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10081  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Odyssey - new trailer and impressions on: January 30, 2008, 02:59:10 AM

Quote from: EddieA on January 30, 2008, 01:15:41 AM

GameTrailers has a nice new video preview here.  Also, there are some videos of the short stories featured in the game posted on Youtube.  I read one of them, and it was very well done.  I'm not sure if any of them contain spoilers, but the one I read didn't - Little Liar.

Unlike Mistwalker's previous game (Blue Dragon), every preview I see for Lost Odyssey just gets me more and more excited.  It looks to be combining elements from two of my favorite RPGS:  with an world that looks very much like FFXII, and a combat system reminiscent of Shadow Hearts.  That short story is a very nice touch as well.

Do want!!   drool drool
10082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's upcoming for the DS? on: January 29, 2008, 10:19:22 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on January 29, 2008, 10:01:12 PM

Sweet...Xenosaga I am looking forward to (if it comes to the states).  Was Xenosaga 1 Xenogears or is it possible someone can enlighten me on the numbering system smile

I don't think there's any 'official' connection between the two, although I've heard it said that the Xenosaga games were a prequel of sorts to Xenogears.  The plot is so confusing that I couldn't figure out how to connect them anyways.
10083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's upcoming for the DS? on: January 29, 2008, 08:40:40 PM

Quote from: EddieA on January 29, 2008, 08:21:55 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 29, 2008, 07:35:17 PM

I was also interested in both the Xenosaga and Baten Kaitos DS games I heard about ages ago, but haven't heard any updates in a long time.

Xenosaga 1 + 2 for the DS was released in Japan, but not in the US, and Baten Kaitos DS appears to be dead. 
Well, that sucks.

I forgot about ASH.  That one does look very cool.
10084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Composer Yasunori Mitsuda interview on: January 29, 2008, 08:19:29 PM

Quote from: Farscry on January 29, 2008, 08:04:00 PM

IX had more weak pieces than the other three listed here, but its really strong pieces were utterly wonderful.

Be sure to check out the FFIX Piano Collections CD.  Some of the renditions on there are amazing.  There's one for FFVII as well, but it's not nearly as strong.
10085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's upcoming for the DS? on: January 29, 2008, 07:35:17 PM
Really the only reason I'm hanging on to my DS is for Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.    I was also interested in both the Xenosaga and Baten Kaitos DS games I heard about ages ago, but haven't heard any updates in a long time.  And what ever happened to the Disciples games?
10086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Composer Yasunori Mitsuda interview on: January 29, 2008, 06:13:07 PM

Quote from: Calvin on January 29, 2008, 05:44:27 PM

Who did FFX and XII? Cause that guys a friggin genius.

Nobuo Uematsu did most of the work on FFX.  He is the long-time composer for the FF games, all the way back to the original game.  Interestingly, FFX was the first FF game that he had help on the soundtrack and didn't compose the whole thing by himself.  I personally think FFX was one of his weaker efforts, but that's akin picking the worst Ferrari.  smile  He now does work with Mistwalker (Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey, etc.).

Hitoshi Sakimoto did FFXII.  He also worked on both of the FF Tactics games, as well as Vagrant Story and a few others.
10087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Composer Yasunori Mitsuda interview on: January 29, 2008, 05:34:32 PM

Quote from: depward on January 29, 2008, 04:38:36 PM

I believe he did Shadow Hearts 1 & Shadow Hearts: Covenant (2) music... but I don't see him listed for the third (from the new world).  I think the overall consensus is that Covenant is the best out of the three by a long shot.  I know I loved that game so (soundtrack, story, characters, goddamn everything).  I know some people liked From the New World... but I was a little let down.  The first SH is good, although a bit of a step back in terms of graphics and such from Covenant and FtNW.

He did all the music for SH1, and collaborated with a couple other composers for 2.  Wasn't involved with 3, iirc.

I'll echo Dep's sentiments on the SH games.  Covenant is definitely the best of the bunch, but loses some of it's impact if you didn't play the first game.  I really disliked the third game (From the New World), but your mileage may vary.

Some impressions of SH:  Covenant
Impressions of SH:  From the New World

Coincidentally, the reason I ever played any Shadow Hearts games to begin with was because I had heard Mitsuda worked on the soundtrack.  Certainly glad I did.

And since I'm sure it's been a while, here's one just for Dep. slywink

10088  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Cthulhu on: January 29, 2008, 04:30:42 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on January 29, 2008, 04:02:39 AM

http://cthulhuthemovie.com/

Veeeery interesting

Yeah, but...Tori Spelling?
10089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Composer Yasunori Mitsuda interview on: January 29, 2008, 04:26:15 AM
Thanks Eddie, that was a great read.  Mitsuda is far and away my favorite game composer, and it's good to hear he's working on new stuff.   I'm a sucker for nearly everything he's done:  the Chrono Series, Xenogears & Xenosaga, Shadow Hearts, Tsunugani, even Sailing to the World...they're all incredible soundtracks.  Heck, I've even got an 18 hour playlist that is nothing but his game tunes.  smile

I wasn't crazy about the KiRite collaboration with Sato, but I will forever tout the Xenogears Cried disc as one of my all-time favorite albums - game or otherwise. 
10090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/28) on: January 28, 2008, 03:28:46 PM
The Smashing Pumpkins Rock Band DLC, and that's it.
10091  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Is there any sort of trial/demo for FFXI? on: January 28, 2008, 04:53:03 AM

Quote from: Farscry on January 28, 2008, 04:08:42 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 27, 2008, 11:52:06 PM

Once in a while I think about going back and playing FFXI.  Then I think about the entire day (literally) I spent trying to get into a group, and the feeling goes away.

I loved FFXI when I first tried it despite the horrifically poor controls on the PC. Then I got to around level 8 or 9, and discovered the joys of having grouping required to make any meaningful progress. I quit for much the same reason you did.

I love grouping in mmo's. But finding a decent (or, sometimes, ANY) group to join is such a crapshoot that I simply can't play an mmo that isn't both solo- and group-friendly.

Well, that certainly changes my mind.  I like to play 99% solo, so forced grouping would kill my interest in any game in about 2 seconds.  Thanks for saving me the $3.  smile
10092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII: Voices of the Lifestream - must download for soundtrack f on: January 28, 2008, 12:34:34 AM
Thanks for the heads up.  I've typically avoided the fan remix albums because so many of them have been absolute shite (never, ever subject your ears to the Chrono Cross OC Remix album.  ::shudder:smile, but this one looks like it has potential.   If nothing else, it'll give me something to listen to at work tomorrow.  smile
10093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How much do demos factor in your purchase? on: January 27, 2008, 04:54:32 PM
They weren't nearly as big a deal when I had more disposable income.  These days, however, I'm forced to be much more selective about what I buy, and demos play a big part in those decisions.   Can't think of many games that the demo has swayed me into a purchase, but there have been plenty that steered me away.  Most recently, I have passed on both Blue Dragon and the new Burnout (two games that would have typically been Day 1 purchases) simply because of bad demos.  I can't justify dropping $60 on a game that I don't enjoy the demo.
10094  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Is there any sort of trial/demo for FFXI? on: January 27, 2008, 04:44:53 AM

Quote from: depward on January 27, 2008, 02:30:54 AM

Gamestop has like, a $2 or $3 "30 day trial" they sell at their b&m stores...

I'll give that a shot.   I'm really only giving it another shot because it's a Final Fantasy game, and don't expect I'd play much longer than a month or so.
10095  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Is there any sort of trial/demo for FFXI? on: January 26, 2008, 11:31:11 PM
I tried FFXI back in the day, and didn't really enjoy it.  However, after spending some time with Guild Wars and getting to know the MMO lingo and culture a bit better, I'd like to maybe give it another shot.  I'm a complete whore for anything FF, so I think I might be able to enjoy it at least a little bit.  However, I don't really want to make the $30 investment without at least giving it a trial run.  I didn't see anything on the official site, and the only thing google turned up is some sort of 'friend code' that people who purchased the game can give out.

Seems odd in this day and age that there isn't an easily accessible demo (even a 10-day one would work) so people can get the feel of it, or did I just miss it?

10096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Does Mass Effect get better? on: January 24, 2008, 10:42:14 PM

Quote from: nymanium on January 24, 2008, 09:34:29 PM

It grabbed me right away. What killed my was when I started doing side quests and exploring random planets, the buggy controls drove me nuts, and I had the most powerful weapons and more money than what I knew what to do with before I even started the main quest. Shelved it for a week and tore through the main quest, which is really good, though the last few hours didn't blow me away as some people were raving about.

This was my feeling as well.  I actually really enjoyed the Citadel, and had no problem with the slow pace and storytelling.  In fact, some of the side-stories you encounter there were the best part of the game.  However, I got bored with the same-ish side planets right away, and absolutely hated the vehicle controls.  Not being an FPS player, I thought the combat was 'meh', but the main storyline kept me fairly interested.  My only gripe with the ending is that it felt very abrupt. 

I really enjoyed the game overall, but it certainly had it's warts.  Graphics would certainly not be one of them, but YMMV I suppose.  My guess is that anyone who isn't typically an RPG player would absolutely hate the pseudo-FPS style and slow start, but I liked it.
10097  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 1/08) on: January 24, 2008, 08:34:01 PM
+1 to Caine for quick payment on The Witcher
10098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Don't forget to d/l Undertow from Marketplace on: January 24, 2008, 12:31:59 PM
Wow, that game blows.  Not even sure it's worth the time it takes for the free download.
10099  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heath Ledger found dead? on: January 23, 2008, 04:37:11 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on January 23, 2008, 01:24:19 PM

Are they really picketing his funeral because he played a gay guy in a movie?

Seriously???

Picketing funerals has been WBC's thing for years now.  They've lately been picketing the funerals of dead soldiers under the line of reasoning that (from their site) "soldiers did not join the military out of a sense of patriotism, but because they are "lazy, incompetent idiots" unable to find work elsewhere", and that they deserved to be killed because of America's liberal stance towards homosexuals.  They are truly one of the most despicable groups you'll find anywhere.

My guess is that there's a very special place in hell for these clowns, and involves lots and lots of penises.
10100  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / F/S: The Witcher - US version *SOLD* on: January 23, 2008, 03:07:33 AM
This one didn't grab me like I had hoped, so it's up for sale.  US version (censored, but I've heard rumor of a patch that unlocks all the naughty bits), DVD, case, manual, perfect condition, etc., etc..  $28 shipped. 

US only shipping please (work won't ship outside US, sorry).
10101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/21) on: January 23, 2008, 01:48:05 AM

Quote from: Farscry on January 23, 2008, 01:46:41 AM

Quote from: Gratch on January 22, 2008, 07:48:30 PM

Quote from: Hiccup on January 22, 2008, 02:54:50 PM

Pricing Structure
1 month subscription: $14.99
3 month subscription: $41.99
6 month subscription: $77.99
12 month subscription: $143

On a side note, I cannot even begin to wrap my brain around this concept.  Pay $50 for a game, then $143 per year to play it.  Insanity.

Another topic for another time, I suppose.

Yeah, you're about ten years behind the curve on this one. icon_wink If we're going by when (I think) Ultima Online released and started kicking off the modern era of subscription-based games.

I know it's been around forever, I just don't understand it at all.   Guess the 10 million WoW subscribers certainly prove I'm in the minority, eh?  smile
10102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heath Ledger found dead? on: January 22, 2008, 11:09:33 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 22, 2008, 10:14:00 PM

Cue comparisons to "The Crow"...

Note to all young actors:  Any role involving white face paint = BAD!!

Seriously though, this sucks.  He was a damn fine actor.  Think I'll watch one of my all-time 'guilty pleasure' movies tonight in his memory:  A Knight's Tale
10103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: January 22, 2008, 11:06:25 PM

Quote from: Farscry on January 22, 2008, 10:13:17 PM

Good grief, fucking pathetic twits that have to puss out and quit a match because they aren't winning. Hell, I'll finish up the match even if I'm stinking up the joint. And I've had some great last-minute victories where I thought for sure I was going to lose.

People need to man the fuck up and stop being quitters. I sure hope that someone dropping out gives the non-quitter a win, if not I'm not bothering with online competitive matches for RB. That's killed several games for me as far as online competition goes.

This feels familiar...  slywink
10104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: January 22, 2008, 08:10:41 PM
From the IGN review:

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When a race starts, you simply must race from point A to point B as fast as you can, along whatever route you want. While this means that you're given the freedom to create your own course, it also means that you'll be stopping the action and referring to the map fairly often to make sure that you don't take any wrong turns. Since there are so many different tunnels, highways and such to take, it can be easy to make a wrong turn and wind up going off course for a bit. Until you've memorized the bulk of the map, which given its complexity, will take quite a long time, you'll likely have to pause and check the map two or three times during a race to make sure that you're on the right path.

I thought this whole 'open city' concept was about making the game more immersive.  How, exactly, does having to stop and open a map in the middle of a balls-out, uber-fast race fit into that?

10105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/21) on: January 22, 2008, 07:48:30 PM

Quote from: Hiccup on January 22, 2008, 02:54:50 PM

Pricing Structure
1 month subscription: $14.99
3 month subscription: $41.99
6 month subscription: $77.99
12 month subscription: $143

On a side note, I cannot even begin to wrap my brain around this concept.  Pay $50 for a game, then $143 per year to play it.  Insanity.

Another topic for another time, I suppose.
10106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: January 22, 2008, 12:36:56 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 22, 2008, 11:19:38 AM

Quote from: KePoW on January 22, 2008, 01:42:49 AM

Quote from: Gratch on January 22, 2008, 01:15:04 AM

Buncha fucking pussies that play ranked matches.  Out of the 7 ranked matches I played tonight, 5 of them quit mid-way through the song when they weren't winning.  I lost the other two, so my official tally for the night is 0-2.  If you're gonna play, man-up and take the losses as well as the wins.  Quit being such babies.   finger   I also really wish there was a way to keep the bonus songs out of the rotation.  There's a reason they're not main songs, and it's because the majority of them completely suck.

On a related note, I'm stuck on where to play.  I routinely get worked at Expert level (I maybe win 2 out of 10), but I win pretty consistently on Hard.  I'm decent enough that after a win on Hard yesterday, I had someone accuse me of playing down just to get wins.  I don't want to be 'that guy', but I also don't want to get my ass kicked all the time.  What do you guys think?  (as far as the solo tiers go, I've beaten everything but the last 2 songs on Hard, and hit a wall on one of middle Expert tiers (the one with Train Kept A-rollin and Detroit Rock City)) 

I haven't played any of the competitive match types in a while, but I thought you get credited with a win if someone drops out on you toward the end of a song.  I'm also pretty sure that the one time I had drop a match (due to something in RL), I got a loss for it

as for which difficulty to play, I say Hard...that's what I played on, even though I beat the Solo Career mode for Expert guitar.  some Expert songs I just miss way too many notes on, and it's not quite as 'fun' to play

You do get a win if they leave, I got my 5 in a row achievement with 2 drops finishing up my streak.

For some reason I didn't.  Interesting.  I wonder if it has something to do with when they drop in the song (i.e. over/under 50%).

I'm not terribly concerned about win/loss record, but I read on the RB boards that dropped games don't count towards your skill rating.  That's really the only reason it bugs me.   I could get irritated because it's simply poor form, but I have come to expect that from the majority of random XBL users.  Hence the reason I avoid most MP games like the plague.  smile
10107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 22, 2008, 01:29:16 AM
Dear God, what is that??
10108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: January 22, 2008, 01:15:04 AM
Buncha fucking pussies that play ranked matches.  Out of the 7 ranked matches I played tonight, 5 of them quit mid-way through the song when they weren't winning.  I lost the other two, so my official tally for the night is 0-2.  If you're gonna play, man-up and take the losses as well as the wins.  Quit being such babies.   finger   I also really wish there was a way to keep the bonus songs out of the rotation.  There's a reason they're not main songs, and it's because the majority of them completely suck.

On a related note, I'm stuck on where to play.  I routinely get worked at Expert level (I maybe win 2 out of 10), but I win pretty consistently on Hard.  I'm decent enough that after a win on Hard yesterday, I had someone accuse me of playing down just to get wins.  I don't want to be 'that guy', but I also don't want to get my ass kicked all the time.  What do you guys think?  (as far as the solo tiers go, I've beaten everything but the last 2 songs on Hard, and hit a wall on one of middle Expert tiers (the one with Train Kept A-rollin and Detroit Rock City)) 

10109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 21, 2008, 10:25:16 PM
10110  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Free EGM for a Year on: January 21, 2008, 08:35:06 PM
Eh, why not.
10111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dragonlance Movie being made. Take cover. on: January 21, 2008, 05:49:29 PM
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I hate some of the things they revealed at the end, like Fizban being Paladine and Kitiarra being a Highlord-  they should have saved those for when they were originally revealed. 

WTF?  I'm trying to figure what possible sense it would make to do the Fizban 'reveal' in the first volume. 

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The whole 'juggling' Tika bit got some laughs though.

Do elaborate.
10112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for a Good B-Rate SciFi Movie like Earth Defence Force. on: January 20, 2008, 11:05:59 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 20, 2008, 07:09:31 PM

I always thought Starship Troopers was one of the coolest of this genre.  The little propaganda clips were a great flavor to add to the film.

Probably a little much for an 11 year old though.
10113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Snow in the Forecast! on: January 20, 2008, 01:26:22 PM
This was on our Weather.com forecast for tomorrow:

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Snow during the morning will give way to lingering snow showers during the afternoon.

Apparently there is a difference between snow showers and lingering snow showers.
10114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for a Good B-Rate SciFi Movie like Earth Defence Force. on: January 20, 2008, 12:50:56 AM
Wasn't there an uber-cheesy sci-fi-ish dragon movie from Korea that came out not too long ago?  Can't remember the name, but do remember the somewhat cool CGI trailers for it.  Got horrible reviews, but looked like some campy fun. 

Can't remember the stupid name though...
10115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm going to say something controversial!!! on: January 19, 2008, 03:13:06 AM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 19, 2008, 03:06:45 AM

Never read any of them, but I have read a few books by Douglas Adams.

I saw the movie.  How true to the book was it?

Some parts of the movie followed the book word for word, yet some others came completely out of left field.  I thought that overall they did a pretty good job with the film, given the limitations.  Most of what makes HHGTTG so funny are Adam's descriptions of events or things (i.e. "The ships hung in the air precisely the way bricks don't".  My personal favorite.).  That sort of stuff is really hard to translate into a movie.
10116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm going to say something controversial!!! on: January 19, 2008, 12:25:18 AM
Actually, I would completely agree.  The first and second books are absolutely brilliant, the third is pretty good, and the last two are mildly amusing at best.
10117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: January 18, 2008, 02:57:07 PM

Quote from: CrayolaSmoker on January 18, 2008, 02:07:22 PM

Okay, which of you folks are playing RB online, 'cause I'm all kinds of up for that action. Please sound off and expect friends requests shortly thereafter.  icon_wink

Shoot me an invite.  Multiplayer with GT'ers is so much better than with random strangers.  smile
10118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rondo of Swords, a DS SRPG from Atlus on: January 18, 2008, 12:26:45 PM
I'm typically all for a new SRPG, but this one just looks like a Fire Emblem rip-off.
10119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: January 18, 2008, 12:25:16 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 18, 2008, 12:10:15 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 18, 2008, 04:48:28 AM

Anyone having problems not hearing all the tracks when playing over XBL?  It happened last night with Fyedaddy & Grue, and in a couple matches again tonight. I was on guitar/bass, and Fyedaddy was on the other.  I could hear my guitar and the drums fine, but couldn't hear his track at all.   Thought it was maybe a problem with my headset, but it happened again tonight in two different groups when I was using the mic to do the vocal track.  Strange...

It seems to emphasize the track you are playing and this sometimes drowns out the other players tracks when playing remotely.  I've noticed it's especially bad if you're doing much better than the other person.  Similar to how GH 2 would lean the volume towards the winner.

Don't think that's the case, as the end score showed Fyedaddy was hitting 99% on those songs I couldn't hear him.  It's not that the track is lower volume, it's simply not there at all. 
10120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2007 NPD Info is here on: January 18, 2008, 05:03:29 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 18, 2008, 02:08:05 AM

Rockband:  463k (360)
Rockband:  174k (PS3)

Would love to know how many of those were the stand-alone game, and how many were full bundles.
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