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10081  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is Your Game of the Year? on: December 15, 2007, 03:19:32 PM
My frontrunners are:

-  Jeanne D'Arc
-  Mass Effect
-  Rock Band
-  Final Fantasy Tactics:  War of the Lions
-  Puzzle Quest

Haven't decided yet which one takes the cake.  Gives me something to think about today.
10082  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Someone hold Starshifter....... on: December 15, 2007, 01:51:19 PM
Who the fuck thinks that Clash of the Titans needs a remake?   Can someone please just nuke Hollywood so we can start the whole damn thing over again?   finger
 
10083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] Nintendo announces 'Wii Rainchecks' on: December 14, 2007, 11:48:41 PM
HUGE MAJOR CAVEAT - Assuming that both Nintendo and Gamestop can deliver on these "rain checks" in January - /end HUGE MAJOR CAVEAT...

...I think this is actually pretty cool.  Sure it's just another pre-sell for Gamestop, but all parties could have just as easily told consumers, "tough shit, deal with it".  At least they're making some sort of effort.
10084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: December 14, 2007, 03:30:45 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on December 14, 2007, 02:52:23 PM

I understand what you mean about wanting to restart the race afterwards, and I'm not sure if they will have a shortcut like NFS:MW did.  I don't understand the complaints about the minimap though.  Many people are saying it's hard to read and I had no such problem at all.  Foudn my way around town with ease between the minimap and the compass and the street signs at the top of the screen.

Maybe I was missing something, but it didn't look like the actual race starting point showed up on the minimap.  I saw icons for the gas station, paint store, and junkyard (?), but there was no icon highlighting where the race actually started.  I had to open the large Start menu map, see where it was, then try to remember the street route to get there.   If they allowed some sort of fast travel (i.e. selecting the race start icon the Start menu map teleported you there), it would eliminate a lot of the confusion.
10085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: December 14, 2007, 01:55:54 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on December 14, 2007, 01:22:22 PM

There is still the same racing feel that you loved in the old games, you just have to start an event to get it.  Not sure why people are having an issue with that.

In the old games, I could push 2 buttons and start a race.

In this demo, after driving around for a while I finally found a stoplight that allowed me to start a race.  I ended up coming in second place by a hair, and wanted to give the race another shot.  Instead of being able to do that, I had to try and navigate the roads back to the starting point, which took a few minutes (I was having a hell of a time reading that little map).  That simple gameplay mechanic annoys me enough to not buy the game.

Granted, I typically don't care much for "open-world" games to begin with.  This one just seems very unintuitive and frustrating.
10086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise : DEMO IMPRESSIONS! (newfangled poll too!) on: December 14, 2007, 12:28:08 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 14, 2007, 05:06:11 AM

The poll seems to be showing a difference of opinion to what I'm reading here (other than Purge's undersized wang or oversized middle finger).  I'm in the not so impressed crowd.  I think the game looks amazing and drives great, but I got bored looking for the right intersection pretty quickly.  Hasn't the "free roaming city" thing EA has been cramming down our throats for years now been dead for at least two of those years.  Give me an effin menu.  If you want to give the people an option to tool around the city driving into paint shacks for shiny new oh-look-it's-orange-oh-wait-it's-green paint jobs fine, but give me an effin menu so I don't have to deal with it.

When I downloaded the demo, all I wanted to do was try out a crash event.  That's it.  Just one little crash event.  Maybe there's one lurking at some intersection with a barely visible stoplight, I don't know, but I got tired trying to find it.  I found the stunt race which I thought sounded cool, but it started in an area with no immediate ramps.  I zoomed around, crashing into things and scored 2,000 of the 50,000 points I needed.  Irritating.  Shortly thereafter I found the beach which has ramps aplenty, naturally.  I tried to call up the menu for a Retry Last Event option. 

The map said, "Tough crap for you, maybe you'd lke to try our great online mode instead." 

I said, "Can I at least set up a waypoint to get back to the stunt race." 

"No," said the annoying map, "but if you're good at reading useless street signs you may be able to find it."

The street map thing was especially bothersome.  In one race, I tried following the mini-map, which is all but useless when you're flying into oncoming traffic at 100 MPH.  I saw a street sign blink at me and assumed I was meant to turn.  I turned.  Another blinking street sign and another turn.  Suddenly, the mini-map screamed at me with a black border showing that I'd driven to the edge of the world.  The Country Club was somewhere up North.  DAMNIT.  Well, I thought, I'll just restart the race...

"Maybe you'd like to try our great online mode instead..."

This sums up my thoughts pretty well.  I really dislike this whole "open world" movement in racing games.  I buy these games in order to race (or crash), so let me jump right into a race.  Don't make me drive around for 5 minutes trying to pick out a tiny icon on a tiny map in order to find it.  I didn't have any problems finding my way during the couple races I tried, but I can see how it would be a major bitch if you happened to get off-track.  And having to look at the map instead of paying attention to the race sucked the fun right out of it.

Pretty disappointed in the demo overall. As much as I have loved the past Burnout games, I'll be skipping this version.
10087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: World of Warcraft II announced!!! Not really, but new Blizzard MMO confirmed on: December 13, 2007, 04:14:58 PM
Oh joy, yet another MMO.
10088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: December 13, 2007, 03:19:22 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 13, 2007, 02:36:33 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 13, 2007, 02:31:51 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 13, 2007, 02:14:20 PM

Quote from: Xmann on December 13, 2007, 02:08:11 PM

...are they really that bad or can you make some calibrations?  it just seems the clanking would drown out the music from the television.

Crank up the volume on that TV!!!  The game is called Rock Band.   icon_biggrin

That's been my solution so far, and is the reason why I'm only allowed to play when Mrs. Gratch isn't home.  You really have to crank things up in order to hear over the drums, and I can only imagine what it must be like when playing multiplayer.

What do you mean about the multiplayer?  I had a marathon 4-player session last weekend, and the only peripheral we could hear was the drums.  The RB Strat is pretty quiet, the XPlorer clicky strum bar could hardly be heard over the music and the drums, and the microphone was incredibly quiet.

That's good to hear.  I haven't played local multi yet, but I had a feeling that between the drumming, clicky Xplorer bar, and someone singing would pretty much drown out the actual song.  Glad to hear it doesn't.  smile

Quote
I dunno, I think my microphone is faulty, whenever I try to use it, it sounds like someone's strangling a cat.

 icon_lol
10089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: December 13, 2007, 02:31:51 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 13, 2007, 02:14:20 PM

Quote from: Xmann on December 13, 2007, 02:08:11 PM

...are they really that bad or can you make some calibrations?  it just seems the clanking would drown out the music from the television.

Crank up the volume on that TV!!!  The game is called Rock Band.   icon_biggrin

That's been my solution so far, and is the reason why I'm only allowed to play when Mrs. Gratch isn't home.  You really have to crank things up in order to hear over the drums, and I can only imagine what it must be like when playing multiplayer.
10090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: December 13, 2007, 04:09:23 AM

Quote from: KePoW on December 13, 2007, 04:04:17 AM

Quote from: Gratch on December 13, 2007, 02:37:09 AM

Love to play some multi if anyone's on tonight.  Gamertag is Skinypupy.

(advance warning, mic doesn't work on my drums so I'm not just being rude)

EDIT:  Damn, Kepow and I just rocked the hell outta that shit.  The gold star run on Welcome Home kicked all kinds of ass.   Unfortunately, Mrs. Gratch came home and put an end to any and all rocking.   icon_cry

aww!  get Mrs. Gratch to sing!

Trust me, I've tried.  She will have nothing to do with any of my "stupid music games".
10091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: December 13, 2007, 02:37:09 AM
Love to play some multi if anyone's on tonight.  Gamertag is Skinypupy.

(advance warning, mic doesn't work on my drums so I'm not just being rude)

EDIT:  Damn, Kepow and I just rocked the hell outta that shit.  The gold star run on Welcome Home kicked all kinds of ass.   Unfortunately, Mrs. Gratch came home and put an end to any and all rocking.   icon_cry
10092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your top 5 / 7 / 10 (whatevs) downloadable games of 2007 on: December 11, 2007, 10:35:29 PM
Puzzle Quest, hands down.
10093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have you had multiple 360 failures? Are you articulate? on: December 11, 2007, 08:43:50 PM
The turnaround time on both my 360 replacements have been pretty quick, the last one especially.  The DVD drive went out on my unit on 11/20. Called in the ticket on 11/22, received the coffin and shipped it back out on 11/27, and just got my repaired unit back last Friday (12/7).  All told, it was just over 2 weeks and that included the Thanksgiving holiday.  I was extremely surprised.

It's still ridiculous that I'm on my third 360 though.
10094  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How's the 3rd Pirates of the Caribbean movie? on: December 11, 2007, 03:08:20 AM

Quote from: depward on December 10, 2007, 09:02:09 PM

It was boring.  20 minutes in, I split and watched Shrek 3, which was hilarious!

Can't comment on PotC 3 (haven't seen it), but Shrek 3 was one of the worst movies I've seen in a long, long time.   Possibly the un-funniest "comedy" I've ever sat through.
10095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/10) on: December 10, 2007, 02:52:39 PM
Nothing new.  I did, however, get hooked on Guild Wars this past week, so I might grab Factions or Nightfall.
10096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: end of an era: your ps2 top dozen on: December 09, 2007, 07:31:44 PM
Pretty easy for me.  Not in order:

-  Final Fantasy X
-  Final Fantasy XII
-  Shadow Hearts
-  Shadow Hearts:  Covenant
-  Disgaea
-  Xenosaga
-  God of War
-  Dark Cloud 2
-  Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven
-  Guitar Hero
-  Okami
-  Beyond Good & Evil
10097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy 12- Yay or Nay? on: December 09, 2007, 01:30:36 AM

Quote from: Canuck on December 09, 2007, 01:26:53 AM

You don't have to read it-you can watch it! Even better!  Basically they said: the main character sucks, the story is good but you're removed from it, you'll grind more than you've ever ground (sp?) in the history of FF titles, and you spend most of the game hacking and slashing and using hardly any summons or whatever the other things are because they take up all of your magic in one go.

Actually, that's really not inaccurate.  Vaan is whiny and annoying, most of the combat is melee (depending on your play style, of course), and it does require quite a bit of grinding.  What they probably fail to mention, however, is that the "support" characters are some of the best characters you'll ever see, and that the combat is so satisfying and fun that you'll hardly notice either the lack of direct spellcasting or the level grinding. 
10098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I finally tried Rock Band... on: December 09, 2007, 12:59:05 AM
If it makes you feel any better, that's happened to nearly everyone so far.  The strum mechanism on first-run guitars was crap, and supposedly the new batch is better.  We'll see.

Of course, mine didn't even make it long enough for the strum bar to break before the overdrive sensor crapped out.  smile
10099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: December 09, 2007, 12:54:59 AM
Just finished, man what a ride!  I was just under 30 hours, which is about the perfect length for me.  Will post more thoughts later, but ME gets a solid A from me.  Wasn't perfect, but those guys at Bioware can certainly put together a hell of a game.
10100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy 12- Yay or Nay? on: December 08, 2007, 02:32:31 PM
Ignore the DQ VIII demo.  It nearly turned me off of FFXII as well, and I would have missed out on easily the best RPG in the past 5 years.  It is an incredible game, and one that anyone with even a passing interest in RPG's needs to play. The combat system takes some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, it really is the most intuitive, fun system the FF series has offered up yet.  There is a ton of customization with the License and Gambit system, and you're truly free to create characters any way you want.  I'm still not sure how on earth they managed to coax that level of graphics out of the PS2.  You'll truly be amazed.  I'm typically not someone that can spend 40+ hours with an RPG.  In fact. I can count the number of games that have received that much attention on one hand.  However, my final gameplay total with FF XII was nearly 80 hours.  It's one of those rare games that is so good, that the hours just seem to disappear as you play.

I almost skipped this game because of many of the same reservations you have:  screwy combat, lots of grinding, no turn-based system, etc.  Trust me, you'll truly be missing out if you don't give it a try.  Worth every penny and every minute I put into it.
10101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Impressions on: December 08, 2007, 04:32:05 AM
The 13-year-old in me snickers that I get an achievement for
Spoiler for Hiden:
getting some alien poontang
10102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [WTF] Man with no face on: December 08, 2007, 12:15:04 AM
In the spirit of keeping GT a few intellectual and sophistication levels above the Gamefaq boards, can we please all agree never to resort to post-count smack again?  Thanks.
10103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! on: December 08, 2007, 12:09:23 AM
Bummer, no new unit for me.  However, the new DVD drive is significantly quieter than the previous one.  At least this one doesn't sound like a jet engine when it starts to spin.
10104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! on: December 07, 2007, 04:00:29 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 07, 2007, 03:48:15 PM

Maybe it'll be a new one!

Hope so.  Last time they send me back a refurb that was 6 months older that the one I had sent in.
10105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! on: December 07, 2007, 03:46:47 PM
I requested my coffin on 11/21, and got a voice mail from MS last night saying the repaired/new unit will be delivered today.  Pretty decent turn around time.  I am a little nervous, however.  When I logged into the Xbox site, there was no record of this repair ticket, and the only thing listed was my ticket from when I sent in my original unit back in August.  Will be interesting to see what I get today.
10106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dragonlance Movie Interview on: December 07, 2007, 02:55:51 PM
Watch this trailer and weep.

I was pretty excited when I first heard about this, but I have absolutely no desire to see it now.
10107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 07, 2007, 12:16:14 AM


10108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick question for those who have returned defective Rock Band guitars on: December 06, 2007, 08:09:18 PM

Quote from: Purge on December 06, 2007, 08:05:53 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 04, 2007, 10:30:21 PM

EDIT:  Never mind, I found it after RTFM.

You are dead to us. Hand in your man-card at the door.

Technically, I didn't actually RTFM.  I just opened it to the back page to get the warranty number.  What's the ruling on that?
10109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band Impressions! on: December 06, 2007, 07:31:31 PM

Quote from: jersoc on December 06, 2007, 07:24:13 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.

the intro would be a breeze if even 20% of those notes were ho/po's. i've gotten through the intro a few times, but then it repeats and i failed there. i don't really have much time to sit and play the same song over and over except for sat. so until then that will take a back seat. i've almost beat ride the lightening, but that solo kills me towards the end.

Hmmmm, looks like I need to try the guitar part tonight...
10110  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.
10111  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.
10112  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.
10113  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.
10114  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.
10115  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.
10116  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.
10117  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.
10118  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.
10119  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.



10120  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
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