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10001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good news and bad from Square Enix on: May 24, 2007, 01:34:49 PM
Maybe by then I'll actually be able to afford a PS3.
10002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII is 10 years old - replay anyone? on: May 24, 2007, 03:16:00 AM
I'm pretty sure I have an second copy of the Bradygames guide, if anyone is interested.
10003  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: F.T. Jack Thompson goes after Halo 3 on: May 23, 2007, 07:46:14 PM
You can ride the half-pipe in front of my packed stadium concert.  I'm a Guitar Hero witch, so obviously I can be a rock star.
10004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dark Messiah of Might & Magic: Worth $10? on: May 23, 2007, 07:00:10 PM
Probably worth $10, but I wouldn't pay much more for it than that.  It was a very cliche, average action game at best.  Still kicking myself for dropping $50 on it.
10005  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [All] Guitar Hero 3 Confirmed and Announced on: May 23, 2007, 05:41:59 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 23, 2007, 04:42:46 PM

An awful lot of those look like they aren't covers.  Impressive that they can now get so many big names to give the tracks up and/or come in and lay down new ones.

Woah, just noticed that.  Very, very cool.  My biggest gripe with GH2 was how completely awful some of the covers were.

Anyone else find it strange that the Rolling Stones are willing to cough up the master tracks, but Foghat isn't?
10006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII is 10 years old - replay anyone? on: May 23, 2007, 05:25:33 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on May 23, 2007, 05:12:44 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on May 23, 2007, 01:51:10 PM

The most over-rated game of all time !!!!   paranoid

*cough*Halo*cough*

Abso-freaking-lutely.

I can certainly see how people (action gamers, especially) wouldn't like FFVII, but it's tough to deny that it was pretty amazing for it's time.    One of these days, I'll get around to writing my 10-page dissertation on the overall effects of FFVII on the RPG genre.  slywink
10007  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [All] Guitar Hero 3 Confirmed and Announced on: May 23, 2007, 03:57:39 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on May 23, 2007, 03:41:33 PM

Harmonix isn't making the game this time, right?

Neversoft is doing it this time around.
10008  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [All] Guitar Hero 3 Confirmed and Announced on: May 23, 2007, 02:35:30 PM
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Cherub Rock (by Smashing Pumpkins)
Cult of Personality (by Living Colour)

Hell.  Yes.  I'm so in.

Man, Cult of Personality is going to be a bitch to play!   icon_twisted
10009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII is 10 years old - replay anyone? on: May 23, 2007, 02:33:49 PM
I'm in!! 

10 years...holy crap.   eek  I've got so many fond memories of this game.  For me, FFVII is one of those rare games I can play over and over again, and enjoy it every time.    This'll be my 4th time through, and I'm really looking forward to it.  It'll be interesting to replay now that we know the continuation of the story from Advent Children.

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I tried playing it a year ago and the jaggies made me want to tear my eyes out.  I'd consider the PC version but I heard it was buggy as heck.

The jaggies don't bother me that much, but I'm sure playing on my old CRT TV has something to do with that.  The PC version wasn't awful, but it certainly had it's share of problems.  They did all the character models in high-res, but didn't up the resolution on any of the pre-rendered backgrounds.  Looks kinda crappy, imo.
10010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] Dungeons & Dragons Tactics on: May 22, 2007, 07:58:36 PM
Between this and the Final Fantasy Tactics remake, I might actually have to re-buy a PSP.
10011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best/Worst Voice Acting on: May 22, 2007, 12:59:07 PM

Quote from: Calvin on May 22, 2007, 12:19:27 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on May 22, 2007, 02:13:05 AM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on May 21, 2007, 09:09:48 PM

Also, any game that has Cam Clarke in it automatically disqualifies it from being counted as a game with good voice acting, no matter how good the other actors are.

Dude, that rules out 85% of all video games right there. icon_lol

Who is Cam Clarke and what are the biggest games he has been in?

He's in pretty much...well...everything.
10012  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 21, 2007, 11:13:54 PM


10013  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ninja Warrior is awesome on: May 21, 2007, 11:00:14 PM
Looks like it's Rie Komiya.  Oddly, as stunning as she was on the show, all the GIS pictures I could find look pretty much like crap.  The best one I could find is this, and it doesn't really do her justice.  Oh well.

10014  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ninja Warrior is awesome on: May 21, 2007, 08:53:14 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on May 21, 2007, 07:48:31 PM

Ive watched it some over time. Its ok. Right now its fun to watch because its all women.

One of the women that was on yesterday was absolutely drop-dead gorgeous.  I should have written her name down to Google later, but Mrs. Gratch was watching with me.  I remember that she was a "variety show host" and got all the way through the third stage.  Rei something, I think.
10015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best/Worst Voice Acting on: May 21, 2007, 08:12:32 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 21, 2007, 07:54:46 PM

Quote from: EddieA on May 21, 2007, 07:04:16 PM

"I'd second both Enchanted Arms or Baten Kaitos as the worst, with Star Ocean III coming in close behind."
Apart from a few clunkers, I though the VO is SO3 was great, especially the three leads.


IIRC, Gratch didn't get very far into the game.  It doesn't really make a good first impression- the first five or so hours of SO3 heavily featured that annoying girl (can't remember her name) with awful voice acting but she disappeared for the vast majority of the game after that.  And the third lead (who had outstanding voice acting) hadn't been introduced at that point either. 

Dang, your memory is good!  smile

Kevin's right.  The horrid voice acting was one of the main reasons I quit after about 4 hours.  It was honestly so grating for me that I didn't want to keep playing.  That being said, I've heard it gets better.  I should probably go back one of these days and give the game another shot.

Oh, and a big 'ol +1 for The Longest Journey and Dreamfall.  Both of them were superbly acted.
10016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / More FFXII: Revenant Wings (DS) info on: May 21, 2007, 07:02:59 PM
I'm still a little leery about this one (not a big RTS fan), but this review is certainly promising.   I'll be very interested to see how much (if any) this gets changed for a NA release.
10017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/21) on: May 21, 2007, 02:11:48 PM
Slim possibility of grabbing Odin Sphere, but probably nada.
10018  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best/Worst Voice Acting on: May 21, 2007, 01:08:22 PM

Quote from: warning on May 21, 2007, 12:39:13 PM

Oblivion was one of the worst.  Part of it came from reusing the same 6 voice actors.  Part of it was how their voice would change from their on-the-street comments to a completely different voice once you talked to them.  It was cringe-worthy.

That drove me nuts too.  IIRC, the Thief games suffered from this same problem.
10019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Recap 5-21-2007- Endorsed by The Hoff! on: May 21, 2007, 11:44:16 AM
Between Final Fantasy XII and Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, I spent the entire weekend in Ivalice.
10020  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best/Worst Voice Acting on: May 21, 2007, 11:43:13 AM

Quote from: godhugh on May 21, 2007, 10:19:33 AM

Quote from: EddieA on May 21, 2007, 09:31:16 AM

That's funny - I wouldn't put FFX in my list of best voice-acting, but I think it's very good, and I thought Tidus was perfect.  The Shadow Hearts series features one game with horrible voice acting (the first, though there's thankfully little of it) and excellent voice acting (the second and third).  The Baten Kaitos series is the same way - bad in the first game, great in the second.  I'll second DQ8 and FF12, and add the Digital Devil Saga series.  As for non-RPGs, the Jak and Sly Cooper series stand out as excellent.

I'll clarify a little bit...his voice during the narrations is very good, his voice during conversations drives me insane. In the narrations it seems like he's talking normally, while in conversation it seems like every! word! ends! with! an! exclamation! POINT!

Tidus was a little annoying, but I thought FFX was pretty good overall.  I'd put FF XII, Xenosaga, and Beyond Good & Evil towards the top of the list.

I'd second both Enchanted Arms or Baten Kaitos as the worst, with Star Ocean III coming in close behind.  All three of those are absolutely dreadful.  Going back a generation or two, the original Tenchu for PS1 was pretty bad.
10021  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ninja Warrior is awesome on: May 19, 2007, 11:57:47 PM
It was on last night too.  I started out switching to it during commercials in the Suns-Spurs game.  Ended up switching back to Suns-Spurs during Ninja Warrior commercials.

As for goofy Japanese gameshows, however, I still like MXC better.
10022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starcraft 2 confirmed (finally)? on: May 19, 2007, 04:29:13 PM
a)  Thank you, thank you, thank you Blizzard for not making this an MMO.
b)  Sure does look purty.
10023  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions (and Impressions) on: May 19, 2007, 03:37:52 PM
Last time through, I had this setup:

Vaan/Basch:  Tanks w/heavy armor & swords.  These two were basically the same character
Fran:  Ranged (bow), light armor, white/time mage
Penelo:  Ranged (bow), mystic armor, white/black mage
Balthier: Ranged (gun), light armor, black mage
Ashe:  Melee (spear), heavy armor, some white mage

I don't think I really maximized the character's strengths with this setup.  Based off of character stats in the guide, and will be setting things up a little different this time.  I'm thinking more along the lines of:

-  Basch:  The main tank.  Heavy armor + swords.  I'm tempted to try axes again, but the wildly variable damage drives me nuts.
-  Vaan:  Still be a pseudo-tank, but I might try to go with lighter armor to take advantage of speed.
-  Fran:  Bows again.  Her magic stat is pretty low, so she doesn't make a particularly effective caster.  This time, she'll take on more of a red mage role (i.e. a little bit of all magic), and play more of an attacker.  She's fast, so light armor.
-  Ashe/Penelo:  Both will go ranged with mystic armor and be primarily white mages.  These two have the highest magic stats, so they need to focus on magic.  I probably wasted Ashe's potential last time by making her a melee character.
-  Balthier:  Not sure yet, but I might actually make him a melee fighter.  I need to have 3 melee & 3 ranged, so either he or Fran will need to make the switch.  Balthier's Power stat is higher, so it might make more sense for him to do it.

I'm very early in (2.5 hours), so this may all change.  Need to do a little more checking on item stat bonuses (mainly the light armor speed vs. heavy armor defense for Vaan), but I think this is the way I'll go.  We'll see...
10024  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Had to get a new car - surprise on: May 19, 2007, 05:08:11 AM
Congrats on the new ride.    icon_cool

FWIW, I've had a Saturn now for 10 years (97 SL1), and it still runs like a champ.  There's been some minor things here and there, but the only major repair has been the A/C compressor.  It's been a damn good car, and I plan on driving it until it croaks on me.
10025  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 3/07) on: May 18, 2007, 10:11:17 PM
+1 to Zarkon for FFX
10026  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions (and Impressions) on: May 18, 2007, 04:03:29 PM

Quote from: Calvin on May 18, 2007, 03:47:43 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 18, 2007, 02:15:55 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 18, 2007, 02:14:53 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 18, 2007, 01:38:10 PM

Since 76+ hours just wasn't enough the first time around, I started FFXII again last night.  Had a $15 credit at GS, so I picked up the collector's edition this time.  That FF retrospective was very cool.



theres a collectors edition now?

I'm pretty sure it came out the same time as the regular version, but it's this

Unfortunately, they only had a used copy so I didn't get the cool metal case.  frown

What happened to your first copy of the game gratch? And I am super tempted to sell my version and pick up a collectors as well.

BTW-I am super envious that you are starting over. I want to get back in and 100% complete the game-starting over will be in a year or two when I have a ton of time-but I just have this urge to get in and complete the sucker, like I have never completed an RPG before. Hope you enjoy the replay man!

Like an idiot, I sold my first copy after I beat it.  I have a bad habit of doing that, but I'm now trying to go back and pick up all the FF games for my library.  I get an itch to replay them every couple years, and it'd be nice not having to re-purchase them every time.

It's cool how much more I understand at the beginning of the game, since I now know how it all ends.  smile
10027  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions (and Impressions) on: May 18, 2007, 02:15:55 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 18, 2007, 02:14:53 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 18, 2007, 01:38:10 PM

Since 76+ hours just wasn't enough the first time around, I started FFXII again last night.  Had a $15 credit at GS, so I picked up the collector's edition this time.  That FF retrospective was very cool.



theres a collectors edition now?

I'm pretty sure it came out the same time as the regular version, but it's this

Unfortunately, they only had a used copy so I didn't get the cool metal case.  frown
10028  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: April NPD numbers... on: May 18, 2007, 02:14:28 PM
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PS2 GUITAR HERO 2 W/GUITAR ACTIVISION NOV 2006 TEEN (T) 142K

I'll be honest, this is the one that surprises me most.  The game came out 6 months ago, is on a last-gen system, costs $20-30 more than a standard current-gen game, and is still selling enough copies to make the top 10 list.  Pretty incredible, really.
10029  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do You Have a Will? on: May 18, 2007, 02:05:36 PM
We don't have a will either, although I keep meaning to put one together.

If I kick the bucket, I'll will all my consoles to GT.   icon_cool
10030  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The New Fall TV Season on: May 18, 2007, 01:45:11 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on May 18, 2007, 01:40:41 PM

Glad they moved Scrubs to 9:30 so I can shut the tv off then.  Man that show has certainly gone down the crapper.  And is ER really still on the air?

I'm glad they moved it as well, mainly so I don't have to sit through 30 Rock between The Office & Scrubs.  God, that show is awful.

I still really enjoy Scrubs.  Maybe it's because I really just started watching last season, so I don't have the basis of comparison that others do.  :shrug:
10031  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist 18May07: Endorsed by CK, Owner of the Weekend Recap Thr on: May 18, 2007, 01:39:16 PM

Quote from: Farscry on May 18, 2007, 01:37:40 PM

And finally, I need to regain some of the ground I've lost due to my hiatus from Guitar Hero 2, earning my deserved top spot on my friends list in the leaderboards again. icon_biggrin

What's your XBL tag again?  slywink
10032  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Strategy Questions (and Impressions) on: May 18, 2007, 01:38:10 PM
Since 76+ hours just wasn't enough the first time around, I started FFXII again last night.  Had a $15 credit at GS, so I picked up the collector's edition this time.  That FF retrospective was very cool.

Not sure exactly how yet, but I'm going to try and go a slightly different route with the character development this time.  Need to read back through this thread and get some ideas.  smile

10033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist 18May07: Endorsed by CK, Owner of the Weekend Recap Thr on: May 18, 2007, 01:14:31 PM
I'll be starting Final Fantasy XII again, since there's really nothing els out there that grabs me right now.  Picked up the collectors edition last night.
10034  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers Pics (Now NSFW) on: May 18, 2007, 11:58:01 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 18, 2007, 12:35:46 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on May 17, 2007, 06:54:38 PM

HOLY SWEET MERCIFUL FUCKING GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you value your sanity at all, then whatever you do, no matter how hard you want to, DO NOT CLICK THE LINK FOR THE NEW TRAILER!!!! eek eek eek eek drool drool drool

 icon_eek icon_biggrin icon_cool

can someone fetch me a new pair of shorts?

+1.  That trailer kicked all kinds of ass.
10035  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I freaking <3 LOLcats on: May 17, 2007, 06:12:14 PM








And a LOLsnail:

10036  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 Beta on: May 17, 2007, 03:11:41 AM
Sorry, couldn't resist:

10037  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I freaking <3 LOLcats on: May 17, 2007, 02:59:20 AM
One of my favorites:

10038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's May 2007: What's your most anticipated game? on: May 16, 2007, 04:48:21 PM
1.  Blue Dragon
2.  Mass Effect
3.  Tenchu Z
4.  Overlord
10039  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 3/07) on: May 15, 2007, 01:43:11 AM
+1 to Mattc0m for Theif
10040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Square Enix Party; a Few Surprises on: May 14, 2007, 10:02:42 PM

Quote from: Andrew Mallon on May 14, 2007, 05:14:13 PM

The teaser trailer for FFTA2 is now up: http://www.ffta2.com Click on one of the icons in the bottom right to see it.

That just made my entire week.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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