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10081  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: December 06, 2007, 07:18:00 PM

Quote from: rickfc on December 06, 2007, 06:49:02 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 06, 2007, 06:44:25 PM

I can get through ...Justice and Ride the Lightning on hard, but the beginning of Blackened absolutely kicks my ass.  I just cannot seem to wrap my head around that rhythm.

That's probably one of their hardest songs to play.  It's all down-picking, you just have to keep practicing...speaking of which, can you use the practice mode on DLC?

I was talking about drums, actually.  Keep forgetting the need to clarify that when discussing RB songs.  smile

On a side note, I find that practice mode for drums is pretty tough to use.  For me, it's extremely difficult to tell whether or not you're hitting the notes correctly when you slow the track down.  It all just sounds like random noise.
10082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: December 06, 2007, 06:44:25 PM
I can get through ...Justice and Ride the Lightning on hard, but the beginning of Blackened absolutely kicks my ass.  I just cannot seem to wrap my head around that rhythm.
10083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick question for those who have returned defective Rock Band guitars on: December 06, 2007, 06:40:18 PM
Talked to EA this morning.  After recently dealing with MS' warranty nonsense, I had steeled myself for a drawn-out battle in order to get the exchange taken care of.   Much to my surprise, they were extremely nice, apologetic for the mistake, very efficient, and I'll have my new guitar (chose to go with the express replacement this time) by next week.  Overall, it was one of the more pleasant customer service calls I've had in a long time.  So kudos to EA for that, at least.
10084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick question for those who have returned defective Rock Band guitars on: December 06, 2007, 12:46:39 PM

Quote from: Punisher on December 06, 2007, 04:13:22 AM

Just went to get my status tonight and the RMA is now listed as canceled...WTF? Now I'm starting to get pissed. Also, yesterday the drum sticks broke and they weren't even being used that hard......

Those drum sticks suck anyways.  Just head to a music store and get some real ones.
10085  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Prince Caspian Trailer on: December 06, 2007, 04:07:58 AM
Didn't like the first one, and this doesn't look like much of an improvement.  Pass.
10086  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: December 05, 2007, 06:54:00 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 05, 2007, 06:38:04 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 05, 2007, 05:22:18 PM

Much funnier when I've actually played the game, unlike every review he's done since Peggle.

it's not always about you Big Love  Tongue

My wives would disagree.
10087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Culdcept Saga demo on: December 05, 2007, 05:24:20 PM

Quote from: KePoW on December 05, 2007, 05:21:50 PM

Gratch...disappointing to hear that, if it's truly the case in the retail game

Maybe I'm overly sensitive to it, since feeling like the AI was cheating was the sole reason I quit playing the first game.  YMMV, but I got the exact same vibe from this version.
10088  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: December 05, 2007, 05:22:18 PM
This week's target (no pun intended) is Assassin's Creed.  Brilliant, as always.  Much funnier when I've actually played the game, unlike every review he's done since Peggle.
10089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Four Final Fantasy's in one month? on: December 05, 2007, 04:44:49 PM

Quote from: Destructor on December 05, 2007, 05:22:32 AM

The entire battle system of FF8 was broken, IMHO, and because of that it should be skipped. You're better off playing through FF7 again or something instead of 8.

I'd probably use the term "tedious" rather than "broken".  More than anything, the Draw system felt like a mechanic used to artificially lengthen playtime.  It's certainly not my favorite thing, but I'd still highly recommend the game to anyone with an interest in FF.  Once I figured it out, I really enjoyed the Junction mechanic, and some of the artwork and music is amazing.  The whole waltz sequence remains one of my favorite gaming moments.

Reminds me that I need to go back and actually finish it sometime.
10090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Culdcept Saga demo on: December 05, 2007, 03:10:33 PM
OK, here's some actual demo impressions.   eek

Looks like this version of Culdcept suffers from the same problems as the last version.  Namely, the AI freaking cheats.  I was hoping it was just random bad luck , but the pattern is pretty much the same.  Both myself and the AI would level up multiple squares.  I would land on one of theirs nearly every time around the board, yet the AI would somehow manage the perfect die rolls and never land on mine.   In the game I played, I had five level 3 squares, and the AI had three.  Yet somehow I landed on the AI's Level 3 squares 9 times, and they landed on mine once.   It simply becomes an exercise in frustration, and the demo was quickly deleted.

As much as love the concept and would love to support more niche Japanese titles, I won't be buying this game.



10091  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 05, 2007, 02:10:28 AM
10092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Culdcept Saga demo on: December 05, 2007, 01:50:23 AM

Quote from: warning on December 05, 2007, 12:34:51 AM

Quote from: jersoc on December 04, 2007, 08:02:37 PM

I don't understand how you can have a 360 and not have a gold account. So much MP goodness to be had. No way would I get as much use as I do now while having a silver account.

I have next to no interest in playing multiplayer.  Just not my thing so no gold subscription for me.

And yet... AND YET...

I love my Xbox 360!  How can it be?  Unpossible!  Tongue

Same here.  Rock Band is the only thing that got me to buy a Gold account, and I'm thinking that $50 probably could have better been spent elsewhere.
10093  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Official Christmas Tree Picture Thread 2007 on: December 04, 2007, 11:03:34 PM
Our tree is never overly impressive, but is always special to us.  My family makes it a tradition to trade ornaments every year, so there's stuff on this tree that dates back 33 years.  There's stories that go with nearly every one of them, so it's fun to open the ornament box and start decorating. 



Santa Mouse (halfway down on the right) is the ornament I got on my first b-day, and has been the first ornament to go on the tree every year.   And yes, that is a Star Wars ornament section (Darth Vader even talks!).  smile  The Grinch & Abominable treetoppers were Mrs. Gratch's touch this year.

10094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick question for those who have returned defective Rock Band guitars on: December 04, 2007, 10:30:21 PM
I don't suppose any of you guys have a support phone number for EA?  The only contact info I can find on their site is the automated e-mail form.

EDIT:  Never mind, I found it after RTFM.
10095  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 9/07) on: December 04, 2007, 10:24:19 PM
+1 to KC for Warhammer Squad Command
10096  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 04, 2007, 07:46:58 PM
I know there's a LOLcat...er...hog caption here, but I can't think of one for the life of me.  So I'll just post the pic:

10097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick question for those who have returned defective Rock Band guitars on: December 04, 2007, 06:36:22 PM
Thanks Grue.   I'm assuming your box was somewhat guitar sized?
10098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: December 04, 2007, 03:56:57 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 04, 2007, 03:53:57 PM

So far my main crew has been Ashley and Tali (grrl power!  icon_lol), poor Liara, Rex, Garrus and Kaiden have been mostly bopping around the Normandy as those 2 seem to be an effective combination so far.  The weapons available after you hit a million creds are very nice, maybe too nice  icon_wink

That's been my combination as well.  Tali is the only one that has high enough hacking and electronic skills to open stuff, and Ashley is a freaking tank.  Haven't run into too many problems yet, although a little behind you level-wise (32).
10099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Culdcept Saga demo on: December 04, 2007, 03:54:37 PM

Quote from: DamageInc on December 04, 2007, 03:43:56 PM

I have to agree with Purge on this one.

They are not limiting you to the DEMO, they are just giving preferential treatment to Gold members. It's not like the DEMO will never be made available to everyone.
Paying members should get perks and that's just how it is. This is one of them.

I'm not necessarily against the model (don't really care either way).  I just don't understand why Culdcept Saga, of all games, would voluntarily choose to limit their exposure.  I can see making something like a GTA or Halo demo Gold-only.  This one just seems like a very strange choice.
10100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Culdcept Saga demo on: December 04, 2007, 03:24:42 PM
Thanks for the heads-up Eddie.  I somewhat enjoyed the PS2 game, and was interested to at least see what they did with the 360 version.  There's certainly some potential there, but only if they cut out the rampant AI cheating that was was so prevalent in the original.

I agree with Dante, and am baffled at the Gold-only demo.   A game like this needs all the exposure it can possibly get, and to limit the amount of people that can see the demo seems like a really bad decision.
10101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jeff Gerstmann fired from Gamespot for a review a publisher didn't like on: December 04, 2007, 02:30:34 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 04, 2007, 04:54:24 AM


I knew nothing about Kane & Lynch before this debacle.  I still know nothing about the game itself, other than the fact that I should avoid it at all costs, and should under no circumstances transfer money to anyone else in order to play it.  Bang-up marketing job Eidos!   thumbsup
10102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Four Final Fantasy's in one month? on: December 04, 2007, 02:39:25 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 04, 2007, 01:57:20 AM

130 hours ???!!!

There has never been a game in history that is worth 130 hours of your life.  That is rediculous.

I've put over 100 into both FF Tactics and FF Tactics Advance.  Loved every minute of it.
10103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Four Final Fantasy's in one month? on: December 03, 2007, 11:50:07 PM

Quote from: Canuck on December 03, 2007, 11:26:53 PM

I have a confession-I have never actually finished a FF game.  I beat FF Tactics but I played with a friend.  Played about 35 hours of FF7, 30 hours of FF9, and about 40 hours of FFX.  I never beat any of them though.  I'm wondering if it would be possible to go through and beat them all in the month of December.  Is it do you think?  If I start over from the beginning?  I don't have a job so that will help.  On the other hand I don't want to be sitting in front of the TV permanently for a month.  Is it possible to rush through them without doing too much grinding and very few sidequests and finish them in say 30 hours or 35 hours?

IIRC, first time through I beat FF7 in 35, FF9 in 45, and FFX in 40.  That's with a minimum of side quest, and just the requisite grinding to get all the way through.

That said, it would be a shit-ton of gaming for a single month.
10104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Quick question for those who have returned defective Rock Band guitars on: December 03, 2007, 11:24:11 PM
I put in my RMA request a couple weeks ago, and today received my return box (just did the standard return, not the express).  The box is huge, and is obviously intended for the drum set.  It includes instructions on "packing your drum kit", but makes no mention of the guitar.  My guess is that they sent me the wrong return box, but I figured I'd see what other people had encountered with the return process.  The guitar will certainly fit in this box (it's huge), but I don't want to send it back if it's incorrect.

EDIT:  I love how there is absolutely no documentation on how to complete the return.  There are the extremely vague instructions on how to pack up the drum kit, 3 separate UPS labels (all with different tracking numbers), and that's it.   No idea which return label I'm supposed to put on the box, or what happens after I ship.  I assume they'll get it back and send out a replacement, but it would be nice to at least give me an idea of the process.
10105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/3) on: December 03, 2007, 06:23:14 PM
Nothing.

And CK's new avatar gives me a headache.  Make it stop!!
10106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favourite videogame music? on: December 03, 2007, 03:08:48 PM
A few personal favorites:

-  Xenogears Cried (live Celtic arrangements of the songs from Xenogears)
-  Beyond Good & Evil
-  Planescape:  Torment
-  Chrono Cross
-  Final Fantasy VII & IX Piano Collections
-  Tenchu
-  Heroes of Might & Magic III
-  Einhander
10107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 02, 2007, 03:01:51 PM

Quote from: Semaj on December 02, 2007, 10:42:23 AM


That was neat.
10108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: December 02, 2007, 02:57:52 PM

Quote from: Calvin on December 02, 2007, 08:47:09 AM

Quote from: Turtle on December 02, 2007, 08:40:55 AM

$169.99.  Costco sold it for $159.99.

Otherwise, it's the hot rare item of the season.

Really? I have seen one in every single solitary electronics store I have been in for the last week or so.

Best Buy, Circuit City, and Target all had stacks of them yesterday.
10109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got an email regarding my Rock Band guitar replacement... on: December 02, 2007, 02:56:15 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on December 02, 2007, 06:59:34 AM

Quote
Greetings Rocker,

Congratulations on your purchase of Rock Band!

After reviewing our records, we see that your recent request for a replacement guitar has been subject to an unacceptably long delay due to a late shipment from our manufacturer.

By the time you receive this, your replacement guitar should be on its way to you. However, the Rock Band team is committed to providing a world-class customer experience and we do not believe we have met this commitment in connection with your request. As a token of our appreciation for your patience and understanding, we will be offering you a FREE EA game. Details will follow shortly.

We are sorry if your first experience with Rock Band has not met your expectations. We hope our gift will show you how committed we are to your satisfaction.

Thank you,

The Rock Band Team

And I was just starting to get antsy about the replacement I requested the day after thanksgiving...

I'd love a copy of Skate...

I got the same e-mail this morning.  Gotta admit, that's a pretty cool move on EA's part.
10110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shouldn't having 20+ years of video game experience make me "decent" at them on: December 01, 2007, 05:17:50 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 01, 2007, 04:45:40 PM

When you play a particular game online these days in many cases you are playing people with much more experience than you at that particular game.

Very true.  I played the hell out of the original UT when it first came out, and was pretty damn good.  Nowadays, I'm lucky if I get a 10:1 death to kill ratio in any FPS game.  And console shooters?  Fuggedaboutit.  There's far too many good games to put a ton of time into just one.

Although if FF XII had multiplayer battles, I'm sure I'd kick some ass...  slywink
10111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wild ARMs Crossfire coming to North America on: November 30, 2007, 04:25:21 PM

Quote from: Destructor on November 30, 2007, 03:24:14 PM

And here's a long trailer (with gameplay) from the Japanese version. Looks quite nice.

Damn, that does look good.  Very encouraging to see there will be some sort of job/class system.  Not sure about the cat doing 9,999 damage  though.  slywink
10112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 30, 2007, 04:20:53 PM

Quote from: faide on November 30, 2007, 06:54:29 AM

Definitely don't call them, just go here: http://support.ea.com/rockband
It's an online form just tell it what is faulty.  Pretty painless when you don't have to talk to anyone smile

I put in a return request last Wednesday.  When it was done, I got a screen listing both an RMA number and a UPS tracking number.  I didn't bother to write them down, since it said the info would be e-mailed to me.  Never did receive a confirmation e-mail, so I guess I should probably call and make sure the replacement is on the way.
10113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: November 30, 2007, 04:18:01 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 30, 2007, 08:02:45 AM

Quote from: BiggerBoat on November 30, 2007, 06:39:08 AM

150+ saves.

heh, I have about that many at 15 hours in with me doing alot of sidequests.  I have a tendency to save right before trying to open a locker, so if I screw up the sequence I just reload and try again instead of wasting the omni gel.

Man, I thought I was an excessive saver but you guys are nuts.  I just hit 20 hours and am on save #25.
10114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wild ARMs Crossfire coming to North America on: November 30, 2007, 12:22:56 PM
I'm not crazy about the WA series, but I'm always up for more SRPG goodness on the PSP.
10115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Company Christmas Parties on: November 29, 2007, 08:47:50 PM
Our boss is taking our team of 15 and our spouses to Ruths Chris Steakhouse for dinner.  I've never been there (never been able to afford it), so I'm pretty excited.
10116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Upcoming Releases on: November 29, 2007, 08:00:55 PM
Ooooo, forgot about Lost Odyssey.  That one is definitely on the list.
10117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 29, 2007, 07:53:08 PM

Quote from: jersoc on November 29, 2007, 07:37:40 PM

They know, hell we know, that if they were remotely close together GH3 would've gotten stomped.

Are you talking about release dates?   Because both games were released pretty close together (within a month, iirc), and GHIII came out way ahead. 
10118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Upcoming Releases on: November 29, 2007, 07:30:07 PM
Honestly can't say there's anything coming out that I have my eye on.  I'll probably try the Burnout game, but I doubt it'll be a day-one purchase.
10119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 29, 2007, 06:50:47 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on November 29, 2007, 04:17:03 PM

I totally understand your opinions in that regard, I just think it's a little naive to declare that Guitar Hero is dead because of Rock Band.

Completely agree.  I certainly don't think the GH franchise is going anywhere, I just personally didn't care for this version.
10120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Unreal Tournament 3-who's in? on: November 29, 2007, 03:31:59 PM
Back in the day, I was really good at the original UT.  It's really the only online FPS I've been decent at, and I played the hell out of it.   Tried the UT3 demo a couple weeks ago, and got my ass completely handed to me over and over again.  Guess I've lost my twitch skills, so I'll skip this one.
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