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10041  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pre-order stance actually hurt GS/EB sales? on: October 03, 2007, 08:22:45 PM
Both GS's in my are are severely understaffed, and there is almost always a 10-15 minute line to check out.  If someone is trading in multiple games or - god forbid - a system, you'll be there forever.   They used to be really good about not hassling people for pre-orders, not hoarding copies of games, and being generally knowledgeable folks.  But when both stores got new managers, they both promptly went to shit.  Some of you may remember my God of War pre-order disc adventure, and that's the type of "service" that is now the norm. 

Trust me Shifty, your store is most certainly the exception rather than the rule.
10042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 40GB Ps3 399.99 Are you in? on: October 03, 2007, 04:14:29 PM

Quote from: jblank on October 03, 2007, 03:58:08 PM


I was referring to Sony's LIBRARY of games, not current PS3 releases.

Ah, I misunderstood.  My bad.  I agree that the back catalog is quite amazing.

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I invite you to come over, watch Pirates of the Caribbean on DVD, THEN watch the Blu-Ray release I have, and tell me you don't see the difference.

I know there's a difference, but for me it's not worth the $400 for the system and higher DVD prices.  Besides, I've got a 3 year old rear-projection TV, so a lot of the really hi-def stuff isn't really applicable.

I like my big screen, but having an ultra-super-mega-hi-def picture has never been that important to me. 
10043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect -- Soon, Purge, Soon... on: October 03, 2007, 03:39:14 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 03, 2007, 03:26:36 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 03, 2007, 01:25:45 PM

This makes me very, very happy.  I was quickly losing interest in ME, since it seemed they were turning it into a sci-fi squad-based shooter.  The fact that I can have a) an easy mode and b) a target lock system makes things infinitely more palatable.  Now I might actually be able to enjoy what looks to be an amazing gameworld and story without being handicapped by my complete FPS suckiness.

yeah, it's nice that they didn't dumb things down for everyone but instead are giving people a choice on how things are handled.

I'm pretty sure CeeKay just called me stupid.   Them's fightin' words dude...
10044  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 40GB Ps3 399.99 Are you in? on: October 03, 2007, 02:51:32 PM

Quote from: jblank on October 03, 2007, 02:32:08 PM

Fantastic Blu-Ray player, arguably one of the top 3 or 4 out currently, with infinite potential for improvement

I'm no videophile, but I don't see enough difference between regular & Blu-ray to warrant $400

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Unmatched backwards compatibility

I'll just keep my PS2.

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Arguably the most powerful system, so that bodes well for upcoming games

Agreed, but I'd rather wait until some of those games are actually released before plunking money down on the system.

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Strong Sony library of games

Hmmm, maybe we're not talking about the same system.  slywink  Personal preference, but I think the PS3's library is ridiculously weak right now.  The potential is there, but by the time the good games actually show up, the system might be even less!
10045  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pre-order stance actually hurt GS/EB sales? on: October 03, 2007, 02:46:57 PM

Quote from: Laner on October 03, 2007, 02:40:32 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on October 03, 2007, 02:37:58 PM

I pre-order all the time.  I do it out of convenience.  I like paying for a game (in full) well before its release.  This way on release day I just walk in and walk out with my game.  It's all about convenience.  Also since I paid it off early it "feels" like I'm walking in later on and getting the game for free!  icon_lol 
And in the process, you're giving them an interest-free loan.  It's win-win! slywink

I wouldn't say it's any more convenient, but I'll occasionally pay pre-orders in full if I have the money right then.   That way I'm not tempted to spend it on something else before the game comes out.

I got a work bonus last week and used it to pre-order GH3, Rock Band, Mass Effect, and FF Tactics paid n full.  If I hadn't done that, I'm sure I would have just frittered it away on other stuff before those games actually got released.  Of course, this is the first time I've ever pre-ordered this much stuff at once.
10046  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Song Set Leaked? on: October 03, 2007, 02:19:21 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on October 03, 2007, 02:17:24 PM

crybaby  I posted it first!  I even had a witty comment and everything.

Fixed my link.  smile

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Seriously, I was really hoping to see Black Sunshine be a master track.  Thunderkiss '65 was a master, wasn't it?

Nope, it was most definitely a cover.  IIRC, none of the tracks in GH1 were masters.
10047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pre-order stance actually hurt GS/EB sales? on: October 03, 2007, 02:17:22 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 03, 2007, 02:06:38 PM

I personally don't boycott stores for the preorder stuff.  The only EB I boycott is the one where the manager was an ass to me and lied through his teeth when I had my DS Lite pixel problem.

I'm not really boycotting them.  I just know they won't sell me a copy if I haven't pre-ordered, so I shop elsewhere for games on release week.

I'm really not even opposed to pre-orders and do them from time to time (mainly on niche titles).  It's their stance of "absolutely no sale unless you pre-order" that irritates me and causes me not to shop there for impulse buys.  Why not just order a few extra copies and quit being dicks about it?
10048  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Song Set Leaked? on: October 03, 2007, 02:09:03 PM
Looks like quite a few of these new tracks are coversfrown

Original songs

"Same Old Song and Dance" by Aerosmith
"Helicopter" by Bloc Party
"Stricken" by Disturbed
"Monsters" by Matchbook Romance
"Before I Forget" by Slipknot
"Kool Thing" by Sonic Youth
"When You Were Young" by The Killers

Re-recorded songs

"Devil Went Down to Georgia" as made famous by Charlie Daniels Band
"Sunshine of Your Love" as made famous by Cream
"Holiday in Cambodia" as made famous by Dead Kennedys
"Cliffs of Dover" as made famous by Eric Johnson
"Hit Me with Your Best Shot" as made famous by Pat Benetar
"Black Magic Woman" as made famous by Santana
"Story of My Life" as made famous by Social Distortion
"Pride and Joy" as made famous by Stevie Ray Vaughn
"The Seeker" as made famous by The Who
"Black Sunshine" as made famous by White Zombie
10049  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 5 on: October 03, 2007, 01:27:17 PM

Quote from: naednek on October 03, 2007, 12:46:18 PM

Well, here's the nail in the coffin for the 49ers.
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3047175

Another disappointing year.

Damn, that sucks.  I've been following Alex pretty closely (being a Utah fan and all), and was very interested to see what would happen with him this year.   
10050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect -- Soon, Purge, Soon... on: October 03, 2007, 01:25:45 PM

Quote from: Booner on September 20, 2007, 12:54:30 PM

Quote from: Turtle on September 20, 2007, 05:26:19 AM

If they have an option for target lock, that'd be great, but they could at least confirm the ability to choose somewhere.

It looks like they do have varying levels of assistance.



This makes me very, very happy.  I was quickly losing interest in ME, since it seemed they were turning it into a sci-fi squad-based shooter.  The fact that I can have a) an easy mode and b) a target lock system makes things infinitely more palatable.  Now I might actually be able to enjoy what looks to be an amazing gameworld and story without being handicapped by my complete FPS suckiness.
10051  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pre-order stance actually hurt GS/EB sales? on: October 03, 2007, 01:20:17 PM
I was considering picking up the new Zelda DS game today.  There's a new EB a couple blocks from here, but since I know they'll play their ridiculous 'since you didn't pre-order, we won't sell you a copy' game (even if they have extras), I'll just swing by Best Buy or Circuit City on the way home instead.   There have been quite a few occasions when I'd like to impulse buy a game on release week, and I always avoid EB and pick it up somewhere else.

Sseems like if they'd quit being pre-order nazi's, they might get more business on new releases.  Then again, maybe I'm the only one that does this...
10052  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 40GB Ps3 399.99 Are you in? on: October 03, 2007, 01:12:57 PM
In looking at the top ranked PS3 games, there's not a single one that interests me in the slightest.  Since Blu-Ray means little to me, there's simply no reason to buy a PS3 until they start releasing some good games.
10053  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 5 on: October 03, 2007, 12:31:08 AM

Quote from: naednek on October 02, 2007, 11:06:06 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 02, 2007, 03:10:49 PM

- They could easily be 3-1 right now (fuck you and your time-out a millisecond before the snap, Shannahan), and are actually playing with some heart this year.



Uhh you can't have it both ways, you won your 1st game the same way (a week later nonetheless)  But the Raiders are starting too look good, but like every year, there will be a self implosion.

I stand corrected then.  I missed the Browns game, and didn't realize that we did the same thing.    It's a bush-league call, no matter who pulls it.

It'll be interesting to see if there's the annual raider-plosion.  We won't really get a feel for the team until they lose a few games and face some adversity, which I'm sure will happen.  Kiffin seems to have instilled a bit more discipline, but just how much remains to be seen.   This is the first year since the Super Bowl that I'm actually pleased about the direction they're heading.
10054  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Final Fantasy Retrospective on: October 02, 2007, 06:35:04 PM

Quote from: Farscry on October 02, 2007, 06:30:44 PM

Waitaminute... Vagrant Story was set in Ivalice?

Yeah, I'd forgotten about that as well.  Part 9 of the retrospective brought out some pretty interesting theories about the connections between all the Ivalice games. 
10055  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finally took the plunge into the handheld arena! on: October 02, 2007, 03:27:01 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 02, 2007, 03:24:14 PM

wow, thatnks for all the suggestions guys!  that's the nice thing about picking up an older system- instant backlog  icon_biggrin

There's a ton of great GBA games as well, if you missed out on them the first time around.  Fire Emblem, Metroid, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, FF VI, Golden Sun, etc., etc.
10056  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 5 on: October 02, 2007, 03:10:49 PM
-  My Raiders have a long way to go, but are looking much better.  Of course, Miami is really bad so we'll need to see how they do against a real team.  Losing Jordan will be a huge problem if he's out for too long.  I was initially skeptical about the Kiffin hire, but I like what I see so far.  They could easily be 3-1 right now (fuck you and your time-out a millisecond before the snap, Shannahan), and are actually playing with some heart this year.

-  Jesus, Peyton Manning is good.  I get annoyed at his overexposure, but I could watch that guy play football all day.

-  NE & Indy are both amazing.  Can we just play the AFC title game and call it done already?  slywink
10057  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finally took the plunge into the handheld arena! on: October 02, 2007, 03:42:26 AM
Puzzle Quest has easily been my favorite game for the DS so far.  Etrian Odyssey is also good, if you enjoy old-school (i.e. brutally difficult and somewhat repetitive) RPG's.  It allows you to map dungeons, which adds quite a bit of fun.  I'd also give Age of Empires and Meteos a try.   Lots of people also rave about the Advance Wars & Castlevania titles, but they didn't do much for me.

I have to admit I haven't played mine much, and have kept it mostly for potential.  There are some great RPG & SRPG titles on the horizon in the next year or so.
10058  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/1) on: October 01, 2007, 07:23:55 PM
I'm considering Zelda, but am leaning towards "pass" with FF Tactics coming out next week.
10059  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zelda - Phantom Hourglass on: October 01, 2007, 07:20:31 PM
I'm so torn on this game.  On one hand, the review sounds great and it looks like a very unique and fun DS game.  On the other hand, I've become bored and/or frustrated very quickly with the last few Zelda games I tried (Wind Waker, Four Swords, & Minnish Cap).   I've never been a huge fan of the series in general (even the first game), so there's no impulse to buy on name value alone.

What to do, what to do...
10060  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / DS games F/S - Now with added ZELDA! on: October 01, 2007, 02:00:30 PM
Prices include shipping:

DS
Zelda - Phantom Hourglass:  $30 shipped.  Includes the 336 page Prima guide.  **sold**
Etrian Odyssey:  $20

Need the $$ for upcoming games, so not really interested in trades.  Paypal only, please.
10061  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: YOUR favorite television series of all-time is... on: September 29, 2007, 05:08:46 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 28, 2007, 06:23:44 PM

and so is the early Ren & Stimpy.

I thought about listing Ren & Stimpy, but it got so bad so quickly after John K left (and don't even mention that "new" Ren & Stimpy that Spike TV did a while back.  ::shudder:: ) that it's tough to include on an all-time favorites list.  If we were listing best single seasons ever, then R&S would easily be near the top.
10062  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 09/28/07 on: September 29, 2007, 02:37:16 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on September 28, 2007, 07:02:26 PM

I wonder what everyone with a 360 will be playing this weekend.

Possibly some Guitar Hero II, but mostly Brave Story on PSP.
10063  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 29, 2007, 02:35:03 AM
Good:  I can now put that extra $30 in pre-order money towards something else.   thumbsup
Bad:  I despise even leaving the house on Black Friday, much less going anywhere near a retail store.   thumbsdown thumbsdown
10064  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 28, 2007, 05:15:18 AM
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that ATB doesn't like the song set much.  slywink
10065  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: YOUR favorite television series of all-time is... on: September 27, 2007, 11:00:48 PM
Firefly, with the US version of The Office as a close second.  Scrubs would get honorable mention.
10066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 27, 2007, 08:17:24 PM

Quote from: Dirt on September 27, 2007, 07:28:02 PM

I'm having a ball right now just binding shit.

I do have a quibble with the balance though.  Sniper II is crap.

Sniper IV is pretty good, even though it's not very likely you'll miss anyway once you get to that level.
10067  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 27, 2007, 05:02:09 PM

Quote from: Kemper Boyd on September 26, 2007, 02:29:25 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 25, 2007, 04:00:13 AM

Thanks Kemper, I'll give that strategy a try.  I've had the need to use AOE spells so infrequently that I almost forgot they were there! 
So I just tried this level again with level 60ish peeps and I took the Big G down in 4 turns by just concentrating on him(?) alone. I probably could have done it in 3 if I had planned better. AoE FTW!

Looks like I was just using the wrong tactics.  I followed Kemper's strategy and took him down in 3 turns as well to beat the game last night.  I couple final observations:

-  Very strong story throughout.  I liked the idea of having a few of the characters jump in and out of your party at certain points.  However, they would jump back in at much lower levels than the rest of the party, which could make it rather difficult to keep them alive.  Certainly kept you on your toes, as you never knew who you would lose or when.

-  Pretty easy for an SRPG.  I only lost 2 battles in the entire game (one of them being my first try at the final boss), and they were both simple strategy adjustments.  I suppose I just did too many free combats, but I felt vastly overlevelled for the final third of the game.

-  Perfect length for me at just over 40 hours.  Any longer, and I probably would have started losing interest.

- I said it in an earlier post, but Level 5 did a great job at fixing many of the minor annoyances with SRPG games.  In fact, I think it will be tough to start FFT in a couple weeks, since many of my minor gripes will be present.

Overall, I had a ton of fun with Jeanne D'Arc.  It's my GOTY so far, although I'm guessing that Rock Band or Mass Effect may take that title.  It was certainly worth purchasing a PSP for.  smile
10068  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 25, 2007, 04:00:13 AM
Thanks Kemper, I'll give that strategy a try.  I've had the need to use AOE spells so infrequently that I almost forgot they were there! 
10069  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 24, 2007, 11:14:27 AM

Quote from: Canuck on September 24, 2007, 10:11:50 AM

Quote from: warning on September 24, 2007, 03:30:34 AM

I'm still working on that mission Canuck.  Third time's a charm... hopefully.

Well third time wasn't a charm for me. FUCK.  Looks like I am going to have to start taking advantage of that game's quicksave function so i can quickly get back into the game whenever I make a stupid fucking mistake.

You may want to consider doing a few of the Free Combat levels before tackling that one again.  I made it a habit of doing a least one free combat between each story mission, and it kept my characters at a high enough level that I never ran into either your situation, or the "boss one hits me!" problem that others have had.

Well, until the last battle, anyways.
10070  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 24, 2007, 11:11:09 AM

Quote from: Canuck on September 23, 2007, 11:55:03 PM

I have a couple of questions.  I notice that some of the spells have CMD and REV in their little description box.  What the heck do those things mean?  And what does "rarity" mean?  I don't think the manual explained it.

I've spent over 40 hours with the game, and still have no idea what those mean.  My guess is that they're not terribly important.
10071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeanne D'Arc Impressions on: September 24, 2007, 04:03:31 AM
I got to the final battle this afternoon.  Even with all my characters north of level 60, the only two words to describe this battle are "Yeah, right".  I have no idea how I'm going to beat this, and there's no way to go back and do more leveling (you get thrown right into it after the 2nd to last battle).  It's a bit irritating, as I've cruised through the last 10-15 stages feeling like I was vastly overleveled, and now I seem to be vastly underleveled in the space of a single stage.

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Counter's happen too often (everytime?) in my opinion.  I think I liked it better when you didn't know if there was going to be a counter or not.  And even if it did happen, there was no guarantee that they would hit.

Counters always happen on melee attacks only.   Never happens on archer attacks or spells, and only occasionally happens when abilities are used.  There's also no counter when attacking from 2 squares away (spear-wielders) if the attackee only has a 1 square reach.  It really threw me off when I first started, but I got used to it and rather like the idea.  Counter-attacks become a very important strategic consideration the further you get in the game.
10072  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Family Guy Tonight! on: September 24, 2007, 03:25:56 AM
That was incredibly 'meh', although I did get a chuckle out of the Asteroids bit.
10073  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finally!! on: September 22, 2007, 02:59:31 PM
I've put about 4 hours into Brave Story, and am looking forward to diving into it more once I finish Jeanne.  My initial impressions are that it's fun, but pretty generic.  Story, characters, combat, and dialog straight out of RPG 101.
10074  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: They brought the pain... on: September 22, 2007, 12:31:58 PM
Ouch, sorry man.  I stirred up a hornets nest a couple weeks ago and got stings right above the eye and inside my ear.  Hurts like a bitch, and that was only 2.
10075  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finally!! on: September 22, 2007, 12:30:18 PM
Jeanne D'Arc, no question.
10076  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who doesn't care about Guitar Hero/Rock Band? on: September 22, 2007, 12:29:46 PM
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I am not as extreme as this, I will occasionaly turn on my radio, but in general I could do without music.

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Not a big music listener.  I never turn my radio on in my car, don't own any kind of music player from any generation, and don't attend concerts.  I occasionally watch music clips on youtube and stuff just to hear an interesting rendition of something, but honestly, I would say I only actually hear, completely through, maybe 10 songs a year.  Wierd, but true.

There are very few times that I don't have some sort of music playiing, so I can't even wrap my brain around this concept.  Life without a constant soundtrack would just feel...well...dead.  Different strokes and all that.
10077  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who doesn't care about Guitar Hero/Rock Band? on: September 21, 2007, 02:48:56 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 21, 2007, 02:38:00 PM

Quote from: fyedaddy on September 21, 2007, 01:54:09 PM

As much as I adore Guitar Hero (and plan on buying GH3), the hefty price tag investment for Rock Band is keeping my interest level at next to zero.

I know I mentioned it in that other thread, but I just find it fascinating how many people seem to interpret Rock Band as a $200+ minimum entry price.  If you've already got a Guitar Hero guitar for the 360, the hefty price tag investment for Rock Band is $60.  If you don't have a guitar, I can't see the RB Guitar+Game bundle being priced that different than the GH Guitar+Game bundle.  If you see the drums as a must-have peripheral, if they're around $80 then they're just $20 more than if you wanted to buy a 2nd X-Plorer for Guitar Hero.

It seems like Harmonix needs to spend some PR time convincing the pubic that each individual instrument campaign is comparable to the single player GH campaign, or maybe empasize the "put together a band" angle where each person may only have one instrument.

What he said.  If Harmonix doesn't start letting people know that the entry price for Rock Band is exactly the same as it is for GH2, they might be in trouble with Rock Band. 

Since I'm getting the full kit, apparently I'll be one of the only drummers around.  smile
10078  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who doesn't care about Guitar Hero/Rock Band? on: September 21, 2007, 03:21:49 AM
Heathens, all of ya.
10079  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 20, 2007, 07:21:31 PM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on September 20, 2007, 06:56:26 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 20, 2007, 06:45:29 PM

And a sad one: When playing online, bandmates will not be able to hear you sing

THAT SUCKS.  icon_cry

I dunno, maybe that's a blessing in disguise. 

(Just kidding, that blows.)
10080  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?
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