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10121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oh Snap! Phantom Hourglass is Out! Impressions abound! on: October 07, 2007, 11:20:48 PM
I put another hour or so into this today.  I know it's innovative, creative, and I should like it, but Zelda:  PH does absolutely nothing for me.   Every puzzle is an exercise in frustration, and having to restart that timed Ocean King temple twice certainly didn't do anything to help.  Even after playing a few hours, I still feel like I'm fighting against the controls.  It basically boils down to the fact that I don't find it to be very fun.

I knew I probably should have avoided PH, but it looked like it might be unique enough to break the string of Zelda titles that apparently everybody loves but me.  Glad I gave it a shot, but it just confirms once and for all that I need to stop buying Zelda games.

It's up for grabs in the trading forum, if anyone wants it.
10122  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gametap for $60/year on: October 06, 2007, 07:17:42 PM

Quote from: EddieA on October 05, 2007, 05:53:43 AM

I read over at Cheapass Gamer that, like last year, Gametap is offering a discount if you sign up for a full year - $60/year, or $5/month instead of $10/month.  I don't see it advertised at the site, but if you have a free membership and click on "Upgrade to Gold", the $60/year offer will be listed.

I'm pretty sure my subscription is up this month, and I'll probably renew with this deal.  Some of the games they're offering are $60 just by themselves, so it's kind of a no-brainer.
10123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest coming to XBLA Wednesday on: October 06, 2007, 04:45:42 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on October 06, 2007, 04:28:37 PM

The cooldown timer actually is a good improvement.  The game is challenging but isn't savagely so.  If you guys have questions I can answer them....

The schizophrenic difficulty was really my only gripe about PQ.  I actually had to dial down the difficulty early on, but the final third of the game wasn't even a challenge.  I'll be interested to see how these changes affect things.  As long as they don't make it ridiculously hard, I'm cool with it.  I'm definitely going to get the XBLA version.  Having only played the DS flavor, I can't wait for the upgraded graphics.

How are the controls with an X-Box controller?  Both the DS stylus and mouse controls are perfect, but I'm a bit concerned about trying to use a gamepad.  Especially when you need to move fast.
10124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sweeney Todd Trailer on: October 06, 2007, 03:36:21 PM

Quote from: Reemul on October 06, 2007, 03:14:22 PM

Hopefully that singing bit is the only bit in it (fingers crossed)

You do know this is a movie adaptation of a broadway musical, right?
10125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest coming to XBLA Wednesday on: October 06, 2007, 01:56:55 PM
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One example of this is the spell timer. Some spells now have a cool-down time attached to them, so you can't necessarily cast them every turn; you have to wait from one to five turns for them to become available again. This makes the game fresh and interesting because a lot of the most powerful spells now have this tradeoff. You'll find improvements like this all through the game.

Can't say I'm crazy about this.  The early and mid-game were challenging enough without having restrictions put on what spells you can cast.
10126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 06, 2007, 01:16:09 PM
I've been trying to avoid posting LOLcats, but this one was too funny to pass up.



/window seat please
10127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 06, 2007, 03:46:28 AM










10128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Preview] Guitar Hero III on: October 05, 2007, 06:04:41 PM
It's becoming more and more tempting to plunk down the extra $$ for the new wireless controller.  I don't like the Xplorer's shape anyways, and this new one sounds very cool. 

I still hate the co-op only songs, but oh well.
10129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (Quiz) Which candidate fits your views best? on: October 05, 2007, 03:35:28 PM
Top 3
Biden - 49
Hillary - 47
Obama - 47

Bottom 3
Thompson - 8
Ron Paul - 7
Tancredo - 7

Not terribly surprising.
10130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oh Snap! Phantom Hourglass is Out! Impressions abound! on: October 05, 2007, 12:03:42 PM
Played an hour or so last night (first couple levels of the Fire Temple), and am trying to decide if I like it.  My biggest problem is that I'm having a hell of a time getting it to correctly register my inputs.  Moving leads to sword slashes more often than not, the circle attack only registers about half the time, and somersaulting is completely hit and miss.  While it's not that big of a deal now, I can see where it's going to be a major problem later on.  There have been a couple times where being able to use the D-pad for movement would have been a godsend.  Getting stuck in a room with multiple enemies and trying to maneuver around them while attacking proved to be rather...interesting.

Still, it's pretty unique and I'll keep my fingers crossed that i get more comfortable with the controls as I play. 

10131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do I want a PSP? on: October 04, 2007, 11:12:35 PM
Too lazy to search on what games you like, but Jeanne D'Arc is the best game I've played on any system this year. 

I went with the old version, since you can find a used one for around $120.  There's not anything about the new ones that seems to be worth the extra $$.
10132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Salad Fingers on: October 04, 2007, 10:45:44 PM

Quote from: ROTC1983 on October 04, 2007, 08:39:46 PM

That guy must have been high when he made those...

Ya think?
10133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oh Snap! Phantom Hourglass is Out! Impressions abound! on: October 04, 2007, 04:06:01 PM
I think I might give this one a shot.  I'm typically not a fan of Zelda games, but I just watched some gameplay videos, and it looks like this one is unique enough for a try.

Does anyone know if the free guide at TRU is offered in-store, or if it's only online?
10134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3: Over $300 million in one week on: October 04, 2007, 03:25:44 PM
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Initial reports from retailers worldwide show console sales have more than doubled compared with the weekly average before the launch of “Halo 3.” With games such as “Halo 3,” “Madden 08” (EA Sports), “Mass Effect” (Microsoft Game Studios) and “Rock Band” (Harmonix), Xbox 360 has the greatest lineup in the history of video games and is the only console where consumers can play all the year’s biggest blockbusters.

Greatest lineup in the history of video games?  That's some funny shit.
10135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP: Yggdra Union on: October 04, 2007, 01:06:44 PM
Tried this on GBA, and ended up more confused than anything else.  Seemed like it might be fun, but it threw so many numbers at me I couldn't figure out exactly what was going on.  Might be interested in giving it another try.
10136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Salad Fingers on: October 04, 2007, 11:59:42 AM
Sweet, I do like me the Salad Fingers.  Was wondering if we'd ever get a new episode, and this one is particularly bizzare.  Love it.
10137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: October 03, 2007, 11:57:34 PM
Excellent and dead on, as always
10138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pre-order stance actually hurt GS/EB sales? on: October 03, 2007, 08:22:45 PM
Both GS's in my are are severely understaffed, and there is almost always a 10-15 minute line to check out.  If someone is trading in multiple games or - god forbid - a system, you'll be there forever.   They used to be really good about not hassling people for pre-orders, not hoarding copies of games, and being generally knowledgeable folks.  But when both stores got new managers, they both promptly went to shit.  Some of you may remember my God of War pre-order disc adventure, and that's the type of "service" that is now the norm. 

Trust me Shifty, your store is most certainly the exception rather than the rule.
10139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 40GB Ps3 399.99 Are you in? on: October 03, 2007, 04:14:29 PM

Quote from: jblank on October 03, 2007, 03:58:08 PM


I was referring to Sony's LIBRARY of games, not current PS3 releases.

Ah, I misunderstood.  My bad.  I agree that the back catalog is quite amazing.

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I invite you to come over, watch Pirates of the Caribbean on DVD, THEN watch the Blu-Ray release I have, and tell me you don't see the difference.

I know there's a difference, but for me it's not worth the $400 for the system and higher DVD prices.  Besides, I've got a 3 year old rear-projection TV, so a lot of the really hi-def stuff isn't really applicable.

I like my big screen, but having an ultra-super-mega-hi-def picture has never been that important to me. 
10140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect -- Soon, Purge, Soon... on: October 03, 2007, 03:39:14 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 03, 2007, 03:26:36 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 03, 2007, 01:25:45 PM

This makes me very, very happy.  I was quickly losing interest in ME, since it seemed they were turning it into a sci-fi squad-based shooter.  The fact that I can have a) an easy mode and b) a target lock system makes things infinitely more palatable.  Now I might actually be able to enjoy what looks to be an amazing gameworld and story without being handicapped by my complete FPS suckiness.

yeah, it's nice that they didn't dumb things down for everyone but instead are giving people a choice on how things are handled.

I'm pretty sure CeeKay just called me stupid.   Them's fightin' words dude...
10141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 40GB Ps3 399.99 Are you in? on: October 03, 2007, 02:51:32 PM

Quote from: jblank on October 03, 2007, 02:32:08 PM

Fantastic Blu-Ray player, arguably one of the top 3 or 4 out currently, with infinite potential for improvement

I'm no videophile, but I don't see enough difference between regular & Blu-ray to warrant $400

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Unmatched backwards compatibility

I'll just keep my PS2.

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Arguably the most powerful system, so that bodes well for upcoming games

Agreed, but I'd rather wait until some of those games are actually released before plunking money down on the system.

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Strong Sony library of games

Hmmm, maybe we're not talking about the same system.  slywink  Personal preference, but I think the PS3's library is ridiculously weak right now.  The potential is there, but by the time the good games actually show up, the system might be even less!
10142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pre-order stance actually hurt GS/EB sales? on: October 03, 2007, 02:46:57 PM

Quote from: Laner on October 03, 2007, 02:40:32 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on October 03, 2007, 02:37:58 PM

I pre-order all the time.  I do it out of convenience.  I like paying for a game (in full) well before its release.  This way on release day I just walk in and walk out with my game.  It's all about convenience.  Also since I paid it off early it "feels" like I'm walking in later on and getting the game for free!  icon_lol 
And in the process, you're giving them an interest-free loan.  It's win-win! slywink

I wouldn't say it's any more convenient, but I'll occasionally pay pre-orders in full if I have the money right then.   That way I'm not tempted to spend it on something else before the game comes out.

I got a work bonus last week and used it to pre-order GH3, Rock Band, Mass Effect, and FF Tactics paid n full.  If I hadn't done that, I'm sure I would have just frittered it away on other stuff before those games actually got released.  Of course, this is the first time I've ever pre-ordered this much stuff at once.
10143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Song Set Leaked? on: October 03, 2007, 02:19:21 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on October 03, 2007, 02:17:24 PM

crybaby  I posted it first!  I even had a witty comment and everything.

Fixed my link.  smile

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Seriously, I was really hoping to see Black Sunshine be a master track.  Thunderkiss '65 was a master, wasn't it?

Nope, it was most definitely a cover.  IIRC, none of the tracks in GH1 were masters.
10144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pre-order stance actually hurt GS/EB sales? on: October 03, 2007, 02:17:22 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 03, 2007, 02:06:38 PM

I personally don't boycott stores for the preorder stuff.  The only EB I boycott is the one where the manager was an ass to me and lied through his teeth when I had my DS Lite pixel problem.

I'm not really boycotting them.  I just know they won't sell me a copy if I haven't pre-ordered, so I shop elsewhere for games on release week.

I'm really not even opposed to pre-orders and do them from time to time (mainly on niche titles).  It's their stance of "absolutely no sale unless you pre-order" that irritates me and causes me not to shop there for impulse buys.  Why not just order a few extra copies and quit being dicks about it?
10145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero III Song Set Leaked? on: October 03, 2007, 02:09:03 PM
Looks like quite a few of these new tracks are coversfrown

Original songs

"Same Old Song and Dance" by Aerosmith
"Helicopter" by Bloc Party
"Stricken" by Disturbed
"Monsters" by Matchbook Romance
"Before I Forget" by Slipknot
"Kool Thing" by Sonic Youth
"When You Were Young" by The Killers

Re-recorded songs

"Devil Went Down to Georgia" as made famous by Charlie Daniels Band
"Sunshine of Your Love" as made famous by Cream
"Holiday in Cambodia" as made famous by Dead Kennedys
"Cliffs of Dover" as made famous by Eric Johnson
"Hit Me with Your Best Shot" as made famous by Pat Benetar
"Black Magic Woman" as made famous by Santana
"Story of My Life" as made famous by Social Distortion
"Pride and Joy" as made famous by Stevie Ray Vaughn
"The Seeker" as made famous by The Who
"Black Sunshine" as made famous by White Zombie
10146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 5 on: October 03, 2007, 01:27:17 PM

Quote from: naednek on October 03, 2007, 12:46:18 PM

Well, here's the nail in the coffin for the 49ers.
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3047175

Another disappointing year.

Damn, that sucks.  I've been following Alex pretty closely (being a Utah fan and all), and was very interested to see what would happen with him this year.   
10147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Mass Effect -- Soon, Purge, Soon... on: October 03, 2007, 01:25:45 PM

Quote from: Booner on September 20, 2007, 12:54:30 PM

Quote from: Turtle on September 20, 2007, 05:26:19 AM

If they have an option for target lock, that'd be great, but they could at least confirm the ability to choose somewhere.

It looks like they do have varying levels of assistance.



This makes me very, very happy.  I was quickly losing interest in ME, since it seemed they were turning it into a sci-fi squad-based shooter.  The fact that I can have a) an easy mode and b) a target lock system makes things infinitely more palatable.  Now I might actually be able to enjoy what looks to be an amazing gameworld and story without being handicapped by my complete FPS suckiness.
10148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pre-order stance actually hurt GS/EB sales? on: October 03, 2007, 01:20:17 PM
I was considering picking up the new Zelda DS game today.  There's a new EB a couple blocks from here, but since I know they'll play their ridiculous 'since you didn't pre-order, we won't sell you a copy' game (even if they have extras), I'll just swing by Best Buy or Circuit City on the way home instead.   There have been quite a few occasions when I'd like to impulse buy a game on release week, and I always avoid EB and pick it up somewhere else.

Sseems like if they'd quit being pre-order nazi's, they might get more business on new releases.  Then again, maybe I'm the only one that does this...
10149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 40GB Ps3 399.99 Are you in? on: October 03, 2007, 01:12:57 PM
In looking at the top ranked PS3 games, there's not a single one that interests me in the slightest.  Since Blu-Ray means little to me, there's simply no reason to buy a PS3 until they start releasing some good games.
10150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 5 on: October 03, 2007, 12:31:08 AM

Quote from: naednek on October 02, 2007, 11:06:06 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 02, 2007, 03:10:49 PM

- They could easily be 3-1 right now (fuck you and your time-out a millisecond before the snap, Shannahan), and are actually playing with some heart this year.



Uhh you can't have it both ways, you won your 1st game the same way (a week later nonetheless)  But the Raiders are starting too look good, but like every year, there will be a self implosion.

I stand corrected then.  I missed the Browns game, and didn't realize that we did the same thing.    It's a bush-league call, no matter who pulls it.

It'll be interesting to see if there's the annual raider-plosion.  We won't really get a feel for the team until they lose a few games and face some adversity, which I'm sure will happen.  Kiffin seems to have instilled a bit more discipline, but just how much remains to be seen.   This is the first year since the Super Bowl that I'm actually pleased about the direction they're heading.
10151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Final Fantasy Retrospective on: October 02, 2007, 06:35:04 PM

Quote from: Farscry on October 02, 2007, 06:30:44 PM

Waitaminute... Vagrant Story was set in Ivalice?

Yeah, I'd forgotten about that as well.  Part 9 of the retrospective brought out some pretty interesting theories about the connections between all the Ivalice games. 
10152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finally took the plunge into the handheld arena! on: October 02, 2007, 03:27:01 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 02, 2007, 03:24:14 PM

wow, thatnks for all the suggestions guys!  that's the nice thing about picking up an older system- instant backlog  icon_biggrin

There's a ton of great GBA games as well, if you missed out on them the first time around.  Fire Emblem, Metroid, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, FF VI, Golden Sun, etc., etc.
10153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 5 on: October 02, 2007, 03:10:49 PM
-  My Raiders have a long way to go, but are looking much better.  Of course, Miami is really bad so we'll need to see how they do against a real team.  Losing Jordan will be a huge problem if he's out for too long.  I was initially skeptical about the Kiffin hire, but I like what I see so far.  They could easily be 3-1 right now (fuck you and your time-out a millisecond before the snap, Shannahan), and are actually playing with some heart this year.

-  Jesus, Peyton Manning is good.  I get annoyed at his overexposure, but I could watch that guy play football all day.

-  NE & Indy are both amazing.  Can we just play the AFC title game and call it done already?  slywink
10154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finally took the plunge into the handheld arena! on: October 02, 2007, 03:42:26 AM
Puzzle Quest has easily been my favorite game for the DS so far.  Etrian Odyssey is also good, if you enjoy old-school (i.e. brutally difficult and somewhat repetitive) RPG's.  It allows you to map dungeons, which adds quite a bit of fun.  I'd also give Age of Empires and Meteos a try.   Lots of people also rave about the Advance Wars & Castlevania titles, but they didn't do much for me.

I have to admit I haven't played mine much, and have kept it mostly for potential.  There are some great RPG & SRPG titles on the horizon in the next year or so.
10155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/1) on: October 01, 2007, 07:23:55 PM
I'm considering Zelda, but am leaning towards "pass" with FF Tactics coming out next week.
10156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zelda - Phantom Hourglass on: October 01, 2007, 07:20:31 PM
I'm so torn on this game.  On one hand, the review sounds great and it looks like a very unique and fun DS game.  On the other hand, I've become bored and/or frustrated very quickly with the last few Zelda games I tried (Wind Waker, Four Swords, & Minnish Cap).   I've never been a huge fan of the series in general (even the first game), so there's no impulse to buy on name value alone.

What to do, what to do...
10157  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / DS games F/S - Now with added ZELDA! on: October 01, 2007, 02:00:30 PM
Prices include shipping:

DS
Zelda - Phantom Hourglass:  $30 shipped.  Includes the 336 page Prima guide.  **sold**
Etrian Odyssey:  $20

Need the $$ for upcoming games, so not really interested in trades.  Paypal only, please.
10158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: YOUR favorite television series of all-time is... on: September 29, 2007, 05:08:46 PM

Quote from: Purge on September 28, 2007, 06:23:44 PM

and so is the early Ren & Stimpy.

I thought about listing Ren & Stimpy, but it got so bad so quickly after John K left (and don't even mention that "new" Ren & Stimpy that Spike TV did a while back.  ::shudder:: ) that it's tough to include on an all-time favorites list.  If we were listing best single seasons ever, then R&S would easily be near the top.
10159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 09/28/07 on: September 29, 2007, 02:37:16 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on September 28, 2007, 07:02:26 PM

I wonder what everyone with a 360 will be playing this weekend.

Possibly some Guitar Hero II, but mostly Brave Story on PSP.
10160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band - nearly at the peak of awesomeness! on: September 29, 2007, 02:35:03 AM
Good:  I can now put that extra $30 in pre-order money towards something else.   thumbsup
Bad:  I despise even leaving the house on Black Friday, much less going anywhere near a retail store.   thumbsdown thumbsdown
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