PSP?

Yep.
10025  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Portable Games Screens (PSP and DS) on: April 04, 2007, 01:39:31 PM
Wasn't it announced recently that these won't get a US release until 2008?  Looks like they'll be worth the wait, though.
10026  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tonight. We dine. In HECK! on: April 04, 2007, 11:54:52 AM
"FROSTING!!"

Classic.
10027  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers - The First Trailer on: April 03, 2007, 01:54:36 PM
Catching that new trailer was the best part of 24 last night!
10028  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Help me buy a PSTriple! 360+PS2+PSX+DS+PSP+GBA+Mac Software+BSG+Import Liquo on: April 03, 2007, 01:51:24 PM
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Final Fantasy XIII & FIX - $12 each

Final Fantasy 13 is on PS1?  Well, color me dissapointed.  slywink

Man, than FFIX (my copy is scratched and won't work) and Grandia III are soooo tempting, but I'm not sure I'd ever get around to playing them.  Have to think on it...
10029  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who is your most hated musician or group? on: April 03, 2007, 01:25:50 PM
Ah, so you hate the stereotypical "Parrothead" fans.  Can't say I disagree with you there.
10030  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who is your most hated musician or group? on: April 03, 2007, 01:00:34 PM

Quote from: Spiff on April 03, 2007, 04:29:22 AM

Quote from: Devil on April 03, 2007, 02:04:13 AM

Pearl Jam
Creed
Jimmy Buffet

Yeah, I said it - All 3 suck.  Tongue

You're a blasphemer.

If you're gonna hate, at least spell it right: Jimmy Buffett. slywink

You're spot on with the other two though.

Honestly though, how can someone hate Jimmy Buffett?  The guy sings about hanging out on beaches, eating burgers, drinking beer, and getting laid.  What's there to hate about that?
10031  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Enchanted ARMS- Caution to PS3 owners on: April 03, 2007, 11:55:35 AM
I just started EA last week.  5 hours in, and I'm on the fence with it.  One one hand, the combat system is pretty interesting and looks like it could get more intriguing as you go.  On the other hand, this game is bland as bland can get.  Outside of the gay character (who is completely over the top, but not a deal breaker for me), EA simply sticks to every generic JRPG cliche in the book.  Both the character and environments are dull and lifeless, the story is rather boring, and the game simply has no soul (for lack of a better term).  All that being said, I've heard it's a very slow starter, and really begins ramping up about the point I'm at.  I'll give it at least to the 10 hour mark to see if it gets better. 

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I haven't played Enchanted Arms yet but it seems like people with minimal JRPG experience really enjoyed it while people who are big fans of the genre consider it solid and worth playing but hardly exceptional.  Which tells me that maybe some of those people with minimal exposure to the genre should use it as a "gateway drug" and try out some more stuff in the genre.

I think this is a pretty accurate statement.  I fall into the latter category, so EA has been pretty 'meh' for me so far.  I can certainly see, however, how someone with little JRPG experience would enjoy it more.
10032  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who is your most hated musician or group? on: April 03, 2007, 03:46:17 AM
This will be blasphemous to some, but I have always hated U2.  Nothing will get me to change the station faster than one of their whiny, pretentious songs.
10033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 03, 2007, 03:42:25 AM
In case anyone's wondering, there is a 99,999 gold cap.  (I messed around with the money trick while watching 24 tonight)
10034  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/360] Rock Band on: April 03, 2007, 12:48:44 AM
This sounds really damn cool.  Being a drummer myself, I can't wait to see what they do with that peripheral.  I've always thought a Drum Hero would be a blast to play.

I don't have many gaming friends, but the thought of hooking up and jamming with 3 other people online is certainly intriguing.
10035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS2] GH: I can't play "Heart Shaped Box" on: April 03, 2007, 12:34:24 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on April 02, 2007, 11:05:12 PM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on April 02, 2007, 11:00:22 PM

I can't play "Heart Shaped Box" because the cover is absolutely dreadful to listen to.  Not that I was a fan of Nirvana in the first place...

Yeah the vocals for Heart Shaped Box are the worst in the game in my opinion.  It doesnt help that the previous song in the set is the actual Toadies doing Possum Kingdom.

I dunno.  I think the "worst of" award goes to either Killing in the Name Of or Mother.  Both of those were beyond horrid.
10036  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Gears of War Friday Night 10 PM EST on: April 03, 2007, 12:29:52 AM
I think ATB was throwing us non-R6-having noobs a bone with setting up a GoW night (which is much appreciated smile).  This will be my inaugural online console gaming experience, so it should be...interesting.   If all goes well, maybe I'll actually pick up a copy of R6 and give it a shot.  It's not my type of game at all, but maybe it's more interesting multiplayer than single.
10037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Enchanted ARMS- Caution to PS3 owners on: April 03, 2007, 12:24:32 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 03, 2007, 12:23:02 AM


A link to an Armored Core 4 review?
10038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 4-2-2007 No Foolin' Edition on: April 02, 2007, 11:04:09 PM

Quote from: Laner on April 02, 2007, 10:22:56 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 02, 2007, 04:05:16 PM

Spent about 5 hours with Enchanted Arms.  It's a decent enough game, but is possibly the single most generic RPG I've ever played.  It just has no character or charm to it at all.  The combat is somewhat entertaining, but I'm not sure how much more time I'll put into it.  I'll at least give it until the 8-hour mark.

It gets better - not incredibly so, but the first few hours are definitely the most boring.

I've heard that from a few different people, which makes me want to give it at least a couple more hours.
10039  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Buying an X-BOX 360 this week! on: April 02, 2007, 08:18:13 PM

Quote from: Arkon on April 02, 2007, 08:09:13 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 02, 2007, 07:34:16 PM

Honestly, I'd rent it unless you LOVED it.

There is some tedium to it; like replaying scenarios just to level up.

I haven't rented a movie or game in 12 years now.  The local stores are all crappy and don't stock games generally.

I tried renting for the first time in years last week, and was amazed that Hollywood video wanted $9 for a week's rental.  Don't think I'll be renting much anymore.
10040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Buying an X-BOX 360 this week! on: April 02, 2007, 06:58:16 PM

Quote from: Arkon on April 02, 2007, 06:49:28 PM

Quote from: gilgamex on April 02, 2007, 06:42:16 PM

Quote from: Arkon on April 02, 2007, 06:31:15 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 02, 2007, 06:08:50 PM

Quote from: Arkon on April 02, 2007, 05:58:36 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 02, 2007, 05:36:20 PM

Quote from: Brendan on April 02, 2007, 05:35:34 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 02, 2007, 05:29:54 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 02, 2007, 05:25:01 PM

Back ON TOPIC!!!!!

Download the Viva Pinata demo.


Big ol' +1.  After I got past the initial "what the hell am I doing playing a kids game" feeling, I was completely hooked.  Viva Pinata is a damn fine game.

It gives you first-hand experience in mating incestuous candy-stuffed rabbits!

You can't forget smashing said rabbits and feeding their candy to their children.   icon_twisted

I just wish Viva Pinata had sold better, hopefully it will end up with decent final sales as it slowly creeps up in numbers.

I still watch the cartoon every Sunday.  Hope that helps. smile

I hate to sya it, but I think the cartoon hurt the sales of the game in the long run.  The game and cartoon are nothing like each other aside from the characters/animation.

The "demo" certainly detered me from getting the game. I remember thinking "This is a demo?" I thought demos actually let you... ya know... play the game.

That must have been the first demo which was little more than an interactive video if I recall...someone recently posted that a new fully playable demo was put up on live.

The demo I played was fully playable.  I think the only thing they disabled was the Save function, as everything else worked exactly like the full game.  I don't think it had a time limit either, as I played it for a good 2-3 hours.
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