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10081  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions: Release Day Edition on: November 26, 2007, 08:17:04 PM

Quote from: Arkon on November 26, 2007, 08:09:44 PM

So who has everyone been romancing?  I am really torn, I think my character truly would be in love with Ashley, but her being a fellow soldier, I think my character would frown upon fraternization, so he will likely be pursuing Liara instead, he is so torn...

Ashley lost me with the whole God bit.  Liara it is, blue head and all.
10082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Prediction: Wii Sells Even Less than the Gamecube on: November 26, 2007, 07:06:26 PM
I played a Wii for the first time this weekend.  Did both the Sports games and Umbrella Chronicles.  It was fun with a couple other people, but is certainly not something I would consider buying for myself.  Besides, after an hour with the controller, I had to quit because my wrist hurt like hell.
10083  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The greatest performance in the history of sports. on: November 25, 2007, 09:16:00 PM

Quote from: Darkstar One on November 25, 2007, 06:15:39 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cS4f6wiQJh4

Still gives me chills to watch this.  I'll always remember the front page of the paper the other day--a shot of Turcotte, with Secretariat coming down the stretch, looking behind him as if to say "where did the rest of the field go".


You and I have very different definitions of the word "sports".
10084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions: Release Day Edition on: November 25, 2007, 09:14:41 PM

Quote from: QP on November 25, 2007, 09:01:50 PM

Man having a hard time getting going on this...is it worth it?

Absolutely.  I really disliked it for the first 2-3 hours, but it clicked with me once I figured out some of the screwy systems (combat, inventory, etc.).  With a couple exceptions (I still really dislike the vehicle combat), once I hit the Citadel and started in on the RPG elements, I've been having an absolute blast.
10085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Turns out the new refurb Xboxes? Not so much any better than the old ones on: November 24, 2007, 06:03:34 PM

Quote from: gellar on November 24, 2007, 05:28:27 PM

Yeah I'm going to 'borrow' one from Costco tomorrow until my replacement comes back.  Hopefully they have some in stock.  And it's #3, asshole

Good luck with that.  I hit 4 Costco's earlier this week trying to do the same thing, and there wasn't a 360 to be found anywhere.  One of the stock guys actually laughed when I asked when they were getting more in.
10086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions: Release Day Edition on: November 24, 2007, 04:44:42 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 24, 2007, 03:38:24 PM


You've got access to it now.  On the Galaxy map whenever you go to the different systems (and right now you can go to every one of those on the main Milky Way map) select each planet in a system.  Sometimes it will give you the option to Survey.  Also, as I think Destructor pointed out, scan around asteroid belts for "hidden" resource deposits (you can often see a very faint twinkling when there is something hidden but I ususally just rotate teh cursor all the way around the asteroid belt). 

I'm 20 hours in now and have yet to do any main quest missions other than find the final crew member.  The  number of side quests is mind boggling.  It's amazing the stuff I've stumbled on just exploring the galaxy.  Heck, I just did the "personal quest" for one of my crewmembers far earlier than is normal because I happened upon a certain planet. 

Thanks Kevin.  I'll start exploring some of the other random planets once I finish up with this main quest one.
10087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions: Release Day Edition on: November 24, 2007, 03:34:03 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 24, 2007, 03:24:21 PM

Re: money- explore the worlds.  Finding ore deposits on worlds you land on or surveying other worlds will net huge amounts of cash. 

Is surveying a skill that opens up later in the game?   So far, I've only been to the Citadel, the world where you find the 6th crew member, and now the ice planet from the main quest.  I haven't seen anything about ore deposits or surveying, but maybe I just haven't got far enough in yet.
10088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions: Release Day Edition on: November 24, 2007, 02:11:51 PM
Quick question:   I put a couple points into the First Aid skill as a Soldier.  It said I am supposed to get an ability that heals X amount of points to my entire team, but it's not anywhere on my wheel when I pull it up.  Am I missing something, or does First Aid just bump up the healing rate when I use the Medi-Gel stuff?

I'm hoping I didn't gimp myself when I accidentally chose Auto-Level when I had 8 points to spend.  It put some points in strange spots that I wish I had back (it put 3 in Intimidate when I already had 5 in Charm, 2 points in pistols when I'd been focusing on Assault Rifles, etc.   icon_confused). Since my previous save was a couple hours back, I didn't bother reloading to change it.  Hasn't seemed to cause any problems so far (14 hours in, level 20), but we'll see how it goes.

I've gotten the hang of combat a bit, and am now really enjoying it.  Bioware tells an amazing story, and I have really connected with these characters and this gameworld.  The AI is still completely worthless, and I typically just let them run around and do their own thing while I concentrate on specific baddies.  I wish I could actually buy some of the stuff in the stores, but everything is still way too expensive.  I've maxed out my Combat Armor skill, but have yet to find a single piece of heavy armor I can actually afford!  Frustrating.
10089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect-I'm Cursed. CURSED I tell You! on: November 24, 2007, 06:26:51 AM
I got hit with it too.  I'll join you in blaming it on Kevin.  smile
10090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 23, 2007, 07:39:31 PM
Gah, the end of Won't Get Fooled Again is freaking impossible.   icon_evil
10091  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Brave Story (PSP), Puzzle Quest (DS), Etrian Odyssey (DS) on: November 23, 2007, 04:43:21 PM
Thought I'd give this one bump before heading to E-Bay.  smile
10092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings [DS] on: November 23, 2007, 04:40:40 PM
Thanks Semi, you saved me $35.  I'm sure I'll try it down the road sometime, but it doesn't sound like something I'll be rushing out to get.
10093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings [DS] on: November 23, 2007, 04:40:09 AM
No impressions?  I thought at least someone was picking this one up this week.
10094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions: Release Day Edition on: November 23, 2007, 04:39:09 AM
Left the Citadel, landed on my first world (looking for the scientist chick), and discovered that I absolutely hate the vehicle controls.  Even after an hour of driving around, I'm honestly spending more time fighting the controls than I am fighting enemies in this damn thing.  How much vehicle combat is there, as it could really end up being a deal-breaker for me if it's a major part of the game.

I'm finding that when I'm heavily involved in the story bits, I really like ME.  When I'm heavily involved in the combat bits, I get really frustrated.
10095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 22, 2007, 06:35:26 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 22, 2007, 04:56:29 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 22, 2007, 04:38:26 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 21, 2007, 05:13:54 PM

Has anyone gotten a friend invite to work?  Mike and I tried last night for about 30 minutes.  I invite, he accepts, nothing happens on either side.  I can have the game search for random people, but that isn't optimal. 

I played several games online, some with ATB, some with Lizardking and a few more with random internet folk.  Worked fine for me.

I'll invite you next time I play and we'll see if I can get online with you guys.  I was still unable to get online with Mike last night.

Shoot me an invite (Skinypupy) next time you're on.  I've played a bunch of online games with random folks, but haven't been able to hook up with any OO/GT'ers yet.

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Mine does. You just have to tweak the connection by turning it in the jack until it works.  It's very touchy.  And you're using the adapter right?

Adapter?  Not sure what that is.  I've only used the headset a couple times, so I'm not terribly familiar with it.  It works fine when it's plugged into a controller or the Xplorer guitar, but maybe there's a different piece I need for the drum set.

EDIT:  Never mind, I found it.  I forgot it was in that little box with the USB adapter.  Will have to give it a try tonight.
10096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions: Release Day Edition on: November 22, 2007, 03:53:30 PM

Quote from: Turtle on November 22, 2007, 08:35:13 AM

I wouldn't play through this again partly because the cutscenes aren't skippable, although I suspect that's because they use them to load the next scenes.

If you don't want to sit through conversations, hitting X will skip you ahead to the next chunk of dialog.
10097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 22, 2007, 03:50:04 PM

Quote from: drifter on November 22, 2007, 02:51:09 PM

Has anyone figured out how to use a headset plugged into an instrument to sing?  Or can you even do this?  Is that jsut for talking on Xbox live?

On a related note, does anybody's headset work when plugged into the drum set?
10098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 21, 2007, 11:58:03 PM
I know it's still very early and this probably won't last past tonight, but behold my first ever top 10 score:



Yes, I do indeed dude dude
10099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: Thanksgiving Edition on: November 21, 2007, 11:54:32 PM
- Rock Band
-  Mass Effect
-  Assassin's Creed
-  Possibly some FF Tactics
10100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 21, 2007, 07:59:37 PM

Quote from: disarm on November 21, 2007, 07:51:40 PM

i have no idea how i'm going to enjoy Assassin's Creed, Rock Band, and Mass Effect all at the same time though...

We're all feeling your pain brother.
10101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions: Release Day Edition on: November 21, 2007, 07:58:26 PM
After putting in about 5 hours this morning, I have certainly changed my mind about ME.  I'm really enjoying it, now that I've figured out the screwy interface and the stuff they didn't bother to put in a tutorial.  I still don't really care for the combat, but I've only had to draw my gun twice in the last 3 hours, so it's not a huge deal.  The RPG elements feel exactly like KOTOR, which is just what I was hoping for.  The story is fantastic, the graphics are amazing (I haven't really experienced any slowdown yet), and the VO & sound work are top notch.  There have already been some gut-wrenching story moments (the guy whose wife was killed springs to mind), and the storytelling is incredibly well done.   I'm completely hooked.

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i will add that if you leave the auto level option off, you better be ready to check and assign points fairly often.  i went all the way through eden prime up to the last part, and it was kicking my behind.  it was frustrating me to no end and then i found that i had leveled 4 times and was still basically a level 1 guy in skills.  after i took care of that, i was able to get through the last section pretty easily.

I completely forgot to assign any skill points to my supporting characters.  After 5 hours, I just barely checked their stats and had to allocated 14 points to each one.  No wonder they were dying so easily during that last fight.   smile  I'm keeping a couple points in reserve for myself, as I'm still undecided on the exact specs I want to have.  Since I'm so completely awful at shooters, I've had to plug a bunch of points into skills that add defense and health.  Not exactly optimal choices I'm sure, but you have to play to your strengths and weaknesses.  I've mainly been using pistols, but may switch to shotguns.  We'll see how it goes.
10102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - What is your band name? on: November 21, 2007, 07:47:08 PM
Spider Queens
10103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions: Release Day Edition on: November 21, 2007, 06:36:33 AM
Finally pulled myself away from Rock Band long enough to put in a little over an hour.  The visuals are nice and I really like the story so far, but it's even more "shooter-y" than I feared and I'm having a hell of a time with it, even on the easy level.  Was really hoping for more RPG and less action shooter.  frown
10104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 21, 2007, 06:32:06 AM

Quote from: faide on November 21, 2007, 04:57:55 AM

I'm hear something rattling around inside it, which is not a good sign.

I've got something rattling around in mine as well.  I assume whatever it is is causing the tilt sensor to not activate. 
10105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 21, 2007, 06:14:12 AM

Quote from: Chaz on November 21, 2007, 04:54:41 AM

I came home from chorus rehearsal tonight to find that my GF, who is very vocal about not singing, had been doing the solo vocal campaign for two hours.  We just spent the last hour and a half doing Band World Tour with her on vocals and me on drums.  She doesn't like many games, and it's even rarer that she turns on a game to play by herself, so this is fairly impressive.  I can't wait until we have our next Rock Band get-together.

Mrs. Gratch - who had previously (grudgingly) agreed to give singing a shot - changed her mind and refuses to even try it.  Looks like I'll be doing it all solo until they open up the online World Tour. frown
10106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 21, 2007, 03:33:53 AM
The game just patched when I logged in.  Not sure what it did though...
10107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Timmy our little 18 year old dog died today on: November 21, 2007, 02:18:36 AM
That was an amazing write-up Daehawk, thanks for sharing.   My condolences to your family.
10108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 21, 2007, 01:49:38 AM

Quote from: EddieA on November 21, 2007, 01:46:02 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 21, 2007, 12:47:44 AM

I'm also wondering how entertaining this'll be single player-wise.

According to the reviews, the whole World Tour mode (or whatever it's called) where you create your character and travel around the world playing different venues and accumulating fans is only available if you have at least 2 players.  Otherwise, you just get the standard Guitar Hero-style tracklists.

You can also sing and play guitar (or drums) by yourself, but you'd have to be pretty good.
10109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 21, 2007, 12:37:32 AM

Quote from: ATB on November 20, 2007, 11:24:59 PM

1. It hasn't explained how to use the sound effect switch even though I've done all the tutorials. Don't know what the deal is with that

You can switch effects during solos to add different sounds.  Doesn't add anything to your point total, but is fun to play around with.
10110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: November 21, 2007, 12:36:52 AM
A few random thoughts after finishing most of the solo drum campaign on Medium and a couple tiers of both guitar and vocals:

-  I have drummed until I can drum no more.  My arms and ankle are actually sore from banging on those things all day.  But man, was it fun!  There has never been a gaming moment quite like pounding out Enter Sandman while the crowd sings along.

-  Some of the drum note charts (on Medium) are tough to get used to.  In the spirit of making the songs "easier", they take out bass kicks that you know are in there.  I always lose my multiplier when I get in a groove and start to play naturally.  Forces a lot more concentration than I'm used to while drumming.

-  I could do without ever hearing Maps or that Coheed & Cambria shit again.

-  Tried to get in some online games, but got nothing.  Just as with GH III, I assume things will be wonky for a couple weeks.

-  Vocals are fun, but I feel like an idiot singing along by myself on my couch.  Creep is a blast to sing.

-  Neversoft needs to take some lessons from Harmonix on how to design both graphics and a user interface.  Everything about RB is easy to find, intuitive, and looks great.  The only glitch I've found is that my awesome run through Hand That Feeds on guitar isn't showing up on the leaderboards.

-  Bummed that my guitar is broken, as I really like the feel of this one.  Unfortunately, my tilt sensor doesn't work so I'll have to get with EA and see what they can do.  Their support website is down, so we'll see what happens.  This is probably my bad karma shot for "renting" a 360 from Best Buy until mine gets fixed.

-  Apparently, Gold Stars don't mean the same in Rock Band as they do in GH.  I got 100% on the Garbage song, but didn't get a gold star.  Got 99% on Hand That Feeds (missed one note   icon_evil ), but got Gold Stars.  Not sure what the significance is.

More to come later...
10111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions: Release Day Edition on: November 20, 2007, 11:25:41 PM
I should probably at least check ME out, but I can't seem to drag myself away from Rock Band.

I don't want to work, I just want to bang on me drum all day...
10112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! on: November 20, 2007, 03:12:30 PM

Quote from: DarkEL on November 20, 2007, 03:08:45 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 20, 2007, 02:40:49 PM

if ... I hadn't used a entire week of PTO just to play these two games

Holy crap dude - you're hard core.

I don't think I've ever know anyone who used a whole week of PTO for a game. The most I've ever used was just a single day (for the day that Halo 2 came out).

I never get sick and we don't really take vacations, so I have a bad habit of never using my PTO during the year.  Figured that this year I'd use up a few chunks around some game releases instead of just losing a couple weeks at the end of the year.  I've got some "honey-do's" around the house as well, which will take up some of the time.  But Mrs. Gratch has already approved for me to sit on the couch and bang on plastic drums all week.  smile
10113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! on: November 20, 2007, 02:40:49 PM

Quote from: DarkEL on November 20, 2007, 06:08:43 AM

stuff

Actually, El is right.  I can't lie, it's a completely selfish (and rather dickish) move on my part to do this "rental", and I fully expect that karma will kick me in the ass for it somewhere down the line.  My hope is that I can sell it (either here or on E-Bay) and not have to return it to the store, even if it means taking a bit of a loss.

Just for the record, I did not do this when my first 360 died.  Honestly, if the timing was different and I hadn't used a entire week of PTO just to play these two games, I would have just sent it into MS and gone through the standard repair process.   I know that's not really an excuse, but there it is.  frown

EDIT:  I did look for one at Costco yesterday, because I know it's not nearly a big an issue for them to get returns.  Unfortunately, all 4 Costco locations were completely sold out.
10114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What a way to start the Holiday season... on: November 20, 2007, 01:11:38 AM
Damn, sorry CK.  Reminds me that I haven't hugged my dog today...

10115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! on: November 19, 2007, 10:45:03 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on November 19, 2007, 10:40:15 PM

Why wouldn't you buy the arcade pack?  You already have a HDD

Crap, I didn't know you could hook an existing HDD up to it.  Oh well, I'll only have it for 30 days anyways.
10116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! on: November 19, 2007, 10:03:13 PM
Well, I tried 4 Costco's this afternoon, and every one of them was completely sold out.  Tried 3 Wal-mart's, no dice.  3 Circuit City's, nothing but the "Arcade" pack.  I finally tracked down one of the Halo 3 Special Versions at the third Best Buy I hit.  My TV doesn't have HDMI, so the lack of an HDMI port is not a big deal.  BB's return policy is only 30 days, so hopefully MS can get it back to me by then.  If not, then I guess I'll be 360-less between the time I return it and the time my new one shows up.

Hopefully I don't run into any problems with this one.  Haven't even opened it yet, but it looks to be the same thing as my current pro version.  The guy said my old hard drive would work fine, so I should be in OK shape for tomorrow.  Wish me luck...
10117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! on: November 19, 2007, 05:33:00 PM

Quote from: Arclight on November 19, 2007, 05:31:19 PM

Why not buy a costco 360..take back the broke one saying its defective and get your money back?

Is that wrong? paranoid

I thought they checked serial numbers.  If not, then I may just do that instead of going through the MS return process.
10118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/19) on: November 19, 2007, 05:08:30 PM
Mass Effect, Rock Band....and a new 360 at Costco to replace my second one that died this morning.   icon_evil

Gonna be a really damn expensive day.
10119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! on: November 19, 2007, 05:07:13 PM
Thanks guys.  Looks like I'll be making a Costco run this afternoon.
10120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! on: November 19, 2007, 05:01:40 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 19, 2007, 04:53:31 PM

try this from the team X-Box forums:

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Try clearing your cache (hold the A button down while the game boots up) and see if that fixes it. That worked for me.

if that doesn't work then  :

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Xbox 360 HDD cache clear code-

To perform the function, access 'memory' in the system blade, and then highlight the hard drive. Now press: Y, X, X, LB, RB, X, X. The following message should appear: "Do you want to perform maintenance on your Xbox 360 storage devices?"

If you initiate maintenance, the hard drive's cache will be cleared, including all software updates.

This won't delete saves, Gs or downloads.

I'll give it a shot, but I'm pretty sure the DVD drive is toast.  It doesn't even spin when I put in a disc, just makes a low humming noise.
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