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10081  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 12, 2007, 10:58:22 PM
10082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 12/Oct/07 on: October 12, 2007, 02:53:17 PM
Not much free time for me, but what I do have will be split between Final Fantasy Tactics on PSP and Puzzle Quest on XLBA.
10083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ouch...Valve boss lets loose on PS3 on: October 11, 2007, 07:48:44 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on October 11, 2007, 06:48:56 PM

Here's the funny thing, these comments are like 4 months old, kind of weird that they've recently resurfaced on the intarwebs.

I remember reading this in a GI issue several months ago.  Was wondering why it's suddenly become newsworthy again.
10084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] Dungeons & Dragons Tactics on: October 11, 2007, 04:11:48 PM
Hmmmm, I think I'll steer clear of this one.
10085  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: BEST YOUTUBE. MUSIC. VIDEO. EVER. on: October 11, 2007, 02:42:48 PM

Quote from: Rubyeye on October 11, 2007, 02:03:29 PM

The best actually comes from a video game from the 8-bit era.

If we're going retro, I prefer 8-bit Slayer.
10086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blue Dragon Getting Some Poor Reviews on: October 11, 2007, 01:09:15 PM
I've never understood the masochistic bent some RPG players have, and the absolute necessity to play a "hard mode".  When a game becomes so difficult that it's more frustrating than fun, that's usually the time I'll put it down.
10087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest coming to XBLA Wednesday on: October 11, 2007, 01:05:52 PM
I picked it up from XBLA yesterday as well.  It's been a while since I fired it up on DS, and playing in HD with a new class is almost like playing a whole new game.  I'd forgotten how much fun it was!

Quote from: Lockdown on October 11, 2007, 12:00:32 PM


As far as the battles go - well, I've never played bejeweled before, so I'm not really sure I'm all that good.  I mean, I nearly lost the first fight against the practice knight.  If it weren't for that gemberry spell, I would have.   icon_neutral  I'm not very good at looking at the board one-step ahead, like they instruct you to.  I can't tell you how many times the computer got 3 skulls in a row and burned me after I made a move.  I just can't see it.  I wonder if I'll get better as I play more?  I hope so.

If it's any consolation, I've actually beaten the game (on DS) and still managed to lose twice to the first practice knight.    I had him down to 3 HP, and he got a cascade of 3 burning skulls and hit me for nearly 20 hp in a single shot.  A lot of your success - especially in the early game - will come down to luck.  If you're like the rest of us, you'll get the distinct feeling that the computer is cheating.  smile
10088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] What we've all been waiting for! on: October 11, 2007, 11:58:18 AM

Quote from: Destructor on October 11, 2007, 06:17:41 AM

Quote from: Gratch on October 11, 2007, 03:08:37 AM

Those 3 games:  meh, meh, and meh.

Which is why there's a ton more games further down in that link that contain some really cool looking titles.

Doh!  The DQ games and the new Monolith game both look pretty nifty.
10089  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: BEST YOUTUBE. MUSIC. VIDEO. EVER. on: October 11, 2007, 03:12:06 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 11, 2007, 02:50:38 AM

Quote from: dback99 on October 11, 2007, 02:15:16 AM

I really think this was the pinnacle of music.  Not sure this can be topped.       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqfD6laywic

-dback

but what about this one?

I see your Kenya, and I raise you one leopard.
10090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] What we've all been waiting for! on: October 11, 2007, 03:08:37 AM

Quote from: Tebunker on October 11, 2007, 01:45:41 AM

Dude, Fire Emblem is just the tip of the iceberg

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=197844


DS could possibly go down as one of the greatest game systems ever made, if not THE greatest.

Those 3 games:  meh, meh, and meh.
10091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 11, 2007, 12:19:46 AM

Quote from: warning on October 10, 2007, 10:05:15 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 10, 2007, 09:33:08 PM

It's much more difficult than Jeanne D'Arc, which was never really much of a challenge

Weren't you completely flummoxed by the last stage of Jeanne D'Arc?

Yes, but once I applied a bit of common sense (i.e. attack the big baddie directly and don't bother with his henchmen) I beat it in 3 turns.  My characters were so overlevelled that I cruised through the entire final third of the game without ever feeling challenged.   Since enemies don't scale to your level, it's pretty easy to outpace the game.

On a side note, after spending 40'ish hours with Jeanne, it's really tough to get used to a turn order and permanent moves again.
10092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 10, 2007, 09:33:08 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 10, 2007, 09:26:36 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 10, 2007, 08:03:20 PM

Will probably be playing this all day, so I'll have some more impressions later tonight.

Where did you get it at? Doesn't seem to be out yet in this part of the country.

Got mine at Gamestop today.

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How hard is this game?  On a difficulty scale of 1 (easy) to ten (hard)?  I'm finding Jeanne D'Arc to be about a 4 or 5 on this scale. Will FFT be significantly harder?

I'd probably put FFT around an 8.  Some battles can be ridiculously hard, others are a bit easier.  It's much more difficult than Jeanne D'Arc, which was never really much of a challenge
10093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 10, 2007, 08:03:20 PM
It made me upgrade to 3.51 before I could play.  A couple very early impressions (as in, first 2 battles):

-  Maybe it's my bad eyes, but the text is very small and somewhat tough to read. 
-  The art style used in the cut-scenes is stunningly beautiful.  Can't wait to see all of these cutscenes.
-  Even in the first 1/2 hour, they've changed a lot in the dialog.  It already makes the story much, much easier to understand.  This new translation is fantastic.

Will probably be playing this all day, so I'll have some more impressions later tonight.
10094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] Dungeons & Dragons Tactics on: October 10, 2007, 07:23:54 PM
I saw a bunch of negative impressions, and the review scores were not particularly impressive.  However, if I love the whole Forgotten Realms world and mythos, but am not hugely concerned about how closely the game sticks to the D&D manual, do you think D&D Tactics would be fun?  Seems like most people and reviewers didn't care for the game because they didn't do a good job translating the rules or classes.  I'm just wondering if it's any good if you take that out of the equation.
10095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] What we've all been waiting for! on: October 10, 2007, 07:18:18 PM
While I'm somewhat excited for the game (never been a big fan of FE, but always give them a shot), I can't help but notice that it looks like complete ass.  The DS is powerful enough to crank out something better than those early-era GBA graphics.
10096  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Games for Sale on: October 10, 2007, 01:04:04 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on October 10, 2007, 07:00:51 AM

This a sign that Ebay is my better option?

Most of your prices are $5-10 higher than E-bay.  May be why they're not moving.
10097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thinking about getting a PSP. on: October 10, 2007, 02:43:58 AM

Quote from: Knightsabre on October 10, 2007, 02:23:20 AM

I guess I'll jump in here and ask about strategy/tactical games for the DS and PSP - I don't have either, but I'm starting to do a little research, and its very tempting to pick one up.  I know DS has the Advance Wars (I believe thats the right name) that people rave about, but is there anything else like that for DS?  And what about the PSP?

PSP has Jeanne D'Arc, which is one of the best SRPG's I've ever played.  It's also getting ports of both Final Fantasy Tactics (the original PS version) and Disgaea.  Those 3 titles alone could keep you playing for months.  I'm not into Warhammer, but the Squad Commander game looks like it has a ton of potential.

Outside of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (a GBA game) I haven't really been able to get into many of the other DS/GBA SRPG titles.  Advance Wars does nothing for me, neither does the Fire Emblem series.  Luminous Arc isn't bad, but it's not great either.
10098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me Pick the Next RPG I Should Play (and avoid) on: October 10, 2007, 01:23:04 AM

Quote from: JCC on October 10, 2007, 01:10:15 AM

Question for the FF experts: Which game is better, Final Fantasy X or Final Fantasy XII. Based on what I have read from forum people, I would guess XII, but X seems to have gotten higher review scores.... well from Gamespot anyway....

I'd put them fairly equal, with perhaps a very slight edge to FFX.  Honestly, they're tough to judge against each other as they are very, very different games.  To me, FFXII felt very epic, as as if you were seeing a birds-eye view of a huge conflict without knowing a lot about the individual people involved.  It's certainly thrilling, but left me a bit ambivalent towards the characters themselves.  FFX felt much more focused around the happenings of a very small group of characters, and really focused on building them up.  I found myself much more emotionally involved in FFX, while I enjoyed the fast paced battles of FFXII better.  Both approaches worked amazingly well, but I very slightly preferred FFX.  If I were to make a movie comparison, FFXII is Lord of the Rings, and FFX is The Royal Tenenbaums.  Both brilliant, but for vastly different reasons.

Not sure if that helps, but there it is.  smile
10099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me Pick the Next RPG I Should Play (and avoid) on: October 10, 2007, 12:23:44 AM
I really enjoyed elements of Baten Kaitos as well.  The ridiculous turn timer eventually killed the card-battle system for me, but it was a fun game otherwise.
10100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Guitar Hero III on: October 09, 2007, 06:11:07 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on October 09, 2007, 05:54:52 PM

Quote from: Farscry on October 07, 2007, 04:39:37 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on October 05, 2007, 05:11:02 PM

I couldn't have broken my finger at a worse time.

Interestingly enough, this happened to m etoday.  crybaby

After reading this, and considering how bad I want Rock Band, I'll probably break both arms and get a bad case of laringitis on Nov 22nd... alll caused by an exploding television. Nov 22nd also happens to be my 29th birthday.

Hey, you could still work the bass pedal!
10101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 09, 2007, 03:41:55 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on October 09, 2007, 02:52:22 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 09, 2007, 01:17:50 AM

I never played the PS one, but loved the GB SP version. Those are different games, right?

marry the storytelling of ffxii to the gameplay of ffta, & you get an approximation of fft - all 3 games occur in ivalice, & all were directed by yasumi matsuno...

This is a good description.  FF Tactics is FF Tactics Advance with a story for adults.  FF Tactics is also significantly harder than it's GBA counterpart.  One of the biggest changes is that moves are permanent once they're made.  It's not like FFTA where you can make a move, see if you're in range, then cancel it and move again if it didn't work quite right.  Once you move, you're done.

FF Tactics requires much more precision and actual tactical skill to be effective.   I actually prefer the FFTA system, but ymmv...
10102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Art- My wife's solo show this month in Houston on: October 09, 2007, 02:55:38 PM
Very cool.  Props for the Mr. Bungle shirt and title (Disco Volante).  smile
10103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 games for a 41-year-old gaming n00b? on: October 09, 2007, 03:14:47 AM
Good idea, I forgot all about golf games!  He's a big golfer, so that would be perfect.
10104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 09, 2007, 02:52:35 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 09, 2007, 01:49:48 AM

ah, but you could have gotten the trifecta with one simple picture young grasshopper  icon_twisted

Let's see if I can read your mind...

10105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 09, 2007, 01:15:42 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on October 09, 2007, 01:07:40 AM

New cutscenes are great I guess.  But if all of the map boards are the same I am going to pass.  I played through FF T on the PS1 twice.  Not really interested in doing it again.

Yeah, maps will all be the same.  Would have been nice to add a few, but I don't think they wanted to change the core gameplay too much.

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...since I can't get into Jeanne d'Arc AT ALL

Unpossible.  slywink

Actually, I know there were a few people that didn't like it due to the lack of any sort of job or class system.  FF Tactics will certainly not have that problem.
10106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 09, 2007, 01:06:58 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 09, 2007, 12:28:14 AM

Quote from: Gratch on October 09, 2007, 12:02:35 AM

Ho.  Lee.  Shit.   icon_eek



well, there's a problem there-  I don't see a Ho, Lee or Shit in that picture.







Better?  slywink
10107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 09, 2007, 01:01:15 AM

Quote from: Lee on October 09, 2007, 12:53:30 AM

What is that from? I thought it was the Road Warrior at first.

From the amateur-ness of the video, I suspected it's an actual IED explosion in Iraq.
10108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 09, 2007, 12:59:09 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 09, 2007, 12:55:27 AM

Quote from: Gratch on October 09, 2007, 12:41:00 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on October 09, 2007, 12:26:19 AM

Is this an exact remake of Tactics on the PS1 or a new story altogether?

Remake, with a few added extras.  The main addition is the animated cutscenes, which look amazing.

Damn straight they look amazing!

Check out this video!


That just makes me all kinds of giddy.  Sprinkling cutscenes like that throughout the game to help tell the story will be fantastic!

I've even got Wednesday off work, and will spend all day with this one.  smile
10109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 09, 2007, 12:41:00 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on October 09, 2007, 12:26:19 AM

Is this an exact remake of Tactics on the PS1 or a new story altogether?

Remake, with a few added extras.  The main addition is the animated cutscenes, which look amazing.  They also added 2 new classes and a couple of unlockable characters.
10110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me Pick the Next RPG I Should Play (and avoid) on: October 09, 2007, 12:32:27 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 09, 2007, 12:22:01 AM

SH:Covenant was an incredible game, and I'm really disappointed to see so many people agree that SH: From the New World pales so badly in comparison. I absolutely loved the characters and cut scenes in Covenant, and was thrilled to see that you could go back and watch them after the game. I really wish RPGs would tell stronger stories.

Part of the disappointment with New World stems from the fact that Covenant was just so damn good.  It would have been hard to follow it up no matter what, but what they did release was extremely sub-par in comparison.  One of the things I really liked about the first 2 SH games was that they bucked the RPG trend of "teenage kids save the world".  Yuri was quite the bad-ass, and his supporting cast was equally as strong.  The move to a whiny kid as the main character felt like a complete opposite, and really turned me off.  New World also really lacked a strong bad guy.  In the nearly 12 hours I played, I had no idea who I was fighting against or why I was fighting them.  There were some hints and vague references, but the evil characters were very poorly developed.  Again, a huge shift from the first two games.

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This is part of the reason why I'm willing to give Lost Odyssey a chance despite the rumors that it is massively slanted toward "watching the game". If someone could someone fuse the tightly-wrapped, detailed stories in adventure games (minus the obtuse puzzles) and RPGs I'd really be ecstatic.

I agree about Lost Odyssey.  If it's 20 hours of good storytelling through cutscenes, then I have no problem with it.  I have little faith, however, in the ability of an RPG developer to be able to do this.  Games that tell a truly compelling story with great characters are few and far between.

10111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 09, 2007, 12:02:35 AM
Ho.  Lee.  Shit.   icon_eek

10112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me Pick the Next RPG I Should Play (and avoid) on: October 08, 2007, 11:52:16 PM
Sounds like we have similar tastes (my 2 faves are also FFX & Shadow Hearts), and I'd definately recommend Final Fantasy XII first.  I typically burn out 30-40 hours into RPG's, but FFXII kept me going for nearly 80.  It's really an incredible game.  If you can handle the ridiculous encounter rate, the Digital Devil Saga games are also very good.

As far as ones to avoid, I'd stay far, far away from Shadow Hearts: From the New World.  (Eddie will disagree with me here, but I'm sticking to it!  smile) Especially if you enjoyed the first two.  The combat is somewhat fun, but the characters and story that made Covenant so amazing are replaced by a whiny teenage lead and a complete and utter snoozefest of a story.  I also didn't care much for Rogue Squadron, but I'm not big on action-RPG's in general.
10113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Guitar Hero III on: October 08, 2007, 11:43:10 PM

Quote from: The Grue on October 08, 2007, 10:37:49 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on October 08, 2007, 09:36:54 PM

Ok, got clarification.  The 360 controllers (GH II and GH III) will work for all 360 content.  Once you try the GH III guitar, however, you'll want to ditch the old one slywink

Yahoo!  Can't wait to finally play the My Chemical Romance DLC with the wireless controller.

So you're the one...
10114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy Tactics WotL? on: October 08, 2007, 11:42:40 PM
Doesn't come out here until Wednesday.
10115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What do I want for my birthday? on: October 08, 2007, 09:15:19 PM

Quote from: gellar on October 08, 2007, 07:41:19 PM

Quote from: Brendan on October 08, 2007, 07:39:47 PM

Alex Smith to not have been squashed by a huge DT?   crybaby

Actually I think I would have preferred just to have Norv Turner back.

gellar

Before yesterday's Chargers game, I would have said that's a distinct possibility.
10116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS2 games for a 41-year-old gaming n00b? on: October 08, 2007, 08:36:02 PM
My boss turned 41 on Saturday, and his wife bought him a PS2 along with Guitar Hero for his b-day.  He tried it at a party a couple weeks ago and absolutely loved it, so they took the PS2 plunge.  Now, this is a guy who has never owned a game system, and hasn't played a single video game (other than Guitar Hero) since the original NES.  He asked me for some suggestions on other stuff he should check out, and I was honestly pretty stumped.  Here's what we're working with:

-  Won't have a ton of time, so short-burst gaming will be a must
-  Has 3 young kids at home, so games must be at least somewhat age appropriate (i.e. no GTA or Manhunt games)
-  Not having the gaming background that most of us have, anything with overly complex controls is going to be an issue.  My guess is that any FPS will be out (I've been gaming for 30 years and still can't get the hang of them), and the simpler the controls the better.
-  He's not into anything japanese, so quirky RPG's or stuff like Katamari Damacy is probably out
-  He likes sports, but complex controls and a million different buttons might be a problems.

I know it's a tall order, but let me know if you can come up with any good suggestions.  I'm going to pick up a Burnout game for him, but racing games are about the only thing I could think of.
10117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/8) on: October 08, 2007, 06:47:36 PM
Forgot about Puzzle Quest on XBLA.  I'll be picking that up as well.
10118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/8) on: October 08, 2007, 02:04:34 PM
Final Fantasy Tactics.   It's getting some awesome reviews so far. 

Between FF Tactics, Jeanne D'Arc, Luminous Arc, and the upcoming Disgaea PSP port, I'm in SRPG heaven!
10119  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 9/07) on: October 08, 2007, 01:37:39 PM
+1 to Laner for uber-quick payment on Zelda
10120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you react to In-Game Advertising? on: October 08, 2007, 01:13:32 PM
I really only notice it when it's completely over the top.  In those cases, it's more annoying than anything.  Seeing ads in games does nothing to make it a more "real world" experience, imo.

Then again, I don't typically play the sort of games that use much.  Not much in-game advertising in RPG's.  smile
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